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Peach State says: Monday That Needs More Coffee

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Monday…
I stretch and pull the good muscles I have as I reach for the coffee…it’s right there calling to me in a teasing manner.
Success!
Sipping the wonderful-warming-brew I regain stability and stand. “Ah…strength to continue on with the typical daily routine.” At least I know what to do…this is going to be one of those days…it is definitely a Monday That Needs More Coffee!

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A bit scary I know but we all have those trying-tedious-time consuming-schedule riveting-days that seem to never end. The funny thing about these complicating days is the fact that they, in hindsight, resemble a camera flash…over in a split second.
So I will continue in this whirlwind of uncertainty and chaotic calendar event…with my trusted friend and diet companion…Coffee!. I will get through this and I will be pleasantly surprised once everything is over.

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Another comforting concept is the fact that I am not alone in this quest…the above pic was posted on my Facebook timeline by a friend of mine. “Birds of a feather, Peas in a pod…well you get the idea!”

Time to cut-clip-stack-and-sort the coupons. I hope you can function today…if not just call…we can meet for coffee!

Have a great day!

Peach State

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Peach State says: Back to Normal!

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The buzzers and bells were silenced before they could go off this morning. I had been watching the clock for far to long as I calculated, sleepily, the time remaining before the alarm would go off. “I really despise waking up to clock watching instead of the normal…melodic jolt.” Who knows…since this is a Monday…maybe my internal clock was just getting Back to Normal!

We all experience the whack of reality after a vacation. We struggle against it…”It doesn’t do any good!” The robot-like functions of getting up and drinking coffee are a constant, reassuring action, allowing our mind to catch up with our body. “What is on our list for today?” Our mind searches as our fingers type away through the reminders and calendars of our modern conveniences. “More Coffee!” The typical morning shuffle of breakfast and conversation leading to the packing of the lunchbox. I apologize for not putting the drink packet in the freezer this morning…as my youngest cleans up behind his sandwich preparation…”No problem!” he says! This morning is peaceful and quite out of the norm…”I relish this behavior becoming part of a normal morning routine!”

The treats are packed into my youngest lunch as he smiled broadly at the choices today. “Do you want a little bag of Skittles or the ears from your chocolate bunny?” He chose the ears from the bunny. He usually gets gummies for his snack at school…but who wants all this candy laying on the kitchen table…best send it to school…”I hope I don’t have to apologize to the teachers!” He then said…”Some kids said we can’t have candy for snack…” I just chuckled as he tried to decide how he would tell me this juicy tidbit of information. He was probably afraid that I was going to tell him he could not take the candy to school. “No problem…take your animal crackers out of your lunch and eat those for snack…have the chocolate bunny ears for lunch…okay?” He grinned even bigger than before and said “Thank you for thinking of that!”. Problem solving done…out the door to the bus stop…the day is Back to Normal!

Another couple of gulps of my morning companion…my latte’…and I am off to fill my hubby’s
commuter cup for his trip to work. “Efficiency is the name of the game this morning!” My precious princess (12 year old English Cocker Spaniel) decided that she would return to the comforts of her bed after her morning routine today. “I guess she is not ready to get Back to Normal!” She will come downstairs when my hubby leaves for work…and up into my chair for another nap. “She does have such a hard life…” She guards the house and keeps the garbage trucks at bay…walkers are told to keep to the sidewalk as they move quickly past the house…she must hold down the stairs and keep the furniture fluffed and warmed…and the cleaning of the floors…”Well who likes to keep the floors clean?”

Expectations, laid out in reminders and calendars, give us directions as we head out the door. We will strive to complete the lists and make it through the day without any carry over. “How nice would that be?” The daily hustle may be stalled due to the hurry up and wait mentality of the traffic flow. The flashing of turn signals and brake lights are torturous when you are trying to sip on your coffee… The traffic is heavier today…then you are reminded…everyone is back from vacation…everything is Back to Normal!

I am thrilled that I no longer have to be concerned with morning commutes! There is a science involved in the flow of traffic! The bad news is that this is a week filled with major, life changing events for one of my sons. These decisions have been added to my proverbial “plate” that is very soggy and overflowing! Some of the items on the plate are minor time consuming activities…putting clothes away and cleaning out the refrigerator. This plate however…belongs to a “Mom” and moms normally have full plates thanks to the members of our family. We know the schedules of everyone in the family and coordinate the daily activities and appointments accordingly. There is a section on our plate for every member and “Mom’s” sections becomes over-run….”I don’t think I would have any other way!” I just have to remember to reach for another plate to reinforce the one in my hand…and continue! After all…everything is just getting Back to Normal!

