Thursday, September 29, 2016

Whole30 Challenge

I am going to start a Whole30 on Saturday - October 1st.  Maybe it will be a Whole60 or a Whole90….Wouldn't it be terrific if I could be sugar free, grain free, dairy free, alcohol free until January 1st?  Get through the holidays without indulging in all the crap that makes your pants tight and your body feel so yuck.   Not going to get too far ahead of myself, I will start with Whole30 and see how I feel. The last time I did a Whole30 I felt amazing.  Didn't lose a lot of weight, but felt so healthy, energized and good.  Lots of non-scale victories.  That is really all I want….to feel amazing.

It requires an ass ton of cooking, because it really is just eating real food and real food requires preparation.  Doesn't have to be elaborate.  I am going to do a little research to refresh myself on the rules of the road today and pull together some meal planning for the first week.  I will share what I come up with.  It won't be formal or official - just some general idea of what I want to have on hand to eat.  There will be challenges…I have company coming to town next week - an overnight trip or two may be in my future - Halloween and all the sugar that entails - but it is thirty days.  I can do anything for 30 days.  So can you.  Here is some inspiration.


Won't you join me?  Come on!  It will probably be a topic of many, many of my blogs over the next thirty days, so just jump in and do a Whole30 challenge with me!   Here are the basics:

Read "It Starts With Food"
No Sugar
No Dairy
No Legumes
No Grains
No Alcohol
No Cheating
Let's do it!


In other news…..
  • Chip helped his buddy with his Algebra homework last night.  That's right!  One of my offspring was able to help another human with math.  And, the heavens opened and the angels were singing!  What a glorious day.  I was so proud.  Smarty pants. 
  • I seriously want to talk about the beautiful weather with everyone.  It is so Colorado and/or California like around here.  Glorious.  Just love it. 
  • Harry's truck wouldn't start last Thursday.  Assume it is the battery.  I told him to jump start it and take it to Walmart and let them replace it.  His dad said "You can do it yourself, it isn't that hard."  Why, Why, Why?  Does he not remember the tire change of 2015?  It was a nightmare.  So, it has been a week.  Worked on getting the old battery out for a good while over the weekend.  It didn't go well.  Didn't have the right tools.  Went to the store to get the tools. Got the wrong tools.  Now, another trip to the store is in order to hopefully get the correct tools.  Has to coordinate trips to the store for parts with someone that does have a running car.  I just can't. 
  • Don't tell any of the boys in my family, but I think I might want a puppy.  I'm not 100% sure, so I won't breathe a word of it to them.  But I am definitely missing Astro and having a furry sidekick around. It is a pain in the neck to raise a dog, but I still have a lot of mothering in me and a dog can take a lot of mothering.  Or is that smothering?  Can I smother them with mother love?  Not sure.  Anyway, I am going to sit with it a while and see if the yearning passes or not.  Maybe I am just missing Astro and another dog will never be as awesome as him.  I will keep you posted. 
Happy Thursday!  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Weather

The weather is SPECTACULAR!  Like, amazeballs times 1,000.  So, so lovely.  Last night, when I picked up Chip from football practice, he wanted to stay and watch his middle school alma mater Cougars play the Hornets.  Just so happens two of his buddies from baseball were the QBs for each of the 8th grade teams.  We stayed.  We visited.  We cheered for both teams and had a blast!  They gave us a great game on a beautiful evening.


Love these kids.  

 I love sports.  If you haven't seen this video - watch it.  I have watched it several times and cry every time.   Dee Gordon doesn't hit home runs. But this night, with the sorrow of a lost teammate in his heart he hit that ball farther than he has ever hit a ball.  If you haven't seen the pre-game tribute the Marlins put on for Jose Fernandez and heard "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" played on a solo trumpet, please google it. A beautiful tribute to a teammate taken way too young.  

Real life.  Real hard.  


 


In other news:
  • I listened to The Descendants over the weekend. Great book.  I am seeing a pattern here.  Apparently, I like everything.  At this pace, I am going to run out of free Amazon prime audio books soon.  Must pace myself. 
  • Chip stayed home Monday with a miserable stuffy head.  He is a professional couch potato. 
  • This morning in the car Chip said "Man, this year is going by too fast."  I thought that was only something adults said. 
  • Astro's vet sent a rose to our house with their condolences on Saturday. That was super sweet.  I miss that fur ball.  I catch myself several times through the day thinking about letting him in, letting him out, feeding him, giving him his meds.  I still look for him when I open the door.  I worked in the yard this weekend and he was not out there to keep me company.  UPS dropped off a box yesterday and no one barked to let me know they were here.  I just found the box on the doorstep.  


