Friday, December 28, 2007


Anyone else glad that Christmas is over?

1. To answer MTW, Diamond Earrings - which I traded up today - I wanted a little more sparkle. Is that bad? I am paying for it with earnings from my part time job, which I've sort of been socking away.

2. DH and DS are watching the 4th Harry Potter. The DD's are watching HSM2 - Me? working my part - time job - some data entry from home, well, I'm taking a break.

3. My dad & his wife have been visiting, I'm glad I've been able to spend time with them. Glad I get along with Jean much better than I did a year ago. It doesn't make me miss my mom any less, but I can accept his happiness a little easier.

4. I am the loser at OTSS. My SS has still not received their gift - granted- I didn't send it until the 18th, but I would have figured it would be received by now. Perhaps I should not play next year. Or I should plan a little better.

5. Dad is giving us a wireless something (for Christmas) for the other computer in the house, he already gave us his wireless router he didn't need anymore. This will allow us to get on the internet in the other room. Though.. DD got on a chat room whilst at her grandma's the other week... her dad was not happy. She is 10, and where she went wasn't great. So? there will be settings & passwords & such set up.

6. Milo. He cracks us up. He has a new bone that he is carrying around from room to room, as if looking for a place to bury it. Hasn't found the perfect spot yet. After all the years of resisting a dog, I'm glad we've got him. He's cute. He'll lay down right on top of our feet if we sit still on the couch. Automatic foot warmer! (and yes, it's a bit chilly here now!)

7. Now, he's scratching on the door to take it into my bedroom! Not!

8. I have not sent one Christmas card out this year, and I would like to be better. Work will slow down after the first of the year, so I'm sending them delayed this year. (and I should send something BIG to my SS giftee.

9. When someone wants you to pick them up at the airport at 11:55 on Christmas Eve?? the airport is NOT crowded, but?? their plane may be delayed, as well as baggage delayed, and you might not get home until 2a.m. *yawn*

10. I think I'm going to go to bed, and read a bit of "It's Not Easy Being Green." (from the bargain price table at Barnes & Noble. )

gnight everyone!

(wow... I made my first list!)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


I think everyone was here by 2:05! It was amazing!
Closest thing to being on time my family has ever been!

We had a good meal together! My DH makes the BEST
mushroom gravy when we have turkey!


"he went to Jared"!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Almost Christmas..

Still have things to do before tomorrow,
Pick up Dad and Jean at the airport, after midnight, get them set up at my sisters apartment.

I'm thankful I have a husband who doesn't mind doing almost all the wrapping, last night, instead of tonight!

Dinner at our house at 2 pm tomorrow!
DH makes an awesome mushroom gravy with the turkey!
We'll see how much of my family actually arrives on time.
Many of them have bad habits of arriving late.
Dad & Jean will come.
1st younger brother and family sometimes late, hard to tell.
Next brother is single, most often late.
Sister, BIL & baby, most likely will be late.

We told them we are not waiting for anyone, we are eating

Merry Christmas , Everyone!

Upcoming report on who made it on time...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It Snowed!!

Well, not here it didn't, but I have a snow man!!

A melted one, that is!

That is what my funny mail sender sent me from the frigid North.. with a few smooches along with! I got a plastic bag, with some white stuff in it, a button, and a pretzel stick.. so, I'm guessing it was a mini-snowman, that melted! (as far as I can tell..) It was cute, nevertheless!
Hooray for FunnyMail!

Okay, let's see if I can remember the pig with the peg leg joke.

Yippee! I found it, or a version of it.. I remember hearing this joke a long time ago on the Johnny Carson show.. one night when I'd gotten up and couldn't sleep. My dad was watching TV, and I hung around for a little bit..

A man traveling through Eastern North Carolina got lost, and stopped by a farmhouse to ask directions. His eye was caught by a pig with a wooden leg. So he said to the farmer -- an old-fashioned family farmer, not the head of an agricultural conglomerate -- "I don't think I've ever seen a pig with a wooden leg. What happened to it?"
"Well," said the farmer, "this is a truly remarkable animal. A few years back, it was rooting around under the oak trees near the house and discovered truffles. This new crop has brought us a tidy income, I can assure you."
"Fascinating," said the visitor. "I never heard of truffles in North Carolina. But -- why does it have a wooden leg?"
"Well," said the farmer, "just last year, on the north forty, the pig discovered oil, and the proceeds from that oil well are going to make us set for life, including even being able to send all our kids to college."
"A truly incredible animal," said the guy. "I am sure that you are the envy of all your neighbors. But why does he have a wooden leg?"
"About six months ago, the farmhouse caught on fire," said the farmer, "and this pig saved our lives. He rushed upstairs, woke us all up, carried my baby daughter down the stairs by the hair, and made sure we were all safe outside.""Wow," said the visitor. "You are very fortunate, indeed. But I'm still curious about the wooden leg."
"Oh," said the farmer, "if you have a pig that valuable, you don't eat it all at once."

Of Course, it wasn't that exact version I heard, mine had something to do with the pig rescuing him from an overturned tractor.. and I found a Cajun version online.. but nevertheless.. I've always remembered it!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Maybe today?

Maybe today I will get some funny mail!
Today is my day off, and it would be fun!

I know that mine has been sent, and received!
Glad the receiver enjoyed it!

Otherwise, my feet and hands are cold sitting here,
and I need to get slippers on, and go get some breakfast!!

