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Photoshoppin Today

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MyΒ two youngest playing some flag football this last Monday night! I enjoy the game because it teaches them fundamentals and team building. It is short and sweet, game and season! πŸ™‚

Let’s face it, just not ready to watch them get tackled by some 200 lb kid, ok, maybe 100 lb kid. πŸ™‚

Flag-Football-2013-009Β Photoshop used! If you click on the photo it will enlarge to see it better. πŸ™‚

I am such a newbie with it, but it is fun to play around with. I hope to someday learn it well. I definitely have zillions of photos to practice on. I really need to get serious about it because I have no scrapbooks done and I have two older kids that are already graduated from high school. OOOPs!

I can say, thank goodness for digital!

It is much easier to keep track of those files than to take film in to get it developed. I do have about ten more rolls ofΒ film toΒ develop. Yes, they have been developing just fine. I have kept them in a dark place for many years.

I told you I am a big procrastinator! Β πŸ™‚ It is my New Years resolution every year, not to be one. Sigh. I am slowly progressing. I think by the time I am in my grave I shall not procrastinate anymore. πŸ™‚

It is so fun to see the pictures when I do have them developed. Of course, my memory is trying to figure out when that picture was taken and where that picture was taken. Thank goodness for certain items in the background I can usually figure out the time frame.

What do you do with your photos? Do you still like printing the photos?

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal Sept 5-11

Sept 5

Question? Today you learned ______


I learned all about writing. I began my research for writing articles and a novel.


I should really stay with going to the YMCA. It makes me feel good and have more energy. I don’t feel “flubby”. πŸ™‚

Sept. 6

Question? What was the last online video clip you watched?


It was about writing. Plotting a novel.


It was a YouTube video on writing. I am always watching short info videos by other authors.

Sept 7.


Question? What’s the newest thing you’re wearing today?


I have nothing new. πŸ™‚


My grey shorts. They are comfy, stretchy and I got them on clearance for $4.00! Yay for markdowns! πŸ™‚

Sept. 8

Question? Who are you jealous of?


I am jealous of those who have big families that still get together for fun and holidays.


I’m actually letting go of jealous feelings. They interrupt your life and are not good. Negative energy. 😦

Sept 9

Question? What comes to mind when you think of fear?


Dying before I am 80. I want to live and enjoy my family. I have a lot to accomplish yet.


Losing a close family member or a friend. Always a sad thing. I was fortunate for a long time not losing anyone, and then in the last few years I have lost four. 😦

Sept 10th


Question? This is utterly confounding: ______


Money! It really does make the world go around. It is needed for so many things to get through each day.


Government. Always. Doesn’t matter what party. It needs to go back to basics and for the people. A smaller group.

Sept. 11

Question? What advice would you give to a second-grader?


Be nice to others. Love your family. Play. Learn.


Don’t bully! Respect adults. Love your family. Learn. Play cause someday you will not have as much time to play. πŸ™‚

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal Aug 29 – Sept 4

Aug 29

Question? What did you have for dinner?


Sloppy joes.


Mac & Cheese with hamburger in it. Hubby’s dish he loves to cook for us. It’s quick and easy and everyone will eat it. πŸ™‚


Aug 30

Question? What’s your simplest pleasure?


Reading a book.


Reading. I’ll read almost anything. It relieves stress and makes me happy. Good for the brain! πŸ™‚

Aug 31

Question? What was the last wedding you attended?


Don’t recall. It has been a long time.


Crap. Can’t remember. We don’t get invited much. No family that is close or near marrying time.

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Sept 1

Question? Teacher or student?


Student. Love to learn.


Student all the way. Kudos to teachers. I couldn’t do it. I can’t explain things. I want to learn until I pass on.

Sept 2

Question? Is your home/apartment clean?


Duplex. Yes. It’s easy to keep up with.


Duplex. It is picked up. I need to deep clean again. It is never ending.

Sept 3

Question? Where have you found evidence of a higher power?


All around. Just believe.


The good in people. They believe so I believe. As long as people help one another there is a higher power.

Sept 4

Question? Where do you see yourself in five years?


In JC. Working part time. A writer. A designer.


I believe right here. Working and writing. Learning. Enjoying family and life.

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal Aug 22-28

Aug 22

Question? What can’t you forget?


My dad’s suffering. Illness and loneliness.


All my bad decisions. I am learning from them and that helps to deal with them.

Aug 24

Question? Yes or no: everyone should have a backup plan.




Yes, because life throws lots of curve balls and you need to deal with them. A backup helps ease the curves.

Aug 24th

Question? Write your recipe for creativity.


Just do it. Try. Practice. Learn. Observe.


You won’t know if you don’t try. Learn. Observe. Create.

Aug 25

Question? What would you like to tell your father?


I wish you had made better choices, so you could have been a part of my life and my family’s.


I miss you and love you. I wish you were here as long as you weren’t suffering. Our time was too short.

Aug 26

Question? What’s the best part about your life right now?


Being with the hubby and kids. Healthy. Happy.


