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So kind of you to stop by....I do enjoy the company.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The sun shines and it might even get up into the 40's today.  I'll be going down to the pond after I get my hair trimmed this morning, not because I want to freeze my hands but because, after the tremendous rains we had I need to go down and clear the pipe......again.  I really need to come up with a plan to foil whatever critter is stacking mud and twigs on the cage around the pipe.  Maybe if I put in a wider and higher cage?  Around the cage that's already there?  Anyone have any ideas?
Since this is my one day off this week I guess I'll be looking for a tree and trying to figure out where to place furniture so I can put up the tree in my living room which is not that big especially when K and family are here and the "cage" is up for the curious 11-month old.  I'm thinking a small tree will do.  Can't have an artificial tree.  They make me itch something fierce.
Well, need to get going.  Lots to do.  Y'all have a wondermous day and remember:  Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.

Monday, November 28, 2011

What a rainstorm!!  Woke me up in the middle of the night.  It's still going strong.  I have streams in the driveway.  Hopefully it'll quit before days end so I can get down to the pond 'cause I know the pipe will need clearing.
My daughter K has a bunch of stray cats that she feeds.  One of them had kittens.  They are all used to being handled by humans.  When she first asked me if I would take a particular one I said no but when she said she planned on bringing it into the house if I refused I changed my mind.  She already has 4 cats in the house.  Come to find there were two she really didn't want to separate and they are both female so that is why they are at the vet's getting spayed and I'll have two kitties instead of just one.  Seing as how my other cats lived 17 years, these two just may outlive me......sigh.
Time to get a move on.  Y'all have a pleasing day and remember:  small businesses keep Americans employed so shop at small businesses.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Going in today in hopes that there'll be some Sunday shoppers.  Had folks in yesterday (Yay) and actually had some sales.  We may or may not have a group coming in tomorrow from North Carolina.  A lady called during the week asking if we were going to have anyone demonstrating art on Monday.  Hope she comes through with the group.  Although I've been doing more knitting lately I'll switch to making jewelry since that's probably more interesting.  Watching someone knit can be somewhat boring I'm sure.  Besides the thumb on my left hand is letting me know I should be doing something different for a while.  I will have to continue the knitting in the near future since I am making gifts and want to get them finished.
Will be adding feline to the household in about a week.  Right now they are at the vet's and will be spayed (unless they test postive for fe-leuk and if so, well......).  I haven't had kitties in a while so I'm going to have to make some changes in the house as far as doors left open and those that need to be closed.  The kitties will keep their front claws and, since my grandson sleeps on an air mattress on the floor when he's here, the door to this room will have to remain closed.  If it isn't he may end up sleeping on a deflated mattress on the floor.
Guess that's enough rambling for today.  Y'all have a blessed day and remember:  Ignorance may be bliss but knowledge is power.

Friday, November 25, 2011

It was a nice quiet day yesterday.  Daughter did all the cooking and what a delicious meal it was!  I brought some leftovers home to enjoy it all over again.
Going to the gallery.  Looks like we're going to decorate for the holiday.  So glad we didn't start before Thanksgiving like so many other places.  I mean, really folks, can't you wait until AFTER Thanksgiving?  Driving along I've seen yard decorations out already (most of it tacky as all get out).  Christmas has become so commercial it isn't funny (and I don't even celebrate it).  And nowadays kids don't get a Christmas break from school.  Oh no, it's a winter break.  Give me a break.  It is CHRISTMAS.  Then, of course, there's Hannukah and Kwanza.  So I guess I'll just wish everyone a MerryChrismaHannuKwanzakah and get it over with.
And don't even get me started about this Black Friday crap.
Y'all have a fortunate day and remember:  not all is as it seems.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