*sniffs* Not today.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Note to self : don't take sewing jobs!!

Sometime, a long time ago, I can't even remember how long, a neighbor came to me with her daughters Winnie the Pooh quilt, and asked for some help. She'd put it in the dryer, and it melted the batting inside. She bought some more batting and was wondering if it would work to replace it. So, I cut out the old stuff, and got the new stuff in. I just needed to tack it down in a few places so it wouldn't slip around. I got it pinned, and did one or two spots on my sewing machine, but then I got frustrated, and it somehow got relegated to my craft room.

And there it sat.

Then a couple of nights ago, she called to ask if they could come and get it, as the nights are getting chilly, and this little 3 year old needs something warmer. Oh Crap! So, I pulled it out, and quickly finished it up. The material was kind of a knit, and tough to work with. But, I got it done.

So, last night I walked it 3 houses down to return it, along with a little Fleece blankie, as she is expecting a new baby. (Kind of a "I'm so sorry I kept it so long " gift. ) Then I had an "only in Arizona" moment.

Only in Arizona, in November, at 7:00 pm, can I walk down the street with no coat, and hear the Ice Cream truck coming up the street, playing "Popeye, the Sailor Man. " It was DARK, for Pete's sake!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

House Meme

I found a meme at another site, and have never done one, but I could easily answer these questions, so here goes. If anyone would like to play along, I'd love it, though I'm not going to tag anyone, since I don't have many readers!

House meme:
1. What kind of soap is in your bathtub right now? Zest- not sure what flavor, it’s almost gone and I must buy more today.
2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? No
3. What would you change about your living room? Get new furniture and make it bigger.
4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? Dirty, DS emptied and refilled last night.
5. What is in your fridge? Eggs, Milk, condiments, leftovers from last nights Cheesecake Factory.
6. White or wheat bread? White usually, but I also bake half wheat half white, later today.

7. What is on top of your refrigerator? About 10 boxes of cereal at the moment.
8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? White. Kid’s bath has a map of the world.
9. How many plants are in your home? Real plants? Maybe one fake, we just don’t get enough light in our main room.
10. Is your bed made right now? No, just recently got out of it.
11. Comet or Soft Scrub? Comet
12. Is your closet organized? No. It's scary in there. Needs a good cleaning.
13. Can you describe your flashlight? Don’t know if I could find one.
14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? With kids? Mostly plastic.
15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? Nope, don’t drink it.
16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? Of course! Lots of leftovers from relatives who have passed away and/or moved.
17. Curtains or blinds? Some of both.
18. How many pillows do you sleep with? two
19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? No, the lights from the microwave & cable box light my way when I go let the dog out of the kennel at 4 a.m.
20. How often do you vacuum? Me? Not much. The kids do the vacuuming once a week.
21. Standard toothbrush or electric? standard
22. What color is your toothbrush? Purple, I think.
23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? Yes.
24. What is in your oven right now? Nothing, will be bread later.
25. Is there anything under your bed? Yes, The standard wrapping paper container, and a few dust bunnies.
26. Chore you hate doing the most? Cleaning out moldy leftovers from the fridge
27. What retro items are in your home? None.
28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Yes, main reason we bought it. DH was in school at the time, and we needed a separate room for him to study.
29. How many mirrors are in your home? Four, tops
30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? Nope, but I should

31. What color are your walls? All except 1 are white. The girls room has a watermelon pink wall. That was the one time we got brave. I'm a skeered of color, that I'll do it wrong.
32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? Nope.
33. What does your home smell like right now? The outside, the doors and windows are open for the cool night air.

34. Favorite candle scent? Right now – Honeysuckle, but I need to buy a new Yankee Home Sweet Home.
35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? Sweet
36. What color is your favorite Bible? Black
37. Ever been on your roof? Nope, but near it to clean branches off. From the silver ash tree in the backyard that we hate!
38. Do you own a stereo? Yes

39. How many TVs do you have? 3, but only two that work
40. How many house phones? 3, all cordless.

41. Do you have a housekeeper? I wish. No, but the kids have jobs that help with housework.
42. What style do you decorate in? I have no style.
43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? We have prints mostly.
44. Is there a smoke detector in your home? Yes, several, but they need to be hung up.
45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip? I don’t have stuff all in one place that could be snatched up. I need to do that. But photos mostly. And some of my Grandma’s & Mom’s things from Holland.

And look! It's two posts in one week, I'm on a roll!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

"We're Having a Heat Wave...

A tropical Heat wave."

At least we were a couple of months ago.
Which resulted in an increase of $45 on my electric bill.
I have a plan that evens out my bills over the year.
Since it was still very hot in September, we ran the
A/C for alot longer, and now we are paying for it.

In other news, DH got a bonus, and a promotion at work,
so I think we are going to Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight,
WITH the children... oh, this'll be fun.
I'm going to have to take my Frugal hat off, and not be so controlling.

Yep, me, the Controlling Mother.
More about this later.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Okay, here are a couple!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Once a month posting??

I'm not doing so good am I? Finding a time to write posts is hard, I only have about an hour after work before the girls get home and demand my attention!

And... I'm just not sure what to say. I don't feel like a creative writer at all.

