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Vacation Over

Well, back to work tomorrow or actually today as I have to catch up on laundry, grocery shopping, and housecleaning that fell by the wayside while dad, sis and brother-in-law were here.   Wednesday, dad and brother-in-law got the dog kennel fence and gate put up. What a relief, now my vegetable garden is safe from digging paws and the kids' toys safe from chewing teeth. That's right, I said vegetable garden! It's finally planted! Sis and I also planted the pumpkin patch and sweet corn. We had

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Vacation

I am on vacation (at home) and have had two, count them, TWO days of sun in a row! It must be some kind of record. I got out and got my hands dirty in the garden and it was very therapeutic for me as I have had a couple of setbacks lately. Mom has gone back to Montana. The kids and I miss her. Not only that but now I am stuck without childcare for the summer. Stressful trying to work out what I am going to do.   Another couple of personal disappointments and I am struggling to stay positive. T

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Reminiscing

Ten years ago And it seems like yesterday Where does it all go?   Yesterday Seems like ten years ago Time   Like a freight train Goes rushing by Yes it does fly   People and places come and go Only their faces Do we know?   Another birthday And we think we're getting old Or so we're told   Ten years ago And it seems like yesterday The way we laughed and played   Makes us sad now And we wish we knew how To do it all again

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What day IS it?

I knew I was in trouble for the week when I woke up Tuesday and it felt like it should have been Friday. But, here is where my summer kicks into high gear and I will wake up tomorrow and it will be August. Little one's last day of kindergarten is tomorrow. Big one's last day is Friday.   Today is Wednesday. Just got home from the last baseball game and an exciting one it was! The kids were actually swinging and hitting, and catching - unlike the past few yawners where no one swung the bat an

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Mom in the middle of it

Well okay Barb, I won't be so hard on myself then. I forget that you don't work outside of your home so you do have more time during the day to fufill your blogging responsibilities. I should quit trying to "keep up with the Jonses" as well as comparing myself to others. I've always had a problem with that. I also need to remember to keep managable portions on my plate otherwise my time with the kids suffers.   As far as the boys go, yes they do keep me hopping! I turn to blogging to have some

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On the Blog Again

Barb you make me feel like a slacker. If our blogs were books, yours would be thick as the dictionary and mine as thin as a comic book. Since I started blogging, yours out number mine 5 or 6 to 1. I can't even keep up reading your blogs. With all that you do, how do you keep up with writing them?!   Mom's endless energy and motivation is also making me feel like a slacker. I SO want to go out and help her in the yard. I want to plant my vegetable garden and the pumpkin patch (yea, I haven't do

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Blogger's Block

Bla Bla Bla..........   That's about the best I can do right now - unless you want to hear about my adventures in hair removal - but I threw away my notes so you're out of luck. Incidentally, most of my cosmetic trials and tribulations have to do with hair. Lack of it here... too much of it there....   Unfortunately, I inherited my grandfather's eyebrows. I remember my grandmother trimming his brows when she cut his hair. She would comb them out from his face and snip off about an inch

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I was wrong

3am. Aparently I am not responsible or in charge of how much sleep I get. Doesn't seem to matter when I go to bed, or which bed or couch or recliner or floor I sleep on. I said before, no use getting frustrated about it. Might as well use the precious time to my advantage and get some things done - except that mom has already done it all - bless her heart.   I had high hopes for the memory foam matress I purchased. I fantasized about sleeping blissfully through the night and waking up fe

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Balance

Over, short, over, short, over, short.........I think I can make a case for disability since I haven't been able to balance for more than 3 days in a row at work. It is so frustrating! Like bowling - if I can get a strike once, then why shouldn't I be able to get a strike every time?   Consistency. That's my problem. I don't have any. About the only thing I am consistent at, is being inconsistent.   If I was consistent I would be thin and firm and fit. I would have perfectly behaved chi

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Inspirational wishes for my friends

STRENGTH of body mind and spirit   COURAGE of convictions   FAITH that everything will be all right   CONSISTENCY of actions   MOTIVATION of body mind and spirit   AMBITION to work towards goals   GOALS to achieve fulfillment   FULFILLMENT to achieve happiness   HAPPINESS to achieve peace   PEACE for body mind and spirit

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Progress at a price

One more rare sunny day and actually warm too! I promised to keep y'all updated on my progress in the yard and gardens so here is what I did yesterday...   First I did some catching up on the dog messes in the backyard (Eeew) :P . Then I mowed and edgetrimmed front, back and side yards as well as beyond the back fence, around the campfire pit. I can't tell you how much better that alone made things look around here. It had been 2 weeks since I've been able to mow and it was getting pretty t

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Fun in the SUN!

AHHH yes, wonderful , beautiful, warm, bright, sunny, sun!!!   Perfect weather for the T-ball Jamboree this morning which was very amusing to say the least. My face still hurts from laughing. Here are these 5 and 6 year olds in helmets that their little heads can barely hold up, swinging a bat nearly as long as they are tall, at a ball resting on a rubber tube, and then running the bases as fast as their little legs can carry them, with their little heads bobbling in those giant helmets. N

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Snow on the ground, Fog in my head

SNOW!!!   April 20th and snowing in Western Washington. So much for planting the veggie garden or anything else for that matter. Seems like I was looking forward to this spring more than any other, wanting to get a jump on things around the yard, and it snows at sea level a full month into spring.   I have felt like a puddle all weekend, wanting to do nothing but sleep. But sleeping only makes me sleepier. Can't seem to shake the fog out of my head.   Mom has been here 2 full weeks and

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Dueling Poetry?

