Saturday, October 30, 2021

Yeah Band, and it's Space Day


Today is Space Day for Purdue. 
It would have been hard to get up to Purdue for the Contest, so we did it online, virtual like last year.  But last year, they sent a care package... this year they didn't. 
It didn't stop us from having a good time. 

We built a Mars Rover.  It probably wouldn't have done much on Mars.  
But we did some Quality Control work, and devised a bit of a fix.
Because of the way our button wheels wouldn't stay, but we shifted and used a combo of quilting pins and tape to affix them.  They didn't move very well, but it looked kind of like a rover. 

We made a straw rocket! 

Check out how our Straw Rocket blasts off!  
We got some decent length on it. 
I was rather impressed at how well Sam and Jacob worked together. 

Then we went to watch the Marching Band Semi-State Competition at Ben Davis. 
It was pretty neat.  We saw Ben Davis perform, and they broke out a few of the old hats they used to use back in the days when Eric was in the band, a purple cowboy hat with a gold ribbon.  Eric had a fancy term for it, but I've forgotten.  Meanwhile, we shared some Kettle Corn too. 

Then Christopher and the Band took to the Field. 
They sounded wonderfully. 

The Band takes up a lot of the field. 

Our show, Fly Away, is amazing! 

My favorite shot I got of the day. 

I'm so Proud I could just Bust. 
They ended up 4th, very close to 3rd, in the Contest, and will be headed downtown next weekend to State! 

Friday, October 29, 2021



This dog didn't want to let me finish my BSF homework this morning before my meeting. 
It was hard to ignore her but I did. 
I'm not the most studious BSF member.  But I figure, Walking with Jesus is a Walk, a Journey, and I'm at least on the Path. I'm glad I pushed to get it done and attend. I won't get any further on my Faith Journey if I do nothing at all, or skip like I did the last two weeks.  I skipped because of Fall Break.  And I didn't really get my groove back until yesterday.  I figure I'm trying, and that's something. God just wants me, and He knows I'm not Perfect, that I'm never going to be, but I can Be Better. And every time I go, or get tucked into The Word, I feel better, and I don't ever regret setting the time aside to do the study.  In fact, I get sent all kinds of convicting signs that I'm not alone, that studying is hard, walking the path of the Faithful is hard, but that it is the right thing for me to do. 
Now I just need to speak less, Listen first, and Study More, and Go in Peace, Serve the Lord. 
Thanks be to God.  

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Photos by Sam


Sam and I were snuggling on the couch.  It was a Rainy Day, and my good things came from a chiropractic adjustment and a nap.  Meanwhile, Sam loves to snuggle the dog.  

He also wanted to take her picture.  

I let him snap me cuddling the dog.  He took a few snaps.  
He's got a decent eye for photography, like me, like his Opa.  I think Chris and Sam might be able to make good pictures because of their good eyes for photography.  
They have skills.  

Maybe they'll take more pics in the future. 

Harry Baby.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Finding Joy


I'm really happy with this pink sweatshirt that I made at the beginning of the month. It's finally cool enough outside to wear it again.  "On Wednesdays, we wear pink." 
I needed to find some Joy today. 
I went over to Eric's Dad's to hang out with him while Mom ran for a haircut.  As soon as I arrived, Dad started to get worked up because of catheter trouble. As his bladder filled, he got more uncomfortable, and upset, and I couldn't do anything to help him.  Dad is the kind of guy who doesn't complain.  It's never been his nature, but prostate cancer has changed that.  Things are changing, and he doesn't like it. It was upsetting all around.  We didn't last 15 minutes on our own before we were planning a trip to the hospital.  And they weren't fast either, but don't get me started on that.  It was very PTSD for me of yelling at various doctors to "Fix The Baby!"  They didn't hop to "Fix Dad" either.  That upset me, and I try very hard to relieve Dad's stresses, not add to them. Mom got her haircut in record time and met us at the hospital.  Days like this I want to get up and go behind the counter, and fix things myself.  I don't have enough degrees to do that though.  Like I said, it was very frustrating. 
After a very stressful couple hours, Dad was ok, and got to come home. 
I got into the car, and just cried. 

A lot of stuff happened, and I cried all the way home. 
Normally, I can vent to Eric, but he was busy.  Buzzkill. 

At least the trees were pretty. 
It's probably our last beautiful day for a while.  It's supposed to rain the next couple days, then turn cold. I hope our Band contest this weekend doesn't get rained on. 

