the Semicolon Project

Look into it, it could help.

You are never alone.

Draw your semicolon today and keep writing your story; it isn’t over yet.

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February-March 2014

A short update from December-January:

Mommy was in the hospital. It wasn’t good. She had a blood clot in her upper left thigh.

She was put on blood thinners for it. More bad news; the nerves on the top of her hip, in her lower back, and throughout her leg were severely affected by it. Good news: the last ultrasound of her veins showed that the clot is, in fact, GONE.

Good news: no blood clot. Bad news: Now we have to prove that it was there to begin with so the insurance will approve of her recommended regimen of being on the thinners the rest of the prescribed time. Ergo; hospitals suck.

February: I no longer work at the local fuel station as my mother’s health problems and my handling of the entire situation could have been better. I submitted my two weeks notice but remain in close contact with those that are still working there.

My mother and I visited my brother and his soon to be wife. We also helped plan and execute the wedding of my brother’s roommates (Ally and Bryon). It went off without a hitch, so to speak. It was beautiful and they were exceptionally grateful.

March: So far… I’ve been recruited for another year of softball pictures… Two girls instead of just one this year. Yay!!!

I’m also possibly going to be assisting/visiting with my sister and her family during events that she attends as a merchant with her jams and jellies.

I am excited. I’m also terrified. Yeesh. Never a good combination.

Today: I’m updating this blog, hanging out with my cat (Cali), and converting some photos from color to black and white.

Productive day on the computer.

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Black and White Snapshots from the Robbins Wedding 3-1-14

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Spring, Sprang, Sprung?

Spring has sprung…
There’s a leak in my nose.
It’s currently 50 degrees outside.
When it was in the 80s a few days ago.

You and I have a love/hate relationship going on.
You create warm weather,
loads of pretty flowers,
and make my cats do cute things outside.

you are giving me sinusitis,
arthritic tendencies,
and have turned me into a blanket thief.

Please make up your mind.
Not this in between junk.


My Toilet-paper-sore-nose and watery eyes.

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Under the title of things left unsaid…

In the topic things not said,

I have not abandoned those unread.

I have merely been absent as of late.

Several things have been known to happen,

and thus forth I shall spread the tales of thine tread.


I foisted my presence unto that of my brother and his wife-to-be,

as well as Ally and Mr. King Cookie.

Wherein I supposed, I photographed the joining

Of Allison and Bryon Robbins, indeed.

A beautiful affair, without any doubt;

A stage full of love, fear, and nostalgic thoughts.

As she appeared a hush came about,

Love at first sight, that’s what we were all about.

With a wink and a flash, it was all over and done.

We sent the delighted couple

To take a chance and swoon;

To dance and shimmy,

Off to the moon.

Many blessing to behold, 

As a Mother’s love is true to be told,

A Madelynn Rose, you will soon hold,

Near and dear to us all,

Your one true sweetheart,

Your second true love.


Many blessings and much love, this I hold to you

Madelynn Rose Robbins, Allison Robbins, and Bryon Robbins

Will soon a family make;

As family and friends draw near and dear.

Let there be many Uncles and Aunts

Let us do make!


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D-13/J-14: August +

As promised:

August: I’m still working myself to death at that local fuel station. Things are no longer looking up, but have settled quite nicely. I’m spending more and more time with Boyfriend, (which is always nice) and everyone at home is doing well.

There’s not much else for August, other than work and the occasional good time with Boyfriend.

October: Working even more, and not getting weekends to myself anymore. I work just about seven days a week. Mom’s health is slowly coming down from good to not very good. Grandma’s doing better, for the moment.

November: Yay, I’m 22. I didn’t get to party on my 21st birthday so I partied on the next one. I regret nothing.

I also moved in with Boyfriend slowly over about two-three months beginning in August and by mid November I was moved in completely. At that point, we were doing pretty well together. We also adopted a cat and then Cat decided he wanted to be an outdoor kitty and we let him. (The boys named him Dipshit, and he responded to it. Go figure.)

With three people living in such a small space, some settling was mandatory and necessary. We were working well together and still do; to a point. I made no promises when Boyfriend and I decided that Friend would come live with us until he could get back in his truck and go back to work.

I reconnected with a good friend of mine right in the middle of this month, too. It was long overdue. She and I drifted apart about a year ago when our paths no longer collided on a regular basis then she began popping up again.We decided that we were going to get together more and then, well… We are just about inseparable. Mostly.

Things are settled again, and everyone is doing well. How long will it last?

December 2013 and January 2014 will be on next post.

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December 2013/January 2014

Wow. Just let me apologize to you all right now for not updating at all for what…? Six months? Really, I’m so sorry.

With that being said, I’m not sure where I left you all last, but I’m about to make up for that; I promise.

August: Wait, let’s start back in June/July.

June/July: I started working at a local fuel station and living with my grandparents and mother. Life was going well, right? Right. I was making connections and the every day flow was going well. I was working, I was eating, and I was sleeping. Mom was doing okay for a while there, and Grandma was good, too.

But where there is give, there’s always take. In this case I was working for bills, my car, and hoping to move up to improve my photography. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much time left over for my photography when I was working a crazy schedule, taking care of myself, and my family. It was hard for me to manage my time.

July: A good friend of mine and Boyfriend’s was chatting us up for a few weeks and such, and then we didnt hear from him for about a week. We weren’t concerned about it since he’s an OTR trucker and sometimes gets bogged down. No big deal. Friend messaged Boyfriend the end of that week, everything was good and well. A few more days, a few more runs later and Friend is in the hospital.

Friend called Boyfriend and me because we are basically his only family. We were the only ones whom Friend could call that could or even would come make sure he okay. I’m still not sure how he even made a phone call with the way he was when we finally got to the hospital.

It turns out… Friend had a seizure. Out of no where, he’d never had one before and hasn’t had one since.  We brought him home after we took care of the paperwork with the hospital and made follow up appointments for him afterwards. He had blood work done in the hospital as well as a CT scan on his brain. They all said seizure, and he was not to be driving at all until he was cleared by a neurologist.

About a week later, we all trooped to the neurologist and had a visit. Doctor wanted more blood work, another CT scan, and then we went to see a specialist for some sort of seizure testing where he had to be in a room with flashing lights and stuff. Friend loved the lights, but the test itself said no seizure activity at all in his brain. The blood tests and the CT scan said the same thing. Neurologist said come see me in six months or so and we’ll reevaluate your condition and get you back on the road. Since then, Friend has been staying with Boyfriend and me. He’s due any time now for another visit to the doctor and hopefully good news. Disclaimer: What was not mentioned here is that Friend lost a relationship and a child. The loss of that child was hard on everyone.

August will be on the next update.

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