Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tony's Home!

We got to the airport and were met by some very awesome friends..actually, there is one not pictured. Mark B was also there, but I did not get a photo of him! It took us a bit to find out where T was going to be at..we forgot that international flights don't come into the terminal! And well, 'Adventures with Katie and Zach'....thank heavens we had cell phones!
The funniest thing was that we had not seen these three in person since Tony left, so it was like a tiny reunion! Katie hugs Nathan, Zach and Tony look on. (remember, spots are supposed to be ghostly emissions!)
Leaving the airport was a race. And that is all I am going to say about that! Cash or Credit???
We went out for lunch. Nathan couldnl't come and we were sad, but we still had fun! Lotsa hugs...These guys are great! I think the last photo we have of the three of them is from their senior prom!
Not reading anything..too content!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Less than 24 hours..or Thanksgiving with Moses

Yup, pretty quick we get to visit the airport and get our baby..OK, Tony. His plane leaves in like 20 minutes!
And as for Thanksgiving. The most photogenic person at the table was, of course, the cat!

Jon took these after dinner..And then Jon played with Moses!

(yes, that is the 'baby'...LOLOL.)

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

T minus Two..or all that is sticky is not secure!

Ages past our eldest took a trip to Hawaii with the THS band. I asked him for a pair of earrings. Well, when he came home he handed me a giant fan! I was very thankful there was only one, I couldn't imagine wearing them as earrings..although, I have been known to use unusual things as danglers....

Anyway, in this new house we have the space to hang the thing. I wanted to have it hung before he came home. So, I tried. I went to a website and it shared how easy it was to hang the things. Another Q and A site had a suggester who suggested duck tape. I had some little sticky tiles that were supposed to be used with some cork squares I had purchased (they were packaged together). So, I was ready. NOT!

The little sticky tiles I was pretty sure would not work. Heck, they didn't even work for the cork! (The bullet board I had made and the comic board I put up in the bathroom both were made of cork..I used adhesive spray to hold those on.) I tried anyway, and it didn't. Well, the site for oriental fans (mine was from Hawaii, but I figured they were the same idea) said to use double sided sticky tape you could pick up in any discount store. OK we are in Athena and from Tillamook. My double sided sticky tape had been very expensive and I had used it for photos. After a bit of wishy washy-ness, I used some. It did not work at all...I had forgotten, it was removable. So, I then graduated to the duck tape. I did 'strengthen' the tape with little thumbtacks inside every roll. It looked pretty good. The fan site also suggested if it might need more support, to put a picture hook under the last rib of the fan. My picture hook did not work, so I used a hook thing I had around. I was pleased, but nervous, so laid all kinds of thick cloth under the thing, in case it fell.
This morning I found this:

The fan was hanging from the little hook! Note, the removable tape DID stick to the wall..but not the fan. Nothing stuck to the fan!
So, I then went out and bought some of that really sticky stuff..

I made tons of little x's on the back of the fan and peeled off all the backing on the tape and with Jon's help securely mounted it to the is off center, but it is really stuck. I tried to move it and heard the cracking of bamboo..Jon said it has character and fits the house. So, now my fan is hung for the first time! Or the second!!!!! One problem might have been the shape of the ceiling, it is at a slant.

As for the Eyrie, Steve is working on the doors still. Saloon doors are not all Hollywood! And the eagle is up. The words on the papers are from Isaiah 40. And the sheets I bought for his bed (I had to get new sheets. I couldn't find anything but Bambi, Holly Hobbie, and flowers. LOL. sorry, no photo.) were silly. Beds must be smaller in Pakistan where the sheets were made. They were very soft, but didn't fit at all! Not even close! The top sheet was more of a table cloth than a sheet!

Reading new Handyman that came yesterday!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Almost time!!!

We get him in like THREE days!!! And the link below is still up. So, keep being thankful and have a great holiday! Will post some more pix tomorrow after even more gets done! Today we would have done more, but ended up shopping and paying a LOT of money for perscriptions. The funny thing is that we finally made the deductible...until Jan. I hate new insurance cards! And has anyone done insurance for pets???? You gotta be kidding. How much for goldfish???

Have a happy day!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

T minus 5!!!!!

