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Saturday, August 13, 2022

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I have been having a little pity party of one lately TheHub has much more than normal going on at work. I do know what it is and why the past few weeks have required so much of his time (including working Saturdays and Sundays). By the time he gets home, he just wants to eat, and veg out until he falls asleep in the chair while watching TV.

I miss having him to talk to in the evenings and try to be supportive. OK supportive might be too strong of a word, but at the very least I try to keep from complaining__out loud, so I am venting here.We have been married such long time that he knows all my "tells", so I know I am not really hiding my frustrations. He did promise that when this mad rush is over we are going away for a little while. I am not holding my breath.

This week I am skipping the daily joy list. I have been so busy being pissy, and doing nothing in particular that I forgot to write things down. Some of you may still be sharp as a tack at recalling the day to day events of the week. That is not my reality right now because other things are taking up brain space. Plus once the day is over, it is over and I really don't dwell on it.



I did not swim as much as I have been, and I sure as shooting' did not clean the house. Lots of reading has been done, as well as some visiting with friends, both in person and via the phone. This week I have to get back to daily long swims, and might need to start doing 2 a day.

Pip was at overnight camp and through the miracles of technology, I could send her a letter each day via email. The payoff was a FaceTime from her as soon as she got home from camp Friday afternoon. She was talking about the letters, sharing everything she did at camp, and thanking me for including camp jokes in each letter. She shared the jokes with her cabin mates.

School has started back, which only affects my morning driving. Since I rarely have to be anywhere the first thing in the morning, the earliest time I will leave my house is after 8:30. We live in a town with a really good school system, but there are no school buses, which means all kids have to be taken and dropped off at school. That is thousands of cars added to the regular drive time traffic. I don't need to add mine to the mix.

Our temps have dropped a little and that is a huge joy and relief. It will jump back up during the week, but I am going to relish the cooler weather while it lasts. The humidity is also down and I can get in the car without my sunglasses fogging up. Simple thrills!

The groundhog is still robbing the green beans, but he has successfully eaten everything else except the peppers which offend him for some reason. I assume he is pretty content, but I wish he would visit my neighbors across the start. They had a much nicer garden, and it would be like he found himself in groundhog Nirvana.

I have tried a few new to me keto recipes. I find that most of the "breads" or "desserts" use different ingredients, take a ton of time, and almost taste good. My latest experiment was keto pimento cheese biscuits. They were fine, but I make really good pimento cheese and rather than making the "biscuits" with cheese and pimentos in it, I had rather just have a slice of Sola bread (Keto stuff found in the frozen food section of the store) with real pimento cheese spread on it. 

On the other hand, many of the keto entrees are really good. I did make the crustless tomato pie and give it 2 thumbs up! TheHub is not doing Keto, and he had 3 servings of it the night I made it. While tomatoes are plentiful and still delicious it will be in our meal rotation. 

There is nothing else going on in my life, other than some beautiful sunsets, and an incredible moon when we drove in Friday night. I have an wide sky view from one part of the yard, and we often enjoy a little star watching.

I have listened to some glorious music this week, as well as a ton of tunes I listened to as a teen. If some of you use Spotify and have created playlists, check you lists for Discover Weekly. A list of songs, based on your preferences and what you have played is created with a new list generating every Monday. Every week I find something I have never heard before.

TheHub and I were late to the Better Call Saul party and have begun watching it. Why did it take up so long?

And these are last week's joys and frustrations in a nutshell. If I really reflect, good things happened every day and this week I will make sure to make note of them. I also vow to myself to shake this insouciance* effective tomorrow after I have my first cup of coffee. Without coffee I can't shake anything!

May all your weeds be wildflowers,
Anne

* I know all kinds go big words like mayonnaise, and pneumonia and thought I would try to get a few kicks in using one I have never used in anything I have written. As a lark I think it will be fun to use one in every joy post. Using a "scrabble" word will be one of my weekly joys, so don't be surprised to see me work in a  highfalutin word or two.

28 comments:

  1. You may not have done it your normal daily fashion, but I think this post may have contained more joys than usual. I understand about long hours at work and know it can get frustrating for both sides. Are you planning your get away?

