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Update and Apology

OH my, I first have to apologize for not being here the past few weeks.  This has been a very busy whirl wind summer.  I miss posting even a few times a week!  I miss keeping up with all my wonderful friends here.  I know this is just a season and I will be back to blogging more regular by summers end.

I wanted to let you all know that we the PROUD parents of a United States Army Soldier!!!!  Our son will ship out on Tuesday September 5th.  We are working on getting his room cleaned up, his short list of things he will be able to take, and he is doing Future soldier training every week!  Around the middle or end of August we will be throwing him a going away party.  Labor Day weekend won’t be a good time for that due to everyone’s already made plans.

  • We have been doing some family things.  My sisters will both be here the end of next week to stay for about 4 days.  There is much I have to do to get my house ready to receive 7 guests!
  • We celebrated our 27th Anniversary – Short trip away…
  • Our house is getting a new roof and siding.  And picking all that out on a budget and working with Lowe’s to get it done has been unnerving to say the least.  Not that Lowe’s is bad but that the price of building materials is outrageous!
  • Grandma has not been “herself” lately.  Taking here medication wrong (now I have to give it to her twice a day instead of letting her take it out of the pill boxes that I fill), walking off and leaving her cain, reporting to me phone conversations that never happen, and acting kind of angry most of the time.
  • Hubby and I try to take the boat every other weekend to the lake.  He has to have a release from the stress of his job.  Finding someone to come in and check on grandma isn’t always easy either.  Thank goodness our son is still home this summer.

I guess that’s really it.  Doesn’t look like much but then I also work 40 hours a week.  That job is very busy, busier than it has been in many years.  So until things slow down some I will be out-of-pocket for several more weeks.  😦

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My Journey This Week…

Friday

Nothing from the recruiter and nothing exciting today.  Hubby and I jumped on the bike after work and went to dinner.  It was a beautiful evening to be on the bike.

Saturday

Our 28th wedding anniversary… Slept in a little bit (we rarely do that) then got up to get our chores done so that we could go to St. Louis to stay the night and have a nice dinner.

Sunday

Had car trouble coming back from the city.  When we got home we got online to begin the New Car search.  Laid around most of the day while doing four loads of laundry… I had plans to do some grilling but when I am on stress overload I tend to shut down.  Guess what?  I’m there! 🙂

Monday, back to reality…

Pretty uneventful day.  I guess I should be happy about that as they don’t come along very often!

Tuesday…

I saw a hormone special today.  It was amazing!  Through a very thorough blood test she can tell all kinds of things about my body.  My anxiety, energy, brain fog, increase body fat even though I work out, are all due to hormone imbalance.  We are going to fix that!  BioBalance Health in St. Louis.  It’s natural hormone replacement and supplements.  I should start feeling more like my old self (prior the hysterectomy) in a couple of weeks.  I cannot wait to see some results.

Wednesday…

Hubby had a school board finance meeting so I fixed a pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and gravy for grandma and Jeremy.  He had Physical Training for the Army.  The recruiter said we should know something very soon.  (I think he has said that before).

Thursday…

Very busy day at work.  I will started vacation at 3:00!!!  It was a long day!  I’ll be off line for this vacation.  Talk to you all next week! 🙂

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What’s On Your Nightstand? – June 2017

This is one of my favorite link ups that I have always taken part in.  I couldn’t not blog and read and not join in with everyone at 5 Minutes for Books.  It occurs the last Tuesday of every month.  You share what you have been reading, what is still hanging out on your nightstand, and what you plan to read if you like.  I hope to get better with actual books.  I’ve been doing a lot of audio books lately because I am always doing something else.  Like knitting or coloring, pattern searching, planning…
For the month of May I have listened to:
Was a nice little story.  Oh the innocense of children is so refreshing these days!
I wasn’t really impressed with this one.  It made be somewhat paranoid; like everyone around me is “controlling me”!
I had never heard of this one before.  It was a good little read about good and evil.

I’m still reading (but almost done):

 Taking me longer than I had hoped but it’s awesome.  I am giving it to everyone I know that has little boys! First my daughter with two step son’s.
This one will take a long time.  I read it on my lunch break at work and that is it.
What I am currently reading/listening to:
 A (Christian) co-worker said he loved John Grisham books.  I had never read one so I thought I would give it a shot.  It’s a very detailed story to say the least.  I sometimes drift off with some of the details.
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?
I’m on a Non-Fiction kick right now.  My soul and brain are so thirsty!

