Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like January

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW....

Currently it is dark. I am waiting for Harley to get off work so I can pick her up. It is cold, but not as cold as we have been. And we will see a warm-up this week. All the way up to 56* on Wednesday. I won't be complaining!

AS I PONDER....

This past week I have been pondering the liturgical year. I grew up in a religion that celebrated Easter and Christmas and that was pretty much it. I am finding it very intriguing to be learning about the liturgical year.  


WHAT I AM LEARNING...

And that is what I am learning!






WHAT I 'M CREATING...

In my mind I am creating my Valentine's mantle and home decor. 


WHAT I'M READING....


I am still reading A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I still listening to Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I have also been reading Living The Christian Year: Time To Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross.Along with that I have started my yearly journey through the Bible. This year I am reading front to back through the NLT Bible. Since I have been reading the Bible through in a year I have been chosing a different Bible each year. I really, really enjoy the NLT version. So, I am doing a lot of reading!!!


WHAT I'M WATCHING...


Over the past week I 'binge' watched Too Close to Home on TLC. I am caught up with all of the first season and watched the first episode of this (the second) season. Is there anyone else that is watching this show?

WHAT I'M HEARING...


Right now I am hearing Sister Wives in the background. 


WHAT'S ON MY CAMERA...




Tomorrow, January 9, will be Richard's Birthday. We released balloons today while Paige and Justin were here. Sadly, Harley and Darian were missing but we released balloons for them too.

We struggle with how to treat holidays without Richard here. We talked about it and Justin wanted to get balloons to release like we did last year. So that is what we did. We all wrote a message on our balloon and we sent them off towards Heaven!

Happy Birthday Richard! I miss you and wish you were here.

Paige and Harley squishing their faces







WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN...


Monday...Leftovers from the weekend

Tuesday...Chili Dogs & Chips

Wednesday..Granny is on her own

Thursday...Mexican Chili Mac

Friday...Soup and Sandwiches

Saturday...Beef Stroganoff 

Sunday...Chicken and Broccoli Casserole


A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...




We are struggling with change once again at our house. With Darian gone we are finding our new groove. Also, Harley's working hours have kept her away from home a lot in the evening. I am learning to deal with the meal issue and a lot of time alone!





What I am fighting for this week....


I am fighting my way through the Christmas decorations. Packing them up and putting them away! I thought I was going to down-size but this is not the year. I can't part with them yet!






A peek into my week...

Harley works everyday but Wednesday and Friday so I will be taxiing a bit. And I am planning to buy some paint. And some organization baskets at the Dollar Tree. 


  


A final thought...

Life is tough and change is hard. But I will get up everyday and keep going!

44 comments:

  1. That is all we can do, get up every day and keep going, and be grateful that we did wake up! Changes are hard to adapt to, you've had a few so close together with Darian not being there and the work schedule with Harley, but it is good that she has the opportunity to earn some money, learn skills, and work on being independent. Hard though to watch them grow up. I'm glad you released the balloons, even though all in the family weren't there while you did so. It is a good tradition to continue to do as you continue to remember Richard and the special man that he was.

    betty

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    1. Yes, we are both glad she is working. She needs her own spending money. Girls are way more expensive than boys. She is hoping to go to South Florida this summer with her youth group and I simply cannot afford to send her! I am sure we will keep up the tradition of the balloon release!

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  2. Your 'growth' icon/image sure hits close to home ... with what I'm facing this year. (What DO you call those things, anyway?)

    OK, I'm seriously in awe how you juggle several books at the same time! My poor brain does well to focus on one.

    Love that y'all continue to celebrate/honor Richard's earthly birthday!

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    1. Don't be too much in awe, Myra! I am not doing a very good job of pulling it off yet. We will see as time tells. Yes, we have to continue to celebrate him. He was that kind of man!!

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  3. Hi Paula - well done ... there will be a lot of change as you all adjust to the kids lives with you, or nearby but not there ... I'm glad you had that peaceful time and the balloon release for Richard .. my thoughts for this week - each week the light gets softer and longer ... take care - Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, change comes every day to all of us! Thanks for your thoughts

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  4. Love the quote. Christmas decorations got put away yesterday. I'll enjoy all my little snowmen until spring arrives.

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    1. I have a snowman picture out yet. I am trying to decide if I want to keep it out!

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  5. We finally put away the rest of Christmas on Saturday. Todd took tree down and a lot of stuff last monday but i was super sick with a bug and couldnt help. I finished it all on Saturday and ironically i didnt have enough tubs. Goes to show that he and i pack completely different. HAHA! My mom and i trading Jodi Picoult books this week. I just sent her A change of heart that she wrote a few years ago. I love her books!

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    1. It's so much work to put it all up and then to put it all away. I ask myself every year why I do this! I, too, love Jodi books

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  6. Change is not pleasant but in life a constant thing. Some we hardly notice others hopefully make us better people. It isn't easy but we too change with the times. Hope you have a wonderful week there!

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    1. Some change is good. And I don't deal well with change. Never have! I hope your week is wonderful too, Ma!

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  7. You certainly picked a couple of sayings we can relate to. This year we will grow into the change of last year.

