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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Time Flies

Okay, I'm sorry.  I know that it has been over a week since I have posted.  I have no excuse other than we have been really busy - I can say that I tried to post last night, but the internet was down and I couldn't.  (I know - that isn't much of an excuse, but it's the best I can do.)

The last time I posted I told you that our big project for last week was to clean the garage - well, we did work on it - a lot.  It was just a whole lot more than even I thought it was.  Now, we did get quite a bit cleaned up (which you will see later), but this is the "work shop" area.  In other words, this is DAN'S area - need I say more?  I go out and I start to TRY and put things away and he starts saying things like "that isn't where I want that" or "Don't put that there!".  So, I  end up walking away and so, after a week - this is what it looks like ...................................
I don't think it is going to get much better than this.  He did cut these big pieces of lumber up and put them over with his "stash" for when he makes the shelves for the dining room, but the "Work table" still looks about the same.  He did finally admit that "if there is a flat surface, he is going to put something on it!"

Now, for those of you that know me well, you know that this drives me NUTS!  I am a, well to put it nicely, a neat freak.  I want to organize this - I want to put things away - to have things neatly arranged and put where you can find them and then put them back where they BELONG when you finish working with them.  I guess that was one of the nice things about being on the road - Dan had to put the tools he had with him up when he used them. 

When we lived in North Carolina it wasn't so bad, he had his own REAL workshop and I didn't have to look at THIS.  I could come home, park my car in the garage and never see the mess that was the workshop.  We don't have that luxury here. 

I have tried buying him a "real" workbench.  You know - the kind that has pegboard where he can hang his tools - and drawers where he can put other tools.  It just doesn't work.  He starts out putting things where they belong, but he never gets all of the things put away when he first gets the workbench. Something always distracts hime.  You can even see the big shelves with all the plastic bins and cubbies for all the screws, nails, and other stuff that he has.  He has good intentions - he really does - it just doesn't work.  
As the kids say - that is not the way he rolls. 

Please don't get me wrong.  I love the abilty that Dan has to make things - he has this tremendous talent to create beatiful things with his hands.  BUT, I just cringe everytime I have to walk through the garage and look at this mess!  Oh well, this just might be the cross that I have to bear!


One of our other projects for last week was to get the drapes for the dining room done.  Well, the picture above shows that project complete (along with hanging the sugar mold that Dan gave me for Christmas one year when we lived in North Carolina - love it!). 

I don't know if you can tell from the picture or not, but at each place where two windows come together we have a pleat in the valance, and the flower matches - and yes, we did that ourselves.  I think it turned out pretty well, and we are very happy with the look.

Now, as I have said earlier, most of the week last week, was spent working on the garage and the valance for the dining room - but we did have to eat.  Lately, it seems like everytime Dan decides to grill something it rains.  I told you, in an earlier post, about the dinner for the people from school and it poured rain just as Dan went out to grill the hamburgers. 

Well, Monday evening the menu was Talapia on the grill with rice and pineapple/peach salsa.  Dan waited and waited (sitting in his chair reading) until around 5:30 in the afternoon.  Anyone who has spent any time in Florida, in the summer, knows that late afternoon rain storms are VERY common (can someone say just about guaranteed).  Anyway, he finally decides it is time to go out and cook the Talapia (I don't cook fish in the house - PHEWWWWW!) and guess what - yep, you got it --------------------

That's my guy, standing under his birthday present, grilling the Talapia in the rain!  Don't you just love him!Oh, the joys!


And finally, I did want to show you that we did get some things cleaned up in the garage.  We went over to the storage unit and got the two big cabinets out, brought them over  and they are now in the garage.  As you can see from this picture, everything from the cabinets back to the door is nice and neat - but Dan's side - not so much!  Oh well!
The box is garage sale stuff and will go away, along with the rug - and the wood that was leaning on the extra refrigerator is now gone also.  Yes, that is a runner you see in front of the cabinets (I told you I was a neat freak!)  The big mirror that is in the picture belongs to the Honda motorcycle that we are hoping to sell, IF Dan ever gets it down to the Honda shop and has it worked on.  (Actually, his nephew - that sold it to him- is coming in October, maybe he can get it running and not cost us anything.  Something to think about.)

