Archive for August, 2008

Monday Morning MeMe

August 26, 2008

Well, I had so much fun the first time I did this, I think I’ll give it another go around. It’s a little late because I had to work this morning. Anyway here it is:

1. What are you up to today? Be specific. We’ve talked about your morning routine before, now walk us through a typical Monday for you after breakfast is over. How do you feel about Mondays? A fresh start to your week? Or do you dread the drudge of getting back to the same old routine?

My week is different than most people’s week. My Monday is Fri. and my Fri. is Tues. My weekend is Wed. and Thurs. Are you totally confused by now? So what am I up to today? I’m working from 5 am to 2 pm. When I get home, I usually sit with hubby and we talk about our day. We’ll watch a DVD, usually of a favorite tv show (Star Trek, X-files, etc.) while we have a bite of lunch. I will have gone to sleep before the show is over. (Hey, getting up at 3 am is hard on this old woman!)  I get up after my nap and try to get a little cleaning done, wash dishes, etc. but this doesn’t happen very often. Most of the time I wonder around like a zombie. I hate these hours! (Have I mentioned this before?)

Yes, I dread the drudge of getting back to the same five early mornings again. Ahhh, retirement —  so close, but yet so far away!

2. Earworms – we all get them from time-to-time. What tune do you have stuck in your head at the moment? How important is music to your life? List some of your favorite songs – and I’m talking about songs that evoke a strong emotion in you; joy, anger, sadness, etc. Do you have one particular song that brings back a certain time period in your life? What is the song and what is the time period?

 I’m listening to Enya in my car right now. One of their tunes will stick in my head so badly sometimes that I can’t sleep. It drives me crazy! I’ll have to turn the radio on softly when I go to bed just to drown it out of my head.  I can’t imagine life without music in it. I love music. I used to listen to it all the time. Then hubby started working at home. Now I just play my tunes or listen to the radio in my sewing room or shop. Or car. 

My favorite tunes? There’s so many! Donna Fargo’s The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. always makes me happy. Bette Midler’s The Wind Beneath My Wings inspires me. Alan Jackson’s Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning makes me sad, and Randy Travis’s Forever and Ever, Amen and Josh Turner’s The Longer the Waiting, The Sweeter the Kiss makes me feel romantic. I think I love the love songs the best. 

 Old tunes and songs bring back memories of my younger days. When I hear a certain song, Downtown sung by Petula Clark for example, it brings back memories of when Hubby and I first got married and he moved me to the East Coast to be with him for the remaining time he had left in the Army. They played that song on the radio ALL the time. I appreciate music and singers with beautiful voices.

3. Who have you needed to say thank you to lately? Who is this person and what did he/she do to prompt a thank you?

I don’t think I NEED to say thank you to anyone. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank someone for something. I say “thank you” as easily as I breathe. And it’s not just empty words. I really do mean it when I say it. I appreciate people and what they do that involves me and I want to thank them for it.

4. How many candles will be on your birthday cake this next birthday? What do you think about the age you are now? Are you comfortable with what you’ve accomplished in life so far? Or do you wish you could have achieved more? You’re being granted one birthday wish – what is it?

Wow, do we have to go there? Oh well, it’s just a number, right? I’ll be 62 on my next birthday which is next month. That sounds old, but I don’t feel old. I’ve enjoyed getting older. Not the physical part because I’m sharing my body with old man Arthur more and more. But I like the wisdom, experience and patience that has come with getting older. I haven’t accomplished a lot in my life as far as becoming someone important or inventing something miraculous, but I’ve accomplished what I’ve always wanted to do — being a wife and mother. So I guess that’s a lot to me. My birthday wish? I don’t really need or want too many material things. I guess I wish that I’ll have many more birthdays!

 

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A Summer Hummer

August 20, 2008

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Hubby has several hummingbird feeders set out and every year we see more and more of the thirsty little critters flying around in our yard. Aren’t they adorable?

SUMMER’S ALMOST GONE

August 19, 2008

I’ve been neglecting my blog. Sorry about that. I can’t seem to get used to these hours at work that I have to work ALL the time. About the time I do get used to them, they’ll change though. Gosh, I hope so — I’ve got to have some relief!!

The Fair came and went and I didn’t even blog about it. Maybe I can catch you up a little.

I entered 16 craft items this year. I know, I know, it’s not much compared to what I entered last year, but I was even surprised to have that much. I was running around here trying to find just anything to enter. It wasn’t in vain, however, because I won 13 ribbons!

crafts1(These dates on the pics are wrong because we changed batteries and forgot to change the date. OOPS!)

Not bad, I thought. I even got a blue ribbon on something I made at the last minute. It was a plant poke that I made from a popcicle stick and a heart-shaped piece of wood. I painted it all white, painted “rose” along the stick and painted a butterfly on the heart. It was cute, I have to admit.

