Sunday, April 14, 2024

Such Pretty Flowers

 

          Generic blog day LOL I woke up, it is great weather, so forcing myself to take my kids to Aquatica LOL been meaning to do it, but something so far has always interfered. Today I am giving us no excuses. I am going to get so burnt.

          Yesterday, despite my intentions, I still got steps in. Staci and I ended up going to Disney Springs. She found a light jacket she just had to have LOL. She does not often ask for things, but she wanted this jacket. That is the joy I pretending I am broke, so that when I need money for something, I have it. I am not rich by any means, but I can give my kids treats now and then.

           Going along with the blog post, I am trying to grow some flowers on my front porch. They have sprouted at least. Now hopefully they will get some blooms. I gave up in backyard LOL I kept getting pretty flowers but they all died, so now I have artificial ones back there LOL okay I take that back a bit. I have two flower bushes that are still alive, a hibiscus still hanging in there, and my jasmine is very much a vine. At least they are alive.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

SeaWorld Sore

 

          See that map <--- well I walked all of it yesterday, and oh do my feet feel it now. It was too cold for Aquatica, but just right for SeaWorld. I think we spent about 3 hours there. Ended up with over 12,000 steps taken. Last night I was just hobbling. Today I am staying off my feet as much as I can.

          SeaWorld was fun though. We got lots of freebies for passholders. We got the last two keychains first. Then made our way over to feed the sea lions for free. One, called Decca, yelled at me for not giving her a fish LOL. After that we went over to the food festival area and tried the baklava. It was way too sweet!!! We also got cannoli which was really good. We had four free samples to try. By the time we ate those two our taste buds were in protest. Too much sugar. So we got jerk chicken sliders as our last two and took them home. SeaWorld had also given us each $10 to use to Staci ended up with two necklaces and a chapstick for free LOL. I love getting free stuff and SeaWorld definitely delivers on freebies.

          We got home, showered, laughed at my sunburn, and then I collapsed and slept LOL. When I woke up my right foot was in agony from plantar fasciitis. I was barely able to hobble. As much as I wanted to go do something today, I do not think my foot can handle it. So it is relaxing in recliner day for me LOL. Of course that means I will sleep the day away LOL the recliner is a soul sucker. I sit there and I am out within 10 minutes.

Friday, April 12, 2024

I'm Not A Vampire :(

 

          I finished up my week of The Absorption Company drink supplements and I did not turn into a vampire LOL.  I joke about that because the two main people who started the company are both famous for being vampires LOL Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries (that's him in gray shirt) and his wife Nicki Reed who was in the Twilight movies. I just binged watched The Vampire Diaries for the second time so I was trying the drinks as a splurge and for fun. Would have been cool to get some of the vampire powers LOL the ability to compel anybody I wanted would have been awesome.

          Today, since no rain or tornado watches, kids and I are going to Aquatica. Not really looking forward to it because I have to wear swimsuit and I am definitely getting sunburned LOL no matter how much sunscreen I put on, I will burn. Kids are excited to go, so I will suffer. I am looking forward to floating in lazy river though. Afterwards will come home, shower, hydrate, and then figure out what else to do for fun :)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Happy Rainy Day

 

         It is supposed to be a rainy day here, so of course the weather feels wonderful. It is windy and overcast. If I had to go to work I would be bummed because I love rainy weather. It is perfect for just getting cozy inside. My daughter is a bit upset though, she wanted to go to Aquatica today. We still might if we get my Amazon delivery soon (I ordered swim shoes for son) and it is not thundering and lightning. Both I think will close down the park. If we end up staying home then we can play in backyard or sit on porch and enjoy the rain. I have nothing pressing to do other than laundry LOL.

          

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A Little Bit of History

 

          So, I am taking this Civil War history class and one of the assignments was to write a letter to a pretend soldier in the Civil War. I did not have to pretend LOL this is a picture of my great-great grandfather, Hoy Jackson MaHaffey, taken before he fought as a confederate soldier. He fought and survived some famous battles under an infamous general. Anyway, my professor was impressed with my family history, and the documents that I had, so much that he asked if he could use them in future classes. I thought that was pretty cool.

          Before anyone reading this judges me as coming from a Confederate family, back then fighting in the war was not always about beliefs, but the fact of you had no choice. Either enlist or be branded a coward. I know we were not rich, and my family did not own slaves, so I choose to believe he had no choice. My professor pointed out, looking through the records I submitted, that originally he enlisted for three years, but then it was changed to just war. By that time he had no choice but to stay in service until the war was over. In this picture he looks so young and innocent. I wonder what he looked like when it was all over...

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Minions Are Cool

 

          I wish I had these little guys to do what I wanted LOL though they would screw things up and get me into trouble. They are just so cute, so might be worth it. I would have them help me clean my house and work on my yard LOL.

          I am currently procrastinating LOL something I never do, but I am tired. I have lots of school work that needs to be done, yet no desire to start it. I put it on to do list so I have to at least make some attempt.

