Why I won’t do anymore Fitbit Challenges…

Do you have one?  A fitbit?  It’s a blessing and a curse.  There are several features I really like about the fitbit.  And truth be told, I thought the challenges were fun…at first.

One on one with a friend or even one of my kids was fun.  The bantering.  The rematches.  The weeks in a row where you couldn’t get enough steps to save your life.  Then the weeks in a row where you couldn’t stop moving.  It was fun!

But then it got to be groups.  And well, for some reason the fun went away.  Maybe it was “competing” against people I didn’t know.  Maybe it was the pressure to always be checking and syncing the fitbit.  Maybe it was the feeling of inadequacy when I had a really bad week and just tanked.  Truthfully, it was not really any of those for me, but the pressure I put upon myself to sync regularly, hit a specific number of steps a day regardless of other responsibilities, and then feeling a lack of connection that should be there when people are supposed to be encouraging each other.

There it is.  There is the reason.  The lack of connection that should be there when people are supposed to be encouraging each other.  It seemed as if being a fitbit challenge replaced interaction between people.  Talking.  Now there is an idea.  Even just posting in the chat area on fitbit something like, “good job”, or “come on, you got this”…that, those types of statements, that’s what would make those challenges fun.

It’s not that the system isn’t designed to be able to do that.  It is.  The truth of the matter is, who really has time for that?  Technology takes up so much of our days.  Whether it be the infamous “5 minutes” on Facebook…or Pinterest.  Texting.  Email.  Many people manage their finances on a variety of technology types.  It’s not that a person’s heart isn’t in it.  It’s not that they are not thinking it.  Because truth be told, I could have done the same thing in the chats…and I rarely ever did.

**Excuse me while I go hang my head in shame.**

Okay.  Moving on.  This is not meant to condemn anyone for being in a fitbit challenge, not posting encouraging comments, not being in a fitbit challenge, posting encouraging comments (if you have time and you do…you are a rockstar!).  This is meant entirely to say that for me, personally, if I don’t have the time to post encouragement in a challenge with people I care deeply about, but I find myself feeling stress, anxiety, resentment (oh, I’ve had moments where I hated my fitbit…and the challenges), then I have absolutely no business doing the challenges!  I have no right to hold my friends/family to a standard that I myself will not give a high enough importance to make it a priority.  So I’m not.  I am choosing to no longer participate in something that is meant to help me be healthier, but is in reality causing me stress.

I will continue to enjoy and monitor the features I am getting benefit from.  The heart rate tracker.  The sleep tracker.  Step count (of course).  Even monitoring my water intake.  These are the benefits I enjoy tremendously.  They have been insightful and as I continue to make adjustments in my lifestyle, it’s awesome to watch the results reflected.

As for the challenges, I am going to exit stage left and leave them to the people who are truly enjoying them and getting great pleasure (and at times probably a nice win) to them.  Kuddos to you!

Be Blessed.

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Figuring out this new season…

We all know there are not just seasons on the earth.  There are seasons of life.  Young adult.  Newlywed.  New parent.  Toddler parent.  The yo-yoing stage of teen parent (where you get along one minute and fight constantly for the next 10 minutes ~ lol).  There is being the parent of an adult child and younger children, and the there is the all adult children season.

Again, I can not help but ask the question: how did this happen?  How did all of my kiddos become adults?  When did this happen?  I mean, I realize that the youngest one just technically, legally became an adult, but still…they are all graduated from high school.  One is graduated from round one of college (starting round two the end of the month, and that is it’s own post alone). The other two are looking to start in January.  (I get the whole wanting a break from school thing ~ they just graduated last month).

Anyhow, now I get to figure out this whole new season of life.  Not being a homeschool mom.  What exactly does that look like?  I am slowly figuring it out.  One day at a time.  One step at a time.

Anyone else out there know what I am talking about.  How did you manage the transition?  I would love some insight from others who have already walked this path. 😀

Be blessed.

