Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday, lifes a blur

  I purposely left Hub's a nice salad and a steak thawed upstairs in the fridge and he did not see it and ate something else.  He is a dolt.  I have been so busy I have not been leaving meals and the guilt was getting to me so I took a few minutes to do this and he goes blind.  I told him he was an idiot.  Not very nice, but that is the mood.  Or I should say was the mood last night.

     Bride for this weekend picked up her dress and one of the brides maid dresses.  I fit another so it is done.  Now I just have to hem one more and do the hand work.  I have several pairs of pants to hem today and more police uniforms.  I have no where to be today before the studio so that is nice.

     Tomorrow I will leave for the wedding.I will meet two more bridesmaids that fly in, at1:00 will finish the dresses at the Wedding site.  Then onto my daughters to help plan her wedding .  We will attend on Saturday and then onto Missoula to get mom out of her house.  I hope to be home by Tuesday night.  So with this wedding out of the way I can concentrate on my daughters. Blah!  Too much I tell you.

     Yesterday met for lunch with dance parents.(former board pres. and his wife)Hashed out studio things.  It is coming along and I feel good about it right now.  Especially the buffer between me and the parents.  So nice.  By November parents should be able to pay on line and I will be able to have a separation from them and the money issues.

     I just realized I leave tomorrow for 5 days and I am not prepared at all.  Crap things just pile up and up.  Oh well, this too shall pass.  Time will continue and I will survive.  I need to get subs,  I need to pack, I need to leave a clean house.  Actually why? hub's will be here and that is a moot point.  SO I am not going to worry about that.  I will leave a house and my sisters and mom can forgive me.

     It is getting cold in the mornings, but is hot by the afternoon.  Love these days.

Have a a great and productive day!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday, making progress.

     I have no idea what hub's is eating but I did manage to get to a store before dance yesterday and buy some milk and salad greens.  So right after this post I am going to run up and go through the fridge and make him a big salad.  I just feel that things are growing in there and I don't want them out of control.  I will make my chickens very happy.

     All the brides maid dresses for this wedding are cut out and started.  One fits perfectly, the other will be fit tonight.  I will hem the two others and will take them up to the wedding venue to put the zippers in them.  So I feel that I am making progress.  Today is about finishing things and hemming.

     Sisters and mom are all getting anxious.  Mom calls usually 2 times a day with an update. She is being wined and dined by all her friends and she loves that.  Someone is taking her out to lunch or dinner every day this week.

     New police man just dropped off a set of shirts and of course needs them today.  Love the city, their ordering system not so much.

    My helper for the last two days has been so great, I wish I could have help every day then I might run out of work.  I can't even imagine running out of work.  The thought is nice.  If I ever did I would probably panic.

     Out My Window:  Beautiful Fall days.  Cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon.  Perfect weather for yard work and I am stuck in  the basement.  I love Fall.

Have a great and productive day!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday, Moving along....

     Hub's is eating leftovers and I did not make it to the store yesterday.   So maybe I will make it today later in the evening.  There is a lot of meat thawed out upstairs so he has much to choose from, but I should get him some salad fixings.  Actually he could get his own.  What a novel idea, leave him a grocery list.  Hmmm.... thinking.  I truly think an almost 65 year old man should be able to go to the grocery store by himself.

     I was able to knock out quite a bit of sewing yesterday and now I cannot take anything in unless it is easy.  Like hemming.  I have plenty to do today.  One more bridesmaid dress to cut out for this wedding this weekend.  I ran out of lace.  The girlfriend who helped me yesterday in the shop offered to go to JoAnns and get what I needed thus saving me a trip.  See I am taking help, I am asking for help, and it is not that difficult.  I might get used to this.  Like having a girl Friday.

     So I have a full day ahead of me and help coming in, I hope to be able to accomplish as much as I did yesterday.  Just trying to keep an even keel.

     My dance students are so cute and funny, even though this schedule is kicking my butt I wish everyone could have my job, at least the teaching part, because I get so much joy out of my students.