          The eclipse yesterday was cool. Staci got some really nice shots with her phone. She took one pair of the solar glasses and covered her lenses so the sun would be more than just a bright spot. I am glad I managed to get her some eclipse glasses. She would have been so disappointed if she missed it.

          I have no plans for today. We were going to Aquatica but Lee has something planned right smack in the middle of the afternoon, so that is out. I am in a lazy mood right now LOL. Perhaps I will come up with something later. Shoot I will be happy coming up with another show to binge watch. I am at a loss for what to watch next LOL. Staci and Lee have been watching the Godzilla movies LOL. Not my cup of tea. He wants to take her to see the latest one, but she needs to have understanding of monster first according to him. I think it is Kong vs Godzilla. I am confused on who I am supposed to root for LOL. 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Eclipse Day 2024

 

          Today is a historic day, there is a total solar eclipse this afternoon. Florida will get about 75% coverage of the sun. I got up early yesterday and went and got glasses for Lee and Staci so they can take a peak. Staci is very excited about it. It is very disconcerting to think that the next one is in 20 years and I might not be able to enjoy it. I am trying to not think of that, but it keeps nagging at me. I will be 75 years old. I better be around. I really need to get healthier. I try and not worry about the reality of it all, but it is getting harder to ignore the fact that I am aging. I am scared.

           Okay, enough of that. More suppression needed. What else is on board today...I have school work to do. I will finish up my classes this month. Then I need to contact student loan people and get loans paused until Fall. I already registered for Sign Language and Meditation for Stress LOL I figured both would be good for work. Staci is also going to be taking sign language next year so we can learn together. Due to the eclipse we are staying inside. After it is over I need to grocery shop. I must stock up on more salad fixins LOL. I am still working on my Absorption Company drinks. I have 3 days left. I do not notice anything different. The funniest part, to me, is after I drink the energy formula I end up falling asleep. When I wake up, then I have energy LOL it has a delayed effect. 

Today is also my Jumanji's 7th birthday :) 


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Baking Day

 

          I am using this image to inspire me LOL I have had the ingredients to make carrot cake for a week now and I still haven't made it. So today it has made it to my to do list, even more it has made it to a blog post. Any time I write something down or post something, I have to follow through or I am a liar. I do not like to lie, I always tell the truth. You can always rely on what I say having a truth in it LOL it just might be cleverly disguised LOL.

          I woke up so sore today. I am thinking perhaps I need to go easy on myself today. My goal was just to get an average of 7500 steps per day, but lately I have been over 9500 steps. My feet are killing me. Every time I stand up, after sitting for a while, I hobble for the first few feet. That needs to stop.

          OMG it is such nice weather today. Currently it is 67 degrees and sunny. There is a nice breeze and I have a major case of spring fever LOL I am so glad I am free to do whatever today. I just want to enjoy it. Last night I just say on my front porch, all I was missing was some sweet tea.  Maybe I will do that again tonight :) After I make the cake LOL.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

OMG My Body Aches

          I think I overdid it yesterday LOL according to my iphone I walked over 19,ooo steps. Nope, did not run a marathon, I simply was cleaning and mowing. I did not set out to do that much. I just had these purple flowering bushes I wanted to trim down so they would regrow back pretty. That led to thinking I would just mow that area because it needed to mulch up the cuttings. Then I saw another section that needed a bit of trimming, so I mowed there. Well that made front yard off balance so had to do other sections. That led me to seeing how long the grass on the side yard was, it was literally blowing in the wind. So I mowed it. I just wanted to put the mower in the backyard. Once there I saw some weeds I thought I could just pull real quick. Good grief, then I needed to mulch again. I swear it just all snowballed on me LOL I ended up doing whole backyard and the scary corridor on the side of my how. My yards look so much nicer now, but dang, all I wanted to do was trim the purple flowers LOL. Last night, after I showered, I could barely move LOL. I had used up all my energy and then some. Today, I am just sore.

          If I could I would do nothing, but Staci was invited to a escape room party with her friends. She is loving getting invited places. So I have to get her there by 10:40 this morning. Since to far to just drive home and wait, I have to occupy myself up in Orlando. So I figure I will go to Whole Foods and maybe Trader Joes. Afterwards there is this treat at Sonic that Staci wants; an Eclipse Shake that comes with eclipse glasses. Then home to try and do nothing.

Friday, April 5, 2024

The Absorption Company

 

          So, I decided to splurge on me for my staycation. I bought me The Essentials Set from The Absorption Company It came with one box of each flavor, Restore, Energy, Calm, and Sleep. The website describes them as:

Restore (Mango Lemonade) when electrolytes alone just aren't cutting it.

Energy (Fruit Punch) when caffeine just isn’t getting the job done.

Sleep (Chamomile Lemonade) when you can’t count on counting sheep.

Calm (Watermelon Lemonade) when you need something stronger than deep breaths.

