Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Buying Furniture Over The Phone...

This morning I got a call from Havertys. Remember way back when ... when we bought our living room furniture? Well, it's being discontinued. And they have 10 of the chairs that go with my sofa still available... So I bought one. Over the phone. It'll be delivered tomorrow. Betcha that's a first for a lot of people that I know! Now I just need to figure out what to do with the recliner that's in its spot.

I am still preparing for the party Saturday night. We've honed the menu...not that a bunch of girls will probably care. I just can't decide if they should have hot dogs (which is our usual meal on Halloween) or if we should make these MUMMY pizzas - which is basically a cheese pizza that you put strips of cheese over and do something like black olives for eyes. Thoughts? I know that I'm planning too much for dessert - but that's okay. Whatever's left I'll take to my class Sunday morning and then to my parents' for my nephew's going away dinner with our family.

We have had entirely too much rain here and because of it the only decoration that's outside is a plastic pumpkin that lights up at night. We are expecting more rain on Friday so it looks like we'll go out and spook the yard Saturday morning. We've planned a lot of stuff... a circle of ghosts, a witch with a cauldron (probably on the front porch!), trick or treaters and our cemetery is coming back this year. I will try to take lots of pictures - but my digital camera is on its last leg. I need to buy another one. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quote of the Day..

Uttered last night, while we were all piled up in the bed watching re-runs of Cake Boss.

"Let's just move to Canada. Then we can spend our time preaching the gospel."

I cannot remember why the discussion was had about moving away, much less leaving our country, but I thought it was a wonderful sentiment for my child to want to go spread the good news with those who don't have an opportunity to hear it. Makes a mother's heart feel good.

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Nephew

Our nephew, J, is leaving Monday for a year's duty in Iraq. I am shocked. We knew that he would originally go when he got his officer's assignment this past summer, but after his heat stroke and the serious health problems that it brought about, he was told it wouldn't happen. That he needed to rethink his future with the military. Instead the records from the damage he sustained have been lost (according to his sister) and now he's flying out Monday. I suggested that we get together for a family dinner on Sunday afternoon after church so we'll meet up at my parents' house that afternoon to say our goodbyes. We haven't seen him since the wedding so it's bittersweet to say the least.

D, his new bride, is moving back from their home near the base and is going to stay with her parents till he returns. This has all happened very last minute so they've been packing up their house and putting everything in storage and making the rounds to say goodbye. I cannot imagine being married less than 4 months and my husband going overseas for one entire year! I think this has made me realize how important our military branches are...and how their families give unselfishly to defend our freedom here in America.

This all just gives me an achy feeling in the pit of my stomach....

BTW, under my list of temptations I must admit that I need to list NOT ACCOMPLISH MUCH OF NOTHING today. I am actually considering staying up all night to see what I can get done because I can't do anything during the daytime hours tomorrow either! Calgon, take me away!

The Temptations

No, I'm not talking about the musical group...I am talking about those things that you find yourself tempted to do. Whether good or bad. Like right now I am tempted to go and take a picture of my daughter's shame her. Or wait...that might not work either. I could put it on here and she probably wouldn't care. But the problem is that I went in there recently and just stood amazed at the.... mess. That's probably the best word to use right now. Clothes all over her butterfly chair. Books all over the dresser. Just a bunch of stuff where it shouldn't be...

But in her defense, she has been sick.

But am I making excuses?

My dishwasher is on the fritz. It's not really draining like it should. So I have resorted to hand washing dishes and then putting them in there to run through the cycle because I want to kill all of the cooties we've been passing around these past two weeks. Looks like I'll be getting a new dishwasher for Christmas, huh?

Hubs is home today - he's working different hours for the next couple of weeks. It's nice - to one point - because he took care of breakfast this morning for The Bug. But then again, I cannot really do a lot with him asleep because he is a light sleeper. I've managed to get some laundry done and a load of dishes. But I need to vacuum and that's one noise, no matter what part of the house I'm doing it in, that wakes him up. Right now he's awake but sort of snoozing on the sofa so I don't want to disturb him... I know it's a pain to adjust your sleeping hours when something like this happens. But I'm tempted to vacuum anyway...

