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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thesaurus Thursday, Answers, Winners, and Words

I'd like to say that the chocolate/butterscotch iced peanut butter rice krispie treats were delicious and a big hit with the boys (all 3 of them) and they were nice and soft and chewey. Definitely not perilous to teeth of any ages. :-)

Zounds: interj. Archaic.. (used as a mild oath.) var. of 'swounds, for God's wounds (Congrats Smarty Pants Diane and AbornePoppa!!--you didn't know how smart you were did ya?)

Zoanthropy: a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal.

Silly Goose this week is.........

Linda said...
Zoanthropy - the study of ants that live in a zoo

Zounds - the sounds that the animals make at the zoo

Yeah, yeah, these are bad but what can I say? I'm outta practice!

For next week, work on these:



For any newcomers to Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" can be found by using the link on the sidebar right below that slllllooooowwwww turtle.

For all winners, the Awards can be found just below the "rules" on the sidebar to pick up at your leisure.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Limited Time Only!

There are only a few hours left to play Thesaurus Thursday! There are only 3 entries so far...and 3 prizes so go on and give it a try!!

I tried a new recipe tonight. Well, after breaking a spatula and having to call Subvet in to do some emergency greasing to the pan I'd say it turned out quite nicely. :-) Warning, if you try this recipe, the crispies set up quickly so use a STURDY utensil and pregrease your pan!! (For those of you who are wondering....yes, this was my first ever time to make rice krispie treats.

Thanks for the recipe ellen.


So, how many steps does it take to work off a chocolate/butterscotch iced peanut butter rice krispie treat??

Also, folks, I will be working Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday nights. So, suffice it to say you probably won't hear much from me till later next week. I'm working on prewriting a few posts tonight just so's you won't forget me......

And if you see that I've linked to a Mr Linky post (like Show and Tell or Tiny Talk) but haven't put my name on the list it probably means I prewrote that post. Please feel free to add me on. Thanks.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thoughts for today


Is there anyone who actually likes to pay bills? I've got an idea, how about you save all your bills for the month and I balance your checkbook and pay your bills, then you do the same for me....maybe then it won't hurt quite so much to write those checks!

Note to self, getting out craft supplies and announcing that we are going to spend 15-20min making gifts to give away at Christmas is NOT a good *calm down just prior to going to bed* activity. Passing out Benadryl works much better. :-)

A good way to tell if folks are actually reading the emails you forward around is to send one with nothing but gibberish. Those who read them will write you back (even if you could swear they'd forgotten your email address) and ask what it was!!

5 days of >100 degree weather in a row makes for wild children and cranky Daddies (and Mommies)

Life is short. Hug often.

Remember my "You Might be a Mommy" post? I have another one to add.

If you've ever been too tired to figure out the knobs on the MIGHT be a Mommy.

Oh yeah. Here I the shower one evening...whatever. The shower is a bit too cool. So I reach over and adjust the knobs. Couple min later it's still too cool, I adjust more...and again a few min later. Thinking that we're just out of hot water I hurry through the important parts and get out. I go to turn off the water....only to find that the hot is already all the way off and the cold all the way on. (I should note that I was in the same shower, in the same bathroom, in the same house that I have been in every day for the last 6 years). I do believe I was too tired to shower!!

Date Night was fun.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Our Big Day

As I said yesterday, we got together with Mimi (my stepmom) today. We went to visit my Uncle Mike at work.

The helmet is so heavy that Sonshine couldn't hold his head up, Uncle Mike had to help.

As you can see, a great time was had by all. Gator-boy didn't care as much for the ambulance and Sugars' really didn't like the Firetruck's horn but we all learned a lot and had a great time. Uncle Mike opened all those doors on the firetruck and showed us what all is in there and how it works, it's amazing!! The firefighters wear 75lbs of gear when fighting a fire. Plus carrying any people or pets out of harms way. These are some strong dudes! We saw all around the station too. 3 pantries and 3 refrigerators and a restaruant sized gas stove keep these guys fed. Oh, and let me just say I noted a couple of 85lb dumbells lying around....not to mention the guy who grabbed a pair of low hanging rings, put his feet against the wall laying on his back on the ground, then pulled his entire body up....kinda like reverse pushups. yowzers! I told Uncle Mike I was disappointed though, the station is 1 story pole to slide down.

Hat's off to all our firefighters out there keeping us safe!

