Sunday, December 14, 2014
This morning started out ok, when I came home from church and brunch Erik was still in bed. So I started bringing in the Christmas decorations. Erik got up and wanted to know where his decorations were-probably in the storage unit Erik, ask your brother. So he called poor Steven and had to pass the phone to me because he wasn't expressing himself very well. So I told my eldest son what his brother wanted and he didn't seem too interested in going to the unit-so I put it out of my mind. About 45 minutes later Erik comes out of his room dressed to go to the storage unit. Oh no, I said, everytime you go there you bring tons of stuff home that we have no room for. NO, no, NO says Erik I need my trees (ornaments). So, I concede with "you can only bring home the decorations, nothing else okay. Ya. So I call Steven to let him know I'm going there against my better judgment, his wife says he's left to go to the unit mom. So I call my son on his cell and he says he's just about there. Okay we'll meet you, I said-long pause. I'll see you in a few, and I hung up. We got to the unit and Erik got all excited about this that and the other thing, oh no I said, decorations only. His big brother says, "Why don't you take that old tool box and clean it out at home Erik, store everything in your new tool chest. AARGh. A tool box, a box of tools and a box of long lost CD's go into my trunk-the very last few boxes we find are Erik's tree lights and ornaments.
Now mind you for the Epiphany, little Christmas I've invited my grandchildren over to come take one of MY ornaments off the tree, having Erik's on there complicates what I hoped to make a new tradition for our family while helping me downsize my collection of ornaments. Bother and Stuff! So we are marking Erik's ornaments with his initials and red ribbons-more work-yay, so the children will not try to take uncle Erik's stuff.
Now my eldest son is no dummy, he told Erik that all the tools and CDs he takes home better be taken care of when he comes over later this week. Erik was happy as a clam in the garage for about 2 hours, arranging his stuff, then he swept the leaves out of the garage and told me "car in garage now". I moved the car in, he swept the driveway right outside of the garage and close the door. Then he came in and addressed his box of cds-well-sort of, he needs more shelves to store them on and now he wants to go back and find his CD player....
So my tree is NOT decorated, my cards are NOT addressed and the girls tabliers are NOT done.
I did have breakfast with my friends, make a decent supper, pulled some clothes out of my closet to donate, and helped Erik put rubber bands around all the electrical cords of his tools. I also got in over 7,500 steps. But I'm frustrated. Frustrated that when I make plans others make mincemeat of said plans. I'm getting ready to sign off and go to bed, tomorrow Erik goes to transitional therapy with Sarah and maybe I can do what I want to do....
Well to end on a good note, I stayed w/in my calories and the steps I made go over the minimum allowed so maybe it was an ok day after all.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Do you see why the question mark, the row behind my GD's guest, my eldest GD, my daughter and DIL? Well here is the next row... .
A year and a half ago, I went to a silent auction to raise money for Children with special needs, where I made a few bids. I bid on this basket that contained a t-shirt from the Lady Bug shop-I love lady bugs, 2 tickets for the Nutcracker-Dec. 2013, and 2 tickets for Mary in the spring of 2014.
So my DGD and I drove to the Nutcracker in 2013 and NO BODY was there, finally a woman came up and said: "The campus is closed for Thanksgiving break." So I called the number on the sheet I received with the coupon for the t-shirt. Well, the lady answering said: "Oh my that's next weekend". Well I explained that NEXT weekend I'd be at my niece's wedding in Ohio and it was impossible for me or my Daughter to use the ticket since she was going too. The upshot to that fiasco was that I got two more tickets to use with the first two for this December. After that disappointment my GD and I -all dressed up went to find the Lady Bug Shoppe. Not very many lady bugs in sight. The allowed t-shirt selection was limited, but Lauren found one and they told me I could come and get it next week. They were going to sew a patch pocket on it, Lauren picked her plaid patch pocket and we left. Bonne Maman was very disgruntled, I had to drive all the way to Gainesville a second time just for a t-shirt. But I reminded myself my GD and I were supposed to be having fun, so we went to the Dollar store, I gave her a few dollars and watched as she decided how she would spend them-it was cute she bought a present for mommy and something for herself. Which leads me to the Girls? day out. After the fiasco I decided it would be fun if I bought the extra tickets, took my daughter, 5 GDs, and 3 DILs to the Nutcracker and I told the woman that when the time came I would be buying extra tickets to go with the four I had. AND the time came....
