Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Changes are coming in 2020


January has always been a time for me to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  This year I am determined not to look to the past but make plans for the future.

The new decade certainly encourages me to make changes mostly mentally and surely physically.  I’m like most that would like to lose a few pounds. I’m pretty sure it’s getting close to the time that I will need a cataract removed.  I could list a couple more things but I honestly don’t have a mindset for them.

I am REALLY surprised that for the first time in my life I am considering cancelling my newspaper subscription.  The paper is getting smaller and smaller.  Since I subscribe to the Washington Post and the local TV stations are always posting news on Facebook I already know most of the news by the time I read the paper.  I admit that I like having the daily crossword puzzle but I'm pretty sure I can get them on line somewhere.  I no longer pour over the sale adds to see what stores have to offer that I don't need.  It’s a conflict for me because honest news reporting is so important especially during this politically turbulent time.

Of course I am like so many others who are giving up things we have held onto for too long.  That gets easier with each passing day.

I don’t like America’s Got Talent anymore. Most of the shows I don’t want to miss are either on premium channels or streaming.

My grandson gave me an I-pad for Christmas.  It's not as big a learning curve that I thought it would be. It is capable of doing a lot.  I should learn one of it's features a day but at this point it's one a week.  If you have one, tell me the feature you love the most.  Maybe I don't know of it yet.

The biggest change that’s coming is the move.  The owner accepted the offer and the property is in escrow.  The house and sheds will be removed replaced by another home and pole barn.  It all should take 4-5 months.  What I don’t look forward to is figuring out tv, internet and phone service. We will be in a dead zone for Verizon I think.

So here we go. 2020 please be a good year.

Grateful:  Life. Happy for each new day with Terry.

Oh. I almost forgot to tell you.  When my grandson was here he installed outdoor cameras around the house.  Terry had told him that Harley who is only 12” tall keeps jumping our 6’ privacy fence to get out of the yard. We couldn’t figure out where he was getting out.  Well we still haven’t got him on camera but Terry has a great time yelling at the dogs through the camera and watching them try to figure out where he is.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Welcome 2020

I saw this quote on a blog today.  It pretty much depicts how I feel at the start of this year and how I hope to think about life in general.

I had a hard time with the present Endeavorer's challenge.  Looking back I might have found it more easy if I had read this quote when I started it.  I'll post more about that when I post the reveal on February 1st.

If I apply this concept to other areas of my life besides stitching, I will do more to make myself happy and not be manipulated by others to do what they want without considering  me.

This all sounds kind of morose, doesn't it.  Well, it's not.  I'm pretty darned happy right now, just trying to make decisions that will keep me that way.

I am continuing to sort out my room.  Soon I will have to decide what to take with us when we move.  Yes, I'm pretty sure a move is going to happen.  A bid was put on the land.  The house on it was listed as "needs to be remodeled".  What my grandson saw was a tear down.  Hopefully a deal on the land will work out and a modular home will be installed on the property.  It's 20 acres in Caliente, CA.  The weather there is not so appealing as we thought the desert would be, but it's a lot better than Northern Indiana.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that this deal will go through.

Grateful:  I'm just grateful for the internet where you can find info on just about everything!!

If I had to translate this post into a word, it would be free.  Free to sew what I want with out judging myself.  Free to live what could be our last 20 years  (hopefully) how we want to.  Free of guilt since I am truly sure a few will try to send us on a guilt trip to end all guilt trips.

How are YOU feeling at the start of this new decade?
xx, Carol

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Life is Like a Game of Checkers

I have been thinking a lot lately about life in general.  It seems to me that life is like a game of checkers played against an unknown opponent.  The object of the game is always to move forward.  When you misstep your man is taken and you have to advance on another path.  That's how I am feeling now...one path is blocked so you try another.

The property we were looking at in California went bust.  The owner could not convey a clear deed.  I was pretty sure there would be a glitch because it had been on the market for a long time.  Anyway, the search is on and a place in Nevada looks interesting.  But looking at the first property really got us accustomed to the idea that we CAN move and began to really look forward to it.  There is so much to do here to get ready that I'm really looking forward to the process.  We'll clean the clutter and sort things to take, to sell and to gift.  Terry's focus has changed as well.  My Pack Rat husband is looking at his stash in a new light.  I see a big garage sale coming in the Spring.

Corey and Alyssa got me an Ipad for Christmas.  They told me I would love Apple and they are right.

They got Terry outside cameras installed on our home.  Terry keeps a watch on them when the dogs are outside.  Harley is an escape artist so Terry is waiting to catch him in the act of leaving the yard.  He is having a great time yelling at the dogs though one of the cameras.  They run like heck toward the house to see where Terry's voice is coming from when they can't see him.

