Thursday, May 12, 2016

I'm Back to Work!

Honestly, there have been times during the hip/back struggles that Andy and I both wondered if I'd be able to go back to work, and in fact I will not have the physical strength for outside sales or fund-raising ever again.  BUT I was browsing help wanted ads to try to get ideas of what I might be able to do, and found an ad for a music store manager/sales person.  So, I sent in my resume and 9 days later started at my new job.  :)

So, when one hasn't worked in quite some time (years), it's a big adjustment.  I have been ordering clothes and shoes like a mad woman because I'm too tired at the end of the day to go shopping, and Andy is picking up a lot of the slack--dinner, grocery shopping, etc.  And I'm learning a lot--or trying to.  This week I've been researching whether the music books are from bands I've never heard of, movies I've never heard of, or television shows I've never heard of.  Last week was restringing violins.  Tonight is a "petting zoo" at a local junior high, which to my understanding is a chance for students to find out about the different instruments and see which ones they might be interested in playing. 

Andy has been very relieved that my employee discount has not yet gotten me in any trouble, although this beauty:
might have.  I loved this piano.  Luckily, I sold it 2 days after it arrived in the store, so I have not had to figure out where we would put a SECOND piano in the house........

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

And THIS Is Why I Don't Bake

Sunday we had friends over for dinner, so I decided to make a one-layer cake using a heart cake pan we'd been given but had never used, and when it fell in the oven,
 I remembered why I don't usually bake.  And when I do decide to bake,
it would be best to stick with my usual one-layer stays-in-the-pan sort of cake.  Frosting covers most of my blunders,
but this time even frosting failed to cover my errors. Thankfully, there was wine with dinner, so maybe no one noticed........

Monday, March 7, 2016


I actually DID dig up the garlic last year, but it's obviously the smartass of the plant world:

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sharing the Artistry

Today we went to the Idaho Artistry in Wood show today.  Just a fraction of the amazing work:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Let The Gardening Games Begin!

I have planted lettuce, spinach, and kale!
Which is the most excitement kale really ever gets, isn't it?  We've had such warm weather and they're so cold-hardy that I could have put them in a few weeks ago, but it's still early enough that the "old saws" will be lining up to tell me how wrong I am.  Whatever--it works every year, and while we're hearing how I shouldn't do this or that, we're usually harvesting the lettuce that isn't supposed to grow.  Our temperatures are rising drastically every year, and last year our final frost was a full month earlier than average and it's going to be even warmer this year.  I need to get some cleanup done in the greenhouse, and it will be time to get starts going in there--YIKES!  Where does the time go?

Between fungus and scorching temperatures, we're going to cut back on tomatoes this year.  It's just too hot for them unless they get shade, so I'm taking a break from even trying to grow more than one or maybe two.  If I want to can something, I can buy them.  They don't taste as good as a successful tomato harvest, but they taste a lot better than tomatoes that can't fruit because temperatures are over 110 for weeks.  :)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Day On the Town

While I'm not a fan of Valentine's day, Sundays are fun days to be out and about--especially now that I can be out and about.  We picked up my cousin for lunch, then we all went to a local winery for a wine and chocolate tasting
then burned off the wine and sugar high by browsing thrift stores (charity shops).  I can't tell you why, but this is something the 3 of us just love to do.  We always find fun stuff--toys we used to have, at least one or two things we can't identify, and, of course, always a few useful items.  I was delighted to find this:
which needs to be repainted and is lacking 2 little screws, but will be some wonderful wall-mounted storage in the sewing room.  We also found these,
which are actually really cheap frames but will make a great display of some of Andy's photographs.  And this lovely tray,
 will either have the tarnish removed if I can, and if I can't, will be painted with chalkboard paint and be useful for parties.  Either way, a great deal for $1.99.  All in all, just a really fun day all the way around.  Which sort of makes up for this......
which is as close as my usual sidekick, Theo, is getting to me right now after I took he and Calisto to the vet this morning for their annual shots.   Believe me, I didn't enjoy it either, but at least this year I didn't end up bleeding, so it was a slight improvement.  The vet thinks they BOTH have stress issues now, which I find amazing in animals that sleep 18-hours a day.  I certainly have stress issues because of them, but that doesn't seem to be as much of an issue.....or at least not one that would be cured by their really expensive cat food.  Thank heavens for wine and chocolate, right?