::Teaser Alert::

On special request I’ll be continuing along the same lines of giving, receiving, gratitude, appreciation, and related topics tomorrow with….

Why is it so difficult for some people to receive from others?


I Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up

Admit it, life would be boring without me……

I was messing around in an art journal and got up to get a pair of scissors….sat down at my desk, checked WordPress to see what was going on, might have peeked at Facebook as well…..2 hours later I get up to go downstairs because I haven’t yet eaten dinner…and remembered that I’d originally gotten up for scissors two hours ago……

Add this to the Wiki page about “Cynde Time” LOL

p.s.  the dinner was homemade chicken pot pie….



Shit List – The Colonoscopy Prep

Hi Blog Friends!
I had to share this with you – Just received a text from a good friend asking for the link to my “poopie” article I wrote after my colonoscopy prepping ordeal. She has another friend drinking the juice tonight and wants to send it over to make her laugh….so while I was digging up the link I figured I’d re-post this just for the heck….actually, no, it’s a community service message because if you’re near my age and you haven’t had this done you really should – it’s not that bad….like my post says – the prep part is the torture. So I’m re-posting in honor of my former brother in law who passed away a month ago at the tender age of 52…..from colon cancer.

Coming At You Live

Toilet Toilet (Photo credit: ex.libris)

Last year it happened, the big five-oooooh tried to sneak up on me but I was prepared.  Knowing it was a big milestone year for all things health-related, I got in front of it by scheduling a bunch of check-up appointments ahead of time.  One thing I got done before the dreaded day was my first colonoscopy.

Ok, no one likes to think about getting old much less broadcast their (advanced) age to the whole world but this is something serious that we all need to get done just to be safe….end of lecture on that.

As the day before my first colonoscopy came to a close I realized that not only did I have the prep business to attend to but I had not picked up the icky orange stuff I had to drink to get it done.  A word to the wise:  there…

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Going to Work on Format Now

Blogging while working on the composition and appearance of your blog is a bit like letting people see you in your underwear, don’t you think?

The blogging bug bit me years ago and I’ve dabbled and blogged and thought about it and blogged and not blogged for long periods–but I keep coming back.  So now I’m curious about what it is that makes me want to do this and more importantly, what the hell do I write about–I need “a thing”, right?

With a long history of amusing people with my streams of consciousness (ok, I may have pissed a few people off along the way too), I often thought, “If I could only get paid for my nonsense!”  Is it about me wanting my nonsense to be noticed?  Is it about me finding fulfillment in amusing and entertaining? Is it about sharing ideas and snide remarks with kindred spirits?

Yes. It’s all of those things and a bunch of other stuff too, mixed together in varying combinations on different days and I think it’s all ready to come together.  So Cynde Rants and Raves, and As the Potomac Falls, and Sister Mary Chardonnay, and The C-Sweet all have their place in the lineup.  You never know who you’re going to hear from on which day.

The main thing is that I’ve come to realize that my “thing” is that I’m me and no one is better at being me, than me.  No, I’m not tempted to go all Sally Field here, I swear I am NOT!

I’m going to work on the format now.  You’ve been watching me in my underwear for long enough, don’t ya think?


OBX Vacation 2013

Wonderful week in NC.  There were a few things I usually do but didn’t this time and it’s ok….never flew my kite, didn’t soak in the hot tub, never made it to the local produce and fish market to buy fresh seafood to make a feast for one of our dinners, didn’t get to both Mustang Sally’s locations. This year I was underwhelmed by Mustang Sally’s but I think it’s mainly because I’m rather art and art supplies focused right now AND I’ve also recently had two major shopping excursions and scored some really cute stuff.  I think with this trip I’ve now worn everything at least once…..almost everything.

But I did have a blast playing with the little tree frogs by the pool, making art, and floating in the pool.   The best part of any vacation, of course, is watching my babies frolic together in the waves.  I’m blessed with beautiful children who love the beach as much as I do and I find it amazing to watch them jump the waves, throw the football, skim board, and discover living creatures like baby clams and sand crabs. 

I must say that I’ve got this packing thing down to nearly a science.  We really didn’t haul too much extra or unnecessary stuff with us.  Ok, I guess I didn’t to drag the kite with us if I wasn’t committed to flying it but I knew I’d be missing it if I didn’t bring it along.  I was building up to flying that kite, really I was – if we hadn’t had a couple of rainy mornings I’d have spent more time on the beach and the kite would have flown.  As it was I was all too comfy in my new sand chair (by Tommy Bahama via Costco – they’re wonderful and well-made and just WONDERFUL with the two zip pockets – one being insulated and meant to be used as a cooler.  The straps that allow you to carry it backpack style and the little head pillow that’s adjustable with Velcro straps…..Using the pockets for my gear I was able to leave the bulky beach bag at home and rolling the beach towel and carrying it either in the small of your back held down by the chair, or behind the neck I got my little bit of weight bearing exercise in each day as well.  