     Mom is getting increasingly  nervous.  Some days she is upset, but most of the time she just wants this over and to be here and be able to rest.  She is slowing down.  She needs to sleep and be cared for by someone else.  That someone will be me.  Mom is very helpful when she is with me.  She putters around and does things that help.  I hope it stays that way.

     Well I am off to take the world by storm because that is what I do best.  Create chaos and stir things up.

Have a great and productive day.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, I am going to be more positive.

     Hub's has enough left overs to eat for a few days.  I must get to the store for, milk, pam cooking spray, cucumbers, salad fixings before the night is through, and that should get us through the week.

     I do believe Hub's has a neurologist appointment on Thursday and I might have a specialist appointment on Friday.  I will have to investigate.

     Last week was not one I want to repeat.  Just too much.  I have to admit I have more on my plate than I want.  In fact I have help coming in this morning that tells you where I am at, I do need help and I am admitting it right now.  I am also going to ask my housekeeper to come back twice this week if she can.  Mom is coming next week and my sisters with her.  We will move her here.  I just need a deep clean done and I do not have time.  There, I am letting someone else do it, that won't kill me.  Asking for help is not a sin or a sign of failure and I need to learn and act on this.
     Saturday we had Nutcracker tryouts from 9-noon then I raced home and Hub's and I worked like dogs on the Swedish cultural room.  It took us both from 1 p.m. until about 9:30 p.m. to set up, run and dismantle the event.  Of course it was dismantled into the shop.  You could not move or sew or do anything in that shop.  We went to church on Sunday, I think I slept through most of the service, just so tired.  Then I came home and took a 4 hour nap.  I was up by 4:30 and I started to straighten the house.  It was then that I realized that I was going to ask for help this week with the house.  I just can't do it all.  Sorry to self, I can't.

     Hub's went to orchestra practice and I went into high gear.  Cleaned and mopped the kitchen, cut out another bridesmaid dress, mopped the kitchen floor, did three loads of laundry.  Ballet mistress came over and we cast the show she typed up the list and helped me clean out the shop.  Bless her little hide.  I sent her with at least 6 bridal slips and hoops skirts to the studio.  They have been borrowed over the course of the summer and have migrated back to the shop closet which keeps throwing them up every time I open it. We carried all the Swedish crap and put it in spare room down stairs to deal with later.  I am in a deal with later mode.  With the yard, the ironing, mom's crap.  That is just the way it is and will be for a while.  Let us get through this week and then we will reassess. 

     I have a big wedding for yet again one of my dancers.  I have her wedding dress, and four bridesmaid dresses.  Her dress is done, one bridesmaid is done.  I have another resdy for fitting , another cut out and ready to sew and one more to cut out, but I am short 5 yards of lace for the skirt so will cut out what I can and then get myself to Joanns.  There are a pile of other things that must go out today or tomorrow, I have many of them ripped and ready to sew. When my helper arrives we will be busy.

     I can do this, I will do this and I need help to do it.

Have a great and productive day.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, dripping

     Yesterday was plain awful, you can say that again, YESTERDAY WAS PLAIN AWFUL.  I am singing my Annie song.  Actually other than having a bad cold coming on you all know the three days coming, three days there, three days gone it was just and emotional train wreck.  Well I am in the third day of the coming. Yesterday was the second day.

     I started out with an early morning visit to the new accountant and the news was not what I wanted to hear.  She is a specialist in non profits and she was very discouraging in me wanting to go non profit.  She was kind, and informed and gave very good advice.  I just wish I had, had that advice when I came up with this nice plan.  I swear all the people I have talked to that have served on boards seemed to think that this was a great idea and it was, just tax wise and government (fed ) wise not so easy.  The accountant really questioned me about my reasons and goals and just did not think it was all that great a fit for my goals down the line.  So for all of you out there remember.  You will never escape death and taxes.

     At 10 minutes to 10:00 a.m. I got to rush home to Swedish cook all day with a couple of friends.  It was fun but I was chewing emotionally on the accountants report.  Then at 3:00 we were done my place was still a mess, but I rested and went to teach.  Teaching was great although my voice is giving out, I was headachey and my hearing was even worse than usual. 