Well, I will leave you for now - I will try and do better - our daughter's from Atlanta are coming this weekend and our baby's birthday is Tuesday - so I should have plenty of pictures to post next week!  Take care and have a great Labor Day weekend (just be safe)!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Just working

It just seems like this week has gone by and nothing has been accomplished.  I know that this isn't true - or at least I hope that is the case- but it sure does seem like it.  Let us break down the week and see what we did get done.

Sunset on Lake June

Last Sunday evening we did take a ride on the boat at sunset and I shot a couple of pictures of the sun going down.  It was absolutely beautiful out on the Lake.  It wasn't too hot and the rain had already passed by which made it a nice time to be out on the water.  It was the first time in a while that we had been out on the boat - it had just been WAY too hot to be out, but hopefully, the weather will be cooling off some now and we will be able to spend some more time outside.

Monday we went into town and did some grocery shopping - I worked a little on the menu's, but I still have not gotten into really planning like I want to.  This is something that I am really going to have to do if I want to cut the grocery budget - but this week we bought a lot of staples that I had not bought since we had "moved" out of the house.  It was a big grocery trip, but I won't have to do that again for a while.

Tuesday we went back to IKEA - I know, it seems like we are living at the IKEA store, but I think that this trip will be our last trip.  We had some things that we needed to take back - the cabinet that we decided NOT to use by the fireplace and a couple of dividers that we bought for the kitchen pot drawer - since we bought the wrong size.  We wanted to pick up a new nightstand for the guest bedroom and a chair for small table here in the great room.  So, we decided to go Tuesday and get all that taken care of. 

Wednesday I spent the entire day working on the "faux" roman shade that turned out to be a complete disaster!  I ended up reworking the thing into something else entirely, which turned out looking pretty good (but I ended up doing that on Thursday).  On Wednesday, I also made the valance for the kitchen (that turned out fine).  I will have to say that most of the day was spent on that stupid roman shade that by the end of the day I was ready to throw in the garbage can!  I have to say that sometimes I have these hair brained ideas that just don't turn out the way I think they should - but you never know - and I was using a scrap piece of material and all's well that end's up well - right?

Thursday evening we had some people from school come to the house - actually, Melissa, our youngest daughter wanted to have an informal meeting at our house for the sixth grade team.  So, I fixed some cole slaw, Dan grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs that Melissa provided.  I spent most of the day just cleaning the house and making sure everything was fixed as much as it could be.  We hung the curtain in the kitchen, and I fixed the curtain in the master bedroom.  We had bought the shade for the guest bathroom and we got it hung and the pictures hung over the jetted tub.  I also got the tub area decorated and just put the finishing "touches" on things.  Well, everything was ready and about 15 minutes before people were suppose to get here the skies opened up and it started pouring down rain.  Poor Dan stood out in this downpour and grilled those hamburgers.  Because of the rain storm (and I do mean it RAINED), not everyone who said they were coming came, but there were about 8 to 10 people here and I think everyone had a good time.

Friday, Dan and I just chilled out here at the house and spent some time in the pool and pretty much just goofed off all day.  Friday afternoon we did go into Sebring - I had promised Dan a trip to Outback for his birthday and we had not been - so we figured a week late was better than never.  We were able to walk right in and be seated in a booth in the bar area.  The service was good and Dan always enjoys his Outback Special - I always get the Alice Springs Chicken.  (Boy, are we creatures of habit!)  After we ate, we went over to the "mall" and walked around for a little while - thought we could use the exercise.  Then we came back home.

Saturday afternoon I went up to Beef O'Brady for the Fantasy Football League sign-up.  Melissa had asked me to participate in the her league this year and I told her I would.  I have absolutely NO idea what I am doing, but I chose my team yesterday and we shall see what happens. (I think my team name will be the "Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi's", because I chose Mohamed Massaquoi as one of the players on my team!) The "draft" was only suppose to take a couple of hours, but because we ended up having fourteen people on the league and we each have sixteen picks - it ended up taking three hours instead, so I didn't get home until after 4 o'clock.  When I got home Dan said he wasn't feeling well, so we just stayed close to the house the rest of the afternoon.  I fixed him some chicken noodle soup for dinner and I ate a grilled cheese sandwich.  It was an early evening - we have been watching a lot of football thanks to the NFL channel and ESPN.  Lokks like next weekend we have the beginning of college ball and then in a couple of weeks the "real" NFL season begins.

Today we made a quick trip up to Lakeland to take Dana a recliner that we had, then my mom had.  Mom bought a new recliner so she didn't need this one.  We asked Dana and Mark if they wanted it and we took it to them this morning.   Tonight Dan is going to grill again and I am going to fix some french fries and have the left over cole slaw from Thursday. 