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John Eldredge (can’t wait to get to this one)

The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of by John Eldredge

Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris (put this one on hold at the library, I’m that excited about it)

 

One Million Page Challenge update:

June: 1024

Year to date: 11,430

Challenge to date: 81,252

Hope you are enjoying a Summer full of reading time!

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My Journey This Week…

Friday

Worked a few hours and ran home to meet with the insurance adjuster.  He had to look at our roof that had some storm damage Memorial Weekend.  After that we packed up and headed to the lake.

While getting ready to leave our son went to the school district and picked up an application.  I helped him fill it our really quick as it was his  first ever!  He ran it back to town and gave it to the secretary.  He wasn’t home 10 minutes and they called him back for an interview.  Thirty mintues later he was gainfully employed!  He will be assisting the Janitors for the summer.  They also know that he is trying to get into the Army and could have to leave with short notice. Which we are still waiting on.  I sent up all the information they requested early this morning.  I just want an answer… yes or no. We need to get on with life.

Saturday

Lake time!  It was beautiful.  We got most of our weekend in before the rains came Saturday night.

Sunday

Loaded up and headed home.  After getting everything unpacked we had to lay down and take a little nappie… LOL!  Vacations wear us out! 😀

Monday, back to reality…

Yep, it’s Monday… Can I have a redo for the weekend?  I wasn’t ready! 🙂  My job always seems more busy when I take a few hours off or if my #2 boss isnt’ in…

The guy showed up to tuck point the chimney today.  We should be hearing from the roofer soon on when he will be able to come put our new roof on.

We are going to get the rest of the updates we wanted to do done this summer/fall as well.  The siding on two sides of the house, patio out back and sidewalk around to the front, and a new door!

Got a little shopping done for the week while hubby worked out for a bit.  Then we returned home to work on my car.  Been having a strange issue with it but I think we figured it out. 🙂

Tuesday, 

It’s gym night.  I’m going to start going Tuesdays and Thursdays now (except this week I’ll go on Friday).  I really need another day.  It may help to release some of my tension from work.  50 cent wing night after our workout.  We get 10 and that is plenty for us.

Wednesday…

Son had PT (Physical Training) at the recruiters.  I did laundry and fixed a good meal for him and grandma.  Hubby went to work out for a little bit.  He is having to cut back on the eliptical because he is having knee issues.

Thursday…

If it weren’t for it being so close to Friday I might just cry!  😉

Heard from the recruiter that all the papers we sent up to MEPS were received this morning.  The doctors should review them this evening and we should know something soon…

Laundry and chores tonight so I can be free tomorrow evening for gym and dinner.

This is our anniversary weekend, 28 years!  We are planning going to the city for a nice dinner and over night stay.  We will be home most of the time getting caught up on things that need to be taken care of because of our frequent travel! 🙂 LOL!  I will try and get a Sunday Salon post up!

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My Journey This Week…

Friday

We had a nice dinner out with our old high school chums.  He was our best man in our wedding!  About once a month we get together to catch up with what’s going on in our lives.  It goes on for hours! 🙂

Saturday

Hubby and I went into St. Louis.  We did some shopping, had a nice dinner, spent the night and came home Sunday afternoon.

Sunday

After spending the night in St. Louis we got home around noon time.  Then it was the old grind stone again.  We got busy getting ready for the week.  Laundry and packing hubby for an overnight business trip to St. Joseph Missouri.

Monday, back to reality…

I am beginning to think of my place of work as a “mad house”.  It’s just crazy around there anymore.  I am so looking forward to retirement. Just sayin’.  With hubby being gone I did laundry (nothing unusual), cooked a big meal for grandma and Jeremy, ran a few errands, and went to bed around 9.  Then at 10 got a call from hubby.  He’d been talking business and time got away. 🙂 He’s so sweet!

Tuesday, 

Hubby got home at regular time so we went to the gym.  I’m only getting to go about once a week right now.  With us being gone almost every weekend I am either catching up from being gone or preparing for the next weekend.  It felt really good to hit the gym hard!

Wednesday…

Back to Future Soldier Training… The recruiter called today. The MEPS doctors sent back the Medical waiver requesting some more information. 1) Did he have an IEP? and 2) Has he ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder such as anxiety or depression?  UMMMM, no to the first question and the second one “the physician sent a letter of recommendation for him.  Would he do that if he had a mental illness?”  There is no common sense or logic being used in this situation!