No sales at the gallery for four days in a row.  Ouch!! 
Getting the catalytic converter replaced in the van today.
Getting gifts wrapped that have to be mailed.
Remembered to get the apple pie for tomorrow.
Wishing everyone who celebrates it a peaceful and plentiful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ha!  Yule/Christmas shopping is done!  Neither the Evil Empire nor the malls will see me from now until after the New Year unless I absotively, posilutely need something they have that I can't get from a local small store.
Tomorrow I get the catalytic converter replaced on my faithful vehicle.  Won't be long now 'til it hits the 200K mile mark.  If I take good care of it will it get to 1 million?  I sure wish GM had continued to make it.  And it's amazing how many people keep looking for them.  I'm going to hang on to it as long as I can.
I'll hate to have to let it go.
It's warm again today.  Got up to at least 70 yesterday and is already in the low 60's.  Rain weather I'm thinking.  Maybe even a storm or two.
We're going to have the gallery open on Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas in hopes that the local folk will shop locally.  I don't know where y'all live but it sure would be nice if you supported your local businesses instead of the large chain stores.  Ace hardware is an excellent place to shop for the project person in your life and local galleries have some really beautiful pieces for that person who is hard to shop for.  Guess what I'm trying to say is "SHOP AMERICAN" folks
Y'all have a successful day and remember:  A government powerful enough to give you what you want is powerful enough to take everything you have.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today is the day that people are supposed to support small businesses within their respective communities.  We'll see how well the word has spread.  I've tried to do that all year.  As I said before the evil empire (Walmart) and the malls will not see me between Thanksgiving and New Year's day.  Wonder how much shopping will be done online?  Where do you shop?  Or do you hand/home make your gifts?
Y'all have a respectful day and remember:  Today is the new yesterday.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yesterday at the gallery was fun.  There were three of us there and we had a great time chatting and "doing our thing".  While I knitted the others worked on their pottery.  We had a couple come in looking for gifts....yay.  Hopefully we get more.  It would seem that this year some people are trying to buy local (or at least American) and I hope it kicks the Asians in the ass.  Whatever happened to hand-made?
It's cold this morning.....28.  Looks like I'll have to put on the hand knit leg warmers I made.  As well as the cowl I knit (to keep head and neck warm).
Before you go out to the evil empire (Walmart) or any of the other big stores, consider going to your local gallery or shops and looking for gifts there. 
Okay, I've had my say.  I will have to go to one or two stores to find something for grandchildren, but the adults will have to accept hand made.
Y'all have a gorgeous day and remember:  There's no place like home....and nothing as good as home or hand made.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sun is shining today and it's a little cooler than yesterday.  Yesterday was prime weather for tornados.  It was 71 degrees here for crying out loud!  Thunder storm came through and the wind was wicked.  Didn't know about the tornado warnings until I turned on the TV to watch a particular program.  Nothing  but weather and warnings.  I was down in the basement when the storm hit here.  All I heard was hard rain.  Glad no tornado went through here. 
Had lunch with a friend.  Haven't seen her in a long time.  She used to live next door but sold and moved to another home after her husband died.  Apparently she had a breakdown not long ago but won't talk about it in public so the next time we have lunch it will either be here or her place.  Guess she needs to talk about it.  I think she needs to get out and socialize more.  I'm going to email her schedules of things she might be interested in....quilting, knitting and such groups.
Need to get some stuff done before going into the gallery so y'all have a loverly day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Had a nice day off yesterday.  Went for a walk in the drizzle of rain before going to Quilt guild, then on to knitting.  Came home and tried to turn on the Wii so I could exercise....it wasn't going to cooperate.  Have to see if I can figure out what's going on.
It's raining again today but I'm going to try to get in another walk after lunch with a friend.  If I walk I'm getting SOME exercise at least. 
Have to get some fabric washed so I can cut it into the sizes needed for one of the classes I'll be taking in February.  Yeah, I know, kinda early for that.  But if I can get that done then I can concentrate on the challenge.  I have some other projects I want to get done, also.
Y'all have an interesting day and as my daddy used to say....believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Daughter and family have gone to NC to visit J's mother and grandmother.  And his sister and her family.  So there are 5 generations in one house.  Amazing.  Want to see pictures of that.
Luckily I didn't get any panic calls from them while they were on the road.  Not that I could have helped anyway.  Hope they enjoy the visit and get back safely.
Y'all have an uneventful Monday and remember:  Forgive your enemies, it messes up their heads.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Friday evening and yesterday were family time.  Daughter and family came up and yesterday we went to have the childrens' pictures taken with the man dressed as Santa.  Daughter now has 2 DVD's of pictures from which to choose for her holiday cards.  Since they are going to NC to see J's mom, sister, and grandmother, they took the high chair and portable crib when they left.  J's grandmother has never seen the baby so it was a good time for them to go visit.  (Grandmother lives in TX and is visiting J's mom).
I think the Hermit is glad for this respite.
I'm off to the gallery today.  We're open only because it's the NE GA Arts Tour weekend and we're obliged to be.  We did have some business on Friday.  Don't know about yesterday but will find out since the lady who worked yesterday will be there today also.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  At least I'll get some more Christmas earrings made.
Y'all have a nice Sunday and remember:  the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.....Albert Einstein

