Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Project Extension

"The project has been extended...". These are the words that any wife with a husband traveling for business is loathe to hear (or at least me). As of today, the soonest I am "guaranteed" to see my husband is 1 week before his brother's wedding, at which point midsummer will have come and gone. As Pete is on the other side of the globe, it is not realistic to go see him for a weekend. Due to planned 18-20 hour work days, I can't justify traveling 26 hours to sit in a hotel in solitude. Here's to hoping that the project is done sooner, and *perhaps* we will be able to make a vacation out of this misfortune.

Alright this is my first attempt at adding a photo to the blog... But, above is a picture of my house from 1979 courtesy of the Historical Society scanning project! I am unable to turn the photo... but, you can get an idea of the types of projects that have been done to make the house where it is at today... (kitchen addition, deck, paint job, new siding, etc....). However, we still have dreams of the potential in the structure of this place... Current thoughts include: redoing the decking of the floor on the first floor, planting some fruit trees, adding on to the deck... who knows, but we certainly have enjoyed living in the project we call "home" for the past year! :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Historical Society

The scrapbook from the restoration/remaking of my house was brought to the local historical society this afternoon ... It's kind of funny to think that this will be made as an archived document and will be scanned for the world to review~ it is felt that this scrapbook qualifies as a "historical document" worth preservation and memory space... It's not that great of a scrapbook, in lieu of photos, I will put a link to this site once the book has been scanned.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the wonderful dad's in our life! We are thankful for so many things that you do and have done, and wish you all the best this father's day!


We now have another nephew! Russell John was born last night to the Y**tal*'s... Congratulations! Welcome to the family!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Gravel hauler

I am proud of myself! Today, I fixed the driveway all by my lonesome and detailed the truck! I called around, found an open gravel supplier, and bought 4 truck loads of gravel (4 yards) and filled in the potholes on my driveway. The guys at the gravel place kept asking "back again?, Is this the last load? Are you shoveling this yourself?". It took roughly 30-45 minutes to empty each load of gravel onto the driveway... And about 15-20 minutes to get a obtain a new load and bring it back. I am glad the supplier was close enough that I did not get burnt out on the task between truckloads...
And then, once I was done hauling/shoveling gravel, I took the truck to carwash only to find that they would not even spray out the flatbed... so, I washed and detailed the truck. It looks really nice and clean!

Friday, June 13, 2008


It seriously feels like forever since this was last updated... but, since than...

Pete has gone to China, and will remain there for a while longer. This is very hard, because he is unable to use the company provided satellite phone (except for an Emergency) due to the cost of phone usage, and therefore we have only been able to talk on a limited basis while he is at work ~ My in-laws have been great during this time! Sally stayed with me during the nights that had bad weather which kept my mind from dwelling on the passing storms. Matt has helped out with the yard, cutting our grass. I visited there yesterday evening, and went with them to the graduation parties this past evening. It was nice not to have to go alone to the parties! Additionally, I met my friends for ice cream this past week, and am really glad to have pets during this time... So, I am otherwise doing well... just missing my spouse, and knowing that it will be a few additional weeks before he is able to socialize at the pre-China level.

We have been solicited by the Historical Society for our belated barn. They had wanted this for their site on B*n* Road. We tried to contact them. They did not respond in time, and the barn was shredded. Not much can be done at this point, however they would like to scan our photo album from the renovation of this house as this album.They consider this album a "historical document". The society does the important job of preserving the town's history, and the member's seem quite reasonable in their approach to remembering the past.

Congratulations to my aunt and uncle! They are the proud parents of a girl, Anna Marie!