My switch from my Win 7 desktop to a Win 10 model went smoothly.  It's a lot better than Win 8, that's for sure. Wonder why MS skipped Win 9.

Picking a "WORD" for the New Year is passe' don't you think?  The only resolution I eve kept was not to forget to enter a check in our checkbook. Now I charge everything and love getting the cash back for using it.  So this year I made a promise to myself.  I will dispose of, one way or another, all those things that I have kept and never looked at.   I'm also cleaning out paper files and bought a new shredder yesterday.

Let me tell you about last Friday.  Do you have a REAL ID yet?  Well I got mine last October when I had to renew my license.  Terry never got his so the goal for Friday was to get it.  I gathered the paperwork that was needed to take to the DMV including his licence, social security card, birth certificate, two pieces of mail showing he is a resident and his army discharge card so it could be noted on the license that he is a Veteran.  When we got to the Elkhart DMV he was told the birth certificate was not  an original one so we would need to get one from the Health Department in St. Joseph County where he was born.  That meant driving over to South Bend.  Then I remembered that St. Joseph County has just opened a second Health Department office in Mishawaka which was closer than going into South Bend.  We stopped in Mishawaka only to find that they had a computer glitch and the certificate would not print with the doctor's signature.  Off we go to South Bend.  The clerk in the Health Department there told us that Terry's  birth certificate was an original but 72 years ago Indiana didn't list the sex of a baby and just started doing that in 2009.  Any birth certificate without the child's sex would not be accepted.  I'm telling you, Indiana is so backward.  So we paid $15 and off we went back to the DMV.  Luckily there is one in Mishawaka so we didn't have to drive that far. All that running around took the entire afternoon.

Now, our week is clear.  Next week his quarterly doc appoints start.  His cataract surgery will be at the end of February. 

Grateful:  Honestly I am grateful that I am in relatively good health.  Our lives would be a mess if I weren't.

Tell me what you are looking forward to happening in the New Year.
xx, Carol


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Not a Year End Recap

This is not a year end blog post that revisits what I have done this year.  Maybe next year I'll do that, but not today.  But I do wish everyone a Happy New Year.  I wish everyone peace and patience.

My grandson and his family came to visit for about 2 weeks before Christmas and left a couple of days after Christmas.  Coming here they ran into a bad storm in Nevada.  While traveling home they had mostly smooth sailing.  For that Terry and I are so grateful.

This is the Super Hero quilt I was working on for Nic.  It wasn't a Christmas gift and he loved it.  I had a lot of fabrics left so I made a matching pillow case for it.  Nic always loves whatever I make and he got good use out of it while visiting.

I still have more fabric left so I imagine I'll incorporate them into some scrappy project in the coming year.



One of the gifts we got Nic was Super Hero men.  I wanted him to have a place to keep them and to carry them with him while they travel.  The perfect answer was to stitch a drawstring back pack with left over Spiderman fabric.
I was happy that this gift was a big hit.


Corey brought his Boxer (Tyson) with them and a stray that they adopted (Tigger).  Tyson and my Bosco were great friends when they were pups and as they grew up until Corey moved.  We thought that dog friendship would continue but sadly it did not.  Tyson is such a gentle dog but developed a huge jealousy.  The two dogs tangled twice and it was exhausting trying to keep them a part.  MY dogs got along with every one.


The Hawk is one of my Spirit Animals.  If you are not into this, it's OK, just don't think I am nuts.  The hawk first came to me when Corey was in High School.  An Indian friend told me the Hawk was bringing a message.  Over time, I came to realize that The Hawk visits when I am concerned about something.  Hawk is my symbol to know whatever I am worrying about will be OK. Like when I was on my way to have surgery a Hawk flew next to my side of the car for what was about a mile. I immediately felt at ease.

It took Corey 4 days to travel from LA to my home when a huge storm in Nebraska closed the roads.  First, 2 Hawks visited my front deck.  I have never seen two Hawks fly together let alone perch together.  Then one Hawk returned every day until Corey was here.  The Hawk has not been back since that day.

So, when Corey was here he showed us a house that he is looking at in California in the desert with the Colorado River just one mile down the road.  He'll buy it for us to live in and if it does not work out, he has others to check out.  It would be a 4 hour drive from LA, but at least it's not 4 days.  So, if things work out we will make a move to California.  I can't believe I said that.  We'll see how it goes.

Grateful:  There is so much to be grateful for.  Right now, I'm thinking about how nice it was to see the kids and see my Great Grandson for the first time.  We have seen him so much on video chat that he really did seem to know us and love us already.  We got to see him stand alone for the first time and hear his version of Papa and Bama.


Happy New Year.
xx, Carol