Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reviewing March Goals and Making April Goals

No BS Monthly Review
Thinking back over the month of March, I am...

most proud of:  getting off my butt and working a bit outside

deeply grateful for: my beautiful grandchildren.

fully satisfied with: goals for the month of March

forgiving myself for: not doing everything I said I was going to do

delightfully surprised by: a nice Easter gift from my 'adopted' family! Thank you Marvin!

Looking ahead to April, I am...

super excited about: The A to Z Blogging Challenge

going to experiment with: shorter pieces of wisdom

fully committed to: Memorizing James 1

consciously prioritizing: things I need to do to get ready for planting the garden

planning to read: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
obsessed with learning more about: Dancing With The Stars...my new obsession!
keeping this quote in mind:

The Big Question:

What are April's Goals?

1. Continue with Attitude Adjustment
2. Work on the yard/garden
3. Begin to Memorize James 1
4. Continue working on budget
5. Work on healthy eating



And writing for the A to Z Blogging Challenge!!!!!!!


created for you, with love, by Nicole Antoinette of LifeLessBullshit.com

Getting All Reved Up

Tomorrow is the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I am excited! I picked out my theme and I am ready to share. Come back tomorrow and see what my Lessons From Life...A to Z Is all about. We will blog everyday throughout the month of April (except for Sundays) and each day will have a post following the alphabet. This will be my third year to participate. It is fun! Hope you'll join me! You will be able to find all of Lessons by clicking on the Lessons from Life button in the header.

Monday, March 30, 2015

My Simple Woman's DayBook -March 30th Edition

For Today...
Today is March 30, 2015. Monday! Spring break is over and the kiddos are back in school. But only for 4 days, as Friday is Good Friday. I have often wondered why they can't combine Good Friday with Spring Break and get it all out of the way at once. Guess that would just make too much sense, huh?

Outside my window...
It is sunny and 65* today in my neck of the woods. No wind for the moment. Yesterday we had gusty winds of 25-35 mph. I like the warmer weather, but I don't like wind. I guess I shouldn't be complaining when there are still areas that are cold with snow on the ground. We are to see highs in the 80's this week. Yippee!

I am thinking...
I am thinking about my grandson. He is so close to turning 18 and making his own decisions in life. Scary! But isn't that what raising them is all about? It is about them getting to that age, we say good-bye, and they fly away on their own. We had a long talk last night and I let him know that he needs to start preparing and making some of his own life's decisions now. While he is home and can make those mistakes that are inevitable. Only one more year of high school! Oh my!

I am thankful...
I am thankful to have had the kids here with me these past 6 years. But I will be ready to let them go when they are ready. And then it will be granny who is learning to live on her own. I wonder if I will be ready for that experience.

I am wearing...
I am wearing yoga shorts and a tee shirt. Nothing special. Pretty much what I always wear. I wouldn't know what I was to do if I had to dress up. Or wear a nurse's uniform again.

I am creating...
I am NOT creating anything right now. I am writing this entry and I will be planning my menu. That is all for today!

I am going...
I am going to do a few loads of laundy and tidy up the kitchen today. Tomorrow I plan to do some work in the backyard. The rest of the week I will play it by ear. See what I feel like doing! That is the joyful part of being retired. I do what I want to do.

I am wondering...
I am wondering when it will be safe to move all the houseplants outside. I love taking them out. It makes the house look bare for a bit. But they thrive so out in the weather. I just have to make sure it doesn't get too cold at night. And no freak snowstorms please. That is probably why I will wait until later in April.

I am reading...
I am reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. This is the first of what I think are seven Odd Thomas books to follow. I read books by Dean Koontz years ago but nothing lately. Several of my blogging friends have read the Odd Thomas books and recommended them. I am not very far into the first book. It just is not grabbing me yet. Maybe it is the outside that is calling to me. Maybe I am just not ready for dead people and bodachs. I don't know what it is. But I am plodding forward and hoping it will grab me and suck me in. I love it when a book does that, don't you?

I am hoping...
Oh geez, I don't know what I am hoping for. I hope for inspiration and energy. I hope that I get things done inside and out this spring. I hope I can decide about a garden pretty soon. I hope I decide if I want to plant flowers, or not! I hope! I hope I can decide!

I am learning...
I am going to learn what my first summer without Richard will be like. We both loved to work side by side outdoors. We were a pretty awesome team too. We would work silently side by side. I knew what he wanted and he knew what I wanted. He would dig. I would plant. A system is what we had. And I will miss it. Very much! Might be a bucket-load of tears falling into the soil this spring!

In my garden...
Richard had created quite a few raised beds out back. I am going to take them all out except for the one that is the biggest. I won't be doing all the vegetables that he liked to do. I haven't even really decided if I am going to do any. But I am contemplating tomatoes, for sure. Might even do them in a container. Just haven't yet decided. Once I go out and start to turn the soil I am praying the inspiration comes. Along with the desire.

