Monday, July 17, 2017

The problem with SOCIAL MEDIA and ME

I'm thinking about stepping back a lot more from this whole Social Media thing.  I was visiting with a group of 4 young moms who were talking about cutting it out all together.  I have noticed all 4 are on it again. SJ does home parties, and this is the biggest invitation/advertising/teaser method that the company uses.  She was off completely for awhile before this.  KB actually unactivated her account.  Now she is back.  JW and CN never gave it up.  They share a lot of family interaction by this method.  Sometimes when you live away, that keeps you in touch.

The pre-election time was kind of the beginning of my prickly feeling.  Things were just nasty.  And they continue to be politically nasty.  I have unfollowed some, and unfriended some other.  And then you get into the part, where email went for awhile, where there is just an excessive amount of sharing. Send me every joke that made you laugh today, and funny pictures and video links and before I know it, I am watching too much stuff.  I become a victim of email pollution.

 Perhaps this is where I like PINTEREST and use that probably too much, also.  I have secret boards.  Ideas to craft.  Away from the eyes of others.  I'm not looking to make myself look good.  I'm looking for something totally useful, and if I share that with others, it's not to say "Hey look how awesome I am."  It's more if I can do it, maybe you can do it... and get that saw in a place that is more handy...or put all that wine in one place...yes, it is pretty crooked.  But no wine has fallen off it yet!  And I've made other things from here.  And I'm always looking to get ideas...more ideas that I will ever be able to do, but it's good to have options.

Part of my point, is, in the right mood, seeing everyone else's perfect life is a little hard to take.  I've read a ton of blog posts over the years, and the ones that I have kept reading, are the ones that are honest - the good and the bad.  The ones that are all rosy are the ones that make your own not-perfect life a little harder to bear.

So here is what I did last week, after discussing this in a bible study group.  I got out my smart phone and removed the facebook app from the front page to another page, then I actually tucked it inside of something else, so in passing, I don't even see it.  I shut off notifications, so it doesn't call out to me to look.  I also have a group or 2 that sends a ton of notifications and I turned them off.  Halfway there.  Then I started on my Kindle that night, and brought up the friends list.  Who do I really not talk with if they are in the same room, not that I'm snobby, just we don't gravitate toward the same topics...and also, who is posting things that make me feel prickly.  I understand it is hot.  And I'm in a different place in my life that some of these people.  But who is posting things that make me feel like I'm failing at life.  And who is sharing more than I need to see.  I went through the list and didn't see the option of unfollowing.  So I made some choices here to unfriend them.  I don't HATE them, or wish them ill.  I'm just uncluttering my brain and sometimes, my heart.  There were people and names on there I couldn't remember ever hearing anything from in years.  And then there were some I waffled on.  I poked around a bit and found the place to unfollow.  We are still friends and whatever that is good for, if I have committees and messages to a group, those people are still available that way.



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I've already found this small gesture is an improvement in my attitude.  I'm still on Facebook.  I even post on Instagram, but not many followers there to clutter my thoughts.  Each has their purpose.  I just needed a break.  So if one or 2 people are reading this, thank you.  I'm giving it to your straight.  I'm doing a study called Lord, Change My Attitude, Before It's Too Late by James MacDonald and 2 weeks in, it's already making an impression.

Thanks for listening.  Feel free to comment...or unfollow...whatever is best for you.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Books - Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

So, I was thinking perhaps at least if I post when I finish a book, I'd post a little more frequently...

TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN by Lauren Graham

Just finished this book after being handed it at a graduation party.  You see, Jocie knows that I like the Gilmore Girls and also Parenthood and a common link is Lauren Graham.  She is fast talking and edgy and maybe a little like what we imagined single motherhood could be if it was cool and fun.  It is often NOT so fun and cool.  But this is a bit of her story as an actress and especially hits on some of the highpoints of the Gilmore Girls years and also the new Year In The Life set of 4 shows on Netflix.

I was a fan of Gilmore Girls for years, but a few years back picked up season 1, then season 2 on DVD.  And I would catch it in several seasons on different places on the TV.  Used to fold the clothes from 11am til noon, so I could watch an hour there.  Then one year my hubby found a little suitcase with all 7 seasons on it.  And I was so happy.  And it sat there.  And I didn't watch it.  And then I went for a veggacation...hey.  Perhaps I just made a new word.  It's when you take time off to just veg.  No tours and dates and chasing around.  So, we were doing a veggacation in the mountains of Virginia and we started at the beginning and watched on Netflix a marathon of Gilmores... then did it again another time.  No one but us and we could do it and sew or knit or pinterest and it was relaxing.  And then we heard about the upcoming YEAR event, so we kicked it up a notch and started binge watching at home on our own.  She finished way before me.  But I got to sewing and watching it on my computer in my sewing spot and finished the series, then watch the 4 episodes - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  And I am ready to go back and do it again.  But I'm more ready to go to Stars Hollow for a while and do my vegging there.  Maybe grab a bite at Luke's - sorry no coffee for me.  Give a wave to Miss Patty and Babette.  And it made me think about where I live and what a story here would look like.  Who would be the stars?  Who would be Kirk?  or Sookie?  Who would these people be in a story I'm living today?  And do I appreciate them enough every day?



So - I finished the book, and I enjoyed it.  Now I need a meet-up with Jocie to get this back to her.  I have a sewing project I'm considering, but it involves some thinking and better done in my own space, not hauled around.  And this is bible school week here, which means CrAzY!  But I've printed something out.. and I'm thinking about it.  Maybe you'll want to grab this book and learn more about the life around Lorlei Gilmore.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Makin' Stuff

First I had a graduation party for the daughter of a former babysitter.  Hard to believe that she has a grad, but she was valedictorian, so it must be true... They are pretty into Harry, so I found this very cool alphabet to use for her name.  And her thing is volleyball - she's going to play in her new college.  So included is a volleyball and her uni.  Went onto a pillow and gift #1 was done...
  That's what I've been doing.  It's kind of my thing to make grad gifts for special friends.  This year, it was a pillow year.  So the daughter of friends got this one.  She likes brown and turquoise. I think this one hit it on the mark.  She has also helped us this busy season with some spreadsheet stuff.  She is on her way to California now, for FLBA nationals with her skills.  Wishing you well, Becca!




