What to do?

I like my Blogger account, but my friend has moved to LiveJournal and I like some of the features over there as well, but I'm way too busy and absent minded to post to two or three seperate blogs in a day. Plus it's ridiculous to think about evening having two or three blogs. I've been blogging on and off on here since May and I don't want to just delete the blog, but I don't know what to do with it! I'm so confused!

I did the photograph day.

I took pictures of what I did during the day yesterday. It gives a whole new meaning to mundane.... but I love the whole idea of this. My friend, That Gypsy Girl, found a site that allows whoever to post photos of their day and we both really enjoy looking at all the things that go on in peoples lives everyday. So I did it too. I have to admit that it was alot of work! I can't tell you how many times I forgot to grab the camera. But I think once I do it a few days I'll get into the "hang of it" and it will be easier. I don't think I will photograph every day because that would get really, really boring.

I did talk to my dad last night and he sounded sooooo much better than earlier yesterday. He couldn't talk for too long because of the drainage tube that is running down his nose through his throat to his stomach. That thought just creeps me out to be honest. He still isn't able to eat or drink anything, but he seems to be doing well. We are still waiting for his colon to start working again. Only half of it was working for several months, so we have to wait for the reattached part to get back into the swing of things. If it doesn't then...back to the dreaded "bag". I know how much Dad hated "the bag" so I've got my fingers crossed that everything gets back to normal soon. With the radiation starting in just a couple of months, he doesn't need the hassle or worry of having to change that everyday.

I've got to go get myself prepared for my doctor's appointment now. Good day!

September 19th

I haven't blogged in quite some time...been busy. My husband and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary this past weekend. It's hard to believe we've been married for that long. Although we've actually been together for much longer. The day before we left to go to the lake for the weekend, I got news that was completely insane really. A guy I know, who my husband and I used to hang out with, when we were still able to "hang out", had died. He was only 30 years old. His wife said he'd been having chest pains for a few days and she couldn't get him to go to the hospital. By the time she finally got him in the car and to the hospital, he was gone. Massive heart attack....only 30 years old. They didn't have any kids that I know of, but he has a son from a previous relationship. I feel sad for his wife, child, friends, family. I had only seen him once in quite a few years and that was just a few months ago. I couldn't bring myself to go to the funeral..... I think that was very selfish of me, but it was just too hard to face. He was only two years older than me. I'm not ready to start seeing my friends die just yet.


Most of my friends don't follow the world of Nascar. They either don't care for it or just think it's too redneck for them, which unfortunately is what MOST people think of Nascar. I don't think I am a "redneck", but I do enjoy racing. I like to watch all types of racing from IRL to NHRA drag races. Doesn't matter to me, I like them all. But I feel the sanctity of the southern born and nurtured Nascar has been violated.

I know, I know....the Ford Fusion is made in Canada, the Chevy Impala is made in Mexico, the Dodge Avenger in made...who knows where, but not in the US. I also know the only car in the soon to be Sprint Cup series that is actually manufactered in the US is the Toyota Camry. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. It just feels all wrong. Having a foreign nameplate in the forefront of Nascar. I didn't like it when they began racing in the Craftsman Truck series simply because they are Toyota. I didn't like it when they announced they would be starting teams last year in both Busch and Nextel Cup divisions of Nascar. And now....horror of all horrors...Joe Gibbs Racing, who has be a staple of GM manufactered vehicles in Nascar for like 16 years, is jumping manufacturerers from Chevy to Toyota. How did we come to this? Seriously......seriously.

It started with the loss of the traditional Southern 500 at Darlington on Labor Day to a track in California. Then the loss of Rockingham. And now, Toyota.

I am obviously not privy to the inner workings of such a company, but with three championships and fifty some odd wins in 16 years with General Motors (36 of which are Tony Stewart alone), how can J.D. Gibbs reasoning for going Toyota be that they want to win races and championships while staying competitive with the other teams?? He must not be watching the same races I am watching every Sunday because from where I am sitting, two of the three drivers at JGR are outstanding. Two of the best every week. While none of the current Toyota teams are doing anything news worthy at all. Save for one Busch series win by Dave Blaney and Michael Waltrip's lack of racing as of late. I am very disappointed, very disheartened, very disgruntled.