    That is all.  Happy Hump Day. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Farewell Astro

We said goodbye to our boy Astro on Friday.  It was a hard day.  He was diagnosed with a tumor on his liver several months ago and was home with us on hospice care.  The steroid and anti-inflammatory meds worked really well and he was eating well and seemed happy and pain free.  He has had a couple of "incidents" in the last few months were he has fallen or couldn't get up, but he always recovered and seemed no worse for the wear. 

On Friday it was different.  He was wobbly, staggering, disoriented and distant.  It was hard to see him like that.  He wouldn't come to me.  He wouldn't get up.  He seemed exhausted.  

I did the only thing I knew to do and I just laid next to him on the patio and told him what a good boy he was.  Told him it was okay.  Kept my hand on his sweet head, studying his face.  I am not sure he knew I was there.  I took this picture of him because I knew it would be the last and I wanted to freeze time.  He looks tired.  He was ready.  I was certain it was time. I am glad that I was certain. 


We got him to the vet and within thirty minutes or so it was time.  The medicine went in and within mere seconds he was gone.  It was remarkably quick.  The vet had warned us it would be.  There was no struggle.  No panic.  Just peace. 

He was a great dog.  I know everyone says that about their own dog, but he REALLY was a great dog.  There will never be another like him.  So glad that we got to be his family.
He will be missed. 
Rest in peace, Astro.   

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Squatting Babies

This is for Bob.  We talked about the picture below yesterday on the phone.  So I found it and had to share it.  Aren't they precious? 


Little squatting babies, checking out bugs on the road.  And then there is Chip…giving me the full report.  Telling me something super important. 

This hurts my heart - and my knees.  How do they do that? 

How about this for a throwback?  

S - W - E - E - T - N - E - S - S! 


In other news:
  • There was a slight change in the temperature this morning for our 5:00 a.m. walk.  A slight chill in the air.  Very slight.  So slight, it was hard to detect…but it was there.  The 10 day forecast shows a high temperature of 73 for Monday!  Woo Hoo! Bring it on! 
  • Dental appointments for me and Chip have been accomplished this week.  Good checkups, but we both are apparently grinding our teeth.  This was Chip's first trip to the adult dentist.  He said that it was weird that everyone at the dentist office said they had known him for years, but just met him for the first time. 
  • Football game this afternoon - let's go Dragons! 
  • Did you watch "This is Us" and "Designated Survivor" this week?   Both new shows.  BOTH were EXCELLENT!  So happy that regular TV is back! 
  • I am now listening to "Silver Linings".   
  • Callie is having surgery on her wrist today.  She broke it on August 13th and has been waiting for the workers comp claim to get sorted out to schedule the surgery to repair it.  Ridiculous that it has taken this long to get reconciled.  Her text this morning said "Surgery at 1:30.  They have to break my wrist and do a bone graft from my arm or pelvis."  Sounds horrible!   Say a prayer for her! 
Hope your day has been great!  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Formal Khakis

This is a picture of me and Chip before our Mom/Boys meeting this weekend. He was super excited about wearing his fancy khaki pants. Not really.  That is a lie.  He thought it was a bit too formal for him.  Formal?  Khaki shorts?  Hmmm.  Do you remember his formal crocs?  This kid has a very low threshold for a formal wardrobe. 


I think he was just a little unsure about what to expect for our first official meeting.


Turns out it was fun!  Lasted a short 45 minutes and several of those minutes were spent doing this cool team building activity.  I am bringing this to Thanksgiving people, so start practicing!  If you can't tell what is happening….a rubber band is tied with six strings.  The team has to work together to build a pyramid tower of the red solo cups only using the rubber band and strings to pick up and move the cups.  It was a lot harder than you might expect.  Lots of laughs…a little bit of cheating…a good time had by all. We have some fun philanthropy activities on the horizon and I am looking forward to working alongside my boy! 

Keeping with the Chip theme….


His football pictures came today.  He is really playing high school football.  There is a picture to prove it.  I can't hardly believe he is a freshman or that he is playing football.  Someone around here needs to get their head out of the sand. There are only five football games left in the season.  Flying by.  

