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What? A post? Here? Really? November 26, 2009

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Happy Thanksgiving.

Yes. Yes, it is Thanksgiving and I am waking up the old blog.  Whether I’ll let it go right back to sleep or not, well, no telling.  After all, it has been quiet here since May.  And so much has happened!

I stuck to the diet and tossed in some exercise.  I am now, actually, half way to my goal.

We moved to a newer house.  It is still a rental, but it’s nicer.  I have not finished unpacking even though it’s been long enough. I’ve been busy. Busy with what, you ask?  Well, let me continue updating you…

I took that entrance exam (COMPASS I think it’s called) and began taking classes.  That’s right, I started school over the summer.  What a way to begin! Note to non-traditional-potential-students:  Starting full-time in the summer can be rough.  Just sayin’

During the second summer session I had to drop my class. Summer classes are intense and you cannot fall behind. I had to have my gall bladder removed, so I dropped the class I was taking. I’m doing okay now and watching what I eat.

Which brings us up to fall and winter.  The children and I are students; we are enjoying our time off (for Thanksgiving).

So, yeah, that’s me.  I’d ask what you have been up to, but I’m guessing my few blog-mates have moved on to more active people.  Eh, what the hey, I’ll ask anyhow…. just in case someone – old or new – actually stops by:
So, uh, what have you been up to?


Movie, No Movie May 12, 2009

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I like going to the movie theater.  I enjoy it.  Usually.  There are times when it is not as fun as it could be.  For example, there may be uncomfortable seats or rude co-viewers.  Overall, though, it is something I like to do.

This weekend, I put going to the movies on my to-do list. There are a few films out that have caught my eye.  Not all of them are family friendly however. Therefore, picking and choosing I must take into consideration more than what my “want” is.  This is not uncommon since I often live the life of a married-single-parent.  I sit through movies that I would not if I were alone.  I sit through movies that I want to see, but think the child/ren would enjoy too.  Rare is the moment where I go to a movie because I alone want to see the movie.  And when that does happen, it is usually because somehow I got away, alone, without any specific reason or prior plans.

There is a movie out that I alone wanted to see.  I think it will be okay for my children to see, too.  There may be a may be a scene or two where we all close our eyes, but overall, I from what I hear, it will be an okay movie for us.

Saturday, Daughter spent the night at a friend’s house.  Son and I went to the movies.  We both wanted to see one that I did not think would be suitable for Daughter.  Add to that, she has little to no background in the X Men series, I thought there might also be a lot of questions.  Questions are good, but not during a movie without a pause button.

Anyhow, Son and I took this opportunity to watch the movie we both wanted to see.  I had enough money (especially since we didn’t spend much at the concession stand) to see another movie.  When Son finds out which movie, he is not pleased. He did not want to see it.  I could have pushed the issue.  I could have made him.  I did not think it was worth it and let him win that one. I mean, I wanted to have a nice time. I did not want to sit next to a sulky teenager.  He said the series, when he use to watch it, became boring. Boring?!? I told him that I have heard good feedback on the movie. He still had no interest in it.

It was kind of late. I was also a bit tired. So, as I said, I let him win.  We did not watch it.

Of course, when I got home I pulled up movie trailers to see if they would spark his interest.  I think we watched 3 of them.  Still no real interest, but a maybe.

Sunday after church, times did not work out well for our schedule.  So, Daughter, Son, and I did not make it then either.  I tried though. I worked around my “need to do” in my head with the length of the movie and the times it was showing.  Nope.  It was not going to happen that Sunday.   I was disappointed.  I mean, after all, aaaaallll the other mother’s got to do what they wanted!   Okay, probably not, but what kind of pity party doesn’t serve a dish of exaggeration?

Moving on.

Monday rolls around and I try to put the movie out of my mind.  There is no day time showing and the evening showings won’t work with our schedule.

So what happens next?  Well, yesterday Son came home from school and said “Mom, I want to go see Star Trek.  I hear it’s awesome!”
WHAT?!?!  I reminded him that he was told that my friends gave it good reviews.
“Yeah, but you didn’t say it was awesome.”

Gah!!  I told him that he just likes to be contrary as I was swatting at him.  He just laughed and asked “Can we go tonight?”

*sigh*  Teenagers!

Stinky No-More! January 9, 2009

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I may or may not have mentioned that I had a leak. I called the water department to confirm this fact. They said either I do not have a leak or it’s a small one.