In my kitchen...
Monday...Juicy Onion Burger Steaks, Macaroni and cheese, garden fresh peas
Tuesday...chicken and stuffing

Wednesday...church for kids
Thursday...Potato Soup
Saturday...Reuben Sandwiches

Sunday... Easter

Ham, Sweet potatoes, corn, Watergate Salad, Sopapilla Cheesecake


A favorite quote for today...
Isn't that the truth!



One of my favorite things...
One of my favorite things is getting to wash my car in the driveway. I don't really like carwashes. They just don't seem to get the car as clean as I can. Richard used to tease about the car..."it's time for a Paula wash".
I did that yesterday. It was quite gusty out! But I filled the bucket with soapy water and scrubbed the winter off the car. Ran out of steam before I got to the inside. I will do that this week. And wash all the windows. Inside and out. This old car is really starting to show it's age. She is 15 this summer. Just like Harley and Paige. I think they have aged better. She has plenty of scratches and dings and cracks in the plastic spoiler. But she is still a pretty car. And she still gets me to where I am going. I just don't go like I used to!

From the board room...
I have always wanted to paint the hutch. Richard would ever hear of it. "What, paint over solid oak! Are you crazy?" It sits in our 'reading room' because there isn't room in the dining room. So I use it for books and tchotchkes. What do you think? Paint it? Keep it like it is? Sell it? The white one is pinned on my Pinterest Board FURNITURE MAKE-OVERS.  
This one is mine


Post Script:
It's coming! Almost time for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Will you be participating? I am ready and have about half my posts ready to go. My topic this year is
Lessons I Have Learned from Life: A to Z! You can check out my post here. And click on the picture to go find out what the challenge is all about!
I will be linking up With The Simple Woman's Blog!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday Letters

Friday, Friday, Friday! Time to write some letters.

Dear Spring Break: You flew right by. Just as I knew that you would. But we got the pampas cut, some leaves and limbs hauled away (much to do yet) watched 6 or so movies and enjoyed both the warm weather and the brief rain storms. Thank You Spring Break! See you again next year.

Dear Hairs all over my face: I know this is just something that happens as I age but can you slow down just a bit. Seems like all I do is groom my brows, pluck the chin hairs and shave the mustache. TMI! Sorry just part of my life here.

Dear Wendy and Frank: I hope you get to come in April or May. Or June or July. Or September or October. I just hope someday you get to fly to my little hometown and we get to sit and gossip and share a meal and a cocktail or two. Can't wait to meet you in person!!

Dear Moles and Gofers: Enough! Already too many mounds and tunnels in my yard. Enough! I don't have the best grass (or maybe there isn't any grass at all) but I don't like hills of dirt or walking on that very soft ground that you are creating with all of your tunnels and runs out back. Go to the neighbor's yard for a spell, won't you?

Dear Darian and Harley: Thanks for helping me this week. I think you might have gotten more poking each other, throwing things at each other, and name calling done than actually raking and loading. But you seemed to enjoy yourselves and we were all outside together. Now I'm ready for you to go back to school! Love you guys heaps!

Dear Life: Why do you have to be so hard? I know that we all have adversities. But really! Just quit being so hard. Okay?

Go ahead and write your letters and I will pay you a visit to see how your week has been!

Throwback Thursday!


Throwback Thursday.....1999. In a motel in Kissimmee, Florida waiting on our cruise ship!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-March 23rd Edition

For Today...
March 23, 2015

Outside my window...
Outside my window it is spring! Yea! It is 65* The winds are mild. The sky is partly cloudy with bits of sun shining through. I love me some spring weather!

I am thinking...
I am thinking about a special visitor I might be getting in the month of May! If Wendy and Frank can come to visit it will be so exciting!!

I am thankful...
Today I am thankful for these two strong grandchildren who helped me outside.

I am wearing...
Today I am wearing my shorts and a big pink tee shirt....suitable for working outside!

I am creating...
I am creating dinner at the moment. Along with this awesome post for My Simple Woman Daybook entry.

I am going...
I am going to work for a bit on my weekly menu so that I can share it with you.

I am wondering...
I am wondering if we will get everything done this week that I had planned. I might have over-planed. And of course we have to stop periodically and watch a movie or go for ice cream!

I am reading...
I am reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz!

I am hoping...
I am hoping we make a pretty good dent outside in all those good backyard activities!

I am learning...
I am learning how to put on a smiling face! I don't always feel like it but it does help. And the kids help too. Sometimes they are so funny!

In my garden...
a cut pampas
Today we cut back all of the pampas grass and raked the leaves from all around. Wow! We didn't do it last year and it was a big job this year!
pile of brush


In my kitchen...
Tuesday...Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Wednesday...Church for kids
Friday...Spaghetti with garlic bread
Saturday...Reuben Sandwiches
Sunday...Green Bean Soup



A favorite quote for today...


A peek into my day:

My neighbor's tree!


One of my favorite things...

I love this time of year for the flowering trees.

From the board room...
From My Pinterest Board Easter.
You can find this at Hometalk. Everything can be found at the Dollar Store. And isn't it just too stinkin' cute?



Now let's head over to The Simple Woman's Blog and find out what everyone is up to this week.