Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
(P.S. note to self: don't eat handmade mittens. 'nuff said.)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I stayed up late to stuff stockings and took the only pic of a calm Christmas
- The stockings when full:
- Sleeping child, in otherwords, the calm before the storm:
The morning started off well, the kids let me sleep in until 8 and some even lined up nicely for a pre-present picture. While they lined up, one lost their balance and fell into another who fell onto the presents and then into the tree. This caused an all out screaming match on whose present was broken, which I succeeded in calming everyone down by saying the crushed box was clothes, which the kids then ended up saying they didn't want clothes for Christmas. It was a good thing I had a hang-over from all the cold medicine I was on, or I might have . . . . .
Seriously, I don't know what else happened today, except I took some new cold medicine. . . . .
Oh, your still here. What was I talking about?
Oh, yeah, Merry Christmas.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Chocolate for dipping the cherries, Hershey kisses for the head, almond slices for the ears, and tube of icing for the eyes and nose.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The other natural remedy I use is actually used on my animals. I add cider vinegar to the drinking water of any critters that seem to have stomach troubles (i.e. poopy butts.) Cider vinegar has worked on very ill chickens, rabbits, and even the puppy. Dosage varies, I usually use two "chugs" from the vinegar jug to a gallon of water, for a couple of days, seems to clear things up. Just thought I'd share that.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Ahhhh, the joys of having older siblings. The teacher sent home a paper for me to fill out with emergency contact info and allergy info. At the bottom of the paper is a comment section. I felt the need to fill it in. I put,"FL has teenaged siblings. She knows EVERYTHING. Good luck. "
The teacher has now informed the class that this is her last year of teaching.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Not much funny going on around here. It's just been too hot and muggy for joking. So I thought I'd share a pic of something we saw the other day. If you look closely, the dog is actually wearing googles and a yellow bandana that matches all the other riders in the very large motorcycle group.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It seems that the tomato blight is back, so I am not optimistic about my tomatoes. The plants looked so good, really tall and thick-stemmed, but I see some wilting of the leaves. Even some of my sunflowers have some strange curled leaves, don't know what that is. And the sunflowers are only about 4 feet tall when they should be 6 feet tall by now. I grow them right next to the chicken run, so the chickens can get some late afternoon shade from them.
A nice suprise from my garden this year is the fact that the pumpkin seeds turned out to be zucchini seeds and I finally have succeeded in growing some nice zucchini. I made some zucchini bread today and will try to fry some up tomorrow. Now I just have to keep that darn woodchuck away from the zucchini. Last year he ate big nibbles out of every single one of my acorn squash. I really need to get DH to use his archery skills and get rid of that bugger.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
- what is a corpse?
- how many hippos will fit in our living room?
- if you were sucked into a black hole, where would you go?
- what time are we leaving to go to Nana's? (when vacation isn't for another 4 months)
- what does "the exact opposite" mean?
- what does "objection" mean?
- what would you do if you went to use the microwave and you discovered it was a bomb and it was activated and there was only 10 seconds left before it blew up?
- what is the day after yesterday?
- what would you do if Kid Rock knocked at our front door right now?
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
- our toilet seat broke and someone was being very sweet and offered to install the new seat. Impressed, I left them to work on it alone. Seconds later, a voice from the bathroom called out,"Mom, could you bring me the scissors?"
- the kids were trying to sneak in one more snack right before bed. I yelled at the kids again to get in bed. One kid said," But he is distracting me with cheese puffs!" I said, "Stop eating those!" Another kid piped up,"I can't help it, they are just so full of cheesy goodness!"
- as I was pulling some bread out of the oven, the smell was drawing in a crowd. One kid wanted to know if we had any taco meat in the frig. when I asked why, he said he was going to make a "taco sandwich" out of the fresh bread. I think that was the closest to a compliment I got that day.
- a certain person wanted to wear a certain shirt that hadn't made it to the dryer yet. So this certain person drove with the shirt hanging out of the window for about 15 miles. After 9 years in this state, I think we can officially say we are now rednecks.
- one kid was playing the Indiana Jones Wii game. FL said "Hey! What are you (meaning the Indy character)doing in a bar?" the first kid says, "I'm sorry, I have problems you know."
