Friday, September 15, 2017

Finally! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Alex was blindsided by Paul, and evicted.  Paul won the HOH comp.

Paul nominated Josh and Kevin.  During the POV competition, the BB 'Time Machine', where the house guests have to remember what incident happened on what day, Kevin was eliminated first, followed by Christmas and Josh.  Paul wins again!

He kept the nominations the same, and Christmas sent Kevin out the door.  FINALLY!

Jury Still Clueless?
Not about who's running the show; they are ALL aware Paul is in control of the house.  But some members still think they're 'puppet masters'.

Got news for you:  The only time a 'puppet master' has been sent to the jury house is when the other guests WAKE UP from their trance and realize what's going on WHILE they're still in the house, and conspire AGAINST the 'PM'!  The only thing Raven, Matt, Alex, and Jason did was do Paul's dirty work!

I hate to say it, but unless the jury puts aside their hurt feelings, Paul is going to find himself in 2nd place again.

Tonight the final HOH competition begins.  Josh vs Christmas vs Paul.  Unless something goes very wrong and Josh wins this and votes out Paul, I see Paul taking Christmas to the end.....on the other hand, if what Kevin told him makes him re-think that, and he takes Josh.....

Find out tonight!

Flashback Friday: Rebelliousness, Phase 2

Sept 1987:
Erica and I moved into our new 'home', 808 Woody Hall.  We then headed to Vincennes to spend the Labor Day weekend.  She to visit her boyfriend D; me to catch up with friend DW, my indiscretion from the previous Halloween.

I soon discovered DW's roommate was the same CS that I'd met last February, the guy on crutches with whom I'd danced all the slow songs at The Bank nightclub.  DW was also dating another girl, Roberta 'Birdy' (can't think of her last name!), whom I'd met briefly last year

Dad had also sold me his Pontiac T-1000, which I dubbed my LRBS (Little Red Bomb Shell).  Being a stick shift, I'd taken a crash course from him in driving it, and did pretty well.

Anyway, Saturday night I sneaked into DW and CS's room in Vigo Hall, and when I woke up the next morning, DW had spent the night with B, while C was in his bed.  I was freezing; C told me he'd warm me up.  Since I did find the man attractive, I did, and we discovered we enjoyed each other's company.

I spent the entire day with him, and we hung out at the George Rogers Clark Memorial and took pictures.

The next day, I was curious about my AF officer, so drove over to L'ville to talk to his mom.  To my surprise, he was back, and I'd just missed him by maybe 10 minutes!  I talked B into returning with me later that evening, and to my surprise, TS was also there!

S and B went to the basement, since S wanted his jacket pressed, and my answer was 'take a hot shower and hang it in the bathroom'.  B offered to iron it, so T and I stayed upstairs and talked.

He shared a highly personal story with me while making a Bloody Mary, and told me I was the best-looking of all of S's past girlfriends.  I looked at him......and fell in love.

But fought it, because he was S's best friend, and I was hoping to pursue a relationship with CS.

Hindsight 20/20
If I could do it all over again, I'd have never given up on that moment.  Because, I found out later that CS had been pursuing B's sister, and I was stupid enough to let him decide between us, something I'd done the previous year with disastrous results.  Did I learn NOTHING from history?

Me....Catty?
Remember JF, the guy who'd broken up with me in February?  I discovered he'd married T, and while CS, DW, B, and I were out to lunch, we ran into them.  I thought I could play it cool, but soon found the damnedest things coming out of my mouth, and thankfully I'd said them quietly enough they weren't heard.  I had to stop myself several times; why was I jealous?  It was the anger finally manifesting itself.

Member Of SPU On U!
When I was packing the car to return to BSU, C's RA came up to me; they needed two more people for the Tube Race, and would I be interested?  Sure; I'd use another friend's room number.  B also agreed, so I now had the following weekend planned.

I had an unusual schedule:  I only attended class T-Th-F, which meant I could head to VU by 1pm on Friday, and not have to return until Monday.  The weekend of the Tube Race, we had a great time, placing 22nd out of 33.  Whoever put our raft together didn't do that great of job.  Thankfully, the weather was nice and warm.

Apparently it was this weekend I met my future hubby, but I have no memory of meeting him.

Next Month:  I Meet My Future Hubby, Plus Confuse The Hell Out Of My Parents.

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Present Day:
I'm heading up to Lafayette today!  Going to be at the Eminence Harvest Festival tomorrow, then hope to spend a relaxing week with the 'rents, de-cluttering more of Mom's house, and seeing a few friends.  I'd also like to get 2 inches removed from my hair.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Blindside! #BB19

Brief Recap:  
Josh won HOH and nominated Kevin and Alex.

POV:
The BB classic where house guests hang on a zip line and try to remember what order the BB comics are in, plus discern subtle differences in some of the pictures.

Christmas was not eligible to play, due to her foot.
Kevin:  Tapped out at 45 minute mark.  His color blindness was too bad.
Josh:  24 mins
Alex:  14 minutes
Paul:  12 minutes!

He sat down with Alex and told her she was going home, and laid out his arguments.  She was not convinced he's doing it for game; she thinks he's doing it for selfish reasons, and that she would have played honorably, and taken him to the finals, had she gotten that far.

I personally would have loved to see a Paul/Alex/Christmas Final 3, but it looks as if it's going to be Paul/Josh/Christmas, unless something goes horribly wrong.

Split Votes?
C voted for Alex
P voted for Kevin
Josh broke the tie and sent Alex out the door.
Paul still has no blood on his hands, but he's manipulated EVERYONE since the Josh/Ramses vote.

New HOH!
Paul won the 'What the Bleep?' competition by 3 points in the 5th round, ensuring his ticket to the finale.  I predict he'll put up Josh and Kevin, and Kevin will be sent packing.  The final 3 then begin the battle for the final HOH.  Yes, P is allowed to compete in this final one.

We'll find out tonight if I'm right.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Josh Found His Spine! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Double-elimination happened!  Christmas sent Jason out the door in a tie-breaker; Alex won the HOH and nominated Kevin and Raven; Raven was sent home.  New HOH was played; we THINK Josh won.

Rumor Confirmed:
Josh did indeed win, but only because Paul and Kevin threw it to him.....after Kevin initially tried to win.

Emotionally, Josh was all over the place this episode.  He wondered if this was his chance to take a shot at Paul, but nominated Kevin and Alex.  HOWEVER....we think, by watching BBAD, that Kevin has possibly won the POV, which means either Paul of Christmas would be put up in his place. I'm betting Paul goes up.

But, I watched the last half hour of last night's BBAD, and now I'm wondering if Paul won the POV?  K and Josh were talking about the challenge, and K says he took the longest, due to his color-blindness. So????

D's going to stay up tonight and watch BBAD.  He'll let me know if any more info is mentioned.

There are pros and cons to having a spouse hooked on your favorite Guilty Pleasure.....one the one hand, he doesn't gripe anymore about me watching it.  Plus, he watches the after-show, and lets me know about his suspicions.  On the other hand, I've now watched more BBAD than I've EVER wanted to watch!

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Hurricane Irma Watch:
Irma came ashore in the Keys, and went up the west coast of Florida.  Came ashore again on Marco Island, west of Naples.  My Uncle Bill decided to stay, as did my Uncle Ed and Aunt Judy in Ft. Myers.

Will is holed up in his girlfriend's apartment, and "has plenty of beer', according to family reports.

Guess that's all you need for a Cat 4 hurricane; plenty of alcohol.

Irma came ashore as a Cat 4, was downgraded to Cat 3 in Naples, and by the time she was terrorizing Bradenton, Cat 2.

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Hurricane Harvey:
Don't think I mentioned this one; Harvey hit Texas 2 weeks ago and 'drowned' Houston with 51 inches of rainfall.  The joke:

"What do you get when you name a hurricane after a man?"

"A storm that wanders all over the place, doesn't ask directions, and causes a lot of damage!"

Friday, September 8, 2017

Flashback Friday: Head Slap Moment

Sept 1977:
Another 6th grade development:  New principal, Mr. Price.  Goodbye, Mr. Kendall.  Also, new PE Teacher, Mr. Z (can't remember his last name; we just called him Mr. Z....and boy was he cute!).

I had an embarrassing moment:  We were picking holiday committees, and I had already decided I wanted to be on the Christmas party one, but my name was called first, and my brain locked up!  For whatever reason, I got confused and thought she wanted me to PICK the people I wanted on the committee, but Mrs. Light grew angry with my confusion and wadded up my name and threw it away, saying, "Make up your minds about which party you want to plan."  She moved onto someone else, leaving me on the verge of tears and positive everyone was making fun of me.

Our School Pictures that year had a new background, bookshelves:)

Granddaddy fell ill and had to have surgery.  He had a heart attack while in the hospital, and Grandma and Grandpa Grauel flew home to be with him and Great-Grandma Geis.  He passed away Sept 30th, much to everyone's shock.

