Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn is in the air

I first fell in love with Autumn when we lived in Maine. Before that I had always been a Summer kind of girl. There is nothing that can be compared to viewing the foliage in New England in the Autumn...the brilliant colors of the leaves is truly something to behold. Going for walks out of doors in the crisp Autumn air is a must for anyone who wants to behold something magical happening with the trees.

Autumn is the time for lovely sweaters or as the British call them "jumpers". I have such a love of sweaters layer with turtle neck pull overs. But alas, my Autumn and Winter clothing are in storage with the rest of our household goods-ack! I've looked in many shops for sweaters and just haven't found anything interesting. Now once I started looking at LL Bean and Lands End on line- wow! I could shop until the cows came home! I may have to break down and do some on line shopping since I'm not about to see our household shipment before the end of November- my reason being of course that I could freeze to death ;-)

I plan to walk about with my camera today taking pictures of all things Autumn. It's something for me to scrapbook later on.

Quote of the Day

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
-Edwin Teale

Monday, September 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

In everyone's life at some time our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm back...kind of any way

As you know I've been sick, well heck I'm still down with this head cold from hell. Our boy is now sick with the same thing and I took him to the doctor to get him on medication for it. Then Hannah comes home holding a bag with vomit (no joke) as she got sick on the bus ride home. Does it ever end? LOL!

The drama that's become such a part of my life as a military spouse seems to be unending at times. Trying to soothe hurt feelings, put out fires, boost self esteem and pump up morale- no wonder why I can't beat this head cold, I'm too busy to let myself have some proper rest.

My latest news is...I'm now the new president of the Croughton Spouses Club on base. I was not about to let this charitable organization be mothballed because of fear of the title and what it represents. It seems that once I stepped up to the plate that we were able to get plenty of others to step up to other board positions- it was a fantastic chain reaction! I have great plans for this group and one of my first things is to plan and host a welcoming coffee for our new commanders wife and all spouses new to the Croughton Spouses Club. It's going to be a great year with many opportunities to volunteer in our military community.

Now with that said I'm off to have another cup of coffee and to relax with a box of tissues and my latest Agatha Christie novel.

Quote of the Day

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's not swine flu

But I'm pretty darn sick none the less. I've been to see the doctor and I'm on 4 different medicines (yuck). I've been in bed and frankly this medicine makes me sleep a great deal. My nose is red from blowing it all of the time, my voice is hoarse from the hacking cough and I've got muscle aches and pains like no one knows. I hope to be back to my normal happy self in a couple more days.

Monday, September 21, 2009


I do not know what is in the air out here but my allergies are kicking my hiney! I'm off to go back to bed and rest for a while.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
- Andy Warhol

Saturday, September 19, 2009


It's a silly thing to think that I can't live without a dishwasher and growing up we never had one (my Mom still doesn't have one). But there is it, I love having a dishwasher! The one I have here in my British house is pretty cool- it has a place in it for the water softening salt- my dishwashers in the various places I've lived in the USA certainly could have used this neat addition! Built in water softener apparatus- what a brilliant idea!

Quote of the Day

“The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have - and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.”
- Paul Heyne

Friday, September 18, 2009

Assumption of Command

Today is the big day, the Assumption of Command takes place today. My husband will go from base commander back to deputy commander. I'll post some pictures later on.

Quote of the Day

Our an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
-George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's a Thursday that felt a lot like a Monday...just without the appliances going haywire on me. My daughter had hurt her knee last Thursday while running for PE, came home in pain. Long story short- it's a bad sprain and the doctor says no running for at least 1½ weeks, she can do ballet and swimming but NO running!

So I've been hanging out with my daughter on a school day -took her to a doctors appointment, then we had lunch with friends and then a trip to the library and post office. Life is indeed good!

