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It's that time of year again

Friday, 9:17 pm

By Kate

Sep

09

2005

cloudy

It’s that time of year again. Bake sales for the cross country team. There are sixteen little loaves of streusel cake on the plate and there were another 8 in the oven. The house smells mouth wateringly delicious. Now I have to individually wrap each of them on a small paper plate. And hope that I can find a place to hide all of them so Terry doesn’t eat any of them tonight.

Tomorrow morning I’ll deliver them to the bake sale and each will be sold for one dollar. I think I’d buy one. If I want to taste one, I’ll have to buy one. I used three boxes of struesel mix and came out with exactly 24 little loaves. Not one extra for the baker to taste test. We’ll just assume they are as delicious as they smell.



 

One of the disadvantages

Friday, 6:11 am

By Kate

Sep

09

2005

cloudy

My next door neighbor flagged me down this morning. She wanted to let me know that she’s having all of her windows replaced. Her windows were terribly drafty last year and she says this is definitely the year to replace them. So...she wondered, would I like to replace mine, too?

Well, not really. I hadn’t planned on it, at least. But, if she is going to replace hers and I don’t, the front of the house will look like two distinctly different homes and very unbalanced. That would drive me nuts. It’s one of the disadvantages of having your house attached to your neighbor’s house...things have to match or it looks terrible. So, I told her I’ll do the front of the house. I don’t really need the back windows replaced. I will admit that my living room window is kind of drafty, but everything else is nice and tight and draft free. Oh well. At least washing them will be easy—they’re the kind that open perpendicular to the frame for easy cleaning.

But, I still wasn’t planning on replacing my windows any time soon.

{Sigh}



 

Out of money

Friday, 5:07 am

By Kate

Sep

09

2005

cloudy

From the LA Times:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will halt construction work on some water and power plants in Iraq because it is running out of money for projects, officials said Wednesday.

Security costs have cut into the money available to complete some major infrastructure projects that were started under the $18.4-billion U.S. plan to rebuild Iraq. As a result, the United States is funding only those projects deemed essential by the Iraqi government.

Although no overall figures are available, one contractor has stopped work on six of eight water treatment plants to which it was assigned.

"We have scaled back our projects in many areas,” James Jeffrey, a senior advisor on Iraq for the State Department, told lawmakers at a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations. “We do not have the money."

We do not have the money. Isn’t that...embarrassing?