Why Did You Eat Your Baby? Yes, Really!!
Kids, especially toddlers, say things you just dont expect... a LOT!

I admit it… this was a new level of child speak for me!

I took the house munchkin out and about with me recently while her mom was in bed sick. While wandering the grocery store, she went about her usual routine of saying hi to everyone she passed (she doesn’t know what a stranger is).

Well, as we were “talking” to people, it was the usual conversation…

It’s Not a Strategy, It’s Just an Unusual Way of Doing Things
Am I Normal? Define normal!

I know I’m not the only one who does this kinda crap! The question is, how many others are willing to admit it?! LOL

I have a cleaning “strategy”. Ok, so it’s less of a strategy and more of a “this is how we do it” sort of outcome. There’s no planning involved… It. Just. Happen.

Here’s where it all started…

I went to the bathroom…

Toddler Colds – A Nightmare For Grownups! (and not for the reasons you might expect)
Cold and flu necessities when germ season hits

While 2017 kicked off without a ton of fan fair or mayhem in my house, the month of January is certainly taking its toll!

My house munchkin caught a cold. No big deal right? I looked after her for nearly two weeks without a problem. And yes, I know, all the parenting books and courses and groups talk about how tough it is on our child/grandchild to feel sick. I’m not here to tell you how you should take care of a sick kid.

To hell with that… keep those sneezing, coughing, using their sleeves for a kleenex, snotty-nosed kids as far away from you as possible!!

The New Year is Here… Onward and Upward!
Welcome to 2017 - Its gonna be a great year!

I wasn’t really looking forward to 2017 this week. Not because I’m not looking forward to a new year getting started. I think it was more because I was expecting to be further along in the healing process of my ankle… and knee.

I mean seriously, I broke myself in February… of LAST year. They originally told me I’d be down six to eight weeks, and I thought THAT was going to be horrid! Now it’s closing in on an entire YEAR!! So I don’t really feel bad about having my damn 2-day pity party!!

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep… Really!?!
The thoughts that keep us awake wouldn't be so bad if they were useful!

Good gosh! All those thoughts that start when you lay down to sleep for the night! You know the ones I’m talking about… the useless, good for nothing BUT keeping you awake thoughts that you just can’t get rid of… Like they couldn’t have come to mind while you were wandering through your day and awake anyway!?! Of course not!!

To add insult to injury (and lack of beauty sleep), most of the time, they’re not even productive thoughts! Take for instance when I couldn’t get to sleep earlier this week. Was I thinking about world peace or how to change my life into the type of life I’ve dreamed of… of course not.

Time to Get It In Gear!! – I Just Joined The Awesomization Nation Challenge!
Nicole Dean and The Awesomization Nation

The Awesomization Nation by Nicole Dean is starting!!

Are you looking to make some changes in your life? Not living the way you’d like to be? Is your business going the way you’d planned? Or have you been wanting to start your own business but just don’t know how? How about leaving a legacy when you go. Would you like people to remember the little things you did to help leave the world just a little better than you found it?

Sounds like a tall order right!?!

If you’re interested in making changes… in your life, your business, the world, or any combination of the above but you haven’t had the support or motivation to make it happen… feel free to sign up and come join in!! Right now it’s only $17!! And for that price, you won’t believe the incredible people you’ll have access to!

Budget BBQ – One of My Childhood Favorites
Pork and Bean BBQ - A tasty low budget meal for your family!

My mom used to make this when we were kids. And while she always told us, “I never said I could cook, I just said I could keep us from starving!”, this was always a great meal. And to think, it came about just because she needed to stretch her food budget… and a pound of ground beef!

Nowadays I make it with ground turkey, but that’s just a personal preference. But since it’s such a simple recipe (the best kind in my book!), I wanted to share it. It’s certainly nothing fancy, but it’s delicious, healthy, and can really help you out if you’re looking for great family meals on a budget.

Showering With a Broken Ankle – You CAN Keep Dry!!
SEAL-TIGHT Cast Cover for Showering

I never had a cast for my broken ankle. The Emergency Room doctor put me in a fiberglass cast initially (partial casting for the back and sides). But my Orthopedic Surgeon put me into a boot straight from surgery.

I’m thinking he saw “newbie” written all over my face when I walked in the door and thought, “Good grief! If I put her in a cast, she’s gonna dissolve it in the shower and I’ll be redoing it! At least in a boot she can blow dry the insert!

And given my showering track record the first time through, he’d have been right if that was his thinking!!

Ankle Surgery #2 – Guess He Wanted to Give Me Another Run At It!
Broken ankle surgery #2 - From over-reduced to starting over.

My orthopedic surgeon (OS) did my second surgery on Tuesday afternoon to correct his over-correction. His physician assistant (PA) said he came out of the room looking really pleased and…

Broken Ankle – Independent to Useless in One Step
Broken Ankle (Bimalleolar Fracture) - From Break to Splint

So many of you have asked where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. I’m finally coherent enough to explain.

On February 26, I fell off the back of my pickup truck and broke my ankle… both bones in my left foot plus a torn ligament. In less than one minute, my life was turned upside down. Not as bad as some people’s, because I know I have friends tackling much worse things, but it’s definitely taken a turn for the worse.

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