I went through the boxes of things I had shipped here to England in June. I pulled out a Thimbleberries table runner kit that I'm very anxious to get started on. Only once in my adult life have I lived somewhere when Autumn actually started in September. This table runner kits is comprised of various fabric prints all of which depict the beautiful colors of Autumn. Click on the link and you'll be able to see a picture of the pattern and the exact fabrics I'm using for making it. I bought this a few months ago and have been meaning to make it. I'm feeling itchy- which means I want to be making something and I don't care how big of a mess I make- I just want to be creative and make something for my home.

Quote of the Day

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
- Charles Dickens

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ellsworth AFB mourns a fallen Airman

Ellsworth AFB mourns a fallen airman, this story just breaks my heart. Please say a prayer for this young mans wife and family. Click on the highlighted link to read the news story.

Quote of the Day

Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.
-David Assael

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Charity Shops

Whenever I go to town and I'm not on a time restraint, I like to pop into some of the local Charity shops. Charity shops are Thrift Shops that are run by various charitable organizations. I've not seen anything tatty, dirty or torn in these shops.I'll admit it, I've bought a few things from the shops- books, knick knacks and some pottery pieces. The stores are always clean, well organized and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Today's purchases...a couple new paperback Agatha Christie Novels and 2 Lilliput Lane cottages total money spent £10.50 not too bad I dare say!

Quote of the Day

Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.

Monday, September 14, 2009

still waiting...

Here I am, laughing at the fact that I live in base housing…something I swore that I’d NEVER do again. How ironic that the dishwasher floods the kitchen and the dryer stops working on the same day? Seriously though, I laugh at it all because it’s so darn comical. It’s funny how my first phone call to them was never logged but my 2nd phone call got some notice. Apparently when they ask for your husbands duty number and you tell them he's the acting base commander you get some notice. I’m getting new appliances this afternoon (sometime after 1:30 pm). It looks as if the maintenance elves are taking the appliances back to the elf workshop and then will hand those "fixed" appliances off to the next person/family/house that needs them. Watch one of us get these Junkers in our newly refurbished house in November, LOL!!! I can see it now :-D

How long is the wait?

This morning was typical of any Monday morning in my and husband scurrying about having breakfast, looking for items they've misplaced and making a small mess for me to clean up before they all run out the door...such is my life, LOL!

Now today is a bit different because I've had to wait until someone was in the office over at housing maintenance. You see, I had to call in a work order for the dishwasher, the dryer and the crack in the celing. I called just a few minutes after 8am...was told that I would get a call shortly. 50 minutes went by, NO phone call. So I call again and spoke to a different person (this time a woman) and she said that there is NO record of my calling there this morning (Classic). Now to wait for the return phone call.

Quote of the Day

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
Martha Washington (1732 - 1802)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

something to laugh at...

You know it's "fate" to have your dishwasher breakdown when it's full of yucky dirty dishes right? I set the dishwasher to clean while I was at church...came home to water all over the kitchen floor, the dishwasher was full of water and the dishes were STILL DIRTY! Couldn't get It to work AT ALL. There's nothing left to do but to hand-wash all of the items that were in the dishwasher. Reminder to self- call housing tomorrow and get them to fix it and the dryer that doesn't' dry clothes.

Good thing that I have a wooden clothes drying rack, been using it along with the fan, LOL! Hannah dried while I washed. So it's not too bad, more annoying really. It's amazing how much we really do depend upon our appliances and when they don't work what an inconvenience it is to us to have them suddenly not work. But I'm not about to let it ruin my day! I'm off to look at quilt patterns, I've got plans to make something for my home, something bright and cheery!

Quote of the Day

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
-Ben Stein

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Quoting Quotes

I love the quote I used today- it's one that rings true, even if we don't want to admit to it. We all have our little pet peeves, and there's always going to be something about your best friend, your sister, your neighbor and your mother-in-law that irritates you. But why DO those little things irritate us so much?

