Friday, 27 August 2010

In less than 20 hours, I hit the road for Williamsburg. This is not the most exciting trip that I've ever made, but for some reason I am more excited over this trip than any vacation in the past. Maybe I just need to get out of town and have some fun. I'm going to soak up some history and do a little shopping. It's always interesting to learn how our ancestors lived back in the colonial times. I'm descended from the Randolph's. They were all over the place back in the colonial period. One of my ancestors helped with the founding of the College of William and Mary. I think a few ancestors were educated there. I'm going to visit one of cousin Thomas Jefferson's home, Poplar Forest. Every time I'm in Virginia, it is closed for renovations. I finally caught it open.

It will probably be a few days before my next post. I'll keep you posted during my trip.

I hope everyone has a great Friday. Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

I finally got everything washed, ironed and folded. I was able to get 3 pairs of LL Bean chino capris, 1 Lands End shift, 17 polos and tees, lingerie and socks in a Vera Bradley duffel. And...I have room to spare. I use my trusty Flip N Fold. It folds everything like it is in a store. I know 17 tops is a lot for 9 days, but I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to pack. I decided to pack until I ran out of room. I always take extra tops. I never know when I might spill spaghetti or something on my clothes. Now to keep my eye on the weather. I have a fear that Williamsburg will feel the effects of a hurricane or tropical storm. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Back in October, I was packing to move to my mother's house to recuperate from my broken foot and surgery. I remember seeing my navy silk knot earrings on the dresser. I decided not to pack them. That's the last that I saw them...until today. I have searched everywhere for them. This morning, I saw one on the floor. I search in the same area for the other with no luck. When I got home from work, I searched some more. Something told me to look in a tote bag that was beside the dresser. There it was. I feel like I found a treasure. I have no clue how they got where they were. I immediately packed them to take with me on my trip.

I hope everyone has a great Thursday.

Monday, 23 August 2010

I had a busy weekend.

Friday, I went to my former coworker's mother's funeral. It was a nice service. There were several former coworker's there. After work, I drove to my mother's house. After dinner, we had a nice relaxing evening.

Saturday, we got an early start for shopping in Huntsville. We went to Belk's, Dillard's, Christopher & Banks, The Fresh Market, Target and Lowe's. We had lunch at the Cracker Barrel. At Belk's, I bought a set of Ralph Lauren sheets that were on sale. At Dillard's I stocked up on some Kiehl's products.

Sunday, I got up early and took my car to the car wash to vacuum and wash it. I wanted to get that done before it got too hot. After that, I helped my mother take wallpaper off of the kitchen walls. She is having it painted this week. My sister and nephew came over and helped. Since it was rather crowded, my brother-in-law babysat and cooked dinner for us. He is an amazing cook, and he did not disappoint.

I have been busy for the past week ironing and getting together my things for my trip to Williamsburg. I always pack like I'm going on Cleopatra's Barge. I'm trying to pack light, but it is just not working.

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

I went by Edgar's on the way home. Just as I was giving up what did I see? The last loaf of cranberry walnut bread. Yay!

When I got home, I did a lot of ironing and then settled down to watch TV and eat a sandwich of chicken salad on cranberry walnut bread. YUM! The search was worth it.

Do you remember me telling about a former coworker who was miserable at her new job? Well, I got an email from her this morning. Her mother passed away yesterday. I really felt bad for her. I know that she will probably have a hard time with this. Her mother had been fine up until 3 weeks ago. She went down fast. Queenie and I are going to the funeral on Friday. I think I will wear a Brooks Brothers navy sleeveless dress and a Lands End light blue cardigan. I'm not sure what kind of shoes. I haven't worn regular shoes since October. I may try and wear a pair of Ferragamo loafers. If they don't work, I'll wear my Tretorns. Everyone knows that I am still recovering from a broken foot.

I hope everyone has a good Thursday.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

We had a bit of rain here during the night, but not like at my mother's house. About 10:45 this morning, I pulled up The headline was about a lot of rain that was in my mother's town. I read the article and it said that the police and firemen were busy helping rescue people from their homes because of the floods. It name about five streets, one of which was my mother's street. I tried to call her. No answer. I called her cell. No answer. Then I called my cousin. No answer. I then called her friend. She answered. She said that it had not been long since she had talked with my mother. She said that they had 4 1/2 to 5 inches of rain this morning. Wow! That's a lot. I waited 15 minutes and then called my mother again. She finally answered. She did not know about the flood. Where had she been? Walking Bo between a break in the rain. She said that earlier he would not go outside, but she was able to get him to go under the eaves. I called my mother back later. She said that she heard that some parts of town got over 7 inches of rain. I guess there goes that drought.

On my way home from work, I stopped by Edgar's Bakery to get some cranberry walnut bread. They were out. They were out last night. I may try again tomorrow night, then I'm going to give up. I would call and order, but there is only one number for all of their stores, and no one ever answers the phone. I also want to get some sausage mushroom quiche to put in the freezer for a later date. Wish me luck.

After I eat dinner, I'm going to watch Masterpiece Mystery on Our local PBS station has been having their quarterly fundraiser and they have not been showing Masterpiece Mystery or the Britcoms.

I hope everyone has a nice Wednesday.

Monday, 16 August 2010

I can't believe that I haven't posted since Wednesday. Time flies.

