Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

Patrice's porch has dried off enough for us to get together for an after the storm chat.  Please join us at Everyday Ruralty.

1.  How are you when there is a storm?
I've lived in South Florida for 26 years.  We are storm professionals.  You tell us a storm's a'coming, and we can hunker down faster than you can say Hurricane Andrew.

2.  Are you doing anything special in November?
November is a favorite month for me.  First off, Thanksgiving!!  I love Thanksgiving.  I love the preparation, the food, the games (board games, not football), the naps, and everything else that comes with this special holiday.  I love the shows on Food Network on how to roast or fry a turkey and all the yummy side dishes.  And I love love love decorating the house for Christmas the next day!  I'm looking forward to putting up our tree and fixing the house up!

3.  Do you wear glasses or contacts?
I wear glasses.  I wore contacts for years, but about 10 years ago I stopped.  I suffer from dry eyes, which makes contacts very uncomfortable.

4.  Salty snacks or sweets?
Both!  It just depends on my mood.

5.  Who would you bring to the farm with you for a chat, a tour, or perhaps a visit with Wendell?
For a chat, I'd bring my sister.  She would like relaxing with some unsweetened iced tea and casual conversation.  For a visit with Wendell it would have to be my son, and the girls from my Awana class.  Wendell would love them, they are as sweet as sugar!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to the last day of October - I still can't believe it!  This month flew by, which is cool because now the best days of the year are approaching:  Thanksgiving and Halloween!  Okay, let's get with the program.  Here's my hodgepodge post, courtesy of Joyce, From This Side of the Pond.

1. What creeps you out?
Mice of all shapes and sizes.  There are other critters that are nasty and sort of creep me out, but none like rats.

2. What's your least favorite candy?
Licorice.  I don't know how anyone can enjoy that stuff.  Even coated with sugary candy, like Good and Plenty, doesn't make it taste any better.  Yuck.

3. Are you a fan of scary movies?  What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?
Ugh, no!  I HATE scary movies.  The only way I watch a scary movie is if I didn't know it was scary in the first place.  That happened years ago with Carrie.  I didn't finish watching.  It was awful.  It also happened with Silence of the Lambs.  I'm forever traumatized because my husband didn't tell me what he was watching.

4. What part of life confuses you the most?
The dramatic part.  I dislike drama.  When I run into a person with a whole lot of drama in their life, I turn and run the other way.

5. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy...what's your favorite seed?
Seeds don't agree with me too much.  I like them, they just don't like me back.

6. Imagine your life ten years from today...what's changed?
My age ;)

7.  What do you a) love the most and b) like the least about the Hodgepodge?
I love the questions.  I don't care for the length of it.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Sandy reminds me of Katrina.  Years ago (2005) Hurricane Katrina blew through South Florida as a weak category 1 hurricane, barely caused a breeze, then went out into the Gulf.  It was over faster than we could prepare for it.  Then it gained massive strength and destroyed New Orleans.  Last week Hurricane Sandy skirted our shores and brought rain and wind, but nothing worse than a regular rainstorm.  It blew away, leaving the most beautiful weather we've had all year in its wake.  To everyone's shock and horror, it made its way up the coast and has caused destruction and damage throughout several Northeastern states.  In Florida we've learned to never underestimate a storm.  Assume they will always be worse than what the weatherman says.  If it isn't, consider yourself blessed.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, October 30, 2012...

Outside my window...the sun has gone down and the temperatures are dipping too.

I am thinking...of all the damage that Hurricane Sandy did in the northeast.  It's quite extensive.

I am thankful...that my family was able to get through the storm with no problems, not even loss of power, praise the Lord.

I am take a shower soon.

I am wearing...a long sleeved grey top, jean skirt and flip-flops.  It's 67 degrees out, with low humidity.  Nice sleeping weather.

I am noticing...a slight chill in the air.

In the kitchen...we had fried chicken, stuffing, summer squash and salad.

I am creating...this post.

I am reading...Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst.

I am hoping...power can be restored to the folks in the Northeast, and cleanup can be done quickly and effectively, so the families can start to get their lives back to normal.

I am looking forward to...Trunk and Treat tomorrow night.  It's a church activity where folks decorate the trunks of their cars and give out candy.  The kids love it, and it's a safe place.

I am hearing...the Duggars.  It's a 19 Kids and Counting marathon.

Around the house...I did a lot of cleaning today.  The floors were covered in dog hair :P.  I vacuumed and mopped and the place looks great.

A favorite quote of the day..."If there were no God, there would be no atheists." - G.K. Chesterton.

One of my favorite things...evenings in the fall.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Trunk and Treat tomorrow, turning the clock back Saturday night, church on Sunday.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

I cannot believe it's the last week of October, and what's more, in just 3 days it'll be November!  This year has flown by!  Since this is Halloween week, the Monday Quiz theme is Halloween questions.  The first 4 are provided by Heather at Acting Balanced.  The fifth question is one of my own, to be answered here on my blog.

1. Do you consider Halloween a holiday for children or adults?
I've always thought of it as a day for kids to dress up and ask for candy.  It seems, however, that the love of dress-up is never outgrown.

2. At what age should children stop trick or treating?
I think by 12 years of age most kids are over the trick-or-treating part and just want to dress up and maybe go to a party.

3. What are your plans for Halloween?
Our church sponsors a Trunk and Treat event on Halloween.  Folks come to the church with their trunks decorated with a theme of their choice, and they give out candy to the kids.  At the end of the night the best trunk gets a prize.  We won't be decorating a trunk ourselves but we'll be attending for the fun (and the candy of course).

4. What frightens you?
Rats.  Really, mice of any kind.  Large, small, black, white...they all creep me out.  I hate 'em.

And for my fifth question:

5. What candy do you look forward to eating?
I love vanilla Tootsie Rolls.  I can get most candy any time of the year, but I only see vanilla Tootsie Rolls around Halloween.

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday!  Well, if you live in South Florida it sure is.  If you live in the Northeast, not so much.  Hurricane Sandy has gotten stronger, incredibly enough, and it looks like it's headed towards New Jersey, but of course this system is so huge it will impact multiple states.  To make matters worse, it's colliding with another system which means this will bring wind, rain, snow, flooding, all kinds of ugly scenarios.  Boy, do they need our prayers!

Here is South Florida, I'm enjoying 68 degree weather.  The humidity is at 49%, and the dew point is 49 degrees, making it a picture perfect day.  The windows are open, letting in a scrumptious breeze.  It was 62 degrees when I took my son to school this morning, and we were both loving it!

Thanks to this pleasant weather, I was able to mow the entire lawn without breaking a sweat.  Of course it wasn't the easiest task, since our lawn mower is approaching its final hours.  The grass clippings kept spraying out of the rust holes and into the motor.  I had to stop and clean it off halfway through the yard because the mower started smoking.  I'm thankful I was able to finish the job!  I'm still hoping and praying the lawn mower will last until income tax time so I don't have to touch my savings to get it replaced.

Right now I have a rack of spare ribs in the oven - they are just done, and the entire house smells amazing!  I put them in the oven at 300 degrees at 8:30 this morning.  As I was cutting the grass I could smell something delicious, and realized it was my own food!  That was a great feeling!!  We're having these ribs with Bush's baked beans and a salad.