OK, this is a super short note of gotta go to the Tillamook Headlight Herald site and read the article about A Night of Faith and Courage. It will do your heart good!
The website changes articles every Tuesday, so you don't have much time to read it!!! LOL.
I think it is at and under the 'news' section. Scroll down to find it. And God bless us every one!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

T minus 7?

I must have been off last time..Whatever, in one week we will have our son home with us!!! Yippee!!!!

OK, on another note, this one is potatoes and projects!

These photos are of the very last of the purple potatoes. I put them in our stew the other day. I liked having red, white, and 'blue' potatoes. It made eating very patriotic! NOTE: Purple potatoes are not good to use for potato soup. It makes the soup look rather gray and forbidding!!!! Although, if you close your eyes, it tastes just as good as any other potato soup!

Here we have a bulletin board I made on the back of our shelving unit...the one I am NOT done with yet! Notice how the 'wild things' are nearest the computer???? And yes, that is my apron on the edge. I have not gotten it moved yet. (and YES, I do wear it..I have two different ones that I like to wear and I don't need any more.)

Last, is our flag bench. It was a table from a friend, but it needed work. So, J and I chipped off the tiles, took the table apart, and I used the flag part here. The rest of the colored bits are going to be used elsewhere. The base was poured at the same time as our concrete for the addition..I just hadn't done much since we got all the tile chipped off the table. I still have to fill in the spaces..grout, I think it is called. It should look pretty nice when it is all done. I am not sure when I will get to 'finish' it. It is getting really cold out now and I covered it for next spring. I had to fiddle a lot to make the flag stripes look ok. I think the original flag was wider or something. I ended up using white dots for the stars instead of the white tile and I wanted to use red and blue dots, but then I wouldn't have any use for the tile! The red was hard to match, so I just left it. The other dots were iridescent, anyway, and didn't look right at all! The black edge is to make is nicer to sit on. I hope!

Books reading. Still This Old House and a Loring one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

T minus 9

The Eyrie is very crowded and T isn't even in it yet! Perhaps the better phrase is 'cozy'. LOL. Foggy today and not very inspired. Might make some cookies, but have to wash dishes first. I can't wait til the dishwasher gets hooked up. It has been put on the back burner for months! Thinking about adding another cabinet bit with drawers. One of my kitchen cabinet drawer things has the best storage ever. I'd like another one if we can find it. They are really deep and have like a wire screen like stuff on the top of them. I will photograph it and show you.

You know, chatting to ones self on this venue is kinda fun. You never really know who visits and so you just assume you are talking to the vastness of space. Then, someone out of the blue, mentions your blogspot and you realise that people do read your fingerpecks. I will try to make this more interesting and not so journalistic!
Sincerely, Kazul. (then again, for interesting, just read about Paul and Kanga's adventures in the desert...or Jake's with her family-she always posts photos of food and yarn!...or Mrs. Henderson's. Choir cut ups are lots of fun!..Noelle's are interesting, but she often has skips in her notes!!!!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

T minus 10!

Yup, 10 days til T's home!!!!! We have several countdowns going, we'll just add one here. We have been busy getting his room done. Today, I worked on my bench. The concrete one that has a flag on it. It was super nice outside and I just did NOT want to work on something inside. I have a few more stripes to do and after it dries I can mortar in the edges! Very time consuming, but lots of fun. Oddly enough, I did not take any before pix of the, you'll have to wait to see the final product! I really should have done this during the summer. Procrastination is my middle name!

TV guy finally came, J got to practice his bari here, and we have been in the house for a week. I still can't believe it. Still lots to do, but we have time. I do think the hardest part of this last move has been finding the things we packed last November...I am going to have to buy a couple of pans. We cannot find them anywhere at all. Very frustrating. And yes, I DID mark the boxes. I just did not do extensive inventory on the items and paste the sheet to the inside of the box.
Teddy was sleeping in Jon's closet when the TV guy was here. He knows the door goes in the house and was waiting for someone to open it!

Here is the addition, again! We still need to put on the siding and finish up the outside of the window in the Eyrie. The field is the view from the Eyrie. It varies from one horse to three horses. The 'neighbors' across from the horse barn have a camper trailor with a woodstove in it, a loud dog, and loud people. Not sure how the lady who has the white car can stand it, she's very nice and older (80's).