A few days later I hear “drip drip drip” coming from under the bathroom floor.  I called our fixer-upper-guy, CN.  Well, that was just after Christmas but before New Years.  He said he’d try to come over that day. Otherwise it would have to wait because he was going out of town.

He didn’t make it that day.

After the new year began, I bumped into his wife. I kindly asked her to remind CN.  He showed up, ready to find the drip-drip-drip.

Well, between calling him and the time he showed up it had gotten even worse.  So much so that Son was standing in the bathroom and yelled out “Mom, do you have the water on?”
“No. Why?”
“Is that the leak I hear?”
Resisting urge to remind him I am not inside his head hearing what he hears I reply: “Maybe”
“It has gotten way worse!”

CN shows up and the wall behind the tub, from the other room that is up against the bathroom, is SOAKED!  It wasn’t soaked last time I looked.

CN takes off crumbling wall, and says something like “Yup. I’d say you have a leak.”  He capped the pipe. The next day I went to the store. Today (Wednesday) he shows up to finish the job.

I ended up not having to redo the whole bathroom right now, but that’s a “soon” project.

There is a hole in the wall now.  It’s not a used area, so I will just cover it with a leaf that I still have from an old table.  (pack rat) Eventually, I’ll find some scrap drywall and patch it.

The leak was here:
Leak 1

The easy fix didn’t work. It wasn’t easy. We ended up needing a whole new “diverter kit”.

Leak 4
Oooo and Aaaahhh that because even at being the cheapest, it was still $80!

On the bright side, the mess left for me to clean up was free of charge!
Leak 5

I’m not complaining though. Especially since I can now take a shower at home! Yay!!

Merry Christmas – 2008 December 25, 2008

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Presents are opened. Phone calls have been made. In-laws will soon stop by for a little while.

Breakfast has been had. Dinner is cooking. Birthday cake is still yet to be had.

Hubby and Daughter are destroying package after package of easy-bake-food. Son is spending his iTunes gift card money. I am taking a moment to wish anyone who stops by a Merry Christmas.

For one day, we are all here. For one day, we are taking time to remember that Christ has come. For one day, we are celebrating His birth -regardless of if it is His actual birth date or not.

Every day should be so grand. Every day should be a celebration. Every day He should be in the front of our minds.

Every day we should be so kind to one another.

I hope you, whoever and where ever you are, are having a great day.

Merry Christmas!

Bread is Good December 10, 2008

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Hubby has been working for a couple of weeks now, but there is still no paycheck. This means not only are we still completely broke, but food is a bit scarce at the moment too.

A blog I read occasionally posts delicious looking recipes.  One of them is bread recipe I have been wanting to make with my daughter.  I have not done this yet because I don’t have bread/loaf pans.
(By the way, I think pampered chef has some stoneware bread pans in case you were wanting to buy some for me. Just sayin’)

A few years back MIL gave a bread machine to me for Christmas. It makes small loaves and always made the crust too dark.  I put the machine on the shelf and let it sit.  For years.

This week I drug out the bread machine, opened a cook book and Daughter and I picked out a recipe to try.  We altered the ingredients some – using what we had rather than trying to come up with money to buy special stuff. We used All Purpose Flour instead of Bread Flour, Splenda instead of Granulated Sugar, and plain old Rapid-Rise yeast.

So, out of necessity, I made bread in the too-small-wrong-shape-bread-making machine.  And it actually turned out better than it did when I first got the machine.  The bread has a nice golden brown crust.  Even though it’s white bread, there is flavor in every bite.  (Who knew time-outs worked on appliances?!?)

Looking through the recipe book, I’m tempted to skip the cookies and make breads for family for Christmas.  That is, if I can stop eating it.

Mmm Bread

Sunday Songs 14 October 6, 2008

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Ah, what a day already. It’s humid and warm, but not hot, outside. I have done dished, eaten lunch, and thought about laundry.  It is hard to believe it is already after noon!  I still have so much to do today.  Yeah, I know… “Then get off the computer and do it.”   I will, soon.

First though, I must put up (a late) song.
How about something loud that might get you moving?
You know, so you can get your stuff done too.

Here it is… Enjoy.

Cut and Move
By: Day of Fire

And the wind blew… September 17, 2008

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We made it through the storm with basically no damage.  Thank you, Lord!   I had a yard full of leaves and tiny branches.  Also, I was without power just long enough to make me throw away everything in the refrigerator and freezers. Well, almost everything.  I kept the gallons of water and few other things because technically they don’t have to be refrigerated.

Freezer 1 fridge fridge door .