After lunch I'm gonna fold and put away a couple loads of laundry, then I have to pick up my son from school.  We'll be working on his science fair project.  The actual project work was completed; now it's all about putting in into a power point presentation.  I've never done anything like that before, and neither has E.  This should be a good learning experience for both of us!

I hope you're enjoying your day.  If you're in the Northeast, rest assured, many prayers are being lifted up for you.  May your day be blessed.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, October 27, 2012...

I am seeing...the sun rushing in, brightening my home with its rays and warmth.

I am feeling...the cool, sweet breeze coming in through the windows.  Who would have thought a hurricane would blow autumn into our midst, but it did!

I am hearing...someone cutting their grass.  It's the perfect day for it.

I am morning coffee.

I am smelling...the syrup on my pumpkin spice Eggo's.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

It's time for my Friday Four fill-ins!  Thanks go out to Hilary at Feeling Beachie for hosting.

1. ___ is my favorite feature
My nose is my favorite feature.  I like the way it's shaped :)

2. Thinking about ___ makes me ___
Thinking about food makes me hungry.  Not a good thing when you're trying to lose weight :P

3. It’s been a long time since______
It's been a long time since I've seen snow.  Once in a while I get a bit nostalgic for it, but not often, and the feeling doesn't last.

4. I just don’t understand_____________
I just don't understand most video games.  The whole thing goes way over my head.

Five Question Friday

Happy Friday!  Today actually feels more like a Saturday since there's no school (teacher planning day).  We're working on my son's science fair project.  He has a headache and a slight fever, so he's taking some time to rest, and in the meantime I'll join Mama M at My Little Life for some Friday questions.

1. Who wakes up in the morning with the kids, you or hubby?
That would be, and always has been, me.

2. Do you watch the World Series even if your team isn't in it?
I don't even watch the World Series when my hometown team IS in it.  I don't care for watching sporting events on television.  I don't care to watch them in person.  I am not a sports lover in any way.

3. What is the best compliment you have received?
I've been asked a couple of times if I'm a teacher because I have such patience with kids.  I consider that a compliment because a) I love kids, and b) I think teachers are gifted individuals who don't get enough credit for all that they do.

4. Do/did you dress up to take your kids trick or treating?
Nope, never.  I've never felt the urge to.

5. Do you have a favorite bible verse? What is it and why?
I have many Bible verses that I love, but my all-time favorite is Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."  I think the reason is self-explanatory.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

I'm joining Patrice and Wendell on their front porch for some yummy tea and chats.  You can find them at Everyday Ruralty.

1. I just posted about some spice canisters yesterday. Do you have any funny stories about spices?
None that come to mind.  I like using them, though.

2. Have you ever carved a pumpkin?
Nope, never have.

3. What's your favorite fall meal?
Soups and stews are favorites for the fall, even though fall in South Florida isn't all that cold.  Still, I like those stick-to-your-ribs kind of foods.

4. Do you have a hunter in the family?
I sure don't.  We used to - our terrier Tobey would hunt anything that came into our backyard, especially lizards.  Molly will chase squirrels but she's not a hunter.

5. Pretend that I just won a big cash prize. Ooo! I like this already:) One of the stipulations of the prize is taking a friend out for a shopping spree and spending $1000 on them. Let's say I'm coming to your house because I chose YOU. Where would we go and what would we buy? No party poopers allowed! Have fun with this. I only wish it was real.
Well first off, thanks for choosing me!  Let's see, where would I spend $1,000?  I think I'd like to go to Kohl's because they have such nice clothes, and pretty things for decorating the house.  It's really affordable too, so we'd get our money's worth ;).  I would make sure to have enough money left over so we can go to Red Robins for their yummy burgers, and so we could have some nice conversation.  Or maybe Cracker Barrel, for their exceptional biscuits and sweet tea.  You know what, Patrice?  Why don't we just go out to eat and blow the whole $1,000 on food for all the porch gatherers?  That would be way more fun!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to my Wednesday Hodgepodge post, courtesy of Joyce, From This Side of the Pond.  Hope you're having a good week so far.

1.  So, do you like beer?
Um, no.  I don't.

2.  What's your least favorite repetitive task?
Cleaning the bathrooms.

3.  When was the last time you rode a bus?  Where was it headed?
Oh wow.  I haven't been on a bus since...1988, when I went to NY and took my oldest son with me.  I'm wracking my brain but honestly I cannot think of another time I've been on a bus since.  I've never ridden on a public transportation bus in Florida, ever.  Wait!  Yes - the buses at Disney World that take you from the resort hotel to the parks.  I've ridden in those.  Last time was when my brother and sister were here - just last year.

4.  What song from your childhood or from your own children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end?
There was a song my mom absolutely hated to hear (and of course I loved).  It was Loving You (can't remember the name of the singer).  It went like this:  "Loving you, is easy 'cause you're beautiful."  Remember that?  After the chorus she'd sing a really high note that my mom said sounded like screeching tires and she couldn't stand it!

5.  The US Presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN??), and the third and final debate was held last night...what was the last thing you 'debated about'?
I'm not a debater.  My primary spiritual strength is Harmony.

6.  Can a person make too much money?  How much is too much?
The amount is not what makes it too much money.  It's the value it's given.  There are plenty of wealthy individuals that have no problem sharing their wealth with others.  Then there are those who have little money and yet are extremely selfish with it.  Money can become an idol, and when that happens, any amount is too much.

7.  Pop-soda-coke-something else...what's it called where you live?
I've always called it soda.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
As of noon today, Tropical Storm Sandy was officially upgraded to hurricane status.  We are keeping an eye on it, even though the National Hurricane Center says Florida isn't in the cone.  If there's one thing I've learned, it's that hurricanes don't always listen to the NHC.  Prayers going up for the folks in Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, and especially Haiti.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, October 23, 2012...

Outside my's an absolutely gorgeous day.  Humidity is low, the breeze is sweet, it's the best time of the year.

I am thinking...about all the projects and schoolwork my son has been getting caught up with.  He's finally done with all the work he was behind on.

I am thankful for...his teachers, who were compassionate and understanding and allowed my son E to turn in the work he couldn't get done when he had the flu.

I am try and read in a little while.

I am wearing...a blue paisley print top, jeans, and flip-flops.  It's 81 degrees, and despite a rain shower a few hours ago the humidity is down to 68%.

I am noticing...this headache (as if it could go unnoticed).

In the kitchen...we had steak with onions, white rice, black beans, fries, and broccoli.  I say had because it disappeared very quickly.

I am in the dining room.  It was looking cramped to me.

I am reading...Hurricanes in Paradise.  I think I'll get it done this time.

I am hoping...the weather stabilizes so my asthma can go away.  I'm keeping it at bay with aerosol treatments, but they give me headaches.  With hot days and cool days and humid days and dry days and rainy days, my body gets confused and everything goes haywire.  Once the weather gets more consistent I'll feel better.

I am looking forward to...meeting our (hopefully) new pastor.  We've had an interim pastor for the past couple of years, and this Sunday the candidate that has been approved by the Pastoral Nominating Committee, deacons and officers will be preaching.  The members will then have the opportunity to vote.  God, of course, is in control.  We are praying this is the man He would have to lead the flock.

I am hearing...Annoying Orange.  It's a new cartoon.  The kids think it's hilarious.