In other news….
  • I got a text from Harry this morning that said "I am about to go take a philosophy test.  Wish me luck.  I've tried to move around some of my AL MVP knowledge to make room for as many facts about Socrates as possible."  (Lana….AL MVP stands for American League Most Valuable Player!)  Cracked me up!  I talked to him after the test and he thought it went fine.  Just the facts.  He was headed back to his room to make a PBJ sandwich and do some laundry.  All is going well this Junior year of college.  
  • We had 14 ladies at Bible Study on Monday night.  I think that is a record. Might need to bring in bleachers! 
  • In AudioBook news.  I finished listening to Seal Team Six.  Great book.  Now I am listening to Everything I Never Told You.  It is a little deep, a little dark.  Way different than the other two I have listened to.  Still enjoying it very much. 
  • I am making Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner tonight.  It is 105 degrees outside.  That doesn't seem right, does it?  
  • Last night, one of my sweet friends told me that when she thinks of my boys she always flashes back to a memory of an afternoon before she even knew me.  We were all picking up our kids after school.  I was pushing Chip in a stroller at the back of the school.  She said that when the bell rang and Chip spotted Harry he was so excited and could not contain himself.  She said that Harry was just as happy to see Chip.  They ran towards each other and the big brother gave the little brother a hug and a greeting.  Oh my goodness, if that little flashback didn't just warm a momma's heart.  So, I found a picture from Harry's field day in 2004.  PRECIOUS! 



Hope you have an awesome day today!  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekend Funny

Me and Chip went to watch his sweet friend KL play volleyball at the high school on Friday night.  It was my first volleyball game and it was so much fun.  The Lady Dragons were dominating.  During the match, I noticed that teams were getting points even when they didn't serve the ball.  I felt sure that in my limited volleyball knowledge, you only were able to score if your team had served.  I turned around to ask KL's Dad if that was a new rule, that you could score even if you didn't serve.  He confirmed that was a relatively new rule, but also how it was scored even at the Olympic level.  I assessed that it was probably to speed up the game.  He concurred.  Sitting next to him was his Dad, so KL's grandpa….probably 70ish years old.  He looked at me and said "Yea you are right, when we were in school you only got  points when you served."  My eyebrow shot up.  We?   Like when me and a 70 year old were in school?   What the hell?  I am only 50!  You were like a Dad when I was born.  I have a kid the same age as your granddaughter.  Do not even group me in with your high school days.  I was having an entire rant in my head, but just smiled and said "Yea, I thought that is what I remembered."  I couldn't wait to whisper to my friend sitting next to me the injustice of his statement.  She just cracked up.  It was pretty fun. 

In other news……
  • I am listening to Seal Team Six. It is another free Amazon Prime book.  It is so good.  Bob and Lana - you must read/listen to this book.  Audio book problems….I do have to rewind occasionally if I get distracted doing something and don't listen closely enough to know what is going on.  Easy enough.  Still loving audio.
  • Drew went to hit some baseballs this morning….it has been a long time since I have heard the ping of a ball off a bat.  It was nice. 
  • The Tide gave us a heart attack yesterday. 
  • Astro has the most wicked gas ever.  Seriously.  It must be near the end to have that smell coming out of him.  He is still happy as a clam.  
  • First YMSL meeting for Mom's and Boys is this afternoon.  Drew had some pretty funny commentary this morning that I can't repeat here, but he had me rolling on the floor laughing.  He definitely has a sense of humor! 
Hope your weekend is wrapping up beautifully! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Questions?

How much cabbage can you eat in a day without bloating to the point of explosion?  I'm asking for a friend.

Just kidding.  I am just asking because I made a sausage/cabbage stir fry deal today and am fairly certain I could eat the whole batch of it. It has an entire head of cabbage in it.  That is just asking for trouble.  I will refrain.  Can you freeze cooked cabbage?


I think I may have two or three regular readers…..do any of you know the answers to the cabbage questions?  Please advise. 


So, I made the cabbage stir fry dish today as a positive step to getting back on the health train.  After 18 months or so of working full time and letting my health slide to the bottom of my to-do list, I am getting back on track!  Working part-time again has been such a welcome, wonderful relief!  I am doing some new and interesting projects that I am working on for about five hours a day.  That has left plenty of hours for cooking, cleaning, walking and lifting some heavy things.  


