The Deployment Diary

Monday, August 16, 2004

Day 337 - Tired, darn tired.

The lawnmower finally died. Have to figure out how I'm going to get one home lol. A friend said Sears would deliver, so I'll check into that later this week or this weekend.

I'm doing laundry today and a lot of other piddly stuff that needs done. The outside is all taken care of except for the pond. Figure I'll do that tomorrow afternoon.

Update: Took a break in the middle of writing this lol. I just finished the last load of laundry and put it away. Whew, I hate doing laundry. Only the twin sheet and a few towels are drying now. Tonight we'll work on our welcome home sign so we have plenty of time to go buy another sheet if this one doesn't turn out good lol.

Nothing else going on. Just trying to stay busy. Hope everyone has a great week.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Day 333 - Wasted Day

I sat in front of the computer most of the day. I had so much to do and instead I sat here. Oh well, tomorrow will be one busy day that is for sure ;).

Nothing new to tell really. Got my car out of the garage yesterday with the help of a neighbor. So I now have neighbors calling asking if he's home. Umm, no lol. I just thought I should probably get the cars cleaned up and the garage cleared out before he does get home lol. Maybe even start driving MY car instead of his ha ha!


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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Day 331 - A Productive Day

Today turned out to be a decently productive day lol. I didn't get started until late, but considering when I did start, I really did get a lot done. Our bedroom of course didn't need much of anything done to it other than dusting and finally getting my perfume moved from the bathroom back to the bedroom. Not sure why, but I've always kept my perfume on my dresser.

My two babies were such great helpers today!! I honestly thought downsizing our son's room would be a problem. He tends to be like his Mommy and want to keep EVERYTHING ha! But, while I worked on cleaning the fan (box fan that desperately needed to be taken apart and cleaned), I told him to start two piles - toys he wanted to keep and toys and things he wanted to throw away. By the time I got in there, he'd made a big pile of both! I was so proud of the way he had determined what was worth keeping and what needed to go. We cleaned out his closet, vacuumed everything, washed windows and baseboards - reorganized his closet and room. It looks so great in there!! His closet it ORGANIZED where you can even walk in there now lol - and all his toys have a place in his room and all his stuffed animals he doesn't sleep with are now on the dresser. We have this little end table the husband and I picked up somehow when we first married. Maybe it was something he brought into the marriage lol, but I can guarantee you I didn't buy the thing ROTFL. Anyhow, I painted it white years ago and it's seen better days. Our son will be getting a new bedroom suit in October probably, so the table will be tossed when we do. It worked out perfectly though, the way the legs are, his books lined up so well between them. On the top of it, I washed his lamp shade and put his lamp on it. I showed him how to turn the dial to turn it on and off. He was THRILLED to have his lamp on the table instead of his dresser so he could turn it on and off whenever he wanted. We had the talk about turning it on and leaving it on - and being sure to turn it off when he wasn't going to be in his room ;).

After that, I vacuumed the baseboards in the hall, around the railings on the staircase in the upstairs hall and vacuumed the hall. Then washed the doors and the baseboards down - then made my way to the bathroom. I cleaned it and organized my makeup and stuff that stays on the counter. The entire time I was doing that, daughter was working on her room. I told her she was old enough to decide what she wanted to throw away instead of making a pile that I go through. That made her feel like such a big girl - and really, these days I honestly feel as though she's seven going on seventeen. She just acts so grown up that sometimes, I have to remind myself she's only seven. She's just so mature for her age. Mother says I was always the same way, but gosh I want her to stay little for a while longer. She's already starting to get interested in makeup and clothes and her hair...*sigh* It seems like yesterday we were watching our new baby sleep while husband and I wiped tears because she was just so beautiful and we couldn't believe we'd been so blessed.

By the time I vacuumed and finished in the bathroom, it was time for supper. So, we called it a day with plans of getting an early start tomorrow. First, we have to get up and go register her for school. Then, we'll come home and get the rest of the upstairs finished and work our way down. I'm hoping to finish in time to at the least get the rest of the downstairs spring-cleaned. I dread taking these curtains down and washing all the windows downstairs. Maybe I'll wait on that until it's really fall lol.

