Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Moving On

Now that the basement has been thoroughly cleaned, the new hot water tank delivered, the furnace order placed, etc., it's time to post those photos from our visit to Chicago, IL.

We traveled by Amtrak. Those coach seats are not as cozy as the site lets on, but we loved the experience of traveling by train.

Kayla and Jayme overlooking the canal.

Jayme was completely invaluable on this trip. He had a wonderful sense of direction and knew how to read a map. Our first stop upon arrival was Grant Park where the Chicago Blues Festival was being held. This is Kayla in front of the Buckingham Fountains.

It rained our second full day in Chicago (our tour the city day). We ventured out anyway.

Kayla fell while crossing the street. One bloody knee, muddy bottom, soaked sweatshirt, visit to Express and $75.00 later, she is one happy and dry[er] little lady.

Since Jayme talked to everyone (the folks were SO friendly), he got the name of a wonderful eatery - Jake Melnick's. This was the fabulous dessert Kayla and I ordered.

We knew we were getting closer to the American Girl Place by all the red shopping bags coming towards us. Kayla's reaction to seeing the store - priceless!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Few Flood Photos

A few photos. Don't get me wrong, I am truly blessed. I didn't lose my home and anything lost can be replaced, but this was a new and scary experience.

The rising water

Five steps from the first floor

This door was locked, but the water pushed it open.

The firemen had to knock out a part of the fence to get to the gas cap.

The aftermath.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day. . .

. . . to my sweet Dad. Mom and I did a fabulous job cleaning out the flooded basement. My sons were a huge help, too. Especially Joey. He did a knock down job getting rid of tons of debris. Not much was salvagable. I have tons of photos to share, but right now, Mom and Cathy and I are going to lunch. It's gorgeous here today. I still have to replace the back door, possibly the washer and dryer, hopefully not my fire breathing furnace, and I picked up a new water heater on Friday which will be put in tomorrow. Still won't have hot water until we see about the furnace. On the bright side, I have a really clean basement. Mom and I hosed it down with clorox and water yesterday. Oh, and the Red Cross came buy with buckets filled with cleaning supplies, water and cereal. That was so cool!!! Okay, gotta go, later!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A State of Emergency

That is what Wilkinsburg, along with two other communities, was declared last night. The storm(s) that blew through here were something out of Twister. I have never seen anything like it. Our street, our yards, flooded. The water was five steps from my first floor. I haven't even gotten up the courage to go look at the damage in the basement. The Fire Department was here, the gas company was here, news reporters were here. Part of the fence was taken down, part of the yard was dug up, the gas was shut off, we currently have no water. It's a nightmare. I was told that I'd probably need a new furnace, maybe a new water heater. Who knows about the floating washer and dryer. And of course, everything will probably need tossed. And that means all my Christmas decorations, Easter and Halloween, too.

Anyway, I have photos. This post was to be about our trip to Chicago, but I'm just not up to it.

I need to go cry again. Later.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Full Plate

Ben came to the office with me last Thursday. We walked through PPG Square which he loved!

My step-Grandmother (Aunt Lillian) passed away last night. She has been with our family FOREVER! We spent all holidays with her and when we were young, she and Pap would rent a cottage at Presque Isle and take us with them for a week. She made the best homemade noodles and every Christmas dinner was a feast. She will be missed. She will be laid out tomorrow.

Tomorrow is also Kayla's 11th birthday. We will be heading out to Chicago at 11:59 p.m. on the 29 Capitol Limited. Choo! Choo!

I picked up the lovely 4 liter jug today for the prep work before Tuesday's procedure. What fun!

I have, truly have, been working on layouts for SO's month long crop. One is sketched, one is still in the works, and one is finished. I won't be able to get them uploaded before the contest ends, but the inspiration from the challenges has been awe-inspiring. I am back in a scrapping groove.

The Arts Festival kicked off this past weekend. I hope to get to it sometime before it ends. We have the perk of getting to hear the afternoon concerts as the music drifts upwards.

Kayla's last day of school was Monday. I'll be taking off some Mondays so we can have long weekends together.

Well, I expected to be in the office tomorrow, but since I'll be at the funeral home, I have TONS to do here at the office.

Have a great day; have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm Here

It's our "end of the month" here at the office. I've been drowning in paperwork and putting in lots of overtime. I have been scrapping, too, and will post the results once I figure out how to use the new scanner program.

My brother and son's work hours are being cut. Just when Jayme is coming eligible for medical insurance. Figures, but on the bright side, they still have jobs!

But, good things are happening and going to happen. I'll share later.