My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Meme Answers

Well, Subvet's finished THE BOOK, I'm still reading....
But, if there's one thing I've learned as a Mom, it's to PLAN AHEAD. So fortunately (for you) I typed up this answer post before THE BOOK was released. And no, I didn't pay more than $18 for the book.
Here are my meme answers.

1) I've been able to read music longer than I've been able to read English.
The story goes like this. My mom taught voice and piano in our home when I was a child. At the age of 3 I (probably feeling jealous) took her by the hand to the piano and would not let her go until she taught me "something." So she started teaching me to play the piano at the age of 3. I can read music as second nature as you can read this silly blog.

2) I sing Tenor
Nope, I sing Soprano...high, first soprano.

3) I qualified for the Concealed Handgun License the first time I'd ever been shooting.
Yup, I have the green man target to prove it. It was actually my 2nd time on the range, but the first time the trigger of my revolver was so stiff I couldn't fire the stinkin thing. The 2nd time I went to the range was when I met up with an instructor who fixed the trigger. I did not grow up around guns and have had NO experience so Subvet and I thought starting with a trained instructor would be the smartest way to go. I must say it felt good when after putting 3 shots of my first 6 either in the X or the 10 ring (the other 3 all went in the 9) he said, "Well, you don't need me anymore...." (For you who know, it was at 7 yards)
Now I just have to save up the $300 to take the class....
On a related thought, I've been asked by a couple of people upon learning that we now have a gun in the house "Would you really shoot someone?" My answer hasn't wavered. I HAVE THREE BABIES TO PROTECT. As my instructor pointed out (he also teaches self defense) egress from my home if invaded ISN'T good. I will have to stand and fight and I will do ANYTHING wait, EVERYTHING NECESSARY to protect my babies. Also, we bought the exploding bullets that (supposedly) won't go through walls so anyone who enters my home without my permission better be prepared to die. And yes, I do answer the door gun in hand. I'll tell you the reasons for all this home defense in another post.

4) I play 2 instruments
Piano, as I've said from age 3; although not as consistently as I'd have liked
Flute, started in the 3rd grade. Why flute?? Because my mother said to, she thought it'd be easier to carry around....well, in the case it's great....but YOU try sticking your arm out like that and marching around a field for hours on end.

5) I met my husband online
Back in December of 1997 (long before the world of "blogs") He and I were both in a "Friends of Bill W." chatroom. He wanted female input on how to pick up this girl Donna, I offered input. The rest I guess, is history. He moved to Texas from Connecticut April 1, 1998 because it was cheaper than paying his phone bill.

6) I haven't bought a loaf of bread in 5 years.
The only reason we bought that loaf is because we'd just moved into this house and the bread machine (along with everything else) was still packed. We started making our own bread about 7 years ago and have worn out 2 bread machines since.

7) I've never bought baby food.
I make my own baby food. I'm not a health nut and couldn't care less about "organic" crap. I breastfeed, make bread and make baby food all for the same reason. IT'S CHEAP.

8) I can nurse a baby and type at the same time.
If I couldn't this blog would never get written.

9) I haven't watched anything on television since the 2004 Presidential Debates.
After Sonshine was born we decided to cut out TV. Well, all except for Football. Then 2 things happened. We realized that even if all you watch is the game you still have to sit through NASTY commercials and Janet Jackson did the Super Bowl halftime "show." And what a "show" it was. So we stopped watching anything. We did hook it back up to see the Presidential Debates as we deemed that IMPORTANT.
Oh, and since I was asked. I let the kids watch a couple (as in 2) hours of DVDs a day. Either Little Einsteins or Veggie Tales.

10) I was blond until adulthood.
There may be some pictures to prove it, but most of my childhood pictures were lost in a fire in 1997. I started life bald. At about age 2 my hair came in bleached white blond. It has steadily darkened as I've gotten older. Finally being totally brunette about age 20. Now it's going grey.

11) I have 7 entire Dr. Seuss books memorized.
Hop on Pop, The Sneetches, The Sleep Book, Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss' ABC, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, & Green Eggs and Ham.
You would too if you were around my kids for awhile. Fun parlor trick: Hand someone a copy of ABC and tell them to randomly call out a letter. I can tell you exactly what's on each page for every letter. Really freaked out one friend of mine who didn't believe me. :-) Of course, it comes in handy when Sonshine wants to read The Sneetches and I need to cook dinner. I just tell him to sit and turn the pages and I'll "recite" the book. He loves it'll.

