No Place Like Home

So a couple of weeks ago I had some appointments back in my hometown. I scheduled a bunch of things and made a day of it, down and back. It’s between 7.5-8.0 hours on the road. It felt weird. This time I wasn’t commuting and going home for the weekend, and I wasn’t moving a carload of stuff. Being down there just for the day, I was ready to get home. The north central part of the state is my home now. 

I came to realize this summer that they just can’t grow sweet corn up here like they do in southern MN so I brought my cooler along on the trip. When I returned I had it filled with Anderson sweet corn and Zanz cheese chilitos.  You can’t find anything close to them up here and there are some things you just have to have once in a while. 

Over Labor Day my Sis and Bro-in-law visited. It gave us an excuse to take a break from our project and venture out. It was a fun night. Had some good food, drank some good beer, and listened to some good music. I definitely need to get out more!

Mother Nature, Please…

So we started the home build project 10 weeks late thanks to the appraiser. We recovered. The shop project started almost a year late for the same reason. Then it rained. Then it rained some more. The next thing you know you have had more than 12″ in 3 weeks. After 4 weeks of no action we finally got concrete poured, block laid and walls assembled to go up. There it sits. Today it rained. We have puddles everywhere and a soggy, muddy mess. I can hear the thunder going again so we will be getting more overnight and into tomorrow. It makes it very hard to get anything accomplished outside. I would like the sun to shine. 


I had been wanting to print photos to canvas for some time. I continually put it off cuz it’s one of those expenses that can wait. A few weeks ago I got a coupon for 80% off and free shipping and decided maybe now is the time. I’ve been holding off doing any decorating other than existing pieces we already had so adding family photos to the walls seemed fitting. 

I knew the package was coming last week from the tracking information but time got away from me. Next thing you know the delivery confirmation said “yesterday”.  What?!  After pulling in after work I immediately went to the front door and retrieved my package. Exciting! I was excited. 

Needless to say I got nothing else accomplished that night. I spent the entire time trying to figure out where each picture was going, measuring and hanging prints. It’s funny how certain things can consume your mind. Our house is looking more and more like a home everyday. 

Creature of Habit

If you have never taken a personality test you should think about it. They are fascinating. Because I work in the human behavior industry I have taken several and I know my natural tendencies pretty well. I like organization. I dislike fly by the seat of my pants. I am a creature of habit. 

Today I was set on making Rueben Chicken. My problem was that although I knew the ingredients by memory I needed the recipe for the order of them and the baking instructions. I could not find it. In my mind I was visualizing the location and I was positive where I thought it was but it was nowhere to be found. Thank goodness for Pinterest. 

Over the years I have learned to be more flexible and open to possibilities. I prefer to think of it as “plan for the worst and hope for the best”. That doesn’t mean that uncertainty and change don’t cause me some amount of stress. I just roll with the punches a little better. 

The weather was lousy today so I made good use of my time in the kitchen. AND It turns out that I could have made that dish from memory after all. 

Stand Tall

I am sure you can relate to this statement. “There are days when you can really feel the stress on your body.”

I am working hard at drinking more water and less coffee on a daily basis. I also set a goal of 10,000 steps at least three days a week. Sometimes that goal is challenging because my day job is primarily sedentary. After a few months into my new job I got a standing work surface. I had the same one at my previous company and loved it. My struggle has been that I get so busy at my computer or coming and going from meetings that I forget to put it up…and I am feeling the effects. 

Stress comes in all forms. I often operate at a high rate of speed. Demands for my time and attention have me juggling many balls in the air at once. I’m just hoping I don’t drop one. Friday is got in a few holes of golf. I was “checked out” for a short period of time. I felt rejuvenated. Today, not so much. I feel it in my neck and shoulders. It’s pulling hard. I am doing my best to stand up straight and tall and have to remind myself often.  I’d hate to get to a place when I can’t weather the storm. 

Screeching HaltĀ 

We were on a roll. Over the last week we finished up the stone on the fireplace, shot and staked out the shop, dug and placed footings, and backfilled. Whew! Today we had two extra sets of hands, it was sunny and mid-70s. The kids were washing down the stone and the adults we backfilling. 

Then came the rain. First, a sprinkle. It was refreshing. We were all digging in and getting our tasks done. Then about the third time the raindrops seemed much colder and we commented to each other. Looking back, that was our sign. 

The sky unleashed. Not a downpour but a monsoon. We all ran for cover. Luckily I had left my car parked outside and the garage door was open. I had planned for a grilling a feast and feeding my help. I had the table set up already. Instead we stood there and stared at the muddy mess. I got out snacks. We pulled out the chairs. The forecast was fantastic. We thought it would quickly pass. We were wrong. Our weekend projects came to a screeching halt. Too much water…everywhere. 

Everyone left. I took a nap. In a way it was a blessing in disguise. We have been going mock 90 working day and night. We have a deadline to meet. But I was exhausted. My floor got swept. I cleaned the washing machine. I wiped out the sinks. It’s the little things that get passed over when we are busy, just trying to keep everything moving forward. Tonight, I seem to have hit the pause button. Yes, we have a lot to accomplish in the next 7 weeks. Not sure how but I have faith it will all come together. Until then – Maybe I will clean my house and do laundry, or maybe play piano.  Or both. 

An Expensive Date Night

My husband and I have an exciting, no, an interesting, life. Most “date nights” consist of a trip to Menards (or Lowes, Home Depot, Fleet Farm, etc; you get the idea). As we approach the top of the chimney (we are above the roof), we are getting ready to begin the next project – a 40’x60’x14′ man cave. Since we were supposed to start the project last fall (why we didn’t is a long story) we have many of the building materials purchased and on site already. Well, except for a couple big items – trusses, siding and roofing materials. 

We have made three trips to Menards over the past 48 hours. Wow! That was expensive and we didn’t get it all! We laugh about it in real time. Friday night or Saturday night, we usually have the place to ourselves. We wander the aisles. We are often in their longer than we need to be. Sometimes before supper but usually after. So while other couples are bowling, at the movies or having a cocktail at the brewery, we are hanging at our favorite big box store. 

I love our life. Crazy, but good. I’m hoping after these major construction projects are over that landscaping will feel like a cake walk. 

Oh, I should mention that dinner was almost free due to a gift card from my realtor thanking me for my business. Thank goodness after what we spent this weekend!