My real name is Bonita - I'm a female mouse potato (as opposed to couch potato) who lives in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (home of "Famous Potatoes" license plates).
The view at sunrise from my living room.
I live here with my hubby. We have two living children and one Angel in Heaven.
We visited Glacier National Park in 1999 and Yellowstone/Grand Tetons National Parks in 2000 with the German Exchange student we hosted for the school year. We whitewater rafted on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
Our lives are enriched by a golden retriever dog. The neighbor's dog practically lives here but I wish he'd leave his droppings somewhere else!
I'm glad you stopped in my house.
Watch your step as you come through the living room to sit down, I hate housework! I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says "Housework is something nobody notices unless you don't do it!" It's right next to the sign that says "Geniuses thrive on clutter"
Would you like a cup of coffee? Coffee is really big here in the Pacific Northwest - safer than alcohol. Espresso is sold everywhere. Parking lots have espresso huts that have drive-thru lanes. The hospital cafeteria, restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations and even McDonalds restaurants have espresso!
I don't drink much alcohol and usually limit myself to one drink. I always say "One drink and I can feel it - two drinks and anyone can feel it!" That advice would go a long way toward reducing teen pregnancies and needless deaths caused by drunk drivers.
Home is where the heart is but soul-mates come and go! How long the soul-mates will stay we never really know. Some stay a short time and leave stains upon the rug. Others stay forever always ready with a hug. Some are too proud to see the pain and go their merry way. Others make you coffee and help you through your day! The Pleasures of a Porch-MY MOTHER TELLS ME THAT AS BABIES WE USED TO SLEEP IN THE BUGGY ON THE PORCH WITH HER AT OUR SIDE READING A GOOD BOOK OR VISITING OVER COFFEE WITH A NEIGHBOR. THE WARM MORNING SUN ON THAT PORCH ALWAYS MADE IT A GOOD SPOT FOR READING. ON HOT SUMMER EVENINGS THE PORCH SHADE WAS A COOL, INVITING PLACE TO RELAX AFTER A HARD DAY'S PLAY. LEMONADE AND POPCORN WERE FAVORITE TREATS TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS ON THE PORCH AND THE FALLEN POPCORN COULD BE SWEPT AWAY FOR A BIRD OR SQUIRREL BREAKFAST. A FRONT PORCH IS ALSO A GREAT PLACE FOR AN IMAGINATION TO RUN WILD. MANY HOURS OF FANTASY PLAY TOOK PLACE ON THAT PORCH. WE DONNED OUR CHENILLE BATHROBES AND BECAME KINGS AND QUEENS ON OUR ROYAL BALCONY. IT OFTEN BECAME SCHOOL SINCE MY OLDER SISTER, SUE, LIKED PLAYING TEACHER. MY DAD MADE A BAZOOKA OUT OF A CARDBOARD TUBE AND ENABLED MY LITTLE BROTHER, TOM, TO PROTECT OUR FORT FROM ALL ENEMIES. SOMETIMES THE PORCH BECAME A CIRCUS TENT OR A THEATER AND WE ALL HAD STARRING ROLES. AT HALLOWEEN IT WAS OUR TRADITION TO STAGE A HAUNTED HOUSE UNDER THE PORCH. FOR ONLY A NICKEL APIECE THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS COULD STICK THEIR HANDS IN A BOWL OF GRAPE EYEBALLS AND OTHER UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS. THAT FRONT PORCH WAS THE SCENE OF FIRST KISSES AND LAST GOODBYES WITH VARIOUS BOYFRIENDS. I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE BOYFRIEND WHO CHASED ME OFF THE PORCH WITH A BIG JUNE BUG. I RAN SCREAMING DOWN THE BLOCK AND ALL THE NEIGHBORS WERE SURE I WAS BEING ATTACKED. IT WAS A LONG WALK HOME REASSURING WORRIED NEIGHBORS ALONG THE WAY. Cracked Rear View - Some of you will know this is the title of a HOOTIE & the Blowfish album. The phrase is from a John Hiatt song. It refers to a cracked rear view mirror as a description of a painful past. I gave away alot of my youth to my high school-through-college-sweetheart (eventual first husband). As I glance up at the rear view mirror the first cracks look alot like him. I gave up control to this guy so that when I think back on it I made very few new soul-mates during the years I was supposed to be having fun. We only socialized with his