I guess it's my southern roots. I guess it's my need for one last thing to remain truly "American". I am in no way saying that I dislike Toyota. The Camry is actually a nice looking car. It the whole principal of it. Do you think Richard Petty or Bobby Allison would ever race a Toyota? I should think not. Nascar is spending too much time "diversifiing" the sport, while forgetting the grass roots of where they started. Without the so called "stupid" "redneck" country folks, there would be no Nascar. We've come a long way from the beach at Daytona.

Never forget where you come from, you may have to go back one day.

September 3rd

Well, folks we've had a bit of a "cold snap" here in south central Kentucky. By "cold snap", I mean that the highs have only been in the mid to high 80's. I was actually able to open the windows and air the house out a bit. It's been very nice. I know that later this week it's going to be hot again, but this one week of cool breezes has been nice.

I've been watching movies that I haven't seen all this past week. I watched, "The Illusionist", and it was very good. Not as good as, "The Prestige", but still pretty good. I think I may be biased though because I love Christian Bale. I watched the movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha", which I wasn't expecting to be as good as it was. I thought it was going to be more of a foreign film. The kind were they have dubbed a voice over and the actors aren't actually speaking english, but they were and the story line was better than I expected it to be. Last night we watched, "The Departed". That one will take you for a trip. It's long and sometimes needs to move on a little faster, but for the most part, I'd watch it again. I was left with a few questions unanswered, but maybe if I watch it again...... And this afternoon was, "Hannibal Rising". This one is definatley a must see if you follow the Hannibal movies.... ie.-"Silence of the Lambs", "Hannibal", and "Red Dragon". I was actually hoping he would be able to get what he was after. It's very good, not too gory. There were a couple of scenes where I had to look away, but nothing I couldn't stomach if I absolutely had to watch the screen.

I've found that sometimes it's nice to just sit back and relax every now and then, catch a movie in the middle of the afternoon, and enjoy life.

"C" word

Most of the time I have very mundane, hence the blog title, things to say. I doubt anyone pays it much attention anyhow. But today I heard something that no one ever wants to hear.

My dad has prostate cancer. My dad had a biopsy done last week on his prostate. I wasn't too worried because they did a biopsy in January and it was fine. This biopsy was a little different though. Instead of just taking one sample, they took 8 samples. One was a yes, two were maybe's, and the rest were a no. Which I guess is supposed to make me feel better, but I'm still trying to let it all sink in.

He seems very optimistic. I guess he has to be really. I mean, what's the alternative? The doctor told him that it is in the early stages and that it is completely treatable. He said on a scale of 2 to 10 that the treatability was a 7. A seven is not an 8, 9, or 10, but I'm going to guess they never give it a 10.

I'd give anything to be able to pack a bag, kiss the family, and take a road trip. But it's just not going to happen. With the kids in school, Aquamarine's job.... My brothers are with him....but it's not the same. The emotions come and go, come and go.... It's just so much to take in........
This is a picture of the tiny bit of rain we received the other day. I forgot to post the picture
with the other blog. I tried to just take a picture of the field, but it wasn't raining hard enough to even it see ith that way so I just snapped a shot of the pool. The weather has been so crazy everywhere this year. It's so very dry here and just north of us, in Ohio, they have severe flooding. We should send tankers to Ohio to suck up the flood water and transport it back to the south.
It's finally Friday again! I'm more excited than I probably should be, but I know that I don't have to get up at the butt crack of dawn in the morning and that is extremely exciting to me! Unfortunately, I do have to go to the grocery store tomorrow. So I'll still have to get up early.... Sad As you know, I can't stand going to the store past about 10am because of "traffic". It's just easier to get in and get out.
The weather forecasters are saying that it may rain this weekend so hopefully I'll have more picutres to post after the weekend!

Tuesday Morning

I've never been very fond of rain. Wet

But when if finally began to sprinkle here Sunday, and some yesterday too, I was out on my front porch with my daughter doing an rain dance in the sprinkles. Cloud We eventually got like a quarter of an inch over the course of the night, which isn't much, but better than none at all! We actually lost our electricity for about 45 minutes Sunday night. It didn't actually storm, persay, but we did get a bit of lightening and some thunder. I've never been so happy in my whole life to see it rain. Then this morning as I was driving the kids to the bus stop, we got sprinkled on again! It was wonderful!

