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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mystery in the Making

Do you like a good mystery?
If so I wish you could do a little sleuthing around my house.  It seems we have a mystery in the making.

The Case of the Missing Jeans

If you've followed me for any length of time you're probably aware that my Mom lives with us.  Dementia has made it necessary for her to have some assistance from day to day so living with us is how we make it all work. . .

A few months ago Mom began to tell me that some of her jeans were missing.  I didn't think much about it until I caught her (on multiple occasions) taking MY jeans off the drying rack on laundry day and jetting off to her room with them.  Wet jeans do have a way of all looking the same.  I understand.  At this point I wrote Mom's name inside her jeans so there'd be no confusion. . .Still, she was suspicious that I was the culprit behind her jeans that had gone missing.

To ease her mind a bit I began to do her laundry on a totally different day than I did the family laundry.  Didn't help a bit - she still thinks I have her jeans.

Today she actually went through my closet (while I was in the kitchen).  She took two pairs of my jeans into her room, laid them out on her bed. and called me in "for questioning".  As it turns out these were jeans I no longer wear (yes, I do need to clean out my closet).  I began to plead my case.  Told her if they fit to keep them.  At this point she's not decided if she's gonna keep them or not.

I don't know if some of Mom's jeans are actually missing "for real".  They could be misplaced in a drawer or in the back of her closet OR she could have left some in Tulsa the last time she visited with my sister.  I respect Mom's privacy and only go into her room to vacuum or clean as she watches.  So the mystery remains.

I'm off now to write MY name in MY jeans.

Things that make you smile.




Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Living Color

They were lined up and in full bloom,
their colors waving in the breeze.
There's nothing like the first Spring day
of flower shopping.


Mom and I enjoyed the outing.

So many flowers.

I get my love of flowers from my Mom.
There was a time when I would do my
flower shopping with her because she could name the flowers and knew exactly what each needed regarding, sun/water/soil.  She taught me well.  Now she shops with me and I share the things she taught me with her. I could never have imagined this day.  We have gone full circle.  And, we make a pretty good team.

This is the basket we chose to hang outside her window. She'll take good care of it being sure it's watered regularly.  She'll mother it.  She'll enjoy it.  It will be a part of her life each day from now till the first frost in the Fall.

I was gonna get her a hanging flower basket for Mother's Day, but I decided not to wait.  She needed some Spring and she needed it now.  Why put off til tomorrow what you can enjoy today?

Do you enjoy flowers?
Here's a fun quiz to try, 
I was a Sunflower!

Tell me which Flower you are.
I love to take these goofy quizzes.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rant.

Behold!
A work of art.
A stroke of Genuis.


A person should definitely "write for their readers".
It's a fact.
With that thought in mind today's post is about "SIPPY CUPS".  What?  You don't find the subject fascinating?  Please hear me out, after all, what fun is it to rant if no one's listening?

Lately I've invested BIG bucks ($$) in all types, styles, and models of SIPPY CUPS.  (Sorry, but I can't even say the words, SIPPY CUP without shouting.)  It was so much simpler when my kids were little.  There were very few SIPPY CUPS at that time and the ones available were simple- a plastic cup with handles which had a lid with a small slit in it to drink from.  Have you looked at SIPPY CUPS lately?  They're complicated and have numerous parts and most include a straw of some type along with all sorts of colorful lids/tops.  Trouble is after one use it's necessary to disassemble the cup, clean it well, then put it all back together again (think "Rubic's cube"), at which time it's supposed to be usable again.

You don't want to know how much time I've spent cleaning these things, searching for lost straws, and trying to figure out why it's not working the second time out.  I've also searched in stores and on-line trying to find replacement straws cause heaven only knows not just any ol' straw will work.  Noooooo, you must have a particular type of straw that only fits that manufacturer's brand of SIPPY CUP.

Today there wasn't a straw in the entire house that would match up with the workings of the SIPPY CUPS we have.  So what's a YaYa to do -I made my own, sort of.  I made a small cut into a bottle nipple then put it into the bottle inverted and screwed the lid on.  Then I put a generic straw through the inverted nipple,  and  Wah Lah!  It worked!!  Little Missy took to it easily
and I may have gloated, strutted and sang my own praise for a while.  
It was glorious!  
Perhaps I need to patent this idea (?).
I'm getting a little carried away.

Later Lil' Mama came home from school and I did what normal people do in such a situation. . .

I went shopping and bought 6 more new cups.

I.Am.A.Woman.Obsessed.
Which is probably why God
intended that menopausal women
not give birth.







Monday, April 7, 2014

"You're Welcome."

Oh my.
There was a job to be done.
And, I knew it was up to me to do it.
Sometimes you just gotta roll up your sleeves and "get'er done".


