I saw this over at Flower Patch Farm Girl’s blog. I am all about a good list, as you well know.

current guilty pleasure: Back in the day, before the dumb computer broke, I played a little game called Jewel Quest. It’s a big time waster, but can I just say I am AWESOME at the Jewel Quest?
current nail color: Sultry by Creative which is almost hilarious! Sultry, snort!!!!

current playlist: I am not quite sure how I got to this point, but I hardly ever listen to anything. Nothing new anyway.

current read: We are doing Crazy Love by Francis Chan in our small group. He is making me think, and clean house in my mind, always a good thing. I also started my annual reading of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I think winter might finally have arrived up here in The Mitten and I need to remind myself how bad things could be.

current drink: Water or DaVinci sugar free chai. It is my own personal catnip.
current food: The last time I cooked I made Italian Escarole soup. Honey and I like it, but there were no other takers. I had no brown rice so I substituted barley. It was worthy.

current favorite show: Well, this is tougher since Friday Night Lights no longer graces the airwaves, because y’all know how we all loved us some Dillon, Texas. Go Lions! And heck, Go Panthers!

Honey and I like The Biggest Loser. We find it a good show to snack to. Top Chef and Castle are popular, as is The Big Bang Theory.

current wish list: A new computer to replace the completely broken piece of junk that quit us before Christmas. I love my Net Book, but she has a little bitty screen, is very pokey, and it’s getting old.

current needs: Some iron I’m thinking. I can’t seem to maintain my own.
current triumphs: We are managing pretty well after dropping The Boy off at Moody Bible Institute. In CHICAGO, for goodness sake! It would be a whole lot harder if he weren’t so ecstatically happy to be there!

current bane of my existence: The above mentioned, broken ‘puter.  
current celebrity crush: Ab Cat and I were just discussing the other day that Sam Worthington looked interesting. I wouldn’t call it a crush though.
current indulgence: I have eaten out an inordinate number of times in the past couple of weeks, and had dessert on many occasions. Which is most likely going to bite me in the hiney this afternoon when I get weighed in at the ob/gyn. Can you just call them the gyn? I have no need for the ob anymore. 
current blessing: The flattering black yoga pants I picked up at The Goodwill in Florida last year, see above.
current outfit: My thrift store jammies that remind me of the opening of Lost in Space, the one with all the dots. Sort of like this:

current excitement: Three day weekend!

current mood: I am dreading the above mentioned appointment with The Horse Doctor. I am adding my own, Current dislike: stirrups.

current link: I am going to link over to Flower Patch Farmgirl, whom I do not know, but is an every day read for me. I love her heart and enjoy her way with words. She always has something to say and it is always worth reading.

Thanks Shannen!


How About A Meme?

Janna, over at Something She Wrote, had a little meme action going on yesterday. I decided to copy. It’s what I do best.

1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why? 

We had much discussion about this at the dinner table last night. The Boy insisted that flying was the best super power. The Ab-Cat said she would choose Peter Petrelli’s power of absorbing everyone else’s power. Which is a very good one. I think I decided that for today, the ability to teleport is something I would like to have. It would save you a LOT of time!

2. Who is your style icon? 

I have no style that I copy. I used to have a fashion groove, but I lost it a long time ago. Now, it’s all about being comfortable. Stacy and Clinton say that is the kiss of death.

3. What is your favorite quote? 

This one generated a lot of table talk as well. Most of it inappropriate. I believe this quote to be profoundly true.

"What you do speaks so loud

I cannot hear what you say."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

I would like to say this to someone in my life right now.

I try and let my actions speak for me.

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

My Mother told me many times that I was a good mother. And my Aunt Phyllis told me at my Mother’s funeral that I was a good daughter. That made me cry.

5. What playlist/CD is in your CD player/iPod right now? 

I have no iPod, and the cd player in Honey’s car is the most complicated thing known to man. Therefore, I have no playlist.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

I am a reformed night owl. I am not quite sure when this major shift occurred. I used to NEVER go to bed before midnight. Now, I can barely keep my eyes open after 10:30. I  usually wake up in the 5 o’clock hour. Absolutely ridiculous. I have become my Grandmother.

