Spring Cleaning is in the Air!

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Happy Monday!  Dogs let us sleep in to 8am today! Completely welcomed and doesn’t happen often. Today I’ve switched to tea instead of coffee, especially since we FINALLY found the special Wedding Blend Tea from Inspirations Tea Room in OKC. I had bought some on a trip last year, lost it in the RV and while cleaning it out after this last trip, we found it! It is delicious!

Anyway, it gave me a lot more of a wake up kick than the coffee. I’ve already done a load of laundry, picked up and vacuumed the family room, and am getting ready to tackle the kitchen. Seriously a great start to any Monday!

Since this house is too big for the two of us, I’m hiring a cleaning crew tomorrow. Top to bottom spring cleaning. I’m very excited!  We’re not dirty, it’s just hard to keep up with this 3300 sq foot home, especially with my medical conditions.

Beautiful day for Mother’s day yesterday. A drive in the country in ‘Zeno’, our Morgan type British roadster, and a picnic. Completely recharged us. Went to the local farmers market and picked up some lamb shanks (non GMO and organic or course) from a great vendor, Holly Brook Farms. Jim made Osso Bucco for dinner. Plating didn’t get high scores, but it was delicious!

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My girls and granddaughters sent Mother’s Day gifts, a beautiful antique necklace with “Mimi” on it and a stunning bracelet with Mimi. I love those babies!

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Jim, my love, spoiled me yesterday.  With picnic, drive, lovely dinner, and jewelry! I LOVE dream catchers. There is something about them that just pull me in. The more delicate, the more I like them. He got me dream catcher earrings, matching bracelet, and a stunning pounded copper and silver turquoise necklace, that remind me of a dream catcher. He is an amazing man!

On the list for the remainder of the day, to attack tidying up as much as possible.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and get into the ‘Spring’ frame of mind!  Spring is finally here, after a VERY long cold winter, and it probably won’t last long as Summer temps are encroaching fast.

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Spring Mother’s Day Weekend

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First, Happy Mother’s Day to ALL mother’s out there!

There is no such thing as sleeping in when you have four-legged children. They wake us up every morning between 6:30 and 7AM. Today was no exception.

Yesterday was an easy day. Overcast but in the 80’s, which is beautiful driving weather! We did chores around the house, nothing too big, and got ready to go meet Jim’s oldest and her husband for dinner. Plus we needed to give them their new jogging baby stroller and a baby astronaut t-shirt (from the ‘Space’ grandparents).

We had a nice casual dinner in Fredericksburg at Capital Ale House. Pretty good food. Then capped it off with a trip to Carl’s Ice Cream, vintage old fashioned ice cream shack. I was very nice. We enjoyed seeing them and had good conversation. She will be having Grandson #2 any day now.

I could definitely use more days like yesterday.

Today, dogs woke us at 6:45am. Took them out to do their business, then Jim went back up to bed to ‘nap’. I don’t mind. It’s quiet downstairs with the dogs, who are again sleeping themselves. There isn’t much on today’s schedule other than relaxing and going for a drive in ‘Zeno’, our Morgan type car. Jim in has british driving cap and me with my scarf. Maybe a picnic is in order!

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There’s a cute little rack on the back, perfect size for a large picnic basket. Wind in your hair, tree covered roads, beautiful weather. Sounds like a perfect afternoon for Mother’s Day!

So how are you enjoying today??

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Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday!

While most of you are thinking about how relaxing you’re going to make your weekend, mine is already booked to the hilt. Jim came home 2am this morning. Thank God. I was getting at the end of my rope. So before he got home, I made a list of the things we needed to accomplish this weekend, so as not to completely be depressed and overwhelmed with this home. Yes, we’re still looking for a downsized home, but until then we need to do something with everything here and this house to make it less stressful. Empty nesters beware – it might seem like the good thing to do, buy a BIG house for all the grandchildren, but unless you’re a multi-millionaire, it will suck all your time and energy to keep up.

