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Oh hum

I can think of many things to do, I just don’t want to. One of those days. I have the Hallmark channel on and chilling in the chair.

Hubby didn’t get to come home thanks to truckers having to use the new electronic logs. He ran out of hours and you can’t fudge those. Sucks. My opinion, as long as they get their eight hours asleep each night they should be able to work the rest. Trucking is not a five day work week with set hours. Some of their time is stuck in traffic, loading, etc. Government doesn’t take that into account. So this will probably mean less time home and less money as well. Government doesn’t always know best.

I believe in safety but one must see the whole picture. My rant for the day. Missing my hubby.

My dryer keeps telling me it’s done. I think I will sit here and think about that. 😂

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Step Step Step

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I realized my phone app had step challenges, like duh. I am so observant at times. LOL

I began doing them in November. As you can see, I didn’t get quite halfway. I didn’t even get a star! Boo hoo. A few steps were lost due to not charging my watch or grabbing the phone when I didn’t have my watch on, but that was only a few steps. And I rather enjoy sitting on my butt. 🙂

I need to change how I do stuff.

  • More get up and move breaks (my cave is in the basement, water on main floor)
  • Perhaps read while walking on the treadmill
  • Could always clean more (who couldn’t)
  • Go window shopping (that could be dangerous on the pocketbook)
  • Walk down to the mailbox (end of the street, cluster mailboxes)
  • I have 3 flights of stairs I COULD walk up and down

I will have to get creative! 🙂

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Happy to say in December, I did go over halfway!

I didn’t make it because I had my grandson here so I had to play with him on the floor! LOL Good excuse huh? 🙂  By the next time I see him, he may be walking, then I will have steps galore! 🙂

Look, I did get one star bonus for achieving the steps in a certain amount of time. Yay me!

So far this month, I am doing great! I am going for all the steps! I have achieved a star, missed the second one by only a few steps. 🙂

I definitely feel better and the challenge gets me up and moving more so that is great!

Do you use a step watch or app or both? 🙂

I am amazed how many steps the top people get. Crazy but a good crazy! Goals are good to keep one motivated! Stay tuned!

 

 

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Decisions Decisions

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I have decided to give up my novel. It isn’t coming together like I would like it to. It is neatly packed away in the file cabinet. Perhaps, ten years down the road. Or maybe it will remain for my eyes only. I don’t have my heart into it anymore. It may be the story isn’t working. Who knows.

I will continue my blog. I love writing random stuff whether anyone reads it or not. 🙂 I have a few that do read it and that is awesome to me. 🙂 I will continue with some poems. I have developed adding poems to my kids photos. I have enjoyed that. I will hang some on the walls and others will go into albums.

Of course, I will post some of the art stuff I like to do. 🙂

I am not going anywhere, just changing direction. 🙂

Don’t go anywhere! 🙂

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Friendship

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This is such a vast topic.

I am a totally different friend now than when I was growing up.

Growing up, I wanted to be around my friends as much as possible. I was bummed when I had to stay home from some party because I would miss out on something.

I look back and think why? I actually missed out on some great quality time with my family instead.

I didn’t get to go out all the time. There were rules. But I did tend to make my time out count. We won’t go into that. LOL.

I admit I was messed up in the head and wasn’t always the greatest friend to others. Various teenage reasons for that. I do regret that a lot. I think if I could redo my teenage years, I would. I would make better decisions for sure. I can say, I have some wild memories that was a heck of a lot of fun.

Now, for the future me. I am so opposite now. I could careless about going out with a friend. Not that I don’t like them or want to spend time with them, I just don’t want to. No reasons really. Well, maybe a few but the biggest is, I just don’t want the drama that could come with it. Perhaps, when the last child is graduated I will change my mind and want a close friend again. I don’t know.

I am pretty content with my kids and hubby being the big part of my life.

Though, I would like one to talk to when something is bothering me. I think.

See, I can’t even decide if I want to interact with humans, other than my immediate family. LOL

I guess that is what an introvert is, huh? 🙂

I confuse myself let alone if I had a close friend. LOL

I talk to my old friends, sometimes, and once in a great while we get together but nothing weekly, monthly or even yearly. Oops.

Has social media ruined it for me? Has a smart phone ruined it for me?

Or perhaps, I was meant to be this way but fate changed that path when I was younger. I think about fate a lot. I believe fate plays a tremendous role in how our lives go. It is all about the right choices that fate throws at you. If those choices turn bad, will we learn from them? Some have taken me a time or two to learn.  Just like when I ignore that dang gut feeling.

Always go with your gut. I must keep telling myself that. 🙂

I must say I did choose hanging with friends way more before smart phones and social media came along.

The amazing thing is, I’m not unhappy. Go figure.

I do find myself when interacting with another human other than my hubby and kids, I don’t know what to talk about.

I am tongue-tied. So not me.

