Weekend's are for catching up!

Hello everyone!  Does everyone feel like the weekend just flies by – with all the catch up you do from the week?  I cannot believe that Saturday is almost over!  I have almost all the laundry done, house cleaned, planted some flowers, and started a NEW blog!

 Welcome to my new blog.  I enjoy blogging, but it is so hard to figure out the email of the commenter on blogspot – I made the decision to move over here to wordpress.  Thank you all for following me over here.  If you comment now, you will get a response back from me! 

My oldest graduates on June 4th.  You may not all be aware that we have a very strained relationship.  She does not live with me – and has not for years.  Mother’s Day was not so great – she did not want to see me or even speak to me.  It is painful to talk about – but, this may be good therapy.  Things began to go downhill with her in 6th grade.  She has anorexia nervosa – and by the time she was in 8th grade we had her in weekly counseling sessions, dietician appointments, doctor appointments.  It was 9 months of hell.  On Good Friday 2004- of all days – her father called me to tell me that Rachel would not be coming back to my house.  Lack of support from him has enabled her to stay there.  I have struggled with a relationship with her ever since.  Oh – she comes over for Christmas and her siblings bring her her birthday gift – but I have measured minutes, not free access.  Her eating disorder has resurfaced recently and I have been an outsider watching her loose weight.  She wants nothing to do with religion – although I pray fervently for her.  This is the main reason she moved out – she did not want to participate in “organized religion”. 

Back to what I originally wanted to talk about – Rachel is graduating – and I have been uncertain if I will even be invited to any of the festivities surrounding that.  I am not having a party for her at my home – she would not come.  My ex has graciously asked me to “help” with the festivities at his home.  I will bite my tongue and help.  I am going to invite disaster as well – I am inviting some family and friends.  If you hear fireworks on the 10th of June – you will know it is just me! 

On to a happier subject – things are moving nicely along with my “dinner companion”!  Heidi has her last concert of the year – the All City Concert is Sunday -and Ken is going with me!  Yes, he has met my kids – or at least 2 of my kids.  Heidi and Sam both give him a “thumbs up”.   Sam went today and helped Ken with mowing the yard – in exchange for a ride in Ken’s classic vehicle.  I don’t know what kind of vehicle it is, but Sam was all excited – it is red and FAST!  Ken is playing Texas Hold ‘Em tonight – so I have the Indydog here.  Indy, Copper, and Penny get along nicely – although Miss Noel is not so sure she likes him! 

 Hope you are all having a great weekend – my evening is going to revolve around knitting and watching Grey’s Anatomy and ER that I “tivo’ed” this week.  That – and coloring my hair!  Later everyone!

Bloomin' Mother's Day!

Bloomin' Mother's Day!

Hello everyone! Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! It is a beautiful day here – and it was such a blessing to have 2 of my kids with me to worship today. An even bigger blessing, to take communion with them. This was a great way to start the day. We had a nice dinner – and they were off to their dad’s house.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day – filled with blessings of children and all that goes with them.

My Heidi made the Chamber Orchestra – this is an audition only orchestra at her school. After much hard work and practice – she made it on Friday! Here is a “hurrah” to Heidi for making this one pround mom! You are amazing, Heidi.

Did you all have a nice weekend? I did some house cleaning on Saturday morning – and Saturday afternoon I sat in the sun and knit! At LONG last my BF socks are complete. How do they look?

They will be blocking shortly and winging their way to their deserving recipient. I have truly loved knitting these socks for my pal. Each stitch was lovingly done – she is truly an amazing person. I am eager to see if she likes them!! The color and the pattern will suit her to a “T”.

Here is to all of us moms having an awesome afternoon – blessings to all of you!

Welcoming Friday – it has been a long week!

Hello everyone! I am certainly glad that it is finally Friday! It has been an infinitely long week! Last night I went to Knit Night – I had missed the past couple of weeks due to other commitments – and it was soooo good to be back! I love seeing what everyone is working on – Ann was working on her Tulip Socks, AnnMarie was knitting a beautiful bag to be felted, Ruby was knitting a baby sweater for the shop, Barb was finishing up her second bucket bag – a gift for her daughter for Christmas, Karen was seaming up her first Wallaby!

Okay – when I grow up, I want to be as organized as Barb!! Christmas gifts in May!!! Plus, Barb will be retiring in June – how exciting for her!

For myself – I was working furiously on my BF socks. I managed to get quite a bit done – I have 3 repeats before I start my toe decreases. I hope to knit at lunch today – and then the weekend comes and I have nothing on the agenda!! So, this mother requests for Mother’s Day – uninterrupted knitting time!!

