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Back and digging out

January 2, 2009

It seems to me that no matter how much I prepare and clean before we leave for a long trip, there is always a mountain to dig out from afterward. This Christmas was no exception!

We have been trying something new this year. Living down here in our tiny corner of Arizona, we find that we lack for some options. For example, we have two choices for heating our home here. We can either pay out the nose for Propane or you can heat with a wood burning stove. There are no Natural Gas lines here, and if you ask for an electric furnace you will actually be laughed at. Anyway, the last two years we heated with the stove and a little of the propane heat at night. We kept the thermostat low on purpose, but it was way too easy to turn it up for “just a little while” to help. This year though, we decided that paying $300 a month for heat was just not practical and therefore we would heat with only the wood burning stove.

We have been doing really well with it, Sultry Husband heads out about every day to split firewood and fill the wood box up. We didn’t get an early jump on splitting and gathering the wood because of Princess Peanut’s birth in June, but we at least were able to get enough.

Here is where it got interesting though. We left for a week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We wanted to share “First Night” in Salt Lake with our older girls. The dogs are fine in the cold, but the birds were a bit of a problem. After some phone calls, we were able to take our African Grey, Jasper to the sanctuary for the week. While we took Tiki, our Quaker Parrot with us in a small traveling cage.

When we arrived home last night, it was cold. I mean a bone chilling, deep down freezing cold. I was glad that a friend of ours told us to turn off the water to the house and bleed the lines so we wouldn’t have busted pipes to deal with. SH and I stayed up really late just to make sure we could get enough heat into the house for the night. Even with that effort though, this morning was way more than uncomfortable. Both older girls climbed into bed with us because SH and I have a nice heating blanket.

Next year, I think I will ask a friend of mine to start a fire a few hours before we get home… other than that, the trip was fabulous! More details on our actual vacation when I get time to pull pictures off my computer. For now, there is a mountain of laundry to put away and ten billion odds and ends to sort through… wish me luck!

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Options

December 31, 2006

Today is the day that Blogger has chosen to force me into the Beta system. I am quite frustrated here, as I don’t like using the Google system, but that is my downfall. I hope it proves to be a better system and as one of my new years resolutions is to be more positive, well there ya go another opportunity to think about the good side.

For now, let me tell you all about what has happened in the last 48 hours or so. Fabulous news all around so be patient with me, it will all come out.

Good News #1
I had sent the x-rays of my hip to a specialist in another state. I was hoping that I would be a candidate for a new type of hip resurfacing system. On Thursday afternoon we heard from him. He stated that I was NOT a candidate for his or ANY OTHER surgery at this time. He did not see any reason to replace my hip for any reason! Perhaps, years down the road it will still need to be done, but not for many years. He thinks that it is a detachment of some muscles or something that is causing my pain. Our new recommendation is that we have an MRI done, get some new medications and Physical Therapy, and then we may be able to have lots and lots of kids! Thats right people, the ban on a large family may be lifted!

Good news #2
We have a very likely renter for our Idaho House! We got the call this morning that there is a lady wanting to move in. She is already with the rental agency and just looking for a different house, so we know that she is responsible and pays her bills. We are so excited, it should go through just after the new year so YAY FOR US!

Good news #3
With our moving out of the Idaho house, the county lowered the taxes on the home because it was no longer our primary dwelling place. We knew that it was all taken out of our Escrow account, so I didn’t think too hard on it when we moved. However, we have now received a surplus check from the mortgage company! Yay for late Christmas Presents!

Good news #4
Sultry Husband has always wanted a projector tv. I mean, the kind that is like a movie theater in your own home. Before Christmas, he found one for a steal because of a rebate offer. Now, we have ordered that TV that will be paid for with less than our mortgage rebate check! WHOO HOO! We will have some left to save for a rainy day, so don’t be concerned with us “blowing” the unexpected income. This projector was something that we have wanted well, forever, and this was a deal that we seriously did not want to turn down.

Good news #5
Sultry Husband got a great review from his managers at work. Therefore, we really should be getting a raise. This would be the first of our working career ever. We will know in the next few days how much, but yay for our team and for SH finding a job that he loves and who appreciates his tallents!

Things are looking up for us, we have big plans for 2007, but over all I hope that it is the year of stability!