Breezin' Through

For some reason the sun seemed a little sluggish getting up this morning.  I doubt it was the sun's fault that the overhanging clouds keep her rays from shining through, but at 6:30AM it was still pretty gloomy outside.  The temperature this morning was very pleasant though, sitting around 68 degrees.  The kids didn't even want to wear their jackets to school.

It was a near perfect morning.  Except for the wind.  It's been very windy, but the wind added a little something to the moment I think.  As the kids dashed off to their designated positions at the end of the driveway to wait for the school bus,  they noticed all the fallen leaves just lying on the ground.  Waiting for them it seemed.  It became apparent that the night had stripped the maple trees of nearly all their leaves.  I started to run in the house for my camera, but I stopped.  I didn't want to miss the moment.  Together they began to pile the leaves.  Scooping with their hands, scooting with their feet.  Every time one of them would try to throw a handful into the pile, the wind would whip all the leaves away.

I don't think I've ever noticed just how quickly the leaves change and disappear.  Just a few days ago, they were all blazingly yellow and orange and now they are all nearly bare.  I haven't been able to get into the Halloween spirit this year.  I guess I've never noticed how quickly that comes and goes too.

It's How You Say It

Saying 150 miles sounds so much worse than saying 10-15 minutes doesn't it?  If I said that I had driven 150 miles past my destination, you would ask what in the world was wrong, but if I had said that I had driven past my destination for only 10-15 minutes, it wouldn't sound so bad.  Would it?  I was like lots of other folks who was forced to listen to the seemingly neverending story about the Northwest flight that flew past their destination of Minneapolis.  At first, I was like everyone else.  Huge question marks over my head wondering how they could have flown so far past it, but then I hear...
  1. It was only 10-15 minutes before they turned around.
  2. The passengers weren't really aware.
  3. The flight attendants had no clue.
I think the idea that the pilots were asleep came solely from that annoying aviation analyst on ABC News, John Nance.  Anytime there is an issue with aircraft they go to this man.  I have to change the channel or mute the TV.  It's the way he talks.  It grates on my nerves like fingernails on chalkboard.

There is no excuse for these pilots to have not responded to air traffic control for as long as they did.  None at all.  However, I have a huge problem with these guys being fired over this mistake.  According to an ABC News story... 
"Cheney (the pilot) had a perfect flight record before the overshooting incident, logging more hours in the air than Chesley Sullenberger, who "miraculously" landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River earlier this year."
A perfect flight record.  Obviously the pilot and co-pilot should be reprimanded for their lack of following airline policy by using their laptops in the cockpit, but revoking them of their pilots' license...?

No one was injured, maimed, or killed.  It could have been much, much worse, but it wasn't.  In this economy where it is so very hard for people to find employment, does the NTSB really need to strip these guys of their jobs?

10 Year Old Grown Ups

It's official.  He's been here a decade.  A whole decade.  He's in the double digits now.  I've managed to not let a single tear fly.  They've welled up in my eyeballs, but not overflowed them.

We did a little get together for his birthday this past Saturday.  I asked him to invite his friends from school, but I guess he's already at the age where we, as parents, embarrass him because he didn't want to invite them!  He didn't want a birthday cake either.  That's really no surprise though because he isn't much of a sweet eater. Every morning we watch the morning news while they are eating their breakfast and getting ready to catch the bus.  They run a segment of "Mr. Food".  Last week he did a Cinnamon Nut Ring.  Neil said that's what he wanted for his birthday.  It was super simple to make and he really liked it.

He got the new "Transformers" movie so all the kids (plus Chris and my dad) snuck to the livingroom to watch it.  I had an issue with the candles we bought to put on the cake.  They were trick sparkler candles.  The kind that are supposed to sparkle like those fireworks and then when you blow them out they light back.  Didn't happen.  They just burned like regular candles.  It was quite uneventful.  So while the kids were doing adult like things, myself, my mother and father-in-law, and my mom all stood in the kitchen while I held a lit candle and waited for something to happen.  The only thing that happened was that I got burned with hot wax and the candle stuck to my finger.

Then to further make ourselves look like idiots... we balanced a broom in the kitchen floor.  No, really, we did.  See my mother-in-law was telling me that her son-in-law told her that his wife had done this.  Apparently the planets are aligned in such a way that you can do things like balance your broom and it will stand without your help.  His wife stood up all the brooms down an aisle in Wal-Mart.

I can't take all the credit for standing the broom up.  My father-in-law placed it in the doorway first and after several near misses on getting it to balance, I took over trying and got it to stand.

