October 8, 2013 § 6 Comments
There’s a lady in my building who wears the cutest clothes. Today, she came to the office in a black leather skirt, which reminded me that I TOO HAVE A LEATHER SKIRT, which has mysteriously disappeared. I’m pretty sure my skirt is somewhere in the farmhouse in Texas, with Dave.
Libby: You need to mail me my leather skirt.
Dave: I just mailed you a big box of stuff. What else could you possibly need?
Libby: My leather skirt.
Dave: It’s 90-degrees…not leather skirt weather.
Libby: In Oregon, it’s 38-degrees. It’s WINTER. I need my leather skirt, and a couple of turtlenecks, you know, that nice cashmere one; oh, and the brown cotton one…
Libby: Maybe I’ll just buy some stuff here. I’m not even sure what I have…maybe I should just go shopping.
And that’s how it happened that Dave agreed to arrange all of my clothes on the bed and take pictures of everything and text them to me.
April 10, 2013 § 9 Comments
Last night I was walking past the front door, when I noticed a mysterious lump in the rug. Closer inspection revealed a fuzzy little face peering out.
I’m fairly sure Chief had the idea to hide under the rug, and then pounce on me or one of the dogs as we walked past. But when he became aware that I had discovered him, he lost his nerve and immediately ran into bedroom closet (probably to poop in my shoes or something).
April 2, 2013 § 9 Comments
You’re probably wondering what the heck happened to us…
Lots of stuff has happened. A new school term started, and I am signed up to teach THREE college classes. What was I thinking? The college actually asked me to teach five classes, but logic prevailed, and I ended up with just three. This is on top of my regular day job, which is thankfully very flexible.
Also, last week was spring break, which was actually kind of nice. Dave and I had our wedding anniversary last week also. We didn’t do much (which was exactly how we planned it). But meanwhile, Dave spontaneously decided that our farmhouse refrigerator is too small (I agree with him on this), and so he woke up early on Sunday (Easter morning) and moved our refrigerator into the kitchen and then started removing walls.
Several hours later (me sleeping late because I work until midnight these days), I woke up, and discovered a tremendous hole which was the former home of our refrigerator. For the rest of the day, I alternated between working on a proposal for work, and helping Dave with his refrigerator project. I helped Dave to rip out the old drywall, and then expand the refrigerator opening in our kitchen to accommodate a much larger refrigerator. Dave also built an EXTREMELY FANCY (i.e. NASA-engineered-design) platform for the new refrigerator, which (since we are both taller than average) will make refrigerator access a little easier.
During this exciting project, Dave also managed to completely dump the contents of our current refrigerator onto the floor of the kitchen. He said he was trying to move a refrigerator by himself because he wanted me to be able to work on other stuff, but in the end, the refrigerator tipped and there was a mess of condiments and leftovers that we both had to scrape and clean off the floor.
I’m sort of a pro at this, after being married to Dave for 11+ years now. He’s very handy, but also spontaneous. This means lots of midnight projects, and plenty of unplanned expeditions to hardware stores. Guaranteed, if it’s a holiday, Dave is at the hardware store, trying to buy screws or some other necessary item, and he can’t figure out why the place isn’t open.
March 2, 2013 § 1 Comment
Ack…where has the time gone? How is it possible that it is already MARCH? Anyway, it’s not as if we have been busy or anything.
I worked on a proposal for the office. I suspect I am going to get very good at writing proposals, since one of our customers has started to send us a new request for proposal every week. This week I spent a lot of hours working from home, hunkered down in front of the computer. Meanwhile, Dave defrosted frozen meals from the refrigerator, and we also ate out one night (a big deal for us, since I pretty much hate eating out except for breakfast). Sometimes, while I was working on my proposal, Dave comes in to do some work at his computer. When we’re both in the office, the dogs come in as well, and they always have some sort of advice to give us.
