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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Joys And Maybe A Tear Or Two

We have just completed the 26th week of the year and now we are on the downhill side of 2022. I am not sure if y'all can believe it but for me the year has flown.
The past week started on a bittersweet note. I was thrilled to have Pip and Co. here but I knew that it was ending. I made the decision to enjoy every minute they were here instead of mourning their leaving. I am not sure I could have asked for a better visit, and I understand Pip has already been having FaceTime visits with her new friend, my neighbor, M.
Now it is our turn to start planning our next visit to Portland. When I asked Pip what month she thought we should come she told me July, August,  and September. Sounds good to me!
And I did save being sad until they were officially gone.



Saturday: Everyone was tired, but there was still a lot of swimming to do. DIL1 read and sunned, then found the perfect place to sit./stand in the pool with her book. Son1 hit the water several times and Pip was ready to swim any time anyone was there to swim with her. 
That night we went to Son2 and DIL2's beautiful home to have dinner with them. It was so festive and delicious!

Sunday: The morning was a flurry of activity with Son1 and DIL1 getting everything packed and ready for their return flight. We planned on leaving for the airport at noon  for a 1:50 flight until they got a message that their flight was delayed 25 minutes. Then another 25 minute delay, then another. . .
We finally got them to the airport at 3 for a 4 pm departure. Once they were checked in they were told it would be another 45 minute delay. Obviously they missed their connecting flight as well as the second flight the airline booked them on. They finally got out of Dallas after nine and made it to Oregon around midnight. Like Son1 said: he didn't mind the flight being delayed almost 4 hours but he wished he had known it at noon because they would have all gone swimming again.
TheHub and I came home from driving them to the airport and crashed!

Monday: I would like to say I was up and at 'em early Monday morning but I stayed in bed until 10 reading, and it was wonderful. I got out of bed and had a couple of cups of coffee, then read a lot more. Other than washing sheets I did little, and really did enjoy doing little. 
After dinner TheHub and I started watching a series someone at work had mentioned was worth watching. After 2 episodes we were hooked on The Lincoln Lawyer

Tuesday: It was time for me to get back to some sort of normal routine, but other than running by the grocery store for a couple of necessities, doing some laundry,  and a few chores you have to do each day, I was all about reading.
We had another meal of leftovers and watched The Lincoln Lawyer.
While we were watching the show we had a much needed hard rain, which was a true joy since things were getting brittle.

Wednesday: TheHub called mid day to see if I wanted to go out to dinner. Though only one blog friend has any idea what my face looks like, I can assure you, even though it is not the most gorgeous face to ever grace the world, it does not look like the face of an idiot. If you ask me if I want to go out instead of cooking when it is approximately 2,000 degrees outside, the answer will always be yes. Actually if it means not cooking the answer will always be yes, no matter what the outside temperature is.
After we ate we drove by the lake (big pond) and watched the ducks, geese and swans for a minute before returning home just ahead of another rain. The rain was another huge joy!

Thursday:  We ate summer on a plate! That was enough joy for one day, but was compounded by a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the 4th TheHub brought me when he came home from work.

Friday: I was having a hard time with any self motivation so I made a decision. I do not leave my bedroom before throwing on some clothes, when I realized if I put on my swimsuit and coverup I would be halfway there to swimming laps. (Swimming is a much needed exercise for both my mind and body. I love to swim  and can zone out while doing it, but it is amazing how easy it is for me to keep putting it off. )  It is my hope this new routine will take some of the hesitation out of it . I was in the water shortly after finishing my coffee. Now if I will just continue every day.
TheHub and I decided to do some of our usual Saturday running around Friday evening as the sun was going down instead of waiting until Saturday morning. I called it a beat the heat move!

I hope each of you will look for your joys this week. They are always there, even if you have to look a bit to find them.

May all your weeds be wildflowers,
Anne

19 comments:

  1. Lots of great joys last week. M & I had an amazing long weekend together. He bought me a gift (I'm not much of a gift person, and he's a very rare spontaneous gift giver), which I loved & brought me such joy all week. The boys opted to stay at my parents house for another week. Even though we miss them, I'm so grateful for my parents getting the extra time with them.

    Also, so happy that the weather has cooled off!

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    1. We are hoping next year Pip will be able to come to see us for an extended visit.

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  2. Wise woman about going out to eat when the offer comes! Also, being happy while company is there. Ex-mil would cry and moan and carry on and slobber all over my ex for two days before we left after being there for a month.

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    1. I refuse to taint a moment of a family visit with sadness. I will save missing them for when they actually leave.

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    2. That is wise, so wise. I would not want my family to remember my grief.

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  3. I hope your trip to see your special girl happens very soon. A mornings swim sounds gorgeous. I'm debating buying a sample pass to use the nearby hotel pool a couple mornings a week. I could do a few laps and work on legs strength. If we do relocate part of the year, a pool will be a must.

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    1. I love having one and being able to swim whenever I want to, but I do find other things to interfere with it.

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  4. I really, really need to get back to the pool. I do love swimming but the nearest pool is two buses away...
    Despite your totally understandable sadness I am glad that there were also joys. Out to dinner? I wish. How I wish.

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    1. I have some knee issues and swimming works wonders for me. I have no excuse since a walk out the door and down the deck stairs is all I have to do to be in the water.

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  5. I am missing my grandchild after flying home last Saturday. I totally get it. I hope you are able to get to Portland soon! I walked an hour at 8 this morning at Snow Hinton Park ( I know you know where that is located) and I thought I was going to melt! The swimming you did sounds fabulous! I have yet to dip my toes in the water this year. I may go to Lake Lurleen next weekend when I am back in ttown. I am sure it is very crowded this weekend. I am heading back to the southern part of the state on Tuesday for work. Cindy in the South

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    1. Not only do I know Snow Hinton Park, but we still call it by its old name. It is just too hot and muggy right now to be doing much walking. Let me swim laps any day!

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  6. I must admit I wondered where you were going with your face comment on Wednesday, and laughed out loud when I read the rest of the paragraph. My dad often said to me, "you're not as dumb as you look". :)
    I'm so fortunate to have my grandson living close by, though with fuel prices we aren't visiting as often. There are feelings of sadness when he (or I) leave but I also appreciate the peace and quiet in my home.
    Enjoy your swim time!

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    1. You are lucky that you can drive to your grandson's house even if fuel costs are high.

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  7. Yowsa! Your son's return flight sounds like what Tom's daughter experienced after Father's Day: Her 3p flight didn't take off until nearly 7; then, allowing for a scramble at DFW, she didn't make it home to Phoenix until midnight. Props to reservations agents everywhere who do what they do with a smile and courteous tone. (I need not apply -- LOL) So glad you took time to take care of yourself!

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    1. I think Son1 and family are going to start flying home out of Atlanta to avoid any connecting flights.

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    2. I drive to Atlanta to catch flights out West. So much easier, even with the drive. Cindy in the South

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  8. I like Pip's suggestion that you visit in July, August, and September. :) I'm glad you found some joys in the week, even on the days following the family leaving. Now you get to look forward to the next visit. :)

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    1. And I will definitely look forward to our next trip out there!

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  9. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with all your family, but it sounds like the flight/airline situation is just as bad over there as it is over here! As for The Lincoln Lawyer - man, is he gorgeous or what!

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