Lauren - this one is for another grad from our church...  She is pretty special too, and her dad and my hubby throw corn hole, or horseshoes, or play cards most Monday nights.  They used to be on a bowling team, but they decided that they would rather be outside as much as possible instead of inside the bowling alley.  So they have their Shoes Crew.  If you can make it, fine.  If you can't, you don't have to worry about a sub.  They very rarely miss this guy time, and I'm glad for it.
and this is for another grad, who is related to my kids.  And I wasn't sure what to put on it.  So I put 3 hearts... one for her love of family...one for her love of friends...and the other for her love of God.  The back is the same fabric as the name and year.  And I was happy with the way it turned out.  Some years these gifts are pretty focused on the sports they played.  But as I started, I found a lack of pieces that were all the right colors, so I backed up and punted and I think it turned out OK.


and then my friend at the chiropractor's office posted this sign on her facebook page with a LOVE.  I commented that I thought that was a doable thing.  So I did a little cutting, screwed some parts together, stained, painted, printed and fit the text, found carbon paper at STAPLES, traced it off and then painted the words.  I really like how it turned out.  And she has seen a picture and is excited to get it...so I am holding it hostage.  I just really haven't been back since it was finished. It feels so good to have something FINISHED.  I'm very much a starter, but not so much a finisher.  So this post makes me smile for all the Finished Projects.

and now - how is YOUR project list looking?  Share it now... I'll encourage you all I can.  Now get at it !

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I was really going to try...

...to be a better poster again.  But I keep waiting for life to slow down, and it doesn't.  So this morning I spread a bunch of stuff out on the island.  And decided it was time for some LEMON GINGER TEA-TOX.  Tasted might yummy.  Not sure what it'll do for me.  I'd better read up on the stuff.  I could be WONDER WOMAN tomorrow when I wake up!  But I grabbed one of my extra special mugs to drink it in.  And I drank and made a bit of list...but I was struggling with some can't-sit-stillness.  So my tea was hot, then some was warm, and part of it was cold.  But I liked the taste, all the same.  So while I was getting set down and set up, I sent a text to my friend, Lefty.  At his farm they bring him stuff on pallets every week... and they have extra...so I asked if I could get 4 of them for my project, and he texted back real quick that there were 4 leaning up against the garage by the barn...so we put 'em in the truck and brought them home...
And I went to work screwing them together to build myself a new compost box.  Kind of airy and open, but a place to put stuff ...and I still need to hook the 4th side to it.  But I think I want to hinge it, so I can swing it open.  I cut it apart, thinking I would make it like a Dutch door, but now I'm not sure I even want to hook the top part on.  It will make it a but shorter, and easier to dump into without swinging the door open.  Probably I'm not that good of a composted, but it feels like I'm doing something when I compost, and it seems a lot of times, my garbage bags gets full and oozy from peels and skins and scraps.  So I'm one step closer to doing what I did for a while and being happy about it....and that makes life a little bit better...and then this....

This is what a good plant MAMA's plants look like after the rain.  Happy, healthy and green!
and then there is this plant.  The one that was tucked around the corner and forgotten.  Dang!  I liked this plant.  And I think it's gone past the point of no return.  Into the compost bin it goes!!  I'll have to find a replacement one.

And I'm having another happy feeling, as I read books and finish them!  I still have a stack of leftover magazines that I haven't gotten to, but I sort of like to take them camping, cuz I can read them without concentrating.  I like to sit by myself with a book.  And sometimes that doesn't work out well with a group.  They feel they need to include you and don't want you to feel left out and if you, like me, spend a lot of your week with other people, then sometimes escaping with a book is the best kind of relaxation.  And I know it is often misunderstood as being snooty, or anti-social, but sometimes, you just need it.  So, this week I finished The Summer House, and now I'm ready to read the book that Jocie loaned me when I went to her place for her daughter's graduation party.  She knows I like the Gilmore Girls, and Parenthood, too.  So she thought I might want to read this.  I believe this might be book #5 since April and I count that as a major accomplishment.  My little sister reads a book or 3 a week, but I'm not in a place right now to do that and I have some crafting to do, too.  Have you read either of these?  Sometimes its hard to share books with well-meaning folks whose taste in books is very different from your own.  But I think this one will get read.  I'll be needing to line up another one or two on the nightstand...just for incentive...


Just wondering what you all are reading now... do you read more in the winter or summer, or a lot or a little??  That was one of the things we did in the summer as kids, was go to the library and check out books and read under a tree.  Maybe this weekend I'll have to find a tree.  Well, I have a couple of grad parties to go to, and a couple of grad gifts to stuff...but then, it just might happen.  Need the motivation for some healthier eating.  Got a bag of lettuce in the fridge getting icky cuz I'm feeling a bit lazy, but that's gotta stop and I have a hankering for some veggies...just veggies...cooked with some butter... my whole meal.Maybe tomorrow when I'm getting those stuffers, I'll get some veggies.

Now go to sleep....or you won't be worth anything in the morning...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Par-TEA !!

One of my friends from church has started a new at home shopping job.  She is a consultant for Steeping tea.  I went to her launch party, so I said "Hey, Stephanie!  Come over to my house and make tea for my friends!"  And she did!  It was lots of fun.  There were facts and snacks and tasting all around.  And I told her "I want to do this again in September when we are thinking hot tea instead of iced tea."  So she is coming back again!  I think my friends had a good time and will maybe even want to come back.  If you want to come, let me know!  I'd love to put a cup out for you, too!

It is very cute.  Her hubby went shopping to buy some display items for her and something to make it feel even more special to celebrate her love of tea.  I might send him shopping for me!  He did a great job.  Thanks Ryan.  And what great friends I have!  I want them to come back again, too.. We had 2 separate spaces so everyone had enough room to stick their pinkies out if they wanted to.
I think the order is coming in tomorrow and I can't wait to see it.  I had discount on this great set!  Just in time for summer... but not only do I get this wicked-awesome PITCHER!,  but I also get 4 flavors of tea and the pitcher scoop to measure it out.    It just looks so cool and refreshing!  If you live far from me, you can still hook up and order from Stephanie Jones online through her link.  You won't be sorry.  Does this sound like a shameless plug?  YEP!  It is and I'm ok with it.The Sweet Tea Pitcher is perfect for making sangria, cider-infusions and old-fashioned iced tea! The mesh infuser holds the loose leaf tea and fruit so it doesn't come out while pouring. Brilliant! Find it on page three of our Fall/Winter 2014 Catalog. http://www.steepedtea.com/catalogs/

This is where you will find my friend Stephanie, if you can't make it to my house in the fall, or if you need to stock up for the summer and more... http://www.mysteepedteaparty.com/kt204318 
I will give it a try and see if it gets you where you need to go.
Have a great day, or night ...Let's talk real soon.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Back at it...

