Shaken and Stirred

What’s the saying? Dinner isn’t done until the smoke alarm rings.

There have been meals that I have cooked with no disaster. Then, there have been meals where the smoke alarm would not shut off! From burnt pizza to delicious roast beef that melts on the tongue.

I’m not a horrible baker or cook. I had a wonderful teacher. She taught me how to bake almost any kind of desserts. I’ve also learned how to cook such foods as chicken and pork. I’ve learned that being in the kitchen helps to relax me.

May you have a wonderful day!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Calling Uncle Bob

I like to think that I am a strong person and that I don’t need help with anything. Sometimes, I get knocked back to reality. I try to figure stuff out on my own first. Then, when I get frustrated I turn to God and pray for help. I try to sit quiet and listen to what He tells me.

My mom is such a blessing to me. Somehow, she knows when I am not doing so well. Maybe it’s the gift of being a mother. She’ll call me and we will talk for awhile. Or I’ll give her a call and she’ll tell that she was waiting for me to call because she could feel that I was feeling down. Just talking with her makes me feel so much better. She never tells me how to do something. She gives great suggestions, though. After our conversations, I feel much better and can solve the situation.

May your day be filled with sunshine!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Envelope Pushers

Someone once told me that it’s never too late to learn something new. Try to learn something new every day no matter how old a person gets.

So, Alex and I made the decision that I enroll in college–actually it was a university. Anyway, I feel that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to go back to school. While I was in school, a couple of assignments were to make power points. I had never heard of a power point before. I also had to do interviews with people that were complete strangers. I was so nervous to ask questions and record what they had to say. I am a quiet, shy kind of person. So to do these two assignments, I had to push myself.

Now, that I look back over the last 32 months of school, I am grateful that I went back to school. I learned so much. I feel that I have grown as a person and writer. I feel more confident about myself. God gave the gift of writing. I plan on using my gift daily. Be sure to use whatever gift you have been given. Don’t waste it!

May God bless you and yours!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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And So the Tears Flow

The last couple of days have been a struggle for me. Tears have been flowing almost non-stop. I’m not sure why. Maybe because the holidays are here. Maybe it’s because the kiddos are so far away. I am on medication.

There’s been some drama going on the last couple of days. It’s personal, family stuff.

When I get like this, the tears flow down my cheeks like rivers. Since I’ve been diagnosed with depression, I am learning to just let the tears come. I don’t try to hide how I’m feeling from Alex. He has that ability to pick up on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I cry in my pillow or Alex wraps me in his arms and just lets me cry. Yes, I get his shirt wet.

I am a blessed woman. I know my kids, my husband and Mom all love me. I have terrific friends. That’s what makes having depression so hard. I talk with God A LOT! I pray and I listen.

I have always loved writing. I have pretty much always kept a journal/diary. I can express myself through words.

If anyone out there reading this, and you suffer with depression, know that you are not alone. You can always get in touch with me.

May God bless you!!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Spinning Yarns

What makes a good storyteller? Great question. A good storyteller is someone who can draw a person into the story without a lot of effort. The storyteller has to be able to show different types of emotion.

I, myself, am a writer. I can express a story through words on paper. Β With writing a story, that first sentence has to be catchy. It has to be able to grab the reader’s attention. I could never tell a story off the top of my head. Since I’m done with school, I can now concentrate on improving my story telling. Another writer I admire is James Patterson. He writes mystery and when I read one of his books, I find myself not wanting to put the book down until I read the entire thing!

Who is a good storyteller to me? Judy Blume is one that comes to mind. She writes for kids. I love how she can weave a story through words. I am inspired by her because writing stories for kids is something I am going to do. My uncle is someone else who could tell a story. He could tell one off the top of his head, though. I loved listening to his stories because he always talked about his childhood. Since he grew up in the 1930s, his stories were interesting.

Hope you get to enjoy the sunshine!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Depression Is Real

Depression hurts–plain and simple. Anyone who suffers with depression knows what I am talking about.

I suffer with depression. My body aches. I don’t feel like do anything. It’s truly hard for me to even want to get out of bed. I try to be strong and smile through the pain. It’s hard! Winter is coming and it’s the worst for me during this season. When the sun doesn’t shine, all I want to do is cry. I feel like I have tunnel vision and I just see darkness.

Someone once told me to just suck it up and get over it. Having depression doesn’t work that way. I am blessed because I have a loving husband and wonderful healthy kids. I am blessed to have a great grandson. For the most part, I have my health. I can’t work because I have a lame foot. Alex and I struggle financially. Some days, this “feeling” just creeps in and won’t go away. One way that helps me is my writing. I can express myself through words. I pray and listen to God, also.

If you know someone who suffers with depression, please do not judge them. They need your support. Hug and love them. After all, they have feelings, too.

May God bless each and everyone of you!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Grateful and Guilty

This is a thank you note to whomever created Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Payday candy bars. I am grateful that these candies have been made. That rich creamy chocolate and that smooth peanut butter on the inside… YUM!!! The Payday candy bar is covered with nuts and caramel on the inside… YUM!! Both candies just sort of melt in my mouth.

I am guilty because I will not share when I get the opportunity to buy this candy. I was taught to share but there comes a time when I just can’t. Sorry, but you’ll have to buy your own!

Hope your day is filled with sunshine and blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Cue the Violins

As I sit here trying to think what kind of sound track my life would be, many types of music run through my mind. There is no one particular sound track that would fit. The sound track would consist of any kind of music that is spiritual, gospel, country and just a tad bit of rock and roll.

I have always believed in God and always will. I was brought up with going to church and then Sunday School. I grew up on a small farm, so I am a country gal through and through. I enjoy listening to any music by Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers. I love Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, too. My favorite hymn isΒ Sweet Hour of Prayer. One song that has stuck in my mind all these years isΒ Jesus Loves Me.

I don’t care for any type of loud music–words that I can’t understand–no thanks!

Hope your day is full of blessings!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Sparkling or Still

The perfect day off is doing whatever I like. I do not need sparkly or sparkling anything. Just listen to the radio and cross-stitch or write. Snuggling on the couch with my honey and watching television is always nice. I also love to bake. Since it’s just my hubby and me, I don’t do too much baking anymore. I would perhaps go for a walk. If I had a book, I’d most likely curl up on the couch or in my glider and read.

Who knows what I’d do on my day off? I would just let the day happen…

May your day be filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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Cousin It

Hmm…this one is hard because I have so many cousins. My dad only had one brother and he never married. My grandpa and grandma both came from large families. My mom has five siblings who all had kids.

If this prompt is about first cousins, well then, we are all crazy. We all do weird and strange things. There is no one cousin that is stranger than the next. We are who we are.

We are family.

Hope your day is warm and toasty!

Laurie Jackson πŸ™‚

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