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The school year has flown!

Wow, tomorrow is May 1st.  The school year has flown and my last post was from the 3rd week of school.  So much has happened there is no way to summarize it.


Our family has grown.  We rescued a kitten so we have 3 fur babies, Riley – the Jack-Rat Terrier; Lulu – the Golden Retriever-Australian Shepard mix; and Ziva – a gray tabby cat.  All three are like toddlers.  Riley is in the terrible twos – he’s grumpy and you never know what kind of mood he’s going to be in.  He’s 13 years old so I guess he’s earned the right.  Lulu is almost 11 months old.  She is a baby – everything goes in her mouth….towels, shoes, toys the grands leave out.  It’s a constant question – “Lulu, what are you chewing now?  You have 4000 dog toys to chew on, why don’t you?”  Ziva has learned to leap and climb.  I’m going to have to make new curtains for the sliding glass door.  But I’m going to wait until we’re ready to put the house on the market.

We installed laminate flooring in the hallways and living room.  OH MY Word!!!!  I love it.  My forever house will have laminate or vinyl plank throughout.  I love it.  I also love my robot vacuum cleaner.  It’ the best Christmas gift ever.

My grands have grown so much.  I’m so looking forward to spending time with them this summer.  I’m getting each for a week.

Going to spend some time monograming today and have a movie date planned with my wonderful hubby later today.

And the summer is almost over….for me anyway


Okay, so this summer has been very busy….so busy I haven’t been blogging…at all!  Lots has happened.

At the end of the year, I said good bye to the school district where I taught for the past 18 years.  I’m moving to a smaller district to see how someone else does it.  Every now and again, it’s time for a change…..18 years is over due.  Still teaching RtI so I’ll be familiar with what I’m teaching.

My darling daughter and son-in-law gave me my first grandchild!  He is Beautiful!!!

Gigi's little speedster
Gigi’s little speedster

(don’t you agree?:o)

So I’ve spent some time burning up the highway between my hometown and his.  All this while wearing this.. lovely isn’t it.  I spent all summer in either a black removable boot or this cast.  Trying to avoid surgery on a tendon that no longer wants to play nicely.



But on the up side, we did get the bathroom remodel (yes….one of the first posts on my blog) finished.
Here is a shot of the final product!

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I have cleaned up the tub since those pics were taken.  Loving it!  It’s so nice to be able to shower in our own shower.  Now, we just have to tackle another room.  It never ends…….

As far as sewing goes, I spent a lot of time at Heathers, sewing burp cloths!!!  Pirate, dinos, and monkeys were the spirit of the burps!  I love sewing for my sweet little boy.  I’ll post pictures of the next project.  Hope it will be a throw for the living room.  We’ll see.

With school starting next week, things will be back on a schedule and I should be blogging regularly again! Lots more to post!


Refections on disappointments at 50.

As I sit and recover from yesterday’s bathroom demo, I’m enjoying a cup of coffee and reflecting on life.  Today I’ve done something I haven’t done in a long time.  I opened the blinds in the dining room.  It brings in so much sunlight.  And my mood is so improved.  As exhausted as I am it makes me want to knock out the part of a wall in the living room and install another window (oops….just got up to get some coffee, scratch that knocking out the wall comment….need to be able to raise my arms again before doing something like that!) for more light.

We’ve (my hubby and I) have gotten in the habit of sitting in the living room with only the light from the TV or our computers and doing nothing.  I should realize that light makes everything look different.  Not just my house, but my life.  I’m looking at all aspects of my life and seeing things that need to change.  It’s kind of overwhelming.  Some of the things I think need changing are a little scary.  Some are downright frightening.  I can’t believe I’m contemplating some of them at 50!!  Which makes me look back at the decisions that brought me to this point.

I have very few decisions that I regret.  I do have some tendencies that i wish I did not.  I am a horrible procrastinator!  That is one trait i wish I did not possess.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to overcome procrastination?  (Please share those in the comments no…..don’t wait till later!)  At this point in my life, procrastination has compounded some things.  And any decision I make in some areas is going to be a compromise for me.  At 50 I thought I’d be smarter than this!!!  (What the heck happened??)

As I’ve typed and consumed yet another cup of coffee in the sunlight, (I just opened the drapes over the sliding glass door letting in more light) I’ve realized that I can sit here and reflect on the past choices or I can get up and look to the future.  I have keep putting light on things.  So I’m going to have to keep opening the blinds and curtains.  Seeing all the dust bunnies, clutter and stacks of chaos that have become my life, in the sunlight of each new day and make a decision on what I’m going to do with each day.  I can’t rely on anyone to make me happy or take care of my issues but me.

They say 50 is the new 30….I hope that’s true, because I’m not ready to turn into a frumpy old lady yet!

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