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How has it been Four years….

It does not seem that long, and yet it seems like forever.  There are days it feels like just yesterday, and days that it seems further away.  Some days, my heart aches, but other days it sores with memories.  Songs can send me into a tailspin or make me laugh hysterically with crazy and fun memories.

On July 8th, it was four years ago that my dad died.  Cancer took him away.  He was too young.

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of my Dad.  I can be driving down the road and something totally irrelevant can make me think of him.  I look in the mirror, listen to myself talk … and I think of him.

There is no way I would have been able to write about him two years ago…even last year was questionable.  Now though…it is good.  I remember vividly every single thing in the weeks leading up to his passing.  It was hard.  Without question, the hardest path I have ever had to walk.

My husband lost his mom just a few years after we married.  It was devastating.  I did not know my husband, could not reach him.  He ached.  And I did not understand.  I could not.  About 8 years ago, my husband lost his father.  He managed the loss of his father like a champ.  Do not misunderstand.  He grieved.  Grieved deeply.  Not just the loss of his father, but also his parents.  I did not and still do not understand that.  I am not looking forward to the day that I do.

Losing my Dad though, I began to understand exactly what my husband went through 21 years ago when his mother died.  I would like to be able to explain it, but I can not.  There are no words to explain the loss of a parent.  You have to have “been there, done that”.  And now, I officially hate  strongly dislike that phrase.  It has never been a favorite phrase.

I am being random here.  I know this.  I am not sure what exactly I wanted to share here.  Maybe some of you understand that.  Maybe some of you understand that sometimes you feel a need  compulsion to share something and you have absolutely no clue as to why.  I tell myself (and maybe you do too) that it is to help people understand where I am, but I think the truth is that it is really to help me sort some things out that I do not even realize I need to sort out.

Maybe this is a stepping stone year in the grieving process.  I have no idea.  What I do know is this…my dad was a great guy.  Oh, he was flawed, we are all flawed.  But, he was my dad, awesome deep blue eyes, strong, not afraid to try anything, taught me how to drive (and back into a giant statue … oopps) when I was 12 years old, taught me to drive a stick shift, played the piano beautifully and even accompanied me on a solo flute performance in school that needed a piano accompaniment.  He introduced me to the Rebel Yell. He drove practically overnight when my youngest son was born to come to see him/us, built my kids this amazing jungle gym that is still in our backyard.  The list goes on.

I guess I just needed to share, it still hurts, there are days it is as raw as a fresh wound, but then most days now I can throw on some Flashdance, or even better yet Chubby Checker’s Twist and laugh.  Laugh until my belly hurts…and dance, dance until I just can’t dance no more.  🙂

My Dad is “driving” the jeep here.

 

Be blessed.

 

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Why I have not been blogging…

I know, I have been slacking.  Dramatically.  In the posting department.  It is not that I have not thought about posting.  I have.  A lot.  But then I felt like I might be whining.  And not about anything a good Chardonnay would go with!

So what exactly is my excuse.  Would you except life as an answer?  I mean it has been nearly four years since I blogged consistently.

Would you accept that four years ago:

* I had an adoption fall through and I was devastated.

* My father died six months after that.  I will do another post about that.

* I spiraled into a completely disassociated state where I did not want to talk to or be              around anyone.

* The above mentioned events and out come led me to letting my home fall into                         complete and utter chaos….on every level.

* I had to somehow muster the strength to finish homeschooling my youngest two                   children, get them both through driver’s education, and not lose my senses or take               out my frustrations on them.

* My mom and step-dad bought a house less than a mile from me 4 months before my             father died and I did NOT adjust well to any of it.

* My water heater died.

* My main sewer line out of my house rupture…in December!

Now, I could go on, but see what I mean….nothing that goes well with a good Chardonnay. So, the honest answer really is….life!  It is sad and funny how things can spiral out of control.  One thing can just start the snowball rolling downhill, leaving you wondering exactly how far down is this hill?!?!

