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What do I write about?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I have always loved to write....I'm a sucker for a clean piece of paper and pencil, pen or anything that will leave a mark! I have several only partially-filled notebooks and journals throughout the house.

So....the other day my husband finds a newly packaged leather-bound journal in my little basket that I keep all of my "piddle" things in. He holds it up and says, "What's this for?" I sheepishly make something up, like, "Oh, I saw it and thought it would make a great gift for somebody next time I need to give one." He and I both know I'm not being truthful. We both know that there will be a day when he won't be able to root me out of my reverie, as I sit and write -- on the couch, in the living room, outside while at the patio table. Then, after the notebook is filled (or maybe before), I will be distracted by a fit of knitting or cross-stitching, or maybe be on a kick to get after organizing photos or something else. This is the way life is with me!

The thing is, as I sit and think today, I can't think of what to write about! Do I write about the things that make me crazy? PMS? All of my continuous efforts at trying to lose the same 40 to 50 pounds that somehow keep finding the way back to my hips, thighs and....other places? Should I write about how wonderful it is to have my college daughter back home again, junk and all -- how she makes me laugh and feel a gladness in my heart that I have GREATLY missed? Should I write about the heart-aching frustrations of trying to get my oldest son to communicate better with my husband (his father) and vice versa -- and my concern about his growing up and taking responsibility for the things of life that I know are just around the corner?

How about my dad's family? My parents and siblings have all expressed the desire to see me bring the stories of my father's growing up in a small town in Mississippi to life on paper. He is the oldest of what used to be nine children -- now seven, living. Sometimes I think I should spend some time interviewing each of them and hearing how they felt during all of those years -- some lean and some filled with plenty. And then there's my 92-year-old darling grandmother who is one of the sweetest women of my life. She is the one who loved on me as a child when I didn't feel lovable.....when I felt like "the fat one." She is the one who made me believe I was worth loving -- more than anyone else on the planet! Perhaps I should write about her!

The thing is, writing is something I love to do, and I realize more and more that it is definitely something I should make time for. It fills me with a sense of worth -- much like my grandmother's love always has and still does! It gives me indescribable relief to pen words that describe my struggles, my loves, my hurts.

So I guess even if I don't know what to write about, I should just DO IT. That's the plan. That's the thing I've been needing to decide. Of course, in a week or so, I might pick up the knitting basket again.....but the notebook will always be there in my "piddle" basket...with plenty of empty pages waiting to be filled.

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WESTHIRD 6/1/2009 12:30AM

    Thanks for your comments, girls! You are more encouragement than you realize! I do appreciate you ao much!


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MAGIC10FINGERS 5/29/2009 7:19PM

    What an awesome blog. The title makes U come here, thinking it's going to be short, but then U have such an eloquent blog following, makes 1 glad they checked it out.


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MOMOFBOYS 5/26/2009 12:32PM

I have to admit, I chuckled when I saw the name of your blog! You always have something to write about and never seem to be at a loss for words! And boy you have ideas. I think you should go with it, your fathers stories or about your grandmother. Preserve the memories! I always love reading your blogs or just your posts in general! Keep on piddling!


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MARIEFLUFFY 5/24/2009 9:11PM

    Well, for someone who didn't know what to write about you sure did a nice job! You have a wonderful way with words and you should definately keep up the writing. I think you should write as many stories as you can, about family or whatever, you've got a real talent! I thourougly enjoyed reading your blog, my friend. You are full of words and ideas just waiting to explode onto paper as your blog surely reveals. Keep writing, it's a beautiful talent, one I wished I possessed.

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A Day in the Life

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Today I'm about up to my ears with STUFF. I have a job that took me forever to finish (and in case you guys don't know what I do, I basically clean up transcripts for court reporters), and I sat here on my butt for about 4 hours this morning doing NOTHING but try and look over and get that job up to snuff before sending it back to the reporter. Then I forced myself to do some step aerobics on the Wii Fit and just watched some TV while I did it, used some one-pound dumbells to add to it, etc. I had a good sweat going, and finished it off with the hula-hoop excersize that they have on the Wii. This is good. You'd think I would feel refreshed, excited, encourged, right? I have eaten well all day, done what I'm supposed to do, been a good girl. So I go and I take a shower and get cleaned up and dressed a little nice, because I have to take Westley to the doc for a checkup this afternoon.

Well, I go to put my jeans on -- these are jeans that were too big for me when I bought them out of desperation back in December because all of my jeans had gotten tight. Well, they are now a bit snug. I know, I know...they have just been freshly washed, Wes! Give yourself a break! I don't know....I just feel bloated!