We went to Mimi and Grandad's house afterward and the boys picked me this fabulous bouquet from Mimi's garden.

What a great day!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Show and Tell


Show and Tell

For this week it is going to be Tell and Show.

About a month or so ago I was talking to my Stepmother and she told me their house had been burglarized. Among the stuff that was taken were her jewelry box and my Dad's keepsake box.

Inside Dad's box was my Grandpa's pocket watch that he carried every day of his adult life, and also my Great-Grandpa's pocket watch.

Inside my Stepmom's jewelry box was (obviously) all of her jewelry, INCLUDING her wedding band that she'd taken off the day before to do yard work. Now attached to her wedding band was my Grandma's wedding ring.

As I had not yet given her a Mother's Day gift (yes, I'm late) I instantly thought of exactly what I would like to give her this year.

In "my" closet (the one in Sugars' room that hides all my craft stuff) I have had a small unfinished wooden box with clasp that was a freebie 2 years ago when I was VBS director at my old church. I figured sooner or later I'd find a good use for it.

So I sat on the floor last night with a small portion of my "stuff" and played......

You saw where I played,

Here's what I was playing at:

Because let's face it folks, every girl needs a pretty jewelry box right!?

Oh, and inside the box???

Grandma's watch.

A little aside to the story that I find touching. When Grandma and Grandpa died I was 15, and devastated. After spending a week in Lafayette while the grown ups sorted all their stuff out we went back home. Right before we left my Stepmom handed me 2 things. 1 was Grandma's keychain that I'd asked for, the other was her watch. My Stepmom told me that Grandma's watch was left after my Aunts had been through her jewelry box and she thought that I'd like to have it. My Stepmom and I are both incredibly sentimental and she knew it was something I would treasure. Now I am giving it to her so that she may have something of Grandma's, as the thieves stole all of their heirlooms.

We'll see her tomorrow (Friday) morning. I can't wait to give her this "Mother's Day" gift!

Have a good weekend folks and hug someone you love.

Thesaurus Thursday

For any newcomers to Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" can be found by using the link on the sidebar right below that turtle that isn't moving (have you noticed?).

For all winners, the Awards can be found just below the "rules" on the sidebar to pick up at your leisure.

Definitions of Last Week's Words are as follows:
Yeanling - 1) the young of a sheep or goat; a lamb or kid 2) just born; infant. (Congrats Smarty Pants Diane and Stephanie!!)

Yestreen - 1) yesterday evening; last evening 2) during yesterday evening.

Laughs to the Winners of Last Week's Silly Goose Award:
Stephanie d said:
Yestreen--opposite of a notreen? These are the two holes in a LAtreen, to be alternated when in use.

Jungle Mom said:
Yeanling:My six year old saying "green bean" with his front teeth missing?

New Words are:


Hey You!! Yes, YOU!!

Have you entered your comments on Thesaurus Thursday yet??

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What's Going On Here?????

What has been happening in here??

While Subvet noodled around on the computer and we talked about nothing in particular Momma was having fun....

But what was she doing????

Obviously not housework!!

I'll give you a hint...........

More will be revealed for Show and Tell Friday, let's just say it's another FINISHED PROJECT


Monday, July 21, 2008

Finally had time....

A year ago July 4th Infantry Dad wandered my way....starting a friendship and entrance into a community of parents of active duty military that has been incredibly rewarding for me. At that time Infantry Dad's son Matt was deployed to Iraq. As the other sons of our little commenting circle came home I've rejoiced for each, but always awaiting the return of Matt, the first "unkown" (to me) soldier on my prayer list. I counted the days and then the hours right there with I-Dad and greatly rejoiced when I got the email that said he was Boots On the Ground! June 6th.

I danced, believe you me, I danced (and yelled and cried and prayed)!!

Unfortunately, due to some changes that took place in my life at the same time I haven't had a chance to share this dance with you fellow bloggers till today.

Infantry Dad, I'm sorry it's late. Matt stays on the prayer list, as do you and your wife.

And if you listen close, you can hear Sugars (who is at my feet just out of the shot) singing for him too.

A huge Thank You to Matt for his service to our country and for doing what it takes so that I and my children may be free.

We are so very glad you're home safe.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Don't Say the Q Word!!

So, we have taboo words, this is no surprise.

We all know about the S word, the D word, the GD biggie, the F-bomb word, closely related to the MF word.....

There are some words we just don't say "in mixed company"

At work there is the Q word.