          They all taste great. The Restore reminds me of Gatorade, I can definitely taste the electrolytes in it. My favorite so far, taste wise, is the Sleep. I just started drinking them yesterday. Each box has seven packets, so I will see how I feel at the end of the seven days. I am also trying to be mindful of healthier eating while I am drinking these. I was also so full from drinking LOL each is made with a full water bottle, so I am definitely hydrated.

          Staci got through her test yesterday. I am glad that is over. She has two more next month. After testing was done I managed to weed my back yard. Meaning I pulled up all the weeds LOL my back was worn out from all the bending and pulling. When it is dried out a bit more I will mow. Today's tasks are cleaning and pruning these purple flowers I have in front. They have been taken over by weeds/grass. Last time I did this I did not think they would grow back, but they did, so I am going to do it again LOL. Such an exciting vacation LOL.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

I Won the Lottery Again!

 

          LOL This time was $8.00 LOL I keep trying for that big win, but just get these little wins. Last week I bought a ticket for $20 and won $6, so I went and cashed it in last night, crossed my fingers, and bought another ticket, hoping for the big win. Nope LOL but I did get $8 back this time. Most likely I will cash that in and get another ticket next week LOL one of these times maybe I will win bigger or run out of winning tickets LOL

          Today is second day of my staycation and so much unfun today. Staci has her in person state writing test this morning. I do not like the in person tests, they are so stressful. Plus they never keep to their timetable. It is supposed to be 2 hours, yet it always seems to go over 3 hours. Very annoying. The kids have to wait until all the kids get there before they can start, and then have to wait until all the kids finish before they can be released.

          While she tests I will try and find ways to occupy myself LOL I am thinking of going to Aldi and maybe Cracker Barrel. Then napping in my car until she is free LOL Afterwards we will get lunch and go to Michaels. She has been invited to a birthday Escape Room party for her friend this weekend and she wants to make her a special bracelet as a gift. So we are off to hunt for a charm to put on it. After that, nothing planned but relaxing with some new drink mixes I am trying. I will post about those tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Spring Staycation 2024

 

          I made it to Staycation!!! One day early too. My plantar fasciitis is flaring up, which has me hobbling, so I had to call off work tonight. I feel terribly guilty, but I will get over it because I'M ON VACATION!!! LOL. No real plans for anything, I just like to take a break from work every six months. I do one week now and two weeks in October for Halloween. We never go anywhere but local places because my kids do not like to travel and I have two small dogs that cannot be left alone. Putting them in a kennel would traumatize them. So home we will stay. It is a good thing we live in Florida LOL. 

          I do have plans (once my foot cooperates) to go to SeaWorld. Also swimming at Aquatica. That is something we have never done. I'm sure I can find a movie to go watch. I will finish up my classes and help my daughter with her final semester.  I need to weed and mow back yard. Have some cleaning projects for inside. Nothing exciting, but all relaxing :) Plus I get to stay home with my pets and kids which is my favorite thing to do.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter

 

          Happy Easter 2024. It is a very low key day over here. I worked all weekend and have to go back tomorrow night, so we are not doing much. Just laundry. If I get a bit of energy my daughter and I have ingredients to make a homemade carrot cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. We will see how that goes. I am not cooking either, just ordered in sandwiches LOL. It is a gorgeous day here though. Sun is shinning and it is not too hot. If I had more energy I would go out and enjoy, but today is all about recovery since I work another 3 in a row starting tomorrow. The only reason I am doing that is because I am taking a mini staycation :) I will have 14 days straight with no work. I am so looking forward to that. Nothing special planned as of yet, but I have ideas LOL. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Early Bird or Night Owl

 

          I am both. I love getting up early in the morning to watch the world come awake. It is so peaceful to me. I also am up late at night because of being a night shift nurse. The times I am not awake are in the afternoon. From 10am until about 8pm I have to force myself to move LOL.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

My Tree LOL

 

          Okay, yesterday while I was out mowing and fixing up my front yard, a neighbor came over to talk to me about safety. He apparently thinks there is some shady stuff going on in my neighborhood. I don't think so, but I let him talk. It ended up with him asking permission to trim my trees out front for free. In the interest of maintaining good neighbor relations I said sure. Didn't really want it, but I figured it would be okay, and I kept on friendly terms. Oh boy, I woke up and found the tree out front looks like a lollipop now and the palm tree that had three trunks now only has two LOL I don't know how to feel about that. Not like I can change anything now. The tree will grow back, but the palm tree is now just a double. He cut it at the base. I guess I will adapt. At least that trunk no longer will partially obstruct the sidewalk, though it only did that when I did not trim it back, which I did LOL so now the front of my house looks a bit more bare. At least he put my birdfeeder back on the tree. I am actually glad he did not mess with my big Christmas tree LOL it has birds living in it. They are scary and will attack if you mess with their home :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

My First Love

 

