Thursday, June 28, 2007

A MeMe

I got this MeMe from my friend Jenny. Visit her blog at Aunt Jenny's World.
Feel free to copy and add your own info. A link back to my blog would be appreciated!

1)Color: Pink
2)Food: Hot homemade bread with real butter
3)Musical Group: Don't Have A Favorite
4)Song Right Now: “Wonder” by Kelli Pickler
5)Movie: You’ve Got Mail
6)Sport: Baseball
7)Season: Spring
8)Day of the Week: Monday -- my day off
9)Ice Cream Flavor: Butter Pecan
10)Person: Both of my daughters

1)Current Mood: Happy
2)Current Scent: Rose
3)Current Clothes: Black capris, blue top, sandals
4)Current Desktop: Yellow tulips
5)Current Ringtone on Cell Phone: Fur Elise
6)Current Music: local country station
7)Current Time: 10:35 am Pacific
8)Current Surrounding: Sitting in my office – slow work day
9)Current Event Happening Today: Work

1)First Best Friend: Marcia Clark
2)First Kiss: Lowell Hettick when I was 8
3)First Screen Name: kayb528
4)First Pet: my dog Penney (cocker spaniel)
5)First Piercing: My ears at 15 (only piercing)
6)First Crush: Lowell Hettick
7)First Music: the Beatles
8)First Car: a '65 Pontiac Bonneville (BIG car)

1)Last Class: dont remember…LONG time ago
2)Last Drink: Coffee w/ hazelnut creamer
3)Last Trip: To Moscow, ID
4)Last Kiss: Don’t remember
5)Last Movie Seen at the Theater: Pirates of the Carribean III w/ my grandson Christien
6)Last Phone Call: Daughter Missy at 10:45 am
7)Last CD Played: Point of Grace

1)Have you ever dated one of your best guy friends? no
2)Have you ever broken the law? Yup
3)Have you ever been arrested? No
4)Have you ever skinny-dipped? Yes - still like to do it
5)Have you ever been on TV? Yes
6)Have you ever kissed someone you didn’t know? Yes

1) 1 thing you’re wearing: rosy pink toenail polish..none on my fingernails
2)1 thing you’ve done today: typed a letter
3)1 thing you’re bothered by: spiders
4)1 thing you can’t live without: Morning coffee w/ hazlenut creamer
5)1 thing you do when you’re bored: eat

1) England
2) Ireland
3) Italy
4) Texas

1) Elodie
2) Patricia
3) Missy

1)Black or White? Black
2)Hot or Cold? Cold

Have my own homebased business so I don’t have to work for someone else!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

No Wonder Babies Get Cranky. . .

when they get their shots! I went for a complete physical on Tuesday. Since I hadn't had a tetanus booster for about 20 years my doctor insisted I have one. Man! I have been feeling sick for two days! Yesterday I woke up with a horrible headache and just felt blah all day. Came home from work at 4 and went to bed. This morning I woke up to a sore arm and the soreness even went up into my neck. I stayed home from work and have slept off and on all day. I've had a taste of what little ones go through when they get their immunizations - not fun!

There's not much to report because I haven't really done anything for two days. We've had beautiful weather for 3 days in a row. But it's supposed to be raining again by the weekend. Typical June weather on the west side of WA!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Never Mind!

Yes I know I change my mind alot! Thought Word Press would be easier for me -- NOT!! So forget I said anything about changing. I'm staying here!

Monday, June 11, 2007

An Old Dog Tries to Text Message

I used to think I was pretty savvy when it came to technological things. I taught myself word processing and other computer related things. When we got our first computer at home I was the one that set it up, then taught everyone in the house how to use it. I've always been the one in the office that everyone comes to when they can't get the computer, copier, or some other piece of office equipment to work. I am an inquisitive person and love to learn new things. I pride myself with being able to stick with something until I've figured out how to do it.

