Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Hellooooooo Everyone!! No I didn't move to the far corner of the earth. We have just been so busy with soccer, band, Thanksgiving, two-year old temper tantrums, trying to lure that blasted deer to the deer stand, etc. etc. etc. More on all of that later. Since we are now in "Christmas Mode" I thought I would post a Christmas themed question. What kind of lights do you prefer on your Christmas Tree? Multi-colored, white, fiber optic, other. Hmmm, so many choices so few places in my crowed living room to put them!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

SMS Girls Soccer debut.

Well last night was the opening to the SMS Lady Pups Soccer for 2008. They were at home against Richardson Middle School in Lake City. It was a great starting point especially since they won 8-0! Our Meg even scored a goal off a corner kick in the first period and had two assists! Go Meg!

Just when I thought we were done with the dentist!

Boy! It seems that ever since I took the gang to the Dentist back in June we've been going ever since! I thought I had finished when wouldn't you know it, the youngest pops up with some obvious dental issues. I wonder how many cavities this one is going to be? :o)

Question of the week. . . .

Well it seems pumpkin won hands down as everyone's preference for pie. I personally like apple, or cherry is good, but coconut cream is so refreshing. . . . . hmm I guess I'd have to vote for all of the above!

This week I thought I would ask an even tougher question. It seems that along with desserts the choice of side dishes is a pretty big decision as well. I thought I would throw stuffing into the mix. Now I know a lot depends upon what part of the country you live in or just what you have been used to eating most of your life. Personally growing up in a family where my Dad was from Pennsylvania and my Mother was from North Carolina it was pretty much split down the middle on side dishes. My Mother would make cornbread dressing but my Father would insist on candied yams northern style instead of the traditional southern recipe of sweet potato casserole. So, which do you prefer dressing or stuffing?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sound of Suwannee

Cheryl over at Diary of a crazy lady had asked about a video of the band. So, I thought I would link to a video of one of their performances over at you tube. Hope you enjoy! Not too bad for only about 50 members!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Men in uniform. . . .

Why is it that we of the female race always fall for the guys that are in uniform? Be it army, navy, football, baseball, gas station attendant, etc.. Ok maybe NOT the gas station attendant but you do have to admit they looked pretty snazzy in the 50's. Anyway I thought I would share a few pics of my "men in uniform". So what if they happen to live in my house and both just recently celebrated their 15th birthdays! I think the band geek looks absolutely stunning in his Sound of Suwannee get-up and my navy geek looks pretty spiffy in his ROTC dress blues. Oh quit rolling your eyes! You know you are all jealous! :o)

Go Bulldogs!

I just wanted to give a shout-out to the Sound of Suwannee Marching Bulldogs. I may be biased since my oldest is a trumpet player in the band but I couldn't help bragging on their recent accomplishments. The band has recently qualified again for the State Competition being held in St. Petersburg in November. And, just yesterday received Superior ratings from the Florida Marching Band Association! That is a feat that has not be achieved in over a decade! Hmm, now let me step up on my soap box and say that maybe now the school board will actually allocate some real money to fund the band program especially since they seem to be doing much better than the football team that they're playing music for! :o)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Household Helpers. . . . .

Well here are this week's helpers. I can't wait to try out the pizza helper. . . . .

  • Applying mud to a bee sting will take away the sting.
  • When reheating a slice of pizza, run the bottom under the faucet. This will cause a small amount of steam to form in the microwave keeping the crust from getting hard.
  • Use applesauce instead of oil when baking. This will cut down on the fat content.
  • Dab perfume on a light bulb to scent a room.
  • Use empty toilet paper rolls to store appliance cords. They are kept nice and tidy and you can label the roll to tell what appliance the cord goes to.
  • Candles last longer if put in the freezer for about 3 hours prior to burning.
  • Headache cure: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Hope you enjoy these and find on that works for you.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Useless Info. . . .

Ok I know you all have been missing this post especially. Just can't get through your day without another tidbit of useless info can you? :o)

  • Snickers is America's favorite candy bar.
  • The banana tree is actually an herb, not a tree.
  • Barney Fife's middle name was Oliver.
  • The average dollar bill has a lifespan of 18 months.
  • The shark in the movie "Jaws" was nicknamed Bruce.
  • The average person spends a total of about 2 years on the phone during their lifetime.
Yes, I know how did you ever live without knowing the above facts!

Question of the week. . . .

Sorry for the vacation everyone........not really a vacation just a bunch of stuff going on.

Anyhow, the last Question of the week showed that the 80's won out as the popular decade. Since the holidays are fast upon us I thought I would highlight a favorite holiday fare of mine. Dessert! Yep, you all know that the real reason you show up at Grandma's is for the scrumptious homemade (or store-bought) lovehandle makers otherwise known as dessert. I know there are hundreds that I could have put as a choice but I thought I would stick with the traditional pie. So, which is your favorite? Pumpkin, apple, pecan, cherry, or are you weird an like a different flavor? Hmmm, so many choices so little pieces!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fav food of the week shoutout. . . .

This week I thought I would share with everyone the perfect recipe for roast beef. It happens to be the personal recipe of legendary comedian Gracie Allen.

1 large roast beef
1 small roast beef

Put both in oven and bake. When the small roast burns the large roast is finished!

And who said you needed meat thermometers?

P.S. I have figured out the perfect use for the small roast. When the hubby starts complaining about what a stupid recipe this is, throw it at him! :o)

Gnarly, Groovy, and everything in between. . . . .

This week has been homecoming at the middle school and the girls have been going full out all week. Monday was bling bling day, Tuesday was nerd day, and yesterday was decade day. The girl's had to dress appropriately for the decade that corresponded with their grade. So, Meghan being in 8th had to dress for the 80's and Brenna being in 6th the 60's. I can't say about the 60's but Meg's outfit sure did bring back memories for me! Both were so excited about their outfits and I think they both looked awesome all the way down to their sunglasses!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cold & Flu season. . . .

