Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's Coming Up In May.....

For the month of May, I've decided to take on yet another challenge.....30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.  It will continue the theme started this month, and let everyone get to know even MORE about me.  Below is a list of the topics I'll be covering each day:

  1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
  2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
  3. Describe your relationship with your spouse.
  4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year old self if you could.
  5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
  6. If you could have 3 wishes, what would you wish for?
  7. What is your dream job, and why?
  8. What are five passions you have?
  9. List 10 people who have inspired you and describe how.
  10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
  11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
  12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
  13. What's the hardest part of growing up?
  14. Describe 5 weaknesses and 5 strengths you have.
  15. Describe when/how you knew your spouse was the one.
  16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
  17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
  18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
  19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
  20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
  21. Describe your relationship with your parents.
  22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
  23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
  24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
  25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat
  26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
  27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
  28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
  29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
  30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Z Is For Zoetic

ZOETIC : of or relating to life : living , vital

This was another difficult letter,but I finally found a word that applies to me.  Living and vital?  Absolutely!  So, to close out this year's A to Z challenge, I proclaim myself zoetic.

As a quick reminder, here are all 26 words/phrases I used to describe myself this month:



Kindergarten Teacher
Voracious Reader
Young at heart

Hope you've enjoyed each of these little glimpses into who I am!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might......

The Liebers

Today is World Wish Day, so this week's topic is 10 Wishes I Would Love To Wish.

I wish that we could afford to build our dream house. I've spent most of my life planning just how it should be designed, as has with a few compromises, I'm sure we could combine our plans and come up with something that would make us both happy.

I wish that all my friends and family members were able to be healed from all of their health problems, and would stay healthy for many years to come.

I wish that I was able to spend more time with my grandson, and that he and his parents didn't live four hours away.

I wish that we could put an end to bigotry and intolerance.  Whatever happened to live and let live, and respect for others?

I wish a cure for cancer could be found.

I wish that money really DID grow on trees, and that we had one of those trees in our backyard.

I wish that I owned a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific, that I could get away to when life in general was getting me down.

I wish for happy homes for all the children everywhere in the world who are waiting to be adopted.

I wish that I had a Morkie puppy, a Boston Terrier puppy, and a sugar glider.

I wish that I knew someone who was a Wishcrafter, like in the new book series I that he or she could make all these wishes--and any others I might wish--come true!

Y Is For Young At Heart

I've always aspired to stay young at heart, no matter how old I may be chronologically. As a child, my role model for achieving that was my maternal grandmother. No matter how old she was, there wasn't much that could keep her from being there when she was needed by one of her children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. As an adult, I've seen my mother behave in that same way. Now in her seventies, she still travels a great deal, and stays very active. Now that I have entered my fifties AND have grandson, I am beginning to put the lessons I've learned into practice...doing fun things with him, taking him to fun places, and spending as much time with him as possible.

Monday, April 28, 2014

X Is For Xerophilous

  • xe·roph·i·lous
    thriving in dry habitat: thriving in or adapted for a hot dry habitat

    This letter is a BIT of a stretch, but it's close.....I have always found that I feel better, physically and emotionally, when I'm in hot weather. And the lack of humidity would make it even better physically. I'd love to be somewhere hot and dry, with an ocean....that would be true paradise for me.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Stuck On You---Saturday 9

    Saturday 9: Stuck on You (2012)

    Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

    1) This upbeat song is from a CD called The Bright Side. What is brightening your world this fine Saturday?
    Not a lot....been feeling "ick" since yesterday.
    2) Our featured artist Meiko sings, "You are the one I can see having fun with ...". When is the last time you laughed hard? Who were you with? 
    Last night, with my husband.
    3) She also sings, "I must confess when I wear this dress I feel like dancing ...". Does your mood have an impact on what you wear? 
    Sometimes, but not always.
    4) In this video, she accidentally drops one of her meatballs on the floor. Do you believe in "the five second rule," which states that if food has been on the floor less than five seconds it's still OK to eat? Or, after it hits the floor, is the next stop always the garbage? 
    Depends on where we are and what the food is.
    5) Despite her exotic-sounding name, Meiko was born in Atlanta, home of the Braves. Do you plan on going to the ballpark this season?
    No, not a really big fan of baseball.
    6) Meiko recently posted a photo of herself in Disneyland posing with Goofy. Who took the most recent photo of you? What were you doing?
    My husband.  Standing with some of my cousins at lunch after my aunt's funeral.

