Monday, Monday…

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The weekends sure go by in a hurry, don’t they?  It seems like there’s never enough time, but I’m making time to participate in my favorite Monday meme, ” Monday Quiz About Me”.  It’s hosted by Heather and her hubby, Wayne, on Acting Balanced.  Here are today’s questions:

1. September is Better Breakfast month – if time, money, calories etc. were no object, what would you have for breakfast?

I’d choose to have an omelet because Ed makes really good ones, and, thanks to ‘the girls’, we always have plenty of farm fresh eggs!  Occasionally, Ed will make us omelets for supper, but he’s never made them for breakfast!

2. How often do you do a major clean out?

Not nearly often enough!  The last major clean out we did was seven years ago, just before we moved into our new house.  I did a minor clean out this past weekend, when I partially cleaned out the storage shed, and donated some stuff to Goodwill.  A post about this ‘walk down memory lane’ will be coming soon!

3. What makes you feel appreciated?

A few kind words, a visit, a phone call, or a random act of kindness, it doesn’t take much.  Fortunately, my family makes me feel appreciated quite often.  In fact, Ed and I felt very appreciated yesterday, when our grandchildren presented us with some sweet gifts for Grandparents’ Day!

4. If you had the choice, would you employ someone to help around your home/life? Maid, Nanny, Cook, Butler or some other form of help?

I’d choose a maid who also cooks because I don’t especially enjoy cooking anymore, but some cleaning chores (cleaning windows, mopping/waxing, and cleaning in high places) are gradually becoming more of a challenge for me, too.

Which reminds me, have you met the adorable ninety-year-old couple who are featured on the Swiffer commercials?  I just love Leigh and Morty!  Here’s a clip about them:

My question for you:

 5.  Are you sentimental when it comes to getting rid of your children’s things or household items?  I sure am!  That explains why I have a storage room in my home, a storage shed outside, plus an attic filled with ‘treasures’. 

Weekend wrap up:

On Friday evening, two of our kids and their families met at our house for supper.  We’d all bought spaghetti dinners from church, to help raise money for a mission trip, so we ate our dinners together.  It was a nice way to kick off the weekend.

A ‘not-so-nice’ way to kick off the weekend was having Ed’s mom admitted to the hospital on Friday morning.  Unfortunately, she had a rough weekend, and still isn’t doing well.  Throughout the weekend, Ed spent a lot of time running back and forth to see about her.

I cleaned out the storage shed on Saturday, while Ed did a little construction work around the house.  We spent the most of the day outside, and boy, was it was hot!  Where is fall?  Speaking of fall–I put my fall decorations outside.  It’s a bit early, but I couldn’t stand to wait two more weeks. Besides, the leaves are already falling off the trees!

On Sunday afternoon, Ed finally determined the problem with my old washing machine.   Unfortunately, it’s going to be a difficult problem to repair, so we decided to move forward with purchasing a new one.  To put it mildly, our shopping experience was a bit bizarre– which I shall post tomorrow!

Have a great Monday!

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Published in: on September 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm  Comments (9)  
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Finally Friday!

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It’s definitely been ‘one of those’ weeks here in our neck of the woods!  There’s been just too much going on, and most of it’s been crazy, out-of-the-ordinary kinds of things.  Broken washers, leaky ceilings, sharing cars, family illness, you name it, we’ve had it!  If ever I needed to “keep calm and frag on”, it’s today!

Here’s what I woke up to find, this morning–

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That’s supposed to be the new bird bath that Ed bought me for Mother’s Day, but, today, it appears to have fallen victim to something, but I have no idea what!  Hopefully, nothing’s broken.

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So, I took a couple of days off from my search for a new washing machine, just to see how my old one would do, after Ed and Brad finished ‘tinkering’ with it.  It worked fine for exactly one day, then started up its usual nonsense, plus a new problem presented itself, too!  Last evening, I settled on a machine to buy on-line, put it in the (virtual)cart at Lowes, went through the checkout process, only to discover the transaction wouldn’t complete!  After 30 minutes of nonsense, I finally gave up!  Today, I shall try again, but I’ll try with Sears on-line.  Can I just take a moment to say how ridiculous I think it is to charge seventy-nine dollars to deliver a washing machine???  It’s a pitfall of living in the country, and not owning a truck!

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Ed’s mom has been having health issues for several days.  Ed was at the ER with her, from midnight until two a.m., one night last week.  Early yesterday morning, his mom was back at the ER, and was admitted, this time.  She has several things wrong with her, but most stem from congestive heart failure.  Her ninety-one-year-old heart is simply not able to keep up anymore.  The doctor gives her a diuretic to remove the excess fluid buildup around her heart, she, in turn, becomes dehydrated.  As soon as the diuretic dosage is reduced, the fluid builds up again.  It’s a never-ending cycle.

