Monday, September 17, 2007

A new car!!

And I've had it for two weeks before getting time to post about it! Maybe I've had it for 3 weeks.... even.

We have been driving an aging, rusting, scary  91 Blazer, for 3.5 years, because at a time when our finances where is serious upheaval, I wrecked our 97 Jeep Cherokee, with the kids and a best friend as passengers. We all survived with minor to no injuries. The car did not. We where a couple month behind on the payment so after the car was gone we had to make up the late payment, the one that was 2 or 3 days over due, the deductible, and pay for the car we got from my brother. There was no way to get a better car then, and the Blazer was  reliable until the last 6 or 7 months, Driving it daily caught up with the old car. We replaced the driver door last year, And last year I dismantled the passenger door to fix the window. But those are far from its only issues. No A/C, at all..... and the fan for the heat broke last winter. It also was devoid of a muffler or rear view mirror. I finally quit gluing the mirror back on...

We really had to have a different car since the start of school. I drive the kids 10 miles to school. (then 10 miles home and again in the afternoon.)  And we managed to swing a 95 Grand Cherokee. It has a few minor issues. The driver door could use a new wiring harness, and it has an older ABS system that runs a self diagnostic every time you start the car; the brake petal bounces against your foot and the brakes make a growly noise.. Its a bit disconcerting, but the heat and the A/C work and overall it runs great!   It has a sun roof, I can pop the vent , but It has issues opening all the way, so I dont bother.  It's Red. I've never been a red, I love greens, greens of all types. The dealer got in a green one the day we picked this one up, I tried hard not to be petty about it.  (But I wonder if the asking price on the green was the same as what we bought)  I've decided to embrace the small red bit of myself. The part of me that revels in orange rust and fall colors, because red goes with them. And I've discovered I'm more red than I thought...

I dropped my cellphone in a bowl of soup and I thought I'd replace it with red.. no go, not a single red phone at the store. So I went for pink. Go figure.I've never been a pinky either.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

So much to say so little time.

I have been going to post about 7 or 8 different things in the last week or so.. and none of it has happened.

First I was going to post about my birthday, last Friday.  35 years old. I don't feel 35. Or 35 doesn't feel as old as I used to think it would.  But really it hasn't made me think about me... I have been thinking of the technological advancements and the leaps and bounds by which technology has gotten smaller and more personal. When I was in 12  or 13, my dad had a scientific calculator, he had paid an enormous amount of money for it, $500 plus today you buy its equal at Walmart for $30   I remember when I was in High School and CD's where new to the market. All the music I bought back then was in cassette tape form. Now you cant buy a cassette tape. (not saying that's bad) And Computers, I learned bits and pieces of basic computing on an Atari 1600.  And our favorite game was something the Engineers at work pirated and passed around at Dad's office. it was called Chicken and it was like frogger. It was less sophisticated than the games that come on cell phones!! I'm amazed and dumbfounded sometimes. I'm amazed and dumbfounded that this is just the merest drop in the bucket of technological advances in my life. amazing.

I have also been going to Blog about my flock of chickens. They are laying eggs!!! all three have been laying for just over 3 weeks. Before the latecomer to the dance, Rachel, started to lay, Guinny and Grace had been laying for about 2 weeks or so. Guinny is definitely the prize laying hen of the group, large pretty white speckled tan eggs. Got a huge egg yesterday, its sure to have 2 yolks. The roosters are crazy, we might have to have roast rooster for thanksgiving if something doesn't change. Spot chases down my husband and tries to attack his shoes. and Zeke chased the 4 year old in an attempt to filch his package of crackers... kicking a rooster square in the butt can lift them about 6 feet off the ground (granted they flap and try to get away, creating some extra lift)

The monarchs are back so it seems.. but I have only seem 3 this morning and 20 or so the other night. None on the tree they spent all the time in last year.

I'm sure their where other things I wanted to blog about....

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

QotD: This Is Classic TV

What television show stands the test of time?

Sesame Street. Without a doubt, I suspect I'l be telling my grandkids I watched it someday, and they will be watching it then.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The small shiny black cricket choir...

The shiny black cricket choir is practicing at my house. Normally the quartet practices in the kitchen, while the soloist prefers the acoustics in the bathroom. They are driving me bananas!! There is one hiding behind the fridge where I simply cannot get to it, and he only knows two notes and cannot keep a discernible rhythm to save his life.I did not get my husband to move the fridge this weekend so i could stomp the little booger, and it just wont die!! Likewise the one in the bathroom is under the floor of the cabinet.. I cant reach it either. I'd go buy spray except that spray will make the chickens and cats sick if they eat a sprayed bug, plus the spray will kill the other things in its path around the outside of the house like praying mantises killing them as well.

Maybe the first killing frost of the year really cant come too soon? but for now its just me and the choir, and a flipflop.

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