Monday, February 28, 2011

" So Busy, My Heads A Spinnin'"

The last few days have been so busy. A whirlwind of activity if you will. My husband made it home Friday evening. We were both pretty worn out from the week. Katie took off with her friend and our car to church. Jake and I had a few beers, played a couple of games of Trivial Pursuit, then relaxed while watching "Karate Kid", the new version which we both enjoyed before so watched it again. 

My husbands ribs were still pretty sore so he laid on the couch while watching the movie and started to doze off. I covered him with a quilt,put a pillow under his head and put a heating pad on him. Gave him a kiss on the forehead and told him "Goodnight". He slept all through the night on the couch.

Katie was home and in bed by then so I went off to bed. Saturday was crazy. We had so many errands that needed to be done, we ran all over town and managed to do it all before noon. We were both so exhausted from the week. We just laid around all day until dinner time. We both cooked, we all ate, a bit more T.V. and went to bed.

Sunday morning I took Kate to church, came home and then took Jake to his truck as he had to leave. It seems as though we never have any time together anymore. Three maybe four days a month if we're lucky. It's because of his job and the gradual changes that have been happening since the economy has spun out of control. You'd think that we'd be making more money since he is gone longer but that isn't the case.

The higher prices of diesel fuel is hitting these trucking companies hard. This is part of the reason that you are seeing your food and other necessity prices going so high. If things keep going the way they are, many trucking companies will fold and your prices will go even higher. My husband thinks sometimes that we are nearing the end of days. I sometimes feel that way too.

Katie started to feel sick over the weekend and is now feeling horrible. Still she went to school. She had a low fever but says she will not miss school or church. I watch her maturing day by day now, and all the while she reminds me that she will be eighteen next year.

She reminds me of this just so she can enjoy my reaction as I cringe each time she says it. Time is a strange thing. One moment it can seem to drag by. Than another moment you find yourself saying "Where did it go?".

Katie told me this morning that she would really like some homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles. I know that my friends reading this know how much I hate cooking. Even though I like to cook soups, I despise making homemade noodles.

I went to church to work for an hour this morning, ran a few errands and started cooking the chicken at 9:30 a.m. The soup, including the noodles were done by 2:45 p.m. In the meantime I cleaned Kates room and vacuumed it. Since she's been sick she let it go. She called me from school to pick her up early and said "My room needs to be cleaned really bad." to which I replied "No, it doesn't".

My daughter-in-law called me around 12:15 and said "Are the chicken and noodles done yet?". I told her "No" so she said that she would pick up a sandwich and came over for a visit. I love my DIL so much. She has been in our family for 15 years now and I think of her more as a daughter and a friend than a DIL. She loves my chicken and noodles and was with me as I was making the noodles all the while asking what I put in the soup and the noodles. She is an excellent cook. But I don't mind sharing this with her. Her families recipe is different from mine. We had a great visit as we always do. She is very receptive to life. It makes it easy to be around her. I only wished that the soup had been done before she left. I told my son to stop by after work tomorrow and I would give them a container full.

I am sitting here exhausted tonight. After the full and busy weekend, we had some pretty nasty storms last night. The power went out two times which was only the third time in twelve years living here. Not a bad record. This morning was a bit funny though. Katie called me at 6:00a.m. and said, "I'm sorry to wake you but the power is out.".
To make a long story short I got out of bed, dressed and grabbed my flashlight. I headed downstairs to the basement to check the circuit breakers. Half asleep. Katie was standing, waiting in the kitchen.

When I got to the basement I opened the circuit breaker box and stood there with my flashlight looking at all of the breakers. They all seemed to look fine but my mind was very fuzzy. Then I heard Katie holler down the stairs "Mom, the lights are on.". 

All of a sudden I noticed that the basement light was on. While I was still standing there with my flashlight trying to figure it out. I didn't even notice that the lights came on. I had no idea until Kate told me!

