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Embracing the Shelley-ness

I’m turning 45 next week.  Found this blog post that I never posted dated June 12, 2012.  I wonder if it will post today’s date or 5 years ago? on the brink of 40, it is time to embrace all … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 29 and 30

Thankful for the mystery of the past and how it shaped the present. Thankful for what the future holds. Thankful for old friends and new ones. Thankful for it all. Every last bit if it! And how God uses it … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 26, 27 and 28

Before I delve into Christmas decorating I must decorate for the next official holiday. The Southeastern Championship Football Game – THIS SATURDAY! We are orange and blue around here. From the diplomas, to the Auburn Creed, to the paintings of … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 25

What a great Thanksgiving day! So grateful for all the (gluten free!!!!) food and all the thoughtful hands who prepared it. So blessed to enjoy family game time (Apples to Apples) and to have lots of laughter and joy (special … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 24

In no particular order: today I’m thankful for hair spray (some things will never change!), the Vince Guaraldi Trio (puts the Merry in Christmas to me!), and for friends who can just drop in anytime for a visit, even though … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 22 and 23

Very thankful the antibiotic I got yesterday and the fact acute bronchitis is becoming a distant memory. Also very thankful for this handy-dandy iPhone device which seems to do it all, including keeping me on the right roads on a … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 19 and 20

Thankful for my home, a place where the ones I love the most live, play and eat (sometimes they sleep). When we moved here, right after 9/11 in 2001, I remember telling God this is another tool in my toolbox … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 9 and 10

It is that time of year of again, where we see the stars and stripes hanging proudly, banks and post offices are closed and kids get a day off from school in the middle of the week. It is Veteran’s … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 5 and 6

continuing a concerted effort towards a spirit of thankfulness… I am grateful for a real place called Heaven. As a professing Christian, believing that only in and through Christ Jesus, I have an invitation stamped with grace to enter in … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 4

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel. ~Author Unknown Today’s quote and my thankfulness is inspired by Mike’s grandmother. Rushing through the week I finally stopped long enough to remember Melodi still needed a hem for her choir … Continue reading

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And so began a simple October….

FOR TODAY Outside my window… it’s actually “outside my screened in porch”… it’s dark and absolutely NO HUMIDITY, I think I am not in Alabama anymore. I am thinking… it’s Saturday.  Therefore, I do not think. I am thankful for… … Continue reading

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9/29/10

Today I saw a restored GTO, a “toy car” corvette, a black thunderbird convertible (top down) and a gray-haired man driving a black mercedes convertible (again, with the top down)! I know my dad isn’t here, but today he almost … Continue reading

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simply september

FOR TODAY Outside my window… it’s dark.  it’s nearly 11:00pm.  do you know where your children are?!?  I know where mine are!  ASLEEP!!!!! I am thinking… how in the world I produced a child who made a 98 in advanced … Continue reading

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Good Things About February

sooooo, I haven’t blogged in so long I thought I would post one that I wrote a few months ago. In February.  February 26th, 2010 to be exact.  At 9:18 in the morning.  I will post it *as is*; I … Continue reading

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Simply Stated

FOR TODAY Outside my window… it’s bright with blue skies, a beautiful start to a southern summertime day. I am thinking… it was hard to sleep last night.  One of those nights too much in my brain.  Can’t believe in … Continue reading

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June 21, 1948

Today is the summer solstice.  And my dad’s birthday.  Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.”  As the days  lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand … Continue reading

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Keepin’ It Simple

FOR TODAY Outside my window…finally a break – I think it’s 89 degrees and dusk is just an hour away. It is actually pretty cool under the porch ceiling fans. The sun is bright orange, glistening through the trees as … Continue reading

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A Simple Woman?

An idea “borrowed” from my sister-in-law’s blog and “inspired” by The Simple Woman’s Daybook…. FOR TODAY Outside my window… it is dark, only a few lightening bugs remain. I am thinking… that I am really not a simple woman but … Continue reading

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What I’m Thinking Right Now

You didn’t ask for it but here it is Mike bought some Ugly Dawg salsa. It is gluten free. Says so right on the back of the jar. We managed to eat 3/4′s of it just now. It’s dawg-gone good. … Continue reading

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A Bug’s Life (shelley style)

One day a cricket was minding his own business. The life of a cricket is pretty routine…chirping, eating, chirping, trying not to get eaten, chirping… But this day was different. Someone needed to feed some lizards back at the pet … Continue reading

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What I’m Thinking Right Now

Well you didn’t ask for it, but here it is: I am so grateful for spring break. My kids work harder than I ever did in 5k or 5th grade. And they need a break. Honestly, I didn’t know what … Continue reading

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Here’s What I Think

At this VERY moment: I think the weather forecast is a bunch of bull. I think it’s absolutely hilarious to watch Elaine dance on Seinfeld.  I also think it’s interesting that the minute I bring out my laptop Mike puts his … Continue reading

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I have decided…

The shallow is much easier than the deep.

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project grow up

The definition of  Project Grow Up: “The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.”

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Faith

decided not worry about this but instead said a prayer and knew that it was answered.

