Monday, December 15, 2008

Tree, Snow, and Angels.

And there you have it..... tree, snow and angels. (Plus a small dog!)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Underwear Up There?

So we bought some little tighty whiteys for Teo the other day. The following conversation took place.

Me: (Opening package of underwear.) "Teo, come here and see what Mommy has."
Teo: (Running into room.) "What?"
Me: "Do you know what these are?"
Teo: (Sounding excited.) "Unner wear! Mine!"
Me: "Yep, these are yours when you start using the potty."
Teo: "Me wear, me wear!"
Me: "Well we'll have to wash them first but if you want to look at them you can."
Teo: (Grabbing the underwear.) "Me wear!"

And then he put them on his head.
Next he pulled them down so that he could look out through a leg hole.
That's my boy. We're not starting training yet..... I don't think we're ready.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ode to Big Kenny!

About a month ago Rubes and Teo received a large box in the mail. Now we say "Thanks" through song. Ode to Big Kenny! (If I were to call to say thanks I would really sing.) O' Big Kenny, who sports the Biker Look. O' Big Kenny, he sent us lots of books.
O' Big Kenny, who takes my sister to ZZ Top. O' Big Kenny, your generosity never stops.
O' Big Kenny, one of few who reads my blog. O' Big Kenny, loved by us and our dog!
Yay! Big Kenny! Yay!

Thanks, we've been enjoying all the books. (The card is in the mail!)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Farewell Fall

I took these photos with the new camera a few weeks ago when the weather turned warm for a second. The last bits of Autumn still hanging on. I was playing with some of the special features on my Nikon Coolpix S550. In particular the Macro Mode which lets me take photos as close as 3.9 inches! I also spent some time taking photos of my face. That's not as easy as it sounds. Nor very flattering to be honest. I do however enjoy these. We have snow again today. Winter is here. Milkweed pod with escaping seeds. Rubes wanted to plant them in our yard. Hmmmm.Rich end of fall colors from 3 inches away! I love these jewel tones... maroon and burnt orange.

Black berry bushes. Alas no more berries. Farwell Fall, I'll miss you.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Seriously People...

I wonder about people sometimes. Not so much why they do the things they do but rather where they choose to do them. I'm talking about fingernails and toenails. We all have to trim them, yes, but where we do that should be done with some thought. I strongly believe one should not trim them during a church service and then leave them behind! First off, I may very well be the one cleaning up said nails. Yick. Secondly, you're supposed to be listening to the sermon. Save your soul from hell, O.K.? In case you're wondering it's fingernails in winter and toenails come spring. That's how I know the general public believes it's warm enough to wear sandals to church. They leave their toenails there. Seriously people...

My Pastor suggested I come up with a Church Cleaner's 10 Commandments for Parishoners.

Commandment #1
Thou shall not trim fingernails or toenails in the Church. Ever.
It's gross.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Where 'O Where Are You Tonight....

Transition time. I've been MIA for a while and it's because I've started working again. I'm not going to say much about the "work" since it involves people and there's always privacy issues with people. I will tell you that I'm working a graveyard shift from 11pm-7am. I'm keeping odd hours. On the up side I'm still free to spend time with the family and most daily activities. The schedule is 3 on, 3 off, repeat and scheduled a month in advance. So far it's OK. I've a sleep schedule since the Hubby is home to watch the kids and stick to it, straying only a little when I've nights off. I have to say the first few nights up at home I couldn't think of anything to do! It's been quite some time since I've had 8 hours all by myself. My brain completely went blank so I read. (Which made me tired.) Now I have sewing projects and blog posts spinning in my head, so we'll see. Oh, I now have a digital camera so there should be more photos in the future. I simply have to read the manual and figure out how to use it. Technically challenged, remember? I'll leave you with this lyric from a country song I heard at around 3:30am this morning...."I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!
There's another work of ART to be given away at Grosgrain this week. The gown is a french 1700s piece size 3T-5T. Absolutely gorgeous. I'd be honored to win but if not whoever does will be more than blessed. Check it out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

No Blood Donating For Me, I May Have Mad Cow Disease!

I had the opportunity to donate blood today or so I thought. Turns out I may have tainted blood from a mad cow! That's right... MOOOOOO!!! See when I was in college I took a term abroad to study in England. I now know that if you've traveled outside the U.S. between Jan. 1980 and Dec. 1996 for a cumulative time of 3 months or more you're unable to donate blood. You could have variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or Mad Cow Disease. Geez. MOOOOOO!!! The funny thing is I'm 99% sure I didn't eat any meat at that time since I had to buy my own groceries. I was too cheap to buy meat when I needed to buy cider as well. I couldn't have Mad Cow I was on a liquid diet! Anyway, I'm bummed. In my mind I'm losing out on an easy way to help my community. Moo. For more information see the Red Cross.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Boy and His Cars Should NOT Be Parted!

