Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Question Friday

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's that time again...........

1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse?

We love to watch Cardinals baseball, play Trivia from the newspaper on Wed. and Sat., ride around and look at houses and gardens, plan a home addition, take vacation trips and go out to eat at casual places, like Imo's and Steak n Shake (I'm a cheap date).

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side?

From the top. 

3Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you?


4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why?
Physically: my weight because I'm always trying to lose some.

Attitude:  I am trying to always stay positive and not complain, because I don't like people who are negative and complain all of the time, and I don't want to turn into one of those people.

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the "bird and the bees" talk with your children?
I think it depends on the child, but somewhere around nine or ten.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Ten on Tuesday in Pictures

  I know it's already Thursday, but this week at school has been even busier than last week and I haven't gotten to it.

1.  We celebrated Michael's actual birthday last Thursday at Cici's Pizza then went back to his house for cake.

Michael got all kinds of presents, but he liked these little Mario cars I got on E-Bay for $5.99 the best.

2.  Had to take pictures of the girls, too.  I showed this one to Sara and she thought she looked just adorable.  No lack of confidence there.

3.  Celebrated my sister Kay's sixtieth birthday last Saturday.

4.  It also happened to be my sister Julie's fifty first birthday, and she came in from Lacrosse to celebrate.

5.  I embroidered some burp cloths for my sister and my niece to give as shower gifts.

6.  Garage sales weren't so good on Saturday.  I was driving down a very narrow street and a woman opened her car door and knocked my side-view mirror off.  It is electric, so it won't be so easy to replace.

7.  We just got back from a surgery center where Wayne had a cataract removed from his left eye.  He will have the right eye done in two weeks.

8.  John, Chellie and baby Stephanie are coming in this weekend.  I can hardly wait to see her them.

9.  My son Patrick, my baby, turned 33 last week.

10.  This is my 100th post.  I still only have 27 comments.  Hmmm.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. If you could have been (could be) any profession you wanted (brains and $$$ no problem) what would it be?

A musician.  I cannot carry a tune or play an instrument.

2. How often do you clean out your car?

A couple times a year. 

3. Do you wish there was such a thing as fashion police
 or are you deeply relieved?

 I am deeply relieved.  I like to wear what's comfortable.

4. What's your go to food/drink/activity when stressed?

food-ice cream
drink--diet coke
activity--playing games on computer

5. If you had twins, what would you name them?

Girls--Elizabeth and Kathryn
Boys--John and Joseph
Girl/Boy--Jane and Joseph

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ten on Tuesday

1.  What a week.  It got crazier as the week went on, but it should calm down now.  Had our leader training on Friday and it went well; now all the new leaders are all coming in the office wanting their books, bookmarks, setting their schedules and asking questions since they didn't pay much attention at the training.

 Our school seems to be having lots of problems on the lowest levels--those actually working with students.  I have a hundred thousand less in my budget than I spent last year, and have to limit tutoring services.  They keep hiring more and more administrators while they cut programs that actually help students.  In our building there is an elevator that serves our building and another that is connected to ours, and it is not working though it was supposed to be fixed by Monday.  Quite a few students are in wheel chairs or have other disabilities, so they cannot even get to their classes.  

2.  We had a party in our office on Thursday for my assistant, Monica, whose birthday was in July when we weren't all there, and Debbie a secretary and friend whose birthday was the same day.  We also celebrated my other assistant, Liliana, getting her green card.  And I brought another back pack for Hope, another friend's little girl, since I damaged the one I monogrammed the week before. 

3.  Today is grand daughter Erin's 6th birthday.  We had a little party Saturday evening at our house and I gave her lots of Sponge Bob stuff.

4.  Sunday we went to Michael's birthday party at Happy Joe's.  It's a neighborhood place where they have pizza and games where the kids win little prizes, and they have clowns for parties and cake and huge sundaes--you can see one in a picture of Katie.  We used to go there when our own kids were little; I remember Rob having a birthday party there when he was  seven or eight.

5.  Garage sales were pretty good on Saturday.  My favorite purchase was the necklace with eight little booties hanging below Grandma.  It just so happens I have eight grand children, and I didn't have a lot of money left as it was the last stop before heading home, so I was hoping it wasn't more than $10.  I asked and the lady said 50cents--what a bargain.

6.  I also bought a hockey game for the kids, which Michael and Erin loved.  And some Halloween and Christmas decorations that I didn't take pictures of, and some kids' clothes.

7. My dryer started acting up this weekend.  It heats up right away then the heat shuts off, so it takes four or five cycles to dry a load.  R.W. went to the neighborhood appliance store where we bought it today and got the name of a repairman who is coming Thursday.  That's the good thing about having a retired husband--he can take care of things right away.  He always does things quicker than I do anyway.

