Posted in 30 Days of Thankfulness 2012

Day 7 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

I am thankful today for all 5 of my senses…and that mysterious 6th one.

I woke to the sounds of my sister getting ready for work, then my mom, before the sounds of my cat purring reached my ear as she made her way up the bed once she knew I was awake.  Though it isn’t as good as it once was, I can hear!

I could smell fresh coffee brewing in the kitchen, and the last traces of lavender oil on my pillow case.  My nose still works!

I could taste that wonderful cup of coffee, and the toasted cheese sandwich that was my breakfast.  And the Almond Joy mini candy bar that followed. Those taste buds are still working!

I can feel the softness of my cat when I’m petting her, and the blanket on my bed that I made that she has now adopted as her own.  I can feel the cool spray of body balm when the hot flashes are in over drive today.  I can feel the rough carpeting under my feet change to cool hard floor as I leave the steps and head into the kitchen.

I can see, even if with the assistance of glasses or contact lenses, my adorable cat stretched out on the blanket on the bed, the sunshine pouring across the land,  the bowl holding the candy bars, all my favorite things in my room as I’m looking about me.

And that mysterious 6th sense, my gut feeling, intuition, better judgement…whatever you want to call it…that ‘red flag’ that gives me cause to stop and use the other 5 senses I have to investigate and double check my surroundings.

So many come through this life without some of these, or lose them throughout the course of their time here on earth.  That I have all of mine and they are working well this morning, for that I am very thankful.

Posted in Miscellaneous Stuff

If Life Is A Box Of Chocolates, I Prefer To Package My Own

Unless you have lived under a rock most of your life, you’ve probably heard the popular quote from the movie, Forrest Gump, “My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.””  I suppose that on SOME levels that can be true if we chose to lead a passive life allowing the winds of circumstances to steer our ship.  That isn’t for me, I need more control over my journey.  Not to mention, if you are going to splurge on chocolates, buy the pricey kind, like Esther Price (love those!), that happen to have a cheat sheet telling you what is inside the various kinds of chocolates in the box!

I refuse to be a survivor in life, allowing things to just happen.  I’m a warrior, I fight against things that get in the way of my end goals.  I prefer to steer my own ship, thank you very much, and I do NOT care for guessing what is inside the chocolates in my box  of life.  Too often what looks tasty is flat-out disappointing.  My life has been full of situations that didn’t go as I would have liked, and little by little I’ve learned that if I want something in life, I can either gamble and take a lot of bites from truffles of chance, or I can plot and plan and fill the box of  life with chocolates I prepare.

Forrest Gump is full of simple wisdom, but this is one time I’m not accepting it.  Sure, I can open the box and start eating willy nilly whatever looks good and hope I bite into something scrumptious , and things may or may not turn out the way I’d like, but my odds are greatly increased  if I follow a recipe and set goals, write them down, make a plan to achieve them, then act on those plans.  I don’t care to sample all the bon bons in search of what I want.  I’d rather stop wasting time and start making and packaging my own, filling my life’s box with delicious choices I select!  To do this I have to follow the recipe.

I will succeed in my goals, and be a top seller with Avon.  I research and study what others have tried who are at the top, and I am incorporating those things.  Their ideas have spawned several of my own, and helped me locate opportunities for sales and recruiting.  I refuse to give up.  I will succeed!

Remember my name, you’ll be hearing it in rich and famous of Avon one day soon!

Posted in Writer's Workshop

About Annie

Annie.  That is all I have to say and it brings fond memories and smiles to the faces of my siblings.

When I was about 3 years old, my parents purchased a house in Price Hill, a neighborhood in Cincinnati.  We had a long back yard, and on the left side, 3 houses back yards meet up with our property.  At that time there were no fences so it was wide open except for flower beds.  As kids we thought it was HUGE, though on a recent trip to check out the house, as it was for sale, I was shocked at how small the yard really is.  One strong memory there as I stood in the backyard was the 3rd house, Annie’s house.

Annie was probably in her 50’s at the time we moved in,  and lived in the house with her husband, Erhart and I think her kids that were grown, Bob and  Elaine.  Oh and their old dog, Ginger.  Annie had a great back porch and when we were all outside playing she’d call us over for our “quota”.  Quota was candy,  and she  had the best candy!  A few orange slices (those gummy kind covered in sugar) were my favorite, or marsh mellow peanuts.  YUM!  Annie was always a good ear, seemed to really love little kids and chatting with us.

She was also a good set of eyes for my parents when hell broke loose in the backyard and they needed to get to the  bottom of who started it.  One time I was showing my brother how to swing a baseball bat, as if he needed my assistance, and I hit him right up side the head.  While he was screaming bloody murder, I ran up the side of the house and slipped in through the front door.  Mom was exiting the backdoor to find out what my brother was crying over.  I came out of the house behind her, acting all innocent while  being tattled on.  It might have worked had Annie not witnessed the crime and filled my mother in on the details.  BUSTED!!!!

We moved away  from there just before I started high school, and I lost track of Annie.  I ran into her and her daughter at the grocery store after I myself became a mother.  She was very old but was still our beloved Annie.  I learned  that her husband had passed away, and her son, Bob (a true to life hippie) and he had a falling out years prior and he left without looking back, and didn’t know his dad had  died.  I  could  see the pain in Annie’s face as she shared that with me.  It broke my heart to think that an argument could split two people that loved each other  and cause damage that  would forever be beyond repair now that one of them had left this world.

