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Veterans Day 2014.....

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Dad

My Hubby

The day that we set aside for our Veterans is almost over..... Facebook is just loaded with pictures of Dads, Grand parents, Sons, Daughters who have served in the Armed Forces through the years. Every one is saying Thank you.

My hope is that after today is done.....That we not forget ...that guy down the street, or the homeless man you see hanging around on the street.... may be a Veteran too... and he gave his life.....and may never recover fully, for his country. Help! What ever you can do....help. That is the best way to say Thank you. ....give thank you meaning.

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JUNA89 11/11/2014 7:56PM


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GEORGE815 11/11/2014 6:34PM

    Great photos. Thanks for their service.

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Bathroom Completed....

Monday, October 06, 2014

Just a note to tell you the bathroom has been completed....and here is a picture story. All work was done by the Hubby and I. .....

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CHALLENGER15 10/7/2014 10:28AM


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KAB7801 10/6/2014 9:39PM

    Omg it's beautiful!

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RICKHANN 10/6/2014 9:31PM

    Wow, it looks terrific. Love the tile. I just finished tiling around my fireplace today.


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What a Morning!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

You all might know that I have been in a three year small renovation of my bathroom....and part of that three years has been nagging my Hubby to start.....even though we had bought all the stuff three years before. I started to tell you all what that involved but for some reason my computer dumped it three fourths of the way through the story..... OK that is a little too much for most people to handle this early in the morning so I will just say it has been draining for me trying to keep a house with a fine layer of reno-dust being deposited by me (most of the time) all over my house. I have to add that we have since changed the lighting, and the faucets too. We are now finishing the tile floors. All of this is on going.....and has left me exhausted. I am not a neat freak either.....but I do have allergies which flare up when this stuff gets too deep and I must clean it to be able to breath.....that is a catch 22....because when I clean I get worse for a day or two....then I get better.

Monday was one of those cleaning days.....the 3 SHIH TZUS were a stinking mess and I planned to take them to the groomer.....my car was also full of Hubby's clothes he had "out grown"....that needed to be taken to the Goodwill store.....and then I planned on coming home and starting on the doggie beds and crates...the floor sweep, vacuum and mop....and pick up the babies before five. When I go to the groomer she said she may not be able to do them because she was exceptionally busy...... this is the first time I had not called ahead......they say walk-ins welcome. Finally she said she would take them and I went on to the Goodwill store dropped off the whole trunk full and stopped at McDonalds for a breakfast burrito which I ate going home. I got home and started on washing the beds....but the washer was full of Hubby's clothes from the week before (he had just taken them out of his truck) and his weekend laundry ...so I sorted the lights and darks and washed dried folded them while doggie beds were washing. I also took up the rugs in front of the crates and started sweeping the floor around their crates. I went to pull out the table and knocked off the Sunflower arrangement...vase was full to the rim with those flat sided marbles.....they went every where...bouncing and tingling to the far corners of my kitchen and into the pile of stinky doggie dirt that I had been sweeping into a pile around the crate. I had to stop and hunt for the marbles, move my bench ....my computer tower and desk chair....the bar stools etc. etc till I had every cotton picken marble....the flowers were in the dirt so I threw them in the kitchen sink and filled it with soapy water along with the marbles.....finished sweeping ...then vacuumed . I was just shutting off the vac when I thought I heard the phone ring... no one there so I redialed the number and there was a busy signal....... I went on with the vacuuming and mopping when I heard the phone again. It was the groomers.....they closed at 3:00 and it was already 3:20.....I am 30 minutes from the groomers. I hung up the phone and quickly mopped up the soapy water on my patch of kitchen floor....in my house dress, with my hair dripping with sweat....off I went to the groomers. I apologized for being late and explained that I thought they closed at 5:00. True they did ...this was new hours and no one mentioned it to me.
At home I realized that the babies had no place to be till I finished cleaning. I was going to put them in their play pen but someone had pooed there yesterday and I did not take time to clean it because it was late....so I left everyone in the car carrier with the air on and car running...and hooked up the hose and hosed out the play pen. One by one I took the babies out of the car ....to the grass and let them potty and then put them in the play pen to play. I then went to the house and finished mopping the floor, drying there beds, putting their crates back together after scrubbing them in the tub......washing there rugs and drying them putting them down on a clean floor....putting all the furniture back in the room. (I knocked over the fern stand and the fern fell apart) ....washed my flowers in the sink and drained them in the sink...washed the marbles and put them back in the vase and made the arrangement over... My burritos were long gone.... I was hungry and tired....my back ached. I heated a bowl of left over soup ...went out and got my babies and put them in their clean beds and got ready for night time... I curled up on the couch and rested for the rest of the evening.

