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Friday, June 30, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday...Uh huh, uh huh!

I'm feeling a little funky, uh huh, uh huh! And, I'm not even drinking. I think it's cause it is....FRIDAY!! That means.....it's time for STUFF PORTRAIT FRIDAY!

The lovely and talented Kristine at Random & Odd is off doing "wedding stuff", so the wonderful and wacky Shaun has so graciously filled in and came up with this week's theme. Wow, he made up a logo and everything! Check it out!

This weeks assignment is to find:

1. Something with a story behind it. Photograph something that has a story behind it. And yes, you might have to actually write a little bit on this one. Good, sad, funny, made-up….does it really matter? It IS the Internet. Be creative.

There is a VERY sweet story behind this. I'm kind of PMS'ing and in a sentimental kind of mood. Anyway, this is a vase of flowers made by my youngest son for me for Mother's Day when he was in first grade. He hid it in his back pack and snuck it to my room to give to me in private so that his brother and sister wouldn't make fun of him. I keep these in my bedroom and every time I look at them I get those "mommy feelings". You know, the feeling that your kids are the absolute best in the world! It's not just the flowers, but the love he put into them. The paper is quite faded now, but he picked colors that he thought were my favorites. There was a cute poem that went with it, but it must be packed some where.

2. A Random and Odd photo. Pick anything. A picture you’ve taken, one that you’ve found on the net. Doesn’t matter. I’m making the rules, so don’t tell me what your usual blogger tells you to do! For this picture, the reader on your blog needs to write a story or caption for your picture, so get something unique.

I just can't wait to read what you all have come up with for this picture. I really wish I could take the credit for this pic, but all credit must go to my sister. She snapped it during one of our...."adventures"! Always much excitement when she visits Houston.

3. In keeping with the recurring wedding theme, a photo of something borrowed. This is pretty self-explanatory.

See the really cool rug under the coffee table? SuZan is letting me borrow it until our house sells. She's got this eye for detail. I was about to purchase this hideous piece of...I don't know quite what you would call it. She saved the day and let me borrow her rug that is usually in her foyer. It would be just too bad if the movers accidentally uh, pack it or something when we move!

So there you have it! My contribution to Stuff Portrait Friday. Anyone and everyone is welcome to play. If you do, please leave a note in my comments so I can come check you out!

Until next time.... SEE YA!

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 12:01 AM :: 20 comments

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Thursday, June 29, 2006 Daughter and Boyfriend's Relationship To The Next Level!

OK, mind out of the gutter! I didn't mean THAT level! Geez!

First off, I am sitting here eating my Go Lean blueberry waffles with half a banana writing this post, so if it's a little syrupy, I apologize!

My daughter's boyfriend got his license and part time job the first week after school was out. He got his first paycheck on June 15th. It was gone June 16th! Boyfriend's parents gave him their old car with the stipulation that he pay for gas and insurance. Boy, did he have big plans for his first paycheck. He was going to take us out for dinner, buy clothes, buy a new cell phone, etc., etc. Then he realized how little is left after responsibilities are taken care of.

I asked my daughter last night where boyfriend was. I swear that boy has radar and senses the minute we pull into the driveway. She said he couldn't come over because he only has enough gas to get to work tomorrow (today). Then she asked if she could go to Splashtown with some friends. I asked her if boyfriend was going and she said no gas, no money, can't go. Then she proceeded to rant (she has definitely picked up my ability to rant) about how he bought stupid things like a new cell phone when his other phone was just fine. He bought a second set of head lights for his stupid truck and all this other stupid stuff. I smiled and listened. Is anyone else thinking this sounds familiar? Kind of like when boyfriend 1.0 becomes husband 1.1?

As an added note. After I was done at the gym last night I checked my cell phone (which I left in the car because damn it, I deserve an hour to myself) and saw I'd missed a call and had a text message from my husband. The text message said "EMERGENCY" ALERT.... (OK, is anyone else suffering a mild anxiety attack as I was when I read that?) we are out of coffee filters and Splenda. Repeating, we are OUT of coffee filters and Splenda! That is all.....Over!

After I started breathing again I had to laugh! My hubs can be such a goof ball sometimes!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 The Adventures of The Traveling.....Teenager!

