Monday, March 31, 2008
Nothing impacts one's life more than thoughts. I have been as guilty of being negative as anyone else lately but this is the week to have a fabulous week....yes I still have a ton of stuff to do and busy evenings but it doesn't matter...things will get done and I will laugh along the way.....
Join me this week in focusing on the positive....big or small....let's find some things to celebrate and be HAPPY about...Looking forward to a great week....don't forget to blog!!!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Then about six months ago, I was chatting with my niece who is in her thirties and as often happens ....talk turned to family, funny memories, and the farm. My older daughter was there too and just happened to mentioned that she wanted to take a "ghost tour" in St. Charles, MO. That's a town about 35 minutes from us and it has these tours in the old down town section which are taken (at night of course). We had been throwing around this idea (just for fun mind you) for quite some time.
Then my niece mentioned the "ghost lights". It seems that she has some pretty clear and distinctive memories of the farm. She lived in a trailor on the farm for several years when she was quite small. The trailor was about fifty to a hundred yards from the farm house itself. As she told the story she remembers of the ghost lights I began to realize that she was talking about exactly what I had viewed and found disturbingly familiar on the TV segment. Those glowing lights several feet in the air and moving (usually directly toward me).
She related to us, how as a small child of about 4-6 she can remember at dusk being afraid to walk the fifty yards or so to Grandma's house (the home I grew up in) because she had to watch down the lane for the ghost lights and make sure she had plenty of time to make it to the house before they could travel down the lane toward the house. She vividly described the lights usually in pairs or groups of three to five lights. Possibly ten-twenty feet in the air, but she can't be sure as they were in the distance. But when she would enter the yard at dusk or a bit later in the summer she could see them up the lane and they frequently started moving toward her and the farm house as she made her way quickly across the yard. She had actually read mention of "ghost lights" in a book about Missouri ghosts and made the connection.
I can't say I have a clear memory of the lights which seems a little odd but what she described are exactly like the lights on the TV segment that cause me such pause when I caught a glimpse of them. Perhaps her story could be explained away as her memory "fitting" what she had read but how exactly do you explain my nagging dejavu when I saw the segment and then the fact that her stories so closely match my vague memories. The ghost lights unlike the little man in the attic caused us a bit of fear but no one was ever hurt by them. Small children can be easily scared by what they do not understand especially at dusk in that twilight time when the light of day becomes the darkness of night.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Today at school things were busy and a bit crazy. Tons of parent phone calls, interviews, meeting to schedule and out of control kids...no wonder I'm still up....I need to unwind just to get to sleep! Life sure has to slow down soon!
Well.....more later...just needed to check in! Hope your Thursday turns out to be pleasant, warm, and full of wonderful things!!!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This week is scholarship application week for Kelsey and she still has a few things to tie up before turning them in on Thursday so tomorrow night I may only get a quick check here on Ginger's Journey. So much for Senior year being exciting and fun...more like nerve racking! Then Thursday evening she is having 6 or so friends over for movies and a sleepover...no school for her on Friday. So hubby and I are off to visit our other daughter that evening so the girls can have the run of the house....now that's scary while the farm stories are just interesting...LOL.
I've been thinking about my SIMPLIFY journey and what it will feel like to quit my part time job...tomorrow I have two appointments so I won't get home until 6:30ish. Then supper, help Kelsey finish scholarship stuff and bed...yikes you see what I mean? After June, I will have my evenings at least semi to myself!!! It is something I know I am ready for....no regrets...my time and peace of mind are just as valuable as a paycheck!
Well....I'll wait a while before sharing any more farm stories...don't want to scare anyone off!!! Have a GREAT week and happy BLOGGING!!!
