Better Get Started

Okay, so I’m finished with the summer semester.

And let me tell you it has been a long hard semester.

But now that it’s over and I have a week and a half of free time, I’m wondering what I should concentrate on doing with this free time.

I have a long list of things that should have already been accomplished but are not.

Mainly because my life has revolved around school for the last seven months.

I do what I can, when I can, but schoolwork comes first.

It will all be over soon and then I’ll be back in the world of employment.

Hopefully.

With the economy the way it is and people hanging onto jobs,

I’m worried that once my studies are complete and I’m searching for employment that still the jobs will be few and far between.

Perhaps things will turn around by the time I finish these courses.

But for now I’ll quit worrying about the future, keep my fingers crossed, and continue to concentrate on the schoolwork.

That is, when the fall semester resumes in the middle of August.

So,

back to my time off.

I’m torn between what I “NEED” to do and what I “WANT” to do.

There’s that long mostly ignored list and things that need to be finished.

But then there’s things I want to do.

I’d love to go to the beach, sit in the sand and watch the waves roll in and out.

And I have some friends in my hometown wanting me to visit.

There’s an amusement/water park calling my name that’s not far away.

Go for a long, leisurely walk.

And then there’s that list again.

Since I’m not working and money is tight, the beach is out of the question.

But, I promise you….

if I had the money, I’d be beach bound as fast as I could get packed and get in the truck.

No questions asked.

All else would have to wait until maybe next semester break.

But I don’t, so that gets marked off the list.

Maybe I could get the Captain to bring home a load of sand to stick my toes in, get out my beach chair, put in a CD of relaxing beach sounds, close my eyes and just pretend I’m sitting on a beach somewhere due east of here.

Lord knows it’s hot enough.

I like to take walks in the woods just to see what I can find.

I haven’t done that in awhile.

Nor have I ambled down the horse trail.

Doesn’t that look like a relaxing place to take a stroll?

Driving back home, (300 miles away) would also take money.

Not to mention the last time my truck headed that way, it was towed back and ended up costing me almost $2,000. to be repaired. That is after I had just spent $1,500 for a similar repair.

Have I told you that this has been an expensive year for the farm.

Truck repairs and an air conditioning unit that had to be replaced in the spring.

Yes, now you know why I have no money.

This living week to week stuff is for the birds. I can’t wait to get back to work and replenish my savings account.

So back to the list (again).

I think I’ll split the days up.

Do some fun stuff with my son who has been patient all summer.

And get atleast a few of those things knocked off the list.

I think I’ll let you guys determine which things I’ll knock off that list.

 So be expecting to see some polls in the next few days.

 Just to get you thinking, here’s a few things on that list.

  • Clean fish tanks. The fish are dead and gone and I really need to get those tanks cleaned up and put away.
  • Finish sewing a seat cushion cover for a friend.
  • Finish painting the kitchen wall. It’s still only painted about 6′ up the wall.
  • Clean and paint some birdhouse gourds that I’ve been promising to a friend since in the fall.
  • Finish painting the red shed.
  • Mowing, trimming and yanking weeds.

That’s not including all the daily stuff that needs to get done.

Anyone want to come help?

If all of you would come chip in, we could knock that list out in a day or two.

No?

Oh well, guess I better get started.

2010 Vacation

Last week was a very hard week for me.

Talk about overload!

The homework is overtaxing my brain to say the very least.

On Monday I had one homework assignment due.

Tuesday was a completely different story.

I had three assignments due and two tests to take.

Wedensday, another assignment due and a test.

Thursday, another assignment due.

And yet another due by Saturday.

And these are not easy homework assignments.

Each page had several different brain burning, time consuming problems .

If I wasn’t sleeping or driving, I was doing homework or studying until the wee hours of the morning or sitting in class.

While I was home, cramming, the Captain and Boo were off on vacation.

A vacation which I had to miss because of school.

It wasn’t a week I could miss.

I drove down on Sunday and delivered the boat, but returned early Monday morning to DO HOMEWORK and go to class.

Oh, they lovingly sent me text messages from the middle of the lake while they were relaxing on the boat, because that is the only place you can get cell service there.

They sent messages like…..

“When you come back bring my other fishing pole.”

AND

“Bring more sunflower seeds, the squirrels found ’em.”

I drove back down to the vacation spot after school on Thursday.

 If I had any more homeword assigned on Wednesday or Thursday I’m not so sure I would have been able to go at all.

Except to drive down and bring the boat back.

But I had three days to let my brain recharge before I had to be back at it again.

I got to spend some quality time with my daughter and her family who came down on Friday evening and stayed the rest of the weekend.

Even though we live close by, we don’t get to spend much time together.

We both have busy lives. But we talk on the phone almost daily.

And I use that term almost very loosley.

Sometimes we get so busy it may be days before we talk.

Even though I missed most of the vacation, I’m not complaining.

I did get a few days of R & R.

And once I get all this schooling out the way, there will be plenty of vacations later.

Any of you ever have to stay home because of uncontrolable circumstances while the rest of the crew were off having fun?

 Would you believe I didn’t take one picture?

😯

I’m tellin’ ya my head went on complete vacation.

Some of the Things I’ve Learned

Retuning to school has taught me more than just what is in the textbooks I read.

First of all it has taught me that…

I am not too old to learn something new.

And in some ways I think it is better that I waited to go to college.

Because during my high school days the last thing that held my interest was school.

Another thing I have learned is that I cannot see the small print well.

Which led me to the eye doctor for reading glasses.

When I began to notice myself blinking several times and twisting and turning my head into unusual positions to try to get the letters in focus,

I knew it was time to give in and admit I needed glasses for the first time in my life.

No, I am NOT getting old!

My eyes are just tired.

🙄

At times I cannot believe that I am MIDDLE AGED.

That sounds so…….

so……

so OLD.

I remember when I was a kid thinking that 40 was OLD.

Now that I’m there and beyond, I realize I am not that old. Just old—ER.

Although at time I do feel old when I’m sitting beside those just out of high school kids.

Another thing I have noticed is that I’m being taught in part by people from other countries.

Now before you start thinking I am prejudice, let me explain.

I was born and raised an American. And I am proud of that.

Even though we have our problems, there is no other place I’d rather live.

The USA is where people from other countries dream of living.

They come here for many different reasons.

Because they married an American.

Because they desire the freedoms we have.

Or because they escaped from terrible circumstances of their own countries.

And I am sure there are many other reasons.

Whatever their reasons, some of them came here, worked hard and put themselves through school to give themselves, and maybe a family, a better life.

What I have learned by observing them while they teach me is that they truly love this country and are thankful to be here.

What really gets to me is the fact that I have lived here all my life, I am now past 40 and I am just now beginning to work toward an education.

Of course the choices I made at an early age brought my education to a screaming halt.

Sometimes I feel as if I have wasted the last 20 years.

And then I look back over those same 20 years and realize they were not a waste.

They were the life I chose and even though I have had some very hard years, there were many more happy moments than sad.

And like I said above, maybe the choices I made were the path I was destined to take.

Because the only thing about school that held my interest was what time the parting bell rang.