This evening after night night time, a thunder boomer rolled through. Little guy woke up and started crying. I can't stand to hear my babies cry - it makes my heart hurt, but to know they are scared and crying makes this panic thing hit me. So I rushed up as fast as I could and got him. I was carrying him downstairs and daughter asked if she could come with us. OF COURSE goof ball lol - both of them got a laugh out of that lol. Like I'd say, "NO you stay up here and watch the lightening and listen to the thunder while we're downstairs watching TV." Sheesh lol. She's not too fond of storms either and brought the flashlight just in case we ended up needing it ;).

Well, little guy got on the couch, big sister covered him up and he was out like a light. Never heard the rest of the big crashes of thunder than happened. Once the storm moved on, I carried him upstairs. He's so big now, his feet are past my knees - not so easy to carry him up two flights of stairs as it is down lol. Daughter stayed up a while longer and we watched the end of some funny movie. I'd bought myself some new nail polish at Wal-Mart yesterday and did my nails. I ended up doing her toenails and fingernails too - and she was THRILLED lol. We had a really fun time hanging out together just the two of us. With little guy, it's not often that daughter and I just have some us time, so tonight was a nice evening with just the gals ;).

Another busy day tomorrow, but hopefully by this time tomorrow night, my house will be back to the way it usually looks. It feels so good to know I'm almost done with the upstairs!

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Monday, August 09, 2004

Day 330 - Bad Start to the Day, But a Good Ending

I woke up to a forwarded email from my husband. The forward was from one of the parents asking when he would be home and - stating they'd like to be here when he got off the plane. They would only stay a few hours after that, as to not intrude. Yeah. Riiight.

Considering both parents came the weeks just before he left for a year, I thought I'd made it clear that upon return, our children would be the focus, not the parents. I'm still burned around the edges over pre-deployment. In three weeks, my babies had to say good-bye to a grandpa and a grandma - and then say good-bye to their Daddy. Our house went from feeling full, to in an instant, crickets chirping. It was a lot for me to adjust to, it was even more for a then six year old and two year old.

I emailed back "it's up to you." And then spent the morning wanting to kick in the computer. Why would someone want to come and "just be there a few hours" when two babies have not seen their father in a year?

Husband called tonight and explained that no, he didn't mean my thoughts on the parent visiting. Instead my thoughts on - well, never mind. The email was sent saying that he hasn't seen his wife or children in a year and we need this time to ourselves.

For heaven's sake. WE DO. WE NEED THIS TIME. I don't understand why parents cannot get that. And, as far as both of them go, neither are on my good side at the moment. I resent the HELL out of BOTH of them not so much as sending a card, much less calling their granddaughter on her birthday a month ago. My baby looking for Grandma's card and never getting it jerks my chain. Grandma makes homemade cards and they usually have neat things hanging off of them and stamps and stickers - and not even a card. "Do you think she forgot my birthday Momma?" No, baby, she must have sent it and it got lost in the mail. I'm sure she'll call you when she can, she's working a lot right now...

Thankfully, daughter hasn't brought it up since. MY parents sent her presents and cards...not to mention my great friend here who came out to celebrate with us and brought Trendy Mom and her daughter too. She had a fun day and a big party.

This morning we (the friend, her two and me and my two) headed out to the big town. I bought a new mirror to hang over the sink in the bedroom. It's antiquish looking and matches well I think. I bought some sheer material - off white/tan color and plan to make the sheer panels for the windows and we'll buy the curtains. We spent TWO hours in the craft store lol and we still didn't feel like we saw everything. They had a lot of things marked down 60%! I almost came out of there putting us in the poor house, but I only bought what we needed ;).

Then we hit the buffet. We grazed for an hour and a half lol. I'm ashamed to admit that I had to undo a button to make it through Wal-Mart ha! Bought the husband some new socks and the daughter three new dresses for school. They are sooo cute! They have the prep-school looking skirt to them (plaid and pleated) - but they are all one piece. We found her a new pair of tennis shoes and a pair of brown leather shoes with a good sole (for the snowy/icy days). With the outfits I purchased her at the PX a few weeks ago (or was it Wal-Mart), a pair of dress shoes and new tights should be enough to get us through fall.

