Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 23rd - Family History Day

It is Wednesday, so what else would it be - Family History Day.  I worked at the Center this morning and we have five patrons!  That may not sound like much, but it is more than we usually have.  And, of course, all five wanted help with something or other, so Phyllis and I were very busy.

When I got home, I worked on more family history.  The person I visited yesterday needs some help on her brick wall, so I worked on that for most of the rest of my time. 

There was a ward activity for Pioneer Day this evening, but we both chose not to attend.  Quite honestly, ward activities are hard to endure and now that Bill is not in the bishopric, I don't feel obligated to attend.  Instead, we enjoyed a quiet evening at home.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 22nd - Stay at Home Day

I didn't do much of interest today - it was just a stay at home day.  I spent a few minutes on the bonus room, but didn't accomplish much.  When I get my pile of give-aways out of there, it will be a little easier to do more.  Most everything else was just normal, routine, boring stuff.

I did have an appointment this afternoon to help someone with her family history.  She has a brick wall on one of her lines and we were trying to figure out what was going on.  What we finally figured out is that it is going to take a good bit more research to get it figured out!  I got her helper number and will work on it myself over the next couple of weeks.

And that was pretty much it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 21st - Trying to Get Back to a Routine

Well, vacation is really over, so I had to get back on track today.  I had quite a list of things to do and I managed to pretty much get it done.  I only had two loads of laundry, since I was able to do most of it before we left Florida.  I spent a lot of time at the computer, getting things caught up there.  I even indexed one batch for the Family Search Indexing challenge. 

I had a couple of errands to run, so I went out in the new car - the first time I have taken it anywhere.  I had a major stop at the library - returned about 7 books and picked up 7 more.  A couple of the books are children's books that I am looking at as the first art project for Ashby when we start that.  I also had to make a stop at the grocery store to pick up some milk and fresh fruit.  When I got home, I realized that I forgotten to get bread - how can anyone forget the bread?  Oh, well.

My biggest house project was to start working on the bonus room, which will be the new art room.  There is a lot of stuff up there that needs to go anyway, so I started sorting some of it and now have some things that Bill can take to Goodwill whenever he gets a chance.  I also checked out the shelving from Ikea and picked out what I want.  It won't be the cheapest around, but it will be what I want and need and will last.  I think I will just order it online, rather than make a trip down to the store.  I will have shelving along most of the one wall, so a lot of the things that I want to keep will be able to be stored on the shelves rather than in the boxes that are up there now.  It will look much better.  I still have to find a table.  I am thinking this is going to take me a month to get done - I work so slow these days!!!

We were supposed to go to Empty Nesters this evening, but Bill got home late and I was so tired that we skipped.  Hope they had fun without us!

I did cook a casserole for dinner, though, which is always an accomplishment for me.  I actually accomplished a lot today - but I would still rather be at the beach!

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 20th - Church

Well, today was a normal Sunday - almost.  We had the morning to get things together, then attended our meetings at 1:00.  I do not have my class right now, but I still met with a couple of people during Sunday School to give some extra help.  One needed help getting set up with the free websites for LDS members.  The other has been called as a family history consultant, but doesn't know anything about Family Search, so we are trying to get him up to speed. 

Back home, things were quiet, as the kids didn't come over today.  They are recovering from our trip, just as we are.  We did a grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch and then both just relaxed.  No naps, though, as it is too late by the time we get home from church. 

Our hometeacher came to visit this evening and we had a good time chatting with him.

So, real life is back and I have a list of things to do tomorrow.  Darn!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 19th - Time to Go Home!

Got up early, as usual, and enjoyed a few last minutes watching the morning arrive.  Then it was time to get to work.  We finished the packing and cleaning out the rest of the kitchen - glad we did most of it last night.  Then the car had to get loaded.  Bill managed to get almost all of our stuff in the very back of the van.

Then we drove over to Lisa's condo and loaded their things that wouldn't fit in their car into the back seats of our van.  That left the two middle seats open and Lisa rode back with us.  Their car took the other six.  We could have taken another person with us, but they were letting Lisa have a quiet ride back home as a reward for having survived!

The trip was a normal Saturday trip from Florida to Georgia - heavy traffic.  At one point, it was actually stopped so we got off where it started and went over to 41, through Cordelia, and took that for about 20 miles, which got us past the block.  We still had slow traffic between Macon and Atlanta, but at least it was moving.  There was also some rain; fortunately not too heavy!

We got to Lisa's about 5:45, so it was an 8 hour trip.  Lisa had fun texting with Vanett in the other car, especially when the kids were a little restless.  She was really happy to be riding along, reading, and enjoying herself.  We got home before David since they had to make a stop to let the kids get out and run and play for a while.  They stopped in the Bass Pro Shop in Macon and that was when we passed them up.  They also were supposed to stop at the airport to pick up David's truck.

We unloaded their things and then left Lisa to enjoy her last few minutes of quiet before the rest of the troops got home.  We got home, unloaded the van, and unpacked almost everything.  By the time I went to bed, there were just a few little items left in one of the bins, but I had completely run out of energy.  There will be tomorrow!

We ran out and picked up some tacos for dinner and relaxed a bit. 

So the vacation is over - only 50 more weeks before we get to go to the beach!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 18th - Day 14 - Beautiful Last Day

Up early, planning to walk to the beach for the last sunrise, but the knee was bothering me and I decided not to walk.  Instead, I enjoyed myself on the patio, watching the morning arrive. 

I was a little bit late getting out to the pool, but I still managed to get "my spot" where I lounged and swam until the sun finally got to me mid-afternoon.  Every one else spent the entire day at the beach.  But I don't "do" the beach.

When I came in, I spent the rest of the day lounging on the patio, reading and relaxing.  Yes, that is the exact same description as I used on several previous days.  After all, there is no point in changing perfection!

For dinner, we went over to Lisa's and had some pizza.  Everyone is a little sad that it is time to go home.  Back at the condo, we did some of the initial packing up.  There will be just a little to finish in the morning and then loading the car.

It has been a great two weeks and I am really not ready for it to end.  I hardly get to the beach, early morning or evening a few times, but I love everything about being here.  Just sorry it has to end.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 17th - Day 13 - No Rain Today!

I headed out to the pool by 9:30 this morning, as it was sunny and nice and I wasn't sure if rain might move in later.  I didn't want to miss a minute of my pool time!  It turned out to be a beautiful day - all day.  I hung out at the pool until about 1:30 when the sun started getting me.  Then I went in, got some lunch, and relaxed on the patio for most of the rest of the day.  Sounds like a repeat of almost every other day - just the way I like it!

Dinner was take out from Osteen's - fried shrimp, of course.  Lisa and kids came over to eat with us, while David and a couple of the others went out to an all-you-can-eat fish place.  Brooks was tired, as they had spent the day in town, so he needed to get bed.  Ashby was going to stay and swim for a while, but then Lizzie wanted her to come over to play and she was excited to do that.  Bill ran over to Martha's t look at something she needed help with, so I had a couple of quiet hours alone. 

This vacation has confirmed for me what has been obvious for some time - I can not stand noise, crowds, chaos, or clutter.  I think it is a sign of senility.  And just let me sit by the pool or on the patio - that makes me happy!

Everyone is starting to feel a little sad as the end of the week is approaching way too fast.  I am so glad we stay for two weeks these days, instead of just one, but the end still comes!