Halloween went alright. DH had to go to St. Louis on Weds, and then came back on Thurs, so I had to do Halloween ALONE with the kids. I am NOT the one usually handing out candy... I am grumpy that way. We have a Trunk or Treat down in the church parking lot.. and a chili cookoff, though there is really no contest. I made a pot of White Chicken Chili - using a McCormick's spice packet, only to be found at WalMart. It was yummy, and there was plenty to bring home, and have as leftovers on Thurs. I didn't enjoy handing out candy, the pain in my face was acting up a bit (though I'm feeling WONDERFUL today!) so I wasn't in a good mood.

The kids had fun anyway... we had a self made Baseball player, a self made Pop Star, and a mommy-made cheerleader costume! (darn good if I say so myself!)

Thursday, October 18, 2007


No, nothing is wrong.. I just Darned!

I don't think I have ever before done so in my life, but I darned my husband's socks last night.
He had several that were getting holes in the toes... I kept asking him where we'd bought them, believe it was Target. But, alas, I did not remember to buy more when I was there earlier this week.

However, if I stuck to the old adage... hmm, something about Using it up, and wearing it out??
I determined to darn his socks. I've done plenty of sewing, so it was no big deal.

Other than that, I'm feeling underappreciated at home... tired of my kids grumping at me.

Anyone else feeling the same??

Monday, September 24, 2007


It's finally cooling off!

Last night we were able to turn off the AC, open the windows and doors, and let some cool air in! We left the front door open all night! (We have a security screen door with a dead bolt..) It was so nice to have some fresh air. It was also nice to turn off the electricity sucking air conditioner. My last electric bill was $300 and something for the month of August !

Yes, we have them in the summer, and others have them in the winter.

What has been YOUR highest electricity bill?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Peeee Yewwwww!

You know, I love the dog and all... but he has his moments. When I am home alone, he always has to be in the same room as I am - follows me and lays down on the floor nearby. (Awww, ain't that sweet!)

But like I said, he has his moments. I'm sitting here surfing the internet, he comes and lays on the floor RIGHT next to my feet, and proceeds to dispense noxious amounts of GAS from his cute little body! Over and over again! Good Grief!

Do cats do stuff like that??

Monday, September 10, 2007

Let us not forget...

My youngest was barely 6 months old when the Twin Towers were struck. All three of my children were at the sitter's house, and I was on my way to work at Compass Bank when it happened. I heard that there was a Healing Field set up at Tempe Town Lake this week, and I thought it might be a good opportunity to impress some things upon my children. DH was working so it was just me to take them. I don't know if my youngest got the overall gist of it - she said they saw a picture on the TV at school today of the planes hitting the towers, so maybe she did.

Also at the park was the National Unity Flag. It was pretty cool! Here is what is written about it.

The National Unity Flag stands nearly three stories high and measures over a thousand square feet and includes the flags of the fifty states and six U.S. districts. The flag includes the names of each victim of 9/11. In red ink, the firemen, blue ink for police officers, and black ink for civilians. In the center is the Statue of Liberty looking proudly to the heavens. The border of the National Unity Flag is red, white and blue, and states, "3046 Lost and 290,000,000 United." The National Unity Flag was envisioned after witnessing U.S. Congress stand hand-in-hand and sing "God Bless America" in response to the attacks on America September 11, 2001. The National Unity Flag was flown to Washington D.C. where all 100 US Senators signed it personally. This very moving and patriotic tribute to the victims of September 11 was envisioned and designed by Randy Cooney from Phoenix, Arizona. It was constructed by a high school teacher, Cathy Wallace, and a few of her students from Ironwood High School, and several adults from around the Valley. The National Unity Flag has been and will continue to be displayed throughout the country.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Which do I need more??

Milk or Gas?

I really hate it when the cost per gallon of Milk is higher than gas!!

All of a sudden Milk is hovering around $3 per gal! I have gotten used to the little milk wars where it is $1.77 or $1.88 - and all of a sudden - no sales!

Then, we're hitting some low gas prices too... I think our area average is $2.51, but close to home it is about $2.45.

I hate it when it gets all lopsided like that!


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I'm not THAT old, am I?

Wow! I'm the mother of a 7th grade boy. He received his schedule in the mail today, along with a map of the campus. He will go to a kick-off rally Friday morning, and then will tour the campus to find his classrooms. Being AZ, there are multiple buildings, so it'll be in and out a few times during the day. (This is new to me, since I didn't attend school in this state, where I was - there were real seasons, including winter, so we were all in one building.)

School starts Monday.

But, he makes me laugh. A couple of his latest:

His hair stays pretty short...(thankfully!) He asked me to buzz it for him several weeks ago, and I was happy to save the $15 I usually spend for a haircut. Pretty much all one length, figured it would grow out, and he could get one more "professional" haircut before school starts.

So.. one evening DH notices him walking across the room. "What did you do to your sideburns?"
He'd showered in our bathroom, where DH leaves his razor, and DS apparently tried his hand at cutting them. WHITEWALLS! We've been at the pool quite alot this summer, and he's pretty tan, so it was very obvious that he'd cut them. Ha! The next day he had me shave his head even shorter, so it didn't look so bad! Silly boy!

We have a cross-cut shredder in the other room, and it got knocked over the other day. DD cleaned most of it up, and vacuumed, but the top didn't get put back on the receptacle. So, it was DS's turn to vacuum that room, and he was being stubborn, sitting there, not doing it.

A little while later, in he comes, sobbing, with the plug end of the vacuum, and about 12 inches of cord in his hand. OOOPS! He was playing around, trying to get the shredder to work without being all connected, and ended up shredding the vacuum cord. Thankfully, we have another vacuum, but that was the better one. (rats!) I'll have to see how much it would take to get it fixed.

