Living With Dogs

Today Shawn and I did something I never thought we would do. We bought a $50.00 garbage can for our kitchen. Crazy right??? We bought at “Simple Human” brand locking trash can. It is mocha colored. I felt really ridiculous spending so much money on this thing.

http://www.simplehuman.com/50-litre-semi-round-step-can-mocha-plastic

I have had dogs my whole life. I have spent my whole life trying to figure out how to keep my various dogs out of the garbage. I have moved the can under the sink, into the garage, and then into the laundry room. No matter what I do the dog somehow gets to the can and then spreads the contents all over the house. Then of course they get sick after eating all that junk. This happened again yesterday. I think it just pushed me over the edge. The kitchen stuff is stressful enough without having Maverick spreading junk everywhere. So now we have an espensive locking garbage can. Hopefully now if he knocks it over the lid will keep all that crud inside.

I have never been picky about what the kitchen trash can looks like. I have had the same white plastic number for years. The lid is long gone, I have no idea what happened to it. I won’t spend $50.00 on shoes but I will spend that money on a trash can…lol. Oh well I guess you gotta do what you have got to do. Maybe now I can get rid of the baby gate for the kitchen.

Have you ever spent money on something that seemed kind of silly but needed?

D

xoxo

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Things Are Looking Up

Things are not perfect right now but they are looking up. I have a working sink and garbage disposal and it looks like we are going to be getting some money back. We still have no idea how long this kitchen saga is going to last but at least some things are improving.

We have had some other family drama that is also improving. It feels like things are starting to wind down some. We have been stuck in this stressful cycle since March and I am happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This week has been all about making lemonade out of lemons.

Soon school will be starting and we will have more structure in our lives. I love fall and I am looking forward to the infusion of positive vibes that autumn brings. Before we know it pumpkin everything season will start and that alone if worth smiling about. :)

Are things looking up for you?

D

xoxo

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Tiny Improvements

I have some small improvements to report. The management company came in and built a temporary cabinet and put the sink back in. They had to give us a new garbage disposal since the old one was broken in the process of the kitchen demo. We have a makeshift counter as well. My kitchen is still a disaster but at least the water is back on and the dishwasher is reconnected. My kitchen looks like a camping kitchen but at least the water is on and the sink works.

Gotta count your blessings!

D

xoxo

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Good Day

Today has been a good day. Even though the kitchen stuff is still unresolved I have a lot to be grateful for. I was able to spend time with my son today. My husband took time off of work to deal with the kitchen stuff so I could get other things done. Michael (my son) and I went and ran some errands and we had lunch together. As usual being with him really lifted my spirits. Later Shawn and I were lucky to reconnect with some people I use to work with. It was good to see them and it was nice to have some adult time out of the house. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to get away from the stress going on right now.

Over and over it becomes clear to me that you have to look for the sunshine. When you seek it you can find it. It may not be a blazing hot sunshine, it may only be a warm glow, but it will be there.

D

xoxo

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Simple Things

Today has been rough. I was becoming more and more crabby as the day went on. Then I got a call from my son. He had been reading my Facebook page and was worried about me. I had to stop and be grateful for a minute. I am so glad that my 18-year-old son has time to think about mom, let alone worry about mom. I am grateful that he reached out to me with compassion and brought some humor my way.

Michael and I

Michael and I

We found out that our management company is fighting with the cabinet company and so they have not even ordered the new cabinets yet. Tomorrow Shawn and I are going down there to try to get some answers from them. Bleh…

Michael and I

Michael and I

I really don’t want to talk about all that. The focus of this post is how blessed I feel to have raised a good son. I am lucky to have friends and family that have been supportive and willing to listen to me rant. I appreciate them all. Something special happens between my son and I and I am blessed that he calls and checks in on me.

Michael and Dora

Michael and Dora

Tomorrow I’m going to see Michael. We are going to have lunch and I’m going to take him to turn in some job applications. It will be a good break from all the kitchen stuff. He always makes me laugh and I need some of that medicine right now.

D

xoxo

 

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You Got To Laugh

Today my plan is to keep reminding myself that sometimes you just have to laugh. So last night while cooking in my kitchen chaos I realized that our oven door is not closing completely. There is like a 1 inch gap. Shawn and I played around with it some but could not fix it. We have also been having trouble with our water heater. We have hot water, just not much of it. Our usage has gone down so over usage is not the issue. Poor Shawn has to pen yet another email to the management company. Hopefully they will get the maintenance guy out here sooner than later.

So yes things in my life are becoming a bit ridiculous right now. I feel like I have two choices, I can cry or laugh. I’m going to try laughing today. Last night at bedtime I just started crying. I was so tired and so over all of the kitchen stuff. Maybe I will try watching a comedy or something like that. I already have plans to see a friend tonight. It will do me good to get out of the house. Along with that I am going to hit the gym.

What do you do when you need a good laugh?

D

xoxo

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Coffee Shop Escape

Today my coffee date is also my escape. What do I need to escape from? My house. Yep I am still complaining about my kitchen. The management company was supposed to call us on Friday and let us know when the replacement cabinets would be delivered. They did not call, I’m not surprised.

For now I am sitting with my sweetheart having breakfast and coffee. I have a lovely view of the street from my window seat. There are several other couples here, bent over their Macs, coffee in hand. I have been researching cities this morning. Shawn and I dream of moving to the southwest and so I am studying it. I have lived here in the Madison area my whole life. I think a part of me will always be here. On the other hand, I am ready to move onto something new. It won’t be soon, but eventually.

It is good to get away from the house for a spell. Everything there is in chaos. I can’t find anything and it is driving me crazy to not have a schedule for when it will be complete. At least we have had nice weather so we can get out of the house and do stuff. Today is cloudy but we need rain so I will not complain. I hope that Monday will bring some good news.

D

xoxo

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