Not reading too much at this time. Well, that is not exactly true, This Old House magazines are lots of fun!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The funniest thing!

I had to pay for our PO box today that we got 6 months ago..we got it at the same time as we did the house. So, we have been paying for our house for 6 months and living in it for 3 days!!!!!!!

Yes, we have been spending the night in the house! It is so wonderful and cozy. We don't have the cats yet, but Teddy was there last night. We figger the cats will move in tonight..or at least some of them. We only have one who doesn't object to cars, even if it is only a few blocks. Maybe we should use the sedatives???? Have to talk to S about that.

I do have some pix..they are very bad. I really need a new camera!!!
Here is J in his new room...His bed is really high, not quite a loft bed, but close!!!! He is excited because he has a desk to use for his models!

I lost this pic earlier...not sure where it went. This is a vent S made to accomodate the computer. The dining room has 4 vents and 1 heating vent, so S adapted one of the odd vents and made an outlet. This particular room had only 1 outlet in it and it was over by the edge of the living room. The smaller living room, which has 3 or 4 outlets that work and 2 that don't!!! Go figure!

J made me some curtain holdbacks..are they not clever????? They pull the curtains back just enough and are rather wonderful! Salvation Army is one of our favorite places to shop!!! He made me 4.

The other pictures are very spotted and even if that ghost o logist (featured in the October issue of Oregon Coast) suggests they are from spiritual manifestatations...I prefer unspotted photos.

As you can see the LR is very brown. Pretty, but brown. I rather like it!!! And the kitchen is still not done, but very usable. The set of boxes nearest the cabinets by the window will be more cabinet stuff..prolly shelves. And there will be a shelf over the microwave, which will be nearer the wall. And the curtains will be different..this is just a 'for now' thing. Not sure where I saved these from...I am such a saver. We found so many plastic cups, napkins, and plates! We could have 3 parties and not use them all up!!!! I can't believe we paid for storage for these things!! One of our friends paid for storage for boxes of wrapping paper...I know exactly how they feel!!!!! WHY!!!????
More as we get it done!!! Books I am reading...well, House of Mirth and one by Grace Livingston Hill...which have nothing to do with each other at all. I just didn't have the one and the other was nearby!!! LOLOL.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

So close!!!!

Things are so close!! We will move our stuff and many of the pets on Saturday..or Sunday. The carpet gets put in either tomorrow or Sat..prolly on Sat. The phone is working and our pastor was the very first one to call us! The internet is supposedly up, but as we have not moved the computer and stuff..we are not sure on that. We are working in the Eyrie (T's room), the trim for the Bear Den (J's room--he wants to call it something else!) is done and needs attached to the walls, and our bedroom is getting lovely. I should have used a white trim paint for the trim, but was using what we had. Mum sent a lovely blue gauze like material and I found a velvety like blue stuff in my fabric..I used the filmy stuff NOT for what mum thought I would. It is a swag over some other curtains and looks fabulous! S doesn't care for it..says it is too frilly. I told him it wasn't frilly, it was Grecian! So, he did a mimicry of the Grecian Urn from Music Man. I swatted him and he will just have to live with it! My closet under the stairs is really pretty and the addition is looking like a house. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Living room without the new carpet.

Mostly done shelves!!! I might paint the inside vertical edges, but I am not sure!
Part of the Eyrie closet..pun intended!!!
J's closet and the linen closet..J thought the whole thing was his closet!!! The odd spaces by the door is where the wider closet doors will be.
Reading Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series. Almost done.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Another short note.

Well, we are not in yet. The phone will be hooked up next week..and the computer. The rug will be in next week and I am almost done with the shelves in the wall. J and I worked on my closet under the stairs and it is rather pretty so far. We ran out of adhesive glue and the elmer's stuff I had is so nasty, we are going to wait to get the more spendy stuff. The bathroom is done and is very nice..there are some spots that need touched up. But, that is normal when you are working on things. I will post pictures later. The box has a roof on most of it, there is a leak, so we'll see what else needs done. J likes the box. It is perfect for his monster truck! Clean, big, and noisy.

AAAARRRGGG! I just heard a Christmas commercial!!!!! Not fair!!! Reading a book by Essie romance author.