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The Country Life

The Country Life

Slice of blue
In a low, grey sky
Hint of a rainbow
Trying to peek through

Lone tree standing
Like a guard
In the middle
Of a lush, green field

Cows parading
To the back of the pasture
There is a truck there
Must be feeding time

Smell of fresh cut hay
Still damp with dew
Last years’ rolls
Along the fence await

In the morning
A cardinal’s call
Trying to awaken
A sleeping world

At night
The cicadas call
An owl whispers
Another answers

The world I live in
The sights, the sounds
You might not understand
But I would take no other

Here is your favorite pirate on another short shore leave to regale you with adventure!
Yes my friends, the poetry bug bit me again! I had this rattling around in my head so I thought I would subject you to it so you could suffer along with me. Still not doing a lot of writing but trying to do a little better everyday. Hope this finds everyone well and enjoying whatever adventure life throws your way. Till my next shore leave, may the sun keep shining and the wind keep your sails full!

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Random Wanderings

 

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Thankfully Returning

Thankfully Returning

Ahoy me hearties! Rumors of my demise have been misleading you into believing I no longer existed! Fact is I have been on a hiatus of sorts; from writing, blogging, interacting, even Facebook. I went through a few weeks of just general disinterest in everything. First all my PC died and I haven’t had the money to fix it but that’s just a convenient excuse because I do have my iPad that I can use but I wasn’t even interested in it. Now that my e-mail is over flowing with notifications I suppose it’s time for me to dust off my reading spectacles and start seeing what everyone has had to say while I was unplugged.

After careful consideration, I decided what better way to return than the wonderful, supportive, awesome group that Ten Things of Thankful always is! When I was thinking about blogging again, I realized I had several things that had happened that I had reason to be thankful for—-so, here goes—-

1. My dear darling son is turning into a really awesome young man so there will be more than one of my ten things that will be about him. The first one has to do with his health. Long story short, he is a Type 1 diabetic. He started using an insulin pump 6 months ago and this week was the first time he saw his doctor since then. His A1C level, which measures the glucose in your bloodstream over a period of time, dropped from 8.4 to 6.4 in the six months! That is incredible and I was so happy to see that! His target has always been 7 since his diagnoses 3 1/2 years ago!

2. Continuing with his good news is he has a new girlfriend. Her name is Donna and she is cute and they make a cute couple. It all started a few weeks ago when he took a hat to school with him for an outdoor field trip. When he got back to the school she saw him and wanted to wear his hat which she did for a week before she gave it back. Now it’s “official” that they are a couple! Young love, ain’t it grand!

3. He is in band again this year and I am thankful he has found a group that he is accepted in and has such a great time with. His girlfriend is in band too so there’s that.

4. His final bit of goodness is he got voted to be one of the student body reps on the Student Council at school. The little stinker didn’t even say anything about it till Friday when I woke him up for school and he said he needed to be there a little early cause he had “something to do”. I asked him on the way to school what he had to do and he told me. I think it’s wonderful and a great responsibility!

5. Dear darling hubby and I have a friend that we have known close to 20 years that recently, unexpectedly needed a place to stay. We don’t have a lot of room but we were not going to leave him with nowhere to go. We have plenty of room for him to store his stuff such as his tools and such outside in our barn/workshop so now instead of just my 2 guys to take care of, I have 3!

6. I went back to work part time and it has actually been a pretty good experience so far. It’s been many years since I worked in retail but the company I’m working for and the crew I work with are fun to be around and makes the days go smoother.

7. One of the unexpected benefits of my new job is that I have lost some weight! Last time I weighed (and I generally avoid scales) I was down 15 pounds! It might not sound like much but all my jeans are getting loose so I take it as a win!

8. With the added income, the bills are paid but with the added expense of gas and extra groceries for lunches, I’m still broke most of the time. But bills being paid is a burden off mind.

