Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ides of March 2015 (Beware?)

I had a rough couple of weeks.  Sitting here now, on Sunday, March 15th, snotty as can be. 

Glad Wrap Mishap - How it All Started

Week #1 Was Full of Craziness:  Wrote two grants that were not on my list of things to do and which were 'due now'.  Could have been better planned by those who should have been 'on it'. As in two weeks earlier!  And, cleaned up a major mess in the women's restroom at work because no one else was able or willing. That's a story in itself.  Yet, not appropriate to make public.  So by Friday?  I was ready to get out of dodge.  Which I did. By taking a day off to ski.  That day was lovely. Sunshine, moonlight, no wind. We skied under both, BBQ oysters, and it was nice to be amongst adults.  It was the icing on the cake.  So well deserved after a 'crappy' week.  It was a full-moon week so no doubt the 'pull' had a lot to do with the week's events.

Gunsight Mountain behind Me

Cold Beverage after Skiing

My Christmas Setup - Downhill!

BBQ Oysters

Moonlit Dinner - Outdoor Style

Week #2:  And then... I got sick.  Week long stuff:  Sore throat, which started Saturday night, followed by cough, snot.snot.snot.snot.  And still snot. Sick leave here and there, tried to work when I could, blech.

So, Ides of March?  Yeah.  Whatever.  I'm so ready for a better week after these last two.  Please!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hello March 2015! Recap of a Crazy Saturday in the life of a Single Mom

No, this is not what it looks like here.  I borrowed this from a friend.  

Today is March 1st.  We were given a beautiful, sunny, 26 degree day.
I stayed home all day. Did not drive anywhere.  Did not go outside. Did not ski.  Exhausted from yesterday. Here's the long story:

Yesterday was a crazy, hectic, busy, 'go crazy' life of a single mom day:

  • Up at 4am.  Only because I was stressing about the day's upcoming to-do list.
  • Registered my daughter for a trip to Spain for her graduation gift - next spring.  More on that later.  Signed my life away.
  • Made breakfast for kids.  Yummy stuff: yogurt w/ fruit; Andoulle Cajun chicken sausage and scrambled eggs. 
  • Left at 8am for Baker - 10 miles away: Hair, Groceries, and bird food for the wild things that visit each morning.
  • Sami left at 9 am for the school, and team bus to Condon, Oregon
  • Home at 11:  Made to go snacks and left on a 3.5 hour drive to Condon:  State Playoffs
  • Road trip.  Carpooled with some great friends and their 6th grade son.  Picked up college daughter in Pendleton (this is important later).
  •  Watch our girls, including my daughter play their last basketball game of the season - last because they lost.  Heart-wrenching but we had a GREAT turnout in fans.  Our school sent a fan bus.  Gotta love the team spirit in our small rural school (note to self: send letter of gratitude to the powers that be). But the girls did get to win this last Wednesday on their home court.  That is good. Especially for our Seniors.
  •  Drive to Pendleton.  Van passengers increased with Sophomore daughter of family that played in the game.  At at a rest stop I got to witness the crazy antics of this family.  Sophomore wanted to ditch dad and bro at rest stop. Plan was to just go around the back side. But she drove the family van to the exit which would have gotten us on the hwy - she had to backup - she hit a curb.  Not a good driver.  We were laughing and dying from sucking air. Dad? Not so amused.  He got to watch the entire thing on his walk to the van. But boy, was he a good sport!  He said something about not forgetting. This family is NUTS. Mine seems really normal now.
  • Out to dinner with crazy family.  At a Mexican Restaurant. In Pendleton.  College girl's fiance joins us. The antics only got better.  Son and Sophomore daughter had a hot sauce eating contest.  Son won.  Wedding plans.  Daughters. Son narrating what everyone was thinking.  Oh my.
  •  Stop in North Powder at kid's school to get sophomore daughter's car.  She is sleeping.  Mom gets out to get it so don't have to get it in morning (7 miles out of town and wrong way). Dad drives off, turns around, and mom is standing in road waving. Car won't start.  Good thing we didn't leave her!  Sophomore daughter has habit of leaving dome light on.  Battery is dead.
  • Home at 10:30 pm - my darling well behaved daughter arrived soon after.  Darling well behaved son is home, safe, doing his own thing. No wild parties (heck, all his friends were at the game!).  My kids seem so mellow in comparison to crazy family.
  • Registered myself for same trip to Spain. While at the game two moms were giving me a hard time about not registering now.  I planned to signup later, in November, when funds are more solvent.  They thought there was another payment plan. I gave in to peer pressure.  I promised to sign up when I got home.  Deadline for a discount was last day of Feb.  So, REALLY have now signed my life away! 
  • Slept blissfully knowing that yes, I survived the day, and was reminded of how lucky I am!

