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Tidbit Thursday

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

Every time I start to get some momentum something happens and I end up back at the beginning again. I had been doing so well with the weeding but I haven’t been out since Sunday. First I go stung two days in a row when trying to weed around a sage plant I have. Then camp started and it’s too hot by the time I get home and I don’t seem to get out in the evening to do it. UGH!

I can’t seem to get a grip on the paperwork that comes in – between the house, the business, school, bills, the newspaper – I never seem to get caught up on things. The pile gets bigger and bigger and things slip through the cracks because I don’t want to be the one who has to deal with them. I’m tired of being an adult – I wish I could give it all up and have some one else deal with it for awhile.

There is too much house to deal with – why did I ever think that it would be a good idea to try to renovate a church?? There is just too much to take care of. It really is just too much. We should probably try to sell it and find a smaller space but I hate the thought of leaving.  I don’t think we’d get a good price for it with the amount of work that still needs done.

Enough moaning/complaining/griping for today.. Hopefully I’ll be in a better frame of mind  next time. Until then I hope you are having a better day than I am.

Tidbit Thursday

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


My dad has successfully transitioned to a skilled care facility and is definitely getting back to normal. He has been receiving dialysis, PT and OT services and is becoming more alert and communicative. He still has times of tiredness but he looks and sounds much better. He’s also feeling better about the food he is getting. Although they won’t give him a hot dog with mustard and onions, they have given him oreos and ice cream which has made his day.

This has been a good week for getting the garden cleaned up. Everyone has been doing some work in the evenings and my hubby is glad to see the mulch pile in the middle of his grass slowly disappearing.  Almost all of the established garden beds have been weeded and we have done some work to clear out the overgrown orchard and meadow areas.  There is still too much to get done this summer but we are getting closer to our desired look. If we can just keep plugging away, we might get everything done before we are too old to enjoy it!

18 days till school starts – hard to believe the summer is close to winding down. Haven’t received our supply list yet – hope we get it soon before all the good sales are over. Need to get the boy new pants – his old ones are either too short or have too many holes. I’m not sure about shirts and socks, need to check out his closet. Also needs some shoes.

Also looks like I’ll be looking for a job. We need more money coming in if we are going to meet our goals. I’m not sure what kind of  job I can get after being out of the workforce for almost twenty years. My degree is no longer current and actually I don’t think I would want to teach anymore. It would be nice to have a school related job so I don’t have to worry about the boy when he isn’t in school. He’s getting old enough to spend some time on his own but not eight or more hours a day. I’m not looking forward to this but it’s time to pitch in and help out in a different way.

The neighborhood church bazaar/festival begins today. That means cars parking everywhere, trash left everywhere and noise. Hopefully the boy has finally realized the futility of trying to win at the games so there won’t be any meltdowns as there have been in the past. I do like to check out the book sale, the flea market, the bake sale and the Chinese auction as I have found some good buys there over the years.

For now it’s time to head back to work. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you have a great day!

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…

Heard this week that my sister’s brother-in-law died. He was only 51, not sure what happened but it certainly surprised the family and has left them reeling. Another reminder to let people know they are loved before it is too late.

More rain – I can’t seem to get ahead this year. Just about the time I get an area weed free it rains and more weeds sprout up. Very discouraging.

More drama with the girl – she needs to move out and has not found a place to stay. She asked about moving back in here. Not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I want her to get out of the situation she is in but on the other hand things have been a lot less stressful since she has moved out. I’m not sure I want to deal with the possible drama that could occur. UGH – parenting is soo hard.

Need to get a new tire for the car, got another letter from the IRS, still need to deal with the hospital bill and the insurance policy – so much for getting things done while the boy was at camp.

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are.

Tidbit Thursday

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

Feeling discouraged as I sit here looking at all the things that should have been done – bills to pay, appointments to change, call to see about a new insurance policy, dirty dishes, spider webs in the window .. I could go on but let’s just say that I’m not getting things done.

First week of summer vacation isn’t over yet and we’ve had several arguments, slammed doors and episodes of disrespect and defiance – looking like a long summer. I thought that the tween/teen years would be easier this time around since the boy is (well, has been) quite different from the girl but it feels like a repeat of her early years.