9 & 10. I’m going to combine these cause they are the same thing only twofold. This one is trust. Trust that my dear darling hubby know s I will support him just as he will support me in anything we want to do to help other people. Our friend wasn’t sure how I would react to having an unexpected houseguest but hubby knew that I would be on board for whatever needed to be done. The other trust is between my dear darling son and me. As he approaches the dreaded teenage years, he has so far proven to me that I can trust him to make smart decisions when it comes to online things and such and I am giving him the freedom and trust that he has earned. We share the iPad so if he leaves something open and I pick it up, I just close whatever is open without snooping. But he also knows if I have any suspicions, I won’t hesitate to pry. But on the same hand, he also respects my privacy on things on the iPad. So trust is a wonderful thing especially with kids.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Blog hops, The Dear Darlings

 

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Happenings on the High Seas

Happenings on the High Seas

Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated! You can’t get rid of me that easily but the past few weeks have been a little crazy.

School started back up for dear darling son just about the time the place I have been working part time had their grand opening. So everything is flowing along, school, work and the day to day routines. My working hours have been a little crazy and it has taken some getting used to. We also had to make arrangements to get son picked up from school if I was at work.

Dear darling son is also in band again this year so now we have football games to get ready for. Usually the band just stays after school to get instruments and such ready. They are also getting fitted for their concert uniforms for later this year. The band only plays home games and only till half time. The first game last week got cancelled and rescheduled because of bad weather. They usually play on Tuesday so they rescheduled for Thursday. That was all well and good except dear darling son had a field trip that day to the local Marine Science Station. They were out in the sun and in and out of the water all day then he had to go back to the school and get ready for the game. We left after half time and he was pretty wiped out after a full day! He got a little bit of a sun burn and was sore the next day from all the activity! That’s ok, it’s good for him!!

This morning as I’m trying to get dear darling up and out of bed, he pops up and says he needs to be at the school before 7:45 am. So I told him he better get up and in the shower. I usually get him to school between 7:30 and 7:45 so this would not be a big deal. We went about our morning routine and all he said was he had to do something this morning at school. On the way there I asked him what it was he had to do. Well, it seems they had Student Council voting on Tuesday and he was voted as one of the student body representatives for 7th grade! He never even said anything about it, little stinker! I told him that was an honor and a very important job. He told me a little of the responsibilities and what was expected! Needless to say I am very proud of him!! He is growing up into a wonderful young man.

Also this week we picked up a new crew member. A very good friend of dear darling hubby and mine, that we have known for many years, got blindsided by the woman he has been living with for the past 10 years. She simply told him she didn’t love him anymore and didn’t want or need him around. So for the past week we have been helping him get all his stuff out of her house and getting him settled for the time being with us. We don’t have a lot of room but he is too good a friend to let go down. We have plenty of property for him to store his tools and stuff, so until he can get back on his feet and get everything settled it looks like my crew of boys has expanded! I’ve always been outnumbered anyway so what’s one more boy to take care of!!

Here is hoping everyone has blue skies and calm seas for all your voyages in the near future. Until my next shore leave I bid you fond farewell!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Random Wanderings

 

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Alcohol is cheaper than therapy

Alcohol is cheaper than therapy

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to downplay or belittle anyone who seeks professional help. In my case, I don’t have the money to pay for it and I don’t have insurance to help with the cost. I don’t have anything seriously wrong, just the normal, everyday stress of gettin by and trying to do what’s best for my family. And besides, what kind of pirate would I be if I didn’t have rum?!?!

There have been times in my life where I have turned to alcohol to soothe, relax and just be able to back up and get some perspective. One particular instance sticks out in my mind. My father was getting married in North Carolina a few years ago. I was living in Florida, so I made arrangements to fly up for the weekend. (by myself, no hubby,,no kid!) My daughter and her boyfriend were going to drive out from Louisiana. My dad’s wife had two daughter’s from a previous marriage and her and my dad had a daughter together. The 4 of us girls were going to stay at their house and my daughter and boyfriend had a hotel room.

