Monthly Archives: July 2010

>A Wordless Day III



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>Our Tuesday Night Surprise


 So, after I got home from work on Tuesday, I checked on my blog post, commented on blogs I follow and the teasers that were posted, and went to bed. I had the most wicked headache I’ve had in a few months. I was sick at my stomach….and I’ll stop there. Just tmi.

Honey called and said he was on the way home; earlier, I’d sent a text telling him I didn’t feel like cooking and asked if he’d pick something up. Okay?

He calls me. I’m assuming it’s his usual call letting me know he’s on the road. Nope. He asks if I’ve taken anything for my head. I reply that I’d just taken two Excedrin (I usually only take one). He pauses then tells me to not come outside, at all, for any reason whatsoever. Headache spike!!! Why? Our front door, at some point in the past, had a screen/storm door and there is still a cylinder there for it. He told me that, coiled around it, at our front door, is a four or five foot snake.

Okay, I’m creeped out but not afraid. I grew up in the country and I can remember being a very young child, maybe four or five years old….and my uncle asking me to hold a new snake for him while he rustled up a feed sack to put it in. Our family lived all around each other and lots of things were considered common property. The barn, my grandparent’s barn, with all the hay in the loft, also had lots of chickens that roosted there. Rats would come and eat the eggs. My uncle, who had a pet king snake for years, would catch king, black, and green snakes and set them loose in the barn for catching rats. So, I would hold them. No biggie. Just a little creepy….

I sent my nephew a text and he right away responded with the question of its color. If it was brown, he said to kill it. I’d already told Honey if it was black or green, to just scare it off. Well, in the process of scaring it off, he saw its color. Brown. OMG! A freaking poisonous copperhead was hanging from my freaking front door!!!!

Honey shot a few pics with his phone, as well as the creepiest video. He got impatient with uploading the video, but he sent me a pic so I could blog about it. Here it is….

*shuddershuddershudder* wait, not done *shudder*

here’s the video

>A Little Something Jane….*Snort*….With A Twist


 I love movies based on Jane Austen books. 
 I also love to read Jane Austen Books. This was my first one, Sense and Sensibility. Pride and Prejudice was second. They did such a wonderful job at casting that I see the actors in my head when I read them….
 This summer, it was my intention to read Northanger Abbey and Emma….
….but time is speeding by so fast that it may be the holidays before I get around to them. However, Frank over at The Voices In Frank’s Head posted something quite intriguing. Something fresh and new…
Have you seen the movie, The Jane Austen Book Club? Great movie…
Well, here’s one for ya….enjoy! 🙂

>Oops, I Did It Again!!! (Teaser Tuesday)


Last week, I participated for the first time in the Teaser Tuesday blog event. Hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading, this is a fun, interactive way to discover new reads, be reminded of old ones, and meet lots of interesting people in the process.

Anyone can join in, all you have to do is:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants (and anyone reading the post) can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser. 

Ready? ‘K, here goes….

Mo fell to his knees beside Dustfinger’s motionless body. He wanted to lie down beside him, to stop breathing, too, stop feeling, but the solders hauled him up and bound his hands.

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke p. 516

Um, apparently I have authority issues…or issues with rules. See, I posted last week that I was waiting on a book, so I picked an old read. Well, I got the book, but I already did a post about it…so…I went looking for something I haven’t posted about before. Inkdeath is the last of the trilogy by Cornelia Funke. They’re  epic reads and Inkdeath does go on for a long time, but it’s worth it, really. Dustfinger!!!!!!

Did you know that she wrote the book, Inkheart, with Brenden Frasier in mind for Mo?

***I have no idea what is going on with this post….it’s moving all over the place, even when I try to fix it. There’s tons of space between paragraphs that aren’t there on my draft. Sorry for the inconvenience!***



 I have a thing for giraffes. I found this picture at Hobby Lobby, along with the little statue, two years ago. They used to sit in this tiny little nook on a tiny little table in the town home we rented. Now, they occupy a place in one of our two little hallways.

 I also have a thing for globes, old maps, maps of make believe lands, like Middle Earth…found this at Kirkland’s in December of last year. I couldn’t get a very good pic and you can’t see the vase that sits beside/beneath it…I’m fortunate that Honey likes maps and globes, too….

