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And so began a simple October….

Posted by Shelley on Oct 2, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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… a gracious God who gives us this promise from Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
From the kitchen… tonight I took publix chicken breasts and cut it up strips.  Threw it in a skillet with butter and kosher salt.  Added diced onion, peppers and tomato.  Then I got real clever and cooked up some gluten free pasta and added pizza sauce on top of the chicken and let it simmer down.  Voila!  Dinner was served.
I am wearing… my Auburn alumni t-shirt.  Proudly.
I am creating… finally have some direction in the creative area.  Will let ya know but it prolly deserves it’s own special post.
I am going… to church tomorrow.
I am reading… “Tracks of a Fellow Struggler” by John Claypool.  Long story, but I was given this book years ago and tossed it aside.  Can’t find it.  In the course of some conversation I was given this book on Wednesday at my GriefShare group. To quote John Claypool, “No one can live on this earth very long without being initiated into the fraternity of the bereaved.” This book serves as companionship for those of us on the journey of grief, especially when one of your own flesh and blood is taken and there are so many questions and not so many answers.
I am hoping… Starlight, starbright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. I hope it comes true.
I am hearing… we live rather close to the interstate. I hear cars. Sometimes I trick myself into thinking it’s the ocean.
Around the house… Alabama is whooping up on Florida. Yay Bama.
One of my favorite things… the two days of Autumn we have here in Alabama.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Moving on. Moving ahead. Moving past. “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming….”

 
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9/29/10

Posted by Shelley on Sep 30, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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 was!

 
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simply september

Posted by Shelley on Sep 13, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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 math on her progress report from school.  and she is upset about it!  that’s because she made 100 (or above) in everything else!!!
I am thankful for… so many things.  this time last year was so very bleak.  now there is light on the horizon.  there is more than light.  there is a hope and a resolve that wasn’t there before.  Thank you Jesus.
From the kitchen… we made chocolate chip cookies when the kids got home from school.  then we had a Shaw fiesta…. “I’m forever eating tacos, tacos that are on my plate…”
I am wearing… jammies.  I am ready for bed.  but I have been known to wear jammies, even when I’m not going to bed.
I am creating… yeah.  that too.  Creating???  I need to figure this one out.
I am going… to create something so I can accurately answer the question above.
I am reading… “Same Kind of Different As Me”.  If I could just write one book like that one.  Ok.  I think I will.
I am hoping… that Canon will go to school tomorrow, painlessly and without giving us a guilt trip.
I am hearing… this crazy movie called “Cloverfield” that Mike is watching off our DVR.  I think it’s like “The Hills” meets “ET”.  No, make that “The Hills” meets “Aliens.”  Yikes.
Around the house… is the nighttime quietness of children in their beds and mom and dad on the couch.
One of my favorite things… hearing Canon read!  He is a smart little guy and so inquisitive about everything right now.  He loves to learn, especially reading the children’s encyclopedia my grandmom gave him for his birthday this year.
A few plans for the rest of the week:  I am going to make some awesome plans for the rest of the month.  September 15-30 is going to rock!

here is a picture thought for me to share with you… I love my boy!  No doubt about it.  He was heaven sent.

shelley and canon at the lake, 9/12/10

shelley and canon at the lake, 9/12/10

 
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Good Things About February

Posted by Shelley on Sep 1, 2010 in Real Life Stories, Uncensored Shelley

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 will not add, delete or change anything from that moment in time when I originally wrote it.

What is interesting about this post is seeing that number one and number seven are in every way, shape and form, more wonderful than we ever could have imagined back in February.  It also makes me laugh that number 5 is happening yet again, (this Friday) and number eight has become a necessity, much like my iPhone.  And oxygen.

As for the whole number twelve thing I would like to note that there are no spelling words in 6th grade.  At least not yet.  And if there are I think being in 6th grade means you get to call them out to yourself.

1) my sister Stacey told me a couple of weeks ago that she is expecting a baby! wow! God is good!
2) when I gave Canon his Valentine he said, “you made my heart super happy mom.”
3) Became better friends with those I need to become better friends with. You know who you are!
4) Won $54.00 or so at the Kenny Roger’s slot machine. This is not a bad thing. But does that really make it a “good” thing? Discuss amongst yourselves.
5) Finally got some blonde highlights back in my hair.
6) Facilitated Molly’s baby’s daddy making a visit (like 8 or 9 visits). Not sure if it worked or not but there’s nothing like having your dog right under your foot when this type of thing happens.
7) Helped mom make an offer on a house. It might not be “the one” b/c it’s not gone to contract yet but that is a huge step. HUGE.
8) Began setting the coffee maker for 6:30am. With coffee in it.
9) Realized more. Thought about it less.
10) And on that note, I began appreciating the freedom one experiences when you don’t care so much. I care, but just not as much as I used to.
11) due to an excessive amount of something I do not know what I will write here in the number 11 space.
12) and Melodi recognizes that at least spelling words are *something* she will use in the future. not to say that all that other 5th grade academia is not important. I’m sure it is. Like I use it so much everyday that I remember it on a regular basis. yeah. right.
13) February was good. All in all, it was good.
14) confirmed that most events you want to remember are the ones that you walked away from but were glad you have a picture in which to remember it.

