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More Random Babblings March 15, 2009

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Hubby has been in town.  I like when he’s town.  His new job is good; he travels a lot with this job too.

Daughter loves the movie Eragon.  It arrived yesterday (Netflix) and she just found out today.  It’s playing right now and she’s very excited.

Son went to a bowling tournament.  Hubby went with him while I stayed home.  Son said he did pretty good.

I went to see two, yes two, movies yesterday.  I went by myself.  It would have been nice to go with a friend, but the one who wanted to go lives about 1200 miles away.

I have been rather net-absent.  I have spent a little time on-line. Mostly “watching t.v.” but a little play too.  I have actually spent time in FaceBook. That is amazing because really, I don’t understand it’s popularity.  I mean, I can see how it could be popular, but I just didn’t find it very addicting.  I guess I don’t feel the need to reconnect with the people that I knew at the 5 different high schools I went to. Plus, I am very much NOT the same person.  Okay, maybe very few of us are, but still…
However, now, I’m on there playing some silly game that has pretty much no point.  Why do I keep going back and playing?  I don’t know. But when I get home from HT tonight, I plan to start a load of laundry and sign on to FB and play.  That’s right. I said it. I plan to log in FB AGAIN tonight.

Well, I’d babble some more, but I have to go.  HT starts in 30 minutes and I have to stop at the store on the way.

Hope ya’ll are having a great weekend.

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super quick post February 25, 2009

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I’m posting but I’m in a rush. I just didn’t want my 5 readers to think I fell off the face of the blogaverse again.

I’m working on supper.  It’ll be done in just a few minutes.  Then there is youth tonight.  Also, Hubby is sneaking into town tonight.  He just told me. So, he’ll have to deal with the messy house.  He’s just passing through, but it’ll be nice to, uh, see him. What? It’s a child friendly blog, okay?

What else?  Oh, there is a chruch that has online services.  Okay, there are proabably several, but I’m only talking about one right now.  It’s set on Central time, and they have two Sunday services and one Wednesday.  The one on Wednesday is the same as the Sunday services.  If you want more info, lemme know. I’ll give ya the hook up.

Give ya the hook up?  Huh?

I fell asleep today at the bus stop waiting for the children.  I’ve been goofy ever since. Just ask my children.  “Mom, we can skip tonight if you want to stay home and just go to bed.” Awww.  No.

Okay, that’s all the time I have for now.   Timer should buzz any minute…

Ice Storm Chronicles I February 9, 2009

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(This is a 3 post series.  Below is Part 1)

I know this is a little late.  Although I have had Internet back for about a week now, I have not really been blogging.

I didn’t know how long I would be without electricity once it went out. The electric company said 2 to 6 weeks before everyone had power back. Local authorities were saying 2 weeks until electricity was restored. I ended up being out for only about 5 days, and 7 without net. At the time of typing this, people I know are still without power.

Below is taken from my “blogging notebook” (ink pen and paper), written by flashlight, candlelight or sunlight.

Ice Storm Chronicles:

Day 1:
I woke up around 9. It was nice to sleep in. However, before I was even able to make breakfast “Pop Pop Pop” and off goes the electricity.

Breakfast was a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  This kept the fridge closed.

I took a few photos of ice covered trees, tires, steps and such.  Hubby cleared off our steps and kept me company.  My camera battery is low so my photos will be limited.

A friend of mine received a text whining about my lack of electronics, I mean, electricity.  After a few exchanges I noticed my cell battery was low.

It’s almost 8:00 pm.  We’ve been in bed for almost 2 hours.  Bed time is dark. By that, I mean when darkness fell, we all went to bed.

Hubby asked if I was blogging as I reached for my pen and paper.  I said “No.”  We both laughed and he rolled over.  By flashlight I write as I listen to him snore and trees cracking.  Earlier we laid here watching flashes of light, trying to figure out what they were.  Cars?  Transformers?

There was a loud crack.  Another big branch must have fallen.

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Day 2 & 3 next post

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Part 2 Here (opens in this window)

Part 3 Here (opens in this window)

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Wintery Mix January 26, 2009

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I hear the sleet as it collides with the frozen ground.  I hear the ice as it falls against my house.  I think of the cold, the slippery roads, those who must be out on such nights.  Police men.  Emergency workers. The homeless.

My mind is taken off my thought as my son laughs.  He is happy tonight.  He is spending time with my husband.  The man he calls “Dad”.  This is his second full night home this year.  He arrived back home around 2:30 am, Sunday morning.  My son laughs some more.