Her Halloween party is Saturday night. Rather it's a come over and have supper and we'll Trick or Treat event. But it's exciting! And the reason why I feel a need to clean every nook and cranny. Notice that I said a need and not a desire or urge. I'd rather go cuddle up with the human heater and take a nap.

That might be the biggest temptation of the day...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Daddy...and his music

Today we went to my parents' house after church so that Hubs could help Daddy go and get a piano from a friend of theirs. It's one of those player pianos so I cannot wait until we get it all cleaned up and moved into the house and give it a shot. It should be fun!

But we were sitting around eating Kentucky Fried Chicken when Daddy mentioned that we need to be sure to be in town the weekend after Thanksgiving. Because apparently he got a phone call this morning and he is being voted on to be inducted into a music hall of fame here in our state. I'm not sure exactly what this is, but I do know that it's very exciting to him and he was thrilled. Someone called this morning to verify some information and I believe he said the elections were some time today. I can remember typing up his biography for this a while back when someone submitted his name. I think it will be exciting to see what happens.

I can remember doing that and realizing that I never knew my Dad had a recording contract when he was younger. But the group split up right before they were to go into the studio. He has played with some really famous people over the years but again this was something that I was really not that aware of until now. He is extremely talented and I love to hear him pick up the guitar and just play for pure enjoyment. When I typed the biography, we were talking about the people that he had played with and the opportunities that he had to go and play with different groups and yet he stayed at home with his family. I asked him why? He told me that back then you really couldn't make a living as a it became something more of a hobby for him than a career choice.

I am glad today that I have recordings of him playing - whether it is a professional studio 'jam session' or just from his birthday party and the guys playing in the house. I want to make sure that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren know what a remarkably talented man he is. I am so glad that he passed along to me his love of music and although I don't play anything with strings, I know that satisfaction that he feels when he's making music. It is something that only Daddy and I share... something that will always and forever make me think of him. It moves within me though to make me want to go upstairs and get out The Bug's guitar and teach myself to play. Imagine how proud that would make him now? He was always an immense supporter of my band and chorus activities when I was in school. He was always sitting in the congregation when I played in the orchestra when I was younger, when I sang in the choir as an adult and even when I would sing with the quartet on special Sunday mornings. Thank you Daddy for making music such a big part of my life!

I can't wait till he gets the results of the election. The person who called him made him feel rather confident that it would all work out - so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Woo Hoo Weekend Ahead!

I've spent the week working with a bunch of fantastic four year olds. Ever wanted to revert back to being a kid and play in play dough and learn all the nifty songs about your ABC's? I think I could just spend my time volunteering to read to little kiddos all day long!

But it's the weekend... and it's a busy one at that!

Tomorrow is the birthday party in honor of my Aunt A. She's my Daddy's youngest sister - 20 years older than me. 10 years older than my sister. She's also 10 years younger than her sister, too. We have a 10 year theme in our family apparently. But in honor of her turning 60 this year, my Momma and Aunt S decided a birthday party was in order. So the family is meeting at a restaurant that is a little more than 1/2 way there for us. The bad news? I'm not sure if we're going to be able to go since The Bug was home sick again today and the miserable rainy weather we are having is effecting my cold as well!

That means I've got to get out tomorrow though and pick up her gift - because I've worked all week - and had a sick child - and been generally lazy. I'm thinking a bouquet of flowers.

Tomorrow night is the Harvest celebration at our church. We'll have the honor of having 3000 to 5000 of our closest friends from the community come by for fun, games and food! My class (the 7th and 8th grade girls) are in charge of the temporary hair color booth. My class (the adult class where Hubs and I are classmates) is in charge of the welcome booth. I'll be at the welcome booth from 6-7 and then in charge of hair coloring from 7 - 8:15. Can you say over scheduled????But it will be fun!

I still need to put the finishing touches on The Bug's lion costume for Halloween night. She's having several friends over for dinner, trick or treating and mischief so I've got to make sure everything's done and ready well before then.

I need to get together whatever costume she's wearing tomorrow night. She's on the phone with a friend right now and they're talking about going as bumble bees... So that's easy but still needs to be handled. I think we are going as Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty tomorrow night if I can find something green and striped to wear. Otherwise we might have to go as a deer and hunter! Wouldn't that be fun!

