Monday, September 29, 2008
This week I have a huuuuge...and I mean HUUUUGE list of stuff I would like to get done before a party we're hosting in the barn on Saturday night. Most of it is stuff that has been on "the list" for-freaky-ever but none the less...it's on the list. Two days ago The Husand informed me that I won't see him much this week, farming plans have changed and they're "choppin" grass and corn - that means the days start around 6 here and there's a pretty good chance I won't see the whites of his eyes until around ten in the evening, there's a chance he may not be at the party Saturday evening (sad blogger girl). That means I don't have help, nobody to hold the other end of the board, nobody to help me shove stuff around...that means I'm on my own with "the list". Ohhh well...I'm sure the party will be big fun even if I don't make it halfway down the list, it's all about good friends and good times....who cares if the setting isn't quite what I had hoped for. I really hope The Husband can make it to the party...hope hope hope.
This morning I got this in an e-mail from Judy...the girl has perfect timing.
Oh...and on a very sad note. My camera and my computer are refusing to communicate!
NOooooooo.......! This week is so full of photo ops...fooey!
When I try to upload photos from the camera to the computer the little window on the camera says (NO COMMUNICATION)....anybody got any ideas on how I can make them kiss and make up?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Yesterday I walked into the back yard to see gray foam bits scattered all over the grass - it "was" the cushion for the couch in the party barn....we're having a party there next Saturday night....a cushion-less couch really isn't going to work so good.
Friday, September 26, 2008
S - me
H - my hubby
The Husband came home from work a couple of days ago, this was our conversation.
S- Hi Honey...how was your day?
H - Terrible. My head hurts, I'm filthy and my jeans are ripped.
S - Terrible? What happened.
H - A Bard owl attacked me, smacked me in the back of the head and knocked me down.
S - No way!
H - Then a mean heifer went crazy, tried to run over me and while she was at it she knocked me to the ground and I got cow crap all over me.
S - Ohhh, noooo!
H - Then I was vaccinating a calf and it freaked out, tried to kick the crap out of me and while she was at it she ripped my jeans all the way down the side.
S - Aw honey...you poor thing, go in the house, get something to eat, and then come back out here and help me okay?
Poor guy...he barely got away from a crazy bird and mean heifer, only to come home to a crazy bird who was a mean old heifer who made him work with her after he got home from work.
Oh yeah...and while we were working out in the yard I picked up a rock to get it out of the way, I tossed it aside...ooopppsss, he zigged when he should have zagged and the rock hit him in the face.
I felt really really bad.
John Denver was so very wrong. Life on the farm IS NOT LAID BACK!
Wednesday evening I finished my chores and decided I would reward myself with a little laptop surfing in the library parking lot..I know...livin' on the edge I tell ya. The internet service in the library parking lot of this teensy town is about three times faster than I get at the farm...makes me cranky but I'm trying not to post cranky stuff...holdin' back as best I can.
So there I was, totally engrossed in reading my e-mails, puppy was sitting in the front seat with me and she started to whimper....look who was right in front of my car!
Faster internet service annnddd...wildlife right in front of your window - it just
doesn't get much better.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here's the deal. We're having a party next weekend in the party barn for my friend...she's gonna be FIFTY! She's way older than me, like..umm...ten months!
Here's the deal.
I want the lights that are hanging from the ceiling in this picture, I neeeeed them for the party barn! I don't have a lot of wants, I like my life pretty much just the way it is...well...except for my addiction to dishes, but that's another post.
I'm not really ready to talk about my dish-addiction quite yet ;)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Okay, so I've never met them. These people up on the hill...I've been told they're very nice, lovely folks in fact. But it just bugs the heck out of me that they destroyed the ridge line like that. I'm quite positive that they have an absolutely stunning view, but I'm guessing the view would have been pretty dang good if they had tucked the building into the hillside and not destroyed the ridge line, they have to own at least 20 acres...probably more like 80. The Good Neighbor Handbook for the Methow Valley even has a little article about how choosing this kind of site for ones home is frowned upon, I guess not everybody cares about being a good neighbor.