 
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Simply Stated

Posted by Shelley on Jun 28, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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 a few days it will be July 4th.  So many of my thoughts are flooded with this time last year.  Whew.
I am thankful for… Mike keeping the kids last night while I went out with some old friends.  He kept them so busy they were all just exhausted by the time I got home!  What a terrific Dad he is!
From the kitchen… I made the Betty Crocker gluten-free brownies yesterday and they are  nearly gone.  P.S.  goes great with coffee for a breakfast treat!
I am wearing… jammies, robe, slippers – I know I’m too sexy for this blog – ha!
I am creating… some kind of plan to keep the cats from driving me crazy.
I am going… to take Melodi to her first guitar lesson today!  she has a beautiful classical guitar that Mike gave her for her birthday.  now I’m going to get out the Esteban DVDs from a few Christmases ago and watch her start rockin’ da house, b/c I know she’s got some skilz.
I am reading… comic books.  In particular The Amazing Spiderman from the Marvel series.  Love those stories with Mary Jane.  And they are in such pristine condition…wow…
I am hoping… that I can finish this blog without anymore interruptions.
I am hearing… LOTS of chirping or something like it from some kind of insects that obviously love the woods – I mean, they are loud.  they must’ve been having some baby bugs or something.
Around the house… it is still quiet and dark, we are totally taking advantage of not having to be anywhere and the kiddos have been perfecting the Shaw art of sleeping late.  Very late.
One of my favorite things… coffee in the morning.  and I love it when Mike makes it for me and brings it to me before I even wake up!  Bliss!
A few plans for the rest of the week:  I’ll be helping out over at my mom’s house, she had some outpatient surgery and is on the mend.  She’s got a neighborhood pool so that works out well!  Scanning pictures for our highschool reunion (less than a month away now!) and maybe cleaning out and organizing a closet or two?  We shall see about that last one.

 
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June 21, 1948

Posted by Shelley on Jun 21, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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 still in the sky.

This will be the longest day of our calendar year… it has always coincided with my Dad’s birthday, they fall on the exact same day.  Here is a picture which is in remembrance of him and my attempt of combining two pictures so that time “stands still.”

This was our last family picture taken of all us together in May 2009.  The accuracy is amazing.  The memory is a good.  And this is how he would want to be remembered.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Jane, Mitch, Shelley, Stacey and Kelsey May 7, 2009

Jane, Mitch, Shelley, Stacey and Kelsey May 7, 2009

 
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Keepin’ It Simple

Posted by Shelley on Jun 14, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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 it decides to leave us for today.
I am thinking… about how to keep these kids busy this summer! Would love any comments on that one!

I am thankful for… my sweet husband and the totally awesome date we had this past weekend! too much fun!!! mike is the definition of “dear husband”. I <3 my DH.
From the kitchen… gluten free spaghetti noodles with gluten free pasta sauce with sauteed chicken and mozarella – canon even said, “mama mia thatsa the besta!” it was good.
I am wearing… shorts and a tee, surprised?
I am creating… I am still stumped on this one. Me and Canon planted some sunflower seeds. does that count?

I am going… to hit Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market and make sure we are eating healthy this week. That’s after the kids finish up the Shipley donut holes.
I am reading… Facebook statuses and the news feed.
I am hoping… for a great colorguard reunion this Friday. That was a huge part of my life even though in the grand scheme of things it was a short amount of time… many of us are reminiscing and thinking we might catch a glimpse of the glory days once again.
I am hearing… earlier today – when I started this post it was the kids watch Tom and Jerry. You don’t hear much but the animated music – you know, those mice didn’t speak did they? That was back when cartoons were cartoons, but that’s another post. Now it’s the back porch noise of insects and the highway. and mike singing “buffalo dolphin” in honor of the gulf coast (to the tune of buffalo soldier)
Around the house… we are home much more right now so there is much more of mess. Legos on the floor, spilled lemonade in the kitchen, cat food dumped out around the bowl… wait, that’s not just the summer, that’s ALL THE TIME.
One of my favorite things… is summertime. I was born to be on vacation!
A few plans for the rest of the week: reunion planning, outfit shopping and avoiding the heat.
Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Picardi roses from Mike this weekend - the same we used in our wedding

Picardi roses from Mike this weekend - the same kind we used in our wedding

 
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A Simple Woman?

