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Tidbit Thursday

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

The boy has been sick this week and missed going to camp. I missed the chance to have solid blocks of alone time to try and get myself back together. This has been a crazy summer and I was looking forward to a chance to try to regroup a bit.

We are headed back to see my dad this weekend. He has been moved to a skilled nursing facility to get some rehab before returning home. There are a lot of arrangements to be made before that happens. We need to make some things a bit more accessible and we need to find transportation to and from dialysis. that will be the really hard part since he lives in a small town with out bus service.

Have been out in the garden weeding a bit each day. Mostly it’s just keeping the few areas I managed to clear out to stay clear. There are still whole areas that need to be started and then kept up with. Looks like another summer where the plans were bigger than the efforts. Perhaps some day I’ll manage to get what I plan done but not this summer.

Need to pack and do a couple of things to get ready for the trip. Have a great day wherever you are.

Tidbit Thursday

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

The rains keep coming down and the weeds keep coming up. Hubby has been helping to weed the perimeter of the property but this is getting to be ridiculous. It is a never ending job and I’m beginning to think it just isn’t worth it.

Tomorrow is the last day of school – not really ready for it but it will be here whether I’m ready or not. Right now he is signed up for two weeks of away from home camp, one week of day camp and one week of half day camp. Not sure how we’re going to fill in the rest of the summer but hopefully we’ll find something that will work for us.

Another situation with the girl has come up and I’m really concerned about  the possible outcomes but I don’t have any control over them. I gave her some advice but I don’t think she will take it. She is not in  a good situation but I can’t seem to get her to see that. She is so focused on not coming back home that she continues to make poor decisions that just lead to a bigger hole to try and dig herself out of. I wish she would let me help her but she wants to prove she is mature enough to handle her own problems. She never could accept that it is okay to ask for help and I suppose that is something she learned from me because I have trouble asking for help myself. Although I at least, will take it when it is offered. Anyone have any insight on how to get your teen to be receptive to your advice/wisdom/help??

Need to get ready for the boy to get home – until next time – have a great day wherever you are.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the thoughts rolling around in my head today…

It’s been awhile since I ‘ve posted – there has been a lot of soul searching going on here. Various factors have combined to make it necessary to make some household changes and it has been a difficult time. Lots of anger, disappointment, frustration, resentment and regret surfacing and needing to be dealt with. Things are not settled and probably won’t be for awhile but we have made some tentative plans and hopefully we’ll manage to keep things going.

I’ve decided not to grow anything this year – I’m just going to work on maintaining the areas that have been cleaned out and try and get some more areas cleared. There isn’t money to have someone come in and clear out the orchard so that is one area to work on. I still need to finish the island bed, take care of the compost area, and then the area between the orchard and the vegetable beds needs a lot of work done to it. That is more than enough to keep me busy over the summer.

With the possibility of  downsizing and moving in our near future, I need to work on getting the girl, the boy and myself to go through our stuff and get rid of things that no longer brings us any pleasure. I’ve begun reading Marie Kondo’s book, the life changing magic of tidying up, and it is definitely giving me some ideas. I’m not sure I agree with everything(I know I will be leaving books for last) but it certainly does make you think.

Down to 8 more days of school and as usual I am not ready to have my solitude taken away. I’ve scheduled some camps and am working on a daily schedule to hopefully make the days go smoothly.

Having trouble typing because there is something wrong with my thumb. Many months ago I got a tiny sliver of glass stuck in my thumb and ever since then I have had problems. At first it seemed like it had worked its way out but then a few weeks later it seemed to be back.  This continued several times until I decided that maybe it was actually warts that were developing and then going away. Just recently it seemed to be more like a blood blister that finally broke open but the thumb is still sore.

Did finally schedule  mammogram and gynecology appointments. I guess the next thing is a dermatology appointment to see about some blotches on my hands, arms and legs. Ugh, it is always something.

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are.

Starting over, take 6/7 or is it 8?!?

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve been here. Why haven’t I been around, you may have wondered. Let me give you the short version today – perhaps later I’ll get into more detail but for now I’ll keep it short. First, we had some personality clashes among family members that had me feeling overwhelmed and depressed. Then there was Lyme Disease and a month that was lost to illness and fatigue. Next up was summer with kids home and me slowly recovering. Last up was the question of whether it was really worth it to blog.

For now I have decided to halfway participate in the 31 days challenge that has gone on the past few years. I am going to write every day in October but I haven’t decided if I am going to link up with the group. The idea is to pick a topic and then post something everyday for a month. I am going to call it 31 days towards completion. I have a variety of things that I have started or need to start and I want to take steps to get them finished once and for all.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my list of things I want to work on.


