Sunday, July 15, 2007

Random Notes and Down Time

It's going to be a busy week or so and I may not have a chance to blog until next week so here's what's going on...

1. Happy Doings....we're going to Long Island for Christopher and Sandys' wedding on Friday. We have to leave on Thursday, early, because Norman and I are going to the rehearsal dinner. Big problem is that neither Alexa nor I have a dress to wear! What will we do!

2. The first weekend in August is Chinese Culture Camp. I finally got to speak with Sharon and she wants me to make 40+ scrapbook kits! Yikes!! I know the paper I want to use but I've got to get Chinese Paper Cuts and I have to learn and make my own run-ons for each kit, more fun!
3. We're stopping 'on the way home' from the wedding to see Norman's dad and stepmom. Cramming in the wedding, visiting my brother and his family and the in-laws - two states, five days. We're going to take the Port Jefferson/Bridgeport Ferry to CT. Looking forward to a relaxing hour's ride vs. the bone jarring, downright scary Cross Bronx Expressway.

4. We had a barbecue yesterday - in the house - it poured outside. I'm so lousy throwing parties, couldn't wait for it to be over!

5. Alexa and her friend Sammah have been having a major sleepover blitz. Sammah came to the faux barbecue and stayed overnight. There were manicures and pedicures last night, dance routines at midnight, Tim Horton's doughnuts this morning, facials in their jammies at lunch and they are still squealing with joy in the Florida room this afternoon!

6. Forgotten in the mix are Alexa's latest passion, Webkinz. We hit the jackpot yesterday and found one of her top two's - the Panda. Here is the far...

In parting I couldn't resist this. I found it on Kim Musgrove's blog...

Now, based on this picture I'm married to my very own PYrn Star!
Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Veggie Art

Doing my morning blog check I found these on Stacy Julian's blog. Way too cute to eat and where Stacy thought it might encourage vegetable eating, it just makes me want to play with my food!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Sometimes, don't you just wish Oprah would mind her own business? Don't get me wrong, I basically like Oprah, but the pressure to be as 'good' as she is is just crazy! Case in point -- yesterday's repeat of the organization show. Admittedly, I am not the best housekeeper, clutter is a problem I have, as does my DH and DD ('D'ear 'H'usband and 'D'ear 'D'aughter for those of you who are not up on my e-mail shortcuts) . On the show Oprah had on a family that lived in such clutter you cannot believe! Every available flat space was covered in junk.

Our house isn't like that, but my computer/scrap/guest room is coming close. I am forever trying to rearrange stuff, find places to store stuff and once in awhile it just gets out of hand, like now!

My latest attempt to help my storage problems are two white cubes that I put together last night. I'm going to put them in the closet and set a paper rack I bought from the store on top of it. Then I'm going to purge my little drawers, get all my embellishments in place, go through all my paperwork, books, and other items and get this room back in shape!

The big family problem in our house is the basement. We have the accumulated stuff' from our 31 yr. marriage, my mother-in-law's stuff when she moved in AND my parent's stuff when we cleaned out their house after their passing. In all fairness to my parents, we wouldn't have a furnished living and dining room if it wasn't for their furniture. But basically, in the space of five years we have gone from a tiny house with one couch to a substantially bigger house with FOUR couches. Our basement is an amalgam of boxes, bins, and everything else. My husband is trying to buy out every book on renaissance art and Italy he can get his hands on. Pretty soon Barnes and Noble will be asking for his collection back so that other people can have a chance.

Alexa, I don't even want to go there. Her room is a disaster. My room as a kid wasn't much better but I didn't have the stuff she has but I also didn't have the room to store it that she has, yet the emptiest places in her room are her closets! I'm going to put in a closet system to help store her clothes and tackle her 'stage closet' as we call it for all her toys, games, beads, crafts, animals, dolls, etc.

But this all brings me back to what people were discussing on Oprah, how do you wrap your brain around it all and start! We've been saying we are going to have a garage sale to sell all our's, Alexa's, my mother-in-law's and my parent's extra stuff, but I'm just staggered by how to begin. I'm also overwhelmed by making the decisions of what to go and what not to and the emotional memories that come with my parent's things. It almost seems like an act of betrayal to sell things you know your parent's valued and clearly did not intend to get rid of. My parent's had a big garage/moving sale when they moved to North Carolina and then I couldn't believe what they were selling! So many memories! So much stuff I had grown up with! I remember my mother with some of the neighbors, up in Brion's old bedroom looking at cookie tins. I looked at this wonderful old tin that was big, and had what looked like a cross stitch pattern all over it with the ABC's on it. She was going to sell it! I grabbed it so quick! No way was anyone else getting that tin! I'm happy I wasn't able to be at the house the days they had that sale until late the last day, I'd have even more stuff than I do now!

So, what do I do now, what do I do first? Frankly, I don't want to do this on my own. I wish my DH would take more of any active part, but that's not going to happen unless I tell him exactly what to do and frankly he needs to be a partner in this.

Well, for now, I have control over my scrap room so that is where I'll begin. I'll post when I get it done. I need to be accountable to someone - guess it's going to be you!

P.S.- Oprah has at least three houses/apartments. What do you want to bet she doesn't clean, organize or put away all her stuff?!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

It's going to be a long, long, long...summer

Remember the Staples commercial with the father gleefully going up and down the aisles, kicking up his heels to tune of "It's the most wonderful time of the year"? Well, that's what I'm wishing for now. My husband has been away for almost a week at a conference in Washington state and I'm enjoying (and I use that term VERY loosely) the sounds of my daughter arguing with my mother-in-law over whatever nitpicky topic they have stumbled on today. Yesterday it was eating vegetables and fruit, the day before it was whether my husband would wear shorts and flip flops to church, today--I don't even want to know! A whole summer of this and I will surely go out of my mind.

Both of them can talk non-stop until the cows come home. Both think the other is dotty, or crazy, or just plain silly. I've got news for them - THEY BOTH ARE! They are so like each other they would recoil in horror if you even suggested it. Let me tell you, they don't make enough Calgon to take me away from these two when they get going -- HELP!!!!!