Friday, December 31, 2010

So Long Old Me, Hello New

Do you remember the movie 'What About Mary' where the girl had gunk (for lack of a more gross word) stuck in her hair and it stuck straight up? Well, recently while snapping pictures I noticed mine did just like hers.

Here's a side view. You have to wonder how hair can go in so many wrong directions. And then I got a picture of the back, and, "Oh No!" I guess I need to look in the mirror when combing the back from now on.

I really don't know why this picture was upside down in my camera, but I think it gives a good close up of how my hair is now 2-tone as I'm trying to ride out the getting rid of the colored part so I can go back to gray.

Anyway, I got an appointment at a place someone recommended recently. When the day came I drove myself down in the old farm truck (or Texas Cadillac) that Gampy keeps leaving for me to drive while he takes my car. I'd like to say I don't know why he won't drive the truck to work, but I do know. More about that later...



If you've seen the Burt Reynolds/Dolly Parton movie, you will appreciate the shops name...

I guess I took one last shot of my hair to make sure I really did need a haircut and it wasn't a bad dream...

Yep...this "style" has to go! As I left the truck, I got a picture of my albatross in the back of the truck. I'm embarrassed to say that last August (last August???) my last trip moving stuff out of the house the day it closed was to load up the garbage can that we didn't need, but couldn't leave. It's been there every since. I guess I'm hoping someone crazier than us will say "Hey, do you want to give me that garbage can?"

...or better yet, maybe they will just steal it!

hmmm...Do you think this is why Gampy doesn't want to drive the truck down to his business office and park it in his parking place? He apparently has more class than I do.


So here's a shot of the Lil Hairhouse's front porch. This is actually classier than the inside if you can believe it.

I really like that old rug they have on the porch. I may do a drive-by some night and let it jump into the back of the truck next to the garbage can. If they catch me I won't have a hard time making them believe I'm a crazy old lady, right?

Here's a picture from my camera that they can use as a mug shot at the police station. Who put all those layers of neck under my chin????



Well, as you can see, the Hairhouse looks an awful lot like the Chicken House in that Burt Reynolds movie...

But Glen, the owner, fixed me up with a sleek little cut that will be down to the gray in no time at all.


Just to be sure, I checked out the back too to make sure that rat's nest was gone. Whew.

I was reading Toodie's blog (Babblelot) just a while ago. She was talking about whether to make resolutions or not. I think I need some.


Mine will be (1) to keep cutting my hair in a timely manner; ( 2) always look in the mirror and make sure the back of my hair is combed, and (3) to find a sucker to take this garbage can and pile of rocks that keep rolling around and clanging every time I turn a corner.

If I don't see you before Saturday, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Painting Tip

Last Summer, while getting the house ready to transfer to the new owners, I ran into a problem with paint. As usual, I had been somewhat lazy in labeling my paint cans previously that year when I painted several rooms various shades of light to medium brown while I was in my frenzied search for the "perfect" shade of brown.

The guest bathroom was a medium shade of brown and behind a picture I had made several ugly attempts to hang the picture. Well, I went out to the cabinet that had many cans of light to medium brown paint (both gallon, quart, samples and pints), and searched for the one that matched the guest bath. Each time I thought I'd found the right shade and went and painted the spot, but alas, not so! The mismatched spot got bigger and bigger each time I tried to cover it.

Finally, I gave up and decided I would either have to paint 2 walls of the bathroom or just leave the mess and try to hide it with the picture. Like all good slackers, to avoid making a decision I got down on the floor to clean it really well and happily discovered a quarter-size paint blob behind the door.
"Thank God I'm a sloppy painter" was all I could think!



I hurried down to Home Depot and handed the paint blob to the clerk at the paint desk. He put it into their computerized paint-matching machine and out came a sample of perfectly matched paint. YAY!



You just need a quarter-size sample to get paint matched.



Too bad it isn't that easy to correct my "too-blonde" hair color I ended up with last time I was brave enough to let the beauty shop do it.



I'll have to think up how I'm going to correct that coloring, but first I need to relax a little.



In a perfect world, I would do the following to keep track of the paint in each room:

* Stick a free paint stiring stick in the can to coat the bottom of the stick
* Let it dry, then write the name of the room on the stick in permanent ink
* Put a hole in the end of each stick and string them on a key chain

It will help if you remember where you put them, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Where Would We Go?

If you came to visit, where would we go? Why we'd take you to the Dock to get a mess of boiled shrimp like this...



Not a dock, but "The Dock".



Getting there is half the fun. You'd have to load up in the pickup truck like Grampy's cousin Harold, his wife Darla, Grampy, Pop, and I did one Saturday night. Notice Harold is the only one brave enough to ride shotgun when Grampy is driving!



Darla, Pop and I rode in the back seat and prayed.



You may think we're pulling your leg when we start down the back roads between the Texas and Oklahoma border. It may seem a little isolated to be heading toward a "hot spot" for dining.



You'll think we're joking when we tell you we have to line up behind that red jeep to wait for the cars on the other side of the one lane bridge to come across. Our side is Texas, the other side is Oklahoma. No one patrols this "border" either, even though both states think the other side is a strange land.



Finally the last car from the other side will come across and it'll be our turn to go.



Keep your eyes ahead and hope no one on the Oklahoma side decides they don't want to wait for our line of cars to cross. There's only room for one car to cross at a time and our big pickup barely makes it.



Don't look out the window, the bridge seems a little shaky and it's a long way down!



When we finally arrive, you'll wonder where in the world we are.



