1 year ago today…

Today is the day that the house I grew up in burned down.

My parents are doing ok now. They have a new house now, are settled in comfortably.
They just put up a new garage at the new place.

You can check up on them at Mom’s Blog.

News about my folks

Well, seeing that mom has posted about it, I can’t be the one to jynx things.

Yep, it’s the new house. Looks like my folks found a place they like on Loveless Lake a few miles from the old house. I made this model from the one photo that mom posted on her blog. I have no idea what the back and far side of the house looks like.

House coming down

So the house was torn down this last week.

Not much to say, the pictures tell it all.

 This is why us kids want our folks to build here – even with the heavy equipment, dumpster, and pile of rubble, just look at that yard.

 Beauty amidst the destruction.

The Lack of an Internet Connection is driving me nuts!

I haven’t gotten an internet connection yet since I have moved. I have been using the internet access I have over the cell phone, but it’s less then reliable, and frankly, frustrating as all get out to use.

Lots of big news. The house came down yesterday. Dad called me today, he is picking rocks out of the basement walls to use for building the new fireplace. If you have a nice, fireplacey looking rock you want rid of, drop it off at the house or with me. Mom sent photos, but they are the size of a postage stamp, so I asked her to resend me larger ones. I will post them when I get a real internet connection.

I have been well. Work is great. Katie came and visited over the weekend. She went home on monday. That sucks!

Week in Review

It’s been a busy week!
Sorry about the lack of photos, I still haven’t gotten my desktop set up. It has the memory card reader in it.

Last weekend I spent a bunch of time with CVS, it was his birthday, a bunch of us went out to eat. It was good times. I had met everyone but one at least once, so it was good seeing old friends again.

I went to a grocery store this week on some co-workers suggestion. Elgin Fresh Market. They said it has great prices for produce and nothing else. I must say I agree. A can of corn was a $1.37, but mangos where a dozen for four bucks and some change. I picked up the veggies I needed to make a pot-roast out of a steak Katie had bought that the cats tried to ruin. I had gone to my parents 2 weekends ago, and when I came back, the freezer door was open. The steak was defrosted, but still cool, so I figured it was safe. The Chicken, no way!

The roast turned out really well. I invited a guy from work over for dinner. Trying to make new friends. He is a pretty cool guy. Likes camping, so we have something in commmon. Before he came over (he works later then I do) I did a rushed pickup of the apartment, so it’s actually kinda clean, well, at least picked up. Most all of the trash got hauled out, and you can walk around in it. He helped me move the TV tank into it’s spot in the TV stand. I am going to get water in that next week so I can get fish for it in a month or two.

It’s been raining out the last couple of days. I walk to work – it’s only a block away. My feet got wet today. I hate wet feet. My shoes are shot – the lowers are worn so bad they look like slicks, and they evendently split at the ball of the foot during the move. The uppers where still in good shape, I actually took care of them, so I was milking the bottoms out as long as I could. Wet feet, time for new shoes.

I went to walmart tonight, and found the pair I like. They look nice, almost like dress shoes, as I wear them to work. Waterproof and steal toe, they also claim to be electrical isolators. Sweet! Right up my alley. Kinda spendy, $52.73, and I picked up a set of gel arch supports for $5.97. $60 for shoes that, judging from my last pair will last me a year and a half or so. That works out to be, what, ten cents a day? So my shoots cost me a penny an hour. I can deal with that.

I also picked up a couple of fish, most all of mine died during the trip – there went my perfect shipping record. I had forgotten to plug in the tank heater one night, and the tank got really cold. Anyway, I was down to my Pleco and a femail guppy. Too few to feed with my automatic feeder, I simply can’t turn it down that low. So I picked up to quarter sized angel fish and a male guppy. Still a bit thin for the feeder, but the angels should grow fast enough that it will be ok. The guppies will probably get moved before the angles are big enough to tear the male up, so I am not worried about that.

I had hoped to be able to water-change my way into local water before I bought fish, but that isn’t the case. I am going to be acclimating the fish slowly to the Florida water. Tney are getting put into a bucket tonight with just enough water to cover the heater. Most of it will be the water from the pet store. Right before I got to bed, they will be getting a few cups from the tank. When I get up, maybe a quart. Lunch, a quart or more, and into the tank they will go tomorrow night before I leave for my folk’s place.

Going to the folk’s this weekend. Maybe. It’s supposed to snow pretty bad tomorrow I guess. I am supposed to help mom go through the house being that it’s her weekend off. They are wanting to get the last of the salvageable stuff out and a list of what’s still inside so they can buldoze the place.

I need to get the oil changed on the truck, it’s been like 6k miles. I have been so busy with the move, and now this week, working late, that It hasn’t been taken in. The smell from the fish tank spilling in the truck is gone (at least to my nose, but I don’t smell very well [hrmm, that doesn’t sound quite right – LOL]). I guess mom will have to stick her head in the truck and see if it still makes her eyes water.