Now comes the era of text messaging on your cell phone. I watch these teens who have grown up with technology use their thumbs to type messages at a rate faster than the speed of light. How do they do that? I try to be cool and send a text message which takes me about 10 minutes to type one sentence! When texting you have to press each key on the phone until you get the letter you want in the message. Half the time I've got the message part way done and realize that I haven't pressed fast enough so the message looks like jibberish. I have to go the clear key to backspace to the mistake then start all over again! Then there's something that Grandson #1 tried to teach me about a setting on my phone that will put a word in if I type the first letter. Supposed to make my texting go faster -- NOT!! All the while, Daughter #2 and Grandson #1 are rolling on the floor in fits of laughter at my attempts to message.

Last night I signed our family up for a family share plan with unlimited text messaging. All of the people that have phones on our plan are over the age of 20 so we are all text impaired. Did I think that maybe just by signing up it would be make things easier and we'd all be text wizards?

This morning Daughter #1 calls me because she wants to download a new ring tone to her phone. You have to send a text message in order to do that. She and I are on the land line with our cell phones in front of us and I'm trying to walk her through how to do the text message. We get to the part where you have to enter a "1". In text mode when you push the one you don't get a one. You get all different kinds of punctuation marks. Daughter #1 asks if Daughter #2 (who is the text queen) is awake. I say no but am thinking of waking her so she can help us figure out this stupid text thing. Then Daugher #1 figures out that if you hold down the "1" you actually get the number one! We've made progess. The ring tone starts to download and then it says you have to click a link to get the tone. How in the world do you click on a link with your cell phone?

We both gave up. The ring tone is downloaded in the in box on her phone and we'll wait until Daughter #2 wakes from blissful slumber to get us out of this text nightmare.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sunday Evening

I'm having writer's block. I can't even really think of a good title for this post except "Sunday Evening". Maybe it's because not much has been going on lately. Daughter #1 is on the mend. I took her to the bank yesterday -- first time out since surgery. I told her she walked like a 90 year old woman. As Grandson #2 and I are trotting out to the car I yell over my shoulder "Hurry up Grandma!" We all got tickled about that, especially Daughter #1. Today I went over to feed the animals and made a pot of potato soup. It was yummy good and enough leftovers for her to eat off of for a couple of days. We watched "Marie Antoinette". If you haven't seen it please don't waste your money. A totally weird and boring movie.

Daughter #2 is back to her charming 13 year old self after her shots last week. Don't know what they put in those shots but she's been especially charming all week. No sullen attitude, no sassiness, she's been helpful around the house -- almost like another child invaded her body! Actually she's not that bad, she's just 13!

I had big plans to get lots done around the house. We woke up yesterday to one of those chilly, rainy June days in the Pacific NW. The kind of day that makes you sleepy and all you want to do is snuggle under a blanket on the couch. And that's exactly what I did! Gave myself permission to take the day off. Sure felt good!

More later! Time for bed!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Noodled Out!

I wore myself out with the noodles. I'm too tired to write much tonight. But Daughter #1 is feeling much better today. Could it have been the chicken and noodles?? I called earlier this morning and her husband said she was blow drying her hair. That's a sure sign that she's on the mend. Daughter #2 was under the weather today. She had three booster shots at the doctor yesterday and felt really bad. Didn't feed her noodles. We had Stouffer's Mac n Cheese -- major comfort food!

Night everyone! More tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


All I wanted to do was make a simple pot of chicken and noodles for Daughter #1 who is recovering from surgery. I thought while I was at it I'd make a pot for myself and Daughter #2. I've tried my hand at making my own noodles but they always turn out so tough that you could re-sole a pair of shoes with them. I've been using some frozen noodles called Grandma's that I get at Albertsons. My granny made the best homemade noodles in the world -- she's probably turning in her grave at the thought of me using frozen!

I made my list, checked it twice, and was off to Albertson's after work to get the ingredients. Got to the freezer case and no noodles. Not even the other popular brand that I feel isn't up to my discriminating noodle taste (I am desperate at this point so any would do). I march up to the customer service desk and the nice lady informs me that they no longer carry frozen noodles of any kind. I'm sure the look on my face was nasty as she backed up about a foot behind the counter. Out to the car I went and headed for Safeway. I just knew they'd at least have the other brand and I was getting desperate as it was approaching 5:00. Guess what? Safeway doesn't carry frozen noodles anymore either!! In this fast paced, pre-packaged world these two stores now expect me to start making homemade?? See the previous comment about shoe repair.

