OK, no cleaning bs today

Except maybe a little bit of wash, LOL!
Yesterday afternoon, Betsy, Sabrina and JoAnna left for OC to spend the night with Danny and Tori. After watching just one episode of The Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network, I figured I'd go to the store, pick up John's prescription and then make myself a dinner like the one she did – only without her dessert, of course – basically take a day off from beating myself up about food, knit a little watch a little boob tube, and after John went to work, go to bed fairly early.


Last night, Dori, Donald, and the kids and “Aunt Kristin” came and we had a really nice dinner – well, Donald and I liked it anyway:)
Madison and Ruby were on the kitchen table for awhile as Mom-mom did a little knitting after dinner. I got a couple of shots in of the “goyls.” It's amazing how Ruby just adores Madison while Madison is still dealing with her feelings for and (admittedly) some against Ruby. I think, though, that she is happy with Ruby's adoration and she is very loving when she talks to Ruby, if somewhat a little “too” loving at times, LOL. Madison is almost impossible to get a picture of – she starts moving before the picture “takes,” wanting to see what I've got, bless her heart.

Madison kept wanting to see “Pop,” but he just could not get up – having spent the entire afternoon engaged in one of his favorite activities and watching movies. Oh well, the poor guy needs a day off now and then.

We watched a little TV, mostly the second season of “Carnivale” and then they started flipping through the channels for something to watch before they had to get going. Unfortunately that was “When a Stranger Calls…Again” you know, that movie about the babysitter who has this homicidal maniac in the house with the kids – only she's all grown up and counseling other victims. Geez Louise – just what I needed on the one night in 365 that I spend completely alone. I talked them into changing the channel but the damage was already done.

After John left, I stayed up a while, and finally went upstairs to go to bed – of course having to check every closet and bedroom (what a hoot – they could literally hide a body in all that mess!) Finally fell asleep and at 3:30 this morning I awake to hear someone coming in the front door. Was I scared? Nope! It was Betsy, Brie and Joey back from da beach. JoAnna had to work this morning. Cannot for the life of me figure that one out! After that followed about an hour of two cats fighting and keeping me up – amazing how I could hear it from outside, but I sleep right near a window……. hmmmmmmm….

Went to church late AGAIN this morning – it was nice – guest organist who does things differently, but then we are all so spoilt with Nancy. She is the best, what can I say? Missed the sermon, but the epistle reading was the same one as for John's and my wedding lo' these many years ago – Romans 8:28,etc. – If God is for us, who can be against? I better get it together – I am getting so lazy!! At least I'll have a sort of trial run for getting there on time on 8/28 for the psalm with the altos.

I'm feeling more and more at home at St. John's. People actually are starting to say hello and calling me by name – now I've got to start remembering more names outside of choir, LOL. Putting the choir list together really helped me to remember and learn everyone's name, now I cannot imagine not knowing everyone. It's pretty amazing what a couple of relatively quiet (or so it seemed) decisions can do to one's life. A little over a year ago, I joined the Episcopal Church and the following September decided to really really join the choir. Now I am blessed with people I have really gotten to know and care about and 9 months out of the year I get to sing in a choir that performs the kind of sacred music I really love and – joy of joys – even a few summer rehearsals to boot:) It is nice to be with people who love music and love God and like each other who do something other than practice law – although there's another attorney among the bell choristers who works for the AG's office – and not that there's anything wrong with practicing law, it's just that one's entire social life can get caught up in work – probably a function of modern life, but not a particularly healthy development, IMHO.

Updated our information in the parish directory as I was headed out the door and added John's name. Since it's his money, too that goes into the collection plate, I felt he should be added to the list, even if he is Catholic and will be unto all ages, Amen. (Now, that sounded schizophrenic!)

Betsy and Brie went to Target with LB. Kristin is on LI doing a show, I think. John just went to the store to get food for tonight's dinner and Brie's birthday gift (and hopefully some booze). She's 21 on Tuesday. Sometimes it seems like she's been 21 all her life. Dori, Donald, Madison and Ruber Duber are joining us for the birthday celebration.

News at 11…..

OK, this is boring..

But if I write it here – maybe it will actually get done.
1-2 Clean kitchen
counter tops
remove junk
dump garbage
sweep floor

2-2:30 Clean downstairs bathroom

2:30-3 Clean upstairs toilets (if nothing else, LOL)

3-6 Do Wash
practice flute
practice violin

7-7:30 vacuum downstairs when Edgar goes home (PLEASE!!-poor Edgar)

8-10 index vol I of B TPR trial

10-12 make dress (this is a big maybe)

12-? read

Like I said, this is boring, really boring….hopefully i will shame myself into getting it done.

UPDATE: Forget everything I wrote about anything after 2:30. What a wimp!


