Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Never Have I Ever . . .

Never have I ever shoplifted.
Nope, I've never shoplifted.  Matter of fact, when I was a teen / young adult, I was always worried that clerks would *think* I had dastardly plans when I didn't.  So I probably seemed guilty 'cause I was already extra-conscious of my movements!  ;) 
Never have I ever fainted.
Nope, never.
Never have I ever hitchhiked.
Apparently I did, when I was about 4/5 years old!  One of my Montessori school teachers rented a little cabin from my folks (on our property), and she and I were on our way home when the car broke down.  Mama Pea may be able to add more to the story, but my young teacher decided to hitchhike (with me in tow, natch) home! Needless to say, I don't think Mama & Papa Pea were well pleased with her.  Thank goodness it was the (more innocent?) '70s!
Never have I ever gone surfing.
Nope, never!  I don't think I have a great sense of balance, so such an attempt would be disastrous, I suspect.  ;)

Never have I ever gone vegan.

Umm, no.  Give up cheese?  Butter?  I think not.
Never have I ever bungee jumped.
And I never will!!!  For some odd reason, I can contemplate sky-diving (?!!!) but not, no way, bungee jumping.  Which makes no sense.  Besides, I'm scared of heights.  But I love flying.  Hmmmmm.
Never have I ever ridden an animal.
Oh, you mean, like, an emu?  Nope, never an emu.  Or an elephant.  Or a Komodo dragon.  But a horse, yes.  Donkey, yes.  Just not well.

Never have I ever broken a bone.

True!  I've never broken a bone!  I *should* have, a couple of times, but I come from a long line of strong-boned women (and men)!
Never have I ever dined and dashed.
Uh, no.  WTH, people?!
Never have I ever jumped from a roof.
See above about heights.  ;)
Never have I ever tasted cat food.
Gross!  But I do remember tasting my dog's dry food with a girlfriend at a sleepover in my early teens.
Never have I ever eaten anything uncooked.
I.  Love.  Sushi.  Also, it's a trick question:  veggies!  ;)

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Fun Questions

1. Who was your worst teacher? Why?
Mr. G.  He was a jerk to everyone but his very few chosen "favorites".  Two of his more memorable actions were him taking his belt off and using it to strap a slouching boy "straight up" (posture) in his chair or whipping broken pieces of chalk at inattentive kids during class. 

2. Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Mrs. McK.  My kindergarten teacher.  She was comforting to snuggle up to during story time and SO nice.
3. What was your favorite toy growing up?
Probably my big brown stuffed dog.  Mom, did he have a name?  Or (sigh & shudder), no, my Barbies!

4. If you could time travel, when would you go?
Probably the pioneer era.  Or the Victorian era.

5. What’s your best childhood memory?

Oi vey!  Probably just growing up on the 80-acre homestead my folks farmed, in general.
6. What’s your pet peeve?

Oh, but I have so many!  ;)  Stupid people.  Kids not listening.  Having to tell them something 1,624 times before they actually listen.

7. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
Wanting to do things MY way.  ;)  And/or hoping to see the best in people and waiting too long for that to appear (to my own detriment).

8. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
This is one of my favorites.  And the quote is not the exact one I was told, but basically "He makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children."  (Psalm 113:9)

9. If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what name would you pick?
Harriet VonHasenPfeffer.  I don't know?!!!!

10. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Being a constant, loving person in the lives of all my littles.

11. Which of your friends are you proudest of? Why?
That's hard:  to pick just one.  But probably my best friend since we were 5 years old (43 years now!).  She lived through a hellish childhood, has a brilliant mind and the most wicked sense of humor I know and is raising two amazing children who call me 'Una'.

12. Do you feel like a leader or a follower?
Depends on the day and situation.  I'd *prefer* to be a follower (seems like they have it easier?), but I suspect I tend more towards the leader characteristics.

13. When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Sitting outside on my deck (even in the winter unless it's crazy cold) with a BIG glass of wine.  Or two.  Or . . . .  ;)

14. Which would be harder for you to give up: coffee or alcohol?
Coffee!  Even all the kids know that I need my coffee first thing!  One day last summer, as I had the twins and their big sister loaded in their van and was pulling out of the driveway, my little man shouted, "Bopee!  Your coffee!  I see the cup in your car!"  Sweet boy.  It was already empty, anyway.  ;)

15. What catch phrase do you most enjoy using?

"Uffda."  Apparently I say it a lot.  The 18-month old I have each day even says it.  In proper context!  ;)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Hidden Waterfall

On Saturday, my dear friend - whose house I'm often at with the twins & their big sister - and I took the 4 1/2 year olds to The Hidden Falls.  This is an amazing, fairly-unknown treasure.  Case in point, I lived about 5 miles from it at Swamp River and Never.  Knew.  About.  It!  (Susan, this is where you and I hiked.)

Crazy, huh?

The path is pretty short but a little steep in places:

But check it out!