I stayed home and Jeremy drove himself for the first time.  No issues so I am feeling better about cutting him loose.  He’s only been driving this new vehicle since graduation day. 🙂  He’s working for our brother-in-law and his old youth pastor.  They are keeping him busy.

Thursday…

Finally getting some rain!  We were beginning to worry about the condition of our fields.  Even though we don’t have cattle any more we lease out our ground to someone.  We want it sustain his cattle until fall.  I packed up the boat and prepared for another weekend at the lake!

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MIA

I’m not sure why it is that once I decide to start blogging again life starts throwing darts at me.  I am running in so many different directions doing oh I don’t know, a little of everything.

Work has gone and gotten plumb crazy.  I now work eight hours a day five days a week and have a terrible time keeping caught up.  (The brain fog might have a littel bit to do with that. Story for another post.)  No seriously, I am really busy.  Working for a very large company there are more reports do each week than I can shake a stick at! 🙂  I have two bosses that I report to and assist with daily functions.

Our son is out of school still waiting to hear from MEPS as to whether or not his medical waiver has been approved.  But I understand that this is common and there should not be any issue.  On Wednesday evenings he goes to the recruiters office to do what they are calling “Future Soldier Training”.  So he is doing odd jobs for family and friends to stay busy.  He’s also keeping our grass cut this year which is a great help to us.

Recently we had some storm damage to our roof.  We’ve had to get estimates for the insurance company and now we are waiting for the adjuster to come out and take a look.  Before we put on the new roof we also have the chimney tuck pointed.  It’s been 17 years and we are trying to make things ready for retirement.  While looking at shingles and such we also picked out some new siding.  Our house is mostly brick as you may remember from pictures I’ve posted but the back and south end really could use some new siding and a new walk out basement slider door.

Since we have a new lake boat we are trying to get to the lake as much as possible.  We really dislike paying for something that we don’t use very much.  We love the water and summer so this seemed like a great thing to get and have paid for by retirement.  Our Harley sits during the extreme heat of the summer months but we get out on it when it’s cool enough.  There is where most of our weekends go.  I may not be posting much on weekends until summer is over.  If I do it will be Sunday evenings.

There is always someone coming in to check on Grandma while we are gone.  My mother even takes her to church or lunch on occassion which is a big help.  Twice a week I pay my sister in law (kinda like visiting angels) to come and spend time with her.  The talk about the Lord a lot and that makes Grandma really happy!  My sister from Utah will be coming in for a quick visit in July.  I will have both my sisters and their families staying with me!  I need to make a good grocery list and make sure everyone’s needs are met.

 

Not that I want anyone to feel sorry for me right now, that is not the motivation behind this post.  I just want you to know why I am not here right now and that I do read yours posts but don’t always get a chance to comment!  That stinks but every time I start a comment I get interrupted.

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook {{June Edition}}

For Today

Linking up with our friend Peggy to share
 Looking out my window
 Started out to be a foggy morning but it lifted quickly and it is now a beautiful sunny day.  Although, I am sitting at my desk and we all know what the view is like from there.
I am thinking
 That June is going to be another action packed month! 🙂  We have plans every weekend so far.  Then there is the news that we are still waiting to hear… “Yes, Jeremy is in the ARMY now and can sign up for jobs!”
I am thankful
 That I have a husband who can lovingly point out my “hormonal issues” without being attackful.  Yes, I am having some serious ups and downs since my hysterectomy.
One of my favorite things
Laying in the sun with a good book! I got to do that for about an hour and a half on Saturday!
I am creating
I’m ashamed to say that the scarf is going on forever.  May was such a busy month that I haven’t done any knitting, coloring, or photography.
I am wearing
skinny capris, black blouse with amber beading, and Egyptian style sandles.
I am reading
 
I am listening to
I am hoping
that the stress level in my husbands job will ease up a bit.  There is way-y-y-y too much going on there.
I am learning
Patience!  And I don’t remember asking to learn to be patient!!! LOL!
In my kitchen
It’s been a real challenge.  I don’t want to cook. (or much of anything else)
Board room
My board room is all hair and nails.  I am also pinning a few crafty things for winter or when I actually feel like doing those types of things again. Christmas gifts and such.
 
