Monday, June 30, 2008

Scenes on the train

So today on my afternoon commute there was this guy.....

I think he really thought he was Elvis.....he even tried to have the twang going.... and talked about getting off to go pick up his guitar from the repair shop - he broke a string and it ruined a whole day of rehearsal!

When he got off the train, we all burst out laughing. And talked about the "experience" for several more stops. It was a great way to end a crazy busy Monday.....

and yes, I snapped these pics surreptitiously with my camera phone....I just couldn't help it! I had to share with the rest of you.....

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hanging Pictures

So, how does a girl hang pictures with only her own two hands? You must admit, it is much easier to have multiple hands and eyes looking at arrangements, measuring, holding, etc. Somewhere along the way, I started using a great trick. I might have read about it in a magazine (I can't remember), but regardless of where the idea originated, it is magic! (and it would even work if you DO have help!!)

I think this little project took me about 30 minutes.

So, here is a little tutorial:

first, measure your wall (don't know why the color on this photo is so crazy)

next, get some butcher paper or the like larger than your arrangement will be and lay it out on the floor (mine is recycled paper from our plotter at work - it's actually two pieces taped together)

then, lay out your arrangement. move things around until you are happy with the arangement. measure for precision (if you want). then trace around each photo/painting with a pencil

next, flip the paintings over and measure where your nail holes need to be. mark this on the paper.

tape the paper up on the wall. move it around until you are happy with how it looks. in my apartment, I used masking tape with no issues. however, since this paint job is brand new, I bought the blue painters tape

I know this picture is blurry, but you can see the nail hole markings and get the idea that I am making sure the paper is level.

I set my paintings out on the floor in the arrangement one more time before I put any holes in the wall, just to make sure that I was happy with the spacing (more or less)

drive a nail through the paper where you marked that the nails should go. then just pull the paper off the wall, tearing it around the nail -- no need to take the nails out first!

then hang your paintings!

I also used this same method for a grouping of family photos in my office - grandparents wedding photos, my mom and her mom on the far left at about the same age, my grandpa and dad (when daddy was about 6?) and then my favorite photo of my grandpa (he died when I was 10).

and also this small arrangement on the wall by my desk

so, now have fun hanging photos/paintings!!

Saturday in Suburbia

Typical Saturday morning in suburbia.....yardwork!

I intended to sleep late this morning, but I woke up about 7. I lounged for a little while before getting up and getting started.

Enjoyed my chocolate chip bagel on my new outside was so nice! The breeze was strong enough that I didn't even need to turn on the fan.

Then off to the mowing.....mowed the front and turned on the sprinklers, then headed to the back yard for the real work. The project last week of trimming up the photinias left a yucky mess of old dead leaves and twigs that needed to be collected and bagged. I used my yard rake to pull everything out in the yard and then started to bag. Midpoint through the first bag I was starting to get tired and wondered if I could really get it all done!

At this point I had an epiphany.....when I moved in, I bought a leaf blower. I thought, hmm, do I remember that it was also a vacuum/mulcher? And it was! Once I figured out how to attach everything and the most comfortable way to hold the collection bag, the job was much easier. Four bags of leaf/twig mulch later, I finished the last of the mulching with the lawnmower.

Yet more evidence that the right tools make any job easier!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rainbow a cloud.....from above.....

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vernal, Utah

I spent the last couple of days in Vernal, Utah. We have a field office up there and in the last 9 years, I hadn't been up there. They started having a company picnic last year and invited folks from the head office to come up. It was fun....the weather was fantastic. Low about 60, high about 80. Perfect!

I had a HUGE sectional L-shaped couch in my room - it was so strange. But worked great to watch TV and catch up on my emails last night.

We had a good turnout at the picnic.....yummy steak, horseshoes, smore's and a water balloon fight capped off the evening!

This morning, Jill rode her Harley to work (she won it in a poker game!!!) and I enjoyed looking it over and having a chance to sit on it. I didn't ride, though - not the right shoes and it's been too long! But it did whet my appetite again..... I don't seriously think that I would have a bike in the city, but maybe someday I will!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday morning projects

Well, what with miss Emily's arrival and all, it had been 2 long weeks in the hot summer since I mowed my yard. Thankfully, it didn't look too awful, but it was definitely longer than it needed to be. So, I got up this morning and mowed.
I also spent about an hour trimming some photinia bushes in my back yard. They hadn't trimmed well and were pretty scraggly, but the new growth was falling down into the yard and just looked yuck. So, I decided to try and trim them like the crepe myrtles.....into a tree (sorta). We'll see how they continue to grow -- if I don't like them, I can always have them dug out....


and after:

oh, yeah .... and the pile of trimmings and cabana project trash waiting to be picked up Monday morning!

Friday, June 20, 2008


I got to spend another wonderful few hours with miss Emily tonight. She slept in my arms both before and after dinner....

