I guess for that matter I am just plain fed up with manufacturers in general. Doesn't matter if it's clothes, make-up, food, whatever....you know, those basics that you buy repeatedly. You find a brand and style that you love. It fits well, it feels good, you are happy. Then....they change it, they quit making it, it's different, it's gone. I have been trying to buy new jeans. I need some new ones badly. You know how hard it is to find jeans that fit. For months now all I could find are the ones that are already worn out, so fashionable. Some of them look worse than the ones I already have owned and worn! I have been waiting and waiting for the local Fred Meyer to get in those petite Lee jeans that fit in a dark, "non-worn" color. So, yesterday at WalMart I decided to try something else. I couldn't try them on cause the employee told me those 3 empty fitting rooms were full...huh? I didn't have time to wait, so I just bought them. Then we went to Fred Meyer. I checked the Petites department and there were my jeans in my size! I bought 2 pairs. This morning I tried it all on. Dang them, the Lee people have changed those jeans. The ones that say they sit at the waist don't anymore and they are now too small. (Yes, the same size I am wearing now that fits is now way too small.) I am so frustrated I could spit! I took all those jeans back today and decided I was just going to have to try something on. So, at FM I found the same jeans in a bigger size. No good, the waist is too big out the back and looks weird and the legs are too long. I tried a different style. In order to get a pair that fits at the waist and actually be at my waist, I had to settle for being too big at the legs and baggy at the butt and this is a pair with "tapered" legs. I hate clothes manufacturers!!!! No wonder I don't like shopping for clothes!
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Another catch up! I must do better!
Here I am...behind again! We have been so busy all summer and much has happened. Here's my catch-up blog and then I'm going to keep up, ha!
On the home front: The market here has really slowed. Prices have dropped some, but there are so many homes on the market that it is taking forever to sell! We did have an offer the last week of July at 50 days, but the buyer got cold feet and changed her mind. So, here we are again, back on the market. We are still getting lookers at about the same pace, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it won't take long and we'll be outta here!
Summer Fun!: We have had the best time this summer. Being retired is the best. We'd planned to have Legend for a couple of weeks this summer. We ended up having him for 4.5 weeks due to babysitting issues in Utah. Lucky Us! Grandma, Papa, and Daddy all loved having him here and we know he loved being here. Cindy drove to Utah to pick him up. On the way there were a couple of unplanned stops for car issues. Four new tires had to be purchased. We knew that was coming, but thought they'd be fine for the trip. Who ever heard of a headlight lens flying off ? Happened here! That necessitated a stop in Orem on the way home for the repair. Cindy and Legend had a good trip back to Washington. There must have been at least 1000 questions asked and answered along the way! During the month he was here we did so many things. We took him and Trevor to the Tacoma Rainiers baseball game for Trevor's birthday on the 3rd. Afterward, we watched the fireworks show. On the 4th, we decorated the wagon and Daddy pulled him in the Cedar Ridge parade while he threw candy to the crowd. Our friends, the Wilhites, were in Seattle from Texas and we all met them for a trip to Blake Island and the Native American salmon dinner and show. The next day we all went to Mt. Rainier National Park and had the best time. Legend decided he wanted to be a deer and was so cute with the antlers he made from big twigs. He loved following Nick around and trying to do whatever he was doing :) Legend loved going to the park and we visited several around the area. I think his favorite was Sunset Park in Lakeland Hills where they have a little climbing wall. We did a couple of picnics at Mud Mt. Dam where he and Daddy played in the wading pool. At Millersylvania State Park, Legend tried out his life jacket in the swimming area. He was hesitant to let go of Grandma, but once he did he was thrilled to discover that he floated. It wasn't long before he was kicking himself around with a huge grin on his face and saying, "I can finally, finally swim!" We also went to the "movie veater" several times. Legend loves going to the movies! He saw "Cars", "Return of Superman", "Over the Hedge", and "Monster House" while he was here. He saw the trailer for "The Barnyard" and wanted to see it so bad. It didn't open until the week we took him back to St. George, so we promised to take him while there. Legend kept asking to go to the beach, so we all did a day trip to Ocean Shores where we roasted hot dogs, made S'mores, and played in the sand. After that, he wanted to go again and wanted to camp in the trailer. So...we were able to snag a camp site at Pacific Beach for 2 nights (on Brad's days off!) and we went camping. He says his favorite parts of camping are making S'mores and being buried in the sand :) We also went to the library several times. Legend was amazed to find all those books and movies that you could take home and then return to "share" with other kids! We went so many times that he earned a free lunch at Subway in the summer reading program. John and I took him to the Arlington Fly-In and he loved looking at the airplanes. He kept begging to go for a ride in John's airplane. So, at the end of his visit we all went to Crest Airpark for Legend's first ride. He was so excited. Somehow he knew exactly what the headset was for and how to work it without being told. He settled right into the airplane. As soon as John started to taxi to the runway, Legend stuck his arms out. He was going to fly! He loved it! Both John and Cindy took Legend back to St. George. We spent a couple of extra days so we could visit with Shayla. The timing worked out perfectly as we were there to help her move. She and Legend are now in their own 2-bedroom apartment and have a place to call their own. Legend was excited to move and instantly became the most popular kid on the block when he brought out his Buzz Lightyear electric motorcycle :) We had a great time with our little guy and started missing him right away! He is growing so fast and learning all the time. He asked so many questions and we had long discussions about lots of things.
