Morning Sunshine

17904266_10154373872287483_2964761958218887982_nΒ (My breakfast this morning)

I was in the mood for eggs this morning. πŸ™‚ I’m usually terrible with fried eggs but this time I did not break the yoke. I wasn’t impatient for once. πŸ™‚

Breakfast reminds me of growing up living with my grandparents. Grandma always had breakfast for grandpa and I every morning. Sometimes cereal, eggs, pancakes (Sundays) etc. The point was we didn’t leave the house without eating and it was all three of us together. I always had orange juice and a vitamin with my breakfast. I rarely got sick. Maybe a cold once a year but a mild one. Grandma was organized and in charge.

I did not learn thatΒ lesson from her. My youngest son does eat cereal in the morning, most of the time. The middle son grabs a quick bite usually. Today I made him frozen waffles with peanut butter on it and a vitamin.Β  πŸ™‚

When the other two kids were growing up, breakfast stuff was available and sometimes they ate it on their own. Other times they would eat at school. Me, I was terrible when I was working, never gave myself enough time to grab something, so it was stuff at work. It usually was something not so healthy. Now, that I am at home, I eat way better.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning is something I wish I had done better for all four kids and hubby. We still are fairly healthy, good genes, I guess. πŸ™‚Β  It might not be all my fault, society as a whole is in such a hurry in the mornings that I think a lot of people grab quick stuff. It is the thing to do.

We do eat supper together and even when I worked. Sometimes it was late at night when everyone was home but we made a point majority of the time to eat together. Now and then one or more would be gone for something but I think we did pretty good.

We eat together at night now. The adult daughter living with us, most of the time eats with us, so that makes me happy. We don’t allow cellphones at the table either. πŸ™‚ Probably once a week is make your own meal and that isΒ at different times. I like a break from cooking plus it helps them to learn how to figure out a meal for themselves. Sometimes leftovers and other times quick meals.

One thing that is the same, there is a TV in view from the table, even growing up. It has not hampered any conversations believe it or not. We tend have some interesting ones while eating. Kids are rather comical. Good family time. πŸ™‚

Do you eat together? How many meals?

—- growing up,

  • breakfast together
  • lunch when school was out
  • supper when grandma wasn’t working otherwise it was grandpa and I.

—- now,

  • breakfast on weekends half the time
  • lunch is on our own unless I switch the day’s meal to then and not supper
  • supper almost always.

Times change and not always for the better.

Journal Time…Sept 20-26

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Sept. 20th

Question? What’s your favorite television show?

2012

I have so many! NCIS is at the top!

2013

I do have a long list but it is still NCIS by far. I love the characters. They are fun. I will miss Ziva when she leaves the show soon.

2014

I bet it was till NCIS. LOL

2015

Love Blacklist! New top favorite! But I still love all the NCIS and CSI shows.Β  I should have went to school to be a CSI! πŸ™‚

Sept. 21st

Question? Where do you think your road is going?

2012

In a good way. Going to succeed.

2013

It’s going slowly but that’s ok. I’m not rushing and messing it up. I believe it is good.

2014

none

2015

A much better direction than about five years ago. I’m happy just getting a little bored at home. I think I need a part time outside job to mingle with people. πŸ™‚

Sept. 22nd

Question? What shocking news have you recently learned?

2012

None.

2013

I do not have any shocking news. I believe that is good though.

2014

none

2015

None. Nothing shocks me anymore. It’s a crazy world anymore.

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Sept. 23rd

Question? Write down a quote for today.

2012

Be True To Yourself.

2013

Reach For The Stars.

2014

none

2015

Anything Is Possible.

Sept. 24th

Question? When was the last time you went dancing?

2012

Way too long ago. Forget when it was.

2013

I do not know. I use to dance a lot. I do miss it. I was on my high school dance team. Always made me happy dancing.

2014

none

2015

In my mind, today. πŸ™‚ LOL I miss dancing. Hubby and I use to in the beginning ofΒ  our marriage. Hope to start again someday soon. πŸ™‚

Sept. 25th

Question? Do you plan, or are you flying by the seat of your pants?

