Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas!

So, as a child I would never sit on Santa's lap. I don't know why, but I was scared. I would even go the long way around his spot so he wouldn't see me! My mother does not have any pictures of me with Santa, except one. Storytime...

My sister and I are shopping at the Eastridge Mall in Gastonia. Michelle was 18 and I was 12. She spots Santa (who was young), decides he is cute, and proceeds to force me to go with her.


Thanks to my sister, my mother has one picture of me and Santa. :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Choices have been made~

This month has been pretty exciting in regards to the house progress. Our cabinets were installed this week. It was pouring rain, and the cabinet truck got stuck. Matthew hooked up his F-250 to help, but proceeded to get his truck stuck. Tow trucks were involved, and everyone lived happily ever after. ^_^

The granite people came out and made a template of the cabinets. It was up to me to choose a kitchen faucet, so they would know how many holes to drill in our pretty slab of granite. After a phone call and internet research, I ordered a Delta faucet (see photo below).

I was able to actually get my "stuff" together and choose lighting. Thanks to the internet, I did my research, typed up my list of favorites, and then got pricing info. The other nice thing was being able to go to the showroom and look at these in real-life. Matthew and I chose the Hendrik series from Kichler lighting.

This is our dining room chandelier.

And this is one of 3 mini-pendants that will hang over the kitchen bar.

We will have Brushed Nickel versions in our Master and Guest baths.

Matthew and I, also, spent 4.5 hours choosing our tile. It was worth it. We got some great ideas, and the tile above the stove is going to be very unique.

The details are coming together! Next step... wall colors!



Sunday, December 7, 2008

Birthday Adventure

My sister and her family live in Charlotte. Her youngest son, Josh, almost shares a birthday with me. His birthday is Dec. 5 and mine is Dec. 6. He is one day older than me. So, yesterday, we celebrated his birthday at Chuckie Cheesee (as mom calls it). ^-^

If you have never been to C.C., it is an experience. I am going to leave it at that.

So after walking into the overstimulating, ADHD world, you find your child's table. You look up and see this...


Animatronic creatures that blink and "play" instruments. Yeah, it kind of creeps me out, too.

Then I see Josh, and he is ready to play games!

This is a picture of my other nephew, Stephen. He turned 9 last October. I still can't believe how big he is getting.


Stephen is also quite the athlete. He plays baseball, basketball, and golf. Just look at that form!

Josh loves playing games. His friend, Jake, and him played this one for awhile. This was a good game for them because it keeps going when you run into walls (which happened a lot). :P

After some coercing, Josh decided to blow out his candles.

Josh received a Nintendo DS and a few games. Here, he is contemplating how much time he will spend playing these games.

I stayed a litte longer, and Mom and dad gave me my birthday gifts. I got a nice watch and a Fossil belt. Our new tradition for birthdays and Christmas gifts is to go shopping together, and we pick out presents and go ahead and buy them. It's really fun! Then we open our presents and act all surprised... "How did you know?????"

Stephen drew a card for me and sis gave me my "giftcard". ^_^ (Her birthday was last week, and I gave her one, too.)
Then it was time to go back up the mountain. Matthew and I went to a friend's housewarming party for a bit. It was a great time, especially when our friend, Rhonda showed up. She is on leave taking care of her new little girl, Kenly. (See Nothing But Real Life blog, very cute).

After a little socializing, Matthew took me out for Thai food! I can't believe how Hendersonville has moved up in the world by getting 2 Thai restaurants! Now, if we could get a good Indian restaurant...

Anyway... we ate some yummy Thai food. I ordered Duck Pineapple Curry, and Matt ordered Pepper Steak marinated in papaya. I ordered spicy on a level just above mildest... oh man! We commenced to trading plates, traded back, and then one last time. I thought the flavor of both dishes was great! The duck was "crispy" (which I loved), but Matt thought it was burnt.