After the ceremony, all us girls took all the gifts and such back to the house. We were all just relaxing and me and my daughter went out on the pouch to talk. She admitted some serious things that had happened to her when she was younger. My ex-husband had gotten custody of her when we divorced. After that revealation, I went back in the house where the younger of my 2 step sisters preceded to start acting like she owned the place and I had no say so what so ever. After listening to her repeat several times “This is my momma’s house!!” I had had enough. I got up and told them I was going to the hotel with my daughter. She stated again whatever was on her mind with the phase, again about it being her momma’s house. The last thing I said before I left was “Don’t forget, it’s also my father’s house!!” The next morning my daughter was heading back home and the rest of us were supposed to go to a cookout at my step mother’s brother’s house and then the oldest step sister was going to give me a ride to the airport later in the day.

I got through the cookout, keeping my mouth shut and keeping to myself as much as possible. It had been a long, emotional weekend and I was mentally exhausted. The wedding had been a non-alcoholic affair and the only thing at the cookout was beer and I am not a beer drinker. I stayed just as long as I had to then got out of there as soon as I could. I knew I was going to get to the airport early but at this point I didn’t care. I wanted time to clear my head and upwind a bit. After checking in and making my way through security, my first thought was find what gate I needed to be at and the next thought was…airport bar. As I rode the escalator up to the terminal, I saw a sign come into view before I even reached the top….AJ’s Tavern. Maybe the universe was going to cut me some slack…..finally. I made a note of where I was and thought, find my gate, and come back here. As I stepped off the escalator and turned to my left, I was looking straight at the gate where I needed to be. Yes, the universe had decided I had had enough stress for the weekend, she was going to cut me some slack. And just across the concourse were the bathrooms! Bar, bathroom, gate!! I am in!!

Walking in I spied a guy with a Tampa Bay Bucs shirt. I said hi and asked if he was going to Tampa. (It was a direct flight.) He said yes and I said me too at which point he said “Might as well have a seat, they already announced there’s going to be a delay!” He was sitting at a high top table and offered me a seat. I ordered a Cap’t Morgan and settled myself down. There was another guy we struck up a conversation with at a table nearby. The three of us took turns watching each other’s bags during pee breaks and checking the departure board. Rounds were bought, laughs were had and everything was going great—–until they closed the bar! By this time it was late in the evening. I had already called hubby and told him I would call when we were leaving. It’s about an hour and a half drive to the airport so no reason for him to get there and sit around.

My two companions and I wandered our way to the gate. It seems the group waiting for this flight were the only ones in the airport! Finally we see a plane taxing up toward our gate. You could see everyone sitting up straighter, shuffling around, gathering up belongings. At this point we hear “Folks, we got good news and bad news. Good news is we have a plane, bad news is, we have no crew!” I guy stood up a yelled “I’ll fly the damn plane!” At this point, most of us probably would have let him! After another wait, we see a flight crew walking toward our gate! Finally! To the crews credit, they got everyone on and came around with the drink cart before we even left the gate. One of my companions was seated in the same row as me and the other directly behind. I was all for napping on my way home but a rum and coke appeared in my hand so what was I to do? I had two before the eyes slammed shut and my window became a pillow. Not passed out, just tired, worn out and wrung out.

Arriving in Tampa very, very late at night, my hubby took one look at me a asked if I had a buzz. Nope, completly drunk! He asked how long I had been at the airport. About 5 1/2 hours. Do you have any money left? Not sure, really not concerned about it at this point, take me home. Needless to say I slept the whole drive and woke up the next afternoon with a monster headache but it was all in the name of pirate adventure and coming to grips with demons.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Pirate is Thankful

A Pirate is Thankful

ahoy there and welcome to July!! I decided to make an appearance this week and see if I can’t spread a little pirate happiness around the blogosphere.

So here goes, in no particular order.