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    1. We decided to plan nothing but a direction and will just figure it out as we go. We have been watching videos of places 6 driving hours away in every direction. Right now it looks like it could be another month and a half before the chaos at the office is over, so there is no point in planning until we know it is done and we are on our way.

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    1. I have actually used that word before when I was writing an essay while still in high school. It was a tongue in cheek usage, but checked off the list long ago.

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  3. Hope the coming week will be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :)
    I'm sorry that you have been in a mood, but I'm glad that you were still able to find some joys.

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    1. When I start swimming again I will be better. I can pound out a lot of frustrations in the pool.

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  4. Despite the frustrations you week did have some substantial slivers of joy. Which is wonderful.

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  5. I live that same work- aholic spouse life too. I can't pin him down to pick a week to take off. It's just wired in some men I guess. I work long hours too, but decided when I'm off, I'm off short of a real emergency. No one really appreciates the extra hours anyway. I hope you increase your swim, time with sister and friends, and Pip FaceTime. You deserve those pleasures and joys.

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    1. I know TheHub defines himself by his job, but this is above and beyond. It will have an end but it is kind of miserable right now.

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  6. I'm sorry your hubby's experiencing what sounds like a marathon. I'll never forget having to work 7 days a week, sometimes late into the night, for a CPA in St. Pete. At least the overtime paid for my relocation to Arizona! Hope your getaway happens sooner rather than later!

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    1. TheHub is a CPA but his position is not in an accounting firm. It will be over at some time, but it is really taking its toll on him. We are no longer young or even middle aged. It is hard for both of us.

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  7. I'm sorry your husband is working such long hours and you are missing his companionship. I'm sure you are being supportive and he appreciates it. I'm also glad you were able to vent here. I do see that there were some moments of joy scattered throughout the week, even if you didn't make a note of them each day. Some weeks are like that. Hope the week ahead will be filled with more joyful moments. :)

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    1. I am being mostly supportive, but I am teed off with the amount of his time this is taking.

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  8. My husband is retired, yet seems to be working more now than ever.

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    1. The amount of hours he is having to work right now borders on the ridiculous. He is as tired of it as I am.

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  9. I am getting ready for a murder trial Monday in south Alabama. My joy is that gas at SAMS in Ttown is $3.32 but it is $3.59 in south Alabama where I work during the week.My part time work is not so part time…. Lol. Cindy in the South

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  10. There ain't school bus here, all the kids take the bus, so we either go out early and later to avoid the crowd. Better Call Saul is our favourite show too :-))

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    1. I never realized what I was missing by not watching it.

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  11. I never hear of "Better Call Saul". I guess I need to get with the times and check it out. I enjoyed your post even though you didn't think you had much to tell us about...it was full of good stuff. We all have times when we are frustrated with life in general, and then God stirs up the pot a bit and things get "interesting" again. At least that's my experience. Oh, I am happy you are getting a little bit cooler weather. We are looking forward to that day...yes, when my glasses don't fog up when I get out of the car! I have to take them off to walk from the car to the store or wherever I am. Crazy! I pray this week is a blessed and beautiful week for you in every way. Happy SONday.

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    1. Thank you Pamela. I am pretty sure the temps are going to rise again this week, but we had a few really nice days.

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  12. Despite the frustration you've been feeling, it does sound like a good week. Especially the interaction with Pip!
    I thought Better call Saul was an advert for a law firm? I'm still hooked to cable, because of the sports channels, so I suspect I'll never see the program.

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  13. Ha, that's odd. I watched the first (to me) Better Call Saul episode yesterday and actually enjoyed it. I really don't have the patience to sit still for an hour and watch these things, hence most of the series I've started I never finished, but I'm hoping this one is a winner (he is a bit nuts isn't he). He obviously doesn't have your "insouciance"!

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  14. We are very late to the Better Call Saul party! I will put it on our list! And I have weeks like your week too. I feel like doing nothing but snuggling and reading. Have a cozy Sunday, my friend!

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  15. I look forward to spotting your scrabble word in each post! Maybe you need to find lots of big words while hubby is pre-occupied

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  16. Have a great day. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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