Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Listless Life List

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW....

Our weather is continuing in the roller coaster mode. Temps are high enough on some days to require turning on the A/C and then back to the furnace the next day. That is highly unusual for us here in Kansas. By this time of the year we are usually over needing the furnace. We have had more than our share of rain. See pictures below!

AS I PONDER....

I'm not sure why I haven't been attending to my blog lately. I had the 'candy post' ready for a while now so I decided since I haven't been very active here it was a good time to post it. I feel blue. Don't really know why. I miss the boy! We will soon get to see him and maybe that will help. We aren't hearing from him at all and that might also have something to do with feeling blue. Who knows. I just hope it passes soon. 



WHAT I AM LEARNING...

What I am learning about the Army....nothing happens very fast. No news is supposed to be good news. They keep these kids really, really busy. Which is a good thing. But communication with the home is another really, really good thing. And communication is sketchy. Darian is either falling down on the job with letter writing or he's out in the field and not writing letters. Either way it is trying this granny's patience. And the patience of a lot of mommies and wives of other soilders.  

WHAT I'M READING....


I haven't been reading much either. Now, that is crazy, for me. I am still reading Imagine Me Gone. Will be happy to start another book soon. 


WHAT I'M WATCHING...


We have going to finish up with Dancing With The Stars and Survivor this week. Wonder what my next shows will be. 


WHAT'S ON MY CAMERA...



Backyard
front yard

shopping with a diva

Happy 17th

Eating out for Paige's birthday





WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN...


Monday...Salisbury steaks

Tuesday...Chili dogs

Wednesday..Harley eats at church

Thursday...Popcorn Chicken & Fries

Friday...Pizza

Saturday...Baked Chicken

Sunday...Omelets & hash browns


A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...




A peek into my week...

I have no idea what this week brings. Harley's job is at best wishy-washy. They don't like to make schedules. They like to call at the last moment and say they need her. Or at the last moment and tell her to stay home today. So I guess this week we are playing it by ear. And hopefully, once we return from Georgia, she can find a new job. She will be starting to help again with swim lessons like she did last summer. Yikes!

42 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your Paige! She is a beauty!
    I think it is remarkable that you are hearing from Darian at all, usually they keep them pretty quiet. The remaining weeks will fly by! We have furnace weather too:(

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    1. It is crazy that we have been able to hear from him so much. That is probably why this past 3 weeks of silence is so hard. Thank you for you kind words! Paige IS a beauty!

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  2. I'm sure it is bad when you want so much to hear from him and nothing comes. Maybe send him some postcards with postage on a pre-addressed and say, just give me a little snap shot message.

    It sounds like some Texas weather moved into your neighborhood! Hot & muggy here the last few days, now rain through Tuesday and then a cool front.

    My blogging & visiting has been interrupted by a daughter who is about to graduate high school. Been a super hectic week!

    Visit me at Life & Faith in Caneyhead. :)

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    1. Congratulations to the graduate. I understand. Darian only has 10 days left in basic so the postcards wouldn't help now. And once he leaves here he should be able to call whenever he wants. Well within reason of course.

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  3. That is hard with Harley's job. Who can live like that? Wondering if they'll be called in or not? I have noticed you haven't blogged nearly as often as you used to in the past. I think we have seasons like that. I think guys are less in tune to staying in touch than a girl/woman might be. I often tell hubby about son "no news is good news." We tend to hear from him when things aren't going well. That may prove to be correct with Darian, who knows?

    betty

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    1. I guess they think teenagers can live like that. And it would be okay if it weren't for the fact she doesn't drive and I drive her everywhere. I totally understand the part you say about hearing from your son when things aren't going well. We always said that about our oldest. He usually came to visit when he needed money! Now we don't hear from him at all. Been close to three years. Sad, but it is what it is!

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  4. Hi Paula - difficult with Darian gone ... life does change so much. At least the girls are there and you'll be seeing Darian soon. I sincerely hope Harley's job change will be easy - she sounds a hard and responsible worker ... Good luck with all you're doing - take care .. cheers Hilary

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    1. We are learning to adapt without him here. I think it is the "just not hearing anything at all" that is so frustrating!

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  5. Change is often difficult to cope with even if we want it. It's a big adjustment with Darian gone and I'm sure communication won't always be easy. I hope you find a way to cope with it. Keeping busy is good but not always easy when we're blue. Take care Paula

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    1. Thank you Wendy! We are learning to cope. We have no choice!

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  6. Our weather here in Michigan has been like yours. A/C to heat and back again with lots of rain.

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    1. Getting ready to rain here again today!

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  7. I remember all those wishy washy jobs my kids and grandkids had. It's life, I guess.

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    1. I guess! Good to see you getting around more Joanne!

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  8. Yes, roller coaster weather here for sure. We get hot then cold and try to avoid the puddles in between. I remember when we visited at my son's basic training graduation, one of the officers speaking told us they tried to encourage the guys to keep in touch with those at home. I don't know what happened but I didn't get a lot of letters or calls, but always appreciated them when they came. Glad you get to visit soon. Hope your week is a good one !

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    1. I'm glad they encourage the kids to keep in touch. Mine must not be listening LOL!

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  9. You're experiencing typical Maine spring weather!

    I hope you're over your funk soon.

