It is mid-morning Monday and I am enjoying my first real day of summer vacation. It is beautiful outside and I am eager to get my day started but wanted to share my little miracles from the past week as I link-up with Shauncey at Simply Shaunacey for her “Monday Moments of Gratitude”.
As you know I finished my long-term sub job at Rosa Guerrero library on Wednesday. That job was a BIG little miracle. I thoroughly enjoyed going to work and doing everything required to get that library spic and span for the shiny, new librarian who will start in August. I wrote about my bittersweet feelings on closing the door to this chapter of my life in a post, here. It was a toughy, tough, tough post for me to write but I am glad I shared.
Paul Clingan. Prince Charming. My PC. Another BIG little miracle. He is a gift that keeps on giving. Sunday, he was particularly giving. He said the right thing at the right time and it was just what I needed. I love you, PC. And on Saturday, he was gallant and chivalrous and kind. To a mouse. In our house. Over the last few weeks, Purrsnickitty has been chasing mice into our house when we let her go outside in the backyard. I would like to think she is chasing a mouse but I am afraid she is chasing mice. We talked to our backdoor neighbor and he is seeing mice, too. He thinks they are living in holes in our rock walls and has set out traps to kill them. PC suggested that we buy some traps, too, but I couldn’t bare to think of torturing even a mouse with a glue trap or a spring-loaded trap. I suggested we find humane traps. Saturday, Snick had a mouse cornered in the pantry. PC moved everything off the floor of the pantry and scooped the mouse up into a plastic measuring cup (now trash) then transferred it into an Amazon cardboard box. We planned to take the mouse in the box out to the desert after breakfast on our way to the gun range. Snick babysat the box/mouse while we ate.
When we got to the desert, PC opened the box and I had my first good look at this little furry critter. I know, MOUSE. Vermin. Plague. Hantavirus. Droppings. But look how cute. The mouse and PC.
I am sorry but we just couldn’t kill it. Or maybe WE could have but WE didn’t. And I love my PC for letting it live. Reminds me of the Aesop’s Fable “The Lion and the Mouse”. Maybe someday this mouse will return the favor? Now the spring/summer cleaning begins. Lest you think we live in squalor over here.
I am thankful that PC and I enjoy being together. We have so many things we like to do. TOGETHER. We hit the gun range after freeing the mouse.
We did pretty well hitting our targets…which is always some sort of bull’s eye and not a human shape. Just sayin’.
Learned an important lesson about communication while at the range. PC kept telling me I was high and to the left or high and to the right all of the time and not getting very close to my intended target at all. But I was aiming for one target – the white, black and red one (right side, second down from the top) and he thought I was aiming for the beige and red one under it. Need to communicate better with one another sometimes. I did better than we both thought I did!
After the gun range, we went to the batting cages. This is an activity that PC does (often alone) and I won’t even attempt. No sense in even trying to hit a ball with a bat, it ain’t gonna happen for me. Afterward we had lunch at Souper Salad and then stopped by Crazy Cat Cyclery to pick up our bikes. We purchased tune-ups for our old bikes and PC bought a new bike. I love riding bikes and I am blessed to have a husband who wants to do things that I like to do, even when they hurt his bottom or his back a little.
We had to take all three bikes home in the back of PC’s steed…his 2011 silver Mustang convertible. So grateful for beautiful El Paso weather and convertible tops. Saw these heart-shaped clouds overhead as we drove home across the mountain.
Do you see hearts, too? Or is it just me?
I am thankful that something has clicked in my little brain that has made me want to get in better shape. And curiously, the same thing has happened to PC. We are really upping our game…from hibernation mode to doing some kind of workout every day.
Looking at this second photo more closely, I apparently need to find an exercise for working out/off a double chin. The Rosebrough-Gaugler double chin. And still room for plenty of improvement elsewhere but I am feeling stronger, healthier and more confident.
Blessed to have made a friend in my blogging buddy Katie from The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life. We are both librarians, although she is a new librarian and I am an…ok, I don’t want to go there…a seasoned librarian. I first met Katie through the Get Your Pretty On challenges that we both did with Alison Lumbatis. I always admired Katie’s great style and smile, then learned that she worked in a parochial school library and we became friends. Now we are both contributors at The Blended Blog. Katie wrote a post about her Erin Condren life planner and I decided to try one. Love it. And have it with me wherever I go. To make using it more fun, and to encourage the habit of writing things down in it, too, I’m sure, you can buy these stickers to jazz it up. We call it ‘planner bling’. And Katie bought me ‘bling’ for my planner!
She mailed some to me with little Post-its notes attached. So thoughtful And then ordered some from Etsy that arrived last week. Such fun. Thank you, Katie.
Finally, can’t have a little miracles post without pics of two of my favorite miracles. Cady graduated from kindergarten recently. I think she was a little overwhelmed at all of the pomp and circumstance. And Lucia is holding her head like a big girl these days.
Aren’t those some angels? I am so blessed.
Now to get busy and start my day. So glad to spend a little time with you, though. Would love to hear about a little miracle in your life. Please leave a comment below. And here it is, question of the post. Ready? Question: What’s your planner, agenda or to-do list filled with for this week? Please share!
Hugs and kisses,