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':

noun

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


Currently:

Seeing...

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!


Thinking...

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?

Watching...

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. 




Reading...

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. 


Creating...

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. 

Learning...

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.


Planning....

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. 

Gardening...

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!

Drinking....

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

Cooking...

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!!



Quoting...





Moving Forward...




Photographing...


When your phone is unattended!

On my dining table

Chicken Stir fry we had last week


Sharing...

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!!

Finding...

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. 




38 comments:

  1. Ah, senior ditch day (is what we called it). I couldn't tell you whether or not to excuse him. It's such a silly tradition, but it is kind of a tradition.

    Happy May.

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    1. I don't know, yet, what I will do. But, yes, it is a tradition!! Happy May to you too, Liz!

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  2. OK, I had to take a deep breath and count to ten before responding earlier. I've never participated in such a (popular) meme, but it seems - to my way of thinking - the facilitator/administrator/whatever is taking herself a bit too seriously. ("get a life" comes to mind!)

    Podcasts? I used to listen to my minister in Clearwater, FL., but unfortunately dropped out. Perhaps your prompt's a good time to re-discover her.

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    1. My favorite podcast from several years ago was a couple of Canadian girls, Lipgloss and Laptops. They were so much fun to listen to. They talked about makeup and technology! I loved to listen while I drove to work. I was very sad when they quit. Yes, I tend to agree that maybe, just maybe, things have gone to her head. But, what the heck. It's her blog site and I will comply. I just won't link up anymore!!

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  3. It's a bummer when you want to participate in something, but the rules some constricting. Lot's of good things on the horizon at your house! Senior skip day...If I knew for sure what his plans would be, I think I'd allow it. But if anything made me suspect he'd do something other than he told me, or if his school work wasn't up to par, then I'd nix it.
    Barbara
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    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. LOL! Barbara, he just wants to stay home!! Now that is a hoot, isn't it. He said tonight he might take a bike ride!! His school work is good. He has almost all A's and B's!!

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  4. I do enjoy reading your "daybook" so glad you are continuing it in the style you want to do it. I would so enjoy being at Darian's graduation celebration! Darn those miles that separate us! I came to love Rhett Butler in Gone in the Wind myself :)

    betty

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    1. It is too bad we have so many miles separating us, isn't it? I can't imagine what a blast we would have! I haven't yet started to love Rhett Bulter but I like how he knows exactly who Scarlett is so far!

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  5. I am with you on the meme thing, Paula. Do your own thing! I am not good with rules either. I've been tagged in numerous memes/blog award thingys and find all the rules far too constricting. It is nice to be part of a community and network for sure but in my opinion rules are meant to be broken!

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    1. LOL! Yes, rules are made to be broken!!

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  6. He could learn a great deal, the only senior in school and all those teachers available. I class skipping with jumping off the cliff. "If all your friends told you to jump, would you?"

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    1. I think the answer to that question would be "yes, he'd jump with his friends" My mom used to say that too!!

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  7. I love that you are doing it your way. Good for you. Not sure how anyone could think keeping a journal is 'their idea'.

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  8. Yikes! I went to the SWD site yesterday and didn't see the update and new rules. I checked after I read your post and there they are. I may have been the worst rule-breaker, but it wasn't my intention to be mean. Some of the categories just didn't fit me. And I never used the official graphic either. It's not that I didn't like it, I had another reason and that reason wasn't negative either. I must say I saw the writing on the wall a while back when I read a specific comment written by the host(ess) of the site. I wish her well. I liked it when folks added their own flair and . . . it's a journal entry on one's own blog. So glad you watched a movie. Your chicken stir fry looks fabulous! GN has a senior skip day coming up too. I won't be calling her in. She's 18 and has waited patiently to make decisions. She has to decide what her priorities are. If she asks me my opinion (she won't), I will give it to her. Wow! You're making headway in GWTW book. I loved Scarlett as a character, but I won't tell you why until you get to the end. Podcasts . . . let's see . . . academic podcasts, podcasts from the University of Notre Dame, sermon podcasts, a variety show podcast, knitting podcasts - not necessarily in that order. ;-)

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    1. That is what I thought too, Gram. I never had any intention of 'breaking her rules' I just liked putting in my own prompts when those she had didn't fit. I never looked at the SWD as to be unique to just her, but a way for all of us to connect with each other. Guess I was wrong!! Darian is 18 too but he will have to be called in. They will still notify me if he isn't there! Can't wait to share thoughts on GWTW after I have finished the book.

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  9. I forgot to mention about Senior Ditch Day. I didn't take part of it when I was in high school. My mom would have let me if I wanted to, but I figured I was so close to graduating, why do something like this when the teachers would know I was purposefully missing school Daughter didn't take part, she wasn't interested. Son was on probation at the time for some stupid thing he did so he had to go to school or it would have been a violation of his probation. Funny thing is their senior ditch day was on April 20 (4/20; 420 term for marijuana). Someone called in a bomb threat for the school that day so school got canceled so that took care of seniors ditching. They never scheduled another ditch day that year.

