Friday, December 24, 2010
Breakfast Casserole - check!
Broccoli Salad - check!
Cheese Ball - check!
Salsa - check!
Just a few hours left to pack presents up for the Christmas Eve event...then off to church for the Children's program....and then to the Dutschmann home for family, food and fun...to be followed by a short sleep...then up for Christmas morning with the kids....and Kylie....then off to Mom & Dad's for the Mathews family Christmas Day...more food and fun...and perhaps a nap!! Here's wishing everyone in blog-dom a most merry Christmas and blessed New Year!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I am getting some help and taking a clue from my friend Angel at the Weld House blog, I am shopping for some peace of mind, right along with this time for peace on earth!
Have you visited Shutterfly to shop their amazing selection of photo cards? Oh My! It is so hard to pick out just one, but my favorite is not really a card…it’s this! Perfect for a relatively new YaYa such as myself…plus anyone else who cannot let one day go by without seeing my sweet granddaughter’s grin!!
The party invitations are just as AH-dorable! A keepsake and an invite all at once! How could you go wrong?!?! AND if you are a blogger…get this...bloggers can get 50 (count ‘em) 50 FREE holiday cards from Shutterfly! Do you hear angels singing?!?!? Sign up: http://bit.ly/sfly2010: http://bit.ly/sfly2010.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Miss Kylie loves to be in the driver's seat - in fact
when her Mom said it was time to go - she cried
like someone had just taken away her best friend!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Kylie had her first bite of cake and got the hang of it pretty quickly! At first she just squeezed the icing through her fingers, but once it hit her tongue, it was gone! She didn't get all that messy, but Mommy swooped in and took her into the kitchen and hosed her down with the vegetable sprayer! I think she also managed to down a few bites of rice and beans from Jennifer, plus a dum-dum lollipop with her Daddy, and maybe sneaked in some ice cream and KoolAid. I hope her little system can handle it!
She received so many wonderful gifts - and no duplicates, either! I have been told that some of the toys are coming to my house to live - the noisy ones especially! Kylie was dressed in a sweet little parfait-colored sun dress to start - barefoot of course - but before the cake fest, she donned a pink onsie with a cupcake and candle - and spent at least two seconds, maybe three, in her pink marabou-trimmed party hat. She received plenty of clothes - and a pair of shoes to knock around in. Wonder if she'll keep them on her toes?
Kylie was so pleasant during the entire party - happily being passed from one person to another - and no breakdowns at all. She was really into her 'cell phone' and 'ipod'....she is so into buttons!!
I'll have to get some photos to share soon. What fun it is to be a YaYa!! Love you sweet girl!! XXOO
Thursday, June 17, 2010
How many times has this happened to you? After the pre-recorded greeting plays and you wait for an actual person to take your order, you do so, being sure to include any special instructions such as 'cut the onions' or 'sweet tea'. You tell the person, "that's it" when they ask if they can get you something else, only to have them recite the extras, the add-ons, etc that are available? Really? I already said 'that's it', but I imagine what I could say "Please include napkins with my order and yes, you can add a straw. Some ketchup or honey mustard would be nice, and by the way, please don't turn my order of fries upside down in the bag!". Another irritating feeling is when the employee says "order when you're ready" and when I recite my order, they say 'wait a minute - what was that?'. They should be ready!
Once I get to the window and they ask if I want salt/pepper/sauce/dipping sauce/ketchup, etc before the handoff which usually includes a drink, I appreciate it if they wipe off the cup where the soda has over-flowed and securely attach that plastic top. Just this week, I have had 2 different cups collapse in my grip, popping of the plastic top and shooting out ice and soda. One person just looked at me as I held my half-soaked hand with the cup still in it - not bothering to offer a napkin. Once she did hand me a handful and I wiped up the mess, she walked off before I had a chance to give her the mess of napkins back. The second person at least offered to take it back, apologize for the warped lid, and wipe off the cup. Beware the cup that is too full so that when you insert your straw you get a sticky mess all over your car console! Seriously - a little room at the top is ok!
