Friday, December 31, 2010

Old Year Out, New Year In

I cannot believe it’s been another year already.  Seems like we were just starting this one…I mean, we JUST moved in this house.  And now it’s January again.  I guess that means that those leftover unpacked boxes have no good excuse anymore.  I can’t use the “oh we just moved in and we’re still working on getting everything arranged” excuse anymore. 

Anyway, this will be another random post from the mental bletherings of my brain.  Just warning ya. 

Anyway, someone said Christians shouldn’t make New Years Resolutions…I’m not sure why that is, because even Christians have bad or unhealthy habits.  I mean, who doesn’t need to resolve to exercise more often?  Or quit drinking Dr Pepper for the 782nd time?  Might be me.  What can I say?  When someone is kind enough to give me a six-pack for Christmas, how can I not drink them, right?  LOL.  Anyway…six-pack is gone already, so I’m back to water and being good.  Although someone else gave me some money, so I guess I could always go pick up another…although that someone gets really disappointed when I pick up the non-water drinking habit again, so maybe I’ll stick to being good.  LOL!
Winking smile 

Woah…there’s that smiley face again. 

I really need to update the blog to reflect a new year again…since my last one didn’t catch up until like um….August. 

On a serious note, I hurt for people around me…seems like health problems, death, etc. seem to be hitting close to home…makes me more thankful for the life and health and etc. of those still here.  Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to the joy in the face of all the sadness and I just have to keep reminding myself that joy is not in the happy ever after, it’s in the hope not seen.  Faith.  The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.  I don’t know…just thoughts in my head…random, I know. 

Back to light random again…did ya’ll know that feeding your dogs canned pumpkin (the real thing, not pie filling) cures chocolate pudding problems really quickly?  LOL.  About as quickly as feeding them a piece of ham GIVES them chocolate pudding.  (ICK) 

I know how much ya’ll really wanted to know that.  I’m trying to do at least one good deed a day.  That was today’s…hahaaa…keep my good deeds to myself next time, right? 

KC slept in today until EIGHT-THIRTY!  That is SOOOO not normal.  I was joyful in the shower.  Usually he’s up before 7 (and that’s “sleeping in” for him) and downstairs on the treadmill and then I get up around 7:30 so I can get my shower before he finishes his miles.  But today I got up at 8:30 and when I came out of the shower, he was still in bed.  I didn’t feel like the lazy slug today AND I still got to sleep in…lololol!  When I went upstairs to get the K-man moving, he stretched, climbed down his ladder, and said, “Momma?  I slept up, didn’t I?”  LOL.  Slept UP. 

Oh and KC hacked my Photoshop and made it work after all.  Yippee.  =)  My IT guy is so good.  =) 

Alright…I’m going away now to see if I can update the blog before midnight. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Somebody put bleach water in my bottle of Febreeze that sits in the basket of frequently used items on my dryer.  Somebody didn’t label it.  It USED to be Febreeze.  I know because I use it frequently to freshen up things that aren’t washable…like the air after the dog toots.  And I keep it there BECAUSE it’s used frequently and I’m lazy like that and don’t like to get it out of the cabinet. 

The bottle of bleach water is in an old lysol spray bottle and is CLEARLY marked out with a sharpie and has “BLEACH” written all over it.  It’s in the cabinet because it is NOT used frequently. 

I don’t know when it was switched or why, because neither KC nor I did it….but I do know it was switched.  I know because as I was running out the door yesterday I sprayed my sweater pretty liberally with “febreeze.”  I sprayed it because it smelled slightly of greasy food.  It wasn’t dirty, just had that “I sat in a cafeteria for a few minutes” smell, so I febreezed it…that’s what febreeze is for.  LOL.  Unfortunately after about the fourth generous squirt, I thought…that’s funny, this doesn’t smell like febreeze. 

Oh dear.  My favorite sweater and one of my best jean skirts.  I immediately ran to the sink, peeling off the clothes as I went, and rinsed them out as fast as possible…

Those moments only happen when you’re running late.  So then I had to go find something else to wear.  And moan over the fact that I’d just sprayed bleach all over one of my best outfits. 

I’m pretty sure I rescued the clothes in time…only one spot on the jean skirt that I can find and the sweater looks amazingly unharmed.  But I can’t figure out how that febreeze turned into bleach? 

The last time that happened was sometime between 2002 and 2004 (I know this, because it was in our very first house on our very first bed).  And I sprayed it and the fabric on our very favorite comforter immediately spotted up.  I patched over it and put a matching patch on the other side.  We still have it.  It wasn’t as much of a favorite after that though.  And the last time, it was a person who put bleach in the febreeze bottle and didn’t label it. 

GRRR…Bleach has NO business being in a febreeze bottle.  That’s all I have to say about THAT! 

Monday, December 27, 2010

White Christmas

Well, it is wayyyy past my bedtime.  My computer clock just turned 12.  OUCH. 

I have hand cramps from editing pictures and I tried to upload to FB but apparently that’s not working right now.  Here are a couple of my favorites from this weekend since I don’t want to spend all that time and then not get ANY of IMG_9336e2webthem uploaded anywhere. 

The snow was so pretty.  I didn’t measure it or anything, but I’m guessing around nine inches. 

KC’s family ended up staying over since the snow was pouring down for 16 hours nonstop on Christmas day.  LOL. 

They wanted me to snap some pics before they left.  I love these of Aunt C and Uncle R…they aren’t 100% perfect shots (my camera seemed to want to focus on the snow falling in front of them instead of on THEM) but the pics are super sweet just the same. 

Then there’s these shots of the in-laws…which also turned out pretty good…IMG_9309ewebIMG_9318eweb

Another one of Aunt C and Uncle R, and then Pawpaw snapped a couple of us…
That’s my best “just got out of the shower and it didn’t wake me up” look…lol

After the family headed out today when the snowplows got the road decently cleared, the four of us went out and played in the snow for awhile.  Brrr…it was cooooold.  Munchkin and I made a snowman while KC cleared the driveway and K-man crawled around on his hands and knees with his face in the snow – eating it….thankfully, I didn’t see him eating any that was yellow….bwahahaha

IMG_9332ewebI made the snowman with ears and turned him into a cat with whiskers.  I wasn’t going to, but Munchkin made the head and it had this “growth” on one side, so I made a matching one and then it sorta looked like ears, so I just went with it.  LOL. 


