This blog is basically just a collection of my "random thoughts". I must warn you, though. I have been told that "I write like I talk", so if you don't understand what you are reading... chances are, if you met me... I wouldn't make much sense to you! Feel free to comment if you care to. Or not. I'm good either way!

Friday, May 28, 2010

One Year Ago

WOW! How time flies by!! Last year, on Memorial Day weekend, my "baby" (Dtr. #2) graduated from HS. It was a hectic (but fun!) weekend, tho! Her high school usually does their graduations outside, on the football field. No such luck last year! For the first time in MANY years, they had to do the ceremony in the gym because of rain. The kids were not happy, nor where the faculty members, parents or other guests.
It was crowded in there and only 4 family members could attend because of space. That left MANY unhappy family members (some who traveled great distances to be there!) stuck watching the ceremony from the lunch room, the audiotoruim, and various class rooms.

"Our" seats weren't good, but they weren't bad, either. By the time that we got into the gym, the best seats were taken. I was thankful that we didn't have any other guests. I would have been upset that they couldn't sit with us. 

The poor kids were SO TIRED! They had practiced both outside and inside for days before, and just wanted this thing over with! The ceremony went very well despite the last minute changes.

After Graduation, we had a BIG party planned for Dtr. #2!! We went in together with her best friend's parents and rented a HUGE blow-up slide and invited everyone we knew to come slide, swim, eat hamburgers, hot dogs & cake.
We ALL had a blast!! It even rained, which didn't keep the kids (or us adults!!) from sliding!! I can't remember the last time I had SO MUCH FUN!!

Here it is, Memorial Day weekend... again. But, one thing is different --- I have NO PLANS AT ALL!!! I guess I should be thankful that it is not a busy & hectic weekend. I also guess that I should really use this weekend to focus on the real reason for it.

I know that Memorial Day is a day that was set aside to remember all of the men & women who died while serving in one of our country's armed forces. I didn't know anyone personally, but I know that many, many did lose thier lives so that I could live free. To them, and to all those who still serve and protect us.... THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jackpot at Goodwill

One of my secrets is that I love to shop at Goodwill. I went there today in search of some new (well... they're new to me!) tank tops for the summer. I'm cheap and even $5-7.00 at Walmart for one is expensive to me! At Goodwill, I knew I could find some for about $4.00 each.

Well..... I hit the jackpot today!! I wasn't expecting there to be a SALE!!! Each week, they have the COLOR OF THE WEEK sale, which means that the "color" of the tag on the item is 1/2 off. But this week, in honor of Memorial Day weekend, they had TWO colors on sale!! Wahoo!! I was able to get 5 tank tops for $6.00!!

No. It doesn't take much to make me happy! ~ Especially a really good bargain! ** smile **

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remind Me Later...

... in life, that I am TOO OLD to get another puppy!! This one is wearing me slap out!! Don't get me wrong. I love this little guy, but I feel absolutely exhausted! I love dogs and I love puppies, but I am going to have to remember how hard house-training a puppy is! I figure, by the time I am going to want another one, my girls will be (hopefully) out on their own and THEY can get a puppy and I can come play with it without the daily and nightly "duties".

When Chester is sleeping, I feel like I can't do anything because I might "wake" him or I might get too busy and forget about him. I also keep a close watch on him so that I KNOW when he wakes up and I can scoot him outside to go potty.

When he is awake, my total attention has to be on him. I am watching to make sure he is isn't pottying on the floor or chewing on something he isn't supposed to.

As soon as he wakes up, I have to scoot him outside and watch him to make sure he GOES, so I can bring him back inside. If I leave him outside, then... I am constantly watching out the window to make sure he isn't chewing my plants or falling into the pool!

Yes. My girls and hubby are helping -- THANK GOD!! But, being the "Mama", I guess it makes me feel even more responsible.

He's still not sleeping thru the night. We keep him up as late as we can, and then put him in his crate. But.... he is still waking up anywhere between 1am & 5am!! Sometimes more than once!!

I feel like I have a toddler and a newborn baby in my house... at the same time!! Memories of my girls being little are flooding into my mind! It was fun, but it was hard work! I keep having to remind myself that Chester is only 8 weeks old! He is just a baby, but I sure am ready for him to GROW UP!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

God Is My Stabilizer

Tomorrow, I am getting a new washer & dryer! YAY!!! One of the features on my new washer is that it has "TrueBalance", which is a feature that will almost instantly stabilize your washer if it gets "off-balance".  I am excited about this feature because with my old washer, by the time I got to the laundry room to open the lid (...from the top, because the old one wasn't a "front-loader") and move the clothes around myself... the washer had "walked" across my laundry room floor!

I am sure by now you are wondering...
"What do washing machines have to do with God?". Well, as I was praying to God this morning.. (in between "watching" Chester!)... to help me get my life back in "balance".. (See yesterday's post), I realized that God is MY stabilizer! By praying and reading God's Word, HE can help me find the balance that I am missing right now. It may not come as "instant" as my new washer, but it WILL come if I follow His lead and listen to His words.

Thank you Lord, for this encouraging thought this morning!
I love you!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Want My Routine Back!

I have been lost in "Puppyland" for the past week and a half!

