Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ramblings VI: "Where Does the Day Go ?"

I have so-o-o enjoyed my blogging experiences, but find that while I am constantly generating ideas for the blog...I can't find the time to sit down at the computer and create !!!
I was encouraged to see that I am not alone, as I scanned some of my "favs" it was easy to see that July is vacation month !! I am a retired person, working a part time job. My job only makes demands of me during the school year...so I asked myself ( as my working friends ask me ) what do I do with my time?
With today as the pivotal point, I am looking back a week and forward a week and here is where I've been and where I'm headed:

  • Enjoyed a big girl slumber party with the cousins

  • Spent a few hours each day last week with the author of our summer Bible Study plus enjoyed a talk by Betsey on Thursday night

  • Helped my friend Kerri "fluff" her new house

  • Cooked a real supper four nights

  • Bought groceries

  • Taught my Weight Watcher group

  • Baked teacakes for the Thursday night get together

  • Walked and ran--one hour each day, alone and with my walking buddy Victoria

  • Washed multiple loads of clothes ( which I also hung out and folded)

  • Hurt my knee ( don't know how; but three days of RICE cured me !!)

  • Cleaned my house ( included bathrooms, sheet changes, and floor moppings)

  • Worked toward establishing my early, first thing in the morning ,Bible reading and quiet time

  • Helped my former student and friend Bert, as he is working toward a dietary certification from Auburn

  • Visited with both my sisters in law by phone and Erin "in person" and on the phone

  • Ran to the high school to get information for a student to take to a prospective employer

  • Watered my outside plants

  • Swam with the senior citizens ( that would be Mama and Daddy)

  • Helped Ryan get ready for school, dish him out a snack after school, answer his million questions about family members, Lisa ( his caregiver friend), Buddy ( the dog), church, and Billy Gaither ( his favorite preacher)--then get him ready for bed

  • Had a root canal

  • Enjoyed backed to back episodes of my new ( I think) favorite show The Office...which is where I am headed now

WHEW---no wonder I am behind on the blogging !! But school is about to start and with it comes routine, so I should be posting regularly. That is until life gets in my way again !

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Family Beach Trip--2008

The Owens' have a long history with the beach...from the earliest day and overnight trips to Panama City...to long weekends and even a week spent at Seascape Resort in Destin...to our most recent adventure at Blue Mountain Beach. While the "make-up" of the group has changed to include in-laws and granchildren, the traditions remain the same.
We eat ( the menu always includes tomato sandwiches, seafood, and pizza), we sleep ( the sleeping arangements always include an inflatible mattress), we play ( in the water and some on the golf course), and most of all we laugh, reflect, and remember. We have a great time...being together !!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


As a general rule, I am a rather traditional and conservative person. Or, I thought I was ! Thank goodness...reconnecting with my high school friend Jim, and having the honor and delight of helping him ( in very small ways) as he is establishing a series of "art to wear" shows peeled under my traditional layers and let the light back in to my somewhat funky side !!! I have enjoyed every minute of TRUNK, of renewing old friendships and establishing new ones. Not long ago, Jim entertained the help and the help loved it !!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The "Disputed" Champions !!

My friend Sandy has celebrated another birthday..this one has put her one step deeper into the "certain age" I posted about earlier. Congratulations Sandy ! To celebrate, we played Bocce Ball..just like last year...and again...just like last year...We ( Charles and me )are the champs !! There seems to be some dispute to this, but Charles ( who has more eduction and more years) declared it...and I'm with him.