Tuesday, May 31, 2005


She got the job! She starts Thursday! Whoo hooo!

Rain, rain come again!

We finally had rain over the weekend, and from what I'm seeing we are in for more. Yeah! The ground is soo dry. My garden looks soo good today! I just picked about 20 cucumbers. It's cloudy and breezy. Hoping for more rain.

I'll bring some cukes to a friend of mine when I take Jessica for a job interview. Yes, you read that correctly! Jessica has a job interview today! I'm excited for her, but I certainly don't look forward to having to run her here and there! She still has some learning to do with driving and feeling comfy, but she's getting there. She drives us just about eveywhere we need to go. I'm getting spoiled to this.

Yesterday they had good reports from the Orthodontist. Jessica now has rubberbands to align her bite. She looks funny. Her jaw hurts today. First day of actual summer and she was up by 8; couldn't sleep. I think she's nervous about the interview. We'll have to practice answering questions at lunch.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at my parents. Jessica's boyfriend was able to meet the entire family. His last name is very common - it's also a name in our family- so we were asking who his parents were, etc. Small world. He is kin to a guy who married my sister's best friend's sister. Got that?? They were all at the wedding together and didn't know each other then. Jessica was freaking out telling us to stop digging deeper into the family tree. She didn't want to find out if they were all kin HAHAHA. Her boyfriend made it through the day with us and I think he enjoyed himself listening to us acting like fools.

Time to see if more work has arrived. Bye!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

All in a day

Well, two days really.

Yesterday we started shopping for summer stuff. We only bought Sarah 2 shirts and a pair of shoes. Long day.

Today it was church and then shopping. Finished up with Sarah. Just have Daniel and some shirts for Jessica.

Around 3 we back crabbing. Not nearly as good, but still had a great time. I think we ended up with two dozen.

Now Rich has steamed them for me and I'm off to eat them!!! MMMM

Tomorrow is resting, relaxing, mom/dad's house for BBQ and then I have bonko! Whoo hoo!

Great way to spend a long weekend.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Summertime adventures

I love seafood. I especially love steamed crabs. Living so close to the Gulf, we usually don't have a problem. This day proved it. We crabbed for about 3 hours and got 43 crabs. Not bad for an afternoon of sun, fun, giggles and gooood eating! The kids had so much fun. We are supposed to go back on Sunday.

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My dad, Rich and Sarah are waiting on the crabs to bite.
How do you know you have a crab? Your string gets pulled like this.
Follow the string to the end and scoop up your crab.
We ended up with 43 crabs.
Daniel waiting for the last crab to bite.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Did you know you can make french fries from potatoes?

We still tease my sister about her grand discovery when she was a child. French fries from potatoes? Ya don't say!

That's kinda how I'm feeling today. My discovery? Syrup. Maple flavored syrup. MMM. Quick, easy, cheap.

Sucks that I restarted Atkins. Oh well. I made a batch using Splenda and voila! Syrup for me and Jessica!

This was a busy weekend. Teens galore overrunnith my house. It was a graduation ceremony, meet everyone's parents, head to the beach for some fun, crash, girlfriends giggling about boys and then the beach again kinda weekend! Even for teens, they are TIRED today. LOL

I thought this whole dating thing was gonna put some major gray hair on my head. But I'm surviving and it's really awesome to see my daughter (who is naturally mature for her age) jump up that much closer to being an adult. She jumped into this whole boyfriend/dating thing with such confidence that I don't think everyone around her realized how nervous she was down inside.

Yes, you are reading this correctly. My oldest went out on her first date.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Garden as of today. MMM
Green beans are coming.
Squash! MMM
Yeehaw! What crazy things the kids do on a Sunday afternoon!

Has it been THAT long, really?

Tonight I had dinner with friends I went all through school with. 12 years of school together. Oh the memories and laughter. And funny how you remember something and the other person there has no memory of it. And they were there too!

Of course, we came back here after dinner and cracked open the year books and swapped information on folks we had lost touch with. These people were such a big part of our lives for four years..and we really didn't have much information on many of them.

