The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In the picture to the right you see more of those trees...truly they're everywhere. In this picture we are sitting at the intersection of one of the main drags and the road leading into where our townhouse is. On the other side of the interestion sits the mall I was talking about sometime before. If I was in really decent shape and the road wasnt so damn busy it could be an easy walking distance but to be honest, I wouldnt want to cross that road on foot. Anyhow, the purpose of these two pictures was to give you a good look at the trees. With my luck, I'll be allergic to them. It seems like any place I move there is a flowering tree that likes the aggravate the bejeezus out of my poor sinuses. In fact, the last few days have been hell even though Im taking my meds like I should. My SCSis told me that it's likely that they're Bradford Pear Trees and by the look of the pictures it's very highly possible she's right. From what Im reading it could also be the Cleveland Pear Trees or a hybrid of the two (the cross pollination has strengthened the Bradford tree and made it a sturdier tree). In any case, I may end up hating watching these flower as much as I do a magnolia or crepe myrtle. Worse yet, these flower the earliest of all the flowering trees in the area. *sigh*
As you can see by the next photo, the "kids" are finally getting used to things around here. Katy gets down the stairs well all by herself but because of her height can't manage getting back up alone. It does NOT help that the steps are only 8 inches deep and she's closer to 12-14 inches long so there really isnt enough room for her. Top things off I think the steps are about 6-8 inches in height but her legs Im guessing are only 4-6 inches long. The poor gal, gets a running start and manages 2-5 steps and ends up bopping her nose on the step's edge. Good news though! The end of last week, Dharma managed to come all the way down on her own. Hot dayum no more putting food upstairs for her. I still keep a bowl of water up for the "kids" but no food. The red bed in the picture is supposed to be Dharma's and she did well using it for a long time but she's decided she likes her sister's pillow and blanket better. This picture is odd as Katy doesnt allow her near her pillow and the only time Dharma manages to get in it is when Katy's downstairs. The other day though....I saw them together like this and it was too sweet to not grab a shot of them together.
Here are better shots of those pix hanging in my hallway. I really need to redo the outline on the purple so it matches the pink one. The picture to the left has the pink done in the colors it was meant to be done in. As you can see the burgandy came off looking blah. I was just looking online and it looks like the company that produced these no longer makes them and has decided to concentrate on just the paints and accessories and not on the lits anymore. This means Im going to have to search online in EBay, Amazon and other sites to see if it can be found. Thankfully it's a nice big bold pattern so worse comes to worse I'll just trace it out and use carbon paper to lay the print down on a new canvas. With any luck it wont be too difficult.
Not much else going on here I guess. Got my id on Tuesday....Monday was a trip to the social security office to finally get my last name changed on my card so I dont have problems later after I get another job. This week we're hoping for a trip to the dr but Im thinking we have to wait for some paperwork from the insurance to arrive in the mail first. We also need to get our taxes done yet. We're late getting them done. Usually we have them done by the end of February..... *shrugz*
Hubby managed to get one of the older bookcases put together (after scavanging off other ones) and now I have a place for my board games. It may not stay there though as I have a hunch that we'll need that spot for something else. The base on the doll on the left is busted a little and one of the posts that go into her feet to hold her in place broke. It was just a matter of time as those are full-body porcelains and so are quite heavy for the bases that I was given. The piece in the center was made by his gramma (?) and is nothing more than potpourri and string lights in a jar with a doily over the top. One of these days Im gonna actually plug it in and see if I really like it. Those and one other set of dolls are more than likely the only ones I'll put up for now. I've got 3 other boxes of them and I need to see how much more space we have for decor. I have my stereo up but Im not certain how to hook the speakers up. They dont have plug in speakers like most stereos do. Im gonna see if I can get hubby to show me how sometime this week. Im in no hurry though as there isnt enough space down there yet and most importantly there's no computer down there so who wants to be down there when I can be up here in my office talking to my friends? You can see the one bookcase to the left of the stereo hasnt been unwrapped yet. Why? Because it's damaged beyond reason and cant be used. We're going to disassemble it and throw it away once we can get back to it again!