Anyway, he keeps me amused, my dear son. I'll see how much I like him once he becomes a smelly teenager in a few months.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Update...not quite..

I have not come up with an update, haven't had much going on. Life isn't terribly exciting at the moment.

We are on vacation in Utah... visiting DH's family, our annual pilgrimiage. We'll visit some of my other friends from high school and my mission... but I haven't called them yet. We'd planned on trying to visit Yellowstone, but I don't think that we'll be able to squish it in this time.

It is VERY nice not having 110 degrees temps around here - Yippee!! We'll be going to Bear Lake on Monday!

Hello to all the bloggy friends, I have been reading, but not commenting much!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Gesundheit - NOT!!

The lady I work for is a long time friend - well, 8 years I've known her thru our church congregation. When I started last fall, she kind of clued me in on the other employees.

One is a lady who is a Jehovah's Witness. D told me not to ever say "Bless You" when she sneezes. It apparently happened in the past, and she said "You don't have the authority to "bless" me, so please don't do that." Sad part is, this woman has asthma and allergies, and she happens to sneeze quite regularly!

Anyone wonder how hard it is to NOT say "bless you" or Gesundheit when someone sneezes?

Anyone else had someone ask you not to say it?

Is this lady one of a kind?

I like her and all, she's nice and is not rude about it, especially when I say Bless.... and then catch myself.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

One Word Survey: As Kimmah said "if you read it, you must answer it--either in comments or on your blog. even if you've already done it, dammit. play along, play along. "

1. Where is your cell phone? counter

2. You're single/taken? taken

3. Your hair? wet

4. Your mother? dead

5. Your father? remarried

6. Your favorite thing? Hippos!

7. Your dream last night? none

8. Your favorite drink? Dr.Pepper

9. Your dream car? Honda

10. The room you're in? office

11. Your ex? none

12. Your fear? skydiving

13. Where were you last night? alone

14. what you're not? thin

15. Muffins? poppyseed

16. One of your wish list items? largerhome

17. The last thing you did? teleconferenced

18.What are you wearing? pajamas

19. Your pet or pets? Milo

20. Your computer? Dell

21. Your life? great

22. Your mood? hassled

23. Missing some one? Hubby

24. Your car? Suburban

25. Your work? Part-time

26.Like someone? children

27. Your favorite color? coral

28. When is the last time you laughed real hard? WildHogs

29. Crush's first name? Michael (see last post)

30. Dream job? ummm.. ?

Eight Randoms

Okay, here goes.

1. I spent a month in Northern Ireland when I was 17. Beautiful place, I'd love to go back.

2. I collect scrapbooking supplies - I may never use them, they are all in my craft/sewing room (otherwise known as crap room) but I have them. She who dies with the most scrapbooking supplies and fabric wins, don't ya know? I don't even have one album completed.

3. I play the flute. Er, I did. Haven't picked it up in awhile. DD will probably start using in as she goes into the 5th grade band this fall. Yup, the same flute my parents bought for me .. um. *coughthirtycough* years ago. Mom had a tune-up done on it for me years ago, new pads and such.

4. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago (?) but have had pain starting 12-13 years ago. I've just had a good several weeks of no pain, but the last week or so had some flare ups, so I have to be more careful when eating, swallowing, sneezing, blowing my nose... those things can cause me some pain.

5. It is warm outside. Not hot yet, but warm. It's only supposed to be 99 degrees today, currently it's about 85. And no, I don't particularly like Arizona, due to the heat, so, I'd much rather live somewhere else. After my mom died, my dad has left, so I don't have that connection here, two brothers and and a sister are here though.

6. My favorite color is coral. Not pink, coral.

7. I kissed a very cute boy on top of the World Trade Center tower. No, not just some random guy, but a guy I really liked. We were in NYC for a choir trip, a choir from the University of Wyoming, oerforming at Lincoln Center. What a blast. Thankfully, cute boy and I realized we were not right for each other and went our separate ways. I would have liked to keep in contact with him, but his wife wouldn't have that.

8. Hooray, it's the last one!! One of the aspects that drew us to buy our home, the many trees, has also proved the bane of our existence. They all drop stuff onto the grass.. if we had grass. I spent an hour outside with the kids this morning cleaning up pine needles, leaves and other blossomy things that fall from our trees!


Monday, June 11, 2007


Would someone please tell me how to get my very own icon? I'm just not handy that way!

I'd love one of my Sandra Boynton hippos for an icon!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Where have I Been??

Here's what I've been up to!

No, he's not mine, although I wish he was! This is my sweet little nephew Zander. I was in the delivery room with my sister! It was a first for me to be in a delivery room for someone else! Amazing! He took his sweet time. Sis went in late Tuesday evening, and he was finally born Friday morning at 2:35 am. (before Memorial Day) It was a pretty neat experience!

Otherwise, I've been working some wierd hours as our shop is getting closed down, but after that I"ll have more time to check out blogs & stuff.

And here are some cheesy grins! We had a small memorial get-together with my family for my Grandma - my uncles came to town and we all went out to dinner.
From left to right, Mallory, my neice Aspen, Jessica, and Me!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


First of all, the best time to change your hair color is NOT Sunday morning before church! I did a NOT so great job and felt awful the whole day.. I thought I'd go a little darker, and picked an "auburn" toned dye. Can you say brassy almost orange?

