Wednesday, January 23, 2013


  • I thought it would be a bit different.
  • Sometimes I just need to write THINGS.
  • ...but not be so coherent about it.
  • The school shootings are getting out of hand.
  • Satan is on the prowl.
  • It disgusts me.
  • barry o. disgusts me.
  • Trolls disgust me.
  • Though my last troll made me laugh.
  • He said I was addicted to fast food and sweet tea.
  • I'm watching "Hunger Games" as I type.
  • Disturbing film, that.
  • My Christmas tree is still up.
  • Don't judge.
  • BUT, if you were to ask yourself, "Who would still have their tree up?"
  • You would say "~LL~."
  • My hubby is still home.
  • Still.
  • I do love it, though.
  • Until February 3rd.
  • When we take a pay cut.
  • Because, he will STILL be home.
  • He will be home for my birthday.
  • He will be home for HIS birthday.
  • I don't know that we have ever had that.
  • Well, not in the last several years, anyway.
  • I'm trying to renew my teaching certificate.
  • Might be hard, as I don't have any CE hours.
  • I need 150.
  • My Project List is still slow.
  • But, I'm working on it.
  • Do you see my side bar?
  • I put my book list there.
  • I added more. 
  • I will strike through them when they are read.
  • It is lofty.
  • I predict reading half that.
  • But, I will try.
  • I hope to increase my readership.
  • Without the trolls.
  • I should go. 
  • Good night.

Monday, January 21, 2013



Today is Martin Luther King Day.

Today is barry's 2nd inauguration.

Today, I am cleaning house.

I hate politics....really, I do. The only Presidents I have liked (since I have been old enough to know are Reagan, Bush 41, and W. Out of those, I have only ever voted for 1 sitting Prez.....W. (I was too young for the other 2.)

Even when it is someone I like, I don't enjoy watching the committees, the ads, the debates, the speeches.....none of that. NOR do I like to watch the other inaugurations.

My *boycott* for today has nothing to do with the fact that the human taking office is, in my opinion, lower than the ground I walk on. I wouldn't watch it.....period.

It bores me.

I's unAmerican.

They bore me....AND, they make me mad. They make me mad when I hear what I know to be lies. They make me mad when I see the hypocrisy of the others in attendance. They make me mad when I see how much money they are spending on the pomp and circumstance.....and the *shovel ready* jobs they promoted for years are still just a promotion.

He makes me ill. I have nothing....NOTHING....nice to say about the administration. And, that makes me sad. I pray for him because I am supposed to.....but is hard to do even that.

SO, with that being said.....I will go do laundry.

Friday, January 18, 2013


(Charlotte Brontë)

SO.....I'm not doing so good at my Project Wish List. (See the previous post.)

I just reread that part....hoping to report some accomplishments. it is. I have pulled a lot of gluten, but not all. I have bought quite a bit organic, but not all. (Fact is, not EVERY thing needs to be totally organic....I am still in the research phase of it.)

I obviously haven't posted 1-2 times per week. My FTU is dirty. I have only had 2....or is it 3 CFASTs this year. We have....maybe.....probably not so much.....never mind.

I DID start reading the "Chronicles of Narnia" with the boys. I have the boxed set in my *classroom library.* I went through it....can only find 5 of the 7 books. We are missing #1 and #4. That's OK....I wanted the set in 1 book, anyway. SO, we ordered it. We try to read a chapter per night. The kids love it.

We have also started a different devotional in the morning. And, a Bible reading/study (as a family) each night. (Go here for a wonderful reading plan for kids.) Also, my 3rd is REALLY thirsty for Bible knowledge. So, we read a Bible story each night. (His Bible, on the first page of each book, has a list of the stories in that book, along with the appropriate chapter/verses. We read 1 per night.)

On my reading list, I haven't completed anything. However, I am currently reading: "The Chronicles of Narnia," the "Bible," "The Other Queen," "The Annals of the World," "Wheat Belly," "Little Women," AND "Decision Points." the same time.

I should stop that.

OK....."The Chronicles" will be ongoing. I will finish "The Other Queen."

I got an iPad for Christmas. I love it. I love putting books on there that I want to read. BUT, nothing....NOTHING compares to holding a book in my hands. Fun, for me, is going to the library and just looking at books. The thrill of finding a deliciously fat book......

Are you a reader? I'm always looking/listening for new authors/genres I haven't considered.

What are your favorite titles?

Who is your favorite author?

What is your favorite genre?

Mine? Well, I have several titles that I like. Here are some that I have REALLY enjoyed in the past. (I have many, so I can't list them all. When you list some, I might think, "Oh, YEAH! That one, too!")

I love the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series.....except the last book. :-( It was.....a disappointment.

I love LOVE LOVE "Jane Eyre."

Another fave is "Gone With the Wind." I was disappointed in the sequel...of course, it wasn't written by Margaret Mitchell.....if it had been Rhett would have NEVER taken Scarlett back. (If you love the movie, PLEASE read the book. It is nice and fat....the movie, though epic for the time, does not do the book justice.)

