Sunday, August 28, 2011

A day with the boys

Last week was busy so I am just getting to post this now.  On Thursday, I had a helper for my daycare so that during naptimes for the littlest cherubs, I could take my 2 older boys (ages 4 and 6) out for a romp around Herkimer.  First we went to the Library where we went into the children's section and my 4 year old proceeded to pull as many books from the shelves as he possibly could manage and plopped them onto the kiddie table.  Then he tried to put them back in the same spot he pulled them from.  Yeah....wasn't happening.

Next, we went to the Farmer's Market where the two boys were quite well behaved, but talking in silly tones and I was just slightly embarrassed but loved the fact that they were having fun.  One woman at a fruit stand commented on "my" cute boys.

Off we went to Fastrac....and I do NOT recommend taking a 4 and 6 yr old to Fastrac or ANY place where there is candy and chips and soda galore!!  My 4 yr old walked around the store stating loudly that he was going to get candy for his treat.  And candy he got.  We finally made our way back to my house where we watched a movie.  No nap for those two....which proved to be not cool for the 4 year old by time his mom picked him up.  All in all, we had a good day

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Walkin' the Dog

I have shared with FB friends my dog-walking tips such as "do not walk your dog before morning coffee" and "do not walk your dog while wearing sandals"; as well as experiences such as walking under the train bridge and a train suddenly roaring by (I, by the way, screamed and started to run....with the dog of course).

Well here is an account of our walk tonight.  During our walk, Luke suddenly came to a HALT.  Stood dead still on the sidewalk and would not move no matter how much I pulled at his leash.  Why?  Because there was a dog walking towards us who was, by the way, so small that my dog could eat him in two bites if he chose to.

A few minutes down the road, we are walking by a house that had a mother and child on the front porch.  The child on the porch was playing and made a loud noise with his toy and Luke, startled, jumped out in front of me nearly causing me to topple over!

And finally, we are about to walk by another human and Luke lags slowly behind me, afraid to walk by the person.  I am pulling on his leash, coaxing him along, and quite embarrassed because my dog is supposed to protect me!

So there you have it.  My 60 lb Border Collie who is afraid of everything but his own shadow.

Rude Awakening

I normally wake up in the morning prior to my alarm clock to my cat meowing for food (that would be Sam).

This morning, I heard him meowing but was still in dreamland so I was a little disoriented.  I opened my eyes and WHOA there was a Sam right in my face, just staring.  And waiting.  And um, yeah.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Do as I say.....

I have always been all for saying "Do as I say....." even though I am pretty sure it's "Do as I do...".

Recently, however, I found 3 coffee mugs (some with a bit of old coffee sticking to the sides), 2 glasses and 1 cup in my bedroom and 2nd floor bathroom.  I had to chuckle because I am always "on" my stepkids for picking up after themselves and not leaving dishes in their rooms.

Perhaps I should do as I say!!

Friday, August 19, 2011


So I was in bed this morning thinking that my Friday blog post was going to announce that I haven't seen nor stepped in any animal vomit in a few days.  Yay!

Then I walked out of my bedroom; and spotted it.

Blah.  Happy Friday everyone!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A book worth finishing....

I stayed up well past midnight reading (and finishing) an awesome novel, Deception by Randy Alcorn.  Deception is a Christian fiction novel (murder mystery) with so many twists and turns, you probably won't guess "who done it".

I'm so tired this morning I can barely keep my eyes open but it was well worth it!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pretendin' I don't See....

I tried to outsmart my family by saying "the first person to go upstairs has to carry the laundry basket up" or (my personal fav) "the first person to see the cat/dog puke has to clean it up" family is too smart for that.  They all pretend they are not the first to see and I end up doing it myself!!!!  Hahahaaaaa!!  Hmm.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Good afternoon.  Let me first say that this day has certainly not gone the way I intended.  I woke up at 6:30am, realized it was Saturday, and happily drifted back off to sleep.  My husband brought me coffee in bed some time later; I thanked him and rolled over and drifted back to sleep.  Woke up later to realize it was 10:15am!!  [GASP] I did NOT want to sleep that late.  First of all, my coffee was cold and gross; second, my plans for the day, which included the following, were shot:
1.  Get up at a decent time (8am at the latest) and enjoy coffee while I read my Bible
2.  Take Luke for a nice walk before the humidity/heat set in
3.  Go to Walmart to buy bird seed and mulch for my roses
4.  Help my stepson go through his room and organize/pack for college while Joe and Amber painted her room

