Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paying bills...

I just finished paying bills.  I hate paying bills.  Does anyone like to?

The photo above is of a checklist I created a few years ago.  I tweak it at the beginning of every year.  (This is a blank version.  My actual one is filled in up to April, but I felt weird about showing the actual payments.)  I used to actually print out a hard copy and fill it in by hand.  This year I just save it on my desktop and fill it out on the computer.  It's not perfect, but it keeps things from falling through the cracks.

Since I left full-time employment at the beginning of the year, I've had cash flow on my mind.  I was kind of worried about it.  But I've been home one week, and I've already been booked to work seven days (basically as a temp in different branches with my same company I've been with for 12 plus years).  I've accepted each assignment, because I never know when the next request will come along.  But I am needing to get some big tasks done around the house, so if the requests slow down for awhile, it would not upset me at this point.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Working on scratching another one off my 2014 reading list and am about half way through A Tale of Two Cities.  I've always liked Dickens.  Not sure why I've never read this one.  As with Frankenstein, it was a little difficult getting into the language of the era in which it was written, but now I'm chugging right along.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Seven random thoughts on the 7th...err 8th...

photo credit: Guerilla Knitting in Germany Colorful Tree © dpa / picture alliance

1.  I came across this photo in a file while I was looking for one to include in this post.  Not sure when I found and saved it, but I love it.  And it perfectly represents the gorgeous cool temperatures, budding trees, and blue skies we are enjoying.

2.  I have been home all of four days, and find myself scheduled to work for the next five work days in my new on-call two different locations.  Oof.  I haven't even finished unpacking the car!

3.  I'm enjoying being back in my own kitchen.  Yesterday I threw together a quiche with ingredients on hand.  Last night I made a menu plan, and today I went to the grocery.  Tonight's dinner has been cooked and cleaned up, and tomorrow's dinner is ready to take out of the fridge and pop into the crock pot in the morning before leaving for work.

4. Short workout on the Pilates machine this morning.  It's a start.  Yea, me!

5. Happily I have made it through the past few weeks without getting a ticket for having only one working headlight.  Also happily my handy hubby has already fixed it since I've been home.  (I tried to get it repaired before starting home, but they told me at the shop they couldn't get to it because it would require removing the front grille.)  (Carey did not have to remove the grille.)

6. Now that I am back home with satellite TV service (after three months without TV), I am discovering that I didn't miss a thing.

7. Back to work in the morning, means back to an early bedtime tonight.  G'night!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Home again, home again...

Oh so happy to be home!  I've toured Kasey and Beau's newly finished house...gorgeous!  I've stocked up on hugs and kisses and cuddles from the kidlets.  And Jared must have missed me, because it took almost no effort to get him to play Scrabble with me...two win each.

The trip was very smooth sailing.  Rain was forecast for the first leg, with possible dangerous thunderstorms, large hail, and tornadoes.  We saw barely a sprinkle.  Made it to our destination, and then were in for a special treat.  A few days before heading home, when I knew we would be spending the night in Little Rock, I emailed a couple of my favorite bloggers from the area and was able to meet them for dinner. 

left to right:  the other Kathleen, V & C (The Stick Horse Cowgirls!), and me

After reading their blog for years, I just knew we would enjoy being with them in real life, and we did.  It was like having dinner with old friends.  Thanks for coming out to see us, V and C!  Hope we can do it again sometime.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas

I finished this one a couple of days ago, and I rate it 9 out of 10.  I saw this recommended on Pinterest.  Looked at it on Amazon...full price, but synopsis and reviews looked promising.  Looked on library ebook website...didn't have it.  Looked on library physical book website...they have it, but I'm still away from home and didn't want to wait.  Back to Amazon.  Paid full price.  Read non-stop and loved it.  Worth the full price.  Will definitely look at other titles by this author at library when I get home.  (Guess I should add that it is about newlywed homesteaders in Colorado Territory shortly after Civil War.)  Oh, and it turned out I had a credit due on Amazon, so it was like I got a special deal on it after all!  :)

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

I bought this one several months ago as a Kindle Daily Deal.  Lately I have been seeing it seemingly everywhere, so I was glad it was in my Kindle...quite handy, that.  Teen in the foster-care system does community service hours by helping a ninety-year old sort through her attic and memories.

Goodbye Kentucky...

Goodbye new friends.  In the spirit of going out with a bang, our final gathering featured a flaming sushi roll.  It is a good thing I did not discover this delicacy at the beginning of my stay, because it was seriously the most delicious sushi I have ever had, and it would have been an irresistible temptation to indulge...frequently.

Today I completed packing the car...except for a couple of last items that will go in in the morning.  I took the photo in case of a flat, thinking it would all have to come out to get to the spare, and then be fit back in like a puzzle.  But I just remembered that the spare is affixed under the car, accessible from exterior.  The tools are under all the packing, but I think in case of emergency, I would call for assistance.  The weather is supposed to be atrocious tomorrow, and I do NOT want to haul all that stuff out in the rain on a muddy roadside!

And here's my last Kentucky sunset for awhile, going down behind a bank of clouds.  See that forsythia in the foreground?  It is blooming all over the last week or so.  Spring has sprung finally.  (I didn't know what forsythia was until a few days ago.)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Packing for the return trip...

I started packing all my stuff and even got some of it into the car today.  It seems that I may be going home with a bit more than I brought!  

I may need to find one of these little guys to run along behind the car.  :)
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