Saturday, August 25, 2007


Thursday was the first day of school for the kids. It was rough to have to get up early, we didn't maintain that over the summer.  All the way to school "J", told me he did not want to go. got out of the truck pouting, and would not stand for a picture at the school door.

We walked "I" to his room dropped off the classroom supplies, and then, I walked "J" to his room. He pouted still, but we went in and I asked his teacher to mark his name on his box, because I had forgotten. and he began to play with a new classmate. Pouting over. "J" is in a Pre-K Montessori class, and while they will be all day everyday, their first day was only an hour. "J" and I had about 2 hours to kill before "I" was out; we went to Target, to buy a gallon of milk and a couple other things. No milk. And I forgot that "I" needed a belt for his school uniform. So after we picked up "I" LATE!!! we returned to Target. (we were late because all the notes home for half day dismissal said 11 and they actually got out at 10:45. Thank God I wasn't the only one late. about 75% of the parents where late.

Back to Target to buy a belt. Then onto the grocery store for milk. And then, we headed to Farmking. Normally we would dally through FarmKing, go look at toys wander through the clearance area, but since we had a gallon of milk in the car we went to the horse feed grabbed what we needed and headed for the cat food, where I debated about which dog food to get the farm cats. They catch mice and birds and so they get enough protein from that, even when we bought them cat food they preferred the dog's food. I figure they know best and if they prefer dog food there is a reason.

We made our purchases and hopped back into the truck.  (We are currently driving a borrowed Ford pickup with a bench seat)  So the bags of feed and food had to go in the back of the truck. We turned West out  FarmKing's lot to face a huge storm front.  Normally we would have 20 minutes or more to get home before a front I could see to the west would hit us.. not so this time. That sucker was moving fast, we raced it home so I could get the feed out of the truck before it got soaked. I barely made it, the sideways rain soaked me in a matter of a couple minutes while I put the feed away. And the wind made it nearly impossible to get back into the truck , I could hardly get the door open.

We pulled up to teh house and sat there debating what to do. "J" was terribly upset and wanted to go in the house, and so in the end we made a run for it. All 3 of us getting soaked on the way. Once inside we pulled off our wet clothes, pulled on something dry, and in a matter of less than 5 minutes the storm had passed.

Its a good thing we had a gallon of milk in the car, or we'd have been longer in Farm King, we might not have gotten in our driveway, or worse we might have been in just the wrong place at the wrong moment.

Thank God it fell on the driveway not the power lines.

In addition to that tree,  one of our maples lost a big limb , right down on the place our little tin shed, used to be. The shed is now in the middle of my pasture. Upside down. And a few smaller limbs littered the driveway.

What a day for the first day of school. The Second day was canceled, due to power outages all over town.... "J" is sure he doesn't have to go back. Oy.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

QotD: This One Time...

Did you go to summer camp?  Which one?  What did you enjoy doing? 
Submitted by Something Else.

Went to Girl Scout camp every summer. and I loved everything, (except the latrines.. but I tolerated those)

Loved hiking, canoing, horseback riding, sleeping outside, cooking on a fire... yea loved it all.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Help! I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody...

Cleaning house is good. I found my Beatles Anthology cd's. I did not realize how much I missed them. and I did miss them. I have been subjecting my children to John, Paul, George and Ringo all day. I do think they might think I'm crazy... I suppose I should get used to it, they will think I'm a nut sooner or later.

Anthology 1 Anthology 2

And with the advent of Ebay, finding the third set is no longer practically impossible!!

Mwa ha ha!!!!!

Whenever i hear HELP! I think of the Beatles cartoon; I can still see the animated Ringo being spun around really fast. I wonder there are any bits of that show on youtube...

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QotD: What My Name Means

What does your name mean and why did your parents choose it for you? 
Submitted by mommy2two.

I think I have posted about this before, I was named for a family friend that my parents where staying with while Mom was pregnant. Uncle Phil. Not actually related but life long friend to my Mom's brother Uncle Ralph. both physically disabled. Uncle Phil had had Polio,  He had trouble walking and after awhile wound have to use a wheelchair.

