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post #141 of 202

Clay - how about books by E. Nesbit?  The Five Children and It.  The Phoenix and the Carpet.  The Enchanted Castle.  The Magic City. The Story of the Amulet is my favorite....all pretty pagan, really, for the time.  There are a number of obscureish ones, including one about a castle made of blocks that children shrunk and played in by moonlight - The Magic City?  I haven't read it since I was a child.

 

My sons are over the moon crazy in love with Bruce Coville novels. The Monsters of Morley Manor and Juliet Dove, Queen of Love have been favorites.  V. pagan.  Also his Unicorn books.  The first we read by him was the Goblins in the Castle.  Which reminds me of George Macdonald and The Princess and The Goblins.....

 

How about Roald Dahl?

 

I second the Tamora Pierce rec.  The Protector of the Small series, about a girl who takes her brother's place to train for a knight might be a good place to start with your girls.  The heroines in Pierce's books age over the course of the series and usually are having sexual relationships by the final book, so you may want to preview the later ones.

 

 

post #142 of 202

I'd totally forgotten about E nesbitt... those might be perfect!  (And there are some "younger" Andre Norton books that are specifically "magical").  My kiddos are 6yo, 3yo, and 1.5yo and very quirky when it comes to what is ok and what isn't... for example, Ro (the 3yo) adores Nightmare Before Christmas but literally will not stay in the room if there is an ad for Wall-E (she even hides from Wall-E images in stores).  And Laia (6yo) is similar.  So I've decided to just go for the off-beat and slightly twisted morality tales since the straight up classics seem to leave them crying.  We tried James and the Giant Peach and it wasn't a hit, but I wonder of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory might go over better?  Or perhaps the BFG?  I remember BFG was a read aloud at school in second grade so it might work...

 

Narnia- I know many people didn't see the Christian themes (DH read the series as a young teen and didn't notice anything till I pointed it out a few years after we met) but I seriously can not have those books in my house.  Narnia, A Pilgrim's Progess, Hind's Feet on High Places, The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength)... all those books literally make me feel sick to my stomach.  It's odd because I don't have a similar reaction to other "adult" religious fantasy (from the over-the-top stuff like Piercing the Darkness to the more subdued Joshua books) and I'm totally fine with the Christian assumptions/symbology of many classic works of literature (from children's lit like Macdonald's books up to adult lit like the Lord of the Rings which is actually a pretty strong component in "why I am the sort of Pagan I am").  I think it comes down to a sense of the author's purpose, maybe?  CS Lewis is a great author and a fascinating person, but his post-conversion fantasy writing is almost... well, it's like he traded actual literature for propaganda wrapped in literary form.  Some is more open than others (and I have less of a problem with the Screwtape Letters for example than I do with Narnia), but the subtext that if you're a good person you're "really" Christian even if you don't know it yet just puts my teeth on edge and the hidden marketing to children just pushes it over the top.  I understand convert zeal, I really do, but argh!  I remember being about 7 or 8 and "figuring out" the whole Narnia backstory and being absolutely furious (and insulted that he thought he was being so sneaky)... and that was even as a devoted and observant orthodox Catholic.  Of course, I think I was mostly annoyed that he wasn't shouting his religious affiliation/purpose from the rooftops but still.  LOL

 

Sorry... didn't mean to go all ranty there.  It's just that Narnia is a real trigger for me in terms of memories of spiritual abuse.  And yes, I realize that CS Lewis never made it "all the way" to the Roman Catholic Church.  It was one of the factors that ultimately led to Lewis and Tolkien parting ways.

