There’s no place like home

All the work we’ve done on the house over the last few years, and it’s getting close to being done.  It’s not done though, and I’ve got what seems like a lot to do to get it finished.

The framing is now done and inspected.

The electric is now roughed in and inspected.  We still need what they call the ‘top out’ where they put in the outlets and switches.

The plumbing is now roughed in and inspected. We still need the ‘top out’ where they put in the fixtures.

The insulation is now in on the walls and inspected.  It’s not on the ceiling yet.

We’ve done a lot of work with drywall, at least 4 weeks’ worth, and I need to buy more to finish the bathroom.  We have both bedrooms, the office, the living area and the kitchen done.  They started on the back room last Sunday.

With it being so close to being done, I’m tempted to move in once we finish the drywall in the bathroom.  We’ll have to put in a shower head and get the water turned on  We’ll have to get fixtures in the kitchen sink.  We’ll need to get a new stove if our current one doesn’t work.  We’ll need a hot water heater.

All this stuff is going through my mind.  Then I wonder why I can’t relax enough to sleep at night.  I bought some tea that’s supposed to help me relax and turn off my brain.  Of course, I keep forgetting to make any to drink. Tonight I’m hoping that blogging will help.  Things are too crazy where we are.

Once we get in the house, we can keep working on it.  We can do a little at a time until we’re done.  We’ll need to get doors and more insulation and all sorts of stuff that I don’t want to think about.  We need to put in a loft for the bedroom for my hubby and I.

I’m more discouraged than anything right now because we did have a stove and refrigerator.  I don’t think the stove will work because it’s been getting hit with the weather because my garage had a hole in the wall that I didn’t know about until about 6 weeks ago.  The fridge didn’t work once we got it plugged in.  The compressor stopped, though it worked when we bought it.

I just need to focus on the good parts and remember we’re closer than we have been at any time in the past.

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Awww, man

I had a long conversation with someone at the place where I buy my local honey.  Apparently, the drought in OK is part of why there’s no possibility of local maple syrup.  You’d have to go through way too much water to be able to get enough sap to make syrup.  I haven’t done enough research to verify whether this is true, BUT the trees need to be at least 12″ across, and that will take years.  I will buy a couple of maple trees, but it’ll take awhile to for them to get big enough for me to tap.

I’ve been trying to find the least expensive way for me to get my fix in the meantime.  Though the syrup wasn’t a bad price at this place, it’s a grade B – which is for cooking – instead of the grade A that you’d use on pancakes.  Which means I could make a maple syrup pie, but I’d rather have it on pancakes.

I’m planning on a trip back to VT in September for a wedding, so I’m looking at prices in that area.  I can pick up a gallon (and ignore my hubby’s teasing on how much I spend on it), so we can have a fix while I’m figuring out what else to do.  A gallon bought in VT will be much cheaper than buying from this place that only has grade B.

On the other hand, they have local honey, which is yummy.  They have loose leaf teas and they carry other things that I’ll continue to buy.  I’d rather buy local, or buy from companies that are being careful of what they sell to me.  It’s time for us to eat healthier and more naturally.  Which will dovetail into the garden I want to grow, so yay.

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Taste of Home

There’s a local cooperative that sells meat, vegetables and a bunch of other products from around here.  Everything is organic, and local.  They have a school bus that’s been repurposed and redesigned inside to have shelves and freezers.

Since my allergies are so bad here in OK, I try to buy honey from them.  I like honey in my tea, but I also found that 1 tsp. of honey a day helps make my allergy symptoms better.  It can’t be warmed, it has to be raw, but I love the taste of honey mixed with a bit of cinnamon, so it’s not a big deal.

Anyway, I got an email from them on Tuesday, and I’m very disappointed that I didn’t manage to make it to see them in town on Tuesday.  They should be here again tomorrow, I’ll email and double check.  They have some maple syrup as well.  That has me curious, so I may have to stop by tomorrow to see what they have for syrup.  I’ve been craving some real maple syrup for awhile now.  You can get some at Aldi, but it tastes off.

I’d probably do better buying some when I go to VT in September, if anywhere has any left.

On the other hand, maybe I need to buy several sugar maple trees and tap them myself in a few years.  Then I can make my own syrup.  It’ll still taste different, since syrup tastes different depending on the soil, but I’d have a guaranteed way to get a bit of syrup.

If I don’t buy a bunch of trees, I won’t be able to have a sugar on snow party, or maple candy, or maple butter.  Mm, toast with maple butter sounds good as well.