          I remember my first love, I still love him, and most likely always will. He and I were never together together, but we were close. His name was Richard, I was only one who called him Richie. I met him when I was 20 years old. I was so incredibly shy back then. My mom forced me to go to my church's young adult meeting. I was terrified. I got there, went in, and say down. I did not interact with anybody. Once it was over I dashed out. On my way to my car I heard somebody running after me. Scared the bejeebers out of me. I turned around and my heart stood still. It was the cutest guy I had ever seen in real life. He said "I'm sorry I scared you, I just wanted to meet you". I was stunned and right then and there I fell for him hard. We talked for a few minutes and then I had to reluctantly leave. I was smiling all the way home. Every week I would go to the meeting and every week we would hang out together. He did not have romantic feelings for me, he was just a nice guy. He became my best friend LOL. We would pull pranks on each other, go on road trips, he took me to college parties. He taught me how to enjoy life. I came out of my shell hanging out with him. He only saw me as a friend, but I loved him completely. I was heartbroken when I moved away to Arkansas. We stayed in touch for a bit via phone calls, but those eventually stopped. Once, after my divorce, I went back to Reno to visit my mom and looked him up. He and I made plans to get together. It was like no time had passed. One thing did change though, he saw me as a woman LOL. It was probably because we both knew it was a one time date, so we let ourselves be romantic for one night. I got to melt in him arms and be held (I even got a lot of kisses) LOL. My 30 year old self was living the dream of my 20 year old self. It was a great date.

          I cannot believe we are now both in our 50's. I just looked him up, because of this prompt, and saw he is still in Reno. Last I knew he had become a teacher. It does not look like he has much of an online life. I did not see any spouse pop up with his name. In a way I am happy for that LOL. My heart would break a bit to find out he is married. If he is single, then there is still a possibility LOL not that I would go looking for him. I just like that it is there. Plus, what if the person he is now is nothing like I remember. I would rather he stayed my perfect true love in my mind. I miss him a lot, I always will. He brought me to life and for that I will always love him.

Monday, March 25, 2024

My Role Model and Why?

 

          I do not have any particular role model. I get inspired by people, but those people change very often. Even I can't keep up LOL. I see somebody living a life like I would like, and I try to be like them LOL it often does not last long. I always go back to being just me. I do not want to be a role model for anybody. That is too much pressure for a person. People should just be themselves. Most would say I want to be a role model for my kids. No way!!! I want my kids to be so much more than me. I want them to be completely happy in life, successful, loved, respected, and fulfilled. Being like me means every day they have to struggle to be better. I stress over health, weight, money, everything. I do not want them to emulate that ever. 

          Well that ended up being a depressing post LOL.  Now I need to go do stuff so I can at least feel accomplished at the end of the day. 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Silly Sunday Blog

 

          I have been terrible about blogging this weekend because of work, plus the topics were not fun. It was if had 6 months to live what would I do (I'd be sad and scared), describe myself 10 years ago (boring), and how would people describe me (I don't want to know). None of those were inspiring me and I was tired LOL.

          I am still tired, but done with work. It was rough because of my hands. My thumb joints were hurting. So, I went and got me some new vitamins to hopefully help with joint pain. I ordered some ginger with turmeric and cinnamon gummies. They are supposed to arrive tomorrow. I am hoping that now that it is warmer weather I can get more active. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder, I need sunshine to feel normal.

          Today is responsibilities day. Laundry, groceries, tidying up, etc... Staci and I are also going to run and check out Aquatica. Apparently as passholders we get free $10 coupons for something. It expires today, so going to get our free $20 and buy something and also look around to see what is there. We need to plan a trip there for swimming soon. That reminds me I need to add sunscreen on our shopping list LOL I will definitely burn. I was cursed with the Celtic complexion. I just think about the sun and I get red. 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Hello Spring

          It is finally officially Spring here. Of course Florida had to be troublesome and start it off at 49 degrees LOL it quickly warmed up though. My grass is growing well, so well that I got brave and planted flower seeds all along the side of my house. We will see if anything grows. That would be very nice.

          With the warmer weather I tend to start daydreaming about all of the activities I am going to do with my kids LOL most of them never happen though. Out of ten things I might do three, but I still keep planning. 

          Number one is always get healthier. I really am trying to work on that one. I am going to use my daughter as inspiration on the eating part. This morning she made herself a bowl of cereal. There was barely anything in the bowl to my eye, but according to her and the package it was one serving. She then wanted something salty, but instead of getting a whole bag of chips like I would do, she got a small bowl and put some in it. She is so good. I am going to try and be more like her LOL. My biggest problem is portion control, something which she has got down pat.

          I also got us a treadmill so I can walk inside. It is a bit awkward to use. I feel off balance, especially when I step off. So I ordered a desk to put over it so I can use it to balance myself. Once it gets warmer and our water shoes get here, Staci and I will also start going to Aquatica to swim. Perhaps after we go to SeaWorld. We will be wanting something to cool us down. I just need to get us some strong sunscreen LOL.

          Off to work again for the weekend. I am hoping it goes smoothly and quickly. Nine more shifts until my mini vacation. By then it will definitely be warm enough to go swimming :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Simple Life to Me Means...

