Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Just an FYI, I am so tired. G was up until 11:30 tracking Santa until I just had enough!! We watched The Santa Claus, read the story of Elf on the shelf and read Santa's Toy Shop. I love traditions. One was the looking at the lights. Santa was at one of the homes decorated with the lights and music linked. It was fun.

Now we are watching one of the movies Santa brought, Despicable Me 2. Love that movie. My parents came to see what Santa brought G. This is a throwback to the times when we were children and my own grand parents would come to see what Santa brought us. I made the banana bread my uncle gave me to share with them. It was very tasty.

The rest of the day is laundry and nap because I am so tired and G woke up with me at 6am when my alarm went off. Never mind that she NEVER gets up on a weekday when the alarm goes off! Tomorrow I am working so I will be taking G to hang with my parents for the day.

All in all a successful Christmas. Praying your Christmas is just as enjoyable, relaxing and focused on the Reason for the Season.

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's Christmas Time?

Friday night G and I picked out our first live/cut Christmas tree. Last year we had a norfork pine which I ended up hating and let die in the back yard. Plus it was a table top. Before that we have had a painting that doubled as a tree and a fake tree that somehow some outside animal managed to use as a bathroom in the shed.
So the weather was planning on turning nasty for the weekend. I had looked at trees near my work but they were $50. G and I were planning to buy one on Saturday morning but like I said the weather was turning nasty and I wanted a dry tree. Friday night I told G we would go to the next town to see if the lot was open. It was and we looked for a tree. G wanted the first picture but I pointed out the ornaments would get lost in the tree. Yes, G is in a t-shirt which just seems so very wrong. The tree we bought was $19. So very lucky to get that one at that price. Funny thing is that my aunt used to get this type tree all the time and we made fun of it calling it a charlie brown tree.
Dad had given or loaned me the tree stand. It was heavy but we got it in the stand up straight. Friday night we left it alone. Candycane our Elf didn't leave it alone; he plopped right in the middle of it. Anyway, Saturday we started decorating. I had buy new multicolored lights for G. I actually couldn't find any of my clear lights at first, and I forgot to put the silver ball garland on it too. The clear lights and garland were in a box I failed to search. But the two places had Christmas decorations at up to 50% off so we bought lights for the tree.

I was so excited to see my ornaments that had not been out for 4 or 5 years. G and I compared ornaments she made as a preschooler. It was just so much fun!!  See that tiny paper hand up to G's hand now.  Ah, the memories. Even the topper is a memory.  The red star was our families star on our tree until my mom bought an angel with fiber optic wings.  Personally, I like the star better. 
And I have no idea why I have 6 stockings for real. But we put them all up. Also, as you can see we never got around to painting or for that matter deciding so the paint samples are still on the wall!
Even ginormous pink bear got in on the action. Can you see the elf in the tree? The next night he hung out in a stocking. Today we found him hanging on to the door knob. Not sure what he will be doing tomorrow but then he leaves until next year.
Here is another table decorated for the holidays. That screaming with Santa picture is my favorite. That was G's second Christmas home. The first year she totally and completely adored Santa. After this year however she was very fearful for the next 4 or 5 years.  I don't have pictures but the top of the piano has a nativity scene as well.  I might post that later. The weather now is much more like Christmas, meaning cold.  I might have a chance to post this week but we will see. If not, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa Visit 2013

Our church hosted the kids with a pizza party and Santa visit.  G asked for something that she is not getting.  Too expensive and she has enough electronics to last a lifetime.  One more is not going to be added at least for this Christmas.  I don't feel badly either.  She will have a great Christmas without it.  I doubt she notices.

And because she knew who this Santa was behind the mask I told her it wouldn't count.  She kept loudly, on purpose mind you, telling me who Santa was so that other little kids would hear her.  She was in quite a mood yesterday. 

Last night was the treat for her and her friend.  We agreed last year when the first Hobbit movie came out that we would go to this one and now we have planned the next one as well.  After the movie I took them both to dinner. I really wish he had followed the book more.  It just didn't do well, and I truly think it would have been better holding to the book.  Of course if you had not read the book then it wouldn't matter, I guess. 

Saturday, G and I shopped for a family on behalf of my Sunday school class.  I finished yesterday.  I think I got two things the wrong sizes but hopefully they are too big rather than too small at least for growing into.  It was a family of 3 kids and my class was generous.  I still added a bit of my money in it for gift bags because I thought I only had to shop but I found out wrapping had to be done as well.  Two class members took two of the kids to wrap, and I ended up with one to wrap and part of one to purchase more for and wrap.  I have to turn it in on Thursday and hopefully the youth group will add toys to the mix because I was able to get 1 full outfit for each child (for two oldest jeans and 2 long sleeve T-s), pjs, house shoes, underclothes, socks a Bible for each (from Dollar Tree), 1 large candy cane each, a dress for the little girl and coats/gloves for all three. 

 I enjoyed shopping for them too.  I turned all the receipts in so the class would have record of the amount spent.  Just to say, the little girl's outfits didn't cost as much as the bigger but they all basically got the same number of items at different prices.  I didn't buy shoes other than house shoes because of price and fit.  Giving a size doesn't really help because you never really know how the shoes fit without trying them on.

We still haven't put up a Christmas tree.  Honestly, we haven't had time.  We are even missing the karate Christmas party tonight.  Maybe this weekend we will get it together to do that.  I would love to see my ornaments again!  G has her school and church program this week and her school party on Thurs.  I sent the cookies already!  Call me ahead of the game, heh.

 I am having some things delivered to work because G is nosy.  Somethings have come to the house and G knew I had something for her.  I don't know how I am going to swing this yet.  I will get it all figured out. 

The elf is still with us and I honestly am ready for him to go!  He is quite a pain if you know what I mean.  Planning things, moving things and writing back to G on the computer is causing me loss of sleep!  I haven't take pictures of him this year like last year.

G pulled her own tooth again.  This time it is one of the bigger teeth on the bottom by her canine tooth.  It even had an inactive cavity in it.  She is on the fence about believing in the tooth fairy.  Thankfully the tooth fairy had some cash.  G finally got her paddle ball she has "always wanted."  She also, out of the blue, told me she wants a snuggie and has always wanted one.  First I heard this was when she spotted one at wally world yesterday.  Other thing, she is always hot and wanting to wear short sleeves so NO SNUGGIE FOR HER!

That was our weekend.  Hope the week goes fast because I need a nap!

Friday, December 13, 2013

What a Week

TGIF and all that, we have been busy this week.  Our church choir, of which I am a member, held madrigal dinners for 3 nights which tied up 5 nights for me and G.  When I was in college (20 years ago) I served at madrigal dinners.  One year on one night I got to carry out the boar's head.  We even served the flaming figgy pudding.  We used utensils for those dinners.  We didn't for our dinners this week.

Anyway, it seems only 3 of us knew what it was or any history about it, or had been to one.  Those three people were me, the choir director and her husband/our pastor.  So apparently, many people didn't know what it was, and G still calls it a magical dinner, heh.  It really did stress a lot of our choir members out.  Now they know so next year it won't be so bad on them.
We had small vignettes along the hall in which I personally played a washer woman just for a glimpse (poor portrayal) of life in the middle ages.  We had artists, a stockade (and prisoner), a musician, dancer and a separate group of  musicians playing at the end of the guests' walk into the hall.  We have a very talented member of our church who is impressive with scene/stage designs.  She really is incredibly talented, and she and her hubby do most of the designs for all of the programs in our church.  We have a church member who owns an antique shop who was able to use some stuff to decorate the dinning hall.  It really turned out well.  It really looked almost like a castle hall.  Our sanctuary has a hall around it and the inside of the hall or outside of the sanctuary is brick which helped with the appearance. 

Anyway,  G played a squire or page for two of the nights and pulled the seats out for the king and his daughter/princess.  She also was the runner to tell the kitchen when we needed what.  So the choir members were the servers.  We had wonderful volunteers in the kitchen to prepare the food.  No utensils were used so we had mostly finger foods and soup.  We served a ginormous turkey leg, bread, potato logs and corn on the cob. 

