Good things!

It’s been a gorgeous fall day! It started out a little grey and gloomy, but the sun popped out later and it’s been sunny ever since.

 

I AM SO GLAD TO BE OFF OF WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I’m not shouting, I’m just overjoyed!  I got the job that I applied for and I’m in training. The first week (last week) was rough! I cried twice, almost gave up once, prayed a whole lot and finally realized that it’s not earth-shattering if I mess up. I’m in training, for crying out loud! My perfectionist mind says I have to do everything right the first time. I didn’t at work.

 

Surprise! No one died. No one was injured. No one minded. They actually expected me to make mistakes. That was awesome. I gave myself permission to mess up and prayed and asked Him to help me grasp things and today was AWESOME!

 

We tried out a new church Sunday and it actually went really well. I enjoyed it. We had a great Sunday school lesson, the sermon was awesome and we know the pastor and his wife, too! We haven’t decided whether we’ll start attending regularly, but it was so nice to be able to go church and tithe!

 

With the new job, I’ve had to make some changes. I can’t stay up half the night with everyone. These guys like to stay up until eleven or twelve o’clock. I can’t do that and still get up on time. I like going to bed around ten or ten thirty. I’m not a night owl anymore. I don’t think they know what to make of that, but I go to bed when I’m tired.

 

Speaking of time…………….this Sunday is the big time change! Instead of waiting, I just started getting up an hour earlier, so I’ll be ready for work. I don’t want to be late for work, so I just started ahead of time. So far, so good.

 

The mermaid tail blanket is coming right along and I will be able to finish it before long. I’ve got a few more things to work on as well. I’ll definitely have my hands full with making Christmas gifts. I really want to make some homemade gifts for everyone, but I didn’t start soon enough. I’ll have to be more vigilant next year. I’d like to make each of the kids an afghan and one for their significant others, too. I’m sure my hubby will want one and I need to find his old one, so he doesn’t feel left out. It gets packed away every year and he always forgets he has it.

 

I’ve been trying to keep up with my water aerobics and Zumba classes and I’ve done pretty good with it. I love exercising in the water and that’s a big help in keeping up with everything.

Well, I have a lot more to add, but it’s time to cook dinner. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Fall has arrived!

It’s finally here! The leaves are changing, the air is definitely colder, and it’s been cloudy and overcast. My daughter and I have plans to take a nice trip to Hannibal, Mo. next week and I’m hoping she’ll be able to see the leaves turning on the trip over there. It’s spectacular in that area when the foliage changes!

There are so many things to share!

I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!! Well, it’s not 100% official, until they make sure I’m not a wanted felon or anything sinister. They had to check my work references, too. I’m pretty sure I did okay on most of that. It was mainly volunteer work, but they were impressed with it. I didn’t know at the time that I was doing anything other than helping people and loving every minute of it. (well, almost!) 

I also got sick! I wasn’t feeling the best Thursday, but chalked it up to the weather change. By Friday, I just wanted to crawl in bed for a few hours and sleep. I pushed through and Saturday, it was rough. Sunday I decided I was definitely dying and probably the ER would be a good place to go visit, but too expensive. I laid in bed all day Sunday and tried not to die.  If one can die of a sinus infection, I am sure I would have. Monday, I called the dr. Nope, not in. Holiday. <deep sigh>

Suffice it to say, I survived (barely, ha!) until I saw the dr yesterday. One shot, several meds later and I am almost back up to par! It seems I had one of the worst sinus infections she’s seen in awhile. I guess that’s why my throat was on fire! I was positive it was strep and she was pretty sure, too. Oh well, the meds I’m on will kill it if it was a false negative. I’m glad about that.

In the meantime, can y’all say steroid shots are AWESOME!?!?!? I’m able to clean and get this place in shape, even though I feel awful! I’ve got so many things to get done around here. It’s gone downhill a bit since I got sick. Why is it that when the mom gets sick everything goes to pot!?! Frustrating!

I’ve got 2 roasts to cook before they go bad, a fridge that has seen *much* better days, a huge load of dishes calling my name and don’t even get me started on the laundry! LOL It’s going to be an adventure getting back on track!

Daisy doodles, my favorite (and only) Maltie-Poo gets her hair trimmed today. She’ll be so thrilled. It’s cold outside, but she gets so hot with that curly mess on her.

I’m going to get the office set up in our front bedroom and get busy getting ready for work. I start the 24th, but have to have everything ready to go before then. There’s so much to buy and so much to get set up! Did I mention it’s an office job, working from home? I am so thrilled! I love office work!

