Taking off my filter and telling it like it is. Here's what's got me going this week:
I am so sick of this never-ending winter, I could spit nails. Here in the Northeast, it can't manage to get out of the 40s even on days it has been forecast to be in the 50s. We may not have any snow on the ground in New Jersey (this week), but I've had enough of the cold. My poor flowers are struggling to open but they're probably ruined from the overnight/early morning frost. I'm desperate for a pedicure and to start wearing my flip flops. Spring, where are you?
Is it just me, or are sinkholes and landslides freaking you out? It seems every other day I'm hearing about a sinkhole somewhere that's eating people alive - literally!! The fact that these holes aren't designated to one part of the country is what's most unsettling. Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon - something strange is happening to the Earth and, quite honestly, I'm kind of scared.
North Korea is really starting to piss me off. Enough with the threats of war for no apparent reason. There's enough nonsense in this world already without yet another country attempting to flex its muscles. Leave everyone alone and shut up!
I'm still trying to hold fast to one of my New Year's resolutions - getting together with friends at least once every month. I was successful in January and February, and now I've scheduled a get-together for March. Yay me!
I've invited some of the neighbors over for some cocktails and snacks this coming Friday evening. I live on a cul-de-sac and have some nice neighbors. Not all are nice, but that's another story. I had these same neighbors over to our house for Christmas and really haven't seen them since.
The cold just won't seem to break here in the Northeast, making it more difficult to chat outside. Instead of waiting for Mother Nature to give us a break, I've decided to take matters into my own hands, and my own house.
It will be nice to catch up with everyone to see how we all made it through this never-ending winter. I feel fortunate to have the few good neighbors that I do, and I'd like to keep up our relationship. Here's hoping a warmer April is on the way so maybe we can spend some time catching up outdoors.
I haven't taken off my filter in almost 2 years, and I think it's time to revisit No Filter Fridays. Here's what's been bothering me lately. Feel free to take off your filter and let me know what's troubling you.
I cannot get past the lack of common decency among some of our youth today. Have any of you seen this boy on the news or online? The backstory is this teenager apparently shot and killed 3 other teenagers at an Ohio high school last year. While the victims' families are reading their impact statements, he's smirking, laughing, wearing a shirt that reads "Killer" and then gives the families the finger.
I get so infuriated when I watch this, I just want to smack some sense into this senseless boy. What happened to morality? Respect? Right and wrong? I fear for our culture, our society, when I hear about this behavior. Not to mention the fact that he actually killed other people. I could write pages and pages about my feelings toward the state of our country when it comes to gun violence. This is not the world I want to live in, no less raise my children.
I don't know how we got here, to a point where there is no consideration for the life of another person. Is it violence on television? Movies? Video games? Some would say it's because we're slowly but surely removing God from our culture. I'm not sure anyone knows the why or the how. I do know that something needs to change.
MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Friday Finds. What great books did you find online, in the library or at the bookstore? What did you add to your TBR list? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!
"The Sunshine When She's Gone" by Thea Goodman
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"Family Pictures" by Jane Green
"Summerland" by Elin Hilderbrand
"Lessons in French" by Hilary Reyl
"The Suitors" by Cecile David-Weill
"Mumbai New York Scranton" by Tamara Shopsin
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I officially hate St. Patrick's Day. This is the second year in a row that my kids get that awful stomach virus on or around St. Patrick's Day. There's very little I hate more than the stomach bug.
I was up all night last night with my 3 year old who has this horrible virus. No fun and no sleep makes me one unhappy Mommy. Once it's in the house, I'm sure the 6 year old won't be far behind - not to mention me.
Last year, the older boy came down with the stomach bug ON St. Patrick's Day and the little one followed a few days later. Why can't someone somewhere come up with a cure for this thing? It's just so miserable - and messy!
I will probably forever associate St. Pat's Day with the stomach bug. In honor of that, I'm boycotting celebrating the Irish. Sorry my fellow Irish bloggers, but this association is just too powerful for me to overcome.
I'm actually doing what home decor professionals recommend you should do this time of year: swapping out my decorative pillows.
I have red living room furniture. It's bold and it's about 12 years old. But it's still in great condition so I'm not about to get rid of it. Instead, I'm going to freshen it up with some new pillows. It'll change the feel of the room at the same time.
I wanted to soften the look, and I think I found the perfect accent pillow to do just that. I fell in love with this pillow the second I saw it and was just praying it would work in this room. I think it's doing it's job - it blends in nicely and softens the feel of the brash red.
Here's the up close and person view of the red bird in a birdcage against a pastel blue background. I just love it. I found it online at Target.
That's one chair complete. Now I have to contend with the sofa, loveseat and rest of the room. The pillow did give me some good ideas though. I'm on the hunt for a decorative white birdcage to put in one of the corners of the room. I think that will be a nice nod to my pillow. Let the Spring refreshening begin!