Posted by: chlost | April 19, 2010

Attempt #3

I have tried to write a post two other times today.  I am now on my third attempt.  Part of the problem is that I am supposed to be working, and have been interrupted.  The rest of the problem is that I am not really sure of what I want to write.

So, I will just begin.

The summer is looming ahead of me.  Right now, we have so many plans.  We are managing a re-election campaign for a state senator.  That should be enough to keep us quite busy in and of itself.  But I don’t want the summer to go by without getting some other things done.  We have planned to do a big yard project……removing all of the front landscaping and replacing it with fresh, more appropriate plantings. We don’t hire it done, we do it ourselves.  Again, that is a big project that could keep us busy all summer. 

Our daughter in Oregon is graduating, and we have a vacation scheduled around that.  10 days in June.  We are hosting a family reunion in August, with my mom and nephew staying for a week afterward.  My husband has been invited to go on a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip in Canada, complete with airplane access to a lake with about 12 other guys.  He’s not sure he wants to spend the money on that (????).

We are talking about a trip to the San Diego area in September.  Just to check it out.  It is one of the places we are considering in our quest for a new place to live.

There-the summer is over.  I know that it is going to fly by me and I will not even know it.  We will be so busy that I doubt we will really even have the chance to enjoy it.  It is a very short season here.  We have to savor every moment.  Even though these things we have planned are clearly enjoyable, for some reason they seem to take the summer away from me rather than enhance it.  How can that be?

My husband planted nearly 20 new trees yesterday-very small fir trees which he hopes will grow to provide a natural screen from the lots next door.  The lots are vacant now, but are likely to be built up someday.  It would be so much more pleasant to look at trees than someone else’s house.  A good plan, actually, but it seems like  a lot of little trees sprouting up around here.

As for work, I have absolutely no energy or inclination to do much.  Technically, I have billings that I can submit to get paid for some of my work.  I don’t even have the wherewithal to do that.  I am thinking that I am still depressed from the family stuff that has been happening, but maybe I am just lazy.  I hate it.  I hate that I hate it.  Not sure what to do about it.  Still working on that.

My sister’s s.o. (my almost brother-in-law, as they have been together for 6 years now) ran the Boston marathon today, and did well enough to qualify for next year’s race.  Unbelievable to me.  He is about my age……and just started running fairly seriously within the past 7 or 8 years. My sister also runs, and now they have gotten my oldest son interested in running races.  He is going to run a 10K next Saturday-the day after his 30th birthday.  His girlfriend is also running the 10K and is going to run a half-marathon in August.  My sister is running a half-marathon in two weeks.  My youngest son and his wife have started to run in the past few days. Don’t they have enough to do with running after a 3 year-old and a 1 year-old?   YIKES!      I am now one of the few in my family who is just sitting around getting older and fatter.  I can’t imagine myself running, though.  Walking is painful enough for me.  My knees can barely make it down our long driveway.

Do I get any credit for being related to runners???

No??  Oh, well, it was worth a try……………..



  1. Visiting Oregon in June — bring both rain coats AND sunglasses!

    One of our “younger” friends (mid 50-s) took up marathons. He’s looking pretty skinny. I used to run in high school but the boredom is what got to me. I jumped out of airplanes for a while; it wasn’t great exercise but it did get my heart rate up!

  2. From San Diego I say, Portland is wonderful but what’s wrong with where you are? How nice to meet you. How nice to get a note from you. 🙂 You will love it here….I hate to say that.

    • How do you like San Diego? I haven’t heard anyone with bad things to say about it except that it is expensive to live there. We are very tired of Minn winters. I have never lived anywhere else, except a short period of time as a child in NY state. Need an adventure, maybe!

  3. Where in Oregon? I am actually from Oregon originally and went to college there…..Western Oregon Univ. I am a Texan now….but still have my webbed feet….

    • Our daughter is receiving her Master’s from U of O in Eugene. Haven’t been there yet, but really looking forward to it. She loves it there.

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