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Ch, ch, ch, changes!

Yeah, it’s that whole “I hate making up titles” thing.

What do you think of the new look?  Bright and cheery, no?  It reminds me of my weekend.  How?  Well it’s green.  Guacamole is green.  I made a lot of guacamole this weekend.  Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate.  Cold and rainy Saturday, cold and windy Sunday.  About the only thing that got accomplished as far as yard work was fertilizing.  Yes, I seem to provide my neighbors with much comic relief.  Me, the fertilizer spreader, big black clouds, then BAM-the skies opened and we were deluged with rain.  Did this stop me?  Hell to the no!  I was determined to fertilize!  It wasn’t pretty, but it got done.  I sure hope my neighbor doesn’t record any of the daily occurrences at my house.  Me, spreader, rain, running-not pretty!

My daughter and son-in-law came over for dinner yesterday.  We were talking about Easter.  I’m committed to going to my Mother-in-laws every holiday.  She doesn’t cook any more.  Basically, we all cram into a too small house and eat cold food.  But you know, there’s no guarantee as to how long we’ll have her.  She is an awesome lady so full of love.  Anyway, we eat early at her house.  I told the kids I would cook again and they could come over for dinner.  This brought up the convo of the grand baby.  My kids don’t like to go over to grannies because she’s old, it’s crowded, it’s far, it’s early, blah, blah, blah!  This made me wonder if my grandchild is going to feel the same way!  No, there is no way that will happen.  Those babies will be so spoiled every time they come over! (Look at me going plural already!  WTF?)

The way I look at it, grandchildren are your reward for not killing your children.  I will take full advantage of being able to send them home after sugaring them up and letting them do whatever they want!  LOL!  Kidding!  (kind of)


Merry Christmas Y’all!

And no, this post is NOT a day late.  If you think about it, today is next year’s Christmas Day!  Right?  I know!  Genius!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas.  I did.  The dynamics of my family are changing.  This person who is going to be my son-in-law is a great guy!  He cooks sausage.  He washes dishes.  He picks up the Christmas trash.  Later we played Catch Phrase and Uno.  I hope we didn’t chase him away.  Apparently my family is a bit competitive.  Gulp.  Yes, I did get great pleasure in playing all those draw two and reverse cards against him!  LOL!

I have two days of vacation left.  So far this morning I’ve accomplished…..nothing.  I ate cookies for breakfast, laid on the sofa in my jammies, started the laundry (well at least THAT’s something), and started watching old movies (Bridget Jone’s Diary).  I think that is the agenda for the day.  A whole bunch of nothing.

I hope you all have a great day and enjoy the things that matter most….friends and family.


Check back.  I may post some pics.  Since I’m a little lazy today, I will direct you to Flikr (see the side bar)?  I did something really fun this year.  I hostessed a cookie baking day.  Nine ladies came over and we baked, baked, baked.  We may have drank a  it as well.  It was great!

Memorial Day Rememberance

Dear Soldier:

I wanted to take the opportunity today…..your day, to thank you for what you have given me.  Though we have never met, I feel an enormous gratitude to you, your brothers and sisters for the freedom that I enjoy today.

Humbly, I keep you in my heart always and pray that I never take for granted the freedoms that you have sacrificed for me.  Because of you, I am allowed to dream.  Because of you, not only can I dream but I can make those a dreams a reality.

Because of you, I can worship God in his home that I choose.  Because of you, my neighbor and I can disagree on many topics, but can come together for a common cause.

My promise to you is to respect these freedoms that you died for.  To listen and learn before I speak and realize that I might not always be right.  My promise to you, is that I will NEVER forget you or dishonor you.

Thank you fallen Soldier, you died for me and my familiy.  I will be forever in your,  and your families debt.


a daughter, a mother, a friend, an American

Memorial Day Quotes

  • The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -William Havard
  • The purpose of all war is ultimately peace. -Saint Augustine
  • And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA. -Lee Greenwood
  • Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. -Ronald Reagan
  • Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy
  • Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books. -Walt Whitman
  • As I approach the gates of heaven;
    St. Peter I will tell;
    One more soldier reporting sir;
    I’ve served my time in hell. -Mark Anthony Gresswell
  • The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. -Randy Vader

I Have The Urge

Like I do every Spring, I get the urge to shop, clean, garden, clean, etc., etc.  It seems to hit me every year over the Easter Holiday.  As is the norm, I usually never get half the stuff done that I want to.