     7)  Are you stubborn? 
    Oh yes....very much so.
    8) Let's visit your bathroom: What color is your toothbrush?
    Purple and white.
    9) Which would we find: bar soap or liquid soap? 

    W Is For Writer

    I wrote my first poem at the age of ten.  It wasn't much, but it ignited something inside me, and I've been writing poems ever since. In college I took a creative writing class and discovered that I also enjoyed writing short stories. In my twenties, I sold an article on teen suicide to a Christian parenting magazine, and became a "real" writer.

    Other than this blog, I haven't done much writing over the last couple of years, but I'm thinking it might be time to try my hand at some fiction again in the near future. When and if I do, I'm sure you'll be seeing it stay tuned!

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    V Is For Voracious Reader

    I learned to read somewhere between the ages of 3 and 4, and I've been doing it on an almost daily basis ever since. From first grade, I went to the library every Saturday, and picked out three or four books to read that week. I read nearly every book in the children's section of the library before I was out of elementary school...and by fifth grade, I was also starting to read adult fiction.

    These days I still will read just about any book I can get my hands on.  So far this year, I have finished 28 books--and my goal for the year is to read at least 80. I have a LONG list of books that I want to read in my lifetime, so I doubt I'll ever run out of resources.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Currently 4/24/14

    This week's themes: making, eating, enjoying, hiding, noticing

    I am currently making very little progress with anything. I'm going through a "blah" period right now, where I don't really have much enthusiasm for anything. Getting out of bed and managing to keep the dishes and clothes washed are pretty much my biggest accomplishments. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the fact I had two deaths in my family so close together, so hopefully it will pass soon.

    I am currently eating pretty much whatever I want. After spending most of last year having to be careful what I ate, due to the chemo, plus having what I did eat taste like cardboard, I am enjoying food again AND have put back most of the seventeen pounds I lost during that time. 

    I am currently enjoying the discovery of audiobooks available through my local library. I can now listen to books while I go on about my day, rather than having to choose to read OR do something else. I'm currently on my second one for this week, which will bring my book count for the year to almost 30.

    I am currently hiding from having to explain why we haven't been in church for a LONG time, and that I'm not sure if we'll ever be going back. I've just had too much of hearing things there that go against what I believe, and I would much rather just live out my beliefs, worshipping God on a daily basis.

    I am currently noticing life returning to the world...birds in the yard, trees budding, flowers blooming, and lots of young animals. 

    If you would like to share what you are doing currently, link up with Harvesting Kale

    U Is For Understanding

    As you have probably gathered from some of the other words I've used to describe myself this month, the above quote relates to me in both directions. Not only do I need those things on a regular basis, I also try to be the one who is there to provide them for the others in my life. Being compassionate, emotional, and sensitive, I always want to take on part of their burden, lessen their load, just be close by, or do whatever they need me to do to help out. When my efforts to reach out are ignored, however, I tend to personalize tha that a little too much and take it as a rejection.....and then people don't understand why I'M suddenly feeling down.  

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Wednesday Hodgepodge 4/23/14

    1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?
    I always feel more calm, and at the same time more energized, when I'm near a larger body of water.

    2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.
    Salt of the earth...referring to the uncle and aunt I lost in the last few weeks.

    3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.
    Make communication a priority....ALWAYS talk to each other about everything.

