Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Taking the Morning Off

Normally after I take Baby Girl to school I start the chores for the day.  I have the tv on and I will start to clean or organize something.  Or plan or prepare for an upcoming event.  Life has become quite hectic and I'm feeling the pressure.  Many moons ago I used to read.  I used to cross stitch.  I used to quilt.  I used to knit.

Notice how those sentences start with I used to.  Also notice how those were things I did for me.  

I've decided to reclaim some of those things back for me. Today instead of starting laundry/cleaning/organizing, I decided to take the morning off.  There is no tv on.  No radio is playing in the background.  No lights are on in the house.  I have the windows open and it's raining.  It's quiet and calm and fresh.

Princess is enjoying the rain as well.

Just what the doctor ordered.

Yes I do have my computer on, but I have only read blogs this morning.  No news sites.  No Facebook.  The blogs I read are crafty.

Oh that's a beautiful quilt! 

I LOVE that idea for the front porch!!  

Look, NaBloPoMo is starting.

Wait, what???  Why yes, NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month.  A month where you post something every day.  I used to do that!  So, in the spirit of reclaiming some of the things I used to do, I am going to attempt to post every day in November.  

We'll see how that works out!

Meanwhile I am going to read a bit while there is still some calmness to the day.

Have a good one!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

For Today... 

Outside my window...

It's cloudy and a bit drizzly.  We've got a low sitting over us and a cool front coming thru.

I am thinking... about how I need to go here.

Life is too stressful and this seems like a nice area to breathe.

I am thankful... for an on the ball guidance counselor.  He is trying to be helpful on an individual scale instead of making my kid fit into a prefab box.

I am wearing... pajamas.  I was in regular clothes earlier but I went back into pjs.  It's that kind of day.

I am creating... nothing new but I want to cast on for the front of my sweater.

I am going... to be more choosy with whom I share my problems with.  Everybody has an opinion and can be quite forceful with said opinion.  Asking for an opinion does not mean I need you to decide for me.  Another reason why I'm back in my pjs.

I am wondering... If I will ever live out of state again.  Hmm, I probably just need to travel more.  

I am reading... a mindless Harlequinn Romance.  Not sure which one, but they are all pretty much the same.  

I am hoping... to do more geocaching.  Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler (ok, less hot) I want to get out there more.

I am hearing... The Chew is on tv.  

In my garden... nothing yet, but the IO cleaned up the front of the house; weeded, raked leaves, edged, trimmed bushes.  It looks fantastic, except for the pile of weeds, leaves and cut shrubbery that is on my driveway.

In my kitchen... I made some home made mac and cheese with ham last night for dinner with a side of kale.  It was GOOD!  I made a smaller gluten free version for Baby Girl but it didnt go over so well.  

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things aka Hemi's Corner...

Not sure if I posted this before, but it makes me smile so up it goes!!

Ok friends, if you want to play go here.  And thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For Today... 

Outside my window... we've had some really nice days.  I've actually been able to open the windows and air the house out!!  I so look forward to cooler days.

I am thinking... that Baby Girl is in her last year of middle school and that I will soon have two kids in high school.  That is wild.

I am thankful... for many things.  For my health, both physical and mental.  For a home.  For a family.  When life gets overwhelming, I remember I'm not running for my life in Syria.  Plus it helps to know where I'm living.

I am wearing... pjs.

I am creating... solace out of a chaotic life.  At least trying to.

I am going... thru my closet and decided that the candles I bought 5 years ago and the baby outfits that I bought 8 years ago need to go.  

I am wondering... when the HOA is going to post abt a community yard sale.  They have one twice a year and I never put anything out.  I plan on changing that this year.  I may not be moving, but I do want to go thru my stuff and get rid of a lot of it!  I have two laundry baskets full of stuff to sell on ebay.  I have 3 garbage bags that I will attempt to sell at the yard sale, whatever doesn't sell will go to Goodwill.

