Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thank You Very Much Thursday

Today is Thank You Very Much Thursday
So when you finish here jump on over
there and check it out.
To the sinus pressure I have had to
deal with all week long....thank you
very much.
To Walmart that I am b0ycotting
because they never have what I go in
for anymore...thank you very much.
To the mess I have left in my process
of cleaning up the craftroom...where
did all that stuff come from....thank
you very much.
And the to ice and snow that is due
to hit here after I get to work tomorrow...
let me THANK YOU VERY MUCH ahead
of time (can't you do it before I come to
work so maybe I don't have to go and not
have to worry about getting home)?
And on that note I think it deserves another
Now that I have vented that, jump on over
and check out some more Thank You Very
Much Thursday!
Thanks for stopping in (and I do mean that),

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

My dog Dakota peeking out from behind the curtain.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Heart Faces - Texture

This weeks challenge on I heart faces is

to display a photo with texture.

Jump on over to that blog and check all

the pics out. Enjoy.


Thanks for stopping in,

Monday, January 25, 2010

True Story Tuesday - The Bike Wreck

Week after week when I think I have ran out
of funny or interesting things to write about for
True Story Tuesday but then out of the blue
something else hits me. This story today takes
place a long time ago, I was 17 years old at the time.

My brother was into BMX racing. He loved to ride
and had been jumping ramps and popping wheelies
forever it seemed, but then he got into racing.
First it was just around where we lived but as
he grew so did that interest.

We traveled to places like Orlando Fla., Evansville Ind.,
and even St. Louis for races. I met a lot of intesting
people at these races. Some of these guys really
had muscles from riding these bikes. I have to
admit I loved the attention I got from them.

There were several times when some of these racers

would come to our house to stay while touring BMX races
around the Nashville area. Two of the first two to come
were Greg Esser and his brother Brian from Fla. Greg and I
were closer to the same age and Brian and Mark (my
brother) were closer. So Greg and I spent time

Greg and I -taken in St. Louis
I loved to ride a lot back in those days also. Course
I did not race. But I had my own ten speed and when I
needed to think, get away or whatever, I rode. This was
my ten speed. I was surprised that I was able to come up
with a pic of it in my albums. This was an Evil Knievel
special. Keep that name of the bike in the back of your mind....

One evening Greg and I decided that we wanted to go for a
ride. Back then the neighbor did not have street lights
and there were no lights on my ten speed or his BMX bike.
It was after dark, we were riding along, talking and
laughing when all of a sudden a kid came out of his drive
on his bike. He did not see me, I did not see him.
It was to late, I hit him. No, he was not hurt but I did suffer
from embarrassment at that moment and bruises and
was really sore the next day. You see, I did not just
hit this kid on a small bike (he was about 10), I
slamed into him and flipped over my handle bars
on to the ground. Could not even do that one with
Greg made sure I was okay but then I am afraid
that we both laughed our butts off over all the way
home since we had to push my bike. I bent the front
wheel frame up pretty good. Can you say Evil Knievel??

not my bike, but this is how it looked.

Good thing it was dark cause I know I must have been
so red faced after that.
That has been over 30 years ago, the embarrassment is
gone but it still makes for a good laugh. The last time
I saw Greg was probably about 15 years ago. My brother
had given up BMX and was racing cars at our local speedway.
Greg was in town and him and I went to the races together.
Next True Story Tuesday will be another adventure
from my brothers BMX racing days and the guys I
Thanks for stopping in,

Friday, January 22, 2010

Foodie Friday - Pork Chop/Stuffing and Apples

Morning all,

This is my first post to Foodie Friday.
Keep in mind that I am not a big cooker.
I look for easy, simple and good meals
to fix....remember EASY, I all about that!

When you finish reading and you wipe
the your watering mouth, stop by
and link up your own Foodie Friday meal!

My children are 29 and 22 but when
they were young I cooked a hot
breakfast every morning before they
set out to school, except maybe one
day a week. Then for dinner since I
was a single Mom there were not any
eating out so it was another hot meal
prepared. I think I have earned my right
to cook or not to cook.....