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    1. Thanks Kwiz! It comes and goes. Just like the weather! LOL

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  10. My ex husband was in the Army and communication with him while he was in basic training was few and far between. He was either out in the field being trained, or too tired to do anything other than grab something to eat and then fall asleep practically before his head hit the pillow. It's hard I know, sending you some hugs!

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  11. Hey there back fence buddy! Good to read a post from you. Best birthday wishes to Paige. Loved the light reflecting from her necklace in the pic! My heart felt that little tug for you missing your grandsoldier. I'm sure he's really busy. He seems close to you all, so I'm sure you'll hear more from him when basic is over. My respect goes to Harley, too. I taught swimming lessons for quite a while and worked as a lifeguard. Teaching people to swim is a good thing! Loved your quote. Frost is my favorite poet. We're watching The Voice live finale tonight. There's a Minnesota singer in the finals! Sunny here and my furnace is quiet....at least for the day.

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    1. It's cloudy here and barely 50* We are having Minnesota weather! LOL!

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  12. My husband is retired military - and I can say the game of waiting is still the same as it always has been. When my son was serving on the aircraft carrier, USS Roosevelt, I never heard from him. They would black out any home communications, if something was going on. It was maddening. I joined NavyMoms and that helped. Can you join with other Army groups of wives and families? They do, grow up - when in the military. Is your grandson out of bootcamp yet?

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    1. I did join a group of Army mom's but had little in common with them. They have an entirely different parenting idea since they are 30+ years younger! No, Darian is still in 'bootcamp' but the Army calls it Basic Training!!

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  13. So I had a flood of memories when you talked about not hearing from your grandson. They do keep them very busy - and then they are just so darn tired. Just keep writing. They get the letters and they love getting little bits of news from home - even if it is just every day stuff to you. He WILL write I am very sure. Everything you described is the military. A different life. They are in the process now of breaking down the civilian mind set and rebuilding the military one.

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  14. Happy birthday, Paige.

    Our weather has been weird, too. We got very warm this weekend, but we're cooling off again. Strange.

    My roommate is actually at the taping of Dancing with the Stars tonight. She's also a fan.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes for Paige! Strange weather for sure. Must be that 'global warming issues.'

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  15. I'm so glad I set a goal to keep up with my blog reading list. I am getting so much out of today! (Love your quote: Life goes on.)

    I will join the chorus of voices saying Darian just has no time. Basic Training (and Boot Camp) are very intense. If he only has days left, he's got to be wiped out. And even though he loves you and thinks of you often, picking up a pen and writing it out takes a certain amount of brain energy that he needs to save. If you send him mail or packages, and they aren't being returned, you're good!

    Take your time about blogging. You recently lost a brother. Estranged or not, that has to be in your mind and heart somewhere. You are loved, and missed, but assess where your energy is best spent. If blogging brings you joy, maybe you need to force yourself back at it! Hugs from China!

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    1. I always love when you stop by Red! I'm sure he is very busy in Basic training. I am spending a lot of time assessing where my energy is best spent!!

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  16. Been watching your weather closer for the last month and must say it seems to match ours real close. Sometimes you humidity is higher which I find odd.
    Army is like all branches of the service, hurry up and wait. He likely is busy with a lot of final drill practice so they can look sharp on graduation day, I know we were. And he might have found a girl to write to, curiosity of a buudy having a cute sister or girlfriend. I remember Johnnie and I wrote each others girls in boot camp and I continued writing Linda and Cindy even after boot was over.
    You'll get over that empty nest feeling some day. Takes a while they say.

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    1. Obviously I don't have EMPTY NEST! There's still one here. He's not writing anyone which included the girl that he has been writing to all along. Good thing our weather is matching up. I guess!

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  17. This didn't sound like your usual self so I hope you get to see Darien soon. I'm sure he's just very busy. Do you have cell phones so you could text, or maybe they don't get to have that. I don't know anything about the Army. The party for Paige must have been lovely. And you know they all love you very much.

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    1. LOL! I can't help but let my true self shine through. We did have a fun dinner with Paige and her daddy to celebrate her birthday. I DO know they all love me! Hope you are doing well Inger!

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  18. Sending you a hug from across the miles :) Lack of communication is really difficult so just keeping crossing off those days on your calendar and soon you'll be able to see his face and hear all the news! Love the "Diva" photo - that looks like a store I'd like to have a look round. Take care - Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Thank you Pempi! We are counting down the days for sure!!

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  19. Not hearing from your grandson must be tough so it's good you still have Harley. I trust she won't be joining the army?!

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    1. The Army recruiters are calling on her already. So who knows! LOL

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  20. Hiii ... we're back! Oh, I so hope your spirits are a bit lighter today! Ya, when Troy was in boot camp at Ft. Hood there was little (at best) communication. When do y'all leave? Please take your time and be safe along the way; we experienced some t'storms the likes of which Tom had never witnessed before!

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    1. I have been on a roller coaster of emotions again. We did hear from him and all is okay. We are leaving soon. Hope we don't run into any of those storms.

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  21. Hi Paula,
    I hope you're feeling better now. I can imagine how hard it is to not be hearing from Darian. He's really becoming a man now~ Hope you get to see him soon. That will surely make it all good!
    I know what you mean about not tending to the blog. I have my phases. I recently took a good long break and it was nice but I'm back at it now, on and off. Breaks are necessary.
    Loved the pics from your camera!

    Keep the faith! Love is all around... Feel it!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Much better! We finally heard from him and I was as high as a kite. We get to see him soon. That will be even better!

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