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SoCS 5-7-22 Wait Until Your Dad Gets Home!

Linda G Hill’s prompt for today’s SoCS:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy

Mom’s favorite phrase:

How many of us have been threatened with this phrase when we were kids??? ”Just wait until your dad gets home!”

As I recall, Dad was too bushed to address this when he got home, and one of the few times I remember getting in trouble once he got home was when I was chased home by a mean dog. Not because I ran home, but because I left my best friend to fend for herself as the scary dog chased her home.

A little backstory is this dog, Tiger was his name, was feared by the neighborhood because he was a big dog, and his owner, Gary Wampler and Kayes brother-Karl- was his best friend. Why they decided to sic Tiger on us as a prank when we we were just trying to get home is still a mystery to me to this day. Kaye has forgiven me, by the way. Her brother was my childhood crush later on, despite this incident.

The only time other than that I recall my dad spanking me was when i did something stupid, like the time my brother and I stuck the end of a broken phone chord into a wall socket to see if we could get a dial tone. As I remember it, we did, but our elation was short lived when Dad came in the room and slapped us both for our stupidity. “What are you trying to do, kill yourself?” I remember him yelling.

Another time, my mom called me the ”b” word, I was tired of it and raised my hand to her but never made it because the next thing I knew, my dad came out of the woodwork and I found myself on the couch getting my face slapped over and over. I remember not caring about that as much as being mortified because we had three huge picture windows in the front, and I just knew one of the next-door-neighbors was going to walk by and witness the whole thing. Kaye and Karl were those neighbors, along with Kris, Kim, Kerry, and Kent.

Mom was the main disciplinarian, and she was harsh, so her threat to tell Dad on us fell on mute ears for the most part. My brother summed it up when he said Dad’s usual reply to us complaining about Mom was to say, “nothing you can do but mildew.” 🤣😂

Ahhh, childhood.

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Juggling Act 5-5-2022 WOD Challenge

I’m sorry I haven’t been around the past few days, I have been trying to juggle so many things this week.

Sunday we had an awesome church service, which was hard for me to get the full effect of from in the choir loft. of course I want to be there, but all I see is the back of everyones heads unless they happen to turn and acknowledge us. In addition, the sound is different from back there. I can’t tell what we sound like from the front, but I heard we sounded very good. I’m so glad, because this was a very special service! We had a paper burning ceremony because as a church, we just paid off a $9 million debt! We had all kinds of special guests, including the Bishop, and several former pastors.

Monday night, I had my grief support group which was great, but left me drained and feeling tired and washed out. I am still learning so much about the grieving process. We go through waves of happiness and then sadness, even now. It’s ok if I don’t feel like getting off the couch, it’s understandable if I feel like I’m losing my mind, and it is ok to have moments of bliss…how rare are those on a normal day anymore? It’s ok if I’m not ready to go through his pictures yet, I will get there. In the midst of all these feelings, we are trying to get his house ready and presentable for the estate sale, and eventually, the sale of his home. I didn’t work over there Monday but I will be today.

Tuesday, we went back to DFW National Cemetery to have his honors ceremony. The funeral home made a mistake and we had to reschedule it. I was overwhelmed with emotion right before the soldier gave me the flag, so tears were streaming down my face as he presented me with it. Add to that the gray and gloomy day and you can see where I might be a bit weepy…

My brother was on the opposing bench.

Presentation of the flag.

Me accepting the flag.

It was nice of my husband to capture the moments so I could share them with my boys and Dad’s nieces.

Wednesday was crazy. I started the morning making the dog’s food so it would get done because I knew there was a lot to do. I had Bible study group, then had to take my car in to Pep boys to have a tire replaced-long story- and lost four hours of my day! I knew I’d have choir practice that evening, so I came home, did my exercises, unloaded the dishwasher, and called to schedule the dogs for a much-needed grooming. There was more mundane details but they aren’t important. Choir practice was a mix of serious work and silly fun. We have quite a mixed bag of ages and personalities, some of the younger ones get the choir director, Patricia, kind of worked up. In my eyes, they are being rude, not giving her their full attention, but she is easy-going most of the time. I would have to put him in his place, but she lets it slide.

Today in just a few minutes, I’m joining a friend from Kevin’s church to help price kitchen items at Dad’s for the estate sale. We need to get another table, so I may have to have my brother go pick one up from my sister-in-law’s house. Tonight is date night and appropriately, it’s Cinco de Mayo! Tomorrow morning I take the dogs to be groomed.

So that’s been my week so far, in a nutshell.

