Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Back to 'Normal'.....Whatever That Means!

The house is back to 'normal' whatever that means.
When I was a little girl about 10 years old, I constantly asked my mother if we were a 'normal' family.
'Normal' has always been important to me.
Now I am old enough to understand that 'normal' is greatly over rated.

Still.....it is a yearning of my heart and it feels good when I find it.

Christmas is gone and my home is back to normal.

Our bedroom was the last room to be reclaimed.
Louis Dean has been packing away the tubs as I fill them with the holiday debris.
This afternoon he went to Home Depot to buy another ladder so he could get into the 'upper room' aka storage area above the Christmas House. This was Amber's playhouse once upon a time. Then it became my shoe house where I kept over 100 pair of shoes and numerous purses. Then it was a lawn house where we kept the lawn mower, weeder and edger. Nothing ever stays the same around here!

While he was gone, I finished cleaning the bedroom, lit the candles and crawled into bed.
I'm not ill. Just tired. I am nearly 70 years old and I find that I need to slow down and take rests and naps when I feel like it. Today was one of those days. As was yesterday.

Louis Dean returned all discombobulated. He went to our local Home Depot to buy his ladder and they were out of stock forcing him to go to Dallas. He got stuck in traffic and did not have a good experience any where he went! Poor guy!
Not to worry! I told him to go in and take a hot bath and I finished up the potato/corn soup I was cooking. We sat with a glass of wine together as he soaked in the tub and then had our soup while we watched a little bit of the Olympics.

Just to be on the safe side - we made up the guest room where he lies sleeping as I write.

So much illness is going around that it is scary!
Amber has the flu. Logan and Trystan has had it weeks ago as did Deanie, Trish and Andie.
So far we have been fortunate in escaping it.
Our annual Siblings Trip is coming up on Friday and I am praying we all stay healthy and can enjoy our time together.

We always laugh and have so much fun!

I am so looking forward to our trip!
Just because you are not really close to your siblings tonight - that doesn't mean it will always be that way.


Ginny Hartzler said...

I agree, we need to nap just whenever we feel like it! Why could Louis Dean not find a ladder? How frustrating! This flu is scaring me silly. I have been isolating myself like a hermit. I love the big 4 picture collage on the wall by your bed!

Linda said...

Oh my, I thought Amber had the flu earlier. I do hope you, LD, and your siblings can avoid it. I think normal is different for everybody. How is normal established? Who writes the rules and guidelines for normal? I make my cornbread with white cornmeal, you make yours with yellow cornmeal, which is normal?

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hope that you both keep well, and all your siblings too so that you can get together as planned.

Anonymous said...

sounds like some exciting times ahead for you!!

Juju said...

You are right when you say nothing is normal. Things can only be normal in our own way.

Changes in the wind said...

Normal...that is something to ponder for sure. The flu is not something to fool with and hope you and your hubby stay well.

Arlene Grimm said...

Happy Valentines Day to you Sweethearts. Hey, eveyone enjoys a nap once they pass 60! That is my thought on the subject.

Sandra said...

Texas has been on the news several times in the past few weeks with flu statistics being really high. you have had your share, i pray it is over and you and LD are safe from it. love the I LOVE LD tray

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Great post Linda. Back to normal is a good thing. We each have our own meaning of it. Nap time is important. Love your take on siblings. Happy Valentine’s Day.

The Feminine Energy said...

Your home looks so inviting, Linda, especially your bed as I too must lay down & rest MUCH more than I used to. So I can appreciate a tidy bedroom and a soft clean bed. My mom used to call my bed my "nest" when I was a little girl. I can still hear her saying that. Lovingly~ Andrea (formerly "DanMyMan & Me" but now at my new blogger home "The Feminine Energy") xoxo

Cheapchick said...

I hope you have a fabulous trip Linda, so nice you can spend time with your family and that you all live close enough to do so :)

Vee said...

Oh it has been pleasant to catch up with you. I’ve been out of the loop for a while...under the weather in all ways. Anyway, Looks as if you have made great progress! Your home always looks beautiful, cozy, and well loved.

Sorry that Amber and so many in the family have been ill. This year, so many have been sick. Here’s to better health ahead.

Have a blessed time with your sibs. I know how much these gatherings mean to you all. What a heritage!

And 💗Happy Valentine’s Day💗 to two of my favorite lovebirds—
Louis Dean and Linda!

Bluebird49 said...

Poor Louis! I feel his pain.
I love your pictures, as always! Praying Amber will get rid of that flu---it's dangerous! You and Louis need to avoid it!

Happy Valentine's Day--I hope you and your siblings have a wonderful getaway!💗💗💗

BeachGypsy said...

Happy valentines day my friend!!

Susie said...

Hi Linda, Hope your day was a happy one and that you got lots of hugs form your sweetheart, LD. I loved your two posters. You know some times I like when my house is just simple, no decorating to do or put away. LOL Dang I am old. LOL.
Your family is in my prayers . All of them. I am wishing you a great fun siblings trip. Hug them all for me. Blessings to all, I love you guys, xoxo, Susie

Christi Duke said...

Happy Valentine's Day Linda! I, too as a child had a large desire to be a 'normal' family. It held me back from becoming a parent because I wanted my children to have what I never did...a normal childhood. Now, as I get older I realize that no one life is truly normal, we all just do the best we can! Also, we are trying soooo hard not to get sick that I have cancelled all play dates until March!

Carole said...

Oh, I am going to schedule a post about normal is overrated. Cheers

Debby said...

Stay well. It's scary. Have a good time with the girls.

Debby said...

Sibs that is.

Carol Slater said...

Your home always looks warm and inviting. I just have a few stragglers from Christmas that I plan to put away this week. I need a strong helper to get them to the attic and for some reason no one here wants to be that helper. UGH!!! I hope you get to go on your annual sibling trip and enjoy it.

Rocket Man said...

Matthew 17
[15] Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
[16] And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
[17] Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
[18] And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

Revelation 17
[15] And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
[16] And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.



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