The Rough Draft In Our Book Of Life Is Beginning

The rough draft in our book of life has begun and when I say rough I mean rough! Clearly, as you look back, the last time I blogged there was still snow on the ground. That was 10 days ago. Wow, where does time go?

OK, so without wanted to jinx anything here, I want to fill you in a bit on where we are since I get lots of support from friends and family that read here on the blog. I will admit, not proudly by any means but it is what it is…..here goes…..we have not eaten at our dinner table in well over 9 days!!!!! For this I am ashamed. Although, I have managed to precook meals in the morning hours to enjoy when we all do finally arrive home to enjoy them where ever this shall be in our home. I mentioned in the last post we have been apartment hunting with our son. Everyone…this has been SCARY!!!! Coming from a mom who does not always agree with her son…..we have been seeing eye to eye on most things lately and for this I am so thankful. Dad on the other hand is much more verbal and will tell him straight up when he don’t like something. I am more of a live and learn type of mom….however, unless it is just something I cannot look past and must give my input. Anyhow, here’s where we are with this….his one and only application for a place has been submitted and now we wait and pray. I am going with the hope of, if its meant to be it will be. Time will tell.

In between all the evening showings we had scheduled we took weekends and days to get other stuff done. That is when the tools for the other chores did not break while trying to get things accomplished. Frustrating I tell you….simply frustrating!

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I have been searching high and low for furniture and home items for our son in his preparation to move out of our family home and this too has been a battle. Garage sales here are mostly on Thursday and Friday and by Saturday if they are still happening all the good items have been scarfed up already. And Saturday is the only day I have to garage sale since I work. Although, we have lucked out on a few items and dad is lending a hand to fix, repair, and create quite the unique DIY home decor for when the big move finally happens.

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Also, with a well deserved needed break from daily life we escaped for our first camping…ok really it was glamping since technically we slept in cabins and not tents….trip of the year.

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We were joined by my brother,sister in law, and our nephew on this trip for the first time. It was fun…we hiked the entire bluff lake loop at Devil’s Lake State Park here in Baraboo, WI and enjoyed the great outdoors.

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We even dusted off the discs for disc golf while we were here and played a few rounds. When its your first time out for the season we found that things are a bit rusty and you often end up searching out your disc in the trees.

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It was a nice break from our home life chaos. We had a great time, I was sore from the first big hike of the year until Tuesday and I don’t think any of us were ready to wake up and leave Sunday morning. Especially their pup, Coconut, who simply was exhausted by all the outdoor activity from the day. What a cutie….

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For now I will leave you here….but you can bet this shall be continued eventually.

 

 

 

 

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Will I Cause It To Snow Again If…..

Oh my, what a gorgeous weekend for mid March in Wisconsin. I am using every once of self control I have not to hang laundry on the lines out back, bring out the patio furniture, and wash my winter jacket so it’s ready to be stored until next winter. I am so afraid I could jinx myself and cause it to snow again if I do all these summery things. Although, my husband has already put away all his ice fishing supplies and the shovels have traded places with the rakes in our shed.  So in all likely hood, it’s already too late. We have done too much already to not have jinxed ourselves and at this point we can only hope this gorgeous weather sticks around.

This weekend was somewhat odd. My husband actually ended up working both Saturday and Sunday which is very unusual for his schedule. Some big job needed to be done and at least it’s better now than in July when it’s really summer. So I was somewhat on my own all weekend for fun and excitement. Which you would think I would actually take full advantage of but I didn’t. I am a list maker to the extreme and I recently made our Spring cleaning/chore list that needs to be all done before we “play” every year. So since he was working, I figured I may as well get some things done also. I accomplished getting all the rugs washed, cleaned the garage, picked up some leftover leaves from Fall, ran a few errands, mopped the floors, washed all the comforters and throw blankets, and washed and ironed all the curtains throughout the house. By Saturday night I was exhausted but very happy to cross many things off the list.

Which brought Sunday as a day to do something fun. So I grabbed my backpack and hiking boots and headed to a nearby trail alone. It was so peaceful. I saw a few joggers, many people walking their dogs, and an elderly couple walking together. It is so great to see others enjoying the wonderful weather we are having. After the first mile I was pretty much alone on the trail with the occasional chickadee landing nearby. It was so great to feel alive and be outdoors again after so many months of winter.

Many of you have asked me to start letting you know the locations, mileage and so on about where we do our hiking. So here is that information:

I parked at the Mountain Bay trail head parking lot on  Lakeview Rd (Also know as CTY. J) and walked just past Rockwell Road until I came to snow/ice/water covering the trail.

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My entire walk was just over 3.5 miles round trip. This trail is completely flat with a crushed gravel covering. Beware of dog droppings everywhere along the edge of the trail. Apparently dog owners don’t feel like they need to follow two of these rules which are located at the beginning of the trail head.

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All in all ,it was a great walk. Not my favorite trail as I prefer something besides a flat surface, but it was closeby and I knew for the most part it would be snow and ice free.