It's Sunday night. It is dark. And still 80 degrees. Very calm.
AS I PONDER....
Oh last week was a week to ponder. Lessons to be learned. Hard knocks to be taken. Disappointments to be overcome. But we are all well and learning here at my house!
WHAT I AM LEARNING...
I am learning that raising teenagers a second time is much unlike the first time. School is different! Kids are different. Mine had no cell phones. Now they do. Which means you can keep a better eye on them (or so you think) and yet they keep their eye ONLY on that dang thing for much of the day. My boys drove by this age. Neither Darian or Harley do. I was a working mom. Now I am a retired and tired granny. I am learning. And so are they!!
I am putting together a little pile of red, white, and blue, so I can start to decorate the mantle for the end of June and beginning of July. I like my patriotic finds so far. Here are a couple of the canvases painted last weekend by Paige and Harley.
|Paige free-handed this deer and then painted it|
She is very talented!
|Harley did this with painter's tape, painted the canvas|
and removed the tape
WHAT I'M READING....
I just started Keeper of the Spirit by Ruby Storm. It's a long book. I'll let you know how things turn out!
WHAT I'M WATCHING...
Right now Elementary is on in the background. I don't watch it but Darian likes it. I am going to catch up on Sister Wives after he goes to bed. Does anyone else watch Sister Wives?
WHAT I'M HEARING...
I have been listening to some Celine Dion music on my phone. I love her music. One of my favorites is this song!
WHAT'S ON MY CAMERA...
|Tropical Pasta Salad|
Tropical Pasta Salad
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup grapes
1/3 cup green onions
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
1/3 cup Raisins
8 oz. Poppyseed dressing
1 lb. cooked Bowtie pasta
Mix it all together and enjoy!!
WHAT I'M DRINKING....
Today I am drinking ice cold water from a bottle. But I really wish I had a Pepsi.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN...
Monday...Chili Dogs & Fries
Tuesday...Ham and Cheese Sandwiches & Chips
Wednesday...Kids eating in the park
Thursday...Chicken Chopped Salad
Friday...Oven Quesadillas & Refried Beans
Saturday...Spaghetti & Garlic Bread
A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...
One step at a time!
Happenings in my backyard...
I am sending Darian up the ladder this week. We are cleaning out the gutters. Harley and I trimmed some low hanging tree branches. We mowed and trimmed the grass. I need to make a trip to the store and replenish the bird seed and suet!
A peek into my week...
Harley still is having basketball and weight lifting but we are cutting down to just two days a week from 6:30-9:00 a.m. They have a party in the park on Wednesday evening with their church group. On Thursday Darian will work out with the Poolees. On Friday Harley is traveling to Kansas City with her fellow FCCLA officers and their teacher/sponsor for a fun time driving go-carts and shopping. On Saturday Darian will be attending an all-day Poolee event in Wichita. And on Sunday Harley has nursery duty at church. Which she loves!! Another busy, busy week at our house!
A final thought...
How sad I was to hear of the death of Muhammad Ali this past weekend. He had Parkinson's disease, just like Richard. A horrible, debilitating disease. I will always remember Muhammad Ali when he first started boxing as Cassius Clay. My mom loved this guy. She loved to watch him box. And she loved to listen to him trash talk. He changed his name to indicate that he was 'free'. He always said that Cassius Clay was his 'slave name' although this man was never a slave to anyone. His poetry was funny for the most part. But some was very serious. Ali refused to be inducted into the Army after he was drafted and was stripped of his heavy-weight title. He never served a single day in prison because of who he was and the amount of money he was able to pay in fines. That never seemed right to me. But it is what it is. One of my favorite quotes of Muhammad Ali is:
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."