Friday, June 08, 2012


My favorite thing about Summer.  No schedules.
The thing I hate most about Summer.  No schedules.

The summer has started out slowly at our house.   We've only hit the waterpark once.   By the end of summer we will be going almost every day.  We are pacing ourselves right now.
Rylie is in a summer volleyball league and Davis will have a 4 day football daycamp in July.  That's it.  Those are the only two things we have scheduled.

Summer lasts the perfect amount of time.  About 2 weeks prior to school starting in the Fall the kids start to get bored and I start to get frazzled. Until then we'll just enjoy the sun, the pool, friends and doing whatever we please.

I hope others have a wonderful summer as well.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Memories

Some of my fondest memories of growing up are from Christmastime at my maternal grandparent's house.
All my young life my grandparents lived 3 1/2 miles from us.  We saw them often.  We spent a lot of time at their house.  Sometime each December my grandparent's house would make a transition.  Christmas decorations went up.  I never saw it happen or ever helped to make it happen.  It just did. 

The first thing you would see upon pulling up in front of the house were the lawn ornaments.  A large painted plywood Santa Claus and some characters from Peanuts.  I know there were other things but I can't remember everything. But I remember those.  Seeing those meant that great things were about to happen.  Christmas!  

Inside the house was always decorated wonderfully. My grandfather always wore his very colorful Christmas vest. It was awesome. I'm not sure where he got it but he always wore it. There were decorations galore. Elves and old plush Santas. Red ribbons entwined in the lace of my grandmother's white milk glass pieces. My grandmother had handmade all of our stockings that were hung at her house.  All with very personal items attached to them. Old charms, a penny from our birth year, an old Brownie pin that was my mother's. White rabbit fur trim on the top.  I have mine still and it hangs now on the front door. It's one of my most cherished keepsakes because my grandmother, Mammaw Edie, made it just for me. 

As a grandmother I'm sure I will NEVER compare to my own grandparents. I do hope that in 30 years my grandkids will think back with good memories of us and our home.  Maybe they will remember the silly large inflatable snowman in the yard or Poppa's lights with the star on the fireplace.  Maybe they will remember the long mantle of stockings in the living room.  

Maybe, just maybe, they'll remember the decorations we bought just this past weekend.  We just couldn't pass them up.  A small Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Charlie Brown's famous Christmas tree. They are about 2 feet tall.  They immedietly reminded me of the Peanuts characters in my grandparents yard.  Maybe my grandkids will remember them the most.  Like I did.     

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lazy With No Dreams

That was me.  I've been lazy with no dreams for quite a while.  Years even.

I used to wake up, take the kids to school and then fall asleep in my chair around 10am.  In the evening after dinner I would try to fall asleep in my chair while we were watching television. Twice I dozed off while talking on the phone to my daughter.   If given the opportunity I'm sure I could have slept around the clock.  I'm not sure when the dreams stopped.  I'm pretty sure it was a gradual thing.  No happy dreams, weird dreams or even nightmares.

Why?  Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I snored.  Evidently it was pretty loud because family members could hear me no matter their location in the house.  Michael said he could even still hear me during his  morning shower!  I also would wake up several times in the middle of the night.

So, two sleep studies later and I have a magical machine next to my bed.  It's not pretty.  It has a long tube and a full face mask.  But now I don't stop breathing during the night.  Michael said I used to snore, gasp and struggle to breathe during the night.  Now he says it's nice and quiet.

So, now I'm sleeping during the night and I haven't wanted/needed to take a nap at all during the day!   And because I'm finally falling into a deeper sleep, I'm dreaming again.  Weird.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Heather does it again!

If you were lucky enough to read my Whack-a-Mole post you know that my 26 year old daughter has no trouble getting dirty.

So, we had some sort of clog in one of the main drains.  We spent 5 hours on Friday trying to snake it out from every plumbing orifice in this house.  I could not use the dishwasher, the kitchen sink, or the clothes washer!  I really NEEDED all of those things since every towel in the house was wet and gross from all the flooding....and when this happened the dishwasher was full of dirty dishes ready to be washed....ugh ugh.

After so many hours on Friday I asked Michael if we could just quit for the day.  So this morning Michael is sure that the clog is part of the plumbing that he replaced, so he knows what needs to be done.  All of this is in my crawl space.....and MY crawlspace is the reason they named that area under the house a CRAWLspace....Although it wouldn't have hurt to name them Army Crawlspaces.  Seriously.