Around the house...I did floors yesterday and cleaned one bathroom today, but I'm trying to take it easy too, so my asthma doesn't flare up.

A favorite quote of the day..."Of two evils choose neither." - Charles H. Spurgeon.  Interesting quote during a presidential election year.

One of my favorite things...being at home with my kiddos.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana tomorrow, no school on Friday due to a teacher's planning day so E and I will be working on his science fair project.  Church on Sunday, meet Pastor Matt.

A peek into my day...I'm gonna be having some of this.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

It's not even 8pm and it's pitch black outside - signs of seasonal changes.  The day is coming to an end, so I better get my MQAM post in!  With this blog hop, Heather at Acting Balanced gives 4 questions to answer, and the option to ask a fifth question of my own.  Here I go!

1. How often do you shop for groceries? Do you shop in one place or many?
I go grocery shopping once a week, usually on Fridays.  I like going early in the morning so there aren't as many people in the store.  I go to our local Winn-Dixie for the sales, meats and produce.  I shop at Costco for bulk items like toilet paper, coffee (what, you don't buy coffee in bulk?), and the like.  Publix has the best deli meats so that's where I get my ham, cheese, salami, etc.  The rest I get at Walmart.  It seems like a lot, but the Winn-Dixie is right by my son's school, Costco and Walmart are a few blocks from each other, and Publix isn't far either.

2. How old were you when you had your first taste of alcohol?
I guess about 13, maybe sooner.  My mom gave me wine to taste.

3. How much TV do you watch?
If by TV you mean network television, virtually none.  I do enjoy watching movies on Netflix, along with old shows like Leave It To Beaver or The Andy Griffith Show.  Now for the holidays we'll watch lots of Christmas DVD's on the television.

4. How do you relieve stress?
I find that taking a long walk while I meditate helps relieve stress.  We have a park across the street from our house, and our neighborhood is quiet, so using that time for prayer and mediation helps relax me.

And now my question:

5.  How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging July 2008, when we put our dog Tobey down due to illness.  I was going through a lot during that time, and I found blogging to be a way to get my emotions down.  It's been over 4 years now.

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday!  It is such a beautiful day in South Florida!  There's a nice breeze, the humidity is down, the dew point has dropped over 10 degrees, the sun is shining...I love when the fall finally arrives!  Of course we can't discount tropical disturbances in October, and there's one out there now that could be headed this way.  It appears that it won't be more than a tropical depression, but you just never know.  I'll be keeping an eye on it for sure.

This morning after my devotion I enjoyed my new favorite breakfast:  one pumpkin spice Eggo waffle, 2 strips of bacon, and my morning coffee.  After taking my son to school, it was Molly's turn for a walk.  She loves it when the weather is nice, so we took a slightly longer route and walked for 25 minutes in the breezy sunshine.  Once I got home, I began cleaning the kitchen and the floors.  I love our sweet Molly, but she's a drooler.  Especially after her walks, she comes home drooling all over the place, and the floors need to be cleaned up.

I'll be making lunch soon.  I made extra meat sauce last week, so we're having that with pasta and garlic bread, and a salad of course.  This afternoon my son will be going to a classmate's house to finish a project for science.  His science teacher is working them to the bone:  they have the school science fair project they're working on, plus he's given them this group project in which they need to display a model of how biomass energy is used in daily living.  Plus they have their regular classwork and homework.  It's been challenging for E, especially since he missed 3 days of school and has had a lot of catching up to do.  This project he's working on now is important, because it'll count for his first report card grade.  The model looks good so far; just needs a few more touches and it's done.

It's another productive day in my house.  With gorgeous weather like this, and a nice clean home, my week is getting off to a good start!  Have a blessed day y'all!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

Wow, not only is it not Friday, it's Saturday evening and I'm just getting to my Friday fill-in post.  Oh well, I'm gonna enjoy it anyway.  You can too - just hop on over to Hilary's, at Feeling Beachie.

1. If only ___ then ___
If only the elections were over, then the political ads would be over too.

2. When I was little I ___
When I was little I begged my mom for a baby brother.  She brought home a baby brother AND a baby sister.

3. I think ___ is for ____
I think chocolate is for the discerning.

4. I feel happiest when_____
I feel happiest when I get things accomplished.  I like productive days.

Observing My Senses

For Today, October 20, 2012...

I am seeing...the day coming to an end.  It's starting to end early every day.

I am feeling...tired after helping my son with one of his science projects and a civics project, and knowing he has about 5 more homework assignments to finish.

I am hearing...the toaster oven ticking, and a Hot Wheels commercial as my son watches some cartoons.  He's tired of doing homework and needed a break.

I am tasting...nothing right now, but I hope to taste a chicken sandwich soon.

I am smelling...Tyson chicken cooking up in the toaster oven.  Once in a while, Mom needs a break from the kitchen.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Five Question Friday

I've had a busy day today, but I've still got time to get my Five Question Friday post up.  You can too.  Visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. Where do you hide junk when people come over?
I don't have junk to hide.  No, really.  The junk belongs to my kids :P.  It gets stashed in their rooms.

2. Do political ads help you decide who you are going to vote for?
No, because I neither watch them nor read them.  Political ads don't give information about the candidate, they just bash the incumbent, and that doesn't help me in the least.

3. What's your favorite holiday party to host?
Thanksgiving, because I love cooking and I love eating.

4. You go to an island with your husband and can only take one personal item. What is it?
My Bible.  It goes with me on every vacation.

5. If you found out your spouse was a Dexter style serial killer (only kills people to save others) would you rat?
If I found out my spouse was a serial killer of any kind, I'd need resusitating first, then I'd rat.  It wouldn't be right to let people be killed by someone who has decided they have the right to determine who deserves to live and who doesn't.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

Patrice is enjoying nice porch weather, so I'm gonna join her there.  Grab a nice cup of coffee, tea, or whatever pleases you, and join us at Everyday Ruralty.

1. Who do you look like in your family?
My mom would tell me I reminded her of her own mother when she was younger.  I favor my mom's side of the family, though I have my dad's dark hair and eyes.  I would have loved to have inherited my mother's aqua colored eyes.

2. Would you rather read a novel, a poem, a magazine, or a how-to book?
A novel, definitely.  I've never enjoyed poetry, even when I was a teenager.  The only magazine I read is the Costco Connection because it comes with my membership.  How-to books are okay, if they're like recipe books.

3. Is there anything in your future that seems challenging, daunting, or "larger than life"?
Life itself!  Actually, I've been seriously considering homeschooling my youngest son once high school rolls around.  The school he's in now is wonderful, but it only goes up to 8th grade.  The high school is iffy at best.  It's a relief school, meaning when other schools in the neighboring cities are too full the kids are bused there.  It has created a negative environment.  The other school near us is a charter school, but I haven't heard anything really positive about it.  Homeschooling is something I'm praying about.

4. Do you have any big projects for this season? (DIY/household/craft or sewing/home business/ whatever you consider a project)
I need to get the outside of the house painted.  We've lived here 12 years and have only painted once, about 6 years ago, so it's time.  The problem is all the rain.  We've gotten rain 3-4 days a week since the summer started, and it hasn't let up.  Until the rain dries up painting will have to wait.