Then there’s the dogs….their first snow.  To say they LOVE it is kind of an understatement.  The first time I walked them in it, it didn’t occur to me until I was doing the balance/skid/backflip/skid/balance act down the hill with them because they were so excited and jumping around in it, that perhaps that first walk should have been one at a time.  LOL.  After that, I let them out on the back deck and just blocked it off so they couldn’t get down the stairs…they ran and played till their feet froze and they wanted back in…


IMG_9363ewebI’m not sure what is up with my camera (possibly operator error) but it seems like my focus is off…I’ll have one random piece of picture in focus and then everything else will be blurry and when I try to bring it up to good sharpness, it gets all grainy.  Most of the pics I took during Christmas turned out like that.  Yuck.  These outside ones weren’t too bad though…except for the ones I tried to take when it was snowing…live and learn I guess.  =) 

Okay…I’m going to bed now.  =)

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Well.  I am so sad.  I tried to install my new upgrade and I can’t.  And now it’s opened so I can’t return it.  I can’t install it because I have the entire creative suite and they won’t let you upgrade a single component.  I am so disgusted. 

Anybody need to buy an upgrade for JUST Photoshop CS3 or CS4?  I’ve got CS5 and I can’t use it.  BOO.  =( 

Way to cap off my day.  PMS and now this.  Grrr. 

Oh and we’re snowed in…first white Christmas in NC since 1947.  Not that I was around then to know that. 

And I can’t even spend the snowed in time by playing with my photoshop upgrade. 

Ho. Ho.  Merry Christmas.  Today I’m the angry elf. 

But thanks anyway honey, for trying…I would have assumed that single components could be upgraded, too.  That’s a money racket!  *angry elf face*  ;-/  It was still a great Christmas present.  =)

Friday, December 24, 2010


I’m so tired.  Don’t ALL my posts start out like that?  Hopefully I’m not getting sick…I’d really not care for that. 

Christmas is almost was Christmas with my family and we opened a couple of ours, too.  Hang on.  Get this. 


Probably about only 3 people who read this blog know what I’m talking about…but for digiscrappy geeks like me, it’s the best thing since sliced bread!  The upgrade for Photoshop. 

I can’t wait to load and play.  Maybe soon…gotta get through Christmas.  =) 


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Going on Ten

LOL.  Happy Anniversary to my sweet honey.  Nine years.  Hard to believe it’s been that long.  And now we’re going on ten.  Old married couple…that’s us.  Ha. 

I was going to do this really long detailed post for our anniversary…and then we spent all evening hanging stuff on the walls.  After a year in this house, we are finally getting around to that.  LOL. 

And then I put the kids to bed and the headache stayed up with me so I’m not really in the mood to say much now….  Um…the headache in my head, not calling the hubby a headache, promise.  LOL! 

Really really tempted to go make hot chocolate or something.  And take some excedrin.  *sigh* 

Oh well.  Mama said there’d be days like that. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

The dogs are doing what i wanna be doing right now. Sitting and relaxing. Lol. They are all fresh and soft...they had a shower and shampoo this am. :-) Love it!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Or as my friend, Wally says: “because you just NEVER know!”  (LOL)

I give you fair warning, any posting that occurs for the next couple of weeks is liable to be mega-random…as has been the case for pretty much the whole of this month’s posts. 

As the preacher always says, “We don’t lock the doors. You can leave anytime.”  Of course, no one ever walks out…and I’m pretty sure it’s more because no one wants anyone to see them walk out.  But ya’ll don’t have that problem.  No one can see you over there, so you can just click away now and no one will be the wiser.  Winking smile  Whoa.  Where did that smiley face come from?  Does anyone besides me see that as a round circle winkey face instead of the “emoticon” that is typical of typing? 

That right there is what I mean by random.  So far so good.  Right on target. 

Speaking of preachers…ours was a…well…let’s just say he rained on some parades tonight.  Some needed to be rained on.  ROFL.  Except mine.  Mine didn’t need to be rained on.  Haha.  And I’m not so sure he was exactly right about busting my bubble…I mean, we don’t know for SURE that dogs don’t go to heaven, or that there won’t be any animals in heaven.  I mean, they’re part of God’s creation, just like the flowers and we all assume there will be beautiful flowers up there even though flowers quite obviously don’t have a soul. Winking smile  But even if I don’t 100% agree about something, I have enough wits about me not to throw a 5 year old fit and stop up my ears and pout all service long about my parade getting rained out.  LOL.  I’m sorry, but if you’re balding, you’re much too old to be literally doing that in church and distracting people (like me).  And ya’ll, I am not even kidding.  I wish I were.  I’m sure the preacher wishes I were, too.  Poor guy, he gets all the nutcases.  =)  That’s why I usually never say a word when I don’t agree…poor fella has enough people saying words. 

KC on the other hand, has no problem saying words.  The other day we were at the mall.  (by the way, I deSPISE the mall at this time of year…YUCK)  ANYway, someone was kind enough to park sideways in the parking next to us when we came back out to our vehicle.  Mind you, I’m skinny and I could barely walk between the back ends of our vehicles.  Now the front end had enough room for me to open my door and get in, but they parked so crooked that the back end of their car was on our side of the white line.  I made the comment to KC that they needed parking lessons.  I would probably never actually say that to them, but not my honey.  He left a note.  I could have died.  “You said it,” he says.  ?!?

I love random.  Randomosis.  The condition of being random.  I’ve got that. 

Is there a condition of writing sentence fragments?  I feel so naughty. I hated English.  One of my biggest pet peeves is that you’re not supposed to end sentences in prepositions but rephrasing those sentences so that the preposition is not ending the sentence always makes them sound cheesy.  And now I’m aggravated because I can’t think of a good example of that…grrr. 

I finally broke down and drank a Dr. Pepper on Friday.  And I had one tonight because my hubby ordered it.  No more though.  I will go back to being good.  I lost track of the days (?! I know right ?!) but I’m pretty sure it was around 6 weeks or so…I know it was around 2 weeks before thanksgiving. 

I’m weird.  If you’re still here and reading this, you might be, too.  LOL.  Anyway, it’s 10:41 and I’m taking Her Randomness (not to be confused with Her Highness, which is KC’s cat…although I suppose I could also be called that, too, when you consider that I can’t wear my very low-heeled boots without being half a head taller than every last girl in the choir…which is another weird pet peeve of mine…but I digress)…anyway…I’M GOING TO BED!

Night…Winking smile

Thursday, December 16, 2010


I’m killing myself.  I have not even realized that I did the whole “missing blogger” thing for like 3 days in a row.  Ouch.

The house is making my OCD a little nuts, too.  I can’t do it all in one day and sometimes I don’t even want to start because it’s such a daunting task.  I’m trying though.  I put on my to-do list to sweep and mop and pretty much totally clean ONE room.  So I started sweeping that room…and I couldn’t just stop…all our floors kinda connect.  By the time I finished, I had swept the entire main level AND vacuumed it all, too.  *sigh*  But I DID manage to stop myself on mopping after 3 rooms and half a hallway.  So now I have the other half of hallway plus 3 rooms.  Confession: I had to stop mopping because I was out of time, not because I managed to stop myself.  LOL.  It made my OCD mad. 

