Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quacking up

Those who know me well know that for over a decade of my life I lived to show dogs. We had MANY dogs. We added a shop to our property with indoor/outdoor runs for the dogs (and a big honking workshop for Gene, but he sold me on the idea by pitching it as good for the dogs). We invested almost as much money (maybe more) as we did time on the dogs, equipment, and entry fees to the shows.

Let's just say that things have changed. While there is nothing wrong with showing dogs, showing dogs being the REASON you think you live might be a little skewed. So, we've reset our moral compasses. We only have 5 dogs (I know! You're thinking that is still a whole lot of dogs!!!), and we don't need all the dog equipment we have. Gene probably would have gladly put it on the curb for anyone to pick up. I would have gladly gone to my grave with it still neatly in the shop. Since I can't take it with me when I am gone, though, I gave in.

Gene placed an ad on Craig's List, and the response has been overwhelming. And, ummm, interesting. You need to know that there are people out there who will call out of random curiosity. Those same people may come by just to look. Some of those people will swear they will come back with cash in hand for "this, that & that, too." You may never hear from these people ever again. Or you may hear from them a week later when you've given up on them and sold those items to someone else.

Some folks will want a price, "If I buy the whole lot" which I think they should stop being lazy & just add it up their own darned self. People! This is already deeply discounted!!! All of it is in good to excellent condition. I try to be patient. I just have to share the most unusual email, though:

"Do you have pictures of anything that could be used for duck housing? I currently am in need of houses for 8 ducks…"

Ya'll. Seriously. We do NOT have a quack house.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Loves & Hates

Here's a list of some of Lydia's favorite things:
  • Popsicles
  • sidewalk chalk
  • bubbles
  • WATER!
  • Chickfila
  • but her number one, favorite thing? Locking doors! Oh, the JOY of running ahead of someone through an open door, slamming it shut and locking it!!!! What could be better? It's just too funny, isn't it? I know. There are those little keys that come with the door knobs, and we used to store them on top of the door frame. I, however, am short, and this is not easy for me to access. I finally wised up and got some of that yellow putty stuff and put it on the side of the door frame out of Lydia's reach but within mine.
Tonight, Gene was sitting on our upper deck which is located just off our bedroom. Lydia and I went out for just a few minutes (too hot & humid to enjoy for long), and then we went down stairs to watch a video before bed. I got a text from Gene, "Tell Lydia she's funny" I was about to reply, "huh?" when it occurred to me that she had locked him out on the upper deck. You can't climb down, there is no other entry than the sliding glass doors. I think I was both horrified AND laughing. I guess I will just have to be extra careful not to let her be inside while I'm out on the upper deck. Yikes!

So what does Lydia hate? And I don't mean she has a dislike for, I mean deep and abiding hatred: the car wash. You can scarcely get in the car without her mentioning that she doesn't want to go to the car wash. She talks about them as we drive past them, and there are a surprising number of car washes in our home town. I have no idea why she doesn't like them. We've only been to 2-3 with her. She is not afraid of water spray in her face. Oh, well. There's no explaining some things.

Friday, June 4, 2010

LaLa Land

It's not what you think. You see, when Lydia was younger, she referred to herself as LaLa because she couldn't say Lydia. LaLa has morphed into someone else, though. She's that little busybody who is always doing something wrong. Lydia is constantly telling us about LaLa's misdeeds or what LaLa says.

Lydia, however, continues to amuse us with funny things she says:

1. Mommy! Mommy! This cherry doesn't have a handle (stem)!
2. No, Mommy. It's not cotton farming it's cotton candy!
3. "This one is blue. This one is purple. This one is green. This one is yellow. And those are your options." She was showing all her plastic spoons to someone - LaLa maybe?
4. She used consequently in a sentence, too, which sort of blew my mind.

I'm going to have to start carrying something around to write these down so I can remember them.

Oh! And Lydia went to her first concert last week. Lulu, who is MY best friend and in no way related to LaLa, took us to see Kris Allen. Lydia had a super time with Grace Ann. They shared cotton candy, popcorn, and M&Ms.

Finally, a prayer request: please pray for our friend, Tim & his family. Tim is undergoing tests & we want good results!