Monday, December 11, 2017

Crazy Busy and MMMM

So this last weekend was crazy busy.  I guess life gets that way when you have teenagers involved in a sport and two homes in different towns.
So Turbo had his first overnight swim meet.  It was 5 hours away by bus. He had a blast and is looking forward to his next trip. He swam well but the meet was an unconventional meet.  There were several relays the first day and the second day was a Pentathlon. Next weekend is his first opportunity to swim for time.  We shall see how he does.
In other news I got all the laundry done--washed, dried, folded and put away.  Go me!  And don't listen to those crazy towels.  I'll get to them tonight.
Sunday I took Nick back to Casper since he came home with a coworker last time he came home.  We took advantage of the lack of children and got most of the Christmas shopping knocked out. There is only a couple of things still to get.  I have a massive wrapping day ahead of me, but that's OK, I'll manage it.
So that was our weekend in a nut shell.  Nick and I had fun actually talking about fun stuff on the drive to Casper and after this trip he's home until after the new year.


No for some Christmas music for MMMM:
Lady Antebellum with Baby It's Cold Outside:


Brad Paisley with Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy:


Kenny CHesney with All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan:


Have a great Week!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hodgepodge: That Time Of Year

 

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?
The Mom's Taxi years.  Turbo is 14, in high school, not able to drive and participating in swimming.  He needs a ride to practice, home from practice, to the bus for away trips and picked up when home from away trips, for all of which Mom's Taxi provides the transport.  I remember my mother doing this for me and Nick remembers his parents doing the same for him.  It's part of the cycle.

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?
I microwave frozen veggies for dinner and the microwave often makes ramen noddles for the boys.
We would be a bit lost with out the microwave, things would take more effort to heat up.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why? 
Winter Wonderland.  I love that it is all about enjoying a snowy afternoon outdoors.


4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.
We have had so many beautiful places we have driven, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, The Black Hills, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park to name a few.  We also have beautiful mountains near to our home that lead to lovely vistas as well.  I'm not sure I could choose the most beautiful.
This observation tower is 40 minutes from town in the Snowy Range.

Also the view of the peaks in the Snowy Range


5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)
I really want a vacuum sealer for food. Fuzzy socks and a warm snugglely throw blanket (University of Wyoming style) would be appreciated as well.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Bruiser's art was chosen to be displayed at the university art museum for the beginning of December.  We had to go see what masterpiece he had created.  He was quite proud to have been chosen.

The art piece was an abstract self portrait.  I like it.

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Random TIme

Hey, Tuesday, nice of you to drop in!  Let's get all random:
  • Last week Bruiser had his school program.  It was adorable.  Any elementary school program is adorable. What was more amusing was the fact that Turbo had swim practice before the program and since the program was at the high school, we took him dinner before the show.  The kid ate two Big Macs, a medium fries and 7 chicken nuggets in like 15 minutes flat.  I have never seen the kid eat so much so fast before. He was a bit surprised at himself. 
  • Speaking of my teenager, yesterday I actually had to look up a text he sent me on the internet to know what he was saying.  Yesterday was truly a Monday with all that being Monday entails and after texting him that Monday had struck he responded with "ikr".  I had to look that up and now know it means "I Know Right?!" Learn something new every day.
  • I am impressed.  Freya has yet to really attack the Christmas tree. there is one blue ball ornament that she does attack regularly, but other than that she's been pretty good with the tree.
  • Looney Tunes in real life?!
  • I have done a countdown calendar for the boys since Turbo was about 3.  It's way easier to show a little boy a calendar and say when the star is in the last slot, that's the day before Christmas. It has worked for years now.  However I do see the appeal of the more adult version of a countdown or advent calendar:

  • Since we do the countdown calendar, and just verbally remind our kids that they must be good for Santa to come, we are very anti Elf on the Shelf.  Although I could totally get behind this type of elf on the shelf:
Well that is my random for the week.  Have a great week!