Okay, I have to get off of here and get a list made of things I need to get when I run errands today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Maybe I can pop back on tomorrow. I hope so.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Happy October!

Can you believe it’s October already!?! This year has just flown by!

THEY’RE HITCHED!!!!!!!!  They did it!  So the Mr and the Mrs headed off into the sunset together to enjoy an adventurous honeymoon in North Carolina. I’m sure they’re having a wonderful time of it and enjoying themselves immensely! 

It was a beautiful wedding and it all came together almost without a hitch. We were amazed at how well it all went. Her and her family did a beautiful job of putting it all together and making it flow together well.

There was dancing and food and fun and so much laughter. Hubby and I even kicked up our heels and danced a bit. It was really nice. My daughter and I danced a little bit and it was so cool! I twirled her and we had fun! I forgot how much I love dancing!

At the end of the evening, when all of the decorations, food and wedding paraphernalia had been carted away, the newlyweds drove off and their families went home and collapsed. We did not finish carrying things from our van into their home until past midnight. We were all frazzled and ready to collapse!

It was a lovely evening!

 

In other news……

My daughter took her preliminary tests and the teacher wants her to take her test to graduate at the end of this month. She was very surprised when he told her that he thought she would ace the test and graduate at the end of the month. I think she’ll do great and we’ll have another graduate in the house!

She has been thinking a lot about her future and she’s excited, but nervous. When we were talking, she mentioned that she was still unsure what she wanted to do with her life. She hinted that she wanted to get a job and take some time to really mull over what direction she wanted her life to take. I would say that’s a wise decision.

 

My exciting news………….

 

I have a job interview this afternoon! I’ve applied for this job and prayed, if it’s the Lord’s Will, that I get it. I will be working from my home during the week. I should have weekends off. I am anxious to get the job and save up money for Christmas! There are so many things that I want to do and fix around here, and a job will provide the means to accomplish them.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoys this wonderful cooler weather!

Nearly October!

Good night, it’s been almost a full month since I last posted! We’ve been elbow deep in wedding preparations and preparing to move in the spring/summer next year! I’ve been so busy!

A few of the things we’ve been swamped with are:

Getting the house decluttered! It’s amazing to me how stuff we’ve collected over the last 20 years! Our bedroom is almost completely cleaned out. We still need to go through a few clothes, the bookcase and I want to sort through my jewelry and hair do-dads.

Trying to lose this weight! I’m still going to the gym and working out, but with cooler weather comes greater temptations!

My daughter is taking class to get her GED and she’s been doing really well. They’ve moved her up several times and think she’s almost ready to take the test. She’s apprehensive, but keeps pushing forward.

A friend told me about a job opening and I applied! I’ve been thinking about Christmas coming up and I could sure use the extra income for it.

We’ve been trying to get things done for the wedding. We had to help our two youngest kids get clothes for the wedding. We’ve shopped more in the last 3 weeks than I ever care to again! I never saw so many clothes, accessories, and makeup in all my life! It was maddening! I don’t mind shopping, but I don’t power shop unless it’s something I really want/need.

We have also been busy running back and forth to the vet with our beloved fluff muffin. She definitely had a UTI and 2 rounds of antibiotics cleared it right up! We were thankful that it wasn’t something worse. We also had the vet look at her side where we’d found two fairly large tumors. It turns out it’s nothing more than fat tissue! We were so relieved!  She’s been busy running with us and has really enjoyed herself lately. We took her to the lake one day and she loved it! She’s been spoiled.

My youngest son’s girlfriend asked for a mermaid tail afghan for Christmas, so I have been making her one. I haven’t crocheted in years, but I know knitting one is out of the question. It would take too long. We were in the big city awhile back and I decided to hit up one of the craft stores for some yarn for the mermaid tail afghan. I found the perfect yarn colors to go with it and a friend showed me how to read the pattern. I haven’t been too good at reading them in the past, but seem to be improving.

Every time we go anywhere in the vehicle, I try to work on my craft projects so I can get them done. I’m getting quite a bit done on them!

And lest I forget my amazing hubby………he has been super busy with work and trying to help my son and his fiance’ make props and such for the wedding. It’s going to be beautiful!

That’s what has been happening around here! Hope things are good in your world! Have a great day!

 

Wonderful Wednesday

What a wild day it’s been! We woke up and hit the ground running! My daughter had a dr’s appointment and I had a lot of errands to take care of. After all of our running around and trying to get everything done, we came home and collapsed for all of thirty minutes! Then it was off to do more things!

On a bright note, I did get my exercise in today! I made it to the gym and managed to survive my water aerobics class. I got to see one of my favorite people there and visit with her a little bit. It was nice. The exercise was much-needed, too. I’ve been slacking.