I was also slightly distressed that I didn’t actually totally clean ANY room.  *sigh* 

OH WELL.  One can only do so much.  =/ 

Munchkin was out of school today.  Roads were icy this morning.  The phone call came at 5:45.  Naturally Munchkin heard the phone at 5:45.  She never hears the alarm on school mornings at 6:20 and I have to drag her out of bed.  But today…not a chance of her staying in bed.  I was like…go figure…the morning I can sleep in…

On the bright side, she did sit quietly for several hours this morning and listened to Adventures in Odyssey while I did school with K-man and worked on transferring and backing up all my files.  I have a new computer…well, it’s KC’s old one…it’s like huge.  I miss my little one, but I’m not mad about all the extra space for documents and pics.  =) 

Random post I know. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dining Out

Overheard conversation between the kids playing with play food.  Coffee table is set up like a table setting…

“I’ll be taking care of you today.  If you need anything else, just let me know and I’ll get it for you.”  -Munchkin

“I’ll take a large order of peace and quiet…” –KC

“We’re in a restaurant!!!”  -K-man

“Is there anything you’d like me to take for you?” –Munchkin

ROFL!  Do we eat out enough?  Obviously so…lol!

Friday, December 10, 2010

No no no

Please not again.  It’s like the pain that used to be in my right shoulder has just relocated…to my left shoulder.  And it’s killing me.  Oh I do not want another shot.  Maybe if I just take advil and don’t move my arm. 

I am so tired.  They are having revival at church this week and we didn’t go the last couple nights but we went tonight.  Didn’t get out until 9:45 and then ended up talking to a couple people before we left so it was 11 when we got home.  Poor dogs.  We left at 4 today to take the kids up to MIL’s and she cooked supper for us (YUM) so the dogs were in their crate for a long time tonight.  And I know they need to run around and stretch their legs for a few minutes before going back in for the night, but I am ready to go to bed!  *sigh* 

I don’t know what all to say…I have a lot on my mind but have no way to say it on here.  Even saying innocent things gets me in trouble anymore…lol.  I was a little bitter about that earlier this week but right now I’m too tired to feel anything but sleepy.  =) 

Goodnight now…=) 

Wednesday, December 08, 2010



Taking a cue from my dog now….


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

More Than One

Heard this song on the radio on my way home from Sister’s Night Out tonight.  Thankfully I didn’t know all the words, since it’s a bee-boppin song and I was driving in the car alone, so I couldn’t sing along and get in trouble for driving at a bee-boppin pace.  LOL. 

ANYWAY, it’s one I haven’t heard in years, but it’s a good one…

You’ve got to count your blessings—You’ll find one if you try.
Count on the Lord and watch those blessings multiply
Those might-have, could-have, should-have-beens are nothing but distressing,
When you’re down and out—it’s time to count your blessings.

Love it!  I have lots, I’d be counting for awhile.  Even just TONIGHT’S blessings would keep me busy for awhile.  Sister’s night out was fun.  Eating breakfast for supper at “Uncle Bob’s.”  Ordering their “bottomless caramel mocha” which was SINFULLY delish (until refill number 3 at which I began to get nauseous and had to quit…lol)!  Shopping at Tar-jay without any kids.  A wonderful hubby who watched the kids and put them to bed before I even got home (hallelujah!).  Getting to work with a friend for a whole day.  Getting some Christmas cards made.  Another friend who lets me borrow her cricut (another hallelujah)….well, lots of blessings, have I. 

Not a whole lot else going on…I have got to get my to-do list done tomorrow.  Will have to make myself get up early (and stay up…bummer…lol).  Anywho…I stayed up today and did alright.  Wheesht.  Nothing else to say right now.  Goodnight. 

Monday, December 06, 2010


It’s a disease.  I have a very bad case of it.  One of the symptoms is when you’re writing a blog post, you jump around from topic to topic without warning.

Just another day…I didn’t get everything on my list done.  Feels like I’m still behind, but the laundry pile is a lot smaller and a good bit of it actually got put away (whoo-eee!) and the floors and some of the counters are clean again.  And we have bread and milk.  And I got the bank and post office errands checked off.  So at least SOME of my stuff got done.

I saw an elephant in the clouds today.  He looked like he was laughing.  I’m assuming it was a he.  Maybe it was a she.  I didn’t have my camera, so I can’t show it to you. 

I need to get hopping on all my Christmas projects.  It’s fast approaching.  How is that possible? 

Munchkin’s class is doing an ornament exchange…so now I have to take her somewhere and have her buy an ornament to take to school to exchange with a classmate.  It’s a neat idea, but just something else to add to my to-do list. 

I haven’t had a Dr Pepper in feels like forever.  Feels like forever = 3 weeks.  *sigh*

I’m going to go look at Kohls online now…KC says they’re having a good deal. 

Randomitis.  Good thing it’s not deadly. 

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sunday Drive

Took me a little longer than usual to get home tonight.  I was driving through one of the little burgs that we have to drive through to get to church…the ones that are speed traps because the posted speed is 35mph and your car always wants to do at least 50…anyways, so I decided to take one of those leisurely out-of-the-way drives. 

Well, see, here’s the story: it was just me and K-man in the car (KC wasn’t feeling good and stayed home with the Munchkin) and BECAUSE it was just the other two of us in the car, I was singing a bee-boppin church song from tonight’s service and was bee-bopping along at a pace which matched the bee-boppin song without realizing that I was already in that little speed trap town.  And then there was the moment when I suddenly noticed the car that just went by me (going the other direction) and that there were reflective stickers on the side of that car that read “highway patrol” and then I looked at my speed and…

Then I decided to take a fork in the road that was just a “different” way home…to um…look at some Christmas lights.  LOL.  I haven’t told KC this part of the story…yet…lol.  Not that it’s a secret or anything.  =)  Because he always thinks I’m the only one that ever goes by a cop while doing 50 in a 35…and I will have you know that he is guilty just as often as I—only he never gets caught.  Watch…this will be the day he decides to read my blog.  LOL…KC, if you’re reading this, then HI HONEY!  I LOVE YOU! *GRIN*  And honey, you have to admit, there have been a few instances where YOU’VE taken a detour to avoid a speeding ticket, so no getting mad, okay?  ;-)

Tonight, I took a page out of his book—and didn’t get caught.  ;-)  THANK GOD!  I did have a moment of panic when I wasn’t sure where I was, out in the middle of no-where, with an empty tank of gas, and by myself in the dark, but I didn’t panic.  I just turned on the GPS and decided that my little detour was perfect because it took me out and around and right by the gas station.  ;-)  So I just went to get gas…the long way.   

LOL.  Dear God, thank you for watching out for me, in spite of every moment of ditzy carelessness that I seem to be all too capable of…

My Jesus knows just what I need.  Oh yes, He knows just what I need.
He satisfies and every need supplies, Yes, He knows just what I need.

I was thankful already tonight, but there’s just one MORE thing to be thankful for…lol. 