How bad? Well, our Phoenix Suns were in the playoffs, and I had no purple or orange to wear to work... lets just say that I received comments that my hair could sub for orange! Yikes!

It has since mellowed out, AND.. I've had it cut much shorter, so it's a little easier to live with until I can get it colored again. (AFTER camping this weekend..)

And on that note, I'd better get Nutz's interview questions answered!

1. What food(s) could you not live without? What makes it (them) so special?
Chocolate. Not anything fancy, but Hershey's with almonds does the trick.
I know I could live without Dr Pepper, and I should...but, not at the moment. I enjoy a cold refreshing glass of DP, poured slowly into a glass, then put the ice in slowly.

2. If you could bring back one lost fashion trend, what would it be?
Well, you didn't say the fashion trend had to be one I liked. I would bring back the Victorian style dresses, because I am tired of seeing so much skin. At my son's 6th grade promotion ceremony I saw some pretty slinky dresses on some 12 year old girls!

3. If you could have a conversation with a famous dead person, who would you choose and what would you talk about? Well, I don't have a "favorite" famous dead person...but, if I could have my mom & grandma back for a short time, I'd find more out about my Dutch ancestry - which is very interesting, but now not so accessible.

4. If you were famous, what would you be famous for? (...and let's say you can't choose your famous bread making skillz.) ;-) Well, I would like to be famous for being compassionate... (if that were something to be famous for) only because I know that it is not my best characteristic. I love to sing, and I think I have a pretty good voice, but I wouldn't want all the pressure that goes with being a famous singer.

5. If you could choose any place in the world (and money is no object), where would you live and why? We lived in the Portland Oregon area for about 2 years when our son was very young. I loved it there - it's so NOT the desert of AZ. I loved the green, and there were always things to do. I almost chose to live in England or elsewhere in Europe, but I love my American conveniences way too much! Oh, Ireland would be on the short list, too.

I'm sorry that it took sooo long to get the questions answered - life's been crazy busy - as my SIL would put it!

Hope everyone has a good Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Give my love to Mom!

Grandma Jessie was born in Friesland, The Netherlands in 1921. She came to America with her mother and brother when she was a very young girl. She met and married Frank, and my mother was born in 1943, when he was away in the service of our country. Two sons followed several years later.

When their children were grown, Jessie and Frank kept busy as rock hounds, square dancing, and travelling the country. After they moved to Arizona, they became Sunbirds - leaving in April for cooler country and returning in October. They went to Oregon and Alaska fishing for salmon - canned it and brought it home to stock the pantry with lots of other goodies.
Christmas 2006 - Me, Gram & DH
We weren't around my grandparents alot when I was young, but my mother was always in contact with them. 20 years ago my family moved to Arizona also, so we became more acquainted. When it was time for Grandma to go to a nursing home a few years ago, my mom chose one less than a mile from my home. My mom would visit her several times a week, seeing to her needs, and always bringing fresh flowers and sugar-free cookies. Grandma Jessie loved her chocolate as well- having a 2 lb box of See's Chocolates on special days!
When my mom passed away in Feb 2006, the responsibility of tending to Grandma Jessie landed on my shoulders, and it has been an honor. Walking into the nursing home with bouquets of fresh flowers, the staff knew I was going to see Jessie. She had a "boyfriend", Mark the maintenance man, who would stop and give her a kiss whenever he could.
But all good things usually come to an end, and Grandma Jessie's time came. I knew her time was imminent this past week - she'd been assigned to hospice care recently as her condition was deteriorating. She refused to eat or drink - I think she was tired of being here, with her body not working so well, and she gave up. As I was driving home from work yesterday, one of the nurses called to tell me she was gone. I was there within a few minutes, and stayed until the mortuary came to get her. I'll clean out her room later today and bring her belongings home.

I believe that her Mother's Day will be spent visiting with her daughter, my mom. My dad had the wish that he could whisper something in Grandma's ear, a message of love to take to his bride. I'll miss them both on this Mother's Day, but will remember their examples to me, and strive harder to be a Mother that they'll be proud of .

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Why... Thank you!!!

Big Thanks to BMG Music - I am pleased to say that after sending back the CD that DD "ordered" by clicking boxes on the web, BMG sent me a letter stating they'd cancel her account, and remove her name from any further promotions. The ironic thing was that a packet for ordering more CD's came in the mail the very same day! (Yes, I know they probably crossed in the mail.)

As for my sister, as far as I know, they are still trying to find a place to live. I haven't had an update from her, and she's not committed to that, so , no big deal. I probably should call to check on her however.

On another note, I'm still patiently waiting for my interview questions from Nutz...


ETA - oh great, as soon as I published, I went and found my PM with questions! I am off to work, so I'll have to do it later!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

oh my...

Well, for an update. We went to the apt complex to sign the application, and give a little more information, paystubs, etc. We asked if we could go ahead and sign the lease, instead of coming back in two weeks, since it is several miles away. The leasing agent said sure, and she started going thru it. It seemed there was more than we ever signed for our house - signatures and initials everywhere.

My sister was not initially put on the lease because she has an eviction on her credit record. I don't know the details of it, or how long ago it was, but it is apparently supposed to drop off soon.
Well, one of the points on the lease was.. if you have a guest that stays longer than a week, they are considered a resident, and must be put on the lease. Now, "WE " knew that my sis was going to be living there, but I figured that the leasing office did not know. I didn't say anything, we finished signing and went out to the car. I mentioned my thoughts to DH, and I called my sis. I said " do they know you are going to be living here?" She said " are you in front of her right now?" "No." She said something to the effect of they don't need to know.

