Monday, July 21, 2008
It was an all day project and it still looks like this:Although Melanie and I were spared the wheel barrow detail Saturday, it is still going to be another full day of work to get the rest of the stump out and clean up the yard. Dave's shoes have about a 2" thick layer of fig yuck on the bottom of them. That, alone, will be a big clean up project.
I always liked that fig tree . . . well for 11 months out of the year anyway. (I will be glad to never step on a fig in our lawn again as long as I live.) In the winter, when the tree was bare, the lines of the branches were visually interesting. In the spring and summer, the deep green huge leaves were beautiful and that one tree alone gave shade to half of our yard.
I'm not sure what Adam and Eve were thinking, though, wearing fig leaves for clothes. The leaves are sizeable and would provide some adequate coverage, but the whole darn tree is full of irritating fig residue. I wouldn't wear it, I'm just saying. . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Our fence is down and our treehouse is now a memory: But, whew . . . lucky day. Our $40 pool is safe!
This will be a fun weekend. We'll be cutting and chopping and hauling wood across our property in the heat. Oh, how I love the heat. And to make this project even sweeter? The figs were all fully ripe and gooey and falling on the ground. Basically, a minefield of fig turds.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
20 years ago:
- I had an adorable 18month old.
- was the last time I got a traffic ticket.
- we just moved into an old decrepit abandoned house that was falling apart. But it was ours -- all ours!
- we had an 11 year old, a 9 year old, a 6 year old and a 3 year old.
- I ran a daycare group.
- we built a second floor on our house.
5 years ago:
- I had a daughter that could drive!
- I became an eagle scout (c'mon moms - you know you earn it as much as your sons.)
- I was doing some subsitute teaching at my kids' school.
3 years ago:
- I started working from home.
- we traveled to Hawaii and Alaska.
- I was teaching Relief Society.
- I refinished 9 wooden dining room chairs.
- I went on a fun road trip with my sister.
- I had my first vacation all by myself. (Family traveled to Idaho, I had some scheduling complications so I couldn't go. It was a blissful week!)
This year so far:
- we worked on some remodeling.
- I taught early morning seminary.
- I traveled to Nashville, Provo and Catalina.
- I took care of some office paperwork.
- I hung a shelf in the laundry room.
- I organized shelves/cupboards in laundry room.
- run errands - Home depot for a/c filters, bank deposit, drop off stuff at DI
- watch "So You Think You Can Dance"
- attend a seminary training meeting.
Tomorrow I will:
- sent out collection letters for our business.
- post some ads on Craig's List.
- find a book I'm supposed to be reading. (I had it once, but left it on an airplane last week)
In the next year I will:
- organize all the storage spaces in our house.
- be a better visiting teacher.
- enjoy this transitional stage more - kids graduating, moving out, etc. and figure out how to be a mom to adult kids (any suggestions are welcome).
Monday, July 7, 2008
Here is a fun YouTube video to watch. It is last year's championship chorus. It is a group from California and it is the one chorus that has an average age of 25 instead of 65. They seem to win every competition they enter.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Anyway, once we got here and I spent a couple of days recovering from sleep deprivation, I realized I really could enjoy a week in good ol' Tennessee. It's green everywhere. Really . . . everywhere. Who knew that it could be green and lush in the middle of the summer. I am a little too accustomed to the hot July desert scenario. Dave had an all afternoon rehearsal so I took the car and went exploring. It's definitely pretty around here. Wednesday morning we went to visit a nearby cave - "The Lost River Cave". The brochure was beautiful. The area was beautiful. The river exploration in the lost cave (or was it the river that was lost?) was pathetic. It would have been cool for a $5.00 admission price. It was not as cool for a $15 admission. Oh well, you win some and you lose some. However, the walk around the area was gorgeous. Tomorrow I'll spend most of the day watching the competition. Dave has to be in dress rehearsals most of the day so I have to go see what groups they are up against.
lol -- Apparently there is some serious drama brewing in the barbershop world. (See? I told you there is a whole "world" of barbershop out there!)
Click here to read about the disturbing issue. Big big story, I tell you.
Did I tell you it is hard to sit through five days of singing competition? It is mostly because they all start to sound the same. How many arrangements of "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" can you sit through? When a young collegiate group comes in and sings maybe a Beatles song that has been arranged with the distinctive dominant seventh chord to make the classic barbershop sound, it is very refreshing to the audience. But hard-core (and usually old aged) barbershoppers have a problem with modernization and would rather sing "Wild Irish Rose" the rest of their singing career.