K-man cracked me up on the way home though…

”MOM!  I saw a NIGHT LIGHT!  A CHRISTMAS night light!”

“The clawwwww…you have saved our lives, we are eternally grateful.” (he was quoting toy story out of the blue…lol) 

“I love water!  And milk.  And juice.  And watermelon.  Because it’s red.  And cheeseburgers.”  (he’s so random…I wonder where he gets that?  LOL!)

I love cheeseburgers, too.  (teehehe)  Goodnight.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

What a Day!

I am so tired.  I didn’t even get online until just now.  This is becoming more and more of a habit, this OFFLINE business.  I’m not sure if that’s good or bad…I feel really disconnected sometimes.  But I guess it’s a good thing every now and then. 

Today we (the kids, puppies, and I—not the hubby—lol) slept in till 8…was so nice.  Then I got up and started moving around…kids breakfasts, puppies feeding and potty walk, my shower, kids showers, yada yada.  We had plans for this afternoon and I didn’t have anything better to do, so I decided to actually FIX my hair since it was supposed to be just cold, not raining.  By the way, you people who always see me with straight hair…there is a reason—like the fact that every stinking time I make an effort to DO something to my hair, the weather ruins it.  It was dry as the Sahara desert here at the house, but in the town several hours away, it was dumping snow and in case no one knows this already, snow works like rain and when you get 15 minutes of heavy snow on your head from walking the distance between the $8.00 parking and the door to the coliseum, it doesn’t shake off, you just pretty much look like you got out of the shower.  And in my case, when that happens…well, all that effort just goes down the drain.  HUMPH. 

Where was I?  Ah yes, my day.  Well, while I was getting everybody ready, the hubby went to town and picked up a dog lot that we set up in the garage for the puppies since we were going to be gone for longer than a couple of hours.  That was a blast to get set up and put together in a limited amount of time.  LOL.  But it was better than trying to chain the dogs up outside or leaving them in their crate for 9 hours straight.  Poor babies.  The garage doesn’t get super cold though, so they were fine when we got back.  =) 

Then it was off for big city that is hours away to see Disney’s Toy Story 3 on Ice…it was adorable!  The kids loved it.  We didn’t tell them what we were doing until we were inside and seated.  LOL…we are so mean.  But they had a good time.  We went with a bunch of friends, although we really didn’t get to “visit” all that much since we all drove separately.  We did all eat together afterwards though, which was fun! 

And I only worried a *LITTLE* while we were gone.  LOL.  Thank the Lord for that!  =)  And since laughter is good like a medicine, here’s something that made me laugh today:
garfield christmas1 Have a good night, ya’ll! =)

PS thanks for the encouraging words on my last post.  =) I know I’m never alone because Jesus is with me, but it’s nice to know I’m not “alone” in my worrying tendencies.  =) 

Friday, December 03, 2010

Why Worry

I think the song finishes with “when you can pray” but I think the real answer is that it’s because there are simply SO many things to worry ABOUT. 

BUT…praying is a better answer, (Philippians 4:6) and although I’ve already been doing that, perhaps I should just start praying that I won’t worry so much. 

I hate being a worrier…I’d rather not, but it’s so stinkin difficult sometimes.  Am I the only person who will get three miles from home and turn around and drive all the way back to their house to make sure the garage door shut all the way because they don’t remember double checking it?  Or the only person who goes to work and can’t remember if they turned off the iron, so they worry all day that the cat will knock it off and it will start a fire?  Or the only person who worries that all the conspiracy theories might be true?  LOL. 

I really do try not to worry.  At least about things I can’t control.  I just worry that I might do—or NOT do—something I COULD have controlled and something bad will happen and I will regret it for the rest of my life.  Or at least for a few days.  Or years.  Or even worse, that it will negatively affect someone I love for an indefinite amount of time…I just worry.

*biting nails*  Some days are worse than others on the worry scale. 

I hate worry. I just read this devotional and boy, is it exactly what I need.  Whew…think I’ll just go pray now.  And if I do it in bed, perhaps I will just peacefully fall to sleep.  =) 

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Tonight at supper (which FYI was rice and baked beans for me and Munchkin, sandwiches for the honey, mini frozen burgers for the K-man…gotta cater to my picky eaters, you know…lol):

K-man has his mini cheeseburgers on his plate and I’m dishing out the rice and beans to myself and the Munchkin. 

K-man: “Mom, what’s in that one?” pointing at the pot
Mom: “Beans.  That’s why I fixed you cheeseburgers.”
“I want some.”
“BEANS?!  …..Um…okay.” prepares to scoop
”Just one.”
“You mean just a little?”
”No, just one.”
”ONE bean?!?”
“Well, alright.” singles out one solitary baked bean and plops it on his plate
”Thank you.”
”You’re welcome, now get busy eating.”

momentary silence

K-man picks up the little round bean and puts in his mouth.  His face crinkles up and he visibly gags and then swallows it down. 

Dad: “How was it?”
K-man: “Good.”
Mom: “Want some more?”
K-man: “No, thank you.”

LOL….we cracked up.  At least he was polite about it and TRIED something different.  I have hope for less embarrassing future social interactions now… ROFL!  SOOOO funny!

Oh…also so funny…I was informed by Munchkin that she fell in love today.  Her little friend on the bus told her he loved her “with his own mouth and then he gave me the ‘I love you’ sign.” today…so now she doesn’t just LIKE him, she is IN LOVE!  LOLOL! 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


*shaking head in a daze*  Where did that wagon go?  I think I fell off…I haven’t blogged in a few days.  OOPS.  I have been drinking LOTs of water though.  And I haven’t had a Dr Pepper in 16 days, 11 hours, 22 minutes, and 32…33…34…lol….um….I haven’t missed it at all…HA.  Okay, I don’t really remember it down to the second…I was kidding.  BUT I have been drinking water!  At least there’s ONE positive in my favor. 

So Munchkin got strep for Thanksgiving day, so we stayed home.  Have been busy around here…the house is looking decent…been organizing and cleaning and working my little tail off and it’s coming along.  The family is supposed to be here for IMG_9023ewebChristmas this year so we have been trying to get the house in tip-top shape. 

Last couple of days I’ve been working on some Christmas projects and the days have been busy with working on the house and helping friends and working on those projects.  Plus some picture sessions.   I still have to finish the editing on those but I’m working on it. 

Rained something awful today and tonight…hope that’s fixed the drought for awhile.  We were in choir practice tonight and the choir is singing “…even in the darkest night, walk by…” and the power goes out and it’s pitch black inside the church…for a full 5 seconds.  I told KC…HUM…guess God was testing to see if we meant it.  LOL! 

Anyway…I can’t think anymore tonight…I really need to go to bed but I’ve been half watching A Time To Kill while I’ve been working tonight and I love that movie and it’s not over yet…lol…maybe I’ll just go back to bed after I take Munchkin to the bus stop in the morning.  LOL.  

