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Archive for June, 2009

Backyard

I haven’t getten around to taking pictures of the front yard yet.  But here is the back where the doors were replaced. It was so hot this last weekend I couldn’t get motivated to take pictures.  I did BBQ Saturday night though.  Do you like the color?

Back of house and patio

Back of house and patio

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Come and gone.  Jake came home and has already left. I took him to the airport on Monday.  We celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday with a BBQand 21 guests and 21 cupcakes.  I scanned a bunch of photos for a slide show on the laptop, it was hit.

I think about when that little boy came to live with me he was 7 years old and his momma had just died.  He never knew his father and though he was dead too.  I raised him. He is a good kid, in college, kind, sweet, thoughtful and caring. Loves animals, his family and friends. Respects others, nature and me.  I just wish I had more patience raising those kids.  I think back on some of my impatience, it came from frustration, stress, grief and lack of understanding kids.  But I need to not regret this.  He is happy now, and that is what is important.  He thanks me for pushing him in high school, even though at he time I was not as popular.

We shared some good meals, and time together. Played Wii and bought a Wii fit (more about that in another post), adopted two kittens and named them Tweet and Harvey Milk. Got the house painted, had words and cried together. it was a short 4 weeks.  I miss him.

House painting is done. I will get some pictures up in the next few days.

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Painted House

Since I finally settled my contract at work and got my retroactive raise I thought I would put it to good use.  When I bought the house I am in after the divorce I knew that it needed some TLC, but did not realize how much. My first project was a new roof, I did that the first year I moved in.  Now I am having the doors that were basically rotted out in the back replaced and the house painted on the outside.  Her are a few pictures.
New door in. See all the wood rot above it.

New door in. See all the wood rot above it.

 

Before repairs but doors are in.

Before repairs but doors are in.

This is a picture of the back of the house, Sprocket is peeing on the patio!  Anyhow the wood and siding all around the doors had to be replaced, it became quite a big project.
All done!
Repairs completed, new siding installed and you can see above the doors is all repaired too.  Once the house is painted it will look nice.  Here are a few of my first color selections.  I didn’t chose any of these but went with a darker green called Ivy Garden.  The paint should be finished by Monday and I will post some pictures then with an update.
They all turned out to light and too blue for me.

They all turned out to light and too blue for me.

It feels so nice to finally have this all done.  I actually could not use one set of the french doors because they were in such bad shape.  I am alsoslowly working on the backyard.  Its my home now. In a way it is probably good I didn’t or couldn’t stay in the house that my ex and I bought together.  It was beautiful, but initially I didn’t like it but grew to love it. There would have been to many memories and now I have created my own space with my own touches.

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Making a Commitment

Well here I am once again.  I finally downloaded my e-mail this weekend. Over 1,000. Gee I never realized I had signed up for so many list serves and used the address ) so much. I get so much crap.   I fixed my links too, I think it was a WordPress problem since they disappeared fromm both my sites (Daisy’s).

This time I want to try and post at least 3 times a week, I know last time I said daily it lasted about 4 days then I went for over a month without a post.  I am having trouble keeping commitments to myself.  I also try and start weight watchrs about everyother week,  I have gained and lost the same 5 pounds for about 2 months now. 

Jake is home until the 23rd, he turns 21 next week.  Amazing isn’t it.  I borrowed a scanner form a friend and yesterday took out several boxes of photos and poured through them looking for pictures of him to scan.  I want to do a slide show on my laptop at his birthday party.  I found a packet of them from the day he was born, actually of his birth.  My sister holding him when he was minutes old waving at the camera.  I sure miss her. I am sure she would be proud of who he is now.  I am.

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Sorry Friends

Have not been here for a while and I also have not read my e-mail.  I checked today and have over 600 unread ones.  So if you have e-mailed me, again sorry.  I am ok.

Pam,  I will e-mail you this week.  Yes reconnecting would be good 🙂

Not sure what happened to my links, I put them back up now.  They had dissapeared from Daisy’s site too a few weeks ago.  Has it been that long?

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