While we were dangling our feet in the river, an ebony jewelwing (damselfly) landed on my big toe!  No pictures (especially these!) could do it justice - they have brilliant teal green bodies and black, iridescent wings.  The sun spotlights every single facet of their make-up.

Above image courtesy of the web.

The adventurous little man *outwardly* enjoyed it seemingly more than his more tentative sister, but she had just as much fun!  It looks like I've left him in a rather dangerous situation in the above  left picture (!!), but he's sitting down in the water.  Promise!  😊

After the morning's adventure and during a super quick stop at Mama & Papa Pea's (I didn't even let the kids out of the car), Papa Pea gifted little Twin Girl with a very freshly-laid goose egg.  She didn't let go of it for the rest of the day!  (Pardon the outfit - after swimming at the campground lake in the afternoon, she opted for the comfy look.)  Here we are, getting gas before heading home.

There was much discussion and a bit of contention regarding the consumption of this egg, but I assured them that it was big enough that it could be shared three ways come Sunday morning breakfast!  💗

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Today's My Birthday

Today's my 47th birthday, so I thought I'd (try to!) start blogging again!

I haven't blogged for an AGE.  At least a year and a half, I think.  But I'm starting to feel like me again (due to a recent big change - stayed tuned), and so perhaps I'll find make the time to blog again on a regular basis.  I miss being a part of the blogging community.  And, for family and friends who want to keep an eye on me (smirk!), it sure is a great way to do it!

Should I invent a new name for this blog, this continuing saga of my life?  Or should I just simply call it 'Chicken Mama's Blog'?  I'm open to suggestions!!

So, a quick answer to "what are you doing these days, Chicken Mama?"  Primarily, I'm nannying and caretaking a VERY busy AirBnB.  Between those two jobs, I try to get 1 day off each week, but it more often works out to about 3 days off each month.  (In the crazy-busy summertime.)

 We had fun with silly phone apps today:

But that was AFTER we made old-fashioned strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries from Mama Pea's garden!

I still do some upkeep on the websites I built for local companies with my little web and graphic design business, but I do NOT advertise for new gigs.  While I know I'm good at that work, I just don't much enjoy it.  Besides, I still want to build MY website to sell my own and other local crafts.  Oh, for unlimited time and money . . . .

The twins and their big sister are doing really well.  They are 4 1/2 (already!) and 8 1/2, respectively.  I get them each Saturday, and my time with them is the highlight of my week!

I also got two new babies (in my life) this spring!  Both little boys, one born in March and one in May.  My "adopted daughter" and her hubby had a very successful home water birth with only a midwife and doulas, and then the mama of two of my other littles had her much-anticipated third son (there's almost 7 years between the middle kiddo and this little bundle)!

March Baby Boy
May Baby Boy

I've still not moved in to the trailer at the campground that my dear friend and her hubby run.  There are a few reasons for that.  While I have slept there a couple of times, I still don't have everything set up as it really needs to be.  Kitchen still not complete (refrig is grumpy, I need to get a new counter top set up to hold the appliances, sink leaks, blah, blah, blah), no furniture in the living room, etc., etc.

Then there was this spring's infestation of carpenter ants in the new, wood rear (bedroom) of the trailer.  That came after all the work that The Man did on the roof last fall FAILED (no fault of his own - just an old trailer with a flat roof), and the brand new mattress bought last year absorbed about 100 gallons of water from the winter's snowmelt.

And then I need to re-level the trailer after the winter's frost shifted it around a bit.  And move the LP tanks, get a longer line for them and hook the gas back up.

Despite all that, though, I have made it (barely) comfortable enough to have the kiddos there once in a while when I nanny.  Of course, those days are all sunny ones when the majority of the time is spent at the lake (that the campground is situated on)!

Because of my schedule and the fact that I'm now just one person (vs. the original plan of there being two of us living at the campground to help), I'm not taking over any portion of managing it (as once hoped).  I take care of the three outhouses, and that's about it.  I do nanny for free one day a week so the rather extensive grounds can be mowed by one of "my" mamas, and I feel good that I can do that to help the family cause.

So, my single state.  Probably, the less said the better.  But, after two years and as of last week, he's back in the big city 2 hours south of here - working in a slightly different capacity for the same organization he left when he moved up here.  I think it's a super good fit for him, and I think he will be much happier.

Happier.  Am I happier?  Yes!  As I tell the kids when they ask "what happened?", we just weren't meant for each other.  We had a good run, we both had high hopes, it didn't work out.  Pretty much end of story.

So, that's me right now!  Very busy but loving life.  Constantly looking for down time but taking each day at it comes.  (That sounds like I'm depressed.  No!  On the contrary!  Just busy - like we all are!)

Now for the real test . . . do I still have any readers?  Other than you, Mom (Mama Pea).  💟

Final random note:  Kitty (Jinx) brought me a frog in bed the other night.  I wasn't impressed.  It was better than a mouse, though.  And as long as it's not a spider, I almost don't care what she "presents" me with after her midnight wanderings!