Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Didja Ever Feel Like Runnin' Away from Home??

Kristen was a feisty little kid - she's getting alot of pay-back now. I found this picture recently and found it much more amusing now than I did when she was not quite 5 and was so upset with me for some reason that she packed her little brown dolly suitcase, carried a few more things that didn't fit (I can identify her robe that I had made her), and headed out the door. Thank goodness she didn't leave the cul de sac. You can double click to see more detail - it's pretty old and grainy! Don't you just love how her hair is so light that it blends in with the sidewalk?? (Notice that it was garbage day?)

This week I'm kind of feeling like she did that day - like I want to pack up, take off, and leave no forwarding address. Mind if a whine a bit?

Nothing serious - just incredibly annoying.

1. The light/fan above the table - the fan wouldn't turn off - and it wasn't warm enough to need the fan.

2. The light under the cupboards that I have had for close to 30 years started flashing off and on. It is not a simple matter of changing the bulb. I REALLY miss it.

3. Both light bulbs in my little office burned out the same day - I know, nothing in the grand scheme of things, but just ridiculous.

4. My cell phone is acting very weird - I keep having to mess with the SIM card and the battery to make it work.

5. My tires on my car are shot .

6. The amount I was quoted for the surgery turned out to be only for the surgery center - it doesn't count the original doctor's visit, the surgeon's bill, the anesthesiologist - I hope that's all.

7. I finally got to the dentist, after working with insurance for months - turns out there's some serious work ahead after years of clear check-ups. Changing dentists is traumatic without the new one finding much more stuff than the previous one.

8. Our grandfather clock has not worked for awhile. We finally got a clock expert who attends our church to come over and take the works for an overhaul - much more expensive than I dreamed.

9. My dishwasher is full of clean dishes that I can't get out - the door latch broke as I tried to open it Sunday morning. Now I'm doing dishes by hand with this left arm I'm not supposed to get wet. I have a fix-it man (also from church) coming over tomorrow to see if he has to order parts and how long it might be before it is usable again.

Good grief! I'm glad none of this is more important than it is, but it's the accumulation, you know?

The good news - only 3 more days till the stitches come out. YAY!!

Recently I went back and read some old posts and discovered something about myself. I used to do more writing. Now I do more picture-showing. My blog has become a journal/diary of my daily life. I sometimes wish I had more cogent thoughts in my brain to put down here, for your inspiration. Maybe I should take a blogging break and let some thoughts develop. But I don't think I will. Hope you don't mind!

The holiday week-end was enjoyable, even if very soggy and gray. We had our annual picnic at my folks' place, though inside this year. My youngest brother (the really tall one), my SIL, and West Point cadet nephew always come for the Bolder Boulder on Monday. David, the cadet, turned out to be just as great with the girls as his younger brother was during the big birthday event.

He is so incredibly strong and fit that he was able to do push-ups with both big girls on his back.

Just a couple more fun pictures - Feisty was getting dressed the other day and was wearing these cute little tiny Levis. She pointed out the leather patch on the back waistband and said, "I like wearing these jeans because they make me feel like a grown-up."

Katie is finally walking more - she was really showing off at the get-together on Sunday. She was so proud of herself. What is really fun is that she and Emma clap for each other whenever they do anything to be proud of. Emma was pushing this toy around the family room the other day - she found one of Kev's shoes that was with a bunch of stuff I'm sending him - she pushed it around all over the room - so cute.

It won't be long until they'll both be running us more ragged than they are now!

Tomorrow is Care Bear's field day at school - it's fun to watch her run like the wind with her hair flying behind. She's very athletic. Feisty's last day of preschool is Thursday. Then - YIKES!

My parents are flying to Ohio today to visit my dad's youngest brother, who is going to be heading to heaven soon after so many years of suffering. We totally understand their reasoning for going, but are concerned about Dad's ability to handle the trip physically. At least he was finally convinced not to drive and take a long side trip on the way back. Please pray for their health and safe travel. Thanks again.

To end on a really positive note, I found this great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson in my devotions one day this week.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late."

Good food for thought.

Have a great rest of the week!


Sharon Lynne said...

I love your posts. They are full of real life!

Wow...that's a lot of things to break down at once!

The dishwasher situation is the best. I've never heard of that problem——the dishes locked inside the dishwasher. Pretty funny! Please excuse my smiles.

My under the cupboard lights burned out over a year ago, and I'm STILL waiting for it to be fixed. Seems its not a matter of changing the bulb...but has to do with the unit behind the wall. (the ballast?)

Hootin' Anni said...

Love, LOVE the quote you found. That made my day...and I will take heed.

Then, before I forget it...you had asked several days ago how far Victoria is from me...it's about 90 to 95 miles. Victoria is a small town that I just fell in love with...it's so quaint.

Now, about all that's happening in your life, you have every right to whine girlfriend. That's a lotta crapola going on. And it seems to run in streams sometimes if you get my drift. Ha!

Yes, incredibly strong. Oh to be young again. LOL

PS...you made me literally LOL when I read your comment about seeing the dogs right away and "What does that say about me?" Too, too funny. [let you in on a secret...me too]

Needled Mom said...

Please don't give up blogging, Dawn. We would all miss it, but I do know that breaks need to be taken once in awhile because "life" gets in the way. We can all understand that.

So many breakdowns at your place -- you poor thing. It would almost make one feel as though they wanted to run away. Each, although minor in the major scheme of things, is an annoyance you do not need right now. My grandfather clock is on the fritz too, but it will be several hundred dollars to repair it.

