Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Survivor... AKA Day 16 of 365

One might think that since tonight is a Survivor night, that tonight's post is referring to the TV show. Quite to the contrary, it is in reference to me being a survivor of yet another November. When I sat at my computer this morning, I glanced down into the lower left corner and upon seeing the date, a smile came across my face. Once again, I made it through November and kept my sanity. For well over half my life, November has been tough for me. It is a month filled with dates of sadness, where many tears are shed.

To share just a few, I lost the only man I ever called Grandpa in November when I was 15 years old. I still miss him so much.

Then a few days shy of a year later, I had my first miscarriage. Obviously I don't have a picture to show in tribute, however, I wear a tribute everyday in my tattoo. The two bees with angel wings and halos represent the babies I lost:

Then 9 years ago I lost the woman my daughter was named after, my grandma. I still talk to her almost every day:

As sad as I get every month over these events as well as others, I am happy to say I made it through. Thank you to God for seeing me through, but also to Jim for being so loving and understanding every year during this trying time. You are my rock.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AKA Day 16 of 365

About 6 months ago, my honey and I bought my oldest son, Kyle, a Martin guitar because he graduated top of his class. It was a promise I made to him when he had just finished his freshman year, graduate valedictorian and you will get a Martin. You see, my son LOVES music. No, really, I mean it oozes from his every pore. So much so that I don't think I have ever seen him walk by any kind of musical instrument without at least smiling at it and touching it in some way. He can pick one up and within minutes seems to be playing it like he had been doing it all his life. I love to hear him play guitar because he seems so peaceful when doing so. He looks so calm, so happy. I love this side of him. He had just posted on facebook talking about how he loves the sound of a new set of strings, and he loves his Martin. I love knowing that we were able to provide something for him that he cherishes so much and that, when well taken care of, could give him a lifetime of pleasure. This knowledge brings me pleasure. He deserves it!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Colorful me....AKA Day 15 of 365

Contemplating my next tattoo. Have several designs rattling around in my brain, all tribute pieces to some very important people in my life. Just trying to decide on the basic design of each and then planning them out. Some of the ideas, without commenting as to what each one represents at this time: a set of balance scales (tipped slightly in my favor), hummingbirds, pink roses, a silver awareness ribbon with handwriting sample, an apple tree with an apple on the ground and a serpent crawling through the tree (double meaning LOL). This post was more about getting the ideas down so I don't forget them and can think a little more on each one and their individual meanings.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

On the road AGAIN??? NO THANKS....AKA Day 14 of 365

So very tired of the long drive. In the last 10 days we drove 4 times totalling 24 hours and have to drive again twice next weekend. Not sure what Willie found so appealing about being on the road again, but he can keep it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lucky lady...AKA Day 13 of 365

Spent the day hanging out with my honey and my Zachman. Can't believe he is leaving tomorrow. Have loved having him here and will look forward to having him here for Christmas break.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lots of leftovers....AKA Day 12 of 365

Had an enjoyable day filled with love and leftovers. I have really loved having Zach here and am sure going to miss him when he goes. Just trying to cherish every second.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Let them eat pie!...AKA Day 11 of 365

Last night's late night realization that it was only going to be the 3 of us for Thanksgiving dinner led to us deciding that we could cut into our pies any darn time we wanted. I am sure the over-sized piece of pecan custard pie that I consumed and the over-sized piece of pumpkin vanilla pie that Zach consumed contributed in some way to last night's Tetris marathon and the hysteria that accompanied it. That being said, I sure am loving having Zach here :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends. For each of you I am surely thankful!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tetris induced hysteria...AKA Day 10 of 365

Nom Nom Nom grandlady! Who's Beezus? It's never gonna end! We're gonna be old and wrinkly! I can't do 65 lines in 2 minutes...Charlie Sheen can!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Old and wrinkly...AKA Day 9 of 365

Today, my 16 year old son, Zach, made me love him even more. We have a tradition of playing Tetris when we get some time together. It's a friendly, healthy competition that we really enjoy. We used to play for chores. We would make a list of chores, then whoever lost the round would have to pick from the chore list. This way we could spend the whole day playing if we liked and still get our house cleaned. Today we were having a terrible time with the higher levels, we each kept having to restart and our catchphrase became "It's never gonna end!" Then Zach said the sweetest thing: "We are going to be old and wrinkly, still playing and it's still never gonna end!" I saw "awwwww, that's the sweetest thing you have ever said to me!" He laughed and said "what?" with this silly voice, funny face he makes. I said "that means you don't think I am already old and wrinkly!" We were giggling about it later on and I said "That also means you think I will still be alive when YOU are old and wrinkly!" I really love this kid!

