Saturday, December 30, 2006

Merry Christmas to me...

It's hard to feel good about Christmas when one by one the flu picks off the members of your family with the accuracy of a military trained sniper.

The day school let out, we went to spend the evening with a friend, S. S's daughter M, goes to school with Ian. While I stayed later than bedtime for the kids, to help pick up the toys the kids had spread everywhere... My son got sick and threw up all over the living room and dining room as he raced to the bathroom where there was a child already using the facilities. So thinking of the carpet.. I put him into the kitchen so at least he would be on a surface that was easier to clean...  Thank God S, has a rug cleaner. (and while I know People cant help when they get sick, and I would not be angry if someone was sick at my house, Its hard not be somewhat embarrassed)  After we left M got sick, too, we think it was going around school.

We had our usual Christmas Eve family get together on the 23rd Saturday night, at which I was wearing a brand new bargain skirt and Jamie threw up all over me, and my new skirt. thank god we had gone in our regular clothes and I had taken another set of clothes.

On Christmas Eve we spent the day with Scott's brother, and I spent the day sitting in a cozy chair concentrating heavily on big breath in... nothing comes back up... I managed not to vomit, but i was still sick.. didn't eat for about 48 hours.

Late on Christmas Day I finally felt well enough to go to my Mom's house about 4 pm .. and on the way home my husband  was hit with bug....

It picked us off one by one and being the last two hit Hubby and I where tired and sore and worthless while the kids where already starting to feel better.

It didn't seem much like Christmas having spent it n a blur of nausea. And to add insult to injury our live tree would not drink its water and it dried out so badly I was afraid to turn on the lights.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

QotD: One Lump or Two?

How do you take your tea or coffee?
Submitted by Vasquez

I like my coffee blond, strong and sweet; just the same way I like my husband. Tea I like in different ways depending on the tea. Earl Grey I like with cream and sugar. Most black teas I like that way, but most others with a little spenda or honey.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

QotD: Mistletoe Kisses

Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
Submitted by EmmyAngua.

Definitely my husband..... now if I could just find the mistletoe, its been out since we moved and now its hiding :P

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Layer masks

yes, this is the first time I have tried them out.. could not figure them out before...

Anyway, someone pointed me in the direction of this tutorial on masks and now I have discovered the simple tasks I could have been doing with it like erasing things... and being able to fix the over erasing...

.. but I have also been playing with it for fun today because I needed something to do.. I find my creation a little creepy and I feel it took  a lot of skill but I had some fun playing, and getting an idea of what I can do with masks, and now I'm starting to understand how some things I've admired are accomplished.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

QotD: Top 5 in '06 - Movies & DVDs

What are your top 5 movies/DVDs of 2006?

Honestly the only thing I saw in the theater was Cars. And it was Excellent. Quite well done.

Things I saw vaguely new on dvd? Hmm... Pride and Prejudice ... Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow... Hitch... I cant even think of other things I saw... :P

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

QotD: This Gets On My Last Nerve

What is your pet peeve, the one thing which really drives you mad? 
Submitted by Beki.  

selfishness.. especially when I catch myself doing it...

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

QotD: Books From My Childhood

What books did you love as a child? 

Submitted by hearts

I was, of course, obsessed with horses and so every time we got a book order with a horsey themed book on it.. that was the book I chose. my favorite one ever, was Can I Get There By Candlelight, by Jean Slaughter Doty  The story is about Gail, whose family rents what used to be the caretakers house on an old abandoned estate. While Gain is exploring the property with her horse Candlelight, Candy for short,  she finds an rusty gate that is the only way through or around a massive brick wall surrounding the old estate house and garden properties. When she oils the gate and rides through it she goes back in time. This was my favorite book I read it over and over and sometimes I still pull it out and read it. It was also my introduction to fantasy.. the gateway book into fantasy if you will.  It remains one of my favorite stories.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

QotD: If I Had To Do It All Over Again

What's one thing you regret not doing? 
Submitted by Mr. Nice.

There isn't much I regret on way or another...I believe who I am is a product of my experiences.. and it would be a shame to butterfly effect one of my kids out of existence... I do wish I'd known earlier like in college how much I enjoy taking pictures.. but.. there again maybe I'd have taken a different path after graduation... so , maybe I don't wish it...

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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

QotD: I Bought This Just For You

Are you a re-gifter?  Have you ever re-gifted?
Submitted by Sandals.

I don't know if I have re-gifted anything.. I might have...  I know I have been re-gifted too, and really I don't care, if someone has a $40 bottle of perfume they have smelled and not liked and think I'll like, I'm ok with having it re-gifted to me.. I take no offense if the person thinks or knows I will like the re-gift. I might think differently if i was used for re-gifting like a trash can.

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QotD: Pass The Dice

What is your favorite board game?
Submitted by I'm Unique.

