Ok, so it's been a year. Maybe over a year. A lot that has happened, but today I just wanted to show y'all a project I recently completed. I'm doing more of what makes ME happy, and I'm loving it. I've been redoing furniture. I've done a few so far, and this one just made me happy. I found her at GoodWill and gave her a face lift. I've been wanting to buy some Annie Sloan chalk paints, but they are pretty expensive, so I've been using American Decor and their waxes. On this project, I used American Decor Everlast chalk paint, and I was able to buy 4oz samples of Annie Sloan clear and dark waxes so I used those to finish the piece. I also sanded down the top and re stained it in Kona and completed it with Polycrylic on the top. I love it. I can't decide if I can find somewhere to put her, or if I'm just going to sell her. I need to purchase a compressor and some nail guns, so who knows.
Anyway, I'll be back later with an "update" post, but until then, here she is!
Well, we moved.. So far so.. ok, not so good. The move itself was fine. It was kind of nice to move from such a HUGE house to something more manageable. IF she'd only help MANAGE it. :\ It's soo small, anything out of place and it looks like a cluttered mess. I'm ready to rip her hair out (what's left of it) and sit on her, and honestly I don't even know what to do anymore. She won't listen. She pretends to, and says "Ok, Mom, got it".. blah blah blah. Whatever. Anyway, seems I wasn't all that smart moving DOWNSTAIRS. After living in the house, (2 stories) and my knees getting worse, I figured downstairs is perfect. Until the lelefants moved in above me. WHO DOES LAUNDRY AT 4AM!?!?! Or HAND washes dishes at 1am?! Someone up there is really into some kind of twerkin, zumba, hip hop, stomponthedamnfloor dancin shit, and it SUCKS. I have tuned much of it out (having kids makes that easier) but she constantly complains about them. And my poor Mojo, if they drop something up there, Mo instantly jumps up and looks around like some stealth FBI dog or something. She's gonna die of a heart attack. She's done SOO good with being potty trained, she holds everything until we get home and then we take her out and she's good. Sometimes tho she'll wake me up at 2am to go out, but it's cool because she's not shit in the house or anything for 2 weeks so far! It is SOOO hard not having ALL my dogs, I won't go into it, because it still hurts too damn much... So, I'm looking into spending the extra $300 or so that I wanted to SAVE every month, and moving to the 2 br 2 car garage. Bottom floor is the garage and washer / dryer. Middle is kitchen, dining, living room, her room, bathroom and walk in closet, and MY room is the top (QUIET) with the loft and my bathroom and bigger walk in closet. I say I am HOPING to do this. I've been there 2 weeks, and it's just too small, and the lelefants will drive me mad. I talked to the leasing office and now just waiting to hear what the mucky mucks say about it. Cross your fingers!! Tomorrow is back to court. Yay.. (laced heavily with sarcasm). We went last month, where I turned in pages and pages of everything going on etc... and he showed up with no lawyer. Seems he got dropped. Quelle Horreur. NOT! It was bound to happen. Anyway, seeing as he had no lawyer he played stupid and said he didn't know HOW to turn in the requested papers that he needed (with over a month to FIND HELP, WHATEVER LOSER). So the "sub" judge that day decided that we needed to go back to mediation and that the kid needed to as well, and let's all meet back "tomorrow". I put in my papers for her to see him every other Saturday 8 am - 8 pm. That's it. Since she HASN'T seen him since last year, she's on HONOR ROLL. She's not stressed about him, she concentrates on her homework and DOES IT etc... I see no need for week day visits just so he can yell at her... again. Now, after she went to her mediation and told me what she said to the lady, I don't THINK he'll actually get any because even when he sent the sheriff to my house, to make her go see him, the sheriff said "We can't make her go, you have a good night" and left. So... we'll see what they say. Found out a good friend of mine is going to be divorcing. He left her, no reason why nothing. Just "I'm done". I personally can understand that, because that was me when I left. I was DONE. Seems he's lied and there is someone else, after repeatedly denying it. Long story short, caught him. And what's worse, it's a friend of Hers. :'( So, spending time with her, doing what I can to be supportive. And I have court tomorrow for my own crap. Easter is next weekend, and we were invited to go the Havafew for it. (Not taking the boat out tho). We decided to go (yesterday) and today I thought about it, they will be gone, so bug and I can be home this weekend and NOT have to do anything for anyone. We can go to the community breakfast with the Easter Bunny and just do "our thing" and talk and get back to some kind of "normal", together. Whatever that is. Sometimes you don't realize you're actually drowning when you are trying to be everyone else's anchor