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Oh, this one is easy, kitty wittys! I have always loved them, and wanted to have them. I know a lot of people don’t like them, think they are cool, detached and sneaky, but not me. I consider them very loving and a challenge. I like their beautiful fur, quirky personalities, and they smell like clean sheets. I love Katie, but she stinks.

8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

I wanted to call it Three Cat Bed, but the kids said that was stupid.

Mrs.. Schmenkman actually suggested it. I guess I had mentioned that some people seem to whine all the time and it bugged me, and why would they talk about those things ALL THE TIME??? So, No Whining Allowed was born. I am sure that I have whined a time or two, but I don’t think the bulk of the blog is whiney. There are no whiners in this house. They would not have lasted 5 minutes! It is one of my least favorite qualities in a human.

I tag anyone who needs an idea for a post!!!

Random Dozen, Again!

I decided to take another break from Way Back When-sday and join up with The Doughnuts over at Random Dozen! Thanks again for having us Linda!

Here goes.

1. Have you, or has someone close to you, ever won an award for anything?

I don’t know if you would consider them awards, but Honey has won many things at work over the years. Actually, I should correct that, earned. Through the suggestion program they had. Lots of the guys from his department are all about the kaizan (never ending improvement in Japanese) and made many modifications and creations to help their department run smoother. Some of the things he earned were; a Probe for a year, an MX6 for a year, a two week cruise to Europe, a FREE Mazda 626, and another free car that he took the cash for! By joofer, he’s a winner!

2. Who is the nearest relative to you who has served in the US Military?

Well, none very recently, but my Father was in the Army in the 50s, my Dad was in the Air Force in the 50s , my Uncle Bob was in the Marines in the late 50s/early 60s, and then Beeve was in the Marines in the late 80s. Some of my Grandfather’s brothers were in the service during World War 2. I remember my Aunt Adalene saying that her husband, Uncle Bill, fought with the Army in the  Battle of the Bulge. I’m pretty sure our Uncle Charlie was in the Navy as well. My Grandmother’s brother Allen was in some branch of the armed forces during the same war and gave my Grandma some souvenirs. They were Japanese things and I thought they were kind of creepy, as was my Uncle Allen.

3. Share something that stirs the patriotic spirit in you.

Whenever I see vets, so proud of their service and wearing their hats, vests and pins, it almost always brings a tear to my eye. I cannot imagine what they might have endured so that my family and I can have the freedom we enjoy. Patriotic music and flags get me too. The War Memorials in Washington D.C. were very moving.

When I was in Florida with my Dad last spring, packing up his home to sell, we had dinner with his next door neighbor Dick, and his wife Arlene. Dick served in Viet Nam on a helicopter. I told him that I had never really spoken to anyone who had served over there before, and would he mind a few questions? He said alright. As he began to talk, his wife stealthily got out her video camera and taped the conversation. He acted like she was making a big deal out of nothing, but she told me privately that he hardly ever talks about it and their grandsons were wanting to learn more about this time in his life.

He spoke openly, many times with a catch in his voice. He said it was no picnic. Especially hurtful to him was how people treated them when they returned home. He said it wasn’t like he had a choice to go. When he finished I said “ I thank you for your service”. He said simply with a tear in his eye, “You’re welcome”. Wow.

4. Where are you in the birth order in your family? Do you think your “placement” made a difference in your personality?

I am the oldest of a whopping 2. I don’t know if it has made a difference or not.

I goggled it to find out what I should be doing.

If I had to choose, I would say I am more in the compliant category. But I am not a people pleaser, nor do I crave approval.  The aggressive category does not represent me at all. OK, maybe I am conventional. And who doesn’t want their own way? Of the common traits? Only logical suits me.

So in a long answer to question 4, sort of.

Compliant Traits

  • People Pleasers
  • Crave Approval
  • Nurturers
  • Caregivers
  • Reliable
  • Conscientious
  • Cooperative
  • Team Players
  • “Grin and bear it” mentality

Aggressive Traits

  • Movers and shakers
  • Natural leaders
  • Perfectionists
  • Driven
  • Conventional
  • Always have things under control
  • Assertive
  • Want things their way

These two types of first born children may seem very different, but they do share quite a few characteristics.

