Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!



Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2009!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Planning...

this coming spring's garden.

I'm so excited!!! I've requested several seed/plant catalogs, so that I can begin laying out what I want to plant this year. I made notes of what didn't work and what did. I'm thinking that I'll be using a lot of hearts & flowers and wandering jew in my pots, as these two plants can take the heat, humidity and a little neglect and still look gorgeous throughout the summer into fall.

I plan to take advantage of most nice (aka warmer) days this winter to get out to clean up and prep my flower beds. There are a couple of plants that I need to move because they didn't do well in the spot I planted them last spring. Oh well, live and learn.

I really need to look at incorporating some hardscapes into my yard. However, I really don't know where to begin. I love birdbaths and sculptures, but I'm not sure how to place them in the beds. I suppose that I need to do some more research.

Maybe this year, I'll do a better job of documenting my work and post them here.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas...



From our house to yours!

Thank You!

My Mom and Dad sent this to us for Christmas! I have always wanted a Nativity set, but never seemed to find one I liked. Mom found this one made in the town they live in and it's gorgeous!


Thank you, Mom & Dad, for a wonderful Christmas Gift.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Peace and quiet...almost

It's so quiet in the house.

Hubby has taken the children out to do some Christmas shopping.

I suppose I should take this opportunity to wrap some presents or...

throw in a load of wash or...

tidy the kitchen or...

put my feet up and relax.

Hmmm...I'm leaning toward the last one.

Note: Hubby and the kids were gone less than an hour.

For the Moms!

To all the moms! Enjoy!!!

The Mom Song from Northland Video on Vimeo.

Monday, December 22, 2008

TSO - Amazing!

We took the kids to see Trans Siberian Orchestra in Nashville yesterday. I've always loved their music and have wanted to see them live for years. This is turned out to be my year. Woot!



About a month ago, I happened to be looking at their website and saw that they were playing in Nashville. Hubby and I thought it would be a great surprise for the kids. They didn't know that we were going until this past Friday. I managed to keep it a secret for a WHOLE month.

My daughter mentioned one morning on the way to school that she'd really like to see TSO in concert. I was so tickled because she didn't know that I'd already bought tickets. It took all my self-control not to tell her that we were going.

They thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was their first arena concert. They've been to Big Spring Jam many times, but we thought they'd really enjoy seeing a performance in this venue. We may just have to make this an annual event!

*Thanks to NomadSnaps for the clip. This was the same group of performers that we saw in Nashville.

Friday, December 19, 2008

They're going to be late...

I am soooo slow in getting out our Christmas cards. I'm never this late in getting out our Christmas cards. In fact, Hubby and I just finished taking and editing the pictures that we're going to choose from for our card.

What do you think?

This one is my favorite.



This is Hubby messing with the picture angle. It turned out quite well.


The kids had just finished goofing around and we were all laughing pretty hard.


They are growing up way too fast. However, they're becoming wonderful, well-behaved young adults. If I do say so myself...and I do.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Four more days...


'til Christmas Break!

I...

Cannot...

Wait!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Da Boy!



Sigh...

Last night was the middle school's band concert. My son plays tuba in the advanced band. He's in the 8th grade, so they get to wear the tux shirt, bow tie and dress slacks. He looks so grown up.

I'm not ready for both of my children to be in high school.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Always Learning!

Today, I created my own ringtones! I'm so excited. See, I'm not very tech savvy - but I am learning.

I had to replace my Blackberry Pearl because the trackball quit working and it would erase things on it's own. I'd only had it a couple of months - very frustrating!

Anyway, I received my new phone on Friday and wanted to put ringtones on it. Now, I can create my own ringtones without having to spend a lot of money. WooHoo!!!

Now, I'm dangerous.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Take a deep breath and countdown from ten...

I'm home sick today. It seems every year the week after Thanksgiving my family catches something. This year it's a stomach virus - definitely NOT fun and very inconvenient. I've got tons of stuff to do, but just don't feel like it! So, I'm reading my favorite blogs today. I borrowed this one from Tense Teacher. Thanks, Tense!

So, take a deep breath and enjoy...

TEN things you wish you could say to TEN different people right now:
1. Hold on while I get something to write with.
2. Your face is gonna freeze that way.
3. I'm so glad that you're my friend!
4. It makes no difference to me who you're related to.
5. If you are so unhappy here, find another job.
6. You are a dear friend, but some of the things you do/say irritate a lot of people.
7. Who died and left you boss!
8. Take a deep breath. The first year is the most difficult.
9. Stay away from me, you give me the heebee geebees!
10. Relax

NINE things about yourself:
1. I'm a neat freak!
2. I have to wash my face before bed, no matter how tired I am.
3. I love to cook, although, I don't always have the time.
4. The computer sometimes rules my day.
5. When my feelings are hurt, I withdraw.
6. My neck turns reds when I get upset.
7. I don't like to go to the mall to shop, I prefer the internet.
8. I love to be at home.
9. I always have smile, no matter what's going on or how I feel.

EIGHT ways to win your heart:
1. Tell me that you love me often, even though I know that you do.
2. Talk to me.
3. Offer to help without being asked.
4. Hold me.
5. Just let me vent and I'll feel better.
6. Intercept the kids when you hear them call "Mom."
7. Call me during the day just to say "hi".
8. ...

SEVEN things that cross your mind a lot:
1. My Husband
2. Good grief, is it 5:30a already?
3. What mood is my boss in today?
4. I forgot what I came in here for.
5. Where's my cell phone?
6. I've got tons of things to do...later. ;)
7. I really need to exercise today.

SIX things you do before you fall asleep:
1. Straighten the living room/kitchen
2. Check see that the humidifiers have water
3. Wash face/moisturize
4. Tell my kids goodnight!
5. Go potty one last time
6. Give Hubby kiss goodnight

FIVE people you couldn’t live without:
1. Hubby
2. The Girl
3. The Boy
4. Mom
5. Dad

FOUR things you’re wearing right now:
1. White & pink running shoes (not that I'm a runner, ya know!)
2. Black sweatpants
3. Christmas sweatshirt
4. Glasses

THREE songs that fit your life perfectly:
1. "Everything" - Michael Buble'
2. "Let's Play Two" - The Gin Blossoms
3. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin

TWO things you want to do before you die:
1. Visit Italy
2. See my children happily married with children!

