Friday, May 6, 2016

Dear Friday

Dear Friday: I can remember a time when I loved you! I'm not saying that I don't love you now. But,back then Friday meant time for the weekend. Time for me to do what I wanted to do. And now...It means time for dating! Noooooo....not for me! But for the kids. And I am not sure if I am ready for all this. Be gentle Dear Friday!

Dear Darian: You did the right thing. This week Tuesday was Senior Skip Day at school. I left it up to you. I told you to do what you thought was right. And I would support you. You did the right thing. You chose to go to school. And you found that your weren't the only senior there. In fact, not many were missing. Love, Granny

Dear Harley: Oh my! I know that you didn't want me to call this young man's mother. But I did! And she was very nice. And very glad that I called. She said it shows that her son is dating a girl who has a parent who cares for her. Ha! I told you it was the right thing to do. And, yup, you can go home with him tomorrow to watch movies. See you by 11 p.m. though! Love, Granny

Dear Mom: I want to wish you a Happy Heavenly Mother's Day! You did a good job raising 5 kids all by yourself. Times were tough but you made sure we had what we needed, always! You were strict and we had consequences. Something that seems to be lacking in a lot of households today! You taught me a lot about life and about motherhood. I love you and I miss you. Love, your daughter.
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms!

Mom and Me 1953

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Memories of May 5, 1961

While browsing through Facebook earlier today I came across a post that was commemorating this day in history. 50 Years Ago Today!! I remember this day.

I was a young girl of 10. On this day I was at school at Mattie O' Haskins Grade School in Pratt, Kansas. The entire school was gathered in the auditorium to watch this momentous occasion on TV. The TV looked much like this one, sitting up on one of those carts which were used for video projectors.
We were all sitting on the floor looking up at the screen. Mr. Grimes, the grade school principal at that time, was telling us what a big deal this day was!

found on Google

I can remember how we reacted to this news. We thought it meant if we could visit space then 'Martians' could visit us! WOW!! 50 years ago. A long, long time.

Do you remember this day? And those of you who are not nearly as ancient as me, would this be interesting to you now??

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Thursday's Burning Question

It has been awhile since I have asked a burning question. It's good to be back to the normal way of things around here.

If you could speak to a group of high school graduates, what would you say to them?????

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Reflections on The A to Z

I made it through April with the wonderful A to Z Blogging Challenge. My reasons for doing the challenge are twofold. First, I love having people come to visit my blog, leave their comments, have me pay a return visit to their blog, and build friendships. And second, I like to write! Simple as that!!

I really like to find new friends on the A to Z Blogging Challenge list. This year I did my best, visiting as many blogs as I could. I kept track during the first part of the challenge. I would estimate that I visited somewhere around 300 blogs. And this doesn't count the blogs I follow all year long, who also participated in the challenge.There are quite a few of those!!

As I have found in previous years, the most irritating part of the challenge, to me, is to visit so many blogs and have those very people not visit back.  It is  the respectful thing to do. I bookmarked a number of blogs as I wanted to go back and read more of their challenge. And even though I left comments, for several days in a row, many of them did not reciprocate! Isn't that just plain rude? To me it is. 

Also, I found several (or many) blogs where it was still hard (or impossible) to leave comments. I am not sure why! Sometimes I couldn't even find where the comment was supposed to go. I got to where I looked for that first. And if I couldn't find it, then I didn't stay to read. I like leaving comments. That, to me, is what this challenge is really all about!

I know the A to Z team did their best with finding blogs who had either never started the challenge or those who had quit. This blog started out number 1316 on the list and ended number 930. The list of bloggers started with 1,976 blogs and ended with 1,344. So they did their best to keep the list clean. I still found many who never started or quit early on. It would be a hard job to keep up with all of them. 