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Recently, our daughter has been experiencing several leaks coming from the ceiling of her house.  Ed crawled up into her attic, last night, and discovered the water is coming from the drain pan of the air conditioning unit.  The drain had become clogged, and the safety switch hadn’t cut the unit off.  In her case, water was pouring, and it wasn’t even raining!  Ed blew out the drain, so we’ll hope that cures her problems.

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At 10:00 yesterday morning, our oldest son, Brett, called.  You could definitely say he was having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.  To begin with, he and his wife had been without one of their cars for several days because one car was being repaired from an accident.  Someone kept sending the body shop the wrong part, which, in turn, kept holding up the completion of repairs.  Yesterday, Brett borrowed Ed’s mom’s car.

I always tell Brett to beware because Mema’s car is old and is subject to have problems.  (Last time he used it, a knot came up on the  tire.)  Brett was already late for work because he had to stop by and get some blood work done on the way.  When he arrived at work, he rolled the car window down to swipe his ID card, and discovered the car window wouldn’t roll back up!  Panic set in.  Next, Brett couldn’t find a ‘legal’ place to park, so he had to park ‘illegally’, and thought he saw a woman trying to get his tag number.  He went into work, and explained to his boss that he needed to go back home, to return his grandmother’s car, because the window won’t roll up.  His boss wasn’t  overly sympathetic, and couldn’t understand what the big deal was!  So Brett went and bought some Saran Wrap.  He tried to put the plastic over the open window, but thanks to the uncontrollable stickiness of Saran Wrap and intermittent puffs of wind, he wasn’t successful.  He even tried using duct tape, too!  By then, Brett is beyond frustrated, and tells his boss that he’s going home.  Back at the car, Brett sticks his arm through the open window to unlock the car.  This action sets the car alarm off!  Brett doesn’t have the key fob with him, and has no idea how to shut off the alarm without it.  A bystander offers to help.  Finally, after rummaging through the overly crowded glove box, Brett retrieves the car manual, and discovers how to shut off the alarm (use the key).  He calls it a day at work, and heads home…and I thought my day was going bad!  By the way, Brett got their car out of the shop, yesterday, but Mema’s is in the shop now!

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I think it’s safe to say, everyone in our neck of the woods is glad it’s Friday!  And to think, it was only a four-day week!

I’m linking up with Friday Fragments over at halfpastkissintime, and I thank Mrs.4444 for hosting 🙂  Have a great weekend!

Published in: on September 6, 2013 at 9:23 am  Comments (8)  
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The Monday Quiz And A Few Other Tidbits…

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1. September is National Library Card month – when was the last time you checked a book out of the library?
I haven’t checked a book out of the library since my children were little–and my youngest is now 28 years old!  I prefer to purchase whatever books I’m interested in reading, and am excited about entering the new world (to me) of ebooks!

2. What are you most looking forward to about autumn?
I’m looking forward to some cooler temperatures and no pesky insects, especially mosquitoes!

3. Has the word Christmas entered your vocabulary yet?
Yes, some of us (in the family) were actually talking about Christmas over the weekend.  It’s time to start thinking and planning.