 So, I call Heather(she's supposed to be here in 2 hours so I can babysit for her) and I ask what she's doing. She says getting the kids dressed.  I say "Can you just throw them in the car and go down in the crawlspace with your dad?".  Her exact reply was "yes, be there in a minute".
So, Heather crawls under the house over to the big line that must have the clog.  Luckily it was attached with a rubber connector with clamps....we have super old and nasty pipes.  She was able to open the pipe, and with the help of a long coat hanger, pull out a clog that was VERY large....mind you there was disgusting water behind that clog.  She came up soaking wet.  Michael supervised her because there's not a lot of room down there and if you can get one skinny person in there you've got it made.
At least this time the plumbing didn't involve used toilet water...if you get my drift.

So, the score goes like this.
Old house with really crappy plumbing - 0
Heather - 2



Thursday, July 14, 2011

NOOK Color

First things first. My hubby spoils me. Almost 30 years of marriage and he can still surprise me. For my birthday this year Michael and the little kids surprised me with 3 different gifts on 3 different days. Gift 1 was a signed photo of my fave hockey player- Mason Raymond. Gift 2 was a NOOK Color! Gift 3 was an authentic Vancouver Canucks jersey with of course Raymond and 21 on the back. ALL wonderful presents on their own. Michael went a little overboard.

The NOOK Color is unbelievable! I had a regular NOOK but this new one is amazing. Besides it holding all 76 of my ebooks it does everything. Email, web browser, Facebook, Twitter etc etc etc. It's fast too.  Just as fast as my macbook. I am seriously in awe. Forgot to mention I can load pictures and music on it. And there are even Angry Birds. Now I have no clue what the Kindle can do because I've never held one.  No way it can compare though.

I am obviously the NOOK Color's biggest fan.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's going on with my TV shows.

Last night FOX Broadcasting canceled 2 more of my fave shows.  That makes 3 in the last year.  The 3 shows were Terriers, Lie To Me, and The Chicago Code.

I think it's just a coincidence that all 3 shows were created by Shawn Ryan.  Seriously, the man makes great TV.  The Shield did wonderful as did his show The Unit.

Each of the shows were really great.  Those kind of shows where you look forward to each new episode.

So, what are people watching if they aren't watching the "good" shows?  I understand that the canceled shows didn't have good enough "numbers".....not enough viewers.  So, where are the viewers?  Are they watching more cable than network shows?  I remember once thinking "How can Jersey Shore be so popular and all the good shows have minimal viewers?!"  

Last of my rant.  Soap Operas.  I don't watch them anymore but there was a time I loved every show that ABC had on.  They started at noon with All My Children, then One Life To Live at 1pm, and finally General Hospital at 2pm.  I did turn them on a couple of times in the last month.  You can go a few years without watching one then jump back in and not miss too much.  And there are always nice familiar faces.  ABC has lost their minds by canceling the first two mentioned above.  There's talk about General Hospital being dumped eventually as well.

I guess I'm just stuck watching mediocre television.  :-(

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Vancouver Canucks!

Wow!  It's been a little over a year since I fell in love with hockey.  After that local game back in January, I looked at NHL teams, read a little about some of them and picked the lucky winner of my devotion.  The Vancouver Canucks.  The Washington Capitals were a close 2nd but I could only have one fave team.

It's been an awesome year.  The end of that first season (09-10) ended in the 2nd round of playoffs in early May. I was thrilled to see the new team I had started to follow did well enough to go to the playoffs.  Fast forward a bit to Oct. 2010 and the new season starts.  I could not wait!!  Michael even purchased NHL Center Ice from our cable company so we could watch every single NHL game if we wanted to.  79 games down and I haven't missed one of them!

I have learned SO much about hockey this season.  I understand the rules, the game, the players and their positions.  I keep up with the standings of ALL teams.  I read pre-game and post-game reports.  I check out the opposition before each game.  I read about game day morning practice sessions.  I've become seriously addicted and I love it!!

So, where are we now?  We've won the coveted President's Trophy.  This is given to the team that finishes with the most points in the league during the regular season.  We have 3 games left in the regular season and we are off to the playoffs.  Oh yeah, we are #1 in the NHL.  Did I pick a great team to follow or what???!!!  

I still have no desire to watch football, soccer, baseball etc on tv.  I do understand now my husband's behavior during his beloved Dallas Cowboy & Texas Rangers games.  

It's true. 
If you holler loud enough at the television, the players, coaches, refs......yeah, they can all hear you!

Go Canucks and thank you for introducing me to the awesome game of hockey!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I am the most boring person in the world.  I bore myself which is sad since I'm the person I'm with most of the time.

Can a person sleep too much?