It’s Friday & it’s time for 5 Random thoughts ~ here we go:
1 ) June 1st and our grand-kids last day of school ~ Summer break begins. I don’t know about you but we had to go through most of June to make it to Summer Break. Usually the end of school year involved a class trip and, on the way home, a stop at McDonalds: Two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-pickles-sauce-on-a-sesame-seed-bun – Imagine a bus full of kids singing that at full volume! So good – and back when a fast food burger actually tasted like the commercial made it look.
2 ) Earlier this week, at a county meeting, I chatted with a Community official who has been a bit of a “Grumpy Grumperson” at prior meetings. Not that day. Seems she’s retiring in August, selling her house, bought an R.V. at a “old folks park” in New Mexico – she’s packing her books, Daisy, her 3 yr old German Shepherd, and heading out. Said she’s raised 4 boys as a single mother and its now her time — when someone asked what her kids thought her response was “the Best Western near me charges $49 a night … they can come see me and stay there.” And, she confided, on the way to the parking lot, that she’s not taking social security ’till she turns 66, in the meantime “I’ll live on coffee, books, my house proceeds and walks with my dog.” 🙂 The experience reminded me how freeing and necessary it is to take leaps of faith and to remember that ~ people – and their moods – are often just a reflection of current circumstances.
3 ) A couple of months ago I decided to invest in a personal cell phone ~ I was tired of being “on call” for my job, often muttering “I’m not a Fireman,” under my breath. (Some of that was my own doing, I’ll admit). So I enacted my own secret brand of mutiny and subscribed to cell service, transferred personal numbers over and asked my (short) list of contacts (family, friends, Dr., Dentist, etc) to please contact me at that number instead. Yesterday, while at work, I set my personal phone to airplane mode to save the battery and missed calls from Hubbs. He called my work cell to ask – why do you have a personal cell? Moments like this remind me how absurd I can be and how much like her I am.
4) When I think of June I think of my 2 favorite fruits: Strawberries and Watermelon. Any “diet” will tell state that both are high in carbs. Don’t care. I’m not a big sweets eater but my favorite dessert always has been the one Mom made for my June birthday: Strawberry Shortcake – garden fresh strawberries, in their juice, with home-made whipped cream dolloped over Angel Food cake. (Remember cake soaking up some of that “juice?” oh man!) And while Watermelon wasn’t ready till mid summer – the start of June meant it was coming soon. Family cookouts, birthdays, and barbecues were not complete without several slices of watermelon (don’t eat the green you’ll get a stomach-ache!!) and the juice running down our arms … we’d sit outside to slurp it down, wipe our hands on our shorts and run off into the summer night to play Hide N Seek or Kick-the-Can. Pretty sure the carbs in both fueled us for hours ~ So many good summer memories, ahh!
5 ) Saw this on Facebook and it made me smile ~ are there 2 happier words than “Blanket Fort?” Maybe “Summer Vacation!” 🙂
What’s new in your world? When was the last time you laughed at yourself?
Happy Friday, peeps!