Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve

I hope everyone had a wonderful and merry Christmas. The kids enjoyed theirs and have been enjoying the break from school too. They each got one big present and then 3 small presents so they really enjoyed it. We had Christmas morning on Christmas eve morning so we could have breakfast with my Mom and siblings. I made an egg casserole bake that was really good and a different take on fruit salad too. I got the recipes from I'll post the recipes at the end of this blog. We also had monkey bread but it was frozen not homemade. We exchanged gifts with them. Jessie got one of the Glee soundtracks and a Bruno Mars CD. Nicky got a $25 gift card from Game Stop and so did Chris. They gave me a $25 Amazon card. I finally got to spend it last night. I got a book in the Remy Chandler series by Thomas E. Sniegoski that both Chris and I like, a movie called Gabriel that stars Andy Whitfield of Spartacus fame (he passed away much too young) and a cookbook I've been wanting forever called What Can I Bring? written by the Cake Mix Doctor cookbook lady. I just had to put about $5 with it to cover it all so that wasn't too bad. We headed to Mother in Law's house after breakfast and got to Marshall around 3 p.m. We had a really good visit with her and for the first time ever got to have Christmas dinner with her and Brother in Law and his family on Christmas day. It wasn't a long visit with him because he had to go back to Oklahoma where he's working temporarily while waiting for a job to come open at Eastman Kodak in Marshall. I hope that job comes through soon. I can't stand the idea that they might move to Oklahoma and we won't get to see them anymore. But anyway, that's not my business. We went to his house on Monday and hooked up on wifi there. Jessie got a tablet and Mother in Law got a Kindle (from us) so she was downloading free books through Amazon. Chris and Nicky went to Game Stop to spend their Christmas gift cards and cash while we played online. After that we went to McDonalds and treated everybody. They have the free wifi there so Mom kept downloading books there too. LOL. She loves her Kindle. My Mom got a Kindle from my sister and them and she loves it too. I just don't know if I'm ready to give up my real books yet. We left on Tuesday and got home around 1 p.m. It was a nice trip and good to see family but it seemed really fast. We're celebrating New Year's with my Mom and them tomorrow. We're grilling steaks and my sister Cheryl is making the sides (mashed potatoes, cabbage and black eyed peas). It should be a really good and tasty dinner. I hope everyone has a wonderful and Happy New Year!

Christmas Morning Casserole

From the kitchen of The Huthers

2 pounds hot bulk sausage (mild can be used) (I used Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat and didn't need to drain it)
8 slices bread, crusts removed (Left the crusts on)
3/4 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 large eggs, beaten (I used the equivalent amount of egg beaters)
3 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard (Just used the jarred)

1.In a large skillet, brown sausage, crumble and drain.
2.Butter a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
3.Place bread (torn into bite-sized pieces) in bottom of dish.
4.Place sausage on top of bread. Sprinkle cheese over top.
5.In a large bowl, mix beaten eggs, milk, salt and dry mustard. Blend well.
6.Pour over other ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
7.The next morning, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes uncovered.
8.Slice into squares.
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1-2-3 Fruit Salad

Makes 1 huge bowl •

From the kitchen of Veronica Spears

1 can Comstock peach pie filling
1 can pineapples, chunks, drained
1 large can sliced peaches, drained
2 cans tropical fruit salad (Del Monte), drained
1 large tub frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
1 small can mandarin oranges (optional), drained
1/2 cup - 1 sliced bananas (optional)

1.Mix all ingredients together. Chill

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Today should be a joyous day. My sister Kelly is having her baby boy Andrew today. Because of a family dispute she's disowned me and the rest of us. I wish she'd just disown me and still be in the good graces of my Mom and them. My heart is broken. I'm giving up on her ever being back in the family with us. I never thought I'd feel like I wasn't good enough for family but that's how I'm feeling. She's an orphan now with only her husband and children and her husband's family. Grudges aren't worth broken hearts that's for sure.

Monday, December 19, 2011


I took my Mom and sister Cheryl to see my Dad yesterday. All he could do was sleep while we were there. Looks like it'll be another long winter for him. He mostly slept through last winter too. We stayed almost an hour. They probably gave him a pain pill. I know he has more pain in the winter than in the warm months. It was a short visit but we went at least. Hopefully he'll be "there" the next visit I get to make with Mom and them.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

It's been a really good holiday for us. Chris's Mom made it in on Wednesday and the kids have been all over her like white on rice. We only get to see her 3 times a year so its always a joyful occasion for us to see her. We had a huge dinner with my Mom and them. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato souffle, corn casserole, green beans and rolls. Desserts were fruit salad, Pineapple Goo Cake and a butter pecan cake with cream cheese frosting. We had a good visit with my Dad too and took him dinner also. He had a little of everything but seemed to enjoy his turkey leg best. Cheryl brough both of them for him so they're supposed to give it to him today along with the other leftovers we brought him. He was in a good mood and we had a really good visit with him. Today we're being lazy but we're going to see Nature in Lights tonight. It's a drive through light display on lake Belton that's sponsored by Ft. Hood and other businesses. That's about it for our holiday so far.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Last Saturday

Nov. 18th was fun. I took my Mom and sister Cheryl Christmas shopping that morning. We went and saw my Dad for lunch. Took him Church's chicken and he ate it up. It was a nice visit and he was in a good mood too. After that we went and shopped some more. Then my brother Patrick called and asked if my husband would co-sign for him a truck. I told him no so then my sister Cheryl ended up co-signing for him in spite of not having a driver's license. She was so upset because he only had a year to go on his Durango and now its all back to square one. He got a Chevy Silverado quad cab so at least he can still have room for them all in it. The reason he needs a co-signer is because he's on disability and has no other income. I doubt he'll ever help pay the bills or for food but I don't live there so I'm keeping my mouth shut on this one. The last time I opened my mouth and gave my opinion I lost my little sister Kelly. I haven't seen her since mid-March or spoken to her since April 1st. Its on her though because I've been trying to get a response from her each month but all I ever get to do is leave a voice mail on her cell phone. I took Amanda to her doctor appointment yesterday. She's contracting but still not dialated. Unless she has the baby this next week they'll be doing a c-section on her on Nov. 30th. While I was waiting for her in the waiting room my sister Kelly came in. I just happened to glance up from the magazine I was reading and saw her. She saw me and gave me a look that looked right through me and sat down. I waited a couple of seconds and then went over to her and told her I just wanted to say hi, I love you and bye. Then I went and sat back down. I put the magazine up where she couldn't see that I was close to tears. A few minutes later I glanced in her direction but saw that she moved where she couldn't see me. I finished the magazine and was looking up at the TV when her husband came through the door into the reception area. Kelly must have texted him about seeing me because he didn't come through the waiting room but went in through the reception door to wait for her. I've tried to make amends. I've railed at her. I've apologized. I've cried but after the look she gave me yesterday (Monday) I'm done. I know that I've tried the best I can and now its up to her. The bad thing is she's pregnant and due at the end of December with a little boy. She told my Mom about the baby in an email. :( I found her registered on Target so I was able to send her a baby gift for him but haven't, of course, heard that she got it or not. Last I knew it was on her front porch. They're naming him Andrew Cole. I can just hope and pray that she'll come around and let us know him and get to know Phillip all over again someday. Til then our family feels broken when we should be having a wonderful, happy time expecting two new babies into the family.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I'm so excited. Chris doesn't go out to work until Tuesday, the 8th so I get to go and see my Dad with the family on Sunday. Usually I have too much to do and am worn out on Sunday from all the running around I have to do on the weekend to go and see him. I just hope nothing happens to change my plans. Well, lets say I have no plans for Sunday and it should turn out okay.

We had a wonderful visit with my Daddy. He ate his small hamburger and fries from Wendy's and also ate his lunch plate that day too. He's gained a little weight back. He knew who Jessie was and that she was his granddaughter and that really made her day. I can't wait to get to go back. It won't be this weekend but the weekend before Thanksgiving and then Thanksgiving day we'll be bringing him dinner that evening. I hope he will have a good day then too.

