Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pricey Junking Fun


Had a fantastic day today with my pal Erin. We're both living through the new normal: me with the kids gone, and she being a housewife. We totally had every intention of going to the gym. Really. Instead we ended up paying a visit to an antique mall we just heard about. It was vast, to say the least. It was so fun to just have a day of relaxation, and daydream about changes and updates to the homestead. It is nice to have a friend to do that with!

Things taken home: Microscope, red plaid Thermos, and turquoise serving dish.  As I look through the pics, I totally should have brought the plant stand home, oh well. Favorite part was seeing how the different vendors arranged their booths. A hobby I would love to have the time and money to do, but I am grateful for today.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Took my first solitary walk to our local park ever today. I am a little lonely with the kids at school all day, but it was good to get moving again. The dry pond was a huge surprise as we stayed either at the pool or indoors much of the summer. I spent all afternoon thinking things would be better if it would just rain. I wrestled with it, with this idea of not being able to control things. I realized that my life is going through a change of season too, and that the best I can do is go with it. Accept things and lay low and take walks and clear my head. One week into my new normal I am realizing that in so many ways I'm still trying to mother toddlers, at least in my own mind. When they come roaring home of an afternoon, I am surprised that these tallish, loud, somewhat smelly boys are putting away their backpacks, getting their reading done, and making a snack for themselves. Big snacks too. The changes that happened so gradually over the summer are now stark. Time moving at warp speed. As for me, I've no shortage of things to keep me busy. A dozen household projects I've been meaning to do, the daily round of home and garden, friends I have time to see, the gym, and I signed up to be a den leader with cubscouts. It will be a good year, but the most important task I have at hand is to better understand this new iteration of family life.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Not much this weekend

It was Literally the only weekend with no family plans. A kid went to a birthday party, and both hung out at a friends house. We ate well, and we got an impromptu invite to sit around a fire and have libations. We caught up on episodes of "Once Upon a Time." Monday came too soon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

No really, if you need help just ask...

This is a personal post, but I will not say the names of the people involved or how they are associated with me.  This is a family's drama, playing out uncomfortably close to home.  Basically a father, who who has done an admirable job of providing for his son over the years, finds himself homeless, staying with friends, and without a job.  Rather than turn the kid over to his mother and step dad, he thinks that moving to another state to get a "fresh start" will be beneficial for the kid, even going so far as to enroll the kid in a new school without mother's written permission.  Father has a host of legal troubles including but not limited to a suspended drivers license. Mother and step dad are both employed and own a home. The kid has numerous relatives for extended support. And the kid has social issues which make it difficult to make new friends and adjust to new things.

My question: why on earth does father continue to view himself as an island, pitted against the rest of the world?  When so many people are there, willing to lend a hand.  No one in this situation has any desire to cut father out of the kid's life.

As of this writing the kid has yet to start his first day of school.

My heart is breaking.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thrifted Thursday

Hurray for kids in school! Met up with my friend Erin for coffe, then a trip to a couple of new shops in Hilliard: The Not Just Shabby Shop and the Sweet Salvage Shoppe. Found a ton of things I loved, but only came home with a few. After leaving, I hit the thrift on my way home. It was fun to just spend a leisurely morning, and now I'm excited to redo the downstairs office!
Oh, and the sewing machine did not come home with me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1st Day of School and a New Pet?

It's the first day of school, and the boys attracted the attention of a stray cat.
Now it thinks it lives here. This is not good news. I'm very allergic.
The boys were almost late because they were laughing wildly about the cat.
At least I got them off to school.  Happy Day! (but the cat is still here.)

Monday, August 20, 2012

I was reluctant to post this: weight loss stuff

This would be a sweet maternity photo of myself.

Except that I'm not pregnant.

I'm actually carrying about 30 ponds of extra weight, almost exclusively in my belly. I'm currently down 8 pounds this month using Weight Watchers online. Not shilling for WW, but for me it is working great. It is the first time in my life that I feel in charge of my eating. 

I guess the point of the picture and the post is that in my daily life some well meaning people will tell me "you look great! You don't need a diet!" Im just trying to keep motivated---I had a mom and grandma who both carried the belly fat, both heart patients, both type 2 diabetics, and neither lived to see their 60s. I may "look great" but I dont always feel great. I want to be able to do all the things I want to do. I also am tired of complacency. I'm tired of holding on to the belief that I can't really reach my goal. Yes I'd like to get my weight to my healthy BMI. I think I can do it if I get out of my own way.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


We finally had a quiet weekend. It only took our youngest getting the flu to achieve that. We read books and cooked food at home. I finally visited the new local butcher and was not disappointed; Ken grilled us a porterhouse that was just about the best slab of meat I've ever had. Ever. Zack had his post season baseball picnic, and the coach gave each boy batting cage tokens, baseball cards, and a personalized award. Nathans fever finally broke, and we ventured out to a favorite Cuban place for supper, after getting everyone haircuts. We are now ready for school. Well, I am.

Linking with Amanda

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Good intentions

This was the stack of books I intended to read to the boys this summer. Somehow it all got away from us and we didn't read any of them. We've started Mrs. Frisby and might actually finish it by next week. Just another example of how life is changing around here---the boys would rather be playing ball or exploring outside than crafting and reading inside, and that is good too. I think it's time for me to ease up a bit and help them grow and explore their own interests.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


This one was all about the scouts.
We camped.
We hiked.
We learned from older scouts how to start a fire without matches.
We made s'mores.
We turn our heads up to catch the Perseids striping the sky.
The boys played endless games of kickball while the parents caught their breath.
I even managed a few pages of the book I'm reading.
As usual I was first up, enjoying the cooler air and a quiet sunrise.
I heard sounds of the great horned owl just before dawn, followed soon by the crow of a rooster in the distance.
We took a little time to sightsee before home, showers, and a late lunch out-fish and chips in honor of the Olympics.
We all sprawled exhausted on the couch when we got home.
Fantastic way to close summer vacation.

Linking with Amanda

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A day at the museum

A fun day with their Oma and me...