Well we all know that with the lovely coolness in the air that we all so enjoy also comes an enemy hiding beneath the cool night air. Yep, unfortunately along with those pleasant evenings also comes cold and flu season. I was nebbin (don't ask) through one of my fav mags the other day and saw a very good article on ways to stave off germs and keep yourself flu free. I thought I would post a few.

  • Pen - keep one with you and use it to sign credit card receipts or filling out checks for those pre-holiday purchases. Just think, when you use a pen that hundreds of others have used before you, you just might also be latching onto the cold or flu bug left behind by someone else.
  • Plain old soap & water - use regularly to keep the bugs away. Believe it or not after a Naval Health Research Center study required Navy recruits in Illinois to wash their hands at least five times a day, they had 45% fewer cases of respiratory illness.
  • Paper towels - you all know that the number of people that actually wash their hands after using a public bathroom is probably a lot lower than what people say. So, avoid touching germs left behind by using a paper towel to turn off the faucet after washing your hands and also use a paper towel to open the door on your way out.
  • Flu shot - I know that if you poll 10 people the number of yeas and nays will probably be split down the middle. These shots are especially important for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart, anemia, kidney, or lung disease. If you are unsure if you yourself should have a flu shot, by all means discuss this with your Doctor.
  • Hand Sanitizer - this is great when you can't wash your hands. The key is to use a "sanitizer" and not just an "antibacterial". The difference is sanitizers kill bacteria and antibacterial only prevents them from growing.
I hope some of these little tidbits will help each and everyone keep the cold & flu bug away!

Question of the week. . . .

Well, last week everyone pretty much agreed that it was the hint of coolness in the air that signified the start of Fall.

Today the girl's had to dress for the decade that went along with their grade level. For instance Brenna who is in 6th had to dress for the 60's and Meg who is in 8th the 80's. Since I am reliving that past in my house this week, I thought I would let it funnel over to this week's question. So here goes.

What was "your" decade?

  • 60's
  • 70's
  • 80's
  • Other
Personally mine was the 80's I suppose if you're talking about my teen years. Or, you could say it was the 90's since that is when I became a Mom. It's really personnel preference. So, what's your decade?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Revenge of the Nerds. . . . .

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again. This morning two of the nerdiest girls I have ever seen showed up at my house. It seems that it was "nerd" day at the middle school and my girls decided to go all out. I thought their outfits were a scream all the way down to the homemade retainers. Although their brothers took their lives into their own hands when they accused them of looking normal. The funny thing is is that the clothes the girls were wearing came out of their brother's closet! Hmmmm, quite interesting huh?

Household Helpers

I thought I would share some household helpers that I found in one of my favorite magazines this week, all * you. Hmmm, that might be a good excuse to use with the hubby for a subscription.

  • Baby Shampoo - use it to wash makeup brushes. Put a drop on the bristles and lather. Rinse well, then blot with a cloth.
  • Cotton Swabs - place a few in the bottom of your cosmetics bag. They absorb spills and powders, replace frequently.
  • Toothbrush - use an old clean toothbrush to scrape mascara buildup off your eyelash curler.
  • Baby wipes - remove blush, powder, or other kinds of stains on your makeup case with a wipe.
  • Rubbing alcohol - fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz some on an unused cosmetics pad. It will clean makeup residue off lipstick containers, compacts, lip-pencil sharpeners, eye-makeup applicators and other beauty tools.
Look at it this way if you only implement 2 of these tips think of the money you'd spend on replacing your make-up! Although the reason I have to keep replacing mine is the fact that two girls who shall remain nameless (Meghan & Brenna) seem to keep taking mine!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

It seems that the classical red rose won out as the favorite for last week's question.

This week I thought I would poll everyone's opinion regarding my favorite season of the year, fall. What do you consider as the start of the fall season?
  • The hint of coolness in the air.
  • The date on the calendar.
  • The start of football season.
  • Not having to cut your grass.
I personally get excited when you can walk out in the morning or evening and feel that ever slight "coolness" in the breeze. I love it!! Although I can't say my husband agrees because it also means the start of Christmas shopping!

Snake charmer. . . . . . . . . . .with a smith and wesson

The other day when the swamp thing occurred my Hubby and I were on our way on a run to Lowe's for repair parts. We were heading out the driveway when suddenly my Hubby slammed on the brakes. My first thought was not a good one but it became apparent quite quickly what the reason was for him trying to turn me into a crash test dummy. There in the driveway in front of us was a big, fat, ugly at least 20 foot (ok really5) eastern diamondback rattlesnake! I was still trying to swallow my heart back down into my chest when my hubby turned to me and said, "Go get my gun!". Well, I'm still shocked that I even got out of the truck. You all will not only be surprised that I ran full sprint back to the house but that I got there without having a heart attack! I finally got back to the house, got the kids inside, and got John's 12 gauge and back off the driveway I went. But this time I drove the car! When I got back to the hubby, he was waving at me to hurry up. Apparently the slithering culprit was trying to escape back into the woods. After loading the shotgun he took care of the reptilian invader and I gingerly followed him into the pines to inspect his kill. That's when I started noticing stuff laying on the ground. You know a pot here, hammer there. I commented about why all of this junk was in the pines suspecting the kids when my hubby said, "Well I had to use something to slow down the snake!". Well burglars beware, I now have an arsenal of pots and pans, rolling pin, stapler, paper weight and a collection of other goodies stored within my reach just waiting to use!

Swamp Fullbright

You know it always seems that when a good thing happens, something bad comes up right behind to try and keep the score even. I was still on cloud 9 over the new washer. Hey, the first few nights forget satellite TV it was the maytag channel all the way! I never saw something fascinate the kids more than to watch the washer go through it's motions. I promise they do get out!

