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Journal Dec. 12-18

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Dec. 12th

Question? What’s on your wish list?

2012

A published novel written by me. 🙂

2013

A happy and healthy family.

Dec. 13th

Question? What is your biggest regret?

2012

My biggest one is wrong financial choices in my younger years.

2013

I should have stayed writing after high school. I had some good ideas and didn’t jot them down. Dang memory.

Dec. 14th

Question? Why are you impressive?

2012

Hmmm. I can multitask. 🙂

2013

When I love something I put my whole heart into it. 🙂

Dec. 15th

Question? Moderation or excess?

2012

Moderation all the way. Take my time.

2013

Moderation. No excess here. 🙂

Dec. 16th

Question? What do you find irresistible?

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2012

My kids smiles. Nothing better. It means they are happy. 🙂

2013

My toes in the sand. It means I’m with family and friends. That the weather is nice. Quality time together.

Dec. 17th

Question? If you had to move to a new city, where would you move?

2012

I would hope not too big and close to family.

2013

Anywhere as long as I’m with the hubby and kids.

Dec. 18th

Question? What do you like to talk about?

2012

I love to talk about my kids and hubby. Proud of them.

2013

Hubby and the kids. They are my life. They make me smile and laugh. 🙂

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Journal Dec. 5-11

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Dec. 5th

Question? Who do you miss?

2012

My grandparents and my dad.

2013

Luckily, haven’t lost anyone this year. I still miss my grandparents and my dad. 😦

Dec. 6th

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Question? Today you gained ______

2012

I read and gained more knowledge. Love learning. 🙂

2013

I gained more books on my Nook! I have so many to read now. 🙂

Dec. 7th

Question? Where do you see yourself next year?

2012

I see myself published as a self-published author. 🙂

2013

I see myself working again and being published. I love working so it is all good. More pocket money means more books. 🙂

Dec. 8th

Question? How ambitious do you feel today?

2012

Pretty ambitious! I just allow myself to get distracted with the internet. 🙂

2013

I am halfway. A little laundry done, a little reading, and lots of putting things off. 🙂

Dec. 9th

Question? What is your most recent act of generosity?

2012

I was nice to someone who ticked me off. I bit my lip.

2013

Nothing jumps out at me. Shame on me. 😦

Dec. 10th

Question? What surprised you today?

2012

How life is not so stressful anymore. A year ago it was a 10 on the stress level.

2013

I did a good job on my Ad design for an interview. It’s been awhile since I used a MAC computer.

Dec. 11th

Question? Where do you find joy?

2012

Spending time with my family, my art, and my writing. 🙂

2013

I love to read books. I can get lost in a novel and all worries go away.

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Journal Nov 28-Dec 5

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Nov. 28th

Question? What was the last risk you took?

2012

Quit my job of seventeen years and became a stay at home mom. Scary.

2013

I began sharing my blog posts. I don’t mind sharing with strangers but it freaks me out to share with people I know. Weird, huh?

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Nov. 29th

Question? What five words describe your mood?

2012

Happy. Full. Relaxed. Awake. Fat.

2013

Content. Happy. Relaxed. Loved. Alive.

Nov. 30th

Question? Today you almost ______

2012

Wrote. 🙂

2013

Became motivated. 🙂

Dec. 1st

Question? What would you like your epitaph to read?

2012

Caring. Fun. Loving. Beautiful.

2013

Sweet. Caring. Fun. Pretty.

Dec. 2nd

Question? What details from today would you like to remember?

2012

I always remember this as grandma’s birthday. Miss her.

2013

Remembering grandma’s birthday. Love and miss her.

Dec. 3rd

Question? On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?

2012

A BIG 10!!!!

2013

I am most definitely a 10!!! 🙂

Dec. 4th

Question? Do you want to know how it ends?

2012

I sometimes think so, but then other times no. I don’t know. 🙂

2013

No. A mystery is good. The unexpected.

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Merry Christmas to All!

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From our house to yours! 🙂

May the day bring family, friends, and special memories.

I appreciate everyone of you who takes the time to read my ramblings. I have always enjoyed writing and thanks to blogs I can do just that. I also enjoy reading all of yours. It brightens my day and makes me ponder this thing called life. Keep writing!

To all who have to travel for the holiday, safe travels…don’t text and drive. 🙂

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It’s All Ours…Puzzle Castle!

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We paid off our mortgage last week! It is officially all ours. What a great feeling. 🙂

It is a very old house with many issues but they are slowly being dealt with. We were living there full time until last year when hubby went active duty for the Army to finish out his time for retirement. He will have a total of 35 years in by Feb. with 20 years active time. We are planning on sticking around the area for awhile mostly because of job opportunities and so we can finish the remodel process on the house without having to live in it. We had been living in it for the entire last twelve years of remodeling and what a challenge that was.