So there you have it.

Now, in true public school fashion I will name no winners or losers, but will post the recipe for all to enjoy.

Mighty Mom's Meatloaf

2 lbs ground beef
1/2 c milk
2 eggs
1/3 c Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp basil (dried)
1 chopped onion
1/2c ketchup (I prefer Heinz as Hunts is too sweet)
salt and pepper to taste (I never do, but sometimes I'll throw in some garlic powder)
about 1 or 2 Tbs (a dash) of oatmeal (not instant)

Mix well and bake uncovered at 350 for about an hour.
I usually drain it well, drizzle ketchup on the top and put back in oven for 5-10min.

Serve with ketchup and fav veggies.

Remember from previous post that I rarely follow a recipe. This is the basic. I've used Lipton onion soup instead of the onion...Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning and/or garlic powder for a little more zip...and other little changes as the mood strikes.

Back to reading.


Cookie..... said...

AH HA!! Compete'n with the old Cookie are ye regardin recipe's...MMMM....sound great amiga. I love meatloaf's...must have about 15 recipe's fer I got 16...Thanks....

MightyMom said...

Cookie, it would be silly for me to compete with you as this is one of about 5 total recipes that I have....Can't tell you how to make it if'n I keep changing the ingredients!

I will say that this is Subvet's favorite food.

Cookie..... said...

Well Missy Mighty Mom...if'n ya ever need a recipe' fer me at... and I'll be more than glad t'help ya out... ;-)

Cookie..... said...

Hey...I just re-read sumthin in yur post...question...Are you a "Friend of Bill" also....cause so is the Cookie man.... :-)

Susan said...

Enjoyed this. You are very interesting!!! I like your spunk!

MightyMom said...

Thank you Susan!!

Actually Cookie, I'm a friend of Bill's wife, and have been since 1994. Subvet's been a friend of Bill's for over 20 years now :-) Glad to meet another friend. I often tell people (when I don't want to explain) that a "mutual friend" introduced us ;-)

Cookie..... said...

Ah yes..."The Auxillary".. a great group of wife is a charter member ;-)

I think I've told Subvet of our common interest....

ADAT my amiga....

Linda said...

Memo to self - if I ever was to learn where you lived and decided to pop in for a surprise visit - don't! You never know when someone might get an itchy trigger finger!

Congrats on some fine shooting your fist time out! Very impressive!

And the meatloaf sounds great, it was always my Dad's favorite, too. Must be a military thing!

Carole Burant said...

Ok ok so I guessed the wrong thing that was False! lol Wow, you sure do have some varied talents don't you!! hehe Thank you so much for the meatloaf recipe...very similar to mine:-) Glad you're enjoying the book...anxious to hear what you thought of it once you're done!! xox

jennifer said...

I told you I guessed wrong...I always do!

I love learning knew things about you...

Thanks for the meatloaf recipe, as it is the closest I have ever come to a prize:)

TO BECOME said...

That was very interesting. I find that I like every thing about you that I know. Have a good week. connie from Texas

MightyMom said...

Linda, just call first! heehee. Actually I guess it impressed Subvet more than me, I'd brought the target home just to show him as he'd watched the kids that day then I threw it away. HE pulled it out of the trash and said "Don't you want to keep this?...."

and thanks to all of you for the kind words. I think this was fun. Maybe I'll do another one in a couple of months...if I can think of another 10 things about myself that is.....don't know how some of you did 100!!

Back to reading. I'm on page 476 now. I just LOVE a good book.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I keep a 16 guage shotgun in the closet by the front door, and I used to go hunting quite a bit. I used to be dead shot with a 22 rifle, but it's been years since I did any shooting. With a shotgun it's not that necessary to be a good shot if it's 2-legged varmints you're aimin' at. :-)

I was wrong, too. I chose the TV thing.

The meatloaf sounds good right about now. I'm starving! :-)

Love and hugs,


Glenn B said...

Never made bread by machine, though I have done it by had a number of times. Great stuff that home baked bread. I will admit though, living just outside of NYC has an advantage t other places when it comes to bread - great bakeries of all different types. Still though home baked is almost always better.

All the best,
Glenn B

MightyMom said...

Hi Glenn! Nice of you to drop by.
Subvet started making it by hand, but he was having to make 6 loaves a week (rather time consuming) I suggested trying a bread machine and we've used one ever since. I like it fresh, warm and loaded in butter. ;-) Our little town (pop <6,000)has a couple of "donut" shops but no true bakery