Monthly Archives: September 2011

I know, right?

RESCUE SWIMMER

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Drama is not fun. Getting old is not fun. Parents getting old? Well that just shouldn’t happen. I know, life should be more like a musical!

My sister makes up songs on the fly.. about whatever she’s doing. She even sings to her dog! Her #4 DD posted one of her diddies on Facebook and the tune stuck with me the rest of the day. It was and still is very funny! 

 Did your fleas all die? Are they hiding on your side? Are they biting you a lot? Are they gone or are they not? (in the tune of do your chains hang low )

See!? It’s catchy! I’ve had a few really funny moments in the last few days. They have carried me through the rough spots. Also some crushing moments but I’m wading through them too. Maybe if I could sing through them it would be a little bit easier? Maybe not easier for who is around me though since I can’t carry a tune.

Our #3 son has decided to join the Navy when he graduates this summer. His goal is to become a Navy Air Rescue Swimmer. As his Mom I couldn’t think of a better suited goal for him. It suits his personality (helper) and his temperament (dedicated) along with his joy (swimming). So why is my heart hammering thinking about it? A sweet ‘sister’ of mine described to me her son joining the Police force with the same issues. So many mothers have children in dangerous professions that I immediately feel like a wimp.

I’m singing through my pain.. just singing through my pain, what a ….. see? I’m already stuck! Maybe I’m just not cut out for musicals?

Finding joy in the silly moments.. hope you are too!

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Picture Day

 

Getting ready to paint the last two walls!

 

 

Well I did get loads of cleaning done yesterday. Not to mention some organizing. The back wall there will be a cherry red when I’m done. Just cause I love red!

As you can see still lots of work to be done!

 
 
We had planned to go to Sams today to stock the freezer but our front door knob broke.. the kids stood there looking at Dad.. saying it won’t open. He looked at it and said “it’s broke”. So they asked ” we have to go out the back door?” Haahaahaa! Duh? No, I think you’re stuck here for the rest of your lives.. in this house! Now that’s just funny! It turns out, you can get in but you can’t get out. Oh stop it, you know he let them go out the garage!
 

 

 

 

 

 

You’d think with these mousers around we wouldn’t have a rat problem? These are not my cats on the front porch. They came from two separate litters and they showed up out front. There is also a gray mottled one, that one is a girl. These are all boys. I actually got to pet one yesterday. They usually run away.

This is the Hen House. There is a door and window cut in the side that leads to their run.

Walking around the house was daunting yesterday. It reminded me of all the things that need to be finished or re-finished. Now we start a list of fixing things we already replaced? Isn’t home ownership fun!?

The hot tub is cleaned and has bromine.. DH finally got it hooked up in June. But as you can see he hasn’t finished the benches and tables around it. No matter the water is hot.. that is what really matters!

I’m off to get something done today.. hope you find new ways out of where ever you end up today.

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5am is not the new 7am

Close-up of chicken wire used in a chicken coop.

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What is it with 5am? Why does my body think that is the time to get up, even when I’m not rested? Well I showed it! I stayed in bed for another two hours anyway!

My list today is long but then when isn’t it. I hope to get some pictures so I can post them tomorrow. Both the quilt off the table and maybe a couple of the garden in the process. But it’s monday which means house blessing day. Dust and straighten the rooms. That’s high on my list as I have neglected it for so long.

Did I also mention I have rats invading my chicken coop? #3 son and I caught about twelve of them and re -homed them about a mile away in the woods. But now we must find the rest of them and get them outta here. I am getting one of those sonic repellant thingys. I’ll let ya know how it works. I’m also gonna put out more moth balls.. it turns out they don’t like them. That must be what kept them away so long. I put them out for the first year we moved here to keep the cats outta the yard.

But onto happier news my sister is coming! YEAH for me! She’s a fixer and planner and gets stuff done. Gotta love that! 

Looking for joy in the everyday tasks..

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Ouch!

Hot Tubs

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Okay, so I hurt a little.. okay, not so little. I got up at 5 am this morning and got right into the hot tub. But you should see how far we got! I’m satisfied but there is still a way to go yet. It seems I can’t finish a project in a day anymore. That is just sad! DD got some of my painting done too! Yesterday was a pretty good day.

Maybe just maybe some of these chores will get finished before it’s time to do them again? I know, fantasyland again.

Today is a lazy day nothing much planned. Had an awesome bible study with DH this morning. Maybe a little quilting this afternoon. Shaping up to be another good day!

Hope yall find time to relax a bit today. Finding joy in the stillness.

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Garden Time again..

Veggies

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It’s time to ready the veggie bed again. You should’ve seen the look that statement got from #3 son. He was not happy to hear that phrase! Since I don’t see him turning down any of the fresh veggies, I’m putting him to work. It’s time to work some more clay into the soil. Maybe one day it will be soil instead of the sand we have here!

The chickens love garden time since they also get their share. They’ve just about finished molting. At least I hope so! They look pitiful!

I know, I have a few things on my “to do” list . Why put one more on there? I just can’t help myself! I love fresh veggies and getting my hands in the soil is another form of therapy for me.

I’m hoping to get the wedding quilt finished up this weekend or at the least off the quilting table. Then to clean the quilt room and start on the ordered quilt. It’s a pictorial memory quilt this time. Yes, I still have to finish painting inside.. and drywall upstairs.. and yes the outside of the house sides and back.. and now the garden.. guess I should get off the computer and do something!