Yippee – it's the weekend – will have stuff to do, but want to get in a bunch of knitting and music practice and time with friends. Can I do that AND get the wash done? Oh what the hell – we can wear dirty clothes, LOL.
Finally done with court for this week and next week should prove to be the week from hell. Kelly still has not had her baby yet and I am not going to call her up and ask her how she is – at least not yet – I do owe her a call about her case I covered yesterday.

Last night Dori, Donald and the little darlings came over for a while. It was so good to see them. Madison is getting so mature and Ruby is starting to hold her head up and hold onto your shoulder when you hold her. I think I'm as nervous as they are about Dori going back to work! She'll be alright – she such a sweet-natured baby. And Lynn knows Betsy and Mom-mom will be stopping in from time to time:)
(or does she?…….)

This afternoon, Brie and Joey went to get Joey's car windows fixed. Some creep decided he/she had nothing better to do than to smash in somebody's car windows, the prick. Kristin paid to get them fixed, I think – which was really nice of her.

Tonight it is so quiet around here. Betsy and Brie went out to Target and some other clothing store I assume to get Betsy shirts for her new management position (Whoo hooo!!) I am so proud of her. Plus Tuesday is Brie's birthday and we have to get her that thingie she asked for and maybe a surprise. Joey is upstairs getting ready to go out with her friends – probably spending the night. So it's me, myself and I more and more. You'd think I'd be lonely. I'm not really – although it would be tough if every night were like this. By the time I even notice it's too quiet, someone comes home or I go to bed.

It's weird, all those years of raising kids and now they are leaving gradually, one by one. And yet we are lucky because they are still nearby or just a phone call away. And the best thing is how well they all get along with each other. John and i could keel over tomorrow and they would never be alone, much as they might like that, LOL.

I may just go out myself for a cup o' coffee at Barnes & Noble – hey I'm a wild and crazy kind of gal….

Sweet summer morning

Went to church at St. John's today. Was very late because I could not get moving this morning – spent last night up until 4 am “majoring in the minors” but it was stuff that has to get done at least.
Music at the service was lovely – Barry's male voice group (note I did not say men's group because there are two women tenors in the bunch) sounded superb. The older I get the more I love classical music in church and have less patience for the folk stuff.
Three babies were baptized this Sunday. Bruce and Doris did the baptisms. I kept thinking how cool it would be for Madison and Ruby to be baptized, but I have to respect my kids' views and how to raise their kids. The babies were all Ruby's age. No screamers this time – and the priests were really sweet with them. Bruce didn't want to give one of them back – he really seemed to enjoy holding the baby – a lot like John.

As soon as I pulled into the driveway, saw Dori at the door (everyone was asleep inside and no one was answering the door). She was stopping by to get Kristin's veggie platter for the party they're going to today. Donald had the girls and Dori was meeting up with Kristin and others? to go from there to the party in Hyattsville.

Oh well, today I get to spend like a Saturday, since we had our Sunday thing last night and John is working the hotel tonight, which is unusual. So…. finish the wash, do a visit or two, finish the paperwork and pick up the files. Oh joy:)

At least it's not too hot today – every day gets closer to Autumn:)


Dan and Tori were here for the weekend. They had dinner with us tonight. It was so nice to have everybody home – except JoAnna – in OC herself! and Betsy – at a party. The little ones were there (eventually Ruby did wake up to join in, and Madison was in the middle of it all). I keep thinking of the Carly Simon song (Anticipation) Stay right here, ’cause these are the good old days.
OK I’m an old fart….

Oh, btw – downstairs bathroom not done – two loads of wash done, picked up downstairs done – still in the middle of the paperwork and will get to the office and visits arranged tomorrow.
Oh well….

Fartin around but got a lot to do

Let's see if I get this crap done:
Sort wash (looks like we have about 6 loads give or take plus whatever's in the machines
Put in a load, move a load over, fold a load (leftovers from who knows which day this week, LOL)
clean downstairs bathroom
Pick up downstairs
Clean kitchen
Do dishes
Finish paperwork from last week's hearings
Stop at Staples to get black ink for the printer
Go to office and pick up files for next week (hope and pray Kelly hasn't had the baby yet)
Make calls and arrange for visits tomorrow after church, Monday, Tues, and Wed (don't forget 11:30 hearing on Monday (Byrnes), Mediation at HCC Tuesday night and mediation Wednesday at 1 PM)
Help with the family dinner tonight (Dan's home with Tori and everyone except Joey (in OC) will be there, I hope)

It's almost 11 and I'm hungry, so I'll start with breakfast and then move to the wash. We'll see how much I get done. Have to have the car back by 3:30 so John can cash a check and do the grocery shopping. Thank God I'm married to someone who cooks so much better than me. I think my kids got his genes. Again, thank God!!!!

Good news is nobody needs supervising; nobody's pants need changing. Everybody can make their own lunch and breakfast and hopefully clean their own room (RIGHT). Ah the joys of middle/old age:)

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thanks, brother Nutter

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