    4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?
    Over the weekend, to mow our lawn. I would rate them a 10.

    5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?
    Tuesday afternoon.  I'd say I'm somewhere in between.

    6.  What was the last historic place you visited?
    I have no idea.

    7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.
    Learned to live and let live.

    8.  Insert your own random thought here.
    I can't believe this year is already one third of the way gone.

    T Is For Trusting

    I seem to be an all or nothing kind of girl when it comes to trusting people. Either I open my heart up to you completely, taking you and face value, trusting in everything you tell me (and often getting my heart broken because that trust is misplaced)......or I draw inside myself, putting up that wall, refusing to let you get too close, until you have earned my trust.

    Believe it or not, I actually prefer the first option. Yes, it can lead to pain, but the second option leads to isolation and loneliness. I'd much rather trust people, and sometimes be wrong....because if you never trust anyone, then you never have anyone who really knows you and can be your true friend.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Sweet, Sweet Candy

    The Golden Spoons

    It's National Jelly bean Day and we will be sharing our favorite candies!

    1) M&Ms: These have always been my biggest favorite, particularly when I was pregnant with both Samantha and Amy (with Brian my biggest craving was strawberry pie!) I also have a large collection of M&M collectible items. 

     2) Junior Mints: My favorite movie theater candy since I was a kid.

    3) Snowcaps: Another movie favorite....I still like to have one of the two while watching videos at home.
    4) Zero: I've always liked white chocolate, in moderation, so that made these perfect for me (as well as the white chocolate bunny I always got in my Easter basket!)

    5) Andes Mints: These are just SO good....and the Peppermint Crunch ones they sell around Christmas are amazing, too!!

    6) Toffifay: I discovered these little gems when I was a teenager, and have loved them ever since. Unfortunately,they aren't so easy to find these days.

    7) Toblerone: I was in my mid-twenties and living in Germany before I discovered this little slice of heaven....and now every time I have one, I remember the good times spent in it's a comfort food of sorts.

    8) Ghiradelli squares Twilight Delight: These are my newest favorite...deep dark chocolate with an amazingly rich taste....and dark chocolate is good for me, so if I eat one square a day, it's strictly medicinal, right?   :)

    9) Esther Price chocolates: A local chocolate company that I love....and eat sparingly to make it last. I got a two pound box for Christmas, and I still have a handful of pieces left--at least for today. 

    10) Sees chocolates: I'd never heard of this company till I met my husband, as they are more West Coast based....but I was quick to become a fan, especially of their lollipops. 

     And, since we just celebrated Easter, I also have to give a shout out to my favorite Easter candy, other than the previously mentioned white chocolate bunny.....PEEPS!!!!

    S Is For Survivor

    Last year, almost to the day, I went for my annual mammogram. There was something suspicious, so they asked me to stay for an ultrasound....and then I was told what I had already suspected, that I had a lump they were fairly sure was cancer. Soon there was a needle biopsy, followed by a whirlwind of new doctors in my life, as well as several scans to help determine our plan of action.

    After four months of chemotherapy, surgery and recovery, and nearly two months of radiation, I was finally able to say that I am a cancer survivor, rather than a cancer patient. In the back of my mind, there's always that tiny little voice reminding me it could return, but for the most part I can push it away and just enjoy my life.

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    R Is For Romantic

    The above image could have been written especially for me. I spent most of my childhood dreaming of what my life would be like when I found "THE ONE," and how wonderful it would all be.  I am much more impressed by small gestures that really show how well the other person knows me and my likes than by big, extravagant gifts. I have always longed to be loved as deeply as I can love. And, until I found my husband, I was very much a person more in love with the IDEA of love than actually loving someone and making the relationship last through good times and bad. I am so very glad that I chose him to share the rest of my life.

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Sunday Stealing--The Easter Meme

    The Easter Meme

    From the now-defunct blog of Tense Teacher (the link is dead).

