Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 12 ~ Name 5 Things in your Refrigerator and How You Feel About Them

This prompt comes at a perfect time cause I just cleaned out the fridge on Saturday, so there isn't much in it. I haven't bought groceries yet. You all know how much I LOATHE going to the grocery.

1. An unopened bottle of Spiced Mead from Starrlight Mead. My willpower to NOT open this is tested each day! It is a heavenly blend of apples and spice and can be likened to spiced cider when heated.

2. Leftover homemade chicken pot pie from Sunday. I always make a huge dish of this and we eat leftovers for a couple days. There may be just enough for lunch tomorrow.

3. Various condiments like mustard, soy sauce, catsup, salad dressing... this are basic staples in our house. The MUST HAVES in any situation.

4. Water, I keep water in the fridge ALL the time. We drink so much of it, and it's gotta be cold.

5. The LAST jar of my first attempt at canning... I made peach preserves and they have lasted just about 2 years. I wasn't in a place where I could do any canning this last summer. I'm not sure if I'll be able to next year or not.

I'm Playing Catch Up

... after being away from the internet for 3 days over the weekend.

30 Days of Blogging Day 10 asks What is the Best Trip of my Life?

When I was between husband 3 and 4, I went on a family (my parents, my brother, his wife at the time, his two kids and me and my 3 kids) vacation via motorhome from Arizona to northern California by way of San Diego, (the zoo, Sea World, the beach) to LA and Hollywood (Disney, Santa Monica, Hollywood Blvd) Malibu, San Francisco (Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard St, Ghirardelli Chocolates).

Even though the motor home was 40 ft. that many people in tight quarters was bound to have some issues. But I will always remember that trip as it was the last one we were able to do as a family. We had such a great time, saw SO many things and ate some amazing food. The pictures and souvenirs and memories made this an unforgettable trip.

Day 11 Wants to Know My 10 Favorite Foods

I'm going to change this up a bit and add in my favorite things to drink too. I did this post on a 10 Things Thursday last year so I'm resurrecting it again for Day 11...

1. Seafood ~ This includes but is not limited to lobster, crab, shrimp, Mahi Mahi, salmon, and sea scallops. I can and do cook shrimp and scallops here at home, but enjoy eating out for lobster and crab. When we lived in MD we used to go to Annie's for brunch where they have a killer cream of crab soup. And don't get me started on the places to go for fresh crab, YUM! Yet one more thing on my list of why I miss Maryland...

2. Mexican Food ~ The real authentic Mexican food I haven't been able to get since we left Arizona. I have gotten pretty good at substituting things when I make a dish here at home, but so far the ONLY place we have found even somewhat close is a little restaurant in Odenton, MD called Pachanga Grill. Their food is the  closest to all we left in AZ. And let me tell you we have searched everywhere we live to find good and authentic Mexican food. When I cook at home my favorite thing to make is Green Chili Chicken Enchilada's with sour cream and queso fresco...YUM! Add home made salsa, guacamole and a Mexican Mojito and call it a meal. 

3. Fried Chicken ~ My Momma's recipe with a cajun twist, LOL! My Momma taught me how to cook many dishes, my second mother in law is Cajun and I learned to make quite a few dishes from her. I still remember them, how to cook them and have shared some of these dishes with many friends. The Cajun twist to Momma's chicken is adding just a little cayenne pepper to the seasoning and then frying it in crisco in a cast iron skillet. Spicey, brown and oh so yummy.

4. Gumbo ~ Chicken or seafood, it doesn't matter as long as it has that deep dark roux and spicy flavor that just won't quit. Add in a little Boudin sausage and you got a meal fit for a king! I am SO looking forward to cooler weather so I can cook up a big pot of Gumbo and rice...

5. Spiced Apple Cider ~ Around the holidays sometime beginning in mid fall, I'll drag out the crock pot and whip up a batch of spiced cider. I make mine from fresh apple cider, unprocessed when I can find it and then add cinnamon sticks, cloves and a little brown sugar. Simmer for about 6 hours, and then drizzle home made caramel sauce in the mug before adding the hot cider. Top with fresh home made whipped cream and you can't go wrong.

