Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More of the same & a cup of coffee

 We’ve suffered through another wave of 100°+ temperatures, so the garden is looking particularly bedraggled right now; nothing but cherry tomatoes are producing, but I see lots of mini bell peppers coming on, the lemon tree has set a good crop of fruit (which won’t be ready until maybe March), some of the grapes are beginning to blush, & my three lone sunflowers burst into song, then quickly faded away.

I’m already plotting another Fall/Winter garden (pun intended); I’m going to skip the cabbage this time, but I would like to try the cold weather tomatoes again, as well as lettuce, spinach, peas, carrots, onions, & broccoli. It’s also time to divide the bulbs & plant some new ones- I’d like to put in some iris along with more daffodils & tulips.Red rose

Work is again taking too much of my time; I’m back to working on Saturdays (just a couple of hours) for the foreseeable future (more state mandated reporting which I’m trying to preempt before the October 31st deadline) & then Friday, the teller I cover for at lunchtime had to have emergency surgery to remove her gall bladder. Chaos naturally ensued (remember, we are already down one teller due to “budget” cuts), particularly when I steadfastly refused to “volunteer” to cover her 3 days a week in addition to my regular duties. Yes, I know- I’m a bad person, not a team player, inconsiderate of the company’s welfare, yadda-yadda-yadda. Sarcastic

Oh well.

Fire me.


I dare you.

I double-dog dare you.

I didn’t think so.


Ravelympics are jogging along; I’ve finished my hat (that’s the brown-on-brown swirl pattern below), two dishcloths, two of three cat toys, & have only 40 rows left on the last sock. I probably won’t get through with the last two dishcloths, but I only threw those in at the last minute, just in case (well, you know the team is called “Overly Ambitious”).

In a totally unrelated event, I went back to the doctor about my elbow. It has been nearly 5 months since I fell, & I’m still have limited range of motion & swelling in that arm. He was a bit concerned at the continued inflammation & booked me for an MRI, then off to the orthopedic specialists for consultation. I had the MRI on Monday afternoon & the results will be available to the doctor next week, but I don’t have an appointment with orthopedics until September 23rd; after Monday, I’ll be calling every day to look for any cancellations (Kais*er doesn’t do waiting list call backs.) Anyway, it was an interesting experience; the only things I removed were my shoes; I laid facedown on the table, stretched my arm out above my head, & the tech placed a mini-machine around the elbow region; he gave me earplugs & a pillow for my head, then rolled me inside the big scanner. It took about 15 minutes altogether, & although it was pretty loud & startling in the beginning, I found the rhythmic sounds soothing enough to doze off.Sleepy

It’s official.

I can no longer deny the inevitable.

Sam is a senior in high school. Surprised

My baby!

I gave him his class ring- it’s huge & it fits his man-mitts.

When did that happen?

He talks freely about his plans, which I’ve had a few months to get use to but am still ambivalent about:

-2 years at the local community college, studying Criminal Justice

-Into the Navy for a minimum 4 years stretch

-Apply to the Police Academy while finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice on the GI Bill

My boy wants to be a police officer. Hot

I am equally proud & terrified; the truth is, it makes sense for him.

Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

To quote Aunt Mame- Why did I ever get him those damn long pants?

Sigh Broken heart



Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Always so much going on in your home, I love that about you. Just able to juggle the world and still make dishcloths to boot, crazy times!!

I can't imagine the senior year thing, much less a police officer thing going on. I get the chills just thinking of Lilla turning 3 in February. Where, oh where, does the time go? Too fast!

Joisey said...

I didn't know Sam was going in the service, too. I'm working on a blog about Michael's future plans. He's graduating this year. Both of mine are now in high school. That's a hard hit for me.

suzee said...

Excited and nervous and proud all seem to go together, don't they? Go SAM, so exciting that he has big, concrete plans. Can't wait to hear about his adventures.

My husband did four in the Navy, and it was the best thing that ever happened to him. :-)

Charity said...

It's so cool that you can have a "cool weather" garden. Up here, cool weather usually involves snow! :0)

Junie Moon said...

Wow, a lot of things going on at your house. It's hard to realize our babies aren't babies anymore, but look what a wonderful career and opportunities are ahead for your son. Congratulations to him.

I'm glad you have your boundaries for the work issues.

Dory said...

Good Morning Meg! Stop over today - I have a little something for you that you don't want to miss! :o)