WEEKEND GOALS –

While it’ s completely overwhelming to think about HOW MUCH there is to do in this house, it is best to start with one room, finish it, then move to the next. The goal this weekend is to get through the MAIN floor so that it’s clean and organized. This includes the pantry and what we call the ‘Tardis’ –  a room close to the kitchen that goes the length under the back stairs. It’s much bigger inside than it looks on the outside, hence the name. (Props to my Dr. Who people out there).  It holds all our cooking appliances and stockpiling supplies.

I’m hoping it will all get done within this weekend.

Next will be the upstairs, where all the bedrooms and most of the bathrooms are. That, to me, is less daunting of a task. I say that, but it is very difficult to keep up with this home!

I’m also looking for a cleaning crew (for the deep clean we can’t do) and a lawn crew (to help with the disaster of a yard we have right now)!

Tomorrow we’re going to dinner with Jim’s oldest daughter Stephanie and her husband Chris. We have a few more gifts to give them before they have Grandson #2 and before they move from this state in a few more months. She has been doing fantastic during her pregnancy and I’m sure has been someone to look up to for other preggo mommies to be out there.

Currently, I can work 15 – 20 minutes, then have to sit down. Out of breath and back gripped up in pain. Relax 20 minutes, then back to work. At this rate, my goals for this weekend might not be completed….but I’ll keep going and get what I can done.

Does anyone else have health issues that they have to work through to regain somewhat of a normal life?

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Downsizing Mandatory

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Happy Thursday everyone!  It’s almost the weekend, YAY!  Jim is almost home (from a 5 day conference). Thank God since I’ve been doing attempting to do everything myself, which I’m doing a piss poor job at. At least the dogs are happy! I’ve been sleeping downstairs on a pop up twin, since one of the older dogs cannot make it upstairs without someone carrying her, and I cannot do that what so ever.  We do not have a fenced yard, which makes for a need to schedule the dogs to go to the bathroom and forces me to walk them. While it’s good to get moving, instead of sitting all day, it’s very difficult on the back right now.

What this week has made me do, is realize is that we absolutely need to downsize. I’ve always thought that ‘bigger is better’, and while that is true in some instances, it’s best to do what is right for you. If that means becoming a part time minimalist, than you shouldn’t feel bad about that. I love our country home on the top of the hill, but getting older and in poor health precludes me from painlessly going upstairs and standing/walking too long. Too much house here and stairs everywhere – we actually have two sets of stairs (front and back, both inside). Jim is looking at a hip replacement sometime in the near future. All those years of body punishing baseball playing in college and younger adult years for him…wait, who am I kidding, he played hard through his 50’s in his church leagues too. They are catching up with him.

I’ve started looking at smaller, less expensive homes, that would be good for us. There is a lot out there, almost overwhelming. Only have three criteria – single story, fenced yard for the dogs, and turnkey. As we get older, our brains do NOT match our minds. Minds are still young and believe we can do anything, my body is no where near that.

I found an article about 12 reasons why you should think about Downsizing. It gets you thinking!  You have to consider these and see if you’ll actually be happier in a smaller home.

  1. Easier to maintain. Anyone who has owned a house knows the amount of time, energy, and effort to maintain it. All things being equal, a smaller home requires less of your time, energy, and effort to accomplish that task.
  2. Less time spent cleaning. And that should be reason enough…
  3. Less expensive. Smaller homes are less expensive to purchase and less expensive to keep (insurance, taxes, heating, cooling, electricity, etc.).
  4. Less debt and less risk. Dozens of on-line calculators will help you determine “how much house you can afford.” These formulas are based on net income, savings, current debt, and monthly mortgage payments. They are also based on the premise that we should spend “28% of our net income on our monthly mortgage payments.” But if we can be more financially stable and happier by only spending 15%… then why would we ever choose to spend 28?
  5. Mentally Freeing. As is the case with all of our possessions, the more we own, the more they own us. And the more stuff we own, the more mental energy is held hostage by them. The same is absolutely true with our largest, most valuable asset. Buy small and free your mind.
  6. Less environmental impact. A smaller home requires less resources to build and less resources to maintain. And that benefits all of us.
  7. More time. Many of the benefits above (less cleaning, less maintaining, mental freedom) result in the freeing up of our schedule to pursue the things in life that really matter – whatever you want that to be.
  8. Encourages family bonding. A smaller home results in more social interaction among the members of the family. And while this may be the reason that some people purchase bigger homes, I think just the opposite should be true.
  9. Forces you to remove baggage. Moving into a smaller home forces you to intentionally pare down your belongings.
  10. Less temptation to accumulate. If you don’t have any room in your house for that new treadmill, you’ll be less tempted to buy it in the first place (no offense to those of you who own a treadmill… and actually use it).
  11. Less decorating. While some people love the idea of choosing wall color, carpet color, furniture, window treatments, decorations, and light fixtures for dozens of rooms, I don’t.
  12. Wider market to sell. By its very definition, a smaller, more affordable house is affordable to a larger percentage of the population than a more expensive, less affordable one.
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#WIAW Coming to This Blog Near You….

