Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Daycare Sucks But the Hodgepodge Rocks

Y'all might hear a little bit of frustration here today. I tried to keep it at a minimum but when you have to say it, you have to say it. Just sayin'. HA! Let's just say I feel the rug has been yanked up from under me and left me reeling. Thank goodness for the good people who join in with Joyce every Wednesday on the Hodgepodge and for Joyce who asks the questions and is such a lovely host.

From this Side of the Pond

1. We've reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? I was sitting here being very sad (I'm writing this on Tuesday). Is that typical? No. On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what's your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM? It's usually about a 4 because Baby M is usually here but her mother decided Baby M needs to start developing her social skills (and if I have to be honest, Baby M does love other children) and she wants Baby M exposed to the world (to which I responded, "You do realize she's ONE, right?) so she put her in daycare 3 days/week. No, I am NOT happy about that. Yes, I'm keeping my mouth shut about it. Sort of. Yes, I have plenty to say and Y'all might hear it right here. 

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball...which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? A tantrum. Elaborate. Ok, so Baby M's mother put her in daycare part time. She claims to have researched places and gone on tours but if that's so I have no idea why she chose the one she did except it's close to the high school where she is an athletic trainer. Why am I having a tantrum? Am I opposed to daycare? Yes, I am. IF it can be avoided, I think it should be. It's not like we don't have options in this family. I agree Baby M's mother has to make her own decisions but I would prefer she wait until Baby M is 2 before thrusting her into conformity school where they are only concerned with meeting basic needs and insisting on forced compliance. OH and after her first day at daycare, I watched Baby M throwing a tantrum while she was here the next day. Which was yesterday. She doesn't do that. She learns quickly, apparently. 

3. What are three things that would help you right now. Zanax. Valium. Whatever else helps with anxiety. Tell us how or why. So, I think I mentioned Baby M's mother put her in daycare. Here's why my anxiety is on high alert:

What if they don't let her have her water when she wants it? She LOVES her water.
What if they fill her cup with city water? Yes, this is bad. The water is testing positive for pesticides, children in the same area of town have the exact same brain tumors and Erin Brockovich is coming to town.
What if they don't give her a little snack after her nap?
What if they don't help her when she needs help?
What about when she looks for a familiar face and it's not there?
What if they are lazy about changing diapers?
What if they feed her canned food?
What if they feed her baby food? She doesn't eat that junk.
They didn't transition Baby M slowly but instead dumped her in there for 8-10 hours on DAY ONE.
How many of them hold Master's degrees in Early Childhood Development, have raised 4 daughters, have been with Baby M nearly every day since she was 4 months old, and realize she's the greatest kid EVER like her grandma has/does?
What if they are not nice if she doesn't comply immediately? They drag that child and I'll drag them and it won't be from their arms. 
What if she isn't cut out to be a sheep?

Questions? Oh yeah, I got questions.

4. Do you think you're strong? Yes, except when it comes to Baby M going to daycare. Why or why not? Because I survive and hold onto hope regardless of how dire the situation seems. What makes you strong? My genes. I come from a long line of strong women. 

5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? Not when they are written as romance novels, which they usually are. What's your favorite book set sometime in the past? I love THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and LES MISERABLES both of which were set in the present time of that time in history but they're set in the past for us. Such beautiful writing the likes of which are hard to come by these days. In this present day, I tend to shy away from historical fiction in case it's romance related. I'm not opposed to romance but every single author who writes it does so using the same formula from which the earth might swallow them if they didn't follow it to the letter.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. Y'all, I know people have to use daycare I just prefer not to and my main reason is a trust issue. And the fact that daycare kids tend to be way more aggressive, not assertive Y'all, aggressive. And the fact that I don't want someone other than family raising my kids. I know our ways, our values, etc...but I don't know theirs. While waiting on my graduate assistantship I worked in a daycare and, even though that was a long time ago, I know what goes on behind the scenes even though parents scrutinize these days. I hear almost daily of people getting fired for not treating kids right. At least they got found out and fired? Sure but it's too late for the kids who were exposed to it beforehand. And I might not believe that finding out and firing is harsh enough. Baby M's mother assures me the daycare has cameras. They sure do. Not nanny cams so you can everything that goes on, though. They send still shots via an app. Do Y'all honestly think they're going to send you pictures of your kid crying their eyes out or the employee dragging them out by the arm for noncompliance? Nope. No, I didn't bring all of this up but I did tell my daughter if anyone does anything no matter how small to Baby M I will step in. And it will be worth the jail time. 

Of course, there is grapevine talk that someone thought I might have a hard time or maybe will when the second grand arrives but since no one asked how I felt that must not be true. 

Does it drive Y'all nuts when people make decisions for you without asking you for your thoughts?

Rant over. For now. 

Y'all are the absolute BEST for allowing me to rant today. I value all your thoughts/opinions/suggestions and that's why Y'all got stuck. :) 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

And Now We Are Twenty Six

Someone has a birthday today. Here's my tribute to the youngest lovely:


Happy Birthday, DoodleSquirt! We love you! 

Birthday Auntie and Baby M

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Are You Bringing On The Joy?

I suppose you could call today's post a vlog post. Not a vlog because that means a blog featuring mostly videos so I'm going to go with, vlog post. 

I hope Y'all enjoy!


Have a great weekend, Y'all!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Someone Opened a Vent and the Hodgepodge

Can anyone relate to the picture? Lawd, the humidity down here is AWFUL. Yes, I know it's summer but this is crazy. I don't know if the humidity/heat combo is worse this time around or if it seems that way because winter hasn't bothered to show up for two years straight or because I've hit that age where I just can't do the humidity anymore. How's the humidity in Alaska? I will say the storms have been amazing and have left everything around here so lush and green. 

