11/21/13 Thursday

Paul took Mike to school. Beth & I biked to an apt. I get a text around 11am Ms. Rector is at my house. Oh my gosh I forgot to tell her about this PT eval apt. UCP gave me at the last minute. I felt bad for cancelling. Oops.

On the way back, Beth and I stopped at Walmart. She is still hounding me for a binky. She settled for shoe laces instead. I got headlights for my bike. I had a church function to go to tonight and wanted to be safe. I picked up some cheap material for the purses.

Came home, made the cookie dough, went to school and picked up Mike. Oh he scared me today on his bike 3 different times with one being major. God, are you not hearing my prayers to have Mike ride safely?

Made it home in time to do dishes and bake cookies. I need rest. Oh desperately. I have biked about 20 miles and I am weak.

Took a shower and headed out the door. I biked to the bus stop and got on the 102. I was so scared inside, anxious, by myself, and it was all unfamiliar. It was dark outside riding the bus. I wasn’t sure if I would know when or where to get off. I looked up and now the bus is showing it is 103. I just want something I recognize. A landmark, a person, anything familiar. I’m off the bus and GPS the address. I crossed over 436 when I didn’t need to. I don’t recognize anything. I don’t know this bike path/sidewalk in the rain and darkness. Then I saw it. Kim Coe Designs. A place where I didn’t fit in because everything is so extravagant there. I just want to sit far away from everyone and my back to the wall. Then little by little I saw familiar faces. Faces I was comfortable with. But still I dreaded being there. I felt so out of place

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I took pictures every couple of steps. It was all too much. Overboard. And prices I saw….are you serious? These people and my family live in 2 different worlds joined together because Joseph Smith prayed to God with a sincere heart and was given the answer of which church to join and that being none of them.

This lady with her fancy shop is married to the guy who told me I should learn how to control my kids. He is now the first counselor. Somehow I’m just not thrilled to be there.

The former relief society president read this awesome Christmas story. But the real story was how she acquired the book and who wrote it.

Then we played a fun little game of putting our name on a card and something about ourselves that nobody has knowledge of.  I wasn’t crazy about it initially but after hearing things read off it was fun.

Then I came inside and saw the fudge, mint fudge to be exact! I love mint fudge. It is my favorite type of fudge. Now I’m in a great mood. Lol.

Then we got to get items for bracelets to make at home. I got the beads and wire but I’m not sure what to do once I put the beads on and how it connects. I will check it out tomorrow.

I traded books for a helmet. Yay! I did have a good time tonight. Sister Bruce took me home and Sister Anderson brought my bike home. I’m so thankful they did.

Til next time, *l0v3y

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November 19, 2013 Tuesday

I had read quotes on line that presidents of the church had said on marriage. I tried expressing gratitude several times since. I may be going through the motions and  in return all I hear is “your welcome.” It sometimes seems he is all about himself. I don’t really remember the last time he complemented me or made me feel good inside.

I feel like I’m on a pond and it has frozen over. I’m skating around the edges, fearful of the center, for it may crack and I don’t know how thick the ice is.

Do I want this marriage to work? Yes. I do. But I need answers and I’m just avoided with the run around. I think that’s what I’m waiting for in order to move on.

Enough about the marriage situation. There is a relief society event this Thursday. I’m so excited. I get these “space saver” ice creams and I decorated it up with material I had previously used as curtains. I know it is butterflies and not autumn but I work with what I got.

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This container is going to hold my soft sugar cookies that taste so delicious. I can’t wait!

So yesterday I broke out the material and I saw the princess and the frog material. Oh guilty conscience. I have had it so long, I forgot to make a purse and show it to the lady who gave me the material.

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She has a non profit organization called one heart for woman & children. She gets donations and has a huge sale on Saturdays. She helps feed the homeless on Mondays. All kinds of great things she does for our community. So, I’m going to drop this purse off this week and maybe a little girl can have a purse as a present for Christmas.

Til next time, *l0v3y

Yes, I have cockroaches.

Well, I live in a house my husband & I can afford. We added a bedroom to it and have done some repairs ourself while leaving ones I have no knowledge of to our landlord. We see a cockroach here and there which I don’t mind them living here but they don’t pay rent, my daughter is allergic to  them, and they are busy crapping all over the place. They have absolutely no manners except to get  out of the way when they see us.

So, my daughters room has no electric and neither does the kitchen outlet. I know the problem is in the light. I just cannot figure it out. The wires have a good connection. I did the work myself last time dealing with short wires and having it as a complete mess. I was happy to get done, patch up the ceiling and call it a day.

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Now I’m lost as I look inside trying to traxe which wires go to what because even though the connections are tight, it looks like one big clusterfuck. I take the wire nut off the neutral. Everything looks fine. I take the wire nut off the hot and a freaking cockroach is dead but stopping the electricity from flowing. I remove it and viola! The electricity in my daughters room works and the electrical outlet in the kitchen works. Will have to give the poor cockroach a proper burial in the trash out at the road today. Let the city take the fried critter to it final resting place.

Til next time, *l0v3y

Blue beauty

My cars name is blue beauty. She does not see the inside of a shop. She is sick right now and has oil in her engine coolant.

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So, me being me decide to do a little googling. Looks like it may be a head gasket or the radiator. Someone who works on their own vehicles said to check the transmission. If it’s cloudy, then it’s the radiator. Well, it wasn’t cloudy.
Today I flushed out the radiator. That was a huge task in itself because of the location of the clamp and the type of clamp. After an hour of hard work and determination, I removed it. I flushed out the radiator.

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I am not quite sure where I will go from here in repairing her. A friend of mine said it could be the water pump, or this or that. I know when I get some money I am buying the repair book for her. For now, I rest. 

Til next time, *l0v3y

No accounting for the falling apart bookshelf

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So it’s been weeks, months, maybe half a year my husband has been complaining about our fridge leaking.

The landlord suggests cleaning underneath it, no success. The landlord thinks it’s clogged, no success. The landlord realizes the freezer is running all the time and wants to replace it. Yes! Finally.

I get back yesterday and he tells me he’s going to fix a faucet and be back in an hour. So I take the hint to clean out the fridge, make a pathway on the porch, but forget all about the bookshelf.

Fully loaded, my husband & landlord try to move it until it starts breaking up. We pull off all the books and put them on the couch to move it. (Nothing like doing some hard work and having no place to sit.)

Today, I say I will fix it and put the books back. Well, I got as far as fixed it and let the kids help put books back.

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Til next time, *l0v3y

Makeover room

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I’m frugal. Very frugal. With at least 4 holes in the wall of my daughters bedroom and writing all over it in crayons, markers, pens, or anything else she can sneak in there, it desperately needed a makeover. I patched the holes with what I currently had around the house but home depot sells that oops paint and I didn’t care what color it was. Turned out looking like an old lady’s room. I had some fabric around and sewed up 2 curtains for the room. A friend is going to make.a stencil to put sunflowers at the top around the border. Made the shelves too. Just went to the back of the home depot store and got wood that was leftover and marked down.

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Next on the list is my bedroom. Not sure what color home depot will have in stock for messups. I might have to wait for something I like though 😉

Til next time, *l0v3y