Thursday, October 31, 2013

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking!

  Hello blog world! Sorry to have been out of the loop this past year...Work, family and yes, crafting stopped me from recording my goings on. I am hoping to getting back to posting on a weekly basis at least. It's not that I haven't been crafting, it's just been sporadic. Kind of an ADHD type where I jump from one thing to the next, leaving lots of things hanging. Which leads to a LOT of UFO's that I am trying to get finished.
   The boys are growing up and moving on with their lives. My youngest, Tim, joined the Marine Corps on Memorial Day. Graduated boot camp on August 23. We are very proud of his accomplishments. It was a fun, amazing thing to see our son in the ranks, marching and performing whatever the drill sargents said. Tim's grandma and grandpa and two of his uncles plus me and  hubby were in Beaufort,SC for three days. We all had a great time, and loved having the boy home for 10 days. I'm glad the gov't took him back though.... I thought I was going to run out of food! That boy has not an ounce of fat on him, and can pack it away!

The top pic is the official Marine Corp photo of Tim in his dress blues. Mighty handsome if I do say so myself! The bottom picture is at his graduation from Camp LeJeune's Combat training. Yes, that's a big-ass rifle (marines never say gun, so I've been instructed!)  The second pic was taken Oct. 1. Right after that, Tim got on a bus and has been in Ft. Lee, Virginia. He will be there until mid-December. Then he goes back to Camp LeJeune to be an Ammo Logistics Tech. OOOOORAH!
  Steven told us that he and Nicole are thinking of moving to Louisville, Ky. Nicole has a job interview next week. Sounds exciting and I am excited for them! New adventures are always great...scary, but great! And if anyone will have fun with it, it is Steven and Nicole!
   Jeff and his fiance are no's for the best, and Jeff is embracing his new found freedom, trying to figure out what/where he'd like to be. He's gone to Gainesville to see some friends, and is trying to find work up there. He will, I'm sure. Jeff still lives across the street, but is looking forward to moving on and up!
   Bob and I are working and planning. I had to change my leaky kitchen faucet about a month ago. Needless to say, a simple two-hour job turned into a 2 day adventure; three trips to Lowe's for the right parts, disconnecting an old water system, (which we discovered was the cause of most of the leaking under the sink), and improved water pressure once it was all put back together! We still have to fix the shelf/area under the sink, but that will come when we redo the kitchen. Which has moved up in priority! LOL
    We are also planning a trip to my hometown the week of Thanksgiving. Can't wait to see my brother, sil, nephews and significant others, friends and most especially, my great niece Madelyn Rose. I also haven't been home since 1985 for a holiday, so it will be FUN! Then it's home on Black Friday (I don't do the shopping thing, anyhow...I love online shopping, LOL) and a weekend of cooking for the family....Tim's coming home, too, Wed-sunday. I do have to have leftovers, after all!
   Oh yes, and on top of all that activity, Bob and I  are training for 5K races. Ok, my neighbor Laurie and I are training for it seriously. We are doing the Couch to 5K program on our phones. Considering I haven't run in 30 years, we are doing pretty well and I don't hurt! Winning!
   Well, that's all for now. I will post pics of some of my more recently completed projects soon...Until then, stay classy, blogworld. Catch ya soon!