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Diets, Weather and TV May 7, 2009

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The diet is going well. Thanks for asking.  I don’t know if I have lost any weight, but I have been eating a lot of tomatoes. So, I’ll call it good.
Well, except for last night. Last night I was hungry.  I mean, the kind of hungry where even if you are full you are hungry. The only thing that would have satisfied that hunger would have been movie theater popcorn with lots of butter.  So, I ate some fruit and veggies.  Didn’t satisfy but it filled me up.

It’s been raining a lot here.  That’s probably no big surprise. I mean, rain is a part of spring, no?  The big surprise is how slippery grass is!  Plus, it was recently cut.  So I have little piles of cut grass randomly placed in my yard and driveway.  It’s a like trying to walk on a slip-and-slid in nylons during a tropical storm in some areas.

Today though the sun is shining.  I don’t know how long it will last.  I hope it will be sunny for a few days. We are in the time of year when school has several events and outings.  For example, Friday Son has a field trip and Monday Daughter has one.  Thursday is awards night.  Yup, the end of the school year wind down has begun.

You know what else has begun? Season Finales.  You do know what Season Finale means, right?  It roughly translates to “Cruel on-the-edge-of-your-seat worse possible moment to end a show episode”!  You know it does.  I mean, we’ve all been there yelling at the tv.  Usually it sounds something like this:  “OH NO! you can NOT! leave it there!”  or  “Uh! They can’t die!!!”  or “Bu.. I… How…. aarrrggh!”  with hands thrown up in the air.

One show I watch tries to be kind. They nicely wrap up a season with a little bow of “end of chapter xx” and show you a glimpse of the next chapter/season.  However, that’s just a minute or two taste.  You still have to wait.  It’s like bringing out the desert and giving you a sample of your favorite delight on one of those tiny disposable sample spoons and saying “Sorry, you can’t have it right now.”  Cruel I tell ya! Cruel!

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I must make a diet-shake, open some windows and catch up on my on-line shows.

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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

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! )

Rain and Other Stuff September 13, 2008

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Yup, that’s right.  Another person posting another blog about another storm.

It seems that myself, along with others, are finding ourselves in the path of a hurricane even though the state we live in is not, I repeat, NOT near a gulf or ocean.  It seems the second hurricane of the season is heading straight for my inland butt.  The last one was just some rain.  This one, so the rumors go, is going to be A LOT more.  Living only about 5 blocks from a river – which is fed by a dam not far away – I should probably be concerned… again.  I am tired of being concerned.

I wonder if this is how it is for some of those waiting on Jesus.  “But I am tired of waiting…”

Ok, fine fine.  I will be ready.
But how does one prepare?  … here?  …. in my situation?
How does one get ready for a storm?  I mean really, what more is there to do?

I’m as ready as can be, I think.

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

Now for a completely unrelated story…

We went to the fair last night.  It was not bad.  Other than my feet, legs, and back killing me and the few times the children were, how shall I say, were impatient, I had a rather nice time.

I had the opportunity to take some rather interesting photos, too.  I’ll try to get some of those up soon.

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

I help HER (my mother) with internet again today.  Do you think that is why I have a slight headache?
She is trying to get with it.  I’m so glad and so distressed all at the same time.   It is almost watching a child take a first step.  You are excited, but you aren’t looking forward to the messes you’ll have to clean up.

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

Speaking of getting with it…

Which is best and why?
Twitter or Plurk

I guess now I’m the one who is falling behind in the times.

This One is For You September 2, 2008

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A friend of mine is traveling this week.
She is traveling to a place where I have friends.
She is going to a town that is a part of my history.
A friend is going to fly from her current home to my former home.

I am staying here.

Oh sure, I could have gone to the event that she is going to too.  However, my life circumstances (and vanity) do not allow such things.

So here I sit, as the rain moves into my area of residence.
Heavy rains, so they say, will last throughout this week here.
Nice days, friends and fun are what she has to look forward to.

Normally I enjoy the rain… as long as I don’t have to drive in it.
And as long as it’s not too severe (because then my youngest freaks out).

The rivers and lakes are still high though.
That, I suppose, is cause for concern.

So here I sit.
On a deliciously gloomy day.
Unable to enjoy it because I sit here dealing with daily life and a recently discovered medical issue.
In one week I will have either resolved it myself, or I shall start acquiring my  stack of medical bills.
In one week she will be back full of tales that will make me sorry I missed it OR glad I was not there.

So, to cheer myself up a bit I shall eat ice cream (the comfort food of choice) and watch a movie.
But first, I will play this little video for my dear friend.
My friend who is traveling this week.
My friend who hates flying.

