Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer To-Do List

Ever since the three that were Momma and G and the cat became the four that were Momma and G and the catS became ummm....uhhhh...hang on...I gotta' count...

Momma =1, G=2, HC=3, Bad Cat (who at this moment is being destructive as his way of distracting me into feeding him)=4, Brian=5, M&M=6&7, Dog=8

OK, 8!  

Ever since the three that became four became eight last year, we have been desperately cramped for space in our two bedroom townhouse that seemed so perfect for me, myself, and I twelve or thirteen years ago.  I reached my breaking point a while back.  I think Brian has joined me there now.

We have started looking at houses to get an idea of what we like and don't like and what might be negotiable.

But before we can even think about buying a house, we need to sell the townhouse we call home...

And before we can even think about selling this place, we need to do a bit of work...

And before we can do that work, I made a list...

And I emailed it to Brian...

With a subject line that read "Warning:  my room"

That list is now residing on the bulletin board in our kitchen.

And we are working our way down the list.

It might take a while, seeing as how the list details each room in the house and there are at least two bullet points for each room.

(Yes, I really do have a list with bullet points, organized by room...)

We started with cleaning the carpets...a day-long event involving Brian and a rented carpet cleaner

and two cats who were most put out by all the noise and damp carpet under their paws...

I have been working for several hours each day, going through drawers, cabinets, closets, boxes, bags, corners, nooks and crannies, and where ever else I might discover stuff that needs to be sorted, thrown away, donated, packed for storage, or otherwise put away...

In the middle of cleaning out her dresser drawers and under her bed, Gloria asked if she could go live in Memphis with my parents when we finally get the house on the market (which will probably not be until next spring) so that she doesn't have to remember to keep her room neat.

There is wallpaper to take down in two rooms.  Painting to be done in three rooms. 

And there is the huge question of what to do about the carpet...  
It's old. 
But it cleaned up quite nicely...
until a dog had an accident
and a cat hacked up a hairball
Makes me not want new carpet, that's for sure!

So I keep's my summer project...

I think I'd rather go to the beach! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Totally Useless Pet Pix Post

But hey, if it helps me get back in the blogging mode...

A few animal pix from my phone, because they made us laugh...

Mom went to Costco and brought me back a BOX!
I love my box!
My box is awesome!

The man brought home a pizza.
He says it is for the girls while he and Mom go out for dinner...
I'll just guard it for them.

The lady took me to the vet?
And I got this cone on my head?
And now they call me Conehead?
Poor me...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Birthday Celebration

Let's blow the dust off the old blog the candles out and celebrate a birthday!

Look who had a birthday on Monday...but like so many other birthdays around here, it was the birthday that would not end and was celebrated only once...I mean twice...three times.

The first celebration was five days early because G was going to be on her choir tour to New Orleans on the big day.

Lemon, Double Stuff, Midnight Magic, and Merry Margarita cupcakes were a yummy after-dinner treat.

The second celebration got combined with Father's Day while M&M were with us, complete with a yummy three ingredient blackberry cobbler...

Note to self...beware of powdery topping on a cobbler when extinguishing flames blowing out candles!
Another note...candles melt inside warm cobbler!  Who knew???

I love this picture!  Pure happiness!

Our third celebration was just the two of us.  We went out to dinner and then enjoyed some 
"cake batter" frozen candles this time...and some heckling of the guys on the Bachelorette. 

Three celebrations...lucky guy!