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Packing The Family Into One Bed

The theme/prompt for THIS week, January 19, is:

HEADS – “Pack”

I’ve been wondering about co-sleeping for some time. You know, packing the entire family into one bed. When my kids were babies no one practiced co-sleeping that I knew of. We had a nursery ready and set to go before the baby came home. The first few weeks, at my mother’s suggestion, the baby slept in a bassinet next to my bed. A good thing too, because Mr. Vixen rarely woke up in the night and I was so exhausted I could barely reach over and grab her for the nightly feedings. I continued that practice with the next two kids. As soon as they were down to one or two feedings a night I moved them to their nursery.

On Saturday we had the girls over for a sleep over. No choice but to have them sleep in our king size bed with us. I thought there would be very little issue, since the bed is so big. Not entirely true. The little rugrats toss and turn all night. One is a little heater and keeps kicking off all the covers while we are freezing. If you get up for a moment, don’t expect your space to still be unoccupied when you get back. There will be a child in your space, sleeping sideways, I guarantee it.

When we first went to bed I had such a wonderful sense of closeness to them. All cuddly and snuggely. Then the talking started. Butterball talked straight for nearly an hour. All questions. ‘Nama, what’s that? over and over; the closet, the door, her sister, Papa, the roof, etc. Ladybug was quiet except when Butterball would start asking her questions, then she would tell her in no uncertain terms she was trying to sleep.

So I am probably not cut out for co-sleeping. High on my priority list of things I want now is a spare bedroom!

Gone Fishin’


Whether it be the trickle of a stream,

the roar of a river,

or the gentle lapping of windblown lake waves

The sounds transport me to a peaceful place

Sometimes the fish are caught

More often they are not

But my mind is cleared and calmed

My soul accepts its respite from everyday life

Sparkling sun or gloomy gray drizzle

I hear the fish call to my spirit

And it fires up the hunter/gatherer deep within me

I am challenged and, yet, I wait patiently for whatever will happen

To walk quietly along the shore

Is a dream I use to remind myself

Of goals to set, boundaries to exceed and freedom to be strived for

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.

Heads Or Tails

The theme/prompt for today, March 31, is: HEADS – See *OR* TAILS – Sea

img_6164aI MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

~John Masefield

When the student is ready, the master appears


TAILS – “Three Things”
Tell three things you learned in 2008.

This weeks prompt was amazingly harder than I thought it would be. To say 2008 was a learning curve for me, is a fact. My challenge with this prompt, is putting what I think are the most valuable lessons in a positive light (because that’s just me. Or who I am trying to get back to, at any rate.)

  1. Fragility. Being a realist in most cases, I was surprised at how I had underestimated the fragility of life. I thought I was good at living life to its fullest each moment, but I wasn’t even close. Those I hold dear are now of the utmost importance to me. Things like money and jobs, while important and necessary, are less likely to keep me up at night. My dreams are filled with moments with the ones I love and how to get more of those times. Each one to be held tenderly and close.
  2. The strength and power of my children. This one is not something I was unaware of or had underestimated, so I should have been expecting it. Yet it astounds me to the core, the capacity and strength of their love for each other and our family. Life can beat them over the head with a 600 lb. mallet, and together they can get up, support each other and conquer all.
  3. Patience. There is nothing more adept at teaching patience than buying a house. Although my past experience hanging out for days or weeks in hospitals had warmed me to the idea of patience, home purchasing puts the keenest edge on this skill.

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.


This week’s theme/prompt is:
– Fill *OR* TAILS – Phil

Just so you know how behind I am in life, this week I am going to tell you a little about how my life was filled with love on and joy on Thanksgiving. At this rate it will probably be February when you hear about Christmas.

I really had no idea how much a home could make a difference to our family. Home has always been where we are gathered, not necessarily a particular place. But this year, filling up my little new home with my loved ones was like the frosting on a cake! It made the house feel perfect and special. The fact that we were all able to fill it without overflowing was so comfortable and right.

I managed to get a 22 lb. turkey for $7.88!!! And it was terrific, much to my surprise. Moist and tasty. One of the most wonderful parts of the day was having Ladybug help me make the pumpkin pies. I have never been able to cook with her before and it was so much fun for her and me! She was just so excited to have an apron on and help Grama. And if you could have seen her face when I let her use the mixer and she yelled “Look Mommy, I am doing it. I am doing it!” And when MacD and Funsize arrived she kept running around saying “I made TWO PUMPIN PIES.” Oh wait, you can see her face, although this one doesn’t really show the true pride she was feeling:making pumpkin pie

She also helped me make the mashed potatoes, but we ran out of milk. Bear was on her way home from Fishboy’s parent’s and so I called her and asked her to bring some home. Ladybug would not leave the kitchen, pulling her stool over to sit and watch the pies in the oven. Bear was also bringing a surprise for Ladybug: the Kung Fu Panda movie, which Ladybug had been talking about all day. When Bear arrived Ladybug ran to the door and Bear showed her the movie, expecting squeals of delight. Ladybug just looked at her with disappointment and said “Neenee, that is not milk. We are waiting for milk.” Maybe she is my future chef?