Monday, November 21, 2011

I got your nose...AKA Day 8 of 365

I was laying on my son's bed this evening with him and we were laughing, giggling and having a good time when I leaned up and "got his nose." It was then that I made the realization that no matter how old you are, when someone comes up to you and says "I got your nose", no matter how cool you try to be and play it off, the pressure of not having a nose will be too great and you will do anything to get it back :) I love my 16 year old and his silly laughter. I also love how shocked he still looks when I pretend to eat it instead of putting it back on his face. Hi laugh is contagious!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

They call it puppy love...AKA Day 7 of 365

So we managed to pull off another surprise for Emmy today. Yesterday, while she was in Odessa, we bought her a puppy. She has been asking for her own puppy for awhile. Our favorite produce lady was selling off the litter her baby had and we stopped to look at them. Jim picked up the runt of the litter and fell in love right away. She is an adorable black and brown chihuahua/rat terrier mix with the ends of her feet and her tail being tipped with white. We agreed to let Emmy name her but in the meanwhile I had been calling her Beezus. I think that's going to stick. :) Here are a couple pictures of the little lass.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Seven year itch? Buy an electric back scratcher...AKA Day 6 of 365

Spent a glorious date day with my loving honey. We did some shopping, ran some errands, went to see The Seven Year Itch performed on stage and had a late supper. We really enjoyed each other's company so very much. Thank you, God, for sending me this wonderous man.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Salty or sweet? SALTY!...AKA Day 5 of 365

The day had barely begun when I got my first chuckle. In a joint effort, Emmy and I posted about it on her Facebook. I think this entry will best be served if I just cut and paste it from there, along with the comments that followed:

"Dear Brudder,

Remember when you and your lovely girlfriend were visiting our humble abode? Remember when you thought it was a sweet idea to grind the salt grinder for a really long time? Remember when you then walked away and left the salt in the grinder receptacle? Well, dear brudder, this morning I decided I wanted a little salt on my orange that I worked so hard to lovingly cut in two perfect halves. So, without looking at the salt grinder receptacle, I took the lid off and turned the grinder upside down. Now, dear brudder, my sweet yummy orange is covered in 1/4 inch of snow white SALT! BAD BRUDDER!

Lovingly yours,
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Heather Eckert bahahaha Em....that is horrible kiddo :)
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Kyle Wusterbarth HA! This cracked me up and made me smile real big, hahahahaha. Sorry about your orange, though :/
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Jared Jones Hahahaha that has got to be the greatest thing I ever heard hahaha I'm sorry em but it is funny
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Hee Hee. I admit it, I had a good laugh over these as the look on her face was priceless.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ring ring is anyone home...AKA Day 4 of 365

Today was going to be kinda busy. I did my morning stuff then hopped in the shower. Did my face and hair, then got dressed. Was getting ready to head out the door when I realized I couldn't find my keys or phone or Jim's phone. I looked for over 10 minutes and was running late. Finally tracked down my friend Jerwyn on Facebook and had her call my phone so I could find it.As my phone rang, it was only then that I realized they had been in my pocket the whole time! Duh! moment or an early case of CRS? Will have to keep an eye on it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Spic and Span or ear drops AKA Day 3 of 365

So I have been dealing with an annoying earache for a couple days. Had my honey check it out with his ottoscope or as I like to call it, his "ear thingy". Turns out there is an enormous glob of earwax compressed by my eardrum. The good PA rattled off something about my incessant use of q-tips pushing it back there, or something like that as I really couldn't hear him very well. The way I see it, I have two choices. 1. I could use spic and span to remove the wafted buildup from the floor of my ear, or 2. Use the prescription ear drops I had leftover from the last time this happened. Hmmm, wonder which I should choose???

P.S. Still gonna use q-tips. That is all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Evil Demons Get Out AKA Day 2 of 365

This is Emmy's second day home from school with a vicious head cold. Have been giving her Zicam and that seems to have made the whole process faster. I believe she will be back at school tomorrow. This morning I took Jim to work and an hour later he called asking me to come pick him up from work. Seems a totally different demon was occupying his intestinal tract. I have spent most of the day trying to avoid direct contact with either of them. Will probably know by tomorrow if I have been successful. I hate getting sick and I am really hoping that they keep it to themselves and don't share with each other either. Knowing my luck they will stand up and yell "Switchies!" then I will have to endure each of them dealing with the opposites demons. Please, say it ain't so!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Starting over-Day 1 of 365

Well as of my last post, I had 11 days left to go on my "blog every day for a year" goal. Like many things over the years, I just stopped short. Not sure how to explain why. I could have gone back after a few days and written many posts in one day to try and catch up, but I didn't feel like that would be the thing to do. I could blame it on getting busy, or a million other things, but I am not looking to make excuses. Simply put, it was self sabotage. I could explain that more, but that would mean going back 13 years and explaining more that, quite frankly, I have been trying to put behind me for way too long. So here I am again, starting over. Sometimes I need a little inspiration about what to write. There will be times, without a doubt, that I will only write one line just to get a post down, but I will try to make those few and far between. Today I am dealing with a gorgeous child with a nasty head cold who asked me to make her homemade soup (I know she is sick because she HATES soup but knows it is good for her) so I am going to work on that for right now. I may or may not come back to this post today and add more, but if I don't, I will refuse to feel guilty about it. Instead I will hold my child while she says I don't feel good Mommy, and stroke her hair. Here's hoping it is a quick recovery :)