5. Please finish this: It made me so happy to_________________.
It made me so happy to hear my daughter's news.  She is doing an internship at our old church, and they've offered her the opportunity to set up the entire children's worship ministry from the ground up.  She is so excited!  This is what she has wanted all along, to do some sort of worship ministry, and now she gets to implement it completely.  What a blessing from the Lord!

Wednesday Hodgepode

Welcome to another Wednesday and some more Hodgepodge, courtesy of Joyce, From This Side of the Pond.

1. Noah Webster was born this week back in 1758....besides the online version, do you own a dictionary?  Do you ever use the hardback copy or is your hunt for a definition strictly online these days?

I do still own an old dictionary, Webster's New Encyclopedia of Dictionaries, which I got back in 1992.  The pages are yellow.  I haven't used it in like, forever (or since the internet made it easy to go on

2.  Should public schools ban Halloween celebrations?  What about other holiday celebrations currently under fire?

I don't think having holiday celebrations in school are bad, so long as everything is done properly.  Children getting dressed up is fun anytime of the year, but having a haunted house with scary characters jumping out at the kids is not.  Schools need to use good judgment.

3.  What's your favorite 'dog' movie?

Homeward Bound:  The Incredible Journey.  I always cry when I watch it.

4.  When were you last somewhere you'd describe as 'too quiet'?

At home.  My older kids were at work and my youngest was at school.  I was alone in the house.  That much quiet seemed out of place.

5.  Are you a neat cook or a messy cook?  In other words do you clean as you go or make a big mess and then deal with it later?

My kitchen has to be neat, or else I can't focus.  I clean as I go and try to keep the mess to a minimum.

6.  Did you hear about Felix Baumgartner, the skydiver who broke the sound barrier via parachute?  Was your first thought  COOL! or was your first thought CRAZY!  Are you adventurous?

I am so NOT adventurous!  I won't even go on a kiddie roller coaster, that's how unadventurous I am!

7.  What's not a word but should be?

Pronunciate.  It's a combination of the word pronounce and enunciate.  My daughter, the English major, has said this word a couple of times and it drives me nuts because I know it isn't a word.  At least if it got added to the dictionary I could learn to tolerate it.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm one of the few Americans who has not seen any of the debates on television.  I've become more and more disgusted with politicians and their games.  It isn't about what I can or can't do, what I believe or don't believe, what a value or don't value.  It's all about belittling the other person to make themselves look better. Don't they see that, not only do they embarrass themselves, they embarrass the American people as well?

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, October 17, 2012...

Outside my window...the sun is shining bright, but the weatherman says to expect rain this afternoon.  Typical for this time of year.

I am thinking...of how quiet a hurricane season this has been.  There have been many storms, but they've all stayed out in the ocean for the most part.

I am thankful...that Hurricane Paul didn't do nearly as much damage in Mexico as it could have.  Thankful for the missionary families who are protected from the storms.

I am finish making lunch.

I am wearing...a baby blue top, blue prairie style skirt, and flip-flops.  It's 84 degrees in sunny South Florida.

I am noticing...all the Christmas decorations going up in the stores, and folks purchasing them already.

In the kitchen...I have some chicken wings in the oven which I'll serve with noodles, baked beans, corn and a salad.

I am creating...a mental picture of what I plan to do this Christmas as far as decorating.

I am reading...nothing, other than my daily devotions.  And Exodus, with my youngest son.

I am hoping...the weather continues to cool down.  Our humidity has been just a tad lower, and it makes a huge difference.

I am looking forward to...working on my son's science project with him.

I am hearing...the microwave as my older son warms up some soup, the hum of the air conditioner and the refrigerator, and the clicking of the keys on my computer.

Around the house...I've got a load of laundry in the washer, another in the dryer, and I cleaned the hall bathroom.  The kitchen has been cleaned as well.

A favorite quote of the day..."I've learned three things never to discuss with people. Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." - Linus

One of my favorite things...Peanuts cartoons.

A few plans for the rest of the week...since E was out sick a good part of last week, he has schoolwork that needs to get caught up.  We'll be working on that.  Otherwise, nothing planned.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

This fun blog hop provides 4 questions for everyone to answer, and the option to add my own fifth question to be answered here on my blog.  Are you up for it?  If so, hop on over to Heather's place, Acting Balanced.

1. What is the most interesting fact you have learned recently?
"Grapefruit juice negatively interacts with more than 50 medications, including statins. Because the effects of the citrus juice last more than 24 hours, simply taking your meds at a different time won't solve the problem."

2. The alarm goes off on Monday morning.  What is your first thought?
"Time for school."  Unless it's a holiday, then my first thought is, "Hallelujah!  I can sleep another hour!"

3. What is the most memorable movie line of all time?
This isn't a movie line per se, but it's my favorite line from one of my favorite cartoons.  ""I've learned three things never to discuss with people. Religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."

4. Describe a situation that always seems to try your patience.
Folks who are always late to everything.  I was taught that being late was rude and inconsiderate, but the culture in South Florida is very different, and people are almost expected to be late.  I find it difficult to tolerate.

And my question:

5. What was/is your favorite holiday cartoon?
For me, it's a toss-up.  I absolutely love all the Peanuts holiday specials, like The Great Pumpkin, the Thanksgiving special, and most of all A Charlie Brown Christmas.  But for my family, it's not Christmas till we watch The Grinch.  That will always be a classic in my book.

Move It Mondays

Good Monday morning!  The weather has changed dramatically just today.  It was pouring rain when my son got up for school this morning.  It was drizzling when we left the house, barely raining at all as we approached the school building, started picking up, poured again as I got back home, and in less than half an hour the sun was out and the sky was blue (or, as my daughter stated, there were blue clouds.  She was still half asleep).  That's October in South Florida.  We had a few gorgeous days, low humidity, pleasant breezes, perfect hair days.  Then yesterday the storms started coming in again, and it looks like we'll be visited by rain on and off for the next few days.

This presents a bit of a problem as far as Molly's bath is concerned.  She hates water, hates getting wet, and absolutely hates baths.  I give her a bath outside because getting her to stay still is impossible, and she'd destroy the bathroom.  Rainy days make it difficult to get her cleaned up.  I'll wait a while and see if the rain lets up.  If it does, she's in for a treat :P.

I got a lot done on Saturday, mopped floors, did 5 loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, so there isn't a ton of things to get done in the housework department.  My daughter has a nasty cold, nothing like what my son had last week but she still feels pretty yucky with a stuffed up nose and cough, so soup is on the menu for today.  Chicken soup, food for the soul.  She's happy about that.

I did get some paperwork done this morning.  Florida Power and Light sent an offer I signed up for:  get your bills sent electronically, and they will give me a $50 restaurant card.  Hopefully it's for a restaurant we like ;). I got some bills paid too, and put E's box tops together to give to the school.  So, even though it's a rainy day (or at least it was), I did manage to make the first part of the morning productive.

The rest of the day?  I think I'll get the bathrooms cleaned up today (my least favorite chore), then get the soup going, and afterwards...who knows?  It's Monday, and Lord willing I have a whole week ahead of me!  Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, October 13, 2012...

I am seeing...the rain begin to clear, though we are expecting more rain this afternoon.  That's okay.  We had two days of incredibly beautiful weather.  A little rain won't upset me.