The weatherman is forcasting about a 30% chance of showers this afternoon and evening. I've got my fingers crossedFingers Crossed hoping that he is right, for one, and that we are in that 30% area that is going to receive those showers.

I actually got....

some adult time in! Wow! I know it's almost shocking. I had to sit and think really hard to remember that the last time I went out with adult friends w/o our children was last May.
I was so excited that my best friend from high school and I had reconnected and that she was having a "dual" birthday party. Her and her daughter's birthday are only a few days apart so yesterday afternoon was her daughters' birthday party and last night was the adult birthday party. I can't tell you how good it felt to just be able to hang out with old friends.
It's nice to know that, while we've changed because we've gotten older, we are still the same people we were 10 years ago. I know I have to make an effort to get out of my house more often and spend time with my friends. Now that we've moved back "home", so to speak, I have no excuse other than I'm a homebody who is slightly lazy, but don't tell anybody!

It's Friday!!!

This is the first full week of school and already the kids were excited that it was Friday! It's not offically the weekend, but you can't convince them of that. I forbid my son from playing any video games during the school week so I expected him to be jumping on the Final Fantasy as soon as he got home. Strangely, he seems to have forgotten that he could play games on Fridays after he gets home from school and I'm not gonna remind him.

I should note that Thursday afternoon they both got off the bus with bottles of water! I was so relieved. It was a blistering 105 degrees yesterday without the heat index. Ug!! It was so hot that it was hard to breathe. They also had bottles of water today. I'm so glad. I was so worried about them and the other children. My kids aren't the last children on the bus and my kids are on the bus for right at an hour.

Well, anyhow...... I did the grocery shopping today, as usual, it's a Friday thing. I always like to go early before it gets too busy or crowded. Because it's hard enough to go into Wal-Mart when the employees are putting up stock everywhere, I don't want to have to fight my way through forty blue million people either. My list wasn't short or long. Just enough stuff for the week. And still the total was $97!! Craziness!!!

At least the temperature was in the lower 90's today! That's a good thing! Now I hope that Tropical Depression Erin or Hurricane Dean will bring us some rain. We need rain!!!! Not that I mind not mowing the yard, but we haven't HAD to mow for almost two weeks!! If I had any Native American in me, it'd be doing a rain dance right about now!

August 15th

I was very shocked this afternoon.

First off I should start by saying that today was another scorching hot day in south central Kentucky. The official high at the airport in Bowling Green was 104 degrees. With that said, I was surprised when my children got off the bus....without any water. Now I know this might sound odd to some people, but every other school district in our area is distributing bottled water to the students before they get on the buses in the afternoons. My children are on the bus for right at an hour and they aren't the last kids to get off the bus. I was even more shocked when the kids told me that the bus driver had water and let one girl have some, but for obvious reasons, didn't give some to anyone else.

I told my husband that if the school would not supply water for the bus riders, I would start putting a bottle of water in the kids backpacks to drink while on the bus in the afternoons. My son began to shake his head and said, "No, no. We aren't allowed to have ANY FOOD OR DRINKS on the bus. That's a rule." Um, excuse me, but it's not like water is sticky or attracts bugs. If a little gets spilled, it's an easy clean up. How can they deny the children water on such hot days? I don't see how it's fair that the young children are not allowed to have something to drink in this sweltering heat, but the bus driver gets to have her own water, which she drinks in front of the children. I know that this is not the bus drivers rule, but a school board rule so I am in no way placing the blame on her.

Someone needs to step up here before a child ends up in the hospital with heat stroke or worse. I'd much rather pay for cases of water as opposed to hospital bills. Maybe I'm getting overly excited about this, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. All this week, I've been bringing a small cooler with bottles of water for the kids to the bus stop in the afternoons.

August 14th

Well....this is the second week of school and I have to say my house has never been cleaner.  I am surprised at how quickly I can get things done now that the kids are back in school. It's only been a few days, but already I like only having to drive 3 miles to meet the bus as opposed to having to drive 20 miles to pick them up at school. That is 20 miles One Way .