After that, we stopped by the Ford Dealer. I'd found a 2004 Black Explorer with low miles and a good price. Unfortunately, it sold that morning. The sales guy said they were getting a shipment in either late this evening or in the morning. I gave him the info of what I was looking for and the amount I wouldn't go over. He said he thought he might could get me into a new one with some of the rebates and specials on financing. I told him I was stopping by our town's dealership to look at a blue Explorer they had. He said not to sign anything - any deal they gave me he would beat. He said if I couldn't make it back down tomorrow, he'd bring the truck to me. Dh said tonight on the phone - he sounds pushy, beware lol.

We aren't wanting to buy today or even next week. It's going to be finding that perfect vehicle priced at a bargain, some good financing and a good value on the trade...it will all fall into place or it won't. I'm willing to wait for the 2005s to hit the lot and the push to get the 2004s out of the way if I have to. The next family vehicle we buy, it's going to be something I keep for six to ten years, so I'm not settling - even on the color. They had a 2002 sitting there on the lot and the doors were unlocked. I opened the door and the interior is absolutely gorgeous! The newer Explorers are wider than the one we had...it's just so roomy! I still miss my Mountaineer - but after seeing the new interior up close and personal, I don't think I'll miss it if I can find that perfectly priced Explorer ;).

We didn't get home until almost six. I got a head start on tomorrow and cleaned out the glasses cabinet, tossed old cough medicine and plastic cups little guy no longer uses. I organized it so well, I was able to move my coffee cups from next to the plates to where the glasses are (which make more sense). I cleaned out from under the sink. It just needed organizing is all.

Tomorrow I'll start upstairs and work my way down. I plan to end the day with cleaning the fridge and stove. Wednesday, I'll spend the day in the yard hopefully - then the rest of the week is mine to sit around and - well, do nothing if I want ;). I like the sound of that...

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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Day 329 - Saturday's Attack of the Spiders

So today I didn't do much. Due to medication I take and my medical issues, it messes with my tummy. I love how you take one medication to do one thing and then another medication to thwart side-effects of the first medication lol. One of my medications causes nausea so I take another medication to keep from being sick all the time. I feel like at times I have a pharmacy going on in my home. Another side effect is not being able to go - so when it gets really bad, I have to take something to fix that problem and considering the problems my belly has that causes the need for medication to begin with - the pain when taking something to get you going again is unbelievable. Last night before bed I took the little chocolate square that I honestly believe could be used as a torture device lol . I knew today would be a day of fun in the bathroom, with cold sweats and not knowing if I was going to throw up, go poop or both. Yep, guessing about now you're really glad you clicked on this blog to read lol. So today was spent on the couch with a cold rag and the air conditioner going full blast because when I hurt that bad, being even a little on the warm side makes me feel nauseous. Sunday was a total bust concerning doing anything productive around here. I woke up and felt ok - thought hmm, maybe I won't have the horrible cramps I usually get when I take the chocolate torture device. I made some coffee, sat down at the computer and within twenty minutes knew I was in for the day from hell. The rest of the day was spent in the bathroom and on the couch and I have a ton of stuff to do around here. I hate my body.

Yesterday, I did get the porch cleaned and all the new flowers I purchased planted. The porch was a complete and total nightmare. I took everything off the porch - the wicker, the plant stands with the ferns, the tables etc. I washed all the cushions on the wicker and repotted the flowers I'd bought at the commissary to put on the wicker tables. Then it came time to actually clean the porch. For the past six months or so, we've been parking on the side of the house and coming in the back door. I check the mail after the babies go to bed, so it's dark and I hadn't noticed how bad the spider webs had taken over everything out front :(. I think I've mention how much I detest spiders in another entry lol.

I get the broom and start knocking down cobwebs above the windows and in between the columns on the porch. I noticed a spider here or there, but nothing major. Little did I know that scream-fest that was upcoming lol.

I get the hose out to wash all the dirt off of everything. It's the one bad thing about this town, it just seems to be really dusty here. So, I start on the big window to the right of the front door. I spray and to my horror, about 10 spiders come out of tiny cracks in between the ceiling's boards. I stop spraying, run inside and grab some hornet spray. It has the long stream so you can be several feet away. I had regular ant/spider spray, but the thought of having to stand on a chair to get close enough to spray was not appealing to me lol.