Measure Up Monday  – How am I doing on my goals??

Just received information on the annual UFO Retreat. I have been there the last two years. It is mostly filled with quilters and scrapbookers but there are few others who come.  For the past two years I have taken my knitting, some books and a bunch of hopes and dreams. I try to make a plan for the rest of the year in between knitting some dish cloths and reading some good books.

This year I may be brave enough to take some quilting along – we’ll see how I feel. It is still two months away so I have lots of time to make a decision. I really enjoy this weekend away but I would like to try for something a bit longer – maybe in the summer of 2013 or 2014. Would love to do something in the  New Mexico/Arizona area  – that would probably be better in the winter.

Tidbit Tuesday

Here are the random thoughts rolling around my head this morning…

Tomorrow is the last day of school and there will be a recognition ceremony for DD. Can’t believe that she will be in high school next year.

Still haven’t finalized plans for summer vacation – guess I really need to get that done.

Looks like there are more weeds that wildflowers in the area we planted. That’s the last thing I need – more weeds.

Strawberries are just about done and the first raspberry is almost ready.

2 weeks until boot camp starts and I am getting more nervous every day. I’m not sure how I’ll hold up. Need to think positive thoughts, do my best and not try to show off – rest if I need to.

Taking another glass class. This time DD is going with me. We will be making beads. I would like to make some to use as a meditation aid. I think it should be fun.

 Off to enjoy my last afternoon of solitude.

Tidbit Tuesday

Here are the random thoughts running around in my head today…

I’m loving the compliments I’ve been getting on my hair!!

I’m wondering what kind of caterpillar is eating the seed pods of my baptisia – a plant that is supposed to be “virtually” pest-free

Glad that DD’s friend is inviting her to go to New York City with her. I think it will be a great experience for her. The friend’s dad grew up in the city and knows where to go and not go!

I’m trying to get my summer plans ready so I can avoid the dreaded  cries of “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do here”  that occur almost daily through out summer vacation

I’m loving those fresh strawberries and I can see the raspberries starting to form – yum yum

I’m not looking forward to boot camp. I hope I don’t embarass myself. I do really want to get an exercise habit started and I hope this will help. We’ll see.

Have been doing some reading now – need to update my total and see where I am with the 1500 book challenge.

What’s on your mind today? Let me know by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Ta Da/To Do Thursday

Here were my three tasks for last week and my results…

1.  Create a rough schedule for the summer days -I have made a start on this and I’m plugging in activities

2.  Spend an hour in my sanctuary, continuing to reorganize and declutter – Spent the time but still have soo much to do. It feels like an overwhelming task but I’m plugging away at it.

3.  Go for a bike ride – My scheduled ride was cancelled due to rain and I didn’t schedule another.

Still need to work on all three of these so they will remain for next week.  How is your to do list coming along? Hope you can cross something off today.

Ta Da/To Do Thursday

Time to get things going – need to be more productive around here. Five weeks from today we will start summer vacation and there are some things I need to do before my kids are home and I want to get some general planning of the summer activities ready.  Here are 3 of the tasks I want to accomplish this week …

1.  Create a rough schedule for the summer days

2.  Spend an hour in my sanctuary, continuing to reorganize and declutter

3.  Go for a bike ride

What’s on your list for the upcoming week?

Tidbit Thursday

I know it is supposed to be Ta Da/To Do Thursday but the past two days have been a bit hectic and I’m going with a tidbit post today. So here are the latest thoughts crowding my head…

Ran to 3 different stores on Tuesday to get some egg custard pie for my grandma-in-law. She turned 96 and I wanted her to have something she enjoyed for her birthday.Wish she wasn’t in pain and was able to do more for herself.

After that I went out to lunch with a friend and then we went to give blood. I gave blood frequently when I was in college but had gotten away from doing it. I’m trying to give regularly – it’s a small way to help out my community.

I’m wondering what I could/should have done differently yesterday. I got bit by a dog, first time it had ever happened to me. It didn’t seem too bad but the owner of the dog is a nurse and she said I should have it checked out. They gave me a stitch and some antibiotics. Now I just have to hope I don’t end up with a yeast infection.

It has been cold/freezing at night and I’m hoping it won’t cause too much damage to the veggie seeds. I guess we will find out soon enough. The fruit trees seemed to have survived the frost.

Only nine weeks until school is done for the year. Not sure what the plans are for the summer. Need to come up with some ideas.

Feeling tired – didn’t sleep very well last night. Would like to take a nap but I still have tax stuff to do – MUST do today!

Have you finished your taxes yet?


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