Friday, September 12, 2008

Jimminey Cricket Lives in My Garage!

Originally posted on MySpace Sep 12, 2008

Current mood:content

First, can I just say I hate my new garage? It's a real squeeze getting two vehicles inside and my passenger always has to jump out before I drive in or wait to get in when I am backing out. Kind of a pain. But then again, our garage in Seattle wouldn't even hold one car, so I guess it's all in the perspective.

We have a little cricket who has taken up residence in the garage. Once the sun goes down he sets about chirping his little chirp which echo-o-o-o-s through the garage and fills the entire house with his song - if I can call it that. Our house is one of those with an entry way that goes main floor to second floor and and you can hear and understand any conversation from anywhere else in the house. I mention that because when I say his song fills the house, I mean FILLS THE HOUSE!!

I stepped into the garage to find him the other day and he was sitting right beside a garbage can singing his little J. Cricket heart out. When he spotted me he quietly scooted away under the garbage can. After about 5 seconds he scooted back out and began his song from the beginning.

Last night Alyssa and I thought we should help him find his way outside so we cornered him and encourage him to jump toward the door and freedom. We were so proud of our goodwill accomplishment until we came inside and dh told us that a cricket means good luck. Gosh, you think you are doing the right thing and BAM! you've jinxed yourself for seven years! Maybe he'll come back in...

One fun thing about moving from state to state is realizing that there is so much cultural difference where ever you go!! One thing I don't understand is how a state only one state away from the Canadian border is considered a 'southern' state. Alyssa and I giggle behind our hands at all the y'alls we hear but the sad thing is that it's VERY easy to pick up. gah!!

Well, I don't have any beautiful new mountain photos to share as there are none here. No deer have eaten my tulips yet because it's the wrong time of year - but I have already been warned by our neighbors that they are not the best bet for my spring flowers because, just like the Utah deer, Kentucky deer are pretty fond of tulip buds, too.

I do have a little lake view right outside my sunroom window and I love that the geese fly just over the tops of our heads to land in it. They are such awesome birds - scary too, as you would know if you ever tried to feed them!

Update on our household for any that are interested.... Mom is in a nursing home now. It's a relief to have that responsibility off my shoulders, but hurts so much when she asks when she's coming home. She goes as far as to say, "It's going to take a lot of work to take care of me, but I know you won't mind." Little stinker!!

Harriett has connected with new doctors and treatment here and we have some incredibly awesome people working with us to get it all paid for. That alone is an amazing stress reliever, right?

Krissy is adjusting to school at Utah State. I think she's beyond the original nerves that plagued her and having a great experience. I am sad because I can't be there for parents' weekend this weekend, but it gives her a chance to drive back to Sandy and meet up with some of her pals there. I miss her alot!!

Alyssa is a Godsend here. She's taken on dinner by preparing menus, shopping and cooking. Gotta love it!! She's desperately looking for a job that isn't retail. I know they day is getting closer and closer that she's going to manage to find her way back to Seattle. What will I ever do without either of my girls here???

I'm sort of looking for work, too. We really need it with this new house, but I need a schedule that excludes week ends so I can play with hubby and is flexible enough to work around Harriett's chemo schedule. Working from home would be great but I am so afraid of scams I am not very eager to jump on the "opportunities" I see.

.... and what about husband you ask? Let me say that I heard him singing along with the radio the other day - a good sign in my book. I think the stress is finally starting to abate for him, too.

All in all, life is good!

9:22 PM
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    Corinne Spranger

    Hey Bets, soooooo happy for the happy update! I'm not a big cricket fan; maybe if they took requests.... I think you need a little mental health break in Seattle (hint, hint) The Puyallup Fair is on!!!! The kids and I are going Friday for Sami's 22nd birthday.

    Have a great weekend, honey! XOXOXO C

    2 years ago

      Betsy Gully

      I wish I could do the puyallup!! So stinkin' much fun!! I still listen to KMPS and I hear who's performing and I WANT TO BE THERE SO BAD!!!

      Miss ya! Thanks for stopping by!

      2 years ago

    Athena Wahlstrom

    I am glad to hear your settling in! Crickets are good luck, but I don't think you'll get worse luck for chasing them away...
    It sounds really pretty where you are- I want to seeeeeeeeee picturrrrrrrres.
    ;-) Like I am one to talk!
    Atleast you don't have raucous parties to make sleeping difficult with your huge entry way... or do you?!
    I would love to work from home too...
    I am glad to hear Mark is less stressed... it's bad for your health! ;-)
    Maybe Alyssa could go to art school in Seattle and be on the Gordon Ramsay show... Ya?
    Okay, it was a thought.
    Is there enough metropolitan bustle out there to keep a Seattle woman happy?
    Ya'll take care.

    2 years ago

    Kari Fisher Williams

    Wow!! Thanks for the update! I am glad to hear that all in all your life seems to be settling down.

    We miss you around here. Don't be such a stranger!


    2 years ago

      Betsy Gully

      Seems to be my life to ebb and flo on different parts of the internet. Isn't odd to look back and reflect what our connections and relationships were a few years ago and how they have changed and evolved?

      I do miss my friends here. I read about you and Robin and I am keeping you in my thoughts - sending out good positive energy for you both. I am happy you both decided to try to work it out.

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