I was devastated.  This was only the 2nd family member I'd lost in the past year (Mom Katzenberger had passed several months earlier, but we only saw her maybe once a year), and while I wasn't particularly close to him, I do have fond memories of him.

He was pretty gruff, hard of hearing, and smoked cigars.  Probably the reason I was slightly afraid of him; my voice was small, and he couldn't hear me.  He'd say to us, "Twooooo minutes!  Twooooo minutes, and I get the yardstick!"

My sister wasn't afraid of him, and spent one afternoon snapping a purse closed in his face; he played along and acted surprised and shaking his finger at her while she shrieked with laughter.  I never had the guts to do anything like that.

Next Month:  Funeral and Fun in PE!

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Present Day:
We've been doing some more work on the green house!  Moved 2 stoves out of the front room, and shuffled things around.  Emptied the room off the bathroom/patio, and pulled out a warped headboard; metal head/footboard; shelving; BBQ pit; and several 45 records, including 4 Frank Sinatra, 2 Della Reece, Fats Domino, and one Ray Charles:)  Hopefully they're not TOO damaged; I'm hoping to try them when my stereo is hooked up.

Karaoke:
Did well last night, even leaving my phone in the bathroom.  Didn't notice it until I was 6 blocks from home.....needless to say, I got my exercise last night!

Tomorrow:
Not Gonna Be the One-ONJ
Nothing Compares 2U-Sinead O'Connor
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You-Glenn Medeiros
November Rain-G-N-R
Nothing But A Good Time-Poison (with Bill!)

Blindsided! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Christmas is HOH and nominated 'Jalex'....Paul won the POV and pulled Alex off; Christmas  put up Kevin in her place.  'Jalex' thinks Kevin is the target, so nice and calm.  Josh starts to stress over having to send Jason to the Jury house.

Julie revealed it was double-eviction night!  Jason is sent out the door, much to his surprise.  Angry, he stormed out, then asked Julie if he could go back in 'for just 5 more minutes'.

"For everyone's safety, I think you're better off out here."

During the goodbye videos, Josh tearfully told him about the plan.  Paul, not knowing this, lied about it, leaving Jason fuming that he'd been duped.

HOH/POV/Eviction:
Alex won the HOH and nominated Kevin and Raven.  Josh won the POV, but left the nominations the same.  Paul and Christmas voted Raven; Josh threw his vote to Kevin.

Raven was also stunned when she found herself going to Jury.

Special Announcement:
BB Celebrity will be played this winter!  Whoo hoo!  Not sure if they mean veterans or actual celebrities....hopefully no Kardashians!  Please god, no!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Shut Up Josh....#BB19

Brief Recap:
Due to Puppet Master Paul, Christmas, the one with the broken foot, managed to win the BB Track Meet.  She nominated Alex and Jason. 

Alex couldn't remember if she was supposed to throw the POV comp, so she and Paul ended up going six rounds in a tie-breaker before she answered differently from him, and lost.  The star of the new sitcom, Me, Myself, and I hosted, and now Paul and probably another guest of his choice, will get to go backstage at a taping of the show.  Since Josh is a HUGE fan of the guy, I hope he is chosen.

I did have some respect for the guy; he's hip to the fact that everyone is blinded by Paul, and not thinking for themselves!

Josh Starts To Freak Out:
Jason tossed out a casual teaser to Josh..."So I guess you and Christmas are in an alliance..." which, btw, was totally off the cuff, but Josh began to wonder if Paul was throwing him under the bus.  He whined to Christmas, who tried to reassure him, but J wasn't listening.  C then 'scolded' him and pretty much treated him like a child, instead of pulling him up to the HOH room, locking the door, and telling him the strategy.  Instead, she left the room when Raven wandered in, which left him feeling like a hurt 3 year old.

Later, up in the HOH room, C and P tried again to reassure J, but by now, the guy's worst enemy is his head.  He's so much into himself and his pity-party, he can't think straight!  It was probably very theraputic Monday night on BBAD, when he 'vented' to the camera and talked about everything he suspected Paul of doing.  He's right on some accounts, and very wrong on others.

Paul used the Veto on Alex, and Kevin went up, pissing off Josh.  So who will go home, Jason or Kevin?  Will it be a tie, broken by Christmas?  I soooooo want Kevin to go home!!!!!!

Double Eviction Night Ahead!
Will it be Jason, followed by Kevin, or Kevin, followed by Raven?  Tune in tonight!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SERIOUSLY??? #BB19

Brief Recap:
Matt was sent packing; rain delayed the HOH competition.

From watching BBAD, we "know" that Christmas is the HOH and Paul has the POV.  We just don't know how it happened.

BB Track Meet:
Okay; I'm confused.  A foot race?  How can Christmas win a foot race?

Paul reveals his 'master plan' for either Josh or Christmas to win the next HOH.  Alex said she'd throw it ONLY if Kevin did it first.  Paul managed to convince Kevin to throw it, then got Alex and Raven on board.  Then they took their positions.....and wondered how to make it look convincing.

They didn't.

Kevin false-started.....then Alex did the same.....followed by Raven.  Paul executed a sloppy (okay, ALL of them were sloppy, no matter how they tried to appear otherwise!) and was eliminated, leaving Josh and Christmas.  She wanted to race, and told Josh to trip.  But he decided to do a stupid trip-false-start, and so yes, the girl on crutches won a TRACK MEET!

Calming Down Kevin:
Paul convinced K to lay low, but when he did his daily walk around the yard with Jason, he began to wonder if he was the target, since J seemed to think so.  Back to Paul, who says otherwise.  Esp when he caught Alex, Josh, and Paul 'celebrating'.  Paul assures him the plan will be revealed soon; just stay in your room, read your Bible, and in essence, shut the hell up.

Honest vs Sneaky Game:
Alex volunteered to be a pawn.  Now, be straight up about it and nominate Jason, or be sneaky and nominate either Josh or Kevin?  Christmas decided to be honest, and Jason was shocked to see his face on the wall.  He's not too happy, but there's still the Veto comp.  Again, we 'know' P has it, but we'll wait and see!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Last Showmance Broken Up....For Now #BB19

Brief Update:
Jason holds all the power-HOH and won the POV Wednesday.  He royally pissed off the entire house, sans Kevin, by keeping his nominations the same.

'Maven' Explodes
Jason seems to be experiencing some temporary Big Brother amnesia.  We all heard him whisper to Raven he would pull her off.  When she confronted him about it, he first 'hid' in the storage room, then claimed he didn't remember saying it.  Raven was furious and in tears; Matt went on the attack against Jason, calling him a coward for hiding in the storage room, then calling him out for his broken promise.  Later, when tempers cooled, Matt revealed he'd done it strictly to paint the target on his back, and off of Raven's.

Round #2 arrived when Christmas, Kevin, and Josh got into it over Kevin's loyalty.  Christmas and Josh confronted Kevin about the $25 K which brought Paul back into the house.  Kevin denied it, but wouldn't swear to it.  However, he DID swear on his kids' heads about not being one of the rogue votes, which pretty much confirmed he was $25K richer!

Eliminated!
Bye-bye Matt....have fun in Jury and see you again later this month.

HOH Comp.....delayed?
Rain caused the competition to be delayed, so we'll find out Sunday, or try to figure it out from watching BBAD.

See you back here on Monday!

Sept Reading Schedule

Does anyone else think August flew by?  I resolved to do the following things last month:
-'Reclaim' my house  Check!
-Do well at the Watermelon Festival  Check....sold 5:)
-Dr. appts for myself and two kids  Check.....plus need better insurance.....
-Pay for Labor Day show Decided not to do it this year.
-Pay for Sept 16th show  Check:)
-Pay for KABB  Decided to skip this year, due to lack of funds.
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song, Ch 1 of RiKar's story  No to HS; am halfway through Ch. 1 of to RR!
-Change hero's name in Spirit Pottery Check:)
-Find out about publishing status with Stardust Check!  Eretos, offshoot of Stardust/Hydra
-Clear more in brown/green houses and storage unit Not yet....
-Family pics on the 17th.  Check!  Looking GOOD!  I have one good-looking family....;)

I did pretty well this month, including tolerating some family drama, and being called out as a narcissist by an intrusive family member who really needs to take a long hard look in the mirror.

Books Read:  5
           Print:  2
        E-book:  3
            DNF:  1

Weight:  Began the month at 244 (somehow gained 12 pounds at Mom's-yikes!); ended with 239. Trying to follow a modified version of the Keto diet; guess it's somewhat working!

