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Peach State says: It’s All Theirs?

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It’s All Theirs?. I think an extra space would be appreciated!
Happy Tax Day everyone!

I am so glad not to be scurrying around, like a chicken with it’s head cut off, panicking over this deadline! Instead, I am stuck at home…without a car…

I promise to work very hard to find something to do. It won’t be that hard to do seeings how I have not been home much for the past two weeks! I could begin packing for our trip to see our son in the Army…oops! Started that yesterday!

Yes, we are very excited to see him. He has 2-12hour passes and we haven’t see him in a few months.

I did quite a bit yesterday and managed to walk more steps than my hubby who worked all day…wait a second…I worked all day too! Lol!!!

The rainy morning will facilitate a slower pace to start the day but, I should be breaking the sound barrier later today! It will be beneficial to focus on something other than a yelling teenager. (Not a good start!)

Precious Princess is sleeping soundly at my feet and my breakfast espresso is half gone…of course I will have seconds this morning. (Insert chuckle here)

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

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Peach State says: Dear Mom and Dad!

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The letters have finally started arriving in our mailbox! Letters from our 20 year old son in BASIC Training!

Dear Mom and Dad!

Nothing is more dear than reading a letter from your son saying he misses your cooking unless, of course, if the letter says:

“I miss you both and Love you very much…Thank You!”

Yes…there were tears in my eyes! Thankfully the tone of the letters have taken a turn for the better…yet he still complains about the food, lack of sleep and his boots. With the stories from his daddy and and accounts from a former Ranger he was more prepared than most recruits.

I found a Facebook site for the company he is in and they have posted updates and…(wait for it…) pictures! We have been fortunate to find 5 with our son in them and he is looking well! I am so proud of him and can’t wait to hear from him. “Hopefully this week will be the week!” As for the updates well they contained some fantastic news…he will have two back to back 12 hour passes Easter weekend so I guess you know where we will be! The hotel room is booked and my hubby has already gotten the day off…and I am counting the days! I will post about that visit…you can count on that!

I spend the better part of my mornings writing him of the daily activities and events all while trying to keep the tone positive! I have even kept him up-to-date about my “Precious Princess”. He has asked about her in every letter and misses her so much. “After all they did grow up together!”

His last letter gave us an insight into his writing style. A little here and a little there…the first part of the page was his typical letter then the next paragraph started by letting us know they had a mail call and he got our first letter. He admitted to shedding a few tears as he read the letter…our strong baby boy!

I will be heading out to mail our recent letter in just a few minutes. Please take a moment and remember the men and women serving in the military and those in training.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: After My Week I Deserve Some Facebook Funnies!

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It has been a week of non-stop-chaotic-running-with-a-dash-of-beat-the-clock type of activity. Something everyday! I was so focused on the things that had to be done I forgot what day it was until my youngest got home yesterday! But that’s another story…After My Week I Deserve Some Facebook Funnies!

How about a couple of Straight-Jacket Award contenders:

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That was a close call…for a second I thought she was asking which method he preferred!

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This makes perfect sense! Winner!!!

A new award presentation calledShould Have Known Better:

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Maybe this Award should just be called“DUH!”

A favorite of mine this week has become a mantra of sorts with another friend…I will share if you promise to laugh!

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I am missing something..fluffy and filled with love….

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That’s not what I meant…sounds like my friends are having the same type of week.

Trying again…

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Okay…so the fluffy concept did not work!

How about cleaning the house…

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See…a nice Fuzzy Feeling…(“Could you pass the Kleenex?”)

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Ah…the smell of a clean house!

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And I still am cleaning up after all these years!

Time to just relax at home…

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“Honey the Balloon Animals are out again!”

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Uh oh…maybe he should reconsider relaxing at home!

Well I have saved the Blog Worthy Award Winners for this next section…Can you guess the theme?

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(Just thinking out loud…I think I will have to make one of these for several members of my family!)

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Yep…this is me…is there a cure? MORE COFFEE!

And drum roll please….Blog Worthy Award Winner:

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Hey! Do I get paid for being a Test Subject?

This week holds the promise of less stress! “What? A girl can’t dream!”
I can only try!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and a really fabulous cup of coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s Time For Some Normal!

