Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sobering Realization

The Golden Spoons

This weeks prompt choices are:
Maybe, Pieces, Strange


Yesterday was the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  For the first time, I realized that my husband, Barry, was fifteen months old when this actually occurred. I know what you're thinking....there must have been millions of fifteen month olds around the world that day, so what's so strange about it? Here's the missing piece: his mother's family was Jewish, and both sets of her grandparents had immigrated here from Europe.

If those families had not chosen to come to America, Barry might never have reached the age of fifteen months, or even been born. Call it fate, destiny, karma, or whatever you choose--I call it a blessing. Without that choice, I might never had found the love of my life, my rock, my soul mate.

I'm not sure why this possibility escaped me previously, but it stuck with me all day yesterday, and was still on my mind this morning, which prompted me to totally wipe out my original post for this challenge. Just one more layer to my daily prayers of thanksgiving for my husband!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ten Things I Can't Live Without!!!

The Golden Spoons

1) My family: My husband, my three children, their significant others, and my grandson. At least one of them makes my day worth living, each and every day.

2) Electricity: Just think of all the things we wouldn't have without it.....television, computer, washer/dryer, microwave, lights, oven, etc., etc.

3) My morning cappuccino: If I don't start the day with 16 ounces of caffeine, I don't make it THROUGH the day. Most days that is all the caffeine I get, but it's a true necessity.

4) My warm, cozy couch blanket: I have to thank itaintchemo.org for this one. As part of a care package they sent to get me through the rough times during the cancer journey, I got the warmest, softest blanket I've ever owned. It stays on the couch, and most days I have it thrown over me---and I even let Amy use it once in a while, if she gets to it first.  :)

5) Books: I've been reading since I was 3 yrs. old, and last year I read 253 books---audio, print and ebooks. I don't know what I would do without them!

6) My Chromebook: Love the freedom of a laptop, and the ease of a Chromebook. When my first one started to have screen issues, I was a nervous wreck that it would completely die before my new one got here...thank goodness that didn't happen!

7) Chocolate: Aside from books, this is my biggest addiction. I have to eat SOMETHING chocolate every single day. Thankfully, Barry knows me well enough that he keeps me well supplied.  

8) Music: I've always loved music as well....different styles for different moods. I can always find a song that says just what I'm feeling, or that brings back some long ago memory. There's most definitely a "soundtrack of my life."

9) Fuzzy socks: With all my hospital stays, I've garnered quite a collection of warm, fuzzy socks, and I put them to good use all winter long.  No more worrying about my feet getting cold!!!

10) Sun: I suffer from SAD, so the sun is VERY important to me...especially this time of year.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Top Ten Life Stories

Mama’s

Prompt: You know the stories that are retold a million times at family gatherings? I call them Life Stories that you just never live down. List your Top Life Stories.

1) When I was about two years old, Mom sent me outside to play while she was washing dishes. After watching a couple of cars drive by slowly, looking toward the yard, she came out to discover that I was running through the yard completely naked, with all my clothes folded neatly on the front step.

2) About that same time, I decided to draw a beautiful picture for my dad with a magic marker--on the hardwood floor of my playroom. Mom left it until Dad got home from work, and then she and I both cleaned it off. 

3) At four, I accidentally murdered my goldfish because my Uncle Bob told me they looked hungry and I should share my apple with them. How was I supposed to know that putting my apple in the fish bowl would result in them going belly up?

4) I was five years old when I got my first serious injury. I was riding my tricycle around the porch while Dad was cooking on the grill. Somehow I managed to get my left arm directly under the grill.....still have burn scars on my knuckles and wrist.

5) I ran away from school when I was in first grade. It was the day after my baby brother was born, and I didn't want to be in school that day. I was crying and throwing a fit, and managed to get out of the classroom, down the stairs, and out the front door. I ran to my grandparents house, which was three houses away from the school. Unfortunately, they called my father at work, he came and got me, and took me back to school.

