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LadyHawke your parents sure do move fast. A decision like that would take me MONTHS!!
I can’t believe they are moving out. :(
Cool G – I hope your electricity problems get sorted out. :(
MM, do you know which way you are going from TX yet, west or back to FL?
IRONSOS, the pity of the movie is they never showed how a single positive action made a huge positive difference in the future. Mostly it was just death and destruction at every generation. It pretty much takes annihilation before anyone gets the point. So, it sort of has a happy ending but barely and in the face of all the horror leading up to the end I couldn’t feel good about it.
MM, upon reflection I realize my mother has been ready to move at many points in the last several years. My father has always been the one who stood in the way of them leaving that house. I think she has used the neighbor moving away as a catalyst to set a fire under him. I think if she doesn’t manage to get the house on the market on Wednesday and move toward selling it the move might not happen at all. If she were to sit there two or three months or wait until summer to put it on the market my father might have an opportunity to take roost there again. If they were to make it two months or six months without experiencing a home invasion or a bullet through the window, he might decide it wasn’t so bad and that they really were perfectly fine there. She probably sees the departure of this neighbor as a means of creating a sky is falling scenario to get him a little worked up over the dangers of the neighborhood and get out of there. Daddy loves that house. Really, we all do. It has a 30 foot screened in back porch. It has built in display cabinets, shelves built in shelves, cabinetry and a full wall of field stone at the fireplace in the family room and decorative display shelves between the entry and formal living room and dining room. There are two baths and a half bath/laundry room. It a lovely house but it is just not in the right place.
it is now just snow here
I thought that movie looked too depressing in the trailers and reviews I read, so I skipped it…
It is dreary today. There was some warning of potential severe storms here for tomorrow but I suspect we will have some rain today.
I hope not to have to go anywhere today. Later in the week I expect I’ll be over at my parent’s house.
I’m not sick but I’m not feeling great. I am a bit achy and I have some light upper respiratory symptoms as well as a bit of a queazy stomach. I would just like to bundle down alone today. I have some repair work to do on some clothes that would allow me to be productive but still sit quietly.
Extremely foggy here. I like it. Too bad I skipped my run this morning (in lieu of an afternoon/evening run), it would have been cool.
LH, I too am not feeling up to snuff. My throat is a bit scratchy, my head/neck feels heavy, and I just don’t feel 100%. Keeping my fingers crossed I don’t get sick! But I guess with all the carrier monkeys I’m around all day, it’s bound to happen…
But here’s to Monday and a good week ahead! I’m really enjoying my classes so far, so I’m enjoying going to work. ;)
I’m not going to be able to stay home all day. My parent’s realtor has called and wants to meet this afternoon instead of Wednesday so I need to dress and head there soon.
I have managed to do the hand work/repairs I needed to do and I’ve kept laundry going. I had more I would have liked to have accomplished and more sitting I would have liked to do.
Just as my mother is trying to pack her house I need to weed out some of mine. There items coming from my mother’s house to my house so I need to get rid of things here to make room for what is coming.
I’m barely staying ahead of what has to be done, much less doing anything extra. I feel pulled to be there helping my mother and to be here doing what I need to do.
DR LEW, that would be how luck would have it. You had the very long Christmas break and now you have barely started back to work and you don’t feel well.
I am reading my first real book in a long time. I decided I wanted to read Breaking Dawn again so got my book to see if I could read it. Luckily I can. This is great. I have got use to a light book so my hands get tired of holding the real book.
My daughter came over this morning and got some more stuff. She has a few more things left in the other side storage room and then she will be done. If it wasn’t raining I would take a load of things for her. I try not to drive in the rain. Mainly because sometimes my wipers don’t want to work. There is a short in the wire somewhere because if I hit a large bump, sometimes they will stop working for awhile.
Meds bought, laundry done, notions and sundries bought. Now to have a couple chicken sandwiches.
