Pull Up a Swing

I happened across something the other day that referred to the “slap of a screen door” and got a little nostalgic for the cabins that we stay in when we visit Wisconsin. They have those “slappy” doors, and it also brought to mind the “Andy Griffith” image of sittin’ on a porch and having a nice leisurely chat. So that’s where we are. I’m mentally inserting a porch swing into this picture… I’m sitting on it right now, taking the photo. That’s why you can’t see it.

So grab your favorite cold drink, and find a comfy spot. Enjoy the soft breeze out of the woods, and if we get chilly or hungry, we’ll fire up one of the fire-spots. What’d you do this weekend? Did you have time to get a little nostalgic about something? Care to share?

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23 Responses to Pull Up a Swing

  1. SKL says:

    Well, mostly I worked this weekend, as usual. I was fairly productive. That didn’t prevent a “little tiff” (not so little, but now in the past), but it seems we have to have that periodically around here or the world will stop turning. So anyhoo, I’m trying to catch up on a few things (but fading fast) this evening. I sure wish weekends were longer. I did skip church today in order to sleep in and get a little more work done. The kids didn’t seem to mind putzing in their jammies all day for a change. They also watched 3 movies today. Talk about spoiled and lazy!

    Yesterday we went shopping and as a treat for good work/behavior/attendance in school last week, I took the girls to the McDs play place. We left after I saw a little boy pee his pants and then proceed to climb up the slide. (I’m sure that happens more often than I’d like to think about.) My kids wanted to stay and play anyway. Kids are gross. Anyhoo, that and grocery shopping was all we did away from home this weekend.

    Funny thing happened. I got a request to work on a project in the field I used to work in before I had kids. I have to clear the cobwebs from the corners of my brain, but I think I can do this. I have a meeting Tuesday morning. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is wearing a suit (which, with my post-holiday figure, may or may not actually fit). I had better begin starving right now. The other uncomfortable aspect of this is that I have a lot of other work to do, but this is urgent and if I do it to everyone’s satisfaction, it could open a door to some interesting and lucrative work. We’ll see.

    Monday is a very important deadline which I may or may not meet. This client needs to provide some reports to the government. They have been screwing around on getting some of it done and now it comes down to whether one person will sign a paper early enough Monday morning. It’s all quite ridiculous if you ask me. Why can’t people just freakin’ do what they are supposed to do? And I’m under pressure because in at least my boss’s opinion, it’s my responsibility even though I can’t force the hands of people in other cities. Whatever. I hope it gets done. If it doesn’t, I have “plan B” ready, but I would rather not have to resort to it. I also have a couple of other things due for this client on which I’m kinda clueless because they are so disorganized. If they weren’t a government entity, they would have folded long ago.

    This week should be a relatively normal week, if I can keep up a good work pace, and if nobody gets sick etc. I don’t have anything exciting planned. If I get time, I want to read Rush’s Website so I can see what he says about the Republican candidates. Our primary is next week.

    I hope everyone has a nice week!

    • SKL says:

      I know it’s kinda late, but . . . I did meet that big deadline today. Whew! Now I just have to get caught up on about 20 other things . . . .

  2. Sue says:

    WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our 4-H club won the Share the Fun contest on Sunday so our members get to compete at the State Fair this summer!!!!! They did such a great job and were so excited! YIPPY!!!!! Sadly, Trinity did a great job playing her trumpet, but there were 10 other kids in her age category so she had some tough competition. She didn’t take 1st and was pretty bummed, but I told her it doesn’t matter you did a great job. I think she’ll be over by tomorrow! I feel very relieved now that this weekend is over b/c things will settle down quite a bit for us and I don’t mind boring at all!

    • Laura says:

      Congrats to your girls… and tell Trin from me (one who has been on both sides of the musical competition, as competitor and judge), first: Good Job. And second: did you do better than you did last time? Did you play the best that you could? Because truly, there will always be someone better, and that is so important! (we wouldn’t have idols – Dizzy Gillespie, for one – if there wasn’t) You should always be your own stiffest competition. If you do your best, and do better than last time, then you’ve won. You know what you did right, and the judges will tell you how to improve on what you didn’t do so well. Take their advice and get back out there. And keep having fun.