I know people get tired of me saying what a crazy season of the year, tax season is for our household.  And so I'll just say, another one has passed.  But as our business evolves, and as technology advances, and more people have more stuff, we find the offices are not cleared out like they have in the past.  Summers were quite leisurely around here for years...  Then we had our summer of 2 weddings, a graduation, and a relocation of a kid to Florida.  And that was when the realization kind of hit.  We aren't ever "caught up" anymore.  My table/desks are piled with projects and look-ups and extendeds and just a variety of other paperwork.  It's not meaning to be a complaint, as much as an explanation.  And along with the realization, is the need to adjust my thinking.  I've got to relieve the pressure to finish and clean off the desk.  I am a "maker".  I make things.  And they get finished.  And then I make other things... OK.. if you come into any room in my house, you just MIGHT see something that is not finished.  But I don't really feel good about it.  So, as I move through this next stage of life, and business growth, I'll just have to remind myself how blessed I am to have enough to eat, and clothes to wear and a house to live in and a quilt or 3 to cover up with.  And quit worrying about the stuff that's always left over for tomorrow...


And now, now that we are into June, I'm getting on a more personal roll.  I am slowly easing into doing some crafty things again.  I did go to my friend at TADA Quilting and long arm quilt 2 king sized quilts.  And I have some scattered pieces going for another quilt.  Perhaps one fitting for a baby girl.  And a friend, whose daughter is graduating this month was talking about looking for new cushions for her outdoor furniture, because hers were faded and dirty, but they were so expensive.  And I said "well!  We can just get some fabric and put covers on those old cushions."  But she told me she didn't sew, so they are all beautifully covered.  With a 60% off outdoor fabric sale, and additional 15% off the remainder, we bought the fabric to cover 6 cushions of various sizes, 2 spools of thread and 2 discount outdoor pillows for less than the price of one of the larger cushions.  And she loves them.  And they really didn't take that long.  The harder part was figuring out and doing the first one, then improving on it to do the next one...and then going back to rip out the whole first one for a redo.
Along with sewing, I have found a little time to read again.  I still have a batch of unread magazines, but that is wonderful for summer and camping.  But I've read these books in the last month or two.  Looking for another to start this weekend.  I have another in the camper, but I have a "few" right here.  Does anyone else tend to handle being overwhelmed and time squeezed by doing something like buying books you wish you had time to read, or fabric you wish you had time to sew?  Yeah, me neither...  I think I have another picture to share... better end this as I make a new effort to BLOG MORE AND FACEBOOK LESS...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My new Title - Gramma

Yes it's true.  We have recently been informed that we will now be changing our title....or adding another new one.  Last year we got to add IN-LAW to our list of accomplishments/jobs.  Now, In September, we will be grandparents for the first time. Thanks Alex and Alyssa for this opportunity to spoil.  It's got to be less pressure than the whole parenting thing.  I'm looking forward to it... and also I'm looking for fairly simple baby knits.  I am not a good knitter.  But I'd like to be able to knit a couple of special things that I can make a baby wear.  You know, cuz even if it's wonky, they can't fight their way out of it.

Alex was my dino-lover.  Does every family have a kid who is more into the whole dinosaur scene?  My mom got an education reading dinosaur books to Alex, and he gently helped her out when she couldn't pronounce their names.  Might be time to get the books out and have her start practicing.  We are excited for this next phase of life.  Knitting pattern suggestions, greatly welcomed.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Because I want you to think about it....

Tonight I posted this on my Facebook page....and then thought since it's been a while since I took the time to post on my blog, perhaps this was the time and place to share...

Today, my heart was breaking...as I sat beside the older gentleman, who was new to me this tax season. He was signing the papers for a joint return, but his wife was not with him. Beside her name was printed "DECEASED" on the papers. He had some questions and I had some answers. We ended satisfied that everything was understood. As he gathered his papers together and I slipped on the rubber band, he said "Now I'm headed to the cemetery." I replied, "Going to talk to your wife." Not a question, but a statement. He nodded, but I could see the tears pooling in his eyes. I was tired and feeling a bit more sensitive today, and mine started watering, too. We stood together and I reached around this near-stranger, and gave him a hug. I said, "It's hard to do this together stuff alone." He just nodded again. Fumbling in his pockets to find his hat, I looked at him and thought of all the people who I know and love, and so many more that I don't, who sit across the table from an empty place, who go for hours, or even days without talking to anyone, who don't know how the things will get done, that someone they loved used to do, who never had to cook for one before, or those who never really cooked. I cried some more after he left, a time or 3 during the day, and then during "be" at church tonight...
If you should happen to see one of those people in the next few days, and you're unsure if you are brave enough on your own, just reach around and give them a hug from me. It might have been quite a while since they had a good squeeze. And you can tell them,"Karen sent this."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I Am ...a MOM

I'm a MOM...are you a MOM?  Maybe you are and maybe you are not.  I have had 2 kids get married, one more move out on his own, and the last one head 1049 miles away to college.  On some days, I think my mom days are pretty much over, as I know them.  It is a new role I am playing, as a mother-in-law and remote mommy.  I've not totally been kicked to the curb.  They know I'm just a phone call away.  And I have skills.  Mom skills.  Things that they didn't outgrow, and never will.  Some are side by side skills.  The painting partner.  The sewing machine lady.  The fix it up chappy.  The power tool handy girl.  The cooker and baker.  Not that I'm great at any of these things, but I dabble enough to have some skills.

Well, today, I looked at something on the counter.  There were 3 choices.  As is the case in many mom situations, I did NOT think, which do I want?  I instead thought, which one will others NOT want?  Crazy, right?  Do you ever do that?  Why do we do that?  Perhaps that is why I have trouble choosing my food at restaurants, or choosing the restaurant to eat at... choosing which movie to see, or whether to bake cookies or brownies...  Am I really thinking about what I want?  What brings me joy?  Yes, I read the book.  Or am I so used to taking care of others, that I can't kick the martyr role?

