Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

I keep thinking I'd like to have a visit with you but there never seemed to be a time for it.  Well now no excuses!  The Chairman called that there's an accident on the freeway so he's working late.  The MYP are also all gone for various reasons.  So this is my chance!

I was just shopping today and noticed yet another mother with a little babe in the cart.  The whole time she was pushing the cart she was scrolling through Snapchat.  I thought she was looking up a coupon or something - but no.  I so wish I could have walked over and told her to pay the little one some attention, but I don't like confrontation.

I currently know eight people in various stages of fighting the awful disease called cancer.  It seems like every time you turn around you hear of another friend, neighbor or family member.  Is it the food we eat?  The air we breathe?  The phone we carry?  What in the world is making cancer so prevalent?  And as I said before not too long ago, I hate no man.  But I do hate cancer.

I recently purchased some Marmot brand lightweight khakis to use for walking, yard work, etc.  My dear, sweet daughters were looking at them and then they started calling them the "Zookeeper 5000's".   I asked, "why are you calling them that?"  They said they looked exactly like what zookeepers would use and they are the "5000's" because they're name brand.  Plus they look like they could hold a lot of monkey treats.  Kids have such a way of humbling you.

I just spent a couple days chalk painting an end table to get it up to date from 1994.  I love how it has turned out.

When I get in the car to go to a regular destination I go to each week the screen comes alive and tells me exactly how long it will take to get there.  It's kind of spooky and neat at the same time.

Dogs are such a joy.  Such a reward.  And so beautiful.  Just look at that face below!  But I think the thing most people don't think about when getting a dog is the poop-scoop clean-up duty that drastically needs to be done after the snow has melted.  I wonder what she's thinking as she stands there watching me scoop all that stink?  Good thing she's cute.  Or I'd sell her to the lowest bidder.
And then there's the cat.  This morning as I was quietly reading I heard a weird, frantic fluttering on the back window.  I hop up and see our cat with a huge mourning dove in its mouth.  I don't think he realizes they are a sign of peace.  I could see the sheer terror in the bird's eyes as he was frantically trying to get away.  I open the door and there's feathers flying everywhere.  So I whopped the cat on the head and off the dove flew.  I've saved at least six birds from death so far.  For some reason the cat kills and eats rodents, but birds he brings alive to the window so I can thump him on the head and he releases them.
Aren't old pictures just the best?  I mean how often are you going to see matching plaid vests like that?  Meeshka!  By the way that's my siblings, my sister's husband to be and his younger brother that always hitched a ride to South Dakota.  
So I'll look at my pictures and see what's on the camera roll:
happiness is a ukulele with a friend

happiness is celebrating a friend turning 40 with her sweet daughter

happiness is an indoor climbing wall 

i like this

I've been doing a lot of this lately

One of the MYP sent this meme to me.  For some reason it tickled about every funny bone inside of me
So this is enough!  Happy weekend to you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Well it's Wednesday

Greetings from the Chairman and Co.!  How are you?  I'll try to just have a few bullet points for you today of things that have rattled around in my head.

* Our winter has been a complete bust if you desire snow.  We hear glowing reports from other areas of the country but seem to fail to get anything significant here.  So we stare at brown lawns and hope for an early spring.

* I wish there was an emoji for a person smiling with a tear because that's how I feel very often.  Son #1 just asked for me to send him four pictures representing stages of life and so I went digging through the photo albums.  And I was smiling with tears once again.  I mean seriously, if you have little ones, don't blink.  However, I am so so thankful I love the little ones -  now big ones just as fierce.

* The Chairman and I snuck away for an overnight last weekend.  The last time we went somewhere alone was ten years ago so it seemed time.  I figure next time we go we might be grandparents and I'll be using a walker.  Or not.  We both agreed it was too long so maybe, just maybe, it'll be in five years instead of ten. 

