"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." ~~Wisdom from Dr. Seuss:


Blog Award

I received my first blog award! Yeah!! Thank You Sooooooooo much Becky over at In The Trenches. If you have not been over there yet, check her out!! She is the bomb and a Sweetheart to boot!! She is not only a great Mom, but encourager, a listening ear, and a great picture taker. I am thrilled I stumbled onto her blog one day, and now I am one of her greatest stalkers =)

Now I have to be generous and pass this along to some other great bloggers:

1. Queen Size Funny Bone, Don't Let Your Funny Bone Go Limp - Ms. Tammy

2. Up The Hill Backward - Funny Suzie

3. Is It Just Me - Crazy Missy

4. Time Flies - Tell it to Me Straight Tammy

5. Decisionally Challenged - My Girl Georgie

6. Gizzards & Calf Fries -Kit

Here is the fun that goes along with it......now they have to answer accordingly.

1. Where is your cell phone….close at hand
2. Your hair….pulled back
3. Your mother….my favorite lady
4. Your father…..I was blessed with 2
5. Your favorite food…..biscuits w/gravy mashed potatoes & fried pork chops
6. Your dream from last night……a waterfall and earthquake
7. Your favorite drink…...sweet tea/ale-8
8. Your dream/goal…..run a B & B, or to live out west on a working ranch
9. What room are you in…...bedroom
10. What is your hobby…..cooking, photography, reading, & fishing
11. What is your greatest fear…..losing my Nan or Mom
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years…..living my dream of course
13. Where were you last night….funeral home for friend
14. Something you are not…..tactful
15. Muffins….not my favorite
16. Wish list items….fly fishing pole, cabin out in the woods
17. Where did you grow up….stop sign on a map dot, Kentucky
18. Last thing you did…..emailed Byron
19. What are you wearing….rust color button up & blue jean skirt
20. Your t.v…….don’t have it
21. Your pets……Jesse
22. Your friends….am blessed with many
23. Your life……is blessed beyond what I deserve.
24. Your mood…..happy, and thought provoking
25. Missing someone…...Daddy
26. Vehicle…..white
27. Something you’re not wearing….socks
28. Your favorite store……the Primitive Shop in Jamesport MO
29. Favorite color……blue
30. Last time you laughed……10mins ago
31. Last time you cried……Sunday
32. Best friend…..Dave
33. One place you go over and over…..work
34. Person who emails you regularly…..Byron
35. Favorite place to eat…..Garozzo’s

Wordless Wednesday


Finally Friday!!

Ok, ok, it's not really Friday. It is mine though!! Yeah!! DH and I are off to TN for a 4 day weekend with my friend and her hubby. Please note the attire I picked in the picture below. I did change the red to purple...haha.

I will not have any cell or Internet while gone, so I promise to catch up on my reading and comments next week. This week has been crazy!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and see ya next week!
Until then, here is your "Fun Friday" Blog:

Quote: Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.

I told Jesse no funny business while we were gone, and not to be taking lessons from other border collies


Two For Tuesday

Since DH and I are getting away for a 4 day weekend, I thought hey, I should treat DH to something nice/sexy to wear in case we go out or stay in. I wanted to look all pretty and "hot" for DH. I mean doesn't he deserve that from me?
So while at Wal*Mart I saw these two outfits, and thought, AWESOME!! DH would die if he saw me in either two outfits. Litterally. I'm also pretty sure I would be HOT in them as well.

Have a great Tuesday!!


Fun Friday

Redneck Driver's Application
Last name: ________________

First name (check appropriate box):

[_] Billy-Bob
[_] Bobby-Sue
[_] Billy-Joe
[_] Bobby-Jo
[_] Billy-Ray
[_] Bobby-Ann
[_] Billy-Sue
[_] Bobby-Lee
[_] Billy-Mae
[_] Bobby-Ellen
[_] Billy-Jack
[_] Bobby-Beth-Ann

Age: ____ (if unsure, guess)

Sex: ____ M _____ F _____ Not sure

Shoe Size: ____ Left ____ Right


[_] Farmer
[_] Mechanic
[_] Hair Dresser
[_] Waitress
[_] Unemployed
[_] Dirty Politician

Spouse's Name: __________________________
2nd Spouse's Name: _________________________
3rd Spouse's Name: _________________________
Lover's Name: ____________________________
2nd Lover's Name: __________________________

Relationship with spouse:

[_] Sister [_] Aunt
[_] Brother
[_] Uncle
[_] Mother
[_] Son
[_] Father
[_] Daughter
[_] Cousin
[_] Pet

Number of children living in household: ___
Number of children living in shed: ___
Number of children that are yours: ___

Mother's Name: _______________________
Father's Name: _______________________
(If not sure, leave blank)

Education: 1 2 3 4 (Circle highest grade completed)

Do you [_] own or [_] rent your mobile home?

