Thursday, June 7, 2012

Moved Again

Hello there, readers, followers & lurkers.  I have moved my blog again :)  Well, I haven't actually 'moved', but rather, I have started a new blog. Just felt like the thing to do. So.....if you wish to read, follow or lurk, just go here

Yankee Chick 2

Everyone is welcome to read my blog.  I would prefer not to have any lurkers that read so they can report in to those that want to know what is happening, but don't want me to see their visit in my stats.  That can never be avoided, however, so I'm just not going to give a flying fig! There will always be lurkers.  Knock yourself out!  Hee hee

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Vans & Roses

On Monday, the Hubs will take possession of this.  And it's about time!  His current van is a 2002 that he bought when we  moved here in 2003.  He has put over 200,000 miles on it.  It's time to retire the beast before it costs us any more $$ to keep going. 

It made us realize that I have had my Tahoe for 5 years, this month.  I don't know what the deal is, but I absolutely LOVE my 'Ho!  I love the looks of it and totally love the way it drives and handles.  My last couple of vehicles in Alaska were Chevy S-10 Blazers and I loved them as well.  I can only imagine how awesome it would have been to have had a Tahoe in Alaska!  The 'Ho is an '03 and I only have 128,000 miles on it.  I am hoping it will last a very long time.  I don't particularly care for the looks of the newer models and it's a good thing!  Chuck checked the prices on them, just out of curiosity,  while he was looking for his van, and they are like $50-$60,000.  I'm not even sure if that was the Z-71 model.  Yikes!  How do people afford payments???  If I recall, for mine, we financed about $30,000 for 5 years and my payments are $468 a month.  It must be that a person buying a brand new one has to decide between a house payment or a truck payment!  LOL

Chuck picked my 1st roses for me yesterday AM.  My favorites bloomed beautifully and the bush id LOADED with buds! This is not a great picture.  These are actually a salmon color, with tinges of deep pink.  Ya' know!  The camera on this iPhone4 that I have really sucks compared to my 3GS.  I'll be so glad when I can upgrade in November!
What a dork I am.  Here is a MUCH better shot taken with my 'real' camera.  Nikon to the rescue!  This shows the true colors.

Anyway, the roses have started blooming early this year.  Last year they bloomed after I went to Alaska and I'm pretty sure it was sometime in May.  This will start my summer of fresh roses by my computer every day.  Chuck will pick me fresh ones, every couple of days :)  He has his moments.  Wonder who he'll pick them for whilst I'm gone??  Susie & Dixie, mayhaps :)

I'm getting down to the serious stuff in getting ready for my trip  I was commiserating last  night with Terri (lovely daughter) as to what knitting projects I should bring.  I have so many projects lined up, it's hard to decide, but I did narrow it down to "the less complicated, the better".  I've only been serious about knitting for a year, and I really don't have a lot of experience or confidence going for me yet.  I'm so easily distracted, that if I can't focus entirely on what I'm doing, I make mistakes.  If I don't catch it right away, it's difficult to fix and often I have had to rip something all out and start over.  But as I was about to say, there will be a LOT of distractions in that house while I'm there.  I can't wait :)

Back to the knitting thing.  For some reason, I am having the WORST time with a baby blanket I am trying to knit!  Its ridiculous.  I'm making it for the gal that works for Chuck.  She is due next week (in fact they are inducing her on Tues.)  I have known abut her pregnancy since the 1st moment she found out.  She helped me pick out the yarn & I got it right away.  I already had a pattern I wanted to try.  So, yeah.....this was about 8 months ago.  I didn't start it right away because I had several Christmas gifts I was making, figured I would start it after the New Year and have it finished in plenty of time.  I was so wrong!

This was when I learned how dangerous distractions can be.  I "thought" I was comfortable with the pattern.  I "thought" I could knit on it while watching TV.  I "thought" wrong!  Twice I found mistakes and had to undo a few rows, stitch by stitch and redo them.  (very slow process)  The 3rd time I screwed up, I took it as a sign that this wasn't the pattern for me!  I found a new pattern that I liked even better and I seemed to get along alot better with it.  In fact, I was zipping right along and had the blanket about 2/3 completed when I went to San Diego.  When I came home, however, that had all changed.  Murphy had pulled the needles out of the knitting, she chewed on the needles making them worthless and she chewed up and pulled out a bunch of the yarn!  It was a mess.  So.....I had to start over. 