     At 7:15 I raced home for a board meeting with the booster club for the studio.  The board Pres and I stayed later and I delivered the bomb about the non profit status.  It was better received than I thought it would be.  I just have to come to grips with a new plan of action.

     Right now I am very behind in my shop and I plan to spend the day there hopefully uninterrupted.  Tomorrow are Nutcracker tryouts, and I have the church thingy.  Then I can breath again and face another wedding and my own daughters wedding which I have not even blogged about, because that would make it a reality.  Reality ain't pretty right now.

     Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow, I still will not be caught up.  i can actually make those lyrics fit.

Have a great and productive day!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday, getting a cold :(

     Finally broke bad and made hub's dinner yesterday, cucumber tomato salad out of garden his favorite, also baked little yellow squash and new potatoes.  There was a steak to grill left with this, but he does not get to eat potatoes very often so he opted for those instead of the meat. He can eat that tonight with leftover salad.  There I am done with that area of my life for the day.

     Yesterday was like a three ring circus and I ran most of the day.  I did get some laundry done, but it is not finished.  Since I have a group of ladies coming over tomorrow for Swedish cooking I really do need to straighten and dust the upstairs and get things lined up for that.  I will do that tonight when I get home from dance. Other than that to hell with it!

     The studio and all it's extra is taking up way too much time from my schedule.  I know that this is temporary except for the teaching, but right now it is kicking my butt.  There is a lot of my butt to kick.  I find myself eating sugar as it has a comforting affect on me.  Need to behave in that area, and I will right after I eat this doughnut.
     Sluggy showed me her pickles( in another context that could sound so vulgar) and she even offered me one as she is a good hostess.  I declined.

Turn your head sideways as I cannot figure out how to flip this.  We look like sisters I swear.  Sluggy had a bad foot but was still hobbling around taking care of us.

 See here I am doing a Sluggy, can you see the resemblance?  Hub's in the background.  Oh yeah Liberty bell in the back background.

 The Pope and I getting friendly , he is due in Philly this week?  For all my good Catholic friends you should be jealous, he was quite lovely.

     I thought I would show you a few more picks of our trip to take my mind off my cold.  This is what happens when you are around 90 little bodies a week, the first thing they do is spit a germ on you, because of course you have to hug them.

     Now I want every one to look at my snow flake list.  Yes things are staring to come my way.  I have reimbursed for monies borrowed from daughter, also monies owed from a client, a check held back, and some secret shops, so they all went to the car!  Look at my totals.  Soon I will be able to pay off a few things from studio reimbursement and it will be so nice.  It will make me feel that it is worth it financially.  Well let's face it ( financially), will never happen, but it is worth it spiritually, because I love these kids. I love the creative process.

  I am going to catch up with Sarah, you just watch!

     Our car insurance dropped almost $80.00 a month with the speed demon daughter off our policy.  Hooray!

Have a great and productive day. I am going to blow my nose.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday, I can do hard things.

     We had the Rodeo parade on Saturday.  I have not participated in the parade in the last several years.  Just too tiring, too much work, not enough help, too much aggravation.  But this year I had a great group of parents that helped and worked very hard.  We had a group of dancers and the only downfall was line up was at 11:30 the parade did not start until 1:30 and we did not move until 2:15 so over 6 hours of prep and standing then 1.5 hours of walking.  It was not the walking that was hard it was the sun and the standing.  I thought I was going to die when hub's finally picked me up at 3:30. 

     Now I have to drive to Missoula which will be a 4-5 hour drive.  But I was saved by a girlfriend who went with me.  We would be driving that narrow winding mountain road mostly in the dark.  It is approaching fall and the deer and elk are out like crazy.  As I have totaled 2 cars on this road, I was afraid of 1. falling asleep, 2.  hitting a deer.  But I had a spotter and someone to talk to so we made the trip over and saw sooooo many deer.  We got to Missoula about 11 our time and went right to bed.