 

Maia- well, it's ten feet long but only about a foot high.  LOL  We have lots of rocks on our property and I've been dragging them into order, mostly to create "square foot garden" units or "do not walk on my flowers oh you crazy children" spaces.  With the sunny and warm weather today (high 50s, low 60s!) the kiddos mostly dug holes and played with worms while I went back and forth and back and forth and back and forth from the woods to the area I'm walling in now.  I'm actually using these particular stone walls as a feng shui remedy... our house is shapes like an L now that we have the addition on tha back and the "missing bit" is wealth/fame.  Not good!  So while I have some remedies hanging inside, I'm also aligning these particular walls to create a sort of extension of our house, "filling in" the missing portion.  I think it'll end up being nice... I circled the lemon balm with a stone wall, I built a sort of rectangle around the space that holds the hostas, and then a larger square enclosure that will probably be a sort of meditation garden.  I want to build at least one more rectangle, probably three more but at least one, to hold rainbow chard.  The veggie garden is on the hill next to the chicken run, but we love chard, and rainbow chard is so pretty.... so at least one rectangle of rainbow shard, and another rectangle of rosemary and lavender plants.  (or one of rosemary and one of lavender)

 

I'll admit I'm handicapped by the fact that I really don't enjoy being outside/getting sweaty/digging dirt but the end results are worth it and I just can't help myself!  After I cleaned out the existing flower beds and helped the girls plant seeds in a few of them I felt like I'd actually done something.  Huzzah!  (oh, the girls planted chamomile, poppies, and johnny jump ups... I have a bunch of marigold seeds ready for another space too)

 

OK, Dh jsut went to bed and I'd better turn in too!  night all...

 

post #143 of 202


 

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Was up in the night with a very sudden very sore throat - going to try to get in to my dr today for a throat swab.  It is very like my pattern for strep throat and I do NOT want to be dealing with that over the holiday.  I need to take some master tonic but not on an empty stomach.



Hope you feel better.



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Two weeks exactly till I see M energy.gifluxlove.gif


How exciting:)  I hope those two weeks don't drag along:)

 



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ktg, Cari moved recently and has had internet connection issues, I believe.  Hope she is back soon - I miss her posts, too!

Me too.
 

 



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I want to get a "tree of tales" tattoo (a tree shape, but made up of quotations)...

 



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Things at work...well, stink. I've been uncomfortable with things, and they've gotten worse. I don't know that I want to go totally into it here, but basically, I'm waiting for the other ball to drop, and have my coworker go off on me. The worst part? I didn't even do anything wrong, other than listening to my coworker go off on tirades at work, and my boss confronting me on it for my implicit role. I don't want things to get any worse for my coworker, but I'm not going to lie about what is happening. My coworker is exactly like my toxic mother was (she's long deceased) so I have a hard time telling her to be, well, a reasonable person because it'll go over like a lead balloon. But now I'm going to be painted as a stool pigeon or something. UGH!!!  I have no idea what to do other than try to explain to my boss exactly what I have told you all.

 

Not exactly looking forward to the weekend. We're headed to NJ on Friday, then another 1 1/2 hour trip to see relatives we don't really like, and back home Sunday. We were kind of hoping to have a late Passover seder, but DH's grandmother won't do it because seders are for the first two nights only. Whatever. but I'm trying my hand at GF matzo balls, so let's hope they work out.

 

 


I hope the work issues get solved quickly.  It's difficult to go to a place everyday with all that going on.  Hope your trip is good.

 



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Oh, the letter to my mom. I think it's finished. I sent it to M to get his opinion, and he thinks it's good as is. Probably will send tomorrow. Ugh. She has no idea at all that there was any problem. I really hate opening a can of worms. But if I don't, it will keep happening, and it's not acceptable. I just wish I'd sent it when it was really acute, like the day after we got home. It just took me that long to compose it. Ugh, ugh, and ugh.


Thinking about you, hope the letter is received well by your Mom.  I once wrote my father a long letter pouring my heart out all he said was "I don't agree", oh well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clay I just want to mention that Tattoo sounds awesome!!

post #144 of 202

wow about the narnia book. i had never even heard of or thought about it that way. interesting.

 

well i haven't been getting on here too much lately. I have been kinda busy. Which is cool bc usually i would not have had enough energy to stay busy. pretty cool. i have been baking bread, restoring a cast iron dutch oven, figuring out how to can chicken broth, going to 5 different stores every time I need to get groceries, doing laundry, packing school lunches, making stuff from scratch, and going to doctor appts. that was the last 2 days. that is 300% more than i used to do.

