Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What happened…

Duffy Brown here…
Okay, it’s August and where has summer gone? I have so much to do and only one month left. With two weddings this has been the summer of mass confusion. So, I started making a list to try and squeeze it all in, or at least some things in. Maybe one.

First it would be nice to get my summer clothes out and hung up in my closet, they are still in the basement. I’ve been running up and down the steps all summer long. I guess I’ll forget it with September one month away.

I still haven’t gotten my bike out of the garage! I had great plans of riding every week. Both tires are flat.

I wanted to plant a few new rosebushes. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. I don’t think there are any roses left to buy.

I did make a tabletop for my outdoor table that got the top shattered in a storm. But it needs painting and could be better than boards across a frame.

I did wash my car...once. So much for the weekly plan to keep it nice.

I intended to plant herbs. I’ve have mint stick in a glass of water for the last month. At least it’s still alive.

I really wanted to go to the farmer’s market every week to get fresh produce and eat healthy. I never made it once. I’m lucky I get to the grocery store. If the cats didn’t threaten to run away if I didn’t get them food I probably wouldn’t even do that.

The one thing I did do was not strangle my daughters. They are getting married and to really great guys.

So, I guess this summer isn’t a complete loss but to tell you the truth I’m already longing for next year. Things have got to be better next year…right!


So the question is, what did you plan on doing that never made it? I sure hope you were more successful than I was.

Hugs, Duffy


21 comments:

Laurie Fancy said...

Been there, did that last year, Duffy. Only my time was marrying our daughter off (that's an old expression, right??) at Easter and saying farewell to my dear mother-in-law this time last year. We lost our last 3 parents in the space of one year, so I know what you're talking about. Just remember that it's okay to say "no", some things just don't get done and the world won't actually stop turning because of it! lol I've been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching since last summer. I've come to affirm in myself that my faith and family will always come first. Everything else takes a backseat. I do what makes me happy. Remember "If it feels good, do it." I do. I use the good china, silver and crystal every day. Just do it. :-)

Laurie Fancy said...

Oops... grammatical faux pas... should say "...marrying off our daughter..."

Grandma Cootie said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one always behind with the summer-winter clothes thing. I end up wearing the same few things over and over while the tubs of clothes I mean to swap out sit there. We are just finishing up what I hope will be the last disruption - interior facelift - after a long stretch of surgeries-exterior facelift-surgeries-retirement-surgeries (not my surgeries, luckily) but I was certain that before we started the interior all those things on my must do list would be done. Ha ha. I just keep pushing those calendar reminders out. We always have a warm October (and with this heat wave and drought it may never be cold again) so maybe I'll wear my nice summer clothes then.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Laurie. I am so very very sorry for you loses. Losing family all at once like that is terrible. The girls’ weddings will be fantastic, just a lot going on. I do use the good china too. I love it and it makes me happy. Thanks for chatting and have a good summer. Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Everything else pales in the face of bad health. Get everyone healthy and take care of yourself the rest will fall into place. I so need to go through my closets too. How can one person have so much junk! LOL Hugs, Duffy

SandyG265 said...

My Mom and I were going to go to my niece's college graduation in May but couldn't get there because of the train derailment in Phily. My Mom is in her eighties and it would have been too long a car ride for her, on the train she has more room to shift around.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Sandy, maybe you and your mom can take another train trip. That would be lovely exp in the fall. Thanks for chatting. Hugs, Duffy

Anonymous said...

I didn't get my 2 tomato plants and 1 zucchini in this year but have been able to remedy that with zucchini from my hairdresser and tomatoes from the farmer's market. My main goal of getting wood chips down in my front yard got done and looks so much better than plain, weedy dirt. Lots of other small things that I still haven't done, but I'll live. Cordella

Karen in Ohio said...

Honey, you deserve a medal for not clobbering your daughters. The nerve of them, both getting married the same summer. My cousin's girls got married 11 months apart, and that was bad enough.

By the way, my oldest daughter and her family spent the weekend on Mackinac, and she posted a photo yesterday of the view from the porch of the Grand Hotel while they were having lunch. I thought of you!

Annette said...

Duffy, you are in luck. Roses are best planted in the Fall.

Duffy Brown said...

You are making progress. I bet the yard looks great. Way to go!!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh the Grand for lunch!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful. I’m there right now in my book and killing someone off in front to the place. You daughter’s trip sound like a lot more fun.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes!! Thanks for that. I’ll get on it.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Summer when all good intentions take a long nap on the chaise. We did plant rose bushes but the little dachshund promptly dug them up. See what happens?

Glad you didn't strangle your daughters! LOL

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Duffy Brown said...

Oh a pup! I bet he is adorable. Lucky you! The rosebushes can wait. I will be so glad when the daughters are married!!!
Thanks for chatting MJ

Margaret said...

If you would have asked that question in 2010 before I retired I could have given you a whole list of "to do list" failures. But since I retired I can't belive how much I get done. I have said time and time again I don't know how I got anything done when I worked. And I was very lucky to retire pretty young.

But that being said there is one thing I have put off for some time. Although my basement is unfinished it is still clean and dry and I have wanted to set it up as more of a structured living space. So when I go down to do laundry or other tasks it is more comforable. But that was supposed to be a Winter chore, but since this past Winter was a nightmare I never got around to it. They are calling for a strong El Nino this Winter and they say it will be warm and wet; so maybe it will get done. But, if I could just get myself down there an hour or two a week it would be done in no time.

renee bachtell said...

I enjoyed reading this blog. I got a good chuckle out of it. Nice to know I'm not the only one with chaos in her life.

Duffy Brown said...

My basement looks like a bomb went off…I need to get it organized. Congrats on the retirement!!!!!! Nothing like it. Enjoy!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Renee. I feel like I just keep running around putting out fires. Sure wish you livec close we could share war stories over lunch. Thanks for chatting. Hugs

jane chizmar said...

I really meant to clean my house and wash windows this summer but there are just too many good books to read and then there is the flower and veg garden to take care of I'm afraid my housekeeping is very lacking ...especially the older I get. I know there are always excuses but there you are ...I guess it just comes down to I don't want to do it !!..LOL !!! :)

Sheryl Hagan-Booth said...

I planned to plant a garden, a simple small square but it didn't happen with raiseing three kids. It seems everything gets destroyed in the house and I never make it outside. I also planned on making an expanding a play area for the kids. That also never happened. oh well! Hahaha!