I'll let you in on a little secret- I don't care to listen to people whine about things. It makes me wince like nails on a chalk board. Now if it's a bonafide complaint about a situation sure I'll help where I can but if it's a person that does nothing but complain all of the time about everything and everyone and has that woe is me attitude, I let it go in one ear and out there other. My philosophy is "Life is what YOU make of it" get out there and explore! Don't like the way something is being done? Get off your hiney/bum and go out there and "BE the Change".

Now with that being said...I'm going to get on with my day and make my little part of the world a better place :-)

Quote of the Day

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Oh how very true it is!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11

As I work around my housetoday, I'm feeling this rush of emotion coming over me. Part of me is glad that I'm here in the UK today as the TV is not saturated with replays of news coverage from the 9/11 tragedy. I still can not bring myself to watch the jets crashing into the Twin Towers without bursting into tears. My heart aches for all those who lost someone that day. To know that terrorism was done on US soil is frightening.

Quotes in Tribute to 9/11

Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
George W. Bush

On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.
George W. Bush

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.
George W. Bush

Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure.
George W. Bush

We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities.
George W. Bush (1946 - ), September 7, 2003

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Numbers Trivia

According to numerologists, the number nine holds special
rank. It is associated with forgiveness, compassion and
success on the positive side as well as arrogance and self-
righteousness on the negative.


Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician and father of the
famous theorem, noted that nine in particular had many
unique properties. For example, multiply nine by any two,
three or four-digit number and the sums of those will also
break down to nine. 9x62 = 558; 5+5+8=18; 1+8=9.


The Chinese associate the number nine with long life, due
to how similar its pronunciation is to the local word for
long-lasting. Historically, ancient Chinese emperors
associated themselves closely with the number nine, which
appeared prominently in architecture and royal dress,
often in the form of nine fearsome dragons.

The imperial dynasties in China were so convinced of the
power of the number nine that the palace complex at
Beijing's Forbidden City is rumored to have been built
with 9,999 rooms.


In Japanese, the word for nine is a homophone for the word
for suffering, so the number is considered highly unlucky -
second only to four, which sounds like death.


Many Japanese will go so far as to avoid room numbers
including nine at hotels or hospitals, if the building
planners haven't already eliminated them altogether.
And in America, we're superstitious with the #13...go figure!

The 3 R's

Readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmatic- got to love that old US mid-western slang, LOL! You know when school is in session around here...because that stupid ice cream truck is no longer rolling through the neighborhood with it's music blaring. I could have thrown a brick at that truck every time it came through the neighborhood- the over the top loud music HAD to go! Sure we have ice cream trucks back in the US but they never played their music that stinking loud. It was simply over the top!

So now the kids are (for the most part) getting into a routine (and so am I). Getting up early used to not be a problem for me when we lived in South Dakota. Heck, I used to be able to get up early when we lived anywhere in the USA. After the time change (7 hours) and jumping right into things as soon as we landed my waking up early on my own just seemed to stop dead in it's tracks. I have to use an alarm clock these days- which is odd for me.

Homework hasn't been an issue- yet. It all seems to be nothing but a rehash of what my children have learned in previous years at their US schools. If the math course does not get more challenging for Hannah then we will have to request her to be moved up another level. I'm getting tired of hearing I learned this when I was in the 5th grade or I learned this when I was in the 6th or 7th grade (which for the British schools would be year 6, 7 and 8). Sad but true, I have a math genius daughter who has been at college level for years. Lets see if Kingham Hill is up to HER standards-Ha!

Now it seems that our son is being challenged with his courses and they are at the level he needs to keep him challenged. I like that!

I've been shoving Hannah's swimsuit in her gym bag (kit bag) ever since she had to start bringing her "kit" to school. And yesterday she finally got to go swimming! When she got home from school and walked into the house she instantly hugged me and thanked me for continually shoving it in her bag (because she kept taking it and the towel out). She told me that they got to go swimming yesterday-woohoo! And that she was VERY happy that I put her swimsuit in her gym bag (mom's do know best). Apparently the kids in her class will be swimming every Wednesday. Life is good!