 

i did take the kids to a geneticist. she diagnosed me and my son as having ehlers-danlose syndrome type 3. a connective tissue disorder. totally explains almost every symptom etc the hypoglycemia. but hopefully we will be able to figure that out too. but for now i am thick into the deep pf figuring out what we can eat and what we need to eat. oh and blogging. i started that too. mostly so that if there is someone out there like me, maybe they will find it and they will learn something. i dont really have anybody to teach me, i have been figuring it all out on my own. i have found lots of places to find helpful info and i want to share what i learned with other people who are like me.

 

http://as-above-so-below.blogspot.com/

 

i plan on taking pictures regularly of the things i make and recipes i come up with.

 

oh and the EDS explains the way cold hurts my hands too.

post #145 of 202

Lioness- It must be both good to have a diagnosis, but at the same time, hard to grasp and understand. *hugs* Does the fibro just another layer or are you not considered to have fibro anymore?  I hope the dietician can give you some good ideas, helping the kids make changes must be hard.

 

We visited the Roger Tory Peterson Institute today, and watched all the pretty birds as they flew to the feeders. At one point all the birds the were snacking flew away, they parted in the middle, some going to the left, the others to the right. They left so suddenly, almost like a weird parting of the sea moment. hehe I wish I had a picture of that.

post #146 of 202
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View PostNarnia- I know many people didn't see the Christian themes (DH read the series as a young teen and didn't notice anything till I pointed it out a few years after we met)

 

probably three more but at least one, to hold rainbow chard.  The veggie garden is on the hill next to the chicken run, but we love chard, and rainbow chard is so pretty

 

I don't see it, either. The only part that seemed overtly Christian to me was the part about "Daughter of Eve" and "Son of Adam". I honestly don't see the rest at all! I'd have to have it pointed out, too. Maybe I'll just stay ignorant, lol, because I have only seen the first movie, which I loved, and I want to see the others.

 

Oh, I SO love rainbow chard yummy.gif



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Originally Posted by redveg View PostHow exciting:)  I hope those two weeks don't drag along:)

Thinking about you, hope the letter is received well by your Mom.  I once wrote my father a long letter pouring my heart out all he said was "I don't agree", oh well. 

 

They won't drag. It's going to be an utter whirlwind, because DS leaves for his class trip the day before, so I've got uber packing to do, and our ex-roomie is going to pick DS up that Friday when he gets back, and I won't get back till after the weekend.

 

The letter-- I sent it. I've been rather down in the dumps most of the day over it. I hate that I feel that way, I hate that I felt compelled to write it, I hate that I had to send it. I hate that my Mom doesn't even know I felt that way, and I know she will be blindsided by the news of what I wrote in there. Which is another thing I hate, because I've felt that way for a LONG time, and we had a confrontation a couple years ago over a very similar situation. There have been smallish confrontations over the years, but only this time have I realized they're a constant theme. Each incident isn't isolated, like I guess I thought greensad.gif I'm just so sad. My mom doesn't like me. She loves me, very much, I know, and my son too, but she doesn't like us at all. We're an embarrassment and an inconvenience. It just really hurts.



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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Postwell i haven't been getting on here too much lately. I have been kinda busy. Which is cool bc usually i would not have had enough energy to stay busy. pretty cool. i have been baking bread, restoring a cast iron dutch oven, figuring out how to can chicken broth, going to 5 different stores every time I need to get groceries, doing laundry, packing school lunches, making stuff from scratch, and going to doctor appts. that was the last 2 days. that is 300% more than i used to do.

 

oh and the EDS explains the way cold hurts my hands too.




You have been busy! But it sounds like a really good busy.