I hope to be remembered like Annie some day.  She was so sweet, and she reminds me of a time when my world was so much simpler and happy, when something as simple as a few pieces of candy and the lick from a dog on my cheek could make me smile!

Mama’s Losin’ It

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Our old house - in foreclosure now, wish I could buy it!!!

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Random Tuesday Thoughts 10/26/10


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How many times is enough to reheat the coffee in the microwave before just giving up and going and getting a fresh cup?  And really, how is it I can get so damn busy I forget to actually drink it?  I swear if I drank all that I actually pour in the cup I could crawl across the ceiling.

Would love to know who the sweetheart is that put candy corn and pumpkins in the big candy dish in the coffee lounge. Probably one of those that is all fit and trim and trying to keep the law of redistribution of body fat from hitting them by keeping all of us packing it on.  Thanks bitch, but NO thanks, I will exercise self control and just have coffee. Besides the plain aren’t as good as the chocolate and caramel ones I have in a baggie in my desk drawer!

At my sister’s office they are all decorating their cubes today for Halloween and dressing up.  She has a pricey, but very cool Wicked Witch/Elphaba costume and will be painted green before putting on the attire. It is one ‘wicked’ costume, no pun intended.  On this severe storm day she may learn to fly too.  Bet that sight driving down the road on her way home this afternoon will raise a few eyebrows with the storms blowing through, LOL.

Debating leaving the phone plugged in so that it is fully charged when/if we lose power today.  I fear suffering cyber crack withdraw if I cannot access my favorite stuff at least through my phone.  I know, I’m pathetic.

“I feel the need to reach out and touch someone today…a 2×4 should do the trick” – just saw that on my former sister-in-law’s Facebook status, I SO know the feeling, Mel, I’ve a few folks in mind for that touch!(NO your big brother is NOT one of the choices for that touch, I’m over that)

Wondering if all this weather hype today is going to result in NOTHING.  Every time they get all worked up about some big ass snow storm coming our way we see very little materialize.  Same seems to happen when they call for severe thunderstorms, so my guess is it is a bunch of hooey and other than some rain and wind we won’t see anything to be concerned about.

Wondering…does anyone use Myspace anymore?  I think I check mine once a week now, but I live on Facebook.  I think Myspace is slowly fading into history.  Considering just deleting mine, all I ever get on there is a bunch of friend requests from ass pirates that I have NO desire to meet.

Who would have imagined the quickest way to bust this cold/flu up was  to flush my sinuses with salt water, pouring it up my nose with a plastic tea pot?  I swear I was skeptical but honestly, the neti pot is amazing.  It is fun too, when my niece walks in and finds me over the bathroom sink irrigating the nasal passages, she is kinda creeped out by the whole thing.  I swear it is a god send, have noticed a relief from my cat allergies too.  Strange but I’ll take it!

Wondering if I can get to Chipotle at 11am before the storms hit? I really need a steak bowl and chips (Hey, I had chicken yesterday, gotta have something different right?).  Comfort food again, for riding out the non-storm that won’t be a big deal.  Got a lot on the brain and heart to work through today too.  Yep comfort food.  It was that or bring teddy bear to work and I’m thinking the sight of a 47yo woman walking around hugging a teddy bear would be moderately disturbing to folks.  So, Chipotle it is!



Posted in Meet Me On Monday

Meet Me On Monday – 7th Edition

Welcome to the 7th edition of “Meet Me On Monday!”

Blogging is a funny thing…we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, “who is this person!?”  I know them…but yet I don’t know them!  I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to “meet” each other!

Every Monday our host, Java, will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!! Just go to her site (click the icon above or her name) to get the questions and to link up  to those that participate in this blog meme.

1. What one food could you eat every single day?

I think we have established that Chipotle is a favorite  so we’ll deal  with my snack crack addiction, POPCORN!!!!  I could, and often DO eat  popcorn daily.

2. Do you wear glasses or contacts?

Primarily it is contacts.  I generally wear them entirely too  long during the day, and then when I do  take them out I wear my glasses as I cannot see 2 feet from my face and beyond.  Trouble is with age has come the problem if  I correct my distance  with the contacts or glasses,  I  need help reading.  So during the day I wear contacts and pull on readers as needed.  Kinda sucks.

3. What kind of cell phone do you have?

I am a confessed crackberry addict!!! My cell phone is a BlackBerry and I love it,  it is  like having a micro mini of my laptop with me wherever I go! Mine is a BlackBerry Tour, though  the photo is  a Curve.

4. What did you have for dinner last night?

STEAK! Dad buys and we  grill them and have him for dinner a few times a month.  It was YUMMY!!

5. What is your favorite candy?

Oh wow that is so hard to nail down to just one.  My favorite can vary with my mood, PMS, etc. I LOVE dark chocolate, Mounds Bars, Brach’s candy corn (especially mixed with dry roasted peanuts), M&M’s are awesome, and Payday candy bars…like I said, too hard to nail down, but suffice to say I have a sweet tooth and I LOVE candy!

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