Anyway, the other day I walked into the kitchen to do one of my loads in the dishwasher when I noticed "the smell". Well, I took off my Helga the housekeeper hat and put on Pete the P.I. hat and went to work investigating the source of the stench. I thought the culprit was a bowl of bacon grease that was sitting on the counter. So, I tossed the suspect and thought all was well. Boy was I wrong! I walked back into the kitchen and hmmm the odor was still lingering. So more investigating was in order. If I had had any common sense I would have stopped, walked away and just used a clothes pin on my nose whenever I had to cook or eat! But no! I had to keep looking. Well, unfortunately for me I opened up the cabinet under the sink and about got knocked out by the stench that hit me square in the face. Yep, it seems that the drain hose from the dishwasher had popped off and you guessed it the bottom of my kitchen cabinet had become the drainfield! Again with one of those phone calls to the hubby. Boy he's going to stop answering his phone during the day when he sees it me calling! Anyway, when the poor hubby got home out came the shop-vac to take care of the "swamp". Unfortunately the "swamp" has left a melodious odor that is still permeating from under the sink. Four days later and I'm still waiting for the damp-rid to finish it's job so I can spray Lysol, Febreeze, my new body spray, the boys axe deodorant, and the girl's perfume. Hey, I figure the combination of the lot will smell better than what I've got right now!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another death in the applicance family. . . . .

It always seems that when things are running smoothly it's at that moment when a wrench gets thrown into the works. Having a family of seven one area of the house that never seems to get finished is laundry. Believe me it's not for lack of effort. The other day I started first thing and was on my fifth load by lunch when I started hearing an unfamiliar tapping noise coming from the direction of the laundry room. Now here was my dilemma. Human nature of course wanted me to walk right in there to investigate the noise. My common sense was telling me to stay away! Of course the human nature won out. I walked in there and noticed that even though the washer was on spin cycle it was only going at not even 1/2 of the normal speed and there was a suspicious burning smell. Hence the second part of my dilemma. Do I call my hubby or not? After all he does work with power lines during the day and God forbid my call about another high priced appliance going out of order causes him to fall out of the bucket truck. Well again the human side won the argument and the phone call was placed. At least I sort of tiptoed into the bad news. I was a good wife and asked him how his day was, what they were having to do, and then I knocked him over with the news. Needless to say it was not as positive a response as I had hoped for. When he got home from work I showed him the in need of a bypass washer and it was his turn to knock me over with a comment. He actually said, "Well, we need to have a washer so I guess let's go and look at one.". After I scraped myself up off the floor, off we went a shopping! Boy, Christmas in September! Now, since I wash clothes for 7 people I casually made the comment about a super capacity washer. I never thought my casual comment would have such an impact! While we were in the store the saleswoman got to the hubby first. He actually told her that we had seven in our family and needed a super capacity! I couldn't believe it! Here I was just looking for a Hyundai when behind my back he was checking out the Rolls Royce! I truly am in debt to that saleswoman for life. She actually sold him on the largest washer they sold in the store. A Whirlpool Cabrio! This washer is designed to wash 3 baskets of laundry in one cycle! I actually washed an entire hamper wait let me rephrase that. I actually washed an entire hamper and the rest of the clothes that were spilled all over the floor, under the bed, thrown on the dresser all in one load! I am like a kid with a new toy at Christmas! My Hubby said if he knew that laundry would get done this quick he would have bought one a long time ago! Hey wait a minute, that sort of sounded like an insult!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Word of the week. . . .

Well, I have found the perfect word of the week to use in a sentence when describing most teenage girls especially my own!

confabulist /cun·FAB·yoo·list/
n. a person who likes to chat.

Hmmm, do you know anyone who is a confabulist? :o)

Question of the week. . . . .

Well I am happy to report that blue won out as the favorite color of last week's question. It doesn't hurt that it happens to be my favorite as well!

I guess this week's question was influenced by watching too many chick flicks this past week. You know we all do it. Get sucked into the romantic plot cheering from the couch for the love struck couple to beat the odds. Ok I know I sound like the latest trailer for this weekend's opening flick. Don't worry, I have already informed my Hubby that we ARE going to see Nights in Rodanthe. I just LOVE Nicholas Sparks. So much in fact that I will drag my husband kicking and screaming all the way to the theater! Anyway since I am in such a romantic mood, I guess it spilled over into this week's question. Here goes:

What's your favorite rose color?

Hmmm, so many choices! Have fun picking out your favorite!

Fright Night

Isn't funny how we all have our little idiosyncrasies about us? You know those little quirks that seem funny or maybe even annoying to others? I know I have several of which one my Husband apparently thinks is funny even when his poor wife is down and out with a case of the shingles (am I laying it on thick enough for you?).

The other night there I was in my misery, ok well maybe not that much misery but it sounded good. The girl's and I had just finished watching our girlie shows and I was doing my usual "walk around" making sure lights were off, doors locked, etc. Well, upon locking the front door I glanced over to the corner and noticed that somehow a frog had gotten in and I don't mean one of those cute little green ones that I can deal with, this was a junior toad that just sat there staring at me almost daring me to take a step toward him. You see, I am a total wimp when it comes to most insects, frogs, etc. I'm quite rational about it really, if I see one I just run the other way. Hey, I believe that God had a purpose for the creation of all animals, I'm just a little questionable on a few. Well, I immediately started to call for John to get over there. After what I felt was a completely unacceptable length of time he finally strolled over. By that time the girls curiosity had gotten the best of them and they wanted to find out what the fuss was about. It was about that time that my loving Hubby picked up that still unknowing reason for being made frog and started chasing us with it. That's right, he thought that it would be a good thing to chase his ailing wife around the living room. All I can say is motherly love flew right out the window, that's right I'll be the first to admit that I used both girls as shields and threw them right in the path of the oncoming amphibious attack! Hopefuly they'll forgive me in time to see them in their graduation gowns a few years from now! Needless to say my Hubby was mud all weekend long but was the hero to the boys. Now I have to watch out for whatever attack they're planning next. I wonder if they make toad repellent?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fav food of the week shoutout. . . .

