Friday, May 30, 2014

This I know for sure...

Surprisingly these posts of things I know for sure are the hardest to write. When I first started this blog, I thought they would be the easiest. I had a whole list of things I knew for sure but I quickly exhausted them. I still have a few, but I'm not sure I'll ever post them. Those few topics can be incendiary and the point of this blog is not to start flame wars because my opinion is different than someone else's.

So for this week here are a few random things I know for sure...
  • My mom is amazing. She raised 5 of us all by herself at a time when single parenthood was unusual, not the norm, whether you were a widow or not. And coming from a "broken home" (a home without 2 parents) guaranteed you were either going to end up in prison or be a drain on society. My siblings and I are all productive members of our communities, holding down jobs and supporting our families. And not one of us has seen the inside of a jail cell.
  • A good song can do great things for my spirits. 
  •  My definition of a good movie is one that touches me whether through laughter or tears.
  • I was a huge X-Men fan long before it was popular. I've collected the comics for years. When the first movie was made and they announced some unknown Australian was going to play Wolverine, I was less than thrilled. I will admit Hugh Jackman did and continues to do a great job bringing the character to life.
  • While I love moody and broody characters in books and movies, they are too hard to live with in real life.
  • I have the utmost respect and admiration for anyone who serves in the military.
  • I love to make homemade bread. I find the whole kneading process very relaxing. On those extra stressful days, you'll find me in the kitchen whipping up a batch of bread.
  • I honestly can't understand how people can say they don't read or don't like to read. It's like they're speaking a foreign language. 
  • Don't let anyone talk you out of your dreams. I wasted years not writing because I was told I was wasting my time.
  • I'd rather read than do almost anything else...except maybe eat cookies. LOL
What are a few random things you know for sure?


  1. Good morning! I like your random things list and so admire and hear you when speaking of your mom. My grandmother raised six kids during the depression after her husband died. My random thing this week is: Sitting in a rocking chair with Handsome and watching the world go by is very soothing.

    1. Thanks. I can't say how great I think my mom is. Sitting on the porch in a rocking chair with someone special does sound very soothing. I might have to go invest in some rocking chairs.

  2. One of my "what I know for sure" items is similar to #2 on your list - singing along with a favorite song lifts my spirits. Hearing birds chirping or a woodpecker drilling brings me peace. Waterfalls calm and reinvigorate me. Nature is sublime.

    1. HI Ashantay,
      Nature is sublime. We had a rainstorm recently and I stood on the back porch and watched it move in, smelled the rain in the air. It was great. My family thought I was crazy. :o)

  3. I love reading as much as I do listening to music. I'd be lost without writing. I am terrified of making bread, anything requiring yeast really. I am certain I will never-ever like brussel sprouts.

    1. Hi Brenda,
      I used to say the same thing about brussel sprouts and then my sister invited us to dinner and she made this amazing recipe with them and bacon and parmesan cheese. They were fantastic -- maybe due to the bacon because it makes everything taste good. LOL.

      As for making bread, I have to admit the first few loaves I attempted you could have used as door stops because they were sooo dense and heavy as a result of too much kneading.