Category: My Beautiful Family

What’s In Your Wallet?

Dontcha love The Toddler's head in the pic?
Dontcha love The Toddler’s head in the pic?

“Mommy, what’s the worst hurricane in history?” Sweetness

“I don’t know…let’s find out” Ronnie

I’ll admit that school, study, work and crap has made me a bit less attentive than what I’d normally be with my family. I do try very hard to have my “quota” study time in by the time the kiddo’s get home from school, but come on, we all know that doesn’t always happen. I severely misjudged the chapter on Nutrition. I mean, just feed them. How hard can that be? I digressed. So this morning, while Sweetness slept in (no Guardians, sorry), Merrill and I watched the Weather Channel and it’s coverage of the hurricane. When my only begotten son arose to greet his day, he did so with a curiosity in his heart…..What’s in your wallet? If found wandering, would anyone know to whom you belong?

No, it’s a #momlife status, not a Christian status, although something could be said for good ‘ole fashion belief in Him..so many parallels I could make, but time, like everything else, prevents me. It began with “How do hurricanes start” and ended with the story of Hurricane Andrew…in 1992. Like the condom question earlier this week, I have always said that when they’re ready to ask, they’re ready to know. Not the whole story….no no….for that’s too much, but he can know some basics so that 1. He respects the hearts of others and 2. I’m not a grandmother…..just saying. Truth is, sex in my family, always been a very open, honest discussion…almost like reading the paper over coffee, so there will be other question, other inquiries that won’t be as easy as the hurricane, or condom question. There will be deep-seated fears, agonies, terrors (like the freaking clown) that he will come to me with…and I need to be ready….and able to help him be a good man.

This is really what’s it all about. Anyone can have sex and make a baby, but to earn your Parent Card requires a willingness to accept that at some point, they are not going to be under your influence anymore….When their best friends ask them to take a, “Triple shot” with them, When a girl, whom finds herself in love, says “Yes”, when the apex comes and the decision to follow the crowd, or tell everyone to “Eff off Eh”. They need us to answer their questions, because TRUST, the World will be more than happy to educate them….I’ve committed some horrible acts against the hearts of others, and I did so, because I freely thought it was Caveat Emptor, if they fell for me, that was their fault….I never promised them anything….Having your Parent Card means they will have their hearts broken, their minds screwed with, their Spirits tested….and you have to stand by, as a witness to their pain… and not be a participant in the ass-kicking the other deserves. Sigh….they’re scared, they’re afraid, they’re excited, they try and fail….THEY’RE your babies….and your Parent Card means that you swear your Seal of Approval upon them, like a stamp, so the world knows…you did right by them. Nursing School takes away some of that for them, but I have Merrill and whose better to explain a condom than a man who was quite the Rex in his day? I’m like, “Don’t have sex EVER” and he’s like, “Son…protect yourself”…well it does take two to make a beautiful baby. What’s in your wallet? Are you a parent, or just a woman with a baby? Hey I don’t judge….sometimes it takes us some time to figure out the difference…..What role will you model today? Well..the survival of the world may very well depend on you. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, “What’s that? The Galveston Hurricane? Let’s look it up”…Be Blessed.

 

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Fairy Wings and Sparkly Things

A small portion of their inventory.
A small portion of their inventory.

“This is a little girl’s paradise” Ronnie as she walked into her dream…

 

I’ve known Amy for a long time. She’s a fellow ATA Mommy, we roll deep, and we support each other at every available opportunity. We were pregnant at about the same time, heck I had even her maternity clothing hand-me-downs. Amy’s son served as role model in the mentoring of Sweetness in his quest for the coveted Blackbelt….so yes, Amy and I have met many times. She had a side business of selling headbands, tulle dresses, costumes…but until she had her Brick and Mortar store, I hadn’t really had a chance to see, let alone wear her wares….Fairy Wings and Sparkly Things….what happens when you have the bestest friends in the entire world.

So, I jumped into the deep end of the pool and entered Duchess into a beauty pageant, but like Cinderella, I didn’t have a dress, nor shoes. I’m not a professional Pageant Mommy, so my education had to be swift, my degree had to be rushed. On the Eve of the 1st Pageant, I was texting Amy, asking her the rules and regulations of the event…The Friday before the Saturday competition, I walked in to the Sparkly paradise to get Duchess her dress…. See, this is where the proverbial rubber meets the Biblical road…Love One Another, and although I’m SURE pageant dresses is not what Christ had in mind, Love is Love…all day.

