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10 Things I Don’t Get

I have been out of touch lately with Monday Listicles, so this seemed like the night to reconnect.   What a great list to jump in on.  10 Things I’ll Never Understand……………….


  1. Gossip – Most gossip is based on hear say and it’s not to help anyone.  Even if it’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth, why concern yourself with other’s lives?  I have so much going on, I honestly don’t have time to keep up with “So and So” and “They” always have a lot to say anyway.
  2. Lies – This ties in kinda with # 1. but I’ll never understand someone’s desire to lie.  I don’t mean a white lie, such as: “No, Mom, your homemade gravy was great.”  Human nature seems to push us toward a lie and it’s normally based on fear of the consequence.  I have known people that lie just to be lying and there is no consequence.  No reason in the world for it. Just a complete fictional story, even about themselves, and then even after being caught up in the lie, they refuse to admit it was a lie.  I read once or twice that in order to lie, a person has to have a good memory.  So, my ability to freeze up if I’m ask to lie for a friend is a dead give away.  Then if I’m ask next week, I’ll stammer my way through that too.  
  3. Littering –  I love taking my girls swimming where I learned to swim as a child.  It’s a gorgeous place too.  Every summer my best friend and I take garbage bags with us.  We clean the entire river side and then pick up every piece of broken glass in the river we can find.  We’re a small town and nothing makes us madder than someone from out of town that’s fishing or camping to leave trash everywhere, except, the people who live here leaving their trash behind. 
  4. Animal Cruelty – This goes without needing an explanation.  Why in the world to people feel the need to be mean to animals?  Another saying I read:  “Man is the cruelest of all animals.”
  5. Wars –  As mentioned above, I have so much going on in my day to day life, I don’t have time to care if the neighbors are dancing naked in their yards.  So to have a war with another country that is across the ocean just will never make sense to me. 
  6. Age limits – Since I did bring up war, then  I must add, I will never understand why our children are allowed at 18 years old to be called adults, enlist in the military, fight for our country, and yet the drinking age limit is 21 years old.  How can someone be responsible with weapons when they aren’t responsible enough to consume alcohol in a safe manner?
  7. Racism – I haven’t understood this since I was a child in the ’80’s and so at the age of 37, and in the year 2014, I cannot wrap my mind around someone being racist. 
  8. Hot Dog Buns –  I have always wondered why the hot dogs come in packs of 8 and the hot dog buns come in packs of 6.  Which only means buying an extra pack of buns.  Then there’s more buns than hot dogs. I’m sure if I kept working on the equation – or I just did, I think…………. purchase 4 packs of hot dog buns and 3 packs of hot dogs so there is 24 of each??  hmmmmmmmmmmmm…………
  9. Algebra – I barely passed in 8th grade.  Then failed algebra in 9th and 10th grade, which is when the guidance lady called me to her office to discuss math credits for graduation.  Turns out my 8th grade D had counted as a high school credit. Frustrating to say the least.  My 6th grader is in the middle of all the craziness and now my 2nd grader’s teacher has the class dabbling in algebra and cursive.  The cursive is terrific.  The algebra, I’m not sure I’ve ever used it.
  10. Allen Wrench – While putting together my oldest daughter’s new bed she got for Christmas, I discovered I despise the Allen Wrench and the time it takes to get that little tool to do it’s job.  Of all the inventions known to man kind, couldn’t they make this item more usable, as in no cramps in my fingers from turning and turning this device, and not having a complete grip on it.  This could just be me. 


This is my post for Monday Listicles..

12 Things of Thankful – My Year 2013

Ten Things of Thankful

I cannot believe how fast 2013 has went by and it’s almost 2014. Wow.  In light of this, Lizzi aka Considerer is having Twelve Things of Thankful!!!  So, I read her post which was a wonderful recap of her year and the start up of Ten Things of Thankful.  I’m going back over this blog and let’s see where it’s been. 