We still need to spook the yard but it's a mess of rain and mush right now so that might have to wait. Garden Ridge has all of their Halloween stuff 1/2 off - and I'm itching to go and see what they have left at this point.I want some little trick or treaters for my sidewalk...

I'm going to sit down and make a grocery list for two weeks and try my best to stick to it. I want to try shopping for two weeks instead of stopping in multiple times a week like we've done recently.

I need to finish the presentation that I do weekly for my class on Sunday mornings. The girls seem more into it if it's interactive and visual and to be honest, I enjoy them too. I usually include a couple of video clips to watch so now I'm trying to figure out how to put them in my PowerPoint presentations without any problems.

Sunday afternoon I'll go to my first youth leader meeting too. A little curious about what will be discussed. I'm having a great time getting to know the girls that participate in the class - but at the same time I'm missing my adult class a little bit. When I signed up to teach I had hoped it would be bi-weekly so that I could still connect with my peers twice a month but the person who is teaching the class really just wants to be a helper and somehow I found out that I am now the lead. Not that I mind but I think I'm going to suggest once every 6 weeks or so we attend our regular class and allow the other person to teach the class by themselves. We'll see how that works out.

I'm also in the middle of planning some sort of missions project for the girls to participate in. We need to do at least 3 a year. I need to start planning our social activities as well. I think that will give us an opportunity to get to know one another better rather than just the hour we are together on Sunday mornings.

It's going to be a busy weekend. But I'm excited that it's here... I just hate how fast time goes by... it's going to be November before we know it!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Have you had the pleasure of hearing this song, God Speaking, by Mandisa? ready to be moved.....

Forget all my complaining... I am now in praise mode!

I'ts Like Deja Vue

Is that how you spell it? deja vue? Anyway... I have decided that I have got to stop shopping at Walmart. I'm tired of the rude employees that work there. I'm tired of the rising prices. I'm generally tired of the monopoly that they have on the entire retail market. I made the proclamation that while there are times when I understand that we have to go to Walmart, I am going to do better at supporting the local grocery stores in our area. I think, like The Source said recently, that I can do just as well with prices shopping at the local Kroger. I've just got to discipline myself to do this. And to stick to it! And to stick to my budget as well because Christmas is just around the corner!

Of course I had to make another run to Walmart tonight. In addition to my being sick, The Bug is sick as well. She's in her bed coughing her little head off. I had to get more cough medicine. She has an appointment with her doctor on Monday so I am really trying to just take care of this at home. She seems much better than she did earlier in the week so hopefully another day of rest and relaxation with help. As for me, I still am functioning around 80%. I wish that I could stop coughing and could actually breathe!

Halloween is coming up fast - I still have to finish her costume! The fall festival at church is this weekend so I've got to get busy with Charlie Brown's zigzag top and something to wear as Peppermint Patty. And we still need to spook the yard. Hopefully the weather will clear up (it's supposed to rain tomorrow) and we'll be able to get everything done. Hopefully...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'm A Survivor...

I finally broke down and went to the Dr. on Friday. After many subtle hints about people and the swine flu and how much my family needs me. They'll have me around for a while longer. I have sinusitis and bronchitis. The latter I am not pleased about as it plagued me to no avail when I was younger... Now I have to be on alert for pneumonia. So I have taken it easy. No corn maze adventure last night. No going to the Oktoberfest this weekend. Instead we have had a very boring weekend where I have slept, slept, and slept some more. Partially from just being exhausted and another is the side effect of the medicine.

We watched "The Polar Express" in 3-D last night. Maybe it was the medicine... but I didn't think the adaptation was all that great. Too much red in the left lens of the 3-D glasses that came with the movie. I wish I knew where the handy dandy shades were that we got when we saw the Hannah Montana concert a few years ago. But we watched the movie and ate chocolate chip cookies and acted silly in general. Today we watched "Barnyard". I picked it up recently at Walmart for a whopping $3.00. It was entertaining for the price. Sometimes we'll sit and watch the cartoon (I know, we live the life over here!) and it's funny. It was a good excuse to curl up under the afghan and finish the chocolate chip cookies.

Halloween is in less than 2 weeks. I need to finish up our costumes. Being sick the past week has really messed up my schedule. I had thought about getting together the decorations for the yard, but it's just been too windy to do anything. Except sleep. Eat chocolate chip cookies. And watch a lot of TV. And with that...I'm feeling a little hungry... wonder what's for dinner?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is It The Flu?