ONE confession:
1. I really need to lose some weight so that I can come off the bp meds.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Look at this!

Forecast Update
WHNT TV Weather
Huntsville, Alabama
4:48pm, Sunday, 30 Nov. 2008
WHNT Meteorologist
Dan Satterfield

Forecast for Monday, 12/1:

Light Snow Showers
High: 39
Low: 34
Our first winter precip comes early this season!
Tonight we'll have a very light mix of rain & snow. Surface temperatures are too warm for it to stick. The winds pick up tonight as well: Westerly at 10-15 and gusts as much as 25mph. Low: 34.
On Monday: Bundle up. It's going to be cold and windy with a few light snow showers. The highest temperature will be 39 degrees with westerly winds up to 15 mph and possible gusts as much as 30mph. It is possible to see a dusting on grassy ridge tops.
Monday night: Cloudy & Cold 28.

Let's see if it really happens! If it does, I'll post some pictures.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!!!

Thanksgiving preparations are in full swing here at AZn8tive house!

Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday. It's because it meant that my entire family gathered at my grandmother's house to enjoy some wonderful cooking and conversation. This will be my first Thanksgiving without my grandmother. While it makes me sad, I know that she's smiling and enjoying all the preparations with us. I wish that my parents and brother & sister-in-law could be here with us in person, but they'll be here in spirit. Love you!!!

I hope that this Thanksgiving finds you spending it with the ones that mean the most to you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sigh...

There are days I wish that my almost-16 year old daughter was a toddler. At least then she didn't argue, cop an attitude all the time, I could put her down for a nap when she really needed it or just hold her until she calmed down. Alas, I must learn to deal with the wild mood swings and I'm not doing a very good job at it right now. I don't remember having such mood swings, although, I'm sure that I had my fair share of them.

But, my goodness! I get whiplash just talking to her sometimes.

I know that I've only got her at home for a few more years, so I will do my best to handle the swings. Hopefully, I'll get better at it.

But right now...

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.

Decorating for Christmas!

It's time to start the decorating!

And I thought I'd start here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thinking Meme

Blatantly stolen from WmsWm.

If your doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say?
Interesting question - With both pregnancies, I told my doctor not the other way around. However, my current response would be: You're kidding, right?! That's after being revived from my faint.

When was the last time you flew in a plane? July 2008

What did the last text message you sent say?
Thanks! When did he call

What features do you find most attractive in the preferred sex?
Sense of humor, kind heart, intellect

What is a goal you would like to accomplish in the near future?
I'm going to focus on finishing a window treatment this weekend.

What is your shoe size? 7.5

Have you ever been to Mexico? Yes...well, if Tijuana counts.

When is the last time you had a massage?
I've never had a professional massage, but Hubby is quite good in that department.

What was the last TV show you watched?
Fresno State 24 vs. San Jose State 10

What are your plans for the weekend?
Today: Going in search of a winter coat for myself; picking up a few things at the grocery; experimenting with cornbread dressing recipes and watching college football. Sunday: Laundry; watching NFL football and going to see Twilight with my girlfriends (daughter doesn't want to see it).

If your significant other asked you to marry them TODAY what would you say?
Yes

What is in the back seat of your car right now?
Umbrella and an old beach towel.

What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
It's not 8 yet, but I'll be surfing the net.

If you could marry any celebrity today who would it be?
Alive: George Clooney. Dead: Cary Grant

Have you ever been to a strip club? No

What is the best ice cream flavor?
My homemade vanilla ice cream; the kind you cook first, then freeze.

What is the last sporting event you watched?
Fresno State 24 vs. San Jose State 10

Who is the last person you sent a comment/message to on myspace/facebook?
Don't do myspace/facebook.

Have you ever been camping? Yes and will never go again!

What did the last text message you received say? call me

Where is your mom right now? Thatcher, Arizona

What color is your watch?
Silver & gold with a black face - my 40th birthday gift.

Who did you last talk to on the phone? Hubby

Are you allergic to anything? Betadine & all sulfa drugs

Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
A pair of black ballet flats I bought at Kohls.

What is one thing you have learned about life recently?
To be mindful of others actions. We have another drama brewing at work. Ugh!

Do you own an iPod? An mp3, but it's not an IPOD.

Do any of your friends have children? Yes

What do you do at work?
What don't I do! My official job is running the computer lab at school, but I also tutor, answer phones, distribute mail,etc.

Who was your last kiss?
Hubby, before bed last night. He's still asleep as I write.

How did you get one of your scars?
Hahahaha! How can I pick just one? I'm such a klutz. Do stretch marks count? 'Cuz I acquired those from both pregnancies.

What is your mom’s name? Nancy

Are you ticklish? Yes

Have you ever cried for no reason?
Ummm...yes, I'm a hormonal female.

Have you ever broken a bone?
My right ankle, just above the growth point.

Do you have any piercings? Yes, both ears. Twice.

Have you ever changed clothes while driving?
Don't remember if I have ever done that.

Have you ever cleaned up someone else’s vomit?
When you become a parent, it's part of the job description.


What was the last thing you ordered at McDonald’s?
Diet Coke & fries in Adairsville, GA in September.

Can you do the Crank Dat dance? Huh? What's that?

What is your favorite color to wear?
Black; brown; pink; and of course, blue jeans.

What is the longest plane ride you have ever been on?
Huntsville to Phoenix via Atlanta, 6 hours.

What is the longest road trip you have ever taken?
Huntsville to Thatcher, AZ (door-to-door): 3,094 miles. I think we turned the kids off on road trips with that one.

What are your turn-offs?
Blatant disregard for others and their feelings; dishonesty.

What was your first alcoholic beverage?
B&J wine cooler - I was a wimp.

What was your last alcoholic beverage? Rum & Diet Coke

What are you craving right now? Coffee

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tag!

WooHoo!!! I've been tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, FarmChick! I'm honored. :) Anyway, I'm supposed to select 7 random/weird things about myself. Hmmm...now which ones to pick.

1. I used to clean my house top to bottom every Tuesday. I'm not sure why I picked Tuesday. Maybe because it's not Monday?! Since I went back to work, I do a little cleaning each day.

2. Cardinals are my favorite bird, followed closely by owls.

3. I haven't read the final installment in the Harry Potter series.

4. Tossed about the idea of naming our daughter, Calvin, to go along with our cockapoo, Hobbes.

5. I love hazelnuts!

6. I still have the bunny my mom bought me when I was 2. She's pretty ragged now!

7. I'm addicted to wrought iron and metal works. Hubby keeps threatening to reinforce the floor if I come home with anymore.