      Stepping off soapbox now.

      • Sue says:

        Thank Laura. I’ll have her read this when she gets home. I played trumpet also so I reminded her of the things you mentioned, but it’s not the same coming from mom, ya know?! I didn’t get to hear the girl that won (she played piano) but I guess she was unbelievable. Trin’s age group is now 6th-8th grade so that alone gives a huge range of ability, but I told her you keep it up and you’ll be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Joy says:

      That’s awesome. You have such a good group. You guys nail it every year. She is awful good on that trumpet. I love hearing her play outside.

    • Nikki says:

      That’s great! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats to all that was involved.

    • mssc54 says:

      Trinitydid much better than the kids that didn’t even participate. GREAT JOB AT YOUR BEST TRINITY!!

      Okay, what did I miss? What exactly is the 4-H Club, Share the Fun contest?

      • Sue says:

        Here is what 4-H is..The Share the Fun contest is a 7 min or less skit put together by your club and can really be about anything, but sharing what 4-H is about is what gets you to win ๐Ÿ˜‰ Each club in the county can participate and then they all compete against each other to see who has the best skit. Whichever club wins gets to take their skit to the State Fair and compete against other clubs from around the state for the Grand Champion prize. Our skit this year was “4-Her’s of the Caribbean” and our pirate 4-Her’s were on a journey to unlock the secret of 4-H; which turned out to be the 4-Her’s themselves “because without us, 4-H wouldn’t exist!” And along they way they learned what the 4 H’s stand for and how they were in our everyday lives. I have to say, it was a pretty good script ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe I should have been a writer instead!

        • Sue says:

          should say how they work in our everyday lives…sorry!

        • mssc54 says:

          OKAY THAT DOES IT!

          I’m going to check into the 4H Club around here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Sue says:

            I LOVE 4-H and everything it stands for and it really is what you make of it. You can do any project you want and learn as much or as little as you want. Looking back, had I not gone to school for the medical field, I would have done youth development and worked with the 4-H extension service.

  3. starlaschat says:

    Watching the Oscars and multi tasking blogging, cooking, dishes, and puttering. I like the picture of the porch. One of my favorite things is a soft warm breeze. Today was the first day I actually thought about Spring and had a thought of looking forward to the weather changes and all that goes with it. It been all over the map as far as weather goes this year I’m not sure if March will come in like a lamb or a lion. The rumor is more Winter. I guess we’ll see. I think the Award Shows have been getting better over the years. The dresses are nice this year, soft pastel colors.

  4. Laura says:

    I have discovered that I am an addict. I’d heard so much about Downton Abbey, on PBS, that I finally decided to Netflix it. I’m halfway through Series (Season) 2, and I am well and truly hooked. I watched episode 5 tonight, and it’s past midnight, but I desperately want to go down there and watch the last of this DVD. The next one should be here by Tuesday. Wednesday at the latest. DANG, I wish American TV was this good. Wait. Maybe I’m glad it isn’t. I’d never leave the screen! This way, at least I wait until Josh is in bed before I go and get hooked. It was like this with MI:5, as well – that show got its hooks in me and wouldn’t let go, even when I wanted to rage at the writers for what they did…. I think I just like that they assume intelligence among their audience, and it makes for really good TV.

    Anyway…. this weekend was very, very low-key. Josh was down with the same nasty cold/plague that I had a week or so ago – sore throat, congestion, headache, occasional low-grade fever. He did some sleeping yesterday and today, which, in itself, indicated how bad he felt – he went down for both naps with no fight whatsoever!! He has the day off of school tomorrow – today – Monday – and was asking to have a friend over, but I’m nor sure if that will happen. Not only is it Conference Day (which is why they have the day off), but if he’s still coughing like he was, I may just keep the friends away and have one more low-key day. Let him get better. He’ll be mad at me for it, but at least he’ll feel better…

    My project… I didn’t do a THING with it this weekend. I thought i would, but I ended up playing nursemaid and reading all weekend. So I’ll try and finish it tomorrow – today – monday – whatever. Hopefully, it’ll be done soon, and I’ll have pics for you. It’s shaping up pretty well, if I do compliment myself!

