Monthly Archives: June 2013
I had taken coffee and breakfast upstairs for my hubby and had come back downstairs to let my “Precious Princess” out for her morning tour of the grounds. It was just like any other morning!
I escorted “Precious Princess” back inside for her treat and walked though the dining room. As I turned around to check on my four-legged-shadow I saw it…the ugly beast ready to pounce at any given time!
Mom Versus The Spider!!
I immediately jumped into action…as I quickly reached my weapon of choice. “My son’s shoes!”
I tossed one of the shoes on top of the hideous creature and it quickly scampered barely being missed by the oversized shoe. “Crud…it is alive!” With the second shoe in hand I placed it firmly on top of the eight-legged-crawly-demon with a deliberate whack. The legs were curled up and it was barely moving…sooo…I whacked it again and grabbed several paper towels. I scooped up the grotesque mass and ran quickly to the front door. I stepped out on the front porch and tossed the whole thing…paper towel and all onto the ground.
With a stay out of my house mentality I quickly shut the door and continued upstairs. I shared the Epic Battle with my hubby only to hear him chuckle at my visibly shaking hands.
“What? I Hate Spiders!”
Have a great day!
We know all to well NOT to ask it but we do. It may be out of kindness or just a plain conversation started. “Hey Honey…What Did You Do Today?
As I looked around at the chaotic-debris-field-called-home I smiled and said…
“Well I cleaned out the freezers and cooked about 13 pounds of ground beef and 10 chicken breasts. I shredded the chicken and divided it into four meals and then once the ground beef was completed and cooling I divided it into 10 meals. I cleaned up behind myself. While the chicken was cooking I was cutting out coupons and making my grocery list as I planned the menu for the next week. I let “Precious Princess” in and out at least 50 times and unloaded and loaded the dishwasher. I washed the clothes and towels and they are folded and put away. I picked up your dry cleaning and took your youngest to TKD. I then came home and cooked dinner and cleaned up from that while moving the laundry again. I carried on conversations with the children and tried to convince them that Mother does possess some knowledge. I watched the weather and investigated the worsening conditions for those driving home in the darkening-stormy skies. I straightened as best I could around the painting project filled house and…”
“OKAY!…I was just hoping you had a good day…I never thought you weren’t busy!”
“But there is more…” I said. Hubby just smiled and asked if I brought the mail in…”Nope, I delegated that to one of the boys…”
We each do more than we think everyday. When we sit down and think about it we wonder how we found time to do each and every thing. The little things get lost in the doing of major things…I know you can identify with this!
I saw this story and just had to share it…it speaks to the little-everyday-things we take for granted.
A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.
Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.
In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.
In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, ****my soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?” She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you came home from work and ask me what in the world did I do today?” “Yes,” was his incredulous reply.
She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”
I hope you get everything accomplished and have time for you today!
Have a great day!
Anyone thinking about a rich-yummy-tidbit-of-chocolate with a cup of coffee? Have I got something to share with you! I have a few recipes, that I recently found, you will love…and that are relatively easy. With the 4th of July coming up you may need a few tasty ideas for those parties and Bar-B-Ques! Here we go…
“Party Time Recipes”
Let’s start with the “Chunky Chocolate Coffee Cups:
(Before going any further…I made a batch without coffee and they were just as tasty!)
Preheat oven to 375F
Coat(spray) 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray…after placing them in a mini muffin tin…
In a large bowl 1 tsp instant espresso/coffee in 1 Tbs of water. (I used 1Tbs of a shot of espresso)
Add 1 package of Betty Crocker double chocolate chunk cookie mix
3 Tbs of oil
Stir until a soft dough forms
Place 1″ balls into coated mini muffin cups and bake 8-9 minutes or until set.
Make an invention on the top of each and let cool.
Now you can serve these delectable treats as they come out of the oven or continue with the next steps…
Combine 1 can of vanilla frosting
2 Tbs caramel liqueur of cold coffee
Once blended add 1/2 cup of marshmallow creme into the icing mixture.
Spoon frosting onto each little cup of deliciousness and store in the fridge. Before serving drizzle caramel syrup over the cups with a fork. Makes 36 servings
The next one was to die-for! It is great with vegies or crackers!
My Favorite Onion Dip:
This one may sound complicated but it is far from it…just a few steps to follow.
2 Tbs EVOO ( translation..Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 cups of chopped green onion
1 medium minced red onion
1 tsp Thyme
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese ( I used a fat-free version)
1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt ( less is more and I chose a fat-free version)
Heat the EVOO in a skillet and add the green onions and Thyme
Lower heat and stir until the onions begin to brown
Place the green onions and Thyme on a paper towel and dab the excess oil
…you can mince the red onion while cooking the green onion and Thyme…
Meanwhile…combine the creme cheese and yogurt and red onion
Once combined add the cooled green onion and Thyme and stir.