We came home, I stayed up and felt very fortunate to have received a birthday wish for almost every year of my life!

Overall, I had a good birthday. I am continuing my celebrations by going to the movies with my friend, Kelly. We are going to see "Twilight"! Yay!

My orchestra's Winter Concert is a week from Tuesday. After our concert, we have 3 days of "fun" stuff, and then Christmas break for TWO WEEKS! I am looking forward to it.

Well... I'm off to pick out some lights for the house! I hope my readers have a great day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

60 Days?

House update:
Matthew met with a guy who is going to finish the rest of the drywall! WOO HOO! I don't recommend doing your own drywall, but at least I have had the experience.

We are going to give ourselves a goal of 60 days to get our final inspection. The wasy time is flying by... that will be here before we know it! We still have a lot left.

Finish drywall & prime
Kitchen cabinets & countertops
Gutters
Bathroom vanities
Finish the plumbing (toilets, faucets)
Flooring
Finish HVAC
Finish electrical
And more that I can't think of right now...

I will, of course, keep you updated!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'll Love Nobody But You

This was a note on Facebook and writing a new note was not working. So, I decided to post it here, because I thought some of the answers were kind of funny. :)

1. Put your playlist on shuffle.
2. For each question, press Next to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.
4. Tag 10 people you think would get a good laugh out of this!


• If someone says, “Is this okay?” you say? •
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)

• What would best describe your personality? •
Funkytown

• What do you like in a girl? •
Y Tu Que Has Hecho?

• What is your life’s purpose? •
Don't Go Away

• What is your motto? •
Under My Voodoo

• What do your friends think of you? •
Friend of the Devil

• What do you think about very often? •
Candela

• What do you think of your best friend? •
Charlie

• What is your life story? •
Buffalo Soldier

• What do you want to be when you grow up? •
This Old House

What do your parents think of you? •
At Sundown

• What will you dance to at your wedding? •
Scotch & Chocolate

• What will they play at your funeral? •
Something Like That

• What is your hobby/interest? •
Take Me In A Lifeboat

• What is your biggest secret? •
Crazy Jo

• What do you think of your friends? •
I Don't Know

• What’s the worst thing that could happen? •
You'll Be Rewarded Over There

• How will you die? •
Transport Is Arranged

• What is the one thing you regret? •
Crazy Little Life

• What makes you laugh? •
Preachin', Prayin', Singin'

• What makes you cry? •
In un coupe?

• Will you ever get married? •
I'll Just Take It Out in Love

• What scares you the most? •
Warlocks

• Does anyone like you? •
If

• If you could go back in time, what would you change? •
Could You Lie

• What hurts right now? •
Out of the Woods

• What do you say in the morning when you first wake up? •
Throw It All Away

• What will you name this? •
I'll Love Nobody But You

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Third time!

This time it was cold enough to stay on the ground... for a few hours. It, again, kept flurrying all day while I was at school.


This is the third time it has snowed here in Hendersonville, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet! You must understand that this is very exciting. In Hendersonville, we usually hear "Snow in the higher elevations," or "Snow along the NC/TN border." So for snow to actually fall in our area is cause for excitement.
I will add that another reason I love Hendersonville. When it does snow... it doesn't stay for days and days. It can just flurry and look pretty for the day. On that note... we are due for a good snow. I, mean, a BLIZZARD!


Anyhoo... I just thought I'd share the joy (again) because each time I create a post about snow... IT SNOWS AGAIN! I'll just say that the forcast for Monday night may be looking good. :) It would be a shame to only have one day of work next week.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For Jenny

OK. It snowed... AGAIN yesterday, so I got out the camera, just for you, Jenny. :)


The flakes just flew around all day. So, you can't really see it... but it did snow. Really... I promise I don't need to clean my camera lense.

Here is some "accumulation" on my truck window.

Can you see the giant flake in the middle of the picture?