 I admit, that when my hubby goes away to golf at the end of Tax Season, I have sometimes traveled with him to meet up with my sister, and sometimes stayed home to hold down the fort.  I have decided this year, with 2 dogs, that I will not travel with him.  Partly because of the dogs.  But partly because I enjoy working on projects at 2am...if I want to, not if I have to.  And now, I've got this new friend, Jill at TaDa Quilting in Erie PA.  And I intend to spend some quality time with her that week.  And maybe painting something, or picking up some stuff at Lowe's and building something or 3, and then again, eating weird things at weird times of day and not having to explain.  I don't say these things because I have a mean husband who makes a lot of demands (when it's not tax season!), but just because for the point of conversation, there are questions that would be asked and out of politeness, I should answer.  There are meals that are normally shared, with decisions made based on the hankering of two, that now can be cake and ice cream...just because.  Or peas.  Just peas.  But now, I am rambling, and as is the case with mom's, we too, must go to sleep.  Or to our sewing machines for a little while to unwind..

Later, gator!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Yarn Along...a little late...

"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us!~"  Ginny at Small Things

I've made it.  I've completed the wedding quilts...in the same year as the weddings... and they have been delivered...and life is good... and I'll just wait to see if they make their beds and send me a picture... I took a couple before they left, so I'm good... the daughter has returned to school, the 2 older boys and the misc spouses have returned to work, and the last one will get on a plane next Monday to fly back to Florida for the spring college semester.  Life is slowly adjusting...and tax season is coming fast and furious...and I THINK I'm ready...well, it's coming so I have to be ready.

So, in light of having a portable, in the car, project, I've tried a little preemie cap.  I know someone whose baby was born too early.  She is doing well, but she'll be in the hospital for a while.  Last weekend, she got to the 3 pound mark.  But along with that, I listened to a missionary speaker talk of infant mortality in the country she was living in, including her baby.  How the families have trouble finding clothes that tiny...how little hats keep their little heads warmer....how with all the tubes and wires, normal little clothes just don't work...so I googled, and searched pinterest, and I've found a couple of projects.  This is my first little cap... The top needs a little help.  When I switched from my tiny circular needle, to double pointed needles, I didn't have the same size, so I winged it.  Next time I'll wing it a little differently. But hey!  If your tiny little head is cold, even my pointy hat will work!


And I've been trying to read good books.  Here's one I finished and liked...


right here.  I watch their show, and although I'm not in Texas, they might just be some good neighbors.  They don't argue and fight on the show, and I appreciate that.  I'll probably NOT do a huge reno to my house, there are things there that I can use.  And God is in there.  And they have come under fire recently, someone trying to lambaste them because of their church and preacher and what they believe, and my local Christian radio station had a great link today to Chip's response.  Amen to that.  Please, people, try to get along.  Give things and people a chance - you just might be surprised.
Let's none of us be HATERS...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quilting before Christmas?? CRAZY!

I have been working on a couple of quilts for a long time....  Let me clarify that.  I started 2 quilts quite a while ago.  But life got busy and my hands got stiff and swelly and it was just difficult to proceed at a very fast rate. 
The first quilt I started before the May wedding, but soon figured out that I wasn't progressing at a rate to finish for the wedding and hey, when it's hot outside, who worries about a winter quilt?  So it was bagged, labeled and put into a basket.  It came out in fits and spurts to be worked on from time to time.  Most recently, I decided if I could work on one row of instruction, or one little part a couple of times a week, the end would come.  And my hands started to co-operate a bit more, so as I sit here typing, the quilt top is finished.  Until I was at least halfway through, I vowed never to try this again.  Now it is done and I love it!  Isn't that funny... I have actually made several quilts with colors or pattern chosen by the recipient and thought, wow, I'm not really lovin' this.  And then when it's done, it's almost hard to part with.  I've hopes that people that receive my quilts, are at least a bit in love with them.  Early in my knitting adventure, my husband lovingly said "Don't knit anything for me" and I really haven't.  He doesn't get the who sentimental bond with homemade things that I do.  A handknit, a handsewn (especially quilt), a piece of pottery that was created by my hand... pretty much, I put some of my heart and soul into them.  We have a ministry that our church is involved in that makes prayer quilts and prayer shawls.  Quilts are made by individuals or collectively by the group a few times a year and layered and string ties are sewn through out the top, and the top is stored in a special cupboard.  When there is a need, a request is made and the quilt comes out and it's laid on a table at church, and the people coming in and going out are asked to tie a knot and say a prayer for the person in need.  Sickness, death, issues, no judgement is made.  Quilts have come back when return hospital visits are needed, to have more knots and more prayers.  It really is a great ministry, as is the prayer shawls that are given out.
I like to think that my quilts are a bit of prayer quilts all their own.  I think quite a bit about the people I make them for.  And I pretty much always know who I am making a quilt for.
And so, as I work on this quilt for my son and new daughter-in-law, I've thought a lot about them.  About the years that they have already been together...about the trips and the adventures that they have had traveling.  About the life ahead of them, at this young age.  Of the joys and hardships to come, and the love that will get them through that.  And I sew, and I pray.  And I'm happy to gift it.
But I'm not sure I should post a picture here yet.  It IS a gift, although neither reads this...really, no one reads this...and that's partly because I have slacked on posting... but yesterday I treated myself to a long arm quilting class, and tomorrow I will take this quilt, and the cool pack that I pieced, and load it onto the long arm, and quilt the daylights out of it...yeah, it's going to be my guinea pig quilt... and then I'll put a binding on it and maybe it will even make it under the tree.  So I should probably wait for a picture of the totally completed end product.. probably the July wedding kids quilt won't be done enough to be there....but the wooden gift for #3 will be there, too.  I like to make my gifts and I like them to be practical.  Hoping the feeling is mutual.
Counting down...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Baby, It's finally COLD outside

This is my view from the kitchen window.  The birds are hungry and digging through a deep dump of snow to get to the seed in this feeder.  They totally cleaned out a tube or two.  I've had them out only since the weekend.  But, I've had junkos, nuthatches, bluejays, cardinals (male and female), chickadee-dee-dees, tufted titmouse...they are cold and hungry and I'm the best stop right now.  I enjoy watching them through the window.  Makes washing up some dishes almost a pleasant job.

We had that good weather awhile back, and got lights up.  We are blue and white out front.  This is a little of what it looks like at night.  I like the blue and white... I got a blue LED bulb for my front light, too.


