10 Days and the Planets Have Aligned

Monday, May 23, 2011

I know it has been 10 days and I am sorry about my absence, but life handed me a break. It was neither planned nor self-imposed just dealt to me and I ran with it. What else is a girl to do?

No, I did not get a job or anything  that grand, it seems all the planets aligned and everything happened at once. In stepped life and in no shape or form could I step past it. So this is what ten days away with all the planets aligned looks like.

It starts with Ms. Twister coming home from months of air travel and lots of tip-toeing through the house. I have to remember how to cook for two again, and darn tomorrow there will be no left-overs.

Every piece of lawn equipment we own has broken; two lawn mowers, a leaf blower and a weed eater. I think all this rain and the grass growing so tall is definitely due to a planetary shift.

What has now turned into a bi-weekly thing, transporting a friend to a pain management doctor. Fours hours later and she seems to only suffer pain while at the doctor.

My father loaned me a weed eater. I stopped by to pick it up and ended up laying a floor. This will be followed by painting the same apartment for him, today.

I have planted till I can plant no more, but learned boat shoes work well for gardening in the rain. Why do squirrels bury half eaten nuts? Don’t they have an expiration date?

I have constructed and installed a rain barrel. I had no idea Kentucky was full of survivalists but apparently it is so. The lady who sold me the barrel said they keep her hopping and in business. Plastic I have learned is a must for survival, who knew?

I have used and abused muscles I did not know I still had. I have blisters on both hands, scratches all over me and I have a tan or so some lady thought.

While in Lowe’s today a woman asked me if I had been to the beach? I was confused but smiled and said no. What was she looking at I’m white as snow? That is when I looked down at my legs and realized…

Mud when applied just right can pass as a tan.

Again, I’m sorry to my followers for being away so long. I just have had quite a bit going on, more than I care to put in a post. Today I will paint that apartment, tomorrow pain management and hopefully soon normal will return.

If you are here from Kathie’s Like a Box Chocolates, WELCOME. Please drop me a comment and say hello.

I will be making the rounds as time permits, so please be patient.



Vicki Rocho said, 

Wow, you have been busy! My yard bunnies have been gorging on my garden. Ordinarily I'd be okay with sharing, but I didn't plant that much, so it kills me to see them snip a pepper or tomato plant off at the stem!

May 23, 2011 at 6:49 AM  
Gail said, 

Busy, busy! Spring and lots of rain does cause many new jobs. Enjoy.

May 23, 2011 at 6:54 AM  
Liz P said, 

Sorry about your friend...I'm sure she appreciates you taking her to the doctor and being with her, even if it's an unpleasant experience...

The dandelions are in full force in our yard. We're going to have to do something soon. I was never great with lawn care...

May 23, 2011 at 6:55 AM  
Jennifer Shirk said, 

I took off for a little bit too--I planned it but still, I had lots to do around the house and I wanted to concentrate on writing. I did some spring/summer planting too.
Glad you got so much done. :)

May 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
li said, 

Mud as a fake tan...hmmmm...that might just do in an emergency! As for the squirrels, it's prob the males. Just like humans, they eat/drink most of something and then put the tiny bit remaining back into the larder. :)

May 23, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Seams Inspired said, 

You have had a lot going on! Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way of blogging? ;o) Happy Monday, friend! :o)

May 23, 2011 at 7:26 AM  
floweringmama said, 

I'm just glad to know you're ok. I was starting to get worried about ya. Life throws us a curve every now and again and we just have to roll with it.

Don't forget to take some time for yourself, though!

May 23, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Tammy said, 

Glad you are back, and with a Monday morning laugh!

May 23, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Jules, glad you're back! And I can appear tanned by rolling in mud? Interesting...

May 23, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
N. R. Williams said, 

Even when life is throwing you curve balls you remain funny. You have a rare gift. Glad your back. Thanks for grabbing Tiger's button.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

May 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Summer Ross said, 

Busy lady! I missed you! But I am glad you have gotten a lot done. Hope fully you find time to rest for a while some point this week.

May 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

Busy busy busy little beaver, aren't you Jules? Hope you're having fun while doing all those chores and helping folks out. We're here....

May 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
kmckendry said, 

Sounds like you were busy doing a lot of great things for other people! I think you deserve the "The Great Person of the Week Award" (not sure there is one but I think there should be)

May 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM  

You have to take care of life, yourself, and your friends. Good luck with everything and bless your heart! I hope your planets lining up are not rogue planets.