Common Traits

  • Energetic
  • Logical
  • Ambitious
  • Enterprising
  • Scholarly

5. Name one trait you hope you carry that was evidenced in your parents or grandparents.

Perseverance. Both sets of grandparents grew up on farms, came of age during the depression, then moved into the era of war. There was hard work involved, coupled with frugality. But, no matter what they were up against, they kept on going. I think I got the gene, hope it continues, I want to finish strong.

It would also be my goal to cultivate my Grandmother Georgia’s faith. She was a gem.

6. If female, do you prefer wearing a skirt or pants? If male, shirt and tie or polo?

I SO prefer pants or capris. I do wear the occasional skirt to church and BSF.

7. Approximately how many times do you wake during the night? What do you do to go back to sleep?

Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I rarely wake up for a reason, but I do wake regularly for no reason. Sometimes, I just roll over and fall back to sleep. Those are the happy nights! Sometimes I wake up at any old ridiculous time, and no matter what I do, I can’t go back. If I start thinking, I may as well just get up. The cause has been lost.

8. Share a favorite movie quote.

Only one?  How about “Kathleen Kelly: [in an email to Joe Fox] The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.” Kind of how I feel about blogging!

9. What is your favorite Fall candle scent?

I am quite fond of a pumpkin-y, spicy, cinnamon type.

10. What is one Fall activity you’re looking forward to?

I don’t know if it would be considered an activity, but I love the changing leaves. And they are spectacular up here in The Mitten. I am also really looking forward to cooler weather. All the hormonies make me sweaty! The hormonies reminds me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which reminds me of another favorite movie quote. “What you mean he don’t eat no meat??? Ah, that’s ok, I make lamb.”

11. Tell us about a pleasant surprise that happened to you recently.

I found out last Thursday that Jip the Farm Dog is coming back into leadership at BSF!!!!! I was totally surprised and totally happy! I’ve missed my Farm Dog .

12. What was it like when you first met your in-laws-to-be?

You know? To be perfectly honest, I cannot remember the exact time I met them. I will say that I am positive I was nervous. Honey’s parents were both deaf, and I know I wasn’t sure how things would work. His Mom read lips very well and was a sweet, chatty, person.  His Dad was much quieter!

That was fun! Thanks, Linda!

Random Dozen

I have wanted to participate in 2nd Cup of Coffee’s Random Dozen for a long time now. It has not worked for me in the past because she hosts her little get together on Wednesdays, and I participate in Way Back When-sday.  On Wednesdays. And you all know how near and dear to my heart that is!

Since our computer is still broken, and I still do not have access to any pictures, AND since Linda took The Random Dozen off it’s summer vacation… looks like I get to give it a whirl!

1. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

This actually happens quite a bit around here, but I think it was the first time Honey saw the commercial for Dinner For Schmucks. He was laughing so hard, that I was laughing at him laughing. Many conversations with The Boy also end in this.

2. If you found $10 today, what would you do with it?

I would spend it on lunch this afternoon with Jip the Farm Dog, The Heifer, and CMB. Oh, when we gave CMB her blob name, we all laughed until we cried!!!

3. Do you volunteer anywhere?

I do! I have served on the Administration team at Bible Study Fellowship for the last 7 years, I also do some work at the church. Mostly food and hosting related. Honey and I also serve on the small groups committee, and have hosted and led a small group for the last 19 years.

 4. What is your favorite summertime veggie or fruit, and how do you eat it?

Cherries.I love cherries. Plain old cherries. In a bowl, where I spit the pits.

5. Is your social sphere (circle of friends) small, medium or large?

I am going to say that my acquaintance circle is large, but my good friends circle is medium. Then there is a smaller circle of confidants. It ripples inward.

6. When was the last time you attended a family or school reunion? How did that go?

My Father’s family had a reunion last summer and I would say it went very well! It was wonderful to see so many that I hadn’t seen in years, and get to know others that I barely knew at all! Hi Robin and Cindy!

7. When you’re feeling blue, what is the best way someone can cheer you up?

Give me chai? Scratch my back? Talk me down from the ledge? Definitely pray for me.

8. Have you taken a vacation this summer?

 Our family, no. But I did get away to South Haven with The CareGroup Gals, and The Capri’s are going to have a Mosaic Weekend Extravaganza at the end of the month.

