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Tidbit Tuesday

Just another unedited/sloppy edition of the thoughts rolling around in my head today…

The boy and his friends built a snow ramp down the front steps and then added a bump and had a great time sledding down. So nice to see him outside away from a screen for awhile.  Sad to see that it is melting away already – we hit 45 degrees today.

I’m learning a lot about cats.  Marco, our cat, is a very snuggly cat which was a surprise to me. I’ve always thought of cats as not wanting much attention but Marco loves being around people. He also loves to jump on the counters and drink from the water spigot, any cup of water left out and my husband’s water bottle. We have a cardboard box full of scrap paper that we store under a bench and he loves to get in it and go to sleep.

We were turned down for a transfer to the online school but the guidance counselor is trying to work out a deal for a shortened day. Hopefully it will work out and the girl will be able to graduate. It appears that she is beginning to change her mind and wants to get the diploma – thank goodness.

I still haven’t done anything about determining my one word for 2016 or setting goals for the year. I’ve been trying to set up some daily routines but lately it hasn’t been going so well.  Need to get my butt in gear and make some decisions and then start working on things. I’ve spent too much time waiting till I feel like doing something which means nothing gets done. I just need to get started on something – anything! Right now it is getting the sheets out of the dryer and onto the bed.

Hope you are having a great day  wherever you are.

 

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Tidbit Tuesday

Just another, unedited/sloppy post of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

It is so nice to have some flowers blooming inside – right now I have 2 cacti and an orchid blooming.

It was bitter cold this morning so there was a two hour delay and that always seems to mess up my schedule. I should be able to just go with the flow but it never seems to go that way.

I had a good time at the retreat although there was no planning done. I did read 3 books, make some yarn from old tee shirts and get most of the templates made for the girl’s quilt. I just couldn’t seem to get a grip on what I want to do this year. There are so many things that need done but I have no desire/motivation to do them. Wish I could pay someone else to take of them for me. Actually I probably could pay someone to do some of them but I’m not willing to spend that much money on things that I really should be doing myself.

I had been looking forward to a visit with family and some high school friends but it looks like the weather and a reoccurrence of the bedbugs are going to put a stop to that plan. I’ll have to try again – maybe over Easter break?

I’m feeling so blah today – need to get off the computer and try to at least finish the laundry before the guys get home.

Hope you’re having a great, warm day wherever you are.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another, unedited/sloppy post of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I’m gathering together all the stuff I’ll need for my annual planning retreat. I just realized that I’ve been doing this for the past 7 years. It has really been a great experience. I love the location, the people who are there are so friendly and it is just a joy to be there. Plus the food is fantastic and I don’t have to cook it or clean up afterwards.

One of the things I’m concentrating on this year is to really look at the things in my house and decide whether I want to keep them or not. I have a collection of perfume/lotion/moisturizers that I’ve bought or been given over the years. Some I’ve “saved” for special events, some I got when people died and I didn’t want to throw them away, others I’ve bought because I “should” be using them and some I’ve bought because I wanted but haven’t gotten around to using. I’ve started to actually use some of them and I’m deciding whether to keep or toss others.

In a similar vein, I used to hate throwing away food (children are starving in Africa, you know) but I just tossed some packaged quinoa with kale(I know – I shouldn’t be buying packaged foods, baby steps people, baby steps). No one really liked and in the past I would have let it sit in the fridge or put it the hubby’s lunch or try to doctor it up but this time I just threw it out.  It felt so good to just be done with it.

Oh what a difference a few days makes. Saturday it was sunny and mid fifties. I was out cleaning up the yard and thinking about what to grow this spring. Now today it’s in the twenties and I just shoveled the sidewalk for the second time. At least I didn’t have to clean off my windshield before heading out.

In an effort to be more efficient, I decided to follow the advice of scheduling  a bunch of errands for today. The plan was –  a dentist appointment, a meeting with a financial planner, picking up a prescription, stopping at the bank to deposit some checks and get some small bills to pay allowances and lunch with a friend.  Then I was reminded why I don’t do this – the dentist appointment went longer than they thought it would,  I needed to shovel the sidewalk, there was a snow squall as I was driving to lunch, I couldn’t find my deposit slips and I completely forgot about the prescription. It may cost me more in time and gas but the peace of mind I get is worth spreading things out over the course of a few days. I’ll have to look elsewhere to be more efficient.

I need to get off the computer and figure out what’s for dinner. Wherever you are, I hope you are having a great day.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I’m looking out at the bright sunshine and thinking I should take a walk but I don’t feel like bundling up and braving the cold – maybe later…

As much as I complained about the hubby wanting a carport over other home improvements, I must agree that it is nice not to have to scrape off the ice/snow in the morning.

I’m another year older and hopefully I’m becoming another year smarter. Got a lovely birthday surprise from my hubby to start the day and then spent a relaxing day at home. We went out to lunch the day after and it was very yummy.

There was a lot of family drama over the past two months and the short story is that the girl turned eighteen, moved out and now is thinking about dropping out of school. She is only 6 months from graduating and being eligible for $30,ooo towards further schooling. I’ve been trying to get her to go back to finish and just might have convinced her to do cyber school. I’m hopeful but I’m also coming to terms with the fact that I have no control over this decision and I have to let her make it and face the consequences on her own. Tough thing for this mommy to accept.

As usual Monday was a productive day – several financial tasks done, laundry and some cleaning done, decluttered and tossed one shelf worth of stuff, got information about a possible way to get the girl to graduate, got closer to being caught up with my email, set tentative lunch dates with two friends and most surprising made five phone calls!

To some of you that last item may not seem like much but for me it is a major milestone. I have a serious phone phobia – I absolutely hate to make phone calls. I get all nervous and frazzled, thinking I’m going to interrupt someone, be a bother to someone, say something stupid, forget something important, etc. I write out little scripts so I don’t forget things, call when I know I’ll get an answering machine, try to use email whenever possible or try to get someone else to do it for me. The ability to text is about the only good reason for having a cellphone! Anyway, I bit the bullet yesterday and took care of a few things that had to be done by phone. I’d like to be able to say it wasn’t that bad but it was. I had to make three calls to set up an appointment for the cat because I got frazzled the first time and then didn’t check my calendar the second time.

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen into the Tuesday slump. I have a tendency to be productive on Monday and then turn into a sloth on Tuesdays. I got everyone out the door but haven’t really accomplished anything since they left. In the past I would have a long list of things I would say I wanted to do but would end up doing very few. This year I’m trying to stick with three task along with my daily stuff(laundry, tidying up and dinner). If I do more than that(like I did yesterday) well that’s great but if I only do the daily and my big three that’s okay.

Today’s tasks are – writing this blog post, getting a blood test and picking up pet supplies. I can’t get my blood test until 1pm and there’s no sense in making two trips out so I’m waiting to pick up pet supplies till after the blood test. I should have started the daily stuff but I can’t decide what to make for dinner and I don’t feel like tidying up or stripping the bed to do laundry.

One thing I’m trying to remember this year is to accept the feeling and then go ahead and do the work anyway. Sometimes the feeling comes after I get started and sometimes it never does come. It doesn’t matter if it does or not because the tasks need to be done either way. One of the changes I need to make if I’m going to make progress on my goals. Still haven’t decided on my one word but these two – changes and progress are leading the pack.

Wow, this is becoming quite lengthy – time to get away from the computer and get to work. Until next time – have a great day!

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