But thanks to my friend Nancy I have
directions to a really easy and good
tasting meal. You will need~~~

3 to 4 large boneless pork chops
1 21 oz can of apple pie filling
1 box of stuffing

Prepare the stuffing according to
the box.
In a 13x9 casserole dish sprayed
with cooking spray spread
the pie filling in the bottom.
On top of that spread your
already made stuffing and
top with your pork chops.

Bake at 375 for 30 min. covered
Bake uncovered for 10 more min. or
until chops are done.

So have your bread,
meat and a dessert all in one.
You might want to try this...I added
finely chopped pecans to my stuffing!!

Sorry no pics to post because once
it was made I grabbed my fork
and starting eating.

Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank You Very Much Thursday

This is my first time to play along
with Thank You Very Much
Thursday at

Check out my thank you's for the
week on things that frustrated me,
pissed me off or just did not sat well
with me. When finished reading this
hop on over to Daily Dribbles blog
with the link above and have more

Thank you very much for :

The washer that decided to leak
all over the hall floor

The girl at Taco Bell that was
not friendly, had poor customer
service and informed me that
she did not know where the hot
sauce was

the fact that I had sound on my
tv but not a picture...that would
be a thanks to Dish!

to the fact that twice this week
my Mom has not phone service...
thanks again AT&T...( I have issues
with this company)

for the dull freak'n headache I have
had for a week

for the nut that pulled out in front
of me and slowed down (does he
not know how dangerous that can
be with me behind the wheel?)

Okay folks, that is about all I can
come up with right now...I slept
since somethings happened!

Have a great Thursday and
thanks for stopping in.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

True Story Tuesday - The Damage

Good morning.

Just when I think I have ran out of true
stories to tell that would bring on laughter,
I think of another one!

Once upon a time I was younger and in a
lot better shape then I am in now!!! LOL…

With that said, I don’t guess I really took
the best of care of myself with some of
the things that I would do. For one, I
have had a bad back since I was in high
school but at in my early 20’s I was not
having issues as much with it so I thought
I could do anything. One of my biggest
and worse traits at that time was that I
could not stand to leave my furniture the
same way for longer then a couple of
months. I was always rearranging things.

That night I laid a sleeping baby in her

crib for the night only to notice that I

had placed it under the air vent. I pulled

the stool (like a piano stool) over to the

side of the crib. I hopped up there and

was adjusting the vent follow, when all

of a sudden the stool flipped out from

under me (that happens when you stand

on the edge). I flew back off the stool,

ripped a shelf (put up with anchor hooking

bolts) off the wall, making a dent in the

wall where my head hit (no comments

needed about my hard head) and in the

process I kicked the under side of the

mattress and springs causing one end

to jump off the hook that held it to the

frame…this in turn causing my child

to slide to the end without waking her.

As I got up and looked around at the

damage in runs my ex (husband at the

time)…..nude! He had been in the tub when

I took my fall. He asked was I okay and in

my reply I said, “look at the mess I made”!

He laughed and said that was nothing

compared to what he had done then

walked out of the room.

I recovered enough to wonder about that

statement but in a split second he returned.

He was carrying the soap dish, you know

the one I mean, the ceramic ones that

are bonded to your tile wall! Yes, that

one. When he heard the noise of my

fall he grabbed the soap dish pulling

himself up and out of the tub to see

what happened….pulling it off the wall.

That brought a laugh to me even though

I was already getting really sore. Then we

sat out to repair what damage we could

correct at that point. My daughter slept

through it all.

One last thought to leave you with....

a man I worked with once told me that

people would not know the silly things

I did if I did not come into work telling them...

my reply was that they are funny and I love

to share the laughter!

Thanks for stopping in,

The hook for the crib!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Birthday Gifts

It's that time of year again....BIRTHDAY!
Yikes.....(this is an edit to this blog...I was
reminded by several people that I failed to
state my up coming age.....I will be the BIG there!)

Of course I am telling you about it exactly one
month before it happens. I wanted to share it
with you so that I could tell you about my early
birthday gifts.

Before I do that let me explain to you that
I have tried all my life to get people to believe
that I am a little sweetheart, course some
have made the choice not to believe (LOL),
see my b-day is Valentines Day.....