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Every once in a while I crave a Big Mac, and this is just perfect since it's 40 minutes to the nearest MickeyD's. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Friday, May 28, 2010
FL also commented on all the recent advertisements for the upcoming election. She wanted to know what all the "pot-additions*" were talking about. Hmmmm.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wait. WHAT? "Hispanic Foods?" what happened to "International Foods" or "Speciality Foods" Now don't get me wrong, I couldn't care less what race people are, I really don't care. But I live in the United States of AMERICA. Where was the sign for AMERICAN foods? Maybe the Asian-Americans should be upset also. There was no sign for "Oriental /Asian Foods" either. I am so tired of picking up a box of whatever and after 2 minutes of trying to read the ingredients or directions, I finally find the ENGLISH version. I don't think I should have to learn another language if I don't EVER plan on leaving the United States of AMERICA.
Now, some people do have a gift in learning languages, and that is wonderful! Teachers who teach English to those who have just moved here from another country, those who are translators for our government, etc. I have nothing but admiration for them. They speak English FIRST (because they are AMERICANS!) and the other languages SECOND. I do not have this gift. So I speak ENGLISH, read ENGLISH, hear ENGLISH. Now I will get down off my soapbox. Thank you for listening in ENGLISH.
Monday, May 24, 2010
- Flashlight batteries. not the whole flashlight mind you, just the batteries I put in there yesterday.
- a large terracotta planter, you know, the size that could hold a small tree.
- the old hot water heater, left in the driveway only one day after we installed a new one.(I really don't want it back, I just wonder who came on my property and took it)
- the real, but very dead Christmas tree we left on the front porch (wait, I don't want that back either)
- one out of a pair of very nice coffee mugs( blue and white striped if anyone wants to know)
- about a dozen bags of chocolate chips, most of which went missing at the same time
- numerous socks without their mates
- whole clump of purple echinacea from the garden (see photo above)
- a blue and grey striped lawn chair
- homework that was "done" but "someone" must have stolen it
- pens, pencils, backpacks, school shoes, also "stolen" by "somebody" (I am beginning to think this "somebody" really likes school)
Also, if you come across "somebody," you could tell him/her that I have found the following items and don't have a clue where they came from and need them removed from the premises immediately:
- a small film camera found under the living room couch
- a small molar-sized tooth found in the ceramic bowl I keep my car keys in
- numerous PAIRS of socks found in the washer that don't fit any of my kids
- miles of computer power cords found in a dresser drawer, file cabinet, closets, and hallways (and the attic??!!)
- large pile of what looked like chewed up peanut butter bagel on the kitchen floor at 7 in the morning, that the kids just HAD to wake me up for.
- teenaged bad attitudes
- not just one, but two bikes. Did someone ride them here and then just walk home?
- a whole bowl of cereal dumped into the sink on top of dirty dishes. hmmm. guess who has to clean that up? I vote for "somebody"
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It is another rainy day here, which is fine with me since my rain barrel was half empty. I planted some tomatoes over the weekend, it is a bit early but the plants were half off, costing me a grand total of 12.5 cents apiece. I put tomato cages covered with white garbage bags over some of them, creating a greenhouse for them. Sunflowers, zucchini, and pumpkins were also planted. For some reason, I have a hard time with zucchini, which makes me feel like a poor gardener. I mean really, who can't get zucchini to grow? The rhubarb is ready to be picked but I need to get last year's rhubarb out of the freezer. I just didn't use it all up. But it won't go to waste, the chickens love it. Or maybe I will put it in the composter.
Speaking of chickens, I had one hen who seemed to be doing poorly all last week. I spent 2 days hand watering her, and she wasn't eating. She lost weight quickly but still wandered around with her sisters. All I could think of was to add cider vinegar to the chickens' drinking water. I hadn't done that all winter for some reason. And it must have worked because the hen was eating like crazy last night.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I've never had anything from Starbucks, but I do love Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccinos when I am in Michigan!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
- never hide behind a door at the top of the stairs during a game of hide and seek. this leads to multiple xrays and hide and seek being banned for 6 months.
- don't camp out on opening day of trout season because no matter how exciting it seems, it's only the beginning of April and it will downpour or snow for 3 days.
- don't let your family camp out on opening day of trout season because no matter how exciting it seems, it's only the beginning of April and it will downpour or snow for 3 days, and all the wet camping equipment will be left in the living room for ???? days.
- don't listen to people who say rabbits mulitiply like rabbits. they don't
- spring fever usually comes with alot of puking
- people who never stop by your house usually drop in during a bout of spring fever.
- if you don't get spring fever, watch out for ticks, who will make an early appearance in record numbers when you haven't even thought of buying bug spray yet
- after a month of NCIS re-runs, a new NCIS will air when you are on a run to the ER for #1
- don't take more than 1 kid with you grocery shopping unless you like going back to get what you missed the first time
- don't start the kindergarten pep talk 5 months before school actually starts. You will spend 5 months hearing "How many more days? How many more days? How many more days? How many more days? How many more days? How many more days?"
