Monday, January 25, 2016


Well, another week has come and gone and nothing has
happened here.

I had such high hopes that we would finally get to meet
with the contractor and do the final revisions
before the actual construction begins.
That just hasn't happened.

Dan said this morning that if we didn't hear from them
he would call tomorrow and make an 
We shall see.

This morning the county came out and
marked there all the 
electrical and Internet lines
The village is suppose to come
and dig up the two big
Sago Palms at the end of the
driveway and start
cleaning the fence row.
Maybe that will happen this week?????

We have had our coldest temperatures so far this 
winter this past week - the east coast was
hit with a major snow storm with over
two feet of snow.
My daughter, who lives in Nashville, also was
hit with some big snow - close to a foot and a half.
That's big snow for Nashville proper.

We had below freezing temperatures three nights -
but we are suppose to warm up to the 70's tomorrow
before our next cold snap hits.

Dan and I didn't have any coats for this cold weather - but while loading the boxes stored in my office closet we found a box with
some of our coats in it.
So, at least we'll have something to wear when this
next cold snap comes.

I also decided to come down with a cold last week.
Monday I had a scratchy throat and by Tuesday I was
congested and couldn't talk.  Ahhh, the joys of my
having a cold.  I am feeling somewhat better today and
think that the worst is over.

Wednesday evening we will be getting the
girls for a couple of days!
They should be here after dinner and
we'll have them Wednesday night,
Thursday night, and then their mom will be
back on Friday.  I'm not sure if they will stay here
Friday night or if Melissa will head back down to Lake Placid.
So, that should be an interesting couple of days.
(Of course, this will be when the contractor wants
to get started - he'll just have to wait.)

Well, that's about it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oops! I did it again!!!

Oh my intentions are good, but I just can't seem
to make myself walk in the office and sit down at this computer.

I don't know if it's because my office is a little on the chilly side
or if I'm just a little down that nothing is 
happening on the house yet.

I know, I keep saying that things are suppose to start - 
and we keep being told that they are - and

Well, let's see if I can get you caught up on the last couple 
of weeks.

The last time I wrote I told you that Dan had been
sick and that he had a doctor's appointment.
Well, turns out he had a cold
(or, as we call it, the man flu).
Anyway - he is all better and his cough
is almost all gone.

On Thursday, the 7th of January, Jessie Lee
had dental surgery.  She had been having some issues
before Christmas and had been on pain killers and antibiotics
since December.  So, it was time to have the surgery.
She had five teeth removed - but she is doing fine.
We took her in that morning and picked her up about 6
that afternoon.  She has gotten spoiled on the soft food
instead of her regular dry food so we are trying to transition her
back to her dry stuff - but so far, she is not having anything to do with that.
Of course, Dan is still giving her the soft stuff twice a day - but
maybe it will be a good way to start the process of stopping
her from "free feeding".

On that Friday I had my follow up appointment with the gynecologist in Gainesville.  I went down by myself, as Dan didn't want to leave Jessie all day.  It was fine and I was able to do a little shopping (looking).  He called in my prescriptions to a pharmacy that mixes them especially for me - that's great except the insurance company doesn't pay (and this stuff is not cheap) - plus I had to make another trip down to Gainesville on Tuesday the 12th to pick up the medicine.  I'm not completely sold on this yet, but I will give it a couple of months and see if it really does what the doctor says it will do.  If not - back to the patch for me.

I took mom with me on the 12th and we went to the mastectomy bra store and had her fitted - they had to order her bras and will not be in until the 22nd.  Which means I see another trip to Gainesville to pick those up - then, I have to have more blood work done the first week of February before my follow up with the gyno on the 12th of February.  Seems like doctors appointments will never end!  (This doesn't count the bone density test on the 29th)  I ready to scream ENOUGH!!!!!
(Oh, and mom had her follow ups with her surgeon, oncologist, and her bone density test on the 22nd of February.