Now that we have that out of the way let me also tell you
that my Mom's spoils me! I will not go into all the ways
that she does that right now, maybe they will be a future

I will tell you this, after Christmas we were at Kolh's
together. I was looking at Sterling Silver rings. I found
one I really liked but keep in mind that I am cheap when
it comes to spending that much on a ring for myself. It
was priced at $45.00. I was waiting on a sale before I
bought it. Yesterday, my Mom went to Kolhs and
she found that same ring marked $17.99. Wow, that
is an awesome buy. But keep this in mind, my Mom
is a bargain shopper. She had a 30% off coupon if
what you buy is put on your Kolhs charge card. With
that said, I got my ring for my birthday and it ran right
at $12.00. Even a better buy!

Check it out...isn't it pretty?

Now on with the rest of my story but before that I need to tell you
about what I did buy myself back in September, a new couch and
chair for my living room. Check them out....

I had to tell you about them to tell you about the rest of
my b-day gifts.
A week ago I was in Kolhs (yes, that store again). I saw
a chair I wanted. It was normally $179.00 but it
was on sale for $79.00. I started to get it but
when I buy something like that I have to think about
it for a bit. Yesterday I planned on going to get it.
Mom of course said she would meet me there so
that we could put it on her card and get the 30%
off it. Total cost of the chair was just at $56.00.
Another great buy.

Please overlook the dog toys under the chair.

The chair is very simple, dark brown. Its a little
darker then my couch but it fits right in
with my living room. Of course, Mom said this
was also part of my b-day! Happy Birthday to

Next I found some bed pillows that are normally
$9.99 but on sale for $4 and something.....

Nice big bed pillows. Then I found this rug to fit where
the carpet of the living room and the entry way meet.
So pretty and it goes with my brown theme. I love
the splash of red. Think the next purchase will be
red throw pillows for the couch.
Back to the rug, it was marked on clearance for
$10 something......
and NO, I did not buy the dog at Kolhs.
This of course is the king of my home, Dakota, and he likes the rug.

Now the good part of that is ........the 30% of those two items also!

What do you think? Now that I have shared my early b-day gifts with you all, let me share this. I have found several places that will give you a deal on your first purchase if you sign up for a charge card with them. Even places like AT&T will give new customers better deals then people that have been with them for awhile.. Kolhs is the only place I have found that continues to reward their regular card holders. Every other week or so I get, as well as my Mom a percent off coupon in the mail. They will range from 10% to 30%. They offer really great sales also, so when you apply that percent off coupon you can get an awesome deal. Check them out sometime.

Thanks for stopping in,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Out with the camera this past Saturday and this is
what I found. Have to wonder, did someone lose it
as they were heading up the hill, or was someone
using it as a sled?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

True Story Tuesday - The Temper

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago…
I had a temper! A bad one.

It’s funny to think about now and to tell
people since I am so not like I was
back then. Now, I pretty much let
things roll off my back. I get upset,
I get ticked but I don’t blow like I
use to. I use to say I was like a volcano,
I let things build, and build then I blew…
and it was not pretty either.

There were doors that were ripped off
the hinges because my child locked a
door on me, there were holes put in the
wall by my fist because I rather patch
that then hit someone. I threw knifes
(and not in the circus), I picked up
kitchen chairs and threw them, phones
….just what ever was there that was handy.

I also let other people decide my mood.
Someone would pick at me, say
something I did not like and I felt I
had to have to last word ( I come by
the last word thing honestly)…now I
just figure its not worth it and I walk

The question is, how did I change it all.
I would like to say I grew up but the
change actually did not happen until I
was around 32 yrs old. It seemed that
everything in my life had a way of going
wrong, this broke, that broke, I had to
deal with this disappointment, I had to
deal with this repair, I had to deal with
this remark. One day I sat and thought
about it all and realized it was the way
I except these things that made the
difference. I was the one being hurt
with my outburst, no one else.

