Friday, November 28, 2008

and so...turkey day has come and gone...and i'm safe in my shop...while others are braving the hazardous duty of the malls today. not this kid... there are a couple of places advertising 4:00 a.m. mother and i were laughing last night - we would get up at 2:30 - shower and be ready to leave the house by 3:30 to get there in time for the 4:00 a.m. opening...and we both looked at each other and said there is absolutely NO WAY!!!

our steaks and steamers worked very well indeed - we actually had prime rib cut into steaks...and we grilled them...and when we were finished eating...the pups had quite a feast...all the goodies mixed in with their regular dinner...plates were absolutely clean as a whistle.

got quite a bit accomplished yesterday and it felt good - and now the lists are getting longer again but it's okay. the worst part is sitting down at the computer to do something and totally forgetting what it was that i was supposed to do - i HATE getting older...i truly do hate that part of the process - thus - the notepad strapped to me at all times - or certainly within "finding" distance - if i remember where i put the list.

did some research on the almond trees. did you know that the "shelf life" of an almond tree is approximately 25 years? the ones that got ripped out in the orchard belonging to our favorite fruit stand were 31 years old so they really did need to be ripped and they are going to be replaced...good thing. it breaks my heart to see huge orchards ripped out in preparation for houses...and then, given the state of everything - no houses are built - and the trees are all gone. i think it will be a very, very long time before anymore houses are built around here - so many are standing empty - nothing is moving...except it seems for businesses that are closing their doors around here. oops - not going let this head into that subject matter - so, turning around and heading the other direction.

doodles has changed her place of choice in the evenings. she is back on my desk chair again and i come in to giant "tufts" of dixie that she has cleaned out of herself in the time between me leaving and arriving again. this morning - the equivalent of a small cat was waiting for me on my chair.

am working on some fun things for the shop - am working on getting in some vintage pincushions that are absolutely stunning...and some boxes...pretty stunning too...and of course making lists of things to order and the list of "to dos" seems overwhelming right now...but i'll slug thru those too.

so...if you braved the crowds in retail land today - god bless you one and all - you are far, far braver than i am...and if you didn't brave the sunday afternoon it should be fairly reasonable again...

hope you all had a wonderful turkey day and are able to enjoy a long weekend. off to hit the web site and see if i can play on that one too!!! be safe...the world is revving up for december and sunday is the end of november... i won't even ask where it went!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

cold and getting colder

musings in the orchards...
i must love autumn because i was born in it. the browns, golds & oranges are very warm and inviting to me...and make me feel comfortable in my own skin. the puppies and i went for a mile walk yesterday (a mile is a very long way if you have tiny little legs like daisy) and her brothers taught her how to jump in large piles of leaves that line the curbs of our town right now. if you rake all the leaves off into the gutters - the city comes around and sucks them up and removes them. this usually works okay if they get the huge piles sucked up before the rain - and we are expecting a storm tomorrow i believe. if the leaves are still there - we turn a great many of our streets into lakes...and that makes navigation quite interesting - to say the least

the peach trees are now standing in pools of golden leaves around the base of their trunks - quite beautiful - and our japanese maples in the yard are red and the leaves falling off. we cut back all the peonies yesterday but the new sprouts are already starting to come up - will have to remember to protect them from the freezes when they happen in january or we will have frozen little nubs.

the microchip in our oven has died with no time to get it fixed before turkey day - so decisions have been made and although it might be unconventional...steamers and new york steak will be the thanksgiving feast this year. my mom is going to be spending the day and she will be in puppy heaven as bruce spends most of the day with football raging quietly around our ears.

am hoping to get some puppala coats cut out sometime this week since i am now as free as a bird with all the finishing done and completed and shipped off to it's rightful places around the country. huge weight off my shoulders and it also frees up my brain to start planning and making lists and checking them twice...and focuses me on other things that i need to get done for the following year.

