Self Imposed Time-Out!


I’m a bad, bad, putty-tat!

My little demon kitty, I mean my little angel…I caught her like this.  She must have done something that I have yet to find out about and decided she better put herself in time-out before I did!  It was too cute to pass up!

What funny thing does your little creature do?

Bronchitis…Pneumonia…Oh No!

The whole month of October flew out the window without much notice.  Days passed me by and I couldn’t tell you if it was Monday or Friday.  That time of year to “fall-back” with time change, and now, it’s November! What?!  Twilight zone just happened and I was cast right in the middle of a confusing episode!

I’ve been absent from the blogging world for some time.  Sadly, I’ve missed so many of my favorite bloggers posts.  Having moments here and there to read some of them has given me hope that all my days aren’t filled with coughing, fevers, aches, pains, nose blowing, and the sounds of the breathing machine whirling at what seems like a constant in the background, oh my!

My kid has been down with bronchitis and pneumonia for many weeks, poor thing.  Then my other one decides he can’t be left out and got it too!  I hear it’s going around the college campus and hundreds of kids have it!  Gah!!!!  They should have posted warnings that everyone should come to school with surgical masks or a diving helmet.  You know the kind the underwater divers wear? Or a giant bubble you can encase yourself in to protect yourself from the elements!  Seriously though, you can practice good washing habits and dress accordingly, but sometimes that just isn’t enough.

After weeks of caring for the family, I too got struck with some kind of bug.  It wasn’t a bad one, but then again, what is bad?  For me, I’d have to be almost dead on an emergency helicopter on the way to the closest hospital, before I call it bad.  I got the on and off fever and the nagging cough that wouldn’t allow me to sleep even a couple of hours through the night.  For a moment I thought I was going to have to turn in my “S” card (superwoman).  I was determined not to let it get the best of me. I powered down a ton of vitamin drinks and elixirs that could make one question my sanity.  I didn’t care.  I wasn’t going to let this bug turn into something Halloween dragged to my door.  After a few days of bewitching potions and concoctions I am proud to say my “S” card is safely tucked into the back pocket of my work jeans! Rawr! I told that bug where to go.  Okay, so my voice is still gone, but then again I never liked the sound of it much anyway.

So wash those hands, bundle up, and if all else fails and you catch it anyway…find the remote, have a good friend on speed dial and grab a huge thermos of something hot.

Miss you all and can’t wait to catch up! Hugs, Koko


Autumn is near…

Autumn is near, I can see it in the fall of the leaves.  I get excited as I arm myself with a rake.  Big piles of golden brown leaves almost as high as I am tall!  I gather them up eagerly as a squirrel gathers up his nuts.  Standing back I see mounds of happiness as it makes me wanna jump.  No one is watching.  I dive in!  I am a kid again.



Are you a fan of Autumn? What’s your favorite time of the year/why?

The Great Pleasure in Life…


“ The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ”
— Walter Bagehot

You go through life starting at a young age with restrictions people put on you.  You can’t do this or that because you are…too short, too tall, a boy, a girl, ….  But why can’t I…?  There were many struggles I had growing up.  I was too short, a girl, and really small for my age.  I was always the last one picked for a playground kickball game.  I was never the one anyone wanted to join in their circle of friends. I was the different looking one too which didn’t help.  I heard the, “You can’t…” speech over, and over, growing up.

One would think I would want my life differently, to be treated a different way, but not really.  It was in those days where I learned to be, well…me.  I was scared a lot, especially when kids at my school threatened to cut all my hair off (I had very long hair; almost half my height long).  When the threats turned to putting gum in it and then spitting on me, well it really made me sad.  Sad I was never accepted and sad that I could not do what they all said I couldn’t. I was too scared to try.  But again, I was glad for all of that….in a way.  😉

Now I try to do everything.  If I don’t know how, then I learn.  Of course there are still things I cannot do, like dunk a basketball, though I did play basketball in high school, yep, all five foot one inch! A goofy site I’m sure, but what fun I had.  I can’t reach things high on shelves, but I can climb like any nimble spider monkey can.

You can learn to do a lot of things. How do you know you can’t, if you don’t or aren’t given the chance to try?

Raising my own kids, those words never entered the picture.  They wanted to surf; we learned it.  They wanted to know more about animals; we got memberships to the aquarium and the zoo. They wanted to learn how to play instruments; we got the drums for my son and a guitar (my daughter sold her horse to buy it.  She was five at the time), and they taught themselves how to play.  When my daughter wanted to learn algebra, she got the C/D rom out and taught herself; I think she was in the third grade.  My son wanted to build a catapult to win a contest at school.  He built it and won!  Both kids are self teachers.  They want to learn something, they learn it.  The, “I can’t do___”, doesn’t enter their realm of thinking.

So you see, I don’t regret my experiences.  I would do them again in exactly the same way, because I’ve been able to help shape two human beings into the, “I CAN DO___”.  And that was worth every fear and challenge I went through.

By the way…I was just told, my niece, who is in her last year of high school, made the high school football team.  She is their starter kicker.  A girl, who is only five feet four inches, had the “I CAN DO___” attitude.

To all that is out there that think, “I can’t do___” because someone else says you can’t, think again.  Change those thoughts, make new friends, new acquaintances, and change who you are around, because you are the only restriction.  Be that little engine that could, (cute children’s story, “The Little Engine That Could”).  And don’t listen to negative people.

You can do!  Peace all, Koko

No More Kisses!

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“Come on Mom, my friends are watching!”

I guess she wanted no part of loving. LOL…It’s incredible to me how much I’ve come to adore this furry little monster.  She’s comical at times, cheeky at best, and loving when only when it’s me and her. If one of her adopted siblings are around, she doesn’t dare snuggle.  She’s off in some hidden place as if to say, “I want mom to myself”.

Today is Monday.  Labor Day here in the United States.  Everyone is supposed to take the day off.  It also signals the end of BBQ season.  In fashion it’s the end of wearing light summer suits for men and the white pants for women.  It’s an interesting custom, one which I don’t practice.  I for one BBQ year round and if I want to wear white in the winter, so be it.

I am off to the market for BBQ things.  I don’t know if I have ever barbecued on Labor Day before.  It just happens the whole family is home and it’s such a beautiful day, grilling just makes sense.  So to you all out there, I hope your day is BBQ beautiful and you are out enjoying it…..Koko❀ ✿ ❁ ✾