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With Thanksgiving 2


“We can be bitter about our shortcomings; or we can be thankful for our blessings.” ~ Unknown

I wasn’t feeling well today.  I overdid it yesterday when I went to go get groceries yesterday evening without any help.  I have fibromyalgia so if I overdo things I end up sleeping for hours and have a lot of pain.  I usually take one of my teen-aged boys with me and they go and get things on the list and bring it back to the cart so I don’t have to run around as much.  They also load and unload the car so I don’t have to carry so much.  I thought I could handle it myself this time since I have been exercising and trying to get stronger but I was exhausted by the time I got home.  It didn’t help that it was 4 below zero and foggy out and the cold always makes my pain worse.  I was so wiped out and went right to bed when I got home.  The boys did unload the groceries and put them away for me.  I got up a while this morning but took a nap and ended up sleeping till 10 pm.  I slept my whole day away.

  • I am thankful that I have two strong boys to help me when I need it
  • I am thankful for a body that still works.  I may have pain but I am not wheelchair bound.
  • I am thankful for a warm bed to sleep in.
  • I am thankful for a warm car to drive.
  • I am thankful for my warm garage so I don’t have to drive a cold car.
  • I am thankful for Blue, my beagle who knows when I don’t feel well and sleeps beside me.

A Fill in the Blank Friday

I haven’t done a Fill in the Blank Friday in a while so since I was trying to think of what to write I decided it was a good time to do it again.   It’s always fun to see how people answer these questions so differently.  It’s a Linky Party thing so you can join in the fun.  Just click here to learn more about it.


1.  My favorite room in my home is the living room because it’s where my comfy chair and my laptop lives there.  I also have a great view out my large front window and can watch my fish in my 55 gal. fish tank.

2.   My current decor style is randomness but I wish it were more organized.  I want to decorate each room in my house around a different country and my living room is supposed to be Ireland.  Mostly it is still just white walls and I just have some green stuff in it.

3.  I wish I could redecorate the  kitchen room in my house to make it more  Italian.  I want it to me warm and cozy with warm yellow walls with accents of orange and dark red like Tuscany but my husband doesn’t like to paint (or buy paint) and I can’t really do it without him.

4. My dream house absolutely has to have a  separate room that opens up to a porch area with a hot tub… oh and it needs to be somewhere WARM!

5. One house item I am willing to splurge on is the house.  We don’t have any more money.

6. A decor trend that I just don’t “get” is the really modern, minimalist trend where everything looks like it came from a space ship or something.

7.   Lots of books  is a little touch that makes my house feel like home.  Everyone in my family, except my youngest son, loves to read.  Oh, and my beagle, she doesn’t read either.

I’m officially sick and coughing my head off today so I haven’t done anything today except listen to the music on my computer classified as “other” and try to find its true home.  So, on to the NaBloPoMo Prompt.

Would you rather lose your blog or lose your photographs?

Ah!!!  Neither!  but I guess if I really had to choose I would rather lose my blog because… I couldn’t bear to lose my pictures!  I have a lot of pictures.  Okay, I’m going to go back up my blog and my pictures and send a copy to everyone in my family, just in case.

Note to WordPress: Please stop eating my paragraph spaces!

It’s Friday


I haven’t been feeling well but I’ve been trying to fix that. I decided to pamper myself today. That always makes me feel better. Today was a day for my tough guns though since this is the 2nd day with no pain patch. It was my own fault though for not paying attention and letting my prescription run out. It wasn’t done today though so now I’m thinking I have to wait all weekend. It’s a good thing I have some left over medicine from a surgery or I’d be sitting in their laps. I used my favorite nail polish and painted my toes which for some reason seem to keep getting further and further away. I’m exhausted.

Pampering myself on 365 Project

I know, I have big feet don’t I?  But isn’t that a beautiful color of polish?  I didn’t actually paint my finger nails because then I wouldn’t be able to read or crochet until they dry.  I wouldn’t  be able to pet my sweet puppy either and that would be so sad.

Blue relaxing in my lap and nudging my hand every time I try to type.

I did work on the wool eater blanket a little but not as much as I’d like.  My hands are really achy.  I have spent a lot of time on pinterest and browsing the internet for more things to pin.

The NaBloPoMo Prompt for today is..

Which do you enjoy more – the start of a book or the end?  The middle.  Not all books but I’d say most start off slow….  “On a dark and stormy night”….  Anyway, sometimes I can’t seem to really get into a book until until a chapter or two in.  The middle is where is gets exciting!  That’s the meat of the story you know?  The ending is always sad to me because, unless it’s a series, that is the END….  And endings are sad.  That’s when I start wondering what happened to so’n so and what about the creepy dude that wasn’t actually the killer? Isn’t someone going to do something about him too???    What about that matchbook left on the table that was a clue to where to find the bad guy’s location?  Isn’t someone going to put those away before a kid burns down the whole place? You know, all of those millions of questions I always have.