I stepped out of the car, because I didn't want my girls to hear what I was saying. (no, I wasn't cussing...) . I told her that I felt deceived, and that I wanted to help them, but I would not lie. I told her that she would not be able to hide with a baby in an apartment for a year. They would not give her a key, only us and BIL. She said something about paying for her mistakes. Um yeah, you do have to pay for your mistakes, but it is NOT my fault.

So, she filled out an application, and yes they got denied. I think they probably blame me a bit, but I hope not. My brother, with whom they are currently living, made sure to point out to them that I am NOT to blame.

I have not talked to them since... but they are applying at another place. They somehow need to find a place where they can live, but with her being a resident, but not necessarily financially responsible.. as we would probably co-sign again if needed.

I just don't want to wreck my relationship with my sister... my only sister.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

First of all...

1. Where did motormouth's blog go??

2. Do you get tired of figuring out what to cook for dinner?

3. Have you had any experience with online BMG music service?
DD J inadvertantly signed up for it.. here comes a cd in the mail. Yes, she is 9 years old, and has no income. All the information on the website said YOU MUST FULFILL YOUR COMMITMENT> sorry.. but my 9 year old has no income, and I'm NOT paying for CD's for her. So.. I wrote them a letter, and shipped the CD back.. which she had already opened before I got home (rats!!) . So I am HOPING to never hear from them again.

4. Yippee! It's my day off! I've got two batches of bread going.. I will give some away, as well as maybe sell some!

5. Have you ever cosigned for someone, and had it go bad?
We are cosigning for my Sis & BIL to get into an apartment, and out of my brother's basement. They are due to have a baby in May. Sis's credit is so bad, and had a prior conviction, so she is not even signing the lease - they wouldn't rent to her. So BIL is it.. and us. They are coming over tonight, and we'll be laying down some rules. We haven't worked hard for 15 years to get our credit where it is, to have them mess it up. We'll be finding how long before we can be taken off the lease. Consider this my good deed for the month. :-)

6. I'm going to see the Rembrandt / Dutch exhibit at the Phx Art Museum the end of this month. I'm excited to see it, as I've been doing the Art Masterpiece program at the school this year. Phx is one of only 3 cities (I believe) that this Dutch exhibit will be visiting on this trip.

Happy Hump Day, Everyone!

Thursday, April 12, 2007


Yes, It is one of those blank moments.

I feel like I need to update, but I'm not sure what I need to say.

It's about 75 degrees and windy here today. Short sleeve shirt
and sandals weather.

DH is flying to Utah tomorrow with our "poor middle child" daughter, for the wedding of his niece. It will be an interesting trip... His brother and wife divorced, have both remarried, and it's possible that neither of them will be at the wedding. There are some strange things going on there. We'd like to move to UT, to be around some of the other family, but things like this make us want to stay away from the drama that goes on with that particular brother.
DH may be the lone representative of the family, (other than one of the bride's brothers) - His mom was also to go on the trip, but she had a slight stroke last week, and is in the hospital.

Good grief, I don't explain well, do I? It's all confusing.. Drama, Drama, Drama.

I think I'm going to take a nap before the kids come home from school.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Making a list...

I do not usually make lists... I probably should, so here goes.


1. Rode my bike after seeing the kids to school! (that felt good!!)

2. Read some blogs, and hit 800 in RTVW posts! (yeay for me!)

3. Ground a can of wheat.

4. Started a batch of bread. (Currently rising on the counter.)

5. Cleaned the girls' room - under the bed, straightened drawers - I think J has enough underwear to last her about 3 weeks! Sheesh! Also cleaned other nooks and crannies, trying to find stuff to throw away.

Still to do...

Take a shower (come on, it's only noon!)

Bake the bread

Do some laundry

Take the kids to Piano

Enjoy a little "me" time while they are there!

(aren't you proud of me for making a list?? There are other things to do, but that's a WHOLE nother list...)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Oh PuuuhhLease...

Saturday afternoon.
Grocery shopping.
Checking out.
Casually look across the store.
Large, beer-bellied man talking on cell phone.
Has hand under stained t-shirt that barely covers belly...
Picking lint out of belly-button.
Flicking it across the floor.


Who teaches these people manners?

apparently no one.

Monday, March 19, 2007

It's just not your day..

My youngest brother's, that is.

Last week, I was watching my IM menu, and saw my youngest brother post "Traeh, R.I.P."
I im'd him right away, and found his dog had just died. He'd had her for years - 10 at least.
She was part pit bull, I think... I know we didn't like having her near our kids. He would bring her to my parent's house when we lived there.. sheesh.

Anyway... next youngest brother went over to comfort, and see what he could do to help. They decided to take her to the reservation to bury her. (I suppose they could have gone out in the desert somewhere, but I don't know what they were thinking.. lots of open land??)
Well - at sometime in the process, maybe at the beginning (I haven't gotten quite the whole story) the tribal police show up. Not good. I assume they told them they couldn't bury the dog there. Then... at some point it's discovered that youngest brother has an outstanding warrant with the tribal police. Oh great... So they took him in.

Next youngest brother fortunately recently got his tax return, and was able to bail him out later in the day (much to the dismay of SIL.) Once he appears, he'll get the cash back to pay them back.