I don't really do much ranting here...but I just had to get it out of my system.
I told him I was pretty sure she would bloom next spring...if she croaks...
I'm not planting another one.
Monday, September 15, 2008
This past Saturday I was working on a little project in the party barn, he was doing a bit of this and that. He came out to the barn and said "Anything you want me to do?"...I said "that ivy over by the milking parlor is getting out of control, it would be great if you could trim in back a bit...in fact, I think that eventually we should just get rid of it, it's climbing the wall and it's going to ruin that nice paint job I did on the barn a couple of years ago". Off he went, I thought he would trim it back a bit, get distracted by cows or the dog..maybe the phone. I heard the tractor right after he went over to trim the ivy, I thought to myself....'hmmm...he didn't trim for very long at all...the rascal'. A little while later I walked to the house, lo and behold...the ivy was gone - yanked out with the bucket of the tractor.
Note: when one asks a farmer to do a bit of gardening don't expect them to use a hedge trimmer, a pruner or a lopper...expect them to use a tractor.
Dirty rotten ivy damage to my purty paint job. Guess what I did today...yup...sanded and primed, hopefully tomorrow I can slap on the top coat and call it good, then it's off to the garden center for some plants....and I won't be coming home with any stinking ivy!
* I was the dummy that planted it in the first place, hey...I was young and didn't know any better.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I think the happiest I ever saw my grandma was the day 29 years ago when The Husband and
I (then my fiancee) went over to see her and grandpa to show them my engagement ring - she
was beyond excited. The saddest thing for all of us was that from the time of our engagement to the time of the wedding grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she was unable to come to the wedding. For eight long years grandma was in a care center, when I would go to see her she didn't know me or any of my cousins. The memories of my grandma that I hold on to aren't about her time in the care center but of the years before her memory was taken from her, of cookies, funny stories, playing pool in her basement, spending the night upstairs in her pristine spare bedrooms.
When I go for lunch with my cousins we can spend hours playing "remember when"....
laughing until we cry....
Monday, September 8, 2008
This poor old kitchen needs a lot of TLC. The dishwasher hasn't worked in years, the fridge leaks, the cabinets are circa 1967, the linoleum is from the early 70's...oh yeah - and the washer and dryer are directly behind me where I stood to take this shot! Yup, no laundry room at this old farm..when I grow up I would love to have a laundry room. We talk about adding on space, adding a second bathroom. I've drawn multiple plans, shopped for cabinets, talked to an architect and contractors....but I just can't take the plunge, we even arranged for financing!
The Husband and I ran a few errands this weekend and while we were at Costco we saw some old friends...they were buying flooring for their kitchen, living and dining room - their entire kitchen is gutted right now. She invited me to come over and see it when it's all finished, maybe I'll just live vicariously through her...or maybe...we'll just move in with them.
Hey now, there's a thought!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
My days of cool mailboxes are definitely over. I get the cheapies and wait 'til they are completely demolished before I put up the new one.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I like all of it, the painting, the fix-it stuff, the projects... it's fun for me to hatch a plan, get the supplies and wade knee deep into whatever it is that needs doing.
I spent this morning out in the party barn moving stuff around, making lists for an upcoming party, figuring out the seating and where the food table should go. While I was in the house for lunch the phone rang, it was my friend Karen..she wanted to know if we had plans for this evening...uhhh...no - unless you count weeding and maybe a little bit of "honey can you help me move this stuff?". She invited us over for appies and wine...yayyy! Here's the best part, she told me if I want to bring a snack to share I'm not allowed to go to the grocery store...it can only be whatever I have in the house.
Doncha just love friends like that?
I found a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer, they're already defrosted and steamed...I just need to add the marinade once they're chilled and I'll be ready to party!