Look past the parking lot and all you can see are cow pastures...you'll wonder if we're joking you. When we tell you The Dock is only open on Friday and Saturday nights and is packed if you wait to late to come, you'll think you've gone back to the 1930's.



But come inside and you'll love the food. This is no ordinary buffet. You'll find homemade bread and rolls, soups, salads, baked potatoes with the works, boiled - fried - and garlic shrimp, fried catfish, yummy fried chicken (pass me a wing please), pinto beans, and hot and fresh peach and blackberry cobbler fresh out of the oven. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.



Being that Darla is the smallest of the group, I didn't believe her when she said she can eat her weight in boiled shrimp. She proved to me she could!



Harold and Pop gave up and just watched Darla in amazement.

"How many plates of shrimp is that Darla?" I asked.

She's raising 3 fingers in the picture, but this wasn't the end of her feast by a long shot. Me, I was soon up at the buffet line waiting for them to switch the empty pan of peach cobbler out for a pan of hot blackberry...mmmmmmmm. I love blackberry cobbler! And I admit, I couldn't keep up with little Darla if I tried.



So, come visit. If you're brave enough to make the ride over the bridge with Grampy, there's a mess of the freshest shrimp just waiting for ya!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Four Birthdays And A Funeral

Four of our family members have birthdays in December. My father was born on this date -- December 13Th. He has been gone a long time, but I always think of him on this day and I often know his spirit is around because he sends me little reminders, always connected to the number "13".

Here's a picture of Dad, my two oldest daughters and me, taken in the days when my "Farrah Fawcett" hairdo was actually in style!



Next in age is my younger sister, Cindy, born on the 5Th. Cindy never misses a chance to call Gampy or me on our birthday (usually as early as possible) to sing "Happy Birthday!" and we always try to return the favor, again...as early as possible.

Cindy is the one in orange in the picture below. This picture was taken when I was in the Air Force and home on leave in 1969. Cindy had just turned 12, I was 19, sister Becky was 9 and little Tori was 22 months.



My first born, Jenny, was born on the 7Th and, as you can see, she was a beautiful baby. The picture below was taken at 2 weeks old. She looked like a 3 month old at that point. I think it was because she was overdue by almost 2 weeks. See how the size 0 to 3 month size sleeper was already too short for her torso? When she was born she was 8 lbs 14 oz and not a wrinkle on her face.



Here's Jenny and Dad together. This is one of my favorite pictures of my Dad because he had just had a lung removed and it made us realize that life is short and not to be wasted.



The youngest of our December birthdays is our son-in-law Mike. He became a father this year when Ben was born, but Doggy Dee has called him Daddy for years.



Sadly, in 1969, my father's mother died on Dec 9Th and was buried on Dad's birthday -- Dec 13Th -- that year. Her name was Sabra. When Jenny was born 4 years later just a few days shy of the day Grandma died, we gave her the middle name Sabra in memory of my grandmother.



The thing I loved about Grandma Sabra was her spirit -- And, how she loved to play penny-ante-poker. Notice there's a deck of cards on that table in front of her. Her favorite game was "Aces, Deuces, Jokers and 1-Eyed-Jacks Wild".

As a kid, I thought this was a great game and never questioned the sanity of it. But when I was an adult and explained how to play it to a group of guys, one of them pointed out that the majority of the cards in the deck were wild. That was so like Grandma. She loved to win and with that many wild cards, she usually did!

So Happy Birthday again to all you December babies.

Especially happy birthday to you Dad, on your birthday today. Please know that you are missed... I hope Grandma Sabra is letting you win a few pots in the penny-ante poker games up there.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

This Is The House For Bill



This is the house that has stolen Gampy's heart. I call it the castle on the hill. See, I really like a little Country-French farmhouse that's being built down below. The castle is done and ready to move in. The farmhouse is still being built. But "we" have ruled out the farmhouse because Gampy thinks the extra bedrooms are too small.



This house is bigger than it looks in the pictures, but is not huge like so many houses these days. Come on in and we'll take a look around...



Inside the door is a hallway. We would convert the archway to the left to a built-in bench and shelves for taking off shoes and hanging coats (a sort of mini mudroom) and wall in the archway so that the dining room would become a TV room. There's another dining area and one is enough for us. Our last house had a dining room we used once a year at Thanksgiving.



I love the doorway trim. This builder is the tops in my opinion. His wife is the interior designer and she did a lovely job. The paint is much darker than it appears. My cheapie camera seems to wash things out.



Here's what is now the dining room, but would be closed up with french doors and built in shelving and a spot to hang a TV on the wall. The chandelier is old and was redone for wiring. Love it of course.



This kitchen stole my heart. Gampy found his spot and was ready to close right then and there.



Let's get rid of the guys and focus on the kitchen. The tile is lovely and I think I could look like a real good cook here. I didn't say "would be", I said "look like". That would be enough for me.



There's a little room on the way to the master bedroom. No door, just built in office stuff. Man, I could actually get organized here...hmmm.



This picture makes the granite look "orange-y", but it's not. The decorations used for staging are not my style, but I would take care of that in an hour.



Here's the thing that won me over with this builder. We always talk about building in shelves and drawers, but never find the money or time to get it done. Imagine buying a house where the builder thought of everything for you. That's why I love this builder/designer team.



Maybe a castle on a hill is just what I need too. My big fear is who is going to mow all that grass since it sits on a corner...lots of mowing and edging...and I usually end up with that job! What do you think? I'll show the farmhouse next time even tho it's already crossed off the list. There is a special wall I want to show you.