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Just One Thing At A Time

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

You know it's gonna be one of those days when you wake up and give yourself a black eye. Shuffling around in the dark at 5:30 a.m. is never a good idea especially when your intent is to make a cup of tea. That means leaving the cabinet door open, forgetting you leave it open, then turning around and driving your eye into the corner of it. What made it really scary for a moment is the fact that when the pain shot through my socket, I fell back and stepped on a grape on the floor. Pop and squirt. (Check to see if the eye is still in your head before you scream.)

I spent the next 50 minutes on the treadmill with a bag of frozen corn of my face.

Since I wanted to go early to vote to avoid the long lines, I hurriedly got dressed and headed to Liberty. That's when I ran over the squirrel. I wasn't too happy. (Neither was the squirrel.) Shoot, it bothered me so bad, I can't even remember who I voted for.

On the way home, though, Ms. Storts from the Motorcycle Ranch called and informed me that she sold one of my paintings yesterday. I was so ecstatic that I barely missed the guard rail turning onto my road. Quickly hanging up, the phone rang again and it was Evil Derrick and his Cohort Mary. My hiking buddies. No. I do not feel bad for calling them Evil and Cohort. These people are out to get me on every level imaginable but oddly enough I like them. And since Derrick had to be at work earlier today could I meet them at Pine Ridge as soon as possible for our hike??

Evil thought my eye looked funny. Cohort took compassion on me. Then they switched. Evil said, "Aww, poor baby..." as Cohort tried to poke it with a twig. Gasping, Evil swatted it away and told us to get our butts in gear. These people are relentless. You either keep up or you're left to get eaten by the deer and snakes. In my case it was a beetle or a beetle-like creature. But it didn't eat me...I ate it. And I gagged. And I choked. Then I SWEAR TO YOU it came out my nose. I caught up to Evil and Cohort and they were standing with arms around each other. Whispering, giggling and staring at one another off to the side of the trail. My heart wrenched. I stopped and watched quietly as they sweetly kissed each others cheek and tears came to my eyes. Such a loving and tender display....

Hugging my goodbyes and a "see ya guys soon" I headed toward home. Entering the house I was dumbfounded by pieces of corn peppered from the gym room, to the living room, into the kitchen. WTH?? Then I realized it was from the bag I had earlier that morning and it had sprung a leak. Cleaning it up I looked at the empty house and listened to the subtle hum of the refrigerator....

I listened to the messages on the home phone. One was Barack Obama urging me to get out and vote for him. A little late for that, buddy. Oopsie.

Then silence. Again. But if I listened hard enough, I swear, I could almost hear the laughter of Bre and Paul through the walls. From years gone by...

I busied myself with painting until my eyes began to cross. I was too keyed up anyways to make any sense of the canvas before me so I decided to make some spaghetti. I realized I made too much so I put some in a dish and took it down to my neighbor across the street. He is mentally challenged, living alone and I worry about him sometimes.

Now I am home. Anxiously awaiting Monday when I will be going back to work. It will be a good diversion. I haven't been going through the best of time as of late but I'm hoping that will change. If not...well, I am trying not to think of the "if nots." I'm just going to take it one day at a time and praying the "if not" won't happen...

One day at a time. As messed up as it can be sometimes, just one day at a time.

God bless all. Wishing you all a beautiful day.

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LOLAINSC 11/8/2012 8:27PM

    After a day like that, all I can say is that I hope you have a much better tomorrow.

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AJDOVER1 11/8/2012 1:42PM

    I'm thinking maybe you need some adult supervision. I realize God is looking out for you, but sometimes that just might be for the amusment factor. luvu!

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JADOMB 11/7/2012 10:13AM

    And may all your days be blessed.

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KONRAD695 11/7/2012 12:46AM

    What a doofess. You're so cool. emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 11/7/2012 12:30AM

    Michelle, I love reading your blogs. Thanks so much for making me laugh so hard. I am sorry you injured your eye, I hope it feels better soon. Hope things improve for you very soon. Take care of yourself. Sending you lots of love and lots of hugs.


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GEEMAWEST 11/6/2012 11:44PM

    You scare me sometimes. emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 11/6/2012 11:04PM

    Yep, one day at a time.

