Day 104 of Isolation: Even More Birthdays

I swear everyone I know has a birthday in June.

So far this month there have been at least ten birthdays:

My grandson on the 7th along with my daughter’s friend’s son who was born 12 hours later, my husband on the 11th along with a close online friend, my Uncle Mark on the 16th, my grandson’s other gramma on the 17th, a friend’s daughter on the 18th, my cousin’s son on the 19th, my sister-in-law on the 21st, my Aunt Sue on the 22nd.

And now there are FOUR today!


So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my cousin, Joe; my “brother,” Javier; an old friend, Robyn; and my great-niece, Hope who is turning 13 today!

And the birthdays aren’t over yet… there are still a few more to go and they just kind of continue on into July. I really can’t keep track of them all. Actually, I might have missed some of my friends’ kids and maybe some cousins.


Poetry from a friend

(c) 2009 Dean Searle via

As I sit
by Javier Mendoza

As I sit alone on the edge of a cloud,
Whistling a heavenly tune,
While watching the beauty of nature surrounding me,
Feeling the love from everything of life,
I had to let go of things that
Society had blinded me with:
Corruption, ignorance, materialism,
the imitation of treacherous people.

I had to look away from all of the hatred,
The destruction of our planet,
The destruction of our country,
The destruction of our people,
Even ourselves.

As I sit here so blissful, meek, and enlightened.

I’ve known Javier since he was five years old–over thirty years now. He went to kindergarten with my younger brother, and they became fast friends. My mom sort of adopted him, and watched out for him growing up. He became a brother to us. I remember how devastated he was to learn that my mom had died. I think he cried harder than I did at her funeral. To this day he opens every message to me with, “hey sis…”

Looking at him you’d see this big, bald Mexican guy. He’s intimidating. But underneath he’s so sweet and thoughtful. You’d never suspect that he writes deep, beautiful poetry. I love him to death.


A friend could really use your help

A friend of mine is in a tough situation. She is trying to move out of the house she shares with her abusive, manipulating, ex. They are already separated, but the abuse continues, and will continue until she can get out along with her four year old son. She’s trying to get the money together to file for divorce and put some money down on a small house, but her ex is making everything difficult. She’s refusing to help with their son or to pay child support without a court order. Their son is autistic and needs to be in school which she can’t afford if she’s not working and without reliable child care she can’t work. It’s a big mess.


Any little bit will help a good, loving mom find a way out so she can take care of her beautiful son. If you have a few bucks to spare consider donating it to a good cause. Click the picture above or go to:

digital scrapbooking

scrapbook page of the day

This is the 2nd page I did on October 26th (see my previous post about getting back into scrapping).

fence friends

It was for the Saturday Scraplift at  I don’t usually put a lot of journaling on my pages but I felt compelled to tell the story of my daughter’s love for the neighbor’s dog and how it led to an obsession with stuffed dogs.  She was 2 1/2 in these photos.  She’s going to be 6 next weekend.

digital scrapbooking

scrapbook page of the day

This is my latest page.  I did it the other day based on sketch #100 at  I usually don’t do circles because I can’t ever seem to get them to look right.  This layout took me most of the day to complete.  I just kept adding more and more circles.  I went through all my stash and found all sorts of circles to use besides cropped papers.

hula hoop

The pictures themselves are of the girl across the street.  She is really good at the hula hoop and can spin that thing for 20-30 minutes without dropping it or stopping.  She won the hula hoop contest at our block party on August 30.


story idea

I have been trying to work out a story idea for this year’s NaNo novel for awhile now.  I had pretty much decided to just do a fanfiction I had in mind (actually started writing an outline for it and I never do outlines).

So I was just sitting there thinking of stories and how I was always told to write what I know.

I’m like, “what do I know.  My life is boring; I’m just a stay at home mom,” and bam! it was like getting hit with a brick or something.

This is the short version of the idea that just sprung to mind.  I felt compelled to write it down before I forget.

Courtney is a 30 something SAHM to (several kids, haven’t decided that yet) who is bored and lonely in her life.  She has the husband, who is a nice enough guy and loves her, the house and the SUV.  She has the “American Dream” but still feels something is missing.

She lives vicariously through her best friend, Lucy (just picked that name out of thin air this very second) who is a 20 something that seems to have it all.  She is smart and beautiful and successful and lives this romantic, wonderful life that Courney never had (even when she was single).

Things change when a handsome, charasmatic guy moves in next door to Courtney.  He is a single dad with a little girl and instantly becomes the center of the neighborhood.  All the other moms on the block flock to him to “help” him with his daughter and to try and get a chance in with him.

Courtney finds herself attracted to him and the two start a tentative friendship while talking over the fence when their kids are playing.  This confuses Courtney who thought she was happily married until that point.

Meanwhile Courtney’s brother finds himself living on the couch in her basement after a falling out with his girlfriend and flunking out of college (again).  The re-insertion of Kyle into Lucy’s life throws her for a tailspin.  She had a huge crush on Kyle all through school but never said anything, not even to Courtney.  The two start hanging out and Lucy realizes she still has feelings for Kyle which is especially unnerving when Courtney tells her that Kyle confessed to having feelings for Lucy back in school, too.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s grandmother is going through a late-life crisis as she finally leaves her abusive husband and starts a fresh life.  The sudden divorce shatters the family and Lucy finds herself standing at her gramma’s side against her parents and other relatives.  Things are complicated when Gramma Dee falls for a younger man she meets at a free-thinkers gathering.  The family thinks Dee is going crazy.  Lucy sees her grandmother as a strong woman, taking control of her life and realizes how out of control her own life really is (despite the look of total control she portrays to her friends).

Will Courtney take the plunge and jump into an illicite affair with the gorgeous and easy to talk to neighbor next door just to see if she is missing something?  Is it a moment of clarity in life for Courtney or a case of “the grass is always greener on the other side”?

Will Lucy get past her commitment issues and let herself have the relationship with Kyle that she had longed for as a teen but was too afraid to act on?

Will Gramma Dee find true love or just tie herself to another abusive jerk because she can’t be alone?

Hmm, most of that I made up on the fly as I was writing this (like the whole character of Gramma Dee).  So, yeah, write what you know.

digital scrapbooking

scrapbook page of the day

I just finished this one.  It’s about my best friend growing up.  We don’t talk much anymore because she’s a busy 26 year old career woman (teacher) with a life and I’m a 31 year old stay-at-home-mom with no life (hence why I’m online blogging at 12:45am instead of…well, anything else).

I love her to death, though.  We’ve known each other for almost 20 years and she is more like a sister then anything.  Even when we haven’t spoken in forever we can pick up like we never left off and finish each other’s thoughts.