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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This Ole House

I love my house.

We've been here 9 years. It's our first home (as homeOWNERS). It's nothing fancy..a basic rambler. The main thing I love about it is that the previous owner was a cabinet maker so its filled with custom cabinets, millwork and trim. And it does sit on an extra big lot; so it doesn't have that cramped in a neighborhood feel to it. Nevermind that McDonalds sits yards away (separated by an empty lot) and we are near the main highway into town. The location of it feels very private.

It sits at the edge of our small town, up a slight 'hill'. Sitting higher up, I have a great view of a lot of the town. Can see all the way to the other side. And if I stand on a chair and look out a side window, I can see over to McDonalds and the highway. (that's always fun since the police are constantly busting people in McDonalds parking lot!!!)

Our house would have a GREAT view of the mountains if the people across the street would cut down the three Evergreens that surround their house. But oh well, I know the mountain is there.....on the other side of those trees.

Like I said, other than custom cabinets; nothing fancy about the house. In fact, many projects are sitting here...waiting for us to finish so the house will be in better shape. Just the other day, we discussed putting in new windows. And my bathroom needs an overhaul for sure.

They say the kitchen is the heart of a home. I know mine is. My kitchen is large and very open. It's a kitchen and a dining room separated by a center island. Oh and I have a tv in there! Many times when we have friends over, they don't even make it down to other end of the house. We just all end up hanging out in the kitchen. My kitchen table has entertained numerous of my girlfiends. Sitting around the table, drinking wine and chatting the day away is what we like to do best.

Our backyard boasts a large fireplace. I've enjoyed sitting around the fire many nights with friends. Usually the adults hang out by the fire and the kids run wild in the backyard. I can even remember sleeping out there twice, in my lawnchair, watching the stars and keeping warm by the dying fire.

That empty lot? When we first moved here my kids spent hours over there; catching grasshoppers. Later they would play hide n seek when the owners got behind on their mowing and the grass was taller than the kids. Now it bears a beaten down path from where they walk back and forth to McDonalds or the gas station to buy their treats.

Over the years we have heard whispers of plans for that empty lot. A strip mall? A library? A Taco Bell? I even heard rumours of them putting in a road on it to connect to the main highway.

So today, I found out their plans. And I feel so incredibly sad:-(

A road. Not just any road. But a road that would basically go through my house, right where my kitchen is.

Of course this means they have to buy our property. My husband thinks thats a good thing, if they offer us a good price. He says we can possibly get a new house or some land to build a house or an older house with bigger land..... but I don't want any of those. I want this house. This one with the crappy bathroom, failing windows and stained carpet.

I'm sure I'll get over it. I always entertained the idea of moving. But not for another 6 years till B~ was out of school. I'm sure its just too sudden for me. I can't wrap my brain around it. I'll get over it.

But, I love my house.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

How I spent my Saturday

You know you live in a small hick town, when you spend 9 hours......NINE HOURS.... watching a bonfire. Okay, it was really a burn pile. But STILL! It was a large burn pile.

David is working on building my mom a new house and they were clearing her property. And this pile needed to be burned this weekend or the burn permit expired.

And I couldn't leave. It was just David and I for most of the time and I wasn't about to leave him driving that tractor by himself. (I won't mention how many times I thought he was gonna tip it.)

And let me add that I was already exhausted when we started. So you can imagine how loopy I was after 9 hours. I was so tired I was seeing stars. OH WAIT, those were stars since we didn't leave till MIDNIGHT!

Here's a little recap of the day......

Getting started

WOW, now that's a fire

Riley, getting impatient

Me, getting impatient

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Call me Syd the Sloth!

Still no camera:-(

I have to admit I haven't searched EVERYWHERE yet. There is that pit that I call a bedroom. And the bar is currently housing ANYTHING that doesn't have a designated place to go. So it could be there?

The problem is that I have been just too darn lazy to look. Honestly? I've been too darn lazy to do ANYTHING. I've managed to clean the kitchen. And I have managed to boss the kids into cleaning the living room and bathroom. But...THAT...IS...IT! I have a kazillion errands to run this week too. Every night I go to bed and think "okay tomorrow I am gonna get up early and go for a walk, then I am gonna get ready and run my errands, then I am gonna come back and work in the yard, then I am gonna......."

Morning comes.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ I"m sleeping away, tucked under the covers. UGH

I'm debating if I am lazy...or depressed. Seriously:-( The thing is I have started a great new eating program and have been feeling SOOO GREAT. So not sure what my deal is?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I Love My Reality TV

Okay, so I admit it. I am a reality TV junkie! I think I watch more of it than any other type of programing!

My faves are any that deal with cooking (Top Chef, Hells Kitchen, Next Food Network Star) and any that deal with health/losing weight. (isn't that such a contradiction????) I also watch anything on Bravo. I really haven't gotten into the Bachelor ones or Big Brother. But everyone else I know seems to enjoy them. For some reason they aren't my cup of tea.

But the smuttiest one I love? Is the new Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. OMG...where do they find some of those girls. Sometimes I feel its like a train wreck. I am soooo embarrassed to watch these girls, but I can't look away!

I seriously plan my night around reality TV!

What is your fave reality show?

Thursday, July 19, 2007



I seem to have lost my camera.

ERRRR, CORRECTION, my youngest child seems to have lost my camera. She takes it to her friends house to take a million pics for their Myspace and I haven't seen it in a while.

I'll be searching everywhere tonight! (After I get done surfing my fave blogs and getting caught up on everyone!)

Monday, July 16, 2007

All that matters to 16 year old boys on the hottest day of the year!

Overheard while driving D and his buddy to the river.

As we cross the bridge and can see down to the "park" area of the river.....

Buddy: "Wow, there are a lot of people there."
D: "Cool, that means there will be chicks there."
Buddy: "D, you took the words right out of my mouth."

Me: "snort" (as I try to contain my giggle)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Random Book Recomendation: Casanegra

Just finished a good book.

Casanegra by Blair Underwood. YES, that Blair Underwood! The actor.

Great murder mystery with lots of good sex! :-)