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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, May 21, 2018
« Last post by Alice on May 21, 2018, 01:33:52 PM »
Good Afternoon,

It's raining so hard here and constant rain.  Yuck. Not my thing. It's chilly as well.

We had a very long week and so very busy. It's over and I'm now tired. We tried to rest yesterday but it still was busy. We had MIL over for lunch and daughter's boyfriend came in from out of state so we had a full table for lunch. Very enjoyable but busy. I didn't have time for groceries this week so I dove into the freezer and found those ham slices hubby bought a long time ago, some frozen mashed potatoes and california blend veggies along with a jello and buns. There is very little left.

I don't feel like grocery shopping during the work week since that makes a full day so I will wait until next weekend which will also be the holiday weekend. I might be able to get by without going shopping, we'll just have to see.

I've got a week filled with meeting and then next week we start audit preparations so I guess you could say I'm entering my busy season. I still need a vacation some time this summer. 

Not much else going on (yawn, yawn). I'm tired and need a nap.

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, May 21, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 21, 2018, 08:31:49 AM »
Hello everyone!

Hope all are well.  What are you all up to? 

It is a cool morning, and looks like we might get a little rain.  Our backyard is a forest, and I was thinking I would mow that later today, but now probably not so much.  Hubs mowed our front yard a few days back, but it is looking like it will need a once over again.

Hubby has left on a trip for work.  He will be gone all week.  So, I will have to find time to get out there and mow when I can. 

Youngest son and his gf used our van this weekend to move some more stuff from his house in SB.  I think he is about moved out.  He brought home his bed this morning, before hubs had to head out.  So much going on around here! 

We spent the weekend pulling up the carpet in our living and dining rooms.  What a huge job!  I am so sore from spending so much time on the floor pulling up tacks and nails and such.  Now I need to sand the trim a little bit.  Layers of paint that was put on when carpet was in over layers of paint that was applied before carpet. So there is a little bit of a bump line of paint.  I think if I just sand it a little, the new paint will go on much smoother.  I have all week to get the rooms painted, so I'm taking it slow.  Just don't feel the need to rush it. 
The project after that will be the hardwood floors.  They are in decent shape really, but need some attention for sure.  That will be our job next weekend.  They just need to be cleaned really well, and a couple spots need some kind of shellac or stain or whatever.   We will see what we come up with after they have a really good deep cleaning.  I'm not expecting them to be perfect.  Just decent for now.  Will start saving for a refinishing of them later.  I looked into doing that ourselves, but it seemed like a little ambitious for our skill level!

So, my goal today is to sand and paint the trim, and hopefully paint the ceiling.  Not too much of a job.  I will start painting the walls tomorrow.

2 of my boys and their girls went to visit my parents yesterday.  She has a ton of rhubarb growing, so she sent a bunch back with them for me.  I will chop that and get it vacuum sealed and put in the freezer.  I'm not a huge fan, but hubs loves it, so with him being gone, I will just store for a later date.

Did anyone watch the Royal wedding Saturday?  I watched some of it before we got started with the carpet.  I thought it was beautiful, and the day was perfect weather for them.  Didn't spend a lot of time with it since we had so much to do.

I guess that is about all that is happening here!  Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Let us know what you are up to, and how things are going for you!
Managing a Household / Monday, May 21, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 21, 2018, 08:14:23 AM »
Good Morning Friends!

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Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 17, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 17, 2018, 01:50:50 PM »
Alice: Isn't it interesting (and sometimes frustrating) when nobody steps up to fill in gaps when you aren't there? 

When my boys were home, we would have "make your own" dinners about every other week or so.  There was usually leftovers available, or they would make a frozen pizza.  It would be nice if others would take the reigns and make dinner for everybody, but not something I really ever expected.

I guess I could have said "hey - it's your night to make dinner", but I know we would have ended up with food from some take out place, and I never wanted to spend $$ that way.  Not when it was all 5 of us.  Way too expensive. 

Hubs made breakfast for me on Mother's Day.  Can't remember the last time he made anything using the stove! 

Good luck with commencement!  Our son's took like a day and a half! (well, just a few hours, but it felt like FOREVER!!!)  Such a long ceremony!  Enjoy, though!  Hope your gathering goes well.

Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 17, 2018
« Last post by Alice on May 17, 2018, 11:56:37 AM »

Pam, sounds like a very busy job you are doing. Carpet replacement and new furniture is going to happen for us too but I'm not sure when.

