Monday, July 14, 2008

Hummers and Habits.

I know it's wrong to be prideful, but sometimes I just can't help myself. We now have not one but TWO hummers in our driveway. I know what you must be thinking. With gas prices the way they are . . . but these two are compact and run on fairly inexpensive fuel - one part sugar to four parts water. Fill up their tank and they're good to go for about a week. Have you figured out yet that there are not two Hummers in our driveway, but two hummers as in humming birds? We hung the feeder on the corner of the driveway and the carport turned patio on Friday and within 15 minutes it was humming with activity. They're much quieter than the Barney Swallow Band and they make much less of a mess. I loved those little guys, but MY WORD what a mess they left behind!

We have 2/3 of a red metal roof now! It looks awesome so far. Our house sits down off the road, so it's the first thing you see when you round the corner towards our driveway. No more ugly black/gray/missing shingles! I still can't download pictures to Blogger, so for now you'll just have to take my word for how great it looks. We've hired our friend's nephew (a 16 year old football player) to help us with some of the demolition inside the house and some of the heavier work outside. Hubby threw his back out last week and hasn't been able to do anything since so he's going to be the "supervisor" and let the young buck do all the heavy work (or so he says). Our friend,Scott, will be coming up from Florida in a few weeks to help us with the drywall and tile in the bathroom and the floor and cabinets in the kitchen as well as some other odds and ends of things. Hopefully by the end of August we'll have enough done so that we can move out of the travel trailer and into the house.

They say that three weeks makes a habit. I've been here for three weeks now and I can honestly say I don't regret the move one bit. I thought the novelty might wear off, but even with all of the rain and hubby's injury and living half in the trailer and half in the house . . . even with having to do some creative thinking to get the tractor unstuck when it bottomed out on a high spot in the bottom pasture and then find out an hour later that it's stuck again (another post) - I'm still content. Yes, I miss the people I left behind, but I don't miss the lifestyle at all. I didn't realize just how stressed both Tony and I actually were until the stress factor was cut by about 75%. I know I'll have to go out and look for a J.O.B. (still not ready to say the word out loud yet) soon, but even that isn't as scary of a proposition as it once was. I have so many options available to me and this time $$$ is not going to be the deciding factor.

Well, I have laundry to do and walls to demolish (if you've never experienced it, you don't know what you're missing!) and new things to experience and places to explore so for now . . . .

Blessings Y'all!

P. S. Grace, you really need to have a talk with your dogdaughter! She's taken a liking to chewing up my shoes and books. I'd kick her back out on the street except that she's such a good watchdog and she's so darned cute!

6 comments:

Adrienne said...

Liz, there's a real quick way to demolish walls. A chain saw! We moved into a great older house quite a few years ago. I had casually mentioned to my sweetheart as we contemplated changes to the house that someday I would like to remove the staircase wall, open it up and add a banister. All was going well on moving day until my sweetheart, his father and my father tried to get our queen-sized bed upstairs to the master bedroom. The turn into the stairway was too narrow. Our dressers wouldn't go up either. So - my sweetheart went outside to his pickup, grabbed his chainsaw and came back into the house! 'You wanted an open staircase? Well, today's the day', he said. Within minutes - through the smoke and haze the chainsaw created - an open staircase emerged. Beds and dressers were delivered to upstairs bedrooms and we were happy. I'm sure the neighbors wondered what we were doing in the house.
~Adrienne~

Nancy said...

You had me going with the "Hummers" in your driveway. Ha! I giggled out loud.

So glad you are content where God has placed you. Says a lot about your heart. I pray your husband's back mends quickly.

In Him,
Nancy

Kim's Treasures said...

Wildlife is a good thing! It is so much fun to see the different birds and animals that come to visit. Glad to hear things are coming along on the house but so sorry for your hubby's back! Have a great day!
Kim

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Where does one being to look for a J.O.B. out in the holler? Sounds like you're busy enough for all of us...a real pioneer woman. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch some reruns of "Little House."

peace~elaine

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Hummers??
Chainsaws???
Can anyone say Depends???
Thanks I really needed that!!!
I am so happy that you are happy and settlin' in!!
Grace.. behave yourself.. only chew on the really tasty shoes!!

Kim's Treasures said...

Hi Liz!
Wanted to let you know that I tagged you today! If you have time stop by and check it out!
Hugs!
Kim