Spring Cleaning…

My husband has been on vacation for about a week. We spent a great deal of the time fishing and just being outdoors. Yesterday the weather was horrible so we decided to use the time indoors to clean our attic. Our attic tends to be the place where all things go to hibernate. It had accumulated everything under the sun. We parted with everything imaginable and our truck was filled to the brim with stuff to donate. I could have had a garage sale but wasn’t sure about whether people would stop to buy Battery Heads here and all sorts of electronic equipment. My gut told me it was just better to get the stuff out of the house and that donating it was the way to go. I am so happy with my clean attic and do not plan to fill it up anytime soon.

Spring Break

My children started spring break last Friday. I have been looking forward to this break for a long, long time. Sometimes it seemed like it would never get here. We have had a pretty productive break thus far. We went fishing 3 days in a row and even though we didn’t catch anything it was great time to be out together. We are still on break for another 6 days. Tomorrow I will be taking the kids to the Audubon to spend yet another day in the great outdoors. Hopefully the weather will be decent.

23 Years…

It occurred to me today that my twenty-third wedding anniversary is coming up in just a couple of months. I doesn’t seem possible that we have been married that long. I know many women plan what they want for an anniversary gift and drop hints about wanting a Tacori diamond semi mount. That is not my style. I have never in my life requested jewelry for a gift. I am a very practical person and would rather have something I can put to good use. My favorite anniversary gift was a top quality food dehydrator. I am at a loss this year for anything I could want or need. I am thankful to have so many happy years with my wonderful husband.

That sucked…

I usually run on the treadmill or walk on it six days a week. I got ready this morning to go for my run and decided to carry a load of laundry downstairs while on my way to the treadmill. In the process I tripped over my own feet and fell very hard on my left knee. I now have a bruise that is about 6 inches in diameter and a very swollen kneecap. So, my run for today was postponed. I iced my leg and decided to rest for a while. Later in the day I decided to walk very slowly on the treadmill for a 2.5 miles to test things out. I can tell my knee will be stiff tomorrow but at least it isn’t as bad as I first thought.

Shopping…

Shopping is something that I used to do with fervor and passion. I would shop for anything and everything whether I needed it or not. I do not have a musical bone in my body but you had better believe that if I had a coupon for a fargen amp that I might have considered buying it if the price was right. In my mind I thought I could save items like this for the day when my children took up playing music. Thankfully I came to my senses before my shopping took a toll on our financial lives. I no longer shop for stuff I have no need for like musical instruments and the like. This is good since my children inherited my lack of musical prowess.

Sick kids…

I have to take a moment to complain. Using this blog as a forum for that is not something I try to do but on occasion I must. The thing that is on my mind is sick kids. Everyone’s children get sick it is a simple fact of life. What I fail to understand is why people feel the need to let their kids attend activities even when they are sick rather than keeping them at home. This weekend my husband organized a camping trip for our older son’s scout troop. This is the second time he has taken charge of a trip. This is is also the second time someone has sent a child with a stomach virus to camp knowing well ahead of the trip that their child was sick. I have no doubts, but what this virus will spread throughout the troop in the coming days. Why do people think that this is okay? Keep you sick child home for goodness sake.

Talk to me…

I have come to believe that there is something about me that makes people want to talk to me about anything and everything. I find it really odd because I am by nature a quiet person. Nonetheless, people are always talking to me. I was standing in line at the store the other day and this guy just started telling me about the new akai apc40 at guitar center that he just bought. I know nothing about music or musical equipment. I started considering if there was anything in my shopping cart that might have led him to believe I was into music, but there wasn’t. Protein bars and vitamins couldn’t possibly tell him that I was into music. Most of the time I find it amusing what people feel compelled to tell me and sometimes I end up learning a thing or two.

Shoveling and more shoveling…

Generally I am a person who doesn’t mind shoveling snow. There is something about it that I typically enjoy. The only time I don’t like it is when the snow is really wet and heavy. I guess what I like is that is feels like icing a cake or trimming a hedge. I like clearing a path and creating nice clean lines. I suppose that sounds weird, but I truly don’t mind shoveling snow. We have had more than our fair share of snow this winter which has only recently begun to test my love of snow shoveling. We are supposed to get a really warm spell this weekend which should melt a great deal of the snow but then everything will flood, and I hate flooding.

Getting creative…

We are preparing for a big winter storm. It is likely that everything around here will be blanketed with more that a foot of snow. Whenever it snow like this the kids seem to get a little stir crazy. I intend to spice things up tomorrow and have them get creative. I think it is time they put together a play or musical performance. Thankfully they are happy with simple props and equipment and don’t ask for anything like a jbl eon 515xt. It is so much fun to watch them work together and get excited about putting together a production. It also helps us pass the day when there just isn’t much else to do.

Licenses…

My father has been after my husband and I to get a pistol permit. The reason he wants us to do this is because he has guns that he would like to give to us and wants us to be able to use them when and where we might need to do so. I had never really considered doing this before but after considering what he had to say we filed the paperwork. I am surprised at how straightforward the process is in our state. My mother-in-law filed for a permit in her state, and it took almost 9 months for her to receive her permit. I am grateful our process was simple and consider having a permit a privilege that I do not take lightly.

