Saturday, April 21, 2007

Rainy days and Saturdays

We got word yesterday that DH's brother has passed away in Colorado after many years of illness. He was Hunny's hero growing up - 11 years older and of course those guys are the best. That and a rainy day today has made things real low energy here, so we've just been puttering, napping, watching TV and doing not much. I worked on borders a bit, but kept losing my train of inspiration.
It was a good day to talk on the phone tho, so I did that a lot! The mailman brought me goodies too; wonder how hard it would be to arrange goodies in the mail every day?

These are an e-bay purchase made when I was bored and not sleeping one night. Pretty colored jewels! I can't resist when something is all co-ordinated like that. My other pastime is this puzzle, a Rebecca Barker Quiltscapes scene, a gift from my friend Leslie.

It's been spread out on this coffee table for more than a month, and I fidget with it a bit here and there. It has 1000 pieces, and it is hard! The puzzle shapes are strange, and there are a lot of 'em! It's been real fun tho, because everyone who comes in has to sit and try to place a couple pieces.
My funny story of the day has to do with this rain, and the recent extensive work we've done in our front yard. This yard has always flooded badly whenever it rains, and part of the landscaping process was a lot of grading to take care of that problem. Today is the first decent rain we've had, so I peeked out to see how it's handling the rain. And the upper part of the yard was flooded! What the heck.... grab shoes and umbrella and head out there. HA! As it develops, the house next door which is a bit higher elevation than ours, has runoff water coming down their drive. Part of it just runs into the street and into the roadside ditch, but the underground pipe that carries their downspout water from the whole house stops short of the street, so all of it has been pouring into our yard, causing flooding. I grabbed a shovel and did a quick diversion, then stomped in to talk to my DH. "You have got to go talk to that kid! His runoff water is flooding our yard!" and Hunnys says, "What should I say to him?" Me - "You're his father - take him out behind the barn!" ROFL -- yes, that neighbor is our DS1, who lives there with his wife and 5 children. Hee hee -- I had to laugh. All that tractor work, and I fixed it with a shovel in 5 minutes. It has continued to rain with vigor all day, but the flooding is gone.
Now it's time for a nice fire, some dinner and a glass of wine and off to bed.........
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Quilting Journey said...

Lots and lots of hugs from my heart to both you and your hunny (and your whole family...) for the loss of your special 'hero' (((big hugs))). Losing someone you love is the hardest thing in the world. And your hosy neighbor/son...well, he must think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and was just watering it for you!

Quilting Kim said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Great looking goodies that you received in the mail, what do you have in mind for them?

Loved the story about your neighbor (DS), so did DH take him out behind the barn?

Carole said...

I'm sorry to read about your loss. As for the rain, I cannot think of a better way to spend a rainy day than by sitting by a fire drinking wine. Add a hand project and you have more than perfection! Enjoy!

Leigh said...

So sorry that you have had such sadness.
I hope the goodies cheered you up a bit. They look lovely. Hugs

Rosy said...

Another painful event in your lives,I am sorry for your loss. This is a tough time for you all.
Good story about your "neighboor"!
One day my DGD said she wanted to think of a business that no one else had and it would make her rich. I told her to have a business that people could subscribe to that she would send them a surprise in the mail, that would be from a list that would be submitted! Hence....a personel shopper that uses your money! Well, what is said at Grandma's stays at Grandma's! LOL

Samantha said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes.

Andi said...

My sympathies on your family's loss.

I enjoy puzzles too, but they can't be left out with kitties in the house!