The tink-tink of ice falling from the sky plays on like a symphony.   Frozen rain against an assortment of surfaces, near and distant.  Heavy then light.  Music that chills one to the bone should they dare to dawn near to the sound.

I think of my daughter, who is asleep in the other room.  She is warm under her electric blanket.  She is warm with thoughts of my husband being home, keeping her safe. She goes to sleep with a smile on her face.

There is no school tomorrow.  The roads are not safe; the children should be kept safe.  The teacher will sleep in tomorrow.  They will sleep in as the world freezes around them.  Should the sun appear through the rain, the frozen rain, the world will shine around the teacher’s home.  Around my home.

Crystals.  Frozen crystals will hang from roof tops, from car doors, from window units and bird houses.  Branches and windshields, slick with shine.  Tink. Tink. Tink.  Distant and near.

Some where, far far away, ice on the ground is but a dream.  As the heat of summer beats down on them, their world heats up.  While my world is shutting down.  Shutting down only for a moment.

The moment seems long to me.  Days.
In reality, days is but a small moment in time.

My eyes grow heavy as I type.  The laughter winds down.  Soon my son will be in bed, safe and snug.  He too will fall asleep with a smile on his face. Content with the knowledge of his dad being home.  In the morning, he will sleep in. He will sleep while the world turns white out side his window.

Soon I too will fall asleep. I will sleep to the sound of ice falling all around this house.  I will thank my sweet Jesus for the roof over my head that I so complain about.  I thank my sweet Lord for seeing to my needs as I crawl into bed and under my blankets.

And my heart goes out to those who long for such comforts.

I will sleep.
Tink. Tink. Tink.

Sleet Wintery Mix
photo taken from my front door

Kitchen, Sleep and Coffee January 22, 2009

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I am looking for some good cleaning music and getting ready to tackle the kitchen (again).  For those of you that asked, no I didn’t get it done. There. I confessed… and sighed with regret.  Now I have more to do today than I would have if I just stopped messing with music and Twitter. Yeah, Twitter. I went there.

On a lighter note, if all goes as planned, I will get to see my man in just a few days.  Yay!  It’s kind of fight at night though.  I mean, I miss him when trying to fall asleep.  But when I wake up over night, I don’t miss the snoring.  See what I mean? A night time fight.

I went to … are you ready for this… a coffee house! That’s right. Me.  I went to a little cafe that smelled like coffee and charges a whole-lotta money for a cup of coffee. Oh sure, it’s flavored and has fancy names that you need 3 years of coffee-bar-tending school to understand, but it all smells the same to me.  I went to meet and visit with “the ladies”.  I had a smoothie – no coffee, espresso, late or any other fancy named liquid caffeine. It was probably high in the sugar department.  She used some strawberry syrup to made the drink.  It was tasty.  The conversation was pleasant.  Time went by rather fast, so it must have been enjoyable. You know “time flies when you are having fun”.

I think I will go back next week.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even learn to tollerate the smell of coffee better.  That is smell & tolerate NOT taste & enjoy. Just sayin’

Wants Wishes and Dreams December 31, 2008

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Hubby just sent a text message to me. (He is away with work.) It said he is starting a collection of Wiz of Oz stuff for his mom for next Christmas.
This from the man who often has shopped the day before, of, and even after Christmas for my present. Well, yeah, I of course I responded to that text!  I said “Yay!  Christmas shopping early!”

He responded with “Yes. So, what do you want?”

Well, with an opening like that, I could not resist.  My fingers just went to flying…
“My two front teeth, new feet, new house, top of the line alien computer.  What about you?” (I had to ask. I mean, I’m not selfish!) “Oh and my own islands in SL” (a virtual world)

I was going to ask you, “Do you think that may have been too much?”. But while typing the question, I received a text from him…

“New house with acreage, big shop with all tools, and money to start my own business.  And to loose weight.”

Um, yeah. Just like that.  We shoot off the wants.
We don’t have any dreams or anything….
*sigh*

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What about you? What would your list look like?
The first things that came to mind.
Com’on, bare your worldly desires and dream for a moment…

Pity Party December 11, 2008

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I think it’s all starting to get to me.  Although, it could just be hormones.
There is no reason for it to get to me. I mean, up until now we’ve been provided for, so why would we not be now?  Maybe I’m tired of living on the edge of… of… of having my children grow up too fast.

