Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Boy news

Devon's scout pack had their PineWood Derby on Sunday. Thankfully, we enlisted the help of the cub master with cutting out the car and getting us started. I was a little on the clueless side when it came to building PineWood Derby cars. Devon decided he wanted something unique for his car. So, he decided to pattern it after his dad's '68 VW Crewcab truck. It actually made for a pretty easy cut. But again, Mr. H helped with that. All we had to do was drive out to his house and he took over with Devon from there. Thanks, Mr. H. (though he's not reading this. lol)

Anyway, with a few additions of paint, a miniature Coca-Cola cooler, a miniature crate of Cokes, and some weights, he called it done! It looked pretty cool. A little GROOVY in fact. Someone besides us must have thought so too because he won a trophy for design! Yay!

Now, I don't know that any Volkswagen other than Herby in the movies has ever won a race based on speed. As luck would have it on Sunday, ours didn't either. It did come in second in a few of the trials though. Not too shabby!

Still, it was a great day, a good experience overall and a reason to look forward to next year!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Playing with more photos

These were also taken yesterday afternoon down in Old Town.

It was drizzling rain and this little birdie was hiding out under a bench. The colors behind him as well as his colors made for an amazing photo. Playing with it in Elements helped to "kick it up a notch".


And then there's this old train sitting across the highway. The old truck in front of it made the train even more interesting. Stuff like this just screams KANSAS to me. I decided last night that I need to work on a series like this for a photo board. Wouldn't that be a neat reminder of our time here?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dasher

It was drizzling rain this afternoon when we headed out of the house for a few errands. But I grabbed my camera just because thinking I might find something on a drive through town that might be picture worthy. I wasn't expecting much. But then I spotted this little guy in the road ahead. I'm naming him Dasher. You'll see why. ;) Sorry for the black on the side... that's part of my car. I wasn't getting too far out the window with the camera and the wet. ;)

I think Dasher was sitting there ignoring me hoping I wouldn't notice him while I was busy clicking photos of abandoned farm equipment and wagons. But, there he is all poised and pretending not to really be there.

Then Dasher sees that I see him. Or maybe he heard the first click of the camera pointed in his direction. And he's outta here.

See why I named him Dasher?
Now, where'd he go? Oh, there he is. Poised and pretending not to be there now.

Click, click, click.... what's that sound?

Oh, dear, darned human paparazzi, a guy can't eat dandelions in peace for them and their cameras! I'm definitely outta here this time!

And with that, he ducked under a building so I couldn't see him anymore.

And that was THE END. :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Fives

Whew, it's been a crazy week with my folks in town visiting. They've kept me busy and I need a vacation to recover! Maybe just being my lazy self again today will get me back to par. ;)

So, on that note, I'm just going to pick five random things and share them with you today. Aren't you glad?

#1 - Gardening. My dad helped me till my little veggie garden while he was here and he insisted on getting me some tomato plants and setting them out. I have six plants. WHAT THE HECK am I going to do with that many tomatoes? I hope my neighbors like tomatoes is all I can say. lol Anyway, it's all good. I have blooms on the surviving strawberry plant from last year and I set out two more plants so maybe we'll get strawberries this year. (We had none last year. :( )

#2 - Flowerbeds. My mom helped me in the flowerbeds around the house this week. She helped me set out some plants that mil had sent from her yard, hostas mostly and a few other surprises here and there. Oh and there's the banana tree. I asked mil on the phone the other day where I should put it. She said someplace moist with good drainage. I reminded her that I'm in Kansas and there is no place moist in the middle of the summer with 105 degree temps, only in the spring with all this rain. Maybe I should put it in the basement. LOL (kidding) After it rained one day, we got the rest of my mulch out over the bed. Fun stuff. I really hope our efforts weren't in vain and that these border beds will look more attractive this summer. They were rather boring last year. And of course, the one bed is west facing so it's HOT in 105 degree temps. If anything survives, it'll be a miracle.