I feel better already, but need to really put some serious focus on the food going into the machine…which is 95% of the battle for me.  I have been piddling around with better eating, but I am going hard core starting tomorrow since today I had a fantastic breakfast and then ate four mini vanilla wafers while cooking the cabbage stir fry.  That is my problem right there.  Mostly eat good, but screw up enough that my body keeps craving sugar and carbs.  Time to fall in love with some egg whites, protein shakes and grilled chicken and make those the components of the cells in my body.  Turn off the cravings.   Seems impossible, but I know it is perfectly doable cause I have done it before.  Anyone else need a restart?  Jumpstart?  Wanna join me?  


I am just going to keep asking questions of this blank screen like it is going to talk back to me!


In other news:

  • I finished the Pride and Prejudice audio book.  It think it was ten hours of listening.  Great piece of literature.  I really could not have enjoyed it more. Must peruse the other available titles and pick another. 
  • In addition to healthier food habits, I have also put myself on a Facebook diet.  Not checking Facebook at all between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.  Need some moderation in that lane of my life.
  • Made Chip some beef enchiladas last night.  He loved them.  He is so great about thanking me for dinner and repeatedly telling me how much he enjoyed it. Nice to hear that appreciation when you make something they love.
  • Hubby comes home from Ireland tonight.  You know what he misses most when he travels?  No, not me.  He misses coffee.  Coffee from home.  He can get Starbucks or hotel coffee - but just not the same as some Maxwell House in the old Mr. Coffee machine.  I think that is so funny, since he really only started drinking coffee in the last 7 or 8 years.  Now it is one of his favorite things.  
  • Now that I have gotten back into a blogging routine, Bob has been sending me little snippets of updates from his world.  They make me laugh.  Here are a few samples: 
"Medical news,,,, visited my skin doctor today and she burnt off the two things that were bothering me.  Had to take off my shirt so she could inspect every inch.  She only found some tan lines which she doesn’t like.  While sitting there shirtless, I looked over at this big mirror and saw that my boobs looked bigger than ever.  They were like sitting on my belly which has also grown a little.  If my boobs remain big I won’t have to worry about tan lines next year as I won’t be taking off my shirt, unless it’s on fire." 

"Been dumpster diving a few times in the past couple weeks as we are low on soup cans,(arms and legs) family size peach can’s (heads)."


I hope you have an excellent weekend! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Week Four - Dragons Win!!!

Yesterday afternoon the Freshman Dragons finally got to play in their home stadium!   They were taking on the Belton Tigers!   It was a beautiful day for some football! 


The Dragons ran out through the tunnel to wild cheers from the crowd. 


There is my favorite #54!  


I was the official photographer for the day and I spent way more time trying to catch cute sweaty boys with their helmets off than I did to catch them in action.  Action shots are for Hubby…I want to see their faces. 


Chip played a great game.  No bad snaps that his mother could see! 


Dragons went back and forth with Belton. 


Stay hydrated Chip!  Lots of football to play! 


The center in action. 


Great snaps! 

Dragons win 22-20!  


Chip and his boys all smiles after the game! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Audio Books - Who Knew?

My sweet, lovely, loyal blog reading friend, Sandy (Hey, Sandy!) was texting with me the other day and we got on the subject of books on tape or audio books.  Whatever you call them, it is when someone reads a book out loud to you!  She is a big fan and I told her I had never listened to a book on tape.  She hooked me right up with an introduction to "Audible" an app for audio books.  She also sent me Gone With the Wind as a free sample.

Once, I downloaded the app I couldn't quite figure out how to marry up the free trial she sent me, but that did not stop me from digging around in Audible.  Apparently, the app is smart enough to know the books I have purchased recently on Amazon and made some pretty good recommendations of things I probably would like to read.  It costs a few dollars to get most books, but in my digging around I found several books that are free to Amazon Prime users.  I love me some Amazon Prime, so this was just another awesome bonus.  Pride and Prejudice is a free book and it is a classic, so I decided to listen to it yesterday on my afternoon walk.  IT WAS AWESOME!  The narrator is outstanding.  I could have walked for hours just listening to this story unfold in my mind.   How exciting is that?  Walking and reading without holding a book!  This is going to be so good for me!  I am already on Chapter 18 and can't wait to find more time to listen!

