Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Miscellaneous

First off, I want to thank everyone who offered their sympathy and reassurance to last Monday's Miscellaneous Meltdown.  (That probably would have been a more appropriate title, don't you think?)

Anyway, since then, the seller's have agreed to make the repairs to the electrical system, and the irrigation guy put in the pressure reducers.  The irrigation guy is a nice person, but he wasn't happy about installing the pressure reducers.  He is one of those people that thinks something "should" be done a certain way--in this case maximum water delivery in the shortest amount of time--and it bothers him when it's not.  I was breaking one of his rules.  I told him that I understood what he was saying, but to humor me, because I could not afford a complete re-do of the entire irrigation system.

Now that we've got most things in order around here, we put the house on the market: 

Mt. Charleston is visible in the background.  It's an 11,000 foot peak that's beautifully decorated with snow every winter.

Listing the house is bittersweet.  Nevada has been good to us for the last 8 years, but our needs are different now.
We're getting ready for my dad's memorial next weekend.


It won't be anything formal.  (My dad hated funerals.)  Just family celebrating his life.  So we'll share stories and remberances, drink some beer, and hopefully get out the guitars and play a little.  My dad was the best musician in the family.  However, my cousin, Ben, has a natural talent for it, so now the honor of primary musician falls to him.  Me?  I inherited no musical ability whatsoever.  I can play a solid blues bass, but it's only because it's relatively simple and I've practiced A LOT.  Don't ask me to improvise though.

 (My dad, Bill, Ben, and Mike, my dad's brother)

We'll try to give my dad a send off appropriate to who he was.


  1. Glad to hear things are going a bit more smoothly now. Fingers crossed that you will get a good deal on the house.
    You will always carry your dad in you heart. And every time you hear a guitar playing, you will hear his enjoyment, and you will smile.

  2. Good luck in selling your house - it looks like you have a lot of land also - love the mountain!
    I think what you are planning for your dad's send off is so nice. I too hate funerals and really would not like one when it is my time - I would rather my large extended family just get together and have a big barbecue and sit around telling the old stories of what all trouble we got into when we were kids (there were 12 of us) everyone gets to laughing about the stuff we did when we were kids (and sometimes as adults!)

  3. What a handsome man your Dad was and what a lovely way to honour him Michelle.

    Leaving a place you've been is always sad, but you'll create new memories and loves where you're heading. It'll take a while but you'll get there. I've heard it said it takes two years to fully settle into a new place.

    Crossing my fingers and praying to the real estate gods that you get a great price for your house and that the right buyer comes along.

  4. Hi Michelle,
    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. It's tough to lose a father. We had my dad's service in his backyard which he loved and was so proud of. It suited him better than a formal service would have.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I have become a follower of yours also!
    Take Care, xo, Karen

  5. Your dad looks like he was a lot of fun! I'm sure you have such wonderful memories - share them at his memorial and remember his life with joy!!

  6. For your dad, you are doing the right thing. Share the memories at his memorial, I'm sure everyone will enjoy it that way. Fingers crossed and good luck on selling your beautiful estate! Very beautiful with the snowy mountain. I'm glad the problems have been solved by now.

  7. I think that it is wonderful that your family has music to share your happiness and your sorrows. Everytime you play, you will think of your father.

    I wish you the best on the selling of your house. It looks like a wonderful place in a nice and peaceful area.

  8. Pretty house and beautiful view. Hope it sells quickly.

    Those are some great pics of your dad. Nice to get a sense of the kind of guy he was. I'm sure the memorial will be a really good one. Enjoy reconnecting with your visiting family. I'll be thinking of you all.

  9. Look at those mountains! Better secure "themidwestquilter" domain soon! Glad to hear that things are once again moving smoothly - you'll be surprised at how swiftly it will all seem looking back.


  10. Maybe we could swap houses. Can you handle living with a guy who snores really loud, two teens (and all their friends) three dogs, and a cranky cat? I might be persuaded to bring the cat with me, but I don't think my husband will give up his job, or the kids their friends, just because I want an 11,000 foot mountain out my back window. Of course, we aren't exactly in Kansas, being a bit (i.e. much) farther east than that.

    May your memories of your father sustain you. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.

  11. I so wish I could be there. You and everyone are in my heart and I will try and remember our great summers together, fishing, summing, campfires and mud fights. I like to remember him that way. He always had a bear hug for me.
    I can't wait to see you in November.

  12. A bittersweet post, Michelle. I know you will have a sweet time remembering your Dad at the memorial.


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