Gaye's Muzings December 2007
January 1, 2008
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May this year bring you the best.
December 31, 2007
There has been soooooooo much talk on the tv, etc. about 2008 that it feels like it has been here for a while already. It is amazing it is the last day of the year and we are going to have an eastern New Year celebration so it will be over at 9:00 p.m. I told the kids they should have the party at the same time as the Irish next year and it will be over at 4:00 p.m. We don't usually do anything except watch the ball drop at 9:00 with Brett while on the phone with him. We're big celebrators.
We have the family cold and really feel crappy. We were lucky enough to get it 2 days ago and wouldn't you know it is clear and sunny and we don't even want to go outside. I must admit I made an exception and went to Michael's yarn sale. I couldn't pass that up.
We hope you had a great year and have a good New Year's Eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 29, 2007
We survived Christmas which started at 5:45 a.m. Oh such memories of my Xmas mornings and the ones with my children who all were here this year. That was a treat in itself. Mitch's Andrea and Mike never made it as they had a major case of the flu. It was fun participating with the grandchildren and a great day was had by all. Chet and I have fallen to the colds that all of Jon's family had. Poor Erin had to pull off Christmas eve dinner and all while being sick.
We feel plain crappy today but had to go to the nursery to get a tree for Jon and Erin to plant on their property that they closed on yesterday. It is so special to watch one's children follow their dreams. 160 acres; 1/2 mile on each side of the perimeter, 15 minutes out of town and a gorgeous view of the ocean. We want to plant the tree before we leave if he thinks it will survive the deer. I will see them every time they go by it! Now only to build their dream house. I, selfishly, hope it won't keep them from coming to visit us in the coming summer. It stabs right through me every time Chet talks of when we are here next fall. Eeeyowch, that seems like a long time away. We have to follow our dreams too......a little quicker than them.
Chet is amazingly studying his web page making material every day. We will probably keep this one up and running while he designs the new one.
Our kitties are fine and Twilly is the strangest and cutest cat I have ever had. We have hours of fun with him.
We watched it snow in Twillingate yesterday as our friends, Cal and Josephine, put up a web cam at their restaurant. We chatted with them and people around the world. It was really fun. If you want to check it out go to camstreams.com/commercialwebcams.asp and go to the Twillingate one. Another one to check out is the trucker at truckbuddiescam/ at the same site. We are going to possibly put ours up. It would be fun.
We hope you had a perfect holiday.....talk to you soon
December 25, 2007
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What matters is not what is written on the page.
What matters is what is written in the heart.
December 24, 2007
Santa just arrived at the house and filled it with gifts. The kids are all tucked in their beds dreaming of dolls, transformers and many other things. We are in our "home" finishing up a few last minute things and then off to bed to be awakened hopefully not before 6:00 a.m.
We had a wonderful day which began by going to the jetty and watching 18 ft. swells with an 8.8 ft. tide. It was radical as the waves were crashing over the jetty. We got there at exactly the right time and watched with great awe. It almost felt like we were standing below the level of the sea. We watched the Coast Guard boat go out and then come in and turn to do it again. We would have loved to share the experience but we forgot the camera!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a duh....
We did some errands and came home to a delicious prime rib dinner. A great meal shared by all the family. Afterwards Chet helped put together the new trampoline. I am still wired and can't imagine when I am going to come down from my first real overdo of sugar in 3 years. I am not very comfortable and am afraid to check my sugar level. Bad, bad but was it good. I don't think I will do that again.
Off to bed and a wonderful Christmas Eve to you.
Blessings and love....
December 23, 2007
After all of my palavering about my new MacBook the other day and how much easier it is for me to manage in regards to hitting the wrong thing etc. and screwing things up.......I handed it to Chet to get the muze off the Mac and the whole thing crashed. Oops! We have to send everything through webmail as my son can't remember his password for his cable hookup so it does present a bit of a problem for Chet as every time I type something he has to do something to get it to his computer to send or post...I think. We did get the pics of the aftermath of the Malibu fire posted. Next will be Twillingate in snow.
We have to leave in a few minutes to get Brett from the airport. You know I hate having him come visit!!!!! What I hate is when he leaves. Tomorrow, Mitch's Andrea and Mike are arriving so we will all have a lovely Christmas eve.
We haven't been doing much of anything. I have to get used to the fact that this place seems like a big city compared to Twillingate. I love to wander through the stores etc. and when I start to feel like I have been to everything 20 times already I think about Twillingate and remember how tiny it is there. I'm not complaining mind you....just freaking out at the fact that we won't even have a movie theater!!! Just a bit of whining and realizing what we really will have and what we really have here....is BEAUTY....unabashed beauty.
