I got a phone call this afternoon about 30 minutes after lunch. Wade was supposed to be at work, but he was calling to tell me he had locked his keys in his car. I laughed and asked him where I should bring the extra key. Then he got very quiet. Finally he said, “That’s the problem.” He was out buying a Christmas present for me and telling me his location gave it away. He did finally tell me and I did take him his key. Even if I already know what I am getting, I am very excited. I have wanted a new glass front door since we moved in!
Month: November 2006
I mentioned yesterday about the packages I inadvertently had shipped to our old address. Now I will tell you the whole story. I ordered three things for Wade for Christmas. Two were from Sam’s Club and one was from an individual through paypal. I waited over a week before I thought to track the packages. Then I discovered that all of them had been sent to our old address. Both places had saved my previous address and I hadn’t needed to use them since moving. I called Sam’s Club and they told me they would take care of the items and refund my money. The individual wasn’t any help and he had shipped through USPS. After I realized I wasn’t going to be able to reorder the gift from the individual, I thought to contact my old landlord. She told me her current renters had mentioned the boxes to her and asked for my number – which is now different from what she had on file. I emailed and called the current renter asking her if I could get the boxes on Wednesday when we drove through Atlanta. She didn’t return my call till we were out of Atlanta, but I did arrange to pick up the items on Sunday evening. She had only received the two from Sam’s Club, but I did get those. Now I have two items that I haven’t paid for. I called Sam’s Club and explained it all to them. They decided I was too much trouble and told me to keep the items and not worry about paying for them. At least Wade now gets two of the three gifts I had ordered.
Wade and I took a couple more pictures in front of the tree – now decorated. Then we started our long return trip. Without the shopping the trip only took 7.5 hours, which isn’t too bad. We did stop in Atlanta at our old house to pick up some packages I had inadvertently had shipped there.
Today was a great family day. The entire family woke up around 9 am. Melissa ran out to get us all donuts and then we sat around in our pajamas till 11 am. We talked, ate, read, slept, etc. There was talk of decorating the tree. We even pulled out the box of ornaments, but all of the ornaments are still in the box.
Kate, one of my friend’s from high school, brought her husband, Scott, and daughter, Taylor, by for a visit. They live in Florida and I definitely don’t get to see them often enough.
Kate’s daughter, Taylor, loves dogs. Thank goodness Tubbles is great with kids.
Taylor quickly learned that the dogs love treats. She would get a chip, split it in two, and then feed both dogs. The best was when she tried to ride Madison like a horse. Madison started running from Taylor at that point. Tubbles was more inclined to just sit there.
Mom, Melissa, and I braved the crowds today. We did choose non-mainstream shops, but we were out shopping on Black Friday. I even got five or six Christmas presents. Once we were home we decide to put up Mom’s tree and begin decorating. Then we got in the mood to take Christmas card pictures. Wade has a little photoshopping work to do on the dogs’ eyes, but here is a possibility of what we will use.
Melissa and Chris joined in too!
My mom hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year and we had about twenty people at our house. We started eating around 1 pm and people were here for the first round of leftovers. I saw lots of extended family that I only see at holidays. My two cousins are both married with kids and my little cousins grow like crazy between visits. Here is a big family picture – minus a few people that had to leave early.
Wade’s family also had Thanksgiving in Paducah so we drove to Reidland for a visit. Wade’s parents, grandparents, sister Emily, Emily’s boyfriend Brian, and a few members of his extended family were all recovering from a big meal when we arrived. There were a few naps and some Christmas discussion throughout the evening.
Wade didn’t have to work today so we decided to make a leisurely trip to Paducah. We left Anderson around 11 am and made our first stop at the outlets in Commerce, GA. I picked up a Christmas present and we were on our way. We stopped at a furniture store in Lawrenceville, GA and found a leather couch we both like – a miracle in itself. Our next stop was REI where we bought another Christmas present. Our last stop in Atlanta was at the GaTech bookstore. Wade has misplaced his hat and needed a new one. Then we got serious about heading north. Traffic was horrible the entire trip, but we made it to Paducah just in time for El Chico’s with mom. It was awesome to walk in the door and see El Chico chips and cheese – my favorites!
Because I have nothing to do while the paint on the walls in the dining room is drying, I decided to start a second project. I bought an old tool chest at an auction a few months ago and it has been sitting in my basement every since. I’m not sure if the wood is stained or painted, but it is a horrible green color. My plan is to refinish and then stain the chest, but the project is always pushed to the back burner.