Everyone wrote little cards about they were grateful for and read them out loud after we made Lloyd say grace. There were some tears, but many laughs. My heart was filled with amazement at the wonderful people my children have grown to become and the love they share with each other and us.

All around it was a wonderful weekend, except for the broken leg part. But even through that Ladybug filled my heart with a bit of laughter after she came home from getting her cast. “Grama,” she said, “look! I got a sock from the doctor! But it is too big, too long and too HARD (pronounced HAWD)!”

I am truly blessed and so grateful.

Just How Did 22 Years Pass So Quickly?

This week’s theme/prompt is: HEADSRecipe
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My son has always loved camping. See:

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to go in several years. So when he told me all he wanted for his birthday present was to go camping, I knew I better get cooking! So today I share my Recipe for a MacDougal Birthday (his birthday is TODAY!)

(be sure to click on the pictures to embiggen so you can truly appreciate mine and Bear’s photographic talent):

Take some tents (poles ARE required, if you forget them you must go back home and fetch them)


Add a large dollop of family

Stir well with horseshoes

Sparingly sprinkle in some mountain climbing (careful-don’t overdo)Photobucket

Slowly add ice cold liquid until you get your desired consistency


Top with some relaxing and fireside comradery

This recipe has been tested and approved by the Birthday Boy MacDougal and his mother

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”


This week’s theme/prompt is: HEADSBox
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First, a little doodle I did while sitting in traffic this morning:

And then, let the insanity begin:


box …. fox …. ox …

pox … vox … sox …

lox … Bagels!

I prefer an onion bagel, (well) toasted, with herb flavored cream cheese. Yum.

How about you? Do you like bagels? What kinds and how?

Today’s wackiness inspired by the talented Penelope Anne, who gave me this award. Is it that obvious how nutty I am?

Tuesday Already?!?!?!


This week’s theme/prompt is: TAILSList three things from any category
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Three things I did over the Labor Day Weekend:

  1. Went shopping with Funsize to the fabric store (what can I say…she needed a ride and my car can drive itself there). While she was shopping I stumbled across the most adorable Charlie Brown Fall fabric and it had to be purchased. I am making an apron. Picture shall be available upon completion.
  2. Learned how to make Mojitos. Drank them.
  3. Tried to learn some Spanish from my non-English speaking neighbor (Little D’s mom. Little D is our intrepretor). I learned how to say 22 (the age my son will turn this month), “Where is Kayla” (because seriously where did she get to now), “Come here Kayla” (because she tends to hide), and “pink”, “red”, “blue” and “water balloon” (obviously we were hanging out with the kids). Watch out world. Now I can yell at you to come here in TWO languages.

Put not off your cloths in the presence of others


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This weeks prompt is MANNERS

George Washington, sometime before the age of 16, transcribed Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation. (Original errors in numbering have been corrected; original spelling is unchanged.)

print 1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.

2d When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usualy Discovered.

3d Shew Nothing to your Freind that may affright him.

4th In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

5th If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkercheif or Hand before your face and turn aside.

6th Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.

7th Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Drest.

8th At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.

9th Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.

10th When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.

11th Shift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.

12th Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs rowl not the Eys lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.

Painting detail, 13th Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexteriously upon it if it be upon the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off privately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off.

14th Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.

15th Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean yet without Shewing any great Concern for them.

16th Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.

17th Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play’d Withal.

18th Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask’d also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

Print of a lady as 19th let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.

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My life has the runs


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This week’s theme/prompt is:
HEADS – Doctor

Is there such a thing as a doctor for your life? A professional who can prescribe some immodium for my daily living? Just when I gain a bit of a smile or manage one deep breath? Ha ha. Life gets the runs on me again.

Last night I went to get some ice cubes from the freezer. Said ice cubes were in the incorrect state. They were liquid. I started poking things. Everything was soft. Moved things around and noticed a puddle of popsicles. Ugh. Check fridge. Yummy, warm milk! Run to the store for ice and to the storage facility for our coolers. Pack everything up that fits and then put a few bags of stuff in the neighbor’s fridge (thanks!). Call the landlady and have one of those ?HUH? conversations.

Me: Hi, Ditzy Landlady. Her: Hi Vixen, is something wrong? Me: Yes. The fridge is broken and all my food is spoiling and that is very bad because I don’t have money to replace the food. Her: Oh no! Well did you check the switch? I am sure it’s just the switch. Me: The switch? You mean the breaker? Her: Yes, the breaker. It is hard to reset. Me: We actually did reset the breaker just to see if it would kick start the fridge. But it is not a power issue because although the fridge is not cold, the light is still on. Her: Oh. Well I can’t begin to tell you how much I don’t want to buy you a new fridge this month. Me: ****just blinking**** Her: Oh well, I guess I will have to. All I can do is call Sears in the morning and see what they can do. Thanks, Vixen. Bye.

I have met the Rug Doctor, but does he have a cousin Fridge Doctor?

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