Saturday, November 22, 2008


So, my son (ultimate gamer dude) and I were talking about video games one day, and I guess I mentioned wanting a Wii. For the fishing games, because you can get a "fishing pole" to play with. So said kid goes and buys a Wii. Says it's for my birthday/Christmas. We have had an absolute BALL with this game system! Bowling, pool, darts, racing..... we are all together playing (instead of mom being attached to her computer at the hip!!)

My dad and his long time girlfriend live in Germany. My dad is one of those people who are impossible to buy for. He has everything, needs nothing. Yesterday, I get an email from my step-mom, saying my dad wants this balance board for his Wii. I'm instantly tickled, my dad has a Wii??? My kids proceed to tell me that he is the "cool pop" just like I'm the cool mom, because I play video games with them. So anyway, my step-mom can't find this balance board online for anything less than an exorbitant amount of money. Seems EVERYONE wants one, and certain sellers have figured this out.

So I go on a mission. It's not often my dad wants something that I can provide! The kids and I go to town, and hit the two "big box" stores that my smallish town offers. No balance board there. Too early for the mall to open (does anyone else's mall open at the really strange hour of 10 am on a weekday?). Decide we will have to go an hour up the road to the "City". Come home to get driving directions off the internet. Can you tell I don't go to the "city" very often?? LOL.

Step-mom said Circuit City still had the balance board. Just happen to check online for store availability..... nope, none at any store within a 100 mile radius. Well, crap. OK, how about Best Buy? Nope. Toys R Us? Yeah, if you want to spend that exorbitant amount of money, because theirs is in a bundle, with a bunch of other stuff. Check a few other online places. No dice.

OK.... the mall is open now. Let's go there, and check out the video game store. Walk in, look around. Nothing on the wall, or around the register. Ask the really nice sales clerk. She says SURE! We have them in the back!!! Tell nice sales clerk she is my new BFF. She laughs at me. But I don't care!

So today, I have to get this mailed off to my dad in Germany. And do laundry. And hopefully find time to make my nieces Christmas quilts. Which would happen a lot faster if I'd get off this computer!!!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Musings

So, long time, no visit. Sorry about that. The reality is, I'm antisocial. Well, I guess that's not really true, as I love to visit fellow bloggers and catch up on what is going on with you all! I just don't have much to say sometimes. Well, nothing very nice, anyway. And mamma always said.....

So, my 18 year old daughter will graduate from High School this year. I've already been informed that she is moving out and in with her boyfriend shortly after graduation. Not that I have a huge problem with this... I really like the young man. A LOT. He's a good kid, takes good care of my DD. He told her he didn't want her to get a job, because that would take away from the time they spent together, and that he would provide her whatever I couldn't (or wouldn't, how many new shirts can one kid wear?!?). And he does provide for her. Spoil her even. Fortunately for him, she's not the kind to take advantage of that.

My 21 year old son is anxiously awaiting the day his sister moves out. He thinks he's knocking out the wall between their two rooms. Little does he know, that will be my sewing room. But he said he's never moving out. He knows a good thing when he's got one, I guess. He pays his sister to wash his clothes, he pays a little rent around here. There's always electricity, hot water, food, internet. Someone to make sure he gets out of bed and off to work (kid has NEVER heard the alarm clock, but wakes up if you talk to him).

So how many of you have grown kids like my son? If he was bad, or disrespectful, I'd encourage him to move out. But with the economy the way it is, I feel like I'd be doing him a disservice. I want him to be able to save enough money to be comfortable when he finally moves out. He's a good kid, appreciates what we do for him, takes out the trash, and is enjoyable to be around.

Then I think, maybe he'll never move out? What would that be like? Wierd? Or not?

I think I'll go find something to eat. Enough thinking for one day.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Letter to Myself

Brandi, over at The Douglass Diaries blogged about Brad Paisley's song, A Letter to Myself. She asked what we write in a letter to our 17 year old selves. WTG for the thought provoking posts, Brandi!! So, here's my list.

1. You do NOT know everything. Not even close.
2. Take care of your mom. She needs you now, issues and all.
3. Boys should not be the center of your attention right now!
4. School work is way more important than it seems.
5. Your dad is not going to send you to college to party. (My 18 year old self needed that)
6. Get involved in your family history now. When you decide you're interested, there won't be anyone left to tell you what you want to know.
7. Brandi is totally right about Tom Cruise. (Hey, I'm writing this letter now, right?)
8. When you get a job, skip the invitation to the beach. Everyone was asleep anyway, and you'll lose the job. Trust me.

