Saturday, July 21, 2012
Whew, well the storm wasn't without some damage, we woke up to a small flood in the garage, now have to wait for someone to give us an estimate on what repairs will cost. This was followed by an unexpected, costly, vet visit for my dog, (allergies). Yes siree bob, we are one week away from vacation, hope it's not going to be "New Orleans Survivor" type of get-away!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Holey Moley, this was a light version of the preview of things that came this evening. Loudest, biggest number of lightning strikes I have seen in the three summers I've spent here! The dog did not hesitate to come upstairs and get in my bed with me, although sleeping wasn't any easier, no matter what room you were in. Power has to go sometime tonight.
We've had thunderstorms all week. Tonight was the biggest. Started around 11pm. It felt like our house was inside the thunderclouds. Lighting up my bedroom with flashes so close together it looked like a strobe light. I tried and tried to capture the lightning, best I could do.
Posted by Lisa & Sis at 7/20/2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
After finding my old files it was time to go through the paperwork. This means a full day of reading old contracts, tax returns, checks, letters, etc. Then the next step is sorting what you want to shred. This was a huge chunk of mine and my husband's lives together and those times come back to mind. When you see a loan you had that charged 17.95% annual interest, you have to shake your head, but those were also the days you could claim all the interest when you filed your taxes. It was a struggle to make those payments and we probably could have been better at managing our finances but we were young and ignorant. We weren't alone, most of our peers were in the same circumstances. There were also papers that showed progress in our money handling and the start of times when it brought a more comfortable lifestyle for us and our daughters. It also made us appreciate what our parents had to go through to bring us the best that they could, which for some of us was very minimal. Never, good or bad financially, did we struggle with enjoying and sharing life with family and friends. I hope that part endures for all, young and old.
Thursday night we settle in to watch another Giants game. Happy they are playing Braves cause it's in our time zone. I can stay up for the whole game. Well, not counting Wednesday night that ended at 12:45pm-ish. Gosh it seems awfully light at Turner Field. Nevermind, I'm going upstairs to take a quick shower. I get a text from my mom later as I stayed upstairs. "Why is the Giants mobile site saying the Braves 3, Giants 2 - Final Score if I'm still watching it? LOL Dawned on neither of us till her question to me that we were watching a tape delayed game. Aye yi yi! I think we need a vacation.
Posted by Lisa & Sis at 7/19/2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Now that the garage is cleared I guess I need to start on a couple projects: sanding and repainting to favor items. My little mirror with the orchid on it. And my Nan's old hutch. She gave it to my mom many years ago, I was a little girl and then it came with us to Livermore and now here. It's been many colors over the years but it always makes me think of her. She was a straight shooter, I miss her.
Posted by Lisa & Sis at 7/17/2012
Okay the tree trimmer guy came out today to give an estimate for removal of two dead trees. Of course it's not that simple! There are actually five dead trees and I was just concerned about one sixty footer falling! He explained pine trees don't fall they usually snap due to heavy winds or lightning, geeze that's such a relief! A large beetle infestation has hit this year and they only destroy pine trees. Thank you sir, that's good to know, because if they only prefer pines we should, over time, only lose approximately 28 of the 33 trees in the backyard.
Monday, July 16, 2012
My "first" meal on the gas stove. Steak Picado - got some peppers for homemade mole simmering in the back, marinated strip steak with green and red bell peppers sauting with onion and garlic. Mama whipped up the salsa earlier and got the beans and rice going. Soul food night!
Posted by Lisa & Sis at 7/16/2012