Healthy. Happy. Family. Spending time together. Learning together. Love.

Aug 27

Question? When was the last time you worked out?


LOL. June.


I slumped off this week. Bad me. Last was Thursday. Much better than years before though. πŸ™‚

thCAG8SPUZAug 28

Question? How would you describe your victory dance?


Shake that booty!


Jump for joy and shake the booty. πŸ™‚

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Did you know…

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The first Friday of September is National Lazy Mom’s Day! Who knew? Not me until I did a search looking up September holidays. I was actually wanting to know the main holidays for a possible wall hanging project I want to do this month. I was surprised to find this “National” holiday. What an awesome one!

It brings up a question.
Can a mom actually be lazy for a whole day?
I mean really, there are too many things to be done in a mom’s schedule.

Who is going to cook? The local fast food place maybe.

Who is going to find that lost item that no one seems to be able to find? It seems mom is the only one who can really look for something.

Who is going to actually wipe the counters off when they spill that drink? I swear I am the only one who can wipe anything off. I have even tried, I say tried to wait out wiping it off hoping they would. I guess they don’t mind the messes. Sigh.

Who is going to refill that roll of toilet paper? It is such a difficult task but yet seems I am the only one that can take the bar off the holder, slip the new roll of toilet paper on, and put the bar back in the holder. Rocket Science! πŸ™‚

Who is going to do the grocery shopping? Hmm, that one might be one mom has to do all the time. If your family is like mine, they come home with everything but what you send them to the store for and the bill is 2x what it should be.

I am pretty fortunate that I have a super great hubby that will help me out, so I could be lazy if I wanted to be. It actually drives me batty if I am not doing something productive for the day which results in something done for the family. I may not go 100 miles an hour all day, but there is always some kind of cleaning to be done, or a task that needs done. I have decided that this holiday is really not a holiday unless….

If you take the point of view of “lazy” being our appearance, well then I have that one down pat! πŸ™‚

Do I wear makeup everyday? Heck no, why bother when no one sees you. Hubby don’t mind, he is stuck with me. πŸ™‚ It is a real treat when I do wear makeup and I get all kinds of compliments. I know how to play that one. Scare them most days and then bam, the next day beautify myself. πŸ™‚

Do I change clothes when I get up? Well, it is not unheard of to be in the afternoon before I finally do. The positive of not having to work outside of the home. I really get them the days I dress up, tons of compliments. If I did that everyday, they wouldn’t notice. πŸ™‚

Is it Lazy of me or just preparing them?

Do I make everyone breakfast in the morning? Heck no again. I have trained them well, they make their own or they starve. I’m not a chef. I’m lucky they eat my supper time meal. πŸ™‚

Do I cook a meal every night? No way. I have lazy times. IΒ didn’t need no holiday to tell me to. I figure this way if they can cook a few fast meals, they won’t starve when they move out. There is always some kind of fruit in the fridge to eat so it is all balanced and good. πŸ™‚

ThisΒ proves I can’t be entirely lazy.

Do I make them clean their rooms every time? Well, I just can not go in without picking something up. I have tried the waiting game and it just gets under my skin to have a complete messy room. I owe that to my grandma, she always made sure I picked my room up. I was afraid of her. My kids are not afraid of me. 😦

Do I make them do their own laundry? It depends. When they get into high school, I most definitely make them. It is not unheard of if they leave it in the dryer I will put the clothes away when they are at school. Think they know that? πŸ™‚ If the younger ones are at home when I decide to do laundry, I will have them sort it and bring it to the laundry room. I will put it away. Tried the put your laundry away and it ends up on the floor of the closet and gets rewashed. I can’t have that.

Not all is failed.

I do have help with the trash.

They do wash off their plates and put them in the dishwasher.

They do dress themselves.

Once in awhile they feed their pets but the cat litter is still up to me. 😦

They like to scoop snow, when we actually get some.

They do help unload the groceries.

For some reason, they love to vacuum. Now if only I could get them to dust. πŸ™‚

In conclusion, it is not entirely possible to be a lazy mom. Not me anyway. I think in honor of the holiday, I will not cook tonight. πŸ™‚

Can you be lazy and what kind of lazy?

Posted in Oh This or That

The Clock is Ticking

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Those Funny Days of The Month!
Sept. 5th —- Be Late for Something Day

Why be late for something on purpose? I think that is nuts! I must say it would have been me almost everyday at my old job. I was usually a few minutes late almost every day. Slap my hand, bad habit!

I am a creature of habit!

I have come to the conclusion that it was because….

1) I was not liking my job of 17 years anymore.

2) They allowed me to.

3) I’m not a morning person. I repeat I am not a morning person.

4) It’s that mommy thing going on. You know the one where anything and everything can go wrong will go wrong.

5) We had one bathroom for the six of us which included at one time one teenage girl. Then it was five of us sharing which included a teenage boy. Yes, boys are just as bad.

6) I am not a coffee drinker so running on low energy.

7) My hair just never cooperated.