 We’re almost never in the living room and we found out, after going under contract, that the fireplace was a coal burning fireplace. We bought one of those heaters that has ‘flames’ and inserted it. It really looks pretty good in the winter, and on rainy days…we still have work to do in here, though….Honey picked out the picture two years ago-it used to be over our sofa…another Hobby Lobby find.

 What prompted this particular post. Our kitchen has very limited cabinet space. Today, Honey and his brother, I’ll call him Tat (full sleeves and body tattoos) went to their Nanny’s house (she’s in a nursing home and PawPaw is in Heaven) and picked up this great piece of furniture. I’ve already begun filling it with dishes. It’s darker than it looks, which is great because our table is almost espresso in color…I’m very happy that Honey has an heirloom from his Nanny and Pawpaw….

 I thought, since I took a pic of the new hutch, I’d snap a few pics that reflected a little bit of me, the ‘flavors’ I like. This is one bookshelf in my little office. The other one is much fuller but messy because I’m in the process of adding some work stuff, so…

 What? Don’t you have a couple stuffed animals somewhere? Many of these actually travel to work with me because I use them with themes and books. Several are gifts from Honey or friends, too…I love the bug-eyed cat that Honey got me one year for St. Patrick’s Day. That rabbit in the back wearing a sweater? Nephew got it for me when he was still in elementary school (he’s 24 now). Sister got me the rabbit with the straw hat…

 These two sit beside my desk. I’ve actually slept with the rabbit (I’ve had him a looooong time) back when I lived alone and was going through a lot of stuff. The moose is a gift from a dear friend I don’t get to see anymore…

What my desk looks like right now. Well, my desk come vanity…most of the time, I take the ‘puter to my comfy chair in the opposite corner and play or write there….

This, ladies and gentlemen, ends our tour. Come back next time when we’ve had a chance to complete more of the home projects we have planned. On the list: kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, painting the half bath, painting all the trim, replacing all the switch covers, adding a rug/carpet to the dining room, and putting more stuff on the walls.

(Okay, I hear Ellie May Clampet saying, “Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?” So, I’ll end with that 🙂 *waving*

>Beatin’ The Heat With A Little Snow….


It’s really hot outside and I don’t feel like doing too much
 I decided to be very lazy….
 ….and just put up a bunch of strips
 from my favorite toon/comic strip/characters
 of all time.
 I have many of the collections…
 but didn’t feel like snapping lots of pics, so I used the interwebs
  ….here are a few of the famous snowmen 
 that Calvin and Hobbes created (with Bill Waterson’s help)
I hope they make you laugh 
 …this one made me sad…it was the very last of the very best, ever.

>The Golden Eagle’s Tag-Now, You’re It!


When was the last time you saw someone attractive?
today, my Honey.
Where’s your phone right now?
beside my ‘puter
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
staying out of the heat, blogging, reading IT, writing, some housework, some dvr catching up, some Honey time….
Has someone ever made you a promise and broken it?
Last movie/DVD watched?
rented: Alice and Sherlock dvr/tv/mine: Penelope.
Does anything hurt on your body?
my head isn’t feeling too great….
How are you?
I’m okay, really glad it’s Friday.
Are you excited for next year?
Hmmm, well, if I get to graduate in the spring, yes. Also, I’d like to be finished, or nearly finished with my WIP…
Is your room clean?
Hahahahahahahahahaha..snort…hahahhahahahaha *tear* uh, no, not really….
How many pillows do you sleep with?
just one. Kitty Boss thinks I AM the pillow….
What are you doing?
listening to Kitty Boss meow at me-I think she wants to play and I’m too beat. I have cuddled with her, petted her and fed her. Daddy can play….
I bet you miss somebody right now?
my Honey, my sister, my mom….and getting to see my family regularly.
What are you planning on doing after this?
shower, sprite, recheck the blog/comments/replies, SLEEP.
Have you ever read an entire book in one day?
sure, lots of times!
Who did you push last?
um, I don’t push….
Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with?
gosh, Director, Co-Teacher, Assistant, blog buddies, myself, Honey…
Do you own any band t-shirts?
Nope, but I did use to have a cool Dragonball Z one…
What does your hair look like right now?
kinda messy, up in a hairbow….
Has anyone ever told you that you were their best friend?
thankfully, yes….
Did you get hurt today?
only in a small way-one of the kids put their chair down on my toes!
When was the last time you felt upset?
This morning!!!! GRRRR!!!
What are you looking forward to?
Honey getting home, a shower, sleep, reading, actually finishing my WIP one day, seeing my new niece soon, etc. lots of things, really
Do you currently want something?
some artwork, some jewelry, some books, some shoes, a magical device to hook to my brain/imagination and connect to the ‘puter so I can bypass all the writing and just input direct…..
What was the last thing you had to drink?
some sprite.
Who was the last person you said “i love you” to?
Honey just a few seconds ago
Where are you?
in a chair in my little office at home…
Do you like to walk in the rain?
as long as I don’t have to go anywhere after, sure. It’s fun! I like playing in the puddles after, too….
Do you like looking up at the stars?
sure, but I love the moon more….nighttime is my time…
Do you think you are a nice person?
usually, unless you use/hurt/take advantage of/steal from me. I think I’m a pretty good friend. I’d be a terrible enemy to have if I ever acted on the thoughts that go through my head sometimes…or if I let the words escape my mouth that run through my head….
Do you like swimming?
I love it, but I’m kinda out of shape….
Have you ever swam in the ocean?