Last night I didn't really sleep. My mind wouldn't shut down. My sister Kelly still isn't speaking to anybody especially me. I call her once a month on her cell phone. I don't know if she listens to the message or not but I refuse to give up on her as my sister. I don't think I did anything bad enough for her to disown me much less the whole family. I finally broke down crying and realized I'm grieving for her. She's not dead and that's what hurts so badly. She was born when I was 19 years old. It's like I've lost my own child almost. She was spoiled by all of us older kids but she was never a brat. I thought that chat we had back in April went both ways. She was griping about our other sister Cheryl so I was trying to tell her how special she's always been to the family but I overstepped and brought in some personal stuff about how my kids were never allowed to spend the night at my Mom and Dad's when they were 2 like her little boy is. I shouldn't have gone there but if she can't handle the truth what can I do. I've apologized several times and I've also gone off the handle too. Mostly I've tried to be nice. I went off the handle on her on my 50th birthday in June. Well, it was a few days after. She never called or emailed or even snail mailed a card to me. It was an important birthday to me and for her to totally ignore it really hurt. I called her in October to invite them to Jessie's 13th birthday but her anniversary is on the 6th and Jessie's birthday is the 8th so since she's been married she's always celebrated her anniversary by going away for the weekend. That has hurt Jessie's feelings to no end but this year she didn't even ask about Aunt Kelly. :( Nicky's birthday is coming up on Nov. 11th. I'm really excited for him to celebrate it on 11/11/11. He'll be 15 and I've been waiting for that date since the day he was born. I'm going to call and invite them but I know they won't come. At least I'm trying to make up and be good and get her back in the family. Oh yeah, she's also pregnant and due with a little boy on Dec. 30th. She sent my Mom an email when she found out she was pregnant. We heard it was a boy through the work grapevine. My sister Cheryl and niece Amanda both work where Kelly does. They have friends in common and I have a couple of them as friends on Facebook. It's really sad to see pictures posted by them of her on there. Also, I have her Mother in law as a friend. She's a nice lady. Not saying anything to her Mother in law when I've seen her around town is really hard. Her Mother in law posts picture of Phillip, my nephew by Kelly and it breaks my heart that we're not seeing him anymore. I can only imagine how badly it hurts my Mom to see his pictures. What makes me feel really bad is that my sister's husband was estranged from his Father and she made sure to get them together. I guess we don't count. I feel like all the years never counted sometimes. Anyway, that's where my heart and head are now. I'm grieving. Maybe someday I'll have my baby sister back.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Hump Day

Today has been weird. I'm feeling disjointed and out of sorts. Not mad out of sorts. Just like something is going to happen out of sorts. I hate this feeling. Doesn't help I had a family dream last night. My oldest first cousin was in it and she came for a visit and brought her grandkids. We had a really good time. She mentioned somebody was pregnant so that means there might be a wedding for that family in the future. I think if I remember our family dream interpretations correctly. It's been a while since I've had one of our family prophetic dreams. So its either the dream throwing me off or the fact that I got my flu shot on Monday that's left me feeling this way. I never get sick from the shot but do feel worn out usually and this time I've got that worn out feeling too. LOL, who knows though. It could just be my diabetes and carpal tunnel working against me. I just hate this feeling of impending doom. Maybe I'll sleep better tonight and wake up feeling a whole lot better tomorrow. Just wanted to post since I haven't in a while. I'm glad I don't have really anything to talk about. Love when its just boring and routine stuff going on. No need for drama when I've got TV and movies that can handle all that. :D

Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy October

Another month started and days being counted my daughter Jessie. She turns 13 on October 8th and can't wait. She wants a kitten for her birthday and while I was not considering another pet it turns out that it is a good idea. Our cat Skylar is also 13. We rescued her 11 or so years ago from Fuzzy Friends which is a local rescue center in the area. She's a wonderful part of our family. We did have another cat a few years ago but had to take her to the pound because she went crazy on us and started attacking Chris and then she started attacking me. It was all out of the blue and because the kids were still very little it scared me. Both of our dogs are fine with cats too. I'll be looking on Friday to see what fits with us. Jessie's not being choosy either. My choice is female. She's okay with that. Then I'm to try to find her a striped kitten, any color and if that can't be found her next choice is like a Siamese coloring and then it doesn't matter if either of those choices can't be found. So Friday can't come soon enough for her. LOL.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Hump Day!

Nothing much going on. Chris's partner finally (since the 4th of July he was off) came back to work. Now maybe I won't have to finagle the bills so much anymore. It does make a difference having a partner team drive and there won't be any lets see if we have anything for you as to where he'll be going. Also there won't be in one day and back out the next day either. We shouldn't be using so much gas anymore. In January Chris will get a dedicated single line run which means he'll be by himself and know exactly what he'll be doing every week. He's going to try to be home on Friday and Saturdays so he can go to the band stuff and have a weekend (sort of) with the family. That's the news on his job.

I took my Mom to the eye doctor today. Her eyes are about 20/40 or 20/50 and everything is all good on there not being any diabetes in her eyes. They're also really good on pressure and the nerves and muscles so no cataract surgery until she's uncomfortable and wanting it. She was scared they'd want her to have it now.

Band is going well for Nicky. He's been excited about marching at the football games. Their first home game is this Friday but I won't be able to go. Chris has no idea when he'll be home and my luck would be he'd come home when I first got there. I'd rather not plan to go just in case and if he gets home in time then yeah we get to go. School is going well for Nicky. His grades are good except for Algebra but he's brought it up and I'm pretty sure he'll have it somewhere in the 80's by the time he does the test for the first six weeks of school.

Jessie is doing well in school so far. She decided not to do Volleyball after all. She's already failing math but that's her disability coming into play. As long as she passes the class is all that matters and right now she's just 4 points below. I think she can do it as long as she doesn't get frustrated. Her other classes are all 80's and 90's. Poor girl is just not math efficient. Ask her to read, write a story, spell or enjoy Science and you wouldn't know she had a disability. She's well rounded and that's all that matters to me. Math was never my strong point either and I'm not going to have her so frustrated that it ruins her school years.

That's about all thats been going on for us. Summer was ruined because of how hard Chris had to work and him being home only 1 day a week if that. I'm just hoping Carl doesn't have anything else happen between now and Christmas.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Nothing much is going on. Thekids have had a good couple of weeks of school so far. Nick is really enjoying band too. They've had two football games away from home so I've yet to see him march. Its too hot for me to go to an away game. The heat really kills me and makes me hurt really bad. Stupid nerve damage. I do plan on going to the home games and we're supposed to finally be getting cooler weather starting Sunday or Monday. Still no rain. Tropical storm Lee is scared of Texas and stopped off in Louisiana to go to New Orleans and party instead. He will be causing us cooler temps so that's a plus. They said we should have temps in the 80's next week. Can you believe it? Do you know how much different it feels between 100's and 80's? LOL. I want to say a big thank you to Kathy (Bags, Books and Bon Jovi) for sending Alyce to me to do some graphic work. Hopefully I can figure something good out for her. I also get a really good blog to add to my blog list to read. Speaking of which I really need to catch up with everybody. Bad thing is I can't leave comments again. :( Just know that if you're on my list I read your blog. :D Off to play with some fun stuff. Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School Days, School Days....

Not much going on here. School started yesterday and the kids actually enjoyed going back. This morning not so much but they'll get there. LOL. Jessie started 7th grade and was worried she wouldn't be in classes with her friends but she said she was in mostly the same classes with them and she had a really good day. I hope it stays this way for her. She stresses over math every year because of her disability but otherwise she has good solid grades. Nicky started his Freshman year of high school. He said it was no different in high school than in the other years of school. My laid back teenager. LOL. He had Art 1 as an elective but the band director asked him to give it up to join Jazz band so that's what he's going to do today. I think he'll enjoy Jazz band a whole lot more than art. Poor boy can barely draw a stick figure but that's okay. Not everybody can expect to be an art on paper artist. Maybe that's why he's good with music? :) I had a good first day of no kids at home too. It was weird and so quiet and nobody to argue with about having to wake up late in the afternoon. That's what I'm sure my kids are missing. Their late nights and later sleep in times. They'll catch up eventually.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Busy Tuesday

My sister made it through her gall bladder surgery just fine. The polyps still need to be checked out but so far so good. She's miserable but she's alive and didn't have any problems with anesthia this time. Thanks everybody for prayers and good thoughts for her.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thanks and an Update

Thanks everyone for the comments you leave on my blog. Unfortunately I can't comment back to your blogs or even post a comment back to you on my own blog. So I'm plugging along reading everything on your blogs but I wish I could leave comments. Oh well, maybe eventually I'll be able to again someday.

An update on my sister. She saw the surgeon yesterday and is set up to have her gall bladder removed on the 15th which is next Tuesday. The surgeon said he's not worried about the polyps since they'll be removing the whole gall bladder anyway. That was a relief to hear for sure. Now she has an appointment with her ob/gyn on Friday the 12th. Hopefully that's just follow up and there's still nothing going on with her for that stuff. Her biopsy came back clear that he did a week or so ago so that was a relief too.

