Just Vote

Please people, WAKE UP!!!!

It scares the hell out of me that people don’t have the foresight or even care to watch the news and keep up with current political events. If you’ve been paying real attention to what’s going on you’d be just as terrified as I am about the mid terms, about our country and it’s future.

We are already in a civil war; media, dems and the deep state VS Trump and the republican patriots. I know there are people shaking their heads because they can’t see it. They can’t see it because they don’t want to and it’s sad. More than sad, it is downright frightening.

We need Kavanaugh so we can finally get things cleaned up! If you have watched any of the hearings you know exactly what I mean. Take a look at Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz interviews for starters…

Please people, WAKE UP!!!!

I hope you vote RED but please just vote!!!!

~Jane

 

Lists and stuff…

Oh hey, let’s get back on track here. Where were we? Oh! Lists.

I used to be a crastinator, then I went pro. I didn’t make that up but I love it and it fits!

It’s going into fall, my favorite time of the year. Time to make my lists. I make a list for everything, there’s even a list of lists! A girl has to keep organized, especially when she is a procrastinator. I’m not saying the things on my list don’t get done, they do (mostly) but a lot of times its last-minute. I’ve come to accept the fact that, that is how I roll and I do my best work under pressure and impending deadlines.

I have to admit this summer was a bust for the most part. It started out great then mid July it took a turn. I pretty much dumped my lists in the trash after that. No sense going over them constantly and not being able to make those, oh so satisfying, check marks. It was depressing. Time to start over with the new season! Granted, I will have to make sure I make my lists within reason, particularly the To Do List. Baby steps, is what they say. I say, grandma steps. I feel like that is a bit more sophisticated. Ha!

So, we are going away for the long weekend and I still have a “few” things to get done (remember, I work best under pressure) before we leave early in the morning. The problem I have right now is thinking about my lists and where to start. Logic tells me to start with September’s house projects and updates, move on to October’s decor and Halloween shenanigans, then November… you get where I’m going with it. My heart tells me to start with my Christmas gift list. This will be my granddaughters first Christmas and I don’t want to go overboard but I want it to be special. What needs to happen is for me to start sewing on her quilt. Which is kind of funny since I haven’t finished my own kids’ quilts yet. How much would you like to bet the baby’s gets done first? 😉

Another thing about me and my lists… I like pretty paper. I like pretty office supplies in general but I love paper. I REALLY love the Me and My Big Idea planners. This is my second year of owning one. They are so pretty with their inspirational quotes and you can decorate them with colored pens and stickers. I even bought the instant camera that shoots out pictures that are stickers, they fit perfectly in the boxes provided on each day of the week. Notice that what I said is I own one, I have to admit that after the first few weeks or maybe a couple of months I lose interest in filling it out daily. I don’t know, I can’t really say I lose interest as much as I think I’ll do it later, but don’t. I think we’ve gone over this…

Oh hey, let’s get back on track here. Where were we? Oh! Lists. Yeah, so I don’t think I have any pretty paper suitable for fall/winter list making so a trip to Michaels is probably in my near future. I’m going to have hours of riding in the car time to work on this so I’m going to have to write on boring plain paper and transfer to “final draft” on fancy paper. I guess this is good because my first draft is always a mess and I don’t really like wasting my good stock. Now, let’s talk pens. I have a very large array of pens. Ball point, sharpie, gel… in pretty much any color you might need. I tend to collect pens as much as I do paper (my paper stock is 95% scrapbook paper). However, it is time to go through and check them and throw out the bad ones.

Oh wow, look what time it is!! I HAVE to go finish getting ready for the long weekend! The husband is going to text me on his break and ask me if I’m about done and I’m going to say, “Yes, of course! What do you think I’ve been doing all morning”? The truth is, he knows me and he knows that when he gets home I’m going to ask him to help me with something I should have already had done. Good thing he loves me and thinks I’m cute because damn, I’m not sure I could put up with a person like myself. Ha!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

~Jane

Cookies? Anyone?

My mom said they were good but she’s my  mom and she can’t have sugar, so take it or leave it. 

Because writing in my blog has become my personal journal of sorts and because I can sit in my desk chair now, you will start seeing more of me. Some of you might know me personally since I posted my blog address on Facebook way back when I started it but most likely anyone actually reading this doesn’t. For the people who do know me, consider yourselves special insiders. I keep a lot in because that’s how I’m wired but a lot goes on in my head. A. Lot. I promised you randomness in the beginning, I won’t let you down. Ha!

We’ll take a little turn here and talk about cookies. Yes, cookies. I do a little business on the side baking cookies for a few regular clients and I really enjoy doing it. My signature cookie is a decorated sugar cookie, which is very time-consuming. I can’t share the recipe or my special tips and tricks that make mine stand out, but trust me, they are the best.

Sorry, I got side tracked again. Three ingredient peanut butter cookies… these are nothing special or new or even all that amazing except for that one fact. Three. Ingredients. Which means from start to finish, you have spent about 15 minutes of your time and you have some pretty decent cookies. This cookie recipe I can share with you, as well as an experiment I tried yesterday with not so great results, but hey, I tried.

THREE INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy)

1 cup white sugar (some people use brown)

1 egg

Mix peanut butter and sugar until creamy, add egg. Mix until a dough forms. Roll into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheet flatten in crisscross pattern with a fork and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet before moving to cooling rack (or you might have some crumbling). Cool completely before moving to containers. DONE!

