Fun in the sun…

Today is all about the pool.

I should have gotten up earlier but it was 9:00 by the time I got myself into the backyard.  I had my leveling board, level, tape measure and shovels all ready.  I measured the area found the center and started leveling from there.  I got half way around and realized that I needed to start over.  I remeasured, looked at my area and moved the center to a more level part of the yard.  After an hour or so and several breaks I got the yard pretty level.

No that’s not us, but I always get a kick of how cheesy the stock photos look.

We ran some errands around lunchtime, watched the Olympic trials for diving and then prepared to get the pool up and running.  We went back out around 3:00, give or take a few minutes and starting putting water in the pool around 3:45.  The pool was mostly filled by about 6:30.

We swam and relaxed between about 5:00 and 7:00.  It was a bit of work but definitely worth it.  Boo had a great time and Sully really enjoyed being in the pool.

I was back to being excited.  I feel like this summer we are able to give Boo some of those things we weren’t able to do before.

June+1 My June +1 for today is working in the yard.  One of the selling points for getting the pool is the fact that I knew it would make us want to work on the yard.


Blame me…

It really is my fault.

This week was all about getting through the WTF moments that kept cropping up.  I told myself don’t start anything new, work on finishing stuff I already started.  In that regard, I had a fabulous week, a few things got done including the photos and frames.  I had the same basic plan going into the weekend.   Work on finishing stuff around the house and don’t start anything new.

The only problem with that plan is that I appear to lack the ability to stay focused.

Friday in the midst of the car breaking down drama and talking to Boo about going swimming with Aunt Lily another day we discussed swimming pools.  I sarcastically asked Sully how much a pool would cost.   He took me seriously for a moment and then we were interrupted by the car stuff again.  Later that night I thought about it again and wondered why we couldn’t get a small above ground pool.   I grew up with them and spent all day everyday during the summer either in the pool or around it.  My parents took great care of the pool, my dad even built a deck on one side so people could sit and relax on the side or just stick their feet in.  He made gates to cover the underneath part so we could use it for storage.  It was pretty cool.

When we got home Friday night, I suggested it to Sully.  We talked briefly before Boo wandered in babbling about something.  I wake up this morning and all I can think of it getting a pool.  A little online research and I find that the smaller pools are around $100.  I finally corner Sully and he’s totally for it.  OMG, I am so excited, like I am about to cry excited, so completely ridiculous.  We  picked up the pool Saturday afternoon, ran some other errands and then came home to eat dinner.

After dinner, I was thinking about what needed to be done to get the pool installed and looked at the house.  Oy!  I did it again!  I have all of this stuff to do in the house and I started another damn project.  My irritation pretty much snuffed out my excitement over the pool.  Blerg…

This next week I have to, have to, HAVE TO get some of this stuff done and taken care of, or I am going to just go nuts.  Seriously, have to get it done.

June+1My June +1 for today will be a recap of how things went this last week.  Oddly enough, I did pretty well last week.  Physically, I was full on with my arm/leg workouts and stretching.  Mentally, I am still reading daily, I took a nap one day and over all I am taking better care of myself.  I need to write more but I am thinking about it everyday, which is a step in the right direction.  This week, I need to do a better job drinking water and eating healthy but all in all I am looking at last week as a positive.



Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…

Boo and I were up early to go to Aunt Lily’s to swim again.

Sully left for work and about twenty minutes later I got a call from him that he was pulling off of the freeway.  His car had broken down again, seriously?  Boo and I got dressed in a hurry and took care of the critters so that we could go rescue Sully.  Just before we left he called back to say that he thought it was just a flat tire, so we could hold off on the tow truck.

He was right it was just a flat tire but we still had to call a tow truck because we couldn’t get the lug nuts to budge.  Luckily, Sully had pulled off the road about a mile from his mom’s house.  We were able to go there to coordinate the tow truck and repairs.

It’s Friday, so Boo and I were already going to be going to lunch and spending the day with Gramma, it was just going to be after swimming, not instead of.  We spent the day hanging out and watching TV, we caught up on a few shows and watched a movie.  Overall, it was a nice time.

Boo told me that she thought going to Aunt Lily’s to swim was jinxed.  I will have to figure out a way of fixing that impression.  I spent most of the day feeling stressed and frustrated.  It’s just been one of those weeks.   I need to work on that too.

June+1My June +1 for today was nodding and smiling.  It’s not much but coping with a stressful situation is a good thing.  I have accepted that sometimes all you can do is nod and smile.



Crafty fun…

Over the weekend I finally remembered to talk to Sully about looking through pictures.  Several years ago we bought three sets of frames, each set had one 8×10, one 5×7, two 4×6 frames and two 3×5 frames.  We had them up for a few years and then took them down a couple of years ago when we were redecorating.  I had planned on changing out the pictures and rehanging them but I wasn’t sure where.

After Christmas, I suggested a spot in the great room where we had some 10×13 potraits of Boo from when she younger.  Sully agreed that the frame sets would look good there.  I’ve  been tripping over the frames since then and I was determined to get it done this week.  Sully and I looked through our photos, picking from our trips to Disneyland.

Most of our photos are digital so I got my groovy photo printer out.  It’s an HP Photosmart A826, and it prints 4×6 and 5 x 7 photos, holiday cards, wallet-size photos and panoramas .  I got it for Christmas a few years ago and haven’t used it much.  It was fun to finally get to use it.

You can plug it into your computer, use memory cards or a USB drive to access your photos.  I did see a blue tooth section in the settings, I need to check it out.

I framed the photos over the weekend while we watched funny movies.  Sully and I had picked out photos for the smaller frames but we weren’t sure what to put in the  8×10 frames.  I came across pictures we took at the Disneyland Hotel in 2008.

There is a large Mickey Mouse statue outside and we each took a picture of us sitting between his feet.  I had shown them to Sully and he had said that we should get a collage frame or something nifty for them.

I thought of something nifty.  We each picked out an additional photo to go with our Mickey statue picture.  I used scrapbook paper and my Cricut to make pages for the 8×10 frames.

This set of frames didn’t have hangers on the back, they have the backing with the stand.  I decided to try using the 3M Command velcro-like hanging strips.   I want to say I was pleasantly surprised by how easy hanging the frames but I can’t.  That’s only because I already love the 3M Command products and would have been shocked if they didn’t work.

I need to do some basic adjusting to get everything level but I think it looks good.



I used my Cricut to make this.  I hung it with our 8×10’s with the scrapbook pages.

Sully had this divided frame from work and I thought it would be perfect for my Peace, Love and Mickey Mouse art.




It was my test run for the one I wanted to use for the front plate on my mom van.  About a month ago I ordered a plain white license plate on Amazon for less than $4 including shipping.  I used my Cricut and cut the shapes out of vinyl.  I just peeled off the backing and smoothed them out.




*** Update***  New Disneyland License frame!


June+1My June +1 is that I took a nap today.  I listened to my body and actually took the time to  relax and nap.



Celebrating summer…


As the sun spirals its longest dance,
Cleanse us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny

Wiccan blessing for Summer


 It’s difficult in Arizona to celebrate the summer, at least for me.  I have a hard time with the temperatures over 110 degrees.  I can stand them, function in them but it’s not my favorite thing.  I’ve already mentioned my other issues in a previous post.  What I have discovered though is that I do pretty well if I have something to look forward to.  This year it’s the trip to San Diego next month.  I am very excited and really looking forward to cooler weather, time at the beach and time with Boo and Sully.

I hope everyone has something to look forward to this summer.


June+1My June +1 for today was enjoying the summer weather.  I sat at Boo’s swim class watching her in the water and really enjoyed the moment.