Hello My Wonderful Friends!

 
Hello to all!
Just a quick update to let you know I’m still around and haven’t forgotten you.
My sister-in-law and her family arrived from Virginia Beach on Saturday and will be here for the next two weeks so my time on Spaces will be limited.
 
For those who remember my posts from last year, my sister-in-law could put Martha Stewart and the Energizer Bunny to shame; she runs circles around me but is a great help and a dear friend.
 
She is helping me redecorate Emma’s room and we are going to try to squeeze in a garage sale before she leaves so I will be BUSY BUSY BUSY!
We are having a family dinner out tonight so am looking forward to that.
 
Just wanted to send some love and wish everyone a great week!
 
Love and Hugs to all,
Rhonda 
 
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Momma Said…

 
 
Momma said there would be days like this but she didn’t say there would be weeks like this…LOL!
 
 
This past week has been busy, crazy and exhausting, therefore the reason for my lack of blogging and commenting which I apologize for; I hate when I don’t get time to make my rounds to see what’s new with everyone.
 
Let’s see if I can try to recap my week:
 
Sunday:  Bad day on the homefront; aruged with Earl and just felt like running away from home.  However, finally about 7pm we went to the trail so I could ride my bike which always puts me in a better mood.  I rode 10 miles while he walked with Emma and let her pick wildflowers.  My legs never get sore after my rides,  but my tushi sure does; think I need a bike seat pillow…LOL!
 
Monday:  Sick with migraine headache most of the day; was supposed to go grocery shopping but put it off until Tuesday. I know there was some kind of crisis that day, but I can’t remember it now….LOL!
 
Tuesday:  Headed out with Emma to get groceries at Walmart.  McDonalds is across the street so I stopped there first to have lunch with Emma.  When we were leaving I realized I left the grocery list at home so headed back that way to get it.  Halfway home, my car dies; it was like someone had turned off the power switch.  I couldn’t steer and all the dashboard lights were lit.  I had just got to the top of the hill so thank goodness I was able to coast down the hill and turn off into a patch of gravel at the end of the road.  I call my husband at work…no answer.  I call my in-laws…no answer.  I call my sister-in-law…no answer.  I’m comtemplating if I should start walking home with Emma but Route 3 is busy that time of day and I didn’t want to walk with her and risk getting hit by the crazy drivers.  Finally I found the number to my mother-in-law’s cell phone and was able to reach her.  Where do you think she was???????  WALMART!  She said they were in the checkout line and since they have to come home the same way I did, they would be able to find me on their way home.  When they got there, my father-in-law checked the fluids and connections and everything was okay.  I started the car and it worked fine as if nothing had ever happened…was this a test?   So, I headed home with them following me and made it without any problem.  By now, Emma is hungry and tired so I took care of her and decided to go later that evening when my husband got home rather than drag a tired 2 year old through Walmart when I had a big shopping list.  Husband was late getting home, wanted to take his shower, eat dinner, etc. etc.  I’m getting really peeved at this point and finally get out of the door at 7pm.  It took me 2 hours to get groceries trying to follow his list and mine and deal with items that were out of stock which seemed to be everything I needed.  I noticed some people staring at me throughout the store and even heard someone giggle and kept wandering what the deal was; I mean how rude.  When I came out of Walmart, it is POURING DOWN RAIN.  I get drenched loading the groceries in the car and finally plop into the drivers seat and realize the zipper is down on my jeans…so that’s what everyone was staring at but do ya think one person could say something???
Finally head for home and when I get to the road where my car stalled, I look over and see a beautiful family of deer off to the side.  A buck, a doe and a fawn.  I pull over and scramble through my purse for my camera and do you think I had it??? NO NO NO!  I ALWAYS carry my camera with  me but not this time…what a great photo I missed.  Finally get home and unload groceries, give Emma a bath, grab a bowl of cereal and hit the couch where I fell asleep.
 
Wednesday:  Grandma and Grandpa take Emma to breakfast so I finally got a chance to call my Mom who I hadn’t called in a week.  I never go that long without talking to her so spent 2 hours on the phone.  She had another ministroke the day before but did anyone call to tell me??? NO NO NO!  Geez, what is going on with everyone?
Later that evening, Emma got sick and threw up all over her and all over me.  I gave her a bath and she seemed fine; we watched her two shows she likes before going to bed and I tucked her in at 9pm.  At 10:30 I hear her gagging over the baby monitor and go to check and she is throwing up all over herself and her crib.  Had to strip the sheets and blankets and give her another bath.  She won’t go to bed without her blanky so I put her in the chair with Earl and went to take a shower myself since I smelled like vomit myself.  I dried my hair and got her blankie out of the dryer and took her to bed with me to keep an eye on her.  She felt really warm so I took her temp and it was 102.  I gave her some Tylenol and she slept in my  bed until 6am when the fever subsided and then I laid her in her crib and she slept until almost 10am.  I got about 3 hours of sleep.
 
Thursday:  Woke with another migraine headache from lack of sleep.  I had a job interview today that I think went very well; I’ll keep you posted.  I was supposed to get Emma’s pictures taken today but put it off since she slept so late and I had gotten the call for the interview at the last minute.  Laid down and took a 2 hour nap when husand got home and could tell he was ticked about it but I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more and the headache had gotten so bad I was vomiting myself.  Men must thing we are Super Mom1’s but sometimes we just can’t keep going without some time to recharge.  So here I am at 1:30am when I should be in bed but wanted to give you all an update as to where I have been this week.
 