I am feeling...grateful that my son is feeling better and is able to eat again, though not in the same amounts as usual.  His stomach is still sensitive, so he eats a little and gets full.

I am hearing...a clock ticking, a computer fan humming, and silence.  Blessed silence.

I am morning coffee, and the remnants of my pumpkin spice Eggo's.  I bought 3 boxes because they're going on sale, which means they'll be fazing out soon.

I am smelling...syrup, and pumpkin spice, and coffee, and air freshener.  I love the smell of home.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

It's Friday, and time for some fill-ins.  Join the fill-in group at Feeling Beachie.  Hilary will be glad you did.

This week’s statements:
1. Given the choice of ___ or ___ for ___ I’d pick ___
Given the choice of cake or pie for dessert I'd pick pie.  Apple, please.

2. If you told me ____ I would never have believed you
If you told me back in September 2001 that we'd one day have a president named Barak Obama I would never have believed you.

3. The last time I cooked_______it came out_______.
The last time I cooked meatloaf it came out a bit spicy.  That's because I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet and Spicy barbecue sauce on top of it.  Gave it a little kick.

4. My favorite color is ___
My favorite color is green.  All shades except neon.  That's just annoying.

Five Question Friday

Finally Friday!  Why does the rest of the week go soooo slooowly, and the weekend zooms by?  Oh well, I don't care, I'm gonna enjoy the beginning of this weekend, with a Five Question Friday post, courtesy of Mama M at My Little Life.

1. Did you have any homecoming traditions?
Nope, none.  Our church now has homecoming week for the school, so other than the football game everything is for the students and their families.

2. Do you ask your spouse before spending money?
For very large expensive purchases, yes.  Otherwise, no.  I'm a big girl.  I know not to spend frivolously.

3. If you could be famous for something what would it be?
I don't think I'd ever want to be famous, but if it was so, I'd like it to be for something worthwhile, like a good deed.

4. Have you ever seriously thought you were going crazy?
Duh.  Motherhood does that to all of us, especially when we're sleep deprived.

5. How do you eat your steak? Burger? (as in, well done, medium, still moo-ing...)
Medium well.  I don't like it overcooked, but I also don't want to see it dripping blood.  Slightly pink works for me.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thoughtful Thursdays

Something incredible happened this morning - there was a cool breeze!  My daughter and I stepped outside and gasped at the sudden change.  Of course it warmed up as the day progressed, but it's been breezy all day, and the humidity has been lower than usual.  Even Molly seemed to enjoy her walk a little more!  It'll be interesting to see if this trend continues.

I took advantage of the lovely weather and did the monthly car washing.  Once a month I clean the cars (3 of them) inside and out.  My kids are welcome to help me, and my daughter came over to give me a hand.  I usually wash cars the first week of the month, but with all the rain we've gotten it's been impossible.  I was glad to see a drier, crisper day, perfect to get things done outdoors.

This has been a rough week for my youngest son.  After an enjoyable weekend at the Awana conference and church, he went back to school on Monday.  After dinner, I noticed something wasn't quite right.  I can't pinpoint anything specific, only that his face didn't look like it usually does.  You moms know what I mean.  I asked him if everything was okay because he had a strange look on his face, and he admitted his stomach was feeling weird.  I left it at that and left him alone.  A little while later he came over and told me his stomach was really hurting, and he was nauseous.  I felt his cheeks and they were clammy, which is what happens whenever his stomach acts up.  I urged him to take a cool shower so he could feel a bit better, and he could go to bed.  He went right away, and after his shower he lay down.  I read him a chapter from Exodus, then prayed over him.  He quickly fell asleep, about a half hour earlier than usual, so I knew he wasn't feeling well.  I figured, if it's something he ate, it'll pass quickly.  If it's a stomach flu, it'll be a bit more complicated.  At 10:00 pm I went to bed.

An hour later I was awaken to the sounds of violent vomiting.  Despite the fact that I'd put a small trash can by the bed, he managed to throw up all over the place (in his defense, it was dark and he couldn't see to throw up in the trash can).  He got up and ran to the bathroom and continued being sick.  I started cleaning up Kool-Aid colored puke.  Once he'd finished he washed his mouth over and over, claiming the taste in his mouth was unbearable.  I said he could drink a little water to see if that helped.  He did, then proceeded to throw up water all over the kitchen floor :P.  It was pretty bad.  I still wondered if it was just food poisoning and once he rested he'd be okay.  It wouldn't be that easy.

After everything was cleaned up, sheets put in the wash, new sheets put on the bed, I had my son try to get some sleep.  Another hour later and I could hear him in the bathroom being sick once more.  At least this time he'd gotten to the bathroom in time and I didn't have to get up to clean again.  Then at about 4:30 am he got up and was dry heaving.  That pretty much told me this was more than simply food disagreeing with him. This was a virus, and not a kind one.  I turned off the alarm clock; no way my son was going to school.

When he awoke at 9am, I took his temperature.  101.3.  I gave him some ibuprofen and asked if he wanted to eat a biscuit, to see if it would settle his stomach.  He tried, poor thing, but was only able to stomach a couple of bites.  I had him stay in bed, and he dozed off.  That was pretty much the routine for the entire day.  He'd wake up, I'd take his temperature, give him his meds every four hours, and he would sleep, sleep, sleep.  The most he ate all day was a few bites of a biscuit.  His temperature kept creeping up slowly despite the medicine, from 101.3 to 101.5 to 101.9.  He also complained about backaches and headaches, all typical symptoms of the flu, which I now felt sure he had.

The next morning I realized there was no way he could endure a full day of school, even if it was Wednesday and they get out an hour earlier.  I also knew if he missed 2 days he'd need a doctor's note, so I went ahead and made an appointment.  His doctor told us this mild version of the flu is going around; it has all the symptoms of the flu, but when tested for the flu virus all the tests come back negative.  Thankfully it's a short-lived flu; unfortunately it's very contagious.  The doctor kindly gave us a note stating he could go back to school on Friday, though she said if he felt better by the next day he could go.  He still had a low grade fever and wasn't eating, but I hoped he could still make it to school the next day.  That was the plan, anyway.

This morning I got up early and began preparing everything for E to go back to school.  I made him a simple breakfast:  one hash brown and a biscuit.  I figured something like that wouldn't upset his already delicate stomach.  He hadn't eaten anything for 2 days, and was almost afraid to eat.  He was eating his hash brown when he said he had to go to the bathroom.  He went, then went again, and I realized he now had the runs.  Really bad, too.  I'm so grateful that the doctor included today as a stay home day, because under these conditions he would definitely have to miss yet another day of school.

Thankfully, the worst of it is definitely over.  His fever is gone, his appetite is coming back, and there have been no more bathroom breaks.  He was even able to get some homework done, which is important because now he's 3 days behind.  I think he's especially happy because his siblings were staying away from him for fear of catching the virus; now they come over and help him with his homework.  It looks like things are getting back to normal.  We're very thankful that God answered our prayers and my little boy is back to his old self.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

Patrice has had a rough week with sick animals and sick people.  I've had only one sick little boy and I'm exhausted!  Let's hope all the animals and people get better real quick.  In the meantime, how about some chats on the front porch?  Join Patrice, Wendell, and all the gang at Everyday Ruralty.