20140222-072101.jpgWhat a delight the past two weeks have been. We have had snow, ice and Tornado Watches and Thunderstorms…oh and let’s not forget the Earthquake! Yep! You heard me right! And yes…we felt it shake, rattle and roll!

School has been out for Winter Break this week even though the kids were out of school four of the five days the week before due to inclement weather. I am so ready for a bit of normal!

It’s Time For Some Normal!

This has been a two week period filled with many firsts…
*More than a dusting of snow,
*Hubby home on days other than normal days off…weather related,
*Only one child in the home,
*Only one child still living…(insert chuckle) “Of course he is…”
*The youngest is beginning to follow in footsteps of older brothers by sitting in “Dad’s” office at night and talking about the day before heading off to bed!…(this is huge!)
and drum roll…..
*Letters from my son in BASIC Training!

The good news is that besides finding some normal in NEW routine I now have an address I can send letters back to my Army son! (Doing the dance of Joy!) Routines have been frozen with icy conditions for two Practices at church this month. (Okay…one of the practices was the 29th of January but that is close enough!) Ask anyone…when a set in stone routine is cancelled it can throw everything into a tail-spin!

Speaking of “Normal”…I apologize for not touching base with you this past week! I have found myself quite busy away from home and during the down time I was busy doing some neglected household chores…except for yesterday. I was dealing with a migraine and…looking a pictures online of my son’s company during BASIC trying to find one with him. “We think we found one..”

I will be getting Facebook Funnies posted later so have no fear. (Note to those who contribute…It’s Not Too Late…Post away!)

Time to give “Precious Princess” her medicine…I wrap the pills in sliced deli meats and hope my fingers remain intact!
(Note to self…buy more sliced Turkey!)

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: What I Have Learned!

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What I Have Learned!

…to stay off the roads and stay home! Here’s hoping my hubby can make it home and get some extra sleep tomorrow. Can I get an AMEN?

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Wow…What A Week!

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Wow…What A Week!

It has been a week since I dropped off my 20 year old at the recruiter’s station. He was taken to the hotel with the other future soldiers Monday night and then bright and early, in true military time, swept off to the last beginning of a lifetime of hurry up and wait.

Meanwhile, back at the old homestead, we started our day just like every other day…except for the fact that once our youngest left for school we booked out the door and headed for the military base just south of Atlanta. ( about an hour away!) It was quite brisk and there was a chance for flurries.
According to the weather personalities around the area we were only in a Winter Weather Advisory…with no accumulation!!!!! We arrived at the base and die to the fact that my hubby had his gun with him we had to report to the security office. We drove over and began to fill out the paperwork. We were then informed that if the base closed to due inclement weather the gun would be locked away and we would not be able to get it back before leaving the base…or we could leave it in the car and park it out in front of the security building! My hubby opted for the leave it in the car. We Walked Across The Base…in the cold!

LONG STORY SHORT:

My 20 year was sworn in for the final time and we said goodbye!
We headed back toward home and encountered the white-wintry-mix. I was thrill my hubby was driving. The roads were in decline…rapidly!

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By the time we got to one of the main highways the snow and ice was causing a slip-sliding mess. The upside…we made it home before midnight, the downside was the fact of 11 1/2 hours spent in a traffic jam! All the while we were stuck in traffic the kids were released from school, then the buses were cancelled with kids left at the school… You get the picture! A friend of a friend picked up our youngest and dropped him off down the street at his friends. How lucky were we to have that happen? VERY!

With Georgia being closed the Army shippers were stuck as well…Good news! They did make it to their individual bases…a couple of days later!

I took off for Nashville early Friday for a Vacation Bible School conference. Two days of classes, walking and stairs. We drove back Saturday and my chair felt so wonderful.

Life is finally…somewhat normal!

Wow…What A Week!
I have missed you all!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

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Peach State

Peach State says: Today…Tomorrow…Gone!

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The tick-tock of the countdown is steady as my heart and nerves begin to get the best of me! I am a very proud mother of a 20 year old son leaving for Army BASIC Training Monday!

Today…Tomorrow…Gone!

I will be welcoming home my 23 year old today as he comes back into town to spend some quality time with his younger brother before he leaves Monday. My hubby has managed to have our 20 year old complete some odd jobs, around the house, culminating with the replacement of the mailbox post yesterday. So how will we spend the next few days?

