Mama Diaries

Monday, January 26, 2015

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I'd like to thank Susanne Drazic for bestowing the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on me.  Susanne has been my blog friend for many years, and I think she was one of my first followers.  She's a very nice lady!  If you don't know her, be sure to stop by and pay her a visit.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.

2. Display the award logo.

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers (more or less) and provide a link where they may be found.

4. Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

I'll start with what has inspired me over the last few weeks.

You're going to think this is funny, but my relatively new blogger friend, Michael D'Agostino recently did a sky diving adventure.  He posted a video of it.  As many of you know, skydiving is something that's on my bucket list.  Seeing that video, and reading about his experience, has inspired me even more to go jump out of an airplane.

A lot of you also know that I'm a professional musician.  One thing I've done recently, is serve as the coordinator for the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition.  I've heard a lot of extremely talented young people as they competed in this event, and listening to them perform, has inspired me to practice even more.

I read a newspaper article about a week ago, about a group of high school students who worked with a local rotary club to package 10,000 meals for hungry people.  That inspired me to do more to help alleviate the hunger problem.  If you want to learn about the program they were involved with, go to Stop Hunger Now's website .

Here are the bloggers:

Michael D'Agostino  (Funny guy with lots of great adventures.)

Sage (A great outdoors man.  I love seeing the pictures of his wanderings.)

Deanie Humphrys- Dunne (A very nice lady who shares inspiring stories of kids who show good character.)

Tracy Terry (A fellow writer with interesting book reviews.)

Peaches Ledwidge (Another long-time blogger friend who has written a couple of books, and overcame a lot of childhood adversity.)

Norbu Wangdi (A kind, humble man who shares a lot about his country and culture.)

Ivy at The Happy Wisk  (This lady can cook!  She inspires me to feed my family good food.) 

Chrys Fey (Always has great posts with helpful writing tips.)

Diana Jenkins (My critique partner from Cincinnati who taught me so much about writing, and inspires me to be a better writer and keep going.)

Keith at Optimistic Existentialist  (A super-nice person, whose posts always make you think.)

Milo James Fowler (I enjoy reading about his successes as an author because of his persistence and hard work, and it inspires me to keep going, even when the rejection letters are rolling in.)

If you have time, stop by and visit all these inspiring bloggers!

(Thanks for all the get-well wishes.  I'm feeling a little better, but my voice still isn't back.  Hopefully it'll return soon!)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Messed Up World

I think I caught somebody's Facebook sick status, because I have one awful cold that I can't seem to shake.  It's made me completely lose my voice, which isn't good, because it makes it hard to bark orders at everyone.  (That's my mom job!)

Yesterday, I was trying to tell my son something, and of course he couldn't understand a word I was saying.

"Mama," he said.  "My world is all messed up now!"

"What do you mean?" I whispered hoarsely.

"I can't identify your voice.  And I miss it.  It's one of my favorite voices."

I nodded.

He continued. "How am I supposed to know if you're my Mama, or if you're some alien who just invaded our house?"

Right.  I'm obviously some alien.  I sure hope the real Mama returns soon!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Share Your Thoughts Blog Hop

Jamie Ayres is celebrating the release of her book, 18 Thoughts, with this cool blog hop.  Participants are supposed to list thoughts that they live by.  If you're really ambitious (which I am), you can name 18.  Congratulations, Jamie!  And here are my 18 thoughts:

1. Work hard

2. Do my best

3. Be kind to others

4. Keep learning

5. Lend a helping hand

6. Think before I act

7. Speak the truth

8. Be a good example

9. Set goals

10. Learn from mistakes

11. Teach others

12. Be grateful

13. Count my blessings

14. Love my family

15. Encourage others

16. Give back

17. Keep trying

18. Dream big

What are some thoughts you live by?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tricky Leprechaun

If you visited a few days ago, you may recall the Leprechaun Trap project my son did for school.  (If you didn't read it, go here.)

Well, yesterday was the big day to take it to school and give a presentation.  Unfortunately, there was a small problem.  It fell apart during transportation.

"Just put it back together when you get to school.  You'll be fine," I said.

I emailed the teacher a couple of pictures of the finished product to help with the reassembly. She thanked me, and I thought no more about it.

When the boy got off the school bus that afternoon, he had a bag of Legos in his hand.

"Did you give your presentation?" I asked.

He shook his head.  "No.  One of the parts is missing.  The one that holds up the pulley system. I have to figure something else out and take it to school tomorrow."

"It probably just fell out of the bag and landed on the floor."

"No, Mama.  Someone took it."

"Who would've taken it?" I asked.

"A Leprechaun."

Of course.  Those tricky Leprechauns!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Death Juice

My teenage daughter is always trying new diets.  It seems to be the thing to do among kids her age.  The diet of the week is called a Paleo Diet.  Supposedly, it's all the natural stuff humans are supposed to consume. She read the list of foods and ingredients needed.  Since it was all healthy, I gave her the go ahead to try it.

Day one came, and on the breakfast menu, was a smoothie made of coconut milk, fresh berries and peanut butter.  She pulled out the blender, dumped in the ingredients, and pressed the "blend" button.  A couple minutes later, she had a brownish-purplish concoction.

She  poured it in a glass and took a sip.  "OMG. This is awful!"  (Yes, she literally did say, O M G.)

"It can't be that bad," I said.  "Let me try some."

I poured a little in my glass.  And let me tell you, she was right.  It was horrible!  I don't know what the problem was:  Bad berries.  Bad coconut milk.  But it was so bitter, that even I had to discard it.

"You know what this is?" my daughter said.  "Death juice!"

Needless to say, death juice is no longer on the Paleo Diet menu!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Leprechaun Trap

"Mama," my ten-year-old son said.  "I have to make a go kart."

"What?" I said.  I wondered why in the world he'd need one of those.

"I have a school project.  I have to make playground equipment or a leprechaun trap which uses six simple machines."

I thought about that.  "Dude.  I don't think a go kart qualifies as playground equipment, or a leprechaun trap.  And besides, how are you going to build a go kart?"

He shrugged.  "I thought you'd help."

Uh huh.  A science project for parents.

"You're going to do this.  And it's not going to be a go kart or some other monstrosity that we can't transport to school."

After a lot of talking about it, we finally settled on the Leprechaun trap.  Of course, he didn't know where to begin.  So I scribbled some ideas, using the six simple machines.  Then I hauled up the Legos and blocks.  "Here you go, kid.  Figure it out."

He did. With a little help from his Lego Master Mama.

Here's what we have:

  And here's how it works:  Leprechaun sees the sign, "Free Gold," and runs up the wedge ramp.  Then he climbs the incline plane and falls into the gold bin with a trapdoor floor.  If he's not stupid enough to fall into the gold bin, he'll see the see-saw lever reaching up to the hanging basket of gold (which of course is a pulley system using a wheel and axle and screw). His weight will cause the see-saw to tip, sending him into a hole, where he will be trapped.  Until the backhoe digs him out.

What do you think?  I'm fully expecting to catch a leprechaun. (I'll let you know if we do.)    

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Band Aid Boy

When I walked into the bathroom, yesterday, I saw a box of band aids open, and almost every band aid had been opened and tossed on the counter.  There had to be at least fifty band aids and wrappers lying there.  I knew who the culprit was.  "Bubba," I called.  "Come here!"

He came, and I pointed at the mess.  "What's this?"  I asked.

"I needed a band aid," he said.

"A band aid?  It looks like you needed about a hundred of them.  Why did you open every single band aid that was in the box?"

He showed me his finger which had three band aids on it.  "I got a really bad paper cut, and none of those other band aids worked."