Forgive my neglectfulness…

Granted, i think I may have only one or two followers of this blog, but still, I feel bad that I have not written in sometime.

Life is, for lack of a better excuse, busy as all get out.  I never seem to have enough time in my day to finish everything on my to do list.  I am a little unorganized, okay, a lot, and I really need to get a grip on it.

I did get a wonderful visit with my niece and her husband and 2 1/2 year old son yesterday.  It was just what I needed.  I haven’t seen them in a while, and my kids had not seen them in a few years.

My pile of books to be read is growing quickly.  Will I ever catch up, I doubt it.  But the day I run out of books to read will be a truly sad day indeed.  Every time I am out and about I find more that interest me.  I take a photo of them and add them to my wish list at Amazon.  I don’t want to buy too many while I have so many piled up.  I will go to the library and borrow them when I can, or get them on my kindle.    And of course, people keep suggesting books for me to read too.  LOL.

Happy Fall…and I hope to get more organized AND write more often in here!

 

 

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Ch-ch-ch-change

My son is in the process of moving home.  He moved to Florida at the end of July, and things have not worked out they way he hoped and he is coming home and moving back in with us.   I won’t go into all the details of what happened and what wrong wrong.  I get his frustration and reasoning why to move back. I do.  I’m trying to be as supportive as I can without showing my disappointment.  My disappointment is in the situation more than anything.  He took up a friend on a job opportunity…and in the end, he was completely misled, plus the friend has issues that made things far more difficult than anyone expected them to be.

Life doesn’t seem to be as easy for the younger generation.  Finding a decent job that pays well, when you haven’t gone to college is not easy.  And, supporting yourself on minimum wage is difficult.  Rent is outrageous…and i really don’t understand why rent is so high.  Who can afford to live in some of these places…when you pay  $800 or more for a small bedroom; kitchen; bathroom and living room/dining room.  Most of these places don’t even have any amenities..you pay your utilities; you have to use a communal laundry room….and half the time the washers and dryers are not working properly.

My husband, has threatened to cut my son off of all support within a year. That upset me.  I told him his parents would not have done that to him, and mine wouldn’t have either, and to think that my son could be homeless and hungry is heartbreaking.  It hopefully will never come to that but since he is coming back to Illinois, which has a very high personal income tax; and is one of the worst states to live in; there are some factors that will make things tougher.  But he will have a roof over his head.  We live in a small town and there are a not a lot of jobs to be had, which means commuting to one of the cities…each over 30 minutes away.  Wages get turned quickly into gas, and the paycheck dwindles.

I got into a travelling bullet journal group recently. It is fun, and I am learning how others journal.  We each get a journal for about 10 days, write in it as our own, then send it off to the next person.  Eventually, our original journal makes its way back to us, all filled in…we are mailing out today, so I need to finish up my work in this one and package it up to send off, then anxiously await the mailman to bring the next one to me.  I don’t have a separate bullet journal instagram account as many others do, but I have taken a few photos of the ones I have received, and need to do that before I send this one off.

I need to organize all the photos I have taken and put them on the PC so when I am blogging I have immediate access to them, instead of having to go to the laptop or the storage device they are on to get them so I can share them.

Well..I work the next 5 days straight so I better start tackling my to do list…writing in this blog was one of the top things on my list.  I started this one in the hopes to make it more of a habit, and I have failed.  Perhaps when I finish the book I am reading, I will blog about that as well.

Perhaps.

Keeping goals…staying focused…

I feel terrible when I log into my goodreads account and see that I am 15 books behind on my reading goal for the year.  How the heck did that happen?  I really thought I was doing better.  I know there is still plenty of time to redeem myself, but man, it’s discouraging to see that.  It’s not that I am not reading, it’s just that I am not reading as much per week as I need to be or used to.

But…I am currently reading the book, “Jonathan Unleashed” by Meg Rosoff which I got from my new Read Dog subscription service.  So far, I am really enjoying it, however, I am only 3 chapters into it.

If you are interested in what I have been reading, you can visit my Goodreads profile.

I was careless and got really sunburned over the 4th of July weekend.  I DID use sunscreen…an SPF 50 to be exact, but I neglected to put some more on before I started playing volleyball in the pool…now my face and chest are burnt…I go back to work tomorrow and I am hoping the discomfort is gone.  Today is better than yesterday, so my fingers are crossed.

I am not doing so well with my bullet journaling.  I need to find a layout that I like so I will stick with it.  I keep trying new ideas out.  And, up until this morning I needed to write 4  pen pal letters.  Now I only have one to do.  YAY!  I cheated a little and typed them up this time…mostly because I can type much faster than I can write, and my hands don’t cramp.  The letter I have left to do is part of a letter tag, and my pen pal sent me some stationary and stickers when she sent her last one to me, and I need to check to see if I have anything I can send back in exchange.