My mother-in-law and I sat in the corner watching and waiting for it to fall.

Then I promised her that I wouldn't put that second photo on Facebook....  She didn't mention a thing about blogging about it!  If you don't hear from me for a few days... you know why.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Last week was great.  I'm so glad that my dad was able to make the trip up to Kentucky to spend the week with us.  The time went by so fast I can't believe that he had to leave so soon.  We spent most of the time just wandering around aimlessly in various restaurants and places since Chris was at work and the kids were in school.  We managed to walk around Hobby Lobby for a couple of hours and I only spent $5!  The Simplicity patterns were all on sale.  I found one for personal blanket... AKA a Snuggie!!  Kaia said she wanted one for kids so I hope she'll accept a knock off handmade version!  I also found one with a simple quilt design.  I've never made a quilt before, but I'm going to attempt one soon.  Wish me luck!

We visited the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green.   They currently have only one plane on display there.  This particular aircraft is an F-4D Phantom II.  It was flown in Vietnam by Major Dan Cherry of Bowling Green.  I don't think I've ever been so close to any kind of fighter jet. 

The color of the leaves are rapidly changing now.  Dad commented before he left that some of the trees were still green when he arrived a week ago.  Most have already turned to their bright yellows and oranges while some are still green.  Our Dogwoods' leaves had already turned a dark red, but were still hanging all over the tree when he arrived.  Yesterday there were just a handful left.  Pretty soon the weatherman will be calling for snow....

Little Less to Say

Short post today!

It's Neil's 10th birthday. I seriously considered letting him bypass school this morning, but I reconsidered and sent him in. Mainly because today is also report card day at the school. Bad coincidence for him that his birthday would also be report card day.

Dad and I are going to go run around town a little today and see what we can find to get into. I promise to get back to regular posting next week!

Struck Again

I'm in love.  I'm in love with my dad's laptop computer.  I have to find a way to negotiate one of these for myself.  Honestly, I think I would rediscover my love for Ye Olde Desktop if I purchased additional memory (she only has 256MB) and upgraded to Vista ('cause I want to!!).  I'm just scared.

Not scared about the memory thing, that part seems easy.  I'm scared to do the whole Vista thing.  I don't want to have to pay somebody hundreds of dollars either.  There really isn't a need for me to go purchase a new computer of any sort when mine works perfectly well.  It's just slow.  I've done all I can do for it short of purchasing the memory.  I even reset the whole thing back to it's factory settings and still she is slow. 

I've worked mostly with Windows XP, but I've seen a few computers equipped with Vista and I like their ease of use.  I've also heard lots of people complain about Vista as well.  Of course,  I'd love to have a Mac, but again let's face the facts here... those babies are expensive.

So I'm asking all those who are listening... what do you think about XP and Vista?

Good Morning Sunshine!

Hello again Monday morning! 

For the record, I have an extreme dislike for seasonal nasal allergies.  For me they have come with age.  I didn't used to have any problems with allergies or the changing of the seasons what so ever.  Now the seasons change, I get allergies, and my nasal passages swell shut.  I can't breathe and it feels like I'm all stopped up except I'm not.  I have to live with a constant feeling that there is a booger the size of Alaska living in my nasal passages.  Here's my plug for the Netipot.  Nothing ever reduces the swelling except for daily rinses with that Netipot.  So if you've got what I've got, get what I got... a Neti pot.  Ha... I made a rhyme.

My dad got here right on time on Sunday morning.  3:30AM.   I took a brief nap while struggling to watch the football game, but for the most part I was proud of running on my 3 and a half hours of sleep.  I felt young again.  Not really, but it sounded good, right?

My son turns 10 in just two days!  I've waited until the last possible moment to do any birthday shopping so now I have to go out in the 30 degree weather to find him some presents.  That's right, I said 30 degrees!!!  This is just too cold for mid-October.  Everyone please right a strongly worded letter to Mother Nature and tell her that it's too soon for such cold weather and PS could she tell the sun that it's ok to shine in Kentucky for more than one day at a time?  Thanks so much.


My readership has dwindled down to near nothingness.  I blame myself.  I blame the fact that I migrated from here to there and back to here again.  Except now the here is actually next door, so to speak, to where it once was.

How do these super popular bloggers do it?  How do they get their blogs "out there"?  How do they get so many comments?!?!  I'm lucky to get just one tiny, little, itty bitty comment once a week.  I guess I haven't really found my writing style yet.  A nice niche to fall into.  I feel like I must blog during the week, but sometimes there just isn't anything to blog about.  Sometimes there is too much to blog about!  I've signed up with the Mom Blogs, the BlogHer network, and even created a community with The Blog Frog.  I hope this can drum up some business.

