Sunday, March 28, 2010


Because I’m so inept at new ‘toys’, I struggle trying to figure out how something works. After many, many attempts, sore shoulders and lots of #*//**#  words, I whine to my kids and one of them will always say…”would you like me to show you how to do it?”

That happened today, Kira showed me an easy way to get my pictures on my computer. Now you wouldn’t think this would be a big deal, but it was. My old computer always prompted me, asking me where I wanted my pictures to end up, and this one doesn’t do that. Now I have to go to Computer, and click on the thing that has my pictures, then go to my pictures. Kind of a hinky way to do it, but at least they’ll be where I want them, without me having to hunt for them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Tonight is THE night that I finally get my rear in gear and start on the individual name drawings. I've been talking about this for well over a year and so far that's all it's been, talk. Kira and I took a drive (which my car absolutely loved) to Redwing this last Thursday and once more saw those little pictures of artful letters. These happen to be the same letters we've seen in Stillwater and again on Etsy, so she must be selling them. It's just going to take me a while to get them all done, because I will need to make at least two of every letter, and maybe more of the common ones. Then I will need to take pictures of them, scan them, or send them away to get scanned. After that, it depends on how the color takes, I'll either have to have prints made or I'll print them out on my printer. However it's done, the prints will have to look like the originals, or I don't think I'll be happy or confident trying to sell them.
But, I have to at least start, and tonights the night!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hurry up...

We just found out that Kira may be moving back for a while. The house she is living in belongs to her bestfriend Mandy's Grandmother. Her other roommate's (Mandy's cousin) parents are selling their house because of lost jobs and the decline in the economy, in other words, foreclosure. So, they will be moving into the house that the three girls have been living in for the past year, in just a couple of short months. Good warning, huh?
The cousin will be moving her room to the basement, the parents will be taking over the cousins room and Mandy is more than welcome to continue living there as long as she likes (cuz it 'will be fun') and Kira can live there for as long as she NEEDS to. I don't know if she caught that in the email, but I sure did. Eeww, why would she want to live with someone else's parents? Not cool!
So, it kind of looks like Andy will be leaving and Kira will be coming back at probably the same exact time. Yeow, that's going to be hard.
I certainly do not mind in the least her moving back, because we get along great, but I do worry about her state of mind. She seems to wither when she is home, and it's hard to watch. She is much better away from me, and being independent.
She asked me to look over her cover letter and make changes where I saw fit. Well, I'm not in the habit of looking at cover letters or resumes because I've worked at the same place for nearly 34 years, so I asked Andy to take a look (he does hiring is his position). He made some changes and gave some ideas that we hope will help get her foot in the door.
All she needs is a chance to talk to the person that matters, because she CAN DO the job, without a doubt. She IS an animal person. So, I'm praying that with her new cover letter does the trick and she will be able to get a zoo job and all will be right with the world.
Anyway, to make a short story way too long, we need to buckle down and get the basement done for Ethan. At least we only need to do the one side right now, seeing as the permit is only for Ethan's room. I do want the other side changed though. It needs new carpet and I want actual walls and a ceiling. It's too dark and cold right now. Then he can move down there, Kira will have to do with the tiny room until Andy leaves, then she can have his room.
This is all temporary!! Right?
I like to think of it as having a place for everyone to stay when they come back for a visit. Once Ethan has moved out to a place of his own, we will have a bedroom suite in the basement, and a guest bedroom on the main floor with twin beds (or bunkbeds if my kids have kids) so they'll all be welcome.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I happen to love the HBO series True Blood. I got season 1 for Christmas, thank you David. He went out shopping after Christmas and called to tell me that calendars were 50% off and did I want one? I said, yes, get me True Blood if it's still there, otherwise forget it. Well, home he comes with True Blood, yippee! I have it hanging on the wall that me desk is on, so when I'm sitting (living) at my computer, I can look right at it. So far it's been all good, except when I turned to March, there he is, staring at me, Lafayette. It's one of those pictures where the eyes follow you when you move around the room. It's just a little creepy to look up from my computer and see him staring at me. Weird