Sunday, December 6, 2009

From Back to Work to Decking the Halls

Wow!  It's been a long time!  I've been busy adjusting to my new job (two months now), taking tax classes, trying to exercise and just keeping up.  The tax class has been surprisingly hard - just a lot of time and effort.  I've spent as much time on it as a college course.  Hope it pays off!

For those of you wondering how my political career is coming, I've got to tell you I came in dead last in the election!  My fault.  I didn't campaign.  The time I thought I had to do so was spent on the new job.  Oh well.  I wouldn't have made a good politician anyway.

We had our annual Brown County Weekend.  We always have a good time, but had 3 of our members missing this year so really missed them.

Our grandaughter, Emily, went to state with her soccer team this fall.  They won their first game but lost the second by one point.  They gave the other team a run for their money and we were all sad to see the end of the season.  They played hard this year and it showed.  (Isn't she cute?)

We had Thanksgiving at Tara's house and had our first deep fried turkey.  It was amazing!  What with good company and good food, it was a holiday to remember.

We are now in the midst of the Christmas season.  Our house is pretty much decorated for Christmas.  Just one more tree to go.  Now we have to get going on our shopping.  I have a few things - but really have to work on it this week.  Wish me luck!

This week, I'm promising myself that I'm going to update all of my blogs.  All three - without fail.  Let's see how I do.

Well, that's kind of down and dirty, but it brings you just about up to date!  Much more later!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A New Job and a Big Birthday

Well, I started my new job this week. I'm the Benefits Admin Assistant for the Greater Dayton YMCA. It's part time - at this point 25 hours a week and I think I'm going to like it - once I get a few weeks and a lot of training under my belt. Perhaps I'll even get enough incentive to begin exercising again!

According to the great state of Ohio, I'm officially a senior. I received my Golden Buckeye card about 2 weeks ago and hit my 60th birthday last Sunday. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but if I figure it out, I'll let you know! Another new adventure in life.

I did have a nice birthday with family, good food and lots of nice presents! Janette and Tara put a lot of hard work into making a family cookbook loaded with pictures of food, family and fun! It was a total surprise. Then from my three girls, I got a blanket with three family pictures - one from our wedding, one when our family was young and one taken with everyone just a couple of years ago. I've got it in my office for now and move it around to see whatever picture I wish to contemplate at any particular moment. Right now I'm looking at our family when I was in my early 30s. Nearly half a lifetime ago!! Sure doesn't seem like it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mrs. Ludwig goes to Washington. . . uhr, City Hall!!

Well, I may have lost my mind, but I've decided to run for city council! Actually, I misread an article in the paper and thought it said that they didn't have enough people running for the office this year. I'd like to get more active in our community, so this seemed like a good step. At this point, I'm not sure how many people are running, but my hat is in the ring!! What was I THINKING!!???

I'm also going to be taking tax classes after Labor Day so I'll be doing taxes at the first of the year. Again, totally out of character for me but, what the heck, it will be fun to learn.

I'm still looking for work. I've been out of work for a year now and nothing on the horizon. I will be up to my neck in projects, however. We bought a new chair for the family room that I love - but it looks really out of place next to my ugly sofa. So, the sofa is getting a new slip cover. Just got the material yesterday so I'll be busy for awhile. I'll put a picture on once it's finished.

I have really enjoyed reading this summer. I happened upon two of the best books I've read in a long time. The first was "Till We Have Faces" by C. S. Lewis. It's a retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid. Even if you know the story, the book is definately worth a read as it is told with a very different twist in a medevil time period. Wonderful book!

The other one was "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. It's the story of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter. It does not follow the biblical story correctly, but it's a glimpse into the life of the women at the time. Both books went quickly and were really captivating.

Can't say that I've got too much else to say. We have a little bit of summer at last. Last week was downright hot! All this just in time for the kids to go back to school, go figure!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Junk, Anyone?!!

Yep! We had a garage sale!! Janette and I put our stuff together, along with a couple of contributions from Tara, and took advantage of our town's community garage sale days. We did okay, not fantastic, but it was a good excuse to just hang out on the porch on a nice summer day! What didn't sell will likely be available again next year.

Janette is a pro at this as she does a garage sale every year. This is only the second one I've ever done in my very long life-time.

Someone asked if it was worth it. Sure. If it's usable and will serve someone else, I really hate to just get rid of it and the money I made went to purchase material to make a new sofa slipcover so I'm happy about that.

