What will September bring?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
What will September bring?
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Fri, 09-06-2013 - 5:05pm

Will you be doing anything fun or different this month? Resuming any activities that went on hiatus for the summer? Any plans for travel?

Something you might want to check out online this month is the iTunes Festival. If you have iTunes (you can download it for free) you can watch a variety of concerts every day during September. There are performances of just one song, with a full concert available for many artists. New music gets added every day. Not all of it is to my taste but I discovered some that I enjoyed...at worst its a couple of minutes wasted if you don't like the band.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 7:21am

Whenever I go to youtube I end up spending way more time than anticipated - love seeing live music even if it's via laptop!

This month - 3 SIL's and one niece's bday, but we don't celebrate so I just have to remember to send cards.  We'll eventually close the pool (still plenty hot for now).  We'll finish our den, I hope - for now all that furniture is in our livingroom so the house is kinda different for a bit. (drywall is up, needs to be sanded, painted, then cabinets/counter up (small wet bar) and trim/cove molding goes up and track lights - it was to take a week and we're on week 4...paying way more than originally agreed to so I can't wait and am making dh and me do what's left after the guy sands) 

Other than that, just a few local things - a hamfest in Peoria, our Brentwood days fireworks, art fair (this weekend), lunch with a friend, doing the entire swimming merit badge with a bunch of scouts...

Sue

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 10:36am

So far there's nothing planned for this month. It continues to be hot and humid here with no significant relief in sight, we've been running the AC pretty much all day everyday....I'll probably faint mid-month when the new utility bill arrives! Nephew is leaving on Sunday afternoon after 4 weeks, he's been a very good houseguest and we've enjoyed his stories from the O.R., but it will be nice to have the house to ourselves again. I suspect that we'll move into the guest room for sleeping asap---our bedroom is so warm that we have 2 fans running all night and I am not sleeping well, waking up with raspy throat and itchy eyes etc.

Ds' 30th birthday was last Tuesday (how did that happen?!) and we Skyped with him, got to hear about the trip to Italy. 

Sue, I feel your pain on the home improvement. Last year at this time we had a guy working on our walls. What's the old saying? That remodeling takes twice as long as expected and costs three times as much, or takes 3 times longer and costs twice as much? Either way, why is it that it rarely goes as its supposed to? At least you will have a nice space in your den when its all done. Will you be redecorating too, like getting some new furniture?

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 11:54am

No new furniture - what goes in there was in our livingroom for years, which we never (literally) use.  So there's a couch and love seat that will go in. We got 2 new rugs for in there over a year ago and they're still newer.  Not sure what we'll put on the walls yet other than pale blue/grey paint but it won't be any time soon unless ds is going to make us new pictures! Maybe some of his photos...or mine...

Sue

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 11:58am

I am presently working on finding a place for Susanne and I to stay at least for one week when she is at the stained glass studio working on making two small stained glass windows for a church in the town of Banff.  Don't know if I told the story here - but to keep it short, she received a grant to make these windows - with the help of a stained glass artisan at a studio in Nova Scotia.  Of course she has no notion of how to make stained glass windows (and these are not the hobby craft type where you piece together bits of glass and sodder them together but rather it's more painting on glass).  But this studio in Nova Scotia primarily helps artists create their vision in glass.  So while Susanne has drawn in colour pencil what she wants on the windows, the fellow at the glass studio will help her create these drawings onto the glass. 

Anyway I'm going with her (Susanne is almost 76 years old, able bodied but not keen to travel alone and I will primarily be the driver of the rental car, for one thing) - and we'll also spend some extra time to see some of Nova Scotia (after the windows are done which should take 5 days, so she's told).  She's never seen Nova Scotia (I have seen a good part of it) and is keen to see the ocean and beaches, coves, etc.  The fall colours should be out in full force then too (early to middle October). 

Anyway I'm online, trying to find a place to stay - not too far from the glass studio and with a kitchen or kitchenette and two beds!  Believe me, it's not been easy and so far I've only got one possible place.  I'm having to now look a bit further afield in the other direction to see if I can find anything on offer there.  Unfortunately, the one really good possibility, which was really close to the glass studio - a motel with kitchen amenities, decided to close up before October, when they originally said they'd be open until mid-October.  {Sigh}.

Otherwise for this month, Ray's train club is hosting a free weekend of train rides at the end of September for the annual 'Artember' event - which for two years now included my having made a drawing for the children to colour if they so choose when their families come to ride the train.  So I have to make a drawing for that again, this year...usually a cartoon with a train in it.  Must get to doing that soon.