Our plan for next week is to get the garage clean - I mean actually cleaned up where I can get my car back into the garage.  It hasn't been in the garage since before we moved out of the house in May - I figure it will take at least three days - let's see how close I am to how long it actually takes.  Part of getting the garage fixed will be getting some things from the storage room - we have two gray storage cabinets that we want to bring over here - which means that we have to unload part of the store room to be able to get to the gray cabinets AND we will need to empty the gray cabinets to be able to move them!  It should be interesting (maybe I need to change my estimate to five days!)

Well, I think I'll sign off for this time, and maybe we did get some things done this week.   I hope that you all had a good week and that next week will be a good week for you too.  Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a hurricane (a nice depression will be okay - we could use the rain, but PLEASE LORD, no wind!). 
Thought I would leave you with one more picture of the sunset on the lake - enjoy!

Talk to you later!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Finished Shelves

Yesterday was Dan's birthday and we had a little "pool" party.  Melissa, our youngest daughter, was baby sitting for a close friend of ours - so she brought Declan over to play in the pool for a while.  He is such a good baby and he and "Grandpa Dan" had a good time together as witnessed by the pictures below.


Doesn't really matter what your age is - having fun is having fun.  It just looks like Declan is saying to Dan "Let's Play" and Dan is saying "Okay, I'm ready!"  We all had a good time in the pool and later had a good dinner of grilled hamburgers with all the trimmings,  potato salad, and baked beans.  Then Melissa had baked Dan a wonderful homemade coconut cake (one of Dan's favorites).  So to say we were all stuffed when we finally left the table is a major understatement.


As many of you know, we have been working on the fireplace, and I kept saying that Dan would have it finished by this weekend.  Well, guess what?  He got it finished.  Actually, he finished it Saturday morning and then I spent some time getting things arranged on the shelves.
I don't know if you can really tell from this picture - and I probably should have posted another one - but we have displayed all the duck "models" that we have.  Some Dan had been given when we was a principal as gifts, but some were given to him by his brother before he passed away.  We have been wanting to display all of them in one of our houses, and have just never had a place to do so in the past.  So, I was determined to do so in this house.  I told Dan, "We live on a lake and ducks are everywhere.  How appropriate can it be to display your ducks here?"  So, they are up on the shelves.  There is still a little "tweaking" to do - like the box that is on the floor needs to be mounted on the wall - but he will probably do that one day the first part of next week.

The first part of the week, Dan and I worked out in the yard a couple of days.  We had been wanting to get the west side of the house cleaned up.  Not that it was really that messy - there were just some weeds growing in the flower beds that were put in when we had all the old landscaping taken out.  We have not planted anything in these beds yet - so it was just dirt and weeds.  This did not look too good and this is the side of the house that you first see when coming down our street.  So, we decided to get all the weeds out of the flower beds and at least spread some mulch so it would look better, even if we didn't have anything planted in them yet.  So, one day we worked on pulling all the weeds and sprayed it with Round-Up (hopefully will help with weed control).  Then the next day we got all the mulch put out.  You have to remember, we can only work in the morning because it has been so hot!  But we got it done and it looks so much better!

I big project for next week will be making the valance for the dining room.  We bought the lumber on Friday and we bought the material down in Fort Myers on Thursday.  I ordered the sheers on Friday - so they should be in toward the end of the week.  I think I will also try and get the valance done for the kitchen window and the faux roman shade for the master bathroom done this week.  I think we are going to buy a blind for the guest bath window that is over the tub.  I also think that we have decided what pictures to hang in the guest bath - and I hope we will get those up this week.  I did get the pictures hung over my desk - I still need to get a couple of floating shelves for one side - and I got pictures and metal art hung in the master bathroom.  So things are really coming together.  IF we get these little projects done this week I think we will have almost everything done.  Then we will concentrate on getting the garage cleaned up so we can get the stuff from the store room moved over and then start thinking about the garage sale. 

Our daughters that live in Atlanta are coming for a visit the first of September (it is also the youngest one's birthday) so they will be here for Labor Day and Melissa's birthday.  Hopefully, all these projects will be complete before they get here!  (I'm sure they will be!)