Well, that on top of going a week and losing a half pound, then gaining it back, and not knowing what the heck you did to deserve it (HONESTLY!!!!) has just gotten me down and a little bit concerned, to tell you the truth!

And then, after getting fixed up and greeting my 11-year-old as he came home from school, I had to fill out the registrtion papers for the doctor (first-time visit), jump in the car and go to get Westley out of school (17-year-old) to go to meet this new doctor and get all checked up. Everyone had raved to me about this doctor, so I was looking forward to meeting him, and I had decided it was pretty much time for Wes to leave the pediatrician and get established with a family doctor.

Meanwhile the husband assures me he will get back here just a few minutes after I leave, and be here at home to get Russell (11-yr-old) to his piano lesson, a little after 4:00.

So....I get the 17-year-old, go to the doctor, get in there in a decent amount of time, answer questions asked by a nurse with no personality (how many times am I going to keep getting the dull nurse?) and then the doctor enters.......TA-DA!!!! Um....he was just okay. He didn't ask Westley anything about himself personally, and he told Westley that he might not see him all that much, since for the next several years he will probably only be coming in when he's sick and stuff. I was amazed that he didn't ask Wes anything about what he liked to do, what he was involved with, ANYTHING! It was all business as usual, and then we were scooted on out the door. I just wasn't really that impressed! I guess I just want someone with a wee bit of personality, at least! Wierd. Maybe he was having a bad day....I dunno.

So then Wes and I go and buy gas and nearly get blown away in the cold wind (GRRRR). Westley, of course, didn't remember a coat this morning, so good ole' mom stood out in the cold pumping the gas. Anyway, we arrive home and there is no car in the driveway, so I assume the hubby has already gotten home and scooted out the door again to get boy to piano....um....no. Russell is inside watching cartoons, all by his lonesome!

I was so mad! "OKAY"....I said, "Get your music. I'm waiting in the car." It was past the time when David should have left to get Russ to his lesson. I went to the car anc cranked it again. I growled....(I am woman, hear me roar).... I thought to myself, "It would be just like David to turn up now-- at the last minute, looking all innocent and acting like he really did the best he could to get home in time."....GUESS WHAT? As I'm sitting in the garage waiting for Russell, and Russell comes out with his music bag and starts to open the car door, I look in the rearview mirror, and there stands David, looking innocent and acting like there must be something wrong with me for being irritated!

All I could think is that I haven't had a minute to myself in days. I roll out of bed and immediately start taking care of everyone else. Then when everyone leaves I IMMEDIATELY get to work. Then everyone comes home and it goes from one thing to another....MOM! I NEED______. MOM! I've got to have _____ for the concert tonight -- oh, you didn't know it was tonight? SORRY! And does anybody "get" why I get growly? I don't think so! And it's NOT PMS! I'm just frustrated is all.

Okay. Honestly, I've at least had the time to write this. David did go ahead and take Russell to piano. I have had peace and quiet long enough to vent all of this, and for that, I am so grateful! And whoever takes the time to read this mess, you are precious and I appreciate you! :) I am really not a crazy person....just love to vent in verbage!

Tomorrow WILL be better!

Wes emoticon

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HDPNLYNN 4/9/2009 10:53PM

    Wes, youa re not alone and we all have days like this. hang in there, it has to get better! XO, Lynn

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BUBBLES43 4/7/2009 11:36PM

    Wes so sorry you had a bad day. Men can be so frustrating at times. Right now I'm home alone so no noise or anyone to argue with. Hope tomorrow is a better day for you dear.

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MOMOFBOYS 4/7/2009 11:26PM

I so understand where you are coming from! I was sick of it by 8 tonite and screaming at them all to leave me alone! I swear those husbands can really time it can't they. Then they look at you like, what? we have plenty of time. I totally understand! You can vent here anytime and I will be nodding right along with you saying "amen sister!" Hope tomorrow is a better day!

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GRAMMADUNC 4/7/2009 6:50PM

    Wes dear,we all have days like this and ya gotta love em.....says so in the Rule Book!Glad DH got home though to take Russell to piano.But the new Doc,jeez,a little kindness and some semblance of at least trying to be involved a little with a 17 year old would have been nice to see.What is wrong with the doctors and nurses now a days anyway?Fortunately I have found a very good and caring one for me and Jim.And never feel you can NOT come here and rant and rave all your heart desires to do!We are here for you whenever you have the need.Good job on the exercise and eating,do not worry about the lb here or half lb there.It will happen,just keep up what you are doing.Takes time.I surely do hope your evening will be better to you.

