Showing posts from June, 2009

Get Ready...Here They Come...!

D-day is almost here...time for the Drool Gang to join us in NC!

Yes, we've been anticipating the day when we could bring the Bassets to their new home...but, as the yard wasn't fenced, we had to endure a few more weeks of separation from Gus, Duchess, and Elmo than originally planned.

Well, the time has come. As you can see from the photo to the left, our fence is finished. They installed the final panel on Friday...hooray!

Then, Mr. T spent a good part of his weekend installing two...count'em two...Doggie Doors to allow access to the screened porch, then onto the deck. He also has been re-working the deck steps to accommodate both the two-legged and the four-legged creatures that now call this house Home. (The previous steps were just too steep for everyone.)

He will head to L'ville tomorrow in order to help Missy M drive the 500 miles back here on Wednesday. She'll have all 4 furry friends (Ella Rae included) in the Explorer; he'll pack up the Endeavor with our…

Welcome Back, Miz Edith

As I said in my last post, things are (slowly but surely) getting back to normal with our lives after our six months of moving from MO to NC via KY. Last night we were welcomed back to HP, NC by Miz Amelia...who has been just the greatest friend to Nana/Momma/Edith ever since they began playing bridge together at the Jamestown (NC) Library in '94. That was at the beginning of our last NC residency (94-97), and they have remained friends throughout all of our moves. Amelia has become a part of our extended family, and we are all grateful for her friendship and for her positive effect on N/M/E's spirits. As you see in the photo (left), they look happy, happy, happy to finally be together in the same city, once again.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Steak Street, a favorite of both Amelia and daughter Claire (who joined us for dinner after work). I've written about this restaurant and their yummy food before...and it was just as good last night as it was on our introductory …

Routine, Blessed Routine

I washed and dried my first load of laundry in our NC house last week. Ah. That felt good. There is something to be said for having a routine and returning to it after being "at loose ends" for almost 6 months.

Our washer and dryer went on the moving van to storage in mid-December, and I wasn't really certain that the 12-year-old pair would want to come out of hibernation...but, so far, so good. I had a heart-to-heart with the Machines, assuring them that they were valued members of the household with many years of services ahead and that much was expected of them. What? You don't chat with your appliances?

In the photo to the right, maybe you can see the Laundry scrub-board up on the shelf, top left corner? It says "Laundry 25 cents a load, 24 hrs." I bought it because it reminds me of my Daddy, who owned a laundromat for years in Henning. He always referred to it as the Wishy Washy, and he loved nothing better than to take apart and repair any and all o…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Walmart

So, it's early on Saturday morning. I've had my coffee, Mr. T is having a well-deserved sleeping in, and I'm wondering what I can do that doesn't involve unpacking a box (sick of it...sick of it...sick of it). I know! I'll go get some ferns for the front porch. I imagine that doesn't sound exciting to you, but I've not been able to have ferns in such a long time...either because I didn't have a covered front porch, or because it was way too sunny/hot to keep ferns. Now, I have a wonderful "rocking chair" front porch (yes, I've put 2 rocking chairs on it...:) that will accommodate ferns...and palms...and almost anything. Off to Walmart I go!


At Johnson Street, when Lillie Pearl should have turned left, she swerved right...and headed straight to the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market on Sandy Ridge Road. Oh. My. Goodness. Imagine if you will: acres of covered retail sales stalls, filled with plants, produce, meats, poultry, cheeses,…

It's Been a Memorable Week

Now, where was I? Oh yes...moving into our new house. And other good stuff...

We've had one heckuva week around here. Let's run the numbers: closed on the NC house on the 27th; celebrated our 33rd anniversary on the 29th; greeted the moving van and 5 movers on the 2nd; celebrated Gus' 6th Gotcha Day on the 3rd; and began the l-o-n-g unpacking process that may take us 6 more months to complete.

Never fear, it hasn't been "all work and no play," the middle of all that's going on...we took a little side-trip to Durham and stayed for the night at the Washington Duke Inn on the campus of Duke University, to celebrate our anniversary in style and comfort. (This was before the movers arrived, so we'd been sleeping on the air-mattress at the house...and eating off paper plates with plastic forks, etc.) Ah...what a wonderful treat that was! We had champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries (photo to the right) in our lovely room overlooking the golf…