Sunday, December 21, 2014

I guess like so many others, I seem to have abandoned this blog for Facebook. I think when blogging was at its most interesting, the majority of us used it to document our daily lives in small snippets of thought. Now we do that on Facebook.

I still go back and check some favorite blogs every now and then, but they don't hold my interest like they used to. I notice that some are waiting a little longer between posts, where at one time they might post a couple of times a day. I get that now.

My last post was over a year ago, and so much has happened since then. Both my mom and my sister have left us, less than two months apart. I cleaned out, sold, and then bought back my mom's house. Both my nieces had first babies.My nephew got his first real job and held it for almost a year now. It's definitely been... a year.

Right now it's the week of Christmas. No snow predicted (hopeful, but doubtful), but a chilly week ahead. Busy schedules, gifts to wrap, food to prepare.

I probably shouldn't say I'm back, but hopeful.

Friday, August 16, 2013

I can always tell when the days are taking slow, small baby steps away from the summer. Barely noticeable unless you are looking for it; the evenings are a bit cooler, the shadows are a bit longer, the middle of the day is almost unbearably hot but the early and late evening is a pleasant cool.

Teachers in my school district have returned to work, students start school on Monday. Teachers in other school districts have been back for a couple of weeks now, and kids went back last week. School supplies are abundant in the stores.

I miss the getting my classroom ready part of the school year. But that's about it!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sometimes it's just easier to be invisible.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How bad would it be to just wrap up cash for everyone in my family for Christmas? I am so not in the shopping mood, not even online shopping.

I remember many years ago it was great fun to head to the Westminster Mall, Lakeside Mall, or Villa Italia Mall to do Christmas shopping. I could find pretty much everything I needed at the mall. People weren't crabby, and things weren't expensive. Now all of those malls are completely gone. The buildings are long gone. Malls have been replaced by huge complexes of stores, they don't really interest me.

Fa la la la la.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

My nephew is beginning a new journey today. It will not be easy and I know there will be times he will want to give up, but I know he can do it. I can't wait to see him come out the other side with a new life.

I love you, Daniel.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

While I enjoy autumn, I do not enjoy the bare trees and the brown grass for months and months on end. I love the beginning moments of fall... the trees bursting with yellow and orange leaves, not yet ready to detach themselves and head for the ground.

It's easier to feel sad in the fall, I believe. And that's not something we need to be easier, believe me.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day to my daddy.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Even though I've been retired for four years now, my life still feels like it runs on a school schedule. Next week is the last week of school for my district, and I have to admit I feel an anticipation of the end of next week, and the start of summer "break" the week after. 

Things I miss about teaching
  • reading out loud
  • the first week of school, setting routines and introducing the kids to how we will run the classroom
  • the half hour before kids come in the door every day (quiet, peaceful)
  • hugs every day
  • getting notes from the kids here and there
  • writing on the chalkboard (I know, weird)
  • timed multiplication fact tests (again, I know, weird)
  • reading out loud
  • Book Fair
Things I don't miss about teaching
  • staff meetings
  • parents who take responsibility for their children's poor choices
  • district meetings
  • PTA meetings
  • making a lunch every day
  • Sunday evenings

Monday, February 13, 2012

At just what point does a person say "enough"?

And by the way, I love you, Starbucks. You make me happy most days.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011

A couple more wedding photos-- because I love them. Two months ago-- the time goes so fast!

So much of the time I feel like the days start and end one right after the other and I don't really know what I've done with my time. It's a good thing I'm not being held accountable for my time.

It feels like I am in a constant state of worry. Worry that this person won't be able to pull his life together and it will end up badly. Worry that a relationship needs to end but not knowing how to even start. Worry that my knees will never feel better and I will walk like this the rest of my life.

Worry, worry, worry.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Niece Katie's bridal shower was tonight. It was a mix of family, friends, and church folks. This photo is Katie (second from left) with three friends she's known since middle school, all in her bridal party. 

It's hard to keep friendships going, sometimes even after trying to tend to them over the years, relationships fall by the wayside. I think as we get older, we all just think people will be around if we need them, but this isn't always the case. I have good friends from high school that I used to consider close friends. Up until a few years ago I'd even still say that, but the sad reality is if I don't do the tending, there is no tending. And honestly, one-sided tending makes for weak relationships. 

At what point do you just let them go?