Tulip Time has been moving along – outside of a few traffic hassles – it has been a fairly uneventful week. The weather certainly has cooperated – this is good for all those visitors to our fair and blooming city. This year we had a bumper crop of tulips!! All that cold weather in March and April certainly helped that out! For all of you out there who have never been to Holland in May – our city plants over a million tulips – springtime here is truly a thing of beauty.

What are all of your plans for your Mother’s this weekend? Come out of hiding and share with me what your plans are – I might have a prize for a randomly selected commenter!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Tulip Time!

Hello Everyone. Well, it is Tulip Time here in Holland – and we are gearing up for a big week. My plan is to work out of town on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! Avoid the traffic on the big days! There will be parades, street scrubbing, bands, and miles and miles and miles of tulips.

It has been a productive weekend here…. my dinner companion has been “fixing” things for me around the house! Curiouser and curiouser, he seems quite handy and even tempered. He was even patient with me to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon – hats and all!!

I had drawn this line in the sand about what would be acceptable and unacceptable in my next relationship – if there ever was one. You all know – those qualities of the “perfect imaginary man”. My list was quite long and included things like must listen to NPR, loves to dance, listen to jazz, like teenagers and dogs. Well, this line I had has been moving – there are times when I cannot even find my line!! I have been laughing much, feeling special, and had some quite intense conversations. He has introduced me to his family and it all feels so “alright”. I enjoy his teasing sense of humor and his smile. He was not what I was looking for – but I think he is what I need.

Well – I had better get off here and enjoy what remains of this truly lovely Sunday. Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Ciao dall'Italia (Hello from Italy)

Ciao dall'Italia (Hello from Italy)

I am a lucky participant in Lynne’s Special Swap and travel genius Lu sent me off to Italy!

Ciao dall’Italia! La LU bella lo ha trasmesso fuori su un viaggio bello in Italia. Ci erano tesori dappertutto e non potrei chiedere un agente migliore di corsa. La LU proviene dall’Italia in modo da lo ha trasmesso a tutti i suoi posti favoriti!

Translation: Hello from Italy! The lovely Lu sent me off on a beautiful journey to Italy. There were treasures everywhere and I could not have asked for a better travel agent. Lu is from Italy so she sent me to all of her favorite places!

As you can see – Lu sent me some amazing goodies! Zara Plus and Karabella yarns in awesome colors! Sensibilità così morbida e squisita! An incredible idee & filati magazine with some amazing patterns inside, molto chic. Some lovely, much needed, note cards – semplicemente perfetto! And, last but not least, some incredible Italian chocolates. Wow, erano squisiti oltre le parole! My kids loved them!

LU, grazie, li ringraziano, li ringraziano per essere così socio stupefacente di scambio! Adored il pacchetto ed il viaggio!

I wonder what Lynne has planned for the next 2 months!

On the life front – work has been insanely busy. I have worked until 8 or 9 PM most nights this week. Plus, I have had kid comittments to squeeze in. On top of all of that – I came down with a “Spring Cold”… that has left me feeling, as Garrison Keilor would say, “mighty puny”. Plus – last weekend, I watched my girlfriends 2 year old son – Alex. This mom of teenagers had “amnesia” for how quickly a toddler can get into something. Before I knew it, young Alex had “frogged” my second Bloomin’ Feet sock! Now, mind you – I was almost the the toe decreases!! AARRGGHH!!!!!! I am sure you all probably heard my mournful wail! Alex certainly thought it was fun – this might be the way to frog all items – the pain is not slow, but quick! Of course, the number of tangles in the yarn was exponentially increased with the number of times he moved as he frogged. Can you say tangled mess? I’d have gotten a picture – but I could not find the camera. Suffice it to say – I have cast on again and I am about an inch from the heel flap. What is on my agenda for the weekend? Can you say knitting!?! For all you bloomin’ feet participants who are reading – be patient my sock pal – it shall arrive next week! And, I have an “Alex Ban” in effect until the sock is cast off!

On top of all of this – there is some good news on the personal front. I have been having some dinners with what seems to be a very nice gentleman (that sounds old doesn’t it?). I am intrigued with him – and looking for flaws. I have not seen any that are scaring me to date. He has a good sense of humor – makes intelligent conversation – works – and he has a big goofy dog. He seems more than a bit interested in me – which amazes me. LOL. I am a middle aged, slightly overweight (okay, this may be an under exageragtion, but it is my blog! LOL) and I have 3 teenaged children. I find this frightening myself! He is 3 years younger than me – and I am very surprised our paths have not crossed before. We have many mutual friends. In fact, it was through a mutual friend that we were introduced. For now – it is nice to have dinner with someone occasionally. We have also been going for long walks on Sunday afternoons – which has been a much needed activity in my life. For now, I am enjoying myself. One day at a time.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

PS – if you are wondering about my Italian – go check out www.altavista.com, Babel Fish is a wonderful tool!

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