The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Today will be a better day March 12, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 7:53 am

It’s all about attitude. I have decided that today WILL be a better day.

Yesterday, I woke up with an eye twitch. You know, one of those little muscles at the corner of your eye that twitches constantly because you’re stressed? Well, normally when that happens it’s for short durations and then it goes away. Rarely does anyone else notice it. However, yesterday’s twitch lasted from the time I got up till the time I went to bed and several people noticed it. How embarrassing!

Today, when I woke up I decided that although I can’t control the outcome of situations, I can control how they effect me. I will not think about this issue today. I will focus on my work because it makes me happy. I won’t be sad, I won’t be tense and I won’t be grouchy. I am through with grieving over what may happen tomorrow because that’s out of my hands. I will love my family, do my work and say my prayers.

Today will be a better day.


Can’t wait for February to end February 27, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People,My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 8:27 am

I don’t know about you, but, somehow this has been the longest February I can remember. Sure, it’s a leap year and February lasts one extra day. It’s not just that. It’s been cold, snowy, icy and generally miserable outside. But, it’s not just that.

This year, there’ve been a lot of concerning things that happened in February. There’s been unrest at church and the need to deal with difficult situations. There’s been death of people close to me in my church family. There’s been a cycle of hectic projects and upcoming personnel changes at work. We’ve had the flu and colds and…you get the picture. It’s just been a lot happening in what is usually the shortest month of the year.

I consider myself to be pretty strong and able to juggle a large number of things at the same time. I still believe that. But, when there’s something going on in every single facet of my life at once (home, work and church), it leaves me without a single place to feel a sense of peace. That’s a bit challenging. So, I think the flu and sickness seem to be about over at home. It seems like the most likely peaceful haven for awhile. I’m ready to dive back into my exercise with gusto after having sickness in our family the past couple of weeks. We’re going to get away for a few hours with Kevin and Jayne and head down to the Lake on Saturday. They seem to be suffering through the same February blahs that we are. It’ll get me back on track.

Last night my husband was telling me that sometimes I’m too much of a big picture person and when I look at the entire picture at once it’s overwhelming. He’s right. I’m one person and I can only really deal with one issue at a time. I’ll set my priorities, make a list, and start to tackle things on each front as they need to be handled.

Taking a deep, calming breath. Getting ready to head into March…in like a lion, out like a lamb—I hope.


A bad year for the flu February 20, 2008

Filed under: My View on People — auntlelo @ 8:52 am

I don’t know about the rest of you, but, it’s been a bad year for the flu at our house. You know, that awful upper respiratory kind that just hangs on and hangs on and doesn’t want to go away.  This year, I think each of us has had it at least once and now it’s making another round of the house. My husband got it and just went back to work today (he NEVER misses work). Now, my teenager has it. So far, I’m still standing. But, I’m feeling doomed.

Saturday, my husband thought he was coming down with something and he stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up some Zicam. Other people he knew had taken it and said it was wonderful, it really did ward off their illness. I don’t know what they were coming down with, but, it did absolutely nothing to stop the train wreck that hit my husband. By that evening he was starting to feel worse. He got gradually worse all through the day on Sunday and by Sunday night he was in bad shape. Sorry Zicam, I don’t think you’ll be getting a testimonial from our house.

I’ve been trapped in the house with sick people all week. It will be a miracle if I manage to make it through unscathed. But, I have to. There is way too much to do at work for me to get sick right now. We had a couple of deaths in our work and church families over the weekend and I already had to miss on Monday for a funeral. I guess I’ll just tell myself I’m not sick and keep on going. One thing’s for sure, I’m not planning to spend another hard earned $10 on Zicam!


First day of pre-school and the first day of college and a bronze medal January 16, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 9:20 pm

It’s been a proud week for me as a Mom and a Grandma. After enjoying the college graduations of my daughter and son-in-law last month, we enter January with two new reasons to be proud.

Our oldest grandchild, Aidan, started pre-school this week. It was very exciting for her and her Mommy. We got prettily posed pictures from her first day, complete with a brand new haircut. (It was only fair that she have a new, short haircut after chopping off her cousins blonde hair just before Christmas). It’s a really cute hair-do and I know she’s excited to be such a big girl and going to “school.”

In another first, our son Mark started college this week. He made some funny digs at himself about being a 24 year old freshman, but, no matter when you start, it’s just a great thing that you do it. It’s good to have a dream and set goals. Best of luck to you Mark. I’ll say a few prayers that you behave in class better than you did in high school!

Speaking of dreams and goals, a big congratulations to the baby of the family for taking third place in his wrestling tournament on Saturday. That bronze medal will look really great on a letter jacket someday.

We’re so proud of all of our kids. Seems like no matter what they’re age, their parents are still claiming some credit for how well they turn out. Gee, aren’t we great? 🙂


The sisters +1—the story of our Christmas lunch December 13, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 4:40 pm

Each year, I have a lovely Christmas lunch with my 3 sisters and one honorary sister. The honorary sister is an old and dear friend of the family who is male and in his seventies. Why he thinks it’s fun to have lunch with this crazy bunch of cackling hens, I never know. Every year, we seem to also end up with some sort of conversation topic or perfectly quotable statement that seems to stick with us long after Christmas. This year the quote was:

“You wanna buy my Jeep?”

Of course, the next question became “Why, are you buying a new one?”

The honorary sister will soon be the new owner of a silver gray BMW SUV. He is currently tracking it’s progress from factory to driveway online and it seems to be somewhere floating about on the ocean at the present time. He would very much like to sell his Jeep now to make room for the new Beemer in his garage. I wonder if they’ll deliver it with a big red bow on top?

