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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Busy Graduation Night

Last Friday night I watched my second oldest daughter walk the stage to graduate from high school. I just new I would cry, but I didn't.  I was happy with our seats. We were sitting near the families of several of Rhiannon's friends.  Everyone around us was dressed up, happy, and energetic.

Me and Christopher




We hooted and hollered for all the kids we knew, as their names were called. Some of them we've known since 3rd grade or so.  So hard to believe they're going off to college or the military or whatever.







After graduation was over, the usual chaos ensued outside. Finding your own family members in the crowded little courtyard area is as much a tradition as the processional itself. Faelyn was with me, as we'd sort of gotten split up from the others, and we ran into Ducky.


He's a good friend of both my girls, and Christopher and I both care a lot about this kid. Of course he's no kid now, but he will always sort of be like our adopted son.  We both got big hugs, but he seemed kind of down. We heard later on that he's having problems at home, and is actually staying with friends instead of his mom and brother.  So, if it's your thing, I'd personally appreciate it if you'd say a little prayer for Ducky and his family to be able to mend the issues and work things out.  We sent word to Ducky later on that we would love for him to come stay with us as long as he needed to. Hopefully he'll take us up on it, if he needs it.


Then we finally found Rhiannon and the rest of the family outside, and got some pictures.  Her boyfriend Joe had his extended family in town, so we got to meet them, and then we found out they were all going to the same restaurant that we were for the after-graduation dinner. So, that was a nice surprise. He's heading off to basic training for the Army soon and she's got at least 4 years of college ahead of her, but I do hope they stick it out.  He's a great guy.

Then she wanted pics with us and her friends..
Corina, Rhiannon, Zoe






I don't have a pic of her getting her diploma or even just by herself yet.  The local paper was taking those at the end of the stage, so I'll grab one of those when they're available.

So, after pics, we headed to the Cancun restaurant here in town.  We had to put 3 long tables together to seat everyone.  It was great.  Christopher and I ordered 2 orders of the family fajitas special which was more than enough for our two tables. We had all 5 of us there, plus Corina and Tyler and my mother in law. Unfortunately, none of the extended family was able to make it to graduation. We actually didn't hear anything at all from Christopher's dad and half sisters other than a FB message to ask when it was.  I had FB messaged them to get their current addresses to make sure they got the invitations.  The girls all said they couldn't believe she was old enough, and his dad asked when it was.  That's all we've heard from any of them. I'm not terribly surprised though.  There's not been a lot of contact between his dad's new family and ours through the years. We had hoped that Christopher's sister and her husband would be able to make it, but they both had commitments at work they couldn't get out of.

I wish I had pics from Cancun.  I know some were taken, but not with my phone.  Someone somewhere has them haha.  The staff came out with noise makers and HUGE sombreros and put them on Joe and Rhiannon and started singing, and gave them big ice cream sundaes.  It was awesome. We didn't expect that at all.  We went to Cancun for Corina's graduation too.  it's such good food and great atmosphere and I knew it wouldn't be packed like Applebees and Fatz. Those places can't compare to good Mexican food! 

After dinner, Rhiannon headed off with Joe and his family.  They were going to head off to the Carolina coast bright and early the next morning. She'd be there with them for almost 2 weeks. So, we got hugs and said our goodbyes, and the rest of us headed back home. We had ice cream and watched an episode of Buffy, then we all headed to Corina and Tyler's place out in the boonies far away from the lights of town, so we could watch the meteor shower. We live in town, so we can barely see only the brightest stars. We took blankets and lawn chairs and had a great time, laughing and talking and watching the sky.  We stayed til nearly 2am, and I saw at least 5, and two of them were long slow ones that went across the sky. That was pretty cool. Once in a lifetime kind of thing. I wish Rhiannon had been able to join us, but I know she really wanted to go on this trip.  I could never prevent her from making such amazing memories as 2 weeks on the Carolina shore right after graduation... I mean they ought to write a song about that...




I hope she treasures every. single. moment.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Truce

Porchie had been acting like he's not happy with Merlin living here. Merlin would lick Porchie's face and clean him, and Porchie would get huffy and get up and move. But recently, I've seen them eating together. Then today, I woke up to see this...



Such a cuddly little bundle.  Aren't they cute?


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mothers Day and my yard

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there, whether you gave birth, adopted, are a step mom, grandma, surrogate mom, a "second mom", or have furbabies (or any other kind of Mom I missed!)

