Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Life Can Be Beautiful

Hi everyone.  I am having some time off due to Spring Break.  For those who don't know, or maybe I haven't mentioned it, I have been employed for almost 6 years as a Nanny/Personal /Assistant with a lovely family whom I've come to love like my own family. 
Update on my basement family room demolition--all the flooring has been taken off and disposed of.  The drywall up to about 4 feet has been taken off.  Next is the rebuild.  I have cans of paint, tools, and other items "decorating" my living and dining rooms.  They were stored in the workshop in the basement and the only good thing about having brought all the stuff upstairs is, that I've had to sort and get rid of various deitrius that has collected over 17 years.  Late last year I was contemplating selling my house and moving to a smaller, more manageable home, so I've been spurred on by the 'disaster' that was my basement to get on with other cleanups/touchups around here. 
We had some heavy rains last week, which was a perfect test of the repair to the outside basement wall. It stayed desert-dry, so the repair worked.  A new downspout was installed just before the rain and that has done a good job of diverting moisture away from the foundation.  Now the sun is shining and drying up the last of winter's snow.  Next is the lawn and garden care.  I should get out there this afternoon and inspect the winter damage. 
So, that's my boring life.  I'm actually happy it's boring.  There is a Chinese Curse (!) that goes "May you live an exciting life."  I'm thinking that was said like the southern "Bless your/her/his heart"-- this bon mot is to be uttered  in a drippingly sweet way when one is being ever so polite to another who is bugging the c..p out of you.  My southern friends will understand I think.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, fulfilling day of treasured moments. <3 Mar.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Lupins in New BrunswickEdelweiss flowers in GermanyJust a peaceful scene.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I feel a little like this little critter. Tripping up when I should be flying along.  The basement problem is being worked on.  It's all cleaned up as regards the water seepage and resulting mold.  I know more about mold and it's conseqences than I ever wanted to.  It will eventully be back to normal around here and in the meantime I'm getting the house packed up ready to put the ol' homestead up for sale.  I have felt for the last year that it was too much for me to handle all on my own, and the basement issue confirms it.   So, with the time off I have for the next 2-3 weeks I will be doing an inventory of what I want to keep and what's up for sale.  Have a good week everyone, keep smiling, and don't let life's glitches get you down for too long! ;o) <3 Mar.