Whatever, that's what happens when you haven't had a cup of coffee first! When she first called me, all I could think of was, "How can I make coffee with no power?". We have a gas stove but the ignition is electric. Besides I didn't have my old percolator anymore. But it all worked out thank goodness and I went back upstairs and turned my coffee maker on.

There has been so much more going on these past four days but I am just too tired to elaborate. I will try to visit your blogs tomorrow. Today was just way to long. 

Thank God.

A day that didn't fly by for a change. 


Lena said...

Now, that's what I call a full weekend, Di! You read happy about it though... Best of weeks to you...
Love, XXX

Cinner said...

Diana sounds like yu were very busy. you did make me laugh when you were looking at the breakers and the lights had come on...that sounds so familiar. it is like when I can't find my glasses and I am wearing them...go figure. I hope you have a peaceful day tomorrow. hugs.

Anvilcloud said...

What a good mother to make the soup from scratch!

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, what a busy weekend. It had to be great to have Jake home, though. I hope he and Katie feel better very soon.

Take care, my friend.


Gail said...


I am tired just reading all you did. Phew. And I SO want your home made chicken soup with home made noodles!! Sounds so good.mmmmm I make a good chicken noodle soup but I have never made my own noodles. Hmmmm, food for thought!! :-)

Love you

Arlee Bird said...

Fuel prices are skyrocketing and I don't expect it to get much better--with the rising price of fuel everything else is going to go up as well. End times? The way things are starting to come together in the Middle East it could very well be so.
Hope you get some time to relax.

Tossing It Out

Bernie said...

Di honestly you are a hoot! You are right the price of food and gas has gone up a lot here as well.
Hope Katie is feeling better and maybe Jake will make it home this weekend. When Katie turns 18 and is doing her thing you and Jake will have tons of time together, you'll see. All will be well.
It is in the -30's here this morning Di, and I'm telling you for the first time ever I am feeling down over "weather", I am so waiting for Spring. Have a great week sweetie....:-)Hugs

Ronda said...

Hi Diana, wore me out just reading this! ;-) I had to laugh about the breaker and the light coming on. That was too cute. Noodles from scratch?!?! I've watched them do it on tv and it's like...ummm...not gonna happen in our house. Store bought is just fine. :-) I'm glad you got to spend some time with Jake even though it wasn't for very long. I think it's wonderful that you have such a good relationship with your DIL...that doesn't happen often. I hope you have a more relaxing week. Take care!

Rae said...

You are a whirlwind of activity. I feel tired just reading about your hectic schedule. You can make homemade noodles - I'm impressed. I used to watch my mom make them, but I never learned how. Chicken and noodles sound really good right now.

quieten said...

My goodness, Di- I had to take a nap after reading all you've done- I was exhausted for you!!!! You're such a good mom-Katie is lucky to have a mom that will make homemade noodles-my kids would've starved if they waited for me to do that!! Glad you had some time with Jake although I wish you could have had more. Hope he finishes healing soon and that Katie feels better. Also hope you have a calmer week and get a chance to relax a little!

Margaret Pangert said...

You are a great wife and mother (and mother-in-law), Diana, and it seems your family definitely knows it. You and they are lucky!
In some ways, I love it when the power goes out (a fire in the fireplace, candles, piles of blankets), but a pain in the neck with no water, bathroom, or sink! I think your husband may be right: life as we have always known it seems to be disappearing: fuel costs will make driving prohibitive, there will be no paper of any kind (all will be electronic), movies only at home, eating out fading...). I guess we'll just have to learn to adapt... Love, Margaret

Barb said...

I'm impressed, Di. I sometimes make "homemade" chicken soup, but I NEVER tackle the noodles! Hope Katie feels better. Your weekend sounds like a whirlwind - hope Jake is healing. Poor guy. Yes, we were just talking about rising prices, too. We hope our children who must support young families can keep their heads above water.

Lynilu said...

I love homemade noodles, but I can hardly roll them out anymore. Getting old and weak, complicated by fibromyalgia, I guess.

