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Managing a Household / Friday, June 1
« Last post by Cheryl on June 01, 2018, 06:53:44 AM »
Happy Friday and happy new month!

Hard to believe itís already June.  It is true that the older I get, the faster time flies.

Itís too hot for coffee, so I am just sitting here listening to thunder rumbling in the distance. 
Weíre supposed to have a rainy day again.  No garden work for me.  I went out to check on it earlier and have a few squash ready.  I guess I need to pick it before it starts raining.

I think I will attempt to make a list of our freezer foods just to see how many meals I can plan for the month.  I need to see which bills are due this week and also make a list of errands I need to run tomorrow. 

Thatís about it for me.  Have a great day!
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Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 31
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 31, 2018, 11:18:41 AM »
Wow, that's really interesting Alice.  I hope you have written down your parent's stories so they don't get lost in the future.  Something your descendants will want to know someday, I'm sure.

My son will be at University of Rio Grande in Southern Ohio.  About half way to our oldest son in Richmond VA.  Not excited about having 2 of the 3 so far away, but excited for the opportunity for him.

Thanks for sharing your parents' stories. 
Pam
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Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 31
« Last post by Alice on May 31, 2018, 10:18:22 AM »
Pam--

Both my parents were born and raised in the Netherlands. They were youngsters during the war but old enough to remember a lot. My mom's father owned a grocery store which was a room in his house. He was wanted by the Germans so there was a trap door under the rug which was under the dining room table where he would hide when the kids got wind the Germans were coming. My dad's father was a farmer and they rarely went hungry because they grew a lot of what they ate and sold. There are more stories for a different day. My parents met here in the US when dad's entire family came here to live and mom wanted an adventure so she came to live with her aunt and uncle and went to nursing school at Pine Rest. Language was an issue and she didn't stay in the program though she was a CNA all her life.

All my aunts and uncles and cousins still live there and I know them all (except for my cousins' kids whom I've never met).

My daughter is going to Wright State University this fall.

Alice
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Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 31
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 31, 2018, 10:08:18 AM »
Good Mor-noon Ladies!

Nice to see you both today.  I am taking a little break of putting my living/dining room back together.  Have gone through some papers and magazines and thinned out a lot of junk.  My dining room rug should arrive today, so then I can get the dining room back together.  The living room furniture is set to be delivered tomorrow some time. 

I thought we were suppose to get a cool down after several very warm days, but looks like it won't be until tomorrow.  Hoping it will be cool enough to turn off the AC and open the doors and windows.

Alice: sounds like you have had a few exciting days.  Did your parents and brother have a good trip to the Netherlands?  Is your mother originally from there, or did her sister move there?

Our son will be starting grad school in the fall in Ohio as well.  Very close to West Virginia, so not as close as it sounds to Michigan.  He will be a graduate assistant coach for the baseball team, so tuition, room and board will be paid for.  Hoping it will be a good experience for him.  It is also a 2 year program.  He will have his Master's in Athletic Coaching and Leadership.  I think he would like to coach professionally in some capacity if he could.  This should give him an advantage in finding a position I would think.  His bachelors is in journalism/communications.  Not sure how these work together, but it is what it is.

Not too much else happening in my world.  Just getting things back in order.  Trying to figure out what I am going to be putting on walls. I have one piece for behind a couch, and a clock for the dining room, but need to make some decisions on 3 other walls in the living room.  I will go through some of my nature photos that I have taken, and see if any of those would work for any of them.  I have hung a few things in the living room and entryway, so that is done. 

Hope you all are having a great day.
Cheryl: hopefully you can avoid the rain and get your grilling on!

Pam
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Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 31
« Last post by Alice on May 31, 2018, 07:00:11 AM »
Oh my! What a couple of weeks we've had!

Oh and good morning!

Following our daughters' graduation on May 19 she went to my brothers house to house sit their cats while they accompanied my parents to the Netherlands for a 10 visit with family. Daughter got a very bad cold probably as a result of coming down from a very exciting and busy week. She's getting better.

