Friday, August 7, 2009

On my mind

We're beginning the countdown to the first day of school. Only 12 days from today, the kids will be back in classes. Homework will take the place of afternoon t.v. shows, alarms will be set for early mornings, and I'll be faced with what the heck do I make them for lunches. They both have registration next week, they groan about having to go back, but at the same time they're bugging me to shop for some school supplies and a few new items of clothing.

We have a second family of robins in our back yard. They've taken up the previous occupant's residence on the drain pipe. They are growing fat and sassy and surely will fledge soon. The poor mom is wearing herself thin just keeping them fed.

I missed the first big blooming of our new rosebushes. Dan said the bushes were full of flowers when we were gone. I buy rosebushes as much for the names as for the color. Kind of like buying OPI nail polish. (Could you resist buying a lovely shade of pink dubbed You're Such a Kabuki Queen? Or a sassy Paint My Moji-toes Red? How about a plum Friar-Friar, Pants on Fire?) I love the hybrid tea roses and we planted several of that variety. There's the regal red of the Ronald Reagan. The buttery yellow Welcome Home has a yummy aroma and seemed appropriate for our new house. Tiffany is a beautiful lavender color with a sweet fragrance. I chose one climbing rose that has deep red buds and blooms a lovely orange and yellow. It's called Joseph's Coat.

Speaking of Joseph, our oldest will boomerang back to the nest in a few weeks. After two semesters in college, he has been living in the Tacoma area while drumming up business for a web design and management company he started. It's kept him busy enough that he's encouraged to keep going. And he's learning some life lessons about living on his own. So, he'll be rooming with us for a while, getting a roof over his head and three square meals a day, until we can fatten him up and he's ready to venture out again. If you have a business that could use some help in the web marketing area, check out Managed Designs.

I came home from our trip weighing * pounds heavier than when I left. On a good day, I've lost 3 of those pounds, but most days they keep peeking up and pointing their tongues at me, fingers wiggling in their ears. I often wonder where I can find the motivation to find a diet and stick with it, and am reminded from an old Weight Watchers meeting that motivation comes and goes, so if you wait for the next wave you're never really in control. You have to go through the motions and, to borrow a phrase from Nike, "just do it!" I found a quote today that hit home:
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily."

On a final note, I'm really missing the shore. Summer has finally turned on the heat here in Colorado. What I wouldn't give for a day at the beach. So, I leave you with this. . .


Bee Jay said...

Hi Karen
Would love to see a photo of your roses. My DIL has Tiffany - such a sweet colour - I've just planted a new one into my row ready for spring blooms called Barbra Streisand - a bit blousy perfumed one. Can't wait to see it. Love your pic of the sea shore too - I often long for a visit.
Blessings and have a good week.

Becky said...

Great post. I love the "normalcy" of the ebb and flow of life. School starting and new routines are just right for this time of year. New beginnings are a gift. Enjoy the time.

Jen said...

Great I long to see the ocean in smell it and hear it..ahhhhhhh.
Great that Joe is coming home soon. That will be nice and right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of school and ball games.....but we mothers like it that way....enjoy your last few days of sleep ins and tv shows....ours are over:(.

Trailboss said...

My daughter started back to school this past wednesday. Crazy early start if you ask me! I'm glad you are back to somewhat normal posting.

Joyce said...

Those rose names are fantastic! I can see what you mean about enjoying the names almost as much as the roses.

The beach photo is lovely. It's wonderful you got to enjoy that.

We're back to school Sept.2nd here, and that also means back to work for me. I have enjoyed the restful summer. :)

Susanne said...

"You're such a Kabuki Queen" made me laugh out loud. Hard to imagine someone gets paid great money to come up with these names. How do I get a job like that? LOL.

School starts Aug. 31 this year around here. Earlier than usual which has my teens totally in complaint mode.

Melissa said...

Sounds like you never have a dull moment. Lots of blessings found in busy moments.

The picture of the beach looks so calming. Thank you for sharing. It brings back memories from my trip to Florida.

Happy Sunday!


Dandy said...

I think I found this post at just the right time... I was just wondering when I would be motivated again. I'm a WW Lifetime member and have been dragging my feet. I'm up 5 and need to start working out. Just do it, is right!

diana said...

you must be so proud of your son. i would love to be a web designer.

since i spent many years living near the beach, i constantly miss it. i love the mountains here, but i do love the beach.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Thanks so much for the visit and kind words :) I've only been visiting your blog for a couple of minutes, and already feel right 'at home'. I love your banner, and I've seen some other lovely photos & posts just skimming through. I shall return - glad to find you! -tammy p.s. I would looove the recipe for the beer margaritas if you get the chance. not really on my diet now, but maybe the weekend.. ;-)

Bee Jay said...

You've been tagged Karen.