Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
It's one of the things that sometimes gets to me on Tumblr-- these children calling out for help. I try and send messages to the ones that scare me, hoping I can help in some little way. I'm just so sad about this.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
I think the Christmas trees are coming down soon!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Okay, not sure where I'm going with this. I actually was just playing with my camera (having trouble with it) and I had my note cards spread out, so I think maybe I was going to post something about my crazy method of organizing my (not so little anymore) writing project, using colored cards to represent different characters. And how frustrated I get when things don't want to gel, and then there are those moments when they do. And somehow, these stupid colored index cards have become my life!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I'm sure it's the same for people who live in New York but not New York City. When traveling and someone overhears that I'm from Illinois, the common response is "oh, I've been to Chicago". My response is "so have I, a couple of times". It's a four-hour drive. I can probably get to Nashville, Tn quicker! (And yes, there are corn fields all around. I live in town and still have a field just across the street!)
Saturday, November 15, 2014
But as he got larger, he became a bit of a brute. Not intentionally-- he just got big and heavy and rough.
But last week Jinx started acting a bit under the weather, off his feed and sleeping most of the day.
So now we find ourselves catless--for the first time in 27 years!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
(And Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter-- who was due on Halloween but waited until Veteran's day so she could have the days off!)
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The moral of the story is--- I need a vacation!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Using this space today to remember Robin Williams, who we lost yesterday. I say "we" because so many of us grew up with him in our life, just a presence on a screen, perhaps, but he brought laughter and sometimes deep thoughts to our lives. Like so many, I met him as "Mork", my friends and I used his words (Nanu, nanu) and I even had suspenders like he wore. So I'm writing my little tribute to him here. I know others will be much more elaborate, but I'm sorry and I'm sad. RIP, Robin. We'll miss you.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
33 Years ago today this video launched MTV. We didn't have it in our little town, it was a few more years before our cable carried it. But one of my friend's had grandparents with a satellite, so we would go spend time at their house, and watch it there. It was the kick-off to the '80's; it's music, it's clothes, it's attitude! (We really did just want to have fun!) I was married with a two month old baby when 1990 rolled around, but the first 3/4ths of the decade was one wild ride!
Monday, July 21, 2014
I used to get a bit political on FB, but it always ended up with me tense and shaking and totally pissed off. So I quit. I'm not going to knock any sense into their heads, so why make myself miserable trying.
It happened this morning, a totally inappropriate post by a couple-of-generations back cousin's wife. I wanted to blast her soooo much, I even started typing. Then stopped and backspaced. And debated posting these two little gems, but again, common sense kicked in. I would accomplish more talking to my Mimosa tree. So, I'm venting here and then getting on with my day. Thanks for listening!
Friday, June 27, 2014
I cut off the tip of my thumb last night while fixing dinner, but I come from hardy stock, so I just wrapped it in gauze and electric tape, since we apparently don't have any medical or masking tape in the house and finished cooking. Too bad the tape wasn't green-- I could just pretend to be the Hitcher! (A Mighty Boosh reference there. They just slip in sometimes!)
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Now, which wall is next?
Monday, February 17, 2014
So what happened, you ask? The bus terminal is small, just a closet at a Pilot station with a McDonald's on the other end of the building. No personnel on the weekend. I got there early. And waited. And waited. And waited. And started making phone calls. It took me an hour to find out that my bus had been cancelled due to bad weather further up the line. You would think in this computer age, I would have gotten some kind of message earlier in the day. If I had known, I could have driven to St. Louis and caught my connection there, but by the time I knew what was up, it was too late. Plus, I don't actually know if my connecting bus made it out. So, back home and sitting on the floor, making phone calls and digging around in my luggage for the little bottles of booze I was taking to drink at Disney (their drinks are pricey), on the verge of tears. Rosco must have sensed something because he ran through the house, took a flying leap and parked himself on my shoulders.
I suppose I gave up too easily. Everyone kept saying "can't you find another way there?" but it would have taken another day to arrange things, probably be Tuesday before I could have gotten there and then turned around on Friday to head back. Again, maybe it really is just seasonal depression, but I couldn't even think by then. The thought of it just exhausted me.
So now I have the week off, although I'm going to go talk to my boss about working Wednesday through Friday. I think I'll see about getting my taxes done tomorrow and some other things I've been wanting to get taken care of. And today? Well, make some of those phone calls. Oh yeah, and watch the freezing rain that is supposedly moving through in the next few hours.
This winter really sucks.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
(yes, that's a box with a piece of carpet on in-- so he can look out the window in comfort.)
Friday, January 10, 2014
Just for a taste of the fun we've been having, I'm sharing this video. I think you have to go to YouTube to watch it. The last 30 seconds or so are our stretch of road. People have talked about the "Snow of '82" for years (18" that year) but I think this is worse, just because of the colder temps.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
My husband made it to work yesterday, but he said he's never seen anything like it. When he got into Effingham there was so many Semi's lining the roads, he didn't think he was going to make it through. The authorities were directing them to every large parking lot in town until every one of them was full, eventually they parked them on the sides of the road. The truckstops kept running out of diesel and the fuel trucks couldn't get through to refill the tanks. It may be days before they get it all sorted out. Things started to get back to normal at the store yesterday, most of our delivery trucks got through and were able to get limited orders to us. We still look a bit picked through, but at least we have the staples again. Unfortunately, they are predicting more precipitation for today and tomorrow. Every one keeps saying, yes, but it's supposed to be rain tomorrow and it's going to be in the 40s. But they aren't thinking about the fact that the rain has no were to go! I think it could be a whole other bunch of problems!
I'm keeping my sense of humor in all of this. Because it's that or roll up in a ball and cry. So, laughter all around, my dears!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
On other fronts, I've decided people are just stupid. We have been asked to stay off the roads--so of course the store was nuts busy all day yesterday with people who just wanted to get out and see if they could! We did get milk and bread (but no eggs) but they were both later than normal. I stayed in a good mood and handled it well but its stressful and gets exhausting. And then a half hour before the end of my day, my husband called to ask me to call the City office and see if they could turn off our water-- we had a pipe break. Oh lord. I was almost in tears by that point. We had left our facets dripping, hoping to avoid such an occurrence. One good thing, we had been collecting that dripping water into jugs so we have water to drink. I've got snow melting on the stove right now so I can flush the toilets, but no shower. I left a call with the local plumber--hopefully he doesn't have too long of a back list. I'm trying to keep my sense of humor, but it's a wispy thing right now!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
What 2013 taught me:
We don't have to act our age. Who determines what that is, anyway?
Socks don't have to match.
Don't sweat the small stuff. (okay, we all know this, but don't we tend to ignore it?)
Don't stress over what we can't change. Hell, don't stress over the things you can change, but know you won't.
We can't live our lives to please others, so why waste the energy trying. (again, one of those things we all know, but tend to forget)
Find new (to you) music, quit playing the same old stuff over and over. It really does feed the soul.
Give hugs freely.
Color your hair blue, or red, or purple (whatever color you like) at least once.
It doesn't matter if your mom doesn't like your hair or your boots, not if you like them.
Don't let other people's embarrassment be yours.
Not new, but most important--Laugh!