On Monday, Memorial Day it was my task to retrieve the parents and my brother from the airport at 6:30 pm but my brother texted me and said they missed their flight in Amsterdam. Mom was having some trouble with diarrhea perhaps from something she ate on Saturday night. Her sister (who lives in the Netherlands) had the same problem so they think they ate something bad. They did get a flight back 4 hours later but the layover in Detroit was much longer so they didn't get back until almost midnight.

Then my daughter (same one who graduated) and her boyfriend were going to drive to Connecticut to bring her to her internship via a route through Canada to see Niagara Falls and travel through Montreal. They were going to leave Tues. at 10 am but his car was making a lot of noise and the clutch (manual transmission) was having trouble. He brought it to the dealership who could fix the problem but it wasn't done until 4 pm. But they did start out anyway last night and arrived at their first destination at midnight. They are young so they can handle this. I'm just glad the problem was discovered and fixed before the long trip.

This same daughter applied to graduate school quite late this spring and on Sunday she received her acceptance with a big scholarship to go with it! So after her internship in Connecticut she is moving to Ohio to get ready for school to begin in late August. My oldest daughter who lives and teaches in Honduras is also beginning grad. school this fall. Hers will be online with her principal as the mentor. Both grad. work for the daughters is two years but it still is very exciting.

So that is what is going on in my world. All of these things are exciting and very tiring for me. I fell asleep so hard last night that when my alarm rang this morning I felt like I wasn't with it. Our son isn't going to grad school but he is getting going in his chemist work and he likes it a lot. But that is what he is trained to do. We're going to have a weekend with no kids home so we'll make the most of it. With all the activity and all the food that was made, they ate us clean so we will have to get a few fresh items. I have a stocked freezer and though we used a bunch of stuff from there I really need to make a few freezer meals. I will say that my Instant Pot has come in handy last night. When the young people hadn't left yet I knew I needed to make something for two additional people. I got some frozen chicken from the freezer and placed it in the bottom of the cooker with water and Mrs. Dash's garlic herb seasoning. Then I placed a vegetable steamer on the of the chicken and put 4 big potatoes in the steamer with some salt and cooked it for 25 minutes. We had a wonderful chicken dinner with the best baked potatoes for dinner in less than an hour.The young people took theirs "to go" to eat on the road and we had ours with BBQ sauce.

Alice
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Managing a Household / Thursday, May 31
« Last post by Cheryl on May 31, 2018, 05:53:53 AM »
Good morning on this last day of the month!

I got up early intending to have some coffee, but it's so humid outside that coffee doesn't really sound appealing now.

Today's weather is going to be much like yesterday's and the past several days - hot, muggy, rain at times.  Hopefully I can dodge the rain long enough to cook outside because I am not looking forward to turning on the oven when it's so humid out.

Hope to hear from you today!
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Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, May 30
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on May 30, 2018, 12:43:19 PM »
Good afternoon!

I am having a cup of coffee after a short siesta. We are having a doozy hot summer already and I am feeling the need to get up early and then have a little afternoon nap. The Spaniards have it right, I think. Maddy has been at her camp job since Saturday and Micah is at referee camp, so I took Max hiking with me this morning. We left the house at 7 and began hiking just after 7:30 to beat the heat. We're supposed to hit 100 today (with humidity) so getting out early is the only way to go. We did about 3 miles and had a nice time.

I am trying to think of my next mini decluttering project. I have a wooden wall thing with two  places to put mail or other papers and cleaned those out yesterday. Trying to do a small step every day. I need to put a fresh coat of paint on at least two dining room walls, then do the hallway from scratch including primer. But just cannot begin with those right now.

Mallory has her library shift 3-6 (she works three days there as a teen volunteer), then Earl and I may attend an informational meeting about a new university model Classical school opening up about 30 minutes from here. Considering it for Max next year. Dinner tonight is marinated salmon, maybe with potatoes cooked with onions and zucchini. Or else sweet potatoes and another veggie.

Pam, how exciting to have so much work done toward your updated space. Sounds like it will look lovely!
Cheryl, enjoy that time alone! You deserve it. Your upcoming trip sounds like fun!