I am watching.... Monday night tv.  Big Bang Theory at 8pm.  Switch over to Dancing With The Stars at 8:30 (I LOVE Bindi and ship her with Derek) and Castle at 10.  I am ignoring what the writers are doing to Caskett and instead focus on the murders.  Yesterday was a funny one.  

I am hoping... that my dear loved one who struggles with depression and anxiety will feel better soon.

I am hearing... the bathroom fan and Hemi grooming himself.  

In my garden... nothing at the moment, but it is Oct and I'm itching to put something together.  However, at the moment I have more incentive to purge than to plant.

In my kitchen... I've been cooking more, if for nothing else, to save some money.  It makes me nuts that it can cost $15 for two ppl to eat fast food.

A favorite quote for today...

This is more wild than the kids being in high school!!!

A peek into one of my days... it's been a busy month.  The kids were in Beauty and the Beast.  

Then we've had band competitions.  Even when there is no school, we have a football game.  At least it's fun!!

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi ...

They are willing to share when it was chilly out.

Why these things take me 2 hours, I have no idea.  If you want to play, go here.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Redirecting, Refocusing and Reorganizing

It is October.  September is in the books and I'm SO happy it's over!

Where we live is no longer in question.  We are staying put.  There are few rentals in our area and it's amazing what people will try to pass off as a rental.  I have been looking at rentals since mid August.  The good ones get snatched up in a matter of days.  There was one that I was scheduled to look at when I got an email that the showing was cancelled, it had been rented.  WHA?!?!  It wasnt even on the market yet!  However somebody put in an application with only the pictures on the website to go by.  I won't do that.  No one takes pics of the water leaks or wonky stove or grow house.  (Why yes we DID look at a place with a grow house!  The attic was converted by previous renters who grew weed in it.  Hence the water damage.)

There was only one house I really liked;  screened in porch, fire pit, down the street from the school, newly renovated inside and plenty of space for us all.  However I am finding it is harder to get approved for a rental than a mortgage and we didnt qualify.

C'est la vie.

We are paying more than we want to, but we have a house and we know where we are going to live for the next year or so.  That is huge.

Now it's time to refocus on making this house more of a home.  I had surgery soon after we moved in and once I had recovered I went to work.  When I left in May we were leaving soon so why bother?  Now that I know I'm going to be here I plan on starting up another garden (perfect time to start too, Florida has a backward growing season), hang up some pictures, put down a few throw rugs.  I still plan on downsizing and with the cooler weather I can tackle the garage very soon.

Since we decided to stay, we're having some maintenance done.

1.  Leaky fridge fixed - check

2.  Bathroom exhaust fan replaced - check

3.  Non flushing toilet repaired - check (small piece of plastic broke off and lodged in an important area.  Flushes like a champ now!)

4.  A/C fixed - in the process.  The coils need to be cleaned, which will be expensive.  The property management needs approval before they can start.  I will be calling soon on the status.

5.  Microwave replaced - also in process.  The handle broke off months ago and we've just been dealing with it.  When I called to have it fixed, they told me it was my responsibility.  Huh?  I had to call a supervisor to get it approved.  If the handle to the fridge or oven or dishwasher breaks, they fix it.  How is a microwave different?  Plus it was manufactured in 2006.  We are getting a new one this week.

The Property Management is one of the reasons we wanted to move.  They will fix it, but it is a fight to get it done.

Now that I know where I'm going to live, I can refocus on more important things.  Like crafting!!  I got to meet up with Dee last week.  It was SO nice meeting up with her again.  I really want to do that more often.  If you havent yet, go to her blog and look at her new kitty.  He's adorable!!!

And I know adorable!

My sweater was at a point where I needed to pay attention to decreases and bind offs so I brought some cross stitch to work on.  I stopped at a good place in the project and will blog on that tomorrow.  

Distraction by Saturday Sky

Today I finished off the back of the sweater.

The angle is off a bit, but the sweater is the length of a coat.

I'm really happy the back is done and I'm excited to start the front, but it includes a cable edging which means I need to pay attention.  That makes me a little scared.....

Here's to a fantastic October!!