Well, I think I'll close for today.  I hope that you guys have a good week.  IF I had gotten a job I would be going back to work tomorrow - but I didn't, so I won't.  Will be working on other things around the house (I think I would rather be doing this!)  Take care and I'll talk to you later!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Football

No long post tonight - there's football on!  Yahoo!!!  Talk to you guys later!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AHH! The Chairs!

It seems that I have taken a mini vacation from the blog - I certainly haven't taken a vacation from here - Dan and I have been working as I think the pictures I have included in the blog will attest to. First, let me show you Dan birthday present - isn't it pretty? I know, I know - not exactly what you would think of as a birthday present, but it is what he wanted and I thought I had really messed up. See about two weeks ago I tried to order this from a place that we had first seen it and they didn't have it anymore. Now, I had postponed getting this thing for Dan because I wanted to get it for his birthday (which is actually on Saturday) and I thought I had messed up for sure. So, I get on line and start searching for the thing, I finally find one and the price is about the same ($10 more, but that isn't bad), so I order it. The order goes through and I see the shipping (No, I couldn't find a free shipping code for this company - that should have told me something) AFTER I had placed the order - the shipping on the thing cost almost as much as the actual thing did! Then I looked at how much the thing weighed and I saw why - 97.5 pounds!!!!! YIKES! Anyway, it showed up last week and to say that Dan was surprised that I had found it would be an understatement. He wasn't too happy when he found out how much money I spent, but it is what he wanted and it is now permanently attached to the concrete patio (we don't want it to blow away in a storm)! I think he will get lots of use from it and I think he likes it - although we did almost get a heat stroke putting it together last Saturday afternoon in 100 degree heat. I never said that we were smart.

Now, on to the namesake of the blog this week. You know, if you have been following along with the blog that we have been waiting for the chairs to go in front of the fireplace for a couple of months. We actually ordered these two chairs on the 30th day of May. Well, they finally arrived Saturday! Dan is very happy with them - and I must say that they fit perfectly where we wanted them.

And here they are. They swivel and rock and are going to be absolutely the best when we have a fire in the fireplace and I want to sit in front of the fire and watch TV, which is on the opposite side of the room. I can just swivel in my chair and see the TV with no problem. We still need to get a rug to go in front of the fireplace, and a lamp for the table, but I think you can get a general idea of what the area is going to look like.



This is a close up of the material - one my daughter's said "Mom, there's trout on the chair.", but there really isn't - there is bass are probably tarpon - but not bass. Anyway, once we get the bookshelves finished and the decorating done there with the ducks and the fishing stuff I think they will all fit in.


Dan and I have been working in the yard the past couple of days. I didn't take pictures today because the rain moved in just as we were finishing up, but I'll try and get pictures to post tomorrow.


Hope you enjoy - Take care and I'll talk to you later!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Office Furniture Arrived!

The office furniture was delivered today and I LOVE it! (Are you suppose to love inanimate objects? No, okay, I really, REALLY like it a lot!) It just fits perfectly in the corner of the bedroom where we did not have anything before.

Well, that is not exactly true. When we first got the new bedroom furniture, we put the dresser on this wall instead of under the window as we originally planned. Then we were going to put the desk in the corner by the pantry. However; the more we lived with this arrangement the more we didn't like it (or should I say, I didn't like it.) So, I made the suggestion to my wonderful husband that we put the dresser under the window, as we had originally planned, and turn that corner into the "office". I know, I know. All the decorating magazines say NOT to put your office in your bedroom, but when you have a small house sometimes you do what you have to do. So, we searched for a desk that we both liked and just couldn't come up with anything.

My next suggestion was to go up to Winter Haven and go to the place where we purchased the bedroom furniture. I knew that they had a desk that matched the bedroom furniture when we bought ours and figured they would still have it. Wrong. I didn't know that they were going out of business because the owner has decided that he wanted to retire - I mean, just because he has had the store in the same location for the last 32 years doesn't mean that he should just take off and retire. (Just kidding!) Anyway, when we got up to the store he had sold quite a bit of his inventory (at 30% off) so the desk that I had seen on the floor was long gone. However, he could still order pieces, so that is what we did. Now - not for one minute did I even think about measuring the wall or asking what the dimensions were on this desk, but I guess it was meant to be because it just fits perfectly.


Now, I haven't had a chance to hang pictures or anything yet, and the desk top isn't quite the way I want it yet, but it's a start. I took the picture above so you could get an idea of where it sits in the bedroom. The only thing we don't have now are the pictures for over the bed (ordered), the curtains for the window where the dresser is (ordered), and decorative stuff for the desk along with some organizational stuff. Oh, and a TV stand (but that can wait). If you look toward the bathroom you might see that we got the leaded glass window pane hung today also.





