Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Being Someplace Has Been Updated!

Rain gutters in the Calle Mayor in Alcalá de Henares

I just received an email notice that our Cousin Barb’s Blog “Being Someplace” has just been updated”. We rarely ever got or get to see her as she lived in Germany (for as long as I can remember) teaching English of all things. One day she informed us all that she wanted to find another country to live in. How exciting and adventurous is that! She was going to take a 1 or 2 year leave of absence from her job, sell her furniture, and pack her bags to travel the world to find another place to call home. Tunguruha volcano in Baños

Throughout this Blog are pictures of places she has been and things she has seen. All amazing to me as I rarely get to leave the county of St. Charles much less the state of Missouri! I guess you can say I am a bit envious of her courage to travel to so many different places by herself.

Pastaza River in the Amazon Basin

And wish that I could just get an ounce of her nerve. And I guess the funds to do such traveling. But I am content (for now) to owe a bank for my home and give my kids the stability of having a place to call home. Still I wonder what it would be like to just up and see strange lands and to see the amazing sites she has seen.

Galapagos tortoise (not turtle)

I read her Blog about the places she goes with “edge of your seat” anticipation to see where she goes and what she does next.

Mitad del Mundo directly on equator

"Over 100 yrs ago this was directly on the Equator. With GPS, the real pt was found about 9 km away, and strangely enough a former civilization had already confirmed this with use of the sun settings at the different times of the year." This was an blurb from one of her messages. Just full of interesting tid bits of places sh has been!

Metropolitan Banco in MadridThanks for sharing your travels and your courage with us Barb!

If you would like to see more of Barb's travels go to:

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ice, Ice Baby

Now you may seem that I have a thing about ice….well I guess I do as long as I do not have to drive in it. But I just had to share these pictures that someone set me. They are absolutely amazing! I am told there is a town in Northern China that does this every year. It is a great tourist attraction and is always beautiful. Most of them have lights inside and as you can see they are really big.

I do wish that we could get decent snow here. It seems all Missouri gets to enjoy in the winter is freezing cold. This morning when I went to work my car was reading 9 degrees outside. Now that is downright cold! So cold in fact that Felicia’s car doors once opened would not close. Of course she was upset with me that I would not let her drive to school this way, she had to hitch a ride. I did eventually get them to stay shut before I wondered off to work.

It is currently snowing now, not much just a few flurries. Devin is hoping we get some coverage as he is looking forward to sledding down the school hill.Now I have to include these following pictures as it is what the kids to best…Sleep. The puppies seem to be good alarm clocks. But one must be very careful going into “the boy’s room” as you NEVER know what kind of mess you will walk into or on. In Mikayla’s room you just never know where she has moved the furniture. She gets bored quickly with the way her room looks so she is always moving things around. It is too funny.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Old Man Winter

As some of you out of state may know from the news Missouri has once again been hit by a winter storm. But this time it was ice and a lot of it. There are tons of trees broken and split, there are thousands without power (we once again missed that one). But quite a few of our friends and coworkers were without power this weekend. Some stayed with family and others got hotel rooms (where available).
Though ice and snow are never fun to have to drive in and ice is always dangerous it is also most certainly beautiful. I was unable to get out to take a picture of our cherry trees out front, oh I wish I had they were gorgeous. I did get some of the Missouri Botanical Garden and they are breathtaking.

And of course there was no keeping the kids in the house. Friday Devin went fly fishing while it was just raining (he said it is the best time to fish). And Mikayla was out with her friends on Sunday (34° outside). I made them bundle up in many layers! Felicia opted out of driving and made her friend Nick take her to work and pick her up. She wanted no part in the ice since the last time she had an accident.

As I was coming home from work today it started snowing. I was a pretty, I wonder if we will get any kind of accumulation? Probably not, the kids will be disappointed I am sure. Even the puppies love to be out in the snow!

On a side note, I have included a link to Felicia’s senior picture. The photographer who did her pictures told me he was putting it on his website! I will be sending out some soon. I personally think they are amazing and beautiful!

And least I not forget! A belated Happy Birthday to my DAD!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mike the Builder

As most of our friends and family know, Mike does a bit of construction as a side job. It was a hobby that turned into a 2nd full time job. Most of the time he is in someone’s house doing a kitchen remodel, adding or remodeling a bathroom, putting up crown molding or finishing a basement. But now he has decided to start on our basement. I am feeling torn as I am excited at what it will look like and all the extra room not to mention I will finally get a room for my sewing and crafts that I enjoy doing. But December is always the worst time of the year as far as money goes for us. It seems that every December I watch our savings dwindle to nothingness. But he is something to watch when he gets in his “Bob the Builder” mode. He is an unstoppable beast. Alas this is what he enjoys doing and it IS improving our home, but he has Champaign taste with a beer budget I am afraid.

As he puts up walls and runs water and electric he sends me on a task to look for furniture for our “Theater Room”. I heave been to at least 10 different furniture stores, and I will have to say some of today’s furniture choices a bleak. Not many choices and as most everyone knows Mike does not want the same thing everyone else has. He wants to be different, and different comes with a price tag, or so I am finding out. So here I am milling through these stores I finally find something that I like but do not care for the print of the fabric or the color of the leather so I hunt down a sales person and ask can I get this in a different fabric or different color? Sure you can they say and immediately take me to a decorator who shows me hundreds of fabrics. After I have chosen a fabric or color of leather then I ask how much more will this be? They never want to tell you this part. I have found the perfect sofa for about $1,800 but when the “Decorator” gets done and this particular sofa turns into just under $5,000. Needless to say I said thank you but no thank you and I am still on the hunt! Oh, and do not even mention the word Theater Seating, that jumps the prices exponentially. We have (Mike has) decided that we will have a couch and two reclining chairs. No more Theater Seating (for this I am happy). I believe that I will still wait for a while as he has already changed his mind three times. So I will wait till the basement becomes closer to being finished before I take on the task of shopping for furniture again.