Vehicles you own and where you keep them:

___ Total number of vehicles you own
___ Number of vehicles that still crank
___ Number of vehicles in front yard
___ Number of vehicles in back yard
___ Number of vehicles on cement blocks

Firearms you own and where you keep them:

____ truck
____ kitchen
____ bedroom
____ bathroom
____ shed

Model of your pickup: _____________
Year pickup produced: 194____

Do you have a gun rack?

[_] Yes [_] No; If no, please explain:_________________________

Newspapers/magazines you subscribe to:

[_] The National Enquirer
[_] The Globe
[_] TV Guide
[_] Soap World
[_] Rifle and Shotgun

___ Number of times you've seen a UFO
___ Number of times you've seen Elvis
___ Number of times you've seen Elvis in a UFO

How often do you bathe:

[_] Weekly
[_] Monthly
[_] Not Applicable

How many teeth? ___
Color of teeth:

[_] Yellow
[_] Brownish-Yellow
[_] Brown
[_] Black
[_] N/A

Brand of chewing tobacco you prefer:

[_] Red-Man

How far is your home from a paved road?

[_] 1 mile
[_] 2 miles
[_] don't know


Two For Tuesday


Sunday Sunday

Right now "Manic Monday" by the Bangles. Doesn't that date me just a little?

I went to Wal-Mart this evening. It either makes me feel better about myself, or frustrates me that in podockville they are slower than Christmas and never have a smile when you're there.

Had lunch with the family today. It was nice. Neither brother was there, but Nan didn't hush from the time we picked her up, until we dropped her off. I guess she made up for the two of them not being there.

I need a new header, can anyone help me with that?? I wanted the "fall" look since I am ushering it in early. Don't you just love this weather??

Facebook can be a great thing. I have been looking for my bestfriend from grade school who moved when we were in 6th grade. She found me on fb this week.

I am dreading going back to work tomorrow. Especially since it's food day. I should be happy but I'm not. I have decided I HATE being fat, and I am sick of it.
NO MORE!!! I have signed up for weight watchers, but the site has yet to work for me. Makes me want to scream.

Still hearing "Manic Monday" in my head.

11 days until we leave for TN. I'm excited that I will be only working one full week this week, and then 4 day weeks the next 2.

I think I'm running out of things to blog about, or I'm really boring one.

I love DH, and blessed we get along so well. This week alone I've had 3 people at work talk to me about wanting divorces and have either filed or seperated.

My Dr told me Friday I am not getting enough rest or enough personal time. If I don't start, I'm going to frazzle out. I'm still trying to figure out how to get my mind to slow down and not think of 50 things at once.

I hope everyone here has a good week.

Just for giggles, and to punish you like my mind is at the moment Manic Monday

Have a Great Week!!


Fabulous Friday


Thankful For.....

A Great Momma!!
She is one of a kind
And she's mine all mine....

Happy Birthday to the Worlds Greatest Momma and Friend a Daughter could have!

Love You!!


So Here It Is...

It was a very fun and eventful weekend.
We left out Friday from work and drove up.
4hr drive with gas stop and supper.
We stopped at Golden Gables a all night place.
DH had a delicious piece of butterscotch pie
(there was a picture, but it got deleted)

Saturday we met up with my 3rd Husband/DH's best friend and his wife for lunch.
It was great seeing them, since it had been over a year since we had seen them.

Saturday night we went to the annual Stanger Hog Roast.
Mark and his family have been doing this for 25yrs.

(Mark and DH's cousin Will)

The "Maple Grove Community" comes out

The Young

The Old
***Ms. Lorraine, and DH's Grandma***

As you can see everyone ate to their hearts content
DH forgot to get a picture of the HUGE dessert table.

There was also a band, but they wanted to eat too........

A good time was definitely had by all, and I can't wait to go again next year!
Thank You Stanger Family for a wonderful time!

While on our trip DH decided he wanted a new toy, thanks to cousin Will.
As I was preparing my dishes for the Hog Roast, I look out the window and find DH flying around the yard on this.........
Thanks William!!
DH does look pretty Hot on it though.

