There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lots of things....

.......accomplished this weekend. Remember the bathroom faucet that broke in April? Fixed in July!

Steve under the sink....good thing you can't hear him.

Out with the old faucet......kinda French-brass-too-much working or broken.
In with the new white-faucet-Steve-doesn't-like-because-it-doesn't-match-something-he-can't-name. Too bad.
We put up wainscoting at the top of the stairs. Took me 4 days to stain and get the varathane or urethane, I can't remember which it is, finish on the stuff. The wallpaper on the bottom of that wall looked awful.
We finished the far east wall with the wood border. I love it.
Close up of the stamping on the wood.

Name the kitties....they all looked the same at the time I took the picture....Fuzz in the front, Emma Lee next and then Guido Fortunato on the window napper.

Emma Lee in her window condo. She will stay up there for hours.

What you won't see a picture of......dear, sweet Kimberly Ann of Nostalgic Homemaking posted a peach coffee cake recipe link just for me! I had confessed to making coffee cake pretty much every time I read her blog, making said coffee cakes while Steve was on the road and eating the same coffee cakes all by myself. I even lied once about eating the damn things when there were two pieces left over and Steve asked if I had eaten the rest. Who Me??? So, I went to the market to get the ingredients...some of them were pretty exotic like almond extract, baking powder, flour and sour cream. I carefully followed the directions and got Myron ready for the oven removal drama shot. Well, it didn't bake right. It was soupy in the middle and so I baked it longer and it turned out still soupy and burned around the edges....and then there was the nut topping. I failed at coffee cake making beyond stupid Bis*uic%, sugar and milk. Sniff.
The kids will be here Thursday so this will be my last post for a while. We went to WallyWonderWorld last night and got the necessities for having grandchildren visit.....a wading pool, life vests to wear to the beach and fishing with Papa, pizza snacks, hot pockets, cookies, juicy juice, kool aid know the regular stuff for special kids. We also got a $7.00/bag of coffee for my son...Steve's choice not mine. Steve wanted to get a bunch of other food things but I put the lid on some of those. We can always food spoil them while they are here. See you in a few.......

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Days like today......

.....that are wonderful, make all of the bad days tolerable. I had lunch today with cs of Pitted Windshields and Gina of Eclectic Defined. CS drove at least 60 miles to come up to our little town to meet us for lunch. CS? Beautiful; young Elizabeth Taylor beautiful. She is funny, animated, has the warmest smile and best of all she is just nice and now she is my friend.

I was worried I would see on her face, Damn, she is a really old lady. But, guess what she said as soon as we sat down? You're just beautiful........exactly what I was thinking about her!!

The three of us talked and talked and then talked some more, and there wasn't one lull in the conversation. We all share having lived in California at one time or another, loving Idaho in the good weather, being burned out on a job, having a wonderful time blogging and making new friends and really feeling happy we met for lunch. We will do it again, but I will do the 60 mile drive AND CS, I WILL PAY FOR LUNCH.

Gina is.......well, Gina; gorgeous, full of life and wonderful stories....and of course we are both Italian.

I am sure by now it is obvious that I am not the most social butterfly in the air. I get nervous in situations like this...meeting new people and worrying if I look OK and sound like I have a few brain cells still firing. This was easy because these two women are just simply wonderful. Thank you girls for a lovely day.

After lunch I had to drive to the big city of Coeur d Alene. The pulmonary lab where I now have to be tested yearly had an opening at 2:30 and rather than wait until my scheduled appointment in late August, I took this appointment. My lungs are unchanged, the test is not fun and I did it with roast beef sandwich, veggie soup and lemon meringue pie breath.

See CS? Beautiful.
See Gina? Gorgeous.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Update on Mimi Louise and the happenings in Idaho..

The vet called late yesterday afternoon. She always sounds so serious when she calls...and usually for a good reason. So, she says....."Hello, Rosemary?", and I said "Yup, hello Dr. Smart (her real name)." Then she said, " Mimi's thyroid is fine. She's just overweight and has that kind of feline constitution. Let's keep her on the Science Diet MD food for 3 to 4 months and then bring her back for a weight check." Mimi was a master, and I mean a master, at stealing Sophie's food, left over dog food specks on the floor, a sliver of lettuce on the table (I know, yuck) and anything else that even faintly resembled a food substance. Sadly, with Sophie gone she can't do the largest thievery now, but this is good for Mimila. She even followed me downstairs for the first time since last summer to see if she was missing something in the laundry room that might be tasty. One less thing to worry about.

Now on to stuff......Steve is going to Mexico City Sunday and won't be back until Thursday. I am going to meet cs of Pitted Windshields (it is not linked because this is dial up after all and that just won't happen, but she is on my blog list) for lunch Wednesday!!!! She is going to drive up to my little town and we will get to talk face to face and have fun. I love her sense of humor, how she loves and humanizes her doggies and the fact that she is one of those angel teachers of special needs kids.

The final papers were signed and notarized for the accident yesterday. I already have a list of my local politicos and will do some online search stuff about insurance/civil personal injury law suits etc. before I start my letter writing campaign. I am ready to take this on. Every morning when I see Steve struggle just to get out of bed and then have to grab for a cane to get to the bathroom my resolve gets stronger.

I haven't said anything about this and I hope my daughter doesn't hate me forever, but she was laid off as of the 30th of June. Guess who she had given her life to for years as a stellar employee? WAMOOSE. But in her usual high style, professional way, she has chosen to look at this as a beginning not an end and has great plans for school, has already interviewed for several jobs (that have 1 jobzillion applicants but she got called) and has a plan. This girl of mine can do anything she sets her mind to; anything. She is not only intelligent, she has a sense for fashion, presentation, the written word and is just so....I can't even think of the right word....I know she will be OK. She does have a hard working husband and I know he will be her partner in what ever she decides to do in the future.

Emma Lee has decided she wants to live on the kitchen windowsill. She is there constantly. She is watching the barn swallow babies do their "mapping" so come next spring they will be able to find the nest in the box under the balcony. She watches the bees, wasps, hornets, gnats, doves, robins, squirrels and the occasional coyote that ambles through the yard. She misses not one wing, buzz or foot. If I could upload photos you could see her in action....oh wait, wasn't I supposed to have my satellite fixed yesterday? Yea, that's right but the guy called and said he wanted to go to Silverwood, the local amusement park, and was having a party today....I mean it is a holiday week isn't it......and if he isn't too hung over tomorrow he will come up...he'll call and let us know. Have I called betcha.

I have been able to read exactly two blogs. Two. Period. I get timed out after two. Can't do three. Two. I read Angela of Auld Hat fame and guess what she called me in a return comment.....rosemary. I am worried. Is she angry at me? Did I commit a blog faux paw? Then there is Lorraine....not a comment for weeks. OK, so she did go on vacation with Angela, but not for weeks.......I don't even want to start about Lilli, Sling or JP.......what did I do? Did I use a bad word? Too many rants? No kitten pictures? What? BarbWire.....ummhum, no comments from her either. OK, here is my global apology for being old and crabby and in a snit for several months/seasons.

And in conclusion, my youngest son, daughter-in-law, Sachi and Spencer will be here the 17th of this month for a week long visit. I am just a tad bit excited......actually a lot excited. I should have the satellite fixed by then or else HughesNet headquarters will have been......probably shouldn't say that kind of stuff.......but there will be pictures; one way or another.