Tag Archive: life


How is everyone?

It’s been a crazy year, hasn’t it?  I was able to get my old desktop up and running, albeit a bit slow but I don’t need much for writing and it cuts down on net-surfing.  The laptop is in its case, waiting for the price on motherboards to drop;P

I finished up the living history events for the year.  I’ve been teaching boy scouts and many curious people about gathering edible foods from the Northeast in the US. Including; time of year, what part of the plant is edible, how to prepare it. and how to cook without pots and pans.  I’m a wee bit bushed now.  Oh, and I’ve been working in the vegetable garden and have been canning for the past month now on any open days.

Now for the baby update;)  Everything is textbook even with my back being messed up.  The doctor said I’m one of the healthiest women he’s seen in a while.  That kind of scares me, actually, that really scares me.  How bad off are these other ladies?  *shrugs*  I use to, well, still, get in trouble for doing too much.  The ultrasound tech said we’re having a girl and we are thinking about naming her Roslyn, my hubby is going to pick the middle name.   She’s been using me as a romper room and doesn’t like to stay still for very long.  I guess we all came from a padded room at some point, huh? *cheesy grin*  Oh and I’m due around November 9th.

I’m happy this is happening during the summer, even though from the knees down I look like the Michelin man.  I have major problems during the winter with my back going out and arthritis pain. I’m having back problems that are worse than during winter now, so I can only imagine what this could have been like. So yea for good timing and summer!

I think nappy head describes this perfectly, Prue.  I’ve been giving my husband two or more choices on different things like what vegetables he wants for dinner,  because I honestly cannot decide.  It’s too much to think about. XP

However, the mood swings have slacked off.  I still cry and laugh at the drop of a hat, but it’s not as intense and a little more controllable.  So I’ve found between 3 to 6 months my emotions are a 9.8 on the Richter scale.  I wonder if it’s the same time period for other women?

Oh, something a bit funny.  That cat has been bringing me presents lately.  At least once a day I’ll open the door to find a new gift.  So far I’ve received; birds, rabbits, chipmunks, mice, shrews, moles, and a butterfly.  He has been very proud of himself.  He stalks the garden with our dog.  They’re very good hunting companions.  The dog actually trained him 😉 But the cat will go hunting with my husband while the dog stays on the porch or inside watching over me.

How are things going with you?  Any stories?  Breakthroughs?  Family fun? Headdesk moments?  Just need to talk?

A Magic Called Hope

I was sitting here thinking about my childhood.  About how everything seemed to hold magic and wonder.

I loved making up long stories about things with my little sister.  We’d build houses for wee folk in the woods, we’d dig a good-sized hole and fill it with water so they could take a swim and cool off from the heat of the day.  We’d watch birds fly, deer graze and hop in the fields.  Cows and horses would wander around and Toby the yellow lab would be on our heels keeping us out of trouble.  That dog would tell on us in a heartbeat.  😀

Everything held a kind of magic, the way the sun would stream through branches in the woods and leave patterns on the ground.  The  musty tang of leaves and the shush-shush as you walk through them.  The sharp scent of pine mingling with the mellow scent of oak, the mediciney smell of juniper, and the homey aroma of cedar.  The way snowflakes would almost dance in the air.  The indentations a rain drop makes in dry dusty soil.  The way it feels when it pours down on you after a long hot day.  Watching the water collect and run in rivulets and helping it get to bigger places by scratching a line in the ground with a stick.

I enjoyed catching honey bees in a mason jar so I could look at them and how they carried pollen around.  It always reminded me of saddlebags.  I’d catch lizards, frogs, toads, worms, fish, snakes (the non-venomous ones), birds, turtles, pretty much anything not nailed down.  I was a silent and quick little booger.  I’d catch these things and bring them home to my little sister and then we’d release them around the house, usually near the barn, creek,  woods, or pond depending on what it was.