I think part of the issue is my lack of being able to stick with a certain blog layout.  There are just so many cute layouts out there.  I honestly wish that I could find one that I wanted to stick with.  I've changed it once again.  I didn't even make it though the month of October.  I starting looking at the previous layout and thought that it looked hard to read.  The new layout has color, but muted tones.  Fingers crossed that I can stick with this one.  I'm really proud of myself for making a navigational bar under my header.  It was super easy and I think it makes the page look more "professional".

Both of the kids are getting excited about my dad coming to visit next week.  Everyday this week Neil has asked, "How many more days until Pop gets here?"  This morning I was pleased to say two.  He's coming up from Florida for Neil's birthday next week.  Neil's 10th birthday.  I can't believe my baby is going to be turning 10 years old!  Whaaaa... where did the time go?

Thinking about this just makes me want to spend more time with my family.  The problem is that the majority of them all live in Florida!  Chris has been ready to pack up and move numerous times, but I'm too scared to go so far away from what I know.  That which is comfortable.  We seriously considered a move a couple of years ago.  Even looked into houses, condos, and apartments in south Florida.  I chickened out.  The idea of just packing up our family and moving a thousand miles was a little daunting.  Especially without the guarantee of a well paying job.  The cost of living is much greater there than it is here so a job paying the same that he makes here isn't really worth crap down there.  I think I would miss the slow pace.  I would miss the country.

Right now though... I would not miss the rain or this cold weather!!

Blog Action Day 2009

Blog Action is getting the word out about climate change.  Today is a day for all bloggers to write posts about changing our behaviors to help our planet!  After all, it's the only planet we've got!

One of my main concerns for our future is finding sustainable, renewable energy sources.  I don't want my children or my children's children to be dependent on fossil fuels for their energy and fuel.  There are so many ways to help our environment from recycling to solar and wind energy to biofuels to simply having a compost bin in your backyard.  If we each participated in just a few of these things we will make a huge impact on our worlds future.

Check out these sites for how you can help fight change:

Drip Drop, Tick Tock

The rain just won't go away.  It's raining here again today.  We desperately need to mow our yard, but it's just too wet.  I think one, maybe two, more yard mowings are all that is left for this year.  It's turned cold quickly.  Sunday's high is forecast to be 56 degrees.  That's the day my Dad is supposed to arrive from sunny, warm Florida.  Sorry in advance Dad.  Hope you remember to pack your "long" pants and a jacket, if you even own one.

Christmas is coming quickly.  I haven't even begun to decide what I'm going to make everyone this year.  Last year I did a Chocolate Cobbler pre-mix.  I put all the ingredients into bags and tied them all up with twine and wrapped them with the instructions.  I even hand made the bows.  No one liked it.  Even I wasn't a big fan, but then again I'm not a huge fan of chocolate either.  I'm almost running out of time so I really should figure out what to do this year.  We don't participate in any gift exchanges because the last time we did, years ago, we did not have the money to spend.  I purchased something inexpensive.  The recipient was very miffed and thought that I had done it to be mean, but in reality I did it because I had no other choice.  It was that or nothing at all.  Everyone expects a present, but we can barely afford to buy stuff for the kids, so I'm looking for inexpensive yet creative.  Any ideas? 

Monday Rambling

Fall break is over, done, ka-put.  I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of arguing, fussing, and fighting that usually ensues when the kids are around each other for more than 5 minutes.  I was not happy when I had to get up at 5:45 this morning.  That part was not pleasant.

Stephanie and I nearly froze to death on Saturday at the Tobacco Festival.  I had been watching the weather for a week just praying for no rain.  I watched the chances for rain diminish as the day got closer and closer.  Apparently Stephanie was doing the same thing and neither of us thought to pray for sunlight and warmth.  I've heard several people say they found most items, including the food, to be far too overpriced at most vendors booths.  After we did a little scouting of our own, we realized that our baubles were priced lower than most.  We did sell several items, but I don't think either of us would say it was a success.  You can find some of our items here and here. 

Chris and I got new phones last week.  Another thank you going out to the In-Laws!  The plan we have has unlimiited text messaging.  I've never been a "texter".  Never saw a reason to.  I always said that if I couldn't just call them up and talk to them then I didn't need to talk to them.  Oh. My. Gawd.  I love text messaging.  I will probably have to go into some kind of program soon.  I am still irritated with words not spelled correctly though.  Proper grammer is being lost on the youth who speak in "text" these days.  If you get a text from me, it will likely have the right capitalization and puncuation marks.  Don't hate.


