Saturday, April 1, 2017

ISN'T SHE LOVELY?

Dear, Dixon House...

I came across this last week and just wanted to say… you look lovely.

We had an art class on Saturday or I would have been there for your Open House. Cara thought that was weird - why would I want to go back?  I've been passing by from time to time to check in on you and see your progress. Sorry you were looking a little shabby for awhile there. When I would take Lily to the vet we would drive by and see some of the updates and just the other day I saw them bringing furniture in. How exciting.

I have a confession - I wish I would have stolen that heart rock that was under the deck… I thought about it several times and figured I better not.  I wish I would have taken the glass handle off the bedroom closet door too. And that tree downstairs - well you know I wanted to rip that panel off the wall a long time ago. ;-)

Anyway, there were some things I would have done and thought that they would have done… I would have removed the door to the deck in the kitchen and put in a giant stove - I see they kept the same layout… and I would have moved that love seat up and put french doors out to the deck.  I'm surprised they didn't do that. I maybe would have put a sliding barn door in the master too - for the bathroom. That big shower looks nice, though. And all the closet build outs. Nice.  I guess they didn't think of the possibility of using the closet in the master for access Over 2. That's what we used to call it.  Captive from the master instead of the other bedroom makes sense to me.  It looks like you are painted Greige which is the in color still - I think. Yay, you.

I love love love the wall opened from the living room to the kitchen. We didn't think we could do that but I guess we were wrong.  I'm not so sure I like the opening from the kitchen to the dining room but job well done. Looks wonderful and I'm sure many will love it. I like separate rooms - especially dining rooms -  but looks good. I hope you have so much fun with the people that will be sitting in there. I know we did.

I feel like some of your old house charm is gone… the built ins on either side of the fireplace are gone. ;-( I wonder if they even cared about the ships?!  No more radiators/covers!  I would love to know if that shelf coming up from the basement is still there. I hope so. I really hope so. Though I'm sure the hidden mickey is painted over. More pics on Zillow but I can't tell. Anyway, I gasped out loud when I saw the downstairs.  So many doors but you go, girl.

I'm sad that the Christiana Candles are gone. When I think of you I think of light and love. And this was before the guy that was there with me weirdly signed his emails that way. ;-)   We would open the curtains and light would just pour in and somehow, despite how things ended, I felt nothing but love there. Always.  I wonder what that guy thinks of your re-birth… I have to admit, it makes me sad knowing I'll never know.

All those years of trips to Rolliers and Home Depot when nothing was out in Robinson except that and that wing place drive thru… the yard work and the trips to Mineos after or calling Bado's for delivery of baby reubens and steak salads and that banana chocolate cake with the mini chocolate chips on it… the boys next door used to climb in the tree near the deck… I hope those are good memories for you too and if you hear a tap at the door I bet it's just KoKo and RoseBud saying hi.

The clouds are gone from the ceilings now and I guess they are gone everywhere else. I wish it was us that transformed you and created a new beginning for you… I know everyone that entered there was comfortable and welcomed and I wish the same for all those that walk through your door.

Thank You.

I love you.

Wishing you many years of Light and Love,
J

Friday, March 31, 2017

LOOKING GOOD
First of all, I went to pick the dad up and saw this beauty… I want this van! ;-)


Here's a pic of The Dad after dialysis on our weekly date with Rita.

I'm not painting a very good picture of what's going on here. I send these out from time to time via text and I always get the "looking good" response or whatever. That's great but it's not really true and I'm the only one to blame for this.  It shows how you can sway the truth a bit with so many things.  I don't know what I'm trying to say at the moment - just things are not very good.  They look good and his Rita's looks good but it's not good. I will leave it at that for the moment.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

ANYTHING GOES
High School musical trip tonight...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WE MAY BE HERE FOR AWHILE
We had some time to kill between an appointment and dialysis so we stopped at Freedom Diner for breakfast.

Monday, March 27, 2017

WHAT THE DAD ATE
He asked me if I'm collecting all these pictures of what he ate so I can put them in his casket… I said I didn't think of that.  He had an appointment today and I thought he might want to go get something to eat but he just wanted a taco from taco bell.

