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12/14/13 Saturday – Shhh...

I put googly-eyes on everything that ma ma has in her refrigerator. Do ya think she'll notice? Heh.

googly eyes in frig

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12/12/13 Thursday – Friendship Bread

I have Friendship Bread coming out of my heinie!

friendship bread

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12/04/13 Wednesday – Wild Heart

The deer come to The Farm often. I love their peaceful ways.

whitetail deer in field

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12/01/13 Sunday – Something Sweet

Yogurt ice cream with crushed up cornflakes. Yummy in my tummy!

yogurt icecream and cornflakes

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11/30/13 Saturday – Addictive

Hubby and I are crazy about this bread! Crazy, I tell ya! Crazy!

cheese bread

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11/29/13 Friday – Countryside

Today we took a drive around the more rural areas nearby. Pretty.

cows in field

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11/28/13 Thursday – Melting Away

Winter doesn't last long here on The Farm. All of the snow has almost completely melted away. In Alaska we always have snow on the ground from October through April. I love snow.

heart of snow

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11/27/13 Wednesday – Deer Winter

I'm so glad it snows here in Tennessee.

dear on farm

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11/14/13 Thursday – Best Friends


Ma ma and her sweet friend Georgia gathered nuts together.

gathering nuts

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11/13/13 Wednesday – From A Garden


You can't get green onions like this in Alaska. Nope, no, nodda.

greenonions

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10/24/13 Thursday – Bones and Banjo


We need this for our front porch...If only we had a front porch...

bones and banjo

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10/17/13 Thursday – Farm Life


farm

Image credit goes to Hubby.


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10/15/13 Tuesday – Where is Home


I miss my kids. I miss Katelyn. I miss Alaska.


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10/13/13 Sunday – Empty Nest


Nests are fascinating to me. All that work. Bravo, birdie, bravo!

bird nest

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10/12/13 Saturday – Dr. Mills


When you find the right dentist, it's not so bad. Still, I'm glad I have all of my teeth. Floss, people, floss. She says with a smile.

smile again

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10/11/13 Friday – Pull Up A Chair

Ma ma's wrought iron patio furniture needed to be cleaned up. So today was the day. I washed them, wire-brushed them, and put a fresh coat of spray paint on them. I got done right before sunset. They turned out really nice.

wrought iron patio chair
wrought iron patio chairs

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10/10/13 Thursday – Cool Clock


I'd be neat to have a Harvey Water Clock on the farm. Heh.

harvey water clock harvey water clock

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10/07/13 Monday – Kitty Pot


I grew some organic catnip and picked the first batch today. My cats have been busy smokin' doobies, experiencing zero gravity, and eating the last of the Snacks-for-Cats.

catnip

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10/06/13 Sunday – It's Hot Outside


I picked my first batch of Cayenne Peppers. Ooh, how I love me some heat!

cayenne peppers

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10/05/13 Saturday – Ma Ma's Orchard


Ma ma has nut trees, apple trees, and pear trees. They are all organic; no commercial herbicides are used on them. Amen.

pear tree

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10/04/13 Friday – Bobbin' for Apples


We went to the annual Apple Festival in Unicoi today. There were all kinds of fun things to do and old things to admire, like these vintage wooden spools. Pretty cool!

antique wood spool

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10/03/13 Thursday – Friendship


Amish Friendship Bread Starter. Let me warn you:
1. Friendship bread is extremely addictive!
2. Beware of The Cycle.
3. It's o.k. to Give-it-Up.
We received a bag of this bread starter from a local Amish girl. I kindly thanked her and then, without any prior knowledge on what to do with it, I got started.
I babysat my starter for the next ten days and following that, all I did was bake bread for the next 4 months. Lots of it! I was hooked. Then of course, by then end of month three, finding someone - anyone - to give a bread starter to was becoming nearly impossible. I finally said to myself enough is enough.

friendship bread

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10/02/13 Wednesday – Honk Honk


Our neighbor was honking so I went to visit him. He's sweet.

donkey

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10/01/13 Tuesday – Pride and Joy


Happy Birthday David! You. Are. Amazing! And Talented. And in many ways you gave me profound purpose in life. I am incredibly proud of you!

Now, go make that wish and have an awesome day!

I love you,

~Mom

david and family

Photo credit goes to: Mashaya.