1. Do you like to have a variety of handbags, or are you happy with one old favorite?
I have several handbags but I tend to use the same two, a light brown and a dark brown that have lots of space.  My other bags are either too small to accommodate everything I need, or they're too beat up to take anywhere.

2. Do prefer to have your hair long or short?
I like to wear my hair long, but not as long as I used to wear it.  My hair used to go down my back.  Now I keep it just beyond my shoulders.  Hair, like every other part of our anatomy, loses its luster with age.  My hair has lost its dark luster and replaced it with grays :P, so I color it.  The longer my hair is, the more I have to color.  I'd prefer to avoid all that extra work.

3. Are you doing any crafts for fall?
No, and that's a shame.  I would love to do some kind of craft, but I'm not the crafty type.  I like crafts, but they never look the way I'd like them to.

4. What's your favorite sweetener to use?
Why, sugar of course!

5. Tell me something interesting.
How about this:  If Barbie were life size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.  Doesn't make you want to look like Barbie much, does it?

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's the middle of the week, a rough week for me, so I'll take some time out for a little Wednesday Hodgepodge, courtesy of Joyce, From This Side of the Pond.

1.  In what ways do you indulge yourself?

I have different ways of indulgence, depending on the budget.  I might splurge and get my hair done, or have a couple of Hershey's kisses if I'm trying not to spend.

2.  Have you ever taken a cooking class?  Any interest?  What type of class would you most like to try?

I've never taken a cooking class (unless you include Mom's kitchen, in which case I've taken dozens of them).  I think if I ever took a class it would be a baking class so I can learn to decorate those fancy cakes.

3. What does it mean to be a good citizen?

For me, it means thinking of others more than I think of myself.  Instead of looking for "how to get my way", a good citizen thinks in terms of the community and of what is best for everyone.  In doing so, a good citizen accomplishes more and brings harmony.

4.  'Tis the season of the political these ads influence your vote?

Not in the way they intend.  I hate negative campaigns that seek votes by trashing their opponents.  I'd much rather vote for the person who tells me what they've accomplished and what they intend to do without so much as a mention of the other person on persons running.  Just because a candidate points out what's wrong with the other party doesn't mean they are a better choice.

5.  What's something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?

Carefree living.  Hearing my son's aspirations for the future without reality crashing those dreams.  The approaching of the holidays and that festive feel of innocence.

6.  What's your least favorite cliche?

"Misery loves company."  I prefer to keep my misery to myself, and would like it very much if others did the same.

7.  What percentage of your Christmas shopping has been completed?  How does that make you feel?

Hmm, let's see.  I've got one present for my daughter, a couple for my oldest son, and about 5 for my youngest.  My older kids have asked for a couple of big ticket items that, hopefully, I'll be able to get this month.  I think I'm doing okay, with it being only October.  It's when Thanksgiving draws near that I start to panic if I don't have most or all of my shopping done.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My son has the flu.  Poor little guy.  He's had all the symptoms since Monday night, and now he's lying in bed with a wet rag on his forehead to help ease his headache.  I hope he feels better soon.  I don't like to see my babies suffer.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, October 9, 2012...

Outside my window...the sun is shining brightly, and it looks and feels more like a summer than a fall day.

I am thinking...very little, after having taken a Benadryl for my allergies.

I am thankful...that I can be home with my son when he's not feeling well.

I am see if my little guy is hungry.  He had a rough night, getting up 4 times to throw up, and has had fever all day.  He's eaten a biscuit and nothing else today.

I am I *heart* VBS t-shirt, denim sorts and flip-flops.  It's 84 degrees but feels like 90 thanks to the humidity.

I am noticing...Christmas movies popping up on Netflix.  I've watched a few already.

In the kitchen...I made ground beef and rice, my son's favorite, but he hasn't eaten any :(.  I think his stomach is still too sensitive.

I am week's menu in my mind.

I am reading...whenever I get a chance, which seems like not very often.

I am son feels better soon, otherwise it'll be a visit to the doctor's.

I am looking forward to...Awana tomorrow.  After the conference there are some things I'd like to put into practice.

I am hearing...the air conditioner, and my nails on the keyboard.  My son is in the bedroom watching cartoons.  At least I think he is; I hear the television but he may have fallen asleep again.

Around the house...there's dog hair on the floor again.  I just vacuumed yesterday, but with Molly shedding it doesn't stay hairless for long.

A favorite quote of the day..."To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny." - Joseph Addison

One of my favorite things...Christmas movies.

A few plans for the rest of the week...other than the usual Awana, grocery shopping, and church, nothing.  A pretty normal week.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The AWANA Conference

This past Saturday was South Florida's AWANA Ministry Conference.  For those who don't know, AWANA is a children's ministry club that meets weekly in churches all over the nation and around the world.  The AWANA mission is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ, and train them to serve Him.  You can learn more about AWANA here.

The theme of this year's AWANA conference is Zoom Out:  See The Bigger Picture.  It spoke about the importance of parental involvement.  AWANA clubs meet once a week for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, depending on the church's schedule and how many clubs are meeting.  There are 6 different clubs, from Puggles (ages 2-3) to Journey (for high schoolers).  Our church has Cubbies (preschoolers), Sparks (grades K-2), and Truth and Training (also called T&T, grades 3-6).  AWANA night is divided into 3 parts:  Large Group Time, Handbook Time, and Game Time.  I work with 3rd grade T&T girls. We have large group time with all the T&T kids, boys and girls from grades 3-6.  We typically have about 40 children in attendance who will listen to a Biblical teaching.  Then the kids split up, and our girls are separated by grade.  I sit with the third grade girls (which is a group of 6-7 girls) and help them with Scripture memorization and handbook activities.  This is the only one-on-one time the leaders have with the kids.  It lasts about 20 minutes.  Afterwards we go to game time, and the kids learn different games that they will play later on at the AWANA games, where we compete against other churches.

The program is wonderful, filled with encouragement, learning, and opportunities to make lasting friendships.    We've heard from many Christians who participated in AWANA when they were kids, and how it positively impacted their spiritual growth.  I can't emphasize enough the importance of preparing our children for the future by teaching them the Gospel message.  It's a tremendous blessing to be an AWANA leader, impacting the lives of our future leaders, pastors, and missionaries.

The first part of the day was the opening session, in which we heard about what AWANA is doing worldwide.  There are 12,877 clubs worldwide, in 98 countries, teaching over 850,000 children.  That's not including the nearly 1,000,000 children who are part of AWANA here in the United States.  That's almost 2,000,000 children whose lives are being changed for eternity!  It was really encouraging to hear all that God is doing through AWANA, and humbling that God would use simple folks like us to further this ministry.

After the opening session, we were able to split up and attend workshops.  I was so glad my son E was able to attend; he is a student leader (formerly known as LIT's) and there was a workshop just for them, plus a workshop for Spark's leaders, which is the group E is working with.  My first workshop was T&T Basics.  Even though I've been a T&T leader for 2 years, I knew there'd be plenty to learn, and I got some good pointers.

The next workshop I attended was Connecting With Parents.  This was my favorite - it challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and get beyond Hello with my group's parents.  If parents don't get involved in the program and encourage the children, it won't have as much of an impact on the children's lives.  They are with us for a very short amount of time.  The things they're learning need to carry over to the home, and the kids should be preparing for Awana every week with their parent's help.  There were also many great ideas on how to use social media, email, phone calls, whatever it takes to engage the parents and get them excited about Awana.