friends and when we eventually divorced because of his infidelity and abuse I was left without the support of many friends. Maybe that's why I like chat so much! I'm reliving a missed stage of my life - read Gail Sheehy's book Passages! HOLD MY HAND...sing it HOOTIE! Can Men and Women Be Friends? - As I watched the movie _When Harry Met Sally_ I had hopes it would be so in the end. Society works against male/female friendships. My mother shared with me recently that she was visited by one of my sister's old high school boyfriends (that's one of the advantages of living in one house all your life, Mom!) I suspect we never know how we impacted some people's lives. My husband's study partner during podiatry school was female and of course everyone assumed it was sexual but it wasn't. My own experience was a friendship with a male co-worker who was teaching me racquetball and I was helping him with his tennis game. Again a platonic relationship was perceived as sexual. The only way society will benefit is to encourage friendships with our soul-mates and drop sex from the equation. We need lots of soul-mates as we sojourn through life!I HATE HOUSEWORK!
FAMILY INFO|I HATE HOUSEWORK!|COFFEE?|ALCOHOL?|MY WRITINGS
"Behind every successful woman.....is a basket of dirty laundry." -Sally Forth
"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." - A.A.Milne
I DON'T WANNA
I don't wanna do the dishes
I don't wanna do the wash
I sprinkled clothes a week ago
And now my iron is lost!!
I don't wanna rattle pots
I don't wanna rattle pans
I see the mail light flashin'
I wanna chat with friends!!
Oh the tables need some dustin'
and the floor could sure be mopped
But I know if I get started
there'll be no place to stop
The closets are so full
things are falling off the shelves
I wish for cleaning fairies
and magic little elves
They could sprinkle fairy dust
and twitch their little nose
The windows would be sparkl
ing I would have no dirty clothes
Oh I know that I'm just dreamin'
My head is in the sky
I must cook that meat that's greying
and bake that apple pie
The Hubby needs a bath
Doggy needs attention
Oh.. the other way around I mean
my brain is in suspension
I am runnin' round in circles
I am gettin' nothin' done,
I keep thinking of my web
I am missing all the fun!!!
Well I know I'm not addicted
though I hear that all the time
But I guess this stuff can wait on me
Cause Today I'll Be On Line!!!
HOUSEKEEPING CAUSES WARTS(and other cheerful thoughts)
(by Deanne Bertram, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Spring 1991)
Because we can do some of the work all the time
And even all of the work some of the time
But not all of the work all of the time
Let us never forget that old blessing:
May your house be clean enough to be healthy
And dirty enough to be happy!
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. - Phyllis Diller
"How can I put everything in its place when most of this stuff doesn't HAVE a place?" - Billy, The Family Circus
"It's not junk, Mom! They're COLLECTIBLES! - Dennis, Dennis the Menace
"Look both ways before you cross the living room!" - Mrs. Mitchell, Dennis the Menace
A young couple got married and left on their honeymoon. When they got
back, the bride immediately called her mother.
"Well," said her mother, "so - how was the honeymoon?"
"Oh, mama," she replied, "the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic..."
Suddenly she burst out crying. "But, mama, as soon as we returned Sam
started using the most horrible language - things I'd never heard before! I
mean, all these awful 4-letter words! You've got to come get me and take me
home... PLEASE MAMA!"
"Sarah, Sarah," her mother said, "calm down! Tell me, what could be so awful?
WHAT 4-letter words?"
"Please don't make me tell you, mama," wept the daughter, "I'm so embarrased
- they're just too awful! COME GET ME, PLEASE !!!"
"Darling, bubeleh, you must tell me what has you so upset... Tell your mother
these horrible 4-letter words!"
Still sobbing, the bride said, "Oh, mama...words like: Dust, Wash, Iron,
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