Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, up and att'm

    Hub's had called me from the High School 6 times before I was even out of bed.  He had locked his keys in the truck, then he (or they) needed stand lights, then he (or they needed) string lights for across the stage.  So when I got up I had the list and could get everything down there at once.  I don't know how many times we have run home for piano or stand lights.  You need anything for a pit orchestra?  Call us!

     Sluggy is giving me a bad time about my November 14th list.  Hey I am  little behind, what can I say? I will be sewing today and going back to Joanns because yes I need three pairs of black velvet breeches not two. %$#@&

  Found out we will be doing a Celtic show and school tour this March.  I started the kids on a new soft shoe last night as they were getting tired of the Christmas dances.  Kids will start practicing in mistakes when they get over rehearsed.

     Well I have work to do.  So I am off.

Have a great and productive day!



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, slept late!

     Did not sleep well again last night and then woke up and was ready to get up at usual time,  But I was so tired I just thought I will close my eyes.  Then I was in a deep dream state, for two hours!  I was embarrassed when I woke up, but you do need that deep rem sleep.

     I had three appointments set for yesterday and not one showed up. Finally about 6:30 last night I said to hell with this and went to Jo-Anns and bought the zippers I needed along with material for more drummer pants.  I swear if one more kid comes up to me without pants they go on naked.

    I am getting somewhat caught up in the shop, there are still projects.  Like a big old wedding dress, but the little stuff is gone.  Which allows me time for projects and maybe I can get some house work done!  Who really wants to do house work.  I think Anne needs to come over here for a week or two.

Well I am off.

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, It will be crazy here for the next week!

     This is the week the Christmas show opens and I only have to worry about making 3 pair of black velvet bloomers so I am on easy street.  I cannot even imagine how stressed I would be right now if I was in charge.  When I think back I wonder how I did it.  So many details.

     I did get a package of dance rosin in the mail and I did special order a pair of point shoes when I was in Spokane.  Other than that and teaching my kids I have done nothing.

     We had a nice Thanksgiving I guess.  Sister hosted, my little brother was there with his wife and two young kids, both are very destructive.  It was not my house and it never will be.  Mom was not very nice the whole day.  She doted on the grand kids and was surly to us.  If she is not the center of attention she is out of sorts.

     I really could not wait to get out of there and on the rode with daughter and grandson.  Hubs followed in the pickup with our dog.  We arrived in Spokane about 8 p.m.  When we got to daughter's she had unexpected company.  They were already ensconced in the downstairs bed and bath so hub's and I split up and I slept with daughter and hub's took the single bed in the spare room upstairs.  It was fine.  Daughter had to work Friday and we watched our grandson it was fun.

     Daughter's company was her brother in-law and his wife and three kids.  He had worked a night shift and had not slept in over 36 hours.  Her sister in -law was very sick with this virus I have had.  So both were dead on there feet.  Luckily their kids are very well behaved for a 4,3 and 6 month old.  We put the baby to bed with us so both could sleep through the night.  Sister-in-law stayed in bed all day and we had a romper room of babies.  I swear all I did was cook and do dishes, pick up babies.  But it was fun.  I wanted the couple to get as much rest as possible before they headed back to Lewiston.  I cannot imagine having the flu I had last week and three small kids and a husband that does shift work.

     Saturday we shopped for wee William clothes as he had outgrown everything.  We also purchased a ladder for daughters birthday and Christmas. Then hub's and I headed home picked up mom on the way.

     Mom was sick yesterday.  She is better today.  Sis has her right now, so I get a break.

The shop is full and I have  so much to do.  Still have not gotten my voice back I sound like a frog, but I feel okay.  It might be months before I can talk normal again.  This has happened before.  So aggravating.

     Have a great and productive day!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wednesday, too sick to deal with Blogger changes

     Okay who likes change?  It is okay but not when my head is exploding and I have too much to do.  Just can't think that hard right now.

     Things to get done today:

1. clean up guest room:  Hubs can do this.
2. clean floors in living room:  Hubs
3. vacuum family room: Hubs
4. make cheese ball Hubs can grate the cheese
5. make pies  Hubs can peel apples
6. put together relish tray Daughter can do that or hub's
7. make rolls.  I can do that tomorrow
8. lay on couch and watch garbage TV:  I can do this one
9. Take a long nap:  I will volunteer
10.  Have head explode, that is happening as I write.
11.  lower standards yeah I can do that....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday, I am freezing

     I have completely lost my voice, so teaching is out for the evening.  But I have great help to run kids through their numbers.  It will be fine.

