June 27, 2008

Almost, but not quite, Stevie sighting

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 10:53 pm by sillydreamer

First of all I want to say that I’m so thankful this week is over because it’s been a tough one.  One of my kidlets has given me absolute fits the past three days and I was happy to hand her off to her grandfather this afternoon.  I absolutely love this kid to pieces but by 5:00 I was ready to hand her off to just about anyone that showed up at my door!

So while they were napping this afternoon I have the TV on “Yes, Dear” and it’s an episode with Travis Tritt and Trace Adkins guest starring as work release prisoners (is that even how you would phrase that??) and at the end they performed “Jailhouse Rock” and who do I spy playing guitar?  Mr. Waddy Wachtel!  If you are familiar with any of Stevie Nicks’ solo shows, you know who Waddy is.

Around 4:45 this afternoon as I was counting the minutes waiting patiently for parents to show up and collect their kids, I turn on Disney’s “The Country Bears” to keep them quiet entertained and the bears start singing and my ears perk up.  I say to myself, “that sounds just like Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley”, so I look up at the Tv to see them doing a cameo in the audience as these big furry bears are singing.  LOL!  I thought it was cute but I think we’ve established how simple my life is and apparently it doesn’t take much to impress me.  You know my love for Ms. Nicks so of course I had to comment on it.

And so that has been my day.  I did see that my oldest daughter (who is staying at her Dad’s during the week and coming here on the week-ends for the summer) has posted a bulletin on My Space that said her day was pretty much crap.  That’s a definite heads up that she will be a joy to talk to this evening.  I think I may just retire to my room until morning lol!  For all of you Moms out there there with adorable, darling, sweet little girls, I hope you are thoroughly enjoying every minute of them because believe me when I say that will change someday soon.  Trust me on this 😉


June 24, 2008

My most bizarre summer

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 3:03 pm by sillydreamer

I first want to start this post by saying I don’t mean to offend any resident of Arkansas or anyone of the Pentecostal religion.  These are my preceptions as a 9 year old child.

I have always loved summer!  Not because of the weather, because I don’t do heat, but just the change of pace from the school year.  Even now I look forward to leaving the crush of the girls’ school year behind and enjoying a slower paced schedule.

Of course, as a child myself, it was one hundred times better.  I remember counting down the days until finally, FINALLY our summer vacation officially began.  It seemed like summer break lasted forever but I guess when you’re a child, everything seems to last forever.  Once you’re an adult, time flies!

I’ve mentioned a few times about how disfunctional my family is and I don’t mean that in a “poor me” kind of way, I’m just stating the facts.  My parents divorced when I was in the third grade and I lived with my Dad and my younger brother and sister.  The fact that my parents was divorced wasn’t a big deal, just part of our lives but the fact that we were being rasied by my Dad was out of the norm and therefore, a big deal.  No one I knew had divorced parents but it seemed fine….a relief actually, that mine were.  My Dad was also a raging alcoholic who was not pleasant to be around.  The majority of his brothers were also alcoholics, except for the religious one who lived in Arkansas.  By the time I was in 4th grade, I don’t think I remember meeting him and his family but maybe once.

So it’s summer and I was eagerly looking forward to the long days of hanging around doing nothing.  My Dad worked so that left me in charge of my younger brother and sister.  All of my friend’s Mom’s didn’t work but oddly, there was no problem letting them come stay at my house all day.  Can you even imagine a house full of unsupervised children with the oldest being 9?  That’s just the way it was back then and no one thought anything of it.  Amazingly, we all survived lol.

My Dad comes home from work one evening and announces that the three of us were going to spend the summer with our Aunt and Uncle in Arkansas.  This was not good news and it only got worse when he said they should be driving up any minute to pick us up.  What??  Why???  How long???  I don’t remember how but thankfully my best friend Misty showed up so I could at least say good bye to her. 

So off we go to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to stay with the uber religious relatives.  Now, as crazy as my Dad and the rest of the family was, I viewed this family as the nutty one.  When we attended church it was a Baptist one and on a couple of occasions we did go to a Pentecostal one and it was a little scary to me.

The first thing we did when we got to their home was have all of our clothes taken away because girls were not allowed to wear shorts, only dresses.  They were nice about it but there was no way not to say that to a child and not make them feel ashamed that we were dressing in a way that was sinful.  A quick scan of their home also reveals that there is no television and the only music allowed was christian music.  Again, we must have one foot in hell already because we owned these things at home!  LOL!  I loved watching TV and loved music even more.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful because it was very nice of them to take us for the summer.  I’m not really sure the reason why because we had stayed home alone before but there we were, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas trying to make the best of things.  My aunt worked and was gone most of the time but she was a very nice woman, who truly had the patience of a saint to put up with my uncle.  He didn’t work, due to a (supposed) disability and he was loud, opinionated and abrasive.  All I remember about him was yelling and being unhappy.  I don’t remember him ever yelling at me but just yelling in general.  Day in, day out.