My son came up earlier in the week and we got to visit and I got to see his girlfriend, too, so that was a nice surprise. She’s a sweetheart, but always works or has classes, so I don’t get to see her much. They’re doing good, but they’re both tired. I can certainly relate to that!

I finally broke down and bought a used fitbit, after being told how wonderful they are. I had finally got it partially charged and got it synced to my phone. I got two of them and my daughter will be using the other one. They’re supposed to count your steps and all that. I need one that’s waterproof though, so it can record everything I am doing in the water. I do water aerobics and aqua zumba. I usually do them back to back. It would be a shame not to get that added in to the daily steps and such.

My fur baby has taken her last dose of meds and I am hoping she’s over that infection. She’s been resting better, but she’s not 100% yet. I may have to put her on another dose of it. We’ll see what the vet says. I’m going to call tomorrow.

I’m having a hard time with my temper lately. I’m not super angry or out of control. I’m just impatient and snippy. I don’t like being this way. I want to be kind and gentle. Somehow my need to have everything done right now and to relax without interruptions gets in the way. I need a serious Jesus intervention.

I’m off to get some sleep and pray. Hope everyone is having a good week.

Blue Wednesday

Such a beautiful day to be blue. The sun is shining, the flowers are less droopy…(amazing what watering can do for the poor things!)…..and there is nothing in particular wrong. I am just feeling blue. Trying to shake it off and keep going!

 

My fur baby did *indeed* have a UTI. She’s on meds and has been acting much better and has even been losing weight! So glad to have that weight off my mind! She’s a sweetheart and I love having her underfoot!

 

I’ve been trying to knit a little bit more. I have started and finished a dish towel in a waffle pattern. It came out beautifully and I will upload and post a pic of it next time. It’s almost too pretty to use! I would love to have another project like it. I may just start another one in the same pattern, but with a different colorway.

 

My schedule has been a bit wonky lately. I’ve been doing for others and my schedule got thrown off a bit. I’m anxious to get back on track again. I’m hoping a new knitting project will help!  I need to figure out gifts for Christmas and I have NOTHING! I need something! I’m going to peruse Ravelry until I find the perfect gift for each other girls and then I’m going to get busy!

 

Well, I guess I’d better go. I have a lot to get done today! Hope everyone has a wonderful afternoon/evening!

 

Monday

The day is almost perfect! It’s nice and cloudy and COOL! YESSSSS!!!!! We’ve been battling temps in the 90’s with heat indices in the 100’s! This is such a wonderful change!

We went to church yesterday and celebrated the pastor’s 80th birthday! There was so much food! My daughter made deviled eggs to take. I had planned on taking in several dishes, but life got in the way. Next time we’ll take more.

The last few days my dog, Daisy, has been acting strange. We’ve been busy running back and forth to classes and running errands, so I assumed her benevolent sharing of puddles was an effort to let us know she was not amused with being left behind. I was wrong. We stayed home and she continued to do it. Guess who has a vet appointment? I am hoping and praying that it’s simply a UTI and not diabetes. I lost my beloved Yorkie, Daisy’s life long companion, to diabetes. We’ll find out what’s going on Wednesday. It was the earliest they could see her.

Other than that, we haven’t had a lot going on. We’ve been sticking close to home and enjoying some much-needed family time. It’s been wonderful to let our hair down and relax!

Math. The one subject that my daughter has chosen to pick my brain about. I love math, don’t get me wrong. However, it’s been years since I have been school. I use math daily, but I’m a little rusty on some of this stuff. She’s really enjoying it. NOT!

Uploading pics is going to be one of my goals this week. I love seeing pics in other people’s blogs. (Maybe it’s because I’m a very visual person???) So I am assuming others would like to see some of my pics.  Besides, it takes up more space and you don’t have to write as much! HA!

I have a serious writer’s block every time I come online to blog. I mean, do you really want to know that I have struggled with my weight this week? Or that my son got me hooked on Pokemon Go? Do you want to know that I found 2 slugs slugging it out on my porch Saturday night??  See!?! I never know what to share! Maybe you’d like to know about my poor plants? Yes! That’s a safe subject!

My son bought me some hanging baskets full of beautiful petunias for my birthday and, wonder of wonders, I haven’t killed them! One basket has purple flowers in them and the other, white. They make me smile every time I pull in the driveway and see them hanging. Next year I’m planting flowers, if I’m at all able. I want zinnias and petunias and daisies. I’m sure there are others that I will plant. I miss having a yard full of beautiful flowers.

Okay, and on that note, I have to get busy on this house! Hope everyone has a lovely week!