Saturday, May 2, 2015

For the Trees

I have officially been done with school for the summer for two whole days now…two days of no homework, not driving 45 minutes each way to school, or rushing home to make dinner and make sure the girls don’t sneak into bed without a bath.  So what do people who aren’t in nursing school do?  I had forgotten so I went to Tractor Supply…unsupervised.  I went there for rabbit food and came home with everything I need to have to get chickens and a pruning saw.  Have you ever seen those?  They have two rows of teeth going in opposite directions and are bad mothers.  I pruned five pine trees, who have been badly neglected for years and years before we ever moved here.  Everywhere that I had to go today I showed up smelling of pine like I was wearing an air freshener like Flavor Flav wears a time peace.  I have also been shaking saw dust and pine needles out of my hair all evening.  Apparently this is what nursing students on the outs do…they turn into giant pine trees. 

I will be sure to add some pictures of my hard work as soon as it’s all done, but I’m way too OCD to show anything like that half done.  I mean I could be like “Hey guys check out this tree that is awesomely pruned next to that tree that looks like crap.”  I also have about six huge piles of tree limbs and vines that need to be burned.  My awesome but controlling husband refuses to let me move the piles into a circle and light them all at once and play creepy music, making our neighbors think we’re a witch coven.  I still have my witch costume from two Halloween’s ago, so it seems like it’s meant to be.

Anyway I have a ton of other outside plans that I want to get finished before school starts again in the fall, which means I should stay motivated for another three days or so. 

Sawing the life out of these trees reminded me of a paper that I wrote for an English class this winter about…trees.  It’s like you’re psychic.

So without further ado… (And, if you’re a nerd like I am, check out the link imbedded in the words, “without further ado”).
I Stood Strong

Despite my massive size and strong roots in this community, I have my fears.  I am older than anyone I know.  All of my friends are gone and the wrinkles that cover me from top to bottom shows that I have seen my fair share of life.  I have experienced many seasons as I have stood watch. 

In winter the cold, sharp winds were bitter and harsh, and felt like bee stings that never stop.  I felt the deep numbing cold as the frost worked its way up me.  Snow piled at my feet, and wicked chills ran up my sides.  Winter is deafening.  The howls of cold wind echo louder and louder the longer it goes on.  Winters are cruel and detached, so I offered to give the less-fortunate a home.  Not everyone is as strong and tall as I am.  So those who came to me, these small, delicate souls, I kept them safe and warm.  I stood watch for them through the bitter, bitter cold.  I have always stood strong. 

As winter finally wore off, spring always came to make me feel awake.  Snow melted and became a refreshing, nourishing, clean drink of water.  When I drank the water up I could feel it awaken me from the inside.  Spring has a way of awakening everything.  Spring replaces the painful howl of winter with a warming song.  Birds chirping, children playing, frogs croaking, and lawnmowers humming off in the distance overlap and dance with each other like the chords in an orchestra.   Scents of sweet flowers skip on top of the breeze that has replaced the painful winter wind.  I love to bury my feet deep into the ground as it warms up.  I do that while I stand here at watch.  I have always stood strong.

Spring distanced itself even further from the painful winter as it morphed into summer.  A deep breath of summer smelled of fresh cut grass and felt warm from the sun.  Even the nights were warm from the gift the summer sun left behind.  With warm summer days and nights come summer thunder storms.  They frighten and amaze me at the same time.  Huge flashes of lightning bolted from the sky and lit night like day.  Thunder struck the ground and shook the earth.  Its loud crash echoed deep and vibrated me to my core.  No matter the threat, I offered shelter to others as I stood strong.  I have always stood strong.

Just as spring woke me up, autumn seemed to make me want to fall asleep.  Hot brutal weather of summer calmed to cool days and chilly nights.  Dark green and vibrant bright hues of summer have also calmed to softer browns, oranges, and yellow.   There wasn’t a smell of grass anymore; just the smell of earthy leaves and dirt filled the air.  The air grew colder and colder again until I could feel frost nipping at my feet again.  Despite the frost building, I stand strong here.  I have always stood strong. 

