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Sleepin’ Like Slaves

I’m not so sure reading Huckleberry Finn was a good idea.  Granted we just read the Great Illustrated Classics version, but still now we are obsessed with slaves and slavery.

I don’t know why we have beds, or bedrooms for that matter, when we can all just pile onto the black wood futon H bought in 1989 and sleep there, “like slaves.”

You know, three children sleeping end-to-end under Spiderman fleece blankets…to heck with the Pottery Barn matching car set…who cares about the custom-made toile bed skirt and comforter with monogrammed pillows?

Give us a faded, blue-jean fabric covered futon from the late 80s and we’re happy as can be, sleepin’ like slaves!

Now I find myself saying things like, “Slaves didn’t have a light on when they slept…they didn’t talk…if I hear one more word, the youngest slave is going back to the Toddler Bed…slaves didn’t listen to Elvis CDs while they slept…” and similar comments like, “If I hear one more word, no one is sleeping like a slave tonight!”

Posted on 1 July '08 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany. 2 Comments.

Apologies and a Promise: “I’m No Poe Toaster…”


I was watching some random news channel the other night and learned of 50 or so lamenting Edgar Allen Poe fans waiting for a glimpse of the famed “Poe Toaster,” — a devoted Poe fan who faithfully, (and stealthily),  leaves a half bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe’s grave in the wee hours of his death day.

This year, however, toaster never showed.

Those poor, poor Poe fans.  What happened to the toaster?  Did sh/e pass?  Consume all the cognac?

Not that I can count 60 fans or anything but the story made me feel quite lousy.  That and all the emails from so many of you worried that I might have succumbed to some contagion or simply not survived the move…

I know it appears I am making light of the situation, but I truly feel horrible.  I have been a terrible friend to many of you and all I can say is that I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me.  I’ll be revealing more of what went on during the past five months and what God is teaching me through it once I have sorted it out a bit further.

In the meantime, I leave you with a sketchy timeline of a few momentous occurrences you have missed.

1.  We all lived with my brother and his new bride for three months where my children, naturally, relished  “sleepin’ like slaves” once again as they shared a bedroom with a cousin.  I slept on a couch downstairs and became addicted to Tylenol Cold PM.


Yes, that is a level holding up a mattress next to a train table in a makeshift fort bed.

2.  All six of us shared one bathroom with a leaky toilet that required us to wrap towels around the bottom to sop up the watery leakage.  Yes, I’d spray a little Clorox around there now and then because the whole thing squeemed me out considerably.

3.  Our puppy, Sophie, went into heat.  (Just imagine the questions and comments this created, such as “What is that red on her pull-up?” and “Look how popular Sophie has become since we moved!  She’s got so many other dogs coming to visit!”)


4.  My laptop crashed and I lost EVERYTHING!

5.  Since we now live in a town with grand restaurant variety, Edward has developed a love of the bento box!


6. We made an offer on a great cul-de-sac  house within walking distance to that school as well as nature preserves and libraries only to have the inspection come back with a promise of toxic black mold.

7. Valiantly I try to homeschool at my brother’s kitchen table but between the puppy heat, house hunting and general homeless craziness, I enroll the boys in an award-winning public school down the street from my brother’s house.  Believe me, it’s been interesting.

(I know I just lost all my homeschool readers…)

Yet I am now becoming fluent in IEPs, para-pros and peer helpers…

8.  We finally close on a house and move in on Halloween.

9.  Because nothing says Christmas like a Sasquatch cookie!


10.  Joseph writes an essay for school in which he laments, “I have always felt that something was missing from my life–something small and furry that I can cuddle and take care of.”   (Isn’t that why we got the puppy??)  Anyhoo, that painful cry resulted in Taco, a fragile, sickly creature who succumbed quite rapidly to some unknown ailment


only to be replaced by Fajita…

A  hearty, loud, messy creature who can kick potty pellets 12 feet across the room to the delight of Sophie (the dog) who views them as tasty nuggets of goodness.

11.  Before I moved I had this many friends:


But now, I have to start over, which is much, much harder than I thought it would be!

Thanks for sticking with me through all this!

Posted on 2 February '10 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany. 14 Comments.


First, I want to thank everyone for their encouragement of late.  I have definitely felt your prayers!  I never realized I would meet so many dear friends through writing, and I thank God for putting each of you in my path.

I am incredibly late with many of these awards, so please forgive me if it’s been several weeks, or in some cases months, since you lauded me.  There’s also a chance that you aren’t the actual person who gave me the award and I am just a hapless blogger being tossed about the blogosphere, rudderless, mudent, flashing awards willy-nilly and trampling fearlessly all over blogging etiquette.

I also fear that I may have lost some awards in my disorganization and attention-deprived state.  If I have, please remind me and I will rectify the error!