Once I sprayed the hornet spray, what I saw next had me let out a scream and run off the porch lol. I'm sure my neighbors are quite certain that I've lost my mind. I sprayed the bug spray and twenty to thirty spiders ran out of their hiding spots, would lose their bearings and hang down on a single thread of web and blow in the wind. It honestly looked like something out of a horror movie! Just thinking about it now makes me feel as though I have bugs crawling on me.

I've now figured out why we've seen more spiders in the house...our front porch was infested! Two of my neighbors ventured over after I had almost finished. They said they've noticed more spiders around their homes too this year. After talking, we all pretty much concluded it was due to the mild summer we've had. We have had several weeks of 100 degree temps, but they've been spread out through the summer. We've had a lot of spring and fall-like days throughout the summer. When husband called, he said, "Now you see why I knock down spider webs and clean off the porch each week." I said no, you do that because you are obsessive compulsive, but nice try lol.

Anyhow, back to the spiders. To make a very long story short, 6 cans of hornet spray and two trips to the local grocery to buy more - and I think I have most of the spider problem taken care of. My gosh I've never seen so many spiders in my life! They ranged from the size of a quarter (legs and all) to tiny baby spiders (lots and lots of babies *shivers*). Each time I sprayed twenty to thirty came out of their hiding spots. I'd say all in all I probably killed 160+ spiders by the time I finished the entire porch. Whew, I'm so glad to have this done.

Tomorrow, my friend and I are heading out to the big town about thirty minutes from here. We'll be buying all the things we need to do our welcome home signs. She also knows of a great place to eat, so we're going to eat lunch together while we're out. It should be a fun day.

Tuesday, I start busting my rear around here. I cannot believe what a lazy bum I've turned into these days :(. All I can do is sit around and be in this odd sort of daze thinking about how different it is going to be to finally have him home and us be a inside-the-same-home family again! I'm really perplexed about my reaction to his return. I try to imagine what it will be like to have him home, see him walking around the house - see him coming through the front door after work and I just can't. I'm so used to living alone and being such a loner. The thought of not being alone anymore - well, it truly just doesn't seem real to me. I guess it's not really that odd. I have a tendency to do this before we go on a vacation or before family comes to visit. I'll not be bouncing off the walls like I think I should be - it's like a defense mechanism I guess - where in case something comes up and we can't go on vacation or something happens and family can't come visit after all, I don't get upset about the change in plans. Then, when we return from vacation or after our family leaves - I look back and wonder how in the world I wasn't just beside myself with excitement prior to it happening.

At any rate, I won't be around much next week. I'm determined to get what I need to get done around the house and yard and be completely finished by Friday. Then maybe over the weekend, focus on finishing up the dining room or something. The week after, the babies and I plan to go to the pool every day. I don't expect to be online much over the next several weeks so the babies and I can spend a lot of time at the pool and the park before school starts.

Hope everyone has a great week.

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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Day 326 - A Relaxing Week

I've spent the week doing nothing but sitting at the computer reading all the news and blogs I wanted lol! I even posted a lot on a military spouse site that I frequent, but hadn't had time to post on much the past few weeks. Starting this afternoon and through next week I won't be around much again. I have to get the house fall-cleaned/downsized like I should have been doing this week. I want it done a good amount of time prior to his return so I can relax a few weeks before he does come home and just do a regular cleaning right before he arrives. I also want to have some "me" time to read a book - or now that it's cooled off (hopefully it'll stay cool lol), maybe even work on finishing up that afghan I've been working on for two years lol before he gets home!

I was suppose to be outside cleaning off the porch and cutting the backyard this morning but I ended up sitting on the computer instead. Lots of good conversations about Kerry going on in the current events forum at the website I visit. I wanted to give my good .30 cents lol. And, well - I did LMBO! My biggest irritation factor is someone saying the "Bush Lied" rhetoric and not backing it up. HE DIDN'T LIE. I'm often so surprised at how highly educated folks (especially the ones who ask others to do research) easily carry that one party line. When asked to back it up, these same educated folks post things that have nothing to do with the supposed LIE and think they are "showing YOU" lol. For the record: Bush, (or for that matter not ONE person in his administration) EVER said Hussein had connections to the September 11th plot. Search until your heart is content but, he never said such a thing. Their is ample evidence he did have ties to terrorists and terrorist organizations (even the NY times and WAPO has articles admitting that), the admin did say that - but never said he had a hand in September 11th. Whew, I feel better.