You know I generally highlight a favorite recipe or food item of mine in this post but I thought I would do something a little different this week. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I came down with a case of shingles that had me pretty much laid up in bed. Unknown to me my two girls planned a little "surprise" for me last Saturday. Apparently they had taken it on to plan a family dinner on Saturday evening in my honor. Normally I can sense when someone is planning a surprise for me. But I will have to say I never suspected anything. They included all the "Grandma's" in their plan. I was pretty surprised that when dinner came I walked out of the bedroom and saw a real housefull! We had ham, broccoli and cheese, corn, homemade from scratch mac 'n cheese and for dessert a lovely chocolate cake and scrumptious cheesecake from my wonderful m/i/l! It was a wonderful evening of family and food. I can honestly say that it will probably remain as one of my favorite food of the week shoutouts! Thanks girls!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Household helpers. . . .

Well I hope everyone enjoyed last week's household helper. Needless to say my Hubby about had a coronary when he saw the receipt from Bed, Bath, and Beyond! Just kidding. I honestly don't know what I would do with all of that linen since I don't have a linen closet to put it into and the bottom drawer of my dresser can't hold anymore!

This week I found some neat cleaning helpers that I hope you all enjoy.

  • To unstick two photos, use a hair dryer on low heat to slowly melt them apart.
  • Stickers, decals, and glue. . . to unstick them from furniture, glass, etc. saturate them in vegetable oil and rub off.
  • To keep you chimney clean, throw a handful of salt on the fire.
  • To keep your coffee grinder blades sharp, throw in a cupful or rice and grind it to resharpen the blades.
  • Spoiled food odor- place a bowl of white vinegar on the counter for a few hours, the odor will disappear.
  • To have an odor free car - place a couple of charcoal briquettes under the seats. (just don't use the ones already soaked in lighter fluid!)
Have fun and enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Useless Info.

Well I hope everyone learned something from last week's useless info. I finally learned where all that toilet paper I buy has been going. Multiply 4 teens by 57 sheets a day and I have my answer! Hope you enjoy this weeks completely and utterly useless facts.

  • The 57 on Heinz bottles represents the number of types of pickles the company once had.
  • The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
  • The "zip" in zip code means zoning improvement plan.
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a famous king in history - spades = David, hearts = Charlemagne, diamonds = Caesar, clubs = Alexander the Great
  • Camels have three eyelids
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales
  • India has a bill of rights for cows
  • The average rain drop falls at 7 mph.
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  • Every US President has worn glasses.
Hope you all learn something from this or at least got some help in answering those double jeopardy round questions!

Bread Basket. . . . .

Week to forget. . . .

Well I'm sure that most of you have noticed that my posts have not been regular to say the least this past week. Unfortunately for me I have had a good reason. You see last weekend we took the youth from our Church to Disney for their annual Night of Joy. On Saturday on the way home I started noticing that on my side near my rib area I was having what I can only describe as a tingling burning sensation. By Sunday morning it had radiated to the middle of my back and toward the front as well. I had my unfortunate suspicions as to what it might be but they were definitely confirmed when Monday morning I woke up with an outbreak of a rash on my lower back. Yep, I had been blessed with a case of shingles! I can only say that to anyone that has ever had them my extreme condolences. I have never had anything that is as painful and aggravating. Add the fact of having a full schedule with 5 kids and it will push you right over the edge. I will say that the hubby and kids have been great and I've been able to rest quite a bit(especially since the pain pills pretty much knock you out). I am so hoping that this week brings a downslide in the nerve pain. We'll have to wait and see. So, sorry I've been lax about posting but I don't think any of you would have been able to comprehend what I would have written anyway!

Question of the week. . . .

Well, kudos to the 4 that are football fanatics. Condolences to the one widow. And hopefully the one that doesn't care has an exciting hobby.

In one of my useless info posts I noted that America's favorite crayola crayon color was blue. What's your favorite color?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Word of the week. . . . . .

Since it's always good for us to keep plugging useless info into our brains to at least keep them stimulated I decided that I would throw out a "word of the week". Don't worry, I won't ask you to use it in a sentence!

pestiferous /pes·TIF·ur·us/
adj. evil or damaging; bothersome, annoying, irritating.

Hmmm, this word reminds me a little of a certain Presidential candidate. . . . . . . .

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Thanks to all who answered last week's question. Most that answered were excited about a female being on a Presidential ticket in this year's election. Hopefully the mudslinging will start to end and the candidate's will start campaigning without having to wear rain gear.

Anyway, we all know what time of the year it is now. FOOTBALL!!!! It's either pro or college in a lot of home's across the country and my house is no different. We are definitely college fanatics and the premier team in our house is the Florida Gators. Yep, you're either a Gator or you're gatorbait! Just ask the two older boys. They are both FSU fans. They just don't know how to distinguish quality from mediocre. :o) So, in your house are you a Football Fanatic, Football Widow, or you really just don't care!! Oops, almost forgot. . . . .GO GATORS!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Go Bill Go. . . . .

You know everyone has their favorite TV show whether it be comedy or drama, sports or news. Lately my fav has begun to be yes Bill O'Reilly. Here's his latest quote:

"If Governor Palin is successful, she will bring back traditional principles and reignite the social causes conservatives believe in. That, of course, angers the left, which wants to basically wipe out conservative beliefs. They fear a resurgence of traditional tenets. They fear what Governor Palin could represent. So the attacks on Palin are almost unprecedented."

Bill O'Reilly on the September 3 edition of The O'Reilly Factor

Boy there are news people out there that actually have a brain and use it on a daily basis!

Household Helpers

Well I hope everyone enjoyed last week's post. If any of you were able to talk your hubbies into a set of the HE washer/dryer combos enjoy! This week I found a lovely site that lists cleaning schedules from the 1920's and other neat tidbits of info. I decided to post what this site found from the 20's as the appropriate things you should have stocked in your linen closet. Now if you're like me and have no linen closet then you'll have to cram them into the bottom drawer of your dresser like me!

