Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Favorites

A book just finished -- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vorghese, and a brand new book arriving in the mail for a blog review next month. 

For the third week in a row, my husband has been traveling for work.  I always carefully mark the kitchen calendar, noting the flight times on the day he leaves and the day he arrives home, my touchstones for when the house will return to some semblance of normalcy. This week, the familiar "LV (time)" marked Monday, and my hastily scrawled arrow covered the remainder of the week up until Friday, with no note on the arrival time.  He phoned yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. To say he was on his way to the airport.  "Coming home tonight?"  Hallelujah!

Back porch conversation with Oldest Son.  Sharing with him my tears of frustration over the never-ending antics of the Girl Child.  "A teenager on steroids," I sniff.  "So, be the Mom on Steroids," he replies.

Two hundred acres of Open Space a short walk from my house.  Strolling through fields of wheat, listening to birds chattering, a soft breeze playing in the highest branches of cottonwood trees.  The sound of my feet on the gravel path.  The solitude is delicious.

BLTs and iced tea with lemon.  We live on these in the summer.

I'm linking up with Susanne and Friday's Fave Five.  Join us?

12 comments:

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

I like your son's comment,"So, be the Mom on Steroids." Wise words although hard to do at times. (((hugs)))

Lovely surprise to have your hubby home one day "early."

Sounds like great summer food. In fact I think that's what I'll have for dinner tonight. I have an afternoon physical therapy appt and will need food that is easy to fix and is comforting.

Marilyn said...

Oh, I remember the awful teenage years. They did pass and now I have a very special bond with my daughter. It's amazing what a few years can do. ♥♫

ellen b said...

Karen! So glad your hubby comes home early. Lovely area to walk near your home is a real blessing. Now you have me hungry for a BLT!
Have a good weekend.

Rizzi said...

KAREN,
IT IS HARD SOMETIMES TRYING TO GET THROUGH TO TEENAGERS.....IT ALSO PUTS A STRAIN ON YOU TOO. I WISH I HAD THE RIGHT ANSWER TO GIVE YOU....ALL I CAN SAY IS KEEP RIGHT IN BACK OF HER...LIKE YOU ARE DOING. THEY DO GROW OUT OF IT, SOME RIGHT AWAY, AND SOME OH WELL, LETS NOT GO THERE. :)
TAKE CARE KAREN, CALL ME IF YOU NEED ME. LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

"Mom on Steroids"---love it!
A very wise son you have there!!!

Have a great weekend and enjoy having you husband home again!

Melinda

Dee said...

Ah, teenage girls! I remember those years so well. If it gives you any hope, our daughter is now a biochemist and probably more mature in her outlook than her own mother and when we get together to do mother/daughter things, she will still, when asked how she found the time to get away, say, "I figure I have a LOT of payback to do for all the things I put you through." Bless her heart. They do come through much improved "on the other side" with lots of prayer.

Mereknits said...

Karen, believe me I understand your tears of frustration. I get them from my oldest son who just takes every little thing out on me. I have a feeling your daughter is the same. How can a person you love so much and have spent every minute of your life taking care of turn into this hormonal mess of a creature? Know that you are not alone and it will all smooth out eventually.
Happy weekend,
Meredith

Susanne said...

Your son's comment made me smile. They do see things so black and white don't they? Hugs to you and hope the teenage stuff irons itself out soon.

Yipee for your hubby being home early. I'll bet you really miss him when he's gone.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I'm glad hubby could make it home early, and your son is rather wise!

I was a teenage girl once, and I came around. Hang in there!

I'm glad there were healthy doses of good in your week!
-Catherine

Leslie said...

What great favorites. I love your son's comments.. : )
Enjoy your time with hubby. Have a great week.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

"Mom on steroids?" Hm-m-m. What does that mean? Parenting advice from teenagers is always interesting. I can remember asking my sons what they would do if they were the parent in specific situations. Guess I was trying to get them to think outside of their own little world but that's hard for any of us I guess.

I live on BLT's in the summertime too. Even better with corn on the cob and baked beans.

M said...

That comment sounds exactly like something my son would say when I vent about the emotional roller coaster I regularly ride with my daughter. It can be flat out exhausting even on a good day! His comments always intrigue me because they are born of sheer practicality rather than reactionary fallout. Hang in there and know that you are not alone!!!

Mary