Posted by Shelley on Jun 9, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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 I will give this a try, it’s time to change the direction of this blog.
I am thankful for… my mother. I would do anything in the world for her.
From the kitchen… we have a new rice cooker/steamer which actually is a way cool new appliance. but not as cool as the Egg Genie. and we have one of those too.
I am wearing… shorts from a consignment store and a top from Walmart. yep, you read that right.
I am creating… gotta give this one some thought – a mess? a light in the darkness? a scrapbook? definitely not a scrapbook.
I am going… to get my hair did in the morning – finally!!!
I am reading…“Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle – Creative Conversations About Sexual and Emotional Integrity”
I am hoping… this gets a little easier – I am supposed to be very descriptive but keep it short at the same time.
I am hearing… our fish tank. it’s trickling – it needs more water. and it’s making me want to head to the bathroom.
Around the house… the boy is in bed and the dad and daughter are in the man cave playing on the computer.
One of my favorite things… Canon’s impromptu “I love you mom” – I must hear it several times out of the blue, everyday
A few plans for the rest of the week: looking forward to date night this Friday! possibly mellow mushroom to try their new gluten free pizza? or maybe we’ll just stay home and play some checkers since both the kids will be spending the night out ;)

1989 drum solo - I'm scanning old pics for our colorguard/maj reunion - that's me on the end

 
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What I’m Thinking Right Now

Posted by Shelley on May 22, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

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. Might be sending him out for some mo’ here in a minute.

Ummm…. AOL radio “totally 80′s” is about the best app my iPhone currently has going. PYT is on right now. Need I say more?

And did you know the word “awwwww” actually comes up in spell check on the iPhone? It has several more w’s in it btw, in case you are grammatically correct when it comes to these things. It also spell checks the word “ya’ll”. Which is “ya’ll” according to the iPhone. But really it is short for “you all” which should be “y’all”, at least that I was I learned in the previous century. I double checked this with the 5th grader in the house who actually has a (albeit 21st century) grammar teacher. She said “y’all” is correct. Which means the iPhone is wrong. Aren’t you glad you decided to read this far?

So there is this blog by the Christian author who is “pretty out there” which means, she basically just throws it out there kinda like me but she’s written a few books and actually has a “following”. She’s very genuine and honest and I have the utmost respect for her. Her latest is on “The Idol of Hurry.” I concur. Except I think most of the folks I know, including myself, are all about the idol of busy. Think about it, if you’re busy do you really have time to connect, bond or really, really care? You know the answer to this but I don’t blame you if you don’t answer. It’s a shame. But it’s the truth and I live, breathe and walk it out every day determined to change it. But that’s hard to do when the mind is willin’ but the spirit is weak.

Well, awwwwwwwwww…. not sure if that’s right not, b/c wordpress is not picking up on it… my kids are finishing up school this week. My son brought home his 5K memory book and I got out my daughter’s 5K memory book from 2004-2005. It is about the fourth of the size of his. Why do I mention this? For a variety of reasons but I think I will stop there. This deserves its very own blog entry.

Well, “99 Luft Balloons” just came on AOL radio and I think that is my cue to stop and listen to the wonderful lyrics of this song. Are they in German? and if so why I am listening to a German song on AMERICA online radio? good grief.

It’s all good now. “Jungle Love” is on. And you just can’t go wrong with Morris Day and the Time, I don’t care what decade you’re in. Oh-wee-oh-wi-oh.

 
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A Bug’s Life (shelley style)

Posted by Shelley on Mar 24, 2010 in Mental Illness, Real Life Stories, Uncensored Shelley

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 shop so this cricket had a date with destiny.

He watched as other crickets were picked up and carted away in plastic bags with egg crate looking things in them. He held his breath. “I am just an innocent bystander here, looking for something to eat and now THIS!” How did this happen he wondered? Most definitely the wrong bug time at the wrong bug place.

It was over in a matter of minutes. And there he stood – untouched. No worries. So he thought.

But everytime he went out he had visions of big sneakers and plastic bags and well, he just couldn’t shake it. All I want to do is live peacefully but what do I do with what I witnessed? Where do I put that in my little bug cricket brain, he asked himself?

Other crickets said to him “get over it!” or “it wasn’t you, it was THEM, you’re still here, it’s all good.” He wanted to believe them, really he did. But it was not sinking in. Just too much drama in that one tiny moment of his little cricket life. Now, it was chirp, eat, worry, think, lament, panic, eat, try to sleep, chirp, eat, worry, think, lament, panic…well, you get the picture.

Amazing how one moment in time changes the way you chirp.

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