a grandma’s wisdom

I mentioned that I was currently reading “Girl, Go Wash Your Face.” by Rachel Hollis. I am forcing myself to not blast through it as it’s a fun easy written yet highly entertaining in the sorda way your grandma would have talked to you.

Rachel is barely 30 I’m sure.. and she’s mortified that I just compared her to a Grandma, but since she has FAR more important things to worry about I’m sure I am safe, however… if you read the book you’ll find wisdom from hard things and that comes with age for most of us… so grandma it is.


I wish I would have thought to make list of all the things both my grandmas taught me. A couple that come to mind is if you worked all day for my Grandma Fork, pulling weeds in her gardens,  you’ll get a shiny new quarter.  A hard days work sometimes is more important that the monetary gain. 

My Grandma Spoon on the other hand loved having coffee with friends, and would only initially take half of the treat that you served her during coffee. And then later ask for the other half. A treat spread out makes the time you get to spend with people around the table having coffee last longer. 

Speaking of coffee.. I need to have a coffee time at the studio. Nothing on the agenda but talking with our faces out of electronics. We could play some records (they call them vinyl now. lol) and drink from our Correll coffee mugs. We could talk about anything but the weather and politics and leave as friends promising to make it a weekly habit.. and then accidentally never do it again because although it was fun at the time we didn’t accomplish anything but some sort of connection.. and it seems like everyone nowadays is connected anyways through social.  We will just make a Facebook group and get together there.

I also have no idea how to end this little post eloquently. Which is another thing my Grandma Fork was always so good at. When you left her house she would stand at the door and watch you leave, always. Even if you popped in for just a moment. She would calmly stand at the door and wave you goodbye until you were out of site. Life is a never-ending game of what -ifs and my visitors are going to know that they mattered and that I will miss them until we see each other again. 


today i choose…

There is a battle for my mind today. Well, every day actually. Today is a bit different than every other day only because my mojo is off and that means my brain is going to be forced to deviate from the norm and be creative to get the simple things done. That takes effort and quite frankly… I’m tired.

IMG_1381It started  actually last night after watching the Super Tuesday results come in at a friends house not getting home until midnight, and then per my 30 day challenge I have to get up at 4:45 and be on that treadmill at 5:00. Which I totally was, but it was broken. Didn’t start. Still hasn’t started. Don’t know if it will ever start again, and so I did what any other person would do. I went back to bed, shoes and all.


I rise and shine just a few minutes ago and try to make coffee…. and there isn’t any water. Well, there is well water out of the tap, but dude that stuff makes nasty coffee. Nasty coffee that I am currently drinking because I really have no choice if I want my morning cuppa.

and here’s where I start screaming at my self.. WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS WHINING??? Jeeze.. I think I need a trip out of the country soon so I can reset my brain around real issues that matter.

So what if I’m tired. There is always someone who is more tired. Like those that have two 40 hour jobs.

So what if my treadmill is broken. There is always the road I could have bundled up to go walk on.

So what if I have bad coffee. People drink Starbucks everyday and don’t think twice about bad coffee. OR I could live in Flint and have nasty water.. arg..

The battle is for my mind to think on good things that God has given me. Am I alone in this that when I get tired I get less thankful…. and all I need is a nap and not to have to force my self to concentrate on the good.

But that’s the simple assignment for this day. Be thankful that I woke up after a short sleep in a warm bed. Grateful that I have a workplace that has a rowing machine I can use later to get my daily challenge in, and thankful that someone somewhere will be bringin me amazing coffee from Cabin Coffee or the Interchange. Pour over, no room better make it a large.