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Moving….makes me exhausted!

We purchased our new home!

Actually, it is our second home, we still have our first home in another town. It is currently being remodeled because it is only 100 years old. :)

Fun.

I call it our Puzzle House because it is two structures that were put together to form a home and then was added on several times. So much fun. I do love it. We say it is our family home because it is nice to escape to when we want to. :)

It is only four hours away. You could say it is our way of taking a trip only not to some fancy destination. The small town I grew up in is nice and I love that we can go home when we feel like it. It’s a way of holding on to some great memories and to still be able to experience small town living.

There are good things about living in a city and good things about living in a small town. I am very lucky to be able to have both. :)

To me that is a luxury worth more than any fancy vacation or vacation home. (But if I won the lottery I bet I could be persuaded to take a few vacations! LOL)

1116130915 The Puzzle House. Backside, last Fall.

Eventually, we will live there again but not until it is finished and most likely way down the road. We are playing it year by year. There are more jobs here to choose from then the small town so that is why we are currently happy here. It is nice to have that choice. Plus, we got tired of living in a remodel. Did that for twelve years. Very stressful.

Back to the new home! This one is only 5 years old! So nice to live in a finished home! Though we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t find a home that we still need to do a bit of work on. The plus side of this one is it has a full unfinished basement but the basement could easily be left alone. It is a nice basement, not dark and dreary like some. It is wide open. Plans are to put two more bedrooms, a hobby room, a bathroom, a storage room, and then the rest is the open area for a family/game room. Yes, it is that big! I love that it has two big windows and not the normal basement windows. Again, if we don’t want to finish it we don’t need to. We want to concentrate on the Puzzle House for now.

The main living area is two levels. The boys have their own level with a bathroom and it has a open balcony that overlooks the living room. Pretty cool. One cat even decided to take a leap off it. Scared the crap out of me! Cat just fine. Curious if he will try that again. :)

The main floor has our bedroom suite, yes suite. Love it! The living, dining, and kitchen are all open to one another. Really like that. The laundry room is close to the garage. We have a yard that has real grass and some trees! If you knew what our grass was like at the Puzzle House you would understand. LOL….it is a luxury to have grass here. :)

I hope to be organized by next week so I can begin writing more and reading! I still have some things to move at the duplex and then the fun of cleaning really good.

It has been a long few months. I tell you the process of buying a house is the most stress ever! I better win the lottery if I ever want to buy another house. I’m not going through all that again. Mostly, because our first lender was not a good lender. Our second lender was the bomb! She did excellent! She was local so it pays to stay local when shopping!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Fall! Happy reading and writing!

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It’s a bit of Fall out there!

I have the windows open and the cool breeze blowing through the duplex!

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Of course, by the weekend I will want warm weather back. :)

As for the moment I will think about the pretty color changes that the cooler weather brings. I can’t forget the fun holiday of Halloween! I really need to start making some of my decorations instead of adding more ideas to my folders. :)

I will miss wearing shorts and capris though. I only have a few pairs of jeans because I swear to lose those extra pounds before buying anymore. I think I have said that for the last twenty years!

I’m ready to not have to worry about, is someone able to mow our yard back at the Puzzle house? I feel bad asking for help but we can not always make the four hour drive to mow it. Dang money and dang gas prices. I do miss taking care of the yard when I want to. I never thought I would say that. I guess living in a duplex with hardly a yard will do that. We have maintenance people here that mow.

I love to drink hot chocolate in the cooler weather. I am so looking forward to that. I love to bake more when it is cooler. The family will like that. :) Lots of good points about cooler weather.

We were lucky this summer the high temps did not stick around that long. It was a nice summer. We even had more rain to cool things off and to give the Earth it’s much needed drink.

But, I do admit by January’s blistering cold weather I am more than ready for Spring!

I happen to love all four seasons!

 

What is your favorite season? Why?

halloween-picture Credit to Bing images.

I can’t wait to decorate! :)

 

Back In The Groove…I Think

Lazy found his spot This is Lazy.

I decided to rearrange my living room. I had not done that in quite awhile. Normally, I do it about each season. As soon as I positioned the couch and folded the blanket Lazy perched himself on the blanket. He is a goofy cat.

 

Then he decided he needed to lay on my son’s school binder.

Lazy and EmoBear sitting on binder

He doesn’t seem to mind that he is almost too big for it. :)

The grey cat is Emobear. He just finished scratching my green coat.

Here is our third cat, Ninja. She is enjoying the new toy I got them. The feathers are about gone already.

Ninja and toy

Yes, I let all three boys talk me into the cats about three years ago. They have definitely been fun to have.

I could do without the cat hair, but who couldn’t.  Lint rollers have become my new best friend.

The cats have been the highlight of my summer. We really did not do anything interesting this year. Not one camping trip. I am sad. I guess a goal to shoot for next summer.

The boys began school last week. YAY! Back to a routine, that is what I like. Plus, it makes life more interesting. :)

The school changed their hours to earlier start time and I am amazed the boys have adapted well.