I have lost the ability to communicate. But give me an emoji or GIF and I will communicate all day long to you! LOL

 

 

 

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Traffic Whoas

My doodling of what happened today after dropping the middle son off at school.

I couldn’t believe this person did this in front of a semi. People don’t use common sense when driving. Luckily it worked out ok but what if that semi wasn’t paying attention. I know to give a car’s length away from a semi because they may have to stop fast. This was a short span of road to be speeding up to get around the semi. Originally the car was behind me. It is a school zone too. Wish a cop would have been around. I did see up the road the car hit two red lights. Karma. So all that speeding didn’t really help.

I wonder if the semi driver was peeing his pants. Lol. I held my breath when I saw it happen. I was shocked.

My vent for the day.

Have a good one. 😊

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December Is Flying By

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I do believe December is flying by way too fast! Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We did! All four kids plus the two older ones brought their loves to spend Christmas Day with us. 🙂

Our family is growing! For me that was the best gift, because I know sometimes we won’t all be able to. Life gets busy and people scatter.

I received some great gifts. I love all gifts, from a thought to an expensive one. I do believe the thought ones stay with you way more than an expensive one. 🙂 Though hubby did surprise me with an expensive one this year, a new fridge. The other one was leaking, ruining our floor. It is now in the garage for drinks and extra food. It came in handy for the holiday. 🙂 So far, that fridge is not leaking out there. Go figure! LOL

Now, that brings us to the next holiday, New Years!

I was spending time online looking at one of my favorite music stores, Guitar Center, and came across the blue woodpecker. The name caught my eye. I even chuckled a bit.  What a gorgeous microphone!

Picture came to my mind of singing on New Years with that microphone. Do you ever daydream? I have some doozies. If I was having a party, been awhile, this microphone would be fabulous for karaoke. Do you like to karaoke? I usually have to have a few beers in me before getting in front of a crowd. I do have a couple of kids that love to sing. They would love this.

Whatever your plans are for the New Years, stay safe, have fun, and best wishes for you in 2017! 🙂

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Pondering Thoughts

I’m sitting at the library parking lot waiting on middle son from school. Clouds are looking rather like winter. Not sure I’m ready for that.

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I like winter but not the road mess and bitter temps. A nice snowfall is pretty. Just hate the messy streets. I’m hoping hubby can make it through the mountains safely, truck driver. Sounds like they will be wintery. Still shaking my head for him wanting to truck drive after military retirement. 🙂

Earlier in the day I began editing my book. I went to print after I was done and looks like the printer has decided to die a slow broken ink death. I’m going to try one more cleaning and maybe order a cheap black ink before I let it go. I can’t complain it has lasted us about twelve years and was about hundred dollars. I sure will miss it. Of course, I don’t want to have to get use to a new one. Sigh.

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I got home and did the cleaning on the printer and it worked. I hope to baby it along until after Christmas. Small budget so got to do what I got to do. 🙂

I posted another chapter that I edited. Sorry for the wait. Last week was more about getting ready for the youngest son’s sleepover birthday celebration. One would think at his age he would be done with that. lol It went rather well. Good kids. They had fun. They even went outside and played hide in the dark tag. LOL. Glad kids will still play those fun games. I recall dark time was the fun time to do them. 🙂

Later that evening I took them to the movie Hacksaw Ridge. Hubby was too tired so he stayed home. I think he didn’t want to put up with five teenagers. lol. Anyway, the movie was really good. A few laughs and definitely sad moments. One I will watch again, but wait until video.

It is expensive to go to the movies.

We might average one a month if we are lucky. We rent mostly. Of course, the boys picked the very front row! Well, it wasn’t too bad because the theatre is small and it has the rounded screen, so it seemed almost like you were right there. I guess we were right there. LOL Good times.

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Have a great evening! Stay warm or stay cool, whichever. We are currently in between. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Time Goes Fast

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Loved this book. Lots of interesting characters that are fun and real. Friendships, little romance, and several murders mixed with time travel and a treasure hunt. Love the setting in Prague and the castles. The villain is an intriguing character with a KGB past. Lots of fun reading. Terrifically wrote! Recommend!

I had checked this out at the library and almost didn’t because it was such a long book. I actually read most of it yesterday. 🙂 Now, I want to read the next one.

So far my Goodreads reading challenge is at halfway. Better than last year, so that is ok. I probably could read the other half of the books but we are coming up on a busy time of year. I won’t hold myself to it. I should have read more earlier in the year.

Ooops. Goal for next year.