6) At 16, when I took my driving test, I turned a corner too wide and bumped into a car in the other lane. By the time I got back to school, the news was already spread, and the first thing I heard when I went into the band room sixth period was the band director saying "Hey there, Crash!"



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cleaning Checklist Wednesday January 7, 2015

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Make bed
Feed/water cat
Hairball meds to cat
Wash dishes
Clean kitchen sink
Clear kitchen clutter
Wipe down kitchen counters
Wipe out bathroom sink
Clean knick knacks and shelves
Clean/wash hairbrushes and combs


One Word Blog Challenge #1: I Believe

The Golden Spoons

This weeks prompt choices are:
Again, Believe, Complicated



I am a woman of faith, which sounds simple enough, but is actually very complicated. While I believe in the basic tenets of Christianity, I am not a proponent of organized religion, as most of the ones I have been involved with do not see the world in the same way I do.  I used to think, back in my twenties, that this meant there was something wrong with my faith, so I would try time and again to find a religion I could call my own. Now, older and wiser, I am content with a personal relationship with Christ, and a warm and caring small group Bible study that meets every Monday night for food and fellowship. I do not feel, at this point in time, that I will ever go back to attending a weekly church service.  I can't bear to hear about how God has been taken out of the schools, how Christmas is being taken from Christians, how other religions don't have the right to display their symbols on public property but Christians do/should, and most importantly, how friends and family members of mine are suffering from an "illness" just because their sexual orientation is toward a same sex partner.  I believe in a God who is omnipresent and can't be "taken out" of any situation. I believe that Christmas is whatever YOU make it. I believe that religious freedom applies to ALL religions. I believe that God loves everyone, and expects us to do the same....that He created us all, and can't possibly condemn an entire segment of people for loving in the way He created them to love.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cleaning Checklist Tuesday January 6, 2015

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Make bed
Feed/water cat
Wash dishes
Clean kitchen sink
Wipe kitchen counters
Clear kitchen clutter
Wipe out bathroom sink
Empty trash
Vacuum
Declutter/organize my bedroom closet

The Tuesday Ten #41--January Goals


KinkyCherries: Tuesday 10

1) To schedule a date for the final reconstruction surgery.  I'm calling my plastic surgeon's office this afternoon to check up on that, since we were hoping to do it this month.

2) To read and review at least 16 books.

3) To post at least once a day on this blog.

4) To complete my first month of cleaning checklists, so that it becomes a habit again.

5) To start exercising at least three times a week.

6) To write at least 30 pages of my memoir.

7) To declutter our bedroom.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cleaning Checklist Monday, January 5, 2015

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 Since I want to get back into my cleaning routine for this year, I'm going to start holding myself accountable. I'm going to post my checklist daily, and mark each thing off as it is accomplished.

Make bed
Feed/water cat
Wash dishes
Vacuum all floors
Clean kitchen sink
Clear kitchen clutter
Wipe kitchen counters
Do laundry(two loads)
Wipe out bathroom sink
Empty trash
Clean toilet
Clean bathroom mirror

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday Stealing: 2014/2015 Meme, Part One

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
The fact 2014 was the year Nana was declared cancer-free.
2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?
Blessed, emotional and busy.
3.What new things did you discover about yourself?
That I am capable of doing things I never imagined I could/would do.
4.What single achievement are you most proud of?
Continuing my education.
5.What was the best news you received?
See #1
6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?
Ohio RenFest, Harveysburg, Ohio.
7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
Patience
8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
My husband
9.Which new skills did you learn?
Began learning to speak Gaelic
10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
My family
11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
Drama
12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?
Do what you need to do, even if someone else might be unhappy about it.
13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
That loving someone unconditionally means accepting everything they do.
14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
My husband, my youngest daughter and her fiance, my son and his fiancee
15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
Taking a class on writing your life story...so now I'm writing a memoir this year.
16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?
I appreciate every moment with them so much more, and I also realized that I can't change some things about them, no matter how much I might like to do so.
17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
Several books I read about surviving breast cancer.
18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
Getting comments from authors on my reviews of their books.
19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
Talking to my grandson on the phone almost every day, reading, spending time with my husband.
20.What cool things did you create this year?
Several new poems
21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
Most of the year, content....the last couple of months, stressed.
22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
Don't think so.
23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?
Our Monday night Bible study.
24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
Writing my memoir
25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
None, really.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My 2015 Goals