We used a razorback hat for the boar's head which worked so very well.  The pastor wrote a skit about the head and told the symbolism of the head.  We had the guests participate in the Twelve Days of Christmas song which was very fun.

The first night was a very low crowd of about 60 people.  Thankfully, it was low.  The third night was also supposed to be a very low number; however, after nights 1 and 2 people started calling each other so the last two nights were actually sold out.  Sold out was 96 tickets.  There were maybe 5 seats empty on both nights combined.  Also, last night the paper came and took lots of photos with a very bright flash while the dinner was served by candlelight in the dark, just sayin'.  I just pray I am not in any of the pics.  Although, I will say, with no intention of compliments; though, that because of my skin getting on my nerves by 4pm everyday, I looked like a recovering medieval small pox victim (due to my acne) and made a proper poor wench for sure! 

The plan I came up with  for serving the food got turned upside down on night one.  Then someone in the choir sent the soup back before it was served without telling anyone, so when we servers went to get the soup, it was gone.  I still don't know on that one.  One pan of turkey legs got dropped one night, a bowl was broken one night (which is amazing since we had 3 nights of the use of the bowls), and the desserts were my favorite mini cherry tarts, but were not easy to eat with hands only. 

Someone else told the kitchen we were serving tea and coffee; which, we were not, nor did we ever plan to do so.  The plan all along for space savings, serving time, and attempting to be somewhat authentic was to serve only water and wassail.  We wasted 3 carafes of coffee much to my chagrin because I actually like coffee. 

Also, we had planned to use thermal carafes to serve the wassail, but on nights 1 and 2 we didn't have any to use, even after in the planning meetings when we were told we did have some.  One of the kitchen volunteers purchased some carafes, so on night 3 we did have some just not enough wassail for the whole room to have more than 1/2 cup. 

So all the plans I made got scrapped and then I heard over and over how I had initially assigned someone something but now they had to do something else.  On Sunday, two days before the first dinner, I had gotten charged with managing the serving of the dinner.  So I came up with the initial plan that was scrapped on the first night. 

You want to find the most inflexible people in any organization?  Plan a big something and assign folks to certain parts of it and then change at the last minute.  I know.  I can be inflexible and I don't like change, but I also know that sometimes you just have to get-r-done. I did get to the point where I just wanted to say, "do you what you want just make sure everyone gets food and drink." 

Oh and last night I got ahead of the schedule and sent the turkey legs out early, YAY! ME! No I won't forgive myself.  That was a terrible error on my part.  I also fussed at G because she was just not minding me about being quiet behind the scenes! or maybe I was just stressed and her not minding was a bigger deal at that moment than normally.

About the costumes, none of them were really the same which I think worked very well, and was the plan all along.  We used tunics to cover long flaring skirts or dresses for the women.  We had a couple of people volunteer cut the tunics out for us and create some of the costumes.  Some of the men's things were made and some used from nativity programs. 

Mainly, we wore solid colors under the bright tunics which were made from tapestry or furniture coverings.  A lady who had donated (for a completely different reason) the particular material from which my tunic was made told me, as she exited last night , that I looked like one of her pretty pillows.  Her companion stopped to explain the lady's comment, but I am still not sure if she was irritated that we used the material for a different reason than she intended or what.  To me the tunics were the best and simplest idea I had, heh. 

There was lots of laughter, the music was great and the choir didn't embarrass itself, as we are not professional by a long shot but we had fun (or at least I hope the majority of the choir would say that).  Everyone who came through the exit where I was standing said they enjoyed it.  Obviously since the last night sold out, people were calling friends and family to tell them to go.  G and I had three late nights and two minor meltdowns (a piece).  I am so very tired today.  I am looking forward to sleeping in Saturday some.

I have no pictures of the dinner.  I have failed to upload a zip line video of G, and now I probably just won't do it.  I am lazy like that.  Also, can't wait to see the next Hobbit movie.  I am taking G and her friend to a matinee this weekend for Christmas.  Can't wait, seriously.

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Storm and Other Ramblings

The storm is here and the temps are dropping.  Schools all around the area have closed.  Most closed yesterday but our district closed sometime after we went to bed.  Then because I did something to my phone I didn't get the message or the call when it came, so I got up regular time and got breakfast ready.  G got up too and now she is trying to whistle with her hands getting frustrated.  She is already in a mood, yea me!  I fear it is going to be a long day!

Good news on my mom, well, depending on how you look at it.  Mom's depression is now being handled.  She looked and sounded so good last night.  G even said she noticed that Grammie was happy because she asked when we were putting up the Christmas tree.  Tuesday night she was ready to cancel Christmas and so was I. 

Since my dad took her to the nurse practitioner on Wednesday he was able to listen to the instructions on her depression meds, and now they both know that the medicine is not a take as you wish but a must take every day.  Dad had not gone with her when she was initially prescribed this med so he didn't really know what it was or was for and trusted my mom's information.  He also now realizes he can not send my mom in with a doctor by herself again.  

The doctor on Thursday was the psychologist who has recommended a neuro doctor that specializes in dementia illnesses and will set that up so we can start to plan what this is and what it could possibly look like in the near future.  I suspect this will be more of a finalization on diagnosis and a this is what to expect to have to do in the future. 

Also, he told my dad that mom can no longer drive or do a checkbook.  Dad said something else was restricted but he couldn't remember what that was but did know that they had already done or stopped doing that.  I suspect that is some sort of cooking. 

Anyway, she still has the dementia, undiagnosed and now a medicine that will control depression.  Dad has taken over all her meds anyway and I suspect he will be planning a move in the near future from the 2 1/2 acre land they are on to a smaller yard and maybe smaller house.  Ch-ch-ch-changes...

I am not sure if mom was sad about not being able to drive or if it hit her yet that she couldn't or shouldn't.  We are mostly doing the driving for her anyway.  I think dad was heading that way slowly but now it is a professional medical opinion which is easier for my mom to accept.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

I Pray They Are Wrong

This is our area.  We will be on the edge of the WORST.  So far the predictions have held true.  At least we have milk, water, and food.  I don't have to go to the store.  Hopefully the power will hold.  G and I may just bunker down for the weekend.  That will be fine as laundry is out of control and we have lots of movies to watch.

We will be praying for the safety of all of our family, neighbors and all others in the path.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend

My mother has not survived the Thanksgiving weekend unscathed.  She has fallen into a very deep and potentially destructive depression.  Mom told me something about one of her worst days but she couldn't remember which day either Sunday or Monday.  I asked her if she told my dad to which she replied, "No, of course not, why would I.'

I said, "Because he is your husband and needs to know."  She believes it will make him more sad.  Then she told me not to tell but I had too for both of their safety not to mention my own child's safety.  At this point I think G is a stabilizing factor in the afternoon so I hope he can continue to pick her up after school.  I believe she is something for my mother to look forward too. 

Anyway,  I did tell my dad and we aren't the closest of family members.  My dad is very stoic and I think he feels the burden of other people's pain or emotions more deeply than he shows.  I am an emotional person by nature, not able to talk about something upsetting without the tears flowing, which has in the past made both my parents just not wish to talk to me about whatever upset me.  The thing is, whatever is going on with my mom is upsetting, and I can't help that but they are my emotions for me to deal with alone.  I am not intending to burden him, but I have to be able to tell him things even when I am upset without him also feeling as if he has to protect me too.  I am not sure if I am making sense of what is going on but my free fall of tears can't exclude me from knowing what is going on with my mom or from telling him something she can't or won't tell him.

So one of my aunts came to visit mom yesterday and helped her clean her bathroom, putting a new shower curtain up and getting rid of things my mother doesn't want or need.  I called my aunt to find out if they really talked or if mom shared some of the same things she shared with me.  She didn't.  I am emotionally like this aunt, and she knows that too.  So we cried together.  Anyway, she offered to call another sister to find out if mom has shared some of the same feelings with her and will let me know if she did. 