Monday, March 24, 2008
For today's entry I will talk about the "little man in the attic" and how I came to discover that others knew of his existence just as I did. Here is the thing...in that age between childhood and adulthood where the memories are fuzzy and you can never be sure if what you are remembering is a true memory, a dream, or a distortion of some other memory. That is where the little man lived for many many years because I never spoke of him, described him or even wondered about his existence. It wasn't out of fear for there appeared to be nothing to fear about him. He was simply "there" in the attic. Sometimes he climbed in and out the window onto the roof with a pick...yes just like the dwarves in Snow White. Ummm...you say a childhood memory distorted by Disney? I think not...and here is why. I have never really doubted the little man's existence and I try to pinpoint exactly how long I knew he lived there. In truth, I'm not sure but for as long as I have a conscious memory of the house. It was only after entering adulthood and putting the whole thought of the little man out of my mind that I stumbled upon the fact that others knew him also. My sister, who has since passed away, was talking with me one day about the farm, the house, and our childhood, when she asked quite matter a factly about the attic. "The attic" I answered and then with a dawning thought I said..."oh are you talking about the little man who lived there" and she nodded. For she too, knew of the little man and also reported no real fear of him or his comings and goings. During our conversation she also revealed to me that she had also asked my brother if he had ever thought anything odd of the attic ....to which he promptly responded, "oh you mean that little man that lived up there?"
Now I suppose with some rationalization we could come up with the answer to why at least three people have the exact same memories of the little man in the attic...down to the clothes he wore, his comings and goings, and the feelings associated with him neither fear or even curiosity....just an acceptance that he was "there". I, personally find it odd, but then again I can add to it the other numerous goings on both in the house itself and in the woods surrounding it. So let's just say that even though the fairies story...which I have yet to share with you...did end with a visit to the psych ward...it did start at the farm....and well....it just makes me wonder.....but more about that later...Cheers and have a great week!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This week I will focus on two things. One at work and one at home. First and foremost at work, I want to get out and about more. Walk around the building checking with everyone etc. I have tried doing that before but no matter my intentions something always crops up and destroys my plans. This week it will be my priority. At home, I will focus on maintaining the house because Saturday we are hosting Game Night. It is turning into a bigger event than I planned as people sort of keep inviting themselves...LOL...they just don't want to miss out!
Well I have some things to do before bedtime so I'll be back later to give you more updates.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
What Your Easter Egg Says About You
You are a deeply spiritual and passionate person.
Easily moved, you feel emotions strongly and clearly.
You are compassionate, loving, and kind.
People feel inspired by your strength and convictions.
HEY Smiling Sandra has this over at her blog....thanks for sharing this Sandra ....it's cute and fun!!! Great find!
So I hope you all have a wonderful, enjoyable Saturday and I will try to check in later!!!
Friday, March 21, 2008
I also spent some time working in my bedroom, decluttering and trying to deal with clothes. I am still not to the Clothing Capsule project yet but I am planning to start it with Spring and then Summer. The clothing project is another journey I am on to make my life easier!!! It works sort of like this....remember I am just starting out.
- Create seasonal wardrobes in four different categories: At Home, Casual, Work, Church/Nice Event
- The goal is to create an outfit not randon pieces...I know, I know the old adage about mix and match but it simply NEVER works for me. I just end up with a bunch of random pieces and one half of any outfit is always in the laundry!
- At Home: The goal is 8...remember these are for around the house only and as such may be a bit mismatched. This is not my top priority....as I have more of these than anything else.
- Casual: The goal is 8...primary colors are khaki, black, and red but any color can be included! For Spring these will be mostly capris. Right now my closet is sort of sparse in this area.
- Work: The goal is 8....khaki and black for bottoms, any colors for tops. For spring these will be a mixture of capris and light weight slacks. Again sparse closet.
- Church/Nice Event: The goal is 2.....honestly most of my work and/or casual clothes work for our church but always good to have a nice outfit in reserve.
Now while I say the goal is 8 in three of the categories...I DO NOT have unlimited funds to buy clothing...LOL. So as I sort and go through clothes I hope to be able to put together at least half of what I want from clothing I already own. Or perhaps buy a top to go with a certain pair of slacks to even things out. Then for Spring I will focus on rounding out my Work category only this go round. In the Summer, I will do the same thing but focus on rounding out my Casual category...since I'm off part of the summer.
As you can see this will take some work, some balancing and some time to get the categories all as I would like....then when I get a new outfit for say...Summer...out goes one of the 8 I have been using. REMEMBER my word for 2008.....SIMPLIFY!!