Today:
A gathering of friends for a game of Ultimate Frisbee this afternoon.
A favorite meal of BBQ and sides from our favorite BBQ restaurant.
Hubby is off early…so we will enjoy some family time filled with laughter. ( this is usually the case when the 23 year old and the 20 year old are together!)

Tomorrow:
I have taken a day off from my normal routine to spend time with my son.
Time to pack and make sure everything is in order for his departure.

Gone:
He will sleep in till close to 11am and then prepare to leave for the recruiting station. He is to arrive before 1pm!

Here is where it gets tricky! My 20 year old will then be taken to the hotel and wake up Tuesday morning…early…and head over to the Fort close by and hand in paperwork one last time. He will then wait for an undisclosed amount of time before taking his final oath. “Hubby and I, along with our 23 year old, will hopefully be able to attend the swearing in and then say our final goodbyes!” ( Hubby has taken Tuesday off for this purpose!) When given the choice between going to school or watching the swearing in our youngest chose school!…Figures!

As my hubby and I return home, to an even emptier house, our 20 year old will be embarking on a journey filled with…

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I am so proud of him…but, between you, me and the front porch I already miss him! I know you will understand my recent absences and the silence on Monday and Tuesday! I will let you know how it goes!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: What’s Cooking?

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The only thing on my mind this morning has been what to cook for dinner. I have already planned dinner yet my tummy just won’t stop the continuous rumble. “I guess it would have been a good thing if I had eaten a little more last night for dinner!”

What’s Cooking?

I’m glad you asked! The plentiful bounty of shrimp, pictured above, is one of my favorite! My cousin made this dish for me and…it is so easy!

Shrimp Bake:
1-2 pounds of medium/large uncooked shrimp
Italian dressing
2-3 lemons cut in half
Flat bottomed dish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place the shrimp in the bottom of the dish
Squeeze the lemons over every shrimp and place the lemon half pulp down into the dish
Pour your favorite Italian dressing over the shrimp. ( I have used light versions of Italian and Caesar and they are just as good!)
Bake until the shell of the shrimp turns that rich reddish/pink color.

Peel and enjoy!
I serve these scrumptious shrimp with a nice salad and favorite bread!

Need something easier…maybe for a football gathering?

Taco Loco:

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How about Individual Pizzas?:

20140121-111355.jpgQuick and easy…and LIGHT! Pizza sauce or BBQ sauce…cheeses…vegies…whatever you choose!

Well it is time for me to start my dinner! I am trying a new product…

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I will let you know how it is…and whether my hubby liked it or not!

Enjoy these recipes and remember…SHARE!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: The Day I Get Shot!

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I’m feeling a bit like the guy left on the deck of a submerging sub! Heart pounding panic in the face of what lies ahead in a day filled with unknown!

A bit over the top…maybe! Nevertheless today is…

The Day I Get Shot!

How do I know? Easy…I made the appointment a week ago. “Are you shaking your head wondering what in the world is wrong with this picture?” Let me calm your fears…I am getting the Flu Shot. Feel better…I’m not! I have a minor dislike to needles and an even more profound anxiety-filled-fear of the Flu Shot. I don’t want to have a repeat of what happened the last time I got the Flu Shot!

Reader’s Digest Version:
I headed to the doctor’s office with my 3 sons to get the Flu Shot. I played the brave mom and went first and showed them there was nothing to it. “My bad!” After the four of us were finished I got to the car and had to use my inhaler. I arrived back at home, after dropping the boys back at their schools, and could not breathe. I used my inhaler and fixed a strong cup of black coffee! My back preceded to get tighter and the pain was almost severe. I sought out a relaxing shower. skipping forward…After almost four hours of trying everything I could to relieve my Asthma ( which I have had since childhood and these techniques usually work) I called a friend about borrowing her daughter’s breathing machine. “I know there is a name for it but for some odd reason I can’t remember it right now!” Sweetly she, in as calm a voice as she could use, said she would be over shortly. The boys were startled by my condition and began their helpful nursing.

