Posted in Family

Kids Spark Thoughts

IMG_20170722_144608 I believe this bridge was at St. Louis but my memory fades at times. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had the joy of driving through there when we went on our trip to see the oldest son in South Carolina in July. I knew I should have labeled the pictures that night. Guess that is what I get for thinking I would remember for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_20170725_144915 I do know this one! It is at Charleston, South Carolina by the Aquarium.ย  Love bridges. It was a nice day as well. I could sit by the water and watch the ships move about all day long if I was allowed. ๐Ÿ™‚

The bridges bring me peace and calmness. I needed that right now after the afternoon today.

Nothing terrible, just the stress of getting two teenage boys their class schedules. Took the youngest one and his friend to the Freshmen school first. My tenth grader decided to wait in the car. ๐Ÿ™‚ They have the Freshmen in separate buildings because the High School is not big enough to hold them all. It is in a way neat, because the military kids on base join them because there is no High School on base. This is a way to get to know one another better. I think last year it added about 150 kids to my middle son’s class. Pretty good amount of new students.

The school is three floors. I tried to explain to my son if you find all your first floor one’s at once then go to the second floor, etc., it would be the easiest to do. He wouldn’t listen. He even got grumpy butt with me. Perhaps, his logic was fine with going in the order of his classes, but mine was logical for this old lady to walk three floors in the most logical way. ๐Ÿ™‚ I went through the first day of classes but then when he decided to do the second day’s classes I retired to the hallway close to the front doors.

They had really cool rocking chairs that looked like desk chairs. Now, where were those when I was going to school. I even had a great little conversation with a young grade school kid. He was cute. He loved the rocking chair too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then it was off to the main High School to find the tenth grader’s classes. Boy was that fun. Whomever designed that school decades ago made it insane. We had half floor levels before you got to the second floor. Weird. There was no logical movement around the school because you had hallways branching off here and there. I think those were done because they were additions at one time as the population grew. I was lost. At least my son knows where his first class is and a general idea of the other classes. I hope.ย  He is shy so he doesn’t ask many questions. Sigh.

I hope the new school passes this Fall. They need it. Not just because of design problems but it is faltering in many areas. The funding is there but of course you have those that can’t see why spend that much money on a school. It is not an area that is decreasing in population so it makes sense to build a new one.

The middle school the boys went to was built around the earlyย  90s I believe and it is so nice. They built it like a half-moon where each grade has its own area and then it opens up into the cafeteria, auditorium, and two gyms. They actually hold all the teacher learning seminars there for the district.ย  Their grade school was new as well and was designed like the middle school. Guess we will see what happens.

Then my tenth grader comes down to my escape room and says I can’t find my class schedule. Really? Not even five hours and you have lost your schedule. Shaking my head. So the hunt was on. He found it in the trash. Shaking my head again.

Here is to hoping the school year goes well for us and everyone in blog land. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Posted in Art Projects

A – and A + + Art Day 2

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This is my best friend from grade school and high school. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is her birthday today! We were in 4th grade here. I’m the one without the hat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seems like yesterday. lolย  I did the background on yellow cardstock and then used Bic markers to do the designs on the background. I love doodling. I posted this on her Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚ We don’t see each other much nowadays, drifted apart, but we do still talk and care about each other. Great friend, fun friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I dislike when someone takes the last bit of ice cream and leaves the container in the fridge. A certain young son of mine. lolย  Of course, I think there is still ice cream until I go to get some and it is empty. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Watching when your child succeeds at something, no matter how small of an achievement. Love the smile on their faces. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your – and + of life?

Posted in Art Projects

A – and A + + Art Day 1

img_20170301_164107_116ย Day 1, note card.

I’m participating in an art challenge this month. Coloring. My art looks pretty simple compared to the other ladies on the site. They have some awesome stuff. I went simple because this will be sent to a LetterMo pen pal. I will write on the other side. LetterMo was last month but I like to reply as long as they send me letters. #thedailymarker30day

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People who drive on other’s grass or park on it. I see this everyday picking up my son from school. Drives me nuts. It isn’t just a little bit of the tires. They completely drive on it and turn etc. Then they cause a mess with traffic trying to enter the ongoing traffic. My grandparents taught me to not even walk on someone else’s yard let alone drive. Shaking my head.

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It’s March 1st, sunny and warmer than normal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Spring is around the corner. I bought a tulip plant the other day because this weather is giving me Spring fever. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is sitting on my window ledge in the Creative Cave! ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you think about the – and + for the day?

Posted in Oh This or That, Ramblings

Pondering Thoughts

I’m sitting at the library parking lot waiting on middle son from school. Clouds are looking rather like winter. Not sure I’m ready for that.

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I like winter but not the road mess and bitter temps. A nice snowfall is pretty. Just hate the messy streets. I’m hoping hubby can make it through the mountains safely, truck driver. Sounds like they will be wintery. Still shaking my head for him wanting to truck drive after military retirement. ๐Ÿ™‚

Earlier in the day I began editing my book. I went to print after I was done and looks like the printer has decided to die a slow broken ink death. I’m going to try one more cleaning and maybe order a cheap black ink before I let it go. I can’t complain it has lasted us about twelve years and was about hundred dollars. I sure will miss it. Of course, I don’t want to have to get use to a new one. Sigh.