I am sick. Not the kind of sick where you cannot get out of bed. The kind of sick where you cough, cough, cough your head off. I have aches....but I think it is from the coughing. Yesterday I felt a lot better...but today, not so much. I reduced myself to taking some Nyquil this afternoon - which promptly took me out of this world for a few hours. I do not react well to things like Nyquil but I was desperate. I woke up in enough time to pick up The Bug from school. I have spent my daytime hours outside my house wearing a college football team hat - that should speak volumes to the people who know me...because how many times have you ever seen me in a hat????

My family is at the final night of revival right now. Just in case that this cold is something more, I have stayed at home....yet...again! I've missed the past three nights which I hate. I am hoping the messages will be up on the website later in the week. I even missed having Varsity for dinner! Well, okay they brought my plate back home for me... but it wasn't the same.

Halloween is just 17 days away. I am not ready. Got together the costumes that the yard treaters will be wearing but I still have not finished The Bug's costume. I hope to work on it tomorrow while I watch Pride and Prejudice for the 100th time. Still need to finish up my idea of haunting the dining room for the trick or treat party. I need to figure out what exactly Peppermint Patty wears... and how to pull that off. I might even get myself a short brown wig! That will be interesting!!!

Until the next time.... when hopefully I will be well!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

Wow - another day of storms is here. In fact, it's supposed to be this way until Thursday. Rain, rain go away.... Not that I'm complaining but I'm also sick and the weather just makes it worse. Unless... I could go upstairs and go back to bed, couldn't I?

Ran to Walmart this morning to pick up some OTC medicine. Have you ever noticed that the fruit at Walmart isn't from America? Oranges from South Africa. Today there were some oranges from Chili. Can I just tell you that oranges from South Africa are extremely bitter and a total waste of money? I did buy some red delicious apples for $1 a pound. Not sure if the label said where they were grown. I would be interested in knowing exactly how much of their merchandise and grocery retail are American made and grown.

We are having revival at church this week. I wanted to go to a mid-day service they are having today, including a light lunch, but I don't think I should go out any more than necessary. I'll go back tonight with the family. Bill Stafford, aka "Mr Rudolph" from Fireproof, is leading us in worship and the last two services were incredible! Last night he did his famous "Caleb" line from the movie because apparently a lot of the youth had asked him to say it. Although he plays the grumpy neighbor in the movie, he is really a gentle-spirited man who just wants to share with the world the love of Jesus Christ. I'm really looking forward to the next few nights!

This afternoon The Bug has to get started on her cell project for her science class. I seriously hope we have everything now that she'll need...especially after spending around $20 on supplies at Hobby Lobby this past weekend. I love how instructions will say its supposed to be inexpensive... I think that's expensive for a science project.... because I also know she'll go through my craft supplies and paints to complete everything she needs. She had her all-state audition on Saturday and we should find out her score this week from her teacher. I was a little surprised by the number of girls who walked out of the audition room in tears. The Bug and her friend who went with us were just their usual bubbly selves. I hate all the drama....

Okay, if I'm going to get everything together for haunting the yard for Halloween and finishing up her costume, I should probably sign off and get to work. Or take a nap.... I think the latter might win!


Friday, October 9, 2009

The Month is Flying By...

Today is my Mom's birthday. She's 72. This morning I stopped by with breakfast for my parents - just sausage biscuits as they didn't want to go out and she likes sausage biscuits when we are rushing somewhere in the car. Tonight we had a family dinner - KFC chicken with the fixings and then even pizza for the younger crowd and cake. My parents were there, as was my family of three, my niece and her boyfriend were there, my sister... and my brother-in-law. It was a strange situation to say the least and I don't believe he spoke one word to me...but I could be wrong. I have heard that they're getting back together but he's still very much into his 'black magic' stuff so I don't know what to think... I continue to pray for him. And for her.

We are having revival at church...starting Sunday. I'm really excited. I've sent out postcards to all the girls on my class role inviting them to revival and to class. We'll see what happens. I need to get myself in gear and pull up some stuff for this week's lesson. I usually take them some sort of snack...if you feed them, they pay better so this week it's going to be blueberry and apple cinnamon muffins I think. I want to start another one of those sour dough starters so that I can build off of that and do some baking for them each week. Got any good cupcake or muffin recipes to share?

