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A friend’s wisdom

Today I called Susan to ask her where she got the ribbons for a music festival because I was trying to get some custom ribbons made as awards for and upcoming ward activity. Somehow the conversation turned to various problems we were having. My temple recommend is only half-way signed. I went to the Bishop at the beginning of December to get it done, but with the snowfall and visitors and such I haven’t been in for the Stake President interview. And truth is, I get so ***AnGrY**** everytime I think about going to the Stake President interview I may have resisted going a teensy bit. Our stake leadership sends out these reminder letters every few months asking us to…

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Garden Beginning

Last year I printed out a planting calendar developed by Virginia Master Gardeners to know when I should plant stuff in out garden. I have been curious about succession planting and wondered if I could do it in out little garden plot. We have a garden that produces well even though it’s only about 12 x 15 feet. Last year I had Jared dig me out a hole about 18-24 inches deep (borrowed Ray Humphries’ Bobcat), put concrete blocks around the outside, and we filled it with garden soil from Newton’s. WOW. The soil was so good, it just cranked out the veggies. We did so well in fact, that I can’t wait to start again this year. There’s just…

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I must shout to be heard

DS is now 11, and I find myself falling into bad habits as a mother. When I was a young mother, I prided myself on having obedient children. I read every reputable book on parenting I could choke down and applied what I thought was the best information. I remember the most helpful things I learned about were timeout, never ask a question to which the answer might be unacceptable, and discipline immediately. I was (and still am) proud of how well behaved my kids were. I rarely had to put them in timeout, rarely needed to spank, and never had to ask them twice to do something. Our lives were pretty peaceful (if lonely for me — the loneliness/usless-feelingness…

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Lazy lzy

I’ve been down in the dumps, on top of a cold thing and coupled with being snowed in with no sun – it’s been a completely wasted week. I feel useless but I’m still unmotivated. The winter here has been unusually rough. We got snowed in with about 20 inches in December and again this weekend with 20+ inches falling in 24 hours. The kids went to school for a short day only one day last week, and school was cancelled for Monday and Tuesday this week. I expect we will not be able to go back to school until Thursday or Friday, because another storm that could drop 8 inches is coming again Tuesday night. (Keep in mind tho,…

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