Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be Ye Warned

I lay in bed the other night, staring at our red sheets. 
These red sheets were given to us after our wedding and although red doesn't exactly fit in our green & white bedroom we use them just because they're special. 
Special bedsheets or not, they're not immune to fuzz.


When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do at my Dee Dee's house was shave her shirts. 
She had a little pink and cream fuzz shaver that I was extremely attached to, if one can be attached to general household appliances. 
She kept the fuzz shaver in a shoebox shelf in the extra bedroom and when her clothes came out of the dryer I'd go get it. 
She'd hang all the clothes up right away because she hated ironing (me, too!) and I'd borrow one of her shirts and shave off all the fuzz while she hung up the rest.

I liked to hold my fingers over the thin holey mesh that protected you (and the shirt) from the blades, feeling the vibration. 
The shaver had a clear plastic container attached to it that collected the fuzz and I liked the immediacy of seeing results from my work.

I loved shaving shirts so much, one year for Christmas she gave me my very own fuzz shaver, but it wasn't quite the same because it wasn't her shaver. 
I always liked hers better.


My sister graduates high school tomorrow night and thinking about her graduation and my Dee Dee's fuzz shaver makes me think about my own graduation, when my Dee Dee was too sick to go and see me graduate. 
I was so upset that she wouldn't be able to go I cried like a baby and told my mama that I didn't even want to go to graduation. 
But I went and I graduated. 
Two months later my Dee Dee died, but I kept going. 
I went to college, I got a job, I graduated college, I got married. 
She missed it all and I miss her. 
But I'm not sad. 
She's not really dead, she's in my head.

He's Probably Gonna Be Mad. Yep.

I read the manual to my camera.

Shocking, I know!

I read the manual to my camera after I read a bunch of junk online about how to take good clear pictures.  It was like a revelation.  I learned a bunch of good points and I was super excited to try out some of my newfound knowledge.  I cornered Boots in the backyard and made him pose for me so I could practice. 

This is what I got.

Nice neck muscles, dude!

I love this one.  I wanna frame it.

(I told you to behave.  Don't say I didn't warn you.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Scatterbrained Much?

Did I just wash a load of invisible laundry or forget to load it with real clothes and completely waste a washerload full of soap and water?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DIY- Curtains!!!

Ok, folks.  What you've got here is your very own how-to tutorial on hanging curtains, not making curtains if you were mislead by the title.

If you don't need help hanging curtains or don't feel the need to read a picture heavy post about hanging curtains you might want to skip this one.  Yes, they're just curtains, but hello! we're homeowners now and its kinda fun being able to do whatever you want to your own house.  :)

The other night we did some shopping at the Target and wound up on the curtains aisle.  First, we decided on a rod- we chose one with double rods so that we could hang two sets of curtains cohesively.  (Cohesively?  Does that word really work in a sentence about curtains?)  Then we picked out the curtains, a thin white one for the inner curtain and a thicker chocolate one that matches our bedspread for the outer curtain.

I got kinda bored today so I went ahead and did the dirty work (i.e. measuring and marking for the drill holes) because precision isn't Boots' game.  The white curtain's box says that it's 60" x 84", the chocolate curtains are 42" x 95".  Our wall is 95" high/tall/long? and the window is 35" wide.  The curtain rods are an adjustabe 48-88" wide.  Insert complex mathematical equations.  NOT!

Half of the window (35") is 17.5".  Make a teeny tiny mark over the window so I'll know exactly where "center" is.  I measured up to 90" on the wall and made a mark so I'd know whereabouts how tall I wanted them to hang.  Then I split the difference (does that mean "divided twice?") of 48" and measured 6.5" right and left of the window frame and 6" up so that I'd be exactly 90" from the ground and slapeven from the center of the window. 

Are you confused?  Me too.  Let's get to the pictures!

Directions.  Duh!

48" like I said.

My handy dandy helpful kitchen chair!


Curtain rod bracket thingy

Go back and make an X over the original X.  (Curtains will now be higher than 90" --eh.  Don't tell Boots my precision is off!)

The ingredients!  I mean, pieces!

Boots studying the directions.

Ha!  Have you met my husband?

Think that drill bit's big enough?

I think he's screwing the white drywall things in.

More drilling.

Drillin' in the screws.

Putting the bracket up.


Tada!  One down, two to go.

The rest of the pictures were too blurry to share.  Its really hard to take clear pictures of a man who is in a hurry on a project.  We did this whole thing (with exception of the measuring) in about twenty minutes.  Maybe less.

White curtain up!

(We had to take down the middle bracket because it just wasn't working with the white curtain being one piece instead of two.  We didn't really need it anyway and we can make adjustments if we need to, that's the magic of DIY.

Chocolate curtain going up!

And then the camera battery died.  :(

And that! is how you hang curtains for the first time in your very own house.

Price breakdown
white sheer curtain: $15
chocolate curtains: $30
curtain rod: $31

Since we've got three windows to do in our bedroom this probably wasn't the cheapest project ever, but......

Previous owners needed painting lessons, dontcha think?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Be advised: do not go to Dairy Queen and order an original "Orange Julius." It's basically bubbled up orange juice and an expensive ripoff.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It Was a Short Love, But Love It Was

  Ya'll, I must be light-hearted today, I must!  (So don't hate if I'm not as depressed as you'd hoped.  Even in the face of ultimate disaster I laugh.)

Ya'll, (I said it again!), I fell in love today.  Love all over again.  Fell in love in The Lowes.  With Boots standing right there!  You see, for months I've been searching.  Searching for something more, something obtainable and perfect.  And I finally found it.

Hello lovah.

  Beautiful.  Stunning.  Gorgeous.  So bright and twinkly and fanny.  It was perfect, never mind the $300 pricetag:  low profile (sorta) to fit between the tall legs? tines? canopyless canopy? of our beds and a fan for the Bootshusband.  Yay.

  But then I went home and read reviews.  Pity.

  One person says the fan is quiet, another says its too loud.  Collectively they all say that it's not bright enough and the fan only blows directly underneath itself.  Short-lived love I tell you.

  Oh, well.  The search will continue.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Help From Oklahoma (I fixed the link, my bad!)

Read here to find out what Pioneer Woman is doing to help us.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

An Update

*We have power at my house now. (Everything seems so bright after spending three days in the dark.)

*A lot of people have asked about Daniel's dog, Jazmin. He found her yesterday and he's happy to have her back.

*Clothing for the boys is pouring in and we are thankful for everything everyone has given us for them. Daniel will be looking for a new place to live soon and will need "house stuff.". Things like blankets, rugs, bed sheets, curtains, pots, pans, dishes, and furniture. If you want to donate something and don't know how to get up with anyone involved you can message me at eatingcrowpie(at)yahoo(dot)com. Just remember to replace the (at) with an @ and the (dot) with a .

Thank y'all for thinking of Daniel and his family and everything you've done to help.