2012

Half plan, half fly! πŸ™‚

2013

There are certain things I plan and other things I do not. I don’t like to plan everything cause things happen and I don’t want to be disappointed.

2014

none

2015

A little of both. Plan the bigger things as much as possible. Day to day can be flying by the seat of my pants. πŸ™‚

All 4 Kids FallΒ My kids when they were younger. πŸ™‚

Sept. 26th

Question? Today was amusing because _______

2012

Kids are funny.

2013

The cats were being goofy. They were chasing each other and running into things. Lazy was pushing things off the end table. πŸ™‚

2014

none

2015

Hubby was home, enough said. πŸ™‚ He makes me smile and laugh. The boys enjoy him picking on them and that’s fun to watch.

That Journal Thing, Week Aug. 9-15th

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August 9th

Question: Write down your last sent text message.

Year 2012: nothing.

Year 2013: I deleted it. Usually don’t text much. No one texts me much either. πŸ™‚

Year 2014: nothing.

Year 2015: It was a smiley face to hubby. We do that a lot. πŸ™‚ Only texts I do is hubby and kids. Once in awhile a friend. Call me unsociable on the phone. πŸ™‚

August 10th

Question: What are you running from at this moment?

Year 2012: Oberlin. Small town life. Want a change for a while. New opportunities. Still like the small town just want something different for awhile. Running from a broken house there. Will be nice not living in it while fixing it. πŸ™‚

Year 2013: How much weight I have gained since high school. I guess running from mirrors. πŸ™‚

Year 2014: nothing.

Year 2015: My bathrooms! LOL…they need cleaned bad! Well, they are not gross. I just find other things to do. LOL

August 11th

Question: How many stamps are in your passport?

Year 2012: Do not have one. 😦

Year 2013: None

Year 2014: None

Year 2015: None still. Probably never will have one. Bummer. I would love to travel, but time and money blocks that!

August 12th

Question: What is your resolution for tomorrow?

Year 2012: Get organized! Pack!

Year 2013: Edit my novel. Step it up and get busy! πŸ™‚

Year 2014: Nothing.

Year 2015: Clean those bathrooms. LOL I have three of them. Yep still putting it off. πŸ™‚ Of course write. Always write.

August 13th

Question: What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning?

Year 2012: Sleep in a little. Family time. Chill. Relax. πŸ™‚

Year 2013: Chill out. Big breakfast. Watch TV with the hubby. Watch son bowl during season. Other son play football.

Year 2014: blank.

Year 2015: Chill with the hubby and kids. During school year the son and I go to bowling. He bowls on a city league that earns scholarship money. πŸ˜‰ And this year the youngest son will be playing tackle football for the school.

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August 14th

Question: Did you complete your to-do list for the day?

Year 2012: Nope. Rarely do.

Year 2013: Nope. Some done. My lists are usually LONG. I got emails read, laundry for boys done, YMCA, read blogs, and wrote a blog. πŸ˜‰

Year 2014: blank.

Year 2015: No. A little bit done.

August 15th

Question: What do you like best about your body today?

Year 2012: My hair. I recently got a hair cut.

Year 2013: Well…that’s a bad question! LOL I suppose my legs. Only a few old lady markings but in good shape. Exercising again. Soon look even better everywhere. πŸ™‚

Year 2014: blank

Year 2015: I’ve lost about 20 lbs on my own and have kept it off for over a year. Now to lose 20 more. πŸ™‚

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Laundry…Bottomless Basket.

Laundry is never-ending it seems like. I do a little bit each day instead of all at once. It’s never the same day mostly because I tend to forget to do it. Ok, I stare at it and talk myself out of doing the laundry that day. So a schedule does not work for me.

We do have our middle school boys do their own so they will be prepared for move out day!Β  πŸ™‚ They do good other than the hang up part. The clothes tend to end up on the floor of their closet. Maybe because they know mom will eventually hang them up for them.Β  πŸ™‚

It drives me nuts to see clothes not hung up.