Gotta run to get my boy.
Smiles to you as big as mine!
December 21, 2007
Wow, it is hard to believe it is almost time for Christmas. We are pretty much ready but still have packages to wrap for Jack and Lilli Mae.
We have been having a nice time at Jon and Erin's house. The kids are adorable but I think I have mentioned that more than a few times.
We are nestled under the redwoods and even put our Christmas lights outside that we have been toting around for two years since we bought them here. This year we will be leaving them here when we leave.
Sorry we have slacked off on the web page but Chet got his present early and has been studying so he can revamp and do the web page easier. He got Adobe CS3 which includes dreamweaver, photoshop, etc. He has 2 huge books to study and he has been doing just that. I leave him at the local coffee shops and I shop. What better arrangement can there be!!!! It is hard to nudgey him to post pictures while working so diligently and he told me there are 2 more books to read after those. Please bear with us as it will be bigger and better when he learns it all.
I got my new MacBook for Christmas and am rally enjoying it. I can't say I am studying how to work it but I am enjoying using it and not continuously screwing something up like with the PC.
We've been walking Twilly on his leash more often and he is getting so much better at it but is expecting his walks like a dog. What have we done!!!
We got to have dinner with Mitchell and Jon tonight and it was a real treat for me. Jon was supposed to close on his property today but as usual something came up and it won't happen until after Christmas. It is so beautiful, all 160 acres of it.
I hope you are all ready for a wonderful holiday. Chet and I send our love and good wishes.
Please keep my sister in your prayers as she is not doing well. I will thank you for that!
Peaceful days filled with warmth and love...
December 17, 2007
Well, I am really excited that the Celebrex is working well enough to allow me to take my first walk in about 3 months. I hope to start doing it regularly now....we will see.
We took Twilly on his leash and he did a good job. There was a horse across the street romping, running, jumping, bucking and having a great time. Twilly puffed up and climbed right up Chet's leg then his back to his shoulder. It was so cute to see his little paw prints going up Chet's sweatshirt. We got to see the Christmas goose at one of the other neighbor's house. I said I didn't need to hear that story; fingers in ears going lalalalalalalalalala.
Need I say what a time I am having with Jack and Lilli Mae. Uhhhhh, they are so adorable and I could eat them up. We went to paint ceramics for mommy for Christmas and had such a sweet time. They're at a great age right now.
We've been doing a lot of shopping for warm clothes and shoes for our return to NL. It seems rather amusing to be buying these things for our return in the spring which will probably be as cold as it is here now. We're actually getting layers of wools and wool hats and gloves. I'd better stop or we won't have money to get back there. We miss our home.
Back to my knitting and you have a great today!!!!!
December 13, 2007
EEEYOUCH! It is almost 2008. I can remember when I was younger I used to wonder if I would live to see the turn of the century. I blinked when we were watching t.v. on Y2K as the world was catastrophizing and now it is 8 years later and time to turn to a new year.
It feels like I have lived a lifetime in the past 4+ years after we started living on the road. What an amazing experience. To be completely mobile, to be able to drive away from the Malibu fires, to venture around the US of A 4 times already and you know of our trip to Canada. We will become part-timers in May as we move into our new home for 6 months a year. Who knew where my life would lead me! It is just amazing, the only downside being away from family. Chet and I feel we have both walked the land in NL before.
Today we cleaned the inside of the car or our garage as we call it. We also cleaned out the bays under the RV and made some much needed room. I lost the main set of car keys two days ago and we have looked everywhere. It is a drag as it is a lot of money to have a new key made. The last set went into the trash. All I did this time is walk into the house from the car.
Not much else to say but I want to stay in touch. Have a good week!
December 11, 2007
It is evening and the little ones are off to bed. We are waiting to watch a rerun of SVU as the writer’s strike is now affecting my t.v. watching. That is not a good thing as I do like my shows!!
Brett and his dad and Irene left today to head back to LA. It is the first time all of the boys and their dad etc. have been here at the same time. I always hate to see Brett go no matter where it is from. He will be back for Christmas. I need to fill up on my family so I can take their essence back to Twillingate in May. We dream and dream of our return and to the house we call “home” now.
Fortunately, the weather has been lovely and we spent the morning with Jon and Mitch driving the 160 acres of land that Jon is supposed to close on in a little over a week. It is spectacular and 'only' has 11 building sites to choose from. There is a sweeping view of the Pacific and the Eel and Sand Rivers below his property. I hope it all works out for him and his sweet family and I know he must be on pins and needles as we were while waiting for our home to close in NL. AAAAAAAAhhhhh, I still can’t believe it. We have a treasure, a real unmitigated treasure.
