Daily Archives: August 7, 2017

View From A Height

I found myself standing on the purple and pink stool my daughter uses to wash her hands in the bathroom sink. I knew I would need a stool this time, it needed to be higher than last time. I also knew I needed to use a belt that would close tight with my weight, and […]

Ambling Through Life…Or Is It Mental Illness?

Please Note: This piece is written solely from a personal perspective. I am in no way implying that anyone with low grades or laziness has a mental illness. I remember back in Grade 8 my English teacher told my parents … Continue reading

After….math

Suffice it to say the pony party for Spook Saturday went ok. My stomach was a wreck from the moment I woke to hours after we got back and I barely slept Friday night…Fortunately, everyone was civilized. Sorta. This dysfunctional family always has an incident or two but at least they were like dud firecrackers instead of bottle rockets.

That is Spook riding the pony Sassy Pants. I thought it was so nice they had all the pink ribbons in her mane and such. She only gave a ride or two then they noticed a limp and she has the equivalent of a human with an ingrown toe nail so she has to see a vet.

That is Pepper pony, the kids rode him a bit more but honestly…I felt bad for the ponies as well as my uncle traveling 90 miles to bring them to town (Bumfuck, not our town) and the various brats paid more attention to the swingset and trampoline. I kept walking over to pet the ponies and talk to them and tell them thank you for letting the kids ride them.

The PLUS side was my sister’s friend M and her brood didn’t come and her friend Bty showed minus her bf and his 3 spawns. Down side, there were 40 people there and only 8 were remotely related or known to me. I had such stomach issues I kept running in to use the bathroom which of course made everyone assume I was anti social and convinced I am too good for them. Then my uncle made a comment about how I don’t talk much but HELLOOOO? Anxiety around crowds.

Genius stepmonster served 40 pork chops with one package of buns and an empty bottle of bbq sauce.

The horse cake dad’s neighbor made.

As for me…I tossed some fake blue streaks in my hair just to keep with being ‘the weird one’ in the family Their weird is my awesome.

(I even wore make up and earrings, Trintellix must be doing something good!!!)

Perhaps not my finest parental moment, I begged my kid for this from her temp tattoo gift she got cos…

I AM…THE FLASH. The little known blue one, anyway.

My part in the birthday shindig was to let her friend S sleep over 2 nights and I took them to Wendy’s for 50 cent Frosty’s then a free ferris wheel ride (it started pouring rain once we got stopped at the top and then they shut it down, we were all drenched).

Tonight is just pizza and cake and ice cream at my mom’s. I’d say no biggie but I just know my sister’s friends and all their spawns will be there, ugh. They are so much older than Spook, they just come for the free food. I will tough it out. Because I have to.

What has me stressing is her meth head friends, I mentioned them in a prior post. Well they need a place to live and everyone knows my slumlord pretty much rents to anyone if they have the cash and now my sis and them are expecting me to be a reference. Honestly, I don’t know these people well (I do like J’s mom a lot) but what I do know…I ain’t putting my residency on the line to back some meth heads who lost custody of 3 kids. (I forgot they had the third one, he was taken away when he was so little but seems to be thriving away from them so good for him.) They do drugs, sell drugs, are renowned for house hopping and bailing when they have no money…

I can’t be judging on the house hop thing, I have found myself many times in the situation of no money thus having to bail out of a rental place and I have shit references to prove it. I’ve been here 8 years and shit as it may be, for the rent I pay and all the inclusions and space…I’m not getting tossed out for these meth heads I don’t much know. (I hooked the donor up with them when he wanted to buy pot back in the day, not sure that’s saying I know them, simply of them.)

Grr, being put in these spots. And I had money stolen from my purse Saturday at the shindig cos for whatever bizarre reasons various redneck teenagers were there (for the free food, I guess, dad and his woman know them) but I can’t dare mention it or file a report because then it will start family war and their friends’ perfect teen snowflakes would never mess with an unattended purse let alone steal…

Right now Spook has her friends R and S here on my living room floor and they’re into my 40 plus bottle nail polish stash and I think our brain cells are dying off from the bloody fumes. But birthday girl and all that stuff. I only spent about $22 on her birthday and feel cheap but at least she got three shindigs and more stuff out of it.