And then we got some blue rope lights and lined the path.  It's the new sidewalk we put in last spring and it is curvey, so we thought we should offer some guidance on where it is, and where it isn't!  Even with snow, the glow will guide you.  It's rather a cool look, don't you think?


I apologize for the lack of posts and chat lately, but right now, I'm getting ready to go to Buffalo Airport to pick up #4, coming home on break from Florida.  He might have a chilly re-entry.  He'll be skiing by the weekend.  Almost 4 weeks of cold and then he can go back to his shorts-weather. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Tower

After MANY months of fighting with my desktop computer, we finally just bit the bullet and ordered a new tower.  It sat in the box all weekend.  Then tonight, when I finished with a couple of today's jobs that were hanging on, I finished some filing, finished some culling of year 8 in the files - I keep 7 years of your tax returns, anything older than that, you keep yourself.  There was the Excel file that got cleaned out, not once, but TWICE, and I had to go back to February to re-enter them.  I was finishing some of this up and feeling tired, but good.  I have the mysterious quilt pieces ready for inspection for the recipient, and not quite ambitious to start the next one...maybe tomorrow night.  So I decided to take the tape off the box and set the computer tower on my desk.  I attempted to re-start the old tower one more time, to no success, then I moved it to the floor and brought out the new one...
It was half the size of the old one-runs so quiet, I thought it had shut itself off.  I now know that my email contacts are all lost-again.  If I can get the few documents and the 15,000 pictures transferred to a temporary place to sort through them.
So, for an hour or 2 of puttering, I'm up and running...well, I still have to figure out where the email is...not obvious.  But I'm smiling.  Ready for jammies.  Reading in bed sounds like a good place to be right now. 
Hope your day was pretty good and that you're tomorrow is even better.  Yesterday, I got the second shower and the end of the hot water.  Today, my repair man didn't get here, so showers were "invigorating".  He promised to be here by 8am tomorrow.  I have to be somewhere at 9, but I'm coming right home, after the freezing shower earlier, to the hot shower, where I will use every drop of hot water.  Better this weekend then Wednesday or Thursday.

Oh, so I went to my special doctor last week for a checkup and she told me my Vitamin D # was low.  Oh, I said, because I don't drink enough milk- NO, she said you need more sunshine.  OK...so the information I've been directed to, says I'm supposed to be avoiding sunshine.  NOPE, now I've just been depriving myself of sun for NO REASON!  And now I'm headed into winter and gray.  So I got as much sun as possible last week hanging up the lights...I hear my jammies calling...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where does the time GO?!?!?

this is what I was up to today.  it was a beautiful day in western New York state.  70 degrees or so.  Sunny skies.  Not much wind.  Good day to have the hubby on a ladder...hanging up the new lights we bought in case all the ones the youngest put away without checking last year, didn't work.  As you may be able to see from the floor display, there were chunks in all but 2 of these awesome twincicle lights that I bought on sale after Christmas a couple of years ago.  They are blue and white in one dripping strand.  I have a love/hate relationship with icicle lights.  I really like the way they look, but with our winter weather, I've found that they often blow up onto the roof and get snowed up there and then we start having technical difficulties.  After shaking and wiggling these strings of lights, and knowing there was no way I was going one by one to see what worked, besides the facts that I couldn't get the darn bulbs in and out, I made a creative decision.  I got the wire strippers and the electrical tape.  I noted where the dead spots were, I unplugged the string, cut the bad part out, stripped the wire, wrapped them together and taped them up good and now, what is hanging of these lights, is only the working parts.  I was so proud of myself.  I was throwing all those strings into the trash, but saved all but 2.  and had enough to get across the front of my house, thank you man on the ladder.  Now, this weekend, winter is supposed to come and I say, bring it on!  I have firewood and lights and books and food.




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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Church Photographer

I've taken on a new purpose over the past several months.  In an attempt to spur some curiousity, I've been taking a camera to church, snapping pictures before, during, and after the service, and then posting them on facebook, tagging anyone I can. 
It is an attempt to bring our church service, and our church family, outside our walls.  I want you to see that God's Not Dead,  that there is a family connection in a church, that believing can be hard, but the "team" works together, that, like anything, you cannot control the words and actions of all the member at all times.  We are not perfect, none of us.  As Christians, we should be even MORE aware of the fact that we all sin, no matter how we try.  Trying, forgiving, reaching out, loving each other...those are all things that make a difference.
I find the world a hard place to be some days - where are the manners I was raised to use?  Is it the times, or am I just old enough to see things I have been blind to in my younger years?  Why is it so difficult to be nice to someone? Since when was it All About ME?  anyway...


So, I've taken to the camera.  To show my appreciation for the family that I have a get together with every week.  Those folks that, I know at least a few, have my back.  Those people, during the welcoming/greeting time in the service, don't look for a handshake, but an honest to goodness hug.  It's fun to have far-away friends and relatives comment when they see old friends posted one week or another.  Some are former members who have moved away.  A few weeks ago, we had a former pastor and his wife visiting.  I couldn't find his name initially on FB, but managed to find it.  It was the weekend that we did our parking lot party.  Where we invited the neighborhood.  Some of which, were in the neighborhood in the 70's, when this couple lived in the parsonage.  It was fun to watch these folks re-connecting with neighbors.  Isn't life funny, when we make the effort, when we leave our comfort zone, just a little, when we call or drop a note to let someone know we care...when we give a hug instead of a wave, and you can feel the power, in you, going into someone else, to fill a spot that needed it so.  Maybe you pass some lifesavers over the pew back, to the folks in front of you.  Maybe you visit, when you should really be leaving, because it means something to those around you, to know that you are listening.  Taking time for kindness and love...pay if forward...today

Friday, October 21, 2016

Autumn Is Fully On

This has been my view for the last little while.  Actually, it's the view I have ever single day, with seasonal adjustments.  There's a good sized corn field across the road from my house.  Behind that is a hay field and then the woods.  Further over is the pasture and the farm.  In the winter, it is a smooth stretch of snow.  If I was a snowshoer, or a cross country skier, this would be the perfect place to start... there are often deer in the field...Canadian geese like to stop in ...turkeys and fox have been seen running around this stretch.  It's country living...it's my kind of living.