Sunday, July 31, 2011


My sister Cheryl has been having female troubles for a few months. It started back around the beginning of the year. Then right before Easter she had a strep infection in her blood and had to have surgery on an abscess caused by it and was in the hospital for a couple of days. In the last few weeks she's had several ultra sounds internal and external and a biopsy from her cervix too. Her last 2 ultra sounds were done on Friday the 29th. Her 42nd birthday no less. She found out that she has polyps on her gall bladder. She'll have to have surgery to remove it but she hasn't found out if its cancer or not. From what we both have read gall bladder polyps are rare. They're not neccessarily cancer but with all the problems she's been having and the way her body has been acting since early in the year she thinks it probably is. Also, she's a lot more clumsy, can't sleep on her tummy anymore and is nauseous too. We'll find out on August 8th. She's scheduled to see both her ob/gyn doctor and a surgeon. I don't want to lose her. She's the person that holds our family together usually. It'll be weird if she's so sick because she's the caretaker usually. I was 8 when Cheryl was born. I was so happy to have a sister! I couldn't believe it. I still remember that we had pancakes with blueberry syrup for breakfast the morning she was born. The only bad thing was that my Mom went into labor at 2 a.m. and we had to be woke up to go across the street to the neighbor's house to stay while waiting for her to get here. My Mom barely made it to the hospital. Cheryl was born at 2:30 a.m. and the hospital didn't charge my Mom for the labor room. I'm rambling so I'll close this for now. I'm at the point of worry for the worst and hope for the best and we'll have something to laugh about later on when she gets the all clear.

Friday, July 29, 2011


I can't believe my son Nick (no more Nicky) has started his high school life now. Band started practice for the summer yesterday. He's a freshman this year and will graduate in 2015. They had a half day of practice marching in spite of the high heats. Next week they start full 8 hour days. He said he had a lot of fun. I hope it continues to be fun. They got fitted for their uniforms and he looked just so grown. I don't know if I'm ready for this yet but ready or not here it comes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Blogger isn't letting me leave comments on blogs I follow or in reply to people who comment on my blog. I hope everyone is well.

Today's the day for my sisters biopsy. My Mom is going with us. I knew she would. I don't think my sister will be up to it but if she is we might stop by and see Dad afterwards. No other plans today except to make No Bake Cookies. Recipes follow.

Original recipe....

Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats
Waxed paper

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boile, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

Melt the peanut butter into the butter, sugar, and milk mixture before adding the vanilla and oatmeal. Seems to help the cookies harden like they are supposed to.

No Bake Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup nuts (I used Pecans)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter
2 teaspoon vanilla


Cook sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes till good soft ball stage. Add the vanilla. Pour over all other ingredients and stir until well mixed. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper to cool.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Good Morning!

I hope everyone is doing well this Sunday morning. Not much going on here. Making plans for my sister Cheryl's birthday on Friday. If anyone needs celebrating its her. She has a cervical biopsy to be done on Tuesday. She's so worried about it but tries to act like its nothing much going on. I just hope they figure out what is going on with her soon. I'm taking her and I'm pretty sure my Mom will want to go. Mom went when I had a lump removed from my breast so I can't see her not going on Tuesday but we'll see. Everybody's pretty much the same. Well, my brother Terry found out he's diabetic but he can easily take care of that with diet for right now. I'm hoping when he finds a doctor that they'll not go straight to medication for him. I was able to keep mine under control with diet for about 3 years before I finally had to go to pills for medication for it. We'll see. My kids summer is just about over. Jessie has volleyball camp starting tomorrow through Thursday. Nicky starts band camp on Thursday and Friday from 8 to Noon and then the next week is 9 to 5. The heat is going to really get to him I' sure. I need to have Cheryl cut his hair before all that starts. That's about all for my ramblings today.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Birthday!

It's my Dad's birthday. He turns 73 today. I'm taking my Mom, the kids and my brother Terry and sister Cheryl up to see him after my sister gets off of work this afternoon. Patrick isn't up to it today. He took them on Sunday to see Dad. Patrick has been having a lot of problems with feeling sick. He has a very bad heart so it stems from that. Mostly its because he's just been driving too much we think. We're hoping that's all it is and since Terry has been driving Amanda and Cheryl to and from work it seems to help Patrick with the swelling. The only bad thing is that the A/C at my Mom's has been hit and miss. Hopefully they've gotten it all fixed now since the repair guy replaced the motor. It's only been around 104 down here since the beginning of June. You don't need A/C for those temps right? Okay that's being sarcastic. I have them come down here when they've needed to so at least with their (Mom and Patrick) breathing problems they're not dying from the heat down there. I haven't been able to comment on blogger lately. I'm hoping since I was able to leave a comment earlier on a friends blog that the problem is over and I can leave comments for more friends now. That's all for now. I can't wait to see Dad today. I've got to remember to take my camera with me today for sure.

Edit: I feel so sad right now. All Dad could do is sleep while we were there this afternoon. My Mom said that's all he was able to do the last two times she's seen him too. He just doesn't look like himself anymore either.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Facebook Question

One of the pages I like is Coca Cola. They posted this question yesterday.
If red represents Coca-Cola what color represents you? My answer is orange. It's bright and cheerful but not as vibrant as yellow. I asked my kids this question too. Jessie said black at first and I can see that. Of course she's 12 going on 13 so she's all about moody right now. I told her I see her as yellow. She's usually happy go lucky and just pulsing happiness except for those few days a month when to me she's not black but aubergine. She asked me what color aubergine is and I told her dark purple almost black but that she always bounces back to yellow. Nicky tried to be smart and answered blue, orange and green. I told him no he's a blue. Blue is airy and Nicky definitely has moments where he doesn't think things through that's for sure. I think he only mentioned orange because that's my answer. Green? That's always been his secondary answer for his favorite color. Just a side note....these are my interpretations of colors, not neccessarily what the actual interpretation is for them. So, if red represents Coca-Cola what color represents you?

Father's Day

We made it Sunday to see Dad for Father's Day. Mom didn't make it. She was a little under the weather. While it was weird to be there without her Dad handled it a lot better than I thought he would. We brought him a burger and fries for lunch. He ate them really good. He said he didn't think he was hungry at first. We visited for about an hour. It was me, my sister Cheryl and brother Terry. Then we went to Books a Million and I got a couple of books. The next in line for Sookie books (True Blood) for me and a Star Wars book for Chris. Speaking of True Blood I can't wait for Sunday to get here for the season premiere. It should be a great season. Witches are coming to HBO. LOL. It's been a quiet summer for us so far. We've really done nothing. We did make it to the drive in and got to see the latest Pirates movie and Thor. Both were really good. The great thing about the drive in is its only $10 a car load and we can bring in our own food and drink. The bad thing is its soooooo hot even at night that its a sweaty movie experience. Good thing was there weren't any mosquitos when we were there. Well, that's enough of my rambling for today.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


For the birthday wishes and thoughts on grudges. For some reason I can't reply on here to comments. Weird. I guess something changed and I don't know how to fix it. I took my Mom to the doctor today and she's doing well. They upped her insulin a little bit for her evening shot to help and lower her morning numbers but other than that everything else seems to be going well for her. I called my sister Kelly but she didn't answer her phone of course. I told her we needed to get this settled and then started rambling and said more than I meant to say but oh well. She's the one that called me first about the whole mess so its back to her and I've got to let it go. My Mom told me this morning that Kelly is pregnant and due December 30th. :/ Another thing she didn't want me to know I'm guessing. I miss my sister. I should have just told her that and let it all go but I was hurt and let my mouth get the better of me. Maybe, hopefully, she'll come around soon and contact me one way or another. I don't want to lose her like Chris did his Dad. I refuse to let this go on for 8 years like that has with his Dad. :( I feel like I've lost half of me. I never thought we'd have words come between us. This is how our cousins act with each other. Not us. I guess time will tell.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Meet Me on Monday in Texas

Meet Me On Monday!!

Welcome to the 47th edition of
"Meet Me On Monday!"

Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!

Every Sunday will post four get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

Java will add a linky so we can follow who participates and get to know them better!! Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!!

If you have a question suggestion please email me at: and if I use your question I will give you a shout out!

I have decided to change the meme to four questions this week...I will probably change it back to five next week!


1. What is was the last piece of candy that you ate?
2. Do you "read" in the bathroom?
3. I can't stand when someone _________?
4. Do you do daily, weekly or monthly grocery shopping?
1. What is was the last piece of candy that you ate?
Peanut Butter M & M's at the drive in Saturday night.

