Sunday, February 26, 2006


These shadows on the snow in our back yard intrigued me. I felt compelled to capture them.

I can't believe that February is almost over! Winter hit full force after our weirdly warm January. We had several -15 to -20F nights. We have also made up for the lack of snowfall and have over 2 ft on the ground.

I guess I've skipped the winter doldrums associated with this month by staying busy. I feel rejuvenated after tackling some cleaning and organizational chores I've been avoiding.

I've managed to clear the clutter in our bedroom and den. I even made dresser scarves from the material I bought 6 months ago. The den is now an organized area for Z to study in, complete with a new computer monitor that doesn't fade out every few minutes. I also sorted and filed Z's completed assignments. I still need to file the future assignments that I have prepared, but who wants to be too organized?

L and I thoroughly cleaned the fridge and the oven. The guys have even been making an effort at keeping their clutter off the kitchen counters. Z has been picking up after himself in the living room, but his room is worse than ever. I guess his room will be our first March project.

I read The Chronicles of Narnia, and enjoyed them much more than I could have in grade school.

I re-started my search for L's adopted brother. I'm actually getting somewhere this time. I'll keep you posted if my search is successful.

Last fall I had my boss' contractor figure an estimate for a GARAGE. He finally gave me the figures last week. The figures are well within our expectations, so we're on their construction list for this summer. Now I have to get a building permit. Hopefully we won't need a variance.

Z and L have been cooking one dinner, every weekend this month. Since they can't always agree on what to cook, they have decided to cook dinner on BOTH Saturday and Sunday nights. That way they each get to choose a menu. YES!!

Hopefully, our ambition will continue through March!


At 2/27/2006 6:28 PM, Blogger SME said...

Beautiful picture! I'm putting that on my desktop.
I read the Chronicles of Narnia a couple years ago. I wasn't too impressed. What did you think of the end, when the other kids go to "heaven" and Susan gets left behind? I thought that was a little odd.

At 2/27/2006 6:56 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Susan became an unbeliever.

Know what's funny about that picture? It's where we dump the dog poo in the summer. ;)

At 2/27/2006 7:16 PM, Blogger SME said...

Oh, nice! Thanks for not including any of that. :D
WHY would Susan become an unbeliever? And why didn't he just say that, instead of saying she was too busy with parties and boys? It seemed a little sexist to me.

At 2/27/2006 7:16 PM, Blogger Davey said...

Well. I was going to say some nice words about the picture. LOL. I love the post I can almost feel the spring. Even your thoughts were orginized!! Just kidding. Martha and I saw the Chronicles movie.I was not very inpressed, she loved it. I read the books to Martha when we were first dating so I guess it was the perfect topping for that cheesy time in our lives. Stay warm and most of all watch out for doggy doo.

At 2/27/2006 7:23 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

I can't BELIEVE the ENERGY you have!!!

Holy crap! That is marvelous!!!!

Your post gave me energy too. Fortunately I'm gonna sleep it off ;)

At 2/27/2006 7:26 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sorry to destroy your illusions Davey. Maybe it's a lesson...we should try to find beauty in EVERYTHING.

SME, see what happens when you party with boys! ;)
I also don't think that Susan was on the train. It wasn't her time yet.

At 2/27/2006 7:29 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I couldn't believe it either Bridg. I'll probably "sleep it off" in March. LMAO!

At 2/27/2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Maybe that's what I need to do to feel better - do those damn cleaning projects I've been putting off. Good picture, by the way. :-)

I'd take snow over the rain and wind we are supposed to have all week. Blech!

At 2/28/2006 1:05 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Beautiful pic. I know that when I finally get up off my butt and organize something it gives me energy to do more. It feels good to have things in order.

I have such a long way to go.

At 2/28/2006 1:09 AM, Blogger European said...

I don't remember picking up on Susan being left out in the end. Hmm. Perhaps a try for a not too saccharine happy ending?
Weather/climate is a crazy thing. Out here, it just finally started to rain. February is supposed to be our wettest month and, well, the wildfires have been driving us crazy. *shakes head*
Global warming though? Totally doesn't exist, right?

At 2/28/2006 8:12 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

Nice photo. I have never read The Chronicles of Narnia, but I guess I should.

At 2/28/2006 1:28 PM, Blogger SME said...

OH, come on! If I didn't party with boys, I would never have met Richard! Heehee.

At 2/28/2006 6:48 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Notta, the only problem with doing ONE cleaning project, is that it leads to 100 MORE! Maybe that's why I put this stuff off?

Monica, I can tolerate dust and dog hair, but clutter drives me WILD!

Euro, I didn't notice it until SME mentioned it. I never really liked Susan, so I guess I didn't miss her at the end.

ZF, what kind of librarian are you? ;)

SME, I don't think stealing his chair counts as partying. ;)

At 2/28/2006 9:06 PM, Blogger Candace said...

Lovely pic!! Esp. sans the doggie doo. ;o)

I have yet to see the film, but have loved the books ever since my sainted (OK, that's pushing it since he got excommunicated from his church and is now an atheist) cousin sent my sis and me the books when I was 7. I think they were my first real fiction.

How can you live in MN and NOT have a garage?!?!? Brrrrr! You definitely need a garage. It makes a great walk-in (out?) fridge in the winter, too. ;o) Otherwise things freeze and the critters eat your cookie-dough and buckeyes and whatnot.

At 2/28/2006 9:29 PM, Blogger FunkyB said...

That pic is incredibly beautiful!

At 2/28/2006 9:45 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Candace, having a garage will mean that we won't have to wait for nice days to use our table saw or work on stain/paint projects. Plus L won't have to brush the snow off the truck at 5:30 a.m. ;)

Thanks Funky! That means a LOT, coming from YOU!!