A little trivia:

  • 21% of indoor water usage is from laundry. (http://laundry.about.com)Β  Maybe that is why I pile the laundry inΒ the least number ofΒ loadsΒ possible. πŸ™‚
  • The average American family does 8-10 loads every week. (http://laundry.about.com) I can believe that one.

When we looked at our current home we loved the fact the laundry room was a separate room and that it was on the main level. Once we moved in hubby discovered the space was a tad bit small for our laundry set. He had to remove the trim to make them fit. It’s snug. πŸ™‚

Further discoverΒ our dryer is on the left. Now, I may be wrong but isn’t the dryer always on the right? Strange and it has been fun adapting to. My routine of throwing the clothes from the washer to the dryer was out of sync for a while.Β  πŸ™‚

Laundry BlogΒ (Our current set up. Hubby complains about the side shelves, he hits his head. I like them because I can hang the clothes on them to put away. )

I would say the construction builders goofed when building the house and didn’t want to correct it. I guess we will be unique. Β πŸ™‚

What’s up with cats loving to crawl behind the machines? They are always knocking the dryer vent off.

I foresee a future project for hubby blocking their access with shelves. πŸ™‚

Laundry-Room-Makeover-CamerasandchaosΒ Possible ideas: I love this color!

If you look at the shelves that is something we will need to do to block access for the cats. Might have to make it where they can easily come apart for cleaning back behind, etc.Β 

I don’t get the fancy light, too fancy for a laundry room. Β πŸ™‚

Organized-Laundry-Room-GE-Adora-Β This would be my dream room but we don’t have the space for it here. But we do at our Puzzle House! So just maybe at that house. Β πŸ™‚

Simple-small-laundry-room-with-Shelving-ideas-915x1372Β Here is another shelf idea but would have to lower it and make it the width of the space from the wall to the machines. There is a good gap so the shelf would be plenty wide. Hubby didn’t push the machines clear back because it wasΒ very tight getting them in there. A shelfΒ should work.

Oh, honey….I have a to do thing for you! Β πŸ™‚

Journal June 22-28th

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June 22

Question? What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?

2012

None.

2013

Dang, I must have been really boycotting the theater, none again.

2014

Yay, a movie! Just last night hubby and I went to see A Million Ways to Die in the West. Funny but very adult humor. Good date with the hubby.

June 23

Question? When was the last time you cried?

2012

This week, my dad died from cancer. I had not seen him since 2009. My hubby and daughter are deployed so I am really alone for a shoulder to cry on. My younger boys are here but they didn’t really know him that well. He was a grandpa and dad that popped in usually around the holidays or when he needed a place to stay. I sure miss him though.

2013

I assume no crying! πŸ™‚

2014

Heck, I cry all the time. Dang hormones. My eyes even water when I laugh. πŸ™‚ Otherwise, nothing bad has happened in awhile. Thank goodness. πŸ™‚

 

June 24

Question? What’s your next social engagement?

2012

I have no social life.

2013

Still no social life. But that is ok. I have my kids and hubby.

2014

Does meeting with the realtor count as a social thing? LOL If so, that is next Tuesday. I am excited to look at houses. We need more space.

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June 25

Question? Who is your closest companion?

2012

The cats right now until the hubby is home from being deployed. LOL. Boys are usually hanging with their friends which is good. No close friend or family. I am a hermit so to speak. Just me and my books. πŸ™‚

2013

Maybe I was enjoying a companion and forgot to write. πŸ™‚

2014

I would say the cats. They are always wanting my attention. Hubby is on the road and not home much. Boys stay busy with friends and games.

June 26

Question? What’s your biggest indulgence?

2012

Pepsi everyday! I love books and computer stuff. I love art supplies. I’m a sucker for art supplies. πŸ™‚

2013

Must have been busy indulging. πŸ™‚

2014

Food! I love food! Eating out is our entertainment. Next would be books and art stuff. I am cutting back on Pepsi but do enjoy it. πŸ™‚

June 27

Question? When was the last time you ate pizza? What kind?

