Monday, December 15, 2008

A storm blew through...

Come on over here for an update. It's been a wild weekend here in Worcester County!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

If you'd like to take a peek... the kitchen progress, go here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Follow Joseph's writing....

Joseph has been writing for the American Spectator online. I hope you will bookmark the site and catch his pieces!
This article is about how the Catholic Church has been supporting ACORN, the far-left organization that has recently been in the news because of their association with Obama.
Interesting that the support of the Church wasn't withdrawn until the group was involved in financial fraud. Their socialist bent didn't seem to be an issue.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Autumn leaves more permanent than a firework...but impermanent

Autumn gives me a crazy feeling of impermanence. I'll just throw that out there.

I thought you might enjoy this picture, which combines the firework aspect of this tree, bursting for weeks above the house, with a little glimpse of "after" for the painting.
In the back, this tree is dumping its leaves on the deck. You really only appreciate its beauty this way!

Sometimes I think we'll only ever paint any more.

Today, the porch floor, conveniently edited from this picture!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

In which William gets bitten by a rabid bat, and the house takes another step towards becoming its true self.

I don't mean to make my posts long, but here goes. A lot has been happening!

As you know, we've had the plan to paint the house one side at a time. This year it's the front. Which is vast.

We also decided we needed to get serious about keeping the kitchen warm. That old insert was a joke! It kept itself warm using my body heat! I hate it!

We found a new one and dear Mike from Complete Heat in Nashua said that we needed a 60' boom to enable him to work on the chimney liner. I don't blame him for not wanting to perch on a ladder on top of our roof 40' up in the air and try hoisting a steel liner with insulation over his head. I get it. (The chimney in question is the one on the left, not the higher one! It's pretty darned high. Whose idea was it to buy this house anyway.)

Still, that thing is expensive. But he made the excellent point that we could rent it on a Friday and keep it all weekend and get to all the high parts of the house without endangering our lives too!
Quite Providential as you will see.

So we rented this blue boom, which the rental guy said was just the right boom, and the chimney guys came. An hour into his puttering around with it, one of them comes to me and says, "I have bad news."

The boom is not big enough! You are kidding me. This thing is putting ruts the size of a young creek in my lawn and it's not big enough? No.

But here's where the first part of The Amazing Workings Of Providence comes in: since the rental guy was not correct about the boom, we got the weekend free! We used that thing like crazy and got a ton of painting done in places that were going to be a challenge, to say the least. Here is Will with his buddy Bobby, who also did lots of work.

And here is where the second part of TAWOP comes in: since Will was on the platform of the boom, safely surrounded by its safety features, when he put his hand into a hole in the eave to check whether a squirrel could fit in there and a bat bit him and came out still attached to his hand, he didn't fall off the ladder he would have otherwise been on! He was so completely freaked out by this unexpected crazy happening that I have no doubt he would have gone flying off a ladder. Thank goodness he was in that bucket.

I urged him to put it in the empty paint can he had up there, and we actually got the bat tested. Yes, it was rabid! I was shocked. Who thought we had rabid bats? So far Will has had 3 of his five shots...and he has also acquired amazing superpowers, so that the work has already progressed this much with the very little time he has to devote to it:

The next week we got this orange boom, which is more reach-worthy for our chimney but not as expensive as the blue one (and also has the amazing sanity-saving feature of being able to shut off the beeping from the platform). It makes just as big ruts in the lawn though!

So Mike went up there and finished up the job, the house got closer to its true beauty, and I now have a fabulous wood stove insert in the fireplace. I also found out that my fireplace is sort of good looking (it might need a mantel at some point), and that's a satisfaction as well.

(I'll post pictures of the completed kitchen soon.) (It's not completed yet.)
And Phil and Bridget got a ride up 60' in the air with Mike. The stinkers went up while I was out for one minute changing my clothes.

Friday, August 22, 2008

You are about to discover how many vacation pictures you can really stand.

Every road trip starts with the right snacks and the right headgear (when your Suburban no longer has air conditioning, that is!).
And quite a bit of gas. When you have a Suburban.

Hyannis was fun! We had a great view of the Kennedy compound from the little beach where we hung out, and if you know us, you know just how much we appreciated that. :) It's kind of off to the right in this picture -- oops, I think it's cut off here, too bad.

Here's dear Rosie with what might be the world's oldest beach towel:
Now, see that house behind Rosie, on her right? Well, the one to the left of that, behind her and out of view, is Paul Wiley's! Remember him? From Olympic skating? Never mind.

We made friends with a family from Wisconsin. This is Lauren, their daughter, playing cards with Bridget:

The obligatory burial in sand. Ask Nick if he cares!

Life is tough -- sometimes it's a little breezy and you actually have to hold on to your beach umbrella!

Seriously, it was the fastest week I have ever experienced. We lay on the beach, read, played cards, ate, and swam. What could be better?

We enjoyed a Cape Cod League game with the Hyannis Mets (soon to be Ospreys):
More sitting, reading:

For a change, sitting and reading at Nauset Beach:

These waves are a bit daunting:

And since we're dressed up for Mass, a little photo op. Sisters:

Brothers. What, you only have a red shirt?
Oh, lucky I brought a white one too!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Yes, I am just now getting around to posting about Joseph's graduation

This graduation was quite the celebration. There were many receptions and activities, and I won't bore you with them because they could only be interesting to those involved and even then I'm not so sure.

But it was fun to meet Joseph's friends and their families. Here we have the Perkins family, from central Illinois.

This is the only picture I have of the three of us together, alas, as it's somewhat out of focus. But nice nevertheless, I think:

Here is Joseph with Ed:

There was an unbelievable amount of roaming around to get photo opps at random important venues on campus.
Ah, that Golden Dome!

The Grotto:

Here, if you look very carefully (perhaps clicking on the picture to enlarge it), you will see that Joseph, Sam, Will, and Chris are in the very front row! (to the left of the sign-language lady at the podium. Do you see them? Do you?)

And now, it's done! We are very proud, and I only wish that we had had this quick and easy way of commemorating the other graduations.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

We visited Grandma today

I love the Deutches Altenheim! I'm moving in there myself soon...

The people are so friendly, they apologize to you for making you sign in. They pop out of the dining room and ask if you are staying for dinner - like they are hoping you are.

The birds were twittering outside Grandma's windows...and a breeze was coming in. What's not to like?

I took some photos but I'm telling you now that when I turned on the camera it said to change the batteries, so Deirdre did that trick of taking them out and putting them in again (yup, these are totally different, really charged batteries, you old camera!) and I took the pics real quick. So don't judge me.

This is the view (with a Bridget added) of the left side of the room after you come in, with the kitchen and entry behind you:

This is the right side of the room (I think she was wondering why I was taking a picture at that moment, which is why she looks concerned. That's Bridget and Deirdre with her.Please don't ask me why this part is underlined. I'm doing my best.):

Then you turn around and all of that is behind you and you see the kitchen and the doorway (note that we put down the rug that she likes because it is quirky with the strip of red):

See that open doorway in the picture above? If you stand in it you see this: (This stupid blogger won't let me scroll to the end, so I'll just say that the bathroom is out of view on the left.)