Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Kids say the darndest things

I thought of this story after reading a post from Cheryl and thought I would share it.

Back in 7th grade, I attended a Catholic school. Most of the teachers were nuns but for one particular class we had a lay person (not a nun). She taught sex education. (Wonder why a nun didn't teach this one?) Anyway, the method for teaching this was to separate the boys and girls. On days when she taught the girls she would have one of the parents of the boys come in and watch them and on days she taught the boys, visa versa. At that age it was a big thing to have your mom be the one to come in. It wasn't until we got older that was total taboo! The teachers name was Ms. Martin. I remember one day she needed a mother of one of the girls to come in and watch us while she had class with the boys. Excitedly I run through the front door yelling "MOM, MOM! Ms. Martin needs you to come in and watch the girls while she has sex with the boys!"

What can I say?

Monday, March 27, 2006

Taking a break

Taking a long coffee break. A lot of crap life stuff going on. I'll be back when I get a chance. Miss y'all!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Good Vibrations

I am SO excited! I'm going to be feeling some 'Good Vibrations' this summer. I just learned this morning that the Beach Boys are going to be playing at the Lenawee County Fair this year. Now I just need to find out when tickets are going on sale and get in line! Ok, so I'm 40 something, but I love the Beach Boys music and if it means sleeping in a sleeping bag all night to get tickets to see this, by gosh I'm going to do it! Anyone with me?

I've been to very few concerts. Never really been a big concert person. My first was the Bay City Rollers then John Denver. I saw Jo Dee Messina with my sister and England Dan & John Ford Coley at Six Flags. Last year was John Montgomery and the year before that at the fair was Confederate Railroad. I think that's about it. There may be one or two I'm forgetting.

But now a chance to see the Beach Boys! I'm not letting this one slip through my fingers. The fair is in August. Jimminy, August! I can't even think about August right now. It seems like forever, seeing as how temps now are only reaching 40 for the high the next week and in the 20's at night. I am sick and tired of this, but I think I've mentioned that a time or two before.

Well, I may not be Surfin In the USA, but I'm going to have some Fun, Fun, Fun. Wouldn't It Be Nice to Come Go With Me and dance to some Rock & Roll Music?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Still here!

Well, I suppose that's enough of the gardening tag. Haven't had a chance to sit down for any length of time at the computer but I've tried reading your posts.

Hope everyone had a fun and happy St Patrick's Day! I could be found at the Pub drinking green beer at 7:00 am. A local DJ was there broadcasting live and that was just his first stop. He went to 5 different locations throughout the day and for each one you went to you could enter into a drawing for a trip to South Padre Island. I made the 1st 3 but then had to come home to take daughter to get her stitches removed. (She is doing really great!). Last stop was at the Saddle Saloon which is almost an hour drive for me and I couldn't get anyone to go with me so I didn't make it. Well, I got 3 chances in there. Haven't heard who won yet.

Not a whole lot else going on. Weather is still COLD. I am SO tired of this and SO ready for Spring!!! This has me back in my winter doldrums. I could really use that trip!

I will try to post something a tad bit more interesting next time. If you have any ideas feel free to send them my way!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tagged: Gardening Meme

Sue tagged me for this Gardening Meme:

Well this one should be fairly easy for me, seeing as how I don’t have a garden. It’s something I admire in everyone else’s yard, but I just haven’t found the time to start one of my own. Maybe after my kids move out. I’m sure I would enjoy it since I love being outdoors.

If I was only allowed to keep one plant in my garden which would it be?
Well, seeing as how I don’t have a garden this one is kind of easy. But I will say my husband does a veggie garden and if I had to pick one of his veggies to keep it would have to be the hot banana peppers because I love the recipe I have for jarring them.

If there was only one thing invented in the past 100 years that I was permitted to keep, what would it be?
This one it tough. Sue and the one who sent it to her both said their computer, and that was my first thought, but I think I’d be ok with out it. I’d hate it, but I’d live. I am having a hard time deciding between my washing machine and radio. I can’t possibly imagine doing all my laundry by hand, but my love of music runs deep. I’d have to ponder on this one to decide.

Name 3 animals you saw yesterday (excluding cats and dogs).
Squirrels, horses, and llamas. I often see deer, opossum, raccoons, skunks and an occasional fox. We have a guy around the corner who raises llamas, so it’s not strange for me to see them.

Which season do you like the most?
I have to say Autumn in the south. It’s still fairly warm and nothing can compare to the colours in the mountains of north GA.

Name the person who imparted the most wisdom into your life?
Most definitely my mother. She not only taught me the wisdom of life but the wisdom of God. I have my mother to thank for my deep faith, and it is through my faith I learned true wisdom.