I don’t mind living on a beach some place, or in my car, or house skipping for a while when I don’t have little people depending on me.  I’m tired of this kind of uncertainty (No, we are not doing those things now. I mean the uncertainty of if we will have to move out from not paying rent and that sort of thing).  I’m tired of living like this and raising my children like this. I mean, I am grateful for the roof over our heads (even if I don’t sound like it right now) and that our needs are met. I really am.  Still though, I wish for a more complete house.  I wish for more financial stability.  Not necessarily wealth (though that would be nice), but stability.  Security.

I guess I turned into a typical girl who actually wants stability.  Things really change when you have children.  I mean, before my 13 year old was born I had more of a “I’ll land where I fall” attitude.  When things got tough, I just stopped buying food. No big deal.  I could do without.  That goes away when you want to give “better” to your children.

I’ve had money, I’ve been poor, and I’ve been in-between.  Poor is hardest when you’re not alone.

It’s also getting to me that I wasn’t worried about Christmas.  I had put a little away every month and hid some away from the tax return – not much because we had to live off it after Hub’s stroke – for Christmas.  Now, it’s all used up.  What was put away every month was used to get Hubby to work.  Then what was hid away was used for insurance and fuel (so I could drive the children to school) and a few needed items (house hold and hygiene needs along with a few very cheep staple groceries).

I’m broke. There is no more.  And although God has pulled through in some unbelievable ways – checks in the mail as things come due, edible food from unexpected sources, and coats being mailed to us for the children from a friend as a Christmas gift for example- I’m still breaking here.  The cracks are starting to leak.

The job that I took Hubby to hasn’t provided the first check yet.  It is also slow there, so when we do get a check I don’t expect it to be much.  Did I mention it’s also a former employer that he owes money to?

I could go off on choices he’s made, but I’ll just regret it later.  I chose to say yes, now I deal with the lessons he still has to learn.  Maybe I am missing my own lesson here?

The water bill was due yesterday.  We still have the all utilities for this month due plus insurance again at the end of the month.  I ran out of popcorn – which was my lunch for days.  I am getting tired of egg sandwiches. The weekend is just around the corner so I’ll need to figure out breakfast and lunch for the children for those days.  Probably potatoes for lunch and oatmeal for breakfast.  Can you say starch?  Carb?  Why are these foods so cheap?  Why aren’t fresh fruits and veggies as cheap as noodles?

I’m whining now, aren’t I?  Maybe I just need a big tub of ice cream and an unexpected tax-free huge lump sum of money.  Yeah, me and probably a billion other people too, right?

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Edit:
Just after typing the above entry, I called the pharmacist.  Son has one dose left of his medicine. I needed to find out what, if anything, would happen if he suddenly stopped taking it (some medications you have to be weaned off and I was not sure if that one would fall into that category or not.)  He asked if Son was having a problem with medication.  I explained, frankly, that I did not have the co-pay for the state funded insurance that covers the medication. (Which I might add, is a story in of it’s self.) The pharmacist said to come get the medication. He literally (I saw him) paid for the medication out of his own pocket.
In another words, even in the midst of my whining, my God is STILL taking care of our needs.  Amazing.

Thanksgiving 2008 November 25, 2008

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Yeah, I’m sure the blogaverse is overflowing with these Thanksgiving posts.  And it probably will be for a few days yet.  Still, I’m tossing mine in the blog-pot too.

Thanksgiving.  The Big Four Letter F Word Holiday.  That’s right. It’s the holiday that has everyone uttering this word. From the youngest to the oldest you can hear the word FOOD pass their lips.

What?  Did you say something about history and pilgrims and Indians and dinner?  P-shaw, I say.  Pshaw!  It is all about food.  At least, this year, it is for me.  Oh, yeah, and being thankful…

Let’s back up a bit, shall we?

As you may know, Hubby has been without a job for some time now.  We were getting low on food.  His mother, who was going out of town to visit her daughter and family for Thanksgiving, gave use some of the basic fixings.  You know, turkey, roasting pan (loan), and um, well I don’t know what else.  I had taters already and there was just going to be the four of us.  Oh, and she sent a frozen pumpkin pie too.

Then, MIL has a change in plans and isn’t going out of town.  Okay, so we offer the turkey and pan back.  She has another so it’s fine.

Next, Man takes a job.  The one I dropped him off at over the weekend.

So, now, instead of our usual small dinner and small turkey, I have to make this like 20 pound bird and the extras for just the 3 of us.  I have to stick my hand up that frozen bird and take out the guck and do it all myself and entertain the children and it’s for just the children and me.