Hope your eye is feeling better and it doesn't look too bad. Sounds like it hurt and then to step on a grape to boot...scary thought! Have you seen Bubble Boy? Something to think about ;)

Sounds like you have some good hiking buddies to push you and to have a good time with. Sounds like my kind of peeps!

For future reference, stay clear of the squirrels and watch out for those deer...they'll get ya! That was very sweet to take your neighbor some dinner but I'm not surprised! You're an angel!


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CARTOONB 11/6/2012 9:41PM

    Only you can give yourself a black eye and then think you had squashed it! I laughed so hard!

I'm very glad that you are starting work on Monday. Sounds like you need it!

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BKNOCK 11/6/2012 9:22PM

    You always make me laugh! I am glad that you get to hike with some friends! Can you come to my neighborhood and wipe out some squirrels? Lol!

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JERMADSON7 11/6/2012 8:15PM

    You seriously need a 24-hour body guard. I love ya girl.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/6/2012 8:03PM

    Amusing story of a long day! Sorry about the squirrel!

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WALLAHALLA 11/6/2012 7:58PM

    Thanks for sharing and giving my a huge laugh at your expense. No it isn't funny to have so much ouchie and ickity going on, but it is funny to read about.

May tomorrow be filled with 1o times as many delights as today's pitfalls.

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KING_SLAYER 11/6/2012 6:25PM

    Like they say, "it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye". Luckily, you didn't lose an eye, so I suppose it was all fun and games for you!

Sounds like you accomplish more during your day than I accomplish during my week! You go girl :) Voting and cooking and taking extras to your neighbor... are you Wonder Woman?

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SHARON10002 11/6/2012 6:07PM

    OUCH emoticon! I could totally feel myself in that whole scenario as I was reading!
All in all the rest of the day seemed to get better after running over the squirrel
emoticon. So glad you sold one of your paintings! emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/6/2012 5:35PM

    Wow! What a day you had. Nice you were able to get out for a hike and take your neighbor some dinner. You're a sweetie! Hope your eye is better soon. That made me cringe just thinking about how much that would hurt. Take it easy the rest of the day!!

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It Is What I Am Not That Makes Me Who I Am...

Sunday, November 04, 2012

So many times...

So many years I've given to bettering myself. I've been on journey after journey to find my personal Nirvana, longing to find that tender balance of spiritual, mental, physical stability that we ALL crave as soulful creatures. Even as I write this I am still searching for my place in this big wide open world...

I could tell you who I am until my voice is hoarse and my face turns seven shades of blue. I can tell you my favorite time of day (and night), my favorite color, my favorite music or why I like to get lost in certain romance novels when I have had a trying day. I can also tell you, while I'm practical and methodical most days, I like giving in to the whimsical spiritual side of me, enjoying utterly sweet spontaneity.

But I think it is who I am not that gives me a clearer definition of the person I see each time I look into the mirror.

As I look back on my life I see the moments, sometimes the not-so-wondrous-moments, that could have changed the way I see life. Or worse yet, altered the way I LIVE life. But there is something in the deepest part of me that refuses to give up the notion, that in the end of all things said-and-done, that I will stand before a Higher Being. One who will ask me, judge me, on how fair I've weathered the storms...

I realized that I am not someone who can lie down and allow life to pass me by. I cannot watch from the sidelines and not long to join in. I want to somehow, some way, make my world a better place to be, not just for me, but for others who share it with me.

I am not someone who cannot forgive. The hardest part, I've learned, is not forgiveness of others. It is the forgiveness of self.

I am not someone who cannot see past my own pain to be there for others during their own.

I am not someone to truly hate. I've been angry, yes, but to hate? Hatred to me is little deaths to the soul that can eat away at the most precious part of you...

I am not that person you will find talking behind your back. I will laugh with you but never at you.

I am not someone who can say all the right things to make you feel better. But I will listen with an open heart and let you find a soft place to rest in the solace of my arms.

I am not just "that girl" with lupus. There are times I cry in private because the make-up can't conceal the rash. There is a place in the smallest part of me that is still frightened of what you might think when you look at me...

I won't become someone I am not just so you will like me better.

I am not a triathlete. Oh, I would like to be! But I have given birth to what I am and I thank God, when I hike, I am able to take the time to see the beautiful things around me. They are creations on His canvas, given the breath of life to be all things great and small.

