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postheadericon Happy New Year – 2013 Resolutions

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Happy New Year to my friends and readers!  Hope the end of 2012 was a good one for you and 2013 is starting on a happy note.  I had a four day weekend planned with my husband and my daughter, but unfortunately, plans didn’t turn out the way we wanted, so it was a different one, that’s for sure.   Tomorrow I go back to work, on my first wedding anniversary.  Our celebrations plans have been put on hold…  temporarily.

As usual, my thoughts have turned to what a wonderful year 2012 was for me.  I moved, I got married, I started a new job…  I love my new home, I love my husband, and I love my job.  I got a new car, but sad to say, it is dying on me, so that one is a bust.  I enjoyed a great vacation at Disney with my husband and my 9 year old daughter, the first real vacation I have had in years.  I lost weight, I started working on a tan, I started dressing better, and taking more care about how I look.  I didn’t have to deal with any surgeries with any family members (thank goodness) and only had one sad note when my aunt passed away a few months ago.  I can say for my lifetime that 2012 was a VERY good year for me.

I never make New Year’s resolutions because I can never keep them.  I read somewhere recently that resolutions aren’t really goals, but more of a wish…  like winning a million dollar lottery (wouldn’t that be grand?).  But I think I did win the lottery last year.  My personal life is so much better now.  My husband says the dark circles are gone from under my eyes and I can actually fall asleep now and stay asleep through the night.  That is a major accomplishment for me.

So my “wish” for 2013 is to continue loving my husband, loving my job, and my home, and my family.  I do believe that those may be resolutions that I can keep {heehee}.  I have a desire to lose more weight and rebuild my tan back up that I’ve already lost before winter is even started good.  Those are good possibilities of accomplishments in 2013.  The one that I have been slacking on though is keeping with my blog.  The last year I just haven’t had time for it.  I leave for work just after 8am every weekday morning and sometimes I don’t get home until 8pm.  Barely enough time to eat a hot meal, spend quality time with my husband and my daughter before it’s light’s out by 9pm, maybe 10pm.  I miss my blog.  I miss getting inspired to write, of sharing my thoughts, even though sometimes they are just drivel.  I miss reading other’s blogs and trying to be interactive, and I miss all the social media happenings.

So my biggest 2013 resolution, or wish, is to be more in tune with my blog and keeping that silly little girl happy.

See you around the Blogosphere!

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postheadericon It’s My Birthday!

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It’s my Birthday! And I’m 50! Really? I’m half a decade old. Yuck! That sounds horrible. But truthfully, I don’t feel old (or at least most of the time I don’t) and I’m told often that I don’t look like I’m 50. Well, I have a 24 year old son, I call him my Handsome Prince, and I have an 8 year old daughter, my Princess in Training. I’ve been twice divorced and I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my third marriage. [You’re a keeper, my beautiful, handsome husband, love ya]. I’ve worked in all different types of places, and have only been laid off a job once and that was last year in September. It’s been a so-so life, but I intend to make the most of my next 50 years, well at least the next 25. I don’t know if I’ll make it to 100, but who knows? It runs in my family. My mother will be 75 in August this year and she is still kicking and going strong.

I have thought a lot lately about turning 50. My birthdays usually just pass me by with dinner with my family, but this year I think this is going to be a special day for me. Then, of course, silly me, I agreed to “work” on my birthday. What was I thinking? Only because I have this really cute doctor I’m working for that needs my help. Geez, I’m such a softie. Anyway, my daughter asks what do I want for my birthday. I always answer her “peace and quiet”, whether it’s for Christmas, or for anything. Here is my top 5 things I want for my birthday this year.

1. A sweet hug and kiss from my daughter.

2. A big hug and kiss from my husband.

3. A second birthday phone call from my mother (yeah, she called me yesterday to wish me happy birthday, gotta love her!)

4. A birthday text from my son and/or his girlfriend. I accept texts from her in corresponding with my son, lol. Weird, I know.

5. A beautiful day.

That’s all I ask for. God has given me some beautiful days recently and I have thanked Him for every one. Each day has been more beautiful than the day before. I feel very blessed and can only hope that my next 25+ years will be just as blessed.

So, what am I really getting for my birthday? My beautiful, handsome Husband is taking me to Warm Springs/Callaway Gardens for 6 days. A vacation! I haven’t had a real vacation where I didn’t have to drive, cart around kids/kidstuff, mothers, and what have you, in I don’t know when. It has been a VERY long time. I’m really excited about it. Just a chance to get away and ease off some of the stress and worry I’ve had for the past six months. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a belated honeymoon? Heehee. It’s a great time to be 50 years old, married and in love.

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postheadericon I Wish I Lived… A Blog Dare Prompt

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I thought this was a fun writing prompt.  I have always believed I was born in the wrong era.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the USA.  I love all the comforts of electricity, inside plumbing, and having a Walmart just down the road.  Oh and don’t forget the automobile to get me back and forth to Walmart. 🙂  But there are times when I wish I lived in a different time period.

When I was a young girl, I used to spend many hours in the library reading.  Some of my favorite books to read were biographies.  Mostly biographies of pioneers and Indians and people who made this country great.

I mentioned in a previous post (In Ten Years) about where I wanted to be in ten years.  This kind of goes along those lines.  We, as a population, citizens of this country, habitants of this world, need to look more towards the future and where WE, the entire populace, are headed.  Bankruptcies, financial crashes, borrowing, losing jobs, foreclosures.  Pretty soon, we are all going to be living on the basics and nobody will be prepared.  Why?  Because we have taken our luxuries for granted.

