Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Laundry Room

We now have cabinets in the laundry room. Too bad I no longer have a washer and dryer! I like these cabinets.
I think that I have made arrangements for all of the utilites to be shut off. Hope I didn't forget anything!
I bought tickets yesterday! yahoo!
I sold my mixer this morning. Someone called about the truck this morning. I hope we sell it! October 10th we are having a yard sale and my mom's having a sale at her place.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The latest

yesterday we closed one bank account. Will close the other on Friday.

Changed the message at the business and on the website telling everyone that the business is closed!

Faxed papers to Litle P's school for withdrawing her next month.

Moved the kitchen table in to the dining room because we sold the dining room table on Sunday. We also sold the washer and dryer and the sofas. The King sold some of his woodworking stuff.
We are getting there slowly.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Afternoon Delight

Do you remember that song? It came out in 1976, the summer before I started 9th grade. The greatest summer of my childhood. My dad was still in the Navy and we lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.
I spent the summer at the pool. When we weren't swimming, we were playing Spades for hours! My friend, Julianne, was in love with one of the lifeguards named Steve. He was cute. "Afternoon Delight" was their song. One of Steve's friends, Ronnie, liked me. He used to come to church and sit next to me and hold my hand. What a thrill that was. I was only 13. I turned 14 in September. Ronnie was 17 and wanted to date me but my dad said no. Good thing, looking back on it now!
Everythime I hear that song it takes me back. Is there a song that takes you back?

More lights!

The King and his friend from Brooklyn were busy today installing more lighting. We have these on 3 corners of the outside of the house.

This is outside the garage door. It is a motion sensored light.

This is in the laundry room. It's bright in there now!

We have 3 of these. One in the pantry and 2 in the hallway from the kitchen to the garage.
I think all of the lights are installed now.

The list is getting smaller!

Just finished...

this book this morning. I really liked it. It's the first Jack Reacher novel. He's a ex Army cop who is recently out of the service. He was also an Army brat (I could never figure out why children of servicemen are called brats, God knows 99% of us were not).
He stumbled into a small town in Georgia and is arrested immediately. Turns out the murdered man was his only brother. He won't let that go! He vows to figure out what is going on in this town.
I will be reading more Jack Reacher novels.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Laundry Room

The King ripped up the floor in the laundry room. There were some ceramic tiles in there but we decided to put down stick on tiles instead. The photo is of new wood.

The tiles are down. He has to put a frame around the doorway to the pantry and then finish the baseboard.
This is a close up of the tile. Fake slate! It's pretty and feels good to the bare feet. Won't be expensive to replace if there is an accident with the washer....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday. The last one in the US....It's also the first day of fall as it was the day I was born. Litle P and I made a Pecan Spice Cake last night. I actually have a birthday cake.

Yesterday was my BIL's birthday. He was 74 and I'm 47. That will never match again! Funny, huh!

Yesterday I started making arrangements to close out our bills, like the trash, electric and Dish Network. I spoke with the movers 2 or 3 times. That is scheduled! The King worked on the front of the house yesterday while I tried to get some mowing done! It looks like rain today so I don't know if I will get to finish.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Over the weekend I read a few books.
I liked this one full of intrigue and good police work.
Takes place in Manhatten. I wonder if the Ville is real.

I really love Jennifer Weiner. I liked this book except at the end. I felt it was rushed and I did not like the ending. I hope there is a sequel.

I love Sookie. I love Sookie books. I bought this book in hardback, gasp! It was $13 at Since I ordered Litle P's new MP3 player I figured I have to pay shipping anyway. I am not sure how much it would cost me to order the paperback from next year.
The end of this book made me cry. Sookie gets caught in the fairy war. I CANNOT wait another year to find out what happens in the next book!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My new passport

I received my Italian passport in the mail! Yahoo! BUT it's in my maiden name. Italian women do not change their names like we do. After 24 years, I must use another name. I can't scribble my name without THINKING anymore.
Remember how it was after you got married and you got to write Jane Smith instead of Jane Doe? It's gonna be weird!

Monday, September 14, 2009

I just heard...

that our buyer's buyer got the loan approval. So it's really on!! Their settlement is October 19th.
I have been waiting for this to start getting things done.

The Help

Last week I read this book. I really liked it.
Here's an overview from an ebook store.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
I felt that some of the attitudes in this book could be prevalent today. Of course the whites vs. black still exists but also the employer vs. employee attitudes. Or rich vs. poor... Or old vs. young...
Why must some people think they are better than others? Being raised that way is not an excuse. What do you think?

