Trying to Settle Down

Oh wow … I skipped through all of July without blogging !

I think I’m getting old … I can’t keep up with all the activities any more … I tried quick posts on Facebook and Instagram – the new technology for the year, and that worked for a while but I think even that is falling behind now …

Anyway, in a nutshell … 


We had an unexpected trip to Trinidad at the beginning of summer, and then three weeks later flew across to San Diego, California for a soccer tournament.  We stayed an extra couple of days so the boys could see more of California … 


  So our routines have sort of flown out the door, and we’re not quite ready to settle back down yet … 

Tin will be starting his senior year in high school … aaarrghhh!! really???  senior already?  Maybe I’m the one who’s not ready for it.  He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, which drives me crazy, because there’s so much to put in place before the school year starts!  And .. he’s finally got his license!  No, that’s not his car – he’s just sitting in it! ūüėāmy stress level and blood pressure has been up these past few months, and now that he can drive out on his own, it’s double-double pressure … and no, he’s not bothered by it, because of course, this euphoria of being able to drive around on his own, with friends, anywhere, is ultimate freedom … *sigh* what to do?


 

So, I’m going to make myself settle back in a routine … and we’ll start that with working on the blog again, if for no other reason is that it makes me sit and write – or I should say, type.  There’s something about the fingers on the keys and the clicking of the keyboard, isn’t there?  Sometimes, I just want to re-type a page or two of documents just to type and exercise my fingers. Yeah, weird … 

I’ll work on a photo recap of the summer up till now .. That will also give me a chance to sort through the thousand and more photos that I took these past few months …


Have a good weekend, all !

 

 

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Holding on to Summer

Whew … a short breather from running around with the school activities and back-to-school night and sports schedules … Thankfully, summer has been extended over here in the east coast … yaaayyy! ¬†We can enjoy a few more days and weeks of warm weather. ¬†It’s getting a little nippy in the late evening and early dawn/morning, but that’s okay.

Over the weekend, I was at a garden bridal shower. ¬†And yes, there were real showers as well, because there were a few sprinkles and drizzles throughout the afternoon. ¬†No matter … it was all good.

The event was held in the Freeman Gardens, in Glen Ridge, NJ. ¬†It’s a rose garden deeded to the town by its owners. I didn’t even know there was a garden out there. ¬†Quaint little patch of land, in between the residential houses. ¬†Unfortunately, there weren’t too many blooms out there at this time of year.¬†I’ll make a note to visit there in the spring and summer next year.

As usual, my eyes are drawn to that one flower that will obsess me for the time I’m there. ¬†And it’s a regular favourite – the echinecea – in the last stages of blooming. ¬†I should add this to my other post on the different stages.

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First impression is that it’s a black flower. ¬†But it isn’t …

It’s the echinecea flower, in the last stages of blooming …

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Holding on to summer …

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Just like we all are …

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Harry Potter and the Wizarding World

I wasn’t planning on getting on any rides at Universal Studios, but the boys told me that’s where Harry Potter and the dragons were, and that I had to go with them. ¬†And so we went to visit Harry.

My older son grew up with the books.  He was the same age as Harry when the books started, and he eagerly followed the adventures.  I had to make sure to pre-order the books as they came out, so that they would be delivered to our doorstep the first day it was released.  That was the only series of books that he has read, up to now.  The younger one has not taken to enjoying the reading as much.  I think the movies spoiled it for him a little.

Here’s my impressions of the Harry Potter world.

This is definitely my favourite Рit is seriously impressive and imposing as you walk in to Diagon Alley.  You zig-zag through walls from the outside, and as you turn the corner, there it is.

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The dragon Рhuge, imposing, glaring down at you.  And it also breathes fire!  Definitely the best prop out there.

Of course, we had to go to Platform 9 3/4 and take the train ride.  I found the platform better than the train ride Рthat could have been better, I think.