9. What is the most unnecessary item you carry with you all the time?

 I would have to say dental floss. I always carry it, but never use it. The fear of something stuck in my teeth is very powerful. Obviously.  

10. What is the best summer flick you have seen so far?

Inception. I think we need to rent it. There are questions to be answered.

11. Describe a perfect summer day.

80 degrees, NO humidity, blue sky, my People, some friends, good food and yummy dessert, maybe some games. And no mosquitoes!

12. Please a share a favorite photo from the summer so far!

I can’t 😦   Dang broken computer.

Thank you, Linda, for having us !

Christmas Meme

Saw this on another blob.  I live to copy.

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate. I use Swiss Miss no sugar added, but then I doctor it all up and make it scrum-tru-lescent with a splash of cream and DaVinci sugar free vanilla or toasted marshmallow syrup. YUMMO! I do need to say that I used to like eggnog as a child. I probably still would, but my family would probably act like it was serving liquid  yellow poison. They are finicky like that.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Oh, Santa just lines them up on the couch in their proper child spot. It makes it easier for Mrs. Klaus to take her picture.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?  White on the tree and I’m not sure why. I enjoy a good colored light on other people’s trees. Maybe it is just the way it has always been done. Maybe someday I will smash out of my rut. Maybe not.  When Honey used  to put lights outside, he always used colored, so see? We are not color snobs or anything. But, it has been a good many years since he has been moved to decorate the outside of The NutHatch.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I DO, on the light in the foyer. Trolling for kisses, that’s me.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually Thanksgiving weekend. But it hasn’t been that way for the last couple of years. Last year, we were in Goomba protection mode. He did VERY well, the cats were actually WAY worse.. This year, because my groove has been thrown off because of all the travelling. I am a little more off my game than usual. Still not up.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Dish? with no plural? I can’t pick no stinkin’ dish!  We always have the same thing in our extended family. Because that’s the way we like it. We have other things added, but the main food remains the same. Turkey, ham, the best dressing (we were trying to figure out where the recipe came from on Thanksgiving), mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, corn, broccoli salad, rolls and butter, and some sort of cranberry business that I do not partake of. Someone always makes a point to bring it to our house when it is our turn to host, so it is an essential part of others holiday experience. I am ok with that. And then there is SCRUMTRULESCENT dessert. How can you choose. I will just say ALL OF IT.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Probably putting up the Christmas tree.  Beeve and I always helped, but from the time I was in high school, it was my job. My mother had a lot of Christmas albums and we listened to those all season long. Even today, I put on my Christmas cd’s, that are the exact duplicates of her albums. Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Ray Conniff Singers, Boston Pops, The Carpenters. And now, just as way back then, Christmas isn’t Christmas until the cat is sleeping under the tree, furring up the tree skirt.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Oh, I don’t know. I don’t think I ever really believed, so it probably wasn’t traumatic. I liked the idea of Santa, so I probably wanted to believe. I think our kids were the same.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?   We open the presents from ourselves on Christmas Eve. NutHatch presents!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?  I’m not sure what this question means. The order? The style? I’ll do both, because I am all about too much information. Order: lights(least favorite job, no one EVER helps me, they scatter like buckshot) children put on their own ornaments, gathered throughout their lives, I put on the rest, tree topper and then The Tweaking. That lasts pretty much the entire time the tree is up. The cats do a pretty good job of rearranging all by themselves. Those Fatso’s shake things up pretty good when they climb it and sleep in its branches.  Most things end up in the water bowl.

 As far as the style? Very eclectic.  We used to have two trees at our old house, because I like a tree in the front window and we happened to have one in the living room. That was the theme tree, and it was mostly grey and mauve and pearly, as I was all about  the grey and mauve at our first two houses. For that, I am truly sorry. Since we now have only a great room, we have only the family tree, which we have always had in the family room. It has all the kid’s ornaments that they have received through the years, along with ones that I have chosen or been given. No grey and mauve to be found. Once again, I apologize for that phase. I don’t even know that girl anymore.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?  I endure it. I have lived in The Mitten for 45 of my 47 years, so to wish for no snow? Well, to quote Honey, I wouldn’t waste a wish on that. It can be pretty. And I love it when we are snowed in, if all of my family is home safe and sound and we have all of our basic necessities, like food, heat, cream and butter. We are not The Ingalls Family, and I fear we would not have survived “The Long Winter”. Speaking of that, it’s time to reread it, right Tammy?

