Monday, November 19, 2012

It's boys!!!

I can't believe my good fortune. I was blessed with two girls who have and are giving me boys....all boys. Lisa got the news today. She is having boys!!! I secretly hoped for a girl when Sarah got pregnant this last time but was very okay when Everett was born. He is just the sweetest little guy, very much like his big brother. 

Sarah made the observation that when the twins are 2 years old, Everett will be three and Cash will be six. Wow! Christmas is going to be so much fun in the coming years. I think we will be moving Christmas to Sarah's house.

I just wish Steve were here to enjoy all of this. He would have been in seventh heaven over all of his grandsons.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Great news...

Sarah and Nate have bought a home!!! It is just a few blocks (1.1 miles according to Nate) from me. Could be the kids will be walking to visit grandma come next spring and summer.

The weather has turned to fall, finally. It came a lot later this year. There was little to no ease into it either. One day it was warm, sunny and now it is cool, dark and wet. I have discovered I am not that crazy about this change. The earlier sunsets have made the depression I suffer from really hard to deal with so I might have to look at getting a light box.

Haven't posted pictures in the longest time. I will have to fix that with my next blog post, I promise.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

More grandbabies...

On Saturday my oldest girl Lisa announced to the world on Facebook that she was expecting and it's twins!!! Yes, my little family is growing by leaps and bounds. My house already seems too small for the size my family is now. I don't have any of the usual baby trappings up yet since Everett is still too small but that time is growing short. Looks to be a crazy and fun holiday season this year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The house closed escrow and the new owners picked up the keys. I officially became the owner of just one house, no more mortgage payments, insurance on two houses or two PGE accounts. It feels great.

Though one of the backlashes to all the stress is the severe muscle spasms in my lower back that I woke up with. My dear friend Laura came to my rescue with a wonderful massage to ease the pain. I have spent the rest of the evening with the heating pad on my back and while drinking lots of water. I hope to be feeling much better in the AM.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Done...and done.

The well was treated and the test came back good, the oil fuel tank has been installed and the paperwork has been turned into the title company and lender. I would say the countdown has begun. 

Feeling really out of sorts right now. I don't know if it is because we are in the final days of the house sale or if it is because of this nasty sinus infection that I have. I resorted to finally seeing the doctor and getting antibiotics but I feel like it is taking a long time to work. Then again it could be the stress. As soon as this sale is done I will schedule a massage and a lunch or dinner with my girlfriends that involves alcohol, lots of it.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

House update...

The septic was pumped and inspected. The well pump was tested as was the water and the fuel tank has been removed and the soil tested. I have to have the well treated, the electrical stuff done and decide where to have the fuel tank placed then I will be done. We still have to wait on paperwork from the DEQ so we can get that to the lender as well. My understanding is the loan has been approved and once the paperwork is to the lender we can close this deal. I am so ready!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The house has sold.

The house has only been on the market for a month and it has sold. I have to admit I was worried that it would be on the market for a long time because I had a lot of traffic but everyone that saw it had the same complaint, they didn't like the floor plan. Rita reassured me that the right person/persons would come along and love it. She was right.

I have to get the septic tank pumped and inspected, the pump for the well tested, the water tested for bacterias and the oil fuel tank decommissioned. I have till the 31st of next month to do it. Shouldn't be a problem.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Second phase

I am moving into the second phase of my life. A great many of you know that since Steve's passing I have been stuck in a sort of limbo with the old house. It took me all of this time to finally let go and make things happen so that I could put it on the market. The finishing touches happened on Saturday and we listed it. It has it's first showing this evening and I am in a mixed state of feelings right now. I need to let go but it is so hard.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I don't really like change

It has been quite awhile since I have posted on my blog. So when I returned to do that this afternoon I have discovered that Google has changed things up, again. I can't find a way to look at my saved posts which leads me to think they may be lost to me entirely. Not good, because I usually write in spurts there by saving to add to the post. Saving is good but only if you can get back to it. So in the interim I am going to have to make short posts and hope I can figure this darn thing out.

I would ask my girls for help but the last time that happened I got laughed at, so it maybe awhile before I figure it out. Damn...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Oregon weather...

It seems that Mother Nature likes to mess with us in the Pacific Northwest. It has been a seriously weird year for weather this year. Since Steve passed away we have had only a bit of really nasty snow/ice conditions. Nothing at all like the mess that occurred in December of 2008. But as you can see from this picture my tree in the front yard already is in full bloom. So I seriously doubt if there will be any fruit on this tree this year.

Today I think it reached 68 degrees and there was supposed to be some rain today but now the weatherman is saying tomorrow evening. My guess is only Mother Nature knows for sure.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's another boy!

We got the news yesterday. Sarah and Nate are having another boy. I have to admit I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a girl but it only lasted a few moments. I have to say that I am getting excited now.

Sarah has asked me to sew some crib sheets for her because the ones she had found online that she really liked were $40! So I can hardly wait till we go shopping for fabric. Bright colors are what she wants so hopefully we will find something that she will like.

As for my urge to buy or make pink things that might still get fulfilled because my niece Katy is due in June. They have decided to wait till the birth to find out what they are having so I still have hope.

This summer it will be berries and babies for the Fordyce's...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I cried...

Nonstop for literally two hours this evening. Everything I seemed to do today or wanted to do I found myself wishing I could ask Steve's opinion on. These last couple of months have been particularly hard. When I first moved into my new house I found solace in his picture that I have sitting on the fireplace. But lately it is all I can do to look at it without falling to pieces and I feel so completely alone. I know that I am struggling with depression on a different level because of the old house and the knowledge that my mom's dementia is getting worse. I should go see the doctor but I have been avoiding it for a variety of reasons that aren't really good ones. I just need Steve to put his arms around me and tell me he that he will make everything okay.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2 FEET...2 FEET...2 FEET!!!

I woke to snow on the ground and a text from Sarah saying "2 feet, 2 feet!!!". Really this girl has a big thing for snow. I, on the other hand can do without it. I am not a big fan. Steve and the girls all for the snow whenever they could get it. I was born a California girl and I don't see that changing...

Friday, January 6, 2012

New beginnings...

It was our first Christmas in my new house and we had lots of fun. It didn't have the tinge of sadness that the last two years had for me. I believe it is because it was the start of new traditions blended with old ones in my new home. Stockings were hung on the fireplace and the tree was in it's rightful place in the living room in front of the window just like at the old house. But there were new lights on the outside of the house, some new ornaments and the smell of ham in the oven to make things feel really good. If it wasn't for the stress that occurs every year I would have this holiday year around. I loved spending the day with my girls and their guys. I am so looking forward to having a new little baby in the house come next Christmas.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Our family has a couple of babies due this summer so we are going to be blessed with an expanding family. So I have an extra couple of wishes to add to my list this year. That being said I wish for my girl Sarah and my niece Katy to have easy and uneventful births, for my friends and family to have a better year than last and of course, peace on earth...