 

My hands suffer from constant cold lately, too headscratch.gif I have Reynaud's in two or three fingers, but that's not it. Plus the hand injury in the beginning of March is finally starting to really heal, I think (as in 'feel normal') but it feels extra cold, now, too. It's most uncomfortable.

post #147 of 202

Hello lovely mamas :)  Sorry I haven't been 'around' for the better part of a month.. maybe more?? We are finally all moved in, but still getting some non essentials unpacked honestly!  Nothing is hung up on the walls yet even lol.  I have been working about 4 evenings a week, plus every other weekend, so I'm just wiped out and feel like I never have time to get anything done.  When I signed on I was set to work about 4 days a fortnight,  now it's over double that most of the time :(    My supervisor is leaving, and causing havoc on his way out.... he isn't officially gone till the end of may but ye gods, I don't know if our service will survive that long!  We are actually (me and two trusted coworkers) suspicious that he is attempting to make sure that the service looks bad and does not get continued funding now that he's going.  So, I am slyly job hunting just in case.. not happy at all.  

 

This past week my dh's van just died.. and I mean died... the timing belt broke and the amount it would cost just to get it pulled apart and looked at was insane.  And also more than we're willing to pay (or more than we had on hand! lol)  SO  we are now the proud owners of a 08 toyota hiace vann (just your avg white panel delivery van hehe)  and dh is SO happy that he will not have any more worries about reliability issues with his job.  Now we are saving up a bit of cash so we can repair the old one to sell off. 

 

It's school holidays here right now... the boys are off till next wednesday!  They've been off since Friday last week so it's a nice 10ish day break.  Just before the break, Lucas had a VERY. BAD.DAY at school and had to spend the day in admin.   He's having issues with frustration, being able to concentrate, and some social issues (although he DOES Have a couple of friends that we see often around the park) so we've been working with the guidance team to get extra supports in place to help him out, and I've gotten a referral to a ped. for the middle of June (soonest available) to see if they can help.     Connor on the other hand, is doing FABULOUSLY.  So at least I get a break there ;) 

 

The new house & neighborhood rock... the kids are over at the park as often as not lol, as it is literally across the street.  Almost every afternoon a couple of their friends from school knock on the door to see if they want to play handball or hit the park.  They're really loving that, as our old neighborhood was not that sort of place at all.  Loving sitting out on the little veranda (it's really a covered patio, but doesn't veranda sound nicer? hehe)  drinking coffee with hubby and watching the kookaburra's and owls (tawny frogmouths) swoop around in the evenings.   We still have no lead time on proper internet and it's annoying as hades,  but we're hoping it won't be TOO long.  

 

DH just came home from the park, apparently one of the boys friends' just broke his arm!  Poor kid,  really lucky though that dh was there with Quinn or the poor boy would have never made it home.  DH farmed out the various kids to go get his parents, and to help him sit up in case he got dizzy and they got him loaded into the car and off to the ER.  I had just evicted daim from the computer so I could work on the budget & bills, which led to him going to the park.. convenient!  I'll pop over tonight maybe, to make sure he is ok and introduce myself to his mum I think.

 

I'll try not to be such a stranger, but it's hard to do a lot online with this silly mobile net... it cuts out all the time and half the time I end up raging in frustration at the silly thing!   Much love to you mamas!

 

 

post #148 of 202

Hi again. I'll try to keep up but I'm busy and tired these days. I haven't had a chance to read through everything but I miss you mamas.

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Welcome back Cari and unschoolin'! Missed you!!

 

I'm feeling such horrible guilt over sending that letter to my mom. I know it was necessary and I know I needed to get my feelings out, but now I'm second-guessing myself and wondering if maybe I should have just left well enough alone without causing MORE trouble. It's also a huge respect issue-- I wasn't raised like that, to confront my parents on things. I'm feeling so anxious and sad. I'm feeling so sorry for probably hurting my mom. I'm also feeling like I'm 14 again, or something-- why can't I feel like a grown-up with her? Dang.