Karaoke Songs Added:  11
                            Thurs:  4
                                 Sat:  7

September Goals:
-Do well at 1st Friday  Sold 4:)
-Do well at Community Yard Sale  Sold 4:)
-Do well at Eminence Harvest Fest
-Spend a productive week at Mom's
-Find out status of both Teacher's Pet and Anderson quad  TP:  New cover and arriving later this month!!!
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song
-Write Ch. 2 of Rikar's Redemption
-Finalize plans for Imaginarium
-Make another payment for Christmas Show  Check:)  Now just need $60 more....
-Continue emptying green/brown houses
-Continue to empty storage unit


Sept Reading Schedule:
Print:
Tomb of the Moon-NE Riggs
Touches of June-LoRee Peery  Interesting book; only one tiny detail left me scratching my head.
Rachel's Guard -Jillian Jacobs
Maude's Score-JJ
Clayton's Star-JJ

E-book:
Mann Cakes-Mysti Parker  DRR!  LOVED this book, esp the 1st few pages of Ch. 11!  VERY good:)
Bobby Hernandez-Jean Joachim
Accidental Kisses-Sandra Sookoo, et al
Secrets and Lies (HOB #4)-Susanne Matthews

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs:
When You Close Your Eyes-Night Ranger Nailed it:)
Exes and Ohs-Elle King Did well!
When You Say Nothing At All-Alison Krauss Was cheered; did well, but mixed up some notes.
When You Wish Upon A Star-Linda Ronstadt  Did well!
Life on the Moon-David Cook DNH
When You're Gone-Avril Levigne DNH
Alone-Heart (redemption/signature song) Think I nailed it; couldn't hear myself
My Church-Maren Morris  Nailed it!

Where Did Our Love Go-Supremes
Coming Around Again-Carly Simon
Where Everybody Knows Your Name-Cheers Theme
Where Have All The Cowboys Gone-Paula Cole
Amazed-Lone Star



Sat:
No Way Out-Starship DNH
Nobody's Fool-Cinderella Did well!  Was even complimented:)
Nobody's Fool-Kenny Loggins Slightly rough, but sounded good!
Nobody's Home-Avril Levigne DNH
Not A Day Goes By-Lonestar Verses too low; chorus good:)
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now-Starship DNH
Not Gonna Be The One-Olivia Newton-John  DNH
Nothing Compares 2 U-Sinead O'Connor Nailed it:)
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You-Glenn Mediros  DNH
November Rain-G-N-R Not too bad:)
Not Broken Anymore-Blue October DNH
Now And Forever-Air Supply DNH
Now And Forever-Richard Marx Ugh....too low!
Nowhere To Go-Melissa Etheridge DNH
Nowhere To Run-Martha and the Vandellas Slightly rough; did well on chorus.

Nothin' But A Good Time-Poison
Obsession-Animotion
Ode To Billy Joe-?
Oh Sherrie-Steve Perry????
On and On-Steven Bishop
On My Own-Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
On the Good Ship Lollipop-Shirley Temple







Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jason, Jason, Jason....#BB19

Brief Update:
Jason and Alex battled for HOH before she finally let him have it.  He nominated Matt and Raven, telling them the plan w,as to back-door Kevin.  They believed him.

POV Challenge:
The annual Trash-The-House-While-Looking-For-The-Veto-Cards!
Raven hid hers in a seat cushion (Jason found it last)
Matt hid his under a couch arm (Raven found it 2nd)
Kevin stashed his in a pillow (think Raven found it 3rd)
Paul stashed his inside his shirt, hung it up, then placed a leather jacket around it (Matt found it 4th)
Josh placed his behind the freezer (Jason found it 1st)
Jason stashed his inside the couch cushion in the living room.  No one found it, he wins POV!

Kevin spent the entire challenge complaining about the way the others turned the house upside down.  Really???  It's a game, dude....so yeah, you'll have to spend some time cleaning.  Just be glad no one did what the previous Kevin did, and empty the cereal and other food all over the kitchen floor!

Josh unearthed 'Maven's condom stash and wigged out about it!  You're all adults; surely you don't think 'Maven' is really just snuggling and talking all the time?  With all the cereal Matt's eating, he has to work it off somehow....;)

The Sting of Betrayal
After the nomination ceremony, Jason whispered to Raven, "Don't worry; we'll win this and pull you off."

Alex and Paul were strongly urging him to pull Raven off and put up Kevin.  But Jason spilled the beans to Kevin about the plan, who freaked out and pulled the friendship card, and begged him not to.  Jason was starting to get suspicious about Alex and Paul's motives for getting Kevin out, and went with his gut.

He kept the noms the same, which royally upset everyone.  I can't wait to find out what fireworks he set off.

While watching BBAD the other night, we saw that Raven had thrown cinnamon all over Matt; whether this was from a fight between the two of them, or her rage was directed at Jason and Matt happened to get in the way.....we'll find out tonight!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Easy Targets...#BB19

Brief Update:
Mark was evicted, and an endurance comp for HOH began.....

After being splattered with mustard, ketchup, water, and relish, one by one the house guests fell from their hot dog buns, leaving Jason and Alex to battle it out.  Each thought they were doing a good job of pretending they weren't as close as they are as they argued, but in reality, they only succeeded in pissing off Mark.  Finally Alex capitulated, handing the HOH to Jason.

He instigated a plan to make everyone think he was going to back door Kevin, and put up Raven and Matt....who calmly agreed to the plan, much to Paul's surprise!

BBAD:
Thanks to my spouse's obsession with this season, I've been forced watching some of the After Dark episodes.  There is something definitely up; Matt and Raven had a fight and there was cinnamon all over Matt and the floor.  We've also seen Christmas and Alex wearing Veto shirts, and heard C talking about Raven's power, and what she was going to do.  Did she win the POV?  At first I thought she might have picked an apple, but no, she didn't....unless the Tree of Temptation opened up again????

Find out Wednesday.

Friday, August 25, 2017

New Pecking Order! #BB19

Brief Update:
Jason and Matt were up pawns for eviction; plan was to back-door Mark.  Jason won the POV and pulled himself off.  Mark went up in his place.

There was a half-hearted plan to get rid of Matt, who received Jason and Alex's vote.  Paul decided to side with Josh, Kevin, and Raven to vote out Mark.

The HOH comp began, a grueling endurance competition.  We'll find out Sunday who wins, or maybe the spouse will deduce who won from watching the BBAD episodes, as we did last week.

Flashback Friday

Aug 2007:
I had investigated getting my 3 y/o into a preschool, and had been informed because of our income level, we were on the waiting list for Head Start.  I enrolled him in the Methodist Church preschool to try him out.

I wasn't impressed with his teacher the 1st day.  She was running her class more like a 1st grade class, instead of preschool, and W objected when I tried to leave.  Other moms were staying, so I resigned myself to a day of attending school with him.  Day #2, I left, but was called back an hour later, because he was 'uncooperative and crying for Mommy'.  I stayed with him for an hour, then brought him home.  Day #3, he lasted only a few minutes and I grew frustrated.

"I'm trying to toss him from the nest, but you don't seem to be willing to catch him!"

Fortunately, we got a call from Head Start, saying a slot had opened up.  I un-enrolled him from the 1st school, and two weeks later, was much more impressed with his new teacher, Ms Teresa.

On the home front, S was in the 7th grade and enjoying her friendships with Alicia, Mahala, and Ashley.

K decided he wanted to join the swim team as a sophomore, so my afternoons were about to get busy.  We also went on a Family Camp Out with the BSA troop, only the day before we were due to leave, I slipped on a dryer sheet and fell down the back stairs while trying to put the dog outside.  At first I seemed fine, but Friday morning my backside hurt, and my shoulder hurt, from where I'd been holding onto the back door.  I called my friend J, who was thrilled to let me sleep in their guest room.

I also began working on the wip that had entered my head a week or so earlier, about Steve who was in prison; his ex-girlfriend Angie, whom he still loved, and the fact he was trying to prove he'd changed.  What began to emerge was not only that story, but Angie's current boyfriend decided to migrate to Estes Park, Colorado, and met a young cowgirl named Emma.  I began writing in longhand during the weekend, but it wouldn't be until after Labor Day that I'd return to it.

Next Month:  K on the Swim Team; S balking at getting up; W at Head Start; and a Startling Revelation.

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Present Day:
We've been dealing with a bit of potential upheaval in our lives again.  Tuesday, my daughter informed me she wanted to move to Lafayette and look for a job up there.  Fine and dandy, but what about A?

"I'll enroll her up there."

*needle scratch*

So....what you're telling me is you want to uproot your child, move in with your aging grandparents, and expect them to care for A while you job hunt?  I don't think they're up for that task.  I talked it over with the spouse, who agreed that if she was set on that plan, then I'd have to go with her, in order to run interference.  So.....when do we leave?

Original plan was to leave Thursday after school.  Oh wait, I have Back to School night at CMS.  Then S realized she had a doctor's appt on Friday.  We'd leave then.

Yesterday, daughter's back went out while she was getting out of the tub, and spent the day in bed.  There had been a water main break on Wed, so work postponed. She had to call in last night.