1) To complete the breast reconstruction journey
Currently waiting to have a date set for the procedure to remove the expander/put in the implant. Then there will be healing time where I'll have limited use of the right arm, and after that I can finally be DONE with my cancer journey.

2) To develop and stick to a housecleaning plan
I have a notebook where I have a list of daily/weekly/monthly chores....just need to pull it out and start doing it, beginning on Monday.

3) To develop and stick to an exercise plan
Thirty or more minutes of walking every day, either outside or using my walking DVD, depending on the weather.

4) To spend more time in Bible reading and study
Want to read the Bible cover to cover again, and find a good study to go along with it.

5) To work through as much of my TBR (to be read) piles as possible....print, ebooks and audiobooks.
I've got three stacks of print books, and over 200 ebooks and audiobooks.....I need to read!!!   LOL



6) To write at least one page a day of my memoir
I recently completed a course in writing your life story, so in 2015 it's time to put the things I learned into practice. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

You're acting...

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 This is the perfect prompt to allow me to vent my frustrations of recent days...

You're acting in a very selfish manner, and it's not beneficial to anyone. Listening to you talk is like listening to a young child who believes the whole world revolves around them and what they want. At this point, you should be well aware that it's NOT all about you.

Sure, you tell me all the time that it's all about your child, but actions speak louder than words. Heck, even your own words at times prove you a liar. You aren't as interested in what is right for him as you are in hurting his father, or making yourself look good.

Yes, I know it hurts when he says he would like to go to his father's early, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and let him do it.  When he's older, he'll remember that you were the flexible one.....or he'll remember that you never let him have extra time with his father, and resent you for it. Having been in his shoes, I would think that you would already know these things.

A child is not a possession, and should never be treated as one. He has feelings, he has opinions, and those should be respected as much as possible.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 was...

2014 was a fairly good year for me.

January--I was declared cancer free, which made all the trials of 2013 actually worth it!

February--we had some nasty snow storms, but I was fortunate not to have to get out in them. Stayed home, stayed warm, and did lots of reading.

March--more snow,but during a trip to the mall, I was cheered by seeing live penguins as part of an event that was taking place---and by buying myself a Doctor Who t-shirt. Spent a few days in Gallipolis for my uncle's funeral.  Had a mammogram, and all results were normal!!

April--Back to Gallipolis for my aunt's funeral (both were siblings of my mother)

May--Eleven years married to Barry, and still going strong.

June--Amy and Greg got engaged, which made all of us very happy.  Since then, we've been planning for their wedding, even though there's not a definite date set yet. Hopefully they'll take care of that THIS year! Barry and I spent a few days with my mother after she broke her ankle, helping her out with some housecleaning and running some errands for her.

July--My 53rd birthday, and unlike 2013, I didn't have to spend it in the hospital.  Also scheduled my first appointment with the plastic surgeon to discuss reconstruction.

August--Got to meet Amy's future in -laws and have lunch together. Also went to family reunion.

September--Surgery to put in tissue expander....one step closer to being done with the cancer journey.

October--Went shopping for Amy's wedding dress--she found one at her first appointment!

November--Had most of the family here for Thanksgiving dinner. Started an online class on "How To Write Your Life Story."

December-- Started another online class on writing poetry, had a family get together on Christmas Eve, and rang in the new year with my wonderful husband.
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