Soooooo I gathered my supplies.

Dressed for the job. . .


Poured myself a little Margarita Sweet Tea
for refreshment.


And commenced to "Spring Clean"
the entire house!!


Boudxy's house!
Hosed down, Lysol-ed, flea-sprayed
and ready for a new season.


He let me take his photo as he snuggled
in for the night IF I promised not to tell
anyone he sleeps on a pink blankie.
(The male ego is a fragile thang', ya know.)

This story may or may not have been embellished a bit, but the fact is that I did get Boudxy's house sparkling clean.  My own house?  It's gonna be tough to squeeze much of a "Spring Clean" into my routine this year. Now if anyone asks if I've done my Spring Cleaning I can honestly say I "Spring Cleaned" the entire house.  I just won't tell them it's Boudxy's house I'm talking about.

If you want to borrow this idea feel free to do so.
"You're welcome."




Thursday, April 3, 2014

E-I-E-I-Ohhhhh!


Old McDonald's got nothing on me,
(except a farm and some animals)
but other than that I'm right there with
him.  Take a "look-see". . .


Bunnies.


Chicks.

And things that grow in the dirt.
Chives.


Dill.

I happened by a Farm Supply Store yesterday.
I travel the same highway each and every week when I take Mom for her weekly beauty shop appointment.  Funny, I had never noticed this store before.  I think Spring causes one to view things differently, doncha think?  I made a quick stop to buy the herb plants, and (once I got past the smell) I enjoyed watching the bunnies and the chicks.  Spring has definitely sprung in my part of the world.  

When we lived in Oklahoma I put out a small garden each year.  Since moving to LA I've tried, but given up the idea of having any type of garden.  I fought the fight, but the rabbits won!  They eat anything and everything I've tried to grow.  My Dad ALWAYS had a garden and I think of him at every turn this time of the year especially.  I just can't let a growing season pass without planting something.  I know he would be happy to know that. This year I'm gonna have three herbs pots, Mint (planted yesterday), Chives, and Dill.

I like mint in my "Sweet Tea".
Chives on my baked potato and in salads.
Dill?  I love dill, but other than dip, I don't really know how to use it.
Any ideas?






Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2nd Day!

April 2.
Poor little neglected day hardly gets any attention after all the antics of it's forerunner.  Here is what April 2nd looked like for me.

Laundry to be folded.

Drying rack was placed on the patio - UNTIL the rain began.  Then it was all brought inside.  Very attractive, don't you think?!

Pulled pork slowly cooking and making the house smell WON-DER-FUL.  (I still use my old vintage crockpot much more often than my new one  - nothing cooks like it does.)

New mint plant.
Potted and moved to it's home
on the front porch where it waits 
(and hopefully grows)
to merge with a Summer pitcher of good ol' yummy
Sweet Tea!

April 1st may be lots of fun,
but April 2nd is when all the work
gets done.
(Gee, that rhymes!)

Hope you've had a good, productive day!







Monday, March 31, 2014

A,B,C, D, or E?

Last week a package arrived at out house - a SURPRISE!

Look what was inside!!

A Ladybug Swimsuit!
(not the baby, Silly!)

Is this not the cutest swimsuit you've ever seen?
I think she could wear this every day and I'd never tire of seeing it.  Thank you to one of my special friends - "you know who you are".

* * * * * * * * * 
Today was a glorious Spring day.  I was inside all day playing "catch up" around the house so it seems I sorta' wasted this beautiful weather, but sometimes "A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do" and this was one of those days.  The weather man promises more beautiful weather with a few showers sprinkled in throughout the week. 

 "April showers. . ."
a.  hide the sun.
b.  help me sleep.
c.  make the yard muddy.
d.  mean winter is over.
e.  all the above

Which answer did you choose?


Friday, March 28, 2014

The week that wuz. . .


"We love to say Hello,
we hate to say Goodbye,
and so we say Hello
when we mean Goodbye!".
    ~Mr..Zing and Tuffy Show


We've had a wonderful week spending time with out oldest son and his wife (Grey and Antoinette) during their visit.  We just finished having lunch with them before they headed to the airport, bound for home (Washington state).  We will miss them, but we have WONDERFUL memories of this past week to sustain us till the next time.















It's been a great week of "memory making".
That's all I'll say 'cause I refuse to be sad that they've left for home  I choose to rewind all the fun of the week and enjoy it all yet again.  Lots of teasing, eating, game playing, eating, movies, eating, and did I mention pie?  We.had.some good, tasty, yummy, delicious, mouth-watering, GREAT pie from Strawns.  More than once.  
That's all I'm sayin' about that.

"We love to say Hello,
but we hate to say Good bye. . ."


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Doing without it. Really?


