Sunday, August 31, 2014


I cannot get this movie out of my mind.

Amen. portrays a Nazi scientist caught in the middle of killing Jews.
Horrid you say. He was a criminal. He was evil.
There is set of scenes with a train that is just haunting.

Today I listened to a National Right to Life person
debate a lawyer fighting against the laws in Texas
which restrict abortions (after the period of overnight abortion pills) to surgical centers.

Tonight, at Church, all I could think of was those trains.
They took people to concentration camps.
The German Doctor knew it. People knew it.
He couldn't get anyone to stop them.
He couldn't "prove" that it was happening.
They were Jews anyway- subhuman.
Babies, before the first breathe, are not people at all?


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Yard Sale?

Our first sixteen years we lived in nine different houses.
One thing the military does is offer to store your stuff
If you are moving overseas.
Three of our houses were overseas tours.
Once stuff is in storage, it can live there a long time.

When my husband retired from moving
We built a house in Flagstaff that would hold most of our stuff.
We were a bit overwhelmed when we got three separate shipments of storage items.
Who knew that the crib was in storage?
Three sets of dishes? Really?

We stopped opening boxes.
When we moved here we made no real effort to get rid of
Things we had collected while In The Army.
We did rid ourselves of hundreds of books and
Piles of teaching "stuff".

We are going to move again.
The house- which ever we decide on- will be much smaller.
Our children really are grown.
They have their own houses and own taste in"stuff".
Can anyone say yard (or on our case, barn) sale?

What happens when you open a box that was packed in 1991 in Hong Kong?
Or 1993 in Hawaii?
Or 1996 in Saudi Arabia?
Memories? Absolutely.
Temptation of rehousing items in the house? Yes.
Yard Sale? Painfully? Yes.

Here is a sample:
Army uniforms from the Vietnam to Desert Storm eras.
"Flip flops" from Hawaii in ever shape and size.
A face carved into a tree limb (Bavaria).
A set of Chinese rice dishes (no plates, just eight sizes of bowls).
Posters and the shirts of everyplace imaginable.
Old "teacher" books. Old tween ager books. Old teen books.
Art supplies from everywhere.
Walkers, crutches, fishing boat motors, wire, chairs for children, punch bowls, TV, microwaves, room screens, suitcases from long ago.

I sure hope someone comes to the sale.
None of this is going with me!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Invention of Wings

I rarely write about the books that are on my shelf.
Reading one or two a week keeps me moving forward.
There are some meditation books that simply stay in place
and are read over and over again.
Historical Fiction is my favorite genre.

Invention of Wings.
Picked it up after reading Secret Lives of Bees.
That book "read" quickly. Set in the 1960's south.
It was good, but not great.

Invention of Wings is almost excellent.
Following the life of a Southern woman,
moving for society to Quaker,
moving from rich to poor.

The writer also followed the life of the slaves of the household.

The book answered many questions for me
as to how things could have been
and were in certain cases.

I am being round about.
This book is worth a read.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Though different eyes

My eyes have been looking at all sorts of houses.
Tonight they stopped on a house that looked perfect.
Cute, medium sized, in the price range,
out in the country
Out in the country.
That is all right.
The people selling the house are probably ready to move into town.
They are both 75.

That makes them 11 years older then my husband.
How in the world did he get to be this old?

He plans to live until he is 100.
He really looks great for his age,
for any age.
I think of him as being closer to 50.

Should we live "out in the country?"
Twenty minutes to the nearest hospital
might not be the best idea.

We have so much to do!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teaching, sorting, learning

Is it really only Monday?
Last week was spent helping a few teachers get started for the year.
My chuckle came when the sales rep for my state
called me to ask a bit about Saxon.
She sells it, but knows little about it.
 I used to work for them when they were independent of the conglomerate.
Politely answering her questions seemed to put her at ease.
She still doesn't understand why homeschooling parents love it.

My church is on a mission to feed the hungry.
This week's task is to get ahold of a different church in town
and see how we can support them.
Glad to do it.
Working at the food bank is one thing.
Feeding people who are in need of a hot meal is very different.
Sorting things out for the long haul.
Sorry I won't be here much longer.
Excited to know my new parish is very active in this type of ministry.

