Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The variegated thread worked up really well. Each heart was an almost replicate of the one before it. Unfortunately, I think I used up all my enthusiasm last night. I'm tired again!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here's a shot of AJ on the lift, and he also took a ride down the bunny hill so I could get a picture of him snowboarding. I couldn't get a shot of him out on the 'real' slopes, as I was not skiing! I usually missed him coming in to the lift, as well. This was only his second time out on a snowboard, and he was out with the other experienced snowboarder. One of the boys 'graduated' to the lift after his lessons. The rest were still restricted to the bunny hill - maybe one more day of lessons?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
AJ stayed home sick yesterday. Both he and Ralph caught a cold - both about the same time, so I don't know where they got it. Poor AJ is all congested. I just sent him in to take a shower - maybe that will loosen up his head! He needs to go to school today, if he can. He has missed a lot of school this year - which showed in his grades! I think all of his immunities he built up when he started school have worn out. He is catching every cold that come along this year!
Dad had his surgery on Monday, but is still in the hospital. His oxygen levels keep dropping when they take him off the oxygen. His blood pressure was unstable during surgery, and he had shortness of breath during recovery, and now he isn't getting enough oxygen with normal breathing. Poor thing! Mom kept calling every hour or so (she is back in Susanville - he is in Reno) to see if she could come and get him to take him home, and carried the phone around with her - waiting for the call that never came. Maybe today! I know he doesn't need to come home early, since they are 80+ miles away from the hospital (no one goes to the local hospital if they can help it!), but I also know Dad is a terrible patient, and will be anxious to get home!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Alli "helped" me make Alex's birthday cake. Good thing he wanted a yellow cake - she would have been a bigger mess if it was chocolate batter. I've been having her stir the eggs up when I cook her breakfast, and she is fascinated by the flame on the gas stove. Too fascinated! Any time I have a burner on, she is in the kitchen staring at it. Usually, she is content to just watch it from behind the island, but she has been know to try to get a bit closer to it. She is very respectful of heat, so she doesn't try to touch it, but I worry she might get that curly hair a bit too close! She even gets a bit frustrated when someone (like me, when I'm cooking!) gets between her and the flame.
I know that the rest of the country is having awful weather, but we have had Spring weather this week! It was in the 70's yesterday, and is supposed to stay in the 60's & 70's for the week. On Sunday, I took the dogs for a walk, and snapped a picture of Mt. Lassen - gorgeous! Hard to believe this is the mountain we climbed in September!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I got three extra large pizzas last night for the kids, and I doubt any is left this morning. They ate two of them last night for dinner, and were looking forward to the one that was left as a snack. They also devoured 3/4 of a cake. AJ wanted a 'yellow cake with no frosting' for his birthday cake. I did talk him into letting me put some coffee cake struesel in it, and most of it is gone! (There are plenty of crumbs left through out the house though!)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
My girlfriend sent Christmas presents to the kids - she made the cutest hat for Alli! I don't think Alli was impressed - but it could be because of the way AJ put it on her. He pulled it down pretty low, and I think her curls were distracting her. She kept rolling her eyes up!
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Ralph has had a busy vacation this week, yesterday especially! One of my co-workers had a little electrical problem (nightlight short-circuited and almost caught on fire and the circuit break flipped) and I asked Ralph if he could take a look and see if it was a "big" problem (meaning calling an electrician - expensive!) or just a simple fix. The house is a new (2 years old) manufactured house, so we were all hoping it was a simple fix. It was! Ralph is now a hero! My co-worker had to spend less than $3.00 on a new receptacle, and Ralph replaced it, and everything is as good as new!
If only all of his ventures worked out so well! I bought a clock for the wall in the computer room last year - $20 or so from Target. The battery corroded and ruined the clock, so it hasn't worked for a couple of months, and I put off buying a new one - just because, I guess! Ralph made it his mission to get a clock for the computer room this week! He searched Craigslist.com and found a very nice new clock for $45 here in Redding - a new store opening up that didn't have their storefront open yet. He called, and went and picked it up on Tuesday. He got it home, and...the clock didn't work. He took it back, no problem, but now he was on a mission! (Did I mention that he is borderline obsessive?? He will get a clock!) He stopped off at McMahan's, which is going out of business in Redding, and saw a grandfather type floor clock that would be 'perfect'. Originally, it was $400, and was now on sale for $100. He checked with me, showed me pictures, etc. and went and picked it up on Wednesday. Once he got it home, he discovered that....it had no pendulum. Since McMahan's is going out of business, all sales are final, so, I still have a clock that is only right twice a day! Ralph called all the clock repair places in Redding, no luck. McMahon's called the other stores that are connected (a total of 6 stores are going out of business) and no luck. He has an e-mail in to the clock company, and (I think) he finally gave up and ordered a quartz movement for the clock, and will just replace the mechanical system and make it battery operated. Poor Ralph - he tried so hard! It is a pretty clock. I'll post pictures of it when I have more light in the computer room!
Ralph has also been chasing the furniture store we ought our chairs and couch from. The recliner/rocker chair that Allison uses broke - the frame and springs - probably from over use! We have a 5 year warranty, but...that style of chair has been discontinued, so the store came yesterday and picked up the chair to fix it. I have no idea when we will get that back! It wasn't a huge problem with the company honoring the warranty, just a hassle getting hold of the right person, sending pictures of the damage, etc. Ralph has been busy the last couple of weeks!