Friday Flotsam


The other day Natalie said, “Yoo-hoooooo!” to Will when she was looking for him. Like in this current year she said, “Yoo-hoooooo!” all filled with joy whilst peeking into his room. And I swear to you a pinky was extended.

No one says, “Yoo-hoooo!” anymore. Do you know anyone who says, “Yoo-hooooo!”? Give them a hug. Right now. Do it. (wait never mind stay six feet away)

To make matters even MORE GONE WITH THE WIND, my mom texted me the other day after I sent her a photo of the twins taken by a photographer at school earlier this winter before the world broke (I still need to show you. Your ovaries will drop kick you in the boob) and she responded with, “Well forevermore!”


W E L L F O R E V E R M O R E.


I could barely get up from where I was sitting because my entire body turned to room temperature salted butter but I managed to grab Aaron from the other room, “Look what my mom just texted OMG!” We both collapsed into adorative laughter and vowed to say that phrase for the rest of time.

Yeah I just made up the word adorative, wanna make something of it?

This is what I think about.

You’re like, this oughta be good.

I read a lot.

You know that.

But what I wonder – is when teenagers (or even tweens) are the main protagonists of books, and their grammar is not exactly refined just yet (they sound like complete morons), do you think book authors cringe when writing out the voices of teenagers? Because they can’t sound too posh, or too smart. They have to sound like their believable age. I’ve always wondered when I read the voices of younger kids, if it damages the soul of authors to have to type and talk like that.

Does that make sense?

Never mind.

Aaron and I have a debate going, and I need you to back me up on this.

Pillowcases – the openings obviously open up to the sides of the bed, not the INSIDE of the bed.

He said to me the other day, and I swear to you these were his words to my actual face, “It doesn’t matter.”



It most certainly does matter, you freak!

He goes, “I just prefer the closed part facing the inside of the bed.”

Okay am I on some hidden camera show right now WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. HERE, LET ME TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE.

Now I know you’re probably like, “Most pillowcases nowadays have those ends that fold in, so nothing is open.” I KNOW THAT, OKAY. But some (a lot) of our pillowcases do not fold in, therefore leaving an opening at one side. Which should face the outside of the bed. Not the inside. It is wildly unsettling to imagine them any other way.

I feel just fine today, why do you ask?

However, homeschooling can go ahead and rot in hell.

I’m not even ashamed to admit I’m a perfectly awful homeschool teacher. The worst. There’s something about my DNA and lack of patience that puts me right in the lead for horrific teacher award. I miss our teachers so much. My kids miss them so much. How you all do it, I’ll never know. If schools don’t open back up in August I might just punch a plant.

SPEAKING OF – tell me about how you’re all feeling with the way things are opening up in your town. We’re in Phase 1 of the grand Kansas reopening, and I’ll tell you, there’s a shift in town. So much activity. So many people. It makes me nervous. HOWEVER, from what I gather during our weekly stroll around the Village is that people are taking it all seriously and being respectful. Wearing masks, keeping a distance, hand sanitizers in every pocket.

We’re still gonna play it stay safe by mostly staying at home. Little errands that are unavoidable, we’ll mask up and be mindful about it. Still ordering curbside takeout. Doing what we can to support local and small biz so that they’re THERE on the other side. We’re not out of the woods yet. This ain’t the time to get careless because numbers are starting to decrease. Celebrate the progress, yes! – but wear that mask and be safe. And if you’re not a mask wearer, please be kind to those of us that do wear them. It doesn’t hurt a thing to be careful, and we all need to be on the same side in this.

I didn’t even mean to go down this path. But there it is. Be kind, y’all.

Weekend plans?

Besides incorporating YOO-HOOOO and WELL FOREVERMORE into every single sentence?

I’m finishing Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo today (dying for the big surprise at the end!) and giving Will’s bookshelf a crisp coat of white. Other than that – patio, wine, runs, rest.

OH and I might try and convince Aaron to build us an A-frame forest playhouse slash English garden sunroom. Think he’ll go for it?

Don’t answer that.

