* We bought a house.
* Old Willie Nelson out here at the park is trying again to quit smoking. He really wants to quit. His 14-yr-old grandson really wants him to quit and live a very long time, husky voice and all.
* Sorry, did I leave you hanging on the house thing? Well, we bought a 10-year-old repo double-wide for less than what we payed for our last car. Bought it. Cash. Outright. It's ours. Granted, it's still sitting on a lot in San Antonio, but will be out here in our field as soon as we hire a mover. Of course, don't get too excited. We won't have any electricity.
* Michael has been substitute teaching on top of his other little parttime "Do you want fries with that shake?" job. He loves it and the kids love him. He is getting called a LOT. With the multitude of subs, there aren't many who want to work junior high or high school. And men? They're a rarity.
*What? OH, the electricity thing. Thought I had told you all about this
* Thankfully, we have several people in our lives who are also trying to come up with some creative electrical solutions. Stay tuned. Or donate solar panels. Or a windmill. Whatever you prefer.
* There is some water damage to the house, so I will get to replace flooring for the first time. No, not like putting down a little vinyl. I'll be cutting and piecing in new plywood and THEN doing the easy "weekend project" stuff. I'm actually very excited. Unless, of course, the first time Michael uses the master toilet, he falls straight through my repaired floor to the ground. Then it would lose its "I am a Super Woman" appeal.
* We will be surrounded by plenty of hunter green carpet and floral wallpaper, and I SO DON'T CARE! I have avoided throwing myself a pity party. I suck up and deal. However, I must say it has been really hard not having our family under one roof every single night. It's okay, and it's working, and it's not like we can't see each other just a few feet away through the windows. Still. It is very disjointed. As a mom, it just bothers me. I look forward to talking about our family dwelling in the singular instead of the plural form.
* Today is our 14th wedding anniversary. We both remembered - yesterday. We have made an agreement that we will celebrate our 15th WITHOUT any major transitions, life changes, or newness of any kind. It will be bland, boring and completely predictable. Ahhhh. That sounds so nice.
* Must go slather myself in Sarna now.
(photo by Jay Lopez)