COOLG, your reports of what your daughter has taken away and what she left behind make me shiver. I am already seeing the beginnings of all this heading at me. I’m so glad your eyes and book are cooperating with each other.
I have to manage to return all my belongings to the places they were stored before the bedbug situation. I think I am ready to move back into the bedroom with my clothing. That will help clear the rest of the house.
Then, my DS says he intends to clear the computer room (third bedroom) so we can accommodate some of the things my parents are not taking with them that we want to keep. That is going to take quite some time. We have been wanting to turn it into a TV, sitting room, computer room instead of just a computer room and storage area. My daughter is the only one who used the desktop computer now when she does written assignments. Otherwise she is on her Kindle Fire. My DS and I use our laptops. So, the desktop primarily acts as a server for the other systems.
I have a lot of rearranging to do.
I am in a bit of a panic, trying to keep up with daily needs and beginning to try to do more than just the things I do every day to keep us going. Now, it is not just my parent’s house that has to be turned upside down but mine as well.
So, we will be getting rid of some things in the estate sale at my parent’s house in order to accommodate other/better things from their house.
Morning all! The weather is noticeably warmer so that is a blessing. I am beginning to come out of my torpor brought on by the cold and catching up on some household duties. The workmen downstairs found a damp patch and jumped to the conclusion, erroneously, that it was caused by our overflow pipe. This means that a plumber is due to pay us a visit so my DS asked if he could fix our kitchen taps while he was here. This was agreed so I am making sure that my kitchen and bathroom will pass muster.
Yesterday finished off our beef stew adding some more carrots and a few peas to give the remains more body. The finished dish was even better than the first, so that was pleasing. I was careful to be sure that the stew was brought to the boil and simmered for ten minutes to ensure that it was completely safe to eat. (I don’t have a freezer).
I was watching a return visit to New Jersey on TV and was shocked by how many of the homes on the seafront were so badly damaged that they will have to be demolished. I think the figure was four thousand! It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Lady Hawke is it possble to get something like a Pods module to pack your parents things that are going to your house into? Then you could have it moved to your house and unpack as you can clear out space. Of course, you would be paying a monthly fee for the use of it, but that could motivate you to get it done faster. Just a thought. ;)
Graymayne in the US we do tend to overbuild on any bit of coastline that will hold a house. This, regardless of the predominate weather patterns. So, when we get severe or unusual weather we get a lot of damage. Many of the older structures were built as summer only residences. So sometimes the construction would not meet current standards without extensive renovations. Mostly they just got small renovations (to add indoor plumbing or electricity) without real regard to the overall structure. Once all those buildings are removed, the land will resell at premium prices. ;)
The amaryllis that I brought to work has already had two bloom stalks. The second one still has one bloom that is almost ready to drop. Iyesterday I noticed that there is a third bloom stalk growing between where the other two were. I have never had three bloom stalks on an amaryllis before. This one has not yet put out leaves, either. Usually I get leaves along with the bloom stalks. Very strange. ;)
DEANIE, I don’t think our neighborhood covenant would allow us to have a pod parked outside. We can’t even park our cars on the street overnight. It is a good idea though.
I have two orchids I have had for years. I brought them into the house the same day. They were marked down at the grocery and both had blooms on them. One of them has bloomed repeatedly, at least twice a year. The other one has never bloomed again. Once the original blooms fell off it has never produced flowers ever again.
When the one orchid blooms you see a bud and then you see some stalk and then another bud and on and on until you have an entire shaft of blossoms.
Suddenly, the second orchid has something going on. This one put out a shaft with a cluster on the tip that was so tight together at first it was hard to tell they were blossoms. Now, they are separating and spreading out like an accordian. So, now the shaft looks much like the shaft of blossoms on the other orchid. They just got there in a completely different manner.
We are expecting severe weather tonight. The sun has been out off and on throughout the day. That is not supposed to be good because the sun raises the temperature and destablizes the environment, producing more powerful storms. It is supposed to be much cooler tomorrow.