The move went well, but the woman marking the checklist decided she had to find something so she said the shower wasn't clean enough. I brought The Works cleaner and cleaning it myself from top to bottom. She said there was some dirty "pink" residue in the corners. Strange, I scrubbed it all and then wiped it dry with a towel. No way could there have been "pink" dirtiness in the corners. So I did it again, and then marked that it was OK. She also wanted my daughter to re-do the top of the bathroom light since "that was still dusty". Then she pulled open the desk drawer and said that was dirty. She really wanted to "find" something wrong. I think they plan these things during the orientation for checkout procedures. Maybe they have to have a minimum of X amount of problems or else they will get in trouble for not identifying enough problem areas.

The dinner was frozen corn dogs. My son bought is own sub sandwich and my hubby got home after I did. I also offered make your own turkey or ham buns. Well, I realized that if I don't make dinner, no one else will do it either. I think I'll try this more often, that is to not make supper and see what the family does.

I have to mow the lawn tonight since I'm not available tomorrow night and then graduation on Saturday blows the entire day. I want it done for Sunday when we'll have a little get-together and I don't want overgrown grass.

After this busy week, I think I need a day off next week. Maybe not until the week after. I'll have to see how my work load will be looking.

Dinner tonight is probably tacos, taco salad, or something along that line.

Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, May 17, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 17, 2018, 09:52:57 AM »
Hi anyone who pops in!

A little later than usual for me.  I am trying to get a handle on my living/dining room update.  I bought paint and supplies yesterday. 

Had one of our sons buddies come over last night and help hubs move a couple big pieces of furniture into the garage to get them out of the way.  I am down to a loveseat, tv stand & tv, a couple of end tables and lamps in the space.  I should be able to work around all of these things.  Will probably take the end tables and lamps out of the space when I get down to it. 

Today I am just clearing things out.  Lots of magazines and books, and some old papers that have been circulating around.  Time to deal with them and get rid of everything I can.  Once all that is gone, I will wipe down all the trim and make sure the walls and ceiling are ready for paint.  Not planning on picking up a brush or roller until tomorrow.  I scheduled our furniture delivery for June 1, so I don't have to rush the process.  I just don't want to feel stressed about it.  Hoping to get the bulk of the painting and cleaning done by Saturday.  Want to pull up carpet on Sunday.  That way I can clean and polish the floors next week.  Would love to have them refinished, but that is a huge expense.  Looked into DIY, but I'm just not confident that would go very well for us!   :o

Hope everyone is having a great day.
Alice: hope the move went without any hiccups for you last night, and that your dinner roulette was a success!  Did the boys make dinner for you?

Nice weather here the last couple days!  Loving that spring is finally here.  It has been a loooooooong time a comin'!!!

Managing a Household / Thursday, May 17, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 17, 2018, 09:44:20 AM »
Hello Ladies!

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Managing a Household / Wednesday, May 16, 2018
« Last post by Alice on May 16, 2018, 12:50:43 PM »
Good Afternoon,

What a lovely day today has become. Delicious.

I'm in the middle of a very busy week. Handled a few things already this week and even today. Tonight is packing daughter up from college to move home. This is the last time of moving kids into and out of campus housing. More stuff even later tonight but one by one I'm knocking the busy week off the list.

We had our underground sprinkling system checked out and activated. I was very nervous since we didn't run it last year due to all the work outside that included a lot of digging. But it turned out very nicely. It came with the house so we might as well use it. It beats dragging hoses all over the yard.

We had an awesome couple of meals the last two nights. Homemade pizza using little leftovers that were tucked in the fridge. I made a wonderful dough and the reason it was wonderful was that I was able to let it rise better because of unexpected company that night. I shaped it and then didn't have time to get back to it until about an hour later. My company stayed to eat it also. Last night was a pork lo mein using a pkg. of lo mein noodles my neighbor gave me. It was a very large pot of food that made 6 good portioned meals with a bit leftover. Three suppers last night and three lunches for today. All using kitchen refrigerator and freezer bits and pieces.

Tonight will be interesting for supper. I won't be around to make it so we'll see if the men come up with something or if they will make something just for themselves. My daughter and I will be home by 6 pm so we'll see what the boys come up with (or not).

I've been sleeping much better lately. The periods of hot aren't so prominent anymore. Makes me wonder if they were hot flashes at all. It felt like and electric poke heat (although I don't know what that even is) that just touched me and I would feel like I was frying and then it would be gone. It seems like something inside me that was misfiring and now has regulated itself. Or is that wast a hot flash is? I still am warm at night but not that instant poke hot feeling, rather I just prefer sleeping cooler than warm.

So that's my update.

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, May 15
« Last post by Alice on May 15, 2018, 09:19:06 AM »
Good Morning, all.

Cheryl--scary. Take care and get some rest.

