And Now for the Rest of the Week

We got our heat back on Wednesday.  It was a very cold day and Kristen couldn’t feel her feet most of the day.  Just as we were leaving for church at 5pm the mail finally came with the new thermostat.  We had to get Kristen to band practice so we couldn’t even go back and install it!  We came home to a cold house – but it worked and our heat came on and we left it at 74 all night and all day Thursday – as the weather warmed up.  I have since discovered that the LP is not working and we are getting all of our heat through the heat pump.  Lord, help my electric bill!!!!

Now that the heat is back on our dog, Lexi, is freaking out.  She pants and shakes and hides in the bathroom – or better yet, the laundry room.  She had us scared silly and I actually took her to the vet (not a wasted trip since the dogs needed their heartworm shots anyway).  Physically she’s fine and the vet sincerely doubted he would find anything if he did blood work.  He gave us 3 days of anxiety medicine for her which hasn’t done anything either than give her big chunks of yummy peanut butter.  I moved the dog crates in the basement, but she still “walked” her crated during the night.  Poor baby.  Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.

Also on Thursday, my daughter Karra was offered a real “grown up” job (that does not entail wearing an apron).  I won’t say where for privacy reasons, but it’s a BIG deal.  Benefits, retirement, tuition reimbursement and almost $4 an hour more than she’s making slicing cheese and making sandwiches.  Weekdays only, professional attire and it will give her great connections in her future career.  We are so proud of her!!!!!!!!  Our friend, Penny, insisted that we all go out to celebrate Friday night (after I had spent all day doing the grocery shopping – 8 different stops – and sat at the barn for Kristen’s riding lesson in the cold.  Did I mention, cold?  I finally agreed to go and we met at the Cheesecake Factory for a celebratory dinner.  With cake and balloons:

Karra's Big Girl Job party cake!
Karra’s Big Girl Job party cake!

Then Penny and her friend took Karra and Kurt to see Star Wars on the IMAX screen.  Kristen and I got home from dinner at midnight.  It was after 2am when the movie goers drug in.  It was a fun night and I’m so glad that I went.  We don’t celebrate enough in this family and I know that Joel would have said, “Go, have fun!”  So, we did!

On Saturday the big sewing room move began.  Remember a year ago when I did the big clean and remodel in my sewing room, and it looked like this?



And I was so happy and excited to get started working in a clean and tidy environment.

Well . . . . . .  one year later my adorable, made-over sewing looked like this:




So, Kristen and I worked and put up shelves in the basement so the move could begin.

Before we got started, we gutted the area


And then we put up the shelves – after some warm discussions about how things should be leveled.  She claims I’ve never worked with Dad.  Well, let me tell ya; I quit helping Joel do remodeling after I couldn’t hold a piece of drywall over my head while he balanced it on the top of the door to screw it into the ceiling!  The chair he was standing on broke, he fell, the drywall fell and I QUIT!

The shelves made it up. (On the right)


And then the moving began and the mess in the sewing room moved to the basement.





 It was hard to believe that I had all of that stuff in a tiny 4×9 room.

See the cute, fuzzy, black and white 4-footer?  That’s my Luke!!  See the back of the cute, not fuzzy, pajama clad 2-footer?  That’s my Kurt!!

Don’t anybody panic – these are not the final pictures.  We still have construction to do on the room – lattice on the back of the shelves, bead board on the ceiling and some sort of rug on the floor.  I gained 108 square feet!  It’s big enough for Kristen and I to work together.  I’m thinking I want to hang a peg board where the curtain is to give us some hanging space.  I’m planning to paint a section of the wall with magnet paint.  I’m not certain how we’ll attach things to the cement block walls, so my happy wall decor has to stay in the old room for a little while.  I’m hoping to show you the organized pictures later this week.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

Oh, It Finally Snowed . . .

(And Luke smells like a wet manure dog.)  Ugh.  Hold your breath!   I made the kids take the dogs out in the snow and just romp around.  Very successful as one kid and two dogs are now sound asleep.

Finally, on the 12th day of January half way through the winter of 2015-2016, we FINALLY got snow!  Yes, while my furnace still isn’t working because I decided not to be the most defiant wife.  I called him Monday morning and said I’d compromise – we brought in the ceramic heater and the propane from the grill, I ordered the new thermostat (which still hasn’t shipped yet) and bought an electric fireplace/heater (ulterior motive here; it’s eventual home is the new sewing room 😀 😀 ).  The house isn’t so cold you stay huddled under a blanket, but it’s not cozy warm either.  Up to 61* last night!!  Kristen has fallen in love with the little fireplace and it’s flickering flame and is now on my side for getting a much larger one.  Our house was MADE for a fireplace – it’s past time we added one.

But it snowed today!  Kristen is so right; snow makes the cold tolerable.  And it’s so pretty to look at.  It’s so fun to watch the kittens try to catch the snow flakes (it’s also good to see Sage putting some weight on her foot that the big bad cow stepped on.)  Speaking of the barn kittens, now it was kind of Sage’s fault she got stepped on.  I told her and told her not to hang out under the cow while I milked, but you know kids, they just don’t listen.  She sure listened when SugarBelle picked her foot up and came down on Sage’s little, tiny, cute kitten paw!  My heart just about stopped.  Sage keeps pretty clear of the milk production now.  Rosemary on the other hand is an adventurer.  She’s discovered that she can climb up and into the barn eaves where the little birdies hide.  She usually meows at us that she wants down and I tell her that she got up there, she can figure out how to get down (saw her above the big sliding doors on the cow stalls this morning) and she usually does.  Well, this morning she decided that she was coming down one way or another and all she needed was an in-between landing spot.  Hmmm, that big black thing should work.  Down came Rosemary right onto Sugar’s back.  Sugar started to twitch and move and Rosemary was gone!  I guess Sage passed along some words of advice when it comes to the cow!

Since it’s a snowy day and we already had made plans for it, Kristen and I headed to town to get her learner’s permit.  She passed first try and we headed over to the Cheese House for Karra to scoop up some ice cream.  I had told Kris that she could drive over when she got her permit, but in light of the snowy roads and being in the new van, we had to veto that.  No driving the new van on anything but pristine road conditions.  IF we had been in the old van, she would have driven.  No time like the present to learn!  Right now the new student driver is sleeping in front of the “fireplace” instead of doing the school she missed yesterday and today.   Hmmm, better wake her up.  And I should get to the laundry (in the freezing cold and not warming up very well with my sewing room heater laundry room).  It wouldn’t hurt to get away from wet manure dog either.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!