Monthly Archives: May 2011

Five signs the “Change” has begun…

My sister, Genny, is at it again…poking fun at me and helping me to laugh at myself and the new stage of life that I’m now entering.

For those of you who are also entering this interesting “change” of life…I think you’ll appreciate the humor in the following postcard that I received from her last week.

Thank you Lord, for my younger sister and her God-given gift of wit and humor!!!  I don’t know what I’d do without her!

Five signs the “Change” has begun…

1. Low estrogen produces excess facial hair.

2. Living alone in a cabin sounds pretty damn appealing!

3. Who needs a wood stove with all these handy hot flashes?

4. No, it isn’t hunting season. You got a problem with that?

5. I’m low on estrogen and I have a gun.




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Like trying to herd cats!

This is the time of year when life always gets really busy in the Blinn home.

With everyone in our household involved in education at some level, our life takes on a faster pace as May comes to a close.  The school year is coming to an end and that means final exams, completion of student teaching, college graduation, class trips, posting of grades, etc.  I look forward to June’s arrival –  a slower pace of life and kids at home for the summer.

However, as the kids are getting older, they spend more and more time away from home, and gathering everyone together – even for a short time –  is a bit of a challenge.

Fortunately, my middle daughter, Olivia, recently had the opportunity to fly home for a late, but much needed Spring break.  It was wonderful to have her home again, but in the blink of an eye we were back in our car and headed south to the airport in the Twin Cities.  Before dropping her off at her sister’s apartment, we all had a few precious hours to “hang out” with one another, share a meal together and hug our girls tight before saying goodbye once again.

It’s so much fun to watch the interaction between my three kids.  They enjoy their togetherness and one of them is always joking around or laughing hysterically at the witty comments made by themselves the others.  And as the evening progressed, the jokes became more numerous and their laughter got louder.  There’s nothing like a good dose of humor to lighten the burdens we all carry.  But their silliness is sometimes hard to corral and getting them together (and standing still) for a sibling photo was a feat that did not go well.

Below is the attempt I made to take a photo of my three willfull wonderful children, just moments before heading back north to our little yellow cottage in the Northwoods.

Mom: “Okay kids, some attention here!”

Isaac:  “Sir!  Yes sir!”

“Good attention, but how about keeping your eyes open?”

“NO! Don’t cover her eyes you doof!”

“Oh yes…you all are sooooooooo funny!”

Isaac nodding head up and down – “Yes…we are!”Isaac…still nodding head up and down.

Isaac being a dorky 14 year old boy.

Uhhhh! This is impossible!

Finally….a passable photo!   I love you all…you sweet chickabees!


I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by their playful and silly antics…it’s been going on for as long as I can remember!


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PMDD? PMS…on steroids!

To my faithful twelve readers who may have wondered why I haven’t posted lately, let’s just say that the Carey whom you know and love suddenly disappeared on April 20th…but has finally returned!

Yes it’s true. I went AWOL.

Absent without leave?

No…absent without lucidity.

Here are some  synonyms for the word absent: astray, away, elsewhere, ghost, gone, hooky, missing, no-show, nobody home, removed, vanished.

Yes…I was all of these too!

As I’m typing this post, I’ve got a smile on my face and am attempting to make light of the situation, but in reality, it’s taken almost two weeks for me to feel anything other than out of whack.  You see, I’ve been struggling for six months with a severe hormonal imbalance that has disrupted my normally calm demeanor.

After months of ultrasounds, blood tests and experimental hormone therapy, my family doctor has finally given me a diagnosis.  PMDD – Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.  I won’t go into too much detail, but if you can imagine the worst PMS you’ve ever had and intensify it ten fold – then throw in some abject hopelessness and suicidal thoughts for good measure – you know what I’m talking about.

Unfortunately, my body decided to go haywire over the Easter holiday… just in time for my two daughters to arrive home from college.  With PMDD, a person lives life without filters and during this time of craziness, I said and did things that shocked even me.  I’m sure that in the days and weeks to come, there will be more apologies to make to the people I love most.

If  life had a Delete button, then I’d highlight the last 10 days of April and remove them from existence forever.  But wait a minute… I know Someone who has already done that for me.   Hebrews 10: 16-17 (New King James Version)

“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”   Then he adds:

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Can you imagine what life would be like without Jesus and His willingness to forgive and forget our sins?  I can’t.  I truly don’t know what I would do without Him and His great, great love for me.

When I was burdened and heavy laden, I was reminded to “put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”  I sang and I cried, but was able to resist the horrible thoughts that assaulted my mind.  And when I could no longer see reason, He sent me a loyal friend who spoke words of truth and who helped to carry my load of sadness and pain. Without her love and patience, I don’t know what I would have done.  If you are reading this post, let me say this….you truly are a beautiful Jewel who has lived the words of Proverbs 17:17A friend loves at all times.

Thank you dear friend!


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