Lazy Sunday and a Monday Shopping Trip with the Fashionista………….

Yesterday after checking out the latest McConaughey/Hudson release “Fool’s Gold”, all I wanted to do was lie in bed and rest.

Came home and started reading Dean Koontz’s “The Darkest Evening of the Year”.  Since it had such a good write up – on both the book jacket and on his website – I thought that it would be very good.  I fell asleep reading it, not because it was boring, I was just tired.  Slept for a couple hours and started reading again.  Woke up and decided that I wanted to read the book to the end.  Got to about the last few pages and wanted to laugh out loud at the absurdity of it, finished it anyway.  I will think long and hard before I spend money on another of his novels.

After I read the book, I just couldn’t go to sleep.  Finally turned off the TV around 2 am (all Food Network does is make you hungry at that hour) and fell into a deep sleep only to awake at 6am and contemplate getting up for the day.  Debated with sweet hubby about going outside in the freezing cold air for a Mickey D’s breakfast, rejected that due to the coldness of the outside air; listened and complained about the neighbor’s dog barking and yipping outside for about a half hour, then fell into another sleep that went till someone called at 9:30am; went back to sleep again and woke up when Freshman college girl poked me in the back and wanted to remind me that we were to go shopping. 

I dutifully got out of bed feeling more like I had been awake all night instead of sound asleep for major portions of it and the evening before.  Got dressed, dragged a comb through my hair, put on my boots and heavy coat and then mumbled about cold air.

Our shopping travels took us to Office Depot to look at laptop cases for her 17 inch one that is hard to find cases for and then on to Payless for shoe shopping.  Now both of us have rather long feet and find it hard to find decent shoes – ya know the ones that look good on your feet and don’t make them look like gun boats??

Freshman girl found a few cute pairs, but due to the way they fit or looked she narrowed it down to one pair.  I pulled out a couple that I thought were cute and she looked at me and said “oh, they’re cute; but what would I wear them with?”  I ventured that she could wear them with jeans as she does everything else and then I got a lesson.

The fashionista voice came forth and said, “You don’t match them to your pants; you match them to your tops and I don’t know what tops I have that would go with those.”

Oh! Sorry, didn’t know that.  Guess that is why I like hiking boots, moccasins and tennis shoes (sneakers for those of you on the East Coast) – they tend to match everything.

Just dropping by to say Hello

Hi Gentle Readers

Never knew that life would be so busy once we moved back here.

Trying to do so many things leaves me exhausted, yet weirdly unable to sleep most nights.

My father has been in and out of the hospital again. He has good days and bad days. We drive up to see him a couple times a week and this last time went with him to his “see the doctor 5 days after you have been discharged” visit. He argued that we weren’t driving to the right place; so we read him the directions that the office had given us. He still argued. We got there and waited almost 2 whole hours before we could see the doctor. What fun that was.
The poor guy is really losing his hearing – even with hearing aids in both ears he has a hard time. He, of course, decides to discuss personal stuff/sensitive stuff in the waiting room. (Picture old man with booming voice and daughter – trying to hide in chair – while rest of waiting room is hanging on his every word) Oh, getting in to see the doctor couldn’t come soon enough.

Still working on getting the front room painted. Have been working on filling in areas with some sort of caulk that one can paint over. Have 1.5 more walls to do, then more base coat/primer stuff, and finally the painting part. Then on full press to the boxes. At this rate we might get done by Christmas. Of course, the oldest has given us the week before Thanksgiving as the deadline to be done as that is when she will be home again. hehehe I feel oh so ‘threatened’……..

Bought some bulbs to plant outside – really – when did we think that we would get the time??? If it doesn’t rain this weekend, perhaps it will get done then!! Keep your fingers crossed.

Well, time to head up the stairs to see if I can at least have a nodding acquaintance with Mr. Sandman. Good night all.

Been Silent for a Long Time

Hi Gentle Readers,
Thank you for stopping by to see if I am still saying anything.

Other than the post about our good friend and brother John passing from this earth, I have been silent for quite some time.

A lot has been going on in our lives.  We have moved off of Long Island, so we no longer live in a place where the majority of people are self-absorbed and have superiority complexes that are way over the top. If you are from there and reading this, don’t bother getting offended unless I have described you.

We have moved back to our semi-rural home in the Great Lakes region.  People are more laid back here and not so worried about how they look to others; they worry more about how to provide for their families – families and friends matter more to them than material things or appearances.  At least that has been our experience.  I love the fact that people you don’t know talk to you in stores; offer their little frequent shopper card if you don’t have one so that you too can save on items.  I love the fact that Meijer doesn’t even require one.  I love being able to walk out to my mailbox in my pjs and not get a phone call about my choice of fashion.  We are now more content.

College Girl will be graduating next May.  High School Girl just started college.  Now I have to figure out some way to talk about them without being confusing….. hmmmm will have to sleep on that one.

Injuries we sustained in the motor vehicle accident have impacted our way of doing things; slow us way down, but haven’t totally stopped us yet.  (I type mostly with one hand now, instead of two)

I’ve driven over 5000 miles from the end of July till about now and I am sort of sick of the inside of our vehicle; tomorrow will once again find me behind the wheel.  I am looking forward to a day or two where I don’t have to drive anywhere unless I absolutely want to.

Sweet hubby is having surgery next week and has to be off most of his medication for 5 days before hand – that includes most of his current pain meds.  He has already warned me that he will be difficult to live with till he goes back on it.  I think that I will either go live with my Mimi or journey up to Momma’s.  I don’t want/need anymore stress right now.  (But of course you know I won’t – I will stay and try to make him as comfortable as possible.  Did you really think that I wouldn’t??)

Well, still have a room to paint, furniture to move around and many, many, many boxes to unload and things to put away.  Anyone care to come help??  grin



Went to bed last night as the white stuff was starting it’s descent; make that it’s first decent descent of the season!!
Sure, we have had a dusting or two of snow on this part of the island this winter season but nothing like what was out there when we woke up this morning.

First real snow and I got too keyed up to sleep – finally crashed about 4 a.m. only to be awakened at 5:56 a.m. by the school system’s new automated calling device telling us that the school’s were closed for the day.  Then it was back for another short snooze. I woke to the alarm clock at 8:00 a.m. so that I could clean the van off and shovel out the driveway so that we could go to the doctor.

Now there wasn’t as much snow as you would get in MI during a decent snow fall, but it was wet and heavy – not easy to shovel.  In total we had less than 2.5 inches on the ground.

Took a picture so that you could all see part of our snow covered backyard – plus the doggies’ tracks in the snow.