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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Ha ha. Oh, how I do amuse myself. There is no summer vacation, and since every window and door is closed all day due to construction dust/noise, I am not even sure it is summer.

The re-siding (my English friend calls it "re-cladding", I like her term better) crew promised they would finish on Wednesday. Then Thursday. Then fer shure Friday. Nope. They are returning Monday to finish-up. The porta-potty remains in our garden and - since the workers have been here since July 17th - I am going to claim them as dependents on our 2014 taxes.

Fer shure.

Some time during the winter a tree blew over in a storm and has been resting on another tree. This is a potentially dangerous situation and could cause both trees to tumble. DT asked our tree service guy to come out and cut a few limbs so the tree could fall.

Being stuck inside this big old house for four weeks has provided us with a lot of time to attack chores neglected too long. It is impossible to relax or rest or blog or read with all the nailing and sawing noise. Dave (when he isn't off golfing) is tackling the garage storage cabinets.

I did the same with the pantry.

Yes. I do have six varities of rice. Don't judge.

Every kitchen cabinet and drawer has been cleaned, organized and unused items have been delivered to Goodwill.

I also spent some time laundering items stored-away from Lisa's childhood. Lisa was born in The Philippines, where they were very skilled at (hand and machine) embroidery and smocking. Lisa had the cutest little baby clothes, and while not useful for Leo, the few dresses I saved will be perfect for a little girl. I even found her teeny toddler bikini. Lisa's baby spoons and cups were polished.

Though not many of Lisa's baby things were saved, the items are all special - bibs embroidered by my paternal grandmother, a quilt made by Dave's paternal grandmother, a size 3T sweater knit by my mom and little blankets my mom made for Lisa's dollies.

It was a fun task which brought back many happy memories... but no time to dwell on the past... Lisa has given me a chore:

Lisa (finally!) decided on this 5-inch peony (my mom's favorite flower) for a pillow inset for the nursery, and asked me to needlepoint the canvas. I chose silk, because you know how much toddlers love silk needlepointed pillows. Will Baby Girl one day have this pillow in her daughter's nursery?

In my spare time... I've been working on the easiest and fastest way to make mac & cheese (without involving that blue and yellow box that doesn't even have CHEESE in the ingredient list!) that will please kids and adults. My one pan recipe - with several variations - will be shared in the September RV Goddess newsletter. (Sign up here.)

Until my next update, I remain, your cabin-feverish correspondent.