That light thing made me laugh. I remember a time in KC when we lost power for a week in an ice storm, and when the lights came back on it scared us! Chuckle!

Your lack of time with Jake stinks. Companies do that sort of thing in the interest of making ends meet, but what they do is exhaust good employees. i hope it gets better for him. For you both!

linda said...

Oh you poor thing, kinda sounds like you've been a fog with do that to you sometimes won't it!?

Let's hope for a restful week! Take care and talk with you soon.

Rebecca said...

After that whirlwind of activity, storms, cookin' and crashing, it was admirable of you to POST!

I feel like I'm starting the week two days behind. (Guess that's because I AM!) I am kind of hoping for a day that didn't fly by so I could squeeze three days worth of activity into it.

Sounds like Jake had some good pampering while he was home. I hope you were able to send him back on the road rested and a little closer to "normal" than when he arrived home.

I don't want to talk about the economy. Listening to the radio as we traveled over the past days has left me a little depressed in that department!

Wanda..... said...

That flashlight scene was funny Di, sometimes we are robotic in nature, doing what we need to do without being aware of what we're actually doing. It's not old age though, young people do it too. My Katie just turned 18 last month and she too is ill at the moment. I relate to the friendship with your daughter-in-law too, Di. Happy cooking together! Love the March figurine on the sidebar, nice that you have one for each month.

Eileen said...

Hi, Di, I've been playing 'catch-up' here!
I still can't get to every blog, but at least I'm back to getting to SOME of them. I tried to get here yesterday but only got that error message, I was going to try through Facebook, but then today I gave it one more try through my blog and VIOLA!
So sorry about Jake's precarious job and Ray & I can commiserate because he has the same situation at his job, so much talk about lay-offs. And so sorry to hear about Jake's fall, I hope he's healing. Too bad he has to work through it all too.
I loved your collections! My Mom used to have a big Hummel collection, and other figurines too.

I enjoyed seeing that you won the give-away, and I love roosters! I have that motif in my kitchen, not as much as when I had a 'country kitchen' but I still hung on to a few of them!

I guess life is pretty much like your 'good and bad' day! And I've had so many of those days lately, most days more good than bad, thank goodness!
I love what you did with your sink cabinet, and I loved the picture of the girls! So cute!

Thanks for sharing your crochet collection, I can't believe all the books and needles, and I can't believe all the beautiful work you do! So many unique pieces! I know I love and cherish the doilies you made for me. I smile and think of you every time I look at them!

Sorry about your unnerving day, I hate those days, days where you don't feel comfortable in your own skin never mind not feeling comfortable in your own town or your own home! Hope you're feeling more peaceful now.
I really do believe Evil comes to taunt us sometimes. Just call on the Angels, Di. "Angels, surround me." It works, and I really do feel them around me so often!

I enjoyed the tractors! And I loved reading about your dogs and the photos too. Every time I see a picture of Ruby I think of our little Pugsley. He was a cute one too.

It was nice reading about you and Jake watching movies and playing Trivia.
We are going to a 'Trivia Night' at Ray's brother's (Donald) church on Friday night. I'm so bad at retaining any information, but there will be a big group of us and it will be fun.
Jayden keeps bugging me to watch the new 'Karate Kid', he keeps saying, "You will love it, Umma!"

I know this is not an easy time, thinking of your Mom. I know the feeling of that loss and I hope you find peace, and I hope you feel her all around you.

And I feel the same way about the end of days. But it doesn't make me feel bad, or sad, or scared anymore. It makes me feel excited.

So happy to 'talk' with you again, Di. I've missed you.
Love you lots, E

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
You really put a lot in one day ~ God bless you ~ you are a treasure to your family.
I will pray to have a DIL relationship as lovely as yours is. Jason is date a lovely young lady right now...but it's early yet.

Jake must really need that rest time, heating pad and just hunkerin' down time.

Blessings to you, Jake and your daughters *
Wishing you some calmer days and calmer weather!

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