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“Ben, I’m going out to find a tree.”“I’ll be here”. Dahhhh“I’m back. It’s on the roof.”“At half time. I’ll get it at half time.” Of course.“Where is it?”“On the roof of the car.”“Well, I hope it’s still there.”“Me too, or someone’s going back out.”“Where’s the stand?’“Right there.”“Was it trimmed?”“Yes.”“Do you have that plastic bag thingy?”“I […]

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Last week was lovely.Our kids came for Thanksgiving. They stayed 4 nights.We ate turkey, and drank champagne, and made each other laugh.We played board games and went to dinner out and watched holiday movies.The house was humming, and happy, and whole.Also, my mother came.(silence-silence-silence)I love my mother. She was the absolute center of my universe […]

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  • Carla BeDell - Wow! Sorry for that lack of parental support! You seem to take it in stride and with humor. Good for you!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It’s either laugh, or kill her. Because of the season of brotherly love I’ve chosen the first. All bets are off after the first of the year. Hahahaaaa…smack.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart goes out to your mother. She must feel incredible, deeply-rooted pain to act that way. Blessings to you both.

  • Natalie DeYoung - Remarks like that and we’d have been estranged within minutes. You are a kind soul full of magnanimity and largesse. And if blogging is pathetic, well, then at least there’s a tribe of us losers to support and love each other. 😉ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Is this not unreal or what? Can you imagine? She didn’t say it to MY face- she said it to my children. Probably worse. I’m still trying to process it. Thank God for our TRIBE! Jesus…..ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - I’m relatively new to reading your blog, but I have to tell you, your posts are sometimes the high light of my crazy day. You rock Cheryl – thank you for providing the posts that you do. Your mom many not have an appreciation for what you do, but it looks like there is a whole bunch of us who do.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And you, my friend, are THE highlight of MY DAY!!! What a wonderful compliment. I’m speechless (and THAT’s saying something). Please continue to stop by or I’ll cry….ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I’m sorry your mother has that kind of view of things… it’s very sad that she can’t be more positive.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - She sounds like where you got your funny bone. Plus you keep a near linen closet. What more could you want?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - If she had only ever BEEN funny. Not so much. And my father wasn’t either. But my sister and I developed a sense of humor in spite of it. Maybe BECAUSE of it? And, really, who doesn’t love a tidy linen closet?ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - You skillfully capture some of the complexities so common to the mother-daughter relationship. Pleased to hear that you’ve managed to immunize yourself against the criticism and undermining comments.ReplyCancel

  • wampumhome - Aww, the loving bond of mother daughter.. HAHAHAHA…. My husband of all people taught me years ago how to not let my mom get under my skin. I had to adapt a ‘man’s view’ for this. His mom was the queen of mean, I mean MEAN and she always smiled while digging deep with her words. So, back to his advice. He said he just smiles and nods (yup, like a bobble head). Smile and nod. Well, I tried it, it made me crazy the first few times, but it worked! It worked so well, I’ve applied to all people who frustrate the hell out of me (including himself) at times. The unexpected surprise was once I started ‘reacting’ to what I perceived was mean and negative comments I started having a better relationship with my mom and hearing ‘between the lines’ and she seems to now have much kinder words for me (maybe she did all the time, but I was perceiving it all different??). Just smile and nod 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Excellent advise. I will smile and nod in the future, but that silent scream (cue: Van Gogh) seems to be in my back pocket, crawling up my back and wanting to rear it’s head around my face. No! Go down evil monster! Smile and nod. Smile and nod…..ReplyCancel

In case any of you were wondering what was going on in the background this summer (while I continued writing and posting for your pleasure)- there was the small challenge of a dreaded House Addition. (oooooh- scarey). Ben and I (and the kids) have been through many of these before. Why? Because I can’t keep […]

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Once Upon A Time…in a Land not so Far Away, there lived a beautiful young Queen with three small children in her SUV carriage: the two flowers she had pushed threw a garden hose and her lovely niece. It was a beautiful day.She was charged with the happiness and well-being of these three sweet souls. […]

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  • Sue - This is the most wonderful story in the land. I love to circle the parking lot for my chance at a close spot for the thrill of the win. Gorgeous photo of you CherylReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I do that too! Like say to myself “If I can just get thru that light before it turns red, then my day will be great” or “if no bills show up in the mail today I’ll loose 5 pounds”. WTF? Thanks for the compliment Sue. If you’ll notice- the focus was blurry. Thank God.ReplyCancel