2 wash cloths per person
4 hand towels per person
4 bath towels per person
2 bath mats for each bathroom

2 sets of sheets for each bed
2 pairs of pillowcases for each bed
2 blankets for each bed
1 quilt for each bed

2 bedspreads for each bed
2 mattress pads for each bed

Dining Room
2 table cloths (everyday)
1 table cloth (company)
12 cloth napkins

6 hand towels
6 lint free cloths for wiping glasses and dinnerware
6 dish towels

Boy what I have figured out is that I need to make a beeline for Bed, Bath, and Beyond ASAP!

Bread Basket. . . . .

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What is the problem?

You know I always expect controversy when a Presidential Election is happening but I have never seen so many people that are supposedly level-headed and mature act like complete buffoons.

Ok, I know that this year's election is quite different from previous years but to see the complete down-spiral of judgment in regards to comments and stories regarding the Republican Vice Presidential candidate is disheartening,

Whether you are Republican or Democrat, a supporter or opposer of Sarah Palin at least treat her with the respect and dignity that she not only deserves as a human being but also as a proven Executive leader. So what she hasn't graced the halls of Congress or hasn't hammered out a peace deal in the middle-east. Who cares that she hasn't been mingling with the good 'ol boy network in Washington. I'm so sorry that she doesn't fit the profile of the usual sleek, professional politician that the bureaucrats enjoy. In fact I'm happy that she doesn't fit the typical profile.

In Sarah Palin you have a proven Executive leader on several different levels. She has a proven track record that she is not afraid to buck the system and go against the status quo. If her name was Stephen instead of Sarah I wouldn't even be needing to write this post. The fact of the matter is she is a working mother to five children. She is the wife to a blue-collar worker and daughter of community minded parents. Yes we all know that her daughter is facing the fact of being a teenage parent. I happen to think she is in very good hands. But frankly what difference does that fact make? The last I looked it was Sarah Palin's name on the Republican ticket and not her daughter's. Fact of the matter is IT DOESN'T MATTER!

Another thing that completely astounds me is the continual statements about her lack of experience. Or "She'll be one step away from the Presidency". And your point is? Let's look at some facts. Sarah Palin is a proven leader. She had led on several different levels from local all the way to her State's leader. She has proven herself over and again that she does not care about the status quo or party lines. On the other hand you have a candidate with the Democrats that has no Executive experience what so ever. In fact he has been campaigning from day one of his election to the Senate for President. Whenever given the chance to go against the stalwarts of Washington he has shown no backbone what so ever and has accomplished nothing in regards to reform. I think it is a complete mockery for him to get up there and base his campaign on the fact of reform when he apparently doesn't even know what the word means. The sad thing is that when you do hear someone speak in his regard, it comes across as complete rehearsed propaganda. I never thought in my lifetime I would hear people in my own country sound like brainwashed robots when supporting a candidate who has no track record what so ever to back up his campaign promises. I will agree that he is a very charismatic and gifted speaker. Being able to make a great speech has nothing to do with being able to lead a nation. If you want to hear him talk, then hire him as the offical speech maker of the Democratic party, or have him open up every session of Congress. This is my question, would Obama's personal life and choices hold up under the same scrutiny that Sarah Palin is experiencing I think not! Maybe it's time for the masses to change their focus from Palin to Obama. You just might find some skeletons in his closet.

Come on people, this isn't a rock concert this is a Presidential election.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Useless Info.

I hope you all enjoyed the useless info tidbits from last week. I now know that on average I burn at least 300 calories in the afternoon after the kids gets home from school so my day isn't a total waste!
Again I searched high and low for some more completely useless facts and figures. I know that you all have been chomping at the bit to find out what this weeks useless garbage was weren't you? Well I shall keep you guessing no longer. . . .
  • Coca-cola was orignially green
  • a person uses approx. 57 sheet of toilet paper a day
  • an office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet
  • America's favorite crayola crayon color is blue
  • Barbies' full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
  • hundreds of years ago only wealthy people wore underwear
  • It costs about 3 cents to make $1 bill in the US
Well, I hope you enjoy this week's info. I know you all just couldn't live without it!

More proof that teenagers are brain-dead. . . . . .

When you live in a house with 4 teens you are never truly surprised about the daily antics and should I dare say sometime lack of common sense that goes along with the life of a teen. For those that would like to argue that these standard traits are more prevalent in boys than girls I would like to say that is not always the case.

Generally in our house it is split right down the middle in regards to their level of brain-deadness. But even I was a little surprised with the choice that my oldest daughter Meg made the other day. Our home has only 3 bedrooms. Now, with having 5 kids you can imagine that it's like sardines in a tin can. When our youngest Adam was born my Husband had the wonderful idea to convert our breakfast room into a small fourth bedroom. It turned out to be perfect especially since we never used the space except as a junk room anyway. Lately the girls have been campaigning to do some "rearranging". Their plan was for one of them to move into Adam's room and for Adam to bunk with the other in the bigger bedroom. At first I was opposed but then I think their latest round of "don't touch my stuff", or "she's the one that made the mess" got me onto their bandwagon. Saturday night was the start of the big move. As we were going through the mound of toys in Adam's room Meg came across an Elmo costume that I had picked up on a clearance rack last year. I just told her to put it in the bag with the rest of the items we were getting rid of since I knew it wouldn't fit Adam this year anyway. Well, little miss Meg decided to try it on for herself. Yes that's right a 13 year-old somehow thought that a costume made for a 2 year-old would be her size. I promise you she wasn't dropped on her head as a baby! Next thing I knew here she came in the living room barely able to move having to admit to me that she couldn't get it off! I couldn't pass up the opportunity, I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a pic.

I wasn't worried there was no way she could stop me anyhow since she couldn't move her arms! I ended up having to cut her out of the thing. Hmmm, maybe I should have made her keep it on. It would have saved me money come October!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Just 5 simple notes. . . . . .