2. Do you "read" in the bathroom?
Yes, I admit it. I read in the bathroom. I know I'm not the only person in blogdom who does it but I'll be the first to admit it in black and white. I blame my Mom for her potty training technique when I was a toddler. She gave me a book every time. So its all her fault that I love to read and read in the bathroom.

3. I can't stand when someone _________?
Holds a grudge. My sister is still holding a grudge from April. I even called her in May but she never returned my call. Yesterday was my birthday and she didn't even call me. Broke my heart and kind of made me feel out of sorts in a very sad way.

4. Do you do daily, weekly or monthly grocery shopping?
I go bi-weekly with a couple of trips in between for more milk or odds and ends I forgot.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hello Summer...Almost...

Hello Summer. Well, almost. One more day of school tomorrow and that's it for us until sometime in August when Nicky starts marching band practice. He's looking forward to it I think. We did get to go and see my Dad on Memorial day. It was a nice visit. He wasn't in bed this time. We watched Patton with him. That was one hard ass General for sure. I told my sister Cheryl she needed to go to Fort Hood with us sometime and see the museum that is there for Patton. I don't think we've been to it yet either. That's about all we did for the holiday. Chris went back to work on Sunday so he didn't even get to grill for us this time. Oh well....we've got plenty of summer to look forward to for that.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We had a busy day yesterday. Both of the kids had awards programs. Jessie got an award for Language Arts and Nicky got several awards too. One for A/B honor roll and I can't remember what the rest were for now. Jessie would get the A/B honor roll if she didn't have a math disability and keep to a C average in that class. I'll take the C average though. She's not failing it at least and its beyond her control too. She has improved a whole lot that's for sure. After the awards for 8th grade there was a luncheon. I don't know why I thought it'd be more than pizza and soda for some reason but that's what it was. I guess because I had to pay $20 for Chris and I to attend. It was held in the local Baptist church's fellowship hall and it wasn't big enough at all either. Well, I'll know now what to expect when Jessie has hers in a couple of years at least. My Mom and them went to see Dad yesterday and wouldn't you know it was a good day for him. Just my luck that I didn't get to go this time. My sister Cheryl said he was even able to feed himself. He hasn't done that in a while. Must have been something really good. I'm taking everybody up there on Memorial day (Monday) to see him again. The kids are out of school that day and everybody that works is off so it works out for us. We have no bbq plans and no plans to go anywhere this weekend because Chris has to go back out for work tomorrow (Sunday) but next weekend we should have a long weekend with him and its the first weekend of Summer for the kids too. Mostly we'll be staying home for the summer except for a few days at Mother-in-laws house in July for the 4th. We hope to maybe take the kids to Corpus Christi one Saturday if we can find the money to do it. No big plans at all otherwise.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blogging Blahs

That's what I've got. Nothing much is going on. My Dad is the same. My family is the same. Haven't heard from little sister Kelly since the blow up. I wish that wasn't the same. She doesn't return phone calls to my brother or sister so I haven't even tried to call her. Going from what my Mom said to me I'm guessing I'm the blame for that. She told my Mom I was cold to her and that she only called me cause she had nobody to talk to about it all. Well, I told her straight up she was being selfish and yeah, I didn't like that niece was pregnant but couldn't change it so why be negative about it all. Definitely what she didn't want to hear I guess. What my Mom doesn't know and never will know is what Kelly said to me about them. She called them lazy asses, said she was tired of giving them money and was wanting to know what other sister did with all my Mom's money. Well, Mom and Dad barely get $1500 together from Social Security. Mom has a lot of meds she takes plus Cheryl uses her paycheck along with whatever is left over to make the rent and utilities not to mention the cost of food and gas either. Cheryl is definitely not spending any money on herself. Maybe Kelly needs to walk in Cheryl's shoes and then she'd have a different attitude about everything. So I guess I did have something to chat about........just not anything new really.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The "18 Questionable Questions" Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?

I always tease Chris and tell him bring her home to do house work but honestly its definitely a deal breaker. He couldn't stay here while with the other woman but we'd definitely have to have marriage counseling before we could go on with our marriage. I know it won't happen though because he was cheated on in his first marriage and his mother was cheated on by his father and he saw what it did to her.

2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?

A family vacation at Disney. That's a dream that will probably never come true though. The other one I have would be for my husband and father in law to reconnect and father in law's wife not be in the picture at all. She's pushed away my husband and us and all of father in law's old friends. :(

3. What is the one thing most hated by you?

I hate liver and cancer and I can't stand father in law's wife. I don't want to say I hate her but its very close to it. I think that I'm just sad by that situation because my children and husband are losing out.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

Fund a few charities and build a family compound so I can take care of family members that are ill and can't get the help they really need.

5. Could you fall in love with your best friend?

Yes because I did. :D

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

I think being loved by someone is more of a blessing. I came late to the love game though. Never crushed on anybody til I met Chris. Then I felt like a dirty old woman because I was 10 years older than him. Who knew I was starting the Cougar rage. LOL.

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you really love?

Well, I waited 34 years so I'm guessing forever isn't too long.

8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?

Just be friends with them.

9. If you'd like to act (movies, stage) with someone, who would it be?

Hmmm.....lots of people. If I could sing I'd be on Glee in a heartbeat. As for acting of course I'd have to say Johnny Depp. All the people in the brat pack and shoot I'd love to act with Shirley MacLaine.

10. What do you expect of your loved one?

Nothing and everything. Love isn't a 50/50 relationship. Some days you give 110% and others maybe 20%.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?

Mother of a college graduate and one on their way. Hopefully my children will be able to do whatever they want the most in life. Right now I just want them to play and be children for a little bit longer.

12. What’s your fear?

Cancer. It's the one disease that scares the crap out of me.

13. Would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?

I'll take what I am right now. Married and not quite poor but definitely not rich.

14. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Use the bathroom, wash my face, brush my hair into a ponytail and brush my teeth.

15. Do you ever hold back in a relationship?

I've only had one relationship and no I'm pretty sure I didn't hold back.

16. If you fell in love with two people simultaneously, how would you pick?

That wouldn't happen in a hundred years.

17. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?

Forgive probably. Forgetting is the hard part.

18. What are your three most important expectations in love?

That its always and forever and goes without saying. Yet, we always tell each other I love you in every phone call and every time we leave each other. Even after 15 years I can't get over that he always says it.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'm Excited!

Not about anything important but it was exciting to me. LOL. We made a library run today to our little 2 story library. It was me, my sister Cheryl, niece Amanda and my daughter Jessie. Girls fun day sort of. They finished the renovations on our little library. It's still just 2 stories but they've rearranged the areas and added a little coffee nook and separated the teen books from the children's books and now my kids don't feel like they're in an area just for the little kids. Jessie got 3 books and we chose 2 books for Nicky. I can't remember what they are right now but Nicky did tell me one of the ones I got for him was the second in the series. Unfortunately, he's like me and hates to read a series out of order. I told him maybe next time he'll just go with us then. I got three for me. The first one is Under the Dome by Stephen King. I've been wanting to read this one since it came out but it was never in when I was there. Its a huge thick book so I hope I'll be able to hold it okay. My luck will be my carpal tunnel will be acting up. Hopefully not. The second book is The Face by Dean Koontz and the third is We Ain't the Brontes by Rosalyn McMillan. I've never read anything by her but the book flap sounded really good. Its about two sisters who are both authors but one is a Sci-Fi author and at the top of her game and the other can't get her contract renewed and is jealous. Good ol' sibling rivalry at its best. There's more to it than just that so it should be an interesting read. I'm hoping that we'll get my Mom to go with us next Saturday. They've put in a lot of seating areas and since she uses a cane and can't stand for very long it will be a great help to her. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Maybe I should cross my eyes too. LOL.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Watcher

Yes I am! I watched 30 years ago when shy little Di married her (so she thought) Prince Charming so there was no way I was going to miss Prince William marry his waity Katie. Yes, they've been together 9 years and lived together a long time already but a wedding should always be a joyous occasion. With the terrible tornadoes that went through the South this past week it was nice to have something wonderful to celebrate. While I think we should have more coverage about what is going on in Tuscaloosa the wedding was shown here starting at about 4 a.m. I don't think any breaking news about the storms that happened were being updated at that time anyway. On to the wedding.....I loved her dress. It was simple and I think it was very close to Grace Kelly's from when she married into Monaco royalty. I loved that she wore her hair down and then hearing that the Queen loaned her the tiara that her Mother gave her at age 18 was so sweet. I'm glad to see that there is some tradition still left in the world. I think this marriage actually might have a chance to make it. I hope it will. We need some happiness in this world.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Nice Easter Weekend