 

          A simple life to me means avoiding all drama. I tend to stay to myself. I do things that make my kids and I happy. I do not try to overachieve in anything. I am happy with what I have. I like simple pleasures like a good cup of coffee in the morning, my dogs all bouncy and excited when I get home, hearing birds or windchimes outside, stormy weather, finding something my kids both love, anything that brings a smile to my heart. I might not always smile outwardly, but inside I am happy.

          I learned long ago to keep my life simple. Adding too many people to it gets exhausting. Trying to please others is very draining. Don't get me wrong, I am willing to help others, but I will not go out of my way to do so. It might seem selfish, but it keeps me mentally happier. I do not have to worry about failing others, I used to fret over that a lot. I lived in a constant state of anxiety. I was miserable. I went to bed afraid and woke up afraid that I was not successful at anything. I did not like feeling that way 24/7 so now I stay to myself. I focus on just keeping my little family happy. That is something I am good at :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The Person I Am Closest To.

 

          The person I am closest to would have to be my son Leland. I love my kids equally, but he is the one I have always depended on. He made me the person I am today. He hates when I say that, says it puts too much pressure on him, so I simply just tell him he is the best :) He has always been my rock. When he was younger and times were tough, I never gave up because of him. I got through nursing school, a divorce, custody battles, single parent hood, money troubles, car troubles, loneliness, moving, anything life threw at me, I got through it because I had him. He still takes care of me. He listens to me when I need to vent, he gets me tylenol when I am aching after work, he makes me breakfast when I am working, he protects Staci when I am not there, he is only one who can calm her anxiety, he does everything I ask of him. I do not know what I would do without him.

          Okay, first day of Spring here, and it is 54 degrees??? What happened??? I still have patio door open LOL I can hear my wind chimes. I am waiting on my doctor to call so I can get a refill on my zoloft prescription. I have a low key day planned. I am going to try and make another soda bread since the kids loved the other loaf I made. I have a new journal "Beating Menopause Weight Loss Journal" that I want to start using. LOL I just got off phone with doctor. He tried to get me to let him order labs because he say I had clonidine prescription. I haven't taken that in over a year. I got my blood pressure down all on my own. I was able to tell him that this morning's reading was 117/68 with a pulse of 81. He dropped the blood work issue LOL. I do not want to get poked for labs. I hate needles. Okay, now off to get my low key day going :)



Monday, March 18, 2024

Do You Believe in Second Chances?

 

          This is a tough question. I like the quote I found because it is true. It depends on the person whether or not I give them a second chance. Lots of factors would come into play. Like how bad was the mistake, do they feel sorry, do they want another chance, do I have to deal with them in the future? Kids I tend to always give a second chance :) they are learning. Adults should know better. Likely I will give a second chance, but I will not forget what happened prior. Kind of like I can forgive but not forget. So it ends up being different altogether. It is a hard concept to explain.

          I am trying to catch up on these blog prompts LOL that one was yesterday, but I was too tired to function LOL I came home after work and mowed my yard and then did laundry, cleaned, and grocery shopped. I had no brain function left LOL today's prompt is I could be more productive if I stopped...   The answer to that is napping LOL. I waste more time falling asleep, even when I don't want to. At work, I am good. I stay awake at work even if I am sitting. At home though LOL if I am sitting, I fall asleep. It sucks LOL. I really want to be more active, but I get so tired that I crash out. Sometimes I think I have narcolepsy??? That or chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 

          I know I am a day early, but odds are I will be too tired to write tomorrow LOL one more night at work. Once I make it through that, then I have to do all my responsible stuff when I get off because I am useless once I go to sleep. So mowing lawn when I get off, then shower, then laundry, then tidy up, and finally sleep. I already put together my Irish stew in crockpot for the kids to start before they go to bed so it will be ready for lunch tomorrow. If I am coherent, then I am going to try and make some soda bread LOL doubtful that happens. Once I wake up, who knows what I will attempt doing LOL. I would like to go to Raglan Road in Disney Springs for the St. Patrick's celebration or SeaWorld for theirs, but it all depends on how lucid I am LOL. We might just kick back and do nothing.  That is the beauty of getting all the responsible stuff done early, the freedom to do nothing later :)

Friday, March 15, 2024

Money? Fame? Neither?

 

          Money LOL definitely money. I would love to be rich and be able to do anything I wanted to. I would landscape backyard really cool, buy the houses on either side of me, one for daughter and one for son, and create runs between so pets could come and go as they please in each house LOL. I'd probably even add a pool with a waterfall feature. Inside the houses would be tiled everywhere LOL easier to clean. I would have healthy meals delivered to us so I didn't have to plan LOL. Annual passes to all the theme parks. My son would get a new car. I'd pay off all my bills and just enjoy my time with my kids. As you can see, I have thought about this a lot LOL.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

My Dream Job

 

          My dream job has always been to be a stay at home mom. I would love to be able to spend all my days with my kids, they are my favorite people. Instead I am a nurse, but at least I only have to work 3 days a week. The other 4 days I get to stay home with my two favorite people. 