And of course, there was butter beer – no, it was’t alcoholic, or maybe there was a little bit of it, I don’t know – we were too hot and thirsty from standing in line to get on the ride, we just drank it up. ¬†It was more like a shake. ¬†And other items found in the wizarding world. ¬†hmmm … I didn’t get any pictures or souvenirs of that big white owl of his … or the hats and the wands and the cloaks …

This, however, I had to get … yes, I do solemnly swear ¬†…

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Summer is Going by Too Fast …

This summer has gone by so fast. ¬†Is it really the last summer weekend? I hope not … I haven’t had enough of summer yet!

Thankfully, the Coach made good on his word that the team would take a break and rest for a while, so it’s been a relatively restful soccer summer for us. I think that’s because most of the boys are going into first year high school now, and there’s so much going on for them. ¬†I’m running around trying to get everything ready – wait, I think I still have to get some neckties. ¬†Justin says the father’s neckties aren’t good at all, and did the father really wear all those ties? ¬†lol

We also took a quick break to meet up with hubby and ended up in Orlando, Florida. ¬†The last time we were there was ten years ago, so they didn’t mind going this time. ¬†But no more Disney World for the boys – that’s for little girls and princesses, they said. ¬†They spent the time going between Universal Studios and the pool. ¬†And did those park prices really go up so high now?? I remember thinking before that $60 per person for a park entrance fee was a lot. ¬†Now it’s over $100??? ¬†yikes!! ¬†I must be getting old …

Hopefully I’ll settle down later and get back to writing and posting. ¬†I’m still a little scatter-brained at the moment … yeah, I must be getting older …

Have a safe holiday long weekend, all!

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Heavy Thoughts for the Last Days of Summer

Still around … Just not enough hours in a day … but that’s nothing new, right?

Was it really just three short months ago – if even that much – that we were celebrating the arrival of warm weather and hot sunny skies? ¬†Now I’m pulling out a jacket as I run out of the door. ¬†Good thing I had gloves in the pockets, when it suddenly turned cold out on the fields while waiting for soccer practice to finish!

My mind these days is in constant scrambles and rambles. ¬†We’re dealing with the sudden and unexpected illness? of an aunt, and suddenly facing situations and decisions that we normally don’t think about. ¬†She’s in a coma, resulting from a brain aneurysm, stroke, heart attack … We have no idea about DNRs, powers of attorneys, wills, how to pay her bills, transactions … My uncle has pulled me in to help him go through her papers, belongings, anything that might give us any information, and very, very reluctantly, I looked through drawers, all the while thinking that I was intruding. ¬†The hospital has been bringing up the topic of family discussions on what to do … long-term care? ¬†where? ¬†how? ¬†Or the other option, which is that if she never wakes up from the coma, how long do we want to keep her on life support? ¬†Or, what if she recovers but she cannot function at all? ¬†What to do? ¬†The siblings – eight of them – will need to sit down together and discuss, and come to an agreement. ¬†And I suspect that I will have to sit there with them and … do what? ¬†I don’t really know what. ¬†Provide support, explain what the doctors are saying, what the hospital wants, what possible actions to take next … ¬†Right now, prayers is all we have, until we’re ready to take that step.

From a lifetime of aunts and uncles looking out for me, it is now my turn to look out for them. And while we had discussed these topics informally before, it’s one of those discussions that nobody wants to really deal with, and so the talks move on to other things … Except in times as such as these, when in hindsight now you know that you should have sat down and gotten things in order first …

Which has also led me to thinking about what to do in our family … so that the boys are not left feeling lost and stranded, that the floor has fallen out from beneath your feet and not knowing what to do or how to start or where to start … So as a start, we’re going to have to get a power of attorney soon … Then work on the will ….

This was going to be a post about the end of summer, my doodles and other lighter subjects, but has¬†evolved into more serious matters ¬†… I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I needed something to get my thoughts back in order …. doodling to distract from the current stresses, and writing to put my mind back on track …

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Thanks for listening, and enjoy the last weekend of summer!

The Palm Tree

Driving back to the hotel, I looked out the window while at a traffic light, and my eyes found this palm tree, silhouetted against the late afternoon sun.

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Nothing special … I just liked the look of the almost symmetrical pattern of the leaves and branches! ¬†Plus, I needed to start up my 365-project theme again. ¬†There must be other trees that I’ve taken photos of, but not posted about. ¬†Anyway …

Such delight in a simple thing as a tree on the road.