 

It really needed to get out, though. I was building stuff up inside and that's not healthy. All these years, though, I've thought our family was the least dysfunctional I know, compared to friends and what-not. It's really disappointing to find that it wasn't, maybe, after all, and that I was possibly delusional about it. Also I think that my mom-- she was awesome when I was a kid, being all involved with PTA and helping with homework and being the best SAHM in the world and making our lunches every day and making us clothes and taking us places and giving hugs and reading stories. But I think what happened is, I think she "did her duty" and really doesn't like kids at all and wants her life back. Which doesn't include family, I dunno. Ugh.

post #150 of 202

Happy Earth Day ladies!

 

I hope you're feeling better Aubergine.

 

Witchy, good luck getting the issue resolved w/ your co-worker.

 

Maia- I hope your mom sees where she can do things differently & responds with love. hug2.gif

My DS is only 4 and he says crap from time to time. When he thinks that something is hilarious, he'll say it & slap his leg. I'd prefer that he didn't, but I'm not really bothered by it. He says plenty of other curses too. Sheepish.gif My FIL told my that he caught the tail of DS talking to SIL and it went something like, "sh*t and h*ll and d*mn!"  I always tell him that just because he hears it that doesn't mean he needs to say it...at least we've stayed clear of the F bomb and other more vulgar ones!

 

Well, I had more responses, but a dirty diaper & a hungry boy called me away & I've forgot the rest. Wishing you all well, sorry about the generic nature of that!

 

We are cat sitting. I really want a kitty, but we've decided to wait until we're done with diapers & have more income. This little visit is nice though, except for the drool. He is the only cat I ever knew to drool when he's happy.

 

Oh, and books. It's been awhile since I read this one, but The Birth Of The Fire-bringer is a good one about a unicorn. I want to re-read it, but the library didn't have a copy. I'll try to think of more.

 

Have a great day!

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Originally Posted by mommamanjari View PostMaia- I hope your mom sees where she can do things differently & responds with love. hug2.gif

My DS is only 4 and he says crap from time to time. When he thinks that something is hilarious, he'll say it & slap his leg. I'd prefer that he didn't, but I'm not really bothered by it. He says plenty of other curses too. Sheepish.gif My FIL told my that he caught the tail of DS talking to SIL and it went something like, "sh*t and h*ll and d*mn!"  I always tell him that just because he hears it that doesn't mean he needs to say it...at least we've stayed clear of the F bomb and other more vulgar ones!

 

Well, I don't think she will, but you never know. I think I have caused an irreparable rift, perhaps, but time will tell. I still hold out hope. She has failed me utterly. And I, obviously, have failed her. I'm trying to work on forgiveness but I'm nowhere near there, yet.

 

There's a huge difference btw 4 and 10, though! My ds-- it's like he tries to create bad habits, and then can't undo them. Like, when he was little, from age 2-7, we lived next door to our babysitter, who's a Baptist preacher's dd. I raised ds not to say "Oh my God", because, especially living here in the south, it could easily offend someone, and he said "Oh my gosh" for years and years-- till maybe last year. And even though it was an ingrained habit to say "gosh", he now says "God" and I have to correct him constantly. Also, he's now chewing with his mouth open and I have to threaten to take away food until he can be aware-- because I say something every single bite sometimes. He's never done that before, even when he was little. It's so obnoxious!

 

I'm in a huge funk. I was able to release some tears earlier-- I realized I'm in a state of huge grief. HUGE. Over the relationship that I thought I had with my mom (my whole family, actually), over the relationship that I kept hoping it would be, and over the relationship that it's not. I'm heartbroken and really, really sad. I so hope we can move past this. I dunno, though.

 

Now I'm feeling that I ought to call my brother-- before he calls me and says "WTF did you say to Mom?"-- which, probably won't happen because my mom has *sort of* gotten better at not spreading this thing to that one, and vice versa, but this is big and she just might.

Thank the Gods that my brother has, and has had, his own huge issues with our mom, and some of it is very similar, especially when his girls were little, so I can always remind him of that.

 

I wish I could talk to M. He gets out of work right around the time my friend is supposed to come over. I'm not much up for company, but I miss her-- don't see her much since she moved across town- and it's been like two weeks. I hope it'll be a good distraction.