Part of the problem is that the hubby and I do not agree on certain things and had/have a hard time coming to agreement  on how to deal with those situations. I’m not sure how it is going to play out this time but hopefully we can do a better job.

We have had more rain again this week and it looks like it isn’t over yet.  The weeds just keep on coming. It is hard to see any progress and that is discouraging. On the other hand some of the new bulbs I planted have bloomed and they were quite nice. I ‘m waiting on the lily – it has buds but they haven’t opened. I’m afraid that the anchusa azurea I got is dead. I couldn’t plant it right away and I’m afraid it just didn’t make it. On the other hand the tree peony which I thought had died appears to be sending up a shoot – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will survive. The sweet peas look lovely growing up the lattice.

Guess that’s it for now – hope you are having 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 Thursday

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

Hubby’s surgery went well although they did find more damage than they had expected. He stayed two nights in the hospital and then came home. He has been dealing with some pain, difficulty sleeping and of course the constipation that comes with pain meds since he came home. I think it might be helpful if he followed the doctor’s instructions but that isn’t happening and there is only so much “reminding” I can do. He has a follow up with his primary doctor today, perhaps the doctor can convince him to do what he is supposed to do.

I’m trying to deal with the fact that someone is here all day and the noise that comes with that. The worst is the noise. I am unusually sensitive to noises and he is either snoring, watching some war/history documentary or listening to a playlist on the computer. It wouldn’t be so bad if I also enjoyed the documentaries or playlists but for the most part I don’t share his tastes.

I have spent some time each day out in the garden but unfortunately it was a bit too late as many weeds have gone to seed and I’m spreading them as I pull them. Without my slave labor there is just too much to do. Actually, even with my slave labor there is too much to do. Need to think about how I can get things under control and then keep them that way.

Hard to believe that we are one-quarter of the way through the year. I need to get myself moving to keep on track to make some progress this year. I’m being called so I’ll sign off for now. Until next time – hope you are having a great day wherever you are.

The Quick Fix

I decided last spring to try to fix the problem of weeds in the orchard by planting a combination of johnny jump up, thyme and micro-clover seeds. The hope was that the seed mix would take over and  crowd out the weeds. I figured I would need to pull some weeds but that  they would be fewer and fewer as time went on. Maybe that would have happened if  I had been able to do the work of pulling the weeds out over the course of the summer. Instead I came down with Lyme Disease and was not able to do much of anything outside last year.

Then came the bitterly cold days of winter and lots of snow, followed by rain, rain, rain this spring. All of that led to an explosion of weeds in the orchard, berry, veggie and flower beds. It seemed like an overwhelming task and I had to decide where to concentrate my energies. Since there are several dead trees that need to be removed from the orchard, I decided to let it go and start elsewhere. Today I ventured out to the orchard to begin working.

As I was pulling weed after weed, it occurred to me that my quick fix – planting the seed mix – had created another problem for me. I hadn’t considered the fact that not only would the mix spread and crowd out weeds but it would spread into areas where I don’t want it to be. Now I need to come up with a way to keep it out of the flower beds. That led me to think of other quick fixes that create problems down the line and how my life seems to be full of them.

I have an argument with a family member and feel sad,  my quick fix- some kind of chocolate/sugar concoction that leads to feeling discouraged because I want to lose some weight and that will not help me reach that goal.

I’m tired and don’t have the energy to be consistent in training my children, my quick fix- just do the job for them which leads to children who do not participate in the daily upkeep of the house and their stuff.

I don’t want to deal with a tantrum/argument, my quick fix- let them do something that I know I shouldn’t  and that leads to children who question every request and feel entitled to more than they deserve.

I feel stressed by any of the above, my quick fix- hop on the computer or disappear into the pages of a book which leads to work not done, feelings of disgust and a sense of hopelessness.

I need to stop reaching for the quick fix and start carefully considering my actions. I need to look ahead and see where the choice I’m making is going to lead and decide if that is where I want to go. I need to think through the situations before I’m in them and come up with some alternative fixes so I’m not falling back into bad habits. A tall order but one that needs to be filled.

What about you? Do you have any quick fixes that you need to change? What is your plan? Any advice for me? I’m open to suggestions so please share in the comments. Thanks

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