6. Mulled wine ~ A few years ago I believed I had an allergy to the sulfates in wine and wouldn't drink it to save my life. Then I found I could drink Mead and figured I'd try the wine again. If I did have an allergy, I've either outgrown it or it doesn't manifest any longer. I am happy to report I LOVE WINE! A couple years ago I ran across a bunch of recipes for Yule celebrations and many of them included a mulled or spiced heated wine. I was skeptical at first, and asked every one I knew for their favorite mulled wine recipe. I got a ton of responses and set about reading each of them. Many were pretty much the same and a few were more challenging than I figured I was up for. I did find one I fell in love with and now I try to make at least one kettle full each Yule. 

7. Coffee ~ Hi my name is Vickie and I am a coffee addict... LOL! Not just any coffee either. It MUST be Starbuck's Verona blend. I go out of my way each payday to buy 2 pounds (sometimes 3) of this blend for home brewing. Then I set the coffee maker up each night before going to bed so I can either have it already for me if I know what time I'm getting up or I can just push the brew button on the way through the kitchen as I'm taking the fur babies out first thing. Jimmy drinks his with some half & half and I use either Amaretto or Cinnamon Vanilla creamer. I will also confess to having an addiction to flavored coffees, and right now the fave's of those are Kahlua and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Pumpkin Spice (staying with the season here).

8. Chocolate ~ Yes, I am a chocoholic too. But here again I must be the difficult one in the family. I prefer dark chocolate, and sometimes the darker the better. 

9. Red Velvet Cake ~ Not everyone likes Red Velvet cake, and I'm OK with that. But if I have a choice for any type of cake I'd like to have for a celebration or just an ordinary day, I'll vote Red Velvet all the time. I'm not even sure exactly *why* I love it so much, but I do and when I see it on a menu as a dessert choice, I'll cut back on my entree just to get a piece of cake... 

10. Tea ~ Even before I worked for Teavana I had an affair with tea... I just didn't know all the health benefits associated with this heavenly brew. Now, I've been called a tea snob. That's more than alright with me. I will not use tea bags, nor the Kcups for my Kuerig. When I make a cup or pot or pitcher of tea, I use only whole leaf tea, and the water and brew time is monitored as well depending on the type of tea I'm making. I have a couple favorite blends and flavors, Six Summits Oolong has a very subtle raspberry flavor to it and I've grown attached to one called Hot Cinnamon Spice. Perfect for the cold winter nights.

And lastly, Day 12 wants to know My Favorite Childhood Book?

This one is easy and I can only say when I read it once, I read it many times again. For a while there I could almost recite it from memory. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

What's Inside My Purse?

30 Days of Blogging asks this question and I literally had to empty it out so I could answer.

I'm usually pretty organized (semi OCD) even down to what goes in my purse. Right now it's kinda cluttered because this weekend was payday and I have various lists, notes and receipts I haven't filed away yet.

Coupons for JCPenney, Witches Datebook for 2013, 2 recipes I tore out of a magazine while I was waiting for my truck to be inspected so I can renew the tags, extra set of keys, bottle of acetaminophen, Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer, lipstick, chapstick, lipgloss, pen, usb car charger for my Jabra bluetooth, a straw, a penny, new Harris Teeter VIC card, misc receipts, and my miniature altar box I got for Yule last year and carry with me EVERYWHERE.

There ya go... the uncensored contents of my purse.

Which Movie Would I Want to be Trapped Inside of for 5 Days?

Without a doubt it would have to be Practical Magic.

The aunts are so wise and have so much to teach, I'd be hanging on everything they say. And I especially like the idea of taking the things I learned from them and then using that knowledge to improve on a situation or even remove the problem without them standing over me.

Yes, there is no question. I'd be grateful to spend 5 days inside Practical Magic...

Friday, November 8, 2013

30 Days of Blogging

Today I've been asked to give you my 5 most recent goals.

I'm not good at setting goals, I don't usually have enough patience to let them manifest as they should. I'm always running a scheme in my head trying to achieve things at a much quicker rate. I do have goals, and some will *eventually* be fulfilled. Maybe...possibly... someday, LOL!!

In no particular order I give you my top 5 goals

To finish my degree. There are days and even weeks that I get bored, irritated and just plain overwhelmed with some of my classes. But I keep going knowing I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it gets brighter as the days go by.

Move back to Maryland. We have been away from Maryland since October 31, 2006 and we have been miserable. We miss the family, friends and the lifestyle we lived there. Both of us had decent jobs, a nice place to live and a new car.

Lose weight. Yes, I've been saying this for quite some time. It is still on my list, just haven't gotten the priorities in line to begin the process. I know I need to for my health. I'm a daughter of two diabetic parents so my chances of becoming diabetic is pretty sure, IF I don't make some major changes soon.