Beyond this conversation, we talked about our Mom’s fear of mice. This conversation led to a discussion about our Grandpa’s pet black snake George who lived in our corn crib. We progressed to more stories about Mom and her aversion to certain animals, like cats. The story about the afternoon sitting on our deck when the neighborhood stray cat leaped onto Mom’s chest, hanging on for dear life and staring her down, nose-to-nose, was told again with lots of giggles to follow.

We had plenty of time for conversation since our very simple lunch of soup followed by salad or a sandwich took it’s time being served. Long story short, the most enjoyable part of this lunch was the conversation and time we had to spend together. We must be getting old. We’re starting to reminisce in the way our parents, aunts and uncles used to do. Hmmm, I wonder if our children are making fun of us like we used to make fun of the “old folks and their old stories?” Probably!

So, the question of the afternoon is this: Do you wanna buy a Jeep? 🙂


My current position on Christmas cards

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 10:17 am

I’m in a quandary this year about whether or not to invest a lot of time (which I don’t have) and money sending out a big stack of Christmas cards. Each year, the number of cards we receive lessens. Last year, I think we received less than a dozen in the mail. Compared with previous years, it seems that this is an abysmally small number. There are are two or three scenarios that may be considered here:

1. People are no longer considering the sending of paper Christmas cards to be a priority. With the ease of staying in touch all year via phone, email and social networking, a card at Christmas to catch people up on all the great things happening with you and your family just isn’t as necessary. Nobody likes to write anything in longhand anymore.

2. People who used to send us the big stacks of cards were in a different generation and one by one are passing away. Not only are we not receiving as many cards, we’re not sending as many either.

3. People don’t like us anymore and have placed us on their naughty list. I hope this isn’t the case, but, hey, you never know. It’s entirely possible, considering I have a ceramic chicken as my alter ego.

So, do I continue on with this old family tradition, or do the brave thing and just say to all things there is a season and it’s time to with people a Merry Christmas in a new way. What do you think? My current thought is to send cards to a few people I don’t see or talk to much throughout the year and to continue to send a few to elderly family members who get excited when they get a card from one of “the kids.” I think I may have a hard time doing this cold-turkey.

Poll: Are you sending cards this year? 


The return of the whooping cough December 6, 2007

Filed under: My View on People — auntlelo @ 8:33 am

Last night the national news reported concerns about the return of that old childhood nemesis, the whooping cough. Although this particular illness usually targets infants and young children, in can sometimes attack adults, too. Any childhood illness that is contracted by an adult is usually some pretty bad juju.

Son #1 called last night to report that he’d finally gone to the doctor after suffering several weeks with a severe cough. Guess what? WHOOPING COUGH! Poor thing. He said he now has $80 worth of meds and two inhalers he has to use. Hope he gets some relief soon!

In fact, I should probably make him some of my extra special, kick-butt chicken soup. Oops, I hope Fat Chick and Henrietta didn’t read that part. They get a little testy about the mention of chicken soup!

Get well soon, Bobby! Your Mom loves you!


Meet our new grandson November 20, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 11:17 pm


Our newest addition to the family was born on November 19th. His name is Seth. He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 20.5 inches long.

Today we drove to Kirksville to meet our first grandson. He has an older sister, Jillian, and two girl cousins, Aidan and Allana. We of course arrived bearing appropriate little boy gifts like a nice brown masculine looking teddy bear, a diaper bag with red and green tractors on it and a camouflage onesie. I suspect the next visit will include a remote control car, a baseball glove and a fishing pole—that is, if I let Grandpa do the shopping! 🙂

He’s sweet and adorable and was awake during part of our visit. He tolerated being passed around the room pretty well. I noticed that he and his Daddy, Kreg, had already bonded well with each other. Daddy was already an old experienced hand when it came to feeding, burping and changing Seth.

I can hardly wait to see him again. Babies are so cute! Welcome to the family, Seth!

P.S. Make sure to take a look at the new photos on Flickr!


Congratulations Jason! November 17, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 10:46 am

Lovely division party yesterday. Had a nice time getting to chat with other folks from work and it’s always nice to be huddled together over a tray of decadent desserts—with anybody!

The highlight of the party is always the awarding of the Tiger Mile Award. It’s our division’s version of the “employee of the year” for service above and beyond the call of duty. This year one of my team won the award and it was well deserved. Jason R. is our content management system expert and was largely responsible for the successful implementation of our CMS on campus. It was great to see someone who does such a good job everyday receive recognition from others in our division.

It seemed like we were a smaller group this year. A couple of the directors were missing due to a move and illness. They were missed.

So, congrats Jason, and here’s to the rest of the team. Thanks for a really great year.


Welcome to the world Maddie! November 7, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 9:55 am

One of my dear friends gave birth to her little bundle of joy yesterday morning at 9:25 a.m. We received the call from the delighted and proud Daddy while in staff meeting. Madison Elizabeth (a.k.a. Maddie) is now an unofficial member of our extended work family. We’re happy to know she arrived safely, having all the necessary fingers, toes and equipment all in working order. We’re even happier to know her Mommy did well and had no problems during the process.

The rest is not for me to write, but, rather to ship those who want to meet her along to her blog (yes, every new baby should be born already having a blog and a captive audience). Please visit Mad About Maddie and see her first peeps at her Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and Pa. I would have to agree with her Dad, I think she looks like her Mommy!

Welcome little friend!