Monday, March 24, 2014

Small accomplishments

Since I have not posted in a while it would make sense to assume I have managed to clear all the clutter out of our home.


Not finished.  Barely started.

Now, don't get me wrong.  A lot has been accomplished since I last posted.  Just not as much as I would have liked in the "empty"ing process.

We have celebrated three birthdays (FM1 is no longer a teenager). We have celebrated 26 years of marriage. We have been to Texas to visit family.  We have hung two pictures on the walls (after five years in this house). We (Chief) have straightened the garage.

As far as the "empty" campaign goes, we have gotten rid of 2 boxes of dishes and two very large bags of clothes FM2 has outgrown.  So far, I have two bags of clothes that need to go away.

Small accomplishments are still accomplishments.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Word of 2014 – Empty

I know.  “Empty” conjures up sad images.  Images of bare rooms, glasses without liquid, boxes without contents.  It is even memorialized in a nursery rhyme.

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her dog a bone.
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare
So the poor dog had none.

So why would I pick this “sad” word for my word of the year?  

The past two years I selected words that defined what I wanted for that year.  In 2012 I chose “Reclaim”, because I wanted to reclaim my home, my schedule, my health, etc.  In 2013 I chose “Complete”, because I am very bad about starting something then not finishing (Isn’t that one of the symptoms of ADD?).  They both started out fine, but eroded over time leaving me back where I started.  Very depressing.

Then I had an epiphany!  

Before I could “reclaim” or “complete” anything, I needed to empty out the things that were in the way.  You cannot organize the clothes in your closet if it is full of things you cannot or will not wear.  You cannot get out the sewing machine or craft supplies to finish all those projects you have started if there is nowhere to put it.  You cannot maintain a blog or do anything else if you do not have time in your schedule.  You have to make room first.
By “emptying” the objects, activities, thoughts, and habits which are cluttering my life, I should be able to begin “reclaiming” my life and “completing” what I start.

Over the next 12 months I will be striving to post weekly with reports on my progress.

*  I intended to post this New Year's Day, but due to travel I didn't get it done.  I guess that is just another example of needing to "empty" my schedule.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Where did the year go?

I realize it has been a couple of months since I have posted.  I haven't really abandoned my blog, we have just been REALLY busy.

I did manage to upload my pictures.  I did finish the course.  I did get my certificate of completion.  I did learn a lot. And I am thinking about taking another course, just in the summer when the weather is a little more predictable.

FM1 has completed the fall semester of school and will graduate with his Associates of Arts in May.

FM2 had been FM2.  Everything is still wild and even though he missed a couple of weeks of school (yes that can happen even if you are home-schooled) due to illness he is doing well.  He will just have to make the it up later in the year.

Chief FM has almost made it to vacation time and not a moment too soon.

I hope everyone has had a great year.  And if I don't get back on here before then:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Never Too Old to Learn......

*  Sorry, this post never got published.  I must have just hit the save button, instead.  This is what happens when you are up too late and have waited until the last minute to do your homework.

Yes, it has been a long time since I was on here.  Yes, we had a fun summer.  Yes, we have finally gotten back to what passes for normal around here.

FM1 has resumed classes at the local community college.  This semester has been surprising for all of us.  But that is a story for another time.

FM2 has resumed classes at Flying Monkey Academy.  As usual, math is his least favorite.  History and  science are his favorites.  There will probably be more to tell concerning this, also.

Chief FM never stopped.  It is just more of the same.

The big news is that I am taking an on-line class to try to learn to use my camera better.  I got this great DSLR camera for Christmas last year.  I have played with it, but I have never learned how to use some of the settings.  I have learned how the camera works (on the inside).

I have taken one quiz and made 100%.  I have picked out a picture to turn in for my second assignment. Now comes the funny part.  I am having trouble uploading the picture to an album in Picasa.  Yes, I upload images to Picasa all the time for this blog.  I have an account for this blog.  Maybe I can slip it in from here.  Might as well try.

Yup, pun intended.  From the annual Memorial Day Slip-n-Slide free for all at Twisted Willow Farm.  Sending summer out with a splash.

** I managed to get everything uploaded and my assignment turned in (at the last minute).  I learned something in the process.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Day of Firsts

Today I experienced several things for the first time.  Some of these things may be common place to other people, but these were new experiences for me. They may not be exciting or, by some standards, particularly noteworthy on their own.  What makes them stand out is the fact that they all happened on the same day.

Today, I attended an IHL board meeting.

Today, our GPS had ADD.

Today, we crossed a body of water by driving underneath it.  Yup, think of ALL that water over your head.  Pretty exciting, huh?

Today, I watched some men fishing with a net.

Today, we took a wrong turn and found the Mississippi State University softball team in Fairhope, Alabama.

Today, we walked along the beach at Clear Point, Alabama.

Today, I had a course between the salad and entree to "clear the palette".

I wonder what exciting things await tomorrow........

Monday, April 22, 2013

Missing in Action

I know I have been missing in action for a while.  Things have been really wild here at Casa de Los Monos Voladores.

We have celebrated three birthdays, a wedding anniversary, and an Outstanding Student Award.  We attended every night (and all three mornings) of a wonderful meeting at church.  And, to top it all off, we took a vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tn.

Spring is here and the weather is warmer (with a few dips here and there) so yard work and gardening has begun.  The raised beds are filled with tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, and watermelons thanks to FM1.  Chief FM has been planting trees in the front yard and trying out his new riding lawn mower   No, he didn't get the zero turn model but it is a huge step up from the push mower.

Spring cleaning has begun and may take the rest of the year.  Several bags of items have been donated to a local charity making room for the things we use.  I have not completed any of my projects yet, but I am still working on them.  Most of them will just take time because I have put off doing them for too long.  Other projects are being delayed by small bumps (like a collapsed bookshelf) in the road.  I think I am going to make a t-shirt for that one:  "I survived the great bookcase collapse of  '13.  What do you think?

Taking time to write this didn't really help complete any of the projects on my list, but I am encouraged to see what has been accomplished.  I am encouraged by looking at all we have done.  Next time you are discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress, take a moment to list what has been done.  You may be surprised by all you have accomplished without even thinking about it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Where did the month go?

I look at the date on my computer and see 1/30/2013.  That means that tomorrow is the last day of the month.

Where has the month gone?!?

A lot has been accomplished in this first month of 2013.  We have done something we have have been meaning to do for some time.  Unfortunately, this has highlighted the necessities to complete some of the other items on our "To Do" list.  Isn't that how life is?  One thing leads to another.

Well, time to get going.  February looks like it is going to be a "fast" month, also.