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Random 5 Friday – Restart, reset & carry on

It’s Friday! It’s Labor Day weekend! Time for 5 randoms from my week ~ here we go…

end of summer

1) Summer should be issued a speeding ticket.  I don’t know about you but our summer took it’s sweet time getting here but seems to be in a hurry to depart. We’ve had a few weeks of “nice,” a few weeks of cool, and this has been the hottest one yet.  But … with the end of summer comes the arrival of my favorite season:  Fall!  Here’s to bright sunny skies, humidity under 400%, leaves turning color, all things pumpkin and the sights and smells only Autumn can bring – yeah!

isn't Autumn glorious? an Emjayandthem (C) photo

isn’t Autumn glorious? an Emjayandthem (C) photo

2) Heard this song recently and I smiled and sang along, especially the part about “Summertime in Northern Michigan” – sing it, Kid.

3) Hubbs commented recently, “Do you realize you hardly ever talk about work any more?” My response, “No need. I’m rat-free!”   Whee – and – bonus: my shoulders no longer touch my ears!

kitty stretch neck

I do a lot of this!

4) A rainy day off and the house to myself — ooh, ahh.  What started as a “100% chance of reading” kind of day quickly morphed into a “100% chance of working” day instead.  A number of high priority requests came directly to me and responses  are needed long before my Tuesday return.  No worries, I cancelled my vacation time, brewed some more coffee, and carried on.  I’ll wrap up soon and then the weekend can begin – whoop!

lost-the-number-restart-reset-carry-on

 

5) We had friends over last night to watch College Football and one dear lady brought her world-famous homemade veggie pizza – some of that was my breakfast today.  Non traditional, yes, delicious, absolutely!

photo from Allrecipes.com

photo from Allrecipes.com

 

 “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”Allen Saunders

 

** What song makes you think of summer?  Ever had a day off hi-jacked? How did you handle it?  How’s your Labor Day forecast looking? **

 

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On Baggage

image from theexaminer.com

“We all have baggage; let’s resolve to only have carry-on” – Anonymous

I’ve got a trip coming up that I’m excited and a little nervous about: a trip “home”  to visit Mom on the family farm.

What I hope for most is lots of uninterrupted time with her.   Time to talk, time to laugh, time to reminisce and time to make new memories.

When you see your mother only once a year, you can get a little stingy with how those minutes are spent.

Don’t want to share. Don’t care to go see so and so. Don’t really want anyone to know I’m there.

I want to linger in the morning sunshine, drinking coffee with her and forget that I’m “on the clock” and will have to board a plane again soon. I want to stay up too late watching the evening news peppered with our opinions on world events and family nuances. I want to stand at her stove and cook for her while singing to Willie, Elvis and Roy, like we did when I was a girl.

I just want to spend time with her.

I have one sister who has embraced my plan.  She “gets” it.  She lives nearby and is with Mom often. She’s seen her slow down and understands when I say, “Please don’t schedule too much while I’m there; I just want to be with her.”  She knows we’ll have a few outings or times when we’re all together for she wants to be near me, too.

I have another sister who’s informed me that I “just don’t get it.”  That she’s expecting me to come home and rifle through Mom’s things and convince her to move off the farm and closer to her. Which Mom doesn’t want to do.  The last thing I’m going to do is land on her doorstep and start doling out orders.

Pity the fool who tries it! Heh heh. 

I’m mindful of the fact that Mom’s getting older. We all are.

I’m mindful of the fact that things are changing and some decisions will need to be made.   But, in my mind, she gets a say, too.

So … instead, what I’m focusing on are those morning moments of sunshine and coffee, of old photo albums and a lemon loaf she’s made just for me.  I’m not a tourist; I’ve been there before.  I just want to be with her.

And I’m determined to arrive with only carry-on.

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