I had one last store to try before I gave up. Called Daughter #1, told her I was on a noodle hunt and on my way to the third store. She said "Mom why don't you just use the ones out of the bag." Good Lord! You don't take a sick person chicken and noodles made from bagged noodles. Frozen maybe, but not bagged. Made it to Fred Meyer's, hit the frozen food section, and there was a whole freezer case full of noodles! Hallelujah! I had struck gold -- on sale 2 for $4! Third store's a charm! Grabbed two bags and off I went to mother my sick child with "homemade" chicken and noodles.

Sunday, June 3, 2007


I didn't have much time on the front porch today. I spent the afternoon with my dear friend Patricia. I picked her up at 1:30 and off we went to a quilt show in Portland. Unfortunately after we were on the road we noticed the show was only open until 3. We took the wrong bridge, missed the exit, ended up in the Terwillger Curves on I-5 south, and had to drive for 3 miles to find an exit. We got turned around at 2:15, took the downtown Portland exit and made it to the quilt show at 2:30. One good thing about being that late is that we got free admission. It was a major decision as to whether to go see the quilts first or visit the vendor booths. Spending money won out and off we went to the vendor's area. I got two really cute patterns that contain an apron, table runner, placemats, and a wall hanging in each one -- all with a chicken theme. The designer is from Portland and the first thing I asked one of the gals in the booth was if the aprons would fit across the chest of a well-endowed person -- namely me. I make my own bib aprons but the bib is usually a little narrow. I'll be working around the house and look down to find one side of my chest hanging out the side of the apron! The designer happened to be in the booth and she said that she had designed them to fit those of us with an ample bosom. I looked over and saw that she was more well endowed than me! So I bought two patterns. Patricia got the neatest book about making quilted fabric postcards. We both bought kits and will start that project soon. I've been wanting to do those for a long time. I'll post pictures tomorrow of our quilt show finds. We finally ended up going to see the quilts at 2:55! Needless to say, it was a quick trip through the displays. But some of the quilts were just gorgeous. Wish we would have had longer but that's ok. There will always be more show to go to. It was a good afternoon spent with a good friend.

Porch Sitting

What a beautiful day in the PNW today! In fact, we've had a beautiful week. Lots of warm weather -- maybe a little too warm for me (I whine when it gets over 80) -- and sun, sun, sun. I hung towels out on the line. I can't wait to take my shower in the AM so I can dry off with one. They're rough but sure do smell great.

A lot of the rest of the day was spent doing some housework, sitting on the front porch, doing laundry, sitting on the front porch, more sitting on the front porch. Are you starting to see a pattern here? When summer comes my porch is where I spend lots and lots of time. All my flowers got planted last Sunday so I have lots of pretties to look at while I sit.

From my vantage point, i.e. my white wicker rocker, I can see all the happenings in the neighborhood. Watch lots of cars go by as we're on a main road, check out what the neighbors across the street are doing, and just generally be nosy. Got ready to go to the store for hazelnut creamer for my late afternoon decaf and there was a police car blocking the end of the road. No traffic could turn on the road in front of our house. This meant more sitting as I had to observe what was going on -- plus I couldn't go anywhere because the street was blocked! The neighbor down the road called me to say there had been an accident in front of her house. She had been talking to the police and filled me in on all the details.

I called Daughter #1 to make a report and she said I reminded her of my dad! He always used to sit on his porch and watch what was going on. He and my step-mom lived across the street from the Illinois State Fairgrounds. For the two weeks of State Fair every August my dad had lots to watch and lots to report on. In our weekly phone call I would get the low down. Once, while going to take the trash out late at night he stumbled across a couple of tipsy fairgoers laying in the backyard being very friendly with each other. Then there was the time he caught a guy going to the bathroom in the bushes in the backyard. All would be reported with lots of laughter. We heard these two particular stories over and over many times.

Daughter #1 is right -- I am like my dad! But couldn't think of anyone better to be like. Now if it wasn't so dark outside I'd go sit on the porch and see what was going on. That's the problem with living in the country -- no street lights! But there's always tomorrow!