We got back to Seneca and his dinner was there which he probably would have eaten… just had dessert.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

TOOL TIME
I'm a tool girl… I'm the one at the yard sales with all the old men rummaging through drawers and boxes.  I went down to try to organize some things in the garage but I didn't get very far. I remember this folding ruler from when I was a little girl. I put it in my craft room for display. Maybe I'll make it into a star to hang… or a crown. No, probably a star. Or maybe I'll just leave it as is and look at it and remember.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

BUSY DAY
I met Cindy at a church sale...

Then Cara, Chrissy and I  headed out to Blairsville… stop off at Market Street bakery for some luscious breakfast hand pies.

We needed a nibble before our class at Founder's Gallery.

Surprisingly, I was the least impressed.

I don't know what I was expecting but I was a little bored.

We went to Tin Lizzy after for an early dinner and passed by the Trump House which I didn't even know was a thing.

I had to apologize for being a little off today. I feel like I'm in some kind of funk. I have anxiety if I'm too far away from home base - always expecting something to happen… story of my life.

Friday, March 24, 2017

JUNKING AND LUNCHING
Just messing around… Vandergrift for lunch. G&Gs.

Bella Luna serves their chicken salad in a bowl and I always ask for a small plate on the side when I order so I can take it out and redistribute it… this made me angry too.  Pie should not be served in a bowl. I don't care if it's Fiesta or not.

End of the Road had this fabulous table it was in some General's house long ago. Would make a wonderful kitchen island.

We became friends with the owner and she was giving me a pretty good deal on this lovely bit of Easter Kitsch. Almost too good to pass up. I didn't get it though. I really wanted it.


I knew it would have to go directly to storage and I would end up regretting it.

If you are wondering What The Dad ate… We got him a mushroom swiss burger.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TIME TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS

The joke here is that once I perfect all the things that The Dad makes then his work is done.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

I like to go for ice cream all by myself. I actually prefer it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
I watched Cassie's kids and her mom's dog the other night. Before bed, we made these...

After, I  put Tallulah in her crib and spent the rest of the evening checking to make sure she was breathing.  Poor baby. All she wanted to do was sleep. ;-)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I HAVE THIS THING WITH APPLEBEE'S
So we ended up stopping at Applebee's on the way back from Blairsville the other day because we didn't feel like coming up with any other options and I think I've said this before, I have a thing with Applebee's.

Like a bad thing.

First of all I used to really like their Oriental Chicken Salad - now, not so much. It's not because of the massive amount of calories or the racist name.  I don't know if it's my attitude or it's just not good anymore.  I got it tonight because I was hangry and tired and didn't feel like looking at the menu and it was just blah.

Anyway, during the separation, David always wanted to meet some place for lunch, often Applebee's, and that's right about the time when they started their stupid question asking. Like, are you celebrating something special today? I would usually say like yeah we're trying to figure out our divorce but sometimes I said nothing and just wanted to punch them in the face.

The girl came to the people sitting behind us first and she went through her little talk and then the question - are you celebrating something special today?  I wanted to jump up and scream -  if they were celebrating something special they wouldn't be here -  but I contained myself. I could see Chirssy noticing that I was getting a little huffy already and the waitress wasn't even at our booth yet.

Anyway, these people behind us had about a fifteen minute conversation with her and the girl looked like she just wanted to say - people I have to ask this stupid question I really don't care.

She finally came to us and we got the same speech… I told her we were just wandering around for the day and went to our favorite bakery and she chimed in that she loved bakeries.  Then I said we stopped at this gallery and may sign up for a paint class. She said she loved galleries and painting. I just said, really, it's ok. You don't need to talk to us about bakeries and galleries and painting. We're all good.

Just for the record: I am always very nice to wait staff and a very big tipper. I just don't like being questioned at Applebee's about my day and I really wonder if the staff is that into it. Are they logging this data into some program that will one day give us a breakdown as to why people stopped there?  I shouldn't be this annoyed over this but I am.  This sundae didn't even cheer me up.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ALL YOU KNEAD IS LOVE
The real reason we went to Blairsville was to go to our favorite bakery.
 
