Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Begins Hodgepodge

Well hi!  And so September is off to a roaring start.  Or maybe not.  It still feels like summer out there but there's an awful lot of fallish stuff happening. Now on to the Hodgepodge:

1. What's on your September calendar? Anything fun? 
Well there is a kick off concert and pep rally this Friday night for the university in our town.  I am going to the concert as a sort of girl's night out.  Should be fun. My hubby will be hunting elk this month.  Here's hoping he gets one--we need the meat in the freezer.
2. You might be described as a natural born _____________________?
Reader, procrastinator, and conflict avoider. 
3. September is National Courtesy Month...what one act of courtesy would you most like to see more of in your home, town, or the world at large?  
Home--a few more table manners.
Town--more road manners.  College kids can't drive at all.
World--common courtesy, live and let live, don't force you ideology down my throat and I won't force mine down yours. People are far to in love with the idea that every one should think the way they do.
4. Eager beaver, chicken out, clam up, or let the cat out of the bag...of the phrases listed, which one have you related to most recently? 
My mother is sick.  She has colon cancer.  We found out about three weeks ago.  It has been a process of "let the cat out of the bag" with several people recently.
5. What's your movie theatre snack protocol? Do you chow down on snacks during the previews or wait until the movie begins? Do you buy snacks or refuse to pay those kind of prices? What's the last movie you saw in a theatre? How many thumbs up would you give it?
Yeah, well we don't get to the theater all that often. I don't like paying the huge mark up for movie theater snacks and popcorn. We smuggle or do without. The last movie I actually saw in the theater was Magic Mike.  Yeah, stellar viewing there...
6. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, "Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind." Agree or disagree? Why?
There are people who, when they have too much time on their hands, only get into trouble. But then there are others who use nonworking time to be creative and useful.  It can go either way.

7. What's the last job you completed or task you performed where you had to 'work like a dog' until it was finished?
Oh, laundry can do that to me. I hate laundry.  We also do this when we need to acquire wood for the winter season. Firewood trips are working trips.
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
Ok, so we got a new toilet to replace the frustrating one we had in the bathroom everyone uses.  When we got back from our trip it seemed to stop working, like it was plugged, but plunging did absolutely no good. We fought it for the better part of a week.  Last night Nick had had enough and got ready to tear into the toilet to see what was going on.  Just before he did, Turbo fessed up that he had tried to flush a pork bone down the toilet.  Thus blocking it up quite nicely. He managed to avoid the worst of the anger and wrath of Dad by fessing up.  
Nick and I did have to take a moment each and giggle over this one.  Truthfully, neither kid was ever a flush things to see them disappear sort, so we avoided that one.  They were far more likely to through things in the garbage that they shouldn't.  Much less damaging than the flushing would have been.
Once again, I am so glad that Nick is so wonderfully handy.  What could have been a $100+ plumber's bill only cost us the price of a new wax ring.  I love him so much for everything he does for us!
Have a great September!


Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, Monday

Sigh, I'm not sure I'm ready to face the week.  Not that the weekend wasn't relaxing, but we are dealing with some less than stellar news with my mother.  Health issues.  Never a good time, and quite stressing.
So other than that we had a quiet weekend.  We didn't do a whole lot.  Laundry was accomplished, and I kept up with the dishes.  We smoked some fresh fish our neighbor caught and gave us. It turned out absolutely fantastic.
We are trying to get back in the routine of things.  It's a slow process, but having the kids back in school will help.  I really need to get better at the meal planning. I'm sort of looking forward to having it cool off outside so I can use the oven again, without heating the house up even more.

Now on to a freebie week with MMMM:
Austin Webb with All Country on You:

For something a bit different:
Walk the Moon with Shut up and Dance:

And lastly:
Chris Janson with Buy Me a Boat:
Have a good week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hodgepodge for Wednesday

Howdy all!  We are back at the grind stone around here after a lovely vacation.  The boys are back in school and Nick and I are back at work. But we had a wonderful, relaxing vacation and I think I am almost ready to be back at work, almost.
Anyway on with the hodgepodge:

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?
Actually, we got to do most of what we wanted to do this summer.  A bit more camping might have been nice, but time and weather and camper disasters conspired against us. Our summer was busy.  I am kind of looking forward to more routine based fall and winter schedules.

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'
Every single time I take both boys someplace together.  Grocery shopping, school shopping, out for dinner, they can drive me to distraction or to my wit's end without even trying all that hard. It's a special skill they have to find the one thing that will fray my nerves and then do it over and over and over again.