I am glad that I am reading regularly again. For the better part of twenty years I didn’t read much other than textbooks and kids books. I guess that counts.  🙂

Personal accomplishments since last blog:

  1. Normal day-to-day house and kids’ taxi service. When will the taxi service stop? lol
  2. Garage reorganized, again. Oldest daughter has her stuff in there now so it needed better placement. Now there is room for working on some furniture refinishing projects. And all the bugs are swept out for the Fall. It was bugging me seeing all of them. 🙂
  3. Kids are doing good. Good grades. Youngest had broken his school tablet but since it was an accident at school and his first warning we didn’t have to pay for it. Thank goodness. That would have been tough. Still not a fan of having school laptops. I believe in paper and pen.
  4. I still haven’t finished my Halloween decorating. Working on one wood project that will have Halloween on one side and Fall on the other. Will post when I complete this week. I’m not sure I will hand out candy this year. Our street gets really busy and one might as well sit outside and hand it out as many times as the doorbell rings. We have a doorbell camera and after a while last year it started going off on its own. Ghost? Maybe. lol

It’s been a bit productive. Time just flies so fast these days. I need more hours in the day to accomplish all that I want. I have stopped watching as much evening TV shows. I now catch up later with OnDemand. Lots of new shows. I really like Bull, Lethal Weapon, and Secrets and Lies to name a few.

I hope everyone has a lovely day and read something good! 🙂

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A Chill Is In The Air

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I had a few frosty things on my car windshield today. I don’t think I am ready for that. Fall yes but not getting downright cold. I had to turn my heater on last night for the first time. Ugh.

I do love this time of year because of all the decorating. I have started. I don’t know why I have not put it all out at once. A bit here and there. I am painting a few wood projects for Fall decorating. So much fun.

I have tormented the cats with hanging insects on yarn hanging from the doorways. They are loving it. Good fun and exercise.

Have been keeping busy with every other household chore there is to do and taxing kids everywhere.

I have not jumped into writing much other than for some writing assignments. More like advertising to me. I enjoy it. Pays a little.

I think about things to write on a daily basis just haven’t put to paper. I thought putting it on my to do list would help but nope. I am not sure yet if I will try the NaNoWriMo next month.

Pondering.

Procrastinating.

I have been reading. The book I just finished last night is really good!

The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

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I won’t tell the story because I want you to read it. I hate reading the whole plot of a story. I still read the book but sucks to know what will happen.

It is about a young 7-year-old boy who encounters magical people.

Loved the story!

Well written.

Kept me turning the page.

Author has a terrific fun, loving imagination. Definitely a must read if you like magical stuff, even if you don’t. 🙂 I think magical people watching out for you would be awesome!

I checked this one out at the library. Go me. I went to the library. 🙂

 

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Never Ending Learning

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I have begun another online learning class. It is through Edx.org. The class is A Global History of Architecture.

Now, why would I take that?

Since grade school when my art teacher had us draw a house I became fascinated with houses. I knew I wanted to be an architect. Like any other kid I also wanted to be a writer, artist, and archeologist. LOL  🙂

But my main passion has always been houses.

In High School, I took drafting and enjoyed it a lot. I designed a mansion with a hot tub that had a waterfall to it which recycled the water. A sink in every bedroom and more windows than a skyscraper! I won a blue ribbon at the Industrial Arts Fair! 🙂

Then college happened.

I did not get to go where I wanted to go because my family didn’t like it. Too far, too expensive, etc. etc.

I still believe it would have been the better route.

But, hey, what does a teenager know?

My first choice was the Art Institute in Denver. We visited it and I loved it. My thought was to do the degree in art, find a job where an Architect program was and work my way through school. I’d be doing something I enjoy while achieving my dream. But, no, family vetoed it.

Instead they convinced me to go somewhere a current family member was going. There was a pre-architect program plus interior design degree. I was ok with it but there was a bit of me that was sad. It wasn’t my choice.

Many times I did try to change schools but obstacles got in the way. I did about three years but not always good grades. I did meet lots of great friends and had fun, so not all was lost.

Sometimes the mind wonders if the effects of the choice of school didn’t create my lack of finishing certain things. I wonder.

Life directed me back to my hometown. No college there, too small, but there were outreach classes and a two-year college was 40 miles away.

I went back to getting that art degree in Graphic Design plus business classes. I took my time. Good grades were the result.  I finished the degree after meeting my soul mate. He was a big supporter and that’s what I needed. He has always encouraged me. I got my Associates Degree of Art in 2004. All four of our kids plus my grandma got to be at the graduation. 🙂

Then I got the bright idea to apply to the Art Institute online program. I did good but I felt my art was not up to par. Most in the class were already people in the field and their art was superb! Got me down. I dropped out, plus it was expensive.

Now, that I have debt in student loans, I have learned to take the “free courses”. 🙂 Don’t earn a degree but it makes me happy learning. 🙂

This Edx.org class is free but you can earn a certificate which is 49.00. Pondering that one.

I may be one of those 80 yr olds who appear in the news for completing her degree but yet too old to be hired. LOL

Meanwhile, I will enjoy the learning and keep my brain active. My grandma had dementia. I really don’t want it. Miss her.

Who knows, may pick up some research for a new book or story!

Cheers to learning! Never to young or old! 🙂