 

 

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Finding my Happy Place..

The Creation of the Two Trees figured in Tolki...

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Oh My Word! Reality is sometimes not what we need to be hit smack in the face with twenty-four hours a day. How ’bout some fantasy for a change?

My fantasy world has a huge quilt room with a delicious cutting station that has an ironing surface. My “Timmy” has room all the way around him so I can do pantographs if I want to. My design wall is king-sized. It’s the same house (I secretly love this house, shh.. don’t tell anyone) but all the painting is done.

The alarm on my phone isn’t going off every six hours telling me to take my meds. In fact my phone is not ringing at all. My kids do their chores without me nagging. My DD is in a good mood and makes her wonderful meatloaf as a surprise.

My DH comes in from the garage that finally has the additional concrete floor poured and finished. He is beamin’ because his “Sally” has a new space. All his “stuff” is organized and he has his floor fan. He now has his ‘man space’.

Okay, that’s enough fantasy. Other than the meatloaf dinner and alarms only time and effort stands in the way. I know, my quilt room isn’t going to expand over night but I will move Timmy to the apartment and yes, there’s tons of room then.

Finding joy in dreaming…

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A few hours to myself…

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What to do? What to do?

I’m thinking quilting.. you know me! Okay, this is where I start rationalizing with myself.  You know, I did get a lot of painting done last week. Not to mention I have leftover spaghetti for tonight’s dinner I just have to make garlic bread. I could even throw some clothes in the washer while I’m quilting. That would be getting something done that’s on my chore list too! Wait, I know… I’ll start the eggs, clean both bathrooms downstairs, throw the clothes in the wash then start quilting! Yeah! I win!

We both knew I would win. The only question was how far I was gonna push it.

Besides this quilt is on my to-do list too. I didn’t think it would take this long to get it done. I had no idea that my schedule would become so full so fast.

Some seasons in my life are like that. When I look back I’ll  second guess myself. But today I’m satisfied.. today there will be time for quilting.

Finding joy in the silly things..

 

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Driving Miss Daisy…

Livingstone daisy

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I’ve done well lately just putting one foot in front of the other. Actually I’ve gotten a lot done, just none of it was on my work list. I’m learning  a lot too. There are quite a few companies who do not work well with older people. But I’d rather concentrate on those who were understanding and helped. Progressive Insurance was awesome! Progress Energy another case of great customer service. SunTrust bank has the best customer service I’ve been exposed to from a bank in a really long time.

I still have a bunch more calls to make and papers to fill out. But hopefully this week will end the paperwork. Just a few more days.. I can do this! I’ve also been reminded about something wonderful that I have.  My DH is awesome! He has helped me to remain sane during all the drama and just simply let me vent. He has also been on one phone while I was on another helping me to get everything done quickly.

I look forward to getting back into the quilt room for a little therapy. The wedding quilt is calling to me. Not to mention the other two that must be done before Christmas. I’ve been thinking lately that I just must have some new placemats and a table runner for the holidays too. I wonder if that will happen? I still have two walls and the entire dining room to paint. Maybe I’ll talk my DH into helping with that? Probably not but one can hope..

 I miss you all and hope to be back soon.. but if I’m not, know that I’m thinking about you!

Joy can be found.. you have only to look.

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Nearing the finish..

about 30 inches to go..

 

Yep it could actually happen! And maybe even this year! Little less than a third to go on the quilting.

 
Of course I’ve got the binding to do after that and y’all know how I feel about binding! (gag)
 
It’s been an interesting few days. But I choose to dwell on the positive. I’ve got another two walls painted in the family room and part of the kitchen. Yes, I still have a big job ahead but I’m chipping away at it!
 
Maybe this weekend will see other projects coming along too? It could happen! I still have a huge project in painting the inside of the house by Thanksgiving and yes, I still have to finish that drywall upstairs. It looks like since it’s taking me so long DH will be doing the tile up there. I’d like to get more done but I only have a little energy each day. I’ve also set aside time for naps .. I really don’t want to get worn out and end up sick!
 
But for my sanity I fall back on quilting.. finding joy in the tiny stitches..

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Did you miss me?

she finally got a pillow pet! It is the little things!

I sure missed y’all!~  It looks like I completely blew the blog a day 2011. But at that point it was my mind or my blog.  Dad transferred to another rehab in Tennessee.. Mom’s heart is broken.. not to mention we have her doctors appointments with the cardiologist, stress tests and monitors going on this week. She asked a good question. With all that is going on won’t that skew the results of all these tests? Who knows… And at the same time we had birthday parties for #1 son (28) and DD (16).

I’m still trying to get some kind of routine back. Yes, I picked out the quilting design and started quilting the wedding quilt. Hearts, tons of hearts surround everything. I have to start a memory quilt for a friend too. She sent pictures for it two weeks ago. I should have already completed it! I love making memory quilts! I’m looking forward to making the blue quilt for my niece too. It’s been a cathartic experience  having quilts to work on and plan.

I just got Quilt Skippers’ blog update. You have to see it! Daisies! I love daisies! I can hardly wait to try my hand at them! She always makes everything look easy .. and ya know it probably won’t be as hard now that she made the tutorial! THANKS!

Finding  joy sprinkled throughout my day..

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