Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mixology Time - Grow with Love


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

My life as a Widow

I knew things weren't going to be easy once my husband died from cancer even though he tried to repair stuff around the house while he was feeling good. In the sixteen months since he has died the bathroom sink which has always been troublesome has been a bear. I have not been able to fix it and we knew all the tricks short of having a plumber pull out all our floor lines to the sewer. Where we live we have a unique system that not even the surrounding cities use so when you hire a plumber they have to be familiar with our system. Well Monkey and I have gotten used to empting the bucket under the sink. Now the bathtub is backing up and I have done all I can without a trip to Home Depot for some supplies to fix that. Which is always fun! That will happen this week when I get paid.

Now my husband went and rescreened several windows and the side door. Monkey has ripped the screen in the side kitchen window that my husband fixed and when I said something to him he responded by telling me daddy left the roll of screening in the garage. Great I have no clue on how to rescreen a window. He ripped out the screen in the side door over the winter and just yesterday he somehow managed to pop out the storm window in that door 3/4's of the way but I could neither get it to come out or go back in so it is temporarily taped in with some nice colorful duck tape. 

Now the funest of all the broken things. My front door lock even though it was unlocked at the time broke in the locked position so we are now unable to use our front door. I have watched more YouTube videos then I can count to fix doors. None pertain to the problem I have. I bought silicone lube and sprayed everything possible and still nothing. I need to make a trip out to the garage to fix the old front door locking system so I can get the inside door handle piece and a large fat flat-head screw driver and try one more thing to fix the door before I am forced to call a locksmith. Only problem is our house is located off from a major highway and with all the dust that is kicked up from the street as we are the corner house makes that trip to the garage ripe for kick starting my allergies and I don't need that at the moment so until I feel better we have to go through the laundry room to leave the house. Once a upon a time that was the way we came in and out of the house as we never had a key to the front door but we also had an accordian folding babygate blocking off the kitchen to the laundry room but since those are no longer legal for safety reasons I have to have a traditional babygate and it just doesn't work well. If I put up the kind that swings open the my Dachshund knows how to climb it and she gets into the cat's litter box - hence the babygate. So we have one of those extra high wooden gates. The cats can get over it because they jump up onto the kitchen counter and walk around the corner onto the washing machine. However there is no easy way to keep the wooden babygate standing up so we have a step stool at one end placed sideways up against the sink and the dry dog food bag against the other wall. What a pain especially at night trying to open it. At least if someone tried to break in they would leave screaming in frustration. Haha!

Monkey broke a section of the vinyl siding and tried to tell me that a wind storm picked up a large rock and threw it at the house and put a hole in it. Great! So his dad melted the siding by having the grill to close to the house in one spot and on the other side of the window is a hole. I can't win. I need a handyman and a ton of money.

We even had a mouse in the house a week or so ago and I wasn't happy with that but I got it taken care of. I do think the woman at Home Depot was sick of seeing me though.

Thankfully I still have my sense of humor in all this. I guess I'll be watching more YouTube videos for help!

Now if I could just get my husband's urn to do some work around the house as his melon list (what he called his honey do list) is getting pretty long.

Now I even have to pretend I love sports because daddy is no longer here. Thank heavens for data packages on smartphones. Shhh! don't tell Monkey that.

I guess since it is almost 5 AM I should try and get some sleep. Monkey will try and let me as he knows the rules. I sleep in a recliner in the living room due to health issues and have since he was about 3 so he is used to being quiet with the TV and such.

Night all.

Direct Downloads

Soon I will be back to direct downloads. It seems for the past year I had paid storage and was unaware of it. I only found out when I went to sign back up for the service.
I need to find a new FTP client as the one I was using wasn't compatible with some upgrades to the service I was paying for which is why I went back to the free services. I have a couple I am going to try that are free as I don't want to pay for a FTP client as well. I however won't be playing around with it until after I am feeling better. I don't need to give myself a headache playing around with the system when my son can do it without even trying.

Make A Wish and Template Crazy Vol 13



Template Crazy Volume 13 is a set of 4 12x12 templates for scrapping your precious memories. This set features spots for that one special photo and a lot of fun word bits or paint splatters or journaling.