Anyway, it was just a little funny... kind of sounded like a country song... "my truck got stolen, my wife left me, my dog died." I'll hand it to youngest brother, anyway. He spent a few years as a guest of the state, but has recently been cleaning up his life. When Mom died last year, he vowed to her that he would never smoke or drink again. And so far, he has stuck to it. He is really trying. I just hope that someday he'll find a woman who will see the good in him.

When it comes down to it.. I really have some great brothers... three in all. There are two years separating most of us, older brother, then me, next youngest, then youngest brother, then baby sister was 6 years later. (She is a story for another time.)

Older brother was with me in Minneapolis for Dad's wedding last weekend. It was tough for me to be there, and it helped to have him there to talk to, and to cry to. It was hard for me to see Dad being affectionate with someone who was not my mother, and to call her "dear" like he used to call Mom. I'm glad that she will take care of him... in a way so that "we " don't have to have him moping around being lonely. After years of weekly contact with my parents, it is a change to not have that anymore, and with him many states away, that contact is much less. And I digress.

Next youngest brother lives only a few miles away. He is always willing to come and help whenever I need him. He is quite the handyman... and helps us with projects that we can't do ourselves. He is really a good guy! (and a little crazy. He recently broke his collarbone while riding scooters with his kids!)

As I said, my sister is a story for another day. Here is a picture from a few years ago.. perhaps 1999, I'm not sure. A few grandkids have been added to the family since then, and a new spouse, and Mom was healthy then. How time flies.

Crap. Crap. Crap.

I had a big ole post typed out, and lost it.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Getting out my winter coat...

Friday morning I leave for Minneapolis. Dad's wedding is on Saturday.
He said it was 41 degrees there today.
It was 90 degrees here today.

Hmm.. where would YOU rather be?

In other news, B & I took Milo to the Beagle play date at the Dog Park this evening. He did really well, Milo that is. We were kind of hesitant to let him off the leash, because he has always been what we thought was a little aggressive towards other dogs, but he did fine!
So, we'll probably go to the dog park again!

I haven't been very good at posting... we'll see how I feel after the wedding. I'm sure it will be interesting.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Good Karma... Beagle Karma, that is!

Ahh.. the looks deceive!

A little short of a year ago, we adopted this little fellow. He is the epitomy of rambunctious! But we love him! We later found out that our son's 6th grade teacher had SIX beagles! (Yes! All at once!) She currently has four, as 2 have passed away recently!

Tuesday Morning before school, Teacher calls and asked if our beagle was missing... no.. he was in the kennel for the day! They found an older female wandering around the school - wondering if I knew who it belonged to. I said I'd check one home on my way to work, but left it at that. Then before school got out, DS and Teacher called again, wondering if we could bring her home, until the Beagle Rescue volunteers could come and get her. Not something I was really wanting to do.. but.. okay.

So, I walked over to the school with a leash and collar, and brought her home. Milo, our dog, was more than excited... I don't believe he stopped barking the entire time she was here! I got in touch with the Beagle Rescue folks, and they advised that I take her to animal control, which law.. what should be done. I wasn't looking forward to trying to keep the two dogs apart all night, so I was happy to do that. The Rescue folks will check on her today, and make sure she gets taken care of. It turned out that she was microchipped, so they were going to call her family in the next town.

SO.. Teacher says I get good Beagle karma for taking care of this sweet dog. She was sooo unlike our perky puppy! She was older, probably 7 or 8, and quite docile. Gosh.. I can't wait until Milo gets a bit older!

The other sad part of this is that my 6 year old DD got VERY attached to her in a short time... just sobbing when we went to animal control, and again last night just thinking about her! We've assured her that "Samantha" will get back to her own family, and that she'll be taken care of!

So goes the doggie drama for the day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Thanks for the birthday wishes, y'all!

On a less happy note, I had to have a parent/student/principal conference with one of my children today, after said child would not do as said child's teacher asked said child to do.

Anyone want to guess which child it was??

Saturday, February 17, 2007


Yes, today is the day. I am officially middle-aged, I think.

I'm forty today.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

No.. I have NOT abandoned my blog...

I just haven't had a whole heck of a lot of time or known what to say..

February could be a bleak month, but I'm trying really hard not to let it be one.

On my mom's birthday, the 7th, the kids and I took some flowers to her grave - some beautiful pots of tulips.

I worked that day, so didn't have much time to sit around and feel sorry for myself that she wasn't here to celebrate with.

On the 13th, the anniversary of her death, I spent the day with my son at the Renaissance Festival - sixth graders from all around the Valley were there, I heard it was 14,000 there that day? We had a good time! As a chaperone, I only had 3 boys assigned to me, and we hung out with another lady and the 3 boys she had. It is mostly a marketplace, with vendors displaying their wares, but we managed not to spend much - I only spent $2.50 for a soda, DS bought a jesters hat for $10.

So, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I am trying to do some things that would make my mom happy, and to do things that SHE would do.. spending time with my kids, and serving other people. When I previously expressed to a friend that it was going to be a difficult month, she told me that she LOVES February, because that is when the days get longer, and there is more LIGHT!

So, I'm going to try and see the Light this month.. and make it a good month..

Now.. there is chicken on the counter that I just brought home from the grocery store.. I guess I'd better go make dinner!!

