In an effort to keep this short and sweet (which I'm sure won't be short, but hopefully sweet), I'm going to lump this update in categories; the dog (Koda of course), the house, the kid (son), work (always an adventure), Facebook (evil) and future blogging (its all good).
First, but not least, is the dog. Koda's doing fine. Hard to imagine a year ago this time he was starting his chemotherapy and had just got diagnosed with diabetes and we were fighting the insulin shots with him. He's spunky and continues to fiercely guard the backyard, protecting us from those birds that seem to invade our yard continually.
The house. What can I say about the house other than progress has been made but progress continues to need to be made, but I think hubby and me are tired of it all. We've done so much and have eliminated so much but there is still so much to do. We have gone through so much paper and have shredded a forest of paper only to find more paper that needs to be gone through and shredded. We are at the point of things to go through and sell or dispose of that I'm out of my expertise on figuring out what might be of value and what might not be. Hubby's parents enjoyed Native American art; I've researched artists, etc but can't get a clear answer of what something may be worth. Same with some of the crystal they had and some Hummel figurines they had from the 1950s. So for those items that I'm at a loss about we are going to contact an estate liquidator to help dispose of them. We might get pennies on the dollar, but it might be more than if we tried to sell things ourselves. I have also realized this whole mess of the house has consumed me in one way or another for the last 15 months and it is time to re-focus my priorities and my time. So I'm taking a break from it for a bit and doing something I truly enjoy doing, returning to blogging and my dear friends here (you guys, love you all).
Son moved back in at the end of January. We were anticipating it, it is a good thing but the first few weeks were a bit of a struggle. He brought the majority of things he had moved out with a year prior. We were packed to the gills the first few weeks, almost like when we first moved down here in January 2011. Thankfully we had two successful garage sales and cleared out a lot of stuff and have breathing space and walking space here again. I do enjoy him around, I know it will be short lived, a year or a little more at the most if his plans work out. To respect his privacy, won't talk much about things but his relationship with the girl he lived with is very rocky and I'm not thinking it will survive despite the best intention. You guys know I only want God's best for each one of them......I'm thinking neither one of them is God's best for each other. But break ups are hard to do and I know it will affect all involved.
Needless to say, Koda is happy to get his "boy" back.
Work. Still on mandatory overtime of an hour a day over and above my regular eight hours. That wouldn't be so bad if I wanted to work that extra hour but some days there are things I'd rather do, but one does what one needs to do to keep employed. We got a few new accounts at the first of the year and high volumes with the other accounts so it created a perfect storm of too much work and not enough employees. Supposedly they are hiring more people so I hope the mandatory overtime will dissipate soon and become a choice when it is offered. We are three weeks into this of mandatory overtime, so we will see.
Facebook. My gosh. One can spend all day on there playing games if one chose to. I discovered Word With Friends. Love it since it is so close to Scrabble which is my favorite game. I have one friend I play against from church. She's an expert at that game. I'm at 150 points at a game, she is at 350 points, enough said. But I'm learning her techniques, one day I will win her.........And then there is Bingo Bash........Like I said, Facebook, pure evil......
Future blogging. I'm back but I just don't seem to have enough hours in the day to get everything done. I'm still struggling a year later to get some type of routine with having hubby home as opposed to going to work a 8 to 5 job like he used to do and I had more free time. I feel the minute I hit the floor in the morning I'm constantly on the go until after eight in the evening and am always struggling to get what needs to get done plus reading blogs. I'm going to do my best to keep up with you guys but I realize I'm going to fail and miss a day or two or three, etc, but what I have learned this time around on my blog break is I really do enjoy blogging and I really do miss it when I'm not blogging. I like the connections and friendships made and sharing life together. I have lots of great posts running through my head which I look forward to writing in the days ahead.
All in all, its good to be back among a really great group of friends! Thanks for all the welcome backs!! You are all so very dear to me!