Thursday, June 30, 2011


Bike man! I am not sure what in the world made him get a bike..well actually I do know. He has wanted one forever but wouldn't spend the money. This Sportser came from a friend's dad. The man died and the son sold the bike, at a great bargain. Low miles and all that...

Motorcycles never bothered me until I worked in a trauma center/ emergency room for about 4 years and saw all the damage they can do. Even if you are a great rider, you can't control everyone else on the road vs. car, bike always loses. With the Bobster being as sick as he has been I really didn't think he had it in him but there ya go. What do I know? He is out enjoying it and it makes him happy.

I have been in the blahs. Nothing good on TV, bored with what I am reading, slow at work. The weather finally turned nice and I sit in an office so maybe that is my problem. For some reason (and please let's hope I am not jinxing myself) I am bored. I am meeting my sis in New York next weekend for a few days away. Let's hope that banishes the blahs.

So what are you doing for the long holiday weekend? I am going to see Transformers!!! Wooohooo!!! I love this movie franchise. My mom too. We are going early Saturday morning to beat the crowd. Can't wait. I am also having brother #2 and his wife over Monday for a mini-BBQ. I call it mini since we usually have a crowd but this year it looks like just them and my mom and aunt.

Have a great 4th of July and stay safe!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Garage Sale

"Hey baby, you know I really dig smart woman!"

I don't have much today. I have been exceptionally tired this week and haven't done anything but eat, not sleep and eat..oh and more not sleep. I want to clean out my basement and linen closet. I think I will get to the closet tomorrow but the basement will have to wait for a little more energy. Why in the world do we keep so much crap? I never used to. I get trapped in the "I may use/need/want this chotchke some day" mentality. Lately when I think of my hubby's illness and getting older I get very motivated to throw stuff out. BTW, garage sale the first weekend in August :D

I finally got someone clean my house. So now I have lawn service and a house cleaner...why don't I have more spare time?

Southwest airlines was having a great sale this week and I got 2 round trip tickets to Dallas for $399 total. They were $80 each way and then tax and stuff. I am also going to New York in 2 weeks. No sale air tickets but free hotel. My sis has to go for work so we will have a girls weekend! Not sure what we are doing but I think the theater will be involved...and I bet some shopping.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tales of an escape artist!

I was cleaning out my basement on Saturday and loaded up the car with clothes to take to the Salvation Army and a local consignment shop. When I got home around 2:00 I had things to unload and take to the basement so I left the garage door open. Bob got home from his errands around 4:00 and we were getting ready to go out to dinner with my cousin and her hubby. I was looking around for Gracie to let her out and NO DOG! I thought she was under the bed where she likes to sleep, NO DOG! Neither one of us could figure out where she was. She never runs away and when I am outside she stays right on my heels.

After the initial WTH? I started to panic. I walked around the block calling her name and then got in the car and drove all around the neighborhood. NO DOG! Honestly she has never run off so we were totally perplexed. I thought she may have been out in front of the house and someone took her. She is darn cute after all. One of the girls from across the street got in her car and drove around too. We live on a very busy side street and are about 2 houses from a major street. I kept picturing poor Gracie smashed like a white pizza on Gratiot!

I decided to call the police on the off chance that someone found her. The dispatcher told me someone did find a white and tan dog and gave me the number. As I was calling the number, the Bobster walked in with the dog! She had quite the adventure. Seems she walked around the block, crossed a street and walked right up to this old couple out in their yard! Their neighbor works for Animal Control so in the 3 hours Gracie was missing, the animal control neighbor called the police, made a sign and put it in their front yard and posted it on Craig's List! The Bobster saw the sign and stopped to check if it was our little trouble-maker.

All's well that ends well but in the mean time, I was crying and trying to figure out how many flyers I would need to copy, my mom and aunt got in their car and were half way to my house to start looking and my cousins were ready to start dinner without us! Yes, we have a collar on her now with name and address and yes, we are going to get her chip activated but in my defense, I never even saw her outside and she is 8 years old and not once took off...well I guess we all need a little adventure.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My peony's were spectacular this year. The only problem is that they don't last very long, especially with the surprise heat wave we had this week. I love cutting a bunch to sit on my desk at work.

Roman Gnome won't leave me alone! ha ha.. this is the Travelocity Roaming Gnome. He has been hanging out in my backyard. Guess he likes the atmosphere! I did ask him politely to go home but he didn't take it well and I had to talk him off the ledge.

It's been a bit quiet this week around the old homestead. Not much going on so I don't have much to blog about. I did get my garden it, 4 tomato plants, 2 small rows of beans, some beets, carrots, onions and 2 green peppers, 1 hot pepper and 1 sweet red pepper oh, and some lettuce. I need a little more room for onions. I dry them in my basement and use them most of the winter. I planted a few flower pots and cleaned up the beds. My nephew Rob is putting in mulch today so we are done. The wind knocked my patio umbrella around and it broke my glass top patio table! We have had it for about 8-9 years so we got our monies worth but I sure wasn't ready to go buy a new patio set.

I plan on spending the next 2 weekends getting ready for a garage sale. I have been in a clean out the junk mood lately. Every time the Bobster goes in the hospital for something serious I spend the entire time thinking "if something happens to him, I have all this crap to get rid of". Well, not any more. I am getting rid of the crap now. I will post the date of the garage sale so you can stop by and say hi!

Friday, June 3, 2011

New Car

We finally settled on a car. It was not easy because in the middle of the process, A. The Bobster went in the hospital for 2 weeks and B. my sciatica decided to come back with a vengeance. The issue with my back is that it hurts when I drive! My car is low and the seat doesn't move any other way than forward and back and I actually couldn't drive the damn thing. I drove Bob's beat up old truck for a week or so and than traded cars with my mom. She has a cute little PT Cruiser that has a seat that is almost like a chair. Didn't bother my back at all. So the back thing made car shopping difficult. I had to find the time first and then find a car that didn't hurt or have the potential to hurt :(

Last night I drove a Volkswagen CC. It has a 12-way seat! Very nice car, has all the bells and whistles. So a little prayer that it doesn't aggravate my sciatica!

Bob is doing better. He is up and around finally. Not doing too much but is getting better every day. He is very thin and needs to gain some weight but all of his doctor's are very impressed by his progress.

I have finally given in and decided to hire someone to clean my house (Hi Mel). While I can afford it, it seems so frivolous but working, working out, and doing all the stuff that Bob used to do is wearing on me. He has been cleaning since he quit working but it is hit and miss at the best and not done at all when he doesn't feel well. This last time he was in the hospital I took one day to clean and figured out he wasn't doing such a great job. He was "man" cleaning.. only the middle and none of the corners!

Have a great weekend! BTW, there is a gnome stalking me.. I will try to get his picture and post it here next :D