Come on you nurses, you know what the Q word is don't you??!! Do you EVER say it out loud?? Do you DARE to think it????

Working in an environment where the flit can hit the shan at any moment you learn to appreciate those moments when it's quietly lying in the bedpan......but you never "jinx" these moments by saying "it's nice and Q..... tonight" DO YOU???
Because once you say know what's gonna happen next. Yup, stinky stuff flying everywhere!

My big-boss (Cheif Nursing Officer aka Director of Nursing) walked by me one day a couple of weeks ago. Asked how things were going if we were having a nice day. To which we answered, yes, it's been a good work day today thanks.

She replied "Good, we like it when the day is Pleasantly Paced."

I thought to meself....oooo, she's good.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thesaurus Thursday

Ok, a couple of changes here. But let's start with an apology, I tried to get this out last night but the computer would cooperate....forgive me??

For any newcomers to Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" can be found by using the link on the sidebar right below that turtle that isn't moving (have you noticed?).

For all winners, the Awards can be found just below the "rules" on the sidebar to pick up at your leisure.

By moving these over to the side I am hoping to lessen what you have to scroll through without reading to find out the really important parts......

The Winners, Definitions and new Words.

I hope this makes it easier, if you think it's not an improvement..feel free to let me know.

On with the show.

Definitions of Last Week's Words are as follows:
Viridity - 1) greenness; verdure 2) youth; inexperience

Virago - 1) a loud-voiced, illtempered, scolding woman; shrew 2) a woman of strength or spirit. (Congrats Smarty Pants Diane)

Winners of Last Week's Silly Goose Award:
Linda said...
Viridity - sort of like hereditary except it's reserved for we Virgos of the world!

Humble wife said...
virago-One who struggles with the blend "th"...this is a long drawn out Southern.

New Words are:


Even More Email Goodies

OK, I may be weird for sure....but I laughed my behind off at these!!

It is said that the ability to make and understand PUNS is the highest level of language development. Here are the top 10 winners in the International Pun Contest.

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The Stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, 'Dam!'

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly, it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it, too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says, 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. But why they asked, as they moved off. 'Because,' he said, 'I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.'

7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named Ahmal. The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him Juan. Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, 'They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal.'

8. A group of friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to 'persuade' them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.

9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him (Oh, man, this is SO BAD, it's good) a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

10. And, finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

for fun in the middle of the night

Go here then click on the ball to make it change colors.
Thanks Diane.


What type of Mother Hen Are You?
by Educational Resource

thanks to Ma Kettle (penofjen)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Email Goodies

On the first day, God created the dog and said:

"Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said: "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'l l give you back the other ten?"

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:

"Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said: "Monkey tricks fo r twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:

"You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family . For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said: "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said:

"Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But man said: "Only twenty years ? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you...
CLICK HERE TO PLAY THESAURUS THURSDAY!! The more players the more fun!!

Monday, July 14, 2008


Tried to get a pic of this but it wouldn't take a good one. I have a lapel pin that I was given eons ago, it's still on the little card thing that you buy them on. It's a Noah's Ark pin. Sonshine gets it off my dresser one morning and is standing there spinning the pin on it's card.

"Mama it's God's Boat!"

"Yes, that's called the Ark, who built the Ark?"

"God put cubits in the boat!"

"Well, Noah built it to be so many cubits big"

"Yes Mama! God's boat has REINDEER and Santa and and..."

(he turns and sees our crucifix on the wall)

"and God Jesus walked on the Ark and fell down Mama! Jesus fell down and got booboos on his hands and eyes and feet and God picked him up and put him on the cross Mama!! God made his booboos all better on the cross Yes Mama! And he got on the REINDEER boat!"

Can I please pass a rule that says we have Christmas in August??????????????????


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thesaurus Thursday, Answers, Winners, and Words

Just in case this is your first time by here on a Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" of Thesaurus Thursday are as follows:

First and foremost, leave as many funny definitions for either word (or both) as you can think up in the comments!! The ones that make me laugh the hardest will be given the Silly Goose Award.

Next, if you know (or think you know) the true definitions without looking them up then be sure and leave those in the comments too!! All definitions that are correct (or close enough for government work and Mighty Mom) will win the Smarty Pants Award!

Well, folks, we only had one player this week WHERE WERE YOU??? And she takes the Silly Goose as well as the Smarty Pants.

