Remember Old Memories While Making New Ones

Another beautiful day in sunny Florida.  Yesterday got off to a great start.  The kids arrived home at 6am and I marvel at how much work it is to raise a family in this day and age.  I don’t think I could have done it even when I was younger.  Becca had gone to a concert the night before with her mother so was home late yet she was up and at work by 6am.  My father used to tell me how he would come home from a date with my mother and say good morning to Mr Luoma when he come out to pick up the milk on the door step at 5am go in get some sleep and say good morning to Mr Luoma at 7 as they both walked down the hill to the mill to go to work.  I marveled at that and never had to do that and now history is repeating itself for this generation.  I guess that was the age of the industrial revolution where the factory ran the persons life and my generation had settled into it enough to make the factory routine bend to our wants and needs.  Now we are in the technology generation and all the new inventions are driving the people to work more and longer.  I hope we as a race can find ourselves amide all these things and take over again and just enjoy life without having to have so much that it takes over our lives.  I could not do it, I guess I am too self centered.

Anyways I try to help where I can but I am not sure some times if I am helping or just getting in the way and causing more work than help.  I’ll try!  At least Patty got the kids off to school with not big problems, boys of this age hate to go to school as much as they did in my day too and now they have to go even longer and recess is a thing of the past so they have lots of energy to burn off when they do finally get back home.  I am lucky, I had lots of time to do my thing yesterday.  The kids are all gone by 8am and I can have a quiet breakfast and check my banking and email.  I love writing to Rosemary and rereading her letter, it makes a nice start and end to each day.  Next best thing to the good morning and good night kiss I always got from Norman.  It’s like the book ends  for the books you keep on the top of the desk.

I did try again yesterday to get my Amazon Echo hooked up to this WIFI and just could not get it.  Then when Becca got home just after 11 I tried to get my lap top connected to the printer and ran into more computer trouble.  We both tried the two problems and work on them longer than I should have so it set a hurried, frustration that set the tone for the rest of the day.  I should have just quit after a couple minutes and waited until Jen comes or until I can get to the mall and go in to the computer geeks and see what I am doing wrong because that is what I had decided to do before anyways and what I need to do.  This is only my fourth day here and I don’t need either one that fast.

Becca had a meeting at school with the Gina’s teacher and had to get to that before the boys got home from school, Then they got home and Becca had to go back to school and pick up Gina from her tutoring lessons she has to go to because she needs extra help to pass the third grade state test.  If she doesn’t pass this test she is held back even if she gets passing grades on her report card. More pressure on kids and their families.

When we were finally all home again I remembered my early days again.  I lived way out in the country where there were no neighbors for the kids to play with and no family close for the kids to run to.  I was alone all day with the three girls so if Norman had an evening meeting or it was bowling night for the men I did everything I could to make him skip it and stay home to help put the kids to bed and be with me..  Yesterday Patty went to a concert after work and would not be home until today after work so things did not go a smoothly at night and we all missed Patty but Becca fed the kids, I fed her and Tyler and Becca got the kids to bed on time and I fell into bed and right to sleep.

I took time out in the middle of this to help Tyler get the kids up and fed breakfast and Becca came home from work to get the off to school.  I do think I was of some help doing that as I know the routine now from watching Patty and that went well.  Now we are back to my thing and Becca is getting a little rest before starting the house hold a personal duties of the day.

I finally got the pictures of my flight from Washington.  I was so busy watching out the window and marveling at the Rocky Mountains I didn’t think to take any pictures of them.  They were so big and rugged looking and in spots you couldn’t look too long at them when the sun shone off the snow.  Finally in Co I remembered how Landen had taken pictures out of the window. 

This is just as we left the Rockies and the cloud cover there.  This is in the foot hills of CO with some clouds but can see the ground. 

Still in CO but less cloud cover.  Still some snow on the ground but not much. I don’t know what the round circles are.  I saw those all through the mid west.  Any one any idea? 

This is in Kansas.  No snow cover down there.  But still those round circles. must be  some kind of crop and in circles because of the irrigation.  

As we went farther east the cloud cover came in more and in the distance I could see more snow on the ground.  There were also more cities you could see.  Up to this point there were only long roads that showed any sign of humans around.

When we started to head more south the cloud cover became solid and the sun shining off the top of the clouds blinded me.  I thought I was getting snow blind so had to close the shade for the rest of the trip.  This was as we were coming into Atlanta and we were down under most of the cloud cover.  That is the approach into Atlanta you see on the ground.  It was a great flight and only one or two bumpy spots, nothing bad at all.  And the company was great and set my mind at ease the whole way.

The last leg I didn’t take any pictures as I napped some and just looked out the window.  I didn’t have a TV screen to tell me where I was and the ground looked the same everywhere so I just sat back and relaxed.  Now I need to get some pictures from around here and will soon.  Maybe James will help me decide what to take pictures of for you.  Have a great day.  I know I will.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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