This is a better shot of the window pane. We think it look pretty good. It is a visual break, but it doesn't take any light away from the shower area like the old wall did.




This is another shot from the door going into the bathroom. (I still need to get a better pot for the plant - but that will come too!)


So, tomorrow the chairs for the fireplace are coming (FINALLY!) and that will be all the furniture. Then we can really concentrate on getting everything settled. Dan is still working on the shelves around the fireplace, but he has had an earache for a couple of days now and hasn't felt like working. He will get them done in the next week I imagine, but I'll keep you posted.


Hope you have a GREAT weekend and I will talk to you later!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Didn't seem to get ANYTHING done today!



Today was one of those days that you just don't get a whole lot accomplished. It has seemed to be that way a lot this week. It just seems like we have not gotten that much done - the fireplace is not finished. In fact, all Dan did today was fill in nail holes with putty. Now, in his defense, he did tell me late this afternoon that he wasn't feeling that well today - he says he has an ear ache. So, I have given him his alcohol/peroxide mixture. Let's see how that does.


Tomorrow the office furniture will be delivered - so I will need to dismantle the make shift office that I have set up now. I guess that means something will get done tomorrow, I'll get to finally get the office set up the way I want it to be. Which also means that I'll need to go through the file cabinet in the guest bedroom closet and get it straightened out. Looks like I will be a lot of "house keeping" tomorrow!


I did do one thing today - I ordered the pictures for the bedroom. I thought you might like to see the pictures that we are going to use - and since they are pictures that I took on one of our cruises I can show them to you ----------------------






These were all taken in Mexico two years ago. They are just a little tropical, don't you think? These pictures have the right colors in them, they are less expensive than going out and buying new pictures, plus they will remind us of a trip that we took and enjoyed. Not too bad.


I did plant the geraniums today that we had bought earlier in the week. About a week ago - whenever it was that we took Mom with us to Winter Haven - we stopped at the new Walmart on the east side and I found a plastic "bucket" on sale that I wanted to use to plant some geraniums in. This week when we went into town I bought three plants at $2 each. I needed to get Dan to drill some holes in the bottom of the bucket before I could plant it (didn't want the plants to get root rot) which he did for me this morning. So, I got those planted and they look really nice, at least I think so. Sorry, I didn't take pictures - maybe I'll get one tomorrow.


It has rained a couple of times today which is really a good thing - Lake June could use the water. I don't think the weather men are calling for much rain this weekend, and we sure haven't gotten much this week. It has rained all around us, but no rain here in Lake Placid. So, I was actually glad to see the rain.


I did go through some cookbooks today and sorta planned menu's for next week - just have to actually write things down and write a grocery order - trying to save some money and to do that you have to know what you are buying. This will be even more important IF Polk County decides to up our insurance rates again - our retirement sure isn't going up any, so that means another cut in income, and with me not working - well, you can see where this is going. Well, I think I'll close for tonight on that "Debbie Downer"! Oh, before I do, just wanted to do a quick shout out to Dennis - glad you are still with me and that you are still enjoying the blog!


Okay, guys, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day! Talk to you then. (Oh, and the first picture above is from Unicoi State Park outside Helen, GA - just one of my favorite pictures)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Still working on the fireplace along with other stuff

Sorry I didn't post yesterday - was really busy doing other stuff. Dan and I had to go into town (I don't think we will ever NOT have to go into town every day!) and we also had to go over to my mom's to take care of her cat. It just seems like sometimes we just run around in circles and don't get anything accomplished. Do any of you ever feel that way?

Anyway, today has been a little better. Dan got up and decided that he needed to put the first coat of paint on the fireplace to see where we are - he is still thinking about adding something else, but that is for a much later post. Anyway - here he is painting the fireplace -------------

As you can see, he has only completed one shelf. He is trying to decide the spacing on the other shelves. He says that is one of the reasons he wanted to paint the fireplace today - to see how it was going to look, so he could "visualize" the rest.



Here we are all painted - just the first coat, of course, but it does give you an idea of what it will look like when it is finished. However, I don't think it will be finished by this weekend. Oh well, he will get it done soon - he wants to see it finished also. (The boxes leaning on the wall is the cabinet that we are taking back to IKEA, maybe tomorrow.)



