Happy Monday Friends
I hope and pray you're all doing well. I'm sorry I missed you last week, but I took off Memorial Day to do things with my kiddos. And that weekend Ad came over too and shared a family dinner and played games and spent a nice day here.
And probably like most of you, my heart is hurting so much over what's going on in the world. I haven't been sleeping well and I've been putting in overtime in prayer. I don't like to get into politics and things here. I try to reserve this space as a place for me to find a peaceful hobby for my own enjoyment. To connect with friends. Share family life, recipes etc. But I guess I want to say...What happened to George Floyd was so tragic and so incredibly wrong. And now that law enforcement has become close to my life, my heart hurts a bit for the abuse they are enduring as well. I think that officer Chauvin deserved to lose his job and be arrested and charged with murder. It is scary to think of a person like him in a place of power and with weapons. And I think maybe diversity training should be required for everyone in those kinds of positions. But in all honesty, I think we all need to look in the mirror. We all need to learn, to want to better understand, and to change the way we view each other on some level. The quotes I post at the bottom today is what I feel whole heartedly - about choosing love, compassion and understanding. We still have so far to evolve as a people in my opinion. But blanket statements of hatred over law enforcement isn't the answer either. As there are probably far more of them that are willing to lay down their life for people of any color and race because they're doing their jobs for the right reason. Thank you for letting me share and get some of that off of my heart.
And on the note of law enforcement. The update on Scott is that he's back from AK. Yay! He is on leave for a nice break, and currently lives close to where his daughter lives and has her for the next several weeks. He has one day he won't be having her and he's coming up to visit me that day. I think there is good potential for us to be hanging out quite a bit this summer, and maybe his daughter too. I'm just going to let things be on that topic for a while now. I'll give you another update down the road. But going to give space now for things to just evolve. Now that it's finally getting a chance to become more "real" so to speak. 😉 ♥️
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
It was storming quite a bit this AM. That's even why I'm getting to this later, because it messed with our electricity and wi-fi a bit. But now it's lovely out and sunny and, as you can see, perfect weather for my son and his GF to get in a game of badminton in the back yard
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING
HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:
I'm feeling heart broken over what is happening in our world. I keep praying for good leadership to guide the way. I prayer for peace, compassion and understanding all throughout the day.
ON MY MIND:
Besides worrying about our world. I'm still trying to focus on Spring cleaning and getting things in order around here. There were so many things that Ad and I were a good balance of partnering on for chores around here. Aaron and Annie have both been helpful, but there still feels like there's quite a bit on my shoulders alone. I just keep trying to take it all one step at a time and work on the things I can accomplish. Although, it's nice he's having his work crew come soon and put up decking that needs to be done outside. And replace Annie's bay window in her room because it's in bad shape.
Also, Annie finishes up school this week! It's crazy to me. She will officially be a freshman in H.S. next year. And my heart still also breaks for all of the seniors robbed of so much this year. My nephew graduates this year and they're not doing an open house for him due to covid and everything going on. 🙏 😔
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE
It's nice and sunny now. Things are tidy, but need to do more vacuuming I didn't finish this weekend. Throw in another load of laundry
CHORE I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK:
I need to clean out the kitchen cabinets - scrub and organize them. And I need to take down my Spring decorations and put up my summer ones.
FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE by Robert Enright, PhD
ON THE TV TODAY:
I think Grantchester starts again pretty soon. America's Got Talent - it's taped but haven't started watching yet. I've been bingeing on Gilmore Girls. I have some movies taped...and cooking shows
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY - leftover tomato soup, cheesy puff pastry for dunking, fruit
TUESDAY -BLT's, chips, veggies, fruit
WEDNESDAY - fettucine alfredo, garlic bread, salads
THURSDAY - pancakes, fruit topping, bacon, breakfast potatoes
FRIDAY - pick up pizza or something fun - celebrate Annie finishing school
TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:
read, try not to watch giant doses of the news, give myself a pedi
FROM THE CAMERA:
Annie and I have been obsessed with smoothie bowls. We blend up frozen fruit with some yogurt and some milk until it's like a nice thick smoothie. Then we pour it in a bowl and top with fresh fruit and toppings like toaste coconut and granola. So very yummy!!
Things have continued to bloom and grow here. We've had some beautiful nights too - I even put out my solar tiki torches and they glow each night in the backyard. And just as I thought. Now that I've planted my flower pots the fairies have moved back in and put a cabin in a rosemary forest, are reading books among the flowers, and making wishes by the basil.
Did I mention that this cutie has a motorcycle? Yikes! Help me! Lol The 2nd helmet in the pic is because his daughter enjoys going for a ride too. And I love this pic from the police page when a girl scout troop raised money for their dept a few weeks ago. He's a big guy so they made him sit in front and hold all of the cookies. 😂
And did I also mention I'm getting my hair done before he comes? Thank the Lord! Look at those roots - Aaackk!!!