#3 - Fishin'. Yeah, it's better without the g. My dad had wanted to take the boys fishin' while he was here. So, we did on Monday. Man, it felt great to pretend I was a country girl again out in the middle of that pasture on the side of that pond. I can understand why people enjoy fishin'. Well, there's just something about being out there doing nothing but watching a bobber on the water to see if it dips and you catch something. Solitude... peace and quiet... back to nature... worry free - all except when your youngest decides he would rather play in the edge of the water and catch frogs than really hold his fishin pole and watch the bobber. I didn't really care about catching anything because if I did, I'd have had to proven what a pansy I really am by handing the reel off to someone else and asking them to remove the fish and put new bait on my hook. Actually, that's just what I did the one time my bobber sunk. I was actually holding Reed's fishin' pole, so I made him help me reel it in and told him to take HIS fish to Papaw and get fresh bait. Allowing it to be HIS made me less of a pansy and more of a caring mother, don't you think? Nod your head and agree.

#4 - Homeschooling. I wonder if we'll ever be finished this year. We've taken so many breaks, but I suppose that is the joy of homeschooling. You can take whatever breaks you want when relatives come to town or when you have to travel to visit relatives. Someday we'll be finished. And maybe we'll have a summer break so we can travel a little.

#5 - Rockstar. Egads, that song is stuck in my head after it came up first in the shuffle on the blog page. I think it's too early in the morning for Rockstar. Maybe in my dreamhouse plans, I should plan for a bathroom big enough to play baseball in. Ya think? LOL

Have a great day and a fantastic weekend! Get out and enjoy spring if you can!

Monday, April 21, 2008

A day among the rings and the crowds

We got free tickets to the circus today so that's how we spent the afternoon. Since we got in for free, I didn't mind getting ripped off by the concessions and five bucks a pop rides. The boys wanted to ride the elephant so here's proof that they did. I didn't take my camera... the bag is too bulky and I just didn't want to lug it around today. So, these are from my friend's camera. ;)




They had a lot of fun! I had a few heart failures with some of those stunts. I'm not sure if the near falls were for real or part of the act to keep the circus more entertaining. That lady that got in the middle of the metal cage with the three dirt bikes - well, she was nuts. *shakeshead* Devon informed me later that he and B (friend) had decided she was the "hottest one out there" I asked him what that meant and he didn't say. I hope he doesn't really know. LOL Oh dear Lord, I'm not ready for teenage years...... I have two and a half to wait, but this preteen bit may damage me in the meantime. LOL

Back to the circus. I didn't like the tigers' act or the horse parade. I feel so sorry for those animals working out of fear. That's another post for another time though.

All in all, the afternoon was fun!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I love this...


I'm not sure how old the pitcher is or the story behind it. I'm not even sure how I convinced my mother to give it to me. I just know I have it and I love it.

The pitcher belonged to my maternal grandmother. She passed away when I was six years old. I don't remember that much about her, but I remember her making sweet tea and the aroma in her kitchen when she made it. And I don't really remember her specifically using this for her sweet tea, but I imagine that she did. There wasn't a lot of money or not many "things", so I'm pretty sure this was the pitcher she used daily. Some might say that I shouldn't use it as it's an antique and has her memory in it. Maybe I should put it up some place safe to preserve it. But, the only time I use it is when I make sweet tea. Each time I do, I am immersed in the few memories I have of her. I may not even be thinking of her when I am in the motions of making the tea, but that first sip of tea floods my mind with her memory.

And that's the reason why I continue to use the pitcher. ;)

Gosh, is that all

I would have thought I would be worth more than $4340.00

I didn't even put in the fact that I'm suffering from some kind of -chitis and pink eye. LOL Oh well, it's just something to think about for the day.

$4340.00The Cadaver Calculator - Find out how much your body is worth.


