Tuesday, November 25, 2014

on the gypsy trip

Made a story at the birthplace of a famous singer today.  Born into poverty rose to worldwide fame.  Any guesses?  Tomorrow off to the final destination.  My house is being watched so thieves be aware.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Busy Weekend

Getting ready for our mini vacay.  I have someone checking on the house so thieves beware.  My low beam light on the driver side of my car is out.  Let's see now, the cam sensor had to be changed to the tune of almost $300, the wheel had to be changed due to a log to the tune of $150 and now the light to be changed and it is not an easy thing to do.  We have to swap cars with my parents so my dad can take it to the shop for me.  Tomorrow I will swap cars with Dad.  f

G has had a busy weekend with a skating birthday party to attend and tomorrow afternoon a matinee with her friend who had the skating birthday party.

Got the flu shot this week so hopefully I can bypass the flu season.  Discovered via the weather channel that where we are going will be mid 60s and rain on the way but not the two days that matter.  I have a place to stay going down there to break up the drive but I am either going to try to drive straight through or find a place on the way coming back.  I am doing laundry like crazy and packing is a nightmare because we don't know what clothes to bring.

I did find a large pepperoni log on clearance (but still good) and I have a box of crackers that I can make snacks for us to take or eat in the hotel.  I have a case of water to bring and am undecided on bringing a back pack or a large purse.  We will only have our phones for photos because honestly I don't want to carry the big camera.  I am stressing about rides and losing things on rides like glasses or bags or money.

Sadly the hotel/resort we are staying in doesn't have a microwave oven in the room so the soup idea doesn't work.  The hotel doesn't have a free breakfast, boo, but does have a water park which we can't use but one maybe two days if at all with the cool weather.  I plan to be at the destination for the 2 whole days well into the evenings that we have passes.  Now the day we check out we may decide to use the water park before leaving or we may decide to get up early and head home.  I am just hoping to get the majority of the driving out the day we leave.

Oh and funny little story, I took my mom with me to the town where the skating rink is and after dropping G off she and I went to lunch.  There was an Italian restaurant where mom had baked ziti and I had a spinach roll.  I brought half the roll home uneaten because I planned on having it for supper.

Then after lunch and a failed attempt to get the light fixed we went to pick G up from the party.  G was starving after all the skating so I offered her the spinach roll thinking she would hate it.  I don't know if it was because she was so hungry or what but she ate the whole thing exclaiming that she likes spinach.  Then we stopped by our house to get some noodles for her and while dropping mom off, I fixed her a bowl of noodles which she also ate.  Skating takes a lot out of a kid.  She didn't have near the bruises she had last year from her friends party.

I think my mom stayed confused about why we were there or where we were going and why G wasn't with us.  But it kept her out of the house for the day.  She has a big day to look forward to as family is coming in but it is also confusing her too.  I am praying it won't be as bad as last year.

Okay, off to do laundry.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

G's Very Cool Social Studies Teacher

who really did shave his head and dressed as an Indian Brave as a conclusion to their study on Native Americans.  Since I am home I took the opportunity to have lunch with G and a friend of hers.

Winter came early

This little bit of white covering on our yard, translated into at least an inch of nice white ice on the overpasses and bridges. I am home today. This prevented me an probably a lot more folks from getting to work, at least those of us who work out of state.  Those who live out of town had trouble getting to our cities and were late to work.  And our interstate system is so backed up it goes to two state lines and half way back to our state capital.

So I had been on the road not even out of the town next to ours trying to get across the bridge but not even close to the bridge or interstate for roughly an hour.  I called my boss who had more info than I did.  She said the bridges were closed.  She said she would see me tomorrow.  YEA! WINTER!

This probably should have been accounted for particularly after our governor was called out last March leaving folks on the interstate system over 24 hours near our town.  Anyway, the perils of living in the south for winter.  I feel sorry for the trucks who had no clue what they were hitting until it was too late.

On the bright side, I can pick G up from school and take her to buy her friend a birthday present for tomorrow's party for which I have not seen the invitation because G can't seem to remember to bring it home from school.  That 10 year old memory beats the cake, doesn't it?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You

To all service men and women and their families, we owe a debt for your sacrifices to keep us free. May we never forget nor let our freedoms be lost.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Geo Cache-ing

If you haven't heard of the phrase, basically it is a treasure hunt of sorts.  I have read on other blogs about how much fun it is, but with one in the back yard of our church and a family who enjoys doing this; I discovered that I hate it.  G on the other hand loved it even though we weren't successful.  Maybe that is why I didn't enjoy it.  Failure or things that have a high probability of failure, I tend to avoid.

The idea is that someone hides something and it literally could be anything even a notebook to sign and then posts the coordinates on a map for people on the internet to find.  So it is a treasure hunt for all intents and purposes.  Very creative but not for me.