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SoCS 4-30-22 Estate Sale Day One

I woke at 6:58 even though I was not expected to arrive until 8:30am.

Let me tell you how the prep for Dad’s estate sale went using Linda G Hill’s SoCS prompt for today:
“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘zip, zero, zilch.’ Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

We started the prep at zero items organized, priced, or sorted, but by 2:30 pm, we had made a significant dent in the work ahead. My brother recruited three helpers experienced in estate sales to help us, and by the time I arrived around 9am, Dennis and my brother Kevin had a handle on all the garage stuff, and Vivian & Becky, Dennis’s wife, had already started sorting and pricing stuff in Dad’s room.

I walked in, not knowing zilch about any of our helpers or estate sales, but I had my own ideas. We made our introductions and got to work. They shared their thoughts and I did the same. Since they had a handle on sorting and pricing, I set about bagging all Dad’s clothes, jackets, hats, socks, and underwear for donation. That way, I didn’t see or care about what they were pricing my parent’s items, which was for the best, really. Every so often, they asked my opinion, which I offered, and I asked my brother’s opinion sometimes too.

At first, it was overwhelming and sad, even though I knew it had to be done and I thought I had no attachments to their things. However, I went home with a few items, some for comfort, some for sentimental value. I donated four bags of clothing to the Leukemia Society, and before we left for the day, we had zipped through one bedroom, two bathrooms, three closets, and made a huge dent in the office and the garage. Not bad for day one!

Some items, like this one, I took home to figure out the value or if it is a collector item.

A miniature cup.
Same cup, different side
Same cup, different side
Stamp on bottom of cup

Originally, we were going to hire an estate sale company, but after interviewing two of them, they both said we don’t have enough stuff to warrant their services. So, we are doing the work ourselves. Thursday afternoon, I’m hoping Vivian and I can go over and tackle the kitchen. We are hoping to have the actual sale in the next two weeks, then we can put the house on the market. Of course, it’s a daunting and emotional task, but thank goodness we have Kevin’s church family willing to aid us in getting the job done! I am becoming friends with some of my church family but I don’t know them well enough to ask that of any of them. Kevin is VERY involved with his church and these people know him very well, thank goodness. One of my kids, or maybe two of them, will be coming next week to mow and clean up the back yard. I only wish Dad was here to tell us if he’s proud of the way we are handling the situation.

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WOD Challenge 4-29-22 To Be a Terrapin

Munching on a green leaf

Falling off a log

Ducking in my shell

When people comes along

Monkeys toss me like a ball

And elephants, they scare me

Bumping into mighty walls

Terribly frustrates me

Being a little terrapin

Is hard somedays for sure

But I’ve got diamonds on my back

So I am never poor. 😊

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Still Exercising!

Working out with Shellea

Ok, to be fair, its only five days a week, but that should still give me some benefits, right?

I love to mix it up, one day with one of Shellea’s 30-minute walking workout, another day with Marion and her 30- minute walking workout to the 80’s, then the next day back with Shellea and fast walk/calorie burn in 30-minutes video. They are easy to do, easy to follow, low-impact for us ladies over 50, and I have to say, I may not be losing weight yet, but I feel stronger. These were harder for me when I started a few months ago, but now the time just flies by!

Marion’s workout

Let me explain quickly that the format for most of these ”walking” workouts, you walk for 30-60 seconds followed by an exercise move for 30-60 seconds. This breaks up the monotony and gives you a total body workout. For example, in the move Shellea is doing in the pictured video, we walk for 60 seconds while holding our arms out and pulsing them for the whole time. Other moves are leg lifts, boxing, toe taps, skaters, and easy dance moves. Heck, you can even manage this workout if you are tired or unmotivated! I felt like that today because I took my CBD too early (is my guess).

Once its done, I always feel better having done my exercise and closed my ring. (on my Apple Watch) Today, I felt tired, bloated, and unmotivated, but I managed it anyway. Now my ring is closed, I feel better about myself, even if I’m still tired. Btw, you can choose to walk the whole time, or do the moves, or do your own version of the moves, just keep moving!

Rings almost closed! Last night, they were all closed by bedtime!

Another btw, anyone with one of these watches knows replacement bands, if bought through Apple, are $50 per band, but I got a pack of 6 different colors through Amazon for under $13!

I am so grateful for Michelle (Boomer-EcoCrusader) for sharing these workouts on Pinterest, and YouTube! For me, walking outside s dangerous because of my knees and ankle after so many injuries. These workouts are safe and simple that almost anyone can do.