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I got home and did the cleaning on the printer and it worked. I hope to baby it along until after Christmas. Small budget so got to do what I got to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

I posted another chapter that I edited. Sorry for the wait. Last week was more about getting ready for the youngest son’s sleepover birthday celebration. One would think at his age he would be done with that. lol It went rather well. Good kids. They had fun. They even went outside and played hide in the dark tag. LOL. Glad kids will still play those fun games. I recall dark time was the fun time to do them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Later that evening I took them to the movie Hacksaw Ridge. Hubby was too tired so he stayed home. I think he didn’t want to put up with five teenagers. lol. Anyway, the movie was really good. A few laughs and definitely sad moments. One I will watch again, but wait until video.

It is expensive to go to the movies.

We might average one a month if we are lucky. We rent mostly. Of course, the boys picked the very front row! Well, it wasn’t too bad because the theatre is small and it has the rounded screen, so it seemed almost like you were right there. I guess we were right there. LOL Good times.

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Have a great evening! Stay warm or stay cool, whichever. We are currently in between. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

Posted in Oh This or That

Thank You Rami!

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A fellow blogger nominated me for the Leibster Award! Thank you so much Rami! I am enjoying your blog!

1. Write 11 random facts about myself.

2. Answer 11 questionsย Rami came up for me.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers (if I can think of that many).

4. Come up with 11 questions for my nominees.

Random Facts…oh boy.

1. I’m a Pepsi-holic! Though I am cutting back for health reasons. I won’t give it up entirely. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Love having the internet to make this come true!

3. I love to learn. I wanted to be an Architect when I was in high school and went to college. Life threw some curves. Hope to finish it just because I want to.

4. My husband’s forgetful remembering of names has rubbed off on me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Who are you?

5. I want to visit the castles in Europe. I secretly want to live in one. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. I believe in the spirit world. I think my three cats are my grandpa, grandma, and my dad. ๐Ÿ™‚

7. I envy my husband for all his traveling he has done and does. He has seen the world. I’ve seen the U.S.

8. I love to dance and really miss that part of going out on the weekend. Don’t miss the hangovers and drama.

9. I never wanted kids, but definitely happy that I did. I wouldn’t trade them for all the castles in Europe! ๐Ÿ™‚

10. I miss having a best friend (girl) and yet I don’t. Figure that one out. ๐Ÿ™‚

11. I’m a number freak! I love making budgets and keeping track of statistics.

Rami’s ??????s

ย 1. What is your favorite genre of fiction? I would have to say Mystery. I love trying to figure out who done it.

ย 2. What scares you the most? My hubby and kids passing before me.

ย 3. When you were growing up, what did you want to be when you were an adult? Always a writer, then an Architect, an archeologist, a race car driver, a singer, a dancer, a journalist, a spy, and a princess. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 4. If you could hang out with one superhero for a day, who would you pick and why? Wonder Woman. She is awesome. I loved that show. Who wouldn’tย want allย her powers. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 5. What is your pet peeve? People who don’t throw their trash away. Hate it. Drives me batty. Yes, I amย one who will pick it up and throw it away.

ย 6. What is something you never thought youโ€™d end up doing but you found yourself doing it? I never thought I would be a bookkeeper, it is so not creative. I did make colorful files and calendars. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 7. What do you look for in a potential romantic partner? Kindness, funny, adventurous, spontaneous, adapts to change, respectful, and a good kisser. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 8. What is something you wish you could change about yourself? Iย would like to lose 50 lbs so I am where I should be for myย height. ย 

ย 9. What is something youโ€™d likeย to do before youโ€™re 80? Travelย to a few different countries with my hubby. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 10. What is your fondest childhood memory? When my dad taught me to ride a bike and roller skate. I didn’t get much time with my dad because he was always living elsewhere. I was raised by his parents.

ย 11. If you found a large brown spider crawling up your leg right now, how would you most likely react? I would grab the nearest object and kill it. I can handle spiders. My parents said I use to eat them. Yuck.ย 

The bloggers I want to nominate are: Drumroll…….these are recent blogs I started to follow. Give themย a quick look! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Me-Who am I?

2. Marina Kanavaki

3. The Risible Rambler

4. Fashionassist

5. Pouring My Art Out

6. Lights, Camera, Action

7. Fiction All Day

8. Kraexhaust

9. Writer B is Me

10. Dinosaurs in the Bathtub

11. The Sacred Dice Roll

My eleven questions are….

1. Do you snack while writing?

2. Do you write in the same place every time?

3. Do you listen to music while writing?

4. What do you daydream about?

5. Do you spend a lot of time reading other blogs?

6. Have you published a book?

7. What made you decide to write?

8. What’s your favorite color of pen?

9. Do you like journals?

10. How often do you log on to WordPress?

11. Could you survive without the internet?

Happy blogging about this award! All of you deserve it! I understand if you don’t have time to follow through but do know you have earned the award! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 5 Year Journal

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nov 13th

Question? What song could be your self-portrait?

