Yay! The phones are back on!

Since we had the rains recently, our phones have been out.

They are back!

While I have no qualms about going wireless, the problem is that someone may actually want to get us. Yes, there are folks in the family that still think that cell phones are expensive and unreliable (This is true, but they are still more convenient than a land line).

With Grandparents on both sides in tough shape, a land line is quite important.

This, however, did not prompt us to get new cell phones. That was a whole different decision cycle. I got a Palm Pre plus, and Kristin got a Palm Pixi plus.

We love them.

Well, gotta go fiddle with my Pre


Oh, the styles of kids these days...

Well, when you let them dress themselves, the can be creative!

Sometimes, a bit too creative.

I need glasses.

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Tax time is comming...

While I have had some challenges with the tax man lately, this little vid I got from Instapundit via Skippy lightened me up.

Uggg, I gotta start Turbo Tax up again.


Quick update`

Well, the health is OK. I tested it out today by working out in the yard a bit. Just some raking and throwing out some seed, but the cramps are not too bad.

It was COLD out today. Not Punxsutawney cold, but cold for here. Then came the rain. Boy did it rain! Chapman was flooded, and I almost couldn't come home from Costco. Tornado warnings, thunder, and TONS of rain mid day. This afternoon -- blue skies.

Dogs still have their "cones of shame" on. They have adapted to them, and thankfully have figured out how to go out the doggie door with them on. One more week of shame for them.

The girls Daisey scout troops are going to start selling cookies soon, so we are gearing up for that challenge. It should be interesting -- two girls in different troops. The shy one (whichever it ends up being) will loose out. Just another life lesson I suppose.

The house held up, and with the new skin, looks marvelous. Total transformation.

Well, I gotta take some pills. Later.


One project down, a bajillion more to go...

The stucco project is done.

The stone work is done.

I am so happy to have it done that I may just relax a bit. This has been going on since May or June of last year. One refi, several change orders, and many decisions later, it is done, done, DONE!

Now I have to revitalize the landscaping and repair all the sprinkler heads that were damaged during the construction phase. Just putting up the porch lights took me a whole day last week. This reflects the fact that I am mostly able to do this kind of work, but the little dexterous things still challenge me. I can screw in surface mounts on a light box, but my fingers are numb just enough so that I can't feel the threads catching, and if I drop it, I am not fast enough to twist and catch it. I also have to have someone (like an adult) around to call 911 if I fall off the ladder.

Time to stick to gardening.


Work continues

The work continues on the house.

A fresh layer of stucco, and the stone guys started today.

Been busy with that, girls school, puppies, and nursing a cold that just kinda lingers... and lingers...

G'nite, I am wore out.

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