Friday, July 15, 2011

Caffeinated Randomness - New House, Old Friends


This week I've been pretty exhausted.  Moving has finally caught up with me.  I don't know where all that extra energy went, but when I find it again....  Or it could be because we finally have cable and I'm just being lazy in front of the tv.  I"m going to blame the move for tiring me out.

I have been enjoying getting to know my new house.  Getting used to new routines.  I have also been getting reacquiainted with old friends and places.  Not many of you may be aware but my family moved back to where we used to live before moving out to the prairies.  We lived and have returned to the foothills of the Rockies in the start of prairie country.  A friend of mine recently asked if I was going to change the blog name to Lost in the Foothills.  I actually contemplated it for a second and then replied "No.  I'm in the start of the prairies."  

I've already taken advantage of the local library.  Oh how I have missed having a library with a large collection of books at my disposal.  Books that I don't have to wait for through interlibrary loans systems.  I've spent a lot of time lately reading.  The Princess is enjoying the library as well as they have a summer reading program every other day for her age group.  She has been enjoying getting out and meeting children her own age from our community. While she is there, the boys and I have been walking around main street of our new/old town - discovering new businesses (found a cute little coffee shop that had organic coffee and cookies) and old businesses (the dollar store and toy library). 

I'm getting used to having a Walmart and grocery stores just minutes away from my home, rather than a 30 minute drive away.  It's great to be able to run and get things in the evening without being way from home for 2 hours or going during the day and dragging everyone with me.  The other evening I wondered through Walmart just enjoying the peace and looking around without stressing about little hands. 

Today, I caught up with a friend that I haven't seen in 4 years.  Believe it or not, she too moved away from the community only to move back a few months before we did.  Both of our daughters are months apart and have been lamenting leaving their friends.  Neither girl remembered the other.  Today, they played and played and played.  They played here at our house and then went to my friends house and played for 4 more hours.  They are already planning many more play dates together.  My girlfriend and I laughed and were glad as we both were concerned about how our moves would affect them.  As well, my friend's older son was recently diagnosed with Asberger's.  We are both playing catch up on how to deal with this "autism" thing.

I also have to tell you about a few of our new friends.  It appears that we are the local hang out for the squirrel population.  It may be because we back on to a park, but probably because we have filled our bird feeders with seeds.  I regularly see at least 5 each morning either in my backyard or in the back park.  The kids enjoy watching them.  They keep trying to go outside when our "friends" are in the backyard, but they end up just scaring them off.  I think we may have to get some peanuts for our new friends if they decide to continue to hang out at our place.

Come link up with the randomness this week and share your friendly neighbourhood stories.


kendal said...

glad you are settling in!

Katharine said...

The neighbor at our old house, used to feed the squirrels and we had so many of them! They loved to dig in my hanging baskets!Glad you are finding time to relax and settle in!

Andi said...

How wonderful to reconnect with old friends! God blesses us in ways we never expect. That's why He's so awesome. Have fun getting settled in!

~Rain``` said...

May God continue to grant you rest in your new home.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention how much you miss us. :P (just kidding!)

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