What I’m trying to get at is, that everyday life held that little spark of excitement, of new things to explore and find out.  As I grew older the more science and theory I learned the more jaded I became.  The magic began to die for me.  What is life without magic?  Without something you cannot explain?  Something you just feel or have faith in?

Then I learned, scientists couldn’t explain how a bumblebee could fly because it was impossible.  The ruins of Plato’s Troy were uncovered, and two days ago I found a news article saying Atlantis may have been discovered in Spain near the Straits of Gibraltar, where Plato said it was, Fox News Report and MSNBC.  MSNBC has the better report 😉

This, in its self, has renewed my faith in magic.

1) Because for how many years have people said,  “Plato made up Troy, and Plato made up Atlantis.”?  The so call “experts” who thumb there nose at history and the past because it is not written in a way they can understand it.  It is built upon what the people of that time can understand.

2) Believing in something despite what all the skeptics say, fuels your inner child.  It keeps happiness in your life.  Because if you take all of the dirty facts and live on those alone, you grind away any hope of the future.

Examples:

Pollution

Nuclear Holocaust

Solar Storms (EMPs from solar flares)

Earthquakes

Hurricanes

Famine

War

Murder

Rape

Rudeness from other people

If you take all of these negativities and many more, and dwell upon them, you are going to eat yourself up with worry and stress.  These are real and just thinking and being afraid of them can cripple your spirit.  How do you get past fears?  With a little bit of magic, called hope.

Example:

A better paying job.

Going to the Beach

Helping someone who’s down and out

Taking walks

Appreciating what you have around you

Being thankful to be alive.

Being able to change a bad situation into a good one.  (By opening a door for someone who is having a rough day, you may have stopped verbal or physical violence.  Just by showing kindness.)

Hope is the magic that keeps us going.  It is the positive “What if?” and the acting upon it that gives our lives meaning.  So take the time to build wee folk houses and watch the pattern the rain makes in the dust and enjoy life.  Then take that joy and spread it through kindness and hope.

For the first time in a few days I have a little bit of focus.  The whatever the heck hit me bug is giving me a reprieve.   I’m still under the weather but I think I can form a few sentences. Continue reading

Headache: Came Back With The Flu

Another supposedly short post tonight.  I printed off a massive list of vices and virtues so I could use them for character motivation.  That way everyone has a different set, with maybe a couple over lapping.  It helps keep everyone from sounding the same and lets me layer them. 

I watched more of “HTWAS”, How To Write A Series but started to feel really horrid.  I hope this is all coming out in a sensical fashion.  I don’t feel that way now.  I’ve got the whole shee-bang; head, chest, joints, fever, chills.  I couldn’t get enough water earlier so I took some salt.  It’s working and I’m able to retain the water I was massively loosing. I’m heading for bed soon.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a better work day.

Headache: Gone With The Bath Oil

I have some excellent news to share.  My headache is gone.  It was getting worse and worse, I could barely open my eyes earlier.  But my husband came home and scrubbed out the tub for me.  I hate bathing unless the tub is cleaned right before, I also have to shower before so I don’t sit in my own scum, eew.  I used this stuff called, Stress and Tension by Village Naturals Therapy.  It is a foaming bath oil containing:  juniper, orange and menthol. It smells pretty funky but, it cleared out my sinuses very quickly and snuffed out the headache quick.  I thought I’d pass it along because it helped me and if it helps you that’s even better, in my book. 

I also need to update everyone on Prue’s discovery and pass it along because it is very helpful.  She talks about tracking what each of her characters know.  Here’s her link to that post:

 http://prue-flyonthewall.blogspot.com/2011/02/tuesday-tip.html

Alright, I’m going back to taking notes.  Oh, and as you can see I moved a couple of things around, added a new word count meter because I realized I needed a whole lotta stuff the happen before “DTD”,  like the whole shattering of dimensions, first fall out and all of that goodness.

Back to disecting series’.