Many Hugs dear friend,
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Sad news this morning

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Well, I was supposed to go to a new group meeting for brunch that was starting up this morning called, "Lonely Hearts Club" for women who are sending kids off to college. This group is starting up due to so many women in our church going through this "empty nest" phase. Well, this morning at about 7:30, I was snoozing away when the phone rang. David (God bless him!) jumped up to go in the kitchen and answer it, closing the door so I could continue to sleep. Later, after he knew I was awake, he came in and brought me some coffee (DON'T YOU LOVE THIS MAN?), and sat down on the bed's edge. He told me that the women's brunch was cancelled this morning. So I asked why.

Here's where it gets tough to write. He tells me that one of my daughter's friends in our church, also a freshman in college, was driving home late last night from North Carolina State where she's in school, and crashed her car. She died in the hospital during the night. Apparently she was supposed to get home at around 11:00, and her mom and dad started to worry. Then they got the news, probably from the police or emergency crew. This is killing me, because I have watched Chelsea (girl's name) grow up from the age of about 6 years old. Her mom is a dear friend to me and my heart is breaking for her and for their family. Chelsea was the youngest of three children, and the only one that had never given her parents any trouble. The older two were adopted and were very rebellious in their teenage years. Thankfully, things in their lives are now settled down and in order. Ryan, their middle kid, has been fighting in Iraq, and we all have spent many hours praying for and thinking about him. Now this. I'm totally at a stand-still about what to do. I haven't told my children yet about this. Carol is home for the weekend, upstairs sleeping, and I hope I can tell her in the right way. You guys are the first to know from me about this!

I have to lead Sunday School in the morning, for a bunch of women in our church. I just don't know if I can do it!

Thanks for letting me ramble about this. I'm still digesting it all.

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DEBQUINNDQ 9/30/2008 9:32AM

    I have nothing to add wes, other than my thoughts, love, and prayers go out to you. I am holding my daughters closer every day.

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BUBBLES43 9/29/2008 11:18PM

    Just read your Blog and it is so hard to loose them when they are so young. My son lost one of his best friends last year to cancer. I pass his grave every morning on the way to work. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and all the friends. Belinda

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ACHOLT21 9/29/2008 4:51PM

    WOW, you and the family will be in my prayers. It breaks my heart to hear news like this. It is so hard to be there for friends when this happens! emoticon

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HDPNLYNN 9/27/2008 6:37PM

    Oh Wes, I'm so sorry I was MIA, but I know how you feel. We had the same thing happen to my DD's best friend's brother. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. It is so hard, and there are no answers to allt hose questions, it just happens, and it is hard and sad and we have to go on. I'm here for you if you need anything at all. You'll say the right things(I'm sure you already did) to carol, and the family. Really, what can you say? Love and Hugs, Lynn

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MARYHDE 9/27/2008 5:56PM

    So sorry to hear that, death is one of the hardest things to deal with, yet we all have had it in our lives at one time or another. Take things one day at a time, and somehow things will fall into place for you and your family and friends.

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MOMOFBOYS 9/27/2008 5:42PM

I'm so sorry! I hate when stuff like this happens. It's always "why?" I'll be praying for you and your family as well as your friends. Take care. I'm here too, if you need me!


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INEED2BMEESHA 9/27/2008 11:28AM

    Oh God Wes, every mothers worse nightmare. I can understand how upsetting this is for you. Do what is best for you they will understand at the church. Just know I am here for you if need be

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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/27/2008 11:21AM

    OMG, Wes! I'm so sorry! I know how awful that is! My oldest lost his best friend from high school in an awful car accident 2 yrs ago this last June. We too watched this nice, sweet boy grow in2 an amazing young man. He only had 1 yr of college left. It's hit this very small town VERY hard.

I'm so sorry the family has to go thru this. Brings tears to my eyes & memories of Owen's death.

Know I am thinking of U during this time. Oh, there is no easy way of telling them. We had no confirmation @ the 1st call it was possibly Owen, so we called our son to see if he had heard anything. That's how WE had to let him know. Not easy, I'm telling U.

Many MANY hugs, my dear!

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GRAMMADUNC 9/27/2008 10:14AM

    Oh Wes,how terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with the family,you and your daughter. There are just no words for something like this...it is so unexpected. And such a tradegy of a young life cut short.
Jim and I went through a situation like this last month with Jim's Uncle Harold.
Know that I am here for you if you need me,just Spark mail me dear.


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This morning's craziness!

Friday, September 26, 2008

This morning was interesting. As is expected, I had a hard time getting to bed and then getting to sleep last night....typical when David's gone. The lingering cough that flairs up at night didn't help a whole lot! I kept remembering the front door wasn't locked, got up to close the bedroom door when the noisy water softener kicked on, and then had to open it sometime in the wee hours to let the cat out. I probably got about 5 hours of broken sleep. ANYWAY, so I wake up, roll over and look at the clock...7:15.....?????!!!!%$#@ SHCOOL STARTS AT 7:50!