I am not a person who places much emphasis in material things. I like nice things, yes, but I can't take them to Heaven with me. I can also appreciate the appearance of a handsome man or a lovely woman but that is not what I value. It isn't what makes me want to know you. It is your heart inside of you that makes me ache to love you more...

I am not an option. You either love me, accept me, and trust me. Or you do not. I only ask that you do not discard my compassion while you are trying to make up your mind.

I am not someone who can forget you. If you have passed away, moved on or forgotten ME, your presence made an imprint on my soul. It still lingers in my life and will for years to come...if not for an eternity.

I am not able to deny that our greatest existence lies in the purpose of giving ourselves to others, in the most quiet and gentlest of ways. I am the person who will give you my whole heart as long as you use it to love others more because of it. (But you cannot have my soul for that is God's).

I am not your enemy. I only ask that you eat well, exercise and take care of yourself so that I may have you in my life for a very long time. Why? Because I love you and I cannot imagine my life without you.

I am not impatient.

I am not weak...for I have found my strength.

I am not indecisive...for I have found my focus.

I am not frozen...I have exhaled.

I am not someone who has given up on you even if you have given up on yourself. If you yell at me I will cry for just a bit but will still hold out my arms to you when you feel bad for doing so.

I am not just anybody.

I am ME.

I am Michelle.

Your wife.

Your mother.

Your sister.

Your friend.

You are the sculptors of who I have become. But most importantly, you have shaped me into the person that I am NOT. For that, I am deeply grateful to you.

God bless you abundantly today.

You are loved by many and always loved by me.

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BACKMOON 11/14/2012 10:34AM

    What an amazing Blog! You have touched me deeply with the sincerity of your words. I am honored to have you as a friend.
As I read it , which I did twice, It reminded me of the chorus of a song by Casting Crowns. "Who Am I"

not because of who I am
but because of what You done
not because of what I done
but because of who you are

I am the flower quickly fading
here today and gone tomorrow
a wave tossed in the ocean
a vapor in the wind
still You. hear me when I'm calling
Lord you catch me when I'm falling
and You told me who I am
I am Yours

God Bless you and thank you!


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JADOMB 11/7/2012 10:10AM

    You is what you is...........and that is beautiful.

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SHARON10002 11/6/2012 5:59PM

    Truly magnificent . . . I am speechless. . . How cathartic this must have been to write. We should all strive and be thankful to be this intuitive before we leave this earthly plane.

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MISHKALA 11/5/2012 5:31PM

    God has given you such a gift of writing. It's a blessing to have you a part of my journey, and an honor to call you a friend. emoticon emoticon

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    I think who you are is emoticon

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JERMADSON7 11/5/2012 2:05AM

    Wow. Amazing. Beautiful. Those words can't describe you. But it's a start. You have touched my life in many ways.

I am privileged for knowing you. Just a little speechless right now. I hope you know how much you are loved too.

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BRADMILL2922 11/5/2012 1:01AM


But this is nothing new, its Michelle! This is someone that I am fortunate enough to call my friend! Your presence has certainly made an imprint on my soul!

We may look back at our not-so-glorious moments, but without those, where would we be now? Can we look at those moments that shaped us into who we are today, good or bad, and be thankful that they brought us to where we are today? I think we can! I think we should! I think you have! You have embraced the good and bad of your life and have used it to shape the incredible journey that has brought you here today. I am sure you will continue to do the same from this day forward and you will continue to leave your imprint and many fortunate souls!

You are not just anybody, you are an amazing woman! Thank you for being Michelle!


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CARTOONB 11/4/2012 10:50PM

    Very well written.

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WALLAHALLA 11/4/2012 6:44PM

    Beautifully stated!

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GEEMAWEST 11/4/2012 5:21PM

    I love you, accept you and trust you. And I would never even consider discarding you. Even though one time you were ready to kick me to the curb. Thank goodness Bree stood up for me. LOL

I think we're stuck with each other and that's OK by me.
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LMB-ESQ 11/4/2012 4:39PM

    Great blog emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/4/2012 3:59PM

    Wow, I am speechless
That was beautiful, lyrical, wonderful

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KING_SLAYER 11/4/2012 3:46PM

    Thank you. That was a powerful blog, one that a great many people should read. I need to do more "joining in' myself, I've watched life for quite a while ... I get a lot of what you have written here.

