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Last week was busy, stressful and tiring, and I'm glad it's over. The weekend is ending on a lighter note, with a sense of accomplishment in some of the house tasks we were able to accomplish. Every bit of progress we make toward sorting thru the his/mine/ours clutter and getting our house organized gives us hope that there will come a time when Sundays are once again for kicking back and relaxing, or planning something fun. We have a long way to go yet, and long list of projects, but it's getting better and we're both happy with our efforts and the results.

Work is stressful at the moment, lots of personal drama involving my coworker desk partner and my supervisor. I'll elaborate more on that at another time. Suffice it to say that it can be tiring to be somewhat in the middle and also to know that additional work is going to fall into my lap because of medical issues they both face. One does AP's one does AR's. I don't enjoy accounting stuff, I'm not in love with numbers. They are absolutes and I don't see the world as black and white. So it will be a struggle for me to learn new tasks and I don't relish it. However, I will do what I must do. That's life. It won't hurt me to acquire some new skills... I guess.

Friday night turned out fun. John's boss was taking his newly restored classic car to the local drag strip for the first time. John really wanted to go. I was tired from the week and not too thrilled about the prospect, but it turned out to be a great time. I've seen drag racing on tv but never in person, and it really is exciting... and noisy! His boss's car is beautiful and he did really well in the time trials. Racing begins next week. He was very pleased that we came and for John's help. John has worked at the drag strip in years past and knows the ins and outs.

I sometimes think there are very few things John hasn't done in his 55 years of life. I am going to start writing his story this year, as a gift to his children. It may turn into a good book. The things he has experienced, survived and overcome are a testament to his perseverance and his ability to maintain a loving heart and make good things happen in his life. I wonder if I would be able to do half as well. More stories for another day.

The time change...ugh. I really hate it and I think it's purely stupid. (Pardon the venting.) It takes a week or more to adjust to getting up earlier. I can pretty much judge the morning time by the amount of light coming thru the window and most often I wake myself up a few minutes before the alarm clock goes off. Our furkids also have internal time clocks and the change confuses them as well. Thankfully, most of the electronic devices we have now are self-adjusting so we didn't have too many clocks that had to be reset. I will not like getting up early tomorrow. I will try not to grumble. :-)

The week ahead is going to be hectic and demanding, but I am focusing on doing it one day at a time. I know I can handle that, and will just do the best I can with it. Lots of good things coming up later in the week, including the Celtic Heritage Scottish-Irish Faire which we will both love. John is of Scottish/Irish heritage so it will be a fun weekend.

Guess I'd better stop here and head to bed. The laundry didn't make it on the schedule this weekend. I wonder if I could go to work in one of my kaftans. No, probably not. Time to hunt thru the closet and see what I can put together. I wish you all a good week ahead. Remember to live in the moment, and to take time to count your blessings!

18 comments:

  1. Sigh...Josie..counting my blessings is sometimes the only thing that gets me through the day. I realize that there are so many people that have troubles so much worse than mine...but I can't help but wish for the stress to just....end. Know what I mean? Of course you do. But my faith is strong and I know that eventually it will all work out. It's God's plan. Big hugs to you. Thinking of you and your life now makes me smile. God Bless, dear one.

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  2. thank you-- i came at the perfect post---
    "kaftans"... i remember talkin bout those--and seein em.. and tats...
    lol-- i needed that

    i hope you have a happy-trouble free day

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  3. Hope the week has been easier than you anticipated. I know what it's like to have to strggle through on the job and the drama in everyone elses life can really get a girl down.

    Hugs, jos. :)

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  4. I'm behind on reading your blog. I tried to log in and couldn't remember which e-mail address I had used. LOL.

    I would love to help you get all your stuff sorted and and organized. I have this passion for organizing things--my home is all organized, but it doesn't stay that way since Hubby is not organized. It drives me crazy. How many wives do you know that continually organizes their husband's workshop? Go figure.

    I had to laugh about the drama going on at work. Having read your past posts, you are so fortunate to work for what seems like a rather stable company. If the drama gets too bad, just turn your hearing aids off. LOL! New skills are always good to acquire. Hubby and I used all the skills we learned working for our previous employers when we opened our own business. Little did we know we were being prepared for something bigger and better for us. :-)

    Speaking of laundry I HAVE to do laundry tomorrow--we are out of clean underwear.

    I'll try to do better keeping up with your posts.