I decided to start small – with the inside of the lid. This way, if anything goes wrong, I can always paint the inside of the chest. I have used chemical strippers in the past and been very pleased. Chemical strippers are very messy and have horrible fumes so Wade suggested I work in the basement. I think he is just worried about his nice new shop.
After working and working, I have determined the chest is going to be trouble. I tried two chemical strippers, but neither removed the paint. I tried the heat gun and that didn’t work either. The last option is sanding – a lot of sanding. I think I’ll wait till after Thanksgiving to begin that.
I am once again trying to choose a paint color. I know I want a red dinning, but the shade of red is proving hard to pick. Everyone had told me that painting red was much more difficult than any other color. Knowing this, I took the advice of the paint person and bought a tinted primer. I was told this would save me from having to paint six coats of red. The funniest part is the horrible color of the tinted primer – yuck.
I now have three different shades of red on the wall and can’t decide. I was going to post pictures, but they all look the same in a picture. I think I am going to paint my favorite red and then repaint it in a few months if I don’t like it.
Horrible chandelier isn’t it? We are going to get a new one as soon as we have a table.
The Sundays our church meets are always extremely long days. We have to be at church in Greenville by 7:30 am, which means we are up at 6:30 am. Wade and I both work both services so we aren’t finished with church until 1:00 pm. Today we met Wade’s Aunt Louise and Uncle John for lunch at Stax’s Omega – they even had chocolate chip pancakes! After lunch Aunt Louise and I visited a flea market and Wade tried to fix Uncle John’s computer. At about 5:30 pm Wade admitted defeat. We got home, built a fire and started back in on the dining room. We got all of the crown molding sanded and primed. We even got a coat of primer on two of the walls. (I am only painting two until I decide if I like the color.) Tomorrow I will put the first coat of red on the walls – woo hoo.
Because I haven’t had a lot of work recently, my days all tend to run together. A Saturday is no different than a Tuesday. I got up this morning and drove Wade to meet his Aunt Louise and Uncle John. They were driving down to Atlanta for a GaTech football game. I stayed home and worked on the dining room. I was making good progress when I realized I had a baby shower I needed to attend. I quickly showered, wrapped the gift, and headed out the door. I was halfway there when I realized this is the first baby shower I have attended, but there will be lots to come. I know four pregnant girls in my church – three of them are due the same week in April. The shower was fun, but took most of the afternoon. I never got motivated to return to the dining room project. A movie in front of the fire with Wade was much more fun after dinner.
Wade and I took a few weeks off, but we have started another project. I am tackling the dining room. I know I want to paint it red, but I’m not sure which color of red. I finally decided to buy some paint and put it on the wall. I can always paint over it if I don’t like it. We asked Danielle’s husband, Johnathon, to help move furniture away from the walls. Then I got out my trusty heat gun and started stripping paint from the molding. Wade took pity on me and took over the heat gun. I got out the contour sander (the greatest invention ever!) and started sanding behind Wade. We got about half of the molding done tonight.
Here is a before picture:
All of the stores are decorated for Christmas and it has gotten me in the Christmas mood. Some girls from my neighborhood and I decided to start our Christmas shopping. We drove to Dawsonville, GA and spent most of the day buying Christmas presents. Emma, my two year old neighbor, was a really good sport about being dragged around all day. We had a fun time and I even marked quite a few people off my list. Now I have a bunch of gifts to wrap!
The first thing I do when I get up each morning is look out the window. If it is raining, the poor dogs only get a short run instead of going outside for the entire day. Well today when I looked out the window there was a man at our back door. I watched a minute and realized it was the trashman. He came up our driveway, emptied Wade’s shop trash can into our big one and took the big one to the street. How cool is that? I had decided late last night that it wasn’t worth the trouble to take our trash out in the rain. I wonder if I can call and thank him or give positive feedback to his supervisor.
Kendall and James invited us to spend the afternoon at the lake. It was a gorgeous day in Anderson so we quickly agreed. By the time we arrived at the lake in the mountains of North Carolina it was quite chilly. We all decided that playing card games by a fire sounded more fun than a boat ride on the lake. After a little searching, Wade found the wood and we had an awesome fire going and a deck of cards. We taught Kendall to play Spades and then she and Wade creamed James and I. Wade said we looked like a J. Crew ad. Young people around a fire in a woodsy lodge.
Wade convinced James and Kendall to keep playing cards even after they should have left to make their dinner reservations. Instead, Wade and I crashed the party joined the three other couples for dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Like I ever turn down Mexican!
Today was full of fun. The morning started off with an auction down the street. The house was not for sale, but we did get to see inside. Until we noticed the house didn’t have central heat and air, we were seriously considering investing in it. Danielle, Emma, Wade, and I stayed for a couple hours and I bought two items for $5 each. I got a mirror with a “weathered” frame and a kindling basket. We’ve had a fire every evening so far.
