Friday, April 14, 2017

This Week

Is it Friday again? I guess it is since I’m doing a blog post. I’m still not motivated enough to get back into full blogging mode but that’s okay. I do miss blogging regularly but I’ll get back to it when I get back to it. I will, however, upload my first post next week to start answering your nosy interesting questions from this year’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ invitation. I was going to begin this week but with Easter coming up I figured it’s not the best time.

On the home front things are moving forward slowly and sometimes it feels like we’re getting nowhere in this house despite our continuous efforts. But I remind myself that we arrived at this house beaten down from the stressful sale of our previous place and from the exhausting move. We’re also doing everything ourselves. Everything. We’ve become masters at cleaning and painting and organizing. Do you need any of these done at your place? You do? Well, don’t bother us with it. Don’t we have enough to deal with here? Sheesh.
I spoke to a very old friend a couple of days ago on the phone. We’ve known each other since we were twelve and even though we go through lengthy periods of not communicating, when we do, it’s as if we’d just spoken the day before. She had no idea that I’d moved closer and when she found out she was thrilled. I told her we can now see each other whenever we want. We decided to plan a brunch date within the next few weeks with a couple of other friends that we went through high school with. I’m continuously reminded about the bonuses of this move. Best. Decision. Ever.


Speaking of old friends, encounters such as this spark memories of my high school days. And intense emotions of nostalgia. I’ve got so many memories, most of them good, of those teen angst years when we were full of piss and vinegar, as the expression goes, and big plans. We thought we were immortal and that we knew everything. Our parents were clueless and out of touch and anyone over 35 was old. We were headstrong and idealistic and adventurous. As well as impatient and confused and defiant. It was quite a ride.

And with that, I will end the week with the song “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by American pop singer Vitamin C. It triggers memories of that period of my life. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.


32 comments:

  1. Maybe next winter you'll want to come down to Phoenix and do some painting for us when it is 80 degrees here and it is snowing there :)

    Good for you though doing the work yourself. It may take more time, but think of the savings of money (and the exercise).

    Neat to be able to connect and stay in touch with people you went to high school with. Over the years, I've lost contact with all of them, sad in a way, and while I connected with some through Facebook, it isn't the same since so many years have passed.

    Looking forward to your answering questions posts :)

    Happy Easter!

    betty

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    1. Ah, Betty, you are tempting me with that nice weather around winter time :) I'll have to think about that!

      It will definitely take much longer for the work to be done if we're the ones doing it but we will save tons of money. And we can put it towards a vacation!

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  2. Glad to hear your housework is progressing (although I'm sure it's much too slowly for you) Remember to take time for some R 'n R. :)

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    1. It is much too slowly for me at times, Linda! But eventually it'll all be done. Eventually :)

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  3. We did hire a painter but my husband does the majority of the repairs. Actually, we are also hiring someone to top our trees.

    I have friends I have known since kindergarten. And yes, we don't skip a beat when we talk to each other. I have such deep love for all of them. And they feel the same way about me. It's a precious gift.

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    1. It is very much a precious gifts. These old friends are the best.

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  4. Glad to read that everything is slowly progressing.
    Isn't it good to be in touch and keep in touch with old friends ...

    Have a wonderful weekend, may it be a restful and peaceful one for you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It is wonderful to keep in touch with old friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend, Jan.

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  5. Happy Easter Martha, great meeting up with old friends!

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  6. I look forward to your answers to ask me anything, that was a great idea to do. Have a nice and restful weekend.

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  7. I'd never heard that song, but still, it sounded familiar ... turns out (according to wikipedia) it is "heavily based" on Pachelbel's Canon in D ... which I DO know (and it's the only Pachelbel tune I know) ... hehe can you say coincidence? :) Anyway, that's way off point. It's so nice that you are closer to all the different people in your life - relatives and friends. For all the hard work it caused, your move has already brought you joy and will keep doing so. I have a couple of friends like you describe - we may not see each other often, but we pick up the thread of friendship so easily whenever we do. Here's to good friendships :)

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    1. It's great having friends like this. I love that we can just pick up where we left off. And now that I'm living so much closer to them, we can see each other as often as we'd like!

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  8. You have a great ability to put things into words. Your description of teenagers hits the nail on the head. I'm 77 but I still remember the teen age years and how I felt...just like you describe.

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    1. That is nice of you to say! We've all been through those teen years.

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  9. Martha you sound happier about the move everytime you post. Once your house is in complete order... does that really happen :) then you will truly realize how wonderful you feel in your new home.
    I sure miss the good ol' days ☎📻📺

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    1. There is always something to do in a home, Jan, so I imagine we'll never be 100% in order! Not a problem. I've got friends and family now nearby that I can run away from home to meet up with and forget about the work!

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  10. That photo reminds me of a woman I saw who had her three main fingers spray painted silver by accident. She looked like she was turning into the tin woman. Should've worn gloves.

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    1. I'm surprised she didn't. That stuff is hard to remove.

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  11. That is how true friendship works though, there can be long pauses and then we just pick up as if no time had past.

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  12. All the hard work now will be balanced by all the positives of this move, Martha. You have good instincts. Isn't it good to reconnect? I have recently done the same with an old friend. The trick is to remember everything!! lol
    Have a great day.

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    1. It is wonderful to reconnect! And so far I'm doing okay with remember everything...LOL...

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  13. The house will get done...the best though is the reconnection. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. That is the best! I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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  14. Stirring up the memory dust! Such fun. Now let the dust bunnies in the house be for a few days, it is Easter weekend after all. I hope you have a good one!

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    1. We did let the dust bunnies be and rest over the weekend. Sometimes we need a little of that!

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  15. I was wondering how your new home was coming along, Martha. It's such an upheaval to move, but you'll get there step by step, box by box. It all doesn't have to be done immediately. Terry really would like to move to Arizona, and we're off again shortly looking at potential places. He's being awesome about checking out each possibility carefully. Meanwhile my best friend is moving back to Colorado after two years outside Phoenix ~ She and her husband stayed with us last week and they bought a new home just a mile from our home. :( Life is crazy. I've been struggling to get back into a regular blogging routine because so much has been going on in my life. I just keep hoping my blogging buds will understand. You certainly have my understanding! Take care, my friend!

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    1. I've caught up on your recent posts, Martha. I thoroughly enjoyed all the "Chuckles and Chortles." Your bright new oatmeal bowl made me smile ~ what a great dish to start a day of cleaning and painting with. I wish I wasn't attached to things, but I am. I'm so non-millenial! It's the people attached associated with the objects that make them meaningful to me. I love the idea of you and your husband volunteering together, and Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization. I'll bet it was very difficult for you to leave behind your hospice client and his wife. I'm sure that you were an angel to them. Sorry to hear that someone you thought was a blogging buddy unfollowed you. Not a good feeling, for sure! I love thunderstorms. We had a few boomers this afternoon. You sound quite tired. You've been through a lot! Please take care! Hugs to you!

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    2. I totally understand about being busy! I am struggling with blogging lately, too. There is just too much to do and too much going on. My blogging posts have diminished and although I continue to visit other blogs, I don't always comment. I try to be in and out as quickly as possible; I visit just to keep up with what's going on with friends.

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