One day he tells us he is going to take us swimming!  Woohoo, at home we went to the swimming pool all the time so I was very excited.   Swimming to them was one, only to be done in a dress, two, only with your family members and three, only in a very secluded place so down to the nasty river we go.  The river where we spy a water mocassin swimming along as if he owned the river.  Since he is a poisonous snake, in my books he did.  My uncle seemed totally unconcerned and told us to get in anyway.  I waded to about my knees and decided that was enough swimming for me!  

Attending church was a little unnerving at first but eventually I was ok with it.  As I said, the majority of my church services were Baptist and you probably couldn’t be any more opposite to Baptist than Pentecostal.   

Even though the situation wasn’t ideal and I would have much rather been at home with my friends, I did have fun with my cousins.  They had three boys and a daughter of their own so as I said, it was very nice of them to take us in.  All the boys were older and I thought they were so cool.  The oldest one really had conflict with his Dad and I felt badly for him.  They fought constantly and the Dad always found fault with David no matter what.  I heard years later that once David left home he never went back.  He stayed in touch with his Mom but had no contact with his Dad.  His Mom passed away a couple of years ago and he didn’t attend the funeral.  He had always told his Mom that if she died first he wouldn’t come for the funeral because of his Dad.  I’m proud to say that he went on to college and last I heard, he was running a charter school somewhere here in Texas.  As far as I know, my uncle is still alive.  I don’t know what happened to the other boys but I did hear that the daughter was in prison. 

I distinctly remember the moment I heard Elvis had died.  My older cousins always had the radio on, christian station only, at night.  I remember laying on the floor just about to fall asleep when I heard it.  Now, I wasn’t much of an Elvis fan because I was young but I obviously knew who he was and I was shocked to hear that he passed away. 

A few nights after that, my aunt and uncle wake me up to say that my Dad is there to pick us up.  This is par for my family, no warning or plans, it just happens.  Of course I was excited to be going home but I knew I would miss the boys.  Also, I had eaten some homemade blueberry pie that didn’t sit well with me so  I knew the long drive home would not be enjoyable.  I was right!

A few weeks after we were home my Dad told me that the reason he showed up unannounced was that his Mother had called and told him that my aunt and uncle were planning to place the three of us in a children’s home in Virginia.  Now I don’t know how this could be done without his permission but my
Dad was convinced enough that he came anyway.  I never heard from or saw my aunt and uncle after this and as far as I know, neither did my Dad. 

And that my friends, was my most bizarre summer.  Someday I will share with you my most bizarre Christmas lol.

June 19, 2008

I Have Come to Realize

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I copied this from one of the yahoo groups I belong to.


1) I’ve come to realize that my boobs…
are not what they used to be lol
2) I’ve come to realize that this weekend…
I don’t have any plans


3) I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving…
I see people who should NOT be driving


4) I’ve come to realize that I need…
time to myself or I get really grouchy


5) I’ve come to realize that I have lost…

time worrying about what people think of me.


6) I’ve come to realize that I hate it when..
my kids act unappreciative.


7) I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk…
I’ve had too much to drink???  Actually, I don’t drink until I’m drunk….haven’t done that in YEARS. 


8) I’ve come to realize that money…
makes life easier.


9) I’ve come to realize that certain people…
are never going to be happy unless they are making others as unhappy as they are.


10) I’ve come to realize that I’ll always be…
thankful for my family and health.


11) I’ve come to realize that I have a crush on…
nobody but my hubby.

12) I’ve come to realize that my mom…
lives her own life.


13) I’ve come to realize that my cell phone is…
precious to me lol.


14) I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning…
it was dark and stormy and I was really happy about that.
15) I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep…
I was already thinking about what I would do today.

16) I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking about…

what I will fix for lunch and dinner and what to put on the menu for next week so I can finish my grocery list and about 100 other things lol.


17) I’ve come to realize that when I get on the computer…
I end up staying on much longer than I thought I would.  Don’t lie….you know you do the same thing too.


18) I’ve come to realize that today…
will only be here once.


19) I’ve come to realize that tonight…

I am going to cook a meal for this family and try to get back on track with cooking every night.


20) I’ve come to realize that tomorrow I will…
pick up my oldest daughter from dance camp.


