Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Aunt Myrtle

I would like to introduce you to my Aunt Myrtle.

Not quite what you were expecting I'm sure..

This is a dresser that my grandmother gave me years ago.  It was bought by money given to her by her Aunt Myrtle when my grandma went to housekeeping.  It was part of a set actually and this dresser at one time also had a large mirror that attached to the top and back of it.  That mirror got lost somewhere along the way.  
The vanity was still at my grandmas house and I'm not sure if my Uncle is keeping it or not.   
I have this dresser upstairs in the storage part of my house.  I have plans on converting that space to a usable spare bedroom, along with just a bit of storage.  Then this dresser can be used by guests or by my grandchildren that I'm sure will want to lay claim to the room once completed.  

Its kinda funny how things are in my family..Just like most families I suppose we have our own language that only we can understand.   Like if I told Mickey to go upstairs and get me an item from Aunt Myrtle he would know exactly what I was talking about.  Nobody else would know. 

I guess according to the stories I got from my grandma, Aunt Myrtle was quite the character.  I think she owned and operated a bar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the 1940's or 50's.  She was a strong willed person and spoke her mind.  I will have to try to find out a little more about her.    And naturally, like most everything else, I will pass the information on to you.

Have a great Wednesday!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The REAL housewives of Peebly

Do any of you watch the housewives shows?  Somebody save me.  Please.. 

 Last night was the final episode for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  This series is on Bravo tv.  It ended with Pandoras wedding...Some wedding!
The cake alone was somewhere around 10k.
I am hooked.  Perhaps obsessed, I don't know..I love watching the way these ladies live.  Not all the catty stuff but the dresses and make up and the houses and the clothes.  Just fascinating to me. 

Which leads me to this thought.   Why not do a show like this on REAL housewives..and if that were the case why not the REAL housewives of say, Peebly Rd?!!  It would be great!!

I mean come on.  Who wouldn't be interested in seeing just how long I can actually make a pair of sneakers last?  Or instead of paying hundreds on jeans that are acid washed how about my jeans that really LOOK the part because they are literally that old. 

One thing for certain we do our own cooking here on Peebly and we are proud of it!  My neighbor that makes the cakes is also an adventurous and awesome cook!  And, ahem, I have been known to whip up a pretty good meal myself. 

I think the whole concept would work!  What do you think?  And Lisa isn't the only woman in the world that LOVES her little dogs!  No...

Who is loved more than Bob?  

And I have been known to dress an animal or two around Peebly myself!
So I think someone needs to contact Bravo and let them know you would like to see a series on what would be for REAL the REAL housewives of Peebly..Lets do it!

PS.  It appears that I am able to get on Blogger today at work.  Go figure!



Monday, January 23, 2012

A corporation situation

Seems that I am now and forever unable to get on my blog at work.  I suppose its blogger that big brother picked up on, so all my friends that are also part of blogger,  I cannot read their wonderful stories from my office anymore.  It is a sad day indeed for me.  I guess they (corporate) just want me to be actually working while I'm there.  The nerve..  Anywhoo I will not be out done..NO!  I will blog..from home!  Yah!  

The weekend went great!   Dylan actually spent the night along with his sisters and he enjoyed himself!   You may recall that he comes over to Grandmas house but always says he doesn't want to stay over.  We were over joyed and very proud of him for staying ....The next day he had a basketball game and boy was that a blast!  He scored 12 points and was very much a key player~!   That is my son, Curt, there in the back round saying something..He is the assistant coach. 
Addyson as always, just a dear...
We got out the sleeping bags and all the pillows and made little places to sleep .  Some on the floor, some on the couches and someone on the recliner..The wood stove was going and it was very peaceful and cozy. 

Saturday Emma also had a game..There she is in the middle.  A few weeks ago she fell at practice and had to go to the hospital for stitches above her upper lip.  All is healed nicely and shes right back at it.  Even with all precautions things happen. 
Ive asked both Dylan and Emma to tell me about their teams and what basketball means to them.  I want to include that here when they get back to me. 

What was your weekend like?

Do you think it was so bad to be blogging at work?  On second thought, don't answer that! 

Tell me about your weekend.


Friday, January 20, 2012

I see little people

I see little people in my near future...I also see this game being played.

With the old pieces from my childhood.  

Yep I was right!  Theres one of them now!  

We are having a sleep over.  All three!

Its going to be great!!

Lots of fun, games and snacks.  Lots of running in and out of the house and riding four wheeler and playing in the shop.  There will be plenty of animal petting and feeding and hopefully bed time stories.  

Uncle Wiggily's Story Book

Saturday will be filled with basketball games at different times and different locations.  It will be coming and going and busy for sure...

Sunday I have dedicated to *barn day*.  That means hoof trimming and a general once over to make sure all is well with each.    The angora will need a quick face trim and a spray but everyone else should be doing pretty well.  With the alfalfa shortage I have supplemented with alfalfa pellets mixed in with their normal goat pellets and a couple of mineral licks and some prairie hay.  They look just fine.  

I'm looking forward to some time with the Grand ones.  

What are your plans?

Tell me.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

The truth is I had not been dealing very well with losing my grandmother.  I just was not...Things like the picture below would never happen again..It was too much for me to handle..
 My grandmother was a friend, mentor and grandma to many of us.  Even to our friends.  She treated our friends just like one of her own children.  This is my friend Danielle.  My grandmother adored her and the feeling was mutual.   
 There is nothing my grandmother wouldn't discuss with you.  Nothing..She wanted to know everything and was there for all of us every minute of our lives...  