Our fence has a double gate so we can drive through. If you have that type gate, could the pod be put in the back yard? I know they deliver them on a big truck, but the truck only comes back to pick it up. The container is not too huge and, perhaps in the circumstances, you could get the association to allow it for a limited time. ;)
I am sooooo glad that we have never lived in a neighborhood that had a restrictive association. We have lived where there were “covenants”, but no one enforced any of them except the builder. Once the building phase was done, most people held to most of them. In our current neighborhood, one of the covenants was that we could not have the larger satellite dishes. Before our house was even built, one of the neighbors not only had such a dish, it was in the front yard. Their back yard had too many trees to put it there. ;)
We have plenty of Vernon Dursley’s in our neighborhood to make sure everyone adheres to the covenants. We only have a single gate since we are barely more than a zero lot. If we could hide it in the back we could have one but we wouldn’t be able to get it back there.
They make you get swimming pools approved that are going in your back yard that no one else is going to see. We had to get our house colors approved by a board. They have to approve your landscaping. If you get a security door you have to get them to approve the door.
Frankly, I’m surprised they don’t have to approve our Christmas decorations that are seen from the street. Shhhhhhh……, I don’t want to give them any ideas.
I absolutely hate Home Owners Associations and those rules and regs or covenants. I am a firm believer in being able to do what I want on my property. Most cities already have laws on the books about cleanliness and neatness and lawn, tree and sidewalk maintainence – that is plenty for me in the way of controls. And plenty to keep the neighborhood nice.
I am making beef stew with Graymayne’s veggies…
Our land in Oklahoma has a few covenants, but not overly restrictive ones. The minimum roof pitch is detailed, we can have no more than two buildings on the lot and we can’t have junk cars parked all over it. Not overly restrictive, just trying to keep our 3-plus acres looking decent, instead of like a “Tobacco Road or Tannery Row” type place. And no HOA!! ;)
Too bad about the back yard as an option, Lady Hawke. ;)
Off to either pay bills or play Mah Jongg. ;)
We had a tremendous amount of rain last night. There was never any thunder or lightning, just a lot of wind and heavy rain. There were thunderstorm warning and tornado warnings regionally but nothing was ever directed at us except for the tornado watch we were under with everyone else until 1 AM.
This morning my mother and I are going out to purchase a double wall oven to replace the one in her kitchen that does not work. She wants to go put a deposit down on the apartment. She has spent the last couple of days emptying her closets into boxes.
So, in addition to grocery shopping we have a stop at Home Depot, the bank, the apartment office. I expect to be exceedingly tired tonight.
SIRIUS, when we purchased this house it was a repossession and it had been badly used, horribly painted and had a poorly installed above ground pool in the back yard. Our realtor told us there was a covenant in the neighborhood but that it wasn’t being enforced (as was obvious) from the state of the house. She didn’t even think they could enforce it on us since we weren’t the ones who made the mess. No one said anything to us until we started reclaiming the outside and started repainting. Once we started repainting they wanted control over how we repainted it. It seems we somehow restarted our responsibility in the covenant once we started making changes.
The bank had ripped the pool out of the back yard. I suppose they didn’t want responsibility for an unattended pool in the back yard in which someone might drown. So, now they want control over what you put in your back yard, probably as a direct response to the pool that was pulled out of our back yard before it was our back yard.
We acquired the house as a very good deal when prices all around us were selling at top dollar. We never lost money on the house as everyone else in the country did. The trade off has been the trauma of having to ask a board of people if we can do every little thing on the outside of our house.
People here can’t have dish TV discs on the south side of their house if the south side of the house is visible from the street. Therefore, most of us must use the local cable service.
I neighbor down the street has enormous model trains running through his entire back yard. Several different track with different size trains exit his side fence (he is a corner house) and make their turns on the swatch of grass between his fence and the sidewalk. The man had to have his design approved by the board. They are the most elaborate model train tracks I have ever seen. They are built on concrete risers and are landscaped. At night he lights the tracks and little “towns”. Sometimes he opens his side gates so people can stop and look at the complete tracks in his back yard. On Halloween he gave out candy from the tracks outside his fence. I’m sure he was there as much to watch over his trains as he was to give out candy.
