Saturday, September 22, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

An Interesting Tidbit

We often hear of Chicago being called the Windy City. However, its origin doesn't have anything to do with the weather. In the 1800s, Chicago promoters traveled along the East Coast, proudly proposing their city as a great place to invest. Their East Coast cynics called them "full of wind." With time, the name Windy City stuck. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the windiest city in the "lower 48" is in Kansas: Dodge City has an average wind speed of 14 mph. Amarillo, Texas, is not far behind at 13.5 mph. (From the Wichita Eagle Newspaper)

Today it's blowing 27 mph, gusting to 36 mph in Amarillo. Better hold on to my hat!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Storage Building Blues

I ordered a storage building for our backyard seven weeks ago. They had to order it and said it would be 4-6 weeks, or less. It didn't make it in six weeks, it took seven. Today they called and said it was ready. OK. Yea! But wait, they didnt make it like I ordered. It had no window and the front door was in the center, not on the side of the front. Ugh. I'm not happy, so I told the guy I just wanted to have my money back.(I had put up a 40% deposit). 'We don't give refunds,' he said. 'We will order you another one.' And wait another 7 weeks? I don't think so. So I just cancelled my order and disputed the charge on my credit card. The name of the place was Morgan Buildings & Spas. I couldn't believe they wouldn't give me a refund after they screwed up my order, after I waited seven weeks for it. That stinks and is very bad business, if you ask me!

When I got home from work today, I stood in the garage thinking about what to do now. Then I decided to start organizing stuff in the garage. I went to Lowe's Building Supplies and got some hooks and stuff for the walls and started to work. Here is the result:

Hey, maybe we don't even need a storage building after all.

Bo is out of town for a few days. Won't he be surprised??

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Out My Kitchen Window

One of my requirements when we were looking for our house was a window over the kitchen sink with a nice view. I must admit I am just a bit claustrophobic and I like to see wide open spaces. I saw some houses that I really liked, but there was no window over the kitchen sink, or there were some houses with a window, but looking out at the outside wall of the house next door, then there were some where you would face the den while at the kitchen sink which is what I had at the rental place we were in last year.

There's an elementery school right across the street at our house now with a big park behind it. There is alot of activity in and around the park. Kids practicing sports, people walking their dogs, running, or riding bicycles and such. I catch myself just standing at the kitchen sink watching people so often. I love my window over the kitchen sink!

This Saturday I am planning to walk in the Juvenile Diabetes 5 Mile Walk around another park here in town. My boss, and friend, Jerry Don has a 4 year old daughter, Avery who was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes last year and we will be walking on the 'Princess Avery' team. Here's a link to her page with a little bit of her story.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Isn't this a beautiful and cool-looking flower? It's a flower from a Passion Fruit vine that is growing in my mother's yard. I took the picture a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting her.

I brought home a cutting from the vine and planted it in my backyard and so far its still alive. Yea! I also planted some seeds but they haven't come up yet. Hopefully one or the other will live and grow. We'll see.