 And this house was always *home*.  Going back home every year was comforting.  Nothing ever changed.  It was the same as it was when I was a kid.  You could always count on it.    
Now its all different..All these trees are now gone.  My Uncle, her son, will be living in this house within a few months with their own things there.  It will now be their home .  

I thought I would never be able to deal with seeing this house without the trees...My aunt and uncle sent me pictures and now I know what the house  looks like without them.  I handled it.. 

My Grandmother gone. 

It was all just too much..   I got to the point that getting out of bed was just pure work.  Each day one foot in front of the other until that day was over and then it would start all over again.  The pain of losing her always was greater than any joy in my day.  I felt that perhaps that was just the way I was going to be living my life.  It was not a pretty picture.  I know that people lose family members and go on, but I just couldn't seem to get a grip on it.  How do people do it?  I know that some people even lose children and the pain of that must be so horrible.  I began to try to put it all into perspective.  My grandmothers age, almost 92.  She really did get to have a long life.  Her health was getting worse and she suffered many days.  She managed to be able to live in her own home right up until the last day.   That was a good thing.  I don't know what the future might have held should she have gone on longer, perhaps even an assisted living center etc., who knows?  That is something she didn't want so I'm glad that never had to happen for her.  We often discussed death and she often wondered how it would end.  Do I wish it would have ended differently for her?  Yes.  But none of us get to decide that do we?  This was one of the big things that bothered me for quite some time.   
I had friends and family tell me that time would make things better.  I didn't believe them..
But I have to say that I'm starting to see that time does heal pain.  I have found that I can now talk about her without totally breaking down and I can think about her without crying every time and my days are looking brighter!   She definitely would not want me to be not living my life to the fullest.  I know this is true..My life had suffered in just about every aspect.  I have many many things to be happy and thankful for.  I love my home and animals and being with Mickey.  I have my son and healthy happy grandchildren to enjoy.  I even like my job!  So I have finally struggled back but I have to say it was about the hardest thing I have ever done.  Thanks to everyone that helped me along the way.  You'll never know what your words of encouragement have done. 
Am I so naive to believe that one of these days out of the blue I'm going to have another meltdown for a few minutes or so?  No.  But am I finally to a place where I can get up in the morning and be thankful for my day and appreciate my life with all the people and animals and things that make me grateful to be alive?  Yes..
So the theory of time does help heal is true.  
I used to love to write in this blog.  I loved sharing all the things that happen and loved hearing back from all of you.  I miss all of that.   
Hopefully you will see a change now in me and in the blog.  A happier me.
I think I'm finally back.  It just all took time.
Thanks for being there for me..
You'll never know what it has meant, because there are no words to express.
Just know it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cats and Birds

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you know we love to feed the birds.  Winter and summer.  Doesn't matter, we feed the birds..    

Matter of fact, we kinda have a knack for attracting all sorts of birds to our place on Peebly.   And we supply plenty of public housing for the birds also.   Some are hand made, others are store bought and some we made out of giant gourds that we grew.  All fun.  We enjoy it.  
*side note*  OMGOSH have you noticed the price of sunflower seeds?!  *   

I have one problem tho.  Alice...Alice the malice...She likes birds too, but in a very dark and sinister way...She is a killer.  The issue is this.  I have a doggie door that is used by Bob to get in and out during the day while we are away so he can do his business.  This doggie door is also used by the two cats as we do not have a litter box and they go outside also.  The cats can then jump the fence and ramble about as they wish.  Its a free for all really, except Bob is confined to a fenced in yard when he exits said door.    

(Bob who would never cause me grief such as this.. )

So Alice, inevitably, will get a bird.  Daily.  Honestly.  Then she brings them in through the doggie door into the house and proceeds to torture and chase birds from room to room until she tires of it or kills them or takes them back outside to finish the job.  I come home from work at least, at least, 3 days to a house of feathers.  Occasionally sometimes even a bird or part of one.  Once even a squirrel.  Dead.  Its just too much.  The thing is, having her declawed isn't something I would consider, I guess?   She needs to defend herself because she does roam the property.  But on the other hand, what about the poor birds?

Its a predicament.

I would like some advice.

What do you have?

Tell me.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The remodel will begin.

Do you remember when we painted our house and the mess we had?  I do..We rebuilt porches and installed lights and repainted the entire outside of the place.  What a difference that made..
Well we have come to the time to begin indoors.  Yes its true.  We live in an old 1955 house which was updated somewhat in 1984.   I don't think a single thing besides some paint here and there has been done since.  So...We will begin by tearing up the floors.  They are crooked.  They slope.  They need replaced, repaired and redone.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Well we shall see wont we?
But first things first.  That will be taking down pictures, boxing up most everything else and getting ready to get ready.  The madness will begin soon.

Until then, how is your New Year going ?  Do you have madness scheduled such as this for yourself?

Tell me.

Love, Me

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New year!

Glad to see you out of here 2011.  To say you were a tough year would be an understatement.  I had a surgery and then Mickey had reconstructive shoulder surgery.  My grandmothers passing was the hardest thing of all!! 
Things have been a little challenging around here, because after all, life does go on and there are things that just need to be done.  We have wood to cut and animals to care for. 

I have a couple of "goals" for 2012.  There are a couple of classes I want to take.  I have some house things I would like to do too!  I will be sure to share that adventure with you! 

Here's hoping all of you have a lovely 2012 filled with health, happiness and laughter.

Bob sends his regards..