Hmmm... I'm guessing Mah-Jongg  isn't considered a board game.. so I'll have to jump on the wagon with the many people who have said Clue. We had the old old version with the cartoon drawings, I like it better than the pictures.. but its nostalgic for me. And our lead pipe got lost so we had a twist tie for a lead pipe.. lol

We have the computer version and it wasn't until I played it with my husband that I got to be Miss Scarlet, my sister never would let me. :P

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Sunday, December 3, 2006

QotD: This Song Makes Me Festive

What song gives you the most holiday cheer?
Submitted by Roxy.

"O Holy Night" is my favorite Christmas song..  the  line "fall on your knees, hear the angel voices" for some reason moves me like no other Christmas carol. 

For goofy holiday cheer? I like the song Pablo the reindeer that we sang in choir in high school.. ( i also love the 12 days after Christmas... but I cant sing it in front of the kids yet...).

The first day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight.
And so I chopped the pear tree down and burned it just for spite.
Then, with a single cartridge, I shot that blasted partridge,
That my true love, my true love gave to me.

The second day after Christmas, I pulled on the old rubber gloves
And very gently wrung the necks of both the turtle doves,
My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The third day after Christmas, my mother caught the croup;
I had to use the three French hens to make some chicken soup.
The four calling birds were a big mistake,
For their language was obscene .
The five gold rings were completely fake
And they turned my fingers green.

The sixth day after Christmas, the six laying geese wouldn't lay:
I gave the whole darn gaggle to the ASPCA.

On the seventh day what a mess I found:
All seven of the swimming swans had drowned,
My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The eighth day after Christmas, before they could suspect,
I bundled up the . . .
Eight maids a-milking,
Nine pipers piping,
Ten ladies dancing,
'Leven lords a-leaping,
Twelve drummers drumming

Well, actually I kept one of the drummers

And sent them back collect.
I wrote my true love, "We are through, love"
And I said in so many words,
"Furthermore your Christmas gifts were for the birds!"
.........four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree

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Friday, December 1, 2006

You know its time to drop a few pounds when...

... you put on your insulated Carhart overalls and resemble a toasted staypuff marshmallow man.....

yeah... The high temp yesterday was 24F, and the heavens dropped 8 inches of snow where I live. As we are out in the country and it was wind driven snow we have 2 foot drifts in places and bare grass in others.. the driveway is buried... Last week I washed my Carharts in preparation for winter. I bought this pair when I was working on a breeding farm.. and I had to buy them too big because the only pair short enough for me was too big. Well a few years and two children later.. they are not too big anymore....

They are in great shape.. although it would be simpler to buy a bigger pair, it would be cheaper and healthier to lose a few pounds... Besides I need to buy another blanket for the beast, so I'm better off dropping a few pounds and having the $ to put toward a horse blanket than having to buy myself new carharts.. (plus the kids need snow pants too....) thank God I got them snow boots last week, because I bet there aren't anymore in the stores now...

I however need gloves.. insulated gloves.. that I can spill water on and not freeze my fingers....I wonder if those are sold out...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

QotD: Warning:

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Submitted by chris.

beware of bitch, most likely 

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

QotD: Stupid Human Trick

What is your stupid human trick?
Submitted by Scarlett.

BunnyNose.. its something akin to wiggling the ears except its my nose and I can wiggle it up and down like a bunny.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

QotD: Childhood Frights

What were you afraid of as a child that seems silly to you now?
Submitted by navelgazer.

I was afraid  if you sat on the toilet when you flushed it that it would suck you down.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Mr. Coffee, You're Fired!

Only I drink coffee at my house. My husband doesn't drink coffee, and well, if I told you the 6year old and the 3 year old drank coffee you'd worry about my family wouldn't you? Because I'm the sole coffee drinker in this family, and always have been, a friend gave me a Melitta 4-cup coffee maker before I got married. (it was the one you got free with an enrollment in the Gelvalia coffee club) I love that little coffee pot...

Last night I dropped the carafe. It fell on a video box, and then rolled onto the floor and broke. I almost cried. So.. in desperation today I dug out the old Mr Coffee 10 cup pot... *yuck* the coffee just does not taste the same.. i am officially a coffee snob I guess... and at that I'm a Melitta coffee maker snob.

so.. I'm looking on eBay for a new one.. but while I have recounted my sad tale to my Mom and a few other people my Mom and a friend have both thought that they might have an unused 4-cup Melitta from Gevalia in their garage or basement. I figure Murphy's law of eBay will prevail.. if they both have one I will also win the one I'm bidding on, but if they don't either one have one anymore, chances are I will lose the auction in a last minute bidding frenzy. And that will make me very sad.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

QotD: Tasty Thanksgiving Treat

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Submitted by Brennan.

the stuffing, without a doubt.. we only have it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We don't make it any other time.. and besides its not the same if it isn't cooked in the bird...