JANUARY:   I began this blog, showed my first link to My Constant Thoughts, my blog on Blogger where I keep my poetry, and shared a few (well, actually 7) post. 

FEBRUARY:   Looking back, it would seem the month that country singer, Mindy McCready passed away.  I shared her video of “Ten Thousand Angels” at the end of this post.  Valentine’s Day, I share my love for Rob Thomas, and joined in on Monday Listicles. 

MARCH:     This was the month of Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter.  Gorgeous photos of my girls in their Easter dresses.  I see I joined in According To Mags also.  This was on of my favorite ones.  Why?  Well, we done a post on our celebrity look-a-like, and well to have people say I look better than Tori Spelling, it was an awesome feeling!!! 

APRIL:     April seemed to be a great month.  I had began participating in Mama Kat’s Writing Prompt, Picture It and Write It, and Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun.  The FFFFF is where I met Hillary who published a memoir this past year, Dangled Carat.  I done a wonderful interview with her because memoirs are some of my favorite reading. 

MAY:    This was a good month.  I had joined in on Blogger’s For Peace.  The Monday Listicles were fun, such as name 10 horrible band names, my Wordless Wednesday’s were coming along, and my oldest daughter graduated 5th grade on May 31st.  So, by fall of 2013, she’d be in the world of Middle School. 

JUNE:     Happy Birthday to Marilyn Monroe on the 1st.  The girls went to Jacksonville, N.C. to be in their father’s wedding.  I see I had participated in several Monday Listicles, Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts, and added The Sunday Whirl’s Wordle to the mix. 

From Left to Right: My daughter Olivia, their step sister, Natalie, and my daughter, Madison.    The next photo should be of their half brother, Nathan. Their step sister, Emily isn't pictured in these.

From Left to Right: My daughter Olivia, their step sister, Natalie, and my daughter, Madison. The next photo should be of their half brother, Nathan. Their step sister, Emily isn’t pictured in these.

nathan at the wedding with a strawberry

JULY:   Ah, July.  Well, July 4th was celebrated.  My oldest daughter turned 11 on the 9th.  My best friend turned 37 on the 14th……….and oh, how I love rubbing it in her face that I don’t turn 37 until November 22nd.  My boyfriend turned 42 on July 15th.  And I see I had added Considerings to my “touching bloggers” list!!!

My 11 year old, Madison, chose this Cookie Monster cake. A dear friend I graduated with makes these cakes.  I'll let the picture speak for her talent.

My 11 year old, Madison, chose this Cookie Monster cake. A dear friend I graduated with makes these cakes. I’ll let the picture speak for her talent.

AUGUST:   I was participating in 14 Days of Gratitude held by one of my favorite people, Celes.  I had forgotten to add for July, I had also began participating in Yeah Write’s 31 Days to Better Blogging, and I had done an interview with Piper Punches on her new book, The Waiting Room.

SEPTEMBER:   I had done an interview with Lance Burson from My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog somewhere in between these months.  He had published his first book, The Ballad of Helene Troy, which I recommend to anyone.  He also published his second book, Soul To Body.  This is the month I done an interview with Hillary Grossman from Feeling Beachie about her memoir, Dangled Carat.  I had also started to participate in Five Sentence Fiction and Six Sentence Fiction.  My daughters had began a new school year and my youngest daughter was taking up donations for JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.  I had also added Wednesday’s Hodgepodge into this blog.  

OCTOBER:  I see this was a month on blogging for a lot of blog hops, which I still enjoy doing.  It was also Halloween.  Pretty fall colors and photos.  

Madi was a tiger and Liv was a leopard.

Madi was a tiger and Liv was a leopard.

NOVEMBER:   This was the month I attempted to participate in Yeah Write’s NaBloMoPo 2013.  Wish I’d done better at being consistent.  Then it was my turn to have my  37th birthday. Then, of course, Thanksgiving came.  I am still participating in a lot of different blog hops, and I’m thankful that this blog has shaped up nicely.

