Where We Were

May 27, 2008

This weekend there was moving and a movie (That Thing You Do to be exact), a walk and a nap, some Shakespeare in the park, football, fountains, and frisbee, and a lot of driving after the driving range. Oh, there was also rain. A LOT of rain. But it was sandwiched between sun…unlike the forecast…so it was GREAT!!!

Just enjoying the fountains!

And each other.

The set of Shakespeare, “The Death of King Richard III”. Not a real pick-me-up play but the delivery was great and the weather beautiful!

Crackers and cheese prepared by K!

When the lights go down…the set during intermission! Again, gorgeous!

Different weekend, same range. Check out that form! Actually, don’t. Well, unless you want to be lousy at golf. I stunk it up.

Different passenger, same car. My sister and brother-in-law took us for a long drive in the Mustang on Monday followed by an ice cream stop. Indy didn’t go this time but as the picture attests, she is a natural at convertible rides…tongue out, wind in her hair, and lovin’ every minute of it!

Textile Recyling

May 24, 2008

Rising mercury, blooming trees, and 9 o’clock sunsets…all indicators that spring is in full swing, summer is coming, and spring cleaning time is here. For those who have already organized, scrubbed, and breathed a sigh of relief…good for you!! And for the majority of you who have decided that spring cleaning is overrated, you just might be right! You’ll probably at some point find yourself in the middle of a room surrounded by your junk belongings trying to convince yourself it has to get worse before it gets better, and again, you just might be right.

I decided that I would approach spring cleaning this year in stages with the first being clothes. It took me awhile but not because I didn’t want to do it, but because I didn’t know what to do with all of the clothes I didn’t want. I know, donate them, right? Yeah, I knew that much. But what about those clothes that aren’t in good enough shape to donate…the socks, the now off-white tees, the more-holey-than-not jeans, what do you do with those?

I did some research and found a local division of a company that takes clothing/textiles/shoes and redistributes to others including those in third-world nations. The items that cannot be resold are either cut into dusting or polishing rags or broken down into fiber to be reused. All of this amounts to a mere 6% of the original waste to end as final waste. And with a claim that for the past 25 years Americans have consumed more clothes every year than the year before…6% doesn’t sound too bad when currently 85% of discarded clothes end up in a landfill.

I’ll disagree with Kermit here and say this is one instance where it appears it is easy being green…if you want to call it that!!

Happy Cleaning!

Summertime

May 22, 2008

These days when the sun seems to want to stay up just as long as me are days I love! The picnics, fireworks, theatre in the park, drive-in movies, the smell of sunscreen, hiking, camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and outdoor eating are all so enjoyable and the list goes on and on. Not to mention my summertime birthday.

However, one thing I do not love is the bitty, biting bugs such as the mosquito.

With a reaction like this do you blame me.

So I cherish these final few days before the mosquito takes over the summer.

On E

May 22, 2008

What exactly does it mean when while sitting at a stop light your fuel indicator drops suddenly to E and the car’s intelligence in response sounds the triple ding, yet in the next breath the needle rebounds to the 3/4 tank marker? And does the 299 in the trip odometer make a difference? Hmmm…

May 19, 2008

My grandpa passed away this past week. Is death ever a fun thing? I am certain no is the only correct answer! However, if I told you that God hasn’t been very evident and very faithful in the past few days and even back weeks, months, and years I would be LYING!! His sovereignty clear, his grace ever present, and his love unending. The week/weekend was a roller coaster with many obvious tears as I grieved for my grandma, my mom, my aunts/uncles, as I realized how much I will miss this grandpa and how much I already miss my other; my brother at one point accurately joked while waiting on the funeral to start that at the rate I was going I would be dehydrated before the service began!! True! But on the other end of the roller coaster were the great times spent with my amazing family. You see, my grandparents obeyed God’s command to be fruitful and multiply…resulting in these stats: 1 grandma, 1 grandpa, 70 years of marriage, 7 children, 23 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 3 more on the way, and all the spouses, girlfriends, and husbands-to-be that go along with them. This all equals an amazing group of people, an amazing family.