Took over many "old" pieces of my bathroom and a few fans to Habitat.
It will be hot this week.
They said the fans will go fast.

Yesterday was sorting day for my son.
Hard to go through toys and memories.
Stuff, how to downsize stuff?
Not sure our next house will be quite so large.

We decided many of the toys will be used by the next generation.
Most of the stuffed toys will go to the shelter.
Other things- well, it was fun to talk them through and put them in the circular file's black bag.

Thinking we will take the suit cases to the shelter as well.
One of my friends reminded me not too long ago that suitcases are expensive
And moving is often fast
this time of year.
Another teaching for me to learn.

Watched a strange, but powerful, movie tonight.
Amen. (the name)
On Netflix.
Easy to be caught up in stuff when you don't know how to get out.

Last I will leave you with one last thought.
This sign is posted in a restaurant in a city I used to live in.
 I was quick to judge.
This establishment is in a very child oriented area.
I assumed ( and we all know what that means) that no children were allowed.
The owner used to be a bit grouchy.
I assumed, again, that he had just tipped the edge.
His son has taken over in the last few years.
Here is the actual policy:
I am relieved that I was too quick to judge.
This does fit the area that the establishment is in.

As an adult with no children around on a consistent basis,
I understand fine dining without children.
These establishments are often on their own,
instead of in the middle of a children's wonderland like Monterey wharf.

As if the establishment even cares, I apologize for getting a bit twisted on this sign.
Sometimes I forget to read the commas.
Looking forward to eating there again in a year.

Monday, August 11, 2014

What does that "perfect house" look like?

What a huge advantage the 20-30 yr olds have over what we went through in the "before the internet" days.  Now one clicks on a few sites and looks at what is available.
Our experience of rolling into town with two in tow, looking for a agent and trying to land a house within a few days, is a thing of the past.
Come house hunting with me.  We will be going to see the ones not already sold when we go to Dover for my birthday in six weeks.
Here are a few we are looking at.
This one has most of the things we are looking for. Natural Gas, master on the first floor, nice kitchen. It is a bit isolated and has an above ground pool. 
Shaking head. I dislike the idea of caring for a pool.
Not sure about the isolation either. After our hip replacement adventure, having a neighborhood might be nice. It might be too big at 4100 sq feet. We would probably only use the upstairs when grandchildren came to town.
This house is in a good spot. It has a wonderful back yard - with a bridge to a stream. No natural gas, but it has a line close enough to it that we could tie in. Much smaller then the first (2000sq ft), but sufficient for the family to hunker down for a football game on TV or outside. Hubby isn't sure his workshop would fit in the non wooded area of the lot. That is a big problem.

This is my favorite style of house.  It has natural gas. Hardwood floors throughout. No walls to speak of in the living area. Three bathrooms - but no stand alone shower :(  It is in between (2300)  the other two and sits in the middle of a block. Will I be able to stand having neighbors again on three sides? It is actually eight houses away from the one above it (and much less in price).  Workshop would fit since there is virtually no landscape on the acre lot.

There are a few older homes in Dover proper, but the owners don't seem to get that their asking price is way out of line for their properties.  

There is also the possibility of building a house. Do we really have the energy for that?
As we clean out our current house daily, we both wonder, are we doing the right thing?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Need some more help

 This is in the corner of the master bedroom. 
That is the new bath to the side.  
The bedroom is almost stripped of wall paper and 
will be painted the same grey as the bathroom.
 Notice the top of the mirrors.
 This piece (at the top of the mirrors) is removable.
 We can do several things to it.
We can eliminate it.
We can cut out the scallops. It is solid wood.
We can leave it as it is.
We are also considering painting the entire thing
 either the same color as the rest of the bedroom or white. ????
 Here is the vanity finished.

The shower doors should arrive tomorrow and then bath will be finished.

So, what do you think?  If I paint it I feel comfortable putting a nice stuffed chair by the bed.
Otherwise the room is too crowded.