     Lil sis had a break down yesterday making me spent most of my day talking her off a cliff.  She did get an offer on her house, but her ex is making things difficult and Lil sis can handle Nothing right now.  So hard for me as she was always the strong one.

     I want to put up a sign that says,  can someone please help?

As nothing was done that needed to be done yesterday, it will be busy today.  OR it might just be a day to lay on couch with heating pad under a blanket.

     Everything is purchased for Thanksgiving and I was able to get lots of great bargains.  Well not like Sluggy, but you know great for me.

     We had French style green beans for .39 a can so bought a case.  Cranberries were .69 bought a case.  Also a case of corn.  We have already stocked up on baking supplies earlier so we are set for the holidays except for seafood.

    Just got a quart jar of beautiful honey for a ten minute fix on a bee keepers jacket.  nummy...

Adopted twin sister kittens yesterday to help with our rat/mouse problem.  Lewiston just has always had a problem with these pests.  We knew that and have always had a cat.  I dream of the day of no pets, but with the chickens come the rats, and we spied a mouse in the house again Sunday. These two sisters were proven mousers.  They are ripping through my family room chasing each other right now.  I think I will kick them outside.

Well Gotta go set the world on fire.

Have a great and productive day.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, Thanksgiving plans

     I did no sewing Friday and just futzed around and got a few things done for the studio.  Mom and I went to Jo-anns and spent too much money. 

     Saturday I went to morning rehearsal but was too worn out from fever and chills to go to afternoon or evening performance.  I heard they did great.  I just laid on the sofa the rest of the day.

     Sunday went to church and tried not to cough on anyone. I really should have stayed home but Hub's is an ASS about missing church and I am not allowed to be sick according to him. Came home a made a meatloaf and an early pumpkin pie, just cause it sounded good.

     I am having trouble sleeping and that is driving me crazy.

     My sister came by this morning to plan Thanksgiving dinner.  I will make relish tray, I already have everything.  I will also make a cheese ball, sweet potatoes, rolls and pies. I don't have to buy much as I make everything from scratch and I have picked up things along the way on good sales.

     I am also making my own small turkey with dressing as my kids will want to take home left overs and mom will also want things here.

     Today I will be sewing and going grocery shopping with sister.  I could not get into see my doctor but he called in a bunch of prescriptions again so I rattle with pills when I walk.

    Nothing got done except shop cleaning last week, sicky loo had me in it's clutches.

Now it's time to get to work and try to get something done.

Have a great and productive day!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday, are you sick of my cold yet?

     BECAUSE I AM!  This morning I have lost my voice and my eyes are crusty slits.  Get the picture? It is not pretty.  I am tired of not sleeping.  Right now I am freezing.

     We have rehearsal most of the day tomorrow and also the tree lighting at the park.  Don't know if I can make it through all that.

     I do have a few things in the shop that I must do.  I will get those done and then I will rest.

Have a great and productive day!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, my cold is back

     Not sleeping, trying to deal with a younger sister in crisis. So I called Twin (eldest) and had her take care of youngest sister problem.  That is what she gets for being eldest.  It is always something.  I have my cold back so I will make an appointment to see the doctor AGAIN!  Crap, crap double crap!

In the mean time shop is starting to pick up and I have lot's of projects to get done around here.  Mostly Christmas stuff.

     Really tired, but will get a hold on this I am sure.

Have a great and productive day.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, just lazy, what can I say?

     I am in a lazy.  I did very little in the shop yesterday.  I did get a package mailed off to my Sluggy and I did get groceries with mom.  I did teach 4 hours.  But other than that I was a wastoid.

     Hoping to pay off another of my bills this month but do not know if I can, I am kind of waiting it out so to speak.  I would really like to knock off that sears bill.

     Now Ann get to work you are not done with your list. I know I can be the boss of the internet and tell my bloggy friends what to do.  This will be my new job and I won't even have to leave my desk.

     Think of that will you.

Have a great and productive day!


p.s. McVal  some ones sever is down get to work.  Put that needle down.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday,Still sleepy

     Still not sleeping well but a little better.

