Monday, May 22, 2017

New Address...

I've decided to keep my Wordpress blog instead of this Blogger one.  I really do enjoy WP more than Blogger.  For the most part it has more options.  It makes doing your weekly posts a lot easier because you can copy it and change the information in the post.  

I hope you will come over and visit me there often.  I have set up all the blogs I follow there as well!  I promise I won't move again! :)


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Salon - Mother's Day


Scene:
It's a gorgeous day!  The sun is shining brightly and the sky is a beautiful cloudless blue

Today's Plan:
This morning I was up at 6:30.  I've already done my grocery shopping.  We are taking Grandma to brunch for Mother's Day. This afternoon hubby and I are getting on the Harley and going for a cruise.  We plan to stop at a winery for dinner.  It's going to be a relaxed day!

Drinking
Nothing at the moment.  I've had two cups of coffee and need to start on water.

Listening to:
Son fixing his breakfast!  At 9:30!  other than that all is quiet.

Reading:
The list is getting too long!
1) The Gifts of Imperfection
2) Flight of the Sparrow
3) The Beginner's Goodbye
4)Wild at Heart

Pondering:
How ridiculous the Military is!  Our son did not get sworn in yet.  He passed all his physicals and tests but the doctor wants more information on his adoption.  REALLLY????  Good grief!

Now, I am off to enjoy my day!  I hope all of you wonderful Ladies have a Terriffic!!!! Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Home part 2

North end of the family/dining room 

South end of the family/dining room

East side of the family/dining room

West front door entrance

East side of the kitchen

West side of the kitchen

Looking from the kitchen down the hall way

Stairs to the family room and basement area

Family/entertaining area... work in progress (clock isn't hung yet)

Newly decorated spare room.  Belonged to daughter 2 that moved out last fall.

Looking back from the middle of the family room at the table.

Master bedroom.  What I could share as it's small and hubby has about a 1000 hats laying around the place.
Looking out of the Master bedroom you can see Son's room and Grandma's room.


It wasn't my intention to do a two part serious on Home.  The journal prompt last week was "What are you thankful for?" which was my HOme.  This week it is "Write about the place you all home". 

As I said last week I have never lived any where as long as I have lived in this home.  We built it mostly with our own hands.  There was some contracted help but we did the contracting part as well.  In this house we have put blood, sweat, and tears.

Our biological daughter was not born into this home.  She remembers all the long hours that we put in.  She remembers the shopping at Home Depot for all the building materials and fixtures.  Then she has 17 years of memories in this place we call home.  Our two adopted children came along at the ages of six and eight.  So it would be similar for them.  Except a few years delayed.

This is not a perfect home as there isn't one on the planet but it is my favorite place in the world to be.  Almost every room in our house had a memory that can be tied to it.  The pictures I share here are real.  I didn't want to clean up an make you think that there wasn't anything out of place because believe me my friend, it more often is than not. :)

I have always wanted people to feel comfortable in my home.  To me that means that it is clean but not clutter free.  That there is no fear of "messing" things up.  We don't eat off the floor so there is no need to take your shoes off!  Kick back and enjoy being together.

Home right now does not look like it did just a year ago.  And I know in another year there could be more changes that may send me reeling.  I always envisioned a large dining table with benches on the sides and two chairs at each end to accommodate my expanded family.  That day may still come but right now home is what it is, empty.  And I am learning to be okay with that for now. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Public Service Announcement!

I just have to share that yesterday the Surgeon General has approved our son to proceed with the enlistment process!  He will go to St. Louis MEPS on Thursday.  While he is there he will take the ASVAB and Physical.  He will spend the night and come home Friday!

Once he passes his physical the recruiter will work with him on job placement.  We will know more the first of next week!  But this is exciting and wonderful news that I wanted to share as I have been "stressing" over it for months.




Week 3 in knitting

I work on this scarf every chance I get. Which is not as often as I like with all that is going on here with our son, lawn care, and laundry... I think it is going to take forever to finish it.  But if I start something else it will take even longer.  So, I fight the temptation to pick up another pattern and cast on another more interesting project.  Bare with me as I try to get this one done.

With the weekend like it was, you know, beautiful, it was hard to sit on the couch and knit.

It measures 22 inches!  38 more to go.

Watson's Scarf

But I will share with Nicole at Frontier Dreams anyway! :) 



Monday, May 8, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

A very long time ago I participated in this weekly link up.  Thought I would give it a go but I'm sure it won't be every Monday as my reading isn't that quick right now.  Got a couple books going that are taking some time to "sink" in. If you know what I mean.  So if you're interested go over to The Book Date and see what great books others are reading!

I've found though that visiting her can cause a rash of Challenges to take place! :)

Slowly working my way through this one.  I highly recommend it to anyone!


I started this one and realized it will be a slow one like The Gifts of Imperfection.  

I am listening to this one on audio.  It's pretty good but had a hard part to get through when the Indians came through and... yeah, you know what I was going to say...


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Revisiting the old Sunday Salon


Scene
What a beautiful weekend!  There was no rain and there was plenty of sunshine. 
 Old faithful... comes back every year without me having to do a thing with it!

 Ugh, I have not tackled this project.  Not really sure I want to either but I know I will as I can't stand looking at this "dead" mess.

 On the North side of the house these are my faithful ladies.  They require nothing but water!

Our kids old tire swing just waiting for grands to come along and enjoy it!

 The vegetable garden that is dormant this year.  I don't really care about gardening.  Too much work for too little people.

Truck and trailer that hauled our new tractor home.

Today's plan
I finished cutting the grass this morning and then returned the rented tuxedo.  I did one load of laundry because I do at least one a day.

Drinking
Working on my water intake and I am only half way through the first bottle.

Listening to
The quiet.  Son is practicing for his ASVAB, hubby got called to work, grandma is in her room reading and I am "finding me".

Reading


Pondering
Seven more actual days of school and 14 until graduation.  Wish that recruiter would call us with some good news!

My Weekend
Friday night hubby drove 4 hours one way to get our "new to us" tractor.  He stayed the night and traveled back the next morning.  He doesn't hold up well under long trips like he used to...  Friday night I got movies with my son at Redbox.  NEVER again will I let him pick out movies.  Just saying.  One I had him turn off.  The second was USS Indianapolis.  Definitely a good story but I could do without a soldier being eaten by a shark every three minutes!

Saturday morning I went and got some shopping done before hubby got home.  Then I cut some of the grass.  There is a lot to mow.  Saturday was our son's Senior prom.  I may be kind of prejudice but I think he is very handsome!

After we dropped him at prom hubby and I went out for a nice quiet dinner.  It's been a while since we could just sit and talk and not be interrupted by grandma or friends.  Just the two of us.  I also had to stay away until time to go pick our son up at midnight!  I made it though.

Sunday!  OH Sunday what a beautiful day!  I finished cutting the grass early as there was no dew. Then I had to go and return the rented tuxedo.  Came home to find that hubby had to go to work.  I hate that but it is good money on a Sunday.