I found this great resource for homeschooling at ThinkQuest.  It has some really good links about pioneers, their hardships, the life, the towns, and some famous pioneers.  I am definitely going to use this as part of our history for my daughter.  I think she will like it just as much as I loved reading about it when I was a girl.


Illustration courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

I can’t say that I would want to wear long dresses like women pioneers did.  I’m going to have to go for comfort, so that’s one “luxury” I wouldn’t be able to live without.  But living off the land, preparing food from scratch, being self-sufficient is very appealing to me.  It may not be the most practical idea, but it’s one that I like.

I subscribe to an email newsletter called “Mother Earth News” and they have some really great articles about living wisely.  One of my favorite blogs to read on this site is called “Small Farm Chronicles“, it’s about a city girl and a country boy making a “homestead” for themselves.  She has some awesome recipe tips that I would love to try.

Oh, and here is another real time blog about an author who is a “pioneer” and writes about pioneer women.  You should check her out…  The Pioneer Woman.

I should really get my behind out of this recliner chair and put some of these ideas into action, instead of just writing about “wanting to do it”.

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My “Day 5” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.

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postheadericon The Worst Advice Anyone Gave Me

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The Blog Dare writing prompt for today was “The Worst Advice my mother/a mother gave me.”  I can’t say that my mother has ever given me bad advice.  At least one isn’t coming to me at the moment.

Here are some of the things that I have heard since my layoff from my job in September 2011:   “get a job that you like doing”, “think outside of the box”, “take a break”.   Those are all easier said than done and not my favorites.

But the one thing I’ve always hated someone, ANYONE telling me is that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

Is that really advice?  Is that a platitude?  I don’t know.  I have struggled for 8 long years as a single parent of a child with a rare genetic disorder and I’ve had to deal with surgeries, eating issues, digestional issues, therapies, specialists, and the list just goes on.  It was no picnic, it wasn’t sheer joy, but it has had some rewards.

God tests us on a daily basis and he WILL give you more and more.  You either pass or you fail.  I have failed more than once, but I keep plugging along.

This is definitely a subject I have mixed feelings on at times.  Some days I resent what I have had to watch my child go through.  Most of the time, I am thankful she is a resilient, happy child and that we are in smoother waters now.

I’m not an advice giver, I’m a listener for my friends.  But I will give you this piece of advice, don’t ever tell someone that God doesn’t give them more than they can handle.  It really doesn’t make you feel any better.

 

My “Day 4” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.

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postheadericon In Junior High, I was so nervous about…

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This is a blog dare post, that I had to fall over laughing about.  I hated my Junior High years, the 7th through the 9th grade.  What was I nervous about?  Being on my period.  Oh, and wearing contact lenses.

I hated starting my period.  The smell just drives me crazy and I was always worried everybody else could smell it too.  I was afraid I would be teased.  I was already being teased enough because I looked different than the other kids.   I had to start carrying around a pocketbook to keep my hygiene products in.  I was also afraid I was going to drop it and everything was going to roll out, scattering all over the floor.  Further cause for laughter from the other kids.

Even now, I still hate being on my period.  I hate it that other people might smell it.  I am kinda over the display of hygiene products accidentally, but hey, it’s part of life.  So is the smell, but it’s still gross.

I also hate it that I’m going to be 50 years old next month and I’m STILL having a period, heavy ones too.  They were almost non-existent 8 years ago when I got pregnant, and after my daughter was born, I was back to having them just as heavy and as awful as I did when I was in Junior High.

I am thankful though.  It doesn’t look like I’m going to be hitting menopause anytime soon.  HAH!

And I still can’t say “menstruation” to this day.

 

My “Day 3” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.

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postheadericon In Ten Years …. A Blog Dare Post

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In ten years…  I’ll be… 60 years old.  Ouch.  I never thought I would be that old.  I don’t really think too much about it though.  I make jokes about turning 50 next month.  Then I think about how old my mother is…  she will be 75 in August.  Yikes.  She is still going strong, getting up and dressed to the nines every single day, driving herself around town, getting a “bite to eat”, and taking care of her 82 year old sister in the nursing home.  I can only hope that in ten years, I will be able to do just as much.  Oh, and did I mention?  She has had two hip replacements on her right hip, heart bypass surgery, and a pacemaker.  All within the past 5 years.

It’s hard to really imagine where I will be in the next ten years.  I try to imagine it, but right now, for the first time in my life, I am HAPPY.  Big changes have happened in the past 6 or 7 months that have made all the difference in the world to me.  I remarried on January 2nd.  My husband is 62, strong and confident, and definitely the man for me.  The one I have always dreamed of having.  ♥

In ten years…  where do I WANT to be?  Here…

48 ac.  Ac. Farm/Perfect for Olive Grove in Robins AFB

Well, not the same exact place as the picture, but something similar.  Back in October, this house was for sale for $275,000 with the following ad:

2007, 2000 sq. ft. 3bd/2ba energy eff. Ranch home, 1 bd/1ba updated cabin by 2 ac pond. Barn, outbuildings, Pecan trees, Grapevines, Blueberries, Pear tree, on 48 ac.

It sounds like the perfect place that I want to be.  I want to live off the land, have a garden full of vegetables, maybe a cow (or two?), have a pantry full of canned goods—not tin cans— but mason jars full of my own products that I have preserved.  Well, all with the help of my wonderful husband that is.
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It may be hard work, it may be hot work, but it would be “my” work.  I can’t say that I have accomplished much in my 50 years of life, but I want to go out feeling as if there was something worth what I had done in my life.

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.  ~Author Unknown

My “Day 2” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.

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