My instructions are to include the 4th picture from my 4th file. Enjoy!



It really does snow in Southern Arizona!

I hope that Saintseester and WmWms will play along, too.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Law Enforcement goes Pink!

Check this out: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arapaio makes all the prisoners wear pink undies.



I thought this was a great idea when it first hit the news several years ago. Sheriff Joe, also, has the prisoners sleep in tents and eat bologna sandwiches at lunch and dinner, or so the story goes.

Gotta love him!

This is so me...

funny pictures of cats with captions


Especially in the morning taking my kids to school. Lordy, but there are a bunch of crazy drivers here.

However, I need to be careful because I have an impressionable, new driver in the house. Sometimes, she's worse than me.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering...

those who serve and those who have served.


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What was she thinking?



Michelle Obama is a very elegant woman and usually dresses the part. However, I do have to question her choice of dress on election evening. This dress is so unattractive.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day!



Make your voice heard.

Cast your vote today!

If you choose not to, please keep your opinions to yourself. The rest of us don't want to hear it!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Football

This past Saturday, my daughter, C, was invited to the Alabama-Arkansas State game by her boyfriend, M, and his parents. Much to my amazement...she wanted to go, but not because it was a football game. ;) See - the girl is not a football fan. What's that you say?! Not a football fan? Nope...she's not. I find it hard to believe, as Hubby and I love football. But I digress...

She was able to spend the entire day with her boyfriend. He and his parents came to get her at 7:30am and returned her to us, safe and sound, at 11:00pm. C had a BLAST! She got to experience football at it's best - an undefeated team's homecoming game where they shut out their opponent 35-0. She said the half-time show was fantastic. The food was great, too - she had a blackened chicken sandwich and dippin' dots. She and M slept on the return trip and then had pizza at his house before he brought her home.

What has amazed me the most is that I didn't even think twice about her going to the game without me or her dad. I've met her boyfriend's parents and Hubby worked with M's mom - they're very nice. I suppose it I hadn't met them she wouldn't have gone.

Sigh...she's growing up way too fast. I'm thrilled to see her so happy. Her boyfriend is a very sweet, well-mannered young man.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fabulous Fours Meme

It's been a very busy week in AzN8tive's house and I don't feel like writing. So, I stole this meme from TenseTeacher.

Four family members:
Hubby, my kids,my parents, my brother

Four places that I go to over and over:
home, school/work, Target and Costco

Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
My mom, Hubby, Saintseester, close friend/coworker

Four of my favorite places to eat:
Po'boy Factory, local mexican restaurant - Rosies, McAlister's Deli, and a local chinese restaurant

Four places I would rather be right now:
Italy, visiting my parents in Arizona, Beach, Tennessee

Four TV shows I watch over and over:
Law & Order, Nero Wolfe (on DVD), Good Eats, Desperate Landscapes

Four things in the room I’m in:
peace lily plants, computer, kitchen table & chairs, paper shredder

Four concerts I’ve been to:
Sister Hazel, Gin Blossoms, Billy Joel, Journey

Four things on my calendar:
Election Day, friend's son's birthday, Thanksgiving, dentist appointment

Four fears:
snakes, losing my family/children, what the future holds for my children, extreme heights

Four things in your purse or wallet:
eyeglass case, wallet, hand lotion, nail file

Four chores you hate doing:
dusting, mopping, cleaning windows, vacuuming the stairs

Four favorite animals:
dogs, cardinals, owls, cats

Four speed dials on your cell phone:
Hubby, daughter, son, and Mom

Four places you have called home:
Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and North Alabama

Four favorite pieces of jewelry
engagement ring, anniversary ring, diamond pendant and diamond solitaire earrings

Four websites you visit:
my blog, Saintseester's blog, Plurk, weather.com

Four people who have been in your car:
Hubby, daughter, son, Mom

Four things you are wearing:
running shoes, black yoga pants, long-sleeve t-shirt and glasses

Four things you are looking forward to:
Thanksgiving break, Thanksgiving, Christmas break, my daughter's 16th birthday

Four favorite types of candy:
Dove dark chocolate, hard peppermint candies (Starlights), Italian chocolates from Perano's, M&M's

Four sports teams you like:
Arizona State SunDevils, Tennessee Volunteers, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings

Four things found in your fridge:
Milk, variety of cheese, Hubby's beer, olives

Four rituals you do daily:
shower, brush teeth, dry/style hair, have coffee

Four things currently within reach:
cell phone, scissors, tape dispenser, headphones

Four things you know how to cook:
pot roast, focaccia, pumpkin pie (just made two) and killer chocolate chip cookies

Four Halloween costumes you’ve worn:
witch, black cat, poodle skirt, Cinderella

Hope everyone has a great first week of November!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Love days like today!

The 5 D's are appropriate for today: damp, dank, dark, dreary & dismal (to quote a local weather dude).

It's perfect weather for curling up with a good book or magazine, hot cup of coffee and a quilt. Too bad I didn't take the entire day off. Only took 1/2 day, had lunch with some friends and was home by 12:15. Had a great time at lunch, despite the food only being so-so - the conversation was wonderful.

I'd really like to have a whole weekend of the 5 D's, if only not to feel guilty about being lazy. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Have you ever...

had days (weeks) where nothing seems to go right?!

I'm having one of those weeks now - it started last Wednesday. Stressed out doesn't even begin to cover it. I just want to curl up in a little ball and cry.

Is it Friday, yet?!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Busy, Busy

This morning, the girl and I walked/ran the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. But now, I'm bushed. Must take a nap before Book Club tonight.

Off to nap!

Talk to y'all later!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Walking Chattanooga

With Fall Break winding down, we thought we'd take an overnight trip to Chattanooga. We love to walk through Downtown Chattanooga. It's eclectic, to say the least. We've done just about everything there is to do there -

Tennessee Aquarium


Hunter Museum of Art


and of course, Ruby Falls and Rock City.

This time we decided to do the culinary trip. Boy, did we EAT!

For lunch on Friday, we hit Zarzour's. It's a little hole in the wall restaurant with GREAT burgers. It's not in the best part of town, but that adds to the quirkiness of the restaurant. Everyone knows everyone else - we saw several regulars come in and the servers knew exactly what they wanted before they even sat down. Impressive!!!

