31 March 2014

when enough is enough

Illustration by Inslee.net

My poor husband is beat. He has been traveling almost non-stop for a month. On his days off from traveling he is working. I feel so bad for him and do my best to help by checking him into his flight, arranging shuttle, and in general doing everything around the house. This time last year he was unemployed and was here all of the time. Thankfully The Lord brought this opportunity for him to work, but he needs a break. He leaves tomorrow, once again, after just getting home yesterday, but will be home for a few weeks after he returns on Friday (his birthday). I asked him has he had enough? "No", he replied, "providing for my family means it's never enough for me to work after not providing enough for almost a year". That's my man!

My Nana was in the hospital a few weeks ago. Her heart is giving out and she needs a pacemaker. At 94, she doesn't want to endure the surgery, so she's back home, but has one of her 5 (living) children with her each day. Mom is nearly 70 herself and she's getting tired. I asked her what they're going to do about Nana. She said that they'll just go there each day and hope she gets her strength up. Nana refuses to go to her children's homes or the nursing home. So far they haven't said, enough is enough. You don't do that to your Momma.

My stepson has been in basic training since January. He graduated this past Saturday. He has more training to do so he's staying at the base for another 2 months (I think). That boy has given us fits like you've never seen and there's been times (twice) that we said he had to leave, but never ever would we give up on him. I'll pray for his safety forever. 

So, you don't say "enough is enough" to the things that matter...the people that matter. You put on your big girl panties and do what ya gotta do. 

28 March 2014

Friday Five: World Market Finds



Yesterday I perused World Market online and they had some adorable springy and farm items. Check them out: 





25 March 2014

The French Mother

"The French mother is often the source of everything that informs the French girl: a sense of the feminine, of social conduct, poise, etiquette and, of course, cooking. She's an arbiter of continuity and tradition, a sort of magistrate who oversees the smooth functioning of family life--managing conflict, diffusing resentments, letting go of grudges in an elegant and seemingly transparent way. Through her all things eventually pass--the family's history as living memory as well as the future."

--Debra Ollivier, Entre Nous, (2003)

Hat tip to: Anna

20 March 2014

Spring Song


Spring Song 
by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Hark, I hear a robin calling!
List, the wind is from the south! 
And the orchard-bloom is falling
Sweet as kisses on the mouth.

In the dreamy vale of beeches
Fair and faint is woven mist, 
And the river's orient reaches
Are the palest amethyst.

Every limpid brook is singing
Of the lure of April days; 
Every piney glen is ringing
With the maddest roundelays.

Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils, 
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills.

Ours shall be the moonrise stealing
Through the birches ivory-white; 
Ours shall be the mystic healing
Of the velvet-footed night.

Ours shall be the gypsy winding
Of the path with violets blue, 
Ours at last the wizard finding
Of the land where dreams come true.



Happy Spring and a Sweet 16!


16 years ago, this little baby was placed in my arms. I was in disbelief that God had given me this tiny human to raise. I was not married to his father when Bry was conceived (we married before he was born), and his being conceived was a big mess. I was in college, 400 miles away from my parents that were shocked and disappointed in me, and sick. I had morning sickness all day every day for months. My now husband was going through a custody issue with his ex and it was all just so. much. drama. God knew that this unwed girl (that had not held but one baby before him) could raise this wonderful young man. 


Soon he will be taking his permit test and dating. Although his beginning (he was a preemie) was a bit difficult, he is a strong and healthy boy that makes everyone proud. 
So, with my baby being born on the first day of Spring, you can imagine how happy this day makes me with just that reason! Now add the fact that winter is over! Yippee! Even though I don't live in a Northern climate, we haven't had it easy here in the South either. Ice storm that we weren't prepared for. Snow that we were prepared for. And just general cold weather. With Spring Equinox, we may still have some cool weather here and there, but soon it will be warm. I'll enjoy the few weeks we have of Spring before we dive into the balmy Summer. I hope you do too.

Happy Spring!

18 March 2014

have some chamomile tea.


"Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more."

Tasha Tudor

I do not have a front porch as I live in a flat, but I do have a balcony. To me, the coming of spring means listening to my birds twitter and sitting on the balcony before it gets too hot. Do you enjoy sitting on your porch drinking your favorite calming beverage? How do you relax?

14 March 2014

Friday Five

Happy Pi Day! This picture is from Amy Thielen's Heartland Table (http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/heartland-table.html). I'm wishing I could have some of this Lemon Blueberry Pie! It seems so Springy!
Our Bradford Pears are in full bloom! Boy are these things stinky. 
I think I'm late to this party, but I really like this show! It's on ABC Friday nights at 8. Tim Allen plays a staunch conservative that is raising 3 daughters. It's so funny. 
I had forgotten about these adorable belt buckle that I bought like 15 years ago at Papagallo. I left them at my parents house when I gained weight but they fit me now. The shirt is Ralph Lauren. 
A dear friend of mine wrote this and other books about being a Mother, homemaker, and/orhomeschooler. I highly recommend checking them out as you will feel enriched when you're finished. I think I've read Pocketful of Pinecones and Blackberry Inn like 4 times! ( http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Andreola/e/B001K81IAW)




13 March 2014

When does a Lady wear gloves?


I came across this on Pinterest and thought THIS is something EVERY lady needs to know. Why did the custom of wearing gloves go out of fashion?! I think that a businesswoman can be a shark and a lady that wears pearls and gloves. Who wants to start a revolution with me?

