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It’s Monday so I think I’d better hurry & update while I get the chance.  Between school, my family & the storms that rolled through Arizona last week I’ve been really off my game.  Let’s start w/ school.  I barely made it getting my essay turned in & I think it’s kinda crap but hey, it is a rough draft & that’s what draft is for.  To iron out all the bad.  I realized too, after reading everyone else’s that I’d made a crucial mistake in forgetting to double space everything.  That kinda bites but this is a draft & I just have to keep remembering that.  Anyway what will be will be & I will improve.  Maybe my writing here will get better too.   That would probably be a good thing.  hee,hee

Family.  Well, let’s just put that one into the storm category.  The storms that rolled into Arizona from California really did a number on us.  Thank heavens we weren’t in some of the really bad areas but where we are got hit bad enough.  I’m down in the extreme south & somewhat protected by mountains although the mountains didn’t exactly help Flagstaff!  They got hit by feet of snow not just inches & lots of roofs on buildings are now leaking including (of course) several that collapsed.  Plus there was loss of life north of us.  The one that really gets to me is a young native American family who were trying to take their 6 yr old son to the er.  They got stuck in the water & were washed out of the truck.  The little boy’s body was found the next day.

So.  Our damage includes a collapsed section of one of our cinder block fences, a leaky roof & my sanity.  The winds on Thursday night were so stinkin strong!  I couldn’t sleep in part because I was worried by the fact that we didn’t have heat due to a leaky furnace exhaust pipe & that my husband & son were traveling to Phoenix/Scottsdale the next day to go look @ some cars @ the Barrett-Jackson auction.  We were supposed to get even more rain plus snow on Friday & I was very afraid for them to go!  Plus we had no heat.  Well, they ended up leaving around 4:30am for the 3 1/2 hr drive.  (they made it safe & sound there & back but I was not very happy!)  Anyway, the bigger storms didn’t materialize until late in the evening & then our mt protected us.  So I shouldn’t have been so freaked but that was also the day that my essay was due.  OH & we lost power.  It was NOT fun.  I did keep my dd home from school & we went into town & picked up a space heater.  Plus on the way back from the car show/auction (no, they didn’t go to buy just look) Hubby stopped @ Costco & purchased a couple of heaters.  AND, big dramatic announcement, when they got back, hubby was able to get the furnace going.  So.  We did survive & I haven’t even told the half of it but I did tell the big things.

Turns out too, that we can leave the dog in the house alone for a little while.  He collected his toys & “guarded” them from the wind while in the house but that’s it.  He’s not a mischievous or destructive dog, thank heavens!  Just chicken.

That’s whats been going on & I’ll try to get back sooner this time.  I know this blog is turning into blah!  but life keeps happening.  Funny how that works out.


Well, it’s melting pretty fast since up until 48 hrs ago we were in the upper 60’s low 70’s.  Sure is pretty.  My kids are over @ the neighbors sledding on the rocks snow.  I can hear all kinds of squeals & cheers so I guess they’re having fun.  Me?  I’m waiting for someone to come & fix my furnace.  The darn thing won’t turn on!

But, I’m whining.  Enjoy the pix that are raw & unedited cause we forgot to reload photoshop when Hubby upgraded me to Windows 7 that I now love since we found out how to get the games back!!  Yeah for games & snow!


Hmmmm.  Well, I’ve been putting this off for a bit but I have to admit it.  My dr was right.  According to the endocrinologist, my thyroid levels are fine.  He did take pity on me & tell me that it could be my pituitary gland but chances are slim to non.  As in pretty much non-existant.  My pituitary is in the running only because I had a mild concussion in my later teen years.  I haven’t even gone & done the blood work yet because I don’t want it confirmed that I’m just plain nuts.  In a semi okay way, of course!

On the positive side, my mom (btw, thanks again, mom!) suggested that I start taking a B vitamin.  I ended up w/ a complex B & I have to admit that they are helping.  I wasn’t sleeping well (even w/ sleeping pills – yet another thing to thank menopause for!!) so I stopped taking them for two days & my irritability came back w/ a vengeance.  It was pretty ugly although the next day I took the vitamins & I was able to cope again.

In other news we all survived Halloween.  No goblins took us away & in fact we got to see some adorable babies & some pretty creative costumes.  I have to admit to being impressed by anyone who makes a good costume or has a decent idea & follows it through.  I was pretty impressed by the sponge bob costume that a boy made out of a box.  There was also a witch @ Princess Diva’s school parade whose mom made her costume including the hat.  This thing was good enough to have come out of a high end costume shop.  It was amazing.  I have a sister who sewed dinosaur costumes for all three of her children last year too.  I just don’t have that talent although I am pretty good w/ a credit card!  *hee,hee*

Spring is coming back!  We’re going to be in the 80’s again although up north gets to be in the 90’s.  Last years Christmas parade was in the 60’s & the darn thing lasted over 4 1/2 hrs.  We only stayed for 3 1/2 hrs of it.  Pretty incredible!  Maybe I should look into opening up the pool again?  Just kidding.  @ 54F it’s a little cold even for Prince Valiant!