I had switched dentists and he told me that I needed four crowns after years of good checkups. I went back to my old guy and it has been 13 years and I have only had to have one crown so far. Makes one wonder.

The girls are all so cute. Little walkers will definitely be running soon....deary me.

I can't believe the message on the back of the jeans. I have always wondered why someone would want to post their waist size for the world to see. DUH!!!!

I'm sorry to hear that your folks are going to have to make such a trip. That will be tough physically and emotionally. (Did you mean to say that he will "not" be going to heaven soon?) I know that you will worry about them the whole time they are gone.

Have a wonderful week and I hope things start sorting themselves out soon.

Morning Glory said...

To use a very worn out phrase, "when it rains, it pours!" Goodness, that's a boat load of junk. One solution might possibly be to have DC do the dishes. Why are you doing them???

Mary said...


Your posts are always interesting. Sorry life is handing you all of these little problems. They do get annoying, don't they?

I have a light above the sink that I couldn't do without. It burned out but I had it replaced within a few days. My kitchen is quite dark.

Take care and keep your chin up.


Jess said...

I always enjoy coming by...and even though they are full of pictures you alwasy make me feel like I'm right there with you in life enjoying it too.

Hope you are healing well and you know alot lately i have been feeling similar. Jason and Emmy have really kept me grounded.

Lots of love to you and hope you have a great rest of the week


nancygrayce said...

I love your posts too....no breaks! If all that went wrong at one time, I can tell you I'd be sitting on the floor crying, except that I'd have to drag out my cranky vacuum first or I'd be sitting in crumbs!

grammy said...

You have had a crazy lot of things go wrong girl. Dishes stuck in the dishwasher... that is so funny... or sad (o: Have fun with the girls now that school will be out. Hope your daughter is well now.

Coe said...

Did your parents drive or fly? I was wondering where they were tonight.

SentimentsbyDenise said...

I feel your pain!

Good news is that the electrician is coming tomorrow to change us to 200amp service - new circuit breakers, etc. After that, everything should work great.
I've been whining a lot, too - my husband says I would never make it as a pioneer woman!

Cute pics of the girls!

Susan said...

Bless your heart, Dawn!!! I'd be feeling like running away from home too. And yes, definately, I have felt like that sometimes myself!!! I think if we are honest we ALL have. Wonder what the significants of so many lights going out means? I always have to try and figure out exactly what God is saying at time like these.

How is Kev doing? He has been much on my mind laterly. What about his wife. What and how is she doing?

Are you still planning to come out to Oklahoma later this year? Be sure and keep me informed on that.

And, no, do not quit blogging. I've notice I tend to journalize a lot more than I thought I would when I started. This blog thing just kind of evolves doesn't it?

Sorry I've written so much. You got me stirred up0!!!

Susan said...

P.S. A great Emerson quote and so very true!!!!

groovyoldlady said...

I'm behind again.

I know, I know - what's new about that?

I'm glad your wrist is healing up and I'm glad you have such an awesome family. As for the other "stuff", take a deep breath and give it (the stuff, not the breath) to the Lord. Just deal with one thing at a time and KEEP YOUR EYES ON HIM.

I'm praying for you!

Nadine said...

Wow. You've been through so much lately. I'm sorry. Doctor fees are crazy. I will keep you in prayer.

As always, I enjoy so much your pictures.

Jungle Mom said...

it is told in my family that I often ran away when my older sister babysat us. I took my suitcase to the end of the drive and waited for Mom and dad to get home. My sister would make me a sandwich before I ran away and I always took my bathing suit so I could swim in the hotel I planned to stay at!
Your post brought back some fun memories for me.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Yep, I've had days and weeks like that, when it seemed like everything broke or went kablooey all at once. Hope you get everything fixed soon.

Hope your wrist is feeling much better by now and you have full use of it. Praying the surgeon got the job done right so that it doesn't ever regrow.

Happy Friday and weekend! :o)

Love and hugs,


Christa said...

Sounds like my house last year. Camera broke, computer crashed, refrigerater died. So I know your pain, at least that type.
Surgery can be tricky, planned or unplanned. I pray your wrist heals soon.
God Bless

Grammy and Olivia said...

I really don't like unloading the dishwasher...but it would drive me crazy having dishes stuck inside:-) Everyone is entitled to a little "whine" once in a while. Hope you have a cheery weekend!

Robin said...

Oh Dawn - sometimes it's all those little things that add up and drive a person insane! I feel the worst for you about the financial problems with the dr and the clock and etc.... I definitely relate to that.
I like how you ended your post with happy pictures of your grandbabies - that's enough to make everyone smile!

Linda said...

Oh Dawn, it seems there is some unwritten law that all of those sorts of things have to come in bunches. I've had those times I'd like to just run away too. I pray it will all work out - especially the medical expenses.
I love you posts with all the great pictures. The little girls are delightful to see.
I'll be praying for all of you, your folks, your wrist, Kev ...life is so full just when we thought it was all going to get easier :-)

Have a blessed weekend dear friend.

Judith said...

Dear Dawn, You bring the buns, I'll bring the hot dogs. let's see if we can make it all the way down to Castle Rock.

Sometimes, no matter how well you do things, nor how much you plan, you end up with days like the one you just described. Time to make a very simple supper, and let everything else wait until tomorrow.

Susie said...

Hi Dawn,
Sorry I haven't been by in a while. Life just kept getting in the way :)
I finally did an update, but, like you, noticed I used to write a lot more than I do now..
That is a tremendous amount of things to break down at one time. It could try one's patience.
I've said a prayer for safe travels for your parents. I certainly understand their desire to go.
Love the quote!