Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reporting as Ordered, Sir/Ma'am

Now I don't want people thinking I am trying to make fun of military.   I just have had a lot of people asking me to update this blog and a few were more on the order of a demand, not a request.     LOL That includes my mother! 

I have been soooooooooo busy since I last posted.   SNORT, I am so proud of how you are doing, girl!  By now your surgery is over and the hard part is done.  I'm glad your recovery went well and things are pretty much back to normal for you.   When you find out what normal is, would you let me know?   Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have been paying attention and am impressed. 

Things weren't too bad with my aunt here until Thanksgiving came around.  She arrived on Halloween so I didn't hand out candy.  We'll have to do that next year since I had to send away an adorable Spider-man that couldn't have been more than three.  I was home alone though so I didn't think I could keep the dogs from heading out the door with each Trick or Treater. 

My aunt and I went to the "Bad Place" as we call it and she found my Mom the most gorgeous china cabinet.   This is not the best picture of it but you can see it.  I fell in love with it and was so happy she got it for her.  I am not sure what style it is, my aunt and Mom think its more of a Arabian type look.  I have no clue, nor do I care, I just think its beautiful.

She found TJ a very handsome bedroom set too.   Just ignore the upside down laundry basket with a towel on it-that's Peanuts jumping spot.  If you see a lump under the blanket, that is all her babies (stuffed toys)!  The bedside table needs re-finished but you can see its a very nice set.  Since we only want real wood, its taking us awhile to furnish the house.  We need affordable as well as nice.  The bears on top of his dresser were purchased at a PX and my aunt put all my uncle's medals on them.  TJ loved my uncle, he got to be with him a very short time before he died.   My uncle had Alzheimer's but he remembered TJ from day to day.   Since he (TJ) was in Missouri such a short time, I am really happy TJ got to spend time with him.   Anyway, my aunt sent TJ a bunch of his service things and these bears were among them. 

The next picture I have to share is pretty boring.   But what it means is more exciting!  Yes, its TJ's new door.  He doesn't have the hardware in it yet but neither dog has figured out they can just push it open.  Its made a big difference in him having undisturbed sleep and Peanut has stopped barking at my aunt getting up. 

The other exciting thing is that we got over to the mobile and everything is home!!   We have some things ruined but luckily its nothing that can't be replaced.  All keepsakes made it through and although the formal living room is a mess, its nice to finally be moved.  There is one more shed to empty with Dad's tools but there are so few in there that I refuse to count it.        LOL  The first load was mildly amusing.  Dad went over and I guess he didn't really know what our stuff is because 90% of it was theirs!   We had to take all that back as well as get more, so I went from then on.   My Mom was happy to get back the last quilt my Grandma made and her Great Grandmother's table.  Its a steel table with a poured glass top and was actually about four or five greats back.   But Mom remembers her grandmother baking on it and it means a lot to her.   The top is original but the legs were replaced about 60 years ago.  Since we never had room, this is the first time we can display it instead of using it for a catch all. 

Thanksgiving was fantastic.   We were going to go to HomeTown for dinner but Mom wanted to have dinner in our new home, just this once.  Dad and I moaned and groaned but it was no use.  Then we were going to make a variety of enchiladas with some rice and homemade refried beans and my uncle griped that he had to have a traditional dinner.   So the planning began.  First was the whirlwind van trips to get all our stuff over here once and for all.  Then the grocery shopping.  Mom had invited Aunt Espie, Uncle Gary, Cousin Carrie and her kids Drayven and Clarissa, Friend of the Family Dave, Uncle Judd, His partner Alex and then there are five of us with my aunt here.  That's a lot of people!!  I continued to gripe about it as I got more and more tired trying get things ready but it was going to happen for better or for worse.   I should clarify that my Aunt Espie has been cooking, serving and cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner for over a decade.  She also does the dinner for her church were she cooks up to 30 turkeys because no one else will.  Did I mention she's in her sixties?   Yeah, I needed to quit whining and buckle down. 

My Aunt Janice made the Seven Layer Salad, Blueberry Stuff (official name) and prepared the turkey.   I made the Green Bean Casserole, Yams and Apples, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, cooked the Turkey and did all the house cleaning to prepare for guests.   I had to shoo my aunt out of the kitchen so many times!!!  Mom was upset because I wouldn't let her help either but then she wouldn't have had energy to enjoy her guests.  Mom wanted to use the Friendly Village dishes that her mother left her so I washed all those as well in preparation.  Its a service for like 20!  Anyway, something funny happened.   We did most of the prep on Wed and finished it up on Thursday.   I was exhausted but I was also so proud of myself for putting on a dinner for so many people, basically on my own.  My Aunt Espie and Carrie were both at loose ends, trying to sneak in to help, along with my Uncle Judd.    LOL      But I did it, I even cleaned everything up by myself afterwards.   And you know what?   It was fun!   I was exhausted but proud and thrilled with every compliment on all my hard work.   So guess who is doing it again next year?   Yeah, I have a lot of years still to help out my Aunt Espie.   :)

My other exciting news is that I finally put something in my Etsy store to sell.   It looks pretty bare with just one item, but if I wait till I have more, I will have given them away already.  So I posted it last night and I already have one favorite.   I am working on a baby ballerina outfit right now in mint green and white.