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10 Things I learned in 2012


Here are a few things I learned in 2012.  There, is, of course, more, but I don’t want to bore you:

  1. Control Top pantyhose sucked when I was 20 and they suck now.
  2. Christmas is not as fun as an adult.
  3. Some levels in Angry Birds are unattainable.
  4. You can get stuck in a Spanx.  (in a fitting room it is very scary)
  5. Tim Tebow is under-appreciated.
  6. Having two, male Boston terriers is a bad idea.
  7. It’s not a good idea to do anything after taking an Ambien. (some of the toys your children received for Christmas can be fun to play with after you take it, but try not to)
  8. Guns and Roses rock!  No question.
  9. You never know someone’s circumstances.  Consider that in 2013 when you see misbehaved children or someone tailgating.  Be easy on yourself and others.
  10. No matter how “cookie cutter” people seem they are all different and all have problems – even if they seem or look like they don’t.

Happy New Year!



Christmas angst!


Christmas lights – why did I think I needed so many?

extension cords – why can’t I use them and hide the cords effectively?

clueless people – why can’t I tolerate them?

holiday when people with no taste choose to decorate – ditto

holiday inflatables – ditto

pocket knife – what I’d like to do to the inflatables

rose-colored glasses – what everyone’s wearing this season

glass half full – filled to the rim!

men – need I say more?

My Best Friend


My Best Friend

Grandpa, you’ll be my friend ’til the end.

I hear your name on the wind.

Grandpa, I love you now and I loved you then

I wish things could have been . . .

People used to criticize and scold you.

All I ever wanted to do was hold onto you.

I always felt I could understand you

and even if I couldn’t, I didn’t judge you.

I felt you deserved whatever you wanted.

Even if I did not agree.  It was not me.

I wish you were still here.

I’d tell you I love you more.

If not – what is love really for?

I need to talk to you.

I need to smell your aftershave

when I kiss you goodbye.

That smell is a lullaby.

You taught me how to ride my bike.

We never even had a fight.

You were always there for me.

You tried to teach me right from wrong

and sometimes even a little song.

Is it wrong to feel so sad?

I wouldn’t want you to be mad.

It’s just that when I think of you I well up inside

and feel like I want to hide.

Why aren’t you here when I need you most.

When you’re gone I feel so lost.

Why Kindergarten scares me


My child is beginning Kindergarten.  I was not a child who easily adjusted to Kindergarten for whatever reason.  I don’t know why I cried most every day but I did and now I’m afraid my sensitive child will cry too.  Who will encourage her when I’m not there.  Who will nudge her out of her comfort zone to try new things.  Wow!  I seem really controlling.  I need to chill.  I’m not really afraid she’s going to throw a fit like I did, because she doesn’t usually do that, but nonetheless my stomach is in knots.  In short, Kindergarten scares me.  It scares me because:

  1. Children can be mean.
  2. My child can be mean.
  3. I don’t want to lose control over her time.
  4. I won’t know exactly what she’s doing.
  5. What if she doesn’t like it?  Day is too long?
  6. We will miss each other.
  7. What if she’s scared and I’m not there to console her?
  8. Getting up early is difficult.
  9. What if she doesn’t find friends?
  10. I’m just sad

and so on and so forth.  This is also all day Kindergarten.  The days are long and we’ve never been away from one another like this before.  I guess I make us sound spoiled.  I have been fortunate to be able to stay at home with her since she was born and my life has literally revolved around her.  Now what?  Believe me I am very, very appreciative of the time I have had and it has been invaluable.  I am also very thankful to have been able to see all of the milestones I may have missed otherwise.  How do I rid myself of this angst?  How can I turn this into a positive experience for both of us.  All indications are she will be a very successful Kindergartner.  She does like being home though.  I’m torn, but it’s going to happen.  I can’t control it.  There’s the control thing again.  Aaaarrrggg!

Going on six


Five is what she’s going to turn.

My stomach does a double roll.

Kindergarten is next

then she’s counting the days until

she’s six.

What will I do when she’s gone

and I am not with her each day.

How will I play when

Lucy Grace is away.

I will become an adult

again.  I will become

old and wilt.  I remember

I’m her mom and that

will never change.  I

can be there at every age

and every stage

and I can be me too.

