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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!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

That "Ah ha" moment

It has been a fairly quiet week around here.


Well, I have laryngitis again!
Just woke up with it one morning.
Sure does make it hard to communicate with Dan since
he is hard of hearing - but we are getting really
good at charades.  LOL

I have been getting the "itches" to get something done around
this house - anything!  I mean, we (meaning Dan) have been in 
the house since the middle of June and we have done
NOTHING!  I got here permanently the end of August and I
was determined NOT to unpack all the boxes since we were just
"going to have to repack them again."
I didn't even hang pictures on the walls.

Well, I have had ENOUGH!!!!

I can't live this way any longer.

So, we have done some things around here.
Nothing major - but at least the house looks lived in
instead of just someone camping.

When Dan came he put our bed up in the guest bedroom, as that is really the only room that is not going to have anything major done to it.  Yes, we will paint the walls and put carpet in the room - but no major remodeling.
Well, it was just sorta stuck in the room and didn't look all that great.
So, I decided that we were going to move the bed and set up our room like we actually lived here - headboard and all.  We even put up curtains and a picture over the bed.

For the guest bedroom bed we had been using a blow up mattress (remember we sold almost every piece of furniture we owned with the house in Lake Placid).  That is what I slept on the weeks that mom and I came up before we both moved up here for good.  It was just sitting on the floor and looked like - well, you can imagine.  Anyway, after moving our bed into the master bedroom we moved the blow up mattress to the guest room.  Still on the floor and I was not happy, so we went out to the Boy's Ranch Thrift Store a couple of weeks ago and bought a queen size bed frame - put a piece of plywood on it and then put the blow up mattress on that.  Not the best solution, but better than it sitting on the floor.

Well, last week I had enough of that nonsense too.  So, on Friday we
went over to Lake City and bought a queen size bed!  We will be picking it up tomorrow after Dan's doctor's appointment with the cardiologist.  Well, since I was getting a bed the next thing was to get a quilt for the bed.  Now, I had one on the bed but I wanted something that we could live with after the house is all done - and I found the perfect on one of the websites that I visit frequently.  It will arrive on Friday.   I'm excited that if one of my kids actually comes to see us they don't have to sleep on the floor!

Saturday was our anniversary - so we decided to go up to Valdosta and do some shopping - We went to all my favorite stores - Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, and Pier One.  I picked up a few things at Hobby Lobby (all Christmas related), some chargers at Kirklands (1/2 off), and a Christmas pillow at Pier One.  Also, while we were at Pier One we noticed a headboard that we both really liked.  We had talked about getting one from IKEA and then having to paint it - but this one would be perfect and it was on SALE.  Well, silly us, we didn't decide to get the silly thing until we were on the way home - so I called and reserved it - then we headed back to Valdosta on Sunday.  And, since we had to go back, I was able to go to Kohl's and Target (picked up a couple of things for the babies this weekend).

When we got home - Dan attached the headboard to the frame and it looks AWESOME!!!!
Now, I can't wait to pick up the bed and get the quilt.
I'll have this room looking like someone lives here yet - still haven't found the right drapes yet but we do have shades in the room and they might just have to do for a while.

Oh, I forgot!  Saturday night we went to Outback for our anniversary dinner - Dan's favorite restaurant.  It was really VERY good.
We enjoyed our day just being together
(even if I can't talk).

Monday I took Mom back down to Gainesville and she had the final tube removed and all the staples out.  Then she went over to see the oncologist and he has put her on a pill that kills all the estrogen in her body, since the type of breast cancer she had was estrogen fed.  He says that she will need to take the pill for five to ten years.  The good thing - the pills only cost $4.00 for a thirty day supply.  She doesn't have to see the surgeon or the oncologist again until February.  Yippee!!!!

So, I'm sure you are wondering why I titled this post what I did.
Well, there were actually two "ah ha" moments for me this week.