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Cinderella

What does Ronnie do when she’s ignorant? Why she calls on Amy, and her mother Fran. Amy and Fran have everything, I mean EVERYTHING that a little girl’s heart could ever desire. From the pageant dresses, to the homecomings and prom, Fairy Wings and Sparkly Things has it all. Cinderella dresses, Belle Dresses, Pink and baby blue Tulle dresses that remind me of a sweet-tooth marshmallow, shoes, hair pins, crowns, pins, lace, pearls…it’s all there for a little girl to indulge. I left there earlier today, and let me tell you, we found all the right dresses at all the right prices. If this store had been around when I was attending Prom, I would have been Princess Ronnie, instead of Countess Ronnie… you can believe that! So for all the fabulous, glittery, tulley, dreams of a baby girl’s heart, you simply MUST hit this store up first. I’m not saying Duchess won her division because of their dress, but I am saying that she was a beautiful Princess (not a Duchess), and showed like one….so…look at the picture and you tell me….does the girl make the dress or does the dress make the girl? Fairy Wings and Sparkly Things, endorsed for free by Countess Veronica Philips, and if anyone knows a little something about beautiful clothes…it’s me. Get with them NOW for Homecoming, and PROM…Be the Princess you were meant to be. Be Blessed.

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Top Ten Most Powerful Marvel Beings

“Hey Mom, who would win in a battle against…….?”  A young Sweetness

And so it began, a conversation, between mommy and son, that started when he was 3, and is still going today. His father gets involved, then we all get on our electronics and research. In Orlando, Florida (right before going to Universal Studio’s) we were discussing the Marvel Universe, when waitress said to us, “It is so nice to see a family talking together like you are doing” Yes well, we were contrasting/comparing the power ability of Thanos to Galactus. I found a quote by Stan Lee in an interview he gave….I won the debate….What can I say, we love our superhero’s.

The Top Ten Most Powerful Marvel Beings….written by Sweetness…if you know any of these characters, feel free to tag them…we’d love to read their comments…..enjoy.

 

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10. Iron Man

A rich, handsome (I wrote that) MIT graduate at 15, he built a suit with an Arc Reactor power source, from scratch, that gave him the ability to fly, withstand superhero force (and falls). He is the founder of The Avengers, and fights alongside some of the most powerful superhero’s in the Galaxy.

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9. Captain America

Created via a Super Soldier experiment (oversaw by Tony Stark’s father), Captain America became a Super Hero Soldier whom fought Red Skull for the Tesseract. His strength, cunning and strong moral code help him overcome his foe’s. He is also known as the 1st and perhaps the cutest, Avenger.

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8. Spiderman

Bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker absorbed the power of a spider. He can climb walls, create silk webs strong enough to hold even the largest of Marvel Bad Guys. Spiderman wants to be an Avenger, but the guys won’t let him in. Poor Spiderman.

 

The Hulk
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7. Hulk

A Gamma Ray accident turned Bruce Banner, an intelligent Scientist, into Hulk, a raging mass of sheer power that is only contained by Banner’s meek demeanor. When he’s angry, his strength is multiplied to the point that he can rival even the most powerful beings in the universe….like Thanos, Thor, and Loki. He is a member of the Avenger Team, and fell under the power of the Scarlet Witch, and destroyed South Africa.

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6. Wolverine

His strength is in his ability to regenerate his wounds. Several times, he’s been mortally wounded, only to heal and victor in his battles. He won his greatest battle against the Phoenix, using his powers to survive her blows to his body.

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5. Scarlet Witch

The Scarlet Witch can tap into mystic energy for reality-altering effects. Because of this power, many died after she controlled and manipulated the minds of the Avengers, except for Hawkeye, and he said his mind had already been controlled once before (The 1st Avenger film).

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4. Loki

Loki possesses one of the Infinity Stones in his scepter; which gives him power. He is the God of michef, and the Brother of Thor. He is cunning, calculated, and merciless, in his quest to destroy his brother and rule over Asgard and Midgard.

