Friday, October 31, 2008

Time To Rest

It's finally raining here in Northern California.

I wasn't ready for it to rain yet, I've been building a shed, little by little, one side at a time.

Like most of you, I don't have a lot of time, so I have to do everything bit by bit in those brief moments we call "spare time".

Yet it's almost a relief that it's raining today.

I have so much to do, yet I can spend a few extra minutes in bed, spend a little time just chilling, watching TV and relaxing.

Yes, it's finally raining.

Time to rest.

Time to rest.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm A Hockey Mom Too!!

My son plays roller hockey on inline skates, but other than that, the game is very similar to ice hockey.

In fact, he plays a little ice hockey in the summer when he stays in Oregon with Grandma and Grandpa. When I retire, in hopefully four years, we're going to move up there so he can play ice hockey in high school. He wants to live within walking distance of the rink. LOL, he even suggested that I should try to get a job at the rink!!

Anyway, I don't have much time this morning. I have to get ready to go to the rink. Then, after hockey, I'll rush home and get ready to go back to the rink for the fundraiser tonight.

I have a busy life.

It's going to get busier, I have a LOT of writing and painting to do over the next couple of months. Plus I'm building a shed in the backyard and then enclosing my back patio, all on the no budget method.

Have to run, too much to do today!!

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Winter Is Coming

Winter is coming.

Yes, I can (literally) feel it in my bones.

Winter is coming.

We're all so dang tired. Our bodies are reminding us that winter is a time to hibernate, to huddle inside and sleep.

We don't listen to our bodies though.

Back in the day, when many were farmers, winter was a time to both rest and endure. In the high Plains, the snow swept across the lands. The harvest was in the root cellar, in canning jars, dried or salted down. The livestock was in the barn. The family was inside during the worst of weather, reading, playing games, knitting, sewing, repairing the necessary tools for the spring planting. People more or less lived by the sun.

Winter was a time to endure the storms and cold, and renew and revitalize for the spring.

We don't listen to our bodies.

We don't hunker down in the winter, giving our bodies and minds time to rest and revitalize.

Instead, the hustle and bustle of our lives presses on.

So far, the weather here in Cali is warm and dry, but the nights are colder and colder. Winter is coming.

Winter is coming.

My body tells me so.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Where Have I Been??

Oh my, it's been that long since I posted? Where have I been??

Well, I've been hecka, hecka busy preparing for a Stand Down.

Plus, at work, one of the big bosses decided that we needed an annual report for our part of the agency. Guess whose desk it landed on? Friday am, he wanted it COMPLETE by Wednesday.

Well, it was actually another week before it was complete and posted, but I got it done. The fact that I'd done the job, only needing a few things to finish it, and oh my, he loved it BUT just wanted a few things moved around.

Yes, we know what that means.

A complete redesign.

But they're all happy, so joy, joy, another project completed. Another upcoming project for next year.

Success does have its own punishments.

Do a project well, for sure you'll be working on it next year!

In any case, more importantly, I've been really busy preparing for the Stand Down.

What is a Stand Down? It's an event, in our case a three day encampment, meant to "hook up" homeless and at-risk Veterans with VA, County and community services.

Too many of our Veterans are homeless. Some stats suggest up to 25% of homeless are Veterans. That's just shameful.

So we plan for a year, putting together this event to help our Veterans get their lives back on track.

I know, for some, it's just a good time, a haircut, a flu shot, three hots and a cot [in a tent] and they can even leave if they choose.

But for some, this is the first step in turning their lives around. This is their first step Home.

So this year's even was a rousing success, nearly 200 Veterans plus 20 or 30 dependents received assistance with VA medical, signing up for County services, seeing the Judge for small offenses like traffic tickets, panhandling, camping and other infractions, and much, much more.

It's a good feeling, to be one of the people who are saying to the men and women who have sacrificed so much of their lives in service to their country, saying: "Welcome Home!"

"Welcome Home."