Wednesday, May 25, 2016

10 Things That Make Me Happy

1.  Blogging/Writing.  I enjoy looking at pictures I've taken and thinking about things I've done.  I agree memories are the most valuable thing you can carry with you.  Sadly I haven't been taking pictures lately.

2.  Reading.  I find it more rewarding than tv or video games as an escape.  I really wanted to put them both on the list but they have too much of an addictive component that can leave me feeling irritated.  So I would rather do those things instead of reading but it doesn't pay off in the long run.  Long-term happiness = reading.  I haven't been reading lately either.

3.  Painting.  Painting minis.  It's fun to do and I like looking at them when they are done.  And let's just say I haven't been doing any of this stuff.

4.  Planning Trips.  I like planning trips as much as I like taking them.  I really want to go to St. Louis.  I've planned multiple trips.  Looked at lots of maps and pictures.  When I finally go I bet I feel like I've already been there.  It might take a lot of surprise out of the trip but I feel like being overly prepared will make me more adaptable and less likely to get lost.  When I went to Berkeley I memorized the maps before I went.  Best decision ever.  Anyway, I guess this is a fun escape but it could provide to be useful someday.

5.  Decluttering/Organizing.  Once again, fun to do and I enjoy the results.  I hate actual cleaning though.

6. Thrift Shopping.  And this is why I need to declutter more.  I don't know the appeal.  I like to think I'm an anti-stuff person.  I guess it's like taking things out to borrow.  You pay a little, take some crap home, and bring it back when you are sick of it?  It's fun.

7.  Exploring.  Parks, trails, beaches.  I enjoy the change of scenery, the simplicity, the little surprises.

8.  Dining Out.  Not sure if there is anything to point out here besides the obvious.

9.  Festivals and Events.  I like that these things give me something to look forward to and they are usually all about art, education, and food.  Can't go wrong.  Until you mention parking situations and crowds....  I can handle it.  Sometimes.

10.  Vacations.  I enjoy adventures.  The bonus to vacations is after one I'm usually content to be home for awhile.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bees in the Blackberries

I got our bees while the boss was in the hospital.  I just asked Nels about it because I thought he was there.  Nels said that I let him and Guy stay home by themselves and use the computer in the bathroom and I just took Daisy.  I want to tell him that's crazy and irresponsible of me.  But maybe he is right?  It was all a blur.  Except the part where the bee people asked if I wanted the "stragglers taken care of".  I replied "They're not bothering me."  Because I didn't know who the stragglers were.  It was the bees on the outside of the cages.  So I threw two little cages of bees covered in "stragglers" into our car and hoped Daisy, Rogue, and me (oh...I guess the boys weren't there) didn't accidentally eat one.

Nels, Daisy, and Rogue helped put the bees in.  Where is Guy?  He must have been hiding.

I asked Nels to take my picture.  I put bees into two hives.  This is the one picture I got. 

Plus I got two dozen of these pictures.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

You Need A Brother

Guy's school had a track & field day.  He did not want to participate because he thought it would make him feel bad about himself.  Then he found out little brother could participate with him.  Although I think competition is fine and dandy, it was nice to see Guy excited and proud to be in a supportive role.  

Daisy also participated.  She started out hard and pooped herself out.  Didn't matter because she was really just there for the candy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

10 Years

I've been married for 10 years!  And we went on our longest, most expensive vacation ever!  To the hospital for emergency open heart surgery!  The best part of this trip was that I was not the one getting cut open and it was my spouse.  I thoroughly enjoyed the cafeteria and enjoyed my anniversary meal from there.  And now he's home, showing much progress in recovery.  So all is well for now.