Oh well.  Goodnight!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Going through photos for the year.  Some months I took LOTS of pictures…and then some months…well…I haven’t been so hot on photos this month.  OH WELL. 

It’s making me a little sad though…the puppies were…ahem…PUPPIES just a few months ago. 

And happy, too…the house was in desperate need for a complete paint job just a few months ago…LOL!  Not so much now.  YAY!  =) 

And a few times, I’ve laughed.  Like when I looked at all the PROJECT photos I took this year.  And remembered the day that K-man took a jug out to the recycle bin for me and cheerfully said, “that’s right, mama, reduce, reUSE, REEEcycle!”  Bwahahaha….We do a lot of re-USING around here.  Love it!  =)

It ended up being much later than I thought it was and I’m still not finished, so the blog post that was in my mind is zapped.  I will hopefully come back tomorrow.  LOL. 

Oh and I’m thankful that my sore throat is feeling better.  =)  And that Munchkin’s sore throat is feeling better.  And that so far, no one else is sick. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Well, I was busy yesterday….kinda crazy day…so no post.  *wincing*  I haven’t done so great with the making my bed up habit either.  Oh well.  Can’t win’em all.  =)  turkey-day-ad

Here’s something fun though!  If you are on the lookout for some AWESOME kits, the designer that I create for is having a fantastic sale!  50% off all her kits.  And she’s got a brand spankin’ new one out that is just adorable!  Particularly if you have a bookworm in your house. =) 

All of her stuff is so fun…I love all her kits and this is your chance to stock up on some good stuff!  Don’t miss it! 

Oh and before I go, here’s her latest kit: SweetTomato_Bookish_Preview
And here’s the page I created with it: 

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Reading is TOTALLY one of my obsessions. ;-)  I have GOT to find a good book to read over thanksgiving.  =) 

Credits for this page are listed here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oooh Dear

It’s 10:26 and my eyelids are WAY heavier than they usually are at this time of night.  :-O  Don’t know why except that maybe it has something to do with the fact that I ran all over the place today and I’m totally tired.  Again.  =) 

Tonight I’m thankful for comfortable furniture.  Particularly a comfortable bed.  Seriously.  All I have to do is remember some of the other places I’ve slept laid down and tossed and turned all night on, and I’m instantly thankful all over again that I have a comfortable cozy warm bed.  =) 

And now I’m going to go have a nice long visit with that particular piece of furniture.  Tomorrow is another busy day…thanksgiving is almost here and I’m not ready.  And we won’t even talk about Christmas.  Yow.  Ya’ll have a good night now, ya hear?  May your dreams be less weird than mine.  ;-)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Difference Between Boys And Girls

Alternate Title: Horrifying on SO Many Levels

           BOY playing Star Wars           VS         GIRL playing Star Wars
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So tonight, Munchkin had her SW peoples and was playing quietly in church…I looked down and was horrified to see her making her SW peoples making out with each other.  ACK.  IN CHURCH.  Oh the horror.  To make it worse, it was the good little jedi girl and the bad guy bounty hunter!  I just hope it wasn’t the first date!  LOL…the sermon this morning touched on getting physical too fast when dating…maybe that’s where she came up with this idea.  Haha.  I guess it’s better to laugh than cry, right?  
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I tried to comfort myself with the fact that I played with barbie dolls when I was a kid and made them kiss and stuff…so maybe it’s not all that abnormal.  But PLEASE, child!  NOT IN CHURCH.   Although I guess that’s probably not any better than killing all the clones dead with lightsabers…in church.  LOL!  OH YEAH…and let’s not forget…we don’t date the bad guys, okay?

*please excuse the first two photos…i snapped them with my phone.  =)

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Yes…hello.  It’s: M-3E-1 

And ME is sleepy.  Feeling much better…hopped in the jacuzzi tonight and let the jets sooth my poor shoulder.  Wasn’t even thinking today and lifted one of the kids up into the truck and AS I did, the thought crossed my mind…that might have been a bad idea.  Oh well.  Tried to rest it as much as possible and the jacuzzi was a lovely fix.  But it made me sleepy. 

Today I’m thankful for a relaxing, restful Saturday (not typical) and that our house has such a nice feature as a jacuzzi.  =)  And now I’m falling asleep, so I’m gonna hit the sack.  Night. 

PS: Sorry for the boring material here lately…maybe my goal for December will be to actually come up with some good material!  LOL.  =) 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Go Figure

*sigh*  I just spent a good hour making a new header for the ol’ blog.  And the next thing I know…”blip” …and Photoshop is… (not responding).  Goodbye, last hour.  Oh well.  Guess “Summer” will hang around on my blog for a few more days. 

ANYWAY!  I am so tired…again.  But my shoulder is SO much better today.  I’m seriously trying to rest it.  But there’s just one problem…in a few weeks, I’m gonna have to call my doctor back.  “Um…yes, doc, can you give me a shot in my OTHER arm?”  Cuz…well…I can’t exactly TOTALLY rest…it’s not in my character.  So I’ve just been using my LEFT arm to do everything.  Like moving couches and loveseats and vacuuming and….um.  Moving on…

I AM thankful though, that the shot seems to have helped my shoulder!  Now if I can just rest it for a week so it will STAY better.  That is going to be the tricky part.  =)  Oh, and I’m also thankful that we didn’t lose any furniture off the back of the truck on I-85 in the middle of 3 lanes of heavy traffic, even though AFTER we got off of 85 and stopped to check the load, we realized one of the straps had just totally came undone.  *wincing*  And I didn’t turn into a total basket case during the event either…my knuckles were white and my leg will never be the same, but I managed without totally falling apart.  And our basement is really coming together now…I’m thankful for THAT, too.  =) 

And now, my sore left arm, my crippled right arm, and my sleepy eyes are going to bed…hopefully the rest of me will follow. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I hate pain meds.  Today was kinda foggy.  I hate that.  My shoulder is feeling a little better though…settled down a little bit.  Still can’t do much with it, and since it’s my right arm, that makes life a little interesting

Anyway…I don’t think I’m gonna hang around here long tonight…I can’t hardly keep my eyes open.  =( 

Today I’m thankful for God.  I really have no other words to go with that….I’m just thankful.  And I’m thankful that I was able to keep my eyes open long enough to post.  =)  Goodnight.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not Good

Well, yesterday got away from me.  At 11:40 last night, right as I was curled up in the nice warm bed, drifting into unconsciousness, the thought crossed my mind…oh phooey, I didn’t blog. 

And then I thought.  Nuh, uh…I’ll do double tomorrow.  And that was the last thing I remember.  And then I got up this morning and hit the ground running and blogging just didn’t fit anywhere in there.  So there’s my second failure.  The first being with the habit of making the bed all the way up to pillows.  Fell off that wagon the last few days, too. 

