Friday, June 20, 2014

Lucky 7

Dear Sweet Karter,

Again I write as I promised I always would once yearly upon your day of entry to life and exit to the unknown.

As you can tell, we are in homeless once again.  Seems our tri-yearly, mandatory move always falls upon Your birthday or your Brothers' birthdays.  That's ok, Dad and I are trained professionals in the way of preparing for birthdays on the fly, Army moves, and other such fly by night/by the seat of your pants occasions.  We have landed gracefully upon Kansas soil.  Our temporary home (as you can see) is a historic flat, this building was the 1st EVER Fort Riley Post Exchange.  Many have passed through these doors, the old souls here have probably cried a few tears here as well not unlike your emotional Momma.

My lucky number has always been 7.  Dad and I were married on the 7th.  Kalvin was born in the 7th month.  Our last two address' have had two 7's in them.  Along with other random tid bits of 7 throughout my life.

Today is your 7th birthday, Happy Birthday Littlest Son!

Momma hopes beyond hope that this year, your 7th year, will bring us good fortune, good health, and good times.  I need you now more than ever, Karter.  I need you to give me that strength you blessed me with.  I need that strength to get through the gauntlet of health issues without giving up.  I love you Littlest Son but I don't want to leave behind Dad and your big brothers anytime soon.  As much as I'd like to be reunited with you, I'm very much so needed here.  Please return the strength you've given me to fight for my rights as a patient, as a woman, and as chronically ill person.  Thank you, Littlest Son.

Happy 7th Birthday, Karter!  We love you.

Dad is still doing a great job in the Army.  I may be a bit biased but that's because I love him.  His job has brought us here to Kansas, where we hope to settle for more than 3 years.  Your Brothers are well, happy, and tall as weeds.  I know you are with them always, helping protect them from the harsh ways of Earth.  I know you are with them when they build hide outs in the woods, when they throw every single Lego on the floor to sort through them to build the next holy grail, and when they sleep at night and have those not so nice dreams.   Thank you for keeping watch over Dad and Brothers.

Your 7th year, 7 years with you in our hearts.  We love and miss you.

This year has brought us loss and grief.  I take comfort in knowing you are there to usher in our family members to the afterlife.  I'm glad you finally get to meet them.  If you could, please relay these messages to them.  To Aunt Cindy, thank you for being a amazing role model as a strong woman, for showing me creativity is beautiful, and I love you.  To Grandma Lola, thank you for always being a ray of sunshine and full of love, every time I see a butterfly or cardinal I think of you.  Thank you and I love you.  To Grandpa Gradolph, thank you for spoiling me rotten in my early years, for taking me on my first plane ride, and for affording me the privilege of living in the Bahamas, I love you.  I learned a valuable lesson this year which was to always tell those you love how much they mean to you.  We never know when the last time will actually be the last.

I love you, Karter.  Happy Birthday.

With tears a streaming down my face, it's time to bid you adieu once again.  It's not really good bye but a pause until I think of you again.  Thank you Karter for gracing us with your short life.  Thank you Karter for giving me strength that I often forget I have.  Thank you Karter for giving me hope beyond what I can see.  Thank you Karter for being our Son, our Brother, our Grandson, our Nephew, our Cousin.  Thank you.  We love you and we miss you dearly.  I love you and miss you dearly.  I love you.  Until the 8th...

Love Always,
Momma

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act (H.R. 4498)

Dear Smarties,

It has been a bit since I've written...anything.  My brain has taken a leave of absence lately.  My illness seems to be progressing with little to no help from the amazing health professionals* in my area.  I've been reading up on the use of MMJ (medical marijuana) and desperately want to give it at least a try.  BUT... I live in the deep south, in a RED state, where there are very strict marijuana laws.  That and I'm a military spouse which means if we live on post, we live in federal areas as far as laws, etc and I do NOT want to jeopardize my Husband's career or my family's well being.  That being said, I DO want to go about this treatment option legally, someday.   ANYWAYS, onto my point...

This morning on reddit.com I found an article that links directly to a bill that's been introduced to Congress.  It's called the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act (H.R. 4498.)  Basically, it's an attempt to reschedule marijuana to a Schedule II drug,  so that it may be prescribed by Doctors if they see fit.  This bill was introduced by Mr. Griffith of Virginia, a REPUBLICAN may I add.  Currently, Marijuana is a Schedule I drug, which means:  

"Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote." 



Folks, even Cocaine and Meth are Schedule II drugs.  

"Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:  cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin."

So Smarties, I would ask of you a small favor in the midst of this.  Please, pretty please contact your local Representatives about this Bill.  Do it for the advancement of health care, do it because you like to see the cause advance, do it because you just like marijuana.  CLICK THIS to get to all the good info, also the committee names and contact info.  Thanks Smarties!  Also, you may see that there's a 3% chance this bill will be enacted, as far as I see it 3% is better than 0%.  

Medical Marijuana, Nature's Safest & Best Medicine.  


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Free Money!! $50!!