Believe me, I don't mind waiting a bit for my food to be hot and correct to order! But please, don't have my food hanging out of the window as if it were a brass ring I will grab for as I drive by! Also, if its not asking too, too much ~ a pleasant "thank you" and invitation to return would be nice - not a 'thanks hun' or 'here ya go darlin' or 'gee, you smell good' (yes, that actually happened!)
What would it be like if when I got to the window to pay for my order, I started to ask: What was that total? Is that amount in US dollars and cents? Would you like that in cash? Paper or coins? Pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters? How about half-dollars? Do you prefer correct change? Would you take a cashier's or personal check? Do you accept the Diner's Club credit card or debit card? Do I have to sign a receipt? Do you have a pen I could borrow? How hot/cold is that drink going to be anyway? Etc....etc.
One more thing regarding the 'sandwich artists' at the local sub shop - they must really be into the 'art' side of the sandwich making, because when they asked me if I wanted cheese on my sub, I asked what kind they had available. Their reply was that I had the choice of the white...... the yellow..... or the orange. Hmm....what color do you suggest?
Monday, June 7, 2010
A New Creed - from the United Church of Canada - I like it!
We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life. Remove the have-nots, the can-nots and the do-nots that I have in my mind. Erase the will-nots, may-nots, might-nots that may find a home in my heart. Release me from the could-nots, would-nots and should-nots that obstruct my life. And most of all, Dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the 'am-nots' that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.
Author Known To God
Monday, May 24, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
A 'WIND ADVISORY'?? I've heard of severe thunderstorm warning, burn ban, even tornado watch...but a wind advisory? What could the purpose of that be?? A wind advisory to:
- warn people NOT to wear full or 'flippy' skirts or billowing gowns..
- OR warn (some) people to be on the look-out for the same?
- warn people that no amount of hair spray is going to help their 'do'
- warn would be sail-boaters who can't already tell by the way the lake is white-capping that today may not be best for their regatta
- warn campers who may want to start a camp fire that they'd better bring a whole bunch of matches
- warn those among us lucky enough to be considered 'light weight' to put rocks in their pockets as they head out the door
- warn those in the mood to fly a kite that said kite might turn into more of a scarf or simply break away altogether
- warn those people working the drive-thru at Mickey D's that it's going to be extremely difficult to hear the customers place their orders due to "wind noise" (never mind that we can hardly understand THEM...ever!
- warn people parking their car to be aware of the door-whip affect...as car doors tend to whip-open with the wind and surely ding those vehicles that are too close for comfort
- warn people on cell phones outdoors that they may find people on the other end CAN'T HEAR...AT ALL....except for wind noise
- warn people who use the drive-thru car wash that it won't be necessary to pay extra for the 'dry' option
- warn people that WIND BURN is a real possibility today
- warn people to watch for flying objects - including everything from cigarette butts to paper airplanes...they could be lethal!!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
- Call your friends and sing the "I'm on VA-CA-TION" song...loudly
- Sleep "IN" - even if just until 7 a.m.
- Stay in your PJs at least one full day. Although this may hinder you from running errands, it may enable you to catch up on much needed sleep (napping) and relaxation (reading, watching TV, etc.)
- Cook as little as possible - and remind your child (who likes to eat, too) that he can pick up dinner on his way home from school
- Plan to devote one full day to cleaning house
- Ignore the item above
- Catch up on organization of your 'paper trail' - recycle/shred/etc - and remain comfortable at every opportunity with a cup of coffee or diet coke
- Shop on-line and consult with your daughter for some virtual gift card/actual gift card switcharoo to benefit the both of you...SCORE!
