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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Perfect Idea

A little over a year ago my husband was in the hospital. It was a bad time, but one thing that came out of it was an idea for a great computer table. I work from home, and spend a lot of time on the computer. I have an office and a desk, but I don't like being holed up in an office. So I sit on the couch in the living room a lot, and I have a portable desk for it, but it's clumsy. The hospital had a table that would easily fit in front of a couch and it had lots of slide outs for extra space and a lift up top for storage underneath. There are all kinds of hospital carts and tables that actually could be used in other applications. They're built well to withstand a lot of abuse, and many are very attractive now. The table that my husband had was a walnut wood grain looking table that would have fit in well in the decor of my living room. Just as well as the beige wood table I have now.

Phone Problems

About a year ago, I decided I had been out of the technological loop for long enough. I had a cell phone that I liked, and did a great job, took good pictures and was fine for texting, but it wasn't a "smart phone." Sooo, I went out and got an android smart phone. I loved it for awhile, but I have about had it with this phone. It messes up a lot, just on the normal stuff like phone calls, although it also turns itself off at very inopportune times, and I have to take the back off and take out the battery in order to get it to turn back on. I'm really wondering if I shouldn't just pitch it and go back to my trusty old "simple" phone.

Legal Problems

No, I don't really have any legal problems, at the moment anyway. However, I watched the news today and someone had gotten involved in a serious accident that had criminal overtones. This is no time to mess around. The guy didn't seem like he was worried, or was going to consult a lawyer. It's true most minor accidents, and even some major ones do not really require a lawyer, but when they do you need to find good criminal law expert, and that guy really needs to think smart and get the help he needs.

Favorite Foods

During this recent heatwave, I didn't feel like making anything hot for dinner. Not that I didn't want to eat hot foods, although I didn't really, but more that I didn't want to turn on the oven, turn on the stove or anything that would increase the heat in the house. I'm not much for microwaved foods, so that left very few options for lunches and dinners. Well, when you are forced to look more closely at things you have to eat you can discover things you forget. I found a can of garbanzo beans in the cabinet and remembered how much I loved Hummus. So several times this week I had hummus on toast for dinner. It is such a simple thing to make, doesn't require any heating, and is very filling. It's also very high in protein, good for you, and tastes great.

The Fender has it All

As a former guitarist, there is nothing I love more than a beautiful guitar. The Telecaster is one of THE most stunning guitars ever in my opinion. It is also one of the most powerful and elegant. I saw a picture of a really unique, almost dangerous looking flying V the other day on Facebook. Now it was artistically one of the most shocking, beautiful and alluring body styles I've ever seen, and I've always been a fan of the basic flying V style. This one looked like razor blades, or razor edged lightening on both sides though. Now, I don't know if I'd want something that looked like it would shred me while I shredded... but I do know that Telecasters are my favorite brand of guitar on the market and always have been.

Yellow Grass

The recent really bad week-long heat wave with temps over 100 have done a real number on my grass. I was a little afraid to water during that heat spell, but I did a couple of times, always for at least an hour (usually a little more) to really soak the ground, and never in the middle of the day. There are still some parts of the lawn that are incredibly dead. I don't know what to do about them. I've never had grass die so completely before. I do have to admit that the little bit of water I did get the grass has made my lawn look better than many I've seen. Only the neighbor across the street and one a few houses down on the other side have better "green" in their lawns, and they too have a few yellow areas. Will it grow back? I hope so.

Water Attractions

Okay, I don't like my house flooded by a broke water heater like last Tuesday, but I do love water. I love to swim and I love water attractions like parks and beaches. I also love fountains, and the perfect combination of all of that would be to have a special setting built in. I've seen Wall Water Fountains that are just stunning. They're so beautiful and peaceful, they'd be the perfect living room or bedroom decor. I would love to do something like that here in the bedroom. It would make it a beautiful oasis to relax in at the end of the day, or wake up to in the morning.

Sprung a Leak

I had a long week this week. I got up Tuesday morning, prepared to do a little work and then get some swimming in at the health club. Turns out I didn't need to go to the club to swim... my porch was flooded. Yep, the hot water heater sprung a leak. Oh joy. So much for getting work done or going to the club. Instead I had to wait for the plummer to come out and check things out. Of course, it wasn't something simple like a busted pipe, loose fitting, or bad connection. Nope it was the heater itself. So instead of a hundred, or couple hundred it was over seven hundred dollars. Needless to say, I wasn't much in the mood to do anything after that.

Standing In

When I moved a little over a year ago, I left my big entertainment center at the old house. It was a great piece, and very strong and still in good shape, but it was huge and heavy. It wasn't something you could easily take apart to move either, so I left it. I did bring my tv stand for the big screen, but I had that already at the old house, and it was easy enough, even if it was kind of clumsy and heavy, to move. I need a new stand for my family room TV though. Guess it's time to go shopping again. Aw shucks!

Hot, Hot, Hot

Wow, just endured a week long heat spell of 100s or better. It was like living in an oven even with air. Made it, but sure glad the heat broke. It was in the high 80s today with a nice breeze and quite lovely. There's so many dangers and from what I've heard several people in the Chicago area died due to the heat this week. For some reason we always associate cold with dangerous weather, but extreme heat is just as deadly. While I survived it, I sure didn't get a lot done. Really need to catch up. Just existing in this heat was a chore, and exhausting.