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Climb the ladder day…

Well, I know I shouldn’t go up and down the step ladder without someone around but I did it anyway.

First thing I did was put the globe back on the hall light where I’d taken it off when the light went out. Never did find out why, all I know is that it is working again.

The next ascent was to replace the air filter. I’d found a replacement filter in the hall closet. OMG so glad I did it, the old one was clogged, no wonder the heat was so uneven and noisy. Once I did that, the heat is running quietly and I’m getting better heat.

I also ordered new filters and subscribed so I can change them every three months as recommended. I sure as heck hadn’t done that.

I have all 3 of the estimates in for the fencing and kicked one guy, the second one, to the curb right away after checking his measurements (He was 30 feet off (less) on the measurements from the other 2 guys) and having him write the estimate to Mary, not Margaret. He doesn’t seem to be a careful sort of person.

I think I have made my choice. Price wise the first guy is a little more than guy #2 but guy 2 is the moron and Guy 3’s pictures of his fencing looked like super cheapass fencing for more $$$ than guy 1.

I’ll be calling guy 1 tomorrow to discuss hardware for the gate.

I finally unpacked the silk screen and am in the process of figuring out how to get the hangers placed right on the bedroom wall.


More to do…

Well, made it through Jay’s birthday with a minimum of tears. I am so glad because I truly hate it when I fall into a crying jag.

It’s hard to believe that the 21st of next month marks a year he’s gone. The time both dragged and rushed by.

It’s also hard to believe how much I got done here in the new house. Just a bit more and I’ll be more amenable to getting out and about. To me the priority has been making this house my home.

I believe I’ve succeeded.

Although both my office and the guest room need some work yet.

Grandpa Hauser’s desk isn’t cutting it in the office, although I could use it as a place to sit and pay bills, I need a better space for my computer to do my writing. I may sell the desk and find something else.

The guest room has things in it I need to find homes for, like new blinds I moved with me that are too big for these windows. Two large bags of clothes for donation. Pictures that need hanging in both rooms. That sort of stuff.

However, for the most part the inside of the house is done.

Fencing is next and I already have one price quote in hand. 257 feet of it to do the entire back yard.

Life here is quiet, relaxing, and soon to be very productive.

Things I accomplished this week…

I baked some banana nut bread the other day.

I am working on riding my stationary bike and lifting weights more often.

I finally got the grill together. I had to quit at one point because it took two people to lift the main part onto the base. My neighbor came over and we got that bit together in short order. Then it was a matter of me putting the assembled shelves and door on. Next thing I need is a bottle of gas and it is ready to go.

I have 3 fencing companies coming over during the next few days to give me an estimate on doing some privacy fence in the back yard.

And I got a chapter finished on my new book.

Knowing it was Jay’s birthday on the 15th, I knew I had to keep busy.


The new grill waiting for fencing, gas, and a cover.

It’s in pieces…

Don’t you just love it when the Fed EX delivery person tells you that the particularly heavy box they are delivering can only be left on the porch or right inside the door?

This is not the first time. But this time it is my new grill. I had to open the box and remove it piece by piece to the sun porch because there was no way this lady was lifting that box.

Most of it was easy to move. I did struggle with the main part of the grill, it was all in one piece, and weighed a ton.

Now my new grill sits on my sun porch in pieces until I either get the energy to put it together and a helper for the part where the instructions actually says it will take 2 people.

I only bought the grill this early because a. It was on sale and b. Target told me to use my card or lose it.

Also found out how fearless the squirrels are around here, Lucy almost got one while on the leash. Yep, the sucker let us walk right up to him and only took off when she went into full on prey drive.

Okay…attach casters to part C, take pieces A and B use screws (match them on the chart) to attach A and B to part C …

One more big construction project…

I’m pretty much down to putting finishing touches on the house. I have most of my pictures up on the walls. Though, there are a few I still need to hang, but those are the ones that belong in my bedroom, the guest room, my office, and the master bath.

I know, it sounds like a lot.

My next major project is to have the bath tub in the master bath removed and replace it with a large shower with a bench. I’ve begun looking at tile.

While looking at tile I am also thinking about the next project after the shower and that is the sun porch floor.

Spring will mean landscaping, raised beds for veggies, and some deer resistant trees.

Yes, we had a deer in the yard the other night. They grow them big around here. The doe was quite large.

Lucy, is a city dog. The scent of a deer in her yard was something quite new to her. I’m sort of glad she didn’t see it when it was in the yard. I can picture me being dragged off my feet and her raising hell at two a.m. We’d not be high on our neighbors’ list of favorites.

I think sometime next fall or so I’ll have new counter tops put in. The ones I have are okay for now, but they are Formica and they aren’t new.



So this last year has been all about the transformation of my life.

In one day I went from wife to widow.

In 5 months I went from living in Pennsylvania to living in Georgia. I bought a house, I added on to it. I bought new furniture, rugs, etc. And made it my home.