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3. Thor

Thor is the blood-son of Odin, All-Father of the Asgardians, and Jord, who was also known as Gaea, the goddess who was one of the Elder Gods. He also wields the power of the Mjolnir, his hammer. He is a powerful member of The Avengers, and a gentlemen whom fights to protect the human race; whom he dearly loves. (Thank you Thor).

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2. Thanos

The 1st bad guy on the list, Thanos, has been introduced to us by the Guardians of the Galaxy. His quest to obtain all the Infinity Stones, is rumored to be the subject of the next Avengers and Guardians film. Thanos is a god from the race of Eternals; which he killed several years ago. His power comes from the Infinity Gauntlet.

Galactus
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1. Galactus

When interviewed, Stan Lee, creator of the Marvel Universe, responded that out of all the characters in his creation, it was Galactus, not THANOS who reigned as the Supreme Power in the Universe. Before our universe, another universe survived, which collapsed in upon itself. Galactus was the sole remaining survivor of the collapsed universe and absorbed his powers from the energy of that collapse. His only weakness is that he has a unsustianable hunger for living planets….in modern day, Astronomy, Galactus is the epitomy of a Black Hole, most powerful in the universe (not love).

 

The Top Ten Most Powerful Marvel Beings is the second guest post by my son, whose only 10 years old. He writes his articles, and I simply edit, illustrate and publish. Just as the 1st article he wrote, Top Ten Most Powerful X-men, I will remind all that he is only 10 years old. Heck, even I debated some of his choices….this is simply him giving you HIS opinion of the Beings, after the research of  such movies as: The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spiderman, and of course, X-men. You are welcome to agree, disagree, debate and discuss, what you are NOT allowed to do is demean him. Remember, I am a mommy 1st, and I can handle his business….but we would appreciate constructive feedback, because after all, feedback (good and bad) how we grow in our craft.

 

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Top Ten Most Powerful

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My son is a fan of all things Marvel, so when he asked me to research “Top Ten” lists, I did so willingly, knowing that this was something I could share with him. After reading several on-line opinions, Sweetness thought that he too, could create a list that could be debated and discussed, and maybe even encourage others to follow in his footsteps and begin writing. I did nothing but grammar, this list is all him. I’m so proud of him. Mommy Tear….he’s my son! Sweetness’s Top Ten Most Powerful Characters in the X-Men Comics:

 

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  1. Juggernaut Juggernaut’s power comes from “motion”, in that once he is in motion he cannot be stopped. His only weakness is that he is venerable to mental psychic attacks from Professor Xavier, and Jean Grey, therefore, he wears a helmet made of metal (the same metal as Magneto), to protect him from his nemesis.

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  1. Night Crawler- His ability to vanish and reappear in any location he chooses makes him a force to be reckoned with. Should Night Crawler get his hands upon you, he can take you to any location within his eyesight, including the sun and moon.

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  1. Colossus- Colossus is a mutant made of the worlds heaviest metal. While in his armored form, Colossus requires no food, water, or even oxygen to sustain him, and is extremely resistant to injury. He is capable of withstanding great impacts, large-caliber bullets, falling from tremendous heights, electricity, and certain magical attacks.

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  1. Rogue- Rogue has the ability to absorb the power of other mutants, and contain it within her, whether they be a hero, or villain.

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  1. Storm- The Goddess of Weather, she can control the environment at will. She can make it rain in the desert, melt the polar caps, and bring Dorothy back to Kansas….and that’s all before most people get up in the morning.

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  1. Wolverine- With the ability to heal his wounds, Wolverine is virtually indestructible. There is only one way to kill Wolverine…by beheading him; which many have tried, all have failed. With Adamantium claws, he can slice through any substance like butter. He is the only hero known to kill The Phoenix. He’s also only 5’0 in real life.

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  1. Cyclopes- With laser eyes, Cyclopes can burn through any object to get you on the other side.

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  1. Professor Xavier- With Super Psychic ability, Professor Xavier can be in all minds at all times. His powers are so strong that The Pheonix had to kill him to keep him out of her mind.

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  1. Magneto- Magneto has the ability to manipulate all metals including Wolverine’s Claws, a fact that annoys him greatly.