Sunday we went to see Poppy and Betty. They were camping at Shakamak. We had hot dogs, hamburgers, and homemade pineapple ice cream.
Some of us (only Betty) took it to extremes.
Here you see a hot dog with marshmallows. Yes, this has marshmallows on it, like it was ketchup and mustard......

Here she is actually eating and enjoying it. She says it's good. I just can't make myself believe it.

Yesterday we took our time coming home.
We stopped in Starlight Indiana. It's off the beaten path, but well worth it.
We went to Huber's checked out both farmers markets, had lunch, dinner, lunch. Seriously. It's served "family style" there. They usually "roll" you out when you're done.

We had, fried biscuits with powder sugar & homemade apple butter. Then they brought out "summer salad" (which is to die for) and coleslaw. For the main course they brought out, fried chicken, honey ham, chicken n' dumplings, green beans, corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes with gravy.

Afterwards we went to one of the ponds and fed the ducks.

Walked through a flower garden, and got caught in the rain. It was a great time.

It was a great time. Now we are on the countdown for our next getaway. 15 days.

p.s. Thank You Georgie for helping me today with the blog! You're the best!
Check her out if you haven't already become addicted to her!



I'm doing the "happy dance" now that we are home!!
We had a great weekend. Glad we got to see so many friends and family while we were in Indiana for the weekend. I've lots of story, and PICTURES to post later this week. Trying tonight to get caught up on my blog reading.

Hope everyone had a safe and great Labor Day weekend!!


Have a Great Weekend!!

It's a beautiful Saturday here in Indiana. We are at the in-laws this weekend while they are camping, visiting other family and friends.
We are getting ready to go to lunch with my 3rd Hubby. That's what we refer to him as, he's really DH's best friend. Then we are off to a friend of the family's annual Labor Day Weekend Pig Roast. It will be fun, I haven't met ALOT of these people yet.
Hope Everyone has a Great and Safe Labor Day Weekend!!!


Fun Friday

Hunter has been at the beach this week, he almost got eat up by a shark!!


45 Life Lessons

Regina Brett's 45 life lessons with 5 to grow on

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

written by Regina Brett, Plain Dealer Columnist


Not So Wordless Wednesday

I'm frustrated and sad.
Yesterday morning on the way to work there was an accident.
A serious, herendous accident.
It was on the interstate. People were completely stopped in the eastbound lane.
A semi twisted in the right hand lane.
The bed of a pickup truck and it's front seat was in the median. The rest of the truck lay in disarayed pieces on the road, in the median, or wherever they landed.
There is one man out of his truck on the westbound side.
People on the eastbound side are in and out of their vehicles but no one inquires to help. Except the guy in the westbound lane and me.
There are no ambulances, only a fire truck, a rescue squad vehichle, and 2 state cops. They are walking around the semi remains. The semi was hauling hazardous chemicals.
As the man and I start across the median I realize why there are no ambulance.
The man in the pickup truck was still there in what was left of the drivers seat.
He was no more. He had left this world to meet his Maker.
As I looked at the guy in the median with me, I realize he saw the man as well.

I don't know how to express the sadness that overwhelmed me.
Not just for the his life that had ended but because there he was, out in the open.
No one with him holding his hand, or holding him in their arms as he had passed.
Morbid? Maybe. I hope it is more human compassion.
I wanted to sit with him until someone came, anyone.
Of course they wouldn't let me.
They came quickly and covered not only him, but from the front end of what was left of the truck to the very back. Like he was just a part of the truck left.
They couldn't move him until the coroner arrived, and the investigation was complete.

I start back to the car. It was as I am on my way back I finally hear people talking. Horns blowing and I think, "Did this man's life mean so little to everyone else? That it is making them fuss, cuss and blow their horns because they are now late? Because it has put a delay in their day?"
What if it was their husband? their Dad? their brother? their son?
Wouldn't they feel different?? Wouldn't they want the people around them to show some sort of respect?
I notice people are flying by in the westbound lane, never slowing down.
I realized then how bad of shape this world is in when you can't even slow down or stop to help a stranger. When we are more worried about "me" than anyone else.
It was just a road block in their day.
My thoughts continued to swim all day.
Did he just leave for work?
Did he just leave from work to head home?
Is his wife at work and doesn't even know yet?
Are his kids at school?

Today my heart and prayers go out to the Robbins family.
Please keep them in your prayers.