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09/27/13 Friday – Wild Berries


You're missing out if you haven't tried wild salmon berries with milk and sugar. What a sweet treat.

wild salmon berries

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09/26/13 Thursday – Easy Does It


A surprise for ma ma. No, no, no...not him. The golf cart.

golf cart

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09/25/13 Wednesday – The Monarch


The new flowers we potted are attracting the monarch butterflies. Pretty!

monarch butterfly

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09/23/13 Monday – Chestnuts


Oh, I was ever so fascinated by seeing nuts that actually grow on trees. Nuts from a tree. Real nuts!

chestnut
chestnut
chestnut
chestnut

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09/22/13 Sunday – Cop-a-Squat


We're meeting some really nice people down here in Tennessee.

friends in tn

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09/21/13 Saturday – Praying


I don't particularly care for insects. At all. But I love the Praying Mantis.

praying mantis

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09/20/13 Friday – Acclimating


Tennessee sure is different than Alaska! We've been here three months. So far I have learned three things:
1. The sun sets fast.
2. The sun rises fast.
3. And ma ma drives fast.

astilbe flower

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09/19/13 Thursday – Feed the Birds


We delivered a bunch of bird feeders today and we met a few nice people too.

bird feeder

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09/18/13 Wednesday – Cannonball


Can you find the cannonball? This is the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, built in 1860, located in downtown Greeneville, Tennessee. There is a Civil War cannonball embedded in the brick wall right by the front door.

civil war cannonball in church

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09/17/13 Tuesday – Burn The Brush


The farmhand is burning the brush pile for ma ma. Hubby is the County Fire Marshal driving his little fire truck:

farm work

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09/16/13 Monday – Farm View


Sometimes I feel like I am so very very far away from home.

farm view

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09/15/13 Sunday – Big Tiller


Now that's what you call rototilling!

rototiller

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09/14/13 Saturday – North Neighbor


These are our neighbors to the north of us. They are are as sweet as buttermilk.

calves

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09/13/13 Friday – New Paths


Our neighbor owns approximately 67 acres of farmland that is leased out to a farmer who plants rotation crops. We maintain the tree line which naturally divides our property from his. This requires us to mow between his crop and our trees, making a path that also serves as a firebreak.

crop path

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09/07/13 Saturday – Deck Appeal


Hubby and I visited a local nursery to purchase a few flowers and other plants that we potted. We put them on the deck to add a lil' happy-happy to ma ma's view.

potted plants

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09/06/13 Friday – Rolling Hills


People down here in Tennessee actually call these mountains. Uh, No. Nope. Those are not mountains. I think they are more like rolling hills compared to the majestic mountains of Alaska. Pretty though. I couldn't help but to analyze the difference between them of course. In Alaska, at sea level, standing next to a mountain, looking up - yeah, they look huge. The average peak elevation might be between 3 to 4 thousand feet. Now I'm in Tennessee at approximately 1,700 feet elevation level. Hell, in comparison, I'm half way up Thunder Mountain! My conclusion, in Tennessee I'm looking at half mountains, the tops of mountains, rolling hills. Heh.

tennessee mountains

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09/03/13 Tuesday – Hay Hubby


Hubby is having a hay-day:

hubby with hay bale

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09/01/13 Sunday – Ma Ma Loves Pink


Ma ma has some really pretty flowers that she planted all around her house.

pink flower

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08/31/13 Saturday – Solar Flowers


We added some solar lights to the flowers that we potted for ma ma. They look really pretty at night.

solar light in flower pot

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08/30/13 Friday – Yarn Farm


Ma ma and I have been crocheting together lately. It has been fun, really. I've been making pot holders.

crochet pot holder

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08/29/13 Thursday – Imprints


Gosh. I miss them. So much that it hurts.

david and katelyn

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08/28/13 Wednesday – Leaf


This insect looks just like a leaf. It's pretty cool! It's called a Katydid.

katydid

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08/27/13 Tuesday – I Live With My Mother


That look you get when you live with your mother:

funny face

That look you get when you live with your mother-in-law:

funny face

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08/26/13 Monday – Mikado Choo Choo


We took a lil' trip to DollyWood. It's only about an hour and a half drive away from where we live; 45 minutes if ma ma is driving. While we were there I constantly wished that all of my kids and granddaughter were with us to share in the adventures. We had a blast! We even rode on a train that is pulled by two steam locomotives which originally traveled the White Pass and Yukon railroad route. Pretty cool!

dollywood train

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08/25/13 Sunday – Rock Me


I don't know why it is, but I love rocks. I thought this was pretty:

rocks

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08/24/13 Saturday – Gettin' Dirty


It's time to shop for some farm equipment. The guy at this place was really nice. I'm sure that we'll be back to shop here again.

chucks farm equipment store

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08/23/13 Friday – Hide and Seek


Silly frog; he thinks nobody can see him.

frog on planter

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08/21/13 Wednesday – Myotonia Congenita


