Saturday, July 11, 2015

Catching Up

Summer is here. The temperatures are soaring, so I have to water plants twice a day now. 

I am finally settling into retirement life. 

I had to do a reset on my emotions earlier in the summer. I found myself distressed with Mama being so sick, and I think I was still somewhat in that mode of thinking summer had to be a long list of projects to finish in ten weeks. 

I hit the pause button!
I stopped and thanked God that I am able to see about Mama, and decided to take everyday as a gift that I have her, EVEN IF it wasn't what I had planned for us.
I also realized that I don't have to go back to school this fall, so I can enjoy those long summer days and enjoy the beach...Those projects will wait until fall or whenever!!!

So, here are a few things going on here...

We have a wedding to attend today. I gave the lovely bride a shower a couple of months ago. You can read about that here. The thing about this wedding today??? Well, it made Hubby and me behave like adults. Why? IT IS THE HOME SHOW FOR THE BLUE ANGELS. It is a tradition in our family to go by water to the Pensacola Beach show each July. We are going to miss them like so bad today, but, we are so excited about Tommy's wedding. His parents are great friends of ours, and Tommy has been in our youth group when Hubby and I worked in the youth department for many many years. They are such a wonderful young couple.

My mom's farm finally sold. That was a big one for her. It was all too much for her to take care of.   We have been busy still taking care of out a garage, having a yard sale, taking it all one step at a time. I am hoping we can get her sinus infection cleared up soon. She has had two sinus surgeries, but she is still suffering there. I am slowly seeing a light in her though. I am praying we can get all of this cleared up soon. I think that will put a spark back in her.

I have been busy just trying to settle into my routine of keeping a home clean, preparing meals, volunteering at church one day a week, and finding the things that I really love to spend any free time on. One of those has been sewing. I am such a driven, task-oriented person that I can find myself stressed if I am not checking off a list at a break neck pace. Therefore, I had to take a step back and reevaluate. First, I cleaned up all the projects I had lined up and put them in boxes on my sewing room shelves. I will pull them out if I have time and desire to sew. 

The biggie on the reset of slowing down on my checklist was to halt a counted cross-stitch project that I was so sure I would complete. I printed out the pattern on my last day of work. It was by far the most complicated project that I had ever seen, but I wasn't worried because, I was sure I could handle it. At one time in my life, I was a cross stitcher extraordinaire. Anyway, this project was a heron pattern made from an Audobon painting. I have never seen anything like that in my life. The colors were all so near the same, changing on each line after two stitches. I found myself stressed instead of enjoying it. I had restarted three times. Finally, I just asked myself, why was I doing this? I finally decided to pack it up for awhile. I may come back to it later, but for now, I am going to choose something else to stitch. I have been following other stitchers on Instagram and have seen so many cute things that I wanted to try.

It is actually 15 pages put together. I wanted to do it, but I am just not there yet.
Well, I have soooo... much more to say, but I will save some for next week. 

I will be posting some next week. I will never have a schedule, because this is for posterity's sake and a hobby, so if anyone pops in, I am glad to have you visit!!!

Counting my blessings,

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