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

I'm reading an interesting book

I'm not quite halfway through it yet, but there are some very valid points in it.. the overall point so far being: If we are the most privileged generations of women in American history, given the most opportunities ever, why are we so unhappy with ourselves. The answer is simple, if womens magazines sell us unhappiness with ourselves then their advertisers can sell us happiness in a jarbottlespashoedresshandbagordietsystem.

I have been thinking about myself.. what I am happy with what I am unhappy with about me...  One of the quoted surveys was how many women would give a year of their life to be their ideal weight.... and I thought what if the "deal maker" collects that year just as your child is getting married, or having your first grandchild? I know I'm not my "ideal weight" and guess what... unless I get a personal trainer who makes me literally work my rear off for 8 hours a day....I'm not going to be.  The ideal weight for my height is 100-120 lbs.. never going to happen. I worked on a horse farm doing manual labor for 8-12 hours a day in college.. (loved it by the way) and at my smallest i was 124-130lb and I was a thin as I get. I'm not going there ever again.. am I  crazed by this thought .. nope.. do I need to lose weight.. yes.. a significant amount. But a healthy amount... if I lose 50 lbs.. I wont be near my "ideal".. but I will be much healthier... and that is what I'm aiming for.

How did I manage not to get caught in the trap? I don't rightly know. The trap caught my sister and my sister in law.  We all played with Barbie Dolls.... Well.. when my sister wasn't making me be Ken.. :P And we all grew up in white middle class suburbia. (Peoria mind you not Chicago) What made the difference?  I don't know for certain, but I suspect part of the difference has to do with  my Dad.... My sister didn't seem to have an interest in anything my Dad did on the weekend home from work, growing up. And my sister and my Dad where at odds  all through her teen years... (she would disappear from school functions only to turn up hours late in the company of some boy) There by making my Dad crazy. My sister in law has issues with her father .. abuse , emotional and physical.  Both need a man for validation, and need to be skinny. 

Sometimes I think I just got lucky, but I know there is more to it than that.

Boy... that train of thought jumped the tracks...

The book.. yes.. in case you are still reading and you actually care. The book also talks about how stress is so hyped. How we are all under such stress like never before and every little thing causes stress in such major and dramatic ways. Like Every generation of American women didn't have stress. Like we should believe the Pioneers who shot wild animals from the doorstep so they wouldn't eat their livestock weren't a little harried and frazzled at the end of the day. Or all the Rosie the riveter's who worried their husbands and brothers wouldn't make it home and left their kids alone to take up jobs in the factories, weren't a little on edge some days? Yeah.. I just had a Moms group meeting where they gave us a stress test... out of 30 I scored  4 or 5.. I'm not stressed... I get some eustress going on in my life.. the good stress that propels you to achieve, but real stress. No, really, none right now. But I don't insist on keeping up with the Joneses, frankly the I have enough to do to take care of my kids, I could not care less what the Joneses are doing.   And the history of studying the effects of stress...  enlightening, very enlightening..  it deserves a whole post to its self.

At any rate,  I'm off to read more about the crap those magazines are trying to feed me. I'll let you know what I think.

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QotD: Pizza Preference

How do you eat your pizza:  folded, flat or with a fork and knife?
Submitted by danimass.

Flat... from point to crust...  dipping the crust into the garlic sauce that comes with the pizza.

I'm hungry now...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

QotD: OS Preference

Windows, Mac, Linux - What's your preference and why?
Submitted by ramblingsbymark.

windows.. it is what i have thats why....

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Now that I can blog...

I cant think of anything to say.... go figure...

I have come to the conclusion that Milk Duds are addictive and evil... and I should not buy them...

I've also come to the conclusion (again) that mice are filthy little vermin and when they are not ripping open food packaging are ransacking other places in my house to find the things I will be most angry to find chewed up like mini sweater Christmas ornament. darn it all....

I know none of this is very exciting to read.. sorry. its a boring kinda day....

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Monday, November 6, 2006


Yes I know its old news now....  I'll just have to edit the date I guess. We had a nice Halloween, Both kids had class parties at school. One Monday and one Tuesday. And Hubby was home to go Trick or Treat on Halloween Night. I was quite relieved I really did not want to go by myself with the kids just because doing all those kinds of things alone make me feel so "single-parent" - esqe and I don't like the feeling. Plus, I feel like Hubby is missing important things if he misses those things like trick or treating.


Our adventure began a few weeks before Halloween, when my oldest told me he wanted to be a Blue Peterbilt for Halloween, and the younger one just looked at me funny every time I asked him what he wanted to be. I began a search for cardboard to construct a Blue Peterbilt, the local appliance store gets their appliances in styrofoam and shrink wrap.. and the local gift store had none, I'd have gone dumpster diving for some except it had been raining for a week straight... so I did the next thing that popped into my head.. I called Dad He had boxes from just moving.  The night he and my Mom brought me the boxes.. the kids spent hours playing in them....