 Photo Share:
This lenten season I am wearing my special crucifix, that I rec'd from my G. Avis's collection

Rosie and my breakfast. Yogurt, banana, frozen raspberries. Quality time at the computer.

Found in daughter's laundry basket.  Basketball shoes.  Season is over.

Domestic Goddess Fail.  Chocolate kiss went through washer and drier.  Really, it was a kiss. with a nut inside. Now round from the machines. And yes, I got to clean out the drier. And redo a load of whites. This fine Sunday.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Musings. January 25th, 2015.

Sami finding a big valentine at the Grocery Store

Rosie assisting me with my OLW homework last Sunday
Jake:  Getting Ready to Ski - MLK Day

Sami - Learning to Snowboard on MLK

Me.  Snowshoeing after Skiing.  On MLK Day

View from the kitchen window. MLK morning

Addressing Thank You Cards (Christmas)

Sami - Last weekend's game

Lights before pulling the plug.  this morning.
Photos are just some of my faves from the past week or two. 

It's Sunday.
The kids have already left for the ranch. 

So far I have: cleaned the bathroom (including the tub and shower - which I hate), cooked and cleaned up after breakfast, drank a pot of coffee, cleaned out the fridge, cleaned the kitty box, pulled the plug on the Christmas lights, filled out Sami's basketball photo order, filled out a volunteer signup sheet for Jake's class (Feb 7 Nacho Feed during BB games), tossed in a load of laundry, uploaded my phone photos, and attempted some online shopping - but gave up.

It's only 9:00 am.

This is my life.  I wake early, and crash early.

And I am working on my word 'Be'. 

Being in the moment.
Being Still.
Being available to the kids.
Being true to myself. 

And since it is Sunday, I am going to take it nice and easy for the rest of the day, and enjoy my time alone in my craft room.

Have a great one!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015 and my New One Little Word. Be.

Wheel Line - Along Hwy 30, Between Haines and North Powder (Jan. 10)

Early Morning Drive - Jan. 10 2015

Today is January 10th, 2015.

Where Am I?

In my little house, in a rural town of 300, in Eastern Oregon, and still in my jammies.  I love Saturdays like this.

However, I have already driven up and down the two lane road, in my jammies, on black ice to take Kid #1 to get to the school to teach a basketball camp for little kids.  Eight miles away.  We were late (teen daughter does not like to move in the mornings).  We left at 7:55ish, and the camp started at 8 am. So I was going 70 mph.

I know it's black ice, because I 'tested' my new studded tires when I braked at a stop sign, and slid, but happily stayed in my lane, and didn't go over the line too far. I'm calling this a 'win'.

And, it's a foggy day, and 28 degrees. January is our inversion month.  Warm and sunny up at Anthony Ski Resort - 17 miles up the road, cold and nasty and icy in the hood. 

Which brings us to Kid #2. He is recuperating from a ski accident from yesterday (first day on his new ski's, he broke one ski brake while coming down Starbottle Run and going too darn fast).  I'm a little miffed because this was Day #1 of 8 days of our local ski program.  Hope he can continue.  His knee is not feeling good. But he isn't screaming in pain, or crying, and he looks fine.  So I am considering this another win.  No broken bones - and he can walk and talk.Well, limp.  He limps.

 I have chosen my OLW for 2015.  It's Be.

To Be still, Be me, Beleive, look for the Beauty in all things, and to Let it Be.
And yes, I am taking Ali's One Little Word Class.

And Today's Line Up:
Interestingly, I thought today was going to be a nice lazy day. Turns out.. I'll be running!  But, in the spirit of my new word, I am letting it all just Be! 

  1. Kid#1 has a 1pm game. Varsity Girls.  She then has to work concessions all day. Followed by movie night with her posse at her boyfriend's casa.
  2.  Kid #2:  Finished taking down all the garland and bows off my white picket fence.  Sniff.  So long Christmas.  And he is laying low.  Injuries and computer time.
  3. Helping a friend with a display board for her daughter who is on our local rodeo's  court - judging happens on Jan. 31st.  Thank Goodness for A roomful of scrap crap and my Cameo silhouette!
  4. Dinner in town tonight with one of my favorite coworkers/friend and his wife - Barley Brown's!  Best place in Baker, in my opinion.
Ta da!
Photos above are from this morning's drive.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

WCMD With a Moxie Fab Challenge 

Today is WCMD and all sorts of challenges are going on.   After a day of self imposed honey do's around the house (single mama, been gone a week = boatloads of chores), I finally made a card. :) 

Above is a sketch from the Moxie FAB blog: Moxie FAB WCMD Sketch Challenge

Back story: This past week I was in Bend, Oregon for work, and a good friend watched my kittie Rosie, once again!  This is about the third time Katie has come to my rescue to check in on my gato.  And, I am overdue for giving a sweet thank-you gift (chocolates from a super cute little store in Downtown Bend) and card.  So, with that, I was inspired by the sketch. I actually love the way the patterned papers worked with this sketch.