After lunch, we rode the Incline Railway.
It's provides a breath-taking view of Chattanooga. While on top of the mountain, we wondered around admiring the homes and their views of the valley below. Since Hubby is a history buff, we meandered over to the Point Park Battlefield. It was sobering to think of how many men, young and old, lost their lives there. The Point Park visitor's center house an impressive mural done by James Walker, who was an eyewitness to the 'Battle Above the Clouds.' It is worth the trip up the mountain just to see this mural.

We stayed at The Read House. It was originally an inn aimed at attracting railway passengers who were traveling between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Some famous people have stayed at The Read House - Al Capone, Gary Cooper, Winston Churchill and Jefferson Davis, just to name a few. It is also reported to be haunted. Both times we've stayed there, we've had a room on the 4th floor. It didn't occur to me to request room 311 this time. Although, it probably would've freaked the kids out. Hmmm...maybe next time.

Dinner Friday night was at Big River Grille. They brew their own beers and Hubby loves to get their sampler, which is never disappointing and the food's not bad either. We eat at Big River just about everytime we go because the food is so good - if you go, try the meatloaf. It's fantastic.

By now, we are sufficiently STUFFED and decide to walk through the Art District and across the river bridge to the Northshore district and Coolidge Park. It was a lovely evening for a walk, as an added bonus we saw the ISS fly over. Very cool! Coolidge Park has an enormous, indoor carousel. Unfortunately, it was closed but we did get to admire the craftsmanship. Gorgeous!

We traipse back to the Read House and collapse. We all slept like the dead and didn't wake until 9 this morning. Very restful!!! For our final meal in Chattanooga, we hit Aretha Frankenstein's. It's in the Northshore district and is a hole in the wall, however, food is fantastic. On the our son's pancake scale, Aretha's ranked a 4 out of 5. As for the rest of us, we had some form of eggs - omelets and bacon/egg/cheese biscuit. By the way, Aretha's biscuits are to die for. Yum!!!

We're home now...recovering from our whirlwind trip. It was well worth the trip - even if it was just to eat out!

Ciao!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wondering...

why the local gas prices don't react as quickly to drops in oil prices as they do to the increases

Case in point - when Hurricane Ike was reeking havoc in the Gulf, gas prices shot up amid assurances that the supply was there to meet the demand. This spike lead to shortages in our area because people panicked. Some places in the South are still feeling the shortages. Now that there seems to be regular deliveries in our area, prices are still well above what they should be given the current oil prices (<$90/barrel). I understand that the gas stations are passing on to the consumer the price they paid per gallon; however, they have received several deliveries since the drop in oil prices.

In the area that I live, there are 3 gas stations within a square mile of each other. The price per gallon of regular unleaded gas ranges from $3.52/gallon to $3.89/gallon. The highest one has come down only $.40 in the last 2 weeks, whereas the other two have dropped twice that amount.

It's ridiculous.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This would FREAK me out!

cat

New Look...

for my girl:


Not only has she started dating, but now she looks so much older than her 15 years with her new specs and hair color. She has wanted to add some color to her hair for quite some time now. My only stipulation was that it had to look NATURAL! None of this blue or purple or jet black hair. So, today we went and had it done. It actually is darker than it appears in the picture. She calls it "Cherry Coke," which is a pretty accurate description. I think it turned out fantastic.

What do y'all think?!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sadness

I'm not sure where to begin this post.

Hubby and I found out this morning that one of his friends/co-worker passed away early Saturday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. They handled every hurdle and setback with such grace and finesse. Kevin was part of several medical trials at MD Anderson in Houston. It was his thought that even if it didn't help him, maybe...somewhere down the line, it might help someone else.

Words can't begin to express how I feel. My heart goes out to his wife and children. Not only have they lost their beloved husband and father, but they have also lost their home. Their home was in Hurricane Ike's path and was deemed unsafe last week. Deneen had talked of moving to Louisiana after Ike, but that had been put on the back burner when Kevin's health began to rapidly deteriorate.

Keeping up-to-date with how things were going with Kevin & Deneen over the last year or so has helped me to put things into perspective. Life's much too short not to be an active participant. Take the time to tell the ones that mean the most to you that you love them!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

*Sniff!

Our little girl, who is almost 16, is out on her first official date. They went to the high school football game last night, but her boyfriend was marching in the band so I don't consider that a date. He did pick her up and bring her home on-time. Bonus points!!!

This afternoon, they are going to see Eagle Eye.

Her boyfriend is really nice. Polite and quite the gentleman! He opened the car door for her. I was very impressed!!!

More to say later.

I feel really old!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mmmmm...

Now that fall is officially here, I begin to cook more meals. I don't know what it is about this time of year (and it continues on til late spring), but I feel that I need to provide my family with complete hot, sit-down dinners at least 4-5 times a week. So, last weekend I made one of their favorites - crock-pot roast & veggies and spoonbread - and I thought that I'd share my recipe with you. It's really easy.

I use a 6-qt crockpot with low/high/warm settings. My crockpot has a knob that you switch between the heating temperatures. I found that the electronic ones either got too hot or not hot enough.

Crockpot Roast & Veggies
(courtesy of my mom)

4-5 pound sirloin-tip roast, frozen
1 can Campbell's French Onion
1 can Campbell's Beefy Mushroom Soup
1 large whole onion, skin removed
water (just put some water into each of the soup cans to get all of the good stuff)
4 cups potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks
4 cups carrots, cut into bite-size chunks

Early in the day (I put it on around 10am), put the 1st five ingredients into the crockpot, set on high. Let cook 5 hours and then add the potatoes & carrots. Cook for another 2-3 hours on high, or until the potatoes are done to your liking. Take some of the liquid from the crockpot to make gravy.

About an hour before the roast & veggies are done, make your spoonbread.

Southern Spoonbread
(courtesy of my mother-in-law)

3/4 cup cornmeal (I use self-rising cornmeal.)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup boiling water
2 eggs, well beaten
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk

Combine cornmeal, salt and oil. Stir in boiling water slowly and beat until smooth. Add baking powder to beaten eggs, and combine with milk; add to cornmeal mixture stirring well. It doesn't matter if the batter is lumpy. Turn into greased casserole dish (I use an 8x8 baking dish.) Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes.