I’m tagging: Okay, I’m going out on a limb and tagging - Pirate, Suzy, Libby and David. Only if you guys and gals are up for it! :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What next? Bread from heaven?

With in a 24 hr period we have gone from thunderstorms with tornado watches, to 65+ degree temps and sunny sky, to windy (really windy!) to snow showers. Weird. Then I'm sitting here and here the radio call for a high of 65 tomorrow. I was so excited till I realized I was listening to my internet station out of Peachtree City, GA. Bummer!

On another note, my daughter didn't make it to school yesterday. She woke up with her mouth hurting, but she did go today. Since I don't have to work today she thought she would try it and I could come get her if she got to hurting again too bad. Slowly getting better, but it will still be a while before she can eat 'real' food again. Once she gets to feeling up to it, the tooth fairy promised her a trip to Victoria Secrets. A long way from leaving a quarter under the pillow!

That's about it for today. Things are slow around here, sorry not more exciting post. Time to go throw another log on the fire. Till next time.....

Weather forcast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.
George Carlin

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Thank you

Just a quick post to say 'Thank you' for all your thoughts, wishes, and prayers for my daughter. She is feeling much better now. The first 24 hours were the worst! Nausea and pain made for a very miserable little girl. She is at least now able to keep down some food, if you want to call Ramen noodles food, but it's her favorite. Her dentist sent her a HUGE, beautiful bouqet of flowers the following day. That really perked her up. I can't believe how big it was! He was so good with her. The pain comes and goes, I imagine she will be on the pain pills for a few days. She got up moving around today and says that she feels up to going to school tomorrow. She is a bit concerned about her chipmunk cheeks though. They are still a bit puffy. I hope none of the kids tease her.

Well that's it for tonight. I am going to try to get to bed early tonight (before 11). Today was a long day at work. Only 4 hours, but that shift does not allow for a break so it was non stop on my feet the whole time. And I picked today to wear my boots. My feet are exhausted!

Thanks again everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Wisdom teeth agony

It's days like this that make being a parent so hard. No, the kids didn't get into any trouble. They are not driving me crazy. Nothing like that.

My daughter had her wisdom teeth taken out today and she is in SO much pain! I would gladly trade places with her if I could. She was not put to sleep for the procedure, which I am kind of glad of. She got a local with laughing gas. The doctor must have given her at least a dozen shots! Then during the procedure he hit a nerve or two and gave her some more. She had all 4 removed at once. Thank goodness, because had she only had two removed I would never be able to get her to go back to get the other two removed! The two top ones weren't too bad, but the bottom two were buggers! They were impacted and growing sideways, pressing on the molars. Laying right on top of the nerve at that. He (the doctor) had to drill and cut, drill and cut. They came out in pieces. He literally had to 'break' them up. Just the sound of it was enough to send chills down your spine! My daughter was a real trooper. She did really well and the dentist was really good with her. The worst part of it was when the Novocain started to wear off. He had given her a prescription for Vicatin and said she could take 2 to start out with, but it didn't seem to be doing any good at all! She was hurting SO bad. I felt terrible that there was nothing I could do for her. She is finally sleeping now on the sofa, but I suspect she will not sleep great tonight. She still has a lot of bleeding and we have to change the gauze, and she will need her medicine every 3-4 hours. I hope she's feeling better tomorrow.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Beauty tips

I received this in an email and rather than forward it on I figured I would share it here.

Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her "beauty tips." It was read at her funeral years later.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness...
For lovely eyes , seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure , share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone...
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller

Monday, March 06, 2006

Hide and Seek

I'm back in camouflage! No, I didn't join the army again as I threatened a few posts ago. Today I went with my husband to Cabela's. That is the store where I work. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it boast's itself "the worlds largest outdoor outfitter" for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. But the clothing department has much to offer and my husband needed some new shirts. As we were walking around we found ourselves in the womens dept and I pointed out some lingerie to my husband. It was a camisole and short set made out of silk. Not something you would expect to find at an outdoors hunting store, but here's the thing - it was camouflage! It's called "Hide and Seek Silk Sleepwear". He actually liked it and said it would look good on me. Now he's not the Victoria Secret's kind of guy, so when I can get him to show an interest in any kind of intimate apparel I'm not going to be one to crush his spirit. Now he just has to wait till hunting season! ;)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I am blessed

I woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise. As I sat on the front porch, with a steaming cup of hot coffee and the cold morning air kissing my face, I couldn't help but think of all the blessings in my life. I don't live in a new, fancy large house, but I have a quaint old farm house that I call home. My husband and I have had our differences over the years, but I know he loves me. Three teenagers that try my patience to no end, but they are healthy, they know the difference between right and wrong and for the most part make good, moral choices. I have a loving, supportive family, who may live miles away, but in my time of need would be right by my side in a heartbeat. I have made some wonderful friends, some who I have moved away from but still keep in touch with, new ones here up north, and all of you that keep me smiling with your witty and humorous stories and stories of faith and inspiration. But mostly I am blessed to have my faith. Faith in a Father that loves me and gives me the ability to see and appreciate all that I have. All I have I give to Him, because He has given me all that I have.

