Thursday, May 24, 2018

Long work days.

When I first had to do long work days (8 hours, like a normal person!!) I had to figure out a way to help myself get through it.  The first day I did it, I drew the regular hash marks (also called tally marks).

Then one day I decided to draw a flower for each half hour.  That was enjoyable and even pretty, but it didn't help me keep up with the time because I had to just count them every time.
This is not the actual flower I drew at work.  I did this one at home with real markers.  The work ones are colored with highlighters.
So yesterday, I came up with this brilliant  (not) idea of drawing a circle then putting an x in it, the first half of the x at the top of the hour and the second at the half hour.  Unfortunately, then I also just needed to count to see where I was.

Finally, about halfway through yesterday, I just wrote the times down and marked them off.  Not elegant, but it got the job done.

What I feel that I need to do is somehow make getting through the day a game that I'm winning.  It helps me feel better about my day for some reason.  Does anyone else do this?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Good week!

My friend gave me flower bulbs a couple of years ago when my mom passed away. 
It has been the gift that keeps on giving!  
I talked to my boss and got my schedule changed so that on the weeks when they don't have anyone out, I'm only there 2 days.  It was great this week.  3 days off!  I worked Monday and I'll be working tomorrow.   Next week, of course, I'm needed and so I'll be working 3 days, but this week has been a much-needed break.  It seems like all of the weeks for the past couple of months, when I've been off a couple of days, I've had about 4 days worth of errands to get done, so I'm enjoying this break thoroughly.  I slept in until 8:30 today. Bliss!  Tomorrow, I'm back to work and on Saturday I'm volunteering.  Then Sunday we will be cleaning the house like maniacs because Saturday we'll have out-of-town guests for Monday night dinner.

In other news, the young adults living here are joining yet another Dungeons and Dragons group.  That makes 3, in addition to the board game nights.  I have a feeling I don't really have to worry about their social lives anymore.   They will be playing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at least until my son's summer break ends.  He may have to quit something so he can study.  He hasn't tried studying while in college yet (he just finished his second semester).  He breezed through the first one with all As and Bs, but the second one, from what I hear, did not go as well.  He said that he's going to need to do physics again and the next time, he's going to need to study.  :-P   I think he's decided on a major.  He's planning, at the moment, to do business administration.  He does not want to get a 4 year degree.  He wants to get a 2 year degree and start working and then start working on his dream of being a land baron otherwise known as a landlord.  He's going to buy property and rent it out to make a living.

A purple iris!  None of these bloomed
last year, so they are a new gift!
Daughter is still not sure what she's going to do but right now, I've made a deal with them to do some work around the house and I will buy them a Nintendo Switch.  It will be inadequate pay for the amount of work they are doing, but they are happy with the deal.  She says that she's never seen youngest son so motivated to do anything.  So far, with his assistance moving things and doing prep work, she's painted the bathroom ceiling and walls and is ready to start on the kitchen.  I'm excited.  I think the bathroom looks great and I can't wait to see the rest of the work done.  After this, she'll have some good skills that maybe she can translate into a business or a career.  (She may end up working for her brother, the property baron!)  I know painters make good money.  She's also been doing some painting in the other way, as an artist and has been making some money doing that too.  Right now she's painting on gourds that my father-in-law will sell for her at the farmer's market.

My husband is working from home 2 days a week now, so he's here, which is weird.  We'll all be going about living our lives and suddenly, he'll start talking loudly to his team members and startle us.  We'll get used to it, I guess.  It saves money to have him not commuting and having lunch out those 2 days.

Oldest son and lovely wife are working on getting different shifts where they work and hopefully they will and will have an easier time of it.  The shift that they have now is kind of exhausting for them.

So that's what we're up to, quite a bit of stuff, getting ready to go into summertime.  I need to get the tomatoes in the ground TODAY, so that's the first plan.  Then I'm going to go see my aunt in the nursing home and pick up some things in town.  So nice to have a day off without an overwhelming amount of things to try and cram into it.

Have a nice day everyone!

A painting I did.  The bottom is my first effort, then I decided I needed to add some contrasting colors.  I think the above looks much better.  

Saturday, May 12, 2018

This stage of life.

I'm kind of worn out this week, and stressed, as I have to work that front desk job again on Monday.  :-(  I am not sure if this is just a temporary thing or if it is the new normal, but I'm not real happy about it.  I do now have 2 days experience, so that will help a little bit.  I negotiated with my boss to work as my normal schedule 2 longer days instead of 3 shorter days, so that helps my mood a bit.  I am busily working on trying to rebuild my life and actually have my own life.  For the last 25 1/2 years, my life has been completely devoted to the kids and now they are all adults and get kind of annoyed if I ask them too many questions about their lives, so I'm trying to build up mine, keep myself occupied and productive.  I'd like nothing more than to have 3 or 4 more kids to homeschool and be able to stay home with them and do that but that's not my reality.   I'm in the post homeschool, post raising kids phase and I need to take this time to prepare for my old age.  Blah.  I'm not excited about it, but there it is.  I'm getting ready to start volunteering again in the NICU and I think that will  help with my happiness and stress levels.   I got to take the tour on Wednesday and I really want to get back to doing that.  

The young adults who live here with me are embarking on a home remodeling project since the boy is out of college for the next month.  They are going to paint and spruce up the house and hopefully put down some flooring in several rooms.  We'll see how it goes.  We may need to hire some professional help.  They are pretty good at everything, so we'll see.  This is a bigger project than they've ever done alone, so it might be a bit much.   I'm excited about it.  We've needed some things done for a long, long time.  
A rare moment of peace between Freckles and Remus (granddog).  

