Friday, August 24, 2012

Favorite Fives
Welcome to my favorite fives!  Hosted by Susanne, Living to Tell the Story!

Date Day
My husband and I went to Lake George on Sunday for the day. We were blessed with beautiful weather; sunshine, blue sky, a light breeze with warm temps. We ate lunch first, on a deck of a cute place right on the main drag of the village. After lunch we walked around the park where a huge “merchant's circle” was set up (tents and people selling all sort of things from crafts to food); walked through the village in and out of shops (I bought a purse!!) and had wine tasting at a cute Adirondack wine shop. We sat on Adirondack chairs near the lake and watched people walking and swimming and boating, then later had dinner at a restaurant next to the lake with a fun summer drink called White Mango!! A wonderful day in Lake George!

I am thankful that the Lord has allowed us to run a daycare in our home. It's not easy getting kids because it seems like everyone is doing daycare now but we love the kids we have and feel very blessed!

Out with Gram
This week, my grandma and I went to an outdoor concert featuring a band called “Second Time Around”. They played a couple of polka songs and swing dance music, etc. Was refreshing to hear music from that era, way long ago, compared to the music you hear today!! We got an ice cream cone after the concert.

I am blessed to have wonderful friends, most of whom pray for me and with me and I can share things with, have a glass of wine or cup of coffee with, etc. I love friends!

I am LOVING this cooler morning and evening weather. My favorite season is Fall. I am not a lover of hot, humid weather.

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Library

1.  There should NOT be toys in any library for children to play with. Whatever happened to the days of “QUIET” in the library?

2.  It used to cost 50 cents for a library card. I lost mine and had to pay $3.00 to replace. $3.00!!!

3.  My favorite book in the childrens' section is called “Walter the Farting Dog”. Seriously, why haven't I published one of MY kids' stories??

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wisconsin - Our Trip

Recently, my husband and I drove to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my sister, Leah. I have been there a few times but never with Joe and it was nice to get away on a longer trip with him. Driving out there wouldn't have been bad, but we didn't time it well as far as where we'd end up during rush hour in Chicago!! Of course we arrived prime rush hour Chicago. We sat and inched around the city for 2 hours. TWO HOURS! I finished my novel, ate two turkey sandwiches, and complained about having to pee during those two hours. Finally we made it OUT of dreaded Chicago and got to Madison around 9pm.  It was wonderful to see my sister again!  I love hanging out with her and being downright SILLY!

Over the course of 4 days, we had a great time walking downtown (State Street) in and out of little shops, eating lunch, touring the State Capital Building, and more!

 My sister, Leah, and I at the Capital Building

Met my brother-in-law for dinner at a great restaurant/club called “The Great Dane” where I enjoyed a few (heh, a “few”) concoctions I think were named White Mango(?). Anyhoo, dinner was great, and watching people was fun (we watched people play pool and shuffleboard). One interesting case was a man and woman playing pool and suddenly the man reaches over and places his hand on the woman's breast and they just stood there like that. The oddest part was that they just stood there! He wasn't fondling, just had his hand there. She didn't scream or slap his hand away, nor did she laugh or giggle or seem like she enjoyed the touch. Just straight faces, standing there in that position for at least a minute or two – not even saying a word - then resumed playing pool. Great topic of conversation for us!

 My brother-in-law (Charles) and I at The Great Dane

We also (over the weekened) watched local performers in their rehearsal for some trapeze thing they were doing (can't remember the name but it was SUPER cool) and toured the micro-brewery which featured German beers (Madison is all about the Germans).  I thought it was neat learning how beer was made and the tour guide was witty...and the German beer was GOOD (and I am not normally a beer drinker).

 Joe and I in the keg room of brewery

The Farmer's Market downtown on Saturday was super cool but super crowded. There were vendors lined up for several blocks and then some! The highlight for me was a really good cup of coffee and a HUGE blueberry danish! One night we went to this cool place next to the lake called The Terrace, which is tons of chairs and tables (quite colorful) and coffee/beer stands, and a stage where bands play (we watched a country music band perform that night). I tried a Brat (German hot dog?) for the first time...YUM! There were TONS of people there that night and it was nice to be out where there was life.

 Joe and I enjoying Brats

The Terrace at Night

We ate a LOT on our trip. Tried to eat healthy most of the time but hey, we were on vacation (and did tons of walking). My sister made us an Angel Food Cake from scratch one evening and Joe made pizza from scratch and just chilled and enjoyed food (and wine).

And we can't forget about the rest stops on the road trip....those are always interesting......

No one can tell me they have been to service areas and not ever had a fun/weird/bad experience. There is always something! Here were my interesting adventures in rest areas:

~Using my foot to flush toilet instead of hand, therefore causing my shoe to almost slip off into the toilet!

~Opening the door to the Jeep thinking my husband had come to a stop and parked when, in fact, he did not.

~Walking towards service area late at night and seeing all of the lights flash off....then on again.

~A grand piano in the middle of the room playing on its own while people stood around it and gawked.

~Pushing the flap of bathroom garbage can and entire top goes crashing to the ground, echoing loudly.

~Crummy coffee and expensive cheeseburgers.

That sums up our trip! Super fun but good to be home!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Do you notice that on Facebook statuses/comments, texts, blog comments, emails, etc., people are using “lol” more often? Especially on FB comments. Hey, I'm not judging, I do it myself more often than not. But recently I got to thinking....WHY do we write “lol”? I mean, can't we just do the act of laughing out loud at someone's status on FB and move on? Do we have to announce that we laughed out loud? Does anyone really care that we laughed out loud? Perhaps many people have laughed out loud at my statuses or even text messages but never commented “lol” and it doesn't hurt my feelings! Though there is kind of a twisted pleasure I get in seeing the famous “lol”.

Then we have the BOL which I'd like to say I created but probably was around and I never knew it. The BOL means “burst out laughing” because I normally don't just laugh out loud, I BURST out laughing....out loud.

Can't say I have ever rolled on the floor laughing, or as people say, “ROFL”.  Have you ever rolled on the floor laughing? Maybe when I was 7. I'd like to laugh so hard I roll on the floor but unfortunatley I'd probably pee my pants laughing so hard before I could hit the floor so I won't even try going there.

Here's one more annoying. The LMAO. Now how can someone laugh their a** off? I mean I have had some pretty hard laughing spells but my a** never came off let me tell you! So why not stick with the “lol”. You laughed out loud. Your rear didn't fall off, you didn't pee your pants, you just laughed out loud and survived it. The worst is LMFAO but I won't even GO there.

I am probably the worst culprit of the “lol” commenting and now I just absolutely cannot help myself because now that I am well aware of the habit, I am worse than ever. Lol :)

But when it all comes down to it, most people are just smiling or chuckling and write “lol” just because it's something to write, letting the other person know you think they are funny.