At 2/28/2006 10:16 PM, Blogger Candace said...

Yes - those are great benefits!

At 3/01/2006 10:00 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

That is a nice pic, tshsmom.

Isn't it nice to be cooked for? You're very lucky!

At 3/01/2006 2:42 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

It certainly is, WC! I enjoy cooking, but it does get to be a grind. Especially when one of my guys wrinkles up his nose and says-"I didn't feel like that tonight".

At 3/01/2006 3:16 PM, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

wow! Enjoy those don't-have-to-make-dinner night while you can!
It's sorta tricky when Dan makes dinner--I get stuck cleaning up after him and he's such a messy cook! I'm one of those cooks that clean as they go...

At 3/01/2006 4:06 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Cleaning up is part of the deal, Sadie. I'm a clean as you go cook too. The guys aren't. :(
They discovered that if they kick me out of the kitchen until they're done, everything goes a LOT smoother. ;)

At 3/01/2006 5:09 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Our rule at home was whoever cooks doesn't clean. It caused a lot of tension.

At 3/01/2006 6:14 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

That system doesn't encourage tidy cooking practices, does it WC?

At 3/01/2006 6:37 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

You did get a great shadow picture. The shadows are so long at this time. I never read Narnia as a kid. I was probably about 30, and enjoyed as I do most fantasy stories.

At 3/01/2006 8:51 PM, Blogger SME said...

Well, OK, that probably doesn't qualify as partying exactly. What can I say, I'm boring. ;D

At 3/01/2006 9:27 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks Squirl! I was too late to get a fabulous pine tree shadow. :(

Like mother, like daughter, SME.

At 3/01/2006 9:50 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

I am SO glad to see you have snow cover up there. We have had none here all winter. I am supposed to go canoeing in the UP and northern Wisc teh first week of June, and I was beginning to worrry about the water levels!

At 3/01/2006 10:13 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

GWB, the middle of the state really got hit last week. Duluth got a foot of snow. I assume that N Wisconsin got the same.

At 3/04/2006 2:31 PM, Blogger Sagepaper said...

Wow! Have I been missing out! I LOVE that picture. I'm weird; I think the doggie doo underneath improves its poetic value. Kind of like all things being welcome under a pristine blanket. The temperatures actually make me nostalgic for the North.

Then again, when I lived in Billings, MT I honestly was not warm, ever, for over two months. We just had better cold and worse cold. I got to almost normal crawling under covers atop a heated waterbed. Still, I wasn't warm.

I loved the Chronaicals of Narnia. I, too, don't remember the Susan thing. I liked the movie. I thought the idea of "Farther up and Farther in" was fascinating. It conjured a thought of the afterlife as being an ongoing process, not just a destination.

Your efforts and success in your home are so neat, as well as inspiring. I know that gave each of you a real boost! The dinner thing is a wonderful family tale. It sounds like they aren't spending days dreading their turn to cook. It sounds like an enjoyable family routine.

After many years of depressed indifference about our house, I have suddenly found myself eagerly making to-do lists. I wrongly overextended the degree of disability from my back and lung problems.

It helps that I finally got into a pain management program. There is a LOT that I can do, with patience and forethought. I haven't moved beyond lists and enthusiasm yet, but I am perhaps on your heels as you lead the way.

Even here in Georgia, our garage is a bit of a fridge. It would not be good for food safety, but keeps my soft drinks at just the right temperature. I like my beverages neither too hot nor too cold. ou are so together, I am sure you already have garage-use planned. Do beware clutter-creep which could push the car back into the drive way.

Also, I am an over-wiring nut. Construction is the best time to get everything you might later need. I would want a good circuit with outlets everywhere, so at least one will always be convenient. You might even put a 220 in, just in case. Phone jacks prewired for at least two lines in at least three places would be good. Nut that I am, I would throw in at least one cable jack -- never know how far high-speed Internet access will take us.

It is a significant indulgence, but not that bad. The workmanship will be better and safer than ad hoc add-ons later. I have never regretted doing this. It has proved itself worthwhile repeatedly, and I have never been inconvenienced by an unused outlet or jack.

Oh, yeah! EXCELLENT picture. That's way worth repeating!

At 3/04/2006 6:25 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sage, keeping busy really helps me pull out of a depression. I love to be able to see what I've accomplished at the end of the day. Keep your to-do lists small, so you don't feel overwhelmed.

We're planning on putting 220 service in our garage. We're even putting outlets in the ceiling!

The contractor will also be leveling and re-roofing our 12x16 shed. He thought this was rather foolish, as we'd have plenty of room in the garage. I told him that we didn't want to clutter up the garage with all the bikes, mowers, and camping gear. You can NEVER have too much storage!

At 3/05/2006 4:25 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

So what are garages in your neck of the woods costing these days? We'd love to put in a new 2-car garage but fear the estimates. I don't even have a clue as to ballpark figures.

At 3/06/2006 3:27 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, we're getting a 24x32 garage, with concrete floor, metal roof, 2-9ft doors, 1 steel entrance door and 1 window, for $20,000 It will have siding and trim on the outside. WE will insulate and sheet the inside next year. This price doesn't include wiring.
This price also includes reroofing our 12x16 shed, and leveling the shed with concrete pillars.
Concrete is the most expensive part of the whole project.

At 3/07/2006 1:53 AM, Blogger Scrubs & Shines said...

I love the effect your photo has, a relaxing effect. After looking at L recipe on muffins he sent me recently, you got to consider yourself blessed and thankful of all the cooks in the kitchen... bon appetit!!!

At 3/07/2006 5:30 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

We're STILL waiting for those muffins Doug! ;)

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