Neil isn't taking to the bus as I had hoped, but he did make the comment yesterday that the older kids on the bus were nicer than the previous bus. Before we moved, we had tried the school bus thing, but he kept getting called down by the driver. When I would ask him what was going on, he would tell me that the older kids were picking on him and when he would try to "retaliate" he would get caught by the bus driver. I finally just gave up and started taking them to and from school, but once we moved.... whew, it was a long drive. To be honest, it kept me from doing a lot of things during the day because in order to get a decent parking spot and not have to be stuck with all the traffic "out back", I had to get to the school by at least 1:30PM. In the back parking lot, which is where you are supposed to park when picking up children from school, you don't have to only contend with cars, but also with the kids and parents walking from the school to their vehicles. It's really a mess. When I parked there I used to just wait for everyone to leave and then I would go. I was always afraid I would run over someone!

I just hope things continue to go smoothly for the rest of the year...well at least until Christmas! I don't know what to do with my extra time.  I guess I can actually get out of my house and make plans with people now. What a novel idea!

And so it began...

the first days of school for the year.

Their first day shouldn't even be classified as a day really. They got out at 12:45pm. But they were both really excited and getting them to school went off without a hitch. The first day I took them and picked them up, but I made them ride the bus on Friday. They had to get used to doing it so I thought the sooner the better really. Friday morning when they got on the bus, the bus driver looked at me like I was nuts. She had no idea they were going to be riding. I had to give her their names, ages, and grades. I don't know why I thought she would know they were going to be riding her bus. It didn't dawn on me until I got back to my house that I hadn't filled out any bus papers on that first day. But when they got off the bus on Friday afternoon, the bus driver had handed them papers to fill out. I think it will go alright as long as they will listen to the bus driver and behave themselves. Opal didn't really like riding the bus, but he's going to have to get used to it. I think once he gets to know some of the people on the bus he'll like it better.

It was a little strange for me to be at the house without any noise. We went to the grocery store after dropping them at the bus stop. There was no one in the store. It was wonderful!! We were able to get in and out in record time. The only hassle was that it was so early the employees were still clogging up the aisles putting up freight. But without two kids trailing behind you grabbing at everything they see, it was a whole lot easier to maneuver. And I have to say, I need help finding something and there was someone actually there to help me.....and he knew where to find what I was looking for. It was amazing to say the least!

I do have a rant I just have to get off my chest. We here in south central Kentucky, as well as most of the state and middle Tennessee, are in an extremely severe drought. I've tried to conserve water. No long hot showers for me. And I've been washing clothes in the largest loads I can. Lord knows, I RARELY wash my car and I haven't since the winter probably. I don't water my outside plants or my LAWN. Here in lies my rant.... I watched the local news the other night and low and behold, Bowling Green/Warren County has been put under water restrictions. Wonderful, we should all conserve.
BUT, in the stupidest things I've ever heard list, BGMU says addresses ending with an odd number can use excess water on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's. Addresses ending with an even number are allowed to use extra water on Wednesday's, Friday's and Sunday's. No one is allowed to use excess water on Monday's. Bowling Green Municipal Utilities says to stop car and driveway washing, filling swimming pools, filling fountains and watering lawns, but people are still going to water their lawns and outside flowers on the days when they are ALLOWED to use EXCESS water. And they will over water on those days to compensate for the days they are not allowed to water. It is completely defeating the purpose of conserving the water! If you are imposing restrictions, WHY WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT IT'S OK TO HAVE EXCESSIVE WATER USE ON SPECIFIC DAYS!!!!!!! Just stop it...period. It's just grass people, it's a weed! Trust me on this...it will grow back!!! And as for flowering plants or just plants outside in general, take the loss. I think I would rather have water to sustain my life than a pretty "Crepe Myrtle", as the man in the interview pointed to. View the article here: Conserve water or it could cost you - WBKO

50 Things

I saw this on someone else's blogger and I liked it......so I did it too. And so begins the randomness..........

1. I am a procrastinator.

2. I forget things very easily. I must write them down.

3. Because of #1 and #2, I usually forget to send people stuff for birthdays.

4. I love things that taste like bananas, but I can't stand bananas.

5. I am very particular about foods. Generally when I won't eat things, it's not about how it tastes, but how it feels. Like bacon, I LOVE bacon, but won't eat it unless I cook it because it can't be too crisp or too limp, but somewhere in between.

6. Stupidity is one of my pet peeves. People like the dreaded air head, Paris Hilton or Britney Spears, send me on a tirade. Someone please put them in the real world.

7. I am not as patient as I would like to be.

8. I am one of the palest people you know.

9. I always wondered why I am pale with freckles like a redhead, but I didn't get the red hair. Mom has red hair, dad has black hair....my hair is brown. Some people thought I had red hair, and I let them believe it, but actually it was from a bottle.