I am not a morning person but I must say I have become more of one in the last few years. I never thought that would happen. :)

I hope everyone had a great summer. We did even though no big adventures. I guess we will have to make up for it this fall.

Did you have any adventures?

The beginning of school means back to routine and back to writing regularly! I will be blogging more!

 

Journal June 22-28th

summer fun 015 My five year journal.

June 22

Question? What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?

2012

None.

2013

Dang, I must have been really boycotting the theater, none again.

2014

Yay, a movie! Just last night hubby and I went to see A Million Ways to Die in the West. Funny but very adult humor. Good date with the hubby.

June 23

Question? When was the last time you cried?

2012

This week, my dad died from cancer. I had not seen him since 2009. My hubby and daughter are deployed so I am really alone for a shoulder to cry on. My younger boys are here but they didn’t really know him that well. He was a grandpa and dad that popped in usually around the holidays or when he needed a place to stay. I sure miss him though.

2013

I assume no crying! :)

2014

Heck, I cry all the time. Dang hormones. My eyes even water when I laugh. :) Otherwise, nothing bad has happened in awhile. Thank goodness. :)

 

June 24

Question? What’s your next social engagement?

2012

I have no social life.

2013

Still no social life. But that is ok. I have my kids and hubby.

2014

Does meeting with the realtor count as a social thing? LOL If so, that is next Tuesday. I am excited to look at houses. We need more space.

cat_059 (Photo credit to Bing.com. Looks like Lazy one of our cats.)

June 25

Question? Who is your closest companion?

2012

The cats right now until the hubby is home from being deployed. LOL. Boys are usually hanging with their friends which is good. No close friend or family. I am a hermit so to speak. Just me and my books. :)

2013

Maybe I was enjoying a companion and forgot to write. :)

2014

I would say the cats. They are always wanting my attention. Hubby is on the road and not home much. Boys stay busy with friends and games.

June 26

Question? What’s your biggest indulgence?

2012

Pepsi everyday! I love books and computer stuff. I love art supplies. I’m a sucker for art supplies. :)

2013

Must have been busy indulging. :)

2014

Food! I love food! Eating out is our entertainment. Next would be books and art stuff. I am cutting back on Pepsi but do enjoy it. :)

June 27

Question? When was the last time you ate pizza? What kind?

2012

Pizza Hut with the boys this month. Pepperoni is our favorite. :)

2013

I was busy eating pizza. :)

2014

Last Saturday night. It is usually a weekly thing. I eat hamburger so Jessup can have his favorite. The others eat pepperoni. :)

_you_are_my_sunshine__by_katherinebaker (Photo credit to Bing.com)

June 28

Question? If your mood were a weather forecast, you’d be _______.

2012

Gloomy with no chance of sunshine. Hubby and daughter deployed.

2013

I bet I was enjoying the weather. :)

2014

Mostly sunny with a bit of clouds because hubby is on the road currently.

 

Journal June 15-21

 

June 15

blog list April Love my Nook!

Question? What’s your favorite gadget?

2012

The apps I have downloaded on my phone. Love them. Keep track of things, organize, and budget. Awesome! I use these more than I call or text on my phone.

2013

I guess I was gadget-out! ;(

2014

My favorite would be my NOOK! I love it! I love it for all the apps. I love it for reading new author books that I would not have been able to read otherwise. :)

June 16

Question? What makes you cynical?

2012

Fake friends. Especially when they are only out for themselves. Makes me want to disappear.

2013

I guess nothing made me cynical, amazing.

2014

One dictionary says, distrustful of human nature, mocking. Hmmm. I don’t like when someone you thought cared about you ends up not making an effort to be there when you need them. Trust disappears.

June 17

Question? The best hour of today was _____. Why?

2012

Eating pizza with my boys. Nice to eat together. Plus, Shay will be going to college soon and will not be eating with us too much except visits.

2013

I guess I did not have a best hour today. Maybe they were all the best! :)

2014

Being at the movies with the boys and then eating afterwards at IHOP. Spending the time with them. It was Shay’s treat which made it even better. :) We had fun and it got us out of the house. :)

June 18

Question? What’s the last meal someone cooked for you?

2012

It was when hubby was home on R&R in May. He is currently deployed. He made Mac&Cheese with hamburger in it. His favorite that he likes to make. Sure miss him.

2013

Guess no one cooked for me.

2014

Monday Shay made the sloppy joes while I caught up on dishes that go in the dishwasher. It was yummy and simple. He is learning. :)

Letters Feb 2013 006 Envelopes I made out of some wild paper! :)

June 19

Question? What was the last personal letter you received?

2012

Gosh, I can not recall. I have had cards but not much is written in them. I think maybe the last letter was Farra when she was at Colby going to college last year.

2013

Obviously, no letters arrived.

2014

It’s been since Christmas and that was a newsletter type letter. We get mostly junk mail. BLAH.

June 20

Question? Write the first sentence of your autobiography.

2012

I am a creative but quiet woman who loves adventure.

2013

I have no words.

2014

Who am I?

June 21

Question? What do you want to know better?

