Sunday, July 19, 2009

Elaine and Jean's BBQ

Today we went to a BBQ at the home of some very old and dear friends. I have known Elaine and Jean since High School and coinsidently, George knows them and so does his brother Ray and my sister in law Diane. So we were all invited to the family and friends/grandson's 11th birthday party.
There was more food than I have ever seen at one gathering and about 45 people were there. Various family members, some I knew, some I didn't, and many friends, again some I knew. I was reintroduced to someone I haven't seen in 38 years at least...and she is now a real estate agent/broker. I told her about my house and she is willing to help me get it on the market as soon as I am ready. What a stroke of luck that her district is right where I used to live.
Anyway we had a great time catching up. There was mountains of food to eat and I had my share. LOL Fruit salad, veggie tray, chips, dips, burgers, hot dogs, steak tips, chicken and ribs. Potato salad, popcorn, pretzels, cheese balls, birthday cake and ice cream, OH MY! Everything I had was very tasty but I really didn't overdue it, although I did have several fresh ripe strawberries and seconds on the potato salad.
Timmy is Elaine's 11 year old grandson and his birthday is in 2 days so we celebrated that while we were all together. It was really nice. The perfect summer day with great company and lots of food and drink.
I've posted a few pics...Enjoy!

Jean (pointing), his brother Mike and their Mom

Eli isn't he a doll?

My brother in law Ray and sister in law Diane

George and Diane hitting the food table

My friend Elaine and her granddaughter Alyssa

My sis in law Diane and to the right...Marie, an old friend

Some of the family

Timmy and his SpongeBob cake

Friday, July 17, 2009

Random Things About Me

Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Have fun and be truthful!

1 What is your occupation right now? Group Leader/mechanical-electrical/multidisciplined assembler/test technician for a government contracting company
2. What color are your socks right now? Not wearing any socks.
3. What are you listening to right now? World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson and the rain falling on the air conditioner
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Spaghetti and meatballs
5. Can you drive a stick shift? can...but don't
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Karla
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I stole it from Deanna's blog and YES I like her very much
8. How old are you today? 52 years and a couple of months
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Baseball which reminds me I better hurry cos the Red Sox are on at 7pm
10. What is your favorite drink? Diet Coke with or without the rum
12. Favorite food? steak on the grill
13. What is the last movie you watched? Bedtime Stories
14. Favorite day of the year? Thanksgiving
15. How do you vent anger? I used to slam things around and yell but I have very little to get mad about these days. Although George being duped into taking a week of without pay has made me a little pissed off, not at him but at the management where he works. He's too freeking nice about it...looks like I have to get mad enough for the two of us.
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Barbie dolls
17. What is your favorite season? Fall
18. Cherries or Blueberries? I really prefer strawberries
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? No need but please blog your answers if you wish
20. Who is the most likely to respond? Karla
21. Who is least likely to respond? No idea
22. Living arrangements? husband and almost 10 yr old chihuahua
23. When was the last time you cried? last friday
24. What is on the floor of your closet? Georges hunting bow and arrows, a few pairs of shoes, not sure what else.
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest? Heidi I met her when we were 4 and she lived acros the street from me. We are still friends today although she lives about an hour away now.
26. What did you do last night? played on the computer for awhile, went to bed early and the rest would be TMI

27. What are you most afraid of? Fire...but my husband would say I am afraid of not having enough money, which he is right but I have lived like a pauper and never want to do that again if I can help it.
28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Cheese with ketchup, pickles bacon and onions.
29 Favorite dog breed? Siberian Husky
30. Favorite day of the week? Friday
31. How many states have you lived in? 1
32. Diamonds or pearls? diamonds
33. What are your favorite flowers? Wild flowers, day lillies and daffodils

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Please Don't Faint

Yup it's been awhile. Not too much going on around here. I was on vacation last week but we spent several days over at my other house doing some repairs before it goes on the market. George put in a new kitchen sink and a new faucet and shower in the bathroom. I really wish I had the money to put in a new tub but I don't so whoever buys it can decide if they want to or not. There is nothing wrong with it except for the disgusting color of the tub, that pukish olive green of the 70's. Apparently green was a very popular color for bathtubs/sinks back in the day. Actually the entire bathroom needs a makeover and that is something I planned to do years ago after we paid off the house, but then I got divorced and was a single mom to two teenagers and well nothing got done due to lack of funds. Anyway, someone ambitious enough to do a make over in the bathroom can go ahead and do the honors. At least the faucet won't leak anymore.

Last weekend we drove up to Maine to see all the Mainiacs. We missed a few, due to short notice Tweetie wasn't able to make it and we never got in touch with Cricket to let her know I was going to be there. Cricket was in Maine for a few weeks but I suspect she had a lot of family to catch up with so maybe we can see her next time she is back from British Columbia. George fit in quite well and we enjoyed our visit there. We partied at Rick and Blossom's house with Mazz and his wife, April, and their son Andy, Rick's son David was there with his girlfriend and PupPup and her husband Gene were there also with their daughter Nikki.
We arrived just in time for supper. Rick is a fantastic cook and he had quite the spread laid out. Roast pork, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, salad, rolls, I think there were a few other dishes too but I didn't have enough room on my plate. I brought brownies for dessert, of course. I had to because I am not allowed into Maine without them. After supper we went outside to sit around the fire but the rain came pouring down so we moved the party into the basement. It was a fun evening of conversation and karaoke. We left around 11:00 and headed to the Motel where we spent the night. Apparently the remainder of the crew partied long into the night.
We hit the road Sunday afternoon and made the 5+ hour trek back home. Thankfully the weather was better going home than it was going to...and it was an enjoyable drive through the mountains.



Mazz, Andy and Rick

I had several more pics to post but blogger is experiencing some technical difficulties so I will try again at another time.

Yesterday we spent the day at George's son's condo. George and Jon were busy putting in a hardwood floor and Nikki and I entertained ourselves watching the food network and looking at pictures from their wedding. The floor is looking pretty good but they didn't get it finished so George is back there today helping out. I decided to stay at home and do the necessary chores before we go back to work, laundry and grocery shopping. Alreday done the shopping, now I just have to fold another load of laundry and I will be done. I am watching a movie at the moment, Dr. T and the Women. Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson, and Farrah Fawcett. It's pretty good...but I don't think I could go to Richard Gere if he was my OB/GYN. He's too hot. LOL

I guess I am going to make some chicken for dinner. I am marinating it in Italian Dressing at the moment and I think I will make a baked potato for George and make a salad for myself. It should be quite good. :-)

Well tried to post some more pics again but it's not gonna happen now. I will save them for another post I guess. Hope everyone is having a beautiful Sunday...the weather sure is nice here for a change. Looks like a good afternoon to grab my book and go sit outside for awhile.