Goodbye to Another Season!
Wait! Why are we rushed to decorate for
Christmas ( I will not say the holiday…it’s too soon!) before Thanksgiving? I want to enjoy my rustic-colored-leaves and ribbons with my non-jack-o-lantern-faced pumpkins scattered around. Mr. & Mrs. Scarecrow stand guard next to a harvested bushel of wheat and pumpkins…on my accent table. ( they are so cute and small!). The Harvest table runner, draped over the chair, is ready to occupy the dinning room table. The only red and green showing are in the apples on the counter and the green and red tones already placed on the walls.
Can’t we enjoy this time of year before jumping to the next one!
There is a lot of preparation that still needs to be completed. After all…the Holiday Season is not complete much less in full swing until you have baked more pies, than a family could possibly eat, and have the scent-of-Turkey wafting throughout the house. “Can I get an AMEN?”
Okay…I am stepping off my soapbox! There is just an order that must be followed and the fact that decorations are already… “Oops! My bad!”
Last night we saw another type of season end…It was the last basketball game for my youngest. It was a tight game and at the buzzer the score was 49-50! There were some great shots and not so great shots…but that is what the game is all about! My 20 year old, once again, was the referee for the youngest team last night. There was one little player who began to get upset when he missed every shot. As the game was ending the young boy was suddenly swept up and held over the goal. SWOOSH! “I dunked it!” He said, with the biggest grin spread over his face. He turned around and saw my 20 year old had picked him up to score! Oh the rules that get broken when you’re little! Those kids love my 20 year old and he enjoys that age group…
Monday night we will head back to the gym/church for Awards Night!
So here I go…on to the next task at hand…getting my house ready for THANKSGIVING! Planning the meal and baking the pies…I guess I better make a list! This will be a unique Holiday Season for our little family with the absence of family members but, I will stop there before I can no longer see the keyboard to type. I will close with one more thought as I sip the last of my “morning brew”…
“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”
The rebound is captured and the race down the court begins. The ball is passed, as a flurry of varied sized bodies wave their arms, to a small undersized child. The timid and bright eyed boy pivots and shoots…the ball goes up and over the basket. The crowd sighs with a collected “Aww!”. The action continues and once again the timid boy has the ball…this time he passes and the ball is put up for a score. This timid boy had helped his team score…Wow!…The Joy in a Child’s Eyes!
Now…why the interest in this young man? Well, he is the son of a friend of mine and he plays on the same team with my youngest. My 19 year old coaches one of the two teams at the church and if I may brag for a second…he is wonderfully equipped to do this. He cheers these young children, ages 8-12, and guides them in the basic skills of basketball. Once a star player himself he has worked with our youngest for several years and now finds himself thrust into a role of coach. The parents love him and so do the many children he works with on the court. Long story short…Last Saturday, this timid young 9 year old boy, was called over to the bleachers before heading off with the teams for half-time. His father whispered something to him and then let him join the team. After half-time my 19 year old son, the coach, went to say something to the father on the sidelines that brought a huge smile across his face. My son then came to where I was sitting and told me what he said. The father had told his son that he would give him $$ when he got a basket…the son both excited and scared told my son the coach…who then instructed the team to get this timid boy the ball as often as they could. My son then told the father…I hope you have cash!
The second half started and the scoring drive was set up…down the court was a drive with points sought. Down by the basket was this timid boy and his father was telling him to turn around…get ready…(The overly tall 11 year old player, as tall as my 19 year old, reaches the basket and gives the ball to the timid boy)shoot…shoot…”aww!” Those of us cheering from the bleachers sent well wishes and encouragement of next time and good try. This timid boy never scored…
But… last night at practice teams worked on a play which calls for this bright-eyed young boy to stay at mid-court and once the other team puts the shot up he is to head to the opposite goal and wait for the ball. You know..his shots were improving with each attempt last night. This Saturday, when they play again, we may have a very rich little basketball player. Another great thing about this is the attitude of the other players. They are going out of their way to make sure this timid boy gets a chance to shoot and score. “As a mom…my heart just bursts with joy seeing this type of teamwork. As a sports fanatic…I do love a good David and Goliath game…when teamwork is emphasized and seen.”
As for my youngest…He is doing an outstanding job playing this sport. He underestimates himself and does not see what the rest of us see. He is about 5’3″ and is responsible for guarding the oversized 11 year old. I am not exaggerating…this tower of a boy must be 5’10”- 6′. The lessons my youngest has learned, while playing with my 19 year old on the court in the back yard, are being put to work. Quick response and stubbornness have given my youngest the ability to actually rebound and block this oversized boy.
All in all…I am a proud mom! I can’t wait to see how the game goes on Saturday. I will save you a seat!
Oh…It is Election Day today…if you have not voted…Go Vote! My hubby wore a tie suitable for the day…want to see?
