Wednesday, September 28, 2011

One Rainy Evening......

Last night, I visited my grandmother and found out that a 74 yr old man had been found dead on his property which was on a road off of grandma's road.  They're ruling it as "suspicious" and suspecting a murder!!  Needless to say, I was a little freaked out about that.  Left gram's in the rain (light rain for the time being) and went to grocery shop at Hannaford.  While there, I heard pounding on the roof and thought "great, now it's pouring".  Finished up shopping and walked out.  A man was lurking about in the frontway of Hannaford and immediately I had fear, thinking of murderers about and the fact that it was past 8pm and I had to walk to my vehicle in the pouring rain and dark!!!  I scurried to my Jeep, hurrying to put groceries away; hurrying because I didn't want to be murdered and also because of the downpour!!  While loading groceries, the cheap Hannaford bag broke and of course it was the bag that contained all canned products!  Down, down the parking lot they rolled, me chasing after them muttering under my breath.  Caught the cans, trudged back to the Jeep (now soaking wet) and threw the remaining groceries inside.  As soon as I pulled into my driveway at home, the rain came down so hard I cannot find a word to express it.  My husband was nowhere to be found in the house which meant me running back and forth from Jeep to house to unload groceries.

What a night!  On a good note.....I was not murdered and I managed to save all of my canned goods!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Favorite Fives!


My Friday favorites consist of five blessings. This week was not so good; oh, nothing major but all the little inconveniences of life along with disobedient toddlers and cranky babies. But one day in the middle of the week, “hump day” you may call it, there were five blessings (I'm sure there were more than five if I really looked hard enough, but five that stood out and practically smacked me in the face).

On Wednesday, the worst and best day of my week, my five blessings came to me. It had been an awful morning; kids misbehaving, the baby extremely fussy and not sleeping, and of all things, I ran out of coffee (I know, GASP right?). My husband was at a friend's house helping him out with some work so I couldn't even ask him to go to the store for me or help me with the kids. I complained on Facebook about my coffee situation; I complained in my heart of all the bad days I had so far this week; and I even complained to God.

Finally, all the kids were napping. Phew, it was quiet at last. Then lo and behold, my cousin knocked at my door and there she stood, holding a large cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. WOW...I just...WOW. My first blessing smacked me in the face. Wednesday was my cousin's birthday but because she knew (thanks to Facebook) that I hadn't any coffee and “was dying without it”, she went out of her way to buy me a large coffee. What a sweetheart!!

Sipping on my coffee, I sat at my computer to play my favorite game, Words with Friends on Facebook. While playing, I got a phone call from my cousin asking Joe and I to join her and her husband for dinner at their house that evening. Whoa!! Blessing number two right there, seeing as money has been tight lately and our “big” grocery shopping can't happen for another 10 days.

My third blessing was that all of my daycare kids (babies included) slept (napped) for 3 solid hours!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....coffee, Words with Friends, and some reading while peace and quiet.

My husband later came home and had a lottery scratch off card; a winner worth $8.00. My great-aunt had won and gave the card to Joe. That $8.00 will buy a nice, big can of coffee!!! Blessing number four.

And last but not least, blessing five, was getting an email from a friend telling me she had recently gotten some grocery items that her and her husband do not use and were going to give to the food pantry, but asked if we wanted them instead.

It's the little things in life, folks. It's the blessings throughout each day that we may not see because we are too busy worrying or being angry at what we don't have at the moment. God is good. God is good all of the time. We just need to open our eyes and see it, and receive it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Have your cake and eat it too.....

So I made a cake the other day....from scratch.  Oh yes, this gal made a cake from scratch!  That has never happened before and I was nervous but the recipe seemed easy enough.  First I needed a mixer.  Surprisingly, I had a hand mixer in my cupboard.  Huh, imagine that!  I have never used a mixer though, and wasn't sure if I need to put the blades in first then start it or start it and lower it in the bowl.  I "wung it" and started it first.   Turns out, I had a blast making this yellow cake from scratch, watching all the ingredients come together so nicely.

The cake ended up tasting very good though I did have store bought frosting.  Hey, the frosting from scratch will come next.  Don't wanna overwhelm myself!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Friday Favorites

This is my first time doing the Five Favorites (or is is Favorite Five?), but I am excited. I hope you enjoy reading about my five favorites as much as I am going to enjoy writing about them.