I enjoy Amish fiction.

There are too many authors to list them all, though the authors of the above mentioned books are some of them. But, please include Beverly Lewis, Tracie Peterson, Philippa Gregory, Wanda Brunstetter......

(OH MY.......I was looking for something, and came across a list (again) of classics. My heart just about jumped out of my chest.....there simply isn't enough time, in my life, to read all of the great literature.)

I enjoy the "Bible." My favorite book is probably the Gospel of John.

And, Luke.....I like Luke.

AND, Romans.

Revelation, Psalms, Esther......OK..... I may do a post on favorite verses someday.

My favorite genres are period novels and fantasy fiction. THOUGH.....I do not like it too gory. I do not like mysteries/murder mysteries.....and romances? UGH.....unless it is like "Gone With the Wind," or "Jane Eyre."

I look forward to knowing what you like to read. Please tell me.

Thursday, January 03, 2013


So, I go and read other people's blogs....see their *aspirations* and their *resolutions.* It makes me....a tad bit anxious.

I feel a bit envious at the obvious thought they have put into such wonderful plans. I also feel like I'm about to I have to do the same thing. 

If you go back to each *beginning of January,* for the past several years, you will see that I have problems with New Year's resolutions. I always have. Yet, there is something that makes me, makes me NEED to make them.

And, I do....every year.

And, I gripe about it....every year.

And, I mentally tell myself, "NO MORE!"....

Every year.

So, where does that leave us? 

Yep....time for a new list. 

I think my problem is with the word "resolution." It seems so official. So adult. And, it seems the ONLY connotations are negative. It seems resolutions are always failed, abandoned, incomplete. 

MY LIST is going to be better. :-) It is my project wish list. 

It aggravates me when so many wait until January 1 to start a newer and better and more healthy habit. I mean shouldn't it be done ASAP? 

(As I type this, my sweet DH has reminded me that I started one of my new things just today....BUT, the reason is: I couldn't start during the'll understand why, in a bit.)

SO....without further ado, I will just list a bunch of projects that I want to accomplish. Some are habits that I want to develop. Some are just 1 time things that I keep pushing off because something more fun comes along.  Whatever the reason, no matter the methods, here is my:


I will send a gift (of my choosing) to a friend, once a month. (Not the same friend....different friends.)

I will call my grandmother once a month. (Don't judge.)

I will clean out my FTU at least every other week. (We're talking vacuuming, wiping down, emptying the buffet line in the back.....again....don't judge.)

WE (dragging in DH) will get the garage cleaned out. (That, right there, could be my entire list....and I would feel accomplished by doing it.)

I will donate my teacher stuff to some teacher friends. (I can't begin to tell you the number of brand new wooden pencils I just came across.....not to mention, the books! And colored paper. And chalk....well....who uses chalk anymore, but get the idea.)

I will start going on will take the kids on a walk a few times, over the next year.

I will take each son on a 1-on-1 date, quarterly.

I will go to the dentist.....well...I will at least take my kids.

I will have my family on a gluten-free lifestyle

I will have my family mostly organic.

I will paint my soon as DH has recovered from his surgery....because....I. Don't paint. 

I will make my Christmas cards....much to my DH's chagrin. 

I will complete the Christmas crafts that I bought stuff for....last, 2011. 

I will host a full luncheon, at the school, for 2nd grade teachers, 3rd grade teachers, and 6th grade teachers. 

I will help my hubby take the boys camping.....(I will make sure the first aid kit is well-stocked and that they have a new can of mosquito repellant.) 

I will conquer the closet(s).

All of them. 


I will re-task the night stand (that is ugly), and relocate it (to the garage, or fireplace) and move the other, PRETTY night stand out from under the printer and put it by it's proper station. 

I will learn to crochet. 

I will do, at least 3 loads of laundry, every 2 days.....perpetually. *sigh*

I will blog at least once, hopefully twice, a week. 

I will read with my children, The Chronicles of Narnia. (I just love that series.)

I will earn my Master Seal in JBQ.

I will earn my 101 Award in JBQ.

I will try at least 1 new recipe a week.

I (we) will eat out less.

I will *sniff* try to cut back on CFAST.


I will reprint the boys' chore charts.

I will sort through ALL the boys' clothes, and get some things sorted, tossed, or donated. 

I will have a garden.

I will certify my 2 oldest boys in first aid and CPR. 

(Maybe there is more....) reading list (I hope)

The Bible (always)
Wheat Belly
The Chronicles of Narnia (again)
The Other Queen
The Red Queen
The White Queen 
The Constant Princess
The Queen's Fool
The Other Queen
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths
The Hobbit (again)
The Annals of the World
To Kill a Mockingbird (again)
Little Women (again)
Pride and Prejudice (again)
Decision Points
Nicholas Nickleby
Bleak House
Anna Karenina

and, that is all.....for now.

If you still read, please leave me a comment (on my blog)

See you SOON!

P.S. I am not proofing this tonight. Please forgive the grammatical and spelling errors.