- Take full advantage of caring for your oh-so-sweet grand child
- Pamper yourself with a lengthy shower - but then under no circumstances do your makeup or hair
- Schedule a haircut/color appointment - and chat with your stylist to your heart's content, no need to rush
- Wander around the grocery store or WalMart as slowly as you'd like - check out the clearance racks and shelves and scope out 'projects'
- Visit the home improvement store and pick up some caulk for your bathtub and wall patching materials. Leave these supplies in the sack on the counter when you get home
- Enjoy dinner out on Tuesday with friends and don't worry about what time you get home
- Relish the day time tv shows you would otherwise miss - since you don't own a DVR
- Read your favorite blogs for more DIY project ideas - and pass them along to your daughter
- Think about calling the contractor your friend recommended to replace your screen door - and remember it when that huge hail/windstorm moves through on Thursday around midnight
- Remind your son to mow the yard - feel free to call, text or just yell as necessary
- Praise your son when he completes it - and remind him next week it will happen all over again
- Clean out your refrigerator/freezer - by eating most everything there is or offering it to your child when he forgets to bring home dinner or at least ask to do so INSTEAD of him bringing home dinner
- Stay up late and watch Frazier re-runs - and have the chance to greet your son when he gets home from work - reminding him to get some rest
- Take advantage of daily exercise: walk back and forth to the mailbox or pick up that box just delivered by UPS to your front door (remember to use your legs!)
- Naps are essential to any staycation success story and no planning is needed, though leaving your computer on to tie up your phone may be wise
- Play "lexulous" at every opportunity - and brag when you score over 300 on a single word ("frenzied" worked for me!)
Monday, April 19, 2010
Next event on the cultural events calendar: WICKED!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- time to blog & read blogs
- laundry - wash & fold
- pay bills
- finish up pending projects (yeah, right!)
- drink coffee (yum!)
- hot tea & buttered toast (yum! yum!)
- dry shoes
- dust rinsed from the car (yahoo!)
Today was an excellent day for testing of patience...at Wal-Mart! I wandered around in the store during a downpour, taking my time, no big hurry to get anywhere at the moment, just picking up a few things for a gift basket I am putting together, but when I was ready to go, I was ready to go. You know the drill: long check lines - even in the "express/self check". I went to one, peeked over just to check my chances at the adjacent aisle and thought "nah, this one will do". Cute little boy to keep me entertained with his mommy and daddy, and I wasn't in a 'rush' so to speak, but when I saw the guy in front of the family checking out, I had to look twice.
The register asked him to deposit cash or choose payment type. He began to deposit his cash - from a plastic zip-lock bag - one penny after another. "Oh my gosh" I thought to myself, then I turned to the couple behind me with a smile and said "He's paying with coins", rolling my eyes in the guy's direction. "You're kidding" she said, and I moved aside so she could see. Her boyfriend said, "Well, I've been there. I've been in college with no money and had to scrape the bottom of the couch". I nodded in agreement, turned back to see the guy finish with the coinage and proceed to a dollar bill, of course needing to straighten it out before the machine would eat it. The couple in front of me were smiling, too, watching the coinage and bills. The guy finished up and left when the family stepped up to the screen and announced: "Four Dollars! His total purchase was just $4!", then he began scanning his items -and again, more than the 'express' line allows for - but what the heck. Bless the coin and dollar guy - I hope he's ok.
When the family guy got ready to pay, he turned and asked if anyone had a few coins to spare. We smiled as if to say, "get on with it already". The girl behind me said, "well, at least I got to get a good read out of a magazine while we waited" and I said, "that's the way to think positively"...and smiled to myself and thought: I should have stepped up and offered to pay for that guy's items! It wasn't so bad to have to wait - at least I was dry and being entertained - and cool...getting ready to head out into the rain again. Guess I can stand a little rain. :-)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
At sunrise, lilies, magnolias, kalanchoe, daisies and more in the altar area, orchids on Moms in the congregation. Little girls in pastels swish and twirl their skirts and click down the hall in 'high' heels. Little boys squirm in neckties and suit coats, at least until they walk out of church. A choir of children and adults fill the air with song and tears of joy mixed with memories. The trumpet accompanies the old favorites: "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "Because He Lives". Tone chime players concentrate on every note, the smallest playing the largest chime with an emphatic down beat. The Men's Club is cooking the pancakes with the tell-tale smoke filling the hallways. A special performance by the wee ones on a stage, flanked by a huge rainbow of hand prints, using this opportunity to show their Easter finery, sisters in matching dresses, singing at the top of their lungs, using the hand-motions to help tell the story.