I talked to the girls, my youngest DIL was hesitant, because my son was not going to be home, it was a guard weekend and she didn't know how it would go with the girls. Guard weekends are hard on her, so I told her she could let me know as late as Sunday morning and I did not buy a ticket for the 1 1/2 yr old who-if she came would not be using a seat. Saturday night she texted me to say she was sick. So I called my daughter and said Lauren should bring a friend-more fiasco-my daughter's phone was dead and she didn't get the messages till Sunday morning, anyway Jessica was able to come.
Another DIL was gung hoe for her and the girls to come and at 6:15 Sunday started texting me about where exactly the Ballet was? I had sent an e-mail mind you and a text Saturday saying the aprons would not be ready, the girls will get them on Christmas. After about 6 texts, we settled everything and I went to Mass, came home and started busying myself until my third DIL and son came-they have no children-and my eldest son was keeping Erik at their house. So off we go DIL #3 and myself. My daughter calls-after the group texts mind you- and says "Where is the ballet, were at" ....We were waiting on the steps for the others to arrive since I held the tickets. She was there 10 minutes later and said "Aaron is on the way." Aaron! did he come with Steph and the girls? Long pause, I don't think so she replies. Up walks child number four with his girls. I greeted him with "my Steph, you've grown some facial hair since Abbie's birthday" He didn't smile. Apparently DIL #2, who now works full time and has to work this weekend had a melt down at the amount of stuff she had to do and Gainesville is so far from them-it is. Finally all the girls went to the restroom, we found our seats and enjoyed act 1, another potty break for the youngest and oldest ones and then act 2 after which we were going to take our pictures with the Snow Queen. The show was good, we got in line for our pictures, and I told my daughter, and DIL I want a picture of my three GDs and myself with the snow queen, then one of Lauren with her friend and the Snow queen. Good plan in effect. HAHAHAHA, It was our turn all four girls rushed up to the Snow queen, my attitude at that point, it is what it is! Then this little blond darling with a rose runs up to give the flower to the ballerina, the mom called to her and said "these people are trying to take pictures, come back" of course she didn't but she did turn around for the picture. At that point we were laughing and I said, Why NOT, the rest of the plans didn't work out. Here are the two pics, the sun was glaring so one of them isn't so good.
We did have a good time, nothing was as I planned, but after talking with my deacon friend I when DIL # 1 was giving my hissy fits I took it surprisingly in stride. My son, said next time we need to go to the ballet in Gwinnett, not Gainesville, it's more centrally located. I calmly told him, there most likely will not be a next time. It was expensive even with 4 "free" tickets and I'm not in a position to spend that kind of money. I planned that because my youngest son and DIL # 1 had suggested I give memory making gifts. Well I'll remember and I'll thank deacon Mike and my cousin Barb for reminding me that it is a gift and to let it go.
Now for yesterday, I got over half the gifts here wrapped. No Christmas cards written, and the aprons to finish so I can wrap them. All is crazy in the H family household as usual. I did remember to spend more time in prayer this morning, I need some inner calm.
God bless y'all and take care to take care of yourselves.
Wow, sorry this is so long!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
I am about preparing my heart for Christmas and gifts for the family right now. I am not worried about the tree being up, it is never up before December 1st anyway and rarely before the second Sunday of Advent. Well Steven put up the tree Sunday before we "girls" went to the Nutcracker (blog later on that) and it is sitting in it's spot with not a single ornament on it. Erik is getting concerned.