Ooh, ooh, I want one! They're so cute! I was tempted to say BOO to see if they'd faint like the myotonic goats do. But, no, no I didn't.

goats

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08/20/13 Tuesday – Turkey Tuesday


There are wild turkey on The Farm.

turkey on farm

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08/19/13 Monday – Camouflage


This frog almost matches the deck that he sits on.

frog on deck

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08/18/13 Sunday – Natures Candy


Ma ma has a fig tree. Oh, how I love figs. They are naturally sweet with a flavor that only nature can produce. M'm, m'm, m'm.

fig

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08/16/13 Friday – Wings


This ain't no butterfly!

moth

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08/15/13 Thursday – George W. G. Ferris


We spent the better part of the evening hours at the Greene County Fair. We had fun.

ferris wheel

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08/14/13 Wednesday – Sun Go Down


It sure seems like the days are short here compared to the amount of daylight hours Alaska gets in the summertime.

sunset farm

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08/13/13 Tuesday – Italian Cuisine


We were in the mood to eat out so we went to an Italian restaurant located in Greeneville. After reading through a gazillion items they had to offer on their menu, we opted for the chicken and spinach pizza. Not too bad.

chicken spinach pizza

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08/11/13 Sunday – Head Popped Off


Yesterday we were busy cleaning up ma ma's flower beds. While Hubby was rototilling the blades of it nearly chopped the head off of a big, ugly, mean-ass snake. And, I kid you not! I saw that big, ugly, mean-ass snake reattach his head and slither off. REATTACH IT!

I did not sleep well last night.


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08/10/13 Saturday – Rustic Decor


I think I'll decorate our new house with a rustic-antique theme. I thought this was cute:

rustic bike

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08/09/13 Friday – Rockin' on the Porch


Not far from our farm is a small mom-and-pop grocery store. We enjoy shopping there. Sometimes we'll get a cold sandwich from the deli to eat while we sit in the shade on the front porch.

mennonite store

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08/08/13 Thursday – Forever Flowers


These are cute! Simple, rustic, summer-like pretty.

metal flowers

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08/07/13 Wednesday – Drippin' Wet


My sweat even sweats here. Non-stop sweat.


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08/06/13 Tuesday – Monkey Butts


The squirrels here are HUGE! They're like orangutans jumping from one tree to the other. We're gonna have a lil' problem if one of them baboons land on my head!


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08/04/13 Sunday – Track Me


Follow the train tracks.

train tracks

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08/02/13 Friday – What Bunnies Do


Interesting...Don't they mean Speed Bump?

speed hump

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08/01/13 Thursday – Farm Land


Rolling hills and rolling bales.

farm land

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07/28/13 Sunday – Purveyors


Time for a lil' sightseeing...

mail pouch

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07/26/13 Friday – Quad Dude


Horse power, baby ... Horse Power!

quad

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07/24/13 Wednesday – New Ground


O.k. Just one more picture of my flowers from the past then I'll try to ground myself in Tennessee. Double Petunia:

double petunia flower

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07/23/13 Tuesday – Coral Red


Flowers and the soil they grow in make me smile. Hubby and I are both Alaska Certified Master Gardeners. For years, we sowed seeds and nurtured plants that grew into these lovely flowers that you see posted all over my Website. It was a very beautiful part of my life. I cherish those years.

coral bells flower

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07/22/13 Monday – Lupin


This flower grows wild in Alaska. A beautiful flower.

lupin flower

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07/17/13 Wednesday – Tree Trimmer


Hubby has been busy trimming ma ma's trees in her orchard.

hubby trimming orchard

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07/16/13 Tuesday – Climber


This plant has been climbing ma ma's power pole, so her and I spent the afternoon cutting all of it off.

climbing plant

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07/13/13 Saturday – Fly Alaska


You know it! Hubby added the Alaska flag to the flag pole on The Farm in Tennessee. Heh.

two flags

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07/09/13 Tuesday – Busy Hands Are Happy Hands


Thoughts of my children continue to flood my mind, but I'm trying to find ways to keep busy - even if we are plumb worn out.

bumble bee on thyme

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07/08/13 Monday – Busy Thoughts


Although we are having fun in Tennessee, my mind is consumed with thoughts of all my children back in Alaska. Ugh! I miss them!

blackeyed susan flower

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06/30/13 Sunday – Left My Heart


I forgot to pack my heart. It's back in Alaska where all my kids are.


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06/29/13 Saturday – Settle Down


I sure hope the kids jumped into those boxes that I shipped. I miss them!


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06/28/13 Friday – New Soil


Hello Tennessee. I hope I didn't just make one hell of a huge mistake.


