10 things I know for sure that I don’t know

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My intent is to share with you 10 things I know for sure that I don’t know. Please understand, I know for sure that I don’t know more than 10 things. I am not making a claim that there are only 10 things I don’t know for sure I don’t know.

Should I add the fact that you don’t know what I am trying to say to my list of things I know for sure that I don’t know? Then again, I don’t know if you do know what I am trying to say. Well, add that unknown to the list of things I know for sure that I don’t know.

Not knowing things is confusing! I hope I know more and don’t know less in my next life. I also want to live in Maine in my next life. But, because I know for sure that I want to live in Maine in my next life, the information does not belong within a post specifically about things I know for sure that I don’t know. You know? Continue reading

Friday: A Week in Review

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.:: Plain and Ordinary
I sat down to write my Friday post, and I found myself struggling for content. Much, okay – all of what I write is taken straight from my life experiences, for better or worse. I love plain and ordinary weeks; however, plain and ordinary does not make for an interesting blog. So, we’ll see how this goes.

A picture message for Joe and Charlie's cousin, Shannon.

10 Things About This Plain and Ordinary Week
10. 12 days have passed since I have had ice cream.
9. My child threw a peppercorn in a teacher’s ear. SCORE!
8. I took a great picture of my boys, because they wanted to send a note to their cousin.
7. I enjoyed eating fresh, plump blueberries. (So sorry the blueberry season is over.)
6. I picked up my neighbor’s son from school, because her keys were locked in the car and she couldn’t find her spare key. (It’s nice to know it is not just ‘me’.)
5. I started watching season 4 of Dexter, thanks to Netflix. (I love Dexter.)
4. I watched my neighbor’s kids for a couple of hours, enjoying the chance to hold a baby and rock her to sleep.
3. I set up a dinner date with my friend for next week.
2. I’ve made it 12 days ice cream free. (Yes, this is mentioned twice. I’m proud, people!)
1. I had relations with my husband. Wait. Maybe that was last week. Meh, I’m still glowing, so it counts.

P.S. I hope next week is plain and ordinary, too.

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.:: Seeing is Believing, and Sometimes that Stinks
As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I have a friend whose Mom is battling Cancer. Until Thursday, my friend had not seen her Mom since learning of her Cancer diagnosis. And, since the diagnosis, her Mom has undergone two periods of chemotherapy.

Knowing her Mom was coming to town, my excitement for her has been building all week. I sent her a note asking her if her Mom was in town yet, in a similar fashion to kids asking if they are at their destination yet: “Is she there yet? I she there yet? Is she there yet?”

While letting me know her Mom had not yet arrived, she added that she was a bit nervous about seeing her. I understood. I was nervous for her. All week, my excitement for my friend was combined with anxiety, nervousness and happiness. My friend had not seen her Mom, and she had no idea what to expect.

This week I have been thinking about my Dad. Because I was living out of town, there was a period of 5 months where we did not see each other. The last time I saw him, he was in the hospital. I was not prepared for how my Dad looked. Not prepared. And, I spent this week hoping my friend would be better prepared.

Hair loss? Yes, she was expecting hair loss. I think for my friend, she was more anxious about her Mom’s overall appearance, like her weight, facial features, mobility, etc. And, as the time of her mom’s arrival neared, my friend wondered if seeing pictures prior to her Mom’s visit would have been a good idea. Regardless, it was time. As her Mom has said many times, “Let’s get this show on the road.”

My friend’s Mom arrived. Though she looked frail, my friend said her Mom looked better than she expected. The hair loss? Yes, the hair loss is evident. In fact, her Mom took off her wig early to get ‘the show on the road.” But, the anticipation and uneasiness is now gone, at least with regards to appearances.

The fact of the matter is that seeing her Mom walk through the door wasn’t the tough part. The tough part was seeing the reality. Now my friend has to be present in the moment of her Mom having Cancer. My friend has to be present in the moment of what had been only words spoken over the phone or typed via email. Now the journey becomes a tough journey – a real tough journey.

And to my friend I say, “I love you very much.”

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.:: Giving Until I Get Old
If you read my post from yesterday, please pardon me as I repeat a little of what I said yesterday. I spent two days helping in the call center during the WSB Talk Radio Care-A-Thon, benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Care-a-Thon. (Actually, day two is taking place as I type.) The Care-a-Thon benefits the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Services. This was the 10th year for the WSB Talk Radio Care-a-Thon, and I was honored to participate.

