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CAUTION! – Andrew Overload!

CAUTION! – Andrew Overload!

I haven’t written a post about Andrew in a while, leaving the highlights of his life mostly in the background, while he finished up grad school at Lee University, in Cleveland, Tennessee. But sometimes he does something amazing and it’s hard to keep it under wraps when he makes us proud.

After auditioning at five different schools, in five different states, in less than two months, he’s decided to accept an assistantship as a Graduate Staff Assistant in the school of Music, for three years, at the University of South Carolina. His tuition will be paid, in full, while working on his DMA, and he’ll also receive a stipend – which is a good thing because he won’t be living in Harnsberger’s basement for this next degree. My checkbook and his student loan balance thanks them!

What a hard decision he had in front of him last week, but I think he made a wise and practical choice. His acceptance letter went in the mail today.

Looking back through the years I came across some pictures from his college years that you may or may not have already seen. If he reads this, he’ll question why I used theses picture.

CAUTION – Andrew overload!

As I look back, I can see how much he’s grown, and matured, and become a responsible young man. I can’t remember the last time I had to do laundry for him. That’s probably because he hasn’t been able to come home as much while at Lee. We also have not been to Lee as much as we traveled to Troy. We’ve kept up with all of his concerts by watching them live through the website. It was a great day when I learned how to hook my laptop up to the tv. I knew that smart tv would come in handy for something.

I will admit, in the last year, there were times I didn’t even want to talk to him. Stress and Andrew do not mix well, equaling a short temper and no patience. For him – not me! Now that his decision is made and he knows what the future holds, the stress of hanging in limbo has been relieved and phone calls are manageable. It’s a good thing I have patience – or at least I think I do.

Next month we will travel to Tennessee to see his graduate recital on the 12th and on May 4-5 we will travel back again for graduation. Then there’s the moving him to South Caroline – ugh – but I think he and Xochi have a plan in place for that!

That’s a wrap!

~Elle

 

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Let The Sun Shine In

Let The Sun Shine In

Today we woke up with the sun shining through the windows. What a glorious sight that was! I was beginning to doubt the fact I was really living in Florida – aka, “The Sunshine State”.

At one point I was fearful I had gotten a vitamin deficiency from the result of too much gloomy damp weather and lack of sunshine, the temps feeling ten degrees cooler than what was registering.

With weather like we’ve had since early November, I’m reminded of the book, Flowers In The Attic by V.C.Andrews, when the children were kept captive in the attic, for years, with no exposure to the sun. My mood was also beginning to reflect that. Lack of sun is not good for your health as it states in this article > Here’s an article on 9 ways a Lack of Sun is Killing You.

Even with the sun shining, the temperature is still cool for this time of year. I feel sorry for all the spring breakers traveling to our area of Florida, expecting sun and surf. The surf is there, but it’s a bit too cold for my taste. That doesn’t stop the tourists from dressing the part, from short shorts and tank tops, to swim suits and beach coverups, they are out and about in droves with flip-flops and bare feet. After all, they have to get their moneys worth.

While the tourists are dressing in the bare minimum and dipping their toes in the gulf, I’m still pulling on a pair of socks every morning and the longer the pants and sleeves, the better. Our coats haven’t gone back into storage and my heat is still on at night.

At least the sun is cooperating this week. Next month we will probably be complaining of it being too hot, too soon.

This has been a crazy year weather-wise. What’s it been like for the last few months in your part of the world?

~Elle

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