8.  There's been lots of controversy this week over this idiot from St. Louis who is running on the Republican ticket for Senator.  In an interview he said that women usually don't conceive in a "legitimate" rape.  Most of the Republican party turned against him but he won't back down.  It's good for the Democrats since he'll probably lose in Missouri, and hopefully he'll bring down other Republicans, such as Romney.  What an embarrassment.

9.  I don't think the Cardinals are going to make it into the play offs this year, unless they get a wild card spot.  They had a game Sunday where they played 19 innings and ended up losing.  They seem to run hot and cold, not at all like last year at this time. 

10.  R. W. went to the eye doctor last week, as his vision has gotten really bad in the past year, and he has cataracts.  He's going to a surgeon tomorrow to schedule surgery, first on his right eye then the left a few weeks later.  He's now sleeping with a breathing mask for his sleep apnea and wearing hearing aids.  He's always been so healthy but his age seems to be catching up with him.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Five Question Friday

 1. What's the one thing you buy every time you walk into the store?
The first place I go in any store, department or thrift, is to the baby/kids department.  I don't buy something every time, but almost every time I find something for one of the grandkids.

2. If you had a day all to yourself how would you spend it?

Staying home in my sewing room and making things I don't have to make, just fun stuff, with no deadlines.  I'd get my embroidery machine going and sew on my other machine, probably making things for babies.  I really would like to open a shop on Etsy when I retire next year.

3. Are you a speed limit driver? If not, over or under?

I usually go five miles over the speed limit.   I've gotten two speeding tickets in my life, both in neighborhoods where the speed limit went from 30 to 20 in a school zone.

4. What's your favorite dessert to make, homemade or from a mix??

The one I make the most is a gooey butter cake--my boys love it and I even made one this week for a friend at work's birthday.

5. Would you rather have a spider or a mouse scurry across your face (no copping out and saying "neither!!")?

Probably a spider--a little one I could not even feel.  I COULD N O T  S T A N D  a mouse.

How about YOU??

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Erin started kindergarten today, and Abbey went to third grade.

2.  The Olympics are over, so sad.   The U.S. did great, winning the most medals. 

 3.  Had a good day at garage sales on Saturday.  I bought some clothes for the grand kids, some books for Sara that she already took home before I got a chance to take a picture, and some pretty things for me:

Canisters that cost more than they should have at a garage sale, but I loved them and couldn't pass them up.
A hummingbird feeder; in the picture below you can see a hummingbird to the right, but it isn't as clear as the above picture.

A bowl that I loved--I'm kind of fond of blue and yellow.

This is a dish I bought about a month ago at a garage sale and forgot to take a picture of.

  4.  R.W. spent two nights at a sleep clinic and found out he has sleep apnea, which I've been telling him for years.  He goes tomorrow to get fitted for a mask that will help him sleep through the night.  He doesn't thinks it is going to work, so it probably won't.

5.  We've been having wonderful weather for the past week; in fact we've had our air conditioning off for four or five days.  I took a walk around our yard trying to take pictures of any flowers left, that made it through the drought, and there weren't many.

Crepe Myrtle

Gerbera Daisy



Day Lily

Rose of Althea

Black-Eyed Susans

6.  This week we are having meetings all week and school starts next Monday.  On Friday I will have an all day training for our leaders; I always call the week before the semester Hell Week.  One of our young teachers asked me to monogram a backpack for his daughter who is starting preschool.  So I was bringing it to school this morning, carrying a bag with a six pack of soda and six frozen lunches in one hand and the backpack in the other.  I slammed the car door and caught the strap of the backpack in the door.  It had a huge, black grease stain on it.  I've spent all evening putting "Goo Gone" on it.  I hope it is okay; if not I'll find out where he bought it and buy another one.

7.  I've been working on birthday present for Erin and Michael.  Erin loves Sponge Bob Squarepants, so I bought her a Sponge Bob backpack, a stuffed Sponge Bob, Sponge Bob swimsuit, hoodie sweatshirt and little figures.  I bought a Sponge Bob embroidery card and embroidered Sponge Bob and Patrick on a pair of jeans and white long-sleeve shirt.  I did a shirt for Michael with Super Mario and have a pirate ship I bought for him.  We'll have a little party for Erin here Saturday evening and Michael's party will be at Happy Joe's on Sunday.  I'll put a check in the mail for son Patrick who's birthday is the 22nd.

8.  I picked up my new glasses today and R.W. didn't even notice.  When I finally pointed them out to him he said they looked exactly like my old ones.  They are a dark red, so I thought that was pretty daring, but obviously not enough to be noticed.

9.  My sister Kay is turning sixty next week on the 25th, so my little sister and Kay's husband are having a party for her.  I do not know if it is a surprise; I should ask someone.

10.  I'm getting more used to my I-Phone.  I can't say I love it yet, but I am using it more.  In fact, I took the pictures on this post with it.  I also use it to play Words with Friends.  I had it connected to Farmville, and every time someone gave me something it would ping.  It was driving me crazy.  I finally figured out how to shut it up.