Thursday, September 27, 2007

Who are you anyway?

I had an interesting conversation with my Mom today. I have told her in general terms that I plan to build on my land under the mango hut in two to three years. That's part of the deal with them moving in - it isn't a permanent deal. So anyway, she calls me this morning to tell me that she's found the perfect house for me/us.

"It's 5 bedroom, plus a media room, hardwood floors, sweeping staircase.....it would be perfect for you and at 219,700 wouldn't it be cheaper than building?"

Because I'm in dire need of a 5 bedroom house

Escapism

Bick and I are heading to F'burg for a gathering of weirdo hippy freaks. We are going to a renewable energy fair. I hope that it's worthwhile - otherwise we can just scrap the agenda and chill for a while.

Bick is having a pretty rough time as of late. He goes back to the cardiologist on Monday for another set of tests. Sandy has moved out of her mother's house and no one is really talking about what transpired. Bick is very, very concerned.

I'm doing/feeling better. A big thanks to Michele for her help and support in helping me to try to right this ship.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Of cabbages and kings

Bick and I got the winter garden put in over the weekend - a couple of weeks later than we wanted to, but hey, it's done. We had a hard time buying plants to set out and we'd waited too long to start seeds. But barring vandalism, we are hopeful that things will grow along nicely.

We've got broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, a couple of tomato plants and some Italian flat-leaf parsley and common sage. I'd lost my parsley and sage during the course of the year. I planted swiss chard, romaine lettuce, butter crunch lettuce and a spring mix, along with a bunch of turnip greens. Oh, and I threw out some dill seeds, but I don't have any hope that they will make. And we determined that we need more garden space! We have about a half a bed left, or will have, when the okra quits. It seemed to have rebounded and survived the great Round-Up attack of 2007 and came back to produce a respectable amount. I've never grown okra, nor had I eaten a lot of it that wasn't fried, but it turns out that I love it! We've been having some each week for quite a while and I think I've got about seven pounds in the freezer.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Eat your greens.

-Roxie

Monday, September 17, 2007

Don't fence me in

I've broke Bick's house. Actually, I've ruined the look. See, the neighbor's just stained their porch and it looked so nice that I convinced Bick that we needed to stain the porch and the fence. Not exactly like theirs, because in my superior opinion, they didn't pick their color very well. Ours would be the perfect color - the perfect tone to add a richness to the white-on-beige scheme. Sable- sable was to be the perfect color.

Except that semi-transparent sable as displayed at the HD looks NOTHING like it does on a three year old privacy fence. It looks like crap. There's nothing semi-transparent about it. It looks like I painted the fence the darkest, cheapest cholocate color imaginable. Every bump, bubble and flaw in the fence is magnified. It is truly horrible.

And Bick laid down an edict - no way is that color going on the porch. So now what?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Southern Comfort

I just returned from a restorative yoga class. What a treat. It is one of the ways that I have learned to soothe myself. You would think that I would have learned those skills in toddlerhood, but apparently I didn't. Or given my chubbiness, perhaps I learned the food-as-pacifier method that has plagued me for years. Anyway, it was during my dark days in early 2006 that my therapist started talking about ways to soothe myself or how to self-comfort. Smoking was obviously one of the ways that I comforted myself. When that was taken away, I really began to unravel. It was interesting to learn/recognize/accept that we carry our behaviors with us in some cases, long after they cease to serve us well. I'm glad to be learning some more adult behaviors.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Stretch.

-Roxie

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Things are looking up

Feeling better -thank goodness. Finally dropping some of the "bloat". Still no word on test results, but I'm glad to have some sort of a reprieve from the relentless pms-like symptoms that had been plaguing me for a month. Body finally decided to let go of 8 pounds of boob.

Monday, September 10, 2007