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06/27/13 Thursday – Astilbe Bee


Goodbye Alaska. I. Will. Return.

astilbe flower

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06/25/13 Tuesday – Planted and Bloomed


I was planted in Alaska and I bloomed in Alaska.

lobelia and alyssum flowers

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06/22/13 Saturday – Moving Away


My skin is ready, but my heart struggles.

tan lines

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06/20/13 Thursday – Special Boxes


O.k. kids, everyone get in your box. I'm taking you with me.

kid boxes

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06/18/13 Tuesday – Ice


How many people can actually say that they have held a piece of glacier ice in their hand?

glacier ice

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06/17/13 Monday – Pretty In Pink


One of my many favorite flowers, Peonies.

peony

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06/15/13 Saturday – Pretty Blues


I absolutely love the color of the glacier!

mendenhall glacier

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06/14/13 Friday – Fish On


David and Derik spending quality time together. Makes me happy.

fishermen

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06/12/13 Wednesday – Hubby Hike


We hiked to Nugget Falls today.

hubby hike nugget falls mendenhall glacier

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06/11/13 Tuesday – Mendenhall Glacier


Hubby is playing with pieces of ice that broke off of the glacier and floated close to shore.

hubby iceberg mendenhall glacier

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06/07/13 Friday – Seeds


Blow on it! Ahh, ya know ya want to!

dandelion

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06/06/13 Thursday – Canceled


The Engineer's reinspection was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Our Realtor is working with a new Engineer so hopefully the reinspection will be rescheduled soon. Instead of letting this slow me down, I got busy calling all of our home utility services to schedule cancellation dates. I also called the moving company and the manager stopped by the house for a final review of what will be packed. We also scheduled a firm date to load our belongings into a shipping container. It is hard to believe that we have less than 20 days left here in this house. Wow.


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06/03/13 Monday – Value


The Appraiser came to evaluate our house so that he could estimate how much it is worth. It is strange for me to imagine someone actually putting an official price tag on our house. To me ... to me this seems impossible. Odd. Our house is filled with so many years of great joy; putting a value on it seems debasing. If only these walls could talk - they would share countless treasured memories, endless laughter, and rooms full of immeasurable love. Priceless.

lupin

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06/02/13 Sunday – One Step. Two Steps.


I challenge you ... Ah, heck, I challenge anyone to put on a white glove and try ... just try to find one speck of dust or dirt in my house. Gone are the days when mopping, dusting, and deep cleaning could be put off until tomorrow. I was busier than a cat buryin' turds on a marble floor! This house is clean! Spotless, I tell ya!

This coming week we will mark another milestone. The Appraiser and the Engineer are on the docket.


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05/31/13 Friday – Someone Dear To Me


Happy Birthday Shayla! We love you so much!

birthday cake

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05/30/13 Thursday – Pilots


Hubby took this picture:

float plane

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05/29/13 Wednesday – Million Dollar View


Our two older boys have awesome views from their own living rooms. David, our oldest son, has a view of the Gastineau Channel and of the Juneau International Airport. Derik has a view of the ocean and the surrounding mountains, including the Mount Edgecumbe volcano. He often sends me pictures of it.

derik view mt edgecumbe ocean

Lucky ducks.


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05/28/13 Tuesday – Sweetness


We have had some really nice weather lately. I love it!

hubby and sweet pea

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05/26/13 Sunday – A Flight For Dad


Hubby's cousin, Jacques, is a pilot. When Hubby's dad recently passed away, Jacques offered to take Hubby in his airplane to spread dad's ashes. It was my father-in-law's wish to have his ashes spread over a specific mountaintop here in Alaska. So we did. It was not emotionally easy, but I was proud of how well Hubby did. Our son JC went along for the ride too; he flew the airplane most of the time and did a great job. After Hubby scattered his dad's ashes from the plane over the mountaintop, Jacques flew us over the Mendenhall Glacier and the sled dog camp that is up there as well. It was a spectacular flight! Sunny. Beautiful. Perfect. My father-in-law would have been proud.

Rest in peace.

flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes
flight with jacques jc hubby to spread father-in-laws ashes

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05/25/13 Saturday – Mendenhall Glacier


JC, Hubby, and I hiked to the Mendenhall Glacier today. Here are some of the reasons why I have loved living in Alaska:

mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike
mendenhall glacier hike

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05/23/13 Thursday – Hike It


It's hotter than a billy goat's ass in a pepper patch! Whewee!

wetlands

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05/22/13 Wednesday – Burn It


While Brian was here for a visit he and Hubby fixed the very last item on the Engineer's List. We are done! This is one list that I have felt like throwing into the fire simply because this particular Engineer cost us a lot of unnecessary expenses due to a couple of very unnecessary suggested improvements. I am SO glad that this chapter is over with!