See, if it was known that it would just be the 3 of us, I could have gotten away with the way I use to do it. I would just order a dinner for each of us from a local place OR just gotten some sliced turkey and done it that way.  Oh say it’s wrong all you want, but when it’s just you and the children, you don’t need a 20 pound turkey, ham, stuffing, pie, whipped cream, green beans, mashed taters, cranberry sauce, sweet taters…. And this year, I’m not making all that either.  Granted, when I do, I don’t have to do much cooking for days to come.  But still, it is just the 3 of us.  I don’t wanna spend the whole day in the kitchen. I just don’t wanna!!!!

But, I am thankful that I have food to whine about having to cook.  And there are a few people locally that I can make plates up for and drop off if they don’t have plans.  Of course, since I was away Sunday, I didn’t get to see “the boys” (a couple of young guys out on their own without local family) to see if they have plans.  So, I don’t know.

Anyhow, that’s my Thanksgiving Post.  Too much food for too few people.
Then we’ll pull out the Christmas stuff.

What about you?  What do you have planned for Thanksgiving?

Seriously Random November 24, 2008

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I ended up driving Hubby to a place about 5 hours away, then driving home another 5 hours.  My bottom became numb.  That 5 hours is not including stops or the driving around once we reached the town we were heading to; it is actual highway drive time.

I missed my friend’s vow renewal Sunday night, too.

I had all kinds of random stuff for this post, but now I am sitting here going “duuhhhh. what was I gonna write?”

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving time already?
I have more to say about that, but that’s for another less random post.

I am rereading a series that I have had for years. I mean, seriously, years.  The first book was probably written in 1980 and the 4th in 1990.  Although I have read the series a few times, I did not read the first couple when they first came out.  I use to over-identify with the main character (no big surprise there).  My favorite book out of the series wasn’t really so great this time around. I also skip over a lot because I can only read the details of the land so many times before I get bored. Also, I didn’t remember there being so much s e x in these books. I skip over that too. But, if I were stranded on some island I might want the books.  They are quite descriptive in how to make tools from rocks and bone, what plants are good for what sicknesses and how to cook wild birds.

I missed church Sunday due to being on the road.  I’ll catch the Wednesday service though.

I like garlic.
Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Have I mentioned that Daughter broke her toe?  There are a bunch of big medical words that I don’t know, but basically it’s an unusual break. I’m not certain if the growth plate was actually injured or not.  If it was, then it’s not ‘worse case scenario’.  She went to the doctor’s last Monday, then to get x-rays, followed by going back to the doctor’s office, and actually got in the same day with an orthopedic doctor.  She is in a … um… cam walker (?) and has crutches.  Yes, for a broken toe.

There is a blog I visit, that I found through another blog that I lurk on, that has an odd recent change.  I have left comments on Mandy’s blog.  I put my name and the required stuff.  It never used my wordpress name or icon picture thingy. Now, all of the sudden, it uses my wordpress name, icon/avatar/picture thingy, and I can see it the “my comments”.  What is up with that?  How did that start? What changed? I’m so confused.

I have the habit now of checking Twitter, though I don’t know why. I mean, I have very few people that I follow or that follow me.  Although, I do have 3 or 4 questionable stalkers followers.  Bots, maybe?  I didn’t “follow” them back.

I don’t like cold.
You’ll probably hear read that a lot here.

I am glad Hub has a job now, but this really has not been a great week.  I mean, it is great he has a job, but *shrugs*  I don’t know.

On the bright side, the tub will stay cleaner longer. Yes!

Also, now I can go work out without pressure.  Maybe lose the 20 (guessing) pounds I gained with him off of work and re-lose the 10 (guessing) pounds I had lost before he quit his job.  Maybe it’s just bloating. I have had a lot of salty foods lately.

I have been keeping track of my workouts, but haven’t looked back over them.

School lets out early tomorrow.  Then begins the 5 day weekend.  I wonder if they’ll sleep in.

So What & Stuff November 22, 2008

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I woke up with this song in my head:

So What
By: Pink
RATED PG for some profanity

On a completely unrelated note, my husband is going away today.  I don’t know where he’s going.  I mean, I know he’s going back to his pre-stroke employer, but there is so much traveling involved that I rarely know where he actually is when he is away.

So, that’s what up with me today. I’m off to do some driving, you know, to drop him off with a co-worker in the next state over. Anything new with you?