, and I started to wonder if they might want to be shipping cartons for Halloween....  That night Jamie finally decided he'd like to be Tow Mater.. from Cars. So.. Mommy the cardboard construction engineer.. went to work...


and on the Friday before Halloween I had the basic shapes done. On Saturday I was a little out of sorts all day...


We had to go to a bake sale and to buy duct tape and spray paint for the costumes. One of my favorite parts of this adventure was buying shiny duct tape... By Saturday night I was violently ill. And so I spend most of Saturday night trying not to throw up all over myself. Consequently I spent Sunday in the horizontal position on the couch vaguely watching my children through one slightly open eye, sipping water and ice... (And lucky me while ice was the only thing I could eat at all.. I broke a filling, on a lousy weak half melted piece of ice no less)

Monday morning as I dropped the little one aff at school, another parent mentioned coming back up for the Halloween party.. that I had forgotten was on Monday, not Tuesday (since there wasnt preschool for Jamie on Tuesday... And so... I raced home and slapped the wheels on Mater, and made the eyes for mater and attatched his hook. I rushed out the door with him only for his wheels to fall off and fly under the car..  flustered but not beat I found the wheels ran back inside and plugged the hot glue gun back in. glued the wheels on and headed out again once more.  to take Mater to a waiting and concerned preschooler, who was thrilled to see Mater...


I had to spruce Mater back up a bit at home, fix the hook it came off and reglue a wheel, and add his mirrors, but as the preschoolers paraded around the Junior High all the kids recognized Mater, and Jamie was a little star struck by being such a celebrity. LOL...  After School I began the task of putting together the  Blue Peterbilt.. I stayed up all night and At 5 am I decided I needed an hours nap, before our normal wakeup time or 6 am.. so I went to bed...When I woke Ian I told him to go check the kitchen, because his Truck was done, and he paid me the greatest compliment there is. From the other room I heard a delighted and awed 6- year old voice giggle and oh w-o-w this is the coolest truck int he whole world. Some days being a Mom is a great thing...

The object of 6 year old awe?


We took the semi to school where it was greated with much of the same kind of enthusiasm and appreciation from kids and adults alike. Dad's said "hey thats cool" and Mom's said " Thats cool, I wouldn't know where to start on that kinda thing" and kids just "ah"-ed and "cool"-ed..

And once again, I managed to Impress my husband. I've said it before, He is not regularly impressed by my creative antics. I can ear apart the car door to fix the power the window that has jumped its track, and he is not impressed.. but making a semi out of cardboard, spray paint and duct tape. That impresses him.


This is how I impress my husband.... lol


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QotD: My Dream Career

What's your dream career? 
Submitted by Something.

I dont have one... really, there isn't anything I want to do more than mother my children,  and I dont veiw Motherhood as a career, because that is such a narrow word for something so important. and so really no dream career.. I hear one of you saying what if you didnt have kids? then I'd be spending my time waiting for them.. I'd find a job I enjoy or go back to school....


ok... the closest thing to a dream carreer for me? proffessional student.. let me go to class and grade the teachers.. I'd love to do that....  but chances are no one will offer me that job... and if it interfered with being Mom... I wouldnt take it...

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Saturday, November 4, 2006

Hello neighbors!!

Finally.. I have a cursor.. I had to download Firefox, and still I don't get a cursor every time..

I cant seem to  reply to the noisy neighbor post  but I was just going snicker and laugh at the "angry at you because you wont teach the girlfriend how to cook" comment.

and I have had things to say everyday in November so far so as to vox everyday but I will have to go back to those entries. Hopefully I will still have a cursor.  And I have missed a few QotD's too.

I guess first thinks first I'll have to go back and recount Halloween... I'll get on that post in a minute or two...

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Done... but with errors on the page

I'm amazed at how often that error is a lack of the cursor so I can reply to someone's post. How manytimes can a gal refresh the page before her patience runs out? about 3.. after 3 tries if there is still no cursor... I give up.

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QotD: My First Flight

Do you remember your first flight? Where did you go? Why?
Submitted by Laurel.

Sadly, I have never flown period.  I have however ridden a zip line and I have jumped on horseback... I know that isn't the kind of flight the Q meant. But it is as close as I have gotten to flight. And the first of those? would have been jumping over a creek horseback in my teens at summer camp.. in a western saddle.. for those of you who do not understand the significance of that... (western saddles have a horn on the front.. where a cowboy ties his rope.. when you jump.. that horn is in the way and landing on it in anyway can be a life changing experience) So for a few weeks I had a large and ugly bruise on my inner right thigh where I landed very wrong.....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

QotD: What I Love About Vox

In honor of Vox's launch tomorrow, what's your favorite feature or aspect of Vox?

