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I have friends who have encouraged me to write a little.  When the urge strikes, it will wind up here.

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Finding Gratefulness

Finding Gratefulness

i have a "Grateful Jar" and it's been a little lonely lately. i'm finding being grateful is a little harder these days, with so much “taken away.”  i thought about that tonight while i re-read some blogs, poems and stories here. Looking back at what people have written, stories about hardship, blogs about overcoming obstacles. i heard the kids hanging out together while Phil and i were on the couch. It was a combination that had me thinking about what i have, what makes me happy. i am
 

Working From Home Is Different

In this really weird situation we find ourselves in, have you been working from home? i've been doing it now for about a week and a half and i've made a few discoveries.  Routine is important. i get up, shower, do the eye drops, brush and fix my hair. Take off the pajamas and put on clothes. No, not necessarily full business dress, but clothes. I’ve been wearing my yoga pants and a t-shirt. i’m not just talking about the morning routine. i’m trying to get to bed around the same time every n
 

Musings from a Mom

my mind went wandering today... Having a tall son means that the windows of your SUV get cleaned well while he pumps gas Having mostly grown kids means you can say "This house needs cleaned up" & no one asks "What do you want us to do?" Daughter started assigning jobs & they got busy (ok there was some sighing & eye rolling). Having mostly grown kids who can think for themselves (mostly, lol!) means they know to take the big trash can to the curb when you say "i need s

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mollyhousemouse

 

Not Resolutions, But Recommitment

2019, was really not a good year. There was a lot of pain, some backsliding. i’m not sure that the joys balanced it out. Will going over what happened help it make sense? Probably not. So instead of looking back, i thought i’d look forward. 2020, a new decade.  Well, unless you’re my co-worker who insists that the new decade won’t start until Jan 2021, but i digress. While i’m not one to make “New Year’s Resolutions,” i’ve gotten a head start at a better year. Phil and i are making mor
 

DEAD is not a Better Place

i’m angry and hurt, and need to get this off my chest. People will tell you that death is a part of life, it’s all part of the circle of life.  Well, they’re full of crap. Death is death. And it sucks. Doesn’t matter who it is, if you lose someone you love, it sucks. Like Great Aunt Betty, the one who would sneak you that candy you loved at the family reunion—it’s a loss and it hurts. A nephew with leukemia—hurts like a punch to the gut. A nephew was hit by a car, while he

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mollyhousemouse

 

self care

So, i’m following up on what i posted last week, about me not feeling quite ME. Phil and i talked a lot last week, and to be honest, i teared up more than once. We talked about how i can’t be who i am, do what i do, if i’m not at my best.  And i haven’t been at my best. To be at your best, you need to take care of yourself. When you’re on a plane and they give the safety briefing, they say to put the oxygen mask on before you help you someone who may have trouble doing it, children or

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mollyhousemouse

 

not quite me

For several days now, i’ve been “off.” Off my game; off my healthy eating; my mood is off; my enjoyment of my job is off.  i’m just OFF.  Frankly, i don’t like feeling like this.  Even my relationships are off. i had to excuse myself from the living room last night when the kids’ joking around and the dogs barking made me feel like i was about to explode.  i cried a little when i told a friend that i loved him. i know that this happens; we’re all human and life ebbs and flows. i also k

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mollyhousemouse

 

Saying I Love You

There are about a million ways to say those three words “I Love You.”                                           Have you eaten?                                         Sleep well.                                         Drive safely.                                         Grab a coat.   These are some of the ways it’s said in my house.  There are others, not as obvious, but we all know them when we hear them.   And it’s not just that way with lovers and s

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mollyhousemouse

 

Thankful

It’s Thanksgiving here in the US.  A day when many people see family they rarely get to, (or have to) spend time with.  A day that seems devoted to overeating, over drinking, and over-indulgences of other kinds rather than being thankful.  It’s a day when we see pictures like Rockwell’s Thanksgiving classic “Freedom From Want” or the dinner scene from Charlie Brown’s thanksgiving and we feel all nostalgic.  Those of us, who grew up here, recall the stories of the Pilgrim’s and their celebration

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mollyhousemouse

 

An Open Letter to Alzheimer's

Dear Alzheimer’s,    You’re just a dirty sneak thief.  You sneak in and steal from people. You don’t even have the courage to announce yourself.  Your nasty cousin, cancer, at least starts with a cough or a pain. But not you, oh no.     You waltzed in, and started taking things. Little things. Things you didn’t think would be noticed; like where the car keys had gone, or the reading glasses. “Everybody remember

