Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Georgia Weather

It is a beautiful, sunny day right now in Northeast Georgia. We were supposed to have snow start falling around noon, but now they are saying 6 p.m.  As of 1:30 p.m. there are no snow clouds in sight, but you never know what tricks Georgia weather will pull on you. People often say our weather is bipolar. I can see the similarities. One thing is for certain: if you don't like the weather now then stick around a few hours and it is bound to change.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Titanic Cats

Ever since I did a unit study about the Titanic, my son has been obsessed with all things Titanic. I have shown him clips of the Titanic movie that aren't too graphic. He loves watching the iceberg hit and the ship sinking. We must have watched those clips a hundred times. I don't mind. I love that movie. We have also read countless books about it.

Jacen's new interest is funny cat videos. We have found an abundance of them on YouTube, and I love hearing him laugh at them. Tonight I came across a video that combined both of these favorite interests of his. Keep in mind, it's kind of silly, but kind of funny too.

Jacen liked it. How about you?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Back on Track

It has been a long month and a half of sickness. We still aren't at 100%, but I'm praying we are soon. This was going to be the week that we got back on schedule with school and chores and all that jazz. Amid leftover virus symptoms and fevers and just plain exhaustion it didn't happen. But Monday, God help me, we have to start anew.

I still have a Christmas tree up and messes galore all throughout the house. How easy it is to look at the whole picture all at once and become so overwhelmed that it paralyzes any ability to work on it. I had a friend call me a few days ago and she was as overwhelmed as I am. She asked my advice on what to do. I felt like saying "You've seen my house. Does it look like I have the answer?" But instead I told her the only pointers I have within me:

  • Make a list of everything you want to accomplish each day. Everything you want to make time for throughout the week. Housework, exercise, prayer time, etc.; whatever you feel is most important, jot it down.
  • Make a realistic schedule with room for forgiveness. Something too rigid is likely not going to stick. Start small. You can add on later as you get better at upholding a schedule in the first place.
  • Each morning make a small list of specific chores that need to be done. Personally, I like to designate a day for each room. Mondays for laundry and bedroom, Tuesdays for bathroom, Wednesdays for foyer and living room, Thursdays for kitchen, Fridays for playroom and outside/porches, Saturday for vehicles and whatever odd jobs need to be done, Sunday for rest. So, then your specific list for, say, Thursday might be: reorganize utensils, put away groceries that are still stacked on the table, sweep and mop floor. Then check each item off when completed. There are obviously some things that need to be done every day, like dishes and maybe a load of laundry or sweeping up dog hair. So make a note of that.
  • When truly behind, decide what needs to be done immediately for sanitation's sake. Like a sink full of dishes or the toilet. Do those first. Then go on to the next thing, like laundry. Focus on simple steps and not the whole house. So hard to do, but necessary. 
I have the joy of fitting in homeschooling time on my schedule, but I have come up with a schedule that works for us.

I have gotten wayyy off track since Mom's heart attack and the holidays and the illnesses. But I know I can get back on track. I'm so much happier when I am on a schedule. When I get used to this again I plan to try getting up at 6 a.m. to fit in an hour of writing. I have tried this in the past and ended up just sleepily staring at the computer for the majority of the hour, but I'm going to give it another try. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


I used to dislike dogs. They bark, they slobber, they shed. They're so needy. But then I ended up with five! Technically, three of them are my mom's, but since we live together I consider them mine too.

Penny is our little shih tzu and she is the oldest. She just turned eight. She's cute but man, is she grouchy! To be the smallest of our dogs, she thinks she is big stuff. She is constantly picking fights, even though she has lost most of her teeth. It's comical.

Beau is a mixed breed, of what I don't know. Maybe some lemon beagle or English pointer. Who cares. What matters is he is a very pretty, smart, obedient dog. If I had to pick a favorite dog it would be him. He is so sweet. He often has a depressed or embarrassed expression on his face, which just adds to his cuteness. The only problem with Beau is that he is a fraidy cat. He is scared of the dark, of thunder, gunshots, anything loud. I can't blame him. Those things scare me too. When he is afraid the best thing to do is put him under a blanket and snuggle close to him.

Ozzy is a mix of black lab and chow. He belonged to my uncle but when he had to go into the nursing home, Ozzy found a home with us. I have to admit, he's a pretty stupid dog. He's the kind of dog that will stand out in the rain barking instead of getting up on the screened-in porch where it's dry. And he'll pee on the furniture right after being outside to use the potty! But, despite his lack of brains, he is a very sweet dog. He knows when I am not feeling well, mentally or physically, and will climb up in my lap, as big as he is. He has gentle eyes and a comforting heart. 

