Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday's Scribbles

Good Saturday morning to you from green Iowa where the apple blossoms are showing off, the tulips and daffodils are up,  the lilacs are ready to bloom, as the sun warms the earth.  We will enjoy temperatures near 80 today and up to 84 tomorrow.  Just love having the windows open and letting the fresh air in as the stale winter air leaves. The grass has grown to the point we need to mow already and Joel is taking care of that today.  We are not heading to the garden store anytime soon, but I am looking forward to flowers once again.  The grill is out and giving us some tasty meals to enjoy,  Love putting asparagus on the grill along with chicken or chips.

We watched our grandson Jonas play soccer this morning, driving to a town east of us for the game.  He is not quite seven, but enjoys it very much.  He is an energetic boy to begin with, so he is quick on the field.

Tomorrow our grandson Grant will be confirmed, so we will be heading south to his confirmation service in the morning.  This is a special occasion for us, as Lutherans.  A time where we individually confirm our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. 

Spring gives me a sense of urgency to do deep cleaning, and with our plans to move on the horizon, we are doubling the effort.  It was a week of sorting and purging for both Joel and I.  Joel finished varnishing some window trim and a bookcase he made for our son Mark.  He loves woodworking, but has little time for it.  Then he began the big job of organizing and cleaning the garage, while I did the linen closet, dining room cupboards, and packed picture frames.  What did we do before bubble wrap?  Joel took four bags of books to our local library to sell in their annual used book sale.  We have been putting all that we are letting go of into the lower spare bedroom and it is filling up fast.  As I said before, I find this very freeing. 

Bubble wrap

We sat this week and looked at houses in Gold Canyon.  We want to get some idea of what we want and balance it with what we can afford.  Location, location, location is still everything.  There are lots of houses there for sale.  Gold Canyon has a population of 10,000 in the summer and 20,000 in the winter.  There are 565 houses for sale, most of them built after 1995, and most of them selling for between $175,000 to $400,000. 

We are walking most days on our association paths or along the river.  Joel has been able to ride his recumbent for the first time since we were in Gold Canyon in January. 

I watched a Leaders Advance conference at Bethel this week.  It is great to be able to listen while I work around the house.  So thankful for the iPad our daughter-in-law gave us a few years ago.  It is still going strong and blessing us daily.  So, what have you been doing?


NanaNor's said...

Hi Renee, I still can't figure out where you are moving to-other than Gold Canyon? There is a Gold Canyon is AZ., so I wonder it that is where you are going? Is it near Linny? After having moved three times in the last eight years, I understand about purging. It definitely feels good; I always hesitate to buy at garage sales unless I really need something.
Hope you have a blessed weekend.

Renee said...

It is Gold Canyon AZ, Noreen.