Andrew is loving his Life Guard classes. Little does he know that Kingham Hill will probably be putting his new learned skills to use later on in the school year, LOL!

They're both still trying to get used to the school food. You see, back in the US we don't put things like tuna, baked beans or prawn salad in a "jacket" or what we call a "baked" potato. So, for our kids it's just butter and cheese inside of their jacket potato. Bacon here in the UK is different from bacon in the US- simply put it's a different type of bacon and they don't cook it crispy here. The first time we ordered a baked potato with bacon here we about died- imagine if you will 2 rather large raw looking strips of bacon the size of a cow tongue draped over the potato with grease dripping off of it- not very appetizing. We've learned NOT to order the bacon, LOL!!! There are other little things that they (our children) also have to get used to- butter on sandwiches, squash (a concentrated fruit juice) over cooked oily pasta -then again depending where you are, you can get that in the US too, LOL! Slow but sure they are adapting. Not every child had a parent who is a gourmet cook....needless to say my children are a bit spoiled when it comes to dining. But they are adapting to school food. Apparently Friday's fish and chips was a hit with the kids and they look forward to it again this week!

Now for me to get some things done around here...there's always something that needs to be done around here. And after yesterday's debilitating sinus headache, I really do need to get some things done around here.

Quote of the Day

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
- Edwin Schlossberg

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

It's not what you eat. It's how you talk about it that counts.
-James Gordon

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

my" to do" list

Here I am making a shopping list and the stupid carbon monoxide detector goes off. Talk about freaking me out! There's nothing that I can detect with my sensitive nose....I've opened up all of the windows and waved a cloth in front of the darn thing for a few minutes to make it stop screeching. Now it's beeping every so often. I think that this thing is possessed by the devil. It's done this a couple of times before, once in the middle of the night when we were all sleeping.

My to do list seems like it's a mile long. I must have enough on it to last me 3 days. I've got to remember to pace myself, then I'll be able to get it all done with out stressing out.

And my word, I've got enough dirty laundry to keep me busy for a week! Why is it that I can put a laundry hamper in the corner of every room of this house and yet nothing (or very little) ever makes it into said hamper?

I'm off I go to kick off my 1001 things to do this week...wish me luck!

Quote of the Day

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- Bill Cosby

Monday, September 07, 2009

Grocery shopping on the economy

Grocery shopping at Waitrose- for a great shopping experience I highly recommend this place. Super clean, very helpful and friendly staff and well stocked. Our commissary is closed on Sundays and Mondays and it's really been a thorn in my side since moving here. You see, we used to do our weekly grocery shopping after church on Sunday. Soon Hannah will be having RE (religious education aka Sunday school) for an hour after Church every Sunday, what to do with our time for that hour as we really don't want to drive all the way home and back again. Well the spouse and I made a decision, we'll be doing a bit of grocery shopping 10 minutes away at Waitrose. I'm tired of going to the commissary to discover that they are out of stock on every day dairy case items such as eggs, milk, sour cream and half&half. The selection of cheese is so limited and lets face it I'd like more of a selection for a few items. Not to mention the last 4 times I went to the commissary the fruits and veggie department had next to nothing in it...¾ of the shelves in the produce department were empty, no joke. So on Sunday's, I'll get my dairy products, fresh fruit and veggies and bread items. As for the prices, I'd say that they were very comparable to what I pay at the base.