Today, there's an issue with her insurance, so no doctor appointment, and she decided last night to postpone travel plans.  I have no idea what's going to happen next week, other than I'm planning to set up on Friday at the 1st Friday event, then again on Saturday at the Community Yard Sale.  I need to make some $$ and we need to seriously sell some stuff from the other two houses.  I realistically can not leave until Sunday.

So who knows?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

No Surprises....#BB19

Brief Recap:
Christmas won HOH and nominated two pawns, Jason and Matt, in order to back-door Mark.

POV Comp:
Zingbot is back!

Christmas had a self-proclaimed 'brain fart' when she pulled her chip and selected 'House Guest Choice'.  She had every intention of picking either Paul or Alex, but her eyes fixed on Raven's pleading expression and selected her!  Fortunately, Jason selected Paul in the HGC chip, then Matt pulled Mark's chip.

It was the classic 'slippery slope-fill the bowl with liquid soap' competition, one I felt Raven might actually excel at, given her ballet training.  Nope, but Mark wins the award for Most Time Spent Falling Down.  In the end, Jason was the one who had the best balance and won the POV.  He pulled himself off, and Mark took his place.  No surprise there, though three people were gunning for Alex.

Tonight's the live eviction, so see you tomorrow!

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Had a weird dream last night.  It began with a phone call.

"I miss you."

Suddenly, I'm in the back of a limo, or in the car with his mom and Grandma, and we're off to the airport to pick him up.  He comes flying out of the terminal yelling, "I won!  I won!"  He's won the first round of an American Idol-like competition.  I try to stay cool in front of his relatives, and we go to, of all places, MY house???

I 'wake up' in the dream to him next to me, and granddaughter asleep on his side of the bed.

"Morning....can you believe we've actually spent the night together?"

"Our first time in thirty years...it's pretty nice."  He snuggles closer and throws an arm across my stomach.

I look at the time and feel a seed of apprehension, since it's nearly seven and I know my spouse will be coming home soon.  "Shouldn't you be on your way?"

"I don't care if he finds us.  It's about damn time."

Do do do dodo...do do do dodo....my alarm is going off.  I'm not in bed with him, after all; just my spouse and granddaughter is at my feet.

My first thought is, Dear God, please tell me I've not talked in my sleep!!!!

It's three hours later and he's not said anything, so I think I'm fine....whew!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Christmas Present!

Brief Recap:
On double-eviction night, both Cody and Elena were sent to the Jury House.  Derrick (BB16 winner) arrived for 'Memory Lane', then hosted the HOH competition.

Playing Chess....
Proof that newbies play checkers, vets play chess.  The HOH comp was played tournament-style, and came down to Paul and Christmas.  Paul knew the answer, but decided to throw it to Christmas, because she's in his alliance, and this way he gets to play in next week's challenge.

Congrats Jason!
I always wondered if the temporary HOH on double-evict night got any goodies, and now we know. Jason received his goody basket, including a letter from home which revealed he's going to be a daddy next year.

Power.....couples???
Turns out Josh and Christmas have a tight bond, as well as....
Matt and Raven 'Maven'
Alex and Jason
Matt and Kevin have no one, and Paul has successfully made bonds with everyone except Matt and Kevin.

At the nomination ceremony, Christmas put up Matt and Jason as pawns in order to back-door Mark.  BUT, if Mark wins the POV and keeps himself safe, then she's not too sad to be sending one of the others home....just seems a little cold-hearted toward new daddy-to-be Jason....but hey....that's part of the game.

Tree of Temptation
Knowing he was last man on the totem pole, Mark claimed one of the apples and picked 'Save A Friend'.  At the nomination ceremony, he saved Paul.  It will be interesting to see if anyone claims more in the next two weeks....

See you back here on Thurs!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Double Eviction Night! #BB19

Cody had high hopes that Elena had made enemies after breaking her word to Alex and claiming the $5K prize, but he found himself going out the door 1st.  No goodbye to anyone; just stormed out.  He told Julie, "I can't stand anyone in there."

Jason won HOH (I thought the other houseguests rigged it a bit so he'd win??) and nominated Mark and Elena (no surprise there....)

Mark won POV and pulled himself off; Matt was put in his place.  Elena went out the door and will now spend the next week alone with Cody in the Jury House.

Loved C's response to Julie:  
J:  I bet you're looking forward to some solitude away from them....
C:  It's double-eviction night, so you screwed that up.
J:  Oops, so we did.

So with 9 left, I guess the 'pecking order' is:
Mark
Matt
Raven
Kevin
Josh
Jason
Christmas
Alex/Paul

I reeeeeeaaaaaallly hope Josh goes soon, and they don't keep that annoying 'meatball' around.  When he and Elena had their spat, I just wanted to yell, Shut UP, Josh!  Let the girl talk!  Geez.....Kid needs to learn how to listen.

Looking forward to seeing Derrick tonight!!!   Special Friday episode:)  And yes.....might watch AD again....I know; torture.

Flashback Friday: My Baby Is A Kindergartner!

Aug 1997:
After returning from our whirlwind trip to Vancouver, we went into full pack up mode.  K was enrolled in Eminence Elementary, and we discovered he needed glasses.  One trip to the eye doctor for him and the world opened up:)

We began making weekly trips to the house, and planning where we'd put our furniture.  One day, Mom and Dad showed up:)  The kids were thrilled to show Grandma and Grandpa their new rooms, and we all went out for dinner.

When school started, I would get the kids up and dressed; drive K to school (half an hour drive), then take little S to Burger King or McDonald's to play in the playscape.  The 2nd week, we left a window open and began hauling things into the house.  I'd shove S through the window; she'd unlock the door and let me in.  I think at one point, we obtained the keys before we'd even closed on the house.  A lot of our boxes were stacked in the 4th bedroom.

Day #1:
I noticed I was one of the younger moms; and watched my little boy jumping in and playing with the others.  All of a sudden, he bounced up to me, all excited.

"Mommy!  I made a friend!"

"You did?  Good for you....what's your friend's name?"

"Ahhhh.....(bends down to ask the kid his name)....Austin. This is Austin, and he's my BEST FRIEND!"

Little did we know that indeed, K and A would be best buddies all through and beyond school!

When it was time for me to leave, however, he burst into tears and had to be held back by Mrs. Glidden, the teacher.  He was very happy to see me two hours later!

Day #2:
I was dreading another crying session, but he bounced out of the car and declined my offer to walk with him to his room.

"'Bye Mommy....see you later!"

Day #3:
He woke up before the alarm, then came to me with a very solemn request:

"I can't get my pants on....will you help me?"

I knew there was a poem in that line, so while I was at the insurance guy's office, I managed to compose it!  Can't locate it at the moment, but the final stanza goes something like this:

On the third day he awoke before the alarm
Ready for action, ready to charm.
But there was one final issue, one small request...
"I can't get my pants on; Mommy, will you dress me the rest?"

Next Month:  Sad News As We Move In....and A Huge Misunderstanding of People

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Present Day:
I'm off to the grand opening of our Vincennes Brewing Company tonight!  Friends Chris and Patti Coffey are co-owners, and it's at 2nd and Main, where the antique store used to be.  I plan to drink either a glass of wine or a Guiness-type beer after the ribbon-cutting.

Otherwise, it's going to be a quiet weekend.  I'm also trying to finalize my Sept plans.  I'll be doing the 1st Friday on the 1st, then the Community Yard Sale at Oubache Trails on the 2nd.  Was planning to go to Attica on the 9th, but the owner either doesn't want me or is confused by what I do.  Tells me 'we're full of that type of vendor'....ummmmm....you have other authors?  No answer.  Then I saw on the FB post 'No direct sales....we're full'.  I thought DS was stuff like Avon, Younique, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef.  Still no answer to my query on the thread.

I'm going to call Monrovia and see if I can get in there.  Otherwise, I may just send in my app to Attica and see what happens.  Then on the 16th, I plan to be at the Eminence Harvest Fest.  Eleven or twelve years ago, this festival was a bust.  I'm happy to see it grow, though!

K has his VU schedule and is excited about attending classes again:)  S is still training at her job over in Lawrenceville, and W and A are doing well in school.  W has signed up to be part of the stage crew in the next play; A is enjoying kindergarten, but landed on the yellow for some reason yesterday.  Otherwise, she's been very well behaved.

Had family pics taken last night; I have a good-looking family!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Camp Guide, X-treme Man, and Tandam Skydivers....#BB19

After watching BBAD the other night, I wondered if this week's POV had something to do with the bizarre costumes I observed Alex, Jason, and Paul and Christmas wearing.....

Paul went out first, and had the POV.

Mark was next, and kept the Weekend Adventure.