Stacy Uncorked



Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Comes to the Jones

So yeah, while we had great plans for a trip to the mountains, we got derailed.  Bruiser came home Friday sounding like a frog. Nick came home from Casper with a bad reaction to some medication.  Everyone is fine now, but the outlook for a Saturday Christmas tree hunt was bleak.
So, with Nick feeling much better Saturday afternoon, we ventured to Ace Hardware for a tree.  The hunt was easy, but we got a very nice tree. 


Even Freya the cat approved. She has not tried to scale the tree but the ornaments in reach have been fair game so far.

Now for some Christmas music for MMMM:
Home Free with GRandma Got Runover By A Reindeer:

Home Free with I'll Be Home For Christmas:

Home Free with Full Of Cheer:
Have a great week!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Writer's Workshop: Comfort

Prompt #5: List 7 things that bring you comfort.

1. The cozy feeling that my living room gives me.  Yes, our current living room is quite cozy, aka small. I like the feeling that it is nestled around me.  I think it make my hubby just the slightest bit claustrophobic. But I like it, especially in the winter time.


2. Reading a good book.  Or reading several good books. I like reading from real books and from my Kindle.  It's kind of an addiction. It lets me escape stress and not worry about my problems for a while.  I love knowing I can dive into a book and feel at home with an old favorite.

3. Chili, clam chowder, ham and bean soup, chicken and dumpling, chicken and noodle and beef stew are comforting.  Not exactly the most healthy, but oh so yummy.

4. A hug from one of my guys is comforting.  Sometimes the timing is strange, but I do love hugs from them.

5. My warm flannel pajamas are comforting.  Being able to snuggle up and be warm and settled in to read for the winter--bliss!

6. Having Freya, my cat come snuggle down on my lap is comforting.  She is a total cat in that she snuggles on her terms, but she does snuggle frequently and it's lovely.

7. Being around family.  As much as family can drive you nuts, I do love being around mine.  I miss my mother all the time since she passed and am grateful we still have Nick's folks and that my boys have a good relationship with their grandparents. That we are also friends with members of the family is a bonus.

So there are 7 things that bring me comfort. What are yours?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hodgepodge, the Leftovers

 

1.  What's something blogging has taught you about yourself?
I am a better person if I have an outlet for the thoughts and ideas and such that float around in my brain.  Also, it's nice to know I'm not isolated in my bubble here, there are others who feel the same way I do about family, friends, and life.

2.  Leftovers...are you in the 'reheat and eat' camp or the 'put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them' camp? What's your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?
We do eat our leftovers, but we also don't drag them out too far.  I love to make what I call leftover casserole: layer stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy in a casserole dish and then bake til heated through.  It's really good, like a bowl of thanksgiving dinner all together.

3. 'Me time'...your thoughts?
'Me Time' for me consists of reading, taking a long hot soaking bath, a night out with the girls, a solo trip to the thrift stores, but mostly reading.  Time for me to just recharge and be a girl without all the guy stuff I'm constantly surrounded by.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
They usually want someone to listen, not judge, be a sounding board.  I listen really well.

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.
The dusty smell of a windy, hot summer day.  We had a house outside of town and my parents planted lots of trees and I and my brother got the dubious pleasure of water those trees in the summer.  It was not a quick process.  I spent lots of time outside watering...

6. Insert your own random thought here.
This weekend we are hoping to get up to the mountains to go Christmas tree hunting.  It's one tag we are sure to fill. With the move next spring, we probably won't be able to do a tree hunt next year.  hunting on a lot is not early as challenging, or fun. But we will have hot chocolate, a tramp in the snow and end up with a lovely tree after our excursion this weekend.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday adn Random


