The house is quiet...believe it or not. Oldest son is at work. His 3 kids got picked up by their mom about an hour ago. Youngest son and his family are visiting her parents. So, I've got the house to myself for a couple of hours. Got a load of launrdry going (only 4 more loads to go today). Kitchen floor has just been mopped. Time for a bit of escapism. My daughter has been 'gently encouraging' me to join the world of blogging. Of course, she didn't tell me how addicting it could be.
I started reading some blogs this morning before the kids were up and got so caught up in the lives of others that I really didn't want to stop to cook breakfast. But I had promised the kids pancakes. My bribe to get them to go to bed last night. I admit it. I bribe them constantly. A Hershey's kiss if they clean up the toys in the living room. Dessert if they try everything on their plate at dinner. A trip to the Dollar Store every Saturday if they complete all their homework and don't get in trouble at school. Remember these are my grandkids I'm 'helping' raise. Their Daddy is off to work and when he isnt' working he is sleeping or fixing a computer belonging to anyone within a fifty mile radius. Their Mommy moved lives in town, but really isn't much help. During the month of October so far she has seen them less than 60 hours total...which includes 2 sleepovers.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Blogging. What an escape. It's like reading a book of short stories. Each one has something interesting, useful, fun, or entertaining to offer. Over the past couple of weeks I've been an onlooker. A Peeping Jane, if you will. But, my daughter tells me it isn't enough just to look. I must participate. So, I'm going to do my best to be a good blogger. For the newbie blogger, there should be a Blogger Bill of Rights or a Blogger Code of Conduct, or maybe just a Blogger Oath. You know...something along the lines of 'I promise to do my duty to my fellow Bloggers by visiting and posting comments on as many Blogs as time permits; making sure my comments are relevant, informed and polite. I promise not to let Blogging overtake the other important things in life such as cooking, cleaning and shopping. I vow to not pass judgement when commenting on blogs and to remember that there are as many opinions in the world as there are people.' Something to that effect. Off goes this newbie blogger to see if I can keep myself out of trouble. Wish me luck.