Saturday, December 27, 2008

I’s learnin’ the ‘puter

I took a free class at the Apple Store this morning and 9:00 am. The mall wasn’t even open, but the Apple store is! So I’m getting the hang of this, now. Who knew I ALREADY had i-web installed in my computer. It wasn’t on the little menu bar there.
Also took Dorissa to the indoor pool today - cheaper than a movie and she got to run around and splash and I got to laze about (for short time periods) in the hot tub. Then it was Pei Wei for dinner. Dave spent the day unpacking his new large, flat-screen television. He worked some overtime earlier this year and we agreed that he should spend the money on anything HE wanted.

The weather today is 65 degrees but quite wet. On the plus side, I did venture into the attic via the trap door in the linen closet and was able to take picture of actual wet during a rainstorm. There is on-going disagreement among roofing and house specialists on why we’ve had leaking for the past 5 years! Several said tuckpointing, been tuckpointed within an inch of it’s life and still leaking. One said flashing, aint that either, “wet chimney” (a possibility) and porous brick which was going to cost thousands of dollars and needed dry spell during the summer to apply some coating to the whole side of our house. As it’s the wettest year on record, we have had no dry spells. Another one said it wasn’t wet chimney if we could actually find it leaking during a rainstorm! A-HA I’m on the trail now. I took a thick black marker and marked where it was wet and dry up in the attic.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

Just the three of us this year. Last night we all watched The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Dorissa slept until 9:00 am and went to bed at 10:00 pm, so it was an easy morning for David and I. At least I thought so - plenty of time for me to get up at 7:00 am, run out to the car, stuff the stockings and wrap a few last minute gifts for Santa. David however sat in bed in dread fear that the sleeping bundle next to him would awaken and then what would he say? "Like the Wells' always said - I've gone downstairs to check if Santa is still here or if he is running late." I don't know why he didn't buy that, sounds totally reasonable to me - isn't that how every family did it?

I'd like to write a few things each week about what we are doing, but somehow, whenever I'm confronted with a blank page, I just freeze up. May as well start here and now though.
Today the family room is pretty good, but the living room, dining room and our bedroom are a trainwreck. David likes to keep all of the used wrapping paper out because he feels it looks festive, whereas I think it just looks like trash!

Dorissa is prancing about in a pink dress-up dress from Mark (how does he know SO much about what 5 year old girls like?) pearl crown and new gold sparkle shoes. The dollhouse furniture from Lisa and Kenny was a big hit, but we had a small disaster when the itty bitt, teeny, tiny, gumball machine broke immediately and spewed it's contents about the living room. Presents included a set of polly-pockets with removable heads, torsos and legs, mix-and-match style. It's truly a toy out of Franny K. Stein! The TV has been OFF for all of 8-hours (halleulia) due to the influx of new toys.

I am the proud owner of cashmere socks - yea warm feet, silk long underwear- yea warm self and a new Wii gaming system. David is also plotting to buy one of those huge TVs and a cabinet to go with it. I've no real objection but I would like somethings to move OUT of the house along with all of the things that come INTO it.

Projects on deck include: Embroidery for the barony - embarrassingly slow progress, and knitting, either the socks or Dammo’s hat, something needs to progress and possibly some weaving inspired by the same books I keep taking out of the library.