Well there's no way I can top that Barb! Not that there's a competition or anything - just reminded me of "Dueling Banjos" for a minute there.   I have to say I have never had anyone write about me, let alone write a poem about me! I feel imortalized. I kind of don't want to blog anything new for awhile because the blog page looks so cute with our title poems about each other posted one over the other.   I am glad I was able to brighten your day. You certainly surprised and brightened mi

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Lady of the farm

There is a sweet little lady who lives on a farm. She has so many animals, some causing alarm.   Some people say, just how does she do it? Some people say, I could never get through it!   But this little lady is a nurturing momma. If her husband would let her, she'd add some llamas.   Yes this little lady, though with scleroderma, Seizes the day on terra firma.   Even when she's feeling less than spry, She'll make her family a berry pie.   She cooks and she cleans and she tears d

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After Work

Just off work and finding myself again, sitting in Betsy Big Rig in the grocery store parking lot, not wanting to go in. My whole body is buzzing from the activity of the day - or is it from my head cold?   There is a girl getting into her car who could be Epasen's twin.   If I recline my seat I'll be asleep in under 30 seconds for sure and then I'd miss my oldest's baseball game here in town. Mom took Little One to T-ball practice in the opposite direction and Coach is giving Big One a ri

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In Boys' Hearts

My 5 year old still thinks I'm the greatest and I'm savoring that like melt in your mouth chocolate. He still draws me pictures with "I love you mom" written on them. He still crawls up in my lap and snuggles, gives me hugs that last all day and doesn't mind my smoochy kisses. I know he still thinks I'm the greatest because he tells me so.   He also writes me poetry. Here's his latest:   Rosis ar red, the skii is blluu but most ov ol I love you!   My 10 year old doesn't want to be hugge

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Going it alone

There's something to be said for going it alone - no compromising. As the only adult in the household, I can make dinner time whenever I want it to be, and I can make whatever I want for dinner. I can plant that tree anywhere I want to in the yard because I don't have to consider anyone else's opinion. I don't have to cater to or consider a partner's mood, schedule, likes or dislikes. I am my own boss. I set the rules and I can break the rules if I want to, without any backlash.   There's also

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Peace

My oldest left for a sleepover at a friend's house this afternoon. It has been a long time since he has been invited to anyone else's house for an overnighter. I must say it has been rather peaceful in the house without anyone for my little one to fight with. Boys and their noise and their toys....I tell you, sometimes I just need a break!   I had to stay home from work on Friday with them. Big one had sore throat and pinkeye and little one a sore throat. Between their pestering and bickering

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Life's too short

Life's too short not to get in the game To sit on the sidelines is a cryin' shame   But pay attention or pay the price You don't want to make the same mistakes twice   Take it from me because this I know Life's too short not to go with the flow   Listen to signals all around you Soon you'll wonder how fulfillment found you   Life's too short not to take a leap You never know what joy you'll reap

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Multi-tasking Momma

I found myself putting on my makeup this morning while sitting on the bathroom throne - a first for me. Can't waste a precious minute when you wake up at 7am and have to get yourself and 2 lollygagging boys in and out of the shower on one tank of hot water, and then get dried, dressed, fluffed, fed and out the door in under 50 minutes.   Getting breakfast and lunches made in the morning is another multi-tasking feat worthy of some kind of award: Get coffee brewing first, put waffles in the t

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Gluttons for punishment

I have always wanted a little pygmy goat or two. They are the most precious little things! And now here's Barbs with not one, not two, but five! I can just imagine....it's not hard to with Barb's vivid descriptions. When she told of putting up the sheet metal fencing at 4:30 in the morning in like what.....40 degrees below zero?! My hands went blue! Oh Barbs, what are you doing to yourself?   I must admit though, I sometimes do it too - carry on - "getting on with it" even when I know I

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When chickens fly

You know the weather is bad when chickens fly, because even though they have been equipped with wings and feathers, they were just not built for flying.   I SO love reading about Barb's life on the farm. I wish she would get more animals so I could hear more stories. But I guess that's kind of mean since they are so much work and the last thing I would wish upon Barbs is more work.   I thought we had it bad weather-wise up here in the "Great Northwest" or as I call it, the Great North Wet.

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New way of life

I used to get so frustrated waking up at 1:30 am every single night (morning!) and not being able to get back to sleep, but now it has just become a new way of life.   Getting frustrated about it isn't going to help me get back to sleep so I might as well use the precious time to my advantage and do some laundry, balance the checkbook, finish my applications for financial assistance for my medical bills, pick up the house, pay some bills and write a blog.   The only problem is, I'm still so

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I want my mommy

Ever had one of those I want my mommy days? Remember when you were a little kid and everything was unfair and no matter what you did it seemed things only got worse as the day went on until finally there was a straw that broke the camel's back and you just couldn't take it anymore and you cried out loud, "I want my mommy!" because a mommy's job is to make everything all better.   At 42, crying I want my mommy seems kind of pathetic but nevertheless, I want my mommy! I look around at my neglec

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