Matt swapped the 'Tan-Dam' skydiving outfit for Paul's POV. (Josh, who was hosting, apparently had never seen the word 'tandam', and kept pronouncing it 'tan-DAM' instead of 'tan-dem'.)

Jason kept the 'X-tremeitard' outfit

Alex and Elena made a promise not to curse each other with a punishment.  Alex then won $5K

Elena unwrapped the Camp Guide punishment and promptly broke her word to Alex, taking her $5K.....after looking to Cody for guidance??  He didn't want E to win veto, take herself off, and find himself back-doored!  This action promptly pissed off Alex, who is now campaigning for her to go!

At the Veto Meeting, Matt surprised Cody by taking Jason off the block, instead of himself.  Cody found himself back-doored, even though he thought he was safe.

Everyone who competed in the Veto Comp was invited to an Outback dinner, except for Paul, who gave his slot to Christmas.

I'll admit; I've watched BBAD for at least 5 episodes now, and find parts extremely boring.  I like it when I'm watching by myself; I can fast-forward through the 'ho-hum' parts.  Sometimes it seems a conversation will just begin to get interesting and the producers will cut to another group.  Oh Come On!

Tonight is Double-Eviction Night.  Really hoping Cody and Elena are the lucky pair who get to go to Jury.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Alex In Charge (Again!) BB19

Brief Recap:
Jess was evicted and Alex won the HOH.

Kevin vs Alex
Got news for ya, Kev.....Alex is clued in to the fact you're actually talking game with Cody.  Better watch out; that tiny target on your back is beginning to grow.....

Temptation Contest
A series of noises began to interrupt the house guests.  They did pay attention, and in some cases counted how many times the noise repeated.

Christmas declined to play; Paul and Alex convinced Matt to throw it, in case Cody decided to deliberately put himself up.  Which he did....but made one tiny mistake.

The deal with the noises?  They had to remember what room they were in when they heard it!

Cody decided to always pick the Have-Not room....but had forgotten the one time he'd actually BEEN in it.

Matt did a fine job of acting as if he has a terrible memory!

Mark won, which spoiled Alex's plan.

So, she left Paul and Jason to figure out who to be the other pawn.  Jason agreed to do it, and went on the block with Elena and Matt.

But What About Cody?
This was an elaborate scheme to keep C from playing in the veto comp.  The ONLY way this will work is IF C's chip doesn't get pulled to play in it.  If Jason or Elena win the veto, Cody goes up as a replacement.  If Matt wins, Elena goes home.  If Cody plays, all he has to do is not use the power; Elena goes home.

Elena
She's tired of being the 'Perpetual Pawn' and is starting to piss people off with her attitude (which at the moment is beginning to rival one of my family members, not to mention her resemblance to said member!) and some are already clued in to the fact she has good persuasive skills.  It's time for her to go, if Cody survives.

******UPDATE*******
Family member has returned home; I could not keep my mouth shut on FB and posted a very generic post about my stress level:

"Been a long week. I've been lied to; used; bent over backward to accommodate a family member, all so they could throw it back in my face. Stress level was all over the place as I played peacemaker, diplomat, and disciplinarian. Here's hoping things settle down and get back to some sort of normalcy."

I went to bed.  

Woke up this morning to my children telling me I'd unleashed Super Storm S.

I had not posted any names; S did.

I had not called out any child; S did.

She chose to call me a narcissist; I ignored it.

I DID delete the post after addressing the child who commented, after not being on FB in MONTHS.

Stepdaughter posted about how 'this should have been said to my face, instead of a public forum where I could read it'.  Ummmm....I did tell her last night.  She apparently wasn't listening.

S doesn't have all the facts.  Too bad we didn't have security cameras to catch all the drama that unfolded last week.  I now have to explain to doctors, P/T therapists, and others why the child is no longer here after a week.

I also learned she has not taken any of the antibiotics that were prescribed for her a week ago today.  Out of 14 pills, she'd only taken the 4 I personally handed her.  I reminded her daily; I didn't know I had to physically hand a 16 y/o her pills, so she would take them.

Now we know why her tonsils and throat are so bad.

J wants to put her in counseling for anger management issues.  I'd dearly love to tell the counselor (IF it happens) what I've observed over the years.

Hopefully, this is the end of this issue.  I'll find out where she stands when she's here for either Fall or Christmas Break.







Sunday, August 13, 2017

The End of Jody #BB19

Brief Recap:
Jess and Cody schemed to keep themselves safe.  Jess intentionally came in last in the Temptation Comp, with the hopes C would earn safety, then win the Veto and pull her off.  It almost worked; C was picked for the veto, but Christmas was able to take  his place.  Mark won the veto.....

Kevin...What Are You Doing?
K tried to make a deal with Cody, knowing the house was getting rid of Jess.  Jason wasn't too happy.

Spelling Bee Gone Wrong
If only Jess would have laid low.....Josh actually wanted to rally everyone against Elena!  But after J refused to talk to him, and then taunted him about spelling the word 'drought', Josh fired back about how to spell 'evicted', and another yelling match ensued.  Josh was done trying to protect her, and the final vote was Elena 0, Raven 1 (Cody), and Jess 7.  Bye-bye Jess.

HOH Comp:
I was thrilled to see the quick-change artists back!  Cody went out in the 2nd round, and round 4 came down to Alex and Raven.

Alex wins again!

Personally, I'm sick of Josh and his 'meatball' comments.  I soooooo hope Alex puts him up!!!  I predict Mark and Elena will be the targets, though.  We'll see what happens tonight.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flashback Friday: The Green-eyed Monster Rears Its Head....

Aug 1987:
Life at Wabash National was good.  I enjoyed my job; I enjoyed working with the guys.  Only one thing marred the whole experience though; my new coworker was jealous.

First of all, toward the end of July, one of the guys began paying particular attention to me, and after a 'clean' night, I agreed to go out with him.  We had an enjoyable evening; got to see Henry Lee Summer performing at Nick's Bar, and dancing.  Later, he'd asked, "Motel time?"  I told him I didn't do that on the 1st date, and then, since I'd heard a rumor about his marital status, asked him about it.  He stated he was in the process of getting a divorce, and was legally separated.

I'd made the mistake of telly Patsy I had gone out with Bill, so when he asked out another coworker, she began making snide remarks about Bill and Tina, who was embarrassed.  I really didn't care, since 1) we weren't 'official' and 2) the man wasn't completely free!  But her comments still stunned me.

Then, around the first week of August, I noticed our foreman telling ME what to do, and expecting the information being passed down the line.  The first time I tried telling P what needed to be done, she snottily informed me I wasn't her boss, and stomped off the other way.  Fine; I'd clean up the back room by myself.

Jeff came back to check 'our' progress, and asked me where P was.  I relayed her remark; he shook his head, brought her back and spoke to her (gesturing at me the entire time!), and left.  P shot me an angry look, then picked up her broom and went to the opposite side of the room.  We worked in silence until all the sawdust was swept up.

The next day, T and I observed P hanging around the guys looking at the blueprints for the next truck line, while we puttered around, sweeping up and looking busy until the sidetable was up again.  T mentioned P needed to be helping us, not hanging around the guys.  I told her that she had refused to listen, and to let Jeff handle it.  Sure enough, 5 minutes later, we saw Jeff go up to P and tell her to grab a broom.  With a sullen look on her face, she did.

Jeff then came over to us and told me he wished our situations were reversed; P had applied for the job full-time, but he couldn't stand her, while I was returning to school in about 2 more weeks.

"You sure you want to return to college?"

Uuuummmmmm.....yeeeeeaaaaahhhhh.

The night we had to work 6 hours over, I got drowsy at 3am, a full half hour before our scheduled break.  I had been up on the truck side, re-drilling the rivet holes, when I laid down to stretch my muscles and didn't want to get back up!

I even told the guys, "Just let me sleep....go ahead and press me permanently into this thing....just let me sleep...."

Jeff shook his head.  "Go ahead and take your break.  Someone scrape McIntire off the truck and pump some caffeine into her."

But two hours later, someone had taken my air hose, and P was busy doing something else.  I wandered all over the area, looking for another one, but no luck.  She yelled at me to get one, and my temper blew.  I told her if she needed one so !@#$$ bad, to go get her !@#$$%% self.  The adrenaline and anger rush kept me going until quitting time.

My final day came, and when I went to get my paycheck signed, Tom told me he was sorry to see me go, and to come back anytime.  He also teased me about how he and Jeff were planning to kidnap me and not let me take my week's vacation in Florida until school began again after Labor Day.  Patsy was in full earshot of this conversation, and was the only one who didn't say goodbye.

I'd told my mom about what was going on between myself and P, and she told me P was jealous because she needed the job and I didn't!  Plus the fact I only had a week's seniority over her, but J had, in essence, made me his assistant.

Another humorous moment:  I had just popped in about six full rows of rivets, when Jeff came over to talk to me.  He hopped up on the table (I was standing beside it) as we spoke, and when he jumped off, all the rivets popped out.  He told me to get to work; I grabbed his arm.