I have been enjoying a whole different approach to art journals over at The Creative Art Journal and I am not sure I am daring enough to try anything so BOLD...but again...it's my art journal so of course I can do what I want! Well, off to work and maybe just maybe find a bit of time for something else!! See ya later!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Garden Art Journal can be about your actual garden (vegetable or flowers), flowers or nature in general, and it even has a bit of self exploration and awareness built in. So if you'd care to join us or to follow along do not feel tied to the Garden theme.....the prompts can be adapted lots of ways. It will run for 12 weeks and there will be three different prompts or challenges per week for a total of 36 journal pages. Some of the prompts ask you to try a new technique or medium and some ask you to journal memories. You can see a slide show of some of the Celebrate Me pages over at either The Creative Spirit or Magical Creative Spirit. More details are posted at MCS if you are interested in the class.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Those of you that know me from Organized Christmas and Magical Holiday Home...may know about my Christmas Fairies site and stories. I did not get the idea off the ground quite yet like I wanted to...must be spending too much time BLOGGING..LOL anyway here's the link to the site but it still needs a lot of work. The Magic of Christmas Fairies
So anyway another time I will share with you the Fairy story from my personal life and if you like stories about fairies keep checking the Christmas Fairies site as I plan to add more shortly.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
So EVERYONE post your comments here or on the mini message board to convince him to create a blog!
I am simply exhausted from the frustration, lack of sleep, and anxiety over the whole room search. Perhaps silly but true. I could not concentrate today for being so consumed with the whole problem. And honestly if it was just ME...I could have handled it, settled for a less desirable outcome etc...BUT when it is someone I love and care about I want them to have what they want!! I think that is pretty typical of a parent.
Brings to mind a poster at school in the math hallway. "The problem when solved will be simple." Isn't that so true...when something is solved it is SIMPLE...
For those of you that are keeping track....I am on track with my Write Daily Challenge...I have only missed one day....I do not always post at Ginger's Journey but I have posted daily!!! Take care and have a great week!!!
Around 2:45 this afternoon a room became available and Kelsey was able to actually register and get the room. It is NOT her first pick as it is in the one dorm that is located away from ALL the others! But she was able to get a single room suite style which means she has a little privacy and shares a bathroom with just two other people. The room next to it is open so we keep hoping her friend gets in gear and is able to get it while it is still available but if not I suppose they will get through it. More later...thanks for listening to my mini ...well okay MAJOR vent today!!!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Today has flown by...did a little around the house but mostly enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt with Evan. Sorted a few DVD's and wrote several blog entries. Tomorrow we are going to the flea market so if I find any little treasures I will write about them tomorrow.
Saturdays are so varied at our house, you never know what's going to happen. Sometimes they fly by and other times, its as if time stands still and the blessings of a slow moving day are bestowed.
1. St. Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes from Ireland. At one time a pagen, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures.
2. The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.
Above two facts from: History.com
3. Leprechauns have become self-appointed guardians of ancient treasure. This treasure was left by the Danes when they maruaded through Ireland. It is buried in crocks and pots.
4. The name leprechaun comes from the Irish leath bhrogan or shoemaker.
5. If a leprechaun gets caught by a mortal, he will promise great wealth if allowed to go free. But be careful he carries two leather pouches. One has a silver shilling, a magical coin that returns to the purse each time it is paid out. In the other he carries a gold coin that he will use to try and bribe his way out of difficult situations.
The above three facts were read about at Ireland's Eye.
Friday, March 14, 2008
I'll pop back in sometime this weekend and post my five things....ummm try to check the other bloggers in our Writer's Challenge and DO NOT duplicate the five things....best to get a jump on it before all the good...and easy...LOL.... ones are taken!!!
Now on to spring and life in general...I am looking forward to some warmer weather. I have two favorite months of the year....JUNE and OCTOBER..... and this year I am bound and determined to FULLY enjoy both of them. I have my reading list just waiting for a spare moment or two. I am currently reading Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.....trouble is I have been reading it for a while which is not like me AT ALL...usually finish a book in a day or two but my concentration just hasn't been good lately...too many LIFE things on my mind right now! Speaking of my READING list it is getting full as I add more items to my list...I am thinking about posting it in my side bar here. I'll have to play around with it and see if it will even fit there!
