Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Morning

Maybe just a sentence or two at a time won't be so overwhelming.  There is too much going on to have time to write about.

So just pictures from a peaceful Sunday morning.

These are the first things to appear in the little backyard flower bed.  We may go totally herbs this year.

Parsley and rosemary.  I planted a little basil plant last week behind the parsley.


And the clematis that we gave up on last year.  It got trampled so much by Darby looking for lizards that it never got started.  It looks healthy and ready to climb if we can protect it.


Minimalist gardening this year.  Just to make things look a little better and not get this vegetable bed overwhelmed like last year.

Three tomato plants, 1 red pepper, and a group of zucchini.  That will take over the whole end of the bed.


We're trying to re-crate train Darby in the anticipation that someone will look at our house.

She's doing well in it.  She would prefer being stretched out on the tile floor snoring, but she does stay for extended periods of time in here.

But it has been taken over this morning by Murray.


Funny how cats find little favorite places.

I wish my sewing chair was not Stella's favorite place.  She is obsessed with it and throws off any towels I use to try to protect it.  I mean she is ALWAYS there.



And does not like any other suggestion on where to sleep.


Okay, I did it.  Just a few sentences and we're off to church.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It can only be downhill now

The reason I've not written in so long is not because life was so boring that I had nothing to write about but that there was too much happening to even comprehend, much less write about.

February 6th, we moved Mama into Andalusia Manor nursing home.  It was a long time in the works and a busy and anxious time making it work, but amazingly it seems to have been a great decision.  I'll take some pictures Thursday when we go down there of her nice room - with 2 closets and a large bathroom.

I've spent hours and hours on paperwork, Medicaid interviews, VA office visits, filling out VA forms, making lists, and checking things off.  All along, I've had the excellent support of the admissions director, Kendall.  She has held my hand, advised, reassured, calmed my doubts, and just been a good friend all the way.

More about the Manor and Mama's new home next time.

I don't even know where to start on this house and our plans to sell it and move to Washington.  Such a far-fetched idea and huge dream.  We've worked over the years on removing wallpaper and repainting, but it's finally come to a glorious end, the painting and de-wallpapering, that it.

I'll try to find all the before and after pictures to compare later.

This is where we are today.




Just to the right is my temporary bed where I slept last night.  If we work hard enough, I should be able to sleep more comfortably tonight.


I brought my work station into the den and worked there last night.  I enjoyed it, but it doesn't do much for the looks of the house, so I'll go back down the hall tonight.



Mike took up the carpet from 4 bedrooms, 6 closets, and the hall.  Very strange-looking.





The bathtub.  Looks like that might have been more comfortable to sleep in than the couch



When my work area is cleaned out, the room looks so much bigger.  I might just make a sitting area there and move the desk.


More rolls of carpet ready to be thrown away.


I can't wait to get all this out and redo my sewing room.




Murray was hesitant about the new bare floors.


But he's a brave boy.



Not Stella though.  That's a far as her little paws would venture.


And the carpet arrives.  Pretty exciting.



I had to go take a peek at the padding.  Looking good and not a bad pattern.

I'm a little nervous to go look at the finished product.  I know it will be such an improvement - but what if I don't like it?

This house is not new, but it's about as updated as you can get with the wallpaper gone, all new paint, mostly new carpet and the older carpet cleaned.  New quartz counter tops, All woodwork, doors, thresholds repaired and painted - and that was a LOT of repairing and rebuilding.  All fans, vents, corners, and baseboards dusted.  Windows washed.  Tile floors cleaned and resealed.  Over the past few years, a lot of work has gone into reviving and beautifying the house - mostly Mike's - mine mostly arguing about paint colors and quartz patterns - and it's a job well done.  

Once the furniture is back in, we'll be ready to roll.  Or ready to entertain visitors poking around at any time, hiding clutter, and keeping things shiny and good-smelling.  

I wrote this Monday but (of course) misplaced my camera and then my charger in all the chaos), but the carpet is in, and we love it.  