Springtime bring the plow and disc and the corn going in.  It tends to be one of the later fields to be planted.  And then you wait..little rows of green sprouts emerge from the furrows and the sun warms them as the stretch their leaves up and up.  It's a late field, but I've yet to not have it knee-high by the 4th of July.  There was a bit of time this summer, when it was so blasted hot, that I think I could hear the field gasping for a drink.  It was a slow grow time.  But then we turned the corner, and it grew and it grew and the hayfield was just a memory and things in the back were all hidden from view.  It's the time when you drive a little edgier, waiting for deer to jump into your car for a ride... I had one this year, but a different field.  But following a banner hay crop year, we had a wonderful corn harvest around here and the field is just corn stubble...and animals having an early evening snack...and my view goes all the way to the woods, and the pasture and the cows and the farm again.
Forecast for the weekend is cold and wet.  We've had a blessing of several warm and sunny days recently.  I guess it's a good time to practice cold and icky.  I'm wishing my calendar was totally clean this weekend, because staying in, wearing flannel, sewing and reading or knitting, eating comfort food, fire in the fireplace- those all sound pretty good to me right now.  But I've got stuff, so I'll take what I get, a day at a time - a blessing at a time and be grateful for each one...have a beautiful weekend.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Just Do It

Nothing excites my bones more than driving 9 hours in my car/truck.  Seriously.  It is something I really creak about for a couple of days after.  I'm not as young and bouncy as I used to be.  But sometimes you need to JUST. DO. IT..
That's right.  Jump in.  Especially when it comes to people.  I'm a pretty cheap traveler.  The thought of plunking down lots of money for a hotel room, and moving that chunk of change from the shopping side of the wallet to the necessary side is not always a joy.  But the really fun part of this is stuff like what I did this week.  You just move in with the relatives.  Sometimes it's friends.  You really have to know them well enough to judge if this is going to stretch your friendship.  Most relatives just have to keep you.  And if you are comfortable, then go for it.  I have found that my sister has enough room for us to be together for a certain number of days, I think, before it starts shrinking.  Add another person or two, and the time is shortened.  I figured if I left on Tuesday, with my mom, and drove to VA, arriving before dinnertime, and then spent 2 whole days, ate breakfast Friday a.m., and headed back, we should be good.  And I think we were, for the most part.

I've been here several times now, but the first time down for my mom, to the mountains.  We had a good visit.  Ate out a bit.  Saved leftovers to eat another day.  Sat around visiting and chilling and it was good.  So maybe it's past time you went to visit someone.  Or invited someone to visit you.  A night or two on the sofa, or inflatable mattress is good for you!
Make a memory or 2.  If there are kids involved, all the better.  Spend a weekend with relatives and play cards and laugh and remember things from when you were young and explain the good old days to the kids.  Sometimes this is where confessions of mischief 30 years ago surface.  You'll be glad you went.  Next time we just might drag the other sister along.  And we might do Raleigh instead of Virginia...who knows... Sometimes you just have to GO.FOR.IT.
Have a great week!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

These are my People - this is where I come from....

I sometimes hesitate to post pictures of this group.  It is a select and carefully cultivated group of friends.  Sometimes this kind of thing comes across as snotty, snooty, exclusive, unwelcoming, cliqueish, rude, uppity, and oh, so many terms.  It is an established event that has occurred 27 times so far.  It happens every fall and spring.  Originally, invites were mailed or emailed to dozens of people.  Many refusals were given and people just weren't interested in spending weekend scrapbooking or crafting with a bunch of other women.  But it's more than the craft.  The craft is a big part of what gets you there.  This is a group of women who shares time and ideas together.  We've had death and divorce affect us.  We've had job changes and life changes.  We have shared so much laughter and some many tears.  And this is the group that is the core.  It starts with the starter list, and when the spaces are all filled, the inviting is done.  So I guess the words above could describe us.  But we are also a group of women who understand the meaning and the need for community.  The need for a sisterhood.  For compliments, criticism and chocolate.  Our lives are not all peachy.  Sometimes they are just plain rotten.  But this is one of the things that keeps us peddling along.  The encouragement and accountability of this group that tells you that your seams are crooked, your word is spelled wrong, and your wine glass needs refilled.  Some of these women hardly see each other except for these 2 times a year, but we fall right into step.
Have you got a friend group like this?  If not, I suggest you start one.  Our shirts this time, with the big fall tree dropping leaves, says "Friendship is not a big thing...It's a million little things."  That's sort of the way we work this.
Another thought...if your husband doesn't have a group like this, start one.  Mine was originally a bowling team that was tired of bowling and would rather throw horse shoes and cornhole.  And they do that as long as the weather permits.  A couple of the guys have big enough farm buildings for indoor cornhole in the winter...that's the season of cards.  500 is the game of choice.  No money changes hands.  Beverage and snacks are contributed here and there.  Monday nights are sacred for this group of friends.  Politics and religion discussions, along with wife bashing, are off limits.  They come when they can, they leave when they need to.  They enjoy each others company.  If they are outside, there is often a fire to sit around.  The wives know where they are and that they are safe and happy.  It's a therapy all it's own.  If you don't have one, start one.  You'll be glad you did...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Packing it up

This is the weekend of the fall, when I pack 3xs as many projects as I could possible do if I did NO TALKING at all, into my truck, along with the food and snacks and fixings for a group of about a dozen, and drive a couple of miles to our local HI Exp and set up shop. 
This is a girls' weekend.  Some come, some go.  But we craft, and talk and visit, and sew and scrapbook and eat and snack and run out for supplies so we can keep going for the weekend.  For some, the talking is the biggest part.  We laugh and cry and puzzle over missing things.  We share stories and hankies and chocolate.  We do this twice a year.  Once in the fall and once in the spring.  We make messes we don't have to pick up all weekend.  We don't feed others or find missing shoes.  We sometimes have to go cheer kids on.  But there's something to this.  This will be our 27th occasion of this type.  Many years of friendships.  We don't NEED help, but sometimes we ask anyway- what do you think of this?  should I use this pink or this pink?  can I just crop him out?  won't I EVER finish this project?!  And after a few, we started getting shirts printed.  Nothing fancy.  Just something to remind us...from one time to the next...that if we can just hold on a little longer, we can get together again.  There isn't husband bashing, political feuds, or picking.  There are a few practical jokes, several bottles of wine, a couple of growlers of homebrew, and lots of chocolate.  There are the early to beds, and the early to risers, and these are not all the same group.  There are the no-sleepers, and the nappers in peace...but we have come to understand that this is the weekend to take care of yourself, as best you can...to recharge...to encourage...to just BREATHE.
All that said, I have a bunch of packing to do...Yoga pants and flannel jammies and slippers....a few more projects, just in case...and some crockpots, as that's how we cook our lunch and supper on Saturday... The group is small, but the room is full...Laughter and Late Nights and Friends' Love.....just what is needed in this crazy, crazy world....