I am amazed everyday by the ways that God keeps showing us just how truly amazing His grace is. Cheryl over at diary of a crazy lady posted this video on her blog and yes of course I swiped one again. But I think you all will truly understand that I just couldn't leave this one alone. I hope you all get as much a blessing out of it as I did.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Congrats to all! The poll last week showed that most of us have converted to the eco-friendly CFL bulbs and thrown away the energy guzzlers. I'll be posting some other inexpensive ways that you can go "green" in your household.

Now for this week's question. Wow! I can only say that I was shocked, blindsided, and excited when John McCain announced his running mate for VP in this year's Presidential election. I am proud that for the second time in our Country's prestigious history, a woman will be on the presidential ticket in November. I was equally proud that his choice was a mother of five (hmm, who else do I know like that). So to this week's question. Are you excited that a woman is on the Presidential ticket for this year's election? I know I am!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bread Basket. . . . .

Household Helpers

Hey, did anybody besides me get weird looks from walking around with cool-whip in my hair while holding a bowl of strawberries? I actually did try one of them this week. My son got a paper cut and used the chap-stick helper and it actually worked! Go figure.

This week I found a site that listed the average lifetime of household appliances. I thought it was pretty neat so I though I would pass along the info. If anything it might give you housewives out there the leverage you need to go appliance shopping! I SO want a set of those HE washer and driers!

The average lifespan of household appliances:

  • Central A/C 15 years
  • Room A/C 12 years
  • Dryer 18 years
  • Washing machine 13 years
  • Dishwasher 12 years
  • Refrigerator 20 years
  • Upright freezer 20 years
  • Stove 18 years
  • Water heater 13 years
Unfortunately I'm stuck with my fridge, stove, dishwasher, dryer, washer, freezer, and water heater for quite a few more years. So, if any of you get that shopping spree please think of me!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Everything but the kitchen sink. . . . .

Oh the joys of motherhood. Did you ever wonder where in the world Hallmark got it's impression of the daily life of a mother? I would love to have been in the household of Leave it to Beaver when the TV camera's stopped rolling. I can bet you that June probably didn't get up in the morning with the look of Susie Sunshine on her face. Yesterday evening there I was sitting on the couch with my little "Bud". I love cuddle time with Adam especially when it's just he and I. After about 30 minutes of course big sis Meg came into the room and Mom was kicked to the curb. Oh but that's where the fun started. Only about 5 minutes later I was in the middle of a Mario Galaxy beating (my butt not Mario's getting kicked) when I heard this funny little noise. I can only describe it as a miniature version of what Mount Saint Helens might have sounded like. This sound of course was followed by a horrified gasp. Yep, that's right my little "Bud" has begun to erupt. And when I mean erupt, I mean it was out of both ends. Well all I can say is that Meg has yet to learn the finer points of going from sit to break-neck speed for the bathroom at the drop of a pin. Poor kid, her 1 second of hesitation cost her her outfit. Now this is where the fun starts for me. Thankfully Meg stayed with Adam in the bathroom. I of course went to get a towel and start my janitorial duties. Mind you in a previous post I introduced you all to the adorable addition to our family named Rascal. Let me say he has lowered himself several notches by his reaction to Adam's expulsion of his bodily fluids. We all know what puppies and dogs in general do when there is vomit in the vicinity. I'll let your imaginations fill in the blanks. All I can say is with one foot I'm trying to mop up the floor and trying to keep Rascal away with the other foot all the while trying to keep my balance so I don't fall into the mess. It was touch and go for a moment but I managed to stay afloat. Whew! After marking the floor, couch, my pillow, his bed, Meg's clothes, and oh yeah his Dad's shoes this morning so far so good. That little volcano inside hasn't erupted for a couple of hours now so hopefully Mount Adam has gone dormant. Oh the joys of motherhood!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Useless Info.

You know I've always been told that I have a great memory for useless information. They're probably right I still don't know why that one of the only things I remember from High School Biology is that to make chocolate milk creamy one of the ingredients they include is cargeenan which is seaweed.

So, I started surfing the web because I figured if there was one place in the world where a lot of useless information was floating around it was there. Here's a few tidbits that I found. Who knows, maybe I'll make this a weekly post. Hope you enjoy.
  • A snail can sleep for 3 years. ( I only wish I could get a good 7 hours!)
  • It's possible to lead a cow upstairs. . . . . .but not downstairs (so much for putting that milking machine in the basement.)
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men. (hmmm, it's probably because we can't believe all of the things they do!)
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist. ( I told my Mother that there was a good reason for me not to trust them!)
  • Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza a day. (I wonder if they sell those seeds down at the farm supply, could be a good crop to get into)
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. (I'll take their word for it, there's NO WAY I'm getting close enough to check)
  • Banging your head against the wall burns 150 calories per hour. (Wow, I actually do exercise 5 times a week!)
Didn't know that there was so much out there that you never knew about did ya?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Here is a person with nothing better to waste his time on. . . . .

Well it seems that Michael Newdow (he's the one that sued to have the pledge of allegiance removed from schools 4 years ago) is at it again. This time he has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging that the motto "In God We Trust" on all of our currency should be removed because it refers to God and therefore violates separation of Church and State.

First of let me say that I love living in a democracy but there is nothing more aggravating to me than for someone to be able to stand on their soapbox and use the taxpayer's money and time for a blatant disrespect for the very values that this country was founded on. Dare I say I wish there was a way to send this person back to the times of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and let him state his case to them to find out exactly what not only their opinion of him would be but also the consequence of his words. Unfortunately Satan has his hands in every facet of our lives and one of his best tools is TV and the Internet.

Here is a link to a live poll that is running to find out what the general consensus of his idea is. Hmmmm, here's a suggestion let's start making people foot the bill for their frivilous lawsuits. Here's an even better one. Let's call up the US Treasury and find out just how many millions(or billions) it would take to re-mint all of the current currency in circulation and send this fool the bill.

Question of the week. . . .

Well I guess the poll showed last week that none of us have made the transition to power for the sake of the environment. I'm just as guilty!

