Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 4-28-17

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1. Dad is doing a lot better, and he has helped us tremendously at the school by reinforcing some textbooks, new for next fall, with cardboard inserts and tape around the borders and spines.  It was a big project, and the books look great!!  We know Dad is "back" when he starts fixing books again!

2. New garage door openers on the way, work done on the drywall around the new tubs, new stove installed and hood to be installed this afternoon.  Slowly the work is getting done.  We'll have to put the other projects on hold for awhile due to the upcoming wedding.  But that's OK - other than the fact that our kitchen and bathroom walls look like we're living at a camp somewhere.  :-)

3. Well, this might not seem like a good thing, but it could have been so much worse.  Mike has had a partial rotator cuff tear for a long time.  But last Saturday he pulled the string on his weed eater, and that was that.  He couldn't move it and he was in terrible pain for three days.  We found out on Monday that he has a total rotator cuff tear that will require surgery.  At least the excruciating pain appears to be over with, as the injury now is only causing some pain especially at night.  That's good, since he can't get in to see the orthopedic surgeon for another week.

4. I finally got this picture framed.  Twenty years ago we visited Waterton Lakes Park in Alberta, Canada, as part of a 10th anniversary trip.  We stayed in the beautiful Prince of Wales Hotel for one night, which is pictured in the center of this watercolor.  My dear friend Gretchen gave me this little print soon after our trip - she had seen it somewhere and knew I would like it.  It's an unusual size, requiring an odd-sized frame, so getting that done has been one of those things that's been on the to-do list for . . . almost twenty years.  I got it done at Hobby Lobby and picked it up this week.  It is going to be featured somewhere in this house when we get the painting done.

5. Mike is getting supper for us at the Fruit Punch (a nearby sandwich shop) as I write this.  I came home from school very tired and with a nagging headache.  And the hood over the stove was being installed, so of course I couldn't cook.  This is the perfect solution.  :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 4-22-17

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1. We are gaining a son in law!!  A week ago tonight, Mary Lee's boyfriend Alex proposed while they were with his family in Florida.  (He was going to propose on Saturday night, but couldn't wait.)  So this is a very exciting time!

I love a solitaire diamond and think it has a classic appeal that never goes out of style.

2. My dad was able to go to church this Wednesday night, for the first time in over 10 weeks!  Three hospitalizations during that time really took it out of him.  It was good to see him walking in and so many people greeting him.

3. I got out of school a little early today.  My entire last period class was signed out early because of the junior-senior banquet tonight (which will be very nice), so I got everything done and was able to leave.

4. This towel is a gift from a student.  It's been a running joke for the sophomores since early in their freshman year, when one of their vocabulary words was "vintage."  As I was explaining the meaning of it, which included something about it meaning something older, and yet with value - I heard a stage whisper from one of the boys - "Vintage.  Mrs. Bailes."  And it has come up several times to great laughter since then.  So when one of the girls found this in a gift shop, she had her mother buy it for me.  Classic!  It's hanging in my classroom right now, but I will bring it home this summer.

5. New stove installed Monday, all the wallpaper stripped, new bathtubs installed, tiler coming in early May.  We are making progress on our home update.

Happy Friday!!