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What a great weekend!  Stayed in with Hubbs Friday, visited Grandpa Saturday, and cozied in that night, too.   It rumbled, rained and roared most of Sunday and ~ yep, you guessed it, I stayed in then, too.

Cooked, read, cleaned and rested.

There’s nothing bad about today, I’m just not ready to let my weekend go.

You?

 

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Random Friday Five ~ a Bushel & a Peck

It’s Friday –  it’s random – here we go ~ Yippee Skippee! :)

1.  Took a road trip Wednesday and most of the route I spent dodging construction cones. It was in one of those slowed-down jaunts that I noticed the sign for a farm market.  And it was the “Honey Crisps”  (middle baskets) that drew me off the highway.  Perusing the apples brought a smile to my face and a small bag back to my car

Fall means apples here in Michigan ~ an Emjayandthem (C) photo

Fall means apples here in Michigan ~ an Emjayandthem (C) photo

2.  The apples are sold by the peck ~ which equates to 2 gallons or 10-12 lbs of apples.  They are also sold in 1/2 and 1/4 pecks.  On our farm wheat and barley are sold by the bushel.  When I hear the words “bushel and a peck” I can’t help but think of this song that Mom sang to us when we were little:

I love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck …

3. Before I left, I turned the corner and caught sight of this cupboard:

Jams and Jellies as far as the eye could see!  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Jams and Jellies as far as the eye could see! An Emjayandthem (C) photo

No, I didn’t buy any – for I still have some of my sister’s jam brought from home. Her pantry, while not quite as fancy, can easily rival the professionals!

A bit of her jam makes a piece of toast stand up & dance!  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

A bit of her jam makes a piece of toast stand up & dance! An Emjayandthem (C) photo

4.  We’re heading north tomorrow to visit my Father-in-Law … the colors are turning and the nights are getting colder.  As much as he says he doesn’t need any help, the delight in his voice when we asked to come visit .. was palpable.   We’ll stop in., he’ll show us around, point things out, go out for lunch, and I’ll leave behind his all time favorite – peanut butter cookies.  It’s the little things, right?

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image: Pinterest.com

5.  Speaking of little things – a sense of humor is always welcome.  The meeting I headed south for?  This sign, in the ladies restroom, had me chuckling all the way home.

And I did :)  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

And I did!  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

And how was your week?  Seen any crazy signs lately?  How’s  your jam supply these days?

 

 

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Realizations and ropes

So there I was last week – attending a meeting with colleagues and others, many with impressive titles and backgrounds, certainly more impressive than yours truly.

Knowing the business but still not connecting the dots, I puzzled at attending said meeting.

But as I listened and took notes, I found myself leaning in, participating and nodding in agreement.

I watched another leaning away, slipping out and shaking his head.

At the last minute the presentation he planned to give was punted to me – the one I’d written and researched.

It was then that I saw it.

Bluster and blather will only carry you so far ~ and sometimes the one needed at the table is the one who knows the fluff from the floor.

“A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”
― Mae West

Yes! In the moment I felt like this Tigress.  Image from DeviantArt.com

Yes! In the moment I felt like this Tigress. Image from DeviantArt.com

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? How did you handle it?

 

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The silence of a Sunday

Yes, after being gone all week, my soul craves an ordinary Sunday.

Laundry tumbling.

Chili simmering.

A Sunday paper waiting to be read.

Fresh linens.

Sunlight warming a cotton throw.

Coffee & cream.

…. Quiet.

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life.” ― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

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it’s that kind of Sunday. Google.images.com

Do you actively seek silence?  How do you restore your soul?

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Random Five Friday ~ Home again

It’s Random – It’s Friday – Let’s go!

1. Home. I’m home again. 1458 miles, 3 hotels, and 2 time zones and  it’s confirmed ~ I love to go but I love to come home even more :).

2. Sitting in the Detroit airport and bored with my smartphone I ventured into a  bookstore where this gem was discovered:

by Susan Cain

“Quiet” by Susan Cain

With an hour to spare and an hour’s flight, too, I tore through “Quiet” – and found myself nodding in agreement, bookmarking pages, and wishing I had a highlighter with me for all the “aha” quotes found within.    Like an earlier post about  lessons learned with personality types – it reinforced what I already know.   I’m a “situational extrovert” – I can chat it up with family or be on “stage” at a meeting, etc. but I cannot do so without a price. This was a lovely reminder why I crave my quiet Sundays or time in my hotel room after a full day of meetings. Ding! Ding! Ding!

