Four years on WordPress! Happy Anniversary to MEEEEE!!!!

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How do you like my lovely laurel wreath?  Does it make my head look big? Thanks WordPress for acknowledging my stick-to-itness (it’s a word if I want it to be).  Four years of blogging, albeit  a bit sporadically, and still typing away.    Yes, yes, also Bubble Witching away, working away, and doing lots of other life related stuff away, but blogging too!  After four years perhaps it’s time for a facelift (easy now people – I meant of the blog page) and some layout changes.   I think it’s time to add a published books page because, well, I FINALLY have one!  And maybe a static first page….and new curtains…and some throw pillows….and a coffee table…..sorry – went a little Pinterest there for a second.  So off to tend to some long overdue fixer uppers on here and looking forward to another 4 years of blah, blah, blogging.

P.S. Update on my last post.  The open letter was published in a local paper in the “Letters to the editor” section!  Yay!  I’m famous!  (in a 20 square foot radius, but still…..)

One Bad Fairy

That moment when you know that she knows that you know that she knows.  Confused yet?  Let me try this another way….

Daughter Two: “So, Mom, I’ve been having some trouble with the tooth fairy.”

Me: “What kind of trouble?” (Asked in a sing-song, Mary Poppins voice – ‘cause that’s how I roll)

Daughter Two: “Well I put my tooth under my pillow last night and the tooth fairy didn’t come.  AGAIN.”

Me (feigning surprise): “Oh, you put that under your pillow already? “

I should note that at this point she is glaring at me like something from “Evil Dead” and I am realizing that there is a very good reason that second children have an actual syndrome named after their status in life.  Thank GOD I was a first born.

Daughter Two: “Yes, yes I did.  And once again she is late.  MAYBE she’ll make it tonight.”

Final piercing glare then exit, stage left.

And then I knew.  I knew that she knew that I knew that she KNEW.   We were there – that delicate crossroad in life when the fairy tale ends but no one is ready to say the words.   She knew that the fairy wasn’t delayed because of a volcanic explosion in Iceland that grounded all creatures of flight or late by a couple of days because she had a broken wing.   Uh-huh, before you ask, used them both and few more.  Like I said above – second child syndrome is real for a reason.

So bittersweet is that moment of knowing, for both of us.  Because now I know that she knows that I definitely suck as a fairy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make some interest payments on an enamel coated dentin blob.

Off Road Life

I should state up front that I am not a quad fanatic, dirtbiker, or Dacar Rally participant(although that last one may have to be added to the bucket list because it is VERY cool).  I am however a big fan of the “road less traveled” lifestyle.  The kind of life lived wherein friends and family simultaneously find themselves both shuddering in horror and desiring to try on some of your choices.

To date I have lived in 24 homes, 2 countries, and 7 states.  My choices are not for the faint of heart – in fact some days I am not even sure if they are for me – but life is short and the world is big.    To many friends and family we are the wild things. The take chances and hopefully land on our feet people. To others we are just plain crazy (not entirely sure they are wrong in that assessment). To myself I think, “Wow – only 2 countries?  When did I get so boring?”

But what about those who have forsaken the path altogether?  They are not on the well-worn nor the less travelled.  Instead they are bushwhacking their way into adventures that even those of us who walk on the wild side are shy to go.

There is a whole other subculture that I envy and whom I want to emulate when I one day pluck some vestige of courage out of the mountain air.  It’s a lifestyle that requires throwing off every expectation of what is “normal” and forging ahead with a boldness that is often mistaken for irresponsibility (okay, that can really be a fine line to walk).

These are the off-road, beating new paths, wild folk who can live in real freedom and toss what the world thinks out the window as they head into the next adventure.   Ahhh..sweet freedom.  Which path do you follow?  Are you a straight and narrow kind of traveler or, to quote some beloved pop culture sci-fi AKA Star Trek, do you yearn “to explore strange new worlds; To seek out new life and new civilizations; To boldly go where no man has gone before” ?

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to
decide.”  ~Napoeon Bonaparte

Where will your next adventure take you?

Soul Soother

Six Word Saturday

 

 

 

 

 UNABASHEDLY  WANDERING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED.

I poached this fun game from  http://www.showmyface.com .

