Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hello Again

Nothing like taking half a year off. :-)

So here's the scoop. We moved. I had been unhurriedly house hunting for some time. We didn't *have* to move. It's expensive and a lot of work. But we did know that we would be moving sometime in the next five or six years. I had a list of what we wanted.

First, and foremost, we wanted all the living area on one level. Mr. Wonderful has broken his left leg two different times. He's had quite a bit of nerve damage and stairs are getting more difficult. He can definitely still take the stairs, but he can tell it's getting harder. If we're to age in place, we need single floor living.

Miss Adventure needed a bedroom on the same level as everyone else. Our old house configuration was 2 bedrooms up and 2 bedrooms down. When our Chemist still lived at home, it worked. Sort of. But with the chemist out on her own, having Miss Adventure off by herself just wasn't the best. She'd disagree, but Mother knows better.

Another desire I had was to be closer to downtown. I missed walking downtown to take care of my business. Where we were, one had to get in the car for practically everything. Our dentist (of all things) was the only convenient-for-walking place we went.

Trees. How I have missed trees. I loved the trees we had planted, but mature trees just were not around. Add in a few other "must haves" and I figured I'd be looking for a long time.

Then a place that met our requirements went on the market. I had looked at it, sighed at the price, and went on my way. But time passed and finally the asking price was low enough that we could make an offer.

BAM! We are busy, busy, busy. There were some renovations we wished to make. There was the old house to get into shape for marketing. There was keeping the old house clean and shiny for showings. Then Mr. Wonderful got very ill. The holidays. Painting. Packing. Moving.

We are settling in now. Cleaning out the storage unit this weekend. Still have boxes everywhere and very few pictures hung. But I'm starting to have a little more free time.

I'll be back dating some blog posts to finish out last year for my yearly blog book along with this year's posts.
Happy, happy.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

I love the new year, the fresh start to old resolutions. I have some things that I want to achieve and the new year seems to invite renewed energy toward my goals.

So what are my goals for this year?

Family Life - once again it is declutter. I have extra motivation this new year as I am endeavoring to NOT just shove boxes into storage without going through them first. (I found some boxes under the stairs at the old place that I had not touched in the 10 years we lived there. Ugh.) I have taken several trunk loads to a local second hand store, I have filled the trash barrel and the recycle bin several times. Our neighborhood may be co-ordinating a garage sale weekend this spring or summer. That will help. And I'm going through all those books I amassed during my homeschooling years, culling most, keeping only the most cherished. The goal is to have a whole lot less "stuff." We'll see.

Health - I have several different things I'd like to accomplish (drink more water, walk more, eat healthier, lose weight, etc), but it scatters my attention too much to do them all. I think I will walk more naturally, as at the new place I am closer to several places I have errands, and I am finding myself saving those errands for a time that I can walk to accomplish them. During my time of intense home renovation I did not cook as much and we found ourselves eating out more and eating more junk. I have been thinking about this one and have come to the conclusion that meal planning will help the most. I am going to attempt to plan meals a month at a time (instead of a week at a time) to increase the variety and healthiness of our meals. I want to work in fish at least four times a month. I hope to increase vegetarian meals from its current once a month to three times a month. We'll see if I can follow through and stick to my plans. :-D

Scrapbooks - Goodness, this one has been around a while. I must move forward somehow. Right now, though, the biggest issue is "Where is everything?" So my goal for this year is to gather all my photos and supplies into one place and create a space to actually get moving on this goal. If I manage to get even one page done, it will be a victory.

There you have it. And although I'm writing all this out in April, since January was a bit overwhelming with the move, these are still my "New Year's Resolutions" for 2018, back dated to January so I can find them in December.

~Kindness Matters~

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Wrapping Up the Year

To close out the year, I like to look back at the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year and see how I did.

Oh dear, on all three fronts I have fallen terribly short of where I hoped to be.

As far as decluttering has gone, I have not gotten nearly as far as I would have liked. I am so glad I did what little I managed to do. I wish I had gotten a lot more done as I have had to move all those postponed decisions to our new home.

As far as my health goals, well . . . I have managed not to gain any weight this year. Yay for small miracles. The stress of the last few months has pushed my soda intake up and my exercise time down.

And absolutely nothing was accomplished on my scrapbooks.

I do love the feeling of a fresh start with the new year.
Here's to 2018.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Yule Celebration

First, we were going to move to the new place in late October. Then it was to be Thanksgiving weekend. Then it was two weekends before Christmas. Then, the weekend before Christmas. Then I just stopped planning to move. (We finally ended up moving January 19.)

But even if we were not moved into our new place yet, I wanted to have our Yule celebration in our new home. I hadn't put up much in the way of decorations at the old place. The tree would have made our tiny living room look even smaller.

But since we'd need to move the tree soon anyway, I asked Mr. Wonderful to move it for our celebration. The bedrooms were finished, so we chose to set the tree up in the master bedroom, as it was the largest finished room.

The chemist arrived home bearing gifts, which we then hauled, along with the few things I had wrapped, over to the new place.

A small, not very decorated celebration. Lights only on the tree, no ornaments. But with all that we had going on, this was what we needed. Simple, for our first Yuletide in our new home.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seven Days of Black and White

So there's been this thing making the social media rounds called Seven Days of Black and White. The idea is to post a B&W photo of one's every day life for seven days without any explanation.

As if I didn't have enough to do just now, I decided to participate. I wasn't able to blog much as I had so much going on. I needed a creative outlet. This appealed to me.

I managed to do four days.
My everyday life right now.
No explanation required. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Library Card

Miss Adventure stumbled across a book at the library, Tilly's Moonlight Garden - a chapter book that really caught her fancy. The chapters were short enough that she could read them fairly easily. The story's lead character was compelling to her. This book had her fall in love with reading.
:-)  :-)  :-)

(As an avid reader, this mama is super happy that at least one of her children finds reading enjoyable.)

She was ready for more. And she asked if she could get her own library card.

Well, of course.

Checking out for the first time on her own card.
Many happy adventures await her, between the pages of a book.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Very Ill Mr. Wonderful

Mr. Wonderful has broken his left leg on two different occasions, decades apart. He has significant nerve damage and just doesn't "feel" his leg nearly as well as he should. And that allowed an infection to grow without notice. His last break gave him a lower leg that was always a little swollen and pinkish, which further masked the infection. Then Mr. Wonderful woke up Monday morning sick (yay, flu) with chills. Again masking the more serious infection. We were able to make it in to see his doctor that afternoon, and that's when we found out that he had a bad infection in his leg.

We saw the doctor every day except Tuesday that week. He got antibiotic shots and pills both. He spent the week in bed except for those visits to the doctor. The next week was Thanksgiving week. Mr. Wonderful was getting better, but not very fast. He went into work 2 days for a few hours, then spent the holiday weekend in bed. Finally, after two weeks, he could go to work full time, but just collapsed when he got home. He went to an infectious disease specialist, who ordered in some specialized antibiotic. It would take ten weeks before he finally was completely healed.

All during this time, I am trying to keep our old house "show ready." I am working as much as I can on renovations to our new house. I am trying to pack what I can for our very soon move. And that is why this blog post is actually being written in March.