Hey, everyone!  How was the holiday?  Did you have a wonderful, family filled Thanksgiving? We did.  Then we made a flying trip to Casper to visit the new house and get Nick settled for the week.  He will be back here on Friday.  This being split between two towns is a bit confusing, but only til next June once the boys finish this school year.  And on to the random:
  • Turbo started swimming for the high school team.  He swam last year for the Junior high and his fisrt comment about the high school is is was way more organized.  He seems to be one of two freshmen swimming this year.  The other freshman is also in his science class. Go Turbo!
  • We got Nick a small tree for the house in Casper so he could feel festive for the season:

  • It's not huge, but at least he has a tree.
  • I feel just like this:
  •  And I always forget the 2000s when I'm thinking back in time:

  • And for a final funny for today, You truly can't unsee it:
Have a great week!
Stacy Uncorked



Monday, November 27, 2017

Whoa, Survived the Holiday

Well, that was a weekend. We did Thanksgiving up right and then made a flashing trip to the house in Casper.  Nick is working up there this week and this way he got some company on the trip up. Now for some Thanksgiving pics yes?
Bruiser made an epic blanket fort

Making cinnamon rolls

Yummy goodness





The beautiful sunrise prior to Turkey baking.

Snacking goodness

Turkey deliciousness

This "kids" table

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Now on to MMMM.  It's a freebie week so here's what I have been listening to recently:
Danielle Bradbery with Sway:

Midland with Make A Little:

Granger Smith with Happens Like That:

Have a great week!!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Writer's Workshop: Thanksgiving Recipe

2. Share a Thanksgiving recipe you will be cooking up this month.

OK so we have been doing thanksgiving with Nick's cousin for...4 years this year.  We have tons of family and friends over for edibles and fun.  There are two turkeys cooked and then all the fixings.  Nick's cousin cooks one turkey and since we live in town, we cook the other.  we smoked the turkey for two years, but last year and this year we will be roasting it.  It is a day and a half process as we brine the turkey at least overnight before roasting it to perfection.

To start with I make a simple brine with 4 boxes of vegetable broth, 1 cup kosher salt and 2 tbsp. black pepper corns (whole).  All of this is added to a pot and heated to dissolve the salt.  I then add ice to cool the brine and bring up the liquid content, you need enough to cover the turkey.  We use a 5 gallon beverage cooler (one you can put a drink in and dispense from the spout) lined with a garbage bag.  The turkey is prepped, all the giblets and the neck removed and then placed in the cooler.  the cooled brine is poured over the turkey (adding enough water to cover the bird).  Then the garbage bag is tied closed the turkey goes in our unheated garage. It stays nice and cool out there so the turkey can brine for 12-24 hours depending on how organized you are.

Then thanksgiving morning the bird is taken out of the brine, rinsed and spiced to roast.  Our turkey always turns out juicy and delicious.
Nick is the guy to do the cooking.

The year we smoked the turkey--was super tasty
Last year's bird was really good.
This year the plan is to do much the same to the bird.  It always tastes so very good.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hodgepodge

 

1. What takes you out of your comfort zone?
Social interaction with people I don't know, public speaking, having to be outgoing.  I am such an introvert.

2. Your least favorite spice? Cayenne.  A necessary spice in some cooking, but way to spicy in large amounts.

3. What's a small change you'd like to make?
Getting more active.  It's hard to be active when the weather doesn't cooperate for walking and such, but I need to up my activity level in one form or another.

4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you've visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they're as follows-

Monticello (Jefferson's home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway's home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA)



Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit?
I like the idea of historic homes, but have not really visited any.  The ones around our neck of the woods are almost always museums and only open seasonally.

It might be nice to visit Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans.


5. What's something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad?
I was reading an article about this just yesterday.  It said checks, stick shifts, and keys.  I think cable TV is doomed, even Satellite subscriptions are doomed.  On demand viewing will take over and in a way that makes me happy.  I didn't like having to pay for tons of channels I never watched for the 50 or so that had programming we did watch.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 
The local library had it's annual fall used book sale.  I usually go with a friend and pick up a few books.   This year both boys expressed interest in going and both of them actually got more books than I did. I love that both of my boys have discovered the joy of reading a good book.

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