Laura Zoeller

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Laura Zoeller is a farm wife and mother who has been blessed with a wonderful and funny - life.
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Jul 2017

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A life out of balance

Living life with balance problems

Recently, you may have gotten the impression that I lead a haphazard life. (OK, in truth you’ve probably always thought that about me.) But in recent weeks, I have shared how I laid on a mole in my yard, how I have fallen on my face from a standing position and how I humiliated myself at the gym.

I have long known I have a balance problem. I am aware I can’t stand on one leg with my eyes closed without nearly toppling over, for example. I know I can’t walk a straight line by putting one foot directly in front of the other. In fact, I have joked on more than one occasion how I would likely be arrested for DWI if I was ever required to perform a field-sobriety test for any reason – despite the fact that I don’t drink.

It has been suggested to me I should consider seeing a doctor to rule out any problems with my inner ears, and I have also been contemplating taking a yoga class to help improve my balance. Maybe I’ll call tomorrow to schedule those things.

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Jul 2017

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A painful renovation

A painful renovation

We are in a constant state of remodel around here, as you well know. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke of staining boards for a wood ceiling my husband was installing. I talked about lying down in the grass to rest, only to discover I had trapped a mole beneath my back, and how the mole was nearly as upset about it as I was.

That is no longer my least favorite memory of this project. Wednesday, I created a new and lasting memory that has stayed with me for days.

Wednesday started out quite wonderfully. I met a former teacher for coffee at the new café in Claysville. The coffee was delicious, the atmosphere quite friendly, and the teacher was as gracious, caring, and warm as I remember from years past. It was a lovely morning.

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Jul 2017

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Funny fitness failures

Five years ago, I was in amazing shape. I’m not talking about my jean size or my weight; I’m talking about my health and ability to move. I was running five miles at least five days a week, and though I was winded when finished, I wasn’t preparing my coffin or even fearing I couldn’t move the next day.

I maintained it for over a year.

But when my mom died, I traded my running shoes for “Law and Order” marathons and spent months lying on the couch doing very little. I didn’t notice I was losing my spark, and if I had, I probably wouldn’t have cared. It took all of my energy to feed the kids and do the laundry. I was deeply depressed.

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Jul 2017

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A remodeling surprise

Project day surprise

Another day, another remodeling project. My oldest daughter and I had been working together to stain some tongue and groove boards a nice, cherry color before they became a bedroom ceiling. That is the simple version of what happens. Here’s how it looks when I’m involved.

Sawhorses are set up with two-by-fours across them to make a table for the boards we’re staining. Then, each board is laid across the two-by-four planks. The stain needs only to be applied to the top side, but all edges must be evenly colored.

After the stain is applied with a brush, rags are employed to then wipe off any excess stain. Extra care must be taken to ensure the excess is removed from all of the grooves and bevels on the boards. Then, the boards must be laid out flat to dry for a while before they can be stacked – again, somewhere flat – until they are used.

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