Okay, enough with the doctors!

A couple of things have happened around here!'

Last week we had six pine trees removed from the yard.
Three in the back yard that were leaning some toward the house.  We didn't want to build the new family room addition and then have a pine tree fall on the house.  We also had three in the front yard - one where the new drive way will go in and two that were diseased.

They would go up to the top of the tree in a 
bucket truck and start taking the
tree down.

One section at a time.

Then another truck would come in and pick
up the pieces.

While another man would get
everything in a pile.

And finally take the last of the trunk

When they left there was no debris anywhere.

Now, they do need to come back, either later
this week or next, to do the stump grinding.

The stump grinder was not working - but as long
as it's done before the house construction is
finished I'm good.

The contractor also came by with the plumber, electrician, and 
dry wall guy to look at the plans and the layout of the
house.  We have been told that the drawing for the
new trusses has been sent to the engineer and when they
are approved the building permits can be drawn.

We are also waiting to meet with the general contractor and
the contractor supervisor - hopefully the end of this week.
Once that is done we should be ready to start.

Dan and I have been moving boxes out of my office area over to the storage room.  We have also rented another storage unit as we have to move EVERYTHING out of the house.  I don't think we will need another big unit, but Dan thinks we will.  Anyway, after the meeting mentioned above takes place I'll be packing up the kitchen and the rest of the house getting ready for   all the furniture to be
put away for awhile and we will be moving into the

We have had some of the coldest weather so far this winter this week - it was 29 degrees here this morning - and I have told Dan that they will want us to move into the camper when it is freezing.
We shall see!

That pretty much catches you up on the stuff going on around here.
As you can see - not much.

I might be going to Lake Placid to take care of the girls next week (or bring them here).  Lorelai has been sick and I might need to go down.
Guess I'll know later this week.
She had x-rays done this morning and we are waiting for the results.

I'll close for now -

Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome 2016


That can't possibly be right.

Where has the time gone???

Well, as someone once said - time waits for no man - 
so, off we go into the new year!

I hope everyone that still reads this silly blog had a wonderful Christmas and New Years Eve.

Things around here are moving so quickly in some areas and slower than a gopher in others (for you that don't know a gopher is a land turtle that is
very, VERY slow)!

When I last posted I talked about going down to Lake Placid and keeping the babies and staying through Christmas.

Before I go any further - WARNING - this post is picture heavy!

I traveled down on Wednesday, December 16th, and was there for the Christmas program at the girls day care.  Actually, both girls were in the program, but Lorelai was the only one who sang.  She was so, so cute as an angel and Adalyn was a little lamb.


Adalyn sitting on her teacher's lap.
(she wasn't feeling real good that night, but she did great)

Lorelai was not stage shy at all and sang all the songs that they had learned.  Looks like we may have a "ham" on our hands.  LOL.

Sunday was Ada's birthday party and Justin's family came down from Lakeland and Crystal (my oldest daughter) arrived from Nashville.  It was such a fun time - 

Ada and her Aunt "Tal"
(my oldest Crystal)

Opening presents

"What did you get Ada?"

Sweet, adorable Adalyn!

(One of my favorite pictures of this little munkin!)

Crystal and I had planned on taking the girls to Animal Kingdom on Monday - but a few things came up and we decided to wait a day.
Instead we did my last minute Christmas shopping and
then home to play with Ada's birthday presents.

I also moved to a hotel in town on Monday - the house was just a little too crowded with four adults and two kids.  A nice big king-size bed all to myself was a little Christmas indulgence for me.

Tuesday morning Crystal, Lorelai, Adalyn and I set out for Disney World and Animal Kingdom.  It was a ZOO!  (no pun intended)  I have never seen that place so busy - we were not able to get Fast Passes to anything and we were not able to go on the Safari or to the show Lion King.  However, we did walk the trails, something that I had never done before, and we were able to see the gorillas (two babies too!) and the Siberian Tiger.  All the stand by lines were extremely long - but we were able to get into the "It's a Bug's Life" show and I think everyone had a good time.

