Friday, June 23, 2017

When You Are All Dressed Up, POOP happens - Murphy's Law

Celebration of LifeThere must be a Murphy's Law that says: "When you are dressed to the nines, that is when mishaps/mini disasters/poop happens."

My daughter, her two children, my husband and I had attended the Celebration of Life service for a dear friend of ours.  It was exceptionally hot outside and we were anxious to get home. My husband was in the rear seat of Rochelle's SUV facing our one-year-old granddaughter in her car seat.  Hubby was entertaining Brie and she was giggling and having a great time with Papa.  

"Why did you give her chocolate?"  Hubby shouted from the rear.

"What chocolate?  I didn't give her any chocolate.  William, did you give your sister some chocolate?

"MOM, it isn't chocolate.  It's POO!"

Brie had been cleaning out her diaper and handing the poo to Papa.  She thought it was a great game.  Papa.....not so much.  It was too late.  He had already taken some 'chocolate' from his granddaughter.

We were on a busy highway with narrow shoulders not allowing much room to clean the baby and the car.  Remember we are all dressed up, it is hot outside and all we had were some baby wipes.  No water.  No BAG to make the deposits.

Rochelle stripped the clothes off of Brie, put them on the side of the highway to which I protested for a moment.  "Mom, do you want to hold them in your lap the rest of the way home?"

Placing Brie on the driver's seat, it was my job to clean her using wipes.  It was in her hair, under her nails, everywhere.  It was Rochelle's job to clean the entire car seat, the window, the door and the floor......all with one box of baby wipes.  And we could only open the car door half way.

The moment that will be etched into my mind forever was the look on Papa's face when he realized, "This ain't chocolate!"

Daily workout with Mommy


One of my regular blonde moments

Some days are definitely worse than others, right?  Some days, no matter how hard you try or how fast you go, you seem to be going backward.  One of those days, I had several parcels to pick up from UPS and I was in a hurry. I signed and paid for each parcel and bee-lined to the car.  Thirty minutes later, it hit me.  I left my parcels at UPS. I certainly made the UPS employees' day.  They know me well so the teasing will not cease for my next few stops there. 

ANOTHER such moment

I couldn't find the TV remote and was ready to blame my husband when......I remembered hearing a banging sound in the washing machine that morning.  Yup!  It was the cleanest remote ever but didn't work anymore.  Yes, I dried it with the hairdryer.  Yes, I changed the batteries.  We live in a small town where there are no stores to purchase a new one.  It will take two weeks for one to be mailed to us.  Don't think I'll do that again.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day

Trying to catch my breath

I am a list maker.  If I didn't have a daily list I wouldn't know what to do.  It might mean that I had finished everything I needed to do.  But I can't remember that ever happening and my daily lists seem to be getting longer, instead of shorter.

I am writing for more magazines than ever, getting several requests to do interviews daily, and presented with numerous other opportunities that are too good to turn down.  Add this to an already busy schedule.....and, well, you know!  Thank goodness I am organized.  How do people do it when they are not?

One of my favorites blogging challenges is the monthly Fly on the Wall post.  It is an opportunity to share your crazy monthly happenings with blogger friends.  Please join in on reading their stories and maybe joining us for this monthly challenge.  Here are this month's shares:


Sunday, June 18, 2017

How Do You Survive a Broken Heart When You Lose a Child?


For those of us who have lost a child through death, the pain is like none other. Yet, there are many parents who have lost a child in another way.  Their grief and pain are no different and there is rarely any closure.

Losing a child through estrangement, there are no flowers or comfort given.  There is no service to help bring closure.  People do not rally around you and bring you meals to help you get through those days when getting out of bed and facing reality is more than you can bear. The parents are often good and loving parents who are tossed aside emotionally by their child for real or perceived shortcomings.  The child does not negotiate but merely leaves; often without an explanation.  The parents are left grieving this loss by themselves - a loss beyond any comprehension as to what happened.

Wikipedia definition:  "Family estrangement is the physical or emotional distancing between at least two family members in an arrangement which is usually considered unsatisfactory by at least one involved party. Family estrangements can be attributed to any of several factors within the family, such as attachment disorders, differing values and beliefs, disappointment, major life events or change, or poor communication.  In these cases, the family estrangement may create an inter-generational rift that persists for decades and replicates itself in subsequent generations."

Friday, June 9, 2017

How Do You Divide Up Your Time?

battered hope
Do you have a hobby?  Do you want a hobby?  Do you think hobbies are important? Recently I was asked to answer the question, "Do you have a favorite hobby and why do you like it so much?"

First of all, the question implies that I have more than one hobby and that one should be my favorite.  I thought long and hard - about 2 minutes - and couldn't figure out what my hobby was so tabled it for awhile.  Over the course of a few days, I continued to think about it and nope, couldn't come up with any hobby I might enjoy.

The definition of hobby is 'an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.'

AHA! -- now we are getting somewhere.  

1 - I love to eat.  I enjoy cooking.

2 - I love mysteries and problem solving -- born a fixer.  
3 - I love to work and rarely stop to do anything else.

1. Turn your hobby into a business

Friday, May 19, 2017

Do You Know One Key to Getting Through a Rough Day, Month, Year?

How do you deal with drama in your life?  Do you respond calmly and with patience?  Or do you fret and bite your nails not knowing what the outcome will be?

My hubby and I are in the middle of four major changes in our lives. Decisions have to be made. And there are some that are out of our control. There are days when it is difficult to stay focused and positive - not knowing which direction life will take. You hope for the best outcome and it certainly tries and tires your patience thermometer.  Some days you are up and optimistic and other days you wonder if you are going to make it if things don't work out. Sound familiar?

I am fortunate to have a husband who stays rational and even-keeled on the days I struggle and vice versa - it works both ways.

One of the best ways I suggest dealing with the pressures you may encounter in any given day is to remind yourself of all the good in your life.  When we voice what we are grateful for, it brings the needed balance.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What Memories Do You Hold on to - Good, Bad or Ugly?

Memories are triggered in many different ways.  Sometimes it is when you smell a fragrance your friend used to wear.  Or maybe a bad smell of food (cooked cabbage) that reminds you when your mother MADE you eat it.

Some memories are triggered by sounds  - especially music.   I think that most of us have the most vivid memories from our teen years or when we fell in love for the first time.

Each of us good and bad memories.  Hopefully, it is the good ones we hold on to and let the bad ones go.  But both types of memories have triggers.

And then there are pictures.  Pictures of when we were children.  Pictures of our first date, dance or graduation.  Pictures of long lost friends or family members.

The pictures below are ones I remember from my childhood.  Some of you will remember all of them.  Some of you will remember none of these items.  Some of you may wonder what we ever needed these things for!!  And some of us wish we still had them!

Share in the comment section if you remember any of these......

When you filled your car up with gasoline, you received a free glass.  It was exciting to collect the set

free glassware