Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 69


There are those of you who will understand why I posted this picture. For the rest of you, it's probably best that you don't ask. Or even think about it all that much. 'Nuff said.

Today's Thursday Thirteen comes to you, courtesy of 12/10. Let me 'splain. Once upon a time, many years ago (13, to be precise), I suffered a pregnancy loss. I think I've mentioned in passing that it slaps me upside the head every year, both at the time during the year that I lost the baby and at the time of the year when it was due. Which would be now. I don't even think about it until I'm having trouble getting through the day, feeling bogged down, for no good reason at all. I'll look at the calendar and it'll hit me. "Oh. It's the miscarriage/due date." And it all makes sense then.

Over the past few years, the fog has been less dense, for which I'm thankful. I produce enough fog of my very own without being depressed about having a pregnancy end 13 years ago. I don't think I'll ever forget, but it's nice not to have it club me over the head.

Monday night (that would be 12/10), I was be-bopping through the kitchen, making supper and minding my own business when I looked at the calendar that's in my window. Bam! I noticed that it was 12/10. I also noticed that I hadn't had a bog-down, fog-out session this year. Wowza! That put an extra spring in my step, let me tell you. Again, not that I want to forget, but I really don't need to lose any more time in my life due to being too depressed to move.

So yesterday was not a good day. David was determined to find out exactly how far he could push me before volcanic activity erupted. I refused to be volcanic, but let's just say that David spent a considerable amount of time restricted to his bed yesterday. And he received more than a few spankings corrective measures to his hindal region. I just hate days like that. I feel more like a warden than a mother. And it gets me down, man. So I was all funky last night while I was attempting to conjure up a TT for today.

(I'll bet by now that you wish I'd just let it go and did a TT next week!)

I came up with thinking about things that make me happy and bring light to my world. So, without further ado, here we go!

Thirteen Things that make Lori happy

1. Freshly washed children.

2. Freshly baked bread, pastries, whatever. Yeah, freshly baked sounds good.

3. Time with other women. Friend Husband calls this my "gal-pal" time, which, in another era of my life would have earned him the sobriquet of "Pig!" but now I just nod graciously, grab the car keys, and bail. Tonight, I get to go knit with Friend Gina. I've been looking forward to it for two weeks.

4. Singing with Sarah and Rachel. Over time we've developed a lovely little trio and we sing while we're working, while we're driving around, whenever we get a chance. It's just too fun. Of course, I'm the one who sings off-key, so I don't know if it's as fun for the girls, but they at least tolerate me.

5. Reading a gripping book.

6. Teaching the children, especially history, which is one of my favorite things in life.

7. Snuggling with my honey and just chatting. He's such a nice boy.

8. Knitting & quilting.

9. Having an uninterrupted block of time in which to work.

10. Cooking.

11. Gardening, especially growing herbs and perennials.

12. Laughing at the ludicrous or just bizarre things I come across.

13. Writing. I've enjoyed it since I was a wee lass and it still soothes me and makes me sigh with contentment.

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Rian Fike said...

I can smell the freshly baked bread from here!

Coco said...

Hmm... all those would really make me happy too! Cheers! :)

Kat said...

I love cooking but my husband takes over the kitchen every time! My #20 is up

Bobbi said...

bill and Ted...I get kids love that movie...Yes, I let them watch it...I know bad mom award...I always enjoy coming to your blog!!!
Do you meditate on scripture during those diffficult bouts of depression? That's the only thing that gets me through when I get like that(usually when it's pms...blah)

Alicia said...

Yay for reading, teaching, knitting and anything 'together'. :D

Sue said...

hehehe my kids have seen Bill and Ted too .. Great list, and for what it is worth (((hugs from Canada))) I understand, and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Robin said...

I was actually supposed to go out for a girls' night tonight but I was up half the night last night after my dryer set my clothes on fire (yes, really) and so I'm just too darn tired tonight.

I did bake a banana bread for an event tomorrow though. That made me smile. Now if I can only manage not to eat it...

Nicole Austin said...

Great list! Well, except the gardening. I have a black thumb. LOL!

Happy TT!

Nicholas said...

I am so with you on #13

Candy Minx said...

I've had the same kind of bog-down too...but it isn't as opporesive as it used to be...good to remember all the souls in our life, yes? Lifelong learningand love.

Enjoyed your list...glad you are havingsuch a positive week. Little kids like to test us...sometimes i believe when a child is acting out or testing...they are going through a massive learning phase.

I bet your babe will have a new skill mnaifest in about a week or two? I always notice after a crankiyy time period or testing really have actually been in the process of learningand it tires them out...right before they learn to walk, or learn to talk, or to read...or use a tool etc...


amypalko said...

I find knitting so meditative. Whenever I just have to stop and relax because things have become too crazy, I just pick up my needles and zone out for a while. Pure bliss!
Glad you're focusing on the positive, and you're comment on my post, makes more sense now that I've finally managed to pop over and read your TT. Sorry it took me so long!
Lives Less Ordinary

Tink said...

There's a lot that makes me happy, but never cooking. I'm a lousy cook. :-)
Thanks for visiting my best wishes TT. Especially for you in Swedish:
God Jul och Gott Nytt År