• Happiness,  Personal,  Simplicity

    How to Know That You Are Loved

    I stayed up until sometime after 1am to watch the water. Even with the crest prediction being lowered, I wanted to be cautious. I gave my auntie one last call to let her know that we were okay and headed to bed. BoomBoomBoomBoomBOOM! My whole house shook from the banging. I rolled off the bed, landed on the dog, and…

  • Personal

    Chaos

    Due to pregnancy complications, at first one of my children and her newborn daughter were hospitalized. Now, my daughter has been released but her newborn has been taken to UK Children’s Center. It has been a chaotic few weeks as I deal with this issue. While I would like nothing more than to talk about it here (I could use…

  • Personal,  Security

    Gremlins?

    Remember when I wrote about the strange advertising issue I experienced recently? A friend of mine in another section of the country reminded me of another incident that happened several weeks ago. I want to share that incident with you today because this is becoming rather creepy. As many of you know, I search out random subjects on the Internet…

  • Personal

    My Heart is Broken for RheaLeigh

    There is something wrong with a society where people hurt their own children. There is something wrong with a society that thinks severe child abuse only warrants a small charge. There is something wrong with a society that no longer cares what happens to our defenseless members. This morning I received word that a friend of mine received a horrible…

  • Minimalism,  Organization,  Personal,  Simplicity

    Physical Vs. Print Books

    Over the years I have waffled between print and physical books. I love having the ability to pull a book off of the shelf and flip to my notes or review certain sections. I don’t know if it is because I grew up exclusively with physical books or if that is the way that my brain works. Regardless of the…

  • Personal

    Nightmares

    I had a frightening dream the other night. I was the person I used to be back during my marriage. My husband had installed a two-tap sink in the bathroom. I turned on the right spigot and clean water gushed out. I turned on the left spigot and raw sewage began to spew from it. I jumped back, screaming. I…

  • Goals,  Life,  Personal

    Update

    It has been hectic these past few weeks but I wanted to give you an update on my progress. I have finally reacquired my driver’s license and I may have a vehicle coming my way over the next few months, depending up how the negotiations work out. I have reached the next phase of correcting my dental issues, so in…

  • Housing,  Personal

    How I Spent My Day Off

    I set my alarm bright and early. I had plans to visit the library book sale and have lunch with a friend before applying at some local factories so I wanted to get all of my daily tasks completed. That way, when I arrived home after lunch I could dedicate the rest of my afternoon to decimating the jungle in…

  • Life,  Personal

    Stiffly Moving Forward

    My first thought this morning was that someone had replaced my joints with a box of Rice Krispies. Every part of my body snapped, cracked, and popped after yesterday’s adventure. But at least I got the front yard mowed. I may not feel like moving from this spot but I still had stuff to get done. While I’ve accomplished a…

  • Housing,  Personal

    Adventures in Weeds

    I arrived home after work to discover that, true to Amazon’s word, my weed trimmer had arrived. Squee! This is the first time in a decade or so that I’ve actually owned a weed trimmer. While I borrowed mowers the first year I moved here I eventually started paying my neighbors to maintain my yard. I wasn’t sure if I…

  • Business,  Investments,  Personal

    Three Jobs?

    Since yesterday was a maudlin day (as you could tell from my post), I called up my beloved Auntie early this morning for some much-needed encouragement. “Well, it’s no wonder you’re exhausted and feeling emotional!” Auntie declared once I’d shared, “You’re working three jobs, taking care of your house, and studying like you were in an actual college class besides!…

  • Empty Nest,  Housing

    Broken Bones

    I received a letter from Katie yesterday. As I was reading it the phone rang. It was the kid. She’d suffered multiple stress fractures in her right leg during a PT test in addition to injuring her knee. As a result, the Navy was sending her home. To say that she was disappointed would be an understatement. Even with a…

  • Empty Nest,  Finances

    First Month Without Katie

    I just finished paying the first round of bills without the kid sharing half of the expenses. I made it. I even had a bit to spare. I must confess that I was worried so I clamped down drastically on my spending. I’m not quite sure why I was worried (this isn’t my first rodeo, after all), but that old…

  • Empty Nest,  Food,  Personal

    The Miracle of Water

    It was close to midnight. I padded into the kitchen to quench my thirst and picked up the water pitcher. I blinked at the heft. Huh? I raised it up to examine the water level. It was full. My water pitcher is never full. The only way I can ever get a drink of water out of it is to fill…

  • Health,  Life,  Personal,  self-improvement,  Success

    The Process of Recharging

    Day by day, in every way, I’m getting better and better. Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie I sleep in when I can. I rest instead of endlessly working. Bit by bit, I can tell a difference. Instead of scolding the dogs for their excitement in the mornings when they wake me to go potty, I gather my coat and take…

  • Health,  Personal

    Practicing Selfishness

    It has been six days since I watched Katie leave with the recruiter. Five days since I saw her last, on the day she shipped out to BASIC. Four days since I’ve had any contact with her. And I’m doing perfectly fine. I’ve not had a day off work since last Tuesday, the last day I saw my little girl.…

  • Life,  Personal

    New Beginnings

    This is it. Last night I said my final farewell to the kid. The very last call was scripted, just letting me know that she had arrived safely and that she would be out of contact for the next couple of weeks. I am now officially free of the full burden of motherhood. It started a few days ago. We…