Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Fly has the Flu

The flu swept through south Georgia like the bubonic plague. Seriously. I don't think I've ever been so sick in my entire life, and guess who else was sick? Scarlett, and both us miserable and sick doesn't make for the best combination. Pretty sure Ben got it too, and he had to work, so it's safe to say the fly got it too. Entire schools were shutting down because everyone had the flu, and it was once again some weird strain not covered in the vaccine.

In other news, I'm that kind of busy where you've got so many things to do you lay on the couch and contemplate life and nothing gets done. It's insane, I'm going insane. I feel like I'm constantly running in place, I can't imagine what its going to be like one day when I have two kids.

I also decided to write a novel, as if I didn't have enough to do already. I had this pretty cool story line I had been formulating in my head and let me just say, it is not as easy as it seems. It's really hard to make characters three dimensional, especially when you haven't even named them yet.

I just signed my baby girl up for pre-pre-k. She's super excited to go, she doesn't understand it's not starting until August. I, on the other hand am not so excited.

She turned three in March and we took her to the Zoo in Jacksonville, Fl! It was absolutely amazing, and we got to see one of the tigers napping up close!

 We're clearing land for my mom to move in next to my grandparents. Lucky her, she gets to live in the most beautiful place in the world,but they sure are having to take down a lot of trees. Joel and I couldn't resist a moment to ham it up. We're still the same old Joel and Danielle my momma raised, some things never change.

 Scarlett decided her beautiful face need make up. She also had so much bronzer on her feet that she was brown! I hated to get chastise her, it was the most adorable thing in the world to me and I promptly moved my make up out of reach.

Ben and I done something really painful, but really "adult-like." We put almost his entire raise towards insurance for ourselves, health, dental, vision, and whole life. Adulting is so hard. 

Shoutout to my Samsung S6 Active! If you're like me and always destroy your phones, this one's for you. I dropped it in my oatmeal the other day and took it to the sink and rinsed it off. I'm so obsessed with it and will only use indestructible phones from now on!

Well that's all I've got for you until next time! Buzz around and see what my friends have for you!

Baking In A Tornado       

Menopausal Mother          

Searching for Sanity      

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  

Spatulas on Parade         

A Little Piece of Peace      

Never Ever Give Up Hope        

Bookworm in the Kitchen                                                                                

Friday, April 7, 2017


I'm Ceraya, and this is the April secret subject swap.

Your “Secret Subject” is:
You found out your family is throwing you a surprise birthday party, how would you throw hints as to what you wanted at the party.
It was submitted by:         

I actually had to consult with my family to make sure my first reaction about myself was the right reaction, and it was. Initially I thought, "I can't keep a secret when I'm excited!"

And they said it was true. Alas, I have a big mouth! I can keep serious thing secret, but when I'm excited, it's all coming out! So most likely the would probably know as soon as I figured out and start calling each other to tell them I knew already. 

I would probably start out dropping really heavy hints, asking what they've got planned for my birthday. Telling my husband I really like this food, it would be a nice party food. Sending him color schemes on pinterest and tagging him in outfits and shoes I like on Facebook.

Closer to time, if they still hadn't figured it out, I'd be asking the big questions. Especially if I hadn't gotten confirmation. I'd be acting like I was going to make plans to do some solo spa trip,even though I hate being by myself more often than not. I'm a bit of an anomaly, I'm an introverted extrovert. 

With all that being said, I don't think they could keep it a secret from me either. Especially not my husband and grandma, I could probably work it out of them pretty easily.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado               
Spatulas on Parade         
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Lieber Family Blog            
The Bergham Chronicles         
Bookworm in the Kitchen       
Never Ever Give Up Hope       
Simply Shannon                   
Southern Belle Charm          
Not That Sarah Michelle          
A Little Piece of Peace             
The Angrivated Mom                 
When I Grow Up                                                                             


Friday, February 17, 2017

Febuary Fly on the wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

I am so sorry! My grandparents got into an accident this week and I've been so busy helping them deal with it, I completely forgot! I've been a chauffer,  insurance adjustor, doctor, personal assistant, and rental car agent all week!

Please head over and see what my friends have for you!

Baking In A Tornado         
Menopausal Mother           
Searching for Sanity       
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  
Spatulas on Parade          
A Little Piece of Peace       
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy       
Cluttered Genius         

Friday, January 20, 2017

January Fly on the Wall

It's that time again! When you're invited in to take a peek on what 9 brave bloggers have going on in their worlds! Come on in and buzz around!

My word for this month is recovery. We're still recovering, and reeling from 2016. It was a rough year for us all around. Our bank accounts, waist lines, and the organization of our home have all take a beating. It's a disaster area around here.