2012

I want to be more fluent with my design software. This way I can get jobs or sell products.

2013

No entry.

2014

I want to know more about Illustrator. I have the software but have yet barely touched the surface of it.

Edgar-Loo-doodle I made this in Illustrator. My writing muse! :)

 

 

 

Journal June 8-14

 

Time to journal post again. :) Took a break for a few months.

June 8

Question? What makes you miserable?

2012

When my family does not appreciate what I do for them. It may be little things but a nice thanks would be appreciated and not a sarcastic one either. ;)

2013

No entry. Guess I was not miserable. :)

2014

I do not like when people put others down. Makes me wonder why they think they can do that. Makes me miserable thinking about the why.

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June 9

Question? What makes a good friend?

2012

Someone who listens and cares. The friend that is there for you. A friend that wants to spend time with you.

2013

No entry. I think I went into hibernation from friends.

2014

A good listener! I have too many that only tell me their problems and do not care to listen to mine. I begin to tell mine and they interrupt with telling me theirs. I of course stop talking about mine and listen.

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June 10

Question? How many cups of coffee did you drink today?

2012

None! I am not a coffee drinker. I do love Pepsi! I had one. I drank water at the show. :) Go me.

2013

No entry. Must mean no caffeine so I had no energy to write in here. :)

2014

Dislike coffee! Zero! Don’t like the smell of it either. Now, I do love Pepsi. I have had one today! Trying to limit my intake because of the sugar. I don’t think I will ever completely rule out a Pepsi but at least cut back. :)

June 11

Question? What is your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?

2012

Go on a date with my hubby. It does not happen too much anymore. I believe it has been replaced with the whole family going to a movie or out to eat. :)

2013

No entry. I must have been on a date! :)

2014

Movie and a pizza with the family! Usually we rent the movie and bring the pizza home. Once in awhile we go to the movies. We love to do that but it really adds up in cost because we love to get popcorn and a drink. :) Did you know they sell beer at movies now? Crazy! I like a good beer now and then but I think that is going a bit far.

June 12

Question? Is something in your way? Can you move it?

2012

That thing called procrastination! Yes I can move it. I may not everyday but if I set goals I can usually succeed.

2013

No entry. Procrastination did not get moved today.

2014

Motivation, lack of! It goes in spurts with me. Right now it flew out the window. Yes I can move it, just need to set those goals.

June 13

Question? Something that made you worry today…..

2012

I worry about my boys growing up to be caring and energetic men. I think electronics rule their lives too much. Makes them lazy and not get involved in what is going on around them.

2013

No entry. No worrries?

2014

I worry that my kids and hubby will not be happy. Depression seems to be widespread in this world anymore. I hope it will not happen to any of them. Scary what depression can do someone.

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June 14

Question? Did you exercise today?

2012

I sure did! I walked on the treadmill for 20mins. and sweated like crazy. I am trying to do regular exercise. I do enjoy it. It’s just that motivation thing showing up again.

2013

No entry. I’m hoping I was too tired from exercising to write one. :)

2014

Nope. I thought about it. My app told me to. I should have. Motivation did not show up.

 

June Brings New Shows!

TV shows summer time

I’ve got my sticky notes taped up for the new shows during the summer!

I remember growing up they did not do this. Once the season was over in May the shows were random during the summer time. Or could it be I was outside more so I do not remember. Anyway, it sure does confuse me when the June shows begin. I have to remember the new lineup. This brain doesn’t remember well without the sticky notes.

Chalk one up for the creator of those sticky notes!

I do like that there are new shows but at the same time it usually means a long wait until next summer for the ones that make it back in the lineup. That part bites!

I love the fact that the TV listing is online so if I forget, sometimes they have a rerun of the show later. Not all of them but some.

Who can not love being able to watch them online if you miss. :)

We are so spoiled these days.

We also have OnDemand with our cable company to catch shows we miss. Though they don’t always put all of the shows on, that part is a bummer. But the nice thing about this one is I can watch on the TV as opposed to the computer. :)

I hate that cable companies are way more expensive than satellite companies. We have had both and still choose the cable over the satellite. :) I think we like it because everyone can watch what they want in any room because we have a TV in about every room. Just wish they would give you ALL the channels for the one advance package deal.

It sucks that you have to add packages of channels to get certain channels. Never fails you end up with lots of extras that you don’t watch so you can have that one channel. Oh, well. And that is probably why they get away with it, is people like me will add it anyway. :)

It is nice to have the internet with the same company. Makes one less bill to keep track of for me. :) Last month I saw on the bill that we should upgrade our modem to receive the fast speed internet that we pay for. Hubby took the old in and we got the new one. There is always a catch. We had to buy this one, but that means no monthly fee on the bill now. The speed is nice. Especially, with all the devices we have going on it. I have three boys who are into gaming so you can imagine the use of the internet.

We have yet to do any of the DVR’ing. We go with the basic cable box, no HD either. No reason to pay for all those extras. Channels yes. :)

With all these options to catch my favorite shows, I can still enjoy outside whenever I want and catch up later! :)

Ah, technology. :)