My experiment: I replaced the sugar with Stevia (6 tablespoons of Stevia equals the one cup of sugar). The dough was a little stickier and the cookies no matter how much I adjusted the baking time came out dark and crumbly on the bottom. My mom said they were good but she’s my  mom and she can’t have sugar, so take it or leave it.

Happy baking!

~Jane

Unevenness

I think this post is really about uneven friendships and how they can be damaged. I still love my friend, I just realized that sometimes people take more than they can give.

Drama, not my thing. Never has been. I put up with it from some of my friends but never participate, and I call it like I see it. Most of them appreciate that, those that don’t keep their distance. I like to think  I am a “true friend” because I don’t judge or try to belittle anyone for how they are. Everyone is different, unique and come with their own quirks, oddities and life choices. Not everyone is a “true friend”.

I know this person that tells me everything. I mean EVERYTHING! I listen, give advice and tell them when I think they’re wrong or making stupid choices. What’s sad is the one time I really needed that perosn for a legitimate reason, not some high school drama crap they treated me like shit. What’s really the shittiest part is that I never expected that and it stung a little. I was definately taken aback.

I’ve been down, like literally down for almost 2 months for medical reasons that I won’t elaborate on here except to say it involved unexpected emergency surgery and a very long recovery period. So, I went to this person hoping for some cheering up, words of wisdom or just some company and she tells me she doesn’t know what to tell me and that she’s sure my other friends have tried to cheer me up and that I should be happy to be alive. Then, no response back for days… still waiting. Wow. Really?

Number 1, I am very happy to be alive and I thank God every day. Number 2, that doesn’t make every day easy to get through when you’re used to being very active and suddenly you can’t do anything. I think this post is really about uneven friendships and how they can be damaged. I still love my friend, I just realized that sometimes people take more than they can give. I mean I already knew that, for sure I’ve had my fair share of that in my life. but there’s just some people you think are different… until they’re not.

I honestly feel like I’ve lost something. Like I already had a feeling of loss and misery and then someone I trusted with my life added to my feelings of loss. I’m not sure how to describe that. Since I’ve never been one to ask for or accept help it was shocking that the one time I did, I got shut down. People wonder why I don’t open up and let anyone know “me”, I guess this is an example of why. One thing I do know is that I am resilient. I have been through some tough stuff before and while I always make it out “different” I always make it out “stronger” and “wiser”.

~Jane

 

 

Have you considered this yet?

One thing you probably never thought of as a new parent, most likely not until your children were approaching adulthood, is that they will eventually multiply. If you started out with 3 kids, you’re probably going to end up with 6, if you’re lucky.  If you’re really lucky, you will like your new children.

Now that you’re thinking about the inevitable, consider this; you may not end up with an equal number of boys and girls. Initially this may come as a shock to you, as it did me, but really it’s not the end of the world so don’t let it be.

All three of my children were “easy”, we are really blessed with each of them. No real drama, no drugs or super bad choices and all high school and college graduates. They are all each others’ best friend and my heart couldn’t be happier! Now that they are grown and we are starting to get our “new” kids, it’s exciting! Whoever they choose to spend their lives with is fine with me. If they are happy, treated with love, kindness and respect then I am happy!

Now, the really fun part… the second multiplication! This time you could end up with any number of “new” children, GRAND children!! So far we have been blessed with only one, a baby girl, but oh my she has her grandma and grandpa wrapped around her little finger!! There is nothing we wouldn’t do for any of our eventual 6 kids and undisclosed number of grand kids. NOTHING.

Family is what matters in this life, treat it with kindness, understanding, respect and MUCH LOVE!!

~Jane

That’s mighty neighborly of you!

…but we don’t know our neighbors. Strange.

A few years ago our neighbor to the east started mowing our front lawn while we were at work or gone for the day. He got a new riding lawn mower and just decided that he liked cutting grass and we benefited from it. Of course I wanted to thank him in some way so we decided to start gifting him (and his wife) with gift cards to different restaurants with different ambiance and cuisine. This has worked out quite nicely for both of us. They like to experiment with new culinary experiences and we get our lawn mowed and even weed whacked now!

We have lived in this house for 14 years and don’t know any of our other neighbors. It’s really weird and kind of sad because this town we live in is small, population 1,287. Everyone is friendly enough and the community really pulls together when someone is in need but we don’t know our neighbors. Strange. 

I’m going to make it my mission this summer to get to know the rest of our block!

 

Abandoned Perspective

Trying to find an explanation or a justification where there isn’t one.

What do you do when you find out something about someone you thought you knew and looked up to? Someone who’s always been in your life? Someone who has been a role model? Someone you looked up to as somewhat of a hero?

I’m still trying to find an answer to that question.

This thing, this “something” that I found out, is larger than you can imagine. The more I think about it the more consuming it becomes. It’s been analyzed and over analyzed and then analyzed again. Trying to find an explanation or a justification where there isn’t one. So what can a person do about a situation such as this? Do you confront the person? Do you step away and not look back? What?

I wasn’t ever supposed to know about “something” for this reason, as to not change my perspective of this person, but I did find out. I found out and it’s unthinkable, unacceptable and unforgivable. I don’t think I can or want to even try to talk it out. I think I might just be done.

My heart is broken.