Here is my interpretation (followed to the T, need a card quick!):

WCMD Moxie FAB Challenge Card

 Goodies Used:
Stamps: Kitty:Inkadinkadoo (MEOW collection); Sentiment: Paper Smooches (Sentiment Sampler)
Cardstock, patterned paper (Fancy Pants Beloved collection), vellum:  Simon Says January 2014 Card Kit
Enamel Dot: MME Now and Then 

My kittie is orange and white.  So that's her, giving her personal thanks to Katie! Why yes, I will 'sing it' for her:)

Happy WCMD my crafty friends!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy August! Monday, August 4th

Do You Recognize That Girl? Andi, Chico, CA 23 Young Years Old

A friend from many years ago found me on Facebook this weekend.  Jerry Otto. I'm talking a good 30 years!  Some of you may remember Jerry. We were together when I was attending the College of San Mateo.  We had our group that hung out together; He and I; Erin and her guy friend (from South Africa, I can't remember his name!); Ruth, etc.  Oh, those were the days.

This photo is from my first year at Chico State. I must have been 23. It's before my dad died, I can tell my the location - which was the first place I lived in Chico. With my crazy friend Colleen - the one I hitchhiked across America with (yes, I did!).  One of my landmark years to remember things is when my dad died in 1990 - and I was 28 - and finishing my Master's, also at Chico State.  So, Master's was when I was 26, 27 and 28.  Undergrad was 25, 24, 23.  I am doing the math over here!  College of San Mateo was 21 & 22.  Before that? The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in SF - I had a scholarship, when I was 18, and working in San Franciso (took the train); then worked for a couple of years for the California Society of CPAs.  See how that works?  All mapped out. 

What was the point of this post?

Jerry.  He shared his life story with me.  Where he is, what he has been doing. He has been through quite a lot.
Do you ever wish you could have a do-over?
I know things work out for a reason, and it's all good, but at times, I wish I could go back and undo some of the things I did.
Not that my time with Jerry was a mistake - but how I ended our relationship was.
I hate myself for knowing I hurt someone.
Wait, maybe I do get a do-over.

I am amazed on how our lives weave back and forth together over the years.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June 14 - Notes From Casa de Walsh

Selfie: Sami and I on Our Way to the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show June 7th

How I Feel
Happy June my friends.

It's a dreary day here at Casa Walsh in Haines, Oregon,  so I thought I would actually take time to write!  I know, don't fall off your chairs.

What's New?

  • My teens are very independent.  Sami has a busy social life, and Jake just prefers to play on his computers.  So I find myself 'alone' these days. Sami will be a Junior next year and Jake a Sophomore.  Crap.  
  • Speaking of Sami, she went to Greece for 12 days.  Spring Break school trip.  Did I mention independent?  She survived being away, without a blink of her eye.  This girl will do amazing things in her life.  She also registered for an immersion program at the local University.  Three weeks over the summer.  After her 1 week of basketball camp.  She's 16.  
  • My kids don't need to know what I was doing when I was 16. Drugs. Sex. Rock and Roll.  They have an idea.  Just not the details. 
  • Jake:  15. Brain child who prefers to be in his own world.  No desire to travel.  No desire to go the extra mile.  His goal?  Work during the summer on the ranch so he can buy a truck. I tell myself he is just like every other man child. Am I right? 
  • Me? No, no boyfriend.  Dating now and then. Ended a 3 month 'getting to know you' relationship that did not work.  For some reason I just don't have luck in the love department.  I want love and a partner.  The men I am attracted to?  Want a toy.  God has a plan.  I trust his judgement.  And, I am where He want's me to be.  I am coming to realize that.
  • Work?  I still love my job!  It will be three years at my 'divorcee' job on July 1st.  Time flies.  I call it my divorcee job because it is the first full-time job I have had after 16 years.  Boy, did I luck out!
  • Finances:  Debt is my problem.  I was too proud to ask for help.  So 'everything' was put on credit cards: my lawyer fees, furnishing a 3 bedroom house, and living expenses until I could land on my feet.  I need to figure out how to get out of debt.
  • Compass:  My 2014 One Little Word.  Using it to guide my choices and path.
So.  There you have it.  Just thought I should check in and let you know I am still here!