We are back in Houston after our "exciting?" trip to Waco, Texas....or how my son prefers to say "Whacko, Texas". Why were we of all places in Waco? My daughter J who will be a Jr. in high school this year is starting to visit colleges. A little early you ask? Well, yeah. But there was something in the water in 1989-1993 that caused Texas to over create which in turn leads to over population in all of our schools, including colleges. The admittance counselor we worked with said that last years Freshman class had record numbers of which this year's Freshman class in expecting to exceed. This makes an early start very important.

The trip wasn't that bad. I mean, once I survived this......

Teenager, 3 plus hour trip, her at the wheel!!!!

and this......

This is called "the circle", which you just kind of get on and go around until you get off. Scary thing. Especially when your teen is driving.

As I said, this trip wasn't bad. The campus is beautiful, but since it's summer time, there wasn't the usual "campus feel" that you experience during the fall. My daughter and I didn't walk away with that "this is where I want to go" feeling. She wants to come back and visit during the fall and see how she feels. Baylor has a great business school and offers the 5 year Masters program, and she is SURE that's the direction she wants to take.

I'm wondering though if maybe we just need to compare it to something. We are going to visit A & M in the next couple of weeks. She has wanted to go to A & M since she was old enough to realize that it wasn't the ATM's!!! I guess her first Aggie emblem went up on her wall when she was about 5. Her brothers who are UT all the way gave her a hard time about wanting to go to A & M so she kind of "back burnered" the thought. Now she is of the mind set that she really doesn't care what her brothers think and has decided that A & M may be the place for her.

One observation however. We were one of two juniors visiting amongst a whole crew of seniors. I feel that my daughter is very mature for her age. It was amazing to see the difference between the two groups. My daughter was still pulling out her cell phone to check the text messages her friends were sending while the seniors were really listening and asking questions. Hmmm.....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 Tickle Tuesday!



I am a firm believer that it is good to start the day off with a laugh. This story is inspiring to me and I do pray everyday that I can know the difference between growing up and growing old:

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze.

"Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids..."

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know." As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose". She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.

At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

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Monday, June 26, 2006 Waste of Space Monday

Waste of Space Monday is brought to you by Tammy over at Rant N' Raven Heaven. I stumbled upon these "waste of space" laws, so read and enjoy... our tax dollars at work:

In Clarendon, TX., it is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.....

In Borger, TX., it is against the law to throw confetti, rubber balls, feather dusters, whips or quirts (riding crop), and explosive firecrackers of any kind.

Portland, ME., makes it illegal to tickle a girl under the chin with a feather duster.

Georgia law provides that it is a misdemeanor for any citizen to attend church worship on Sunday unless he is equipped with a rifle and it is loaded.

It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.

In Racine, WS., it is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep.

In Fort Madison, IA., the fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.

A Chicago law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.

San Francisco prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash.
In Normal, IL., it is against the law to make faces at dogs.

Hartford, CT., makes it illegal to educate dogs.

A Belvedere, CA., City Council order reads: "No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash."

In Paulding, OH., a policeman may bite a dog to quiet him.

A law passed in Denver says that the dog catcher must notify dogs of impounding by posting, for three consecutive days, a notice on a tree in the city park and along a public road running through said park.

In Tennessee, you can't shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

In Cleveland, it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

Kansas law prohibits shooting rabbits from a motorboat.

Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.

Atlanta makes it against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.

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Friday, June 23, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!

Kristine over at Random & Odd is getting in that wedding theme again. Her assignments appear to be leaning more and more toward this direction, every week should be more and more interesting. This week ya'll get a special two for one! We both played!

This week’s assignment:

1. Your Drinking Glasses.

2. Your Address book/Stationary (remember that stuff we used BEFORE email?)


SuZan's Stuff


What can I say they are drinking glasses. I do like the bubbles in the glass, seems to make them a little more interesting.


You know that I love the kitties! I also tend to use note cards instead of regular stationary.


Something new! How about something new to me? I bought this wine tasting table a few years ago (an absolute bargain, but no chairs). I did find some chairs that I loved but refused to pay the $100.00 freight charge per chair on top of the ridiculous price to begin with. A couple of weeks ago I went to one of my favorite places to shop “The Consignment Collection” (antiques and junk) and stumbled onto these. They go with the table just fine and cost an 8th of what I was going to have to pay for the other chairs. I just love a bargain!


Sheri's Stuff

Your Drinking Glasses

I love the first picture of the inside of the glass. Very abstract. The second picture is what they actually look like. Yes, I know it's supposed to be glasses as in plural-but come on people! I have teenagers! Do you really think I have more than one clean (MATCHING) glass at a time?!? I just realized while looking at this picture that my glasses really do match my personality!

