05 December 2009
We have truly given over the asylum to the lunatics. Truly.
24 November 2009
26 August 2009
23 August 2009
[While watching Millionaire when Ken Jennings was the "expert".]
PJ (That's my Mom): That Ken Jennings. I don't know why they have him as an expert on there. He made his money on Wheel of Fortune, not Millionaire.
Me: You mean Jeopardy, Mom. He was a multi-million dollar winner on Jeopardy.
PJ: No, it was Wheel of Fortune.
Me: Jeopardy, Mom. Jeopardy.
PJ: No, it was Wheel of Fortune.
Me: *Sigh*. Okay Mom, whatever.
PJ: Oh, you mean Jeopardy! I thought you were saying Millionaire! That's right, it was Jeopardy.
Heard from my son, who was home eating for a visit:
Mom, I'm gonna take the jalapeno pepper jelly home with me 'cause I'm the only one that eats it.
Like he's here the other 22 hours of each day, each week.
11 May 2009
10 May 2009
The people that built this house planted this gorgeous bush in a corner on the side of the house where 1) NO ONE sees it unless they walk between the houses; and, 2) NO ONE sees it.
09 May 2009
We try to have fresh flowers pretty much all the time.
They're reasonable to purchase at Sam's Club and keep
fresh for about 3 weeks. Unfortunately, I no longer have a cut flower garden, so I have to purchase them. This is our current bouquet. I just kind of loosely arrange them. Nothing drastic. I like them to look a little jumbled.
29 April 2009
To say that I'm mildly puzzled is an understatement.
03 February 2009
The Cards just scored with the tremendous catch that some guy with dreads caught. It was great. The guys were pumped.
Half time and Jeff, B'dette and Terry are talking.
Son Daniel and his wife weren't interested in the game much. At all. They posed for a creepy picture of her holding a knife up behind Daniel's back, but Jerry deleted it from the camera before I could upload it.
I think she's hatching the plot to take that creepy pic. She's got a "muahaha" face. If yaknowwhudimean.
At the feeding trough. Greg just couldn't get enough of the blue cheese dressing, and used every delivery system I had out there for it. The only one he didn't use was his fingers. Way to go, Greg!
Lisa hates American football because she's from Romania and doesn't get it. But she does like food and talk and catching up.
We had Buffalo Chicken Wing dip (awesome, I did make that), chips (almost gone. The green ones are cilantro lime by Mission Chips. Yum) Blue cheese dressing (as dip), ranch dressing (as dip) and homemade salsa. Yup. Went to a lot of work for this one. (Drip sarcasm all over that last sentence and eat with a dash of vinegar.) The blue cheese dressing was a huge hit with Greg whose wife hates blue cheese and therefore doesn't buy the dressing. I always manage to pick something to serve when the Schaefers come over that Greg loves but doesn't get often.
Carolyn brought a plate of shrimp and crackers and cocktail sauce as well as an awesome Raspberry Zinger cake. I made brownies. Not from a box. There used to be a lot of shrimp on that plate. Those are the pink things hiding up in the right section. They didn't want their picture taken. There are people like that in every group. Annoying.
Bernadette and Jeff brought rumaki - the water chestnuts wrapped in bacon and baked with sauce on them. They were GONE before I thought to take pics, and didn't think an empty and clean crockpot would be exactly artful. Or whatev'.
Son Daniel brought and cut up a melon so we would have some healthy, fibrous food to eat. Well, I did have a plate of broccoli, carrots and zucchini, and a bowl of celery. There was not one item left from those, either. My son, who was raised on NO SUGAR or CHOCOLATE for the first 2 years of his life, and very little thereafter; who ate WHOLE GRAIN EVERYTHING FROM THE WOMB UP and NEVER ate a meal at my house that didn't include AT LEAST one vegetable, and rarely (if ever) included opening a box or can unless it was Uncle Ben's rice or tomato sauce or something like that, thinks I don't serve healthy food ever and assumes that I will have only fatty, sugary, and non-fibrous foods when I cook or serve meals/parties. That's because he has discovered for himself what I taught him passively all those years about good eating. Just because in the past 5 years I have grown weary of meal planning and cooking...Geez.
Overall, I consider it successful if: everyone got enough to eat without being stuffed and there were no leftovers. They did and there weren't.
22 January 2009
I personally seem never to be able to actually see these rabbits with long legs, noses and tails, but I have spoken to actual people in my family who have. All the tracks in the snow tell the story, though. While I am peacefully fighting bad guys, having babies or unplugging monstrous plugged toilets during the night (think about it. The answer will come), the white tail deer are carousing in my neighborhood.
Here is a picture of the OTHER robin's hiney, (NOT a racial slur, it's hiney because it's short for HIND END) because he is being obnoxious. This was taken January 22, 2009. In IOWA. In all fairness, today the temp got up to 34. But these guys have been around for a while - since the first of the year.
On another other side note, Mr. Falcon was back today. Possibly. Hero hubby saw something but wasn't sure. I tend to err on the side of throwing caution to the wind, so I am going to say that my hypothesis is correct, and Mr. Falcon shows up once a month to hunt in this general area.