What's everybody been doing?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
What's everybody been doing?
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Thu, 03-27-2014 - 12:12am

I haven't been here much lately, busy with this and that. We spent much of the past few days with Shirley and Ray showing them some of the sights. We really enjoyed the visit with them, and I had fun being a tourist in my own town. Except when we got to the beach---I stayed up at the boardwalk and let them walk to the water and get sand in their shoes, that is NOT a novelty for me! By now they are back home, and Shirley's birthday is today (Thursday) but she's probably spending it doing laundry and grocery shopping!

I'm working on the taxes. On Thursday we are going out to visit dh's parents which is a full day excursion. Hopefully Friday will have nice weather and I can go out on the bike. Nothing exciting planned for the weekend.

What have you been up to? Do you have any plans for the weekend? Will you have good weather or is winter still hanging on in your area?

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Thu, 03-27-2014 - 10:36am

Today it is supposed to Officially get above 0C-only to +2C-but above is above & I will celebrate if it does. Mind, the rest of the forecast is calling for rain tonight-deteriorating to possibly freezing rain as the night temps drop-but I can hope that is wrong. The snow is melting (sublimating?)around here-so there IS hope.

As for what we are doing? fixing up this poor house to within an inch of its 30yr old life. We aren't trying to HIDE how old it is (can't do that!)-just trying to make it look good for its age. We sanded & re-finished the hardwood floors-they now shine & glow. Walls have been painted, those that weren't painted must be scrubbed(couldn't do that until the sanding was done). Mike is going to rent a High-power-washer to scrub the deck, & we'll paint the garage doors.

And of course, through it all I've been knitting & sewing & planning my garden. I won't put in much because hopefully I won't be here for the harvest-but seems to me it'll be easier to say "There is a garden" rather than "That spot of dirt is FOR a garden". They don't want a few tomatoes & potatoes, beans & lettuce-well the neighbours will take them.

I have a solar powered Cardinal & it was knocked over by something large...a Deer running through the back  yard the other night? And yesterday afternoon, Carlos, our "Guard Pug" was barking like crazy & I saw a Porcupine lumbering through the trees at the front of the house-fortunately he was inside barking because I'm not sure the limiting collar would have been enough to keep him back. Mouthy?-Yes, Smart?-Ah-NO!

Enjoy your day with your in-laws, Elspeth.

Nora

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 03-27-2014 - 12:18pm

Wet today/tonight. Going to a play tonight with dh and his mom - told him to get with her to be sure she wants to drive when we're to get severe storms around 9pm tonight (play over after 10pm) - his sister has a room she can stay in, so I suggested she go there, we get her for the play and drop her back off if she still wants to go; otherwise we can get ds to go or just skip using that ticket as it was a freebie for getting season tickets.

Otherwise somewhat busy at work, working with ds who is questioning what he wants to do after this semester because he is not wanting to do art full time - maybe do some kind of different degree vs. another one in art. He's thinking horticulture or music.  I told him to volunteer at our botanical garden or big park (where the 1904 world's fair was done) to see what he thinks. Our local CC has a program too. We'll see what happens...

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 03-27-2014 - 5:44pm

Not much hapening here. With baseball starting up next week it is getting busy at work but more so for the guys in production than me. 

This weekend we are celebrating DD1 and her boyfriends birthdays.   Her birthday was on the 20 but this it the first weekend we could all get together.

Weather is in the 70s and 80s for the most part, a few days this week in the 60's.  Rained a bit yesterday and today off and on but not the thuunderstorms in the forecast,, just rain. 

DH and I finalized our plans for Michigan last night, we will be going May 2-7. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 03-28-2014 - 1:13am

Sue, does your ds have the pre-graduation jitters or is this serious? His plan was to get an art teaching degree, correct? What happened? 