     Mom came home last night and she had such a good time.  So many good friends in Missoula.  It was good for her to get out.  She was so depressed.

     I sewed in the shop yesterday and then deep cleaned the shop closet.  The shop is still a work in progress.  But it was nice to get rid of and cull large amounts of things that took up room and were not of use.

     I have a few errands to run today and I need to get a few groceries.  I will take mom with to wear her out.

     This morning she came and knocked on my bedroom door.  She was smiling with her new tooth and then showed me her old bridge that she had found in her blue tennis shoes.  She had been wearing her red and black ones.  So as I suspected we found the bridge as soon as we purchased a new one.  That is okay an heir and a spare.

     This is my life now.  Finding happiness in stupidity.  But mom is over the moon happy and that is worth something.

I need to get busy and get something done before I have to go teach.

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday, bad night

  Could not sleep and I think I have another cold coming on.  Sh%#!  The arthritis med I take which has now been doubled causes sinus infections so maybe that is it.  But I was up most of the night.  Then worrying about whether it is a cold or and infection does not help.  Don't feel too horribly bad right now, just a little out of my head.

     Friday I was able to spend several hours in the yard and it was so great!  Really did not finish anything, just made a lot of messes but oh what fun.   I was sore Saturday and even that was nice.

     Saturday I had an all day rehearsal at the studio.  It was wonderful.  I even slept in and was a 1/2 an hour late.  Yikes!  I have never, ever done that before, ever!  My kids were wonderful and so were all the other #'s.  Things went smoothly.  I am so proud of the new owner.  She is so organized.  I was never organized.  I always flew by the seat of my pants.  It is nice to have the stress off, and to just be able to enjoy what I do.

     Daughter with our little Will came down this weekend and we had so much fun with him.  We watched him tear apart anything he could get his hands on which was quite a lot.

     I must go and pay a couple of bills.  Then I will get something done in the shop. Maybe a little house work will get done today as none was done this weekend.  Mom and Sis should be home later this afternoon.

Have a great and productive day!


Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, dressed in overalls

     Happy Veterans day, and grateful to all the Vets who protected this country and the world.  Grateful to the ones that still do.  A shout out for them.

     Yes true to my word I am not even going into the shop today unless someone needs to pick up or drop off.  I am outside!

     It was dark by the time I was done inside yesterday.  So I am not going to get pulled into work.  The shop has been slow and steady this week and I am actually catching up on work.  Which is nice.  Every once in a while I actually find myself out of work, but I am usually bombed immediately after I think I have nothing to do.

     Took mom to get her tooth yesterday.  Then she lost her glasses this morning and had me up at 6:30 looking for them.  She did not need to be up that early but she was and I am stumbling around trying to get myself focuses.  I ma not a MORNING person.  I also had to look for her glasses yesterday for 20 minutes.  This morning I was sure they were gone.  She just takes things off and flings them where ever.  Her room is an organized pigsty with every possible place filled with crap.

     ARGHHHHH!  Well Sis took her to Missoula this weekend and I need a few days to just be.

     Our daughter and grandson are coming this weekend so I am excited.  I just want to get outside and play in the dirt!

Have a great and productive day.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday, I really, really need to

..... Clean my family room, it is disgusting.  I also need to cook something for dinner as I have been so lazy in the kitchen.

     I want tot get out side today as it is beautiful.  So I will get my shop work done, clean a little house, plan some dinner and get my butt outside.  In that order.

     I also must take mom later today in for her new tooth.

On your mark get set GO let's see what I can get done today!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, well that was an interesting Tuesday.

     As I had predicted all along but only between myself and a few close people. Trump won.  The news medias did everything they could to make people think Hilary was ahead.  If the news casters and pollsters would stay out of the elections people would take up more  realistic views of situations.  Instead we are hammered with false information on a daily basis from people we assume we could or should trust.  I will not allow FOX news in my home because it is so biased to the right and I am actually a rather conservative person. I just will not have democratic party views lambasted every day. People are allowed their point of view. Then we have the three networks working so hard to only report the left and you know what?  If you circle your hand to the right and the other to the left and you reach far enough around clap ..... WOAH!  you get the same people. I am not a fence sitter and I have strong opinions, but you are also allowed your strong opinion that is different from mine and I will still call you my friend.