Now mommy wants someone to gift her with a spork of fortitude/aka/Canadian whiskey and coke.

Fuck me, right? Meh. 9 days and she’s back in school. Tick tock. Can’t wait. R best not bug me because I texted him twice as there is a hose hanging off my car which might be why it is running so crappy but he can’t even bother with a ten second ‘fuck you’ reply. When he needs his stupid parts, the favor will be repaid.

Not petty. Turnabout.


Small Footprint

I’m so excited about these no plastic food wraps. They’re made by a company called etee based in Toronto, Canada. They are made of Hemp and Organic Cotton, Organic Clove, Cinnamon and Jojoba Oils, Coniferous Tree Resin, and Beeswax. And they are completely compostable and biodegradable.
I have ordered a set of three obviously, but I promise I have nothing whatsoever to do with this company, I’m not an investor or a salesperson for them 😉 I’m just so happy that we have this beautiful alternative to plastic and we can cut down on some of the plastic that fills our landfill and destroys our oceans. The link for this company is below. As usual, I’ve copied and pasted information from their website below as well. Please take a look and help save mother earth!

 

https://www.shopetee.com/

SAY GOODBYE
TO PLASTIC

JOIN THE REVOLUTION

WE HATE PLASTIC…

Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh.

But we really can’t stand single use plastics like plastic wrap, sandwich bags, grocery bags and cutlery.  Every time we throw that stuff in the garbage we’re hit with a pang of guilt and frustration because we know it’s not good for our bodies or our planet.

So we searched for a natural solution and got inspired by…  KING TUT!  Yup, turns out ancient Egypt’s most renowned Pharaoh had a trick or two up his sleeve, er, ‘mummy wrap’.  You can learn all about it here.

A NATURAL, BETTER WAY…

FOOD WRAP

How Do They Work?

Simply warm them in your hands and wrap them around produce, bowls, sandwiches, nuts, snacks, cheese and cooked / smoked meats – virtually any perishable.  The wraps stick to themselves and provide a clean and protective seal.

How do I get them to Stick to Bowls?

If you want your wraps to firmly stick to bowls, we recommend activating them to ensure they adhere properly.  To activate your wraps, roll each wrap into a ball in your hands like you’re kneading dough, the combination of warmth and motion will make them forever tacky.  Once activated ensure that you stick the wraps to themselves, not just the bowl, to make sure they provide a good seal.  Check out the 0:04 mark of this video to see how.

Reusable?  I Don’t Get it, Won’t They Get Dirty?  

Fear not friend.   After use, simply rinse in cold water – hot water will reduce the wax coating – and wash with an eco-friendly soap (avoid alcohol based soaps) and a soft sponge, just like you would a plate or bowl.  Once clean you can either hang to dry or use a towel and re-use immediately.  They may – with certain foods like pomegranate – develop a darker patina, but as long as you keep working them they’ll keep delivering freshness.

How Long Do The Food Wraps Last?

On average, each sheet should get about 120 – 150 uses, but it ultimately depends on how often and how intensively and for what purpose you use them.  Some people will get a year out of them – especially when used as bowl toppers – while others who beat them up on a daily basis may get closer to 5 / 6 months.

What kind of dye is used? Is it Fair Trade cotton?

Fair question! All our dyes are non toxic and free of heavy metals, AZOs and formaldehyde found in typical textile dyes.  They also utilize very little water, of which a great portion is recycled. They are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard – recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres – which means they are also in compliance with social criteria. You can learn more here: http://www.global-standard.org/

Will They Work In A Freezer?

30 days or less, yes!  But they’re not recommended for uncooked meat.

What Sizes Do They Come In?

Each pack includes:

  1. Small Teal wrap (7″ x 8″) – good for cut cucumbers, avocados, small trail mix, fruit and to top jars.
  2. Medium Green wrap (10″ x 11″) – good for cheese, large trail mix, half a sandwich, half a cabbage, medium bowls, grape tomatoes and baked goods
  3. Large Grey wrap (12″ x 14″) – good for sandwiches & left over pizza slices, celery, cheese, larger bowl or dish, larger melon, grapes, greens, beans and asparagus.
What Shouldn’t They Be Used For? 
Avoid uncooked meats, long term freezer use (more than a month) and microwaves (unless you want to add a little beeswax soup to your bowl of zoodles).