Seriously, you should go.

I don't think I've gotten a bad thing from there.

The antique store we usually go to was unexpectedly closed but we checked out some other little shops we frequent and went to the gallery down the street. In the end, though, bakery run was successful.


Friday, March 17, 2017

EAT YOUR VEGGIES
We didn't really have any reason to go anywhere today so we decided to go to Blairsville… We stopped here for lunch.

Chrissy and I got way too excited that lima beans were the veg.

They had the chocolate peanut butter pie that we like.

It's been happening a lot again, lately. It's usually Chrissy that will say something that makes us appear to be a lesbian couple and we snicker and laugh and reminisce about how they tried to give us a king size bed when we checked in at a hotel once because I gravitated right to the "welcome to the gayborhood map" at the concierge desk. I still think it was her birkenstocks and those maps rock. Anyway, it was somewhat of a weird day. We didn't really have anything urgent to do. I was off and The Dad was doing ok so I went on a much deserved play date to Blairsville. This is how we roll. Are we fun or what?

Monday, March 13, 2017

LITTLE SHRIMP
The dad likes one of the shrimpy macaroni dishes at the home.

Though he says it should be called SHR because they are so little - they can't be called SHRIMP.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE
You would think I would be more organized because I'm a little obsessed with compartmentalizing things and putting like items together. I know a lot of my problem is that I have too much of everything and that too much of everything is scattered all about between storage units and garages, etc… so I'm constantly coming across things.

I hate that I can't find something when I need it or get to something because it's blocked by something else. I'm working on it but not fast enough.

I'm back to feeling chaotic again because all of my stuff is all over the place.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ANY GIVEN SATURDAY
I went to a couple house sales today… one in lawrenceville...

It was a little creepy. At one point I thought I was going to fall through the steps. The company that was doing the sale also had one going in Mt. Lebanon off 19 so I decided to drive out there.   I found a few things between the two...

…including a box full of used vintage wedding cards. I'm really on this kick of starting a wedding cake topper collection. I'm not sure if I will regret it to not.

Anyway, I drove by Dixon House on my way back…

They are bringing furniture in!

Later, Cara and I went to see the dad and went to Pasquilino's for dinner.


Just another Saturday.


Friday, March 10, 2017

SNOW AND CHIPS
It was snowy out

Cassie and Cindy have been telling us to go here for a long time.  The chips and dip were good.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

SHEETZ STOP
The Dad had an appointment today and he didn't want to stop anywhere to eat after so we ended up at sheetz. Every time I go to Sheetz I feel like I'm on vacation and going to a rest stop. I love rest stops but it kind of makes me sad. I miss highways and road trips. For awhile I was getting this iced mocha thing and then I looked up all the weird ingredients and now I don't get that very often. I usually get one of those mickey mouse snack things or cheese or something because that kiosk thing is overwhelming. Anyway, all he wanted was onion rings.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Q: WHY DID THE BANANA GO TO THE DOCTOR?
Walmart trip with the residents today. We went to Eat N park after and this was in the bathroom. I want one.

A: Because it was not peeling well.

Monday, March 6, 2017

GIVE INTO LOVE, OR LIVE IN FEAR
RB loved fortune cookies. LB not so much. I found a bunch in the drawer…

Lily and I sat on the floor and opened them up…

Side note: does anyone else add "in bed" to the end of their fortune? Leslie always used to do that and it just stuck.  And I really wish I could remember what I used to order at that Chinese place near McLanahans. I can't believe I don't have one of the menus here. I bet I do.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

BOYS NIGHT IN (THE NURSING HOME)
The guys stopped over to see The Dad last night before boys night out.
 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ANY GIVEN SATURDAY
Any given Saturday my car seat looks like this - religious figures and cookbooks.

Friday, March 3, 2017

FISH FRY FRIDAY
We took the residents to St. John's for a fish fry…

The Dad got take out...

 I, of course, got the alternative dinner...