There is a comfort to be found in this concept of “Normal”! We find ourselves “creatures of habit” in life’s daily routines. But…we grow and change…everyday! This so-called “normal” evolves as we mature. A thread of creative and entertaining thoughts weaves itself into our lives allowing for humorous banter and dreaming. “My husband and I find this part of our relationship exciting as we head into the Pre- empty nest stage of our life!”
Until that day…when the boys are all gone…we will continue on…everything revolving in a daily routine…everything is Back to Normal!

Do you see the normal in your life? Do you try and change it or just go about your day in a glazed over state? What would you change or add to your routine? Let me know…Until then, remember it is Monday and it is time to get Back to Normal! Have a great day!

Peach State
Don’t forget the Chocolate Bunnies:

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Peach State says: It’s One of Those Days…I Need More Coffee!

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First things first…I thrive when I am busy…but there are days I would love to crawl under the covers and sleep for a few more days. It is not because I am tired or not feeling well…I just have to make a big decision on top of having a busy, errand running day! It’s One of Those Days…I Need More Coffee!

My To-Do list is not that complicated…it has the normal schedule of up in the morning, drink some coffee, get my son off to the bus, drink some coffee, get husband out the door to work, drink some coffee…well you know the routine! I will need to do a more thorough cleaning than usual today…best get started when they leave. It’s One of Those Days…I Need More Coffee!

My son has another doctor’s appointment today at 3:00. This is a good thing because I have been trying to get his medicine changed and you have to have a new appointment for this. The only opening was at the end of April so I got lucky! I will need to either have dinner just about ready or need to make a zappit dinner. Oh great! “What’s for dinner?” At 6:30 two dear friends are coming over…not to visit although it will be a time filled with laughter and fun. We sing together on a trio and have to get some songs ready for a civic event. One of my friends may come by early and have…you guessed it…coffee. “It will be in the form of a latte’!”

See…it is not that bad of a day…but!

A sweet friend of mine is getting married on Saturday at 11am. The wedding is about 2 hours north.
And a dear friend of the my family died and his funeral is Saturday at 12:30. The funeral is in my hometown about 2 hours south. I have know this friend since I was 17 years old…so a long…long..(okay you get the idea) time. My friend who is getting married I have know for about 10 years but have only been good friends for about 3 years. What to do?

I am really torn and know my family would rather I attend the funeral.

I was asked last night if I was going to the wedding and I said yes…then saw the funeral was pretty much at the same time and in the opposite direction. No way I could attend both services. I guess I will have to weigh the decision and do what any good person would do…drink more coffee and wait for certain key influences to wake up so I can seek their advice. “What do you think about that solution?”

My husband is almost ready to leave…I can hear his shoes clicking as he crosses the floor upstairs. My day is planned for me and I have a plate full of fun-filled hours of activity. Spring Break is next week and my 18 year old turn 19 on Easter…along with all of the singing and songs to be learned…but those stories and details will be saved till next week.

Yesterday I told you I would give out the recipe chosen for the cookbook!
The Hashbrown Casserole recipe was asked about. I do not think I will use this one in the cookbook but I will give it out now!

1 bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns
1 package of diced ham (of course you can cut up ham if you have some leftover)
1 bag of shredded cheese ( I use Sharp Cheddar but if there is another flavor you like…use it! Swiss is good but my boys like “the orange cheese” better!)
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/2 cup if butter or 1stick sliced

Brown ham in skillet and add onions…remove from heat

Layer the hashbrowns in the bottom of your greased dish and salt (like you are adding salt at the table…not to much! ) spread ham mixture over the hashbrowns. Sprinkle cheese over the ham and repeat the layers. (I usually have 2 layers of each ingredient)
Place the remaining cheese on top and add the slices of butter over the top.
Bake until hashbrowns are cooked and done.
I have found that I can save time using the microwave to cook the dish then add the final layer of cheese and brown in the oven.
Serve with a salad and bread of choice!

I am just about done with my cranberry oatmeal and will start my cleaning day in the kitchen.
It’s One of Those Days…I Need More Coffee “At least I know I can and will get a lot accomplished and won’t have much to do tomorrow. Have a great day!

Peach State

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