I had trouble falling asleep last night. I had a super busy day yesterday. First of all, it was my birthday. I received many nice surprises. My husband ordered me a beautiful cake. I took it to dinner with my girlfriends and we shared it. The restaurant we tried for the first time surprised me with a free steak dinner. The waitress treated me to a glass of wine.
I was anxious to get to bed but my brain wouldn’t shut down. I thought that reading my book would put me to sleep but I was in a part that was intense and that added to my brain whirling.
I just finished reading 600 hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster . I was afraid that the book would be more of a documentary about someone with Asperger’s syndrome but it wasn’t that at all. The book was a fun and eventful page turner. I downloaded the sequel, Edward Adrift. Edward is a real person with a life that many of us experience. His condition makes him deal with things in ways that I take for granted. He has learned, with years of therapy, how to calm himself down and focus on situations that used to send him into a rage or misguided and frightening anguish. It is a fascinating and endearing story of friendship. I will be sad when it ends.
I have to prepare for a workman’s comp insurance audit. Ugh. The auditor will be here in a few hours. I guess I better get going! Have a great day, everyone.
I love to have a simple holiday. By simple, I mean that it doesn’t take much to celebrate and enjoy the day. My hubby and I don’t buy each other cards but we do like to go out to dinner and celebrate our love for each other.
My birthday is on the 15th and I plan to keep it a secret. This getting old stuff is not fun. I used to laugh about the “old people” who talked about their aches and pains. Well, I am there! My friends and I talk about the latest remedy for our aches and pains and what Medicare is going to be like. I guess it is just a way of life. We get old and talk about what goes on in our lives.
I am trying out a technique on the long arm. I am using two layers of batting to try to achieve a distinct pattern on a quilt. I like it so far. I’ll show pictures when I get a little farther along.
I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like we were just planting a garden and now it is time to bake Christmas cookies.
I have been working so much on the mystery quilt that I have let many of my housecleaning and laundry chores get backed up. I think I have my Christmas shopping finished except to order a cool jimi hendrix shirt I just discovered that one of my nephews would really like to have for his special gift. I love it when the kids let you know what they really want. It makes opening gifts so much more fun!
I need to start wrapping gifts so that I know if I need to buy paper and bows. I think I have enough but would hate to run short. Both the kids will be home this year so I need to get organized and not be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. Do any of you do that? I am such a procrastinator.
We finally found a health insurance provider. What an ordeal! We have had to change providers every year for the past 4 years. It is such a pain getting medications all set up. Thankfully, we can stay with our same doctor.
I am off to bed now so I can get started with cleaning in the morning. Nite.
I feel like I have been in stand still mode. Do you ever feel like you have so many things to get done that you don’t know where to start, so you don’t start?
I think it is because the lady who cleans for me every other week has decided to not clean for many of her people. She has two new grandbabies and they need her. I totally understand but I have only spot cleaned my house for 30 years. I don’t even know where to start cleaning so that I get done in one day. So, I look around every day and see something that needs cleaned. I might clean it and I might not. Nevertheless, I never feel like this house is clean. But, so what? What difference does it make? I have to learn to let it go. There are more important things in this world.
Important like, the presidential election. I cannot believe the choices we are left with. Either way, it will be interesting. I will be so glad when it is over and I quit hearing all the political ads. I don’t remember hearing people attack each other like they did this go around. They should all be ashamed. What an example they set for our young people.
We have been blessed with a beautiful fall. The leaves in Indiana are at their peak of color. So awesome. We are going to pull the begonias before they get mushy with the first frost. Hubby has been mowing the leaves into mulch. Why didn’t we take care of the leaves this way before? I guess we kept the kids busy with rakes. The mulching makes a lot of dust in my window sills. I’m not looking!
We spent last weekend with Max, our grandson. He is walking all over the place and asserting his own opinion. He is going to be a force to reckon with when he turns two. With his strong willed parents guiding him, it should be interesting. We will be spending a whole week with Max so our daughter in-law’s mom can take a break. Our daughter will be with us for reinforcement! It is going to be fun.
After having the kids and our grandson here for a visit and then having our daughter come home to run a few 5k races, it is time to get back to normal. That means pulling neglected weeds and mowing grass.
My petunias have gone to pot. I will never buy that kind of plant again. I see beautiful pots of petunias but they must be a different variety. Mine are long and stringy. The other type stay uniform in size and look full and beautiful. At least my impatiens, geraniums and begonias look healthy. I had a snapdragon come back from last year and is a beautiful red color. I thought snapdragons were an annual.
Our daughter is enjoying her new job. Here is a picture of the ladder she used to upgrade the store’s Warehouse Lighting. Glad she isn’t afraid of heights like her Dad!
She accompanied her cousins, the store owners, to a car show this weekend. That is the type of event I was looking forward to for her to share and take part. She will be in her element for sure!
Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m headed out to push the mower.
I had good intentions on being prepared for the Bubble Run my daughter and I are participating in on Saturday. I was doing well, running every day, until it rained. Then it got hot. Then I was lazy. I hope I don’t embarrass myself!
My dog has decided he is afraid of storms. He is stuck to me like glue because it is thundering and raining. Poor little guy. Guess I won’t be able to do laundry today. I have to cuddle my sweet Brody. (Things sound a bit different from when I was ready to kill him for running off the other day! LOL).
Here is Brody riding on the back of my husband’s bike.
I had a nice day but it was full! It started out with a four mile walk. I hadn’t intended to walk that far but I had never walked that end of the trail and wanted to check it out. I saw three deer, a bunny and a squirrel. I also saw many birds. It was a beautiful morning.
Hubby, daughter and I picked up the grandmas and went to a restaurant in Wabash. Twenty is furnished in a retro theme with high quality fixtures. Even the bathrooms are exceptionally nice, with copper fixtures. We were served scrumptious food and brought our desserts home. I will have to eat my carrot cake later.
I worked a little on my Civil War Love Letters quilt but it was tedious so I stopped before I threw my back into conniptions. I was in agony all day Friday and I don’t want to chance that again.
There didn’t seem to be too much on tv last night so I checked Facebook and went to bed to read my new book. I’m reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. It is good, so far. I couldn’t keep my eyes open though so off to la la land it was for me.
I feel like a weakling while writing this post. My daughter and I just worked out and I am sweating and shaking. I guess that means I did something. I believe it means I can have fresh strawberries and ice cream for dessert later!
I made cube steak, potatoes and carrots in the crock-pot this morning and I was hungry all day just from smelling the aroma.
I finished quilting a t-shirt quilt and am now working on a small wall hanging. I’m doing some intricate quilting on the wall hanging so it will take a while to finish. I enjoy that type of quilting. It is relaxing as long as my thread tension stays steady and my thread doesn’t break.
We watched the country music awards last night. Most of the songs weren’t very country, in my opinion. I did enjoy seeing the pretty dresses many of the stars wore. I couldn’t stay up to watch the end.
Everywhere, in the US, the weather is nuts. We have had so much rain here in Indiana that the corn fields are looking like lakes. This is the reservoir near us.
This is what it usually looks like. See the high water marking on the bridge?
This is what it looks like now.
There is so much debris in the water that it is not safe to go boating even if the boat ramps were not covered with water. No one can camp or picnic this year. Pretty sad.