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It’s amazing how fast WIAW has taken over the internet!  The Capricorn in me is usually a leader, not a follower, however, I’ll be jumping on that bandwagon, for numerous reasons, but mostly since it creates a sense of being a part of something. That you’re not alone in what you’re eating, or not eating. Plus it seems to create healthier eating habits…and let’s face it, you get some great ideas on what to make for yourself!

I’ll be hooking up with other bloggers I read for #WIAW as well. A nice way to share and get to know others. So stay tuned!

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My Inspirations…

….For Being a Princess!
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This is my miracle grandbaby Molly Sophia at 3 months old. Her Mommy, Brianna, my youngest daughter, had too thin a cervix and had to have a surgery to stitch it closed in order for Molly to stay in utero for more than 30 weeks.  At 4 weeks we drove out to them, they live in Oklahoma, and we stayed there while Mommy was on bedrest until Miss Molly was born at 36 weeks. Everyone was surprised she wasn’t born earlier!!  She is my inspiration for everything ‘Princessy’, she is my girlie girl. She Loves cooking with Mommy and Mema, and she calls me Mimi. We talk often on Mommy’s cell phone. She loves to talk on the phone while watching Peppa Pig with Mommy.

….For Patience

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This little cutie pie chunkers is Hailey Elizabeth. Here she is 3 months. She is my inspiration for patience. She loves to torture her older brother, Jimmy Dene III, by playing with all his toys and climbing into his loft bed. She is a climber with little monkey toes, she knows where the camera is at all times, she know exactly what you don’t want her to do…and does it..even if you’re watching!  She is just like her mother, my oldest daughter Melody. She is my little clover bug. My little Irish angel.

….For Keeping up with Technology

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This handsome little man is Jimmy Dene III. He is my masterful technology grandson! He is so loving and playful. He loves to help Mema and his Mommy with anything. He is my little game player! Completely can run any phone or tablet or game handed to him!

.…For Being in Love

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I’ve been with Jim for 6 years now, although we’ve known each other for almost 20. He is my rock, he makes me laugh. I love spending time with him. He is patient, understanding and strong. He is a Space (yes outer), Telecommunications and Gaming Lawyer. He plays a mean French Horn and we share a love of old classic cars, bad Sci Fi and Cooking.

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This is how we roll……

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This is how we get to Oklahoma, where my children and grandchildren live. Yes, ALL of us! Two people, four dogs. Three days of great travel, we have fun and everyone gets along. This is called ‘Hurricane Molly’, so dubbed for my granddaughter Molly, the reason we bought this.

My daughter Brianna found out at 12 weeks that she has a very thin cervix and baby Molly wanted to come out. She had an emergency Cervical Stitching to close up Mollys access to the outside world and Mama was on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy.

Jim and I went out to take care of them to enable Molly to get as close to full term as possible. Miss Molly made it to 36 weeks before she arrived into our arms.

We have gone on two to three trips per year to visit our grandchildren. We plan on doing this for some time to come. The more grandchildren we have, the more places we also get to visit. Later this year, we will be adding Georgia to our grandchildren State list, as Jim’s oldest will be moving there with her husband and new son (coming end of this month).

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