DEANIE, I don’t know if you will get the reference but are you playing Chinese Mah Jongg or Jewish Mah Jongg? I have never played. I know it is played with tiles but I don’t know anything about it.
Storms came thru about 4 AM this morning. Temperatures are dropping now. You have to pay for all that warm weather in winter. Thankfully there doesn’t seem to be a lot of damage around me. Of course the surrounding communities were not so lucky. They were showing some of the damage in Indy on GMA this morning.
GREETINGS FROM LAS VEGAS NEVADA!
As you can see we headed WEST. After visiting with my MIL, Pete’s family and my nieces on my side of the family we took to the roads and headed West. The countryside is spectacular an I enjoyed our drive very much. Unfortunately the weather has not been as warm as we wanted it to be but that has been a minor thing compared to the beautiful mountains, sunsets and views.
We didn’t stop at the Grand Canyon yet since it was supposed to be very cold there; we will do that during our drive back when the weather is expected to be much warmer. We are spending two days here in Vegas where the weather will be in the 60’s near 70’s. We are at the hotel Ballys. It is right on the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip.
This morning we plan to do some sight seeing. This is NOT the DS way of spending his vacation. LOL! Last night he wanted to drive away. LOL! But when faced with driving another few hours to rest he finally agreed to stay. He loves the hotel room. We have a very nice room at an incredibly nice price. The front desk lady upgraded us to a room with a wonderful view of Las Vegas. It is their slow time I guess but we still had to wait in a line of about 15 people to check in.
I went to the downstairs Casino last night while the DS relaxed in the room. He was quite content when I returned. He enjoyed his time watching TV and just relaxing. :)
MM, I’m glad you are having a good time. That is one of the drawbacks about driving west, the inability to just find somewhere and stop when you are tired since there may not be anywhere to stop. My father almost always went ahead and drove, believing there would be somewhere else to stop. I can’t tell you how many times we dragged in many hours later to a hotel room than we would have liked. So, good for you in getting him to stop.
Actually, neither. Just the computer solitaire matching version. I don’t play “real” Mah Jongg because I don’t know anyone who knows how. And I certainly don’t know three people who play! I do understand the reference. The Jewish version is an outgrowth of the Chinese game, but adapted in the US. It was once played in weekly “clubs” much like Bridge was and Pinochle is for the military community. It was/is really just an excuse to get together, but some players always get very cut-throat no matter what game they are playing. ;)
Madame Minerva Enjoy your trip!! It sounds great. ;)
MM, if you can go to the Grand Canyon as the sun rises or as it sets and stay for a couple of hours watching the light change on the walls of the canyon. It goes through several color changes. If you just go midday and pull into a parking place it is just a matter of looking at it a few minutes, taking a couple of photos and driving on. If you are there as the light is changing there is really something to see.
We were there at sunrise and there were people who just waited to see the sun peak over the edge of the horizon and they left before the sun even touched one wall of the canyon. That was a waste of waking up early. Of course, the canyon isn’t just one canyon, it is lots of canyons in a canyon so as the sun travels and hits each of the walls of each of the inner canyons the light does gorgeous things.
My daughter and I will have dinner with my parents tonight. I know today is going to be a long, tiring day with lots of extra stops so, since I already had the components of my DS’s dinner ready, I have already plated his food and covered it in plastic wrap, ready to micowave. I also made his sandwiches for lunch for the rest of the week. So, now when I come in tonight I won’t have anything I have to do in order to provide my DS his dinner.
It started snowing yesterday afternoon, so we have a few inches on the ground. This after it was 73ºF (23ºC) on Monday! Everything quite pretty for now, but soon it will all be mush. Considering how dry we’ve been here, we’ll take whatever moisture we can!