Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I just love the winter holidays; Christmas and New Year's!

Christmas came and went, as it always does. The weeks leading up to Christmas are filled with shopping, baking, plan-making, wrapping, and – of course – a bit of stress. I think the stress part is more the last-minute shopping, wrapping and baking but a big part is plan-making. Trying to gather with family or friends for the holidays can be hectic, especially when people have different schedules. But we managed just fine, as we always do.  

The dogs had fun while we opened gifts!!

We got a real tree this year instead of a fake tree. We usually alternate but it's been 3 years since we've had a real tree, mostly because we've been afraid our dog, Cole, would pee on it. But there was no tree-peeing and it was a big, full, out-of-control tree that we loved.
My sister, who had recently moved to Ohio, surprised the family with a short visit. We met her boyfriend whom we think is a great guy. Though her trip was short, it was a great Christmas gift.

New Year's Eve, of course, was next. We don't go out but usually get together with my mom and grandmother for a little while. This year, my mom had a bad head cold so she dropped grandma off at our house and went home to rest. My cousin stopped over as well, and we had pizza, wings, chips and dip. And don't forget the wine! We had a lot of laughs around the table, especially while the 4 of us completed the local telegram puzzle. That reminded me of when my grandpa was alive and we would work on the puzzle together. After they left, Joe and I put Lord of the Rings on and chilled. I didn't even make it to 11pm. Hey, that was 2 hours later than normal bedtime!

Today my daycare is closed and I was able to sleep in and relax. We took the dogs for a nice long hike in the woods and now I'm settled in to do some writing.

I have several goals for the new year which includes taking 2 online classes, finishing a novel I am currently writing, and self-publishing a childrens' book that was completed last year.

I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!! What are some of your hopes or goals?
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Just Another Night Out......

So, yeah, about a week ago I vowed (publicly, no less) that I would never step foot in Walmart again. But thanks to my husband getting a corneal abrasion yesterday, I had to pick up his script at the pharmacy today because I haven't switched pharmacies yet.

But let me start at the beginning, as this doesn't entirely involve Walmart.

Tonight I had to finish Christmas shopping for my husband. My mother offered to drive to Utica with me but I declined saying I could get it done faster by myself. Yeah. Took just as long.

First store I went in was the worst. While looking for something specific, I stumbled upon an item that I had ordered online because the website said that particular store did not have any left in stock. No biggie except I ordered last minute and it will arrive after Christmas. I angrily put the item back on the shelf and in the process, slit my thumb on the corner of the metal rack. My thumb was bleeding so I dug into my purse because I knew I had a band-aid. While searching for a band-aid, I noticed a clerk walking by the aisle, staring at me. While applying the band-aid, she walked by again in a different direction. While stuffing the wrapper back into my purse, she walked down the aisle and asked if I needed anything. YES, $1,000.00 for distress thank-you-very-much GO AWAY!! I do believe she thought I was stealing.

Next, I stood in a particular aisle for about 10 minutes staring at an item on my husband's list, completely dumbfounded. Finally I smartened up and called my stepson who directed me to the correct item. Next year....GIFT CARDS!

As I went to go to the checkout counters, I became confused and somehow ended up in a dead end. I stood there...again, completely dumbfounded.....and finally turned around to walk the other way and noticed a woman nearby smirking at me. Forget YOU lady, how was I supposed to know it was a dead end?? Stupid store. I cashed out and left that store in a hurry.

After spending 10 minutes trying to get out of the New Hartford plaza, I finally made my way back to Herkimer. To Walmart.

While closing the door to my Jeep in the Walmart parking lot, the corner of the door slashed into my leg. It hurt. A lot. As I'm walking towards the store, I felt something warm on my leg and I knew it was bleeding. Whatever. Get the script and get OUT.

But of course I couldn't do that. I just HAD to pick up a few extra items. That went well until I needed help with something and the girl promised to send someone over to that aisle. I waited 5 minutes. A very, very slow employee (“slow” as in “slow moving, la-dee-da”) happened to be walking by so I snagged her. After showing her what item I wanted that was on display but not in a box, she promised to be right back. I waited (I kid you not) exactly 15 minutes in that aisle and I do believe I peed my pants a little, for you see, I had to go since Utica. And don't forget I was bleeding underneath my jeans. Incidentally, 10 minutes after waiting I heard on the loudspeaker someone calling for help in the section I was in. Thanks a lot.

The “slow” woman FINALLY sauntered over telling me “sorry” but they don't have any in stock.

BYE BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One more stop. I was carrying a large item through the store and an employee walked in front of me, pretty much cutting me off, so while I was walking behind him I was thinking {evil thoughts} that I would love to shove my item in his backside. OOPS.............he stopped quick to make a turn and yes, my item went into his backside.

I am home now. Safe in my pink, fluffy pajamas, sipping on wine and eating a cookie.

So you see, I really should not be allowed in public alone. But at least I didn't pass gas this time!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just Another Day at the Library

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I've had a pretty bad cough lately, no thanks to a cold. My cough has been pretty intense and, whether my age or something else, I don't seem to have much control “down below” (if you get my drift). And so begins my library story.

The library was so quiet and peaceful this evening. Librarians doing their jobs, people on the computers, some reading at the tables. It wasn't crowded, thankfully.

I was crouched down in the Fiction aisle of the library when I had a sudden coughing fit. At one point, I coughed so hard that I farted. Out loud.

Yes, I FARTED in the library!

Well of course I think flatulence is hilarious so I started laughing to myself....and you can guess where that led. You simply cannot fart in a quiet library without laughing and farting! I stayed in the aisle for a bit longer until I felt I had control over myself, before going to the front desk to check out my books.