Remember, M, to relax on that flight.
*smiles sweetly*

Rant and Rambles August 15, 2008

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It rained last night. How do I know? I woke up many times to a dripping sound. I looked around and decided that it was a drip on the wall unit. Later, I woke up again to a drip sound. I found it! I had a leak. I got a dirty towel, pot, and went back to bed. When I finally got up I saw another spot. Grrr! Two leaks. *sigh*

Last night was the middle school open house introduction welcome to the new school year event. I am sure there was a shorter name for it, but my name is much more descriptive.

Honor’s English was removed because they could not work it into the schedule. No, I did not mean Son was removed from Honor’s English. I mean the class it’s self was removed. I said “ok”. What else is there really to say? “No, I don’t care that you couldn’t make it work. My son was recommended for it by his pre-AP teacher last year. You will re-create this class and put him in it!” Yes, I wondered how this is going to affect him in the long run. As it stands, he will be in Pre-AP English again with a mix of students. Where is the challenge? Yeah, he can help those in class that are “below the standard” and needing help, but how does that help him advance? This is the challenge of Small Town Schools, I guess. The 20 or so students in Honor’s English will have to go without because the adults could not make the schedules work. I guess I am a bit aggravated over this situation. I wonder, really, what the issue with scheduling is that denies these students what they need. Plus, doesn’t this take away a High School Credit? gah!!!

I wonder if I talk to the school again if it will help.

I also wonder when to use effect verses affect.

Today we get to shop for the last few things that are left on the “school shopping list”. The children get their hair cut today.

We are going to do our last event of the summer this weekend. It won’t be as cool as it could have been had things been cheaper and had we had income, but it will still be fun. I just know it!

Hubby is trying out a new job. It’s 3rd shift. It started Monday night. It pays well for the area. I don’t like it. Not because of what it is, but because he’s not eating during his shift which is sometimes 12 hours.  He’s also not going to stay on a regular sleep schedule on his days off. It would seem he has already pushed himself to say up for 24 hours once. Under normal circumstances, “Oh well. He’s a big boy.” However, this is not normal circumstances. The boy had a couple of strokes a few months ago. Stroke, people, not TIA. His diet and sleep needs to be steady. If he’s going to pull this stuff, he might as well go back to his old job. If he does that, I’m getting big life insurance policies and bide my time, I guess. I know, sounds cold. Yes, I told him that too. His reply? “That’ll be expensive” *rolls eyes* Whatev. As if the years of therapy the children will go through over watching you do this to yourself, and to them, won’t be expensive? Can I smack him around a bit if I don’t hit his head?

I think that last rant right there will bring the spam comments. Yay. (that yay was dripping with sarcasm. Just sayin’)

Hi. I’m a spam bot that thinks this post was really informative. By the way, you can get insurance at *insert 75 links here*.

So, I think I’ll go take a shower, head to the school and ask some more questions, take the children and get their hair cut, wait for Misty to reply to my email *hint hint Misty* and try not to take my frustrations out on random strangers because that’s just not a good example. Oh, I know! I’ll call Goob. He loves hearing me rant. Sick freak…. kind of like me.

Yaah, I’m gonna hit the SoBe Lean early today.

I hope ya’ll have a good one.

All Sortsa Stuff July 5, 2008

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HK4: NO WAY! Why didn’t someone TELL me that it would be a two parter?!?!
*frowns* Stop laughing at me…

Hubby: He’s been released (more details at ThatPlace) and is diving my Blazer now. He was released to drive Monday. He took off to a friend’s place Monday. He hung out (once he woke up) with us on Thursday. That’s it. He’s home to sleep then gone again. As a matter of fact, he’s getting ready to leave right now.
Yeah, feel the love?
“I’m better now. See ya.”
(Warning or Preview: More rant on that possibly coming soon)

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4th of July: We actually celebrated the 4th on the 3rd. Once everyone was finally awake and had eaten, we packed up and got ready to go. We arrived at the park later than usual, but that was okay. Son was already there at the pool. Daughter went swimming too. This left Hubby and I confused. We were at lost as to what to do without either little one there. So…. we flipped open our phones. I called my friend and he returned a call to his momma. I got off the phone first (no surprise there) and started walking (I expected him to be on the phone for an hour). I heard him talk smack about me again and then they hung up. I straightened him out and he said ok or something.
Moving on.
It rained. We got the kids from the pool (they had already made everyone get out of the water because of the lightning). We sat in the car to see if the storm would pass. Then we went to my mother’s house to wait it out. We went back to the park, got our seats set up, started eating our supper, put stuff back in the van in the rain and then sat in the van again waiting for another storm to pass.
Eventually it lightened up so we all got out again.
Daughter and I had to use the rest room, so we waited in line. Daughter used the portapotty and then came back in line to wash her hands. Just as the person in front of me came out of the windowless bathroom, the power went out. *sigh* So, I got a general idea where the toilet and tp was and did what I could in the dark. Who KNOWS what I ACTUALLY sat on or IF that was toilet paper I used, but I felt better. We opened the door to try to get some light (remember, it’s night now and the power is out) and wash our hand. Back out into the rain we went.
We stood around waiting for the fireworks. Eventually they did happen.
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I did not get my usual pictures because of the rain. There were a few really cool line type lightning strikes through the sky as the fireworks went off. They would have been the best pictures EVA!
I did however get some pictures and some video. In the video there is some lightning, but not the really cool stuff.

