Monday, June 12, 2017

A Mid-June Life List

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW....

Summer has come to Kansas. It is hot and the wind is blowing. Today was 94* with a good, gusty strong hot wind blowing. We might be whining for some rain pretty soon. For now I'm okay with the weather. 



AS I PONDER....

I have company here this week. My brother from Louisiana came on Tuesday. He'll be here another week. We have gotten caught up on a lot and he's out visiting other family and friends.




WHAT I AM LEARNING...

I learned all about how a A/C unit needs frequent cleaning when you live around a lot of big cottonwood trees. That was the reason for it not working last week. It had tripped the breaker a bit so the fan wouldn't come on. I watched closely as the workman cleaned it out and put it back together again. I think I can keep up with it myself and only need to have the workman come out once in awhile. Save a lot of money that way. And this old cooler works better than it has for a bit.

  
WHAT I'M READING....

I have done very little reading this week. I am still working my way to the end of Imagine Me Gone. I need to write up my review of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. And then I want to start on The Second Mrs. Hockaday. What are you guys reading now. Any really good books you can recommend?



What's happening in the kitchen...

Monday...Steaks, Baked potatoes, broccoli

Tuesday...Chicken Cordon Blue, mashed taters

Wednesday...Eating Out!

Thursday...Biscuits and Gravy

Friday...Chicken

Saturday...time will tell

Sunday...Millionaire Spaghetti




A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...






My newest interest...

I have discovered bullet journals. So I'm learning all I can about them. I will see if I want to change from my Happy Planner to a Bullet Journal. I kind of like the simplicity of them. And they leave a little room for creativity.

A peek into my week...

Harley is getting a lot of hours at McDonald's right now so that means granny does a lot of to and from trips. On Monday she starts helping with the kids swimming lessons again. She is going to be working early mornings at McDonald's and evenings at the pool. Just two weeks away from the mission trip to Florida. Then we will be starting to think about back to school time. How can time be passing by so fast?

What I'm hoping for...

I am hoping to get the front grass mowed in the next day or so. Harley has already done the back. So I'd best hurry or hers will need done again.

What's going on in your lives? How are you spending the summer?






37 comments:

  1. I hate cottonwood trees. My lawn is a mess, I have to constantly clean the AC, and my allergies force me to stay indoors. It's a month of misery.

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    1. If we cut down all the cottonwoods around here there wouldn't be much shade. It bothers my allergies too!

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  2. Our cotton wood finally had to come down. Much as I loved hearing its leaves in the wind, I couldn't bear the cost of replacing the septic after the roots tore it up.

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    1. I hear that Joanne! Costs of things that are prohibitive rule our lives!

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  3. It is warm here so I can only imagine how warm you are! We mow and trim and repeat as needed. Lazy summer days here :)

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  4. Glad to hear Harley is getting more hours in at work! Hard to imagine June is a third over. Time is zipping by and before long schools will start resuming again!

    betty

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    1. She doesn't want to hear how close it is to starting school again LOL!

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  5. Hi Paula,

    I'm sorry that its been so long since I visited here. I think that I want to eat over at your house all week. :)

    I want to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, too, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    I hope that Harley has a blessed time on her mission trip.

    Our grass grows like mad. The neighbors cut it for us sometimes. The day after he cut it last time it was just as tall as it was when he started cutting it. I've never seen grass grow so fast!

    Here's the link to my Currently...A Life List post.

    Have a blessed night. :)

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    1. I'll come over and see your Currently! Thanks for stopping in Suzanne!

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  6. Love the little June poem! Glad there was nothing major with your unit.
    Visit me @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead. 😉

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  7. Hi Paula - enjoy the time with your brother; it's good Harley's got that extra work .. though running back and forward in the car is a wee frustrating - still she's working and saving. Good for you and all the things you and glad that A/C is working properly and you can probably maintain it yourself - cheers Hilary

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    1. We have enjoyed our time together! I will see if I can maintain it now!

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  8. Hope you have a great visit with your brother!

    Summer vacation begins for me Wednesday at noon. :)

    A book I'll recommend is The Railwayman's Wife. I'm reading it now and loving it!

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    1. I'll put it on my list. You know I enjoy your recommendations!

