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Friday, October 22, 2010


I was hanging clothes on the line the other day and as I breathed in the fresh autumn air, I looked at the beauty that surrounded me. I can hardly believe that  it is almost the end of October and I am still hanging clothes to dry on the line outside. This is amazing for Minnesota. If we’re lucky it will last until Halloween. I have no doubt change is a coming and the heat will be getting turned on very soon. I know many have theirs turned on…we are just a little stubborn when it comes to turning on the heat for the first time. Your cold? Put on another sweatshirt. :)

I got some good news recently…more changes are a coming…

I am pretty sure that my youngest son is moving back home from Florida in December. He finished 2 years of college in Northern Florida and then moved to live with my daughter and her family in South Florida, while he waited to get into a police academy. He’s been working full time and waiting to get into school.

The thing is, there is an excellent police school right down the road from us, in a nearby town. Actually it’s suppose to be one of the best schools and kids come from all over to attend it. When he moved away for college he wasn’t planning on going into this field of work but during his second year of school, he decided this is what he wants to do.

We have an apartment in our basement, which my daughter and her son already stay in and there is room for him. I am sure it is hard for him to think of coming back to live with his mom and step dad but I think getting free room and board as long as he is in school and working, sounds pretty good to him right now.

The 3 little rugrats are crazy about him but I am sure they will drive him a little nuts.

He always has the option of getting his own place if peace & quiet are what he wants.

Regardless I will be so happy to have him closer! Is it bad that I am doing the happy dance?

 Now if only I could convince my other kids to move closer. :) I really do want my kids to have their wings and to fly to where ever their hearts desire(and I support them 100%)but I enjoy them so much…and will not lie, I would be happy to see them more often.

The bonus is that he will be bringing his young dog, Riley! We have been talking about getting a puppy but were leaning towards waiting until spring so that we could avoid training a puppy out in the cold white stuff. This means I get out of having to potty train a puppy. Darn.

It will be a big change to have a dog under foot again. Little lady is an animal lover so this might put to rest her persistence in asking for a pet pig.

The little’s and I are super duper excited.  I am told he is a very gentle dog, that is great with kids. After losing my dog Molly of 17 years, a couple of years ago, I have never stopped missing her. She was the sweetest dog ever and thought I could never find a dog as good as her. My son tells me that Riley is as good and sweet as our Molly. We will see. :)

My daughter, the one that lives with us and had been taking care of the little’s got a job, doing something she enjoys, working with mentally challenged adults. I will be caring for her son while she works and she will watch the little’s on one of the days that I am working.

It’s MEA here in Minnesota, so no school for the little’s. Today we are hunting for Halloween costumes. Little man wants to be a king. Little lady wants to be a pig or a flower. Really?

I  am so good at waiting until the last minute to do these kind of things. I wonder if it has anything to do with my dislike of shopping?

I might have to drag my dear daughter (who is smart and got her sons costume weeks ago)along since she is good at shopping and has an abundance of the creative gene.

In preparation for Halloween she has been doing things like this…


…and this…

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…so that our front steps is looking a little like fall & Halloween…


I hope your Friday is fabulous.

I hope you have a wildly wonderful weekend. Do something you enjoy. Spread some happiness & joy. Laugh. Play.

Until next time, love & hugs, Lori



Jeannie said...

That's wonderful news. Your daughter is super talented. I don't do any decorating. My husband was always such a pill about it that once the kids grew out of it, I just didn't bother.

Joyce A Gray said...

Yeah, a puppy, without the potty training, can't get better than that. Hope you have a great weekend.

Brian Miller said...

what cool pumpkins...cute...and some great news!

The Incredible Woody said...

Such great news! I know you are over the moon! Those pumpkins are too cute. Shopping for Halloween costumes is on my agenda today as well. Vol Fan has agreed to dress as Cher to my Sonny!! Now the challenge to find a sparkly dress that will fit him....

Hilary said...

Very cool that your son is returning and with a puppy, to boot. I'm happy for you, Lori.

Busy Bee Suz said...

So much great news from you.
I am so happy for all of you to have your Son back...I know he and Brittany are very close too.
Things seem to be doing well Lori, I think you should go buy a couple of lottery tickets this weekend and push your luck. :)

I too want my kids to spread their wings...I just want them to do it where I can see them often. Happy Dance!!!!

TechnoBabe said...

It is good to hear happy news from your, your joy is heard throughout this post. Hugs to you.

slommler said...

Well woohoo...that is such great news!!
And I love all the pumpkins on your porch.
So little lady wants to be a pig? Seriously? Ha!
Good luck

Garnetrose said...

Jeannie is right. You have a real artist there. I will get my next dog from the aspca and not train it. I love dogs and we have three, All belong to my daughters, not me. I am pondering getting another lap dog. Very small.

Anonymous said...

My son is a drug task force agent and he always knew he wanted to be in law enforcement. I always knew I would spend many night worrying about him. It's tough but you get used to it. So glad he will be closer.
Enjoy the good weather while you have it. It's been really nice but very dry here in Oklahoma but rained all night last night and all day today so we are all celebrating. Happy Fall, Lori!

Unknown Mami said...

I love all the pumpkins!!!

All I'm doing for Halloween is leaving the cobwebs up.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

great decorations. Usually I like to decorate too, this year though I just cant seem to get into it.. I am however loving all the ones I see online and around me.

Jillsy said...

good for back to the nest, at least for awhile! Enjoy!

Buckeroomama said...

I am so happy for you that your son is moving back. :)

Those pumpkins are amazing! Your littles are going to have so much fun. =)

Anonymous said...

What fun Halloween stuff! And hurray for having your kids near you!

King of New York Hacks said...

Family coming home is always great news, and painted pumpkins too!

Katherine said...

What great news!! So happy for you :)

Much love and sunshine!

K xx

Joanna Jenkins said...

Woo-hoo! I'd be doing the happy dance if I were you too! What great news you shared. I'm thrilled for you.

Your front porch is fabulous. I bet the pumpkins will make you a popular house on Halloween.

I've been on vacation for a while and I'm so happy to come back and read how happy and excited about life you are. I take my hat off to you Lori! You rock.

xo jj

Bina said...

OH MY GOSH! I LOVE those pumpkins and things she painted!

I am so glad your son is coming home! What kind of dog does he have?

Ya know, I hate shopping, too. I took my little girl shopping at Justice on Friday (I had a 40% off coupon!) and she got 4 outfits. We were in and out of that place in less than 30 minutes, and she even tried them on!

SciFi Dad said...

Great pumpkins!

I'm sure you're excited at the prospect of your son coming home. Hopefully he can at least be closer (if not in your basement).

mommytoalot said...

Great news...and a puppy too.
Joey would love it if we got a dog..however I'm not sure a dog would appreciate all his loving.
love the pumpkins..we are way behind on our Halloween things..but I do have the kids costumes..