Our weekend started off nicely. We (Mom, Cheryl, Amanda and my kids) went and saw Dad on Friday morning. We got to stay about a couple of hours. He was in bed though because he was in some pain that morning. He chatted quite a bit with everybody. Jessie was a little upset that he didn't remember her that morning but I explained to her that at least he knew she belonged to him somehow and that the next time she gets to go he might know her. After that it was time to pick up Chris. We got him and went to Denny's for lunch but I think we all got breakfast except for him and Nicky. Nicky invented a new drink. Tabascoke. Yeah, it is what it sounds like. Tabasco and coke mixed together. I swear my son is going to turn into a spicy spice before he's 18. We went to Home Depot and picked up a new thermostat. Chris is frustrated with it because its programmable and he doesn't want to take the time to follow the directions to set it. I'll get it done sometime while he's back at work this week hopefully. If not, we'll just have to go and get a simpler one. LOL. Brought everybody home and nothing much for Friday. Saturday morning got up and Cheryl and I went to the store before it got really bad. Came back and went down later that evening for a dinner of chili dogs and chips and dying Easter eggs. Sunday came and I went over to Mom's house around 10 that morning to help get dinner ready. We had too much of everything but it was so good. Ham, corn casserole, potato salad, deviled eggs, cabbage, salad, rolls and tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Desserts were earthquake cake and banana pudding. I think Cheryl was hungry when we bought groceries. LOL. I'm glad we only eat like this on special occasions and that those are far and few between. We had a little Easter egg hunt for Wyatt. He's one and the only grandchild small enough to really hunt. My two hunted but the eggs really weren't hidden for them. One reason is there's no hiding places where we live really. It's all flat grassland since our area was once a hayfield. We went home after that. Its so nice to only have 3 blocks to go home instead of 30 miles or more. We're back to work and school today. Not me of course but still I have to get up at 5 a.m. with the kids everyday so I think I'm looking as forward to summer vacation as they are. LOL.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Daddy Today

We went and saw Dad today. Just Mom and me. I had to take Chris into work because they're redoing and adding on to the parking lot where he works. He doesn't want to leave it parked on the street while he's on the road this week. Hopefully it won't take too long for them to get it all done. Anyway, Mom went with me this morning to drop Chris off. We got up to the VA and there was no parking in the building my Dad is in. I dropped Mom off at the front and went and parked across the street from there until someone moved. Mom uses a cane and I have neurapathy in both feet so its too far for either of us to walk from the parking lot to the front door of his building. It doesn't help that most of the parking is for doctors and vans for patient use but they really do not get many visitors in his unit anyway. Still its nice to be able to use handicap parking when we need it which we usually do. :(

Dad was in a good mood this morning. When I finally got upstairs they were in a visitation room watching an old Dale Robertson movie called Blood on the Arrow. He kept saying off and on through the movie..That's Dale Robertson. I wonder what happened to him? We'd talk about other actors in the movie but he always went back to Dale Robertson. We had about an hour visit and he started in with saying he had to go to the bathroom but couldn't cause I was there. I left for a little bit (10 minutes or so) thinking that would help him settle down. He's in diapers but can't remember sometimes. We saw the doctor while we were there and she said he was doing very well. After the scary pneumonia episode a few months back he's recovered pretty well. They've reduced some of his meds too she said. The only thing going on is he hollers help every few minutes and when asked what he needs he doesn't remember saying help. Not a long visit but nice. He knew I was a daughter today too. He might not know my name but at least he knows my face.

Meet Me on Monday in Texas

Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

Java will add a linky so we can follow who participates and get to know them better!! Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!!

Question #2 compliments of Helen at A Crafty Kind of Truffle!!

If you have a question suggestion please email me at: and if I use your question I will give you a shout out!


1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?
2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?
3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?
4. Window seat or aisle seat?
5. Do you know your blood type?

My Answers:
1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?

Garden Salad but I vary my dressings. I like Ranch, French, Italian and all the good balsamic/vinegar varieties I can try.

2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?

Yep. I watched Charles and Diana get married so I'm going to follow up with William and Kate.
I have to get up at 5 to get the kids up and getting ready for school anyway so I'll just get up the hour earlier. I also watched the burial of Diana when she passed away. Royalty fascinates me but I'm not a fanatic about it.

3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?

Down payment on our Dodge Journey and before that we had to buy a new central a/c unit. Both were pretty pricey.

4. Window seat or aisle seat?

I don't fly but if I did it would definitely be an aisle seat.

5. Do you know your blood type?

Yes, I'm O positive. My kids and husband are A positive.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Stealing in Texas

I found this on a blog I just started following and followed it back to this button. It seemed like a fun steal to me.

Sunday, April 17, 2011The 65 Questions Meme
Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!

Today we ripped off a blogger named Doug Spencer from the blog Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Doug does not credit where he got it. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The 65 Questions Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Tell us who the last person that you took a shower with.

It's been a while but it would be my husband Chris.

2. Tell us about your favorite tee-shirt. Extra points if you show a pic. (We know. What can you do with freakin' extra points?)

No favorite here really.

3. Has anyone ever hit on you even though they knew you were taken?

If they did I didn't know it.

4. Do you plan what to wear the next day?

Sometimes. Depends on what we're doing that next day.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Why?

Okay. Pain as usual but that's normal for me.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's black?

My computer.

7. Tell me about an interesting dream you remember having.

Can't think of anything right now.

8. Did you or might you meet anybody new today?


9. If you could be doing anything right now (or perhaps after you finish this ridiculous meme) what would it be?

Reading probably.

10. Can you think of a meme question that's never been asked?

Not really.

11. What comes to mind when I say China?

Peking Duck.

12. Are you overly emotional?

I can be. I know I'm a worrywort of the worst kind though I try to not be worrying about something happening when everything is going well.

13. If you could listen to just one rock album (CD, vinyl or mp3) which one would you pick?

Probably something by Queen. Loved them when I was a teenager.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?


15. Do you like your car?

Love my car. We just bought a 2010 Dodge Journey (new) in January. It's silver.

16. Do you like yourself?

Mostly though there are things I wish I could change of course.

17. Would you go out to eat with Charlie Sheen?

As long as he's paying I wouldn't mind it. I'd like to ask him a question or two.

18. What was the last song that you listened to?

Something by Lemonade Mouth since we just watched the Disney movie the other night. I can't remember what was on the car radio when we went out and about.

19. Are (or were) your parents strict?

I thought they were at the time but now I know they really weren't. As long as we let them know what we were doing and who we were with they were usually okay with just about anything we wanted to do.

20. Have you ever wondered what attending a wild orgy (if only to watch or...) would be like?

Nope, can't say I've wondered about that.

21. I say cottage cheese. You say:

Ricotta cheese

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?

I met Chris Adams the wrestler way back when. Sorry to hear he passed away.

23. What was the last movie that you watched at home?

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?

Not really. It's too early to be sparkly this morning.

25. What countries have you visited?

Mexico and The Bahamas

26. Have you ever made a phone call while you were drunk that you've regretted? If yes, do tell.

Nope. Never been drunk.

27. Where were you going the last time that you were on a train?

I was going home back to Dallas after visiting my Grandparents in Brenham.

28. Bacon or sausage?


29. How long have you had a cell-phone?

About 10 years

30. What other memes do you do regularly?

I just started Meet Me on Monday and like to do First Line Friday when I can. My friend Kathy's blog is all about Bon Jovi, Books and Bags and she asked me to make her a button for her meme there. I just haven't really done it lately.

31. Who is the craziest meme host?

I have no idea.

32. Who invented chop sticks?

Again, I have no idea but I bet an internet search would have the answer.

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?

Hubby and the kids.

34. Are you too forgiving?

I don't think you can be too forgiving.

35. When was the last time that you were in love?

Were? Still are. LOL.

36. Tell us about your best friend.

I have no one best friend. Mostly I have family that has been there for me. Now online I have a lot of friends hopefully one day I'll get to make the ultimate road trip and meet them all.

37. What was the stupidest thing you learned in high school?

High school was too long ago to even remember the stupid stuff.

38. What was the last thing that you cried about?

Family drama.

39. What was the last question you asked?

What was the last movie we watched?

40. Favorite thing to do this time of the year?

Get ready for Easter.

