I stopped in to the supermarket today to grab some milk - and realized it wouldn't hurt to grab some apples. (since it's the only fruit my kids will eat!)  So in the middle of the produce section, I began my very meticulous search for just-the-right apples.  They couldn't be too red, too green, too brown, or too spotted.  They also couldn't have any strange markings on them, or look misshapen.  I wasn't just looking out for bruising - I was seeking out the ultimate in apple superiority!  These apples couldn't have any kind of disfigurement, or else my kids still wouldn't touch them (even though, as previously stated, that's the only fruit they'll eat!)  So as this process wore on - it suddenly dawned on me - my kids had TRAINED me!  I was spending what little precious time I had, meticulously singling out impossibly perfect apples.  Whuuut?  And it got me thinking - what else I'd been trained...

Well, if you've read anything of mine - you'll realize I spend a lot of time, complaining about not having any time.  Frankly, I seem to find a lot of things to whine about. (I don't necessarily have the right to complain about them, but I do!)  And putting them into poetry is much better than yelling at my kids, or the pets.  So here I am, telling you I'm about pitching my second book...

Yup! Once again, I found myself running around trying to find an item for my kid's class presentation - that I'd just been told about 20 minutes before school!  In this case, he needed a little toy train as a prop.  Apparently, it was a book report for "Freedom Train".  As I frantically dashed around the house, it dawned on me...

After the catastrophe, chaos, and candy of the holidays, it's time to start the New Year!  And, if you're like me, you'll probably be recovering for several weeks.  That, and figuring out the gadgets you bought for the kids that for some reason are only partially working.  These, of course, are the gadgets that came second fiddle to the main gadgets(Nintendo Switch or Fitbit possibly??)  which had to be frustratingly fixed and trouble-shot in the days(week!) immediately following Christmas.  But now, here we are...

As the holidays arrive, and we're buried in the hustle and bustle - its time to wish each and everyone all the very, merry best for the Holidays!!  Unfortunately, it ALSO means surviving the kids at home for the next two weeks!!!!   To survive, we decided we could put the kids to good use, outside!...