Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend... and Beyond

Here we are.... Memorial Day weekend at the end of May already.  Today is Ski to Sea race day as well.  In typical fashion, the weather is unpredictable.  It is wet and gloomy outside as of now, but supposed to clear off and be better as the day goes by.

So many of us think of this weekend as the official opening of camping and BBQ season.  Others of us are completely focused on the big event called Ski to Sea.  My hope is that all of us will take tomorrow, Memorial Day, to stop and pay respect to the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day isn't about remembering just anyone.  It isn't about those currently serving, or who have served and are still living.  This day is about those who paid the ultimate price for us all.  This day is about honoring and respecting and remembering those who died for our freedom, for our country.  We have other days set aside for paying respect to active members of service, and for those who have served and are still living.  We have days for remembering loved ones who have past.  We even have days for celebrating BBQ.  But Memorial Day isn't about these things, or these people...... and I am hoping that anyone who reads my blog will remember that, and take some time tomorrow to simply be quiet, pay a little respect, and maybe say a little prayer, for those men and women who sacrificed all for us.

As for today..... Ski to Sea!!!  My brother, Brad, is competing today with his team from Lynden Door.  The "Doorknobs"........ recreational division.  This is Brad's first race, and he is riding the 42 mile road bike course for his team.  I am excited for him, and hoping that he has a great ride, lots of fun, and that he does well.  We will be at Riverside Park to await his arrival when he comes racing in to hand off to the canoe team.  Afterwards, we will help Brad get back to his place to clean up, and then head to Fairhaven to see the race finish, and enjoy the festivities and celebrations of another year of racing this great event.  I raced last year, and am out for this year...... but, I miss it already, and am thinking ahead to next year!

As we head into this final week of May, our schedules our crazy busy for the next 6 to 8  weeks.  We have some big things to get done around the place, fast, so we can get our place on the market for sale.  I have already been listing things on Craigslist, and have sold a few items.  We have a ton of clean-up to do, organizing, and getting ready for some big garage/shop/yard sales to clear things out as well.  I hauled a big load of scrap metal to Z's recently, and got $130 in cash.  I finally managed to get the field fence all cleared and repaired, and finally super hot with electricity...... those dang cattle should be staying put from now on!!!

Grammy & Papa will come up with their motor home at the end of this week, and will be here on into July, when we head east to Ellensburg for the state baseball tournament.  I am very much looking forward to having their help, inside and outside, with getting our house all spruced up and ready for sale.  Curb appeal, and maximizing what the market will bear for us, while spending as little as possible.  I have a list of projects to work on... and many of them are labor intensive.  I suspect that the month of June is going to be gone before I even know it.

In addition, it is time to start working once again on my health.  My physical and mental health have been shot for some time now, and it isn't a good thing.  I worked so very hard to become healthy and happy, and I loved where I had gotten to.  I was happy, and I was happy with myself.  And then I had to take on that second job.... and things fell apart!  It was a long and painful six months, in which time I went backwards physically and mentally.  I have been in a major slump ever since, and have struggle to get going again.  Not being a part of a fitness club has hurt bad, and I haven't had time to ride much this year.  Excuses have been the death of me, and it is time for change.  I am tired of being unhappy with my body, and my level of fitness, and my unhappiness.  I am so very hopeful that I can make big changes in the month of June!!!

June..... baseball, baseball, and more baseball.  Getting the house on the market to sell.  Getting my life back in order again.  Getting back on my bike again.  Working on home improvement projects.  Selling off as much as we can.  Spending time with Grammy & Papa. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

'Tiz May......

Yes..... that is correct..... not a single post for the month of April.  Why???  Here's why.....

The first nine days of April were absolutely, completely, wonderfully and amazingly awesome!!!   We weren't here..... we were in Maui, Hawaii.  Oh yes, and it was so very, very, very, very good!!!  So good, in fact, that I can't stop thinking about it, and can't wait for our next trip over there.  I can't believe that I allowed 45 years of my life to go by without ever going to Hawaii.... that was plain crazy!!!

The rest of April, however, pretty much sucked for me.... and for my family.  After returning from Hawaii, my immune system must have been knocked down a bit..... because when I returned to my first shift back at work just a couple of days later, BAM!!!   I ended up sick with a most nasty respiratory virus.  This was so bad that is knocked me down hard for the next two weeks!!!  The only blessing to come along with it was the weather...... the weather was terrible, so it made it easier to sit in my recliner day after day after day, completely miserable.  And then, as I was getting about half way through it..... BAM!!!  I gave it to Tracie and both kids!!!  Oy vay, that pretty much wrapped up the month of April for us!!!

But alas..... we are all healthy now, and April is gone.  May is here, and it has come with the most wonderful and beautiful weather this year!!!!  Sunshine and warm temps, with the rest of this week getting better and better!!  :-)

So, we are back into life once again here.  Spring is in the air, and we are busy with baseball and softball games.  In addition, everything has come to life all around our property..... and so, my days are filled with endless work once again.  Mowing and weed whacking, pulling weeds, spraying weeds, cleaning up debris from the winter months, and trying to get things under control and looking somewhat nice around here.  In fact, I need to try and get things spruced up even nicer than I normally would, as we (apparently just I) have made the decision to try and sell our house and property.

Yes, you read that correctly.  It was a good run.  It was a good try.  But, the reality is this..... we can't afford this place, and we can't manage this place.  Our lives have changed as the kids are growing.  We are getting busier and busier, giving us less time here, and less money to spend around here.  Quite simply.... I can't keep up with this place, and we haven't made any real forward progress in the 7 years we have lived here.  I am ready to admit defeat and move on.  And so, with spring and summer approaching, it is time to try and make this place presentable to the right buyer, and it is time to place a for sale sign out front.

So, if you know of someone who is looking for a 3000+ square foot home, with a 40x60 barn, a couple of smaller outbuildings, and 12 acres of land...... send them our way!!!  :-)

For now, off to get the kids ready for school.  Then to start working on cleaning up the place a bit..... as a realtor  is coming by this morning to take a look and help us come up with a fair market price.