Of course, when one problem happens another one is discovered when owning an old home. One year we had a water leak in the kitchen area which resulted in tearing up all the plumbing which then resulted in remodeling the kitchen, which still isn’t completely done. We actually lived for six months with our kitchen drain pouring into a large bucket we had to dump. 🙂 Life was interesting.

It does make for some fun and interesting stories. I have begun looking for those pictures and will post in another post later with all the progress. We do change our mind a lot on what we want a room to look like. 🙂 Luckily, we do a bit here and there before too much of it is finished. It is all with extra cash so no other loans out. I’m lucky hubby likes to do the work so money is saved there. Or is it? Just kidding. It is a learning experience.

One of the first projects was a total redo of the roof. It had not been replaced in a long time. When I moved in I rented the house from a sweet old man that lived across the alley behind it. After a few years, his health went downhill and he ended up passing on. The family lived elsewhere and didn’t want to deal with it. In fact, for a year I didn’t have to pay rent. They didn’t want any. In that year, the roof was majorly leaking, so I got a lawyer with the help of my current boss at the time, and we drafted a letter that listed all the needed repairs on the house and offered 5,000.00 for the house. They accepted the offer. It was mine. 🙂 Of course, I was young and had to have a loan, which the loan company put other debt into the loan and thus I had a mortgage debt. Not a major one, but enough for a single mom of two.

A year later, in waltzed my wonderful husband into my life, who just happened to like working on a challenge.  🙂 Me, him, several friends, and my dad fixed the roof from a generous gift given to me from my daughter’s grandparents. We tore off two layers of asphalt shingles which was attached to just the wood rafters. Underneath we saw the rafters were made out of anything and every size of wood imaginable. And talk about long nails used! We pulled so many nails out. The rafters are blue painted, pink painted and regular wood. I guess they used whatever they could way back when. (So far I have traced the house back to 1910)

Yes, we left the rafters as is and put the proper sheets of wood across the rafters to which the new tin roof was screwed down to. The tin was so much easier than all those asphalt shingles. That was in the year of 2000.

Over the last thirteen years we have had to deal with a small leak over the kitchen when the wind would blow just right it would get up under the roof line. We tried flashing and everything we could think of. Glad it was just an occasional leak. Now, this Fall my hubby decided enough was enough and set to fix the problem for good. A whole new roof line with a better roof pitch! And this is what we got. 🙂

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It is another bedroom and finally a second bathroom. I don’t know how we raised a teenage daughter with one bathroom plus me and four males. I guess now when hubby completely retires down the road and we move back to live full time he can have his bathroom and I can have mine! LOL 🙂

I have officially named our house the Puzzle Castle. I always wanted to do that. Like you read in novels with estate homes. 🙂 I can’t afford a fancy castle so why not. It is a gigantic puzzle! It is our family home that we live in part time for now. So many wonderful memories. We hope to pass it down to the kids, but of course, completely finished. 🙂

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Pen to Paper

Very interesting. I still jot notes down on papers. Love journals. I have tried a few electronic type notes and journals and they are not the same. Keep writing pen to paper!

Demand Media Studios: THE BLOG

It’s hard to remember the last time I wrote anything longer than a grocery list by hand — excepting my Christmas list that is! With all of the gadgets modern day life has allotted us, it’s a rarity to actually put pen to paper. But, scientists are saying that might be a big mistake for our minds and deteriorating penmanship. Here are the highlights, but if you’d like to check out the whole article, click here.

1. You learn better…

Writing notes by hand apparently activates part of the brain called the Reticular Activating Center (RAS), which filters information for your brain to process. And wouldn’t you just know that handwritten material moves to the front to of the line for processing?

2. You’ll probably win a Pulitzer…

Some of the best writers ever wrote by hand — and not only the ones that had to (Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare…

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Journal Nov 21-27

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Nov 21

Question? What are your favorite shoes?

2012

Green tennis shoes. They are bright! 🙂

2013

I love my tennis shoes. I have been wearing my “high” tops as we called them in school. I can slip them right on without tying them. A trick I learned from the kids. 🙂

Nov 22

Question? What are you trying to do?

2012

Be nice to people. I am working on organizing every part of my daily life.

2013

I am trying to get up the ambition to really clean my place. It is picked up but needs a good scrubbing. So….I guess I’ll go read a book. 🙂

Nov 23

Question? What is your favorite brunch food?

2012

A hamburger and fries. Love fast food even though it is bad for you. Moderation, right. 🙂

2013

I eat hot dogs here and there. I like ketchup and cheese on mine. 🙂 Sandwiches are good. A salad once in awhile. I like too many things to name just one. 🙂

Nov 24

Question? Who have you recently deleted from your contacts/address book?

2012

I really try to not delete anyone. It is normally them deleting me.

