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Monday, June 22, 2009


Is there any better word in the dictionary than that one? We leave tomorrow, and I'm sooooo excited. I look forward to blogging when I return. In fact, I hope to blog with much better reliability ;-). See you real soon!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

There's a light at the end of the pain tunnel

Well, at least one source of pain. My CROWN. Did you know it has literally been bothering me for 60 months...that's FIVE YEARS. I've had 3 different crowns on that tooth. And still never been free from pain. Well, I went back to the dentist yesterday for my weekly visit (you think I'm kidding, but I'm not) and I told him I was sooooo over the pain, he could pull the tooth for all I care. He went for something less drastic...a root canal. I guess it's not really wise to pull the tooth as it's the very back one and it holds all my other teeth in place...but let's review the cost. A pulled tooth? Well, my son's were about $100 a pop. A root canal? Add another zero. Seriously. $1000 if I go out of network, which is where they wanted to send me. Of course, there's no in network provider within a 30 mile radius, but I found one just beyond that and it will probably run me around $400. Yep, that's a $600 savings, so needless to say I'm going in network. We currently don't have two pennies to rub together, but I'm going to use money from the refi and pay for this root canal over the next 15 years...that's how desperate I am. Pain stinks...pain in your head stinks even more. Oh, to eat anything at any temperature and not have it cause me excruciating pain. Oh, to chew on the right side of my mouth. Who knew I'd ever be looking forward to a root canal? Friday can't come soon enough!
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

With apologies to T..S. Elliot

The bathing of cats is a difficult matter
it isn't at all like a virtual game.
It may seem to you I'm as mad as a hatter
when I say kittens' claws were created to MAME.

So why bathe them at all? Well, someone is coming to look at the boy kittens today, and I want them to be flea free. And Princess? Well that's another story and a whole different blog post. Stay tuned later for that one...
Oh, and if YOU need to bathe a kitten (they are too little for conventional flea products) I highly recommend Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap. Peppermint kills the fleas on contact, and this soap is safe for a million uses, one of them being bathing animals. We used it on our dog when he was a puppy too. Just keep it away from their eyes. Peppermint vapors can irritate the eyes.
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Here's a money saving tip...

Okay, yes, in hindsight I should have scooped this BEFORE I took the picture, but here's the tip anyway. As you may know, we had two unplanned litters of kittens show up at our house in the past three months. Kittens need a very shallow litter box because they are little and it needs to be easy for them to get in an out of. Cats, of course, need much deeper litter boxes because they "dig" and "bury" with more, shall we say, vigor. "Litterboxes" are expensive. Some are break-the-bank expensive (the self cleaning ones are close to $100). And why spend a bunch of money on on for kittens when they don't need it for very long? So here's a tip I got off a website (I'd tell you which one if I could only remember). Use plastic storage containers. Really. I mean, plastic is plastic. The one above cost me $3. And it's perfect. Plus, if you are really cheap (even I wouldn't go this far) you could bleach it and then reuse it in your home for storage as it has a lid too.
So there you go. Hope that helps someone out there. Oh, and did I mention that I have FREE KITTENS in need of a good home? Please pray that the lady coming today takes one...or maybe two. She wants a boy and I have tow so pray she can't decide and takes them both, LOL.
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You look marvelous!

Don't sit down too long in this house, or you may become Sari's next beauty school victim :-)

At least you get service with a smile...and a kiss if you are lucky :-)
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Monday, June 8, 2009

The great wood floor unveiling update...

This wood floor update brought to you by Princess-one darn cute kitten in desperate need of a home. If you're interested, we'd be happy to help her relocate to your house ASAP :-). And now, on with the update.

This is just one small sample of the chaos caused by moving ALL your furniture and possessions out of each room as you tear out the carpet. Above are all our school books and below is my "sewing hutch"...both relocated to the middle of the LIVING ROOM now that we are tearing out the dining room carpet.

The GOOD. This is how a large portion of the living room floor looks. For being really old, it looks awfully good.

The BAD. This is the dining room floor. Actually, most of it is in good shape, but for some reason the middle of the floor was not stained??? Nothing makes sense in this house.

The UGLY. Yep, really ugly. "U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, you UGLY" ugly. For some reason, smack dab between the living room and the dining room is this 2 foot by 3+ foot spot of sheer ugliness. That will be fun to fix!

So that's why you haven't been hearing much from me on my blog. Removing the carpet and the padding is the easy part. Then there's removing the tack strips, the staples (they hold the padding down), old nails that are sticking out, sweeping the floor, vacuuming the floor, and then mopping the floor BY HAND. Oh, and life. But besides that, I'm eating bon-bons, LOL. Actually, I'm thrilled that the carpet is gone in the rooms we've done, so I'm not complaining.
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I just wasn't that into it...

Last night the hubs and I watched "He's Just Not That Into You." We had a code for a free rental from the new Redbox in town (yes that's right...there's one in the Alberstons now, and no one knows yet, so there's never a line!). So we had seen the previews and thought we'd check it out. But for having a lot of "stars" in it, it just wasn't that funny. It was slow and rather pointless actually. So do yourselves a favor...skip it. Trust me :-).
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So much work to do

I have all this stuff I need to do...and it seems like I take one step forward and two or three steps back. Erma Bombeck once said something like, "Cleaning up after children while they are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk while it's still snowing" and it's TRUE. I spent 3-4 days cleaning the girls' room, and now, 4 days later, you can't even walk across the floor.
How does that happen? It happens when the parents are busy ripping out the carpet of the room whose clutter they finally (almost) had tamed.
Now I can't find anything. But I have beautiful wood floors instead of yucky carpet, so that makes it all worthwhile.

I really want to get more organized...I just don't know HOW. It doesn't come easy to me. In fact, it doesn't seem to come at all to me, LOL. I need to file a mountain of paperwork. I need to purge a ton of stuff from downstairs. I need to go though the boxes of clothes downstairs to find some things for Mimi to wear (she insists she that all her current clothes are too small-given that she is 9 1/2 and the clothes are a size SIX, she may be right, LOL). I need to...well the list goes on and on.

Anyway, all that to say if it seems that I've dropped off the planet, it's because I am actually trying to get some of my to do list DONE. Pray for me!
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