I hope that you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

P.S. I had never heard of spoonbread until I got married and moved to the South. It's really good!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Settling in...

I've just completed my second week in my new job. So far, so good. I'm really enjoying it. Especially the MUCH lower stress level - not having to deal with parents will do that. I have had several parents come tell me that they miss having me at the front desk, but understand why I moved. I don't think that if my former position opens back up that I'll go back. I like the freedom my new position affords me.

I need to educate myself on SMARTboards. There is one in every classroom, except mine and I'm in charge of the computer lab. I've played with a couple of them and they're a great idea, but the kids seem to think that they're toys. I've had to reboot one because a couple of kids were messing with it and locked the thing up. 'When all else fails, cycle power.' It worked...whew!

I'm using my downtime to learn about creating webpages, but I think writing code is a little beyond my scope of experience (and mental capacity). I'd like to get one up and running for my lab.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Yeah...I'm a dork!

Hubby sent this to me this morning. It's a good thing I didn't have any classes going on because I couldn't contain myself.



comic courtesy of Darby Conley

Bwahahahaha!




You Would Be Voted Most Popular



When you were in school, you were a very popular person.

And this means popular with every crowd, not just the cool kids.

You were friendly, active, and outgoing. You knew almost everyone.

In real life, you should be able to benefit from your great networking skills.


Ummmm...what?! Maybe now, but not in high school. I kept pretty much to myself. The only reason I know so many people is because of my previous position in the school system - elementary school receptionist. I've met EVERYONE in our community! I don't know if this is a good thing or not - but it may come in handy one day. ;)

I stole this one from saintseester.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Whine & cheese....

Y'all know that I started my new job this past Monday - I'm the new 3rd-5th grade computer teacher.

*snicker*

*snort*

Anyway, today I was working with my counterpart (the K-2nd computer teacher). She was showing me how to set up the testing we're to do next week. We were interrupted by a student, who was whining about something (not sure what).

Upon completion of the whine, my countepart replied:

"Would you like some cheese with that whine?"

I could barely contain myself. It was priceless - probably not appropriate, but priceless nonetheless.

Oh my!

It's been a week! I'm very tired - will blog more later.

Ciao

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Home...

we're home after a whirlwind weekend trip to North Carolina for my BIL's wedding. Will post about that later - much to blog about there!

Tired right now...must sleep after driving 10 1/2 hours.

Night, ya'll!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ick!


Hopefully this prediction is correct and Hanna gets the H*** out of dodge quickly!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Change is good...I hope?!

I will be starting a new position at the elementary school I work at. I will be the Computer Tech for grades 3-5. Bwahahaha!!! That's a laugh in itself. I am computer literate, but not always computer savvy. This will give me the opportunity to learn webpage design (among other things) and get PAID for it. Another plus is that I will be back to my regular work schedule, not a puny 3 hours/day, and get benefits, too.

Change is a good thing, I hope.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NOOOOO!!!!



Explain to me how this path works if Hanna is currently tracking to the SSW?! I'm sooooo not looking forward to this weekend. Hope they have a back up plan!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Not one, but two of these beauties!

We found this one this morning.

I've always found the Black-and-yellow argiope (garden spider) fascinating. The webs they build are beautiful. After they've finished building their web, the argiope weaves a zig-zag 'stitch' in the center of the web. Some people think it's to let birds know the web is there. I haven't the foggiest idea why they do it, but it makes the web easy for me to see when I'm working in the yard.

Although the female argiope can range in size of 3/4 to 1 1/8 inches, the ones we've found are easily 2-2 1/2 inches. The argiope is a beneficial spider because they catch and eat wasps, aphids, mosquitoes, flies and bees.

And I found this lovely lady this afternoon while I was watering.

What I find interesting about these two lovely ladies is that their webs are on either side of my rosemary bush that is probably 4 feet in diameter. I didn't think that they would build their webs so close together.

Maybe they'll keep our mosquito and fly population down, so that we can enjoy our patio as the weather cools off.

P.S. We've named them Jezebel and Charlotte.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

This is SOOOO not good!


Just read an update, Gustav's winds are up to 150mph.

Please, if you live within the strike zone, heed the warnings and EVACUATE the area. I saw on the news yesterday that there are plenty of places to stay here in No. Alabama.

Come join us!


(photo courtesy of The Weather Channel)

My favorite seasons

It's my favorite season(s), fall and football.

Why fall you may ask? It's because I love the changing colors, crisp mornings (well, in a few weeks here), the kids going back to school and FOOTBALL.

This weekend kicks off the start of college football. While my absolute favorite team to watch is the Arizona State Sun Devils, I don't get to see them that often as I live in SEC country. My other favorite team is the Tennessee Volunteers - what?! The reason for this is when Hubby and I moved to No. AL in 1990, I was asked by everyone that I worked with who I was for Alabama or Auburn. Not being a fan of either, I had to think up something quick, so I chose the Vols. My answer seem to pacify my co-workers. I was thrilled that I didn't have to pick sides. Ha! As the years passed, I really did become a Vols fan. I loved to watch Peyton Manning play (still do).

So, cheer on your favorite teams. Enjoy this first weekend of football!

P.S. Wasn't the VA Tech/East Carolina game a hoot?!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Musings from the Garden...

Every year about this time, we have a visitor that comes calling at dusk.

The first time it happened, we were trying to figure out who was "doorbell ditching" - only the doorbell wasn't being rung. Someone or something was knocking on the sidelights at the front door. Very strange!

It took us a couple of nights to figure out that it was one of these.

We believe it's a female bullfrog, just trying to catch a meal. Apparently, there are some good eats at our front door. Who knew!

Anyway, last night I was checking for packages on the front porch when I spied her sitting on the sidewalk. I ran to get the camera and was going to sit on the top step to photograph her when she decided to jump at me. Screaming (don't know what I thought she was going to do to me), I jumped back and didn't get the picture. No worries, Hubby to the rescue! He "chased" her around the flower bed before being able to get her photograph.

Wonder what the neighbors where thinking - it was quite funny.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Not what I expected

We went to the OTB grand reopening. Ummm...it was not anything like I had pictured.

First, the brewery is NOT located in Lowe Mill. It's a about 2 miles farther down the road. They did serve FREE beer, which BTW was very good (remember, I'm not a beer drinker) and barbeque. They ran out of BBQ, which turned out to be alright with us because we had heard it was awful. We ended up with hot dogs. Not what I would've picked, but hey it was free.

