Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another week goes by!

Not doing so well on the blog upkeep! Been preoccupied by a bunch of things...Shao's back to school, I have a sewing job I HAVE to finish, I have learned to digital scrap, although I am not very good as yet, I had a few bus runs the first two days of school, but my reg. run begins tomorrow.

So...digi scrapping...FUN!!!! I will TRY to show you one of my layouts...let's see if it works...
COOL!!!! Hope you like these...I know they are small...I wonder if they will get bigger if you click on them? Try it! :)
Uh-oh...just looked at the time! I have to start supper. Big Girl already told me she wants to be in bed by 8PM tonight! :) I cannot BELIEVE she will be 13 in ONE WEEK!!!!!! Yowser!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Playing Catch up!

Whoa, talk about neglecting a blog! Holy cannoli! Alright, I guess I have a LOT of catching up to do! I think I will do this bullet form, as it is VERY late, and my pretty much normal insomnia is kicking my you know what.

Let's see. Last time we "talked" I was trusting God to get me through. He did, of course. As of right now, my August rent is paid, and so are my utility bills. We have food in the frig and pantry. God is good...ALL THE TME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had SUCH a great time at my friends', Kathy & Tom. I have known them for 36 years. They were saved just a few weeks before me, led to Jesus by the same precious couple, Pat & George Self. Kathy often describes that time as the Book of Acts...the fellowship we belonged to was that sweet and precious. We played some VICIOUS games of Spoons and Phase 10.

The following day was the ladies' pool party. It was the loveliest home, with an incredibly beautiful yard and pool. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't the GREATEST, although it never truly rained. The company made up for it all, though (and the food! OH MY!) I LOVED LOVED LOVED getting to know some of the ladies of our new church. I have wonderful friends, but they live all over the country. I desperately need some close by ones to supplement the treasured ones I have had for a long time! :)

Shao absolutely LOVED Ballet Camp, and feels that she has progressed hugely in those two weeks. Her regular Ballet school has moved her up to Intermediate in all classes, so I guess they think she is doing well, too. Hopefully they will be delightfully surprised at her progress over the summer!

On the 15th we attended our former church's Annual Fair and Auction. I bought very little this year, but if you want to cook lobsters, OR roast a turkey, I now have the pots/pans for both those tasks!

The following day, Aug. 16th, we headed up to Boston area, to reconnect with one of my dearest friends from college days, who I had lost touch with about 23 years ago. The miracle of Facebook...Jo, we had a blast! Can't tell you often enough how wonderful it was to see you again. We are NOT going to lose each other again! Shao loves her new Aunt Joie...she thinks we are twins, as we have the same sense of humor, etc.

This past week has been full of various and sundry things. Mostly it has been HOT AND HUMID! Holy cow, summer FINALLY arrived...with a vengeance! We do NOT have air conditioning here at our house...sadness! Can't afford to run it, anyways, if we did! :)

This Sunday my friend Wendy is coming with her three kids for a couple of nights. Should be a wild and wooly few days. Wendy is an avid scrapbooker, and is going to teach me how to do digital scrapbooking. Good luck, my friend! I am a trial to all teachers in the technology field!

We hope to hit the beach with the kids on Monday. We might even see a little surf, thanks to Hurricane Bill. We seldom have any surf since we are on Long Island Sound, not the "real" beach. But Monday might be fun!

Wednesday Shao has a dentist appointment, and Thursday she starts school. I don't go back until the following Monday, Aug. 31st. On September 6th my girl becomes a teenager. YIKES!!!!! I am not quite sure how this happened? Where did my baby go?!?

That's about it. Life here moves along. Not always interesting, but that's life!


Thursday, August 6, 2009


So...many things to mention!

First of all, Shao is LOVING Ballet Camp! She is learning SOOOO much! I am thrilled for her. We have already put 400 miles on the's about 100 miles a day...translates into LOTS of gas money. I COULD cut that in half, if I were willing to stay up in East Lyme for the 7 hours of camp...don't think so! Plus this week I am dogsitting again for my brother, so that wouldn't work, anyhow. Next week is another story! :)

Rent...not paid yet. I will now owe a late fee. There is a possibility of monies coming in soon, but I am not sure. However, my sister does need me a couple of times next week to clean with her, so that will be good. Meanwhile, for reasons totally unknown to me, Unemployment has a hold on my benefits check, which doesn't bode well for next week's, either. I am going to try and call them tomorrow, but that is a nightmare in itself. Not fun trying to get through to a real person!

Cindy...precious Cindy died this past Monday, peacefully at home, surrounded by family, holding her husband Howard's hand. Pray for this dear family. They have 10 kids, and 4 or 5 of them are under age 10, one is adult, and the rest teenagers. I think all but the oldest are adopted. The littlest ones have only been home a year or two. This has to be devastating, all around.

Stellan...that precious baby boy is doing GOOD! Read his mama's blog for more info, but if you ask me, it's right up the "miracle alley."

We had a BLAST last weekend! The parents of Shao's friend asked us out on the boat, to motor over to Greenport LI for the day! It was such a blast!!!! The day couldn't have been better, weather wise, and we had a lot of fun! Except...for maybe getting on and off the boat in Greenport. Let me set the scene. First of stubby legs, short period. Second: dock...fixed not floating. This means it does NOT move with the tides. So if the tide is OUT, the boat is low, but not the dock! Tide: OUT. Movement of boat: LOTS OF PITCHING, both out and in, AND up and down...and not in very good, dependable rhythm, either. Me (again): afraid of heights/falling. Umm...make that afraid of making a fool of myself! :) Height differential: at least 3 feet. Distance differential: at least 3 feet. Summation: I DID it...but it wasn't easy, pretty, or fast. I had to really work my courage up! YIKES!!!!! Next time, I think I will just jump in the water, then SWIM to the swim platform at the back of the boat! :)

Anyhow. It was a blast. This coming weekend Shao has a sleepover at a friends on Saturday night, and I have been invited to friend's for dinner. On Sunday we have church, then I am going to a ladies pool party with ladies from the church. Looking forward to really meeting people...I know one or two by name, other than my dear friend Kathy Mac, who I've known since 1973!!

So...that's our story for now. God is good...all the time!