Wednesday, December 31, 2008

To Lighten Things Up In Here A Bit ...

Do any of you make New Year's Resolutions? I’ve decided since I keep setting myself up to fail anyway, I'm going to make it easy on myself this time.

In 2009:

~ I will worry and fret too much. Especially over the things I cannot control, making it impossible to get enough sleep.
~ I will be tired and drained before I even start my day.
~ I will make it my goal to overeat. Certain “times of the month” I’ll do just about anything for a supreme hand-tossed pizza with extra cheese. If I can meet this goal, my butt will get even bigger than it is now but my bust size will stay exactly the same or get even smaller.
~ I will NOT work out to get in shape.
~ I will be slothful and spend too much time on the Internet when I should be doing other things.
~ I will fail to keep my house in perfect order.
~ I will get very upset once a month and take it out on my poor, unfortunate, unsuspecting husband when he has done absolutely nothing to deserve it. Then, I will make it up to him by being super-sweet for a couple of weeks before it happens again just to keep him totally confused and on his toes. :)

Just wondering … Does reverse psychology work when you are trying it on yourself?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bitter-Sweet Sixteen

12/26/1992

mom dad and stephen 12/26/2008
Happy 16th - You've come a looooong way baby! We love you!


This birthday was a bittersweet milestone.

I'd be lying if I said it didn't just about kill me when I reached for the "Cars" paper plates and napkins for Stephen's birthday party. Right there in the middle of Walmart, it hit me like a ton of bricks and it was all I could do to keep it together.

You never know when or how hard reality is going to hit you. But you don't want it to be in the middle of Walmart. So I took a deep breath, bit my bottom lip and tried not to think about it. Like Scarlet O hara, “I'll worry about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow IS another day.”

The vision quickly appeared in my mind of how Stephen's sixteenth birthday "should" have been. We should be buying him a "real" car and he should be getting his drivers license.

But, it just wasn't to be.

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If you think the above journal entry is bad, you should have read the one I wrote for my private diary.

I'm better today. My sixteen year old is laying here beside me, watching movies, and I feel more blessed than I deserve. The other day, I was seeing the glass half empty. I am partially blaming PMS for that. Today, I am seeing the glass half full.

No. It is over flowing!

As a side-note: I apologize for not having a better birthday photo. This was the best one of the three of us. Believe it or not, the others were even worse. It’s been Christmas/Birthday Palooza around here and we were all feeling it by the time this photo was taken. But, even so, would it have killed me to apply a little makeup and do something with my stringy hair? Sorry guys, you get a glimpse of the “natural” me. Darn men never need to primp. It isn’t fair …

Anyway-

Wishing all of you a Happy & Blessed New Year!



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why Our Tree Looks Like Crap ...

lucy under the tree

Don't let Lucy's cuteness fool you. She was trying to "blend" so she can do this:
Lucy introducing herself to the tree
On her way up
There's GOT to be a bird in here somewhere!
Lucy sleeping under the tree
tree with lights
I took a picture right after I decorated it because I knew in my heart it would never look like this again. I was right.
Glenda, if you're reading this, yesterday, Lucy and Stephen played kickball with one of the ornaments you gave me. The 2005 ornament. Which, by the way, was my favorite one. When I realized the cat and the boy were going to do this (Lucy starts it!), I figured I better get my glass ornaments off of the tree. I missed this one. But Lucy found it. :( My dearest friend Glenda buys me a beautiful ornament every year. Maybe ... starting next year, you might want to get me an ugly plastic one. Lucy hasn't touched any of my ugly ones. ... Darn cat!

I will update again, soon. But it may be after Christmas. I have to get started in the kitchen today and won't come out till ... whenever.
I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Warning About Craigslist Scammers ...

First of all, let me start by saying we have these items for sale on Craigslist.com. I’ll share the photos with you here so you won’t have to click over.

Custom Made Standing Floor Mirror.
Shape: Rectangle Size: 66 inch length by 22 inch width
Material: Steel frame and stand. Beveled glass mirror.

And the granite top table, which I have already told you all about:


These are all custom designed and hand-made by my husband; He isfinishing up a design for a kitchen rack for pots and pans right now and I'll show you that when he is finished.

I quickly caught on to add the following to the ad:

Local buyers only. Cash only. NO "OVERNIGHT CASHIERS" CHECKS!!!

But it doesn’t matter. Duplicitous scammers still manage to send emails such as this:

Hello How are you doing.....i would like to know if this item is stillfor sales if yes please get back to me ASAP....here is my phone number!503-665-3195....please email me your phone number! Thanks (I googled their number and found out they are scammers, just as we suspected.)