Hello Smarties,

Capital One 360 is offering a $50 dollar bonus to new members opening accounts.  Click the link below to help me out, then once you have your account you can have your own refer a friend link which could earn you up to $1000!  I opened a free 360 checking account with a minimal amount of money.  I've made my three purchases and on day 50, will have $50 deposited to the account.  I spent less than $10 btw, it can be 3 purchases for $1 each.  Just make sure it's three separate transactions with your new debit card.

Here's the link:  Help Too Smart and earn Free Money!

Thanks Smarties!!  Remember I do not get paid for what I write at least not yet this is a great way to say thanks!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Too Smart for Her Own GOODS!

Dearest Smarties,

Since the beginning of the blog I've used this as an outlet to rant, rave, laugh, and distract.  Recently I discovered a new love.  I swear, rant, rave, sometimes laugh, and distract myself from my pain.  This new love is refinishing and/or refurbishing furniture pieces and various wooden items.

I had taken a very long break from writing.  A few health issues appeared so graciously and took over my life.  My mind was hostage to my illness.  Therefore throwing up the good ol writer's block.  Smarties, thanks for sticking around by following here and keeping the Facebook page liked.  I was and still am pretty darn active on Pinterest, it's mindless enough. Oh hey also you can find me on Instagram, a newer venture I decided to take the leap into this summer.

Earlier this year, in January I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I've been in pain for many years, after crippling headaches that lasted for much longer than a month I was given a battery of tests.  Good news...it's ONLY fibromyalgia said the Neurologist.  He sent me on my way saying there was nothing more he could do for me.  Hmm, ok.  Back to the Primary doc at our lovely Army clinic.  He sent me off to a slew of specialists.  All of which seemed to not know how to help me or made things much worse.  It wasn't until about August I finally said screw it all, screw the meds that don't work I have to help ME.  No doctor seemed caring enough to want to help or believe what I was telling them.  Around this time I found a cheap and battered dresser online, bought it, and refinished/painted it.  It was for my youngest Smart boy.  It turned our great and it's Super Mario Brothers themed complete with chalk board drawer faces so that Smart boy may draw his own "levels."  It brought me great joy being able to work with my hands to make something we both loved.  While the Mario Dresser was being born I realized that I really liked what I was doing and it distracted me just enough from my pain that I felt "better" while working.

And so Too Smart for Her Own Goods was born.  I scoured our local online sites for worthy furniture items that I may take the plunge with.  I've collected a few pieces.  Some really cute ones but the first lesson I learned was a vexing one.  ALWAYS inspect the items before your load them up and pay.  Two items I bought from a person were photographed in such a way that online they looked great!  Cute vintage features and all.  Well, I didn't sift through them with a fine tooth comb before having the young man load them into my vehicle.  Get them home, unload, and see that it seems a pet dog used one of the legs as a chew toy.  Awesome!  The pair of end tables will most likely just be one.  Smart hubs is helping me with those.  They were photographed to showcase their unique cut out designs that were slats.  Guess what?  Yes, those beautifully photographed slats pretty much disintegrated upon first touch on one of the tables.  MEH!  Since then I've bought 3 more items, all in MUCH better condition.

Which brings me to my very first finished piece!  A very cute and comfy accent chair fit for any home.  She's also my first item in my Etsy shop!  Cool, right?  So send your friends, neighbors, and wealthy onlookers over!  I am in the process of finishing up another chair like this one but in a different color/fabric.  Then onto the rest of the items.  So, come by the shop often to see what I have available!
Thanks Smarties for sticking with me through the long pause.  I hope to be writing more and owning my new venture in life.  I plan to fill you in every step of the way, whether you like it or not.  Hehe.  Let me know what you think of the chair, I welcome ALL comments, questions, and even constructive criticisms.  I'm new to this so everything helps.  Thanks again Smarties!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Good Morning, Jensen

Stressful morning?  Kids got ya going and you are screaming to get them into the grocery getter so that they may make it to school on time?  Well I have just the stress reliever for you and it isn't coffee, though, it may be taken with coffee...or any drink you prefer.

Dispense Daily as Needed for Stress Relief:

Other bloggers have affinities for certain celebs. Throat Punch's Tina Fey and YKIHAYHT's Johnny come to mind, I'm sure there are more like these ladies and myself. I've figured out after months of silence on the blogwaves that my celebricrush is that of Mr. Jensen Ackles.

If I wasn't such a geek maybe I'd never have came upon this modern day Adonis. Jensen is an actor in the TV series Supernatural on the CW.   Jensen plays Dean Winchester along side another worthy stress reliever Jared Padalecki, aka Sam Winchester.  Nearing 9 long years of stress relief in the form of man meat, amazing green eyes, eyelashes to make women jealous, so on and so forth. Stress relief, yes that's what I call it...tehee/schoolgirl giggles.
Jared and Jensen /swoon
Did I mention Jensen seems to have quite the sense of humor? I'm sure that when he reads this he'll giggle to himself...because like Throat Punch, I hope my celebricrush Is scouring blogs to find mention of him and will most definitely reply to me in the form of humor or song. This little outtake solidified the stress relief and full blown obsession. Check it out:


Still not convinced he's "the one?"  I'm not sure how else to convince you.  Maybe you need to marathon all seasons of Supernatural on Netflix this weekend.  Hurry though because Season 9 is fast approaching.
Seriously, how can you not deem this amazing? 

