Several years ago I bought a Rubbermaid storage shed for our back yard. I asked my hubby to install it on a bed of gravel. But he decided that he’d just put it on the ground. As a result all of the shelves that I try to put on the walls keep falling down. When we first put the building up and the installed the shelves, I was thrilled! I filled the shelves with an assortment of garden tools and planters.
I was thrilled to be able to take my outdoor planters out of the basement and put them into the shed – it freed up valuable space inside. But I was quite annoyed a few short days later when I went out to the shed to pick out a decorative planter to put a new begonia in and found all of my garden supplies in a pile on the floor! I have tried many times to fix that problem, but the shelves just will not stay up! I guess the only solution is to put in free-standing shelving units and be done with it! I think if my hubby had installed the shed correctly this wouldn’t be an issue! But I always learn to make do, and I think that is the answer to the problem.
I received some luggage as a gift from my hubby. He asked his sister to help him find a good deal on luggage and she told him to look into buying Tumi Luggage. To be perfectly honest, I had never heard of Tumi Luggage before, but who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth?
The biggest point of the gift, however, was the fact that inside the luggage was a travel brochure to Orlando, along with a couple of fake airplane tickets. I have to say that they were fake because he didn’t dare book a real trip without checking with me to see when I would be available to go on vacation with him. And we have to make arrangements for someone to look after his customers and our pets, and our gardens while we are gone. Anyway, it was a nice surprise, and now we need to buckle down and figure out the dates and work out the logistics of it all!
The world is getting smaller every day it seems. The friends that I grew up with have all scattered around the globe. I am so glad that we have email and texting to keep in touch! I miss them all very much and love to hear from them and hear how they are doing, how their families are, who they are working for (or who is working for them!) and how life is treating them in general. Pictures are always a plus.
I do find myself nostalgic from time to time, wishing that we all still lived close together. I miss the great times we had together, the parties we had, the great group dates we went on. Oh dear, I’m depressing myself!
And don’t even get me started on all the wonderful things that Facebook and the other social networking sites. You won’t catch me anywhere near all that drama that is responsible for ruining so many relationships in so many ways and on so many levels. Thanks but no thanks, real life is difficult enough to handle just the way it is without everyone, everywhere knowing your business and everyone elses.
When I go to visit Aunt Jenny I love driving down the long driveway to her house. Part of the driveway is a right-of-way that goes through her neighbor’s place, and they have some beautiful horses that I can see from time to time when I go past the pastures. Last weekend I went to visit her and I saw that the neighbor had let the horses out for the first time this spring, and they were kicking up their heels, enjoying the fine weather.
I was quite impressed to see that she had purchased some new rambo turnout blankets for her horses this year – I liked the neck covers quite a bit! I’ve often seen horses wearing turnout blankets, but never with neck covers! In this cool weather, I think that they make a lot of sense!
It is most interesting to me that my aunt and uncle are looking into retiring and heading south in the next few years and are seriously considering Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club at Vero Beach’s in Florida as their final landing spot. You see my aunt and uncle have been very vocal over the years about various friends and family relocating to gated communities all across the country. My uncle’s main grip is that he feels that residents get a false sense of security while living behind the gates and or walls that keep the properties in the community protected.
My uncle comes from the “old school” brimming over with Irish blood this one is. Most of us have all learned that it is pointless to argue with him and the older he gets the more stubborn and argumentative he becomes. Of course there are some folks that seem to enjoy just egging him on and thoroughly enjoy a good debate now and then. Myself, I tend to just kick back and be a good listener, while keeping a smile on my face, my chin up and looking him straight in the eye.
It will be so different once they really do relocate. They have lived in that same house since they were married and I can’t imagine anyone else living in there as well as not seeing them on all the family get-togethers throughout the year. Although these get together will be a lot more on the mellow side than in the past without my Irish uncle around to stir things up.