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05/21/13 Tuesday – Busy Lives


The kids are gone and the house feels empty once again.

blue sky moon

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05/20/13 Monday – Open Doors


Brian went back to Sitka and then Derik and Saphy arrived. Our doors are always open. Makes me smile.

saphy derik ferrets

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05/16/13 Thursday – Big Pancakes


Brian is here! Whoop! Whoop!

brian pancakes

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05/15/13 Wednesday – Work It


You might be asking yourself why we are still in Alaska and not in Tennessee since we have sold our house. The answer ... we are still working on the Engineer's List repairing things and making suggested improvements.

Um. Yeah.


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05/12/13 Sunday – Prize Ticket


Today we went to the antique car show. I am not too crazy about crowds, so I cruised through the cars fairly quickly to see if there were any cars that were different from the last car show that we went to. There were a couple of them. Tow Mater from the cartoon movie Cars was a new addition to the car show this year. It was so cute to see the excitement in the children's faces as they climbed onto it to get their picture taken. I watched them for a bit then I boogied on outside after feeling like I got lovingly ambushed by a tribe of local native Americans. And Hubby stayed at the car show long enough to win a prize.

tow mater
cars towel

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05/11/13 Saturday – Alaska Airlines


Yes, it was that close! It is cool.

alaska airlines jet

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05/10/13 Friday – God's Grace


We have been hiking a lot lately because the weather has been so nice. I sure hope the sun stays out for a while!

birds

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05/09/13 Thursday – Life ... and ... Death


One of the hardest things about getting older is accepting the death of loved ones. And ... receiving the box marked, "Human Remains."

cremation

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05/08/13 Wednesday – Sunrays


I am working on tan lines today. And. Nothing more.


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05/06/13 Monday – Antsy


Hubby has been busy carving wood ducks with his buddies lately. I still have the urge to get a few things checked off of our Get 'Er Done list. So I got some major chores done, put the tractor trailer on Craig's List, and asked Hubby to pack up his helicopters. But before he packed up the toys, Hubby had to have some fun flying his 'copters around the house. It reminded me of those huge flying bugs that they have down there in Tennessee. And as Hubby hovered his heli-bug around my head I realized that I had to resist the urge to reach up and smack it away. Maybe he should stick with carving ducks.

wood duck carving

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05/04/13 Saturday – Cobbler


My rhubarb is coming up and it looks like I may get two more batches of it before we move! Sweet!


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05/02/13 Thursday – Pan Dog


It snowed again today. Yeah! It did! I'm so tired of winter. To warm things up I decided to cook all day. I made banana bread and I tried a new recipe that I found on the Internet. Basically you just add chopped up hotdogs to cornbread and it tastes like a corndog. I call it, "Pan Dog."

corndog in a pan

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04/30/13 Tuesday – The Day After


Yesterday was filled with so much joy; I look back on it and smile. My Hubby went out of his way to make my birthday as perfect as possible. And it was just that ... perfect. Thank you, Baby!

sandpiper trail hike

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04/29/13 Monday – Smile


"Me-Day!" That's what I call a day that I take time for myself to do whatever it is that I may want to do. It's a healthy choice for me. Without Me-Day there might be "Bitch-Day". Nobody wants that. So today is Me-Day!


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04/28/13 Sunday – Singing A Song


It was so nice to get a phone call from my mom and dad today! I love to hear them sing to me the Happy Birthday song. It was so cute! And it made me smile - even though they were a day early.


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04/27/13 Saturday – Hub Duck


Hubby has been busy painting the wood duck that he carved. Way cool!

hubby working on wood duck

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04/26/13 Friday – Let There Be Warmth


The new oil tank is now hooked up and we are slowly unthawing.


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04/25/13 Thursday – Install


One of the items on the Engineer's Findings List was to decommission our underground oil tank and replace it with a new above ground oil tank. This is one very expensive finding and one that was not necessary at all but nonetheless, we had to get it done. Contractor number 1 out of 3 ... digging the hole to expose old oil tank:

digging down to old oil tank

After a lot of work and a lot of rain, the new oil tank in now in place:

new oil tank

Tomorrow it will get hooked up. In the meantime, we are freezing!


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04/24/13 Wednesday – Get It!


