Saturday, January 11, 2014

Play offs!

We started the week with really cold weather (for us) - we even put the
electric blanket on the bed and used it; however, we have the air conditioner on now and it has been running all day with temperatures up in the 80's.
The weathermen are saying that we are in for some rain tonight
and then another couple of days of "cooler" weather
(which means highs in the 50 to 60's).
That is one thing about Florida in the winter time - 
if you don't like the weather just stick around for a couple of days and it will change!

I have been keeping Lorelai during the day while Melissa is working from home.  She still has a few more weeks before she is suppose to go back to the office.  I don't know if she is still planning on taking Ady to work with her but I don't think she has been pumping any - so I assume from that that she is. 

Today Ady is one month old.



She is growing so fast.

She is changing so much everyday and staying awake more and more.



 She is starting to be more
aware of things around her.

Lorelai is a doting big sister.  When I go over in the morning to get her she has to kiss Ady goodbye before we leave and the first thing she does when I take her home is give Ady another kiss.
If Ady is crying for some reason, Lorelai runs to find her pacifier.  A couple of weeks ago I went with Melissa to take Ady and Lorelai to the doctor - Ady's first appointment and Lorelai's 18 month check-up.  Well, Ady started crying when the doctor was examining her and Lorelai got upset.  So, when it was time for Ady to get a shot I had to take Lorelai out of the room.
So cute, and funny.
Looks like Lorelai is going to be a protective big sister.

I have been on an organizing and cleaning out "stuff" frenzy this week.
I have cleaned out the desk, all the files, the drawers in the buffet, 
and started working on the recipe notebook.
I still have to work on the closet in the master bedroom and
the guest bedroom.  I am going to go through all my 
clothes and probably get rid of about 3/4 of everything I own.
If it doesn't fit, or I haven't worn it, it's GONE!

There are still some areas that need to be worked on - I want to get my craft supplies organized and Dan has given me a rolling cart that he wasn't using for me to put my supplies in.  That will empty a cabinet in the garage for him to use for some of his stuff.  I would really like to get the garage straightened up again but I think that is a never ending battle - LOL!  But, if anything, I'm stubborn and I won't give up (at least my car is still in the garage).

I also want to go over and really work on the storage unit - I am ready to get rid of about 1/2 of what is in there.  I know that we can't get rid of some of the big furniture pieces - I'm just not ready to get rid of my Hoosier cabinet - and it would be silly to get rid of the top part of the china cabinet even though we can only use the bottom portion in this house.  
But there is stuff that can go away.  I'm hoping to get that done while the weather is still somewhat cool - I sure don't want to be over there working this summer when the temperatures are in the 90's!  

We have also been doing some running around and accomplishing things
 that we have been putting off (or forgetting about) since we sold 
the house on Lime Road a year ago.
We went to the Tax office on Tuesday and renewed my driver's licenses and Dan changed the address on his.  

In the state of Florida you are suppose to change your address within 30 days of a move, but the state charges you $50.00 to change the address and send you a new driver's licenses. That would be $100 for the two of us to change our address when we knew that we would be moving again in six months and have to do it again.  
So, we put it off.  

Plus, now the State is requiring you to have so much stuff to "prove" you are a US citizen - Passport or birth certificate, social security card or medicare card, two different bills that show your current address (one of which has to be a utility bill of some sort), and a tax bill or the closing statement from the purchase of your house or rental agreement with the address shown on the agreement.
Can we say major PAIN in the backside?
(You don't have to have all that to change your address, just
a passport or birth certificate, and your social security card or medicare card.)
However, I was also renewing my licenses so I had to have all the
things mentioned above.)

Anyway, we provided all the information they needed and we are now
"legal".


On Thursday we went into Sebring and filed for Homestead Exemption.  Since we are permanent residents of the state of Florida we can get a slight break on our property taxes - hey, every little bit helps, right?
There was some information we needed there also - Social Security card (again), Florida Driver's Licenses number, Florida car tag number, and the tax bill for the house.  Once again, we provided all the proof that was needed and we were able to get that little chore done.

I know that we did some other running around - but I sure can't remember what it was - but I can say that we think we have everything taken care of that we had to do.


Which brings me to what I do on the weekend -
It's football play-off season and the last two weekends we have games on Saturday and Sunday.  As long as that is going on my weekends are pretty much spoken for - I'm going to be sitting in my chair watching the games.
(Watching New Orleans/Seattle game now.)

Well, I have rambled on and on about a lot of nothing.
So, I guess I'll close for now.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Talk to you later!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside!

I really hate to complain, especially after seeing
the temperatures in the northeast and northwest.
When you see temperatures in minus numbers
you really feel for those that
are having to deal with
it.