Otherwise, we finally have summer here. It's been hot and humid this week after record lows in July. It's been a beautiful summer. I only wish it could go on forever but the kids are getting ready for school to start next week. Far too early for my liking!

I'm still looking for work. It's been a year now that I've been out of work. Doesn't seem possible! Things are very slow here in Dayton - and I don't think we're an exception these days. Thank heaven for unemployment extensions!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Knitting Project

Just finished my first knitting project in about five years. It turned out pretty good:

(Pardon the old lady, I've no idea who she is and I couldn't find a better model!!)
You can wear it with the brim up or down. It was easy!! Onward and upward. I'm working on a "Library Capelet" that should be terrific in the winter. When I've got my blanket wrapped around my legs, I'll wear that over my shoulders. Should keep me toasty!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Odds 'n Ends

I have a great toe! I had no idea until I dropped our cellar door on it about a week and a half ago. Of course, the medical community apparently is not satisfied with the common designation of big toe, but who am I to question? Anyway, my doc sent me for x-rays and we found that I did not break it, however I'm expecting to loose the toenail any day as it is black and yucky looking. No matter, the swelling is down and I have no pain. Still can't get into any shoes but my Crocs but who am I trying to impress anyway?

The job hunt continues. I talked to my "counselor" last week. She's telling me that I probably should look somewhere other than HR - this is in direct contradiction to my last "counselor" who told me that HR would be my best bet. When I asked about her giving me referals, I was told that they come up sometime, but not often. This is a direct contradiction to their sales literature which told me that they would pass on referals. Think maybe I blew the money I paid them? I'm thinking I did. Although I dispare of getting my money back, I'll be calling them weekly for "advice" and "counseling" - just to hold up my part of the contract and give them every opportunity to uphold their's.

You may have noticed that I've started a new blog. I thought I'd try this and see if I can keep up with regularly contributing to one topic a couple of times a week. I've chosen "homemaking" to give me a really broad base of topics to choose from and something I know about. Check it out and tell me what you think - also tell friends about it if you think it is worthwhile. (Link is at left.)

I've decided to take up knitting again! Someone stop me before I leap!! I do this every so often, the last time was in 2006, I believe. I get snagged by a pretty skein of yarn and can't help myself. I figure I'm good for about 3 weeks and a dozen errors, then I'll give it up, tuck my materials away in the attic for three years down the road when the fever overtakes me again.

That's the news for now. I know, it's pretty ho-hum but I'm really not that fascinating!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Lakeshore Vacation

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since we've been back from our vacation at Lake Erie - but I'll tell you about it anyway.

We had reservations to camp on Kelley's Island - a favorite of ours - but found the ferry prices were just not conducive to a "cheap" camping vacation so we ditched those plans and looked for a site on the mainland side of Lake Erie. We found a state campground at East Harbor, Ohio. Janette, Scott, their kids, John and I headed up on a Tuesday.

The campground wasn't as nice as we'd hoped. Sites were very small and, unlike Kelley's Island, there was no view of the lake. But, we were right across the street from the bathrooms!! What can I say? Toilets and showers trump ambience!!

Tara, Jeff and their kids came up on Wednesday. We spent a lot of time on the beach. Once we got past the stuff in the water up near the shore, we had a wonderful time. The water was shallow and warm. Janette and I spent most of our time floating in inner tubes - until a lifeguard showed up on Thursday and wouldn't let us take them out because they weren't "Coast Guard Approved." Huh? So we found a warm, shallow spot and just hung out there!

Friday we all headed out on the Jet Express for Put In Bay. Truly, I loved the trip there and back as much as the time on the island. There is just something about being on the water that is so soothing. The rolling of the waves and rocking of the boat is nature's way of groovin to the beat!

Anyway, we had a wonderful lunch then rented golf carts to cruise the island, spent time sight-seeing and did just a wee bit of shopping before heading back again.

Saturday, we drove down the road to Marblehead to check out a lighthouse. This was really the highlight of our vacation. The lighthouse sits on a very rocky shore. The waves were unusually large that day and washed over the boulders crystal clear. The kids played in the water and the adults just sat and reveled in the tranquil surroundings. Perfection!! The place was crowded with people, yet personal solitude prevailed over the whole area. It was delightful.

Sunday, it was home again. It's always nice coming home again!! My own shower and bed. Can't beat it!