But!  Praise the Lord, He was with me all the while.  Giving me strength when I did not think there was any strength to be had.  Lifting me and helping me find the light when I felt like it was nothing but darkness all around.  Now, sometimes, I deserved a 2 X 4 to the head to listen, but His grace was and is more than enough.  He helped me just do what NEEDED to be done…and my gratitude is no where near enough.  I would still be floundering around like a fish gasping for breath if it wasn’t for my Lord.

There is more.  So much more, and some I will share (because it is shareable) and some I will not.  That whole wine not going with whine thing again. 🙂

I hope and pray that life finds each of you well.  I hope you know and believe with all your heart that no matter how dark it is around you right now…Jesus will always be your light and will lighten your path…always!

Be blessed!

 

 

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Retired….how is that possible!?!?

This month has been bittersweet.  I am no longer a homeschooling mom.  At least not in the active definition of the word.  How, no seriously, how did this happen?!?! When did my baby boys grow up?  When did I blink long enough for them to go from fun grade school age kiddos, to teenagers (yes, still teenagers), but to young adult men graduating from high school?  When?  I mean I will be the first to admit life has been a crazy, insane, and at moments psychotic adventure, but wow.  Just wow.

Can you tell that this is the bitter part?  I’m not ready to be done homeschooling, as if I had a say in the matter.  I’m not ready for my “babies” to be young adults.  I’m not ready to let go and let them live their lives without me being a huge part of it.  Ok, should I quit whining now?  Do I have to?  Ok, time to pull up the big girl panties and focus on the “sweet”.

 


Whoa Hoo!!  I’m free!!  Free as an eagle soaring through the sky.  I actually went crazy and got a part time job too.  I know it’s nuts!  But, I have survived raising three vivacious boys.  I get to go through boxes of stored homeschool materials and purge them out.  Hey! I’ll even get some storage room back!  Haha!

Strange new chapter of life. I know I’ll figure it out and find my way.  It’s a new adventure. Fun times to be had.  New things to try.

It’s amazingly bittersweet!

Be Blessed!!

 

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Goals Update…in case your just a wee bit curious. :)

Hi Y’all!  I know what your thinking, “Oooo, another flash-bang post”, well….kinda.  Sorta.  No, not really.  Although, I would totally empathize and completely agree with you. I pop in, I pop out.  This crazy, wild, adventurous, sometimes-downright-“enough already” life.  It just really puts a road bump, okay, okay, a gigantic mountain peak, right smack dab in the middle of the road.  Oh, and just in case I missed that first one, it’s gonna put one here, and here and … well, you get the idea.  Because you have those crazy bumps , um, peaks too!  I’m actually planning/writing a post on this cause well, if you know me at all, you know that when I say peaks, I just might be being kind.

So, without further ado, an update, on all those insane goals I have for this year.