My blog traffic really increased during the month of April. I don't put much stock into blogger stats. But they are fun to look at. I highly doubt I had as many real-live people as this statistic showed. I do not get much spam, but I do get some. So those would have been counted in the page views as well.  My most popular post was my very first day! And the day I wrote about hula-hoops! What fun. Although I do not do the challenge just for the increase in traffic or followers, I did get 9 new followers. And that, my friends, makes it all worth while.

Will I do the challenge again? Probably! But next year I will write my posts ahead of time. I am terrible at 'winging it'. And I can spend more time traveling around to other blogs. 

Hats off to you Arlee Bird! And thanks to all your helpers!! Well Done!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A List of My Life-May 1st Edition

For a very long time (since 2008 to be exact) I have done the Simple Woman's Daybook on my blog. Today, when I went to the host blog to copy my prompts, I found that she has made a few new rules. She has become very adamant that we now only use her questions/prompts:

  "This means re-wording, adding to the prompts, mixing someone else's link-up prompts to the Daybook and multiple linking in combination with the Daybook will be removed. I have been seeing this and while I do not want to sound harsh, I would truly like to keep the Daybook, individually unique and intact. (though others have used my original idea)"

I respect Peggy and I respect that she was the original founder of The Simple Woman's Daybook. However, the idea of a daybook is not orignial to her. In the dictionary is this definition of 'daybook':


1. Bookkeping. a book in which the transaction of the day are entered in the order of their occurence.
2. a diary;journal
3. datebook

So I want to honor her wish. I will no longer be linking up with her blog because I like changing around the prompts from time to time to fit my life. She doesn't want us to do that. I am going to make the format mine! I am going to do my best not to copy hers. But mine will still be unique to me. Does that make sense??

A List of My Life



This evening, as I look out my window, I can see a grey and cloudy sky. We have had rain for the past several days and the grass, the trees, and the bushes have all turned a wonderful green. Our temperature now is only 52. Cool for May 1st. But we will enjoy it for now!


I am thinking about the next couple of weeks. Darian's last day of school is May 10. Then graduation to follow on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. Please feel free to come!! We are serving a lunch of BBQ at our house following the ceremony. Wouldn't it be fun if we could all get together to celebrate this momentous occasion?


Friday evening Harley and her boyfriend, Josh, watched a movie at our house. She rented The Intern starring Robert Di-Nero. Here is what IMDb has to say about the movie:

   "70-year old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin."

I am not huge into movies. But I am trying. After the kids all went to bed (Josh went home) I watched the movie and throughly enjoyed it! It really showed that the younger generation has a lot to teach us. And vice-versa. 


I am about halfway through Gone With the Wind! All the millions of times this has been on TV, I have never watched it. I am in love with the book so far. Scarlett, not so much. However, I do have a great amount of respect for her right at the point where I am in the book. 


I made a banner for graduation. It will be simple. And we have a subway art graphic to frame and a Marine photograph to put on the mantle. It will be a nice mantle for his graduation party. 


After a week off at Do Not Depart we are delving into Matthew 6:28-29 this week.

   "And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. Yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them."

Breaking down this verse to memorize makes me realize that no matter what, God will take care of us. For we are more important, to him, than anything.


The planning continues for the Graduation and the luncheon that will follow! Justin has a friend that participates in BBQ cook-offs. He will be preparing the meat for us. 


We haven't gotten too much into gardening yet at my house. I am still raking! Lots and lots of leaves under those bushes my dear neighbor wanted to take out. (They are still standing). And we have yet to cut down the tops of the pampas grass. Lots of work to do yet!


I am drinking lots of water. And I love it with lemon. Ready to start making some Sun Tea!


For now I will share my weekly menu over on my other blog, Our Adventure Into Whole 30 and Beyond. Today we are on day 14. It is getting harder to do. Not so much what we are eating, but my support team (the kids) are losing interest. Tonight, for dinner we are having roasted chicken breasts with cucumber/pineapple salsa and roasted squash! Smells very good at the moment!!


Moving Forward...


When your phone is unattended!