     The next day was figure out what mom had left in the house (too much)  Where did it come from?  I swear that crap has sex and multiplies at night.  I was able to go through all the boxes for Swedish things for a big display I am doing for the church.  We also packed up more of mom's stuff.  She let my girlfriend do more than me, like she doesn't trust me and that was just okay!.  Later in the day we took mom' good washer and dryer ( my brother moved them and put them in my truck.  Then we swapped out his old and the next morning took it to a recycling place.  Then back to mom' s to pack up an entire load of fragile things.  Yes I needed 3 more violins because we don't already have enough.  Heavy sarcasm. 

     I picked up the oval antique end tables that match the oval library table I inherited.  Now I have the matched set.  Also Great Grandmothers mantel clock that keeps bonging like something out of a Dickens novel. 

     We drove back into town about 2:30 in the afternoon.  I needed to teach at 4.  My house was a wreck, well I left it that way, now I have a truckload of things to get into the house.  Most of it will go into storage after the church event but for right now hub's and I have unloaded it into the shop.  I am starving, I teach 2.5 hours on Monday, but great classes and so fun.  So here I am in a disaster over full shop, you can hardly move in there and I have to conduct business the next morning.  I am behind on laundry having not done any since last Monday.  Also did not empty any trash cans.  The kitchen and dining have really not been cleaned since I was working on daughters wedding flowers last Monday night.  What a mess.  I just did not have time to address any of this last week with the studio opening and Hub's was pretty much on his own.  This is not good because he is a greasy messy cook.  He tries to clean up but oh my I cannot describe the kitchen when left to his devises for a few days.

     He cooked me a polish sausage because he felt sorry for me and then I started to clean out the shop.  Transferred most of the Swedish stuff into the spare room.  Brought all the laundry down and started one load.  Bagged up all of the garbage cans in the house and relined them.  This way I could go to bed and know I could face my shop this morning.

     But the trip to Missoula overall was so fun.  My friend and I called our elves Thelma and Louise and we laughed and talked, and slept in the bed I had in high school in my old room because she is afraid of ghosts:)  I loved every minute of traveling with her, we had our ADHD moments, but because we understand these moments they were not a problem, just life.

     I have now put in the last load of laundry and I need to sit down this morning and pay bills.  I also need to really clean the kitchen, and I want to cut out another bridesmaid dress.  Just too much to do and I am feeling overwhelmed.

     Last night I told my boys class that they could do hard things.  So I guess I should take my own advise.  I can do hard things.  I teach again at 4 this evening and then I have a rehearsal at the church.  I must get my music set and find all the costume parts for the Swedish dancers. Then I can come home and collapse yet again.  I know I will eventually catch up and be able to function better, but right now it is just reminding myself I can do hard things.:)

Have a great and productive day.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday, I'm really trying, really I am

     See how I try to convince myself that I can get all the things done that I need to get done today, tomorrow, next week?

    I so enjoyed teaching my classes last night such wonderful students. I hope I never lose this feeling because it makes up for everything else.

     I was able to get quite a bit of sewing done yesterday finally, it is so frustrating.  I have a long list of other to do's that keep interrupting.  Now I need to go order SS cards for Hub's and I.  I really don't have time to leave the house and go do errands as I have appointments set up and I don't want to miss anyone.

     Tomorrow is the Rodeo parade.  It is a big deal here and the studio will have a small float like thingy in it along with dancers.  So I need to get candy and balloons and get kids costumed and it will take up almost the whole day tomorrow, then I must drive to mothers.  I will stay over on Sunday and drive home on Monday in time to teach at 4 and the week starts over.   When can I get everything else done I need to get done?  So you prioritize and you still have too much to get done in the time allotted.  Such is life, but I keep telling myself it will get better.

     Yesterday I hemmed three pairs of pants for a neighbor that is housebound now and I walked over to deliver them praying the other neighbor that is also having severe health issues would not see me as I would have to go in and visit.  The problem is I love to visit with these people and they are lonely.  So here I am skulking around because I am too busy to stop and chat.  I really dislike that.

     Okay enough complaining,  The chickens are laying well.  Hub's started his retirement papers.  The studio is doing well with enrollment.  We just have a few holes in the schedule, but I am sure they will fill up.  I have great people helping me.  I am getting caught up.  It is beautiful outside and the skies are clear.