Second, the artisans closed up shop at 4:00pm. I suppose it was so they could take advantage of the free beer and eats. The girl was bummed because she would've liked to spoken with some of them. We did meander through the building to check out where the artsy people worked. Yep...typical starving artist workspaces. There is, however, a woman who creates her own blown glass pieces. We intend to go back when the shop is open, in hopes of watching her create a piece. I've never seen anyone blow glass before - I think it would be fun. Hubby has - he had a German glass blower create a pair of wine glasses for us when he went to Bremen in 2006.

Third, Lowe Mill is just that an old cotton mill that is in need of refurbishing. Hopefully, the man that owns the building will continue to work on it. It has great potential.

Good beer, music and friends made for a very enjoyable evening.

Friday, August 22, 2008

OTB is reopening!



While I'm not a beer drinker, I do know several people who will be thrilled with this weekend's reopening of Olde Towne Brewery, a local microbrewery. The original brewery burned down last summer. The owners assured our community that they would rebuild, but maybe not in the same place.

Well, the time has come! OTB is reopening in the Lowe Mill area of town. The city is working on revitalizing this area of town by attracting the local artisans. I haven't been down there, yet. We're planning to go for the grand opening. I'm hoping that it'll be like a smaller (much) of downtown Chattanooga or Nashville. Lots of arts & crafts shops and cool eateries.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Well...I did it *Updated*

Yep - I turned in my letter of resignation today. It's effective August 29th. Still waiting to see what will happen - on one hand, I hope that she'll find the money to bring me back up to 6 hours/day and on the other hand, it's okay if she doesn't.

*Had a meeting today (8/19) with my boss regarding my letter. She freaked out. She asked me to give it a little more time and, because I'm too nice for my own good (and that I REALLY like my job), I said that I would. It is her hope that there will be more money coming in the next few weeks/months. We'll wait and see about that. I, also, adjusted my hours so that I'm not twiddling my thumbs between the time I drop my kids off and when I have to be at work. That makes me much happier - felt stupid showing up at 8:00am when I really needed to be there at 7:15am.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Doctor's appointments and such...

I took yesterday off to take care of some doctor's appointments. I did this last year and it worked out great. This year I managed to get in two doctor's appointments and the all-important hair appointment all before 2:00pm.

Now, I'm not one to talk about my physical appearance. Mainly because I'm very self-conscious about it. Anyway, I had a mammogram done yesterday. I'm blessed (or cursed) in the boob department and take great pains to minimize them (long story as to why). So when the mammography tech adjusted the girls on the machine and SMASHED them down, I thought to myself "damn, they're enormous and this hurts." Though, it's something I must do for my own peace of mind and it takes less than 10 minutes. Later, I was telling Hubby about it and asked him, "how in the world do the women who are petite in that area do it?" He didn't have a response. All I can say is, that I'd gladly share some of mine.

After finishing at the mammography center, I had enough time before my hair appointment to browse a store I haven't been in since we moved to the Rocket City. Lawren's is a really neat shop in the Medical District and I didn't have nearly enough time to see everything. Some of the stuff they have is more than I want to spend, but it's nice to get ideas. I did come home with a stainless steel scoop and a hand-held juicer.

Must remember to go back and shop for Christmas ideas/gifts. 'Cuz ya know it's coming up faster than we think.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hmmm...

I was wondering are all high school counselors unfriendly?

I've been playing phone and email tag with my daughter's counselor. I finally received a response regarding a change we wanted to make in her schedule.

Her email basically told me that H*** will freeze over before any changes could/would be made to her schedule. I thought counselors were supposed to be helpful and understanding.

Guess not...

Maybe I need to sic my husband on them.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Back to School...Already?

Actually, school started back on Wednesday. Where has the summer gone?

I'm working only 3 hours/day - not really happy about it. I feel disconnected and lost. It's hard for me to just leave work in the middle of the day when I know how crazy things can get in the afternoons. At least, I still have a job and I can move within the system if I want to if something becomes available. I'm giving this new situation until Fall Break and make a final decision then. I'm hoping something else will come available, but if nothing comes up, I'll be just as happy being a SAHM again. There is always something to do around here.

Funny thing...it dawned on me yesterday that my daughter will be graduating high school in 2011 and my son in 2013. My how time flies! The girl is wanting to go to art school and has started doing research. We have suggested a back up plan - just so that she will have a constant means of support. Not sure what she's come up with. The boy hasn't mentioned anything about what he'd like to do when he "grows" up. He is very mechanically inclined so, we're thinking some sort of engineer. We'll just have to wait and see.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Musings from the Garden (3)

I know, I know...I've been lax posting about my garden. I've been a little out of sorts for the last few weeks. So, I'm gonna make it up to you with a couple of pix this week.

This is the view from the front door. See...it's raining!
It poured both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Boy, did we need the rain. Although, Tuesdays storms brought lots of damage to trees in our area, mostly Bradford pears. Thankfully, none of the downed trees did any damage to houses.

The rain did wonderful things for our yard and flowers. I love flowers - all kinds, including carnations, daylilies and roses. Needless to say, I've got some of each in my garden. My garden is a work in progress and probably always will be. I'm constantly adding new things and getting rid of things that don't work (that's for another post).

This spring, I added a red Double Knock-out Rose bush.

I'm not one to put up with finicky plants, that's why I never planted regular roses. I have heard wonderful things about this new variety of rose and decided to try one out. I am so thrilled that I did! It's gorgeous. I'm considering adding a couple more next spring.

Until next time, happy gardening!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This sounds like fun!

P.E. classes for grownups

Remember playing dodgeball, tetherball and kickball as a kid. My kids don't know what those are because the school system has deemed them too competitive. What a bunch of malarkey. I used to love playing those games at recess. I am by no means competitive, but it was fun to get out and be a kid and play.

Wonder if we could get one started here in No. Alabama.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Never let your husband loose in an electronics store...

or you may end up with one of these:



Hubby has found his new tv. It's an 73" 1080i DLP HDTV. He found a smoking deal in Houston, only problem is getting it home.

Looks like he's found his Christmas present.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Have lots to do, but...

I don't want to do it. I'd much rather sit here and blog or surf the net. I'm very good at procrastinating and seem to work much better under pressure.