Yesterday....I awoke with a headache... and decided to take it easy for the day.... I made me something to eat and cleaned up the kitchen...carried the babies out with a leash so they would not get dirty ...and later took them to their clean play pen. Made me a cucumber salad with onion ....and a cheese sandwich. Hubby called and said he was sick maybe with a UTI and would be home in the evening. I made him some brown rice and soup. He went to bed... I did later.

I awoke again with a headache... Hubby is in the bathroom getting ready for a Doctor's appointment. He puts on his shoes and tracts dirt from one side of the kitchen floor....to the frig.....and back over to the computer desk...chunks of dried mud....then he steps on the rugs to make sure he had gotten everything I had done ....UNDONE! Then he left for the Doctor.
I let Cody out to go potty without a leash....and the first place he headed was the bare spot where Hubby parks his car.....no grass and Cody tried to roll.. I yell "no" and then he runs away and will not come back to me. I go inside and get Diva and put her on a leash she and I go potty ...no problem both one and two. I carry her inside so her wet feet will not pick up the mud that is all over the kitchen floor. I put her to bed and go back out to get Cody....he finally lets me pick him up ...he is a mess. The dewy grass and loose dirt....is like greasing and flouring a cake pan ....his belly and legs are a brown mess. I carry him into the bathroom put him in the tub and wash him, towel him off, and comb his ears and tail, ...carry him back into his bed and get the vacuum cleaner to clean the floor. I sweep in front of Cody's cage and front of the sink and the chair where Hubby has put on his shoes....around the computer chair and under the desk where Hubby had come to get his car keys hanging on the wall. This is four feet from Divas cage...... I am just about ready to put the vacuum away when I looked over and Diva is sitting in poo..... she does not like the vacuum and will poo even if she had just pooed outside....she also poos at the groomers.....at Pet Smart......and if she is outside with the mower running somewhere in the yard (I mow 2 acres). And the worse part is she just walks around all over it till she and her bed is a stinking mess. I picked her up by the scuff of the neck and carried her to the tub.......and I gave her a bath....head to toe. I took the bed and dumped it and put it in the washer and turned it on....took out the tray and carried it to the bathroom where Diva is still in the tub, and dumped it in the commode, washed it and hosed it off it the tub...left it there to drain while I took wipes and wiped the tracked poo off my kitchen floor. Then I mopped the rest of the kitchen. Oh yea Diva hates that Vac so much I took the vacuum into the bathroom and let it run while she is in the tub..... maybe she will not think it is so scary the next time. I still have a headache.....my neck hurts. It is noon and I have not had breakfast or my tea. Need to get the two spots in front of the bathroom door on the carpet.. before I forget.

All that before breakfast..... I wonder if Hubby even thought of how walking around in my kitchen with muddy shoes was going to affect my day..... there is a saying .."no rest for the wicked!" I would sure like to know what I did that was so wicked.

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KAB7801 9/25/2014 8:54PM

    I'm ready to start my renovations, but I need to find a place for my daughter. I want to remove the carpet in the basement and put ceramic down and that's where she lives. I've never done it but I'm herring the hardest part is cutting! We will see!
Good luck with your allergies
BTW, I love that cartoon!

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Repeat from Six years ago.....What is Exercise Anyway???

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I was going through my blog entries hunting a recipe to post on Facebook for my Crock-pot Apple butter......when I ran across this blog posted by me six years ago. It made me laugh so I thought I would share this one again. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it....