Get Jimmy a job so he's OFF the road and home every night. I'm not sure this is even a possibility here in NC. We have looked here in our area and there is NOTHING local that will pay him anything close to what he makes OTR. We've just begun to get our finances straightened out and a loss in income of any kind would severely hurt. I'm not sure how much longer either of our sanity is going to hold out with him on the road.

That's not five... but it's all I can give you tonight. These are the top *pressing* things that need to be accomplished.

Today NaBloPoMo Wants to Know What I've Learned About My Daily Blogging ...

It's not as easy as some may think. Everyone I know is busy, more busy than they have hours in the day. I'm right there with them. I'm not saying I have it harder than anyone else, I'm saying I TOTALLY understand how so many people can become overwhelmed in everything they do, including blogging.

While doing the daily prompts, I've found I rely heavily on them. I don't need to come up with a topic, just write about what thoughts I have because of the topic that has been presented. I've also found by utilizing the daily prompts I can write at a higher level of thought process.

The most important thing I've learned is if I want to be a successful blogger (and please don't think I'm all about the numbers. I'm not. IF you chose to read what I write, I'm ecstatic. If no one reads what I write, that's OK too. I write for me) I need to put more effort into my posts, continue to be honest with my thoughts and words but most of all to write from the heart and soul. To me that is what makes a successful blogger or writer of any written material.

As a side note here, I'm good with reading an occasional *guest post* on those blogs I follow, Goddess knows I've been a guest  blogger myself. However, I feel those who have a blog but do a very limited amount of the actual writing of the blog and rely on the efforts of guest bloggers or a compilation of contributors might want to re-examine their reasons for having a blog in the first place. To me, this seems a lot like they have no confidence in their own ability but are desperate for the increased traffic and statistics.

Just my thoughts on What I've Learned About My Daily Blogging...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My FIVE Favorite Songs...

Day seven of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge wants to know my Five favorite songs. A little over a year ago, I did a post similar to this for my Ten Things Thursday. So, I just resurrected some of the music I listed on there. In no particular order I give you:

1. Devil's Candy by Gary Alan: This song is about addiction and as some may know devil's candy is another name for cocaine. No, I don't use drugs of any kind. This song and album came out about the time Jimmy & I got together and ended up being sort of a *theme* song for us. One line goes "I've always had a sweet tooth for the devil's candy". From this line Jimmy told me I was his addiction... that he couldn't get enough of me. I guess it's pretty much spot on, we've been together for going on 12 years so I figure I'm still feeding his addiction, LOL!

2.  Melodramma by Andrea Bocelli: If you haven't heard this song, you really need to. This man's voice is so beautiful and powerful at the same time. This song and entire album (Ciele Di Toscana) is one of our favorites. It holds many memories of our first Christmas together and the trip we took to Sedona AZ where we stayed at the Poco Diablo resort. I can enthusiastically recommend any and all of the music by this incredible man.

3. Alive by Omnia: This song gets my blood pumping and makes me want to move. I haven't known about this group very long, but from the minute I first heard them I was hooked. This can be classified *Pagan* music and at one time I have a couple tracks in the music player I had here on the blog.

4. Rhiannon by Stevie Nicks: Stevie Nicks is probably my all time favorite female artist. I've seen her in concert multiple times and she gets continues to wow each time I see her. When we lived in Scottsdale, we actually lived on the same street she did and would occasionally see her in the grocery. She's as down to earth as you'd imagine and has such a huge heart. Rhiannon is about a Welsh Witch and even though Stevie tells everyone she's not a Witch or Pagan, there is just something about her that makes you think it might be possible.

5. Cathy's Clown by Reba McEntire: This is a remake of an old Everly Brother's song from back in 1960. I love the version by Reba and the video that goes with it has Bruce Boxleitner as the male star who the song is supposed to be about. Reba did the song and video in 1989 and was her 30th number 1 hit. I love Reba, and there isn't much of her music I don't like. This was a toss up between Cathy's Clown and She Thinks His Name was John...

If I HAD to Change My Name...

When I was growing up I hated my first name with a passion. I had every nasty nickname hurled at me that anyone could imagine. And I dreamed of what I'd change my name to if I ever got the chance. For some reason, those names I chose never really resonated, I lost interest quickly and moved on to a different choice. At least for a few weeks.

One day I just literally woke up and said "hey!! there is NOTHING wrong with your name and as a matter of fact it pretty cool. Since then I've chosen an alias here or there for one reason or another, for email, or because I didn't want to share my given name. I've had ex husbands give me their pet name which I QUICKLY ceased to use or answer to upon separation/divorce.