I went to look at a few SUVs yesterday. These people are NUTS. They wanted $25,000 for a Rodeo and the darn interior looks just like it did when we bought a brand new 1996 or maybe it was 1997 model. The only difference was the interior's cloth seats were even UGLIER than they were back then. Anyhow, with it being the exact same, that tells me it's going to ride just like the other - and it would beat the hell out of you on the interstate. It about killed me when I was pregnant and we drove the 12 hours to visit my family. Anyhow, needless to say I told the guy he could keep it. If we're going to have to pay an arm and a leg for a SUV, I'll wait until they put some demos out for sale and get a really good deal on one I actually LIKE. So, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for good deals this fall once the 2005s come out. No good deals? I'll keep my little good on gas car ;).

Lets see, this afternoon/evening it's cut the backyard and clean the porch - repot some plants. If I have time, we'll clean out the pond, if not - we'll do it in the morning before we start upstairs doing the massive fall cleaning/downsizing. My friend has a relative that is in a tight spot money-wise and has asked for daughter's and son's outgrown clothes. That's such a help to me! I've not donated clothes here yet and hadn't found a local domestic violence shelter to donate them to. With my friend wanting them for her cousin, that cuts out one thing I was going to have to do - find a place to take the bags and bags of children's clothes.

Next week I hope to finish up the house. One day my friend and I are riding to one of the big towns half an hour or so from the house to a fabric/craft store. We are going to go ahead and get our fabric paint to get started on our signs. I'm really looking forward to that. I'm not sure though if the babies and I will do fabric paint or felt. I was thinking of buying a deep blue or maybe red (if I can find it) twin sheet and using red (or blue if I buy a red sheet) white felt to cut out the letters and stars (and the insignia for the division) to glue on to spell out our welcome home messages. Maybe I'll buy one royal blue sheet and one red...hmmm. Decisions, decisions lol. I want to have two though, one to hang up on either side of the porch. Once I get those done, I'll post photos - or email photos.

Hopefully by next weekend I'll be ready to detail the cars and clean out the garage! Ooops, the trash man comes on Thursday, I should probably clean out the garage on Wednesday evening so the garbage guy can pick up everything so it doesn't sit out there entire week killing my grass until it's picked up :(...

So, I guess that's all the news from here. A nice relaxing week - but I stayed up waaay too late most of the week and feel as though I worked my rear off lol. I was determined to go to bed at a decent time last night after driving all over the green earth looking at prices on SUVs. I even turned off one of my favorite movies (Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball) right at one of the funniest parts (where his children get her drunk when she comes to dinner lol) to go to bed! Woohoo lol. It was sooo cool upstairs and I slept like a rock! Even though I slept so good, it still wasn't enough. I could have stayed in bed a few more hours and the babies didn't even wake up until 8:30 this morning lol.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! The weather is almost fall-like here, so we are really enjoying having the windows open and sleeping in the fresh air at night!

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Day 322 - AUGUST IS HERE!!!! - A Ramble...

July turned out to be like February - months that felt as though they may NEVER end lol. Just finally being out of July is lifting my spirits tremendously! August is here!!! August is here!!! LMBO!! My absolute favorite season is only about a month away!!! I LOVE fall weather and I'm really looking forward to this year's fall! Raking leaves, making lots of soups, working on my afghan in the evenings - and most of all, snuggling with my husband on cool nights when we have the windows open!

Yesterday, the babies and I went on a shopping spree ;). We headed out to the mall after lunch. Daughter and I had our hair cut. I need to take a moment and brag about our son...

Daughter and I were able to get our hair cut at the same time. She was in one chair with a lady cutting her hair and I was in the very next chair with another lady cutting mine. Little man stood next to the counter between the two of us and patiently waited while they cut our hair! He didn't whine, he didn't touch anything on the counter and there were lots of combs, brushes, hair dryers etc. to tempt him lol. He didn't try to venture off or ask if it was time to go... He just stood there quietly and watched the twenty minutes it took the lady to cut my hair. I was so proud of him! After getting my hair cut, the lady took me to the back and ripped hair off my eyebrows lol. I'm finally almost human looking again ROTFL!