There's more, but this post got me thinking about how cool my grandpa was. When my brother and I were kids, grandpa would write us these letters. They were always stories, written in his hand, but written as if the dog was talking. They were really hilarious stories, about what the dog was doing, thinking, etc. And there was always Monopoly money in the letters. The letter always ended with "Let me know when you find a place to spend this money".
We finally asked grandma a year or so ago where grandpa got the monopoly money from. She said he would buy the games at yard sales so that he had plenty of money to send in his letters.

He had a workshop in the backyard. The radio always played "easy listening", but it was more like old timey elevator music... no words, just music. And he'd hand us a hammer, and give us scraps of wood and a bunch of rusty nails in an old coffee can, and tell us to build something. Not that we ever built anything..... but it was cool, to be out there with him.

He made "special" dough balls, out of bread and something, and gave them to us with fishing poles to go fish in the canal. Never did get a fish dinner out of that, either.

He had a bunch of parakeet cages fastened on the outside of his workshop. Never knew what the fascination was with parakeets, but he had a bunch.

He drove a backhoe when they lived in Florida. He took my brother and I for rides around the yard with him. It was cool too.

Hey, Brandi? Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Something for Monday

In September, we went to visit DH's sister in N.C. for a couple of days. She had to work, so we jumped in the truck, to see what we could see. I found this old covered bridge. The road is closed off, so I took the picture from the other side. I love cool old stuff like this!

This was next to the covered bridge.

Across the street from the covered bridge was this really cool building made of logs. Underneath the roof, there was lots of OLD equipment, tractors, and stuff. Unfortunately, this area was also blocked off with a big locked gate. I stood beside the road (hey, I was out of town, bad place to get arrested for trespassing!) and took these pictures. I really really wanted to just walk around in there. I hated the yellow caution tape, it really ruined the "oldness" of the picture.

Next to this was an old grinding mill. There were old grind stones laying around. It's really grown up and was hard to get a picture (standing beside the road, with 18 wheelers coming around the corner and blowing you around!!)

Too bad I don't have a really cool camera with telephoto lenses. All I have is my poor Kodak Easyshare, with 5.0 MP. Even my DD's camera is better than mine! Ahh, one day, I'll be a grown-up, with a grown-up camera!

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

I found a great giveaway!

A $50 Amazon gift card over at UnexpectedBliss!

Hurry, ends at midnight, CST, November 3, 2008!

Hey, and for your dry, cracked heels (come on, you know you have them!!) there's a giveaway on her review blog for a Ped Egg!

Ends at midnight, November 5th!

Mental Mayhem

Lots of things going on in my brain today. Rumors of the company I work for going bankrupt (add to that the fact that DH and my DS who lives at home and pays rent also work there), and the fact that I can't seem to STAY above water bill wise.... ugh. I've checked out the couponing sites... I just don't see coupons a lot for what I use. Am I missing something? We really don't spend a LOT of money on groceries... I don't think. Granted, DH is a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy... well make that "meat and rice". The kids and I are the potato lovers. Beans and cornbread, or stir fried vegetables with minimal meat? Kids and I are all over that. DH says "Where's the meat?". I have pork chops thawed out for tonight's supper. DH's favorite. Kid's and I are blah to that. I have the other half of the beef brisket in the oven for tomorrow's supper.

We planted a "practice" garden this year. Bell peppers, a watermelon plant, lots of zucchini and squash, 2 okra plants (note to self, 2 is not enough), a tomato plant (which went CRAZY, and none of us really eat tomatos?), and a couple of cucumbers. I planted too late in the year, so the bugs really enjoyed a lot of that. Especially the fire ants?!? Next year's garden plants include some beans, a row of corn, a different variety of watermelon (this year's watermelons all developed blossom end rot)

In other wierd metal thoughts...