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  5. Oh...good to end the day on a light note...the time changes...don't have that here...thank GOD!!!
    Oh ARs and APs....we use those here as well...I hope to get away from that in this next job... ugh...

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  6. Having moved last year myself, I know the joy of trying to find things still kept in boxes in the garage :)

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  7. It was so good to get some comments from you the other week. I've missed you dearly. I hope things are well and hubby is healthy and happy. You too! Thinking of you. Your friend in 'bama.

    Andrew

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  8. The drag racing sounds like fun. What a great idea it is to write the story of John's life. That is awesome. Hope you enjoyed the Faire.

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  9. Josie, I hope I've got your blog properly marked on my favorites. If you haven't updated since 3/8, then I'm up-to-date on your posts, if you have, then I'm not logged in properly. HELP!

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  10. Val, my life is living proof that it DOES all work out. I have been thru some of the darkest times that one can imagine, times when I wished to be dead and wasn't certain I could go on, but I know that God was watching over me with love, and I am better and stronger for it now. I appreciate what I have! Never give up, life cycles and the morning does come again. I see in your blog that things are looking up a bit, and I so glad. I can only imagine how hard it has been to go thru this experience.

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  11. Dear Soul Sis, any time my posts can add a smile or two to your day, I have fulfilled my purpose and I feel blessed. We have had so many fun times and exchanges here, and there will be more my friend, there will be more to come! Hang in there, you are loved.

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  12. Jamie, I did go thru a couple rough weeks at work, until I finally hit my limit and let my supervisor and coworker who share my office with me how things were gonna be as far as I am concerned - not in the middle of their wars, and definitely not a sounding board for trashing one another. Once they got over the shock of my insistence, it has been so much better. Sometimes we just gotta speak up, and I know you've encountered that in your new job too. It is indeed so very hard to make your place in a new job after years of knowing your role in an old one. But hey, we CAN do this, we are strong and smart and bring good things to the places that we are!!

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  13. Tee, you are so right that we are constantly being prepared for something bigger and better. Those learning experiences aren't always fun, but they are necessary.

    I love organization too, I just seem to have gotten out of the habit of keeping things that way, or maybe I got so worn down in the hard times that I let things get out of hand. We are both slowly working our way back to a state of order here and it feels so very good. LOL at organizing your husband's workshop. I would probably be shot for that, but John would most likely already have it more organized than I could ever do. Ahh yes, laundry, the ever-present necessity. I swear that ours multiplies while we sleep at night!

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  14. JYankee, I so wish our country would come to it's senses about the time change thing. Arizona should be commended for refusing to go along with such stupidity. Each week I am learning a little more about accounting procedures, not that I ever really wanted to, and of course that's good for me. I guess one can teach an old dog a few new tricks! :-) I hope your new job turns out to be a truly happy place to work!

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  15. Ahh Loz, having your possessions packed in boxes, along with one's past and all the memorabilia that goes with it, is indeed tough. So many emotions connected to even the simplest items like a calendar or a candle holder. But little by little we are unpacking, sorting, choosing, and moving on. We will both make new memories in our new relationships, and once again have the things we need and love with in arm's reach instead of somewhere in a box. Isn't it amazing how many of us have gone thru life changing experiences in the last couple years?!

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  16. Andrew, I never miss a day of your blog, even if I don't often comment. I check in just to make sure you are doing ok, and I watch that sobriety counter as it edges ever higher. I am so delighted with how far you have progressed in coming to terms with the realities of your illness and what you can do to have a good life inspite of it. Your educate us and you encourage us that we too can survive and overcome the things that try to hold us back. Just keep doing it one day at a time my friend, it works! :-)

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  17. Selma, the drag races were indeed fun and will will be attending more soon. John's boss and a coworker are both building vehicles to race, so we need to be there to cheer them on - and it's fun! Writing the story of John's life with be both a challenge for me and good therapy for him. He has gone thru and overcome so much and it has refined him just like metal in the fire. It will be a very good read, and a positive one. But it's going to take some time! We did indeed have a good time at the Celtic Faire - great music, good food and beer, and an even stronger desire to visit Scotland and Ireland someday!

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  18. You are right Tee, it has taken me over two weeks to get back here and put up some new posts. I'm sorry it left you wondering if you were in the right spot. I intend to make a more concerted effort to check in regularly here so you all won't wonder if I've been beamed off the planet! :-)

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