Sunday, October 18, 2009

Birthday's

In just a couple short hours I will be ushering in my last year of my 4th decade.  Yep, I'll be 49 on October 19th.  What a difference a year makes, last year as I turned 48, I was recovering from hip replacement, my husband was waiting to find out if his cancer has spread and what his course of treatment would be and our little puppy had just survived parvo.  I really could have cared less about my birthday last year.  This year is a different story.  I am so grateful that my husband beat his cancer, my little puppy has grown into an adult dog who brings both of us so much joy every single day, my hip is a year old and I wake up every day grateful for it.  It's hard to believe this is the last year of my forties, seems like just yesterday I turned 40 and now the decade is almost gone.  Can't say that I'd want to turn back the clock, if my fifties are as good as my forties, then bring them on.  I know that this decade of my life taught me to be comfortable in my own skin, I learned to like myself faults and all and to embrace it all because I am uniquely me.  I've also learned that you can survive hot flashes and that even though you feel like you're losing your mind during the worst of menopause, it does come back to you and most of the sweating does stop over time.  Which is not to say that I'm not hotter than I used to be (hot in the sweaty sense that is, haha), or that I don't on occasion get drippy with sweat for no apparent reason, it's just not an every day thing and it's just not as intense as it used to be.  I remember when I turned 30, boy was I depressed, thought it was all over with, old age and misery and grey hair were just a heart beat away.  When I turned 40 I made a list of 40 things to do leading up to the big day - wow, was that fun and the depression I was worried about didn't happen with turning 40.  This year I don't even think I need a list to make turning 50 fun, nor do I feel worried about old age, and I've been covering my grey hairs for several years now.  I guess I'm looking forward to 50, to my 5th decade of life and all it has to bring, I know myself and what I'm capable of and I'm sure that happiness and/or sorrow, I will survive and go on.  After all that which does not kill you makes you stronger.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Furniture

Yesterday afternoon our new furniture was delivered.  I'm just in love with it - especially the couch.  It's all Flexsteel, so I'm hoping it lasts - would it be to much to hope it out lasts me, haha.  It's an expensive endeavor to buy new furniture, thankfully my side tables and entertainment center and the like didn't need to be replaced.  It's not everybodies taste or colors, but I'm thrilled and that's what matters, right.


We had to have a recliner.  A few years ago I would have never said that, until CR had a shoulder surgery that kept him out of bed and thankfully our old recliner provided a place to sleep.  Then with my hip replacement, it took me 5 or 6 weeks before I could get comfortable in bed, armed with that knowledge, a recliner is a must - you never know when you might need one.  As luck would have it, I listed our old furniture on Craigslist and today a young man - having surgery - bought our old recliner for his recouperation. 



The couch - this is the piece that started it all, I fell head over heels in love with this couch.  CR and I are neither one very tall, just average height and now days it's so hard to find comfortable furniture that you you can sit on with your feet still on the floor, without sinking in till you need a crane to get you out, etc.  Well this couch is firm, yet very comfortable, our feet touch the floor and we don't need a crane - PERFECTION.




I relized that if we bought the recliner and the couch that the chair we had was going to clash big time and we'd had that chair for about 15 years, so it had to go and another chair must be found.  And found it was, this chair is the same fabric as the couch, only a different color.  Again it meets the sitting comfortably standards we have.

Our 4 legged kids had to have some time to adjust, it was a major freak out at first - much like decorating for Christmas each year.  Oh they do not like change, but they've come around quickly to the new screen door and the new furniture.  If only they'd be this chilled out and ho hum about the darn Christmas tree, but that is another story.

Supposed to be in the mid-20's the next couple of nights, now that's just a tad to much fall to soon for me!!  We're off tomorrow to see our grandson play soccer and celebrate his 7th birthday that happened on the 7th of this month.  I had better get the cupcakes frosted so they're ready to go in the morning. 