I like the features that make vox more of a community in and of itself  where you can jump in not knowing anyone and start picking up other Voxy folks. I'm also partian to the organize area where I can upload pictures and link to books and movies and such.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

QotD: I Can't Believe I Ate This

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? 
Submitted by Megan.

thats a tough one.. and not because I eat a ton of weird stuff either.. but because I just dont.. I shy away from food that is awkweird.. if you ask my husband the weirdest thing i've ever eaten he will tell you its uncooked sweet corn right off the plant, still on the cob.... or possibly the little pickles wrapped in cream cheese and corned beef.....


but really.. unless you count eating coffee beans here and there in college.. or venison weird... I'm not really a weirdfoodie... (I dont think I am anyway)

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

QotD: My Earliest Memory

What is your earliest memory? 
Submitted by Megan.

While I cant think of one single earliest memory, all of the Easrliest memories are from living in my Grandparents house on the lake. They are varied memories, among them sitting on the dock next to my dad's tackle box and can of beer while he fished and sneaking a few drinks while he wasnt looking. Sitting on the green/brown/tan mottled carpet watching tv,  (Mickey Mouse Club, Land of the Lost, Danger Will Robinson)reruns on Saturday mornings maybe? I remember Dad rowwing us across the lake to the beach to swim. swimming in the lake in summer... skating on it in winter... 

I remember the day Mom came in the house crying and was too upset to answer me when I asked what was wrong. That was the day the dog was run over by the schoolbus.

And I remember one day when my dad was going to the grocery store for bread and milk and I wanted to go too, but I dont think he heard me say it... My sister helped me rush to get my shoes and socks on , only to get out the door after Dad was down the drive. I was crushed.

I remember my mom always seemed to be in the kitchen, and I would sit  at the kitchen table and color or draw.

There is more, but I'll have to add it later.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

fly on a stick? I love fly on a stick!

Or at least the Mantid used too... Its cold here; summer is over and mantids dont over-winter... sadly, the male has already died, and I think the female is headed that direction. She has been eating well until today, today she ate nothing. Even when I stabbed a fly on a skewer and waved it infront of her.. nothing. Her abdomen is getting kind of flat...all the others I have now watched expire did the same. On a brighter note she laid two egg cases while we had her and so we may very well have a couple hundred babies in the spring...

Despite the fact that I knew they had a fairly short expiration date.. I'm still very sad to think she is dying.




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QotD: How To Kick A Cold

What do you do to get rid of a cold or flu? 
Submitted by ashenflowers.

sleep, eat, take dayquil and hope the kids dont get it too......

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Vox Hunt: My Favorite Animal

Show us your favorite animal.
Inspired by the Emporer.


horses...    . .. but really all manner of pets and such....


the horses at my house are Cat (Catriona) and PonyJoe




Cat is a thoroughbred mare and Joe is a little gaited pony, we got him free to a good home for the kids to learn with and for Cat to have a buddy out in the pasture.

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QotD: My First Gig

What was your very first job? 
Submitted by Laurel.

babysitting of course!! After that my first job, which is comon here, was detasseling corn! And its a misserable job..... especially in the mud. After that I started working at Girl Scout camps for summer jobs, and I loved camp...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

QotD: Save It For A Rainy Day

What's the best way to spend a rainy day?
Submitted by Vee.

cuddled up on the couch as a family watching movies or playing playstation games... (we never play the ps2) so its fun to do once in awhile..

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Sunday, October 8, 2006

QotD: Mmm...Brunch

What do you like to make or order for brunch?


Not that I go to Brunch regularly.. but when the rare occation arises I usually want lunch and breakfast food.. so I go for eggs or biscuits and gravy and roast beef or or chicken or something...

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Friday, October 6, 2006

QotD: The Day I Met My BFF(s)

How did you meet your best friend(s)?

lots of ways..

My very best friend is my husband and we met at college. Both on teh PAS team (think college FFA) there is a computer contest, a debate, a scholastic bowl and some other aggie acedemic contests...

My best girlfriend was also met in college, we showed up at teh the barn to do "foal watch" which at our little hick aggie school meant you spent the night sleeping in the class room in the barn and you got up every hour to check on the pregnant mare to look for any signs she was going to drop her foal anytime soon.  we showed up for this adventure wearing practically identical clothing  both with our cars full of our bedding, a radio, a deck of cards, snacks,  tapes and cd's to listen too and a couple books to read.. and we both left it all out in the car until we knew just how much crap the other person had brought. We were already friends, but this solidified the kindred soul thing.

I also have another kindred spirit from college met in the Equine program

 and kindred spirit highschool met in choir drama and such

and a kindred spirit met on the internet(on a book fan website). a couple of those actually...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

QotD: My Ambitious Wish List


What are 5 things you'd like to accomplish in the next 5 years?