I figured I would be the one to have a
heart attack or stroke from the way I
handled things in my life so I decided
at that point to calm down. Not to say
that on a day that I don’t feel up to par
something might not trigger a blow up
from me but in a case like that I try to
calm down before going off. And not to
say that little things like idiots tick me
off, but…there again, I walk away without
saying something, calm down then say

There are times that the need to have
the last word creeps up on me, there
are times that I let it out. Some
people think that by being this way
I let others run all over me but I
don’t see it that way, I see it as
controlling my emotions, moods
and feelings. I would like to think
that makes me a stronger person.
Plus, I have learned over the years
that you can say what you feel,
get your point across without
being rude. Hurting someones
feelings is something I have tried
to avoid all my life, even when
totally ticked.

In a nut shell, I looked at the person
I was with my temper and I did not
like being that person. I had not
always been like that, where did it
come from… clue, but it was
there and it had to go. So my true
story is that I changed, I changed
the way I looked at things, the way
I looked at the people ticking me
off and just figured, it was not worth
it. Now don’t get me wrong, if I feel
it is worth the last word, the battle,
I go for it, the difference now is that
I don’t look at everything as that
battle. I now pick and choose
which one is worth it.

Thanks for stopping in,

Monday, January 11, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

Oh so simple and easy to make.
I use to make this for years when my
kids were younger but have not made
it in a very long time. It is a great one
dish meal that is awesome for taking
to a sick friend, someone who just had
a baby or surgery. Tasty too.

The difference in this and most pot
pies is that there is no crust on the
bottom but that could be fixed easy
enough by baking it in a pie crust.

Mix together~
2 cups of chopped boiled chicken breast
2 cups of cream of chicken soup
2 cups of veg all or mixed veggies
and 1/2 can of chicken broth. (16 oz
can or so)

You can mix this up in the same casserole
dish you are going to bake in, about a 9x15.

Then in a bowl mix up ~
1 cup milk
1 cup of bixquick
1/2 stick of melted butter

Pour this over the top covering the
casserole and bake at 350 for about
45 min. or until crust is golden brown.

I have also replaced the broth with
beef broth and the chicken with leftover
roast beef, chopped up!
Simple, easy, no mess and taste yummy...
what more can you ask for?

Enjoy and come back and let me
know what you thought of the meal.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Simple, Cheap and Easy Project

This simple and easy project cost me about $2.50 for each
lamp. All you need to start with is ribbon, tassels and

a lamp shade.

First I started with cutting the ribbon for the tabs, 2.5 times
the lenght as the width of the ribbon. I folded and ironed
the tabs in half then I folded the top of both sides about
a 1/4 inch ( this is the part that will fold down into the
top of the shade). I hot glued the flaps to the shade.
Then I ran the ribbon through the tabs. For this look. I took
the tassel and hooked it to the ribbon. Brought a new look
to an old shade and a little something to the living room.

Next shade is designed a bit different. It has 6 pleaded
parts that go down the lenght of the shade so I went
with a different look for it.

Same ribbon, tassels just applied differently.

I had the shades, and the glue sticks so all I purchased was the
ribbon I liked and the tassels. Now I have a new look to the
shades. Took about 15 min. to finish off both shades.

Thanks for stopping in. Please leave a comment so I know
you have been here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Life...Keeps Us Hopping and Guessing

Not been doing a lot of posting as of late. Seems
that other things just seem to be getting my attention
a bit more lately.

I was on vacation for two weeks there at Christmas
and although you would think I would have more
time for blogging, I tried to find other things
to do with myself. Okay, so I have to admit...
there were some naps, lots of things I did not
get to, a wedding shoot and a 50th Anniversary
family pic shoot, and I even managed to clean
some cabinets out. A lunch, a get together,
dinners and of course Christmas, so I guess
on the one hand I stayed pretty busy.

I am actaully trying to limit my time
on the computer. I was finding that
I was going to it more and more and
not getting some things I needed to do
done. In trying to break that cycle I
started knitting again. In a couple of
post back I showed one scarf I had
made and one I was working on for
my Mom for Christmas, a last minute
gift. Which by the way, she loved.

Since that one was finished I have
actually finished two more. I am thinking
that since I enjoy it, it relaxes me that
I will just keep on with it and put them
back to give as gifts here and there. Finished
one tonight and already started another one.
I seem to be on a roll.

