Monday, May 16, 2011

"serious" stuff revisited and new news.

Sorry for the long absence.  Work, laundry, many short trips, work, (did I mention work?) .

The post before the last one was about annoying pagers and radios .  Well, I'm still living with the constant chatter (when I'm home).  The fire department ordered new pagers.  About half don't work.  Husband is on his second new one, but can't trust it.  It randomly goes off sometimes several times a day.  The other day, there was a fire call (luckily no real fire), and the new pager didn't go off.   He just happened to see the fire truck go down the street.  If this sounds familiar, it is because it all happened again and again.

One thing about having the radio on all the time - we hear all the ambulance, police, and sheriff calls.  It's fun being one of first to hear there is a snow day, but it is awful when we hear an ambulance or police call to a friend's address or to a wreck.  Since we live in such a small populated area, if a local person is involved, we almost always know or at least have heard of the person or persons. 

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Almost exactly a year ago, I was staying at my daughter's while she was in Europe.  Now, again, I've been running back and forth and spending quite a bit of time at my daughter's place.  Why?  Because at the end of May, Daughter

 at India Night in traditional clothing
(Reminds me of the sixties & early seventies)

has to be out of her apartment where she has lived for the last three years.  Since she has lived away from home for six years, she has accumulated a whole lot of stuff.  (We did the math.  Less expensive to store the stuff than to replace it.)

Then, in about eight weeks she's leaving this:
quail enjoying the view.  taken from front window of apartment

 a few miles from where Grandma & Grandpa used to live

just outside Moscow, Idaho

deep blue skies like the blue in the upper right corner
her kitties

UI campus and lots of snow

near our favorite campsite

And, more snow - fresh this morning (thankfully, now melted).

for here:


That's right.  My baby is going to go to school in Bangkok.   Then, if all goes well, she will go on to teach in South Korea  for a year.    That is clear around the world!  (Yes, I know you know where these places are.  I'm just stressing how far away my youngest child will be. Sob.)  She hasn't yet been assigned to a specific school; so doesn't know where she will be living and teaching.

While in school in Bangkok, Daughter has to wear skirts or dresses which must be long enough cover the knees.  Guess who is going to be doing some marathon sewing?  (Me, not daughter.)

Still going to the thrift stores.  Have found a few skirts that need to be altered. Have added several pieces to a couple of dish/china sets.  Also, have purchased many, many sewing patterns at five and ten cents a piece.  Cookbook collection is expanding.  The oldest cookbook was actually a gift from my daughter for Mother's Day and my birthday.  It is a first edition, dated 1897, in remarkable condition. (We found it in a used book store.)  And, yes, I purchased another sewing machine. It's pretty. More on that later, tho.

Enough for tonight.   Except, blogger is irritatingly not responding to the changes I've made.  Grrrr.

Hope everyone is well... 


Trudy Callan said...

I can't imagine living with the radio on 24/7 and how horrible that the pagers don't work. I'm sure this is an exciting opportunity for your daughter, but I know I would feel as you do. I hope all goes well.

Vee said...

Wow! That really is big news. What an exciting time in your daughter's life. Yours, too, but in a completely different way.

(I recently purchased a new sewing machine. It's pretty, too. Wouldn't it be crazy if we bought the same model? Hmmm...)

Wonderful to hear from you. Don't let the constant chatter drive you bonkers and hurry back! (If you find time amidst sewing and work.)

Madeline's Album said...

I wish your daughter a safe and wonderful trip. I know you will miss her but like you said it is a great opportunity. Keep your chin up. Don't work to hard on the sewing. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Adrienne said...

What an exciting time for your daughter. I think 3 or so skirts and a few more tops would work well. A skirt can be worn at least 2 times before washing. That way she won't be dragging so much stuff with her. But - if she's already been to Europe, she probably knows that.

aka the Mom said...

How exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your always on pagers sound like our always buzzing blackberry. What I wouldn't give for a full night of uninterrupted sleep.

myletterstoemily said...

such an exciting an adventure for your
daughter! i know you will sorely miss
her, though. she will be in my prayers.

Shay said...

I'm excited for your daughter and I envy her. I lived in Asia for three years; I predict she'll love it.

(but you'll miss her --- )