41. If you had to get a (or another) tattoo, what would it be?

No tattoos here but if I were to get one it would be an old fashioned Santa head without the hat but with an Ivy wreath instead. I'm married to Chris and have Nicholas as a son. Our daughter's middle name is Ivy so it would cover all 3 of them. (Kris Kringle, St. Nicholas and then the Ivy wreath on the head)

42. How would your best friend describe you?

I have no idea. Hopefully sane would be in there though.

43. Have you ever seen all three Twilight films?

Yes, we have a tween and a teen so there's no way we could miss those movies. Though I've read the books and would have seen the movies anyway but don't tell them that. LOL.

44. Ever walked into a glass door?

Who hasn't?

45. Favorite color on that person that you are attracted to?

Burnt Orange. He looks good in blue too.

46. Have you ever slapped someone?

Probably but I don't remember it.

47. What hair style (for you) would you like to see return?

I would say shag but its really just a woman's version of the mullet right?

48. What was the last CD you bought?

Troubador by George Strait

49. Do looks matter to you?


50. Could you ever forgive a liar?

Depends on the lie.

51. What's the hardest bill to pay every month?

The one for our new Dodge Journey

52. Do you like your life right now?

Pretty much. There are a few things I wish were different but that's beyond my control.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?


54. Can you handle the truth?

It can hurt but usually I can.

55. Do you have good vision?

Not without my glasses.

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?

I only hate one person and I can't think of any I dislike really.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?

With my husband - a lot. Mostly I leave the calling to other people calling me.

58. What celeb would you like to come home to?

Johnny Depp.

59. What are you wearing?

My housedress. I plan to be comfortable all day today. Let's see how long that lasts. LOL.

60. What is your favorite wild animal?

Lion. I don't ever want to meet one though.

61. Where was your facebook picture taken?

I have a graphic up right now. No idea where I got that one from though.

62. Can you waltz?

Probably but its been a long time.

63. Do you have a job?

The best in the world. I'm a Mom.

64. What was the most recent thing you stole?

This meme.

65. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Not that I remember.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Meet Me on Monday in Texas

From Java's blog... Welcome to the 42nd edition of
"Meet Me On Monday!"
Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!
Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!
Java will add a linky so we can follow who participates and get to know them better!! Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!!
If you have a question suggestion please email me at: and if I use your question I will give you a shout out!

1. Who would be your dream celebrity date?
2. Do you have any food restrictions?
3. How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?
4. Sausage or bacon?
5. Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo?

My Answers:
1. Who would be your dream celebrity date?
Johnny Depp. We have a lot in common I think. Of course I don't speak French but I wouldn't mind him speaking it to me at all.

2. Do you have any food restrictions?
Yes but the real question is do I follow them. I'm diabetic and carb sensitive so I need to watch everything. Most of the time I do okay but there are times when its just not possible. I did manage to somehow lose 8 pounds in 3 weeks. I think I was eating more regularly is why. Now that I know I lost weight I'll be subconscious about it and probably gain it back. LOL.

3. How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?
It depends. If I'm going to be home all day I just put on a house dress, pj's or sweats that nobody will see so there's maybe 5 minutes for that routine. If I have to go somewhere maybe 20 minutes and that includes a shower. I think the last time we had to get dressy for a wedding it took be 45 minutes and that included wearing makeup (mascara, eyeshadow and lipstick).

4. Sausage or bacon?

Bacon and more bacon.

5. Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Google baby!

Insomnia I hate you!

I had about an hour's sleep last night. I wouldn't let myself get out of bed though because I kept thinking that if I could calm my mind down I'd be asleep before I'd know it. No luck though. This whole stupidness with my sister and niece kept going through my head and worrying about my other sisters health didn't help either. I want to patch everything up but I really think that its up to my sister to make amends. The whole trouble with that is she works with my other sister and the niece in question so I'm sure its going to be a long feud. I'm sick at the thought of never getting to see them again. When Cheryl first got sick she called and was griping about how much Cheryl and Amanda miss work and how bad it makes her look. Really?! It's crazy that she thinks that way. She must be very insecure about her job to think what they do will reflect back on her doing her own job. I used to work for the same company and they don't judge people and how they do their jobs based on the people they're related to there. My sister Kelly is just a huge drama queen and if its not all about her then its just wrong. @@


I took Mom to see Dad. It was a short visit. He wasn't up for much company. He's even skinnier if that's possible. He was in an okay mood. He asked if I was the only daughter that came to see him. Cheryl is still ill and I have no idea if Kelly will come and see him on her own or not. I hope she will. We told him about Cheryl being ill but he still asked for her again during the visit. That's to be expected since she's the one that did the major care of him before his dementia got so bad. We were there maybe 30 minutes and he asked us to leave. I know it kills my Mom's soul when he does that. He was sleepy though and that's why he wanted us to go.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Family Drama........Take It Away!

My sister Cheryl has been very, very ill. She started feeling horrible on Friday but the symptoms started on Wednesday. She said that she felt like she had hurt her tailbone that day. She thought that she had just plopped on the floor too hard when she was playing with the kids in the family. They had planned to go and see my Dad on Friday but while she was at work she had a knot come up in a very akward area and was in extreme pain. Patrick and my Mom were just leaving to go and get her after work anyway so they took her to urgent care. Turned out they thought she had an internal staph infection between her hoo and her haa. Yeah, TMI but not graphic at least. They sent her home with a RX for an antibiotic and Vicodin. Come Saturday evening she's crying and crying and the Vicodin isn't working very well for her at all. Get her to the ER around 7:30 p.m. and they put her on an IV drip and stout antibiotics. They decide she needs surgery to drain the knot and do a small incision but deep. She feels a little relief and we get sent home at 4 a.m. with the same RX's she got from urgent care. She gets through Sunday and said she feels a little better but come Monday about 6:30 she calls an ambulance to come and get her. I finally get up to the ER and she's losing her mind from the pain. The first doctor to look at her basically says suck it up about the pain and that they'll give her stronger stuff in the ER and more antibiotics but she'll probably be sent home again. Well, she really loses it after that. She's laughing histerically and mumbling to herself and scaring the crap out of me. I marched my not too happy but pain free butt up to the nurse's station and told her my sister is out of her freaking mind from the pain she's in and I really need to speak to her doctor. They call him and he comes out and says that either the culture they took from her on Saturday/Sunday was no good or was slow growing because they still weren't positive if it was staph or something else. He said they'd definitely be keeping her because her white blood count was at 20 so something was definitely wrong. It finally got as high as 23 before the night was through. They did another CT scan of her pelvis and groin and found out that the infection had grown since Sunday morning and was into her muscle and that's why she was in so much pain. They decided to give her morphin that night and do surgery the next morning on it. She did okay in surgery but when they tried to wake her up they had to get very agressive with her. Finally they had to slap her awake. She said she didn't see any lights but it was really quiet and peaceful wherever she was and that she was pissed when they finally got her out of it. This was Tuesday morning. She finally got out at lunchtime today (Thursday). Her white blood count was almost back to normal and she was finally fever free. She said that if she hadn't have had that bad pain she would have thought she had the flu. Turns out she has some kind of long winded STREP infection. Thank God Cheryl was healthy because if my Mom or Patrick who aren't that healthy would have been the ones that caught this I'm sure we'd be planning a funeral. I just hope God is through playing with Cheryl right now because her stress level is off the chart. My stupid family wouldn't even let her be sick this week and she's been in the hospital. My niece found out she's about 3 to 4 weeks pregnant. It's not a happy, happy situation because it was basically just a couple of days romance that got her that way. While I'm not happy that she's pregnant from it this way I've decided I'm not going to be a negative ninny and worry what brought her this baby. She'll be 26 when its born and was told she only had a 30% chance to get pregnant anyway. She has a tilted uterus and only one kidney so who knows how her pregnancy will go. I'm still holding my breath for her. My Mom, Cheryl and Patrick handled the news better than I thought they would. They're like me. We can't change how she got that way so there's no use being hateful to her. My sister Kelly is another story. She's so upset that she's pulled Phillip from being kept by my Mom and brother and put him into daycare. The thing is she was going to put him into daycare anyway and is using Amanda's pregnancy as an excuse to do it now. She took Amanda to work this morning but called her a "stupid bitch" about getting pregnant. Okay, that's fine but don't express your opinion on the way into work. Time and place Kelly. I mean I basically told Amanda the same thing but since I was a "stupid bitch" too I can get away with it. Kelly has been trying to get pregnant with her 2nd baby for about 5 months now. She's jealous pure and simple. She told Amanda that there was no way MOM (my Mom) could keep Phillip and a baby. Well, gee, she didn't even ask Amanda before saying that because I had already told her that I would keep her baby in exchange for her coming and cleaning my living room and kitchen once a week. The girl can clean and likes to do it so I felt it was a fair exchange. Besides, Amanda's baby isn't even due til early December so pulling Phil from my Mom is nothing but spite on Kelly's part. I'm trying to stay out of it but I'm guessing we won't be seeing Phil or Kelly and Anthony (her husband) anymore after this. Kelly holds grudges and she definitely will not be bringing Phil to see any of us any time soon I'm sure. Hopefully she can get over it because while she was calling Amanda a whore to me I'm thinking gee, she probably thinks the same thing about me because I wasn't married when I got pregnant either. But yet its okay that Todd (Amanda's youngest brother) has not only one baby mama but two and has two kids from each of them and he started at 17 having babies. Yet, Kelly doesn't have a problem with that. Hypocrite is such an ugly word but I don't see any difference in a boy getting a girl pregnant and not being a slut than a girl getting pregnant and being one. A slut is a slut no matter boy or girl. :( My family is broken. I'm just glad that Dad isn't aware right now. This is one time that dementia is good for him.
P.S. Cheryl told me that when she finally woke up in recovery she was on the floor and heard the doctor say well, lets call it. The nurse said wait she's back. She said where she was before she came too was an oblivion and nice and quiet. I told her of course since it wasn't her time to go. She said she was pissed they pulled her out of there. As of Sunday, April 10th, she's doing much better. She's maybe 50% right now and has home healthcare coming to take care of her wound so hopefully she's mending like she needs too. She goes back for a follow up on Wednesday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Borrowed from my friend Kathy's blog. Kathy has a wonderful book blog but its also about her fave bags and Bon Jovi. Like I said its a WONDERFUL blog. Gotta love that it has Bon Jovi and books and because of Kathy's influence I actually bought a new bag last week that wasn't made out of denim twill or blue jean material. What do you think Kathy? It's not leather and just a cheapy brown slouchy bag from Walmart but I really like it.