10. When I was a kid, I NEVER cleaned my room. I don't even know what color my carpet was.

11. I love reading and generally do it pretty quickly. But only if the book interests me in the first few sentences.

12. I often get a song stuck in my head for days. Randomness.

13. I stink at math. Always have. Unfortunately, I fear this stinkiness has rubbed off on my children.

14. I once tried to learn how to crochet, but never "got it". My mom, however, can crochet so fast the afghan will grow in front of you.

15. I love to take pictures, but really have nothing to do with them afterward.

16. I've never owned a "normal" pet. I had a bird when I was little, he knocked his "girlfriend" off of her perch one day & killed her, we had a cat that when he was "mad" at you would sit right in front of you with his back to you and every now and then he would turn his head to look at you with his ears back until you paid him some attention, the fish will follow you around his tank, we had a cat that died giving birth, our dog is allergic to any shampoo except Hartz Flea and Tick shampoo (and we found this out the hard way)....

17. When I was much younger, we didn't have a telephone for about 2 years. And when you are about 10 yrs. old, not having a phone is horrible for your social life.

18. I didn't have my first cavity until I was 25 years old.

19. When I was little, I thought my dad looked like Tom Selleck.

20. I will watch certain movies repeatedly even if I just watched it the day before.

21. I will watch a TV show and if the first episode I see doesn't catch me right away, I'll never watch it again.

22. When I was little, I thought my mom looked like Mia Farrow.

23. I love cereal, but I always add sugar....lots of sugar.

24. I wouldn't eat the meat sauce for spaghetti when I was a child. Just noodles with butter.

25. I started a cross stitch picture........3 years ago...and it's still not finished.

26. I can generally remember stuff that makes absolutely no sense. Like I can remember people I went to camp with when I was 12 years old, but can't remember what I ate for lunch yesterday.

27. When people I don't even know die, I cry.

28. I don't watch the news anymore. I just tune in for the weather report.

29. I hate that the media follows "celebrities" around like they are interesting.

30. I have the shortest temper of anyone I know. Except maybe my brother, Mick.

31. I set up a web site for the online business that my mom and I run. http://www.burntownhomeandgarden.com

32. I find it extremely hard to go to nursing homes or hospitals when people are sick.

33. I have no will power when it comes to making myself work out or doing anything athletic.

34. I didn't think that getting a tattoo hurt. Neither did getting pierced.

35. Is it wrong that I think if you can't speak English, you should learn it or move back to your home country until you do?

36. I love my DVR. I don't know how I would live without it.

37. I get sidetracked while doing things very easily.

38. I like to be outdoors, but I don't really want to do anything while I'm there.

39. I enjoy learning about world history. All the way from the beginning of time until now.

40. I am interested in learning about all the world's religions. I am still on the fence about whose truth is real or if it is all basically the same principle beliefs.

41. I have OCD on occasion, but not all the time.

42. I used to play clarinet. Reeds are gross. I changed mine all the time.

43. I used to bite my fingernails. Up until about 2 months ago....ironically, my mother quit biting hers when she was 29.

44. I craved ice cream sandwiches and nutty buddys (only Purity brand) when I was pregnant with my son. I even sent my husband to the store at 2am one morning because I was out of sandwiches. And he actually went.

45. I craved any soda that was cherry flavored when I was pregnant with my daughter.

46. I used to be so shy that I wouldn't even order things from restaurants. Then I began working with the public.....

47. The only person who knows everything about me is my husband. I tell him EVERYTHING.

48. My bedroom is a mess, but I keep the rest of the house clean. I guess I just need a room that is "carefree".

49. My mom, my dad, my dad's mother, and at least one brother can draw better than Van Gogh......I on the other hand can not draw a straight stick figure.

50. I've had pretty much the same haircut since I was in the 9th grade. The only thing that has changed is the color.


I'm not sure what the offical high is going to be today, but it's HOT up in here!!! It's even to hot to get in the swimming pool. I took my trash out this morning around 8:15am. The neighbors were harvesting some corn for their cows so I went over to say hello. I was only outside for a few minutes, but by the time I got back to the house, I was sweating! And it was 8 o'clock in the morning!!! They had to move their calves to the barn so they could try to keep them as cool as possible and they did that at 5 in the morning because it was just to darn hot to do it any other time.

