July 26, 2004
Great to be back again! WHAT
a weekend! We went to Hamburger Night and Nathan's teacher gave me 4 books to
use when I home school Dylan this year, 2 of which are the 3rd grade standards,
so I'll know where he needs to be to go into the little school for 3rd grade
Eric and the boys found a giant
He insisted on bringing it home in
a paper cup to show to Delena (who stayed home, feeling menstrually punky).
Afterwards, he let it go across the road in the the forest. A half hour
later, Delena came inside to tell us it was in the gravel out back. He
took it back to the forest again. We got a message from Valerie, saying
that she, Josh and the grandgirls were available to come up for a visit.
Since Aidan Paul is due the end of August, I need to visit while I can and we'd
been trying to work out a mutually convenient time for a while and they had a
cancellation of plans. So poor Eric turned around (after
driving an hour and a half here) and drove all the way back to Sacramento to get
them. They stayed until I took them home on Sunday. We had a really
great visit. I love being a mammaw and Eric is good at being Papa.
When he got back, the bug was back
too. Valerie deemed it a "pine beetle." This time, it died.
Josh (my son) looked good, but was
tired from working a lot of overtime. Since Valerie was having a tough
time with her pregnancy, she had to take early pregnancy leave and so they only
have his income to go on. He's a bit frayed around the edges, but is a
really good and patient daddy.
On Saturday, we went to Eric's
mining claim and played at the river. I took a big fried chicken picnic
(baked potatoes wrapped in foil, homemade biscuits, cut up celery and
carrot sticks, watermelon, raisins, cold lemonade and diet soda).
This is Valerie and Josh.
This is my new desktop wallpaper
(on the right). In 2001, Eric took Dylan to a Buddhist temple in Los
Angeles (the 4th largest in the world). It has over 10,000 statues of
Buddha in it and he was completely take by the priests worshipping there.
Since then, he sits like this and says that he is "exercising his mind."
Kiddies at play, Nathan and the grandbabies.
The miner hard at work.
The miner hard at play.
I want to emphasize that this was really, really a
pain in the ass. The part of the river where you see the kids playing is
easy access and very, very shallow (as you can see from the pictures). To
get up to the really nice area with little waterfalls and such, you have to hike
over huge boulders, through the river that gets about crotch deep (on a short
person like myself). I forgot to change shoes before I left and had on
sandals which were really slippery in the river. A walking stick helped.
I got to the part that Eric wanted to show me and was whipped. He started
talking wistfully about how much nicer it was just a bit further up and the Diva
rose up in me and said, "Let's go." It was hard, but I made it. When
we were ready to head back, he said, "Oh, I forgot to tell you, it's a little
harder getting back." >:<
These big prehistoric plants are everywhere. I
put my pudgy little hand in the picture so you can see how doggone big this
elephant ear plant actually is.
Karen, what *IS* this gorgeous red thing? It's
no doubt lethally toxic and it's everywhere at the river. I want to
transplant some, but I'm afraid it's likely very into the constant water supply
it has at the river.
We poured ourselves home in early evening and grilled
hamburgers for dinner. After that, it was cards until we couldn't stay
awake, then bed. During the night, Spooky, the Dog Dread, tangled with a
skunk and got a face full of spray. The tomato paste bath and a couple of
follow up baths with dog shampoo helped.
Sunday was a lazy day. We mostly relaxed and
watched kiddies play. I took everyone home around 2-3pm and took advantage
of the Sacramento time to visit my old favorite haunt, THE THRIFT STORE!!
It was glorious. I even found a sewing machine for $12.50, marked down
from $25.00! It works great. I noticed that it had a bobbin with
thread and a spool of thread included, so I took that hummer over to the outlet,
hooked it up and sewed a piece of my dress to itself. It needs some 3-in-1
oil, but otherwise, I think it will work fine for what I need. Mostly, at
this point, I'm just going to be mending, but when the kids go to school, I
could likely get a little crazy and start making things, especially since
our Walmart in town has a section with material and patterns.
Other good news is that even though I have not lost a
single pound since Diva took hold (I think I may have actually gained), I had to
do the unthinkable this morning. *I'm going to need a moment of silence
for this.* I had to throw out 1/2 of a strawberry pie that went bad in my
refrigerator. Strawberry pie has been my complete weakness and I did my
best to wade through it, but it ended up getting droopy and icky.
I had to really put a positive spin on chucking part
of a strawberry pie, but the good news is that it didn't end up on my butt.
My major obstacle is still exercise, or the lack thereof. I'm not making a
big deal of it or going into pronouncements or re-open the weight loss journal.
It's about little changes, one by one that make it happen.
I'm seeing the effects of harvest all around me.
I have two friends who are moving into wonderful homes this week. My son,
David, just moved into a place that is much happier and healthier than where he
was, not to mention, more affordable. I have no less than THREE friends
who have been lonely for a long time and have, to all appearances, found total
sweethearts to be with. In one friend's case, she's found something like
THREE sweethearts to be with. Eric is happy in his job and although we are
working through catch up now, we at least have a steady income for the first
time in over a year. This job pays once a week, which is a real blessing.
He likes the people tremendously and enjoys the work he's doing. Once we
FINALLY get our last check from the company he tried to start with Snake #1 and
Snake #2, we'll be finished with them forever. Eric wants to get his own
contractor's license so he can bid jobs himself.
July 28, 2004
OK, what a week...and it's only Wednesday. I
have been working on this journal since Monday and the uploading of the pictures
has been a problem. On dial up, it's always a big problem, but this time,
it was just taking forever. Finally, last night, I was trying to finish it
up and the site just *went away.* After a couple hours of down time, I
finally found out from the web host that they moved our site to a new server
(while I was updating). When the site finally came back online, it only
had the info included up until July 21, which means that a whole week of posts
was missing. I've had letters in to the web hosts since last night and
they are not responding. I spent today recreating the work and have so far
posted about 27 columns today, including the archives. I lost 16 newly
created pages (complete with themes, etc) from the Diva Digest. I was able
to pull up the most recent Nonsoapy (from Friday) and then what managed to post
about this one!
I *should* be back tomorrow with a little more
relaxed, confident post. Right now, I'm fairly fried and frazzled.
My house isn't a terrible mess, but it could certainly use my attention right
So I'll see you tomorrow. All is peace and love,
all is peace and love, all is peace and love...