     My Sissie and I are making plans for our trip to mothers at the end of the month for the final move.  I am so grateful that I have two wonderful sisters who will help me with this.  Sissie must take care of all of us, I think we are a burden.

Have a great and productive day!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, 2 days in and I am overwhelmed...

     The studio has been open for 2 days and I am at my wits end.  Well if I had any wits I would be at my wits end.  Still love my students love to teach.  It is the best part.  The shop is suffering from too many interruptions.  But I will try to reign them in. 

     Mom is becoming quite negative on the phone and I am getting worried.  I am sure she will be fine, I just don't need her to break down right now as it is my turn.

     My meeting with Board Pres went well he told me that if I wanted other people to do my monkey work I had to get my bananas in a row, I told him I ate my bananas.

     I know that this is just a hard time with a new start up and eventually it will be easy.  I just have so many little things nagging me and I need to get them done, but I also need to get the sewing done.  I could come home after dance and sew, but have been interrupted by family phone calls and mom and paperwork.

     Hub's is nagging me about paying back our savings and a loan I took out to keep studio afloat.  I will get to it, but I need to be able to come up for air. Yesterday he texts me and tells me to put out what I want him to eat for dinner.  I was irritated as I have really been trying all summer to help him lose weight by having a nice low cal/carb meal ready, but I cannot take time out of my schedule right now to cook.  He needs to give me a week or two to adjust.  But no after the first day he is whining.  Big baby.  But he has lost 34 lbs, so I need to back off and be a little supportive.  As in I can take some meat out of the freezer to thaw.  Then I can throw it at him.  Okay that did not come out right.

     Well I am sitting here with a wet head and Plan to sew all day long until I have to go to the studio.  Then, I need to get things ready for the parade, but will do that tonight. after dance, if I don't have some other crisis pop up.  Trying to get into seeing an accountant is like trying to get into a doctor, and I am waiting for a call.  My old accountant does not do nonprofits so I must change.  Add that to the pile, also get a storage unit for mother that is close by.

It is never ending......

Have a great and productive day.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday, back in teaching clothes

  I have no idea what Hub's ate for dinner.  Yesterday was so busy.  Phone rang all day with parents and questions.  The shop was busy taking in customers that have waited a week to get to me.  I left for the studio before hubs was home.  When I came home he was out walking the dog.  Then ballet Mistress came over and we talked and laughed Nutcracker until 10:30.  I am exhausted and it is only the first day. I have a meeting today with board president and we are on a roll I think.  He is winning the bet about on line registration and every one loves it, as I have a terrible phobia about registration and paper work in general I might have to let him win this one.  My white flag is in the wash and will be starched immediately. 

     Since I used the last of my savings and used every nickle I could get my hands on to float the studio this summer, I made the first deposit and paid a few bills that were due just in time.  So nice to have cash flow, may it continue today.  My new students were so cute and the old ones just as sweet.  Hugs all around.

     On the financial front, when I was away in D.C.  I was reimbursed monies in the tune of $195.00.  I also had $200.00 returned to me that I thought I would never get back, then I received a secret shop check for$28.01  so you will see those popping into my snowflake pile and going onto the car.  I need to sit down and pay bills but will not do it until tomorrow evening some time.  My day is booked.  The shop is such a mess right now and the house is following.  How can things get so out of hand so quickly?  I do not do this kind of chaos well. I need to get my totals updated and pay the house payment.  In reality I need to pay attention.

     Mom called yesterday and it was the first really negative phone call I have had from her.  I don't know what spurred it on but I think she just has strong anxiety issues over little things.  My brother is a big worry to her.  We girls are standing firm on his issues.  I am just worried about her peace of mind once she gets here.  She sis call and apologize last night, but I am not really sure what she was apologizing for, this is a big step for her and she is going to have hard days and feelings of regret.  I just want her to be happy.  But is has me worried.

     I am in flux with too much to do as usual.  My problem is I don't want to do any of it.  My mean brat self can be very unproductive and stubborn.  I need to shake this mood.

Have a great and productive day.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday, studio opens today!

