Thu, Mar. 20th, 2014, 10:17 am
Random Ramblings About Kids

Only 2 more days until Lia leaves for Florida. Her flight is at 3:15 so we will be leaving here at around 12:45 p.m. We have to stop briefly at Walmart on the way because her ear buds have failed, and she wants to be able to listen to music on the flight.

She still hasn't packed!

Josie is working hard on her studies to get ready for college. I always worry about the kids being accepted at their colleges of choice. In JoAnn's case, she is willing to do some community college work if necessary to get accepted at SUNY Oswego. Another option is the zoo technology program at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. Their internships are in Syracuse so she would probably want to get her licence, but I am quite sure that she is amenable to that.

Esme has moved in although she still refers to here as "my mom's house." Adjustment is proceeding about as anticipated.

Tue, Mar. 18th, 2014, 10:03 am
Life Update

It has been a busy time at Faerie Gardens. Lia is leaving for Florida this Saturday!!! She is staying with a friend for three weeks. This will be her longest trip away from home yet. She is visiting Disney, cosplaying extensively and just hanging out and relaxing with her good friend Ayden. I imagine some frantic packing this week, and we still have to get her student ID laminated in case there are any problems on the flight.

Last Saturday, we went to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Syracuse. Diana and I have only missed it once since 2004. It was super cold, windy, snowy, rainy, and just generally horribly bad weather. Our time watching lasted less than 30 minutes. The best part of the day was lunch at the Dinosaur BBQ courtesy of Diana's mom. Judy also joined us, and a good time was had by all.

Right this minute, the girls are discussing possible talent show acts for the Shine talent show. Yes, we are once again going to the Shine with Unschooling conference, this year at a new location. I am a bit nervous because earning the extra money for the trip pretty much falls on me, and that means late nights, and I need to be up every morning at 6:15 to support Diana as she gets ready for work. The lack of sleep is weighing on me heavily.

Lia is dating a boy who goes by Toothpick. He lives in Ithaca, and she is trying to arrange a time in April to see him. I am not sure how this will work, but it is a bit nerve-racking!

Since Diana started working at a day care, we are all sick all the time. This is not something that we are used to. Day care workers seem to get sick a lot more often than elementary teachers.

My uncle Russ died last week, and I am sad in my heart. The last time I saw him, not really that long ago, he was so vibrantly alive. The sister of someone else I know fairly well just died following an accident. The older you get, the more death becomes a part of your life. Maybe this helps prepare one for one's own mortality.

Sat, Sep. 7th, 2013, 04:49 pm
Life

Today is my day off, and I feel just a bit under the weather. I do not know if it is the pollen, which is high, or if it is a virus or part of my normal health fluctuations. I am hoping it is not the virus option.

Last night, the kids headed off for their once-a-year overnight with their dad. Diana and I had the house to ourselves from 8 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. today. The kids had fun at the ARC race. They brought home chips. I got to see Esme.

I have started trying to get my social life in order (or create it perhaps) because I was getting to the point where all I was doing was working which is no fun, at least not when you do work you pretty much don't like. Joseph has an open invite for dinner on Friday nights. I am going off with Joseph, Lia and JoAnn to the Pagan Pride festival in Syracuse in a couple of weeks. This year it is on Mabon so it feels like a double festival for me. In October, we are hosting a Halloween gathering, in November we are having a Chanukah gathering at the end of the month, then in December, we are having a general gathering early in the month and a solstice party later. I do love Yule time festivities!

Thu, Aug. 15th, 2013, 07:57 am

Yesterday was a really busy day!

JoAnn and Lia did some face modeling to help promote the business of on of Diana's friends. The three of them went and they had a lot of fun. Diana also did a lot of cleaning in the bedroom, and I continued on my good freelance streak writing 5 articles in under 4 hours!!!

I was exhausted by bedtime and fell asleep earlier than I have been. I was nearly asleep by 11:45. I don't know that that translated to more sleep though because I work up three times to use the bathroom and once with a nightmare. That was at 5:00. I went back to sleep and woke up promptly at 7:30. I am feeling tired now. I did my morning intentions after I was out of bed.

Wed, Aug. 14th, 2013, 03:22 pm

Today, I got up at 6:52 a.m. I hopped right out of bed. I was pretty tired and thought I might get back in, but I didn't because I felt the time was such that I would fall back asleep and oversleep. I didn't think about waking up with a smile or having peace in my heart. I think that is not a habit. I did think about those things later when they occurred to me.

Tue, Aug. 13th, 2013, 11:41 am
Recipes and Awakening

I posted a couple of recipes on my other blog today - http://scrumptiouslyalive.blogspot.com/ .

I have been thinking about how to get up in the morning. I am a morning person, and I enjoy beginning each day on a positive note. Although occasionally I experiment with alarms, I usually don't use one. I thought I'd record my waking process for a few days.

Today, I got out of bed at 7:05. I didn't use an alarm. I stayed in bed a few moments upon awakening enjoying a smile and some positive intentions. Although I had less than 7 hours sleep, I was not overly tired. I didn't feel particularly well rested either though.

Thu, May. 9th, 2013, 06:55 pm
New Blog and Probable More Frequent Updates

I somewhat recently started a new blog, on Blogger. I wanted a new consolidated, public blog. It felt like the right time. I have been working on posting here more too so I will probably cross post a bit. For right now, if anyone wants to check it out, it is here at Scrumptiously Alive.

Mon, Apr. 29th, 2013, 09:59 am

I was thinking today that I shouldn't write a blog post if I don't feel like writing a blog post.

Sun, Apr. 14th, 2013, 03:20 pm

Today, we headed into Syracuse to pick up Josie and Lia from their youth con. We went in early and visited with Emma for a little while. That was nice. She told us about her redecorating projects. She is decorating her bedroom. It will be fun to actually see it soon.

Esme is coming back from her extended stay in Wisconsin soon. She will be staying with Emma and working at Wendy's again, with the goal of earning enough funds to visit Rory in Oregon this summer. I think she will spend the rest of the summer/fall here working on her portfolio for Pratt. It will be odd to have 3 young ones in the house again. :) Not bad though.

Sun, Apr. 7th, 2013, 06:54 pm

Today was a confusing day. The Teen group at our church was suppose to meet at a different church for a long meeting to plan a Youth Convention, but then the location was changed at the last minute.  We managed to get them there on time, and it was actually a more convenient location, but it was a little unnerving.

Then Diana and I did the weekly grocery shopping and browsed at Barnes and Noble and had coffee. The we picked up the girls and went to the library, and then it was back home.

I am dreading work tomorrow which is not a good way to start the week. I am not quite sure how to get rid of the feeling.

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