Simma Down Now​


The laughter this crew provides is unmeasurable

November was a hectic month on its own, so when you throw in some birthdays, and a couple deaths things escalate. Toss in the sale of two cars, the purchase of a new one, a wedding and running the 5k you signed up for because you’re too cheap to cancel while preparing to host Thanksgiving and your teetering on crazy. Simma down now, simma down.

Then, just as your about to welcome December with open arms, you receive notice from the City of Philadelphia that a neighbor filed a complaint against you for parking a commercial mower in YOUR OWN yard.  I think it’s safe to say that the big fat December full moon was not helping matters. 

Meanwhile, all of this has caused my heart to ride an emotional rollercoaster. Sadness from the losses, joy from the celebrations, racing from exercise and crushed by the actions of this neighbor. She needs a break!

The loss of two extraordinary people was significant. David, a gentleman in every sense of the word, passed early in the month. After attending his service, I felt better than when I walked in the door. This is a testament to the level of goodness in his soul, which I had the pleasure to witness before and after his passing. 

Next, my husband’s Aunt Sophie who was my favorite in-law. Earlier in the year, she joined us for a fantastic night out on the town that I actually shared in my post Magical. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the same woman, who was a lively 78-year old playing air guitar on the dance floor in February, was diagnosed with cancer and died 4 weeks later. Just another reminder to live your life folks.

The new car has challenged my intelligence, not to mention my driving skills. I’m not positive, but I would bet money I am experiencing the same emotions that Buzz Aldrin felt when he hopped in Apollo 11 and headed to the moon. Wow! Just Wow!

When the bells and whistles have their own set of bells and whistles, it can make a girl feel inadequate. Apparently, I continuously drive over the lines on the road. How do I know? Because I’m reminded every 5 seconds. I’m questioning why I haven’t been pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence … EVERY day.

fullsizeoutput_1ea4My daughter wanted to run a big race here in Philly, the Rocky Run. So, like a good mother, I signed us up. FYI: My daughter has never run a day in her life.

I’m still not sure how she pulled off being out with her girlfriends, rolling in just a few hours before she had to get up and managed to beat me by one second. Isn’t youth grand?

Thanksgiving was terrific from start to finish. Food, family, and laughter through the roof put it in the books as one of the best. Who am I kidding, they’re all in the books.

Ugh, and finally this notice from the Department of Licenses has turned my current living situation into the modern day version of the Hatfield & McCoy feud. Can we settle this on Family Feud, please? 

That story is to be continued. However, I will say that when people make decisions based on their emotions at that given moment, there are no winners. Those actions have far-reaching effects and do much more harm than good. Live and learn is the motto around these parts folks. 

Enjoy the Ride and Keep the PEACE!


10 responses

  1. Wow! I’m exhausted reading this! Good luck with the neighbor.

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    1. I’m regretting my decision to move to an areas surrounded by cornfields.

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  2. Following you is like a ride on a roller coaster. I love this post and hope the Hatfield and McCoy feud resolves itself to fit in the season of good will toward men.

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    1. Hahaha! I agree Donna. I might visit Santa at the mall and ask him for some good will, I think we could all use some.


  3. Holy cow! That was quite a month! That you are still standing… and writing about it, is a testament to your stamina. That neighbor would have set me off too. What ever happened to just knocking on someone’s door and talking? Sheesh.

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    1. THANK YOU!!!! That is exactly what I said! Voice your concern in person … ugh.


  4. Phew! And December is usually the buster of a month … So sorry about your losses; people do leave such big holes in our hearts and lives.

    Perhaps you can get some gigantic Hillary Clinton Posters and fashion a little shed for your lawnmower. Something tells me your neighbor would be happy to just look at the lawnmower …

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    1. Hahaha! Seriously…wtf! We are not past why someone would just not knock of the door with their concern.

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  5. A full life is a wonderful thing


  6. Egads! What a month. Let’s pray your neighbor isn’t taking notes from Rene Boucher.


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