Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday musings

April19, 2010
Feeling: Content
Hearing: Dream Walkin' (Toby Keith)
Outside today . . . blue skies, warm temps, trees are starting to bud. There's a crew of guys working in the back yard, rearranging our sprinkler system. The puppy is going nuts because she wants to be out there "playing" with them.

Around the house. . . looks like a Frat house on Monday morning, after a party weekend. OMG. We had a busy weekend.

Baseball . . . will be a regular part of our lives from now until September. On Saturday, we went to Luke's game, where he was the closing pitcher and we lost the game because of a horrible call that gave the opposing team a walk in run in the bottom of the ninth. (Note to my brother: No, this is not the observation of a disgruntled parent, it was a baaad call!) However, Luke is over it, so I guess I should be, too.

Last week, Luke and I saw the Rockies beat the Mets in extra innings at Coors Field. (Much to Luke's dismay. How it is that a native Colorado boy became such a devoted Mets fan, is beyond all of us.)

The puppy. . . is growing leaps and bounds. She would like nothing more than to be "helping" the guys on the sprinkler system right now, just like she "helps" Dan build the deck (I need to get a picture up soon, but right now it's still a bunch of boards.)

What's cookin'. . . Yesterday, I made another round of meals, from this cookbook. It's where I cook for half a day and get enough meals to get us through a few weeks. This time, however, I had a sous-chef, who did most of the chopping and prep, and made four quarts of spaghetti sauce all on her own. I wish I had a picture of Emily, chopping half a dozen onions, tears streaming down her cheeks!

I am now counting the days until I'm "retired" . . . I figure I'll have everything wrapped up at the end of the week. And then I can get back to working my "other job" full time. When I told Em that this morning, she asked, "What job is that?" "Taking care of you goofnuts," I replied. "Well, you'll never retire from that," she said.

I am reading...Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

On the calendar this week. . . Dan is in Columbus for the week. I miss him already:( I need to make an appointment for the eye doctor for myself. My reading glasses have become a permanent fixture on the top of my head. And I still can't find them when I need them.

I'm looking forward to . . . my birthday on Saturday;) I don't care for the getting older part, but I do love birthdays!

Quote for the Day:
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
~Samuel Ullman


Becky said...

I sure hope you have some great ways to celebrate coming up this weekend. AA ddoouubbllee celebrations of retirement and birthday. And you are not even 65!!

diana said...

wasn't today a glorious day. gosh, how i love spring.

love your quote, too. in case i don't get back here, i hope you have a special birthday as special as you are.

Flat Rock Creek Notebook said...

Happy Birthday, a bit early! I love this idea of cooking meals ahead. I'm going to give that a try, especially after we get a new fridge soon because I'll have more room to store things. It would be a great way, too, for the person in our household who is completing cooking class to get more practice this summer. ; )


Robin said...

It was good to catch up with you - I know things have been crazy in my life too. I sure hope it all calms down soon.
I'm soooooo jealous you get to retire - two more years for me!

Dandy said...

Frat house on Monday, ha!

Puppies are such a wonderful help when trying to work :P

Country Dreaming said...

It's that time of year when our time is busy, busy.
You'll have more to post about--don't worry about it.
Enjoy the week and look toward your birthday. Will the husband be home for that?


Sherri said...

Hi Karen-have a great day!

Donnetta said...

Happy Birthday early!

Sounds like your puppy is wanting out as desperately as our little guy. I think he'd live outside if we'd let him.

Enjoy your last bit of time working. I'm sure you will be greatly missed!

Sahara said...

I think it's *wonderful* that you are going to stay home with your teenagers. Most people think when children reach the teen years that they can take care of themselves. Wrong. They need you now more than ever.

I love birthdays too Karen! I hope you have a good one!

Sahara said...

Dropped by to wish you a...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Hope today is filled with happiness for you Karen!!