Have a wonderful rest of the year.

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 11/4/2012 3:44PM

    I think this blog is one of your best SF , your words are from life , from experience and of truth , and that is why you are a big saving grace yourself to many of our lives here. You are one amazing women ! You are God's angel here on earth Michelle !

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KONRAD695 11/4/2012 3:17PM

    I think you are an amazing person, and I Love You. emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 11/4/2012 3:11PM

    Tears, again. You are so beautiful inside & out & have an unbelievable way of moving people through your words. Thank you!

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"Small" is Big

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a loud "crash" that sat me straight up in heart pounding, I shook Brian awake and saw a bright light burst through the bedroom blinds. We both jumped to the window. Brian said it was snowing and I pulled the slats down to see for myself. "But what was that light," I asked and the "explosion" happened again. Lightening. I've seen it only once before during snow and it has always struck me as odd. Yet, for some reason, I found it beautiful and unable to tear myself away from the magnificent display of power. Our electricity flickered and went out, then slowly whirred back to life again. I managed to get back to sleep about an hour and a half later once I was satisfied the power might stay on...

It's difficult to believe that it was in the 80s just last week. Indian Summer, nonetheless, but it was delightfully warm. Then this occurred...

Freddie looked really ticked off and demanded an answer to why it was snowing in October...

You can't see it in these lousy cell phone pics but the snow is really coming down. I couldn't believe the was a constant moan.

I took to the "dreadmill" today for my daily exercise, all the while praying for my friends who live along the east coast. They are all okay, thank God. However, I feel for those who have lost so much during this time...

It is a reminder of how truly "small" we are on this planet, physically. It puts my mind into perspective that we are no match for Mother Nature and her constantly changing mood. It reinforces my belief that we are all in this world, this life, together; needing one another. It is a shared thread that is woven into our spirits...which is why we feel compassion for one another in a time of need, or when our hearts skip when we hear a child's laughter.

Being "small" gives way to doing big things, though. Whether it be just to reach out and hold the hand of someone else. To lend encouragement, pursue our dreams or helping someone else pursue theirs...being "small" is the tie that binds us all.

I wish you strength to continue pursuing your dreams today. There is no dream too big, no hill too high to conquer, no goal too minuscule. Be the wonderfully awesome Titan and Titaness that you are. Be the lightening in the window that awakens a sleeping soul...whether it be someone else's or your very own.

God bless and I pray for you all today. You are loved. Dearly and deeply. :)

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SHARON10002 11/6/2012 5:53PM

    I've experienced "thundersnow"only twice in my lifetime. It truly is very strange - the silent serenity of the snow coupled with the force of the thunder and the lightning. It's such a contradiction. Loved your last paragraph - thank you. . .

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LOLAINSC 11/1/2012 10:26PM

    Stay safe, and warm, and healthy. (...and just what did you tell Freddie?)

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CMBELISLE 11/1/2012 12:24PM

    We had our one and only blizzard in Georgia in 1993. We had the whole thunderstorm thing going on too.

Beautiful ending to your blog.

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BEAR8MM 10/31/2012 10:44PM

    Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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JERMADSON7 10/31/2012 10:37PM

    Nicely said. What was your answer to the cat?

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BKNOCK 10/31/2012 2:49PM

    Wow, that must have been awesome! I hope it melts quick! Yeah, my relatives are all okay but suffering with no power and the cold as snot weather. I wish I could do something to help!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 10/31/2012 2:45PM

    I have tears, 'nuf said. That was beautiful & insightful :)

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 10/31/2012 9:38AM

    Thanks great blog , I though the same thing today , some problems seem small compared to the bigger issues :0 EVEN MINE !

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FLEMIDG 10/30/2012 11:54PM

    What a great blog. I have never seen lightning during a snow storm. It must have been impressive. Thanks for sharing the pics. So far we haven't had any snow that stayed. I hope it stays away for a couple of days at least, so the kids can enjoy Halloween without plowing through snow drifts. Hope you're having a great week. emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/30/2012 11:49PM

    Not sure where you live, but here in Morgantown WV it was the same thing last night and my pictures this morning look a lot like yours! Like you I hit the indoor version of the gym. I am looking forward to snowshoeing and skiing this winter - just not get! Thank you for the beautiful post!