So this Sunday after church G has gone geo cache-ing with this family even going out to lunch (though I did offer to fix lunch for them) declaring this day to be a non-boring day.  I am home to fix lunch for myself and start my nap.  I let G know the door would be unlocked but I may be already asleep!

Enjoy your Sabbath Rest!!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Crazy Week

Started out pretty good then Monday night driving home from picking G up from my parents, I ran over a log that bent the rim of a wheel on my car.  There were several logs on the side of the road but until I hit the one I didn't actually know that was what they were.  I thought at first they were dead animals but thought surely there couldn't be that many.  Then too late I saw the one off center in the road ad was unable to avoid it without going into a ditch.  It sounded like a gun shot and both G and I jumped.

Tuesday morning I took it in to the tire place in town, I initially called my dad Monday night to come help me take G to school Tuesday and get me to the car place.  I called my dad because when I panic that is who I call.  I ended up thinking about it over night and arranged another ride for G to get to school Tuesday.  I had enough air to drive myself to the car place which could only bang it out and order a new wheel.

The wheel was going to be in on Wednesday but I was able to drive all week with the temporary fix and drop it off last night so they replaced the wheel this morning.  Thankfully the tire itself was fine.

My dad picked me up and took G, me and mom out to dinner last night.  Then G and I spent the night with my parents so they wouldn't have to make too many trips into town.  The wheel doesn't actually match my car but it is safe to drive now.  Thankfully, the total cost was under $200!!

G and I kept my mom with us to go to the grocery store after picking up the car.  We stopped by our house first and I fixed us lunch.  Next Saturday, G and I have made plans to go help mom make pumpkin cake roll for Thanksgiving.  Last year she tired it by herself and made a pretty big mess of it.  They tasted good but she had rolled the towel into the final roll as opposed to in the middle of the process to train the cake to roll.

Anyway, we have roughly two weeks to our trip.  I am actually pretty excited about it but also extremely stressed over money mainly because of car problems.  I still have something to get fixed but was assured it can wait until after the holidays.

My mom is already talking of skipping Christmas this year and it isn't even her birthday yet.  I told her I was good with skipping it but G said she needed Christmas to come.  The stores also need Christmas to come.  Oh and I was thrilled with the November 4 election results.  I went to bed with soar cheeks from smiling and got up smiling again!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Such an Interesting Weekend

G got to have a friend over again after soccer.  And again they played minecraft for 4 hours.  That isn't the most interesting aspect of the weekend though.

Friday night G went to a trunk or treat function with my dad at our church.  Saturday morning we were able to finish grocery shopping staying within budget.  Then to the soccer game where G scored 3 goals.  They even had big bouncy house and hot dogs after the games.  It was so very cold though most kids didn't stay for the fun.  This also wasn't the most interesting aspect.

Sunday, our Sunday School class had a visitor from Oregon who, for the last 11 years, has ridden a bike and camped out going from place to place.  He left Oregon in January on his way south/east.  He works day labor and I suppose, technically he is homeless, though it seems that he has chosen this.  He works day labor, lives off the kindness of others and came to church Sunday.  One of my class members invited me and G out to lunch with herself and this visitor.  So we heard some of his story.

I will not lie, I was uncomfortable and I am highly suspicious.  We asked about his story which he told and this is where my suspicion comes.  How to trust what he says is truth vs just playing on a church body's emotions.  Somethings we learned: He never finished high school, regrets it now, gave up working 11 years ago, sold everything (or lost it) and began his bike riding across the US.  Every year he has to buy a new bike due to wear and tear.  He has a tent and finds things along the road.  He claims no living relatives, mentioned no children or ex-spouses, claims to have very little work in the winter and sometimes rude greetings in other churches. He is not young, is not a vet, seemed relatively clean though stained with life.  His face is dark where the sun and weather has gotten to him.

He is headed to east TN for winter and that is not something I can understand.  Why go to a cold area and not down to Florida to live on the beach?  Anyway, we prayed over him after lunch as we dropped him back by his bike.  He has a trailer that is packed with clothes, tent, sleeping bag etc.  He did mention that employers are less likely to give him day jobs in the winter than the summer so he said he does tend to be hungrier in the winter.  If anyone has opportunity to give a job in the winter, please realize folks who travel around the country via bike or on feet and want to work will do so in winter, they need to eat in winter too.

After lunch and nap, G had some money burning a hole in her pocket.  We headed to Fred's first then to Wally world where she bought a 3 movie pack of the Wimpy Kid.  Oh and I didn't make it to Thanksgiving before having to turn on my heat which is so not a good thing.  I broke down Sunday and turned it off again this morning.  I don't think the temps are supposed to be low all week.

Saturday, I made two pots of chili, 1 pot of beans only and one of meat and stewed tomatoes only.  G doesn't like meat but does like beans, sour cream and cheese.  And good grief, meat is so expensive so we can't waste any of it and may not be able to ever have it again, heh.  We are gearing up for a fun month.  I will talk more about it after the month is over.