Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Mom Song

Sometimes this feels so very realistic...minus the texting and the school bus.
Strangely the kids laughed harder than I did - Does that mean they saw the reality of it?

Friday, November 28, 2008

More and More Feet

In honor of Retro Apple, who also has pictures of feet on her blog...

This is not Religion

Black Friday - it only comes once a year. For those who don't know, that's what retailers call the day after Thanksgiving. It's a retail jubilee, where everhone prices their cheap plastic holiday crap even lower to entice people to spend money they don't really have. It's the beginning of the Christmas season. Christmas should be a time for generosity, love and kindness, but for these people it's not. The greed that drives people to drag themselves and their children out of bed at four a.m. to make it to the opening sales is a good sign that people have lost the meaning of their own holiday.

I thought that today might prove those thoughts wrong. People were polite to me, one lady even told me we were doing a great job. It seems, I just didn't meet the true nut-cases.

But it's worse than just overzealous shopping. It hurts people, even kills them. A man was killed in a New York Wal-Mart this morning, when shoppers broke down the doors and trampled him, also injuring others.
This isn't religion,
It's sick.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The End of the Beginning

"We get the leaders we deserve. And if we lift them up and then cut them off, refuse to follow unless they are taking us to Disneyland, then no President, however eloquent, however historic his mandate or piercing his sense of what needs to be done, can take us where we refuse to go. This did not all end on Election Day, Obama said again and again as he talked about the possibility of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And so, we are merely at the end of the beginning."
The Meaning of Obama's Win: How He Rewrote the Book by Nancy Gibbs

I realized just in the past few months that I have to take an interest in my government. I have to put behind me the disgust I feel towards a broken system, and realize that without the voices of those who see that it's broken it will never change. No, I'm not about to become a political activist. Still, if the words of President-elect Obama are to hold any meaning in the coming months and even years, people are going to have to stand up with him. The choices the government makes should be influenced by the people. It is my hope in the future, starting now, to be informed as to what those choices are and how to make myself heard.

I Voted

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I've developed this odd and strange feeling that the people I know are talking about me...
I hope they're saying nice things!
I think it's just my own insecurities.
but still I wonder..
Hey what did my cereal just say???

Friday, October 10, 2008

Back to School

I've reached my busy time of year...which is now through spring. The girls are back to lessons. So far this is going really well. Ceana has two lessons with them in the day and I have two in the evening. Ceana is planning on doing music at least once a week, while I have art once weekly. In order to help us out in the house more the girls have their usually chores and do their own laundry, as well as having to fix supper once a week each. That covers home-ec. They've really taken to riding their bikes and we try to hike at least once a week, so there's P.E. I'm trying to keep Wednesday's free to hang out at the park with friends, but that's a tough one. It seems like we have too much family stuff going on. I'm always one to put family first, so if my friends don't see us for awhile, just know we're thinking about you, and hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


It is amazing to have a life with purpose and for that purpose to be family and faith. I pray that in my daily living I can keep that purpose in the forefront of my mind. To always know that my deeds deepen those connections keeps me free of doubt and full of love. In any circumstance, no matter how minor or serious, by remembering to see things from this perspective, the choices I make are the right choices.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Harry Potter

Take a look over here to see what I think about this issue:

Friday, August 8, 2008

Sketch of the week

This is a pencil sketch scanned and colored digitally

A Smidgen of Wisdom

Every day has the possibility of being a good day - That's a direct quote from myself.
Sounds wise doesn't it? And I'm certain it's been said before. Yet it still struck me as a very fresh idea. If I can just remember when I awake each morning not to begin the day by wishing it to end, I might find there's time in the day to enjoy myself. Then I won't have to delay all my personal plans until the days off.
A few things I can enjoy doing when I get home from work that won't keep me from housework:
  • Playing a game with the kids - 20 minutes
  • Reading to the baby - 10 minutes
  • Petting or training the dogs - 10 minutes
  • Chatting with my husband - 30 minutes
  • E-mailing a friend - 10 minutes
  • Posting to my blog - 10 minutes
  • Praying - 15 minutes
  • Reading a book - 30 minutes


So someone asked me why Otter...
It's actually something strangers ask me all the time, but I'm not certain if my friends know. Somehow most people I become friends with just accept that I am Otter, no questions asked.
Anyway, I became Otter when my oldest was about a year old (11 years ago.) My husband and possibly some friends, I'm not certain, compared me to a mother Otter because of how I would cuddle and play with the baby. It stuck and I began reading more about Otters. I particularly liked Ring of Bright Water, by Gavin Maxwell. I still don't know as much about Otters as I should, but I sure do love the creatures and am proud to be one.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lack of Purpose

Hello, and welcome to a little view of my mind. Things may be a bit scattered and erratic, but I'm back to blogging. Just realize, as I finally did, that there is absolutely no purpose to this display of utter Otterness. I may post sketches, brief thoughts, funny anecdotes, but you can be certain there will be no mind altering bits of brilliance here.
With that in mind, this otter be fun.