My Stationary

Again, I like the way the first picture turned out. Kind of abstract! I must tell you, I had to wipe about an inch of dust off the box before I could take the picture!

Something New

I found these cool Capri's at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago for 12 bucks! I am still looking for the right top to go with it!

Now, I know I cheat because I'm only supposed to post one pic for each topic. But, I have one more something new. My grand baby (step-grand baby! I'm only 38). Grady Leland was born on June 5th, 2006. Look at all that hair!

Before I sign off, I'd like to share a quote from SuZan while leaving the gym tonight. She said "I want the girls to lift up so I hit the balls tonight"!

I'm I the ONLY person who immediately thought something dirty!

Did you play? Did ya?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 America's Got What????? and Other Ramblings!

In the words of Kami, "The Hell?" Watching this show was like picking a scab. It's painful, but you keep doing it. I kept watching that damn show thinking surely it would get better. Wrong! Yes, there was some good talent, among the contestants that is! To me, the "judges" comments were so...scripted. It was like they were told to watch the past 5 years of Idol and pick out the mannerisms and verbage they could best incorporate into this show! Even the "randomly picked talent" who couldn't perform their way out of a wet paper bag couldn't pretend to be shocked or disappointed at what the judges said. It was just....bad! It's like, well, when you get that little throw-up thing in your mouth, swallow, and spend the next 20 minutes with out a drink trying to get that slime taste to go away-yeah, you got the picture! NBC-sorry to tell you this, but you really missed the mark on this. I expected it to be somewhat entertaining seeing as how Regis was the host, but, nooooooo, it SUCKED!

Oh, and all of this after my dinner of, um, well, Sonic called it a grilled chicken salad. I call it a bowl with a handful of brownish green stuff with a piece of grilled chicken they must have thrown in the "not good enough to put in a sandwich" bin. Look, I only get a certain number of points a day. I can not, do you hear me, can NOT waste those precious points on tree bark and grass that looked like it was picked it out of the back bin - AFTER THE GARBAGE TRUCK PASSED THROUGH! A little bitter you ask? No, just hungry!

Now must sleep because, what else can you do WHEN YOU'RE OUT OF POINTS AND STARVING TO DEATH?!?

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Tap, tap, tap.......

is this thing on? Gosh-it seems like its been forever since I've done a post. SuZan has so graciously filled the gap for me while my life...well....spins out of control.

I really don't want to bore you with everything that's going one, but, let me just say that selling our house has become a huge pain in my butt! The house has to be ready to show at any given time! Hello, I have teenagers! It's Summer Time! I am continually running around giving the house "a lick and a promise" but not really CLEANING. When I say cleaning, I mean OCD style cleaning. It's killing me that I haven't had the time to do the base boards etc. as I usually do. Inevitably, as soon as I tear up a room to "clean", we get a phone call requesting a showing. I guess what it all comes down to is, I want my cake AND I want to eat it. I want to sell the house without the aggravation of "selling the house".

Enough of that. Changing subjects, let's talk about divorce and children. Moms and dads, please listen. You may hate your ex, but please, please don't take it out on the children. That's not fair to them. Please remember that your family is not any more important than your ex's family. If two events happen to fall on the same day for both families, please remember that YOU are the adult and YOU are the one that should be ready to compromise. Even if that compromise is to talk to your ex and say that you would really like the children to attend your function and see if it would be possible to miss the other function, DO IT! DON'T MAKE YOUR KIDS MAKE THAT DECISION AND DON'T GET MAD AT THEM IF THEY DO MAKE THE DECISION THAT YOU DON'T LIKE!

OK, I'm over that. Onto the job front. You all may remember that I went for a second interview for a position that just sounded so perfect. Well, I've heard nothing. Not even a "you suck"! But, that's OK. After a "meeting" that I had last night with someone regarding "something", I'm glad that I haven't heard back. Yeah, more later. Don't want to share too many details until this unfolds.

Guess I better get to work. Lot's to do, not enough time to do it! I've missed you all and am so happy to actually have a few spare moments to go through the blog roll!

See ya!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Tickle Tuesday!

Surprise, surprise; we are under a flash flood watch today. We have had so much rain here that I think we are going to have to start building an ark! We are North West of Houston so we are OK here. It seems that the South East part of town is what you are seeing on the news.

At least we don't have to worry about this down in the south:

Why Ice Fishing Sucks!