2012

Pizza Hut with the boys this month. Pepperoni is our favorite. πŸ™‚

2013

I was busy eating pizza. πŸ™‚

2014

Last Saturday night. It is usually a weekly thing. I eat hamburger so Jessup can have his favorite. The others eat pepperoni. πŸ™‚

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June 28

Question? If your mood were a weather forecast, you’d be _______.

2012

Gloomy with no chance of sunshine. Hubby and daughter deployed.

2013

I bet I was enjoying the weather. πŸ™‚

2014

Mostly sunny with a bit of clouds because hubby is on the road currently.

 

Game On, I accept your challenge!

I finally convinced hubby to play Words With Friends. He became frustrated with Candy Crush so was a bit hesitant to start another. πŸ™‚

It wasn’t long after he began Candy Crush that he was kicking my butt at it. After awhile he got to a level that he couldn’t get past and so uninstalled it.  Once in a blue moon I will try but still stuck on my level. Of course, a level way lower than him.

At least with Words it should be an even challenge. πŸ™‚ I may end up biting those words.

I’ve had fun playing these games on Facebook just because I can play with family and friends that live far away. My kids enjoy it. I know these are games that are less violent than their video consoles so they get a break from those. I don’t play as often anymore like I did in the beginning.

I was one of those Farmville freaks.

Go ahead and laugh. Now I’m sure my farm has disappeared as I haven’t logged in for over a year or more.

I do pay attention to not send game stuff to those who don’t want it. I usually hide everything so it doesn’t fill up the news feeds. I chuckle when someone puts a status of don’t send me game requests. There are many ways of ignoring requests without getting upset. I imagine it is because the notification goes to their phone and blows up their phone. I just turn those off.

My new addiction is words even though I disappeared from it over the holidays. Its a fun challenge that you can spend a minute on or a lot. It keeps your brain active. Who knows I might learn a new and exciting word for my novel.

Game on hubby! I accept the challenge. πŸ™‚

Journal Nov 21-27

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Nov 21

Question? What are your favorite shoes?

2012

Green tennis shoes. They are bright! πŸ™‚

2013

I love my tennis shoes. I have been wearing my “high” tops as we called them in school. I can slip them right on without tying them. A trick I learned from the kids. πŸ™‚

Nov 22

Question? What are you trying to do?

2012

Be nice to people. I am working on organizing every part of my daily life.

2013

I am trying to get up the ambition to really clean my place. It is picked up but needs a good scrubbing. So….I guess I’ll go read a book. πŸ™‚

Nov 23

Question? What is your favorite brunch food?

2012

A hamburger and fries. Love fast food even though it is bad for you. Moderation, right. πŸ™‚

2013

I eat hot dogs here and there. I like ketchup and cheese on mine. πŸ™‚ Sandwiches are good. A salad once in awhile. I like too many things to name just one. πŸ™‚

Nov 24

Question? Who have you recently deleted from your contacts/address book?

2012

I really try to not delete anyone. It is normally them deleting me.

2013

No one. I know others delete me and I don’t understand why. I’m harmless and a positive person. It is usually people I went to school with. I guess it is still a popularity contest or something. It is ok. I like me and that is what matters most. πŸ™‚

Nov 25

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Question? How much water did you drink today?

2012

One 16oz. bottle of water. I’m drinking more than I did a year ago. πŸ™‚

2013

I average 2-16oz bottles usually. I did drink my 2 today! πŸ™‚ Yay. I try to push more but doesn’t always happen. I’m gaining though!

Nov 26

Question? What three words describe your family?

2012

Loving, Fun, Happy

2013

Huggy, Happy, Warm

Nov 27

Question? Who inspires you?

2012

The hubby and kids. They believe in me and that helps a lot.

2013

Everyday happenings. I like the positive stories. It sparks the writing! πŸ™‚