Have a great day!
As I sat down to write a quick morning note to you…my phone rang!
“Mom…can you bring my birth certificate and other shoes down here…I got the job!”
I quickly got up and knocked my coffee off the table next to me…No Use Crying Over Spilt Coffee!
At least my oldest is employed now…Right?
The mess is cleaned up now and I am off to stir the rest of the house from their peaceful slumber and get them ready for a new day. Basketball and work…yep! I will need to make another coffee and hopefully not spill this one!
Have a great day!
Last night, while fast forwarding through the commercials, my hubby announced he needed to leave earlier for the Monday meeting. “Get me up about 6:00 and I will be able to take my shower about 6:35-6:40.” That is all well and good if he can actually follow the demands of the ticking clock. So far so good! He has roughly 10 minutes to get dressed and out the door! “MEN!”
We all have crazy schedules that drive us rapidly in many directions on Mondays. Everything is a blur as we continue to try and accomplish our preset duties for the day. Life thrusts it’s not-so-humorous interruptions into our day and we press on finally crawling into our safe haven and pulling the covers over our heads. Pain, fear, bickering, pure exhaustion…the interruptions are many but, we remain strong. “We are strong…because we get up the next morning and do it all over again!”
Do what you can to the best of your ability! That is all we can do!
So…put a smile on your face and I will put one on mine…face the new day!
Make it the best day…because you never know what tomorrow may bring.
Oh and by all means…finish that cup of coffee!
Have a great day!
And So It Begins…
With coffee in hand I will start this cloudy day. It is a busy morning that will be moving faster than the speed of sound in the next hour. Planning and practices have led up to this day with two major items on the schedule from 9-11 this morning. It starts with a planning meeting for a major Simulcast next weekend that will be held at my church. I can’t wait for this event! I will share with you next week about this! At 10 my youngest takes the court with his basketball team in their first game of the season. We will come home and have lunch and do a few chores before the college football games, scheduled for today, invade our living room. Don’t get me wrong…I live for days like this one….sports, family, weekend cleaning…but who wouldn’t want to be somewhere else…with fewer interruptions?
Alas…the proverbial chips did not fall in my favor!
I will splurge a bit and stop by my favorite watering hole, on the way to church, and pick up some energy in a cup! (Starbucks…yep, yep yep!) I will have a smile on my face and be lucky enough to spend time with friends that I typically do not see except for Sundays. I will also be able to spend a little one on one time with a dear, sweet, peas in a pod friend whose son is also playing basketball at the same time as mine. “I wonder if we will be watching the game!”
It’s the weekend…and I do love a good…sports filled weekend! “I hope I feel this way in 8 weeks!”
What do you enjoy doing on your weekends? I will be quiet now…get some rest and relaxation…we all deserve that! Have a great day!
Mental flow-chart completed and ready for additions and the possible eliminations. Today is a day for another fun-filled-day of workman bustling around my house. I am sure glad that I have no place to go today…oh wait!…it is election day and I need to vote. (add voting to the mental-flow-chart!)
I have plenty of things on my detail-oriented-to-do-list. I planned and executed thoroughly as I drifted in and out of sleep cycles last night. “Which would explain my deep desire for more strong coffee!” The details danced around my head to the tune of the solo I have to learn for the Choir Special on Sunday morning. It is a rich-fast-paced-soulful-ad-lib-way-outside-the-comfort-zone type of solo. “I really need to learn to control the dancing going on in my head…I get wired when I should be tired!” Just a thought…”Wouldn’t it be great if all that dancing and moving around would burn calories?”
Yep…Busy is My Middle Name!
So, as usual, I was up early and headed down the stairs in full auto-pilot mode and began the squirting and pouring of milk and syrups for the espresso. I glanced out the oversized windows and saw the sporadic rain drops that were beginning to splash on the surface of the deck. I opened the mental-flow-chart and marked through a couple of items due to the change in the weather and continued with the preparation of breakfast. “I guess I was to busy in all that planning and forgot to organize the weather for today.”
The workman just called and they will be here in about 20 minutes.
The daily pills have been placed in the container for my youngest. With the added activities this school year I am trying something new…anything to streamline the schedule. My youngest has been taking TKD, as you know, but with school starting tomorrow it is going to be interesting with homework thrown into the mix. But wait…that’s not all… A new basketball league is getting ready to start, at our church, and is scheduled to run from August to the first weekend in November. Let’s just say..”We will see how well this works!” If my youngest cannot keep up with his school work and be polite and focused at home, TKD, and basketball he will not be able to participate next season. “I will keep you posted!”
I know my mutual-cat-loving-friend is thrilled…we may get to see each other because her son will be playing on the same league.
Well…daylight is burning (overcast daylight) and I have a couple of things to do before the workman arrive. I just want to know one thing before I close…What is your Middle Name? Have a great day!