Wednesday, August 30, 2006

This morning (again)

Waiting for lbl to get here still and there's no better way to make him arrive than to start writing something. Random things...

I gave Autumn a peanut-butter and honey sandwich this morning for the first time. Of course, she thought the best thing to do with the filling was not to eat it, but to use it as hair gel. Out of the highchair, straight to the bath tub.

Then I pulled out her Duplos for the first time in a while. She was thrilled and immediately commenced the next great battle in the DinoWars. She's also fascinated by the fact that she can put the blocks back into the tub, not just dump them out. This makes me very happy too. :-) Now if I can just convince her to do that when she's finished playing...


I don't think I like the dark red paint we had for the end walls in the living/dining room anymore. I painted the bookshelves (still need some touch-ups), and brought them in here, and I don't like the way the color looks anymore. May need to go back to my original plan of using a green on the accent walls. But I think I'll keep the bookshelves in here anyway. I like the red, just not on something as big as a wall. Maybe I'll re-paint the wicker toy-box to match. I think the red will be okay on the walls in the kitchen. (Though I'll have to add more task lighting under the cabinets, which I need anyway.)

The creamy color on the walls in the hallway looks really good though. I need to finish the trim. Our hallway is the size of a closet, yet has six doorways leading out of it, so there is a LOT of trim. :-) But the walls only took one coat of paint, so that's awesome.

Been de-cluttering things and giving lots of stuff away on Freecycle. I still have another box of my old clothes to go through and list, as well as some baby stuff left over from the yard sale. It feels awesome to be purging all this stuff out of the house. Another nice thing about Freecycle is that you can use it to get rid of clothes like you can goodwill, but the people who want the clothes will actually pick them up, so you don't have to take them anywhere. Very cool. Especially since it means that, unlike goodwill, you're not tempted to bring more junk back with you from the store.

He's still not here, so I'd better call and see what's up.


eBay help

Ok, so I got up early this morning when Matt was getting ready to head into work, thinking it would give me time to get the house in order before lbl arrives for babysitting today (he's sick, so it should be oh so much fun). Of course, it doesn't dawn on me until I try to start cleaning, that most of the things that need to be done--vacuuming, dishes, etc--are things that if done now, will wake Autumn up. (Her bed is on the opposite side of the wall from the kitchen.) Now, an Autumn awake at this hour makes for a very fussy Autumn for the rest of the day and added to a sick lbl--who is sure to be fussy as well--that makes for a fussy mom.

All that to say that I'm going to have to wait till Autumn gets up and then do a really really really fast cleaning job on the dining room and kitchen.

Okay, as to the ebay help. I'm a ebay novice. Over the last few years I've bought maybe 2 things from ebay. Now, the other day I was looking for a particular patterned paper and ran a google search. Someone on Amazon was selling it for a very reasonable price, so I looked at her "store" and found a bunch of other papers I've been looking for, also quite affordable. So I loaded up on several things. This was all "buy it now", not auction items, and I had to commit to buy all the items separately. Well, it says that the seller combines shipping and to contact her for an invoice before paying. This was going to happen anyway, because my $17 order, turned to $88 with shipping. Yeah, that is PAPER we're shipping here--about 30 sheets. Anyhow, I contacted her, contacted her, and contacted her again. What do you do when the seller you're buying from just doesn't send the invoice? Do you just forget about the order? Do you complain to someone? I don't know.

Anyway, I need some help if someone has gone through something similar and knows the answer.

Gonna go get myself in order for the day now, even though the house has to wait.


Monday, August 28, 2006


Well, it's started. I expect the process to take a long time--several weeks at the least, since I have only small blocks of time to work on it. But there is now paint on the hallway ceiling and the inside of the bookselves for the living room.

And yesterday I started a new small flower bed around the trunk of one of the cedars in the front yard.

My goal is to get the bookshelves finished tomorrow morning and then do the walls in the hallway. I may have to wait a little longer to get the trim done, though.

The bookshelves are going to be dark red on the inside and black on the outside. I think they'll look cool. :-)

Good thing about painting the hall, living room, and dining room is the fact that I don't have to use a dropcloth--the carpet goes as soon as the painting is done. The bad thing is that most of our furniture is too big to move out, so we're just going to have to move it around the room as we work on different parts and make sure to keep all of it covered. Lovely.

On another topic, I've been reading lately about the health benefits of coffee. Pretty cool stuff.

And all the puppies are gone now. They sold incredibly fast and there are more who want them.

Gotta run--Autumn is terrorizing the puppy (major role reversal here) and I need to get dinner ready.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pictures--post 12

Pictures--post 11

Lots of pics of Lily and Gabe.

Pictures--post 10

Every year, it's a tradition to head to the restaurant at the pier for corn dogs (or in Wesley's case onion rings) and sweet tea for at least one lunch during the week.

Pictures--post 9

Pictures--post 8

More pics of Autumn in the sand--some of my favorites

Pictures--post 7

Grandma K and Miriam

Miriam and Jessica with yet more seagulls

Look! Sand!

Grandma K

More sand


Jessica--THANK YOU for the stack of completely worthless mystery novels. No redeeming value. No actual brain work. Just lots of fun little murders. ;-) Love 'em!
Okay, enough pictures for now. They take too long to upload. I'll try to get more up sometime in the near future. I have tons more.

Gotta go.

Pictures--post 6

Feeding gulls

Gabe in the hose (tristan took this one)

More gulls

Miriam (tristan took this one)

Pictures--post 5


Krista and Dottie

Autumn discovering that sand isn't scary after all

Norman and Marilyn

Pictures--post 4

Justin, Gwen, Kara

Miriam and William


Autumn again


Pictures--post 3

Autumn and Jessica

Gabe and Jennifer


Autumn and Jessica

Autumn--after having been told that she should not chew on the shoe