Speaking of Prince Valiant, whose report card last year looked like the alphabet, he is indeed as smart as we thought.  In fact his English teacher wants him in her honors class.  So, no more fooling us!  He better keep up that “A”.  Plus his lit/social studies/home room  (odd combo, I know) teacher told me that he tends to speak above the other kids when they get into group discussions.  As in, he speaks on more of an adult level.  He’s so busted!  I had to add all of this cause we’ve had such a hard time w/ him & grades.  Oh & he got a B- in Spanish!  Since he flunked it the first couple of terms (when they’re younger @ our school they only have 1 term a year however they start in kindergarten w/ Spanish) we’re pretty happy.

Princess Diva is doing her usual perfect report card.  Her teacher loves her & I love that.  It’s always nice when your child’s teachers actually like the child.  Makes it easier for everybody.

Hubby & I are talking about leaving for my parent’s even earlier.  That way we can head up to visit his dad & stepmom & some aunts & cousins before Thanksgiving.  I’m so excited I can’t hardly stand it.  Only one of my sib’s will be absent; the rest of us (4 plus hubby’s & kids) will be @ my parent’s for Thanksgiving.  I’m just so excited.  The last time we spent a holiday like this was @ my house two years ago.  Before that it was the wedding of my youngest sister, over 5 (almost 6) years ago.

A couple of things we’re going to do is go here for cheese.  I remember as a child going up to the factory & getting fresh cheese including cheese curds.  Nobody makes cheese curds like Gossner’s.  I’m also planning on getting @ least a couple of bricks (like you see in the deli case @ the grocery store) for grating & freezing.  Plus we’ll have to have some just to eat.  Of course, I have to get swiss & mozzarella while we’re there too.  Oh & long life milk.  That’s the stuff that you can keep in the pantry & then put in the fridge for a few hours before drinking.  Good stuff that.

Then we’re planning on visiting Taffy Town in Salt Lake.  We watched a show on the food channel called unwrapped & they profiled Taffy Town a couple of different times.  Actually 3 of my sister’s are going to try to go w/ us to that one.  We’re all looking forward to that.  Just follow the link here & you’ll see why.  Did you notice how many different flavors of taffy they have?!?!  We’re all salivating just thinking about going there!

Am I getting excited about Thanksgiving?  Why, no, of course not.  Why ever would you think that?  We also get to see my Grandma again.  I only have one living & I love her to death.  She’s a pretty neat lady.  I love to listen to her stories.  When she tells stories of herself as a young person I’m amazed to realize what a hellion she was.  Of course she’d deny it but it still shines through.  The thing is that if you were to meet her you’d never belive it.  She’s this tiny little person who always looks so elegant.

Phew!  If you made it through all of that I’m impressed.  Some of that was dry & dull.  What can I say.  It’s almost midnight & I’m tired.  Thank heaven Arizona doesn’t do daylight savings time although I’ve always like the “fall back” aspect of things.  Hmm, think I could persuade the rest of the state to just do that part of it?  Just think.  If we did it we’d eventually go back in time!  Right?  *snort, giggle, gasp*  I’m so funny!  Okay.  I’ll go to bed now.  Night.

It’s Tuesday night & I should be in bed but I’m pretty keyed up.  Today Hubby was home & we did a little bit of the outside chores that have been piling up around here.  He used our overgrown weedwacker to mow the back while I raked & then he cleaned up.  I also worked on the pool a bit & then we packed up the pool cover for the winter.  I think I’ve convinced Hubby that we should just leave the cover off & try to keep it blue during the winter.  This means vacuming once a week but hey, if it keeps the pool blue & ready for use when it warms up more then I’m all for it.

The wind is howling so fierce right now.  It’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be in the 80’s for part of the day.  I have mentioned that I live in So Arizona, right?  I was watching the weather forcaster the other night & he mentioned that the heat was gone now & that it was just starting to get cool.  This was after the 90F + weather had broken to the upper 80’s.  Totally cracked me up!

My kids want winter coats.  As in coats that you wear for -10F.  Another thing that cracks me up.  I mean I know that you’ve acclimated, guys but coats that are rated for -10F?  Do you know something I don’t?  *shakes head & sighs* My son will wear blue jeans, a long sleeved winter shirt & a jacket in the summer.  He’ll also try to wear shorts & a t-shirt in the winter & now they both want coats rated for -10F.  Um, guys?  Just in case you forgot we moved to Arizona.  You know.  That state where having a swimming pool isn’t just a fun thing but it can actually be almost of a necessity?  (well only if you want to spend time outdoors in Phoenix.  Honestly, that place can get so stinking hot you almost can’t breathe!)

So anyway, just feel sorry for my poor kids who wear coats, hats & gloves to school because it’s 55F.  Because gosh darn it, that it is cold!


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