Posted by: chlost | September 4, 2010

Things move on

It is Labor Day weekend, and it has turned to fall. The weather seems to agree with the calendar. Highs today in the 60’s F, but at least it is sunny. After several days of storms, the sun is welcome. As always, the summer months seem to have slipped away, and I feel as though winter is coming much too quickly.

My career issues seem to have moved on as well.  I have been informed by more than one supervisor that I should not report the problem that I found. I have very reluctantly decided to follow that advice. I am not happy about it necessarily, but realized that I would not have been happy to have reported it, either. I was able to ensure that there was no harm to anyone.  It has been an excruciating week, however. I hope to be able to put it all behind me. It still bothers me, though. Am I just playing the whole thing down to save myself? Or was I exaggerating it from the beginning. I am not yet sure, but I hope never to be in that position again.  There is now a “file” being maintained about the person who was wrong, and if it continues, there will be reports made. Her behavior has become quite erratic, and I imagine it may come to that in the future. 

Why can’t I find a new job?

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my granddaughters.  They are so sweet. They live right next door to a candy shop. This is the kind of shop where they actually make candy… is amazing. I wanted to get a small box of candy for a coworker, for her birthday. I took the girls with me.

How can you take two little girls into a candy shop and not buy them candy? Their parents really try to keep them from having candy or sugar.  I looked at the sugarless candy, but it was all hard candy, and not appropriate for a 1 and 3 year old. So, I found a fruit-flavored jelly candy, and gave them just a VERY small piece of it.  I actually cut off just a tiny bit.  Their mom was not happy. The girls, however, especially the 3-year-old, was very happy! She became a bit “energetic” though, so the sugar was blamed. I think it may just have been general excitement over seeing her “Bop”.  I can’t win on that one, though.

We are busy making plans for my mother to be moved from the East Coast over the last weekend of October. She is ready for it, but not entirely happy about it. My husband will be flying out to drive the moving truck back here with my sisters’ significant other. They will have a blast-both of them love to drive long distances, and have much in common. I hope that it all goes smoothly. We will at least have her settled in here before the worst of the winter hits.

My sister’s husband is now openly dating a person who works at the residence where my mom is currently living. It has been just under 7 months since my sister’s death. My brother-in-law and the woman he is dating are planning to let my nephew know about their dating within the next week or so.  My mom is convinced that they have been seeing each other for quite a while. I can only hope that it didn’t start before my sister’s death.  My mom needs to get away from it as soon as possible. She is having such a hard time with my sister’s death, and this is more than she can handle. I am not sure how my nephew will take it. He doesn’t talk much, so my brother-in-law seems to think he is doing just fine. AAARRRGGGHHH. What can I do?

We plan to have my nephew visit us as much as he is willing. He turns 15 in November.  I am not sure how often he would be willing to come here. We’ll see.

We are getting geared up for the election. We have been so busy with all of the family things that we have not been very involved in our candidate’s campaign. I feel horrible about it, but there wasn’t much I could do to change that. Now that there is less than 2 months to go, we are jumping back into things.  The election here has become quite nasty already. I guess that is no surprise, but it sure would be nice if we could focus on solving problems rather than focusing on deflecting the dirt.  Hmmm-that is apparently too  erudite for a campaign.

The weekend is quiet for a holiday weekend. I hurt my back somehow, so I am trying to sit on a heating pad. I have been reading, so that is nice. All the rest of the things I should be doing seem to mock me. So far, I have resisted.  I did do some furniture shopping with my oldest son, which was interesting. He seems to be quite in the mood for nesting……wanting to feather his nest with the  right colors and fabrics, pictures for the walls and accessories. I am not good at that. But I go along to give my opinion and keep him company. Since his breakup with his live-in girlfriend, this has been important to him.  I think he plans to stay unattached for a while-a good idea.

Hope that everyone else enjoys the long weekend! Perhaps it is warm where you are.

Then we can move on to fall.



  1. busy family life…
    thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for your visit! I enjoyed visiting your site as well.

  2. Glad you got to have fun with your granddaughters. Sounds to me like you DIL needs to learn to lighten up a bit. Fanatics are no fun whether religious or heath or whatever! Push down that spring too hard with kids and when it’s let loose they go flying off out of control. Better to keep things in perspective and moderation. Feel sorry for her kids. My father was a fanatic.

    I’m enjoying the cool weather, just hope it’s not winter by Monday! I like fall best of all the seasons; last year we didn’t have much of one so I’m hoping for better this time around.

    Good luck with getting your mother moved. And hope the campaign goes your way! God I can’t stand the sound of that woman’s voice. How anyone can vote for her is beyond my comprehension.

    • Yes, every time that I am with my granddaughters, I enjoy it more than the last! They are growing so fast, and are so much fun.

  3. Hugs from here where we never had summer.

    • Thanks-maybe if I had been there, I would not feel as though I’ve missed so much. But you don’t have to suffer through winter!

  4. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! Glad the situation at work has at least temporarily resolved itself. Hopefully it will no longer cause you stress! Have a great day! 🙂

  5. It’s still around 107 degrees in Phoenix, but things will get better in October!

    I hope you have a relaxing weekend, now that you don’t have to worry about the work situation.

    I laughed at the story of taking your granddaughters to the candy store. When my first son was about 1, my parents got him his first Icee. I wasn’t happy about that, either. Now, I choose to look at it as a grandparent’s benefit (to do stuff the parents don’t do – within reason). I did draw the line at a 32 oz. slushie, though!

    • I am definitely relaxing. I have to admit I am glad it is not 107.

  6. It is great that you are close to your granddaughters. Our two grandsons (2 and 3 ½) just moved close to Nashville, Tn. It is still about 4 ½ hours away but we went there for a week. They had grown since last Christmas. We are going next week to Savannah, Ga. and it will be in the mid-90s there but it will be nice to be near the sea. One nice thing about being in Norway is that we never saw any news really. Sometimes we saw the BBC international news and it was that – international news ,so there was not much on the US. We realized how little good international news we get in the US – they only speak about the worst events.

    • Yes, we realized that the international news is so much better-the US is not nearly as important as we seem to think we are.

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