I had a "Mommy Learning Moment" the other night. I didn't realize it till the morning but hey, I don't tend to think too clearly between 2 & 4am. Teo went to bed with around 10 cars/trucks. He dinks around in his room before falling asleep and lately he's been passing out on the floor by his door. This night was no different. I went to check on him, scraped him off the floor and put him in his bed. (He leaves drool spots!) I picked up 2 cars from the floor by the door and put them back in the living room toy box. Then I went off to sleep. Around 2am I'm awoken by Teo chatting about his blanket and showing me a car. I take him back to his room, change his diaper and put him back to sleep. Or so I thought. He came back 6 more times that night! Till 4am! I think he even played a bit in the living room. Though my sleepy haze has me uncertain. Well, the next morning Teo comes in right as my alarm goes off still with his blanket and a car. (The car happened to be one of the two I had removed from his room the past evening.) As we make our way through the kitchen, turning on lights, and heading past the living room Teo heads to the toy box. The he exclaims, "Mama, vroom...vroom... mine!" In his once free hand he's holding the second car I'd taken out of his room. Holy guacamole... THAT was what was keeping him up last night! Silly me thinking all the other 8 vehicles would be enough! Now I know a boy and his cars should never be parted.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beef-A-Rama, Meat on the Street.

We have wacky stuff here in WI. Things that are only found in my lovely state. This weekend was the 44th Annual Beef-A-Rama. Oh, you're reading it correctly, I did write "Beef". It officially started Friday with a "Beef Eating" contest at the local Culver's. Followed by a Street Dance-Downtown. The real festivities where held on Saturday. The morning started off with the "Rump Roast Run". At noon the "Moo Calling Contest" had taken place. Now while this is all happening so had the Craft Show, live music, beef cooking/grilling, shopping and other store front specials. What's this you say? Beef cooking and grilling? Oh, yes... See, all the Downtown shops participate by cooking Beef. Usually on the street and while dressed as cows or in a lot of Holstein print. There are awards involved and a "Parade of Beef" down Main Street to the park where the sandwiches are made and sold. Only in a small town in WI. could the health department look the other way as the roasts roll by. And maybe that has something to do with the 10 thousand people who attend this yearly event. Beef-A-Rama... I love my meat even on the street.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

House of Snot

Oh... the Kleenex here and there. It's that time of year. Windows are closed and my allergies are kicked in since I've not dusted all summer. I'm working on the latter in between sneezes! Then Ruby got stuffed up. No fever and the occasional need of a tissue. O.K. Not too bad. Well, Teo woke up 7, or was it 8, times Friday night and come Saturday morning came the snot! Kleenex in the bedroom, kitchen, office, and living room. Also in my pockets because you never know when there will be a "runner"! Like all little kids Teo is prone to using his shirt sleeves or blanket. Yick. He started running a fever after dinner so I drugged him and he fell asleep in my arms while reading books on the couch at 6:45pm. He was so out and rag doll that I completely changed him into P.J.s and he never opened his eyes. At that point I decided to drag the futon mattress into Rubes and Teo's room for the night. (Hubby needed to be to work by 6am. this Sunday morning and there's no sense in the whole house not sleeping.) Well, Teo joined me on the futon around midnight and woke a few more times for nose blowing but seems to be on the up swing. (He ate 3 bowls of cereal for breakfast!) Still a slight fever but nothing scary and half the boogers of yesterday. Today I have the joy of locating and gathering all the rogue tissues in this house of snot.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Mom, I Had A Good Day.

Here's my Preschooler! Rubes started school this past week complete with riding the bus both ways. The first thing she said as she got off the bus was, "Mom, I had a good day." Which was followed up with, "I had chocolate milk and a chocolate chip cookie." And then came, "We read a story about a frog who took off all his clothes and only had on underwear at school! That's silly!" Whew. She continued to talk for the next 2 hours all about school. At the end of the day she asked if she could go again. Yes, Rubes, you can go to school for at least the next 12 years.