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Sunday, June 18, 2006 Only In Texas!

Yee Haaaaaa! Give me a stick and I'm ready to blaze the highway!
Update: This is I-10 past San Antonio (from Houston)

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Friday, June 16, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!

We can tell that Kristine over at Random & Odd is getting wedding fever as her wedding date rapidly approaches. Her assignment seems to be leaning more and more toward this direction, but since SPF is all up to interpretation…she’s going to have to wait.

This weeks assignment:

1. Your Puzzle

2. Your Best (Your best what? YOU DECIDE!!)

3. Something “Old” (the weeks following will have a part of the wedding theme; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue)

My greatest puzzle would be my 17 year old son. He is a great kid, but at times I want to thump him on the head. Sometimes, he is so mature and when people come up to me and tell me he is a fine young man, it makes me so proud. Other times, when I ask him to do something it seems he will do the crapiest job he can (I guess so that I won’t ask him again). His philosophy: Why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow.


Hmmmmm this one is all up to interpretation. I was going to post a picture of Big G, because he brings out the best in me, but he really doesn’t like to see his mug plastered on the internet. So instead, here is a result of a “Martha Moment”. The walls in my hallway are my first attempt of a Venetian plaster look. I hated the old sand finish on the walls so I plastered them with joint compound, painted and then rag glazed them. I do like this look much better (unfortunately, the photo doesn’t do it justice).


I love this piece we have in the dining room because I enjoy repurposing things. This was a TV/stereo that belonged to Big G’s grandparents. We now use it as a server but it still is a work in progress (as is my whole house…lol). Eventually the speakers will be gutted and we will build a drawer in their place, giving us much needed extra storage.

Did you play? Did ya?

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Thursday, June 15, 2006 Helloooooooooo

I should entitle this post "An Ode to SuZan"! Why? Well, if it weren't for her, this is what our blog would look like!

Yeah, pretty empty.

Now, it's not an Ode to SuZan just because of her blogging abilities, SuZan is wonderful friend. My life has been so out of control and crazy, I sometimes have to look at which side of the door I'm on to see if I'm coming or going! I've been so busy, I haven't even had time to do a drunken post much less anything else! It's nice to know that I can call SuZan and in an instant, she'll be giving me words of wisdom, making me laugh, or helping me realize that things really aren't as bad as I'm making them out to be.

Work has been so, well, busy. Then there's having the house for sale and keeping it clean. Then there's that whole becoming a grandmother issue. To top it off, my sister is in town and staying with me. The kids are out of school. Trying to keep up with them is quite exhausting.

I don't think I have the words to express how much SuZan has helped me keep my sanity (what little there was to begin with).

Thank you, SuZan for being such a wonderful friend. I'm the luckiest person in the world to have a friend like you!

To all of our blogging buddies, stay tuned. When my sis leaves (on Sunday), I think it will definitely be Margarita time (and drunken post updates)!

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Dear Bank:

Next time you decide that my card numbers have been compromised (whatever that means), could you please let me know before you close my cards. I don’t mean send me notification in the mail that looks like junk mail; call me or send me an email. It is embarrassing to go and make a purchase and my card is no good.

While you strive to make improvements, could you also do something about your automated phone system? Your system really sucks because it takes 20 minutes to go through all the sequence of numbers that you require. While we are at it, when you tell me that my cards are closed and I ask why, please do not tell me “I don’t know”, and then proceed to send me to another office, to go through another sequence of numbers, to then be DISCONNECTED.

That seriously pisses me off!

That is all.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006 The Boys Are Back

I am so glad that my guys are back. They spent a week in the Davis Mountains in west Texas this year. Both had a great time but that it was definately HOT!

Big G got to play and enjoy his hobby. He was totally in his element.

G2 caught the climbing bug, but I think he enjoyed rappelling better.

He actually went down INVERTED! I guess he is not afraid of heights like his mom.

"Yeah....I'm bad!"

I always enjoy when they go on these trips because the house actually stays clean and I close the kitchen. By about the middle of the week however, I am ready for them to come home. Welcome home guys!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006 Tickle Tuesday!

My Colonoscopy
All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was the one in charge.

"I should be in charge," said the brain, "Because I run all the body's systems, so without me nothing would happen."

"I should be in charge," said the blood , "Because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you'd all waste away."

"I should be in charge," said the stomach," Because I process food and give all of you energy."

"I should be in charge," said the legs, "because I carry the body wherever it needs to go."