12. Can you ice skate?  I used to be able to, but I wouldn’t risk it now. I fall a lot harder these days.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?  Not a present specifically, but I remember being acutely aware of the gift of our whole family being alive and together the Christmas after the accident. That will always be my very favorite gift.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? In the midst of all the wonderful, fun things that the holiday has to offer, that we don’t forget the real reason why we celebrate at all. The birth of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. And without that perfect gift and His sacrifice on the cross 33 years later, we would not have a way to have eternal life in heaven. Some years, we do better on this than others. Something to strive for. He’s worth it.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?  Once again, no plural? I’m sorry, it can’t be done. My Aunt Phyllis’ pies, Christmas cookies, fudge, shortbread. That is my short list.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I’m pluraling this one too. Is pluraling a word? Decorating the tree with the kids, Christmas Eve with our Dear Friends, The Hostlers, making Christmas cookies with the kids and Honey, The Happy Birthday Celebration that our family does on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day with our loved ones, and playing games. That ought to about cover it.

17. What tops your tree? An angel that my Mom gave me. It has a pretty face. My old one did not have a pretty face. She creeped me out.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?  I think I’m going to say giving. But I surely like the receiving as well!

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?  Yum! But I don’t usually eat them. There are way better things to waste my carbs on.

20 Favorite Christmas Show?  I don’t think I have a favorite. I watch bits and pieces of a lot of them all season. I was telling my family that “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ” must be on somewhere in the world every second of the holiday season! I think it’s been on every night this week around here! I like It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch, Elf, Die Hard, The Family Stone. I have a goal to watch White Christmas again. I have only seen it once, and I don’t think I caught the whole thing.

21. Saddest Christmas Song?  I’ll Be Home For Christmas, hands down. It used to make me cry every time I heard it. I used to have to leave stores, and go in the back room at work to get away from it. My Mom said she thinks it was her fault. On my first Christmas , when I was 3 months old, she said they were living in California and she remembers sitting with me on her lap and bawling when this song came on. It must have imprinted on my brain. I don’t do it anymore. I must have hardened my heart. I can do it again though if I think about military families separated at this time of year.

22. What is your favorite Christmas Song?  EASY one! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! by Andy Williams. And that’s all I have to say about that!

I tag whoever needs a post idea!

Today is the last day to vote for Suzanne, lets send her out with a bang!

Five Words

 Warren, over at My Home Among the Hills, had this meme last week. He graciously offered to pick 5 words for us if we wanted to play along. Since I seem to be fresh out of my own ideas lately, I told him to count me in. These are the words he sent over. Captivate, poetry, fantasy, drama, and people.

 This is what he says we are supposed to do with the words. “The way this works is that she gives me five words, upon which I am supposed to ponder and delight you with my expositions on the meaning to life as related to said words…” Here goes.

captivate– This is a good word. When I first read it, I was reminded of a song from the 90’s (I think) that I don’t know the name of or who sang it. It had some of these words, “I’ll be your crying shoulder”  There was also some weird line about love’s suicide or some such nonsense. But ANYWAY, he says “I’ll be captivated, I’ll hang from your lips….I’ll be the greatest fan of your life. ” That’s what I think about Honey. I am his biggest fan. One time he was annoyed with me (ONE TIME???)  because I asked him a bunch of questions. He said WHY would he know that? I told him that he should be flattered, I assumed he knew everything!  See, captivating! But I do not hang from his lips.

Those were my first thoughts. THEN, I started thinking about what captivated me. What fascinates me? So many different things at so many different times! I have been captivated endlessly by crushes. Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, Randolph Mantooth (Emergency! anyone?), The Beatles, John F. Kennedy Jr.

Certainly captivated  by our children. Who is not completely captivated by their own precious, delicious, can’t get enough of you,  babies? Grown children as well. I can still look at them and  my heart overflows with love. Does that ever end? I can’t imagine that it ever will. I hope it doesn’t, I would be very sad to lose that feeling of pure, undiluted love.

