Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday to Tuesday: Snapshots of My Crazy Week

Such a crazy busy week!
Join me for some pictures!

Tuesday, November 10

My daughter and son sang in the
the Veteran's Day chorus concert at their high school.
(I picked him up from ROTC athletics
a mere one hour before call time,
and that was after home schooling my youngest daughter,
visiting two of my grandchildren,
and going to my chiropractor appointment.
Right before the concert, one of my adult daughters
called to say she had been rear ended.
She was injured and her car was totaled. Oh my.)

Wednesday, November 11

Breakfast at Bagel King
with a BOGO coupon -
but apparently I left
my wallet at home and
had to go back and get it.
Lots of errands and home schooling
 that day, as always!

During a late night grocery run,
I bought these flowers for a friend
whom I would be visiting
at the beach the next day.
But I accidentally left them at home!
What is it with forgetting things at home?

When I got home from the store,
I saw on FB that one of my friends' daughters
 was unconscious in the hospital after a seizure.
I stayed up late to make sure she didn't
need me to come down and be with her.
Thursday, November 12

My grandson and newborn granddaughter
visited for an hour in the morning while
their mommy shopped at the
Boutique for a Week consignment sale.
Their ten year old aunt loves to play!

These photos of my granddaughter
were taken and posted on FB by
one of his other aunts -
When the little ones left, we raced off to a consultation with my spinal neurologist, but apparently I left 
my MRI disc at home so we had to reschedule. 
I had forgotten something again!

Then it was off to Daytona Beach
with my youngest daughter. 
A friend had invited us to visit for a 
couple of days during her week at a timeshare.
Two other moms and their daughters 
came the next day so we could all hang out.

On our way to the beach,
we were practicing spelling and math.
And cutting up with a silly conversation of
"Oh gee, I forgot..."

Oh gee, I forgot the flowers!
Oh gee, we forgot to bring the house!
Oh gee, I forgot my hair!
Oh gee, I forgot my toe nails!
Oh gee, we forgot the road.
Then what are we driving on?
Crocodiles and lava!
Oh gee, we forgot the microwave!
What will we cook with?
The lava!
On and on, roaring in laughter.

And then she really remembered:
"Oh gee, I forgot my bear blanket!"
Not so funny.

Stephanie and I in the hot tub -
I am so grateful for her kindness and hospitality
through the 20+ years I've known her!

In the Shark souvenir store,
she did not forget her zany sense of humor.

Friday, November 13

We spent the day with our friends
 relaxing on the beach,
in the pool, in the hot tub, in our room.

But I needed to go back to the Orlando area
Friday evening for my middle school son's 
All County concert.

Driving westward into the sunset 
in traffic is not my idea of fun!
At the All County concert,
my son is on the right in the front row,
wearing a black shirt and red tie.

My phone died during the concert
so I didn't get our usual "after concert"
pictures, but one of his adult sisters
snapped this selfie with him.

As soon as I got to my van and plugged my dead phone
into the charger, I got this text from my 18 year old son.
I reeled in shock and I sat in my van and cried.
I logged on to the news sites from my phone to read more.

Andrew posted this image
that he found on Facebook. I agree.
I know I am very Euro-centric
in my own style and my sentiments,
even though I keep up with what is
happening in Africa and Asia,
especially with oppressed women and children.
He also wrote his own heartfelt thoughts.
I love how deep he is.

I thought back to my son's concert.
The boys Malestorm chorus had just sung 
the traditional African song "Salaam Aleikum" 
about peace "in our hearts, in our homes, 
in the land, and in the world."
Yes, peace in the world.

I don't have time to edit and upload the video of them
singing it, but here is one from YouTube of another
middle school boys' choir in Florida singing it.

Driving back to Daytona Beach that night,
I noticed from the temperature gauge that
my van was starting to overheat.
Apparently, the radiator fluid
was leaking from somewhere.
I pulled off the highway and
stopped at a gas station to let it sit
and then add a whole gallon of coolant.
I didn't get back to the hotel until 10:30,
emotionally and physically exhausted.
 Saturday, November 14

My daughter and I drove back
from Daytona Beach in the morning.
We had to pick up her brother and sister
after their ROTC unit marched
in a Veteran's Day parade.
We stopped at yard sales on the way,
and she bought this small camcorder for $4.
She loves to take pictures as much as I do! 

Sister and brother selfie

 Sunday, November 15

In our church, the elders love to 
spend time with the congregation.
Bart and his wife Judy invited about 
50 of us over to their house for lunch.
Seriously. That's what I call hospitality!

See another visit here: Welcoming Touches

After a long nap into the early evening,
I got up and tackled the mess on my desk.

I also synced my bedroom calendar
and the kitchen calendar with the
Google Calendar on my phone.
So much to do each week!

All tidy again!

Monday, November 16

I had to take my van in to be repaired
at 7:30 Monday morning.
The mechanic replaced the water pump.
It wasn't done until 10:30,
so I walked several blocks to
Winter Park Village to eat and browse.

I hadn't intended this huge interruption
to my day, but I remembered to
enjoy the quiet moments by myself
to appreciate some of the finer things of life.

Pancakes at Another Broken Egg

I love this sign in the restaurant.
This is how I live.

Just enough time to stroll through
Adjectives Market after they opened at 10.
I had been to the Altamonte Springs
location before, but not this one.

I love antiques and pretty things!
I didn't see anything I needed to buy,
but I just love to look and savor the experience.
 After Monday afternoon appointments,
I picked up my daughter to take her to 
the Indian Market for a geography class project.

She had to take pictures
with her text book to
prove she had been there.

A Coke refrigerator -
filled with Indian food!
Again, I am very Euro-centric.
It was culture shock even walking
in to the store. I wish I'd been
prepared with some Indian recipes
so I could buy ingredients for a meal.
I did buy a few things, like a spice mix
for chicken, and some snacks.
My little girl and I are just finishing up
our unit study on Asia.
I should have brought her along.

Tuesday, November 17

I don't wear makeup often,
so I decided to take some selfies.
This was one of the more amusing ones.
 A bit of a mischievous look?
That's me.

Back in the doctor's office,
waiting for my daughter's
well check.
She took this one of me -
a little more sedate this time.
Then it was off to the chiropractor
and a quick visit with
two of my grand babies
before heading home to clean house.
Do you get the idea that we spend
a lot of time at appointments?
Yep, several a week.
Then add on the after school pickups,
grocery trips, special events, and everything else.

I am always on the go.

I appreciate my quiet moments.

I got home on Tuesday and found
this waiting for me in the day's mail:

The Christmas edition of The Cottage Journal
my favorite magazine.


Grace and peace,
Virginia Knowles

1 comment:

  1. It's a crazy week indeed. Just watch the news and you'll be bewildered.

    I wish there's a video of your kids singing. :)


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