 He lived in Orlando and the family stayed with him every time we went to Disney. The visit while my Mom was pregnant was a nightmare, Mom hemorrhaged and had all sorts of scares and was in and out of the ER in Orlando. all the while Dad going with her leaving Uncle Phil with my 3.5 year old brother and 2.5 year old sister.

At any rate having had no name picked out before that adventure, my Mom wanted to name me after Uncle Phil, and I was very nearly Phyllis Michelle (the feminine of Phillip Micheal), but my Dad was quite opposed to the name Phyllis, so .. Michelle it was. and still is. 

Uncle Phil died while I was pregnant with my second child. And I tacked Phillip onto the name we had chosen, giving him a second middle name, in memory of Uncle Phil.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It's over and we didn't do anything...

or so it seems. Summer is over, the kids go to school next Thursday, and we did not do all those things we where going to do over the summer. granted one of my thoughts was to goecache in our area, and I didn't get a hold of a gps unit so we could do that. maybe next summer we can. plus I really did not want to drive anywhere I really didn't have to.  Mostly, the kids have been playing inside and outside, and just being kids. I feel like  that really is enough. They should get to just be kids for the summer, but the worried mommy niggle wonders if the summer reading program was enough mental stimulation, should we have done more? flash cards hand writing practice, counting and basic addition... This is not me.. I dont know where that demon worried mommy niggle came from, but I'm not a worrywart-competitive-my child is smarter than yours kinda girl, and I dont want to be..

... I'm the first to admit that even though I think my kids are the cutest in the world,  I'm obviously biased and rightly so.. they are mine, I should think they are the cutest and the best, even when they drive me crazy. That is what it is to be the Mommy.

But this paranoia that maybe we should have  been homeschooling for the summer and doing more than we did? what is this? I spent my summers playing outside, going to the local pool, and later sprinkling in summer camp and I LOVED it. why would I think it wasn't enough for my kids to have the same freedom? maybe its the lack of water time? we lived at a lake until I was almost 5 then we lived down the street from the pool, I have been able to swim ever since I can remember, and I have always been comfortable in the water or above it in a boat. We barely went swimming this summer.  and that bothers me.  I want a pool in my yard, big enough for the kids to learn to be comfortable in the water. and big enough to have friends over... (it just takes money right?)  maybe if I start digging a swimming hole in the pasture now I'll be half done by the first frost....   LOL

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Friday, August 10, 2007

What are we teaching our children?

As someone who has been working to pay off credit card debt for the last 7 years, I am annoyed by Visa's current ad campaign, "life moves fast; you must have a visa card because writing checks slows down and angers everyone around you. And what are you thinking using cash?? no one in retail knows how to count out change, and they should not have to by goodness!!! "

Unlike, the clever mastercard "Priceless" campaign the visa campaign is about guilt trips, and those campaigns never sit well with me anyway. But my son now thinks we need a visa card because paying cash is just such a hassle on tv. and a friend's daughter comments about the lady who made everyone sad because she wrote a check. We have both had to explain to our children that chances are the people using their visa cards in the ads will be paying for their gardening supplies, newspapers and cups of coffee for the next 30 years.  Maybe its beneficial they hear it now, rather than learning it all the hard way like some of have.

 I dont think my lessons are sticking as solidly as the one visa is drilling into our children, maybe I should put my comments to music, and dance around with an umbrella, and a cart full of flowers.

What commercials annoy you?

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007


So, the random because we live in the country power outages have fried my printer somehow.I don't know exactly how. It gets enough power for the power light to flicker red, showing that something is amiss. there is no paper jam, no paper in the printer and no one at HP email us for help tech support can be bothered to actually read the emails I have written so as to answer my actual questions.

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Monday, August 6, 2007

QotD: Past Five Working Years

How many jobs have you had in the past five years? Where and what did you do? 
Submitted by M.

One Job. Mommy, for the past five years. And all being mommy entails, chauffeur, chef, house keeper, tushy wiper, personal paparazzi, toy truck driver, toy mechanic, laundress, head snuggle beast,  . etc etc..  

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