First, I'll be going down to Lake Placid in three weeks to keep the girls while their mom is at another training - I was suppose to keep them here, but Lorelai is in a Christmas program on the Wednesday night that they were suppose to get here.  Melissa couldn't wait until after the program to bring them or she wouldn't get to Jacksonville in time for her training Thursday morning - soooooo - Nana goes to Lake Placid.  Melissa won't be back until late Saturday and they have moved Ada's birthday party to that Sunday (Ada's actual birthday is the 11th) Dec. 20th.  Dan and I were going down with the camper on the 23rd to stay until the Sunday after Christmas.
Well, it just doesn't make sense to come home on Monday the 21st and turn around and go back to Lake Place on Wednesday, the 23rd.
What does all that have to with "ah ha"?  I have three weeks to buy and wrap all the Christmas presents - YIKES!  Well, as of this afternoon - everything has been ordered online except my mom (have NO idea what to do there) and Dan's kids - but we know what we are doing there.

The second "ah ha"?
Christmas cards!
I bought these beautiful Christmas Cards and was getting ready to 
sit down and get them all ready for the mail.
When what do I remember?

No address book!

It's packed up in one of those boxes that I refuse to unpack.

So, either I wait and send them out really late - like June - or I wait a little longer and use them next year.  
I think I'll just wait till next year - 
sorry everyone!

The rest of this week is going to be really busy -
Dan's appointment tomorrow and picking up the bed.

Thursday - Thanksgiving!  We are eating in the Dining Room this
year which should be easier on everyone!

Friday we are planning on driving up to Cuthbreth and see the girls at their dad's. I figured that's the only way I will see them and it's just a day trip.

Saturday - let's pull the Christmas decorations out of storage and see
what we can do for a tree.  I don't care that I will only be here two and a half weeks - I want a tree!  (Gosh darn it!!!)

At least - that is the plan.

That should keep us busy the rest of the week.
Oh, and I have a sewing project that I have to get done.
Yep, busy times!!!!

I'll fill you in on how well the "plan" works in the next post.

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Another trip to Gainesville

 Saturday we went to the "Fancy Flea Market" in Madison.  
It was FABULOUS!  There were so many wonderful things there.  
We bought a couple of things that we had been looking for and one thing I just couldn't pass up.  

We have been looking for an antique table to go beside Dan's chair when we get the Family Room built and we just happened to find one Saturday.  We also found a really unique coffee table that we will be able to use in the living room or family room - it's the perfect size for either room.  

But the piece that I am the most excited about is an antique dough bowl!  It is probably about four feet tall when stood on it's end and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!  Happy anniversary to me!!!!!  I can't wait to get the remodeling done so this beauty will have a place to be admired.
I am over the moon!

After our trip to Madison we came back to a local church for their "Ole Timey Days" where they had all kinds of old farm equipment and had a cane syrup cookin along with a lot of FREE food.  Lima Beans, Sausage, Cornbread, Corn on the Cob, Biscuits and Gravy, Funnel Cake, and Boiled Peanuts.  I had everything but the biscuits and gravy and the corn - just too full.  I did come home with a stalk of sugar cane, after the gentleman heard me telling Dan about "chewing cane" as a child and eating cane syrup and biscuits on my grandfather's lap.  Good times.

We had a wonderful day
 (I'm still over the moon with excitement over my dough bowl)!

Yesterday was another trip down to Gainesville.
Dan keeps telling me that the trip will get easier, but I don't
think that is the case.  It just seems to get longer and longer every time.

Anyway, mom's appointment was at 9:45 and we arrived by 9:30.  We did not have to wait long before she was called back, nor did we have to wait long for the doctor to come in.

He removed one of her drains (one left) and removed about half of the staples she has left.  He is confident that he will be able to remove the last drain and the rest of her staples next week and we have an appointment with the oncologist as her follow up visit right after her last visit with the surgeon.
Hopefully, we will be through with all the doctors and all the follow up this time next week.  That will be something to be thankful for!