Now, this is not the only project that he has been working on (maybe that is why he won't have it finished by this weekend).


When I have shown you pictures of the master bathroom in the past I have been very careful NOT to show you the half wall that separates the toilet from the rest of the bathroom - there was a very good reason for this. The top was not finished. The drywall wall came up and just stopped - no finishing. So, one of the things that Dan has done this week is complete the top on the wall. It looks really nice. If you notice the leaded glass window pane leaning up against the wall - well we are going to hang that from the ceiling over this wall as a visual break - I think it will really look nice when we get it hung. I have had this window pane since I was 18 years old - my mom and dad brought this back from Canada when Daddy worked up there in the late 1960's. (1968 - 1971 to be exact.) I have loved this window and have had it hanging in several of my homes over the years - you know, just one of those things that you keep and find a place for. When we get it hung I'll take more pictures for you to see and see what you think.



Now there has been one other project that we have been working on - and that was also in the master bedroom.


Our drapes came in a couple of days ago and we needed the rods to hang them. Well, we got those today but the finials we bought aren't going to work - so, we are going to have to take them back and get some different ones.



Another view of the room - we still have some work to do in here. The desk for the opposite side of the room will be delivered on Friday - so I will get that all set up. We still need to get pictures for the room - I think we are going to use some of the pictures I took on one of our cruises. They are tropical which is the feeling, or mood, that we are going for in this room. We shall see.




Well, we have one other furniture delivery that we have been waiting for - the chairs that are going in front of the fireplace. Well, they are suppose to be delivered on Saturday morning - FINALLY!!! That will be all the furniture deliveries - then it will be just finishing up some of the things around - the big thing is still the shelves around the fireplace. But, I am sure that Dan will get it all finished by NEXT weekend. I'll keep you posted.



Well, gotta run. Have a good evening, and I'll talk to you later!

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Shopping" in the storage unit



Okay, I've heard of people "shopping" in their closets, or even shopping in their friends closets, but have you ever heard of anyone "shopping" in their storage unit???? Well, that is sorta what I did this morning.

Let me explain. Dan and I went over to the storage unit to look for some things that we were missing, one of the things I was looking for is some material that I had purchased while we were still living in North Carolina and I think this material would make a great faux roman shade for the window in the master bathroom. Anyway, while Dan was looking for some other things, I was looking around for the box that might contain this material and instead I found two crates with clothes in them. Now, I haven't seen these clothes since we left North Carolina - and that has been almost four years ago (can that be possible? - Wow, time flies!). I convinced Dan that I just HAD to bring these two crates home and go through them.

Now, I'm not talking big crates, as you can tell from the picture shown above of the empty one, but it was two crates of clothes - mostly slacks - that I wish I had known about last year when I was actually working. Anyway, I brought them home and started to try stuff on.





These are the Capri's that fit - of course, some of them are ones that I will just wear around the house to clean, do any painting that needs to be done, and work out in the yard - in other words, not worthy of wearing away from home, but I found some nice treasure in those two crates.




This is the good stuff. Five pairs of "dress" or work slacks and four pairs of linen Capri's/slacks. IF I get a job I certainly will not have to worry about having dress pants to wear to work! Actually, some of these slacks were slacks that I wore my last year of teaching in Polk County, that was over TEN years ago!!! See, if you buy classic style clothing, they never go out of style!



Another shot of the haul out of those two crates. The only thing that I will need to do before I wear these "out" will be to borrow Melissa's steamer - it will certainly get the wrinkles out and then I won't have to worry about anything. (In case you are wondering about how clean these are - well, they still had the tag on them from the dry cleaners. I had everything cleaned before packing them up in North Carolina! They are just a little wrinkled from being in the crate.





This is the crate of things that I still want to keep and will leave packed up. The slacks on the top are winter slacks - corduroy that I won't wear down here until late winter, IF we have really cold weather. In the bottom of this crate I placed the denim skirt that I wore when Dan and I got married along with the shirt that I wore. There are a couple of other things that I wanted to keep - a couple of pairs of slacks that are still just a little too small, but I might be able to wear in another few months - who knows. Anyway, I'll keep this crate for a while - if I don't go into it in a year, well, I'll just have to get rid of the some of the stuff. We shall see.


It is two less crates in the storage unit. Oh, and in case you are wondering, I did not find the material I was looking for. That will have to wait for another day of discovery!


Hope you are having a great day and I'll talk to you later!