Monday, June 30, 2008

June Links

The Hardwoods part II

The floors have been stained and Dan is putting on the first coat of sealer. This was Saturday around noon. I didn't expect him to come at all over the weekend, so this was a nice surprise.

The new flooring is a bit lighter than the original 1947 flooring, but I still thinks it looks fabulous.

I'm going over to Jupiter in the morning. Dan has already put on the second sealer coat, so I'll take another picture tomorrow.

Isn't this exciting??!!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Hardwoods

Jupiter Court day 987 (Not really but it feels like it some days LOL)

Dan, the wonder man, has been refinishing the floors in the Jupiter Court house. To say they look amazing is an understatement.

This is where we started. Hardwood oak flooring from 1947. Covered in carpeting when we first purchased the house.

This is the Living Room / Dining Room of the house. The plywood in the DR was a surprise, but we expected to find some damage to the floors. Turns out that the plywood was rotten, so we replaced the bottom most layer.

Dan found unfinished red oak and layed the flooring in the area that used to be the dining room - it will now be a part of the living room. We have an eat-in kitchen now for the new home owners.

This is Dan, our contractor. He is just a genius. We decided not to hide the fact that the flooring is different. We put a border around the area and layed the flooring in the opposite direction. It looks intentional and it looks real nice, too.

This is one of the bedrooms. It hasn't been swept yet, but isn't it just amazing? I can hardly believe that the floors came out this lovely.

In a few days, I'll show what it looks like once it's stained and sealed. The transformation is incredible.

Have a Great Day!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Knock Knock

I love this company - Knock Knock - they have the funniest stuff. Some of it is downright raunchy, but other stuff is quite practicle, useful, and fun to use.

The "Pack This!" note pad comes out of hiding each time we take a trip. Sometimes I don't actually check off the little boxes next to each item, if it's a short trip and we dont' have a lot of stuff. However, if we are taking a trip of a week or more, then I tear off a sheet and pack it in the suitcase (Helps me to remember what I've taken & what I should bring back) and I tear off a sheet and use it to pack.

The "All Out Of" pad of paper is a grocery list, as you may be able to tell, but it is an easy to read grocery list. It has a lot of extra spots for your own stuff in each of the categories and the "Oh Ya, and" section is funny and handy!

Knock Knock also has a section of cards where you can just fill in the blank and mail it off. They have flash cards for the adult in you and they have door hangers to remind you to do stuff. They just have so many funny things. You have to go visit their site.

I was not paid to do this post - I just happened upon my pad of "Pack This!" as I was cleaning off my desk and realized that I had to tell you all about this handy product.


Friday, June 27, 2008

S, M, L, XXL

T-shirts, Baseball Shirts, Sweatshirts.

Small, Medium, Large and Larger still.

I have hundreds of shirts from a business that is out of business.

I want to give them away to people who need clothes and don't care that the store is out of business.

I have been wanting to give these shirts away for quite some time, but I don't want to dump several hundred shirts off to GoodWill or the Salvation Army. There is no way they could sell that many shirts that all look the same. These things need to go to a disaster site - where people really need to have clothing.

I'm wondering if there is any aid being sent to the flooded areas of the U.S.?

I have looked all over Jacksonville, FL for someone sending aid to them. I've been looking for a truck going North with supplies.

After hurricane Katrina there were trucks and buses and donation stations and and and. I could find a truck on every corner that was going to help New Orleans.

I'm wondering...since the flood is still flooding and still breaking through levees if this is the reason why there isn't a big rush to get aid to them or why I haven't found donation stations.

My goal is to get this clothing that I have sitting in my garage sent to people who would really appreciate having a clean shirt.

I've now put that out into the Universe.

I bet I'll find a truck in the next few days.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ring Ring

When I was a kid we had a big backyard and a rather large hill. If you were at the bottom of the hill (and the only one home) chances are the phone was going to ring.

It was an all out dash to run up the hill, up the cement staircase, around the corner up onto the steps to the deck, pull open the screen door and dash into the kitchen to grab the ringing phone.