Here is my to-do list for this week:

*Attend Sophomore orientation at the high school with daughter
*Entertain kids & friends
*Straighten up our closet
*Dust everything! (I hate to dust!)
*Mow the yard - umm...think I'll wait until it's NOT 101!
*Clean out the kids' closets
*Do other mundane household chores - many of which I pass off to the kids get done. :)
*Get manicure on Friday - treat for all my hard work. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I planning to get this list done before Hubby gets home on Friday. We'll see if I'm successful.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hmpf!

Hubby is in Houston. I didn't think much about it until I realized he's going here for dinner:



Hmpf!

Hmmm...haven't had any caffeine today!

The Caffeine Click Test - How Caffeinated Are You?
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Wonder how well I'd have done if I did have some caffeine today?!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Misled!

Yep! That's me. I'm such a sucker! I have been misled by my boss. Working for the school system, one knows that one is at the beck and call of the board of education. I found out at the end of the last school year that my contract wouldn't be renewed. No problem, right?! Wrong!

I was assured by my boss that I would have a job and that I'd be paid out of local school funds. The way that it was explained to me is that I'd only be losing 5 hours/week. What I have found out is that I'll be losing 20 hours/week. Ummm...What?! Needless to say, I'm less than pleased. I return to work on July 31st. I intend to find out exactly what my hours and pay will be. Be assured that if they are not what I want - 30+ hours (which is what I was reassured I would be getting) - I will be resigning.

I am very upset that my boss felt it was necessary to mislead me about my position. I will feel no remorse about resigning on the spot when I find out what my hours/pay will be. Actually, I'm looking forward to being a SAHM again!

P.S. I think the Hubby and kids are looking forward to me being at home again, too. More home-cooked meals and treats will reappear. :)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Barry Manilow???

Hubby and I took the kids to see this:



*Spoiler alert*

Imagine our surprise to hear this during the movie - Can't Smile without You. Red and Blue are tossing back a few and commiserating about their lady loves. Then this song begins playing and they sing along with it. Very funny!

Is Barry making a comeback? I dunno, but I'll admit that I do like some of his music and have even seen him in concert (as a teenager - yeah, I know I'm a nerd). He's quite the entertainer and puts on a very good show. It just strikes me as odd to hear his music in a movie that's based on a comic book. It was a very entertaining movie.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sucker for books!

That's me!!! I love to read and currently have a stack of 8 books on my end table just waiting to be read. The only problem is I like to surf the net and play on the computer,too. It eats into valuable reading time. Decisions, decisions. I've tried reading books online, but it's just NOT the same as holding a book and turning the pages. Besides, my eyesight can't take the strain of reading online.

*note to self: must mention needing reading glasses at next eye exam.

Damn...that probably means bifocals or **shudder** trifocals. I'm getting old.

Funny thing is the last time I went in to see the eye doc, he mentioned the fact that since I was approaching that magical age of 40 that I would most likely need reading glasses. Guess what...he's probably right - my arms aren't long enough anymore.

Anyway, back to books. I love to read historical fiction, especially those about Henry VIII and all of his wives. I don't know why that facinates me, but it does. I've got a couple of books written by a mom-daughter team from Northwestern AL - haven't started them yet. Just finished "Gods in Alabama" - it was pretty good and the ending was not at all like I expected it to be. I've got the next installment in our book club - The Illuminator, which looks to be pretty good. Ooohhhh...and since my book club turn is coming up soon, I've already picked out my selection. Shhh...it's a secret. ;) I'm so excited about that. I hope everyone enjoys it since it's a subject we haven't read about.

Well...I'm off to bury my nose in a book.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Out of sync

I've been out of touch lately. Haven't felt like blogging. Since Grandma passed away, I've been on autopilot. I suppose it's my way of dealing with it - going through the motions, but not really there.

I flew out to Phoenix for her funeral. My Mom, Aunt and Uncle did a fantastic job with Grandma's service. I had never been to an open casket funeral and was quite surprised at how peaceful Grandma looked in her pink dress and pearls. My cousin and his wife played and sang Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art. They did a beautiful job. The young man who conducted the service was really good. When he spoke, it was as though he was speaking to each of us individually. Very comforting!

All in all, it was a good trip. I was able to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law, my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Grandma is free of pain and is with Grandpa again in a much better place.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Much sadness...

My grandmother passed away Sunday, June 29th - 6 weeks after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. I am so glad that my family & I were able to go out to see her before she didn't recognize us anymore. It's still very difficult to talk about, but she's in a much better place and free of pain.

Thank you to all of you who have offered prayers and support. It is all very much appreciated.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Blue Angels

Hubby & I took the kids to see the Blue Angels perform Saturday afternoon at the Huntsville Airshow. We had a picnic lunch before going to the show and watched some of the aircraft do their thing. Unfortunately, we were too busy eating to get any pictures.


Despite the heat (the breeze did help) and the horrible parking, we did enjoy the show. I remember going to airshows growing up and seeing the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels. It gives me a thrill to see the pilots fly so close together and NOT hit each other. I can't begin to fathom how much training it takes to become so good.


If you look closely, the plane in the lower left isn't quite in formation. Guess we all can't be perfect. It's pretty darn close, though.

All in all, it was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Musings from the Garden (2)

Shasta daisies are one of my favorite flowers. No matter how nasty and hot it gets here in No. AL, they are a breath of fresh air. Like a true Southern Belle.



They are very easy to care for, stay green year round and bloom nonstop 'til October. I deadhead them frequently and use a slow release fertilizer in June.



Early next spring, I plan to divide them up and move some to my new beds in the backyard. The beds need some white flowers, as I've planted mostly reds, pinks and evergreens.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Look what Hubby Caught!

He caught this during an evening expedition to the backyard pond.


And this one...

He caught this after mowing the bank of said pond. **shudder** We think it's a copperhead, but not completely sure since we're not snake experts. Anyone know about snakes?! It had just eaten something when Hubby caught it. It's belly was distended.

I suppose I need to be a little more careful when working in the yard.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mt. Graham, AZ


This stream is next to a picnic area we stopped at on the way up the mountain.



King of the Mountain!




View from atop Mt.Graham, AZ. As we drove up the mountain, we noticed that the temperature dropped from 93 to 65. It was very pleasant.




Who knew that there would still be snow in Arizona at the end of May?

