Gator and Taters?

 The Ab-Cat and I were having dinner together this evening. A scrumptious grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup. Scrumptious might be a bit exaggerated, but what can I say? She had a hankering.

No one else was eating. The Boy was at work, Mousey was at swim practice, and Honey was leaving for BSF.  That’s when he casually  mentioned that he had tasted something unusual at work last night.

Since we had just been talking about fish AND elk, I was at a loss as to what it might have been. He then announced “alligator tail”. I did not see that coming.

And, darn it all, if he didn’t forget to bring his leftovers home for us to taste. I will so graciously  pass, so that others may benefit.

Ab and I both said ICK, or something along those lines, followed immediately by “what did it taste like?”.   My guess was chicken. He said pork.

He said a guy from work brought it in. He had bought it at Kroger’s. Who knew you could get the exotic while Krogering? Let’s GO!

Our conversation took a turn towards grosse food and Ab said that Peter, the Canadian nephew/cousin, could TOTALLY be on Fear Factor. He felt sure  he could win. I just learned that today. It sort of takes the pressure off when cooking for him.

We all agreed that we could NOT WIN on Fear Factor. Ab said she could be disqualified by zucchini. I would not be able to handle smelling  all that nasty stuff and Honey would be “auffed” by a nice, juicy steak, if it had mustard, mayo or vinegar on it. He has this little bitty problem  with condiments. He won’t even sit next to The Boy at a restaurant if he has ranch dressing on his salad.

I guess we all have unadventurous palates. I am going to speak for The Boy and Mouse as well. Cause he would be out if they made him eat cauliflower, and she would not be able to choke down any kind of beef. Let alone something TRULY HEINOUS.

On a lighter non-gross note, we are all anticipating TV tonight. “Chuck” returns and “The Terminator” and “Heroes” have been most exciting. The DVR will be smokin’!


Potent Quotable

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison

The Autumn Test               

Your Autumn Test Results
You are a dynamic, vibrant person. You aren’t afraid to pursue your passions.When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.You tend to be afraid of change. You are never ready for things to be different.You find love to be the most comforting thing in the world. You feel at peace when you’re with your loved ones.Your ideal day is active and full. You like to keep busy with your favorite things, and you appreciate a routine.

You tend to live in the moment. You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don’t obsess over the past or future.




I think this was VERY accurate. Give it a whirl!

Officially Time for “The Office”

This was a mighty big night around here. It was the season premier of “The Office”. And if I haven’t mentioned it before, WE ARE FANS!!!!!!!

All throughout the summer, different family members at different times have been caught up in season 1 through 3 marathons. The Boy has caught all three seasons. Plus commentary , deleted scenes, and gag reels. Can I just say that he loves “The Office” ?

He wore his Dunder Mifflin Paper Company hat to school today.

We all have our favorite characters and can quote our favorite scenes by heart. I could have a month of Sundays worth of “In’s and Ism’s” totally devoted  to the dialog and not run out of ideas.

Yes, it’s just that good.

Tonight’s line was so easy, Jim proposed to Pam !!!!!! Best line ever!

“I just can’t wait, Pam, will you marry me?”    Awwwwwwwwwwww! We heart Jim and Pam!


It is still pretty warm around here. Even though it is officially  fall. Pretty close to 80’s all week. But, I’m pretending.

I love fall. My Grandma Georgia always said things were dying in the fall. She preferred spring. I still like fall.

I think I mentioned a few posts ago that it always seems like a fresh start.

Here is a list of several things that enhance  my fall experience.

1. The changing of the leaves.

 Which, by the way, is spectacular  in Michigan. I can remember going to look at leaves with my Mom, brother and her folks and thinking that a leaf was a leaf. And why do we have to get in the car and go look at them? It’s not like we didn’t have any leaves around our house.   But, I understand now. I enjoy all of the different colors and am continually amazed at what a  “wonderful Maker” our God is. As I am reminded  in every season.

2. Fresh starts.

 School, activities, BSF,  Moms-in-Touch,  Caregroup starts back up after a summer off, and just a general new beginning.

3. Colors.

 Fall just happens to be my favorite color scheme. For decorating, clothes and …. everything! So it is very easy on the eye.

4. Goodbye to sweaty heat.

 Just ready to be cool. Ready to put on a scrap of clothing. Ready to wear the hair down. Ready to turn off the fans.

5. Soup!

Honey would eat soup all summer long. I cannot bear it. Just elevates the temperature TOO much. It is something I actually make well too! We love soup, and there is nothing like it when the days are cooler. Or cold.

Happy Fall !

A Little Dab Will Do Ya

Let me state this for the record. I am not a chocoholic. I know many  who are, bless their hearts. But I am not one of them. I like to say that I am an equal opportunity dessert eater. It’s all good.

Since I have a love/hate relationship with the low-carb lifestyle, sugar can either “be in, or your out” (said with a lovely Heide Klum accent) at any given time.

But lately, I have had a hankering for a little schnibble of somethin’. And chocolate has fit the bill nicely. I think it’s because it can come in little itty bitty pieces. I like that kind of portion control. And REALLY, I only want a schnibble!