     My oh my how time flies.  I know I have done so much this summer and it feels like the longest summer ever.  In some ways that was good in that I feel that I really had a break, but I did put my foot down about my time this year.  In years past I have taught at least 2-3 weeks for nothing and I refused to do that this summer.  This caused some major cash flow issues, but those will be taken care of soon.    We had three nice weeks of true vacation.  One week with our grandson, one week at the coast, and one week touring the D.C. area's.  I also took a week at my mothers, but I would not call that a vacation since I worked like a dog the whole time.  I was however able to do all of this and stay ahead of the game.

     On the other hand it was the busiest time I have ever had with sewing.  I am sure it is because I am one of the few places in the area and I am here most of the time.  I also am in cell phone or texting distance to answer customers.  I have a good reputation for delivery and quality.  But is has taken me ages to learn these skills and I am by no means perfect.

    I am just grateful that I can look back on this summer with joy.  My arthritis is under control right now and it is the best it has ever been.  I have had summers in the past where I stayed on the couch most of the time, no garden, no planting.  May I stay this way.

     Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity.  I went into my give a mouse a cookie phase and about drove my family nuts.  Hubs and I had unpacked Sunday night, but all the beds needed to be changed as I left them this way.  The garden needed to be picked and laundry was up the wazoo.  Sissie smokes the poor darling, such a bad habit and I know she has tried to quit, but all our clothes smelled smokey so I washed everything. 

     Hub's went to get groceries as I refused to go with him, I was in the middle of tearing up the linen closet.  I know completely unnecessary, but I had a cookie and I needed milk to go with it.  Culled out a huge bag of linens for good will.  Also was able to organize the sheets and blankets for the beds.  It was very cold yesterday night so I put out the winter blankets and linens. I know it is going to get hot again, but at least we can sleep above and turn on the fans.  I also took out all the fall table clothes and napkins, pressed them and put the decorations out.  This too was feeding the mouse, but it is done and this will be a whirlwind Fall from now on.  I don't know if I will come up for air before Christmas.

     Daughter #2 was here so we could work on her wedding.  We made a guest list, picked out the photos for the invitations.  Went to Joanns as they had their Casa selection of bridal fabrics 50% off then for Labor day you could take another 25% off your total.  So 75% off, that does not happen very often.  I was able to get all of her bridesmaids dresses, and most of her fabric and patterns and candles for decoration for  $272.00  This is 5 dresses, one bridal gown ( just the fabric) the little girl dresses 5 of them and all the table and other candles.  She is going with fall colors and small pumpkins as center pieces along with candles, and her signature swan.  So last night as she ran an errand, I went into the garden in the dark and ran all over the yard collecting a small pumpkin and flowers, ivy, sedums etc.  I threw together this combo, and let it sit over night.  We will have to take the flowers live up to the sight which is 2 hours away so I wanted to see how they would last.  Well after 12 hours they are a little droopy but I did not wrap stems or take my time making sure they were in feeding water situation.  So  I must have 50 different small pumpkins in the garden and the sedums, ivy, bacopa fern, grasses will all still be alive.  We will just have to order in a couple of bunches of mums.  Cheap, cheap I tell you.  We also collected little glass swans from all the second hand stores and we have 12 of them for 12 tables, I just have to paint and glitter.  Twelve bucks.  Done!  Our daughters name means little swan in Swedish.  So that is out of the way.  We planned her bouquet and the bridesmaids, and corsages and boutonnieres.  So flowers are planned , food is planned,invitations are in the works, wedding apparel is planned.  She still needs to get much done.  The ball is rolling........

This is what we will go with on the table linens, white table clothes with gold runners.
View from the back, see how the wild grape is a little wilted, I will take care of that.

This is a side view.  Hey pretty good for a person stumbling around the yard in the dark.

     In my cleaning frenzy yesterday, and yes it was a frenzy, I took down many of the bathroom and bedroom things in the basement, as mother will be moving in and it was rather dark.  I sent a carload of these things up to the youngest daughter for her new apartment to reuse.  Mom can then put in what she wants.  I still had large containers of the girls things here and I went through them and sent everything I could up to Moscow and Spokane. I know D#2 and #3 would prefer I keep their crap, but my mom's crap is coming and they have to help.  I still need to get the large Swedish truck out of that bedroom, I have a bookcase that is full that needs to be emptied and several pictures on the top shelves.  I need to find places for these.  That is for another day.