I will take this time

for me; for in a way

I will also be free to be


dandy dandelions


Lucy and I gathered dandelion greens last night to add with some baby lettuces and other vegetables for a nice salad.

Marvelous salad

Marvelous salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Parmesan Chicken didn’t turn out too badly either. Can’t wait to start getting things from the garden (i.e. tomatoes).

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken

from tree to table


I made this Cherry Cobbler this afternoon.

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

We picked the cherries a couple of days ago.  There’s a feeling of gratification you get when you pick the cherries, pit the cherries and turn them into a pie or cobbler.

Here’s the recipe:

Cherry Cobbler

  • 4 c. fresh cherries, unsweetened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T corn starch mixed with 1/3 c. water
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (check bottom to make sure not expired)
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1/4 c. milk

Combine the cherries, sugar and corn starch mixture in saucepan.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly.  Add the 1 T butter and keep warm.

To make the biscuit mixture combine the flour, sugar, baking powder.  Stir.  Cut in butter so it resembles coarse crumbs.  Combine egg and milk and add to biscuit mixture.  Mix well.  Pour hot fruit in square or round 8″ pan.  Spoon on biscuit mixture over top of fruit as desired. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  Enjoy.

Make sure you put vanilla ice cream on top.  Yum!!!!

There’s bunches more to pick.  Need to get creative.

Cherry tree

Cherry tree

Creative Craftiness


Here is a collection of crafty ideas I found on some of the blogs I’ve been reading. Some really cool things I think!

Hand-lettered gift wrap – Make unusual gift wrap and boxes for one of a kind gifts

Handmade gift wrap

Handmade gift wrap

Decoupage sunglasses – tailor those cheap sunglasses to fit your personality

Modge Podge book at Amazon

Wind Up Paper Butterflies – as seen on Handmade Charlotte

DIY Paper Butterflies

DIY Paper Butterflies

Design your own custom fabric at Spoonflower

Ingenious use of old skateboard (and it’s not a backsplash or used as tiles)

Skateboard Wheeled Cubby

Skateboard Wheeled Cubby

Let me know if you try any of this stuff? Looks fun. I really like the old skateboard caddy (above).

Love This Time of Year


Gardening just makes me feel better.  I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.  Gardening has long been a pastime for managing stress and giving people a sense of being.  The gardens I plant each year are just that – therapy.

Side view of front porch

Side view of front porch

This year I planted everything later than usual due to busy schedules.  Here’s what we have?

Two tomatoes already!

Two tomatoes already!

One grape tomato plant and one cherry tomato plant, cucumbers, red bell pepper plant, watermelon, onions and lettuces

One other area I have is herbs where there is:

Peppermint, Basil, Cilantro, Stevia, Oregano and Thyme

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

On the porch we have  two flower boxes we put out and a basket with ferns.  I like to experiment with different types of ferns:

Flower box with Caladium varieties, pink Verbena and Argentine Ivy

Flower box with Caladium varieties, pink Verbena, sweet potato vine and neon Argentine Ivy

Flower box with Caladium varieties, pink Verbena and Argentine Ivy

Flower box with Caladium varieties, pink Verbena, sweet potato vine and neon Argentine Ivy

Maiden Hair fern, Silver Ribbon fern and

Maiden Hair fern, Silver Ribbon fern and Lemon Button fern

Here are my crazy cacti:


My Crazy Cacti

It’s Not Dark!

"Go to sleep already!"

“Go to sleep already!”

“Mommy It’s not dark yet.

Mommy I’m not tired.

I don’t need to sleep.

I promise you won’t hear a peep.”

I say, “Some children are in bed by eight.”

“No.  Mom.  I want to wait!

Too much is going on.”

She says as she gives a yawn.

“That wasn’t a yawn.

It was just opening my mouth.

In the South it is one hour earlier.

I could stay up even longer

there would probably be reasons

why I couldn’t stay up then


The baby girl finally relents

and turns out the flashlight

and says “I’ve dog-eared my page

and I’ll read more tomorrow.”

I know it won’t be tomorrow

as much as it will be “tomorrow

NIGHT when we’ll start this

all over again.  And so it