I got up like a zombie in high gear and turned the coffee on, then FLEW upstairs (like a witch on a broom) to wake Russell. Thankfully, I reminded myself to remain calm so he wouldn't FREAK OUT like I was doing! It paid off. I think he rose to the challenge. Amazingly, breakfast in tow, we were in the car by 7:27 and headed toward school. When we got to the drop-off line, I looked over and realized he hadn't grabbed his book bag. SHEESH! Oh well! So at least I got RUSSELL there on time, right? I had to run home, grab the book bag and drive back. Thank goodness we live fairly close to the school! Of course I'm sure I was a scary sight to the secretary and some kids who were gathered in the foyer of the school. YIKES! What happened to Russell's mom? I guess I'm probably scary (like that witch) without my makeup on!

Today Carol comes home! I'm getting really spoiled, as this is 3 weeks in a row we get to be with her! Then fall break is the second weekend in October, so it won't be long until she's back here with us again....I LOVE IT! It's nice how I'm getting eased into this college thing.

I have noticed that I have more quality time with all of my boys now. Funny how an upper classman high school student who has an active social life can truly fill your life with more busyness than you realize! Last night Westley practiced dancing with me. It was so sweet! He's getting ready for the homecoming dance, and I can tell he's excited! I'm just a little worried about him driving a girl to the restaurant and then to the dance and then home. Prayers are appreciated!

I hope everyone has a blessings-filled day! emoticon

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JUSTDOIT42321 9/26/2008 6:50PM

    LOL Wish I was a little fly on the wall watching you guys jet out the door to school! LOL My mental picture of you dancing with your son... How touching!!! How sweet that he would actually practice with his MOM! I just love that! My prayers are with you, cause that's a scary thought, having him driving alone, and at night, and with a GIRL to distract him! Hugs to you and yours!

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INEED2BMEESHA 9/26/2008 10:51AM

    Wes I too could just picture you this morning. I had a few like that just running after myself. Well just be happy you put a smile on everyone's face this morning

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GRAMMADUNC 9/26/2008 10:06AM

    Wes,I could so visualize you this morning!! What a site that must have been.

Have a grat day!

Many hugs and good vibes coming your way.

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Cool Thursday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

It's nippy here and you can tell fall is trying to ease it's way into our lives! I actually have enjoyed it, and Lucy and I enjoyed a nice breezy walk earlier today!

I have cleaned the microwave (had gotten UBER gross) and the oven today. Part of using the "self-cleaning" oven is taking the racks out and hand-scrubbing them. I've tried the ammonia and water mixture and it never does squat, so I did it the old fashioned way...SCRUBBING. I think it's funny to have a "self-cleaning" oven and then have to do all of that work! Why in the world don't the racks get clean as well!? And they aren't easy to scub off, either!

Well, that's pretty much all there is to tell right now! I need to go and make my fruit-fly-catcher concoction. If you are interested, here's what I do:

Take a small bowl and put tiny (very tiny)pieces of fruit in the bottom (today I will use orange and lemon), and then cover the fruit with apple cider vinegar. Afterwards, squeeze some liquid dish detergent around the vinegar surface along the edge of the bowl. Works like a charm! Those suckers are drawn to it (of course you have to remove anything else that attracts them, which can be challenging) and they get stuck in the soap and sink! HOOOOWAAAAHAHAHAHA!

Have a grea t day everybody! Be glad you aren't a fruit fly at my house!!!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/26/2008 9:21AM

    Wes, I never understood a self cleaning oven when U still need to scrub stuff down.

My hubby being a science teacher uses that concoction. I'm with Jen, tho, since Francis, I don't have any.

Hubby also uses baking soda & vinegar for declogging drains. In our 25&1/2 hrs of marriage, we have NEVER had to buy drain liquids. U push the baking soda down in2 the drain, then slowly poor white vinegar down in & watch it bubble! May have to do it a few times, but it's MUCH cheaper, easier on the nose, & don't have to worry about having those awful chemicals around the house.

Hope U have a great wkend!

Many hugs, Ruth

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INEED2BMEESHA 9/25/2008 3:36PM

    I have a cat who is on vigilant patrol, so no worries there LOL

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HDPNLYNN 9/25/2008 3:34PM

    Wow, thanks for the tip. It's hot here at 89 today. but it was in the 60's in Gainesville where my daughter is in college! Sorry I'm so behind in answering these blogs, just been out of it! Hugs, Lynn

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IRIDISCENTE 9/25/2008 3:14PM

    I love fall! I'm definitely glad to not be a fruit fly at your house, though.

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