Monday, September 1, 2014

A Moving Update

An awful lot has been happening around here.  We spent a chunk of last week in Pittsburgh...which is its own post that may never happen, but long story short: my mother-in-law Kathy had a stroke, spent way too long in the hospital, and is now finally recovering in an intensive therapy unit.  It's kind of a long story.  I'm SO glad we got to spend that time with her, even under such sad and scary circumstances.  The therapists say she'll be swallowing on her own (and drinking Pepsi again) in a week, which is perfectly amazing given the week she's had.

Today is September First, and we are officially out of our old house.
Our first house.  The house I moved to immediately after the honeymoon.
It was old.  The courthouse had it as being built in the late 1800s, but they had all the houses in the area as being built then, too...when a fire destroyed everyone's records, they reissued records that were all given the same date.  We don't know how old the house really is.
It doesn't really matter, though.  I mean, I know I laughed at the wavy floors and awkwardness of this old house (there was a door inside the kitchen cupboard, I'm not even joking, there was half of an exterior door cut off and made a part of the inside back wall of the cupboard, why don't I have a picture of this).
The spiders in the basement were enough to keep me out of my work space a good quarter of the time.  Another quarter went to the frigid temps down there in the winter.
I learned what a "hard winter" is in that house.  We bought a car together in that house.  I learned to cook, used lots of power tools, and paid off my student loans in that house.
We built some stories in that house.
And we made a lot of applesauce.
And zucchini bread.
And while this new house (where I'm sitting right now) is perfect and amazing and we know exactly how old it is...I'm going to miss that little house on Mudlake.

Maybe someday I'll tell you about the new house, eh?  Actually, I'm supposed to be studying for my upcoming upgrade training'll definitely get an update (because I'm a procrastinator).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bought It!

Picked up the keys this evening!  We'll be moved in by the end of the month!  YEAH, BABY!

Friday, August 8, 2014

We've Signed!

Today (now I guess it's yesterday) we signed!
See? See?? That's a folder! There's papers in that folder!  That we signed!
Tomorrow we send a lot of money to some people, and on Monday -
- we get keys!  To our own house!  Our Own House!!  On Monday!

[wipes a tear] [resists all garage sale signs for like ages] [growls because I'll still be on night hitch on Monday]

Hi, Krystal!
You've been a great realtor (all year)!  I'll buy you some ice cream!

Everybody!  We have over 7 glorious acres of mostly woods and a 20 foot tall swing! Come visit!!!! And help us move!

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Cookbook Stand, part II

I said before that I was making a cookbook stand.  When I walked away from the project at the start of my work hitch, this is where I left things:
 Ok, a couple things here: one, this thing needs a topcoat of some sort; two, isn't there supposed to be a center support across the back of the stand?; three, oh dear, if I continue as planned, this thing won't lie flat when folded; and four, why didn't I pre-finish the pieces before assembly??

Big Ol' French Tart

Rememberhow I'm learning to cook?  (again?)  Dave brought me home a huge clamshell of strawberries during my surgery recovery, and I. made. something. wonderful. With the help of Julia Child, of course.  And some advice from my Dave.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Cookbook Stand, part I

Recently, you know, I had surgery (I still don't know how to say that without it sounding like "darling, I simply had to do something about these wrinkles!"  It was actually a benign nerve sheathe tumor near the base of my neck that they removed, btw).  As I got to the end of my official convalescence (which was about 3 weeks long), I was super antsy.  I'd go to the store and just wander around.  I pulled a lot of daylilies.  I started cooking more.  I started cooking out of cookbooks more.  And what does a cookbook want?
A stand, of course!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Little Green Post

 While Mom was in, I mentioned how much I'd like to clean up my big shade garden.  Someone at some point planted orange daylillies in there...and those suckers grow like weeds.  In big packs.  Towering three feet tall.  These had escaped the garden border and were making for the hills.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Dave just recently got me a very nice present.
Like my nesting doll measuring cup?  That wasn't the present, but she's cute, right?
 I feel totally inept in the kitchen.  And with just I can't eveneven finish that sentencecan't he two of us here, and neither of us being really all that snooty when it comes to food, well, there isn't a whole lot of need for real live cooking in this house.  So if it's dinner time and I'm home alone, I am totally not above pickles and peanut butter for dinner.  Maybe I'll go all out and fry an egg, but really, why bother.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Up High! Down Low! It's Another Cabinet, Yo!

Yes, folks, after months of waiting...and waiting...and putting on hold...and waiting some more...the first set of upper cabinets is in place!

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Soon-to-be-Sister!

I had the tremendous honor last week of flying into Dallas to spend a little time with my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Alex.
Because I got to be the wedding dress seamstress!  Mostly.  See, there was a dress she had her heart on, and there was a dress she could afford...and I got the humbling and squeal-inducing right to alter the second so it would look more like the first.

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