Domestic Wild Woman

The past few weeks have been out of control. Here's a sampling of the domestic wild woman I've become:

-Scrubbed the kitchen floor.
-Froze and canned a grocery bag of apples that I picked form the neighbor's trees. I've got wonderful neighbors, she told me to take all I wanted!
-Shredded and froze an 8lb. zucchini from another neighbor.
-Made 2 loaves of banana bread for the first time ever.
-Finished a double sized denim/flannel blanket. (A project from March!)
-Hemmed 3 pairs of pants.
-Hit the $1 Bag Day at the thrift store. Good deals for kids clothes and sewing items.
-Sent Rubes to Preschool.
-Attended Music Garden and the library with Teo.
-Rearranged entrance way to house for winter. (Hats and mittens are out.)
-Cleaned and organized sewing desk/corner space.
-Biked 8 miles pulling Teo in the carrier.
-Caught up on all bill filing.
-Took all the broken crayons in the house, melted them down in the oven in a muffin pan and now I have fat disk crayons. Great for Teo.
-Raked my lawn and driveway. We have lots of pine trees and thus pine cones.
-I also tacked on 5 extra hours at work.

I think a lot of this has to do with Autumn arriving. The changing of seasons tends to bring on a desire to create order and cleanliness in my surroundings. That or pregnancy.....which I'm definitely not. So, I'm like a squirrel gathering my nuts to hunker down for winter. I like the rhythm of routine. I like the start of the fall season for it means the tourists will leave and I can reclaim my town. (The population triples up here in this northwoods where I live.) All the playgroups, story times, Mops meetings, and now school activities will begin bring with it new friends and socialization. Still I'm not so sure I should try to keep up this sort of domestic wild woman style of week. It may very well kill me.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged about a week ago by Miranda over at Keeper of the Cheerios . I'm new to this whole Tagging thing so lets hope I do this correctly. I believe the rules are as follows:

*Share 7 facts about yourself on your Blog, some random, some weird.
*Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
*Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.

Here are my 7 things.

1. I could spend hours in the woods picking wild blue berries, raspberries and blackberries. When my children come with I only get an hour here or there.

2. I love 'Zingers', though they are probably as healthy as 'Twinkies'. I don't buy them very often (once or twice a year) since I tend to eat a box all by myself in 24 hours.

3. I like snakes.

4. "Precious Moments" figurines and other related items freak me out! It has something to do with the eyes. They give me the heebeegeebees!!!!

5. I'm reading three books right now. The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn, Momfulness by Denise Roy and Club Dead by Charlaine Harris. Multi-tasking at it's finest!

6. I've donated my hair 3 times to Locks of Love. (A total of 3 feet.)

7. The following are my siblings and my first names; Tara, Misty, Skye, Cherish, Summer, Aurora, Cody, and Tawnie. Whew. Can you guess which is mine? :)

North Carolina New Beginings
Blue Berries & Peanut Butter
The Trench Foot
Summer's Nook
Your Impact Matters

Yes, I know I'm 2 shy but I'm still making friends. (Can I add them on later?)

Olympic Dreams

Rubes, Teo and I were watching the Women's Olympic Gymnastics on T.V. the other day. Rubes has never really seen any gymnastics before so she was glued to the tube and full of questions. Teo mean while was stomping and jumping around the living room. After the floor exercises I went to the kitchen to finish washing dishes. Here's the conversation that followed;

Rubes: "Mom, There's a girl running real fast and, and jumping over a box thing and twirling in the air! You've got to see this..."

Me: "That would be called a vault. Pretty cool, huh."

Rubes: "Mom, Can you do that?"

Me: (Smiling) "No, but Auntie Summer and Auntie Tawnie can."

Rubes: "Why?"

Me: "Well, They have to train really hard and it takes a lot of time."

Rubes: "Maybe when you're older"

Ah, the undying faith in my abilities. I tried not to laugh and didn't have the heart to tell her it was to late for me. 'Gymnast' is something I have never been nor ever wanted to be. Still it was nice to think my daughter has Olympic dreams for me. I bet I could be a metal contender in the 'Kitchen Dancing' arena.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Army Ranger in the Family

My Dad and my two brothers, Cody & Skye, at Fort Benning, GA. for Cody's Army Ranger School graduation. Cody is a Sergeant currently assigned as a sniper team leader with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. He's now undergoing Army Airborne School also at Fort Benning and scheduled to finish end of the this month. This from the kid who was motivationaly challenged in High School and quite the clown! To say I'm proud would be an understatement. My little Bro has found his calling and now we've a Ranger in the family!!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

I Think I Lost 4 Days of My Life.