May 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
L. Diane Wolfe said, 

Borrowing a weed eater led to laying a floor - isn't that how life works sometimes?

May 23, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
GigglesandGuns said, 

So do they think you haven't shaved when the worms are hanging out of the mud? Just askin'.
Take care.

May 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
nutschell said, 

well, we all have incredibly crazy busy days. I hope you get everything in order soon so you can get a REAL break. :)

May 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Ella said, 

Life tossed me a few curve balls, no mud or rain barrel though. Just laid out stuff to work on art. Hubby is going fishing, hubby is going to go target practice with the guys. Hubby is going to take our daughter for her lst driving experience....but NO!
No one went fishing, cancelled target practice and guess who took daughter driving. She has never been behind the wheel. She asked Dad, but he was busying mowing the lawn and drinking wine. mmh, we could call this some unique new hobby, but it isn't. Fine mowing with liquid legs. Take Care, I love your mud tan, sorry about the blisters! Happy to see you are back!

May 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Paula said, 

Muddy alignment or so it seems. Yet you got a good work out and great to have Mrs Twister back at home. Love and hugs, Paula

May 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Julie said, 

Oh my, you really have been busy. I think this time of year is especially hectic, sometimes we need to take a break. I hope things are back to normal for you soon!

May 23, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Katie Gates said, 

Welcome back. Your recent activity sounds wonderful - productive and life-affirming.

May 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM  
Tracy said, 

Sometimes we just need distractions--enough said!
I thought of you all weekend when at the beach and well, I hope you treated yourself kindly through all the work you happened upon.
I'm off to the grocery store before it rains!

May 23, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Miz Helen said, 

Just stopping by from Katies Blog Tour. I enjoyed my visit on your blog and hope you are having a fun day!

May 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Carolyn Abiad said, 

Rain is done here - it was 92 and sizzling today. Stops that grass growing business right in it's tracks :) (Pst: Red clay is not so flattering on me.)

May 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Amy said, 

It is nice to step away at times.. You sure have had a lot going on.. I am stopping by from Kathie's Place.. Nice to meet you.. Have a nice night..

May 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
Elliot Grace said, 

...therefore you departed Blogland, prettied a wall, played in the mud, spend a day on the floor, and found yourself at the doc. And I thought I was busy:)


May 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Samantha VĂ©rant said, 

What kind of break is that??!!! I'm going to send some other planets your way!

May 24, 2011 at 3:44 AM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Welcome back, Jules! :) You have been busy--it sounds like a lot of work for the past ten days!

(Blogger's acting up and won't let me sign in, for some reason.)

May 24, 2011 at 6:44 AM  
Talli Roland said, 

Goodness, you have been busy! Glad you're back!

May 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM  
Amy said, 

glad you made it by.. hope the storms passed okay..

May 24, 2011 at 4:57 PM  
Clarissa Draper said, 

Well, it's nice to hear from you again. Seems like a lot of people are super busy. No worries if you can't stop by.

May 24, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Melissa Bradley said, 

Glad your back. I'm being discombobulated right now and my commenting has really dropped off. Sounds like you have been really going at it. Good luck with all of this and I look forward to reading whatever you post, whenever you can post it.

May 25, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Karen Lange said, 

Will have to remember the thing about the mud and a tan. :) Glad you are okay. Have a great weekend!

May 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Jayne said, 

Ah Jules, sounds like you've been bonding with the earth (and friends). You never need apologize for that. I'm looking forward to a bit of that myself... whenever I can find that kind of time!
But I do know what you mean, I've been absent a bit myself lately, and feel bad when I can't check in w/everyone... we have such a wonderful group of friends here.
Glad you are well. :)

May 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Holly Ruggiero said, 

Yup, I guess mud could give you a nice tan! LOL

May 26, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

So sorry, Jules, that you've had such a rough time. There are the good times and the bad. Some people lately are getting flattened, and so when I wake up each morning safe, I count my blessings.

I'm with your other followers in saying I'm glad you're back. And thanks for taking time to stop by my blog. You're a sweetheart!

May 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

I'm sorry so much got wrecked, but at least it's things that can be replaced.

How rude that woman was at Lowe's. I would never negatively point out people's hue.

May 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
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