De-stressing today

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What I have been waiting for and longing for, for over a month now has finally come and gone.  I love it when I have a free Saturday.  It is so nice to be able to stay at home, sleep in (I wish) and take it easy in the morning. Then able to do whatever I want with the rest of the day.  Today, was the day.  Husband and DD 1 left for Iowa City and a conference (and of course DD 1 to head back to her apartment).  DD 2 and I had the day at home with nothing pressing.  We straightened up a few things and then watched my favorite TV show ( Pioneer Women, I haven’t seen this show for over a month) Finally heading to my craft room for some peace and quiet.  I was able to go through a few things, sorting and purging.  My goal is to get my space organized, cleaned up and less cluttered this year.  It was so nice to have that time to relax, listen to music, sort, create and generally de-stress.  I honestly think that there should be one day every week dedicated to days like today.  Sadly as much as I try, it doesn’t always happen.  Many times I am lucky to get one day a month like this.   My DD 2 and I enjoyed a nice lunch at Pizza Ranch (no cooking, no dishes, and we love their chicken).  Now she is baking cookies for a County Council meeting/pizza party tomorrow night and then some homemade hot fudge on Ice Cream to top off the day.

Yes, we all need more days like this.

Tonight’s Entertainment

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My youngest daughter lives for the stage. So much so that she has tried out for the school’s talent show or JV show every year since 6th grade except for one.  (Elementary school didn’t have a talent show when she was there). Last year she made the JV show, but then proceeded to get fall and hurt her knee during dress rehearsal the night before the show.  Since she was hurt last year, this is the first high school JV show that we have attended.  All I am going to say about the night was that the dancers at the beginning were very good and it was an interesting night.

Runaway

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As I have mentioned before, we are a 4-H family.  My girls are the 4th generation on one side of the family and at least the third generation on a couple of other sides.  While it is not necessary, many 4-Her’s show livestock.  I say it is not necessary because I never did, my mom never did and my grandma Holst didn’t show livestock (when she joined 4-H,(hosted the first meeting in Scott County along with her sister)) that was for boys and the girls did Sewing, Food and Nutrition, and Home Improvement.  All of us survived never showing livestock.  However, my husbands family have been showing cattle and I am not sure what else since forever and recently his nephews show sheep.  Naturally, our girls wanted to show and animal so we choose cats.  We already had a cat, so it was natural that Sarah would start showing the cat when she was in 4-H.  We now have two cats because the girls each had to have their own cat to show and we had a 3-year overlap. P1010858 DSCN0010

We now have Sox and Tabitha.  Sox will be 11 years old in about 2 weeks and Tabitha will be 7 years old in a couple of months.  The two cats so resemble the girls in attitude, behaviour and many other areas it isn’t funny.  Sox is the black and white kitty.

Yesterday when I called home to let Kristen know that I was on my way home, she informed me that she hadn’t seen Tabitha since she got home.  This is highly unusual as Tabitha usually meets you on the steps and can’t wait to get some attention. Sure enough, she was nowhere to be found.  I sent Kristen outside with the slim cat food ball. Quite often Tabitha will come when she hears food.  Needless to say, that cat has food on her mind for most of her waking hours.  She didn’t respond.  We tried searching a few more times, but no Tabitha.  Finally about 8:00 that night, Kristen went outside and started calling for her and shaking the food ball.  Yes, Tabitha finally waddled over to our back door.  She had been underneath the neighbor’s deck.  We have found her there a couple of times.  The really surprising thing is that she hadn’t been back and begging for food earlier.  She usually starts begging for food from the moment we walk in the door after school and doesn’t stop until we feed her.

It was rather quiet around our house yesterday afternoon and evening until Tabitha decided to come back home.  Even Sox, who pretends to hate Tabitha, was kind of mopey and sad (if a cat can be mopey). Kind of hoping that she is done wandering for quite some time.  Not sure how she managed to get out.

 

The Perfect Prom Dress

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My youngest daughter is quite the fashionista.  She loves to dress up and is very picky about the types of clothes that she wears.  Unlike many teens her age, she loves to wear dresses or dressy tops with scarves.  Matter of fact, the clothing selection, 15 dollar challenge and Fashion Revue judges for 4-H have commented that they would love to see her wear something else (7 years of always wearing a dress for each competition). With Prom approaching, she comes up with several criteria for her Prom dress.