  1.  I plan to track (and I’ve already started a spreadsheet) our spending and ultimately learn where we are spending too much and where we should be spending more.  The grand goal here is to find ways to save, cut spending, and pay down debt. Haha!  Okay, so I started out great, but truth be told, entering everything into a spreadsheet each week became sheer drudgery.  Now, I am completely and totally open to suggestions on ways you have done this yourselves.  So, please, comment away with your wildly, creative ideas.  Inquiring minds want to know. 😉
  2. Keep the grocery and household budget to under $125.oo a week.  This may or may not be a lofty goal.  I am undecided here.  I’m trying to keep a closer eye on the cost of items and factor in those elements from #1 above.  Well, I may be breaking even on this one.  Truthfully, I have not sat down and figured it out, which is totally hogwash on my part.  Maybe that is part of the problem, I’ve been a fish, flopping out of water on this. :/
  3. Go on 26 dates with Mark.  As we are entering into this empty-ish nest phase of life (which is really, really strange) we are trying to do more fun things together.  Will all of our dates be fun? Well, not in the traditional sense of the word, but spending time together, even if it is at the local Menards, is fun for us!  Well, I have only credited us with one.  We’ve done a lot of stuff together, just the two of us (way more than the last 24+ years as parents), but I should probably amp the action up on this one.
  4. Get rid of 500 things.  I have already, as of this posting, gotten rid of 71 items.  We’ll see what I end with by the end of the year.  I have only evicted 115 items as of today.  This will be getting ratcheted up significantly now that we have finished homeschooling (more on that later).  
  5. Read 26 books.  I am more than half-way through book one, and I have a pile ready and waiting.  I’m really looking forward to this…I miss reading.  Six, that’s it.  Six.  In many ways it’s my own fault.  I sit down at night to “zone out” for a bit before bed and well, I don’t pick up a book.  I could.  I don’t.  As cheesy and whiny as it sounds, my eyes are too tired, words blur and cross, or the really fun part, go diagonal.  Yes, I’m wearing my reading glasses, and no, I’m not due for another exam until October.  It’s partially the prism in one lens, but see, I’m whining.  Moving on…
  6. Graduate my Cactus and my Opulent in May.  Finished!  While I technically graduated them June 1st, and their party was June 11th, they were finished with their work in May.  My babies graduate from high school this year!  Which also means I graduate from being a homeschool mom.  This goal comes with a few sub goals:
    1. Transcripts  Finished
    2. Senior pics  Finished
    3. Visit the local college – this still needs to be done, but they are both narrowed down to what they want to look into ~ whoop, whoop!
  7. Another blogger I adore Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons  She is a rockstar in the organization department!  Each year she hosts the Home Organization Challenge over on her website, and she has a book out by the same name, which is chock full of helpful tips, tricks and ideas.  I own the book and this year I am bound and determined to complete the entire challenge.  It is currently kitchen week and I am more than halfway through.  Yeah me!!  I’m hoping to get in on the October run of this challenge.  Not that I’m not going to work on stuff before hand. 😉
  8. My husband finally got me out hunting, and this year I did both bow hunting and gun hunting for deer.  Shhh, don’t tell him, but I actually enjoyed it!  While I may not have gotten a deer this year, I do have to agree with him, we need our own hunting land.  A place we can build a stand or too, maybe even a small cabin (we’ll see), but the point is, it’s time to start looking.  So the goal here is to start looking, seeing what is available and where, looking at price ranges, etc.  You know, the stuff you do when you buy property.  lol  We may not purchase this year, but we would like to be able to purchase land next year.  I did take a step towards achieving this goal, but it’s super secret right now.  😀