I don't want my mom to feel alone, but she does.  I don't want her to be sad, but she is.  I know she may or may not remember what she tells me so if one of those sisters asks and mom denies it I want someone beside me to know what was said.  The thing is what my mom is saying is so not plausible that it is hard to believe she is the one saying it.  Thankfully, my aunt does know that my mom is not in a good place so although she wasn't told the same thing she believes what I repeated to her.

Mom has a doctor's appointment tomorrow to see how fast this progression is going.  I hope they will give her something for her depression as well.  She misses her Thanksgiving visitors and can't remember them leaving or how they left of if she said goodbye or anything.  She is pretty pitiful right now.  Dad realized on Monday that he can no longer leave her alone.  I believe he also realizes she can no longer drive.  She has pretty much lost her independence if they can't find any medications to help.

I also have to keep G updated and informed.  Since we are both here and basically in the midst of it, she has to be (as much as she can) in the know.  I can't hide it.  We have to talk openly and honestly about what is happening, what potential there is for future outcomes and what we think about it.

Other than that, which is huge, we are gearing up for a winter storm.  The temps this week have been in the 60s-70s in the day and 30 degree drops at night.  By Friday, we are supposed to have ice and around 36 degrees.  Sadly I had to turn my heat on before Thanksgiving.  I tried to hold off until Christmas but we had a colder than normal build up to Thanksgiving.  Maybe not record lows but lower than in recent pasts.

Also, our choir is about to perform a madrigal dinner 3 nights in a row with practices tonight and Saturday through Monday night.  The last performance is Thursday.  I am about to lose my mind with not knowing what to do with G for those nights.  I may get Dad to bring her to me and have her help in the kitchen every night.  I foresee a miserable week of nights.  Please God, prove me wrong. 

I would appreciate my family being lifted up this coming holiday season.  Right now I am all about cancelling Christmas completely.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Home and Tired

We made it home around 8:20pm last night.  Well, we made it to my mom's at that time to celebrate her birthday which was yesterday.  We made it to our actual house around 9:00pm or so.  We made it to bed around 11pm.  We are both exhausted.  We are, however, at work and school today.  The day is dragging too.

We were in KY for our trip in case I didn't mention it.  We went to the Creation Museum near Erlanger*, KY.  I think its address is Petersburg* but we stayed in Erlanger*.  We were for the majority of the trip right outside of Cincinnati, OH.  We even hit the Christmas tree lighting ceremony there on Friday night which, by the way, was very very cold.

The Creation Museum is spectacular and well worth the trip.  Even if you are a firm evolutionist and believe Charles Darwin is right, it is worth seeing with an open mind for a different perspective.  I am not an evolutionist, I am a firm believer in a literal 6 days and am borderline young-earther.  And by borderline I mean I can see how the earth is not millions of billions years old from a literal interpretation of Genesis and the evidence can support it, but I can also see how sin affected everything no matter when Adam and Eve actually fell as far as time goes since God, Himself, is outside of time, and there can be millions of billions in the Bible as well.  But I put no faith whatsoever in the big bang or any Charles Darwin evolutionary ideas, strictly or otherwise.

We ended up stopping at 2 places on the way home.  Abraham Lincoln's national memorial of his birthplace and the town near where he lived for 2 years before moving to IL.  That was stop number 1 on the way home.   It was very nice and informative.  In the town square of Hodgenville*, KY, there is a museum dedicated to him.  It is a wax museum of particular parts of his life. 

 G has on her zip line shirt (bottom).  I am standing at the entrance of the birthplace memorial.

The second stop was to see Bill Monroe's home.  That was a bit freaky but to be honest I couldn't tell you what about it gave me the creeps.  We arrived late in the afternoon and other than the "office" (which was a house) there were no people there.  There were two big dogs which prevented me from going to the office to have a true guided tour.  We took pictures from the front porch which I will not post here because we didn't actually get permission to be there.  We were on video surveillance according to the sign.

The Bill Monroe stop was at Beaver Dam, KY which had several fast food restaurants and happened to be when we both decided we were hungry.  G however decided she did not want fast food but she wanted Italian, Chinese or Mexican like Ameca's.  I was a wee bit skeptical that we were going to find any of those varieties but low and behold on the way back to the parkway we came across the "Happy Family Buffet" Chinese restaurant!  I said, G, "... I can't guarantee that it is good, but at least it is Chinese."  She said, "Well the outside looks shabby but the inside doesn't look too shabby."  And it was good for being 3:30 in the afternoon.

So now to finish this week and next before I can truly rest well.  I will eventually get the video of the zip line experience up but not today.  And the Elf on the Shelf, Candycane, made his grand re-entrance into our holiday.  Today he played with a balloon toy G bought at the museum so balloons had been shot all over the house.  We will see what he will come up with for tomorrow.

*I may have all the spellings wrong and maybe one day I will get the map out and put the correct info on it but for now I am leaving them misspelled and all.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Experiences and Conquering Fears

G and I had some new experiences today.  The first was a zip line experience.  I was glad to be done with it.  It is harder than it looks.  G enjoyed it but not for the full 2 hours.  We just did a 1 hour ride and then went to lunch.  Then we had time to kill so we saw the live snake show. 

I made the mistake of 1st sitting in the front row and 2nd telling him I was not fond of snakes.  He made sure I was up close and personal with most of them.  We did end up, as you can see, holding the last of the show:  a 14 ft - 5 year old burmese python.  It was very heavy.  G is looking at the face of the snake because it kissed her face.  I heard her say, "Get it off."  I couldn't look though because the snake was so close around my neck and face.

We held baby snakes too.  I will post photos later when we are home and all pictures are downloaded.  I have a video of G coming to me on the zip line.  It isn't a very good video because I couldn't see in the bright light and because at one point I looked up at G and when I looked back at the camera I had almost knocked her out of the frame.  But at least we have it. 

So now off to supper and will post more later.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Week Wrap Up

My mom and dad were going to have fun visitors for Thanksgiving. G and I got out of town. 7 hour car drive. I borrowed my dad's GPS. Thankfully we did. G set it up for us. She is the electronics navigator. I also had a printout from mapquest which was not the same as the GPS. Twice we followed the GPS and ended up going through 3 downtown areas totally way off from the interstate we needed to be on. Then I figured out that we just needed to ignore the GPS and use our directions so that it would re-calibrate as we passed its exit warnings. We made it though.

We stopped off at a War Memorial that is right off the interstate. There were both civil war and other US wars represented. It was outside of an old family cemetery where many soldiers buried. Since we had not specific time to get to our final destination we made that stop. On the way back there are two places I plan on stopping if we are doing well.

Mom is going to be out of her mind by the end of the weekend. She has a doctor's appt on Dec 5. I am praying for healing, answers or a slow down or stop.

I brought the lap top on the trip with us and forgot the car chargers for the tablets, yea me. G had enough to do, thankfully.  She didn't realize how far the drive was so she didn't take a nap until we had 1 hour to go which might explain the not going to sleep last night.  We at supper at the golden corral.  I guess it was because we were the last two people to show up for dinner but it is not worth the hype.

I did see a White Castle and we will eat supper probably there tonight if I can find it again.  Hopefully, things are all off the interstates.  We are going to try to go to the tree lighting on the square tonight.  We will see.  The hotel folks says it is not difficult to find or not dangerous. 

For Thanksgiving lunch, we had pizza slices that were pretty good for gas station food. We ate as we drove and only stopped 3 times. It is very cold and dry here. Our skin is so dry and itchy. We keep shocking each other. G woke in a mood this morning. Of course she decided Wed that she didn't want to go at all because Candycane, the Elf on the Shelf, was coming. Then she accused me of ruining her entire life and mine too for not being married.

I warned her that if I heard one thing about that elf, I would ruin Christmas for her forever.  Yes, I am that mean.