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Everyday seems to be full of time consuming tasks...Whose isn't? Today it was the telephone man to work on my DSL. He informed me my problem was in my upstream and downstream. Actually he said it was in my upstream that I had the problem...Great, if I had known that every time I sat down at this computer I was going upstream and down stream I would have counted it as cardio.....Upstream, being harder, I should have gotten more points ...Agree?
This charting of exercise is really confusing.... I can chart heavy house cleaning....exactly what is that...........Is that, for instance when I get down on my tummy and scoot under the bed to retrieve that one sock and must slide out backwards and get up on two feet again. It should be.....I am huffing and puffing a lot harder then, than when I walk a mile at the park....
Then there is grocery shopping.....it isn't even on the list...go figure!
Think of it.......You get this buggy and push it all over the store as fast as conditions will allow. You put items weighing from a few ounces to....let's see a gallon of milk weighs 8 pounds, in this said cart. Pushing up one isle and down another searching for the item that was right there seven days ago, when you were there last. Up this isle, skip that isle( 7people are having a family reunion there)... go to the next isle,....... back, the reunion is still going on........... get the light bulbs on the other side of the store....back, the reunion is still there............ you forgot the the hand soap, it is in the health and beauty isle ........right up from the light bulbs....you go back to that side of the store and finally when you come back the family reunion is over and you retrieve the items from that isle and head to check out.
.......Everything you have spent hours loading, lifting and lowering into the buggy, now has to be lifted and lowered onto a checkout belt one at a time till that buggy, that you filled to the top, is now empty....and of course, after you have put your now empty purse back on your shoulder, you help the girl to put each and every item, now appropriately bagged back into said buggy......out the door and 3/4 mile to the back of the parking lot....that is now mostly empty because it is 10:43pm. All those bags full of the items you just lifted and lowered into the buggy are now lifted and lowered into the car. "Don't forget to stop and get gas,"
you say to yourself as you hop into the car, "or you'll be walking home
with this stuff on your back."
Driving home is a short breather. You gather up your purse and the mail in one hand and a few bags from the back in the other.....around the car......5 feet to the steps, up the four steps to the door and slide all into one hand so you can get the keys out of the purse into the lock. (My arm is killing me) Now, in the house maneuver past the bike, hop over the pile of darks that didn't get finished before you had to go shopping, and into the kitchen......Where you lower the bags onto the counter, 'till you can go pee.................... The necessities being taken care of, you turn your attention to the task at hand...lifting everything from it's bag and placing them in their proper spot in the house..... through the dining room down hall to bath - toilet paper....toothpaste, soap.......meat, milk, low fat cheese - refrig..............canned and boxed items - pantry....spices - over the stove....... on and on till all bags are emptied. It isn't over 'till you have made three more trips out to the car and brought that whole buggy full into your house and hopped over that same pile of dark clothes and opened that pantry and placed e-v-e-r-y i-t-e-m in it's spot.....It is now 12:23am...............As you pick up that pile of darks and place them into the just emptied washer, turn it on and the dryer, you realise............"DANG......
.I didn't exercise today!" you possibly could if you hurry but realize it will count for tomorrow...Not today....then reality really sets in ......I can't chart exercise or my 7 hours sleep.........I have to be up at 6:30am tomorrow, I mean today.
Just what is exercise? Walking?...the chart says, yes....house cleaning and grocery shopping? Neither is a walk in the park.....but they are both a cardio workout for me! A walk in the park will get me points and that shopping trip just made me tired.....Tomorrow after that appointment I'll just take a day off............... at the park..........................

...... I'll get points for that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_01 9/17/2014 8:22AM

    Love it! Isn't it wonderful to discover old gems like that? You are a good writer.

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2BTHINMAMMA 9/17/2014 7:12AM

    Too funny! emoticon

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KAB7801 9/17/2014 5:49AM

    Sounds like me at the grocery store! Spend more time searching emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 9/17/2014 1:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEB62BIE62 9/16/2014 10:01PM

    I love the cartoon. emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 9/16/2014 4:19PM

    Keep pushing

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Howdy from Me in NE Texas

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have you all been watching the moon? It has been beautiful this week....my Friend took this picture and I thought I would share it with y'all.

WE have been redoing our bathroom for several months now....this is a before picture.

This is after we tiled the tub surround....

This is after we re finished the counter tops....around the tub. More pictures to come as I get them into the computer....we are now laying tiles(vinyl) on the floor....once completed and trim has been done I will have pictures of that too.

That is what I have been doing.....busy! My house is a reck but I will get to that once this is done.

Hope all my Spark Friends are well and happily moving toward a goal.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/11/2014 8:58PM

    Beautiful tile!

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KAB7801 9/11/2014 8:52PM

    Love your bath. I would love to dare that, I have same tub, really needs it. Afraid I'll mess it up. The cutting!

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