This will be the first Fly on the Wall that I don't have any humorous anecdotes to share. I neglected to write any of them down, even though I know there were a few very worthy of mention. I've had the January blues this month, I guess. All I've done is sit on the couch and binge watch TV. I've tried to jump start my exercise program again, but to no avail.

I recently got hooked on Shameless. I'm always so late to the party on everything but when I finally take advice on entertainment, I end up sucked in with no reprieve until the story line is finished. Whatevs.

My brother is getting married. And it is like the most stressful thing. I will be so glad when it's over. I'm glad I mostly picked the bridesmaid dresses, because they are totally re-wearable. He wants Ben to wear his dress blues though, and it is costing a small fortune to get them ready, since he hasn't worn them in over 2 years, nor after he ranked up and gained more medals and ribbons while he was in.

We had a positively lovely Christmas together. Breakfast went off without a hitch and Santa brought Scarlett a red and black Corvette she loves to speed around in, too bad she can't steer it!

I also went out for the first time in a year! I forgot how bad hangovers suck when you're old, but I had a great time listening to live music!

Well that's all I have for y'all this time, buzz on over and see what my friends have for ya!

Baking In A Tornado         
Searching for Sanity       
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  
Go Mama O                   
Spatulas on Parade          
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                      
Cluttered Genius   

Friday, January 6, 2017

January Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to the January Secret Subject Swap! This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

The prompt I received was: "What do you consider rude?  Would you make it a crime?  What would the punishment be?
It was submitted by:

I think rude is subjective. Meaning that it all depends on the person. Some people would consider it rude to put your elbows on the dining table, but here in the South, most everyone eats that way. Rude varies from country, culture, and region. Rude is mostly a social concept to define what is considered the "social norm." When you take into account that every person, family, culture, are different, rude doesn't even carry the same meaning. 

What I consider rude is being blatantly unkind. I don't care if you chew with your mouth open, forget your ma'ams and sirs, but being unkind is rude. Letting the door slam on the person right behind you is rude. Saying harsh and cruel things about another person is rude. 

And then there's the minor infractions that frustrate most everyone, but can they really be considered "rude" by definition? Things like: cutting someone off in traffic, not using a turn signal, tailgating, using the last of something and not replacing it, littering, things that affect all of us? If it affects someone else in a negative manner, its rude.

So where do we draw the line? Simply put, we can't, the line is too blurred. With that being said, it's too hard to classify something so subjective as a crime. Things like "assault" are a blanket statement and cover various types of assault. Same thing with rude, it's such blanket statement that covers various infractions. It would be hard to make the punishment fit the crime. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                                   
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade           
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Lieber Family Blog        
Confessions of a part time working mom  
Simply Shannon                        
Never Ever Give Up Hope       
The Bergham Chronicles                               Climaxed                             
A Little Piece of Peace           
 Southern Belle Charm                                                        

Friday, December 23, 2016

December Fly on the Wall

Welcome to the Fly on the Wall Challenge, where 8 brave bloggers invite you to be a Fly on the Wall, and have a look around their homes and lives. C'mon in y'all!

Well, a lot has happened since I last participated in FOTW. I had my gallbladder removed, and recovery was a literal pain, but I'm about 5 weeks out now, and feeling fine. The only issue I have is finding foods I can eat, since my digestive system is so disrupted, but I stay pretty close to home anyway. I'm very fortunate to have such an awesome family that took care of me and Scarlett while I was recovering. Since I spent the first couple weeks mostly in bed, I missed some of the best moments probably, but I managed to grab a few!

Had to explain to Scarlett it's easier to put her shoes on if she doesn't ball her foot up, complete with demonstration. I pulled her foot out and straightened it, telling her "This, this is how you slide your foot into a shoe!" She looked at me like I'd lost my mind.

The weather is barely getting colder down here, and as long as the doors are closed, my house stays pretty warm most nights, or we just don't notice because we're under the covers.
-Ben: "Ceraya, it's going to be 48 tonight, we can't run the air conditioner.
-Me: "Well, okay, but we can't run the heat either."
I'm very hot natured, they sweat me out of here when they run the heat!

We were washing grease off of my grandparents carport after Thanksgiving. Joel finds a four hook fishing lure on the ground and picks it up and shows it to my grandpa.
-Pa: "How'd that come from?"
-Joel: "I don't know how it come from."

We're all sitting around the table and someone says a cuss word.
-Me: "Stop cussing."
-Joel: "You stop cussing, this ain't no democracy."
-Me: "No, its a dictatorship, and I'm the dictator."
If momma ain't happy, no one is happy, right?

Scarlett growled at me for taking something from her.
-Momma: "She growled at you."
-Me: " I know, she's so mean."
-Momma: "She gets it from her momma."
-Me: "I'm not mean, I'm nice."
-Momma: "Who told you that?" 
-Me: "Yo momma."
*At this point, I do a fist pump and yell "YES! THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER GOTTEN AWAY WITH A YO MOMMA JOKE ON YOU." Meanwhile, my grandma is standing behind me in hysterics. 