    When I was a senior, those that ditched were all over the board. The "good" kids, the "smart" kids, the kids who participated in a lot of activities, the "bad" kids, etc. About 60% ditched.

    I know you'll make the best decision about what to do with Darian; but do let us know!

    betty

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    1. We didn't have a Senior Ditch Day when I was in high school. Or I wasn't in the know! I am pretty sure that Darian is right when he says that most of the seniors will participate. I see no harm in it myself. But they are already getting out of school a week before everyone else, so I'm not sure what the point is!!

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  10. I think I remember seeing a post awhile back where she had asked a question and didn't get an answer and then said she wasn't going to participate in the Daybook thing anymore, but would leave it up. But maybe that was another blog I'm thinking of (or maybe not)... I only did this once or twice and I don't know if I linked up or not. I tend to not put a link to the blogs I'm linking up with - because I worry that somehow someone will do something wrong to their blog (I know, I'm nuts) - LOL!... Keep doing your own thing - I like the way you do it!

    I don't remember doing Senior Ditch Day. But I think my sister might have when it was her turn (she was ahead of me). I do remember her getting into trouble once (well more than once) - but this time it was because she had put alarm clocks in a bunch of lockers - timed to go off at the same time! LOL!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Yes, I remember that too with the question and no answer so she quit participating. I just can't remember what it was all about. Anyway! I am going to do my lists and that is that! It's still the same. I just don't want to copy hers exactly! A very funny joke with the alarm clocks!

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  11. A good set of podcasts is the NPR radio app (free). If you like stories, Snap Judgement and StoryCorps, which is just part of the extensive menu within the app. It is cold here too and rainy.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I will look into those! Stay warm

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  12. I can't believe I rushed to share my indignation last eve and forgot the Good Stuff! It would be such FUN to show up on your front door for D's party! (This is the part I hate about being poor ... lol.)

    I'd not heard of The Intern, but it sounds better than some of the stuff playing in the theaters. We're not big movie goers/watchers, but I think DeNiro is amazing... and not bad on the eyes!

    They didn't have 'ditch day' when I was in H.S., but I can sort of see Darian's point about being the only senior attending. Peer pressure's a bug-a-boo, isn't it?

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    1. That is what I love about you Myra!! Peer pressure is hard on them. But, hopefully, I have sent him in the right direction. We'll see!

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  13. Oh I like your Daybook and GN Grams too! I never went to the link, I just enjoyed Mondays and looking forward to what you would write! Rules are not much fun when it comes to blogs, my daughter says "It is like your very own room and you can do whatever you want! "
    Senior skip day...I had one daughter that skipped and one that didn't. Why don't they just make it an official skip day, here if school goes past graduation the seniors don't have to go back to classes so sometimes it is a skip week:)

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    1. They already get out of school a full week before all the rest of the student. Plus they just had a four-day weekend. I'm not sure how much more time they need! :)

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  14. Isn't spring green so much greener on a gray day? I love it.
    I say allow the Senior Skip Day, but that's just me. Why give him the stigma of being alone?

    For myself, I am deeply into planning a vacation that I will not post about until our return. It's going to be a good one, though! We had some hurdles getting the basics set up, so I'm hesitant to jinx it. Plus, we're going to a politically-charged area, so I don't want to broadcast our location in advance.

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    1. Today was the Big Senior Skip Day. I left the decision up to him and guess what???? He went to school. Happy Vacation planning !!

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  15. I like the idea of going rogue on your own with this, and respecting her wish. The blog world is full of "borrowed" ideas. It's the twist we can put on things that makes it special.

    Glad I found you through the A to Z Challenge!

    ~Eli@CoachDaddy (#859)

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    1. Thank you Eli! I am known for going rouge!!

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  16. Well I'm glad you're carrying on with your journal because I always enjoy reading it. You always sound so busy but productive and the kids are doing well. Keep up the good work :)

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    1. I don't know how productive I am, Wendy. But I am busy!!

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  17. It would be fun if we could all get together for Darian's graduation bbq. He is a good student and I don't think missing one day for Senior Skip day is going to hurt anything. He is going to be leaving all of his friends soon so I say let him have his last hurrah. I am glad you decided to continue sharing your weeks with us.

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    1. I left the decision up to him...he went to school. Isn't that hilarious?? I wish you could all be here too!

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  18. Just stoping in to say thank you for visiting my blog and thanks also for the comments. I enjoyed reading your daybook. Sounds like busy times for you with graduation coming up. I was one of those kids that had to go to school when skip day came my senior year. Believe it or not I was not the only senior there .

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    1. HaHa! He found that out! He went also. But I left it up to him!

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