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Sowing Summertime Pleasure

Posted by Nancy on May 30, 2008

While I was gone this week Bud got tired of fighting our old laptop and bought a new Acer that does wonderful things.  Office Depot had a great sale, and the price was amazing.  They are approaching throw-away status.

The only question is, why do we need two laptops and two desktops for two people?  Not like they’re all new, but they’re all here.  I think the one desktop could probably go and free up some space, since it is seldom used except when there are a bunch of grandkids here who want to play games.  I use a laptop for work, but that second one….

I finally finished planting the petunias in the park, but am still committed to helping the local historical society plant some in the township’s two “pocket parks” tomorrow.  That may or may not happen though, with thunderstorms predicted to go through the state tonight.  We could use some rain, but I’m not looking forward to any violent weather.  This has been such a weird spring, with below normal temperatures and above normal tornadoes across the midwest.

This evening I replanted  squash and cucumbers in my garden, since the first batch didn’t come up.  I seem to be out of luck on the spinach and lettuce though since the store didn’t have any of those.  Maybe I will try somewhere else tomorrow.  At least the peas are finally up.

Katie gave me Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire today.  She says it is a pretty good book, so that is my next adventure into semi-fine literature, but one of these days I’m going to have to pull out some classic literature and give my brain some real exercise.  Somehow the vampires and werewolves I have read recently, and now take-offs on fairy tales, seem a little, um, fluffy.

Ah, but that’s what summer reading is all about – an easy escape.  All I need now is a beach and a hammock, then all will be right with the world.


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One More Week

Posted by Nancy on May 30, 2008

It was almost midnight when I got back from Doug’s tonight (Thursday).  I helped with homework (I make a mean construction paper stovepipe hat for an Abraham Lincoln costume) and baking till almost ten, then stood in the parking lot talking with Doug for almost an hour.  It was nice – we seldom get to talk seriously with the kids always around.

Next week will be my last week of babysitting.  I will continue to go up there some and help the kids transition gradually to having a new step-mother and my not being there all the time, but it won’t be a requirement anymore.    As I~ says, “Grandma, you’re the closest thing I have to having a mother.”  Or as Z~ says, “I’m going to finally have a real mother!”

Keep in mind, they spend half their time at their mother’s.

I sure hope this goes well, for their sakes.  Expectations are running high.

I finished Eclipse this morning, all 675 or so pages.  It only dragged in a few spots, and then not badly, so overall it was a very enjoyable read.  The fourth book in the series comes out later this summer; meanwhile, it is easy to speculate all sorts of possibilities to finish the story line. 

I’ve decided my biggest problem with these books is the fact that I am almost always cold and the heroine is in love with a vampire who is described as hard as marble and cold as ice.  I just can’t picture curling up with something akin to a living Michelangelo’s David as something I would want to do, no matter how handsome or how dedicated he was.  He would suck the warmth right out of you.

This afternoon I took the girls shopping for bathing suits but bought nothing, since that is close to how much most of the bathing suits covered.  Guess I’m hopelessly old fashioned, but I am not buying things that make my granddaughters look like they belong on a stage with a pole.  Let their Dad take them and deal with it, if indeed they really need new bathing suits.  His only rule is “it has to be something you can wear to church girls’ camp.”  They know what that means, and one seems fine with it while the other is kicking against the pricks. Acts_26:14

Following our fruitless shopping expedition we met Doug’s real estate agent at the house he is trying to buy so we could all see it.  His offer has been accepted and he is just waiting for the final word on financing, with closing the week he and Lolly return from their honeymoon.  It is in a very nice neighborhood and the house itself is lovely.  It has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, kitchen/dining area, family room, living room, den (or could be a formal dining room), laundry room, and unfinished basement.  Lots of storage space too.

The landscaping is a little overgrown and I offered to come up and help whip it into shape.  I then asked if Lolly likes to do yard work and he just looked at me like that was the most ridiculous question he had ever heard.  “She comes from southern Utah where it is pretty much desert.  No one does yard work – there is nothing green,” he said.

Oh.  Well.  Maybe she will want to learn?  I love yard work and don’t mind mentoring.  Or they can figure it out on their own – this isn’t his first house and he has managed to keep the others in good shape.

One more week to babysit, two weeks till the wedding, four weeks till the move.

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