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?
I was hired as an assistant to an insurance agent.  At least that's what I thought the job was.  I was actually supposed to sell property and casualty insurance.  I'm so not a cold caller sales person type. the job was a disaster.  I managed all of three months.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.
I think it depends on the situation.  If no one is hurt, and the outcome is favorable, then sure the ends justify the means, but the moment someone gets hurt in the process then the means do not justify the ends.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?
Deja vu moments, watching my kids get hurt when I know I won't be able to prevent it, and being startled.

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?
I can do with all of those, but my pick would be the dark chocolate.  The least favorite would be the eggs.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no end in sight'? 
All household chores--dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. are never ending.  Home improvement goes on and on.  When you own a home, the things that need fixing go on and on.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Here is a preview of the trip:

We all had a fabulous time.  And are already thinking ahead to next years adventure.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hodgepodge for Wednesday--It's so Moving

And Questions:

1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?
The last time we moved was when we moved into our current house 18 years ago.  Wow, that sounds like such a long time ago, but sure doesn't feel like it's been that long. Since we were young and broke, we moved ourselves.  Lots of car and truck trips across town.
We are quite happy to be staying put for the moment.  Some day Nick would like a bigger house.  I'm not totally sold on the idea.  It means more to keep clean and I'm not a huge fan of house work as it is.
Moving to a new city or town is filled with possibility.  That can be a good thing.  However, I'm not wildly outgoing and moving to someplace new is intimidating for the introvert that I am.
Packing up and actually going through the accumulated stuff so it can be moved is never easy.

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain. 
Just last week when we had to put our dog of over 14 years to sleep. Definitely some teary eyes with that process.

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?
No real rules about eating in the car.  I mean I wouldn't want the boys trying to eat soup in there, but other than that most anything goes. We had McD's for breakfast just Sunday while heading out fo town to go four wheeling.
We love to have jerky and crunchy snacks for road trips.  I need to determine what we are having for snacks next week as we have a road trip coming up.

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.
Brad Paisley with Mud on the Tires:

5. What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?
 Ummm, probably McD's.  We just don't hit drive-up windows all that often.

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?
It depends on the decision to be made.  I do tend to make snap decisions, but thinking before acting can save a lot of trouble. You just don't want to think yourself out of making a decision.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure? 
Not truly lost, but following the directions on the map ap on the phone can be misleading.  It was frustrating, but we eventually found what we were supposed to find. I tend to be the navigator and Nick drives.  It works for us.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
 So we have an exciting trip to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole Wyoming next week.  Then the boys get to go back to school. It has been a blink you miss it summer.  Busy, but fun just the same.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Truly Random

So Tuesday, we meet again.  Shouldn't surprise me, we meet every week about this time.  Now let's random:

  • The kids have like two weeks until school stars here. Where exactly has the summer gone? I feel like we blinked back in June and there went the summer. 
  • At least we still have our trip next week. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, here we come. Cause, the kids have to be dragged to the outdoors to look at natural wonders and large animals at least once. Especially since Yellowstone and Teton National parks are in our state. After this we have to go a bit farther to get to a national park.  Utah and Arizona are on our radar.
  • Yeah, common sense is not so common any more:
  •  Nothing gets you moving quite like this:
  • I ahve seen several parking jobs where this applies:

  • I have yet to truly back to school shop.  I will be getting the school supplies that are necessary to send a first grader to school this weekend as well as getting the 7th grader his notebooks, binders, folders and pencils.  As for clothes, I plan on a thrift store run after school starts.  I so lucky to have boys who don't really care how they look. Jenas and tshirts with cool sayings and they are set.
Enjoy what is left of summer!
Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday, Monday

So here we are at another Monday.  This last weekend was...strange. It had highs and lows.  Let's get the lows out of the way first.
Friday morning we had to put our old dog down.  He was 14 and he just couldn't get around any more adn was in such visible pain that we just wanted to let him be at peace.  So good bye Guiness.

As for a high, Nick and I have been married for 17 years as of Saturday. We didn't really do much.  It was a laze about kind of day.  But still, we made it 17 years!  Love to my wonderful hubby!