BUT.  I have drank nothing but water for three days now.  It almost killed me today…but I stuck to it.  I had to go BACK to the town down the road for the second time in one day (long story) and I thought, well, there’s at least one bright spot…the place I have to go when I go back is right across from Sonic and it will be right in the middle of happy hour…I can just go pick up a nice half price drink.  So I get there.  I am IN THE DRIVE THRU….in the middle of ordering a drink when I remember…wait a minute…I can’t have any drinks…only water.  So I said…um…never mind…I guess I’ll just take a water.  They probably thought I was nuts.  But I didn’t drink anything except water. 

And today I could have really used a drink.  What a day.  Definite capper of the day was that 3 inch needle in my shoulder and being 4 pounds heavier than my last doctor visit 5 weeks ago.  LOL. 

Oh well.  He did give me a few low dose pain killers, and since they make you drowsy, I had to wait until now to take one….I’m feeling much better now…AND SLEEPY.  So I should hurry with the thankful things before I fall asleep and THIS one doesn’t get posted.  ;-) 

Yesterday, I was thankful that we got our homework done for the training hours needed for our foster care license renewal.  (We were behind and had to get 10 hours – and catch up in one week…lol).  BUT…it’s done.  Right under the deadline.  *whew* 

Today, I’m thankful that I didn’t pass out when the doctor stuck that needle all the way down into my shoulder joint.  Munchkin was watching in horror, so I had to set a fine example of what NOT to do when you get scary needles stuck in ya.  God really helped me though…and I gritted my teeth and smiled at Munchkin while the excruciating pain was going on in my shoulder.  *wincing*  Now, hopefully the shot will make it better so I can be thankful for THAT. =) 

The end.  Zzzzzzz….

Monday, November 15, 2010


I am SO. Tired.  But my brain is still going 90 miles an hour.  Good thing there are no traffic cops in my head. 

Unfortunately my brain is going 90 miles an hour in DOUGHNUTS, so I’m pretty much ready to just fall into bed and forget about it for a few hours.  =)

Tonight I’m thankful for time spent with friends.  Friends who are every bit as close to family as you can get without actually being related.  Friends that make painting fun.  ;-)  Anyways, I love spending time with our friends and that we always have such a good time.   Even if its doing nothing more than having a meal and chatting for a little while…or spending hours painting and chatting…it’s all good.  And I am grateful for all those times.  =) 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Light, Cheap, & Random

Strangely enough, I’m not as hungry right now as I thought I’d be…today I have consumed an oatmeal pie and coffee (breakfast); a spicy chicken go-wrap, eight fries, and a dr pepper (lunch); and 2 chicken wraps, 4 fries, and a dr pepper (supper).  And actually, the dr pepper was only because I’m trying to finish up this 2 liter at home so that I won’t have to throw it out…going cold turkey tomorrow.  The goal is a week of WATER ONLY.  *sigh* 

And all I can say is I certainly hope my scale is nicer to me by the end of next week.  If I wasn’t tall, I’d be fat.  Not that I’m huge or anything, but I’m sure NOT loving the extra 10 pounds that showed up in the last 2 weeks.  GRRR.  Scary…plus the bursitis is back and if I have to take that medicine again that makes me super hungry again, I’ll really be in trouble.  That’s what started this whole thing anyway.  =( 

So tonight, after ordering our second drive-thru meal of the day, KC looked at me and said…I could get used to this eating cheap.  I was like, eating cheap?  We’re just NOT EATING, DUDE!  LOL.  Of course that’s cheap!  Hahaha!  We really did do good today though…the four of us ate TWICE on what one fast food meal typically costs.  Hey. Not too shabby.  =) 

Random change of subject…my monster puppies learned how to play fetch with the tennis ball in the last couple of days.  I throw it across the basement and they run to get it and bring it back.  It’s so cool!  =)  Oh and on the not cool side, Obi has regressed and I have to keep track of him all the time now because he sneaks away to poo even after he’s gone outside like a good boy…how do I fix that?  I have caught him in the act and scolded the fire out of him, he only runs loose in the house IF he has pottied outside, and yet, he still does it.  *SIGH*  Annoying. 

Another random change of subject, the basement annoyed me today.  It was a wreck and it made me crazy.  And my poor anal hubby wasn’t bothered a bit.  Which is mainly what bothered me the most because I usually don’t have to be bothered by stuff like that because HE is and he FIXES it before I ever feel annoyed by it.  =) 

SO here’s my thankful thing for today:  I’m thankful my hubby didn’t get (too) angry with me when I went ballistic over the disaster of a family room today and instead he helped me arrange it into a livable (for the time being) set-up.  Yay for a darling hubby. ;-)  Yay also for me getting over my ballistic moment.  ;-)  My hubby says yay for that, too.  Although he doesn’t actually use the word “yay.”  He’s much too sophisticated for that.  LOL.  Oh well.  I love him anyway.  =)

Saturday, November 13, 2010


We went to Ikea today.  Second time in a few weeks and can I just say again….WOW!  Signed the kids into the kiddy play center and went shopping…I LOVE IKEA!  =) 

We got a few things.  And a very large bill.  And lunch.  It was fun.  Except for the large bill.  But we did get quite a few things for that very large bill, and free babysitting for the kids while we looked around, so I guess it was worth it.  LOL.  Oh and…if you got kids…they eat free at IKEA in November…which is really, really cool!  =) 

Tonight I’m thankful that I got all the stuff we bought at IKEA put together before I crashed.  LOL.  Speaking of crashing…*yawn*

Friday, November 12, 2010


You know, it’s one thing to be thankful and it’s completely a whole different thing to try to pick one thing and then put it into words that make sense for a blog post.  This is way more difficult than just blogging every day.  I mean, because while I’m mostly writing about a bunch of seemingly “insignificant” things that I’m thankful for (although, I don’t really think they are insignificant), I don’t want to miss all the important things I’m thankful for (like my hubby, God, our home, our country…you know…) and then on top of that, I feel like if I just write about the one I’m thinking about at that moment, it will seem like I’m placing them by rank or order of importance…and I’m totally not…

Anyway….all that rambling.  And I’m still no closer to deciding what thing I’m thankful for that I want to write about today.  ;-) 

Uh.  So.  Today I’m thankful for my friends.  They are definitely some of those important things that I couldn’t do without!  I have some of the best friends in the entire world…I’m so blessed and I appreciate all of them…in real life and online ones.  =)  =) 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just Thankful

Today, I’m just thankful.  For everything.  I got really, really grouchy this evening because it seemed like nothing was working right and it was just frustrating but regardless if NOTHING ever works right again…I’m still thankful.  God is still good.  It’s sometimes hard to be thankful when animals/things/people/etc are driving you nuts….like right now.  *sigh* 

But I’m still blessed.  At least I’m alive to be annoyed, right?  ;-) 

There’s always a bright side.  And if I were NOT alive to be annoyed, it’d still be alright cuz I’d be with Jesus.  Although, if I have to be honest, I’d have to say I’d like to live down here a little longer.  Even though I’m an alien, I’d still like to live on this planet for a few more years… =)  And be thankful for every minute of those years.  Even the ones where people and animals are making me crazy. 