DECEMBER:  I see I participated in a couple of Six Sentence Story and Five Sentence Fiction, which is stepping outside my comfort zone, still participating in Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts, Christmas has come and gone in an amazing hurry and here it is almost 2014.  


TTOFT:   I wrapped up my blogging year pretty well, but did I leave out my 12 things of thankful?  Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  I am thankful to see that the past year, my Once Upon A Time has shaped into a blog I’m proud of.  I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve met throughout the blog hops.  I’m thankful for my daughters and their milestones in life.  Thankful for good friends.  I am extremely thankful for Ten Things of Thankful!  And all in all, 2013 wasn’t so bad, or at least typed up in a pretty little package.  I’m thankful for small moments, as well as the big moments. I’m thankful that Christmas did come together.  I’m excited to see what the New Year brings.  Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog!!!   Thank you Lizzi!  

Christmas Memories

1.  I remember wanting my mom to buy me a stereo for Christmas.  Now when I say stereo, picture this being the late 80’s and stereos actually were a big size, played records on top, cassette tapes in the center, and had f.m. and a.m. radio on the front, and at the bottom, slots to hold your records/cassette tapes.  I lived with my grandparents, so when my mom arrived I was excited.  Her and my step dad carried in a large wooden hope chest, made by my step-uncle with my name carved in the center.  It was beautiful but I couldn’t hide my disappointment.  Inside the hope chest was the top part of my stereo.  Surprise to me and A for effort on being grateful.  Now, 2013, I’m sure they don’t make those stereos anymore and my hope chest is beside my computer desk now holding all my favorite memories safe. 

2.  I remember the huge Christmas catalogs from Sears arriving at our home and me looking through it at every toy I could ever imagine.  I always picked my favorite barbie I wanted to add to my collection and my favorite pretty pony.  

3.  I remember how magical it was when regular scheduled programs on the 3 channels we received were interrupted by a Christmas special, such as “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” or “Rudolph.”  The shows still come on but my girls can find them on different channels and watch them from Thanksgiving until Christmas if they want to.

4.  I was in girl scouts from 1st grade up until 8th grade.  We got to be in a couple Christmas parades in Radford, Va.  It was so much fun tossing candy to the kids watching the parade.  I also was able to be in a Christmas parade with the cheerleaders team I was on.  My voice was cracking from screaming cheers all through the town. 

5.  I remember the first year I realized once and for all that Santa was not real.   I had suspected it for some time.  This particular year, I had ask for a Barbie Dreamhouse.  I was looking for something near our building and inside waiting to be put out for trash was the box the Dreamhouse came in.  I went to my grandparents immediately to bring up the evidence. Once confirmed though, it seemed like a huge part of my childhood was over somehow. 

6.  I have fond memories of helping my granny and her sister make chocolate peanut butter balls for Christmas.  Which I haven’t had the chance to do and haven’t done in years.  I am trying to squeeze in time this year to make some with my girls. 

7.   I remember being in Christmas plays at our church.  I was in a lot of different ones but the clearest memory I have is one where I’m an angel and myself along with all the other angels wore some kind of white dress over our clothes and our wings were made from bending metal coat hangers into the shape of wings, then gluing tinsel around them.  

8.   We always had real trees for Christmas when I was growing up.  I transitioned to artificial trees after both my grandparents had deceased.  Now, I’m getting ready to put up our artificial tree with my girls.  I spotted a real tree I wanted the other day but since this tree still is fairly new, I decided to go ahead and use it one more year.

9.  I got to spend one Christmas in Nashville.  The lights were fabulous.  We took a tour of The Grand ‘Ol Opry Hotel and the decorations, lights, trees, colors, and everything was perfect.  I have gorgeous photos I need to scan. 

