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I sure hope I’m not too late for this… After all, it is Wednesday now (Oyyyy).  I can’t seem to get myself on track with my blogging schedule lately.  I was a day late doing a coffee chat on my personal blog and ended up missing the deadline.

So what’s going on around here, you ask??  Well Monday we drove up to Phoenix to send our son up to Oregon to visit grandpa.  The drive up there wasn’t too bad except we got a good bit of rain part of the way up there which slowed traffic down a little bit (of course part of the slowing and congestion had everythign to do with the fact that we were getting close to Phoenix).  The car did run quite a bit better than it has been lately – amazing what a change of spark plugs and spark plugs wire can do, and yes – we did end up doing the work pretty much ourselves (with the help of our neighbor across the street, whom we had gone over to ask if he had a tool we could burrow.  It’s still sluggish but that probably has something to do with the fact that it’s a little 4-cylinder but the hesitating and not wanting to accelerate without throwing a fit has gone away….  So, where was I?!?…. Ohhh, right, My son, Phoenix, Airport. 

This is the first time my son has really flown by himself (as in not as an unaccompanied minor) but everything went off without a hitch (well except for the fact that he almost boarded w/o his carry on – LOL).  We were able to go down to the gate with him and stay with him while he got on the plane….  We even watched the plane push back and take off:

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It seems that, possibly, a storm or something caused a bit of a delay.  In fact, shen we first got to the gate there was a line of planes on the tarmac awaiting to take off.    As you can see in the video above by the time my son’s plane was taking off the line of planes was gone.


It was kind of a sight to see with all the airplanes lined up, slowly “marching” there way to the end of the run way for take-off.  I’d upload the video of the planes taking off in this scenario but I’m having a hard enough time getting the one video up so I’ll just leave it at that one.  I did l also capture this little guy 


So seemingly out of place with all the other big planes (sorry I wasn’t able to show the big planes that were in front of and behind him.  This little guy had actually just landed and was taxing to his parking or gate area, it appeared.

Yesterday, The Hubby had cataract surgery.  He was suppose to be awake for the procedure with just some light sedation but they ended up having to put him lightly under to do the procedure.  I say “lightly under” because there are (as I understand) varying levels or degrees in which a person can be put under – everything from barely under where they are mostly asleep but may still wake up during a procedure (in that case they would not feel a thing and may not even remember waking up) to completely and fully under (in which case they would not wake up during the procedure and would, possibly, be temproarily paralyzed.  There might even be a breathing tube used).  So in the case of my husband they did actually end up putting him to sleep to do the procedure but it was at the lightest degree…  Just enough to stop his eyeballs from bouncing about.  You see,  several year ago, back in 09, The Hubby had sufferred a stroke (yeah 250/150 Blood Pressure isn’t really a very good number). One of the symptoms of the stroke is that his right eye bounces up & down (well not the whole eye, but the pupils I believe it is).  Other than having to be put under instead of just sedated everything went just fine and he awoke without difficulty.    He is a bit more tired than he was the last time, partly due to having to be put under like he was….  Of course the whole working on the car, then driving up to Phoenix (a nearly 1-1/2 to 2 hour drive) and back, then having surgery (incuding being put under) has pretty much worn him out.  As he put it, his body is saying, well, “F You” or “S You” which everyou want to use there.

Back to our son for a moment… Apparently we do not feed our son enough, LOL, because when grandpa called to let us know he had arrived safely he mentioned that our son was “devouring a steak”.  So now my son has flying by himself under his belt — well okay not completely, I mean we did go down to the gate with him to make sure he got on safely and grandpa was able to meet him at the gate on that end so really the only time he was “by himself” in terms of being a passenger was only during the flight itself and he has actually flown before a number of times, it’s just that he has either flown with family (grandpa or gramma) or as an “unaccompanied minor”

So that’s what’s been going on around here, in our little neck of the woods, with my family.

Wishing you all a wonderful & blessed rest of the week.


Joining in on the Tuesday Chatter, hosted by Eugenia over at Brew N Spew…  First off, an apology for being so late in the day getting this done.  I know I usually do my Tuesday Chatter posting first thing in the morning.  This morning, however, I had another post that I needed to finish and turned in to have it checked over for approval.  This will be posted over on my Public Safety blog once I receive approval that everything looks good.

I did attempt to sleep in a bit this morning (succeeded to some degree) and took a short nap early in the afternoon — This is in preparation for my swing shift ridealong on Thursday.  Thanks to a certain 4-legged child (Meekah KItty) I am often up sometime around 4 in the morning – not very good if you’re trying to stay up past midnight.

Miss Meekah in her hidey-hole


This week, The Son is off at Summer Camp – His 5th year going…  You could say he’s a veteran.  I’m hoping he’ll take on some leadership qualities and help the younger scouts out – He did go as a Junior Counselor last (did quite well infact) but decided not to do it this year.   I have to take a moment here to toot my “Proud Mamma” horn – Our son has decided that he wants to go ahead and try for his Eagle rank.  Previous to this he had not shown much of an interest in doing so and we haven’t been pushing it.  I know earning his Eagle rank won’t be without some difficulty.  Earning the Eagle rank can be difficult under normal circumstances and, no doubt, the autism will be an added difficulty in some ways but I believe he can do it if he applies himself and works hard.  The hardest part is mostly likely going to be spearheading (believe that’s the right word) his Eagle project….  But first there’s his Life rank to earn (hoping by the Fall Court of Honor, if not then next Spring).

Everything is pretty well status quo with The Hubby.  Dealing with usual insurance mess…  Uggghhh what a disaster – always something.