Today is hopefully a stay at home day, but the tree is not my priority. I have gift wrap stuff all over my living room -(2 perspectives )Erik cannot safely walk through it. He wanted me to help him wrap the gifts he got for his siblings, their spouses, his nephew and nieces. All of that is done, so I decided BEFORE I do the tree I will get the gifts wrapped. I don't want to be hauling all of that stuff out and putting it away again. I am a pack rat, so I have recycled gift boxes, recycled bows and ribbons that I bought back in the ....80's? maybe. I store this stuff in plastic under the bed boxes. The box for the gift wrap has to be stored in the garage. I only bought three rolls this year-pat me on the back please I'm a sucker for beautiful Christmas gift wraps, (most of my paper) plus I have to have age appropriate stuff as well as color preference paper-one of my son's hates red. (Here is his gift.) I was the eldest of ten and we frequently saved the Sunday comics for gift wrap, and maybe had one "beautiful paper" wrapped gift each. Usually the clothing or blankets we got.
So my fetish isn't shoes, it's Christmas wrap-is that even the right word here?
So my Christmas Goals are:
This Christmas, I will only save the nice looking expensive bows-all the others can be trashed after gift opening-oh I save tissue paper too so as not to waste my funds on the mundane-I only save the nice-un-torn pieces.
I'm using some of my stash of old ribbons up on some of the gifts this year too. I'm hoping to reduce the bows and ribbons to 2 boxes-not three, the tissue paper and gift bags are in another-we recycle the nice bags too. Get rid of any broken gift boxes. Can you tell I was raised to be extremely frugal. Two of my DIL's think I'm nuts the other one is too polite to say anything and helps me gather bows and tissue after gift opening is over. My own children have mixed feelings on this compulsive need of mine. I'm working on it, I'm trying to reduce my stashes across the board.
So off to wrap gifts, status report later, Nutcracker blog later. Coffee, breakfast and gift wrapping NOW!
Friday, December 05, 2014
First: All of you! I want to from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement. Sometimes I see the progress Erik is making, but not how I'm improving in my skills at interpretation or Charades. Actually I think I missed a step in Erik's explanation of what he needed, He grabbed a trash can and made gagging sounds over it when I didn't catch on fast enough-he got a bowl right quick I can assure you! He is doing much better. He slept a lot yesterday, and is not up yet so I don't know how his night went-no napkins with time logs though.
For Janet, Beth and so many others thank you for your support, there are days the only kind words I "hear" are from you, and the only hugs I get are virtual...I rejoice on days when Erik decides I need a hug.
Now for Gaye, GABY1948 is doing The Becks Solution diet-I think that's right. She made a blog about making a list, and I thought Ahah! I know to get things done around the house, when I'm having guests or when I'm drowning under chores I make a list...It starts out with the highest priorities, then gets jumbled as I add and add and add. How much can a body do in one day Ginie?
Here is my list for today, but it has two columns so I'll try to get this right, second column in brackets. BTW my list is usually in French but sometimes franglais
vendredi, le 5 décembre [Levothyroxind]
la lecture du jour -"daily scriptures" [la tension-"blood pressure"]
les prières [les vitamines]
SP log-in /Trivia [les pillules du soir]
SP la nourriture
les tabliers des filles "girls aprons"
la lessive: les moyennes et les foncés "laundry mediums and darks"
mise en place "put away"
les animaux "hospital animals"
le shopping: des boites-"boxes"
des aiguilles "circular knitting needles"
Erik cherche des cadeaux "Erik look for gifts.
Mme G. leçon d'Erik "Ms G to help Erik w/reading skills"
envoyer Kat son châle "mail Kat's shawl"
commence les cartes de Noël "start Christmas cards"
I also have added an entry for tomorrow, because I need to be at church at 5:20 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I go once a month early because I want to and because Erik is still in bed when I get home around 7:40.
So my list as grown since I've added the second and third SP entry right after my tripping up at Thanksgiving weekend. So HOW DO YOU STAY ON TASK, btw if I don't make lists I don't get very far some days. I also add details so I can check stuff off, I love checking stuff off and a for things not attempted-like financial report for the Judge.
Have a blessed Friday
I see it's a good thing I used brackets-even though I put spaces everything is running together. TECHNOLOGY!
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