Families gather for lunch, bringing special dishes, filling plates and stomachs. Cloudy skies don't halt the hunt for eggs. Windy conditions help to brush confetti from hair and clothes, broken shells decorate the concrete. Decorated plastic eggs are tossed aside as contents are emptied into baskets in search of the 'prize'. More confetti sticks in wind-blown hair, on little sweaty hands and in hidden places to be discovered later, probably for quite a time to come. The dogs join in the fun with a coat of bright-colored bits of paper, not seeming to mind.
A peaceful drive home as bluebonnets and Indian paint brushes line the highway and the sun begins to set, just peeking through the clouds. Humidity + wind = tangled tousled curls.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
* I am wandering in a college dorm hallway, looking for my room, but I can't find any room numbers, and I have recently realized that I need to change clothes because my dress is too short. The dorm is coed. Unable to find my room,I hold down the hem of my dress and head to the library, where I sit down with a group of folks - who all look very familiar. They are the younger versions of current actors/actresses - like John Cusack, Demi Moore, Steve Martin and the great big guy on Harry Potter - sorry, I don't know his or his character's name. They are studying for a test and I am trying to figure out who they are or how they are connected. The next thing I know I am in a shopping mall - a version of one in our town from about 25 years ago - and I am shopping for something to wear instead of this short dress - and I keep having to pull it down along the hem. (What is it with clothes in this dream?)
* I can fly - but not everyone knows of this special power. I like to surprise people and fly from place to place much quicker than they can travel. No clothing worries in this dream - not even a cape to consider.
* Another dream - kind of hazy - but suffice to say it was of a more 'adult' theme and the details of which are not suitable for posting here. :-) P.S.: didn't have to worry about clothing in this one either....
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
A few more "clothes" memories:
- the peasant top & shorts I wore for junior high cheerleader try-outs
- the flannel shirt that smelled like a campfire after a trip to Dad's dear lease
- the baby-blue shirt, knit vest with tiny buttons, and jeans I wore on my first 'date'
- the yellow t-shirt with a hot-dog transfer across the bust that always fit just right
- the dark blue uniform top worn at my first job at the theatre concession stand
- the royal blue snap-front PE outfit for junior high gym class, with white crew socks and tennis shoes
- dotted-swiss dress with solid pinafore for Easter - made by Mom
- knee-socks - graduating to panty hose
Friday, March 12, 2010
I called work to report "sick" and went home for breakfast, picking up Ryan a Mickey D's breakfast on the way. I layed on the couch and he piled on the quilts and comforters - I was freezing! I took some pain reliever and told myself I'd go pick up my prescription shortly. Ryan hung out with me watching TV for a while - what else is he going to do on spring break w/no wheels?!!? I vegged out on the couch later while he went to help a friend move.
I was awakened by a door bell and knock on my door about 6 pm by none other than our city's finest - asking if 'is this your dog?'. Why would Ryan's dog be out of the back yard? He wasn't - it was his friend's dog who was staying in our yard a few days - who jumped the fence and started terrorizing the neighborhood. According to the two officers, she 'attacked' them or 'came at them, threatening to bite' - seems they were called by the neighbors who were 'cornered on their front porch. I called the dog's name, she calmed down, and I gingerly stepped thru my front yard - barefoot - to the back yard and put her inside the gate. Oh, forgot to mention that this puppy is a pit bull! A puppy pit bull who probably got spooked by the uniforms - who returned to the yard, then to my garage at my command.
