Monday, September 26, 2011

Renewing old friendships

When we chose to go to Korea, we made the decision not to take Sam and Barney with us. The boys were ok with not having the dogs with us. And, I'll admit that it was nice since we were on the fifth floor of the apartment building. I saw many people with their dogs in the elevators making the multiple times a day trip down to take the dogs for their potty break. I was thankful on more than one occasion that it wasn't me. I'm more of an "open the back door and let them out kinda girl". I think the boys are too. So, Korea was just easier without the buds.

They were definitely happy to see us when we arrived in Mississippi in July though. It took a second for it to register with them who we were, but from that point forward, it's been like we were never apart.

Lil Man seems to be enjoying them the most out of all of us. He gives them the most attention and love which they respectfully endure whether it be good attention in the form of loving or annoying attention in the form of nine year old boy attention and play.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

'Shrooms, Part Deux

What a difference a day makes!

It's been raining non-stop since sometime during the night. Have I mentioned how tired I am of rain? Not complaining, just sort of tired of it. It's rained so much since we moved here! Thankfully, many of the floods in the state that resulted from Hurricane Irene were nowhere near us.

I glanced out the window earlier to look at the mushrooms from yesterday's post. Ack, they've changed colors! Maybe from the rain? Isn't it funny that the rain is probably one of the reasons I have mushrooms all over my yard and yet, look at the influence it has had on these mushrooms from yesterday post.

It's really kind of gross. But, cool in a weird science sort of way. Sorry in advance, Shawnda! ;)
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

'Shrooms

Maybe it's because I wasn't really near a woodsy setting during the almost two years we were in Korea or maybe it's just that I'm observing new things all together. But, I have been noticing some strange mushrooms growing around this area. I'm not sure if it's the sandy soil, the pine trees, all the recent rains or seeming to be in the middle of a forest. Interesting mushrooms are growing all around!

The latest one or group to catch my eye is located in the backyard near a tree stump. They look really cool and the cluster is huge, so of course, that meant it was time to stop cleaning the pool and go grab my camera!
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Aren't they neat? I love the detail and texture.
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One final composite shot.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Signs of Fall

We woke yesterday morning to a temperature of 43. Um. Brr. But, I'm not complaining. After spending a month and a half in the sweltering heat of Mississippi during July/August, I said I wasn't going to complain about the cold this winter. So, welcome 43F! :)

Though the calendar says fall is still a week or so away, I feel like fall is here. Pumpkins are showing up in front of stores. Mums are in bloom everywhere. I love this time of year! I missed it while we were in Korea. Sure, Korea had cooler temps, but not the hayrides and pumpkin farms that dot the US countrysides.

And, another sign of fall to me are caramel apples are on sale at the store. Oh sure, the makings to do it at home yourself are there, but sometimes, quick fixes are more appealing. I usually always buy at least one pack of Happy Apples when I first see them in stores - just for fun. I learned a long time ago that you should buy them when you first see them because if you wait and buy them in the latter part of October, the apples aren't so great when you get beyond the caramel the topping. ;)
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Here in the northeast, they don't have Happy Apples. They have Tastee Apples instead. Same concept, different company. Just as delicious!
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Subway Art - done large

A while back, I ran across this idea pinned on Pinterest: Make Your Own Subway Art for under $7 and decided I really wanted to try it! I loved the poem/saying/phrase. A little research into it though led me to discover that it is not a Mother Teresa quote after all. It is actually The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.

After moving in, I put together a photoshop file with the poem on it and sent it to Staples. Then I went to Home Depot and gathered my supplies. All my supplies sat in the storage room for a little while after that. We received our storage shipment, then Irene came through, then school started. I was tired and not worried about the project.

But today, I decided to tackle it. I knew mine would not look like the inspiration because I'd used different fonts.
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But I also knew that mine would be different because the Home Depot guy wouldn't cut the side of my MDF board any smaller - said he couldn't cut less than a 12inch cut.
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Ok, fine. I'll just deal with it. It has a bit of a border, but I spray painted that black when I was spraying my sides, so you really don't notice it unless I point it out to you.
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I hung it at the top of our stairs centered on the wall there between the boys' rooms. You can see if as soon as you walk into the house if your eyes wander up the stairs.

I toyed with the idea of decoupaging over the top of it for a sheen. But, I will wait on that. I'll see how it holds up as is for now.

P.S. It cost a little more than $7. I'd say more like $12. But, all in all, it's an easy project.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's a S'mores kind of Saturday night.

There's this little fire pit in the back yard, not too far off the deck. Roo and I have burned some twigs and limbs and fallen branches from the pine trees in it a few times. He always asks, "Do we have any marshmallows?"

Today, we bought marshmallows. Teenager is gone for the evening with the youth group, so it was just Roo and me. I barely had time to get the groceries put away before he was in the backyard piling more twigs and branches on the pit, arranging our chairs around the pit and getting ready to light the fire without me!
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They were so good. So rich and chewy and gooey and just plain good!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Such a sad, sad day

I've had these $10 flip-flops from Target for probably four or five years. I have loved the life out of them.
They had been with me on ventures in Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado,
Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Korea, the Philippines, and Hawaii.
They had even helped me start out here in New Jersey.
But, one wrong step stumble UP the step from the garage the other day resulted in the death of my favorite flip-flops.
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To say I was mad, sad and irritated would be the understatement of the week! But, I was!!
I began to feel the effects of separation anxiety (haha, get it? Separation anxiety? They separated? ha... ok, fine!)
Seriously though? I was mad!

I replaced them today with a more narrow and a little prettier pair which actually have a bit of arch support. But I'm not sure they'll be my 'don't care, just grab and go anywhere' flip-flops like these were. So, maybe I will have some separation anxiety after all.
It really was hard to put those dirty babes in the trash can and say goodbye. :(