I added a weather sticker to the blog. It updates every ten minutes or so. Check it out. You can visit their weather page at http://www.wunderground.com. Just type in your zip, search, and there's your weather.

Again, I'm worried about the kids on the bus. Not only my kids, but all the kids. The local tv station is now predicting a high of 101 degrees on Thursday. That's without a heat index. I thought I lived in the "heartland" not the "desert Southwest". We've only been able to get half of our yard mowed and now I think that it might have been a bad idea to mow what we did get mowed. If we don't get some rain soon, the grass will get really burnt.

Another scorcher...

Whew... it was another day with a heat index of at least 100 degrees.

Boiling Hot

The local tv station is now predicting a high on Thursday of 100 so I can only imagine what the heat index will be.

And don't ya know, Thursday is the kids first day of school. I hope the air conditioners are working well there. At least they only go half a day, but still.... it's hot out there! Our air conditioner has been on since about 10:15am. There are no signs that it's going to shut off soon either. I've closed all the blinds and curtains just to try to keep a little of that heat outdoors. Nobody wanted to eat hot food for dinner so we had turkey sandwiches.

I've been trying to get the kids used to going to bed early again....to no avail. I get them to their rooms, but they usually don't get to sleep until 9 or 9:30pm. I'm going to attempt to get them up at the new "regular" time in the morning, but I was wondering who was going to get me up at that hour? I guess I've forgotten to get used to the new time myself. It just hard to get up before the sunrise. No motivation in that. Ahh, well....5:15 will come early in the morning.

Must see video

I checked my email first thing this morning and my aunt has sent me this video of an amazing artist. His name is Ron Mueck. These sculptures are UNBELIEVABLE!!! You have to view this video.

August 4th

Good afternoon to you all!

I drove to Bowling Green this morning to buy some much sought after paper for Neil's class before school starts. Yesterday I made two trips to Staples, but no one knew what I was talking about. For a store that sells school and office supplies, you'd think the employees would know what a ream of paper is. But all they could find were tablets of the "primary" paper. You know, the paper that has large writing lines with a broken line in the middle. I came home and searched Staples online.....didn't have it, searched Office Depot online......didn't have it, my husband suggested the Parent Teacher Store....."Duh", I said, "If they don't have it no one does." So I checked their website.....http://www.parentteacherstoreusa.com/....YEA, they have it and it's only $6.95 a ream, but when I go to check out, they wanted to charge a whopping $7.95 for shipping. That's okay if you are ordering more than just a ream of paper, but for that...I decided to just make an extra trip to B.G. this morning. I like going to Bowling Green before around 10am. Traffic has become so bad after that....geez.... I know growth for the city is a good thing, but I can still remember when the only things on Campbell Lane were the mall, Wal-Mart (and not the Super Wal-Mart...the little one), and the movie theater, plus it was only a two lane road. No turning lanes, no two lanes on either side...just a yellow line in the middle. Definitely not that much traffic, but Bowling Green has become a thriving city and it's nice to have so much so close. An example of which is the Starbuck's white chocolate mocha cappucino that I snuck before I left Scottsville Road. My husband says there isn't any reason to spend that much money for coffee, but I like it. After I got it, I giggled to myself about some coffee mugs we have for sale at my online store (http://www.burntownhomeandgarden.com/). They have a quote on them that says,"Life's too short to drink cheap coffee." So true....so true.

It hasn't rained too much around here so we hadn't mowed the yard in a couple of weeks and it needed to be done badly. I guess I just didn't really have any idea how stinkin' hot it was outside. It's taken three hours to mow only the front yard. The whole yard is only 3/4 of an acre so you can tell we took alot of breaks. We decided that the backyard was going to wait until the morning. If we don't get started by 9am, we'll never get it done before the heat of the day sets in. *Whew*...it's hot....and the middle of next week should be around 100 degrees!!!! At least if it doesn't rain too much, we won't have to get out in that hot sun and mow the yard again!!