Artwork from The C-Sweet©
Something I whipped up while sitting by the pool
A Coke and a Smile!
Chillin’ on the Corolla, NC beach in mom’s Tommy Bahama sand chair August 2013














Seriously though, this house was so comfortable, much more so than the property we had been renting for years.  The kids keep talking about going back to that house but this one is bigger, newer, has nicer fixtures, comfier beds and a bigger, nicer pool area.  It’s a secret from the kids but we’re thinking about going there for Christmas this year.  That’s all the present I’d need……And I’d go through all of my Christmas ornaments, picking out the beach-related ones to bring with us, and maybe making some new ones with shells I’ve collected over the years….See?   With that all sketched out in my mind we absolutely have to do it!!  Maybe I’ll do a beach theme tree this year regardless. 

I wish the vacation had been two weeks this year – really was not quite ready to leave but at the same time a little bit anxious to get back home to some good stuff – work projects, ideas for my art business, reconstructing www.fromthecsweet.com, creating the perfect logo, etc. 


The kids still have some summer left to enjoy….I think there are a few more memories left to create before school starts in a month!


Daily Prompt: Nightmares – oh yes, I remember this one!

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Lidocaine/Epinephrine Injection (Photo credit: Vaprotan)

From: Daily Prompt: Nightmares

The prompt said:

Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?

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Nightmares text (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a recurring nightmare and I interpret it as a warning about flying by the seat of my pants to often (translation: nearly 100% of the time).  As a colleague once predicted, I have been bitten in the ass by this “habit” of mine to wing it.  A former boss labeled me an “adrenaline junkie” and I couldn’t argue there.  In fact I think it was him hanging that label on me that led me to seek out my diagnosis of ADD.

So the nightmare would be that I am running around a huge house (not my house, not a house I’ve ever been in but it’s usually the same or similar house) where groups of people are gathered and waiting to depart for a weekend trip to the beach.  I have different friends sprinkled among the various groups and somehow all these people are going “down the shore” for the weekend and they’ve got all their respective shit together.

Me?  Not so much.  I know what I want to pack and take with me and I know  where I last saw it but in the dream I am going from room to room to room to room to room trying to gather up all of my stuff and each time I head back to my suitcase to add something I find it empty and I’m continuously starting from scratch.  It’s a nightmare because I feel frustrated and anxious and down on myself all at the same time because everyone else is ready and I’m not.

To my credit, I accepted that fact that after having 2 children I just didn’t have the same capacity I once did to fly successfully by the seat of my pants.  To my further credit, I’ve been doing quite a bit more anticipating and planning ahead and have even tried to impart the “be prepared” wisdom to my children.  I’ve made some strides but I remain an ADDiva and fear it will be a lifetime battle.

The C-Sweet Shines On

Shine On Award

shine on award

What a nice surprise to log in this morning and find this beautiful award bestowed on me.  Thank you to determined34.wordpress.com for nominating me.

Writing about my experiences and getting feedback from others is thoroughly enjoyable for me.  I love to touch or entertain others with my stories and rants.  I started my blog, From the C-Sweet to express myself.  I really didn’t have one particular purpose or driver….just to express myself.  I knew that I wanted to connect and receive feedback from others and to connect with like-minded people.

I get such a kick out of seeing that people from all over the world have viewed my blog.  I have to watch that I don’t become overly fixated on watching my stats at this point but it was a big thrill to finally get to 100 views in a single day and 100+ followers.  I truly appreciate everyone who follows From the C-Sweet and would love even more comments from you all!

This award also asks you to write 7 things about  yourself

  1. I am a first-born
  2. I live in northern Virginia in a Washington, DC suburb
  3. I’ve only been outside of North America 1 time – to go to St. John BVI 😦
  4. I love grapefruit
  5. Our family includes 3 boxers
  6. Last February I decided I couldn’t take my job anymore and I quit.
  7. My children are the biggest blessings and most important priority in my life.

The award also asks you nominate 5 – 10 blogs that you enjoy

  1. AngelineM’s Blog

  2. Everything under the sun and more

  3. greatpoetrymh

  4. Jody

  5. auntyuta

Thank you once again for all of your support!