Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Plodding On

Made it through Monday.  Now for the rest of the week.  Let's random, shall we?
  • Our kids have been in school long enough for parent teacher conferences to be sneaking up on us. I'm not a huge fan of parent teacher conferences. Necessary evil I suppose.
  • With all that has been happening around here lately, both Nick and I have been having these sentiments:

  • Being a kid was far easier.
  • The mundane things keep on keeping on, dishes, laundry and house cleaning. The family still needs to be fed on a regular basis and life keeps moving forward.
  • I'm not sleeping well.  My stomach is constantly in knots. But there's not much I feel I can really say about my mother being gone. She's just gone. And I'm sad about that, but also happy she isn't suffering anymore.
  • The weather finally feels fallish again, not like summer is trying to make a reappearance.
  • I need chocolate. 
  • And maybe wine. Not a lot of wine, that makes the next moring unpleasant, but a glass of wine could be good...
Anyhow, have a great week!

Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Another Week

Yeah, so we thought that we were done with fate socking us in the gut.  Not so much.  Last week, Nick was taking Bruiser to school.  He had Bruiser riding on the luggage rack of his bike.  Bruiser's heel got caught in the spokes and he has a nasty abrasion on the inside of he left heel.  Like layers of skin bad. I'm totally done with fate's rollercoaster. I want off the ride.
So yeah.  Things really aren't settling down here.  Nick will have to be content with getting his elk this year with his rifle.  All the necessary components didn't line up right to get an elk during archery season.  Although he did see the proper species of animal each time he went hunting.  Not necessarily the right gender, but the right species is a step in the right direction.

ANd now for MMMM.  It's a freebie week so lets see:

Jason Aldean with Gonna Know We Were Here:

Randy House with We Went:

Locash Cowboys with I Love this Life:

Have a good Week! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Regular Hodgepodge

1. What have you 'fallen for' recently?
It's been a while since I tried much of anything new. I do like the silly pink and yellow tie dyed moose Bruiser got me for my birthday and the silver hummingbird necklace that Nick got me is wonderful.

2. What's something you're 'squirreling away' for later? 
Recipe ideas for the elk that Nick is going to bring home this fall.  Elk can be used in place of beef in so many recipes and I'm looking forward to being able to enjoy some new recipes with it.

3. How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for fall...how often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What's your favorite variety?
Right now I am eating an apple a day at lunch.  I like it cored and sliced. My favorite type of apple are Gala--just sweet enough to taste good, but crisp and not mushy or mealy. My favorite recipe that uses apples is an apple "doughnut" recipe that look more like muffins.  So good, but I don't make them often.

4. According to Fodor's the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen Colorado, The Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?
the closest is Aspen Colorado, but I think we might have already missed the colors there, fall is coming early to our parts.  Some day I would love to see the fall colors in Maine (also eat some lobster...) or hit the New England area to see the fall colors.  We don't get a lot of reads and oranges here, it mostly yellows and a few lighter oranges.  I want to see the variety of colors fall can produce back east.

5. The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let's wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalize marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?
Regulated, it's not tons worse that alcohol.  Just as detrimental, but still not as bad as some of the other drugs out there.

6. Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress or do you need to always see it from the beginning? How about jumping into a TV series somewhere in the middle? Is that okay? 
It depends on the movie.  Some movies you can jump into, but others not so much.  As for series, again the ones that build on themselves for the story line are hard to jump into.  I started Castle somewhere in the middle, but I have enjoyed it and didn't need to start from the beginning.

7. Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most?
When to use semicolons.  I do alright for most punctuation and I probably use commas more than most.
the one that bugs me the most is misuse or non use of commas.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
Still wrapping my head around losing my mother to cancer.  We are all still a bit shocked and reeling over it. It is a process. not a fun one though.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Random Tuesday

And the days move on.  Here we are at Tuesday.

In other randoms:
  • Nick has been hunting that last few days.  He's at least seeing the animals he has licenses to hunt.  He has yet to get the proper set of circumstances all in order.
  • I keep hoping to get a routine set up again, but it's slow coming.  Mornings are going fairly well. Evenings will come.
  • Looking forward to fall foods.  Soups, stews, casseroles, bread, crock pot meals...yes fall foods have great appeal right now. 
  • I do need to exercise more.  Don't have the motivation for that either.
Have a great week!

Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, Definitely Monday

Yeah, so I got an unintended break last week.  My mother died a week ago today. It happened so very quickly.  We found out that she had stage 4 colon cancer that had spread throughout her entire abdomen the middle of August. And one month later, she was gone.
So now we move on and remember the wonderful, unique, quirky woman that was my mother.
With everything that has happened the last couple weeks with my mother, routines have been difficult to come by. I'm really hoping that we can get back in the groove soon.

And now on to MMMM
Carrie Underwood with Smoke Break:

For my mother:
Chris LeDoux with Paint Me Back Home In Wyoming:
That is all.  Have a good week everyone.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Spin Cycle--Summer Vacation 2015

This Spin Cycle is all about our summer vacation.  This summer had it's ups and downs.  Let's see if we can show it in pictures.
We started wioth Memorial Day and a visit to Jurassic Adventure


Fun and bouncy castles
Playing in the dirt

A trip to the outdoor pool

Even the tween had fun.

Fourth of July fun at the lake

Turbo tubing!


Playing in the river when we finally got to go camping

We are so lucky to live near this...

Kayaking on the river

So much fun!
Four wheeling fun.

Good times.

Family fun and making memories.

And finally, our Jackson/Yellowstone trip.

Some geyser gazing

Waterfall enjoying.

Even the almost teen had fun.
Of course the summer was not all good stuff.  We had to put done our old dog Guinness.
He was simply not comfortable and able to get around anymore.  So we said a sad goodbye to him.
Our camper broke in June on our way to go on our first camping run. the front hitch on it went from level to tilted up at a 30+ degree angle.
Where the front hitch was supposed to be attached and level, it was not so level anymore.
We finally got a welder to go to where we had left it and get it fixed.

But quite possibly the worst down of the summer was finding out my mother has cancer.  Colon cancer, stage 4.  We are hoping for enough time to put all her affairs in order and spend just a bit more quality time with her.

So there you have it, Our summer in pictures and a few words.  There were impromptu bbqs and get togethers,  Quick trips to the lake with kayaks, and runs to mountains for four wheel rides. All in all, not a bad summer, but there were parts that didn't feel at all summerish.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday Randomness

So yeah, we had a weekend.  Sort of. We didn't really do much of anything we had planned.But we did get a four wheel ride in yesterday.
Now on to the randomness:
  • I have been slacking on the house cleaning. I just can't quite muster up the motivation.But the dust rhinos are going to start charging soon, so I must find the motivation soon.
  • The concert we went to on Friday night was a lot of fun.  We had a good time and are looking forward to the next opportunity we get to go be adults.
  • This:
  • And in honor of the end of sandal season:
So anyway, have a good week everyone!
Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

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!



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