Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Let's get just a little bit random today.
  • We have had a run of very nice weather recently.  Just about all the ice has melted away.  It's been in the 50s during the day and sunny.  Yes, we have had some wind but still, warm weather for us.  That all ends tomorrow.  We will be getting snow again.  Not sure how much.  Could be an inch, could be a foot. Weather is so fun in it's unpredictability.
  • Turbo gets to start swimming next week for the junior high/middle school.  Yeah, since this is the first year that 9th grade has been part of the high school here, the former junior high is now a middle school--I think.  It's all rather murky.  Anyway, Turbo and swimming.  He's excited. I'm sort of excited.  Mom's taxi gets to go into service.  It's really good that Nick likes to cook, and he's quite good at it too.
  • Tax time.  We do our taxes tonight. Shouldn't be scary, but it's kind of like going to the principal's office for adults isn't it?
  • Freya has been fitting in well.  She loves Thullee.  Really, really loves him. He's less sure of her, but since all his experience of cats was mostly them telling him to stay away at claw point, it's understandable that he's confused by this little cat that wants to cuddle.    
  • Bruiser is in swimming lessons again.  He had to start out in level 3 again (about his 4th time in level 3) but on the second lesson he moved up to level 4.  He was so excited to move up. I had told him he wouldn't be in level 3 for very long.  He was less than thrilled about going to lessons, but he's all excited about them now. I'm just happy he's swimming.
  • I've been finding my mojo, motivation, or whatever again.  I've been cooking more, Nick and I have been doing more things both together and separately.  It's been good.
  • Nick started snow biking.  He has always been a fan of biking, most especially mountain biking, he raced when he was younger.  He had a friend finally convince him to try snow biking and he fell in love with it.  So much so he bought a bike to do it with. (He only rented the bike to try it first) So now Nick is the proud owner of three bikes: the old hard tail mountain bike, the full suspension mountain bike and the snow bike.

So hopefully the weather is good where you are this week!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Happy Valentines Day!  No really, Happy Valentines!! I know there are those who hate this "holiday" but I like it.  Little kids trade silly cards and candy, I got to have a great dinner with my hubby and the boys Sunday as an early celebration of the fact that Nick and I have spent 23 Valentines together. 

We got together on February 26 1993.  So our first Valentines was February 1994.  Seems so very long ago.  Just about 24 years together. Longer together than not together. Now that is pretty cool I think.

Bruiser had a bit of a sore throat yesterday so we spent the day at home doing what we do when the kids are sick.  We watch Big Bang Theory.  Nothing like a dose of Sheldon and the gang to help one feel better.

The ice has just about melted off here.  It's nice, but I know we have more snow coming.  We get the most snow in the "spring" around here.   I'm kind of looking forward to the spring snow.  It's messy, but doesn't last very long.

Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful day!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Stinks

Especially the Monday after the Superbowl. Even more so when my hated companion Insomnia comes to visit.  I didn't even drink that much yesterday.  It stinks.

My feelings on Monday. 

And on to other things.  We had a relatively busy weekend.  Nick and I got to have a late lunch on Friday.  Sort of like a date. It was really nice.
Saturday morning Nick took the boys ice fishing, but it was really windy so they didn't stay long.  Bruiser did manage to hook a fish before the packed up to come home though.  It got off the hook as he got it up to the hole to pull it out of the water.  He wants to try again though, so that's good.
The rest of Saturday was kind of just bumming around.  I did make bison burgers for dinner with some bison burger that was given to us.  They were delicious.
Sunday Nick went cross country skiing with a friend and then he took the boys to shoot archery.  In the afternoon we headed to our cousins house for Superbowl fun.  The food was awesome, the commercial disappointing and the game so-so.  Not the biggest football fan here so I had no real investment in either team. It was interesting to see history made with the overtime though.

So that was our weekend in a nut shell.  Some go and some relax and I'm not quite ready to be back at it this morning.  Was your weekend better?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Bruiser turned eight last weekend.  EIGHT!! I really need to stop blinking, time just whizzes past when I do.  It seems like just yesterday that he was tiny, new and such a cuddle bug.

Now.  Now he is an opinionated, stubborn, talkative, Pokemon obsessed, Batman loving, Youtube watching, mock sword/nerf gun fighting eight year old. He likes riding his bike.  He likes camping and kayaking. He loves four wheeling. He is a trooper when we go skiing.  He just trucks along with non stop babble falling from his mouth.
Bruiser has discovered music, as in 80 rock.  He likes Poison and Bon Jovi. He loves the song My House by Flo Rida.  Radioactive by Imagine Dragons is another favorite. He has been having fun finding music on Amazon Prime.  
He is a very picky eater as far as anything remotely spicy is concerned.  He hates potatoes, except for french fries and mom's home fries.  He adores chicken nuggets, fish sticks and corndogs.  He has found that he likes potstickers and rice with soy sauce (a blessing for when we want to order chinese). The only pizza he will eat is cheese. A rather bland choice, but we have hopes his tastes will improve as he gets older. The kid will eat any kind of pork put in front of him.  He eats chicken just as well.  Not a huge fan of beef, but likes steak.