3.   My travels took me to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where two of my employees live and work.  Forested and friendly – that’s how I describe the “U.P.” :).  Hours in the car gave us meandering conversations, interesting comments and laughter. Lots of laughter.  I am so fortunate to have them and told them so.

The leaves are turning up north ~ image from Michigan.org

The leaves are turning up north ~ image from Michigan.org

4.  When I woke in my Ironwood hotel, I smiled at the massive luxury coach parked out front.  Located  in central time meant I was up “with the birds” so I headed on down to the breakfast area. There I found a sea of Minnesota seniors giggling over brunch.  My Dad came to mind, and the joy he had meeting new people and hearing their stories.

“So tell me the best part of your trip so far?” I asked.  And a flood of delighted answers came my way.  I’ve never been on a “Circle Tour” but hearing about their adventures makes me think I ought to.

5.   This week saw temps in the 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s and back up to 60s again.  It’s official =  Fall is here.  I found this picture on my phone recently and it made me smile – oh how old dog he loved a nice fall walk!  And oh how I miss that sweet old soul.

Frankie-bear resting during a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

Frankie-bear resting during a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

So – how was your week?  Are you an introvert?  Do you love coming home as much as you like going?

 

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R5F ~ September

It’s Friday! It’s Random! Here we go :)

1. Buttons.  What is it with buttons now-a-days?  Between Hubbs and youngest kid they break/pop/lose more buttons than anyone I’ve ever known.  Between you and me? It’s the buttons.  They’re cheaply made.  They splinter and crack on a regular basis.  Neither one has a big belly or wears their clothes tight … I blame it on the modern-day button.   Mom kept a button jar – chock full of industrial strength buttons. Some looked like jewelry, others like they were from a uniform, but all were sturdy and long-lasting.  I need a button jar like that!

Yes some of hers were this ornate! Google.images.com

Yes some of hers were this ornate! Google.images.com

2.   Our office has become pet-friendly.  A few employees have stopped by with their puppy or dog on a day off and before/after a vet visit.  Dogs are good buffers ~ they can transform the quietest employee into the most popular one, just like that!   I will be working in my office when the tone of the office changes and voices go from professional-normal to squeaky high pet lover.  The same thing happened when an itsy-bitsy kitten visited.  Grown men in suits were reduced to mere puddles.  Pets are a great common denominator.

exactly!

exactly!

3.  Morning announcers say there’s only 111 days till Christmas.  I know, I thought the same thing.  Why rush my Fall?  It’s my favorite!

It won't be long before my back yard looks like this! An Emjayandthem (C) photo

It won’t be long before my back yard looks like this! An Emjayandthem (C) photo

4. Road Trips ~ I’m traveling next week so I won’t be blogging.  I’m sure I’ll have stories to share .. there’s no end to observations  and “ahas” when traveling.  But in the meantime I’m thinking ahead ~~ what comfy shoes can I build an outfit around?  All that airport walking means shoes first, cute & stylish second.  Plus I always wear shoes that require socks .. no barefoot security jaunts for me – gross!

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March on! google.images.com

5.  And I can’t think of September without Earth, Wind and Fire!  Groove on, peeps. :)

Was there a button box in your home?  If pets visited your office what would happen?  Do you wear socks for airport travel?

 

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Short week Wednesday!

Ha!

Ha!

Due to the Holiday it’s already Wednesday – a short work week, yes it is!

Last night, after the Grands first day, I reflected on all it took to get our boys ready for school.  New shoes and clothes. School supplies.  Meet the Teacher.   Trying to get them to bed when it was still perfectly light outside.   Lunches.  Backpacks by the front door.  A picture in front of it and then – they were off!

And then I remembered how I used to read this book to both of them as we got them ready to start.  In my Grover voice, of course.

And I smiled as I remembered that same book lives in Miss MJ’s room now ~ and that her Daddy reads it to her, too.  In his man-Grover voice.

I still love school supplies and was happy when school started again.  Do you remember going to bed when it was still “perfectly light outside?”   What was in your lunch pail?

