Friday, October 31, 2008

Oh No! Meatloaf Again!

Last night while flipping channels, we came across a showing of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on broadcast TV. It was kind of like meeting someone you thought was hot at a drunken frat party in the daylight. What seems so much fun and entertaining at the midnight movies is actually pretty boring and campy in real life. We did try yelling responses at the tv, but its just not the same.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Bathroom

I will be coming home today to a new bathroom. This has been an ongoing process. It started when we noticed a leak in the pipe leading to the toilet tank had caused softening of the linoleum. Bob ripped up the floor. I have always wanted tile so we looked at tile at Home Depot. In the meantime, the bathroom floor has been down to the floor framing. This has been kind of freaky when you realize that you can see into the crawl space. As the sun is going down, the light coming through the vents would cause an eerie glow coming up from below the floor. (No more Stephen King books for me!)

So Bob finally went out a few weeks ago and out down the backer board for the tile. He cut it to fit perfectly, but forgot about the fact that the sink and toilet roll holder stick out so he gouged the wall a few times. We had hoped not to have to paint, but Bob took care of that.

Last night we pickled out and bought paint and new towel bars. Today, Bob is painting so hopefully next week he will tile. I will be so glad when this is done!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

190? HOLY POO!

I bowled a 190 game tonight. My average is 124. Nuff said.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

America's Heartland

I am getting pretty tired of the media and people on the editorial page putting down people who live in the heartland as dumb hicks who stand around with a stalk of grass in their teeth, drinking a six pack and scratching their ass.

My Grandparents were from the heartland. They were good, decent, hardworking people. They has strong values, believed in God,and did not ask for anything. They did not believe so much in "hand outs" as in "a hand up". They probably would have given you the shirt off their back if you asked. They were intelligent and well read. (Intelligent people believe in God too! An intelligent person knows that they are not the center of the universe!)

The only time the media seems to care about what the heartland thinks is when the Iowa caucuses roll around. The rest of the time they seem to think of them as dumb rednecks and that the only people whose political opinions matter are the ones that live in "the big city". Well frankly, I would rather listen to someone from the heartland who knows the meaning of hard work, commitment and sacrifice than some politician from the "big city" who can't give you a straight answer to any questions.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

First Rain

We've had our first rain of the fall. Not much, but enough to get that clean rain smell and make all the local TV stations start their "storm watch" and crank up the Doppler radar. Some poor hapless reporter will be sent on location to demonstrate that its wet outside.

The weather is starting to cool down again and I can bring out my hand knit scarves and start wearing them. I love the cool weather. Especially on a weekend, when I can sit at home on the couch all warm and cozy and knit. I love listening to the sound of the rain on the roof. I love the howl of the wind when we get a big storm. I love watching the rain fall. I think I love the rain because that is when I feel most blessed. I have a roof over my head, warm food to eat and I am surrounded by those who love me. The storms of life may rage, but I know I have been blessed. Even if there is a storm in my life, I know that like all storms, it will not last forever.

Right now I am actually knitting a striped scarf for myself from Noro Silk Garden. Its a rustic yarn (meaning as you knit bits of vegetable matter often fall out of it and it varies in thickness through the skein) made of silk and wool. The colors of Noro yarn are amazing. I am using 2 skeins and alternating them. One is very neutral colors: brown, tan & grey while the other is all fall colors: orange, red, yellow and green. Its a fun knit because you never know how the stripes will play out.