It can be made up to 2 days ahead of time!
Both of these recipes were recently used and
inhaled enjoyed by all. You should really try them…I know I will be preparing these for our celebration coming up!
I hope you enjoy these…
Have a great day!
And there you have it…holes have been cut out of my ceiling in preparation for inset lighting. (My hubby’s idea!) if you look closely you will see two other holes cut but replaced due to plumbing issues found in the ceiling area.
It’s like…Swiss Cheese Without The Smell!
The electrician had successfully cut out two holes then found a water pipe…”No worries…No water…” So he moved the next hole down 4″. He mentioned the fact that there could be a problem with the placements of the holes on the other side of the ceiling…and there was! So he had to move those holes toward the fan. “No one will notice!” My hubby did…but he is a balance freak!
The hole over the fireplace is for the TV. That symphonic disaster was time consuming and very stressful.
Once the electrician left…my 20 year old son started his chore…
A full day of activity lies ahead…”Good thing I have plenty of espresso!”
The electrician is due anytime after 8 AM with a painting company coming in for either an estimate or actual painting of the ceilings. Just one thought…”When do I get my house back?” Wait there is one more thought…”Please excuse the mess!” With the semi-chaotic placement of treasures and stuff stacked and moved my home is just not up to par…and my ADHD is in overdrive. But…it is short-term. Hopefully things will return to normal this weekend!
Gotta go get dressed…I can’t have the electrician showing up while I am still in my favorite oversized football team shirt…he might overcharge us due to his love of another team. We would not want that!
Have a great day!
My hubby got the “Home Improvement Itch” or as I call the “Decorator’s Itch” this past week. First it was changing the colors…now he wants a new lighting system and to move the big screen TV from its longtime resting place on the wall to the area over the fireplace. The electrician is coming this morning…”GREAT!” Just what I always wanted…Just Another Hole In The Wall!
Okay…so maybe there will not be an oversized-gaping-expanse in my wall but there will be a number of new holes in the ceiling and two in the wall that will be covered.
Dimmer switches and lightbulbs…
Light switch and new placement for the TV…
“You know what this means…I get to rearrange some furniture.” (Stop that wagging finger!)
I will have to have the boys move the big stuff because it is heavier than I normally move. My 22 years old’s sectional is too heavy for people who are (how does my 20 year old say it…) “old”! I really dislike this term…(old)…especially when he acts out someone using a walker when he says the word!
I will have to post pics…that is if the TV can be moved and the electrician can do it all today! I sure do hope so…my son needs to finish painting!
I am heading out to do a few errands before the impending arrival.
Do you have a DIYer (Do It Yourself-ER) in your home? Do you find you have the “Itch” to decorate and change things up? Let me know!
Have a great day!
I had finally escaped the paint-fume-prison all by myself. I drove directly to the gas station…
Then over to the bank as I ordered part of dinner on the phone. Once those were completed I set out to get me nails
overhauled…done! Semi peace and quiet! For the next few minutes I felt a stress-relieving-calm with no complaining or griping and way-too-loud searching for tools. The door to the salon suddenly became a revolving door. One after another ladies filed in to get their mani-pedis. Two ladies were seated next to each other. At first glance you could tell one was a business professional with her perfectly styled hair and casual dress complete with iPad accessories. The other was, for lack of a better term, “frumpy” and more down to earth. They struck up a conversation…”I set up events and work in Interior Design!”…”I have a business related to eBay!” Then It Started…the competition to see who was more creative and professional! “Well I have a blog!” …”Really so do I!…I did not know anyone in our area blogged!” “I know…I just knew I was the only one who knew how to blog in our area!”
Imagine My “Blogging” Surprise!
It was not difficult to hear their conversation…however with each announcement of the executive abilities they each possessed, because of their blogging talents, the more their competitive tones amplified. They compared their jobs, skills, and blogs. Throughout the the mutual-adoration-fest subtle truths began making it to the surface…things like not being consistent with blogging, or the fact that one of them did not actually write the blog but that several of the people she works with contribute to a blog. I tried to get in on this “Ultimate Blogging Competition” but was unsuccessful. Then like a massive dust storm rising out of nowhere came this remark…”I have never met anyone who could successfully blog for more than a few months!”
Imagine My “Blogging” Surprise!
I was itching to get in on this competition but realized I was better than that and I did not need to prove it… After all I have written a children’s book and am still working on another project. (Note to self…find the manuscript and finish proofing the last chapter!) I did have questions about the money making side of blogging but my nails were done. I needed to grab a few things at the store and pick up the order at the restaurant before heading back to the painted canvas called home. I must admit that I did chuckle, to myself, quite a few times during this dramatic and informative conversation. The gentleman doing my nails heard me a couple of times and remarked that this was mild as conversations go. It really makes you think about what type of conversations the workers have overheard.