     I was able to finish to a marked point all of my dances last night.  I have a big rehearsal this Saturday.  Most of my #'s need extensive cleaning, but I have Three more weeks of 4 hour rehearsal time so I or they will be fine.  I might have to snatch a couple of them bald but we will see.

     I had a terrible headache yesterday and laid down for a while before class.  Not much got done in the sewing room.  I will have to make up for that today.

I have a closet I tore up that desperately needs to be put back together, we will see if I get that done.  Also need to buy groceries and clean out the fridge.  It is a pig sty.

So happy the election is over.  I was sick to death of it.

Have a great and productive day!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday, Yesterday was crazy

  Crazy busy in the shop yesterday.  I feel today will be no different.  Made mom an appointment for her tooth replacement.  I just found her glasses that she had lost.

     I have to put her to bed.  That is it.  No more letting her go to sleep when she wants and taking chances.  If I do I am the one that spends time looking for her things.  And I have so little time these days, with my very reduced schedule.  ( sarcasm)

     Stayed up late to clean kitchen finally got all of mom's Swedish bake stuff put away.

Have the spare bedroom piled with gifties I have purchased for little or nothing.  I need to organize the mess and get packages ready to send down south.  Also daughter coming this weekend, and I need to clean off the bed.

     Tonight I have class and I hope to finish all the numbers.  It is scary close to the show like three weeks.  I had better start kicking some butt. Mostly mine.

I tore the shop closet apart last week and it is still a huge mess so I had better get that cleaned up.  Ugh!  Also pay a few more bills as money comes in a dib and dab at a time.

Wouldn't it be nice to wake up with nothing to do?

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday, Where do I begin?

    Friday evening and we are off to Mom's church bazaar, it was not as well attended as last year. I overheard gossip about how beautiful her things were.  Her three cakes that they allowed her to bring in all sold for more than anything else combined.  We had fun came home and gossiped about it for a while.

     Hub's insisted on getting his flue and pneumonia shots and then proceeded to get very sick.  Like high fever delirious sick.  He did not go to church on Sunday and he never misses church.  Today he is between sick and lazy.  So I don't know what to expect.

     I went to the photo shoot on Saturday and yes we were short two pairs of black velvet pants, but we just had kids trade and stand in the back.  I slept late, before the shoot and then came home for a nap which of course drove Hub's crazy as I am not allowed to rest.  I must be up and functioning at all times.  We took mom out to dinner and she complained the whole way but loved what I ordered for her. I noticed that she did not have her tooth.  This is her new one that she got when we were in D.C. as she had lost her other one. Well we dropped her off at the house and went out to do a little shopping when we got home, she was crying and had torn her room apart.  No tooth.  I tore her room apart no tooth.  Sis came over yesterday and tore her room apart no tooth.  She is beside herself and so depressed.

     As the dentist goes to my church I ordered her a new one yesterday.  So now I will watch her like a hawk.  Well at least I will watch her tooth.

     It is always something around here.  I have many pairs of pants to do today so I had better get busy.

Just wanted you to know that I can save money. I did a sudo Sluggy as my sis and I call it.  I went to Albertsons because they had whole chickens on sale for 78. cents a lb  not the old .69 but I will take .78 as the new low.  Anyway I had two coupon for $2.00 off criso oil and any kind of crisco margarine.  I love the sticks but refuse to buy them at the cost.  Well if you bought so many of the oil you got back $5.00.  I am not sure exactly how it works as I am not nearly as bright as the  Slugster.  I found more oils with the $2.00 off coupon so of course I looked for all of those.  See I can learn from the best.

     To make this a shorter story as mom wants her breakfast,  I paid $26.02
2 large chickens reg about 9.00
5 oil 48 oz. reg 4.99
5 packages of crisco sticks reg 4.49
1/2 gallon of milk reg price 1.89

I am learning.  Now if I could just keep an eye on mom's tooth.

Have a great and productive day!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday, Yesterday was alittle too much.

     What happened to my stamina?  I used to pump out multiples of costumes assembly line style.  I could and would sew 10 12 hours straight like a demon.  I just can't do that any more.  I feel like my life is just one big give up.

     Give up running too hard on your joints. Okay.  Quit coaching Drama, too stressful.  Quit choreographing for theaters.  Too little time and stress.  Think of your health. Stop earning extra money cleaning the banks.  ( I was glad to give this one up)  Not the money however. Give up the studio, your mother and health are too important.  So I should be able to devote my time to sewing, but even that is failing.  Those big huge costume projects are a thing of the past.  I just can't sew that hard anymore.  Is this old age?  I don't feel old.

