23. I’m thankful for my grandparents. Bill and Martha were the best. They gave us all, and there are a lot of us, such a great sense of family and fun and strength and curiosity and acceptance and love. I’ve written about them here and here and here and so many other times on this blogContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – Twenty-Three”
Missing people just plain sucks. I’m sad. I just finished watching a video about the School of Piano Technology in Vancouver, Washington. And no, pianos themselves don’t make me sad, just in case you were wondering. What just made me sad was missing my dad. My relationship with my dad was… complicated. My parents divorcedContinue reading “Missing People Just Plain Sucks”
I started writing this on Father’s Day and was, as can happen, distracted by actual life events. Visits from family and then traveling can do that. I had nearly forgotten about this post until I noticed it idling there, the red “draft” sitting beside it in my post queue. It was important to me toContinue reading “Fathers”
I’d never owned a house. I was, until I met Karen, a gypsy of sorts. I moved and moved all up and down the valley, over to the beach, down to Southern Oregon, and back to the valley. When a person moves so much they tend to pare down. Meaning I also didn’t have muchContinue reading “Our House Was A Home”
Wow… Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Can’t believe it. Sometimes these things sneak up on us. Not that we aren’t prepared, we are. It’s just that I can’t believe it’s already that time of year. We have entered the holiday season. And again I’ll say… wow. Now that I’m getting over my shock at the time ofContinue reading “Giving Thanks”
I just realized that it’s the beginning of October. I started blogging the beginning of October 2005. Yes folks… I’ve been at this a long long time. Sometimes I haven’t been the most consistent, going days or even a couple of weeks without a word, and truthfully this is the third blogging platform I’veContinue reading “A Look Back”
We have been here, the Northwest I mean, for 12 days. I really didn’t realize how much I love it. When a person grows up in a place and spends their whole life in that place, I think they don’t really realize how much they love it. If they do love it that is. I’veContinue reading “Oregon My Oregon”
I had a fried egg sandwich the other day. It sounds exactly like what it is… hard fried egg, two pieces of bread, loads of mayo. Yum. I don’t do this often, maybe a couple times a year, but every time I do I think of my dad. He loved them. Forrest Gilfred Parker…. bornContinue reading “Fried Egg Sandwiches, Steel Guitar, and Dad”
I had the great idea to write this lovely post all about how much you mean to me, have meant to me, and all the ways you continue to be amazing, but now that I’m sitting here at the keyboard I’m a bit lost. Let’s just start with how much you make me smile… andContinue reading “An Open Letter to My Honey”
We went in today for the first of two pushes in my last consolidation round. Had to be there at 8:00 this morning, which is tough for a girl who is used to getting up some time between 8:00 and 9:00, but I did it. Drove in, had the blood draw at 8:00, killed someContinue reading “First Push, Last Round”
Yep folks… came home yesterday, for those who didn’t already see it on Facebook. Sorry I didn’t blog, but it was sort of a long day and I just wanted to settle in when we got back here. Now we’re back into the home routine. Hanging out… Not feeing too terrible today. I am havingContinue reading “Back Home With a New Bed”
Today we are hanging out at home. It’s nice… watching movies (currently Men in Black), staying cool, etc. Karen went to get plants for some of our flower pots earlier today (after watering the flower beds and finding the rubber boa) and Kev went to get stain applicators (they are going to stain the frontContinue reading “Home Sweet Home”
It’s Friday. What else? It’s the 9th of July… so big happy birthdays have to go out to two of my favorite guys… Arnold and Eric. Happy birthday gents… you are spectacular men and I love you both. What else does it being the 9th mean? It’s the 9th… Karen and my 7 year andContinue reading “Friday”
June 1 I went into Sunnyside Hospital and July 1 I was finally able to leave. It was a very rough last couple of weeks there. I think the chemo finally caught up with me and my system. My GI tract totally got wiped out. Meaning… loads of bad things happening. I felt terrible andContinue reading “Home Again Home Again”
Hunkering Down Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl Yep… it’s starting to get cold out there.
Additionally Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl The painted addition. It looks like the rest of the house. Yeah. Getting there… yes, we are.
Kitchen Shoot Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl Did some professional work. This is one of the shots.
Turn On Your Night Light Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl The bowl on the floor is for the dogs. It’s a little bowl of water. Yeah… we are lame. But what can we say… they love having it in the bathroom, easily accessible at night. Since this photo was taken it’s actually been moved to underContinue reading “Turn On Your Night Light”
Another Tub Shot Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl We love our tub. Here’s a great shot of it with the burgundy colored rug in front of it. Had to throw a bit o’ red into the bathroom. Also love the faucet for the tub. So cool.
Red Wall Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl Our construction left us with a new wall in our bedroom. We decided to paint the new wall a burgundy-ish color. We like it very much. We also like the built in for the TV and other do-dads. Don’t you just love the word do-dads? Or is that twoContinue reading “Red Wall”
Window Casings Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl So here is a shot after some of the crown and the majority of the window casing in the bay was finished. There are also rugs on the floor. Cool eh?
Practicing With The Wide Angle Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl I just recently procured a wide angle lens. I had a professional job as a photographer and needed it to do the shoot I was hired to do. This was me practicing with it at home to see what the scope of it was. Our bookcases…Continue reading “Practicing With The Wide Angle”
Chiminea, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Last weekend, both nights after the work was done, we all (Mom, Don, Kev, Karen, and I) sat around the chiminea chatting. Really nice way to end a hard days work. Love having this outdoor mini fireplace-ish kinda thing. Pretty terrific. So our project is coming along. After tiling willContinue reading “Chiminea”
A Dip In The Pool Anyone?, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Once the inspection is done the shower liner will be drained, the next layer of cement put in over the top of the liner, the wonderboard in the shower can go up, and they are ready to tile. We’re hoping tiling will actually be ableContinue reading “A Dip In The Pool Anyone?”
Wonderboard, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. The tilers started last Wednesday. Brought all of their supplies out and put them into the bathroom so Thursday they could get started with the shower pan liner and other prep work. That also meant we could put the big window in since we no longer needed to have itContinue reading “Wonderboard”