1. Thankful for getting a few paying freelance jobs! Elance and Fiverr are a couple of nice sites to get your name out there and make your online presence known!

2. Thankful that just as my writing is starting to pick up, I also was able to get a part-time job to help out between the good and the bad weeks. Working part-time will still give me time for writing so I see it as a win-win!

3. Thankful my SUV (or anyone else’s vehicle) was not parked underneath one of our large oak trees when it decided to drop an very large branch!

4. Thankful for said branch for providing a fire pit full of wood for a weekend bonfire!

5. Thankful for naturally curly hair and a talented hairdresser to cut it so it’s cool for the weather and easy to take care of for work!

6. Thankful my dear darling knucklehead didn’t hurt himself seriously when he fell off our back porch steps. It was early in the morning and not completely light out yet. He decided to let everyone sleep in and go to breakfast at the local diner and check in with the guys. Why he didn’t turn the outside light on I have no idea but I heard the door open moments after he left with him moaning, I fell! So much for me sleeping in. I helped brush him off and off he went again!

7. Thankful the neighborhood fireworks didn’t bother my neighbor’s livestock. He has a pregnant female cow so we didn’t want a firecracker calf in the middle of the night!

8. Thankful my friend down the street seems to be responding well to treatments for her ovarian cancer. She had surgery but is still having to do chemo. So far, so good!

9. Thankful my hubby has reconnected with his youngest daughter and that she lives close enough that we will be able to see her from time to time.

10. Thankful for wonderful support from fellow bloggers! I know I have mentioned this before but it bears repeating. I’ve got a couple of guest posts in the works and I am always thankful for the encouragement I get from other more talented writers!!

And there you have it!! 10 wonderful, thankful tidbits!!

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2014 in Blog hops

 

Medical proof that I (was) heartless

Medical proof that I (was) heartless

​I have been called heartless more than once, usually with another adjective after it. (Heartless bitch comes to mind) But having a good looking doctor tell me that was disheartening. (groan, yeah I know)

​It started with what I thought was a bellyache or a stomach bug. I went to the doctor after a few days and she was afraid it was appendicitis so she sent me to the ER. While laying there watching nurses, doctors and everyone else going back and forth, I spied an amazing good-looking specimen of male walking around! Longish, thick, dark hair, he was simply wearing a pair of pale blue scrubs. No white doctor coat, no indication what his job was. Before I could fully appreciate the view, he was walking toward me!! After a few questions and explanations, he informed me he was going to admit me and probably schedule to take my appendix out. He was not just a doctor but a surgeon! My first thought was “Lay your talented hands on me!!” Fortunately I did not say that out loud! (I actually have a shirt that says ‘Note to self Just because it pops into my head does not mean it should come out of my mouth’) Number one, it would not have been inappropriate ( that never stopped me before) and number two, my dear darling hubby was there with me so, there’s that. So I was admitted and put on no food, only IV for three days! Yeah, I know it will keep you alive but it did nothing for my rumbling tummy!

​I underwent surgery without knowing the good looking doc was even in the room! Love what I call the I don’t give a damn shot! After being in the hospital for three days with nothing to eat, I was starved when they finally released me to eat solid food. After three bites I nearly doubled over from pain but I was so hungry, I didn’t pay any attention to the pain or the fact that it was hospital food. So come to find out, there was nothing wrong with my appendix and we were back to square one with me still having pain!

​After being released from the hospital, I was scheduled to be poked, scoped and prodded till it was discovered it was a problem at the top of my system. Sent for barium X-Ray (if you have never done one, one word, nasty!) The technician had me standing up with the machine in front of me. He asked me to take a sip of this stuff in a styrofoam cup that resembled a thick smoothie but heavier and tasteless. As I took a sip and swallowed it he tilted his head to the side (not a good sign). He adjusted the monitor so I could see, asked me do it again. I watched go down my throat, into my chest area wher it made a 90 degree turn! Tech tilted his head the other way (still not a good sign). He decided to do a complete chest x-Ray. After they were developed and analyzed, I was called for an appointment in the good looking docs office.