"I should be in charge," said the eyes, "Because I allow the body to see where it goes."

"I should be in charge," said the rectum, "Because I'm responsible for waste removal."

All the other body parts laughed at the rectum and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight.

Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache,
the stomach was bloated,
the legs got wobbly,
the eyes got watery,
and the blood was toxic.
They all decided that the rectum should be the boss..

The Moral of the story?
The asshole is usually in charge

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Monday, June 12, 2006 Hey....Finally Figured It Out!

Lookie lookie, I finially figured out how to make a banner (takes a bow). Since we usually do a "Tickle Tuesday" (in honor that we all survived a Monday) I have been wanting to do a banner and just couldn't figure out how.

So I don't know if it is the right way but it worked. I created it in word and "cut & pasted" it into photo shop to turn it into a j-peg and presto. So what do you think?

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A Little Weekly Update!

1 of us had the week all to her self.
1 of us got an offer on her house.
2 of us lost “a little” weight (hey, a loss is a loss no matter how minuscule).
1 of us has her sister in town.
1 of us stated 5 projects last week and didn’t finish one of them.
2 of us love margaritas! (HA…this was a given).
1 of us has these weird ingredients she bought and is going to attempt some real cooking.
1 of us is tired of keeping her house spotless, just to have to leave at any given time.
2 of us are glad the kids are out for summer.

Oh and on a side note, if you are a politician, don't ask me how I really feel after I have had two margaritas!

That is all…Have a great day!

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Saturday, June 10, 2006 YEOWZA!

He can come cook in my kitchen anytime!
Hot - Hot - Hot

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Friday, June 09, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!

A P - E R - T U R E
1. An opening, such as a hole, gap, or slit.

2. a) A usually adjustable opening in an optical instrument, such as a camera or telescope, that limits the amount of light passing through a lens or onto a mirror.
b) The diameter of such an opening, often expressed as an f-number.
c) The diameter of the objective of a telescope.

The lovely Kristine over at Random & Odd is getting creative again. Since she knows that we are weirdos, she is probably hesitant as to what we will post.

OUR ASSIGNMENT (should we choose to accept):

1. A wide open space.
2. Brightness
3. In the dark


My guys are gone this week and hubby has my camera, but I do have backups. This is a picture of Big G. G2 took this picture and it is one of my favorites. They were camping up in the mountains in Colorado and what better place for ‘a wide open space’.


The brightness is the snow. They found snow while hiking and had to play in it. G2 is the one that just threw the snowball (the Texas kid in the Michigan cap...lol). This was the first time that he had ever seen the white stuff so he was thrilled. The last time it snowed in Houston, we were in East Texas (G2 was pissed we missed it).


Now what is a camping trip without the campfire! I am such a pyro that I just love a campfire and how the flames dance ‘in the dark’.

Did you play? Did ya?

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Thursday, June 08, 2006 Maude & Claude

Maude and Claude, both 91, lived in The Villages, in Florida.

They met at the singles club meeting and discovered over time that they enjoyed each other's company. After several weeks of meeting for coffee, Claude asked Maude out for dinner and, much to his delight, she accepted.

They had a lovely evening. They dined at the most romantic restaurant in town ...Despite his age, they ended up at his place for an after-dinner drink. Things continued along a natural course and age being no inhibitor, Maude soon joined Claude for a most enjoyable roll in the hay. As they were basking in the glow of the magic moments they'd shared, each was lost for a time in their own thoughts.

Claude was thinking: "If I'd known she was a virgin, I'd have been gentler.

Maude was thinking: "If I'd known he could still do it, I'd have taken off my pantyhose.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006 Working My Way Out of a Job!

I never looked at it from this perspective but this is exactly what we are doing. No one warned me that this would be harder than parenting, but it is. Since the progression of G2’s teen years, his dad and I started pulling back, and now that he is 17 and driving, we have to pull back even more.

The mother in me wants to tell him how to do things, what to say, how to present himself, etc. One of the biggest complaints about the youth of today is that they are not self sufficient and still have mommy and daddy picking up the pieces. Not to mention the rise of post college graduates living with their parents (4 million between the ages of 25-34).

Yesterday I watched the Today Show, I cringed when they featured a story on letting go of your adult children. They talked about the parents calling their children at least three times a day when they are in college; asking for passwords so that they can apply for jobs in their children’s behalf. Even calling them to wake them up to go to class WHEN THEY ARE IN COLLEGE!