Ha ha! That was fun. I'm hoping that we will have snow for Christmas! I'm probalby jinxing it, but a girl can dream.



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And then there was one~

WARNING: This is a sad note.

A couple of weeks ago, one of our chickens, Gladys, went missing. She was good a flying and was being picked on, so we thought maybe she "flew the coop", so to speak.

Last weekend, I go out to check on them, and I only see one walking around. Upon further inspection, I found one... not walking (I won't go into details). Matthew found the other one later.

For once, I did not cry. We actually started with 6 chickens four years ago. We had two die within a month, and I cried. I guess I have had a lot of animals pass through here in the last few years. Please don't misunderstand me. I am quite sad. Especially about Camilla. It was time to get somemore chickens since they had stopped laying, but still not a pleasant way to go.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No comparison~


You decide. I think mine is better looking ;)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Home Stretch~

No pun intended... OK, it was intended. Here is the stucco base coat.

Here it is "finished". The trim still needs to be painted.

With the final framing inspection passed off the list, we started drywall! Here is the guest room's closet, and the view out the window.

Stephen decided to pose for the picture of the kitchen.

More pics will follow. The drywall is not finished, yet. That's what happens when you try to do stuff by yourself.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

!?SNOW?!

Yup... walked out the door this morning (a little earlier than usual), and there was white stuff floating through the air! I couldn't believe my eyes, and then I got a snowflake in one of my eyes!

It made a nice morning. A very, very cold morning, but nice none the less. It didn't stick to the ground because we haven't had a proper frost (yet), but this could be foreshadowing our winter here in Hooterville.... hmmm.... we shall see! We haven't had a good snow in a few years...

Meanwhile, I need to update the house pics! I'll just leave it at that :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

$2.99/Gallon

W O O H O O !!!!

Yup... filled the tank, and I'm ready to go :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Foliage '08

Here are some pics of some fall leafiness from around our property.























The left photo was taken on 10/9/08, and the right photo was taken 10/11/08. Pretty amazing how much the leaves can change in two days!

BRISINGR!


This is a bit delayed, but "Brisingr" arrived! I have a library bound edition...ooohh, fancy! I must admit that I am already 358 pages into the book.

Paolini has written another winner. I am eager to see how he ends this one. If any of you enjoy good fantasy writing, I highly recommend the Inheritance Cycle (aka Eragon series).

Pop, I hope you can come get your book soon!

Friday, October 3, 2008

House Stuff

Well, I am over the "gas shortage", so here are the latest house pictures.
Matthew and Rogelio have started the base coat for the stucco.

Here is the aweful machine I had to assemble. It's a mixer for the stucco applications. I put it together backwards more times than I want to claim. Matthew had to keep helping, but "bada bing" it's together AND works!


It's hard to see, but here is an example of the stucco. Matthew tried it on the Well House to see if we like it... we do :)



Check out the back deck!

Solar panels...

That's about it. We are still sporatic on getting gasoline here. I saw a few stations on my way home, a line waiting while a tanker refilled a station, and I didn't stop at any even though I just dipped below a half tank.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

More on the "shortage"

Yes, I said "shortage." This is an article from our local paper. It is long, but it describes the situation here in Hendersonville, Fletcher, Arden, Asheville...

http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20080924/NEWS/809230226/1151?Title=WNC_gas_shortage_deepens__fueling_driver_frustrations

Make sure you watch the video in the article. Watch the last car, and the idiot that does a massive "U"ey to get in line. Geez...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gas Crisis in WNC

I am wondering if this whole ordeal here in Hendersonville, Fletcher, Arden, & Asheville is necessary.

I grabbed my "phone cam" just in time to take this picture of the Gas House on Hwy64 East going to my house. (I am not as good as Barbara is at taking photos/video while driving) :)

In case, you couldn't see...
The line goes another 1/4 mile up the road (at least). I thought they were waiting at the other gas station... Matthew told me that they were already lining up when the station had a chain across the driveway. THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE TANKER TO SHOW UP!