Want to play along?  All that’s necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words. Feel free to explain or not explain. For more information, try clicking here.  (clicking here will magically transport you to Show My Face’s page where you can read more about her and how the game originated)
If you play along in your blog, please add a link.  Please link back to both my page AND Show My Face.

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All the World’s in Words

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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see  the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from  Chaos?

As the realms of Fae…

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Bring out yer dead…..

Okay, not quite our dead but we are in the midst of a great purge of unessential extras.  A family of five can rack up a lot of extra “stuff” in a very short period of time.  My son can actually accumulate a roomful of items in a matter of minutes.  It’s a gift.  And not a good one.

Purging the worldly goods is cleansing for both house and soul.  For ourselves it is easier to function, work, and create when the clutter is no longer taking up both time and attention.  For our home, it is easier to upkeep when there are not mountains of things to move in order to clean, repair, and maintain.

This year we are doubling our purging efforts due to the combined annual spring cleaning coupled with an upcoming move.  The more we get rid of, the less I have to pack and carry.   It’s simple mathematics really.   Cleaning – accumulated riff raff * stuff + charity =  happy + me

This year we asked ourselves a new clean out question.  How many ways are there to get rid of your stuff while still maintaining sanity and being ecofriendly?  Turns out quite a few.

GARAGE SALE:  Well this one was first for us and I can now tell you it is a great way to meet people, get rid of stuff, make some money, and hang with the neighbors all at one time.   We partnered with a couple of neighbors and held the sale between two driveways.  Garage salers are early birds so we held our sale from 8 to noon and we still had a few people show up by 7:45.  Yes, in the morning.  It’s a lifestyle choice.

Apparently “multi-family sale” is a hot ticket on the garage sale circuit so if you can join forces I highly recommend this approach.  This is recycling at it’s best.  Our sold items are now “new to you” items for our customers and we get to know that things like the baby stroller and toddler toys are going to receive more love.

If you want to make a party of it, along with bringing in some extra coin, I would recommend having the kids set up a coffee/lemonade/muffin stand to address your customers potential snack needs.  And definitely a pitcher of mimosa for you and the neighbors.

DONATION CENTERS:     Super ecofriendly and charitable way to rotate goods.  There are oodles of organizations that would love to take your unwanted items off your hands.   Our extra clothes, toys, household items, and furniture made their way to the Salvation Army via the back of my truck but if you don’t have the means to get your stuff up and out many places will come and get it for you.   Make sure that the things you are donating are in fair to excellent condition.  Some things really do need to go in the garbage.

Along with feeling good about giving our items to a good cause comes the added bonus of a tax write off.   If you donate don’t forget to get a receipt!   Here is a quick tip-of-the-iceberg list of places you can contact to donate your own household items:

  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • American Legion
  • Local churches and religious organizations.

You can do an online search or check the phonebook (yes, some people still use them) for local branches and other non-profit organizations.   FYI – you can also donate cars, boats, and even houses if you are in a really big purge mode!

FREE:  We had a couple of big items that we didn’t want to keep, didn’t want to pack, and didn’t want to donate.   Right…..so what did we do with them?  We opted for a “if you can move it you can have it” approach with friends and neighbors.   Everyone wins and we can still “visit” our stuff.

RECYCLE CENTER:  Some items have been used to death, literally, so we had no choice but to throw them out.   Instead of tossing them in the trash can we separated by plastic, paper, etc. for disposal at the local recycling center.  Less waste for everyone. Plus who knows?  Maybe in the not too distant future we will be driving a car made from my old planters.

SWAP PARTY:  While we didn’t go this route it is definitely something I want to try in the future.   Get a group of friends and their stuff together and everyone can switch out their old items for “new” toys, clothes, and gadgets.   When we try this it will be a potluck and swap.   Hmmmm, maybe a nice way to get some new serving dishes….

So, now we have cleared our stuff to let creativity flow and floor space appear.  Take a look around your own place and see what’s needed and what’s holding back your happy.  Then find a fun, easy way to get it out of your home!

p.s. – If you don’t recognize the quote from the post heading you need to download Monty Python’s Holy Grail immediately.  Your life has been missing something. Go.  Do it.  Now.