Children Behaving Badly

To those outside of the US, please understand that what you are seeing happening in the US Capitol is NOT a representation of my country.

Twilight Zone?

Boy is that what it has felt like for this last year.

It has been educational, finding new ways to shop. Finding new ways to connect. I’m fortunate in that I was a teleworker before all of this, so I did not need to find a new way to work.

Three weeks ago, my Governor asked the state to limit our interaction until December 14. We have made it this far, but need to engage in the interaction with my son and grandson next week due to his living arrangements. I’m not too worried, we have all been very careful, and prior to this recent congregation restriction, had been interacting weekly. Lots of hand washing, masks worn whenever we are all out of the house, and we have all developed an addiction to hand sanitizer which may need a 12-step program when this is all said and done.

I can honestly say I am looking forward to being able to look backwards on this, and for the first time am anxious for the passing of time to get us to that point. The first time since I was in my 20’s that I’m looking forward to any aspect of my getting older.

This is definitely a year for the record books.

Emotional Whiplash

The election aside, this has been a week of emotional ups and downs.

A friend of 40 years was killed in a car crash this week.  He was an amazingly talented musician, and someone who many in my circle of friends have had in our lives since we were kids.  I am heading down to spend the weekend with a friend who took it particularly hard.

Emotional rollercoasters with two of my boys.  One selling his house and moving back up here to get out of debt.  The other struggling to find a job, and getting hired into a temp-to-hire position starting next week.

My 4-year-old grandson had oral surgery this week to correct several dental issues, and thankfully came through it like a champ.  He may not want a popsicle anytime soon… but he is doing well.

I am so ready for the weekend, and this week to be OVER.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Why is it that, as we grow older, time flies faster? It seems like every time I blink a year or more has passed.

Still working (playing) with computers, the boys (now men) still continue to keep life interesting for our family. Fortunately no longer with philosophical differences of opinions with public schools. Their life dynamics are now many of the usual challenges of adult-hood.

Retirement looms closer and closer, just a few years away now. With retirement will come a move back to our home town. Maybe. I’m a bit resistant as that takes me away from our Grandson.

Thoughts for today? I wonder if the politicians will include topics of substance, or just resort to bad mouthing their opponent? It would be so refreshing for their speeches to have actual content instead of the “nanny-nanny-boo-boo” statements.

OK, back to re-familiarizing myself with the new (OK, it’s not new, I’m just not in here often enough) format.

Time Is Fun When You’re Having Flies

It’s been a while since I’ve been here in the “new” location.  Although it’s been long enough I’m not sure it’s really considered “new” anymore.  I had not realized how long it had been until I saw the date on my last entry.

Just poking my head in here now for a look around, I’ll (probably) post more later.  Until then… Hi everyone!


Country Dreamin’

For a few years now, I’ve been captivated with the idea of living somewhere which would lend itself to having animals which would enable us to be a little more self-sufficient.  A few chickens for eggs and meat,  rabbits for meat, a Dexter cow for milk (and her calves for meat), one pig a year to raise for meat, and a couple goats for milk (and their kids for meat).

I’ve occasionally thought about sheep for milk, fiber and meat, but I’m not as sold on them as I am on goats.

These thoughts I’ve had on this subject aren’t the daydreaming type of thoughts.  They have intent behind them.  I freely acknowledge the fact that I may never be in the financial position to move to a place with enough space to let me have all of this.  But that hasn’t stopped the mental plans I’ve made.

Yes, I do know that it won’t end up how I’m mentally planning it.  Do we ever mentally plan out the second best option?  No, we mentally stake out the best possible scenario for the things we want to happen.  (Which explains why your kids aren’t in medical school and you aren’t an independently wealthy philanthropist).

Go back to Yetzirah’s diary ( ).  You’re not wanted here!

Where was I?  Oh yes, the best possible scenario for what I want to happen, and the intent behind these thoughts….

I’ve named my imaginary future animals.  Well, except for the chickens and rabbits.

Goats, I’d like to have 3.   Two ewes and a wether.  Their names will be Betty, Veronica, and Archie.  The cow’s name is tentatively Ethel, or Midge.  Every pig will be named Bacon.

Now I just need to with the lottery.  Or retire.  Whichever comes first.

What’s With All The Spam?

OK, I admit it, I’m irritated with this new forum for DD.  I never had a problem with all the unwanted spam comments on the other site, and I find myself avoiding posting in here for fear of all the additional spam comments it might generate.


I’m mostly haunting Facebook these days, I can avoid the spam there.  If you want to stay in touch, let me know and I’ll send you my Facebook id.

She’s Alive… ALIVE!

I had not realized how long it’s been since I’ve been in here until a friend asked me for the url.  It’s been a busy year!

#3 entered the Air Force in August, #1 got married in December, and #2 was diagnosed with Adult Onset Epilepsy last summer and we’ve been dealing with the fall-out from that ever since.  His world came crashing down around his ears, and his plan of entering the Air Force came to a screeching halt.

Other than that, we’re still treading water with our diets, maintaining but not losing more with resolutions to get back on track.

Is it just me, or does everyone start craving Oreo’s as soon as they resolve to get more serious about their diet?

Weight Loss Update

25 pounds lost, 10 inches lost.

It may be going slowly, but it’s going.

The Nutrisystem plan recommended adding several servings of veggies to your meals throughout the day, and right now I’m in luck.  Asparagus is in season!  I bought 3 pounds of fresh red asparagus at the Farmers Market yesterday.  I had half of it yesterday and suspect I will have the other half today.  I find myself wishing I bought 30 pounds LOL.

The sun is finally shining today, and I hope it lasts so I can get out into the yard with the kids to get some veggies planted.

I Finally See It

My weight loss. I finally saw it today.

I’ve felt it in my clothes being looser, but I didn’t really notice it in the mirror until today.   I put on a shirt I haven’t worn in a month or so. When I started on this journey back in February it was snug, I could see the line of my bra when I looked at my back in the mirror.

I looked today, and IT’S LOOSE!!!!!!!

The feeling was beyond what words can convey. If I could bottle this feeling and sell it, I’d be rich.

I finally saw it today.