            Autumn falls to winter again and I can feel that this will be my last.  I am going to die.  I have many more years that I could live, but this is my time.  I will no longer stand strong, but I will warm the home of a family.  A man about six feet tall wearing brown Carhart overalls and an orange knit hat holds a chainsaw in one hand and rips back the ripcord with the other.  Gasoline fumes waft through the air and the chainsaw growls to life.  I can smell the familiar smell of sawdust as the wood chips fall to the ground.  I begin to lose my sense of hearing that once heard birds, children, frogs, and mowers.  My sense of taste that tasted that cool water fades.  The man cuts half way through me and I can no longer smell my own woodchips or the smell of gasoline.  He cuts all the way though me and I close my eyes and fall.  I can feel no more.  I may have fallen, but I know that I once stood strong. 



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Uno de Mayo

On May first, I’ll be back to blogging.  I unregistered the old domain when we moved back to the states so the blog is here at  Save it to your favorites.  I know that you didn't, but you will.  They always do. 

After spending a year going to school with nineteen year olds who live off trust funds, are dating married men, and just don’t understand why they aren’t going to get summers off for the rest of their lives, I have a lot to blog about again.  I have dealt with Ohio drivers on a daily basis which proves that I am stronger, more tolerant, and less mass murdering individual than I ever thought I was.   

I have also gained weight, which I’m not ashamed about or feel guilty about and I will explain why.  If you are already assuming it’s because “no fucks were given”, that is true…and only half the story.  Nonetheless, I want to feel stronger and be leaner so my journey to find that part of myself will be on the blog too.  Spandex thighs and makeup free gym days will be included.  You’ve been warned. 

I also felt really lost for about a year and a half after leaving the military and moving “home”.  So I will be talking about a lot of those feelings and situations here too.  You my Dr. Phil’s, and me on my over-priced chase lounge.  For those of you who know me, you know that I tend to deal with emotions with sarcasm and humor…so save those tissues…because I’m going to need them to stuff my bra after I start losing weight. (That’s always the first place you lose it.)

Leave a comment below, send me an email, or leave a comment for me on Facebook.  See you on Uno de Mayo.   
I just felt like this post needed some sort of picture.  This is our new cat Gabby Gato.  She likes to hang out around the house a lot. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Drunkin' Pumkins

This week we proved to ourselves that moving back to a small town was the right decision.  It was homecoming, so we got together with our family…to watch our local high school team lose. 

Okay so the game may not have gone too well, but Brian’s uncle gave all of the kids a tractor pulled hay ride and we ended the night around a wood fire with the people we love the most…or at least the ones who have the most dirt on us.


Small towns also mean big trucks, and big homecoming floats. 

Saturday we all went out to the campground for pumpkin carving and trick or treating.  Brian and his cute parrot won the costume contest...
...and my mother in law won the pumpkin carving contest…because she’s bad ass like that.
In other news, my daughter Shylee came home with a new song she learned in drama.  She said it goes, “All day long we rape rape rape all through fall.” 

Um what?

I had her repeat herself a half dozen times until finally I think I got it.

Me – “Do you mean rake?  All day long we rake, rake, rake, all through the fall?”

Shylee – “Yeah, that’s it.  Same thing.”

For the record, it is not the same thing, and I would like her drama coach to please enunciate a little better, or at least think of songs that’s rhyming words don’t have anything to do with long jail sentences. 


Monday, September 30, 2013

Bethany Doesn't Know She's My New BFF

Where did the time go?  Better question, where did the blogger go?  It has been way too long since I have posted anything.  Since I was here last, I moved to the other side of the world, back onto good ol' US soil, bought a new house, said goodbye to all ties to the military, and have eaten an embarrassing amount of cookies...actually that's nothing new, I just really like cookies. 

It was months ago that I talked to Bethany from BethanyFAE on YouTube about sharing her on MyGingerRiott.  She agreed, then I promptly fell off the face of the Earth.  Rude, I know!  Moving with two little kids all the way from Germany, then getting set up here was more than I was prepared for.  But the worst part is you could have been enjoying Bethany this whole time!  So before any more time passes, welcome back to my blog, share it with your friends, then go check out Bethany!

BethanyFAE may be my favorite ginger ever...sorry Mom!  Bethany has a YouTube channel where she talks about everything from video games to great makeup advice while simultaneously letting her funny nerdiness come through.  It's simply awesome. 

While her videos may be geared towards women, men will love to watch her too.  She is seriously I want to wake up and look just like her!  Okay not EXACTLY like her, because that may freak my kids out, but they'd get used to it eventually.   

Despite her looking like she was plucked right out of Hollywood, she talks to her audience like she is your best friend.  She is down to earth and funny, and instantly makes you like her.  Check her out, give her a thumbs up, subscribe and share the ginger love!!!