April 28, 2011

Starting the Lawn Mower Each Spring

I would like to officially publish a bit about the lawn mower. Like last year, my lawn mower would not start this season. After a couple days of trying, I went to Sears and bought a "kit" with a spark plug, oil, fuel stabilizer and a new air filter. I changed the air filter and spark plug and my lawn mower still didn't start. I then checked the price of a new lawn mower -- $283, which didn't interest me!

I apologized to the neighbor across the street for high grass and he said it was probably the old gas, so today I added a teaspoon (about) of the fuel stabilizer to my gas in the tank. (It says not to do this on the bottle.) I then went to Home Depot and bought the correct spark plug (the one in the kit did not have the right numbers on it) and changed the spark plug again.

Determined, I started trying to start it again. And, then I finally started smelling gas today for the first time this year. I told myself that it worked in the Fall and it was still working and kept trying to start it. And, what do you know! I have never been so happy to mow my lawn today.

I guess it is best to use that gas at the end of the year or pour it into the car. Buy new gas each year for your lawn mower.

April 21, 2011

My Favorite Job of All -- Mom

Recently, when I dropped my children off at school in carpool, my oldest son asked me if I knew what the M on the back of the BMW in front of us stood for... I said, "I don't know, magnificent?" My daughter piped in "Magnolia."  This was a fun laugh to start the day. (My etsy shop is named magmoment because of magnificent and magnolias.)

The children dress up at school when their team has a game after school. On a game day, I got a text from my oldest "They did a terrible job of starching my shirt." I wrote him back. "So sorry. Maybe you can get your money back." But later working the concession stand, I heard several stories from moms who didn't have clean, starched shirts for their children to wear and what they did. I was thinking I've ironed dirty shirts in the morning too, but this time, I had been to the cleaners. So this was a little sign, that I am making it as a mom.

Just this past weekend, I was telling my college roommate at our alumnae reunion that I am doing my very best to avoid working, so I can be with my kids. This past week I drove to school in the middle of the day twice. Once for an orthodontist appointment and second day to take a child to school late who needed to sleep in. This is my job that I really love.

 I hope your mom is great, good enough, and that you realize what good stuff she gave to you while you can appreciate it and let her know. Don't send real flowers this year, send something from my flower shop instead. My photographs will last forever.

April 09, 2011

Sara Evans Gives Fans a New View on Life and Relationships

Sara Evan's new CD is a special collection about breaking up and new relationships. The title track "A Little Bit Stronger" was released several months ago and clearly is about moving on and getting over the pain of by-gone relationship. Sara is divorced (but remarried) and this makes me especially think of the pain of divorce.
"Desperately" is a song about needing love. I like the positive words about jumping into a new relationship. This song has a couple original analogies loved "like the sun loves the moon and the moon adores the shore."

"Anywhere" is a delightful ditty about going anywhere as long as "you'll ride shotgun with me." One of my favorites lines in this song is "I am sick of living my life in park; I want to live it in drive." Another neat line and idea for life is "Got all we need in cart at a checkout line."

"My Heart Can't Tell You No" is a sad song about a torturous relationship where someone is in love with someone else. Here is a photograph a created recently because of a beautiful relationship gone sour with the entrance of a third person.

After a recent breakup "Life without Losing" speaks to me. Sara sings perfectly about how it feels to constantly think about a lover. But it is heartwarming to realize that "nobody gets through life without losing." Yes, Sara keeps me looking for love.

Two fun songs are "Cabana Boy" and and 'Ticket to Ride!"  "Cabana Boy" is about just staying home and having her guy wait on her at poolside. This delight brings to mind many scenes. And his reward at the end of the day is perfectly clear. "Ticket to Ride" is about meeting someone on an airplane and getting cupid involved.

There is also a sad song about losing someone to alcohol -- "What that Drink Cost Me." "Alone" is also somewhat sad in that there are times in a relationship that we need to be alone and work through the pain of differences.

"Wildfire" is a song about someone's love lighting a fire, "a spark inside me." Sara continues this analogy throughout the song.

This CD also includes a bluegrass version of "Born to Fly," an early hit of Sara's. Born to Fly is an upbeat you-can-do-anything song.

My favorite song on the CD is Cabana Boy. I listened to the CD skiing recently and went much faster every time this song played. This will be a great summer release.