Saturday, March 28, 2009

What a grand day!

We're wrapping it up down here at the new house (for details about that... go here) and it's just about dusk.

We roasted hotdogs over a fire for supper! That was fun!

We worked a bit more on our fire pit after... digging down about 8 inches or so... and making it a bit larger... and adding more river rocks.

I'm going to try to do some dutch oven cooking. But first... I need to buy a dutch oven!

It was a beautiful day here with bright sun and warm enough to be out in a t-shirt.

Nice afternoon with the family!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

How to Survive Lowes...

Mom and I were walking to the post office this morning... talking about our Lowes adventures... and how long we spend at Lowes with our hubbies...

Rich and I are building a house. Have you been to my house building adventure blog? NO??? OK... here's the link: How's the House

Well, when you're building a new home... you spend LOTS and LOTS of time at Lowes! I mean... hours... 3, 4 hours... maybe more. And you spend LOTS and LOTS of money there!

I have to share this with you...
Last week I was to Lowes with my older son who is now 15! He said, "Mom, where is your parking spot?" So, I'm like... "what do you mean?" So he proceeds to tell me that we should have a special parking spot there at Lowes because we spend so much time & money there.

On one of our recent trips to Lowes... this would be ONE of the "we're there till closing... or they're waiting for all of our stuff to be rung up... so that they can CLOSE!" kind... The assistant manager calls over to us from the customer service booth thingy and says, "Don't you guys ever see daylight?"

Oh and YES... we do know all the department heads in the crutial departments... like mill works, flooring, and electrical. Great guys actually! Very helpful!!!

OK... so... How to Survive your 3-5 or more hours at Lowes... when you're the support person...

Step 1... (Mom and I agreed on this one! Actually this was her suggestion.)
Dress in layers. It is so hot in that place. Be sure to wear a t-shirt.

Step 2...
Bring some water.
I get so parched there... this is crucial! A snack might be nice too!

Step 3...
Wear comfortable shoes.
For me... it's my Brooks sneakers or my Keen sandals.

Step 4...
Bring a book along.
I have scouted out all the places where you can find seating.... like in plumbing... or flooring... or the kitchen cabinet area. That cement floor gets to me after a while!

Step 5...
Bring your cell phone.
Well, you want to connect with your Lowes enthusiast when it's time to go on your next adventure... like maybe to Costco!

If I missed anything that you've found helpful, let me know!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Why did I wait so long?

Cold today... we even snow... enough to cover the ground. How can it be? It was 65 yesterday!!!

After spending a few weeks with an aching back and not sleeping well because of this knot in my lower back... I decided to go visit the chiropractor.

It was my first time and to be honest... I was nervous about it.

Well, I was poked, twisted, and thumped. Wow....

Oh my goodness!

I felt sooo great when he was done! That was Thursday. Went back today (Monday) for another adjustment. Can you see the smile on my face?

I only wonder... WHY... WHY??? Why did I wait so long to go?

My whole body feels sooo much better!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Every Friday & Saturday... until it's done... or

Just back from "the House." We work there every Friday & Saturday. Sheetrock & Plumbing going on right now....

The guys helped me build some boxes for my square foot garden. And we picked out a place to put them.

Beautiful day today... sunshine and warm enough to be out in a t-shirt... still lots of snow on the mountains though.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tax Time...

It's that time of the year...

April 15nth is coming fast...

I'll be working on taxes today.

I'm dreaming of...

Greetings! As I sit here in my itty bitty office... in my itty bitty rental home... I'm dreaming of the not so distant future of moving into our new home...

I'm dreaming about....
Gazing out the Family Room windows at the snow-capped mountains... and watching for deer to pass...
Cooking bread in my new 60" RNB BlueStar double oven range.
Working in my new... big... office...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Grilling deep dish pizza

I watched Emeril make deep dish pizza in a cast iron pan... and decided to give it a try.

Oh my goodness... talk about yummy! Here's a photo of the one that I cooked on the grill.

I find that if I set my pizza pan on a brick that it's up high away from the heat so that the bottom doesn't burn.

Last year I learned how to cook lots of things on our outside grill. I made a lot of bread... pizza... meatloaf... yes... regular stuff too. Our stove in this little rental just wouldn't hold the heat in the oven... so I got creative!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

-4... but bright sunshine!

Oh my... everything looks so pretty in a new blanket of snow. In our little town we have a dusting... about 1".

As I got Aaron in the truck this morning and turned on the ignition... the truck groaned... what??? -4 degrees F this morning! Wow.. what a change from the warmth of last week.

Looks like tomorrow it'll warm up to 29... then the rest of the week will be in the 40's.

Sure is nice & sunny this morning. Sure doesn't feel like -4...

Friday, March 06, 2009

Pink Panther 2

Rich and I took Aaron with us to see Pink Panther 2.

It was cute... had some good laughs...

I still don't know if Detective Cluseau said "Hamburger" or "Hambereghaa" LOL!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Went for a walk... came back with a chill...

Wow, the weather really changes fast here in Wyoming.

Mom & I were out for a walk a bit ago. I just happened to grab my hat... thankfully... because about half way through... I was wishing that I had worn gloves!

We stopped at the Post Office to warm up and get our mail. My mother-in-law was there working today.

Well... I'm looking around my cluttered office. Time to do some organizing... maybe box some things up that I'm not using. (Can't wait to move into our new home...)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Spring is in the air...

I really do love the weather here in the Big Horn Basin in northern Wyoming.... well... except when the wind blows!

I'm just back from a walk with my mom around town... then to the Post Office. Beautiful sunshine... warming up temperature... so great not to have to defrost the truck in the morning!

My dear friends in New England had quite a storm. Sure don't miss shoveling all that snow... but... I do miss taking the kids sledding!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Hi there! It's a beautiful sunny day here in northern Wyoming!

Being a city girl gone country... I'm always struck by the wonders of my surroundings...

We live in the beautiful Big Horn basin, surround by mountains... mountains everywhere you look!

This morning as I was heading outside, getting ready to take my little guy to school. I heard... the rooster singing... the birds churping... I saw the horses in the pasture next to us all waiting patiently by the hay bales.. all bathed in the gentle morning sun!

Time for my walk! Goal... 10,000 steps/day. I'm heading out to the post office... and around town.