"Hold it, Scheffy....YOU caused them to fall out; YOU put them back in."

He stared at me for a full minute, then huffed and put them back in the holes, muttering under his breath.  Later I found out he could have fired me for insubordination!

"Why didn't you?"
"You were fun to have around."

Next Month:  Phase 2 of my rebellious year.

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Present Day: 
I'm completely caught up on my One Day At A Time, Designing Women, and Maude shows, as well as Sonny and Cher:)  My bedroom and kitchen have returned to 'normal'; this week I start on the living room and bathrooms.  Then it's back to hauling stuff out of the two houses.

*******Rant Ahead*********
'Laying down the law' didn't happen.

I was informed Thursday night that both J and my SIL had agreed MDQ could return home.  WTH????????????????

Thanks a frickin' lot for backing me up.....will no one say 'no' to this child?  WHO TOLD A 16 Y/O SHE COULD ACT LIKE AN ADULT?????

But then again, I'm not her legal guardian; just her temporary one.  Since Thursday, other things have come to light:

-Her b/f is now attending Ben Davis, and has lost weight and grown a few inches.
-She's not taking her meds.  Okay, now we know WHY your throat is so damn sore.  YOU  DON'T STOP TAKING THE MEDS WHEN YOU FEEL BETTER; YOU TAKE THE ENTIRE SCRIPT!
-I guess she doesn't like the fact I've reminded her about homework, taking meds, cleaning up after pets.  The bunny cage has only been cleaned once since her brother left.

I'm still trying to see how I can keep Ice.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Christmas in.....August? #BB19

Last night was the POV competition, and everyone's worst fears came true.

Cody was picked to play, along side Alex, Josh, Mark, Elena, and Jess.

Surprise!  
Christmas jumped up, as per pre-arranged signal with Josh and revealed the Ring of Replacement, which enabled her to switch places with Cody.  Unfortunately, she wasn't allowed to play in the OTEV competition, but at least Cody didn't have a chance to save Jess.

So How Did OTEV the Possessed Piggy Go?
Elena
Jess (whoo hoo!  Mark JUST beat her to it)
Josh
Alex (who beat Mark, but realized she'd dropped her shoe sole!)
Mark won, and took himself off.

Josh nominated Raven.

Cody was brought to tears when Christmas swapped places with him, and if looks could kill.....OMG!

Tune in tonight to see who goes home....Elena, Raven, or Jess.

Josh wants Elena, but it depends on how persuasive he is.  Everyone else wants to see Jess go out that door.

*******Rant Ahead*********

Granddaughter A insisted on moving in with us in July.  Fine; we understood she's wanting stability, having lived 14 places in her short life.

School began; things seemed fine.  She went home for her birthday, and since it made more sense for her to take a Personal Day on Monday and return home with us, rather than making two trips up there in 2 days, she got to spend another day with her brother and mom.

Monday night, she had a throat so sore she couldn't swallow.  I took her to the ER.  No strep or mono, but given antibiotics just the same.

Tues, I let her stay home to give the meds a chance to work.  She starts talking how she wants to join K12 and do all her work online.  Her mother agrees.

Wed, she had an ortho appointment, then was angry when I made her return to school.  I contacted K12 and on their advice, began admissions application.  After dinner, however, J contacts me; A is 'homesick' and 'wants to come home'.  I was stunned.  I've set up PT appts; and ENT appt, and what about the pit bull puppy Ice?

Today, had a lengthy conversation with my SIL, who agreed; A has discovered I'm not a pushover when it comes to rules and going to school; she's jealous of her brother having his own room and the run of the place; this HS ping-pong has got to stop.

Currently, the plan is to have a conversation about laying down the law and forcing her to complete the month here, so she can do her PT and attend her ENT consult.

She has got to learn a) she is NOT calling the shots around here; b) she NEEDS to stay in school; and c) she CHOSE this.

Plus, the damn puppy is swiftly growing on me.  He's so darn cute and smart!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nomination Upset.....#BB19

Brief Update:
No one was sent packing last week, due to Jess using the Hex.  Josh wan HOH....after the IQ of the house dropped to Pre-K.....

Temptation Comp:
Nearly everyone played, except Josh and Christmas.  Cody won, which kept him safe.  Jess was too frightened of the zombies and things which go bump in the night, to complete the challenge, so she automatically became the 3rd nominee.

Jess:  This is perfect!  Cody is safe, so now if he's picked to play in the Veto Comp, and either he or I win, then we're safe for another week.....

Nominations:
Josh nominated Mark and Elena, pissing off both.  Despite his 'meatball' exterior, Josh proved he is not blindly following Paul's 'coaching'....he and Christmas had a conversation that I HOPE J keeps confidential; if Paul gets wind of it, she'll be the next one he sets his sights on.

Check back tomorrow.....

Friday, August 4, 2017

Flashback Friday: Fun and Heartbreak, Plus Unpleasantness in the BB House

.Aug 1977:
We were in Florida, and for Mom's birthday, Grandma and Grandpa took us to the Brown Derby.  There was a 3 hour wait, and we got to sit in the bar.  A band was playing, and G'ma, G'pa, Bob and Harriet, and another couple got up to dance.  I  desperately wanted to get up and dance to some of the disco tunes, but was too shy.

I also received my 1st diary, and faithfully wrote in it during the rest of the vacation.

After we returned from Florida, my grandparents held a garage sale.  Grandma let me pick out one bottle and one cup/saucer, and was heartbroken when a beautiful 'Genie' bottle was bought.  I was hoping no one would buy it, and I remember bursting into tears when a man told me he'd bought it.

6th grade began, and Mom has a picture of W, K, and I in our brand new gaucho pants (now called Capri).

Next Month:  Family member ill; an embarrassing moment,

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Present Day:
This weekend is the Watermelon Festival!  Come out and see me tonight, and meet Brooke Meyers, the new author on the block, tomorrow!

BB19
I'm a little put out at what went down yesterday.  At the veto meeting, Jess and Cody acted very disrespectful.  Jason used his moment to reiterate that Jess was caught in the middle of Cody's antics, and therefore he needed to go.  Jess, having walked in on Raven and Kevin 'whispering', jumped to conclusions and called out Raven for lying, sniggered 'World Peace' and sat down.  Cody refused to say anything.

Paul used the veto on Jason; Jess unleashed the Hex, which meant NO ONE was going home.

IQ Drop
The house erupted when Jess again called out Raven, then Alex revealed that previously, Jess had stolen her cat ears and blamed Raven.  Jess and Raven had a screaming match; 'Jody' retreated into the lounge.  Paul told Josh to 'light it up', and everyone reverted to Pre-K behavior, banging pans, mocking 'Jody', following them out to the yard, and basically any bullying or harrassment antics.  Josh hurled insults at Cody; Jess threw food at Josh.

Thankfully, Matt, Mark, and Raven grew tired of it and agreed things were getting out of control.

In the HOH competition, Josh won, after scoring higher on Zombie Golf than Cody and Christmas, who were tied.  Whew!

Who will Josh the Clown nominate?  Probably his favorite 'Meatball', Cody.

Unless C wins the temptation comp.  Come back on Monday or tune in Sunday night to find out.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tempers Flare! #BB19

Brief Update:
Paul won HOH; Mark, Jason, Matt, and Alex all played in the Temptation Competition.  Mark won, and is safe.  Jason came in last, and is nominee #3, along with Jess and Cody.

Snowflake Josh
I'll admit, I've held off on using this term.  But I'm heartily sick of Josh's off-key 'singing' of the Ringling Bros. anthem while crashing pots and pans together, and his 'Meatball!' mutterings.  Please, somebody cut him loose next week!!!!!  He's run his mouth with Cody, and now with Mark, whose own temper finally exploded, and the two had to be separated by both the producers and Kevin.

Fall of 'Jody'?
Paul invites Jess to come talk, and Cody tagged along, but couldn't help being a Caveman, which royally pissed Jess off.  She's proving she has a brain, and the confidence not to be swayed by a pretty face.  When she confronted C, you could almost see a light bulb go on in her brain when she asked, "Are you like this in the Real World?"

C couldn't answer, and J left in a huff.  Later he revealed that yes, he didn't think he could contain his 'caveman' antics after the game.  The two appeared to make up, but Paul, Christmas, and Elena tried to get her to not use the hex, and to let C go; he is bad for her game.  Hopefully she'll see this!  I loved J's answer to 'what would you use the $$ for?'

"A Xanax prescription and a straitjacket!'

POV Comp:
Paul won the BB Storm and tells J he'll give her what she wants in return for C leaving the game.

"Safety for the next 4 weeks and for the next HOH to put up Alex and send her home."

With his fingers crossed, Paul agreed......now to see if Jess agrees too?