My layout




Friday, April 15, 2016

What's new on the home front


The past six weeks or so haven't been fun as we started off March with both Monkey and I getting sick but Monkey was worse and needed to go to urgent care. Not one week later I again am taking him to seek medical care but this time at the ER for a groin injury he got on the oversized tires on the playground. Now on the day he gets released to go back to gym from this injury his best friend grabs his arm and twists it, on their way back to the classroom from gym class. No one in the school thinks much of it but I have to take him again to the ER where they put him into a velcro splint because his wrist is badly sprained and he lost feeling to his fingers. While all his adventures were going on I am slowly getting sicker but the doctor doesn't feel it was necessary to give me anything stronger then cough syrup when we went for a checkup. Monkey got both cough syrup and antibiotics. I was told I could take some OTC cold medication. OK I buy them but the pills and syrup are not helping me and we had a weekend getaway planned. The pharmacist knew who was coming just by my cough. By this time I was sick for a month but I was determined to take Monkey to see his adult half-sister and her family so I just sucked it up.

We drive six hours and stop at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. By this time I am in the iffy stage and due to health issues I can't walk the museum so I get a wheelchair and Monkey agrees to push me (it used to be his dad's job when he was alive and Monkey says he is man enough to do it). Monkey pushes my wheelchair like a drunkin sailor but we are having fun. We always have fun when we meet up with Em (late hubby's oldest granddaughter), El (the youngest) and Michelle (his daughter). It is always funny when stangers try to figure out how we are related. They think the kids are siblings instead of uncle and nieces and we adults are stepdaughter and stepmom when we are only nine years apart. They never figure us adults out. First thing everyone except me does is take a trip down the chocolate slide. It is just a large slide that you enter on the second floor and exit on the first floor. I was left guarding our belongings as you can't take a wheelchair and a stroller down a slide. 

Then it was off to visit the Aliens and Androids exhibit. They had R2D2, Darth Vader, CP3O and a few others like Ironman. The kids did a scavenger hunt type thing during it as well. From there we went to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secrets of the Sewer exhibit. That was what Monkey was most excited about. He had been waiting months to see this exhibit and he was playing every game they had and helping Em win her trivia games too. Of by now the kids are starving so we take a lunch break at the museum cafe. Picky kids wanted stuff then didn't eat it. Em got away with more then Monkey did. 

After lunch it was time to see Pirates and Princesses: Storybook Adventures exhibit.


It was exactly as it seems.

Next we were off to Fables Across Time: Kalila and Dimna
Here the kids learned about how this Arabic collection of fables is similar to some of the tales in Western forklore. They also learned out drawing.

Now it is getting late as the museum was very crowded so we didn't see or do as much as we normally do we headed off to storytime. It was announced it was the story of the "Princess and the Pea" but there were no mattresses and no peas. Go figure!

We headed off to dinner at Chick-fil-A which was a first for Monkey and I. After dinner we all head to our hotel including my stepson-in-law so we can check in and go swimming. The kids and Jeff had fun in the pool. I wanted to go in the pool but since I was sick and coughing to much I decided it was best if I didn't. Pooh! After all the kids got worn out it was time for the family to leave and Monkey and I to chill for a little while. Monkey was in heaven as he got a sofa bed to sleep in. Kids!

Sunday morning we get up and meet the family for breakfast down the street. Afterwards they head to church and Monkey and I head back to the hotel to check out. One stop for snack foods for Monkey and some drinks and we are on the road again to go home. This trip home we take the scenic route. It was a little different then what my late husband would have driven but since he was a truck driver who traveled to nearly all the lower 48 he knew the short cuts. We were tired but happy to be home again and a cute little weiner dog was happy to see us when we walked in the door.

Roll on into April and I see the doctor again because I am still not better. This time she sends me for chest x-rays which I have to assume are OK because no one has called to say otherwise. I got a rx for antibiotics and cough pills. I have finished the antibiotics and have just started the second refill on the cough pills and I still feel like death warmed over. Pharmacist wants me to see a lung specalist if this bottle of cough pills don't work.

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I have been taking Photoshop classes and here are a few of the layouts I made.

Basic week 4

Basic week 5

Basic week 6

Techniques week 5

Techniques week 6

Soon Monkey starts year three in flag football. His team jersey will be the Indianapolis Colts which while it isn't the Chicago Bears is cool because it is his sister's favorite team. Bears are his and his daddy's team but since daddy died mom said she will be his Bear buddy and now I to wear Chicago Bears clothing.

That's all in our little world.