Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Settling In

Now that I've discovered that moving takes at least 3 times more work than I expected, I'm happy to be up here and settling in. It didn't help that the kids were sick with a stomach bug last Thursday--no fun! But everyone's better now, Jackson started school on Monday and the other kids are adjusting just fine.
It's great to drive up the hill to Zup's grocery store (maybe 1/4 of the size of the Cub Foods I'm used to) and see Lake Superior from the parking lot. I'm not really sure what I think of small town living. It will definitely require some planning, as Target and Cub Foods are about an hour away and Pamida and Super One Foods are about 1/2 hour away.
This house has some quirks to get used to, too. The other day I was putting up the crib when one of the metal bars touched some live wires in an uncovered outlet. Good think I was touching wood and a rubber-handled screwdriver. It sparked and shorted out 2 rooms, but Barry quickly got an outlet cover and a fuse and took care of that situation.
The shower does not stay hot, so I'll have to take either shorter or colder showers.
The dryer puts holes in clothes and takes more than 2 full cycles to dry a load, so we're looking at the laundromat for the short term and a new washer/dryer combo soon.
Just minor things, really, when you have this in your "back yard":

Saturday, February 16, 2008

One Year Ago

Remy Jordan was born! He was 9 pounds and 20 inches. We call him our studier, as he'll just look at people and study them. He is very interested in putting small objects into larger objects, like a toy car into a bucket or a baby spoon into an empty gallon jug. He's been a healthy, happy boy and we're blessed to have him as part of our family! Happy Birthday, Remy!

Monday, February 11, 2008


I went shopping at Savers today for the last time before we move, and I don't think there's a Savers in Duluth for me to frequent. I'm gonna miss 99 cent color tag sales--I found lots of great deals! I've bought mostly kids' clothes, but one day we found a pack of baseball cards, unopened, and found an Albert Pujols card in it that I sold on eBay for over 30 dollars, when the pack was $1.99. I never know what I'll find!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another eBay coincidence

I mailed some eBay packages today and noticed an interesting coincidence. I had two packages going to Coffeeville/Coffeyville. Coffeeville, Mississippi, is a town of about 1100 people while Coffeyville, Kansas, has about 11,000. I've also sold 2 things to Utah and 1 to Montana--not sure if I've ever shipped to those states before. And I had a sale to someone here in St. Cloud, but interestingly enough, not for the first time. A few years ago, we sold something to someone who only lived a few blocks away from us. I've also shipped to St. Cloud, Florida.