 I don’t particularly care for the sugar free chocolate. Or it doesn’t really care for me. Sugar alcohols are not my friend.

I brought home some little candies, leftover from a small group lunch that I did at church. They were Snickers Dark. I had two at the lunch and liked them a lot. I never saw them again. I accused Honey. Cause he has been known to eat treats in the past. He said it wasn’t him. Turns out The Boy was the culprit that time.

I then ventured to CVS to get something and saw that they had MUCH chocolate to choose from. Isles and endcaps and racks of chocolate. How do you know which type to choose? I had heard that dark was the superior choice. I bought a selection.



Nasty crap.

It was AWFUL ! I don’t know how they decide the percentages, but that was definitely TOO MUCH chocolate. Or totally not enough sugar. Or SOMETHING! Aaack, cough, spit it out.

Then I made Honey try it, just to be sure. Yep, it was grosse.

The good stuff is now hidden. Honey told me to. Because he doesn’t want just a schnibble. He’s an all or nothing kind of guy.

Prime Time For TV

OOOHHH, This is a big week at our house. Tonight is the season premier of “Heroes” and Thursday is “The Office”. It’s a two-fer!!!

I think that “The Office” is actually the bigger deal. Because we ALL watch that. “Heroes” is 4 out of 5.

Hopefully there will not be anything  resembling a writers strike to throw off our groove. Cause last year? The groove was thrown. 

We are excited for the season to start, cause it has been mighty slim pickin’s the entire summer. As a matter of fact, except for our marathon “Project Runway” extravaganza’s, I don’t think we were watching much TV.

Oh, I totally forgot about “Wipeout”. Which was a big deal. And it was hailed as THE BEST show of the summer. By my husband and children. Who laughed their fool heads off.

 For those not  in the know, it is sort of like competing in a bunch of obstacle courses. All the while getting thrown in the mud, socked in the face, pin-balled around things and thwacked off of many different types of padded torture devices. Sounds like a hoot, I KNOW.  Well, they have a highly developed sense of humor. Or not.

So, welcome prime time viewing season, we have missed you so!

Potent Quotable

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
Billy Graham

Happy Birthday, Mom

Hello Blog Readers,

This is The Boy.

 My mother has invited me to guest post for her birthday. It was Thursday.

 As a start to my first guest post, I want to tell you that everything that she says about me is not true. I am a sweater vest wearing angel.

 The thing people ask me about the most, that they hear about on my moms tell all tabloid, are the hobo pants. They are no longer the infamous piece of clothing they once were, I have since cut them into shorts, and I do not recall them ever being documented. I decided to cut them and make them more decent because she said I could not wear them in public.

 And in rebellion, I did not listen, and I wore them to hang out with my uncle and she caught me. So I had to cut them. Sorry that nobody got to see them. I am wearing the shorts now.

This is my mothers birthday post, so I do have to talk about her a little. My mother is the most social creature I think I have ever come into contact with.  She is friendly, talkative, and an acquaintance heat seeking missile.  I cannot go out into public with her when she does not see a friend or two. This has bugged me for quite some time. I used to make fun of her for knowing everyone. And talking to people she didn’t know in lines.

 I work at Family Christian Book Store and I see people that I know all the time. So I guess that I should not make fun of her all anymore, even though the people I see all say “oh, I know your mother, don’t you just love her”.

 But nevertheless, I am slowly turning into both  my parents, and I definitely got my mothers social butterfly gene.

Well, I love you mom. I am very fortunate to have such a good, solid relationship with you, I feel like I can tell you anything, and that is very special to me. Happy Birthday!

-The Boy

You Say Clem-a-tis, I Say Clem-ah-tis

Or vice versa. I think I use them interchangeably. I’m OK with that.

I believe that I mentioned that I planted a couple of new ones this summer. One in the front on the darling new bird trellis, and two in the back in the flower boxes that Honey made for me.

They are doing SWELL. They even decided to bloom.

I bought this one without a bloom, so I had to trust  the color that was on the tag.   I kept the little tag, it’s the round thing on the bottom. Just in case. Cause I DON’T WANT NO STINKIN’ FREAKY COLOR. I don’t know what that color might be. Probably any other  color than what the tag pictured. I might have even taken it back. Maybe. Or just CRABBED about it for a few years. Fortunately, the tag matches the flower, so all is right with my world. Today.

This one had a bloom when I bought it, no surprises here! I love this color. They are growing almost to the top of the trellis already!

While they are growing and looking nice, the rest of the flowers are looking tired. We pulled some out this afternoon with plans to do the rest this weekend. Mainly the pots on the back porch and the hanging baskets. So we can put the pots away. Because, as I may have mentioned, Honey is organized  about his yard. And He likes to have things done early. It is his way.

 The guy is coming this afternoon to close the pool. And that is early even for us. But Honey is just sick and tired of caring for a pool that no one uses.

So it looks like we will be ready for cold weather by the end of September. I hope that doesn’t look like an invitation to Old Man Winter!

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