Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dear Readers ~ Spring 2011

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Dear Readers,
Thank you each for reading along and to those of you that leave your thoughts in a comment form! Sometimes I end up taking on more than I can juggle, ok, so I do this all the time!!! But lately I have taken a bit more into my "Things To Do" list than humanly possible. Something just has to give. So what I am getting to? I need to prioritize my list, and this blog will need to take a little break, so that I can focus on the items to the top of the list and stop feeling guilty that I haven't r
e typed one of MaryJanes and I's letters. What you might not know is that since MaryJanes and her husband sold their house, they along with their three beautiful, sweet,, you get it, children have moved into a portion of our house. When I say "a portion", by no means envision a big house! They had to be creative when this all took shape. They own a beautiful piece of land, but with this economy, who can afford to build a home while living on one income and raising three children?? { I should note that MJ, does substitute teach and generates what she is able while raising their three children. Along with that she sews them cute outfits, and continually exposes herself to The Arts and teaches herself new crafts and techniques.} You can read all about them on her blog MaryJanesandgaloshes.

I am self employed, as well as my husband is, so we both need self discipline, something I lack! I love it when the little ones knock on the door and I see their excited faces gleaming to see me several times a day..but this does leave me with less time to do the things I need to do. Don't get me wrong, I am well aware of the importance of my grandchildren and give them a huge amount of my time every day. Then comes along a chance for MJ's and I to sneak away for a weekend outing....and WE MUST GO...we must plan, pack and travel! She is a great traveling companion! {this weekend we are heading to ChapelByTheSpring to catch up with our friend, Kym as well as have a meeting of the minds for upcoming Creative Outlet Classes we hope to get start hosting. Classes will be full days, even over night options, with catered meals and snacks by Kym, classes taught by MJ and hosted by me.
And if you only knew the other list of creative ideas that we hold in the future...I will need to live to be 127 years old to achieve them all!

I am an antique dealer, and so there is inventory to purchase, clean, tag and then assign and deliver to which ever location that item will suit best. Along with that, I some times get called to drive Amish here and there, which is most always a fun outing as they LOVE thrift shops!! Then on the days that MJ gets called to sub, I take care of the three little ones.
Then each year at this time my husband and I attempt a big garden, and with the price of groceries right now, this year MUST be a success! Then the chicken coop needs to be prepared for a new flock of baby chicks, and then there are the 2 baby goats coming shortly. Next comes Our yearly Fun, Funky, Festive yard sale over Memorial day weekend....this is huge and takes allot of prep time. Add to this.....MJ and I are vending at JunkBonanza this September 15th, 16th & 17th..YEAH!!! Our first time in participating in this huge show...and thanks to Linda Of ItsyBitsandPieces we will be in the Tent Room instead of the Newbies room! {Thanks Linda!}
To the mix, my etsy shop, SommersBreezeAnti
que needs lisitings...soooo...
I have to put the full hat box of letters away for a spell, and pick them back up when I do a catch up!!!
I do thank you for understanding.

A note to each of you.......
Now Get Outside and Garden!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dear MaryJanes June 23rd

Sent a cute card.
Outside of card:
Picture of a little girl on the beach letting her big dog share her ice cream cone
Inside Card:
Everything is better when shared with a friend!

Letter inside card:
MJ, Im at leo's waiting for my appointment. I think my roots are nearing 2 inches. I stopped at Grandmas house & it was hard not to tell her about Jenny! Then I stopped at Sam's daycare to give Jenn a congrats card and see her ring. She is so excited & her ring is beautiful. She couldn't stop smiling. By the way - Im sure you'll graduate! Love Mom
PS: I am glad that you have new friends to help you through this!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dear MaryJanes June 23rd

Inside Card Reads,
"....but my butt's too big for the mailbox"

I love you, Galoshes.

Friday 6/23 PM

I got your letter about being told, "Before I kill you" and it made me extremely mad. I paged Augie to see if the three topics were standard in order to break you down.
#1 No toilet paper
#2 Lack of showers
#3 "Kill you"
He said "No" and that he couldn't do anything about it until Monday, but I was to page him on Monday at 8:30 am. I told him your first letters were the normal, "it's hard, but Im doing my best"but that this letter was different. He said somethings not right there and he will start the process to have it looked into but that the people he would contact are not available till Monday. It will be a damn hard weekend. I called a woman named Jenny that is a friend of Mikes. She was in basic 10 years ago. She hated it and said that she cried every time she called home. Also that she got punched in the mouth by a Sargent {fat lip} They cant do that anymore. If any Sargent punches you , I'll be all over someone! She thinks they can still shove you to the ground?? I told Augie I couldn't tell some one I was going to kill them, and I didn't think they could say that as its illegal for me. I said it shouldn't have been done. Hold On, I m doing what I can to change the conditions. I hate that I can't protect you. I feel like my stomach is being ripped out. Mike is doing his best to comfort me. When you pray, pray for strength to endure. It's not going to get easier mentally or physically but you can pray for strength to get through. I don't know what to do, I feel so helpless.
I saw Erin H. today. I went into the Windsor McDonalds, she was working. I gave her your address and asked her to write you. I asked that Jenny [mikes friend] if she wished someone would have pulled her out of basic. She said When she was there [New Orleans I think} she would have walked home if she could have. But, looking back, she is glad she did it. She did hate it though.She tells everyone to join the air force and to avoid the army. She said they make all kinds of promises and don't follow through. They lie and use you r $ for "things." Don't worry about the money part, sounds like they screw ya with that. I will make sure your car insurance is covered. It will be okay/ Mike is helping Brad load and unload wood at the campground.
I hope my letters help. I hope they give you some sanity in the insane place you are in. "Jenny" said that allot of girls start fighting. WALK AWAY!! Don't fight! Keep your temper in check. Breathe through the temptation to strike back. Close your eyes and think calming thoughts. I will help you through this as best as I can. It's mostly 99% up to you. Think positive. You might need to get tough on the Johnson girl. I am sorry that you have to have that weight to bear! Keep me posted on how you are doing. Jenny said that the lack of TP & showers was all part of bringing you down. I will send TP w/ every letter.
I Love You!