It took her forever to fall asleep last night and then she was up too early this morning so when we were trying to go to breakfast she really got moody. I have warned as much as I can. We are in wait mode right now because the place we are heading doesn't open until 10. 

We are going on a zip line tomorrow afternoon. Kinda looking forward to it and not at all due to the cold.

The coffee at the hotel is pretty good so I don't have to go buy any. This hotel is so much nicer than the motel where we stayed in Bentonville, AR over labor day.

I foresee a nap in my future.   Last night before bed G and I got in the very warm whirlpool.  May do so again tonight. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Update

Saturday, I had to take G to exchange two pair of bluejeans at the children's place. I decided to bring my mom along. Saturday morning G and I went to pick her up and found her wearing summer pants with a winter top. The pants are part of an outfit and somehow my mom thought what she had on matched, even told me so. Her memory issue is also an inability to make connections like matching outfits.

I made her change while I put the pants she had on back with the top it matched and back in her closet. I looked around her room and her clothes are everywhere. I asked her if we needed to go back through her closet but she declined my offer. We have already once this year gone through her closet, gotten rid of clothes and re-matched the outfits, but apparently we may need to do this again soon.

The jeans exchange was a brilliant success. G now has two pair of jeans that touch her in absolutely no part of her body! just as she likes them. They are roughly 2 feet too long and 6 inches too wide but hey, if it means no more tears, I am all good. Saturday morning she was so distraught after having to wear a brand new pair of jeans that she said were too tight (which they were not) that she said she couldn't even read a book for being so uncomfortable. I have no sympathy. These too tight jeans she pulls on and off without having to unbutton them. Basically, too tight to her means that she can actually feel them touch her skin.

While at the mall, having completed the exchange, we walked around some and G found a pullover hoodie in a particular brand she loves and convinced me to buy for Christmas. So the jeans were an early Christmas gift, and this is now a known, but she has to wait for, Christmas gift. Poor kid is going to know all of her gifts. No surprises this year. Well, that is as far as she knows, I mean I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve.

G is really into making the rubberband bracelet thingies. She and a friend, who happens to be going to Ukraine on a missions trip 2014 summer, are busily making bracelets to give to the kids in the Ukraine as a friendship gesture. I am really glad G is doing this. She took 5 of the ones she finished today to school for the girl to take; I hope this child will be able to find them all when the time comes.

Saturday night my dad put more air in my slow leaking tire (had only 5 pounds of air) that I didn't get fixed last time he did this for me. He fussed at me because I didn't listen before. So I determined that on Monday (today) I would take the tire to a specific place near work to have it fixed, except I couldn't because on Sunday that tire was flat. I managed to get to church before I knew the tire was flat and boy howdy did my whole Sunday planning take a dive.

A man in my church changed the tire and recommended that I get not just that tire replaced but the other 3, too. I trust his judgement; so G and I spent too much time at Wally World Sunday afternoon getting 4 new tires. First thing is I think the guy selling them to me lied to me about having the cheaper tires. I think they had some for $55, but he told me they didn't. I should never buy anything for the car without knowing what the helk I am doing. Next problem was that as we looked around the store I just couldn't imagine how they will be ready for Christmas. The store had nothing on the shelves in the right places and very little out on display. Third, the tire part of the store told me they would call when they were done, but they didn't. I think they were finished in an hour but since I didn't get called I didn't know. The car was parked and completed when we worked our way back after 2 1/2 hours to check on it. I didn't necessarily mind the wait if it really took that long but being told, "we can call you when it is ready" and then not being called is frustrating.

Anyway, though my plans were changed beyond my control, I do feel better having new tires to drive on our up coming mini vacay. Granted I am that much the poorer, but I at least had the money to take care of it. And the tire that was flat had a nail in it that may or may not have been fixed had I taken it the first time my dad told me. I probably could have gotten another year or maybe not. I have no idea when I picked up the tack.

Not much else going on this weekend. G has/had by now a writing assessment in class. My mother is learning more about the dreaded common core, and I think my parents are coming around more to G being homeschooled by 6th grade. I want her to be able to be more self directed. I think my dad can help proctor her but G needs to be able to complete projects/lessons on her own.

G's school is having to be "counseled" about sexual bullying, and parents weren't notified before hand. G is only in 4th grade, and this counselor told the kids about a suicide of a bullied boy including the details of how he did it, and then said, "Now you all don't do that."

I realize things are different than when I was her age but I think this counselor may have just given these kids new ways in which to torment each other. I think the parents should have at least had a heads up, particularly those parents in G's group. These parents are the very involved parents who would help explain things. I could be wrong, but I do not like not knowing what is being or about to be told to my child with relation to suicide or bullying or sexual anything!

So that was our weekend in a nutshell. Two more weeks or less really until Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

11.12.13 14:15pm

Posting on 11/12/13 14:15 pm because it only comes 'round once, amiright?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekend Re-Cap and Ladybugs Are Creepy

My mother's house is being attacked by ladybugs trying to find a place to go for winter. One ladybug on a leaf or flower is cute and picture worthy. Millions of ladybugs are terrifying. You can hear them. It sounds like rain in a forest. The color around you becomes rust. They get everywhere and on you. For me, it was WAY TOO MUCH NATURE! I can still feel them crawling all over me and flying into me. Oh and they stink.
Sorry about the blurry picture, I took it on the phone. But this is a small sample of the bugs and this is inside the door of the car this morning as we are leaving for school.

I caught G's cold and am still coughing. I have reactive airway which means when I get a tickle from the cold and cough to clear it, it causes another tickle producing another cough to the point that I start to gag and can't catch my breath. Problem is when it happens I can't predict and usually need cold water to drink or put on my neck to cool me down to catch my breath. The coughs are violent coughs too but all of the coughs, though they sound deep, are caused by simple post nasal drip. They do not come but maybe once or twice a day. Again though I can't predict them.

I don't have a chest cold but a head cold. I had one of those coughing fits while driving my mother over the bridge to the big city Friday night. I thought we were going to wreck. I steady prayed that God would stop the coughs, the tears and gags so I could get us where we were going safely. We did arrive in one piece and had a good time.

My mother has a friend who is a very talented artist. She invites my mother to her art openings and I take her to them. I personally enjoy art openings/galleries anyway; whereas my dad, not so much. This person's website is here. She is very talented. Even her brother had a painting in the opening. It was nice with lots of incredible art work.

While driving back my mom opened up about her feelings with regard to her losing her memory. She said that she thinks she ought not be here any more and that she feels useless. She was unable to remember what happened when she broke her hip; specifically, how she did it. I told her with regard to that, she probably shouldn't be able to remember. It was quite traumatic for everyone involved. Really, there was a bit I couldn't remember. I forgot that I saw the ambulance drive away. I will have to tell G that I did and I only remembered after reading the post about it. Thank goodness for blogger and blogging the memories. I now believe that her non specifically diagnosed dementia began in that moment.

Funny, just like her mom's came to a head after she had a wreck. It seemed like her Alzheimer's came fast after that. Mom is very upset that she can't pick G up from school anymore. I pointed out that she could but she HAS TO REMEMBER NOT TO MAKE A 3rd ROW. That was why I got a call from the school. She currently feels like such a burden. Please pray for her. Pray that God will help her to remember that He has a purpose and reason for her to be with us still. Please pray that she will gain a sense of purpose as well.

It is hard watching her go through this and feeling helpless to make her understand how important she is! How desperately needed she is! I warned her that if she left us for any reason, our immediate family would fall apart. From my perspective I am not sure my dad would want or could hold us together. Plus her sisters need her.

Anyway, mom G and I shopped a little Saturday before taking G to a skating b-day party for a friend. G fell and busted her knee. She showed me later and boy is it a pretty bruise, all kinds of purple, blue, green and a bit black. She had swelling and everything. We put ice on it which helped some. G also told me she had fallen and hit her head on a chair, but didn't cry because people were watching. She said that if I had been there she would have cried, and I told her that was why I wasn't there. I knew, and I wanted her to have fun without me so I didn't hang around. Falling isn't fun, but if I was there she wouldn't have even tried to skate. She would have then been mad at me for not skating. She said despite falling, she would go again.