10.  A tradition I started when I was 18 and had just married, was to use special ornaments from my childhood and add one each year.  Though I divorced, I continued the tradition.  So, each year, my girls and I hang our special ornaments up, and we will find one for this year.  A few have been bought at the mall with our names and the date on them, some are made.  I still have a wreath I made for my granny my kindergarten year in 1981.  Now, both my girls made wreaths about the same age.  I also have ornaments from The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Some have been carved by my best friend’s husband.  

There are my 10 Christmas memories for Monday Listicles.  

10 Reasons My Town’s Cool

I have been meaning to catch up on Monday Listicles and finally I have gotten around to it!  This weeks list is…………… 10 Things I Love About My Town.

1.   I love tanning and lounging around on hot summer days at the river that runs through my small town.  What amazes me is not only do people drive from all different states to fish here, but The New River is the 2nd oldest river in the world, with The Nile coming in 1st place. 

2.  Not only is The New River very old, it also flows South to North.  Beginning in N.C. and flowing North into Virginia, it travels it’s way through the Appalachian Mountains, into West Virginia before becoming one with The Gauley River and forming The Kanawha River. 

From the top of the mountain where I live, you can see The New River with ease.

From the top of the mountain where I live, you can see The New River with ease.

3.  Growing up in a small town, with the population around 400, can be hard at times.  For the most part though I’m glad my neighbors have known me since my birth 37 years ago.  I like knowing everyone whom resides here and know that my children are safe to trick or treat for Halloween.  Parrott is like a huge dysfunctional family where we have arguments but we also stick together in hard times.

4.   People are always a little taken back by a town name Parrott.  I love that the entire town is filled with history.  The town was named after John H. Parrott.  Though he never resided here himself, he was the owner of the coal company that operated in this town before the mines were shut down.

5.  I love the beautiful views that make up this town.  Especially in Autumn when all the mountain is colored by changing leaves.  Even though I don’t like being cold, the mountains look gorgeous covered in a blanket of white when it snows.  

This is taken from the town beside Parrott, on my girls' great grandparent's farm.  The view of Parrott from afar.  As you can see, the houses literally wrap around a mountain.

This is taken from the town beside Parrott, on my girls’ great grandparent’s farm. The view of Parrott from afar. As you can see, the houses literally wrap around a mountain.

6.  I love the walking exercise that living in a town like this provides.  In Spring and Summer, my best friend and I take my girls walking.  We began at my home and walk all the way to the last trestle on the river and then turn around from there and walk back to our swimming spot on the river.  The entire walk is close to 7 miles and since some of it’s uphill, it really provides a good work-out.

7.  I love the train tracks, to hear trains go by while lounging on the river, and as small town as this may seem, me and my best friend have counted each car on the trains since we were just kids. 

8.  My grandparents raised me and I love the fact that my grandfather had grown up here, along with his grandparents, and their grandparents.  I love that my family is rooted deep into this town.

9.  Parrott is about a 30 minute drive to any other town that has anything.  Example:  Super Wal-Mart – 30 minute drive.  Schools – 30 minute drive.  Va. Tech collage – in the next county – 30 minute drive.  Parrott seems to be in between everything.  I like that Parrott is off to itself but not completely away from civilization. 

10.  I enjoy that Parrott has two churches, a volunteer fire department, and a post office.  Then the bridge leads out of Parrott to all things mentioned in #9.  The bridge is the one way in and one way out of this town that holds so much history.  I also love that along the river, there is a camp ground privately owned by someone living here.  In the spring, summer, and fall days and nights, people crowd in to camp and some stay until winter.  There is live music from an older generation, mostly blue grass music, but it’s a lot of fun for the adults as well as the children.

A photo as you're driving into Parrott. My wonderful friend played around with the image to give it his individual style.

A photo as you’re driving into Parrott. My wonderful friend played around with the image to give it his individual style.


This has been my post for Monday Listicles.  Link up and share 10 things you love about your town. 

