Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Come on in and check it out...

A fresh start, No more mixed patterns and old wall papers. My kitchen is all one color. The cabinets all match in one uniting color and the walls plain enough to feel clean and bright. Just waiting on the special order counter top and deep sink, It's home Depot so it could be awhile. The sink will be almond and have a nice rolled edge for a retro look and a tall bar style faucet with sprayer.
We will build a cookbook shelf and appliance shelf above the coffee pot to match the cabinets and clear my counter tops of the non essential appliances, Because I'm not getting rid of them. I'm a gadget gal and I love, love, love appliances especially KitchenAid.

It's light and bright YAY!

...Still dreaming of new flooring too.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Don't go away mad, Just go away...for good this time.

As much as I'd love to see a woman President, I could never vote for this woman. Surely the Dems. have someone better than this.
I still remember the lies, deceit and manipulations she worked in the White house and I surely hope the American people won't soon forget it either. I'm sorry the bad out weighed the good here.
You know I'm serious, Because politics are not my bag and I'm compelled to write this blurb.

The Weekend...

My Work in the kitchen is going good, Only had to take one pain pill so far. I got the cabinets taken down and painted the back splash up and the walls in the main part of the kitchen washed and primed for wallpaper...Oh and one counter top in and the other on order. I can't believe I lived with the mix moshed past decorating attempts of others for so long.
The cabinets look so good, and it brightens it up totally in here.

Saturday we had a little diversion from all this nesting, the #2 grandson had his second basketball game, We are now 0-2, They tried harder this time though. This is the first year for my grandson to participate in a sport. We are trying to get the #1 to do something too but so far he's all talk and no action. Football next year maybe.

Mt. Hood

Mt. St. Helens from I-84 on the fly at 55 mph.

Multnomah Falls
After the game we took a little drive to the Columbia River Gorge, it's only an hour or so away, but worth the trip.

I was hoping to get the Falls while they still had ice build up from our latest ice age period. The beauty of the Falls never goes away, although there is change there all year long, it's one of my favorite places. I like to be near water, It always de-stresses me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The kitchen remuddle, Re-Do

OK, we have lived in this home for probably 10 years and I have picked a room at a time to tackle and redo the past owners poor taste and some of it is really bad. This by no means is the home we plan to retire to but it must do until the time comes to build.

...with an aching back and a sinus infection that's almost over (fingers crossed) I can't stand it any more. You know getting older sucks, I've got more aches and pains than carter has pills...not that I would take them. I'm seriously wondering if I haven't got some autoimmune thing like Lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis. It's always something, Just when I decide all right this is enough of this, it feels a little better and something else is hurting. Although the back thing isn't getting better. Just staying the same, You do just a little too much and I have to lay down. It makes me crazy and my life feels like its not my own anymore.

So with that said my remodel could take me awhile but it's got to be done.

My colors of choice paired with the french Vanilla colored cabinets...still thinking on the floors.

(Before and during)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The best part of waking up, is folgers in your cup

Do you remember that Folger's Christmas commercial from years ago, the one where the kid hitchhikes home and goes into his parent's house early in the morning, the little girl runs downstairs to greet him and they quietly make Folger's coffee, which wakes up the mom and she comes downstairs and exclaims "Peter!"

Everytime I see this Commercial it reminds me of my mother, No not the commercial itself but the product its selling, Folgers Coffee.

I wonder what will remind my kids of me long after I'm gone?

...Today was my Mom's 16th Anniversary of her passing, Not a day goes by that for some reason or another that I don't miss her. I realized today though my memories are fading of her, It's natural I know but sad.

Now she'd say to me stop this your f***ing depressing me and pass the damn Coffeemate. Then she'd light up a Marlboro light 100, Put her elbow on the table for support(she had lower back and hip problems), take a drag off her cigarette and say life was good.
She wouldn't have done it any other way.

For her it wasn't Quantity of life rather the opposite it was Quality.

For me, her life was way to short, She left just when it was getting good.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A new Addiction...

You gotta try Em!

American Idol #6

Ahh, the show I've been waiting for, Gosh that sounds like I have no life huh? It's really the one I wait for though. I don't have many favorites and I'm not really a survivor fan because it grosses me out most of the time. I fell into watching HBO's F***ing Western for some time just to count the usage of the famed word, 134 at last count in one show! Cheap entertainment.
Nothing since Sex and the City has held my attention more. Although I am watching Rome from time to time. It's a bit on the shockingly gorey side for the most part, I'm hoping for the history lesson at least.