  5. Nikki says:

    I packed this weekend! We finally found a house that met all of our wants, and we applied and were approved Saturday! We’ll start moving stuff over in about 2 weeks. We are beyond excited about this. I knew if we held out long enough the perfect house would come our way and it did. Location was key for us. I know we don’t really live in the “country” but it is inconvenient where we do live. It takes about 15 minutes to get all the way across town to one of my best friends house. For milk, it’s about a 7 minute drive. Now, I know that not a long time, but it is when you just don’t feel like driving! Now we’ll be a mile away from a gas station. 1 1/2 miles from the heart of downtown. The backyard is what I’m most excited about! It’s just beautiful. Tree house, tree swing, playground, gardens. Oh, and I’ll have a dishwasher, which I’ve been without for about 5 years now! ๐Ÿ™‚ And the hubby gets what he’s always wanted…a heated garage! lol

    Other than that, we didn’t do too much. Weekends have been relaxing for us this winter. We’ve learned to appreciate them, because once summer starts we’re so busy!

  6. Joy says:

    I thought the weekend was total boredom. We did NOTHING whatsoever on Saturday. That makes for such a long day. Paul did get a little closer to my shelves under the stairs being done but the spot is so awkward that it’s a slow process. You have to half kneel, bend and stand and it’s just a hard way to have the body. Anyway, all he needs to pick up today are the brackets.

    Other than that and an few hours of bird feeding on Sunday, a nice workout swim and some grocery shopping we rounded out Sunday. I totally forgot about the Oscar’s because I got so into the Apprentice that I forgot to switch back and forth. I’m sorry but a silent film won? I just can’t even imagine sitting through a 2 hour movie like that. Maybe that’s just me.

    Anyway, I’m doing a touch of laundry now and just plan to play around with some of my plants. I need to transplant a few plants and my orchids need a little staking. Have a good day all.

    • Nikki says:

      I’m glad you brought up transplanting. Do you think the 1st of April will be okay to dig up my flowers and put them in the new yard? I’m not leaving all of those!!! I’m sure if I needed to wait, the land owner would allow me to do that.

      I could never, and would never sit though a silent movie. No way!

    • Joy says:

      You can dig up anything but they more than likely won’t bloom this year but that’s okay. If you have any “spring” flowers, they should be done blooming. Once they’ve bloomed you can dig them up but you can also do it before but it will affect the bloom this year. For example, the lily’s won’t bloom because they don’t generally bloom until July-August but don’t leave them all there.

      • Nikki says:

        I’m not leaving any of them here. That would be such a waste!! I have put a lot of work into this yard. As long as it won’t kill them, I’ll dig them up. It doesn’t matter if they don’t bloom this year. Once they are in their new home, they won’t be going anywhere for years to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. mssc54 says:

    Well I have certainly had a busy morning. I was out edging our’s and our neighbor’s curb this morning when I saw a couple of strangers walking down the driveway of the next neighbor’s driveway. Although they were two doors down they were only about thirty yards away from me. And although they were walking away from me I got a pretty decent discription of them.

    It seemed odd to me so I called 911 (sorta like Gladys Cravits on Bewitched would do). Cops show up and sure enough the guys’ back door had been kicked in. But the dead bold was still locked. They kicked at it so much that they literally curled the bottom one third of the door up (cracking the inside frame from the bottom to top).

    The short version is that they got ahold of the homeowner. He has been in NM for a couple of weeks and won’t be home for a couple of more days. The scumbags didn’t get very much (a ring, a jar of quarters, stuff like that). I may have scared them off since I was edging right out front. They must have had a car parked around the curve because after I hung up the phone with 911 (3-4 minutes) I got in my truck to see if I could see if I could tell where they were going but they were gone.

    Neighbor guy had several sheets of plywood on his back porch/covered deck so I cut a couple of them (doubled them up) and screwed them to the outer frame.

    I sure wish I had gotten into the truck while I was still talking to the coppers! Dangit!

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