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2016 Update – Part Two

It’s been quite some time since I posted any sort of update.  I’ll try to give some highlights from the past few months.  (Part One was posted yesterday)


  • I completed and shipped my brother’s wedding gift so that he received in time for his first anniversary.crocheted table runner
  • A whirlwind car trip. Sixteen days. The first leg was driving from DFW to Detroit to visit one of Bill’s cousins.  On the way we stopped at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn Indiana. Karen in her racecar.While in Detroit, we visited the Henry Ford MuseumBill at Henry Ford MuseumThe next leg was driving to upstate New York to visit extended family and friends,
    Hayes Cousins

    Hayes Cousins

    and also attend a surprise 80th birthday party for one of my aunts.

    My Mom and her sister, the birthday gal.

    My Mom and her sister, the birthday gal.

    The third leg was south to north Alabama to visit Charles, Rebecca & Liana.  And then finally back home.  We had a wonderful time and would do it again in a heartbeat, although maybe we’d shorten it by just a couple of days.  The last two days we were getting a little antsy in the car.

  • While on our trip, we closed on the sale of our Alabama trailer/property.


  • David flew to Connecticut to attend a wedding.
  • I paid down a bunch of bills from the proceeds of the Alabama sale. Oh, that felt so very good.
  • We started the process of refinancing the mortgage on our Texas home, with the goal to get it refinanced before the election. I was pretty certain rates would go up after then.
  • We bought a new lawn mower, which works really nicely on our small yard.Black and Decker Lawn Mower
  • The Neon continued to have sensors and such fail, leaving the driver (usually me!) stranded. Not fun!
  • My Texas Star Hibiscus grew and grew and grew!  And I had blossoms galore.Texas Star Hibiscus

To Be Continued….

2016 Update – Part One

It’s been quite some time since I posted any sort of update.  I’ll try to give some highlights from the past few months.


  • Kat, Fiona, & Fred came for a visit. Fred stayed for a week and then drove home to get back to work.  Kat & Fiona stayed the rest of the month and we had a lovely visit, doing lots of crafty projects and enjoying the pool.  Fiona and Grandma KarenThen, since Bill had a few vacation days coming, we took them back to Tallahassee, enjoying some car quality time.
  • We listed our Alabama trailer/property for sale.
  • I finished the afghan that I was making for our bedroom. Seashore Themed AfghanI love it!  It is so very soft and I smile every time I see the colors.


  • I insulated the garage doors with a couple of insulation kits.Insulated Garage Door
  • The whole family participated in the “Repair the Blown Head Gasket On the Neon” project, which took about a week.
  • We accepted an offer on the Alabama trailer/property.
  • The local water department installed a water pressure regulator for us, after we discovered our water pressure was in the 90s! High enough that when a valve failed in the downstairs toilet, it blew the lid off the toilet.  With the water pressure set at 70, we are having no issues with noisy pipes and have used substantially less water, which makes looking at the water bill a lot nicer.
  • I finished sewing a skirt that I had begun back in August 2013!Finished Batik Skirt


To be continued tomorrow….