Monday, April 30, 2007

Monday, Monday

Got a telephone call today from my good friend. Our neighbor at our new camp actually used to drive a truck for her company. He called to tell her that there were high winds on Saturday and that our gas grill blew off our deck and the propane tank and hose got twisted. He unhooked the tank, set it up next to the trailer and put cement blocks on the legs! He also wanted her to tell us we had left the living room ceiling vent (hatch) open and that it had been raining. I reported the bad news to P and we decided to take a drive up after work. We threw a few things in the car that need to eventually be there and off we went. It only took 45 minutes to get there! Phew! Once there we saw the grill was secured nicely and when we went inside found that the living room rug was only slightly damp! Thank goodness. We measured the deck for another section P is making, put the items away, and jumped back in the car for the trip home. We stopped to grab a bite to eat on the way home and all in all were only gone 2 1/2 hours! When we go up this weekend we will be leaving a key with the owners to keep for those kinds of emergencies!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Pug Spring Fling 2007

I have to start this post out with this pic of the "oldest" Pug at our event!!!! He is 19 years young!!!! Can you believe it????? He came with his 2 sons age 12 and his grandson age 9!!!!!

He had a great time. His family said he hadn't been so animated in a long time.

I'll let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves..........

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Working and watching

Today I worked all day at the hair salon. It was very busy there as two of the towns were having Junior Prom tonight. So cute to see the girls come in and get their hair all done up! The day went by very quickly and then I drove home, got changed and headed out to the Raider's Game.

The lighting is crazy in there, or maybe I just need a better digital! I should check my cell phone to see if the ones I took there are any clearer!

D and my daughter

My daughter and her "guy"

Friday, April 27, 2007

My sweet daughter

I was talking to my daughter today and she mentioned she was invited to dinner at her boyfriend's best friend's house. She was talking about wanting to bring a little something like dessert or cookies. I told her she could always bring flowers. I don't know too many woman that don't like to get flowers! She called me from her cell and told me she was so excited as she had found cookies decorated like baseballs! Both her boyfriend and his friend play college cute. Anyhow, a few minutes later I hear her coming up the stairs to my office, bringing me flowers! Isn't she sweet!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Words of Wisdom

My girlfriend sent me these thought I'd share............

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

Its always darkest before dawn, so if you're going to steal your neighbors’ newspaper, that's the time to do it.

Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

Always remember that you're unique, just like everyone else.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Duct tape is like 'The Force,' it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night

Monday, April 23, 2007

What no power????

At our new camp each place has it's own electric meter. These meters have been installed from the electric company and you call to order the service direct. At our old place we all had our own meters, but there was really only one service and the owners charged per kilowatt whatever they wanted. It tended to be a rip-off. Anyhow, yesterday P and I were sitting around enjoying our new location and we decided to have lunch before we called it a day and headed for home. To understand the story completely you will need some facts. First, one of the new items I bought for this year is a water cooler. I have always wanted one for camp. No lake water for this girl. Nice cold/hot bottled water. Sweet! Now P was not thrilled with this, I mean do the Pugs really need bottled water???? and why PAY for water..and on and on. We set the water cooler up and his first comment was how much noise it made. Now really it has to make a little noise, doesn't it. Now on to background info two...earlier P had taken some extra blocks down to the owner and in his absence I was doing a little decorating. I decided to hang a couple of small photo collages my son's fiance had made me for Christmas in the guest bedroom. In doing this I had to drive 2 little nails in the wall. P doesn't really like me to do this and I have been told in the past to do this cautiously. Anyhow, P came back and I proceeded to start lunch. I looked over at the microwave (isn't camping fun????) I noticed the clock was not on. I said "heh, P we have no power". He checked the converter, the fuses and the main power source. There didn't seem to be any problems. He immediately started to blame that darn water cooler. He started with the 50 questions....did you check the instructions, blah, blah, blah. Now my thoughts had flown a different direction...had I put a tiny little nail into a electrical wire????????? OMG and did I dare say that out loud??????? I decided to keep my mouth SHUT. We got the manual out and looked over all the information on ground faults, etc. We turned off all the main power and he took the ground fault socket out and checked it out. He turned the power back on and we plugged a light it....and woohoo, everything came back on. I said oh you fixed it! He said to himself what did I do???? The water cooler was forgiven and I secretly prayed that that little, tiny nail did not pierce the wire and was secretly getting ready to start a little nail fire! We finished making lunch and decided to go for a little walk around the park prior to packing up. We were not going to take the Pugs as we wanted to get a good look around and not play the four Pug leash game. We left and I kept looking back expecting the place to flame at any minute. We went down to the water and walked up around the main entrance. We stopped to say hello to the owners and then started to walk back. I was secure in not smelling any smoke or hearing anyone screaming FIRE. We stopped at the bottom of the hill and met a couple that lives near us at home. We were talking about this and that and I mentioned to the wife that we had a little electrical problem, but it seemed my husband had fixed it....and she says to me "OH THE POWER WENT OUT IN THE WHOLE PARK, DIDN'T YOU KNOW??????" I nearly fell over. I told her about that damn, little nail and gave her a good laugh, meantime my husband said how he had blamed the water cooler and here it was the power company! They told us next time to go to the meters and see if any of them are moving before thinking we had a problem!

