Tuesday, October 27, 2020
I didn't forget to vote though! I almost failed the test though, filling in the little bubbles, didn't fill one in all the way, and my ballot slid right back out, beep beep beep. No, everyone, do NOT look over here at the lady who made the voting machine reject a ballot! I fixed it right up, slid it back in, and yay, I voted! It's crazy, because I'm always doing something like that, and it makes me not want to do things. Last time I voted, I inserted the paper the wrong way. Home, so cozy and cuddly, but, I didn't sit around being cozy today. I painted the ceiling in our bathroom. That sounds simlple, but can YOU stand on a chair in the shower without killing yourself? Well, I did not die, obviously, but there was a minute when I realized it was easier to get up on that chair than to get down, with the soap dish on the ledge, and the shower maybe being slippery, and a cup of paint in one hand and a paintbrush in the other... I sorted through drawers and threw things away, the bathroom is all clean, ready for tomorrow: painting. So I threw away some travel sized shampoos and lotions, old bobby pins, stray tampons and pads, and...would you believe: instructions for a pregnancy test? I haven't taken one of those in YEARS. Our last pregnancy was 9 years ago, which sadly we lost after seeing that little heartbeat... Anyway. I sorted through clothes too, you wouldn't believe how many clothes I have, yet I wear the same things all the time. Dinner tonight: burgers! Do I feel like cooking? Of course not!
Monday, October 26, 2020
As you probably know, I am a mom of 16. That's a lot of kids. It was a lot of pregnancies (there were a few losses too, and one little stillborn). So it's been busy through the years. Now there are only four kids at home, but also four pets. Two beautiful Labradors, and two kitties. On Saturday morning, Paul got up before the sun rose, to go hunting. He let the pups outside quick, and well, they got tangled with a skunk, and yeah, they got sprayed. He didn't go hunting, he gave two pups a bath. They've had three baths so far, with baking soda and dishwashing liquid and peroxide. The furniture covers have been washed, the floors mopped with bleach, we've burned wax warmers and turned on diffusers. It just smells faintly of skunk in here. I have a super sniffer, I can detect the faintest of odors, and it's driving me batty. Anyway. As soon as I finished washing dishes and putting things away and sat down in my comfy chair with my coffee this morning, THIS GUY starts meowing frantically to get in. I get up, with a tiny sigh, okay a huge one, and let His Magesty in...as soon as the door opens, he walks every so slowly, I guess that's why they call the modeling walk the "cat walk". In no hurry, he slinks in the door, already purring and begging for food and fresh water. I no sooner sit down and he's begging to go back out.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
I watched a video this morning of a business owning man in NYC getting a ticket because he had the doors to his restaurant open, on a warm autumn day. Because of new restrictions in "hot spot" areas, these places cannot have customers inside, but only for pick-up. There were absolutely no customers inside, but the inspector was allowed inside, wasn't he? The proprietor was a Jewish man, and I can't help but wonder if they are being targeted on purpose....in any case, it just isn't right. These days, one cannot speak out about anything without being "canceled". If I agree with Hollywood, then I'm fine, otherwise, I am a racist who doesn't care about old people. I simply don't like to be pegged or pigeonholed. I care about freedom! I don't want to be tracked, traced, or watched. I just want to go about my business, assessing risks and doing what I feel comfortable with. There is so much to learn in life, and if you are only watching news from one source, you are likely getting a distorted view of reality. There are graphs showing the number of deaths in different countries in different years, and guess what? It's not any higher this year than other years. Hunkering down and closing things is NOT helping. Yes, case numbers are rising, and some people are still getting very sick, but doctors and hospitals are dealing with things more efficiently, learning, and there are much better outcomes now than in the beginning. Most people are NOT getting sick, just a positive test. I do understand that there are vulnerable people, who do need to be careful...but we can't just live in fear! I don't pretend to have all the answers, and I have no problems with contrary opinions. I just think truths get buried in political agendas. Local businesses getting fined for masks not worn properly, people being encouraged to report each other in the name of "safety", it's just awful. If YOU don't feel safe, stay home. Isn't that a horrible thing to say? Anyway. I figure I have to get on my soapbox once in a while, because the media portrays conservatives as such outlaws. In reality, I don't want to push my beliefs on anyone, I just want the freedom to have them, and to live according to them. I've swept and mopped and looked around on marketplace for a new sinktop for my bathroom vanity, the blue laminate isn't looking so great anymore. What? When we built this house, it was all the rage! I pondered starting the painting in there today, but I just wasn't feeling it, and wouldn't you know, Wulf called me and asked if he can come visit me! So I'll be making some bacon and eggs, maybe some blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes...Sonja is at class, but the others are doing school work from home and are almost finished...the big bin of Duplos (big, fat Legos!) is out, all ready for Mr. Wulf!
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
I forgot the "before" pic, again! We have sliding doors on our bedroom closet, stained hollow core wood. We built our house in 1991, moved in April of 1992. We built big, but cheap. You know, doors by the dozen. Our house is a big rectangle, not much character, but it has more than suited us. When we bought the land, it was like a dream come true. We lived in a mobile home (on a beautiful lot with lots of trees, and a nice playground/swingset), in a small town...it was very nice, we bought the mobile home brand new, it was spiffy. It had three bedrooms, and we fit there fine. We started building when Joseph, our #5, was a newborn, and moved in when he was almost a year old. The house was so big compared to our trailer, I would lie in bed at night and wonder how I woul fill all those rooms and closets. Well, ha. Eight bedrooms. Three bathrooms. A laundry room, a utility room. I cannot complain. Anyway. I decided to paint the closet doors in my room the same Urbane Bronze as the laundry room door. I've got them primed, now just have to paint them. Small, doable project, but so fun. The emergency brake is stuck on my new car. The brake itself isn't stuck, but the warning system came on and won't stop beeping. It has to go into the dealer to get fixed. It's covered by warranty, but oh my goodness, never a dull one. We had some really good stir-fry for dinner last night. Chicken sizzled up in olive oil in frying pans, some spaghetti for those kids who love it with General Tso's on it, cauliflower rice for me, all sauteed in butter, stir-fried veggies, and some spring rolls that we bought frozen and put in the oven. Dinner tonight: I think spaghetti, because I have a spaghetti squash, and some fresh ground beef for meatballs. It's rainy and gloomy and I love it. Sonja is at college today, and Charlotte Claire and Camille are in school. It's too quiet, but shh, I don't really mind!
Monday, October 19, 2020
We have a laundry room off of our kitchen, and the door was painted a blue-ish gray which clashed with the kitchen and living room paint colors...it was sort of in between them. It was a little sample jar I had gotten for three dollars. It didn't look so bad when the kitchen was yellow, looked better than the original cheap wood grain. You know those hollow-core basic doors. We built our house on a budget. Anyway, I decided to order some Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze, because it's the 2021 color of the year, and no, I do not get a penny to say that I like their paint. (I had to buy primer, usually just get a quart at Walmart, but they had 40% off at SW, so I added a quart of the bronze...) And, I painted the laundry room door yesterday without getting that "before" pic. I removed the handle, spray painted it black, painted the door two coats, put the handle back on, and wow. I like it!