It really didn't help when the AC went out for one night into the next morning. I know that's not long but it was so. freaking. hot. And guess what? My floors feel damp. I hope that's not a red flag that there's some huge, expensive issue under the house and that it's just me being ridiculous because the humidity has finally sent my brain over the edge. Anyway...

It's nice to know there are fun, friendly folks out there to visit while I sit inside and enjoy the Hodgepodge!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Extremely close. Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them. This is difficult to narrow down as I remember everything about them. I ADORED my grandparents and not a day goes by still that I don't think of them. I've written about them many times: Here, here, here, here, here, for example. Anyway... the way Granddaddy could peel an apple without breaking the peel and it hung there in a long spiral; the way he loved listening to old time gospel music every Sunday morning and polished his Sunday shoes with that electric shoe polisher with the red buffer on one side and the black one on the other side; the way he loved the Atlanta Braves and took me to ball games; Grandmother in the kitchen singing/humming old hymns; baking homemade biscuits every single day; watching her bake in the kitchen and being annoyed when she scraped the bowls too much so there was not that much left to lick and flour all over the place; the girdle dance; putting up fresh veggies every summer; going shopping with her; decorating for Christmas with her; Granddaddy bringing home the Christmas tree; waiting for Granddaddy to get home so we could open Christmas Eve presents...

I could go on and on and on. My grandparents were a HUGE part of my childhood. They were the all positive parts. You knew you were loved and cared for when you were with them no matter what. The life lessons I learned from them are priceless even though I fail at some of them from time to time. I adored them then, I adore their memory now. 

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? I don't recall any items I was attached to but I was quite attached to my dogs throughout my growing up years. What happened to it? Well, you know, living things tend to pass on so...

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? That depends. Explain. Literally, I see trees because I'm in town and the big developers have destroyed nearly all of any heavily wooded areas (I don't know that I'd call them forests, as such) that aren't protected by some sort of government protection or privately owned. FIGURATIVELY, I see the forest because I can see the whole picture that if something isn't done to stop it our house is going to continue deteriorating until it just falls down. Why don't I just hire someone? Because there is someone here who can do it and do it quite well but it simply isn't a priority for him. I'm the sort of person who likes to take care of things before they become HUGE projects that hit me hard in the wallet and he's the type who likes to wait until it's a HUGE problem, close to a disaster or never deal with it at all. Not a complaint. Just stating facts. Yes, it's annoying, to say the least. This is just not the way I was raised to do things, Y'all. 

4. Do you like sour candies? Yes. Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite? I always love lemons but not by themselves. That's too sour for me. 

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? I have but I didn't like it. What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list? My mother's lemon meringue pie. 

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.

Too much humidity and not enough air conditioning but the storms have been quite nice. OR-

Too much humidity but loads of family gatherings have made everything enjoyable. OR-

Too much humidity but I'm still alive.
6. Insert your own random thought here. So, back to #3. (WARNING, THIS PART IS A VENT) This town used to be a wonderful place to live. Over the last decade +, things have gone badly as big developers and the town authorities have been in cahoots to do all they can to destroy as many green spaces as they possibly can in an effort to fatten their pocketbooks. It seems the destruction of nearly all things woodsy wasn't enough so they are now going to start filling in wetlands areas. Our town is Mount Pleasant but long time residents and natives are now calling it, Mount Plastic and it is fitting in so many ways. 

The most recent decision by the mayor and a few council members DURING A MIDNIGHT VOTE is--- well, here:

The lawsuit settlement approved by Linda Page in a midnight vote clearing the way for a massive new apartment complex at the foot of the Ben Sawyer Causeway is now online for all to see - including the approved development site plan. As you can see for yourself, the vast majority of trees there now will be shredded and wetlands home to wildlife will be filled. The final score is as follows:

Concessions by Town:
- Developer gets a free credit of $370,000 in impact fees it won't have to pay
- If the current moratorium on apartments is extended after 2019, it won't apply to these apartments
- Developer can build 4-story high buildings similar to The Boulevard

Concessions by Developer:
- Agrees to 224 units instead of 246 units on 2015 plan (net loss of only 22 units)
- Gives up commercial space (a restaurant was included on 2015 plan - not that this matters much to the developer as the real profits are in the residential units)
- Agrees to build small park open to public within development (who is going to cross Ben Sawyer on foot/bike to go sit in this park?)

I can't even tell Y'all how frustrating it is to know that you can't fight big money. If you try, they hold secret, midnight meetings and use various other tactics to push projects through that are unnecessary for anything other than making the rich, richer. People are speaking out, protest plans are being made and the mayor and developers just keep on going anyway. We did vote out 4 of council members who were also in the back pocket of the big money developers but that wasn't enough. 

The death and destruction of all wild life and their habitats is shameful. The lack of growth control is causing overcrowding in our schools and on the roads which lead to more traffic accidents and road erosion among other disastrous outcomes. And yes, these are the two issues about which I am most passionate. The people in charge are out of control. I think we need a revolution.

HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS: Now that I've vented, we are a mere 4 weeks away from grandbaby #2's due date (his blog name is Baby R). We're voting already. I had a little fun and told the mommy-to-be I thought she was going to run 2 weeks late. She failed to see the humor (I know, I'm wicked). Anyway, my pick is August 13. Luckily, they have found a place to call their own (after many months of searching) and will be moving in less than 2 weeks. Talk about cutting it close. Whew! 

Any takers on Baby R's arrival? 

Lastly, it seems I used 'anyway' a bit much in today's post. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week, Y'all!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summertime Summering

This is a repost of my summer resolutions post that y'all can read right here if you missed it. OR y'all can watch my video which was so much fun to make!


What are y'all up to so far this summer?

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