Monday, November 30, 2015

How To Unpack Moving Boxes!

You may wonder what reason one would have for ending title of a blog post with an exclamation mark. I'll tell you why... Life. A story.

A long, long time ago, a family had to pack up and move out of their large, roomy home. Long story.

One Spring, that same family had to move again; this time, from a small, four room, one bathroom  HOME NOT OUR OWNWorrisome story.

In the nick of time, with only a week left to move out of tiny house, this family found a much roomier rental. Suspense story.

Then, not long after moving, a long road trip was made to retrieve boxes upon boxes of possessions from storage unit and deliver them at new rental. Unnerving story.

As of late, at current residence, this family still had more packed boxes than unboxed ones throughout the house and garage. Distressing story.

"Chriiiistmas, CHRiiiistmas time is here..."

Tradition in this family dictates that with thanksgiving's had, the perfect spot must be found for placement of a lovely freshly cut Noble fir holiday tree... budget permitting, of course. Well, we've broken with tradition; we now decorate an artificial pre-lit tree. I. know! Right? story.

I don't know, is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas?
Image by L Carilo, November 2015
Oh, moving boxes, yes, that's where I was! Rambling story... aka, The Story of Me!

Living room boxes have been sorted through, clearing the way for tree which has been displayed by a window and now awaits trimming by the children... all adult by the way.

And those unpacked boxes in the garage? Many are filled with holiday decorations, *ugh*

Perk of having no living room furniture... more space for decoration storage boxes! *sigh*

So, I guess this blog post title should actually be, How To Unpack* Moving Boxes, a la Carilo.

*You don't.

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's The 15th! MAY 15th!

It's May?
Image by L Carilo, May 2015





Whaaaat...See that task board photo above. This photograph was taken today.  The board is hanging on a wire rack off the kitchen.  Can you make out the date written on it?  I bought the thing with the intention of using it as a blogging, vlogging, and Mom management planning board.  The dates on it are for September... September 2014!

I don't know how it happens.  May 15, 2015, how are we here on the calendar.  I...  No...  Anybody else?  Mind-boggling, right?

I don't know.  Should I even be surprised?  Why must I question this... Every. Single. Time.  I don't know how long it's been since the concept of passing time started to seem like some sort of freaky magical illusion for me.  But, man, time sure does....

Nope, I am not going to say it.

I don't know what's going on here.  What am I doing?  Not much, based on this blog.

Anyway, the big question is WHERE.  Where has the time gone?  2015!  January.  February.  March.  April?  And now May!  Mid May... too soon.  Days, weeks, months keep slipping away and I'm way, way behind on so many things.  I better start paying attention; making some memories while everyone is under one roof this Summer.  I'm going to work on that.

Where to start?

I'm stumped.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hey. Yeah, You. Over Here....

In case you missed it, I have a couple more blogs, like this one:

This Is Fifty With Lil

And, whomever you are, thanks for the countless visits to this blog over the last few weeks. I always like to imagine my posts are used as "How NOT To Blog" lessons.  Nonetheless, all the visitor activity makes for a bit of an ego boost... who doesn't need that once in a while, right?

[Hand raised.]

Oh, I have a YouTube channel too.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mid-March! How's It Hangin?

Mid-March!  How did that happen?  Let's see.  January, was okay, yes?  No, January was better than okay. Right?  Hmmm, I should go back and read blog post from back then.  Now, February, that was a different story altogether, wasn't it?  Actually, I don't remember anything about February.  So, yeah.
Hey, but March... we've made it!  Ha, I don't know what I mean by that.  How's this month going for you?  Good, I hope.

March 1, 2015 ~ Rain! I love the rain.
Image by Lillian Carilo, March 2015

What's that saying?  March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Who even said that for the first time ever?  Why would the saying have been repeated, then used and spread out from wherever it originated.  How much did those sharing the expression actually know about lions and lambs?  Not much, I bet.  Also, where exactly did they live? Coastal, mountain, desert, plains, jungle, savannah, or frozen tundra region? Which continent? Northern, or Southern hemisphere? Where, where, where?

According to Wikipedia, this saying is considered weather lore, or more aptly, false lore.  March can pretty much come in like a lamb and leave like a lion. So it's an either or sort of thing.

First week of March in the Southern California desert this year was absolutely gorgeous, see...

A view from recycling center.
Image by Lillian Carilo ~ March 2015
From my perspective, back end of March 2015 will be stressful.  First of all, there's a move last week of the month.  We still haven't found a rental to move in to yet.  We have no idea how we'll be able to afford move in costs when and if we find a rental, nor how we'll be able to manage high rents financially. There's a ton of uncertainly and tensions are already high at The Place.  But we're all adults here, so I guess that means... uh, I have no idea what that means.

The Place
Image by Lillian Carilo ~ March 2015
using Windows 7 Paint



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Half Jan

Half Jan... get it?  January 15, 2015.  We're midway through the month.  How's it going for you, dear reader?  I'd like to say, 'uneventful' on my end, but that would be a lie.

Early in my blogging days my social media profiles noted that I was a tv news junkie - CNN specifically, as well as local Metro Denver via 9News. Well, not anymore; I no longer live in Colorado.  That said, I am watching the news as I'm typing.  I'll switch to DVR'd show when it starts getting repetitive, or in the very likely event cross-talk yell-fest begins... it's inevitable.  As much as I like being informed on current events, I'm glad to step away, the world has had an extremely difficult few weeks with no signs of improvement... humans.  Not having the time to be on social media prevents me from keeping up on things, but it's easier to get to specific news items from preferred news sources via Twitter; again, I try as much as possible to find uplifting articles. Glad there are plenty to fill that need.

Lucky for me there's also a lot of tv programming that I've already fallen behind on due to time constraints, and the season is just a week or two in!  I love tv... there, I said it. Problem is illnesses in the immediate family, as well as 87 year old mom's inability to tolerate discomfort of flu-like symptoms has had me doing what I could to make everyone as comfortable as possible.  Today, I'm exhausted, but happy I was able to shower... it had been a while.

One thing that's been a pleasant surprise is that I've read my first book of the year... the entire book.  It was an e-book.   My first ever e-book.  I like it... not the book. Well, yes, the book. What I mean is I like e-book technology. I found reading this book on an electronic device a pleasant; satisfying experience.  The book titled Q by author Ben Mezrich delivered a story that was easy to follow, and immediately sucked you into the frightening "What if" or even worse, "When? Sooner than later!" potential of a too far gone to stop, much less turn around, wide spread world over airborne, contagious, infectious, respiratory invading epidemic.  It's a short, frantic read that doesn't end well.  I highly recommend this book, as well as other Mezrich books usually found in bookstores' true crime section. Look for them, check them out at your local library. You won't be disappointed.  I'm ready to start on Mezrich's Seven Wonders.  My son bought it for me last year, so I'm hoping I'll have two books to mark "Read" for the month of January.

So, at January halfway mark, I'm already pleased with the fact that I've read at least one book, without bailing on it first few pages in.  I think my brain is finally back to functioning at it fullest capacity... ah, mental illness; a world of difference when best course of treatment is achieved and med management is affordable.  There's another thing to be grateful about.

My birthday is at the end of the month; top of the list, Barnes & Noble Nook with Samsung technology. It'll also serve as a great video blogging tool. So, fingers crossed.