These are just a few of the pictures we took on our trip

Enjoy!

Making a change

I thought my blog could use an update. What do you think?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Musings from the Garden

In honor of my friend, saintseester, I will post photos from around my garden each week. SS has inspired me with her weekly post: F-F Friday. She's a wonderful photographer, so I'll try not to embarrass her with mine.



A couple of years ago while perusing through my favorite nursery, I saw this daylily and just had to have it. It has a faint, but wonderful fragrance. The only downside is that when I take a cutting to enjoy indoors, the petals weep purple (blood?) liquid onto the counter. Hence, the name Bela Lugosi aka Dracula.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Creature from the Black Lagoon...

I remember seeing that movie on Saturday mornings as a kid and it freaked me out (at first). That 'creature' all slimy and black coming out of the water to get it's next 'victim.' **shudder**

Anyway, we have our own creature or two that make wakes in the water as they swim. Hubby and I are pretty sure it's a HUGE catfish living in the pond behind our house. We were sitting out on the patio last night enjoying the gorgeous June weather and noticed a lot of ripples in the water. We went down to investigate and saw that something big was swimming around in circles making wakes in it's wake (pun intended). So, Hubby gets the fishing rod to see if he can catch it. It bumped the line a few times, but wasn't all that interested in being caught. He did catch a very pregnant catfish, which he released back into the water.

We'll keep watching - maybe it'll make another appearance.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New toy

Thanks to saintseester, I've discovered a new toy - Plurk.com. Come visit me here: http://www.plurk.com/user/azn8tive. It's a lot of fun - kind of like instant messaging.

Now, if I could just figure out how to link it to my blog...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Swimming

Went over to the neighborhood pool today. It's been open since May 15th, but I haven't wanted to go over because it's been over run with children. I've noticed since we've been back that the usage has been minimal. I knew that would happen - just wait until the newness wears off is what I kept telling myself. See...I don't dig crowds especially when they are squealing and running around unsupervised.

Anyway...the kiddos and I wandered over to enjoy the new pool. Man, is it ever nice! I'm quite impressed with the layout and the furniture. The lounge chairs are some of the nicest I've ever seen and comfy, too. I like to go to the pool to lay out and get some sun, not really to swim (much to my kids dismay). So, that's what I did...for an hour before my kids said 'I'm bored.' Not me!

I told them that they could each have a friend over to swim later this week. They will stay at the pool for hours, which is a benefit to me because they are entertained and I can get in some serious sunbathing time.

Side note: Yes, I know that roasting oneself in the sun for hours on end is not good. I do, however, put on lots of sunscreen (not the baby oil I used as a teen) and become toasty brown.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Twitter

What's up with Twitter?! I've made two new updates and it hasn't updated on my blog. Grrr....

Home

We're home from our cross-country trip to AZ. We went to see my grandmother, who was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer. It was a difficult trip to make, but we wanted to see her before she became very bad.

Will post more later when I'm able to do so without crying.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sigh...


Today, my son turned 13. Isn't he handsome?! Wait! I'm not old enough to have TWO teenagers. Oh, yeah - I am old enough. Hmpf!!!

He's been talking about his birthday since before Christmas - dropping not so subtle hints about an XBOX360. Earlier this month, we gave him the choice of a birthday party or an XBOX360. Guess what he chose?! Here he is playing it.


It's very strange to hear him talking and no one responding. He and his friends play HALO3 and chat over the internet.

Puberty has struck! For the last month, he's been lauding the fact that he is now taller than me. I'm 5'6" and he's 5'7.5". Not to mention that his voice has gotten substantially deeper, which he uses to scare me to death when I'm not paying attention. Actually, both of my children love to sneak up and scare the living daylights out of me. Guess I'm an easy target.

I've really enjoyed watching him grow into a young man. Over the last year, he has really matured and has started taking notice of his appearance. Guess shaving will be next on the milestone list. I am definitely NOT ready for that. My only hope is that he as he grows up, he won't outgrow telling his Mom goodnight or giving her a kiss before bed.

Respect

In this instance, it's respect for other's property.

I was raised that it was rude and disrespectful to cut through another person's yard to get to one's destination. That's what sidewalks are for, right?! I have taught my children to respect other people's property, regardless of what their friends are doing.

Well...today, I happened to be stepping out onto our back patio when I see two young, black men cutting across my backyard. I, politely, told them that this was private property (it is posted) and they were trespassing. One of the young men was polite and left the backyard. However, the other one proceded to curse me out (calling me a F***ing B****, among other things). I told him that the only area that was common grounds is over by the clubhouse/pool and the rest of the property backing up to the lake is PRIVATE. If the developer had wanted the area around the lake to be common property, he would have put in a walking path - he didn't.

Anyway, the young man continued to argue with me, stating that he was an adult and that he lived in the community. I told him that it was posted private property and that he should know better...you know, being an adult and all. He did leave and mosey over to the clubhouse/pool area, cursing me the whole time. I watched him walk all the way around and then called the sheriff's department to find out what exactly I could do. I was told that because it's posted private property and they are trespassing I could call them; however, the trespassers must still be on the property when the deputy arrives for a ticket to be written for trespassing. Good luck with that - it's a good thing that I carry my cell phone with me all the time.

I really hate being the bad guy and I'm wondering if I should've even confronted them. I hope that I've made my point and won't have to resort to calling the sheriff's department. If not, then they can deal with it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ahhh...Summer

Woo!Hoo! Today is the first day of our summer break.

There are so many things that I need to do. My house needs a deep cleaning - top to bottom. I still have pine straw to spread in the flower beds. I need to pack up clothes for donations (and deliver said donations). These are just a few of the things that I've been putting off since mid-April.

Here is what I want to do: grab a good book (I have several on my end table), go over to the pool and waste the day reading and lounging.

Hmmm...decisions, decisions.

Have a great summer, y'all!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I love this mug!



I received this from my Mom & Dad in honor of my 40th birthday earlier this year. I just have to laugh when I use this mug because, quite honestly, there are days that I feel this way.

I'm just thankful that they didn't send me a cane or black roses. LOL In all seriousness, I really do love this mug because it represents my parent's sense of humor (which is wonderful and sometimes warped) and that they're not worried that I might be overly sensitive about hitting that "dreaded" 40.

P.S. I still get carded at the grocery store. What's up with that?! I don't looked harried enough with two teenagers in tow?! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!