Oh, and a side note.. I went back this week to get some of the flowers from the cemetary, so that I could enjoy them at home - and they were gone.. all three pots. Bummer, dude! I don't think the city removed them, but someone is enjoying them at home... PPPBBTT!

Friday, February 02, 2007

She's gone.

On Thursday, DH and his brother made the decision to let their mom go. The blood pressure meds had been reduced previously, so apparently her BP was holding it's own. However, it seemed that the vent was just keeping her alive artificially, which is not something she would have wanted. So, around 7 p.m., the vent was turned off, and the tube removed. The nurses cleaned up all the tape & etc, before the boys came back into the room. They sat for awhile, just watching her breathe. She had not been conscious or responsive for a few days.
It didn't take long - before the hour was up, the nurse came in and said she was gone. I think DH and his brother are at peace knowing they did the right thing to let her go. So now my kids have lost a 2nd Grandma within a year.

Her favorite color was purple - anything she could get her hands on... she'd paint it purple for her apartment. She loved her dog, Serenity, who was her companion for probably 12 years. It saddened her when we had to get rid of her recently, but she knew it was getting difficult to care for the dog properly. Despite the rough childhood she provided for DH and his brother, she had a good heart, and would give anything she had to us. She was not selfish. We loved her and we'll miss her, but we know she is probably glad to be free from the pains of her body.

Rest in Peace - Grandma Wanda.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


MIL is still hanging in there, though it still doesn't look good. We took the kids to see her Sunday night - to say their goodbyes if necessary. There were plenty of tears.

MIL, of course, does not look herself.. with all the fluid they are pumping in. DH, his uncle(her brother) and DH's brother have decided to maintain the levels she is at, that nothing more would be increased to keep her going, as they don't believe that is what she'd want.

However, she is still hanging in there, the next thing would be to do dialysis, which she wouldn't want, so I don't know what will happen next.

Thanks for all your kind thoughts!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Well, it was a nice thought.

I was just rotating my bread in the oven, and thought I'd post a pic.. but realized I'd sent the camera with dh.. so can't do it, maybe another time.

DH's birthmom is not doing well. (He was adopted at age 11, but has had a relationship with his birthmom, too.) He and his brother (who was also adopted) moved her closer to us in September- she has some health issues and was living in CA.

To make a long story short, she is in the ICU, her liver is shot, her kidneys are failing, and is already on a vent. Her brother flew in from CO today, and is scheduled to fly back out in the morning. They most likely will have to make a decision to let her go soon.

The hardest part is the kids. My kids are her only grandchildren, and this will be two grandma's they have lost in a year. Jessica, my 9yo, said, "why does this have to happen to us? " Bless her heart. Then she said, " I'm glad that Dad was adopted, so that we'll still have another grandma."

Yes, I'm thankful he was, too.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I have no idea...

what to post... but I feel I should update.

The job - I started in November, I think, as a part-time, on-call employee, working for a lockbox unit of a local bank. We receive payments for doctors offices and such, and make the deposits to their bank accounts, and then send them a copy of the check and the remittance from the patient or insurance company.

There were 4 employees there, in addition to the manager, whom I have known for years thru church. This department reports up thru Treasury Management, and I was asked to do some Part time work for them as well, instead of them getting a Temp. Well, a few weeks ago, it was announced that Lockbox would be phasing out, and converting to an imaging process. Imaging is being outsourced to a company in Tempe. So, all of 5 of them are losing their jobs. Deanne, the Mgr, had told me before it was announced, so I wasn't surprised when HR showed up. They'll get severance, standard 4 weeks plus 2 weeks per year of employment, I think.

It doesn't really affect me, because Treasury Management has asked me to do some work for them as well- so going forward, I can still have 10-12 or so hours per week. It will get me a little extra cash, but still allow me to stay home.

When the announcement was made, Deanne was cautioned to watch out for G- he blurted out that she had Lied - when she did know the department was closing, but didn't have details so didn't say anything earlier. Well, he is the first to go, his last day is Feb 9th. He is slower than slow, so she is not minding. They are doing LIFO - Last in, first out. So seniority goes last.

When Wells Fargo took over First Interstate Bank, I got a severance package of 4 weeks, plus 4 weeks for each year of employment! That was great! We moved back to AZ, where I got a job immediately, so it was nice getting paid double for awhile.

Have you ever gone thru a merger or something where you got a severance package?
How'd it go?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Oh, and another thing!

Can anyone tell me why a BRAND NEW Suburban would all of a sudden just not start??

We think it is scared of the garage. We cleaned out the garage yesterday and made room for it. Thought we would surprise DH when he came home. (He thought something was wrong when he got home and B had a cheesy grin on his face, and B said "I can't tell you! - anyway, DH was worried, so not a big surprise.)

Anyway.. when I went to go to work this morning, it would not start. I had the other car to get me there, so it was alright. When I got home, I put it in neutral, and J pushed me(and it!) out of the garage. (She felt she was pretty strong to push the Suburban!) Onstar cannot run a diagnostic unless the vehicle is on and running. So I jump-started it all by myself (yes, I am pretty handy..) and they ran the diagnostic. Nothing wrong.

So, I'm baffled. Any ideas??

Out of the closet??

Hmm, I might be outed soon... out of blogland that is.

My dad and my older brother now have blogs, and I have commented on them. We'll wait to see if they ever pay ME a visit. I have not told them I have an active blog, (well, sort of active..) and I have not even told my sweet husband!

Stay tuned...