On my dining table

Chicken Stir fry we had last week


This week the kids are home on Monday. No school. They didn't have school on Friday either. Teacher development days. I think it is crazy to have two full days out of school this close to the end! This is the first year we have done this. But they changed our end date so I suppose that is why it seems so close to the end. Many schools are closing earlier this year due to budget issues. Tuesday is "senior skip day". This is NOT sanctioned by the school. And all kids that are not called in by their parents will be considered unexcused. I haven't decided yet if I am going to allow it. He tells me he will be the only senior at school. What do you think?? Wednesday they have youth group at church. Darian has Marine poolees on Thursday. Harley has a date with Josh on Friday. Saturday she is working downtown for FCCLA at Cinco de Mayo and Darian has a date. Sunday is Mother's Day!!


I have started listening to podcasts. Way back when, I had a favorite podcast I listened to all the time. And then they stopped. I am currently listening to NOM NOM Paleo and enjoying it a lot. Do you listen to podcasts?? Share some of your favorites with me!

A final thought...

Can you believe it is already May. This school year seemed to fly by! Soon Darian will be starting his life as an adult. He is doing the paperwork and the testing (drug) for his job at the grain elevator which starts May 16. That is what you call not letting the grass grow under your feet. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zig and Zag

The A to Z Challenge takes us on a journey through the month of April. We write Monday through Saturday and take Sunday off. Hence, 26 days and 26 letters of the alphabet. Come in and see what snippet I'm sharing with you today.

Here we are to the last day of the challenge. I have zigzagged across the world reading blogs and leaving comments. I didn't make it to as many blogs as I wanted. There were just too many this year! 

I took you on a zigzag though some smidgen, snippets, and bits of my life. I hope you enjoyed your time here. It will be nice to get back to normal again. Blogging everyday is hard. I sometimes lay awake thinking of what I could use for certain letters. I didn't chose a theme this year. I didn't write all my post ahead of time. Some I wrote the night before it was time for that letter. But I made it! 

That's a zigzag!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yearning for Yesterday

The A to Z Challenge takes us on a journey through the month of April. We write Monday through Saturday and take Sunday off. Hence, 26 days and 26 letters of the alphabet. Come in and see what snippet I'm sharing with you today.

For those of you who were wanting to know more about my broken leg, mentioned in yesterday's post: I wrote about it in a former A to Z Challenge. Go here!!

Throughout this entire A to Z Challenge Richard has never been far from my mind. Well, to be honest, he is never far from my mind. I remember writing about all the places he and I went on vacation. And two years ago when I wrote about the care-giving process. It makes me miss him. I miss him every single day.
Thanksgiving 2004

It is hard, for me, to believe that it will soon be two years since he died! Two years!! That is such a long time. It seems like it was just last week. We were together for over 30 years! And that is really a long time. I miss that I won't get to spend MY old age with him. But that probably wasn't going to happen anyway since he was 18 years my senior. We always knew that we wouldn't be together when I was old. So we made the years we had together the best years for both of us.

I have no regrets! We did everything we wanted to do. Well, except get a hot tub for the patio. Or buy an RV and travel around the country. Because, you see, these two small kids showed up at our door just as we were getting closer to both being able to retire.(They are my oldest son's kiddos) It was his idea to take them in. And we never looked back. We just rolled with the punches and did what was right and what was best for them. Having Richard become their pseudo-father was the best thing to happen to either of them. He left them with good memories. And good up-bringing.Good manners!  I wished he could have been with them for many more years to come. He was a great man!!
Justin, Richard, and Danny 1983
These are our sons

We all keep him close to our hearts. And he is always on my mind. We love you, Richard! And I miss you. That's why I am yearning for yesterday!!  
Richard, me, Justin, Danny 1987

Our Wedding 1996
Papa with Darian 1998

Papa with Paige 2001

Papa with Harley 2003

In front of the tree where we were married
11 years later
Our last New Year's Eve 2014