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  1. Jean Grey- Jean, tops all power lists due to her hosting The Phoenix, the most powerful force in the galaxy; which is ironic because Wolverine, whom many believe to not even be in the Top 20 of power beings, was able to kill her, and Jean Grey proving that the smaller they are, the more dangerous they become.

So, there you have it. The list of a little boy, with a love of all things Super Hero. He tried to make an Avenger’s Power List, but quickly became frustrated when he realized that nothing can kill the Hulk. He may try again one day to rate his hero’s but for now, he’d be honored if you read and discuss his list. The Top Ten Most Powerful….Hmm, maybe one day, he can write for Marvel.

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Tuck & Felix

Watch Me Whip
Watch Me Whip
Watch Me Nay-Nay
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In my Pregnancy Summer 2012 (hottest summer on record) a little black cat walked up my driveway, and into my heart. Feeling sorry for him I placed a bowl of water outside for him. When one feeds a stray cat, one owns a stray cat….Fearful of what our dog, Tuck, could do, we kept the two separated, until Tuck got away from us. Panicked, my husband ran after the dog….Felix (as we found), can take care of himself. Tuck & Felix….Ebony & Ivory….Felix’s Paw is Strong….

Fast forward to today. The cat is neutered (he really didn’t appreciate that), and he sleeps with the dog. Felix thinks he’s a dog, and we’re not telling him different. Someone really should have told these two that dogs and cats cannot be friends. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how these two became soul mates. If in the animal kingdom animals (from varying Genius) can come together and be bonded, we can, in OUR kingdom, come together and be cordial. Politics and Religion make strange bedfellows, but so do cats and dogs……..they make it work…..Hmmm, I’m just thinking….Tuck was desperate for a friend after Tris-Tris died, his life was empty…then a cat fills the void. I really don’t have to spell it out for you…do I? Good, because I gotta go…there’s a Blizzard today, and a chicken walking up the driveway……Be Blessed….

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Is it Nature or Nurture?

Is it Nature or Nurture?
Is it Nature or Nurture?

As I struggle to get the kiddo’s up and ready to greet their day, I am reminded that my Grandmother, before leaving the house every morning at 5am, would turn on the bedroom light.  Good Lord I hated that, but strangely, I find myself compelled…well at least tempted…to do it myself. Sweetness, like his older sister, likes to take his time before tackling the quests of the day, while Duchess, just gets up, and at em. Respect little sister, because I’m somewhere in the middle.

The Nature over Nurture debate has seen both sides successfully argue that children are they way they are because Parents are inherently crazy, and because they’re crazy, the emulate crazy. Truth is, Princess stood a chance, only having my genes, but then Nurture took over and part of Merrill osmosised in, and now, well…one could do worse I suppose. Duchess, at this very moment, is sitting at the table, staring me in the face (good LORD I would have never done that to my grandmother) daring me, to make her eat the Cheerio’s. I messed up, the Cheerio’s didn’t come from the RED BOX this morning, so they are somehow tainted, or possessed, or she’s tainted, or possessed. That little, “Say something” attitude was indeed Natured AND Nurtured….Now, whom shall I blame?

I gotta go. This is the #momlife. It’s what we all do, every morning. I met a single dad, at ATA last Friday. He is raising a 2yr old, by himself, and I soooooo get it. I found myself saying to him, “If you need anything…” but he’s raised this beautiful baby since birth, I think he’s got it by now, but still, she was adorable. I find myself looking at the babies and wondering what gifts they’ve been given and for what? There will come a day, when those gifts, like weapons will need to be wielded, but they’ll need to do so in a manner that it will limit the risk of collateral damage, because after all, we are responsible for the hearts we hurt. I think we should all LOVE first, I really do, but just like Wyatt Earp, we have our limit….well I do. Usually it’s 2 seconds into a dissenting opinion, but don’t judge me. Like Merrill says, “It’s MY world”….LOL. Our children are amazing, living, breathing gifts from God. It’s so funny how we use our own Nurture to raise them. I fight my inner being every day….I win, and I lose, but I mean well, and THAT has to count for something….like the babies….like Duchess….who just said, “I’m not eating”. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

 

