Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time to talk!

Or blog.  I realize it isn't Monday, but somehow my day filled up fast.  So it'll have to be Tuesday for my talk.  Maybe I'll listen some day.

Sweet corn.  Our family enjoys it all through the year.  It is one of those things that simply do not taste as good if store bought.  I dread the 'corn day'.  So this year I would simply purchase a few extra dozen each time we were to have sweet corn.  I didn't have a horrible long day in the kitchen over a boiling kettle, and I also have all the meals I need for the coming year.  Win/Win if you ask me.

School is starting next week.  Someone recently asked me, 'are you excited school starts next week?'.  Honestly?  No.  Despite a grueling double-foot surgery and a long recovery, this has been one of my favorite summers.  Why you ask?  I see the day on the horizon when there won't be MYP coming and going through our doors - ours and others.  Yes, I realize they'll hopefully still be around.  But not as minors marching through the school years.

Some years ago on this blog (I don't have the time to link to the post) I wrote about the "last times".  There was the last time I made a bottle.  The last time I changed a diaper.  The last time I packed a meeting bag.  The last time I had to give baths.  The last time I gave a buzz cut to a little boy.  The last time I combed her hair (oh never mind... I still do that sometimes).  Well this time I can see the last times coming.  So I'm going to enjoy these times.  Even if the size 11 shoes are in my way sometimes.

I'm famous!  You knew that already though didn't you.  Didn't you???   Heh.  Anyway, about six weeks ago I submitted a picture I took to the newspaper.  They responded they might use it.  I half-heartedly would check most days and some days not.  Well last week I flipped the paper over to check the weather and there it was!  My picture!  No one has come forward asking for an autograph.  So I might as well put my pen away.

Our welcome mat has been very busy the past week as many have crossed over it entering the house.  I like it that way.  On Sunday, we had a couple tables full of friends.  One of the ladies that came is from India visiting her daughter and family who happen to be our good friends.  Her tongue has a strong accent to us mid-westerners.  Her dress is different than 'western' dress.   Her background and experiences are very different than ours.  But then she gave her testimony.  And then as she was leaving she gave me a kiss just below my ear on my neck and said, 'you are another daughter to me'.  And do you know what?  She felt just like another mother the way she said it.  Yes, we are one family.

So this is enough talking for today.  I'll pull up my camera roll and see if there's anything you'd be interested in.  Happy end of summertime to you too!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Musings

Yes you're absolutely right.  I didn't blog last week.  I think it's a first in probably a year or so.  It didn't seem to affect many people's lives, so that's comforting.  However I missed you, and writing, and so blog I must!

Can you tell anything is different?  I'm guessing not.  From the outside, we look the same.  From the inside, we feel so very different.  We were just at an extra-special place for a bit over four days.  The rains came down in both a natural and spiritual way.  And my heart feels like the flooded ground we walked on.

This place is a magnet for young people.  If my math serves me right, I believe that nearly 2/3 of the crowd was under the age of 30.  I find that just astounding and wonderful and it makes the future look so bright in a very dark world.

As you can imagine, the singing was just beautiful.  I love singing.  I love singing parts.  And I pretty much am sure my favorite thing to do on this earth is to sing with the 1000 other people.  We were surrounded by young ones in our seats that have beautiful voices.  It was heavenly.

I must not have looked very good last year.  This year I was there sporting my new glasses and I received about four or five compliments each day on how the glasses made me look so good.  (heh)

I had a lot of family there.  In fact of my near-extended family, we were missing only three.  It was really, really nice to be with them all.  However, I had incredible visits and feelings with so many different ones that don't share a drop of my blood or my name.  And they felt like family.  I love that feeling.

I met several blog readers that came to ask if I was the Chairman's Wife.  That makes me nervous for some reason.  I hope I don't waste your time.

The Chairman had to miss a little bit of the time there.  It seems like when you have the one you love by your side you have more confidence.  At least I'm that way.  I was so glad when he returned.

So the real reality of it is that I have a lot to do today.  I see a stack of bills that need to be tended.  I have a camper to clean out.  I need to run get a few groceries.  I need to vacuum the kitchen since our pet sitter brought in some grass.  I have approximately seven loads of laundry to do.  I'd show you a picture of the clothes and bedding piles but I don't want to air out my dirty laundry.

Here's a few pics taken in the camper one night.  I don't like taking pictures on the grounds so I don't have much to share that way.

Have a great week ahead!  We have two weeks until school starts so we need to hit a few 'bucket list' items before that comes!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tasty Tuesday

Why Tasty you ask?  Well I happen to have been cooking up a storm this morning.  We get to have a pile of people over tonight and so the chicken is marinating in buttermilk, the deviled eggs are done, and the three types of dipping sauce have been stirred together.  Is it weird that I look forward to the meal when I'm the one making it?  Maybe so.

