Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

September 22, 2013

I’m Still Here!

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Hi there friends! It has been two weeks since I’ve written a blog post, and I thought it was about time I jumped back in. What has been keeping me away, you may ask? I’d like to be blaming my new best friend, but that so far does not seem to be the cause. Who is my new best friend, you may ask?
Dream come true!
Yes, it is here, the power is connected and the water is hot! Ahhhhh!
I really can’t blame Monsieur Le Hot Tub because I’ve been using it at night before I go to bed and that has never been a blogging time for me.

In addition to the installation of the hot tub, a tumble of activity has caused me to be away, I suppose. Since I last blogged, Sarah has started her on-road driving lessons with the driving school. I’ve spent some time getting her familiar with the car. Meghan stopped by for a quick visit before heading to the Big E. The last time I went to the Big E was two years ago. You can see a few posts from my visit then if you like. In this one, a bunch of animals have a crazy conversation. Here, I did a photo assignment for Scott Thomas. This one is a slide show of a ride down the big yellow slide.
One of my uncles also passed away last week, so I had some quiet visiting time with family.

This weekend was Family Weekend at Clark University. Sarah and I headed out to visit with Meghan. I took the girls to lunch yesterday at a place that used to be a favorite when I lived in the Worcester area so many years ago, O’Connors Restaurant.
Out to lunch
(I wish I had a photo without the stranger standing in front of the place, but this was a quick snap I decided on at the last moment)
It is a great Irish-themed restaurant with a wide variety of choices on their menu with all sorts of great Irish memorobilia and knick-knacks on the walls. This plaque was in the booth where we were seated:tee-hee

The rest of our girls’ day continued with shopping at a local mall (treated both girls and myself to some new shoes, woo-hoo!), Chinese take-out for dinner in Meghan’s dorm and a show on campus called “Clark’s Got Talent”. There were definitely some interesting acts. I told Meghan she should have auditioned with one of her lovely pointe dances and taken one of the top prizes for the night!

I had a great day spending it with my two daughters. I don’t remember the last time the three of us had a nice day like that. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.

I haven’t really picked up my camera in recent days (the photos above are from my phone), but today is the official start of autumn. Soon New England will be awash in beautiful color, so I am hoping to find the time to get out with the camera and try to capture some of it. I hope the final days of summer treated you well and that autumn brings you, as one of my blogging friends Carol likes to say, enough.

September 7, 2013

Flowing with the Go

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Things have been changing around here, life has been different. I told you in this post about moving Meghan into college. She’s been there just over two weeks now; I still have sad moments and feel the void but I think I’m starting to adjust. I’m back to work/school and having that routine helps. I’ve also started some projects around the house that I’ve wanted done for a long time. They are only in the beginning stages, but I am looking forward to the results.

The first order of business was my dining room rug. I’ve shown you the spot where I sit and write these blog posts in more than one post, but I remember taking you on a little tour of my house in this post. If you are someone who likes to picture things as you’re reading, you might like to take a peek there. Anyway, I’ve ripped out that rug. It has been here more than 20 years and it was showing its age with stain and smell. So here’s the room without the rug:
a change

It has a nice hardwood floor underneath and I am hoping to hire someone very soon to come and refinish it, then get an area rug for under the table. Since we had to empty the room to pull up the rug, poor Meghan’s room got to be the storage space for a lot of the dining room’s contents:
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Home improvement is a little like that children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…

Do you know that story? A kid gives a mouse a cookie, and then he wants a glass of milk, then he wants a napkin or to wash his hands or something like that, and the story keeps going and going and getting bigger and bigger. I pulled up the rug, knowing the floor would need to be refinished, but then realized the walls badly needed re-painting. When we started prepping for the paint, I noticed just how dusty my drapes are… you know what I mean?

Another project is finally in the works, one that I’ve yearned for for many years, and that I told you about in this post earlier this year. Yes, my friends, we have put a deposit down on a hot tub!
something new

I’m waiting for our electrician to get back to me so we can figure out an installation date, but I am so excited about this I can barely stand it! It is going to go outside on my beloved deck.
My summertime hangout
Looking at it from this view, the hot tub will go in the area to the right of the stairs. Once it is here, my Saturday morning blog-writing may become just a little less frequent, lol (not that I have a schedule anyway, I do call this spot When I Feel Like It afterall!)

Next in line after the dining room floor and the hot tub, are the kitchen floor and the living room rug. The kitchen floor has looked worn and tired for a long time, and our living room rug has shown the ravages of being pet-owners. Once I get that new living room rug, I’m pretty sure I’d like to get new furniture…. damn, I am the mouse who got that cookie!

How about a tomato instead?
Supersteak 2-pounder
(One of my first 2-pound supersteaks from the garden this year)