Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I Love This Time of Year!

     I haven't posted much lately.  I haven't felt well and me and my amazing doctor are trying to get me better.  Mother Nature can be quite cruel to women at times.  But, I'll take the bad with the good.  I enjoyed all three pregnancies and I think my kids are my best accomplishments so bring it on Mother Nature!  (Although at times I have another word for her!)

     While I have been at home a good bit here lately, I have worked on a couple of things.  I love this time of year!  I am embarrassed to say I have a room full of Halloween decorations.  I think I always loved fall because I was the odd child that loved it when school started back.  When I was younger, though, we started school a lot closer to Fall than kids in the south do now.  We had Halloween, and then I knew soon after would be Thanksgiving and Christmas.  After Christmas I am done with winter and it has only begun.  We take down the decorations and I am ready for Spring Break! 

     In the spirit of Halloween approaching and me being sick and tired of being sick and tired I made these wooden bangle bracelets and I just listed them on my Etsy shop.  I am beginning to clean out my listings and add fall items so I started with these!  Most people don't get it, but working on these things is a real stress release for me.  I get into my own little creative world and it is like comfort food to me!

     They are all free handed painted on a plain wooden bangle so they are truly an original!













I also made these with my boys' school logo and mascot for a little Fall Football team spirit!  The logos and wolves aren't free handed on these.








Friday, September 6, 2013

Freaky Friday.....Just Between Friends

     It is Freaky Friday and sometimes my kids freak me out.  In a good way.  Sometimes things happen with my kids, nieces, nephews, and friends' kids that are just hysterical!  It can all come full circle.

     I am going to try to tell this story without being too confusing.  I have my kids, my nieces and nephews and we have mutual friends.  I have talked about growing up in a small town and how my sister and her husband were childhood sweethearts and I have known him and his brother forever.  We also have friends around here that we all grew up with.

     One family in particular, had three boys we grew up with. The two older ones have kids and they are friends with my and my sister's kids.  The oldest brother of the three has the oldest child of their group and he is the same age as my youngest, Stratton.  They are 14, almost 15, and have been friends their whole lives.  We live near them and they are always walking from one house to the other.  He has a younger sister who is friends with my sister's son Walt.  The younger brother has girls around my niece Skylar and nephew Macalister's age.

    I hope I haven't totally confused you, I don't want to use their names without asking.  We were all at the 9th grade football game last night watching my son, Stratton and his buddy, their oldest child.  Well, the two sisters of the younger brother came and got Skylar.  A little later, one of them comes to get Macalister.  We laughed because she said come here and he just jumped up and went!  Then, in a bit Macalister comes back and tells Walt the sister of Stratton's friend wants him to "come here." We haven't seen her yet, just the two sisters.  After a bit Macalister comes back plops down beside me and gives me his big "guess what I have done" grin.  Then he shows me a dollar.  I asked him where he got it and the sister of Stratton's friend gave it to him to bring Walt to her.  (We are always teasing him about her. She's a pretty little thing!)

     I am dying laughing, tell my sister what happened, and we are saying that was really smart on her part!  Kids can be so entertaining.  I just have in my head her sitting up on a chair somehwere under the bleachers all godfather style. Well, we all get home and I tell Stratton what his friend's sister did and he starts grinning and says, "I think I know how she got that idea."

     Evidently, he was over at his friend's house one day and paid HER $2 to go get his phone from upstairs.  So, I am thinking besides I owe my friend and his wife an apology for my son teaching her that, they have a pretty good businesswoman in the making and Walt might want to take notice!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Thank You For Being A Friend

     I love the show Dancing With the Stars.  It is always fun seeing who the new cast is.  There is usually a leak and we have an idea before it is official, but I am glad the leak was right about Valerie Harper.

     Everyone remembers her as Rhoda.  The Mary Tyler Moore Show was such a breakthrough for women.  The show was about a single woman working and supporting herself and they tackled issues such as equal pay for women, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, divorce, and infidelity.  What I believe is the most important part of the show is her friendships with  Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman),  Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White), and Georgette Franklin (Georgia Engel).   It showed women supporting each other and how important those friendships are.

     I love the newer show Hot in Cleveland.  Of course, Golden Girls has to be on every woman's list of favorite shows ever.  Any show with a group of women living together and being family is a good show in my book!  Betty White was in Golden Girls and she is also in Hot in Cleveland.  Tonight's episode is supposed to reunite all the ladies from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  It has to be good!

     It was heartbreaking when the news came out just a little while ago about Valerie Harper's health and the doctors weren't giving her much time.  Well, don't ever count out a tough lady!  She said this morning on Good Morning America that she has had positive test results lately and doesn't have any symptoms.  I remember when she was on GMA when she first came out with the news about her health and I will never forget what she said.  In her words, she said, "We are all terminal."  That is the first time I had ever heard anyone put it that way, but we are.  We are never guaranteed tomorrow so that statement makes perfect sense.  Only God knows when we will be called home so we should appreciate each day as if it is the last.

     I was so glad to see that she is going to be on DWTS. I just hope she doesn't overdo it or get too stressed about it.  I think she will go far because she has so many fans that are so glad to see her doing so well.

     I am sure she is going to be supported by her television "sisters".  It just shows that with support we can do anything!  I think in honor of these 3 great shows and their example of sisterhood, we should each do something to show support for one of our "sisters" that we think needs it.  I don't know of anyone out there who can't use some kind of support.  It is a tough world and we definitely need to stick together!

What will you do to show support?