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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rayna Perry May 15, 2020 at 8:34 am #
    This is so funny! My mom always made the bed with the pillow ends facing OUT, but after college I was a visual merchandiser at Macy's, and our directive told us to make the bed wit the pillow ends facing in! Depending on the pillow cases it does look a bit more crisp, but I mostly stick with my mom's hospital corners and pillow butts facing OUT. Have a nice weekend!
  2. Nancy May 15, 2020 at 8:45 am #
    I am in NC and I think our reopening must be similar to yours. I don't wear a mask anymore because I've about passed out twice in Trader Joe's! Breathing your own carbon dioxide will do that, but I do my best to keep my distance. Now on to the important stuff: I never have thought about the pillow case dilemma to be honest. So thanks for giving me something else to be anxious about! Ha! I'm old so every once in a while, I say "You Hoo" but usually in jest. Like sarcastically "You Hoo, Boys!" Never mind. But so cute that Nat says that! I hope you can get Aaron to build the play house/English garden sunroom. I think it's a wonderful idea and wish I knew how to build stuff. I would build my German Shepherd a new dog house :). Happy Friday!
  3. Angelique May 15, 2020 at 10:18 am #
    Actually, I'm with Aaron. Pillow case openings facing in so that when you look at the bed you don't see the opening.
  4. Kelly May 15, 2020 at 10:19 am #
    Always pillowcase openings to the outside of the bed. Is he an animal?!? ;)
  5. Dayna May 15, 2020 at 10:33 am #
    Pillowcase openings need to go to the inside so you can't see the ugly pillow. IMO! Of course your pillows are prob beautiful so opening to the outside is okay. Love your blog. signed, Nana Staying safe in Shawnee, Kansas.
  6. Joyce Wilson May 15, 2020 at 10:33 am #
    What if you face them toward each other....and you are on the way to his pillow just to be close, and he's on the way to yours, and the pillow ends get all scrunched up and partly cover your mouth and stuff up your nose....wouldn't that kill the mood? I'm just sayin........
  7. Renae May 15, 2020 at 11:14 am #
    I'm a pillowcase opening OUT person...also the flat sheet printed side facing down and my husband will NOT be with me on this one. So yes, I sneak making the bed because it's positively infuriating that he thinks it DOES NOT MATTER! Ugh. and I share the same brain on the masks and opening thing. We're in Nebraska where our governor is d*&b and I don't care, we're not going anywhere and YES we're wearing masks. Enough.
  8. Terry Cassar May 15, 2020 at 12:20 pm #
    Pillowcase IN!! I don't want to see the pillow or the folded in part, but I'm a guy too, so there's that.
    • Bev Weidner May 15, 2020 at 1:55 pm #
      Hahahaha, Aaron will be thrilled to hear this. :)
    • Jennifer May 15, 2020 at 3:09 pm #
      Please know you are my favorite blogger. I love what you said about pillowcases and teaching.
  9. Heather May 15, 2020 at 2:41 pm #
    About the books, I hate it when there is dialogue (or actions) of a young kid that is way too mature for that kid. I think to myself, "My boys would never ever say that or act that way." It is a good question and I wonder what authors would say about writing for characters that are young?
  10. Cheyenne May 15, 2020 at 2:58 pm #
    Yes to the pillow cases facing in! LOL
  11. Chanchal May 16, 2020 at 3:31 pm #
    I really like your article. This is a very knowledgeable article, which is of great use these days, I hope you will post similar articles in the future and let us know that your distant well-wishers
  12. Terry Cassar May 17, 2020 at 3:26 pm #
    So, I can honestly say that I have never given this much thought, but now that I have, I have always put the folded edge in towards the bed. It just looks messy with the folded in facing out! So, I told my wife about this conversation and that your husband is a Heathen for putting the folded side in! Well, I'll be damned if my Wife (of 7 years!) didn't agree with you wholeheartedly! Who knew all these years that we have made the bed together, that I had been a fellow heathen! And, that there was even a debate to be had?? I think you have opened up a hidden can of worms here, about things you don't know about your spouse after all! Anywho, all shall work out. We have agreed to seek therapy and see if there can be common ground reached before we have to get separate beds now! Thanks, Bev!!
  13. Morgan May 18, 2020 at 1:02 pm #
    Pillowcase ends should absolutely face out. You win. The end.
  14. Andrea May 18, 2020 at 7:18 pm #
    I took a screenshot of your homeschooling snippet because those are my exact feelings! I’m glad I’m not alone, pillowcase opening in.
  15. Kat E May 19, 2020 at 8:14 pm #
    Don't they face the same way both to the right or towards inside of the room?! Even hotels follow this..

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