July, 2009 Archives


Blog List

by Pj in Random

ca_friends.jpgI have some friends. Our slogan or motto is… “Are you happy?” We preface it with each other’s name and there is a tad bit of a whine in the question. This is usually a hint that the discussion needs to occur in the vault. If you don’t know what the vault is…. so sad.

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. ~Herbert B. Swope

Sooooo, am I happy? I am NOW. I spent all of last night trying to get my airport extreme to work. I was having withdrawals from the internet. This was compounded by my children WHINING about not having access to the world. I was left alone under my computer trying to figure it out while they went out and actually played with their friends. Hmmm, what would that be like? I was so frustrated that my window seemed like the perfect place to throw my cherished computer! Instead I started to play with my iPhone. Word warp is a good stress reliever at midnight!

Today, we were able to make it work. We are happy… except….

Am I on your blog list? (hear the whine?) Do you realize one’s place in the life and heart of others is determined by a link on your blog page? Good to know! If you’re not on my list, consider the possibility that I don’t know you have a blog. If I am not on yours, and I am checking, makes me wonder. Are you feeling my pain?

Wistie got a job… then they called back and changed their mind. Deja Vu. I swear this girl has been through the wringer and more! Yesterday she was officially hired. She is starting on Monday.

She is happy. She is on my blog page! She must be my friend.


The Poet

by Pj in Random

em.jpg‘No message is the utmost message, for what we tell is done.’ Emily Dickinson

O.K. I’ll let you know up front, I never cared for the girl’s poetry. It was just a tad much for my liking.

So, now as I am researching out her life and unfolding who I think she was and, now, words cannot express the awe and respect I have for her genius. She was brilliant.

Her writings eloquently convey her thoughts and those thoughts then expand my thoughts. They also inspire me to think and believe that I too can share my thoughts and touch others.

And so can you. If that is what you want.

‘Adulation is inexpensive, except to him who accepts it. It costs him Himself.’ Emily Dickinson


Over Heard

by Pj in Random

herd-of-african-elephants.jpgI have this theory. It goes something like this. Humans, by nature, are a herd species. Humans want to belong to a small group with other humans, preferably other humans that share the same interests.

The problem I see with this “natural tendency” is that for someone to belong, someone does not.

As humans with the wonderful ability to empathize, you would think we would choose not to exclude, but usually, I find we are so happy to be included we join in the natural selection of those chosen, ever so subtle, to be excluded.

Such good sheepies. Got to admire those who live the law of the land, eat or be eaten. Lead, follow or get out of the way. Now where the heck is my herd going? Don’t want to be left behind!

Or maybe I do.



by Pj in Random

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer


The Heavens Weeped

by Pj in Random


desert_storm.jpgWe have been teased most every afternoon with dark and sinister clouds, but they never released anything more then a tear or two all summer until last night!

The lightening and thunder was cracking and rumbling over our house. The rain pelted our windows. The blaze of light kept streaking in. The cracking and snapping, at times, was just a second away from the bolts of light. VERY SCARY. Ciera crawled into our bed which lies below a large window and laid in terror. Every time a new bolt struck, my bed light flickered on. Kind of like the clapper! Wistie came up with a towel. She had gone out for a run in it! I would have joined her, but someone had to stay and comfort Ciera! That reminded me of Mexico. We used to stand under the roof during such a storm and rinse our hair. That fresh water would always make it soft. Then we made cookies. We still make cookies a lot around here.

As the lightening continued to strike, I ran to unplug my computers and Ciera sprinted downstairs to unplug hers. She was back quickly. It was difficult to sleep, convinced the next bolt would fry us.

But it rained. It poured. It was wonderful to have that cleansing of air and earth. It is true the heat will become even more unbearable with the added humidity, but we woke up today and we were not fried. It feels fresh and clean this early morning. Weeping really does cleanse the soul.


Will Work For Money

by Pj in Family

WistieThe girl needs a job. She is smart, cute, bi-lingual, computer literate, hard working and funny! Come on people! I have many friends…. I take that back…. I know people who were hired because they knew people. Why is that not working for us?

Have we not assisted others in obtaining employment? Have we not provided service to others? Have we not been helpful to others?

Really let’s us know where we stand. Good to know. Kitchen’s closed. This chick has had it!

The end.


My Daughter, My Friend

by Pj in Family


Happy birthday Cierajo! I hope your day is one where you celebrate your life. I know I am glad you were born! You have taught me how to enjoy being a Mom.

I hope you take some time today and think about your future. One thing I have learned is what Tennessee Williams said, “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

One of my hopes for you is that you discover people around you that can appreciate who you are and that you appreciate who they are. One of the most wonderful discoveries in life is that true friends are those that can grow separately without growing apart. I know recently you have felt disappointed in those you once called your friends. I believe you have learned from these experiences and can better define the kind of people you will choose to associate with in the future. Friendships are born, not made. You can not force anyone to be your friend anymore then someone can force you to be their friend. And why would we want to. Friendship is based on trust and loyalty and the ability to be who we really are and still feel safe and accepted and loved. I hope you find those kinds of friends and if you don’t… you will always have your family who will love you and embrace you because you are YOU.

Have a wonderful day! You deserve it!


Rein them IN!

by Pj in Family

I have had it with the under 30 crowd. They are way out of control.

Me – “Give me a minute while I download this file.”
Them – “You are not downloading …. Your uploading. Geez you sound like an idiot!”

Me – “You can email your friend to invite her over tomorrow. I will pick her up.”
Them – “I don’t have her email. I don’t have her phone number!”
Me – “You told me yesterday that you wrote to her and she wrote back?”

Me – “Here is another speeding ticket delivered by our local post office!”
Them – “You can’t get mad at me. I told you about it right after I thought I was flashed!!”

Me – “This week I would like you to clean out that drawer”
Them – “Why do I always have to work! It’s summer, when do I get to rest?”

Me – “Could you please stop tail gating that car?”
Them – “No! They shouldn’t even be on the road! STOP TALKING ON THE PHONE YOU IDIOT! Who let these people on the road?”
Me – “Excuse me, but your texting while your driving!”
Them – “ No problem, I know how to multi-task.”

Me – in line at the grocery store with 4 items.
Them – “Excuse me… Do you mind if I go in front of you. I only have these 2 things.”

Try multi tasking this! I’m a human being! Stop yelling at me. Stop expecting me to drop everything I am doing because you are not the center of the universe. Stop acting like you know about more stuff. You might know the latest words or lingo, but you lack the wisdom and experience to know their purpose. Stop being lazy and blaming all your issues on what happened or did not happen to you. Stop thinking about missed opportunities and start making your own opportunities. Stop wasting your time. Stop wasting my time. Just stop. Geez you guys are idiots!

“Man, what is up with her? She is soooo menopausal! Oh, oh, here she comes with the wooden spoon!”

You are right I am an idiot. I would like to download now. Purging complete.


The World I Desire

by Pj in Random

Sometimes the events of this world, this time, this now… stops my world, my time, my now. The world “seems” to be spiraling out of anyones control. And then some “one” tries. And often someone dies.

“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.” Ayn Rand

The words I hear from the colonies during this most recent struggle reflect the character and strength of the colonists of present and past. They are united in their cause of liberty and in their pursuit of justice for all.


Exclusive View

by Pj in Random

I should have taken a picture.

The license plate said something like EXCLSV. The plate had a saying too. “Obey the golden rule.”

It always feels good to laugh out loud.

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