Monday, March 27, 2006

Thr Family Tree Got Straighter

David married Kristine while she was in Atlanta for Spring Break (now what's wrong with that picture?). Anyway, I guess he's no longer my brother-in-law since he's remarried. Now he's my step-nephew-in-law. That makes Audrey not only my niece, but my step-grand-niece. Confusing!!!

That didn't bother me so much, although he could have at least told me since I've talked to him since the deed was done. What bothered me is that while Kristine was there, they started painting and painted Mary's Sisters Room. And Audrey is moving into it so that Kristine can have Audrey's old room for an office. Supposedly, they asked Audrey which room she wanted and she chose the one she called "Mommy's Room."

I broke down and cried after I heard that news. I helped Mary work on that room to get it the way she wanted. We scraped off wallpaper - very difficult job as that paper did not want to come off. It was a heavy navy blue paper with little pink hearts and flowers in a sort of striped pattern. Mary and I had to work as a team to get that paper off - one holding the steamer on it, and the other coming along with the scraper and quickly sliding the scraper under the paper. Underneath the paper was bright pink walls. So after scraping and then washing the walls, we had to prime and then paint with 2 coats of paint. It was a solid weekend of work. We also painted all the trim a bright white. With the blue and white rose patterned comforter Mary chose and the white sheers on the window, the room was very feminine and very restful - totally different from the rest of the house. And now it's gone. I felt like that was my last link to my sister - one of the last projects she and I worked on together - and we worked on plenty through the years.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Of Two Minds

Waiting for the results of the DET contest at and although I know that I went into this for the experience and I probably won't get past this round, I've decided I would really like to move to the next round. I just don't think my layout is good enough. I really didn't like the kit and had to get past that to even make the kit work. But the final thing I need to remember is that I got another layout on my list crossed off.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

What Not to Say at a Funeral

I was remembering an incident that happened at my Dad's funeral in 2003 and thought I had better get it down on paper (so to speak):

At my dad's funeral, the minister begins reciting the 23rd Psalm. He gets to the verse "Surely goodness and mercy will follow..." and Mary leans over to Kathy and whispers, "Don't call me Shirley!" (line from Airport). The family pews were in an alcove to the front and side of the chapel and I'm at the far end of the front pew. The rest of the congreagation can't see my sisters - the evil ones, of course - but can see me with my shoulders heaving trying not to bust out laughing because by that time my mom is whispering "Don't make me have to separate you two!"