BAGS & ACCESSORIES

Why Organic Cotton?

When I first heard about organic cotton, I didn’t really get it. Organic food made sense,
but I didn’t understand why Organic cotton was so important. But it turns out that cotton requires a lot of processing and it’s really hard on fields, which in turn runs off into our water table.


Here’s a quote from Huff Post that elaborates:

“What makes organic materials, like cotton, so much better than the conventional ones? Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. A big effort in the organic movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton uses far less water too.”
Why Reclaimed Leather?

Leather looks cool and it’s super useful, but due to animal treatment and the cattle industry’s impact on global warming, not to mention the issues surrounding how leather is tanned, we wanted to avoid virgin leather.

Please don’t feel judged if you eat cows, or use leather – we do too – but this was an experiment to see how practical it is to avoid virgin leather. Turns out it’s possible, but requires a bit of digging. After a number of trials, we settled on old horse straps and reins from a Mennonite farmer we met outside of Toronto.

 

Here’s a quote from Cosmopolitan that elaborates:

 

“…When it comes down to it, the cruelty faced by animals, the environmental degradation, and the awful working conditions of the poor who are forced to take up work in slaughterhouses and tanneries­—the price we as a civilization are paying for a handbag or car seats is just too much. No matter how hard activists work, we will never be able to entirely stop the cruelty or the ecological damage.”

UGH! To My Chagrin, it’s fund raising time again

This is my campaign.

I have done the math ten ways from last Sunday and next Sunday and…I cannot pull off the one thing my home needs the most: an exterminator.

The landlord won’t spray and every time someone moves out, the bugs move in with me. I had it under control 2 years ago after spending hundreds on over the counter stuff (Advion gel and Combat gel bait are THE BEST) then my skanky neighbors moved and I pleaded with the landlord to at least have his guys spray a line between our homes to block the bugs from coming here and he didn’t do it.

My kid had a friend sleepover for her birthday and I was MORTIFIED when the kid went to get a cup from the cabinet and a cockroach fell on her.

This goes beyond me being a less than stellar housekeeper as the roaches were here when we moved in 8 years ago and even then the landlord said nope, he only sprays once before people move in, after that, it’s on us renters.

Just by doing this campaign I am embarrassing myself and probably putting it out there that I am a bad mom thus some well meaning but still an asshole could claim I am unfit and they could take my kid away from me.

But this time…This is necessity. Even if you’re in the same boat as me and can’t donate, spread the campaign link on social media and share, share, share. I’m doing all I can with the stuff on hand but it’s not killing the nest and even the bug foggers have failed. I need a professional and they’re not doing it just because my kid is cute and I can be flattering. And if you don’t trust internet people doing the right thing with the money, feel free to just mail me the bug killing products. That is all I want. Not an iphone or ipad or better car or nice clothes. I just want my kid to be able to fetch a cup or plate without a bug crawling out of the cabinet.

So…if you can, I hope you will. If you can spread the word, yes, please. And if you can’t do either, it’s ok, cos I get it.

I haven’t done a campaign in a long time because I try to make do with what I’ve got but this bug problem…

Spook and I need help.


Vacation

Took a little hiatus to go on vacation to New Orleans.   We ate some good food and had fun going to the various family attractions–the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo, mainly. We got a personal tour of the Bible Museum that my father-in-law had built in the seminary down there and it was very nice.  So that was a new experience.

This week the youngest starts school. tomorrow actually. She seems to be looking forward to it so that is good.  WE go to open house today and meet the teachers so that will be interesting.  That’s really all I’m looking at that I have to do today. WEll, my oldest and I will likely go grocery shopping at some point since we’ve been gone with only a little food in the house.

I really made it through the trip okay.  I went to bed early, but that’s pretty par for the course for me on vacation.  My mood held even when things went a little south with the weather and we got caught in the downpours. WE barely got out of town before the pumps failed and serious flooding began. So it was a lot of rain.

 

 

 


Darkest of Caverns

My broken and narrow view
Keeps me perched
Perhaps trapped
In the darkest of caverns
My mind can house
Shadows crowd along
These walls of discomfort
Egregious chants
Start as a whisper
Only to ricochet
And echo
Through the cold stark
Space
Of both
Conscious and unconscious