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End Of An Era

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When we first moved into this house, we added some "temporary" garden boxes in the back yard, thinking eventually we'd figure out something better.  Now, almost 11 years later, we haven't come up with a permanent idea, but
 the boards had thoroughly rotted, some had broken apart, and all of the boxes were overrun with weeds and voles.  So this year we're taking them out, and if the ground EVER dries out after all of our rain/snow this year, we'll till this all in and hopefully solve the drainage problem as well.  It's heavy clay soil and there's a slight slope, so if it rains, part of the yard turns into a swamp.  As you can see, grass has already mostly taken them over this year anyway, so we don't have very far to go to put this all back into grass. Apparently, we just need to stop interfering with the progress of the grass.  That's easy enough!

Spring!

I kicked off the first official day of spring by taking the cats in to the vet for their annual shots.  Whew, do I know how to celebrate! 

The vet has given (by which I mean sold for a surprisingly high price) me some de-stress drugs to sprinkle over their food to help them cope with stressful situations--such as vet visits.  Where the heck is the human equivalent?  I mean really--how about an open bar at the dentist's office?  Maybe some nitrous oxide at the gynecologist's office?  I'd even settle for chocolate at the DMV. 

We have so much to learn from our pets.

Happy Holidays from Chateau Sutton-Goar

Happy Holidays from Château Sutton-Goar!
2016 marked our 10th wedding anniversary, and we celebrated by buying new rings. While it was tempting to do the traditional tin/aluminum, we thought they might be more meaningful if they DIDN'T come out of a gumball machine (if they still have those). It also shamed me into sorting through more of the garage in case any of those remaining boxes were ALSO celebrating a 10th anniversary, though I'm not sure what a box buys to celebrate. New packing tape?
While “done” with physical therapy seems to be something I'm never going to really ever achieve, my hip/back does continue to improve, and we were able to go cross-country skiing this year, which was very exciting. Even bigger news—I was able to go back to work for most of the year. For about 7 months, I worked as the store manager at Dunkley Music's Nampa store, which was fun—except maybe for what is known as “rental season,” which is a three-week period that is the source of…

It's 13 Degrees Right Now

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And that is apparently the temperature when one cannot leave a heating pad for even a second:

I'm Back to Work!

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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 "…

And THIS Is Why I Don't Bake

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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........

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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