Idol auditions in Minnesota, Please excuse me if the names are misspelled.
I liked
Matt Sata, 16 yrs old. Quality voice in the short time we heard it, but very likable and talent that would seem untapped.
Perla Meneses, She started out doing something, it wasn't working...and then so effortlessly slid into Shakira's "Hips don't lie". It was amazing, she's cute and it will make her or break her, the choice is hers.
Jarrod Fowler, I'm sure he's already stereo typed as the "Navy Guy" He made me feel patriotic and I wanted to vote for the good guy. He does have talent.
Rachel Jenkins, Again I wanted to vote for her, She's a reservist and the hubby is in Iraq. She had a good voice too.
Denise Jackson, A 16 year old, Impressive talent.
Michelle Steinga, Labeled confident, I'd say that too. She sang country. A little brighter than a predecessor to the stage.

For me the night was entertaining because of Trista's lion roar, Yep it was the cowardly lion without the make up. She did have a unique talent and it was terribly funny to watch.
There were many others that didn't belong there either, I wish that we could concentrate on the talent and leave the hurtful bits of opinion out of it though. Maybe the Gong on the "Gong show" was a better way to go than words that cut like a Sword. It hurts me to see people ridiculed like that.

2 more hours tonight...I can hardly wait.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

...and it was supposed to be 1/2 inch or less, or just all rain.

Below was the headlines for us today, A surprize snow storm...It was no surprize to me. I've been watching the Doppler radar and seen it coming and knew it would be snow without a doubt. Why didn't the weather people?

Recently I was joking that they would call school off at the fall of one just one flake, Well not the Beaverton school district, let it be known I stand corrected.

Do I dare speculate that they are getting their share of grief now with all the parents trying to get their kids home from school after they called off school 2 hours later than every other school district in the area? I'd be willing to wager on it. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes.

I would think if even 50%-75% of the school districts called school due to the weather it should be manditory for the rest to follow suit. Wouldn't you think?

Portland paralyzed by snow and ice
11:37 AM PST on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

KGW.com, NWCN.com and Wire Reports

PORTLAND - A cold snap brought a blanket of snow, rain, sleet and freezing rain to the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas Tuesday morning, literally and figuratively freezing roads and traffic during the morning commute and cancelling classes at many schools.
Roads were so icy that ODOT required all vehicles in the Portland Metro area to use chains or traction devices on highways until further notice.

Jacknifed semi-trucks were scattered along highways, including some blocking traffic on Interstate-205 northbound in Clackamas and Interstate-5 southbound near the Main Street exit in Vancouver.

Police warned that they would only be responding to injuries, so people involved in fender benders or spin-outs would need to call for their own help from tow trucks, due to the large number of accidents Tuesday morning involving everything from cars and semi-trucks to TriMet and school buses.

Check out this video from King5.com
In Portland, Or.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Greetings from the Frozen Tundra

This was Mt. Hood Yesterday, The sun was glorious! I can't imagine how many people played hookie from work and went skiing. Mt. Hood certainly looks to have gotten its share this last week.
Below was our overnight low, Brrrrrrrrrr.

Not much else to share, I got a Mary Kay party this morning and a Horse show this afternoon. I'm not looking forward to the frigid cold barn though. Maybe we won't have to stay to long.
Emmy Lou is in season, OMG, This is fun....Not. MR. Raleigh dog thinks he should be doing something and Emmy constantly provokes. This can't end soon enough if you ask me.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Jeannie has tagged Me

If you had to choose one vice in exclusion of all others what would it be?
Chocolate it's the only one I haven't given up.
If you could change one specific thing about the world what would it be?
I'd be Queen
Name the cartoon character you identify with the most.
Lately it would have to be the Road Runner
If you could live one day in your life over again which one would it be?
I don’t think I’ve lived the happiest day of my life yet. So Still waiting....
If you could go back in history and spend a day with one person who would it be?
My Grandmother on my Moms side
What is the one thing you lost, sold or threw away that you wish you could have back?
Time with the #1 Son in his youth or My Black Onyx Bracelet
What is your one most important contribution to this world.
The goodwill I hope I perpetuate & my Sunny disposition
What is your one hidden talent that nearly no one knows about?
I can pinch with my toes (snickering)
What is your most cherished possession?
My Mothers Norwegian Bible and her Norway Flag
What one person influenced your life the most when growing up?
My Mom
What one word describes you better than any other?

I tag April, Pacific college mom, Bill and Buffy


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The difference of 7 miles and 400' in elevation...

Today my trip to town was expected to be eventful just because the weather was chilly and we have been socked in up here on the hill with rain and off and on again fog banks. I forget that I can drive into the towns around us and being they are lower in elevation, sometimes get a little better weather.
The pictures below show several things..

  1. the rain soaked farm fields
  2. It's Sunny with a capitol"S"
  3. The cloud bank on the horizon is bringing Snow. Pure undeniable snow.

These are little stops from town to my hill, just 400' difference but you see, you go from what looks like spring to winter wonderland in a matter of minutes.