* On our way home, I received a couple texts asking/informing us that a couple extra teenagers would be coming shortly.  So we went from utter peace and solitude with us two to a house of five teenagers and a lot of chatter and commotion.  And do you know what?  I love both just the same.  This picture actually has six since we invited another over for Sunday.  😊

* I ran to Aldi yesterday,  on Valentine's Day, to pick up a few things and noticed a buzz around the flowers.  I saw there was a two/one special on flowers and they were $1.99!  So I bought them and brought them home and texted the Chairman to save his few nickels.  I'm so cheap romantic like that.  Not a bad bouquet for $1.99! 
* I had a great privilege just a couple days ago.  My friend and I were both moved to go visit our friend that was nearing the end of her journey.  We just didn't realize how soon.  We got there and saw that she had labored breathing but seemed comfortable enough.  She couldn't respond to us much but we said a few things.  As I stood there I realized whatever I said would be my last words to her.  Whatever you say seems so insignificant.  Words truly fail.  Thankfully the Spirit does not.  The text came just two hours later that she was gone into eternity.  I personally never heard her complain though life wasn't very easy for her.  I'm thankful for people like her that will continue to influence me long into the future.

So this is enough.  I would add a few little 'funnies' I saw this past week, but it doesn't feel like the time nor the place.  

Have a great week ahead.  Will touch base with you soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Words on Wednesday

I'm sitting here in my fuzzy-blue bathrobe and it is nearly 11 in the morning.  Don't judge.  It's just that I've gotten a lot accomplished and it is warmer than clothes.  However, I think a shower is in order as soon as I've typed some prose.  I've made coffee.  Fed a few people breakfast.  Fed the dog.  Fed the cat.  Made five loaves of cracked wheat bread.  Looked at Facebook a couple times.  Unloaded and cleaned out under a bathroom cabinet.  And swept the floor.  Riveting morning, eh?

I've been on a rampage to get some unattended things taken care of around here.  Yesterday was the mudroom.  I'm ashamed to say we've been here about eight years and it was a mess above the cabinets.  I cleaned and sorted and purged and found old pieces of candy from 2014.  And now it looks and feels much much better.  So today I'm doing under sink cabinets in the house.  It's amazing how I've been getting a literal bag of garbage from each room.  Lovely.

I was making a kale/kefir/hemp and chia seeds smoothie the other day.  Son #1 asked, "what did you do that makes you feel you need to punish yourself with something that gross?"  He had a point.

Did you know my name is something special?  I read that it is the trendiest name out there - ever!  Apparently in the late 50's and early 60's many many people chose the name Linda for their baby because of a couple songs that were written.  I'm on the tail-end of the trend.  When I was younger, I must admit I didn't like my name much at all.  The older I get the more I like it.  And today I can say I really am glad that's my name.  Thanks mom and dad!  Even though my name doesn't begin with a "K" like my two siblings or that I'm not named after any family member.  I'll get over all that after a few rounds of therapy.

I took a dog breed selector quiz and it said that I was a perfect match with a golden retriever.  Go figure.  I told Lisi that so she appreciates me a bit more.

How often do you go out with your spouse?  I'm talking about those with MSC (many small children) or MYP (many young people)... do you have a date night once a week/month/year?  The Chairman and I may be sneaking away for a day soon.  I'm not sure why but I'm excited and nervous at the same time.

So that's about all there is from me this week.  Not too riveting but I do think I better get a shower done before the MYP come home and want to admit me to an old folks home.

How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Musings

Well I might as well stick to the old title of Monday Musings since it's Monday and I'm Musing.  The MYP were actually making fun of me last week.  They heard that I resumed blogging a bit and they thought I was doing this:
Image result for fishing for compliments.  

I sure hope not.

I didn't think I would be able to post pictures today because I was having issues importing them onto our desktop.  So I contacted Apple and they called me back and just as we got through the pleasantries of how my day was going - voila!  (do I overuse that word?) they were importing.  "Rachel" giggled a bit and said "I'm sure glad I could help you!".  So I said enthusiastically, "Thanks so much for all your help!"  I hope I made her Monday.

Last week I successfully gave blood.  I walked in and went through all the steps and background info that is needed to be a donor.  I passed my iron level by a .1.  Yes you read that right.  I squeaked by with .1 to spare.  Then "Jess" said as I headed to the donor area, "would you mind if we used someone in training to stick you?"  I was wondering if she thought I looked super-nice, or if she thought I was a jerk.  No matter I hesitantly said "yes" and "Sarah" came over.  She was a large lady with a small tattoo on the side of her neck with a strong smell of cigarette smoke.  I was uneasy but chattered along while she fumbled with the plastic tubing and bags.  Long story short after the initial poke (and blood dripping down my elbow), it went ok except the raisins were stale at the snack bar.