          We don't do a lot, but it is still nice. Sometimes we cook together or craft together. We play video games. If I can talk them into it we go to craft shows and farmers markets. We also like going to theme parks together. I home school them. Not because I dislike public schools, I just like the flexibility it gives us. No rushing to get them to school in the morning. We do lessons whenever we feel like it LOL.

          I work the next three days, but I am off Sunday for Saint Patrick's Day. We will be making Irish stew and Irish soda bread. I also have to mow my grass because it has grown!!! I'm so happy about that. Now if it can just last. In my downtime at work, I will have to think of some fun stuff to do next week since it is my spring break from school LOL.  Plus I have vacation coming up :) I am so excited!!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

When I was Younger I Wanted to Grow Up To Be A

 

          I wanted to be a florist. I wanted to be surrounded by beautiful flowers. I envisioned a shop full of lovely blooms and bouquets, every color of the rainbow, with ribbons and balloons mixed in. I would have a section set aside for a couple of small tables because I would also offer tea and cookies to munch. I thought it would be so fun and relaxing. The internet killed that though. Nobody goes to a flower shop anymore. They just order flowers off of websites to get sent. It is so impersonal. Oh well, it was a nice lil dream when I was a kid.

          It is probably a good idea I do not deal with flowers and plants LOL I am not very good with keeping them alive.  I can even kill fake flowers LOL. I would love to have a beautiful garden in the backyard, but I have yet to find flowers that I cannot kill or that aren't poisonous to my animals. I keep trying though LOL flowers beware...

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Mountain or Beach?

 

          Beach it is LOL I spent my teen years in the Sierra Nevadas so I know mountains. So cold. Lake Tahoe was absolutely gorgeous, but most of the time it was too cold. I adore the trees and lakes you find on mountains, but not the weather. I will take the beach. There is a great vibe on the beach. Everybody is relaxed and just enjoying their selves. Kids are building sandcastles or getting knocked over in the surf LOL. There is always treasure to be found in the form of seashells. I like the ones that look like angel wings. The weather for the beach is also cool. The sunsets and sunrises over the water are breathtaking. And when storms come in, the waves are simply fascinating. The only bad thing about the beach is the sharks LOL not going to catch me going into the ocean. NOPE!!! I know Jaws is out there waiting for me.

          Responsibilities for today, oil changes for both cars. Mine is getting done at 11am and then my son's right afterwards. I also set up our A/C to be tuned up tomorrow. If I have time today I will also take the little dog to get her nails trimmed.  Trying to get all sorts of necessary things done before my upcoming mini vacation so I can just relax. 

Monday, March 11, 2024

If I Could Live Anywhere in the World

 

          If I could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Florida LOL it is where I chose to live back in 2012. I bought my house here in 2017. My kids and I are staying put. We like it here :) The state is gorgeous, the weather awesome, there is a lot to do close by (if I wanted to do them) and the Florida man stories entertain me LOL. I have had annual passes to Disney, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. There are craft festivals and farmers' markets to enjoy. The sunsets and sunrises are beautiful. People tease me about living here because of all the strange stories and hurricanes, but I really like it. I live where people go to vacation LOL.

          I have to do a bit of catch up today. I was not feeling so great yesterday, so I took it easy. I slept more than usual, so a few of my responsible stuff got shifted to today. I am feeling more myself today. I do not want to be sick. Took care of a patient who just flew here from England. If she was patient zero for a new pandemic I am screwed. I do not want anymore history making illnesses. Though I do miss how much simpler it made life. No more trying to decide where to go or what to do, it was do we stay in living room or bedroom LOL.

          Spring forward over the weekend, so it is still dark outside. I will enjoy having the extra daylight in the evening. Once it gets dark I feel like it is too late to go out even though it is just 5:30 LOL. Sunshine until 9pm is awesome. Oh I ordered my kids and me an indoor treadmill for Easter :) that way we can get steps in even if hot outside. I am looking forward to it getting here. I am predicting the cats and dogs will be a challenge when we want to use it LOL they always want to get on things we are on. Silly critters.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

If I Could Have Three Wishes

 

          If I could have three wishes is something I have dreamed about often LOL First wish would be for perfect health for me and my kids. Second wish would be being rich of course. Having all the money I need to pay off everything and then buy anything we needed or wanted. They say money can't buy you happiness? I want to test that theory out LOL. The third wish is tricky because the first two were awesome. Hmmm okay third wish would be world peace :) It would be nice to not have any fighting going on in the world.

          I made it through the work weekend. My back is killing me, but I am done for another four days. It is beautiful Spring weather and my grass is growing so my lawn is once more green. I am enamored by that LOL. I just planted it seven days ago.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

What Languages Do I Speak

 

          The languages I speak are English and that's it LOL. I have been trying to learn Spanish, but not succeeding. I read it better than I speak it. I can form simple phrases that maybe a toddler would use LOL it gets my meaning across to patients LOL. I cannot understand when it is spoken to me. The accents mess it up. Just like we have Southern accents, New York accents, Boston Accents, Midwest accents, Hispanics have their own accents that throw me off. If I could just have subtitles below them I could get it LOL. At one time, when I was in high school, I could speak French. I was quite fluent, but then I never used it, so I forgot it. It seeps through to my Spanish (both are Latin based) and messes it up. My kids, however, are learning Spanish and doing very well.

