Apr 3, 2010

Lobstahs and Things

Did you miss me, my sweet blogging friends? It's been awhile since my last post... This may be a long one, I'm warning you!

My mom and sister Christine, along with her two kids Joe and Matthew, came up last week for a visit! What a balm to my soul! It's been difficult, to say the least, to move so far away from family. Mom and Guy lived about 3 miles from our house in Pa., and we saw them a lot. The kids miss them terribly, and it's very hard to hear them ask to go see Gammy and Pop Pop, or to ask where their cousins are.

Christine and I are true Irish twins, born in the same year. Needless to say, she's like my missing other half. We've always been best friends and partners in crime. We've helped each other move, paint, redecorate, clean up, clean out, baby sit, swap kids clothes. etc.

The weather was cold and rainy, so we just spent lots of time together. Christine and I tackled the old nasty wallpaper that covered the side hallway, staircase, and upper hallway that leads to the third floor. The walls are old plaster and were covered in sticky paste. Ugh. There was a doorway right where the hall met the other hall that leads either to the laundry or the kitchen. Chris took the door down, realized it was a false doorway, and ripped the whole thing out. What a difference!! Light now fills the hallway and staircase- which previously felt like a cave. Chris finally gave into my request to paint the beadboard. He didn't want to because it's "original" to the house.

A visit to Maine wouldn't be complete without a lobster dinner! I actually steamed them myself! Adam was a bit freaked out, he wanted to keep the lobsters and let them live in a bowl of water. He cried and cried, but once them were steamed, he made the simple announcement "they're dead" and that was that!

This is a picture of my 16 1/2 year old cat Peanut, who thought she might like some lobster. After smelling it, she thought "no" but was enticed by a piece of steak. Today she is not herself, not eating too much, and I am scared for my old gal. She has had a long and happy life, but I'm not ready to part with her yet.

So, after a few days, the gang headed back to Pennsylvania. I am glad they made it up, and am waiting for the next installment!

Happy Easter- Lee


natalea said...

love the picture with your cat checkin' out the lobster!
Have a fabulous weekend Lee!
Happy Easter, xoxo nat

Julie Pishny said...

Yeah, the nasty wallpaper is gone...I know how happy you must be about that...and the beadboard looks great painted in a fresh coat of white paint....love it!

Isn't it nice to have family come along to lend a hand...it makes the work go so much easier with someone to laugh with.

Happy Easter, Lee! Hugs - Julie

The Other Side of Me said...


All of the boys are getting so big and so cute!
Glad yo had a good visit. The lobsters looked awesome. And you fix it the way I like it...with a big pot of melted butter! YUM.

I can't believe that Peanut is still going. The place is shaping up. Can't wait to see it all.

Love you,

Lori said...

Lee, are you telling me that we were actually neighbors for a while...for some reason i thought you lived in georgia before the move north...it sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your family...i am happy for you:) mmm mmm mmm, that lobster sounds delicious...see, there are benefits to living there...too cute about Adam...you didn't say if he liked the lobster or not...i hope he did...i hope your kitty will be ok, poor little thing!!!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Awwww, bless Peanut's sweet little heart! I understand, it's so difficult when our babies get older, isn't it?

Great job on the hall and staircase!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Tam said...

I am such the cat lover and love love that picture of her!

I love that you painted the beadboard white. I bet it brightened things up so much.

IT looks like great fun with family and I know you were probably a little misty when they left....I am each time my family comes and goes.

Well take care!