You can't even buy a good used car for that! *shakehead*

Now, since I'm basically worthless or at least feeling like it right now, I think I'll go take a nap. ;)

If you leave a comment, let me know what your dead body would be worth to the world of science or whoever might want it. LOL

And there ya go, your thought for the day. ;)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Naughty, Naughty

loud and bawdy, t-t-t-t-tease me
Take it easy, hug and squeeze
A naughty naughty, naughty, I'm a naughty naughty guy


Ok, I sometimes have too much time on my hands. I was sitting here about to post pics from today when my computer froze. My title of my blog entry for today was going to be "Naughty Boy". But, then as I was sitting here with that extra time on my hands waiting for the computer to do it's thing, I started thinking. And well, as my sister always says, everything turns into a song with me. So, this song from the 80's got stuck in my head. And then I tried to remember who sang it. Finally, the computer started behaving again and google (God Bless Google) told me that John Par sang that. I vaguely remember that name. Did he ever sing anything else? Or did the teasing make the grown man cry and he never sang again? *shrug* I don't know. And I was sitting here waiting, singing "Naughty, Naughty", I had a funny thought. Remember those "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs" commercials? I decided This is your brain on 80s music. Dear Me, I still get that drop in my heart rate when the music starts in the beginning and I feel like I'm 16 again in the parking lot of Burger King waiting on my date for the night to get off work and pick me up after I'd already been hanging out in town on the strip for the evening. I remember him driving around the loop and blaring this song from his truck as he pulled through Burger King's parking lot. Goofy, silly and giddy like a school girl. Ha... gone are those days (most of the time LOL) Oh, me, I digress.

Ok, so what was my original point in posting? Oh yeah, I was going to show you these photos of this naughty SQUIRREL I caught in action today. He frequents our feeder quite a bit. I always tap on the kitchen window and scare him away. Today, I decided to sneak out the front door and see if I could catch him in action.




This is supposed to be a squirrel proof feeder. Twenty bucks at Lowes for it and it was a squirrel proof feeder for it's first year. But then the springs broke and the mechanism that made it close then the weight of a squirrel got on it didn't work. It was always closed not even allowing the birds access. So, rather than buy a new feeder, dh just put a screw into it so it's open all the time for the birds and the squirrels. :D

P.S. I googled John Parr - 1984 was Naughty Naughty while in 1985 he did the title song for St. Elmo's Fire - Man in Motion. Hmmmph, who knew? I love that song too! Now after listening to it on youtube, it'll be stuck in my head as I try to go to sleep tonight. Maybe with visions of a young Rob Lowe as well. Now, there's a Naughty Naughty for the night. ;)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hyacinths




I took these a few weeks ago. They were one of those things that I thought about when my blog was on hiatus that I could have posted. So, they've just been sitting on the computer, waiting to be shown. Though hyacinths have always been a favorite of mine, I've never seen to plant them in my beds. Luckily, these bulbs were here when we moved into this house and first showed themselves to me last spring.

It's funny because during the time when these were blooming, ds was learning in science about poisonous plants. FYI: Hyacinths are poisonous. We learned that interesting fact and vowed that we'd just look at them and not try to eat them or anything like that. (Not that we'd planned to do otherwise anyway. ;) ) It really was funny when they discovered these in the front flowerbed after reading it the information in the book. Boys are silly creatures sometimes. :D

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Your Amazon Order has been Shipped!