Ever since they put that Planetgreen channel on the line-up I've been addicted. I now have the reusable shopping bags which really are a great way to help with the environment. But I had already made one transition in the house before Planetgreen put the enviro-bug in me. We all know that especially in the SE the summer months are when we need to take out loans to pay our electric bills. At least in our house we generally don't see a bill below $325.00. So, trying to help out I switched out all of the bulbs in our house to CFL's or compact fluorescent lights. Not only are they supposed to be better for the environment but they cost considerably less to operate and they generate less heat. Here's an example: An 18 watt CFL used in place of a 75 watt bulb will not only last about 10 times longer but will cost $45.00 less to operate.

I can say this, along with switching out the bulbs and having a new dryer and dishwaher, our electric bill has not been above $275.00 all summer. So, who else has made the transition? And if you have, have you noticed any savings?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Peace and quiet finally!! (Well sort of. . . )

This week was the big event of the summer. I'm talking about the four older kids going back to school! Hey I must admit that I was ready to boot them out the door!

Those that know me know that in our house there is one person that reigns supreme over all. I'm not talking about the hard working father who get's up at 4:30 and goes to work for 10 hours a day. Or the mom who trudges behind 5 kids all the while wondering where her clean house went to. I'm not even talking about the know-it-all teenager who resides behind door number two. No, I'm talking about the cutesy little two year old that to anyone who lives outside of our "family" loop may think he is the most adorable well behaved little young man they have ever met. Hmmm, all I can say is let me put you in a room with him for 10 minutes after he has been sufficiently charged up by his siblings and you'll be begging to swim with the sharks without a cage! He is definitely the puppet master and his four older siblings are his marionettes! The funny thing is that they don't even realize it. He doesn't even have to say jump for them to ask him how high. Boy, he has his own little Chuck E' Cheese's minus the pizza right in his living room. He doesn't even have to try and drive them nuts, it just comes completely natural.

Just this evening he was helping his sister's rearrange something in their bedroom. Unfortunately they never asked for his help and it happened to be their fish tank. They now have a turtle and hot wheels theme going on instead of the normal sea life. Forget sharks, those poor fish have to dodge the never ending net that Adam keeps using trying to catch them so he can "hold" them. I wonder if they have fish shrinks because they're definitely going to be needing one.

Fav food of the week shoutout. . . .

I am in general not a seafood person. My biggest complaint is the "fishy" smell. However there are a few that I will dig into. One being salmon. I honestly cannot get enough of it. Now I am talking about fresh salmon and not farm-raised. There have been concerns regarding chemical additives that could be harmful to you. That being said I thought tonight I would splurge for my hubby and I.

I start off with a fresh filet. Tonight I decided to blacken mine and cook it on the stove in a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Another good way is just to use butter and lemon with a little bit of garlic and bake in the oven. Those of you that have cooked salmon know that it does not take long. Just a few minutes on each side under medium heat will do the trick.

Tonight I decided to serve it with some alfredo noodles and spring veggies in a herb and butter sauce. Who said food that was good for you had to taste bad?

Bread Basket. . . . .

Household Helpers

Hope everyone enjoyed the helpers from last week. My girls especially loved the air freshener for cleaning mirrors idea. I guess it must have something to do with having to share their bathroom with two older brothers! I've found a few more "classic" household helpers I thought I would highlight. Some I'm sure you have probably heard of before and a few might just surprise you!
  • Using cool-whip in your hair for 15 minutes as a conditioner. Now I personally wonder how strawberries would go with that? :o)
  • Want shiny hair? Rinse it in brewed Lipton Tea.
  • Use chapstick or super glue on a paper cut.
  • Try rubbing WD-40 on those joints to ease arthritis pain.
  • Vaseline for removing eye makeup.
Hope you find that some of these work. I personally want to try out the super glue helper. Believe it or not they actually use a type of glue in Hospitals now for cuts instead of sutures!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Braking is definitely a science. . . .

You know I never knew how difficult "smooth braking" can be until I started riding with my 15 yo!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Newest member of the clan. . . . .

Well this past weekend we added a new member to our clan. Hopefully he will be better at cleaning up after himself. So far though he has been good at entertaining everyone. I'm talking about our new miniature australian shepherd puppy Rascal. We have been wanting to get a new dog for awhile now. Our last dog Woody was unfortunately struck by a truck while he was walking with me when I was pregnant with Adam. Since we live in a rural area I like having a dog because they will let you know if someone is coming up the drive. Woody was good at doing that and also he would stick to you like glue whenever you were outside and not let you out of his sight. So, I noticed an ad in the paper on Friday for the puppies and decided to approach the subject with the hubby who said sure. Well, off we trekked Friday night to what seemed the other side of the moon until we finally arrived at out destination. Unfortunately for me there was a litter of 6 that we had the daunting task of choosing just one puppy from. After what seemed about 1 hour the kids had finally whittled their choice down to the puppy with the bluest eyes. So far he's blended right in with the usual chaos of the household. Hmmm I wonder how long it's going to take before he crosses that imaginary line and chews up someone's MP3 player. Oh the joys of payback. . . . .

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Well the consensus from last week's question was that most did not think that taking a foreign language in high school should be mandatory but voluntary instead.

This week I thought I would probe everyone's opinion regarding the ever daunting task of laundry. Lately one of my favorite channels to watch on TV is Planetgreen. I can say that it has triggered the "ecobug" in me. I've found myself surfing the web finding out about such things as rainwater barrels, solar panels, and even denim insulation! One thing that I heard was that most feel that powder laundry detergent is not only better at washing clothes but also better for the environment versus liquid due to the water.

So, what's your preference? Powder or Liquid? Don't worry I won't send the eco-police after you(I personally prefer liquid!)!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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I have to admit I stole this idea from Cheryl over at Diary of a Crazy Lady. I was able to post just a few of the many photos from our family vacation to Gatlinburg. Hope you all enjoy!

Bread Basket. . . . .