Last night I was thinking about how I have just sort of let myself go a bit while he's been gone. It's not that I don't bathe and wear dirty clothes LMBO, but the little things I normally do I stopped doing this year - like having my eyebrows waxed lol or coloring the gray in my hair (hair color upstairs that I'll be using in the next day or so lol).

Normally, while our daughter is getting dressed for school, I also get dressed, fix my hair, put a little makeup on to hide the ugly etc. Since he's been gone, I get up and brush my teeth of course lol, I brush my hair - but I don't fix my hair and put on makeup unless I'm going on the installation that day. The only reason I do so when going on post is in case I run into someone my husband worked with. I didn't want anyone to think his wife was ratty or something LMBO! And, I didn't want someone emailing him saying, "Man, I saw your wife today and she doesn't look like she's doing too good." Even though I'm doing fine for the most part, my husband is the only person's opinion about my appearance I care about lol. Call me old fashioned, but I'm the type of wife who double checks her hair and makeup before starting dinner - making sure I will look nice when he drives up after work. For the rest of the world, I could care less what they think about my appearance lol. I only care that my husband finds me attractive. And, it's not that I care what a co-worker on Rear D might think of my appearance, but I do care that they may mention my appearance to him in a way that would worry him. So even that it's all about him ;). He's just the only person on this earth I want to find me attractive. The only person whose opinion matters to me. Nothing makes me feel attractive like when we're getting ready to go somewhere, I come down the stairs and my husband is standing at the bottom of the stairs waiting and says, "Wow. You look beautiful today!" THAT makes my entire day...even though he says I look beautiful when I'm snoring and drooling LMBO. Yes, he needs new glasses LMBO!!

Lets see - after the mall, it was getting late so I skipped going to Target. My friend that visited said I needed to go to Target to look for accessories for our bedroom. She said they have really good prices and a lot more items to choose from compared to Wal-Mart. I've only been in Target once - and that was when we lived in VA together lol. She'd taken me to Target soon after our daughter was born. Of course, we got there and weren't able to stay long. I'd just had a c-section so walking that far wasn't a bright idea lol. I take that back - I think husband and I went to Target once when we'd taken a trip to Lowes a few years ago. I like Wal-Mart better - they are cheaper lol. Anyhow, maybe next week I'll hit Target and look around. I've decided not to buy anything for the walls or curtains until after he gets home. I will be putting up blinds, but not the curtains to add to the decor of the room lol. That way, we can decorate the room together and it can be OURS, not just something I did.

Back to yesterday lol...

After the mall, we went on to post to get groceries. I decided to hit the Class Six before going to the commissary. We aren't huge drinkers, but he enjoys an ice cold beer while doing yard work and once in a while he'll like a rum and coke while sitting on the porch in the evenings. His favorite rum is Bacardi Le'mon, so I bought him a big bottle of that. It'll last him two years probably LMBO - but I'm slowly trying to get all the things he likes once in a while back in the house so no matter what he's in the mood for to eat or drink, it's in the house waiting on him.

I also hit clothing sales to look around. They had the Blue Star Banner - so I bought one of those and have it hanging on the big window in the living room. On the other side of the house, the dining room has a matching huge window and that window has the yellow ribbon clingy with his rank and name on it. Anyhow, they also had a drill sergeant emblem thing in a clingy (This We'll Defend), so I bought one for his car. I'll be trading in his car here soon for a truck for him, so I wanted the clingy to put on his new truck for him ;).

Clothing Sales had SO many things to choose from in clingys! I purchased a Blue Star one and two that have the big I, a red heart - with MY SOLDIER written in white on the red heart. I'll be putting one on my car and our daughter wanted one to put on her dresser's mirror ;).