Hubby discovered this live Webcam stream of Phoebe the Channel Island Allen hummingbird. You can watch it here: Phoebe. Our cat, Pooh, likes to watch it too.

phoebe the hummingbird

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04/23/13 Tuesday – Sand and Sunshine


Even though it is still bone chilling cold outside - JC, Hubby, and I spent some quality time at the beach this past weekend. I love spending time as a family like that. It makes me so happy.

sandy beach
sandy beach
sandy beach

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04/22/13 Monday – Confused Feathers


This is not good ... Frozen hummingbird feeder:

frozen hummingbird feeder

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04/19/13 Friday – Gardens


Today I played in my flower gardens. I added more rock around the beds too. I think the flower beds look a lot nicer now.

flower bed
flower bed
flower bed

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04/18/13 Thursday – Sitka


sitka sunset

A friend sent this picture to me. Breathtaking!


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04/16/13 Tuesday – Round it Up


Lately I have been going around the house making a mental note of what I have yet to pack before we move. There isn't much left.


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04/15/13 Monday – IRS


Taxes are done! Whoop whoop!


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04/14/13 Sunday – Catawampus


I cringe at the thought of having to fly my two cats almost 4,000 miles. This is not going to be easy.


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04/13/13 Saturday – Yahoo!


I played in my flower garden all day long. Sweet!

front flower bed

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04/12/13 Friday – Melting


It has warmed up and the snow is melting. Finally!

front flower bed

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04/11/13 Thursday – Itch


I'm getting the itch to play in my flower gardens. There is still snow on the ground. Err.


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04/10/13 Wednesday – Line 'em Up


Lining up three different contractors to coincide with work that has to be done on the boiler and the oil tank is about as easy as putting my cat in a pink tutu and expecting her to like it. It is not easy!


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04/09/13 Tuesday – Jack Frost


If any of you know where spring is, please send me some.


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04/08/13 Monday – Sign This. Sign That.


We have been busy signing papers with the Realtor. Preparing for taxes. And getting my Living Will done.


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04/06/13 Saturday – Never-Ending Winter


Psst! Ya! You, Ms. Mother Nature! It is April! Put your winter wand away!

more snow in juneau

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04/05/13 Friday – Hanging On


Winter keeps hanging on here. We had a frosty fog that reminded me of the weather that we have in October.


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04/04/13 Thursday – Signs of Spring


My rhubarb is coming up! I sure hope I get at least one more batch of it before we move! Yum!

rhubarb

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04/03/13 Wednesday – Brother Brad


Happy Birthday Brad!
I love you.


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04/02/13 Tuesday – Celebrate


We rarely go out to eat, but today we celebrated the sell of our house by treating ourselves to a fish and chips lunch at the Sandbar. Halibut. Cooked to perfection! Yum!

juneau alaska sandbar fish and chips

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04/01/13 Monday – Fix It


Today we did boiler work.


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03/30/13 Saturday – Sticky Rice


I spent the day making Easter goodies. I made Rice Krispie Easter eggs drizzled with homemade fudge.

easter egg rice krispy treats

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03/29/13 Friday – Time Flies


So far this year has been crazy! Busy! Nuts! My head is about ready to pop off!


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03/28/13 Thursday – Ouch


We got the quote on how much it is going to cost us to move. Ouch! I say it is time to get rid of even more stuff!


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03/27/13 Wednesday – Put it in the Bucket


This was fun! I hope Katelyn loves it!

katelyns easter basket

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03/26/13 Tuesday – A Mile Long


It seems like our list of things to get done keeps on growing.


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03/25/13 Monday – Clock Tock


Sometimes I wish that there were 72 hours in one day so that we'd have more time to get things done. Yeah, sounds good to me.


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03/24/13 Sunday – Take a Break


We decided to take a break today even though we have a lot more to get done before our big move to Tennessee. It is hard to rest knowing that we have so much to do yet. My body isn't moving today, but my brain is going 500 miles per hour.
Note to self: Breathe, Wendy, breathe!


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03/23/13 Saturday – Spring


It doesn't seem like springtime here because we still have plenty of snow on the ground, but today I noticed that my Bleeding Hearts and Peonies are popping up out of the ground. It is always so exciting for me to see them come up every year!


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03/22/13 Friday – Great Find


I found a killer good recipe on the Internet; chicken lasagna with homemade alfredo sauce. It's SO easy to make and it is a meal that is to die for! Here, I wrote it down for you:

chicken alfredo lasagna
chicken alfredo lasagna
chicken alfredo lasagna

Yum!


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03/21/13 Thursday – Chop Chop


We have been working on lining things up for the big move to Tennessee.


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03/20/13 Wednesday – Taco Salad


We can't enjoy our meals at the kitchen table anymore because we haven't owned one for over a year now, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this delicious taco salad! Yum!

taco salad

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03/19/13 Tuesday – More snow


Looking out my kitchen window ... more snow:

kitchen window view

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03/18/13 Monday – The List


When push comes to shove, we get busier. Our list of things to get done has now become a priority once again.


