When I was a kid, I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of guitars. I remember telling my parents that I wanted to learn to play the guitar, so they bought me an inexpensive acoustic guitar for a gift. I took lessons for a short while, but my fingers could not stand the pain of pressing against the strings, and I did not appreciate the music teacher’s methods of teaching me how to play. I spent months in a group class, where he lectured on how to read music (I already KNEW how to read music) and he never did bother to teach me how to play any songs at all! I think that if my parents had signed me up for classes with a different teacher, maybe I’d be a famous guitar player by now!

An age old tradition

Mothers Day Flowers (free clip art)

Mothers Day Flowers (free clip art)

For as long as I can remember, our family has always sent mother’s day flowers to grandmothers, aunts, and mothers using FTD! We’ve always depended on their high quality and beautiful arrangements. With mother’s day fast approaching, anyone who is planning to have flowers sent to their mothers would be well advised to order them now! Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are the two busiest times of year for the florist industry!

I can remember the times before the Internet was invented how easy it was to look up a FTD florist in the yellow pages of the telephone book, call them up and order a beautiful arrangement, having it charged to my credit card. Now with the invention of the Internet, it is even easier, and you can see what you are ordering, which makes it even better!

Most career oriented families could use some help!

When I was working full time (actually working 50 hours a week,) taking college courses at night, and raising my two young sons (as a single mother) I found life to be extremely challenging! I could not afford to hire anyone to help me do anything. I was living hand-to-mouth. People would ask me “how do you do it all” and I would reply “it takes a lot of planning, a lot of dedication, and a lot of prioritizing.”

There is a lot more to life beyond just house cleaning when you are working and raising a family. You sometimes have to lower your standards, and sometimes you have to say “no” to people that ask you to help out with things that they want help with. I would have loved to be able to be the mother that was going to go on all of the class field trips and bake all of the cupcakes and cookies to bring to class parties. Unfortunately, there just were not enough hours in the day. That is why I am always supportive of any family where all of the adults in the family have to work when they are able to find ways to lessen their work load! If they have the resources to get help with anything that needs to be done to keep the household running, I am 100% in favor of it!

Big guns

This past week I kept hearing very loud noises, like dynamite, and the house kept shaking. My hubby and I thought it WAS nearby road construction, and we talked about it a little bit. I told him that I thought that it could be some military exercises going on at Quantico, but he expressed his opinion that Quantico was too far away from our house for us to be able to be hearing and feeling those effects. A little while later, my sister asked me if I had felt the house shaking. She was concerned that it might have been earthquakes, and she was frightened! Understandably so, as there have been some earthquakes in recent years in the area.

I told her that I thought it might be the big guns at Quantico, but she also expressed her opinion that Quantico was too far away for us to be experiencing the sound and the vibrations. I told her that there was a lot of Facebook chatter about it, and that they said it was Quantico. I decided to do a little bit of online research on the subject, and discovered that there are some nearby military practice fields that are considered to be part of Quantico, even though Quantico itself is a long distance away! I found a website that talked about how Quantico WAS conducting training sessions with their big cannons that week, and an explanation that on overcast days the noise is louder and carries a further distance.

I showed that article to both my hubby and my sister, and told them what I had learned. I think that everyone felt a little better, knowing what was the reason for the noise and the vibrations!

So many different things to learn

I really try hard to take an interest in what my friends and relatives do, but there are so many things to learn that it can make my head spin sometimes! For example, last night I was over at Rod’s house, and a few of his musician friends came over. They decided to have a jam session (what fun!) but I really felt out of place (and stupid) when they started talking about some technical things. For example, when Joshua was telling Sean that he had just ordered a new bridge pickup online and was anxious for it to arrive, I had no idea what he was talking about! To me, a bridge is something that spans a river, ravine, or road. And a pickup is what you drive over the bridge!