Monday, March 13, 2017

My Life List-March 13th

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW....

The sun is shining. A slight breeze is blowing. The trees are beginning to bud. BUT......the current temperature is only 32*! Now that is crazy! We have temps of 80 in January and only 32 in the middle of March. And we had snow flurries on Saturday! Spring is coming. I just know it is!!

AS I PONDER....

I am thinking about what the change to Daylight Savings Time does to us. We sprung ahead on Sunday to DLS. We will stay here until November 5 when we switch back to standard time. I know that not all of you do this, but we do it in Kansas. I really like for the sun to stay up in the sky longer in the day. And it wouldn't bother me in the least for that to happen year round. I am not sure what we are saving! Every year there are those who don't like the 'messing with the clocks' but so far nothing has come of it. So, I now wake up at 5, instead of at 6, to make sure Harley is up and getting ready for school. And I am tired all day. It will take awhile for me to get used to this again. And about the time I get used to it we will be 'falling back' in the fall. (And for those who might ask, NO I don't stay up!! I'm retired! I don't need to be up at 6 in the morning!) 


WHAT I AM LEARNING...

I am learning there is a fair amount of stress that accompanies those of us who were not in the center of our "fire drama" which took place last week. Now, we are hearing about all the loss. And the public is out demanding help to those who lost everything. Everyone wants in on the action of 'helping'. I can't, as of yet, decide where I want our help to go. It's just so awful to even think about! And now I have to sort out which charities are real and which are just trying to scam the public. It is all so stressful to listen to. One of the families who lost their house are members of the church we attend. They lost everything and did not have insurance. I do not understand why someone would not have insurance but they had none. Harley made a donation to them! And we will see where else we can help. Like I said, so stressful! And that has to sound so petty considering what others must be going through. 






WHAT I 'M CREATING...

I have been working on my Happy Planner Memory Planning. And while I work on these I am thinking about those who lost all of their pictures. Earlier this year, when my computer was affected by a power surge, I lost my external hard drive. On that hard drive were all of my digital pictures from 2008 and onward. I grieved the loss but was able to move on. I have found some pictures of those years. Enough to keep me happy. But I think of those who won't have a single picture of their young! You just don't think what you might lose until you lose it!


WHAT I'M READING....


I am in a reading slump. Still working my way through The Nest! And book club is coming up soon. I just can't focus for now. I need to create a reading plan and stick to it! Do any of you have reading plans? 


WHAT I'M WATCHING...


Not watching much new on TV. I stayed up late last night watching re-runs of Naked and Afraid. I just can't tell you why I am so fascinated with that show.


WHAT I'M HEARING...


Currently listening to The Chew! Mindlessly, not paying much attention. Harley is out of school for today. She is in the bathroom with the music cranked up pretty loudly. Wait while I yell at here to turn it down.....she can't hear me. The music is too loud. I know, I'll shoot her a text! Hey, that worked!!

WHAT I'M DRINKING....

I am drinking my second cup of French Vanilla Coffee. I told you this DLS has me so tired!


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN...


Monday...We are going to grab some take-out

Tuesday...Chicken and Stuffing

Wednesday..Salad for granny! Harley at church

Thursday...Chili dogs (again!!!)

Friday...Pizza (yes, that again, too)

Saturday...Cheese filled Shells (didn't fix them last weekend)

Sunday...Up in the air. Depends on if Justin comes. Harley will be working


A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...




Happenings in my backyard...

Harley made popcorn last night. And she tossed the leftovers into the backyard before she went to bed. We always do that. But, usually the next morning. For the birds. Last night her leftovers were enjoyed by not one, but two, opossums who waddled into the yard and enjoyed the feast. Hope they moved on today!


A peek into my week...

I am not going to tell you what my plans are for the week. It is a big surprise. Or maybe just a dream! We'll see!! Don't you just love a teaser??

 
A final thought...

I'm hoping, wherever you are, spring is starting to poke it's head out of the ground and we will soon all be basking (and bitching) and the warmer weather! Have a super week friends!

46 comments:

  1. If your big surprise is you are coming for a visit, better let me know. I might have company coming for Missouri for a couple of weeks visit. I'm not telling it may be a surprise

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    1. I didn't even know that you knew someone in Missouri! But nope that is not my surprise! I thought you were coming to Kansas in March??