  9. Pass my Black Belt Test.  Yes, I started taking karate (our studio is a mix of disciplines) a couple of years ago and this year I am eligible to test for my black belt! :O  Of course, this means I have goals I have to complete before test time.  My sub goals for this goal:
    1. Pass the physical fitness test.  This is new this year to the black belt test and no one knows what all it will entail yet.  Finished!  And passed!  
    2. Spirit Goal ~ host a blood drive at the studio.  This is scheduled and in process of becoming a reality.   Finished! What an amazing experience!  I’ll do an entire post on this in the future.
    3. Mind Goal ~ Become a Signing Agent.  I still need to take the class and complete the state’s requirements, but I’m confident this will get done soon.  Finished!  I completed my exam, passed and I’m now legally qualified to do signings.  I’ll even do a post later on what the hubs and I are talking about doing with this one next.  😀
    4. Body Goal ~ Exercise 3 – 5 times per week for 90 days.  You would think going to classes, and walking the dog would count, but not for this one.  At least not how I’m defining it.  Those are certainly bonuses, but I want to improve my overall physical health and well-being so, not this time.  I have other items I’m doing for this one. 😀 Finished!  Although, I did make some modifications to the goal in conjunction with working with my doc, it is a finished goal and I’ll do a post on this in the future too. 😀
  10. Complete 2/3 of the home improvement projects that are either in progress or planned.  This may or may not be a lofty goal as well.  I’m undecided, especially since a whole boat-load of factors come into play.  The truth is, this list is probably ridiculously lofty!  If we get 1/2 of the items finished on this list by the end of the year, I will call it a win.  The items on the list include:
    1. Finish retaining wall
    2. Build greenhouse
    3. Build deck
    4. Redesign garden  Finished, and it’s planted too!
    5. Put in new garage doors and openers
    6. Finish Dining room revamp
    7. Finish Hoffa’s Hideout (another post on this one is altogether necessary!)
    8. Finish Kitchen remodel/revamp
    9. Revamp master bathroom
    10. Revamp staircase
  11. Finish Christmas gift for Mark’s brother and family.  This was supposed to be their Christmas gift this past Christmas, but life decided to through a few curve balls and it didn’t get finished.  My goal is to complete it and get it to them long before this years Christmas.  I’m scrapping this altogether.  I hated, I mean, really, really hated how it was coming out.  So…forward thinking to this coming Christmas, what to do?
  12. Simplify life.  LOL.  Are you laughing?  I’m laughing.  I have all these big goals listed here and then there is this…simplify life.  I’m not even sure how I am defining it.  Maybe it will be crossing a bunch of these time eaters listed above off my list.  Maybe it will be making simpler decisions about meals, clothes, etc,…I do not know.  Not yet.  But I’ll know when I am on the track I want to be on, and then maybe I’ll be able to define this more.  Well…we may just really have to look at the definition of “simplify” here.  There are many who would argue that I’m only making my life crazier; however, there is always a means to an end and well…my means to get to the end goal is necessary at this time.  Plus, it makes me unavailable.  To anyone.  Unless it is a life or death emergency.  Oh, and I like it.  See Goal #8, that whole “super secret” thing that I’ll talk about later.

