Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hello Again

Nothing like taking half a year off. :-)

So here's the scoop. We moved. I had been unhurriedly house hunting for some time. We didn't *have* to move. It's expensive and a lot of work. But we did know that we would be moving sometime in the next five or six years. I had a list of what we wanted.

First, and foremost, we wanted all the living area on one level. Mr. Wonderful has broken his left leg two different times. He's had quite a bit of nerve damage and stairs are getting more difficult. He can definitely still take the stairs, but he can tell it's getting harder. If we're to age in place, we need single floor living.

Miss Adventure needed a bedroom on the same level as everyone else. Our old house configuration was 2 bedrooms up and 2 bedrooms down. When our Chemist still lived at home, it worked. Sort of. But with the chemist out on her own, having Miss Adventure off by herself just wasn't the best. She'd disagree, but Mother knows better.

Another desire I had was to be closer to downtown. I missed walking downtown to take care of my business. Where we were, one had to get in the car for practically everything. Our dentist (of all things) was the only convenient-for-walking place we went.

Trees. How I have missed trees. I loved the trees we had planted, but mature trees just were not around. Add in a few other "must haves" and I figured I'd be looking for a long time.

Then a place that met our requirements went on the market. I had looked at it, sighed at the price, and went on my way. But time passed and finally the asking price was low enough that we could make an offer.

BAM! We are busy, busy, busy. There were some renovations we wished to make. There was the old house to get into shape for marketing. There was keeping the old house clean and shiny for showings. Then Mr. Wonderful got very ill. The holidays. Painting. Packing. Moving.

We are settling in now. Cleaning out the storage unit this weekend. Still have boxes everywhere and very few pictures hung. But I'm starting to have a little more free time.

I'll be back dating some blog posts to finish out last year for my yearly blog book along with this year's posts.
Happy, happy.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge

This year, to celebrate our 33 years, we did something a little different. We packed up three of the four children and headed for a Great Wolf Lodge is a quasi-close city.
 As our anniversary is in October, the lodge was decorated for Halloween.

For Friday evening's meal, we enjoyed a delicious steak at the lodge's restaurant.

He's just a guy waiting for his supper. :-)

Miss Adventure had a BLAST!! Our guy, not so much.

We managed to get in a round of mini-golf  between rain storms. That and the arcade seemed to be our guy's favorite activities.

While Miss Adventure loved swimming and the water slides, she especially enjoyed the MagiQuest game. We went up and down the halls on the upper floors solving riddles, waving our wands, and finding gold.
 It was a good time, but we were glad to get home on Sunday evening. Except for Miss Adventure, that is. Did I mention she had a blast? She talked about it for weeks. :-D

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Park Afternoons

Having the house you're living in for sale means vacating the premises for showings. So we hit some local parks for a couple of late afternoon appointments.


It's been hard for my guy, but he has been doing very well. Love how he is growing to be able to handle such disruptions to his life.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Getting Ready

Major change ahead for our little family. We have made an offer on a different house in our community. If it's accepted, we will need to sell our current house. And to do that, we need to make a few repairs.

Autism is sometimes expressed in putting holes in walls. We had attempted to keep the walls of our guy's room in good repair for awhile, but it was just so constant that we gave up for a time. Our guy, thankfully, is doing better now. So it's time to make repairs once again.

My father came up to help and Miss Adventure was pretty convinced he needed her help as well.
 I thought it was pretty sweet. :-)

Then the coolest thing - an owl came by.

I couldn't get a good photo, but I certainly tried. The arm of the street light is at the top of the pole. That bit sticking up beyond the arm is the owl. He was so cool. I've never seen an owl in our neighborhood in the almost 10 years we've lived here. He stuck around for about 10 minutes before flying off. A good omen, perhaps. :-)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Garden in August

I transplanted my geranium into a bigger pot.
Wow! Did it like that! From doing nothing all summer, it exploded into bloom.

I replanted the remainder of my pumpkin seeds. Their large leaves look so exotic. Hopefully, I will actually get some pumpkins this time. I spy a little one beginning.

My marigolds and small zinnias are looking fabulous since I got them weeded. They are attracting lots of butterflies.
My slicing tomatoes are just not keeping up with even one person (me). But my paste tomatoes are going crazy. I've already made 20 spaghetti sauces, 16 of which have made it to the freezer. And still they produce. I've tried a couple of salsa recipes, but nothing ever turns out how we like. Hmmm . . . I guess I will keep on experimenting.
My watermelon patch is producing. I just hope I can figure out when to harvest better this year.
I planted some giant zinnias in the potato patch. They should be blooming soon.
Peppers are doing fabulously.
The bees love the basil.
My carrots I just did not get harvested in time. The carrots themselves are too big, tough and woody. But the ferny foliage looks pretty, so they will stay in the ground a little longer.
I finally got the onion patch weeded. I had only little onions because of my neglect. Without the weeds, I would have had a bounty of onions. Resolving to do better next year!

And that's the story of the garden in August.


Monday, August 21, 2017


So cool to see the moon eclipse the sun. We weren't in the path of totality, but we got to 94%. Enough to recognize a reduction in light, but not all that dark. Like a cloud covering the sun. It did get noticeably cooler, but not a great deal. No stars visible, no animals starting their evening habits.

We did wear cool shades.

We did the colander as viewer.

A friend brought over a box with pinhole viewer.

My hanging plant made cool, lacy shadows.

Then Miss Adventure tired of the show.
Time for play!

Next eclipse we are definitely traveling to totality. What we got to see at home was pretty cool, but we want to see the real deal. So in 2024 we are hitting the road.
See you at the next eclipse!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer of Moving

The Chemist got a job in a closer town! Yay! She is very glad to leave the bigger city. She is a small town girl. But that meant packing up and moving.

First, we moved her home as she had a job, but hadn't found anything to rent that she liked yet. It was a bit of a commute, but doable.

Then, we helped Ben and his Sweetie move. Same town, just a nicer apartment, now that they are graduate students with teaching and research assistant jobs. 21 steps down to move out, then 5 up 8 down to move in. At least we were carrying stuff down the big set of steps.

Once Ben and his Sweetie were settled, the next weekend was moving the Chemist to the apartment she had found. 8 steps up. Getting easier?

Getting her set up so she can access weather reports should things look stormy.

Her front door.

The young one is getting restless.

But, at least the neighbors are quiet. :-D

Whew! Three weekends of moving in 6 weeks. I didn't need workout class those weeks. It's nice to have everyone settled.