Other news: We are deep into the plans for building the airplane hangar in Montana. The building is ordered and will be delivered in a couple of weeks. The concrete will be poured September 13th. We'll be spending the last couple of weeks in Eureka putting the hangar together. We'd hoped the house would be sold and closed before all this was going on, but since our buyer rescinded that won't be the case. Things could get interesting trying to sell a house and build a hangar 11 hours away at the same time! Stay tuned!
Friday, June 16, 2006
Quite A Week!
What started off as a planned relaxing few days at the beach took a couple of turns! We'd made reservations for 3 nights of camping at Pacific Beach and were expecting to spend some time in the sand with books and perhaps a beer in our hand, maybe a long walk thrown in here and there. We were to come home on Thursday. Well, guess what! Libby was graduating on Thursday and we didn't want to miss that, we needed to go to Oregon. No problem, same thing happened when Emily graduated and we just left from the beach and camped at a state park near Oregon City after the ceremony. Hmmm, let's do something different. Let's park the Beetle at Corki's on Monday and swap it with the truck/trailer on Thursday for the drive to Portland. We'll come back Friday morning. OK, arrangements were made and we were set.
Monday morning....arrangements have been made for showing the house to prospective buyers while we are gone and John starts packing the trailer. All is well.....except for that trailer tire that John notices is coming apart! Remember that blow-out we had on Interstate 90 on Labor Day???? We were saved from that deja vue experience by John's astute eye. $300 later we are finally on the road with 3 new trailer tires to match the one we'd gotten before.
Tuesday....the day dawns with decent weather at the beach. We make our usual trek to the kite shop for mochas, take a rain-soaked walk up to Pacific Beach Resort to inquire as to whether we are still eligible to use the military facilities as retired federal employees (yes, we are!), and walk back to the campground. While we are enjoying our down time, a Broker's Open is going on at home. It was well attended with good feedback. That's the good news. The bad news is that Gary (our agent) mentions that Misty is not doing too well. Her kitty issues are continuing and we realize it is time to make a decision about her quality of life. Over dinner we decided that we need to head home.
Wednesday...left for home first thing in the morning, stopping at Cricket Field to get the Beetle. We secured an appointment for Misty for Thursday morning at the vets.
Thursday morning...We took Misty to the vets office and gave her gentle hugs as she entered the land of eternal sleep. It was a hard thing to do, but we know she was not comfortable with all the problems she'd been having. We had 4 calls to show the house today. We are hoping that is a good sign! Another person from last Friday is planning to come back this weekend for another look. We left about 1:00 for Portland and met the Brooks family at the Newport Bay restaurant at River Place Marina for a yummy dinner. Libby is valedictorian at Gladstone High School and had a part in the graduation ceremony. We are all so proud of her and how hard she works at both academics and her swimming. She'll be attending the University of Wisconsin next year with both athletic and academic scholarships. We decided not to stay overnight in order to attend the party Friday evening and made the drive home in the wee hours of the morning. With the house on the market, we need to be here to keep things in order. Do you know how much heat the lights in your home generate??? We left all the lights on when we left for Portland so the house would be light and bright for showings. Wow, it was 78 degrees in here when we came home!
Friday, June 09, 2006
Wow, I almost forgot we had this thing! Guess it's time to use it :)
We have been busy, busy, busy since Cindy retired on her 50th birthday!
January: a trip to St. George for 2 weeks of visiting Legend and Shayla and getting those little boy kisses and hugs, playing in the snow with Wendy and her family, Cindy finally getting to try a normal sleep schedule :)
February: trying to go skiing to see how John's leg would do and ending up at the beach instead due to wind storms and road closures (guess it just wasn't in the cards yet), a visit here from Shayla and Legend that included a fun day in the snow at Paradise!
March: Shayla departed for home and Legend stayed another 10 days for time with Daddy, Papa, and Grandma, the White Pass Winter Festival with Legend, Brad, and Trevor where Legend was so proud of himself for sliding down the hill "all by myself", Cindy started painting classes, an adventurous road trip for Cindy and Legend to Southern California to return him to Mommy and spend a day at Disneyland.
April: Back to California where we visited Cheryl and Gary in Nevada City, Chris and Yvette in Sacramento, and AnnaRobyn in Fremont, paid $4.09 a gallon for gas at Big Sur, visited the Ronald Reagan Presidental Library & Museum in Simi Valley, hosted a Stampin' Up Stamp Camp by Jeanne during our week in Oceanside, celebrated Disney's 50th Anniversary, picked up Legend at the CA/NV border and played with him for a week at Sea World and Disneyland while we all stayed with Gigi and Darrell, visited Erma (who went to Russia with us) in Fresno, and finally drove home!
May: Returned from California on the 8th and got right down to getting the homestead ready to sell! Why do we have so much stuff??? Specifically, how did Cindy's scrapbook supplies grow to rival that of a brick-n-mortar store??? Visited the Montana property, met with Paul Beaumont, builder extraordinaire of Meadow Creek Homes and secured our spot on his build schedule for June, 2007! Our garage sale netted some $$, we hauled what must be several tons of "stuff" off to charity, and another ton has been sent to storage.
June: Here we are at last! On the market and waiting for that perfect buyer. Know anyone that wants a great home in Bonney Lake??? Send them our way!