Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Secrets My Family Doesn't Want Me To Tell

Hidden in my head are thousands – you heard me – THOUSANDS of secrets I've been sworn not to tell ANYBODY.

Sometimes I sneak those little secrets into blogs  – disguised. But seriously, you have no idea how many times friends and family tell me things I am sworn NOT to tell.

Since my family doesn't read my blogs, I'd like to share one of those dirty little secrets here – in this blog – UNdisguised. My family doesn't read my blogs anyway (evil grin).

Yes, sad as it is to write it, and even more sad to actually admit it, my family doesn't read my blogs.

However, I should probably add that since I posted a title that's sure to arouse curiosity, some of them may actually read this one and then expel a huge sigh of relief when they realize I haven't divulged more than just one secret.

The secret? My family doesn't read my blogs. (I can hear the heart flutters easing as I write that last sentence.)

Though they will never admit to having read this blog, I have the satisfaction of knowing they probably did.

Light bulb moment: I think I've just discovered how to get my family to read my blogs!

Disclaimer: two of my family members sometimes (emphasis on sometimes) read my blogs and I'm sure they are breathing HUGE sighs of relief right now.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mona Lisa Taylor – My Granddaughter's 1st Play – Watch Out Broadway!

My granddaughter, Taylor, just acted and sang in her first play, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr., which I and my youngest daughter, Brittney, along with two of her children, Audrey and Nolan, got to see with Taylor's mom, grandma, and brothers, Kaden and Zac.

The original Flat Stanley project is a literacy program that allows children around the globe to "publish stories, describe local traditions and scenery, talk about Stanley's adventures, and post pictures" (from the Flat Stanley web site). 

In the case of the play though, Flat Stanley is a character who finds himself suddenly flat after being crushed in bed. The advantages of being flat are that he can place himself in an envelope and mail himself to all parts of the world. 

Taylor played the role of Mona Lisa, a painting at the Louvre that talked. She and the whole crew had practiced for so many hours over so many days, I shouldn't have been surprised that it ran as smoothly as it did. What a talented little group!

Taylor looked so comfortable on the stage, I saw Broadway lights flashing in my mind and I couldn't help but be proud of her for memorizing her lines and for playing the part of Mona Lisa so well. Her brother, Zac, couldn't help but blurt out her name every time he saw her either. His other grandma and I kept shushing him, but he had such a big wide grin on his face, I thought his little outbursts were really cute and I think Taylor thought so too. Zac was obviously happy to see his sister on stage.

The play was funny and cute, and I really enjoyed it, but the part I loved the best was at the very end, after all of the cast members had taken their bows – there was Taylor jumping up and down and clapping, because she was so happy. (I wonder if anybody caught her exhilaration on camera).

Great job, Mona Lisa Taylor.

By the way Flat Stanley has a Facebook page and you can follow Stanley with the Flat Stanley App (just click the links). 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mold and Musty Odors

Here we go again. If you have read any of my previous blogs, or if you know me, you know that once one problem surfaces, other underlying problems arise and my problems keep growing and growing and … (just keep going).

Anyway, last spring I discovered that my ceiling was leaking. I won't discuss any further the problems that resulted from having to get my ceiling repaired and then my vent caps replaced, nor will I whine about the resulting cost that included my ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR deductible. But I will discuss another problem that occurred simultaneously.

At about the same time my roof leaked, so too did my kitchen sink, and, because of my allergies and the mold problem that resulted from a leaky sink, and because I ended up in the hospital with an asthma attack and pneumonia, I had my son-in-law and my daughter-in-law's sister's boyfriend (sorry – I realize how complicated that sounds) install a new sink.

However, they didn't completely seal the area underneath the sink, so for the past several months, the sink had been leaking (unbeknown to me) and the floorboard under the sink was covered with mold. 

In my defense, I rarely visit the area beneath my sink, because I have my dish detergent ON my sink. My other cleaning supplies are located in the laundry room.

This past weekend one of my daughter's boyfriends tried to repair the broken sink, but could tighten only one side and will have to come back to repair the other in a couple of weeks because he had to go to the store to purchase something I didn't have and he didn't have time to stay. 

Now, when I need a plastic garbage bag, I open the cabinet under the sink, quickly grab a bag, and slam the door shut, because I still have a mold problem. 

UnfortunateIy I cannot destroy the hideous mold smell because the only company I know that handles musty odor removal is in Austin, and I live in Illinois – I'm going to have to devise another plan to remove the mold and musty odor from beneath my sink. Perhaps an exorcism would work.