No....instead, this is what happened.  I woke LATE to find that the coffee in the pot was hours old.  Made new coffee and while that was brewing, took the dog for a long walk (because apparently no one else in my family can walk him????).  Returned home, ran out to Walmart with my husband, came home to shower and run to the grocery store.  My stepson took off for the day to ride bikes with a much for going through his room.  Joe and Amber have been painting all day and my allergies are kicking in so high that I am still super tired and very annoyed at the day.  Rush, rush rush, angry, angry, angry, complain, complain, complain!!

As I sit here now, sipping on coffee (it's well into the afternoon) I realize that not once since I woke up did I slow down and enjoy the day that God gave me.  I have not yet thanked Him for the beauty around me or my family or anything else.  I have not once picked up my Bible today or even talked to God.  Shame on me!  I have been so self absorbed and in such a complaining mood that I have missed half a day because I didn't put God first.

That, my friends, is something I will be careful not to do again.  Shame on us for jumping out of bed and rushing/complaining through the day without giving our Maker our first thoughts!

Friday, August 12, 2011

To sleep....or not to sleep

I am running on very little sleep which I suppose is pretty much my own fault for worrying about a cat.  But he is my cat nonetheless, so I....wait, let me start at the beginning.

Last night, about 9:30pm, my cat, Gordon, wanted to go outside.  We don't let the cats out when it's dark because that is when they wander out of the yard.  However, after several times of attempting to get out, Gordon tired of me pushing him out of the way and finally jumped up on my leg and latched on.  Ahhh, psycho cat strikes again (I have numerous scars from this cat).  So...OUT he went.  See ya!!  I huffed away and went to bed (making sure I told Joe that Gordon was outside).

Ahhh, but after 20 minutes of lying in bed (with my other cat Samson sleeping next to me) I had to get up and check on Gordon.  Alas, he was not in the yard (which is fenced in but the cats can jump the chain link fence on the other side).  Phooey!!  This gal needed her sleep!!  I'm sure any "normal" person would have set a bowl of water on the back porch and went to bed not giving the wanderer a second thought.  Not this gal....I am not so normal.  I donned my purple, satin bathrobe, and set out in the yard with a flashlight to search for pyscho...I mean Gordon. After 15 minutes of calling and looking, I gave up.  Again, I huffed into the house, told Joe "FORGET IT" and went to bed.

After lying in bed wide awake for another 20 minutes, I finally said a prayer (yes, a prayer for my cat) and drifted off to dream land (which isn't usually a good place to be but more on my dreams later).

This morning, I climbed out of bed, opened my bedroom door, and there sat Gordon.  Healthy.  Happy.  And safe.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good (??) Morning....

Well, this is the 2nd time writing this because I lost the first one...somehow...which proves the type of morning I am having!!

Good morning blog world!  Allow me to fill you in on my morning.  My cat, Samson, thinks it's cute to meow in my face at awful hours of the morning because he is hungry.  So I get out of bed and stumble out of my room, only to crack my head on the nick-knack shelf on the wall outside of my bedroom door.  I have to say, as hard as my head hit that thing, I felt no pain and was not rendered unconscious.  Hm.  So down the stairs I went, headed towards the food dish stepping in cat vomit on the way.  Goodie.  I had bare feet of course because I don't like wearing socks and who wears socks in the summer anyway?  Fed the cat and stumbled back to bed.  Alas, the alarm soon reminded me to get up and get ready.  Downstairs I went (again) watching where I stepped this time, headed to the lovely coffee pot.  Another pile of cat vomit on the kitchen floor but I saw it first!

As I picked up the coffee pot to pour a nice, steaming brew into my cup, I notice there is OLD coffee in the pot.  Alas, I had forgotten the night before to get my coffee ready.  Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  All is good, though, because I made a fresh pot (only dropping a few grounds on the kitchen floor).