I love my washer and dryer. I got the washer when my old washer finally died. Not that DH (who IS a mechanic) tore the old one apart in attempts to fix it. Only to find out it was cheaper to buy a new one. So I got a front loader. I love love love it. Course, after I got mine, they came out with the really cool "steam cleaner" ones, but I'm content, and hope I get a good 20 years service out of this washer. Then DH said I needed a matching set. Which I don't. I'm not that kind of girl. He said he was going to get me one for my birthday. I said whatever birthday it was that the old dryer died. So of course, the old dryer died. Thanks (in part) to my DD, who uses the dryer as an iron. And overloaded the CRAP out of the dryer when she washed her clothes. So, unbelievably, the (used) dryer to match my washer was living at the appliance store my step-son worked at. With the pedestal/drawer attachment!! (That was another $100 I wouldn't spend on the washer). And because it was used, I got a GREAT deal!

So now, I love doing laundry. The washing, the drying, even the folding (mostly because of the wonderful space on the tops of the washer and dryer!). Now the putting away part..... lets not go there. I'm even back to washing most of the kids clothes (which I quit doing when they turned teens), but now I don't mind. Or maybe it's a survivalist instinct, because I want my washer and dryer to last.

Wow. I am scatterbrained today. Think I'll go find my camera, download whatever's on the card, and finish my Halloween quilt. And start on something new. Mostly to avoid housework.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008


I read in this morning's paper that a child was shot and killed last night while trick-or-treating with his parents and 3 siblings. This happened, not on the "bad" side of town, but a few blocks from where I grew up!! According to the article, the family walked up to a house with the porch light on, and heard what they thought was "fireworks" inside the house. Someone had opened fire on the family from inside the house. 2 other family members are hospitalized from the shooting. There are no other details right now, except that the police have a suspect in custody.

I remember me and my brother and a bunch of neighborhood kids all running the street parent-less on Halloween. Sure, mom told us not to eat the candy until she could check it, and gave us all the warnings about not entering houses even if we were invited. But we were free, and safe in the group, and it was fun.

I just don't understand what has happened to this community. It really makes me want to run off to a nice little small town out west.

Please, join me in praying for this family.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ahhhh, home

Yesterday, I got stuck at work for 11 hours. My feet were throbbing when I finally got home, all I wanted to do was sit and chill out a little. But noooooo.... DH is sick (probably because of the coughing woman in the doctor's office Monday. She was really sick, and had no business sitting in a waiting room full of people.... better to be whisked back to a room to wait!!). Anyway, DH wanted me to fix his Thera-flu, bring him a drink, bring him a wet washcloth for his head... etc....etc... etc.

He got the first 3 items, then I had to (nicely) remind him that I was tired. He wasn't so needy after that, just sat and complained about being sick!!! Why is it that men do that? When "mom" is sick, the supper has to be cooked, kitchen cleaned, laundry washed, teenage drama listened to.... well, you all know. And I won't even go into his behavior after bedtime. Suffice it to say, he was told to settle down and go to sleep, or go flop around on the couch so I could sleep. Argh. And he laughed about it when I told him about his behavior today! He says he doesn't remember, because he took a dose of NyQuil before bed. Sometimes, I think it's a handy excuse for bad behavior.

Anyway, enough about all that.

Looks like the Halloween quilt won't be done by Halloween. Maybe this weekend. There's always next year to display it! Then I need to get busy on my Christmas gifts... potholders, coasters, maybe a table runner or 2. I wanted to make lap size quilts for my 2 new nieces (brother got married last May), but I don't know if I have time to whip up 2 quilts by Christmas. Or if my 2 nephews would be mad (I HAVE known my nephews longer!!)

So, I leave you all with a picture of my only other "finished" quilt, made out of swap blocks. I love this one, and it's mine!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Who pays these bills?

Argh! After a horrible day at work (and no, we're NOT going there!), I come home to find the HEAT on in the house!!! On 75 degrees, no less!!! DD immediately tattled on her older brother (yep, she's the tell all in the family), so I go back to his room, and he's in boxers. And nothing else. Now granted, it's FREEZING (for here) today. 55 degrees, with a wind chill of 51. But DS didn't have to work last night, and I know he hasn't left the house all day. Put on some clothes, boy!!!

So, to extend the outright lack of brain function in the household today, DD has invited her best friend over to wash their cars. Did I mention it's frigid outside? Have we lost our minds? Oh, and Mr. Healthy is outside with HIS best friend, putting brakes on said friend's car. Yeah.

