Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fast Trees

I always wondered how people had tons of time to be crafty. I now know it's because the kids are grown and there is crappy weather.
So I now make cards. Hey, they can't be that bad, DJ has been using them for graduation cards for his friends. I refuse to think that he is just cheap and won't pay for a card. No, it is because my cards rock. Yeah, that's it.
This is what I should be working on, our dying tree.
It looks so bad as you are driving up the road. Every time that we plan on taking it down, a storm rolls in. Den said our weather is acting like it is 2 months behind. I will be carving pumpkins instead of wrapping presents in December. It's fine by me because I doubt even with the extra 2 months I will come up with the Christmas money.
I have to say that DJ has turned into my go to guy for things around here. He just started helping with all of the yard work. How awesome is that! I normally take care of most of the things around the house, Den is a busy guy and I don't work. It's a fair trade. But we have run into a few larger projects and DJ just steps up and helps. He was the kid that would act like he was dying if he had any chores.
He has also started working out 6 days a week doing that P90X. Let me just say that it shows. He was always quite a bit overweight in school. Then he went away to college and looked like he was starving. Now he is packing on the muscle. It's amazing what a 19 year old body is capable of. I told him, he looked pretty buff  the other day but that I was in no way hitting on him. He rolled his eyes but I think it made him proud. The only problem is he is about dead after working 9 hour days and then working out. He doesn't have the strength to say, chop down a tree. It will get done or a storm will roll through and rip it out of the ground. Hey, if it landed in the road would the village be responsible for clean up? I may have come up with a plan.
DJ and I were talking about cars and I told him that I bought a 85 Firebird when I graduated high school. My car looked exactly like the one in the picture. Damn that thing could move.
DJ looked at the picture and said, "And you lived to tell about. Shocking."
For some reason, he thinks that I was a bit wild in my younger years. Why he thinks these things, I will never know.
Street racer,
Sonya Ann


slugmama said...

I had a Chevette after graduating college. What does that say about me(other than I was cheap and poor)?

All I get out of College Boy is a spontaneous dishwasher unloading(he still won't load unless I put a gun to his head b/c he hates touchy "icky" stuff. I guess that means I won't have to worry about his touching girls for a bit longer too, huh? lolz

Cheapchick said...

My first car was a 1971 Dodge Aspen orange with the black racing stripe on the hood. It also had a really loud stereo:) Weirdly enough, kids sometimes grow up - it seems like DJ is headed that direction becoming helpful and nice! It happened with 2 of our kids, we are just waiting on the other 2. It usually its at 20-22 though.

Anne in the kitchen said...

I shared an old (1964ish) Ford Fairlaine with my sister. It was white with turquoise interior. No a/c (and yes I lived in Alabama then too) and an AM radio only. I loved that car.

My kids are all adults (at least legally they are) and the older 2 are very nice about doing things when they are around. Son3 comes home a couple of times a year for month long visits and rarely surprises me by doing something unexpected like working around the house. He will help if asked but that is about it. Fortunately he knows better than to ask me to do anything toward his personal upkeep, and did actually clean the upstairs before he left this time.

Elephant's Child said...

You are right. Your cards do rock.
I don't have a creative cell (much less bone) in my body.
I would hate to be a teenager again (way too much anxt) but I would really, really like their metabolism and recuperative powers.

Frances said...

Yes, kids leaving home DO free up a lot of time. Your cards are really pretty! You are so creative!

Isn't it funny how we are surprised when our kids are helpful when we tried for years to raise them that way?

Sonya Ann said...

sluggy-That car was fun and a bad choice. Oh well, I will have something to talk about in the nursing home.
That is by far the naughtiest comment ever left here. And I love it. Well, not the touching part but that you said it.

Sonya Ann said...

Cheapchick-I think everyone looks back on their cars and smiles. My first car that I bought was a VW bug and it was orange. Oh was it a piece of crap. It was broke down more than it ever ran. The next car I bought was a blue Escort. And there is where my hatred for Fords started. It was worse than the bug.
Sometimes I look at Anna and DJ and think, wow they are really maturing and then other times not so much.

Sonya Ann said...

Anne in the kitchen-I don't think that I have ever heard anyone speak horribly of their first car. It might have been a piece of crap but there was still love for it.
Anna has been here for a week. Love her dearly but she can make a mess. I'm a bit run down from all of the picking up.

Sonya Ann said...

Elephant's Child-I'm not a crafty person but it is relaxing to make a couple of cards. I guess that means that I am getting old. And I have to say that I love it. Everything is settled in your mind and the down side is the body is settling too. I would love to have their metabolism too.

Sonya Ann said...

Frances-At times trying to convince them to help was like beating a dead horse. I guess they were listening, they were just acting like they weren't. Who knew?