TRAINS
I live a few blocks away from train tracks and I love hearing the roar of the trains in the evening, especially when I am sitting on my back porch swing.

                                                     image taken from Google (camp5museum.org)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
My husband and I threw a little birthday party for one of my daycare children who turned 4 this week. My husband made his “famous” homeade pizza, the child's mother brought cupcakes and we decorated the house with balloons and birthday signs. The children played with balloons and enjoyed pizza and cupcakes and plenty of laughs.


                                                          image taken from Google (gullwings.org)


SCRABBLE, ANYONE?
I have become addicted to Words with Friends on Facebook which is pretty much another name for “Scrabble”. My husband has also become addicted and we play daily. Encouraged by my playing skills, I borrowed a “real” Scrabble game from my grandmother (grandpa used to love playing Scrabble). My cat Gordon, however, has taken a liking to it as well.


                                                                                               my cat, Gordon


COFFEE AND FRIENDS
Your week surely cannot be complete unless you share a couple of hours with a friend over a nice, steamy cup of coffee.



                                                               image taken from Google (ladiesrejoice.blogspot.com)

FALL
And finally, my most favorite for this week and the season is the beautiful cooler weather to walk in; enjoying the smells of Fall coming and the crunch of the leaves getting more crisp by each day.


                                                                      image taken from Google (promoslogos.com)


Thank you for enjoying my favorites with me!!!




Thursday, September 8, 2011

Little inconviences

A few inconveniences:

1.  While washing the dishes, get the sudden urge to potty

2.  Not being able to find a dishtowel to dry your hands

3.  Having to remove the kid seat from the toilet and clean toilet before sitting down, therefore causing you to almost go in your pants

4.  Getting ready to sit on the pot, only to find your drawstring is knotted tightly

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Watch where you step

I will go back to yesterday morning.......

I came downstairs around 6:30am to get ready for my day.  I walked into the Kitchen with a big "sigh", as I spotted....what else?  Cat vomit.  Ahh lovely.  After cleaning that up, I went about my business of preparing for the daycare kids to arrive.  On my way into the Kitchen for my coffee, I spotted something on the carpet in the Dining Room.....hmmm, I hadn't seen that yet this morning.  So I bent down just a little and thought it was a dead mouse, therefore I crouched down to get a better look.  ACK!!!  It was NOT a dead mouse; it was a dead......bird.  That was a new one.  Haven't seen that in my house yet.  I am used to dead mice (thanks to my best hunter, Gordon).  But I really don't appreciate birds in my house.

That was the way my day began yesterday.  And throughout the day I had a grumpy husband and crying babies.  BLAH.  Oh and did you know that when one baby cries and the other one gets startled, that one cries too?  Really loud.  Ear piercingly loud.  Ya, good times.

To top off the day, my little daycare girl didn't make it to the potty in time.  Almost, but not quite.  I crouched down and was just putting her on the potty and she began to pee.   Fine....but did it really need to get on my leg?  Yeah.

Here's to hoping today is a better day!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hello Friends

The month of August was awfully busy, especially towards the end....my stepson leaving for college and my aunt from TN visiting.  They were nice, fun weeks despite the business.

Last Sunday was a very rainy day, thanks to Hurricane Irene.  I woke up at 11:23 a.m. (!!) and lazed around most of the day and played Words with Friends on FB.  Later, my husband put together my new Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner he bought me and I was super excited to use it (and I normally hate to vacuum!!).  Then we began to do some rearranging, mostly to accommodate the daycare.  So we rearranged and vacuumed.  Then off to Walmart in pouring rain to buy a small can of paint (for what, I cannot remember) and two new pillows!  Yes, we lead exciting lives.  But it's the little things (new vacuum, spending rainy day with husband, and getting new pillows) that make me happy.

Monday thru Thursday was spent cleaning in preparation for upcoming weekend visitors.  Friday our visitors arrived and we had a great weekend (they came from out of state and we haven't seen them in years!!).  On Sunday (yesterday), my husband and I drove out to my stepson's college for a tour/visit.  Beautiful campus and nice time spent with Joey.

Today is Labor Day and I am NOT laboring...hahaha.  I am, in fact, relaxing.  Playing Words with Friends, drinking coffee (but not too much) and reading.

Now that the busy summer is behind me, I will be more consistent with my writing; both my blog and my novel writing.  Two novels and one childrens' book will keep me busy this fall/winter!!