A short list of things that have captivated my attention; books, especially my Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder, movies, scrapbooking, Jewel Quest and Zuma, Freecell and Penguin, cards, and blobbing. January will be my second year of my in-captivation.

poetry– Not a fan of the poetry. I have no culture. I am way too literal, I don’t even get some of it. Too foofy and silly. Unless it is funny, I can get behind the funny. The word poetry looks pretentious to me. Whisper it, poetry. See? Way too serious.

 fantasy-I know that this word has connotations of Disney, and all that word incites. From Princesses to talking animals, to amazing love stories, to unbelievable inventions. But to me, it reminds me of the science fiction of my youth. I LOVED “Lost in Space”, “The Time Tunnel”, “Land of the Giants”, and “Star Trek”.  I wanted to BE Penny Robinson. 

I spent endless hours thinking about these shows and entertaining the possibility of living those lives.  My brother and I played those shows. Throwing ourselves around the basement to simulate space turbulence. Running and hiding to escape aliens, or giants. Transporting here and there. I’m not quite sure why I loved this genre so much. I am not particularly a sci-fi aficionado now. I guess I was captivated!

drama- Another word that I am not a fan of. Drama has only negative connotations for me. I do not enjoy this particular brand of People. Their philosophy is to spin things around themselves in the worst way possible. To make every life situation into something bigger than it is, or exaggerate it until it no longer is truthful. Which, by the way, is LYING.  Things never need to be worse than they are.

They live for upheaval. They enjoy ill health. Any little blip on their radar is cause to launch into their tale of woe. Do they think that when we ask how they are, we continually need to be treated to  their boring, laundry list of busy-ness? Everyone has seasons of busyness, but if your whole life needs adjusting, all the time, you need to take it to the Lord. Who is in control of their lives anyway?  Maybe they will run themselves around in circles so fast, they will turn into melted butter. Get a grip, Tigers.

I don’t  understand the need to do this. They live on a plane of emotionalism that I am not impressed with. They are not dealing with things uncommon to man. They are having life.

Oh My. That word hit a nerve. Evidently, my last one on that subject.

people- “People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world” Oh, I have hit the jackpot in this category. I LOVE my People!

 I would say that I am a people person. There are a few kinds that make me want to throw myself off a tall cliff, but for the most part, I like people.

What amazes me about people, are their different gifts. God has made us all in His image, and He has allowed some access to extraordinary gifts. Gifts of prayer, finances, sewing, organization, creating beautiful things, wisdom, cleaning, painting, compassion,  cooking, teaching, vision, gardening, encouragement, helpers, healers, servers, animal whisperers, leadership, humor, caregivers, worshippers and do-ers. This is not in any way a complete list.

People also seems to be a collective word. As in We the People. It’s who we are. We belong to this group. It’s us. A body, God’s body, with different components, with different jobs. That makes me glad, because I am not gifted in all the areas on that list above. And that’s ok. I am not the entire body of People. I am a part. I can do my part.

Hey, if you want to play along, let me know in the comments and I will send you 5 words of your very own!

We have our meeting with the city about the sewer line this morning at 10. We would appreciate your prayers.

“I Am” Meme

I saw this on another “blob”, so I will copy it. It’s what I do. And, NO, I don’t know her. Just in case you were wondering. As my children frequently do.

For Today…

Outside my window… SUNSHINE, for the first time all week!!!

I am thinking…I should go make the Payday bars to take out to the lake this afternoon.

I am watching…   the second disc of the John Adams mini series that Ab-Cat had reserved for us at the library.

I am thankful for… As always, Honey. He just makes our life good. He takes such good care of us and I can’t think of anyone I would rather be with.

From the kitchen…  the sound of crickets. Nothing going on in there lately. Oh, Honey made salsa last night.

I am wearing… my new jammies that I purchased at Mrs. Schmenkman’s in Virginia.

I am reading… “Jimmy” by Robert Whitlow. So far, so good. I am not quite sure where he is going with the story line, but the main character, who is mentally challenged, is beyond precious.

I am praying… for our children. Always work to do there.  Two have some college decisions to make and they all always have other choices to make. Plus, praying that the wee pup makes a speedy recovery. It’s hard to see her looking so pitiful.