          Off to work again. At least this is a minimally shorter weekend LOL it is time change, so I work one hour less LOL. It is not much, but mentally it is awesome. Spring appears to be officially here!!! I was able to plant my grass seeds and it rained. So hopefully I will have grass soon. In the backyard I can already see baby grass. 

          March is a busy month this year. Next week is St. Patrick's Day and on the 31st is Easter. Yesterday I made Irish Soda Bread that came out perfect. We are eating Irish this week LOL. Celebrating our heritage. No clue what we are doing for Easter. It will be very low key since it will be singular day off amid six on. I am taking a mini vacation next month and the price of it is working back to back for two weeks. It is gonna be rough but worth it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Three Good Habits I Want to Have and Three I Don't

 


Three good habits I would like to develop this year are:

Get outside more. Go walk the dog, walk around neighborhood, go to SeaWorld, go to Aquatica. Getting outside means enjoying life more.

Drink more water. Staying hydrated helps with skin and wrinkles, brain function, digestion, and energy.

Take better care of me. Eat healthier, exercise more, take my vitamins, don't feel so stressed all the time.


Three bad habits I want to get rid of this year:

Late night snacking. I need to get control of that. I do great all day, then bam! 9pm hits and I get the munchies.

Taking so many naps. I spend more hours asleep in a day than I do awake. I wish I knew why I was so tired all the time.

Ordering out when I am tired. I tend to do this more on the weekend when I am working. It is bad for my bank account. I need to plan better for when I work so that not tempted to just order food in. I would save so much money.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Things That Annoy Me

 

          I try to not get annoyed too often, it is bad for my health. The only times I really cannot control it are when I am driving. Then it drives me crazy when people do not follow the rules!!! People who go to slow, or don't pay attention. People who cut me off, people who force themselves into the lane, people who speed, people who tailgate, and people who speed through school zones. So many times I wish a cop was nearby to see the drivers and pull them over, but they never do. Drives me bonkers. In my opinion, if I have to follow the rules, they so should they.

          That is another thing that annoys me, people who do not follow the rules. Rules are there for a reason. When people feel as if the rules do not apply to them, I get upset. There is no real accountability these days for fear of offending somebody, so people get away with so much. It is no wonder the country is all messed up.

          Okay, that got my blood pumping LOL now back to relaxing. I have my coffee, the back door open, fans blowing, and it is my dog's 6th birthday. I am hoping for a good day. I got my grass seed out yesterday so I just need it to rain as forecasted. I have a craft project for St. Patrick's Day and teriyaki chicken to make for dinner. I have been doing great getting in my steps, and the saffron seems to help with late night cravings??? At least that is what I am trying to convince myself LOL.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Where Do I See Myself in Six Months

 

          In Six months it will be August, so most likely I will be going cray from the Florida heat. I will also most likely be watching the weather for any hurricane forecasts LOL. We did not have any hit last year, but we definitely did the year before. It was amazing. The streets were flooded, I lost part of my fence, and a bit of water came up into my hallway from underneath. I did not like any of that. If it wasn't for the destruction I would have loved it. Extreme weather is fun to me. I also like how it makes people come together for the experience. People talk to strangers about the storm and what is going on, they watch it together, it brings people together in a weird way.

          What else is happening in August? Staci will be getting ready for 10th grade and I will be having a nervous breakdown about her growing up too fast. She will be 15 and studying for her driving permit. My car insurance is going to skyrocket.  I am hoping by August that both her and me will have a tan because we are enjoying Aquatica LOL by then we will also be planning our Autumn activities. Most of all, in six months I want me and my kids to be healthier and happier than we are today.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Three Favorite Colors, Cuisines, and Countries I Want to Visit

 

          Three Favorite Colors would be Orange, Yellow, and Green.

My three favorite cuisines would be:

Chinese Food

           
Mexican Food


Southern Food


The Three Countries I Want to Visit Are:

England



Spain


Germany




Saturday, March 2, 2024

What's My Zodiac Sign?

 

           I was born in December, so my sign is Sagittarius. It is supposed to be a fire sign, but I do not think I am fiery. I am rather calm. Looking at what it says my traits are, I was born wrong LOL I do not explore, not into having adventures other that reading or watching them, I definitely do not travel, and I like routine LOL. I guess I am an atypical Sagittarian. It is a good thing I do not follow astrology LOL it gets me wrong every day. According to them I should have been married long ago, successful, and rich LOL. Nope, none of the above happened. At this point in my life, I would settle for just being rich :)

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Leap Year

 

          Happy February 29th. Time for the calendar to catch up LOL. I feel bad for all the babies born today, they hardly ever get to celebrate their birthday on the actual day. They have to chose either February 28th or March 1st. Poor little froggy kids.

