Monday, January 23, 2012

Something has happened to my blog.  I don't recognize it anymore.  All of my labels, pictures and the all about me info is at the very end of my list of blogs.  I do not know how to put them back in order.  I am sure there is a way but I haven't found it.

I have been busy.  My older granddaughters are keeping all of us busy.  One is building a house and the other is getting married.  I am happy for them but I fear it is a bit much for their parents all at one time.  Now if the other 6 don't have any major happenings for at least 6 months it will be okay with me. Come to think of will be graduating from high school in May. 

Building a new house is a major undertaking.  The Rancher and I did this in our second year of marriage too.  Our house was small by toady's standards.  It was only 1200 Sq. ft. We were so proud of our little bungalow.  We out grew it soon though as 4 children came to bless our home.  We added on.  Now this was not a new add-on...It was an old house on one of the places we had bought. It was a small structure but the extra 700 sq.ft.  made our house seem like a mansion.  It is still home, and I am happy here.

Building a house takes a lot of nerve too.  There are so many things to consider.  It is hard on marriages and relations with all of the relatives that tell you how to do things.  Oh, I know we were really too young to know what we were doing but I did know where I wanted my windows and that I wanted to sit at the table and look outside.  That didn't happen.  I hope that my granddaughter is strong about how she and her husband want things and then if things aren't quite right, they can only blame themselves.  I wish them all of the luck in the world and I know this is not a new thing for Jake. He is from a family of carpenters.

Saturday, there was a family paint party at the house that Molly and Josh are moving into.  We had a great crew and painted 4 rooms and a large hall and bath.  Paneling had to be primed and two coats of paint plus all of the trim.  There was a lot of taping going on.  It was a fun time.  I have a hard time getting used to different colors.  I know that my Mom would love the dining room and living room though as hers were of that color too.  She also loved bright colors. I know that she is smiling down from heaven at the grey walls that adorn the front room.  Now if Molly will only paint the front door RED!

To top all of this off, I have been on a carpenters list since last summer to have my bathroom remodeled.  We need a new shower, new floor and the flooring in there and my utility have been there since 1978.  Good stuff.  I was told to get something that would last but hey, I am tired of it.  It is time for an overhaul and I don't mean me.  Well, probably me but that ain't gonna happen.  So next week the carpenters are coming.  I need to find a place to put my junk so they can clean out and start.  This old house is getting another face lift.  I am excited. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lessons in January

January..Winter...Long nights and short days....Lazy?....or in a rut...Winter Blahs.....there has to be an excuse somewhere for me. I am content to take a nap everyday and sometimes sleep later than I should. The Rancher is kind and gets up and puts the coffee on and patiently waits for me to WAKE UP AND SMELL IT. I do get up and we have our morning devotion as we enjoy our cup of caffeine. The Rancher makes his coffee a little on the mild side. I tell him that I could read the date on a dime if there was one at the bottom of the cup. He doubts it and smiles. I know that he likes his coffee like that and that is the reason he makes it. He doesn't really let me sleep to be sweet.....He likes to make the coffee.

I like my coffee with a little more robust to it. I make it a little stronger but it doesn't compare to what daughter Nurse creates. I let her make it when she is here if I dare. She has worked in hospitals too long and for some reason she thinks one should be able to get a jolt when they take the first drink. She uses 1 tablespoon ..Yes that is tablespoon per cup. I calmly pour a halp cup of coffee and add water to full it up. The Rancher either refrains and makes another pot or fixes 3/4 cups of water and adds her coffee to it. We can all be happy when she makes it. She is never happy with mine and can't even understand why her dad calls his Coffee.

Back to my Winter attitude. I have been reading. That is something I haven't done for awhile. I enjoy reading Christian novels and historical novels. I will write one someday. Really.....I have started but that was several years ago. I found it while doing some deep cleaning and wondered if I should start writing again. I still have the story in my mind but I am not very good with how I want to say somethings. I suppose that my daughters who are teachers, librarians and professors could help me. I don't know that I even want them to know about my ambition though. I think they think I am not overly ambitious sometimes. They are young and full of energy. I have been where they are and envy how productive and energetic they are. Growing older and being on medication is not for babies. Some of this medication breaks down my muscle tissue and some of it just zaps my energy. Hey, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Maybe this is a hardtime of year because I am remembering my Mother. She left a year ago to be with Jesus and I know that is a part of my attitude problems. I am trying to be happy about that though. She is in a wonderful place. I wear a piece of her jewelry every day and think about how she looked with it on and use her dishes and remember the good meals that she fixed on them. I am trying to celebrate her life this month. the librarian made me a pin to wear using some of moms clothing scraps. So what am I complaining and being weary about? It is a New Year. A time to start all things over. Set new goals and be happy for the things that God has blessed us with.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says: Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new. That's the key...start over and let Christ be my guide and lift me up.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Brand New Year

Well, almost. This is day #5 and I haven't been on the computer for a week. A Windstorm played havoc around here and we had a power failure. I had to have a new black box from the phone company.

This is a new year. I looked at the calendar and all of the pages are clean except for 2 Dr.'s appointments. We have a fresh start. I hope that I do better this year. What I mean by that is...I hope that I do my best. You see sometimes I don't. I sort of blunder along and put things off until later. The first thing I is sometimes too late to get them done. I just procrastinate too much. I did so much better before I retired. I knew that I had to do things in an allotted time and I made lists. I find myself just thinking, "Well, I will do that tomorrow." It doesn't always work. Tomorrow is full too. I am going back to lists and stick up notes. Oh, and I must remember to read them. What good are they if I don't read them???

I also want to try some new things this year. Be a little more flexible. Maybe do somethings that I used to do. Did you know that I paint. Not the walls, silly but I can really paint with oils and acrylics. I just put them away one day and haven't had them out in years. I decided that I had enough pictures and I don't want to sell them. Who would buy my paintings?? I guess that I could do the Esty thing that my granddaughters do. I would need one of them to be my business manager though. I also love to sew and used to love to create things for my family to wear. I even bought a new sewing machine and I cannot learn all of the things that it can do. I wonder what made me think I needed to try to embroidery with a machine when I have unfinished hand embroidery projects in a drawer.????

A New Year makes us want to do reform our ways. I learned a long time ago not to make resolutions. Those things are a joke. Another one of the things that I would procrastinate about. I never did set any unreachable goals though. I guess I could try to not gain more than 5 lbs. Now that would be something that would work for me. Not gain too much weight. I did not say...Lose weight. I would like to do that but the realistic thing to say is I hope I won't gain any weight.

How about you?? Have you set any unreachable goals or are you going to be realistic and just try to be a better person in what you do. I think that is the best way to be.

Have a great year and glorify God in whatever you do and you will be a success.