I was pretty fast back then - I think I could get to the phone in 2 or 3 rings.

My mother always said to let the phone ring 10 times, if you were making a call to someone, that was a minute. If no one picked up after 10 rings, they weren't home or didn't want to answer. When I was at the bottom of the hill, I always hoped that the person calling also had that 10 ring rule.

Back then, we didn't have an answering machine. Never even heard of one, as I recall. We didn't have call waiting either...but I remember when we got that! It enabled me to be on the phone for hours and hours without my parents being upset that the phone was busy all afternoon.

If you missed a phone call, the person who was calling had to call you back.

Something that was frequently said was..."Can I call you back? I'm expecting a call."

If you were gone for a few days, you didn't even wonder who had called because there was no way to check.

When we called my grandparents they always said, at some point in the conversation, "well this is getting expensive," or "I don't want to run up your bill."

I remember when I was in the car with my parents and no one ever called, they pretty much had me or the radio.

I really liked the phone cord being stretched from the kitchen all the way down the hall with that 25' cord. You could always find who was on the phone, by following the cord. I liked to curl it up on my fingers or whip it like it was a jump rope. I even really liked rotary dial. I was always a little peeved when a number had a bunch of nines or zeros in it, because it took so long for it go go back to its resting spot, but still, it was fun.

Now I have a phone that is also an address book, a camera, a video camera, a message center, an answering machine, a calculator, and so many other things I can't even name them all.

I saw this seafoam green, rotary dial wall phone online somewhere recently. It got me thinking. The picture posted isn't the phone that made me think of the hill and the 10 rings, but it gives you an idea.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's a Liquid & Solid

I was cruising through the comment section of my WFMW post and Momster posted a comment, so I went to her blog.

An hour later I am laughing and have to share something that she posted.

You have to see this....

The Ellen Show - the one about cornstarch

Immediately I would say no way - I wouldn't do it. But after seeing that gal do it, I might. I'd have to be like 10th in line though - I wouldn't go second.

I know, I'm a chicken lol

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

WFMW - Write on your Comforter

This week I am featuring one of my tips that has saved me from pulling out all of my hair.


I'm sure that many of you have a duvet cover for your bed. If you have a King size bed the comforter is probably very close to being square - but not quite. If you put it in a duvet cover and you have the side where the top should be, the duvet cover just doesn't fit. This means that you have to pull out the whole comforter, turn it around, wrestle with it and shove it back into the duvet.

At this point I am mad, sweaty, frustrated and no longer in a good mood. Getting the comforter into the duvet once is a feat, you might as well get it right the first time.

I have solved this problem in my house.

My comforters are never going to see the light of day without a duvet cover, so I decided to write on them with a black sharpie.

I wrote on both sides of the comforter.
I needed this to be foolproof.
"Top and Bottom" and both "Sides"

I know this seems SO simple. It hardly seems like a tip lol

I was nervous about writing on my comforter at first because I might ruin it. When in actuality I was saving the comforter from certain death!

I have washed this comforter 20 times or more and the words are still there and still helpful. Do this. I did it for my Queen comforter as well.

As an added bonus - I'll toss in this tip. Write on your mattress pad. I write the size, too. I can never tell them apart.

Please leave a comment and then go to Rocks in My Dryer for so many more wonderful tips.

Have a great day!

The Gown

This is my wedding dress.

It was such a beautiful gown, but I didn't take care of it. I never got it cleaned after the wedding and it pretty much just hung in the plastic garment bag and took up a lot of room in the closet.

When my husband was going through all of his testing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, we were still living in Daytona Beach. My husband wanted to get a condo in Jacksonville so we'd be closer to the clinic, but in order to do that, we really needed to lighten our load of "stuff."

I joined Freecycle at that point and started reading all of the things that people were wanting or taking or giving away. It really amazed me. We had all of this stuff that people would come over and pick up! Whooo hoooo!

My dear husband, bless him, loves his stuff. He has such a hard time giving away something that may possibly have value, so the only stuff I could give away at that point was MY stuff.