In other news:

  • I cooked breakfast at 7:00 a.m. yesterday.  When I got home from dropping Chip off at school around 9:00 a.m., I realized the burner was still on under the pan on the stove.  Holy crap!  I left it on for two hours.  So thankful it was on low and the house didn't burn down.  Now, I will be spastic about checking.  
  • Me and Chip went to watch some friends play middle school football last night and got caught in a downpour!  We were soaked!  
  • Tonight is the first home game for the Freshman Dragons!  I can't wait!  
  • I think there were twelve ladies at Bible Study on Monday night, with a couple more planning to come next week.  That is a full house, but it was all so great!  Love, love, love!  
Hope Hump Day is great for you!  Expect football pictures tomorrow!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Top Ten Tidbits

I haven't done this in a while, let's see how it goes:

1.  Went for a walk with Hubby on Friday evening at a cool walking trail up the road a bit. We were a little late getting started, but it was definitely still light when we left, however when we turned around to head back it was getting dark quickly.  AND, there were bugs.  Lots of them.  We finally made it back to the car and we have gone 2.92 miles.  He wants to walk .08 further to get to an even 3 miles.  It was dark.  There were bugs.  Dammit.

2.  I love the sound of the high school band practicing in the morning.  So cool.

3.  Me and Chip are part of a Mom/Son Service Group and Saturday we helped build a playground.  We built three wooden benches that were being used around an outdoor play stage.  The wood was precut and we just had to assemble it with giant screws.  We were a great team.  At one point, Chip is holding a board and I am bent over using the drill and our heads are literally touching.  He says "Mom, you were right, this is a great bonding experience?  We couldn't be closer.  What kind of shampoo are you using?"  We just cracked up.  We also were on clean up crew and spent some time organizing of all the tools being rounded up and returned.  Fun afternoon.

4.  FOOTBALL!  Watched the Tide on Saturday.  That defense!  Wow!  I am however a little lot concerned about that offense.  Don't tell Chip, but I honestly am ready for them to lose.  It is too much pressure being #1.  Let's lose now and try to claw our way back to the top.  That is how I like to roll!

5.  Harry needs his wisdom teeth out ASAP!  One of them has started moving, breaking through the gum all crooked and mess and crashing into his other molar.  He is in pain.  Boo!  He will be coming home for his fall break for that surgery.   Kind of a bummer way to spend your break, but I will be happy to have him home.

6. I fixed another sprinkler head!  This one was broken off at the PVC connection.  I watched a couple of YouTube videos, cut the broken PVC, cut new PVC, primed, glued and put on a new sprinkler head….and it worked.  Feeling like a sprinkler head BOSS!

7.  Astro has fallen a couple of times this weekend.  More of a trip with a slip, than a fall.  Doesn't seem to phase him.  He gets up and keeps on trucking.  Ugh, I wish he could talk and tell me how he really feels.

8.  Bible study starts tonight!  YAY!!  Can't wait to learn something new about God!  Be challenged!  Do some homework!  I really love my little Bible Study group.  Never know who is coming - could be five - could be 12 - could be a regular - could be someone brand new -  but whoever walks through the door is perfect!

9.  The weather is cooling off a bit.  Feels lovely.  Come on, brisk fall mornings!   Cannot wait to wear a coat for my morning walk!

10.  I watched a replay of the Today show on the morning of 9/11/01.  It was terrifying, even though I knew exactly what was coming.  I will never forget that day or the days that followed.  In the face of all that hate, fear, hurt and tragedy, emotions ran high and at the core of it all….I never loved my country more or felt more like an American.

I hope Monday is super sweet to you and you have an awesome week ahead!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Chip Football Update

The Dragons had their third game last night against Smithson HS.  They lost 22-14, but had two or three unfortunate fumble turnovers that really left them no possessions on offense to close the gap on the score.  It was played on a practice field of a middle school which was kind of weird, but it worked! Next week, the Freshman Football team finally plays a home game at Dragon Stadium!  Yay!  

Here are some pictures of Chip for Mer and Grandpa! 




In other news:
  • Astro seems sluggish this morning.  He might be closing in on the end, or maybe he just didn't sleep well.  I will be keeping a close eye on him today.
  • My knee feels much better!  Whew! 
  • I think the caulking job worked on the shower leak upstairs.  Hallelujah!  
  • However, there are two more sprinkler heads that are completely jacked.  Dammit. 
  • Working part time is a huge blessing.  I am grateful. 
  • Me and Chip are volunteering to help on a playground build service project this weekend.  I think it should be fun!  Hope he does too! 
  • I am going to try Nutella stuffed strawberries for one of my Bible Study snacks.  I will take pictures. 
  • I listened to "There Will Come a Day" by Faith Hill on repeat 642 times yesterday.  That girl can belt a tune. 
Hope you have an outstanding weekend!  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What's Up?