I got a little carried away this week. Bloggy Carnival. I was a virgin of the Carnival and am now so definitely not. I was like an addict, I couldn't stop, I went to almost every site! And I wasn't just entering the giveaways! I was subscribing, reading posts and commenting. My children couldn't understand why mommy was at the "pewter" so much, why they could watch TV in the middle of the day and why I was still so tired the next day. I should point out that I still finished all cleaning of the church, library story hour, grocery shopping, laundry, and bath time for the kids. (We did eat regular meals, too.) Thing is every other available minute and into the night I was at the Carnival. Reminds me of when I was young and every Thanksgiving I'd over eat, feel sickly and pass out. I was 27 when I finally learned restraint for Turkey Day! Will it take 27 Carnivals to not feel like poo after 4 days of Giveaway madness? That's not saying it wasn't fun.

Here's my list of Positives from Bloggy Carnival:
1. My typing has improved.
2. I've learned tips to improve my Blog.
3. I'm subscribed to some sites I think I'll really enjoy!
4. Viewing many Esty sites has given me the desire and drive to pursue opening my own.
5. I may win some free stuff!!!!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!
So I found this site while trolling around blog world and WOW! I'm posting my first link since this is a truly talented woman. Meet Kathleen Dougherty and discover someone in touch with her creative abilities. I'm hoping to win this adorable skirt for my own daughter but hey, the more the merrier! Check it out.

School Supplies

I was at my folks' house this past weekend for a few days. It's a different feeling when I'm back at the farm. Rubes and Teo love being able to run, run, run. Teo was doing his "super boy" run every time we stepped outside. (Arms out to his sides, pretending to fly.) We always take our dog ,Fry, with us and she does the wild wiener run with all her relatives. Imagine if you will, 7 miniature dachshunds running as fast as they can in the front lawn chasing each other. Cracks me up every time. While there my sister, Aurora, and I went to Target for school supplies. Rubes starts Pre-K this fall. The list arrived a month ago with all the necessary items. Rubes is super excited. She tells everyone she sees that she's going to school. As soon as the school section comes into view she starts running and yells with unbridled joy, "Mom, they have backpacks!!!" Aurora goes with her to narrow down the search while I collect the 8 small glue sticks that are on the list among other things. I like to think that I'm not an overly emotional person, at least not out in public while shopping, but when I saw her put on a backpack I got a little choked up. (The bag was half the size of her!) My little peanut was beaming and so proud and it hit me.....she's going to school. Next year she'll spend more time with her teacher and class than me.
We finished getting all the things we needed and headed back to the farm for more running and playing. Fall is coming too fast this year for this mom.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Woe is me at the Library.

The day started off well and thankfully ended that way. However, the middle contained a "Meltdown". Notice the capital M. We had to go to the library. Returning books and dropping off caterpillars. (The later being 2 monarch caterpillars for the bug themed summer. ) Anyway, we found new books, played with puzzles and blocks and it was nearing lunchtime. At the checkout counter it starts. Rubes, who is 4, pulls out the step stool, I put it back but Teo has already seen it. I'm slightly annoyed at Rubes because I'd asked her not to drag that stool out as we approached. Teo gets all rubber legged and whinny. He's 2 and it's almost nap time. I comment that it's going to be nap time for both of them. Rubes then starts bawling about hating naps. I calmly state that if she wasn't acting like this she wouldn't need one. Her volume only increases as we exit the building. Teo is still whining and now mad because I won't let him run in the parking lot. Rubes cranks it up another notch to red faced and shrieking.
I've remained smiling this whole time but now I'm irked. I get both crying kids in the car. Teo stops, realizing we're heading home. Rubes continues in her bawling protest. I proceed to use my 'stern angry mommy' voice to tell Rubes her behavior is unacceptable plus, she will most definitely be napping when we get home and if she's smart she had better not talk to me till I tell her she can.
I like to think I'm a fairly patient, tolerant mom. Rubes has only done this sort of thing 2 maybe 3 times before. I know hunger and being tired played a role in her behavior. Something about the speed of this tantrum totally thew me today. These are the days I know my child is her own person. I'm also fully aware that I will love her unconditionally even when I may not like her. It was tough. She took a hour and a half nap with her brother. Refreshed we continued our day in better spirits.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The First of Many... Expect the Unexpected?

Computers are not really my thing. I'm more of a hands on type of person. I can birth a calf, replace a toilet, and bake well, among other things. Technology has me a bit baffled but I'm trying. The average 5 year old could probably out maneuver me around around my own blog. That being said I'm up for new adventures and challenges. Plus odd things seem to happen to me, "signs" if you will. If I don't share them then I could very well go crazier and most are pretty funny. I'm hoping that this blog will bring about some new friends, new ideas, and help me figure out my own computer! I'm preparing to expect the unexpected.
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