I saw this message from a gal who wanted two wedding dresses. She was getting married in a couple of months and she wanted to make a dress for herself. Having two dresses to make one made sense to her, so she put out the plea. I read, replied and took photos.

On one of our next trips to Jacksonville I met this gal at a restaurant parking lot and gave her my wedding dress, my veil and headpiece.

I cried a little on the way there.

I cried a lot after.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Mayo Clinic. I got it. I understood that I didn't need the dress to know that I loved my husband. I didn't need to have the guilt of not getting it cleaned and stored properly. I needed to give it to someone who truly wanted the dress.

I found out a few months later that the gal didn't need a second dress. My dress (her dress) fit her nearly perfectly and she got it cleaned and it was restored. She told me how much it meant to her to get such a beautiful gown and how lovely she felt in it.

I was so happy I passed it on.

I will never regret it. It was a great decision.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Today is a big day.

June 23rd.

June 23rd, 2001 - Tom and I got married.

June 23rd, 2002 - We hosted the Henry Reunion in our backyard. Our first anniversary and our first Henry Reunion that we hosted. It was a lot of fun.

Six and a half years before our wedding - to the day...

Dec 23rd, 1994 - Our first date.

Eleven years later...

Dec 23rd, 2005 - Tom's liver transplant surgery.

Tom and I have always celebrated December 23rd more than the wedding anniversary and when his liver transplant came on the 23rd of December, it became an even bigger deal. I think we have been apart on our wedding anniversary more often than we have been together. I don't think we've missed a December 23rd.

I will be picking Tom up at the airport tonight, so we'll probably have a "romantic" dinner at the Steak and Shake on the way home.

I hope you all have a great day and enjoy one of my favorite days!

**A friend of mine just commented that the shadows behind Tom's head make it sort of look like he has a mullett. LOL It's a shadow, I promise, it's a shadow.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


There is just something about barns that fascinate me. The black barns in Kentucky are so interesting, that I tried to catch a few of them in the lens of the camera as I was speeding by on the expressway. Here are some of my best shots.

This building (below) is one of my favorites. It is located on hwy 30 that runs from Lima, OH to Ft. Wayne, IN. I like this route and drive it quite often. I have no idea what this building was for, is for or can be used for... If anyone knows, I'd love to hear. It looks like it was specifically designed for a very specific trailer. I am just completely baffled and intrigued.

I actually stopped the car and got out to take these pictures. I didn't go into the tall grass - I wasn't prepared for mud, snakes, bugs, etc. So I just stayed on the side of the road.

Hope you enjoyed the mini barn tour!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hot Hot Hot

Have you ever wanted to serve a hot sauce and a mild sauce and had to come up with a creative way to mark the "hotness?"

My Mother, Aunt and Uncle and I were all trying to figure out what to tape on the bowl of the cocktail sauce that was extra hot. We were thinking about a fun Panic button, or just a piece of paper that said "HOT." My Uncle opened up a drawer in the kitchen for the scissors, I think, and there was a box of matches.


We'll tape some matches to the side of the bowl.

It was a great idea and an EASY identifier for the hot cocktail sauce. The peel and eat shrimp was really good, too!

Hope you can use this idea for your HOT STUFF this summer.

Have a great day!

Friday, June 20, 2008


My Favorite Drinking Straws

I really like to drink from straws. I drink a lot of water and water just seems to go down so much easier and with less spillage if I can drink with a straw.

My favorite straws are the thick plastic straws. Not the throw away ones. They are hard, will never bend and are sold at fine retail stores such as Target and Pottery Barn.

I found a set of 6 straws at Target two years ago in the summer picnic section of the store. They were these really nice clear straws with Aqua colored dots on them. They are very nice, although I always wanted the opening to be a bit larger.

Today while I was wandering through Pottery Barn at the St. John's Town Center (a really cool shopping adventure!) I spotted a set of 10 straws in the clearance section of the Summer area. I don't understand why there is a summer clearance section already -- it is only the 20th of June. I know it's a hundred degrees here in Florida, but it doesn't seem like summer should be on clearance already...but I digress.