I am creating…bead bracelets!! I went out with my friend, The Oreo Mom, on Wednesday. She is my beading buddy, but we have not beaded in a couple of years. She took me to a new, yummy Arabic restaurant she found and we shopped for some new beads. We then went back to her house, had a cup of chai and happily beaded the rest of the afternoon!

I am looking forward to… our family reunion, coming up later in July. There are going to be some people there that I have not seen in years.

A picture for today  I have two from our back porch.


LOVE the pansies.


I have several pots of coleus again this year. LOVING them as well.

Have a happy Independance Day!

Crazy 8’s

I have seen this little thingy on several blogs. It came at a good time for me, as I am trying to get my act together after vacation. You know how that is.


1. The Memorial Day Weekend Shopping Extravaganza at Mrs. Schmenkmans house in Virginia !!!!! WOO HOO!!!

 2. Summer, planting flowers, being warm

 3. Walking again with Keelyody. My lower body is looking forward to that as well.

 4. Growing old with Honey.

5. Seeing what God has in store for our children’s lives.

6. Having a perfect, no ache and pain body in heaven.

7. The new Terminator movie coming out this summer

8. The Ab-Cat and The Boy driving. WITHOUT ME.


1. Went to BSF

2. Went to the fruit and vegetable market.

3. Went to Sam’s Club to buy mass quantities of big food.

4. Went to the library with The Ab-Cat

5. Went over to curl Polly’s hair. She is the sweetest 91 year old lady I know!!!

6. Took The Boy up to register for another semester of night classes. So he can attain his goal. Of GRADUATING  high school in June.

7. Watched “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office” with the Ab-Cat. We were banished to my bedroom because Honey was all into a hockey game. Whatever.

8. Picked The Boy up from night school at 9:45.


1. No matter what I say I wish for, Honey always says “I wouldn’t waste a wish on that”, so lets see. How about I wish I could remember the things I need to remember.

2. Not let certain people annoy the heck out of me.

3. Be more succinct

4. COOK!

5. Teach our kids everything that it has taken me 46 years to learn, so that when they are 46, they will be way wiser than I am.

6. Type faster.

7. Have a king sized bed.

8. Explain to everyone I have ever known, that without the Lord, I would be a bitter, broken, empty shell of a human being. And because of  His undeserved favor to me, I’m not.



1. Sarah Connor Chronicles

2. Heroes

3. House

4. Chuck           

5.  24                            And those are just the Monday night shows!

6. American Idol

7. Biggest Loser

8. The Office

I tag anyone and everyone who would like to be tagged!

49 ers

Here is a little question thingy that I picked up over at Warren’s. It came at a good time, cause I’ve got nothing.

Not after anyone, but inspired by a little BOY who lived down the street.

The other night watching The Biggest Loser, I teared up.

Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. It’s like I have a duel personality.

Russer Honey Ham

Why, yes I do! The Ab-Cat, The Boy, and Muggins Q. Mouse.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?                                                                                You know, I think I would.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?                                                                                                                                                                                    You bet I do.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?                                                                                                                                                              I DO!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?                                                                                                                                                                                I can’t imagine what could ever persuade me to.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?                                                                                                                                                              I don’t eat cereal any more, but when I DID, it was probably Honey Nut Cheerios

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?                                                                                                             As a matter of fact, I don’t.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?                                                                                                                                                  Vanilla Bean or Dulche LeLeche. Not a big fan of chunks o’ stuff in the ice cream.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?                                                                                                          Their general vibe. Nice? Funny? appropriate?   And then their SMELL.

15. RED OR PINK?                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pink, please.

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?                                                                                                      Oh, where to begin? I wish I was thoughtful. I can be critical. I cannot tolerate a lack of common sense. There is a certain kind of people that I can’t deal with, so I don’t. And I’m pretty sure that’s not what Jesus would do. And He keeps plopping at least one or two of them in my lap. At all times.  Is that enough for right now?

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?                                                                                                                                                                         I am going to say my Grandma Georgia. There just wasn’t enough time for her to tell me everything I wanted to learn from her.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?                                                                                                                     Anyone who would like to, is welcome to do so.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?                                                                                                                 Pink Life is Good jammies with white daisies and hunter green swippers

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?                                                                                                                                        An airplane overhead. And the howling wind we have been having.            

