Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here is what I learned about sewing:
1. The first piece is always sewn wrong. There is no getting around a first-timers mistakes.
2. The worst part of the job is cutting everything out. Spend lots of time on this step so you don't regret the entire project - no mistakes can be made here.
3. Make your own decorative cording. I did, and I was successful at it. The premade stuff is horribly expensive.
4. If you have a weakness for fringe, like I do, remember that it is from the devil and will make you regret spending an arm and a leg on it. The fringe costs as much as all of your fabric and it contracts and expands at its own will, no matter how many pins you use.
5. I will never forgot or regret this experience because it made me appreciate my sweet momma that made all my dresses for me.
Pictures are coming, once I get the knobs drilled for the installation...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Pricing of valances was very scary. I would have needed $400-500 to get something up on them, if only there was something for me to choose from out there in the retail world. I have saved money with the sewing, but it is officially not worth it today. I'm tired and I need a genie to polish these off in the next two days so my kitchen doesn't rattle like a tin can when I have company on Sunday.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
It worked. They keep signing up. The fire marshall is going to need to inspect the house and give us a maximum occupancy limit. This is not exactly how I planned it, but we are hoping for the best. We are spending the next two weeks tightening up the place with cleaning, curtain making, landscaping, and praying that there will be much less than 50 people show up. I'll keep you posted on the progress...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Open House went pretty well. I still have a good opinion of the school and the general population. Scott went to the first grade class and has a slightly different view. You see, he was old in that room and did not have tattoo sleeves and piercings and a Boston concert tshirt. Preacher Man is definitely the odd man out in there.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Who new that Darby's Latin "lover" would bring such consternation (this is yet again a Darby word she learned when she was 3).
Monday, August 18, 2008
Scott has found that Roxy wants to do everything with him lately. The poor guy can hardly get a private moment, and Scott likes to have a lot of solitude. So, when he was trying to run away for a walk, Roxy joined him and proceeded to talk the entire time. The conversation concluded like this:
Scott: So Roxy, what do you think you will be when you grow up?
Roxy: I think I should be something really interesting, like a vet or a doctor. What do you think you will be when you grow up Dad?
Scott: Well, Roxy, I'm pretty old already. I'm grown up. I guess I will just keep on being a preacher.
Roxy: You're a PREACHER?
Who knew that Roxy could do perplexed so well...
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I love seeing my husband excited about things. He's a reserved type of guy in public, but he has some friendships that are very dear to him. How I wish we weren't so far from those that know us best! We have new friends and are working hard on that side of things, but there is nothing like an old friend. I have to remember the patience that I need to get things going here.
The girls are really good this week. I am not hearing anything about missing old friends, like I am feeling right now. Darby and Roxy have both made a friend at school and that has been the answer to my prayers for them. Darby has not thought of school negatively for two days, which is just a little prayer bonus as far as I'm concerned. Life is good.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Our new list of no-no activities:
Coupons that are not received via email
Free music downloads
Icons and Smilies (say bu-bye to that cute kitty, Roxy)
Gambling and porn (we already abstain from these)
now I'm wondering how we will enjoy our computer...I miss my games. they were like my Dr. Pepper.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Roxy gave the first day five out of five stars. "I like the red padding on the playground and I can't wait to buy a pencil in the pencil machine."
So, can you guess which child is the optimist and which child is the pessimist?
Mom's first day o'school was five out of five stars. "I really enjoyed watching the Olympics, cleaning my kitchen, and working out at the Y. They have small TVs at each and every cycle, treadmill, and eliptical trainer machine. If only workouts were sweat-free, it would be perfect." Go Mom!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
I also popped my head outside to check on our trash disposal people. I am not kidding - they were wearing white tank undershirts, commonly known as "wife beaters", and still no gloves. For some reason, that irks me. At least keep your hands clean!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
2. Price your services ridiculously cheap ($39.95 for cleaning 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room, living room, halls and foyer.
3. Buy ziploc sandwich bags. Add a scoop of rocks in every bag (like gravel-size rocks). Place flyer in bag with rocks.
4. Drive through neighborhood and chuck bags at every house you see.
5. Be sure and mention the Federal Supreme Court case that allows you to leave this bag o' rocks at everybody's house.
I am currently enjoying this little gem we received today. For some reason, here in Georgia I have received more services solicitation that reference the Bible than anywhere else I have lived. I loved the creepy one I got from the piano tuner/mover. You turn the flyer over and it references "the wages of sin is death" from the King James version of the Bible. It shows a body burning up in red flames. Gives you such a warmy, fuzzy feeling.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
When my girls wear me down to a raw place, I start to dream about school. How they will be gone all day. How I can do a couple of chores in peace. How I can work out at the Y. How I can be a better housekeeper. I will miss them and the fun things we do together, but a girl needs a happy place to go to once in a while.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Darby: Mom, do you know what I don't like about going to school?
Mom, hesitantly waiting for bad news: Uh, what?
Darby: The quotidian sameness of it all.
Mom: What's that?
Darby: You know, the way every day is the same and nothing ever really changes.
Mom: Same with me making dinner. Although I never thought it was quotidian.
Monday, August 4, 2008
We took part in the end of summer program where the youth group shares a meal and everything they did all summer long. Darby was very intrigued. They are pretty wacky as well, because she was laughing the loudest when they reenacted their mission trips and camp trips with the Bible flannel board pieces. I thought it was very funny, too, but not half as funny as Dar.
In a few weeks she is 10. Maybe that is why I am feeling so...
I can't believe I have a child that will soon be a teenager.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
We were without power for quite some time Saturday night. I still needed to entertain a couple of kids who were worried about the storm, so a candlelit bath was just the diversion that worked. I LOVE having a big bathtub and candles. So does Roxy. I have taught here how to cover her body in bubbles for modesty. Ain't she cute.
Somehow, all of this has left Scott excited about buying a chainsaw. I guess ticks and poison ivy can't keep a good man down.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
No pictures, you say? I have no idea what I look like on a bike, and neither will you. Google the trail if you will, but after a 22 year hiatus, the image of me on a bike will be postponed to a later date. I will say it was fun and that we will be going back. Even Darby liked it, and sweating is so "not her thing". Roxy can't wait to go back, but she was in a sidecar and made no effort beyond dressing her stuffed animals in the appropriate "going out to play" clothes. And Scott did not act like he wanted to strangle us, so that makes the trip a four-way win.