In a nutshell, the week that was: they started doing work on the garage attached to our building. Jackhammering five hours a day. Good times. It’s like a continual mini earthquake. Maybe we should charge people, like a ride. Two of my friends lost pets, one a dog younger than mine, a dog that the family got because they saw our dog and just knew they were meant to be dog owners. My daughter did win a small scholarship, so money in a plus!!

Gratitude: I am grateful I bought a full 2019 planner. I had thoughts of winging it this month, as my old planner ended yesterday and the new planners all start in July, but as June 2019 sets out to be the busiest month in recorded history, I need space to plan and deliberate.

Calm: I have had a pretty easy ride with my teen. But of course, with college on the horizon, she is beginning to feel that dreaded push/pull of adult v child. Yesterday she was in a &*^%& mood, and I took 3(or perhaps 300) deep breaths and reminded myself that in a few months she will be gone, and I didn’t get baited by the sarcastic and arrogant hooks she was flailing about.


56 thoughts on “Gratitude and Calm June 1

  1. Wait until “sarcastic and arrogant” get replaced with wistful and knowing. They become adults, move out, start their own lives then most everything you say draws a look often akin to pity, as if to say:
    “Mom, we’re the adults now. Stop trying so hard. We’re not listening anyway so we’ll just smile and nod…” ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. LA,

    Pump up the volume and find a beat that rhymes with the work they’re doing next door. Either that or stick to ear buds, LOL.

    Yay on the scholarship money. And welcome to push back time for your girl/woman who is standing on the precipice of a very daunting time. She’ll get there. You both will. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Iโ€™ve begun a modified bullet journal for some things. I like the pre formed blocks of a traditional planner, but I also take notes and keep lists…so I have a notebook where Iโ€™m tracking thing I used to track in my planner. So far itโ€™s working. Though I have considered digging out my old datpyrunner!


      1. Did you go to and read the basics of the method? That helped me a lot, but I immediately modified it.

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      2. My problem is I like to fill in the blanks…I like it all presented befor me. I need to adapt the bullet format. I know my friends that do it love it


  3. I’m so not looking forward to the roofing portion of construction that will be starting up around here again in a few months. While I don’t feel that, I can absolutely hear it. Along with all the music the workers blast while working (which is always horrible). The echo chamber that is my neighborhood makes it all so much worse, even with windows closed. I can completely empathize with you!

    Don’t you love those moments of parenthood? I think we all deserve a medal if our kids make it to adulthood with our sanity intact.

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      1. I don’t think I could ever be a city girl. The suburbs is about as close to the city as I’ll ever be able to handle. I just don’t like people enough to have to be that close to that many. I completely understand the appeal of certain aspects of it, but I don’t think I could ever do it.

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  4. Good for you for not getting baited and for pausing for those breaths. She’ll be gone to college before you know it and surprisingly enough… you’ll even miss some of those sarcastic moments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Yay for the scholarship! These few weeks before she leaves for college will probably have your emotions and hers running the gamut. There might be tears. Speaking from experience….

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  6. Congrats on the scholarship. Wait until the “I’m in/graduated college so I know it all and you don’t” phase comes. For a good three months we heard “Well, I AM the one with the DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY.” Fortunately, that didn’t last too long.

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