11 March 2014

Let's Go!


All of my backgrounds that I can change the pictures of (ie: iPad, iPhone, Google Chrome, etc.) all have some sort of beach theme like the one above, which is currently on my iPad and iPhone. I'm so into the thought of the beach right now. Let's face it, the actual beach will probably not happen for awhile. This winter has been rough for everyone. It's safe to say that some sand on our toes would be nice.


10 March 2014

Oxford Comma



I suppose you can call me a Grammar Nazi. I am working for a university now and saw that one of the professors does not share my affection for the Oxford comma. I was horrified! Please tell me I'm not the only one!

08 March 2014

Windows Open

Our windows are open. This is one of my favorite times of the year. After being in a shut up building for months, having the windows open, feeling the breeze blowing in the through the screens, smelling the gas grill from a neighbor, tasting the burgers, seeing the tree limbs sway, hearing the chickadees twitter...Spring will be here soon. 


07 March 2014

Enlightenment


Every night from age 6 months thru 12 I read to my son (now almost 16). I was reading his World History chapter to him, looked up to ask him a question about absolute monarchy (we are studying the Enlightenment Era) and this is what I found. Apparently my voice still puts him to sleep! 

President Lincoln was/is right. This has been my first full week of work. I've been hustling! We are still working on our schedule but I've been "enlightened" by many things, including the respect I have for working mothers. I'm working from home but I have a contract stating that I will work for 40 hours per week so between homeschooling baby boy, housewife duties, errands, and work I'm a busy girl. So, ladies, I salute you!  

06 March 2014

Down Home


Listen to this while reading my post.

It's not often that I am homesick. Atlanta has been my home for as long as I ever lived in Kentucky, so I this is my home, however, as my aunt said recently, "once a Kentucky girl, always a Kentucky girl". She's right. I think because of my Papaw passing a few months ago, I've been thinking more of my childhood. Last week we had to rent a car and all they had was a Chevy Captiva (SUV). As long as I can remember, my grandfather has driven Chevy trucks. Their turning signal, which I call blinker ;), has an unmistakable loud sound. All of the sudden I was driving Papaw's cherry red truck. I started crying on I-400!

I only drove his truck once as he and Father were pulling a tree stump out of the ground from a tree that had come down during one of the frequent tornadoes of my childhood. I was about 12 and had to push on the gas while they held the chains around the stump. 

Then, I felt homesick. I missed the small town I grew up in. I missed my Papaw's bear hugs. I missed seeing people I knew (this only happens in Atlanta when planned or if you belong to the same club). I missed my grandmothers, parents, sister, and cousins. I missed driving on back roads. They've had a ton of snow this year so I missed making snow angels, snowmen, and using the kerosene heater where Mother would make Spaghetti-O's after the power would go out. The ice we've had is not fun like snow. It's highly doubtful that we'll ever move to the country, but I hope someday.

I'm having withdrawals from Twitter and Facebook, as I thought, but I didn't think my not being connected to everyone at home would make me homesick. I'll be fine, and I apologize for this morose post, but honestly, this is what's in my mind and heart today. I need some biscuits and gravy like I used to get at Dairy Queen.


04 March 2014

Lent 2014

Two years ago I began participating in Lent even though I am not a Catholic or Lutheran. I am a Protestant, or just plain Christian. So, why would you participate in Lent, you ask? Because. I spend way too much time doing anything but having conversations with God, or studying His word. I mean, my Creator gets a quick prayer of thanks and then me asking for help (for myself or others) instead of learning, really focusing on our conversations. So, I've participated in Lent as a time to focus on my relationship with Him, and it is wonderful after the first week or so.

The first year I gave up my time spent on social media. I mean, it's seriously substantial, with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram alone. Last year I gave up fast food, sort of. I wasn't really good at that one. I've had several people tell me that they are giving up negativity and/or gossiping. One person said she was going to defriend people that did not boost her up. These are excellent, but I am a pretty positive person, and do not participate in much gossip so I don't think those are for me. My issue is spending time with Him not in myself.

So...I've decided to go back to giving up social media. I told my cousin, Elizabeth, this morning in a text that I literally wake up, pick up my phone on my nightstand, and check Twitter. If my husband is still sleeping, I will get up, get dressed, use the facilities (wash hands), then go to the living room and get on Twitter. Then Facebook. Then Instagram. Then I check my email. If I get up without checking my phone (except for text in case it's a child), and go to my bible study and focus on my relationship with Him. Maybe this year it will be a habit from here on out!

So, if you're reading this and are a Twitter or Facebook follower, I'll see you on April 20th! I'll still use Instagram in order to post pictures in each social media outlet and blog on here and my Tumblr if you want to talk to me.  

03 March 2014

Tea


I'm a caffeine addict. I have some sort of caffeine every morning and sometimes again around 4pm (tea time). Though I enjoy tea, there's not enough caffeine. I can drink 1 coffee or 1 Mt. Dew but would need to drink several cups of tea too get the caffeine boost I need. Today on my Facebook news feed I came across an article (http://englishtea.us/2014/03/03/does-tea-need-more-caffeine/) stating that some tea companies (PG Tips was shown) are going to do a caffeine booster. This will make caffeine addicts like myself quite happy!

P.S. I was not able to do the links as I'm typing this on my iPad app. 

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