          Well, no prompt today since it is leap day. So I get to just go on my own. I am off to work tonight, hoping it will go quickly and smoothly. Payday is tomorrow :) I used mine and my son's tax returns to pay off most of our credit cards, so now monthly bills will be less. I just need to behave and not get too spendy. I would love to be like my brother. He has everything paid off. Of course he doesn't have a student loan or a mortgage LOL hopefully by the end of the year I will be doing good with finances.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

What's a Mistake People Often Make About Me?

 

          People often assume I am not listening. I am always listening, I just do not choose to react to everything I hear. I always wanted super hearing like the Bionic Woman LOL I have even been tempted to get one of those TV ad hearing aides so that I can hear even more LOL. Great hearing though can be a curse. Sometimes I hear stuff that is hurtful and then I am sad and depressed. I still listen though.

          Okay, stuff to do today. Top of the list is WAKE UP. I took some melatonin and drank some Sleepytime tea, and now I can't get it out of my system. I want to go back to sleep for a bit, but I have stuff to do first. I have laundry to do, meals to prep for work, and I got two pineapple tops I want to plant so I have to go get me some potting soil and a planter. Spring fever is hitting me hard LOL.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Four Items for a Time Capsule

 

          Four things to put in a time capsule. I think the first one would be a cell phone that has pictures and messages on it. It would give a visual of the person who used it for the future. I would also add some seed packets, because they might need those in the future LOL I think I would also add in a video game cartridge so they can see what people spent a lot of time doing. Finally, a coffee cup LOL because I have no clue what else to put in a time capsule LOL.

          Yesterday Staci and I had fun at SeaWorld. It wasn't very crowded thankfully. The weather was nice, though my nose got a bit rosy. We found the Axolotil plush of the month she wanted and played a game where she one another plush LOL so she was happy. I did not snack and my foot swelling went away, so I was happy too. Hopefully we will be able to go again soon. Not sure with spring break coming up. Might be too overwhelming.

          Today, I think we will just putter around home. I do not have anything pressing to do outside this place. I could use a day of relaxing. Already have the back door open and I can hear birds :) I am happy.

Monday, February 26, 2024

My Encounters With the Police

 

         Today's prompt asks about my encounters with the police, well I do not really have anything specific. I am boringly good. I think I have gotten two speeding tickets my whole life. Sometimes I see them at work. I call them on my neighbors when they get too loud late at night LOL. My brother's best friend is the Police Commander in Reno. Thankfully I have never had to deal too intensely with the police. I think they are great though. Sure, there can be some that are bad, but for the most part, I think very highly of the police. Without them, this country would be a mess.

          Today my daughter and I are off to SeaWorld. I bought us annual passes last week because it came with free annual passes to Aquatica. Can't beat that deal. Over the summer the water park will be very nice to explore. We have had SeaWorld passes before, so I know what to expect there. It is a very pretty park to walk around in. I love the flamingo area and Staci likes the dolphins. I wish she were younger, because they have an amazing Sesame Street area to play in. I am looking forward to getting lots of steps in walking the park. I definitely need them.

          Yesterday I took a nap, and when I woke up, my left foot was swollen. No pitting edema, just swollen. It is freaking me out a bit. No pain or redness, so doubtful a DVT, but I am going to be watching it. I so need to get some pounds off of me. My body is starting to suffer the effects of being overweight now. I need to get my eating under control. I do great in the morning, it is the late night snacking that is getting me. I get tired and make poor decisions. I need to change before something bad happens.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

What Do I Miss Most About My Hometown.

 

          Okay I totally missed the last few days of blogging because I was tired and working LOL. So, I am going to combine the prompts. I am not sure I have a hometown per say, I lived in a few towns in Arkansas. I was born in Malvern, spent a few years in DeQueen, went to college and lived in Little Rock in my 20's, and last time there I lived in Hot Springs a year before moving and settling in Florida. So, if anybody asks where I am from, I just say Arkansas. It is a pretty state. Lots of green trees and flowers to enjoy, The weather not so bad, got to experience tornado alerts LOL and rain. Whole state freaked out over snow LOL. It was a slower pace there, very much family oriented. In the small towns everyone knew everybody. I love the accent there, mine gets very pronounced when I am tired. It is a very relaxing state, plus the sweet tea was delicious.

         


          Second prompt was three celebrity crushes. Dean Cain is my number one crush. He is just about perfect in every way. hmmmm after that I have to think about it LOL nobody really comes to mind. Sometimes it depends on what I am watching who I like LOL I tend to like macho guys who are funny and like animals and kids.

Ohhh Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" fits that description, so I will pick him as number two.

Now for a third...I'm going to go with Victor Webster. He is hot, likes dogs, and does romantic movies on Hallmark Channel LOL. 

          Last prompt, today's prompt, is my best character traits. I would say I am pretty smart, loyal, and can solve problems. My kids think I am funny and loving. I am also very protective of those I love, I can mess with them, but heaven help anybody else who tries to.