A beautiful day for a Saturday
I should go outside and play
I shouldn’t waste this day
But yet I know I want to sleep!
Hello my Fabulously Graceless Friends!
I hope this lovely Saturday you find happiness, hope and peace at some point this fine day.
I hope that these very words make you smile.
I hope that you can let go of your pain, your hurt and your worries and just enjoy Be-ing for a few moments.
I hope you find beauty in something, somewhere.
I hope you smile.
I hope you remember to keep hope alive even in the most challenging times. Just remember to breathe.
I hope you all have a fantastically, fabulous Saturday!
I cannot tell you happy I am it is Saturday. I am done with this week. It is now behind us and I can’t tell you how pleased I am. The boy and I are planning a lazy weekend. Well, mine may be lazier than his!
There have been so many things that changed in my world in the last week. Some things I didn’t see coming, some things I had an idea and some that just blew me away. It wasn’t just one area either, no, not for this fabulously graceless human. It had to have multiple layers both physically and mentally. It’s like Murphy, as in Murphy’s Law, has taken a shine to me and wants to shake things up a bit. I feel like a bouncy ball in a blender.
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I am working to find my happy creative space. Fortunately that small human I gave birth to is with me and he makes me happy in my soul. He makes me face the day, I have no choice. Even if I wanted to feel sorry for myself or lazily wallow and uncommunicative I don’t have a prayer with him around! That’s a good thing!
Another bonus is I will creatively find time to do more writing. It is so strong and such a part of me I can’t deny it. I am working on doing more with it. I am definitely going to stop holding back.. for the most part! With that comes the quiet reflection, which I desperately need. I also know my loves will be there for me and give me the space I need. Just understanding it’s a part of me moving forward and accepting new challenges.
When things get tough, I know those that I can count on my peeps that are there for me no matter what.
They aren’t pretty words and it might as well be written across the universe. I AM WITH YOU. I ACCEPT YOU AS YOU ARE.
That is really all that I need. It’s all anyone truly needs. When your life gets turned upside down, being able to handle it, even when it brings you to your knees for a minute or ten, and having people you know have your back means Everything.
Today I am thankful for those who have stuck through me through thick and thin. Screams, laughter, tears, my flakiness, mi vida loco and even gaps in communication, I know I can count on them.
Y’all are always there for me when I need it and thank you sounds so trite. I can only hope you know how blessed, thankful and grateful to have these people in my life!
I will stop getting all mushy now, but sometimes, we need to take a minute and not only remember, but thank those people who help keep us out of the padded white rooms!
I wish you all a fabulous Saturday!
Always keep hope alive
“Cause Saturday night’s the night I like
Saturday night’s alright, alright, alright” – Elton John, “Saturday Night’s Alright”
I love Saturday’s and I love Elton John! So I am sharing my maotic mind on this fabulous Saturday and oftentimes I think of Sir Elton John songs randomly and feel the need to share the soundtrack of my mind! You’re welcome!
There are so many things on my mind, heart and soul. I cannot express them all here today so I figured I would just go with whatever flows forth from my fingers. After all I have a deadline to meet and technology and I are once again at odds! Story of my life!
For the first time in ages I seriously wanted to toss my smarter-than-me-phone off the porch as I was apparently breaking the damn internet trying to read articles on www.scarymommy.com – seriously! It wasn’t even on the Facebook as I have had my phone just go back to my home screen when clicking on a video or article on the app. Recently, it did this while I was reading an article on the cellphone interweb. It reminds me of a gentler black screen of death that comes up on my computer. It scares me a little when my phone does it. Because I will tell you, I have a love/hate relationship with my smarter-than-me-phone and I rely on it far more than I want to. I become too plugged in and then reliant “in a pinch” if the computer isn’t working for whatever jacked up random reason it is this month! I swear if my man wasn’t such a genius at fixing my broken things, I would have lost my mind already with the computers crapping out on me and deadlines daily! To his credit he has handled my meltdowns quite well and the boy is convinced he can fix anything! I am just thankful he tolerates me as me, even encourages *gasps* me to be myself, not who I think I need to be for anyone else. Even when I am bitchy or irrational he tolerates me. That is a lot to handle I tell you. And the fact he doesn’t even flinch when I hand over my electronic device, usually a computer, and say “Please again” because I just can’t deal with it. Again. And fixes it. I am certain he does some kind of voodoo magic on it for it to work again for me.
I swear I have too much electromagnetics or some form of alien life form in my body! I cannot wear a watch, electronics fail after a period of time around me and not from abuse that I cause or viruses I “accidentally downloaded” (I learned how to avoid that a while ago but sometimes it happens). Now the smarter-than-me-phone is acting all jacked up.
Of course my mind fills up with topics to write while I can’t get onto a computer and just start writing drafts. And my hands have started this lovely cramping thing when I write, like old school write, with my hands. So I start to go a bit stir crazy in my head until I remember I can write down portions in my notebooks and get it out so I don’t completely loose it!
Oh yes, yes my fabulous friends, Fabulously Gracelessness, a.k.a. Lady Maos is one stop shy of bat-shit crazy! I am amazed I can manage to keep it together enough to get this blog out daily! Between actually raising a child, working, writing, loved ones, having a life, chronic pain and issues, I am pretty damn proud of myself for hitting my mark and sharing my thoughts, ideas and hopes with the world daily. If I can do it on this small scale, you can do anything you want to do if you hope and believe in yourself. Because my motto is Keep Hope Alive. And I promise you, that daily mantra truly works. It gets me through more than I ever expected it to. I am pushing myself farther than I ever had in my writing and am starting to see some positive results. They are small and to some probably it wouldn’t matter but it gives me HOPE and therefore KEEPING HOPE ALIVE actually Works! Setting aside time for your dreams isn’t always easy, but then life is not always easy either. Besides I love a challenge! I have so many topics I am bound to hit the mother load of getting a big break. I believe in myself!
