Wordle: snow

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Well, hello there!

Our pup was causing a commotion at the patio window. Went to see what was amiss, only to find a couple of Canadian Geese stopping by...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Truth in fiction?!?

So, I will be the first to admit I am a skeptic. If the forecast calls for 3 " of snow, or that I can clean my shower with the flick of a switch, I am the stick in the mud staying , "I live in the 'show-me state'!!"

On a recent trip to the library, I encountered a book on colorstrology--- the concept is that you find your birth date & it will reveal your "color" and describe your traits.

Step 1. Locate birthday; Jan 27 (easy enough) Hmm... the page is polignac (purplish hue), I like purple(coincidence?) The opposite page is lavender... oh, a mere 24 hours!

Step 2. Read character traits: adorable, interesting, and unusual . Okay, so a lot of people qualify for those traits (check other dates in book to see how often those come up, several).Okay, close. I would have chosen "giving, quirky, and curious" but that's just me talkin' here...

Step 3. Passage excerpt "There is something about you that people just love. It may be your innocence (translated as naive) or your unusual perception of life that keeps people enamored (that's a stretch). You have a strong sense of what is right and wrong, you care deeply about humanity. Friends are important to you, so be sure to surround yourself with the right people." Uh, okay. Pretty accurate. Skeptic says.... "read on".

Step 4. Locate other family members birth dates. Colors are relatively compatible with each person. Characteristics are mostly accurate (my mother's was WAY off in my opinion). My son's & brother's seemed to be the most accurate. We even tried the dog's... it was dead on!

So, I guess some of these -ology books may have some entertainment value. I certainly wouldn't live my life by this stuff.

My son says, "Mom, hate to burst your bubble here. We just studied this stuff in Psych & the traits and characteristics are worked so generically that people can find similarities in most of the stuff out there". Well....yeah! Like those people that reportedly can speak to the deceased, just watch the way they talk to the loved one, it is such a scam!!!

Let's just refer to it as

(looks & tastes good but isn't nutritious)
and call it a day!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Things I would tell my younger self now that I know...

* The grass may be greener on the other side, but it still needs to be fertilized, cut, reseeded.

* Looking into your child's eyes can make everything right again, even if just for a moment.

* Always, trust yourself first, no matter how close you are to someone, you never really know what they are capable of doing.

* A broken heart hurts like hell, but you do come out stronger on the other side of the pain.

* Blood is thicker than water.

* This, too, shall pass. It may not be the outcome you wanted, but you learn something from the experience.

* True friends ask how you are, and actually listen for your answer.

* Remember to keep a sense of humor, especially in respect to yourself.

* Going out to a museum, dinner, event alone allows you to meet interesting people. At first it seems awkward, but knowing all the amazing people I have met by doing this, it was worth the risk.

* Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Do one thing that scares you every day". You will be surprised by the results.

* You never get tired of reading a GOOD book.

* There are REAL moments in your adult life where you actually say, "I am becoming just like my mother". (remember... humor!)

*Parenting is difficult, frustrating, exhausting, overwhelming, and worth every damn second!

* Be honest & consistent with your kids, they can see right though you!

* Beware of tunnel vision as an adult. Look at your surroundings. Some of the most beautiful and important stuff is on the fringe of your periphery.

These were several of the thoughts that were swarming my brain last night. Perhaps it was because I was looking at my son all dressed up for Prom, coming to the realization that he will be graduating high school next year.

Just wanting to put them down in a tangible form for future reference...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New things...

In keeping with my philosophy of learning new things, I signed up to join a knitting class through the local library. Armed with needles & an open mind, I sought out my librarian buddy, Norma, to guide me on a new adventure.

A little knitting philosophy taken from a tote bag I saw..

You have two eyes.
I have two needles.
Do the math.

I think casting on is the most challenging part so far. Well, that and finding quiet, uninterrupted time to knit (and count). Once I have something to photograph, I'll post my creation.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Afraid So...

With the "extra" time on my hands (i.e when all is quiet & everyone is sleeping), I have been able to read more in the evenings. I am revisiting poetry which is quite portable & not a huge time commitment. I find the response to all these questions amusing, yet soberly honest. Writing like this, makes my day.

Afraid So

Is it starting to rain?
Did the check bounce?
Are we out of coffee?
Is this going to hurt?
Could you lose your job?
Did the glass break?
Was the baggage misrouted?
Will this go on my record?
Are you missing much money?
Was anyone injured?
Is the traffic heavy?
Do I have to remove my clothes?
Will it leave a scar?
Must you go?
Will this be in the papers?
Is my time up already?
Are we seeing the understudy?
Will it affect my eyesight?
Did all the books burn?
Are you still smoking?
Is the bone broken?
Will I have to put him to sleep?
Was the car totaled?
Am I responsible for these charges?
Are you contagious?
Will we have to wait long?
Is the runway icy?
Was the gun loaded?
Could this cause side effects?
Do you know who betrayed you?
Is the wound infected?
Are we lost?
Can it get any worse?

Jeanne Marie Beaumont