Ladies, gents, and in betweens...if you happen to run across Jensen tell him Too Smart needs him.  Ask him to drop me a line, send me a text, My Instagram, Tweet me (ok he doesn't have twitter), etc.  I'm hip, I'm cool...I have a son we can work out an arranged marriage between his Lil J.J. and My Smart boy.  In any event, I think it's time I stopped the writer's block.  Thanks Jensen, thanks for the stress relief.  Wink wink.  CREEPY...MAYBE?!

Jensen, call me maybe?

Ok Smarties, I'm out.  /swoon

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sixth

Dearest Karter,

My littlest son, it is again your birthday.  Your first and last 6th birthday to be exact.  I love and miss you so very much.  I know that you are being taken care by Judy, I know she's there with you today.  I believe she's playing with you as she did Momma and your  Uncles so long ago.  I'm sure you are celebrating with Lucy, Grandpas', and Grandmas' as well.  Don't worry, we would've made the biggest cake and had the best ice cream if you were here with us today.

I love and miss you.

Not a whole lot has changed since your last birthday.  We haven't moved, changed schools, or traveled very far.  Ok, maybe a bit has changed.  Your brothers are so TALL.  Momma needs to put bricks on their heads.  Dad and I think they are going to be very tall.  They are both so smart as I'm sure you would be too.  They obsess over video games but Momma does not  mind as long as their work is done.  Daddy is half the world away once more in our lives.  He's stayed safe, kept fairly busy, and is always talking to us.  I'm sure you are watching over him, thank you Karter.  We also have a new addition to our family her name is Daisy.  She's a beagle.  She is hyper as all get out but Momma loves her all the same.

We love and miss you.

Momma is doing ok.  I'm sure that you are watching over me as well.  Momma has been through a couple operations and diagnosed with a couple painful things.  I have done the best I can to just plain survive.  I'm still adjusting to this normal I must face.  Luckily, I was given a wonderful Son like you who has shown me how strong I can be.  Not everyday is perfect but I'm still living.  I doubt my strength sometimes,  then I remember that gift of strength you've given me.  Thank you Karter.

I love and miss you.

I thought about you from sun up until sundown and more.   I think about you everyday or am reminded of you.  Your Brothers talk about you often.  I think they think of you just as often.  Big Brother wishes you were here while Biggest Brother is away for the summer so he'd have someone to play with.  Well littlest son, it's that time.  The time I hate most and the time that brings tears to my eyes.  The time to tell you that I will talk to you next birthday.  Lucky number 7 next year.   I love you, we love you, keep watching over us.

Love you,

Momma

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Helloooo, Anybody there?

Six weeks and counting since I've written anything on Ye Ol' Blog, embarrassing.  How dare I call myself an amateur writer and humorist?  Writer's block, I've had a severe case of it.

The Smart Boys started back to school.  They seem to be handling their new teachers and accepting new friends into their lives.  The thing I dislike most about them going to school is me having to haul their little butts to and from their school.  We live just outside of the district lines so we have to provide our own transportation.  Going to school isn't the issue.

The problem lies in the afternoon pick up which is an absolute cluster F of epic proportions.  School lets out at approximately 310pm.  If I want to get the Smart Boys picked up and home by DINNER TIME I have to get out to the school by 230pm, line up (as if a funeral procession,) and patiently wait.  I bring my water, protein bar, iPad, and phone to keep my busy and hydrated.  Some days aren't so bad but others feel like time will never move on.
Minus flashing lights and Hearse.

Seems Legit...
FINALLY, the wait is over and I see brake lights coming on in front of me.  These flashes of red light mean it's time for the procession of picking up our little angels.  Angels, this term is laughable when describing the Smart Boys but hey the other kids I'm sure are perfect.  Back to the scene...  One by one our vehicles inch ahead to pick up our kids one car load at a time.  I can't describe how they know which car belongs to which kid because if I did I'd be violating security protocol.  I want NO petterass picking up my kids in a scary van.


Smart Boys enter the vehicle, usually as slow as possible.  The door slams and we're off.  Another school day complete!  BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!  I still have to navigate my way out of the parking lot.  This involves a bit of hell/toe action, evasive maneuvering, and sometimes standing on brakes.  I'm not entirely sure where these parents got their driver's licenses but I'm quite sure it was a Cracker Jack box.  We have to make the mad dash home, 7 miles of pure adrenaline.  What adrenaline rush doesn't include being tailgated by the Cracker Jack parade?


Enter the house.  As I rush to the latrine the boys are busy depositing their backpacks, papers, jackets, and shoes where ever they'd like usually in a direct path of walking.  Homework, check homework, start dinner, eat dinner, do dishes, and so on.  /End Scene.

Moral of the story?  Thank your damn bus driver!  Those of you who are fortunate enough to have bus services, ENJOY IT!  That and I'll be applying for a chauffeur license.  Doesn't it suck that I can't put this driving service on a resume detailing my safe driving skills all while volunteering?!  Ah the endless joys of Motherhood.  =)