Last week I also had my annual mammogram.  As I drove there I was thinking, this could be a very worrisome day with more appointments or it could turn out to be the best day ever.  Well I was at the test center for only 20 minutes and in that time I had a breast exam, a 3D mammography, and an all-clear result and she sent me on my merry way.  I love that there's a radiologist right there waiting to read results.  And I love even more that I have an all-clear again.

A few days ago I spent 2.5 hours in the car driving the youngest of the MYP to two kinds of lessons.  I sure hope she's getting better at what all these lessons are for!  I was complaining talking with her on the last leg of the journey about how much time we had spent in the car that day and she said, 'well in just a little over a year this won't be happening because I'll be able to drive myself.  Reality bites sometimes.

I took Lisi to a pet store and turned around to find that she was shoplifting.  How embarrassing!

I always think our cat and dog look cute together.  But I'm really biased.
Lisi loves when I lie down by her.  I may or may not like it too.

We had another extra-special privilege this weekend.  I am trying my best to get work done ahead of time so I'm not a "Martha".  This time it worked.  The time together was precious.  She came a stranger and left a dear friend.

Ok time for the smile section.  Happy week ahead!

well not quite...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Finally going to get political

Well, well, well, we have a new president.  I took some time out of my day last Friday and watched a bit of the pomp and circumstance.  I think it's finally time write a paragraph and let you know how I really feel and which side of the aisle I sit on.

So there you have it.  That's how I feel.  It isn't something that I need to talk about or something that I need to throw out there to trouble the waters of friendship or fellowship.  I will say this.  I'm proud I'm American.  Just travel to a third-world country and you will have a deeper appreciation for our land.  I'm glad for liberty and freedom.  And I'm thankful that there is a higher power than what we can see and hear speaking the rhetoric that is promised.

The internet is a dangerous place.  I began looking up a recipe for cheesecakes and found myself watching a YouTube video of what really is on the inside of a kangaroo pouch.

I have a sick teenager here.  I feel bad because she feels bad.  I also feel bad because she wants to cuddle and be close and I am doing all I can in my power to not get her illness.  So I tell her she can be close as long as she doesn't breathe on me.  I hope the kefir keeps me strong.

I have five pair of reading glasses.  The dollar store is a marvelous place to get them - although they do make your pages seem like they are warping near the bottom of the lens.  But I can never find them and then when I do I find all five on the same end table.  I think they like to hang together.

My catering gig last Saturday was a success they told me.  Now I'm back to just catering the needs of the Chairman and co.  It's still rewarding but not as flattering.

I purchased something called Unstoppables.  I'm not sure why they are called that but they are laundry fragrance enhancers.  I just looked it up and their slogan is "smell like the lifestyle you deserve".  Well anyway, I put them in a load recently and one of the MYP came home and said that her friends said, 'why do you smell like laundry?'.  I laughed and she said it wasn't funny.  I may or may not have added them again to her load this week.  I'm a fun mom like that.

I am constantly running out of thyme.  I'm not sure if I'm wasting it or just not use it to its full advantage.  But once again, it is on my list to buy.  It is possible to buy thyme.

I'm off to see if I have enough iron in my bloodstream to donate blood.  I keep turning down the sweet American Red Cross Lady, but this last time she offered me a $10 gift card if I came in.  Money talks and I listen.

This is enough!  I'm feeling lazy and won't post any pictures today.  But it sure was fun to chat with you today!

Monday, January 16, 2017

A little chat

There's a cold shoulder.  And an icy stare.  I think winter gets a bad wrap sometimes.  Especially when you enjoy outdoor sports and don't mind the cold.  Well today it's nasty.  Freezing rain and the roads are tentative at best.  I hope someone takes some video of people slipping because hardly nothing is funnier.

I just was running some errands and saw an older lady in the Costco lot driving on her completely flat tire.  I waved her down and when she rolled down her window the smoke/alcohol fumes nearly consumed me.  She muttered an expletive under her breath and off she went.  I doubt she goes far.  

Then I went to Aldi.  I found so many perfect things for my catering gig this weekend.  As I was leaving a mother asked to use my cart.  Then she looked into the van and said, 'Evan, give this nice lady the quarter'.  He was about two and painfully cute and said he wanted to hold the quarter.  Well she had me at the cuteness of her little boy and the fact she called me a 'nice lady'.  So off I went without my quarter.  