8) I just had nothing to wear or that fit. Oh, we wore store shirts, oops, I didn’t have the right color for my complexion! πŸ™‚

9) I took for granted living in a small town where it only took a few minutes to drive to work. Yes, I waited until the last possible minute to leave, bad time management. Oh, I never took that class.

10) I didn’t get up early therefore the kids were not up early. Hubby would wake them up when he left for work, but I guess they have my good genes and would fall back asleep. Ooops. I am so proud. πŸ™‚

11) All my clocks told a different time so I never really knew the correct time. πŸ™‚ Yes, I tried the 20 minutes early thing, didn’t work, I knew. Who the heck invented the snooze button? GENIUS! My favorite invention ever.

12) Last of all, the one I do believe was the real reason I just didn’t get up no matter how many tricks I tried, I had poor health.

I didn’t eat breakfast,
didn’t exercise,
didn’t stop and smell the roses,
didn’t make myself go to bed at a good time,
and I wasn’t organized!

I really thought having a pepsi and a donut first thing at work was the thing to do. Or rather, it was convenient and fit my poor time management.

My exercise schedule was chasing kids around, cleaning, yard work, a once in awhile walk with a friend, and pushing the button on the remote control when hubby wasn’t hogging the TV. πŸ™‚

Smell the roses…I guess falling asleep watching TV isn’t the same. It is just plain exhaustion. Stop and smell that rose, get that rose right up under your big nose, and breathe in and breathe out. It is a moment of relaxation, a moment where nothing else matters, a release of the day’s stress, and it puts a smile on your face. Smiling is wonderful for your health. So stop and smell the roses daily. πŸ™‚ Learn to relax. Learn to let go of the day’s worries for at least a moment. Your shoulders are broad, but eventually they will hunch over if you don’t learn to smell the roses.

I really thought staying up until wee hours of the night and then trying to get up in five hours was for me. It obviously was not. I just kept telling myself it was. I had no winding down time before I crashed either. I was usually busy doing bills or more computer work. Experts actually say get away from any electronics before bed and you will sleep better. I definitely had no problem falling asleep but that was because I was completely stressed out and tired. My head hit the pillow and I wouldn’t even remember falling asleep.


I now eat in the morning when I get up, of course not having to rush to work does help a bit but at least it is a habit now.( Remember I am a creature of habit) My grandmother always made me eat breakfast before school when I was growing up. I suppose when I ventured out on my own I lost that habit and not a good habit to get rid of. I make sure I don’t eat the same thing all the time so it isn’t boring. I no longer eat donuts first thing, note I said first thing. πŸ™‚ I make myself drink water in the morning before I can ever have my Pepsi which most days I will not get until afternoon. I just can’t get rid of my Pepsi. We are pals and that is the way it is going to be. πŸ™‚ I have greatly increased my intake of water! A wonderful thing!

My exercise is still cleaning and chasing kids which a mom never can escape from. I have now added going to the YMCA or doing some exercises at home on a daily basis. Ok, it is a dream but I am getting there. πŸ™‚

Smelling those roses…..every single day! I make a point to laugh, to hug, and to sometimes just stop and breathe in, breathe out every day. I began reading books again. Why did I ever stop my love for reading? It has been so relaxing to read again.

Sleep…what an amazing thing. I will now go to sleep by 11pm and I have no problem getting up early. Once in awhile I will treat myself to a late night but it is far in between. I usually will get away from the computer before 10pm as well. I may still use my Nook or phone but very little. I feel that the last hour before sleep is a must to just chill. No more trying to get work done. Get rid of the stress. I even read some nights. Kids are asleep and it is the perfect time. I still watch some TV before bed, but it does get turned off when we go to sleep. We use to keep it on and I really think it has helped being off. I feel like I get a better night’s sleep now.

Organization…my new friend. It is amazing when you no longer have clutter and things are in their place. I know back home in our house it was a major issue because we were always remodeling and moving things around. I think that really added to my stress level. I have seen this last year being in our duplex at our home away from home and the fact that it is finished and things have a place has relieved all of us. We all seem happier. Of course, we won’t stop remodeling our home but at least for the moment we don’t have to live in it while it is being done. A big plus. Lot less stress. Now that I have time to organize I think I have organized everything that can possibly be organized. πŸ™‚ I am a sucker for office supplies or cute containers. I have my own collection of recycled glass now. I know there will be a use for it. πŸ™‚ Labels…love labeling things. I have to make sure my family can find it. I don’t want to hear “mom where is?” Who am I kidding, they will always say that. πŸ™‚

The point to be made is, even though it is a celebrated day, DON’T do it if it is wrong. Being on time to everything is a good thing and a good habit to have. If you can’t, take a look at yourself and what might be causing it and fix it!

Do you have any funny stories that caused you to be late for something?

I left my infant son in his car seat in the living room one time, had to go back in and grab him when we realized he wasn’t in the car. My kids laughed big time on that one. πŸ™‚ I chuckled too. πŸ™‚ It made me more late than I already was. πŸ™‚