To the right here shows part of my wedding display and you can see I got my tunes up and ready to be put in my stereo (if I ever manage to get the stereo hooked up). That's a new shelving unit. It wasnt bought because the old one got damaged but simply because I'd run out of room so we bought a larger one and are using the smaller one elsewhere in the livingroom. I think Ive only bought 2 new cds since I got here. Not much sense in buying more when there really isnt anything out that Im wanting right now (with the exception of my Amazon wishlist) and Im not streaming...so why bother? I may just go through what I got and get rid of a few....see which ones will make good second hand store fodder.
Although not much has really been gotten together in the livingroom yet (there's ALOT of books and dvds n such), I did manage to find the perfect wall for my wedding pix. It's just the perfect size. The patterned thing to the bottom right is the futon. Not very comfortable for us short people but it'll work while we're here. You can see more chaos beyond in the dining area....I'll be so glad when everything is sorted. We've both gotten tired of it so there are days when we dont do much with the place. Oh...before Im asked....that empty frame at the top is for my brother and sister's picture if I can ever get one from them. While taking the wedding pix we completely forgot to get one of them and us (she didnt want anyone handling her pricey camera and he was taking video.....hey...I've never seen that video...hmmm).
On the to do list for the leasing company, I'd told them the door bell didnt work either. I know there is one because the main part of the unit is over the front door (you can see it in some of the earlier pix I think) and there is a button (which also needs replacing). They havent dont jack diddly with it yet so we installed a knocker that we bought from Habitat for Humanity.I dunno if you will able to enlarge the picture any but it's a lion's head with the knocker portion in it's mouth. The knocker is crooked though. Hubby thinks that's why they ended up with a few of them at HFH...because they werent perfect. Who needs perfect so long as the bugger works!
I think Im going to close for now as Im tired and should have been in bed a couple hours back. There are 3 entries and Im sure Ive missed something along the way. I still have carpets to clean upstairs but cant until the downstairs is sorted and done because Im not having the steamer brought up just to bring it down in a day's time to finish the diningroom. Besides, there's still a box in the office that hasnt been dealt with and it aint mine so I aint doing it (I dunno where he wants that stuff anyhow). Ive got more pix I took of these trees that started flowering in my area this last week. Oh great...and Im prolly allergic to them too. It happens no matter where I live...New Orleans it was the magnolia trees....everywhere....and they made me sicker than a pack of dogs. In Texas? It was that friggin crepe myrtle....damn was everywhere like a friggin weed. Here? There's a beautiful tree with white dainty flowers.....and my allergies got worse this week ...about the time they bloomed. Ohhh and we made a trip to get legal here in Virginia this last week. I dont think I've ever taken a worse state id pic:
Here's a pic looking from the front foyer down to the livingroom. As you can see there's a helluva lot of chaos going on in the livingroom still at this point. Oh look...I caught Katy sitting there looking at her daddy too.... The pictures you see to the left are ones that I did myself. They were put up to hide the ding in the wall where the movers shattered the thermostat. I really need to put one more up there so I'll be looking for another one of those kits. They dont sell them in the stores anymore so I'll have to go to the company's website and see if they still make those particular kits. Last I knew they still made them but not in those colors anymore. I may have to get one in blue, assuming I can get them at all. If not, I'll see if I can get 3 of another style to do and then place those in the office or the hallway upstairs.
You can see the stairs in this first pic. Im getting better at going up them and as long as Im not making too many trips, my joints dont hurt as much as they did the first week. I still cant carry much up them but at least I can get my fat ass up there without much difficulty. Coming down is still a bit of a problem though. Each step is only 8" wide so even my shoes extend over the edge a little. I have taken to going down them sideways and my knees grind horrible as I do so.