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A Hallowed Day Indeed

Paid Off Student Loan #3
Paid Off Student Loan #3

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It is a Hallowed Day indeed in Team MVP’s home. We had 4 student loans, today we paid off loan #3. Great Lakes isn’t too bad, as far as lenders go, but they’re not a pet. Why keep them around? Sure, I could have bought a new Louis Vuitton with that money, but when I’m free, I’ll get one, and not a Goodwill one either. We are working our way to a debt free life. Can you imagine the freedoms we’ll share when we’re no longer slaves to our lenders? All that’s left is the MBA loan, and the house; which when added together, is less than $100,000. Oh….I’m coming for you #4, and I may get frisky and work on the house too, then when I give my “Debt Free” scream on the Dave Ramsey show, I’ll promptly leave on a 10 tropical Disney cruise. What a great legacy to leave to our kids. Living the #momlife with #sharedgoals it’s a powerful combination.

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It Was What It Was

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#mommyblessed

Riddle me this, how does an innocent, perfect, 3yr old angel, smuggle a bottle of hand lotion into her crib, without parental knowledge? Hold your thought, there’s more! How then, does she have the presence of mind to form INTENT, and wait until her parents are settled (I was not asleep, but Merrill was, just saying), pull out said bottle of hand lotion, and commence to spreading it all over the crib, her body, her hair, her blankets, her pillows…..then say, “Mommy, I yucky”. Yes….yes she was.

Four years ago, as I lie on my back, I turned my head to HIM, sitting in the corner of the room, and with tears forming in the corner of my eyes I simply said to him, “It is what it is”, and indeed, it was what it was. The road to the bed, in that room, had been a long, painful, emotional journey, but we were done. Well, Merrill was done. I, for whatever reason, was hell bent on self-destruction, at all costs. He had put his foot down, he wasn’t going to watch me destroy myself anymore. You want to break a man, give him a woman he loves that he can’t fix. He thought he should be able to fix me, protect me..make me stop crying…but he couldn’t. He was helpless. We KNEW the consequence of FAILURE was going to be the mind numbing, soul crushing blow to my Spirit. “After this, we’re DONE, right?” he almost begged me….”Yes, Doll… we’re done”. We had to be, we were using our last two embroy’s. Only after I had admitted defeat, did he agree to the injections, the hormones, the mood swings….Yes, as I lie on that bed, in the infertility hospital, and  looked at him, the realization of the final two embroy’s residing inside my body was too much for my mind and spirit to take in, and I wept… .

It’s so hard to go to baby showers, read birthing announcements, watch people cooing and ohhing over a little new born. We most certainly did not deny the new mommy her happiness, but infertility does something to a woman. It’s painful to watch the abortion debates, to walk in the infant section, to pass the baby food isle. You’re menses, while most certainly annoying, is most unwelcome, as month in and month out, it serves as a brutal reminder that, “NOPE” you’re not pregnant…AGAIN. Sex, becomes a chore….choregraphed, rehearsed, it’s no longer fun….it become LAW….and God forbid you miss the ovulation schedule….whew…Infertility is a special kind of hell….

IVF isn’t just about two people wanting a baby, it’s about the soul crushing process to be a mommy. Do you have any idea what a woman goes through just for the small chance of being a mommy? Those needles ain’t small, and those drugs ain’t kind…ask any husband whose watched his partner go from the sweet woman of his dreams to the hellish demon from his nightmares….it isn’t us, it’s the drugs…..Ugh. We were successful with Sweetness..1st time…which is funny because that’s misleading. It took us another SIX….SIX years to do it again with Duchess and in between, we suffered 4 failed attempts, each one more devastating than the last…I remember waking in the dark, after he had long gone to sleep, and crying, “I’m not pregnant, I’m not pregnant, I’m NOT pregnant”….crying out to the Lord, “Why!!!???”….the failure of the embroy to thrive is depressing…I don’t use that term lightly. The OB/Gyn who had given us Sweetness, had given us Duchess and cautioned that the chance of success with a Frozen Embroy, would be only 15%……Horrible odds, when you’re looking down the barrel of your last time….It was what it was.

So, as I turned on the light and gazed upon my beautiful little successful IVF Angel, I saw the thick white lotion coating everything unclothed on her body, and thought, Thank you Jesus….Thank you….I was blessed….15%, it was what it was. We wiped her off  and now that she has baby smooth skin, we’ll shower her. “It is what it is”, and it was what it was…at all costs….. it almost WASN’T. What on earth would I write about if I didn’t have her….? Thank you Jesus….Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.