I don't think I've ever eaten a pistachio in my entire life.  In all my excitement about the moon being made of cheese, I forgot to talk about this slap your knee it's so darn funny commercial that I saw on the boob tube last night.

Had me crackin' up! I wonder if the pistachio people approached Levi or if it was the other way around...

It's Made of Cheese

Everyone knows that the moon is made of cheese. 

I don't know why NASA has to shoot a rocket to the moon to look for water.  In fact, I'm pretty freaked out about it.  How do they know what is going to happen if they start sucking all the water out of the moon?  Don't we have enough water right here on this planet?  I'd like it if we could focus on sustaining what we already have as opposed to looking outside of what we already know works for us.

I haven't watched the news in a couple of days.  I wait until I know the weather is going to be on and then I tune in.  I've talked about having an anxiety disorder before so it's no surprise that this is causing me to have an attack.  Well, it's no surprise to me anyway.  It's frustrating when the attacks come from nowhere and I don't know why I am having them, but it's even harder to come out of an attack when I know what is causing the anxiety.  Because I know what the cause is I have to work harder to think of something other than that subject.

I'm always hoping for a way to avoid it.  I can remember a time when I had no idea what anxiety was.  I want to be there again.

Brand New Day

It's a new week!  Today starts the beginning of the Fall break period for the kiddos.  I was hoping to have nice sunny weather, but again the sun is eluding us.  Hiding behind an overabundance of clouds and only peeking out every now and then.  It's quite chilly around here too.  Currently it's only 58 degrees.  Brrrr.....  I'm not complaining though.  I love the fall weather. *Since I began writing this post, the sun is now shining down and blue skies are overhead!*

This weekend turned out to be really productive.  My mother/father-in-law allowed us to get phones on their cell phone plan.  I am very appreciative.  We had those pay-as-you-go phones and we were going a lot apparently.  We were paying way too much for not enough time or features.  We joined their plan because getting our own plan was going to cost too much right now.  The deposit was outrageous.  The problem for us is that we used to have some credit cards.  We got behind in the payments.  They went to collections.  Eight years ago.  We've got them all paid off now and don't even own a single credit card.  Most people would think this is a good thing.  Wrong.  What's worse than having bad credit?  Having NO credit.  It's irritating when you get that piece of paper that says, "We're sorry.  *insert company name here* can not give you credit at this time due to "lack of revolving credit accounts on file".  Does this make sense?  How do you establish a line of revolving credit if no one will give you one?!?!?!  Stupid banks and stupid credit people!  Anyway... we got new phones.  And thanks to the great neogotianal skills of my mother-in-law, we got them for free.  Woo hoo!!  I can actually use text messaging now.  I am so far behind.

We did a little Spring cleaning in the Fall around the house.  Since my dad is coming for a visit, I went into cleaning overdrive.  I had to get the office straightened up because that's where our hide-a-bed sofa is.  You couldn't actually see the sofa though because it had become a "catch-all".  We went through all the junk, got it all thrown away or put away.  I got the sheets, covers, extra pillows, pillow cases, and even the sofa cover all washed and ready to go.  The kids are so excited that their "Pop" is driving so far just to come see them!  Nearly 1,000 miles!!  I hope he has a safe trip.

After lots of pleading on my part, we got the livingroom rearraged as well.  We were really stuck on how to place the furniture.  I wrote a post about it not long after we moved back in here.  Lots of debating occured and in the end, Chris won by not having to move the TV and armoir to the other side of the livingroom.  I'm really digging the new layout.  People can actually sit on the sofa, loveseat, and recliner and still see the TV.  We did a good job.

The Harvest

I have seen this particular combine going back and forth for a couple of weeks now.  I kept wondering how long it would take for them to finally come harvest the sad looking soy beans that were in the fields next to our home.  They looked to be begging for harvest, those beans.  He caught me snapping his picture. I heard a honk - honk.  Got a wave.  I didn't know that such large farm equipment came with horns or that it would sound so dinky in comparison to the size of the combine.

I heard a rumbling noise the other night.  It sounded like a huge blower.  At first I didn't catch what I was hearing, then I realized that it was a grain silo just down the road.  Sound carries well here.  It reminded me of growing up.  It reminded me why I love it here.  Why this is the best season of them all.

Random Music Day

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