Amen and goodnight.  =) 

Say Your Words

K-man: (building with lincoln logs) I’m gonna make a Fire Am Partmet.
Mom: A fire Umpartment?
K-man: Nooo.  Say your words!
Mom: A fire DE-partment? (very clearly)
K-man: Thank you.  Yes.  A fire am partment.


Um.  Well.  Right. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


KC: Are you going to wash our vehicle this week?
Faith: Um…..
K-man: It’s not a vehicle.  It’s a CRAZY vehicle.
Faith: Crazy vehicle? 
KC: So are you going to wash the CRAZY vehicle?
K-man: Don’t say ve—vecih—vecile--
KC: Vehicle?
K-man: Don’t say it!  Don’t say veh—vecihl—vecichle!
Faith: laughing (because he said it right the first time and now he’s all tongue twisted)
K-man: Stop laughing!  I said QUIT LAUGHING!

Okay then. 

Tonight I’m thankful for our crazy vecichel.  =)  And for my crazy family.  And for laughter.  =) 

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Not From Around Here

I think I’ve figured out what the problem is…here I am thinking everybody else is just weird.  But I think I’ve got it now.  I think I’m just from another planet.  I adapt to human mannerisms and procedures but not because I feel them.  green-cartoon-alien-clipart-thumb2822032I just do them to appear human.  I find things funny when they are supposed to be serious, but I keep my face straight.  I don’t see humor in things humans find funny, but when everyone is laughing, I smile.  When I cut myself, I ooze chocolate instead of blood.  Actually, I’m kidding…although wouldn’t THAT be nice?  I’m not sweet enough for that though…it’s really tobasco sauce.  LOL. 

I’m still kidding.  But I’m not kidding when I say, sometimes I seriously feel like I’m from a totally different planet.  ;-)

But I could sure use those four additional arms though… ;-)

Anyway…as far as being thankful?  Yesterday I pegged it just right.  Today I’m thankful for Advil.  Although actually it’s Excedrin Extra Strength Back and Body.  ;-) 

Oh and hey, I’m also thankful because CVS had really good sales.  I used $6.00 in extra bucks from two weeks ago, plus $3.00 in extra bucks from today, plus a $5.00 off for buying $15.00 worth of the selected products…so I got 4 bottles of Excedrin (24 count), a bag of halls cough drops, and a bottle of Children’s Triaminic Cough Medicine for $2.09.  I felt pretty good when I left.  =) 

Well, goodnight.  =)   

Monday, November 08, 2010


So much for being rid of bursitis.  Yikes.  But see, here’s the thing.  There are things that must be done.  And I can’t exactly not do them when they are there and must be done and I’m the only one there to get it done. 

I won’t complain though…it’s still not as bad as it was when I broke down and went to see the doc.  Although, when I wake up in the morning, I wouldn’t be very surprised if it was that bad again.  LOL. 

Mostly because I cleaned out the garage today…which involved lifting and carrying some junk downstairs.  But it had to be done because we really need to park in the garage now that it’s getting down to frost season.  =) 

Oh yeah and then I helped the hubby move a loveseat and recliner and cabinet downstairs.  Those things weren’t heavier than a jug of milk…not much anyway.  LOL! 

Tomorrow I may be thankful for Advil. 

But tonight, I’m thankful for a hot shower and Dr. Pepper.  I have drank lots of water today, so I don’t feel real guilty about going right now and pouring meself a glass.  =)  And I’m gonna be thankful every second while I drink it.  ;-) 


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Fall Back

Today I’m thankful for “fall back” time….it feels like I’ve had an extra hour all day long.  LOL.  I know I really didn’t, but it just felt like it.  =)  First this morning when KC got up at FOUR (that’s because he fell asleep at 8:30 by the new time) and I rolled over and fell back asleep for another 3 hours.  And then again after lunch when I looked at the clock and it said 3:30 and it was actually 2:30.  *grin*  Yeah!  It’s one of the things that helps fall begin to make up for being the reason summer had to disappear.  ;-)

Anyway, today was the first day that I didn’t make the bed up all the way to decorative pillows.  I HAVE stuck to the cleaning at least one thing a day thing though…even while I was sick, so at least I feel good about that one.  =)

And tomorrow’s another day…thank God! 

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I Own Facebook

Hey…did ya’ll know I own facebook?  Me either.  But according to my MIL, my daughter is POSITIVE that I do. 

Munchkin: “My mom OWNS facebook.”
Mawmaw: “I think you mean she HAS a facebook…and a blog.”
Munchkin: “Yeah, I know about that blog, but my momma OWNS facebook!”


Anyways.  Today, I’m thankful that our pool is CLOSED!  We have spent like hours and hours and hours trying to figure out how to winterize the pump/filter/pipes and KC finally figured out what was wrong.  The seal on one of the important pump parts wasn’t on good…it had stretched out and when KC took it off and very carefully squeezed it back on so the seal was good again, everything just fell into place.  Of course, we still had to spend hours and hours and hours filling up all gazillion and one water bags and stretching the cover over and placing all gazillion bags on the cover…..and it was stinking FREEZING outside and sticking my hands in the water nearly gave me frostbite…well…I’ll stop complaining and just say I’m thankful it’s done.  LOL!

I’m so tired.  My eyes are kinda glazing over.  Tonight is the time change, so it’s really an hour earlier than what my computer says…which is an hour before I usually go to bed anyway.  That means, it’s really TWO hours before my usual bedtime.  And I’m ready to go now.  YIKES.  =)  Oh WELL.  =)  Goodnight anyway.  =)

Friday, November 05, 2010


Today I’m thankful for health.  Even when I’m sick (although, thank the Lord, I AM feeling better now), I’m still thankful for overall good health.  I’m also thankful for Advil Cold and Sinus and Alkaseltzer Cold fizzy tabs. 

“I’m not a big fat panda!  …I’m THE big fat panda.” 

Sorry.  I know that was random.  I just got sidetracked watching KungFu Panda that KC turned on to fall asleep to…lol.  He makes like he’s going to watch a movie and then I get all comfy on my computer and I look over and he’s sleeping and I end up watching the movie.  LOL.  My favorite line from that movie is the little kungfu master getting all frustrated with the Panda and sitting there going, “I-i-i-in-in-inner peaccccce, i-i-inner peace…”  I use that line a lot.  LOL.  ;-) 

And now that I’ve dropped that little bit of random along with my thankful thing for the day, I’m going to bed.  Night. =)  

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A Few Words

Tonight I’m thankful that my hubby is back home from his overnight business trip and that the family made it through a day without being sick.  Well…at least being puke sick.  LOL.  I still feel crummy but I’m not gonna complain about it. 