“I got this…”
“You sit down…”
“Want me to rub your shoulders?…”

By the time my friend arrived I should have been at the ER but…
She set it up and stayed with me until after the treatment. She did not like the way I looked and talked to my hubby. After some deliberation three hours after the boys got home from school I was on my way to the ER. Hubby had left work and came home and could see the distress I was in. The typical wait at the ER was shortened and I was grateful. The treatments and shots were a plenty as monitors and wires began to ding and beep. Charts were updated and meds were increased. My hubby sat against the wall at the door with a creased frown. The doctor came in and nodded for my hubby to step outside. The nurse inserted another needle into an IV and then left. As she opened the door I caught a glimpse of my hubby in the hallway with a look I had never seen before. The not so mumbled voice struck my heart… Try to keep her calm and breathing steady…We’re doing all we can!

Pause…I have been to the ER several times for Asthma Attacks but this one…well, it took the cake!

My hubby returned to the room and grabbed the remote…”Want to watch something else? How about this?” I nodded…It was a rerun of NCIS and silly as it may sound it was the one where Tony is dying of The Plague. skipping forward…after what seemed like hours and hours the doctor came back in. The familiar nurse at his side removed the mask covering my face and began to take the monitor wires off. “That was a close call!” “We almost lost you!” He began his best rendition of elementary medical jargon and my ears rang. No wonder my hubby had looked the way he did. He was joking around with the doctor trying to lighten the tone in the small room. “My hubby, I now know, does not deal with seeing me on a hospital bed very well!”

With all of this being said…I have not gotten the shot since! Why is this year different? Do you watch the news?

I discussed the situation with my doctor and have been ordered to stay at the office for about an hour after the shot. Originally my 20 year old was going with me but, plans changed when my hubby got the call that his appointment at the VA had been moved to today at 11am. Wait for it…and there is a chance that he may need surgery for a hernia. “Can you say sitting on pins and needles!” I have several friends that are within 2-3 minutes from my doctor’s office should anything happen and that is quite calming. I may call one and see if she wants to come visit while I wait! Hopefully I will be able to talk with you again tomorrow and let you know what happened…

The Day I Get Shot!

Wish me luck…my appointment is at 2:30 this afternoon!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Another Day Out of School!

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The teachers win…Another Day Out of School!
The tumbling temperatures swooped in…Finally! The percentage of snow accumulation decreased as the evening progressed until the threat was less than visible. By less than visible I mean the flurries I have previously called “Georgia spit” So, with all of this wintry weather tumbling into my area of the state, I will just plan on staying home and doing what I normally would do! “Well maybe!” I do have my oversized cozy socks on and the radio is on and…two books craving for some attention! Stephen King or Brian Kilmeade…oh the decisions I have to make! “What’s a girl to do?”

“Make more espresso of course!”

As I paused to brew my multiple shots of espresso I also found time to wash the dishes after cleaning out the fridge.
Wash dish…push buttons…repeat! I love pushing buttons as long as espresso shots are the result!

“OOO…The “Georgia Spit” is sticking!”

A better description of “Georgia Spit” would be a garden gnome, with a minor case of dandruff, standing up on the roof scratching his head! “Does that help you understand the amount of snow in the flurries?” (Insert a side-splitting chuckle)

My youngest has gotten up and eaten his breakfast! He is laughing at his hand-held game as his head bobs up in down, like a dog on the dashboard, to the song on the radio! He was asked to take the garbage out, before the garbage truck came by, and assisted in cleaning out the fridge located in the garage. He seemed excited at the possibility of snow…then he announced: “Oh, but you have never seen snow…have you?” Goody, goody! He has been up less than five minutes and already his snobbish brilliance has surfaced! “It is going to be a long day!” It would be different if he were witty but he does not have a witty bone in his body. In the midst of his snobbish brilliance the other evening he told me I had no idea how much pizza cost in 1984. I asked him how he knew…his reply “Are you that stupid that you don’t know when you were alive?” I shook my head and chuckled. “I was alive and your oldest brother was born in 1989!…and it is not respectful to call your parent stupid!” He just shook his head and said “Whatever!” I smiled and said “Goodnight!” Needless to say when hubby got home 15 minutes later he took a few moments and had a math lesson. “He must be a “Math Savant” due to his exceptional abilities in math at school and lack of understandings for the basics.

Okay…well enough of the dreary! Things to do and people to see…in my books!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State