Sunday, March 18, 2012

For the love of brothers~


Okay, so maybe this picture isn't what most people had in mind, but these are my boys. Cosmo Kramer (the French Bulldog) and Peter Kieffer my four year old, kiss /hug dispenser, and absolute joy of my life. Cosmo aka Mo and Peter are like brothers. They bug each other daily, (the picture is a fine example of that) yet have so much love for one another. Peter looks for Mo first thing in the morning to give him a kiss and pat on the head. If Peter has gotten hurt and is crying Mo runs to Peter, sits by his side and howls. They don't share a language, but their bond is incredible. A true love for one another. My boys.....

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy 2012!

Another New Year is upon us! A lot of people start of with resolutions, lose weight, exercise more, run marathons, recycle, volunteer, watch less TV, spend more quality time with friends/family.

 I just want to be. Be happy, healthy, appreciated, understood, loved, and respected. 

Of course, I have wishes and dreams. Sometimes I think with those wishes and dreams come expectations which are closely followed by disappointment. So this year, I'm going to try and remember to "stop and smell the roses" (so to speak) at least once a day. Get rid of clutter/stuff that is weighing me down.  Appreciate what I have and not worry about what I don't have. Live in the moment. Work on my patience. Yeah, it needs work. Sit back and watch my little boy grow. He is getting so big, so quickly. I'm afraid I have missed a lot already, just by being busy with 'stuff.' 

I wish everyone a Happy 2012 and hope you all accomplish whatever it is you set forth to do.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Craft


A while back Dollar Store Crafts had a blog on making a haunted birdhouse village. I thought what the heck. We had some birdhouses laying about, why not give it a go.


This is how my birdhouses turned out. (There were before pictures, but sadly I accidentally deleted them on my camera!!! ) It was just a fun project that even I, the craft challenged couldn't mess up too bad. The best part my four year old son LOVES them!

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/09/make-a-haunted-birdhouse/

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Something to think about....



My friend has this posted on her Facebook wall. When I read it, my first thought ~HOLY COW! That is exactly what I have been feeling for a while now.~
I LOVE my friends. Would do anything,well, almost anything for them (meaning -no murder/jail time/ in general any illegal activity is off limits.) I have come over late at night to console after a bad break up, been the voice of reason when truly there was no reasoning, and been the ear for some to bend when they just need someone to listen. I don't do these things because I am keeping track I do them because that is who I am. Heck, everyone needs a release at some point. After a while though, when you only call me for sadness/tragedy/advice it gets old. Or when I call just to say  Hi and the first thing I hear is "it's about time YOU called" or "I would have called but I have been so busy!" That space in my heart gets smaller. EVERYONE is busy. EVERYONE has tough things going on in life.
I think it is good for us all to take a good, long, hard look in the mirror of life.  Are you making/keeping up the efforts to stay in peoples lives? Are there people not making the effort to stay in yours? Perhaps a little restructuring is in order. Just say'n.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My son made me cry today~

My son has been asking to have a surprise day. Meaning a day we can go bring surprises to people of his choosing. I made that promise and today was that day. (Of course another scorching HOT day. I have already mentioned I don't care for the heat.) His thoughtfulness just makes me choke up thinking about it.

First, he wanted to bring flowers to his friends. I told him the thought was great, but most of them would be in school and 3 & 4 yr old boys probably wouldn't appreciate the flowers so much. Peter quickly pointed out "thems moms do." Off we went to buy flowers. He told me that we needed to buy lots, because he wanted to surprise LOTS of people. ( My eyes got a bit misty.)
That was our day. Peter telling me who he wanted to give flowers to and I drove him there. After every flower he would say "That made thems so happy! Let's do more!" At one point he told me I might need to buy more flowers. There are several more people he wants to give flowers to, but timing for us/them was off. As I pulled into the driveway this afternoon he told me today made him really happy. I asked why? Peter "cuz I gave people smiles." (Yep, I cried again.)


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcome to the neighborhood~

Lots of changes in the neighborhood these past few weeks. I really don't like change. I would be happy living next to/across from the same people (if I liked them) for the rest of my life.  But then again, life is about change. Moving, growing, learning, and striving for something different. It's all change.

That being said new neighbors are in town. I miss the old neighbors dearly. Had a very hard time explaining to my son that we just can't pop across the street anymore for a visit. It will take a little more timing/planning. The almost 4yr old still doesn't quite grasp the concept and there are days of tears about the subject. In his short time on this earth these friends had been a constant in his life. I cry as well. Not just because my son is hurting, but because I miss what was or could have been. You know the stuff  you took for granted living across the street from someone. We can get together another day. "Oh thanks for the invite, but I have to clean the kitchen, take a shower, make lunch, water my plants, save the world." Or whatever the excuse was. Let's be honest, if tomorrow, for some reason was the last day you were to live, do you think you would be saved another day because your kitchen wasn't clean, or you hadn't showered yet, or the plants needed water?  NOPE.

Since I have moved into the neighborhood (9 years ago) I try and do something for the new people that have moved on the street. Cookies are baking right now. A little mum plant, bottle of special fruit juice and a note that says welcome. I do for them, what I wish someone would have done for us. Mister Rogers I am not, but "Welcome to the neighborhood."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Me and MY $%#@ Garden...

Lovely day today. A bit on the HOT side for me ( I really dislike the heat.) But lovely just the same. I visited with a good friend this morning while she got a pedicure. Then off to the Farmer's Market.
It's pretty sad that I have to purchase tomatoes at the F.M. because the 3 plants I have in the backyard aren't producing. I think we have harvested a total of 6 tomatoes. Every year, I purchase my veggie plants: tomatoes ,zucchini, pepper, and this year we included strawberries. Every year, I am filled with excitement when I put them in the containers, chat with them about how well they will grow,and how nice it will be just to walk out back and pick a FRESH whatever. Every year, my husband shakes his head and asks "why do you put yourself through this?" ( I am certain, secretly he is thinking "Why do you put me through this? Because I'm the one that waters everything.")
My garden is like a diet. Sounds good at the start, once it starts not working out I wonder "WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?" Oh well, that is life!
There are already thoughts swirling around in my head! What should I plant next year?????