Friends

Since moving to Washington 4 years ago we have made some fantastic friends. My girlfriend from high school that I had not seen since the 11th grade has lived here with her wife for years, so of course we have picked up right where we left off. It is not very often you come across two people who are caring and would truly do anything for you.

Now let’s talk about our camping crew. My husband gets to be friends with a guy from work and of course his partner is the best. For the last 3 years we have an annual grass cart camping trip that truly is good for my soul. There are not phones, you get filthy, sleep in tents and cook all your meals on the grill. Doesn’t get any better, I feel like I can exhale when I am camping with these 2 great men.

Last night we had a small get together at our old, new house and we played games on the patio and everyone got to pick a different pandora song each time it was their turn. Needless to say we had way too much fun and I wonder why we don’t get together more often with the people we care about.

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Addiction lessons

I must say I never thought I would be impacted by addiction but it has smacked me in the face full on. My oldest son who has always been the strong athlete is sitting in rehab getting well. As a college athlete he was given every opioid available to keep him on the field and now he is repairing the damage. I am thankful he is alive and the man he is meant to be has emerged. He has gained 60 lbs of muscle and is not only physically but mentally healthy it is truly amazing. I never knew how horrible the addiction was but am grateful my son has found his purpose. We never understand the struggle or circumstances until god reveals them and he is on his way to a great great great future

She shed adventures

There is this massive ugly shed in our new backyard so I got the bright idea this is going to become a she shed.

But not the fancy thousands of dollars shed, everything in it is either thrift store or recycled from the move. Yep there’s water damage and spiders but she will be great when done

Tiffany blue is the outside color, hydrant that the last owner thought was a decoration is now pink to match the shed chairs and a cute little bark seating area

A little color in my life again

Well once again we are moving. Decided to leave the restrictive home owners association and the 2 story house and move into the ranch style house we own with .33 acre. Of course it is a mess and my favorite thing to do is flooring and paint. Before anything goes in I had to get started on the massive laundry room. The floors were pink and the entire thing a mess. Here are the before and after: I assume if you have to do laundry why not enjoy it and paint it a beautiful shade of buttercup. Of course you have to decorate too, come on who says laundry has to be boring and there is a perfect spot for the office.

 

 

 

Death and understanding

My dad passed away on March 10th, unexpectedly. My 2 older brothers and I were there when he took his last breath and were able to let him know how much we loved him. The crazy part of this story is that his death brought together my siblings and I after not speaking for years. I believe he planned this….

My dad was that man who did everything right his entire life and everyone who met him loved him. He told dumb jokes, harassed everyone, and always had a story. It will be hard knowing I will never see him again but if I can be half the person he was I’ll be great.

I have cried a million tears but they are not sad tears just find memories for a man I will miss for the rest of my life.

Random questions

  • Why is there always multiple packages of taco seasoning open in the cabinet
  • How will having teachers carry guns stop school shootings
  • Why no matter how old your kids are do you worry about them like there little
  • Why is there always one person you work with who is just miserable to be around
  • How is a man with the worst comb over and spray tan in history the president
  • Why do we work 5 days a week instead of working 2 and having 5 off
  • Why have I not Won the lottery
  • Why can the weather man always get it wrong and still be employed
  • Why when people are house hunting do they focus on wall color, really it’s a 10 can of paint to change

Workout Etiquette and Laughter

I am back in the gym hard and heavy. This year I am trying some new classes and one of them happens to be pop Pilates which consist of a whole bunch of floor and ab exercises. If you ever want to know how many ab muscles you don’t have this is the class for you, which brings me to my etiquette discussion.

  1. If you have gas the day of class, skip it and find a treadmill
    1. Being known as Rootie Tootie is not a name you want
  2. I understand we all have bodily functions we can’t control at times
    1. However spare your classmates the torture when you pretend that you didn’t just rip one

Look I am a 50 year old woman and know people get embarrassed talking about farts, flatulence, air bisquit, back blast, wind breaker, colon bowling  but I know when my belly is full of something that will not be pleasant. I still get my gym time in but take several bathroom breaks and the people around me I am certain appreciate it. My kids when I tell them my stories they think it is hilarious so if nothing else entertain your family but don’t go to class.

 

I’m officially a plumber

I am cheap, yes I own it. My sons house had a leak under both bathroom sinks and of course I am not calling a plumber. I took my pink girl tool kit and took it apart. Two trips to Lowe’s and it is fixed and working like new for a total of 12 dollars in parts. The other side is leaking from the connector at top so I need to find a tool to loosen as it is cranked down. YouTube will help me with this. Don’t be afraid to try do it yourself, the satisfaction of learning something new and it working is fantastic.

Surprise you’re not who you think you are

My mom and I decided it would be fun to sign up to have our DNA tested through one of the advertised companies that do ancestry research. It was pretty easy, you get a box in the mail, spit in a vile and in 6 weeks received a report back of your ethnicity.

I have been told my entire life that we are German on my mom’s side and Native American on my dad’s side. This made sense as my skin color is kind of yellow and I have always turned super brown in the summer after being in the sun. Well guess what, it was a lie I tell you. Shown below are my results, huh, what? Where in the world did those last three come from? And not a mention of ANY Native American heritage.

Now the questions begin, what if my mom’s comes back completely different, ha. This has been interesting and I now think I need to develop an accent.

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Tuesday with Morrie

In the search for continual learning I read a lot of books. My most recent read is Tuesday’s with Morrie and I cried like a baby. What a beautiful story and the life lessons are invaluable. 

If we equate these lessons to today’s events whether you agree or not with the kneeling during the national anthem, kolin kaepernick is living the “just because society says so doesn’t make it right” example. I’m sad to see that people don’t understand it’s not the action but the demonstration that all people matter and are connected.