I just read about a personality type and I think it describes me perfectly.  I'm an outgoing introvert!  Those of you that know me are saying... yeah, right.  Introvert.  But what I read seems to sum me up.

Once again I was in the throes of parenting and not quite knowing what to do and the Chairman totally seemed to just know what to do in the situation.  Experiences like that catch my breath and make me once again grateful for his wisdom.  When choosing a spouse, I wonder how many really consider how they would be as a parent.  I'm not certain I did, but I'm thankful for the results.

Recently, I received compliments for different things.  They just came at a perfect time when I maybe needed a little boost in my psychotic state.  I hope to remember that... when someone does something or just is someone you admire, just tell them.  A few positive words in season can savor for a long time.

Anyone want to come over to help husk and boil and cut off sweet corn?  (crickets sound).  Yeah I thought so.  It's that time of the year again.

As a follow-up to our little robin birdies.  Only one made it to fledge the nest.  The other two were dead under the tree on two different days.  I did notice though that despite the loss, the mother (or father) were still perched nearby with their one baby singing their song.

As a follow-up to the eldest of the MYP that endured foot surgery... there is great progress!  She is walking around more and more and even hopped on the mower with her feet propped up and mowed our entire yard!  She said it feels good to be able to do something again.  I'm so glad she said that so I can give her a long list of chores today (tee-hee).  Only one open wound from the surgical site and soon she'll be in real shoes instead of the surgery ones.

So I need to move along.  You see I don't want those coming over tonight to write their names on the dust on the piano.  I'd rather it be in a guest book.  Happy rest of the week to you!  Lets look at my cameral roll and see what I can share.
Our worker took this picture of me leaving g.m without my knowledge until he texted it to me.  We've been bringing pillows for daughter #1 to prop up feet.  He found it amusing watching me leave with them in arm.  
Young people eating us out of house and home after time on the lake.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Musings

I'm going to do it if it's the last thing I do today!  It's Monday and Muse I must.  It has been a doozy of a day.  I think the dishwasher was run three times and the washing machine was continuous.  The camper all cleaned out and wiped down and driven back to storage.  Plus for a little added fun I cooked for the family and baked up four large pans of caramel-pecan rolls for some friends and family.

Anyway!  I'm back!  Yes I was away for our annual camping venture.  I had the privilege of driving myself up to Door County all on my own.  I had a near-miss accident on the way up (whew!) with a guy coming into my lane and I aimed for the ditch.  I enjoyed to be alone in my thoughts for the 3.5 hours there and then again on the return.  I sang along to many sad, country songs with the free satellite radio that was in the car.  And I relished in silence and the good thoughts that only silence brings.

And so I met up with my dear family (minus the surgery patient) and many. many friends.  Someone counted 60 of us together so I won't argue with that tidy number.  It was pretty much exactly the same as the previous years.  Good weather.  Good company.  Good plays.  And of course good food.  But the friends are what make it super-special.  We had lots of funny, serious, and in-between visits here and there and around a campfire.

One of my favorite aspects of camping with a lot of our friends is the time we get to spend with teenagers from other families without their parents.  We see a true reflection of who they are being raised by, yet see a beautiful person blossoming before us.  I love how they love to sit and talk to us adults.  Eat our food.  And share some wonderful and distressing parts of their lives.  Yes, sometimes it takes a village to raise these young people.  And I'm really grateful to the others that tend and love on ours as well.  There camping and elsewhere.

Our baby robins grew from bald, ugly babies to robins in just days.  They still seem pretty ignorant about life and mom and dad keep coming in with worms and other delicacies and the big old things just open their mouths and wait for dinner.  Yes, I'm still fascinated with them.

So the foot surgery recovery has been very, very long.  The podiatrist saw her last Thursday and thought two open wounds were slightly alarming and he gave us some new medicine to try.  Again, our dear patient has been very patient.  But it's grueling and sometimes lonely to be 17 and spending most of the summer with your mom (I'm exciting, but not that exciting!) and within the four walls of home.  We see light on the horizon but won't get too excited as of yet.  Today we were talking and I said, 'this has been very grueling on both of us.  I give you 90% credit and I think I deserve 10% for getting through this.'  She said, 'Mom?  I think you deserve 15%'.  Awe.  Thanks my sweet.

We've been considering future family trips since our oldest is going to be a senior and we want to do what we can while we can.  We are thinking something fun, yet affordable.  I see someone has lots of different windows open on the computer checking lodging and flights to Bora Bora.  Please tell her this isn't possible.  I don't want to break the news to her.

So this is probably enough Muse for today.  I still marvel you come by to read.  And I still find it somewhat odd that I'm feverishly typing up something to share on a Monday and some of you read it on a Wednesday or Friday night and it still almost makes some sort of sense.  Or not.

Here's a few pics for you!  Sorry nothing funny tonight!  I hope to glean something off the worldwide web for next Muse! Happy rest of the week.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Whew it's Wednesday!

