Thursday, July 23, 2015

Life Can be So Pleasing

I've spent so much time complaining about the heat and how awful my yard looks and yada, yada, yada, that I wanted to share this.  A friend I haven't seen in months came by yesterday.  When she was leaving she said "Your yard looks so beautiful. I would never move." (She knows this is a rental.)  I almost blushed with pride.  If it looks this good now, it must really look good when the weather is not in triple digits.  (Really it is only double digits but it feels like triple.) Anyway the compliment meant so much to me.  Dang.  Didn't know I identified with my yard so much!

Second pleasing thing.  Got a call from my Grandson today.  Of course he wanted something.  He is a teenager after all.

I remember shared times with my grandmother with such fond memories.  I remember wanting to spend the night at her house as a young girl.  I remember not seeing much of her from my teens to motherhood.  I remember visits to her house with my children.  I remember being her go to person if she needed to go anywhere when she got older.  I remember all those stages so I don't take it personally that the Grandson has a busy teenager life.  I'm sure he'll be back in the end just like I was for my Grandmother.

However, what he needs is to go get his Learners Permit from the DMV.  Last time I was there, because I had to renew my license in person, I sat for 3 hours before they got to my number.  You can imagine the number of people in a city the size of Houston.  And, besides the local residents, you can imagine how many international residents there are trying to get their license too.  So much paperwork as I understand it.  Anyway, I'm not looking forward to this trip, but it is another memory for my mental scrapbook, and then my son, the Dad, will owe me one!

Ought to be an exciting day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Secrets of Productive People

I saw a post on Pop Sugar and that really spoke to me.  I've been thinking of simplifying my life.  Nothing big.  Not like taking everything out of the closet and only loading three items back in. (Metaphor for dropping everything I do and completely rebuilding my life.)  This article 7 Secrets of Incredibly Productive People may sound like gearing up but I heard simplify when reading each suggestion.

Source: Pop Sugar

Instead of clean the backyard, I need to pick a chore, i.e., straighten up GD #1's toys or find a new place to keep empty pots so they won't show.

Instead of clean the kitchen from top to bottom, I need to organize the pots and pans so they stack neater and can be retrieved easier.

I think with all the malaise from the heat I'm feeling, I just can't accomplish anything big so I'm going to think smaller, simpler increments of anything I need to get done - even walking Buddy.  A walk to the corner and back instead of a mile around the neighborhood will at least keep him satisfied until I can get cooler weather motivated again. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

I thought this was too darn cute

Definitely my ex-husband.

Friday, July 17, 2015

It is just too darn hot.

I've been busy with yard chores lately.  I've had to move all of the plants again. It seems like only yesterday I pulled them out into areas of the yard so they could get enough sun to bloom.  Now I'm pulling them back because they are baking and I cannot keep the soil in the pots watered enough to make them happy.

Doing yard work used to be a labor of love.  Now it's just a chore I try to do as quickly as possible.  Was I really the kid that stayed outside all day during summer vacation?  I have definitely lost that ability.

Poor Buddy is complaining constantly about missing our regular walks.  He has the stamina to continue making them, but he does not care to spend the afternoons exploring in his own yard like he used to do.

And no, I have no intention of cleaning up with the leaf blower until it's 50 Degrees again.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Another share

I found a funny little share at Nanaland called The Spoon and you know what spoon we are referring to.  I really liked her comparison of her three kids and how each was responded differently to discipline.  Its cute.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Another share that will make you laugh

I truly love this post.  I laughed and nodded.  The blog I read this post on is called The Elder Storytelling Place.  It has some other good reads and is a place to share if you are a good story teller.  Here is the cute post Laughing and Living Large.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Looks like it might be a week of good shares

This post was such a feel good for me.  I thought you might enjoy You don't bring me Flowers Anymore.  It's about more than flowers In Carol's World.  I think you'll like it.

This is another Wordpress blog but you don't need to worry about commenting because apparently it is an abandoned blog with this post from 2010.  

Monday, July 13, 2015

I found another post I think you'll love

You know it is really a shame we only have so many hours a day to read blogs.  When I go blog exploring I find so many good posts.  Here is another one I think you'll enjoy.  It's about The Front Porch love.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Something to share

I've been blog hopping today and I found a wonderful post I wanted to share with you.  I think most of you will enjoy it.  Andrea posts about her mother Alice who will be 100 in August.  I won't tell you anymore.

Thinking about Vacations

I'm so jealous of all you vacationers and pool owners.  Seems like everyone has gotten to dip their toes and relax their minds this summer but me.  Well, if it can't be me, I'm glad it's you.  Hope your vacation has been or will be the greatest.