Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Had Bonko tonight. Won second place!! $15.00. Now the kids can have lunch money We had a great time. We all discussed diets. Most of us are following one. What did the host have for the meal? Fried chicken! LOL I ate before going. Good thing because here was nothing there for me to eat. I had a great time with friends and that was most important! :)

OH joy, tomorow is HUMP DAY! One day closer to the opening of HUNTING SEASON! Rich is off and running. Pray he gets a deer this year. He'd be so happy.

Time for bed.. I'm pooped.

Monday, September 29, 2003

The weather is gorgeous and supposed to stay that way all week long. We have the windows open and the attic fan on. That's a huge fan in the ceiling that sucks air thru the house and out into the attic. Like a huge suction. You partially open (I normally say crack, but don't wanna hear no lip!) the windows and this forms the flow.. very nice! Supposed to be in the 50s tonight. MMM, good snuggling weather whoo hooo!

Rich has been busy in the house. The kids' bathroom is almost finished. The lil hall needs baseboards and he's fixing to start work on the kitchen. It's only been.ohooo. 2 1/2 yrs! Some of it is me. I can't decide on what I want. Good thing because the paneling in the lil hall is beautiful and it wasn't available until recently. My oldest said "oh, cool. no more ghetto house." ACK! Was it that bad? We were just so use to living here that it seemed normal to us. I'll be so glad when it's totally done. Now he's talking about adding a covered garage and pouring slab for a patio. Uhm, yah, that will be completed in 2010! OH well.. least we are happy and a roof over our heads.

Time to shower. My hair is really in need and ::::sniff::::: oh yah.. I think I'll soak with the jets on!

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Today was my niece's bday. A house full of kids, screaming kids lol They had a good time. Mya got lots of goodies! I"m sure she will drive my sister batty over which one to sleep with, wear, play with, take with her, etc.

I'm supposed to be working this weekend. There is a new radiologist coming in this weekend. I have done one report from him so far. Nobody showed him how to work the equipment! HUH? Geeze people. You knew he was new and yet everybody put it off as "not my job, let someone else do it." I hate that way of thinking. I will help anyone I can with whatever! I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing but I tend to think 3 steps down the road. I like to be prepared! I don't know how some people get as far as they do in life with the attitudes they have of passing the buck. Sad.

Fall better hurry up. We are HOT here in La. Really hot. I heard cool weather is coming - must be why it just seems soo darn hot now. I'm ready for light jackets and breezy, crisp days, snuggling at night, and hot meals to warm the tummy. Fall. My favorite time of the year.

Guess I could be making cookie dough to freeze for holiday cookies. Maybe I'll sift through some recipes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Hey Derbs! (waving from this box to that box like the Brady Bunch!!) I'm baaack.

I'm telling ya, work had me snowed under. Everyone is getting antiquated with the new system and all is rolling smoothly. I'll be indispensable for sure now! (nobody wants to do what I do LOL)

Well, now that I can breathe again.. Wait. Nope. Too soon to relax. Rich is at the camp so all the duties fall on my shoulders. Blah! I'll just hang out and we'll eat leftovers. hehehe

My daughter is #1 in her Speech/Debate class. :) She is #3 in her Algebra class. Gotta love block scheduling. It feels so weird to let her go to the football games on Friday nights. ACK! My daughter is a teen and I have to trust her lil wings. NO! NOt yet. I'M NOT READY! Guess I'll never be totally ready. HOW did my parents let us go?? No wonder I'm getting gray hair.

My son. He thinks he's a gift to women. He had three girls tell him he was a "hottie" and it went to his head. It was quickly shot down when upper classmen reminded him he was but a lowly sixth grader. Older kids can be so mean. I wasn't ready for my son to see the real world just yet. I liked having him believe all was good and fair and equal. So much for that when 3 older boys ran up to him and snatched his gatorade and started tossing it around until it busted on the ground. JERKS. Daniel was so upset that people would/could do things like that to other people. I reminded him there would always be people in this world like that.. JERKS. He got real eye opener. I don't think he likes the real world too much. And you know, once your eyes have been opened to it you don't go back. Hold those kids close and let them be kids for as long as you possibly can!!!

Sarah is so silly. Still just singing everything. That poor child. Every morning I go in her room and every morning she has no sheets on her bed. I don't know what she is doing at night. But geeze! This morning she was all the way to the very bottom of the bed all under the covers. Guess she was cold.