Java at has some of the best Blog Hops. Here's an early edition of Meet Me on Monday!

From her blog... Welcome to the 39th edition of
"Meet Me On Monday!"
Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!
Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!
"Its a great way to to meet new friends and for others to get to know me Monday at a time!!!" quoted by the Chacogirl!! I will make this SIMPLE and FUN!!!
1. What jewelry do you wear 24/7?

I don't wear any jewelry because I'm allergic. My husband has only bought me a wedding ring and we went to a pawn shop and got that cause I knew I'd never get to really wear it. It was weird but while I was pregnant both times I actually was able to wear it. Gotta love how hormones and body chemistry play on you during that time. Now my dear daughter is 12 almost 13 so its been that long since I wore it.

2. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?

Well, when I make spaghetti at home I break the noodles in half before cooking them but I do twirl them after its on my plate.

3. How many siblings do you have?

There are 5 of us total. I have two sisters and two brothers. Now that said let me just say that my parents really had 3 sets of family to raise. My two brothers and I were all born within the first 3 1/2 years they were married. I'm the eldest, then my next oldest brother was born when I was 18 months old and the baby brother was born when older brother was 14 months old. After 6 years of him being the baby little sister was born. Then when I was 19 years, 9 months and 12 days (yeah, I counted) my baby sister was born. We're all extremely close in spite of all the various age differences. Baby sister was about 4 when she became an Aunt from baby brother. LOL. Of course in our family that wasn't weird as my baby Aunt on my Mother's side became an Aunt at 6 weeks old to my oldest cousin and is only about 3 years older than me. Okay, I got off base and went back into the family a bit. Sorry.

4. Were you named after anyone?

Yes I was named after my Mother's sister. I'm Karen Jean named after Bobbie Jean.

5. Coke or Pepsi?

Always Coke or Dr. Pepper unless I don't have a choice of those two. Pepsi I will only drink if its a fountain drink. I just can't stand the aftertaste of it in a can or bottle.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


We got a new furbaby last Saturday. We adopted her from the Humane Society in Waco. I didn't really want to get another baby right now but Jessie was missing Perdy so much that she talked us into going and seeing what they had for adoption. Sheba is an Anatolean Shepherd. She weighs about 50 pounds and her birthday is October 17, 2009. We only had to pay $50 to adopt her. I thought it was going to be $95 like the website said but I'm thinking because she was already adopted once and returned that is why it wasn't $95. She's a wonderful dog. Barely barks. I'm thinking that'll change. She was kept in the feral cat room at the Humane Society so she tolerates cats very well and she loves our little dogs too. The little dogs though are jealous of Sheba and the attention she's getting from Jessie so they're having to be pandered to a little more to try and stop them from fighting each other. I'm sure once the pecking order is firmly in place that everybody will calm down. They need a few more days and the more they're made to be together the easier it should get. They've already started settling down so hopefully it won't be much longer. You'd think with Sheba being the big dog she'd be Alpha but its Ginny our bigger little dog who is. She won't mess with Sheba though since she's so big. The first night home when she came in to sleep in Jessie's room she sniffed our cat Skylar and Skylar did the cat thing by hissing and climbing up to the top of my filing cabinet. Her fur was on end for about 2 hours. Sheba just looked at her and walked away. Cats do not bother her a bit and Skylar is getting used to her too. Oh and she was returned to the Humane Society but the reason was unknown. I'm thinking maybe she got too big for them to handle or they didn't have a good enough yard to keep her in because there's nothing wrong with her that we can see. So far so good and she's a great fit for our family.

Skylar after meeting Sheba the first time.

Charlie Sheen is a GENIUS!

After watching the trainwreck of his life for the past few weeks it finally dawned on me that he's a genius. Getting fired from 2 1/2 Men was great for him. He's getting the rest of that paycheck plus if the show stays in production next year he'll still get paid. Now he's got a tour going (donating $1 from every ticket sold to the Japan Earthquake Relief) and selling stupid t-shirts for $19.95. The man is golden. The best thing he ever did was to ACT crazy and get fired. He's an actor people and is putting on a great SHOW. Do I like that he left people in the lurch on 2 1/2 Men? No, not at all but I can't change it. I watched the show for Jon Cryer. I've loved him since he played Duckie on Pretty in Pink. Hopefully the producers and writers will be able to get 2 1/2 Men back in production. I don't know how they'll be able to bring somebody in as Alan's brother but surely there could be another relative for the Harper's out there somewhere. We shall see I suppose. If its not figured out I hope John Cryer and Angus Jones (Jake) will be able to find another hit series somewhere in TV Land. Here's to Charlie and all of his Sheen genius.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I'm alive. I haven't had anything to post about lately. I wasn't able to go see my Dad this past couple of weekends because of being sick. I caught some crud from my niece. See if I take her to the ER again. It wasn't quite the flu but really close and it knocked me for a loop. I have a leftover cough and just enough congestion to bother me. My Mom and them got to go this past Sunday and see Dad. She said he was in a good mood and quite talkative. Hopefully when I get to go and see him next he'll be in a good mood then too. We've been doing pretty good. Chris has become a single line driver now and is home every other day for about 15 hours or so. It's a weird schedule but at least it'll pay the bills. Well, I think it will. We'll find out soon enough. I know it'll pay the bills better than just working the extra board will. He told his partner that he wanted to stay single line and he was okay about it. They'll probably keep pulling the ex partner into the office anyway so its better for us that Chris gets this dedicated run while he can. He's pretty far up on the seniority list so he can get an even better run in a few months hopefully. One that he'll have a couple of days off in a row. Right now he leaves out on Sunday night at 9 p.m., comes home on Tuesday morning around 5 a.m., leaves Tuesday at 9, comes home on Thursday morning around 5 again, goes out Thursday at 9 again and comes in on Saturday morning around 5 and then doesn't go back til Sunday evening at 9. Weird schedule but it works and we're actually seeing more of him than we're used to. I can't seem to get anything accomplished with this schedule and I'm doing a lot more laundry for him than before. LOL. Also, doing a lot more cooking too. That's not a bad thing but I'm used to having sandwiches or TV dinners most of the week. Anyway, that's what's been going on down here deep in the heart.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Not Much...