WOW! I had forgotten how much time a puppy consumes of your life! Even when they are sleeping, you are constantly "on watch" to make sure you SEE when they wake up, so that you can scoot them outside (quickly) to pee! Then, when they are awake... you are watching them like a hawk to make sure that theyaren't doing "puppy-like" things, such as chewing on your grandma's antique table or going potty on your expensive handwoven rug!

My time has not been my own during this time and my daily routine has gone out the window! If you know me well, you know that I do not do well when things are not going as I planned them! (That's that "control" part of me! Ha!) But.... I am slowly trying to find a "new" routine, and a new way of doing things.

My old routine consisted of me having quiet time with God each morning. God and I have a date each morning and we have coffee together. (Well, I'm not sure if HE's drinking coffee... but I am!) Since Chester arrived to our family, my time with God has been few and far between. (I'm sorry God! I really am!) Now, I read my devotions and say my prayers whenever I can find the time.

My old routine consisted of me working out on my Wii Fit Plus at least 30 mins a day. I haven't worked out on my Wii since we got Chester!! When he's sleeping, I am either afraid that I will wake him up, or I will be right in the middle of my exercises and he'll wake up and need to go out. (If you have a Wii Fit, then you know that stopping in the middle of a workout, isn't good.) I am proud to say that I am still getting in 10 miles of riding each week on my bike!

Another thing that I haven't done much of since we got the new puppy, is BLOG! In fact... this is the longest blog that I have written since we got Chester!! (He's sleeping at the moment. Shhhhh!!!) I haven't even had time to READ the blogs that I follow! UGH!

I also have a baby gift that I have been working on making for weeks now, and can't seem to find the time to finish it!! The baby is about to be born, too! Guess, it will be a late baby gift!

There are other things that are not getting done because my routine is so MESSED UP, but these are the things that are the top of the list.

GOTTA' GO!! ~~ Puppy is awake!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Control Freak? .. Me?

I can't decide if I am a "Control Freak" or not. Let's see what http://www.dictionary.com/ says...

control freak: Informal. - a person having a strong need for control over people or situations.

Okay. So, I wouldn't say that I have a strong need to have control over people or situations. But, I do like to do things MY WAY. Is that the same thing? Or different? I'm not sure. I will admit that I do have a strong sense of wanting to take over for someone that I don't think is doing an adequate job. It's hard for me to sit back and NOT do it myself! I do like to be in control!
 I am in a situation right now where I am not "TOP DOG" and I am not a "#1 DOG". I am a "#2 DOG". (No. I am not really a DOG! I'm just using that "term" to help explain my position.) I know for sure that I don't want to be TOP DOG. (I used to want to be, tho!) I used to be a #1 DOG, but dropped out of the "litter" for a while. Now, I am back in the litter as a #2 DOG, but contemplating becoming a #1 DOG, again.

*** I guess having a new puppy in the house has my mind on DOGS!!!   **smile**

Right now, as a #2 DOG, I just "help" the #1 DOG. I don't get to make decisions. I just "help" and "suggest". (I am REALLY good at suggesting!! I think that is the "Control Freak" coming out!) The #1 DOG gets to make all the decisions - as long as the TOP DOG approves! But....... The #1 DOG also has a LOT more WORK to do than the #2 DOG, who has a LOT more FREE TIME! 

I want the "control" that the #1 DOG has, but I really don't want the extra work! I like my free time!

So.... I guess the answer to my question is....
YES, I AM A CONTROL FREAK and I WANT TO BE IN CONTROL, but not badly enough to want to be a #1 DOG!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Puppy Dreams

Back on 4/20/10, I blogged about "Dog Deams" and how fun it is to watch dogs dream. Well.... I didn't realize how REALLY FUNNY it is to watch puppies dream!! Oh my gosh!! They dream like crazy!!! You can tell that they are running and jumping, and even "drinking" (I could have used a different word, but chose not to.) from their mommy. Chester has even been barking and yelping in his sleep! Too funny!!

I find it amazing that puppies as young as 6 weeks old, can dream! They are just babies!! 

Here's a picture of Chester as he takes his first nap in our "beautiful" yard. (Remember my post about that INSTANT YARD that I want?.... Well, now you can see why I want one! This is what my grass looks like! Blech!!)

It's a BOY!!

I'd like to introduce to you the newest member of my family....
CHESTER!

He is named after the Golden Retriever in the movie... "Disney's THE KID". He is 6 weeks old... and boy is he keeping us busy!! I had forgotten what life was like with a puppy in the house! WHEW!! I am so grateful to Dtr.'s #1 & 2 AND Hubby for sharing in the responsibility of caring for him. Everyone is taking turns so nicely! The girls have even taken turns with "night duty". YAY!! (I didn't even have to ask!!)

Jackson, my almost 7 & 1/2 year old Golden is not too sure about Chester. He seems really annoyed that the "new" dog has invaded HIS territory! I can't blame him tho. I think I'd be pretty annoyed if Hubby brought home a "new" wife (unannounced!), paid more attention to her, and also expected ME to get along with her! Yep. I'd be "growling" and "barking", too!!

We are trying the "Crate Training" method. So far, it is going very well! YAY! Chester even crawled into his crate to take a nap once! The big thing will be getting him to sleep thru the night. He has been waking up every two hours (or so), so far. I need to "read up" on my puppy training and refresh my memory!

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