Imbroglio is a mess or disturbance, a SNAFU; sometimes a political scandal or situation.

Immane - Hmm..not sure, so I'll try for funny on this one.

Immane - Ghetto slang for "him ain't": I'se goin' to th' likker store, but immane; 'e's too stoned to drife.

Now come on people!! We must dethrone the reiging champ here!!

Official Definitions:
immane 1) vast enormous 2) inhumanly cruel

imbroglio 1) a misunderstanding or disagreement of a complicated or bitter nature 2) an intricate and perplexing state of affairs 3) a confused heap.

Now, our words for next week are.....


Have fun now ya hear!!

Finally had time....

Sunbonnet Sue rides in style.....

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tiny Talk Tuesday

TINY TALK TUESDAY is once again upon us. Go see Mary at Not Before 7 to see more of this fun event.

Sonshine: "We're gonna get winter and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in a moment!"

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Star Spangled Banner

I love the words to this song. We all know them, but take a minute and really read them. Especially verse two.

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that starspangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'nrescued land
Praise the pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust!"
And the starspangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Francis Scott Key

Rampart: 1.a) a mound of earth, rubble, or similar material raised around a place as a fortification. b) such a fortification together with a stone or earth parapet capping it. 2. anything serving as a bulwark or defense. Webster's College Dictionary 1992

Now folks, turn off that there computer and go hug your family and thank God that someone sat behind a rampart with bombs exploding around them so that YOU MAY BE FREE.

God Bless Our Soldiers, past, present and future.

God Bless America.

God Bless You.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thesaurus Thursday, Answers, Winners, and Words

Just in case this is your first time by here on a Thesaurus Thursday, the "rules" of Thesaurus Thursday are as follows:

First and foremost, leave as many funny definitions for either word (or both) as you can think up in the comments!! The ones that make me laugh the hardest will be given the Silly Goose Award.

Last week's Silly Goose Winners are:

kbug said...
Salmagundi - in Alaska, this is the head salmon, or faith leader, who leads the salmon up the rivers to their deaths...promising them 72 virgins at the end of their swim..... :)

kelli said...
Sain...This is a rare geological/meterological occurance where water actually comes up from the from the soil in droplets. Rain in reverse, you might say.

Next, if you know (or think you know) the true definitions without looking them up then be sure and leave those in the comments too!! All definitions that are correct (or close enough for government work and Mighty Mom) will win the Smarty Pants Award!
No Smarty Pants this week!!

Official Definitions:
salmagundi 1) a salad dish of chopped meats, cubed poultry or fish, eggs, onions, anchovies, and other ingredients. 2) any mixture or miscellany

sain - 1) to make the sign of the cross on (oneself) 2) to bless

Now, our words for next week are.....


Have fun now ya hear!!

I would like to add a thank you to all our new visitors/players this week!! Please play again...and again....and again!!

As usual this game kept me smiling all week! Thanks guys.

Oh, and Pops, you are NOT the only guy who plays T-T, Cookie is another guy (cop and submarine sailor to boot), and Bill (Quill of Bill, PenofJen's other half) usually plays too (also cop...) GEEEEEZZZ!! I'd better not break any laws here, I'm SURROUNDED by cops!! :-)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Members of the Military that I pray for

If you haven't stopped by here in awhile, take note, there are several new names on our prayer list. This list is always accessible through the link on the sidebar. In honor of Independence Day let us start with a prayer for our military members' safety and sanity. There will be more Independence Day posts coming over the weekend, some you've seen before and at least one you haven't (ahem....someone wanted me to DANCE??)

All deployed soldiers
Pvt. Ryan Redner
John Christian Miller
Julia Porter
John Heald
Matthew Tavares
Matthew Visnovsky
Nicholas Hyder
Daniel Hernandez
Richard Paul Murray
LCPL Robert T. George
Eric Lewis
Spc. Seth Clines
John Heald, a Marine
Holly Askew
Ian Nelson
Spec 4 Jacob Courtright
Jered Pelfrey
Jeremy Landers
John Bailey
Justin Askew
JW Carter
Kevin Carter
Kyle Morris
PFC Kody Anderson
Mark Berry
Peter McNeilly
PFC Matthew Rider
PFC Tyler Sawyer
Richard McCorkle
Sgt. Kevan Phillips
SPC Benjamin Baker
SPC Mark M. Middlebrook
Victor Bates
Zach Harless