Sunday, August 31, 2008
In previous years, I used the 6 week plan called Christmas Countdown. It's a really good program for having a schedule of things you want/need to do to be ready for the holidays without too much last minute panicking. My favorite part of the program was the planner. Each year I printed out all the pages that applied to our house and it was a BIG help!
This year I am going to attempt the more ambitious Houseworks Holiday Plan. This plan starts today. The Christmas Countdown starts around Halloween. One of the good things about the HHP is that if you fall off the wagon, it is set up to transition easily into the CC- so no guilt!
So, regardless of whether you are BO (Born Organized) or SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive), if you dread getting ready for the holidays, think about checking out Organized Christmas!
Off to start this week's work for HHP!
Swish & Swipe
GET HOME ROUTINE
5 min Room Rescue
Laundry- wash towels
BEFORE BED ROUTINE
School bag/keys ready
Brush teeth/face care
Clothes for tomorrow
Go to bed at a decent time
Saturday, August 30, 2008
After we finished at the gallery, where Auntie got a PBM piece framed, we decided to take a walk out onto the Pier on St. Petersburg's waterfront. As we approached the entrance to the Museum of History we saw that one of the current exhibits was "Princess Grace and Princess Diana". Well, that was a must-be-done! It was primarily a dress exhibition- several dresses of Princess Grace's and a lot more of Diana's. There were also all kind of smaller items, including invitations to Charles and Diana's wedding, letters that she had written etc. Among the Princess Grace artifacts were sketches by Edith Head of costumes for "To Catch a Thief" (the chiffon gown) and "High Society" (the garden party dress).
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday we added a trip to the acupuncture doctor's office. Today we did a LOT; the dog went to the groomer, Auntie got her hair cut, we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond, I went to Michaels and Borders while Auntie was at the hairdresser, we went grocery shopping at two stores....I think that's all, lol!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Maybe you should be wishing the other passengers luck!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This is the house. Also pretty spectacular, huh?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
It was that kind of day. I left messages at a doctor's office, an insurance company and I forget where else- but I left quite a few. Tottled around here not starting anything big- in case I got a call back!- but I never did.
Then I went to Michael's where I was in line for 30 minutes trying to check out. First, there was no one on any register. Then they told me to go to register #3, she would be right there. Then they told me to move to register #5- after I had put a whole pile of stuff on the counter at #3. Then it took forever to ring me out. Then I had to wait to get a manager to approve my coupon because it was an internet coupon and everyone else had Sunday paper coupons!
Stopped at Mom's on the way home. Found out she had a similar day. Had to wait WAY too long to see the new doctor- ours had retired- and then he was just plain stunned by her medical record. Have I mentioned that my mother is the energizer bunny? She has had more things wrong with her than any other 10 people combined, but at 84 she still lives alone, drives, and is totally "with it". Anyway, she got out of the doctor's late- it took FOREVER to explain her history to him, even in brief- got stuck in traffic, decided to stop for a snack, came out of the bagel place and her car wouldn't start. So the hour with the doctor ended up taking 5 hours from start to finish.
SCS is all messed up- you can read but not reply.
The stupid Florida tropical storm Fay is making them all crazy down there. She is wandering across the state like a drunk trying but failing to walk a line. People who prepped for a tropical storm/possible hurricane in some cases didn't even get wet while the other side of the state- where she was NOT supposed to go- got drenched and wind-whipped. Stupid storm!
I NEVER use the famous "what else xxxxx xx xxxxx?" expression cause I might find out if I ask- but it has been a GOOFY day.
So, here are a few blogs to check out:
Lots of interesting things on each of them- ENJOY!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
One of my favorites! He was a terrific singer and a more-than-not-bad actor; his performance in Captain Newman, MD will break your heart. (He was nominated for the Academy Award for it.) Perspective for the younguns? He was the Justin Timberlake of his time- with way more reason!
So, for your late-night entertainment, here's a couple new (to me) blogs you can check out:
Hope you enjoy them. Now I'm off to find some music.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I love all kinds of music. One of my IRL Flybaby friends, Trace, had this video on her blog today and I had to steal the idea. The incredible Harry Belafonte is so wonderful to listen to AND to look at, and the special setting of this song make this clip irresistable!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here's the Autumn Treats- I just LOVE that little mouse with the wheelbarrow! Can't wait til they get here!