What about him taking a year or two off to try to crystallize what it is he wants to do? Try to work in the possible fields, as you suggested? My ds took time off between undergrad and grad school---what was going to be 1 year turned into 5, I don't necessarily recommend that lol---and it helped him a lot to have some time in 'the real world" earning a living and gaining life experience. Also made him a more attractive candidate for grad school.

What play did you see?

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 03-28-2014 - 9:32am

And we have amazing volunteer opportunities at our local botanical garden and Forest Park (where the 1904 World's Fair was held) - plus he wants to grow a veggie garden at the house this summer.  So I think if he realizes he can do that this summer, volunteer/work somewhere, and have time to sort things out (he just got together with a girl 2 days ago, which is also huge for him - the last two were just not 'it' so hopefully this one is more level headed), I have a feeling he'll relax and be more up to explore future.  If he chooses to go on for the teaching certificate; fine. If he wants to go to CC and take some horticulture classes; fine.  I know at 21 I sure didn't know what I was going to end up doing!  We do hope he doesn't stop at the BA, but hey, if he finds a job that he loves, and that supports him...  Time will tell; no rush.

Sue

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Fri, 03-28-2014 - 10:03am

I think he's just fried, honestly.  Even before switching to this school, knowing it had SO many art classes to offer vs. the limited number his previous U had, he said he was concerned that if he took that many at a time (6 right now; 5 require making stuff), he wasn't sure he could be that 'creative' all at once and to a schedule.  He has talked about working summer/fall and maybe taking a class at night (2 classes is full time at his U for grad school, and they're at night so it wouldn't interfere with most jobs/internships); we hope that's still what he wants to do (the class being toward a master's that includes a teaching certificate in art). He just said he doesn't want to do art every day (again, I think he's fried - he is quite good but I can imagine being in 5 classes that all want you to be creative and have deadlines in completely different media).  I never thought he WOULD do art every day!  I have a feeling that by fall he'll be less frazzled. 

We saw Noises Off - if it ever comes to your area, it's a HOOT and we couldn't imagine how it was all coordinated the way it was.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Fri, 03-28-2014 - 2:20pm

We are back from the trip, of course.  As Elsepth mentioned, I was doing plenty of laundry our first day back!  We came back to bleak overcast grey skies with snowfall and still frigid temperatures more akin to winter than spring, though we do get snowfall in the spring - nothing surprising about that here.  However, it  was hard to come back to this after enjoying some pretty darn hot Arizona temperatures and then the less hot but still lovely mild temperatures of San Diego!  Anyway it was enjoyable to be in the hotter climate and to see all the lovely trees and blooming flowers and such...also of course to spend time with our friends in Yuma, my sister and Bil in Palm Springs and then Elspeth and Enrique.  My only regret which I can't do much about is that I realized more than ever how more difficult it is for me now to get around with my arthritic knees.  Vacationing usually means we like to go and see things which requires a certain amount of walking about - although even long drives in a car can really do a number to stiffen me up, so that's not so good either.  So I could not walk as fast or spend as much time walking as I'd like to.  Such is the new reality.

We need to shop for a bunch of groceries on Saturday.  I prefer to have Ray's help, so I only will shop for a few items today until we both get to the store on Saturday.  Ray is back to work on cotnract, but actually his contract is ending a month earlier so that his last day of work is this coming Monday.  Yesterday Ray joined me after work where we went to pick up our cat from our daughter's place where she cared for him while we were away.  Biggs was surprisingly stressed with coming back  home...that is to say, he spent the first hour or so wandering around our house after arrival, meowing and seemingly looking a tad upset.  I guess he had setteled into his new 'life' with my daughter and now here we were upsetting everything and bringing  him back home to re-establish his routines here.  But he adjusted fairly quickly by yesterday evening. 

Today is a day to do a bit of housework and to go and get a few items of food for supper.  It continues to be cold and a bit of snowfall coming down, but we should be getting warmer (meaning above freezing!) temperatures by next Tuesday.  Hallelluiah! 

That's all for now.

Shirley