The Pottery Barn straws have a larger interior but are also longer. This is great, because I usually drink my water out of a 32 ounce cup and the shorter straws barely made it to the rim of the cup.

If you bite into one of these hard plastic straws, they don't bend or break and I have yet to see teeth marks in them.
I just love these straws. Now that I have a 16 of them, I think I'll be set for the next 20 years.

This should really be a Works for Me Wednesday post... because these straws do work for me!

Have a Great Day!


Cat paws

I love to look at kitty paws. I like to touch them, too, but as soon as I touch Mocha's paws, she tucks them up under her, or she gets up in total disgust.

The little pads are so squishy lol Mocha is an indoor cat, so her pads are pretty soft.

I know the picture only shows three paws & the tip of her tail - but I assure you, she has all four of her precious paws.

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


This is the Top 100 songs of the 80's as compiled by VH1.
I watched this tonight - Well, I've watched three episodes so far, but with all of the crazy dorky dancing I've doing and the singing into the remote control, I'm guessing I'll finish watching the marathon.

Two hours later, I'm just now beginning the last 20.

Pour Some Sugar On Me was my favorite song in 1988... I remember telling my sisters that I was going to buy the music video of the song, because I loved it so much. Instead I bought the cassette single. My friend Steve was at a research center near Kalamazoo, MI and I went to see him for the afternoon - I had that single in the car. I played it ten times if I played it once. That song literally made my heart beat faster. I know it's totally sexual, but I don't care. lol I love it. I'm so glad it was #2.

OK, the marathon is over. I'm tired and totally full of 80's nostalgia. I'm going to end up dreaming about proms, music, dances, old flames, and nights on the town. I'm looking forward to it!

Here you go - Here's VH1's Top 100 songs (as voted on by VH1 fans) of the 1980's.

Have a great day!

