Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I am, of course, behind in my holiday shopping and preparation. This weekend will be my catch-up time. I managed to get a few things done online last night and I'm going shopping today. If I'm motivated enough, I'll bake cookies tomorrow. I don't feel overwhelmed by the holidays this year. I'm actually enjoying the process because I'm committed to keeping things as simple as possible.
The new wood stove is working out pretty well! It makes the downstairs nice and toasty, and the upstairs stays just warm enough to keep the heater from going on. I'm looking forward to saving on my propane bill this year. I'll still use some propane, because I don't run the wood stove when I'm not home.
Guess I've rambled enough for awhile. Hope everyone is finding some joy in their holiday preparations, for those who celebrate at this time of year. For those who do not, then I hope you get a good laugh at the rest of us with all of the craziness we put ourselves through!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I can't seem to find one of my rings. It's not my engagement ring, but it's not costume jewelry. I still hope to find it in some unexpected place, but I'm sad that it seems to be gone.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins, Rose In Bloom, An Old Fashioned Girl - all of the Alcott books; The Mummy Market by Nancy Brelis; The Nancy Drew mysteries; The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg; A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett; The Secret of Madame Doll by Francis Cavanah; The Hornet's Nest by Sally Watson; many, many more.
Yes. Most of my nonfiction is read at work (work related literature or news read at lunchtime).
I buy most of them, and borrow some.
I keep far too many of them :-). Any I don't keep, I give away or donate.
I just finished Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner and Crown of Aloes by Norah Lofts.
Not quite sure. I'm open to suggestions. I'm going to look up a few favorite authors to see if anything new has become available. A coworker loaned me her copy of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. It looks good, but I can be a little bit over-sensitive when it comes to horse and dog stories, so we'll see...
All of Jane Austen's works, maybe the Potter series, perhaps some Mary Stewart books, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Evening Class by Maeve Binchy, Firefly Summer, by Maeve Binchy (I've recently reread Echoes and The Glass Lake, both by Maeve Binchy, and Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner), The Virgin Blue and Girl With a Pearl Earring, both by Tracy Chevalier, Katherine by Anya Seton, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve, The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, Year of Wonders by Geraldine March, A Painted House by John Grisham, Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts; anything by Daphne du Maurier; some of M.M. Kaye's works; There are many more I'd like to reread!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Corn crib at sunrise.
Random Iowa scenery.
The farmhouse from across the neighbor's fields.
Daisy loved being a farm dog!
The north fields.
Where pasta really comes from.
At least somebody slept on the ride home!
Back home, and longing for the freedom to roam the fields.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
My favorite little town in the midwest is under water. Fortunately, the folks I know there are OK, for now. I'm not sure whether or not the Iowa River has crested.
This is a restaurant where I've had a couple of fine meals. Hope the sandbags held up; this was taken earlier in the week.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I'll have to get some video of her running. She runs like the wind! She barrel races around the trees in her enclosure out back. Don't expect those images too soon. I don't even have a cable to get the video images into the computer. Then I have to figure out the whole You Tube thing. I'll get there, sooner or later!
Monday, May 26, 2008
The wood stove guy was off pursuing a dream - something to do with having someone famous read his screenplay. Nice, but he left the business here hanging for several days while he was gone. The folks left behind in his shop seemed to be at a loss, unable to set a schedule until he came back. They kept telling me that they expected to "get with him" that day and they'd call back with a final date, then I'd hear nothing.
I understand chasing your dreams, but I also know that I need a reliable business backing up this purchase. The relationship with this guy doesn't end with the installation of the stove. There will be maintenance, replacement parts and chimney sweeping through the years.
Ironically, I could have used the stove a few times over the last few weeks, since it has been chilly at night, and on few rainy days, as well. At least the stove will be there when I need it in the fall. More wood is being chopped as I write, and my woodpile grows daily. The propane company wants me to prepay some $2500.00 for next year's fuel to help me to SAVE money. Not me, not gonna happen. I am going to use WAY less propane next year.
Anyway, the wood stove is the first in a line of projects needed around here. The water conditioning system needs to be serviced. My Daisy needs a fenced back yard. Gutter Guards are needed on the roof. Massive amounts of gardening and landscaping are needed. I need a handyman for several small projects around the house that are beyond me. Actually, I might take a few of them on myself, once I have some time.
My time hasn't been my own lately. We've just been through a round of graduations, graduation parties and family visits, and this week I have jury duty. No, I don't consider it to be a pleasure to do my civic duty. I don't have much faith in the American justice system, and, if I am selected as a juror, I'll probable get stuck listening to the details of some silly lawsuit, since I've been called for civil court.
I will have to travel for more than an hour to get to the courthouse in Atlantic City. I couldn't be called to jury duty at the courthouse that's 20 minutes from home, oh no. I have to go to the opposite side of the county and into the city, where I must struggle with traffic and parking. I hate traffic, and I hate driving and parking in the city.
I've already checked the train schedule, and it's a no-go. The train station is too far from the courthouse, and the schedule is limited. If I take a cab from the train station, I'm only adding to the expense of the day. I'm going to check out the bus schedule, but I'm not too hopeful. I used to think that any day off of work was a good day, but I truly would prefer to go to work this week.
OK, enough complaining. This, too, shall pass. I'll probably feel far less stressed and miserable once I've made it through tomorrow. I just have to remember to take things one at a time.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
So, my blog pals, what will I absolutely require in a new PC? I would actually love to go the laptop route this time around, though affordability is a major factor for me. I can live with a desktop, if necessary.
I don't need an extreme system. I want to blog with my computer, manage and edit digital photos with it, and maybe watch an occasional DVD on it (especially if I get a laptop). Gaming in my household is pretty much limited to puzzle, arcade and word games - some with cool graphics, but nothing excessive. I suppose Windows Vista is the likely OS, and I would like to go wireless if I get a laptop.