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  9. So glad you got the air conditioning working with as hot as it is. It's the same here. We went from chilly and wet to hot and dry overnight it seems. Enjoy your visit with your brother. How nice to have family come in. Summer isn't even officially here for a few more days and make me wonder how hot it's going to get.

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  10. I wouldn't recommend the book I'm reading right now. I'm having issues with how many adverbs the author is using. Tells me something about my own writing, that.

    Ah, summer. I don't envy your temps. I don't do well in the heat, but I know it's coming.

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    1. I'm having problems with the one I am reading too. But I am just not one to quit on a book!

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  11. Yay for no major a/c issues!
    So, I'd never heard of a bullet journal, but asked "Google Girl" and not I'm totally intrigued.

    Hope y'all enjoy the time with Chuck .... pictures, please? :)

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    1. I meant to write, 'NOW I'm totally intrigued' ... not 'not'! Make sense?

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    2. LOL! I knew what you meant. I am going to try a bullet journal for a bit just to see what I think! I'll let you know! I am a list maker. And this will fill that need!

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  12. I recommend Steven Curtis Chapman's bio 'Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story" for non-fiction. Reads very easily and a fascinating true story. I'm currently reading 'Death Comes to Pemberley' by P.D. James and am enjoying it, but another friend thought it was boring... :)

    Have never heard of bullet journals; will have to check them out!

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    1. I'll have to look into that book! Have a nice day Susan!

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  13. I am currently looking for a lawn service that can take care of our lawns for a few weeks until Todd is feeling stronger. I was going to mow myself but he has the mower stuck on front of the big huge Harley that I'm not comfortable moving on my own. I can move my bike with no problem but not his.
    I bet Harley is looking forward to her mission trip. So fun!
    Enjoy your visit with your brother.

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    1. Good to see you Holli. I hope Todd is better soon. What's up with him? Maybe I'll pop over and see if you have blogged about it.

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  14. It's hot and humid here, and we're in our rainy seasong.

    I'm reading Guy Fieri Family Food by Guy Fieri & listening to The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

    Your menu sounds good, especilly Thurdsay's. I haven't had that in a long time.

    Love the poem!

    We really need to mow our grass, hopefully it will stop raining long enough to get it done this weekend.

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    1. I am still trying to get up the energy to mow. And that means sitting on the rider. LOL!

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  15. I discovered Bullet Journals in 2015. It slipped nicely into my regular habit of making daily to-do-lists, except that my lists were always on 3x5 cards and I would lose the cards. Dang! Anyway, when I started I followed the basic recommendations from the Bullet Journal site. But over time I minimized that and now my bullet journal is mostly a book of to-do-lists. It is the most simplified method of bullet journaling you will ever see. But it works for me. That is what I like about this type of journaling. It can be tailored to whatever works for you. I am not much of a decorator of my journal - no time for that. I don't use fancy pens or art or stickers. It is a work-horse book for me. But I joined a Facebook Bullet Journal site and some people's books are total works of art, with fancy lettering, amazing tracking templates and great design. It must take them hours to set up their month. I will say my simplified version SAVED MY BUTT IN 2016 during the downsizing and the move - the details of that effort were enormous and this method was EXACTLY what kept me focused! Good luck with it.

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    1. I like to make To Do lists! Now I just need to figure out how to make myself do my to do's on my To Do list! LOL Thanks for your recommendations. I like to decorate my journals a bit so I'm looking forward to that too!

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  16. What is a bullet journal? I'll Google it, so you don't have to reply. I think I get it and I think I will like doing it. Reading the June poem, I was glad because it is my birth month. Always loved summer in Sweden, but not here in the mountains. Hot and fire danger ruins it for me. Good that Harley is so busy, she sounds very enterprising.

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    1. Happy Birthday month Inger. Yes, Harley is busy which means granny is kept busy!

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  17. The latest here is that I have declared a hiatus from social engagements. My brain is too full with planning an international trip and prepping summer camps.

    That and it's just too darn hot! I don't even want to leave the house in this mess!

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    1. Very hot here too! I'll bet you are excited about your trip!

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  18. Those dang cottonwood trees are a bane to our existence. Kind of like mosquitos....I am still trying to figure out what God was thinking when he created those two things.

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    1. They are such big, majestic trees though!

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