Yes, we drink bottled water.  Distilled water, actually.  The town is really old and has really old pipes.  We even have boil orders occasionally.  Drinking bottled water allows me to not worry about getting sick every time I have a cool refreshing drink.  I’d feel guilty about even giving it to the dog, but, let’s face it, he drinks rain water in puddles and eats p**p.  This means the tap water is probably okay for him.  Although, it does make his bowl look rather icky.  (VERY hard water)

Until I went to the store, we were forced, FORCED I tell ya!, to eat out. There is a little restaurant in town that is not too bad for breakfast. Next to the restaurant is someone’s home. There was a fence dividing their yard and the parking lot. Their big tree fell over in the storm. Either that, or it wanted to park cars.
Tree - Parking Cars Either way, I am thinking that the owners of the house are glad they only have to repair a fence and not a house. Thankfully, the parking lot was most likely empty at the hour the storm blew through here.  Yes, in the days that followed, people just parked around the tree and went in to eat.   “Oh look, Honey, a giant tree.  I hope it didn’t eat all the biscuits and gravy.”

I did wake up when the power went out.  I was awake for a while afterwards as well.  No, the storm wasn’t scary; my husband was snoring.  Daughter woke too.  She wasn’t upset, which was good.  She actually did very well during the tornado warning that happened earlier that night too.  Sirens and rain, but she was clam.  I don’t think she even knew why I sent her to the bathtub at first.  (No pictures of that, sorry.)

I do not think we had as much rain as “they” were expecting.
The next night, the moon was OUTSTANDING.
(Again, no pictures.  I know, slacker! )

The Bag, The Interview, The Journey September 9, 2008

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(Please note this post is in response to the Let Us Begin: The Paper Bag challenge posed by Pat at Single for a Reason.)


The Interview:

Q: I know you are waiting for the next wind of change to carry you away, so I will try to keep this interview short.
Bag: Thank you.  Really though, I’m good. I’m in no hurry.
Q: Still, do you remember how you got to where you are now? Do you remember the events that took you to … to here?
Bag: Yes, I do actually.  It started what seems so very long ago.  I was little and had such dreams of growing big and strong. I’d be able to stand on my own no matter what storms came my way. I…
Q: Yes, that’s interesting. You’ve come a long way, Bag.  Did you ever see yourself ending up where you are now?
Bag: Not really. It wasn’t exactly how I pictured myself.  But life happens.  Certain circumstances came about that altered my reality.
Q: Would you elaborate?
Bag: Certainly.  See, I dreamt of being seen, of people looking up to me. I was good at what I did.  At times, it seemed I would become what I desired.  I was seen and played what I thought was an important part.  Then, there was an unplanned event that changed it all.
Q: Do go on.
Bag: My whole world changed and I became something I never thought I would.  My very being seems to change. I was no longer that lone being out in the world.  I had a new purpose.
Q: And that’s how you became what you are today, right?
Bag: Exactly.  Oh sure, I had purpose before… I had provided for others in various ways, be it a source of fun or shelter from whatever.  But now, now I had a whole new kind of purpose.  I had a new job, and I gave that job my all.
Q: Was the change difficult?
Bag: Sudden change is often difficult.  However, I saw my new role as important. Oh sure, there are many out there like me, each doing their job.  Still though, I did mine to the best of my ability before…
Q: Before what?
Bag: …Before I was no longer needed.  Once it was time to let go of what I held so dear, I felt useless. It seemed I was tossed away like, like, like some kind of trash.  No longer good to anyone.  No longer seen.
Q: So you felt used and discarded?
Bag: In a way, yes.  I know my job was important.  I know that I made a difference in the life of others.  Now though, I feel…
Q: How do you feel?
Bag: Sometime I feel a little blue.  I think I hide it well though.  You know, we all have those moments where we see the darkness, feel stepped on and are a little blue.  I guess in those moments, when it’s you against the world, you just have to let your light shine and go on.
Q: You sound sound almost angelic there.  Noble, perhaps.  Talking of purpose and light in the darkness.
Bag: I am far from angelic.  I am however hopeful.  Although by most I am still not seen, there are a few who take time to see me.  They may not know what is inside, but they see me for a just moment.  Most just go on with their busy lives.  I understand that. I mean, after all, I am just… well, me.  But there are those few..
Q: Which few?
Bag: Those few that take the time, though they may be few and far between, those few that take the time to look outside themselves and see the worth in what many see as worthless.