As for the final progress report of the evening? Well, once I remembered that I needed to get to the pharmacy tonight for one of my meds, of which I was OUT, well, "out" is what happened to doing any more sorting and tossing. It took just long enough that I was just too tired to do anything but eat dinner- and get to the Party!!
Now it's time to settle in the recliner- VERY close to horizontal- and watch the swimming until I fall asleep.
When I got home there was only an hour left til DH had to leave for work. So, I said to both DH and DS- "Let's just see what we can do in the garage for about 45 minutes"-leaving DH time to shower. Well, we put out 8 large black trash bags, a lawnmower and a dishwasher. In the overall scheme of things, it's not that much- we have an oversized (1 1/2 cars but who has 1/2 car???) garage that is stuffed, but it is a DENT!!! And it feels GOOD. Even DH and DS, who started the project grumbling, are pleased.
AND, since everyone around here has avoided the garage and basement, because the Papa here kept saying "we need to take a whole day or even a couple of days to clean the garage" and whole days like that were just too intimidating, especially in a household that is generally healthy but, because of High School Athletics (DH and DS) combined with age (me and DH) combined with just bad luck with oprthopaedic stuff (ME!!!!!), really doesn't have the knees or backs for those all-day kind of endeavors, giving them a 45 minute example of Flylady's 15-minutes-at-a-time theory REALLY WORKED!!!!!
45 minutes was also quite enough to wear me out. So, I'm taking a break, then I'm going to try to fill another small trash bag out of the bedroom drawers- because even if women did still wear slips, which I won't because I either buy lined or doesn't need a slip, the slips currently taking up drawer space will NOT fit me unless I lose about 30 pounds and if I lose 30 pounds AND need a slip, I'll buy a new one! No, I don't have enough too-small-to-wear slips to fill a trash bag, but that's a good example, lol!
Today is an EXCELLENT stamping day! No, I didn't get any stamping done, and most likely won't, but the mailman made several very important deliveries. I got my first ever Stampin' Up catalog today- thanks, Beth, hope you are having a GREAT vacation! I got my first ever stamps from Pansy Lane Rubber Stamps and they are GORGEOUS!!!!! They are so deeply cut that I can see the images prefectly just looking at the stamps. This is the best claddagh stamp I've ever seen- LOVE it! AND...they are PURPLE!!!!! LOVE them!!!!!!
This little guy is also Pansy Lane and is just about the BEST teddy bear stamp ever. I know that the real reason I fell in love as soon as I saw him is that he looks soooo much like the bear in my very first book that I could read by myself. This will certainly become my "go-to" stamp for anything for babies and little children. I got two more wonderful Pansy Lane stamps- I'll post the images from them soon.
I also got a delivery from CHF today. The Saturday Evening Post was a staple in my house growing up. My great-uncle not only worked for Curtis Publishing his whole working life, but we knew he worked on the Post. (Another day I'll post the tragic story of Uncle Jim telling us all about his job at the Post, years after he retired.) I always loved the covers and developed my life-long affection for anything Norman Rockwell almost by osmosis. Well, Cornish Heritage Farms has a new stamp line using Saturday Evening Post cover art. The first stamp in the series is "Santa's Lap" from 1923. It is fabulous!!! I also got another Thomas Kinkade stamp, Cobblestone Bridge, now that Hometown Pride and watercolors have given me some confidence in using them. This one definitely looks more complicated to work with than Hometown Pride, so I'll show you how it goes, if it goes well, when I get a chance to play. Finally, from CHF I got the newest Sandra Kuck stamp, The Prayer. This is another line of stamps that chalks and watercolors, used on the first stamp Sisters, have given me the courage to continue to buy.
And the BEST stamping news today???? Clear Artistic Stamps is having a release tonight!!! The new stamp sets, Autumn Treats and I'm Just Saying, will be released tonight and they are at a special price until Sunday! If you want several sneak peeks and several chances for blog candy!!!!, just click on the "Get to Know" at the top of the store page, and visit the Design Team's blogs. Or, you can find all the info and links by going to My Favorite Blog on the sidebar here!WOW- this turned into a LONG post. Time to go work in the bedroom so I can be ready for the release party tonight at 8PM EDT.