Do you go to school?
I’m BACK in school and almost finished with my Associates degree in early childhood education….
Do you want to go to college?
I want to finish college
What do you want to be?
A published, successful writer who touches people, makes them wonder and think and pause and catch their breath…and wonder how they ever lived without my books….not much, huh?
Do you want kids?
I’m kinda past the age where that’s a good idea-I have a new niece and twelve 3 year olds to feed that hunger….
Do you like going to the beach?
yes, but not in the summer. I prefer fall, it’s cooler, less crowded, and anywhere I want to go is pretty much open…
Who is the last person you went to the mall with?
the mall…..? I sort of remember the mall….my Honey….?
Have you ever had any x-rays?
Oh yeah, a few: teeth, chest, foot, other foot, chest….
Who do you hate right now?
typically, I don’t hate ‘who’s; what’s are a different story…
Who is the last person you yelled at?
I had to yell to get my class’s attention today…
Who was the last to cook you food?
Mr. L who cooks at the daycare….
Are you in a complicated relationship?
No. My Honey isn’t complicated….lol
What did you do 2 nights ago?
blogged….bathed, slept….
Who was the last person you were on the phone with?
My Honey a few seconds ago…
Does a hug make you feel better?
I don’ t know if they make me feel better, but they are nice. At work, the kids give hugs for no reason, and they’re magical. Honey makes me feel safe, and co-workers make me feel loved….duh, I guess that’s ‘better’
How long ago did you hug someone?
today, just a few hours ago, unless Kitty Boss counts and Honey will be home in a few minutes, and he’ll get a hug….
Anything good happening tomorrow?
yep, sleep.
Have you kissed more than ten people this year?
Sure, all under the age of 5, plus my Honey and Kitty Boss
Do you have unlimited texting?
I think so….
Will you keep your last name when you get married?
You have to get a piercing, so what do you get?
My ears are pierced, I’d like to get a belly button one….
Have you ever felt like someone of the opposite sex truly cared about you?
yep. A favorite uncle, my Honey, my brother, my nephew….some friends….
Who was the last friend you got into a big argument with?
Ooooo, I don’t like to do big arguments, I’d have to say Honey, who’s my best friend…or my Daddy (God)….
Your phone is ringing. It’s the person you fell hardest for, what do you say?
“Hey Honey!”
Will you be in a relationship in the next couple months?
I sincerely hope so, for the rest of our lives!
Did you have any unread text messages when you woke up today?
Do you want to see somebody right now?
Do you think two people can last forever?
When was the last time you had a late night phone call?
Um, in the last few months, some of my family and friends will call later….
If you could move somewhere else, would you?
Move? I don’t know. There are lots of places I’d like to visit like Ireland, Scotland, England…
Would you be able to date someone who doesn’t make you laugh?
My husband got me because he made me laugh…
Has anyone ever sang to you?
the kids in my class sing all the time to me and Co-Teacher
When was the last time you bit someone?
I don’t bite!
Do you think you can love someone without trusting them?
Yes, but not fully….
Is there someone who you can spend every minute with and be happy?
yep, Honey. We used to work together, side by side….
Last person to make you smile?
Honey, he was being a smarty pants on the phone and was really funny
Have you ever wasted too much time on a certain boy?
uh…does an ex husband count?
How was last night?
it’s been a stressful week, last night was tiredness, followed by sleeplessness….
If you’re being extremely quiet, what does it mean?

