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!