Italian Consulate

Last Thursday we made our last trip to the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia. I applied for my passport which should arrive next week. We also filed our repatriation papers and another paper we need to live in Italy.
We have been going back and forth to the consulate for 4 years. Unfortunately, the consulate may be closing next year.
Another thing off the mental list!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

True Blood

Tonight is the season finale of True Blood. Are you glad or sad? Have you been watching it faithfully? Do you like the show? Do you prefer the books?
I definitely prefer the books. After 2 seasons I cannot say whether I like the show or not. The books are told from Sookie's point of view and I realize that you really cannot do that in a TV show. BUT there are things that I don't like about the show. Things that were changed from the books.
I didn't like that they made Bill save Sookie from Longshadow. I don't like Bill anyway.... I don't like the way Bill treats Jessica (not in the books). At first Jessica irritated the crap out of me but I like her now. I wish she would have killed Hoyt's mother. I feel bad that she will be a virgin grows back, if you know what I mean!
Eric saved Sookie and it started something! I love Eric. The first episode that Alexander SkarsgÄrd was in, I thought that is not Eric but now I love him as the character.
I'm glad that Lafayette wasn't found in Andy'car like in the books. He is one of my favorite characters. I hope that some good things are written for him.
The whole maenad thing is different from the book. I think Maryann is meaner than Callisto was. I hope that the ending will be closer to what happened in the book but I doubt it. Callisto never sacrificed people, well not like on the show. I was bummed that I didn't get to see Eric dressed like a flaming gay guy! For those that did not read the books: Sookie needed a man to go to the sex party with her so she could find out who killed Lafayette so Andy wouldn't get blamed for something he didn't do. Bill was out of town as usual! So Eric said he would help her in exchange for her telepathic services!
Sam - I don't see Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte. He's a good actor but I envisioned him differently. A Daniel Craig type would have been closer, if I had to name someone famous. Plus I don't like the background they gave him. His parents are shifters in the books. I think he's a little too slutty on the show.
I like Tara from the show. I wish she wasn't so negative. Arlene is dead on! Don't get me started on Jason. I liked Barry the bellboy.
Leave me a comment and let's talk!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Entry Light

I almost forgot to post this photo. This is the light that hangs in the entry. We have had a one bulb Temporary Construction Light Fixture.

Like this one (since 1995).

I think the new one is so pretty and it throws a lot of light! Although, we have not come into the house when it is dark to see the whole effect.

More work photos

We have a new doorbell! Actually we had a "doorbell" before but it was never wired up to a "bell". We let my mom pick from the 2 sounds since she is the one that has to listen to it! She picked the ding dong sound. The other one was a westminster chime. Not one I want to hear alot.

The King put on a new door to the garage. The original door started rusting and when we redid the sidewalk we had to take the bottom of the door off. It looks nice. The half circle window lets pretty much light into the garage. It also matches the half circle windows on the front of the house. The King painted it white. Looking good!

He also hung the 3 outside lights on the back of the house. They are a little 70's looking! But they through a lot of light!

What's been happening!

We have been so busy. I am homeschooling Litle P until we leave. She started on Sept. 1st. So far it is going as expected since we are using the same program as last school year, K-12 thru Agora Cyber Charter School.

The King has been busy working on the house in his spare time. He should be closing out the business in the next week or so. We still have not heard if the buyer's buyer got their loan. Does it always take so long??? I guess the bank does not care that other people are waiting on them to ok the loan.

The rebuilt deck....

This is the back yard where the bird pen was and a burn pile . All gone. It won't be long until the grass (or weeds) start growing.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Well, we are still waiting to hear if our buyer's buyer got the bank loan. I cannot remember it taking so long when we got bank loans. I hope that we find out by next week.
On Sunday, The King installed the light in the entryway. It is so pretty. My camera batteries died. So as soon as I get into town and buy more I will post a photo. Yesterday, he installed the new doorbell. We have been living here for many years with a doorbell with no sound connected to it. Now we have one, weird!
We finished the deck railing. Now we have to stain it and that is done. He also cleaned up the yard where the birds lived. It looks really nice. Our friend came this morning and took the scrap away. Another couple of things off the list.
I have so much to do but I can't until we get a settlement date. I am starting to run out of patience. Litle P started school on Tuesday so we have that to keep us busy.
I cleaned out the cabinet over the stove this morning while she was doing schoolwork.
Time is fleeting!