Okay, I think I’m going to go get my watercolor pencils out and make some ATC cards.  I’m doing a swap with a group and we are doing ladybugs.  I have a idea brewing so I better get moving.


A little Nostalgic


Thinking back to when I was a kid… I miss those days sometimes. Not that I miss living at home. I really like having my own home and not having to live by someone elses rules that don’t make sense to me. I just miss those days when I was a kid and played all day in the sunshine. I miss riding my banana seat bike and doing tricks on it that would bring my mom running outside screaming at me to get down. I would get going really fast and then stand on the seat with one foot on the steering wheel (I was always barefoot and used my toes to keep the handle bar straight) and put my hands out until I lost momentum and had to get down. I was always a tom boy… looking back at the pictures I was a dirty little girl with dirty hair and face like Mogli from jungle book. Well, at least after the age of 5. My sister, who is 13 years older than me, left home when I was 5 so the pictures of me from that time were always cute. I was usually dressed up in cute little dresses… usually red with my auburn hair in pigtails. I miss my sister a lot! She and I look a lot alike! Funny thing is, even though she left home when I was only 5 and after that she was in another state and I hardly ever saw her, we still do many things the same and like the same things. When I went down for the funeral I went shopping for a pair of shoes to wear with my dress. I wanted something nice but comfortable and sandal-like that I could wear the whole time I was there. I tried on everything in the whole store and finally decided on a pair. With the shoe on my foot I stuck it out to show my sister and she laughed and stuck out her foot. They were the same shoes. Then while we were waiting in line to pay for our stuff she started putting on some lipgloss. I couldn’t believe it…. I had the exact same kind/color in my purse. She also makes her coffee the same way I do. Well, I can’t have caffeine anymore so I don’t drink coffee but she is the only one who can make me a cup of coffee exactly the way I like it!

Okay, staying on the same theme of Nostalgia, I took a picture of a different type of box this time. This one is a shadow box frame.  (for some reason my post got snipped at this point the first time and I had to re-write the rest!)

Inside there are pictures of various times of my mom’s life from her senior dance to the birth of my first baby to smiling at my youngest son… to her in her flower garden happy as a clam!  There is a small pill box I found in her things that had a pretty flower design on top, a small book containing the “footprints” poem, and a cross stitch of a feedsack she was working on with the needle still hanging.  There is a cross necklace that I bought her for Christmas and various pins that she wore of angels and american flags – things that were important to her.  The cardinal was her favorite bird and that cardinal is designed to sit on a flower pot.  I bought her that one and a blue jay for myself.  The roses are from her funeral.

I’m still knitting my sweater and I’ve gotten several inches of stockinette done now.  I have to get it to 14 1/2 inches total before the pattern changes.  I really need to work on a baby blanket for my niece’s baby though.  The baby is here now and his blanket isn’t done yet!!!!  I think I’ll work on it tomorrow.

Blue jumped up in my lap again but this time I was ready!  I saw the signs LOL  I managed to get some pictures which is really hard to do because she is so close.  I put my iPhone in front of my laptop screen and switched the camera to the front screen (a very cool funtion!)

Then she turns belly up wanting her tummy rubbed!

Shhhh!  Don’t tell – she’s not allowed on the couch!

Then she got curious about the camera and we got a close up LOL

Home Sweet Home


Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to

~John Ed Pearce

This quote makes me sad. With all the trouble I’ve had with my health and trying to work through it I have not had any time to spend at home with my family. I come home from work exhausted and crash. If I wake up at all before morning everyone else has usually gone to bed already – without a dinner made by mom. I used to spend my evening talking to Riley about his days at school. Sometimes on Friday nights we would go on a date, just Ry and I, usually to Carl’s Jr. for ice cream sundaes and sometimes chicken strips and waffle fries. Occasionally, Riley would confide in me something he wouldn’t tell anyone else. I miss those times. My oldest son, Jared, is very keep-to-himself and it is very difficult to get him to open up. I had him figured out though. If I were to say, “Hey, how about a coffee run?” and he would say, “can Blue come?” That meant he wanted to go to that drive up coffee hut in front of Century Hardware where they give our beagle Blue a treat and Jared gets to flirt with the cute little girls hehe I miss those times too. The girls used to laugh when I would order a “fat free Mocha” and Jared would order a “Mocha full of fat and sugar” all while Blues head was stuck out the window in the way. Those were the moments when Jared would talk about what is happening in school and his plans for the future (while wiping Blue kisses off my car windows). Those days are winding down fast since next year is his senior year. Before long he’ll be the one driving me to coffee.

So, after thinking long and hard and talking things over with my husband, I decided to quit my job. I am working through February and then I’ll be back at home doing what I should have been doing all along – being mom. Apparently my dog is upset with me too because she peed in the middle of my bed the other day. I think Blue misses those treat runs LOL

So, I can’t wait until the end of February and the days of HOME SWEET HOME. I want to make my home a place my kids don’t want to leave in the first place.