2012

?????

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal Sept 26-Oct 2

Sept. 26

Question? Today was amusing because____

2012

Kids are funny. They make me laugh.

2013

The cats were being goofy. They were chasing each other and running into things. Lazy was pushing things off the end table. They are definitely entertaining and can put a smile on my face.

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Sept. 27

Question? Do you handle rejection well?

2012

I am getting better at it. I get teary eyed mostly and then depressed. I don’t throw a fit or anything.

2013

I do for the most part. I try to not set myself up for rejection. I tend to tread the waters gently. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sept. 28

Question? How hungry are you right now?

2012

A little.

2013

Starving but don’t know what I want to eat. Although a steak would be great! If I could have it grilled and a baked potato too! Oh, and don’t forget a piece of chocolate cake! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep, I’m hungry.

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Sept 29

Question? Bad news: Sugarcoated or straight-up?

2012

Straight-up. Might as well get it over with.

2013

Always straight-up. Sugarcoating just makes it worse when the whole news is told eventually.

Sept. 30

Question? How do you get out of a rut?

2012

Brainstorm.

2013

I usually read. It makes me forget the rut. It is like a new look on things after my spirit is lifted.

Oct 1

Question? What are you a geek about?

2012

Books and studying. I like to study.

2013

Books. I don’t go out as much anymore either. I love watching TV, especially movies.

Oct 2

Question? What do you crave?

2012

Accomplishments.

2013

Finishing what I start. Achieving dreams. I really crave being a good mom.

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal…July 25-31 2013

July 25
Question? If you could hire any artist (living or dead) to paint your portrait, who would you pick?

Year 2012
Raphael, he would make me look beautiful. I love his paintings.
Year 2013
I did a search and found a UK artist, Kerry Regan. She does a beautiful job!
Below is an example of her work.
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Her website is http://www.surreyartists.co.uk/child-family-portraits/surrey-portrait-artist.htm

July 26
Question? Are you working hard or hardly working?

Year 2012
Unemployed. Middle of moving to Ft.Riley/Junction City. So enjoying hubby home and the kids. A mix of working and not working. ๐Ÿ™‚
Year 2013
In the middle. Writing, learning, and creating while chasing two boys and cleaning house. ๐Ÿ™‚

July 27
Question? What can you smell right now?

Year 2012
Nothing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Paper. Ink. My deodorant. ๐Ÿ™‚
Year 2013
Fresh laundry towels out of the dryer! Warm, fluffy and smelling like spring flowers.

July 28
Question? Write a phrase to describe your year so far.

Year 2012
Very stressful and kinda lonely.
Year 2013
Pleasantly stress free and relaxing!

July 29
Question? What was the last road trip you took?

Year 2012
To Junction City looking for a place to live. Just hubby and I, was nice to be alone for a night. ๐Ÿ™‚
Year 2013
Our camping trip to S.D. with family. Lots of fun!

July 30
Question? Today was unusual because….

Year 2012
It was busy. Lots to get done. We are actually moving. It is real.
Year 2013
I achieved several things I needed done! I tend to get distracted! ๐Ÿ™‚

July 31
Question? Today were you a wallflower or social butterfly?

Year 2012
Wallflower. I really don’t socialize other than family. Need to change that.
Year 2013
Wallflower, but branching out to be a small social butterfly. Meeting more people. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted in 5 Year Journal

365 Questions 5 Years 1,825 Answers…Journal Away

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this when I began this blog, but now a bright light has went off in my head. Unbelievable uh. ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought a neat 5 Year Journal last year that asks question everyday of the year for 5 years. It is neat now to see what I wrote last year compared to this year. I have to admit I didn’t always remember to write on that day last year. I sometimes had to go back and remember or think of something. I will try harder to remember this next half of a year. Wow, half the year is gone already.

Of course, I won’t do it everyday and blog down your emails or screen but maybe keep with my weekly blog.

I bought it thinking it might give me some writing material. I was thinking more of for my novels but hey this works. It is like having a daily prompt!

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Begin with July 1st:
Question: Water, Ice, or steam?
Response year 2012: Water, good to drink, good to play in. Need it for everything.
Year 2013: Water still! If I ever get to the lake or pool! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m drinking way more water this year! Feel a lot better! Now live where it rains more!

July 2nd:
Question: Today you cancelled…….
Response year 2012: My thoughts, don’t want to think right now.
Year 2013: Facebook. I made myself stay off so I could edit my novel#1. One more chapter and partial of another! ๐Ÿ™‚

July 3rd:
Question: What was the last beach you went to?
Response year 2012: Too long ago. I don’t remember. Haven’t made the pool or lake once this year. Bummer.
Year 2013: Milford Lake in early May. Terrible I haven’t been back yet. 4 miles away. Makes me sad. Lazy? Fatness? Heat? Who knows why. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

If you would like to play along, answer the questions in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Look forward to hearing them. Have a Happy 4th of July everyone!