Bookish

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have made it back two weeks in a row!  Although not a lot has changed…  Linking up to share my progress!

I’m listening to this one.  It’s hard!

Closer to being done with this.  Ready to move on to the one below…

Currently on the nightstand, waiting for me.

This one is just okay.  About a man whose wife dies when a tree falls on their house and his grieving process.

I hope to have more reading time now that graduation is over.  I love to read in the summer (as if the season really matters) while I lay in the sun! 🙂

Family, Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Graduation

Scene:

It’s  beautiful sunny Sunday morning!  A slight breeze is moving the tops of the trees.

 Today’s Plan:

Graduation was last night then the overnight Project Graduation Party that hubby and I volunteer to help with.  We are pretty tired today however we still have things on our to do list; some grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and a couple loads of laundry.

 Drinking
water…
Listening to:
Dryer running, television upstairs, Son starting to move about, Hubby is out in his shop.
 Reading:

1) The Gifts of Imperfection

2) The Beginner’s Goodbye

3)Wild at Heart

4) Still Alice

 Pondering:
 The recruiter told me on Friday that he had sent all the documentation up to MEPS on Friday morning requesting them to review and respond.  He hopes we will hear something this week.  I’m not sure what they will ask for now that the papers they were wanting are no longer available due to retention limit requirements.   Our son needs something to do.  If he isn’t Army bound he needs to get a job.
We had a great visit with family that traveled in for graduation.  Here are a few pictures I would like to share with you!
Our three kids
Our Graduate on the left
Not the best cake we’ve ever had done! Who uses black icing?!
Superintendent congratulating graduates
Hubby being school board president presented our son with his diploma!
Dad, Graduate, and Mom
Stuff

My Journey This Week…

Last Friday I left work early, very early, to meet my daughters and go to my Son’s swearing into the Army.  Except the called me before I even got out of town to say it would not happen today that the MEPS doctor wanted counseling papers from prior to the adoption!  As frustrated as I was I tried to enjoy my day with my daughters.  They honored me for Mother’s day with cards and gifts.  Then I went home and immediately got started on getting things “fixed” for our son.

Saturday morning we bought our son a car.  He doesn’t know about it yet.  We are going to give it to him next Saturday for graduation.  We never bought the girls cars but this situation just seems different some how.

Sunday was the best day of the week.  It started with some chores just to keep up and get them out of the way early.  In the early afternoon hubby and I got the Harley out and went to a Winery several miles from home.  We were gone a total of six hours.  I loved every minute with him!

Monday, back to reality…

Contacted the pre-adoption counselor.  She remembered the children we adopted but stated that she is not required to keep records for more than seven years and this case was 15 years old.  So the recruiter had her email him this information so he could forward it on.  As of today, we are still waiting to hear the outcome of this new development.

Tuesday…

The was our Son’s last day of high school.  All the Seniors wanted to be at school at 4:30 to set up some pranks that had been approved by the administration.  So I took him in as we have not given him the car yet and I would need mine to get to work.  It is amazing that he is done!  I just can’t believe it is actually here.

Wednesday…

This momma doesn’t like to be seen at big functions without her nails and hair done.  Right after work I got my nails done and a pedicure.  Felt so wonderful.  Then I ran home did laundry, cooked dinner for grandma and son, helped hubby work on the boat, talked about some trials our middle daughter is in and finally got inside to relax for a few minutes before crashing into bed.

Thursday…more of the same!
Got my hair done!  I went very drastic for the summer.  It is different from anything I have ever done before.  Interested in seeing what my family things of it on Saturday! 🙂  Payed the bills, did more cooking and laundry, then had a glass of wine and some reading time!

My next post will probably be the Sunday Salon.  I’ll have graduation pictures to share! Thanks for stopping by!

Journaling prompt

Five things you would like to do more…

This is my third week of 52 journal prompts.  It’s something I decided to do to try and improve my writing.  If that’s what you want to call what I do.  I also wanted to make myself think about things that I haven’t thought much about before or even at all.   With that being said this weeks prompt is to write about five things you would like to do more… Really?  only five?… 🙂

There are more than five things that I would like to do more of in my life but among them are, in no particular order, sleeping, spending quality time with various family members, knitting, hiking/biking, and reading.

When it comes to sleep it appears that I get enough but I think the quality of it right now is what is making me feel as if I’m not getting enough.  For the most part I get seven hours each night.  During those seven I toss around a lot, look at the clock several times, and even get up to use the restroom.

Last Friday I got to spend several hours with both of my girls.  That never happens and it made me very happy.  Especially with Mother’s day just a few days away.  I miss them terribly.  I don’t see them as much as I like because they are so busy and our oldest isn’t talking to her dad right now.  A long going feud that I was hoping to help mend.  Then there are my sisters and mother that I never see.  A few weeks ago I did go to Kansas City to visit my little sister for the weekend.  It was a wonderful time.  Above all I would enjoy more time with my husband.  We both work so much and have so much going on that through the week we only see each other a few hours each evening.  Looking forward to retirement to spend more time with those that I love!

Of all the hobbies that I have knitting is the one that is thrown to the side first when things get busy.  Yes, I am in a busy season with our son so my knitting hasn’t been touched in a week.   Son is out of school now therefore home through the day.  In order for him and grandma to have lunch I am cooking more of an evening meal so that leftovers can be eaten.  One day a week I go the gym which takes away from everything because with us that is a two hour ordeal.  Yes, more knitting would be awesome!

In an effort to Find Me I took up hiking.  There has only been one trip but I really enjoyed it.  Over the years we have ridden bicycles and quit because of farming and the busyness of everyday life.  I’m still busy but hope to get more time to hike and bike in the fall.  Summer is not a good time for either.

Reading can be used to fill in snippets of my day.  On my breaks at work I read a few pages while I eat.  Often times I am interrupted by someone who wants to vent their complaints about work so I stop and listen.  While driving or doing small household chores I take the opportunity to listen to audio books.  I get more reading and chores done this way.  I can also incorporate it with my knitting if I get time to sit for a while.

There are many other things that I would like to do more of but these are the five that I settled on sharing today.  Maybe after May is done I will work on doing more of the things that I want to spend more time doing. 🙂

Bookish

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! 🙂

I’m listening to this one.  It’s pretty good.

This one is a slow pondering type of book.  I read it on my breaks at work.

I started this one but it is a slow pondering type book too.  I will pick it up again when I am finish with the other slow pondering book.

Started this one over the weekend.  It is a light read that I will pick up at bedtime.  I don’t want to read anything that causes me to think too deep right before going to sleep.

So many books and so little time.  With this week being our Son’s graduation there is lots that we have going on.  Posts may be sporadic and reading and knitting close to nothing. 😦

Sunday Salon

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!
Journaling prompt

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.
Stuff

Need help!

I am trying to add Pinterest to my sidebar… HOW in the world do I get it to work on WP?  Blogger was so easy.

I’m finding too that adding my pictures off my Android phone is a challenge!  Blogger, they are just there. 😦

I like WP for many other reasons but really struggle with some things.

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Stuff

Public Service Announcement

Because I have been so open and sharing about our struggle to get our son in the Army 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.  I am so thankful that the wait is over and he can move forward with his life.

 

Knitting

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! 🙂