Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fickle Weather

I love living in Utah.  There is so much to do.  The scenery is beautiful.  The weather is fickle. 
Example: Memorial weekend - Snow, Rain, Sunshine.
Mt. Nebo Scenic Loop
Just above 9,000 feet on Sunday afternoon.
The Grotto
A few thousand feet lower.

Big East Lake
Same Canyon. Thursday Evening.  Beautiful.

  The weather man says this weekend should be good.  Crossing my fingers.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Snippits

My son posted this on Facebook this evening:

"My mom is one of the best moms in this freaking world and you all should be jealous. My mom's got street smarts, computer smarts and all sorts of awesome smarts. But one must know these things if they are a single mom raising a teenage boy lol XD you rock mom and don't let anyone tell you other wise.

Love you like a fat kids loves good yummy cake."

Had dinner Saturday night with my Mom, Grandma, Aunt and Cousin to celebrate Mother's Day. The food was great but the company was better.  

 I hold grudges.  It it not healthy or attractive.  Those who (or it whom) I hold these grudges against probably have no clue or could not care less.  I really need to work on getting over somethings. 

It is particulary bad when I blurt out a HORRIBLE thought about the person and realize how terrible and pitiful I have become.  To make matters, this person may never know I said what I did, yet I feel so terrible about it that I feel an absurd need to apologize to the person.  I won't but I did apologize to those who heard what I said.

It is the start of a new week and I hope it is better than last.  Last week was filled with work worries, financial worries, digestive troubles, headaches, and weight gain.  All made worse because I ran out of my, "Calm the bleep down pills".  UPS should deliver my prescription tomorrow. I have to order certain prescriptions through mail or they will not be covered through my insurance.  I will share my thoughts about THAT another day.
This week I am going to work on:
My attitude.
Accepting the things I can not change and working to change that which I can.
Letting go of anger and resentment.
Losing  the weight I have gained over the past week.
Relaxing and enjoying the susnhine.
Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wanted: Brain Bleach

My son has no filter!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that he thinks he can say anything to me.  BUT really?  Somethings I do not need to hear.

I won't repeat on here what he said but every time I see a particular commercial my mind goes back to our conversation and I need brain bleach. 

I didn't want to but I had to tell him that he needs a filter.  There are just some thoughts Mama doesn't need to hear.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Here Fishy Fishy...

The weekend  was more eventful than most.  It wasn't planned that way but I generally don't make too many plans for the weekends anyway. 

Friday evening I played farmer and planted my vegetables in pots.  I will post pictures when they start to grow a little larger.  This turned out to be a good thing.  The spot I had intended to use for my garden happens to be the dog's resting spot.  He can dig, he can lay down.  Hopefully he will stay away from my plants.

Prom was Saturday night and I allowed my son to take my car with him to his dad's house for the weekend making it easier for Austin to run his prom errands.  I walked the mile to the library and the gas station for a coke and headed home, intending to spend the afternoon curled up with a good book.  I sort of got sidetracked by the television and about the time I decided to pick out one of my books to read, my son and his friend pull up outside bearing groceries.

Apparently the dinner plans has changed and they were having dinner in our backyard.  While the boys scurried about to get everything set up, I drove the dog to my parents house for rest of the weekend.  An attention whore of a dog, prom dresses, tuxedos, and food did not seem to be a good mix. 

The kids had their dinner on the patio while my  "male friend" (who from this point forward will be identified by his initials JP) and I had dinner at a restaurant in town, followed by a long drive by Utah Lake.

When I arrived home, the kids had left me a lovely mess to clean up.  Between cleaning the kitchen and patio, and getting my fishing gear ready for Sunday, I didn't get to bed until after midnight.  This only left five and a half hours before I had to get up for a day of fishing.

JP picked me up at 6:35 am (ten minutes early) bearing breakfast and we headed off to pick up his friend and head into the mountains.

By 8:30 our poles were in the water.  While the lake was still pretty glassy, I managed to get a shot of the view from my camp chair.  The camera on my phone does not do it justice.

JP caught the first fish of the day. He was a teeny little bugger and was  released to be caught another day.   I caught the first "keeper".  He wasn't impressive but I was happy with myself.  It was also the only fish I managed to reel in. 

We obviously need to work on our fish photography skills.
Soon after I caught the "big one", a bunch of Pelicans flew in and shared the lake with us.  I do not know what the proper termsis for a group of Pelicans. They sort of drifted in and landed gracefully on the water, when they took off again you could hear the flapping of the wings. I think they are graceful. JP thinks they are ugly and awkward looking.  

We left the lake at six.  Relaxed and happy with a line full of fish.  After loading the car, JP turned the key  - dead battery.  With no other soul in site, we attempted to push start the car - no go.  Luckily, a family pulled up and had jumper cables.  A quick jump and we were on our way.

I love fishing with JP.  He isn't obsessed with catching the most fish or even the biggest fish.  He simply enjoys the day.  He is rarely in a hurry.  He is teaching me to improve my cast and when he helps me he isn't condescending.  Because of this, I ask for his opinion and I allow him to help me anytime he thinks I need a helping hand.  He doesn't realize how significant this is for someone as independent as myself. 

When I came home, Austin was here to greet me and put away my fishing gear  - it goes in the attic and I am not really fond of climbing up there.

It may have been a busy weekend but it was a great weekend.  I spent time with people I care about.  Saw my handsome son in his tuxedo and because I cleaned up the mess from his date, he promised to organize the Tupperware cupboard.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May - Already?

It's hard to believe that it is already May.  Where does the time go?  School will be out in 24 days, it seems like it just started.   On the up side of things, I will be able to plant my vegetables outside in the next week or so, weather permitting.  Right now my peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers are in various containers around the house.

Today, I planted a few flowers...Just a couple pansies, geraniums, and verbena.  I am slowly making my small yard look inviting.

I bought this planter at Lowe's for $5. Had to get it.

I've had this planter for three years and never used it. 
I also mopped my floors, vacuumed, cleaned the bathrooms, and walked the dog.  All after work today.  I am rather pleased with my level of motivation today.  Tuesday seems to be my best day for getting things done. 

I treated myself to a new Nora Robert's book today, "The Last Boyfriend".  It is the second book in The Inn Boonsboro trilogy. 

I may have to splurge on a few more books this month.  There is a new one from Catherine Anderson and a Nora Roberts hardback "The Witness".  I will probably wait for this one to hit my library. 

I'm going to end my busy day with my new book and a warm bath in my sparkling clean bath tub.  It's my favorite thing to do after I scrub the bathroom.