Did you know Costco is starting to get normal milk cartons now instead of those flat things that spill all over your counter when you pour?  I reckon they'll be selling less milk since half of it won't be spilling anymore.  Or not.

The other night the Chairman and I were alone so we decided to go out!  We went to a nearby greasy-spoon place that sells delicious Greek gyros.  Then to Menard's and Home Depot.    Don't ever say romance is dead after twenty-two years.  

My name is Linda and I finally have to admit something.  Our son is a redneck.  He's been mainly raised in suburbia.  He's been nurtured and encouraged to love and respect all ways of life.  However, his deepest love is the country and anything that has to do with hunting, fishing, and what-not.  He already has warned me that he doesn't intend to stay near the city when he grows up.  I say power to him!  I can't wait to go visit him wherever he chooses to live and work.  

When you're trying to sleep, why is snoring so annoying and a cat purring is not?  I spent a few moments the other night trying to figure it out and I haven't yet.  I do not love the cat more than the Chairman so that is not a reason.

"You know you haven't shaved your legs in awhile when you feel the hairs on your leg billowing in the breeze when you walk outside."  I won't say who said that but I will say it made me laugh.

And finally, I saw this quote recently and liked it.  I don't know who to give credit to and I'm too lazy to look it up.
"Preach the gospel at all times.  When necessary, use words."  

So this is enough.  I'll add a few pictures at the end and wander off to continue my day.

Our UPS man always leaves a treat with the box.  I would rather he leave me a doughnut.

Was a beautiful day to hit our little ski hill Saturday.  

Don't ever say I'm not a fun mom.  I let her make fried pickles.  

YUM!  These fresh-squeezed-out-of-the-chicken-eggs are the bomb.

If I don't answer a text within 28 seconds, the MYP almost panic.

Um.  This is partially true.  I love asking him a yes/no question and hear him say slowly "uh-huh" behind the newspaper.

Monday, January 9, 2017

I may have lied...

... or maybe not.  This isn't a Monday Musing.  However, it is considered blogging so that kinda-sorta makes me a liar.  I hope not because I know that lying is a terrible thing.  We've tried to teach our MYP that since they could understand.  And here I am being a lousy example to the watching eyes.

Anyway!  Here I am.  Just two weeks later typing up a blog post.  Why you ask?  Well to be perfectly honest, I was a bit sad that I wasn't going to blog anymore.  The Chairman asked me after I told him I was quitting, 'are you sure?'.  One of the MYP asked me the next day, 'don't you want to record special milestones?'  Then today I just read about the Pioneer Woman's sweet Basset Hound Charlie dying.  I got a bit teary-eyed of course and was thinking how much I would want to therapeutically write a post when Lisi finishes her days (which I hope isn't real soon).

So!  I may continue blogging but only at a pace that isn't every Monday.  Or maybe it will.  I have no idea.  I'll type along when inspiration strikes - if only for the amusement and record for our own family.  Will see.

So!  We just had our house bursting with family again.  I think the word 'blessed' is sometimes overused but I feel completely justified to use it when describing my own family.  I still have living and loving parents.  I have a sister and a brother who both have spouses I adore.  I have nephews and nieces who were adorable babies and now are friends to me.  And a good majority of them were with us for the weekend from far away places.  Yes, I am blessed and I have and always will give thanks for what I have.

If you know the Chairman, you might know that he isn't really big into changes (unless wheels are involved).  So the other day when I texted a picture of some furniture and asked him what he thought - I figured I'd wander off and that would be that.  He responded, 'sure'.  Oh?  Really?  A few more calls made and within an hour of walking into the store, I had three humongous boxes in my garage and a slight pit in my stomach.  Did I do the right thing?  What if he hates it?  How do I ever return this when it's all unpacked?  What in the world do I do with these mountains of cardboard?  Thankfully, it all passed the rigid test of the Chairman and the cardboard was mostly consumed with a pyromaniac, gas-in-hand son.

So the blessings of family also bring the mountains of sheets and towels that need to be run through the cycles.  I better go do something more productive.

So this is enough today!  Glad to touch base again.  Will just see how life unfolds and as inspiration strikes how much I type up on here.  Thanks for all your support!  💕