Friday, August 01, 2008
The more you know...
This is what happens when a keg rolls over your fresh loaf of bread. This cannot be said often enough...people, always secure your keg. One simple step can avert tragedy.

Which reminds me...the big wedding is tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1. I got my keyless remote programmed. They didn't give me any hassle at all. $40.00 beats all the hell out of the $150.00 that the first dealer wanted me to pay. I was able to use the keyless remote that the automotive locksmith comped me so I was only charged for labor today. Woo hoo!

2. I didn't find shoes for my dress. BUT, I did find a different dress. This is the same dress I'd tried on in Nonitown, but they didn't have my size. It's much more suitable as a "wedding" dress. Here's the fun was an $80.00 dress on sale for $23.00. Yessssss. Of course then I had the same problem I started with. I needed shoes to go with the new dress. I looked several different places and found a cute pair at the Shoe Dept. I was stoked because they were on sale for half price and they were only $16.98. Then when I went to pay they turned out to be half of that...$8.50. Awesome! The shoes have a little heel so the wedding attendees will enjoy the extra thrill of waiting to see if I fall over. I keed. It could happen though.

3. Since everything was going my way I decided I'd better hightail it for home. I didn't want to push my luck. I got back in time to have pizza at the store with M and Emma. Now they've gone to a friend's house to jump on his trampoline and pet the bunnies. I'm killing time before a meeting here in town.

Time to jet.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Playing on the slide
I got the camera because the deer were so near the house. Of course when I came back they had moved away. Emma got to be my subject instead.

Spoke too soon...
In the last 24 hours something came along and ate a giant swath of our pumpkin patch. On the bright side we had plenty, so there's still plenty left.

Another bright note is our first gladiola blooming.

1. My foot hasn't healed. I began to suspect that it needed some fresh air so I stopped wearing a bandage on it Sunday night. I went two days without it before deciding I couldn't take it anymore. It was too uncomfortable and the wound started looking worse. Today I put ointment on it again and bandaged it back up. It feels much better. Unfortunately I'm starting to despair that it won't heal in time for the beach. I never suspected that it would take more than two months for a wound on my foot to heal. Drat.

2. I have some sort of crud. It started with my hands itching really badly. Then I noticed tiny pinhead sized bumps springing up all over my hands, even my palms. Then it spread up my arms. Now it's on my legs. The stuff itches like hell, but fortunately not all of the time. I couldn't stand it any longer and went to the medical center yesterday morning. The doctor's guess was contact dermatitis, so now I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out what I might have touched to set this off. Or whether it might be a food allergy, or what the hell I've done differently that might have caused this. He gave me a prescription for an inexpensive ointment and I'm using that and taking aspirin for the itching. One more thing to aggravate. Arrgh.

3. Popi sold my car for me. Isn't he the best? Instead of the $400 the new car dealership offered me in trade, I'll be getting more than four times that. I'm very fortunate to have someone to help me who knows cars and doesn't mind the wheeling and dealing. Yay, Popi!

4. We recently booked a trip to New York City in the far future. April 2009 to be closer to exact. I've never been to NYC and always wanted to go, so now I'll get the chance. We'll be going with Uncle B., Aunt K. and some of their friends. It definitely gives me something to look forward to during the dreary depressing winter here.

5. The big wedding (brother-in-law) is this weekend. Noni and Popi and my brother's family will be here to attend. Emma is a flower girl and M and I are in the wedding. We were told to wear whatever we wanted, just dress like we would for church. That's almost worse than being told what to wear. I am just certain whatever I choose will stick out like a sore thumb against whatever the other bridesmaids choose. Secure in that knowledge I chose a dark dress. It was impossible to find a light colored summer dress on the clearance racks. Sorry, I tried. I just discovered that the shoes I'd been planning to wear with the dress are both darker and uglier than I'd remembered. Now I'll have to do some emergency shoe shopping after my car key appointment tomorrow. Joy.

6. My husband sent me flowers today :)
Monday, July 28, 2008
an equal and opposite reaction
Picture Emma bouncing off the walls and running her mouth a mile a minute. Picture me starting to run low on patience.

"Emma, just chill out."

"Mommy, I have an idea. Why don't you calm down?"
"Enough of that kissing"
She says to us from across the room, her patience at an end. "Only one time."
Sunday, July 27, 2008
A Date
It's been planned for months. It is so hard for us to find time when both of us can go over the mountains together that dates are usually more trouble than they're worth. In this case the special occasion was the release of The Dark Knight. I've said that there are only two must-see movies this year, The Dark Knight and Quantum of Solace. We wisely (I think) skipped the release weekend and waited for the crowds to get their first look at the new Batman. We went to the last matinée of the day on Saturday.

I enjoyed the movie a lot. I'm having a hard time coming up with a final verdict. I thought Bale was yummy as usual. Heath Ledger created a memorable joker, truly menacing and funny at times, an odd combination. I'm sure I'll see it again when it comes out on DVD. Then I might be able to see it all the way through without missing good stuff for a bathroom break.

I may have to add a third movie to my must-see list. A movie version of the Twilight books is coming out in December. I'll have to see what the buzz on that movie is before I commit to adding it to my list.

After the movie we went to Applebee's so I could choose something off the Weight Watchers menu. I was disappointed that they didn't have the meal available that I had enjoyed so much two years ago. I ordered Cajun talapia which was actually quite good. It pays to try something new once in a long while.

Our hot date was done by 8:30 p.m. We visited with Noni and Popi for a little bit and then took Emma home. It's nice to have babysitters right where all the action is. Thanks, Noni and Popi!
Deer and fawn
Taken by M with the telephoto lens in evening light.

Photo taken by M. These are actually bath balloons, one of the most awesome bath toys there is. Of course they require constant adult supervision, but it's worth it.

Garden progress
The good news is that this year we have some. Progress. We've only lost one row of sunflower tops to cows reaching across the fence. M may have slightly overdone the pumpkins. They're taking over the whole garden. They've overrun the cucumbers, watermelons and morning glories. They're trying to overrun my gladiolas but I think the glads will still bloom. We should have a bumper crop of pumpkins this year. However, the patch is so thick it may be a challenge to find them.