Believe it or not, I’m not hungry, just remembering the tastes of home.

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I was looking on one of the “news” sites one day, and found a bunch of political cartoons.  I thought this one was funny enough to warrant being shared.  I think I got it from Yahoo, but it was originally printed by the Sacramento Bee.


Sacramento Bee editorial cartoon

Laterness and G’night.

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My mother and I have had several discussions over the years. She’s always said there’s no difference in taste between yellow and white cheddar cheese. I always say the yellow tastes different – not as sharp.

The above article says that people could tell if the cheese was white or yellow in a blind taste test. I guess I wasn’t imagining it after all. Turns out my favorite Cabot cheese was voted the best of a list of supermarket cheeses. Of course, I prefer the Vermont extra sharp, but I’m just different. LOL

Laterness :)

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Interesting way to retain moisture when planting

Interesting way to deal with dryness and growing plants

I live in OK and have problems when I try to grow plants in a pot outside – like tomato plants. They get dry, even with daily watering. I have extra diapers that are a couple of years old. I bet they’d still work for this, and my nephew will be potty trained soon, so he won’t need them.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes:

This just made me think about all those grammar posts you see. Does it matter to many who aren’t writers, editors or English teachers?

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Oh my… You either laugh or cry

So, as a joke in 2007, I posted that I wanted Bernie Sanders to run for president.  (link is here – opens in a new window).

Now, Yahoo! says that he’s considering running for president.  He also said if he does, he’ll run to win. (link is here – opens in a new window).

Does this mean I’m prescient?

I doubt it.  I’d say it means that he’s gotten more popular over the years, and that he now thinks he has his name out there enough to win.  However, when I voted in the 2000 election, I was told that if I didn’t vote for one of the major party candidates (Bush or Gore), that I was throwing my vote away.  I have to wonder how many people feel like that and wouldn’t vote for Sanders as a result.

He is one of the few independents in the senate, though he used to be in the House of Representatives.  Before that, Jim Jeffords was one of the 2 Vermont Senators, and he switched to independent from being a Republican.

What can I say? Vermonters have an independent streak a mile wide.  Just ask anyone who knows me ;)


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Sadness and thankfulness, hand in hand

A friend of mine died last month. He lived to be almost 30, which is considered lucky when you have cystic fybrosis.

I can remember babysitting him when he was just 2, and his mom had to walk me through all of the medications he needed.

I can remember all the times he was in the hospital for too much mucus in his lungs. Mom drove them to doctor appointments in Burlington,  which was a 2 hour drive.

What breaks my heart the most is his last Facebook post, where he asked why it was so hard to breathe.

Josh grew up to be a funny young man with a lot of the same interests as I have. Yet, I’ll always remember him as the adorable toddler who would only take his medicine once it had been hidden in applesauce. 

I’ll miss you, Josh.  I’m thankful for the years we knew each other.

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With a racing heart

LOL not for any real reason.  Just as I read a message on Facebook about a severe thunderstorm warning, the storm was right overhead.  The thunder made me jump and my heart race.  Which makes me think… if the lightning is the dangerous part, why do we call it a thunderstorm instead of a lightning storm?

My mind is wandering all over right now.  I’ve seen some bad news on Facebook, and my mind keeps worrying at it.  Two friends of mine were diagnosed with cancer.

One was the pastor of the church where I grew up.  He was the pastor when our trailer burned when I was 16.  If I remember right, he had a scanner, so heard the call for the fire department to go to the trailer.  He made it out there and picked up my sister and I, which was a good thing since we both had to leave the house in our pajamas in the middle of November with about 1′ of snow on the ground.  It doesn’t sound so bad, except my sister only had slippers and I was barefoot.  Snow is very cold when you’re barefoot ;)  We stayed at the parsonage for a couple of weeks until a big enough apartment came open at one of my parents apartment houses.  I still love Janice and Roger dearly, as well as their younger 3 – I don’t know their oldest as well.  They were like a second set of parents to me until they moved away about a year later.

The other one recently diagnosed was a friend from when I was working as a SysAdmin in North Carolina.  Paul and his wife Nancy were very good friends to me while I was there.  They owned a gaming store that Nancy ran, and they got me involved in gaming again.  Real gaming, not just online gaming like I had been doing.

All these thoughts are going through my mind with Paul’s and Roger’s health.  My prayers are with them and their families as they go through this.

Laterness and g’night.  I’ll try to post again tomorrow, since I do have more to say.  But I’m working 12 hour shifts until Sunday, so it may not happen until then.

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