Then, off to the commissary we went. It wasn't too bad considering it was Saturday afternoon on payday weekend! Everyone was pretty polite with the exception of two people. One lady was polite, but damn if she didn't walk off and leave her cart right in the middle of each darn aisle. These days they seem to have so much crap in the middle of every aisle you can barely get down them - so throw an abandoned cart in the middle of an aisle into the mix and you can forget getting through. Then there was the man who apparently thinks he's above having to wait in line to get checked out. There was NO line when I went through the maze to make it to the stopping place until they tell the next register to go on. The little electronic voice said to proceed to register three. I start making my way to register three when "I don't have to stand in line" man came from out of nowhere and got to register three before me (insert mad face here). I got in the next register's line...and the cashier - since her registers number hadn't been called sort of gave me a "look." I was sure to say it loud enough for the idiot who didn't wait in line could hear, "I'm sorry to just show up, but apparently he isn't aware you STAND IN LINE and wait your turn, not just come around the barriers and break in front of people." He looked over the candy displays and I glared...he said nothing lol. Probably a good thing. By this time it was close to 5 and we were hungry and tired. I guess the look on my face told him what I thought of him LMBO. Anyhow, it really wasn't a bad experience in the commissary which was quite surprising considering the circumstances! I bought a ton of groceries to start stocking up again...and hopefully I can forgo another trip until next payday!!

What else happened yesterday....

OH!! My husband and I have wanted to buy a swing for our front porch since he took down the half screened in portion and we got our entire front porch presentable lol. I just couldn't bring myself to part with $100 for a 4 foot swing though. When my neighbor sold her house back in the spring, I asked her if she was taking her swing with her and she said no - they were leaving it for the new owners. I told her I wished I'd thought about it, I would have bought the swing from her before they started showing the house lol.

Well, one day last week my daughter noticed the new neighbors had taken down the swing and put up a new wicker swing. When we were leaving yesterday, I saw our new neighbor out. I asked him if he'd be interested in selling the old swing. He said, "No." I thought - well, darn, he must have tossed it or something. Then he said, "I'll be glad to give it to you though!" Gosh our new neighbors are so sweet to us! I told him I could not just take the swing - at least let me give them $20 or $30 for it. He said he'd hear nothing of the sort, that it needed refinishing something awful and it's just sitting in their garage and he'd give it to me when we got back from shopping.

Last night, I got the babies to bed and sat down to call my Dad. We'd been playing phone tag all day ha ha. Well, we weren't on the phone five minutes when the doorbell rang. Guess Daddy and I will have to try to talk next weekend lol. It was my neighbors and they'd brought the swing over. He had come over before I'd primed the walls in the bedroom and wanted to see the finished product, so he and his wife came in and I showed her around. I'm really looking forward to my husband meeting them. They are an older couple and just so extremely nice. This weekend, I plan to buy some apples and make them an apple crisp to take over as a thank you. They've helped with my yard when the back was too high my mower couldn't make it through there, he's always so sweet to my babies when we're out in the yard...and now they've given me this swing. I want to do something really nice for them as a thank you for all their help!

I find it funny how my mind works sometimes. I could have sworn that swing was white for some reason...it's not. It's just finished wood and does need to be sanded and refinished. I'm debating on whether I want to refinish it natural - or if I want to paint it.

I'd like to make us a family logo. I know, that sounds so stupid, but I've seen where people have their last name's first initial done in a specific way - and have that as a theme throughout their home. I thought I could paint the swing white, come up with a logo of sorts for our last name and stencil it on the back of the swing. Make another one out of wood using a jigsaw I have my eye on buying lol and hang it on the gate to the fence. And, a really neat idea I had was when we refinish the floor in our foyer, having the same design stained inside a medallion of sorts on the wood floor - right in the center of the foyer under the chandelier. I've just always been sooo proud to have my husband's last name. I really want to come up with a fancy logo for the initial and use it as a theme throughout our home and yard... Ok, so maybe that's a stupid idea, but it sounds neat right now lol!

Ok, there's the ramble for the day. Today's big plan is to clean the front porch and start getting the outside ready for his return. I really want the porch and backyard to look beautiful when he gets home. I think my friend that lives near the installation is going to ride out today and hang out with us some. Tomorrow evening, the babies and I are heading up to her house. I'm going to bring some deli meat for sandwiches and we're going to have a quick/easy dinner together and then go to the FRG meeting afterwards. We'd originally planned to go out to eat together, but we've both decided we are NOT eating out again before they get home. We're both ashamed to admit to how often we eat out these days LMBO and are trying to curb the habit lol.

I'm off to put on some yard-work clothes, then we'll have some lunch before heading out to do some yard work. I hope you all are having a great weekend!! Our fall-like weather is long gone now, so I'm not sure how much we'll get done in this heat lol.

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