Casual Friday – 5/15/15

Casual Friday BootsOn Fridays I join Amie of Amie Writes for Casual Friday, a post “with no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.” Check out her blog, and join us in observing Casual Friday if you would like.

I am happy to report that last weekend’s task of cleaning out and reorganizing my closet was successful. I happen to be blessed with a huge walk-in closet. The amount of stuff grows in order to fill the space that is available. I can’t say that I did a major purge. I did get rid of some things but the biggest accomplishment was reorganizing so it feels uncluttered and well organized.

My daughter is here from Nashville for about a week. We picked her up at the airport last night and had dinner out. She is sleeping in today while I am going to work. The only bad thing about her visit now is that because a major project is being rolled out at my job on June 1, I can’t take time off. I will have to be content to spend the weekend and evenings with her. She chose to visit now because she starts a new job after Memorial Day and it will be a while before she will have vacation time. While here she wants to go through the clothes that are still at the house. Her new job requires her to wear professional clothes so she has to build a wardrobe. That will also entail some shopping time. Shopping is not my favorite activity and this shopping venture is likely to be quite a marathon, but I should be able to tolerate it since it happens infrequently. I know there are some people who live to shop and who would not describe a shopping trip as something to be tolerated. I, however, am not one of those people.

imageIn my “What’s New in the Spring Garden” department, I can report that my neighbors beautiful columbines are in bloom. They are “volunteer”, something she did not plant herself. We have a beautiful view of the flowers in her side yard from our kitchen window. I would not mind if they volunteered at my place.

Last weekend while sitting at my desk that overlooks our back deck, a flock of about 25 birds visited our bird bath. A unique characteristic was that the tips of their tails had a bright yellow band. It looked like each bird’s tail had been dipped in a can of yellow paint. As they sat around the rim of the bird bath the yellow tips flashed time and time again while they bowed to sip water. They also had  crests on their heads and red on the ends of wing feathers. A look at the bird book identified them as cedar waxwings. I was unable to get a photo but we watched the whole flock cavorting around the bird birth for minutes at a time. They arrived as a flock and left as a flock several different times over a period of several hours.

I do not expect to do any blogging during the next several days while my daughter is home. I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

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25 thoughts on “Casual Friday – 5/15/15

  1. Mary-Anne at Breathing Life May 15, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Enjoy your visit – my daughter will be home in the next week or so and I can’t wait.
    What a delight – all those beautiful birds at the birdbath!
    And now you have inspired me to go sort out my closet.

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:19 am

      I am happy for you that your daughter will soon be home. It is such a big part of parenting to let go of your darlings, with hope that they are adequately prepared to face life’s challenges. Mine will always be my baby but I am proud of the fine young woman she has become. I love that I have finally learned to slow down enough to enjoy the birds and the beauty of spring. And good look to you and your closet sorting. It is a project!

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:21 am

      I hope you have a great weekend also. The time with my daughter will go by too quickly, but we are at the point in our lives and relationship where we will have good communication and sharing even if we are not physically together.

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  2. rainydayreflections May 15, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    I love your “Casual Fridays”. It’s a nice way to get to know you as a person and not just a blogger. Enjoy your visit with your daughter. 🙂

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:22 am

      Thank you. It is my favorite “regular” post because I feel no pressure. I can be totally random and hit just the highlights or discuss whatever I feel like mentioning.

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  3. luckyjc007 May 15, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    I know what you mean about making space in your closet…it always ends up growing with other things…then, you get to do it again! Your neighbor’s flowers are beautiful. Enjoy your visit with your daughter and I hope she will enjoy her new job.

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    • Good Woman May 16, 2015 / 8:28 am

      Regarding the closet, it “feels” so great when the project is completed. I always vow to keep it under control. But you’re right, I will fall into the same bad habits again and will then have to redo it once again. I am having a wonderful visit with my daughter. She is a voracious reader and she never has enough time for it in the course of her regular life, and part of our time is being spent on quiet reading time. For some that might not seem to be a great way to spend the time, but for us it is very comfortable. I also hope the job works out very well for her. She was extremely impressed with the people she has met that she will be working with and I feel very optimistic for her..

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  4. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature May 16, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    I hope you are having fun with your daughter. I am in New Hampshire right now with my Goddaughter, who just graduated from college. Yay! She is like a daughter to me. I love cedar waxwings. I hardly ever see them, so it is a real treat. So glad you got to see them!

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    • Good Woman May 20, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      We had a wonderful time. I have never traveled to the New England states but I really want to. I think this was the first time we have seen cedar waxwings at our bird bath. We sure enjoy watching the bird bath.

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  5. Ginny May 17, 2015 / 10:39 am

    Have a wonderful time visiting with your daughter and going shopping 😉

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    • Good Woman May 20, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks. We had a wonderful time and the shopping was not too bad.

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  6. Aunt Beulah May 20, 2015 / 9:24 am

    I’m so pleased to meet someone who shares my intolerance for shopping, but will participate when loved ones are involved. I enjoyed this post with its casual glimpse into a day in your life and envied your ability to watch the visitors to your bird bath. I know I’ll be back to visit your blog.

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    • Good Woman May 20, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks so much for the visit and the promise to return. When I shop I know exactly what I am looking for and once I find it I am done. I am not one of those people who browses and looks at everything. I get what I want and get out.

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  7. Faraday's Candle May 20, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    May your daughters visit be wonderful and your neighbors flowers are volunteered. Thanks for sharing.

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