He called me at like 11:30 last night-- I'd been HARD asleep, but he was tossing and turning, feeling all guilty because he thought HE was the one to cause this, my writing the letter to my mom. But then he knows what's been going on, and he's totally on my side. I assured him it was something I couldn't gloss over anymore, and it's not his fault. But I'm lacking sleep because I had trouble falling back asleep, and I'm tired. Cranky, upset, and tired.

post #152 of 202

Hugs Maia, I actually would call your brother with a heads up... I know I used to call my brother after "words" with my mom just so he'd be prepared and/or hear my side of the encounter too.  It's sort of dysfunctional, but sometimes necessary.  Hang in there!

 

Lioness... hugs over the diagnosis and path ahead of you!  And Cari, happy hugs to you to over the good move (though boo hiss to dead vehicles).

 

We have some good news... today's u/s showed no signs of ovarian problems so I am officially "off" cancer watch!  AND we're having a girl!  Laia and Rowan are thrilled and even though I'm a bit disappointed that Torin will remain outnumbered by his female sibs forever... well, YAY!  I'm all happy and excited and so is DH.  We have a name picked out (to be revealed at birth) but her middle name is Giovanna so the girls will probably come up with a nickname based on that.  (the kiddos learn the name at birth too since otherwise they'd tell everyone lol).

 

narnia- Well, Lewis didn't like the way in which people described Narnia as "just" alegorical/evangelical writing.  But he was also very up front that Narnia evolved along with his faith and that Narnia represents a re-telling of Christianity in a different setting (what if there was a world of animals, how would God redeem that world?).  And he used to tell children to think very hard about Aslan and "see if they could figure out" who else they knew loved them, was sent by a powerful Father, died for their sins in fulfillment of the law, came back to life, and would always guide them towards good and away from evil if they listened/freely chose to follow him.  There are a number of "big" similarities other than Aslan (evil enters Narnia through disobedience at the hands of a woman for example) and also "smaller" similarities (bible quotes used in dialog or settings, scenes taken out of hymns, etc).  BeliefNet has a really short overview of a few of them here.  But there are literally libraries worth of books about the role of Narnia in Christian evangelism (and the importance of the films in bringing Christianity to a new generation), and the role of Lewis as a powerful Christian evangelical author.  It's actually kind of interesting to see how his growing beliefs shaped the fantasy genre in Narnia and the science fiction genre in the Space Trilogy (where angel/spirits guide individual planets... Earth was guided by the best/brightest but that spirit fell and took the planet with him.  Our hero has traveled to a new planet and learns "the truth" from the beings and spirit of that planet)... things like Screwtape Letters were much more specific (senior devil writing letters to his inept nephew who was on his first tour of duty, tempting humans away from God) but probably less effective in terms of evangelism.  Oh, and there's a creepy story by Neil Gaiman (though aren't all Gaiman stories creepy?) called The Problem With Susan (or something similar) that builds off of the fate or Susan in the last Narnia book.

 

I guess I don't have a problem with the kiddos reading Narnia when they go off to college if they want, but kind of like the adult Susan in the Gaiman story, those books don't have a place in my home.  Which is a surprisingly strong statement from a pro-freedom of information librarian and caregiver to thousands of books, some of which are most certainly "worse" than Narnia.  I did try to watch the films (and the older BBC productions) but couldn't stand more than a few minutes.  I guess I'll have to settle for His Dark Materials when the kiddos are older... lol.

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Clay- woot, 3 girls! Giovanna is a beautiful name!

 

Maia- *hugs*

 

 

post #154 of 202

Why oh why am I so bad about keeping up here!

 

Its such a cycle..I dont really "know" anyone so its hard to keep track and respond to posts...but duh, until I do that I wont really "know" anyone.  

 

So, hello again....hoping (yet again) to hang around more and be more active.

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Welcome back Cari and unschoolin'! Missed you!!