That was our weekend. Still too much to write. I did manage to get all the clothes washed which is amazing since we were barely home all weekend. G had some grandaddy time Friday night while mom and I were at the art opening. I had mom to myself time Friday and Saturday which was nice. Sunday after church and a short nap, mom, dad me and G played chicken foot dominoes. Took a minute to remember how to play but it was fun. Then G and I played uno and wheel of words (on her kindle fire). Nice weekend and now we are back at school and work.

Remember to thank a vet for your freedoms. Every time I see someone with the veterans ball cap or coat or uniform I stop them to thank them. At first they look at me like I am about to attack them, but then they smile and thank me back. Personally, I think it makes me feel better to thank them than it does for them to receive it. I may be wrong as we may both feel better. I also notice they will stand or sit up a little straighter. Makes my day every time!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Want to Update

So far my company has decided to continue offering health benefits which means I still have a job, YEA!! It will be costly and the employees will be forced to pay more plus they will be without subsidies because this company will follow the safe harbor which is not as safe as the general population would like to believe! O'care is bad for individuals, for companies and for the country. But that is okay, don't believe me if you wish, just watch it all play out. A president who had no credibility can lose none but he has done more damage to this country than any president before him. He is an amazing man but not in a good way!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Halloween Update

G dressed as a cowgirl last night to go to my parents' church's fall festival. She was able to wear her jeans to school and the rest was easily picked up by my dad on the way home from school pick up. The zombie from Sunday required make up and full change of clothing so we couldn't really pull that off again. That is okay though because she was able to do two completely different costumes this year. We have really had a run of making or coming up with costumes since G has been home. Oh the first two years were so easy: cheerleader, because G had no opinion.

Here are some from the past: 2012,


2010 aquarium, probably my most creative idea,

2008 evening, artist,

pre-school party 2008 during the day,

2007 birthday cake,

2006. I don't have one from 2005 because I started blogging in 2006.

Also, you may notice there is not one from 2009. After the 2008 fiasco, she didn't participate because she refused to wear a costume. Surprisingly, she was absolutely fine with not going out that year. This year even between both churches, G did not bring home a lot of candy, thankfully. Maybe people are wising up and realizing most of the candy gets tossed so they aren't giving out as much. I did hear that candy and decoration purchases were down this year for Halloween. It may just be the Obama-economy too.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The ACA and its Impact

There has been a lot in the media about the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and the millions of individuals who will lose coverage and doctors. The thing is, this has been known on the right for over 3 years. The MSM has been a willing accomplice in the WH's deception with regard to the impact. Now some on the left are spinning the lies (and yes they were known lies by the administration) to make it sound like not such a big deal.

Here is another impact: many people have lost jobs and hours due to the regulations. I may be one of those individuals to lose my job. I knew when I interviewed that the company had not decided to "pay or play" but I was told that they would probably change nothing for this coming year.

Now however with the employer delay, it would actually be more cost effective for the company to completely drop health coverage for all employees which would also eliminate my job specifically. I obviously can't blame the company as their goal in operating is to make money and ACA is a losing bet.

I would appreciate prayers because I am sick of going down this road. I need a brilliant plan for home employment that is fool proof. I personally can't think of one and without capital to start I will not be able to do so.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All A Honor Roll

This morning was the 1st honor's program at G's school. I received the messaging call last night about it. G didn't know anything about it being today. Anyway, my parents were not able to go due to the funeral of my great aunt, so I did go. I now have 2 hours to make up at work, but it was worth it for both G and me. She really wanted someone there.

The big surprise wasn't the all As, because report cards came out last week. The real surprise for us both was that she and a boy from her class received the top two reader awards for their class. They only called out the top two readers (or those with most AR points) for each class. She didn't think she had either spot. I was proud of her anyway, but she did really try to get the top spot. Of course she didn't really push until the last possible moment which was frustrating to me.

I haven't any idea what she will do this nine weeks about AR. I told her she needed to at least meet the goal set for her with regard to the points but that she didn't have to try to get anything over it if she didn't wish and could read what she wanted within reason (no scary stuff like goosebumps). She agreed at the time, but this award may make her strive to win it again.

Anyway, I am at work now. My mother is back home from her sister weekend so we will get to see her tonight. We had dinner last night with just my dad and watched Wheel together. Tonight we have to deliver the frozen foods G sold. I think we will not do this selling next year because it is way more trouble than it is worth! At least to me, it is!

Monday, October 28, 2013

This year, thanks to a shirt of mine getting torn, G transformed into a zombie. Of course, like a good mom, I also sacrificed a favorite pair of yoga/paint/mowing pants to the halloween costume.

Of course I think she is a cute little zombie. After I adjusted the clothing with rips, she and I took them outside to smear them in the dirt and grass. I messed up her hair and then added leaves and a spider for an extra jolt of ick. One time, a long time ago, like last year, I had some green blemish cover stuff. Of course when I went to look for it to give G that green pallor, I couldn't find it. See this is the stuff that causes me to be a hoarder because every time I get rid of something I end up needing it.

Anyway, there weren't a lot of trunks this year which is fine by me because I believe we have enough candy from last year still at the house. Next year I have to remember to do a trunk or treat too not just take G but set something up. One of our pastors have twin baby boys they dressed up as bears and then put a baby gate over the back of their minivan. The mom wore a zoo vest and hat and had a sign that said, Please do not feed the bears. It was totally cute.

So that was our Sunday afternoon. After we came home, my dad texted to let me know my great aunt, my dad's mom's youngest sibling, had passed. She is in a better place. She lived to see her 90s. We celebrated her last birthday this past May and we had a good turn out. I will not be able to go to the viewing or funeral which will be in the middle of the day in the middle of the week out of town. Death is so inconvenient, particularly to those left behind. She, however, is in glory, not inconvenienced in the least. She is having a glorious reunion with her Lord and family!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Weekend Accomplished

Though we did not go to the Harvest Moon Festival, we did get the PowerPoint project completed and e-mailed to the teacher. We also finished the monopoly game with G winning by breaking me to the tune of 11,378 monopoly dollars, heh. I was so glad the game is over!! I remember how much I dislike long games like that. G on the other hand loved it and never wanted it to end. I like games that start and end not start and continue and continue and continue and finally after many more continues, ends.

The water cycle poster was completed finally on Sunday afternoon. Since we had worked on it Saturday with lots of glue it needed to dry over night. G finished it while I napped on Sunday. It turned out pretty good. I hope it stayed intact until science. She is supposed to get extra credit for turning it in early. She has to take the other project tomorrow and give a presentation on both reading projects tomorrow or sometime this week.
This is the water cycle posted or rather a blurry picture of it. She did a really good job and she came up with some creative items to add to make it more 3D and colorful. I hope we she gets an A on it.

And Saturday morning we checked out the first book in the Harry Potter series from our community library. We are already up to chapter 5. I believe I can navigate through it with our Christian beliefs, and G's fears. It isn't that much different than the wizardry in Lord of the Rings or with regard to the fantasy stuff in Narnia. This is the first time I have read the series as well since I was technically too old for the books when they first came out. At least I felt that I was too old, and I wasn't sure about the hype with them.

As for the movies, I am not sure we will watch them until much further along in the series. It is one thing to read a book that may have some scary moments written in them letting your own imagination play out the scenes, but it is a whole other thing to see them in a movie when the director is trying to scare the movie goers from his imagination.

I woke up this morning to a leak in the hot water heater. My poor dad, he has so much on him and now this. I now know how to shut the hot water heater off after talking to dad. I suppose it will be fixed this evening. I haven't heard from him yet though. So I will rephrase, I hope it will be fixed for this evening. Otherwise we will have to move to my parents for the night or so which is just a lot of effort.