After a Chick-fil-A lunch (which was totally yummy) E and I attended the Five Love Languages for Kids.  This taught about how love is expressed and how everyone responds differently, including children.  If you haven't taken the love languages test, you can take it here.  There was plenty of information on learning how to treat children with love and encourage them along the way.

The last workshop, Storytelling With A Twist, was taught by the same woman who taught the Connecting With Parents workshop, Mrs. Linda Weddle.  What an amazing workshop!  This was especially good for those of us who teach during large group time.  It taught us how to tell stories so that we keep the children's attention, and how to use our own life experiences (so long as they're appropriate) to teach Biblical truths.  Several people told simple stories from their childhood, and we were given the task of figuring out what Bible truths could be applied to it.  We found it was a lot easier than we expected!  The Bible is a complete book, and there is always something that we can learn even in the most mundane moments of life.  It gave me a whole new perspective on storytelling!

The conference really challenged me to pay more attention to the needs of the girls in my group, and also to ask the parents for their cooperation.  After all, parents just want the best for their children.  If they are included in their children's activities, they will be grateful.  I already was able to connect with the parents of one of my girls, and it was really productive!  I can't wait to put more of the great suggestions into practice!      

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday!  I've been moving it indoors today, on account of the almost non-stop rain we're having.  It's currently drizzling, but we've had light to heavy rain all morning.  As a matter of fact, this has been the wettest summer I can remember, and the rains have continued into fall without any signs of letting up.  The humidity and heat indexes have been high everyday for months now.  Our saturated ground could use a break!

This weekend my youngest son and I attended the Awana conference here in South Florida.  What a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement!  I've gotta get a post up describing some of the things we learned.

Anyway, with all the rain I haven't been able to finish mowing the lawn.  Instead I began the day by putting some jambalaya in the crock pot.  It smells delicious!  In some places there's no school today because of it being Columbus Day, but South Florida doesn't care too much about Columbus because it's a regular school day (to my son's utter chagrin).  So after breakfast I dropped him off at school and came straight home.  I folded the clean socks I'd washed yesterday and started a load of towels.  Next I cleaned the master bathroom, the kitchen, and the family room.  I've made some white rice to go with my jambalaya, and I'll be having lunch in a few minutes.  Afterwards, I think I'll do some ironing before it's time to pick up my son from school again.  Did I mention my son's grades have been steadily improving?  We give God the glory for E's 5 B's and 1 C (in science; we're hoping with the science fair project he can bring that grade up too).  It's a joy to see my son work hard to keep his grades up.

Since the weather forecast calls for rain all day, we'll be staying indoors after school.  My daughter works today, and she's thankful for food she can pack for work.  I'm thankful I can provide it :).  My oldest son will be heading for school in the evening, so we'll keep him in prayer for safety.  Have a blessed day everyone!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, October 7, 2012...

I am seeing...a slightly overcast day.  I wonder if it's gonna rain today?

I am feeling...spiritually refreshed after our Awana conference yesterday.  I'm gonna have to post on that.

I am hearing...sausages sizzling.

I am tasting...nothing yet, but I'll be tasting breakfast soon.

I am smelling...the sausages on the stove and the coffee in the pot.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

After a day of running errands and running around, it's nice to sit down to some fun Friday Four Fill-Ins, courtesy of Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

1. I am very ___
I am very shy.  Though I've been working hard to try and be less of an introvert.

2. I am most comfy ___
I am most comfy in my home, on my recliner.

3. You will never believe what I saw on my way ___________.
You will never believe what I saw on my way to the mailbox a couple of years ago.  It was an unusually cold morning, and an iguana had come all the way to our neighborhood and was lying next to our mailbox!  Turns out since they're cold-blooded creatures and we'd gotten temps in the 30's that morning, it had conked out.  It revived once the sun came out and warmed up.

4. My mornings don’t start until _________ happens.
My mornings don't start until coffee consumption happens.  Y'all know what I'm talking about.

Five Question Friday

You know what today is?  Friday!  Time for my Five Question Friday post, courtesy of Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What album/cd/download are you embarrassed to admit you have?
I downsized my music collection a few months ago, and got rid of all my old cassette tapes (remember those?) with heavy metal music.  Poison, White Snake, that sort of thing.  The only thing I've kept is a CD my son gave me awhile back - Bon Jovi.  Am I too old for that sort of music?  Maybe, but I still enjoy hearing it now and then.

2. What's the one thing your spouse does better than you?
The Mister (we are separated) is an extrovert, so his job as a sales supervisor is perfect for him.  I'm an introvert, so approaching people to convince them to buy anything is a stretch.

3. When do you start buying Halloween Candy?
Not till it's a week or so before Halloween.  Otherwise we might end up having to buy more.

4. Family closets - Yay or nay?
When the kids were little they did share a closet for awhile, but as they get older and their wardrobes grow with them, it's too difficult to fit a lot of clothes in a bedroom closet.  Even my master bedroom has two walk-in closets, a his and a hers, and they're pretty packed.  For us to have a family closet would mean converting an entire bedroom into a closet, which is not feasible for us at this time.

5. Which home/cleaning chore do you hate the most? Why?
Bathrooms.  Who wants to clean dirty toilets?  Yuck!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

I'm kinda late getting my visit with Patrice and Wendell in.  Thankfully, their front porch is always welcoming!  You can visit them too, at Everyday Ruralty.

1. If you could instantly play a musical instrument, which one would it be?
That's easy - the piano.  I love all the different music styles you can play on the piano, and how beautiful a keyboard is.

2. Do you have a fireplace, wood-stove, or pellet-stove?
None of the above.  Any of these would be pretty useless in South Florida, though I know some houses have them from seeing the chimney.  If they get lit once a year it's a lot.  I guess some folks like the look of it, but I can't see justifying the expense in our climate.

3. What's your favorite addition to brownies?
My mouth ;).  I love nuts, but they don't love me back :(.

4. Do you use much bottled water?
Sometimes.  We have a filter in our fridge, plus I have Brita water bottles, so we don't need to purchase bottled water unless a hurricane is coming.  Then I buy a truckload.

5. How much did you weight as a newborn?
I was a pretty standard sized baby, weighing in at 7 lbs. 8 oz.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to Wednesday Hodgepodge!  A big thanks to Joyce, From This Side of the Pond, for hosting.

1. It's a brand new month...share one thing you're looking forward to in October.

The Weather Channel has announced a colder than normal October - December for the Southeast, and I'm looking forward to great hair days and dog walking weather.

2.  Is chivalry dead?  Explain.

I sure hope not!  I've taught my daughter to look for a chivalrous gentleman when looking for her future life mate!  Chivalry is only dead if we don't teach our boys to be chivalrous.  I don't know who the idiot was that decided it was not necessary for men to hold open doors for women because a woman can open a door for herself.  So What?!  There's plenty of things I can do for myself, but I like to see my boys do it for me out of courtesy and caring.  As far as I can see, the feminist movement has done nothing productive for our girls and has turned our boys into uncivilized baboons.