One of the calls I received was from a 97 yr old woman. Please understand, she shared her age without me asking. As a woman, I respect my fellow women, and I respect the unwritten (but famous) rule to never ask another woman her age. This woman volunteered her age, and she let me know she has been calling in every year in support of the Aflac Cancer Center; then she apologized.

“I’m sorry. This year I can only afford $20.” The woman said to me. “I wish I could donate more, but I just don’t have the money right now.”

[Insert deliberate pause here.]

I hope I live to be 97yrs old, and I hope I am able to pull together $20 to donate to a charitable organization. God bless that 97yr old woman. Even though she is limited financially, she still made a point to give. And, I am here to tell you, every single dollar we received mattered. Every. Single. Dollar. Mattered. And that woman – that generous woman? She can teach us all a thing or twenty.

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Be sure to take care of yourself and others.

My Inspiration

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Today, I am answering phones for the WSB Radio Care-a-Thon, benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Services. The Care-a-Thon started this morning at 5am, Thur. Aug 26th, and it runs through 5pm (ET) Fri. Aug 27th. You can listen live on WSB Radio AM 750 and/or FM 95.5, or by streaming online through WSB Radio’s website.

The purpose of this post today is to share some artwork created by my boys. I am thankful for my boys, and I am thankful for their good health. The Care-a-Thon allows me the opportunity to help raise money for the kids that aren’t healthy. Too many kids are battling ‘adult-size’ illnesses, and these kids need your help.

The artwork created by my boys inspires me. I hope you will take a moment and think about your loved ones: young and old. Be thankful for the health of your family, and please consider giving for those battling ‘adult-size’ illnesses. Pick up the phone or go online (which you are now) and make a donation to the AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Services. Children need Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Children’s needs you.

Happy Hellos, by Joe

Happy Bug, by Charlie

Little Man, by Charlie

Pirate Ship, by Joe

Joe with his Mom, Dad and a Sunflower, by Joe

Happy Face, by Charlie

Joe in Sunglasses, a Self-Portrait made with scraps of paper glued together

Kids, Music, Puppies and Watches

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Two weeks from tomorrow, I am volunteering in the call center during the Atlanta radio station WSB’s Care-A-Thon. The Care-A-Thon benefits the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I have made monetary donations to the Aflac Cancer Center during the Care-A-Thon for the past 8yrs. This year, which is the 10th year of the Care-A-Thon I am thrilled to donate my time alongside the other volunteers.

Though neither one of our boys has experienced a life threatening illness, Rob and I have used other resources provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), including their outpatient centers, nurse advise line and CHOA’s emergency room at Egleston. We believe donating to CHOA is investing in an insurance plan, should our boys ever be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The more money this not-for-profit organization has to spend, the greater the research, the more likely the breakthroughs, and the increased success in finding cures.

I hope you’ll consider donating to CHOA. If you don’t want to donate today, mark your calendar, and be sure to have your radio set to WSB AM 750 on Thursday morning August 26th starting at 5:00 AM. The Care-A-Thon lasts until Friday August 27th at 5:00 PM. Oh, and I’ll be helping with the phones from 5:00 AM – 9:00 AM on Thursday and 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday. Call me!!

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If you are local to Atlanta, you’ve probably heard about Eddie’s Attic, a music venue in Decatur, GA. In fact, if you are a music fan, you’ve probably heard of Eddie’s Attic. The music venue has had many famous acts perform on its stage, including The Indigo Girls, Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, The Verve Pipe, Lowen & Navarro, Shawn Mullins, Kristen Hall, John Mayer, etc. You get my drift, I hope.

Recently, Five Star Iris performed on stage at Eddie’s Attic. And, as is common with Eddie’s performers, Alan Schaefer and Five Star Iris have shown their kind and giving heart. These guys are donating their live performance at Eddie’s Attic to Pick of the Litter, an animal rescue group. Make a donation to Pick of the Litter (any dollar amount) by clicking the ‘buy now’ button, and you will be given a link to download Five Star Iris ‘Live at Eddie’s Attic’ on the donation confirmation page.

Check out the second track on Five Star Iris’ live performance, “02 World Needs Now“.

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And now that you’ve helped to put a smile on a child’s face, as well as ensure some animals have a safe place to call home, buy a little something for yourself. Sporty watches are available through HopeWatch.org.

Oh, did I mention HopeWatch contributes a percentage of the purchase to various organizations? They do. When you select a watch, there is a drop down list of charitable organizations you may chose to receive a percentage of your purchase. Some of the charities included are CURE Childhood Cancer, United Way, and Golsen/Susan G. Komen for the cure 3-day.

So, while you listen to your music and keep track of the time of day, you’ll be reminded of how you helped the lives of others. And, I thank you for your support.