August 2nd

OK, I just have to get this off my chest...did Star Jones actually think that NO ONE knew she had gastric bypass surgery?? It was obvious wasn't it?? At least, I thought so. Nobody just loses that much weight that quickly. This just sort of adds to my weak opinion of "celebrity". Instead of dieting the proper way, it seems (but I'm not privy to her personal life) that she used her $$$ and celebrity status to just get surgery. A lot of women today are influenced by what the women in public view are doing. I am not immune to this myself, but one example that really bothers me is more and more women are "opting" to have a c-section as opposed to having a child the natural way. I could be wrong again, but I thought a c-section wasn't an option, but an emergency out of a critical situation. I was thinking about it this morning while watching Nicole Ritchie on GMA. I hope she doesn't "opt out" of regular childbirth.

And another thing.... why in the world did Diane Sawyer refer to Ritchie's measly 4 days in jail as "prison time"? Is she for real??? Four days in jail is in no way a comparison to any time in a prison. Oops...somebody must have forgotten to proofread the questions before the interview...

On to better things....

Tonight was the open house at the kids school. It's nice to go to these every year. Meet and greet, so to speak, with the teachers. Plus, it gets a lot of that monotonous paperwork over with right up front. Both of the kids teachers seem really nice and I've heard good things about them both. Neil's teacher has started a blog for the class, which I think is awesome! Kids in today's age should really get experience with computers and internet at an early age because you really can't do anything anymore without them. Both Neil and Kaia are excited about starting next week. There are students in each class that they know and have had previous classes with so they should adjust to the new classrooms fairly well.

I'm really only concerned about the bus riding this year. It's just too far for me to have to drive them back and forth to school this year. Their first attempt at riding the bus didn't fair so well. I guess that's why I am nervous about it, but they aren't going to be riding the same bus. The first bus was over crowded with students and they were the very last kids on the bus. This year we've moved so the bus they will be riding won't be as crowded and they aren't going to be the last on the bus. I have to meet the bus about 3 miles down the road, but that is better than the 20 miles one way I was driving last year....*whew*. So far everything is starting off on the right foot. Hopefully it will stay that way!!

Is there anybody in there?

Does anyone actually read this blog? I was just wondering. I mean I know my friend, That Gypsy Girl, reads this, but does anyone else?

If you are just cruising through and thought you'd peruse my page.... just leave me a comment...doesn't matter if you just say... "I was here." Just leave something.

It's been awhile...

Ok, ok, I know.... It's been over a month since I posted anything. It's been crazy busy for a while now.
My mom and I started an online business. It's been taking up alot of my time because I am responsible for setting up and maintaining the website. So it took me a couple of weeks to tweak it the way I wanted to. Then we had to get all of our merchandise in...waiting for other people really sucks sometimes. But it's part of life, right? Visit our site.....

Visit our site at www.burntownhomeandgarden.com! Just click here!

In addition to all that stress, my grandmother passed away on July 6. So needless to say, that put a hold on all company operations for about a week or so. I was actually ready for a break, just not for that reason. Her passing was a long time coming and actually a relief. She had been suffering for a year or so and it was depressing to see her that way. She was a very proud woman and tough too. She always said she was a "tough old bird" and at the funeral my aunt said that the "tough old bird" had finally flown the coop. Smile It was nice to see my uncles and aunts although it wasn't for a good reason. I wish we could all get together more often. My aunt lives in Tenn. and my uncles (and their wives and families) all live in Florida. One aunt I hadn't seen since I was like....6 years old.
Speaking of 6 years old....my daughter just turned 6! I can't believe she's turned six years old.


Palm Tree We had a "luau" party for her this weekend. Palm Tree Hula Dancer I made my first "real" cake for her birthday. I bought a palm tree cake pan, a coconut cake mix, and I made my own butter cream icing. I made two different batches of icing because for some reason, the icing kept looking "marbled" like it was seperating or something. I think it was the humidity. It still tasted good, but I really worked hard to make everything just so and the humidity messed up my icing. Anyone got any ideas on what happened to my icing or any tried and true high humidity recipes for buttercream icing?? Please share the wealth!!
At least it didn't rain. I watched the weather every night and every night the percentage of probable rain was getting smaller and smaller. It finally rained Fri. night so it was all gone by Sat afternoon. I was WORN OUT by Sat. night though. I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. The result was that Ruby was happy. She loved all her decorations and told me that night that her birthday party was great and that it didn't "stink". Oh why thank you. At least I know I didn't stink!

I don't really understand....

why people post pictures but then block out faces or only use the first letter of people's names? I mean isn't the whole blog thing supposed to be out there for everyone to see? I guess it's just personal preference. I get that.
To each their own, right?