My husband got me a card that made me cry (as always). Rhiannon made me banana bread. Faelyn made dinner on the grill since her dad was too tired from working 13 hours today and she also wrote me a very touching letter, they also helped clean my house, and Zoe made me a really nice hand made card. and Corina dropped by to wish me a Happy Mothers Day.

I had mowed the yard yesterday, so today I got my phone and went out to my back yard with my sun hat and listened to my Nora Roberts audio book as long as I could before getting interrupted by neighbor kids asking about Zoe and next door neighbors coming home. hehe.

I had gotten myself my Mothers Day present last week when I bought some marigolds, a potted plant, potting soil and caladiums.

My new caladiums with my hostas.

The potted plant fit perfectly in this old camping pot we had from hubby's grandparents. It's all rusted and rustIC.

The marigolds went into the veggie bed to help try to keep pests away.



This is the back corner of our yard. It used to always be shaded until the city came through and basically destroyed the trees behind the house.  Now, it's just shady where the hostas and caladiums are.



I like my old wooden step ladder even though the back legs rotted off.  I have it propped up against the tree so it can still hold pots and knickknack stuff.  The top one has sedum in it, which I hope will live well enough and spread over the side.  The second one down has a sweet potato vine which I hope will trail down the ladder.

My poor hotas.  The tiny one in the middle was planted in a spot where the dogs could reach with their new leads, and I didn't realize until it was maybe too late.  It's alive, but I don't know if it will ever get as big as the other two.  And yeah there's no grass in a lot of my yard. I have given up on growing grass lol. 


On the back porch, I have a container with an Early Girl tomato plant and a container with spinach seeds.

These were taken before I mowed. As bad as the non-grass areas look, the whole yard looks a lot better when it's mowed. I hate letting it go so long between mowings, but it was either too hot when I could mow, or it was raining until Saturday afternoon.


I am pretty proud of the above photo, though it doesn't look like much.  For like 3 years or so, there had been a pile of trash sitting there... old ruined tires, a trashcan full of stuff the dump won't take, broken lawn chairs, and old toys like the kitchen set, table, etc. I gave the kitchen and table to the new neighbor kids.  The bench went to the gardening spot to hold tools.  The trash was taken back to the back end of the house where it's mostly out of sight until I can manage to get the city to come pick it all up and get someone to haul it to the road for them.  So, this spot looks MUCH better than it did. I'd like to plant daylillies there.

The plant at the end of the spot by the corner is a comfry plant I got from my Mom. I moved it with me when we moved from the old house. I love the leaves and flowers. 



Also on this end of the house are the chairs...

 The red slip covers are all from one water resistant cloth table cloth from KMart. They're duct taped on the back of the chairs, but the tape doesn't like sticking to fabric very well and the old fabric it has to stick to is too brittle to staple or anything else, so I'll just keep fixing the duct tape I guess.
I don't have pics of how they looked before, but they were gross and moldy and no one wanted to sit on them.  The cushions were still cushy though, so I figured slip covering it was a good idea.

These are some of the seedlings coming up in the raised bed.


So there's my back yard and garden pics. I'll hopefully keep up with taking pics as the stuff grows and show as they change.

Hope y'all had a great Mothers Day!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Maintaining my Clean Master Bedroom

This is the room I am most happy with my progress in.

Looking into the master bedroom from the rear entry area.


I spend most of my time in this room. Sleeping. Working. Surfing the web. Watching TV shows after work. Talking to my kids.


I was tired of it feeling like a dump.  I wanted it to feel like a refreshing place to be.  Like Home.

Christopher's desk area. I really need to ash down that desk.  The cats lay there and look at the birds outside.

The first thing I did was get rid of the treadmill. I know we should be using it, but all it was doing was taking up room and causing bad feelings. We piled stuff on it all the time, and it was just too big. Now it's on the back porch with plastic over the electronic parts. Rhiannon still uses it there to run every day.  She says she doesn't want to run where people can see her LOL.

The treadmill used to take up basically this whole area and we could barely get to the closet or the dresser.


So, with the treadmill out, the room felt HUGE again. I got rid of the clutter (well as much as I could, Hubby still won't part with his books and gaming stuff on those shelves.)

My home office, where I work from home Sun-Thu 6:45pm-3:15am as a moderator and in-game support for a game site.

