Friday, November 30, 2018


Posting every day went by the way side with what can only be termed the illness from hell. All I have managed to do is sleep & go to work. Attempt to eat. Take a shower. Repeat. I *finally* am starting to feel a little more human. I had today off & I was able to get all the laundry done & make some headway into arranging my bedroom. We've lived here for 2 months & it's still not completely done the way I want it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The heating pad & ibuprofen have been my best friends today. I somehow managed to pull a muscle in my lower back & in my shoulder. (It may or may not have had a lot to do with lifting some boxes incorrectly.)

I go back to work tomorrow for a 7 day stretch & then have next weekend off. Since our inspection happened on Wednesday I no longer have to be concerned with that. At least until after the first of the year. We passed which is all that ultimately matters.

I think I am going to read a few chapters while I wait for the nighttime meds to kick in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Odds & ends


  • It was brought to my attention a few days ago that my daughter will be graduating high school next year. It's not as if I wasn't already aware of this; after all, I gave birth to the child & know full well how old she is... haha but it really hit home that ohmygoodness she's going to graduate high school soon & this is impossible because she was just born. *slow blink*

  • I have a friend who is like a daughter to me that is going to be having baby any minute now & I can not wait. As much as I am excited, she is completely ready to be done. The last month of pregnancy feels like 10 years.

  • I have another friend whose daughter is getting married this Saturday. Mother of the bride jitters have taken over & she's a bundle of sunshine & stress which is an interesting combination. Also, how are we all old enough now to have grown & almost grown children?

Monday, November 12, 2018


It rained all day long today which made for a rather dreary, depressing day. I'm pretty sure my blah mood had more to do with the weather than anything actually being wrong. Hoping for some sunshine tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 174

Things I am grateful for today:

1. A quiet night at work.

2. Finishing 3 books this week. In addition to everything else, I have managed to do quite a bit of reading.

3. Having a date night this past week. We had a really good time which was something we both needed.

4. Things are finally looking brighter.

5. Fun things planned for my days off this coming week. Something to look forward to.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


My friend & her children buried her husband/their father's ashes today & her resilience through this whole trauma has been awe inspiring and also, tear inducing. I am amazed at not only her strength but also the strength of her children as they move through this challenging time.

Hug your people. Let them know you love them. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Avoiding the election news

At this precise moment, I have 37 minutes of work left & I am avoiding Facebook & this news sites until I get home because I can't take another minute of news pundits blathering on with no concrete results. Things will be more settled in a few hours, at least locally.

I'm hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 173

Things I am grateful for today

1. Freshly brewed coffee waiting on me when I woke up this morning. Chris was up before me & made my coffee.

2. An impromptu trip with Beth downtown to do a few things & to give her some driving practice. She's at the point now that I would trust her to go places alone. Her driving has come a long way.

3. Taking the time today to completely clean out the truck. Having the day off & some spare energy made this possible. Also, I need to start adding this a weekly to do item. In my poor defense, the last few months have been overwhelming & I have been grateful just to continue breathing.

4. A meal being prepared by me is happening this evening. I don't get to cook like this nearly as much as I would like.

5. Things are changing for the better.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


I *finally* finished reading the 2nd Game of Thrones book and then immediately started the 3rd one because apparently I am a glutton for punishment. I like the books, truly, but I am not a fan of how each chapter is from a different point of view. When you can't read for extended periods of time, you can get lost with the back & forth. Also, George R. R. Martin is brilliant (& wordy).

Speaking of books, I was pretty sure the library had made a mistake when I went to pick up a book I had on hold. I requested Stephen King's Elevation & was surprised when it was a slim novel & not his normal break your arm to carry it book. ;-)

And... Leverage In Death by JD Robb was worth the wait. I finished it in one work shift which is rare these days. Now to wait until February until the next book comes out.

Always looking for book recommendations.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New month

After an extended absence, I have decided to dust off my brain cells & post every day this month.

The last few months have been stressful & tiring but also full of joy & promise. I'll write all about it in the weeks ahead.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 172

Things I am grateful for today

1. A morning of sunshine after several consecutive days of rain.

2. Seeing a faint light at the end of a tunnel full of stress.

3. Good books that keep me reading well past the time I should be doing other things. Good books are amazing at relieving stress.

4. Pokémon Go. Yes I still play & I still enjoy it.

5. It's almost back to school time. Elizabeth got her schedule & she's happy they gave her all the classes she asked for.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 171

Things I am grateful for today

1. The rain. It's been a dry summer so far & the past 2 days have brought relief from that with a good amount of rain.

2. A plan for this surprise upcoming move. Details soon when my head stops spinning.

3. Work is going well. I love what I do although I do not love the drama that some people insist upon creating.

4. School starts back in less than a month. I will be happy for a return to routine for Elizabeth although I have greatly enjoyed our time together this summer.

5. Time to read. I have been plowing through books like someone is paying me to read. That's the kind of job I would love to have.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 170

Things I am grateful for today:

1. Getting the yard mowed & cleaned up so that stubborn man of mine won't do it on his days off. He's still recovering from a torn muscle in his leg. It was would probably heal faster if he would stop trying to do so much.

2. Home cooked meals. Tonight I am making barbeque pork loin & vegetables. I like to cook; I just don't get to do it often enough.

3. A tidy house. I've done laundry & completely cleaned the kitchen & my bathroom & my bedroom. I've been up since 6:15 & have done all this in addition to mowing the grass.

4. Coffee... The reason why I have managed to do much today.

5. Sister visits. Mine will be off work here in a few minutes & we will have afternoon coffee before she goes home & does school work. I enjoy these visits.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 168

Things I am grateful for today:

1. An unexpected weekend off. I was scheduled to work today but with it being so slow, I was able to take today off to go with yesterday.

2. Birds chirping at the bird feeder

3. Warm, sunshiney days

4. New work shirts that didn't cost me a small fortune.

5. Yummy delicious home cooked meals.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition #167

Things I am grateful for today

  1. Coffee

  2. A beautiful spring like day

  3. A job that I absolutely love

  4. My children

  5. Chris, forever & always

Thursday, March 15, 2018

People are working my nerves

It's been that kind of few days where I want to alternately scream & also, hide away from the world. Things are rather overwhelming at the moment.

Here's hoping for a smoother weekend & next week ahead

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

An end & a beginning

Embarking on a new journey. There are lots of changes to be made & lots of decisions that I have been agonizing over.

I'm pretty confident in the decisions I have made so far. That's how you are supposed to be, right?

I have faith that it is all going to work out exactly how it is supposed to.

Stay tuned...

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...