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03/16/13 Saturday – A Possible Winner


We are down to two different couples that want to buy the house. We have submitted our counter offer. Now we wait.


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03/15/13 Friday – Counter Offers


We despise haggling. We even hate it more than our cat's hairballs. So, a tip to those of you who are out and about looking at houses in hopes to buy one. Don't piss off the owners of the house by expecting too much.
It felt so damn good to write the word "REJECTED" on that piece of paper today at the Realtor's office.
One down. Two to go.


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03/14/13 Thursday – The Battle


We have had a lot of bites on the house lately. Currently we have three different couples making us offers left and right. Makes my head spin.


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03/12/13 Tuesday – Um


Sometimes ya just don't ask why ...

hubby

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03/09/13 Saturday – At The Gym


We continue to have house showings and continue to go to the gym. It's been a long long winter.

hubby at the gym

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03/06/13 Wednesday – The View


Our son, Derik, has a breathtaking view. He lives right on the ocean and he often sends me absolutely beautiful pictures of Sitka by the sea. I thought this one in particular was a spectacular shot ... One side of the picture has blue hues - the other side pink. Cool!

sitka alaska

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03/05/13 Tuesday – Easter Shopping


Easter is coming up soon and even though I hate to shop, I had a blast hopping around looking for some Easter goodies for Katelyn's basket!

easter goodies

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03/01/13 Friday – Kitchen Cabinets Continued


I'm still working on improving the inside of the kitchen cabinets.


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02/28/13 Thursday – Before And After


The cabinet on the right-hand side is a before picture of the kitchen cabinets and on the left-hand side of the picture is after I got done. Not perfect, but not too bad either.

kitchen cabinets

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02/27/13 Wednesday – Next on the List


Next on my list of things to get done is to work to improve the inside of my kitchen cabinets. Oh goodie.

ape cup

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02/26/13 Tuesday – Tracy's Crab Shack


Hey Sis! Look what I found!

tracys crab shack

I'd ask ya to come on back and have some crab, but they are closed for the winter (giggling). I miss you.


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02/25/13 Monday – Left Behind


Hey Sis! Look what you forgot to take back home with you...

forgotten item

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02/24/13 Sunday – Another Goodbye


I hate goodbyes. And. Today I have to say goodbye to my sweet Sis, once again.


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02/23/13 Saturday – Last Hurrah


Our visit is coming to an end. Even though it is colder than belly-blue hell, Sis and I went for a walk around the neighborhood and warmed our hearts with each other's company.

sis at mendenhall glacier

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02/22/13 Friday – One Last Visit


Sis wanted to see the Mendenhall Glacier one last time, so we headed out there to have a little fun ...

sis at mendenhall glacier
mendenhall glacier

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02/21/13 Thursday – Katelyn's Play House


Sis and I built Katelyn a playhouse with the cardboard box that the new dryer came in.

katelyns playhouse
katelyns playhouse
katelyns playhouse

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02/19/13 Tuesday – Cell Hell


My cellular phone died so we headed to get a new one. Sis was not happy about this. It seems like every time she comes to Alaska we are guaranteed a trip to cell phone hell.

sis at cellular one

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02/18/13 Monday – Chi-Ching


Hubby got me a new dryer and Sis helped him install it. After that, Sis and I walked around the neighborhood. Brr! It is still very cold outside. I wish winter would go away.


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02/17/13 Sunday – Lazy


We did absolutely nothing today. Not. A. Thing.


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02/16/13 Saturday – Sis


Sis is here! Finally! So I picked her up from the airport and went directly to the laundromat to do some laundry because the dryer broke yesterday.


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02/09/13 Saturday – Red


One of my favorite flowers ... Giant Red Peony Poppy:

giant red peony poppy

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02/08/13 Friday – Schizanthus


If I would have had a daughter, I would have named her Schizanthus.

schizanthus

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02/02/13 Saturday – Nostalgia


Since there is nothing new to report - nothing exciting that is happening in our lives right now, I thought that I'd take a trip down memory lane and post some old pictures in the next few posts ...

lilac

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02/01/13 Friday – Same Ole. Same Ole.


There really isn't anything new to report. We clean the house. We go to the gym. We occupy ourselves during house showings.


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01/28/13 Monday – Horizon


There is a storm brewing. We are suppose to get up to 10 inches of snow today. So far it is sunny, blue sky, extremely cold, and absolutely beautiful outside. I'm not going to place any bets on Mr. Weather Man's prediction.