Also, this is a popular email we’ve received (This one is my favorite):
Hello,
Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okaywith the condition and price of the item, am ready for its purchaseand my form of payment will be by sending you Check via UPS next daydelivery................
I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will beincluded in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up companyto schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location aftercheck has been cashed,as i have otherproperties to be moved alongsidewith yours.
I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my workframe that might not be possible,but if you have the pics,might wantto have a good look. Please do get back to me with your full name andaddress including your cell and land number so i can make out payment............
Regards.
Um, yeah. Right. Hey, I know! Why don’t I just give you turn-by-turn directions to my home so you can just come on over and use the key to get in and take whatever you want? I’ll leave the key under the mat for your convenience. --- I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

We’ve been trying to sell my husband’s custom made metal furniture designs on Craig’s list since September and we’ve never gotten an honest inquiry. Honest buyers are out there. I know this because we have bought items on Craig’s list before and we are honest people. However, just because we’re honest, doesn’t mean we’re gullible. It bothers me when I read reports on the internet of people who have fallen victim to these scammers and apparently, none of them have gotten in trouble because they are using fake names and can‘t be located.


Our items are located at my husbands fabrication shop in the middle of the industrial park which has an eight foot fence topped with barbed wire around it, and it is patrolled by the local police department at night. I’d never give strangers directions to my home or my personal information.


From what I understand, these scum-suckers send you a check far beyond the amount you asked for, then tell you to cash it and wire them the difference and tell you to keep $100 for your trouble. The mover never shows up and two weeks later, your bank informs you the check was a fake and you owe the bank the full amount of that check and whatever fees incurred as a result of your gullibility. And the icing on the cake is, they have all of your personal information of which they could use to do their next scam. Well, how simply delightful!


I’m not going to continue with Craig’s List. I think it’s fine if you’re selling something under $100 but the higher your asking price, the more response you’ll receive from scammers. Serious buyers on Craig’s list are looking for low prices. I got two Kennedy Rockers for $30 a few months ago! Cool, huh?


I don't really want to go with E-Bay either. So I'm not sure at this point what to do. I'll keep y'all posted and if you have any experience with this sort of thing, please let me know.



Monday, December 1, 2008

Darn, darn, darn!

So it appears I lost my music list when I redecorated for Christmas. :( And, now I can't remember how on earth I even posted the doggone thing. Anyone want to give me a brief tutorial that even "I" could understand so I can add it back?

Totally off the subject, but don't you just love my new profile pic of Stephen and Santa? This was taken last year when we had breakfast with Santa at the mall. And we're doing that again next week! I'll blog about all that later.

Again, I'd appreciate it if someone can tell me how to add that music again. =)

Thanks!

Two Blogs In One ...

Thanksgiving Dinner



I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was nice and laid back. I enjoyed not having to cook -- and missed cooking at the same time.


My mama wasn't feeling well at all. Making the banana pudding took too much out of her, bless her little heart. Not only did she feel bad, physically, she was also very depressed because she was unable to stand at the stove and make her famous pies like she used to do in times past. Mama did manage to give me a compliment, which made my day. As we sat down and sampled everything on our plates, mama said, "Well, baby doll, I can say one thing; Their dressing is good but your dressing is much better." Aw, how nice of her to say that. I think she's getting soft on me. I must tell you, as much as that compliment meant to me, I tensed up and avoided eye contact with the husband because, as I stated in my previous post, he has made his feelings abundantly clear about our "food critic behavior."


Mama and daddy left right after eating so mama could go home and take a long nap and I didn't even hear from them until the next morning.


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Oh, NO he Didn't!


After my parents left, the husband and I cleared the dishes and had the following conversation:


Husband: I have a confession ...


Me: Yeah? ... What is it?


Husband: I didn't like the turkey done that way and your dressing is way better.


Me: ??? - Really, sweetie? I'll make the turkey and dressing just the way you like it for Christmas, Okay?


Husband: Yeah, that'd be great; I can't wait till Christmas! ::Big smile:: (followed with giving me tender kiss and cozy hug)


Yes, I had to bite my lip when the urge washed all over me to come back with something like, "What? You're a food critic now?" But, if I had done that, it would have kept the fuss going, don't you think? No doubt, I would have missed out on that hug and kiss, too. Plus, the husband set a very good example for me by not saying all of this during dinner. I'm beginning to see where he's coming from.
-- Well, not really. That's a lie. I honestly don’t understand how he feels. But, I'll be a good girl and respect how he feels and try really, really hard to keep my hypercritical comments to myself while we're eating dinner out (wish me lots of luck with that). I’ll even say I appreciate my dear husband for pointing that out. After all, the main reason we started having a date night on Fridays in the first place was to help mend our relationship and I'm not exactly helping by doing something I know irritates the daylights out of him. And, I wouldn’t have known how much that bothers him if he hadn’t told me.



Communication and Respect. Those words are critical in a marriage. I only wish we had done more communicating and respecting in our earlier years. We could have saved ourselves a lot of pain and trouble.
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I am slowly making my rounds and visiting all of my favorite blogs. Stephen is back in school today after being home since last Wednesday. I am way behind on laundry and have to pay bills today AND I have to cook a real meal for the first time since last week.

Y'all take care!