And now for some music:
Brett Eldridge with Lose My Mind:

Drake White with It Feels Good:

Alan Jackson's with Jim and Jack and Hank:
Have a great week!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spin Cycle--Love/Hate

So this week on the Spin Cycle it all about Love/Hate.  Do you love something everyone else hates?  Do you hate something everyone else loves?  I can think of several things I love, but most other people love them too.  I do have a few things I hate that other people love.
Onions.  Especially raw onions.  I really don't like the texture, taste, smell or anything about raw onions. I can handle cutting them up to add to recipes, but not a fan of adding the raw version to my salads. 
Nick loves them.  He would add them to any and all sandwiches if he could. He loves them in salads, and would add them to other dishes raw if he could.
I think the fact that I don't like onions came to a head when I was pregnant.  As all mother's know, your sense of smell ramps up when you are pregnant. I could smell things that I never had before.  This was not always a good thing.
Nick was helping some friends with some remodeling and they made him lunch--pork tenderloin sandwiches with slices of raw onions and mustard.  Nick loved them.  Then he came home.  Where I smelled the raw onion on his breath for three days after that. Ugg, it was awful.
I'm not sure of my boys like or dislike raw onions.  Since I don't eat them, they are not often on the menu. They will get to try that particular vegetable on their own.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday Random Time

Tuesday.  Just a buffer between Monday and the downhill slide of the week. 

Not tons going on here. Let's see what random stuff we can come up with:
  • Oh, we did make an investment in our recreation fun.  We got another four wheeler.  And a trailer to haul them both on.  We went for a bumble down some dirt roads last Thursday and had a ball.  We even got to see a bull moose less than 50 yards away from us.

  • So yeah, we did that and plan to do more four wheeling this coming weekend.  
  • Nick and my anniversary is this weekend.  17 years.  Where exactly has the time gone? We have figured out what we want to do for our 20th anniversary. We want to take the train from Denver to California.  Crossing the Colorado Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas by train sounds wonderful, especially if we can get a sleeper compartment.
  • Mobile party?

  •  And for those who haven't thought since school ggot out:  Work this one out:
Have a wonderful week!

Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Bact to Monday

Yep, here we are at another Monday.  Our weekend was quiet.  I got the majority f the laundry done.  Nick took Turbo to Hunter's Safety class.  Bruiser lazed around and enjoyed having no demands on his time.
Hunter's Safety class is a requirement to hunt here in Wyoming.  Both Nick and I did it as kids and this summer, as Turbo is old enough to hunt, it was time for him to take it.  What helped was that Nick had an old friend who had a son who was also old enough to take the class.  Turbo passed the test with flying colors and is all set.
It was a hot, lazy weekend here, but sometimes you need those kind of weekends.  Helps with heading back to the grind.

ANd now for MMMM
The theme this week is Funny Songs and Songs about Work.  Here goes:
Lonestar with Mr. Mom:

Toby Keith with Drinks After Work:

Alabama with 40 Hour Week:

A couple classics, enjoy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday--Let's Hodgepodge

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-
Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

For me it would be facing my fears head on.  I'm more the stick my head in the sand and they will go away type. Nick and I have a good handle on the relax and reset thing--we like to play and know when we need to recharge.  We are working hard on the work to live not live to work.  That's why we have the kayaks, and we go camping and take road trips and spend time with our boys.  We also try to do the connect thing in the form of dates every now and then--even if they are lunch dates.
I tend to be more optimistic than pessimistic.  I try to find the good about situations.  I also spend time reminding Nick of the good, not the bad.

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?
I would go hit the thrift store or consignment store and find myself some new clothes.  Retail therapy, where I can get more for less is awesome.

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.
Round trip.  To the mountains camping this last weekend.

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?
Karate or some other martial art.  To stay in shape and feel more confident.

5. As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?
We have been swimming, the kids have enjoyed ice cream cones and movies with the grandparents, we went camping last weekend, we have had corn on the cob off the grill, worked on our flower beds, we unplugged while camping, I have read several books, we have a road trip planned for next month to Jackson Hole WY.
Ballgames are not ewasy to get to and not high on our to do list, and the tomatoes we have growing in the back yard are not ripe yet.

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question?
I'm truly not up enough on the issues to ask an intelligent question.  I feel it's ridiculously early to be dealing with election stuff.  I wish it was a more limited campaign season.

7. What's your most listened to song so far this summer?
I'm not sure if I have listened to it the most, but I do like Kacey Musgraves Biscuits

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Back to school has hit the stores.  Not so sure if I'm ready to have summer be over.  I know we have about a month left before the kids head back to school, but it seems to be going by so fast...


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