Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What??? It's August already?








Outside my window...

We are now into the end of the first week of August. I have no idea where the time goes. I would like to report that I am busy, busy, busy, and getting lots done. But that wouldn't be true. The weather here in Kansas has cooled a bit. It is only 88* right now. Clear blue skies but I understand it will cloud up later. And barely a breeze. My kind of summer day.


Pondering..

I am pondering exactly what it will take to get me motivated again. Any suggestions? I'm game to hear all you have.

Watching...

Still watching Big Brother. But I don't seem to have my heart in it this summer. It has been pretty clear to me from the very first week that CBS has chosen Tyler to be this year's winner. And I have simply lost interest. Lots of bullying inside that house too. And on the Internet about the show. And how about the news about Julie's husband??


Reading... I'm still reading The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn. Not making much progress there either. You might start to notice a common theme here. I have been reading and learning about essential oils. And the Bible Study Seamless by Angie Smith. So there's that.

Listening....I'm listening to Justice Redeemed by Scott Pratt. It is the first of a trilogy of books about a lawyer. So far, so good. 

 
Creating...My creative outlet is still my bullet journal. And I have been keeping notes on the Bible study and have been making them a bit creative as well. 

Learning...It has been interesting to see how all of the Bible fits together. It certainly does not go in chronological order. And to study the lineage of the people is fascinating too.

Planning....My plans, now that I am living alone, aren't made ahead of time. They follow more of a day to day basis. Sometimes even hour to hour. How do you plan?


Drinking....Still drinking lots and lots of water. Occasionally I will have a pop (coke, soda,what are they called where you live?)


What's in the kitchen...Recently I was offered a free week with Blue Apron. So I took them up on the offer. I got my first two meals for the week delivered, on the front porch, on a Thursday in mid-July. The first meal was Seared Chicken in Coconut-Peach Broth with Bok Choy and Jasmine Rice. I had never tried Bok Choy before. This meal was delicious. It makes enough for two. So I had one for dinner two nights in a row. Next meal was Beef and Mushroom Burgers with Roasted Onion and Marinated Cabbage. This was good too. And again....lasted for two meals. Have you tried any of these delivered meals?? I have now tried another week (at an introductory cost of $26) Still a pretty good price for 4 meals. I will let you know how it goes. I think these are pretty good options for a single person who doesn't mind trying new things. 


A quote to share...





On July 21 it was 4 years since Richard died



A final thought...It's been awhile since I have written anything here. And I have not been very loyal at following my friends' blogs. I usually slow down in the summer but I was reminded by a favorite family member that I may have slowed down a bit too much this summer. I will try to be better at posting regularly. Wouldn't want my family not to know what's going on, now would I??



35 comments:

  1. So glad to see you back, Paula! (No pressure … lol!) Unfortunately, I'm the last person to offer insight on planning or motivation. 5 months into retirement and I'm still dog-paddling.
    In all seriousness, do you suppose a weekend get-together of kindred bloggers is out of the question? … A central (budget-friendly) locale, B.Y.O.B. (LOL). A pajama party for grown-ups! It did my heart so good last month to come face-to-face with friends last month.

    P.S. - I can't wrap my mind around Richard being gone 4 years now. Silent anniversaries of the heart!

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    1. It sounds like you are doing well with your retirement! Much more put together than I have been. Wouldn't a weekend get together be a blast. We will have to put some real thought into this!!

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  2. Nice to see you here. I was lazy too for a while on my blog because we were busy and it has been sooo hot. You've also had a major life change to deal with. Being on your own will have its good points - being able to please yourself for example but it's bound to take some adjusting to. Don't be hard on yourself and getting together with friends would give you something to look forward to.

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    1. It is nice to be on my own most of the time. I have those moments but I am sure as time goes along they will get less and less. Good to see you Wendy!

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  3. I've been using Blue Apron for over two years. Still enjoying it. I average every other week or so. Too hot here to garden much, but have read lots of books. Next week is my big garage sale. I haven't blogged much either. Just can't get in the mood.

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    1. So far I have enjoyed Blue Apron. It is kind of pricey but I don't think I could buy all the ingredients for that much. It would cost me more. You know what I mean. And some of the ingredients I would never use again. I hear you about the mood!!

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  4. Hello my blog friend! So good to hear from you. Four years without Richard. Sending thoughts of comfort and peace to you. Food deliverd to your door... no cooking! Like take out or to-go without having to go out! I could love that! We call it 'pop' here in MN. Aboout getting motivated... it will happen when it needs to. You have been so busy taking care of Richard and the grands, that you must just be exhausted and needing to do what you're doing. And I'm reeading... way to much work stuffffff.

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    1. Yes, the food has to be cooked. It is meals with all the ingredients and then you prepare them. I have enjoyed the cooking. I think you are right Gran about me needing to just take the time. I will get there.

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  5. I was just wondering where you were at. There are a couple other bloggers who I just realized have kind of vanished. I guess it's that kind of summer. Welcome back.

    I crocheted a dish cloth. I posted a pic on my FB page. Let me know if you like.

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    1. It's finished: https://www.etsy.com/listing/622027548/custom-listing-for-paula

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    2. I am in love with the pictures of the dishcloths. Can't wait to get them. Should be here tomorrow. Thank you for doing these for me. Is it about time for school?