 I've been thinking about this one since I first read it, I'm not very good at making goals and plans  that fall into a middle range.. I'm good with short term; this week or month... and long term.. I want to raise happy healthy kids..  but 5 years? I'm not good with that what do you see yourself doing in 5 years or 10 years... but I'll give it a shot..

1.Debt-free. The Business and the Personal Finances ... save the house, maybe a car loan and a loan on a truck.... but no credit cards... at least no running balances..we have so learned our lesson on those.. and that lesson just keeps biting us in the butt.


2.I'd like to have a dslr nice camera nice lenses and enough of a small business on the side to support my own habit. I like to  photograph kids and I'd like to be good at it so I could give to others those same special pictures I have of my own kids where I look at them and think that is so Ian or that is so Jamie

3. to be honest I'd like the computer to keep up with the photography.... I dont want to be irritated that the computer is 5+ years old and slower than molasses in winter

4.I'd like to have a few things done on the property, there are alot of very longterm projects.. but I'd like to convert the corn crib into a barn, and have our fence in the process of being redone...we will have to replace it a peice at a time.. but in 5 years I'd like to think we would have started....

5. In 5 years I'd like to have enough of a comfortable income to have a 15th anniversary party.. and invite every person I know and not worry about what it would set us back.. just have a good time. I'd like to have a Tenth Anniversary party in May.. but I dont know that it will happen... and fitting back into my wedding dress would be such a bonus.. but I think that is goal #6


Well I guess once I got started it wasn't as hard as I thought....

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Old photo, New trick

old dog new trick...


sometimes after I have found a new trick I like to go back and find an old picture to try it on...

I like this effect on this picture.

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so... why dont we at least compare apples to apples

I received an email the other day witht he title of "dont buy it" all about the USPS releasing a muslim Christmas stamp this holiday season. The picture of the stamp is a blue stamp with gold design, islamic script? in the shape of a triangle(i think). The email goes on to complain about the Ten Commandments not being allowed on any federal buildings. The Originator of the email has failed to notice that for how many years the Blessed Virgin Mother and the Christ Child have graced US Postage at Christmas Time, as has St. Nicholas. (Whether or not everyone veiws him as a religious figure there are many who do.) And it seems they have also forgotten that the USPS issues Hannukah stamps.  I'd like to tell you the email didn't go on, but it did reminding us of how many Muslim bombings have terrorized our country. (I wont list them here) Apparently we are back to blaming the entire Muslim community for the acts of a zealous few; while we are at it lets blame all teh Catholics for the acts or a few radical prolifers, or maybe we could still hold a grudge against the jews for crucify-ing Christ.....


Lets take away everybodies Chistmas/Hannukah/Holiday/Seasonal Stamps..  better yet lets outlaw stamps all together.



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Sunday, October 1, 2006

QotD: Strike Up The Band

Do you play any musical instruments?

Not really I played Clarinet in grade school and high school, and in high school I took up the tenor sax, because our tiny little band needed another deep "voiced" supporting instrament... and 2/3 of the band played flute or clarinet.. I liked it very much. to be background, and low harmony and support, rather than to be the melody and visible...

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QotD: Name That Horse

You've been through the desert on a horse with no name.  Except your horse does have a name.  What is it? 
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If I'd been through the desert on a horse it would be on one i've known well, and so it would be on Cat (short for Catriona) or Bob....  Cat is the mare I currently own, and Bob was a horse I borrowed for school, in a heartbeat I'd have bought Bob had I had the money, sadly I lost track of Bob, or try to buy him now just for his golden years.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

QotD: Surprise!

Do you like surprises?

not really so much.... especially when the suprise is my alarm clock informing me it is 6am and I fell asleep with the kids so chances are pretty good that the school uniform is still in the washer because it did not crawl into the dryer under its own power.



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Thursday, September 28, 2006

I think I have been behind this person all week

This was sent to me in an email full of jokes about aging, and I recognize this person as the driver who has been in front of me all this week.....
I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees Fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.
*shakes head* I swear it was her... but all I could see was her white hair at steering wheel..... her face was too low for me to see....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

QotD: I'm Grateful For...

Let's make a list.  What are 20 things in your life that you're grateful for? 
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1. My Boys; Scott, Ian and Jamie

2.  My Family

3. a God who loves me, unconditionally.

4. Candied Ginger

5. a roof over my head

6. bills that get paid.. late some times.. but get paid

7. heat, electricity,  a computer and a cel phone

8. music .... music .... music

9. all the beasties I share my life with.

10. sunrise and sunset

11. Autumn

12. chocolate

13. coffee (with cream)

14. my health, however relative that is

15. flowers, monach butterflies, buckeye trees

16. who I am

17. that my life has been without a major tradgedy

18. big orange daisies

19. Mops, other mommies, anyone who smiles and waves as I pass them in my car.

20. a car that runs... yeah its a rusty beast, but it runs.

