Good morning friends...I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was quiet...kids were home from college...life is good. I woke up early yesterday morning, and the sun was shining (no rain!)...I opened the back door to the deck and felt the cool morning air. The first hint of Fall, and sweater weather...my favorite! I made a cup of coffee, pulled on a sweater, and sat there with my sandwich-stealing cat and smiled knowing that there were 3 precious children upstairs sleeping. It is moments like that when all seems right with the world. I made them french toast for breakfast when they woke up. Funny how something that used to be a chore is now a pleasure. I am grateful that simple things bring me such joy. Sweaters and children...two of my favorite things!!
Here are 3 recent questions from Emily's 52Q challenge. If your not a regular reader of Emily's blog, it's worth a peek over there because she had her baby this week...a 10 pound 8 ounce delicious baby boy...
52Q week 32: Why did I do that?
52Q week 33: What are you crossing your fingers for?
52Q week 34: How do you create your nest?
The last 2 are really similar colors, and I didn't realize it until now...must have been in a pink and green mood...
I have 2 more to go, and then I will be all caught up...that's on my to do list this weekend :)
Please excuse the mess on the table...I was doing paperwork and paying bills this afternoon, when I stopped to eat lunch. I made a turkey sandwich, my personal favorite, unfortunately it is also the personal favorite of a certain white cat. I was halfway through lunch, when I got up to answer the phone in another room. When I returned ONE MINUTE later, this is what I found. She was sitting in my chair, licking her mouth. She NEVER sits on the kitchen chairs. She looked guilty. I began my interrogation:
Why are you in my chair?
Did you eat my sandwich?
seriously I'm not kidding...
Did you lick my sandwich?
Do you know how gross that is?
I wasn't sure she understood me, she just stared and turned her head sideways. But then I said "stay there while I get my camera", and she did, so I'm pretty sure she understands. She is just refusing to talk. I needed the photo for evidence. Look at those eyes...she is sooo guilty.
No, this picture has nothing to do with rain, but did you want to see this...
I am here in Atlanta, where it WON'T STOP raining! We have had 20" in 2 days with no end in sight! Schools are closed, roads and bridges are out, and flooding is causing a big problem. Elizabeth and I spent several hours yesterday helping my OM (other mom) with her flooded basement. My OM is 76 years old and her husband is 80. They have been married 55 years and he was a big shot fighter pilot in the Air Force. They have lived in 30+ countries, and traveled the entire world. Their LIFE was in the cardboard rain soaked boxes that we went through yesterday. Need I say more? Super cool stuff, a trip down memory lane for them, and an education for us. We salvaged a lot, but had a huge pile for the trash. Will went back over with me last night and carried about 20 loads of wet trash from the basement of her house to the street for trash pickup. He is a saint. I count my blessings that we are doing fine...no water related problems to report. In a few more days I'm going to start building an ark...
Sometimes, you just need to stop. regroup. recharge. I always try to give 100% of myself to my family and friends and work, and of course to my children. And then one day you wake up and there's nothing left-no inspiration, no creativity- I just felt empty. So I've taken a few weeks off to "fill the bucket" if you will...and I'm feeling like myself once again. I wish I could say I did something fun, or spontaneous, or creative...but I didn't. I am the type of person that can just be still, and quiet with my own thoughts. I need to daydream...imagine the next step. We all need time now and then, in our own way, to reconnect with ourselves. Thanks for letting me have the time. My bucket is full...
My parents have been here for 8 days and we had a nice visit, but today they are gone and I'm scrambling around...cleaning, washing, grocery shopping...getting ready for part 2: Christopher & Katie & ??? coming home from school for the long weekend. His college (Alabama) is playing their first football game of the season this Saturday in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. Lots of kids are coming over for the game, and I told him anyone and everyone was welcome to stay with us, so we'll see who shows up! All I can say is, I bought EVERY snack item in the grocery store that was buy-one-get-one-free this morning. What they don't eat, they can take back with them!
What do these pictures have to do with anything you might be asking? Well it's a little vignette I have on a shelf in the family room for Christopher and the University of Alabama. I do goofy things like this. The school mascot is an elephant, so I found the vintage Josef elephant at a flea market, and the childrens playing card too...the old block has a "C" for Christopher, and the glass is an old state glass from the state of Alabama, which has his city listed on the back (Tuscaloosa).
So tonight I will embrace the quiet, and get ready for the action packed adventure that is my son. And the herd of elephants he may be bringing with him. But first, I will go make him homemade hot fudge sauce...his favorite!