Lots going on in my world, some of it bloggable and some not. Just thought since I hadn't done a personal post in a while I would catch up regular readers with what's going on in my world.
We have cardinals [a pair] living in our yard, and I love to watch them flying in and among the trees. Lola was really unhappy with me this morning for putting out breadcrumbs for them on the back patio. We can't do regular bird food because the dang squirrels eat it, or rats that come from the creek. We don't want to feed rats. Last time we put out bird food I watched a rat the size of a small cat climb up into the bird feeder right outside our kitchen window and proceed to eat all the bird seed and it freaked me out.
Michael was home for dinner last night, a rare treat. He is working a lot of hours at the restaurant these days, or hanging out at friends' houses. He ate a huge helping of shrimp and rice, then declared he was way too full to eat even one bite of spinach souffle. He refuses to take a bite of this and a bit of that. He has to eat all of one thing, then move on to the next thing. I used to be exactly the same way.
Temps today are supposed to be close to 70. It's cool and delightful outside right now. Tomorrow, though, another cold snap, with highs in the 50's. That's a typical January day. Hard to believe we're just a few days away from the beginning of April.
All my neighbors have decided to have trees cut down, pressure washing done, etc. so instead of being quiet on suburban weekdays, as usual, it sounds like an industrial war zone around here. Hopefully this trend will end soon. I hate the noise.
A house just down the street from me just went on the market. I was looking at the photos on the real estate website, thinking what a nice older home it is, and yet the kitchen is like from 1972. It's bizarre. The house was built around the same time as ours, I think, late 1960's. The kitchen is tiny and hasn't been updated at all. If they'd even just painted the cabinets white and put in new countertops it would have helped.. The estate of the deceased owner went in there and did some renovations, I know, because I saw the guys working. Why they didn't go ahead and spend some $ to update the kitchen, I cannot imagine. The cabinets are old, the appliances old, and if the house was shown on HGTV the host would say "Total gut job." If there's one thing I've learned watching HGTV it's this - kitchens sell houses. I hope a nice family moves in there, willing to do some updating of the kitchen and bathrooms. It's a great house.
Michael's friend Hayden has won the Girl Scout Gold Award and I am so pleased for her. She is 18 and a senior. Hayden "...had the idea to create the I Am Unsinkable campaign after seeing her friend, Kelley Taylor, grieve after Taylor’s father was killed in a biking accident on North Decatur Road." Hayden interviewed teens who have been through difficulties and had them talk about how they coped. There is a brief interview with Michael on there. You can see the whole video here. Michael is at about the ten minute mark. It was very hard for him to make the little video because he is rather shy, but I am so proud of him for doing it.