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Doctor's Appointment

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Today we took another trip into Lakeland - only this time was for Dan' six months check-up with the doctor.  He really doesn't have any complaints - just has to go in every six months because of the medications that he takes for his high blood pressure (which was pretty good today) and his cholesterol.  He did not have to have lab work done today - we won't have to have that done until we go back in another six months.  We do have a couple of other tests that we will have to go back for in the next couple of weeks, but hopefully they will not be anything to worry about.

The thing about going into Lakeland - it just ruins the whole day - the appointment was at eleven this morning - so we left home at nine. We were out of the doctor's office by about 11:30. We did go out to the shopping center on the south side of Lakeland and go into Kirkland's Home Store. We really didn't need anything, but just wanted to look around. Ended up buying a lamp for the end table by…

Told You!

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In my last post I told you that Dan was bored - well, actually I told you that Dan was bored on my last TWO posts. I also told you that when Dan is bored it usually cost us money. Well, I dodged that bullet for a couple of days, but I knew it was just a matter of time. Well, Thursday Dan decided that he was tired of being bored and he decided to spend some money!
We are now, the proud owners of a "new to us" 2007 Keystone Outback  23RS camper.  We have been looking for this particular model of camper for about eight months and we just couldn't find one that we thought we could afford - or if we did, it was in Washington, Michigan, Delaware, or Virginia - or it sold before we could be get to it.  Anyway, it always seemed like it just wasn't want was in the cards for us at the time.  Then last week, after we got back from Kississimee, I went on Craigs List and looked - just for kicks - when, lo and behold, look what I found.  In all places, no not Lake Placid - but in …

Dan's Bored - Part Two

Saturday morning dawned bright and hot, as is normal in mid September in South Central Florida.  I thought that maybe, just maybeDan would be happy with our little adventure from yesterday (if you missed it read the blog from a couple of days ago).  When I got up, poured my cup of coffee and walked out to sit by the pool - our usual routine for the weekend.  I take a look at Dan and I see, by that look, I am still in trouble.

Me: "So, what's up?"
Dan: "What do you mean?"
Me: "I know that look - what's up?"
Dan: "You want to ride up to Kississime?"
Me: "Why?" (as if I don't know, but I want him to spell it out!)
Dan: "I want to go look at the camper."
Me: "What camper?"
Dan: "You know what camper."

Well, of course I knew what camper he was talking about.  We had looked at these campers on line since May, but just hadn't been able to find the right one at the right price.  Well, the RV dealer…

Samantha and My Chair

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Do you all remember how much trouble Dan and I went through to find the "perfect" chairs for the house? I looked at hundreds of chairs and thousands of different fabric combinations for JUST the right look. Okay, well maybe not hundreds of chairs and thousands of fabrics but I certainly looked at more than just a couple and I agnoized over the right choice.
So, imagine my surprise when Samantha has taken over my chair.
You think I am kidding?
Well, look at these pictures and you will see that I am telling the truth - honest Injun!




                                                               Talk about ignoring me. 

The really funny thing is - she will make the chair rock.  Really, she will sit in the chair like this and then push on the back and make it rock.  I really think that if we had an extension on the lever she would kick that chair back and just chill out.  Honestly, if I don't make it to the chair first I'm just out of luck! 

Oh well, I guess I'll just ha…

Dan's Bored

I don't know about the rest of you, but when Dan gets bored it usually means work for me, or it costs us money.  That is just the way it works in our house.  So, last week, when he looked at me and said those two dreaded words "I'm bored" I knew that I was in trouble.

Me -  "What do you want to do?" 
Dan - "I dunno."
Me -  "Do you want to go for a ride?"
Dan - "I dunno."

Now, we could go on and on like this for hours unless I actually come up with "something" to do.  So, on Friday I actually had an idea that might not cost me too much money.

Me - " Do you want to go see if we can find some garage sales?"
Dan - "Okay."

So, we pour a cup of coffee to go, load up in the truck, and head out.  Now, for the first time since we have been in Lake Placid there were NO garage sales in our neighborhood - nada, zip, none.  Dan decides that we will go look in a different neighborhood - Lake June West - which is…

Projects and Hamburger Casserole

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 Pictured above is my Hamburger Casserole all ready to be sprinkled with cheese and go into the oven.  If you recall, this was the main dish that I served at my youngest daughter's birthday party here at our house over Labor Day weekend, and they feed a crowd.  I fixed three and I could have gotten away with only fixing two as we had one whole casserole left over (at least it gave Dan and I something to eat the following week - actually, I froze 1/2 of the casserole!)  So, why you might ask, am I showing these pictures again?  Well, one of my friends asked that I share the recipe, so at the end of this post I will add the recipe for those of you that might want to try it.
Now, for the project that I accomplished this week.  This is a picture of all the food out of the freezer in the house.  I really should have taken a picture of the freezer BEFORE I took all the food out, but I was a little slow on the uptake.  Sorry.

Anyway, I was sick and tired of never being able to find what I…

Laundry Room

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Laundry - oh the joys!  Everyone has to do it - so we might as well make it as enjoyable as possible.
This is my new laundry room------------
I guess that I have shown you pictures of many of the rooms in the house, but I don't think I have ever shown you pictures of the laundry room.  While it might not be a room that is visited by people who visit our homes I believe that it is important that the laundry room be decorated just like the rest of your home.  Of course, that's just my opinion.  Now the picture above was taken right after the laundry room was finished.  You will notice that there are no shelves up or pictures or anything like that. 
So, a couple of weeks later, the next step looks like this -----------------





One of the other functions of the laundry room is some storage - while I have great storage in the new kitchen I still needed some storage for large items like the blender and food processor.  Of course, I had to decorate the shelves too!  Actually, one of the t…

Where were You on 9-11-01?

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No political statement here - just a question.  I can tell you exactly where I was that September morning.  I was still teaching - third grade that year.  I had just picked my kids up from P.E. and another third grade teacher and I took our kids into the main building to go the restroom before going back to our classrooms.  The custodian came up to us and told us we needed to go up to the office, but he wouldn't tell us why.  The other teacher told me to go and she would watch the kids - we used to do this, to check our mailboxes or to go the restroom ourselves, so it wasn't unusual for the kids to just see one of the teachers watching them.

When I walked into the office the TV was on - and I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I asked the office staff what had happened, because at first, you have to believe it was an accident - and they told me - "We are under attack."  The principal told us NOT to say anything to the students - she felt it was the parents job…

Melissa's Birthday Weekend

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Last week is a blur.  I really can't even remember the last time I posted on the blog - I just know that it was close to a week ago - more or less.  Let's see if I can remember how last week went.
Okay,  I do know that I last posted on Wednesday, the 31st.  So, Thursday, we went to the grocery store and bought groceries for the weekend.  I had planned the menu's for the weekend and knew what we wanted for the party on Monday as well as all the get togethers while the girls were here from Atlanta.
Friday saw me in the kitchen just about all day.  Most of the day was spent making the meal for the birthday party - both my girls love a dish I made all the time when they were growing up - Hamburger Casserole.  Melissa had asked me to make it for her earlier in the summer, but with everything that was going on with the house it just didn't happen.  Not that it is that difficult to make - it is just time consuming.  Anyway, we decided that I would make it for her party, since b…