The picture to the right has the best shot I can get of the valances I was mentioning in one of my other entries. They cost us $7 a valance and there are 4 of them up there. Not exactly what I was looking for, but they'll do just fine. The blinds need a good cleaning and I'll do that early next week during a nice day. Temps have been kinda spotty here lately. You never know what we'll get. Definitely not good enough, in my opinion, to be outside working with the water hose. I'd love to just get them replaced but the one in the center is a custom made so I gotta see how much it's going to be to get one to fit. I wish they'd used standard measurements....would be so much easier.The kitchen gets a little chaotic on laundry day as the washer is in there on the right, next to the door. In reference to the picture the black item on the right is the dishwasher. To its right is the sink and to the right of that (off the picture) is the washer. I ended up buying a little cart for all my cleaning supplies as this place seems to have too many cupboard space where I dont need it and not enough where I do. The cart fits very nicely in my coat closet near the front door and is on casters so I can drag it wherever I need it on the first floor (I keep a separate bucket upstairs for the cleaning supplies needed up there). I feel like a hotel maid everytime I pull it out but at least it helps me get done what I need to. You'll notice that there are some shelves over the washer. As much as I'd love to put at least my laundry supplies up there, the shelves arent tall enough to fit the standard size bottle. Hence, the cart. The shelves dont look like they were there when the townhouse was built so Im guessing that the first washing unit in that spot had been a stacked washer/dryer. When the dude had come in for the furnace I'd mentioned how silly it was to have to go out in the shed in the backyard just to dry my clothes. At this point, I'd be happy to have a stacked unit because the full size dryer is a pain in the ass as I cant hear the buzzer on it and tend to forget I have stuff out there. The furnace dude said that I wouldnt want it that way in the summer. My best guess is that it gets really humid here in the summer....more humid than Texas. *shrugz* I guess we'll find out soon enough huh?
By 930am or so I asked hubby if they were supposed to automatically reschedule us for installation of the cable or were we supposed to call? It must have been a good question because he called to make damn sure we were on the schedule and yes we were. By 1130am or so, there wasnt anyone at the TH yet. Hmmm last week's schedule was somewhere between 9-12 and when we rescheduled they were supposed to put us in the same time spot. I remember hubby saying to make it same time next week but make it Monday instead of Tuesday. So he calls again to find out where the hell the guy is because we've been at the TH since 830am and have other running that needs to be done. Oh yeah, we're on the schedule but we're *just now* told that it was for 12-3pm. It would have been nice to know this when hubby called the first time idiots! He told them to just get someone there as soon as possible. I know he was just waiting for another reschedule because he was gonna tell them sure but the installation damn well better be free. Shit...we coulda slept in some, something we both desparately need at this point. Hubby decided he needed to get the heck out of the TH for a bit so he left me there and headed back to the apartment to walk the pooch. Not 10-15 minutes after leaving the TH, the cable dude showed up. *shakes head*. I called hubby and handed my cell to the cable man and they talked a bit so all were on the same page (I dont trust my memory to be able to relay instructions....go figure I can remember stories from way back when but something told to me just a few days ago...nope, nadda chance). With his directions, the cable guy went to work getting things set up and I sat in the dinigroom and put together my new shelving unit for my music. I really could have used my old one as it wasnt overly wrecked but it was really too small for my needs now. I've got one now that mu music collection can grow into and right now it still has room for all my classical and other instrumental cds (Yanni, Lao Tizer, etc) as well. I'll have to get a pic of it later as Im too tired to be taking that staircase right now. In fact as soon as Im done here, Im headed to bed....a little early for a change.
What else? Hmmm I know Im forgetting something yet for the life of me I cant remember what it was. I guess that means I better close this and get my butt to bed.