2013 was quite the year. A LOT of changes, tears, heartache, happiness, you know a "Typical" year. Donor hasn't been much help with the kid. She is AMAZING. In the past month or so, she and I have laid out her game plan for High School (she starts later this year), and the majority of high school (10 - 12th grades) that she will also be taking college courses so that she can graduate High School with her diploma, as well as her AA in something chemistry related she says. She hasn't seen "him" in a couple months. Not even Christmas. Stopped seeing her during the week back in august of last year, and only a handful of weekends here and there, some of which he took her to friends, and didn't actually "see her". He's not the point of this anyway. Saw my brother for the first time in years, only to have him USE ME yet again, and I fell for it. I'm an idiot. I gave up a LOT of my time, and energy and me in general last year. Taking a look at my life and finances, there is no way for the kid to go to college. Well, without taking out loans etc, and I can't buy us a home. The point is, I have to save a LOT of money to get her to college. I had no help growing up from MY parents really, so I will make sure I do whatever I can to get her where she wants to go professionally.. I don't know if my parents didn't do much to help because they had 3 kids or what.. but MINE (kid) has a bank account and is learning how to manage her money etc and she's just as excited as I am for what is to come. Here comes the year of sacrifice... With my job and where we live, I can't afford to save squat. So we are moving. For anyone that really knows me, this means usually I move wherever I can take my entire family. I can't just move anymore because I feel like it. Or like my dad used to say because my apartment got dirty.. I have to move logically.. Can the kid get to school? Do I know someone that she can hang out with before the long ride to school? Is there a bus? All these things have to be taken into consideration. Long story short, she and I made the decision last night, that we are giving up our beloved dogs. I'm shedding so many tears writing this just thinking of NOT having them in our lives. And it KILLS ME. I'm not only a parent to her, but to them as well. Sadly, I had to make the decision that living in a tiny 2 br apartment just us, is what we have to do, to save up money to put down for a house, and to pay for her schooling. I've not told anyone around me really, except my bff so that the kid can hang out with her in the morning before school, but that's it. One the one hand I can literally feel my heart breaking into a million pieces, not having my dogs to greet me every day, and wake me up at 2 am to go outside to pee. I've had them since they were babies.. BUT I KNOW they will find a good home. I already imagine where they will live. Will they think I just up and left them? THAT is THE worst feeling I have right now. That is killing me. I need to take a break for a minute.. the tears won't stop. Anyway, will they understand that I have to do what I have to do for her and our little family? I looked at other places that TAKE pets.. they are both over 50lbs.. bottom line, I have tried to figure out a way, and I don't have a choice. Once you feel your heart actually break, it is REALLY hard to stop the tears from falling. We are selling all of our things, paying off all debt (a whopping 3 grand without my car)... and save every single penny, increase my credit score, and buy a home for us. We are soooo excited for it, and understand we do have to sacrifice everything this year, so that next year can be perfect and awesome. I know there are other people worse off than me and others that have everything in the world.. I have what I have, and soon, won't be much, but I have my kid.. and that is my entire life.
I HATE being uninspired. My last entry was a few months back... And the end result of THAT day was damn near the same as any other day in court.. Pieces of data were missing, someone needs to find it.. blah blah.. Back again next month. Fast forward a few months. Feb 15th. I won't go into the annoying shitty details, but now rather than going to his house sat 8am she goes Friday after school. She's very angry. The counselor flat out LIED in her report and put words into my mouth that were never said. Long story short, I'm kind of GLAD she goes Friday - Sunday night now. These last few months have been... beyond rough. Arguments escalated between she and I as well as he and I. And she turned 13 this month to boot. AND that whole "became a woman" thing hit. She's an emotional hormonal wreck. I have just been ignoring everything. I stopped my smoothies, and my diet went to shit. I have gained like 10 lbs in the last few months. My jeans don't fit. What did I do? How did I get here? Doesn't really matter anymore. I have already started changing things. :) One is I got my new Vitamix 750 Pro. OH BOY DO I LOVE IT. I'm back on my smoothies and have already dropped a few pounds because of it. A friend of mine has some health issues, so I told him he should be drinking green smoothies.. I made the following recipe and brought him some. He was REALLY surprised how yummy it was... It's nice to help others.. balances out shitty days at home. :) 6 or so leaves of Kale a handful of Italian Parsely a handful of regular Parsely 6 leaves Dandelion Root a peeled knuckle size chunk of ginger a few shakes of cinnamon 2 tsp raw organic honey some ground up rolled oats (like flour consistency) 10oz green tea 1/2 fresh pineapple WITH the core 1 green apple 1 banana 1 orange (WITH the white pith skin part) 1 bag organic frozen raspberries 2 tsp flax meal 2 tsp maca powder 1/2 lemon juice Blend it all in a big blender, it yields about 64 ounces of yummy smoothies... I usually put 1/2 in 32oz mason jars and drink one each day. 1/2 for Breakfast and 1/2 for lunch or snack. GOOD stuff... Note: I never measure smoothies.. just toss stuff into the blender... if it doesn't taste good after blending, just add more sweet stuff :) Tonight I am going to mix it up and use a grapefruit and add some cucumber.. Have a great day er'body~