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  6. I'm also not excited about Big Brother this summer.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I have had some of the die hard fans tell me I'm crazy. They think this is the best BB ever!!

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  7. Wow, 4 years since Richard passed. Time does continue to go on, even in our grief. I haven't tried Blue Apron or similar, but have seen them advertised. They do look like they are healthy meals. We're dieting so we've been doing a lot of TV dinners like Lean Cuisine which is fine for me in meal preparation. That and vegetables are so quick to put together.

    Glad you are enjoying the Bible study. You are right about the Bible not being in chronological order. They do have a chronological Bible. I've read that at times.

    Sometimes its good to step back from blogging for a bit and just hang out. I always say blogs are waiting for us when we are ready to go back to them.

    betty

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    1. Hard to believe it has been 4 years isn't it! The Blue Apron are very healthy. I love Lean Cuisine. And they are so easy. We are into the 5th lesson on the Bible Study. Crazy how it is all so much clearer. Have you ever done any Bible Studies on your own?

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  8. I like Sam in Big Brother:) We call it pop. I have motivation but so little time to do what I want. Seems someone always needs me for something...I am exhausted.
    Hope you get your mojo back soon. No I have never tried those in a box meals...I make menus for the week and we shop from there and do just fine.
    Four years...sending you a hug:)

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    1. I haven't been a big fan of Sam's. She went a bit crazy this week it sounds like. I don't have the feeds but I belong to a Facebook group that tells All. Thanks for the hug. I needed it. Having friends like you helps.

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  9. I am glad to see a post from you. You are one of my favorites.

    I do understand about slowing down - both in life and on the blog. I have a personal theory about that. I believe that people who live life at 150 miles an hour in midlife ... (like raising kids and caregiving with all the stress that those thing entail) ... when they finally slow down to normal to live just their own life ... swing past normal and just coast. I have seen that in myself. And I have decided that is normal and probably restorative in a way. Those who don't have those extra extra stressors in midlife seem to slow down gently with no big dips. Just my observation - certainly true for me. Go with the flow of what your body needs. Whatever you do now in your true retirement is right for you.

    Just check in periodically on your blog. We miss you.

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    1. Awwww Elaine. That made my day! I am going to try to get in here more often

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  10. This has been a lazy summer for me but still I do a blog post every day. My family says as long as they see it, they know I'm ok. It's become a habit for me and one I enjoy. Here we've always have pop, but I'm hearing it called soda more and more. I rarely have it and my preferred drink is now water. Not just any water either. There is a difference in the taste and I get Dasani. I've never tried any Blue Apron meals, but do make meals that I can heat up again a second time or even a third, leftovers are wonderful. Just try to enjoy the lazy days of summer while they last. Time to get busy will come soon enough.

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    1. You are great at blogging everyday Ma. You are my inspiration!!

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  11. Keel trying things, new and old. Something will stick.

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    1. Thank you Joanne. I hope you are doing better!

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  12. Hi Paula - we all need a break ... and this heat, all the changes going on with the children in your life - lots of changes ... but am glad the meals you're finding interesting ... cheers Hilary

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  13. I haven't tried those meals like Blue Apron. It concerned me a bit that there would be lots of wasteful packaging.
    Maybe you need to take up genealogy to have a consuming passion motivating you or maybe start writing your childhood memories.

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    1. There is certainly a lot of package material. But I haven't let that bother me too much. Maybe genealogy would be good. Or a book of childhood memories.

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  14. Lazy is when you drop off for 9 months like I did! :) I'm glad you're back. I've never done the meal delivery thing but I also hate to cook so theres that. haha. I have friends that swear by them and love that it includes the ingredients and everything.
    Take it easy my friend. I know your heart hurts on this anniversary. I know from experience of missing my dad that nothing said helps so just know that i'm thinking about you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Holli. You should try the meal plan thing. Maybe Todd can do the cooking!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by today. We're all entitled to our opinions and I agree that breast feeding can be done discreetly, it doesn't have to be flaunted. In my opinion it also shouldn't be banished to rest rooms or seen as a negative thing. I also don't agree with making those who choose to bottle feed feel bad about it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Paula.

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    1. No, I totally agree with you that nursing mothers should not be banished to the bathrooms. But nursing can (and should be, in my opinion) be done discreetly. And people need to stop harassing mothers who bottle feed whether they chose to or they have no choice. I'm glad you stopped by again Wendy!

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  16. Good to hear from you. My blogging has been consistent in its inconsistency. I've had a serious case of writer's block and periodic bouts with depression ... even though it is summer. It's hard to find motivation most days when I feel this way. I try to not be too hard on myself for it. One thing that does help is making plans for the next week. Tonight I'm going to take cat photos after work. I have plans with friends on Saturday night. Oh, just added lunch with a work friend to Friday's calendar. Thank goodness for friends! Keep writing lady! We all enjoy hearing from you whether we comment or not.

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    1. I think mine is about depression too. I am always glad to have you stop in Susan!

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  17. If you are slowing down because life is good and you are relaxing, then go for it. If you are slowing down because you don't have the energy or gumption to work past your sadness or because you are suffering empty nest syndrome then that is a different matter. Please know that I am always available if you ever need to scream, rant, rave, cry or just sit quietly on the phone listening to each other breathe. I am going to send you my number privately.

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