1. Bon Jovi / "Livin' on a Prayer" 1986
2. Def Leppard / "Pour Some Sugar On Me" 1987
3. Duran Duran / "Hungry Like the Wolf" 1982
4. Michael Jackson / "Billie Jean" 1982
5. Prince / "When Doves Cry" 1984
6. Hall & Oates / "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" 1981
7. Guns N' Roses / "Sweet Child O' Mine" 1987
8. Madonna / "Like a Virgin" 1984
9. Run-D.M.C. / "Walk This Way" 1986
10. AC/DC / "You Shook Me All Night Long" 1980
11. Journey / "Don't Stop Believin'" 1981
12. Whitney Houston / "How Will I Know" 1985
13. U2 / "With Or Without You" 1987
14. The Bangles / "Walk Like an Egyptian" 1987
15. Van Halen / "Jump" 1984
16. INXS / "Need You Tonight" 1987
17. Whitesnake / "Here I Go Again" 1987
18. Dexy's Midnight Runners / "Come On Eileen" 1982
19. Cyndi Lauper / "Time after Time" 1984
20. Rick Springfield / "Jessie's Girl" 1981
21. Michael Jackson / "Beat It" 1982
22. The Cure / "Just Like Heaven" 1987
23. Cyndi Lauper / "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" 1984
24. A-Ha / "Take On Me" 1985
25. Go-Go's / "Our Lips Are Sealed" 1981
26. Guns N' Roses / "Welcome to the Jungle" 1987
27. Kajagoogoo / "Too Shy" 1983
28. Wham! / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 1984
29. Talking Heads / "Burning Down the House" 1983
30. Pat Benatar / "Love is a Battlefield" 1983
31. Queen and David Bowie / "Under Pressure" 1981
32. Night Ranger / "Sister Christian" 1983
33. Soft Cell / "Tainted Love" 1981
34. Poison / "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" 1988
35. Phil Collins / "In the Air Tonight" 1981
36. Tommy Tutone / "867-5309 / Jenny" 1981
37. Aerosmith / "Janie's Got a Gun" 1989
38. U2 / "Pride (In the Name of Love)" 1984
39. Modern English / "I Melt With You" 1982
40. The B-52's / "Love Shack" 1989
41. Motley Crue / "Dr. Feelgood" 1989
42. The Clash / "London Calling" 1982
43. ABC / "Look of Love (Part One)" 1982
44. Bananarama / "Cruel Summer" 1984
45. Janet Jackson / "Nasty" 1986
46. The Police / "Every Breath You Take" 1983
47. Twisted Sister / "We're Not Gonna Take It" 1984
48. Bruce Springsteen / "Born in the U.S.A." 1984
49. Beastie Boys / "Fight For Your Right (to Party)" 1986
50. Eurythmics / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" 1983
51. Ratt / "Round and Round" 1984
52. Dead or Alive / "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" 1985
53. Billy Idol / "White Wedding" 1982
54. Salt-N-Pepa / "Push It" 1987
55. A Flock of Seagulls / "I Ran (So Far Away)" 1982
56. Bonnie Tyler / "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 1983
57. Toni Basil / "Mickey" 1982
58. Culture Club / "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 1982
59. John Mellencamp / "Jack & Diane" 1982
60. Young M.C. / "Bust a Move"1989
61. Styx / "Mr. Roboto" 1983
62. Berlin / "Take My Breath Away" 1986
63. Devo / "Whip It" 1980
64. Paula Abdul / "Straight Up" 1988
65. Foreigner / "I Want to Know What Love Is" 1984
66. Depeche Mode / "Just Can't Get Enough" 1981
67. REO Speedwagon / "Keep On Loving You" 1980
68. Public Enemy / "Fight the Power" 1989
69. R.E.M / "It's The End of the World As We Know It" 1987
70. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ "I Love Rock N' Roll" 1981
71. Rick James / "Super Freak" 1981
72. The Fixx / "One Thing Leads to Another" 1983
73. Nena / "99 Luftbaloons" 1984
74. George Michael / "Faith" 1987
75. Prince / "Little Red Corvette" 1983
76. Thomas Dolby / "She Blinded Me With Science" 1982
77. New Edition / "Candy Girl" 1983
78. Blondie / "Call Me" 1980
79. Human League / "Don't You Want Me?" 1981
80. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / "It Takes Two" 1988
81. Cameo / "Word Up!" 1986
82. Squeeze / "Tempted" 1981
83. Prince / "Kiss" 1986
84. Lionel Richie / "All Night Long (All Night)" 1983
85. Robert Palmer / "Addicted to Love" 1986
86. Bow Wow Wow / "I Want Candy" 1982
87. Falco / "Rock Me Amadeus" 1985
88. Chaka Khan / "Ain't Nobody" 1983
89. The Pretenders / "Brass in Pocket" 1980
90. Tone-Loc / "Wild Thing" 1989
91. Katrina and The Waves / "Walking On Sunshine" 1985
92. New Kids on the Block / "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" 1988
93. Gary Numan / "Cars" 1980
94. The Rolling Stones / "Start Me Up" 1981
95. Debbie Gibson / "Only in My Dreams" 1987
96. Men at Work / "Down Under" 1981
97. The Romantics / "What I Like About You" 1980
98. Bobby Brown / "My Perogative" 1988
99. Wang Chung / "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" 1986
100. Loverboy / "Working for the Weekend" 1981

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

WFMW - Binder Clips

My tip this week is one that is just a great idea - quick and easy. No glue, staples, tape or ribbons. Just a few binder clips and a picture, calendar, business card or card that you want to display. Here's how I came up with the idea.

My sister sent me a calendar that had pictures of my niece for each month. I didn't have a place to hang it properly, so I made a stand for it. The calendar now has a permanent home on my entertainment center shelving.

The binder clips I used in this picture are some "fancy ones" but the regular black binder clips would work just as well.

The nice thing about the binder clips is that they go over the spiral binder of the calendar.

The smaller binder clips can hold up a business card to read, to keep in sight, etc. I used a drink card here to show you, but I love that you can use these binder clips to use as a stand so quickly and easily.

Leave a comment if you'd like & be sure to check out Rocks in My Dryer for more tips and tricks from other folks. It's one of my favorite days - Works for me Wednesdays.