    The mouse almost started to clean the garden yesterday but I stopped her.  The yard is a wreck from the storms, but oh well it will be there when I get to it.

     I forgot I had scheduled a secret shop yesterday on top of everything else, but it worked out, as we had to run to Wal-mart for some pet things and the shop was close buy Joanns so we killed those birds.

Daughter #2 was not too excited about filling her car to the brim with D#3's crap but we sent her up there to spend the night and she continued on this morning.  They can work it out, I am busy and have so many spinning plates they can help spin and there was really very little complaining, just sighing at the work involved.  Life is work and anyone that tells you different is selling you something.  Okay a rephrase from the Princess Bride, but still true.

     Now the shop is a disaster.  I need to get in there and try to remember what I am doing.  I should be able to get in at least 4 hours of sewing today.  Need to be at the studio by 3 and then I have a rehearsal at the church tonight for the Swedish dance program.  That should only take an hour.

     Crap I forgot the piano movers will be here this morning, Arghhhhhhhhh!  Need to get dressed maybe?  I wanted to post more pictures of our trip and Sluggy and I but will have to do that tomorrow.

Out My Window: Skies are clear, I was able to get 7 eggs yesterday from the chickens.  The flowers are starting to recover from the summer heat.  I must ignore them right now because I have too much to do and I cannot get caught up in the yard.  It is hard for me to ignore things.  Well except for dirt in my house.

I will post more tomorrow about our trip.

Can't wait to see my students again.

Have a great and productive day.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Monday, Labor Day is not for sissie's

    We arrived home last night and the dog was so happy with the people caring for our place she did not even greet us.  How is that for a welcome?  Everything was fine and we started to unpack our crap and get to bed.  It was up at 3 in the morning our time to leave D.c. and then we gained back the 3 hours we lost for a week.

     We had a wonderful time.  I had a great time with my sister and her husband and my husband.  I am so glad we went .  I feel somewhat stressed with the studio opening tomorrow.  But still glad I went.  The air is so much cleaner and it is easier to breath here.  We have obviously had some rain and that has cleaned up the air a little.

At the end of the day in Williams-burg they march and fife and drum band around.  Very neat.
     Here is a recap of the trip.  We landed in D.C. on Monday evening right before rush hour and took the subway to Gaithersburg where my Sissie picked us up at the kiss and ride.  We had a nice dinner and visited and went to bed.  The next morning we rented a car and enterprise picked us up right on time and we headed for Colonial Williams-burg.  It was fun but very commercialized and expensive.  We did not buy tickets and walked around for hours, but we saw everything we wanted to see.
Here are Hub's and I in the stocks!  Right where we belong.
Many Historic buildings, you could walk forever.  

Loved the gardens, they gave me some ideas.  I should not be given ideas.

Hubs if you look closely was conscripted into the militia.  He is on the end in the blue shirt.  He had to march around and he was quite good at it with his military training.  It was very hot about 95.

     We headed back to Sissies and arrived late about 11:00 p.m. slept and then the next morning headed for Hershey Pennsylvania and the Poconos.  Hershey is very touristy, we just drove through and did not stop at park as i is very expensive and I can buy Hershey's chocolate anywhere.

     Then we headed for Mountain Top to see Sluggy!  She lives in a very beautiful part of the country.  Thick hardwood trees, and a wonderful neighborhood.  It is what I would call rural. I learned many secrests about Sluggy so I can spill.

1.  She is very short.  Like a hobbit...
2.  She has expressive eyes.
3.  Don't think she looks anything like the pictures she puts on her blog.
4.  Her husband is wonderful and also a hobbit.
5.  He has very deep handsome brown eyes and I can see why she fell for him.
6.  She truly has a storage to die for.
7.  I loved her house and the lot  where she lived.
8.  She is much more sensitive and special than she lets on.

So there I blew her cover.
Here she is in her usual turtle pose, just her head in the frame, she looks nothing like this.