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I’m Hiding Behind a Photo

Here I go again… down a dark path. I do not know why. I have been fighting it with all my strength the last couple of days. It seems so simple… to just will myself to be grateful and happy. I tried. Why doesn’t it work. I’ve listed my blessings, prayed, asked for uplifting, read inspirational pieces, smiled when I didn’t mean it (you know the saying… smile and your feelings will follow? Well, they didn’t. I fear they are stuck somewhere. Lodged under a heavy rock, trapped beneath an elephant… ya, you get the picture. ) and I even went to my Bible Study’s Christmas party – to get out of the house… and be with friends… ya know? Didn’t work. Got there late, left early and cried all the way home. And no… I don’t even know why. It was a fun party. Just not for me.
Didn’t I just go through this?

Please, don’t get all gooey and feel sorry for me. That is probably the last thing I need. A good kick in the seat is more what the doctor would probably order!! I have a wonderful life, great kids, wonderful friends… the works!
So… why do I get so blue?
I need a shrink therapy don’t I?
I knew it. I always say that I do… but mostly I’m kidding… well, and because I don’t think that anyone is really normal. We all have issues. Some just show up more than others!
So… now that I have gone and written something I know I’ll regret… I will post a picture. And if tomorrow isn’t any better… another picture. And so-forth and so-on.
Thanks for your patience… all two of you who take the time to read this silliness.


Does anyone else see mischief in the above photo?

Now see those four reasons why I should be happy!!




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A Second Chance at School!

I do not know what I missed in school… Okaaay… I do know… almost everything! kidding. Sorta!

You know? I wish I could say I learned a lot in school. But I can’t. Oh… now, don’t get your panties in a bunch… I’m not at all saying that they didn’t teach it! I’m quite certain they taught a lot of good stuff! Really… (Dad)… I’m sure! The problem was that I wasn’t listening! I’m so sorry.

You know the Melancholy mind… wandering about… thinking up ideas for the next function, project, pet, gift, painting…etc. I truly kept my mind busy… just not on what the teachers or my parents wanted it on. I could day dream for great lengths of time too! Watching the birds out the window playing in a rain puddle, seeing what creatures I could make out in the clouds…. One teacher in grade school even moved my desk away from the fish tank because I was spending too much time “scuba diving”! Hey… this was way before my phase of “herbal” enlightenment. So, you can imagine how it got after that. Sorry Dad.

Whatever. I’m good now! Oh… no, I still daydream and keep my mind whirling with ideas and projects, but I made it through my “difficult” years – seemingly – unscathed.

The great thing about it all is that I get a second chance! I get to go to school all over again… and I like it this time!! That is SO cool! (Don’t ch’a think Dad? -guilty smile – ya, you know the one.)

I am learning things about my country and my government and America’s history that I never remember knowing. (see… I’m being careful not to say it wasn’t taught!! I am guessing it was!) It is so much more fun the second time around! I truly am learning along with my boys some crazy great things!!

They did some “poster” type things yesterday on the first three states in the U.S., with some coloring, drawing and a little 3-D artwork. (Please, keep in mind that both the older boys – (and the oldest who is not homeschooled… because he is 20, not because I don’t like him.) – are severely colorblind! So any color they put on anything is wonderful to me! They usually don’t have a clue as to the actual color it is… but what they “think” it is, is what counts!) They all drew their own state – free handed too! I didn’t think the seven year old would be able to do it and worried that he would get frustrated. He did fine! And he was very proud of his work. So was I. (I really want to do one too.) JJ, (my little artist) wants us to do all fifty! (He loves projects! And daydreaming! And finding creatures in the clouds! I love that boy!) I don’t think we have the time to get them all in, but… we could try. Hum… maybe… If I help… humm. :0)




Well, I don’t know that I will ever make up for all that I missed. But I have a sneaky hunch that this time around I’ll remember more of it! Plus, I have my kids to keep reminding me of the things we’ve learned!

I love homeschooling!


P.S. JJ is the only one that drew his own items for his state… if you are wondering how Harris has such a great looking cannon…etc… he and Guy colored them and cut them out! JJ drew his own and then colored them. He didn’t know he could “cheat”!

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As I was writing the “meet the boys” page of my blog, I thought of an example I’ve heard tell, of the four personality traits: Phlegmatic, Choleric, Melancholy and Sanguine.

It goes something like this:

There is a barn on fire.

The Phlegmatic says in a monotone voice – “bummer. It’s too bad. That was a cool barn.”

The Choleric says in a commanding voice – “Alright… bucket brigade… everyone, line up and lets start putting this thing out! Come on… lets MOVE!”

The Melancholy says in an emotional and sincere voice – “Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness… I hope they got the horses out. Did anybody check to see if they got out? Oh, my. What a tragedy.”

and then,

The Sanguine… who can find joy in almost anything – “Whooo-hooo! Weenie roast!! Anybody got marshmallows? Let’s have a bonfire party!

I just want you to know that I have one of each… and they are told in order of birth!



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