I love my little man.  He drives his brother nuts (just like any little brother is supposed to) but they do get along fairly well. It will be a wonderful adventure finding out where he goes from here.  Here's wishing eight treats you well Bruiser!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Jones Family Member

Last November we had to put our old (18+ years) cat down.  She became frail and had lived a good long life.  This left me without a cat in the house. The first time this had happened since I met Nick, so 24 years or so.
I really missed having a cat around.  Thullee is a wonderful dog, but he's a dog. So the hunt was on for a new cat.  I had expressed years ago that I wanted my next cat to be a siamese cat.  Or at least a siamese colored cat.  A purebred siamese is a bit out of our budget range. Anyway last week I decided to check out the rescue sites around our parts and darned if I didn't find the perfect candidate to have join our happy home.
Meet Freya:
She is a 4-5 month old kitten that was rescued from a feral cat area and put up for adoption.  She is very sweet, kind of shy, but curious and playful and she loves Thullee.  He's not so sure about her, but he's good with her anyway.
The boys are over the moon and I'm thrilled with the addition.

I really think we could have called her perpetual motion.  Or blur.

Have a good week all!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Getting Out

We were able to get out of the house this weekend and go skiing.  The weather was wonderful. Cold and crisp, the snow fabulous for skiing and the kids had a blast.

We are hoping the snow and weather will cooperate and we can get out again.  Getting out of the house makes the winter that much easier to get through.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year's Thoughts

For years now I have resisted the dreaded new year's resolutions and instead made promises to myself. Keeping these promises has been more successful than resolutions adn I thought I would keep up the tradition. 
Therefore, these are my 2017 promises to myself:
  1.  Exercise more.  Now, since I am not doing a whole lot right now, this one should be easy.  I need to clean the room with the elliptical so I can use it again. There are also some outdoor activities I can engage in, cross country skiing, hiking, biking, yeah, I just need to get active, or more active.
  2. Cook something new twice a month. I used to do this, but got out of the habit.  It's a habit to get back into.  Our meals have been getting a bit ho hum. The almost 8 year old in the house is rather picky. Turbo in the other hand, will try anything and enjoys most of it. The joys of being a teenage boy.
  3. Reconnect with my hubby.  Find time to spend just with him, doing something outside of the house.  Go for lunch, go for a bike ride, go for a walk, do something.  We are so work oriented that we have lost the mojo to do the fun stuff. We need to dream again. It might help us over come the inertia of being home and get out and do things.
  4. Have a shopping day (or two) with girl friends.  It's been ages since I got out of town with friends to go shopping for me.  Black Friday does not count. I want to go be fun and frivolous.
  5. Go camping.  We never got out camping last year.  It was a crazy summer that just didn't give us time to go camping.  We need to go this summer.
  6. Bike to work this summer.  Nick got me a lovely purple cruiser bike and I want to ride to work.  I will once the need to take the kiddo to school and/or pick him up from school is not there.  
  7. Do something new once a month.  Not sure what the new thing will be, but something new.
  8. Continue the organizing of the scrapbooking room.  We made progress in there, but then the stuff from my mom got stacked in there and I'm not sure I'm ready to go through it all quite yet. I'm getting there, but it's not easy.
  9. I would like to make an epic trip this year.  Florida (the keys), the West coast, Washington/Oregon area, Glacier National Park in Montana, something grand and maybe involving plane travel.
  10. Do something frivolous for me.  Get a makeover, buy high heels, get a manicure/pedicure.  Just do something that is just for me and not for any particular reason other than to feel good about myself.
So there are my promises.  We shall see what I am able to keep.  Hopefully all of them.  They seem like good for the soul and mind and body, don't they?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tree Hunting

Yes, we went Christmas tree hunting this weekend.  It was a successful hunt.  We have a lovely tree that the boys had a fabulous time decorating last night.
Bundled up and ready to go

Can't wait to hit the snow

Bruiser loved the fluffy snow

Bagged a good one

Snow is so cold down the neck

Happy to be out with the family in the mountians

Decorating frenzy
Happy good start to the Christmas season!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wonderful Holiday

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving?  I think ours was just about perfect. Lots of good food, good friends and family and just enough activity versus relaxing moments for everyone.

Then there was Friday shopping.  There were six of us shopping and two vehicles and shopping happened.

No, it's not all my stuff.  Some of it is and I will get all gushy about what was mine for Christmas. With this trip, I have 75-80% of my Christmas shopping done.  There is some stuff to get for the boys still and I have a couple thing still to get for my hubby, but the bulk is done.
We are still munching leftovers and all the other normal post-Thanksgiving activities.  We might be able to manage a Christmas tree this weekend.  I hope we can make it up to the mountains for a tree this year.  It's one of those small traditions that we love doing as a family.  Nick and I even came to a decision on the tree's location this year.
I really hope that everyone had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving this year!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Bit Random

So yesterday was a not so great day.  It was a Monday through and through.  So let's get random and see what we have:
  • We had to put our 18 year old cat to sleep.  She was such a great cat, but she was old.  This is the first time in 23 years I have not had a cat.  We won't be without a cat for long, but there is the matter of choosing a cat to get.  We shall see what comes.

  • I am ready for the thanksgiving break/vacation.  Looking forward to good food, good friends and good times.  Bring on the fun!
  • Turbo was wonderful last night, he gave me many wonderful hugs and for a teenager, he's doing pretty well on the not complaining when we ask him to do stuff. 
  • We have snow here today.  Almost 2 inches. Winter is definitely here.  Now how long will it stay?
  • Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  We can all be happy we are not turkeys.


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