No veto meeting!  See you tomorrow!  Who will go home tonight, Cody, Jason, or Elena?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Reading Schedule

I'm pretty proud of myself.  I actually accomplished ALL of my July goals!
-Add words to Heart Song and RiKar's Redemption  Finished Ch. 5 of HS!!
-Get hair trimmed and re-dyed  Check:)
-Pedicure  Check:)
-Attend Nashville event  Nope.....Mom leaving Sat am.
-Attend JHS mini-reunion  Check:)
-Volunteer at Indies in Indy event  Check:)
-Have a relaxing 'stay-cation' while house sitting  Check:)
-Do well at WheatFest  Handed out cards, but zero sales.

Yeah, yeah....I hear you...I've had it pretty easy the last three weeks, with being at my mom's, house-sitting, setting my own schedule, and sleeping in as late as I want.  So why did I only finish Ch. 5?  Well, I also updated four of Kenzie's novellas, had a few WTH moments with some close friends, and got hooked on Nostalgia TV.  See, the parents don't have Dish or Direct TV, so I spent the mornings rewatching Remington Steele, Perry Mason, and Matlock.  I usually ended every night with Carol Burnett.  Plus on Sunday, I could watch Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, and Love Boat.

But I digress.....

Now I'm back home; school starts for EVERYONE this Thurs (can you believe it?  Granddaughter A begins kindergarten this year!), and I officially get 'my life' back.  So to speak, anyway.  I still have to deal with a spouse that's home all the time.  Plus, my home office isn't set up yet.  The days of sending kids off to school and me writing happily for 6 hours are gone.  Sigh....

Books Read:  2
           Print:  1
       E-book:  1

Karaoke Songs Added:  7
                           Thurs:  2
                                Sat:  5

Weight:  Dropped from 235-232, and am hoping Mom's scale is ten pounds heavier than mine....I'd hate to think I've packed on ten more pounds!!!  Forgot to weigh myself this past weekend.  Crap....I've put back on twelve pounds.  Sigh....I was doing SO GOOD!!!!!

August Goals:
-'Reclaim' my house  Check!
-Do well at the Watermelon Festival  Check....sold 5:)
-Dr. appts for myself and two kids  Check.....plus need better insurance.....
-Pay for Labor Day show Decided not to do it this year.
-Pay for Sept 16th show  Check:)
-Pay for KABB  Decided to skip this year, due to lack of funds.
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song, Ch 1 of RiKar's story
-Change hero's name in Spirit Pottery Check:)
-Find out about publishing status with Stardust Check!  Eretos, offshoot of Stardust/Hydra
-Clear more in brown/green houses and storage unit
-Family pics on the 17th.  Check!  Looking GOOD!  I have one good-looking family....;)


August Reading Schedule:
Print Books:
Tomb of the Moom-NE Riggs
Sealed with a Kiss-Carly Phillips Finally finished this book I've had since last Feb.....
Orchard Valley Brides-Debbie Macomber DNF
My Bluegrass Quarterback-Kate Athena After I put away my editing hat (or whomever edited it skipped over the 1st ten chapters?  LMAO!), it was a good story!

E-Books:
Our Song-Savannah Kade  Very good!
Yes, Mistress-NJ Cole Over all, good story.  Could have done w/o some of the sex scenes.
KFC romance book Interesting....verrrry interesting....

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs
When I See You Smile-Bad English  Was a bit flat, but otherwise, okay.
Life After You-Chris Daughtry  DNH
When I Think of You-Janet Jackson  Not TOO awful....
Love In Any Language-Sandi Patti  DNH
Invincible-Pat Benetar (redemption/signature song) Nailed it!
When I'm Back on my Feet Again-Michael Bolton  Not too bad...
Love Is Like A Rock-Donnie Iris DNH
When It's Love-Van Halen Felt drowned out, but okay.
When The Children Cry-White Lion Voice was slightly scratchy, but not too bad:)
Leave A Light On-Belinda Carlisle DNH
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going-Billy Ocean DNH
Wanted Dead or Alive-Bon Jovi (Redemption/signature song)  Nailed it; audience participation; and was complimented!
When The Stars Go Blue-Bono/The Corrs OR Tyler Hilton/Bethany Joy (from One Tree Hill) Did well!
Light On-David Cook Did well; only slightly scratchy:)
When Will I See You Again-Three Degrees Nailed it!


Sat:
Never Say Die-Bon Jovi  DNH
New Attitude-Patti LaBelle  Slightly  too high....
Night Fever-Bee Gees Again, slightly too high, but fun to sing!
New Divide-Linkin Park  DNH
New Kid In Town-Eagles Did well:)
New Years Day-U2 Did fairly well:)
Nights On Broadway-Bee Gees  Not too bad...
Night Shift-Commodores  Ugh.  Too low!
No Air-Jordin Sparks DNH
Never Walk Away-Journey  DNH
Night Moves-Bob Seeger Ugh....too low
No More Tears-Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand  Strong beginning, but blew the ending
No No No Song-Ringo Starr  LOL....took me 3 verses to 'find' the right key to sing in!
No One Is To Blame-Howard Jones DNH
No One Like You-Scorpions DNH
No Particular Place To Go-Chuck Berry Nailed it:)
No Son of Mine-Genesis DNH
No Sugar Tonight-Guess Who Slightly rough, but okay....
No Time-Guess Who Nailed it:)
Nobody-Sylvia Nailed it:)
Nobody Does It Better-Carly Simon Nailed it!

Happy 75th Birthday to My Mom!!!!!!!!







Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nomination Night! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Paul won HOH and Jess revealed she and Cody would be 'safe' the next three weeks.  Whaaaa-aat?

Tempted Again!
Jason, Alex, Mark, and Matt opted to play in the Temptation Competition.  Rules are as follows:
-Anyone except HOH may play.
-If only one plays, s/he is safe for the week.
-If multiples play, the person coming in 1st place is safe.
-Last player goes up as 3rd Nomination.
-As in the case of Week #2, if the 3rd Nom wins POV, noms stay the same.

Bowlarina:
Jason completely loses it, with a time of 3.5 mins.
Alex puts up a time of 1.5 mins.
Mark wins with 1.18 mins.
Matt tries, but scores 2.5 mins.

Therefore, Mark is safe, and Jason is 3rd nominee.

Calling Their Bluff
Paul nominates both Cody and Jess for eviction, fully expecting a protest/pendant/some sign 'Jody' is safe.  Thoroughly confused, Paul sets a Plan B in motion, but since Mark is safe, the only other person he'd like to put up would be Elena. Needing a Plan C, Matt decides to be a pawn.

SO......if Cody wins POV and takes himself off the block, Jess can use the hex to save herself.  Elena and Matt go up; Elena goes home.

If Jess wins POV and takes herself off, she can then use the hex to pull Cody down.  Matt and Elena go up; Elena goes home.

If JASON wins, and Jess can only use the hex to save herself OR Cody, Elena goes up.  Half of 'Jody' goes home.

Will someone talk to Paul about Kevin and his leaky mouth?

Until Wed.....

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Power Shifts One Again! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Jess won the POV and after some initial hesitation, decided to keep the nominations the same.

Kevin Is A Rat
Why, oh why hasn't this guy been on anyone's radar?
-Grabs the 1st temptation which unleashed Paul back into the house (good move!)
-Votes with Cody and Jess in the last three evictions (thankfully was on the wrong side!)
-TELLS Jess about the plot to evict Ramses (thankfully, her scrambling didn't work!)

Yeah, I get it; the guy's good about covering his tracks.  But sooner or later, he will be forced to reveal his true alliance.

And The Emmy Goes To....
Josh, for the 1st class acting.  He had Jess's side convinced he knew he was leaving.  Kudos to the kid's blind faith in Paul, but how much longer will it last?  When will he realize he's just a pawn, and unless he changes his game play, he's the low man on the Paul-Alex-Jason-Matt-Raven totem pole?

Sorry Ramses!
Even the late-night scrambling couldn't shake Paul's Posse.  He left with a vote of 7-3.  Kevin, Cody, and Mark (I think??) all voted Josh.

And the New HOH is.....
Final match came down to Paul, Matt, and Raven.  I don't know if 'Maven' deliberately answered wrong, but Paul is now in charge.  There's one hiccup, though.

Jess has the Halting Hex, which means she can stop an eviction in its tracks.  So beware; if P tries to evict either of the 'Jody' pair, she can thwart it.  Good news is, if this happens this week, they are fair game for next week, provided one of the Posse wins.

The other pending thing is, the Temptation Contest.  No one knows what this will be like, and might potentially spoil Paul's game.

Stay tuned til tomorrow.....

I'm currently in Indianapolis at the Indies in Indy Book Signing, manning the Silent Auction table.  Come by and say hi?  The Renaissance Inn at 116th and Pennsylvania.