3.  On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip made its debut.  Which character is your favorite?  Which character is most like you?  (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Shroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, or Pig Pen)  If you need a description click here .

Linus, for sure!  I used to have a blankie with me while I sucked my thumb - till my mom decided it was time to end that nasty habit and put Tabasco sauce on my thumb.  :P  To this day Linus is my favorite Peanuts character.

4.  What's something you're competitive about?

Hmm, I'm not a competitive person really.  I don't like confrontation or competition.  I like doing what I like to do, and if someone else likes doing it too, cool!  Now we have something in common!

5. October is National Popcorn Popping Month...are you a fan?  How do you like your popcorn?

I like popcorn, but it doesn't like me back.  It messes with my digestive system.  Which is a bummer.

6.  When did you first realize the world is small?

I guess the world always seemed small to me, having been raised in New York which is a melting pot of people from all over.

7.  In terms of architecture, what's the most beautiful building you've seen up close and in person?

Again, born and raised in New York City which has some of the most beautiful architecture, yet I think the most lovely architecture I've seen in person is Vizcaya, the former home of James Deering and museum in South Miami.  Not only is the house, built during the Gilded Age, a gorgeous marvel of architecture, the grounds, a tropical garden on Biscayne Bay, are spectacular.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I just pulled a beautiful meatloaf out of the oven.  Why does meatloaf get such a bum rap?  We all love meatloaf, especially with Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce on top.  'Cause everyone knows, barbecue sauce makes everything better ;)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, October 2, 2012...

Outside my window...everything is wet from all the rain we got yesterday, last night and early this morning.  The rain has stopped temporarily; it won't be long before it starts up again.

I am thinking...about my half cut lawn, and how funny it looks when only half the grass is cut.  Maybe the rain will let up by tomorrow and the rest of the lawn can be mowed.

I am thankful...for my nice, comfortable home that keeps us dry and cool when outside it's wet and humid.

I am give my bedroom a good cleaning.

I am wearing...a light blue top, blue prairie style skirt, and flip-flops.  It's 79 degrees right now, but with humidity at 90% and the dew point at 76%, it feels like it's in the 80's already and it isn't even 10:00 in the morning.

I am much slimmer my daughter looks.  She's been exercising more, and has started running in the mornings.  I think her hard work will pay off.

In the kitchen...I have some ham steaks that I'll bake in the oven with pineapple chunks.  Add to that some rice medley, fried plantains and a salad, and we're all set.

I am creating...a clean, comfortable home for my family.

I am reading...very little lately, not because I don't want to but because I'm always running around.  I'd like to finish the book I started, Hurricanes in Paradise.

I am hoping...the lawn mower will hold out for a few more months, though I don't know that it's possible.  The engine started smoking yesterday.  I guess after 12 years I can't complain.

I am looking forward to...the Awana conference this weekend.  We get to learn about Awana and all the new things in store for this year.  Our leader says it's very encouraging.

I am hearing...the air conditioning unit humming away.  I know it's October, but we'll probably have the a/c running for another couple of months before the weather starts to cool down some.

Around the house...things are pretty much in order, but my bedroom needs a good dusting.  I'll be tackling that right after this post.

A favorite quote of the day..."To a friend's house, the road is never long." - Author unknown.

One of my favorite things...the smells, tastes, and colors of fall.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana tomorrow night, and the Awana conference on Saturday.  Church on Sunday.  That's all that's planned right now.

Here's a picture thought I'd like to share...

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Heather over at Acting Balanced has a great blog hop, the Monday Quiz About Me.  She provides 4 questions, plus the option to come up with a 5th question of my own.  Won't you give it a try?

1. What is your favorite Autumn color?
Is it okay to say all of them? ;)  I would say I'm partial to the greens and oranges.  And the dark reds.  And golds.  But mostly the greens and oranges.

2. If you could go back and change something about your high school days what would it be?
I was extremely shy in high school and didn't go out for any of the clubs because I was just so afraid to.  If I could go back I'd do something, probably musical, and not let my fears get in the way of having fun.

3. Name something that you tried because you thought you'd like it, but in reality didn't meet your expectations.
I bought a Jennie-O turkey breast in gravy that came in an oven safe container and just needed to be baked for a couple of hours before serving.  I figured if it was Jennie-O it would be really good, but it wasn't that great.  I was kind of disappointed.

4. Do you have a favorite "Monday" song?
Manic Monday by the Bangles.  Oh great, now I'll have that song going through my head all day.

And my question:

5. Do you live in the city, suburbs, or country?  Which do you prefer?
I live in a town outside of Miami, a small suburban town that still has cows grazing behind our homes.  There's a library and two movie theaters, but no mall.  If I had a choice, I'd love to live out in the country.  I do love our small town, but it's still more congested than I care for.  I'd like wide open spaces and quiet.

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday world! Can you believe it's the first Monday in October?!?  This year has just flown by!

It started out as a beautiful day, sunshine and a cool breeze even though the humidity is still high.  I decided it would be a good day for cutting the grass.  Allergy-wise it's not the best thing; my allergies were on high alert yesterday, and I ended up having to take a Benadryl so I could function, which left me drowsy the entire day.  But I wanted to get the lawn mowed because we're supposed to get rain all this week, and with my son R's schedule of work and school he probably won't be able to do it, so it was up to me.

It started out great.  The breeze made being outside much more tolerable than in past weeks when the heat and humidity made the air stifling.  It became overcast too, so I didn't have the sun blaring down on me.  Our lawn mower is 12 years old, and while it's been a real workhorse, it's also deteriorating fast.  Last time we cut the grass, I commented to my son that I'd seen a small hole on the top of the mower.  He said he'd noticed 2 holes, and grass clippings coming out through one of them.  Today I noticed that, not only is he right about there being two holes, they've grown and continue to grow.  The metal is corroded, probably because the lawn mower is housed in the shed in our backyard and the humidity has damaged it over the years.  I still was able to do the entire side yard and half of the backyard before I noticed something even more troubling:  the engine was smoking.  I'd never seen it do that before!  I immediately turned it off and put it away.  Hopefully I can get it going tomorrow so I can finish the yard - it doesn't look very attractive with only half the work done.  I'm also looking at prices for a new mower, as it seems this one is on its last leg.

I'm currently cooking our lunch/dinner.  We're having kielbasa and onions, yellow rice with mixed vegetables, and oven fries.  I have to make enough so that my daughter can have it for lunch and also pack some for her dinner.  At the orphanage, she's not allowed to go out to eat because she can't leave the children alone or with just one other person, so she eats there with them when they're having their dinner.

This afternoon I'm taking my youngest to the dentist again.  Last week he had 2 baby teeth removed.  One was an eye tooth, and the other a molar.  These had stuck into the gums and refused to budge, even though the permanent teeth had come out.  It distressed me, especially the eye tooth, because E has the straightest teeth of all my kids except for that one tooth because the baby tooth wasn't letting it fall into place.  Hopefully now it has the space to move on its own, since I don't want to have to pay for braces for one tooth.  Today he's having a cleaning and sealant put on his teeth.  He's happier today because he knows a cleaning won't involve needles ;).  He was a real trooper last week, but let's be honest, no one likes those icky novocaine shots.

I've got a busy day and busy week ahead.  I'm thankful for the days past, for today, and for the days to come.  Have a wonderful first week of October!