I have had the best week this past week working with my dear friend "D" in her classroom! You know that feeling where you go work and you're exhausted and waiting for the weekend to come up...quickly? Yeah, well I didn't feel that way at all! She has such a wonderful little crew of students and it was so nice to see them all working together to learn and to play. They learned about Noah's Ark and the great flood and the animals... it was great! I think I might go through some withdrawals this next week...

Tomorrow The Bug has her audition for All State Choir. I am taking her and a friend whose parents have to work so we've got to get out of here on time tomorrow. I hope that they have a fantastic time. I did this the two years that I took chorus in middle school and it was a wonderful experience. If you forget the time that my chaperone let me go back to the hotel by myself because I had forgotten my ID badge. That woman must have been an idiot to let a teenage girl loose on the streets in such a busy/party town! When I think about that now, I cringe!
Still putting the finishing touches on the Halloween party plans. Starting to plan my parents' open house in December as well as a few holiday activities that'll go on here at home. Times are busy... but I love this time of the year!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Joy and Happiness

This morning I had the opportunity to teach a classroom full of girls about joy and happiness. It was interesting to hear them try to give me a definition of joy that didn't include the word happy. It was interesting stressing to them that JOY is unfailing - never changes. A constant in the storm. Happiness is dependent on too many other factors. I just looked over next week's lesson briefly. Joy and contentment. That should be an interesting topic with a bunch of 12-14 year old girls don't cha think?

It's been an unusual weekend here at home. The Bug went to spend the night with a friend on Friday and to a local craft fair Saturday. They had a lot of fun. Something to make a Mom proud - they decided to wear these shirts... they say that Jesus is the light of the world. A play on the design from Twilight. I thought they were really cool and making a statement about their faith was completely their idea. They said this teenage girl stopped to ask if she could take a picture of their shirt - which they thought was cool.
Twice this weekend we had Mexican Pizza for dinner. On Friday night as generally The Bug doesn't like it and then I made a smaller one tonight - omitting the peppers...they loved it. I am in a cooking rut. I recently read that you should have 12 menus of family favorites to pull from when you just don't feel motivated. I cannot think of 12 meals that I enjoy cooking....? I think I need to introduce some new things into our plan. Or maybe it's the diet - who wants to cook ? But I've lost about 13 pounds so I guess complaining is moot.
That's about it. Working with "D" tomorrow morning. The Bug is having more teeth banded in the afternoon. Hubs has been feeling under the weather the past two days so I hope it's not contagious. Bug has been complaining about a headache for a couple of hours...hope she's not coming down with something as well. Otherwise, it might be a calgon moment in the making!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Can you believe it? October is here! Heralding in its cooler temperatures. Falling leaves. The stores are filling up with the colors of fall. Orange. Yellow. Brown. Okay, brown is not my favorite color....but a golden brown is gorgeous especially this time of the year!

Today Hubs and I had several errands to run so I didn't accomplish anything at home. He did manage to start creating the forms for our 'trick or treaters' that will go in the front yard later this month. Let's be honest, I think we wasted a lot of time today - but we had a good time doing it.

Got to stop by my friend "D"s house today to pick up my check and drop off the carpet shampooer. I always have a good time chatting with her - our chats are sort of all over the place though...that's what makes them fun. While I was there I realized that I had no idea where my cell phone was... I cannot be without my cell phone. This fact was just cemented as I use my phone for more than just a phone. I use it as a calendar. A clock. It's my alarm. I use the calculator application. I also take a lot of pictures with my phone...

Now I have a tip to share. I have naturally curly hair. Recently a friend who works in a salon told me about something...Herbal Essence Totally Twisted shampoo and gel. Let's just say...this stuff ROCKS! I can wash my hair with it and comb through it and let it dry - and I have nice, natural, UNFRIZZY curls. One thing though - don't use it if you are going to straighten your hair. I made that mistake this past week - and let's just say - I had really WILD hair that wanted to stick straight up. I recommend you try it - it's just a great product for curly hair. And I was never the type to wear my hair naturally curly until I had it cut back in July and "T" wanted to know why I never wore my hair naturally. Now that I've found this .... I do!