Speaking of cold.. We had a lil cool front come in. Nice. I heard Jessica say "I'm ready to watch Halloweeny shows in TV, for it to get cold out and to decorate for Halloween!!"

Sarah - Mom, is it really late? It's so dark.
Mom - No, it's 8:00 p.m., it's just dark because Fall is coming. It gets dark earlier now.
Sarah - I don't like Fall. It sure feels late.
Mom - But fall is good. Halloween, cooler weather, leaves change, T-giving, Cmas!
Sarah - We can still do that stuff in the day light.

HAHAHAHAHA kids!

Monday, September 22, 2003

I SURVIVED

Our software update at work went off without a hitch! I was in charge for our dept. Whew! So glad that is over with!

The weeks have really just flown by since the kids went back to school. The weekends are spent running errands, bday parties, grocery shopping and whatever else I didn't get to during the week. I feel like I never get time to just sit. That's not true. Each night I sit and relax. I refuse to venture out during the week. Too much to do at home. Boyscout meetings, CYO, CCD, supper, homework, baths, getting stuff ready for the next day.. does it every end? Hope not! As fast as it zips by, I"m still loving it. It is stressful, but it's so much fun all the same.

My teen is treating me like a person again. NOt that she was ever mean, she just stayed in her room all the time and wanted to be with her friends. She rolled her eyes at everything/anything I said or suggested. Finally I just stopped trying and let her venture out on her own when she was ready. Now we actually enjoy shopping and spending time together. The other night she plucked my eyebrows and we had a good time - giggling and plucking is not a good combination ahahaha Oh well..memories.

Gnite folks.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

I was in a chat room yesterday for the weather. Having lived through several hurricanes, I wanted to see how the East coast was doing. Geeze people. Heed the warning. It's there for a purpose!
Here is a good example of why. Audrey

Stay safe everyone.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I'm in a kooky mood :) I find this stuff interesting.

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Monday, September 15, 2003

Today was a good day. I got a lot of work done, but no real stress. The stress starts Saturday morning. UGH. Oh well, I shall live.

Have you ever listened to your kids. I mean just sit back and listen to them? I do this in the truck or when they are in the kitchen. Those places seem to really get them talking.

First, I have to tell you that Sarah, my youngest, is a singer. That child has an imagination like her brother and myself. She can sing anything. I mean anything. I taught her our phone number by singing. I had to giggle knowing the teacher would probably ask them if they knew their phone number and imagined Sarah standing up proud as you please and belting it out. I'm sure the teacher was speechless.

Sarah sings anything and everything. She sings so much she forgets she is doing it. Today she was playing with some banana pepper from the garden at the kitchen table. One was green, one was red. She's holding them up like they are people -

Green "Hello Mr. Red. I like how your hair sticks up today." (that's the stem)

Red "Oh, thanks. You sure are a pretty green today."

Green "Hey, lets go pick that pumpkin over there!" (talking about a green bell pepper that was left on the plant and has now turned from red to yellow and looks orange)

The other day in the truck we are bebopping along and Jessica turns around, "Sarah! Will you stop that!? Mom, she is singing and she doesn't even know the words!" HAHAHAHAHAHAH

Jessica and Sarah share a room. Jessica said one night she was trying to watch TV and Sarah was just a singing. About the covers, and school and the ceiling fan. So Jessica tells Sarah to sing during the commercials. Sarah giggles and said, "Oops, didn't know I was singing!"

Rich hung the new door for their bathroom. Well, the frame. He is sealing the door so it is outside in the shed. No door on the bathroom means we can hear Sarah just a singing throughout the entire house And you know in the shower how it just echoes and gets ya going.

When Sarah was very little.. maybe 3 or 4, she would sing everything opera-style.. geesh, I'm so glad she outgrew that. It's okay, but to have her carry on a conversation like that gets old fast!

I sure hope they look back on childhood memories with smiles!

Friday, September 12, 2003

FLOWERS

I'm a simple girl and prefer simple things. Don't bring me a dozen roses. I'd prefer a bouquet of spring flowers or better still some handpicked ones. Knowing my man got out of the truck and walked through a field, bent over and picked flowers means more to me than any amount of roses. He knows this too. While we were dating I was always given fresh, handpicked flowers.

Rich was out and about yesterday on errands and called from the cell phone to say he'd be home soon and that he had picked me up something. WOW! A surprise. For me. And it wasn't even my Birthday or our Anniversary.