2013

No one. I know others delete me and I don’t understand why. I’m harmless and a positive person. It is usually people I went to school with. I guess it is still a popularity contest or something. It is ok. I like me and that is what matters most. 🙂

Nov 25

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Question? How much water did you drink today?

2012

One 16oz. bottle of water. I’m drinking more than I did a year ago. 🙂

2013

I average 2-16oz bottles usually. I did drink my 2 today! 🙂 Yay. I try to push more but doesn’t always happen. I’m gaining though!

Nov 26

Question? What three words describe your family?

2012

Loving, Fun, Happy

2013

Huggy, Happy, Warm

Nov 27

Question? Who inspires you?

2012

The hubby and kids. They believe in me and that helps a lot.

2013

Everyday happenings. I like the positive stories. It sparks the writing! 🙂

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Journal Nov 14-20

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Nov. 14

Question? What do you need to vent about?

2012

Family ties.

2013

It’s too COLD out! 😉 I’m a warmer weather person. It needs to stay at least above 40 degrees and no wind or ice. 🙂 I like a nice snow just not freezing temps.

Nov. 15

Question? Waking up was _____

2012

Good.

2013

Eventful. The two younger boys arguing and then laughing at each other. At least no blood was shed and the anger was forgotten.

Nov. 16

Question? What are you obsessed with right now?

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2012

Writing and my first NaNoWriMo.

2013

I am editing my first novel. I go in spurts with it. I need to just buckle down and get er done. 🙂

Nov 17

Question? Which friend did you last speak to?

2012

Shana, a terrific friend from High School. 🙂

2013

Beth, a new friend since moving. 🙂

Nov 18th

Question? What is your dream job of the day?

2012

Freelance designer and writer. I want both. 🙂

2013

I would like to be an author and be successful. It doesn’t have to be fame and fortune type. A nice living would be terrific. 🙂 I enjoy making my art and hope to sell a few someday when I get some worthy of selling. 🙂 Right now they are just practice!

Nov 19

Question? When was the last time you checked an online social network?

2012

A few minutes ago. I am usually checking here and there. I sometimes check on my phone and then also on my computer.

2013

A few seconds ago. Always checking it out. I might miss something you know. 🙂

Nov 20

Question? What do you have to get done?

2012

Novel. A must have for me. I want to accomplish it for me. 🙂 A perk would be others enjoying it. 🙂

2013

Mop the kitchen. I can put that off more than anything. I don’t know why. 🙂

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Dec 7, 1941…

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A day that will live infamy….

I want to thank all those that served during that horrible attack and remember those that lost their lives.

I was blessed to be able to see this Memorial in 2003 with my two older kids, Farra and Shay. We went to go see my hubby who was currently stationed there for nine months with the Navy.  It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. I have to tell you it was my very first plane ride! Talk about taking one of the longest ones first. 🙂

We were able to see the Missouri ship as well. We found out later that my brother served on that ship in the first Gulf War and that hubby was on the other ship that “accidentally” shot the Missouri. Small world! 🙂  Of course, I didn’t know hubby then. It sure makes a fun story to tell.

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The picture above is of my two kiddos. Excuse the poor quality. I was still using that ancient relic of a cheap 35mm camera with film. 🙂

Once again, thank you for those who served and to those who lost their lives on that day in 1941. You are not forgotten.

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Journal Nov 7-13

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Nov. 7th

Question? Who is your hero?

2012

I’m not sure.

2013

I have never really had a hero. I think everyone in my life offers something good for me. They are all heroes.

Nov 8th

Question? What topic are you bored talking about?

2012

Money. Depressing.

2013

I actually find all topics interesting. I love to learn new facts. It’s good to talk about things. It ignites the brain waves.

Nov 9th

Question? Did you leave work on time?

2012

No work.

2013

I work at home. I did leave on time to pick up my son Jessup. I’m never late for that. Don’t want to freak him out.

Nov 10th

Question? Where do you find pleasure?

2012

Spending time with the hubby. One needs to make time with the one you love. Keeps relationships strong.

2013

I love reading books. It lets me have adventures without getting into trouble. 🙂 It puts a smile on my face.

Nov 11th

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Question? What do you always avoid?

2012

Eyes, at times. I think they are the window to the soul. I am a bit of a private person. Certain people I look at. Close ones.

2013

Angry people at all costs. They make me depressed. I want to be happy. Happy equals healthy.

Nov 12th

Question? Is there anything missing in your life?

2012

My extended family.

2013

The extended family. I don’t think it will change though. I’ve tried the last ten years to change it. They know where I am. 🙂

Nov 13th

Question? What song could be your self-portrait?

2012

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2013

I listen to music but not as deep as I once use to. I have no idea. I guess I need to really listen and figure that one out. 🙂