Thank goodness I wasn't with my stepdaughter or one of my best friends. It would have been all over!  We would have been rolling on the floor for sure!

As I was standing at the desk, I heard the church bells from the nearby church. I love church bells but this song particularly got to me because it was “Holy, holy, holy” one of my favorites. What do I do? I started to choke up...yes, cry. The librarian looked at me like I was crazy. I quickly thanked her and hurried out of that place.

Oh the mortification.

I thought I was free. Free from my humiliation of farts and crying.


I walked quickly down the ramp and turned the corner so fast that I ran into a lady who was walking along side of the building. Yup, ran right into her. Gracious thing, she was. I apologized and hurried as fast as I could to the Jeep.

When I got into the Jeep I had myself a good laugh.

Moral of the story? I don't have one. If you have a bad cough and no control over your innards, don't go out in public; cry all you want at a song that cuts deep in the heart and darn it watch where you are walking!! That's the only advice I can give.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things......

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 ~My favorite season is Autumn. I love the smell of crisp leaves (and the crunch of them under my feet), apple goodies (caramel apples, apple pies, apple crisp, apple wine), going to Fly Creek Cider Mill, and cool evenings curled under a blanket with a movie or a good book!!

~One of the things I see while sitting on my back porch is a huge tree with beautiful leaves, summer or fall.  I love sitting on my back porch and looking at that tree (which is a couple streets away from mine), its leaves slightly blowing in the wind with the clouds rolling by overhead. One of my favorite sights is that tree.

~Nature trails!  I love walking on any nature trail, hiking in the woods. I love the leaves crunching under my feet and the sun shining through the tall trees.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kopycat Karen?

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At one point in my life I had read all of Karen Kingsbury's adult fiction novels and liked her writing well enough. The story lines were really good, the writing was just good. But the more she wrote, the more (in my opinion) mushy/unreal the story lines became and I wasn't impressed so I decided not to read her stuff anymore. Then awhile later, I decided to read one of her latest and it was really good. The one after that sucked. I can't figure it out.

Recently, I took her very latest out of the library. This one is called “Angels Walking”. I read the prologue and first chapter and was immediately taken. The story line was great and her writing was actually good! Then I got farther along and became very annoyed. See, part of her story line seemed very familiar and then it hit me......Richard Paul Evans. Who is that? He is a phenominal writer who wrote several fiction novels including “The Walk” series (which I highly recommend).

Anyway, in the newest Kingsbury novel, the main character loses his job, his apartment, and has no money. He ends up meeting a guy who leads him to a job at a nursing home and the kid becomes friends with an old woman who lives there – yada, yada, yada. Everything about that part of the story lines up with the book written by Richard Paul Evans “The Locket Trilogy”.

Karen's overall story line was different (ie, characters and the ending) but the part about the kid working in a nursing home is way too familiar to Richard Paul Evan's novel and it upset me because I think Evans is a much better writer than Kingsbury. In fact, I could probably write in a better scenario than she did, instead of the nursing home bit. It was almost exactly like “The Locket Trilogy”.

But.............other than that, it was a good book and not terribly unreal or mushy. Check it out and see what you think.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Favorite Fives

This week has been very busy; long work days and busy evenings.  I'm very thankful it's Friday and I have found blessings in this week despite the business.  Some of my favorites from the week are listed below.  If you want to share yours, link up to Susanne's site!!

New Study Group
I've been praying about, and searching for, some sort of womens' Bible study. I contacted a friend of mine the other day and she told me that she is going to hold a book discussion (“Bible study”) at her house! Starting November 7th, I will be part of a study going over the book “The Pilgrim's Progress”. I'm so excited to be a part of this!!

Answered Prayers
Last Saturday, my niece fell down the stairs and broke her ankle in three places and had to have surgery. Then, this week, my friend's dad (whom I have known since childhood) had a mild heart attack and a few other things and went to the hospital. I prayed over both of them, both times, and they're both doing well.
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Our cell phone carrier is AT&T and we have been very unhappy with them and their service. I was online chatting with them this week complaining about how we spend a lot of money on a plan and have crummy service and they gave us a $50.00 credit on our bill!! That doesn't change the fact that AT&T service stinks in this area, but it helps our bill this month.

My mom and dad both have a birthday this week! My dad lives in Arizona so I had to send his card and text his “happy birthday” but mom lives close by and tonight we're going to gram's for dinner (galumpki!!) and cake (made from scratch by ME) and ice cream!!

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Nothing Weekend
My husband and I have been busy every weekend since the beginning of summer. We long for a weekend where we have no plans, no obligations. Last Saturday was supposed to be a “nothing day” but it didn't happen that way. This weekend we are doing things around the house (ie, my husband working on his "workout room", me reading and sewing), making chili, taking dogs for walks, and pretty much taking it easy.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two.......Better Than One

Why My Husband and I Need Separate Beds

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My husband and I sleep in a full bed. Not a queen or a king, but a full. We just haven't upgraded to queen yet (we don't ever want a king). But we both agree that maybe separate beds (twin or full, doesn't matter) would be best. Why? Because..........

~I thrash in my sleep

~I'm up and down all throughout the night to go to the bathroom or stretch my restless legs

~My husband stretches out his arms and sometimes I almost get an elbow in my face

~I sleep in the fetal position which usually means he will get knees in his back

~We both hate feet and cannot stand if ours touch each other

And the biggest problem of all........we are both blanket hogs!!!!!

Those are some reasons why we should have separate beds. I think we would both sleep better and hey, there's no law that says a married couple must sleep in the same bed.

But we have a solution for the blanket issue. On his side, he has a sheet, comforter and fleece blanket. On my side I have my own sheet, comforter and fleece blanket.

It works.