The officer asked for my ID - so into the house and grabbing my cell phone I went, frantically calling R to get home. He called the dog's owner who came right over, in tears, saying "she's never done this before". The officers explained that the citation they wrote ME would have to be paid by April 7th - and that animal control would be in touch soon. Seems they couldn't re-issue the citation in the owner's name - but maybe the city court could do so.
The owner and I planned to meet on Friday - late in the day - so as to allow more time for me to recuperate. I was not relishing the thought of getting out at all - I felt like cr*! About 9:15, R headed to work. The doorbell rang about 10 - the Animal Control Officer was there to take a look at the dog(s) - yes, he had to look at R's dog too, and make sure her shots were up to date and he is registered - which we had no clue we were supposed to do. He wrote up a report - another document for MY signature - and I said I was planning on coming to the station later today and bring the pit's owner to pay the fee. He didn't know the amount of the fee - and advised me how to provide the certificate showing the shot record for R's dog. I had 72 hours to provide this information.
After multiple texts to R at work - I got in contact with the vet who told me that the shots were NOT up to date - so - guess who got to take the dog to the vet @ 2:15? Me! Oh hooray! I am not feeling well and get to coax and finally lift a 32.3 pound dog into the front seat of my car and drive him to the vet - where $188 later - we were good to go. Great - I still had time to get to the station to take care of the citation and provide the shot record.
Oops...let me rewind - I failed to mention that as I finally got the dog into the front passenger's seat and closed the door, I tripped over my own two feet and the bring lined driveway and fell to the pebbled cement surface with if recorded, I am sure would have won an AFV award! Oh yeah, I went down in such a graceful manner, I must have put those Olympic skaters to shame. I could see my scores of "10" flash before my eyes as I lay on the pavement in pain, with the dog peering at me from the front seat, wondering "what the he**" - as I am sure he was concerned for me. As I lay on my back and took a quick inventory of pain - I rolled to my side and again with such grace (I'm sure) got to my feet and into my car. I realized that I had my cell phone in my pocket - so I could have called someone if I had needed to. Great foresight, huh?
Still the pit's owner had not called to confirm we were going - her boyfriend was having emergency surgery. I decided to call ahead to see what the fee would be - maybe I'd just pay it and get reimbursed - but after hearing the grand total of $117 for a "dog at large" charge - I thought, no, she can handle making that payment. She did not return my call or text, and though I hope her boyfriend is ok, her dog is still in my garage - barking and yelping - while as time passes, I realize all the areas that I must have struck at some point in my fall - both palms, my left ankle, knee and thigh, left elbow and even my shoulder is a little tender. Can you say BC powder?!?! Oh, and my head hurts too ~ but no so much from the sinus infection anymore ~ a new and different kind of pain.
We are lucky enough to have a tree near the driveway that sheds little spikey balls - so surely one of those will show up eventually - as they didn't provided much of a cushion for my fall. I am thankful I wasn't wearing flip-flops or slides, as my feet would have probably hurt worse - and attributed to a MUCH more graceful strike of the pavement. My fingers are hurting now as I type - but what to name this entry????? "I'll Tumble For You"? "Bringing Down the House"? "I Keep Fallin'"? "I Get Knocked Down"? Oh I could probably name a few more - but I think the BC is calling again - has it been 6 hours already?
Gee, could I pack anything else into a sick day!?!? I have got to learn a better technique - and include a bounce of some type - or at least a SPRING - since today was a beautiful Spring day - for anyone who wasn't me!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Food :: Hungry
Death :: by chocolate
Cafeteria :: lady
Need :: want
Born :: to be wild
Stitch :: in time
Badly :: so very badly
Blocks :: of time
Chuck :: Wagon
Spiral :: Staircase