Lucy. Oh my goodness, Lucy. Well, she's a little psychopath. She will randomly attack any of the other dogs for no reason at all. My mom rescued her from the side of the road. The vet did x-rays and said by the looks of it she was likely abused by her previous owner. I guess she has her nervous ticks and viciousness from that. The great thing about Lucy is she can sense my mom's diabetic lows. Anytime my mom's blood sugar is too low Lucy will lick her face frantically. She has woke my mom up on several occasions when this has occurred. No doubt, she has saved her life a few times. So we put up with her crazy side. We all have our faults. 

Last but not least, we have Zilla, our pug. My husband has loved pugs for a very long time and two years ago his mom bought him one for his birthday. He is as cute as a button but so much friskier than the average pug. He is getting a little lazier as he ages, but he was nonstop there for a while. My son has a love-hate relationship with him. They like to aggravate each other. Zilla likes to bug the other dogs too. They are all too lazy to keep up with his shenanigans. He can be annoying at times, but I love him just the same. 

So yeah, I used to dislike dogs, and sometimes I still dislike dogs (the barking and messes, oh my!) but I have found them to be very loveable creatures as well. They are more like children than pets, and they certainly keep life interesting.  

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Book Thief

My sick husband is camped out on the couch. My son is watching Dinotrux on Netflix. Nothing to do but snuggle up on this cold evening with a new book. I've been meaning to read this one for a while. And no, I have not seen the movie.

My oldest daughter, Kayley, turned 18 today. This is the first time I have ever not seen one of my children on their birthday. It was my choice, though. I didn't want her to catch the flu or stomach bug, both of which are making their rounds in this house. When we get well I am going to have a little party for her. Hopefully that will happen soon.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Apparently I'm having a relapse of the flu. What gives??  I even had the flu shot this year, though I know it doesn't always work. I just hope my son doesn't catch it again. Douglas and my mom have been lucky so far. I guess their flu shots worked. 

No luck on my resolutions so far, but I'm sure I will make some headway after I get well. 

Mentally I'm doing great. I hope the flu doesn't change that. Last time I was in a very dark place for a few days. 

I was planning on going to the library tomorrow but I don't want to spread my germs. I'm out of stuff to read and it's driving me crazy! I have a stack of Reader's Digest somewhere around here, but I want to read an actual book. I have some on hold at the library so maybe my dear sweet husband will pick them up for me ;) I averaged 1-2 books a week last year, and I hope to either meet or beat that amount this year. I wish I could read every single (good) book in the world before I die but I don't have a magic wand for that. So I will just have to read as many as I can until my unfortunate demise. I've always pictured myself dying at the age of 42, so that doesn't give me much time. Three and a half years will go by quickly.

Monday, January 01, 2018


Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is kind to us all. I have been kind of lazy today, but I'm saving up my energy to cook this evening. I'm making black eyed peas, cornbread, collards, squash casserole, garlic parmesan mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese.

My goals this year are to lose weight, do a better job of homeschooling (we have gotten a little behind since Mom had her heart attack), write more, and do a better job of cleaning the house. So I have my work cut out for me. I am not going to push myself to write a whole book this year like I had planned because I think I have enough on my plate right now, but I do want to get some of it done. I am going to figure out some mini goals for my writing time. One part of that is getting up early enough to have time to write. I love to sleep and it's so hard getting out of a warm bed, especially in winter. It's something I need to work on. I'm feeling optimistic.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

I had such a great time with the kids yesterday and this morning. They seemed to really like their presents, especially the hats I got my daughters. They say "Barn Hair Don't Care", very fitting for them. 

Jacen went right to work on his new Lego set. 

I love the Pug jar the girls got us. We are pug fanatics :) 

Jacen and I are going to play games and make party hats to celebrate tonight. We probably won't stay awake until midnight, though. Douglas has to work, as always  I have no complaints about 2017, even though some parts were hard; other times were amazing. I have a few goals for 2018 that I hope I stick to. If I can accomplish just one of them I'll be doing alright.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Change of Plans

Tomorrow was supposed to be the day of our family get together, but my mother-in-law is sick and I am still having some health issues, so no big meal to cook for. My daughters are still coming over, and two of Jacen's cousins are coming to play for a little while. I'm not sure what I will do for lunch or supper tomorrow, but I'll figure out something.

Sunday we are opening presents with my three children. I am so looking forward to it!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Not the Merriest Christmas

Jacen is feeling a lot better, but now I have the flu and a UTI. I won't be attending my family's Christmas get together over at my aunt's house. Douglas's family is supposed to come here on the 30th so hopefully I can get better and get the house cleaned up before then. I haven't even planned a menu yet. Food is the furthest thing from my mind. I feel guilty that I had all these plans for Christmas crafts and stuff to do with Jacen that never got done. We haven't gone to look at Christmas lights. I haven't even wrapped presents yet. I'm feeling a lot of depression right now. I'm sure being sick makes it worse.

I just talked to my oldest daughter and both of her newborn lambs died, plus she had to take one of her goats to the vet and it may have to be put down. My heart breaks for her. She cares so much for her animals. Farm life is hard work.