She's had a busy week! Visits to both Phillip and Heather's work yesterday, and her first doctor's appointment today. Everything looks great - she is 7 lbs 3 oz (1 oz up from birth weight, 9 oz up from leaving the hospital weight). She had her PKU test and her little heel was still bleeding tonight. I think it was harder on Heather than on Emily!

I think Heather & Phillip are going on a date tomorrow night and Mom (aka Pearlie) and I will babysit. They did a little trial run tonight - a Sonic run for blasts as a treat after dinner!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

House projects....check!

I think the house projects are just about done. A strike plate for the master bath door is the only thing I know is outstanding.....

Here are some pics:

the cabana project - complete!! still trying to decide exactly what I want to do out here......for now, just putting out my folding chairs! need to find a home for my lawn mower that formerly lived here.....and to watch for dining tables at the end of the season? a rug to cover the new/old flooring? to stain the new? who knows!!?!

the master bath! complete at last!! trying to decide if my light fixture looks okay pointing up rather than down....the new mirror interferes with the light fixture. ugh.

still need to finish moving all my furniture back into my bedroom and start that re-decorating project.....BUT, I think that all the work is done!!!!! and I am SO glad. (p.s. I LOVE LOVE LOVE furniture on wheels!!!!)

and one Emily pic from today (only three more days to see her before they move...)

Spring Reading Thing Wrap-Up

Well, the Spring Reading Thing is over once was my list:

Anne of Green Gables series -- read all 8 books. LOVED them. (well, there were one or two that I skimmed, but overall loved the series)

Chronicles of Narnia -- haven't even started! I have the first book in my bag, ready to start, but haven't yet. Some other things came up that just took away a lot of my reading time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Emily is 7 days old!

my sister, bro-in-law and sweet baby emily are moving this, I've been at their house every evening this week trying to soak up as much of this sweetness as I can.....please say a prayer for a smooth, easy transition for us all!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another home project has begun!

So, the house also came with a great backyard patio and cabana. Inside the cabana was a hot tub.....which I never used. I think it probably worked, but I wasn't even able to get the cover off. So, I decided to utilize my handyman for a few more days and ditch the hot tub.


And after a day of demolition:

Jump over to
my other blog for more photos and to watch the progress!!

Monday, June 16, 2008


More random things about me......

A is for age: 32
B is for burger of choice: Jake's
C is for what kind of car you drive: Dodge Durango
D is for your dog’s name: no dogs for me...
E is for essential item you use everyday: lotion
F is for favorite TV show at the moment: Army Wives
G is for favorite game: love 42, mexican train, chicken foot, spades, trivial pursuit (too many to pick a favorite!!!)
H is for Home State: Texas
I is for instruments you play: Piano & viola – though both were long ago
J is for favorite juice: orange or cranapple
K is for whose rear you’d like to kick: What? I’m too nice to think about that.
L is for last restaurant you ate at? Freebirds
M is for your favorite Muppet: Kermit
N is for Number of Piercings: 2 (one in each ear)
O is for overnight hospital stays: I'm not sure - might have been in when I was little for febrile convulsions
P is for people you were with today: normal everyday people at work, then Phillip, Heather & Emily and Mom
Q is for what you do with your quiet time: read, watch tv
R is for biggest regret: allowing myself to be sucked into other peoples bad attitudes
S is for status: single (and open to being set up, so if you know of eligible bachelors, please let me know!!!)
T is for time you woke up today: first woke up? (5:30 am) or got out of bed? (6:20 am)
U is for what you consider unique: people
V is for vegetable you love: lots of options - brocolli, squash, corn, asparagus, potatoes.....
W is for worst habit: perfectionism
X is for x-rays you’ve had: not counting dentist x-rays? zero, I think!
Y is for yummy food you ate today: Sammy's BBQ
Z is for zodiac sign: Pisces

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weekend update

Mom came and spent the night with me on Friday night to enable Phillip, Heather and Emily to have their first night at home by themselves. It was good for them to have time to figure out how the nights at home will work! Plus, Mom & I were headed to the Trietsch reunion on Saturday morning, so it made for a much more economical use of gas!!

Saturday morning, we got up and headed north for the reunion. Sold a few new family tree books and passed around photos of miss Emily!

Today, I went to church and then picked up lunch and headed over to spend a few hours with the family. Enjoyed watching miss Emily in her bouncy seat while we enjoyed burritos from Freebirds. After Heather fed Emily, she headed back for a nap and I enjoyed hanging out with Emily in my arms. She slept for a while and then started to wake up, ready for more food (feeding is going much better, by the way....though prayers that it would continue would be appreciated)!! I took a few photos (read: few=47) while Emily was waking up. I am only going to post a few of my favorites - especially those closeups of her little feet and hands!