Choosing My Happy

"Happiness is a choice." That's what the sign says on my sister's kitchen counter.  My eyes are drawn to it every time I climb up on one of her tall kitchen bar stools when I visit.  It's placement is perfect.  It's right next to the coffee pot, just seemingly taunting me and asking me if…

Nurses Need Superhero Capes

My son had surgery to repair a deviated septum and some sinus issues and for good measure, the ENT decided to yank out those pesky tonsils along as he was under general anesthesia. When they brought me back to the step-down recovery area, I giggled a little. Yeah, I'm a jerk. But it was kind…

Consideration of Others IS Consideration of Self

RESPECT - an act of giving particular attention: ConsiderationRespect is a vital ingredient to any relationship. It is needed for a healthy relationship with self, partner, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, competitor, stranger, boss, employee and even enemy. (Yes. There are enemies who hate one another but still respect one another.)I have encountered more disrespect in…

To-Do Lists Are Not Getting To-Done

SAHMs are constant list-writers, for the most part. We have lists of things to do, things to buy, whose turn it is to do the dishes and who is grounded from computer and for how long.  Sometimes my life is so jam-packed with activity, responsibility, items we've run out of, that I have to include…

Chocolate Rice Cereals VERBODEN

THIS is a picture of rat poop that I found on Photobucket.com.THIS is a picture of Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies (R).My kids tend to walk around while they eat and sometimes they spill. Do you want to know the meaning of the word PANIC ATTACK?? That would be ME seeing spilled Cocoa Krispies on the floor…

Cold Weather Helps Show Age

Ever notice how the older you get, the deeper you find yourself buried under the covers in cold weather? My husband is hiding under a sheet, a cotton and linen bedspread, an acrylic double-thick blanket and a giant handmade comforter made of brocade and stuffed with cotton batting. Yes, cotton batting...not polyester fiber filling. It's…

Chest Pains, Homeschool and Housework, OhMy!

Saturday I posted on Facebook that I was again experiencing serious chest pains and that my husband took me to the emergency room and of course, no cardiologist was on duty. That was on Friday night. We paid for an appointment for Sunday night. And I went Sunday night with his cousin (because he had…

It’s 12:30am, Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

Hectic doesn't begin to describe my life. I have accepted this. It isjust par for my course. I have grown accustomed to standing, fullydressed, keys in hand, purse on my shoulder, trying to herd 4 kidsout the door to school without waking the 5th kid, while handingout backpacks and making sure someone remembers to grab…

Why Don’t I Have the High-Metabolism?

It's so annoying to hear extremely thin people whohave difficulty gaining weight complain about what a problem it is to never get over 50 kilos when allthey do is eat! I am married to a high-metabolismguy and gave birth to 5 high-metabolism kids! While yes, I agree that having an extremely high metabolism rate can…