Thursday, August 27, 2009


I saw a bumper sticker yesterday, "the best stuff in life is not stuff." I saw this just after thinking that I was feeling so happy, just driving listening to the radio, and in a very very good mood. I saw this bumper sticker and it made me smile even more. I like thinking that it doesn't matter what I want, which seems to grow daily, it's what I have and how I am so grateful for the many blessings in my life. If we don't stop and enjoy life sometimes we could miss it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

on doing yard work

I have always hated yard work. I remember having to do it when I lived at home with my parents and the house we grew up in had a huge yard, so there was extra work. Well, the house we have now, with husband and kids, also has a big yard, and I just let the husband do the outside while I kept the inside. I started noticing things outside though, like how there are a lot of bushes growing out of control, the fact that kudzu has taken over some parts of the yard, and I think that since the yard is so big the husband is able to mow the grass, and after about three hours he's done. This makes him too tired to do the rest of the grooming. I have been thinking about it for a while now, especially since I have been told by several of my mommy friends that they LOVE to work in the yard, it makes them feel good. Well, that thought really pepped me up to get out there today and do some yard work while the husband was cutting grass. I lasted for about an hour and a half, but I cut down a lot of over grown bushes that we didn't even plant, they must have grown from seeds falling out of trees and planted by our lovely Mother Nature. The two little princesses helped by dragging the limbs and tree scraps to the side of the yard where our garbage is picked up. We all worked together in the yard this morning and it did feel really good. I have a lot left to do, but I do feel really good about what I have started, and before long it will be time to plant perennials and I can get some crocus bulbs and maybe some daylily bulbs to plant and have some more lovely flowers around the mailbox and in the flower beds in the back yard. All of this makes me smile even while typing. Amazing, really, seeing how much I dreaded the thought of working in the yard, and after I have, how good I feel about it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

now that I know...

I have ADD, or ADHD, one of those, I can't remember and I remember after finding out I was very adamant that I did not want to be on medication! Well, I finally gave in and got prescribed some meds and now things are going so much better for me and my family. It's amazing, if you need it, it works for you. I don't like the idea that drugs are what people turn to for a quick fix of things, the FDA and drug companies get on my nerves sometimes because they will not catch some awful thing that can happen to some people and then it's too late because people have already died from having a heart attack or stroke or something, then the drug is recalled and it's back to the drawing board. I realize that with most of those diet drugs, there is no quick fix the best thing for you in that regard is diet and exercise which is a lot of work, and I think it's the same thing for mental health, you do need to see a therapist if you take drugs to help you mentally as well as physically. I have noticed a difference since taking the medicine, when I shop I am more focused on what I need and not what I see that just ends up in my cart, I can focus on what I'm doing around the house, not distracted by whatever, and I am not as stressed out. My doctor told me that there isn't any anti-anxiety thing in this medicine that I'm taking, but it's probably helping with that because I'm able to get stuff done.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Health Care

I can only type what I know.
1. America is rated 37th in health care with our current goings on.
2. I have a great insurance company to cover me.
3. If I want to keep my current insurance through this new bill currently trying to be passed, then I can.
4. There are many hardworking Americans that can not afford insurance and they don't qualify for Medicaid.
5. Medicare is run by the government.
6. Drug companies make a killing on treating symptoms that may not need to be treated.
7. Many Americans have bad habits that have made them unhealthy, if we can somehow change that way of living we would cut a lot of medical costs for them.
8. We need to have some sort of tort reform, because many doctors are afraid of being sued after caring for a patient.
9. We aren't going to have good health care without sacrifice.

and I agree with him (a Republican):

[Heath care reform] really should start with children, the eating habits, the school lunch program, nutrition, and getting them off Adderal. It seems like that's the drug of choice of the hurried parent. – Rep. Jack Kingston

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

in the middle...

I have always been average. I was average while in school, in athletics, average sized... well, average in everything. I am very moderate with my political views and religious beliefs, and I think I'm an average stay-at-home-mom. Today, while doing laundry I was watching "Wife Swap," and even though I like watching shows like that, I know that I'll never be a part of one. Not only because I don't have a face for the camera, but I also think the producers would look at me and think I wasn't extreme enough for their show. I would love to have some self-discovery through change like that, or have someone from one of those home improvement shows come and redecorate my house, but again, I don't think my way of living is extreme enough. I'm actually glad that my house isn't as messy as the people on that show "Clean House," but I would still like someone with a vision tell me how to organize and clean and show me what to throw away. I like my place in the middle though, I don't want to be the kind of person that can't hear another point of view, or is so ridged I can't function with everything just so. I would LOVE to have my house clean and decorated and done, ready for any company to come by, but it's the whole doing it that is difficult for me. I guess I can just blame it on my ADD, or ADHD, whatever it is that I have, and get on with my day, right here in the middle, standing on my line that was drawn in the sand.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

a future photographer?

I have left my camera in Little Girl Princess's reach, and the pictures she takes are... well, they're interesting.