Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day and a Promotion

Yesterday was Father's Day.

I spent 90% of the day with my Daddy!  I spent 100% of the day with Tony! I even got to spend about 10% of the day with my brother!  (Even though she's not a dad, I got to spend a lot of time with my sister yesterday too!)

It was a good Father's Day!

Tony, the Princess, and I  took him and Mom to my Papaw's church yesterday morning.  It was awesome!

I sang, which I don't get to do often any more. Best of all, my Daddy sang. I haven't heard him do that in a long time. It's one of my favorite things to do.... listen to him sing. 

After church, we "kidnapped" (not really) Papaw and took him to lunch. We went to this awesome Mom and Pop home-cooking place in Maiden. There wasn't even a sign out front to tell you the name. So... I don't even know the name of the place we ate, but I hope we go back again!

After lunch, we came home (about an hour's drive) and we did some laundry and rested before going back to Mom and Dad's house to watch WWE Money in the Bank. (I don't even want to discuss how disappointed I am in the matches from last night.  Hopefully, they will sort them all out on Tuesday night's live show! It was horrible!)

Then, we came home during the storm. :)  It has rained a lot here lately, but that's a good thing. July isn't typically a wet month for us, so we need to save up the water while we can! :)

On Friday, we got a copy of the Princess's final 8th grade report card in the mail. It has a little blue check mark in the bottom left corner beside the word "promoted". I guess they are going to let her go to 9th grade.  Now.... I just have to decided if we are ready for her to go to 9th grade!  :) 

What did you do for Father's Day?  How was your weekend?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Telemarketing Rant

First, if you are a telemarketer, please don't call me. If I need your services, I will call you.

Second, if you ARE going to ignore the "first," please be courteous.

This morning at 5:30am, YES AM!!!, my phone rang. Because it was before my alarm went off, I didn't look at the time or the caller ID. I just assumed that someone needed help!

I'm not a morning person so my family doesn't call me until after they KNOW I will be awake.... unless it is an emergency.


"Good morning! This is ADT/Honeywell Security."



It's 5:30am!

If you are calling from a computer generated program in another country, please set the clocks so they do NOT wake people up!

This was a robo-call. It wasn't even a human.  But... it's probably the best because I would have been YELLING at a human!

I know...that's not the best attitude to have, but still..... DO NOT CALL ME at 5:30am!

Now.... I'm getting down off my soapbox!

Rant is over!

What aggravates you? 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm Getting Old

After a couple years of my knees hurting, I finally went back to the doctor today.

It's official.

I have arthritis in my knees. THANKS MOM! My mom has this also.  Apparently, this is hereditary. I have two (yes TWO) siblings.... she could have passed this to one of them.  NOPE... She passed it to me.

Her, my Grandma, had it. She had her knees replaced.

Mom has it. She NEEDS her knees replaced, but she keeps putting it off. She wants to wait until she retires, but we all know she's NEVER going to retire.  So, I'm not sure when she's going to have it done!

I have it. It's early. No knee replacement talk for me. (BUT... I'm guess I'm going to REALY get old one day and they will start talking about it!)

Anyways, today, I got Cortisone shots!

Do you know how bad those hurt????  REALLY BAD!

I cried.

After the doc finished my right knee, she asked if I still wanted the left one done. The RIGHT one, is the good one.  The LEFT one is the worst one.  YES!  I need the left one done!

So.... she froze my leg and shot it in.

I cried some more!

It hurts.

It really hurt!

So.... now, I'm hoping this works. There are more things they can do for me. But, I don't want any more shots.

The next option is a set of shots (once a week for 3 weeks). Mom has done this a few times. She said those shots hurt worse than the Cortisone. (I'm not sure I can handle that.... these hurt REALLY bad!)

BUT..... I'm getting old. So now I have to admit it. 

Arthritis! Hmmmmph!

How did you know you were getting old?  If you aren't old enough to be "getting old," what do you think the first sign will be??

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Motivational Meaderings--Accomplishments

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Author Unknown

It doesn't matter what I have tried to do in my life, I had at some point to make a decision to try it.

I'm sitting here today thinking of all the things I've tried and some I've accomplished.

When I was younger, I wanted to be a writer. I guess that since I'm posting here, I have (somewhat) accomplished that. I am writing on a (somewhat) regular basis. One day, I still hope to write a book, I just haven't made the decision for the correct topic yet.

When I was in high school, I decided to become a teacher. I accomplished that. I taught in high schools for four years. I still teach, at a daycare. I made that decision and accomplished it.

Everyone who has ever done anything, has decided to do it.

I'm not saying that the decision was conscious. It could have been that they just decided NOT to do something else and the accomplishment was from that decision. 

For example, I have a couple friends who are trying to stop smoking. I'm sure they have tried several times in their lives. Right now, they made the decision NOT to smoke. They are accomplishing that... one day at a time.

I've been talking about decision a lot lately; I know. It's just what's on my mind. I'm making some. I need to make some.

I made the decision this morning to list some items on eBay. I'll be doing more of that this evening too, and probably tomorrow, and the next day.... I have a lot of stuff (mostly my old clothes) to get rid of.

I have made the decision to get back into my crafting business too.  I'm going to be putting some of my stuff that I'm making on here. (Now that I have put it out there, I will do it.... no pressure...right?)

My accomplishment goal is to be able to find something I can do to work at home. I, like many others, am tired of working for other people. I'm tired of them telling me what to do and when to do it. So... I have made the decision to try to make my business grow.  (I haven't decided how to do that, yet.... any suggestions??)

So.... here are my questions today:

1. Do you have suggestions for how to grow my crafting business?
2. What accomplishment have you gotten?  What decisions did you have to make to accomplish it?

Monday, June 5, 2017

It Really Is Bittersweet

I know I keep posting about the countdown for the Princess to finish 8th grade.

We have had some trials and struggles this year, but who hasn't?

It really is going to be bittersweet.

She's finishing 8th grade. It was like this when she finished 5th grade too. (Our transition years, 5th and 8th) have been struggles.  :(  But, she always does really well with it.

She's going to be in high school in the fall. How did that happen?  Before long, she's going to be taking Driver's Ed and wanting to drive the car.  (Please note I said WANTING TO.... no guarantees we're letting her drive!! That might be more than I can handle!)

This year, I've seen her change from the kid who didn't want to go back to school because she was being bullied last year to the kid who can't wait for this year to be finished because she's ready to go to high school.

She's taking 3 high school classes. She's already ahead of the game, in that department. We are still trying to make a final decision for next year, but she's ready for whatever comes her way!

How did my little girl become this young lady?  How did she grow up so quickly?

How can I be so happy that this year is almost over (4 more alarm clocks), but still be sad for the same reason? 

How is this possible?  More importantly, how can I be sure that I show/teach her everything she needs to know in the next 4 years, before she leaves us?  (I never really lived at home again after I went to ASU my freshman year....) So, I'm guessing she's not going to be much different.  She's just as stubborn and independent as I was.  (Not that it's a good thing!)

What have you had to deal with that is/was bittersweet?