So, there you have it.  An update.  From me.  😀 And a hint at what is to come….there is some behind the scenes stuff going on a FPR and well, believe it or not, I actually have a notebook now for planning posts and stuff. Haha!  We’ll see if I can get this rolling again.  

Be blessed peeps!!

 

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Goals for 2017…better late, than never!

We all have that one blogger that we just adore and inspires us.  Truth be told I have a couple, but in the goals department no one beats Mavis over at One Hundred Dollars a Month.  She is a rockstar at goals.  Last year, I watched and read, and cheered as she posted her goals at the beginning of the year and then gave weekly updates as she plowed through.  She inspired me!  So, this year, I am publicly putting out there my own goals for 2017.  I don’t know that I will do a weekly update, but I will try to at least update on them monthly.  So, without further ado….my goals.

  1.  I plan to track (and I’ve already started a spreadsheet) our spending and ultimately learn where we are spending too much and where we should be spending more.  The grand goal here is to find ways to save, cut spending, and pay down debt.
  2. Keep the grocery and household budget to under $125.oo a week.  This may or may not be a lofty goal.  I am undecided here.  I’m trying to keep a closer eye on the cost of items and factor in those elements from #1 above.
  3. Go on 26 dates with Mark.  As we are entering into this empty-ish nest phase of life (which is really, really strange) we are trying to do more fun things together.  Will all of our dates be fun? Well, not in the traditional sense of the word, but spending time together, even if it is at the local Menards, is fun for us!
  4. Get rid of 500 things.  I have already, as of this posting, gotten rid of 71 items.  We’ll see what I end with by the end of the year.
  5. Read 26 books.  I am more than half-way through book one, and I have a pile ready and waiting.  I’m really looking forward to this…I miss reading.
  6. Graduate my Cactus and my Opulent in May.  My babies graduate from high school this year!  Which also means I graduate from being a homeschool mom.  This goal comes with a few sub goals:
    1. Transcripts
    2. Senior pics
    3. Visit the local college
  7. Another blogger I adore Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons  She is a rockstar in the organization department!  Each year she hosts the Home Organization Challenge over on her website, and she has a book out by the same name, which is chock full of helpful tips, tricks and ideas.  I own the book and this year I am bound and determined to complete the entire challenge.  It is currently kitchen week and I am more than halfway through.  Yeah me!!
  8. My husband finally got me out hunting, and this year I did both bow hunting and gun hunting for deer.  Shhh, don’t tell him, but I actually enjoyed it!  While I may not have gotten a deer this year, I do have to agree with him, we need our own hunting land.  A place we can build a stand or too, maybe even a small cabin (we’ll see), but the point is, it’s time to start looking.  So the goal here is to start looking, seeing what is available and where, looking at price ranges, etc.  You know, the stuff you do when you buy property.  lol  We may not purchase this year, but we would like to be able to purchase land next year.
  9. Pass my Black Belt Test.  Yes, I started taking karate (our studio is a mix of disciplines) a couple of years ago and this year I am eligible to test for my black belt! :O  Of course, this means I have goals I have to complete before test time.  My sub goals for this goal:
    1. Pass the physical fitness test.  This is new this year to the black belt test and no one knows what all it will entail yet.
    2. Spirit Goal ~ host a blood drive at the studio.  This is scheduled and in process of becoming a reality.
    3. Mind Goal ~ Become a Signing Agent.  I still need to take the class and complete the state’s requirements, but I’m confident this will get done soon.
    4. Body Goal ~ Exercise 3 – 5 times per week for 90 days.  You would think going to classes, and walking the dog would count, but not for this one.  At least not how I’m defining it.  Those are certainly bonuses, but I want to improve my overall physical health and well-being so, not this time.  I have other items I’m doing for this one. 😀
  10. Complete 2/3 of the home improvement projects that are either in progress or planned.  This may or may not be a lofty goal as well.  I’m undecided, especially since a whole boat-load of factors come into play.  The items on the list include:
    1. Finish retaining wall
    2. Build greenhouse
    3. Build deck
    4. Redesign garden
    5. Put in new garage doors and openers
    6. Finish Dining room revamp
    7. Finish Hoffa’s Hideout (another post on this one is altogether necessary!)
    8. Finish Kitchen remodel/revamp
    9. Revamp master bathroom
    10. Revamp staircase
  11. Finish Christmas gift for Mark’s brother and family.  This was supposed to be their Christmas gift this past Christmas, but life decided to through a few curve balls and it didn’t get finished.  My goal is to complete it and get it to them long before this years Christmas.
  12. Simplify life.  LOL.  Are you laughing?  I’m laughing.  I have all these big goals listed here and then there is this…simplify life.  I’m not even sure how I am defining it.  Maybe it will be crossing a bunch of these time eaters listed above off my list.  Maybe it will be making simpler decisions about meals, clothes, etc,…I do not know.  Not yet.  But I’ll know when I am on the track I want to be on, and then maybe I’ll be able to define this more.

So there you have it.  My goals for this beautiful 2017!  What do you think?  Did you set any goals for this year?  Please, share them.  I’d love to know what you’re planning for your year.

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17 Things You May Not Know About Me

In honor of 2017, I thought it would be fun to share seventeen things about me you may not know. Some are serious, some are silly, but nonetheless they are random tidbits about me I thought I’d share.

  1. I have never obsessed about anything that I recall. When I say “obsessed” I’m talking the living, eating, breathing, sleeping, that is all that I talk about it, think about, and drive everyone crazy about for days or months on end.

  1. I am a recovering perfectionist. This is an ongoing issue that I am continually working on. I am continually telling myself that flaws, the minor~ist of flaws are a good thing. Being a perfectionist is debilitating on a good day and a nuisance on others. But, if I don’t work on keeping it in check, it can be damaging to relationships.

  1. I played the flute and piccolo for years. I truly enjoyed both instruments. On another musical note, I have never mastered the piano, but I enjoy it just the same.

