Thoughts on a Thursday

1. Today’s my Friday!    In a week Sissy will greet me at the Saskatoon airport and, between a mix of tears and smiles, we’ll make our way to Mom’s where I’ll remain for 7 days.  Getting ready for a trip like that means I need a bit of time at home first.   I’ll tidy up tomorrow, cook a few meals to pop in the freezer, and spend some time with my guys and grands.  Ahh .. Heaven.

Appreciate the little things in life, one day you’ll look back and realize those were the big things.Anonymous

2. Speaking of Mom, she and I talked last night and she had questions about “this Mother’s Day brunch” I’m organizing.  She’s one capable lady and wanted the details.  Who’s coming? What time?  What should we make, etc.  But it was her quiet mention of inviting a distant grandchild that touched my heart. My oldest brother’s daughter, the one she doesn’t see as much as the others.  The one with her own family and Mother to Mom’s 3 great-grandsons.  My response, “Mom, if you’d like to include them then by all means do so.”   I could hear her smiles over the phone.  It’s just food and I can make more. 🙂

A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review.  ~Robert Brault

3.  The company I work for announced some big news this week and I know that means reorganizations and realignment in our future.  People are already jockeying and posturing and aligning.   I am in a good place and probably have as much security as could be had, given the situation.   Having said that, it’s not the news that rattles me, it’s the behavior.  Geez Louise, people, do your work, stay the course, and let it sort itself out.

“Whatever follows ‘I am’ is going to come looking for you.” – Joel Osteen

4. Speaking of family, I called my sister last night. No, not Sissy, the other one, the one I haven’t been as close to.  Yes it was awkward, but over a bit of time, she warmed up and the conversation was a bit easier.   Of course, we stayed in a safe swim lane of topics – Mom, the weather, and my sister’s life. There was no inquiry of me and mine, but that’s not new,  it’s just more.   I know the effort was probably for naught, but when I listened to Mom speak longingly of her sisters, she helped me remember  that I still have two.

It doesn’t take a whole long life to realize that what we deserve to have, we rarely get.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

5. Totally off topic, I saw this recently and cracked up. I bet you do, too:



Happy Thursday, peeps!


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18 thoughts on “Thoughts on a Thursday

  1. Yay, for long weekends! I’m having one too! I was going to just take Friday off, but when my boss reminded me that my planned PTO so far was not enough to keep me out of a use it or lose it situation by year’s end, I decided to make it a four-day weekend. Lots going on here in the next few days and I’d rather not be crazy through it all, so I’m giving myself some prep time. I totally understand your need to do the same.

    So happy for you that you’ll get to spend some time with your mom and family in Canada. I know you’ll do your best to live in each moment so it all doesn’t pass by too quickly. And good for you for making the effort toward the other sister. You’re a great example of taking the high road… something I need to constantly work on. And I’ll get my own chance this weekend. I’ll keep remembering your good attitude and try not to let hard feelings taint my words and behavior.

    I’ve been through reorganizations and survived layoffs. I know how unsettling they can be and I was one of the lucky ones who came out ahead in the end. Most of us are afraid of change and I’m sure that is what drives the crazy behavior. Hope it all works out for the best for you and your team.

    • I’m enjoying this long weekend BEFORE the holiday trip and, yes, excited to spend time with Mom. It’s always bittersweet b/c it goes so quickly!

      Lots of folks freaking out about change but this one is a big one that will take a lot of time and the fallout won’t be known for probably a year … so I’m keeping my head down and getting it done, like I always did.

      Enjoy your 4 day weekend 🙂

  2. Have a wonderful visit!

  3. Like! Like! Like! Loved reading about your conversation with your Mom: sweet….! I know she’s looking forward to this visit, just as you are.
    Sure hoping everything goes smoothly with the changes at your workplace. News like that can be so unsettling.
    Good for you on phonng your sister. (Apparently that post was before you and I “met”.) That call was probably a little difficult for you to make.
    Love Kermit and the comment: so true!
    Enjoy your long weekend, MJ!

    • Thank you, Dianna. She’s one neat lady and I’m really looking forward to our time together. The rest of it .. well … I’m hoping for the best.
      Happy weekending!

  4. We all have a sibling (or someone) who is not quite in the fold. I haven’t seen my oldest brother in 20 years and he lives 10 miles from me. There was no fight or bad feelings but it’s better that way. He isolated himself from the rest of the family (including his kids and grandkids) so it’s his choice. The rest of us are close and huggy people. Hope your visit is wonderful (how can it not be????). Work is work. People freak out. Then it blows over and something else comes along. I used to remind myself that it’s only work. It’s not my real life.

    • “not quite in the fold” – how true is that. I used to really stress myself out about it but I realized I was putting all this energy into someone who was either negating it or giving negative junk back and, in turn, I was missing the other 90% who were engaged and enjoyable to be around. No more 🙂

      Yep — work is work. I really enjoy my job and know I am valued but you just never know how it will all shakeout and I can’t worry about something that’s happening more than a year from now. The hardest challenge for many is just to stay the course!


  5. you make me laugh. you make me smile.

  6. Well, happy early weekend to you!
    I know what you mean with the family dynamics…my family isn’t so much tense as just distant…we are separated by geography and ages / stages of life…it can be challenging to have meaningful conversations. But good for you for trying, and for continuing to reach out. I never regret it, even if the result is not all I hoped for. I think trying just helps me sleep better! 🙂
    Good luck with the work issues. I know it’s tricky taking the pulse! But I feel sure you’ll be safe, or land on your feet…just seems like your style! ~Sheila

    • I agree; just trying makes me sleep better. If I know I’ve done what I can and someone else didn’t meet me halfway then so be it. I’ve had more meaningful conversations with strangers on an airplane than I’ve had with certain family members – and it’s not a judgement on them – I have accepted the fact that they’re simply not all that interested in me. Period.

      On the work thing, I have faith that all with be OK .. but the posturing around me is too much. Some days I just keep my door closed! 🙂


  7. Happy weekend to you! So excited for your upcoming trip to your Mom’s. I love that your oldest brother’s daughter will be invited too.

    I have to tell you that the picture of Kermit reminds me of a driving situation I found myself in yesterday. I was driving down the interstate, heading home, going about 4-5 miles over the speed limit (the accepted norm around here) when some guy came zooming up behind me, and flashed his lights as if we were on the autobahn. I was slowly passing a dump truck, so I wasn’t in a position to move right for him- and I was not about to speed even more to let this idiot pass. I guess I wasn’t passing fast enough because he kept riding my bumper very close (and very unsafe). I tapped my brakes to try to get him to back off and he gave me the finger and was no doubt raging in his car. When I passed the truck and had a safe distance to pull right I did so. And I tell you, it took every bit of restraint to not let the Boston driver in me give him the finger as he zoomed by me. I live in WA now, where, for the most part, drivers are pretty mellow. Probably best that I don’t have a concealed carry permit (they are allowed here).

    • I dislike drivers like that; MI drivers are racy, for the most part. Glad you are OK, because that could have been a very dangerous end to the escapade!

      Yep, she’s excited, I’m excited and the rest will fall into place!! 🙂 MJ

  8. Okay, I’m late. Sorry. How does life get so busy? At any rate, glad you got to chat with your sister and that you will be seeing your mom for Mother’s Day. That’s awesome. I had hoped to go back to the US for the holiday, but now I’m gonna have to wait a month. Oh, well. Happy Mother’s Day, in advance to you and your mom.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  9. LOL Love the face! Hope you’re having a great time.

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