Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Skies Still Dark, Mood Brighter

Today felt much better than yesterday, as I knew it would. My Bob was much calmer and into his work week groove, as I knew he would be. After almost 30 years of marriage you just know the best way to deal with each other and hang onto the saying, "This, too, shall pass". The longer you're married, the better you become at reading and handling the needs and moods of your spouse; or is it, the better you are at reading and handling the needs and moods of your spouse, the longer you stay married? Either way, it has worked well for us.

Today is Tuesday, so half the day was spent working in my "office", as part time office assistant for My Bob. Thought you may want to see my "office". It's a great corner office with a great view, and comes complete with a full kitchen. Ha Ha. I have my little antique desk, file drawer and printer set up in the corner of my breakfast nook. When I'm done working, I close up the desk, file all the papers, and my kitchen's back in order. It's a great set up and I know I'm very fortunate to be able to have it this way.
After lunch, our neighbor asked if we had any use for some left over gravel that he had in his pick up truck. He's had to tear out and now rebuild part of his patio because it sunk about 4 inches after the winter. My Bob appreciated the offer because he needed to fill in some sink holes that develop every year out on our little peninsula in the lake. The muskrats and the water digs away at it from underneath. Here's Bob and Corky, the neighbor, shoveling the gravel into our wheelbarrow. My Bob always feels good after some physical activity, so this was a welcome break. I do mostly all of the yard work, but the heavy lifting stuff I have to leave to Bob.
Thank goodness they got this little project done just in time, because guess what? You got it, as usual, it started to rain. And not just a little bit. It poured, and the wind blew, and so much hail came down my back deck looked like it was covered with ice cubes. That storm didn't last too long, although it has continued to sprinkle the rest of the day. Bob came down stairs from his office, walked into the dining room and yells into the kitchen at me, "What happened in here?" There was water all over the floor in front of the bay window. And it didn't come in through the window. It was dripping from behind the molding on the ceiling. Great! It's always something, isn't it? But you know what, surprisingly neither one of us got too worked up. We remained calm, I cleaned up the mess, and we'll have to get someone to take a look to find the problem. It's not leaking any more, even though it's still raining. The strong wind must have done it. We'll get it fixed. "This, too, shall pass". (My new mantra)

The puddle was on the floor right under the plants. You can see the sudden water stains on the ceiling, but thank goodness it was on hardwood and not carpeting. I guess you need to look at the positive.


Grandma J said...

Water leaks...ugh! I'm so glad the mood is brighter despite the dark skies. I found a zillion ants in my undies drawer!

I have windows on two walls in my spare room, and after seeing your picture...I'm moving my desk to the corner! Right now my desk is the only furniture in there, and I'm thinking of making it a sitting room with wicker...and my desk of course.

Lover of Life/ Nancy said...

You handle everything so well. Congrats on realizing "this too shall pass". I had another disappointment with some closet buit-in-contractor stuff on Monday, and instead of climbing the walls, I just said - it's his problem, and all the stress just went away. We only need to take on what we feel is necessary, you know?

Love your little kitchen-office!

MzzLily said...

Your office has a very nice view. Thanks for the reminder... We've never really checked the roof since our hail storm last week. I'll put it on tomorrow's to-do list.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Well I am glad I popped by here after reading your comment on my blog. I stayed much longer than I planned to as you write so very well. Your reminder to yourself to let the small stuff and the big stuff go is a salient reminder to let the sthings that annoy or upset us go as we have no control over them and so to worry is to waste valuable energy and brain space. Wonderful blog. I have set myself up as a follower as I find your writing style so easy to go with and enjoy.

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi! Just stopping by to let you know that I just added your blog link to the Bloggers Over 50. Welcome.

And since I'm posting the comment with my personal blog open, I invite you to stop by and visit with me anytime!!!

Your blog is beautiful!!!!

Rae said...

Your "office" is lovely. I would never get a thing done there though. I am a window gazer and those look ideal for sitting and staring out.

Stacey said...

Hi Nina! Your little work spot looks nice. It looks like a beautiful view...possibly distracting for me. :) We have a few sinkhole issues too. We have to have the concrete people out soon to fill in the "void" under our drive way. We don't really have sinkholes...we have places where the water has washed the dirt out from under the foundation. That's not a fun way to spend money. Pooey!

Ramona said...

Good Morning ~

I am sending some Oregon sun to you...it really is a mood lifter! I really enjoy your blog...it is wonderfully written and interesting. Thank you for stopping by my neck of the woods to say hello. I will visit again and again and then some!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Candy-Faith :) said...

Thanks for your sweet comments :)
Your such a sweet lady!!!
I never knew anyone names Corky before! Cute name for a neighbor :)

The Machinist's Wife said...

Hi Nina

I adore your office! I think it can be so peaceful to be able to look out of the window as you're working away - especially doing paperwork / admin, as it can get so monotonous. I had a paperwork day today, but I don't look out of the window; - I face a wall, so I pretty the wall up as best I can. I love your outlook on life.

Grandma Nina said...

MOB - Thanks for visiting. I enjoyo your blog, too. I find that menopausal women have a lot in common.
Rae and Stacey - It does get a little distracting at times, but my mind tends to wander regardless.
Ramona - thanks for sending some sunshine, it just didn't get here yet.
M.W. - it's even more peaceful if I'm the only one home. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi Nina, Thanks for stopping by and commentsing. I love your corner office:>) Beautiful view.


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