No Electricity: As I said, the power went out at the park. What I did not say (and don’t know if I’ll do a whole post on this by it’s self or not) is that the whole town actually lost power…. Two towns did. The one I was in and mine. Yeah, maybe some day I’ll give this it’s own post.

Whining Ends Here: Who knew this post would be so whiny?

I’m off to read other blogs now.

Welcome to my morning June 28, 2008

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It’s raining out. It’s been raining since I don’t know when, but I do know that at 5something this morning it was raining. How do I know this? Because I woke up. That’s not a bad thing. I often wake up overnight or in the wee hours of the morning. The rain isn’t bad either because I find storms rather relaxing. What was bad though was the question in my mind. “Did I roll up my windows last night?” Now I don’t know why I thought it would be helpful, but I threw on some clothes and headed out the door. I stood in the door way, with a flash light shining on the van windows. Yup, from several feet away, with lighting flashing like a antique strobe light and rain falling like 1000 sprinklers on a hot summer afternoon, I stood in my doorway without my glasses shining a flashlight at a wet piece of glass trying to decipher if the glass was in fact there or not.

Although this is probably needless to say, I could not tell for certain. I dared not go out there just at that moment. I figured it would not hurt to get more wet at that if they were in fact down.

I came in too awake to go back to sleep. I looked up the weather for watches and warnings. I looked at the radar to see if the rain would pass soon making my whole venture pointless from the beginning. I checked on the girl who is often a bit, shall we say, nervous during storms. She slept as peacefully as I should have been at that moment in time.

I made the mistake of deciding I would check my email and my blog hits (addict). I ended up getting side track by someone else’s sick post, which of course led me to a an article, which of course kept me up due to it’s length. I finally turned off the monitor after closing all the various windows and programs I managed to open within a matter of seconds upon finding my hind end resting in my low back desk chair.

I went to bed thinking I would have dreams of the article, but that did not happen. Instead I got up several times thinking I heard Daughter up. I finally fell asleep after being awake for a good hour or better only to have Hubby roll over. This, of course, woke me up as I was not really in a deep sleep yet.

By this time, the little daylight that would be morning had begun to show. I got up yet again and made my way to the front door. The lighting show had ended and the rained had lessened. I tripped down the steps and made my way to the vehicle in question. The windows were in deed up. Not that it would have mattered at that point anyhow.

I did eventually slip back into the land of slumber. I journeyed deep into the forest of dreams and drool as the man sawed logs beside me. I was ripped from said land by a small voice whispering “Mom, I’m up. Can I have a bowl of cereal?” It did not take long before I failed as mother and returned to the state of deep slumber. I think my return was complete before her feet hit the doorway.

Soon though, I woke and made my way out to where a child sat with a dog.

With promises of sleep once the man finally woke, I got dressed to face the morning. I could almost swear I heard my pillow call out to me as the The Morning laughed and said “I knew you would return to me.” I told my pillow, in my mind for I mustn’t wake the man, that I would return as soon I was able. To The Morning, I gave the cold shoulder and replied with only a look of discontentment.

Though the hour was late, I still felt as though my rest was incomplete. Perhaps it was the storm that had once again raged on the world outside my window that cause my body and mind to yearn for the comfort that is only found while in a deep slumber. Then again, it may have been the “AM” that is added to the hour which resulted my need for sleep, as morning waking and I have never gotten along well.

Time has passed. The man has awoken. The storm comes and goes like waves crashing upon the shore; one moment pouring down with trees swaying, then replaced by a motionless drizzle. The phone has begun it’s ringing. Son has come and gone with his teenage morning chaos. And I, regardless of sweet promises whispered to my pillow and blankets in my morning blurr, find myself still awake.

With a deep sigh, I have come to terms with my current state of being. I have accepted “being awake” though given the chance, my body would over take my spinning mind that insists on processing the things that must be done today and cause it to slip and stumble back into the forest of darkness known to many as “sleep”.

Welcome to my morning.