While we have had a very mild winter - temperatures in the 70's or 80's -
however, that is about to change.
The weather men are saying that we are in
for our coldest weather in decades.
Now, even though we are going to be
colder than we have been, it is
no where near what they are expecting
or are experiencing in the north.
I mean when you are talking
about the highs being minus 20 degrees! YIKEES!!!!
That's the actual temperature - NOT wind chill.
Once you add that we are talking minus 60!!!!

The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49's are suppose to
play a play-off game in Green Bay tonight.
Temperatures for the game - minus 20 degrees!!!
How can they play in that kind of weather????
I just don't understand how the NFL would allow
players to subject themselves to those types of conditions.
(and heaven forbid people actually being in the stadium
to watch them play!)

When you think about these types of temperatures
I really should not complain when they are 
calling for us to have temperatures
in the 30's.
(but darn, if you have ever lived in Florida you 
would know that temperatures in the 30's
are "chilled to the bone" cold)
I hope and pray for all those that will be experiencing these horrible frigid temperatures will be safe and warm.

Okay, enough about the weather, let's talk about what Dan and I have been
up to this last week.

Crystal left to go back to Nashville on Tuesday.  She didn't want to travel on New Year's day - and the weather men were calling for snow on Thursday - so Tuesday just seemed like the right day.  She made it home in about fifteen hours with no weather related issues.  However, Friday she was experiencing brown outs in her apartment complex.  She did let us know that she got power back yesterday - and had spent a lot of time on the couch wrapped up with a blanket and "cuddling" with Madison.


Wednesday, we spent a quiet day at home watching football.
Actually we have spent the entire week watching different bowl games.
Some of the games have been good ones - others, not so much.
The UCF Knights won their bowl game - even though they were the
biggest underdogs in bowl history - and Vanderbilt won their bowl game for the second straight year.
However, some of the big games haven't gone exactly the way I wanted or wished.

For example, Alabama.
In my opinion, they just weren't into the game -
I think one of the commentators nailed the reason they lost - 
some schools WANT to be at the bowl game they are at, and
some WANT to be at a different bowl game.
Alabama WANTED to be at a different game.
Same for Ohio State - 
they just weren't "there".
That being said - the BIG game is tomorrow night.
FSU - Auburn.
I don't know about this one.
Everyone is saying that Florida State is going to dominate - but, that is the best way to LOSE!  
My hope is for a good game - we shall see.
(I'll give my prediction at the end)


Okay - Thursday the fence people came and installed the posts
 and then came back on Friday and installed the fence.




I'm excited that we were able to get this done.
Now, Lorelai can play outside and we don't have to worry about
her going into the canal.  One of my goals
for the new year - spending more time outside with her.
She needs the time outside and she LOVES to be
outside - plus it is so much better for her
than sitting in front of the TV.
Now, I can sit on the back porch and watch her play, or I can
go out and play with her.

Yesterday, Dan and I went out to breakfast at Main Street
  then went by the storage unit and found our electric blanket (told you it's suppose to cold here).  The kids came over for a little while to see the back yard and let the little one run around - and I got to spend some Nana time with Ady.
Then we all went out to lunch at a new place on the circle called the Happy Chef that just opened last week.  Dan and I had their lasagna and it was very good.  The kids had sandwiches and Lorelai had a grilled cheese.
I do think that we will go back  - it is nice to know that there is a nice place to go that you don't have to have FRIED anything.

After lunch Dan and I went into Sebring and made a stop at Michael's to pick up a couple of things that I needed to finish a project that I'm working on.
Then a quick trip into WalMart for dog treats, and few
other necessities - such as fish hooks.
Then it was home again to watch some more football - 
only this time pro games.
Still can't believe that Kansas City lost their game -
and so happy that New Orleans won theirs.
Today we'll watch the next set of pro games and feel for
those in Green Bay - which brings us full circle.

So, I think I have rambled on about nothing long enough.
Before I go I promised a prediction 
for the Monday night game -
so, here it is.
FSU by 7.
(but, I'm still not sure)

See Ya later!



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Just a quick note to wish all of my
friends and family
a very 
Happy New Year!


Also, for those that are interested, I am starting a new blog on Monday.
It will be where I post the decorating, projects, menu's, and
cooking experiences.

I will continue to post here - but it will be more of just a personal
diary - it will probably end up being a lot of Lorelai and Ady - but
there is nothing wrong with that, in my opinion.

If you are interested in following along on the
new blog - just let me know
and I'll give you
the new blog
address.


Thanks to those that continue to read my
ramblings!

Once again -

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


Carol

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