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01/26/13 Saturday – No Marathon


I'm not running in a marathon anytime soon, but my knee is slowly getting a better. The brace that Hubby bought for me is like my binky. I don't go far without it.


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01/25/13 Friday – Open House


Our Realtor suggested looking at competing houses. These are the houses that are for sale at the same price range as ours, similar in size, etc. So today we went and looked at one. I highly recommend this exercise if you are selling your home. It gave me perspective, hands-on comparisons, and even some ideas. It also gave me the urge to improve a couple of other things in the house.


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01/24/13 Thursday – On A Roll


Hubby is now painting the inside of the double-car garage door. You go for it, Hubby! You go for it!


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01/23/13 Wednesday – Passing Time


If you are interested in good gardening information, I recommend the Mother Earth News magazine. Plus, this magazine is full of more than just gardening tips. It also has information on farming; practical, simple how-to living; alternative energy; recycling; and useful tips and tricks. I can sit and read it for a good long spell. I love it!

welcome sign

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01/21/13 Monday – Get In Get Out


We've had a lot of house showings lately! Today we had another one. There is not much else to report. It's not like we can plan to do a whole lot of fun retirement activities. Our lives revolve around this house, keeping it shipshape and spotless, and providing the new Realtor with anything she needs at any given moment.
We clean. We go. We come home.
We clean. We go. We come home.


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01/19/13 Saturday – Be Still


I am usually the type of person that likes to get things done. I don't like to sit much and do nothing. I like to go here, go there, do this, and do that. Even if I am just fiddle-farting around, I'm doing something and that works for me. What doesn't work for me is sitting here waiting on my knee to mend. It is driving me batty, I tell ya! My brain is telling me to, "Go, go, go!" And my knee is telling me, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!"


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01/18/13 Friday – I Am Not An Ostrich


I have never had a broken bone in my life or any significant injuries. I've been pretty lucky ... until yesterday. While rushing to get out of the house and off to the gym, I fell fast, hard, and double-time. Why? Because our driveway is like an ice skating rink. I have always been extremely careful when walking on ice. But yesterday, I went to jump out of the "Beast" and down I went. Boom! I landed on my heinie but my knee went in a totally different and almost ostrich-like position. And people ... I kid you not! The whole neighborhood heard me yell this one but very powerful dirty little word. The pain was excruciating!
Now I hobble.


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01/17/13 Thursday – Repeat


House showing. Check.
Gym. Check.


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01/16/13 Wednesday – Hairball


Sometimes ya just have to hang tight or hang loose.

kita cat

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01/15/13 Tuesday – More Painting


Hubby decided to paint the inside of the single-car garage door. Wow! It looks so much nicer!
Me? I'm so sick of painting that I don't even want to paint my toenails!


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01/14/13 Monday – Out House


We had another house showing today, so we went to the gym. I don't know where we get the most results from ... in the gym or preparing our home for showings. I know one thing! It sure is nice to have Hubby's help with the house and it is also nice having his company at the gym.


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01/13/13 Sunday – Honey Bee


There is no honey in the pot yet. We are still waiting for that special family to buy our house.

bee on clover

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01/12/13 Saturday – Pretty In Pink


I miss the sweet smell of summer.

front flower bed

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01/10/13 Thursday – Trapped


Do you ever feel booby trapped? I do ... every single time I have to wear a bra. I went to exercise today and I wanted to fling that sports bra clear across the gym!

Oh, and another thought! Happy Birthday, Sis!

happy birthday sis

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01/09/13 Wednesday – Schedule


Our day-to-day plans are unpredictable since the house is back on the market. Today we have a house showing so we are going to the gym while the house is being shown.


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01/08/13 Tuesday – This And That


The house is back on the market!


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01/06/13 Sunday – Hush lil Baby


Last night, I slept as though there was a brand new baby in the house. I probably could have heard a pin drop if it landed on the carpet. After getting out of bed we immediately checked out the house, surrounding area, and the news for any damages due to the earthquake. There were none. Whew.


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01/05/13 Saturday – Shake, Rattle, and Roll


We had an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the richter scale! It struck right at midnight and lasted for quite a while! At first the earth rolled and it felt as if we were in a seiner fishing in high seas. Then the earthquake swirled the earth beneath us, as though we were on a huge merry-go-round. I thought the earthquake would never end. The aftershocks were significant in size as well. What a ride!


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01/04/13 Friday – Scale


I need a new scale for weighing myself. Every time I step on it, it says, "Ouch."


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01/03/13 Thursday – Pro vs. Novice


The difference between our old Realtor and our new Realtor is like night and day. The new Realtor insists on taking new pictures of the inside of the house because she is very particular. I love it!


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