And that concludes my Tuesday Chatter for the week.  Wishing everyone a wonderful blessed week ahead. See y’all again next week

~ The Wife


Ohhh My Gosh —  Friday already?!?  How did I manage to skip a day in blogging and over look the Three Things Thursday challenge.

Sorry to say I haven’t been following the whole bombing in Manchester super closely but not for lack of caring and as Natalie says in her post (link above) it is hard to smile when things like that are happening.  

Speaking of smiles and blogging,  I am at a decision making point – There are two smile challenges that I do on this blog. Both the Three Things Thursday hosted by Natalie and the Weekly Smile hosted by Trent…  Originally I was doing the weekly smile on my personal blog Jottings and Writings but then I moved it over here as I felt I needed a way to have more content.  Now I’m wondering if I should move it back or if I should move this one over there…. Uggghhhh Decisions, Decisions.

That being said,  3 things for this week:

1) Cataract surgery for the Husband’s second eye has been approved and has been scheduled for July.

2). I am going in for my first volunteer gig this next week….  And have a ridealong scheduled the same day – Going to be a busy day that one, LOL, but I’m looking forward.

3). The Son is plugging a way with his Math and is almost done with English.  We got him signed up for summer school at a new school that we’re looking at for next near.  It’s online based but at a physical school so there is the benifit of having teachers to help.  We actually looked at this school last year but were pushed into a different school because, well, Family πŸ˜•πŸ˜’πŸ˜‘.  It’s looking like this new school may very well be a good fit for the son to continue his High School education….  That’s what the summer school is about – to see how he does and what he (and we) thinks.

Wishing everyone a Wonderful, Blessed, and Happy weekend.


I was going to say coffee’s still warm, but then I got interrupted.  I have re-heated it.  Not the best but it works – *smile*

Here’s something definitely worth smiling about – infact I’d say it’s worth several smiles.  Our son received his Star Rank yesterday at the Court of Honor…  Now he begins his journey to Life.


He is continuing to make steady progress finishing up math and english for the school year.


Another WeeklySmile where I join Trent,who hosts this every week, and tell what there’s been for us (the familly) to smile about.

Having a bit of difficulty this morning as I was late to last week and didn’t get to it until Trent posted his reminder on Sunday.

The Hubby has been smiling (both chuckling and guffawing) at the book he’s reading online.  Apparently there are some pretty funny parts.  I did try asking him what he thought there was to smile about but he wasn’t able to tell me anything.

The Son, I’ll have to ask later as he is currently in bed.  Think I’ll let him stay there for now as it’s not yet 6 in the morning and I’m sure he’s smiling in his sleep about being in bed.

Me,  well I pretty well covered my “smiles” when I responded to the WeeklySmile 70 challenge – Here.  I am smiling at drinking a nice mostly hot cup of coffee.  A couple more things to smile at… Looks my son did well this past weekend at the campout with the cub pack counterpart to his troop.  The boyscouts came up with an obstacle course for the pack kids.  My son was in charge over the part where they hold on to a rope with hands and feet and scoot across over an obstacle.  Also he is getting close to finishing up his 9th grade classes through BYU – all that’s left to concentrate on is math & english (math being his hardest class and english being not far behind).  We still haven’t 100% decided on what to do next year.  There’s still many questions to be answered to determine what is the best course of action for him.  Prayers that we do what is best for him….Not what everyone thinks is best for him but what is truly best for him and his future.    To keep this on a smile note – I am tentatively smiling as I am proud of my son and the young man he is becoming.  Yes I have my worries & concerns (don’t all parents) but I smile when I think about how he can rise to the occasssion and do what needs to be done, can lead (or help lead), be helpful, all kinds of things like that.

Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed day.  Sounds like The Hubby has some questions and (probably) things to talk about and I’m going to want to make myself another cup of coffee.


Good Morning πŸ™‚.  Another Tuesday has arrived.  Come join me for a Cup of Joe and listen to some Country (KIIM-FM) one of my favorite stations.

For some exciting news (pretty sure I’ve probably mentioned these in passing before)…  The Son will be receiving his Star Rank at the Court of Honor this weekend.  The other cool news is finding out I am now officially a part of the police volunteers.  Still have the training to do, but most of that is OJT (or rather OVT – On the Volunteer TrainingπŸ˜‚).

Today is looking to be wet and dreary.  We were suppose to have gotten some ThunderStorms last night – If we did, it didn’t wake me up.  Also looks like my day will be filled with, mostly, phone calls and stopping at a couple stores.  That and stopping at another school to check it out as a possiblity for The Son for next year…  Long story there.  We had actually considered it before but it wasn’t met with great approval by others involved (not getting into that).

Well that’s my Tuesday Chatter…  What’s yours?  What’s going on in your day? week?

Tuesday Chatter is hosted by Eugenia over at Brew’N’Spew


Having trouble thinking of things to put down…  I mean it’s not as if things are going terribly for us, but nothing stands out being as extra smile-worthy.  Life around here pretty much just is – Not good bad, Not bad just is.

Well one thing we can, cautiously, smile about is that a bit of a situation we had to deal with here looks as if it is going to work out ok.  I’ll tell you, though, there was a bit stress running through our veins.

Another “smile” is that we are go for The Pappa’s cataract surgery next Tuesday.  He also has transportation to get to the follow up appointment the following day.

I’m also smiling because I’ll be going on another ridealong come Monday.  It’ll be the same station as before but a different shift.  Looking forward to an interesting and educational time.  No matter what, I’m sure they’ll be lots for me to learn.

Keep smiling.  See y’all next week.

Weekly Smile is hosted by Trent over at Trents World (The Blog)