Thursday, June 9, 2011


I grew up on a dirt road, in a little house surrounded by fields and pastures. On one side, a horse named Dusty lived happily for many years. We had cats, lots of them, who were mostly feral but liked my mom, if no one else. We always had a dog, too. On our front porch, a swing hung from the slatted wooden ceiling. Many days were spent there, just watching life go by. The little elementary school I attended from kindergarten to fifth grade was less than a quarter of a mile away, and the little place my mom worked was about twice that. All in all, my world was pretty damn small back then, But it was good, simple, uncomplicated. I remember picking blackberries one summer, all along the tree line where the briars grew. We picked so many of the wild, juicy berries that we had enough to make jam. I don't know if you've ever made jam, but it takes a LOT of berries.The same year our peach trees bore a ridiculous amount of fruit, and we made jam from that, too. I want my kids to appreciate that kind of glorious simplicity, to be innocent of the crazy world outside that never slows down, never sits on the porch to appreciate the life lived. Our blueberry bushes are full of not-quite-ripe berries. In a couple of weeks, we're making jam.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Slippin' and Slidin'

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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY January 24, 2011

Outside my window...the air is crisp and cold, and there is frost on the ground.

I am thinking... about going back to work Wednesday. I've been off for 9 days due to a studio remodel, paid of course. I've enjoyed it.

I am thankful for... the opportunity to change my life. You can't ever start over, but you can change direction right now. That's what I'm doing,

From the learning rooms... playing catch-up, as always.

From the kitchen...leftover chili mac from last night.

I am wearing...pajama pants and a very comfortable shirt.

I am creating... a plan as usual. This time for my life.

I am stay home today.

I am reading... The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and various dream books.

I am hoping... to get myself/family/house back under some semblance of control.

I am hearing... a video game from the den.

I am praying... for guidance. I'm listening Lord.

Around the house... a jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table, 2 new chairs in the den that the kids are loving, a lego table in the living room that needs to be delivered to a friend.

One of my favorite things... epiphanies.

A few plans for the rest of the week: start using my control journal again, cook dinner every night, book the beach house for May.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I'm back...

It's been a long time since I've posted here. Life has taken me down some rather strange roads since May of 2009. I've made new friends, started a full time job, spent 8 months being separated from my husband, lost myself in a depression that lasted way longer than I thought, witnessed tragedies that rip families apart, experienced things I never anticipated. I was lost for a while...I'm working my way back to me. I'm still homeschooling the kids, although it is very challenging now that I'm working. I've learned that #3 likely has Asperger's Syndrome, and have waited many months for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. In a few weeks we will finally get that (hopefully).
All in all, this has been the most challenging time of my life. I read through all my posts here the other day, astounded at the happiness this woman in Mommyville seemed to be so full of. Where did she go? What happened to that joy? Was it real? I don't know. I just know I was a better mom back then, and I'm sure a better wife. I was also pretty self-deluded. So here I am, more aware of who I am. I'm finding my way back to happiness and joy. But I'm making sure I take myself along for the ride this time. I'm not sitting on the porch watching everyone else live their dreams. I'm defining my own dreams, and making them happen.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY May 25, 2009

Outside my window...then sun is getting lower, the air is humid, and the grass needs to be mowed.

I am thinking... about the things I need to get done before bedtime to get ready for tomorrow.

I am thankful for... our soldiers, past and present. Thank you for making that sacrifice for me and the rest of our country!

From the learning rooms... planning and praying for next year.

From the kitchen...full freezers and full pantry thanks to a great shopping trip this morning.

I am wearing...jeans and a white top, bare feet as usual.

I am creating... Nothing currently

I am going... to bed early! I am so sleepy...

I am reading... Stephen King's dark Tower series, Book 2: The drawing of The Three, and still reading my Bible.

I am hoping... that this week flies by, and my kids will be out for the summer!

I am hearing... a cartoon playing in the den

I am praying... for overtime on my husband's paycheck. His company has cut everyone's hours(save his and a few others) down to 32 hours a week.

Around the house... toys from #3's birthday party Saturday. We had to have it a week early, his real birthday is next Saturday.

One of my favorite things... long weekends!

A few plans for the rest of the week: a field trip for #2, exams for #1, cleaning out the spare room for my nephew, T.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

#3 at his birthday party

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Monday, May 4, 2009

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FOR TODAY May 4, 2009

Outside my window...big fat rain drops have just started falling, and the sound they make when they hit the roof is so loud...

I am thinking... about my best friend's graduation party. On Thursday she will officially be an R.N., and we are celebrating this weekend!

I am thankful for... many things. I'm especially thankful for COUPONS right now, as I've saved 50-70% every week for the last month with them.

From the learning rooms... planning and praying for next year.

From the kitchen...frozen pizza tonight

I am wearing...jeans and a white top, bare feet as usual

I am creating... a plan, as usual. This time it's for a party.

I am going... no where, I'm in for the night.

I am reading... no new books, still reading my Bible, 1 Samuel

I am hoping... to get myself enrolled into the nursing program soon.

I am hearing... thunder, and a deluge of rain assaulting my rooftop. I like it.

I am praying... for guidance, as always! I've gotten better at listening :)

Around the house... much clutter to go through and clear out.

One of my favorite things... Tuesdays, when my husband is off from work, and we have time to ourselves. Even if there's work around here to be done, we can fit in a conversation or two!

A few plans for the rest of the week: ordering a graduation cake, making two banners, organizing guests and their dishes...all party stuff.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Trixie in the clover...

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