Now move ahead to today at dinner. P is talking about how funny it was that we thought we had electrical problem and were trying to fix it and I say....."yeah, and here I really thought I had messed up the electric with a tiny, little nail!" Today he laughed...not sure he would have yesterday!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Great Deck Adventure - Are we done yet?????

Our daughter came up Saturday night and my dad and A stayed and we had our first cook-out. We had a lot of laughs and tried to convince them all to stay, but I think they wanted us to have our privacy! LOL

So everyone left around 9pm. I was a little worried as our daughter was driving alone, but she reported in and all was well. We went to bed around 11pm and I have to say I barely slept at all. It was SO QUIET and the I could see the starry night out the window. My back hurt, my hands hurt. I woke up at 2am and then watched the beautiful sunrise. I should have taken a photo, but the Pugs were sleeping nicely and I didn't want to get them all going!

I opened the couch in the morning and let them lay around. I think they're exhausted too!

And now settled in................

If you click on this last photo you can see a puggy in the window! I think they love the view!

We got home at 5pm. I took a bath and a nap with the foursome. Our daughter came home at 6pm and joined us. (P was on his motorcycle!) He came home around 7pm and we went to get a bite to eat and pick up a few groceries. I couldn't even keep my eyes open to read Sunday's paper!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Great Deck Adventure - Part Four

Got our tired bones out of bed this am for another trip to camp. I can't believe how much stuff we ended up bringing home that needs to go back! UGH!!!! We finally got all hooked up around 11am and off we went. My dad is coming up again today to help. Thank God for dad!

Here P is breaking cement blocks in half to use to support the deck sections.

My dad called at 3pm and wondered how far we had gotten. We only had one section leveled and were ready to argue so we took a break. When dad and A got there things settled down and we got to work.

In between helping us ladies put on a little snack. A, my dad's girlfriend wouldn't look at the camera! Have I told you all how wonderful she is? She brought cheese, crackers, cookies, ice and paper products. She is very generous and treats my dad wonderful.

Opps, the guys are working...

This group was not helping much......

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Great Deck Adventure - Part Three

Off we got with #74 co-piloting

We left early in the morning with gravel and other supplies, stopped at new camp and dropped stuff off....what a beautiful day

Got to old camp and finished cleaning up. Mover arrived and hooked us all up.

Notice the dents on the back...they are from an airborne rubbermaid shed that hit us during a wind storm!

Hubby taking one last wave.

The trip to the new camp was uneventful. When we arrived owner said he would put it on with his tractor, which would be easier and make less of a mess of the ground. Notice he is not actually ON the tractor. Guess he's done this a few times!

My dad and P watching.

and still watching

All in place, what a nice view!

Notice that darn stack of deck....that still needs to be put into place and leveled.