I've been working on it every chance I get, but have had a couple of set backs.  A couple of those opportunities happened to be in the middle of the night, when my hip & leg are hurting and I can't sleep.  That's when I get up and take a couple of pain pills.  Yep, you guessed it.  I shouldn't be knitting during those times.  It took 2 screw ups before I finally got the hint.  I do believe I will be taking this project to Alaska to finish & will mail it to her.  The baby will never know the difference.  But I've gotta tell ya'.  It's great yarn and I DID love it, but I am so damn sick of it it's not even funny!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Packing and Nimrods

A week from today, at this very time, I will be on board Alaska Airlines Fight #189 for the last leg of my trip, preparing for take-off from Anchorage to Fairbanks!!!  YAY!!!!  This is the very 1st time, out of all the times I have flown up there, that I will be arriving in the afternoon! 

I get in at 4:18.  Unheard of!  Of course, in order to do that, my flight leaves here at 6:00 AM.  It was originally 7 AM, but they changed it.  That means I need to be there at 5 AM and we live 45 minutes from the airport, so we need to leave the house at 4 AM, which means I need to get up.....O.M.G.......2:30 or 2:45ish.  UGGG!  I can't even begin to function without at least 2 cups of coffee, and don't rush me with that!  Then there will be the last minute items to go in the suitcase, but I think I can avoid any of that.  That way Mr. Hustle-Bustle won't have to be chomping at the bit to load my suitcases. 

Some members of our amazing Derby Family have arranged for a little get together, upon my arrival :-).  It's going to be at River City Cafe, where my dearest Riley works!  Next to the fare at my daughter's home, this is the best food in the Fairbanks North Star Borough!! I already know what I'm going to have.  I'll start with an X-Large Cinnamon Latte with extra cinnamon (to help keep me alert) and then I will have a Roast Beef Croissant sandwich, with cheddar, sprouts, avocado, tomato and horseradish.  Oh, Lordy!  I can just taste it now.  To go along with that will be a fresh Raspberry Lemonade.  Yummm!  I sure hope Riley doesn't have to work so she can meet me at the airport with her Mama and the rest of my sweeties!  Gads!!  I just can't wait to get HOME!!

And have I been packing!  Well, gathering, actually.  1 huge suitcase on the bed, 1 huge suitcase beside the bed, and the bed is piled with stuff and clothes and stuff....I need lots of clothes for this time of year up there.  There will be chilly days, then very warm days during which I will sweat like a pig 'neath that big Alaskan sun!  That will turn into just chilly mornings & evenings and very warm afternoons.  Shorts, sweaters, sneakers, sandals....they are all required.  And God forbid I don't take all my favorite clothes!  What would happen if I went to get dressed and there was nothing there that I felt like wearing?!?  That's pretty bad, but I've always been that way.  I wish I could just love all of my clothes unconditionally and be able to wear any of them any time......but I don't.

Well, the Nimrod did the front door thing again last night, and I was having one of those days where I could barely put any weight on my left leg without it feeling like I was going to self-destruct.  It was about 5:30.  Chuck wasn't home yet.  I was in the kitchen working on supper and I saw him pull in behind the barn, then turn around and leave.  Next thing I knew....bang, bang, bang on the freaking front door.  I went, opened the door and he said "So, Pops isn't home yet?"  F*** me!!  No, Nimrod!! If his van isn't behind the barn, there's no place else for him to hide it!  ARGGG.  Really, all I said was "no" and he turned and bounded down the steps and left.  I slammed the door so hard the windows rattled all over the house.  About 5 minutes later, Chuck came in the back door and Nimrod was right behind him.  I waited a few minutes and then I asked him if he could do me a big favor, and explained the whole thing to him.  Nicely.  Calmly.  Diplomatically. He said, sure.  No problem.  Chuck piped up and said to him, what the hell do you do that for?? He said,  "hell, I didn't want to walk to the house from there!"  Chuck said, "well you better!  Don't be expecting her to have to run around letting your lazy ass in!"  Hee hee.  I loved it!  But we'll see how long it lasts.  Ya know, he could have just called me.  Didn't even have to come to the door to verify the obvious.