I wished I could have reassured this Elite Blogging Duo that they are not alone and that someone else blogs in the area…but then I would not have had as much fun listening in on the conversation. (Insert chuckle!)
Have a Great day!
A Little Unexpected…well you could say that. It was supposed to be a typical day. A little more house cleaning, a little more baking, a little more sprucing of the old homestead and a little special time with friends.
“Boy did my calendar of chores fill-up the day!”
Cleaning Day…Baking Day:
It started out as usual and then, caught in the increasing current at a majestic waterfall, all my planning was swept away to be sucked over and into the rapids. I had originally planned to finalize the cleaning, soon after Hubby left, while my sweet treats for the party were baking. One cold dip…which needed to meld while two other ingredients where sautéed and cooled before mixing. Another dip was mixed and served warm but could not be baked at the same time as the sweet. “Buffalo chicken and chocolate chunk just don’t bake we’ll together.” NOPE!!!
Instead…Recording CD Day:
I was given very little notice late Wednesday night that my vocal tones were needed the next morning to record the alto vocals for one of the Patriotic songs for our Independence Day Celebration. When I arrived at my church, with two sons in tow, I was prepared to sing the one song for the altos. What started out as one song turned into all three songs. “Rut Ro Raggy! Could we please go over this song…I have not seen this one before!”
Relief flooded over me after finding out that I was not alone and that the soprano, who had been called in to perform the same function for her section, did not know the song either. 20 minutes later, when we were to be finished recording, we had successfully gone over all three songs. BUT then…my dear friend and music director was called away to a meeting. “We waited!”
For 45 minutes the soprano and I chatted about life, family, previous churches…both knowing that the time we both needed to leave was fast approaching. “Guess who came roaring back into the choir room one minute before our deadline?” Apologies were made and off we went to the sound booth. The soprano was up first…I sang along going over my part as I pointed to each note making sure I knew my part. It was then my turn…the three songs were recorded and I prepared to leave.
“Uh!…Where do you think you are going?” Said my music director “…you still need to record the 2nd Soprano part!” (I know what you are thinking…why did the soprano not record the 2nd Soprano part? Well I sight read and she doesn’t. Besides I am often called upon to sing parts other than alto. Don’t worry I am not the only person who can sight read in the choir.) I had the soprano sing her part with me as I recorded the 2nd Soprano part. Once completed I raced home to begin my party preparation.
My hubby decided he was not satisfied with the wall colors we…did I say WE…chose and applied to the walls about a year ago. New colors have been chosen…
Can you tell how excited I am about this new undertaking? The total interruption of routine is not something I am looking forward to! My 20 year old will be doing a majority of the painting but I wil have to deal with the stagnant flow of the job for several days. You know how most 20 year olds can be…yep! I am really looking forward to this change of color.
“I Need More Coffee“:
As you would guess…coffee has been intravenously flowing throughout my exhaustion prone routine. BUT…after the cleaning…after the baking…after the recording…after the selecting and buying of paint…after the party…I managed to stay awake until after midnight. I woke up before the butt-crack-of-dawn to a normal morning ritual and now sit here fighting the drooping-eye-want-to-sleep-day-after syndrome. My strong-overly-caffeinated-breakfast is not cutting it. “I guess it is a good thing that I am meeting the consultant from last night’s party and a guest from last night at Starbucks in about an hour.
I need more Coffee…I will get more Coffee!
In closing…I guess my day will be filled with picture removal and
moving of furniture…overseeing the moving of furniture. ( that was close…I could see that proverbial wagging finger rising up.) I don’t want to be in pain like before especially since I was in pain last night from the racing around I did yesterday. I better go…
Have a great day!
The darkening skies suddenly gave way a few minutes ago. Hubby was on his way down the stairs and the larger-than-life drops pelted the house. “Can you say FLASH FLOOD?”
The good news is that hubby’s car is in the garage…the bad is that he has to drive in this driving rain falling from the Unzipped Skies!
I am sitting in my chair as the soft rumblings of distant thunder reaches my ears. My constant companion is by my side awaiting the next sip. Precious Princess is on her “Captain Jack Sparrow” blanket as she begins her deep breathing. “And she’s out!” I am tucked in all nice and comfy cozy in my home…not in Paris, France as pictured above. “One of these days…maybe!”
Until then I will continue to dream and cherish my home filled with family.
My ADHD was in overdrive yesterday…but in a good way! I cleaned and polished the kitchen counters as I rearranged them. (Insert sneaky chuckles…) So much was accomplished and I found some great recipes.
The sound of rushing water down the drain pipe reaches my ears…my eyes are heavy and long to close. Maybe just a few minutes!
I will write later…and share a recipe with you!
Stay dry and Have a great day!