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The New Apartment.

I know you have been waiting all your life for these pictures.  Well, here they are.

This is the NEW APARTMENT.  We have a spacious LIVING ROOM area.  In the corner is my Music Library.

Did you notice?  The couch has had a makeover.  It now has a lovely brown slipcover.

Oh yes, and the new coffee table.  It’s from the side of the road.  But it was originally from Ikea.

This is the DINING ROOM area.  We eat here, ‘neath the cathedral ceilings.  Wow, those ceilings sure make it feel bigger in here.

This is the KITCHEN area.  It has a DISHWASHER and a GARBAGE DISPOSAL.

And the stove, it’s worth mentioning.  It has THREE small burners and ONE large one, causing me to run all over town looking for drip pans that did not come in packs of two (one small, one large).  Next time, go to Gilroy’s FIRST.

It figures that the hardware store would have what I needed over Wal-Mart and Meijer.

Through the kitchen, there is the LAUNDRY ROOM area.  It has a WASHING MACHINE and a DRYER.  Plus, some shelving for pantry items, and plenty of room for Kitty’s litter box and food/water dishes.

These are the BLUEBERRY MUFFINS I baked yesterday.  They made the whole place smell WONDERFUL.

This is the BATHROOM.  It is a usual sort of bathroom.  However, it is not-so-usual to us, for it is about 3X the size of the bathroom at the old place.  At the old place, you could wash your hair in the sink whist using the toilet, if you felt so inclined.

I did not ever do that, by the way.

*A-hem*  Let us proceed.

This is the balcony, where a lovely potted garden is growing, including Roma tomatoes, basil, garlic, sage, rosemary, a small cherry tree, and a variety of other things.







… and this is the bedroom, which you can’t see right now, because it still has lots of boxes all over yet.

You see, we do not own a dresser at the moment, and so not all of our clothes are unpacked yet.  We are hoping to find a dresser at a garage sale sometime soon.

For now, we are using the dresser I made out of boxes and mailing tape.  I will spare you a picture of my Dresser Of Boxes……for now.

Consider yourself warned.

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Who knew balloons could be so fun?

Remember him?

Of course you do.

Here’s when he meet Kitty.

…and here’s when he entertained himself with a balloon bouquet for an unexpected amount of time.

As you can see here, he is utterly erupting with giggles.

…and batting his arms with glee.

…and chasing the bouquet all across the kitchen.

My poor camera lens couldn’t keep up with The Boy’s crazy movements…

Getting tangled…

Who knew balloons could be this much fun?!

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Meet Bro.

This is Bro.

He is trying to graduate soon.  Did we think he ever would?

We weren’t sure.

But here’s the proof of his graduation: a cake.  It even has his name, and a year.  It’s this year.

He has earned a few skills just in time for graduation….

…like throwing bean bags.

…and standing prettily beside a board full of pictures.

…even when Mom and Dad are near.

He has a girlfriend too.  They like each other.

So, we’ve decided that he did a good job, graduating and all.   Congrats, Matt!

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Curiosity Almost Killed the Kitty

This is my baby baby grand piano.  And this is my cat.

It is a toy piano.  The black keys are not real.  They are just painted on.

The cat is not a toy.  She is real.

The cat is very curious.  She wants to learn to play the toy piano very badly, but she is easily distracted.

She wants to know how the piano works inside.  She thinks that when I press down a key, a little mouse runs inside the piano and plinks the string.  “How does he know which string to plink?” she wonders.

I try to explain to her how the mechanisms inside the toy piano work, but she likes to believe her Mouse Theory instead.

I am bound and determined to teach this cat how to play the toy piano.

Some of the time, she is a good student.  We are slowly making progress.

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The Most Amazing-est Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

The other day, I baked The Most Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World.

Oddly enough, being in this new beautiful kitchen in our new beautiful apartment caused me to get a hankering to do some baking.  But I knew I couldn’t make just ANY chocolate chip cookies.  I had to make The Best In The World.

So, I did a Google search for “the best chocolate chip cookies in the world” and Google gave me this recipe.  And sure enough — when I made these cookies, they turned out to be The Best In The World.

I tried one when it was yet warm and gooey from the oven, and I agreed with Google that they were The Best In The World.  Hubby came home and tried one, and he also agreed with Google.  He brought some in to work to share, and they also agreed with Google.  Now all Hubby’s coworkers think I am an amazing cook.  Thank you, Google!

Lessons Learned:

#1:  If you want to be popular, bake The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies In The World.

#2:  Google is always right.

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A Day at the Zoo

For Memorial Day, we spent the day at Binder Zoo in Battle Creek.  We had a good time.  Even the steady rain didn’t slow us down!

Matt got thirsty.

Look at the poor mother prairie dog — “You’d look like too if you just had 5 kids!”

Mom LOVES the zoo.

A cute couple.

Chasing The Little Guy…

Did You Know……. zebras are actually brown and white, not black and white.

I think everyone’s favorite was the giraffes.

Look at that tongue!!

He was quite intrigued with the giraffes.

We saw all kind of creatures.

The tram ride to “Africa.”

Wow, Paul, that is quite a tortoise statue.

Susan likes it too.

In fact, I think she LOVES it.

Somebody is wiped out after a day of running.

My umbrella bit the dust.


The Little Guy is not the only tired one of the group.  Time to go home!

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The Balcony at the New Apartment

Here’s a peek at the new apartment…we have a lovely little balcony!  The handrail has a long planter, so I bought some pansies to give it a splash of color.

We have some other plants out there too.  These are basil seedlings.

The rest of the apartment still has lots of boxes everywhere yet.  =)  But we are making good progress.  Pictures will be coming soon.