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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Monday Morning Tired

In the "readership" out there, is there any single one of you who actually wakes up rested and ready to go when the alarm goes off in the morning? Uuuughh! Mornings are SO painful! Especially when it's still pitch dark now when that annoying metallic ring penetrates your dreams. Soooo t-i-r-e-d . . . .

The frost sounded pretty thick on the windshield when I watched Tom scrape it off his car
this morning. But, a heavy frost (brought on by a clear night) also foretells a sunny day ahead. And, for us on alternative energy, that means a laundry day for me! I can fire up the washer and dryer without too much concern for the drain on the batteries . . . since they'll be getting charged by the sun on the other end.

We had a productive and busy weekend. On Friday night, we had an impromptu homemade dinner with the parents of the wee babe (now a two year old) that I used to nanny for. The four (five) of us haven't all gotten together in . . . we couldn't remember HOW long! On Saturday, Tom logged all day - cutting down about 1/3 of the standing dead timber and getting it all stacked in the woodshed. That night, we attended a wonderful dinner party for ten. 1/2 of the couple hosting it used to own her own restaurant (and she's still a part-time chef), so you're always guaranteed a FABULOUS meal. This time was no exception, and the good wine and great conversation were flowing freely. But, by the same token, it was a relatively "early" night as we arrived home (after the one-hour drive) at 11:45.

Tom got a bit more miscellaneous getting-ready-for-winter yard cleanup done yesterday and then finished the paneling in his workshop on the south end of the garage. Stain and trim around the windows followed, and now he's ready for my help in moving the large workbench in that my dad so graciously donated to the effort. Once that's complete, he can move his tools out of the one (parking) side of the garage and drive his car in for the winter! Everybody all together now: "Progress, Progress!"

I, meanwhile, have been fighting getting sick and so
slept in and took it easy on Saturday. Then, yesterday, I attacked the house which is a DISASTER . . . spending the entire afternoon on the livingroom alone (including cleaning out the fish tank, etc.). Now we have at least ONE room that is clean and comfortable in the house! More today, I hope.

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