This is billing week at work so I gather all the bills for benefits to be paid. Wednesday is employee appreciation day when we all go bowling for 3 hours. Fun stuff!!

Can't believe the first 9 weeks of school is over. That is half a semester done. Time is going too fast for me. I am sure it isn't for G. She is already talking about the Elf on the Shelf returning on Thanksgiving. I hope no one spoils Christmas for her this year.

The fall weather is nice. It was even cold to me on Saturday. Sunday I bundled under three blankets to nap. My air hasn't been needed but neither has my heat. We are making due with more clothes and blankets. Hopefully I will have a couple or more months of low power bills. With the water leak that will be higher by a bit, oh well.

Still haven't had time to paint. May have to wait until the spring. I still may have a Christmas get together because who really cares what the walls look like? That will be an easy explanation I think. Then again I may just huddle home and become the hermit. I think I am heading that way anyway the older I get.

Well, here is to another week!

Friday, October 18, 2013

How Do the Weekends Get So Busy?

G excitedly tells me on Monday that she has a project due in reading/literature class about tornadoes or something. Actually, it is 2 projects due on the same day,yea! 4th grade. G and her grandad (my dad) did the first one on their own, but I have to adjust some of the items because they are going to be displayed in a hall, and I don't want them stolen. The other was a paper that could also have a power point presentation with it. My dad doesn't know how to do a power point; though, if he took a minute he would be a pro at it. Anyway, G and my dad did the work in the paper so now G and I will put the power point together on Saturday. We have already started working on it. She also has to work on presentation. I may be kind and type her little 3 paragraph paper for her or not.

Then Wednesday, she discovers that she isn't the top reader in class this 9 weeks when she thought she would be. A boy who wasn't even on her competition radar hit that point Wednesday. So G decides she wants to try to at least get 30 AR points and to do that we had to find a book. Let's just say there was a 45 minute total full on out meltdown Wednesday night with comments such as "I am moving out at age 13 so I can read Harry Potter and Goosebumps". Yeah, it was fun and ended with me holding her like a baby trying to rock in bed.

Thursday, I barely get into my parents house to pick G up and she excitedly tells me she has a science project on the water cycle due in two weeks that will get her extra points if she can turn it in Friday (today) or Monday. (and if you read that last sentence fast and all out of breath, that is exactly how she hit me with it). She really wanted it done for today, but I nixed that. There is just not enough time during the week to do a project when I get to my parents to pick her up at 6pm and we get home after 7pm. Lots of extra credit being given for the project the flashier and more 3D it is. UGH! So now we have two projects to do, grocery shopping and normal laundry pile to complete all on Saturday.

We were also going to go to the FCC Harvest Moon Festival Saturday evening, but really I just don't see how since it is so far away. G also wants to carry on with our Friday night movie viewing in bed except that we are both so very tired. We haven't been in ages due to the drive out and back. It would be so nice to see how all the girls and a few boys are growing plus seeing the newbies home. There aren't that many of them I don't believe with the slow down. I just really don't see how we will have everything ready though by the time we would need to leave.

She had a meltdown last night too over the price of a book, and then she read said book until almost 11pm. She finished reading it this morning and has already tested on it. It was an expensive last minute kindle purchase just to reach her 30 AR points which she wanted to accomplish. She really didn't want to pay me for getting it, and she took an hour to decide about an easy book to read in the first place. Then when I hit purchase she had changed her mind but it was too late then. She paid me back for the book, but I may pay her for making 100 on it if she is in a good mood when I get home. I haven't told her yet so I will judge just how poorly her lack of planning has made her feel. She has been quite disrespectful and argumentative with me lately. So we are up to two meltdowns in a row for the week.

Oh and that back talk is going to be the death of me!! I don't know how my mother stood 4 of us and I know I had/have a mouth on me. I hate not having the last word! Maybe I was the only one with whom my mother had to deal. I don't remember my siblings getting in that much trouble for the same. They may have but I just don't remember it.

I am so very tired. We have a planned mini vacay coming up soon, and I so want it to go well. It may not be restful, but I want it to be fun. Actually, it will be restful in a not being in work or school kind of way but tiring in a long drive out of our element and experiencing lots of change sort of way. By the way, neither of us like change, and we both have a need to control EVERYTHING! even each other sometimes mostly always.

The GAs of which G is one is participating in a lock-in/prayer walk tonight. G has never done this one (it is for a badge), and she isn't doing this one tonight either. Now with the projects looming, I am glad she isn't. I will say, however, I did want her to go to it. Next year will be her last chance to earn this badge, and I think she will enjoy it plus it will give me a night alone. She is old enough to do so this year. Maybe next year she will be ready. I will not push her too early.

Work is gearing up to be busy but it is not there just yet or rather it isn't too bad yet. I am finally accumulating PTO. I don't have much and will be saving it for spring break if the company doesn't doesn't decide to pay rather than play in the ACA. If they opt out of health ins there will be no need for a benefits assistant (me) because the other benefits are not a burden to administer. Pray that I will outlast the bad US economy so that if I do have to leave or leave on my own it will be to something even better. I like it here and don't wish to leave but I also can see the companies options. One of the training positions is being vacated and not being re-filled. So how it stands right now, as someone leaves they are not replacing them within the administrative offices that is. The field works differently.

We are looking at a very busy weekend. I am still glad it is Friday. Our Friday karate class has been changed to a TBD time later in the year, YEA! I just received an e-mail AR notice on a book G tested not making a great score. It was a book she only listened too on CD a while ago. I do not care if she made a bad grade on it but I suspect she will be a bit upset by it. I hope not. I also hope she didn't get this far to be beat out but if she did she gave it her all. I gave her permission to only test to the assigned points and read what she wants as long as it isn't Goosebumps or Harry Potter. I just think she will be too scared for those. I am also just not sure I like the idea of Harry Potter. I haven't read them but if I could be convinced in my own conscience that they were okay I might read them with her. I am just not there yet.

So have a Happy Fall Friday, Y'all!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Totally MIA Because, No Reason

If you aren't on Twitter, you should be. And you should follow Pat Sajak, because he is very very funny. This was a post and response with him. Twitter is basically an open e-mail for those who have a Twitter account. So the first Tweet was his and I responded not expecting anything because really, he has lots of followers. But he did respond.
If you can't read it, This was the exchange:

Pat Sajak @patsajak: "Signed over 7,000 autographs in past 3 days. Been able to give away nearly 300 of them so far. Car windshields next." - 10 Oct

Rambling Mother @RamblingMother: "@patsajak I'll take one, my 9 year old daughter will think I am the coolest mom EVAH!!" - 10 Oct

Pat Sajak @patsajak: "@RamblingMother She probably already does!"

Like I said, this is like an open e-mail exchange for those who follow the main author. The fact that he took the time to respond in such a nice way just gave me hope that all "celebrities" aren't jerks. By the way, we love Wheel of Fortune and watch it at least 3 nights a week at my parents. Oh and in case you didn't know, I am RamblingMother so follow me too. I will repost things of interest on a political areana and things that are news worthy or encouraging. I rarely post original thoughts because honestly by the time I have one on a topic, the topic has moved steadily on past.

Now on to the nitty gritty. There is not much is going on that can be posted and mostly nothing is going on that is bad or distressing much. The last two weekends G and I have cleaned the house, done laundry (how do two people have so much laundry), played board games, gone grocery shopping, cleaned my closet and shopped for a new shoe rack among other things.

This past Saturday, I was able to get G a new pair of boots which were on sale, yea! The boots basically become her Sunday shoes in the fall and winter because she is a particular child with particular idiosyncrasies when it comes to clothes and shoes. Last Sunday, week, we had a full blown meltdown over her wearing the very same black pants I purchased specifically for her to wear only on Sundays. TEARS, y'all, really honest to goodness HYSTERICAL TEARS on Sunday morning. I pointed out to her that she gets to dress herself 6 out of 7 days but I get Sunday! And really, it is only the pants that are dressy. She wears a green plain Hanes t-shirt with them! I won that time, and there were no tears yesterday, but then again she had new boots to wear!

