Monday, August 21, 2017
As of today, the girls have 8 days before we put them on a plane with their mom back to home. The house is going to be quiet but my head is already buzzing between wanting to deep clean the house, kick my Stampin' UP! business into high gear and get back to work before my boss has a bigger conniption than he's already having.
Bob surprised me by being at the dining room table with a cup of coffee when I got up this morning. Was not expecting him until Thursday. Was a very pleasant surprise. So the next few days will be a whirlwind of activity, eating out and just enjoying the time we have left with the girls. We learned the hard way not to wait until 'next time'. The journey is too short.
I hope you Enjoy the Journey
Monday, August 14, 2017
And I'm down again. It's been a stressful week. I've been in a go round with my boss, dealing with office politics (remember, I work from home!) and making sure I get all the grandma time in I can. I'm on the downhill slide to sending the girls back to mama. In the grand scheme of things, none of us here are ready. Even the 5 yr old says she wants to stay. Sadly, she doesn't get it that if she lived here it wouldn't be summer fun and games all the time. Like for the rest of us, real life would have to intrude.
Speaking of real life, I really do need to get back to work. Aside from proving to my boss he did not make a mistake in putting me in charge of marketing for the publishing company (which he has since taken me off the lead but that will change or I'll quit), I have a manuscript to polish and send off to Hallmark Movie Channel. They are looking for stories. I'm hoping I will finally have found a home for the 'book of my heart'.
The stress is taking a toll. Either my body no longer wants to deal with caffeine or the burning hole in my stomach is caused by my job. Not sure which. Maybe a combination. I'm hoping that getting back to a work routine and finally getting things in line with my boss, the lava pool will subside and I can enjoy a cup of fluffy again. For now, I'm all about decaf hot tea and iced water.
As we go into the final two weeks of the girls' visit, there are still a lot of things to do and a couple of things they want to repeat. So I'll work in wee hours of the morning and we'll do stuff the rest of the time.
I'm Enjoying the Journey. Are you?
Monday, August 7, 2017
185/ 171 /135
I swear fall has arrived in the Ozarks. The past week or so has been beautiful. I've had the AC off, the doors/ windows open and spent quite a bit of time outside. Maybe that accounts for the one pound loss. Not enough to win me the challenge but I'll get there. $200 is at stake!
I managed to get the base for the butterfly garden in and most of the weed eating done before my weed eater died. I wonder what the life expectancy is on those. I've had this one almost six years. Funny how I can determine how old something is by how old my eldest granddaughter is. She was almost four when we had to buy this one. She'll be ten in November.
Here's the base of the butterfly garden:
The bed is about 4' deep by 16' long.. the width of the garden shed. I laid down multiple layers of newsprint followed by three layers of cardboard. Then I broke two bales of composted straw down into sheafs and laid them on top of the cardboard. Everything was topped off with eight bags of Top Soil. The top soil barely gave me any covering. I think I'm going to add sixteen bags of inexpensive potting soil to the top before adding plants. But I don't have plans to go to town until later in the week.
I didn't sweat much as the temps were in the low 70's with very little humidity but the 2-3 hours of work gave me exercise, for sure.