Now, I am not complaining- exactly. But I had such hopes for today. Tomorrow is trash day- and I wanted to go through the basement and garage and generate a TON of trash. But, my aunt had surgery last week and Mom just called and wants me to take her to visit. I cannot say no. I adore my aunt and she is so wonderful- but does Mom really HAVE to go at Noon??? Right in the middle of the day? I'm going to get very little trashing done before it is time to shower and dress, and by the time I get home it will be really hot, and by the time it cools off this evening....
So, re-think those plans. Blog now, trash later.
I found a new blog today through the wonderful Stamping When I Can blog- the one who regularly posts her newly discovered blogs and gave me that idea. It is called Shamrocks and Seashells, a title which totally appeals to this Irish girl who loves the shore. Although the blogger is younger than my kids, we have a lot in common- not only being Irish and loving the shore, but also loving stamping, reading, our local baseball teams and margharitas!
I have been telling, IRL, a lot of people about a book I read earlier this summer. Inspired by Shamrocks and Seashells, here's the scoop.
Title: Jane Austen in Boca
Author: Paula Marantz Cohen
I got this from the Sale shelf at the library at the shore. The title jumped out at me- a confirmed Janite (fan of Jane Austen, although "fan" is totally NOT a strong enough word)- and then the fact that the author was a professor at a local college sealed the deal.
This is Pride and Prejudice- but among the older Jewish set living in a retirement community in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a RIOT! All our favorite characters are there- Mrs. Bennett, now played by the daughter-in-law who in determined to see her MIL wed well, Mr. Collins, now wearing plaid shorts but still talking too loud and too much, Wickam now as an aging gigolo! Elizabeth, Jane, Darcy and Bingley all come to a happy ending as expected, but watching my favorite book played out among the Medicare generation in Florida was a delight! Highly recommend!
ETA: had to fix this! I was so goofy this AM I wrote "Willoughby"- the cad from Sense and Sensibility- when I meant Wickam! DUH!!!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
In Flylady terms I am talking about those Born Organized- something those of us who are SHEs- Sidetracked Home Executives, with the emphasis on SIDETRACKED- are not and don't even understand. The same works in reverse- the BO don't get *us* at all. So, for those of you who are BO and don't see why everyone doesn't always have a neat, clean house, here is a post (rant?) that I just put on the SCS Flybabies board.
I am SUCH a SHE!!!!!! Emphasis on the SIDETRACKED!!!!
So, where do I stand at the end of the day? Well, let's see:My arm and shoulder (my original FMS sites and still the banes of my existence) have been screaming at me for hours.I DID do the OnePageControlJournal like I said I would. Then comes the "SHE-ness".
DH and DS were both getting ready to shower when I was ready to start the bathroom. So, I went into my room, pulled a drawer out of the dresser and started emptying and sorting. Got through 2 drawers. I did fill one trash bag- that's good. However, all the little "sort" piles, that need to go to a VARIETY of places around the house, are still on the bed. Hence- they will need to go into baskets tonight- which means carrying them around tomorrow.
Did I mention that DS had misplaced the cable for my printer? And that I was TOTALLY frustrated when I finished the OPCJ and couldn't print it out? Well, somewhere along about now (the drawers all over the bed) was when DH found the cord and I printed out the OPCJ. Took it down to put on the fridge. Couldn't get it into the page protector without taking the protector off the fridge door. Noticed how dirty the door was. Took everything off the fridge door to clean it. That took a while as I wasn't satisfied til I had also done the freezer door, and the hardware.....
Then DH reminded me what time he had to leave for work if I wanted him to take that bag of clothes to St. Vincent's. Went up and went through one of the large Rubbermaid tubs of clothes that I am going through. Filled more than 1/2 the bag, but NOT full. Had to put the "keep" things back into the Rubbermaid container without sorting them by work vs everyday. Will have to go back into that container.
