• Personal

    Threes

    They say that death comes in threes. If that is the case then we’ve got one more coming to deal with. A month after Emery’s death we received our second phone call. My middle daughter’s SO had passed away. On top of all that, thanks to an apparent mixup with our new mail carrier my electric bill failed to arrive…

  • Happiness,  Housing,  Personal

    What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

    At first I was nervous when the water started rising. “What will I do if the house floods?” I worried. I don’t exactly have the resources to move and this is the cheapest place around. The fact that it was happening 20 years to the day that I was flooded out in 1997 made me nervous as well. Would it…

  • Personal,  Writing

    Weathering Storms

    We have had an interesting time as of late. Not only have Katie and I lost a young friend, now the rough weather has rolled in. That is the view across our street. The river near our house is currently at 16.44 feet. Flood stage is 20 feet, and it will touch our floor joices at 22.98 feet. Isn’t life…

  • Personal

    In Memory

    A friend of my daughter’s has died. The police are calling it an attempted murder-suicide. I don’t know what to believe. The young man in question was my daughter’s close friend. He was a regular visitor in my home. Just the other day he came over. We sat and watched YouTube videos while we all laughed over dumb stuff. This…

  • Personal,  Writing

    An Early Birthday Gift

    Kes, who happens to be one of my oldest friends (I’ve known her since the 8th grade), listened to me vent my frustrations about writing with my current limitations. After learning about the workaround I discussed in the previous post, she decided to surprise me with an early birthday present: A copy of Office 2007. She found it on eBay…

  • Personal

    What Were You Doing Eight Years Ago?

    Time has a way of flying by when you get older. Ev Bogue reminded me of this in his latest post, as he reminisced about what he was doing eight years ago. Just for fun, I’m going to look at the old me from eight years ago, in January 2009. In January 2009 I was living in the projects in…

  • Personal

    Updates and Thoughts

    Hello everyone! Just wanted to let you know what has been going on. I’ve been slowly tinkering on the Shoestring Girl book (you can see my progress and help edit it here). It’s going slow but at least it is still going. Sending thanks and great big bear hugs to everyone who has helped so far with the book! I’ve…

  • Personal

    Old Posts

    Thanks to the efforts of reader JG, I am now able to go through the old posts that I sacrificed to defend this website. I am slowly going through them and plan to put the best of the stand-alone posts up one by one, Throwback Thursday style. As for the rest, since they are a bit like a journal, I am…

  • Personal

    Getting used to the new look

    The initial newness is wearing off on my head. I have received lots of comments. One woman I encountered showed me her bald head, kept hidden under a hat. Cancer, she told me. Part of me wonders if I should keep it shorn, at least for a while. I’m curious to see if perhaps there are others who are afraid…

  • Personal

    Love Shave for my cousin

    Hello all! Here are the pictures of the love shave I promised my Cousin Dani. She had to have her head shaved for an operation to relieve pressure on her brain so I promised to go through baldness with her. So far I have gotten a combination of shock, support, and a lot of “are you crazy” comments. Such is…

  • Personal

    Looking to the future

    Last night as I showered I looked long and hard at the hair which will soon be gone. Part of me is nervous at the upcoming drastic change, while part of me is excited that I get to do something so exciting and new! It has been a looong time since I drastically did anything to my appearance, so this…

  • Personal

    Daily Update

    My cousin ended up having to go to the emergency room yesterday and had to stay overnight at the hospital because of swelling. They are releasing her today, and said that it does not appear to be a rejection of the shunt. She is still pretty swelled, but apparently in no danger right now. The doctor is more concerned with…

  • Food,  Personal

    Daily Mumblings

    I spent a portion of last night relaxing and listening to music, and woke up to an email that my old company is hiring more people. So I have reapplied. I enjoyed that position. Also fixed homemade biscuits and gravy for breakfast, watched my daughter play with her beads (she actually made a skirt from beading today), worked a tad…

  • Health,  Personal

    Instinctive Fury

    Someone posted something as a comment to my cousin’s post-surgery photos. “Sorry to see these photos. Won’t show Ms. X. Hope the reaction is better.” (Paraphrased and names changed). My blood boiled. I have calmed a bit since that first gut reaction. Like my cousin is so ugly people wouldn’t want to see her… Grrr. I love my baby cousin.…

  • Health,  Personal

    My cousin looks like a borg…

    …now that she has had her surgery. I wish I could post photos but she is a bit embarrassed at her appearance. They shaved the whole entire side of her head and there is a tube running from the top of her skull behind her ear, down her neck, across her chest and into her abdominal cavity where the excess…

  • Personal

    Going bald for a cause

    My cousin has to have a shunt put in her head for high intracranial pressure. She’s worried about having a shaved head as a result. This is a cousin whom I spent many a lazy summer vacation with, playing dress up, roaming the hills, watching the tube with. I’m shaving my head in solidarity with her. I know it sounds…

  • Personal

    Feeling better

    After spending the last few days in pain from allergies, I buttoned up the house and turned on the air conditioner. As a result I feel better than I have in weeks! Unfortunately, my wallet won’t be as happy, but sucking down decongestants and eating pain pills is getting nothing accomplished! Sold another piece of furniture today, will turn it…

  • Housing,  Law of Attraction,  Personal

    moving update

    We got to look at our new place yesterday. It is in good shape considering it’s age (36 years old) but of course needs a bit of work. First on the list is to get the roof sealed up good, as there is no knowing when it was last done! My daughter’s bedroom is very small, so will have to…

  • Housing,  Personal

    A New Home

    Today it became official: I now own a mobile home. Totally. Lock, stock, and barrel. It still doesn’t feel real. Someone is living there illegally, so I started procedures to evict them today. Once they are out, we can move into our new (to us) home! My daughter is sad to be leaving her friends, but I am excited to…

  • Finances,  Housing,  Personal

    Fish and things

    So far, the shock of losing my job has worn off and life has continued as usual. School is out and talk about the layoffs are dying down.  My sympathies to the other 50 billing agents who were laid off as well. Fortunately I have been in tougher spots so I know I will survive this one.  Already plans are…