But if I absolutely HAD to change my name, I'd want to know the circumstances for why the change was important. Did I need an alternate name/life/personality because I gave testimony against a hard time criminal and went into the witness protection program? Or, did I commit a crime under my birth name and needed a new identity to stay out of jail? Maybe it was something simple and easy, like one of my alternate names just became the name everyone knew me by and I decided to just make the situation hassle free and legal?

I guess in the end, I wouldn't want to change my name, voluntarily. Someone else would have to decide for me, and it would have to be one that stands out in a crowd. And lordy, PLEASE don't give me one of those crazy Hollywood star type names ... with my red hair and freckles it must absolutely be something with an Irish or Scottish flair. And NOT Mary!! There are just too many Mary's in the world and I am not like anyone else who has ever walked this plane.

Maybe Moira or Shiobhan or Payton ...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day 6 of 30 Days of Blogging Challenge

Today's question is "What are you afraid of?"

My biggest fear is being homeless. I've been close a few times and by the grace of the Goddess, things changed and we didn't find ourselves living in the car.

Now, I will admit to being considered homeless by North Carolina standards. When we first came here from Michigan in 2008, none of us had jobs, we didn't have a place to live and we stayed in a Motel 6 for six months. We were unprepared for the slow economy, lack of employment opportunities and housing.

Here's the deal, when we lived in Michigan, I worked for a company based in Atlanta GA that was expanding regionally by leaps and bounds. I had been promoted to General Manager and groomed for taking over a store that was under construction in Raleigh. Well... here's where things went south. We had already given our notice to the landlord in MI, Jimmy had given his employer 2 weeks and Tanya had done the same. Things were going along as scheduled when a BIG monkey wrench got thrown into the plan. Seems there was an issue with the retail space in the mall where my store was supposed to go. The current tenants didn't want to opt out of their lease like I had been told, so construction was rescheduled for November. Here it is April, and I have NO place to go, no job (the company couldn't give me a leave of absence for that amount of time, nor could there be 2 managers in a single store. AND There wasn't another store in the state  AT.ALL.), no house, ... NOTHING!

So, our scrambling to find something in MI in the time period I had to work with (read a few days here) didn't pan out, we put 99% of our things in storage, packed what we could get into a 98 Chevy Malibu and a 2006 Taurus and came on down to North Carolina. Surely we'd find something before our savings ran out??

I think I have selective memory when it comes to the time period between April 1 and October 25, 2008. There were jobs, (day labor wasn't an option. Seems NC doesn't do day labor like all the other places we've lived), lots of microwave food, and then I found a cute little 2 bedroom duplex that fit right into our limited budget, and with the help of a couple family members, the deposit and first months rent were paid and we moved in. Slept on the floor until someone took mercy on us and gave us a twin bed. Burned up some clothes in a dryer that had been left in the apt, and spent that Thanksgiving (Thanks Evonne) and Christmas more than thankful for the little blessings we'd been given.

Coming to North Carolina wasn't the best choice we've ever made, it's been tougher than both the move to MD from AZ and then to MI from MD combined. But we have survived. Even though things still aren't exactly where I had hoped we'd be, we are doing OK and living each day as it comes to us. Every night I send up prayers for the ability to move us all back to Maryland sooner rather than later...

If I Could Change Just One Thing...

It would be that I need to stop being roped in to things. For the longest time I refused to get involved in anything that didn't resonate to a higher calling. Then I fell off the wagon and hitched my team to a broken, down on their luck, status seeking bully. And I  hung on with everything I had for a little over a year. I made excuse after excuse for the behavior I was witnessing.

Then one day I literally woke up and asked myself what the fuck are you doing? You are not a follower, you strike out on your own and lead. If people don't want to follow YOU, that is their problem.

When you remove those people from your life who resonate at a lower level than you do, it's like you are flying. NO!! Soaring! My vibrations are much more focused, not scattered like particles of dust, and I know where I'm going. What I need to accomplish to get there and the best thing??? I do not need to walk on, step over or climb on the backs of any one else to get there. I'm doing this all on my own and it feels like nothing I've ever felt before.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Proudest Moment

For the 30 Day Blogging Challenge I'm supposed to write about the moment when I was most proud. How can someone with 3 grown children and seven of the most amazing grand girls choose just ONE proud moment?? I can't and I won't even try.