It has been in the 30’s (fahrenheit) at night this week, which means that Addie is cold. I’ve been wrapping her in a blanket or a t-shirt, which she gratefully accepts.
The other dogs don’t mind the cold. Addie has also been caught sleeping on the guest bed. I came home early one day, and discovered this.
That’s her blanket, by the way. She somehow managed to get that onto the bed with her. Someday, she may even figure out how to wrap it around herself. Meanwhile, Otis and Doodle have been enjoying their fenced yard, and they wrestle out there every day. At first we worried that Otis, being twice Doodle’s size, would overwhelm and hurt Doodle. This hasn’t happened once. Otis is very careful, and although there is lots of growling and leaping about, no one gets hurt.
They have so much fun out there and Dave and I are very glad that we decided to put in the fence.
February 15, 2013 § 4 Comments
I took a walk with some friends at sunrise on Saturday morning. We walked around a 40-acre lake a few miles away from the farmhouse. Ages ago, I used to live in this community.
I saw some pelicans sunning themselves on a dock.
Dave has been using the back bedroom at the farmhouse as a sort of storeroom. All of the boxes stacked everywhere, along with whatever else he occasionally felt like throwing in there, was driving me crazy. So, one night while he was in class, I started clearing it out. I intentionally waited to do this while he was out of the house, because he starts getting nervous when he sees me organizing his stuff.
I was three hours into the task when he came home. He was amazingly unfazed by the giant trash bags, and the general havoc, and even expressed gratitude that I was tackling something that he’d evidently been wanting to start for awhile. I’m not finished yet, but feels so good to almost have a room. When it is clear, I think I’m going to turn it into an office. Meanwhile, the morning after starting the project, I woke up to this:
I couldn’t figure out why my legs ached so much, and discovered I’d bruised them up pretty badly when I was moving boxes, television sets, and computers out of the room. There’s more bruising to come, because we still have to load up the car, and haul all of the stuff off to Goodwill.
Dave and I finished welding the frame for the gate and did the installation. Otis supervised.
Now we can put boards onto the frame, and the fence and gate project will be complete.
We’re trying to stick to mostly low carb meals this week, although sometimes Dave slips up and eats cookies. Here’s some chili we had for dinner on Wednesday:
Chili always tastes better with some grated cheddar cheese and sour cream on top.
A trip to the hardware store had us purchasing some seeds for this year’s garden.
February 8, 2013 § 7 Comments
We replaced the hardware on our front door.
This turned out to be a bigger project than we estimated. Dave figured that this would take approximately 15 minutes. In the end it took 4 hours…mostly because the farmhouse is old, and very little was built according to a standard. So the new hardware we purchased didn’t fit the door, and we had to make modifications to our door to allow the hardware to fit.
While Dave and I were working on the door, we had to lock Chief, the DIY cat up in the back part of the house so he wouldn’t escape. Deprived of his litterbox for 4 hours, he pooped on the floor, and then Otis ate it. Yes, disgusting.
I made a new pillow, and the cat loved it. The new pillow was so comfy and soft, and it looked terrific on the couch.
The pillow lasted exactly one day before Addie ate it.
I made another batch of bacon and egg pies for breakfast.
January 25, 2013 § 5 Comments
We went to the house of some friends, and had dinner and a bonfire.
They had satsuma oranges growing in their yard, and gave us a big bag of them for making marmalade.
I haven’t tasted it yet, but it looks good.
Most of this week, I was sick with the flu. Hearing the stories from my friends who have had it, my case wasn’t so bad…just a general achy feeling in my joints, followed by a sore throat and fever, coughing. My ribs are sore from all of the coughing. Although Dave offered up a choice of burritos or tostadas (what’s with serving spicy Mexican food to someone who’s sick?), I decided that homemade chicken soup was my best option.
Thankfully, I’m on the mend, and am almost back to normal as I write this. The other good thing is that Dave didn’t catch this, which would have been even worse, because he’s a terrible sick person…so crabby.