Pretty springtime!

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Proud moments, good times and stressful times.

It's been a good week and a bad week (not the best of times and the worst of times, more in the middle).  We had a great Monday night dinner with oldest son and his lovely wife on Monday.    On Tuesday, we had a chorus concert for youngest son.  He was great!  He was in a duet and in a trio.  He didn't tell me anything about it so I was surprised, but what a good surprise!  It was awesome!  Then, let's see, Wednesday, it was supposed to be my only day off and I was supposed to spend it at home, getting the house cleaned up and taking a break.  Unfortunately, though, it was finals week for youngest and he overslept and then came running in my room asking me if I'd drive him to class because I was his only hope of getting there on time.  He has only had his driver's license about 9 months and he drives slowly and carefully.  I've been driving, a tad longer than that and I drive faster.  So, I took him to school and shopped while I was waiting for him to get out of class.  Then, Thursday and Friday at work, I had to work all day in a position that I had never been trained for.  It was pretty stressful.  I hated it.  I came home crying tears from stress both nights.  Then Saturday we attended a derby party ( a Kentucky thing) and were gone all day.  So I've got today to get church, visiting my elderly aunt in the nursing home, groceries, laundry and cleaning my house done, so that I can go back to work and start another week tomorrow.   It's 2:00 pm and I've got all of the out of the home stuff done today and I'm ready to start on the cleaning, but it's good to be home.  I'm in my comfy clothes and I'm going to do a clean and screen the rest of the day.  Whew.  It's a busy life, but it's mostly good.

Some of my daughter's artwork this week.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Okay, finally.

I think we're finally finished celebrating my birthday.  We finished it off yesterday with a girls trip to Ikea which is 2 1/2 hours away from here.   Me, my daughter-in-law and my daughter went and spent the day there.  Ikea had sent me a coupon for 15 dollars off and a coupon for a free meal on my birthday so I took advantage of both.  I went mostly to shop for an entertainment center but we had to take the smaller car, so I didn't actually come home with one.  I did get a good idea what I want and I can wait until the next time (I think) to go get it.  We mostly had a good time.  I had an asthma attack right in the middle of the store which made me feel bad for an hour or so and my legs got tired so I did a lot of sitting while they shopped.  I came home with some pillows and a few other things, not as much as I had planned on, but I'm full of ideas, so maybe that counts.

Today I am blessed to get to have lunch with some of my homeschool mom friends that I haven't gotten to see for a while (we need to work on that) and then it's back into the car to go take my daughter to the doctor this afternoon.  So, 2 busy days off work, then back to work tomorrow and then the weekend!!  I'll finally

get the house cleaned and something cooked.  Probably.  I knew this was going to be a busy week, but it really takes a toll on the housework when I'm doing stuff like this.  Oh well.  It waits.  It will be there when I get time.

Monday, April 23, 2018


I'm celebrating my birthday a ton this year.   Lots of fun!  Friday night my brother took me out to eat.  We had a great time.  I tried a maple bacon burger at Cracker Barrel.  It was extremely good.   We got to sit and visit for a while and it was great.  Then on Saturday, my actual birthday, my husband cooked for me.  He made fried fish, fried onion rings and hush puppies.  All of these are something I can't really get gluten free unless we make it at home and I am not much of a fryer.  I don't really fry anything other than some chicken occasionally.  It was really, really good.  We finished it up yesterday.   Yesterday, I took a break from all the celebrating, went to church and visited my aunt in the nursing home and then today, my daughter-in-law is going to cook one of my favorite things that she makes, fettuccine alfredo and my daughter is going to bake my birthday cake.

Since all of these celebrations have involved very fattening food, I will be back on my diet on Tuesday!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

So yesterday,

I had to get an eye exam in the town where my son is in college.  After school and the eye exam, we met up at the hair salon to get our hair cut.  As I am sitting there making small talk with my stylist, I hear my son over in the next chair, outlining all the merits of homeschooling for his stylist.  Later, I asked him how that conversation got started and he said she asked him where he goes to school.  He answered with his college name, but then she asked where he went to high school and she told him.  They had quite a long talk.  My haircut got finished and I went out to the waiting area to wait for him. When she brought him out, she apologized and said she was sorry it took so long, but that they were talking.  It turns out, she has a 1-year-old and is thinking of homeschooling in a few years.  :-)

I don't have a picture of this event so I thought I would share some of my recent art projects. :-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


These 2 photos are taken on the same day.  Snow on the peach tree and then a cardinal that posed for me in the back yard.  

I survived my week of working 40 hours.  It wasn't as bad as I thought and it definitely wasn't as bad as that week I spent last week working at the Montessori school.  With that one, I hadn't worked there before so it was totally new and it was a much more active job, so I was tireder more tired.  The main problem I had this week is that my Sjogren's syndrome flared and my eyes were so dry that one night I couldn't sleep much.  I finally got some moisturizing eye ointment for my eyes and was able to sleep.  With this job, I've been there a while and it's pretty low pressure; I'm not dealing with any 3 or 4-year-olds, it's quiet, etc.    I did get to do some types of reports I had not done before and go into the cutting room and see some things that were interesting, but I can't go into details.  I also made some mistakes and had to redo a couple of things.  Overall, though, not too bad.  I'm looking forward to only working a few hours next week and getting some things done around the house.  :-)

The weather has been interesting here, up, down, rain, snow, etc.


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