Use your Words - Don't push my Buttons

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once, and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are:

Saturday ~ Cats ~ swing ~ oil ~ buttons 

They were submitted by: Follow me Home   - Thank you, Michele!

Interestingly, when I was working on last month's post, this was my intro:

Well, it's 12/12, a full moon, we got a little snow, and I didn't catch much sleep. In return I have this nagging migraine-like headache.

This month's full moon (1/10) was a wolf moon, the first full moon in the winter quarter, and at the same time lucky observers could also witness a penumbral lunar eclipse. 

Be that what may - here I am back with a SOB headache.

The new year is already in full swing. 

On Saturday before Colin was supposed to go back to school, he noticed he was getting zits. "Mom, look, first signs of puberty", he said, a little proud. Oh, wow, no kidding. 

A few hours later he said he wasn't feeling well. We were at my Godfather's to celebrate his birthday. C didn't want to eat the soup, instead my aunt offered chocolate (yes, that's what the Grandparents' generation does without batting an eye), but even so he declined.

That's not good. 

The next morning he was supposed to play a hockey game. He got up and had some breakfast, but I could tell he was not in great shape. He was pale, which made his pimples look even more pronounced.

Suddenly it hit me. 

"Hey, C, show me your stomach, do you have spots there, too?"

I know I am the baby within this blogger family. You seasoned moms already had an idea what was going on here... Upon googling my suspicion I got confirmation: it was chicken pox. 

Damn, really? 

Somewhere deep in the back of my mind I remembered that his paediatrician had said if by age twelve Colin didn't have it, we should do the vaccination. I guess we saved one needle peek, but instead he was going to suffer from these itchy little bastards. 

Also, we found out that he had already been contagious a day or two before showing signs.

Just great. 

He was at practice on Friday, sharing the locker room and public shower with a good twenty other boys. After this, he and his friend had the honor to welcome the top scorers of the home an opposing team prior to the puck drop of the Friday night game.

In a frenzy I not only texted his coach and staff members that Colin was not going to be able to play today, but all of his teammates' parents to let them know he may have infected their kids. 

"It's good that you're doing this" Colin said. "I wish this other mom would have been more careful."

Turned out just before Christmas he was at the grocery store with this friends, and there was one buddy's younger sister with her mom. "She looked like our oven cloth, just the other way round", he told me. Our potholder is red with white polka dots. Enough said. Her mom had half assedly asked her daughter not to get too close to the other kids. 

So instead of finally going to work to catch up on what I had shoved into my to-do drawer, I raced to 
  • the drug store to ask for whatever oils, ointments or drops they were selling, 
  • school to get a week's worth of homework,
  • the book store to purchase what turned out to be only about two days' worth of reading material,
  • the grocery store for some fruit smoothies, yogurt and apple sauce - the poor guy also developed spots on the inside of his lips and cheek which hurt when he had to chew.

After a few days he was feeling better and starting to enjoy his prolonged Christmas break. On the other hand he also got stir-crazy. That's when he began to push my buttons. 

Doing his homework for school? Folding some laundry? Taking a shower? 

Everything was too much to ask. 

I was pretty happy to send him back to school this Monday, and even though he was grumbling, he was looking forward to seeing his classmates. 

As for me January is a bitch at work. You may remember that this time last year my coworker passed away, and even though we were actively looking, we didn't find somebody suitable to take over his duties. 

So it's still pretty much hubby and I who have to take care of JC's clients, mostly payroll users. Hubby thinks I am predestined because of my Human Resources background. 

I am good with people, not figures, and I suck at accounting, this entire stuff is responsible for my headache, see beginning of this post. 

I haven't even started doing our own social security declarations for 2019, let alone January 2020 payroll because I am on the road a lot.

You see, we had sent out this Christmas card:

Yes, it's a QR-code, and about 10% of the recipients realized they should scan it. It led to our happy holidays page where we asked them to register for a chance to win.

Now each and every one who registered is of course a winner, and what they get is a carrot cake, made by our local bakery, hand delivered by me.

Even though Switzerland is a small country, and we are only active in the German speaking part, the miles and hours add up. 

It's fun, and I love the meet the clients whom I have on the phone all the time but never see their faces. I get to see nice landscapes and neighbourhoods, too. Doesn't this look like in San Francisco?

I just wish someone would take care of things at home and the office. Any volunteers? Here's some chores to chose from:
  • Clean out and organize kitchen cabinets
  • Declutter hubby's desk (he made a half assed attempt, but frankly, I am not impressed)
  • Purge clothes
  • Purchase, launder and change bed linens and shower towels
  • Recycle light bulbs and batteries and replace them by new ones, only about a dozen different types
  • Find out about renting ski equipment for the youngster who attends camp in March

I'm sure there's more. I am happy to tell you though that I put away all things Christmas. 

That's a start!

What's on your mind / to-do list? Let me know in the comments down below.

Happy Friday!

I published another post today as part of the 20 Days of Chill I'm participating in. It's called Snapshot, check it out! 

Other than that, please visit my fellow bloggers Use your Words posts:


  1. I'm so sorry Colin was sick, what that other mom did really pushes my buttons. And I love what you did with your Christmas Cards, such a cool idea.

  2. Aw, Tamara. I love when you get my words, but I'm so sorry about your whirlwind January! I hope your sweet boy is on the mend. I know it takes a few weeks to get feeling 100 percent again after those pox. Did you know I didn't get them til I was a senior in high school? Yep. I adore the idea of your Christmas cards; so fun. As for you, take it one day at a time and try not to overdo it. (I know, almost impossible for a mama and wife.) In the meantime, you KNOW who has a bouncy castle and a bottle of wine. (Only a continent away!) <3

  3. Oh no, chicken pox. I got those when I was in the 7th grade. There was no vaccine back then. Hope he's all better and life is back to normal...if there is such a thing.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade


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