​There he preceded to show me the film. As we were looking at it he explained something was missing in the X-Ray, namely my heart! I asked him what the mass was that was showing up in my chest cavity. Part of my insides had worked their way up through a hole in my diaphragm, something known as a hiatal hernia! I said to him”You mean to tell me my insides are misplaced!” ? He laughed. Now I know I’m forgetful and unorganized but damn! The pain was from my insides being pulled to the side and upward through the hole. Basically I had a reverse lap band but in the wrong location! So now he was going to have to cut me open, put everything back where it’s supposed to be, fix the hole and sew me back up. So we scheduled surgery with the promise that I would leave everything where it was supposed to stay.

​So on the follow-up X-Ray, everything was back where it was supposed to be and my heart was right where it belonged!! I intend to leave it there along with the rest of my insides and I promised not to misplace any of my other internal organs!

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Random Wanderings

 

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June Rant

June Rant

Drama

Damn
Ridiculousness
Always
Manifesting
Again

I am NOT a drama queen, I am NOT a drama mama!! When they say “save the drama for ya mama”, I call BULLSHIT! This mama don’t play that!

Now that that’s off my chest, I feel better! It’s nice to be able to blow off steam, even if no one reads what I’ve written, it’s still cheaper than therapy!!

One of the disadvantages to marrying an old fart, oops, I mean mature gentleman, is the extended family. Between his, mine and ours, we have 5 kids and 6 grandkids. We have all the age groups covered between toddler and retiree, with a couple of grandkids older than youngest kids.

My husband was estranged from his family when we first got together. When our son was born, he decided he needed to attempt to reconnect with some of them. He contacted his oldest daughter and we were able to fly her and her oldest son down for a visit. He has also had contact with an older son. He had lost touch with another daughter through divorce right before we got together. He finally had the chance to reconnect with her recently.

June is a hot-as-hell, suck-the-life-outta-you, crazy month every year anyway but especially this year with me not working. We have my birthday, Father’s Day and our son’s birthday, the last 2 within 1 or 2 days of each other. Thanks to the wonderful, electronic, pain-in-the-ass that is Facebook, hubby’s youngest daughter saw her older sister had posted a comment on our son’s pic and wanted to know who that was. She contacted me and we set up a line of communication. She was more concerned with getting to know her little brother. Finally she decided that everything needed to be cleared up with her dad. We discovered she only lived about an hour away. She came over the Saturday before Father’s Day and surprised him. Thank goodness it went well!

Now she wants to make plans for all of us to have a family cook-out for 4th of July. His older son, who is a truck driver, has managed to finally get some routes from his home base up north to Florida. Hubby has had contact through phone calls, cards and letters but has not actually seen his older son in over 20 years. Now this son wants to try and make arrangements to come for the weekend of 4th of July!!

This is too much too soon and something’s gotta give!! People always say woulda, shoulda, coulda but everything falling in at once with the added financial stress and just day to day, garden variety stress, it’s enough to make people drink——more! Or is that just me?

I just want this month to be over! On top of everything else, my gig on the site fiverr is finally getting attention!! I got 3 orders within a couple of hours of each other and I have 2 more pending. Plus I have 2 articles that need to be written for the July issue of and online magazine and I just got the contact info for the subjects on Friday!! That job came from Elance and I’ll have more later on in the year and I’ll have more time to prep and write those. Damn nothing like everything hitting me at once! Plus I got called for an interview at a job I applied for well over a month ago. So now my schedule might be turned upside down again!! I go from desperation and no work, freelance or otherwise, to bordering on overwhelmed!!

Hubby still doesn’t get the “writing thing” so that’s a bone of contention also!!

Thanks for following my wandering rant and I’ll see ya on the high seas!!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Random Wanderings

 

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