Today is a great day. It's great because it's the day after my birthday. Yep, you read that right. Once you get my age, you kinda like birthdays to just slide on by without much fanfare. But when I think of all the folks who sincerely wished me a happy birthday, I feel very grateful for that. I mean, what is life without good friends, and what are friends without well wishes when you tuck one more year under your belt? And, better yet, what is life without birthdays? That would be no life at all. Uh, no one wants to go there. If you are alive and still inhabiting planet earth, you will have a birthday every year, celebratory or not!
Summer is ticking by right before our very eyes and I am reminded that every summer seems to get shorter when it comes to the school season ending and beginning again. This will tell my age for sure, but I remember summers as a kid being so dang long that I was ready to go back to school and it usually wasn't till after Labor Day. That is unheard of now and rightly so, because those long summer breaks were for the kids to help with the harvest (from what I've been told), and not too many folks around here depend on their children for that, even if they depend on farming for their living. They depend more on John Deere and all those mechanical new-fangled apparatuses they use to till, plant, and harvest. This summer has been especially rainy around these parts and, if I didn't know better, I'd think I was in Florida, what, with all the late afternoon thunder showers. But unfortunately, I know I'm not in Florida, because there is no beach nearby -- or not within five hours anyway. But rainbows have abounded and, for that, I am once again thankful. I am reminded that rain will come but sunshine will return in all its splendor. Kind of sounds like life, does it not?
The rain has put a damper (no pun intended) on work at the jobsite because it hasn't allowed us to tear off a part of the house that needs to be rebuilt. And moving forward with the reno as a whole depends on this being done so that fixtures, lighting, and various other elements can follow. It seems as though right now progress depends on something else being done first and something else being done even before that, and so on and so forth. Ugh! Pretty much all appliances, fixtures, and lighting have been purchased and are waiting, waiting, waiting for installation. But as I said in my last post, patience is key here and I'm the queen of patience, right? Ha.
In an effort to make new memories for the books and just purely entertain the little ones, I prepared a tea party for the little granddaughters last week. The only way it would've been more perfect was if my eldest granddaughter could've been here. She is 14 now (what, are you kidding me?!), but you never get too old for a tea party, right? It is a great thing to do if you have little girls and, unbeknownst to me at the time, the tea parties I had with my daughters when they were young really stood out in their minds as something special. Why have a pretend tea party when you can make little sandwiches and bring out the teacups and make it lunch? So what better thing to do on a hot summer's day than to bring it all inside and drink a cup of steaming hot tea?!! (I also had raspberry lemonade on hand as well!) I knew the day had been a success when our four-year-old thanked God for Nana and the tea party in her prayers that night. A tasty lunch? Check. Lots of laughter? Check. New memories made? Double check.
But back to the reno...since my last post we have finished installing new windows, and whoever purchases this house will have an AMAZING view of the back two acres when standing at the kitchen sink. I am a firm believer in windows over kitchen sinks if at all possible because seeing the great outdoors is crucial when you're doing something as mundane as washing dishes. It is tall; it is wide; it is awesome! This week the front porch is being torn off, much to some folks' horror, but I know in my heart of hearts that the curb appeal will be made so much more appealing without that crumbling down porch. Plus, someone in the history of this house added a quite sufficient deck on the back, so there is a great outdoor space for the future homeowners. If the rain can give us a reprieve for at least three or four days in a row, the back room can be torn off and redone and hopefully we'll be on our way to some real progress!
And so I'm on my way to another "year," albeit with days so full, a rare day to be bored is always welcomed. And even though these days, summers, AND years are going by way too fast, I suppose it's better to be busy and productive than bored to tears like a kid with nowhere to go and no way to get there if there was somewhere to go. And though I'm in no way the youthful woman I once was, I do pretty well for my age I think. I might even be mistaken for a much younger woman when I'm dressed and painted up. I'd say I don't look a day over 59 most days! Every single birthday is 59 now anyways.
Have a great day, y'all!
Don't waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.
- Brooke Shields
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