We also racked up on long sleeve plain colored shirts for fall/winter for her. She tried on all of her shirts from last year and managed to only have 3 still fit (or at least not feel tight on her arms) and two of those are way to hot to wear until January or February when it is coldest.

I found two new pair of shoes for me at Wally's world that at first blush don't look comfortable but actually are. I finally ditched two pair of brown flats that I have worn going on 3 years now. They were looking like I had worn them that long too. Cleaning out my closet is a chore that took the better part of the day Saturday. I will say though that it looks so very good now. I just hope I can keep it that way! Actually, the two very top shelves still need to be cleaned out, but those are out of my way so I can ignore them a bit longer, heh

Two Saturdays ago I was so very tired that I literally slept until noon. No, I had no intention of doing so, but I managed to teach G how to fix bacon and toast for breakfast so she could let me sleep. This Saturday I told her to let me sleep only untl 10:30am. She still fixed her own bacon and had milk to tied her over until I fixed a proper breakfast. I have since G came home fixed her a hot breakfast like grits or eggs or waffles or hashbrowns so unlike me who could at least make cereal for breakfast for myself, G really can't yet. Now while I am awake and with her in the kitchen she probably could; we just haven't practiced it yet.

It is not good for me to sleep like that because my dreams get weirder the longer I do. Of course on Friday night it isn't like I am going to sleep at 9pm or earlier. We end up watching movies in bed, and I have to stay up longer to put the computer up afte the movie goes off. I am not naming names but G someone is usually asleep before the movie is over.

I began teaching G how to play monopoly last night. We started the game at 7pm which is way too late, and, of course, we didn't finish. We left it in play and will pick up on another evening when we have time. Somehow, I ended up with the board games from my childhood. I have my sister's triominos, the family monopoly game, and lots of other games from home. Surprisingly, for belonging to a family of 4 kids all the games are in tact with all the pieces still there. I mean they don't look new but there are no lost pieces. We have started a habit of playing board games on Saturday and Sunday evenings while eating supper and watching movies. Besides being fun, this is really, hopefully, making great memories. And mainly G is very good at board games. She mostly beats me which is absolutely fine by me. She is currently winning at monopoly.

Well, that is a re-cap of the week. A tweet I made or rather a re-tweet I made was included on a Twitchy round up which is also pretty exciting. So that is all the news fit to print on this blog. I have no updated pictures of G. I was able to get 20 Christmas cards for FREE! from two different internet places (10 ea). That is so very nice and if I get now more photo cards I do have G's school pictures to include with some regular cards. That is if I choose to send out Christmas cards this year. I may be scaling that whole thing back. Okay, I won't take so long between next posts.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

See You at the Pole

G attended for the first time a "See You at the Pole" rally at her school. They met at 7am which is roughly 30 mins earlier than we have to leave the house even. So I had to get up so very early to get us both ready.

Sounded like such a good idea last night until 5 this morning when the alarm went off. Then I sat on the edge of the bed for a minute before I reset the alarm to give me another 20 minutes. I think that ultimately hurt me in hindsight.

On top of being so very tired my insides just aren't feeling right. I am so very tired and this is only Wednesday, UGH! Even my skin feels weird and crawly which usually doesn't feel that way until closer to 10pm.

Have I ever mentioned how I am one of those people who truly need 9 hours of sleep nightly but I don't get that much. We end up going to bed later than I want most nights. I get caught up reading news because I am a news junky. I am a light sleeper which is the worst thing to be at my house! And I have to get up early to make sure we are both ready for school and work.

Have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to "falling back" this year? Well, every year? I think I am going to have to make G spend the night with my parents so I can take full advantage of it.

I am seriously proud of her for wanting to go. She said she really needed to go pray for her math test, heh. I mentioned that she could also pray for our government, her school and her friends.

Poor baby had a tummy ache too this morning. I hope she worked it out soon after she got in the building. That is a miserable feeling to have.

I was glad she wanted to do this and will support her in it. But next year I am going to bed much earlier!!

I can't wait to hear the update about it later tonight.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mostly Laundry for the Weekend

Gah, cleaning floors and laundry just seem to be such repetative chores :}

We did mostly nothing this weekend. G did get to go to the neighbor girls and play for 3 hours Sunday afternoon. Saturday though it was grocery shopping and laundry. I did open all the windows and cranked the air up so it wouldn't come on and enjoyed the wonderful breeze. It has been so nice this summer with relatively few hot days. Of course now the weather is cooling off and mosquitos are priming up of which the results can be seen on G's arms and legs.

I took no pictures because we didn't do anything. We did attempt to watch The Hobbit Friday night but G fell asleep before Bilbo met Gollum so we watched it Saturday afternoon. We are both excited about the next one coming out though it won't hold to the book according to Peter Jackson.

We have watched, or tried to watch, The Fellowship of the Ring and seeing it again makes me realize just how weak Peter Jackson made Frodo appear. I mean characterwise, he is a big w*eenie. Watching it again just made me disappointed in Frodo. G fell asleep in that movie too. She hasn't actually watched it all the way through.

Currently, I am following the Cruz filibuster on Twitter. I hope if it does nothing else it will get Dems on record voting for this trainwreck. It needs to be repealed and other ideas like, tort reform and insurance being allowed to be sold across state lines, should be looked at. Take it all back to an individual market, get employers out of it. Anything will be better than O'care.

Anyway, that was our weekend in a nutshell. Since G isn't playing any sport this fall, I am truly enjoying not being rushed around on a Saturday!

Updated to fix the very poor spacing problem.

Monday, September 16, 2013

G's very big WEEKEND

All pictures are from Sunday. G's Sunday school teachers live next to people who rescue alligators or something. The Sunday school teachers' son is also in G's class at school. On Friday, they had their neighbors bring a baby gator to show G's class. G was so upset that she didn't get to touch the gator on Friday. Thankfully the Sunday school teachers asked their neighbors to bring it to church for their class to see. G held it as you can see.

Sunday night G and I attended the Sanctus Real and Francesca Battistelli concert. G was able to get autographs of Sanctus Real and then she got a t-shirt. We both liked Sanctus Real better than the headliner. Seemed more worshipful and less entertaining to me.

Here G is at the stage for the very last song of the whole evening. We got home and ate dinner at 10pm and to bed, G to sleep by 11pm but me almost midnight. I did not sleep well either.

I am so very tired now and am needing to go to bed very early or a nap. Saturday, G participated in a donation only, GA car wash. Girls in Action (GAs) is a Christian (southern Baptist) alternative to the Girl Scouts. So Saturday they washed cars to raise money for pure water in Africa. All of the events the GAs do are oriented in Missions. They raise a lot of money for missions. They have an amazing director and teachers that are very willing to give time and talent to teach them all. G has this year and one more before she ages out.

G and I also took my mom to buy a new wallet. Her's fell apart. We also went to lunch at G's favorite place, Pei Wei. I was able to take a nap after we washed my mom's car in her yard since she missed the car wash while G was there. I had paid the GAs for mom's car so G washed it at home, heh. Anyway, it was a fun weekend.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Never Forget! 12th Anniversary


Now we have Benghazi and the cover-up. We must remember and we must honor our fallen Americans. We must have justice.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekend Conversations with G

G made this observation this weekend, "Mama, you know how they say 'mamas have eyes in the back of their heads'?"

I said, "Yes" wondering the whole time why this is coming up since it hasn't been said in a long time.

She said, "Well, even if that was true they still couldn't see through all that hair."

I was telling G about a couple in an article who decided to live as if it were 1986 (the year they were born) because they were losing their small children to iPads and iPods and such. She said, somewhat incredulously, "So what about lights, what did they do? light candles all the time with no electricity?"

I did explain that electricity was invented during that time. She did tell me that I should do that for her but I pointed out what wasn't accessible in 1970 at least for us. We were still on a party line as late as 1975 and had a color TV in 1979 for the first time. Of course that could just be because my parents couldn't afford one sooner.

