Monday, June 29, 2015


My sister isn't speaking to my parents.

My oldest sister is talking out the side of her neck on Facebook and I am just trying to stay out of the middle of everything that everyone has going on.

Codi is with us and she's enjoying her stay. Elizabeth loves having her here. I do too. She's a darling and I love her dearly. I only wish she would eat more than mac & cheese and peanut butter. I've gone through countless boxes of macaroni and two 4 pound jars of peanut butter (in 2 weeks.) I didn't know it was possible to eat that much peanut butter.

Nick is still looking a job. He can't seem to get anyone to call him back which I know is frustrating him to no end. It's frustrating me too.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 123

Things I am grateful for today

1. Having had the weekend off. I took a 3 day weekend which I rarely do anymore and I really needed it.

2. An early 4th of July celebration in Stedman where we saw an amazing fireworks show.

3. Elizabeth and Codi had fun at the fireworks. Elizabeth got see her friends which was a bonus for her.

4. A clean house

5. Getting to go back to work tomorrow. I always enjoy the time off but I enjoy going back to which is probably the best thing ever.

Friday, June 26, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 40

Favorite music: Any sort of top 40 station with a bit of alternative rock thrown in.

Favorite genre of movies: action movies

Favorite genre of books: historical fiction and mysteries.

Favorite colors: purple and black

Favorite season: spring and fall

Favorite sport to watch: gymnastics and ice skating

Favorite way to spend quiet time: with a cup of coffee and a good book.

For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain't the Lyceum!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Answer Me This # 12

Answer Me This

1. How often do you take public transportation? Very rarely because there is no public transportation available in the places I frequent.

2. How many cousins do you have? 8 first cousins, 14 2nd cousins with one more on the way (due in September) and 1 3rd cousin. There are more 2nd cousins than I counted because my cousin Gordon has children but none of us are clear on the exact number of kids. Also more 3rd cousins because one of his daughters has made him a grandfather.

3. Have you ever fired a gun? Yes. I was a cadet colonel in ROTC and learned to shoot from that plus my husband hunts and so I have had plenty of occasions to handle firearms.

4. Do you ride roller coasters? No. I don't go places where they have roller coasters.

5. What's your favorite flower? Tulips of any color and wildflowers, the brighter, the better.

6. Are you allergic to anything? Pollen. Latex. 

Monday, June 22, 2015


Between children drama and sister drama and work drama and just drama drama drama, I am beyond exhausted.

I could use a vacation. It's too bad I don't have another one until October at the earliest (even though I won't take it until January.)

I'm going to need people to take a break with the dramatics for awhile.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 122

Things I am grateful for today

1. The fathers in my life; my own, my husband and his father. They are all amazing.

2. Getting the opportunity to attend church with my daddy (and my mama) this morning.

3. the amazing visiting preacher (even if I did think he was going to have a heart attack.)

4. a good night (so far) at work.

5. Being loved.

Friday, June 19, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 39

I am turning into my mother. The jury is still out on how I feel about this turn of events.

I have caught myself humming a tune that my mother used to hum when we were kids. It's a tune that she made up or it's some tune that has no actual words and lo and behold, here I am humming it all these years later.

Likewise, I'm finding zero tolerance for bull and drama. So much like Mama.

I keep opening my mouth to say things to my children and then looking around wondering where she is hiding. Do all women go through this? Because it's both amusing and annoying at the same time.

The other day I told Elizabeth "only people who won't find something to do are bored." along with "there are plenty of things to do if you would just do them." So much mama.

I'm thinking about returning to church. I've been contemplating it for awhile. The church shooting in Charleston made me cry and I just can't understand how anyone can walk into a place of worship and think it's okay to pray with people and then gun them down. I don't know that I will ever fully comprehend something like that.
Next week is going to be taxing for me. I'm just going to take it one day a time. 

For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain't the Lyceum!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Answer Me This # 11

Yesterday a gun man murdered 9 people who were at a Wednesday night prayer service at a church in Charleston, in a church that has historical significance to both the history of the city and to people of color. My heart goes out to the victims' families and I am praying for the healing of both those who were fortunate enough to survive but also the city and the nation as we come to grips with this atrocity.

Answer Me This

1. Have you ever walked out of a movie? I don't go to the movie theater enough to have walked out of a movie.But, I have stopped watching movies at home a little bit into them if I find they are stupid or boring or not working for me.

2. What do you use most often for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone? Laptop and tablet.

3. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? My purse from the truck while I was stopped at a store many years ago.

4. Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group? No

5. Do you abstain from meat on Fridays? I'm not Catholic so no, not for religious reasons.

6. Seen anything weird lately? The whole world seems weird at this point.

Monday, June 15, 2015


It seems that we have a guest for the summer. I am happy about this. Elizabeth is happy about this. Codi is happy to be here.

I am trying to plan a few things out so they will have stuff to do and not be bored by me working all the time.

So far the lake and the park have made the list. Fireworks at the 4th of July. Library trips. Maybe a trip to Raleigh before school starts to visit the museums.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 121

Things I am grateful for today

1. sunshine

2. copious amounts of coffee

3. preteen girls giggling in the wee hours of the morning

4. Elizabeth and Codi's creativity in turning the sun room into whatever they want it to be at the moment. 

5. many reasons to smile.