The Antique Store

Saturday while our children were at school, I took my husband to an antique store that I had been to a week earlier with friends from church. The time went by very quickly and before I knew it, we had spent over 3 hours in the place! Believe it or not I didn't have my husband tied up in a corner, he was actively looking at furniture- really he was! There's so much to see in this shop, loads of consignors selling their wares through this shop. We bought 2 items, which in it's own way is rather funny. I've been wanting a quilt rack for the longest time but I never really found one that I liked that was at a reasonable price. So as we were wondering around the place I saw several "towel racks" which look an awful lot like "quilt racks" to me. Prices varied, colors of the wood varied and some were a little more fancy than others the basic design was the same. I bought one for myself and was very pleased with the price and how it looks. I've got it in my living room with a quilt proudly draped over it :-)

We were also on a search for some cuff links for our son. The only ones we found were at military clothing sales at Lakenheath and well I don't think that our son wants to wear US Air Force cuff links, LOL! So there we were in this antique store and we started looking in all of the different cases. And we saw "them" the ones that we knew our son would like. They were made out of coins, a British Farthing to be exact. Click on the link and it'll take you to a website that tells you about the farthing. So Andrews cuff-links have that adorable wren on them. The cuff links incorporate 2 of this favorite things- birds and history.

I was telling our children about the many wonders in this Antique shop which piqued their interests. They asked when I could take them- after church tomorrow I said. And with that...they BOTH wanted to go to church so they could go to the antique shop.

Sunday was great- potluck after church, everyone brought a dish to share and we enjoyed one another's company. I love our church socials! Our kids couldn't get though the social time fast enough as they really wanted to go to the Antique shop. They were wowed by the size of the place and they both agreed that it was everything I said it was and more! Andrew went there with the intentions of getting his girlfriend Sammie a ring (yes, our boy also left a girlfriend behind in South Dakota). We looked and looked for something for her but nothing jumped out at him- they place is a bit overwhelming. Hannah saw several things that she liked, but ended up not buying anything- again it was that overwhelming in the place. You eye goes from one item, to another to another.

This was my 3rd time in the place and I got to look in the jewelry cases again. I bought a pair of earrings and 2 brooches. I've got a thing for the Celtic trinity knot and I found a charming pair of earrings that I just HAD to buy for myself :-) and of course the brooches were just too pretty for me to pass up and I love to wear brooches on the lapels of my wool coats, on jackets or with silk scarves and now I have 2 new to me lovely silver brooches from this charming Antique shop.

So was this a good trip to the Antique Shop? Why yes, yes it was!

Quote of the Day

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.
-Dr. Suess

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Yesterday was just plain nuts! My husband had an eye doctor appointment over at RAF Lakenheath and I went with him just in case they dilated his eyes...and they did. Getting to Lakenheath too us 2 hours, getting home was another story. Traffic was backed up for miles everywhere! It took us close to 3 hours to get home. I got home a few minutes before 8pm.

Lakenheath is a lovely military base with loads of amenities. One of the great perks for we military dependants is the base craft and hobby shop, it alone is well worth going to and it has very reasonable prices. I was happy to see that it had a great variety of crafting and hobby items. And what did I buy? I bought 3 packages of adhesive, LOL! No paper, no embellishments, or anything else. I was thinking about all of those boxes (42+) that are coming to me in mid to late November. I do not need to add any more to what I have and I can be patient and wait for my goodies.

Now to get back to what was happening at home while my husband and I are stuck in traffic 2 hours away...
Meanwhile our kids are waiting outside of the house. Why are they outside? Because for what ever reason neither one of them had their house key. For having such bright children, they sure and be rather daft at times. I'm glad that I got a cell phone for Andrew, now to get one for our daughter as I do see the need for her to have one too (even if it is just for calling her parents).

Today is a mandatory school day for our kids. We're lucky that this school just went to having only 6 compulsory Saturday's a year as up until now they've had the 6 day school week with school on Saturday too!

The hubby and I will have the day together to go out and get a few things that will help us to organize our things here in Bee Hive Cottage.

Quote oif the Day

"Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."

-E.B. White

Friday, September 04, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Labor was the first price, the original purchase- money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased."
- Adam Smith

Thursday, September 03, 2009

First 'Official" Day of School

My children left this morning for school wearing their new school clothes...Andrew was in a 3 piece suit with an oxford shirt and a spiffy looking striped tie and
Miss Hannah wore her new school uniform. which consists of a black-watch plaid skirt, white blouse, dark blue jumper (that's a long sleeve pull over sweater for us Americans) and her school blazer.