I sincerely appreciate being appreciated, and I look forward to passing these along to others.  If you have already received this award, please forgive me.  I just can’t keep up anymore!

Heidi (Stone Fox) from Mom’s Ministry & More, and Felicia from Go Graham Go! both lauded me with this beauty:

The qualifications to receive the award are:
A. Display a cheerful attitude.
B. Love one another.
C. Make mistakes.
D. Learn from others.
E. Be a positive contributor to the blog world.
F. Love life.
G. Love kids.

The Rules:

1. Must link it back to the creator.
2. Post the rules.
3. Choose 5 people to give it to.
4. Recipients must fill the characteristics above.
5. Create a post to share this.
6. You must thank the winner.

My five picks are:

Katie-bug Journey

Everyday Adventures

The Life and Times of Bendy Ruggles

The Power of Housewife Word of Mouth

The Red Clay Diaries

Sweet Jaden at The Life and Times of Bendy Ruggles encouraged me with this peaceful butterfly award.

Now, here are the *rules* that go along with this award:

1. Put the award up on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs
4. Add links to these blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog

And I pass this award along to:

Everyday Adventures

The Power of Housewife Word of Mouth

Me Time


Enchanted Dandelions

Crazy Jugs

Walking by Faith

Helene blessed me with this gem:

So, here are the rules for the Shiny Object (or “Brillante Weblog Premio” Award):

1. Place the logo on your blog.
2. Link to the person who awarded you.
3. You can nominate up to 5 blogs.
4. You can then add their links to your blog.
5. Leave a message in the comment section to each nominee on their blog.

And the winners are:

Great Stuff 4 Kids

The Domestic Fringe

Cool Mom Guide

The Girl in the Middle

Van Pan

Mrs. Bear bestowed these two lovelies on me sometime in the past, and I am just now getting around to acknowledging them.  I know she will forgive me though, because she always does!

On this cute bear action, I have no idea what the rules are but I am granting it to Katie-bug JourneyThe Red Clay DiariesWalking by Faith, Mom’s Ministry & More and  Three Peas in a Pod.  It’s quite a happy one!

This award does look impressive and cool…two things Mrs. Bear knows I strive to be.

This award in particular requires that I list six things that make me happy along with six other worthy bloggers that I’ll bestow this trinket to.

Six Happy Times:

1.  When H makes coffee the night before and we actually have real cream instead of Rice Dream, which, incidentally, tastes quite lousy in coffee and makes it turn a troubling gray color.

2.  When all my children sleep in their part of the house.  I don’t even care of they stay in their own beds…they can sleep on the floor, in the den, wherever, as long as they don’t wake me up!

3.  When I pick up Sue from preschool and they do not whisper to me quietly about how she had an accident in her pants…again.

4.  When I pick my boys up from their creative writing class and I do not have to hear about potentially “dicey” words either boy used in his story.  Also when I do not have to call the mothers of other children in the class to let them know that my children may have, inadvertently, introduced their sweet child to some risque language…all in the name of creative writing.  (There is such a thing as being too creative, I am starting to learn.)

5.  When, despite my disorganization and supposed (but not actual) apathy toward blog awards, my friends still bestow them upon me.

6.  When I hear the same scripture over and over again throughout a week, thereby being quite convinced that God is trying to get something through my thick, stubborn skull.  (This has happened a lot lately, for which I am quite excited!)

Go forth!

1.  Everyday Adventures

2.  Down-to-Earth Mama

3.  Good Enough Mama

4.  Ali the Lazy Dog

5.  The Girl in the Middle

6.  Good Fountain

Dannette at Everyday Adventures blessed me with this cutie:

Such calming, pastel colors–it made my day!

Here are the rules for this one:
*Mention the blog that gave it to you and comment on their blog to let them know you’ve posted your award.
*Publish these rules.
*Share 6 values that are important to you and 6 things you do not support.
*Grant the prize to 6 people.

Six Important Values/Beliefs:

1. Christian Values & Religious Freedom

2.  Accepting and embracing those on the Autism Spectrum

3.  Homeschooling

4.  Vaccine Choice

5.  Capitalism

6.  Israel

Nix Support For These Values/Beliefs:

1.  Anti-Homeschool Legislation

2.  Mandated Vaccinations

3.  Socialism

4.  Apathy

5.  Ignorance

6.  Hypocrisy

Consider yourself granted with a major award:

Good Enough Mama

Walking by Faith

Mom’s Ministry and More

Good Fountain

The Grass Widow’s Diary



I’m done!

Posted on 15 November '08 by , under "Did He Just Say ?", Faith is the Evidence, Humor/Disconnected Miscellany, Huswifery. 20 Comments.