Friday, June 27, 2008

Hillbilly House. . . . . .

You know we all have those home improvement projects that we would all like to accomplish. Especially after watching the guru's on HGTV and DIY make it look so simple and easy (they just don't show the 50 or so people that are ACTUALLY doing the work for them off camera!). I'll admit I am a closet carpenter. I love doing home improvement projects my to my Husband's chagrin. There is nothing he hates more than seeing the "twinkle" appear in my eye after watching the latest episode showing them removing a load-bearing wall or chimney. Well, there has been an area in our house that has been in need of a re-do. You see, we live in a mobile home and for those of you that do you know that it is inevitable that things start going downhill to say the least. At some point in our master bath there must have been a water leak and the floor in front of my vanity area has been getting progressively "soft" to say the least. I have pictured myself doing a freestyle flop right through the floor to the ground below many a day. Well, I guess I finally nagged my husband enough (you know all of you women do!). I would have been satisfied with just ripping out the old and using the hall bath for now. I'm a realist when it comes to home improvement and I knew there was no way my Hubby was going to jump in with both barrels and get it done in one weekend. Little did I know that he was going to jump in with a BB gun! After my nagging had finally reached his limit, he agreed to at least "cut out the bad part of the floor and replace the plywood for now". Hey, I thought that was a good start, at least I could brush my teeth without having to picture being able to weed my flower bed at the same time. So off to Lowe's we went to purchase the supplies for the "patch job" as my Husband described it. We started ripping out the floor and I honestly thought that this was going quite well. That is until it was my Husband who fell through the floor to the ground below. I could still kick myself for not asking him to pull out that menacing weed. Anyway after pulling him back up from the abyss we finished the tear-out. Now here's where this job started going downhill at least from my view. We measured and measured again and then cut out our patch piece. Well, of course when we went to lay it down inside there was about a 5 inch wide area that wasn't covered. My thinking was just cut-out a piece to fit here, I thought it would be a simple solution and wouldn't look that bad. But, my Husband had other plans. His idea was to just "cut a piece to lay on top of it". I just stood there smiling at him and to my horror actually heard myself say, "Whatever you think honey, that'll be fine." I could still slap myself for that! Well he did just what he had said, he cut a piece and nailed it over the first patch job. I now have a tri-level bathroom floor. You should all be so jealous! I actually live in a Hillbilly House. I was standing there thinking where is Jeff Foxworthy when you need him? We could probably make some money by becoming Foxworthy's next "You might be a redneck" joke! Maybe next week we could break ground on the outhouse.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The countdown has begun. . . . .

As you all know there are 5 kids in our household four being teens. That being said the countdown has officially begun for our oldest Jake. You see, he turns 15 in August and has already been counting the days until he can get his learner's permit. Lord help me!! As if having to teach 4 teenagers in a row how to drive while making sure my youngest son Adam along with myself don't get killed in the process isn't bad enough, it's the thought of paying car insurance for 4 teenagers that may put me (or my Husband for that matter) over the edge. And they have the nerve to talk about the national debt on the evening news!! Whew!! In a few months come and check out my bank account or lack thereof! I apologize ahead of time if it is you that one of my four Mario Andretti's in training cut-off, ride the bumper of, speed past, or just tick off in general. Whatever you do don't hold the absolutely terrified woman with that nervous twitch and lack of hair sitting in the front passenger seat responsible since by that time I will have already completely lost my mind and they'll probably be on the way to the funny house to commit me!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Question of the Month

Ok it's time for a new question of the month. I thought I would hit all of us women right where it counts. Ever since my oldest grew an inch taller than me I have been having to deal with him pointing out the numerous gray hairs on my head on a daily basis. Don't worry, I haven't strangled him yet. So, I thought I would see what all of us would do in the same situation. Oh and by the way I not only own stock in Clairol but I'm a frequent shopper at Sally's Beauty Supply as well!

Fav food of the week shoutout........

This week I figured I would give a shout-out to a recipe from that lovable down-home cook Paula Deen. I have yet to find a recipe from Paula that isn't fabulous. Or full of calories for that matter. Well, she has a recipe for a soup called "Poblano Chicken Chowder". I can only say that it is not only one of the easiest soup recipes but it is absolutely fabulous. As you know having 5 kids you always have one or two that will turn up their noses at whatever you cook no matter what. I can honestly say that with this soup I usually have to double the recipe and still have none left over. The only thing that I do not include in my soup are the poblano peppers. Yes I admit I'm a wimp. But even omitting those little fiery poppers in my opinion does not harm the outstanding flavor of this dish. Here's a link to the recipe: Poblano Chicken Chowder

Household Helpers

Last month I started a "Household Helpers" area. I'll post about something I've found that I can't live without and I hope everyone will comment on their favorite helpers as well. I hope everyone took advantage of the link for a free sample of Bar Keepers friend. Well, this month I thought I would give a shout-out to a household helper that no Mother should be without. I'm talking about Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser. When I first heard about it I admit I was skeptical. Who thought that a little white "sponge" could do so much? I'll admit that the first time I used it I was blown away. To this day I cannot find ANYTHING that that little dynamo of a sponge won't clean! And believe me with 5 kids it has certainly been challenged in my house! From grease, to crayon, to black smudge marks on the new laminate floor from the boys riding their skateboards in the house especially after I told them not to........oops getting off track there. Anyway, the only thing that I'm still figuring out is what in the world is this thing made out of? I mean really, did they find some miraculous material during the lunar landings that they forgot to mention? If you haven't used it yet, come forth people to the 20th century and buy one, or two, or three I mean really like the old saying you can't have just one!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hitting the nail on the head, or the fridge for that matter!

I tell you the author of this comic must have a link directly to my brain! I about fell off the chair when I read it. My life exactly. Living with 5 kids 4 being teens you can only imagine how full my cupboards have to be or truly how BARE my cupboards actually are! Do you ever wonder where that $300.00 worth of food actually disappears to on the trip from the trunk to the kitchen? I have often pondered that same question many a night when I have again been unable to find that box of ho-ho's I just knew I bought only 2 hours earlier! I mean is there a twinkie thief that hides in the shadows waiting to pounce as you walk by? Come on, how come the vegetables or the raw eggs never evaporate into thin air? That's it! From now on "snack food" in our house has officially been turned into "anything that a teen would consider even remotely healthy"! Hmmm, I wonder if I can convince them that those ho-ho's actually came from a health food store?

I'm actually bored!

You'd think that I would be used to this time during the summer. Usually in early June my kids Jake and Meghan go and visit their Dad for a month. At the same time my step-kids Damien and Brenna go an stay with their Mom for 1 week at a time. You would think that with having five kids around the house throughout the year I would absolutely give my right arm to have some peace and quiet. Well, for the past week I have had just that and it's driving me absolutely nuts!! That and poor Adam our youngest is completely out of his element not having his choice of 4 older siblings at his beckon call! I guess this really teaches you to be careful what you wish for! I can't wait for the noise, mess, fights, and utter chaos that goes along with 5 kids!! Bring it on!!