Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Clearing out the Dust Bunnies ...

Somehow, I've caught the straightening-it-out bug. It is a rare illness that strikes a couple times a year!

It started with an e-mail from DD, saying she was coming home for a few days over Thanksgiving break ... and, I took everything out of her room, cleaned the carpet, moved in a desk, put everything back.

Poured everything out of the kitchen drawers -- clean & pitch time. Took everything out of the 'junk' cabinet -- clean & rearrange. Well ... had to check out the other cupboards as well. Took things downstairs, brought things upstairs. [and kept thinking "when have I used this last?" "Do I need to keep this here?" "Why is this downstairs when I use it ALL THE TIME?"]

The two hallway closets --- oh my. Must I even open them??? And why am I piling all this 'junk' in here that nobody uses? And, when we need something important [ie., flashlight] can never put our hands on it? Ditto -- took things downstairs, brought things upstairs. Made it into the kitchen pantry.

Took a good look at our bedroom & decided to clear out everything on top of the wardrobe, under the bed, clean out my stitching corner -- dust, clean, & put everything back ... until, my husband poked a hole in the ceiling while adjusting something in the attic. So, while that is under construction, my 'stuff' is in the dining room.

Continue onward ... you know, have to do this while on a roll, started to pull down boxes from the shelves downstairs. Was on my way thru a re-do & poor Nicholas became ill with the stomach flu & headache. Pause the cleaning in that room & garage for a day.

What to do today? Read or Stitch? Have to keep it quiet while Nicholas gets his rest.

Tori's Room
Hallway Closet
kitchen drawers
kitchen cupboards
Clean the refrigerator
Bathroom Closet & cabinet
Cedar Chest
Shelves in basement
My bedroom [after ceiling repair]
Storage Closet downstairs [or wait until we get the decorations out?]

Monday, November 20, 2006

Getting the table ready ...

There is an un-named cat who enjoys chewing on the ornamental grass. Lots of little bite marks on the ends :D
Wonderful bouquet for our Fall celebration.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

2005 Book List

This is the list of books I read during 2005:

History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Cider House Rules by John Irving

Until I find You by John Irving
Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
Bee Season by Myla Goldbery
Jamesland by Michelle Huneven

Runaway by Alice Munro
Love of a Good Woman by Munro
Something I've been Meaning to Tell You by Munro

Moons of Jupiter by Munro

Selected Stories by Munro

Hateship by Munro
Season of Open Water by Dawn Clifton Tripp
Moon Tide by Dawn Clifton Tripp
Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Gilead by Marilynne Robison
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
Sound and the Fury by Faulkner
The Glass lake by Maeve Binchy
The Return Journey by M.Binchy
Copper Beach

Circle of Friends Maeve Binchy
This Year it will be Different by M.Binchy
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Plainsong by Ken Haruf
Eventide by Ken Haruf
Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

Don't Look Back by Amanda Quick
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman by E.Buchan
Shadows of Yesterday by Sandra Brown
Lady & the Unicorn by T.Chevalier
Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Abloom
Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Curioius Incident of the Dog by Mark Haddon
Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell
While I was Gone by Sue Miller
Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller
The Earth Below by Sue Miller
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
This is my Best - multiple authors
The Early Stories 1953-1975 by John Updike
Too Far to Go by John Updike
Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Snow Falling on Cedars

Saturday, November 18, 2006

partial 2004 Book List

I should have jotted down ALL of the book titles; however, these are a few I had listed in my 2004 Date Book:

Angels & Demons
DiVinci Code
Girl With a Pearl Earring
The Good Earth
Painted House
Gap Creek
Christmas Train
Summer Sisters
Emma's Secret
Wuthering Heights
Sparks: Notebook
The Lovely Bones
Fourth Hand
Widow for a Year
Tuesday With Morrie
Grapes of Wrath
House of Sand & Fog

Our daughter, Tori, set up a Xanga blog for me in 2005 ... which made it easier for me to keep track!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Alex in Beauty & the Beast

Pictures taken after the sixth performance.

Alex in his "Be Our Guest" clothing.

This picture was taken on the stage -- the performers were lining up for the panoramic cast photo.

This is his "Grony" costume.

Alex in his wolf costume. He was one of 4 wolves in the play.

(can you believe I paid $40.00 in costume rental fees?)

Alex and his Grammy K.

NEXT: cast party & taking down the set ...

"OK Mom, are we done yet?"
"Not until I get a good photo to sent to your sister .... "

I'm ordering Thai carry-out food.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Get off the "fur"niture ...

Often, our dog, Buddy, hops into David's chair. I have zero tolerance for all the dog fur, evidence, left behind! I am constantly scolding him & say loudly: "Buddy, Down!".

Today, I finished up some ironing, came into the room & look at what I find in the chair???

And where is innocent Buddy? Next to the chair, on the couch ... see his nose?