After her doctors appointment we went over to the mall and went to the post mastectomy bra store; however, we were not able to have her fitted yet as she must be a minimum of four weeks out from surgery and not have any scabs from drains.  Guess that means it will be after Thanksgiving before that will happen.  We also have to have a prescription filled out by the doctor that will allow her to get at least one bra paid for by Medicare (or at least 80%).

Then we headed over to the mall - I had a coupon from Yankee Candle that I wanted to use and a friend could use the same coupon - so mom and I both got a couple of candles (okay, actually four candles each - buy two get two free, and I had an additional $10.00 off my purchase - happy girl!) - I should be set until after the first of the year.  I do love to burn candles, especially in the fall and winter.  They make the house smell so, so good!

Our final stop was at Perkins for a very late breakfast (11 o'clock).  It was "free pie Monday" so I got a piece of cherry pie to bring home to Dan.  Mom also brought her piece home, but she got pecan. Then we headed home.

It was after two o'clock before we finally got back to the village.

After I dropped mom off at her house and got her all settled I came home, jumped in the golf cart and Dan and I went down and purchased our tickets for  dinner on Thanksgiving day.  None of the family is coming up this year so the three of us are going to eat in the dining room.  Should be an easy day for me!

Then we stopped by a friend's on the way home, but by this time I just wanted to get to the house.  I had not been feeling too chipper all day, and it was finally catching up to me.  I did get a light dinner fixed and took a trip over and emptied mom's drain before coming home and going to bed.  (Didn't even watch Dancing With the Stars or football)

This morning I woke up not able to talk.  Have really taken it fairly easy and hope to feel better quickly.  Now is not the time to get sick!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where did November go????

Disclaimer:  This was written last year on December 3rd and for some reason was never posted.  I am posting today because I want to have a record of the pictures, etc.
Please forgive the lateness of the post.
For an update that is current please scroll down past this post. 

I have no idea where the month of November went.
One day it was October 30th and I turn
around and it's December 3rd.
Goodness, time really seems to fly by!

It isn't as though we are that busy -
during the week we keep the babies and that does
keep us hopping..

Adalyn will be a year old on the 11th of December -
already a year old.  It is so hard to believe
that this time last year we were still waiting for this
sweet little one to be born.

I can't believe how poor the quality of these pictures is, but they were taken
with my phone and I guess I was trying to take pictures, see the baby and take care of Lorelai.

My three girls!

Love them!

Speaking of Lorelai ......
Talk about growing!!!!!

We are going through some times right now - she is two
and one minute she is the sweetest little girl you have ever been around and the next she is screaming her head off because she didn't get her way.
It is a little trying right now, but we'll work through it.

I guess all kids go through this stage - I just don't
remember it with my kids.

A couple of weeks ago was our anniversary - and I surprised Dan with a weekend trip to Disney World.  I had been working on the trip for over three months and had everything already paid for.  From our hotel room at Disney Port Orleans Resort, to our dinners - one at the hotel and the other at the Luau, to our lunches - one in Epcot and the other at the Magic Kingdom at Be Our Guest.  We had a wonderful time - just not long enough.  Wish we could spend a week up at the parks so we would be able to really check out all the different things to do.  Maybe IF we ever get another camper we can go up and stay at the Ft. Wilderness and really enjoy all the things that Disney has to offer.

We did not have Thanksgiving at our house this year.  The kids went up to Lakeland for the holiday and Dan's nephew came into town for a couple of days.  So we went out to eat at the country club - they had a nice menu (yes, you could actually chose what you wanted).  Dan and Dale had the Traditional which consisted of turkey and ham, sweet potatoes, dressing,  green beans, and a roll.  I had prime rib with a baked potato, and green beans.  For dessert, Dan and I had apple pie and Dale had a pumpkin roll.  We also got a ham dinner for my mom and took it to her since she did not want to go out.

Saturday afternoon I packed up all the Fall decorations and Dan took them to the store room and picked up Christmas.  I spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday after church putting up our Christmas decorations.
I had taken pictures with my phone but for some reason I can't download them