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Easier Way – TTofT



1.  I forgot who showed me, it was either Piper at Piper Punches or Hillary from Feeling Beachie, but they showed me when inserting a code, such as for the photo above, that on WordPress I have to go through the code and redo every quotation mark in it or the photo won’t show.  So, after trying to get the Ten Things of Thankful badge on this post for the 3rd time, I remembered and sure enough…………… I’m thankful it is showing!!! How’s that for a number 1?

2.  I have, as usual, neglected my blogs.  I get so distracted by just life.  So, much to my surprise when I logged onto WordPress they had an option for an easier way to create a post.  Call me cynical but I went ahead with progress, figuring I would go back to the old editor/classic mode.  I’m very much surprised and thankful that the ‘easier’ posting is actually ‘easier’! 

3.  My days belong to my girls whether it’s summer and vacations in Tennessee, or back to school and cheerleading practices, buy this, fundraise this, send this, sign this…………………. and this is fine.  That’s my job and I do it proudly.  Every now and again, I need a break.  Adult conversation, although my 12 year old believes she is the adult, until I have to ground her to get her to clean her room.  Anyway, I am leaving in 5 hours to go to Richmond with a dear friend to the night race for NASCAR!!!  We will be staying the night and coming back Sunday morning.  My boyfriend who loves NASCAR was envious but has been nice enough to babysit so I can go.  I am very thankful for the invite and thankful to get out of the house, ride 4 to 5 hours and watch the race live.  

4.  Grateful for old friends and the time spent catching up on the ‘grown up’ version of the person you knew 14 years ago, and so grateful that this person is still the terric

5.  i’m thankful for sleep.  Anyone that suffers from insomnia can relate to this one.

6.   I’m thankful for my god-son and his girlfriend are expecting a baby boy in January.

7.  # 6 and this one should have been the top 2.  I am grateful that my boyfriend’s daughter is due any day now and after many miscarriages and tears, they finally got there.

8.  This should be at the top also but I’m thankful both of my girls are excelling in school this year, as they have done every year.

9.  Thankful for Pilates.  

10.  So thankful for TTofT.  I know I rushed through these last ones, but I have been doing laundry and I am in a horrible habit of being late for everything.  I can’t keep my friend held up, especially when she is taking me to the races!!!   


Finding Thankfulness

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. First, I am thankful that my girls got to spend time with their father in Jacksonville, N.C. and they also got to go to Orlando, Florida, so of course, a visit to Disney World. 

2.  I’m thankful they will be home in a couple days.  School started here early, which was Friday.  But their teachers were fine with them being on vacation. 

3.  I am thankful that I have all their school supplies ready. 

4.  Instead of complaining that our washer is not spinning out all the way, I’ll say, I’m thankful it can still be used. Hopefully until we can get another one.  I was without a washer and dryer for several years.  The things we can take for granted. 

5.  I’m thankful my cousin was released from jail after being incarcerated for over a year.  I’ll leave it at that.

6.  I’m thankful the weather is warming back up.  We had 5 or 6 days straight rain and it was fall type weather. I’m not quite ready to tell summer goodbye yet.  In my mind summer begins and ends with Memorial Day and Labor Day.  I suppose because all the pools, lakes, ect open on Memorial Day and close on Labor Day weekend. 

7.  I finally broke down and submitted one of my poems to a lit mag.  I have been wanting to for some time now and even though I just submitted it, I’m grateful I had the courage to do so.

8.  I have come to a point where I know everyone’s advice is to write everyday.  Even when I don’t feel like it. I am happy to accept the fact that I cannot write every single day.  So, I can stop beating myself up about it so much.

9.  I am very excited and happy that my god daughter has enrolled in college and this was her first week.

10.  I am trying to do the 30 day Pilate challenge and hope I can stick to it.  I’m grateful for the days I feel motivated. 

Hop over to Considerings and tell us what you’re thankful for.  My copying and pasting links isn’t working so well due to pop on my laptop, again. sigh.

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.

Escape Plan

Six Sentence Stories/

It has become apparent that in this blog, anything goes.  Prompts I love, things on my mind, and even Wordless Wednesday.  My Constant Thoughts, my blog on Blogger is for poetry, or a form I call poetry.  There are a few exceptions to the rule, but for the most part the entire blog has been dedicated to poetry.  Now, I am going to link up to Two Shoes in Texas and try to write something passable for Six Sentence Stories.  

  Gena had Iron Maiden screaming in her ears through the head buds of her MP3 player, when her sister crawled in bed with her.  She could hear over the loud music, louder sounds of her mother and father yelling at each other, calling each other names, and she just wanted to go to sleep. She had to go to school in three hours, and there was no way they would ruin that for her. She wished Cindy was old enough to go to school with her, so she wouldn’t hear the morning bickering of hangovers talking.  She hoped Cindy would understand one day,  Gena’s education was the only power they would have. 


Thankful because……

Ten Things of Thankful






This is for Considerings, Ten Things of Thankful. 


1.   Thankful that my oldest daughter wants to help with dishes in a minute.  Very cool. She volunteered!!

2.   Thankful I’m getting a Chiwawa puppy in 3 weeks.

3.   Thankful for all the people I have met through blogging.  I have met some people whom I considered friends and I’m honored they allow me to be in their life. 

4.  Thankful for music I just discovered.  I love any genre of music as long as it makes me feel something.  Apparently, this is not new music, but I hadn’t heard it before and this is the new album.  The National singing ‘Graceless’.  It touches my soul.

5.  Thankful that both children are still enjoying school even though it’s going on the 3rd week.

6.  Thankful because an idea popped in my head yesterday.  I think I have shown photos on here of the Wandering Jew plant my oldest daughter gave me for Mother’s Day in 2011.  It is growing wonderfully, which is a surprise because I normally don’t have a green thumb.  My idea was to take some of my starters that I was getting ready to plant back into my pot, and get two pots to get them started new.  Then by Christmas they should be a decent size and I am giving one to my boyfriend’s mother and one to his sister-n-law.  I know they will appreciate the thought as well as the beauty of the plant. 

7.   Thankful it’s Labor Day weekend so the girls and I both have an extra day to sleep in.

8.   Thankful I have gotten back into yoga and meditation.  It really does the mind and body good.

9.   Thankful the Vans tennis shoes I ordered the girls a week before school started finally came in Tuesday so they could wear them to school.

10.  Thankful today has been a stress free day, though I haven’t done much of anything. 

There are my 10 Things of Thankful.  Hop over to Considerings and link up 10 things you are thankful for.