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  2. We are currently getting 3-5 inches of snow! But Spring is right around the corner so it doesn't bother me much! I am in a reading slump, too. I have started and abandoned several books lately!

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    1. Oh yikes! 3-5 inches of snow. I don't want that to come my way. I am not sure why I am just not in the mood to read right now!

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  3. It is snowing here. Haven't heard the news but I hope the 800,000 who lost power last week finally have it back. I too am tired, more from a cold though than the time change.

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    1. WOW that is a lot of people without power!

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  4. I need DSL year round. the change makes me tired for days.

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  5. I so hate the time change! Today I have been dragging butt! Can't wait to hear about your surprise! Love the quote! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I love spring but hate the time change!

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  6. Road trip I bet? Harley out on spring break? DST is really had on bodies; hard to go up that extra hour. I am thankful we don't do that here in Arizona. It does put people out of sorts for a few days. That is weird that the family from church didn't have insurance. I thought it is usually required if one is buying their home and just general commonsense to have it. You never know when you are going to have to use it though the premiums can be tedious to pay.

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    1. Nope, not a road trip quite yet! She is not yet on spring break! You guys are lucky to not do the time change thing!! It's really quite irresponsible to not have home insurance. I am not sure they had a mortgage! I think if you have a mortgage you have to have insurance!

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  7. In California, you have to have fire insurance.

    That Naked and Afraid - never watched it but read in our local paper,someone from our town was on it. Funny, you mentioned it.

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    1. Makes sense to require insurance. Who are the people from your town? I am interested in catching up with the newest shows!

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  8. We're expecting 12-18 inches of snow over the next 25 hours. *sigh* Spring? What's that?

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    1. Oh Kwiz I know how you feel! Well, not really because we haven't had much snow for so long now that I have almost forgotten what that much snow does to a person. I will pray for rapid melting!!

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  9. Okay, Chuck's comment made me smile. I thought it was witty. Texting Harley to turn down her music cracked me up....because I can relate! The image with your quote is very serene. I loved it. I remember that power surge. I'm not sure I knew how much you lost, however. I'm sorry about that. Whatever your plans are for the week, I hope it's awesome!

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    1. Don't encourage him, Gram! Isn't it funny when we text them cause they can't hear us yelling at them?? I do what works for me. I hope these plans get put into place. So far I'm just too lazy!!

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  10. Say, I know all about losing focus and falling into a slump! I'm still not 'there', but find it helps to bite the bullet and order only (e)-books from well-loved authors.

    My heart goes out to those families so affected by the fires. But like you, I can't help but wonder which organizations put the victims' interests first. Are there, perhaps, any avenues (like GoFundMe)where money goes directly to the family(ies).

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    1. I'm looking for something that I can't put down right now. I downloaded a mystery that a fellow blogger found good! And a book of poems for next month's book club. Did you know that GoFundMe takes a good share of the money to host the account. That is what I heard, anyway!

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  11. I think we swapped weather. When you had the warm, we were cold. Now we're warm...

    Fires... We get those things around here yearly, so I know what you mean. I'm so glad you escaped unscathed, but those that didn't... It's a rough thing.

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    1. We are still cold but hoping for warm.

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  12. I like Naked and Afraid too. I am happier now on Wednesday nights as Survivor started again I really look forward to that show.
    Perhaps your church will fund raise for the family that lost it all...no insurance that seems unreal but some people are so poor and insurance is expensive.
    I sure wouldn't donate to The Red Cross when we were in the flood I got a bucket a mop and a jug of water and that was for 43 days.
    During Katrina I donated to the Humane Society of America they were working hard to save animals. I am sure the right way to donate will come to you when you least expect it :)

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    1. Looking forward to Survivor but I don't like returning players. And this year it is ALL of THEM! Do you have a favorite? My husband hated the Red Cross. I won't donate to them. I think we will just give directly to the families we want to help!

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  13. Spring has sprung here! I don't think you are petty. I think you don't want to just throw money at something to may YOU feel good. You sincerely want to help and want to make sure your donation makes a difference for someone else.
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  14. Hi Paula - I sure hope the snow storm isn't coming your way ... and yes that time change causes a challenge - ours is ten days away ... I rather like it - I hate 'the same' ... but do enjoy eating what I enjoy often! Good luck with the week, settling into DST and seeing what comes your way ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't think we are getting any new storms. We are heading into spring for sure. The time change is a challenge but I'm into it now!