Here is a list of things I’d like to do over my three day weekend:

  • Go to the gym at least twice
  • drink
  • eat
  • spend time with the family doing something like family games or bowling (OK, there is a little mommy/geekiness to me)
  • drink
  • clean out my closet
  • drink
  • shop for clothes
  • eat/drink
  • shop for pretties for the yard
  • drink
  • clean out the garage
  • drink

How many of these things will actually get done?

But It’s Not Christmas Anymore!

We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.  My family sure did and I’m sure SuZan’s family did as well.  Two of my kids work and drive, so it was neat to see the thought, love and care they put into their present giving.  Whether the gifts were bought or home made, the thought behind them counts more than anything.

We do funny things to trick each other.  For example, my daughter loves anything Coach.  I bought her a Coach wallet while she was with me.  While wrapping gifts, I put slippers in the Coach bag and the wallet in a shoe box and wrapped it.  So which box do you think she went to first?  Yup!  The look on her face when she got slippers…..priceless!

The boys had their favorite gifts as well.  I bought them tickets to a Rockets game.  My youngest son was smart.  He only asked for one sort of expensive item (in the $100 category) then told me he didn’t care what else he got because the fun part of Christmas was the surprise.  His favorite?  Not the expensive gift, but a caricature I had made of him in his football uniform crushing our biggest rival.  He LOVED that!  Hung it on his wall before more presents were opened!

My daughter surprised the shit out of me.  She bought me a coach purse.  It’s pink and it’s leather, and it’s huge!  I love it!  She told me that the best part was the deal she got.  She went to the outlet.  Because of the color and the fact that it wasn’t from the “signature” collection, she paid about the same for the purse as i did her wallet.  I done taught that girl how to shop!  So proud!

Today someone wished us a Merry Christmas.  My son wasn’t happy.  He said it’s not Christmas anymore.  I told him “today is next year’s Christmas day”!  It is!  Think about it.

Have a happy “Next Year’s Christmas Day”!

Christmas Tickle Tuesday


We can let our readers down.  So, since it’s not Monday; and it’s not Humpday; it must be Tickle Tuesday.  Tickle Tuesday is our attempt to lighten your load and make your day a little brighter.

In honor of all the Christmas baking my daughter and I were doing, I have to post this recipe.  I will be trying these tonight.  I hope they turn out!

drunk ms clause by you.

Jose Cuervo Christmas



  1 cup of water

 1 tsp baking soda

 1 cup of sugar

 1 tsp salt

 1 cup or brown sugar

 4 large eggs

 1 cup nuts

 2 cups of dried fruit

 1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila


 Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl,

 check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality,

 pour one level cup and drink.


 Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter

 in a large fluffy bowl.


 Add one peastoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point

 it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok, try another

 cup just in case.


 Turn off the mixerer thingy.


 Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup

 of dried fruit.


 Pick the frigging fruit off the floor.


 Mix on the turner.


 If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry

 it loose with a drewscriver.


 Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.


 Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who geeves

 a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.


 Add one table.


 Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.


 Greash the oven.


 Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.


 Don’t forget to beat off the turner.


 Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the

 Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.



Cherry Mistmas!


Bah That Humbug Right Out The Door

Every year about this time right before Christmas I get that “Holy crap….so much to do, not near enough time to do it and why am I stuck shopping while hubs is sitting at home cozy and comfy” feeling. 

Then I do something to bring the meaning into focus.  For instance, I look at things that make me laugh, or think about family and how THAT is the best part of the holiday.  Oh, and the wine.  Just kidding (not really).  As for as the hubs?  He is sitting home cozy and comfy for a reason.  The reason being that I am the more frugal shopper.  I shop, he’s spends.  If he did go shopping I’d probably be yelling at him for spending all the money.  It’s really safer for him to be home.

Since “funnies” help me change my stinkin thinkin, and since I can’t possibly afford to buy all our Internet friends a present, this will be our present to you. 


stockings hung by you.

I think that one up there if my favorite.  Balls talking about being hung!  Bwahahaha!

Snowman poop by you.

OK, snowman poop?  Love it!

prayerful pup by you.