     Anyway, I only have one pair of pants to alter and two cow hoods to make and I am done with studio work.  But I have 10 pairs of pants to hem for the shop.

I am going to jump in the shower and then get my sewing done, and go pay some bills.  Yippee!

Have a great and productive day!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday, busy day yesterday

     The shop was so busy yesterday.  I was not able to get upstairs and get the kitchen de greased, but did it late last night.  The doorbell rang all day and mom worked in the shop on her projects.

     Went with my sister to JoAnn's last night to get things to make and finish costumes.  Of course things I need ended up at her house.  So I have to go over there and get them.  Damn.

     Mom is in a funk as all this baking she is doing is now not wanted by the church.  They don't have room.  They have enough.  She is in tears.  Her things are beautiful and well presented.  I don't know where she missed the mark and she does not hear well and her understanding is even worse.  But when a woman comes to you with beautiful baskets of things for a bazaar wouldn't you accept them?  I want to be angry, but I also no my mother and she is stubborn and wants things done her way.  She may not be able to bull nose her ideas through this group.

     I have 9 pairs of pants to hem today in addition to all the costume crap so I had better get busy.

Have a great and productive day!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, the saga continues.....

     I was sad to read that one of my lovely readers, thought I was somewhat mean or disrespectful toward my mother.  Her actual words were sorry I was  bothered by my mother.  I love my mom to death and will do anything for her.  She just makes me crazy and making fun of her and the situation is what helps me deal with said situation.  Our family takes everything to the nth degree when it comes to humor.  She is a neeber-knob.

     So yesterday mom has to do rosettes.  These deep fried pastries are a pain.  They are delicious, but very fragile and fussy.  I have two wedding dresses that I need to finish and costumes, I cannot help her.  I can set everything up and make sure she has what she needs.  I am a holler away in the basement.  I ran upstairs continually.  She made two batches and was very tired.  She has become so shaky.  I was getting ready to go to the studio and I told her to leave the mess and be done she was too tired to do a third batch.

     I left her laying down on her bed.  When I arrived home last night Hub's told me mom had a melt down and called my sister to come get her.  She was burning things and very upset.  So I run to Sis's.  Mom is watching the Hallmark channel. Sis and I sneak out.  Mom is mad at me because I did not help her.  Yeah I didn't do a damn thing.  Sis and I had a good laugh.  I just have to shake my head.  Now I am going to go upstairs and put all that crap away and degrease the kitchen.  Because I have nothing else to do. 

Well I am off like a prom dress to get work done.

Have a great and productive day!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday, Mom's agenda...

     Well I was able to get through yesterday without a fight.  Don't know if I can handle today.  Because you see I have no life or anything important to do. I just live at the beck and call of the MOTHER.

     Yesterday I needed to pay at least two important bills which I did.  I also had to teach which I did.  I had to mind the shop which I did.  I did not get the sewing done I needed as mother was on a rip to make Krumkake.  Okay, Okay!

     So I got her set up in the morning as I was running around getting ready for the day and doing a little house work.  We are in the kitchen and I get a stool to get down the krumkake iron.  As I am putting chairs away from the company meal the night before she starts making banana bread?

     I had a folding table and 7 chairs to put away in various places, so I thought I could keep an eye on her.  I was handing her ingredients as she asked for them.  She finally gets the bread ready to go in the oven and I have to come and put the batter in the pans for her. Then I put it in the oven and she starts on the krumkake.  I need to melt a cube of butter first thing so it will cool for her and when I open the micro wave here are two more sticks of melted butter.  "Mom, what is this butter for?" Oh that was supposed to go in the banana bread..   *&^%$# out comes the hot pans of banana bread back into a bowl mix with butter, pull out three more clean pans put it back in and pray that the soda will raise twice.  Now I realize I cannot leave her, until the batter is ready.  So no costumes get done for this Saturday's photo shoot.  Beat head against wall.

     Today she wants to do Rosettes.  Which are very difficult and messy.  I just can't win.  In the mean time look at my payoff of the counter tops!  Yippee! and look at the list of things I need to sew before the weekend including everything else I have to do to make money.

     Just a little on edge here.

Have a great and productive day!