Oh My!

Hello all!

I hadn't realized that my last post was almost a month ago. Where has the time gone? Out the window I suppose. Window

Well, my brother is here now. He got here the second week of June. I'm really excited. We didn't grow up together and now I get a chance to get to know him. He is 8 years older than me so the gap isn't too big. It will take some getting used to. I'm not used to having siblings around, or even wanting to be around so..... The first day he was here he kept calling me sissy...which is bad all by itself....but I've never had anybody call me that. So being a girl, I was a bit emotional. Kinda like a "sissy"..... Sissy

My mom and I are trying to get an online business started. Another thing I'm really excited about. If we can get it started and be successful then I won't have to get a part time job when the kids go back to school. We'll be selling home and garden decor. Everybody wants their yard to look good. At least I do anyway. And I like to do decorations for the different holidays so I'm hoping there are other people out there like me & I know there are! Mom wanted to just sell stuff on eBay Surf The Web and I said NO WAY! There is soooo much on there now that you are overwhelmed by all the things that pop up when you search for a single item. It's a headache just to look for a shirt. I'm trying not to be too excited because I know that it will take time to get the word out, but I have faith.

Busy, busy

Hey all!

I know I haven't blogged in a while, but I've been pretty busy. The kids are now out of school. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Kaia had her kindergarten graduation on the 24th and that was their last day.

Just a little update on my dad. He's been in the hospital Hospital Bed for almost two weeks. He had a extremely bad intestinal infection that almost ruptured his colon. He had surgery last Friday the 25th and they removed about 10 inches of his intestine. I talked to him this morning and he seems to be doing MUCH better. I tried to talk to him on the Saturday after his surgery, but he wasn't really aware of his surroundings at the time. He thinks they are going to let him go home maybe on Friday. So everyone keep your fingers crossed Fingers Crossed and your thoughts and prayers to the higher power of your choice with my dad. Thanks!
Get Well Soon

For Memorial Day weekend, we camped out in our backyard. Camp Fire We were going to try to go to the lake, but they had closed the beach because of low water levels so we just decided we make a go of it in our backyard. We had everything the lake has.....well except for the lake part.... Tongue Out But we had our pool! In The Pool

Hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend.....even though it's already the middle of the week and I'm a little behind.

Kaia's Trip to the Dentist

Unfortunately, Kaia's first two loose teeth decided that they were going to be stubborn and stay for a while. The permanent ones that were to take their place started to come in behind the baby teeth so we had to have the dentist pull the baby ones. And they were her two very first lost teeth!!!

But all went well at the dentist office, we weren't actually there more than 30 minutes. He sent her home with her two teeth in the cute little case you see in the picture and she's fine now.


You know, "they" say that everything happens in 3's right...............

I've neglected to blog about my dad who is, or was (haven't talked to him today), in the hospital. My dad is sick

He's got stomach "issues". Of course, he has had these "issues" for a long time, but now there seems to be infections that like to tag along with the "issues". He is fine as long as he isn't eating Eatin' some food. But we all have to eat, right? Well, now the doctor's Doctor are saying that he can go home, but he has to continue to take his medication The good stuff until the infection is gone. Then they think that surgery to remove part of the colon is the way to go. I'm a little freaked out What the fuck?by the fact that they want to remove part of my dad's intestine!!! I think I am mainly freaked out because I can't be with him I miss him...he's all the way in Florida Florida has palm treesand I'm all the way in KentuckyIt is a horseshoe, but I do not have any luck. My brother & sister-in-law are with him & she'll take good care of him, but I can't help but wish I wish, I wish I could be there too.

And then my friend, That Gypsy Girl, well her husband decided that it would be ok to catch a whirling blade on a rotary saw with his FINGER!!! What were you thinking Bergen? Ouch!!! So um....they sewedI could have done it with some fishing line and a hook it back on..... I don't know how either one of them got through that without passing out Fainting because when she called to tell me about it, I thought I was going to pass out. But he's doing ok now.....thanks in part, I'm guessing, to the great pain medication The good stuff they gave him and the wife playing nurse Nurse Cameron ...... LOL

Ok, so that's two in the past week. I know these things are always supposed to happen in 3'sGet it....there are three of them so what's gonna happen next? Really now, we don't need anymore of this stress Screamer around here!!!!!