Long awaited changes

These guys have been around this holiday weekend.


Contractosaurs (and boss).

We had some work that needed done but really needed a few days available to make it happen. I’ve been working so much overtime that we’ve had to wait until this weekend to do it.

The boys moved into separate rooms ages ago this year & at the time we promised both of them they could repaint their rooms.

Havoc’s was white with a definite pinkish tint to it and Mayhem’s was the darker red & blue that they had chosen a few years ago for the room they shared.

Then we promised them we would repaint when they got back from summer camp in June.

Then we promised they could paint their rooms when we got back from Wheeling in July. 

Then August sort of got away from us.

But they were really very patient about it. They’ve lived with us all our lives. They know how these things go.

Still, at last the weekend arrived and we began painting.  This is the color Havoc chose.


A nice soothing blue.

This is Mayhem’s color


Otherwise known as “DAYUM SON! That’s a bright orange!”

Havoc’s went on with one easy coat of paint with primer.  Took a little over half a gallon of paint by the time we had done all the touchups.

Mayhem’s though… well, lets say the paint with primer is great for covering light paint but fairly worthless at darker shades. After two coats on most of the walls, using all of the gallon of paint, the walls were orangish with a slickly green undercoat.  Another gallon of paint got the walls not going to be covered up by bookshelves just orange.

When we go to paint over that room in a month or 5 years or whenever, we will just prime the walls first and then use the paint plus primer over it.

Probably we should not have taken advice from the contractosaurs.

Summer Scavenger Hunt

My photos so far:

1. A bouquet of flowers


2. An ornate door knocker. Its not really ornate, but I encounter so very few door knockers this is probably the best I can do


3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)


4. People playing a board game or card game

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5. Architectural columns


6. A metal bridge


7. A turtle – or a reasonable facsimile thereof. I use this as a paperweight at work


8. Someone "plugged in" to social media. My parents, husband & sons at breakfast, everyone on their phones or tablets

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9. A tent or several


10. A college or university


11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish.  The first is looking down from the top of the 280ft tower. The second is a tower. My husband climbs towers.


12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet


13. A merry-go-round or carousel

We missed the county fair so the opportunities for this have vanished

14. A traffic signal


15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it

Still looking.

16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air. Taken by the tower climber


17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms. The first are my sons & nieces and the second is a team at Beast of the East

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18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle

Still looking

19. A ticket booth. They sell tickets for the tour bus here

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20. A natural body of water


21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.


Alternative A: People eating outside


Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella


Alternative C: A rocking chair. Disassembled. I spent two weeks inspecting a few hundred of these things.


And for old times sake here’s what the dinos & clones have been doing.

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For more photos check out the links at Gallo Organico

Long time no see

So…. it’s been a while hasn’t it?

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I recently traded the comfort of a part time desk job and climate control for full time hours on my feet in the warehouse where I am ‘unburdened by air conditioning’ as my boss puts it.

The first week I was sure I would wind up crippled because my feet hurt so much. I got some gel inserts for my shoes & that helped some but the second week my feet hurt more and I was SOOOOOOOO tired.

But I kept reminding myself “It could be worse. You could still be on the phones.”  Everyone in the warehouse says the same thing to me “I could never be on the phones & deal with people. I don’t know how you stuck it out 9 months.” (I’m really good at customer service, which is a good thing because I kinda hate customer service & by rights ought to suck at it)

This past week wasn’t too bad.

Despite the fact that they moved our shift back an hour so we work 6-2:30 instead of 7-3:30 to avoid the heat. But it means getting up at 5am.

Fortunately life with the early risers Havoc & Mayhem has made this relatively easy for me.  Bonus is that I am long gone by the time they have to get up and get ready for school. This is now DH’s problem. Smile

And when fall comes and we go back to our old schedule I’ll get to ‘sleep in until 6am’ (there is a sentence I never thought I’d utter).

What am I doing in the warehouse?

Inspecting things. Making sure they meet the measurements & descriptions we have for them.

What kind of things?  Right now mostly Adirondack chairs and variations on Adirondack chairs. 

I will never sit in an Adirondack chair again.

So I am slinging around 30lb boxes all day long. 

I haven’t been to the gym since I started this job.

Partly because I am getting lots of physical exercise and partly because after working in the heat all day I’d need to take a shower BEFORE I worked out and I just don’t have the energy for 2 showers a day.

The demons recently spend a week at camp

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They liked okay. Mostly. Havoc lost his glasses in the lake the second day there & the camp never called to let me know so he was semi blind for 3 days.  He still had fun. He had an outdoor survival class he loved.  Mayhem enjoyed the competitions they had but is ambivalent about the classes he took.

They want to go again next year though.

While they were gone we redid our bedroom. New paint, floors & sliding glass door.

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The walls are HGTV color “A New Greige” which is a grey/beige combo that goes well with the oak laminate flooring.  The photo is poorly lit and there is really no way to get a decent photo due to the angles of the room.  But it looks nice in person.

We cleaned out our oldest shed (which is a container usually hauled around by 18 wheelers & came with the property).  We were ruthless. Tossed everything and being the cheap people we are we tossed most of it in the burn pile because we didn’t want to pay the dump’s charges to drop it off.


Redneck burn pile.

Yes, that is MDF wood you are not supposed to burn that we’re burning.

We stood well back from the smoke & didn’t let the kids roast marshmallows.

It was fine.

No one said “Hold m’beer” at any point so you know it was safe.

The down side to full time hours at a job in tiny town is the lack of opportunity to take Scavenger Hunt photos.  But I did find a turtle on my boss’ desk.

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Pretty sure I can get “Someone plugged into social media” on one of my breaks as we all have to turn off our phones while working. (not a policy there just is crap coverage in the warehouse & the phone’s battery drains itself trying to connect to a signal). And “people dressed the same” can be done when I pick the boys up from Boys & Girls Club (our child care place) after they go to an activity (they all have to wear the B&G shirt)

We have July 3rd off for a 3 day holiday weekend so I am hoping to get some geocaching & scavenger hunting in then.

The oldest thing in the house

Yes, this is one of those “How expired is that?” posts.

This one did not begin with a burning need to clean out an appliance or cupboard.

There was no cleaning at all.

DH is working on another online class for a job certification and wanted a notebook of ‘reasonable size’ and all he could find was tiny pocket ones. I knew I’d run across a stash of notebooks recently & tracked them down & gave him one.

This is what he found when he opened it.


The interior calendar page is dated from 2006-2009.

Because surely to god whoever bought the notebook would have used it in a 4 year period right?

Yeah, no.

So what we have here is a notebook that technically ‘expired’ 6 years ago, which tops the most out of date item I have ever come across by a good 3 years.

But then again…. it’s been awhile since I cleaned out the pantry.

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