The Fair had a lot of Special Contests mostly in the Foods catagories this year. I entered so many of them that I got to go to the Fair almost every day. Let me explain: The Special Contests are held during the Fair, so you bring your entry and then get to watch the judging.

Judging pies

It’s so much fun! Usually I just enter pies and quick breads. But I also entered these contests — Grandparents’ Cookie, Weird Chocolate Cake, Party Time (cheese ball), and Coffee Time (baked goods, drink, and other food made with coffee). I did more baking and cooking than I’ve done in a loong time! In fact, I wore myself out and decided to drop out of the coffee contest because I was just too tired! But I got a lot of ribbons for my baking attempts:

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Hubby and I went to the Fair and did our usual thing: rode the Ferris Wheel. Hey, it’s traditional!

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John on ferris wheel

Daughter #1 and I took the boys to the Fair and left them to “play” on their own. I think they enjoyed the freedom from their parents for a while. They said they had a good time and even came away with some Fair goodies.

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I think school starts in about a week. I’m sure the boys are looking forward to that. (NOT) Grandson # 5 will be going to pre-school this year and I’m pretty sure he’s looking forward to that for sure. They sure grow up fast!

I’m on vacation this week so I need to go to the sewing room now and get busy! Keep those fingers

Monday Morning Meme

August 18, 2008

This is a Monday Morning Meme that my #1 Daughter puts on her blog Write From Karen every week. I thought it might be fun to “play” this week.

August 18th Questions:

1. You have a huge final project that is due in six weeks. When will you actually begin it? In other words, are you the sort of person who gets things done right away, or do you wait until the last minute? Why is this?

If we’re talking about the present time, I would start it at the time I found out that I needed to do it. The older I get, the less I like to get stressed out about “projects”. I know, people who know me will think I’m dreaming in Fantasy Land, especially when Fair time rolls around. Well, just because it “appears” that I’m waiting until the last minute, I really have more control over it than it looks. Trust me, it’s a LOT better now than it was, but I still need to improve. (Who doesn’t?)

2. How often do you clean your house? (Be honest!) Do you think you’re a good housekeeper? Does your significant other think you’re a good housekeeper? Does your significant other ever thank you for cleaning house? No one likes to clean, but what is the one thing you don’t mind cleaning?

I need to clean some things everyday, not that they get it everyday. (I tend to get side-tracked with my crafts once in a while.) My housekeeping is divided into three parts: everyday cleaning, once or twice a week cleaning, and once or twice a year cleaning. I won’t elaborate because I’m sure you all know what falls into these catagories. When I clean, however, I usually do a good job. The message my mother always gave us was, “If you’re going to do something, do it good the first time.” She was a bit of a perfectionist also and picked our work to pieces. We had to do it over if it wasn’t good enough to please her. Consequently, we learned to do it right the first time! So yes, I think I’m a good housekeeper. Yes, my hubby thinks I’m a good housekeeper and thanks me on a regular basis for all that I do. I don’t mind cleaning the kitchen, because I really like a clean kitchen. But I don’t mind cleaning anything once I get into it. In fact, I tend to get carried away especially on those yearly cleanings. But I LOVE a clean house and everything in it’s place again.

3. Fill in the blank: I can’t believe you _______________! Now tell us the story behind this sentence (WHY did you fill it in the way you did?)

I can’t believe you (hubby) love me as much as you do! I’m a very different person than my hubby in many ways. We have a lot of the same philosophies of life, but our personalities are what’s different. He’s a very serious, somber, reasonable kind of person and I’m an emotional, graphic, silly, childlike, (I could go on, but you get the point) person. I wonder how he’s put up with me for almost 44 years! “They” say opposites attract and, in this case, I believe it’s true.

4. Be honest, how many times do you hit the snooze button? What time do you get up during week days? What time do you typically get up on the weekends? Are you a good sleeper? If so, why? If not, why not?

never hit the snooze button! What a waste of energy! When it’s time to get up, then get up, for Pete’s Sake. I work at an outside job and I have to be there at 5 am. So I get up at 3am because I NEED to have some tea and wake up before I hit the shower. (There have been times when I’ve had to jump in the shower as soon as I get up. NOT GOOD. I HATE when I have to do that!) My “weekends” are  during the middle of the week. I usually wake up around 4am, but I force myself to try to go back to sleep. By 6am or so, I’m wide awake so I get up. I hate these hours. I’ll be glad when things change at work (it will be soon, I hope) and I can work evenings again. I like to work evenings.    I’m a good sleeper now. When the kids were small and still at home, no, I wasn’t a good sleeper. Every noise, no matter how small, would wake me up. I can sleep through tornado warnings now. (Yep, that’s happened!) In fact, I sleep in my chair in front of the tv even though I could never understand why my mother did that when I was little!

This was fun! I’ll have to do it again sometime. Hope you enjoyed reading it.