Household Helpers

I hope that I helped boost Coca-Cola's stock price with last week's helpers. This week I have searched the World Wide Web for some new and some timeless helpers. Some you may have already tried but if not I hope they help out in your household!

  • putting a slice of bread in your brown sugar container will resoften it and eliminate the hard lumps.
  • like the smell of your freshly cleaned clothes and linen? Then place fabric softener sheets in your drawers and linen closet to keep that nice clean smell for weeks.
  • throw in a few tennis balls in the dryer with your next load. It will not only cut your drying time 25%-50%, but will also fluff your clothes!
  • use air freshener to clean your mirrors. It not only works just as well but will also leave a nice clean scent behind!
  • to help keep ants at bay, sprinkle cinnamon and cayenne pepper around the outside of your house. The ants will not cross the line.
Hope these helpers do the job. If you find or know of a good helper, feel free to post a comment letting everyone else in on your secret!

School bell is almost ringing. . . .

Well it's about that time again. The time when we all get to wake up with smiles on our faces welcoming the morning sun with zeal. Being courteous to each other and excited about the upcoming school day.

Ok, so I haven't woken up from dreamland yet right? At least in our house it's first wake-up call at 6:00a, repeat again at 6:15a, and then screaming foghorn at 6:30. Run around looking for some earplugs so you don't have to listen to the complaining about the girl's taking too long in the bathroom, or he just ate the last muffin! The ever present grumblings about how school is a waste of time and I wish I didn't have to go!

At least there are some changes in our household this year, we now have two in high school, and two in the middle school. That's right I only have to fight traffic to two different schools this year!

On a serious note I was reading a great article in the Home Life Magazine that our Church regularly hands out. You know in our society today, pressure is put on all areas of our kids lives. Peer pressure is enormous, and it's even preached to them in elementary school the value of their GPA for college scholarships. We as parents are just as guilty. I think a lot of us try to live our youth through our children. Maybe pushing them to strive for things that we in our youth never achieved or even attempted. I know in our home we have one that is in band at the High School where from August to December it's practice after school every day and then football games on Fridays. The girl's both are into soccer with busy practice schedules as well. We are even going to have one in ROTC which is a new beginning for us so we'll have to wait and see. But, in this article there was a sidebar mentioning 5 warnings signs of overload. As parents we need to realize that just like us children need that time every day to be able to wind down and just "veg out". Here are some signs that their schedule may just be overloaded:
  • leaving homework unfinished or having to complete it late at night because that's the only time left.
  • rushing through meals in order to meet other commitments.
  • complaining about practice, games, or lessons.
  • falling asleep during the day.
  • chronic irritability.
If you notice any of the above maybe it's just time for a "step back" and prioritizing things. Even children need to learn that you can't accomplish or take part in every activity. Kids can discover the things that they really enjoy. Plus, I'm sure everyone will agree it will make everyone's home life a better one!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Only in Florida. . . . . .

I'm proud as a native Floridian to report on another story that should make all the residents of this state wonder if there is something in the water that is causing such delusional behavior. Apparently, a Grandmother in Marathon used all of her wisdom which apparently wasn't much to make the decision to drive around a parking lot with her 3 year old Granddaughter on the roof. Yes that's right! Unfortunately I am not making this up! She actually found the words to defend herself! She felt that since she "had a hold of her leg and was only going at a snail's pace" that that somehow completely justified her lack of hmmmm let's say common sense? Apparently this was the Grandmother's way of showing the kid some fun. Can I say playground? Or how about Mcdonald's Playplace? Or how about "Grandma did you forget to take your medicine?". Boy what's next dragging her Grandson BEHIND the car and telling the police that she was teaching him to waterski?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beep......please leave a message

You know let's face it we live in a world where most people base their success on materialistic things and where most people think that the only way to live is to go go go.

I'm just as guilty as the next person. My cellphone is always on my hip when I leave the house, we're a "wired" family meaning that we are all guilty (me the most) of surfing the web. I'm usually up until late, it just seems that I'm in constant on mode. I guess if I wanted to I could easily say that having 5 kids means a busy life. But in reality I think we're all guilty of letting society tell us how our lives should be.

Being a Christian we all know that there is one day that is specifically set a side as a day of rest. I'm talking about Sunday. But lately even on Sunday's it seems as if those little "errands" that just can't wait have started popping up more and more. Pretty soon our day of rest has turned in to just another weekend day for us to get more things accomplished so we feel as if our week hasn't been wasted. Well guess what? I quit! That's right, today after Church I came home and I am not afraid to admit it I walked right past that sink of dirty dishes, ignored the pile of clothes in my bathroom that needed to be washed, and overlooked that clutter that was popping up on the dining room table. After lunch I actually took a nap with my 2 year old (how wonderful!), and caught up on watching "Living with Ed". I confusingly watched my 15yo play Mario Galaxy on the Wii and no I did not attempt to even try and figure out how to play it! I didn't worry that the cars needed to be cleaned out or that the grass wasn't quite finished being cut. I didn't even worry that I really needed to run up to Wally World aka Walmart although that one really put me through withdrawal I mean doesn't everyone need their daily fix?

I truly enjoyed my day of rest. So, I hope all of you don't let the Jones' down the street tell you what you need in your life to make it seem important or justified. That the world's view of success is not your own. And that you find peace and relaxation in a day that God gave us to recharge not only our physical but our spiritual batteries as well.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

You comment I follow. . . . . .

One of the big issues with bloggers is pagerank. It all boils down to how many pages are linking to your blog. Most people think that if they are leaving tons of comments on different sites that this will increase their pagerank because of links back to their site. Unfortunately most templates have a little piece of code that inhibits linkbacks from occurring with comments. Here is a link to Randa Clay's site that has a nice article about this issue telling you how you can remove this code to start allowing linkbacks to the sites of those that leave comments for you. She has also designed some nice logos that you can add to your site letting everyone know that your site will allow linkbacks. I've added one myself to the sidebar on the right. So, don't worry! Leave all the comments you want! The more comments you leave the more linkbacks you'll now get!