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BRADMILL2922 10/30/2012 11:47PM

    That last paragraph is so beautiful and so true coming from a Titaness herself! You hit the nail right on the head! You also hit it with the beign "small" in the grand scheme of things references. I just couldn't have said any of that better myself! Thank you for puting it in words!

As far as snow lightning goes, I saw it one time a number of years back but it doesn't sound like the show you got to see! Don't get me wrong, it was really cool but I think it only happened for like 30 seconds and it was gone. To bad it woke you up in the middle of the night but how can you pass up watching that? I know I wouldn't!


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PANFRIEDTROUT 10/30/2012 11:04PM

    wow .... i've never seen lightening combined with snow ~ didn't know that was possible. how cool you got to see it even if it did cause you some sleeplessness.

thanks for the great blog & the pics!


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CARTOONB 10/30/2012 8:38PM

    Lightning and snow is cool! I would stay up and watch it too.

We are currently enjoying high 60's to low 70's for one more day. Not ready for snow. Glad to hear that your power stayed on and you stayed warm.

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/30/2012 6:25PM

    You write so beautifully! Love your blog. Poor little Freddie does look ticked. I bet a treat would help him feel better (*helping ya out Freddie*)

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HOLMGIRL4 10/30/2012 6:08PM

    You stated that beautifully! Thank you for your blog and stay warm!
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Balancing Act

Monday, October 29, 2012

I am diligently praying for all of those in the path of Hurricane Sandy. My thoughts and wishes for your safety are abundant in my heart today...

This past weekend was frustrating in many ways but little hiccups in the road only serve to make us stronger. Knowing this seems to make the sting of disappointment a LITTLE easier to take. But, I've realized, as well, you cannot "make" someone eat healthier because you want them to, that the choice for change has to come from within them. I'm not saying I am perfect by no means. It took me a very long to get where I am and some days I struggle mightily. Weight loss has made me more confident and feel healthier but it is also tempting to revert to old habits some days. I find myself thinking, "One piece of fudge will not undo all that I've accomplished..." but I know that it is only the beginning of MANY of those thoughts and I am back to where I started from with blinding speed...

I also have to be wary of losing too much weight. I tend to have a problem with an "all or nothing" attitude and at one point I was down to 109 pounds, looking to lose more. I thought I looked fine, I felt fine, but people were talking, family and friends, expressing concern that I was losing too much weight. So I have to find that balance that will sustain me close to where I am now. I am not happy with the "flabbiness" of my skin. The answer here, I've realized, is tends to bounce back after awhile after weight loss. What does not can usually be treated with firming up in those areas so I am beginning with free weights instead of throwing myself at the BowFlex. I've learned from the past that I have to start slow. And if that doesn't work, if the "flabbiness" persists, then that is just my body. Yet, I'm proud of what I have accomplished to date.

I am still waiting to start work. For all who don't know, who just knew that I started a pharmacy tech position awhile back, I am no longer there due to unfortunate events. I didn't blog about them because I would have came across as a raging ranter and wanted to allow myself to calm down before bringing it up. I left of my own choosing, not because the work was daunting, but working with closed-minded people was painful. I was ridiculed for my lupus rash on several occasions. The environment was highly unprofessional and my mental health was taking a beating. (I found out a few weeks ago, my replacement left in one week in tears.) Now the "establishment" is under investigation. I am hopeful. However, my new job, although the process is taking entirely too long for my liking, pays much more than what I was making and advancement in the company is highly probable. I am excited. It's like those sweet little butterflies in your stomach that tells you something good is about to happen...

This weekend I took a couple of my paintings to that little motorcycle shop I told you about a few weekends ago. The shop owner seemed pleased and allowed me to place them on the wall where I wanted them. :) It's a start. I've learned that Craigslist and online art sites are not for me and are highly questionable, lol. Dealing with real live people is best. I've also gotten a couple of requests from people I used to work with to do their kids. It's picking back up again!

I just have to keep looking forward and find a balancing act of sorts. I'm thinking I am heading to good places now. Allow me to rephrase...I've learned mental encouragement is instrumental in my journey...I KNOW I am heading to good places now. It's amazing when you don't carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, when you realize you don't have to do it all because, well, you just CAN'T. You just have to do what you CAN, with the right attitude, and everything else will just fall into place...