There are SO many things in my life I am proud to have accomplished or proud that my children and grand girls have accomplished. My children have done some amazing things with their lives.

Mylia is a single mother working for NASA in Greenbelt MD, and she also lives with Chiari Malformation type 2 in addition to some of those other *you don't look sick* diseases (you know, fibromyalgia, crohn's, lupus) each and every day. She has one daughter Cheyenne, who is the light of her world. They look out for each other and sometimes I wonder who is the mother and who is the child. Cheyenne is VERY protective.

Tanya recently became a single mother living with hyperthyroidism and the possibility it is actually Graves Disease (undiagnosed due to no insurance), but makes sure everything she does is centered around and in the best interest of the Witchling. This is sometime more than challenging, but she's keeping strong. She also keeps in daily contact with the father of Angel, her oldest daughter who lives in Michigan.

My son Justin, not only works full time at Lufkin Industries in TX, but he is also a volunteer firefighter with his local fire department. And he has FOUR awesome and cute as a button daughters who excel at so many different things in their school and church life. Alanna, Micheyla, Taya & Cassandra are what keep my son and daughter in law Tiffany on the go all the time!

No, I can't give you ONE moment where I was the proudest. But, I will give you that I am most proud of my children and grand girls every day in everything they do.

My Writing Space

NaBloPoMo wants to know where I write, and what my space is like.

It's pretty standard. We have a cherry table/desk in our bedroom that supports the desktop PC and both of our times on the computer. I'm online and the computer more often simply because Jimmy is driving and his home time is limited. Not only do I write the blog, I also have my classwork for Ashford and a million and one other projects I may be working on at the time.

There are many times throughout the day when I have a thought flash through my mind and I'll come to the computer and type it out in Word or a blog draft. I have been known to jot thought down on napkins or receipts which prompted the habit of carrying a notebook in my purse.

My area must be clutter free, if it's not, I organize the space before I try to write. I can't work in clutter and it spins my world out of control when things on my desk are a mess. I usually do most of the actual writing at night after the Witchling has gone to sleep or her Mommy is home to take care of her. The house is quiet and I can pound out my thoughts without interruptions or distractions. Most times, the furbabies, Chaos & Calliope are curled up in their bed (they took over one of the laundry baskets, so I put a couple pillows in it and they are more than content) next to me and every so often Calliope will try to get on my lap as I'm working. This usually means it's time for Mom to take a snuggle break and spend some time with her.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 4 of 30 Days Blogging Challenge asks "What is my Dream Job?"

I don't have a dream job. I've done SO many things in my life for work, employment, career, or what ever you'd like to call it. BUT! I do have a dream business...

Most of you know I am studying for a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Complementary and Alternate Health. When this is achieved, I will continue my education in the Master's program at Maryland University of Integrated Health in their Herbal medicine Program. When my education is complete (or even during the Master's portion if I can get things together) I want to own/work in a Alternate health care facility with a wide range of treatment modalities. Everything from Acupuncture to Massage to Reiki to herbal remedies.

I dream/envision a large Victorian type building with a wrap around porch sitting in the middle of a grassy lawn. Wild flowers all around, and a well tended herb garden in back. We'd have all sorts of options for our clients, even a tea room where they can sit and relax if they choose while waiting for treatment. And the apothecary is similar to the one in Practical Magic with bottles and jars on shelf after shelf.

Will I manifest this into reality? That is my goal, one I can see a bit more clear as each class is completed.

Who Is my Favorite Character of ALL Time??

This is the question asked today over at NaBloPoMo. I wish this wold have been a little more specific, such as favorite fictional character from a book or movie or ... hmmm.

I'm going with my favorite character from a book. This would be Skye O'Malley from one of my favorite authors Bertrice Small.  Skye O'Malley is an Irish lass in a male dominate family. She is a strong and brave character who has no problem fighting with pirates, the Dey of Algiers or even Queen Elizabeth.

Here is the lead in from the website of author Bertrice Small:

There has never been a woman like Skye O'Malley! Beautiful, wise, courageous, and intelligent; she becomes, through her own efforts, a woman of great wealth and power. She is brave enough to do battle with Queen Elizabeth I, and win! 

There are 6 books in the direct Skye O'Malley series with 6 more in the Skye's Legacy series. Yeah, I'm going to have to say Skye O'Malley is my favorite character of ALL time.  And even though she is only a fictional character she has so much her adventures could teach women of the world today.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I'm Feeling Kinda Liberated and Wanting to Write...