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mollyhousemouse

 

Poetry Might Not Be my Thing

Back on July 16 @AC Benus posted a status update looking for volunteers to look at one of his poetry prompts.  i thought about it, and decided to try.  (it's here, if you're interested  https://www.gayauthors.org/profile/18130-ac-benus/?status=134349&type=status)     i'll show you the evolution in just a sec, but first i learned a couple of things i wanted to share.    These authors who post poems here are a very talented group.      They also work

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mollyhousemouse

 

Yes, Food Bytes, Again -- molly's Update

You all know that tim is a dear, dear friend.  And you may have gathered that was me he was talking about in the blog.   Well, i wanted to update you on some things.   First off, about 3 weeks ago, i was told that i had to limit my coffee to just 2 cups (ok they are 20 ounce cups) and that i wasn’t to have a can of soda with lunch anymore.  i am to drink at least one 32 ounce bottle of water a day, and look to increasing that. i have noticed some changes from just this little

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mollyhousemouse

 

WORDS

Words are amazing aren't they? Are we even aware of how much they can affect other people? The casual use of a nickname. A  kind “Hello” when you’re having a bad day. A softly muttered “Bite me,” when someone crosses you, or you cross someone else!   Words we use to make light of a situation; or that attempt to pretty something up, make a concept or idea less gritty, better for polite company.   Yes, words are powerful.  Think of a parent with a child.  A sharp

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mollyhousemouse

 

Just what is NORMAL?

After a few rocky weeks, our lives are returning to normal.  Well, normal for us. Two working adults, with one car, mornings starting at 4:45 AM.  Two kids in high school, one with a job, the other with after school commitments until 9 PM. Weekends are full of their events, family time, household chores and on and on ad nauseum.   People are often shocked at that. Well, yes, it seems a lot.  But it’s normal for us.   Normal, now there’s a word I’m not to sure about.  What is

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mollyhousemouse

 

Letting Go (or the day my heart broke, just a little)

Oh, my heart!   I did something hard today.  I let my almost 18 year old daughter go on a 3 day trip. A trip that will take her some 4 hours away.  OK, it’s a school trip and there are chaperones.  She’s a member of her high school’s culinary team and I am so proud to be her mom!   Her brother has been taking trips with the marching band and indoor drum line groups since middle school.  And there have been some long ones, 16-18 hours! (Texas is a BIG place!)  But neither one

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mollyhousemouse

 

Boys Are Odd Creatures

Boys are odd creatures.  Yes, they are. Don’t try to deny it. Let me explain.   i took both my boys shopping today.  (Yes i know you know i detest shopping.  i had no choice in this.  Anyway, that’s a different blog post. )   Boys, make odd noises.  They were talking, and they would accent their conversation with these strange vocalizations. i can’t even begin to describe them. Is there a gene, or other chromosomal anomaly that enables the male vocal chords to do that?  

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mollyhousemouse

 

unintended consequences

in life, there are unintended consequences. today was full of those for me.   getting ready to leave the house just before noon, i asked Phil if He'd like to go to the store with me, as i had to go to WalMart for this week's shopping, and i know He enjoys wandering around there. miracle of miracles, He said yes. He normally passes as the meandering, slow crowds try His patience.   unintended consequence number one, had to go to a pawn shop to look at a thing, some kind o

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mollyhousemouse

 

Getting Back On The Horse

Many years ago, I was hit with a horrible bout of depression. During some of the sessions with my therapist, he talked about affirmations.  I keep some on my desk at work, I have several pages of them bookmarked on my laptop, and my husband will occasionally write one on the bathroom mirror.  Reading them, seeing them, is very helpful to me. Well, last week was an absolute disaster at work, and some of that negativity carried over to my home life.  I’m still working on recovering.  In tryin

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mollyhousemouse

 

Dreamy and Cheesy

So I was talking to some friends about food the other day, and the subject of mac and cheese came up somehow.   Well I opened my mouth and said, “I have a good recipe for mac and cheese.”  So a few people wanted it. And then they said, you should put it on your blog. So, here it is.   It’s nothing fancy.  And it’s really not good for you.  But it is so good!  So good that people I work with like the leftovers!   I started with my mother’s recipe.  Adapted it with fl

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mollyhousemouse

 

Family

I took a trip recently.  It was not an easy decision to do that but I did it any way. This came out of that trip   family   I recently went to see family   People who birthed me Raised me Taught me   With whom I share genetics Parents siblings   People who made me feel Less than So Wrong   From whom I distanced myself To save myself   I recently went to see family   People who have

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