My daughter graduates on Saturday and she also is looking at grad. school in Ohio! She has already applied but I'm not sure if she will get in for this fall.  Our son helped her pack up a lot of stuff last night and he brought a car load home. I had no idea they had planned to do that but that is just less for me to help her with tomorrow. It is so much better to have the muscles (and the youth) of my son to do the moving home for her. I'm hoping my part tomorrow is minimal.

It's raining here again today. Yesterday it had cleared up for most of the afternoon but it started raining again during the night and has been raining all morning. I really hope it will clear up and dry out just a bit. Especially for Saturday when it is graduation day.

Not much going on in my world except for the activities of the week.

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, May 15
« Last post by pamgonzo on May 15, 2018, 08:07:15 AM »
Oh my Cheryl. That is scary! Our youngest has epilepsy, so I know how frightening seizures can be.  His triggers are lack of sleep, dehydration and over use of video games. He takes anti-seizure meds daily, and it seems to keep them in check.  Scary scary stuff though. Hope you start feeling back to normal soon. I know it can take some time.  Take care of yourself!  Get some rest and destress!

I have been between crazy busy, and semi-depressed, so I haven't been here in a while. Trying to get back to normal, so hopefully will be better about checking in!
This past week has been go go go. 
Last Tuesday our son graduated from college.  It was a long but fun day and night.  We went early and went to lunch with him, one of his roomates and his parents.  After graduation, we went out for a bite to eat with both roomates that graduated, their parents, and siblings, and the baseball coach.  It was nice. We then all went out with the boys and a bunch of their friends. They were dancing and having fun. We left there at about 2:30 am.   :P  We had to be on the road by 6:30 because hubs had to be back to work.  We made it in time, but let's just say that I pretty much spent the day on the couch Wednesday!  I'm too old for that kind of "fun"!

Friday my hs bf's daughter got married.  She was married at the courthouse, and I went so I could make sure they had photos.  They had a photographer meet up with them at a park for family photos after the ceremony, but my friend wanted to make sure they had some at the actual ceremony.  So I did my best doing that.  They turned out pretty good.  Decided I could use some photography lessons!  I prefer to shoot nature.  That was a bit of a late night as well.

Saturday my middle son, his fiancee and her parents met up with us at a restaurant for dinner, and then we went to the minor league baseball game.  It was a double header.  We left in the middle of the 2nd game.  It was kind of raining, so we were done.

Sunday was a nice day.  First time in about 3 years I saw any of my boys on MD.  Youngest came home, and we met up with son, fiancee and her parents for lunch.  They had gone to Tulip Time in Holland, MI, so we met up with them over there.  It was a fun day.  Youngest son came home so he could borrow my car.  He is on his way to a college in Ohio to possibly, probably most likely commit to Grad School.  He would be a Graduate Assistant for the baseball team there.  They will pay tuition, room and board, and give him a small stipend.  It is a great opportunity for him to be able to get a master's degree basically for free.  Well, he would work for it by coaching, but that is his one true passion, so it would be win win!  I hope it works out for him.  The only drawback, is that he will be 7 hours away from home.  Much farther than just 2 hours. 

Last night we went furniture shopping.  We have needed new livingroom furniture for a LONG time.  It just kept being put aside for other things.  Right now we have a sofa, loveseat and a recliner.  We have decided on 2 sofas (there is only a $40 difference in the price of a sofa vs. a loveseat.???), a large storage ottoman, and a rug.  We are going to tear up our carpet to get to the wood floors underneath, so I knew we needed a rug.  They have everything in stock, and said "we can have it delivered by Saturday."  Ha ha!!  I no way can have it delivered by Saturday!  I need to pull up the carpet, polish the floors, and paint.   ;D  It may take some time!  On the way home, we stopped at the hardware store to grab some paint chips.  I think I have the color picked out, so I need to go buy that, and get going on that.  After that, we will need to figure out what to do about curtains, or shades, or whatever.  We might go back and get a chair later, but I just can't right now.  My mind was already swimming in decisions!  Plus I want to see if we actually have room for one with 2 sofas.  Hopefully we will.

Today I am going to a movie with a girlfriend.  She is picking me up since I don't have a car today.  Hubs leaves Th morning for a couple days, but his writing partner will drive, so I will have access to his car until son gets back from Ohio.  I don't think he will come back up until Saturday night.  He and other son and their girls are going to visit my parents Sunday, so he will probably just keep my car until then.  That is fine since I will have a vehicle available.

Guess that is about all that is going on in my life. 
Hope all of you are doing well.
Rainy here today and tomorrow.  Need to mow our lawn, so hoping to do that on Wednesday! 

Take care of yourself Cheryl!!  Will keep you in prayer!

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