Saturday, April 19, 2008

Things broken this past week...

First thing....Will's brakes on his car have been squeaking. Chuck took it in to the car repair shop and came out $800.00 later. Brakes and many other minor (yet costly) things are now fixed.

Second thing....I bit into some chewing gum on Monday afternoon and out came a filling. I have been a professional gum chewer for most of my life and although I have dreams of my teeth crumbling and coming out in gum, it has never actually happened to me until this week. The dentist began the process of crowning my tooth...the closest to being "crowned" that I will ever get. I get the permanent crown in May, and the dentist is probably getting a new pool with my payment.

Third thing....The huge Crepe Myrtle tree in our back yard was beginning to lift up some of the boards on our deck. So on this most beautiful day, Chuck and I were working in the backyard and decided to cut and lift up some of the boards to allow the roots of the tree some freedom. Well, he cut the boards but when prying them with a crowbar (an old and rusty crowbar), it slipped and came down on his index finger and mashed it against the deck/boards. Think slamming your finger in a car door...only his was slammed between a board and the crowbar. OuCh!!! We attempted to "doctor" it....but when the blood cleared and I saw the rather meaty looking injury, we headed to the ER. He got 5 stitches and x-rays showed a fracture in the bone. He's all bandaged up and ready to heal. Thank goodness it wasn't his thumb or he would be having Blackberry withdrawals by now.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Roundtop & Warrenton 2008

I went to Roundtop and Warrenton this weekend with my friend, Amy. She is one of the kindergarten teachers that I assist and admire and although she is 30 and I am 50, I consider her a good friend. We spent most of the day in the Warrenton area and walked in and out of tents and fields looking for buried treasure.

I have been going to Roundtop for several years now and when I first arrive, I always feel a sense of panic that there is way too much to look at and there is no way to see it all. I am just scanning the booths and hesitant to purchase anything because what if the "real thing that I really, really want" is somEwhere down the road? But then, I get in a groove and just start enjoying being outside and looking at all the junk. For every booth full of good stuff, there are about 75 booths full of the same junk you have in your own garage. So within a few hours, I am exhausted and unfocused again. And panicking because the sun is going down on another year at Roundtop. This is not a major panic....this is the same panic you get when you can't pass up a piece of chocolate cake, because God knows when the next time you might see a piece will be.

We had a good day...and got a little Vitamin D via the sun. Of course, Amy got very pink and is now tan. I got a very red neck that is still tender this morning.

Below are my purchases....

A black & white table runner

A pair of shutters for $20. The price was too good to pass them up. They are on my back deck behind this plant for now.

A cross t-shirt and 3 turquoise bracelets.

The t-shirt came from a booth/shop called Virgins, Saints & Sinners. They had a t-shirt that said "I feel a sin coming on." Check out their website at Cowgirl chic and bling is very IN right now and they had some of the best I've seen.

I even came home with a little change in my pocket...which I consider a sin.... ane..jezzzz

You know, like the song....changes are going on around here. The first baby bird has left the nest and took with her some of our twigs....specifically the red sofa. So the old birds got a new sofa. It looks very plain and basic. But as professional couch potatoes, let me assure you this just may be the best sofa out there. It's a Broyhill....upholstered in a very soft golden chenille....and was within our price range before the sales price! If you need to find me, look here first.

And Rascal is back from college. Rascal is Will's rodent....gerbil, hamster, rat...can't ever remember which. When the stench was hitting us in the face everytime we came in the front door, I made Will move Rascal and his cage to the back porch. Over the late fall and winter, Cameron took Rascal to A&M to live in her room. He loved college. Until he saw the research lab....and his cousins. So now he is back in Cypress and residing on our back porch. He is very cute and very low maintenance and I will have him ready at the door if you (any of you) would like to take him home. I know the picture is a little fuzzy....try taking a picture of a scurrying rodent and see if your automatic focus works.

So 1 daughter grown up and moved out, 1 rodent back home, 1 red sofa out, 1 new sofa in.