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Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Monday, October 10, 2011


Whew! This weekend was full and I was suddenly the ultimate multi-tasker.  Starting with Friday afternoon, I taped off the ceiling and moved furniture in preparation to paint our living/dining room. Saturday, while McGuyver and Jim Otto finished siding our garage, I proceeded to paint the ceiling.  This is about as much fun as washing the Hiker.


Being vertically challenged, I am familiar with looking UP a lot…but this was looking up a BUNCH!! I was hoping that maybe my 4 chins might tighten up afterward…NOT!

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I finished the ceiling about 3PM, and began taping off the woodwork. 

    At 4PM, Terrie and Tim brought the 3 Grands over to spend the night.  Tim was running his first Chicago Marathon Sunday, and he and Ter had to get up at 3:30AM and head into the city.  I fixed spaghetti, chicken nuggets and deviled eggs for dinner, and S’More ice cream sundaes for desert. As you can see, there are not 3, but 4 kids…Whenever the Heiser kids show up here, our neighbor Jessica magically materializes…She is just like one of our own grandkids…and she spent the night with us, too.


Sunday AM, McGuyver and I got up early..waaaay before the kids. I finished taping off the windows, doors and woodwork, took down the curtains and hardware, and began trimming the walls…About 9:30AM, Campbell came down the steps and the rest followed…I stopped my painting and made sausage and French toast for everyone.  Next came haircuts for the boys, which I had promised Terrie I would do. And then,  I dug out some poster board so the kids could make surprise posters for their Dad…(Gotta keep ‘em busy while I had my head in the paint bucket.) Those kids produced some class A artwork for Tim, if I do say so!!







…. I then proceeded to roller paint the walls, being very mindful of where I put my roller paint tray..Surprised smile

I finished my painting about 3PM. Den helped me pull the tape off, put back fixtures, wall pictures and curtains… and by 4PM, I had finished my project..Oh, I forgot to add that I fixed the kids a pizza about 2PM..this is coming from someone who has trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time.





I was very pleased to get rid of the pinkish paint that was slowly driving me more nuts than I already am…and replace it with “French Gray Linen”….In my next life I want to have a job naming paint colors…I totally think the name of the paint color influences the color you pick..right girls?? Like betting on a horse because you love the name.






The kids were excited to  have their Dad come back from the race..We were sent text messages(that would be Den, my phone isnt’ smart enough) about where he was at 10K, 18K and the finish..About 5:30PM Terrie and Tim pulled in..and those kids could not WAIT to show Tim and give him hugs….He could barely walk…and Ter said he was pale and a bit shaky after his shower….(I would have been on a gurney in an ambulance staring at the roof with glazed eyes.)



Tim said he began cramping up in his calves about mile 20, and had to slow down…not to mention he was having some heavy chest pain, nausea and felt like giving up….but he DIDN’T give up!!!!!! I guess that’s what this race is all about….pushing one’s self to accomplish what you deemed impossible… I guess you have to run it to understand it…They say it changes who you are and how you see the world once you run a marathon.


» Heiser, Tim (USA)
Sugar Grove, IL
02:00:39-time at halfway
04:16:35-finish time

"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."
- John Hanc

“Thank you to all my friends and family who provided encouragement and advice to me for my first marathon. What started as a joke and a dare a year ago, came to fruition today. I especially want to thank the love of my life, Terrie, who woke up with me at 3:30am to go down there and my best friend, JT, who sacrificed a Sunday morning to be there with me. When I made the final turn and thought I was...n't going to make it the last 300 yards, I looked up in the stands, and there they both were cheering me meant a lot. I've been running for a while and never thought I could complete's one of those things you check off your bucket list. But get ready everyone...we're all doing together next year. Thanks again”  -quoted from Tim on his Facebook page



  1. I saw a paint chip called "LaFonda Fireberry" and it became a story about a drag queen.

  2. Love the kids artwork!!! Yeah for the painting u did!!! Looks great!

  3. I have a family room and kitchen that needs a coat of paint. How soon can you get here?

  4. Congrats to the marathoner!

    Great looking paint job - painting a ceiling is one job I really hate!

    Those posters the kids made sure look professional - nice job!!

  5. You are very talented and a good multitasker. I assume you still had time to make Dennis a sammich and cold Bush??

    I would rather run a marathon than paint.. at least if you quit it doesn't leave lines..

  6. Good for him!! Something he and his whole family will have to talk about forever!

    And you, Wonderwoman!! Isn't having the Grands enough????? You have to..

    cut hair

    Good Grief!

    Show off! I guess we know where your son got him gumption!

  7. Great job on the posters. Kids are so creative (and it keeps them busy). Congrats to Tim on his marathon.

  8. You ARE woman! Now, we've heard you roar! :)

  9. Good for the Detective, now he surely ran get his man.The only color I would buy is High Life Light, it's sort of a tan color goes good with hot weather.Looks like you did good with the Grands and their artwork is great.Now sit down pour about a beer glass full of wine, don't listen to anyone that says "wrong glass" and go for it, you deserve it. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

  10. Well done Tim. Congratulations on completing the marathon.

    An what a job you have had, a marathon in itself, with prepping, painting, watching grandkids and feeding them.

    Kevin and Ruth

  11. good job Tim!..quite the accomplishment to finish a marathon!!!
    way to multitask Donna!!..paint brush in one hand and a frying pan in the other!!!

  12. Congratulations to ALL of you! Sounds like you and Den and Terri and Tim and the kids were superstars this weekend.

  13. you know its all in the name, Donna, we can do it all :-)
    paint job looks great, that's also my next project in my spare time. And those posters the kids made are terrific, wish I had some of that talent. Congrats to Tim, I'm with you, if I run there had better be a paramedic that can run along side. of course he wouldnt have to run that far before he was put to work !.
    Isnt 'kid radar" something else, I know when adam stays w/ us the other kids seem to sense it.
    Now put up your feet and such stare at your 'fresh' new room.
    Donna w.