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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”.
My “Day 5” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.
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.
February 2002?…. not a great year for me. 🙁
Ten years ago, I was just recovering from my husband of almost 8 years walking out on me a few months before. He just up and said one day, “I want to move out”, and I told him there’s the door. He left that night. I took it fairly well, I think. No hysterics, no tears, no tantrums. He probably deserved anything I threw at him, either objects or in words. But I refrained myself.
I spent the year of 2002 working on my home. Making sure it was kept clean, buying new furniture, working. And keeping my estranged husband’s two dogs. They were sweet dogs, but I worked all day and they were left alone in the house, so it really wasn’t working out. I had to insist that he take them. Ugh! Custody issues over the dogs, just a bit much, lol.
Next, I worked on myself… I had never had my hair colored before, so I did that. I had never had a manicure before, so I did that. I started wearing makeup again.
Ten years ago? Maybe it was a good year, after all.
My “Day 1” of the 366 Days Blog Dare.
Today, I am combining my 30 Days of Truth post with the Bloggy Moms Blog Dare prompt. The prompt is to tell something about what you dreamed of being when you were little and what did you imagine that occupation would be like?
When I was little, I used to dream about being an accountant or a bookkeeper of some type. Not necessarily a CPA, but something along those lines. I really didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I was little. I guess I always imagined getting married and being a housewife and having children. When I started going to high school, the idea of being married wasn’t as appealing as trying to make a way for myself and having a career. I took a few accounting courses and found out that I loved it. I didn’t like math or algebra, but I loved crunching numbers in accounting.
I always imagined that I would have the bookish or librarian look with papers all over, trying to match up transactions with receipts and making sure the books balanced. That’s what I like, making sure the books balance. I hate reconciling my bank statement and I’m off by one penny. I have to keep searching until I find it. I can’t sleep until I find the mistake.
I never became an “accountant” but I think I have enough work experience and skills to perform the job now. I just don’t have a degree to go with it.
For the day 2 Truth, I have to admit that one of the things that I love about myself is that I have big dreams. It doesn’t matter if I follow through with them or not, I just like having big dreams. Like being a concert pianist. Wouldn’t that be the coolist? Now I can only hope that maybe my 7 year old will be a famous pianist/composer one day.
I dream of being a handcrafted artist and traveling the US showing my work and making friends from all over who love to do what I do.
I dream of being a stay-at-home mom with no job pressures and no financial worries. I’ll bet you do too. I dream of having a career where I assist in the start of a new small business, more in the capacity of helping them locate an office space, arranging/decorating the office, purchasing supplies, equipment, etc. Now wouldn’t that be fun?
Sometimes I have dreams that stem from frustrations, such as, locations for the girl scouts to meet in our town. Good locations are scarce. It seems that nobody really wants us to meet in their facilities, that includes churches and schools. I dream of owning a building that is large enough to accommodate girl scout activities and individual troop meetings. What a way to give back to my community.
So, like I said, it doesn’t matter if any of these dreams ever become a reality. I just like having them.
Hope your week is coming to a successful end, and that the weekend is nice and warm.
Linky List of participants that I have found.
While I was browsing through the Blog it Forward Tuesday Blog Hop & Giveaway Linky hosted by Sweep Tight and Just Married with Coupons, I came across a blog called Rowell Reviews. She was doing a series of posts on 30 Days of Truth. I tracked it through where she picked it up from, to where I thought it originates from…. a freelance copyrighter at Suess’s Pieces blog. I browsed through the list of truths, and I gotta tell you, it makes you put it all out there. I think I am going to join in. Everybody else started on January 1st, so I’m way behind, and I’m going to try to catch up, so there may be multiple postings every day until I get caught up.
The first truth is “Something You Hate About Yourself”.
The thing I hate about myself the most is that I start projects and don’t follow through with them. It really annoys me that I tell someone I’m going to do something, and I don’t do it. I make up all kinds of excuses why I didn’t get it done. For example, I tell my daughter I am going to do something that day, and I forget. Ooops. Like finding the 100 watt bulb for her Easy Bake Oven that she got for Christmas. We just used it for the first time yesterday and only because a friend found the exact bulb required after going to about 3 different places. This booger was hard to find.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not this way about all things, just some things. I would say about 99% of what I say I’m going to, I do, well, maybe 90%, lol. If I say I’m going to do laundry tomorrow, I may keep saying it every day until a week goes by. Then I wonder why I don’t have clean jeans to wear. Uh, hello? You didn’t do the laundry 5 days ago when you said you were going to do it. Yeah, yeah.
Another thing I hate about myself is that I don’t play well with others. I’m such a loner, a hermit, that I just don’t get along in social situations very well. I’m temperamental, privately opinionated, and if you want to step in my space… I get stubborn, real stubborn. This has caused 2 divorces from very stable husbands, and I’m pretty certain a lot of it was my fault. Since my last divorce, there have been several relationships that just end abruptly because I just plain don’t play well.
Here is a list of other things…
- I hate that I’m addicted to Dr. Peppers. Any therapy available out there, maybe Dr Pepperaholics Anonymous?
- I hate that my eyebrows aren’t even. They aren’t level across, and their lengths are different. Don’t know how I managed that one. Makes my glasses look crooked on my nose.
- I hate that my hair is almost gray and I have to pay gobs of money to keep it colored for my youthful looks.
- I hate that sometimes I have no emotion at all and never get overly excited about anything. But I can lose my temper in a heartbeat. What’s up with that?
- I hate that I am not an early morning riser. I really hate cheerful people before 10 am in the morning.
- I hate that I’m freezing if the temperature dips below 70 degrees.
- I hate that I’m turning into my mother. I roll my eyes at some of the things that she does, then I find myself doing the exact same thing days later.
- I hate that I now take 5 prescriptions for various health issues. When did that happen?
- I hate that I don’t take time out to read a good book. I so miss reading just for the fun of reading.
Well, I think I have purged enough about the things I hate about myself. Tomorrow, it’s all about something I love about myself. Stay tuned. That could get interesting.
Thanks for stopping by!
Linky List of participants that I have found.