Sometimes I would like to chuck all the electronic and internet, computers etc but then we would be very disconnected from the world. And G is funny because one minute she wants to live like the couple but then the next she is BEGGING for cable TV which I haven't had since 1994 and really very little TV since 1995. Movies on VHS and DVD yes but until G received her 7" travel TV/DVD player for Christmas 3 years or so ago we haven't had any TV. She also wants and iTouch or iPod and unlimited very fast wi-fi. Um, no...

Friday, September 06, 2013

Pictures from Our Trip

G standing at a cannon on the Pea Ridge Battle Field after her fall.
Me standing at a cannon. The white, it blinds!

G swimming at the pool.
G on a caboose in historic Rogers, AR

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Holiday Away

G and I spent our Labor Day holiday out of town. We left Friday after work (I got 3 hours of vacay that day so left early, yippee) and arrived partly due to traffic problems around 11pm. We visited Bentonville, AR for a specific reason: the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Wonderful collection of art but rather snooty employees in some areas. We saw some fantastic works of American art from the beginning of American history through to the 20th century. And the Angels and TomBoys exhibit that we missed in the big city was on display, so we were able to see it as well.

G was in a mood due to lack of sleep and just general not getting her way but we managed to get through the entire museum anyway. Of course we weren't able to truly comprehend everything, I think it would have been worth going over several days to see and process everything. The visit to this museum we made on Sunday after a breakfast/lunch of Chinese food. We slept really late on Sunday because we stayed up really late on Saturday night.

But let me back up a day. Saturday was the day we had originally planned to go to Crystal Bridges but due to excitement and breakfast being served only until 9:30 we ended up getting up too early. We were out of the motel room by 8:30am and the museum didn't open until 10. Plus motel coffee is terrible and I needed some coffee. After being given directions for the *bucks for my coffee fix, we looked up how close we were to Pea Ridge Military museum. This was the largest battle West of the Mississippi and a strategic loss for the South. The North was able to cut off communication and supply lines of the Confederates from East to West. So split decision to change plans lead us to visit Pea Ridge which is also the most intact battle fields of the Civil War.

I didn't realize how close we were going to be to that field so I was glad we found out. There were 10 stops on the driving tour and at stop #3 G told me she was going to run back to the car to which I replied, "Don't fall." I got back to the car and she said, "Mama, do you remember when you said to me 'don't fall'?" I said, "yes, did you fall?" Oh yes she fell and skint her knee, palms of her hands and dropped the camera she was carrying which then decided not to work for the rest of the day.

So we had 7 more stops we had to get through with her being in a bit of pain. The skinned knee and hands were not necessarily terrible but they were stinging. I ended up pouring half a bottle of cold water I had bought for me to drink on her skinned hands and knee. But it did seem to help her, so it was worth it.

For lunch we ate at a NY style pizzeria. We requested water for because we had just come back from the battle field and were hot and tired. We ordered way too much food and the water tasted dirty. When I requested bottled water, the waitress said they didn't carry it. I ended up getting G a lemonade and me a sprite. The waitress didn't charge us for it. We take for granted our very good water where we live until we go somewhere that has terrible water.

After lunch we headed into historic Bentonville to see the Walton 5 & 10 which is the first Walmart. There is a museum and oldfashioned products that would have been sold there. G wanted a bow and arrow set from there. She got a wood carved musket and wood carved yo-yo from the Pea Ridge gift shop. We also headed to the Walton old fashioned soda fountain shop but G only wanted water which after our lunch made this visit ironic. This place had on the menu triple filtered water. When I asked what it was the staff said it is just plain water that doesn't taste like dirt because of the triple filter. So they gave us two of the best tasting glasses of water we would have on this little trip. We sat at a table on the side walk and enjoyed our water.

When we got back to the motel room I bandaged G's knee and then after watching a bit of TV she wanted to swim so we headed to the pool. I chose to wait and swim Sunday morning after we got up for the day. She stayed in the pool for a bit then we headed to dinner which was at an Asian fusion place. Problem was the sauces were too sweet for G. It was really good I thought but her honey noodles were too sweet and not like Pei Wei, her favorite place. The teriyaki sauce for her rice was also too sweet. We had a fried cheese cake though that was excellent. My own salad was great. I had to order G some fried rice plus she did eat some edamame as well.

We came home on Monday and I was so very glad to be home I could hardly stand myself. G however wanted to stay for much longer. I believe a vacay option for her is to just check in for a week at a much nicer hotel and stay there not going anywhere but the pool. This motel though on the surface looked clean was not really tops. There were some rooms that seemed to have long term residents and one of them had a dog which had fleas which after I saw a flea on our counter (brought from his room by the maids) I couldn't stop itching. Also the bathroom floors were never swept or mopped while we were there which was evidenced by the deaf fly I had killed and dropped accidentally on the floor by the trash. So the longer I stayed there the more I realized a cheap hotel is just that, cheap and sometimes questionable. By the time we left it was really starting to get to me!

We did drive through some heavy rain and our lunch stop took longer than expected but we were home just before 5pm Monday. I am still exhausted. I do have pictures but they are at home on the laptop. I will try to remember to post some later. All in all it was a pretty good trip. G and I both had our meltdown moments. Me of being in an unfamiliar place with not much information and little sleep and G with wanting everything or wanting to do everything right then and not getting her way. G really does believe she is my equal and tells me often when I am not "minding" her. Sometimes I let it roll but sometimes I don't and the times I don't end badly. She was actually pretty awful in the museum, intentionally so.

But like I said, we had fun and it was good to get away and great to come home.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

43 Things Post

Yep, 43 years ago today I graced this world with my presence, heh. So in honor of my 43 birthday, which is not a milestone except that I am still here, I will list 43 of my favorite things (in no particular order other than the things I can remember or am currently thinking about).

1) Vanilla and blueberry flavors

2) picking blueberries

3) Creamy vanilla coffee the color of light tan (not watered down)

4) travelling to historical places

5) museums

6) books

7) Scrabble on the Kindle 3G

8) movies at home

9) Bookstores particularly if there is a sale

10) journals

11) nice new notebooks/sketch books

12) brand new crayons

13) office supply magazines (yes, I know I am weird)

14) my daughter's bedroom (it just looks so cozy, I don't understand why she doesn't spend time in there)

15) the color blue

16) ice cold water with cucumbers or orange slices or lemons

17) people watching

18) painting walls (which is why I am so disappointed that I had more ideas than money on the whole painting the house thing)

19) having no pets in the house (I love the idea of pets but not the actual care of pets)

20) Getting older (yes I really do like getting older not necessarily the aches and pains that come with it)

21) pictures and photo albums

22) the idea of big families (I personally would not like to be the mom of a big family but I love seeing big families. I know my own limitations)

23) Fresh mowed grass (really though, who doesn't?)

24) church the current one and the one we moved from and my current Sunday School class members

25) singing in the choir even though I am not good at it.

26) the internet even though bad things can be found there I love the access to the world

27) news (good or bad) I love reading news

28) Duck Dynasty (no explanation necessary)

29) HGTV and Food Network

30) hanging out with my parents watching country music or southern gospel music shows

31) modern homes

32) running (even though I have not been able to get back into it for a long time)

33) oil painting (again, haven't made time to do this)

34) fine dining experiences

35) G's artwork (it is all over my house)

36) babies between 9 months and 3 years old (I like bigger kids too but this would be my fav age)

37) almost any musical, opera or play

38) dinner dates (though I haven't been on one in almost 10 years which is why I probably like them. Must just the the idea of dinner dates)

39) visiting the zoo

40) history, even the grim parts (if you don't know your history you are doomed to repeat it)

41) texting so I don't have to speak to anyone

42) naps particularly on Sunday

43) spending time with my G

There you have it. This won't be an annual list because I probably won't remember to do a list next year. There are of course lots of things left off but these are the things I was thinking of today.