I used to laugh when my mom or my mother in law would say is all they wanted was a little peace and quiet....but now I know exactly what they meant. Seems like someone is always depending on me for something! I am continuing my Word for 2008...SIMPLIFY....and am trying to make it part of my spiritual and emotional journey also. Letting go of past hurts, letting others make their own mistakes, and not always stepping in to teach and rescue people is a hard thing...especially when you KNOW they are gonna fall flat on their face.
Anyway off to update some of the other blogs...but start looking for those St Patrick's Day/leprechaun/Ireland things to post!!! Go ahead...let's make it a race and see who gets them up first!!!
I am busy thinking about all the fun stuff I can share at MHH and on all the blogs. There are just so many possibilities. I really enjoy reading everyone's blogs, as they are so inspiring! If anyone else wants to be added to the writing challenge just let me know. We have a new member of the writing group...Coffeenut. She has been blogging for some time but has just joined the challenge. Currently she has three blogs so be sure and hop over and check them out!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Wow this one makes me remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even when times are tough and life gives us a lot to deal with!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
- This week my focus here on Ginger's Journey is going to be quotations that inspire and uplift. So I will be sharing some wonderful quotations with you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
- Next I want to update my Reading List and give up a bit of a review of one of my recent books.
- Last I want to get up a picture or two that you might enjoy!
Well, that's our week ahead...maybe you bloggers would like to join me in quotations, books, and pictures....if not I'm sure I will enjoy reading whatever you get up this week. Happy March and spring will be here SOON!!!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Hey if I can count my conference notes...I did write something...LOL
Thursday, March 6, 2008
There are so many this year that have no motivation and appear apathetic about school. Their work ethic is nonexistent and they do not appear to see a "reason" to even try. I am alarmed at the trend. They will sit the whole hour and do absolutely no work even with extra attention, encouragement or reprimands.
It is something I struggle to comprehend. We are working on implementing Positive Behavior Support and interventions for these students. However there are parts of the whole process that I do not really believe in (philosophy) nor think will really work (interventions). Don't get me wrong. I am usually open to change and new ideas. I just feel like the behaviors and attitudes are so deeply engrained that it is going to be much harder than "theory" says it will be.
So tomorrow is not just about behavior, there are other topics too. I will let you know how it all turns out.......for now...HUG your kids and remind them that you do have expectations for them!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
But the word reminds me that frustration is an internal mood not external...yes it is true some days it just seems like things pile up with nothing more than the sole purpose of complicating my life but I laugh...for it is not the things that are frustrating but my outlook, my thoughts, and my methods of dealing with them!!!!
So I am back today with a new word: PATIENCE...LOL
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
It was suppose to start at rush hour and my daughter's evening classes were canceled in anticipation of such...nothing! Then it said 8:30 or 9:00....ummmm so far...nothing. Now one channel is saying 10:00ish and the other is saying the major "stuff" will start tomorrow with snowfall ALL day....Well let's just say...I'm not staying up too late because here in Missouri.....you just never know! Might get up to bare ground and a clear sky! Also I think it is one of those weird looping storms that curves here and there with some areas getting a ton and some NONE!
It's not that I really want to add another day at the end of the year...but gosh...talk about people getting one's hopes up...and now I really need to get up early to get things done that I ignored! I'm FAR WORSE than the kids!! LOL
Saturday, March 1, 2008
My youngest daughter graduates May 18th so we will of course be having a graduation party sometime around that weekend. This is an exciting Spring for us! I plan on FINALLY getting my bedroom redone...for those of you that remember that was on my list at OC last year but just didn't get accomplished for several reasons. I also am continuing on my DECLUTTERING JOURNEY....which is a long one...sometimes I think there will be no end to it, I get discouraged, but I have been seeing some results. There is just a lot to do and some involves making decisions about stuff (some emotionally based and some not).
The best thing about Spring is my energy level always seems to increase with the warmer weather. The bad part is that then I get lured outside and even though I may be working in the yard (so I am accomplishing something) things inside sometimes get a bit yacky!!! Well off to get Saturday chores done....more later...HAPPY MARCH.
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