 

I'm feeling such horrible guilt over sending that letter to my mom. I know it was necessary and I know I needed to get my feelings out, but now I'm second-guessing myself and wondering if maybe I should have just left well enough alone without causing MORE trouble. It's also a huge respect issue-- I wasn't raised like that, to confront my parents on things. I'm feeling so anxious and sad. I'm feeling so sorry for probably hurting my mom. I'm also feeling like I'm 14 again, or something-- why can't I feel like a grown-up with her? Dang.

 

It really needed to get out, though. I was building stuff up inside and that's not healthy. All these years, though, I've thought our family was the least dysfunctional I know, compared to friends and what-not. It's really disappointing to find that it wasn't, maybe, after all, and that I was possibly delusional about it. Also I think that my mom-- she was awesome when I was a kid, being all involved with PTA and helping with homework and being the best SAHM in the world and making our lunches every day and making us clothes and taking us places and giving hugs and reading stories. But I think what happened is, I think she "did her duty" and really doesn't like kids at all and wants her life back. Which doesn't include family, I dunno. Ugh.


Ty :D  I'm trying to pop in when I can!  We're over at the in laws for the day, having a lovely lunch and hanging out with mum while the men do some fit outs on Daim's new van :)    I dont' have a chance to get caught up on the whole thread, so I have NO idea what's up with your mom, but I hope she handles it better than you are thinking hun. 

 

Tomorrow is unpacking boxes and hanging stuff on the walls, both tasks that have been on the back burner because of the amount I've been working.  Will be nice to be at HOME though, and get some stuff done!  
 

 



 

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Hi all!

 

Only have a sec, since I am at class all weekend, but wanted to share a couple pics!

 

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Cool! What are they?

post #158 of 202

Hi Greenmagick!

 

Sweetsunshine - that looks like when I made master tonic and layered ingredients in a jar before pouring acv on them.  You are brewing up some potions in your herb class this weekend, I'm guessing?

 

 

Congratulations, Clay!  I read and enjoyed the Narnia books as a child but they certainly aren't on my list of books to read to my own children.  They are on my shelf, though, and may be stumbled upon.  Right now, my dd is reading a lot of Orson Scott Card's SF and fantasy, speaking of Christian writers, and we are having some interesting discussions.  

 

Great to see you here, Cari!

 

Hugs, Maia -- I'm having one of those emotional/physical rough weeks too.  Taking the Star of Bethehem flower essence and the Nat Mur cell salt to release some of my issues.  

 

Ah -phone for me, gotta post and run.

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Scott Card is especially interesting given that there aren't a lot of "big name/mainstream bookstore" authors with his religious background/convictions (Mormon and a very interstingly complex guy when it comes to hot button topics).  There are a few of his short stories that I read as a young adult that still haunt me today (mostly from the Maps in the Mirror collection... huh, I'd forgotten he wrote Mikal's Songbird).  Which books/series are you reading?

 

We had fun at the world record event yesterday and got a lot fo ccol swag, but OY!  The emotional overloads and tantrums that resulted due to a whole day of crazy hectic energy.  We're still dealing with the residual meltdown energies and ugh.  Not fun.  But I think it was worth it... it was fun, it was once in a lifetime, it was social, and so on.  The girls got their faces painted, Torin got to run around like a gooney bird and make history, DH and I got a bunch of samples and door prizes, and DH and Torin "won" a Music Together cd for being the most participatory duo in the Music Together demo class.  :)  DH totally didn't believe it when I said they were calling for him on the loud speaker.  I just wish the day hadn't turned into hours of meltdowns.

 

I think that one day of partial sun may have been it for spring... since then the temps have dropped, the clouds have moved in, and while they claim it may get into the 60s soon it was freezing rain for much of the night.  Sort of a freezing drizzle with now and then torrential downpours of slush.  Sigh.  I just want sunny days and mid-upper 60s.  It's nearly May after all and I think I've been very patient!  lol 

 

Those herbal blends look so pretty... what's in them?

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I give up, I am officially sick- fever, general tiredness and yesterday was full of aches and pains. Sent the kids with my hubby to my moms. I am drinking water and just relaxing.

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