- ER trips come in groups of 2. (unless it's summer, then expect more)
- boy rabbits make better pets than girl rabbits
- more girl rabbits (meaning less boy rabbits) are needed for a successful rabbitry
- one usually ends up with more boy rabbits than girl rabbits
Monday, May 10, 2010
feel free to mix and match the amounts of choc and nuts to your personal taste, it is a perfectly perfect cookie. I usually make half the batch to make mixing it up easier, but believe me, they don't last long and you might have to make another batch.
Monday, May 3, 2010
for most of my recipes. My favorite bread is
It is a semi-whole wheat bread that I mix up in the bread maker and then bake in the oven. I give all recipe credits to their original authors, I am not that creative, I just love creating food from their recipes.
Friday, April 30, 2010
assortment of lettuces
lots of marigold
2 kinds of sunflowers
Row of rhubarb
The peppers I usually plant in large pots close to the house so they get more sun/heat reflected from off of the house and so they aren't so close to the tomatoes. I have never tried growing lettuce before, but found a good looking mixture that has me intrigued. I have never grown radishes before either, but my neighbor gave me some extra seeds and so I will try that also.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
As FL and I were entering Wally's World, I listed outloud the camping supplies needed for dad's upcoming campout. Stopping first to grab a box of bandaids, I was distracted just long enough not to notice FL's sudden quietness, which means she's thinking really hard. And of course, in the middle of Wally's packed pharmacy, FL loudly askes, "Why does Dad need COCAINE?"
Thank goodness I had had my Wheaties that morning and I was able to think fast. I quickly and as loudly as I could so everyone who had heard "COCAINE" could also hear me say "Dad needs PROPANE, not COCAINE!"
I grabbed the bandaids and headed straight for the sporting goods section and put that propane right on top of the cart, in case anyone had any questions about dear Dad.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Here's what got crossed off my list today:
- got out of bed (ok, that really wasn't on my list)
- washed dishes
- made breakfast
- washed laundry, about 8 loads I think
- hung about 5 loads of laundry on the line outside, then brought them all back in and put them in the dryer after it started to rain (weatherman was not accurate about when the rain would start, he was only off by 5 hours or so.)
- fed the outside critters
- finally planted the peas, radishes, and lettuce mix
- made lunch
- moved some irises and mint to another flower bed
- moved some rocks back to the flower bed border
- cleaned out one rabbit pen
- collected the chicken eggs. today I got 8 eggs from 6 chickens. very strange.
- called my parents (this was one of those things added to the list after I did it)
- stopped a couple of fights between the kids (also, added to the list after, although I think I should just permanently keep this on the list)
- played Farmville (yes, it was on the list, afterall, a girl's got to live a little~hehe!)
- trimmed some forcynthia stems to try to root for another row of bushes
- trimmed some mint to root
- made 3 different suppers, at three different times.
Here is what gets moved over to tomorrow's list 'cuz it didn't get done today:
- one more load of laundry
- take some extra clothes to a neighbor for her grandkids
- clean off the porch
- put nest boxes in the momma rabbits' pens
- water the plants
- check on the peat pot seeds I started on Wednesday
- delete some DVR recordings before we run out of space
- dry some more dandelion leaves for the rabbits
- wash dishes (that is never all the way done, I hate to wash dishes)
- make tomorrow's to do list
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
FL is keeping us in stitches and I will quote her often. She is a very "quick on her feet" thinker and I love to hear her views of the world. For instance, she thinks eating cheesy puffed popcorn with your mouth open makes them taste better.
And on the way into Kindergarten registration, I told FL they would probably ask her to write out some letters or numbers. She smiled and said she would tell them she knew the number "derf." You know, 1,2,3,4,5,6, derf, 7,8,9, etc. (She got it off a TV show, and she knows full well it's not a real number.)
After registration, she told me she wished she was mother nature. She would make it Fall right now so she could start Kindergarten. (It was only April.)
To keep current of FL's quips, just search under "Quotes from FL" at the right.
Monday, April 19, 2010
I have ordered from them once and plan on ordering some more this spring. If you are even thinking of becoming concerned with the quality of vegetable seeds or plants, well, more importantly, the overuse of hybrid seeds or genetically altered seeds, this is for you. Their prices aren't bad either. I love the history they give behind these heritage seeds.
From personal experience, I found that the heirloom seeds I bought from them were exceptional. Not only did my grape tomatoes grow wonderfully, they self-seeded the next spring and were the only tomatoes that survived the tomato blight everyone had here that summer.