Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coping Strategies


I've decided that there are some coping strategies that do actually help when the house is silent and all the kids are gone. The after we came home from dropping the last kid at college my hubby left for a five day trip. Being an airline pilot, he is gone 18-20 days a month, so I'm accustomed to that. I always had the kids with me at home in past though. So I have found a few things that make me feel better. This supply of chocolate is coming in handy!


And when I've been sewing all day and there is no one else around, I can have cold cereal for dinner. No prep, no cleanup, quick and easy and back to sewing!


And I've always got this one glued to me. He seems to be taking this the hardest of all the animals. True, the cat has now decided that I'm her friend since she's run out of options, but the other two dogs seem to be enjoying uninterrupted time on the sofas. Boomer however, is another beast. He is a clingy dog, and I have always been his human of choice, but he literally doesn't leave my side. He rests his chin in my lap when I sew. He follows me to the bathroom, and he sits on my feet while I fold the laundry.

Speaking of laundry, wow. I have washed all of the linens and towels in the house and remade all of the beds. I have dusted, vacuumed and cleaned...and something bizarre happened....it all stayed that way! The hamper is still empty, the rooms are still clean. This is such a strange phenomenon around here. I'm not used to things remaining done. This might be a good thing!


And while I can't share most of what I've been sewing, I will show you this little row of blocks. They are bright and happy and make me smile. I hope to have quite a few more sneak peeks in the weeks to come.

I'll be sewing today, the rest of the cleaning can wait. My machine is calling to me.
Have a wonderful day!
Diane

15 comments:

  1. I'm loving your blocks. They look like a great pattern to use up those random scraps! Oh and...CHOCOLATE will help you thru ANYTHING!!!

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  2. Your blocks are really pretty Diane. Empty houses are tough to get used to...i find that just keeping busy really helps a lot...hugs, Julierose

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  3. Life never holds still, does it? Just when I get used to the house being quiet and there not being much housework, they come back and I get frustrated because of all the mess. So silly, I'd rather have the mess than the empty hours. At least you have the animals. . . and they have you.

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  4. Glad Boomer is your pal and keeping you company.

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  5. Okay....I just love your fabrics and color combinations!!! You are on your way....once you get use to it being all clean...they come home and all of a sudden you'll feel like a tornado just hit your clean little nest. :)

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  6. I like your coping mechanisms, well, except for the housework! I'm a huge fan of cold cereal for dinner - or popcorn. Love the new blocks and the COLORS - can't wait to see what you're up to!

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  7. Ah yes, me too, smiling still! Glad you had company and chocolate!

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  8. awe - you'll always have Boomer. You'll be so glad for Thanksgiving or fall break.

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  9. So glad you have your pals. My first husband abandoned me and our two children when they were seniors in high school - Dec. 17. Just walked out. He didn't want to be married to me any more and no one would want me. I paid for all our daughter's college and all of her wedding. He paid part of her 4 month's of child support. I remarried after 7 years and he was a sweetie and then he died after 7 years. So, I know about quiet houses. Now, I have an invisible disability and my 40 year old son and his 4 year old daughter live with me. I never dreamed God would put them in my life. As soon as we can combine my bedroom and my sewing room so I can have a "studio" again, I want to piece quilts again, too. He's gone to school to pick the little one up from Pre-K so the house is silent right now, but not for long. Blessings to you.

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  10. Our house stays much cleaner too! My dogs also get confused by my daughter not being here. Their ears perk up when I talk with her on speaker phone and they get really confused when I drive her car. The skipping dinner and eating a bowl of cereal or a bagel is a big perk, but an empty nest is kind of sad...Hang in there!

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  11. Ahh, look at all that chocolate! May I come and cope with ya? :-)
    Blessings!

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  12. Boomer is always here to encourage you !!
    Love your blocks Diane ! They are soooo beautiful !

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  13. Chocolate will always help! Glad you have Boomer to keep you company. I have to laugh about the cleaning and the laundry - so true! And there isn't random stuff EVERYWHERE! Sounds like it's the perfect time to get lots of sewing done! Love your little row of blocks.

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  14. Boomer sounds like the perfect companion, such a little sweetie! My cat, Jingles, also follows me around and curls up by my feet or right next to me at bedtime. When I'm not sewing, he sits next to my sewing machine and cries. And chocolate has always helped me too. I love your row of scrappy little blocks.

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