  • Kim M - Ahh…I remember those pre-Target days, when getting out of the house and away from kiddie tv to buy toilet paper in bulk was freedom! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Right! When going to the grocery store was a BIG day. I think I even dressed for the produce boy. Jeez!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Considerer - LOL! I do like how you did this 😀 The style, I mean. I really don’t understand the content, being a non-American 😉ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - Alas, the magical kingdom of K Mart is disappearing, due to mismanagement by the evil sorcerer Seers. Seers cast an enchantment and K Mart may soon be no more unless….hark, is there a white knight on the way? THE END.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Nice twist on Once Upon A Time!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - Oh. My. God. This is the best thing I think I’ve read all year. The picture in my head! You are now my hero! “I BETTER NOT FIND YOU IN KMART” was priceless. The best tie in to this story is that the grandmother that I was absolutely devoted to worked her whole life at K-Mart and retired from there. I have her old jumper and set of keys. I spent a lot of time in K-mart as a kid and before they all went away. This post made my whole night happy (and I am not at the time of month where I am predisposed to be happy about anything)! Now that I have over-shared, have a stellar night and find that guy and run him down!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Aren’t you wonderful! You have a jumper! And keys!!! Let’s go find one- a Kmart that is. Maybe the guy too. (heheeeeee)ReplyCancel

  • Mike Regione - oh kmart, where did you go?ReplyCancel

How many of us can say that we have done something we didn’t want to do?Everyone? I think yes.Most people would say something like, ‘I painted that damn room because I couldn’t wait any longer’, or ‘ I had to adopt that dog because he had no where to go’. Maybe even, ‘Here I go […]

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  • Chloe Jeffreys - I was like you in that I was reluctant about motherhood. Mostly because I don’t like other people’s children very much. But come to find out I was head over heels about my own. Best decision I ever made was having kids. I don’t regret a moment.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Burke - I can TOTALLY relate…..my post for this week’s challenge was in a similar vein!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’ll have to skip right over and take a look! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment Christine!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I’ll admit… I knew very early on that I didn’t want children.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I never preach to anyone who chooses otherwise. It’s NOT for everyone. But my mind was changed and it’s been a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • brittasbanter - This is great! It’s funny how us women come to motherhood. You made your journey funny and honest. Thanks for the read.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You’re so welcome Britta! Yes, I think we all come to it in a different way. And I’m always HONEST. (not true) HahahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Life Breath Present - This was a great post! I knew I wanted the whole husband kid thing. I wasn’t sure how I’d do it. I also thought that being a stay-at-home mother was the best for me, now that I am I’m not always sure, but we’re only 6 months into this thing. At the end of the day, it is pretty cool though 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It gets better- hang in there (like any of us have a choice). Ours are grown & gone and I miss the baby days. Maybe Grandma within the next few? Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • holley4734 - Awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - Whew, honey, my “feels” are running all over the place! That was so well written and funny and so touching at the end I got a little teary eyed. When I was young, I never wanted kids, but I got pregnant and had a baby at 18. I’ve listened to all of the crap anyone ever said to me, but I wouldn’t have missed this life for anything in the world! My kids are all in high school now and I am dreading the day they go away, but kind of looking forward to it too. Watching them grow up and become these cool, actual people is more exciting than anything I can think of. I just loved this post so much. Methinks you may have a new follower!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You hit it on the baby’s bottom! The time was precious but you do want them to leave- sort of. At least you think so until it happens and then it’s sad, but kinda great. Does this head spinning ever end? Me thinks not. I’d love it if you’d follow along. It’s a party!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Second born in a line of 8 kids, I was often a caretaker. I really had no thoughts of having kids. Not that I purposely chose to not have them. I just wasn’t that girl chomping at the bit to have kids and be all gushy about it. Then…. gosh, why didn’t someone tell me that having children is so wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Angel The Alien - That is sweet! I am oddly the opposite… I have always known I want to have kids, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I tell myself that is okay, because if I had had kids when I was 18 (like many of my friends at the time were doing) they’d ben almost grown up by now, and since I haven’t even started yet, I have everything to look forward to still!ReplyCancel

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