Aunt "Tal" with the girls!

It was a long day - but a fun day with the four of us.

Wednesday Dan arrived with the camper - so I moved out of the hotel and up to Highland Hammock State Park in Sebring.  I was so happy to see him and Jessie.  We really do not like being apart for any length of time (I know).
The girls dad also got into town on Wednesday and we all met up at Melissa and Justin's house for a couple of hours before Dan and I went back to the camper and Donnie went to the hotel that I checked out of.  Some other things happened on Wednesday, but I'll talk about that later.

Both Melissa and Justin had to work half a day on Thursday, Christmas Eve, but we all gathered at the house for "lupper" when Justin got home from work.
Then Thursday night Crystal baked cookies and the girls decorated them for Santa.

My sweet girls in the aprons I got them at home.

How about some sprinkles for me, Aunt "Tal"?

After cookie decorating it was time for a bath, and opening our gift with Christmas PJ's and a Christmas movie.

Fresh out of the bathtub and in our jammies
(and that fake smile)

Oh, look at my book!!!!

Hair combed and ready for the movie

Ready for the movie, Nana????

Actually, after bath time and picture taking, "P" and I made a graceful exit so the girls could wind down and get ready for Santa to come.

Christmas morning we were back for the day - including all the present unwrapping - and low keyed lunch.

Out of our stocking

What Nana?


What'd you get?

Oh cool!

Wanna play????

Actually, there was no "tearing into presents" - the girls took turns opening things and really took the time to see what they received.

This is the expression I get when I asked her to 
"smile at Nana".

Then it was time to slow down and watch a movie
while Aunt "Tal" checked her phone.

After lunch Dan and I told everyone good-bye and headed back to the camper where we packed everything up and headed up to Lakeland to see his kids.
We got to his oldest daughter's house a little after dark and got the camper hooked up and then spent a little while catching up before going back to the camper and heading to bed.

On the 26th we got up - got dressed and met Dan's family at a local restaurant for breakfast.  Then came back - Dan jumped in the truck - me in my car - and headed for home.  Yes, it was a day early - but we were both tired and Jessie had been having some dental issues and we needed to get her back home.
(She is having surgery this week having her canine teeth removed)

The other thing that Dan and I did on Wednesday was meet Melissa at her office so we could sign the paperwork that was required by the bank so we could actually CLOSE on the house on Monday, December 28th!
Closing went through without a hitch (even though it has taken six LONG months to get this house closed on!).  Now, we wait to get with the general contractor so we can get the remodeling started.  Hopefully, this week!
See what I mean by slow as a gopher????

This past weekend we pretty much just stayed in our chairs and overdosed on football!  Dan has caught the "coughing crude" that is going around the village (I have my fingers crossed that I don't get it) and has a doctor's appointment in the morning.  I really hope that she can give his something that will help him feel better.

This Friday we go back to Gainesville for my follow up appointment.  Hopefully, we can get some issues addressed and fixed.
Oh, and Jessie has her surgery Thursday.

I think that pretty well catches you up on everything - except one last thing.
The Monday before I left for Lake Placid (so, the 14th) I took my mom to a Christmas tea here in the Village along with our friends Carol J and her sister in law JoAnn.  I think everyone had a good time and I hope the Village does something like this again.

My mom, JoAnn, and Carol J.

I know that this has been a super long post and I will try and do better with posting in the future.  I am really hoping that I will be able to start posting about the home renovation by the middle of the month - but that also means that Dan and I have to pack everything up in the house AGAIN!  (See, I told you I didn't want to unpack stuff, but I did - now I have to pack it again!)  
We have decided to move into the camper for the entire renovation instead of trying to live in the house and have them work around us - we think it will go faster if we are out of the house.  At least that is our hope.

Have a great day and I'll talk to you soon!

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