Normal Days




Life is slowly returning to normal around here.  Well, a new normal around here.  After a flurry of high self imposed stress from worrying and my father in law passing away, I'm back to plain old normal days.  My gratitude journal is a crazy mix of thankfulness.  I'm all over the place with being grateful for good health, having electricity, the working AC and my routine in the mornings of utter silence while I sip my coffee as I plan the day.


My longer commute to work twice a week has been a delight.  I listen to a podcast while driving and the time flies by.  I am still adjusting to working 5-7 hours a day twice a week.  The first three hours are good, but as we approach the lunch time hour - EEP - the terrible two-ness rears it's ugly head.  The poor Toddler Girl is feeling all the feels.

I'm trying to be a step ahead, averting a tantrum, being savvy and sly.  I take pride that I can do this until there's a tantrum over something I am not anticipating.  Anyways, I am pretty sure her two year old molars are coming in as well, so that doesn't help me.  Ah, to be a two year old!

I appreciate the pre-lunch hours where she sweetly says 'okay, miss Karen'.


So because of the high stress in the past three weeks and the funeral trip, I fell into some lazy eating habits.  Sometimes eating junk feels like fun, but my body requires serious healthy food.  When I eat food that supports my exercising lifestyle I feel fantastic!

When I eat garbage, well, I feel like garbage.  I miss the days when I was 20 years old and could eat anything under the sun and not have consequences.  So sad I didn't appreciate those days more.


I'm enjoying not worrying about anything, I savor when I'm annoyed at something silly.


 As you can see in the photos, it's looking a bit fall-like around here.

Last week, I saw a fox while driving up the road to our house.  My husband came home shortly thereafter and said 'guess what I saw?'

I replied 'a fox!'

He said 'nope!  The BEAR'

good grief.....


My knitting had a wee set back.  After I photoed and published my new shawl that I cast on, I found out that I didn't have the correct number of stitches and had to rip out 10-12 rows.  Rookie mistake!
I'm back on track or so I think.  Tonight I will be starting the row that I was on two days ago.  Wish me luck.



I hope you are having normal days as well.  I want to bottle up mine and keep them safe for when life throws me a curve ball.


Comments

  1. I guess we ALL get curve balls now and again. Hopefully, they aren't too many and aren't too fast. Happy knitting!

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  2. Curve balls that are semi-expected are fine, but those entire unexpected curve balls about do me in! You are not alone in that! And, 2 year olds having temper tantrums are all fun and games until they are happening with YOU! Then... not so much! I will include you and your little charge in my meditations!

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  3. Ah, those delightful days when you don't have to worry about anything of consequence do need to savored! I complained about squirrels today, but a bear is a bigger problem! I do hope it cools down soon and your bear realizes he should be hibernating and not out looking to cause trouble in the neighborhood.

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  4. I totally whiffed the start of an afghan square today while waiting for Diva's surgery, minor cyst removal. 10 rows in I decided to just forge ahead with my imperfect diamond lace, instead of leaf lace. LOL!

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  5. We are also back to almost normal days here too. Soon as they are in tact again - I think I will bottle mine up too.

    Goodness a bear !! And here I thought we had all sorts of creatures in our back yard :)
    so happy you are feeling a little better again.

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  6. Karen, a foc I could cope with and in fact quite enjoy, but a BEAR! My goodness...

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  7. I love normal days so much...and when my gratitudes are all over the place.
    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your father-in-law.
    And here's to the arrival of fall... xo

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  8. I thank God for normal days; they are truly the best kind. It really is beginning to look like fall where you life; I loved all your pictures in this post. When I checked the weather forecast this morning I was glad to see autumn-like temps for the next ten days. Yay! I laughed out loud when I read the exchange with your husband about the fox and bear. BEAR! Have you seen it before?
    Much love to you ♥

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  9. I heard a fox the other night. It had been some time since I heard them. the "barking" can be disturbing (I think they sound like hoarse dogs), but I miss it when I don't hear them. Ditto on missing hearing the owls. But, yikes! The BEAR is back????

    I like your phrase: "I savor when I am annoyed at something silly." That is just great!

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  10. Rest easy with the knowledge that your bear will soon be taking his long winter's nap.... but stay vigilant because before that, he likes a big bedtime snack. Hope your knitting stays on track!

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  11. ugh oh . Bear ........BE beary careful

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  12. Sometimes the knitting goes astray. Most times I sigh and wonder what I was thinking and then rip it out to fix it - grateful that is the only interruption to an ordinary day. A bear - oh my. Take good care and have a good normal weekend.

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  13. There's probably a joke in there somewhere...A fox and a bear walk into the woods... Glad for some normal days :-).

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  14. Kudos to you on taking care of a two year old. Oh boy are they cute but hot dang, the terrible two's.

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