    What are your Easter traditions? 
    Dying eggs, Easter baskets for the kids, family dinner

    Do you hard boil and decorate eggs? 
    Not anymore, with no small kids in the house.

    How do you decorate your home for Easter? 
    We don't.

    Do you make/buy special outfits for yourself and your kids on Easter? 
    We all get new outfits every year.

    What is your favorite Easter dish? 
    Deviled eggs

    When did you learn the truth about the Easter Bunny? 
    When my husband told me about the Easter Platypus....

    Do you spend Easter at home, on vacation, or with family? 
    At home

    First one up on Easter morning? 
    Usually me

    Go to mass or church? 

    What are your favorite Easter hymns and/or choir arrangements? 
    Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
    He Lives

    How many Easter egg hunts does your family usually participate in? 
    None these days, unless the grandson is here...last year he took part in two.

    Do you make deviled eggs out of leftover Easter eggs? 

    Are you tired of eggs by the end of the Easter Season? 

    Are Peeps good or gross? 
    Peeps are fabulous, especially toasted.

    What company makes the best chocolate for Easter time? 
    Doesn't long as it's chocolate, it's all good.

    Lots of candy or not? 
    Lots of candy

    What is your favorite Easter candy? 
    Peeps, and a white chocolate bunny

    Do you find plastic Easter grass hidden in places for months after Easter is over? 

    What’s your favorite color for fake grass?

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Q Is For Questioning

    I am always questioning and searching. I am not known for blindly accepting things that I am told, without doing research on it first. And then that leads to more questions, and more research, and on and on and on.

    This has been especially true when it comes to my faith journey. I am constantly questioning, researching, exploring other beliefs....trying to find a way to make sense of what I hear from religious "authorities" versus what I believe in my heart. At this point, I'm beginning to feel it's a losing battle, and that organized religion is no longer the place for me.

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    P Is For Private

    The above quote says it all. I try to keep as much of my life private as possible. That sometimes creates an issue for me as a blogger who writes about my life.  It's difficult to let go of some things and share them with the world. 

    Being a private person sometimes makes my real life difficult as well.  I have a tough time expressing my fears to people, or asking for help with problems. That means I sometimes get myself into a real MESS before acknowledging that I can't do it on my own.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    O Is For Ophidiophobic

    Ophidiophobic: Afraid of snakes.

    I have been afraid of snakes since I was five years old.  While we were on vacation in Florida, my parents took me to the zoo in Miami, including the Reptile House. That night, in our hotel, I had nightmares about snakes, and woke up screaming. A few months later, we came home from some outing to discover what, at the time, seemed to me a HUGE black snake, curled up on our front porch. I refused to get out of the car until my father got it off the porch and out of our yard.

    My most up close and personal experience with snakes came when I was eight years old. It was summer, and I was walking through a tobacco field with one of my cousins. Her father, my Uncle Bill, came up beside us with a hoe and, before we knew what was happening, he had cut the head off a copperhead that was mere inches from my leg.

    Since that time, I've had a completely irrational fear of any and all snakes. I can't even stand to see them on television (which means I cringe several times an episode while watching Survivor!).  I decided to tempt fate by watching Snakes On A Plane with the rest of the family a few years ago....and wound up hallucinating snakes on our living room floor by the time it was over!

    I've had other irrational fears in my life, but this is the only one that has been around this long--I have a feeling I'm going to be dealing with it for the rest of my life.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    N Is For Natural

    I am a very natural person. I am the same with everyone-I don't try to be someone I'm not in order to fit in, or impress others. I don't wear makeup, so the face you see is the face I was given, imperfections and all. Since losing all my hair with chemo, and just now having it grow back in, I have made a decision that I will never color it again, so that it will not become dry and damaged like before. It may have more grey than I'd like to see at this point in my life, but so be it. What you read in my blog are the same sort of things you would hear me say in you are in fact getting to know the real me through these posts.

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