Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Party Clothes

I did as I was told. I went shopping for a dress for the Christmas party. I hate shopping and DSH loves it! I hate spending money, but I was under orders. My husband is a construction, hunter type of guy with a side that is artistic. He likes to dress up and he likes nice clothes. So, he wanted me to have a new outfit for the fancy Christmas party. I bought a plum colored dress and perfectly matching shoes. I decided to buy him a shirt and tie that matched so he will have a surprise when he gets home. It was actually fun once I resigned myself to it. I couldn't believe how crowded the mall was. Aren't we having a recession?

Before I went shopping, I went to the hospital to visit my sister. She had surgery two days ago and is doing great. She will be home before Thanksgiving. We are very thankful! Praise the Lord.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Weekend Alone

DSH is off to Reno with a friend so I have the house to myself for the weekend! The old TV in the kitchen was sent off to the garage until we find a recycling center that wants it. I removed the garage pvc storage shelf it was sitting on and put that in the garage also. All the junk on the shelves got relocated and we now have a cleared out section in the breakfast nook. I cleaned the dirt and dog hair off the floor under that was under the shelving unit and moved the dogs water and food bowls over there. That got them out from underfoot in the kitchen. AHHH, it is looking better already.

I also went shopping for DSH's birthday and Christmas gifts. His birthday is December 15th. This year we are having his birthday party at his favorite restaurant: Claim Jumper. All four girls will be there along with their husbands/boyfriends. We are celebrating with them on the 13th then having a big open house/Christmas party on the 14th then on his real day we are taking his 90 year old mother out to dinner with us. She is in a skilled nursing facility and doesn't get out unless we take her.

So easy to get sidetracked! Back to my fun weekend activities. I bought a master remote for the TV/stereo system (a lot more $$$ than I thought it would be!), an ipod, a popcorn popper, popcorn for the popper, and a blender ( he wants to blend things). I also took a picture that his mother has that is of her as a baby (the photo is 90 years old!) sitting with her parents and had it blown up to an 8 x 10. I dropped it off at the framers and picked out frame material, mats and glass. Did you know you can get museum glass? It is the best so I got it since the photo is old and important and will be in the living room. That all cost a pretty penny too. I am going all out this year since he always gets jipped (sp?) on his birthday (a major sore point in his life). I guess I'm doing my part to help the economy!

I had to take his mother to the doctor so I picked her up from the nursing home, had her doctor visit, took her back home then went grocery shopping. It takes at least three hours to run her to the doctor. It is very emotionally and physically draining for me because she is a big girl and has major mobility issues. Getting her in and out of the car take a long time and is hard.

Tonight I ran the dogs at the school. Clarification: they ran I walked. They can be off leash there and they love it. After everyone had dinner, I took all the light fixture globes down and washed them. All the fan blades got wiped down. EEWWWW dirty. I vacuumed and now I get to reward myself with blogging! Plus, DSH isn't here to feel ignored. He called and is having a great time. He doesn't have much guy time so I'm glad he got to go.

Good night, sleep well. May God watch over you and protect you.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Victorian Mania

I really enjoy the Victorian era. I have a subscription to Victorian Homes (which should be published monthly in my humble opinion!). I love the clothes, the furniture, the houses. We have a very small, 1956 ranch house. Tract, regular, boring. Very thankful to have a home but it's not the dream. DSH isn't a big fan of Victorian, too Rococo. He prefers Arts and Craft style. But, being the loving, caring, considerate husband that he is, he has pretended to like Victorian style and has worked extremely hard creating the Victorian "look" for me in our home. :D

We have hard wood floors, crown moulding, big baseboards, fabric on the walls, reupholstered antique furniture, chair rails and fancy draperies with lace curtains. All the proportions have been changed to look good with our 8 foot ceilings instead of the 10 or 12 foot ceilings a beautiful Queen Ann would have. He is so talented.

And that is not all. In the past we have enjoyed (cough) visiting Victorian Bed and Breakfast stays in different locations. One story: We stayed in a Victorian hotel a couple of years ago while visiting our oldest daughter and son-in-law. It was winter. The hotel was renovated but the rooms did not have individual heat controls. At check-in we were told that we could call down to the desk to get the temperature of our room changed. It was freezing when we took our luggage to our room so requested the heat be turned up. We were told that it would take awhile for the room to heat up which was fine since we were going out to dinner. We got back a couple of hours later and it was still cold. We called the desk and they said the heat was on and it would take time to warm up. We got ready for bed and put on long johns and socks and snuggled under all the covers and comforter. By 2:00am the room had warmed up considerably and we woke up ROASTING! It was HOT in the room. I just couldn't bring myself to call downstairs so we opened the door to the patio and both windows and just let the cold air in. The rest of the night was fine. Not ecologically sound, but we could sleep. The fresh air was quited nice.

In the morning DSH took the first shower in the darling claw foot tub with full surround shower curtain. Unbenost to us until too late for DSH, hot, steamy air rising from the floor of the bathtub causes wet, plastic shower curtain to suck in around said husbands unclothed body, clinging and sticking. I heard a loud "eeeww" and went in to see what was wrong. I saw him pushing the shower curtain away but it kept clinging and sucking back in. I couldn't help but laugh which didn't help his current mood. He was totally grossed out by a wet, previously used plastic shower curtain not letting go as he tried to get away. We decided we wouldn't be getting a cute claw foot tub with a full surround shower curtain for our Victorian-wanna-be regular tract house.


My sister is in surgery today. She has had a tough year and prayerfully the hard part is over. A few weeks to heal and hopefully she will be good as new! Praying for you, sis!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

On restiction!!

I have missed blogging! I have been put on restriction by DSH because I use his work laptop and all my blogging clogs up his computer. I have been limited to weekends only! Sometimes I can blog at my office (like now) but usually I am fully booked with patients and don't have time. Sigh! Maybe for Christmas I will get my own computer to play on! Of course, the other reason DSH has restricted my blogging is because it takes time away from him! That's a nice reason though. It is nice to know that he likes to spend time with me :D

Have a great week. I am praying for this election!