In 6 months I’d made a bunch of new friends.

In 10 months I have found contentment, some joy, and peace of mind.



A busy day…but…

Since I moved to Georgia and all the pressure of being a caregiver (very little to no sleep nightly, stress, dealing with a man who changed radically from Mr. Nice Guy to Not so nice) is gone, I find that getting a good night’s sleep has me up early.

Today was one of those wake up early feeling refreshed and knowing I had things to do day.

Today I had to get papers notarized to send to PA for the settlement on my house. Yes, it has sold.

My neighbor joined me, since one paper needed a witness to sign it, and having her along helps me discover all sorts of ways to get around the town.

First stop was my bank for a notary…nope, they don’t deal in property things anymore. I was sent to the local library.

The head librarian is a notary. She went through my paperwork and found some things that needed to be fixed before we could sign. I went home, fortunately a mere 2 minutes away.

A phone call later things were fixed. So we thought. Back we went. She found another paper that needed fixing. Back home we went. Got that fixed and back to the library. Yay papers all signed.

Next stop LUNCH. We were both starved by then. My neighbor directed me to a lovely little seafood place where we ate enough to make us groan.

Next we ran the paperwork over to the post office and got it mailed off Priority next day mail. Not that it’ll get there tomorrow but probably Wednesday.

Two stops more and we were home.

Now this is where, if you are one of my Author friends, you will see that I spent a lot of time at my new library today. I got to meet the head librarian (a smart cookie.) I also had plenty of time to talk to her. I talked about your books, conferences, and you.

So here’s the deal my friends. This library could use your books. It looks newly built and sparsely supplied. If you could send a book or two of yours, get people hooked on your books, there’s another market down here for you.

Also any of you wonderful Author friends of mine who happen to be in Atlanta area sometime for any reason…she’d love to have you do book signings here. I have a spare room and fully stocked wine cooler too.

Love you all!





OMG I really did spend that much…

Today I wrote the final check (OMG ouch) for the sunporch/ all weather room/ sunroom whatever you want to call it. Everything was perfect after they replaced the one cracked piece, someone had tried to pass off by sealing the cracks (happens all the time in construction and most people wouldn’t have seen it), I saw it and called them on it. Once the piece was replaced, I was happy and I signed off.

Thank you for my lovely room Champion. https://www.championwindow.com/sunrooms/

Lucy and I now own the sunroom free and clear. It has raised the value of our home and we use it every day.

I hope to speedily pay down my mortgage. I do hate owing money to anyone.

I had a hectic two weeks after my first doctor appointment. They dragged me back for three more blood tests, sent me to a cardiologist, sent me for a bone density test, and dragged me back to discuss that.

I also had to run Lucy back to the vet after discovering two stitches that had hidden in the swelling. Once the swelling went down, there they were. Her foot is looking terrific now.

The next thing I look forward to is the sale of the Allentown house.



Catching up…slowly

The day before yesterday I finally had a doctor appointment. I happily have my medications refilled, those that needed refilling. I’d been skipping some pills because I was running low and was nervous about stopping them altogether. I know, not smart. But I had so many other things going on I came in at second place to the rest.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day dealing with the side effects of 2 shots, flu and pneumonia. Biggest problem was the sore arms at the injection sites. This gal was good I didn’t even feel the first shot and barely felt the second. It was later that I began to have pain–lots of it. My new doctor even got me scheduled with a cardiologist too.

Lucy’s foot is much improved and tomorrow we go in for another recheck.

My neighbor is loving my porch–she drops by often to sit out there with me and have some coffee.

I have even begun to dabble at a new book idea. And I think it will manage to go into series form.

It is done!

Steve stopped by this afternoon and finished off the the ceiling, pounded a nail in for me so I could hang 1 of two door guardians, and remarked that he could see who’s porch it was…Lucy had left a lot of her toys for him to trip over. LOL

1 panel short….

So, on Wednesday they mostly finished the sun room. Yeah, I said mostly. They came up 1 panel short on the ceiling’s bead board. Yep…1 panel. They had to order it so I am waiting for them to finish.

Managed to get to a doctor this morning.  He changed one of my meds to a similar medication but now I only have to take it once a day and it is time released so it should be much more effective on my blood pressure.

He also told me stop taking a multivitamin. Says it could do me more harm than good. I also had blood work done and got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot.

I have an appointment with a new cardiologist on the 19th and my new doctor is sending me for a bone density test sometime soon too.

Lucy still has to have her doughnut collar on when she decides she has to fuss over her foot. She went with me and stayed in the car, with the doughnut on, for 3 hours. She slept the entire time. Such a good girl!

The results are in!

Lucy’s tumor was benign! I am ecstatic.

The sun room construction continues to move forward. I am excited to see the end results of each day’s work.

It won’t be long until it is finished