I have always felt that our job as parents was to love, protect and raise a productive and happy member of society. Now it is time to work my way out of a job and let him fly. I feel very strongly about this as some of you may recall the post I wrote about helicopter moms last year. After all, in seven very short months, he will be eligible to vote for the President of our Nation and he will be eligible to die for his Country. So he has to be able to stand on his own two feet and make his own mistakes and learn from them.

Of course as far as this concerns our son, the verdict is still out. In some areas I see him is very mature for his young years. In other areas I see him lacking maturity. Some tell me it is because he is a boy and boys are very different from girls. At this point, did we do our job effectively? Only time will tell.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006 Celebrating Women's JUNE BLOG PICK OF THE MONTH!

Celebrating Women's

June Blog Pick of the Month

Rant N' Ravin Heaven

Tammy is 30 year old, working mother of two (Fumble and Princess...and they are adorable) living in Big 'D'. She is married and states that her husband is a great man because he deals with her neurosis. We had the pleasure to meet Tammy at Blogger Blowout in Austin this year and had a F A B O U L O U S time partying with her.

She hosts 'Waste of Space Monday' where we all have the opportunity to vent about the losers that are a total waste of space. She also plays Way Back Wednesday, Half Nakkid Thrusday, Fug Thursday and Stuff Portrait Friday. Tammy has also been featured on 'Bloggers in the Spotlight'. Oh, and has a very special place in her heart and a free pass for Matthew McConaughey (yummy). Special Quote: I hate people! We also learned that we should not be at her house during a Texas game, if they are loosing.

What we love about Tammy is that she shares her honest feelings with us readers. We can feel the love and joy she has for her children; we felt her horror and pain when her sweet dog Bogey was attacked. When you first meet her you think that she is shy, but as you get to know her she is someone warm, kind and real.

So go over and say hello to Tammy and help us celebrate:

Celebrating Women’s
June 2006
Blog Pick of the Month

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Monday, June 05, 2006 It's Official......

Just call me Granny!

My step daughter Misty Marie and her husband Kurt gave birth to our first grandchild. After 13 hours of labor, we have a baby boy weighing in at 9 lbs., 3 Oz's.

Congratulations Kurt & Misty!
p.s.-Now get your butts to Texas so that I can spoil that child!

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Sunday, June 04, 2006 A Good Time Was Had By All!

So tell me why, when you’ve enjoyed the evening and go to bed after 2 am, wake up at 4:30 am feeling fine just a little tired (so you decide to go ahead and go back to bed), then wake up at 8:30 and feel like sh*t?

Girly night was fun as always. We feasted on fajitas (both chicken and beef) and they were delicious, perfectly complemented with Sheri’s margaritas. Carrie (Mercedes’ favorite human) brought her a fresh supply of cat crack. Mercedes then proceeded to ignore all of us and concentrate on opening her packages (yet again, she flunks hostess 101).

We celebrated Sheri’s birthday because you know that we like to celebrate (because it is what we do). I couldn’t resist getting the ‘princess’ paper plates for the cake when I was at the dollar store, they just screamed out Sheri’s name (and she appreciated it too). We also had some goodies for Carrie and her feline babies (can you say ‘feathers’, her mousers are going to love them).

We briefly discussed the Blow Out in Dallas this fall, and it took a whole two seconds to agree that we would all ride up together. Carrie dished the dirt on her most recent vacation trip (boy are we going to be looking for a post). The worlds’ problems were solved last night and we were so engrossed that we forgot to take pictures!

After everyone left I started cleaning up and tried to carry too much (yes folks I do know better), dropped a bowl on my left big toe. Last night I dreamed my toe fell off.

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Friday, June 02, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!

The lovely Kristine over at Random & Odd, has had a rough month, but she still is able to give us our assignment for SPF. This week we are to take pictures of:

1. Something ‘Sparkly’
2. Something ‘Dull’
3. Something ‘Colorful’


This would be the sparkle reflected in the wood floors. This picture is from Christmas and I loved the way the lights “sparkled” when reflected on them. This by far has been my most favorite “home improvement” project that Big G and I completed.


I think a butter knife is pretty dull (at least it is if your trying to cut a big ole Texas sized steak). I actually owe Big G for this clever idea because I couldn’t think of a darn thing.


This wonderful piece of artwork came from my son. He was in fifth grade (2000) when he painted his interpretation of his pet Lewi the lizard. The damn thing is still alive only much bigger (about 50")!

Did you play?

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