This is our son Andrew's last year and our daughter Hannah's first year of high school.

Now if blogger would stop acting up I could add in these great pictures I've taken over the past couple of days!

Their first day at school went so much better than their orientation event the night before. I hope that today goes even better for them. I know how much they are missing their friends back in South Dakota. It's hardest on our son who won't be going to Home Coming or going to the school football games with his friends or hanging out at BK after going to a movie in town. I've got to stop beating myself up about this and think about how this is such a wonderful opportunity for him learning about foreign relations.

Now for me to finish getting ready to go to a retirement ceremony this afternoon.

Quote of the Day

For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965),
speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet, London, November 9, 1954

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

First day of school...for newcomers

Until our move to the UK, we've always had our children attend public school. There are things that you can count on being pretty much the same no matter what part of the country (USA) you lived in. Now British schools are a bit different- there's no separation of Church and State out here- meaning that ALL schools have a daily church service and the religion is The Church of England aka Protestant.

We're also new to the fact that there are 2 separate "first day of school" events. Today is the first day of school for all newcomers- this is a first for us. Back in the US the "first day of school" was for everyone, there weren't 2 separate for new comers and then a 2nd first day of school with all the pupils. At least today the kids get to wear "casual" clothing. Well I suppose that really only applies to Andrew since he is upper 6th form and he gets to wear his regular clothes, Hannah on the other hand being lower 5th form has to wear the casual school uniform which consists of a polo-shirt with school crest, sweat-shirt with school crest and dark blue/black denim jeans. Tomorrow's first day of school has the pupils in full school uniform.

Last night's school social event did not go too well for either of our children. Basically, it sucked. It's hard being the new kid in a new school, compound that with having been in your last school system for 6 years, going to school with all the same kids for that amount of time and your school being 4 miles away...well it's rough! Last night's event made them feel more out of place than ever- it's got to be really rough for them, trying to figure out all over again where they fit in. My heart truly goes out to my children more than anyone can ever know. And there's the fact that they are so far away from everything that they were comfortable with, suddenly thrust into a new education system, a new social group- one that has students from 32 different countries and now they have to ride a bus (Andrew used to drive them to school in his own car) and that bus ride takes a minimum of 45 minutes. It's especially hard on our son who had his own car back in South Dakota, he had his piece of independence there and here...he's back to riding the bus with dweebs all over again. It's simply too much for him to drive to and from school every day, not to mention that we really couldn't afford the insurance costs here for our 17 year old to drive, and add on top of that the gas prices-ugh!

To quote an old Jewish saying "A mother is only as happy as her saddest child"- this is oh so very true! And today I have a heavy heart. I'll have a favorite meal of theirs ready for when they walk through the door this evening, eager to listen to them talk about their day at school.

First day of School...for newcomers

Until I got here (England), I've never heard of a first day of school for "newcomers". his in an entirly new concept for me/us.

Quote of the Day

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
-Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Happy September!

Today is September 1st! It's going to be a go go go run around in circles kind of day for me. We started off by getting the kids up early this morning...getting them ready for catching the bus tomorrow morning. There's the 2 dental appointments for the kids- one being at 10 am and the other at 2 pm...why is it that I can never get these appointments together no matter where I am? Can someone tell me that? LOL! In between the dental appointments there's a luncheon to attend (with kids in tow). Then it's race back to the base to get to the other dental appointment then race back home so my dear sweet friend and neighbor who is carpooling with us and another family can take the kids out to the school for the new student orientation event that's from 3:30 until 8 pm. I tell ya it's a go go go faster kind of day today! I'm tired and I haven't even gone anywhere yet.

Quote of the Day

"Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves."
- Edwin Way Teale