Number 74 resting, he had a good trip!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


What a nice surprise! P called to tell me that a package had arrived from New Hampshire. I was meeting him at the hair salon to get a bite to eat, so I told him BRING IT!!!! In the middle of the restaurant I opened it! I drew a lot of attention for sure!

P and I kept turning off the lights the numbers show up really well. The flash of the camera made it seem much lighter. Can't wait to put it in a great spot!

For those of you who read our ramblings you know that both Lisa and I have camps. Now we both have a Pug to show you the way. We'll leave the light on for you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So many projects, too little time

I think I may have too many projects going on. I still have not moved my computer desk and computer downstairs to my new office (I think I secretly don't want anyone else going in there!). My son's final scrapbook and ALL the stuff I use is all over the dining room table. I am working on more of these (or variations of) to sell......

I have not picked up my quilting all winter. My daughter's scrapbooks are stuck on 3rd grade. My Cape May book is stuck in 1997. I started to paint the doors/shelving in the downstairs bathroom (luckily same color so hard to notice). There are crates of stuff to sort in the front hall outside the "guest" room to sort. I have a bunch of stuff set out to list on ebay. My closet needs sorting from Fall/Winter to Spring/Summer, which includes getting the Goodwill donations ready. (heck how about packing up the whole darn closet and starting over??????) There are 2 boxes on the cupola stairs (which sadly hold Christmas items) to go in attic....hmmmm, guess that's all off the top of my head. Which is ready to blow off if I don't start finishing something soon. Luckily our house is very big and the stuff blends in or I just need stronger glasses, but I really feel the need to simplify. I need a complete day off to crazily run from project to project and finish them all up! I always give myself a yearly deadline. The inside projects STOP when the weather turns nice and I can play in the gardens. Judging by the weather I think I've been given more time to get my act together!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Leaky roof

A little over a year ago we had a new roof put on our house. A good friend from camp (who lives in PA) came up and stayed with family and did a complete roofing job. We have a big roof, lots of peaks, levels, etc. The roof was about 18 years old on the main house and only 15 years old on the garage. The areas that faced south had the shingles deteriorating. Anyhow we had the roof torn off. Turns out some spots had as many as 5 layers of roofing. Guess there were no codes in those days! The new roof looked great! Well, recently the north porch of the house, has a leak! That room has a beautiful old tongue and grove ceiling! The leak is horrible and my husband is pitching a real fit. I told him to just go up and check it out, maybe a loose shingle or someplace along the house needing more roofing cement. He said no, he spent a ton of money on the roof and we need to call the person who did it, no matter where they live! I have been holding off as I feel bad since he lives 5 hours away!!! Anyhow, sitting in the upstairs office this morning I hear drip, drip, drip!!!!! Seems the chimney is leaking too!!!!! I emailed the guys aunt and told him the problem and to get a message to him we need him asap! He can make the trip to repair or find someone local to come out and pay for it...what do you all think?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sometimes a guy has a lot on his mind

Hmmm, wonder what he's thinking about?

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Great Deck Adventure - Part Two

Today marked part two of the move....ugh.

Here is a pic of P jacking up the trailer so put blocks under the wheels. After 8 summers it has settled in. Not sure you can tell from the photo, but it was ALL mud. Clay like mud that stuck to everything. Horrible, evil, mud.

I took all the rocks from around the deck and took them to my neighbors gardens to surprise her. After all there was NO way I was moving all these rocks to new camp. Too many, too heavy and I'm just TOO tired!

This is other side of trailer with "slide room" in. This is side my dad used to be on.

There is no pictures for you of me sitting in door opening with mud caked boots crying. P wanted to take a pic and I wouldn't give him the camera.

Yep, there is still snow on the way south to new place!

This is road leading to new place. Looks like Fall instead of Spring.

Almost there.........

One of the views....

The previous rv has been moved. In the distance you can see our pile of blocks that are used to secure the trailer and deck (along with the trailer jacks, of course)

Going back out.

Looking pretty darn gray lakeside!

Looking pretty darn grey bayside too!

We got home 12 TWELVE hours start to finish. Dad and A met us at new place, then we got a bite to eat. When I got home I was so tired I drew a bath and never got in!


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