to post about. We survived the great Texas freeze. I swear Sonic should change the name of the Route 44 drink to that. LOL. My Mom got to go and see Dad yesterday. She took him a valentine card to hang up on his bulletin board. I didn't go this time. Definitely need to go the next time though. We met them afterwards at Logan's Steakhouse. Cheryl bought everybody lunch. I knew there was no way I could go and make sure Chris and the kids got ready while I was gone. Chris does his best but he's like his Dad and brother and slow unless there's somebody whipping them along to move it faster. They wouldn't have made it on time at all. We had a nice time. It was good to get together with the siblings and Mom. Cheryl said Dad was having a good day but he fell asleep on them. He's doing that more and more. I don't know if its his meds or just his body slowly giving in. Probably a combination of both. We took over my Mom and Dad's little dog Suzy. She's a full sister to our dog Ginny but not a litter mate. Ginny (on the left) is about 6 months older and they're both 6 now. They've had a couple of little tiffs but that's to be expected. They mostly get along and its helped the kids to get over having to have Perdy put down last month.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


and I mean cold. We're in central Texas and boy, oh boy, is it cold! I think the high today was 25 degrees. I'm not sure of the wind chill but I sure didn't go outside. Thank goodness for a fenced back yard so I was able to put our little dog in and out as she needed. They're saying our low tomorrow will be 9. Yes 9! A single digit temperature! I don't think we've ever been that cold here where we are in forever. I know for the last 10 years we haven't been anyway. Another day of staying inside for me at least. The kids are wanting snow and for school to be out but I don't see either of those situations happening. We're cold but that's it. I sure don't want our 3 digit summer temps but give me back our 40's and 50's please!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dad Update

The picture above is from April 2010. The picture below is from Jan. 29, 2011

You can definitely tell a difference in how well he's doing. People always say he looks great but he's not great. The infection he had a couple of weeks ago really wore on him. He's so sunken looking to me in his face and he's very moody and lost. That's the only way I can describe his mind. Lost.... He was more like a little boy this past weekend. I hate dementia. He's cheery (a little) when we're up there with Mom but when we leave them alone he always gets angry with her. While I think they need a few minutes alone together I think she's reaching a breaking point where we won't be able to do that anymore. She's so sad after we've seen Dad too. She puts up a good front but you can tell if you know her like we do. So he's better physically, not great, but better and mentally I think he's definitely worse.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Goodbye Girl

I've been putting off writing this post. Last Tuesday (25th) we took our sweet Perdy (Perdita Marie) to be put down. She was the most wonderful dog in the world. We got her from a farmer 12 years ago when she was only a couple of months old. She was half black lab and half blue heeler. It wasn't until she started graying that you could see the blue heeler spots on her at all. She loved water of course and never wanted to be anywhere but her backyard. She only barked when someone or something came into our front yard. My kids can't remember a time without her and I don't look forward to a time without her either. She's spoilt us to having another dog. I'm sure we'll get one eventually and we do still have our Ginny who's 6 but she's nothing like our Perdy of course. Ginny is a little dog. She's half chihuahua and half Carolina dingo. She's a great dog too don't get me wrong but I always felt safe knowing that if Perdy barked I could check outside if needed. It got to the point that I could tell her different barks apart too. No need to check if it was just a cat bark but when she would let loose with a long string of barks I would know that someone was going to be knocking on the door in a minute. I'm going to miss those warning barks. I'm going to miss that dog so much.

Monday, January 24, 2011

So Far...

So good. We found out that Chris will be getting a new partner. One closer to him in age, married with children and he wants to be home on weekends too. Whew! What a relief. It'll be next week before they start up but that's okay. Fun day today. We spent most of the day at the car dealership. Great people there. We were never bored that's for sure. We ended up with a Silver 2010 Dodge Journey. It's very similar to the Dodge Durango but a little smaller and lower to the ground. It's like the Dodge Caravan and a Dodge sedan got together and had a baby. LOL. It's very nice and only had 150 miles on it when we left the lot this afternoon. I sure don't want the car payment but my peace of mind is well worth what that is going to be. :D

Friday, January 21, 2011

Nothing to See Here.....

It's just another craptastic Friday. Chris's partner called and wow he's being sent to the office to work until April while one of the people is out. He's acting like he just found out but I don't believe it for a minute. Chris is supposed to get another partner til then and hopefully it'll be a good match and he'll tell this guy where to go finally after 10 years of missing 2 or 3 months every year. I'm in a dilemma though because we were supposed to see about getting a new to us (used) car but I'm not sure I want a car payment with this thing hanging over our heads. We definitely need a newer vehicle with our KIA being 10 years old especially but I sure don't want a car payment if its going to be hard to make them. I'm guessing I'm going to end up with a hoopdee but as long as it runs and I don't have a huge car payment it might just work until next year. I'm pissed and I still don't believe that this guy just found this out. @@

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


LOL. Sorry. Couldn't resist. There's not much going on. My Dad is doing well. He's pretty much over being ill but of course he'll never actually be well really. Anyway, there's nothing much to post about. Today was my Mom's birthday. She turned 69. She didn't really want a celebration but we had a small family party for her at her house. Chris and I gave her a new blanket for her bed last weekend when he was home. I don't know what else she got because I forgot to ask today. We had hamburgers and birthday cake and they were both really good. :) Oh, I made a few tshirt quote graphics. You can go to my graphic page to see them.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


We got a call on Thursday that my Dad was very sick. They wanted to know if my Mom wanted my Dad left in a hospice situation or sent to the Temple VA for more aggressive treatment. My Mom will not ever tell them to take my Dad to Temple for treatment after last year when the doctor there told her that he only had 6 weeks to live. Come to find out that doctor does it a lot when it comes to dementia patients because they do not know how to take care of them there. So the Waco VA just did bloodwork (no way to do xrays) and said he has an infection and it was probably pneumonia. We finally were able to get up there on Friday afternoon and see him and considering how sick he was he looked pretty good. Now looking good doesn't mean he's doing good and I wish extended family would realize that. Anytime my Mom posts on our facebook family page about him or somebody asks if she says good they think that means he's doing great. Like with my brother Patrick he's very ill yet they think he's lying or playing up his illnesses. Yes illnesses. He's had major heart problems since he was 38 years old and now has all kinds of other stuff that goes along with that plus diabetes. Anyway, my Dad looked good but when asked how he felt he said pretty good but that's because he doesn't remember being sick. Just a few more weeks and we'll hopefully have a second car and I'll be able to take my Mom about twice a week to see Dad. I hate having to get into another car payment but with the KIA being iffy I'd rather Chris have to deal with it at work. Hopefully next year we'll be able to use the tax refund to fix that wiring harness and a few other problems it has. It only has about 120,000 which isn't bad for a 2001 KIA and if we can make it last long enough it could be Nicky's first car.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Long Time, No Posting

Christmas vacation was really good. It went by way too fast though. We went to my sister Kelly's on Christmas eve and then spent a couple of hours with my Mom and other siblings on Christmas morning. We gave my Mom Chris's old laptop for her to get online with now. She's loving it so far. It's easier for her to sit at the table than to sit at a small computer desk like she was doing. Cheryl and Patrick and then Kelly and Anthony got an XBox 360 with a game and extra controller for each set of them. Chris wanted to do it and we already told them there won't be big presents for any of them again. LOL. My niece Amanda got a $25 phone card for her phone and we gave my nephew Todd and his fiancee a $25 gift card to Denny's. He said they ate burgers there but got chinched on the fries. I told him they should have eaten breakfast instead. We gave Chris's Mom a $100. She finally cashed the check yesterday. Our other nephew John came down on the 29th (his birthday) with his fiancee and her 4 kids. They're really good kids and all 7 and under. They're cuties too. He could do worse but I think he'll be a good stepfather for them. There'll come a time when they probably won't even remember he wasn't there. We gave him $20 and a fancy gun shaped cigarette lighter that has a laser light in it too. The littles got zoo pets which are like pillow pets but less than half the price. I gave Chris a Magellan GPS which he's been wanting and he got me a Nikon Coolpix. I knew I was getting a camera but never expected a Nikon. I thought it'd be a Kodak of some kind. Jessie got a laptop. Yeah I know but it'll be of use when she starts having to write reports and look stuff up for school online. Nicky got a PSP and a bunch of games. They're both happy with it and that's all that matters. I didn't intend to get on here and write about what we got/gave for Christmas. The kids went back to school on the 4th and they haven't been griping about having to get back in the routine of a 5:30 alarm. At least not yet that is. LOL. It took me a few days to get used to it but at least I have the option of a nap if I want one. My Mom went a few more times and saw my Dad after the Christmas party. He was still moody. I know it comes and goes but I hope he doesn't have bad days even when we don't get to see him. Our car is being iffy or I could take my Mom up there like planned on Mondays when I take Chris to work. We're going to have to take some of our tax refund and use it for a down payment on something. I don't know what yet but I know it won't be brand new. We'll see what we get when we get it.