By the way, Brian has made a few changes in his eating habits after finding out he is diabetic but there is a lot of room for improvement. He knows the risks. Just continue to pray that he will eventually do it for him because, just short of tying him up and forcing him into a healthy lifestyle, there is nothing more I can do. Prayer. Gentle encouragement. But the desire to change has to come from within. At some point you just have to let go because you are not them and they are not you...

I send you all good thoughts and prayers for a wonderful week ahead. And please be careful out there, all of you on the east coast. I pray God and all of His angels watch over and build a hedge of protection around you and all of your families...

God bless. You are loved.

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SHARON10002 11/6/2012 5:47PM

    Great blog, Michelle. I am so sorry that you were not valued at your old job, but you know God is working on this one - emoticon on your new job, and I hope you will find the comfortable work environment that you have been searching for.

I hope that Brian will care about himself to make the changes you think he needs to. It's hard when we realize something that has helped us so much is not shared by those who are closest to us. Remember, each path is different, and our "soul" choice.

Thanks for your prayers . . . We need to pray that this nor'easter will not do more damage or undue what has already been accomplished.

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LMB-ESQ 11/2/2012 10:04AM

    Every time I read about your current work situation, I am more mystified. I can't even figure out what kind of work you're doing now. But whatever happened, I'm sorry it was such a downer and you felt like you had to leave the job. I hope the new one works out much better.

You're right about the balancing act. Sometimes I feel like I'm poking my way through life, literally, with a stick... poke, poke, poke, will this work? No? Okay then, on to the next possibility to poke at. Will this work? Yes? Good! But always keep the stick handy because you never know what might happen around the next bend in the road. I guess for me, that stick is my mental encouragement, my reminder to move always forward, never back. You have to have faith that things will work out for the best, even if you aren't sure what "best" is.

My friend, you have been through so much in the years I've known you here. I am glad to see you are still looking for... and finding! that balance. emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 11/2/2012 2:38AM

    Yey! Good things happening to you emoticon
I hope you did not try to feed Brian those dishes you and Bre were making this past summer... emoticon

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JADOMB 10/30/2012 7:07PM

    Sorry to hear about the job and the treatment you were receiving. I just don't understand how "humans" can act so poorly. I'm glad though that you are taking it well and seem to only be getting stronger. My prayers are with you.

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MARINEMAMA 10/30/2012 5:48AM

    Glad that you were able to walk from such a negative work environment! Draining! I left a job of 13 years because I felt others negative and just nastiness would turn me in to a bitter person. I took a transfer to a new school..a little further drive but soooooo worth it! Only 3 months in and it feels more like a family than ever at the old job. God answers prayers....
Great blog always inspire! emoticon
Hope hubby gets on the good eats plan to stay healthy!

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JERMADSON7 10/29/2012 11:54PM

    HA! With the right attitude everything everything else will fall into place. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Knock 'em dead, kiddo.

The key to pushing Brian in the right direction is by making him think it was his idea in the first place.

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IAM_HIS2 10/29/2012 11:50PM

    So glad you were able to leave and not feel you had to stay there. Good things take time and it's a reminder that God is in control for you. What a blessing!!

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BRADMILL2922 10/29/2012 11:13PM

    Definitely hoping that people effected by this "frankenstorm" come through ok! It looks bad but we hope for the best!

That is really sad about your last job. I hate to hear that you (and apparently others) are treated that way. But I am glad that you found something else that will be much better! Hope it starts soon so you can get going on it!

That is also great news with your art work. You are really talented so I hope that works out with business picking up!

You are heading into good places! You are such a wonderful person, I couldn't be more happy for you Michelle! I hope you all the best in your endeavours always and it is good to hear that Brian is coming around, even if it is slowly. Small steps.


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BKNOCK 10/29/2012 10:21PM

    Great blog! I am sure that Brian will come around! I to am praying for the folks up north. My family has already suffered damage but they are still safe. Why do these storms always hit when it is dark?

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CARTOONB 10/29/2012 10:12PM

    I hope the new job starts soon! I'm sorry the old one didn't work out, but sounds like it worked out for the best.

And for Brian...he has to start slow too...Be there for him and he'll learn. Good luck!

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Just For Kicks...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today was laid-back. Just wanted to switch it up a little.