I decorated my office space with the things I love and nostalgic stuff I found in boxes from my old room when I was a teenager.  I will always be a fangirl, til I die.  No point in denying it.  I'm a total geek.

Original Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom poster from 1984. It's much loved and seen better days LOL.


I even put up the tacky Spanish matador tapestry my Spanish teacher gave me when I graduated.  It hung in her classroom. Her husband became our Congressman and she retired.



Nothing in this room matches, and I like it that way.



The tablecloth on my nightstand table is one that my husband's grandmother made and gave us when we were first married. It fits a card table. She made napkins too, but they've been lost over the years.



I keep all my stuff in the basket on my nightstand.  That way it's all in one place and I can move it to the bed with me if we're watching TV or reading or whatever.  There's remotes, magazines, snacks, nail clippers, books I want to read, hand lotion etc.



The view out the front window is greatly improved. That big empty space is where the front neighbors' house used to sit. I never used to open these curtains since they could see right in the window.  now, I open them everyday.  That white stuff there is what the Water Dept people spread over the sewer runoff.  When the people moved out, they didn't cap the sewer or something, and it's been overflowing and STINKS.  I hope this is the end of the issues. 



The view out the back window is even better. It's the shady back corner with the hostas and caladiums, and some decorative stuff. I cant wait til my sweet potato vine trails down the old ladder. At least I hope it will.


My room is no showroom that's for sure, but it's comfortable and clean, and makes me smile.




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Still around, so busy!

I have had so many ideas for posts this past week, but most of them involve photos I need to take, but my phone never seems to ever be charged!  We have one charging cord in my bedroom now (used to have 2,) and it seems to be too loose to stay in to charge a phone, so it takes all night to get my husband's phone to charge, so mine just stays dead.  Today I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a new charging cord for just me. If I see anyone else touch it, I will bite them LOL!

I mentioned earlier I wanted to do a post on my master bedroom and how I've kept it straightened up.  Even Corina says "It's so clean" everytime she comes over LOL.  I keep that in the back of my mind as I see things start to pile up on my night stand or my desk. I feel bad actually that I've not even had a chance to change the sheets or vacuum in here this week yet! I hope tomorrow is a day I don't have to go anywhere! I have to get caught back up on stuff.

The kitchen and living room were basically destroyed over the last few days. I've told the girls and my husband over and over that they are the ones that spend time in there, they need to pick up after themselves and keep it clean. I don't mind mopping it, but I really hate having to take 6 plates and 8 cups that are on every flat surface in the living room, to the kitchen.

Outside, I've been keeping the yard mowed.  I decided not to even ask my husband to mow it this year. I will just take the task on myself. My Mom did it all herself, and my dad never did any outdoor work.  I never liked that, but I married someone just like my dad (with different obsessions though thankfully), so I need to just face it and get on with it. I actually like mowing LOL!

I planted 4 tomato plants and a couple of bell pepper plants.  Faelyn planted seeds for spinach and lettuce.  So hopefully we'll have a nice salad garden this summer. I also moved my hosta that the dogs could reach on their leads and had trampled. I hope it makes a come back. I got a sweet potato vine that I hope will trail down the old step ladder by the old fence row in the back corner of the yard in the shade.  I also have two new caladiums planted there for some color.  I have one more planter, an old galvanized bucket, and I think I want petunias in it.  maybe white ones with purple trim. Those are pretty and won't blend in too much with the shady spots.

I talked to my neighbor/friend, Laura, about how she got the stuff for her bathroom remodel hauled off.  She said I can just call the Public Works dept and they'll come pick it up the following Monday.  So, I hope to get that all hauled out to the curb some weekend soon.  Not this weekend.  I don't want that out there for Mothers Day weekend.

We're not really doing anything for Mothers Day.  We used to always go to my Mom's, but she's been gone a few years now, and we just never started a new tradition. To be honest, I have to work anyway, and Christopher usually has to work it, since he's the softlines manager at work, and Mothers Day is one of his biggest holidays at the store. I'll probably tell the girls what to do for dinner, and have them take care of the cooking that day. I told Christopher, that I didn't need a gift, since I bought myself those new plants. I did take a couple photos of a nice big mug I could use for chai, and a nice pretty tablecloth I could put on the dining table for the spring/summer.  Both are about $5 each, so if he feels the need, he can get one of those hehe.

Okay, I've got to go get laundry done and check on the house before my lunch break is over.  My phone is charging!  Tomorrow should be photos!