10 Things I Look Forward To Now

I am so unorganized and sometimes catching up on blogs proves to be a challenge for me.  I love the people I meet in the blogging world though.  I have read over some great list on 10 things others are looking forward to.  I have gushed about the beautiful scenery here in the fall and loving fall  activities, however, being a huge summer fan.  I am going to do this week’s Monday Listicles like this:

10 Things I Look Forward To Every Week:

1.  I adore my girls.  Have I mentioned they are going through a stage where they cannot be in the same room without bickering back and forth.  I mean, what does an 11 year old and a 7 year old have to bicker about?  The answer is everything!!  Everything examples: “Mom, Madison won’t play school right. She always wants to be the teacher.”  “Mom, Olivia is being annoying.”  “That’s my hair clip Olivia,… No, it’s mine because it was in my hair bow box…..Cause you put it there, it was mine.”  “Mom, I want hot dogs for dinner and Olivia wants hamburgers. Which are you going to fix”  Even to who will bath first at night.  I have talked. I have laughed underneath my breath at times.  I have settled the silliest arguments, such as I am in charge of what’s for dinner.  I bought hair bows for all of us, myself included, and yet they can’t put theirs simply back in their containers of hair bows, and they end up with mine anyway.  Sorry, venting a bit about my beautiful angels. 🙂 I look forward to the bus running at 7:00 a.m. They are dressed, look gorgeous, been told they are loved and in the middle of their hair bow breakdowns, I hear the bus coming and I smile.  School is educational and they aren’t even in the same school this year.  

2.  Not to contradict # 1, but………..I look forward to the evenings.  I clean, I organize, I job hunt, I play Candy Crush, I do odd things around the home……….. then, I do look forward to them coming home.  Eating, doing their homework, and while it is still nice outside, us going for walks.  I enjoy walking with my children, and it’s one of the rare moments they don’t find much of anything to argue about.  I enjoy seeing what they have learned at school.  Today was midterm day and my new 6th grader had 2 A’s and 2 B’s!!  My 2nd grader had all G’s, which in elementary term for this area is an A.  

3.  Not to contradict # 2, but usually by 7 p.m. after they are fed, bathed, homework done, and winding down, they start getting tired.  Which means any family fun we had on a walk is now a distant memory and # 1 comes back into play.  I look forward to reading to my 7 year old, giving her butterfly kisses and tucking her in.  I enjoy hearing my 11 year old ramble about things she could have talked about earlier, and then I get to say, “Okay, sweetheart, it’s bedtime.” 🙂

4.  I don’t watch t.v. much at all.  Growing up with 3 channels and grandparents that loved the news, by the time we got cable in this area, I was accustomed to occupying myself in other ways.  I enjoy an occasional Lifetime movie, or special on Snapped.  Usually, Forensic files puts me to sleep because of the same tone of voice the narrator uses.  “It was a quiet night in the small community of Parrott, Va.  The town had shut down for the night.  Suddenly, a nearby neighbor heard shots ring out.  It sounded more like a car backfiring.  Ms. Nosyweather says she had lived beside Donetta Sifford since her grandparents brought her home from the hospital, 36 years ago.  She never dreamed Donetta would harm a fly, much less fire a deadly shot into her unexpected boyfriend.  The year was 2012…………..”  I’m snoring.  I do look forward to watching Supernatural and the Winchester brothers hunting monsters.  I don’t even mind the re-runs  while waiting on the new episodes.  Usually, there are episodes I haven’t seen because I forget it comes on until it’s already aired.  That’s my one t.v. indulgence, Supernatural.

5.  I look forward to Wednesday evenings. Even though I no longer attend church because I was raised in our Church of God and my granny would make me go. In fact, she made me go until I was around 13 years old and then she decided it was time to let me make the correct decision.  I decided not to attend with the exception of Easter just to spend the time with my grandmother and occasionally Christmas.  My oldest was invited to go when she was 3 years old and I was pregnant with my 7 year old.  She has been going since.  So, her sister joined with her and they both enjoy going.  I don’t voice my opinion one way or another.  I go to watch their Christmas plays, attend Easter Sunday services with them, and always follow up on fundraisers or activities during Vacation Bible School.  I have had the occasional questioning about going to church with them, but since most of the congregation have known me since birth, they don’t go through my children to coerce me into going.  I’ve tried to explain to them in simple, non-judgmental ways a few reasons I don’t attend and for now that’s been enough.  I look forward to walking them to church on nice Wednesday evenings.  I enjoy the different lessons they learn, things they create in class, and see # 1.