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  8. Life is such a journey, the highs and the lows. Thanks for stopping by, the pies turned out to be really good. Better than another jar full of cookies no one wants to eat!

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    1. We didn't bake any cookies this year. None! Thanks for visiting!

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  9. I read a different Bible version every year too, and am reading the NLT this year. I also still celebrate my husband's Birthday just like when he was still with me. I've seen that tv show advertised but didn't know if it would be good or not. I love the quote.

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    1. We'll be reading together then, Vicki!

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  10. I have to admit my jealousy at that temp of 56 degrees! You know how good that would feel to a Minnesotan right about now? I grew up with following the Liturgical Year, so I know what you are talking about. I like the rhythm of it. Stroganoff! Oh gosh, I can't even remember the last time I made that. Yum! I might have to see if GN would like that. Hmmm. Happy Birthday to Richard and Happy New Year to you!!!!

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    1. Ah Gram! So good to see you back! I have truly missed you! I have the easiest stroganoff recipe. I can send it your way!

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    2. Awesome! I would love to have a look at it! We are getting snowed on as I type.

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    3. Here is the link to my favorite recipe for beef stroganoff

      http://anelegantartist.blogspot.com/2013/10/phat-food-friday-best-ever-crock-pot.html

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    4. Yea! I printed it and will be trying it very soon. I see it uses Golden Mushroom soup too. I haven't been able to find it in years, but recently spotted it again and stocked up because my Salisbury steak recipe calls for it too. You have made my day brighter! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    5. I didn't use the Golden mushroom soup. And Harley doesn't like mushrooms (big pieces) so I left those out too!

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  11. While I threaten to wrap the tree in shrink wrap and stuff if in a corner of the gun room I didn't. I un-decorated and stored like many others. This year all in the same area so I won't have to look for it next Christmas. Blew the budget for another new dryer and had SNL hook it up Saturday, no more drying in the main bath. Have found out that 70 doesn't feel any different than 69

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    1. I've threatened that same thing about the tree. I doubt that 70 is really much different other than just saying it.

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  12. Awww, Loss is hard. I hope I go before my husband does. I've had so many losses, I just don't want any more.

    Change can be hard too, until it starts to fit into a new groove and by then, another change starts.

    I tend to read a few books at the same time as well. MY eyes have been bothering me, so I haven't been power reading of late.

    Hang in there

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    1. I knew that I would lose him first since he was so much older than me. Change is hard! Try some audible books Debby!

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  13. I've never heard of Too Close to Home. What's it about?

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    1. It is on TLC and it is about a family of girls who live in a trailer park and take care of their morbidly obese mother while trying to escape what horrors happened to them in their childhood. Each are handling it in a different manner!

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  14. Check out today's post on my blog for what I am currently reading :) Our Christmas tree is still up, but hopefully coming down tonight. Not quite as bad as last year; I think we left it up until the end of January!

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    1. My Christmas is finally all packed away. And today I found a cup! But that will be easy to add to the tote in the garage. Now for the motivation to paint that bedroom

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  15. Its too hard to downsize on the ornaments! Gadzzz having to pick which one to keep and give away or throw would drive me nuts. Keep them. I end up putting them outside and decorating little things.

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    1. I'll deal with the downsizing when I have no place to store them!! LOL

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  16. I put the wrong url once again. I'm so dorky on the techno side... but life is a challenge. I do agree with ya :)

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  17. Your last thought sums up life perfectly. Those significant days can be especially tough. I like the way you acknowledged Richard’s birthday.
    All I have to say is “Oh my, those squishy faces!” :)

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  18. I think it wonderful to do something significant on those important days, especially a birthday...sending balloons with messages is such a good idea! I downsized some Christmas stuff, it might even be one tote full for a garage sale! :)

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    1. I will try to do better with that downsizing!!

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  19. I think that your balloon release for Richard is a very sweet idea. {{{Hugs}}} I know these special days are especially difficult. I can't get through my daddy's days without crying my eyes out. I still can't even talk about him without tearing up. I think we're always going to feel a sense of loss over these folks that mean so very much to us. A part of our hearts go with them.

    How is Darian liking his new place? How does Harley feel about him leaving? When our oldest son left home, our youngest daughter was very upset. She didn't understand why her big brother was deserting her. She was just shy of 10 years old when he left. When our youngest son left for the Marine Corps, she was almost 19, and she was flat out mad. They had plans to do things together and here he was abandoning her and all of their hopes and dreams, she felt. It was hard for all of us, but she had the most emotional response. She had to adjust to people being gone that had always been there. They knew life without her (at least the oldest one did, he was 9 years older), but she didn't know life without them.

    I agree. Change is very hard. I don't do well with change, but so many changes have been happening that I have had to learn to adapt without having a major freak out. I miss on that one most of the time. :)

    Like Johnny says to Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 1, "You gotta live it. What's the alternative?" We have to keep going. I look forward to seeing where this year takes you, Paula. :)

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. I love when you come to comment. It is like sitting down for a chat! I will probably never be able to think of Richard without tearing up. Darian is loving his freedom. We aren't all that happy with where he is living. But it is his life. I have done the best I can for him. Now it is up to him. I like that quote from Johnyy! We do have to keep going!!

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  20. Perfect thoughts for your fight theme this year

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