Monthly Archives: November, 2010

DIY Christmas – Day 1

It all began with the hanging of the cookie cutters and patio lights.

November 30, 2010 · 1 Comment

Over the River and Through the Woods

To Grandmother’s house we went. And I’m pooped. Our Thanksgiving trip to West Virginia began as a far-off idea, one that I’d eventually nail down for details and form into … Continue reading

November 29, 2010 · 1 Comment

How Much Did I Cost Anyway?

So the boys and I were sitting in Cracker Barrel tonight for dinner when Jeremy took the conversation in a different direction. (What else is new?) It all started when … Continue reading

November 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Made-from-Scratch Christmas

Decorations are going up all over the place, something that usually ignites my holiday flame and gets me in the mood for All Things Christmas. However, this has been a … Continue reading

November 26, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Tradition of Food

Whenever a family gathers, at least in my bunch, there is always food. Lots of food. Savory and sweet, meaty and starchy, breakfast and a big midday dinner with a … Continue reading

November 26, 2010 · Leave a comment

A New Keepsake from Mamaw

There are things that trigger memories of childhood – the random wall hanging, the collection of knick-knacks in the China cabinet, the tin ladle Papaw used to keep by the … Continue reading

November 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Meth, Crack Cocaine or Just Regular Old Cigarettes?

I’m in the market for a new form of stress relief because binge-eating Halloween candy followed by torture runs on the treadmill isn’t working anymore. I spent most of yesterday … Continue reading

November 19, 2010 · Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I need the laugh.

Best website to waste time and get a good laugh: Awkward Family Photos Some are funny, some are weird, and some just make me smile. Enjoy.

November 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Oh, Owls! Oh, Wallpaper!

I’m still wasting time on the internet looking for delightful wallpaper, because I am bound and determined to find a few prints to use in my next house (with flat, … Continue reading

November 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Jeremy, on his nana’s death

My concerns for Jeremy regarding Brenda’s death were entirely different from the ones I had for Jackson. I knew his behavior would be on par, that he could endure the … Continue reading

November 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

Fly, Fly Away

When Jackson gets excited, he flaps his arms. It’s one of those things on the Autism Checklist that landed him in the “gray area” in 2008 when we took him … Continue reading

November 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

On Ethnic Diversity

In the car this morning, Jeremy asks, “Mom, why isn’t Jackson white? He should be white since we’re brothers and I’m white.” “You don’t think he’s white?” I ask, skirting … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

November Snow

It is absolutely lovely. The holiday season has now begun. Happy Weekend!

November 12, 2010 · 3 Comments

Jackson, on his nana’s death

This is long, so kick your shoes off and stay a while. When it was time to tell the boys that Brenda had passed, I sat them both down in … Continue reading

November 11, 2010 · 1 Comment

A Smattering of Unrelated Things

- The boys and I went to the bookstore to pick up the second book in a trilogy I’m reading and ended up seeing Llama Llama Holiday Drama on display. … Continue reading

November 10, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Lesson of the Big WALL-E

[Video at the end.] Jackson has had a thing for WALL-E since last year, and it is at least every weekend he asks to watch the movie. A couple of … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

Day of Leisure

My first goal was to stay in bed this morning until the very last second possible – until a) Salem demanded I wake or b) I had to pee. I … Continue reading

November 7, 2010 · Leave a comment

There and Back in a Blink

Thanks to some very generous people here in Amarillo, the boys and I were able to fly home quickly in time for Brenda’s first visitation in Chattanooga on Tuesday night, … Continue reading

November 6, 2010 · Leave a comment

Explaining Death

The conversations I’ve been having with Jeremy the last few days have very little to do with spiritual matters. He is content with the knowledge that Nana is in heaven. … Continue reading

November 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

Time for Goodbye

My mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer yesterday afternoon, news I kept from the boys while they ran around the neighborhood with friends trick-or-treating and enjoying a night of childhood … Continue reading

November 1, 2010 · 5 Comments

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