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2 For Tuesday

It’s Tuesday – September 2nd – and just how did that happen?

1. Back to school today and it’s our grand-daughter’s first day of Kindergarten!  I took the wee ones school shopping last Sunday so here they are modeling new backpacks, shoes, hoodies and more.   Those bright neon colors from the Madonna-80’s era are back in force!  And Nana can’t help but notice the photo of our two boys in the background ~ pretty sure that was taken only 15 min. ago!

Grands readying for school .. an Emjayandthem (C) photo

Grands readying for school .. an Emjayandthem (C) photo

2.  Saw this picture on Facebook and had to share it … What does the fox say?

fox selfie

The ultimate Selfie

Have a great week everyone!

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They never considered that I might not say yes

So here’s the thing with family – most are great but there are some who aren’t nice or maybe they  are sometimes nice but consistently behave badly… which to me means they aren’t … all that nice. Anyways…

People like this use others.  They appear when they want something.  They bring nothing to the party but drama, troubles and tears.

I’ve made a conscious effort to rid my life of them.  None of the ridding has been done without reason. And, it’s taken years, but I no longer feel any obligation whatsoever.

Such a relative has re-surfaced and this time is manipulating an elderly auntie to do her bidding.  To weasel her way back into our lives.

Here’s a recap of a recent phone conversation between me and said auntie:

Her: “I saw so & so the other day and we were talking about how nice it would be for all of us to meet up for lunch … so she suggested I set it up.”

Me: “Oh .. thanks but no.”

Her: “Well she just really misses seeing you and it would sure be nice for me if we could all be together.”

Me: “Yeah … I hear what you’re saying but no.”

Her: “Well it won’t be till later this fall .. so you have time to think about it.”

Me: (getting angry) “OK, here’s the thing:  I don’t trust her, I don’t like her,  and I don’t want anything to do with her.   She’s sneaking around and using you to get to me. I’m sorry this is not the answer you hoped for but please hear me when I say, no, I’m not going. Ever.”

Her: “Well you just think on it and let me know.”

Me: “GAH!”

As trying as the conversation was,  I can smile now.

Why?  Because, once again, I’ve learned that saying no translates into a big, fat YES… for me.

 ~ ~ ~

My spidey senses are tingling!

My spidey senses were tingling and for good reason!

What’s your strategy for dealing with snakes? Run? Hide?  Stomp? :)

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Random Five Friday – August’s end

It’s Friday! It’s Random! Let’s go!

1. I don’t know about you but it kind of felt like July left and September came early.  I was at the Capitol yesterday and could have sworn it was mid-September .. look at that sky!

perfect day for a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

perfect day for a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

2.  Speaking of August, guess what’s ready at the Orchard down the road?  Guess what I’m making this weekend?

Fresh peaches and coffee w/cream... An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Fresh peaches with my coffee ~ An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Peach Blackberry Cobbler ... an Emjayandthem (C) photo

I like to bake & take (i.e. take it somewhere else!)  Peach Blackberry Cobbler is going a Labor Day gathering … an Emjayandthem (C) photo

3.  Remember me talking about the Nutribullet?  I’m still using it – daily!  If you want a daily blast of nutrition and energy, check it out.  My new favorite morning smoothie recipe is 1/2 spinach + blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries, chia, flaxseeds, cinnamon, fresh ginger and almond milk.  Creamy, a bit spicy and delicious.  Keeps me full till early afternoon and I swear I’m healthier.  We’ll see come cold & flu season.

image from nutribullet.com

image from nutribullet.com

4. I’m lucky I work with a lot of capable and talented people and, for the most part, I’ve successfully removed any energy vampires from my life.  But this is still good advice, don’t you think?

idiots

5.  Late last week, I noticed some activity along the back fence.  In the late day sun, I spotted a Momma cat lounging and two of her youngsters tumbling and rolling down the hill.  Cats!  And wild cats at that.  I think Frankie would have made friends with them and can picture them all lying in a pile together.  No I’m not taming them and no I didn’t put food out, either.  Don’t really need a yard full of skunks and raccoons!

cats in yard

Speaking of cats, this made me laugh — here’s # 6 for a Random 5 Friday. Happy day, all!

free kittens

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