Ah, it's so much fun to open up my email and see a message with that subject line all bold and unread sitting there in my inbox. It makes the whole shopping online experience "REAL!" It brings it to life (as does the charge I will see on my credit card statement, but that's another story for another time lol). That one message sets into motion the wait... yeah sure, I shopped and I know I ordered it and I know it will be coming but that new message alert that says, "HEY! We really did get your order and your order will be AT YOUR HOUSE in a few days" (not in those exact words) just makes it real. The feeling of bliss/excitement/whatever I have when I read that email must be a smidgen of what it feels like to win the lottery. Ok, well, not really, but I do get really excited when I know for sure one of my online orders has been shipped. That message also sets into motion the whole other, "Gosh, when will it get here, will I be here when it arrives? Do I need to clear my schedule for the next week so I can wait for the Big Brown truck or the blue clad man walking down the sidewalk carrying his mail carrier bag or will it be the FedEx man? Gosh, it's too much to think about... who will bring it and when will it get here?" And then, I actually open the email and there's that link to your Amazon account. And when I click that link, I see that lovely gold button - that Track Your Package button. Clicking on that button makes emotions ease a bit. Ah, I'll be able to know just when it's coming and where it is. Ah, this is good. Ah, anxiety is lessened, I won't have to stalk every person or truck that drives by my house. Ahhh,the world will be a better place because of that little "Track Your Package" button. We won't even discuss the possibility that if I click on that lovely gold button, I might get a message that says, "Carrier notified to pick up package." Nope, we'll just pretend that it was picked up, it is on its way to me and it may even get here tomorrow! Yeah... life in my happy world is much better with that kind of thinking. Worrying about where that carrier is and why he hasn't already picked up my package is not relevant, nope, it's not because I got the message that my package had been shipped. I can't let that euphoria feeling be deflated by the possibility of the carrier not even picking it up until tomorrow. No, surely he's as excited about my order and package as I am! Surely he went right away and got it! Yep, that's it. And it'll be at my house asap! And the next time I click that little gold button, I'll get a message that tells me just that. And life will be good again. I just know it. ;)

Now, you've probably read all that and are wondering well, what's going to be in the package when it actually gets to you? Admit it, you know you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for me to tell ya.

Ok, I bought something for my boat... erum, camera. (I've sworn lately that it's a boat with as much money as I've been wanting to spend on accessories to go with it. *guilty*

Anyway, relax on your seat, I bought this:

And because I'll need a guide in how to actually work the contraption, I bought this:


And now, I wait... while checking the gold Track Your Order button and yeah, while looking out the window everytime I hear a louder than usual truck come by the house. ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I'm back

The entire time I had my blog current, I felt I wasn't a good blogger. Well, it was obvious that I wasn't a good blogger. I threatened so many times to delete it. Finally, my wild hair got the best of me and I did delete it. Wouldn't you know that every day since then I've thought about a blog and thought of something that I could have blogged about? Ugh.... I held off though. I pushed the ideas of blogging and bringing back the blog to the back of my mind and tried to forget. Then I'd read something online or something would happen here and I'd think I should blog about that. Then I'd remembered hitting that confirm delete blog button. Dangit! So, anyway, I'm back. I'm not promising anything, but I'm back.

We've been getting ready for spring. Spring eluded us a few days last week. The temps were great, reached 70 one day with full sunshine and bliss. The boys spent sooo much time outside it was wonderful! I meant to take a photo of their legs to prove that they are real boys, not the wimpy guys that have been homebound all winter. They rode bikes, played sword fights in the backyard, crashed on their bikes, came in for bandaids and then went right back out for more. The second round of bandaids and hungry tummies finally brought them in (until after dinner) when they were ready to go out again. A few of those days, we'd go for after dinner walks. Those are so nice - them on their bikes sure helps me keep my walking pace in high gear - sure makes me tired when that thirty minute trek is over too! But it's good for us all. Tonight, it's raining and 45 degrees. Blah... never got far above 45 degrees today. BLAH!

But spring will come and be here before too long. I'm sure of it. I want it badly! I am not ready for the 105 degree temps of summer, but I will settle for 70-80s. And I can't wait until it's warm enough to put these babies outside.
We started some veggie seeds, bachelor buttons, marigolds and lavender. Everything has come up but the marigold seeds. What's up with that? I thought that was one of the easiest things to start from seed? I've replanted and am hoping for more luck this time around. I have wondered if it was my assistant's experience that caused them not to come up or maybe his lack of experience? Really, I wonder if there are any seeds at all in those cups marked marigold. Or maybe SpongeBob and Patrick are up to their usual tricks and have interrupted my seed's sprouting plans. LOL

I planted the bachelor buttons while thinking of my grandma. She always had bachelor buttons in her flowerbeds. I hope mine do as well as hers. If so, then I can think of her everytime I see the pretty blue blooms. :)