Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Big Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend . . . the official start to summer . . .

I took Friday off from work so I had a lovely 4 day weekend!

Worked in the flower bed . . . omg that thing is huge!  I’m seriously reconsidering the flower bed.  I’m not a gardener and I never wanted something that big anyway!  So now that I’m the one that has to work in it . . . it’s going to be redesigned!

Prince Charming did some work on things here at The Little House . . . again omg!  There were a couple of things that have been bugging me and I had Prince Charming check them out . . . what he found out made me sad . . . and then I got angry . . . and now I’m just flabbergasted . . .

We went to my niece’s graduation party on Sunday . . . the official graduation isn’t until tomorrow . . . but Big Sister wanted to have the party this weekend to beat the rush of Diva’s *niece* friends parties . . . if it’s anything like Dollface’s *Diva’s sister* graduation there will be parties for a month!

We went to the annual Memorial Day parade here in Smalltown today.  KT *youngest granddaughter* is in the Marine Corps Jr. ROTC at the local high school and she made color guard.  It was her first parade.  She was so beautiful in her Marine Corp uniform . . . and she looked like she was scared sh!tless walking the parade route.  It probably didn’t help any to have her mother and her grandmother trying to distract her by hollering for her and blowing an airhorn and ringing a cowbell . . .

We went to the Memorial Day parade in the little town next to where we grew up on Saturday morning.  It was the total opposite of the parade in Smalltown.  That parade was 11 minutes long.  It also featured Sad Sack’s *youngest nephew* marching band debut.  I was getting all teary eyed watching him march along and then Little Brother shouted out to Sad Sack trying to make him laugh!  Yea, onery runs in the family!

Beautiful weather.  Good food on the grill.  Fun time with family.  Beautiful man to spend the weekend with.  What more could a girl ask for?

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Letter to My Babies

Dear Rocky & Millie

Mommy is off work for the next four days for the Memorial Day Holiday.  I know all this means to you is that Mommy and Prince Charming will both be home all day to give you love and cookies and hopefully go for a few walks if the weather cooperates.

Mommy has really been looking forward to a few days off from work.  Mommy has REALLY been looking forward to being able to sleep in for four days in a row.  Sleep in means sleeping past 5:30 a.m.  I know that part of Mommy’s mini vacation is going to mess up your schedule and I apologize for that. 

I’ll make you a deal . . . If you wake me up at 5:30, I promise to get up to let you go out to potty and I’ll fix you breakfast.  Then I’ll go back to bed and you guys will be good and not make a lot of noise until about 9 a.m.  Then I promise that I’ll get up for the day and you can run in and out of the house every 20 minutes.  Does that sound fair?

Love, Mommy

(They must have liked that deal because that’s exactly what they did this morning!) ;o)

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Storm Central

We had more storms last night. Really scary storms with tornado warnings and large hail and big black clouds. This time I was not at Wally World but safe at home with the puppies and Prince Charming.

And his weather radio. And his portable ham radio. And the weather maps on the laptop. And the local CBS station with continuous coverage from 6 p.m. until who knows when.

I’ve lived here in this part of Ohio all my life. I’ve seen a few tornado warnings but haven’t seen anything like what’s going on now in quite some time. I gotta admit that I’m a bit unsettled with all this severe weather that we’ve been having. On one hand, It’s nice to have all the storm information available and be prepared for what’s around the bend. And it’s REALLY nice to have Prince Charming right by my side during all of this.

On the other hand, though, sometimes it’s a bit like information overload and my storm paranoia takes over and I have to leave the room to do “something productive.”

Now I understand why Blacky used to pace through the house during storms.

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Safe & Sound

One advantage of Prince Charming’s ham radio hobby . . . he can take his little radio with us when we go to Wally World and can tell me it’s time to leave because of severe weather . . .

I feel like a celebrity with my own personal protection detail . . .

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Sunday Morning

Prince Charming went to Hamvention – he’s a ham radio operator and Hamvention is a big convention for ham operators. It’s a big deal here in these parts. I have lots of stories about that . . .

I’m home alone on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. Yea, I know. I should be doing all sorts of things and not be on this computer!

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I Told You That Story to Tell You This Story

The hot flashes are back.  Don’t know why they are back, but they are.  They are just as awful as they were right after the surgery 4 years ago.  At least I don’t have night sweats like I used to . . . but still.  They wake me up in the middle of the night.  The blankets get flung off.  Then after a while, I get cold and they come back on.  I get thirsty and need a drink of water.  Then I have to go to the bathroom.  Happens quite a few times almost every night.  Between that and Millie needing to go out when I get up to go to the bathroom (“You go, I go Mom!”), I have  been awake quite a bit lately.

So in the very early morning hours this morning, I’m laying awake and trying not to make any noise so I don’t wake up Millie.  I’m staring at the ceiling or staring at Prince Charming sleeping next to me.  He snores just a little bit.  What a very comforting sound.  The windows are open so I can hear the birds chirping in the trees.  Millie and Rocky are on the doggie bed at the foot of the bed and somebody is snoring a lot louder than Prince Charming!

I’m thinking about all kinds of things.  How nice it is to be able to hear the birds in the trees.  How lucky I am to have Prince Charming sleeping right next to me.  How can one dog snore so loud!  How happy I am these days.  How different my life is from a year ago . . . from six months ago.  How the hardest thing I’ve ever done (the divorce) could lead to the best thing I’ve ever done (Prince Charming).  I’m living my wildest dream . . . somebody pinch me because this can’t possibly be real!

And then I hear Millie shaking her head and she walks over to my side of the bed and starts breathing on me.  How does she know that I’m awake? Guess I better get up and get started on the day.

Thank you, God, for today.

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Saturday

Lots of domestic stuff to do . . .

Trips to the big box stores  . . .

Yard work . . . the front flower bed is in need of some serious weeding!

Walk the dogs.  It’s been hot here the last few days and we’ve slacked off on the evening ritual.  Millie has noticed the change in the routine and IS NOT HAPPY!!

Two of my nieces are going to prom tonight.  I need to make a trip to The Homestead tonight to make sure I see them in their dresses .  . .

Boringly normal . . . just the way I like it!!

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