We cannot wait for our reunion. It's gonna be so much fun. I'm hoping now that we have reunited we will stay in closer contact. Life is much too short to lose friends.

Jessica went out on her first date on Friday. Mom coped very well. Dad? We don't go there. I think he was feeling a little left out because he was at work and wasn't home to worry openly with mom LOL We all survived and can't wait for summer. Did I just say that??

I do remember my teenage years to be very fun and I want the same for my kids. It's nice to see 7-8 of them all gathering and hanging out together. Ahh, 20+ years ago... were were doing the same!

Monday, May 16, 2005

Did you hear?

Diet coke - now made with splenda!

It's okay. Nothing spectacular. The splenda must do something to the carbination. The bottle opens with fizz.. pours with fizz... but when you drink it... it's flat!

Go figure!


My fun filled, long-ago-planned weekend came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon. I stopped in at Urgent Care to see the doctor (who was fabulous!). My head was pounding, the pressure in my ears was making me want to claw not only my own eyes out but those around me too. I had a sneaky feeling my blood pressure was the culprit.

I have white coat syndrome. Just being around doctors and in a hospital makes me nervous. And to think I work for one! By the time the doctor saw me, my blood pressure was back to normal. Really good normal too. Hmm..

I'm thinking I may need new glasses sooner than I thought.

He told me to take 600-800 mg of Ibuprofen and go to bed.

I slept for 12 hours. I was in such a fog the next day. Rich had the best time laughing at me. My brain and mouth would not work together and my reaction time was so slow.

I had strict instructions from my daddy (Richard) to rest and relax all day. He BBQd and worked in the garden while I yacked long distance on the cell phone all afternoon.

Such is the life.

Today? I feel wonderful! I haven't felt this good in a long time :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

and the darkness takes hold

Headaches. Migraines. That numbing feeling of being in a fog. I've had that for 2 weeks now. Every afternoon. I can't wait to get in my dark, cold room and sleep, hoping the pain will ease up.

At first I thought it was my dry eyes causing eye strain. Don't think so. I've been using TheraTears and that stuff works! Drops in the morning carry me all day through.

Then I thought maybe I needed new glasses. Maybe I do, but I don't think it's eye strain causing my migraines.

Foods? No, nothing new. I do know my triggers and stay clear of them.

Exercise? Okay, I'm slacking, but promise to get that lined up shortly.

Heat? temps have been wonderful. Every day sitting outside and enjoying my banana magnolia. MMM

Medications? Seems I've been forgetting to take my medications! HOW?? I moved them. Out of site, out of mind. I dunno how long I have forgotten to take them, but I made sure to take them today and NO headache!

I think I'll put them back where they were so I don't forget to take them anymore.

And I've made great headway in the laundry department. NOw I need the folding fairies to come and do their job.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

And I thought my addiction with the phone was bad! Rich is on hold with one phone and talking on the other!
Daniel, Jessica, Sarah and my other child, Amie, after they got off the Ring of Fire at Contraband Days.
This is Jessica driving. She's always happy to drive and I'm loving it!
Sarah took this picture of the Amyrillis in the front flower bed.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Spreading the love

I've mailed a package to a friend up north. I'm on pins and needles awaiting its arrival. I think I'm as excited for her to get as as she is! I cannot wait to see how she likes it. I think she will be very happy! Happy indeed!

Funny how you see things here and there it reminds you of people. When I saw this "surprise" I just had to sent it to my friend. Once the cat is out of the bag I'll fill you all in.

For all of you finding my site by searching for "dry eyes", I have a solution for you! TheraTears. It comes in drops and gel. I've used the drops earlier and my eyes haven't felt this good in a long time. I've been poking around for information regarding dry eyes and have discovered that dehydration is a major contributor to dry eyes. Gotta drink that water. Also, taking Omega-3 and flaxseed helps. I use to take it. Why did I stop??? I'm hoping this will help. I'm going crazy from dry eyes!

Time to lay around and watch tv before hubby goes to work.