How are things?

Do you really want to know?

Well, my first thought is….my right knee hurts.  Kinda bad.  But not constantly.  Mostly when I stand up from sitting down.  And when I push on it just below my kneecap on the inside left side.   And for the first few steps after standing up.  However, I walked three plus miles this morning so it isn't debilitating.  But I did take some Motrin and I am going to ice it today.  I think it is from crawling around caulking bathrooms this weekend.  Let's hope it stops hurting soon or I will be furious at that caulk!

Harry is having a mouth problem in Phoenix.  He has a nagging pain in the back of his mouth.  Thinks his wisdom tooth on that side might be trying to come in.  We were planning to get his wisdom teeth out next summer, but may need to do that a little more timely.  Now, I need to find him a dentist in Phoenix to get checked out and make sure that is what it is and not something else that can be easily treated.  It is always something.

I went to the High School Open House last night and met all of Chip's teachers.  He has the nicest bunch of teachers ever!  They all were terrific and I really think he is going to have an awesome Freshman year!   They seem so human and easily approachable when you are fifty.  I hope Chip sees them the same way.  They really do want these kids to succeed!

Bible Study starts back next week. Can't wait!  We are doing Beth Moore's new study.  If it is anything like her others, it will be great!  I found my One Year Chronological Bible and started reading it again today.  I only made it to April 11th.  Going to try to read a little every morning until I have read every word.

Other than that, it is business as usual around here.

How are things with you?

Shoot me a comment!

I hope Hump Day is good to you!  We have Freshman football to look forward to tomorrow!  Go Dragons!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Weekend Update

I love college football so much!  Week one was awesome!  Great, great football games.  Hubby took Chip and his buddy up to Dallas for a Rangers game Saturday at 3:00 in the afternoon and then they walked across the parking lot for the Bama game at 7:00 in the evening.  Pretty sweet weekend!



And the Tide rolled, so that was just a bonus!  Seemed like the start was a little sketchy, but boy did those young men finish strong!  

Harry was in Phoenix watching his Sun Devils win their first game of the season!  They also had a bit of a rough start but finished strong.  Seemed to be the theme of the football weekend.  And what about that Longhorn game?  What a great game!  And who didn't cry when Nebraska honored their punter, Foltz who died in a car accident a few weeks ago.  Talk about a moving tribute. And, even more moving….Fresno declined the penalty.  Just so much sports awesomeness.  

Between catching lots of great football, I got some chores done around the house - which I really love.  The main one was re-caulking the bathrooms upstairs.  What a process! I had caulk from one end of this house to the other!  It is so sticky and messy!  Went through a roll of paper towels.  I have caulked before, but this time I did it correctly.  Scraped every last bit of old caulk out, cleaned excessively with bleach, scraped a little more, cleaned up the whole area, dried with alcohol and only then applied my caulk and tried to smooth it out and make it pretty.  So many steps, but worth it in the long run.  It took forever, but perfect time to do it while the boys were gone and the caulk could dry thoroughly.  Felt like a major accomplishment when I was done!  

And…we still have today to enjoy.  Three day weekends are the best! 

I hope you did something productive this weekend and that your team won!  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Thursday Night Football

Dragons Win!  Dragons Win!  

Exciting night for Freshman Football at Wildcat Stadium in Temple! 


It was a great game to watch!  

Number 54 getting it done. 




Would you take a look at the giant he lined up against most of the night? 


Holy Wow. 



At the half, we were down 8-6.





But the Dragons put some really nice plays together, played tough defense and ended up with a W!  Beating the Wildcats 20-14.  The last play of the game, Temple had a busted play and the kid was streaking down the sideline.  One RRHS player was left to try and stop him from reaching the end zone.  He pushed him out of bounds just as time ran out!  What a game!  


They fought hard.  



The joy of victory. 