This is the scene at any station in this area lucky enough to get gas (until it's drained dry in a few short hours), and our police officers have to direct traffic to keep fights from breaking out!

Honestly, I think we would have enough gas if everyone would quit freaking out. But??? Would we? I don't know how much the media is influencing everyone. I'd say we should panic when the school calls and says they can't run buses because of a fuel shortage. (Which HAS NOT HAPPENED!!!.. yet)

Meanwhile... to the people who still have a half tank of gas and are sitting in any line like this one... please don't panic. I wonder if everyone quit "topping" off their tanks, the people who really need gas would be better off. Plan your trips into town. Make trips that are needed, and the plan the route.


On a side note, I am driving a bus after school. Today, I am supposed to drop off a student at a bank across from a gas station. People were lined up and blocking my "normal" path, so I had to go a different way. As I came around to the stoplight, the "new" idots were lined up and blocking the intersection, so I had to sit through 2 green lights before I could turn.

People of WNC... quit freaking out! Be the liberal, environmentaly conscious people (you claim to be) and save gas!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Waiting...

Okay. Apprently, Brisingr was released yesterday. I received a message from B & N telling me that it hasn't been shipped yet, BUT it will ship within the next 1 - 5 business days.
Oh well... that will give me time to finish re-reading Eldest. I forgot how vividly Paolini writes.
Meanwhile, the trim around the windows and doors is almost finished! Matthew said we could start drywall as soon as the end of next week! (I just realized I already said that in the last post... I'm not excited or anything)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just for fun...

Here is one of my favorites from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.



And now for something completely different...

The house has trim around the windows and doors! We will be adding stucco soon, and once our framing inspection is done, the drywall will begin!

Until then...

I can't believe I watched "Camp Rock" AND "iCarly" tonight. I guess that is what I get for downgrading my sattelite to "Family" channels. :)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Jive Turkeys...

or is it "turkies"? Whatever... I was so excited to finally capture them digitally. This same little family has been around for a few years. We've been watching these turks grow all summer. They are so cute when they are little turklings.

They were playing in the garden, hopefully eating all the scary wolf spiders that live there.
And this is what Moldy was doing...

Maybe she'll get one for Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What a difference...

a couple of days and a BIG machine can make. Plus a very motivated father-in-law, who is an excellent grader.

Here is the front of the house without all the junk piles in the way :)


Here are the "finished" gables. I can't wait until we add some color.


Here is the back of the house with all the windows and doors! See the upstairs door... watch that first step... it's a doosie!



I am also very excited at some of the kitchen colors. The color is hard to see, but I really like them. There is the granite countertop I want, the cabinet color (I think we finally decided), and the tile we will use for the floor. We are thinking of using the same tile in the bathrooms, too.

We also have some wormy red oak beams. Matthew has planed some of the rough boards, added some stain, and I think they are beautiful! We will use them for the trim inside the house. And, yes, the wormy effect is natural!

Yellow Jackets

For the last 4 years, we have had to deal with Yellow Jackets. Matthew has been stung several times (luckily, no allergic reaction). It is always fun to push mow over a nest which is in the ground. I see the first two or three coming out angry, and I let go of the mower and run!

The next hours are funny because they are trying to kill the lawnmower. (It did attack the nest, afterall.) After we find a nest, we try to spray. Sometimes spray works, and sometimes we resort to "other" methods. Here is an incident where spraying worked, and then we had some "extra" help from a possum and/or racoon.
*Note* The stick was marking the nest so we would know where to spray.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

A little entertainment

I was looking at the "popular" blogs, and spotted this one:

http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com

I must admit, I had quite a giggle. All the while, I am thinking that my 31st birthday is only 3 months away. I think I found the cake I want.


Let me know what you think :) (BTW - that IS Tom Seleck, and Emma is one lucky girl!)