Our Very first shirts...Miss you, Elaine...we mostly look this same, right Sue Henry??!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

I'm back !1

Yes, I wasn't just skipping posting these last couple of days, I was skipping town.  After a gold tournament on Friday for Scott and some last minute dress alterations on a bridesmaids dress for my daughter, we headed out with the dogs and camper on Saturday to Meadville KOA.
We haven't been there this summer or last summer, so it was an easy choice- easy ride.  Kallie the dog used to be a carsick dog, and although we don't feed her before we ride, or in the car, she seems to be adjusting to it.  We are trying to stretch out the rides and see how it goes.  So far, we are OK. 
We have not figured out the cable TV hookup.  Hub says we had it once or twice, but we don't really watch it much, and I never mess with it.  We do watch movies, and that's what we did the last two nights when we came in.  Saturday night we had I think our first campground campfire this summer.  There was one going a kingdom bound away from us, but so much of the summer was hot and I think that contributed to not sitting around a fire.  There were nights of playing cards in front of a fan outside.  And throwing cornhole with Christmas lights lighting the way from one board to another.

I'm on the cell with AT&T trying to finalize the changing of my home land line to a cell that i had from before.  I have conflicting answers on when this switch is complete.  OK...according to Antonio, who is the 3rd person I talked to today, I will be live on Wednesday morning, right after midnight.  Now to get back to TWC,  I'm not very good at this stuff.  Please press 2 now... press 1...


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thirsty Thursday

I am...but I think I'll wait.  I was thinking about a cherry coke, but it's later than I want to try that since I haven't been drinking much caffeine.  Who KNOWS what might happen?  Lots of good stuff happened today.  A whole bunch of puttering and 2 boxes of books left my house to bless someone else.  And my house is sparkling and so far my dog didn't eat anything.  (she's been on a roll.  I find lots of little pieces on the LR floor, and then I have to guess what it used to be...not fun)... and I'm still purging file cabinet in the office, but I've cleared out what I purged before, so there's room again.  I've had my port error, so my SIM card did NOT come fed ex, so I did NOT get to turn my house phone number into a cell phone number yet...I have to admit, I'm still a little nervous about this.  You know, I'm getting old and this is CHANGE...and well, we've always done it the other way... heeheehee... if you are in any group, that is the phrase that raises many a hackle.  I made a trip to Joann fabrics tonight to prepare me for tomorrow afternoons Bridesmaid dress adjustment, then halfway there, remembered that I'm headed to the chiropractor tomorrow morning and could have done it then... oh, well.  Brewing up some tea - green for drinking and black for kombucha.  Gonna try to get back into the groove of the kombucha drinking.  Had some chicken wing pizza from my favorite CWP place, Neckers Company..talked to some people on the phone... got cut off on both conversations.  Guess it was a sign.  Going to jammie up.  It's FALL and I'm OK with that.  The weather is beautiful and I'm camping this weekend and I'm even hoping for some rain on saturday or sunday, so I can just curl up with a book.  But no one else is going, so I can do that anyway.  And I tried to buy a flyswatter today at Neckers Company because I was INVADED by flies on my last camping weekend and they gave me one that said NECKERS COMPANY!  I was so happy.  Some days it doesn't take much.  Hope your day was peachy keen, SUE HENRY and I can't wait to spend next weekend talking your ears off and eating too many snacks together.
Here's a quilt I made this summer for a benefit...Someone was happy to win it...See you tomorrow

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, Wednesday

Do you ever wonder whose job it was to spell Wednesday?  hmmm  Let's google it -
"The name is a calque of the Latin dies Mercurii "day of Mercury", reflecting the fact that the Germanic god Woden (Wodanaz or Odin) during the Roman era was interpreted as "Germanic Mercury". The Latin name dates to the late 2nd or early 3rd century."
Soooo... today I went to the dentist for cleaning and conversation.  You know, they put their hands in your mouth and ask questions... my hygienist is very nice, so I don't even mind...and she entertains me.  We were talking about families and holidays and trips.  And how they switched from Christmas gift giving to family trips...and before you know it my teeth are sparkly and clean.  They also were quizzing me about the girl who is in dental school and what are her plans and send her over to visit and talk if she's interested at all in the area.  Yeah, I'll relay that.
Right now I am burning...shhhh...I am doing my shredding with a hot dog fire.  It's a good way to fix supper and save your shredder.  Too many clips and staples.  So it's a bit like stirring a brew for a while, but there's a couple of logs in there, so it's making coals even as I type.
Today, I switched my home phone, my land line to a cell.  I just kept the same number and moved it to my already existing AT&T plan.  Hoping this works out OK.  We forward that phone number to where ever we are for the day and have to remember to unforward it.  Now, hopefully, we will remember the actual phone and just carry it along.  If you are my friend or family, I'll give you an optional number.  If not, call and someone will answer the phone...or leave us a message, pretty much the same as before.
The next step is to get my whole TWC thing straightened out.  Maybe tomorrow...or the next day...one techie thing at a time.  Until tomorrow, this is not completely complete, so I think waiting until then is a good idea.  I was never excited about relying on a cell phone instead of a fixed phone.  Perhaps that comes with having a daughter who is usually on the end of the battery life.  But, we'll give it a try.  One step at a time
Now I'm off to a church meeting.  It's all about hospitality and I'm on the team.  We are planning our fall Parking Lot event and I'm pretty pumped.  Better get a move on.  I'm always late for everything.  I can always find just one more thing to do before I go and then....
See you tomorrow.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It is Tuesday

I said I was going to make an effort to post more posts...
Yesterday's post already got 3 messages to me.  Maybe my audience is coming back!  I'd better write something else.
A BIG excuse for not posting...camera and computer switching.  I was having problems with my downstairs desktop.  It doesn't get a good signal.  It is slow.  It sometimes won't even start up.  I used to spend a half hour or so down there every morning.  Lately, I've needed to get up and out.... like for the last year or more.  I'm not sleeping as well, so I'm not real perky getting up.  Thus, leaving the rushing around morning.  Isn't funny how so many things all interlock to mess up a good thing?  And I got a new camera, that doesn't use the Kodak easyshare docking station.  And the Kodak downloading was being a problem and isn't it funny how I used to be fine just writing or maybe inserting a picture, and now I've come to feel like I need several beautiful photos on every post...even sometimes to the point of not writing much at all, just relying on the pictures to fill you in on the details.