This weekend was really busy. Saturday was spent doing chores. Saturday night, my mother and I attended the 60th reunion of my late father's National Guard unit. They were mobilized and sent to Korea. They left August 14, 1950. They have a reunion every year. They always act like their feelings will be hurt if my mother and I don't attend. Some years it is really boring. This year they had a good speaker. A female general from here in Alabama spoke. Her speech was short and to the point. Everything about it was appropriate to the occasion.

I told you about my former coworker. Her former boss finally called her and gave her some encouraging words. She feels better about her situation right now. I hope everything works out for her. I hated to see her so upset. She didn't deserve to be spoken down to.

I hope everyone has a good Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

It's been really busy at work this week. First of all, my coworker is on vacation this week and I have been covering her desk. Today, my boss had a big meeting with some very important people. I had to arrange meeting space and order food. The meeting was a success. Tomorrow there are more meetings, but they don't require any work from me. I may use the quiet time to catch up.

Today, a former coworker emailed me just to chat. Then she admitted that she had just had words with her boss and she was shaking and close to tears. She said that she was close to the breaking point and wanted to quit her job. She was hoping to be able to contact her former boss and ask him if there was a place for her on his team. It brought tears to my eyes. I cried for her. I know she is miserable, but I can't do anything about it. I feel so helpless. Hopefully, she can make contact with her former boss. I thought about contacting my former boss, but felt like it may make matters worse.

I hope everyone has a great Thursday.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Yesterday, after I finished my chores, I got ready and went over to BFF MAB's house. We visited for a few minutes and then jumped in the car and headed to The Bright Star. Not only did we have a delicious lunch of fresh vegetables, but we also got a plate and pie to go for dinner. On the way home, we stopped by a few shops. When we got back to MAB's house, we sat around, visited, and watched TV.

Today, I got up and cleaned for a couple of hours on my closet. I threw away 7 boxes and 4 large bags of junk and garbage. I drank 2 litres of Smart Water while I took the boxes and bags to the garbage. After I finished, I just laid around and watched TV. I've enjoyed watching The Nanny. I haven't watched that show in a long time.

Tomorrow will be a busy day at work. I'm going to rest up for tomorrow.

I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their Sunday and have a good Monday.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

I'm sorry that I haven't posted much this week. It's been a boring week.

If you live in the Alabama area, this weekend is the tax free weekend. Even though I don't go to school or have kids in school, I still have to go and stock up on "supplies". This year, I really don't need anything. I have a good stock of notebooks, pencils, pens, etc. I don't have to get out in the crowd. Note to self: Stay away from Target this weekend.

I have a decorating question. I am a fanatic about Johnson Brothers Blue Willow. I have just about everything. Sitting about in my small kitchen are a few pieces of Blue Willow such as canisters, trivets, utensil crocks, etc. My linens are from the pink and green collection at Williams Sonoma, plus I have pink and green utensils in my crock. My question is: Does this clash? It doesn't cost very much to change things. I've thought about eliminating the green and just keeping the Blue Willow and pink. What do you think?

BFF MAB is taking me to lunch for my birthday. I need to start getting ready. I think I'm going to wear one of my new Lilly shifts. I think I'm going to wear the one in the Creme Fraiche pattern. That will be cool and comfortable.

I hope everyone enjoys what's left of their Saturday.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Thanks to all who sent birthday wishes. I had a nice quiet day.

Tonight after work, I stopped by Belk's to see what Lilly that they had on sale. I bought two shifts, the Multi Gator Patch pattern shift and the Cream Fraiche pattern shift. I also bought a white polo with the light pink palm tree. I thought it would go great with my pink chino capris. I've had a hard time finding a top to go with them.

After I left Belk's, I headed to Target. When I was about a mile from Target, the temperature on my car read 102. When I got there, it was raining and the temperature was 81. What a difference. After I paid for my purchases, I noticed that the checker had put my cheese in the same bag with my Lysol toilet bowl cleaner and my Noxzema. What was she thinking? I asked for another bag. I don't think she got it.

In my mail today, was a card that I can use to get 15% off any one day at Talbot's for the month of August. Last week, I got a card to use to get a discount at Brooks Brothers. I think I may use the Talbot's discount card to buy my mother her birthday present. She wants some tops to wear when she goes on a New England cruise in a few weeks. I told her that we will go shopping in a couple of weeks and we will get her some tops.

I hope everyone has a good Wednesday.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

It was sooooo hot outside today. It was over 100 when I left Publix this afternoon.

I went to my mother's house this weekend and had a nice, relaxing weekend. Yesterday, we got up early, took some rugs to the laundry mat, went to the you-do-it car wash, had breakfast at McDonald's and then home. After that we did a few household chores and then relaxed for a few hours. Last night we went with our supper club to Huntsville to eat. We were home by 7:30. We read until bedtime.

Today, we went with my sister and brother-in-law and their children to Huntsville to celebrate my mother's and my birthday. Mine is tomorrow and my mother's is Tuesday. After we ate, I went to Publix and then home.

Since I am starting back on my diet tomorrow, I decided to get two M & M cookies at Publix for my last treat before diet day. They are also a substitute for my birthday cake. YUM! They are so good.

I hope everyone has a good Monday.