Me? I'm sitting right here at the computer (now that the house has cooled back off from the heater episode), and checking out blogs. I'm addicted to what's going on in every one else's life. And I'm starting to feel photo envy, you know, when your pictures are not great like all the other pictures on all the other great blogs you visit?

So, here's me. DH's mom took this picture, of me and the biggest bass I've ever caught. Which DH loves to remind me, is not NEAR as big as his was. It's a good thing I love him! Oh, please ignore the fact that I'm wearing a tank top, and I know I don't look good in it. DH loves it, and I guess that's all that matters. When you're fishing, and not really out in public!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday Musings

So, took Mr. Healthy (DH) to the doctor for his test readings today (had a CT scan, stress test, tons of bloodwork). Mr. "I love porkchops and tons of salt" is now on blood pressure meds (yay, I'm not the only one, and maybe now we can start eating better!), had some abnormality with his CT scan, and because he smokes so much, has some "tuburculosis changes" in his lungs. Whatever that means. Oh yeah, and his cholesterol is up. Now, I'm not happy about all this, but considering my medical problems (blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, etc), I am happy about getting to change the way we eat. Lately, I've been frying his pork chops, and eating a bowl of Raisin Bran (love that stuff!!) And I've never cooked with salt (well, except for the things that have to be cooked with salt, like grits and chicken and dumplings. And I know some of the seasoning mixes I use have salt, so I just don't pick up that salt shaker!

So, because we were late at the doctor's office, I don't have the energy to play with my Halloween Quilt. Now my DS's girlfriend wants to steal that one! I'd probably give it to her, if it wasn't for the fact that she's never had respect for me, my house, my phone, my daughter..... this girl needs a fast dose of grow up juice. I don't dislike her though, because my son will probably marry her one day, and she'll be my DIL. (Although, for the record, DS says he's going to live with me forever, cause he likes having food on the table, and clean clothes, and all the other things SHE says she doesn't do.)

So, let me dredge around here and find a picture, cause everyone likes pictures, right? This is Mr. Healthy, with the biggest bass he's ever caught. It's also the background for my computer, which makes him eternally happy every time he walks by.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Some of my quilts

So far, only lap size quilts from me. DH thinks they are good enough to enter in the fair, but I got a good look at the fair quilts this year, and no way am I that good yet! I'm having a lot of fun with this.... it is really relaxing playing in the fabric! The first one is a quilt my DD and I made for her high school chorus teacher. The teacher was fantastic, but the school district was moving her to another school. Somewhere, I have a picture of the teacher with the quilt, but since I don't have her permission to post, I'll just show the quilt.

Second picture (someone, please teach me how to type, post picture, type, post picture, without all the pictures going to the top!!!) is my FIRST quilt. All for DH. Not that he uses it much. He is just not a "wrap up in a quilt or blanket" kind of guy. But perpetually cold. Go figure.

One of these days, I will have to take pictures outside, in the sunlight. Hang them off the porch rail or something.

I finished one this week, a Halloween quilt made from swap blocks in a swap at HGTV.
I'd love to show it to you, but DD made me put her name on the label (I did, and then pinned a label over that that said "KEEP OFF!! MINE, ALL MINE!" She laughed, and unpinned that label. Anyway, she is off with her boyfriend, and she took the quilt with her. I think she took it to school Friday?!? I had enough blocks that I could make 2 quilts, so MINE ALL MINE is waiting for me to cut the backing and batting. Maybe tomorrow. Or next Halloween.

More quilty pictures later.

Hugs, Diana

First Post

Here is where I have to admit I have no idea what I'm doing. That's my first "wanna bee", I want to be a blogger! I've spent way too many hours reading other's blogs, and the excitement of it all finally got to me.

So, aside from the lack of blogging knowledge..... what else would anyone want to know about me?

I've become aware of the compelling need to pack everything up and move west. Why? DH and I have bounced the idea around for a couple of years now. We don't know anyone "out west". And for some strange reason, we both want to "live off the land". Or something close to that. I can probably blame that on "Little House on the Prairie." Don't really know what DH's deal is. I just know it came out of his mouth watching "Twister" one day.

I also "wanna bee" a quilter, gardener, cattle rancher, and a host of odds and ends. Will any of this really happen? Guess you'll have to stick around and find out.