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Once Upon A Time (again)

There were three bears.  Golden Bear, Rainbow Bear and Aqua Blue Bear.  They were very different bears. Aqua Blue Bear was just happy to be there.  Or here.  Or wherever.  Being in the midst of things was a good place.  … Continue reading

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WDW, Then and Now

Mike’s parents gave the gift of Walt Disney World for Christmas!  Except we are here for New Years 2010!  ¡Felíz año nuevo! The first time I EVER came to Disney World was in a modified “woody” buick station wagon that … Continue reading

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A Decade of Swapping Some Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Swap #10 happened at approximately 14:00 hours today.  From here on out we’ll take it up a notch around here and there will be more excitement than usual!  Our cookie swap means Christmas Eve is usually within 24-48 … Continue reading

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Jingle Bell, Jingle Bells, Stumble all the Way

So here I am stumbling through Christmas. It’s not all bad, but I’m here to tell you the Shaw family doesn’t have our Christmas cards in the mail yet.  Melodi is planning the cookie swap this year and I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

I just found the biggest coffee mug I could in the house and I can’t believe I’m sitting here drinking it by myself in front of our newly decorated Christmas tree!  We got a tremendous fresh cut frasier fur and … Continue reading

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Melodi’s Story

It was three weeks ago this Thursday when we received the news about my dad.  Sometime between November 2nd and November 5th my dad left the temporal world which had tormented him so.  The coroner’s report states he died of … Continue reading

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Friday, November 20th, 10am

I’m not crying because it’s over. I’m smiling because it happened.

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H. Gordon “Mitch” Mitchell

As I sit here among sympathy cards, too many to count messages in my inbox and beautiful flower arrangements it is still hard for me to grasp the fact that my dad is at his final resting place on this … Continue reading

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Just a Thought

I think I am going to start a new website.  It is going to be called: www.IpromiseIamnotmakingthisup.com

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Making Sense out of Nonsense

And who else, but Dr. Seuss, could explain it all? “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss “I have heard there are troubles … Continue reading

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Right Now

Don’t wanna wait til tomorrow, Why put it off another day? One more walk through problems, Built up, and stand in our way… One step ahead, one step behind me Now you gotta run to get even Make future plans, … Continue reading

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9/28/09, 10:00 am

I ain’t no psychiatrist, I ain’t no doctor with degree It don’t take too much high IQ’s to see what you’re doing to me

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In the End

let it go, let it roll right off your shoulder don’t you know the hardest part is over let it in, let your clarity define you in the end we will only just remember how it feels

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It really is just a matter of time

Confusion Never Stops Closing Walls and Ticking Clocks

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Note to Self

Contempt is an intense feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless—it is similar to scorn. A person holding contempt would not have the urge to openly confront the person with whom they are at … Continue reading

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An (Un)Rhetorical Question

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.  -George Bernard Shaw A RHETORICAL QUESTION for myself and anyone else who … Continue reading

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August 24, 2009

I found the missing piece. Please click here.

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When Sadness Becomes Happy-ness

Oh, this is going to be a smattering of stuff that you will either be fascinated with or not. It is actually going to be the uncensored thoughts of my brain RIGHT NOW. I might censor when I proof it … Continue reading

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Isn’t it

ironic: definitions from the urban dictionary 1. A situation where the result is a complete reverse (and practical mockery) of what was expected 2. A word heavy misused and abused in conversation today, mostly by people who think that using … Continue reading

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What Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Shelley Shaw Have In Common

This is a stretch. But here we go… We’re moms. We both have great husbands. She does have a spot on a major TV talk show, which, if given the opportunity, I’d do the same in a New York minute. … Continue reading

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yesterday

Laugh it off let it go and When you wake up it will seem So yesterday, so yesterday

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The Value of Things Not Sought For

ser·en·dip·i·ty Function: noun : the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for ; 1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. 2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries. 3. An instance of making … Continue reading

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Hmmmmm…..

Nevermind.

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My Refrigerator Door

I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what is on their refrigerator door. Don’t worry, I won’t be trying to over-analyze you and your family the next time I am at your house. I’ll do it … Continue reading

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First Real Paycheck

I just found the stub to my first real paycheck from 1994. You know, the one you get after you graduate from college and are off of mom and dad’s payroll. Of course, I am certain there were still some … Continue reading

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Today

We went to an unexpected funeral today. I say that because now-a-days you can sometimes know “how long” you’ve got. Me and Mike decided that would be the best way… having the time to say what needs to be said … Continue reading

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Honesty

Honesty is different from transparency. And I have a feeling if I were really honest I might have more readers. We shall see.

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Random Saturday Morning Thoughts

These thoughts are from my life this past week. I am going to do this as fast as possible. Ready, set, GO!!!! 1) I saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. It was so original, definitely the best movie I’ve seen in … Continue reading

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The Sjogren’s Club

Of all the opportunities I’ve had in my life this is the one club I did not want to join! But I am in… really in. Like, I’ve pledged and been initiated for a long time now. Here’s what I … Continue reading

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T-minus 4 weeks and counting…

Some time last week Melodi was complaining about everything she didn’t want to do. We had all been making our lists on Facebook and I had a brainstorm…“Melodi, write down all the things you ARE looking forward to!” She said, … Continue reading

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Transparency

I’m talking about being free from pretense or deceit. Open. Frank. Candid. That’s what transparency means to me. When you read this blog, you will get nothing less than the transparent thoughts of my mind. Isn’t that just exciting?!? For … Continue reading

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This is Not My Desk

This is not my real desk. If this were my real desk the keys would not be on it. They most definitely would be lost. But we will leave them there as a hopeful incentive that I can start keeping … Continue reading

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New Year, New Stuff

Life’s thrown some stuff at me. But, in the words of someone else famous (not sure who said it but it’s true), it’s not a setback it’s a comeback. Be patient with me as I pull this blog thing back … Continue reading

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