Saturday, November 29, 2014

LET THERE BE LIGHT
I don't know if at least two of the three light bulbs in the dining room fixture have been out for awhile but all of a sudden all three were out.  I didn't really realize how dark it made everything when it wasn't on.  The Dad has been home so I was worried about that and him not being able to see and falling over something and I kept saying I would get to it... I was either working or exhausted or really sick and dizzy from these new meds that I couldn't even think about going to get a ladder to change the bulbs.  When I did - we didn't have the right bulbs anyway.

It didn't really matter because when they blew out - you know what The Dad said?!   That's ok - Chrissy will change them for me next time she comes over.

Really? I can change a damn lightbulb!  ;-)  She's his go to girl when he has a computer or internet or cable question.  We laugh about it all the time.  I did get a fist bump when I replaced the bulbs so I guess he knows that I do have some skills.


Friday, November 28, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY
I was never really a big Black Friday shopper - you're not going to find me waiting in line in the wee hours of the morn.  I think I did that once - for a wii or something for it.  We went with Aunt Gloria once awhile back too and all said never again!  I  got a text last week from Lizzie asking if we were still on for our annual early afternoon non - crazy shopping. We didn't really have a plan... no one had anything in particular they were looking for.  Ended up at our usuals... South Side... some of the little stores and the craft stuff... I'm really far behind this holiday season - I don't have a list or anything... just a few things in my amazon cart.  I thought of something on our Sur la Table stop... one of my favorite kitchen things from my married past.

(The reason for the dramatic photo is because all the light bulbs have been out in the dining room fixture for the last few days and I've been using our lanterns... more tomorrow about that.)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CATSGIVING
My Dad keeps saying he wants a cat and a Great Dane in addition to his Italian Greyhound he's always wanted. He's really been on the cat bandwagon. Unless Grumpy Cat is looking for a new home - I don't think that's going to happen.  We get our cat fix at The Knapp's.

It's not that I don't like cats - I kind of do - not sure I like them walking all over everything... I know that they are always pleasant and lovable... ;-)

I'm not sure how Lily would handle having a cat sister... she torments these poor kitty cats (and Sabrina) and just wants to chase them and play with them. I think she would like their toys, though.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!  We had another delicious dinner with good friends and furry creatures... and turkey butter - of course.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BACK IN THE DAY

Remember these photos?  Those sepia boy and girl ones from the 90s.. kids on railroad tracks with suitcases... little ones at the beach... I have a bazillion cards and things with those kinds of photos on them.  I went to St. Vincent's and this was there for $4.99. I was so going to buy it. This one was always my favorite.

Monday, November 24, 2014

LIGHT IT UP
My boss and I were in charge of putting lights up all around the building.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

STORAGE WARS
Had to make up some storage time... I met Chrissy and we built this shelf and added it to the one unit.

I don't know why but it took us way longer than it should have.  Part of me feels like locking them up and throwing away the keys and never going back.  It's so depressing and irritating having your things somewhere else.  Save the "it's only stuff" routine - I'm over that.  You all know how I feel.  At this point I don't think I'm ever going to get down to one unit.  We made a big mistake by putting all the garage stuff in the game room.  It literally takes my breath away when I see everything in there. I feel like I'm drowning.  I actually thought about getting another (little) unit just to put that stuff in it for a short time. I don't know what to do. It's not fair to my dad to have to live in this chaos either.  That really bothers me. Every time I close the door on the units my heart breaks a little more.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HOME COOKING
I was off this weekend, thankfully.  I should have gotten something done or paid bills or did laundry or slept or something... what did I do?  I had a Friday.  On Saturday.  Just a small one.  I made chili stuffed peppers and mashed potatoes and a Caesar salad.  Pretty simple. No chaos.  I had everything ready before anyone got here AND the whole kitchen was clean!  Nothing in the sink!

Anyway,  I was thinking about something... My mother died when I was 23 and I was away at college before that so I really got most of my entertaining know-how from my mother-in-law.  I still question which ham I'm supposed to get when I go to the store - the one with the point or not??? And every time I make a pork roast I want to call her up...My mom had her special things too - beefaroni, beef stew, the potatoes on the grill, that chicken with the cheese and bacon that no one can remember how she made it!

I remember all those Christmas dinners and other get togethers when my MIL would have some side dishes prepared in advance and heat them...I never mastered that - that's why I'm always scrambling. I still don't know how she ever did everything with that little oven!  I made the mashed potatoes a little before and as I covered them I thought to myself... look at me - I'm just like Mum.  She probably would have had saran wrap on them, though. ;-)