Sunday, October 04, 2015

Redirecting, Refocusing and Reorganizing

It is October.  September is in the books and I'm SO happy it's over!

Where we live is no longer in question.  We are staying put.  There are few rentals in our area and it's amazing what people will try to pass off as a rental.  I have been looking at rentals since mid August.  The good ones get snatched up in a matter of days.  There was one that I was scheduled to look at when I got an email that the showing was cancelled, it had been rented.  WHA?!?!  It wasnt even on the market yet!  However somebody put in an application with only the pictures on the website to go by.  I won't do that.  No one takes pics of the water leaks or wonky stove or grow house.  (Why yes we DID look at a place with a grow house!  The attic was converted by previous renters who grew weed in it.  Hence the water damage.)

There was only one house I really liked;  screened in porch, fire pit, down the street from the school, newly renovated inside and plenty of space for us all.  However I am finding it is harder to get approved for a rental than a mortgage and we didnt qualify.

C'est la vie.

We are paying more than we want to, but we have a house and we know where we are going to live for the next year or so.  That is huge.

Now it's time to refocus on making this house more of a home.  I had surgery soon after we moved in and once I had recovered I went to work.  When I left in May we were leaving soon so why bother?  Now that I know I'm going to be here I plan on starting up another garden (perfect time to start too, Florida has a backward growing season), hang up some pictures, put down a few throw rugs.  I still plan on downsizing and with the cooler weather I can tackle the garage very soon.

Since we decided to stay, we're having some maintenance done.

1.  Leaky fridge fixed - check

2.  Bathroom exhaust fan replaced - check

3.  Non flushing toilet repaired - check (small piece of plastic broke off and lodged in an important area.  Flushes like a champ now!)

4.  A/C fixed - in the process.  The coils need to be cleaned, which will be expensive.  The property management needs approval before they can start.  I will be calling soon on the status.

5.  Microwave replaced - also in process.  The handle broke off months ago and we've just been dealing with it.  When I called to have it fixed, they told me it was my responsibility.  Huh?  I had to call a supervisor to get it approved.  If the handle to the fridge or oven or dishwasher breaks, they fix it.  How is a microwave different?  Plus it was manufactured in 2006.  We are getting a new one this week.

The Property Management is one of the reasons we wanted to move.  They will fix it, but it is a fight to get it done.

Now that I know where I'm going to live, I can refocus on more important things.  Like crafting!!  I got to meet up with Dee last week.  It was SO nice meeting up with her again.  I really want to do that more often.  If you havent yet, go to her blog and look at her new kitty.  He's adorable!!!

And I know adorable!

My sweater was at a point where I needed to pay attention to decreases and bind offs so I brought some cross stitch to work on.  I stopped at a good place in the project and will blog on that tomorrow.  

Distraction by Saturday Sky

Today I finished off the back of the sweater.

The angle is off a bit, but the sweater is the length of a coat.

I'm really happy the back is done and I'm excited to start the front, but it includes a cable edging which means I need to pay attention.  That makes me a little scared.....

Here's to a fantastic October!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

For Today... 

Outside my window.... It is fall in Florida.  Yesterday morning was the first morning where it did NOT feel like a sauna when I stepped outside.  Today is rain, rain and more rain.  It doesnt look any different for the next couple of days either.  I dont mind.  I really think I could live in Portland.

My Saturday Sky

I am thinking... too many thoughts.  They are keeping me up at night and I dont like that.  I'm also waking up with more headaches that last the entire day.  I dont like that even more.  Where do we live in Nov?  Can we afford it?  What is the budget?  Keeping up with the schedule for theatre and band  (each kid is in a different cast AND band right now) plus sorting and saving and And AND...... I'm not overwhelmed (yet) but I need to make sure to add in some stretching exercises and walking.  I need to include some quiet time for me if I'm going to survive this.  And I WILL survive (cue Gloria Gaynor).  I'm stubborn like that.

I am thankful... for the little things.  A car charger for my phone.  A sleepy purring cat on my foot (that would be Theo).  Excedrin. 

I am wearing... a big t-shirt and tan shorts

I am creating... still working on the back of the sweater. I think I have another inch before i start the neck decreases.   I also finished up the alterations on the last band uniform.  SO glad that is done!  

I am going... to update my agenda after I finish this post.  Schedules keep changing and I want to be sure I don't forget anything.

I am wondering... what some people are thinking when they renovate a house.  I looked at a rental yesterday that had a 8' x 16' master bedroom (you could only fit a single in it but it had it's own bathroom) and if you wanted to load the dishwasher you had to open the oven first.  

I am watching... I'm on season 7 of M*A*S*H on Netflix.  And I watched something last night that I've NEVER watched before.  Dancing With The Stars.  I dont like reality tv (and I consider DWTS to be reality tv) but there was nothing else on.  It wasnt bad!  Not sure I'll watch each week, I usually just wait until the next day to see who was voted off, but I was impressed with some of the ppl on there.

I am hoping... I find a nice place to live.

I am hearing... the news.  Nobody else is home.  

In my kitchen... I am roasting a chicken for dinner.  Normally I stuff the cavity with a mixture of worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce, garlic and olive oil.  Today I decided to switch it up and used lemon juice, thyme, sweet basil, olive oil and an onion.  We just finished it (because my post has taken me all day) and it was GOOD!

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner...

If you want to play, go here.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Some Days....

This post has turned into a bit of a rant so feel free to enjoy kitty pictures scattered between the rant and go straight down to the sweater shot!


How is your Friday going?  I've had to stop looking at all social and news networks because between the anniversary of 9/11 and the Syrian refugees, I started my day crying.