This is it. Tomorrow is the trial. Many of you know the situation that Dano "The Kid" and I have been on our own for a while now. Since June 2011 to be exact. Her "Dad" finally went over the edge so to speak and long story short, was charged by the state for domestic violence after Dano had to call 911 on him and have him arrested. This is not the first occurrence. This was the 5th I believe. There was another police report for a different time it happened, that time he tried to run me over AND slashed a tire. Quite honestly, I know what it feels like to not be able to "let go" of someone (NOT HIM in my case). Anyway the court took away his custody and adjusted his visitation to only day visits. No overnights for the last year and a half. She had ONE recently, as a trial. Her bed hadn't been slept in, in well over a year, she said there were spider webs etc. He "brushed off" the bed, and made her sleep there. I have thought of a MULTITUDE of ways to handle myself at the trial tomorrow. He has a lawyer. An idiot one at that. I am kind of hoping that he comes in, guns a blazing with a bunch of finger pointing and she did/said this/that blah blah. I am not backing down nor conceding however, I am not going that route. I have 100 pages of texts back/forth with him, stating A LOT. He's threatened her. He's bailed out on her for HIS COURT ORDERED weekends with her, to go to the river 2 times and to Las Vegas JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND!! I am not going in with this date he did this, and so on and so forth. I am going just speak from my heart, and lay it all on the line. After 1 1/2 years, and ZERO resolutions, compromise (except on my end, I compromised way more than I should have) we can not agree to anything. So now the judge will decide what happens. Not only that, but the judge for the last 1 1/2 years, was worthless, and tomorrow is the LAST court date with A NEW JUDGE. WTH!? Dano has told the court two times already, told HIM and the counselor that she does NOT WANT TO LIVE WITH HIM. She also wrote a letter to the court and sealed it in an envelope for me to give to the judge that states HER words. I don't know what else I can do. I don't have money to fork out for a lawyer. They couldn't say or express my feelings as a mother anyway. I'm scared. I'm scared for Dano that she just might have to live with him part time again. She cries every time she comes home. He calls her a liar, belittles her... She finally told him yesterday "I can't take this anymore.. I don't want to be with you..." As a parent, as hard as it may be, but if your child does not want to see you... WHY WOULD YOU FORCE THEM to continue to do that!??! It would be the hardest thing for me to let her go, but I would do it. For her. I wouldn't force her to want to see me. Granted, I personally, would need to be committed shortly thereafter, but that's just me. He's doing just fine with his new girlfriend and her daughter... I wish he would just move on. Anyway, this is it. Please pray for me, whatever few of you that read this.. I've given up any semblance of a life, to do whatever I can for Dano. I don't go out, haven't seen a bar to "party" for years.. I don't go to the river.. (Man, I'd LOVE to get a way!) I can't afford to do that stuff trying to feed and clothe a growing 12 year old.. Add to that some other personal issues, that have just compounded everything, I don't "deserve" a break per se, but a little Happiness for a while, would be nice.
LIES. I hate them. Despise them. Probably because I was so good at it long LONG ago, then it all blew up in my face. Live and learn. Now, I just will not lie. Period. If you don't like what I have to say, I'm sorry, but it's the truth. I don't have to REMEMBER what I said, or to whom, because what I say is the truth regardless who hears it. If you want to know something and expect HONESTY, then by all means, ask me. I am not all THAT stupid and I realize kids lie. But when you are MY kid, and You KNOW that I can't stand lies, WHY ON EARTH would you keep trying to do it. WHITE LIES ARE STILL LIES. Ok, yes, I am sure I've told a few white lies, perchance to spare someones feelings or something. Dano can't seem to get the truth out no matter what because "Either way, I'm gonna be in trouble". See.. No. Not true. If I ask you to do something, and you don't "get around to doing it", not a real biggie.. sure I might make some kind of grunting noise or whatever, but it is what it is.. Now, when you talk to me on the phone, and tell me flat out "Yup I did it", and then I come home and I know you blatantly LIED to me.. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN!?!? Now, you are grounded.. No bike, scooter, skateboard. No Tv, no tablet, no phone, no computer. Nothing. Nada. No you can't play with your friends. You get to sit in your room AGAIN either going thru all your clothes, socks whatever to see what doesn't fit, etc.. and think about your behaviour. Seriously. This is ridiculous She has to be bored at this point sitting in her room staring at the walls. I don't even know WHAT to do anymore. Like, I went so far as to pretty much threaten her, that when I go to trial in 2 weeks, I'll just tell the court to go back to 50/50 custody and she can stay with him again... of course she flipped out, and said no (well cried "no) etc.. so, I'm at my wits end. 12 years old sucks. No, I don't remember this age.. Hell I don't remember much of ANYTHING really growing up. I see pictures, and have zero recollection of being there. Anyway... HELP!