Monday, January 20, 2014

Staying Positive

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Generally I'm a glass-half-full kind of person, so it comes naturally to me to try to make the best of every situation.  This past year has had more than a few "lemon" moments, and so I've had a LOT of practice trying to make lemonade.  (Sometimes I think making something alcoholic might be better for some casual relaxation, but I'm not much of a drinker, either.)  Anyhow, in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, here are some GOOD things that have been going on in our lives:

The Princess has made a couple new friends at school this year, girls who share her slightly nonconformist take on the world and are happy to introduce her to their favorite interests and listen to hers as well.  They're a good match.  And, through them, the Princess has now been initiated into the fandom of Doctor Who.  What's not to like about that?

'69 Chevelle Malibu, local car show, September 2013

Safety Guy continues to learn about cars - ALL about cars, everything from history to performance specs to value to reliability.  He's taught himself a fair amount about car audio systems, and is dying to get a car to put one in.  (Two loves in one:  MUSIC and CARS, with the added frisson of BUTTONS and DIALS.)

Safety Guy is also actively investigating future careers, and thinking quite realistically about his own skills, aptitudes, and goals in life.  I'm very proud of him for taking stock of his strengths and liabilities, then looking for career options that would be a good match for his strong points and interests.  I can't wait to see where the future takes him.

Mom and Dad's quilt top, ready to be layered

I've enjoyed learning how to quilt this winter.  I'm still very much a beginner, but I'm really enjoying the process, and I've already got ideas for four more projects besides the one in hand:  a quilt for my parents' birthdays in March.  (I don't think my parents even know about my blog, but if they do, SURPRISE!)  I'm enjoying looking at fabrics, and I'm hoping to take a couple more project-oriented quilting classes this spring.

My sister Debbie and I had a WONDERFUL brainstorm last night:  we'd like to take a weekend trip this spring, to Cooperstown, NY.  We want to see the Fenimore Art Museum, walk around the town, go to the nearby Fly Creek Cider Mill, and spend a couple nights in a hotel with a pool and a hot tub.  She can get hotel discounts through work, and we can split the cost.  We're quite excited to plan something just for us.  Sister time!

The Princess is enjoying 4H, and gearing up for show season in the spring.  She loves being at the stable.  I hope she has an amazing show season this year.  This is the first year she'll be eligible to qualify to go to the NY State Fair, too.

Finally, I'm getting the upper hand on the process of readying the house to sell.  Every day I try to do at least one thing toward that goal, even if it's just something small.  It's not so overwhelming when I approach it that way.  Yesterday, the Princess totally cleaned her room - DEEP cleaned it.  Hooray!  One more step on the road to a new home.

And so we go on.

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