21. everyday above ground 

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

QotD: Right Before I Doze Off

What's the last thing you usually do or think about before you fall asleep?

By the timeI'm in bed I really really try to stop thinking and just let go of the day and go to sleep.

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Sweet Clover

White clover, red clover and alfalfa all grow wild in the ditches around here; and when the state or county mows the ditches it smells fabulous, absolutely fabulous.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

QotD: Reach Out

Is there a friend who you owe a phonecall or email? What's stopping you?

oh.. there are a few friends... none of whom want me to call at 6am when its fresh on my mind or at 2 am when i wake up in the night  remembering it....


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120 at least....

Yesterday there where at least 120 monarches in the tree outside... their #'s are increasing... I am beginning to get paranoid they wont leave for Mexico, and they will freeze to death in my yard.... and then from now on all the other butterflies will fly right past and wisper.. "no no dont stop there that was the scene of the frozen death of 2006" I'm weird .. I know it .... if you have read any of the rest of my blog you should know it too...

Yesterday was a nice warm day, and I'm not sure (the butterfies moved to a different tree) it is possible some have left, I have done enough research to know they cant fly if their body temp is below 55degrees, and its been quite chilly while they are here but we have had two or three nice warm sunny days and I was suprised on those days they did not leave.... Unless they snuck off without me seeing and the population here has been rotating since I first noticed them...  I dont know the answers,, and I'm working on not letting the need to know the answers detract from the joy of having these amazing guests in my yard. I do hope thy come back next year.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

QotD: It's All In My Head

What movie can you quote by heart?
Submitted by clamhead.


The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast(Disney), and a healthy share of Everafter.



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Friday, September 22, 2006

QotD: This Is When I'm At My Best

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

a little of both... when I'm used to getting up in the morning I can be an incredible annoying morning person.. mainly because as soon as i'm awake and alert i'm gregarious....  but if i'm on a creative bent I can stay up til the wee hours sewing beading or somesuch thereby effectivley gagging that morning person and locking them in a small prison for a few days.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

QotD: I'm Crafty

What's the last thing you crafted, constructed or created yourself?


most likely a photographic clay tile pendant... or a beaded phone charm... or.. a card  or a name tag for Mops.. ....   I'm not really sure...

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

What you can do without kids in the car

You can stop at an old cemetary on a busy street close to a prison, and take pictures without worrying something will happen to them..... I know I couldnt get away with stopping with them in the car but everyday we drive past this little cemetary with this old iron fence... and today.. miracle of all.. I was alone.... I had the camera... and I thought to stop....

this one is my favorite of the few I got to take.

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QotD: The Best Part of Summer '06

What was the highlight of your summer?
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All the things we learned about our property. This was our first summer in thias new house on this property. and we learned what was growing where, good and bad. We learned about all the little beasties sharing our lives, Bunnies field mice, spiders, Preying Mantids, moths and butterflies. Two rogue kitties adopted us. We played out side in our yard, We had a couple of nice picnics. Just having this be our first summer here. A summer of discovery and making this place home is the highlight.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

QotD: Let's Go There

What's your favorite vacation destination?

Aanyplace I can go that isnt here and return to here safely?

Really I'm very very partial to Walt Disney World. We went every other summer when I was growing up. One of the reasons I'm partial to it is the memories from family vacations but I'm always amazed and delighted by the imagineering of the parks. and sometimes I wish I'd have had the guts to think I could have survived the right college classes and programs to become an Imagineer.


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Sunday, September 17, 2006

QotD: Talk To Me

What's your favorite foreign accent?

British, Irish, Scottish... that genral area of the world.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

QotD: Collector's Item

What do you collect?

model horses and other horsey things...

and unique jewelry... at least when I worked in a gift shop   I did .. and beads... to make my own jewelry :)


and a few other things.. this and that

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Butterfly Dance ~ Quadrille

Last night on my way back into the house after I looked for the cat, I noticed a 4-butterfly Butterfly Dance being performed in front of me. When they lighted on the tree branch, I was amazed to see the branch flutter with about 10 more sets of wings.

So rather than a quadrille it was a  butterfly drill team... a fifty member drill team.


A small flock? herd? gaggle? of Monarch Butterflies are hanging out in one of my Black Walnut trees (a few in the juniper right next to it) Tonight I counted 54. While most of them where still.. this afternoon I counted 47. I don't know if they are using us as a way-station or if they are all from right close and they are gathering to fly to Mexico together... but seeing them all hanging out  here in my yard is just about the coolest thing I've seen in "nature" in a long long time. Aside from the Butterfly house in Souix Falls South Dakota it is the most butterflies I have seen in one place. ever. I don't know how long they will stick around, or if they will .. today was nice and warm and I expected they would be gone... but they have been here for 24 hours at least....




