Thursday, June 30, 2011

Writer's Workshop: June 27th--The Challenges of Blogging


Ah...the challenges of blogging.  That's this week's writing prompt.  Well, there are several prompts, but this is the one I've chosen to use.

There are a couple of obstacles that keep me from being a great blogger.  One is a lack of knowledge--easily corrected with a little research and mentoring.  Believe it or not, there are many successful bloggers who strive to help others make gains.

The other obstacle is more personal.  It's time management.

This is the difficult one because it is within my own ability--my lack of discipline keeps getting in the way.  (Which also affects my lack of knowledge...)

Honestly, I feel like my blog has good bones.  I feel like I have what it takes to take my blog to the next level.  My problem??  Managing my time, allowing for good, solid content.  I mean, I have five kids, a husband, a home, and a dog.

Oh, and I'm beginning to think this bronchitis may be permanent.  UGH.

To be a good blogger you also have to devote time to the blogger world.   Period.
You have to cultivate your blog.  You have to plant interesting content and eye-catching design, but you also have to feed your blog buddies with visits and quality comments.   Aye-yi-yi.

Balance.  It takes balance.

If I want to take my blog up a notch, I must find a way to balance my life commitments with my writing and blogging desires.

It's that simple.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--New Glasses!!


New glasses from Zenni!  Can't beat $34.00 for rimless peepers.   It's hard to tell, but they're pink.

So girly.


Oh, and that price also includes a pair of prescription sunglasses...

1980's flashback, anyone??

 Yep.  $34.00 total for not one, but two pairs of glasses. 

*Just a note...  These photos were taken before I began my descent to the brink of death.  Ugh.  Will I be sick all summer???  Still huffing my inhaler and sounding all froggy.  U.G.H.   

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Easy Canvas Prints Special Offer!

Back in the spring, I took some photos during my son's zoo field trip.  I blogged about it here.

Oh, and I blogged my little one's butt photos!  Remember??

Yeah, we had a great time.   And when Melissa at Easy Canvas Prints contacted me and offered me a canvas for review, I chose to use one of my zoo photos.

Didn't it turn out great??
I got to choose the trim style and decided to do a color....brown.  I could have chosen to wrap the image or a mirror image trim.

I'm very happy with the brown.

And the quality is downright awesome. 


The process was simple--the website guides you step-by-step.  It even tells you if your photo quality is suitable for the project.    And if you have questions about any part of the process, (I did!)  the customer service is excellent.  Shipping was quick, with appropriate packaging making for a safe delivery. 

Wouldn't a canvas like this make a great gift?  A baby gift for a new mom or a wedding gift...

Well, not of the giraffe, obviously.  You know what I mean.

Right now, if you go and 'like' Easy Canvas Prints' Facebook page ...

You can get your very own canvas,  your choice of size, style, etc...

50% off AND free shipping!

You do NOT want to let this offer pass you by.

Trust me.

*I received a free 8x10 canvas from Easy Canvas Prints in exchange for this review post.  Opinions are my own, as always, and no other compensation was received. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's That Old Saying about Best Laid Plans?

Yeah, I have no idea how it goes, but I'm sure it has something to do with failure.


I had all these plans for this week.  Good plans.  Fun plans.  Lots of hard work plans.....

But NOT this plan.

No.  No, no, no, no, no.  Not this plan.

It started with a couple of days of basic cold symptoms, achy ear, sore throat.  I had a feeling of dread, but figured it would go quickly as usual.  Wrong.

Those two days were followed with a general "I don't feel so good" day with a light fever and then a 12 hour lift.  Happy sigh.  And then.....BAM!   Four days of raging and delirious fever. I don't know about you, but I am too old for raging fevers.  103.7 is just too much.  It messes with my head.  It went something like this:

Day 1

Fever, chills, aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol, sleep, sweats, fever, chills, aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol, sleep.....   Then it got dark.  I spent the night on a boat.  No, not a nice boat--one of those homemade boats you see on live chopper news video where the Coast Guard is pulling Cuban refugees from Florida coastal waters.  

