Thursday, August 6, 2009

'mama's been a bad, bad girl...

I'm sorry I haven't been posting with my usual regularity lately, but I've been a bit, ermm... irregular.
And I have to admit, I've been more than a little ticked off about it.
I hate how day to day life, can sometimes get in the way of actually having a life.
And it ticks me off, because I don't think I have one anymore.

I miss blogging.
I miss reading blogs.
I miss reading in bed of a night and getting out in the garden and pulling weeds during the day.
And I guess I miss my mind the most.

Lately, it's just been a battle to put one foot in front of the other, and to tell you the truth, my "get up and go" has done got up and went.
My mojo ain't a-workin' anymore, and I'm pretty darned sure that Elvis has left the building.

Oh... it's been nothing major and everything is actually fine, but it's just been one small niggling thing after another,
And it's been going on for so long now, (well, actually it's only been a few weeks, but it feels like longer than that, to me) that it's beginning to feel like second nature.

I've gotten myself into a deep rut... and I've been feeling so down with it all, that I almost have to take off my socks to see.
And even my socks feel worn-out and crusty.

It's just life... but lately life seems to be doing it's best to throw me curve balls, and no matter how hard I try, my bat just isn't connecting with the balls... you know what I mean?

It started about the time that Jazzy had her ears done, and although the surgery was a tiny little bit of financial worry, it was definitely no biggie.
Jazzy cost me approximately $500, and I was glad to pay it and gladder yet, that I had the money saved to do it.

Then the security lights were installed, because of the damn intruder and the car break-in.
That was another $500, approximately.
Not to worry, I've still got savings.
Sort of.

Then the computer up and died on me.... literally.
The poor baby died in the middle of the night, and when I came out in the morning, there she was, with her toes pointing to heaven. If computers go to heaven that is...
And my cute little techie charged me... you got it...
$500 to get her re-built and up and running again.
If I can even call it the same computer, since everything that she had in her, has now been replaced.
But anyway, I'm back on-line again and even if this new baby is taking some getting used to, at least I'm not having to do without...

Then the washing machine started leaking... and the "not quite as cute as the computer techie" but definitely worth looking at, washing machine repairman charged me....
You guessed it.
Another $500...
For water pumps and hoses and switches and thingamajigs.
But this washer is worth it baby. Worth it!!
It's a big, hulking, American made Hoover washer, that I bought second hand years ago... and it's been one of the best "major investments" that I've ever made.
Because that baby gets a work-out on a daily basis... let me tell you.
And it hardly ever complains, so what can ya do?

So, around here, it' gone from "thank goodness I have savings", to fix Jazzy's ears.... right on down the line, within a matter of weeks... to being forced to "rob Peter, to pay Paul.
And in the midst of all this financial drain and woe... guess who has a 9 day holiday scheduled...

Well, come what may... I know I need it, and it will be worth it, energy-wise. At least that's what I'm hoping for, anyway.

See, right now I have 4 extra children... and I have them for 10 days straight ( we're actually on day 2 at this point while mum is in the hospital having a hysterectomy) and although they are honestly wonderful, wonderful kids... having an extra 4 children in the house, giving me a total of 7 children underfoot on a daily basis... then having 3 leave at the end of the day, and getting the evening routine of dinner and baths and bedtime started...
Well, all I can say is... "Oh my..."

I can do this. There's no worries there.
I can do this with one hand tied behind my back... because quite frankly, this is what I was built for, and I love it.
But still...

At least these long, hard days are gonna be more than a little bit "lucrative" and it should put me well ahead. Or at least put me within the ballpark of where I was before those $500 bills started flying out the window.
Fingers crossed anyway!

So boys and girls...
That's it in a nutshell.

I've been flat-out like a lizard drinkin'.
I've been flat as a tack.
I've been flatter than a road-kill rattlesnakes' belly.

But I will survive.
Because that's what I do.

I just miss you all... that's all.

22 comments:

Robynn's Ravings said...

Well praise the LORD and pass the ammunition! Just glad you are still among us and my sidebar roll is acting apoplectic when it doesn't see "Tatersmama" show up. Glad you are recovering - physically, emotionally, computerally, washing machineerally, cats earsally, and security lightsally. Yay for work that PAYS!

Fruitcake Sandy said...

You've heard the expression "if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all" seems to me, YOU have not been bad, it's just your 'luck.' "So Mrs. Lincoln, other than the shooting, how did you enjoy the play?" Sorry, I'm being nonsensical but I do understand those 'low down' blues ... as the country song goes "sounds like life to me." Please keep putting each foot in front of the other ... we have missed you ... I have missed ... "just keep on, keeping on" Love ya, Sandy

The Wife said...

Here I thought I was having issues! Since the husband has been out of work, we've been tightening up around here. Last week, we were counting toilet paper rolls trying to figure out if we could make it till pay day! Luckily, we did! I just have to laugh.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Oh my Spud Woman - wishing that there was something I could do for you, besides send my love and prayers. How bout if I talk dirty to ya...Cans of Crisco! Real Bacon! Ranch Dressing!

Love you my Tater Tot!

Homestay Mama said...

I hear you, Katie. I've got money flying out the window here, too! And not so much coming in right now. Two of my international students are back in their countries for the summer break. So they are only paying 1/2 rent!

You are always in my prayers, dear Katie.