Hello world…how are you?

 

Someday, maybe, one day…I will….

Picking a title for my blog entries is something I struggle with. Okay, I admit it, being consistent with my blog is something I struggle with as well.  But I am trying.  I am working on making a list of things I want to blog about so that I can be ready when I sit down here at the computer.  Perhaps by the time I finish this post, I will have a title..maybe.

So, I started writing letters…getting penpals and it is so much fun.  I am not crafty and some of them send me these well decorated envelopes or homemade cards, and here I am with just white lined paper and some stickers.  I remember how much I loved writing letters when I was younger so I decided to give it a try again. I have 7 penpals at the moment.  I am really enjoying it, but I do need to start logging or tracking the information I pick up from them like their birthdays etc so I can send them birthday cards.  The worst part of having penpals?  Empty mailboxes.  Yep.  Nothing but bills in there today, or the day before, but one day last week, three letters arrived on the same day!  YAY!

I started bullet journaling and like I said I am not crafty.  So many of the spreads I found on pinterest and instagram are so amazing.  And mine are so blah…but you know, right now I am just a beginner and I am trying to see if it’s something I can keep up with (or want to).  I’m tracking little things like how many books I’ve read, and how many followers I have on my Instagram Avon account.  Maybe I’ll track followers for this blog someday, or my weight loss.  Hmm..the latter might be a good idea actually.

 

 

 

 

I am a diabetic

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Why is that my subject?  Because I need to own it. I need to come to terms with this diagnosis so I can better handle it.

I’ve known for a while, but my recent lab work showed that I wasn’t doing enough, so now, it’s a reality check.  So by putting this here, is a step towards getting it all under control.

I need to be more consistent with my exercise.  No excuses.  I need to set up a plan, even if its just starting with 3 days a week.  I need to drink more water (I have already started doing this) and I need to cut back on pop and junk food. Oh this part is so hard, but necessary.  I have never had good willpower, but now my lack of willpower can be detrimental to me.

I have to do this.  I should have done more sooner than this, but I did’t. So, now is the time.

Music is a universal language

Everyone joins a band in this life, and what you play always affects someone. Sometimes, it affects the world

That is one of the closing lines in The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.

I loved the fact that the story was narrated by Music itself..and delves into the chapters of our lives as if they were stanzas in music…as well as tempos.

Music tells us throughout the story that he gives a part of himself to everyone of us when we were born. Some of us, like Frankie Presto, BB King, Elvis, etc, get more of him than others.

I loved this story. Even though Frankie Presto is a fictional character, his story is intermingled with the best in the music industry. From playing with Elvis, to auditioning for KISS and many more great stories, it is a great story and you learn just how you impact everyone you meet in life, in some way.

This is book 5 in my goal to read 50 books in 2017 through goodreads.

 

A little bit about me

I thought I would take a moment to talk about myself…not something I really like doing, but I thought perhaps it would be helpful to those who may stumble upon my blog to understand me.

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I served in the United States Air Force for 13 years.  I loved almost every minute of it, however, it was difficult to be Active Duty, a mom, and a military spouse.  So I got out, while my husband continued to serve until he retired after 28 years in.  I love to read, although I do tend to go in spurts with my reading, and have a huge pile of books to read. I have my books and reading goals listed at Goodreads and swap books over at paperbackswap.   I am not very crafty, yet I pin a ton of stuff on pinterest that interests me.  I am an Avon Independent Sales Representative…as was my mother and grandmother.  I grew up on the products and love using them. I hate paying more than I should for daily needs items.  I fundraise every year with my Avon business for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  My daughter and I will be going for the 4th year this year.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and finding a cure for it is something I would love to see in my lifetime.  I got a really great camera a few years ago for Christmas so I have been trying to get out and take photos with it.  I’m not that great, but I have entered some of my photos in challenges at Twenty20.  I’m kind of everywhere on social media…facebook, twitter, instagram, yelp….you name it, I am probably there, although probably not that active in all of them.  I love social media.

I am the eldest of two girls.  My father worked for a major airline for over 40 years and my mother, while mostly being a housewife and mom, was a cosmetologist, although she didn’t work many of the years of our childhood, focusing on raising us.  My husband and I met while stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson, Arizona in 1985.  We have been married 31 years, and have two children, a daughter and a son, who are both grown.  We also have two German Shepherd Dogs who I take a lot of photos of.

In a nutshell…that’s me!