November….

I don’t recall ever enjoying autumn colors quite like I have this year. We lived in fall foliage country for 4 years. #Pennslyvania My mother was quite sad when we moved back West that she wouldn’t get to see the fall foliage tapestry anymore. (We don’t have a sea of leafy trees out here.) Maybe it was the fact that we ran our air conditioning all the time this summer. Or………. It was that school started with sports/outdoor activities canceled due to air quality warnings from the wildfires in the Western USA. It is hard to describe how awful it is when you have always known fresh air and you suddenly do not have it anymore. Thanks to the firefighters who tirelessly fight the fires! Luckily, it was only awful for a week. Anyway, cool temperatures were very welcome this year. I am a snow person, but this year seeing orange and maroon leaves falling like snow has been awesome.

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Summer is here….

The weather has turned warm. Yesterday it was hot. I didn’t hardly do anything besides go to a Greek Festival for some good food and I ended up with a terrible headache from the heat. School is officially out for us. We have a busy summer planned. Summer is the time to try new activities and have a break from the old. Growing up, I was always covered in popsicle stains down the front of my shirt and scabs on my knees during the summer. I think I’d wail if I scabbed up my knees now and my kids sure never have looked like that. Back in the day, my mom would force us to read for an hour and then send us off to the city pool on foot or bikes. I was NO bookworm so it was torture. The pool every single day got boring, but it was the routine.  Now as a parent, I realize my mom sent us to the pool for her sanity. What are you looking forward to this summer?

It’s May.

May is coming in gorgeous here in Idaho. It has been cold and unpredictable, but it’s going to get warm this week. The end of school performances are in full swing. Last week, we had to get a sick child to a concert. When your team is counting on you, then you have to show up even if you didn’t go to school most of the week. For the record, Robitussin non-drowsy kind still makes a teenager sleepy. I’ve never tasted that junk so I wouldn’t know. Yesterday everyone in town was out on a walk or a bike ride. Nice weather brings out neighbors you haven’t seen in months or haven’t even ever laid eyes on.

It is almost spring break around here….

We have so much on our spring break agenda. There are so many more things I want to do, but I don’t think I can squeeze them in with only one week in which to do it. It was a very snowy winter around here, but the snow down low is gone and it is warming up. Our lives are dictated by school schedules for the most part and summer is coming. If you are not on your game with summer activities, then you miss the boat. I was too late to sign my daughter up for a coed church camp, then we looked at alternate ideas and they were totally full. It’s a good thing she didn’t want to go, but I wanted her to go. Oh well. I feel pretty confident that they will be dragged on a few hikes and walkabouts. I also know that when back to school rolls around, I will be very happy they have some structure again.

I don’t care about the commercials….

I only care about the food. I don’t care about pro football, but I do support a few college teams. One of my teams went to the Rose Bowl this year and I came pretty close to going, but I didn’t. I booked a room, but I cancelled it. Penn State lost at the very last second. It would have been so fun to have been there, but I had so many other commitments and only so much time and ca$h. Tonight, I will root for the Falcons because I always root for the underdog. I will probably watch a few plays and eat a lot of hot wings. I will undoubtedly pester my other half into explaining to me what just happened and still not get it. Are you ready for some football?

Highs and lows of 2016 and it isn’t about celebs….

Low….. My laptop died. It went black.

High…..Zion hiking

High……First time down under

Low……..My desktop computer died.

High…….2nd time down under

High…….Kids doing well in school and being able to participate on sports teams and musical groups.  I don’t believe in trophies for losers, but I do like teams that allow many to participate. Hiking doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t care how fast you are. 🤓

I don’t cook….

I overheard a cheer mom the other day say that she doesn’t cook. “I can’t cook.” Today, I read a Twitter comment by a man who has never cooked. NEVER??? I’ve been preparing meals for myself for a very long time. I prepare meals for a family a lot. My limit is 2 real and delicious meals per day. Beyond that, I refuse to prepare a serious dish.  Most of the time it is some variation of leftover. With that said, both my parents could and did cook and so can my husband. I don’t understand how a person could exist without this experience. It sounds absolutely dreadful to eat out every meal. Today, I made treats all day. It is 🎃 Halloween season  👻  and we have a party, so yeah I can cook, bake, etc…  Can you cook?

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