Yoo hoo!  Anybody out there?  I'm here!  Kinda sorta.  It's been a hectic past week.

Have you ever packed for camping?  You have?  Well then you know why I've been busy.  If you haven't, it's like cooking and shopping for a family for a week and then taking everything you might possibly need for clothes, shoes, entertainment, food, hardware, bikes, etc. and stuffing that all into tiny places for its venture.  I giggled when I heard one of our MYP say as she was packing, 'I'm not going to wear ugly camping clothes this year.  I'm going to wear things that look nice.'  Will be fascinating to see what that will be.  Hopefully not high heels.

It's a weird year this year for the Chairman and Co.  Due to the recent foot surgery, we are a fragmented family for this year's camping venture.  Part of our family is gone already.  And part is still home.  I get to join them soon, but the surgery sufferer has to stay back due to high forecasted temperatures and feet that swell.  This surgery recovery has been going good but it has been a very, very, very long process to get back to normal.  And based on my research, it'll still be awhile.  My patient has been patient and I love her for that.  I love how the Chairman texted me after they had gotten the camper all set up and said, 'we miss your thinking'.  At least I'm missed for something!

So the school supplies are all out in the stores already.  One of the MYP said to me as we passed that area, 'I think I feel nauseous'.

I've been fascinated watching Mr. and Mrs. Robin tending their three babies on a nest right out my kitchen window.  For several weeks they took turns sitting and sitting on the nest.  Now the little ugly babies have hatched and they are frantically feeding them.  So they're not on the nest near as much.  Their parenting has had to change drastically as the needs changed.  I think I learned something already.

I've also been fascinated watching Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird tending their three babies in our newspaper box.  At first when I'd go out to get the mail or paper, they'd just flutter away.  But now as they have growing baby bluebirds and time vested in them, it's a different story altogether.  Mr. Bluebird comes in all kamikaze at me and nearly hits me in the head with his wings Every. Single. Time.  It's quite funny and frightening all at once.  Maybe that is why parents of teenagers are so wonky.  We've invested so much time and effort to get them to this point that we for sure want them to make it safely.  Naturally and otherwise.

Credit card companies are not all equal.  I had an issue with one and was on hold for 1.25 hours before I got a person.  Needless to say I was most irritated but I didn't say a thing to the kindly, middle-aged woman that took my call as I wanted my problem resolved - which it was.  However, I took to Twitter and tweeted my issue to the company and within minutes they contacted me back and wanted to call me personally.  Interesting.  Then we had an issue with another card because someone had hacked into a system and was trying to fraudulently charge nearly $900 to our account.  I called and there was an immediate answer and immediate resolution.

serenaded with the ukelele even though I was trying to tell her to get to bed

baby robins are so ugly and cute at the same time

my dear wheelchair patient drooling over stylish shoes even though she's still stuck in surgical ones


Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Musings

I did it!  Two Mondays in a row that I Muse!  Pat on the back for the Chairman's wife!

So a big, heavy whew.  You see four of my sweet family members all have birthdays within three weeks of each other.  With birthdays come the need for buying presents, cooking and serving favorite foods.  Inviting friends and family over to share in the celebrations.  And one tired mom.  I'm thankful this year more than ever for Amazon.  I'm thankful for simple meals.  And I'm thankful the birthdays are now behind us!  Back to normal living whatever that is!

The recovering foot-surgery patient is making strides.  Last week was two steps forward and one step back.  After a partial stitch removal on both feet and re-dressing, the pain level was off the charts for an afternoon.  It was honestly my hardest parenting day ever (and that says a lot considering the MYP all came within two years and I was taking care of basically three babies at once).  I couldn't stop the pain for her for a few hours.  It was horrible.  Thankfully, a call to the doctor on after-hours call duty helped me.  And so did the medicine once it kicked in.

Since we've had a wheelchair patient here, I've come to appreciate the American Disabilities Act.  I've come to appreciate ramps and buttons to push doors open and friendly folks that are willing to help hold doors that don't have buttons.  Perspective truly changes when you are walking in a different pair of shoes.

The Japanese beetles are back.  I wish they would have stayed in Japan.

Son #1 walked up to me in the kitchen the other day and said, 'you're getting shorter again'.  Um.  I don't think the osteoporosis sets in that strong at 51.  I have a hunch he's still getting taller.

Lisi went to the 4th parade and quickly made a new friend.  She also was most pleased they threw out dog treats to the crowd and not just candy.

waiting for fireworks
First thing on agenda?  Shopping of course.
This was my view for days last week.  Poor sweetie.
Awe.  Amazing how young people grow in just a few years.
new hat from big bro

birthday wakeboarding

I love her more today than I did that day in China.  And that's saying a lot.

Gift card from big bro

awkward glowing family selfie

festivities with friends

family minus big bro

Better get going with life again!  I'll leave you with these.