Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Good Morning Tadpoles!

Or afternoon, evening, whatever the case may be. :)

Life is going along splendidly with the usual bumps in the road thrown in to keep us on our toes.  Last week was the perfect example of that.  There's a long involved incident where our freezer went out, then our 'fridge died.  This cost us $200 in newly purchased groceries.  Late in the week, on our way to replace said groceries, we hit a deer. WHAM! Right smack into Pooldad's side of the van.  We're fine and the van still runs, but the deer, not so much. I am sorry to say it died, but it was instant, so I'm hoping she didn't feel any pain.

Still, we count our blessings.  Pooldad was on call two weekends in a row for which he was given two $100 grocery store gift cards. All for the luxury of staying home and answering an occasional cellphone call [I think it was 3 total].  We consider this free groceries! Woohoo.  An added bonus is we have full coverage insurance on the van, which is now in the shop.  For only a $250 deductible we have a rental car for the week with the van returning fixed.  Can you say new paint job Tadpoles?  Double Woohoo!

I still am running to and fro to doctors' appointments. In fact, I have one today, but it is a fun one! [Yes, you read that right.]  I am getting new glasses and contacts.  Since I have to wear corrective lenses all the time, this is a gift to me.  My current glasses are over 8 years old.  I can't wait to see how much better I will be able to see.  Thank you insurance. :)

We have been busy spring cleaning and we are all sore from the effort. [See, it's not just me. heehee] Pooldad  is delegated to the family room and garage, with Momma on the middle floor. This includes the kitchen, den, living/dining room, powder room and foyer.  I love it because I can clean exactly how I like and the family doesn't have to cook or clean it anymore.  Once it is all done, about one more day, it will be a snap to do weekly cleaning.  I am especially happy because I CAN do this, that I have my "job" back.  The only job I have ever wanted since I looked into those first pair of baby blues.  It was hard not being able to DO for so long, that every clean floor, cooked meal or load of clothing put away is a blessing.

But there is one itsy-bitsy problem with my new mobility.  Half the time my family can't find me. heehee It's priceless.  They are so accustomed to me being in one of two places [our bedroom or at my desk in the den] that they look there first and when I'm not there they start the 'ol "Mom! Mom! Mom!" call.  Music to my ears, I'm telling ya'.

I am still fighting the weight demon. I have dropped below 100 lbs. and I am stuck there.  I am eating well and a lot, but with all the exercise I do like the heavy cleaning and walking - I think I am burning whatever calories I do consume.  There is a silver lining tho' - I am going shopping for a whole new wardrobe soon. Yipppee new clothes. :)

I did write the whole post [with a lot of pictures] of the Cherry Blossoms. I couldn't post it because Blogger has told me that I have no storage left in my Picasa file and if I want to post any pictures I must purchase more storage.  Since I cannot figure out how to even get into my Picasa file to delete what is there, nor am I buying more storage for something that was forced on me without my knowledge, I really can't find a bright side to this.  Sorry, no more pictures for the foreseeable future gang. I tried. :)

It has taken me an hour to write this post because my "a", "n" & "b" keys are broken.  No worries - I am in the mood to draw a few more cartoons. Are you in the mood to see them? :)

Hope this caught y'all up.  Have a great week and we'll see you on the flipside!


Rebecca said...

great to be visiting you today i've been busy and missed reading your post.

Southhamsdarling said...

Always love it when a post pops up from you dear friend! Well, this is all very positive news (apart from the poor Deer of course :( ),but very exciting for you to be getting new glasses and a new wardrobe soon. YAY for Skippy!! It must be absolutely amazing for you to be able to do all those jobs again for yourself - I can't tell you how very happy I am for you (Happy Skippy Dance being jigged over here in Devon!). Isn't it wonderful when all the spring cleaning has been done? I like the thought of your little family searching all over the place for you. Hee Hee!! Big hugs coming your way.

Celia said...

I'm glad that you are up and about.

Anonymous said...

Glad to be able to catch up with you and see how much better you're doing! WOOT for new glasses, new wardrobe, and spring cleaning!!! *happy dance* I need to get started on spring cleaning over here too, but not until after this weekend... and can one ever really spring clean in Atlanta, with the horrific pollen that seeps in through every crack and coats everything in a yellow-green dusting? But I digress. YAY SKIPPY!!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sooo good to see a post from you again. And filled with so much good news, too. ('Course, I don't suppose the deer would agree with that statement.) As for Picasa, I've never had to pay for more storage space because I usually limit the size of the pictures and videos I post,(smaller ones don't "count" toward the amount of space originally allotted) but I'm thinking another blogger said it was only like five bucks for a ton more space, so you might want to look into it. If you register on picasa, using your google account info, you can access your albums, and see what's in there. You can delete stuff from there, but if you do, it will also disappear from your blog. (I think.)

Jeannie said...

I never thought doing cleaning would be fantastic news but it is, It Is!

You make me ashamed. I really need to get at my house too. I forgot all about spring cleaning. That should be fun. What has to be done again?

Rudee said...

I'm so glad to read you're feeling better!

Sorry about the deer though. That's so scary to hit a deer.

Tracy said...

This is great news that you are feeling better. Your lack of posting has worried me. Now I won't worry.

Knitty said...

Susan is right about extra storage being $5/yr for 20 GB, and that deleting from Picasa albums will leave holes in your blog. I did that without thinking on old posts. Oh well.

I downloaded Windows Live Writer, a free program. I use photos from my hard drive rather than Picasa storage. I don't use it exclusively, but it is worth considering. Here is another blogger's info on it: http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/09/why-i-use-windows-live-writer/

Yum Yucky said...

I imagine them, running frantic throughout the house in search of you. hehe. All while I'm running frantic, trying to hide from mine. I know know, I better play nice momma. I swear I am, but I need some Calgon to take me away for just one day off.

Knitty said...

I can't get the link to work. Here is the address to C&P:


Anonymous said...

Hi dear skippy :) It's always nice to read from you. Sorry to hear about the deer, but glad the car will be fixed. Wow! New glasses, I bet you are exited about that. It's great to have the spring cleaning done isn't it? Well, we have a setback over here, it's freezing cold again and the wind goes all the way to your bones...brrrrr.
Have a fantastic day my friend!
Big hugs


Terry said...

You sound so GOOD!

Juli said...

LOVE your cartoons! And around these parts, they'd have taken the deer and made it fill the freezer as well.

Totally grosses me out, but it's a way to put a positive spin on it.

Any hoo... good to see you are up and about! Want to visit... I have serious cleaning to do.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Wow sounds like you are doing good although not so good about the deer or food going bad. The van while that is so so not good that you had an accident but good that you have insurance....

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Thank you so much for the card and your kind words. We miss our little Emmy so much.
Appliances going out is a nightmare! The deer could have filled the freezer for folks in these parts!!

Anonymous said...

I love that your family has to look to find you - that's music to MY ears!

You have so much to be thankful for, not being able to upload some pictures right now is not a big deal.

Bring on the cartoons! I love them.

And yep, still alive and well! Although I haven't talked about it on my blog - my brother (backtothefridge.com) is in the hospital - getting tests - liver enzymes up, enlarge lymph nodes - nothing conclusive yet but send good thoughts to my brother Charlie in Austin!

Hugs! Biz

Joe Sixtop said...

Yea i'd like to see 'em but wouldn't that be "pictures" that you can't post? Cheers, ____-Joe

Teresa said...

lol - you have more trouble with your keyboards. lol!

you sound like you're getting back into the swing of things. yay! so glad to hear it.

poor deer. glad you have full coverage on the van and that everyone is OK.