 

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Ratatouille

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I’ve waited all winter to start the wood burning stove, and while we didn’t get the 10 inches promised, I’ll take what we have.

I hate the cold. It’s never been a secret that I’m a Savannah girl, and that I’m allergic to all things below zero. Yes, I grew up in the Ozarks, yes I’ve lived in Europe as a teenager (Pirm Brat), and yes, I’ve enjoyed a snowball fight or two, but I do hate the cold weather and the State from which it hails, but I couldn’t do THIS in Miami. I love quality time with my family and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday night than with the stove, hot chocolate, and good ‘ole Ratatouille. I’m thinking of placing some potato soup on the wood stove. Great, now my mouth is watering.

God is good. So here we are, Sweetness on the couch, Duchess being bad, Merrill catching up on work and I’m writing about how content I am, by feeling blessed to be a mother and wife. If Princess were here, I think I’d DIE of a full heart. Nights like tonight will remembered 20 years from now, when my babies, with babies of their own, are sitting around the Thanksgiving table telling tales from their youth. My life is busy and stressful, but Ratatouille with hot chocolate, and a warm hearth makes it all better. LOL, Duchess is singing, “Let it Go”. How appropriate is that? Okay, gotta go. I’m putting a roast in the crock pot, and planning for tomorrow. If you’re not busy, you’re welcome to stop by. Say, have you watched Nemo? No? Well, have I a night to remember for YOU. Be Blessed.

 

 

 

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Tuck The Fatty

Simply Tuck
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My dog Tuck is so fat (how fat is he?), that when we take him to the VET, I get a referral for Weight Watchers! Isn’t NOT funny, because it’s true…..he is a fatty. What’s so nefarious is that it’s my fault. He’s a full-blooded Blue Heeler, and as such, has a natural affliction toward HERDING and BSC Energy, the former we don’t mind so much, the latter we hate. He’ll herd anything. The cats, the kids, ME….He doesn’t do it so much anymore without taking his Geritol first, but in the summer when we walk as a family, he does get a little getty up, in his step. Yes, the Vet lectures me every visit…yes, I know the dog is fat, but honestly, it calms him down….OH, and he may be fat, but he’s still very dangerous and I defy anyone to try to break into this home when the babies are in residence! Yes, he is Tuck The Fatty….subject of Today’s Affirmation.

Honestly, I never wanted the dog. My girl, Winnie, died in 2009 after a long battle with hip dysplasia. Merrill and I stood back and watched the horrible, “Big Dog” disease take the dignity and joy of what was once a loving Black Lab/Sheppard dog. We loved her. My sister’s dog, had puppies and before I knew it, we became the owner of one. I wasn’t fond of the dog, from DAY ONE, mostly because everyone dumped him on me, and if you know your breeds, Blue Heelers will bond to ONE….that was me….I was his momma….but then as the family became his herd…..he spread his time out to equally annoy all…but then Duchess came along and while I didn’t understand it at first, I do now, she became his special project….it was because of her Epilepsy….and because he….has it…himself. A fact we found out the hard way, two years ago….

He has seizures. What’s are the odds of a family having a toddler AND a dog with Epilepsy? I should have played the Lotto last night. The 1st one happened behind my back, and I thought was a stroke, as he lost his footing and deficated all over my kitchen floor, but I actually WATCHED the 2nd one….ARGH, I have a DOG with Epilepsy TOO? The vet wanted to do a “dog” scan, but we said no. Because truth be told, Merrill and I have two choices. Medicate the dog, or just let him go. Why pay thousands of dollars to do the right thing? I voted for the latter because he is 7 this year, and frankly his father has seizures too and is doing very well himself. There will come a day when Tuck, Defender of the Gate, Guardian of Duchess, Protector of the Bed, will leave this family too, but I have come to love him very much, even if….he’s a fatty, with Epilepsy, and a BSC mentality toward Duchess. I can fix the 1st one, as I’m hoping to go running again soon and I’ll take his fat dog a** with me, problem solved, but the Epilepsy and Herding? LET IT GO…Let him live his life. If you come over, call first. He may use a walker now, but don’t let his Geriatric demeanor fool you….mess with the family, he will eat your face for dinner….don’t test me on this. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday.

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