Meanwhile, Chris had the night off from band, and he was content to join Eric and I for an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.  I noticed as I was sitting there, how similar their focus faces are, the same slope of the forehead, and stern brow.  It's like they're related or something. :D 
They made me smile.  I'm so Blessed I have all my Boyz to make me smile, or I'd lose it entirely.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Long Time No Blog

I've been taking photos every day with the intention of posting them on the blog, of even getting back into blogging.  But I don't use my time for that lately.  I miss blogging.  There for a while, blogging was my therapy.  But I got away from it.  Now I need it again.  So this year, I started by taking daily photos, thinking that would prompt me back into blogging. It didn't quite work. I keep thinking I'll get back into it, but it's hard for me to find words on the hard days, and there have been a lot of those lately.  
Now the kids are home for summer break, and I couldn't sleep, so I am getting back into it.  
Let's go  with yesterday.  
It was a day of failures, but I did manage to find some joy. 
The plan was to go to the Zoo. I even registered, and picked up tickets to go first thing, well, second thing.  But Jacob objected to practically everything we told him to do to get ready in the morning. Finally, I decided to leave him.  Then he got pathetic, and begged, literally, for us to take him. It broke my heart.  But I was prepared to leave him.  Until Eric told me he had to actually leave the house for a lunch meeting.  Gasp!  I hadn't considered he would actually have to leave the house.  We've gotten so into a routine of him working from home, I never considered otherwise.  I sat in the car, Torn.  I even loaded Jacob up to take with us.  He got quiet because he finally understood he could not be allowed to fight us anymore.  But then I stared to back out, we were late, it was raining, and it just didn't feel right, because I felt like he'd just start another fight at the Zoo, and I couldn't deal with it alone. I pulled back in. But by cancelling the Zoo trip, the big boys were crushed. I hadn't considered they would be so excited. Lately whenever I ask if anyone wants to go to the zoo, they say no. This spring I went to take pictures of flowers by myself.  And our membership is going to expire, and I won't be renewing. 
I am so sick and tired of fighting. 
I have to choose my battles. 
And I've choosen to leave them at home. 

Later in the day, they found some joy snuggling with the dog on the couch. 
So that was good. I have to focus on the good moments. 

The high point of my day became when my friend Jess spontaneously showed up on my doorstep with flowers.  I was so surprised, I may have gotten a little teary. Of course, she didn't know the morning I'd had.  Or that this had been one of a string of rough days.  It was Perfect timing. 

After the kids went to bed, I took the peonies to the dining room for a little photo session. 
They stink so good, the whole room is perfumed.  

My Scarlett O'Hara Peony already bloomed and gone for the season. 
But these look different, their petals are more plentiful than mine.  
They have a more traditional peony look to them than mine do once they open up.
I love these better.  Mine is beautiful, but it's different.  These are gorgeous in their own right.

Check out that hint of dark pink. 

These really were Happy Flowers, and just what I needed. 


Friday, February 5, 2021

Thankful for a salt, sand, and a safe home


It's funny how I can get the kids off to school and my days are Quiet. 
I made a good dent this morning with a warm Cuppa Cuppa and my Diamond Dot Christmas project.  My nails were even still looking good, with my Crantastic Color Street.
They match my mug!  Ha Ha.

Then we got some more snow yesterday. 
They were only predicting rain. 

Even though the old stuff hadn't melted yet. 
Being snowed in is kind of lovely.  
This snow was ok enough to be managed by salt on our steps and sand in the street. 
I choose to just stay home... and maybe blog.

Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 - Happy New Year!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank goodness 2020 is Over!

We pray that 2021 is a Better year! 

Gearing up for the new year, we watched the Rose Parade this morning.  
We are 'hopefully' gonna need to prepare for our  big trip to Macy's this coming fall. 
So let's get used to Parades! 

Her Royal Highness takes over the couch when the boys aren't looking. 

She didn't want to do much but lay there.  
I don't blame her, I think she spent most of the day Recovering 
from everyone staying up so late last night.

I'm so Close, I spent most of the day finishing this hat that Jacob asked for. He finished knitting his first scarf, and he wanted a hat to go with it.  Reminds me of a Mouse a Cookie book. 

We played games. 
Here we're playing Apples to Apples. 
It's fun now that everyone is old enough to participate in most games. 

The Family tradition is to do Ham and Cabbage.  
We mutated it to Grandma Willman's Ham Balls and Cole Slaw. 
Some folks use other meats for good luck, or black eyed peas, but E's fam swore by ham and cabbage. They used to just do a huge crock pot / boil.  But we've changed it over the years. 
I missed having the fam around for the holidays. But it's kind of nice to have the quiet too. 

I was a woman on a mission.
I finally finished it, nearing midnight.  That counts right?!
Maybe yellow is my color too? 

I'm looking forward to 2021 being a quieter and calmer new year.
Happy New Year.