I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Road Trip pics

I was on my way home from my trip to Michigan when I stopped at this particular rest area in Georgia.

I thought this was fun.

I didn't realize that the town and the stew were connected.
I am not sure if I have ever had this stew, but I haven certainly heard of it.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 16, 2008

The cell phone

I took my husband to the airport today.

Allegiant Air flies from Sanford, FL to Lansing, MI - straight shot. It's great. However, it takes a few hours to drive down to Sanford.

In order to make it worth my while, I get a Caffeine Free Diet Coke for the drive. Oooh, I'm dangerous.

This means having to stop several times at rest areas.

One of my rest area stops handed me quite a dilemma.

I found a cell phone in the bathroom.
In a stall.
I chose a different stall.
Before I closed the door to the stall I chose,
I went back to the stall with the phone and grabbed the phone.

While I was washing my hands, the phone buzzed...Two new email messages.

Oh boy
What to do?

Do I leave it? Put it back in the stall? Pretend I didn't see it? Wait for someone else to do something? Take it with me? (Is that stealing?) oh goodness. I was at a total loss.

I looked for a lost and found, there wasn't one - and honestly, I wasn't going to leave it there.

So I did the only thing I could do - I played with the phone to find the address book. I hated doing it though. I felt like a snoop. Like I was totally violating this persons space. But then again, how else was I going to get this back to the right person? I looked for the contact, "me" or "me at home" "husband" or the fabulous - "Mom" or "Dad"

I found "me" so I dialed that and got her voice mail. Click. Not listening to her voice mail!!
La la la not listening!

I clicked through more contacts and found "Mom and Dad" together! Cool.

I called - I think Dad answered... "Hello! I found this phone in a rest area and am assuming it's your daughters. Would you happen to know if she is traveling today on I-95?"

Yes she is, thank you so much, she's with her husband in the car and they are traveling to N. Carolina. His name is Jaime, I bet he's in the contact list, you can call him.

I gave him my phone number, just in case, said Thank You and hung up.

I was giggling. This is just so weird to be calling random people!

So I called the Jaime contact and got this weird message and I hung up. (Chicken)

A few minutes later, the new cell phone rang, it was Jaime's phone.

A very very confused girl said hello and I said "Is this the owner of this phone number?" she said yes and I explained how I got Jaime's number. I asked what mile marker they were passing and determined that they had another rest area just a few miles ahead of them, where they could stop and I could meet them and return their phone.

I was just about 10 miles behind them.

They called - they were at the rest area.

I arrived and met the cutest couple. They had a baby about 7 months old. Cute cute cute. They were very grateful and so was I.

I don't think I could handle the responsibility of having someone elses phone for longer than the 25 minutes that I did have it.

I'm just so happy that the issue was resolved so quickly and it was a nice outcome.

I realized today on my way home, after the "drop" that this really wasn't a random act. It was a specific act of kindness. I specifically wanted to help the person that lost the phone - but I'll file it under random anyway.

Have a great day!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!!

Here are some of my favorite photo's that I have. I haven't gotten any pictures scanned of the years between three years old (My age) and 40!

These are my parents - 1965 is the date? I think that's it. Either just before or just after they were married. I love my dad's funny face.

This is at the base - KI Sawyer AFB. That's me in the middle.

This is my Dad in uniform. I love the image on the TV in the background. I've always wondered who that is.

This is Dad, aka grandpa with Zora 2007.
(Zora is my Niece)

Hope you have a great day today Dad.

Love, Kristin

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I cleaned the baseboards in the bathroom.

The one really nice thing about the new condo that we are living in, is that the baseboards are 5½" high and painted a lovely bright white.

In my other houses the baseboards were either small or just plain yucky. That's the technical term...yucky.

In fact, in the last house we sold, I had painted the walls and didn't cover the baseboards because my dear husband said that we were going to replace them...soon. Three years later, I spent several days of scrubbing the paint off in order to make them fairly presentable to the potential new owner. Goof Off was the chemical of choice to get that accomplished. An easier alternative would have been to have a wet towel with me while painting and wipe off the paint as I went...silly me.

