Thursday, September 22, 2011 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Well there

We had the well drillers show up on Wednesday (finally) and it was really way cool in the way 8 year old boys love mud and noisy big trucks and piles of dirt kind fo way.

After the first hour, the constant drone of the drill was less than exciting. But Ron did a write up so you should read it instead of reading me repeat half of it incorrectly.

I also cut my hair really short, then tried to dye it pink.

Other than that, not much is new.

Oh! Right! I am almost done painting the living room. The up side is it looks great and the room is eleventy times lighter. The down side is the paint color is really close to the not-white they put on the ceiling so we have to paint it too. It never ends.

So the hair thing.. I just cut it short like mom’s. Pretty much exactly really. Huh.

And the pink. You can’t see much unless I am standing near a light and then it look like a pink light is on my head.

No reason. Just felt like a change and we had some pink dye from when I did Emma’s way back when.

Also I have not done near enough sewing this week and it is making me cranky.

Friday, September 16, 2011 in books

Book clear out

While we’re been priming The Cave (the living room) I’ve been cleaning out the room. I forgot how big this room actually is without three large bookcases crammed with books in it.

Yeah, we had to move all the books. Not *all* the books in the house, as there are bookcases in every room. But the 2 large and one medium bookcase in the living room that held our homeschooling / reference / crafty books.

If you have never seen pics, it’s a lot. There’s libraries around here with less. I finally decided that if we were looking up things n the internet before looking at our own books because there were so many to go through (or even find) then maybe it was time to clean them out.

On the up side, I have thoroughly cleaned out a number of subject matters and the books I kept picking up because we liked that topic or needed it for homeschooling. But at some point you have to ask – exactly how many kid craft books do we really *need* given we have enough knowledge AND materials to write our own from scratch? Or Canadian history? Or general science knowledge? Apparently you have have too many. And I haven’t even done upstairs hallway books.

At any rate, I have a rather large pile of books we no longer want to keep. Some of them are really really god books too. Anyone who is related to me or who feels comfortable with stopping in can adopt any number of these books looking for a new home. Many of them were well loved, a few we looked at thinking “WTF?”, and there are exactly two with battery sound effects (first come first serve on those PLEASE).

If not, you’re all getting boxes of books for Christmas. I’ll deliver.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in family

Looking to be a new habit

So last Sunday we all trekked up to my mom’s new place, again, this time so Ron could help Carl install some more cabinetry after the countertop was in the kitchen. Also something in there about family togetherness.

I rolled him out of bed late and he kinda forgot when he first woke up, but eventually we motored on through Fredericton, picking up Sarah just under an hour from when we said we would. :D

Because we are highly organized (LOL), when we drove by Addison’s place and could see their car in the driveway, I asked Sarah if she knew if Addison was coming to visit too. Turns out my mom DID call and did invite them as well. (As if any of us need actual invitations, right?)

Long drive was long, but the second half is not very familiar to us, so there’s new stuff to look at. And weird childhood flashbacks. Huh, I DID stay at that campground once in ’84 or thereabouts… Mom fed us a cold lunch when we got there, and I had brought the sugar and books she wanted (she left a comment last entry) and also two baguettes made the day before.

“You brought us DAY OLD bread? That’s it, outta the will!”

Addison, Kaytlyn, and the Most Beloved of All Grandbabies (plus Mare) showed up shortly thereafter. Much running around was to be had, and while Addison gleefully and joyfully set to work on the old apple tree with a hacksaw, Kaytlyn and Emma hunted for treasure in the yard with the metal detector, and Team Grandma (me and mom) and assorted aunties took Izzy for a wagon ride down the Driveway of Doom to look at the roadside apple tree.

On the way back up the wagon ride was not so much fun anymore, so Airplane rides it was for Izzy. I pulled a calf muscle. Because I am old.

Izzy decided I was okay, because I did col things like show her how to pick up dead apples and chuck them in the bucket. And draw in the gravel dirt with a stick. And let her play with sticks. And hold her hand (only when absolutely needed) while walking on the uneven spots in the yard. And basically following her pretty much everywhere and knowing when to take her to mommy. And show her where the toys were hiding, and the crayons. And Nanny takes pictures, for which Izzy will hear the camera, turn and smile. See? Smartest baby ever. Mare needs a lanyard with a tag reading “official baby photog” since she made sure to follow us all around and snap pics. You can see some here and I am uploading mine to my flickr soon as well. Izzy also decided that Grampy is not so bad either, even if he has a deep voice and a hairy face.

Then we all tried to corwd around my mom’s teeny round table to eat supper. Considering she doesn’t have enough chairs even when lugging in stools and lawn chairs, it was highly amusing.

I can’t even remember all the funny stuff that was said, but I think we all had a good time. I was wiped out. On the way back, we left first, but just outside Fredericton, Kaytyln passed us and they all waved. THAT was funny. :D

My mommy also bought me some fabric and some clearance patterns and said that the quilt top I brought to show her (that frustrated me), she would be willing, I guess, to have it at her place, just because, oh darn.

I’d also brought my laptop to check on work things while there, but after a bit I just left the lid closed. Because I was enjoying the family.

The day was sunny, the view was spectacular, the breeze just chilly enough, and kids all laughed in the background.

Monday, September 5, 2011 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Sick house

We broke our streak. I do’t think we’ve been sick since Sarah moved out & Ron started working at home. Tho it’s not Sarah’s fault entirely… she did come up this weekend and Ron was sort of getting over it and Meahan was all done.

Then Saturday I got sick.
Sunday Emma got sick.
Monday? Sarah. :) Just in time for her to go home.

I had to cancel our stop in to see Izzy as well, but Addison put the phone on speakerphone so I got to talk to her. Which is kinda weird and cool all the time.

“It’s Little Nanny!”

“Whossat!”

“I have Sarah here visiting me!”

“SAWAH!!!!!”

Ha! :D

Now I am just well enough to *think* I can go do something but not really. Like I opened this window an hour ago. I went to make popcorn for Emma and I, then washed my hair. See?

Otherwise, it has been movie marathon weekend. Emma & I watched most of Gremlins. “The special effects are obvious so it’s not really scary, mom.” Then I watched The Social Network with the two big girls. (better than I thought it would be.)

While lollygagging on the couch unable to use the remote, we watched Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. This was better because when we went to Montreal, we saw the Indiana Jones exhibit they had there. No pics allowed tho. Industry secrets and all.

Later, we caught more of the Star Wars marathon they seem to show every other weekend on Spike.

And now? Back to the Future 3. I’m starting to realize why I hadn’t seen it the first time around.

Also feeling really grateful for laptops. We may not have hoverboards (BttF2) but we have portable computers, so there’s that.