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  15. A reading plan? Not heard of that before. I suspect that a reading plan would fall flat for me. You are not in a reading mood - and I am not in a planning mood. Can't seem to keep to any kind of schedule or plan lately. Must be my new "mode of operation." Glad I am still visiting blogs, however. Keeping in touch with people is still important. I am still focused on getting to the Y - doing the circuit training - maybe I can focus on only one thing now. Crazy.

    We are getting about 1-2 inches of slush today - down from the expected foot of snow they kept talking about - so I can't complain. Well I can complain because I like one good major snow storm a year - that keeps you in the house watching TV and knitting. Didn't have that this year. Maybe next year!

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    1. By a reading plan I am talking about giving myself an assignment of how much to read each day!! Hope your weather didn't stick around. Usually snow at this time of the year doesn't. Enjoy!

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  16. I can't wait for daylight saving - our clocks change at the end of the month and so looking forward to longer days. I would love that to be the permanent state here too. I don't like it when the clocks go back and the days get shorter heralding winter. Not sure what you mean by a reading planner. I have set myself the goal of reading one book a week this year. Sometimes I get through more but I'm not reading anything particularly challenging. I have Wuthering Heights by my bed but haven't started it - might take more than a week!

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    1. Oh Wuthering Heights. I have tried to read it a couple times. Just can't! Good luck!

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  17. No Spring here, but a return of winter instead. Probably the worst snow storm of the season. Haven't read much at all I'm so tired I fall asleep when I read a paragraph or two. Love the quote you shared. Something I try to do often. Hope you have a wonderful week! Will be looking forward to hearing of your surprise.

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    1. Hopefully the storm didn't leave you much snow!!

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  18. I'm looking forward to finding out what your big surprise is!

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  19. Wait, a reading plan? People make reading plans? ... Actually, I have goals, but not specific plan. As long as I read my yearly quota (broken into a monthly quota), I'm good.

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    1. That is kind of a reading plan, isn't it?

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  20. Hey there, Paula. Regarding Daylight Savings Time...I wish they'd just pick a time and leave it there. I don't like the little kids having to wait for school buses out in the dark, so whatever makes it light out there for them, I'm fine with it. I am glad that our computers and phones reset it for us so that we don't have to try to remember to do it. We only had to set the one in the car. :)

    The only reading plan I have is: Remember to pick up the blasted book and read it! haha

    I'm so sorry about you losing your photos that were in your hard drive. I have been there, too. All we can do is cry the tears that are there and move on, hopefully finding a way to protect them from a future problem. I have pictures on CDs from older computers that didn't have big hard drives. I also have two external hard drives and most of the pics taken on my phone are on various Google drives. Pre-digital age photos are prints and are in bins in the tops of closets, hopefully being protected against flooding. It is sad to think of those that have lost absolutely everything and have no way to get these precious photos back. :(

    Your quote is great. It would be better if we could focus on what we do have.

    We had a possum visiting us every night for awhile. I don't know where she ran off to. They have territories, as I understand it, and they generally do not wander far from that area. Our nightly visitor these days is a family of raccoons.

    I look forward to hearing about your surprise, too!

    Here is the link for my post: Currently...A Life List.

    Have a blessed day.

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    1. I always pick up the book but if it doesn't grab me then I quickly fall asleep. I am on my way over to see your list!

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    2. Thanks! I look forward to your visit. Have a blessed day. :)

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  21. The weather has been awfully fickle this year. I love a good mystery so I'm looking forward to whatever it is that's a big surprise!

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  22. NO, I don't and never will have a reading plan. Unless I go back to school and have required reading which is not very likely. I read for enjoyment and relaxation now. If I have to plan my reading, requiring a certain amount of time or chapters or pages...it is no longer enjoyable. I do, however, belong to CooktheBooks which assigns a book every two months that we read in order to participate so I guess that could be considered a type of plan. Hmmmmmmm

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    1. I need to have a reading plan to make sure I get to do what I want to do! LOL! I only read for enjoyment too but sometimes I neglect myself!!

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