"I only get one life and I will not let Fibromyalgia take the joy from my living it."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How To Not Make A Teacher's Gift Off Pinterest

The It's that time of year again. So much to do. Including, a gift for your kid's teacher. You want them to like it but also want to be crafty. You looked at Pinterest but let's face it… that's time, money, energy. Not to mention skill. And I will bet, if you think it's cute the other moms do too. which means they're going to get a lot of the same thing. So this year I thought what do I still have that a child gave me all those years ago? And it's on my couch all these years later. A little travel pillow with a homemade pillowcase. Let's not get crazy. I'm not going to make a homemade pillow case. So I adjusted her idea. A travel pillow with case, a book that you enjoyed, a postcard, all tied up with a pretty ribbon. I got it all at Walmart so no running all over town to get it done. Address the postcard to the teacher and write a sweet note from your child. It is budget friendly. You can even give them used books and write your note on the inside of the book, "I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Love, little Johnny's mom" 


Saturday, April 9, 2016

My Life is Written in This Wood

Welcoming a new kitchen table to our home. I may cry. I helped my husband buy the old one when we were just friends. Then came dating and marriage. Almost 14 years of marriage, in fact. I fed all five of our babies at that table and many others, hosted countless guests. It has dents from kids banging, stains from "washable" markers and one chair has a chew mark from the only thing Bradley ever chewed on. One chair completely retired from the kids breaking it in an MMA fight. It was an excellent table. I shouldn't be this attached. Yet, I am. But we need more space.  So here's our new table. Another good bargain.  This one from a garage sale. Nothing to fuss about when the kids dent it, scratch it and stain it. And they are young enough to still do all of those things so I can become firmly attached to this table. So please, bring your babies to eat and play. Come sit at my table. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Stock in Parent Life

Krazy Glue.… just one of the many things to buy stock in when you become a parent. Nothing stops tears faster than saying, "I can fix it." 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Club is Not for Cowards

If you have not joined a Bookclub, I highly recommend that you do so. When I first joined it took me a long time to really get involved. I didn't immediately click with the people. I did not always finish the books because of my home life. But in the last few years I have found solace in my monthly book club. And I hate to miss it. And I have found some of my best friends in this book club. I have revived my joy for reading which helps me to escape this difficult life. And reading is something that I can do with the fibromyalgia. With the new Kindle unlimited immersion program I can switch from reading to listening in the same book. When I put my kids down for bed I put headphones on and listen to the book while I am doing housework. But then when I'm ready to go to bed I simply switch over to reading text. It will save your spot. It syncs from phone to Kindle or apps. Yes, I like a paper book. Yet technology has made reading easier. 

Author Callie Newman joined our Bookclub last night as we discussed her book We're All Mad Here. Check it out on Amazon. I really enjoyed it. I told her that when I finished, I immediately went to Amazon to find her other books only to find that this is her first. Sad because I couldn't jump into another one right away but delighted because if the first one was this good then they should only get better.