Tatersmama said...

Miz Robynn, I'll get there... I swear! I have eagle powers and there's not much that keeps this ol' gal down for long.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart, for kicking my little old ass in gear!
Muah!
~~~~~
Sandy, I gotta admit, you made me snort my coffee right out of my nose!
"So Mrs. Lincoln, other than the shooting, how did you enjoy the play?" *SNORT*
Thank God for friends who "get it", eh?
You made me LMAO!!
xoxo
~~~~
The Wife, Now that's one thing I DO have in order! I have enough toilet rolls to last me for the next 8 weeks ( barring gastro or something - God forbid!) so if ya run low again, just give me a yell! I'll bring them to you personally!!
Muah!
~~~~~
Miz Libby, I love you too girl, but did you have to kick this poor old horse when it's down???
Ranch dressing, bacon, Crisco...
I'm going to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head!
But everytime I think of you calling us "Crisco Co-horts" I start laughing until I double over!
What will people think????
Remind me to NEVER enter a sex shop with you!!!
*snort*
Love ya, girlie!
~~~~
Sue, Well you know the old saying... "misery loves company", and tho we might be quite at the "miserable" stage yet, it's nice to know that I've got friends who understand completely...
When do your students come "home"? I know that the money is missed... but knowing you, you miss them even more! :-)
xoxox
~~~~~

Jan Mader said...

You've got spunk, Erma. When the goin' gets rough, the rough....survive! I'm sorry you've been having such a bad time. I've sure missed you and all of your creative ideas.

I'm praying you get back on your feet soon...somehow, I know you will!

Paula said...

I know exactly how you feel. I feel lower then dirt lately.

Hope you begin to perk up soon. :)

Marilyn's Money said...

Tatey-Katey you will survive this! And remember you read some great great money saving blogs too! Wink! Wink!

Becky said...

Hey, I've got a light bill for $500.00, wanna help me pay it since you seem to be on a roll right about now! Things gotta get better for us!

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

Hey I've missed you too!!
I have to confess that my blog and blog reading is suffering from neglect too. Just way to many other things to squish into what little downtime I have.

Oh well at least I never, ever say that I'm bored ;)

Kurichan said...

You have been missed, dear heart! I hope things pick up for ya! Just think--we will be strolling the aisles of Costco in just DAYS, baby! And eating up samples! Boy, I thought I was having a rough patch the last couple of weeks. We can bitch together, and hopefully we will laugh that we survived it all! Chin up!

Katidids said...

AWW Kate! When it rains it pours right?
Guess that means your due for some sun shine. A bit odd that it keeps coming up the same amount!

Marjie said...

I missed you, too; I just hope you aren't mad enough about those $500 bills flyin' out the window to shoot the next techie who shows up looking for $500. We all might have to pool our nickels for bail! But look forward to your holiday; that will bring back your sanity (unless you're like me, and it all abandoned ship long ago).

Sherri said...

Are you still going to Murphys for your trip? Unfortunately, I won't beable to come up if or when you do :( School will be starting here soon.

Terry said...

Howdy Sweetie Pie
We miss you too !!!!!
Thank you so much for coming by my blog and leaving me such a loving comment.
I too have had a time of wondering
why me Lord ??????????
Than at the same moment I have too stop and count up all my blessings .
Like My Daddy tells me your still breathing aren't you ,and I say yes sir and he says well the rest don't matter as long as your able to breath your living and that's what counts at the end of the day..
So honey you just remember you are still breathing so things will start turning round for the better ,in the pocket book department.
Just tie a knot to the end of that rope and trust God to catch you if you start to slip.
Wow on the plus side you have a computer that is working,a washer to beat the band :)
A precious fur baby that loves you ,and much improved security system and a chance to pray for all those who have done you wrong and a chance to bless all those who have done right by you !
You are going in a much better direction.
Blessings to you sweet lady.
Happy Texas size Hugs to you.
Happy Trails

Nancy M. said...

I've been feeling out of sorts lately myself. Some days I don't even like myself, lol! But I'm hoping it will be better soon!

I hope your days will be looking up soon too! A vacation is definitely in order for both of us!

Faithful said...

Oh TMamma! That sucks....I, too, have had a dark cloud following me around..and can I relate..after my vacumm jammed up with crap, a critter moved into my dryer vent, my son's new room-mates are twin mice, my truck's engine seized up, I got tangled in a lightning-struck-downed power line- and I ran over my precious little dog....I think I was swiping at those curve balls without a BAT!
I am soo glad you aren't so irregular anymore..and kudos for being so buoyant. That's one of the reasons you are my hero!

Pam said...

Oh, I've missed you too. I'm glad to hear you are okay, well "okay" as in still alive and kickin! It'll get better.

rubiesrnotpurple said...

I've heard those little ford pills keep you regular.

Oh Katie, I'm sad that you're sad. I'll send some good vibes (I think I have some laying around here somewhere) ... and some of those little ford pills.

w/v = supeni - Why did I read that as supernanny? LOL! I think I've had a few too many pills ... and they weren't ford ones.

Angelena said...

When it rains it pours. That's what Mama always said. Hope things look up for you soon. Hey by the way do you know anybody I can borrow $500 off of? lol!
Love ya chic!

Katidids said...

KNOCK KNOCK>>>TAP TAP...Any one home!!!!!!!!!!


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