Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Finding Joy Wherever we Can


The theme is 2 p.m. 
Christopher had a Therapy appointment, so I had to pick him up at school. 

A tree on Odell called to me. 

As I was driving, to pick up Christopher, I spied this bright beautiful tree.  
Of course, I was driving and it would be slightly illegal for me to pause on a busy street and take a picture of a tree. On the way back however, no one was coming, and I had the stretch of road to myself for a moment.  It was a sign.  So I leaned over Chris, and we both juggled the phone out the window, I tipped it until it looked right.  I needed that slight bit of sky with the gorgeous golden tree. 

It got warm today, quite warm this afternoon, in the high 60s.  So when I went to get Chris at school, I was able to put some sandals on.  It was not a sock day, even if it was November.  I didn't think these toes would see the light of day, however, the weather says otherwise.  
I had to dress in bright happy clothes today, and find the beauty and joy where I could. 
My heart hurts and is heavy for all my friends who are afraid of how the election is going. I'm afraid too, but for them.  I recognize my privilege.  I want to be an ally, a friend, and a support more. 
And no matter what the election results, I'm going to do that. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

In my Spare Time


My Spare Time I like to photograph my day to day life.  I am sitting in on an online Nail Party with my friend J.  She's selling Colorstreet Nail Wraps, and I hosted a party for her last week, and then this week one of my friends who attended is having her own party.  Jess asked tonight, what we like to pin on pinterest.  For me,  I like to play on Pinterest, dream of projects I am going to make, and create things with yarn.  But it occurs to me, I collect all these pins, and rarely do much about it.  I love to get nail ideas, but don't do much.  And don't even get me started on my gardening or crocheting ideas.  Still, I love keeping my hands busy, so this helps.  

I applied a new nail color from Jess last night, and it looks fantastic now that it's cured. 
It's a creme called London Calling.  I can see it being very British. 

You know me, I love to photograph flowers too. 
This is my new nails holding the flower the vet sent us last week as Princess passed away.  The flower arrived on the same day as her ashes.   So the flower has stayed on the kitchen table.  

Meanwhile, just a bit ago, I wrote to my little sister to show her progress on a crochet blanket I'm making.  Do you know who I'm making it for? Me neither.  I guess it must just be me.  Because I had to start trimming it, because the thing is HUGE! 

Here's the light blue and darker purple yarn.  It easily picks up the colors around it.  It is fuzzy and soft. 
I think I'll be keeping this blanket. 

Meanwhile today's theme was Collection.  I collect projects: yarn projects, watercolor projects, this week, room cleaning projects.  I made progress this weekend just doing a bit each day.  I put away more laundry than I wear, and I make some great progress.  Still, there's a lot of work to do, and Eric and I don't really feel like doing it. It reminds me of Christopher and his Merit Badges.  He has such a pile of incomplete Merit Badges for Boy Scouts, that we joke that he should sign up for the Collection Badge and send a picture of his Collection of Unfinished Merit Badges.  But if he did that, he'd actually finish one... Hmm... 


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Testy Tuesday

It started out a typical Tuesday.  But it wasn't.
The kids are back in school after Fall Break, I got to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee after everyone got on the bus.  
My Reunion Group was meeting halfway across the sky.  W is working from home, so it's pretty far for her to come out to Salsa Verde, our usual meeting spot.  It's a bit easier on everyone if we meet at Trader's Point at Luciano's, rather than hoof all the way out to Avon.   But it's also more expensive. ;) 
So we don't do that very often.  However, we haven't been able to meet very often because of Fall Break and Work From Home and a zillion other things.

Taco Tuesday.
Luciano's has Tacos Al Pastor, marinated with pineapple and decorated with cilantro and onion, these tacos are delicious. I don't even open the menu. 
I thought it would be enough to be able to do that today. 

But my friend wrote that her daughter isn't doing very well at Riley.  
So I asked if she had food.  Of course, she hasn't been thinking of eating.   
I understand completely.  Been There. 

So after my gals and I met, I took some tacos down to her at Riley.  