Among all this I will be at the hospital
tomorrow while my nephew has a defibrillator
put in. I have written about him several times
in my blogs. Once in a True Story Tuesday~
Dated Nov. 9, 2009 (sorry, since AT&T
went in with Yahoo, I can't copy from
one page and paste in another...and we
don't need me going off on AT&T again
in a blog!!) and once before that
for the outdoor furniture he sells.
Although I love all my nieces and
nephews very much, and all are special
to me in their own way. Chase was my
first nephew, son of my oldest brother and
his belly laugh as a child captured my heart.

To see him going through this hurts me so much.
You see a couple months ago Chase was told
he had Cardiomyopathy. It is something that
seems to be past down in my family. My
Dad had it as well as aunts and uncles. But
the news was so shocking to hear that a
otherwise healthy 26 yr. old man had this

The good thing is that Chase is healthy,
he is strong and he has the best family
support system anyone could ask for.

Anyway, this is where I have been, this
is where my thoughts have been...trying
to change somethings in my life, trying
to regroup and trying to understand
life and why it keeps us hopping in someways
and guessing in other ways.

Thanks for stopping in,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Classmate Get Together

Lots of people stay in touch and sometimes have get togethers,
(I don't mean reunions), after they graduate. Some are life
long friends that have stayed in touch, are there for each
other through the ups and downs of life.

I feel very lucky to have come from a class of
people that over the years have reconnected.
You see I am not talking about a class that
graduated a couple of years ago or maybe 10
years ago...I am talking about a class of people that
graduated going on 32 years ago. I am also not
talking about our whole class of 300 some odd
people but I am talking about more then a
couple of handfuls.

I don't come from a small town where it would
be that when you walked down the town streets
you ran into someone you went to school with.
Some of our classmates live in Texas, Flordia,
Georgia and lots of other states. This does make
it impossible for them to attend the get togethers
but via our awesome website for our school that
is manned souly by one man (I believe he is from
the class of 50 something...long before my time)
we have been able to stay in touch, reconnect
and meet for these non reunion get togethers
.....but then came FACEBOOK.

I had reconnected with several old classmates
from the school website but when I found
FACEBOOK, I found so many more or should
I say most of them found me. I love it, the
reconnecting, staying in touch and then the
get togethers.

On the 27th of this month two of my graduating
classmates were in town, one from Texas and
one from Georgia. We could not let this go undone
so via FACEBOOK there was an event posted. A
few were able to show for a lunch meeting at our
local Chili's. These two people, although we had
been talking via FB, I had not seen or spent time
with in 32 years. It was so GREAT.

Its not just the reconnecting, the remembering and
sharing as it a group, and let me add here, I think
a fantastic group of people come together and help
an old classmate in need.

You see, in November we learned that the daughter
of a classmate was on a lung transplant list. They
were told that she had Cystic Fibrosis, a life threating
lung disorder. The daughter is now 23 years old.
The cost of the surgery would be covered by insurance
but the Mom had to stop working a couple of part time
jobs in order to stay home and care for their daughter.

In talking with her a couple other classmates learned
that if they could get a month or maybe two ahead
on a house note, that would help. Via Facebook a
notice went out to not just our class but the classes
before and after, anyone that was on Facebook from
our school. A fund raiser was organized and put together.
There was also an account set up for those who could
not attend but wanted to send checks or just drop
in and donate.

From my understanding there was well over 3000.00
raised and given to the family to help with the bills.
Being that we are a class that left the loving halls
of our school 32 years ago....I think that is awesome.
You would not believe the turnout alone at the local
Chili's! Between our class and the class of 80 we seem
to take a lot of business there......wondering about a
discount now! LOL.....

Anyway, I am proud to say that I am from the class
of 78, DuPont High. I am proud to say that I share that
with an awesome group of friends, some I have known
since I attended 2nd grade at Hermitage! The group
of students that DuPont turned out, my class and others
are really the greatest people. I totally think they rock.....

I have yet to hear anyone tell me that they have this
kind of connection with their school. I feel lucky, honored
and so proud. Guys and gals you rock in my book.

Look forward to other meetings to come. And the class
of 80 you never know when I will turn up at one of
your support groups again!

Pam and Mark, great to see you guys again. So glad
we could do lunch.

Thanks for stopping in.