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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Apparently the cedar is blowing down of ye olde hill, or some such like that.

All I know is that I thought I was coming down with a cold, until it hit a certain point and didn't get any worse - but didn't get any better, either. Then I knew it's allergies, and it's up to me to simply keep slogging through the day.

Lots of local honey being eaten, which helps, plus a couple other home remedies like my immune booster syrup. Hoping this gets better soon.

Then, of course, Cora started her little allergy cough last night, so we had to break out another spoon for the immune booster.


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Gotta Belong To The Club
Friday, 17 January 2014

Yesterday Maddie told me that she can’t wait until the weekend. Amused, I asked her, “What are you looking forward to doing over the weekend?”

Maddie sighed a deep sigh. “Oh, just resting, and hanging out in the clubhouse. I really need some down time.”

Yep, we’ve got our own clubhouse here. Also known as Gramma’s room.

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Why I Let My Husband Open Doors For Me
Thursday, 16 January 2014

Matt Walsh is someone I read somewhat regularly, and he recently posted an entry on chivalry from a dad/husband’s point of view, entitled “Chivalry is Out of Style”.

It’s a great read, especially if you’re raising up young men of your own. And for the record? I consider myself a strong, capable, independent woman, and I have no problem whatsoever letting someone hold a door open for me.

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Overheard at the Doctor's Office
Wednesday, 15 January 2014

We went for flu shots over the Christmas holidays, and the following conversation ensued as the nurse walked us back to the examination room:

Cora: Maddie, you know that in every epic adventure, some unimportant people die by the end, and a man and a woman get together.

Maddie: Not everyone who dies is unimportant: sometimes a somewhat important person dies too, just so the audience feels the cost of victory at the end of the story.

Nurse (staring blankly at them): I guess you guys like, um. . . (trails off)

Maddie (to nurse): We've been talking about story arcs and plot devices. Did you know that the comic relief and sidekick are often the same character?

Nurse (to me): Are these your kids?

Yes. Yes, they are.

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Found: A Desk
Monday, 13 January 2014

Cora has an insatiable love for all things artistic and crafty. She’s got a stack of things to do in her room at bedtime, including but not limited to: a rainbow loom set; an actual cross-stich (yes, she can do it all by herself); several beginning sewing kits; several sticker mosaic sets; a stack of notebooks, maze and puzzle books, and coloring books; and a full desk set, including scissors, tape, erasers, crayons, and more.

What she does not have is a desk.

Cora has a plastic lap desk that she uses for crafting in her bed. She’s also got a very nice dressing table with a big mirror, the counter of which will quickly become buried under cut up construction paper and stacks of homemade fans, which then precludes her using the storage of her dressing table.

So I’ve been looking for a desk for Cora for nearly a year now, but I had a few requirements:
1. It has to be used. I’m big on recycling/reusing whenever possible.
2. It has to be real wood, so I can re-finish it to match the rest of her room.
3. It has to fit into a very narrow, small space that’s the only available spot for a desk.
4. It has to be cheap. ‘Cause that’s how I roll.

For a long time I thought I’d never find a desk, but on Friday afternoon the girls and I hit a thrift store looking for extra silverware (‘cause that’s how I roll) and I found The Desk. Narrow, skinny, real wood, and dirt cheap.


Oh, except Cora didn’t know she needed a desk.

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