Also, Happy 51st Birthday to friend BJC!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Flashback Friday: "You Did WHAT?"

July 2007
Back in May, T revealed some shennanigans which led to his community taking sides between he and L.  In June, he revealed he was losing friends left and right due to his actions.  This month, I received a phone call.

"Don't get spooked, but I filed for divorce today."

I was stunned.  What do you say to that?

"I'm sorry??  Or if this is a huge weight lifted, then I'm happy for you??"

He laughed.  "Yeah, I know.  I have mixed emotions myself."

He also explained L was refusing to get help for her prescription pain med dependence or stop drinking.  He'd reached the end of his rope.

Two weeks later, he showed up at my house, then after an hour decided to blast me for my decision to self-publish Book #2 in my AU series.  He'd met someone who had worked for XLibres, who informed him that it was pretty much all a scam.

I didn't care.  I wasn't having any luck with NY, and with the encouragement I'd been receiving online, I'd decided to go with AuthorHouse for Love Finds A Way.  T told me I was throwing money away, and he left with me fuming on the inside.  I then dressed up a little and went to Walmart, where several men smiled at me, and boosted my confidence again.

Next Month:  My Baby Enters School!

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Present Day:
Tomorrow, I'm off to the Indies in Indy conference:)  I'll be manning the Silent Auction table, so come by and see me?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Plot Thickens! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Cody reenters the game; Jess wins HOH.  She puts up Ramses and Josh.  Josh is her target, due to childish attempts to distract she and Cody during the competition.  Also, there was a yelling match between Josh and Cody previously, as well as a Josh/Mark altercation over pool.

Before the POV competition, Jess is hell-bent on getting Josh out.  She does the eye-roll thing at Paul's 'advice' or, as he calls it, 'coaching'.

POV Comp:
Christmas goes out in the first round.
Ramses, Josh, and Jason blow up in the 2nd round.
Cody takes one for the team, and Jess wins HOH.
She's going to keep the noms the same, so Josh will go bye-bye.

Paul's Plan:
He thinks he can rally everyone to thwart Jess's plans.  Right now, everyone, except Cody and Kevin are on board to vote out Ramses, in order to keep Josh in the house, and on their side, since R is on the Jess/Cody/Kevin team.

Raven nearly blows it by acting dumb; Jess talks to Cody and spells out EXACTLY what Paul 'could possibly do' and how she 'doesn't want to look back and second-guess herself'.  Cody advises her to do nothing.  The armchair HOH's are both cheering and groaning, knowing she's on target with the other side, but undecided and taking advice from her CLUELESS boyfriend.

Thankfully, she follows C's numbskull advice, and keeps the noms the same.

Now, the question remains:  Will Paul and Co pull it off?  Will Ramses and Jess get wind of said-plan?  Will Josh cry (again)?

Stay tuned....

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cody's Back! #BB19

Yes, I missed two episodes due to singing karaoke and another trip to Chicago.  Tried to use a friend's Xfinity account, but wouldn't you know it.....BB is only available 'in house'.  Bleh.  So I watched tonight having NO clue what transpired last week.

Friendly Game Of Pool???
WTH is up with Josh? Is he trying to get himself evicted?  Yeah, Mark didn't act very adult either.

'My Boyfriend's Back...."
Jess is happy she has her man back in the house, and to his credit, Cody seems to have learned his lesson from the Week 1 Fiasco.

Admittedly, I was hoping Cam would return, but hey, then I wouldn't have anything to gripe about, right?  LOL!  Still, I was happy he advanced to the 2nd round.

Wrong Strategy, Kids....
Everyone should have focused their punishments on Jess.  I was thrilled when Jason seemed to understand this concept....but still, she ended up the winner and seems to have anther target in mind.  She ALSO took the Halting Hex temptation, meaning she can stop anyone from getting evicted in the next 4 weeks.  So this should be interesting, and it means both she and Cody are safe.  Paul, however, is not, though a possible alliance has sprung up between P and C.  Jess, however, wants P out.

Josh and Ramses
These two are  up on the block, and I'm hoping noms will stay the same.  Jess realizes they don't have the votes to get P out, and frankly, I'm tired of his whiny attitude.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flashback Friday: New Venture and A Trip To Canada!

July 1997:
The spouse began attending Quixtar/Amway meetings, and even switched our telephone over to MCI, instead of AT&T.  It supposedly not only lowered our bill, but we'd get paid a small amount for switching.  I wasn't thrilled, but agreed to go with him at times, and even began ordering some of the products.

We broke ground on our new home, and things seemed to be looking up.  The kids and I took a picnic lunch one day and watched our house being brought in to be set up on the foundation.  Met one of our new neighbors, who seemed friendly.

When I went to the apartment complex office to arrange for a month-to-month lease, I made a shocking discovery.

"We weren't going to renew your lease anyway, because of the white dog and the boxes you insist on keeping in the hallway."

Ummmmm.....okaaaay.....the dog wasn't ours, it belonged upstairs.  Our Norweigan Elkhound, Shadow, whom we'd had for nearly a year, wasn't registered, but I wasn't going to volunteer that information!  Also, the boxes were outside my door, behind the wall that supported the staircase.  The only ones who could see them besides us were my very understanding next door neighbors, who did NOT have any issues with them!  So what the hell was management's problem?  It seemed we were leaving at a good time.

When I told Frankie, the head of security about it, he was amazed, since any 'tenant issues' went through him first!  He'd received no complaints of Hercules (the American Eskimo upstairs, whom I took care of occasionally), Shadow, or the box issue.  As far as he was concerned, we were good tenants.

Whirlwind Trip To Vancouver!
As I stated back in Jan, my sister married a Canadian.  They planned their official wedding reception for the last weekend in July, so the kids and I left on Wednesday.  Spent all day on the plane, and K was thrilled he'd gotten a chance to check out the cockpit:)  While flying to Seattle, we sat near a woman who lived in Tacoma, so she pointed out Mt. Hood in Oregan, Mt. Rainier, and the Snake River.  Mom and Dad met us at Sea-Tac, and we drove 3 hours to Twasson.

Thursday, we ate breakfast with Granny M, and went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Friday, we took the kids to Stanley Park and the Aquarium.  D arrived late that night, and the reception was on Saturday.

A couple of humorous things occurred:
-Little S was potty-training, and refused to use the public toilets.  So she ran around the CSB in a shirt and pull up.  My sister was slightly alarmed, but I assured her it was perfectly all right for a 3 y/o to do so.

-At the park, S wanted Uncle Chris to push her on the swings.  He pushed her a little too high and she fell off....laughing:)

-At the Aquarium, it grew hot during the Beluga whale show, so K and Shunta stripped off their shirts.  Not to be left out, so did S.  Again, my sister was outraged.   I told her to calm down.

-During dinner with my sister's new in-laws on Friday, Chris's mother Nancy came over to where I was sitting with my sister's oldest and dearest friend, and proceeded to tell us what her other children were doing.  One was in Australia, her other son was in Japan, and another was very successful.  We'd already heard this from W, so we politely nodded and tried to encourage more conversation.  She soon moved on, and Kris and I looked at each other.

"Apparently, she failed to impress us."

-While we were riding in the car, the topic of D's new venture came up.  Kris and her hubby were pursuing it also, but W slammed ours.  Then in the next breath, asked K, "So how is yours going?" and seemed supportive.  This ruffled me.  Why was it okay for K but not us?  Made no sense.

-At the wedding reception, there was an incredible ice sculpture of a globe.  At one point, both my children were captured on film licking it.  Again, my sister was outraged.

-When W's friends Susan and Ted arrived, they brought with them the gag gift that W had given them at S's wedding shower, a leather chastity belt my dad had made.  Now, it had been 'gussied up' with a feather whip and handcuffs.  W laughed when she saw it, and tried it on, plus playfully aimed the whip at Chris!

-I was able to 'zing' my sister, something I don't often get the chance to do.  Back in '94, when she expressed concern over my decision to baptize S Catholic, I explained that we'd compromised.  She had stated, "Compromise is not in my vocabulary."

Fast-forward to now:  W was going on and on how stressed out she was, because..."He had his ideas on what was going to happen, and I had my ideas.  So we compromised."

My ears perked up.  "I'm SO happy that word finally entered your vocabulary!"

She looked at me for a moment, then shook her head.  "Oh shut up, Molls!"

Score one for me:)  My parents could barely contain their laughter!  My dad later patted me on the back for zinging her!

Sunday, we returned back to Sea-Tac and flew home.  With the 3 hour time change and the whirlwind trip, my appetite didn't have time to adjust, so I know I lost a few pounds:)

Next Month:  K Begins Kindergarten!

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Present Day:
I'm off to Chicago again today!  Going to meet Mom at O'Hare and help her get settled in the motel, then tomorrow we head home in the afternoon.  I'm also getting together with classmates at Sgt. Preston's downtown.

Have a great weekend!