21) I’ve come to realize that I really want to…

just be me 🙂


22) I’ve come to realize that the person who is most likely to repost this…
i dunno

June 18, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 5:59 pm by sillydreamer

I wrote that last entry while we were on vacation but never posted it apparently. I thought I did but as I was looking through my old posts I found it as unpublished so I decided to stick it up there anyway. It so made me want to go back on vacation though!


Posted in Uncategorized at 5:55 pm by sillydreamer

We’re here!!!  Actually we got here yesterday but today was our first full day of doing whatever we want and believe me, I did it all day long 🙂  I plan on doing the same thing for three more days too.

The drive was, well a 12 hour drive so not much to say about that.  Actually it went pretty well and seem to go by quickly.  The only not so enjoyable part was when it was my turn to drive, I think I had to go over every bridge that spanned water for two hours.  I am so not a fan of that.  I don’t know why, I can totally rationalize it in my head that everything is fine but crossing over one, whether I’m driving or not, makes my feet go ice cold and tingle, my palms sweat and tingle, my heart pounds and I feel like I am going to go over the side at any moment.  Just not a fun thing for me but everything turned out alright. 

The condo is amazing!!!!!  I could live here, well if I could afford it for more than a week that is LOL! 


Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 2:00 pm by sillydreamer

What happens when you and your spouse/significant other disagree on issues with your kids?  For instance, if your child wants to to go somewhere and one of you thinks it’s ok and the other one doesn’t, how do you handle that?  In our house, we usually both have to agree it’s ok, otherwise we say no but I’m curious as to how other families handle it.  Please leave me a comment.

June 17, 2008

Back in the saddle again

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 1:27 pm by sillydreamer

So my lovely, wonderful, relaxing vacation is over and we are back to the normal routine.  To start things off with a bang, I had one little kidlet bite another one in the face yesterday.  Isn’t that just lovely?  Thank heavens I was close enough to immediately pull them apart but unfortunately, there is a bruise anyway.  Sigh.  Just when you think that phase has passed, it begins again. 

My quilt is coming along nicely and when it gets closer to completion I will post pictures.  I usually use fusible batting (because I’m lazy like that) but my quilts don’t seem to have much weight to them.  With this quilt I’m working on, I am using a non fusible, high loft batting and I am really liking the weight of this one.   I can’t wait to see what it feels like when I am done.

I dropped my oldest daughter off for dance camp this morning.  I still can’t believe this child will be a senior this fall!  Where did the time go? 

I have a book recommendation for you this morning.  “Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler” by Wade Rouse.  Judging the book by it’s cover, I thought I was picking up a light hearted slamming of the uber rich.  My previous three books had been super heavy material and I thought this would be a good break from that.  I was wrong, but in a good way.  This is a wonderful memoir of time spent working in an elite private school and how he fit (or didn’t) into their world. 

That’s about it for this morning.  My kidlets should be arriving any moment now so I’m off to do my day.  We’ve got to get outside and play before it’s a bazillion degrees out there.

June 6, 2008

Some absolutes

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I absolutely don’t want to get sick  because I have mucho things to get done before we leave for vacation.  I have been feeling it in my ears and the glands in my neck for the last two days so hopefully this is as bad as it’s going to get.

I am absolutely going to use sunblock this year.  Last year I had a horrible sunburn, even though I sat in the shade the entire time I was on the beach, so this year that’s not happening to me again.

I am absolutely  ready for this day to be over, done, kaput!  I love my kidlets but I am ready for a week off.

I absolutely hope that the girl cutting my hair tonight is good.  My regular girl has to be gone for the summer and she personally recommended this girl to me so let’s all cross our fingers.

I absolutely love this no crust coconut pie that I made this morning.  It’s one of our family favorites.

I have absolutely pissed off two out of the three children of mine today.  Fear  not, the day isn’t over so there’s still time to go three for three.  Have I mentioned again what a joy teen-age daughters can be at times? 

I’m absolutely sure they will have something just as glowing to say about me today too.

I’m absolutely undecided as to whether I should take the quilt I am working on with me or leave it here.  If I take it, I will want to sit in the condo and work on it and if I don’t then what am I going to do in the evenings when I’m bored? 


June 5, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized at 11:39 pm by sillydreamer

It’s almost Friday!!!!!!!  Why oh why does the week before you leave for vacation ccccccrrrrrreeeeeeppppp so sssssllllllloooooowwwwwlllllyyyy?? 

June 3, 2008

A well spent Monday

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:35 pm by sillydreamer

I forgot to share my pictures of the new bathroom curtains I made last Monday.   I found this material at Joann’s (on sale of course) and I think they turned out nicely. 

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