Thursday, October 11, 2012


It occurred to me that I titled yesterdays post 'reflection' and really didn't.
And so... I had started to compose in my head this long, rambling yet poignant post about this past year. How it truly became a reprise from a couple long years of hard things...

As I pieced together different bits and passages it all seemed long ago, and somehow felt close. Close as yesterday might be. Easy enough to remember days, moments, things that were said - a look maybe. Then my mind would bounce - different memory, same time frame. So many snippets. I began to compose - how would I write it, how could I best convey...

then I got THIS!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Today I am 50.
Tomorrow I will be 51.
I don't feel a day over 49 tho.
Unless I overdo it. Then I feel about 54.

I have taken the day off from work tomorrow. Of course I will be doing a project. Doesn't everyone do that when they take their birthday off from work?

I am planning to finish up work in the mudroom.

Here is how it looked before we moved in:
I hope from the picture you can truly appreciate the filth. That back wall is a screen door and screened openings.

Here...just in case its hard to get an idea of just how bad it was. The picture below is the pantry - leading to the mudroom. We believe this was Rottweiler Ground Zero.
why o why did we buy this place...
The exterior door in the foreground has been removed as we made the 'porch' into an interior room.

We had this entire wall ripped down and replaced with new windows and an exterior door last year before we moved in.
Just before last winter I scurried around and insulated the wall and covered it with this attractive pink rigid foam.

detail of foam (and gratuitous large machinery in yard)

Finally this past weekend I got around to sheet rocking the wall.
no really...this is an improvement
It is my mission to finish this room this weekend.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


My halloweened-wife (aka auntie) loves to send the girls things in the mail.

A & J