as far as puppala coats are concerned - i think miss daisy buchanan will be wearing a little slicker that i have left from when the boys were puppies...she's 14 weeks old now, smart as a whip and is getting a bathie this afternoon in preparation for her final puppy shot with dr. michael tomorrow morning at 9 and then she will be already for her rabies vacine and then we won't have to darken the vet's doorway with the puppies until the almond blossoms burst in late february because she will be needing her surgery by then.

i have had some wonderful ideas in the last few weeks about things for the shop - exclusives to us and i'm very excited about them...and am making a run around some websites to start gathering goodies for the shop goodies. this is when the brain really goes to town...and since i am already SO sick of the holidays - because somehow they started in july this year...
watched andy rooney on 60 minutes last night...he's tired of them shoving thanksgiving aside and i can't say that i blame him. it's kind of sad when halloween starts in june and christmas in july and by the time both events happen - they are already talking about valentine's day - just makes me a little bit crazy.

anyway - this is supposed to be my day off - fat chance - i still have a very long list at home...that seems to get longer by the minute...and since there is no rest for the wicked...and i am very, very wicked (obviously) i'm heading to parts unknown and to fill up my gas tank at $1.89.9 which we haven't seen in years - last time i filled up it was $2.23.9 and i thought that was sweet. as bruce says - you can do it all for $40.00 now and still get change back... is the worm finally starting to turn? we hope so...the pollyana in me is making my cheeks hurt ::)

i hope to be back either here and/or before the turkey day plan those chores, make those lists and for heaven's sake - try to stay out of the grocery stores on wednesday - it could be dangerous to your health :)

great week everybody!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

this is new for me and they always wonder about teaching old dogs new tricks...well, here we go for the new tricks and the old dog...and getting older by the minute, especially after sunday when another "anniversary of my birth" goes into the annals of history. and i really don't feel a day over 75 - i really don't.

i'm going to work this into the web site - do the updates as normal - but use this as part of the what's going on in our world here and in general. it will make cleaning up the website a little bit easier as well.

i drove into work this morning thinking how interesting it is to live in a farming valley/community and watch the subtle changes of nature take place right before our eyes. our favorite fruit & vege stand has taken down an entire orchard of almonds over the last two weeks - the entire corner and parcel of land looks so sad and vacant right now - all the remains of the trees dry and brown and all the piles of firewood cut and drying - getting ready for sale. i haven't had the opportunity to ask if they are replacing the trees - i only hope - i'm sure there is a shelf life to an almond tree and it's production. but, a little bit further down kiernan...all the little peach trees have now shed their heavy cardboard trunk protectors that have encased the trunks for well over two years now, protecting from the winds and bugs, etc. - and so life and nature move along.

the world seems to still be at odds with each other. businesses are declining, there are commercial vacancies all over the city here and many, many houses in foreclosure - we are in the top 3 counties in the country as far as foreclosures are concerned - not something that defines us well i'm afraid.

my saddest concerns are media (either television or newspaper or magazine) - everybody is crying and wringing their hands and talking so much doom and gloom - there doesn't seem to be even the slightest bit of hope around...and i truly believe that all the "d&g" just brings more d&g and pretty soon people are so beaten down that it's just hard to get out of bed in the morning. it all makes me very tired and sad - to be sure - and every morning i have to slap myself upside the head and remember my life is good and productive...and although i wish life in general was a little bit happier at the moment...i can make-do with this until the earth tilts on it's axis a little bit the other way.

and so...thanksgiving in thursday - later this year it seems - and then, can we actually believe it - the holidays are right behind. we all keep saying the year has flown by - but i believe 2008 was launched with rocket fuel and blew by me sometime in june and i never saw it coming and i really truly didn't see it leaving.

so...the little girl daisy buchanan needs to go for a little stroll around the building, the leaves are turning beautiful reds and golds and yellows and dropping in flurries of color across the skies...and fall is here and winter is coming very, very quickly so off to gather my nuts and get my nest ready...

as soon as i figure out how to post pictures, etc to this (remember the learning curve here) i will start doing some personal postings.

thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend and preparations for turkey day - even if the preparations only consist of picking out the pair of pants with the best elastic :)