So let's see...I've spent a billion minutes today on the phone to TimeWarnerCable.  All of our children have flown the coop...the nest is empty, for the most part.  So the need for space for video game tournaments, and chick flick marathons, and lumpy slumber parties of all kinds has kind of dwindled.  Do you KNOW how hard it is to reduce your services??  I have a rash from all the stressing over the chat on my laptop about knocking down what we have in this house.  The second HD set box for the room that rarely sees much action these days, was the easiest thing to get the OK to let go.  I said the TV was leaving, so the BOX should, too.  The second easy thing became confusing at the end.  At the time that we out in internet, you were required to lease the modem from them.  Even later, you were required to use their modem and pay the lease.  Now that is NOT the case and instead of leasing a modem for $10 a month, you can buy one for $70-80 that is superior.  But in the end, it appeared that the cost of the lease would be included in my package...so I supposed that means I can't get $10 off the bill.  And if they are going to charge me for it anyway, maybe the $80 should just stay in pocket.  And then in the course of reducing the service, they are offering me the same channels I have on my regular lineup, FREE DVR ( don't have that), FASTER INTERNET, A PHONE LINE WITH UNLIMITED CALLING & FREE VOICEMAIL, EXTRA MOVIE CHANNELS, and FREE INSTALLATION.  For less money than I am paying for having less right now.  Hmmm... no brainer, right?  Maybe not.
 Money was not the only motivator in this move.  We have phone service from our local phone company ...you remember them....we still have a telephone hanging on the wall in the kitchen...collector's item.  We have 2 phone lines into our place.  We have cell phones.  We have cable and internet, the internet being very much a necessity with our jobs. Plus we have phone and internet in our office in Erie.  It seemed as though some of this was doubling up and we were looking to simplify.  Why do we need 200+ tv channels when we don't really watch that much and we have DVD's and we can pay per view a movie and Netflix is a possibility, too.  Why do we have extra stuff on our bill, that has been there for years, and we just never paid attention?  Why can't I drop to 70+ channels, the same internet, no extra channels, 1 less HD setbox, return the modem and have a smaller bill??  Why do they quote me more than what I want?  Should I be sucked into the deal?  Offering me more than I want?  To save money?  I told them I'd call them back.... too much to think about in one day...
Good Night Sue Henry!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sue Henry is my friend

I saw my friend, Sue Henry on Saturday at a woman's event at my church.  I make a point to get together with her at least twice a year at our Scrap & Sew weekends.  She is a hoot.  She makes me laugh.  And then she said "I used to read your blog when you had it."  Wait...Don't I still have it?  When's the last time I posted a post on it?  Why don't I post posts on it very much??  I told her I would post a picture of her on here...I'd better find a good one.  This wil work.  She's on the left in the middle row...right behind me.  I do my best to get her into trouble whenever we get together.


So...now I'm getting ready for another Scrap and Sew...  less than 2 weeks away. There will be 11 of us for the weekend. I have plenty of stuff I could work on.  I usually take twice as much stuff as I could ever possible do...and Sue will do more than me... so had focus!!

I signed up for another round of pottery with the experienced group from last fall.  More Mugs for the world!  I made 7 last week and this week I get to remember how to make their handles. I'm not very good, but I'm happy that I'm able.

I was diagnosed with Lupus 3 years ago, in the midst of a flare and it's still a mystery to me.  I read and I google, and I read and it's still a mystery.  But I have had inflammation in my hands since last January and unable to wear rings.  I went to my dr and rode it out through the craziness of our spring/summer.  Then my friend Kathy - that's her standing behind Sue- suggested I try a chiropractor.  I have tingling fingers and suspect carpal tunnel could be part of the problem.  But I'm going to the chiropractor on a regular basis and it's helping.  Feeling good enough to get some stuff done.
Like this paint job to cover up some plaster repairs from a leak.  Needed doin' and I decided there would never be a time unless I MADE a time...so I did this Friday and since the last paint had just been 3 years and I was feeling not quite ambitious enough to do the whole office...so I just went a bit further than the new  patch and we are happy enough with the results to call it good...



Guess I'd better go to class.  Handles...I can do handles...See you soon, Sue Henry!

Monday, September 5, 2016

School starts tomorrow here, in my town

But not in my house.  There is no local school child in my house this year.  First time since 1994, I believe.  Yes, that's about right, since my first kindergartener is 27.  It is an adjustment in this house.  Not just the back to school shopping, since I did that a couple of weeks ago in prep for moving our last college student to Florida.  We took a fast drive of over 1000 miles to get him there for Monday morning, did the parent stuff, then worked our way back home.  But that was then, and tomorrow the buses from school will NOT stop at my house.  There is a bit of sadness in this, but also that freedom of starting another stage of life.  Here's a picture of Bert on the sands of Daytona Beach.

 On our last night in Daytona, we took skipped a freshman and parents social, and instead took Bert to Joe's Crab Shack, to fully get him kicked off as a Daytona Beach resident...
We are all wearing our Embry-Riddle shirts as we enjoy some crabby dip and other fishy food.  So off we go....on a new adventure...
Things I've noticed so far...the leftovers are still in the fridge...tripping over a few less shoes...the boys' room still smell a little like a locker room...the dogs take up more space...the milk expires before it is gone...there are leftovers...it is a bit quieter....the pile of laundry is a bit smaller....
It'll be OK.  This is the way life is supposed to go.  All birdies out of the nest.  We had a nice long weekend of camping with dogs who hog the bed...gotta do something about that.  I partnered with the hubby for my first games of cornhole for the year and we won all 3.  Not because of me... but we still won.  Listened to live music at the campground.  It was very good.  We used to have young, new bands at our school often for dances when I was young.  Kids don't know what they are missing these days.
Been going to the chiropractor this past week.  He is trying to get me relief in a couple different places and so far it is working well, so I'm going again tomorrow.  Maybe he can undo the cornhole stiffness...  stuff to do...places to go...lists to make....reading up on bullet journaling to replace my planner...good night...