Now I sit here with my warm cup of coffee (with cinnamon vanilla cremora) safely waiting for my little ones to arrive.   It is definitely Joe's turn to walk the dog this morning, as this gal needs to sit right here where it is safe.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shopping....with my husband

Normally I don't like shopping (grocery) with my husband.  He usually ends up rushing me (or I FEEL rushed, rather) but this time it was.....different.

Joe volunteered to shop with me (!!) which never happens.  When I go (Hannaford) I make my list in order of the aisles.  So, off we went.  I normally zip right through but Joe was taking his time, looking at every little thing and every detail.  It was annoying but I was trying to use patience because, like I said, Joe never shops with me.  So down each aisle we went.  We shopped and shopped and finally (finally) were finished and went home.  We made it home w/o incident until.....Joe started venting (while laughing) that he had something all over his sneakers.....turns out, it was the dishwashing liquid we bought (blue) and the cap popped off and leaked out, onto Joe's sneakers and through the house was a nice little trail of...well, blue sticky liquid.  We laughed about it.  In fact, I haven't laughed that hard in several days.

So, my shopping trip with my husband, along with the gorgeous rainbow we saw on our way to Hannaford, was a lovely evening for me....and I wanted to share.


Oh, hello.  Didn't I mention I am obsessed with purses?  I LOVE PURSES!!  I usually get tired of a new purse after a few weeks and either keep it in my "purse box" in my closet for later use, or I lend or give them to my mother or friends.  This purse is one I recently purchased for $8.00.  I normally am not a leopard print person (Hope M. ~ we had this conversation didn't we??) but I just HAD to have this one!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Raindrops are fallin' on MY head....

Do you ever say "did you feel that?" when a rain drop falls on you?  I said that today and my stepdaughter replied "just because you felt a rain drop doesn't mean I did".  Hmmm, I never thought of that.  I felt one rain drop but she felt none.  Lesson learned.....we should think before we speak.

Monday, August 8, 2011

To Save a Buck....

No, not save a Buck, like deer, but a dollar.  Yeah well let me tell you, there are some things you should NOT buy cheap.  Today I bought razors at Dollar General.  They had the SAME razors that I always buy (BIC Soleil) for about the same price at Walmart (+/-$5.00) but for $2.00 LESS, I could get the generic brand.  WELL.....that didn't turn out so well.  Not only am I going to have to use 2 razors per leg, but I have RAZOR BURN people!!  So you see, I saved a couple of bucks but am itchy/stingy and annoyed and will end up spending MORE money in the long run because in like 2 days, I'll have to buy new razors.

Garbage bags are another thing you should not go generic on.  Stick to HEFTY or GLAD.

Before my Coffee....

Mmmmm there is NOTHING like waking up at 5:45am to walk the dog (an energetic Border Collie, mind you) BEFORE having coffee; then getting home to step IN cat puke BEFORE having coffee.  Finally GETTING coffee and spilling it on your shirt therefore causing you to change your shirt BEFORE having coffee.  Happy Monday everyone!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Homemade Dog Biscuits

These biscuits are easy to make!  I make a double batch and freeze half and put the other half in a container.

2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1-1/4 cup hot water

Mix flour and oats.  Add peanut butter and hot water.  Mixing with your hands is the best way to get a good texture (add more flour if texture is too sticky).  Once all ingredients are mixed together, make whatever shapes you want (I usually roll out the dough with rolling pin and cut out cute shapes).  Bake at 350 deg for 30-40 minutes; let cool.

Hope your dog enjoys!  Tip:  You can try them too....they're just a little bland!

Tip of the Day

When you run out of Swiffer pads, take Lysol wipes, put them down on the floor, place your feet on the wipes, and skate around the room.  You will look and feel silly, but the job will get done!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


I guess for my first post, I'll tell you a few things:

1.  It is NOT cool to try to race a Border Collie....I will tell you, you will LOSE.  I don't care if you're a runner in the Boilermaker....I don't care if you're super fast like the runners from never, in a race against a Border Collie.

2.  On a daily basis, I see more poop than the average person.  My dog (poopin' on the lawn); my cats (3 litter boxes); and my daycare (poop in the potty, poop in the diapers, and well...sometimes poop in the pants!).  I LOVE POOP!!

That's about all I have to say for my first post.  Hope you enjoyed!