Riley - Simon Tower.  
I'm so thankful I don't have to be there. 
My friend is thankful that I have been bringing her food and stuff, but I feel rather selfish. I get a lot out of it.  I get peace of mind, that I'm physically doing something in addition to Prayer.  And by making things easier for her Mama, I'm helping in Anna's recovery.  Does that make sense?

But as with all visits to Riley, it's emotionally draining.  I know all I did was drive.  But I came home and needed some rest, I just dozed on the couch for a bit.  Being strong drains me.  I know how much it drains the families of the patients.  I've been there, I've been one.  And I wrestle with the guilt over how much I'm not there now, even though we're having rough times, it's not that rough.  I don't have to go in, and smell the soap.  That soap sets me off.  

When I got home, the vet had sent me a single red rose, and a card of condolence.  
How nice to be remembered.  
And still, it's bittersweet.  
I missed my dog.  

It progressively got worse, after the kids got home.  Chris was in a bad mood, and he took it out on me. 
I should find comfort in the fact that he lets his guard down at home, and can act however he wants, because he knows he's safe, that I'll love him anyway.  But sometimes he can be mean. 

Meanwhile, Jacob had a good day.  
So to reward him , we went out for ice cream after Scouts. 
Custard.  Culver's.  His choice.  
Do you see the sucker tattoo on my forehead?

The Oreo Overlord.  
I thought that's what the board said the flavor of the day was, Oreo Overlord.  Just kidding.  
It was Oreo Overload.  Either way, Jacob wanted it.   
And he got some.  
I guess he was the Oreo Overlord.

Mama got a pumpkin spice milkshake. 
Also not too shabby. 
Carbs are my reward for a rough day. 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Taco Tuesday


I did a dumb thing today.  
I kidnapped Jacob from school, and brought his knitting in the car so he and could knit in the dr's office. 
Only we didn't get to knit together.  Because I'm a nut. But Jacob is Precious.
I've been waiting for Jacob's appointment with the GI for three months, to rule out any issues. 
I saw that I'd written ROC in my calendar, and thought that meant Riley Outpatient Center at IU North.  No idea how I made that connection, I guess because we haven't been Downtown to the original ROC in a while.  So we showed up for our appointment today only to learn our doctor was downtown, and fully booked up.  And now we get to wait until the very end of December to see her.  I cried.  

Jacob was perfectly content missing the appointment, because it meant that I got to take him back to school, and he wouldn't miss Lunch or Recess.  More importantly, apparently it's Ice Cream Tuesday. 
I miss him.  So it made me sad that a. I messed up. 2. I wasn't going to get Quality Time with him. d. No fun Lunch with my Jakers. 
I've had Appointments at Riley for almost 15 years (in 3 months!) and I've never done this. 
But he was happy I took him Back to School. 

So by the time I got home, I was in a funk. 
Eric and I both had hoped we'd get some Quality Time with just Jacob today.  
Instead we chose to do Quality Time with each other. 
Time to go out on a date. 

He chose Roscoe's Tacos.  
They used to have a shop in Avon, but it closed, and now in order to get yummy taco and nacho goodness we have to drive to Greenwood.  And we don't often get the opportunity to go that far.  
Today we lucked out!  
E had a good chunk of time with no meetings, allowing for a 2 hour lunch! 

Chili Beef Nachos, for us to Share. 
There's just something deliciously simple about their combo of fresh onion, tomato, and olives. 
The chips are nothing to write home about, yet it goes PERFECTLY. 

This is my chicken taco.  
So deliciously Fresh! 
The thing is, it's all pretty mild food, a simple menu.  My kids even liked it, the last time we went.
The secret is in the Sauce!  They make homemade sauces to add to their stuff.  The most mild is Cincinnati City Slicker, kind of barbecue like.  I'm also a fan of the Texas Brushfire.  Sounds like it is, a bit more Texas.  I'd say their cuisine is Tex Mex style, but with a decent Midwestern influence. Comfort food tex mex.  Over Quarantine, I actually drove all the way down here just for a few bottles of sauce, so that they didn't go out of business.  We've been making our own nachos at home. It's not quite the same, though,  there's magic in the fresh ingredients when combined with the sauce.  Still, it worked for us during Quarantine. We liked having the sauces on hand, so we picked up a couple more while we were down there today.  So Yummy. 