That dog is too cute. 

Snow man fake boobies by you.

Naked Snow Man by you.

Boob jokes.  Even better than poop.  Nope, poop is still funnier!

Have a great day!

I’m Not Obsessive, I’m German

Heritage Society 2008
Heritage Society Candle Light Tour

Really, my mother was German, my father Polish & French!  That explains a lot!  LOL.  But really, Suz, ,me and some other peeps did the Candle Light Tour put on by the HeritageSociety of Houston.  It was very interesting.  Suz, the rebel of the bunch, tried to take a picture.  The tour guide stepped in front of her and said, “No pictures are allowed!”  Whoops! 

Anyway, each house was decorated according to how they would have been decorated during the year of their construction.  One of the houses was owned by Germans.  German women- thank you very much.  The tour guide said, “as you’ll see, Germans like to decorate!  Every surface that can be decorated will be decorated!”  Well, THAT explains a lot.  Don’t believe me?  Come see my house during Christmas.  Enough said!

Other than a trip to the ER for oldest son, and the apparent infirmary I’m running at the house, not much else going on! 

Must log off to go make more comfort foods! 

Happy Monday!

Heritage Society 2008
The Houston Boy’s Choir

Heritage Society 2008
Playing in the snow!

Nutcracker Market 2008

I finally went!  I have lived in Houston for around 24-25 years and I had never been to the Nutcracker Market.  So this year I convinced ShanghaiedSheri to go with me because Big G would probably hurt someone if I would have asked him to go, or he would call it a cattle call and start mooing.  Both scenarios where not the best of situations.

Nutcracker Market 2008

In a nutshell (pardon the pun) we went, we walked, we shopped, we spent, we conquered.  OMG my back hurt so bad when we left, but that’s what I get for wearing the “cute” sneakers instead of the cushy supportive ones.

I’m glad we went; I really have wanted to go for YEARS and had something else to do, or missed it completely. Now that I have been, I can say that it will not be an annual event. It is huge with many many vendors. But after about 4 hours of walking around shopping, every thing starts to look the same.

We did knock out some Christmas shopping and found some unusual gifts that we were glad to find.  We did have a scare when we had each purchased something from one of the vendors that they had to do something to our items so we were asked to come back towards the end of the day.  Just try and find a booth at the end of the day when you had been there right before lunch….Yeah you’ve got the picture…


Here is a little survival recap of the day…

Nutcracker Market 2008

After 3 hours of shopping



Nutcracker Market 2008
After 5 hours of shopping



Nutcracker Market 2008

This is how they increased sales


Nutcracker Market 2008

After a full day of shopping


I told Sheri that after I got home, I became horrizontal for the rest of the evening.

Happy Monday

Did everyone turn their clocks back?  I did.  It was great to wake up and see the sun.  Driving to work when it’s still dark is no bueno. 

Did you have a good Halloween?  Suz and I had a blast.  We dressed as desperate housewives.  It didn’t take much.  A lawn chair and a margarita.  The other girls on the block thought it was genius.  After the trick or treaters were done, Suz and I went to hang with some neighbors.  We now know who the “cool kids” are on the block.  The only problem – partying with your neighbors is not good when you have to take the dog to the groomers at 8:00 am Saturday.  When my husband woke me up at 7:00, I was not feeling so well.  In fact, Suz and I planned to meet at Target after I dropped the dog off.  Her phone call while I was in route was something to the effet of “i just woke up, I need coffee.”  To which I responded, “I need food.  Let’s meet at Chic Fillet.”

After two Coke Zeros and good greasy food, I could look into the light.  Once in Target, Suz treated us to a Starbucks.  Yes, I finally felt human!

After Target, I ran home, put on some make-up and headed to the hair dresser.  Ran home to change again, picked up Suz and got nails, toes, and eyebrows done.  Ran home to p/up son to take to the game.  After we got through the intersection where a car ran into a fire truck responding to a fire, I stopped to p/up food and headed home.  After eating, I took up shop on the couch and fell asleep during what my husband called “The Greatest Game Ever!”  Sorry, Texas was sucking.  I couldn’t watch.  I ended up sleeping for 12 hours!  Total greatness.

I guess now I’m coiffed and rested.  Ready to face the week.  Happy Monday everyone!