My little kitchen display with the farm sink and marble countertop that I purchased more than 5 years ago has been waiting to be put in exactly the right home. It is so perfect that it gives me waves of chills as the excitement of redoing the back kitchen is a reality now; open shelves and all. Let alone the bathroom we are going to build on the first floor. OOOOOweeee, you can be sure you will see lots of pictures!
Lilli Mae and Jack are growing like weeds and are adorable and at the age for some serious playing.
My knee is a bit better with the Celebrex and my using moderation, which is something I am not too familiar with.
We miss all of our friends and look forward to crossing paths as we continue on our journey.
Love and good health!
Dec 8, 2007
What more can I say than today is a blissful day!
It is my son Mitchell's 42nd birthday and my granddaughter Lilli Mae's 4th birthday. It was a beautiful day with lots of over-sugared little people. Mitchell had a great day and needless to say so did Lilli Mae.
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOTH OF YOU. I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH.
December 5, 2007
In 3 days I will have been a mother for 42 years. I can remember that because I forgot that Jon turned 40 on 10/5. I thought he was going to be 39. That wasn't bad enough, he, being the middle child, was given more fuel to rag on me with. I humbly apologized and he told me how I could make it better. We had to make a trip to See's Candy store and get him his favorite dark chocolate nuts and chews. Last year someone managed to abscond with his box of candy and he was not a very happy person. I can say it was not me as I don't like my chocolate tainted with nuts or chews! I can't eat it anyhow.
I forgot to add to yesterday's muze that while we waited the interminable wait for Mike to get there to fix our house, we took a ride up the hill behind the RV park to check out the fire damage from the fire. Corral Canyon was where it started and that's the road we went up. What a very strange and harrowing feeling. It was a charred wasteland except for the houses they managed to save. It was pretty amazing to see how close the fire was to the ones that survived and to see how some didn't in amongst batches of houses. I think the pictures of the melted garbage cans was pretty sad as they were in front of a footprint of a lost home right in between two that were still standing. The pictures on tv don't even come close to the reality of seeing the destruction with the naked eye. It was astounding and one of the eeriest things I have seen. We will get those pictures posted, don't give up on us. I guess us has nothing to
do with it as all I do is write the muzings and send them to Chet.
Those web pages are his baby and I think he has done a spectacular job. I just keep nudgeying him for more, more, more.
We are stopped for breakfast and have to be on our way so I will bid you adieu until the next time
December 4, 2007
It has been several days so I will bring you up to date. We have been spending a lot of time with my sons and it has been so nice. We haven't been doing much of anything; not even going to many movies. There doesn't seem to be much playing of any interest except Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. It was a very dark but well done movie.
We have spent a lot of time getting the repair guy over to fix the electrical problem we are having with the coach. Something burned up and we couldn't use the washer/dryer, the front A/C, the sockets in the back of the RV or the electric water heater. He got the part this morning and first it was 1:30, then 3:30 and at 4:00 I got a call that it would be be around 5: 30. I have finally met someone who is worse about time than I am. It wouldn't be so bad if we weren't leaving today, I told Chet to take a nap so he will have enough energy to drive tonight. In all reality it is probably better to leave later to miss some of the traffic. Fortunately we both like night travel and won't get to lost on I 5.
We are headed up to Jon and Erin's to have some serious grandchild time. We will be there for her birthday and for Santa. Jon asked when we were leaving and I told him we didn't have to be anywhere until the 18th of January. He choked and I told him we would talk when we get there. We will be heading to Quartzsite, Az. for our annual time with the Escapee Boomers. It is a good time for about 10 days and then I have usually had enough time chewing sand. 1/30 it will be back to Malibu so we can get our yearly physicals, eye exams etc. then a run by Jon and Erin's again before heading to Portland to start packing for Newfoundland. We both dream of returning all of the time. I guess that is a good sign as we are pretty committed there now. We hope to see a lot of your faces there so start your Newfie funds!!!!!!!!!! One lady got a round trip ticket from LA for $600.00 but made her reservations in Feb.
TA DA!! Mike is here so we may get out of here in the next hour or so.
My MRI showed I do have arthritis, so now I am like all of those older folk on the Celebrex advertisements. It has only been 4 days and my knee is feeling a little better.
Malibu is beautiful and we watched a pod of pilot whales most of the day 2 days ago. I must admit it pales a bit against the backdrop of my memories of NL.
We're finished, have our electric back and will be on our way as soon as we hook up the car.
Pleasantries to you all!