(in this picture I notice that the painters didn't do an incredible job -- but nothing like having a magnifying glass on the baseboards LOL - I would have never noticed)

In an effort to honor the nice baseboards that I actually like and notice, I've been trying to keep up with the cleaning of them. The rest of the house gets the vacuum treatment - but the bathroom is just not as easy to clean with the vacuum.

I got out my microfiber cloths and some hot water and washed away. I used an old toothbrush in the corners and I even cleaned the water shut off valve behind the toilet! WOW.

The bathroom looks real nice now. It didn't look bad before, but I could see a lot of dusty fuzz. I did however find enough fur to make a whole cat behind the freestanding cabinet I have in the bathroom. I had never really thought about moving it before. I will think of it again a little bit sooner.


Restless Leg Syndrome

My husband has this. From what I understand it is fairly rare in men. Women have this much more often. It is so annoying for both of us. He's had it for the past 4 or 5 years now and he takes Mirapex for it, but all of a sudden the Mirapex isn't working as well. He's been having troubles in the late evenings long before bedtime.

RLS is a condition where it feels like you need to move your legs because they itch, feel creepy crawly or instinctually you try to "shake off" the sensation.

The spouse of a RLS sufferer can be affected by it as well, as I was last night.

My husband can usually fall asleep after taking Mirapex and can sleep through the little spasms that his legs go through in the night. He doesn't feel a thing. However, on the other side of the bed the sensation is as though a baseball bat is coming down hard on the bed and shaking it.

At irregular intervals.

For hours.

pound pound
pau pound


The pounding wakes me up. If I am drifting off to sleep it jars me awake. Last night I was so sleepy, so very sleepy. I thought I would just fall asleep no matter what.

I was wrong. After a restless two hours... I finally went into the guest bedroom and slept there.

I hate to do that, only because if my husband wakes up, he is afraid something is wrong if I'm not in bed. I don't want to worry him. I got over that that last night -- and he never noticed I was gone.

Usually the RLS ends around 5am. Not sure why, but it does. So I came back to bed about 5:30.

Slept like a Rock. That is the phrase that comes to mind. I slept so solid from 5:30 to 8:30 that I thought I had just come to bed.

He's leaving on vacation for a week - I always look forward to his time away and now with the RLS acting up so much lately, I am mostly looking forward to a full nights sleep!

I posted this, not to complain really, but to make people aware of the condition. I had no idea what was going on with my husband when this weird "pounding" started. I used to shake him awake and ask him to stop. He had no idea what I was talking about at that time. Gradually though the sensations started earlier in the evening and he started noticing the spasms. It was only after a sleep clinic visit where it was diagnosed. The sleep visit was scheduled for a totally different reason, having to do with his upcoming liver transplant, but in the process we found the RLS.

Normally the Mirapex works wonders, so we are going to have to go have a chat with someone to see what's going on. It might also be a phase.

Here's to a good nights sleep!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Thyme Time

I purchased a package of Thyme yesterday and it is now lost.

I find that quite ironic.

I'm always losing time I thought I had

But I had never lost Thyme before.

Have a Great Weekend!

Pop Goes My Heart

I needed to hear this song.

I have got it so embedded into my brain that I truly believe that it did indeed come out in 1984. I can remember dancing to it at the high school dance, singing in the car with my best friend and rollerskating to it at Roller World. OK, so I didn't really but its funny how that type of thing happens.

Have you seen this? It is from the movie Music and Lyrics with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. I have now seen this movie about 20 times. Usually I have it playing in the background when I am cleaning, doing laundry, dishes, etc. But I know almost every line.

I googled "pop goes my heart" and a video of this came up that had an interesting addition. It had two or three clips of Hugh Grant dancing, taken from the movie Love Actually which isn't Music and Lyrics and has nothing to do with that movie, except that Hugh Grant is in both.... But I adore Love Actually as well.

I just checked out the video again - the person who loaded it said that he made it for a friend of his, so that could explain why a different movie was put into it. If you want to see that video I have it below.

