Since we’re getting ready to cruise on this home building dream of ours, it was a necessity to take advantage of visiting the Springfield Homebuilder’s Association Home Show the first of February. Robert and I spent several hours there with Steve and Ginger, and also ran into other friends.
It was more than a little overwhelming. There are so many choices for flooring, hardwood, laminate, tile, cabinets, landscaping, stone and brick, lighting, plumbing fixtures, windows, doors – Oh, my!
For the most part, we got some great ideas and contact information from vendors, but I was floored by the number of people manning the booths that didn’t talk to us. In one tile booth, we stood waiting for the employees to finish their discussion, and even said that we had questions, but they didn’t even acknowledge us. Guess which company we won’t be doing business with? Yeah – theirs. Seriously, if you’re going to pay the booth fee to be there, wouldn’t you at least try to drum up business?
I guess next time I should wear a t-shirt that says, “Hey, you – we’re building a house.” Maybe then they would acknowledge us, LOL.
When my niece, Lisa, was growing up, it was a tradition of ours to go see every Disney movie on the big screen as it was released. It was our thing. When she was in high school, some of her friends wanted her to go with them to see one of the Disney shows, and she said, “No, sorry. I have to go with my aunt.” (Now that I think of it, I might have liked it more if she said “I get to go with my aunt,” LOL.)
Regardless, she’s all grown up now with a son of her own, and when Disney Live came to town she called me to see if I could get off work one afternoon to go with her and Breckin. Absolutely!
He may not look like he was having a good time, but he was definitely enjoying himself. And there were times that Lisa and I both got teary-eyed with some of the music. Disney really is magical
In early December, Robert and I went to Silver Dollar City for the Olde-Time Family Christmas. It’s really about the only time of year I like to go, and we picked a perfect day. The weather was cool, but not so cold you needed to bundle up, and it was surprisingly not crowded.
I picked up another chicken cooker from the pottery store because ours got cracked in the move.
Robert had fun with some knit Christmas ornaments.
I wanted to bring home all the Cardinals.
The ornament barn is my favorite place at SDC.
Well, except for maybe the bakery. Those cinnamon rolls are pretty awesome.
This was day I hoped, but was never certain that it would come. Twenty years ago in February 1994, I adopted two adorable and oh-so-soft black kittens – my twins. Sadly, we lost Sammy last March right after her 19th birthday, but a year later, Wally is still with us. I’m grateful for every single day I hear that loud-mouthed meow of hers.
Although I celebrated the first part of my birthday with Michelle in Houston in January, that didn’t keep me from milking it. We had a great dinner at Jimm’s Steakhouse (the old Steak-n-Ale) with my sister and brother-in-law, and Steve and Ginger, and topped it off with a birthday cupcake from The Cup. Yum!