Unfortunately though I’m not much on words tonight.  Head hurts and can’t think straight.  But I’m still thankful.  =)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Hoo Boy

Today I’m thankful that K-man’s aim has improved since the last time he was sick and he (with the exception of a few drops) hit the toilet/bucket both times when he puked.  That is a miracle.  I’m also thankful because I don’t feel good today either and I don’t think I could have handled spew.  I’m pretty sure God knew that. 

Here’s hoping tomorrow finds us all better and Munchkin doesn’t get it. 

Here’s hoping for a brighter tomorrow…tomorrow.  ;-) 

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


IMG_8488ewebWell, today I’d have to say I’m thankful for our son.  He’s been with us for years (more than three actually), but today it was finished.  Today the official decree was signed at the courthouse…it’s over…no more worrying if the appeals will be won, if the termination will be overturned…it’s settled.  I am so happy! 

K-man never knew of the battle and the only name he knows is ours…but we know…and we also see how far he’s come in the last three years.  He’s a good little man…and I’m so glad that now both of our kids are forever!  =) 

Oh I’m also thankful today for chicken soup.  Woke up this morning with a stuffed up head and it progressed to achy chills…joy.  Chicken soup always makes me feel better though.  =)  I got some out to fix for lunch today and Munchkin (who was off today for teacher workday) asked, “Who’s sick?”  LOL.  I was like…um…sniiiifff… sigh….”me.”  “Oh,” she says, “can I have some soup, too?” 

Monday, November 01, 2010

Happy November!

alwaysfaith - creepy*If you came by to look at my October Photo Hunt Pictures, and want a little shortcut there, you can just click here. ;-) I’m just nice like that. LOL. ;-) ;-)*

Well, they say it takes three or four weeks to make a habit. (I’m of the opinion that it is based on it being a GOOD habit you’re trying to create. Personally, I just THINK about a bad habit and it’s suddenly second nature.) But anyway, if THEY are correct, then blogging daily should be a habit now, right? I was looking on lifehack at a list of tricks to build new habits…it’s inspiring. Maybe every month I should add a new habit (a good one) to my repertoire.

Oh and THEY also say that if you build a habit and then break it, it is MUCH easier to pick it back up in a shorter amount of time. So for November, I think I’ll continue a habit, pick up an old habit, and start a new one. Hmmm…I think that could be doable.

So for JUST the month of November:

  1. November will be my Thankful Month. A daily post that highlights something (or someone) I’m thankful for. (continue a habit)
  2. Make my bed up all the way to decorative pillows (instead of just pulling up the bedspread) every day. (pick up an old habit)
  3. Clean ONE thing in the house every day. Do it without thinking of all the other things that need doing, which makes me overwhelmed, which makes me procrastinate. (start a new habit)

Maybe by New Year’s resolution time, I will be perfect and won’t need to make any resolutions. HAH. Not likely. LOL!

Although, I have to say, since the end of summer and things calmed down a bit with our foster kid situations, I have actually gotten a handle on this years ONLY new year’s resolution. LOL! I just had to read back to my first January post to figure out what it was…so doing it was unintentional…haha!

Another current habit I’m going to continue is participation in the Photo Scavenger Hunts… ;-) For November and December, there is going to be a 10 item list. Here is this month’s list:

  1. Home Sweet Home
  2. Thankful
  3. Family
  4. I Ate This- Thanksgiving Edition (if you don’t live in U.S then pick something you ate in November)
  5. A Turkey
  6. Something Hand-Made
  7. Something Hot
  8. Something Cold
  9. Something Orange
  10. Anything Goes (Any photo you take in November!)

To join, go here and enter your name in the linky.

Oh and before I go, today I’m thankful for chocolate. I picked something simple today since this post is already long enough. ;-) And now I’m going to go eat some. Goodnight! =)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

October Photos

Photo Hunt List courtesy of  See more participant entries for this month’s hunt by clicking here.  Voting on favorites begins after November 7th. 

  1. In Disguise 
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    K-man in his storm trooper mask that we brought back from NY for him. 

  2. Crisp  
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    Leaves…and although the picture doesn’t really show it, the air was crisp this morning, too.  I nearly froze.  

  3. Fall Colors
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    Somewhere over NY…our plane was coming in for the landing in Rochester. 

  4. A Jack O’lantern
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    This isn’t a standard jack o’lantern, but it’s a pumpkin and it looks like it IS a lantern.  The funny thing is that it wasn’t lit at all…it was just covered in some reflective sparkles and when I took the picture, the sparkles reflected the light and made it look like it was glowing.  =) 

  5. a Shot from the Ground 
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    Munchkin getting off the school bus.  Yes, I think the bus driver did give me a funny look.  =)

  6. a Landscape
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    Irondequoit Bay in Rochester, NY…

  7. a Fall Tradition 
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    Picking out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch… 

  8. Books
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    In the middle of a book…this is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the car…(WHEN I’M RIDING, of course ;-)  lol

  9. Dining
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    Getting ready to eat cake for my Grandma’s 85th birthday. 

  10. Child/Children
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    She said ‘butt’!!!”

  11. Faces formed in Nature (anything that looks like a face but isn’t : examples here)
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    I looked and looked and looked….I finally gave up…this was my very last picture and KC said, just make a face on the sidewalk out of leaves or acorns or something.  LOL…so I did.  ;-)

  12. Tilt-Shift Photography  (Tutorial Here) (Tilt-Shift Maker here)
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    I’m not sure if this actually works since it wasn’t officially from an upward angle, but I can sort of imagine these being miniatures…?

  13. B & W with selective coloring (Tutorial here)
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    Street sign…kinda feels like Christmas, but it’s really October.  I think it must be the colors. 

  14. Bokeh (Tutorial here)
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    I think this qualifies…

  15. Best Photo taken October 23rd
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    This road was old…was made of bricks.  You could break an ankle wearing flats on this road…lol.  Too bad the bricks weren’t yellow, though.  LOL!

  16. Something from the Kitchen
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    Buckeyes!  Sis T made them yesterday for fall festival at church. 

  17. Something Vintage 
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    Grandma’s manuscript.  She’s 85 and she wrote it out by hand and decorated it when she was young…so that’s pretty vintage. 

  18. Something Creepy
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    I just think fog rising off the water is creepy.  =)  I know it’s just fog, but still…

  19. Something Golden 
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    The leaves are definitely golden. 

  20. A Self-Portrait
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    Okay…this is my least favorite.  I couldn’t get the focus right so it’s blurry and then there’s the fact that I just don’t like pictures of me, plus I wanted something creative and this wasn’t…but oh well. 

And there.  It is finished.  ;-)  Yay!  And by the way, today is day 31…I did it!  I posted every single day for an entire month!  Go self!  =)