And we will join my sister and BIL for a few days of the week of the 22nd where they will be at a condo (they have a time-share arrangement) in a hot spring resort area of British Columbia.  We'll get to laze around in a hot springs pool and do other touristy things...visiting an old time fort re-creation, so I hear.  So those are the plans for this month, other than a few appointments to an eye test, a physiotherapist, and my rheumatologist.  

Shirley

 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 2:18pm

Shirley, might the owner of the glass studio be able to recommend places to stay? Many of the visiting artists must need short term accomodations so he might have helped with this before. Maybe there are some people in the town who quietly do a B&B situation in their home. Have you looked on airbnb? Lately, several people I know have found their accomodations through that site. 

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Sat, 09-07-2013 - 4:43pm

Elspeth, the glass studio owner did suggest a nearby motel.  When I phoned to book our place there the owner of the motel said that this year they were closing up before October.  Ordinarily they used to stay open till mid-October. The studio owners actually do supply a bedroom but just a room with one single bed for artists who come from elsewhere (as most do).  Since I am accompanying Susanne that leaves me out of this option, but Susanne certainly didn't think it fair for me to have to pay full price for a place of my own considering I am going there to assist her in ways as well as be company for her.  And so that is one reason why we began the search for a place to stay together.  The requirements were two beds and a kitchen since we would like to make our own breakfasts and possibly buy some other snack food to have on hand or for lunches we may pack to bring with us.  

The closest town did not seem to have any motels that afforded a kitchen, and there were B&B places but Susanne still wanted the freedom to make her own breakfasts rather than be served the breakfast in the B&B (I am not that particular but...?) .  There were hotels too in the town but no kitchens, again.  Some have breakfasts included but again, Susanne was suspect as to what they might serve.  I've been to some hotels where the breakfasts offered (sometimes buffet style) are even to my standards less than satisfying!  Anyway all this was to be taken into account to find a place. 

Well, I am happy to say that I just recently found a place!  It's a motel with kitchens in each room and the rates are now off-season rates so a savings that way.  It's about a half-hour drive to the glass studio, but at this point we are just glad to have found an affordable place...so we'll  have to burn a bit more gas and get up that much earlier each morning to go to the glass studio.  I am so pleased that this has been found and booked.  It's a relief because it was a pain to go through so many online websites and make some phone calls and with so little of what we wanted to be found. 

Never heard of airbnb.  I did look on VRBO (Vacation rentals by owner) which turned up a nice cottage but it was quite expensive - but then it's a very nice big cottage.  Just too expensive for us. 

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 5:49pm

Glad that you have found someplace to stay.

I've not used airbnb.com but my kids both used it recently. Dd got an apt for her week in Paris and ds used it for a couple of nights for someplace in Italy I think. A friend was telling me how lots of people in our area are renting out rooms on it so I checked it out....indeed, there are several listings within a few blocks of my house. In any city, some of the listings are for an entire apt/cottage/house and some are for a room, often with a private entrance and sometimes including kitchen privledges. The rates are typically less than at a hotel so I may try to find a place to stay through it for some upcoming trip.

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Sat, 09-07-2013 - 6:32pm

That's a good one to know for future reference.  But just remember, Elspeth, there's a fairly comfy bedroom here for you should you decide to come to Calgary and area!  Most homemade meals included (if you don't mind my cooking!) and even some chauffering around to some delightful tourist sights in Southern Alberta.  Smile  All at no cost!  Amazing!  You just have to put up with us!  LOL. 

Shirley

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Sun, 09-08-2013 - 3:20pm

Sept for us means surgery.  Stephanie has her double mastectomy next Monday. I think she is moving in with us for some of the recovery.  I will be off work next week and after that if needed. 

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 09-09-2013 - 11:00am

One of the awesome things about this board is that people in their 50s and 60s do so many more interesting things than just take care of kids.

13yo DS started at his new school today.  There was a picnic yesterday for the students & families, and it was really hard to see him be SO shy at what must be the most welcoming, nurturing school in the world.  They are so nice that the director even cheerfully told him, "If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't want to talk much either!  It's hard to meet so many new people at once!"  Fingers crossed that it goes well today.

Our household plans are to get the outside of the house, basement & garage cleaned up before all the leaves fall.  At least that is my plan.  Unfortunately it requires DH to execute it, and he is suffering from his usual September depression.  Besides having seasonal affective disorder (which makes him a sad SAHD), his birthday is 9/11 - which is the day his friend died, which was also *his*birthday - so basically September kind of sucks.  He starts feeling better when he's preparing for my birthday later in the month.

And I have a retreat later this month, by which time DS should be feeling more normal.

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