Most of the rest of our past month has been spent in a crazed dash to get ready for Christmas. We're hosting Christmas breakfast with our family early Christmas morning. It was a tradition I remember fondly from my childhood. We didn't open our gifts at home until all the family got there to watch. Then we all met up for lunch at my grandparents house later. Same scenario this year, but breakfast is at our house for the first time ever!

Yesterday (Thursday, the 22nd), I woke up and thought it was Friday and my FOTW post was due. The problem was I only had 7 minutes until the deadline, and all of my tidbits were still in analog in my journal. I freaked out and started typing furiously at the keys getting started, getting my email pulled up to get the other blog links, and I see in the email it's due the 23rd, and today is the 22nd. Whew bullet dodged. That's what I get for being procrastination nation, although it's contributed to my ENFP personality.

I've also set a lot of resolutions this year. Probably ridiculous to hope to change so many things next year, but positivity is power!
In 2017,
»I'm reading all those books on my shelf that have been waiting
»I'm loving a little stronger
»I'm finding the beauty in the everything and everyone
»I'm finding myself
»I'll learn to love myself
»I'll reduce my waste
»I'll travel more
»I'll make a new lifelong friend
»I'm teaching my daughter to be kind
»I'm smiling even when it hurts
»I'm giving it my best
»I'm embracing my inner child

I saw an old friend at the hospital the other day when I stopped by to visit Ma, and he invited me to a church he pastors. I was super excited all week, and it felt like it was going to be the right fit. And it was. I'm itching to be back in the doors and serving God anyway I can. I'm so glad he led me home right at the perfect time. 

I'm already sick of cleaning up after this Christmas tree. Everything is coming down December 26th. Maybe Christmas evening. 

We had another old friend from Ben's days in the Marine Corps come all the way out to visit another friend and he stopped by to see us. Ben really enjoyed spending time with his old best friend. 

I also received a surprise gift from another old friend. Apparently December is the month of old friends! I worked at Longhorn several years ago, and a girl who worked with me's husband blows glass now. He sent me the most beautiful ornaments he made! They are absolutely stunning. I was smiling all day from such a thoughtful gesture. 

We celebrated my birthday earlier this month. Let's just say 26 was not all that exciting and leave it at that?

I amped Scarlett up for two weeks trying to get her ready to go see Santa. She was so excited, we walked in the door, and she wouldn't have anything to do with him. I loved him though!

Scarlett also had her first cup of hot cocoa the other day and she loved it!! And she's drinking out of a mug with last year's Santa picture. How cute is that?

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado         
Menopausal Mother             
Spatulas on Parade                                 
Searching for Sanity                                 
Never Ever Give Up Hope                           
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                    
Southern Belle Charm         
A Little Piece of Peace          

Friday, December 9, 2016

December Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

My December prompt is "Write a poem about what Christmas means to you, submitted by The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver. I must admit I groaned inside when I received my prompt email. I used to write poetry all the time, but now even when I get a creative idea, I never get more than a few lines in before I give up. The scariest thing though,was I've never written a poem from a prompt. I generally get a spark of an idea and just roll with it. So thank you Rena, for pushing me out of my comfort zone. I'd also like to apologize to whomever got my prompt, I forgot it was December and that I probably should have went with a Christmas prompt! Anyway, here goes.

What Christmas Means to Me

It's that time of year again
my favorite time of all.
It comes just before the new year
and just at the end of fall.

I hung the decorations 
right after Thanksgiving
Now the house looks like the North Pole
without any snow.

I've made my list,
I've checked it twice.
Now it's time to shop, 
no matter the price!

The dash is on,
to get it all done,
but make absolutely sure
we don't forget the fun!

We'll make plans to see the lights
and Santa too
I might even stop by
to enjoy a hot chocolate with you!

The cards arriving in the mail
make me so giddy.
I love seeing you all in your Christmas gear
decked out so festive and pretty.

The big day is coming soon
the gifts are all wrapped.
The house is filled with sounds,
of family and joyful Christmas tunes.

Tonight we'll light a fire
and make cookies too
Put on our Christmas jammies
as the wait for Santa gets down to the wire.

Come close my dear child.
I have a story to tell,
Of  a baby born in a distant land,
with no place to call his home.

His parents found a manger warm
to shelter their gift from God
As the animals nestled close
wise men brought gold and myrrh.

Close your eyes dear child
the time is near
the birth of a King
the most special time of year.

Hope that wasn't too painful for y'all!

Head on over and see what my friends have for you today!

Baking in a Tornado                         
The Bergham Chronicles