Post Script
A very nice lady, Willow, has knitted up some hats that she has for sale.  If you might be into Christmas shopping in July June head on over to her website Willowscottage.com
 Shared Quote
“Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.”  Dr. Seuss
A moment from my day
Out to dinner with friends and I get a smoochie! 🙂

Closing Notes
I sure hope June is nothing like May!  I would much rather have a slower paced life right now.  I love summer and am looking forward to relaxing some and enjoying it.  Although there are plans for almost every weekend I think we can do it without a lot of stress.  My great stress in life right now is having someone check in on Grandma while we are away over night.  Seems everyone else is busy living life too.
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My Journey This Week…

Friday

We left for Lake of the Ozarks early.  We wanted to get down and launch our boat before the ramps got too busy and the waters too rough.  It is a crazy busy place on Memorial Weekend.  We had dinner at a place called H. Toads.  It used to have really good pizza but I would not recommend it anymore.  New owners…

Saturday

It rained off and on most of the day with some pretty severe storms in the afternoon.  We waited out the worst storm at another restaurant called Red Heads.  Great food there too and yes, I would recommend it! 🙂

Sunday

This was the pick day of our weekend.  It was sunny and warm.  We got to boat around a lot.  When we go out on the boat we always take a cooler of lunch type stuff with fruits and other snacks.  We were out all day long.  We boated up to a place called  Backwater Jacks.  Another great place to eat.  It was after dark when we left and it was nice just puttering around on the water.  Nice and slow…easy as she goes! 🙂

Monday, back to reality…(kinda)

It was a beautiful day.  But we got up early and got our boat off the lake before the ramps got busy with everyone trying to get home.  We had lunch at a Mexican place called Sergio’s and headed home around noon.  Coming home after being gone all weekend is hard.  The unpacking, laundry, cooking again, and cleaning up the boat are all my least favorite things.

Tuesday, BACK to REALITY

Work was so crazy busy!  Since I was off two whole days and there is nobody to do my job when I’m not there I had tons to get caught up on.  Workout night at the gym for me… It was an entire hour and a great way to work off the stress from the day!

Wednesday…

Back to Future Soldier Training… We were supposed to hear whether or not they were going to let Jeremy in the Army but they didn’t know anything yet.  As a mother I just about lost it.  Do they not realize they are jacking with my son’s future?  This waiting is worse than having my fingernails torn out!  Got home and starting packing hubby and I for a weekend School Board Conference.  {{sigh}} I’m barely caught up with laundry from last weekend.

Thursday…

So, another busy day at work that felt like two days!  Hubby had to go on down for the school board convention while I came home and fed the fam, did laundry, ran some errands, and packed up a few things for me.  The recruiter called us tonight to tell us that the medical waiver for our son was sent to MEPS today.  It will be two weeks before we hear.  He said this is typical for anyone who has a history of ADHD.  It all looks good.  I am going to try and live the next few weeks instead of worry so much.

So tomorrow I will work half a day and then head to the Lake of the Ozarks to spend the weekend with hubby at his convention.  Hope you all have a good weekend.  I am taking my laptop so I hope to have some time to catch up on blog reading and get a couple of posts together; Sunday Salon and The Simple Woman’s Daybook…

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What’s On Your Nightstand? – May 2017

This is one of my favorite link ups that I have always taken part in.  I couldn’t not blog and read and not join in with everyone at 5 Minutes for Books.  It occurs the last Tuesday of every month.  You share what you have been reading, what is still hanging out on your nightstand, and what you plan to read if you like.  I hope to get better with actual books.  I’ve been doing a lot of audio books lately because I am always doing something else.  Like knitting or coloring, pattern searching, planning…

For the month of May I have listened to:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.  It was a very animated audio version so it kept me entertained while driving to and from work.  I have seen the movies but enjoyed the reading nonetheless.

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown  Some of this was hard to listen to but then it was a liberating story!

Still Alice by Lisa Genova  A story about a middle aged Harvard Professor who develops Alzheimer’s. She believes at first she is starting to go through menopause but after testing she is diagnosed with this awful disease.

I have read:

The Gifts of Imperfection by Berne Brown.  This one took me some time as it was a serious matter to me.  In my quest to “Find Me” this has been wonderful in helping me to let go of what everyone expected me to be or do or think or say… you get the point I’m sure.
I would recommend this for everyone.  It’s enlightening to say the least.
 The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler about a grieving widower who is an editor at a family publishing house adds to a series of books they put out for Beginner’s at everything… You know like knitting for dummies… same concept.
What I am currently reading/listening to:
This is another one that may take me some time.
A light read to go along with my deeper read (above selection)
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

One Million Page Challenge update:

May: 1,464

Year to date: 10,406

Challenge to date: 80,228