1. What song do you love to dance to?
I will pretty much dance to just about anything but if I had to choose, it would be Alejandro by Lady Gaga. It moves my groove.

2. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Mae West.

3. If you were assigned a seat on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do?
Most likely choke on the peanuts and pass out on him.

4. What is the funniest thing you have heard a child say?
A five-year-old at work one day was sitting on the bench where his grandfather had placed him and told him not to move. He waited on his grandfather to get out of sight, looked at me and said, "I got his keys. Let's go to McDonald's."

5. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
Follow Bre around campus. I refuse to believe that she stays in her room and studies as much as she says she does.

6. What major company would you like to work for?
The people who make Reese's Cups.

7. What is the most beautiful language?
Spanish. Es la lengua más hermosa en el mundo.

8. What was your last "brush" with the law?
1993. Did a "55" in a "40." I actually had to pay the ticket that time. :(

9. What animals make you smile?
Penguins and squirrels.

10. What "redneck" activity do you like to do?

11. When have you embarrassed yourself in public?
When DON'T I embarrass myself????

12. If you could go any place right now where would you go?
Out west.

13. Do you still watch cartoons and which ones?
No. Used to love Scooby Doo when I was a kid. And Ren and Stimpy. :)

14. What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now?
One I mix...yogurt, banana, strawberries and blueberries, topped with granola.

15. It's 2 a.m. and you get a text message...what's the first thing that comes to your mind?
"Bre's at the Hookah Bar again."

16. What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
Pluck my nose hairs.

17. What did you get into trouble for most when you were a kid?
Between the ages of 5 and 8 I had a fascination with the grape fields that surrounded our house. I would climb out my window and hide in them, eating the grapes that the winery used to make its white wine. Other than that, I was perfect. Cough, cough...

18. How often do you go the speed limit?
Cough, cough...

19. Were you considered popular in high school?
With the teachers. Other than that, I was pretty quiet and didn't socialize much, keeping my head in the books.

20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
"It Isn't Over Yet...There's Fun To Be Done!"

God bless you all today. You are loved.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHARON10002 11/6/2012 5:37PM

    Loved the Mae West answer as that would be one for me, too, and #4 totally cracked me up! emoticon and still emoticon!

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IAM_HIS2 10/27/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy this!!

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NISSANGIRL 10/27/2012 7:12AM

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LALMEIDA 10/26/2012 9:08PM

  Love the answer to #4. Kids say the funniest things sometimes. It gave me a laugh emoticon

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APACHESTEVE 10/25/2012 1:58PM

    Hola, me alegro de tu amiga!

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/24/2012 9:30PM

    That was fun. I had to listen to "Alejandro " I like it. Saved it to my You Tube favorites!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 10/24/2012 3:26PM

    Ren & Stimpy - gosh loved that show myself !! Cute Blog !!

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WALLAHALLA 10/24/2012 1:28PM

    So....YOU kept your nose in your books, but you don't believe Bre does??? Hmmmm.

Fun post.

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JADOMB 10/24/2012 11:10AM

    You won't get all that info out of me that easy. LOL

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 10/24/2012 6:10AM

    Great post! Entertaining answers!


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BRADMILL2922 10/24/2012 1:36AM

    Buenos dias Michelle.

Ok, I took 2 years of Spanish in High School and I don't really have much more than that!

First of all, this was a really cool idea for a blog. I may have to steal this idea from you one day for a blog myself! Hope you don't mind?

Second, I think #5 & #19 could kind of be related as maybe Bre might be interested in going back to check out if her mom's nose was in the books as much as she says ;)

Lastly, I think the Mae West answer is really intriguing. I mean, I am not saying it is a bad answer, actually, quite the opposite. Just don't think you would see many Mae West answers out of people. Very cool!

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CARTOONB 10/23/2012 11:00PM

    Instill watch Scooby Doo! You know he was born the same year we were, right?

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JERMADSON7 10/23/2012 10:26PM

    No. 10 and No. 16 kinda go hand in hand...

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BKNOCK 10/23/2012 7:57PM

    emoticon - Teacher's pet!

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KONRAD695 10/23/2012 7:06PM

    I Love this. Can I hijack it and use this for one of my blogs? Thanks for posting it. emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/23/2012 6:20PM

    Love this - Thanks for sharing!

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