6.  I look forward to Fridays.  I know that even though I have insomnia, I can have the luxury of sleeping in some on Saturdays.  I’m not sure what happens to my children between summer and fall.  During the summer, I don’t have a strict going to bed time.  We also are on the move a lot during the summer days.  Yet, daylight hits in the mornings and one of the two are up, usually waking the other.  School comes, I do enforce a bedtime except for special occasions.  We get activity mixed in, but they usually enjoy a great deal of activity at school.  Come mornings, they both are grumpy, trying to sneak 5 more minutes in, and act as though they hadn’t slept all night.  

7.  I also look forward to Fridays because the girls enjoy spending time with their cousins who live next door.  The advantage of living this close to my boyfriend’s family is if his brother and brother’s better half decide to go out, I’m here.  If I decide to go out on occasion, I usually have no problem with the girls staying the night there.  Neither of us make it a habit to keep all 4 girls a lot……….. see # 1 and apply it to her, but make one of her daughters 13 years old instead of 11.  🙂

8.  Saturdays are fun days during the school year.  The summer, everyday is getting out of the house normally.  So, when school starts, every Saturday is more special.  I look forward to the Saturdays when we have plans to do something or come up with something to do.  Sometimes they are with friends and I have a sleep in day and me time.  

9.  I also look forward to Sundays.  The girls usually don’t attend church on Sundays. Sometimes they’ll both or one of them will decide to go out of the blue.  Sundays are my favorite days to cook, relax, get things ready for the week and I am a NASCAR fan from way back.  It’s apparently football season, so I don’t enjoy hearing the game in the next room.  Nor my boyfriend flipping back and forth between games, and he still thinks the refs can hear him through the t..v screen.  These are the days I’ll enjoy an occasional movie, have eggs, bacon, gravy and biscuits for dinner.  My boyfriend works most of the time Monday through Saturday, so Sundays bring time for visitors, going to friends, relaxing with me reading and him yelling at the players and coaches.  Something about Sundays just seem peaceful and my darling girls don’t seem to argue much.  I’m not sure why, but I’m not knocking it.

10.  Pretty much my weeks aren’t planned to a T.  I’ve tried the whole routine, organized plans, thing.  I have Pinterst boards to prove how I’ll see an organizing blog, post on home decor, and DIY projects and adore them.  The only routine I can usually stick to is Flylady and other than that, I guess the chaos is part of who I am.  I’m OCD to a fault.  I want certain things a certain way rather it’s an important thing or simple.  For the most part, my chaotic life fits my chaotic mind.  I did buy a planner at the beginning of the year to keep up with what’s due, what appointments I have, and anything else I need to keep track of.  This basic calender in my purse has worked out really well for me.  I carry it in my purse along with my journal.  The journal is because no matter where I am, an idea for a poem or inspiration will come and I need to jot down a great line in my mind.  I will forget if I don’t.  Same with the calender/planner, it helps me remember things that I typically don’t remember.  This concept should have grabbed me before the age of 36, but better late than never.  I look forward to most days and though they sound routine, they are far from it. Things never get boring around here and so, I wake up, or in most cases due to insomnia, am already awake from the day before, and I look forward to see what each day may bring.  

Here are the things I generally look forward to during the weeks of the school year.  They aren’t written in stone, but it’s an ideal of life most times.  Thank you all for bearing with me as I extended each item out and let out a bit of venting.  I have a knack for babbling, or trying to keep up with the racing thoughts in my head. Head over to The Good Life and share 10 things you look forward to.