Catherine
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Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, May 30
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 30, 2018, 11:21:05 AM »
Hi Cheryl (and any others who might follow). Good to see you!

I have been off my computer for about a week now.  My updating project of living and dining rooms is almost complete.  The painting is done. Took way longer than I had hoped, but other than a couple of touch ups it is done.  Carpet in pulled up.  All the tacks and nails and such have been pulled, and we reconditioned the floor.  Would loved to have totally refinished it, but just didn't have the time or money to do that right now.   Hopefully most of the worst of it will be covered by the rugs we have coming.

Today I need to replace all the outlet and switch covers as well as the heating grills and such.  That shouldn't take too long.  I also have a side table/bookshelf that I will clean off and straighten so I can get it put back where it belongs.  Furniture is being delivered on Friday, so I need to be ready by then.

Went to my weight watchers meeting this morning, and then walked with my friend.  It was in the 80's already, and was quite a heated walk.  Was glad we went, but wow.  It was sweaty!  Grabbed lunch, and then came home.  Now I am doing a quick internet check, and will get back to getting things done.  My dining room table is covered in a bunch of I don't know what, so that needs to be dealt with as well.

Cheryl, I hope your rain slows down so you can get back to your gardening!  I need to get some flowers and plants, but I haven't even thought about it since I have this other project going.  My brain can't handle both at the same time!   ;)

Hope everyone is enjoying yourselves whatever you are up to.  Would love to hear all about it!
Pam
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Managing a Household / Wednesday, May 30
« Last post by Cheryl on May 30, 2018, 08:38:04 AM »
Hello!

It's been a while since anyone has posted, so I am guessing you are all enjoying your summer.

Hard to believe it is almost June. We have had rain for days now, and today looks like more of the same. My garden will be a mess of weeds before it dries out enough for me to get back in it to work. I need to cut my dill and dry it.  I picked some squash yesterday and early this morning before the rain. My tomatoes look terrible, but we will do what we can and not stress over it too much.

I am having rare alone time.  Emily is babysitting and Tony is working.  I am glad Emily has decided she wants to earn her own money and save up for some things she wants.  We have been invited to go to the beach with my mother, sister, and nephew in a couple of weeks.  That babysitting money will probably come in handy then.

Well, guess I need to find something to do and get busy. I cleaned the house yesterday, so that's caught up.  I have a load of laundry going and after I finish that I might just take some time to enjoy the quietness.     
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Managing a Household / Thurs. May 24, 2018
« Last post by Alice on May 24, 2018, 06:44:34 AM »
Happy Thursday!

We've had a lovely week of some nice weather (after Monday). It has been pleasant and nicely warm. I took 1/2 day off from work yesterday to see what I could do around the house.

The first thing was to find a few things in the freezer to make a big pot of spaghetti sauce. Then I made a tater tot casserole. I inventoried a bit and decided I did not need any groceries. I then went to drop of recycling and to the grocery store to get cat food and a free bottle of ketchup. I decided to get a container of cottage cheese because we like that with our spaghetti.

I then stopped at the greenhouse to buy some herbs plants and flowers to get ready to plant my pots on the weekend sometime. I also needed some potting soil to freshen up the soil. I use the soil from previous years and freshen it up with fresh. So all my pots are freshened and are waiting for the flowers and herbs to be planted.

Then I noticed that everyone in the neighborhood was mowing their grass and much to my dismay, ours needed it also so that's what I did. With all the rain, sunshine and nice weather, the grass is growing like crazy and it was in need of a mowing.

I got all the laundry folded and put away from people washing it but never folding it nor putting it away. I wanted to vacuum the carpet and mop the kitchen floor but time escaped me.

My daughter leaves next week for her summer internship in Connecticut. I'm excited for her. But I know her well and adjustments are very difficult for her so the first couple of weeks will be that time of adjustment. She'll be living on a yacht for the summer. Not sure what happens when the internship is done. Hoping for grad school acceptance for the fall. If not, she will have to find work quickly.

Alice
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