  1. Every personality test I have ever taken has been the exact same result ~ INTJ. It really is very accurate, and I have learned a lot about myself the more I learn about this personality type, and I’ve learned why I struggle so much in specific areas of life. For example, I do not do small talk well at all and it is exhausting for me to do so, but I try nonetheless.

    1. I have two “rainbow babies” as the term has risen in popularity. While admittedly, I do not understand why the term “rainbow babies” exists, I do however, understand the heart behind it.

  1. I am an absolute sucker for polar bears and for the life of me can not figure out why my husband will not let me have one. (*wink*)

  1. I am an avid DIY’er. Truth be told, I come from a long line of DIY’ers and I enjoy construction projects.

    1. I had a pet lizard in high school. (Yes, I know a totally random fact that is just an, “well, that’s interesting, alright y-then” fact).

  1. I do not have just one favorite color. I have a collection of colors and each fulfills a specific trait. Oh, now if I shared the traits, or colors for that matter, then what secrets would I still have? lol

        1. I love to write. I struggle with it (see #2 above), but I love it nonetheless.

  1. I am a control freak and like #2 above, I am constantly struggling with not “having control”. It has gotten better over the years (a lot of counseling taught me some pretty awesome skills), but each day it rears it’s ugly head in some way.

        1. I learned how to ride a horse both English and Western style in high school.

  1. I am terrified of hobby horses. My mother tells me it’s because of an episode of “The Twilight Zone” I walked in on as kid and to this day I still find them a disturbing and inappropriate child’s toy. Truth be told, not fond of carousel horses either.

  1. I have the same irrational thoughts regarding clowns. Although, if you’ve ever looked at some clowns then the argument could be made that my thoughts are not irrational.

              1. I have had the same best friend for forty years! She is my “sister from another mother”!

  1. Raccoon’s will forever have a very special place in my heart due to a camping trip with my family as a kid.

  1. I hesitate to “publish” with every article I write, but this one will really be a challenge because I admitted, publicly, to a few major flaws. I’ll publish it anyhow, because it will be good for me.

So, there you have it. Seventeen random, and in some cases, serious facts about me. Aren’t you glad I shared these little tidbits?

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Why is the road always paved with good intentions?

Seriously, what is it about that road and it’s pavement being good intentions?  Is blacktop not good enough for it? You know how this road gets paved right?  It looks a bit like this:

Oh, I need to get back on top of blogging. *cough, cough, ahem*

Oh, I need to workout more.

Oh, I should really try to get on “______” (fill in the blank) committee.

And on and on it goes. Intentions.  Seems like every day is filled with the best of intentions and thus, that proverbial road is paved. Over and over and over again.

I mean seriously, how many times have I said (or posted :O ) that I need to get back on top of my blogging?  Um, that really was a rhetorical and not literally question. 😛

Now, all that sass being said, I really DO want to get back on top of my blogging.  I miss all of you, I miss the creative outlet, oh, and I have SO much I want to share with you all! 🙂 🙂

Like the crazy roofing adventure.  Oh my!  And my youngest two are driving.  And my youngest tests for black belt soon.  And I’m a brown belt now.  And I started hunting last fall.  And…and…and…

See, so much is going on and has been going on and projects, and adventures and, and, and….

Ok.  So, now my goal:  I want to blog at least once a week.  Right now.  And well, behind the scenes…get my fanny in gear on all the other plans I want to implement with this crazy, all-over-the-place, “oh my lanta, I can be so random at times” blog.

Does this sound like a good plan?  It feels like a good plan.  A wild & crazy plan.  But this is me, so wild and crazy just might work. Ha!

I adore each of you and I am so honored that each of you has chosen to follow my little corner of the internet, sit on my front porch, and just reflect on all the amazing wonder in this world and God’s blessings.

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Developer Test

The following is a developer test post to test some new features coming to the website, please disregard and enjoy your day.

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