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Feeling better this morning.  I have learned not to mix Sudafed with coffee.  I've never taken speed but I think I know what it feels like now.  Don't know how anyone could like feeling that way.  Spent the afternoon with friends at the gallery and that was really nice.  Think I caught a cold from the doctor's office air.  Either that or my sinuses are letting me know they don't appreciate this wacky temperature change we're having.  First it's cold, then it's warm. 
Off to the gallery again today but first I have to stop and vote.  Important thing, voting.  Unfortunately too many people shrug their shoulders and don't, then wonder why they are unhappy with the results.  Hey, folks, if you don't vote you don't get to complain!
Tenacious tree rat has been coming up on the porch in the morning.  I chase it off with the BB pistol.  Haven't hit it yet but it stays away for a day or so then forgets and comes back.
Something keeps piling mud and sticks on the cage covering the overflow pipe.  Don't know if it's a beaver or maybe a raccoon.  I don't feel like staking out the place so will just have to keep clearing it.  I'm trying to come up with some kind of solution to the problem.  You know, some way to keep the critter from even getting to the cage.  Any ideas?
Y'all have a precious day and remember:  Can't complain, but still do.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm feeling out of sorts this morning.  Partly because of the time change and partly because I just have stuff running through my head, so to speak, that I don't like.  Much has to do with family.  I won't bother you with it.  Suffice it to say that I have some hard decisions to make and they undoubtedly won't be liked by those affected.
Since I really don't have anything nice to say I'll just wish y'all a good day.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Soooo the time has been changed.  Wish "they" would leave it alone.  Older folk, babies, and animals don't adjust well.  How 'bout just splitting the difference and leaving it there?
Going to the evil empire today to stock up on coffee.  Will probably have to go again before Thanksgiving since I WILL NOT go there anytime between then and New Year's day.  Won't go to any of the malls either (not that I do anyway).  I don't deal with crowds and fools well and both places have plenty during that time.
I really don't even feel like doing any of the holidays.  Except for the grandchildren and immediate family.  I already have stuff bought, however, so I guess I'll at least do Yule and Christmas.  It seems the older I get the less enthusiastic I am about such things.  I usually shop during the year so I don't have to worry about it around the holidays. 
Well, I guess I'll get a move on.  Lots to do today and I need to keep my mind off some family stuff going on.  Y'all have a pleasant Sunday and do what makes you happy.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I hate to think what it's going to cost but I took my faithful van in yesterday for the 200,000 mile service.  Because it is paid for I try to make sure that I get it serviced on schedule so it will last me a long time.  I don't understand people who have to trade their vehicles in every few years for a newer model.  It usually means that their vehicles are never paid for and they have a monthly payment for the rest of their lives.  It's like paying rent....you have a place to live but you don't own it.
I'd love to get my property paid off as well as what credit cards I have.  I'm working diligently on the cc's.  As soon as two of them are paid off I'll carry them for about 6 months then cancel them.  It would be nice if I could live without any of them, but in order to buy things off the internet from stores we don't have here I have to use a credit card.  I tried a paypal account but that didn't work well for me.  Oh well.
Going to the dr's for my 3 month A1c check.  Hoping it's gone down.  Trying to lose weight and eat right is not easy, but I'm trying.  I am down about 10 pounds....the goal is 24.  It's slow and I have to have patience.
Y'all have a tremendous day and remember:  live.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nights are still pretty chilly here.  High 30's low 40's.  Luckily the sun's been shining, warming it up nicely during the day.  Don't have much to say right now.  I kinda tired and feeling low. 
Y'all have a pleasant evening and remember:  Love is all you need........except when you're broke.