Emmy and the kids came "over the mountain and through the woods to Grandmother's house" yesterday. We went to the Living Desert, which is a way cool place to see animals and such. We went into the butterfly garden, which is enclosed, and found ourselves in a mini-fairy land of flowers and butterflies...they were flying EVERYWHERE and it was magical. Naturally, one landed on Em, her being the groovy celestial self that she is...and then she transfered it to Mae and then from Mae to me. We captured lovely pictures of the whole day, but alas, they have not yet been emailed to me...tsk tsk...It was fun to have Mae over, it was the first time she had been to my house and she was delightfully excited. Her other grandparents have THE house, complete with endless rooms, manicured lawns, play ground and pool with rocks and waterfalls, but she was still delighted to hang out with me in my little metal box...she is so cute!!! Clarkie was also adorable and remained edible the entire day.
THEN!!! later that night Em's dad called me with the wonderful news that my airline, which was responsible for getting me to and from Ohio on not one but FOUR future trips was defunct and would no longer be around. WHAT!!!! Oh, it's true...Skybus could not compete with other carriers and with rising fuel costs...rats rats rats...so now I am frantically searching for cheap tickets to get me home to my momma...I'm sure something will work out...I wonder what fuel costs would entail if I chose to drive?....hmmmmmm
Today I looked at 3, count 'em 3, manufactured homes at The Colony...The Colony is a way groovy manufactured home community from the 70's...lots of stars and celebrities hung out there to "escape the whirlwind of Hollywood"...whatever...all I know is that it is so cool...it's gated, it has a great pool and tennis courts, a party house with my "very own locked liquer cabinet" for the C&C event each Friday (Cocktails and Conversation)...sure...that will be one empty locker.
One of the homes is adorable, and comes furnished in this incredible "retro" look...very minimalist but bright...red sofa, lime green walls, yellow accents...anyone who knows my history with paint (and a dreadful history it is) knows how important it is that I DO NOT DECORATE WITHOUT A CHAPERONE...I heard that Hebdon...
The other furnished house is right next to the pool and the front porch sits out by a little pond...the furnishings are KILLER!!!...buttery leather couches, chairs and loveseats in both the living room, as well as the great room...a HUGE FLAT SCREEN TV...hello...and all new appliances...sigh...
The third was the least expensive, not furnished, but probably the largest square footage AND outdoor area...everything needs updated...new carpet (or tile if I had my choice), new sinks, new applicances, new counter tops...the kitchen is like, June Cleaver on the Jetsons...there is a built-in can opener on the cupboard door below the sink... A BUILT IN CAN OPENER...how many cans does one have to open on a daily basis to make the decision to build in that appliance?...I stagger when I think about it...there is also a built in toaster and a built in mixer...I'm serious, a built in mixer...I'm still in awe.
And then, today was General Conference and I was edified and uplifted by great words of counsel and wisdom...a great 2 days if you ask me...and you didn't, so I thought I'd blog about it....ta dah!!!!! me out