Rich came home with three white roses in a mixture of other flowers. He said Fall is here because he drove around and never saw a field with flowers that he could go pick, so he was forced to pay for these. AWWW. My poor heart just melted. These past few weeks I have been going through a lot of stress at work and at home and this was the perfect pick-me-up.

My roses are sitting on my desk and I get to look at them all day while I work.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

My Grandfather's House

My Grandfather is 86. He takes no medication. He's had eye surgery. That's it. OH, he has arteritis (arthritis) in his knees. How blessed he is! He got in a wreck earlier this year. He hit someone from behind. They came to a sudden stop and he didn't have enough strength to mash the brake (that arteritis ya know). Totalled his truck. Since then he has slowly given up driving. He passed his test and is a good driver; a lil faster than I'd like and all over his lane, but he can do it. After his wreck he stayed with my Uncle and his wife for about 2 weeks. Then he came home. He wanted his privacy. My uncle/his wife, mom, my aunt and myself all go and see about him. It's not too bad. Just.. well.. no offense.. he's a man and he don't pick up anything! ARGH!!

My aunt ( his youngest child ) came one day and cleaned house. Huge improvement. Guess she got tired of him telling her how we were always over there cleaning and she came to lend a hand. So now the rest of us work really hard to keep it clean. I don't like to go by myself. He'll follow me around and want to talk and I'm there to clean. Not that I don't want to listen... but I've heard that story a million times. I'll pass this time. Mom goes about once a week. When I see her over there I go meet her. Together we get so much more done and we both hate to go alone. She takes the bathroom and his sheets, I do the kitchen and living room.

Older people have a funny way of thinking. They like to take something that someone told them and twist it all around and make it more interesting. WAY more interesting. This can get you in trouble. But for now it's kinda funny. My grandfather has always had much younger women. I know, I know.. but hey, I don't pay his bills so I can't tell him what to do. Anyways, when he was very young he and a lil girl used to play a lot. You know, that year or two before you realized girl are different and you start having feelings. Well, someone made the comment when they were young that they'd probably grow up and get married because they were always together. Well... at 86 the translation to that is "I was supposed to marry this young girl." Uhm, guess he don't realize how that sounds to his family. If you would have married her we wouldn't be here.

Now he is stuck in overdrive to FIND this gal. My mom asked him if he wants to see what he missed! HAHA I'm sure she is in her 80s too. He has been on the phone trying to locate anyone who knows the such-n-such girls. He is on a mission. For what??? What on earth are you going to say? We were supposed to get married? What if this woman has a wonderful life/child/home with the man she has loved for many years and here you are saying "we were supposed to get married" like you were bequeathed or something! Let sleeping dogs lie! It was something said in passing to children. Nothing more.

He found out before we left that there is only one sibling remaining. A brother.

Monday, September 08, 2003

It's Monday. Why are Monday's so stressful? You have the rest of the week to do stress. Your week should be like a sitcom. I want Monday's to be that rest day from coming off the weekend. Stress should be on Tuesdays. Wednesdays is hump day, so that's taken. It's the 1/2 way mark in a 30-min sitcom. Ya know, where the trouble has started (Tuesday) and now Wednesday is the climax. It's all down hill from then on out. Thursday you figure out the problem and wham! it's fixed. Friday is a rest easy day with the weekend just around the corner. What shall we call this sitcom?? Fantasy!

Real life sets in! Kids, cooking, errands, work, pets, cleaning, and gosh darnit.. LAUNDRY! I don't mind washing/flipping/drying/folding... I despise putting that stuff up! Normally I have the kids put their own up. I don't want the drawers exploding when I open them. Must have too much stuff. Probably do. For some reason we can't seem to part with it. Jeans we love. Shirts that someday may fit again. Shoes that are comfy. Whatever the reason, our closets and drawers are full. Too sentimental I guess. OH well... one day.

Our Beta fish, Rainbow, died. He lived in the bowl that held the water plant. We had him for about a year. Poor fella. Whooosh!