I've never been to Cuba, so I don't know how I got on that boat.  I confess that I watched/slept through a few episodes of Dexter that day.  I'm thinking some of those show scenes mixed in deep down inside me with my unspoken and unrealized desire to see Key West in person.  I never made it.  And I spent DAYS on that boat.  It would get dark and cold, the waves were torture.  I was soaking wet, shaking and miserable.  Then, the waters would calm and the sun would come out.  The blistering ball of fire that left me sprawled in that boat with my fellow refugees.  Day, night, day, night, cold, wet, hot...
Yeah.  You see it now! 

Totally delirious in my feverish condition, I made it to morning, no closer to a Key West sunset than I was the day before. 

Day 2

Fever, chills, aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol, sleep, sweats, fever, chills, aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol, sleep.....   Then it got dark.  And stormy.  (Really.)   I listened to the rain and winds, thinking of my son who was visiting his cousins in Memphis--going to Beale Street.  Did he make it in that storm?   Was he in the storm right now???  Pure panic hit me, which is not my usual state of mind during stormy weather.  All I could think about was flashes of lightening, wet pavement, sliding cars.....and death.  Yep.  Had myself a feverish freak-out.  I slept little that night, but thankfully, I was no longer on a boat. 

Day 3 and Day 4

More of the same and they just both ran together.  I don't remember anything about those days.   I think I gave up. I vaguely remember a Hoarder's marathon via Netflix and now I'm thinking I have OCD tendencies and I'm on my way to an intervention.

That's when the coughing started and the wheezing. I hate coughing.  If you are a mom in your 40's and have delivered more than two babies, you know why.  That's the subject of another confessional post that I'm just not ready for right now. 

But hey, let's not forget about the wheezing.  Wheezing scares me.  It sounds like death.  When I start wheezing, I want a doctor and I want one NOW.  I don't care that it's Sunday afternoon.  So, on the afternoon of the 4th day of fever (which was winding down, finally--the fever, that is) I dragged myself out of bed and into Walgreens to see the NP in their nice little Take Care Clinic.  It was wonderful.  No wait, no fuss, just a caring NP.  She gave me a bag full of drugs and sent me on my way in just a little over an hour.  The best part?  She doesn't think I have pneumonia, but she gives me the biggest antibiotic pills I have ever seen, just in case.  You know, because my oxygen sats are a tad low, I'm looking pretty delirious, and

I can't breathe. 

That was Sunday.  Today is Thursday.  I still can't breathe, but the wheeze is a bit better.  No more raging fevers.  And no more boats and flying bodies thrown from rainy highway car accidents. 

I think I'm gonna make it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--Artist on a Mission


Stop. Drop.  And draw.

Don't wanna risk losing that inspiration...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Show Us Your Life--Special Needs Kids

This week at Kelly's Korner, the Show Us Your Life subject is special needs kids.  If you are visiting from Kelly's place.....welcome.

We celebrate special needs kids here.  I've personally experienced infant death, complex heart defects, Autism, and Asperger's Syndrome.  You can read about our family's experiences by clicking the tags at the bottom right foot header for CHD, Congenital Heart Disease, OHS,  Autism, and Autism Awareness.

Thanks for visiting!

Writer's Workshop: June 9th


Mama’s Losin’ It

 This week's Writer's Workshop prompt is to expand on last week's Six Word Memoir.  This was mine:

Your death revealed my inner strength.

As I was contemplating this week's assignment, I realized I've already blogged about this.  So, I'll leave you with a link to this post from January where I wrote about the day my son died.  This single event taught me more about myself than any other.   It taught me how capable I am, how focused I can be, how strong I am.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--Wish Fulfilled



Thank you, Make-A-Wish Mid-South. 

Thank you.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Writer's Workship: Six Word Memoir


Your death revealed my inner strength.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Prompt - Six Word Memoir:  Write about a significant time in your life in just six words.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

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