Tuesday was another very early morning for us. This is getting rough considering our bodies are attempting to stay on the night-time schedule that hubby's work demands. A couple weeks after we get moved in and mostly unpacked, Im going to need to put myself on daytime hours anyhow but it's really rough jumping back and forth now. Tuesday was supposed to be a cable installation day (internet, tv and telephone) so we had to be there by 9am. Not too bad as it allowed us to sleep an extra 30 minutes or so. They were supposed to show up anywhere from 9-Noon. Key words are supposed to. We actually arrived there around 905am. A little late but not so terribly late. It got to be around 11am or so and I got antsy. I'd done about all I could at that point without a trip to WalMart for other supplies and I told hubby that maybe he'd better call and find out if we'd missed them as I didnt feel like waiting around all day if they'd already been there. He called (1130am and much nagging from the irritable wife) and they hadnt been by yet. Shortly after getting off the phone with Comcast, the installation person called (about 1145am) and said he was running about an hour late, did we still want him to show up or would we rather reschedule? Ok...I can wait...I guess. Hubby looked around and said that it might be better to reschedule as there wasnt a whole lot of room to move and he really wanted time to at least get the one desk assembled so a computer was ready upstairs (original plan was to just test the connection with the laptop). We worked another hour or so and went to lunch, then to the apartment (I had towels in the dryer and the dog needed to be walked) and then back to the townhouse for a couple hours.
Wednesday hubby got up Im guessing around 7am and headed back to the townhouse to work for a bit. I had decided the night before that it would be better if I got some sleep before I ripped someone's head off. Top things all off, my legs were acting like they'd pulled 10 hour shifts at Wally World in season PLUS with the fact we've been eating out alot for breakfast, they were terribly swollen and not looking too good. The last time they looked they way they did, I'd had a horrible case of cellulitis on the one leg (it got so infected that the leg had turned hot pink from the knee down...all the way around...and was hot to the touch) . However, since neither leg had been cut and I couldnt see where I could have developed an infection (neither leg was overly hot, just a tad warmer than usual and the skin felt tight...swollen)...I hoped that a day with my legs propped up and low salt items would help. He came back to the apartment around 2 or 3pm and we went out for some minor groceries. We didnt want to put a big trip worth of groceries in here just to have to move them in a few days. When we got back he called the landlady to find out when the furnace would be fixed and she said she was just calling the repairpeople now. He took the dog out after and while he was out the company that would be repairing the furnace called to set an appointment.
Thursday I was up by 630am because I wanted to check a couple websites before hubby came home to take me to the TH. The appointment for the furnace repair was sometime between 10-11am so it gave me a couple hours to work in the kitchen before they showed up. Around 1015am or so, my cell phone chirped at me...I'd missed a call. WTH? The phone had never rung. So I checked the message and it had come in at 9am!! *sigh* It was the repair guy wondering if I was available at the TH yet to please give a call when I got the message. I called him back and told him that I was there, had been there since 8am or so. When he arrived he took one look at the thermostat (that the movers shattered getting my futon down the hall) and agreed that yes, it was indeed broken (smart ass). He decided when he replaced it that he'd put it in the livingroom instead. This would keep it out of the way and not put it in an overly drafty area. It's a brand new digital one and he's got it hooked up in such a way where we wont need to worry about getting batteries for the bugger. WHOOT. Once he got that fixed he went out to the shed to deal with the problem that he'd been called out for originally. The furnace would kick it's breaker off after 5 minutes or less. Needless to say, it was rather chilly in the TH. Come find out they had 60 amp furnace paired with a 50 amp breaker. Not much of a difference and totally do-able for a while. However, the breaker could handle it only so long before it went on strike. I dont know if it was a furnace replacement or a breaker replacement that resulted in this. Whichever it was, it was a damn dumb move. Worse yet the breaker box was made by a company that's out of business now and the breaker we needed is so damn rare that there are only 19 in the ENTIRE east coast. I told the repairman, "so in otherwords, customer #20 is screwed" and he said yep.
