It has come to my attention that I have been spending way too much time on Facebook and haven't blogged in nearly 2 months. Shameful! Not that my life is very interesting, but I know my Mom likes to keep up to date on all the trouble I cause!
Lets see... Still married.. so far! Broke my record on that so thats good. Kids are still brats. We are going to have to employ a strong arm technique with them I'm afraid as they still seem to think they are in charge and that video games/television etc.. are a right and not a priveledge. I am going to draft up a plan with hubby that basically cuts them off all together and they will earn the video/tv time by behaving, doing thier homework, going to school, doing chores etc... I also will have to crack down on unemployed son that is 18 and is taking up couch sitting as a career. Winter is here, unofficially or not. It has been very cold the last few days. The pipes almost froze up overnight last night. We had been having sewer trouble for a few months and hopefully have that fixed. The landlord has not been a happy camper and claims we have "abused" his septic so much that the whole thing needed replacing. He claims that in the 2 1/2 years I have lived there, I have done so much laundry that it has ruined the septic. According to the people who replaced the system, it was an old one to begin with and the drywall was cracked and needed to be replaced. The landlord claims that it was covered with a thick black tar like residue from all the detergent. Right after the septic was replaced our line clogged and we had to rent a power snake to clean it out. Hubby was not a happy camper with that. It wasn't expensive, just disgusting.
Lately the kids remind me of a giant grinder. One with a large opening at the top that you pour groceries, electricity, clothes etc.. into the top and all the comes out is garbage at the bottom. Most people seem to enjoy raising children. I hate it. I hate the nastiness, the rudeness, the disrespect, the lying and the laziness. I realize that it is my fault that these kids are this way and it is hard as hell to change them. I want being a parent to be fun. Somedays I just want to run away and never come back. I would never do that of course, but it is tempting. I think Hubby and I are going to have to institute the WWL bootcamp for wayward children. WWL is a combo of our last names. We want to teach them respect, discipline and compassion which they are sorely lacking.
Ok enough bad news... now for the good!
I have started volunteering at a local stable that runs a program called Equiability. It takes kids with disabilities and puts them up on horses for therapy. I have only been over a couple times and am mostly doing barn chores right now. That is ok with me, because that is what I wanted to do. I was looking for a place where I could learn how to take care of horses in the eventual goal of having one of my own. So far, I am learning about feeding, turnout, watering and learned how to measure a horse for a blanket. I will be doing stall cleaning soon enough! There are 18 horses there, so morning barn chores take about 3 hours. I haven't been there long enough for stalls. Maybe the next time I am going to go I should ask her to leave stalls for me until the afternoon. I am hoping that in the spring, after I've been there for a while, she will let me ride a bit. If I do get a horse in the near future or distant future, she takes boarders too! It is only 10 minutes from my house so is ideal and she takes very good care of the horses. I will love to help with the program too when the kids come out!
So thats the news from my neck of the woods... Linda