Thursday, November 21, 2013
I have been absent from SP since last Friday, due to a very busy schedule.
It is supposed to be our slow time at work but being one person short in our department (typically three people) and our boss being here on a part-time basis (he is director of two facilities) the work never seems to end. We have been able to keep up but will be so happy when another person is hired in mid-December.
Mike and I have been busy getting ready for his son, daughter-in-law and two grandson's visit. They are coming in this afternoon and staying through Monday. It has forced us to get serious about sorting through all our stuff. Happy to report that the main and upper floors are pretty much back in order (even my oldest sons room which we needed to use for the family to sleep in). The basement is another story. That will be our winter project.
Prior to knowing the dates Mike's family would be here, I ordered tickets to see Elton John in concert tomorrow night. We decided that I will go with my oldest son, who happily volunteered to be my date, and the others will spend the evening with Mike's mom and family members in the area. I am so excited to have this time with my son. He has been listening to Elton's music his entire life, and that he wants to share the experience with me makes me so happy.
We will drive back home after the concert - getting in about 3 a.m. so we won't miss too much time with the others.
Sunday will be our Thanksgiving, and I have so much to be thankful for - the two best sons a mom could ask for, a lot of family around me, good health, good friends, a job I enjoy and the love of a wonderful man!
Have a great weekend Sparklers!
Friday, October 25, 2013
I’m really not sure what to blog about, and am hoping something will pop in my head as I type.
Weekday mornings I drive Trout Lake on my way to work. This is the same lake I photographed often when I worked in town and walked by it every day. It looked so peaceful one morning this week so I stopped to take a couple pictures.
Life has been overall very good lately, and for that, I am extremely grateful. There continue to be bumps in the road, but I am learning how to get over them and continue moving forward. Finding someone to travel the road of life with has made the bumps much easier to deal with.
It has been darn cold the past two weeks. October started out unseasonably warm but has sure been making up for that! Every morning this week I had to scrape frost off my windshield, and snow has fallen (no accumulation yet though). Right now the sun is shining, it’s 40 degrees outside and I am stuck indoors. It is a perfect afternoon for yard cleaning, moving summer tools to the back of the shed and winter tools to the front, or just taking a long walk. Predictions for tomorrow and Sunday are much cooler so I will be doing outdoor chores in a jacket and gloves. Hopefully the cold won’t deter my roofer from coming over and getting my new, metal roof on. My weekend exercise will be picking up roofing debris and throwing it in the trailer, some leaf raking and hopefully a nice, long walk with Mike and the dogs.
I would also like to finish the closet organization project I started last weekend – summer clothes to the back of the hall closet, mid-season clothes to the front and winter clothes in my bedroom closet (old house, small closets). I did get pretty far with the clothes but forgot about my shoes. It was pretty cold Monday morning when I got ready for work, and all I had out were sandals and walking shoes. I searched for a regular pair of shoes but gave up and wore black socks in a pair of black sandals – went better with my black dress pants rather than my white walking shoes. Mike and I have come a long way in unpacking his things but I have come to the conclusion that somehow my fall and winter footwear got buried in the shuffle. Hopefully they didn’t end up in the “rummage sale” area of the storage shed.
My weekend officially begins in five minutes! YIPPEE!!!
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!
Monday, October 14, 2013
Catching up. It seems like I do a lot of that these days. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though – I am kept busy at a job I enjoy, I have a wonderful son who still lives at home and likes spending time with me, friends and family who want to see me, and a wonderful man who I want to be with all the time.
After a couple weeks of working with banks and detectives, it seems as though the unauthorized spending of my wallet thieves has stopped. No word on an arrest but I am hopeful they will be caught soon. I am more cautious these days but still believe there are more good people than bad out there.
I still miss Pam terribly, and many times go to the phone to call her – only to realize she is no longer here. I find comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is surrounded by loved ones who went before her. Focusing on the blessing of having her in my life for 40 years helps tremendously too. When the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth was lit in pink, I thought about her and others lost to breast cancer as well as those who have defeated the disease. I pray for the day when all are survivors!
Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth Harbor lit in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
On a very high note, my tickets to see Elton John in concert arrived! Mike and I will be driving to St. Paul to see him on November 22, and I cannot wait. When Mike, my son Troy and I were sitting on the couch the other night, I turned to Mike and said, “It will be 10 ½ years since I have seen Elton live.” He looked at me and said, “You are obsessed aren’t you?” Troy looked Mike square in the eyes and replied, “You’ve seen the bobblehead, haven’t you?” I burst out laughing. You see, I do have an Elton John bobblehead, coffee mug and photograph of him on a shelf in my front room. If that is obsessed, then yes I am!
The Elton display in my front room.
Despite a sore back and hip, which went out Wednesday, I went shopping with my sister Saturday. We had a wonderful time and got some pretty great deals. I bought several Christmas gifts and new Christmas stockings for Mike and myself. A while back he told me that the last time he woke up to a filled stocking was as a child. Being that my sons are with their dad Christmas morning (they are with me Christmas Eve), theirs are filled there; and Santa hasn’t come to my house since I moved in. This year he will, and I can’t wait to see Mike’s face when he looks into his stocking! I have a feeling Santa is going to spoil him a little – or a lot!
Yesterday we continued sorting through a basement full of a little bit of everything – determining what we keep, what is donated or put in rummage sale boxes, what to keep for the boys and what to throw out. Combining two households is a bit overwhelming at times but we are making progress. Also added to the mix were file cabinets, desks, chairs, and office supplies from my old office. There is not an empty spot along the four basement walls, two storage rooms are full and there are still a few items in the center. Then there is the outdoor shed that needs to be reorganized before snow falls – don’t want to go for the snow blower and have to move the mower and garden supplies in the middle of a snow storm.
We have made significant progress and there is a light at the end of tunnel. Now we need to quit buying more stuff!
This week is looking quiet as far as evenings go, so we are hoping to get the outdoor work done and tackle the basement when it rains or is too dark to work outside. Also have to find out if the roofer is coming on the weekend to put the metal roofing on.
Rarely a dull moment!
Hope all is well with my fellow Sparklers!
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