Wednesday, July 27, 2011


......a moment in your life where you just wanted to have God open the floor and swallow you up?

.......where a big, fat Loser sign should be painted right across your forehead?


I had one of those days yesterday.  Let's just say it involved me, the very willing band-helper-Mom that I am, a very frozen little office refrig, and a screwdriver.  Yep, you heard me right. A screwdriver.  And, I'm not talking the liquid kind.  Although, after it was all said and done, and I managed to kill the fridge, if someone had handed me one, I would have gulped it down in about 2 seconds flat and said, "pour me another one...."   
I have no idea what I was thinking....but, there in lies the problem..I obviously was NOT thinking (sound of hand smacking forehead)!!!

So, anyway....that has been my do-not-ever-want-to-repeat moment of my life.  I am going to go for a drive with my son, and we are going to hit up the next-town's donut shop.  A coffee and a sweet treat sound good to me right now!   And I promise to stay away from any and all types of screwdrivers!! :}


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ham and Potato Chowder....It's What's for Dinner!!


(Photo courtesy of Fix-It and Forget-It)

Doesn't that soup look AMAZING?  I read about it how to make this ham and potato chowder over at Fix-it and Forget-It's blog and it sounds super simple to make.  This recipe comes from their Fix-It and Forget-It Kids Cookbook,; I think that my daughter could even attempt this recipe.  

What do you think?  Does this sound yummy or what?!!

 Don't forget:  I am having a cookbook giveaway over at the other blog: My Money Mission Online.  Go over and check it out!!!  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


It is officially hot here in smalltown.  The temp. is already 93 degrees and the heat index is 107 degrees.  I am tempted to take an egg outside, crack it on the sidewalk, and see if it really IS hot enough to fry it.  But, I'm just not that ambitious.  So, I'll just surmise that perhaps it could work.  If any of you feel inclined to try out the theory, feel free!  Let me know the results!!  LOL  ;)

Anyway, even though we have a/c in our house, I really don't like to heat up the stove to cook.  So, this is going to be my supper menu for today and possibly tomorrow:

Cold Sandwiches
Dilly Potato Salad or lettuce salads
Deviled eggs
Apple Slices
Ice Cream/Sherbet for dessert

What is your Hot Weather menu looking like??

I forgot to mention:  I am having a cookbook giveaway over at the other blog: My Money Mission Online.  Go over and check it out!!!  

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I just cannot believe that it is Sunday!  This week has just flown by!  Today I am going to church and then, this afternoon, I just might read a good book.  It's supposed to be really hot out this afternoon, and I would rather sit inside my air-conditioned house.  Yep, I am THAT kind of gal!  No Heat for Me!  ;)

Have a wonderful day, Everyone!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday, Monday

It's Monday and I am going to be paying bills and balancing the checkbook.  This is what I fully expect to have after I am done:

LOL  ;)

How are you spending YOUR Monday??!!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Leaving to Get the Boy

Well, it's time to leave for the Great State of Indiana to pick up teen son.  His week at the vet clinic there is about over, and it's time for him to come home.  He has learned alot from his experience there and has texted me, from time to time, about what he has seen and done.  

For instance, he has been able to watch a surgery on a horse and view an ultrasound on a cat.  He has seen doggy dentals, various animal examinations, been present when a woman's beloved family pet had to be put to sleep, observed an autopsy, and the list goes on and on.  He's even experienced the mundane side of veterinary medicine: the mopping of floors and the cleaning of cages.  From meeting other vets to becoming acquainted with volunteers and the maintenance fella, his horizons have been broadened and life skills have been acquired.  

Some of the time he has felt "in the way" and unsure of himself.  I have told him that this is perfectly normal; who of us hasn't experienced those very same feelings when put into a new, unknown situation.  He has had to step out of his comfort zone, so to speak, and step into the unfamiliar. 

I am looking forward to hearing more about his experiences and what all he has learned.  But, for now, I have to continue with my own mundane work: packing of bags as we are going to be staying overnight at a hotel after we retrieve him.  It'll be a little mini family vacay, and I'm excited!

Have a terrific Friday Everyone!!!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Okay, so life is a little strange here right now.  My teen son left yesterday for a week-long internship at a vet clinic in Indiana.  He is very interested in being a vet and this will be a good way for him to observe what "being a vet" is all about and to see if this is what he would like to pursue.  I am glad that he has this opportunity but, to be honest, I miss him.  This is his first time being away from home, for this long, by himself.   I just keep reminding myself that all baby birds need to spread their wings and fly.  That is how they learn and grow.  


So, why do I feel the tug on my heart?  It's probably because he is my youngest and I don't have any other children behind him.  He is growing up and wanting to move beyond the safety of the "nest" and that is perfectly natural and normal.  I was his age once, and I well remember what it was like.  That's probably the hardest part, because I know the ups and downs that he will face, as a young adult, and I want to protect him from all of that.  But, I cannot, because he cannot finish growing up without some bumps and bruises along the way.  

With that being said, I might not be able to always be with him, but I can sure pray for him.  And, I do.  Every day.  And, this week, it'll probably be more like every hour.  I'm reminded of this quote by Stormie Omatian that is in the book, "The Power of a Praying Parent,"

Praying for our children doesn't mean that nothing will ever go wrong in their lives. But when it does, we don't have to beat ourselves up for not being perfect parents. Besides, it's not being a perfect parent that makes the difference in a child's life, for there are no perfect parents. It's being a praying parent that makes a big difference. And that's something we can all be."

My children are gonna grow up and I'll be right there, every step of the way, in prayer!  :)


Saturday, July 2, 2011


Dill and Sour Cream Potato Salad. Photo by *Parsley*

My neighbor gave me some fresh dill the other day.  After browsing all over the internet for a new and different potato salad recipe, I stumbled across this one at  This recipe sounds delish, and I cannot wait to prepare it!!



  1. 1. Put potatoes in a large pan, cover with water, and boil until tender.
  2. 2. Drain, and cut into bite-sized pieces, leaving skins on.
  3. 3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. 4. Add hot potatoes, and mix until well coated.
  5. 5. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

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