Sadness turned into aggravation when I went to the school this morning.  I had a PTO meeting scheduled, the first one of the year.  Usually those meetings are jam packed with all the parents that want to help and by the 3rd meeting, it goes back down to the same handful of parents who help every year.  Today was the exception.  We had 9 people show up.  I think the issues with the new principal have gotten around and nobody wants to be bothered with him.  His actions are borderline fraud, but he's feigned innocence which has kept him out of trouble.  Lets just say he's not supportive of the PTO and would prefer if we didnt exist.  He's gone as far as to say most middle schools dont have a PTO, it would be fine with him if the current PTO dissolved.  It wasn't pretty.  It's my last year here, yet somehow I became the Treasurer.

My favorite part of the day?  When I was eating lunch while on the computer approving a proof for some lanyards for next week's open house when my phone started ringing.  As I stood up to get it, my hip hit the 44oz Diet Coke on my night stand and it fell top first on my power strip, the one that holds the plugs for my phone, the computer and my Ott light.  Frustration kicked in at this point.

Regardless of the huge stain on my carpet or the possibility that my power strip wont work, I still had a productive day.  Meetings attended.  Orders placed.  Groceries bought and put away.  A feeling of accomplishment has kicked in AND I'm smiling as I read this;  it's been such a ridiculous start to the day and it's not even 4pm yet!!  And I've run the gamut of emotions.  At least I've landed on happy!!


Now that THAT is off my chest, lets look at some sweater progress, shall we?

I am *this close* to finishing the back.  Another 4" of arm space then I start the neck decreases.  I have to pay attention at this point which is why my pace has slowed down.  I'm worried for when I start the front since the first few stitches involve a cable pattern.  This means I REALLY need to pay attention if I want to avoid the frog pond.  Not a vacation spot I want to visit.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Midweek Update

School has been in session for less than two weeks.  In that time we've had school pictures,

11th grade.  Why yes that DOES make him a Junior in high school.

8th grade - last year of middle school

schedule changes requiring not one but two trips to the guidance counselor,

football games

and band practice.

 I've finished three band uniforms

and teamed up with some other PTO members to butt heads with the fairly new principal.  It's gonna be a fun year!

We've also started theatre with rehearsals on opposite days of marching band.  Auditions have been completed and parts assigned.

All of this while planning around the chance of a tropical storm.

Bits of Erika coming to visit

I'm keeping myself sane by working on my sweater.  I *should* be organizing and packing non essential items, but where's the fun in that??  I want to enjoy the quiet of the house when I can.  I'll be posting pics soon.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

How Bad Could it Be??

Baby Girl has been experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.  She loves to play but she is MESSY!  I try to get her to clean as she goes, but that doesn't always never works.  I have a couple of friends tell me that I should make a rule,  if she doesn't clean up, then she can't cook.  While it adds to my workload, I can't bring myself to do that.  There will be enough time for her to clean when she moves out.  Meanwhile I want her to experiment with different recipes and not worry abt the 3 pots she uses for pudding.

Which leads me to my post.  She made an Indian Pudding (didn't keep the recipe, it was NOT good!) that required her to constantly stir the milk.  While she stirred the milk, the bottom of the pot burned. I could NOT get it clean, even after soaking it for a couple of days and  then scrubbing.  Fast forward to yesterday.  I google *how to clean a burnt pot* and it said to boil some vinegar in the pot, add some baking soda (it will bubble) and after it cools, it will be easy to clean.

My reality:

The good news is not only is my pot clean, but so is the stove!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

For Today

I've started this post four times this AM and I've deleted every one.  I've decided to keep it simple and a bit more upbeat.  There is enough negativity in this world and I refuse to add to it.

Life can get very stressful and if we aren't careful we can be consumed by it.  So for today, I plan on fighting that stress the best I can.

Today I started the day by walking.  I didn't run 5 miles.  I didn't even walk a full mile.  I walked down the street and back, a half mile.  Not much, but better than I normally would do.  At one point I had a goal to walk a mile a day, but mentally I didn't want to.  However I *can* walk down the street and back.

Since I went for a walk, I'm actually dressed for the day and it's only 8:30.  I've also made coffee, fed the cats and cleaned out litter boxes.

I read somewhere the best way to stay afloat in this life is to start:

  • early in the day
  • early in the week
  • early in the month
  • early in the year

Right now all I want to do is walk a half mile every day.  If I add anymore I know I will crash and burn.

Not bad for a Monday!

I'm a teenaged kitty, you need to feed me first.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Slow and Steady

In my never ending quest to organize, I decided to work in the office today.  It never really got unpacked and while I did organize yarn at one point, this room has become a catch all for junk.  It is hopelessly messy and my goal was to not get distracted by smaller projects (THAT'S where that quilt went!) and focus at the task at hand.  I took before and after pics.



I at least now have a place to sit/stand/walk.  I came across a couple of boxes that I wont bother unpacking.  It just has books I want to save.  I tried to organize the bookshelves a bit better as well.  Knitting books in one place, cook books in another.  I did about half.

I also had an epiphany today.  I have a ton of magazines with recipes that I want to try.  Piles of "Oh that would be yummy for an appetizer" or "wouldn't that be perfect for a pot luck"??  But when I need an appetizer or pot luck recipe, I can never find them.  That was when I realized I can look them up on line and post them to my Pinterest boards.

*and then the heavens opened and the angels sang*  

Why have I not thought of this sooner???  It will alleviate SO MUCH PAPERWORK from my house!  I am still keeping cook books, but all those magazine pages will now live with me virtually.

Last but not least, I'm abt 13" and one skein in on this sweater.

Not as much as it could be, but I'm happy I'm moving along!!