Wishes and Dreaming

When we were young, by we I guess I mean the end of the babyboomers and Gen X-ers (Anyone born before the early 70’s). Life was just a little simpler.  Not in the we walked 5 miles to school in the snow ect ect from the generation before us but simpler than our lives are now.

I mindlessly spin the stem on my apple and say the alphabet with each turn until it breaks.   Today was “L”  As kids we did this and whatever letter you landed on would be the letter of your future love.  This was great if you had a crush on someone with any letter in the beginning of the alphabet.  A-D was pretty typical.  Since I was a V I always figured no one evvvvvver got to me.  Sometimes if you wanted to get past D  you would spin delicately and try to extend the count.  If you were trying to get an A or B you pretty much had to rip the stem off to make it happen “naturally”.

I still do this with nearly every apple I eat. No longer wishing for a good name to associate with the letter.  But old habits die hard.

One practice from those days was to cross your fingers-place them on the ceiling in the car-hold your breath-and make a wish whenever you crossed railroad tracks. We would drive in and out of the city on a regular basis when I was young and I always, always made the same wish.  (Don’t let him get me (today, this weekend, next time)).  I gave up this practice of crossing your fingers and placing them on the ceiling of the car probably about the time I started driving and needed to have them on the steering wheel.  However whenever I pass over as the passenger I always still hold my breath.

 

Productivity vs. Sleep

Today I chose quality time and errands over sleep.  After five hours of sleep the day started beautifully.  Lori and I went to breakfast at our favorite place and then for a walk through Eldorado Nature Park.  The Flowers today were just amazing.  All over the news are pictures of the “super bloom” in the desert because of all the rain we had this year.  I have to say that even the blooms at our little park were just beautiful.

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It was a lovely morning.  Lately we see each other mostly on the weekend as we seem to just pass during the week.  After the walk we stopped at the pet store for cat food and then Trader Joes for people food.  I had enough time to bake some chicken and make a couple of salads before getting ready for work.  So worth the truncated sleep.

A random April day

The loss of project managers at work last fall has made for a very busy ‘peak’ season.  One of the project managers that was in for the season to help, left at the end of March.  It has made for an even busier couple weeks of which I am off work an hour to 90 minutes later every night.

I am finding it difficult to get all the things done I wish to during the day.  Mostly because my eight hours of sleep seems to be between 1am and 9am only leaving me three hours of day.  I didn’t make it to the gym today, instead I ran a few errands and pulled the fall garden.  There were three brussel sprout plants that had come to the end of their season and were taller than me.  The last of the sprouts small and shriveling up.  The plants filled the bin.

It was a beautiful day and I was planning on putting in some spinach seeds today, but with 90 degrees in the next couple days I thought I should wait until it was back in the mid 70’s next week so I don’t have to water the seeds every day.

There was time to roast some carrots that needed to be cooked up and make a salad to take for dinner before jumping in the shower for another long day at the office.  Now as it nears midnight and I type this lame excuse for a blog entry….only with the hopes that things will ease up lately and the blogs will become more plentiful soon.

 

flowers, lots of them

Our yard is not set up for annuals.  We don’t water anything except the trees and a lot of that is collected from sink drips.

So last weekend when Lori needed to shop for her Monday landscape design class we visited seven different nurseries.  She had several different ‘plans’ she was working with.

By the end of the weekend, we had eight or nine flats and several on our front porch.  Lori had to get them all into her car to get to school on Monday.

It was so fun to look for the annuals and match colors and textures and impressing Lori with my flower knowledge….even if we were buying them for her class.

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a little nature, oh and the kitty

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I have 17 minutes….

The last week has been crazy.  Where do I start…  I have about 17 minutes before my blueline is up for review.

Lets see….Last week, Friday Lori bought a beautiful sculpture from a student at school.  She knew of the piece because she was asked to judge the competition last month.  It is a welded phoenix rising from the flames.  Looks kind of like a heron.  It is nearly impossible to get a good shot of it for the blog.

Saturday we went out to Calimesa for a maintenance day.  Things like cleaning out the last tool shed we hadn’t dealt with.  Making a new cover for the crawl space that had rotted out.  Hanging smoke alarms and broken shower parts and mounting the baby monitor because baby can stand and grab it now.

We got home late and were both exhausted from the week.  My work was/is busy and Lori had finals last week so we were showered and asleep pretty quick.

Sunday Lori had her own finals that were due by midnight and she worked straight through from 7:00 a.m until about 3:30.  I brought food and beverages but mostly ran errands to stay out of her way.  Hardware store, dry cleaner, car wash, groceries and did things like laundry and cleaning.  We had dinner with our friend Jan for her birthday at 6:00 and then the weekend was over.

This week,  It feels like one long day to me, is Spring break for Lori.  I have been working in a different office and have had clients in all week, lots of long hours.  In thinking back I can’t even tell you what Monday held.  Lori did get some yard work started and refreshed the oasis after I left for work.

Tuesday two of her students came and weeded.  Cut way back the plants in the front yard that had grown out of control.  I grilled chicken and burgers and made potato salad to feed them all.  Did my own weeding in the back and left them all still working.  The yard looks so different.  Great and different.

Wednesday, was that just yesterday, we went for a walk at Eldorado, stopped at the bank and pet food store, we also got Lori’s car washed and then I was off to work again.

Today one of the students was back at 8:00, he brought his truck and trailer and started off the morning cutting one big branch off the tree in the front yard.  Then we all moved to the back yard.  I did run to home Depot and picked up 21 more 16×16 bricks to finish the little patio Lori started on Monday with the bricks we were repurposing from the front.

Tomorrow is Friday, I may have to be in early.  My clients were supposed to be done tonight but that is not the case.  They are back tomorrow and its also the peak filing deadline.  Saturday which is already booked can’t come soon enough.  At least the yard work is all caught up and it was so worth the money to hire the students for help!  Sunday I may just sit in the yard and take it all in.

Blueline is up….gotta go, no time to proofread, but here are a few random pictures.

Palm Springs for a day

Lori and I headed out to Palm Springs last Saturday morning.  Our friends bought a house out there last fall and we had yet to go visit.

It was a 90+ degree day in the shade.  We took a tour of their mid-century modern house.  Perused the back yard they have been working on.  Had a nice lunch and then they drove us around showing us houses they liked, houses they almost bought, houses they wanted their friends to buy and move into.  Lots of houses.

They were clearly enthralled with their surroundings and had historical facts and trivia to add to every twist and turn or our tour.  It was kind of funny, they so wanted to show us these houses, and clearly they have been by and seen them all before.  So they went kind of fast, leaving little time to actually look at them before we were off to the next cool mid-century home.

Lori knowing so much more about architecture and architects held up the conversation.  I sat there laughing at it all and wondering what kind of houses do I like.  (not mid-century modern by the way)

Either way, the only pictures I took were of their work in progress back yard as we sat around the pool visiting after our tour.  They moved most of their tiki’s from the old house to this new one.  Luckily their daughter is living in the old house so they can go by and get more whenever they are in orange county.  They really do fit this house, its like they have been collecting furnishings for this house all their lives and finally found it.  The perfect home for all of their Polynesian stylings.

We did swing in to see the family and have a little baby time on our way home, visiting for maybe an hour, getting home just before midnight.

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It was a good (albeit exhausting) day!