Friday, June 12, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 38

School is officially out for summer. Elizabeth is excited. I picked Codi up after I got off work tonight and she will be spending part of the summer with us. We are so glad to have her here.

I have a reading list that is approximately 50 books long. I'm thinking I may never get to the end of the list particularly since I keep adding things as I I'm trying to incorporate some non fiction into my reading list. I tend to like memoirs and works of fiction better than actual nonfiction.

My parents are frequent visitors at my house since we moved. I am very much enjoying this turn of events. Ironically, we see them more now and we live closer in 2 separate counties than we did in the same county.

I am so very much excited about summer break. I am hoping to be able to do a series of things with the girls that will take their summer from ordinary and boring to special.

We are in serious need of some rain. Not as serious as California obviously, but definitely serious. The corn is turning into wispy brown stalks with no corn of which to speak.

I am in a good mood today even though I had to work all evening. And my goodness it was busy. Busy is good however.

I don't really know how I want to evolve my space here. I could use suggestions.

For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain't the Lyceum!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Answer Me This # 10

Answer Me This

1. How did you get your name? My grandfather came up with my name. My mother wanted to name me Elsie Yvonne and he told her not to "saddle" me with that name. He suggested Wanda Marie and my parents liked it and so here are we are today.

2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day? I say a prayer of gratitude as I am getting out of bed. Often at various points throughout the day, I find myself praying. 

3. Did your mom work or stay home (or both)? Both. She stayed home for years and years. And then when I was 16, she went to work at MJ Soffee for awhile and then she and my dad started their own business.

4. Do you vote? Yes, I do vote.

5. What's your favorite drink? Coffee. And then more coffee. And then water.

6. How are your photography skills? They are... um... abysmal. Which sucks because I like to take pictures. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Less than 3 days before the end of school

They should have been out today but because of the snow and the wicked weather over the winter, the school year got extended.

How did the time fly by so quickly already? And what in the happy heck am I going to do with Elizabeth all summer to keep her entertained?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 120

Things I am grateful for today

1. home cooked meals.

2. Lilly, my fuzzy little cotton ball shih-tzu.

3. sunshine

4. flowers

5. finishing a book that I thought I was going to end up putting down because it was so slow going for the first 150 pages. The end of the book was honestly the very best part because it all came together but getting there was almost torture.

Friday, June 5, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 37

You know how you want to reach out and shake someone when they are making a series of mistakes and you know they are making them and everyone knows they are making them but they don't realize it? You can't. You can't shake them. You can't talk sense into them. You can only let them make the series of mistakes that everyone else can see coming for 900 miles and hope the lesson they end up learning sticks and is powerful enough to keep them from making that mistake again.

The world is a crazy place and I have been trying to avoid the news for the most part but some things just can't be ignored.

I was supposed to have a decent schedule this month but then I was asked to work a day I wasn't scheduled and it threw my whole carefully scheduled days off into a tailspin. I make the schedule and make mine last after giving everyone everything they have asked for. I take the left over days so to speak. I'm not amused with the 8 day stretch I will be doing later this month. Not amused at all.

I have been somewhat quiet on Twitter which isn't like at me at all. I think I just need a bit of a break.

Work has been pretty good besides the whole "people being selfish about off days". The guests have been amazing and I have had several of them tell me they are so glad that it's me behind they desk when they arrive because they know "things will be correct and you will take care of us." That made me feel pretty good. It's also true.

There's a law fight brewing at the state level about magistrates who want to opt out of performing same sex marriages. This makes me tired. The governor vetoed the bill and said they are government officials and are sworn to uphold the law and the constitution but the Republican controlled Congress had promised to override his veto. This state is backwards in a lot of ways.

Hopefully next week, I will be cheerier. I'm doubting it but one can hope.

For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain't the Lyceum!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Answer Me This # 9

Answer Me This

1. What's something you've won and how did you win it? I won tickets to go see Nickelback several years ago. It was my first official concert and I loved Nickelback at the time. The radio station was having a call in contest and I took Chris's phone and called on a whim and somehow managed to win.

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why? I save a few depending on whom sent them. I have all the ones Chris has ever given me and I have one or two from my long deceased grandmother.

3. When you're at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? In the house, barefoot. If I go outside to sit with my coffee, I put on sandals.

4. Who's the most famous person you have ever met? I have talked with former President Bill Clinton on the phone. I've met a Medal of Honor winner and several 90's hip hop stars. Also, a handful of professional WWE wrestlers. I love my job.

5. What has been your best work of art? I can't even answer that question.

6. What's your strongest sense? My sense of smell. Certain scents are wonderful and there are others that will  instantly make me feel sick. It's both a good and bad thing.

Monday, June 1, 2015


I am missing people today and there's nothing I can do about it.

My former best friend renewed her wedding vows yesterday in  a ceremony that was beautiful from what the pictures showed. I am happy for them. We are facebook friends now and not really in real life friends anymore which is sad in so many ways. I stopped reaching out awhile ago because it seemed so pointless. Life got busy and we both moved on. Doesn't mean I don't miss her though.

I am missing people who have passed on. I talk to various people in my mind and sometimes out loud. No they don't actually answer me but it makes me feel better sometimes.

I'm in a mood today.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...