Today I finished all the discussion questions and assignments for Special Populations over at Ashford University. Technically, I have until tomorrow (Monday) night at 11:59PM to complete and submit everything. I did not like this class at all, I was bored, my heart was not in it and I couldn't keep myself focused. So, today I pushed myself and hammered out the last of the requirements and now I'm finished AND I have a TWO WEEK break from classes. This gives me some time to rest, relax and catch up on a ton of things I've been neglecting.

If you look over there >>> on the right side column of the blog, up there in that top spot, you will see where I signed up to do NaBloPoMo for the month of November (yes, I KNOW I didn't complete it for October, so I'm trying again, sheesh) and I found this neat blogging challenge that I'm going to do too. I figure I've got 15 days to write out and schedule the posts for each challenge, but before I do that I need to catch up on days 1, 2 & 3 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

So Day 1 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge wants to know *Your Blogs Name*

The name of my blog is Aoibheal's Lair. I chose this name after reading Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series where one of the characters name is Aoibheal. In these books, Aoibheal is a Faerie Queen, who looks after the one of the main characters Adam Black. Aoibheal is also a Faerie Queen of the Unseelie Court and has a twin sister named Aine, a name I've used previously for various things.

Day 2 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge wants to know *20 Facts About You*

1, 2, 3, & 4. I am married, I'm bisexual, I'm a witch, I believe in plural marriage/relationships.

5, 6, 7, 8 & 9. We have 3 grown children, 7 grand daughters, live in North Carolina, want to move back to Maryland, and I'm a full time student trying to earn a Bachelor's degree in Complementary and Alternate Health.

10, 11, 12, 13, &14. I love to read, I believe in Faeries and actually consider myself a FaerieWitch, I sew, have an etsy shop that is kinda defunct ATM cause I haven't sewn anything since February, and my favorite color is purple. The dark royal purple.

15, 16, & 17. I enjoy cooking, baking and I've recently tried my hand at canning.

18, 19, & 20. My favorite food is seafood (shellfish to be exact, crab, lobster, scallops), I enjoy a good glass of wine or mead and I'm over the moon about dark chocolate.

Day 3 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge wants to know *Your Favorite Quote*

I have a couple of favorite quotes:

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." ~ Marilyn Monroe

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ~ Shel Silverstein

“Well behaved women rarely make history” ~ Laura Thatcher Ulrich

And there you have the first 3 days of the 30 Days Blogging Challenge. More tomorrow!! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 1 ~ If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?

I had to seriously think about this for a few minutes. I could be glib and say I'd give it all away to charity, but in reality like many other people in this world, my family, ALL of them could seriously benefit from one of us having access to what can only be considered a *landfall*.

So, what would I do with one million dollars? It's a huge list, and one that many would consider selfish. I don't, I'm not spending it all on me, and I'm sharing it with people who are in need. They just happen to be related to me, family or really worthy friends who have had some of the same challenges I have faced.

First, the bills would be paid. I'm not just talking about the utilities, mortgage or rent, credit card (who in my circle actually HAS credit cards?) and car payments. I'm talking about the bills that have gone into collection and have decreased the credit rating. You know, those forgotten medical bills or defaulted student loans. Maybe a repossessed vehicle or even child support arrearages (thankfully Jimmy's is almost paid off! He only owes $384.00). After this is accomplished, everything else would come in random order...

I'd also set up college funds for my SEVEN granddaughters. I know Cheyenne is interested in paleontology and wants to study with Robert Bakker a famous paleontologist. This would mean she would need to have the ability to travel to where ever he is teaching currently. The remaining six haven't given me any indication what course of study they'd like to pursue, but I want them to be able to do anything they choose. I'd also set aside the cost of the master's program I want to enroll in after completing my Bachelor's degree at Ashford.

Somewhere in all this time frame, I'd buy a house ... in Maryland. We have been away from there since October 31, 2006 and I miss everything about being there. From family and friends to the lifestyle we enjoyed. My ultimate goal is to move back to Maryland where we have family and friends. This was supposed to happen this year (2013), but as with many things, life got in the way.

Thank the Gods for the internet, I'll be able to locate and purchase the building I want for the tea shop/metaphysical book/alternate health business I've been dreaming about for all these years. This is what I'm working towards with the classes I'm taking, the degree I'm pursuing and the dreams that keep me plugging along even when I want to quit.

A million dollars?? Hmmm, I'm thinking I won't be able to make it stretch as far as I'd like it to...