Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Lied

I'm sorry, blog readers. I didn't mean to lie to you when I said this was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen.

I was wrong. I realized that after we failed the sewer inspection because we had a concentric reducer and needed an ecentric one, blah blah blah. So I watched my husband and nephew spend a million hours in the muddy ditch changing out the reducer and working to get the fall of the pipe 1/4" per 4'. I have new respect for ditch diggers and sewer pipe installers.

But Steve finally got it finished and we passed the inspection the second time. So the line is covered and THIS is my new "one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen."

There it is. Dirt. Covering an official sewer line. Which means when my little neighbor comes to visit, she can finally use my potty. She'll be so happy.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Proof that, yes, it's really hot in South Louisiana.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Kallie Meets the Cousin

Last night at Morgan's family birthday party, my sister-in-law, Connie, brought over her little toy poodle, Chloe. Connie calls our animals "the cousins." So Brooke brought over our new kitty, Kallie, to meet Cousin Chloe.

Chloe was more excited about the meeting than Kallie was. I suppose Kallie was confused because Chloe was much smaller than the Poodles she is used to.

But the introduction went pretty well. I think a few more times and these two will be playing together like best buds.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy To You!!!

Today, my baby turned 12!

When your baby, your youngest child, the very lastest one, is a dozen years old, you cannot be classified as a "young mother." Not by any stretch. :::sigh:::
And for her birthday, she received a digital camera. A PINK digital camera. Her request.
And clothes. And money to take on the trip to the beach with her friend this weekend. And Mike and Ike's to eat on the way. Because what is a birthday without tooth decay?
Happy Birthday, Morgan. I love you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Can We Do Something Just Once, Please?

I'm thinking the answer is no.

Today we go from this...... this.
The fireplace people came out and put on the fireplace's face plate and doors. Which were scratched. "No problem," Mr. Fireplace Guy says. "They send this little can of handy-dandy spray paint to fix that." So now the face plate looks like it has been spray painted with black glitter paint. Not gonna work. Of course, the replacement one will be out in three weeks.
This is no longer fun. Can anything just be right the FIRST time?
Don't answer that.

Monday, July 21, 2008

99° With a Wind Chill of 105°

This was the forecast I saw on my computer today. Wind chill? 105? Really?

Yes, it truly was 99°. I guess it's better than the other day, when the "wind chill" was 108.

Well, to ward off that wind chill, I had better show a picture of my fireplace with it's new surround.

There. Don't we all feel warmer?

Sunday, July 20, 2008


My tub has been installed! Hurray!

My little neighbor came over to see the tub, which Steve had filled with water and plugged in to check the jets, and decided it was missing something.....

There! Now it's perfect!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Beautiful Sight

Today, I show you one of the most beautiful sights I think I may have ever seen.

Are you thinking I've lost my mind? Why would I think a ditch with PVC pipe is a beautiful thing?

Because it means our sewer line is being hooked up, that's why! And now they can do the driveway and we can FINALLY get our last inspection. Hurray!

This is the trench for our buried electrical lines. I'm glad to see them, too! They'll also be underneath the concrete drive.

Steve is oh, so ready for the house to be finished.

Although "finished" is a relative term for a homeowner, don't you agree?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cat Wrestling, Stewart-Style

While Libby has semi-tolerated the new kitten, Kallie (okay, hissing and growling every time Kallie looks at her - is that semi-tolerant?), Stewart has actively enjoyed playing with her.

It is funny how he has learned how to play gently with her and she always comes back for more. Kallie simply adores Stewart.

Today they were wrestling in the hallway. First Kallie attempts to "sneak up" on Stewart.

Okay, he looks like he is about to bite a hunk out of her in this photo, he really isn't. I promise. And, no, that's not a sock on my floor. Why do you ask? It's's a cat toy. Yeah, that's it! A cat toy!

And the cord in the upper right of these pictures is for an obviously unused vacuum that someone has used as a prop so people will THINK we clean house.

Note how in this photo, Stewart has just pinned Kallie with one paw. And he's looking away, as if to say, "No, I don't know anything about Kallie being in a head lock. Why would you ask?"

Look at the position of Kallie's feet! She is going for the "kangaroo kick" to poor Stewart's lower jaw. He still has her in a head lock.

Actually, when Kallie is in the bathroom during times when we can't supervise her (because of the dogs, who don't realize they are a million times larger than Kallie), she and Stewart will play footsies under the door. Or is it pawsies?

Monday, July 14, 2008

"I Am Pout"

(Okay, who knows what book the above phrase is quoted from? Extra points for the person who guesses! And no fair Googling it, either!)

Today Steve had a hospital meeting in New Orleans. While he went to his meeting, I drove to Mississippi to see my Dad, stepmom Orlene, and brother, who just arrived home from China. I haven't seen Orlene and Freddie since November - Dad since May 2007!

While I was there, my sister Anna came by as well. I'm the oldest - Anna is the second girl, and third child. Brooke snapped a picture of "us big girls" and Dad.

Dad rapidly slid into "silly." We'll blame it on jet lag. This time. :::grin:::

So we decided to all be silly. We decided to be "pout." Don't we do a good pout?

Morgan can do a good one as well. You can tell she has practiced a lot.

Orlene, on the other hand, is obvious NOT "pout." She's almost always cheerful and smiling. It's okay. We love her anyway.

Final Day of Virtual Hostess Club

Today is the last day for our Virtual Hostess Club. Here are our last entries. From Mary:

And from Angie:

And some from Arianna. (I just HAD to include the one of her adorable son looking at the layout. He's such a cutie!)

Thanks, girls, for all the great projects! I've enjoyed seeing them!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday Happenings

We had an Adventure today! We got to go to the New House and sit on the Porch to watch.....

Daddy on the Roaring Tractor! Mommy said he's smoothing the ground for the driveway. We don't know why they need a driveway. What's wrong with running through the mud?

We think he enjoys playing Tractor Man!

Here's a picture of the backsplash in Mommy's Kitchen. She says the under cabinet lights and the stovetop will be installed tomorrow.

The cabinet maker came and put Mommy's seeded glass in the cabinet doors.

We like seeded glass! It looks like raindrops on the window, which is good for licking! Only these are too high. I don't think Mommy would let us lick these cabinets, though.

We don't know why the bathtub is not here. Cosette looked and looked. We know we've seen it before, but some Person must have moved it. It wasn't us!

Now we're going to let Mommy say something. It's about scrapbooking and we don't know anything about that.

Ginger here. I'm still getting pictures of projects for the Virtual Hostess Club! My gals have had quite a busy week with all the scrappin' and stampin'! I've been so tickled to see all they have done. Here are some projects from Heather.

Just a few more days, so keep up the good work, ladies!

Friday, July 11, 2008

More From Mary

My Hostess Club member, Mary, is just on the ball. She said she stayed up until 4:30 a.m. doing all this! She's quite determined and obviously has been inspired! I'm so impressed with all she did.

And I have NO CLUE why all the pictures but one came out microscopic! I saved them all in the same manner from Snapfish, where Mary had posted the pictures. Sorry about that. But they are cute anyway!