And my Date.  
I've sucked him into the world of photographing our food.  He likes to post his pics on Google. Sometimes we take the exact same picture.  One more reason we're good together. 
A serious guy, for some serious food!  
If you haven't been to Roscoe's Tacos, I highly recommend you go! 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Mother of Emails


I've spent all day, no all weekend, clearing out my emails. Apparently, I went a little bonkers ignoring Googles warnings that my account was filling up.  I went 116% over.  And I have SO MANY EMAILS.  Like 32,000 emails to sift through.  So much clutter.  

This cup is perfectly appropriate. 
The kids have been alternating between being amazing and being awful.  
This moment, they are asleep and it's awesome.  But when I took this earlier, I could hear Eric yelling at someone to do their Kumon, while I stayed huddled in my craft room which is where the computer lives now.  It's been a long weekend.  August is hard on kids who are not used to going to school. I could not be more thankful for this cup.   Currently, it is full of water with a dropof an oily oral blend I created which is half orange vitality oil, mostly half wintergreen, and a couple drops Thieves. 1 drop of this makes my mouth and brain feel fresh, and I can keep working.  I've gotten rid of almost 5000 emails today alone.  I hope that soon, I'll get access to my email again! 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Armed and Huggable


Finally, a thing of normalcy.  My friend Jess and I met for coffee.  I met Jess through Messiah Preschool. Our sons were in the same preschool class as 4 year olds.  Once Jacob entered Kindergarten, we had to consciously make an effort to see each other since we weren't bumping into each other all the time.  She also had an older one at Brown with Sam.  We set up a coffee date, and within a week, she was scheduling to meet a few weeks later.  I love a friend who reaches out to me.   I've entered a phase of life where I have to consciously work at friendships. She makes it easy, as we are on the same pages about many things.  Plus we both have 3 boys.  We need this Quality Girl Time.  We now regularly schedule Monthly Get Togethers. We accidently skipped February, and then the world ended in March.  I'm sorry.  The world just seems to spin better when Jess and I are able to get our Coffee. 
Why I didn't take pictures while we were having Coffee, I don't know, but I didn't.  I wasn't thinking. I guess I was just too excited to see her, to have a nice drinkie with my friend, in public, I forgot my mind. 

I had grabbed a bottle of Thieves Sanitizer, just like the one I carry for her. 
And she had grabbed one of her ColorStreet nail wraps for me.  
She read my mind.  
How nice it was to have a friend read my mind.  Not that I need presents, I don't.  I just needed someone who read my mind.   I haven't had that for a while. 
I lost my mind and asked her for a hug. She didn't mind at all.  That was my favorite moment of the day, to hug someone who wasn't related to me.  I won't take that gift for granted again.  During the Quarantine, I miss seeing my friends and hugging them.  I miss hugging people who don't live in my house, be they friends or family. I miss that. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Blogger Changed but I didn't. Black Eyed Susans

We worked a lot around the house this weekend, so by this afternoon, I didn't have the strength to do much besides sit on the couch.  I introduced the kids to Fantasia.  I kept Eric in water.  I drank a gallon of water all by myself.  I ache.  
Then I took a walk to the mailbox. 
Our Black Eyed Susans are in bloom. 

And when I came to post about them, everything on blogger changed.  
Still have a look at these flowers, maybe they will make us all happy and we won't mind that the whole world is still wonky. 

Close up flower. 

Black eyed Susan bokeh.  
I haven't tried some straight up flower photography for a while.  I really wanted just a smidge more sunlight but on the other hand, these guys were glowing on their own. 

I just loved the angle here, so you can see how big the bush has grown. 

One flower made it into the sun. 
This Susan really glows. <3