Specific highlights/lowlights:

*Exiting off the closed down interstate on the way home 2 exits before ours, and sitting in traffic on a foreign highway behind a parked semi.

*Indiana country road numbering systems (a definite high!).

*The gorgeous sunset out the rear window and rainbow out the front window of the car on the drive home.

*6 hand Bid Euchre tournament.

*Losing the 6 hand Bid Euchre tournament.

*The officiating of the funeral (my cousin did a phenomenal job).

*Tom, the dog.

*Asking my grandma for advice on having kids, specifically whether K and I should consider having 7. For the record, she said no!! But she thought 6 might be okay!!!!

*The mistaken toothbrush identity…my apologies again to the other party 😦

So there it is. That was this week/weekend…some of the highs, lows, and in-betweens.

11:42PM

May 10, 2008

Our headlights on Big Red struggle to say the least. On a clear night we can occasionally see ten feet in front of us, but not straight in front, kind of out to the side and front of us. Basically they are useless.

So much to our surprise on the way home from our big group tonight we noticed a figure in our headlights. There isn’t much we see in our headlights, and there isn’t much out and about at 11:42PM so that was slightly odd. Turns out it was Clayton Cruz, the English Springer Spaniel. Out for a near midnight stroll I suppose.

We stopped. We got out. We whistled. Clayton ran strolled faster (he didn’t look the running type). Back in the car we drove 10 feet to catch up thinking maybe he would jump in the car. We stopped. We opened the door. Clayton stopped, stared, turned, and trotted on. UGH! Back in the car we drove 10 feet to catch up planning this time to stop and tackle if need be. We stopped, flipped the caution lights, and hopped out of the car. K recited the phone number and I dialed. Mid-dial Clayton’s owner pulled up.

11:45 we were on our way home and so was Clayton Cruz.

Nice meeting you Clayton!

You see that break in the roof, just above the balcony. Well, that’s a hole. And sticking out of that hole is a raccoon’s head. He was just scanning the surroundings, looking left and right, watching the day go by. He sat for some time and got a bit tired as one look out our balcony door caught him mid yawn!

Makes me wonder if those noises I hear at night occasionally are squirrels on the roof or raccoons IN the roof. On second thought, I’d rather not know.

Par-tay!

May 8, 2008

That’s right, that translates into me being invited to the party upstairs!!

This was the hottest ticket in town on Sunday. My favorite six year old set up a party upstairs in his room and the spare room complete with a cardboard house, a time-telling station, a football station, musical tent, and an autograph/sticker stop. Each ticket was cut, written, and dispersed individually earning an A+ in my book for creativity among other things!

Have I mentioned that I love this kid?

Beautiful Weekend

May 6, 2008

For those who are members of my family…I love you. K and I took a mini-vacation (yes, I did meet the requirement of a vacation by taking a day off of work!) this past weekend back toward home. K was scheduled to run the Mini Marathon as was my sister-in-law. And they did. And they did amazing!! I was soooo very proud of them. K impressed me as always by running the entire thing despite a setback in training thanks to a bum knee. Dawna, well, K described her like this to me…”she was just like a truck out there, passing everyone like it was no big deal”.

Dad and Jenny (my sister) were part disgusted and part inspired by the whole race which resulted in a brilliant idea by Jen that we should do a family race. Starting with a 5K of course. Excellent idea…let’s go!

Other highlights included talking into the wee hours of Friday morning with my brother and Dawna, waking up early Friday to a thunder boom that transported my nephew down to his parents in lightening speed (and scared the spaghetti out of everyone else), eating a school lunch with my favorite kindergartner, said kindergartner losing his “lucky” tooth in the aforementioned school lunch, party for the lost “lucky” tooth, a beautiful day watching runners of all shapes and sizes reaching the finish line with the two winners tying for first after 13.1 miles, mars v. venus with K’s family, blessed conversations and friends, wii games, yard games, and a POD UPSTAS.

And lest I forget that one beyond-beautiful little girl who makes it so very cute to say bye bye to poop!

I love you family. I can’t wait to see you all again!