Wednesday, October 17, 2018

creeping closer and closer

We are creeping ever closer to closing on Robb's house. Signing takes place Friday. My husband has been doing all the little fix-up the buyers requested ... and some big ones like arranging for a new roof.  The Kansas City area had a huge amount of rain last week which made it obvious that the sump pump wasn't working. So my husband and son-in-law bought a new pump and replaced it. They found that the bottom of the sump was filled with dirt and leaves which had to be removed first before the new motor could be put in.  It took forever... including trips to Home Depot ( as always) for some little thing they just had to have!
One good thing... fixing the sump helped the new radon detector work better!!
My DH has a few more bits and pieces of Robb's to bring to our home and then we are done.

My daughters have been enjoying a trip away to Orlando. One had a convention/seminar to attend and the other went to keep the first company. They both needed the chance to get away! Last night they "dined" at Pio Pio ... a chain... but good and sort of Cuban in style.... enjoying rice, empanadas, fried pork skins, plantains etc. They said they ordered too much!! LOL

We stayed home (lol) enjoying their texts while I worked on bears etc. for the next online show ( November). Looking at what I have made you would think Christmas was coming !! I will add a photo of my lead bear shortly




Thursday, October 11, 2018

what to do with chestnuts

A friend has a wonderful chestnut tree that has loads and loads of chestnuts every year. I like to roast them in the oven... cut a "X" so they don't explode and roast them.
My Mother used them in stuffing which I was not fond of... so have been looking for some other ways of using them.
Suggestions welcome!!!  I'm not sure the "comment" section works, so email me at bettina.groh@gmail.com with you ideas!!
Thank you

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Harper Lee

Instead of spending yesterday sorting through more of my son's household items we ( my daughters and grandson) headed out to Ottawa, Kansas ( Prairie Pups Shelter) to see Harper Lee... a part bloodhound 5 month old puppy DDL had on reserve.
This has been a "lack of joy" year for all of us... and it looks like Harper will add some. After spending some time with her at the shelter DDL decided she was a good fit and paid the fee. We all settled in for the trip back ( about 1.5 hours). Harper did very well though she did whine a few times and let out a typical bloodhound bay!
I wish I had more pictures... she loves sitting on laps though she will soon outgrow that! Now she and Floyd ( DDL's 11 year old Australian Shepherd mix who has been missing his companion Chloe) have to get used to one another.
My husband and son-in-law who did not go to Ottawa with us did get a lot done at my son's while we were gone!!

BTW.. it will be interesting to see how big she ends up!!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

An "oh no" Saturday planned

Robb's house is under contact, closing about Oct. 19th, so we have to clear things out.  We have scheduled a HUGE truck for my son-in-law to drive and planned what stuff (furniture mostly) goes where. .. our house or our daughters' houses.
My son-in-law is an over the road trucker so driving a 26 foot rental doesn't bother him in the slightest... now my DH , that's another story.

What's left, after this purge, will go to a non-profit for resident's needs. The non-profit has many sites and many clients... so hopefully Robb's things will find good homes!!

And that will be the end.... not sure if any of us is ready.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Another small milestone

I have been walking - caneless- in my neighborhood or walking at the Y ( we have a free membership through our healthcare plan) but yesterday I decided to try the stationary bike. I wanted to see how it felt to put the hip and leg through a "rotation".  Hip hip hooray... no problem. I did keep the time short.
  I did it after 9 laps around the Y's walking track .

Bright Star will be having another online show in November so I have started working!!!  Doing bears and friends for the Holiday season is always fun. I started rummaging through my plastic tote full of Christmas ribbon, floral items etc.


These two are from last year....



Friday, September 7, 2018

Off to new homes

Raggedy is off to Australia along with another one of my bear friends!! How great!! Several others are going to new homes and there are three show days left!!

The weather has done a turnover... we have had rain all day today and off and on yesterday. There are even flood warnings in the area. Our 90 degree days dropped to mid 60's today and when my daughters came over this evening they were both wearing sweaters!

Everything is growing again...wonder how long that will last. I think I will go to the Farmers' Market tomorrow morning. Homegrown veggies sound so appealing!! Maybe the Mennonite ladies will be there with their home baked pies and breads. And now that I am not using my cane ( often) walking will not be such a problem.



Sunday, September 2, 2018

update and lead bear

Lili is doing well... back to school and a shopping trip with me for a homecoming dance dress...which we found!
Clearing out my son's house and the selling process is moving along. Not to say that there haven't been a few hiccups. Bob, the girls and I have taken some things.... some to use and some to remember Robb by. We have made many many trips to Goodwill , Disabled Vets and Habitat for Humanity's Restore and have two hugs days planned for the rest. One is a huge truck to go to a storage unit and one is a "Donation Day" for one of my daughter's non-profits. What's left, the girls will take to Goodwill or The Salvation Army!!
This has been both a lot of work and a lot of heartache.

I have been working on bears and friends for the upcoming online show ... link is on the sidebar ... coming up next weekend. Here is my lead bear Raggedy ( named by my grandson the moment he saw him!)