Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Some random things since the New Year.

These are in reverse order, because that's where they were on my phone.  The lion is a painting my daughter did in art class.  She just does a good job at everything she sets her mind to do.   I really can't wait until her novel comes out.  :-)  
The next 5 pictures are some of my art.  I've started doing some of it actually in the bible.  Someone put me into the group Illustrated Faith on Facebook and this is what they do, so I'm trying it.

These next 4 pictures have to do with the new homeschool group we joined a couple of years ago after our old one disbanded.  We have board game meetups every other week with them and this is the group of games we took last time, followed by a picture of the game Labyrinth which is one of the games we got for Christmas.  I like it very much, but it makes me feel that everyone else is way smarter than me.   The last picture here is of the huge, ginormous Nerf battle we participated in for New Year's Eve.  That was fun.   It was inside a local high school.

Monday, January 09, 2017


We got bad news over the weekend.  My son's fiancee's goddaughter, who was going to be in their wedding, was killed in a tragic accident.   My son and his fiancee are devastated and we are feeling their sadness here, hundreds of miles away, unable to do much about it.  I know, though, if we were there, there would be little we could do but pray and hug and one of those we can do from here, though it feels hollow, useless.  I just feel so bad for them and for everyone involved.  It makes me sad every time a mom or dad loses a child.  It shouldn't happen that way.  When my parents died, it felt horrible, but there was a sense that this was at least the right order of things.  When a child is taken so young, it's unspeakable and wrong.  

Prayers please for this family and my son and future-daughter-in-law whose lives are irrevocably changed.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

My reading blunder.

We started reading as a read-aloud the newest Ranger's Apprentice book, The Battle of Hackham Heath last night and my daughter is reading it.  She didn't make a mistake but at one point, she said that some people crouched in the forest and my son heard it as "crapped in the forest", which was funny.

Then later, we were discussing the snow predictions and I looked up the website and was reading from it.  It said 1-2 inches with 4 inches possible in some areas, but I read it as 4 inches available in some areas, which is a different meaning altogether.  My son just came in here to tease me about it again and said "4 inches available in limited quantities.  Please call now."

So far, we only have about an inch and a half.  :-)

Fun times. :-P

Youngest son said "Oh look, I just found a dog's toenail on your bed ... (he holds it up so I can see it then drops it) ... and I just dropped it in your purse."

Fortunately, the dog in question, Cosmo,  looks okay.  He just broke a nail.  We have had them rip dew claws before and that's very painful for them, so I'm glad it's not that.  I didn't enjoy going into my purse to look for that thing though.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


We're back to reality, mostly, around here.  Youngest son loves Christmas and our tree is very pretty this year, so he wants to leave it up for the 12 days of Christmas, theoretically taking it down after January 6, the epiphany.  What will likely happen is that is the first day that he will even listen to my asking him to take it down and he will actually take it down several days later.  Whatever.  I don't really care.  I'm busy getting down in the dumps, fed up with my job search.  I do kind of have a job, a freelance independent contractor gig for a transcription company but their pay is abysmal and, contrary to what Joey Tribbiani thinks, that is not a good thing.

I've got a job interview on Friday but I am not very hopeful.  It's a p.r.n. job which means "as needed" and it's far away, so it would be a long drive.  I doubt I can make that work.  We'll see, I could be pleasantly surprised.  I don't really want to do transcription anymore anyway.  I'm tired of it, my arms are tired of it, my back is tired of it ... you get the point, but it's hard to convince the people who hire people that with my bachelor's degree in child development and my transcription diploma, I don't really want to work with children or do transcription.  That's all they can see.  Probably my best hope is to get some kind of transcription job and then move into another position eventually.  I hate the word eventually and I'll be honest, I hate having to start over at this point.   

Welcome to 2017.    Sorry about the whining.  

Good things this week -- we've still got family parties to go to, our internet is back on, we've got wedding plans going on and that's exciting, the fact that its a destination wedding means we get to go on at least a mini-vacation this year and it might snow tomorrow.  I can't help it, I love snow, at least once a winter.  

Friday, December 30, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Christmas 2016.

New board games.  This one is Splendor, which we all enjoy.

Christmas Eve gluten free sugar cookies. 

Our Christmas tree in our cozy (crowded especially at Christmas) living room. 

 My porch post snowman.

Rudolph on the front door.

We've already eaten the cookies and played the board games and soon we'll be taking down the decorations and starting 2017.  I hope that this year is full of good changes and not bad ones like last year.  2016 was hard on all of us, but we are okay right now.  We had a good Christmas and we've started making/hearing about wedding plans for our oldest son and his fiancee.  

Monday, December 26, 2016

A little late, but ...

I hope that each of you had a Merry Christmas!  We did.  I teared up a little when passing my Mom and Dad's house after leaving my mother-in-law's house, but at that point, I was so tired and I had had a good day, so the tears were minimal.  Also, I had prepared myself for it all week and was ready.  It's hard celebrating your first Christmas without either parent.  :-(  Add to that, my son and his fiancee not getting to be here and it was kind of hard to think about but at some point on Christmas Eve I decided to just enjoy what is and the four of us here lit candles, baked cookies, made chili and settled in for an evening of Christmas movies, church and new board games.  We ended up having a really good time.  We played board games again last night.  We've played 2 of the new ones and have 3 more new ones to go, so that's good.

I also got the Sims 4 for Christmas but I can't play it yet.  It needs, apparently, about 3 days worth of downloads and updates.  :-(  We're working on that now.

We've got another celebration tomorrow with my brother and his girlfriend and our favorite aunt so today we're getting ready for that.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas preparations and roof repair.

Here's a couple of better pictures of the roof, showing the damage.  We have a tarp on it now so we can take our time getting estimates and actually getting it repaired.   Christmas things this week included getting the shopping done (okay, I have one more thing to get today!), knitting and mailing a pair of socks (my daughter did this one), and attending the Christmas play and singing in the cantata at church and attending the Christmas celebration at the school my daughter teaches at.  It's Christmas eve and other than one small trip to town to get one thing, we're ready for the holiday.  Grief is making an appearance for me as this is my first Christmas parentless and my son's not coming home, but I guess I'll make it.  Such a difference a year has made in our lives.  


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