Rich wanted me to cut his hair. No problem. Until he told me HOW he wanted it cut. The sides and back are short, the top is a little longer. The long part is just a circle on your head. Like a toupee! Next thing he'll want to bleach it! He insisted I cut it. So I did. While I cried. Once you cut, you can't get it back! I guess it's kinda like a GI haircut, but I can't do that. Just a buzz cut at different lengths. So I did the best I could. It wouldn't have looked so bad if the bottom part wasn't so darn short. Then the top was just a hair longer than the bottom so you couldn't see any definite "line" between the two. What you did see looked like a scar line! All around his head. ICK! He then wanted me to cut it all one length. What? Practically bald??? You gotta go with what the shortest is..and that was practically to the skin. Now he looks gross. I know it's hot, but it's gross. I wanted to puke. He kept saying he wanted a change. What's this?? His midlife crisis?? Next time I'll drag his hiney to the barber shop and let him get it professionally done! Then maybe I can go off of that. It's just hair.. but it's my mans hair.

Can you tell I don't do well with change???? Maybe I need to change the channel?? LOL

Saturday, September 06, 2003

I have been so darn busy! Thank goodness for my palm zire!

Derbs got herself a mini palm pilot! She soo needed one with all her running around. I'm loving mine. I'm so very organized it's almost frightful! I acquired a wonderful lil program called HandyShopper. It's got all kinds of neat bells and whistles. I put it to good use today. I hit Sam's and bought stuff for us and my mom. I even input some prices on items we buy regularly at the grocery store to compare. I can be saving some more $$! Gotta luv it.

I've got all kinda things on my palm! Love the datebook. I can see how my week is gonna be and make meal planning accordingly. Rich nearly flipped when he saw the month of September LOL He forgets that I jot everything down. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays all have reoccuring events. Since I've started organizing my time to be prepared for Christmas this takes up a lot of space on the datebook as well. Gathering supplies, making cookie logs, getting decorations down, etc. All those things I just want done before hand. He just thinks it looks like a lot.

Today, let's see.. we quick cleaned the house this morning (can't stand to come home to a messy house). Loaded the icechest and kiddos into the 'burb. Hit Sam's. Picked our normal stuff and mom's stuff. Great find? Sam's toilet paper is soo darn soft! Talked to a few people I knew who were shopping. Dropped mom's stuff off to her. Ran over to a local grocery store. They had buy one roast get one free! That was a $10.00 savings right there. They also have the best veggies/fruits so I try to pick those up there too. Put everything away at home. Packaged up the meat with with the Food Saver. Ate some chicken wings and a salad. Took the kids to Funco (not it has another name) and they bought some games. Picked up Jessica at her friends house. Rested until Rich got home.

The kids are hooping and hollering in the room with Star Wars and Rayman Rush. I'm so glad they all get along so well. Tomorrow is church and then I'm making Mexican Cornbread for lunch. Then I'm resting! Gnite!!

Monday, September 01, 2003

Waaaaa, we just cleaned out the hall closet. Tons of room now..but the memories. Best thing I found? Rich saved a box of letters that I wrote him! Waaaaaaaaaaaaa. I seemed bossy back then, wonder if I've changed any??? hehehehe

Do ya think he parted with the suit from Sears that he wore to his grandmother's funeral when he was in high school? No. Maybe next year. It's nice to have a clean closet.

I'm pooped. Gnite!
Labor Day. A day of rest. NOT! I was up at 8 and ready to make a pot of coffee when my neighbor called for me to go over for coffee. I was able to visit with some neighbors for about 2 hrs. Loved it.

Trodded home and began preparing for lunch/early supper. It poured thanks to tropical storm Grace. Did that stop us? Nope. Rich fired up the grill and we had grilled fish, shrimp wrapped in bacon (some with jalopeno's), corn on the cob, pork ribs, sausage and boneless-skinless chicken breasts marinated in Catalina dressing. Can you say piggie? Oh yah, we nibbled as it was coming off the pit so much that I still haven't made the deviled eggs. I did make a low-carb cheesecake my brother passed on to me. MMMMM What a nice treat to have a legal dessert.

I made a promise last year to be more organized with the holidays this year. So far so good. I've plugged in just about everything that needs to be done into the PDA. The months of Sept., Oct. and Nov. are going to be very full, but I"m hoping to be done with it ALL by the second week of December. I'll be finally able to sit back and enjoy! Wish me luck.

I was able to whip up some cookie dough the other night, shape into a log and freeze. Today I pulled it out and baked cookies for the kids. I did the math between the number of logs needed and the amount of cookies it makes and how many batches I'll need. Uhm.. 14 logs of cookie dough. LOL I"m sure I'll make more and have them on hand for quick batches of cookies. Just your plain tea cake cookies to which I'll add sprinkles reflecting the holiday. :) I'll rest in 2004 ::grin:::