Mundane posts…

I keep debating about leaving this one social networking site that I belong to. I like being able to keep up with my friends and the events of their lives. What I don’t like is how people use it to document their every activity. I know people who are very passionate about their hobbies like playing the guitar which is great. What I question is whether everyone really needs to know that the events of your life include going shopping for exciting D’Addario guitar strings at musicians friend and getting a hair cut? Many of the people I know post dozens of times a day the mundane events of their lives. I would rather my guitar playing friend post of video of himself playing his guitar than one to tell me that he purchased new sheet music and a latte.

Blech…

So, I came down with a cold a couple of days again. Nothing major but just enough to make me feel a little under the weather. For some reason whenever I get a cold it always goes to my throat, and I end up with laryngitis. Tonight I realized that I was loosing my voice despite having barely talked all day. My throat is just a tab sore but it is very thick with phlegm which I am sure is the reason I have lost my voice. I am glad that we got a bunch of school work done early in the week so that I won’t have to do a great deal of talking for the rest of the week. I am also glad my kids are great readers because I can have them read their assignments themselves rather than having me read them to them. Hopefully this is all I get and the cold I have doesn’t travel into my chest.

Music Lingo…

My oldest son’s best friend is very much into music and is very talented in this area. The thing about him that drives me a wee bit crazy is that he assumes everyone else knows as much about music as he does. He spent a good 15 minutes talking to us about new fruity loops. I was completely confused because I thought he was talking about a type of cereal and couldn’t understand what cereal had to do with music. Eventually he moved on to a different music related topic, and I found myself confused once again. I just keep telling myself that it is a good thing to have my son have a friend who wants to spend time talking with us. Many teenagers are aloof and want nothing to do with knowing adults like myself.

Still running…

I posted previously that I had started a running program in early November. I have since finished that program and have found myself drawn towards running. I now run three times a week for about 35 minutes. It finally sunk in that I could cover more distance by running than walking and see better results from it. I still walk every day, but the running seems to give me the best results of any workout routine I have done thus far. In the last couple of weeks I have been trying to add some strength training activities into my routine in order to build up my upper body. It feels awesome to finally have found something I can stick with.

Cleaning up…

I love the holidays. I love giving gifts to those near and dear to me. What I don’t like is the clean up afterward. It is always a chore to find a place to put everything afterward. My in-laws go crazy with buying gifts for our children. The buy everything they see whether my kids need it or not. My youngest son was given a child’s electric guitar. I am really surprised they didn’t get a gibson stool at Musicians Friend to go with it. My youngest son is not exactly interested in music at this phase of his life and seemed unimpressed with the guitar. I know he will take a look at it again once the novelty of all is other toys has lessened. For now I just have to find a place to safely store the guitar which is a challenge.

Happy Lady…

I never expect much for Christmas. I don’t really tell people what I want because I don’t want them to spend money on me or think that I expect a gift. I did tell my husband one thing I wanted this year, and he remembered and got it for me. I wanted a steam mop. I always feel like my floor could be cleaner despite the fact that I clean them often. I love my steam mop and the fact that he went with my wishes instead of getting me something he thought I needed. I am a practical girl with practical needs.

Alone time…

My husband and older son are out for the evening working on a Boy Scout project. My youngest son is watching television which leaves me alone for a bit. I am not a person who loves noise or music which is weird because my family love them both. I don’t need to have the radio constantly playing and have never been drawn to music gear like a realist bass pickup. Truth be told I don’t even know what one is. What I do like is the sound of rain coming down on the roof and being alone with my own thoughts. The house will be filled with music or noise in a couple of hours, and I am fine with that because I will have had time to myself for just a wee bit.

Hunting…

My husband has decided to take up hunting. He went out yesterday with my father for a couple of hours. I had my doubts as to whether he would like it or not, but he said that he did. We are lucky in that my dad is willing to lend him a gun to use which makes getting started hunting more cost effective. We are going to have to invest in some hunting gear, but I think that is something we can do slowly over time. My hope is that we don’t spend a ton of money on gear, and he never gets anything while out hunting.

Frustrating…

My husband has been trying to put a drain in our new sink for two days. Just when he thinks he has the problem solved the sink starts leaking again. He keeps asking me to come and help him, but I would rather read about an immigration lawyer los angeles than help with plumbing. He is so frustrated that he is an angry mess to be around. I see things that I think might be the problem, but I don’t say anything because I know he doesn’t want to hear it. He just wants the sink to not leak and the problem to be solved. As I type he is still working on it. My hope is that this will be the final installation and the leak will be taken care of.

Always enlightening.

Whenever we get together with family I walk feeling like I learned something new about the people I am related to. Sometimes I am enlightened and other times I am amused. There has even been a couple of times when I have been concerned. One source of my enlightenment that never fails to surprise me is my sister-in-law. She has only been in our family for a couple of years which is likely why I find her so interesting. Her quirts are endless, and I always walk away with something that makes me say “Huh”. Today I was amused by the fact that she thinks everyone should where rubber gloves when preparing a meal for their family. I have never worn rubber gloves when I cook but my brother confirms that his wife wears them each and every time she does…


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