I could be reading, blogging, writing, thinking, sad, listening to music on my ‘phones, not feeling good….
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
I HAVE hit rock bottom….
Do you have trust issues?
that would be a YES
Was this a good weekend?
gonna be
Were you happy when you woke up today?
I was tired when I woke up today….but happy that it was Friday…

I’m gonna do it the same way she did it-if you read through, consider yourself tagged!

>Turnabout…It’s Fair Play….


Co-Teacher’s son is an avid reader. He’s also a rabid Stephen King fan! It’s interesting and fun to discuss books with him. He also loves the Harry Potter series, as well as The Series of Unfortunate Events. But, according to him, King rules.  If you know me at all, you’ll know that I can’t leave that alone x~D   I have to argue, pick, compare, and get a rise out of him. His passion makes it way too easy…

It also makes him loyal, which is something I respect. I have read several of King’s books. Off the top of my head: Carrie, Cujo, Thinner, Needful Things, Misery, The Green Mile, Christine, The Eyes of the Dragon, and Night Shift.

I have recently gotten a friend to read Harry Potter, and he’s hooked. So it’s fair that I take Son’s advice and read It. Director said it scared the crap out of her as a teenager…

We’ll see….

What King books have your read? Is he your favorite author? If not, who is? And, have you ever read a book that scared the crap out of you or creeped you out so bad you had the willies for days?

***for me, it was John Saul’s Suffer the Children…I quit reading him after that…I was haunted and messed up for days!

>Looking For My Hauberk and Greaves….

>Warning: This post is very personal…and ultimately, deals with faith….

I’ve been at war my whole life. From the time I was a very young child, I would stand against my grandmother on my mom’s behalf, constantly parrying the cruel words, belittling comments, and despicable attitudes.

Then, I would turn and stand against my mom, on my own behalf, for the same things…

Later, as a teen, I fought internal wars…usually with myself. More often than not, I lost…

In my first marriage, I fought against a whole family who hated me simply because a man chose me over his mother….until the constant barrage of words/manipulations/plots became too much…

I fought against the side effects of my childhood, warped perceptions, skewed beliefs, and the conviction that I was a non-person.

Today, I fight for the children in my class. I fight, very carefully, for the fair treatment of my friends in their relationships. I fight for my nephew whose mother seems to have forgotten him. I fight for my marriage, in the form of honest discussions-before the need for yelling arises…

It is not in me to simply accept……easily. I don’t surrender……easily. 

I fight with words and silence. I fight with action and inaction. Mostly, I fight with prayer. No surprise, then, that, as far as faith and church go, a particular kind of ‘fighting’ is my calling….

I get weary. I get hit. I fall down….and often, sadly, stay down. This last time, for years. I’ve become less of a warrior and more of a sniper…

My Director/Boss/Friend and I were talking today about her husband. We talked about how she and I are similar and very different in our approaches to life and scary things. She has profound faith. She understands. She accepts…

I have faith. I have a semi-profound understanding. I do NOT accept…..easily. I question my Daddy; I argue with Him; I point out words He’s spoken and, in a child-like manner, stomp my foot in frustration and respectfully demand to know ‘why’ and ‘why not’ and I wait for an answer (I am that strong willed child, also a trait of a firstborn)…

Yesterday, on the way home from work, I did a little warring.

It felt good….

**Info Note: ‘Daddy’ – not a reference to a man, but to God, the only Father I’ve ever known…

>A Wordy Wednesday…


….down deep in the innermost depths of our secret, hidden selves 
lie the things we throw away 
feelings and thoughts 
memories and dreams 
nightmares and laughter….
they twist and writhe 
slither and creep…
giving life to unspeakable fears
spreading  their darkness
 painting dread
dripping menace
rsm 7/20/10
this is the color of my mind, the tone of my soul since monday…
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