These are pictures of the bedroom shown above (the alcove where I used to have my desk, filing cabinets, and printers.

I did have my favorite little love seat at the foot of the bed, which was fine and not really too crowded.


But now I like it so much better in this cozy little area.  I just need to add a floor lamp there.



It's really a pretty large bedroom now.  I hope it doesn't leave too much floor space.


As far as I know, Murray has never been on this piece of furniture, but the new setting makes it more appealing, I guess.


I think he approves.  He wouldn't open his eyes and look at me.

The realtor didn't come and won't until Saturday because she wants to take pictures, and it's been rainy.  Thank goodness!  We have a lot to do.  Andalusia tomorrow, so that will take the whole day.  Friday is for cleaning out the pantry and straightening up plus maybe planting some pansies in the pots on the front porch.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back Already

I'm going to plug away at writing down things from Christmas even though I can't remember half of what happened.

It was so nice this year to have Kathy and Alan come from Andalusia and Sherry and David from Chattanooga - by way of St. Augustine where they were visiting grandchildren.  It was a quick day for Alan and Kathy and full of lots of people and activity, but it was still good.  Lots of laughter and good memories.

Sherry and David parked their motor home in Wetumpka and came and went as they felt like it.  They had the 3 kitties with them, so we took Graysen to see them one day.  Unfortunately, she went to sleep and missed them, but we enjoyed visiting their neat little home on wheels.  It's really nice to have most everything they need and be able to drive all over the country.  Very comfortable.  I was impressed at the kitchen and how the space is used so cleverly.  Sherry even cooked the black-eyed peas for New Year's Day lunch and brought them over.  

Below are just a lot of pictures that I took - none of them very good - but it's just kind of the way it was that week.  

Even though Graysen is not present in this picture, it's representative of her playing.  I think she liked the little quilt I made her and dragged it around trying to wrap up her "Big Baby," as opposed to just baby that she brought with her.  The baby bottles were a novelty, and she enjoyed those. She still loves her beach chair from last summer, and we even kept the sand in the legs intact.  




A real hit was Mama's walker.  It wasn't only Graysen who was fascinated with it.....


It was pretty fun for Sammy and Sawyer too.




Those cute boys and their dad Roland.  I somehow didn't get a good picture of Natalie.  She and Emily were trying to make up for lost time and talking and chasing children.


Sawyer was quite good at stringing Graysen's new wooden beads.  There is one picture that I can't find that shows Sawyer putting them on the string at one end and Sammy busily taking them off at the other end.


Beads make good ingredients for cooking also.


Just a few little quiet moments in the midst of all the fun.









Aunt Kathy is showing her the proper way to apply stickers to her feet.  It took a little getting used to, but she learned to love airplanes and trains all over her body. I found a blue train in the shower after she had gone home, and it made me sad.










The weather in Alabama was warm enough for a long walk one day.


And lunch served outside on another.





I was so wanting to take her for her first carousel ride, but we kept on finding other things to do.  We went to the zoo one day, and Emily and Graysen went to Columbus to spend some time with Natalie and Roland and the "boyees" as Graysen calls them.

But on the very last day, we just did it.  Of course, by the time we got to the mall, she was asleep.


Emily finally had to wake her up and show her what was going on.  


Wow, lots of neigh-neighs.


We weren't sure if she would ride one because she is a little afraid of neigh-neighs sometimes.




I'm not sure she ever completely relaxed, but she didn't cry or complain and maybe even enjoyed it.  I think seeing Mimi appear and disappear every few seconds confused her, but it was a fun time.




The night before going home.  I was making the most of our time, knowing it was going to be a long time before seeing them again.  


That wallpaper behind them is GONE, and the whole room is painted Comforting - the same as the kitchen.



Last sweet look for Mimi before getting on the plane.  So sad.


There are still memories and pictures but just no time to post them.

The house is upside down with painting, organizing, making decisions, trying to get it ready to put on the market.  I think we're in for a whole bunch of work and exhaustion, but we're plodding on and trying to make this change happen.

Maybe some pictures of all the improvements Mike has done tomorrow.