After DH left for work, DS left for his chemistry exam. Decided to wait to eat til he got home but wanted a snack. Went into the corner cabinet to find the microwave popcorn. Noticed a few old things and a bit of a mess. (Have I mentioned that no matter HOW BAD my house looks, if you open my cabinets, THEY are completely neat and organized? How's THAT for sick?) Decided I should clean out the cabinet while the popcorn was popping! DUH!!! Result? Some old things tossed, but everything else is on the countertop!!!!!!- because the arm started screaming while emptying, so there is no way I can do the reaching and handling to put everything away again!!!! And oh, did I mention that before I used the microwave, I cleaned the whole thing?
End result of a long, tiring day? There is a Rubbermaid container in the upstairs hallway, a slew of stuff on the bed, the countertop is unusable because it is covered with things- and the inside of the microwave and the front of the refrigerator are clean.
And that, dear BO friends, is why my house looks like it does, and your's doesn't!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I had an endoscopy this morning- that's the one where the camera/tube checks out your throat and stomach. The good news? Everything is fine. That means that the significant ulcer pain I had in May and June is gone either a) because the ulcer healed itself during my wonderful resting month of July, or b) the pain was actually induced by aggravation and went away once I had some time off. We'll see what happens in September- that's what we doctors call "differential diagnosis".
So, I woke up after the procedure, apparently completely clearheaded, got my paperwork and was driven home by DH- who was totally non-solicitous since I seemed perfectly normal. The first clue that maybe I was still "under the influence" was when he was leaving to go to the store for milk so I could have my now-very-delayed morning tea and I told him "have a nice life", rather than "have a nice walk"! Hmmmmm. Then I had a humungous mug of tea and promptly fell asleep for about 3 hours.
Now I am ravenously hungry, although I have eaten three times in the less than three hours since I woke up. I am also unbelievably sleepy. So, what did I get done today??? NOT MUCH!!!
I ambled around the Internet rather aimlessly, checked out some blogs, read a punch of posts on SCS, and in general, accomplished nothing. Oh, well.
Oh, did I mention that the death of Isaac Hayes resulted in DH subjecting me, REPEATEDLY, to the lyrics of "Shaft" all day?
The Olympics continue to amuse, amaze and interest me. That swimming relay last night was such a thrill. I watched a lot of swim meets in college and they really are VERY exciting in person, which I don't think TV really conveys well. I also read a story today where Mark Spitz is whining that he wasn't invited to Beijing to watch Phelps attempt to break his record. The majority of the story was him (Spitz) telling us how great he (Spitz) is. Yuck!
Speaking of SCS- I was, a while ago, wasn't I?- here's a blog I really like. Excellent tutorials and BEAUTIFUL cards!
Fading fast here. That's all for now.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
My Paper World
My Adventures in Cardmaking
Airbornewife's Stamping Spot
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
MY DB has sold his shore house and settlement is in a few days. While he was away overseas each winter I took care of it, arranged for repairs and maintenance, etc. I also used it a couple times each winter for weekend get-a-ways, and will really miss that. But I am very happy that he and his family are finally back here living in the States- and his kids are really happy about it as well!
My DSIL was here from Wednesday to Sunday morning deciding which things to send to the new house in Indiana and which things to leave behind. My mother and I are doing the final clean-up, clean-out of the house and will be leaving an empty house behind when we go home tomorrow. Yesterday I gave three large bags of assorted items to the local parish thrift shop and donated a whole stack of books to the sale at the local library. Cleaning out drawers and cabinets has taken much of the time as well as sorting "keep", "donate", "toss"- which are familiar to all Flybabies. We did the "Toss" part first and there were 18 large trash bags for the trashmen on Monday. We could never have done it without my WONDERFUL DH who came down at noon on Sunday and worked sooooo hard til it was time for him to go back to the city to work Monday afternoon.
Sunday morning there was a memorial Mass for my uncle and my cousin, both of whom died at this time of year. It was a wonderful morning- there were dozens and dozens of family members and friends at the Mass and everyone went back to my Aunt's house for a great breakfast afterwards. I come from a VERY large family and it was terrific to see so many of my cousins, and their children and grandchildren all together.
I've spent very little time on the computer this last week, but I have discovered a few new (or new to me) blogs. So, check these out:
The Technique Trail
The Artistic Outpost Blog
DRS designs blog
In the Cottage Studio
Finally, if you liked (loved!) the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, check out the other books by the author Fannie Flagg- they are a RIOT! What little reading time I've had the last few days has been spent with "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man". Good stuff!!!