Q: Wow.  You are very deep, Bag.  Thank you for spending time with me today.
Bag: Thank you.

Bag feeling blue 1

bag feeling blue 2

bag feeling blue 3

Bag light in the darkness

Bag Close Up

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As I mentioned at the start, this is in response to Pat’s challenge.  However, I cannot let it end here.  I find myself asking questions of my own.  You do not have to answer if you do not wish, but at the very least, ask yourself…

Do you see yourself in the story above?
Do you ask questions not really caring about the answer, only to find yourself surprised once you do listen?
Do you use and toss aside?
And most importantly, who really is the bag?
Is it you?

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(The original photo is ©Pat Coakley 2008. Photo used and altered with her consent – this means she personally actually really truly knows about it and has okay’ed it.  Do not use her photos unless she has given permission.  And no, someone just posting a picture on the internet alone does not mean s/he has given permission…)

Randomly Updating & Sunday Songs 11 August 31, 2008

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Wonderful Box:

About one week ago I alluded to a wonderful box (among other things) in a post I wrote.  Now, lucky lucky you gets to read all about it.
I had ordered some clothes for Daughter on-line.  They fit, but if she grows or eats a large meal they will no longer fit.  So, I got a hold of friend to ask what size her girls wear.  Turns out, the clothes are too big for her girls, but…….

Ah, the but.  I love this but.

BUT, she has a box sitting there that I might be interested in.   It is full of clothes just my girl’s size.

So, we were blessed beyond measure with a box of clothes that will both give Daughter some new school clothes and winter clothes.

There was one big fault with this box though.  What is that, you ask?  What could I possibly complain about?  Well, this:

Don’t ya just LOVE them?!?!?!?!  The problem is, they are Daughter’s size, not mine!  How rude!  Right?

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Actually that box also arrived right around Daughter’s birthday.  For her, it was like getting a present in the mail!  Yay!
Her birthday actually fell on a weekday, so we celebrated on Saturday.  Yes, Movie Saturday.  She invited a friend to go to the movies with her instead of having a party.  Worked for me, sorta.  See, I did not enjoy the movie all that much and there were a few “issues.”   But all in all, I guess, it was good.  *clears throat*  Okay, well it wasn’t too bad.

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Have I mentioned that Mother is not, I repeat NOT computer knowledgeable.  I mean, seriously.  Ok, let me just give you a hint as to how bad it is…
She called when she got her new computer (yes, she actually has had a computer before this one).  She said “It’s all hooked up but won’t come on. The screen is black.”
I asked the standard questions.  “Is it plugged into the wall and the computer?  Is it turned on?”
She could not find the power button for the monitor.   …… “You mean the thing that looks like a clock?”

Ok, well this same woman now has internet.  I spend the better part of 3 days trying to get her, her new roommate, their two computers and their cable tv all set up.  *sigh*  And I ain’t done yet.

She calls with questions.  Which, I normally wouldn’t mind, but the calls in the past have gone like this:
“There was a box. What does it mean?”
“Read it to me.”
“I can’t. I closed it.  Why was it there?”


“Why won’t my music play?”
“Open your media player.”
“What’s that?”

Okay, so asking what a media player is when you don’t know is fine. However, you must keep in mind, that I had SHOWN her before where it is and where the quick link to open it was…

This is the source of endless frustration followed (days later) by laughter.   She takes my frustration well.  I have, standing in front of her, made “static sounds” (like on a cell phone) and said “You’re breaking up.”

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So far school seems to be going well. You know, outside of the big drama.  Don’t worry, we actually weren’t directly involved this time.  That is to say, we weren’t the main characters.

******** **** ******** ****

Just got off the phone, I kid you not, to answer more questions.  Yes, SHE is on the INTERNET.   By the way, a forward slash is under the question mark… next to the shift key.

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And that last phone call leads me to this week’s Sunday Song.  I picked something rather mellow and from way way back.  So, kick back, relax, and enjoy this song from another time.

Have You Never Been Mellow
By: Olivia Newton-John

Monday Madness – May 19 May 19, 2008

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Today I on the calendar:

p/t & o/t
menu planning (have been slacking)
call K regarding hw
nap clean ‘fridge
work on bills
look at calendar and see what else I have to do

Sometime this week:

start clearing off desk
get porch cleaned off
rediscover work table
finish going through clothes with children
school function (“awards night”)
look at calendar and see what else I have to do (again)

Yeah, I know. Not a lot going on this week or today.  Then again, it is still morning so I have probably forgot something(s).

Have a productive day.