While he was there, I found some other problems with the TH but nothing that makes it unsuitable for living in. The landlady showed up later with a replacement smoke alarm and I went over the additional problems that I'd found while cleaning and getting things set up. I think the property management company is getting a little tired of the constant problems but this is a 1976 building and things are liable to go wrong from time to time. I suspect the people that were in there before didnt give a damn and were simply grateful for a roof over their heads. Just not grateful enough to keep things in proper working order. Once everything is taken care of, it has potential of being a nice little place....even if Im not quite feeling it yet. Im not sure what it is yet, it's possible that it's because we're in a rental situation again....could be because the homes are in such close quarters....could be because I KNOW this is only temporary. It actually could be quite a few different things.
Hubby came to pick me up around 415pm or so and brought me back to the apartment. I got my other blog written Thursday afternoon (well part one was done Wednesday night because I knew I would have time for all of it in one sitting on Thursday). At 730pm, I turned the tv to the Fox station in my area...at this point merely for noise and not neccessarily for the Seinfeld episode that I knew would be on. I just wanted some noise while I finished up some stuff online before AI. Not to say I was tired, but the next thing I knew I had missed 20 minutes of AI....the group number (no great loss there as they've really been the pits this year), Blake's number (which I was kinda looking forward to) and the first 3 guys being sent to the safe stools. Damn. I was just in time to see the first batch of girls go through. I wrote the short Thursday evening blurbit about the show and then I cant remember much after that. I think I fell asleep at least twice missing 2-3 Law and Orders in the process. Ah well. Im tired now but Im not sure Im tired enough for bed yet thanks to those unexpected naps. I may just force myself to go in anyhow. Dont have much to do until Saturday afternoon except clean up here and get some zzzs so I think I'll go do just that.
While on the way to the townhouse to wait for the delivery of our household goods, we popped into a gas station so hubby could pick up some sodas. I was really surprised by what I saw in the parking lot....Payphones! You rarely see them anywhere anymore because most people carry cell phones. *looks at them thru iggy's eyes* Oh WAIT!! They're alien communication devices so they can be like E.T. and phone home....
The following pictures arent for the faint of heart. Knowing how Alice feels about such sights, someone please blindfold her.... ~grinz~
Just a couple of rooms (immediately above is the "office") filled with the chaos that I need to face the next week or so. I cant wait til we're done.....
Ok, someone unblindfold Alice...
Tomorrow we have Comcast coming in around 9am to hook up the phone and internet. This means another day to start early and Lord knows how long we'll be there getting things set up. Top things all off the furnace keeps kicking it's breaker off so the landlady needs to get a repairperson out to fix. If they show up tomorrow, we may stay there overnight and just start getting used to being there. If not we'll have a couple more days in the apartment we're in. With any luck we'll be in the townhouse fully by next week at the latest.
Now, if you dont mind too terribly...it's been a long day and I must get up in less than 5 hours if I want time to go to breakfast (IHOPS!) before the movers show up. As such, Im taking my tired ass to bed.
Oh iggy darlin....in case you didnt check your email first, I thought of you last night while we were on our way back to the apartment....I hope they meet to your approval.
Later today, we'll be heading out to the townhome and taking measurements for the windows. All except the kitchen already have mini-blinds. I can see where they HAD them up at one point, but they're no longer there. My biggest worry is that I wont be able to find blinds that small. If you recall from the picture I posted before, there are 3 small windows that make up the bay in the kitchen. While we're at it, I want to get measurements for at least the bedroom windows so we can get room darkening drapes for in there. It'll need to be an early to bed night for us because hubby wants us to be up by 6am on Monday so we can go to breakfast before heading to the townhouse to wait for the movers. *makes note to pack some postit notes for labelling doors*. With any luck, we'll be fully moved in by Monday night or Tuesday at the latest...moved it but not necessarily completely set up. Ah well. I'll be taking some pix tomorrow before everything gets put in but I cant guarantee that I'll get them posted. I'll do my best though. It's a day off for hubby and he'll want time on the laptop...plus we'll have some things to do around here to get the apartment ready for the walk thru here.