October Is Flying By

I cannot believe that it is almost the end of October. It seems like we just started this month and I have not written any blogs. Life has been busy and stressful so I haven’t taken the time to write. Sheesh.

Early this month, my son became a teenager. That was amazing and a fun day. We got to spend it outside with masks on with one of his dear friends who also became a teenager. Seeing our friends was good for my son and for me.

Also, this is the month that Kirk and I got married, so I am a bit sad with the memories of what could and should have been versus what actually is. I am blessed with lots of photos and memories and people to share our stories with. Still, along with the good, there is a bit of melancholy.

I have been extremely busy with work — in finishing last school year’s work and report cards for the students who we work with in the family business. I am also working on the current school year. In addition, my son had some school work that he did over break and continues to work on assignments. Plenty to do, that’s for sure.

On the good side, I have family and friends who celebrate birthdays this month and that is great. We are primarily celebrating at a distance which is I guess what we should be doing during a pandemic. Still it is hard to not be with loved ones during special times.

Medical procedures, sick family members and friends, and favorite pets having health issues are weighing on me as well. So I pray, cry as needed, and talk to our loved ones to get the latest information and know how to help them. Meditation, deep breathing, and walks also help. Seems there is always something, so I am trying to find ways to deal with them.

Along with the bad, there is a lot of good. So, this month I am thankful for:

  • My memories of the ocean and its splendor
  • Our time spent with family and friends at the beach
  • Fall break at home – we enjoyed it although it went by really fast 
  • Sleeping in before a busy day of work
  • Cooler weather so I can be outside more
  • Walks around our neighborhood
  • My son with all of his talents and gifts
  • Finishing one book series — Harry Potter for the second time
  • Starting a new book series that my son wanted me to read — Artemis Fowl
  • Hot tea and coffee
  • Soups and sandwiches or salads
  • Watching movies with a bowl of popcorn
  • Enjoying favorite comedies and laughing together
  • My family and friends — although we miss seeing most of them, they are loved
  • Working at home so I can watch over my son’s school work and time

I will try to write more in the upcoming weeks. It has just been a super busy month for us, despite primarily staying at home. May you stay safe and healthy! We are trying to do the same.

June 1st

I cannot believe it is the first day of June!  This year has truly flown by very quickly!

Isn’t it amazing we are already 6 months into the year??!

Despite the fact this was a holiday weekend and the first of summer, it hasn’t been the best week.  But it hasn’t been all bad.  Here are a few cruddy things that happened and a few good ones.

  • This week has been busy and unfortunately I have been sick with an ear infection.  This has been a rough year with lots of allergy problems.  Darn that pollen!
  • My thoughts and prayers are with a friend from college who may have to have another round of chemo.  She will know soon.  My prayers also go to several other friends who are having health issues.
  • A relative had his e-mail hacked.  A lot of people have been concerned about him and the note that the hacker sent out.  It really infuriates me that there are those who take pleasure and glee in being so wrong and mean to others. Hackers, you should be ashamed of yourself and be arrested!

Here’s to a better week next week!  I am going to focus on the fun of summer and be thankful for all of the good in my life and the lives of my family and friends. For example:

  • My mother made a great accomplishment in her therapy of her knee replacement!  Yeah Mom.
  •  I finished a wonderful book and started a new one.
  • I signed up for Weight Watchers this week to help in my weight loss journey!  And, have a great support system in place to help me stay on track.
  • A friend of mine has published a book that I can’t wait to read.

Please share some of the good and bad from your week!  We can then commiserate.

Here are a few quotes about June:

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.  ~Gertrude Jekyll

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.  ~Bern Williams

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.  ~Aldo Leopold

Hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful June!