Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Lessons of Motherhood #3 & #4

Here's a couple more lessons of motherhood - I posted two because they kinda go together.

3. Twelve holes poked in a king-sized waterbed with embroidery scissors are not enough to drain the bed. It only allows enough water to leak out of the bed to soak the person that lies down on it.

4. Waterbed patch kits are available at Wal-Mart, one kit is more than enough to repair 12 puncture holes and the kit only costs about $2.50 (current price at the time of the hole poking incident).

Saturday, November 26, 2005

What a Great Day!

After over two long years, my sister was able to get visas for her husband and two step-children to travel from Costa Rica to the United States. They landed in the US about 3:oo pm on Wednesday and came up to Northern Illinois late Thanksgiving day. We celebrated our Thanksgiving on Friday with our new family members. It was awesome!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you Lord for bringing my family safely together for this holiday, thank you for the countless blessings we take for granted everyday of our lives.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Lessons of Motherhood #3

When I first started my blog, I put in a couple of the lessons I've learned being a Mom. I recently updated my lesson log and realized I managed to post two items off of it and never did any more with them. So, in honor of my adorable aliens, here's the first item on my list.

It requires more than 100 lbs (combined weight) of small children jumping on a semi-rotten garage roof to make it cave in.
So, now you know, keep those little buggers off the roof!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Well, I know it's early to say "Merry Christmas", most people are still working towards "Happy Thanksgiving". However, we have been hit with snow & record-cold wind chill temps.

It snowed enough overnight to leave a little snow on my windshield and was cold enough that yesterday's rain froze my car doors shut. The temp is about 31 but with the wind chill, it's only about 10 degrees outside right now. The wind just cuts right through you. We've had flurries off and on all day, it's sticking in the grass here and there but it's blowing around so much, it's not landing much of anywhere right now.

It's supposed to get down to 12 degrees tonight, I hope the winds die down or my car isn't going anywhere tomorrow! Looks like I'd better put some Heet in my gas tank when I fill up tonight.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday, November 12, 2005

A Good Reason to Drink Tea....

AINSWORTH, Iowa - Marjorie Morris just wanted to pour coffee into a canister. What she found in the package of freeze-dried coffee left her shell-shocked.

Morris, 77, of Ainsworth, found a dead baby turtle in the 2-pound package of Folgers coffee last Sunday.

"I thought it was a toy at first," said Morris, 77, of Ainsworth. Morris said she had been making coffee from the same package for a month before she made the discovery.

"It's a responsibility of the company to check their shipments closer," she said. "It could be much more serious."

Morris said she doesn't plan to file a lawsuit against Folgers. She said a customer service representative for the company dismissed the find, explaining that because many Folgers plants are based in New Orleans the turtle might have ended up in the coffee as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Sussane Dussing, a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble, the company that owns the Folgers brand, said it's too early to say how the turtle ended up in the coffee. Dussing said she wasn't aware of other similar incidents and that Morris' discovery would be investigated.

Morris, who has kept the turtle, said she would continue to drink coffee, but that she is now a more mindful consumer.

Things could have been worse, she said. "It could've been a snake."

Friday, November 11, 2005

Little Kitty

This is the cutest little kitten! Turn your speakers up, it purrs & meows too. Move your mouse around & see what it does.

In Honor Of Our Veterans

Thank you to our veterans today we honor you.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Cherie Renee,
wherever you are.
I love you & miss you.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Loretta Lynn & Cookies

Here it is Opie, I hope you enjoy this little story. I sure do remember it fondly.

I grew up in a small farming community of about 2500 people. We always had a huge Independence Day celebration for such a small town. There was always a carnival downtown, it covered almost 2 blocks in every direction. We had the 4th of July Queen contest, the local VFW hold a cookout, there was always a big parade & a fantastic fireworks show to top off the day.

The summer before my 8th grade year, our little town got an extra treat - Loretta Lynn was putting on a concert down at the high school football field on July 3rd. The whole town, all 2500 of us, were so excited we couldn't wait. My sister & I, although not huge country fans, were Loretta Lynn fans without a doubt.

The big day arrived & my parents were thrilled because we were driving them nuts with talk of the concert. Sissy & I had ridden our bikes down by the school & had seen all the trailers & such with the equipment. It was fun to watch some of the set-up from the street but then we had a fantastic idea - we were going to meet Loretta Lynn in person.

We thought it would be cool to bake some cookies & take them down to her, Mom insisted that they wouldn't let us anywhere close to Loretta Lynn with those cookies. "There are weirdos out there you know that try to poison celebrities you know!" We ignored Mom & went about baking a big batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. When we were finished, we packed up our warm, fresh cookies, hopped on our bikes & took off for the football field with Mom shaking her head as we rode off.

The stage was set up and various people were running around doing set-up for the evening concert. Bravely, Sissy & I walked up to the stage. The only person on stage by the time we got up there was a really big man. Meekly we asked if we could please see "Miss Lynn". He eyed us for a minute and grunted "I dunno - be back".

Not two minutes later, the beautiful "Miss Lynn" floated across the stage in a cloud of frilly, pale yellow, country-style lace & ruffles. We stood in awe. Sissy and I spent the next hour sitting on the edge of the stage, eating cookies with Loretta Lynn.

I couldn't even tell you now exactly what we talked about. She was very warm, honest, and friendly. I vividly remember, however, sitting on the edge of stage, all three of us swinging our legs back and forth and eating chocolate chip cookies with Loretta Lynn.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Five Things......

I saw this over at My Wide Blue Seas & borrowed it from Hokule'a.

Five things I plan to do before I die:
1. Visit Ireland.
2. Lose 20 pounds (and this may be what kills me!).
3. Get my Masters degree
4. Learn
5. Learn to speak Spanish & Swahili.

Five things I can do:
1. Love & Laugh.
2. See miracles around me everyday.
3. Crochet, Sew & various needlework type things.
4. Teach.
5. Grow beautiful gardens.

Five things I cannot do:
1. Sing.
2. Change the oil in my car.
3. Tame my wild curly hair.
4. Hit a baseball.
5. Keep my house clean.

Five things that attract me to the opposite sex:
1. Honesty
2. Faith In Jesus
3. Love of life
4. Ability to find miracles in everyday life
5. Honest Eyes (they are the window to the soul)

Five things I say most often:
1. I love you.
2. Thank you Jesus for....
3. That's too funny/cute
4. Crap!
5. You need to feed the cat/hamster/fish BEFORE you eat your dinner.

Five Celebrity Crushes:
1. Roger Moore - The original 007 James Bond.
2. Sean Connery - yes, we have a theme going on here.... hehehe
3. Johnny Depp
4. Mel Gibson

5. Antonio Banderes - *sigh* - gotta agree with Hokule'a on this one.

I invite everyone to do this & let me know when it's up on your blog so I can learn something new about you too.

How do you spell "deer"?

As I was getting ready for school this past week, the aliens were eating breakfast. I found the following conversation really funny. To find this even remotely funny, you need to know my history of 'deer hunting' with my car. Follow this link, this link, and/or this link to read up on it.

Alien #2 hollers from the kitchen: Mommy - I know how to spell 'deer'!

Me: Okay, tell me how to spell 'deer'.

Alien#2: D - E - A - D!

(I come into the kitchen, Alien#1 is smiling, says nothing. Alien #2 is smiling proudly.)

Me: Honey, that spells 'dead' not 'deer'.

Alien #2: (dejectedly) Oh.

Alien #1: Well Mom, when a deer meets up with you it does end up D - E - A - D!

Alien #2: See! I was right!