Would you be willing to do without it?

"Although 90 percent of Americans own microwaves, Quartz reports that when the ones we have die, we're not buying new ones. Sales for microwaves are down 25 percent since 2000. As for microwaves that still work, they're being relegated to the cooking back burner in favor of toaster ovens.  (complete article HERE)
Really?

Since I totally have my hand on the pulse of America I was surprised to read these statistics. 

 I don't use my microwave a lot but I do use it every day.  Mine died two years ago and we promptly replaced it with a new one.  If this one "micro-died" tomorrow I would replace it.

Would you replace it?
(yours, not mine)
Well, if you really wanted to replace mine I'd allow it...just sayin'.






Saturday, March 22, 2014

Can't Wait!

Ever have a day like this?

Happy to say that my day is going 
much better than HK's.  
Actually MUCH BETTER!!
I got some wonderful news - our son and his wife are coming to see us!!  We've not seen them in almost two years.  The last time we saw them they were getting ready to run away from home. . .Well, sort of.   ( I exaggerate just a tiny bit.) They were actually relocating all the way from Oklahoma to Washington state. They will fly here on Monday and leave on Friday so that means 5 whole days to enjoy them.

Can't wait!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oops!

If you are a "shake-the-bottle-then-apply" kind of make-up girl, like me, it would serve you well to remember to place your finger over the top of the bottle before giving it a good "shake".

If you forget you could ruin your tee shirt.
Your very favorite, soft, ratty tee shirt.

Don't ask me how I know.





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thinking out loud.

I looked out the door and what did I see?
This bright yellow beauty staring at me!

When the Forsythia plants bloom it means Spring has officially arrived..  (insert Hallelujah chorus here)  There are few things cheerier than seeing the first blooms of Spring.  Actually Tulip trees and Bradford Pear trees have been in bloom for a couple of weeks, but they whisper, "Spring".  The Forsythia plant screams, "SPRING"!  
* * * * * * * * * * * 
I fought a battle today.
Well, not actually a battle, just a tiny skirmish.
It was one of those little things that cause your brain to cramp when you think.  Someone (not in bloggy land) questioned my motives about something.  It was unfair and it was unfounded.  I could have gone on and on defending myself and questioning the motives of the one who questioned me, but I chose not to.  Most battles are fought and won (or lost) in our own mind, don't ya think?  I chose not to give a voice to the criticism. I am simply gonna "move on".  Sometimes when you give no fuel to a fire it simply burns out.  I've lived a long time and it's taken me most of my years to figure this out, but I've finally got it.  Sometimes you just do "nuthin'".  You don't talk about it.  You don't worry about it. 

 You just let it go, defy anyone to "rain on your parade",
and keep marching.


Monday, March 17, 2014

48 Hours

Our oldest first born child had a birthday last week and we had lots of fun celebrating with her this weekend in Tulsa.  Though out-going and feisty, she seems to manage to be out of camera range most of the time, but I.Got.Her. this weekend.  Isn't she the prettiest thing?  People have always loved her hair and when she was a child she worried that perhaps someday her hair would turn brown.  It didn't happen. YAY!  And, I must add that we brought our little red-head home from the hospital on St. Patrick's day.  What did she wear?  A pretty little mint green dress. The happiest St. Paddy's day we've ever had!

"We LOVE you, Amy!".

Amy and her youngest daughter, Grace.

Amy and Brent
(BTW, Brent is my FAVORITE SIL)


These are their lovely daughters.
Kaylee, Paige, and Grace.
They float my boat.
They wet my whistle.
They ring my bell.
OK.  I know you get the idea.

Such fun spending time with all these beautiful girls!

Kaylee just recently got her Driver's Permit.
She took me for a ride in her new (to her) car.
It was surreal being chauffeured by a
Granddaughter.


We also celebrated HK's birthday
with our extended family.

Little Mama was so nervous about it
but it turned out very nicely, doncha' think?
Ladybugs everywhere!

HK thought it was GREAT!

I also attended a Baby Shower for
Heather & Chase.(our nephew and his wife)  This will be their first child, a baby girl.  Can't wait til she arrives - don't think we're gonna have to wait very long now.

Good luck Heather!!
I'm guessing little "Linley" will make her grand entrance next Saturday, March 22.
Weighing in at 8 lbs 12 oz.  (We'll see if my guess is close.)

Practically every minute of the 48 hrs in Tulsa was spent doing something "family fun".  So thankful for the special times.  Even though I don't like to travel, gotta say it was absolutely worth every minute of the drive.  And, let the record show that HK traveled very well - though it was necessary to keep the "Bubble Guppies" video playing the entire time. I'm thinking that should qualify Mister and me for some type of award.  Can I get an Amen?  










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