4. Do you care that Football season is starting?  Who is your team?
No, I really don’t care that football season is starting.  I’ll root for the Georgia Bulldogs, as usual.  They lost their first game, on Saturday night.  I don’t have a favorite NFL team since I don’t really like football.
My question for you:
5. What kind of washer do you have, and are you satisfied with it?
(I’ve been shopping around for one, and can’t make up my mind what kind to buy.)
Weekend Recap:
Ed’s gone back to work today, but what a busy weekend we had!  Friday was my birthday, so Ed took me to St.Simon’s Island to celebrate.  We spent most of the day under our favorite tree, just enjoying the lovely atmosphere.  The island wasn’t crowded at all, so it was really nice, and we left before the Labor Day Weekend crowd actually began to arrive.
Ed and I did a little shopping ( we looked at washers, then picked up a few groceries) after our beach outing, then ate supper at Zaxby’s.  It was actually dark by the time we arrived back home, which rarely happens!  We can stay out a bit later, now that Ed has one good eye again! 🙂
Ed spent most of Saturday outside, while I rested and relaxed indoors.  Poor Ed was ‘chompin’ at the bit’ to catch up with the outside chores he missed doing last weekend, due to his eye surgery.  He cut all kinds of grass with his new mower, then burned two piles of trash that had been demanding his attention for a while.  At one point, he even rode his tractor a little bit!  Saturday was a good day for Ed!
On Saturday evening, our daughter and daughter-in-law hosted a birthday supper in my honor, and the food was simply delicious!  Fried chicken, country vegetables, and a six-layer chocolate fudge birthday cake–it just doesn’t get any better than that!  I received several gifts along with two precious cards, hand-made by the grandchildren.  I treated myself to the new Kindle Fire I’d been wanting, as well. ( Now, if I can just figure out how to navigate the thing!)
After dessert, the children and adults went outside and participated in several relay games!  There’s nothing quite like a brisk relay race after a huge, satisfying meal!    There was a bit of reasoning behind this particular after-dinner activity, however.
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Madison and Uncle Brett sprinting to the finish
 Reason #1- granddaughter, Madison, loves to play games, and reason #2- granddaughter, Madison, can use a bit of practice playing relay games, so she’ll feel more confident about her athletic abilities during home-school co-op and AWANA.  It was a fun time, but next time we’ll get an earlier start since darkness fell upon us during the last game!
Sunday afternoon,  family fun continued, as Ed grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for the whole gang.  Once again, my kitchen was filled with food, fun, and family, as we were able to gather the entire family together, once more.  Brad and Jennifer came in from out-of-town, for a one-day visit, and joined the rest of the crew. They missed Saturday night’s celebration, which had originally been planned as a joint celebration for me and for Jennifer, since her birthday falls just two days before mine.
Speaking of Jennifer’s birthday, on Wednesday–she had a somewhat ‘memorable’ birthday, this year, for a couple of reasons.  #1-she is 6 1/2 months pregnant but was, also, sick with a sinus infection.  No fun, especially when pregnant!   #2- she accidentally caught a bit of her hair on fire while she was attempting to blow out her birthday candles!  Fortunately, the only witness to this near-disaster was Brad, who quickly yelled, “Your hair!  Your hair!”  (Jennifer, I know it wasn’t funny, at the time, but in a few years, I promise it will be!)
After lunch, on Sunday, Ed and Brad decided to ‘tinker’ on my ailing washing machine.  Those two are notorious for their ‘tinkering’, and Brad was feeling pretty confident, since he’d recently fixed Jennifer’s ailing machine :)! After their first attempt, my washer had even more problems than before, however, after a second attempt it seems to be working correctly–for the moment.  Hopefully, they bought me some time to decide on a new one!  Better yet, wouldn’t it be great if I no longer needed one at all?!  (Positive thinking)
We wrapped up the weekend by watching Sunday night’s episode of ‘Big Brother’.  Oh, my goodness!  It was the best episode of the season, so far!  I don’t think it could get any better than having both Amanda and McRae put up for eviction, while Judd and Spencer were sitting around wearing their chicken suits!  Fun times!
Have a great Labor Day Monday, everyone, and thanks to Heather and Wayne, over at ActingBalanced for hosting The Monday Quiz!

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Winding Down August With The Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe August is almost over!  What better way to wind it down, than by participating in “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Take a look at Joyce’s questions, and my answers, then, please share your own thoughts with me in the comment section!  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  She never disappoints!

1. Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching…what’s something you’ve labored over this year?

Our vegetable garden–and what a garden it was!!!

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I spent many hours–planting, hoeing, watering, and harvesting –before the devastating rains came.

2. What is one word to describe your ‘job’ or career?

‘Over’ since I’m no longer working outside of the home.

3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?

My least favorite job was working for my uncle in his small store/restaurant.  I hated it because I had to be the waitress, the cook, and the dish washer–all at the same time.  I was about 15, at the time, and I lasted about two whole days!

4. How do you measure contentment?

I don’t know that I do actually measure contentment!  I’m usually pretty content with life, but if I feel discontentment creeping in, I tend to look at others whose circumstances are less fortunate than mine.  Doing this reminds me of how truly blessed I am.

5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins…what’s your favorite kind of pickle?

I like dill pickles, but I only eat them with hamburgers or bar-b-que sandwiches.  I don’t like sweet pickles, but will eat sweet pickle relish on hot dogs.  Go figure!

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?

I love living out in the country, close to the woods, because I like privacy.  I also enjoy being close to nature.

7. What is one thing on your ‘want-to-do’ list before summer draws to an official close?

I want to make one more trip to St. Simon’s Island.

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If all goes well, I’ll be doing that on Friday.

Random:  

Life is getting back to normal this week, and it’s nice, especially after the craziness of last week.  Of course, everything can not be calm for long, can it?  Ed got his new replacement lawnmower on Monday, but my washing machine has decided to go on the blink!  After talking with the repairman, yesterday, it looks like we will soon be in the market for a new washer.  The parts and labor needed to repair the old one would be rather costly.  I wasn’t expecting this news,  especially since my washer is only seven years old.  Sigh.

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