So bring on this Saturday, this Football game day and middle of the weekend!
I hope you all have a fabulously fantastic Saturday and Keep Hope Alive!
The day is here and today is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the Central Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association!
I’m so excited for today for so many reasons.
I worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter for 6 years and volunteered for 2 years prior to working with them.
Alzheimer’s is very personal for me as several of my family members have suffered from and even died from this disease. I have cared for many friends and others with this disease. I have consulted and worked with families to help manage the stages of this fatal disease. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s disease and eventually passed away 5 years ago after suffering with it for at least 10 years. His sister, my great aunt, had died from the disease 11 years prior and both of his parents died from Alzheimer’s. There was no chapter in Alabama, and the Alzheimer’s group that serviced the Birmingham area didn’t cover northern Alabama, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee didn’t cover the area where he and my grandmother lived. They were in limbo as far as services and most of the local doctors were not as educated on the disease as they are now, though some smaller town doctors sometimes, not all and please I don’t want to get slayed for speaking the truth as I know it, do not know as much as is needed about the disease to help their patients.
This is where the Alzheimer’s Association becomes a guiding light for many. Their 800 # (1-800-272-3900) is a 24/7 hotline to help people any time day or night. You can also find them at www.alz.org. They may not always be to find you a support group or doctor close to you, however they are there to help assist you in time of need and make suggestions of where you go in your region, as well as give you tips and just be a voice on the end of the line when you truly need someone who can understand and talk to you.
I have been talking, calling, emailing since about 2007 to the national office about a chapter in Central Alabama. We have part of the northern section of the state covered by the Middle TN chapter and Lower Alabama covered by the Panhandle chapter but the rest was pretty much hanging out with no assistance.
At the end of 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Alabama was opened and I have volunteered, and badgered them for employment, since I moved here in 2014! To say I am thrilled is an understatement.
That is why todays walk means so much to me.
From the Alzheimer’s Association, the 2015 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures:
The disease is not pretty, it isn’t sexy or isn’t something a lot of people want to even talk about. Alzheimer’s knows no borders or boundaries, it takes people of all races, classes, socioeconomic background and all genders. It destroys their lives and the lives of those who care for them.
I’ve noticed several ads for Alzheimer’s medications on television recently and it angers me because it makes it seem as if “Oh you get Alzheimer’s you can take a pill and go on with your life.” If it were only that easy. There isn’t a magical pill. We are closer now than 10 years ago but we do not yet have a cure or even a way to stop the progression of the disease. It does “help” but unfortunately it doesn’t help everyone.
I want to walk, volunteer, spread awareness and help funding to prevent, halt and eventually find a cure for this terminal disease. I want my son and any grandchildren I may have to live in a world without Alzheimer’s.
So today I walk in memory of my grandfather, my Papa. Papa’s Posse will be at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Railroad Park volunteering and spreading hope! *Photo below of my beloved Papa & GrandMaMa
Now I just hope the rains end prior to the walk and that we have massive attendance!
For my part, the Fabulously Graceless Lady Maos is all in!
Keep Hope Alive!
I may be just a tad bit happy that the weekend is finally here.
It’s been a long week my graceless friends!
I am sure so many have gone through hardships, pain and loss and I am hoping this weekend brings some bit of happiness to you all.
Just 2 short weeks ago I was in Hoppe Valley with my family and friends at the annual pig roast.
It was an amazing amount fellowship, friends, fireworks and fun!
It seems like so long ago yet it was not! Ever noticed how you anticipate for months and months for something and then it happens and you are drunk on the bliss of being in the moment? Then it seems it is over in a flash. You are down like a kid after a tour in Willy Wonka’s factory the sugar high and rush has worn off and you are back in your hovel doing the day in and day out.
There you are counting down the days until next year and planning what you can do to make things even better though it will be hard to top this year!
This weekend I am celebrating with a different group of friends and one of my good friends turns the BIG 50! Happy Birthday CB!!!
I think we need a trip to a cabin in the hills again but will settle for dinner with this fine group of friends! I came across photos recently of me and my friend on that trip and how much we have changed in 10 years!
You never think of yourself as old until it starts happening. Of course I am still young in my mind! Always!
So with those lovely chaotic thoughts I bid you a fine farewell and wish you a fantastically fabulous Saturday!
In fabulous gracelessness,
We are Here and today is The Day!
The annual Pig Roast in the valley!
I am so excited to be with all of my friends and family!
There will definitely be updates on this post and more photos next week!
As for today we are enjoying sunshine, good food, good music, and fabulous friends and family!
Sending out happiness and joy to everyone!
I hope your Saturday is Fabulous!
It’s the weekend!!
So I will start by apologizing for my mini post today.
I was up until the wee hours talking with my friend I haven’t seen in 28 years! And for the record, I think we still look fabulous!
It was so good to enjoy each other’s company over dinner and continue talking about life and randomness until we both realized we have things to do today. She won the bigger “to do” argument as she has to fly back across the ocean to get “home”.
It isn’t like we can just pick up and visit whenever we want as she lives on another continent.
You never know when you decide to have a get together what will happen.
I pictured her coming over, us having dinner and chatting a bit.
I did not expect to enjoy it so much we lost track of time and did not want it to end.
So I challenge everyone to find that long lost friend and stay up late talking.
Enjoy your friends you have.
Make new friends.
Rekindle the old ones.
Tonight was definitely worth it!
Eva my friend, safe travels and I do hope to see you again next year!
Have a fabulous Saturday my Graceless friends!