Have a great weekend and stay warm!!
Tam

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Busy Getting Ready for Fall/Winter

We have been busy this fall.  I was supposed to paint the small bathroom, however I think that might be a spring job at this point.  Our neighbors took out these huge evergreens that were at least 40 to 50 years old leaving no where for the quail to go.  We consider ourselves so lucky to live in the city, yet have quail in our yard and in the spring watching the quail families and the tiny little ones is a real joy.  Afraid the quail would leave because they'd lost their cover and nesting areas, we decided to use the third of an acre behind out garage and make a safe haven for them.  So we planted some evergreens, dogwood bushes, and fire bushes in hopes that they'd eventually grow and provide cover for the quail.  We also got in touch with fish and wild life to learn how to make our sanctuary even better.  We found out we had the right idea, we even added a sprinkler system for the plants the birds.  We also learned that they like wheat and cracked corn, so we got some of that to feed them and grit for their digestion.  We have quite a following of quail enjoying our new santuary and we have even had a pheasant hen too.  And doves like it as well.  We're quite proud of our endeavors - here is a picture of what it looks like now:




We also decided it was time for a new screen door, one that our 4-legged kids could sit in front of and look out on the "hood" as well as one that would be more airtight for the coming winter.  So CR and our friend K installed the new door yesterday, while I made lunch for the working men.
Here's our beautiful new door:



Here's a picture of Skeezics - he's not been doing much but napping and trying to savor the last bits of warm sunshine before the gloomy, cold weather starts and he has to go under blankets to stay warm.



And I've been busy in the sewing room.  I'm making a couple of really good friends purses for their birthdays/christmas presents.  This one I just LOVE, it's the Vine Creek fabric by Moda - I may have to make myself one too.  This is for Margie, since I doubt she checks my blog I feel safe posting a picture.



And last but not least, we are getting new furniture delivered this afternoon.  We've taken the old furniture out to the shop and now I had better get busy and put it on craigs list to see if we can sell it.  As soon as I can I'll get pictures posted.  In the mean time lots to do, making a purse for my sister-in-law who just retired, next year I plan to make them a quilt for a joint retirement gift.  Need to make cupcakes tomorrow to take up to our grandson, his birthday was this week, he's 7 - already, where did the time go.  So we'll go up this weekend to celebrate, deliver gifts and watch his soccer game.  I've gotten the deck cleared of my frogs and the table, etc so I think we're ready for the onset of cold weather and this weekend the weatherman is saying it should get into the 20's at night, burrrrrr!!

Stay warm,
Tam

Friday, October 2, 2009

Been Fishing - Did Anyone Notice We Were Gone??

We've been up north fishing the Methow River again. We only got to fish one day as they closed the river the next day, but that didn't stop us from having fun and taking a few side trips. The day we fished was beautiful, 80 degrees and the fish were hungry. I caught the most fish, several Rainbow trout and one absolutely beautiful Cutthroat. CR caught the biggest fish - a steelhead, it had to have been about 8 pounds and over 30 inches in length. He worked hard to land that bad boy, and given that he was using a 5 weight fly rod, it was no easy task. But land it he did and unfortunately I don't have any pictures to share. We were out of the boat and wading and walking and to far away from the boat to quickly grab a camera. It was a beautiful fish. It is also the reason the river closed down, to many incidental catches of steelhead. Wouldn't you know it they opened steelhead season the day we left.

We took a side trip to Lake Chelan one day. Such a cute small town and beautiful lake and a wonderful quilt shop called Woven Threads. We also went up to Winthrop and milled around and we also did a lot of relaxing and reading and enjoying the fresh mountain air. The RV park we were at was right on the river, so we had a beautiful view.

We came home Wednesday and I've been doing laundry non-stop since. This weekend I have to get busy and make another bag for my friend Margie - her birthday is tomorrow and we're getting together next week to celebrate her b-day and mine which is coming up on the 19th. She and her hubby are leaving for Arizona soon for the winter. Many of us have bets on how long she'll last before she comes home leaving her hubby to drive the motor home back in the spring.

Right before I left my good friend Julie had to put her sweet cat Riley down, so sad, it's so hard to make the decision even though you know you're doing the right thing. And it breaks your heart to lose your animals - they're your family, the holder of all your secrets, the ones who love you no matter how bad your mood is or how bad you smell after doing yard work. We have had to put 2 animals down, our beloved dog Scruffy and our cat Charlotte. I have their ashes in a sealed urn here in the house. I always thought Julie thought I was way to strange to do that, but she herself is having Riley put in an urn to be put on the bedside table where he liked to sit and sneeze on her till she woke up in the mornings. She just wasn't ready or prepared to lose her baby and I think she'll be happy to have his ashes close. They might not always stay there, but for now, through her grief, it's a good thing.

Fall has come on quickly and it's chilly enough to have a little heat on in the house at night/early morning. I love fall, leaves changing color, crispness in the air, pumpkins, apples, soft snugly sweaters - it all feels so good after such a hot summer.

I hope you all are well, I'm trying to catch up with all the wonderful blogs I follow. Enjoy the beauty of Fall!!