Friday:  Emma is having her pictures done at 11am with her new haircut…can’t wait! 
 
Saturday:  Sister-in-law and family are coming to visit for 2 weeks from Virginia…lots to do and hope to have a garage sale while she is here.
 
So, there you have it.  Keep me in your prayers for the job…it would be perfect for me and for Emma…I’ll give more details if I get a call!
 
Hope everyone had a good week and less hectic than mine…miss ya and will get caught up on everyone over the weekend I hope!
 
 
 
Hugs to all…Rhonda
 

For the Future

For The Future

by Wendell Berry

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing
in time to come. How do we know?
They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee
that singing will ever be.

 

Lord, the air smells good…

 

Lord, the air smells good…

by Rumi

Lord, the air smells good today,
straight from the mysteries
within the inner courts of God.
A grace like new clothes thrown
across the garden, free medicine for everybody.
The trees in their prayer, the birds in praise,
the first blue violets kneeling.
Whatever came from Being is caught up in being, drunkenly
forgetting the way back.

Rumi was a 13th century Sufi mystic.

River Walk

 

After I picked Emma up from Toddler Group this morning, we stopped to take a walk by the river.  Even though I’ve walked this trail so many times before, I’m always amazed at how different it looks throughout the seasons.  Fall reveals her red and golden colors, Winter covers the ground with snow and the river remains frozen.  Spring slowly starts to reveal the promise of rebirth and birds return while Summer fills the trail with lush foliage and flowers.  I’ve captured and posted photos of the Black River Trail throughout all the seasons, but today I still managed to find sights that have eluded me in the past.  

When you take time to truly stop and smell the flowers and breathe the air, you will find the magical beauty of nature in all her glory.  Come take a walk with me and Emma and enjoy the Summer scenery. 

 

“Beside the Still Waters”

River Rocks 

     

Hidden Stream and Wildflowers 

      

Purple and Red Sumac in Full Bloom 

     

Collecting Wildflowers and Enjoying the Breeze 

As the River Churns… 

I hope you enjoyed your walk along the Black River and our treasure hunt for God’s wonderful gifts.

I’ll post the remaining photos in my various albums if you would like to see more of the Summer scenery.

Enjoy your weekend!

This and That

 
Family  Matters 
 
As many of you know, there has been alot going on in my life these past 7 months that has caused much heartache and stress.  As all of you have been so very supportive during this time, I wanted to bring everyone up to date on what has been decided.
 
Yesterday was the date of the pre-trial that would have involved the introduciton of the divorce papers and a temporary custody decision for Emma.  However, after a long and difficult discussion, Earl and I both informed our attorneys to withdraw our petitions.  So instead of attending court yesterday, we attended our first counseling session to try to rebuild our lives.
 
It is obvious that we have a long road ahead of us, but I feel that we owed each other and, most of all, Emma the opportunity to try one last time to see if we can make it work.  We have been getting along much better the past few weeks and the counseling session was difficult but encouraging.  It will take much patience and "baby steps" but I am hopeful that we can do this.  Please keep us in your prayers and I appreciate all the continued support I receive from so many of you.
 
Birthday Fun
 
Yesterday was also Earl’s Birthday.  After the counseling session, we went to dinner together and enjoyed each other’s company for the first time in a very long time.  Then we went to Grandma’s to pick up Emma and have birthday cake.  She makes a German choclate cake from scratch that was her mother’s recipi. All day long, Emma looked forward to blowing out the candles on his birthday cake as she now associates a birthday with birthday candles so she was delighted when at long last the moment arrived.
 
 
We bought Daddy an American flag and mounting kit that he has been wanting for the front porch, so Emma had to have a flag too.
 
 
Going Home
 
Emma and I will be flying home to Virignia Beach the last two weeks in September.  Her Nana and brothers will be so surprised to see how much she has grown as we haven’t been home since last May.
I am so excited…I miss my kids, my Mom and sister so much.  I have a grandaughter that was born in January and my great niece that was born in May to see for the first time as well as my grandaughter Chloe who was born two months before Emma…it will be wonderful!
Here some updated photos of my great neice who was born in May; little Chelse Elizabeth is a doll and I can’t wait to meet her.  I haven’t received any new photos of my new grandaughter so I’ll be taking lots of pictures when I go home as well as giving my son a big lecture…LOL!
 
 
 
Weather and Emma
 
The weather here has been so nice.  The past four days haven’t gotten out of the 60’s and the rest of the week is calling for the low 70’s.
We have only seen temps above 80 four times…I love it!
Emma and I get out and enjoy the beautiful weather as often as we can and she enjoyed going shoe shopping ove the weekend.
Shoes and hats…I hear the fashion runway calling already!
 
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and that life is treating you kindly!
 
Me and my girl!
 
Hugs to all from me and Emma!
 

Watch That Doggy Door!

 

Could you imagine coming home from work

to find this tiny creature napping on your

couch with your dog? 

Guess who came home for dinner?

It followed this beagle home, right through

the doggy door.  This happened in Maryland

recently.  The owner came home to find the

visitor had made himself right at home.  

This hit the 6 o’clock news big time.

He would be welcome at my house anytime…so sweet!

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