If you haven't seen Music and Lyrics go ahead and rent it, watch it on cable, record it on the DVR, put it on the list for Netflix - just watch it. It's a lot of fun, especially if you like 80's music.

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Music & Rollercoasters

I found this video here at List of the Day

The wedding

This is a story about my Aunt Jane, as I got it - the condensed version.

Very condensed & hopefully fairly accurate.

Jane and Chuck wanted to get married.
They talked about it a bit and decided that it just couldn't happen right away, well, because who has the time! It would just have to wait.

Judy Siefker (I call her my neighbor, but I haven't lived across the street from her since 1984 LOL) and some of the other gals that Jane golfs with got wind of this dilemma and decided to plan Jane's wedding for her.

Judy said to Jane - How's next Thursday after golf?

and that's what happened.

May 8th, 2008.
On the golf course, with gale force winds and it was too cold for sandals, but it went off like a dream.

Jane's daughter, my cousin Amy, sent these pictures to me, as I was unable to attend the ceremony.

This is Jane and Judy. I'm assuming this is before the ceremony and after the golf game. Judy had a great time getting this all together, I can see it in her eyes.

I'm thinking that this is also before the ceremony. People are just getting the balloons tied to the carts and are lining up for the event.

This is Jane, aka, The Bride. She has had a custom made golf visor turned veil for the wedding. Amy, was this part of your veil? I'll edit when I get that correct.

Amy replied in the comments that the veil was orginally Jody's* then Amy used it with a different headpiece and now Jane has used it. How cool. Thanks Amy!

*Amy & Jody, children of Jane

Here is the procession of the golf carts. How fun!!

The Bridal cart has arrived at the site. Golf balls lined a path, although I only show a little of one side. Her bouquet was made of calle lilies and orange golf balls. What a hoot!

Here is part of the ceremony, I'm going to pretend it was the "I Do" part. The Groom, Chuck, is finally shown. That's him, the one holding the Brides hand.

Everyone was huddled together in this photo. From what I understand it was to keep warm. It was a chilly chilly night.

I hope to get more photos soon of this event. I saw the happy couple when I went to Michigan a few weeks ago and saw a lot more pictures. I'm very happy for them.

Congratulations Jane and Chuck!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WFMW Mopping the floor

I love a great product. Mostly I love a product that works as its supposed to and is easy to use. When I had my bamboo floors installed a few years ago I was given the Bona mop kit.

Oh be still my heart.

I love this product.

I love this product so much, that the other day I took a whole bunch of pictures of the steps taken to mop the Bona way.

Here we go!

Here is the mop handle and base. (and my floors)

This is the bottom side of the base -- the two strips are one half of the velcro.

This is the gorgeous, soft, fibrous, thick and thirsty removable mop cloth that velcro's right onto those two strips on the mop base.

Now here's the beauty. You just rinse the mop cloth under hot water. You can use a floor cleaner (my kit came with one) but I just use water. Hot water.

Then you wring out the mop cloth and place it on your mop base.

This is a dry cloth being placed on the mop base - I forgot to take a picture of it going on wet.

This is the wet cloth firmly placed on the mop base. Now go mop!

The mop cloth slides nicely on the floors - bamboo, wood, tile or any smooth surface safe for mopping. There is enough grip, to remove stubborn spots, but it still just soft as can be. I usually mop 10-20 strokes and then go rinse off the mop cloth and replace it on the mop base.

I have found a wonderful white fluffy duster also from Bona that goes onto my mop base. I love that, too. It picks up all kinds of debris from the floors.

I did find a lesser quality blue mop cloth - it has little bits of plastic in it. You can feel the rough plastic. It doesn't work. Don't buy it. It is cheaper, but it doesn't work. Buy the mop cloth that when you feel it, you could imagine sleeping on it. LOL

The mop cloth goes into the washer and dryer. I toss it in with my dishtowels. Don't use fabric softener on this load.

I love this product.

I love how my floors look.

I love how easy it is to mop.

Leave a comment if you'd like & be sure to check out Rocks in My Dryer for more tips and tricks from other folks. It's one of my favorite days - Works for me Wednesdays.

Have a great day!