Thank you Lord, Amen.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

What color is God?

I am really peeved today. Someone had the audacity to pollute my newsbox with some literature that I find very disturbing. It was a monthly newsletter put out by the KKK. In all my years of living in the South I was never insulted with such things but I move up north and look what happens. I'm hoping that they are weak and this is their way of looking for new members. Well, they are not going to find one here!!

God created us all in his image. ALL! Not some. So what color is God? God is the soft colors of generosity, compassion, and forgiveness. The bright colors of joy, kindness, and benevolence. The pale color of humility and charity. God is the color of LOVE.

Enough said.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

20 years and counting

20 years ago today, I married my friend, my soul mate, my companion for life. We have shared good times and bad, laughed and cried, argued and made-up. It hasn’t been a “happily ever after” story, but it’s a story that we have lived together and plan on ending together.

I thought I would share our wedding day with you. Stick with me through the mushy stuff, you won’t regret it.

We were married at St Johns Melkite Church in Atlanta, Ga. This is an Eastern Rite Catholic Church. I mention this because the ceremony is a little different than a regular Catholic wedding. It is full of symbolic rituals. It was a small wedding, just family and a few friends. I wore a white dress with fur on it. Yes, fur. And I wore a veil. My father walked me up the aisle and with tears in his eyes (I think they were tears of joy, he's finally getting rid of me...only 7 more to go) gave me to the man I was to spend the rest of my life with. Now you have to understand that my husband is not Catholic but agreed to be wed in the Catholic Church because it was important to me. The first ritual that stands out are the crowns Monsignor placed on our heads. These were exchanged between us three times, then we had a procession around the alter 3 times. (The number 3 being symbolic of the Trinity) On the 3rd time around my dear husband leans over to his father (who is his best man) and quietly says “Put your money on Pat, she’s in the lead” I squeezed his hand to make him hush. After this came the ring ceremony where we exchanged rings 3 times. It really was a beautiful ceremony. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We said our vows then he kissed me gently and we proceeded down the aisle. There is a picture of him looking at his watch as he is walking down. I’m sure he’s thinking (okay, it’s Miller time, lets get this show on the road!)

The reception was held in a hall right behind the church. Everyone proceeded back there where my mother had done a wonderful job setting up a banquet sized table with lots of food and goodies. My cake was made by the mother of a friend of mine. The whole wedding ceremony and reception was caught on video tape, so I can prove all of this is a true story. This is where it gets good. My husbands friend was there playing his sax up on the stage and alternating with playing the piano had everyone out on the dance floor. He can play the sax like no other!! Any instrument for that matter. When it came time for the toast my husband and I were standing at the table and our drinks were poured and we waited for everyone else to have their glasses filled. My other half decides that he doesn’t want to wait for everyone else and takes a sip of his glass. I quietly tell him to stop and wait. He takes another sip. I jab him, Then in the back ground you hear his Uncle say “He’s been tasting it for 2 years now!” Oh I wanted to cringe. Then my husband starts to make some toast that goes something like this…”Heres to the breezes that lifts the skirts above the knees’es” I don’t know the whole thing but I hushed him up real quick. I don’t even recall the ‘real’ toast.

Some time after that I find that my brothers are putting on a fashion show on the stage. It was a hoot how they were describing their suits and shoes. Everyone had a good time. As the last few people are leaving I decide it is time for me to go back to the church and change out of my gown. My best friend, who was my maid of honor, goes with me and when I finally get done I come out to find the reception hall locked and everyone has left. Everyone! I go back to the church to call my mom (who lived right around the corner) to ask her to come and pick me up. She asks where I am and I told her "stranded at the church!" Seems she thought I was with Karl and I don’t know who Karl thought I was with. Apparently he had gone back to the hotel with his buddy and they had passed out. So, here I am sitting on the front of the church steps with my wedding gown draped across my lap and my mother comes to pick me up and brings me back to her house. A little while later dear hubby shows up with his buddy. A few other people had gathered at mom’s house so we continued with some merriment, piano playing and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon there.

Well it starts to get late so hubby and I bid our farewells for the night and head back to the hotel. My wedding day is about to come to an end. Because of work schedules we were not able to take a true honeymoon immediately following the wedding but at least we had our own room for the night. Maybe I should stop here. No? You want details? Ok, you asked for it. Hubby fell asleep while I stayed up late into the night watching “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” True story.

It may not have been the most romantic wedding day ever, but it is a day I will always remember!