My boy.  Big smile!  Way to go, Chip!  Great game DRAGONS!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Household Items

I have been working on my 60 things list…and it is hard.  What do I want to do for the next ten years?  Is crocheting for really old people or would that be fun to do on a cold winter evening?  Do I really want to ride a horse on the beach?  Or would it be better just to see a horse walking on the beach?  Do I want to make a t-shirt quilt for my boys?  They don't want one and would that be sad to give it to them and they use it to cover their patio furniture in the winter?  Do I go realistic (Visit the Deep Eddy Vodka plant) or do I shoot for the moon (Float in the Dead Sea - Where is the Dead Sea?  Is it safe to float? Would that even be a challenge for me since I am a human buoy and can float in the bathtub?)

The struggle is real.

I will keep working on it, but in the meantime let's discuss some household items in this…drumroll please…..my 800th post.  If you have read them all, bless you.  Now, back to the house business. Here are a few things that have been happening at our humble home.

Garage Door - As Harry and Hubby were pulling away from the house to head back to Phoenix something went terribly wrong with the garage door.  I was not home at the time, but word is…it hit a bike and then got possessed by demons and started jumping up and down and ripped itself off the track and bent the metal in the top half of the door.  That's right.  That is their story and they are sticking to it.  I was at a football meeting at the high school when I received a text from Harry that said "As my parting gift, I have destroyed the garage door.  Dad called Sears.  Sorry."




The Sears guy didn't get to our house until about 8:00 p.m. and he was able to get it closed after much wrestling and juggling and pulling and pushing.  Then he sold me a new door because this one really was destroyed.

Shower leaking from all orifices - Over the summer, Harry was upstairs taking a shower when I noticed some water in the downstairs hallway.  It would have been terribly unusual, but for a moment I  thought old Astro had maybe had an accident.  As I am contemplating the small puddle on the floor, a drop of water hits me in the head. I looked up and the water was dripping out of the light fixture…water had filled up the globe and was running out.  Holy crap!  That can't be good!  I went tearing upstairs to stop the showering and hopefully stop the bathtub from falling through the ceiling.  (I have seen too many movies, I think)  Called a plumber.  He came out and thought it really was just a case of the shower head pointing too much against the back wall and the shower not being completely caulked. Didn't seem possible for that much water, but he couldn't find anything else.  So, I re-caulked the tub.  The leak stopped.  A few weeks later Chip is getting in the shower and yells "Mom, you better come see this!"  Now water is leaking out of the front of the tub.  Dammit.  Another plumber call.  The button you push to start the shower was shot so he replaced it.  Hopefully, we can keep the water in the actual shower for a while.

Sod - In the spring, I was hot and heavy into working in the yard.  We had a patch in the back yard where all the grass had died and it was a mud pit every time it rained.  I got about 20 squares of sod and  we covered that bad patch up.  It grew great for a while.  Now, I think it is dying again.  WHY?


Before


After


Now.  

Crap. Too much water, not enough water, too much shade? 


Crop Circles - In other lawn phenomenon's, I think aliens have dug a crop circle in our front yard.  What do you think?


Dead spot that is damn near a perfect circle.  What is this and how do you fix it?  

Sprinkler Heads - We had two sprinkler heads that turned into geysers…no, they are not the ones close to these two lawn problem areas.  So, I went to Home Depot to get replacement heads.  This super nice guy helped me when I couldn't figure out why they didn't have the size I needed.  Turns out, they have these adjustable extenders you can buy and cut to fit the length you need.  Perfect.  I asked him if I could cut them with a box cutter.  He looked at me and said "What is Rule #1?  Use the right tool for the job. No, you can't use a box cutter you need one of these PVC cutters or a hacksaw."  I said "But, I will never use those again."  He said "Rule #2, you can never have enough tools."  I thought that was awesome.  Reminded me of Joe.  Anyway, the guy was so right.  Tool worked great.  Precision cuts.  Repairs complete.

Scissors - Let's get out of the yard and back in the house.  The other day, I was destroying the kitchen looking for a pair of scissors.  Could not find any to save my life.  I cleaned out the two junk drawers in the kitchen island and found ten pair of scissors!


I don't know which is worse…having ten pair of scissors or not being able to find even one of them inside of two drawers!  Blind as a bat.  We have them corralled, at least for a while.  And I also have a place for all our reading glasses!  Maybe I will put one of those on before I start looking for anything else! 

Hope your house is holding up better than ours! 
Have a wonderful day! 
Happy September! 

P.S.  Bama football is coming!  WOO HOO!  Can't wait!  ROLL TIDE!