  1. Needs to have sleeves (she wants to be a good role model)
  2. Needs to have a back (see number 1)
  3. Simple Style
  4. Must make her feel like a princess when she put the dress on.
  5. Only one piece (she didn’t want a two piece dress)
  6. Total price of the dress had to be under $50.00

I was convinced that we either would never find a dress that fit her criteria or else it would cost me a fortune or I would have to take a chance and order it online.

Thankfully she loves to shop at second-hand stores.  Last Saturday we went to Salvation Army.  She found a blazer, dress top, and another top for her business suit but no luck on the Prom dress.  Oh, there was one that she fell in love with, but sadly it was about 1 size too small and wouldn’t zip up.  So today we went to Goodwill after school.  This time we were looking for a black skirt to go with the blazer and dress top (she needs a business casual outfit for an interview in a couple of weeks, some casual dresses and if we were lucky one prom dress.  Lucky wasn’t the word.  The second item we found was the prom dress and it fit like a glove.  I made her take a couple of others back to try on also, but the one her heart was set on was the one that fit and looked gorgeous on her.  She also found a black skirt for her interview and a couple of casual dresses with sleeves for the spring/fall.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Best thing ever when they rang up the dress it rang up for only $5.88.  For that price, I think I can swing a pair of shoes and maybe a necklace, earrings, and bracelet.

Random Thoughts on Day 1 of Spring Break

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If you have been reading this blog lately, you should have a random idea of just how much I was looking forward to having these two spring break days.  I couldn’t wait.  I had plans.  I wanted to hole up in my craft room, coming out only to use the restroom, get something to drink, possibly feed my family, and maybe some sleep.  So far that plan is NOT happening. Today’s agenda so far

  • Get up early and get ready to head to the grocery stores. Yes 2 different ones
  • Purchase Groceries.
  • Come home put groceries away and pick up some in the living room.  The cat knocked a bunch of stuff down last night.
  • Create an agenda for tonight’s Creative Arts meeting for the county fair.  (New position for me, I am now the chairperson).
  • Finished reading a book, yippie
  • Eat lunch
  • Grade student’s projects.  Quarter grades are due on Monday when we go back.  I was able to get about 1/2 of the projects graded.  That is all I brought home, couldn’t carry anymore, will switch them out tomorrow morning when I head into to church to drop off a meal for our pastor and his wife.  Part of a meal train.
  • Finally made it into the craft room.  No crafting for me, instead I was able to get some things organised and put away.  Even when I am cleaning that room, I am able to relax.  Something about being able to listen to the music I like, surrounded by crafty good things, that helps me to relax and settle down.
  • Came out to make supper.
  • Now I eating supper and typing this blog post at the same time.
  • Need to leave in about 45 minutes for my meeting. Thankfully it is usually only about an hour meeting, so I should be home in time to prep for supper tomorrow night.  I want to get as much done as possible so I can get the meal taken out early in the morning and then head to Walmart and the storage unit.

Even though I didn’t get any crafty time done, I do feel like I have had a productive day.

Cherish your Family

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This week the concept that our life is short and we don’t know when it will end has really hit home.  In the past 5 days, there have been 3 different families that I am connected to in some fashion that have experienced a death or deaths in the family.  Last Tuesday, we received the news that one of the teachers in our building lost his brother and SIL in a car accident.  Later this week, our pastor’s mother was placed in Hospice and she died just a day or two later and finally this morning, an older lady at our church had what her daughter calls “one of her spells” and passed out in the women’s restroom.  After calling the EMS system and then assisting her husband and calling their daughter to meet them at the hospital, we discovered that she passed away today.

Two of these people, were older women who have lived a full life, getting to know their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Sadly, the other two were young and will never be able to see their own kids grow up.  My heart breaks for these three families, and I am reminded to hug my husband and children one more time and to tell them how much I love them and how proud I am of them.  And yes, we need to live our life, not just exist.

Normal life

The musical has ended, so we now return you to your normal life.

My daughter Kristen was in this year’s musical Cinderella.  The cast and crew started off nicely organized in December including a calendar for every day of January.  I loved this and was impressed.  However, that is when it ended.  Due to problems with the teacher/director, there wasn’t a calendar for the rest of the time, matter of fact there wasn’t much practice at all until about 3 weeks before opening night and then they took a week off for spring break.  Needless to say, this lead to a week of very late nights.  They would begin practice right after school ended (2:45) and wouldn’t be released until 8 or 8:30.  Then came Thursday -Sunday when the production and after activities would last until around 11:00.

Yesterday, it was so nice to have everyone home at a decent hour of the evening.  She is already trying to figure out how to play volleyball in the fall and be in the fall play.