Wade and I then spent the afternoon raking leaves. This yard is much more manageable than our last house. We have one big tree and then lots of dogwoods. Our neighborhood is great. You put anything you don’t want at the curb – furniture, limbs, trees, leaves, trash, etc. It disappears – sometimes the city gets it and sometimes a neighbor takes something.
We spent the evening in Greenville doing a little shopping and eating dinner with a couple from church. We had dinner at the Melting Pot and the three hours seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. The Wybengas are a lot of fun. Daniel and Wade are definitely on the same wavelength and Laurie and I both have to deal with them. My favorite incident at dinner – Wade told the waiter he wanted ice cream with maraschino cherries for dessert. The waiter faltered a minute and then explained they didn’t have ice cream, only items to dip in chocolate fondue. The waiter had been joking with Wade all night so I shouldn’t have been surprised when he served Wade a plate of maraschino cherries and a bowl of “melted ice cream.” Wade tried dipping the cherries in the bowl of milk but said it just didn’t taste quite the same.
I realized the other day that there is big news I haven’t posted. I don’t normally post about politics. Actually, I don’t normally care about politics. However, my dad has decided to run for governor in KY for 2007. This is a race I definitely find interesting.
For the first time in three months, I went in to Atlanta for work. I left the house around 8, and arrived at the outlet malls in Commerce just as they opened. Gap even had 30% off everything in the store. I got to SA just in time to pick up Carol and Del for lunch – Mexican of course. Then I went in and met with my boss. I even got some new work – yahoo! Then it was on to the mall for a little more shopping until Jamie joined me for dinner. I love American Cafe – that is a restaurant Anderson definitely needs.
I have a lot of work that needs doing in the yard, but I’ve been avoiding it. I kept telling myself that it would be much easier to dig up plants right after a good rain. Well the circumstances were finally right. I spent the afternoon digging up and dividing day lilies and cannas. I planted them anywhere there was bare ground, but I still had to throw a lot away. I didn’t get to planting bulbs, raking leaves, or dividing the dutch irises. There is always next week. I am sad to say I am very very sore. I’m obviously not used to digging, pulling, planting, and bending over for such a long time. I also got bit by fire ants somewhere and the bites are itching like crazy!
My mom started this contest years ago. My sister, mom, and I would all search for the fall tree with the best colors. Wade even threw in his contest entry this year. Here is my tree (or rather trees). Sadly, the picture doesn’t do justice to the actual colors.
Wade and I are becoming pros at these 7-8 hour drives. We loaded up the car – we even brought home a new living room chair and headed for Nashville. We stopped at the outlet mall in Nashville to return a Christmas present. Melissa and I had thought we were doing good, but mom beat it to us and bought herself new luggage. Then we continued on to Atlanta where we stopped at Waffle House for dinner. The dogs were good and even learned to share the backseat.
We even got home in time for the first fire of the year in our fireplace.
We traveled again this weekend. My dad and Laura had a pool built this summer, but due to the construction schedule and all the family’s schedules this was the first weekend we could have a family pool party. Thank goodness the pool is heated and the sun was shining. We actually played quite a bit. Madison took a lot of coaching but got in and did some swimming. Dad and Laura’s dogs were fascinated by the remote controlled shark and the water jets. Frank (the yellow lab) spent hours trying to “catch” the moving water exiting the jet.
Tubbles took off on me this morning and ran the length of dad’s property – 40ish acres. After her little jaunt she wouldn’t move off the porch. I have the feeling she tired herself out and didn’t help her arthritis either. Maybe next time she’ll try the pool. The pool and hot tub are filled with salt water – which means no chemicals are needed. The salt content is so low that you don’t notice and aren’t sticky when you leave the water. I like this new idea.
We took the dogs back to the fenced in field for a run tonight. We’ve been working on Tubbles staying near and coming when called. She and Madison did great. Then Tubbles suddenly ran off. I thought she was running far away but she ran right to the car door and sat. She wouldn’t budge and wasn’t happy until I opened the door for her. She sat in the car and watched us play with Madison for a few minutes more. When we got back to the house, we were all tired.
Sally came to visit a few days ago – at least she doesn’t come very often. Sally has a problem with gossip. She doesn’t know what to repeat and what to keep to herself. This makes a lot of uncomfortable situations and throws many situations way out of proportion. I always thought the games of high school would be left behind when people matured. Instead, I think things are worse because some people grew up and others didn’t.