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?                                                                                                          Copper

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?                                                                                                                                                                                           My clean family.  Lilacs. Brownies baking is pretty good.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE  PHONE?                                                                                                  Probably The Boy asking to be picked up from work last night.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?                                                                                                                     Well, he didn’t exactly send this to me, but yes, I am becoming quite fond of Warren and his Family!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH:    Oh, that’s an easy one! I DO NOT CARE. About any of them!! Right Jip?

27. HAIR Color?                                                                                                                                                                                                                At the moment 1/2 bonfire and 1/2 birch with a gruesome grey stripe down the middle.

28. EYE COLOR?                                                                                                                                                                                                            Green

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?                                                                                                                                                                            Not since I was in my early twenties. The contacts? Me no likey.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?                                                                                                                                                                                             That’s a hard one for me. Honey could tell you that I don’t have much use for food. I would take it in pill form if I could. Having said that, I do like dessert.

31.SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?   Happy endings. Just saw “Slumdog Millionaire”, VERY happy ending! Plus, I am a world class weenie.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?                                                                                                                                                                       See above.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?                                                                                                                                                  I have changed from my jammies and am wearing a rust shirt with a brown velour hoodie. I have to work soon.

34.SUMMER OR WINTER?                                                                                                                                                                                   SUMMER, BAY-BEE!!!!

35. HUGS OR KISSES?                                                                                                                                                                                                Both, thank you.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?                                                                                                                                                       STILL trying to persevere with The Shack.  Started a new on e at the Dr.’s the other day and I am probably further in that one already!! “A Stitch in Time” Don’t know the author.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?                                                                                                                                                                    A blue Gel bump.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?                                                                                                                                        No TV, we had CareGroup. We did DVR “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”. So it is waiting.

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)?                                                                                                                                                                                       My family laughing. 

Beatles. My friend, Suzanne Suzanna Danna and I were just a wee bit obsessed with them in our younger years. She loved John. I loved George. How is it that we chose the ones destined to die early?  I could probably have a MUCH better memory if I could just jettison all of those Beatles fun facts from my brain. They take up an awful lot of room. I have no need of the dates they were born.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? ?                                                                                                         Europe

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?                                                                                                                                                           I’m pretty sure I have told you all that I am a fountain of useless information. Including, but not confined to, remembering all the words to all the songs I have ever known.

46 WHERE WERE U BORN?                                                                                                                                                                             Stanford General in Palo Alto, Ca.

48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?                                                                                                             At a bar in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  It was called Hadley’s. Good times!

49. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT DRIVE YOU CRAZY?    No common sense, exaggerating to make situations worse ( it NEVER needs to be worse), Stoopid people, rude drivers,  when you tell your children to clean their rooms and get ready for Florida and they don’t, Honey’s pre-vacation OCD.

Now you tell me 49 things I don’t know about YOU!


Here is another tag from Queen B . It’s a real easy one.  And I am ever so thankful to have it.

 Because I am experiencing another truly heinous MOTHER of a headache, and I seem to be coming up empty in the post department. So thanks, Q.B.!

What I need to do is go into the 6th picture file and show you the 6th picture. Easy-peasy. Here we go:


This was Christmas ’07. The Gang was playing Mousey’s new game, Apples to Apples. They played ALL day.

The picture stars the back of our Uncle Bob’s head, cousin Lindsay (who is getting MARRIED next month!!!), Honey, Ab-Cat and Mousey. I’m very glad this picture was presentable. It could have been a bad scene. Knowing our family.

Now I have to tag 6 of you Guys. How about:

Capri Lis at Life on Sassy Cat Hill

Capri Deb at Life in Stitches

Steph at Just in case you’re wondering

FringeGirl at the domestic fringe

 Warren at My Home Among the Hills

Shannon at Take the Automatic 7

Can’t wait to see your sixers!

 I am very happy that I have nowhere to be this evening, except  schlepping two children. We’ll be parked in front of the television. Honey and I are so behind in DVR’d shows, and I really can’t muster any enthusiasm for anything other than who made the final 36 (or however many) on American Idol, who was voted off on Big Fat Loser and Big Top Chef.  Heroes and Lost will have to wait until another day, as it requires thinking. And my brain has already informed me that it is not doing that today.

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