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Thursday, September 14, 2006

QotD: Words To Live By

What's your motto?


Breathe Deep, Seek Peace. 

Breathe Deep, Fly High.


and I came across this on an email, trying to keep it in mind during my daily life.

~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

QotD: Better on the Big Screen

If you could watch any movie on the big screen right at this moment, what would it be?

Beauty and the Beast, I wanted very much to see it on Imax when it was back out for that, but I never got to, it didnt fit in our time or budget to go see it.



aside from that.. i migth like to see Everafter on the big screen I never got to, and its one of my favorites. A few other faves i never have seen on the big screen Knight's Tale and A League of their Own are good bets. and really any thing Disney Old or new.

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Do people really pay so little attention?

There have been two stingrays killed and eight others mutilated, presumably as revenge for the death of Steve Irwin.

Do people pay so little attention to what the man was really about behind that goofy wild grin and the heavily accented "Crikey!" that they fail to realize this is the very last thing he would have wanted. And his family, is probably not comforted by it in the least. Did they not read a single news story that said, "peaceful fish", "freak accident", "passionate about wildlife rescue", or "leaves a legacy". And can you really be considered a fan of the man if you do not understand him, his vision or his work? or rather are you just some putz running around using this tragic accident as a reason to torture animals... thus indicating you probably need therapy or psycho analysis before you move on to people.... its hard not to hope a stingray gets one of these morons.

Sad... much more sad that the accident that took Steve Irwin's life. And he is probably sitting next to St. Francis and shaking his head and saying "did I teach them nothing?, did they even listen to me?"

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Monday, September 11, 2006

QotD: Reflecting on September 11th

What are your personal memories of September 11th?

The day after Ian's First Birthday..... I remember I was taking Ian to the eye Doctor, and we had to rush to get ready so I didnt have the TV on or the radio, until we got in the car. I remeber teh radio station mentioned briefly the first tower had been hit, and then they went back to their same old thing musically. It wasn't until my Mom called me to tell me what the news was saying; that it looked intentional rather than accidental, that I began to realize the gravity of the situation. We met at teh doctor office and everyone was standing around watching it on the TV, we could not take our eyes off of it...

But frankly we could not do anything about it.. so after the doctor visit we ran a couple errands, but not to the mall it was closed... all malls where considered targets...  I think they sent all the employees home from Caterpillar too. after we got home we wathced it for the rest of the day, I remember very vividly the talk of being prepared for triage only to realize there was no one to triage after the first few hours... those who didnt get out and away didnt make it.

Then I remember the stories that began to come out. The pres. of Cantor Fitzgerald (sp?), who took his son to his first day of school and because of that was the only one not killed from his company. The two brothers making the documentary at one of the fire houses that one had to wait to see if his brother had made it. The "let's roll" story. The heart breaking thoughts that some mother like me was looking at her baby trying to figure out how she would press on with her life now that her husband was gone....

I taped some of the coverage at the time so that one day Ian would be able to watch it if he wanted too. I don't know if anything afterward can do justice the surreal and frightening feeling of the day itsself... I truly hope this is the most aweful thing to happen to the US in my son's lifetime.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

QotD: I Get Around

How many places have you lived in your life?

Aside from the last 2 years of college I've never lived out of the state of Illinois (and those 2 years I was in Indiana). In the state I have lived in 7 different towns, that includes college. (a year in Bloomington and 2 in Kewanee) The run down of the rest is Peoria, Washington, Woodhull, Galesburg, Cameron.  Nothing exciting. And as much as I would love to visit or live for a short time somewhere else, I wouldnt sacrafice living near family to do it and frankly Illinois is home to me.....

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Birthday Cake

I made my son a cake for his birthday. I was thinking about how our tastes change as we age. On wednesday I made a cake for my birthday, for cake and "frosting" it was about 10$ in baking chocolate, three total sticks of butter, six eggs and 3/4 cup of sugar. (flourless cake) I was fabulous.... I took it to a Mommy group.. where other chocolate lovers could enjoy it with me. and I still have quite a bit of it.


But my son wanted a firefighter birthday. (we do family parties, no schoolmates yet) so knowing we wouldnt be have an excess of firefighter decorations or hates and such i made a firetruck cake. All I know about decorating cakes I learned from my Mother, she had taken classes and actually made cakes to sell when I was younger, and everyyear we got to decide what to have on our cake. very little was out of the question. It was one of the great things about birthdays.

So... I thought firetruck how hard can it be?

Honestly.... the hardest part was making the red frosting.... it takes about $5 in red food coloring to get red frosting.... Oy veh.

the rest of it was fun :)




I finished everything but the oreo wheels, candy control and candy lights, and went to bed. The boys helped me finish it the next morning :)


I can take the car door apart to fix the window, but my husband was much more impressed by this.... go figure.

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