Sunday, July 25, 2010


Is this blog dead, or what?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Favorite Things Friday #10

Dave's birthday was a week ago so I'm a little behind. But I've been wanting to post this and I'm taking the opportunity today.

A little bit about Dave:
He is a genuine big kid. He loves sugar cereals. He loves getting the t-shirt or other special offers on the back of the sugar cereals (one of the very few things he ever asks me to do for him). He is a collector of hats (mostly of the beanie sorts). Come winter time and we start digging through the hat/glove bin, I'm always amazed that we probably could clothe the heads of an entire elementary school.

His words, "Now we can be a modern family!"

He is such a good father to Charlie and Pete. He gets down on their level, ya know. He understands them, he loves them, he entertains them. They love him too. Recently, Charlie has been clapping and cheering when Daddy comes home from work.

He loves what he does at work. He loves the people he works with. That makes me happy. He is currently re-reading the Harry Potter books in his free time.

Never is a complaining word uttered from his mouth. He is gracious to me for everything I do. He is thoughtful and considerate. He is nonjudgmental. He is a man of integrity. He is practical, incredibly intelligent, and thrifty. He'll eat anything I make, except for some squash I made when we were dating but I apparently didn't cook it enough, so....

He has a few really good friends, whom of which will be his friends for life. He has a soft spot for cats because of his childhood, long-living friend, Silver.

And, he is a great dancer---the real reason for which I married him. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Favorite Things Friday #9

I love free giveaways. Emergency Essentials is a neat website where you can order just that...emergency essentials. They also have a blog that gives little tid bits about food storage, what you need, that sort of thing. Last year for Christmas, my parents gave us Emergency Essentials gift certificates and I just barely ordered a bunch of #10 cans of food storage. If you get hooked up with their e-mails, they let you know when they are doing giveaway contests. I've already posted their button on my family blog and I got a $10 gift certificate in the mail about 3 days later.

And here is, yet, another chance to get a $10 gift card. Try out their food storage analyzer. It is free to set up an account where it asks you how many people are in your family. Then you enter what you have in your food storage. It calculates how many days your food storage will last, the nutrients available in the food you have and the kinds of foods you need to add. I thought it was very useful! With my little family of 4, we could survive 35 days with what I entered in the analyzer! Pretty neat, huh?! Check it out and get your $10 card.

Gift Card Giveaway

Friday, September 11, 2009

Favorite Things Friday #8

Jelly Bellies!

My favorite flavors are:

Pink Grapefruit
Root Beer
Black Licorice
Dr. Pepper

What are your favorites?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Garden update

For those of you who haven't heard me rant and rave about Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, well, just go to his website, get the book at the library and contemplate the possibilities. In a weekend, we got our garden up and running. We planted from seed: beets, radishes, two kinds of lettuce, carrots, onions, beans, sweet peas, cucumbers, squash, and green peppers. Then we transplanted our three tomato plants. We are learning what things we like to grow and where to strategically plant them so they don't take over the sunlight of some poor unsuspecting lettuce plant. Here is what it looked like when things were just starting to sprout in May:

And here is today:

That monster in the middle there is apparently a bush tomato plant of the grape variety. It looked so small and innocent when I bought it at Lowe's. It is taking over and we keep having to support it up and up. Ya, probably not going to get that kind again next year. Or maybe we'll have to make that support system Mel talks about.

Another view. We replanted some more lettuce and sweet peas because we want more of them. And our green peppers are a little slow to grow, that's what the little ones are.

Our carrot box is doing so-so.

Here are just a few pictures of our harvest, though tomatoes, peas, beans, and lettuce are not included because we are constantly harvesting them.

Look closely and you'll see two tiny frogs playing in the lettuce. We love that the frogs like our garden and hopefully they keep the bugs in check.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Favorite Things Friday #7

I had the best tasting, most tender, melt-in-your-mouth nectarine today. I'm pretty sure they are my favorite fruit. Nectarines are said to be a "mutant" peach. They are genetically identical to peaches but nectarines have a recessive gene that makes them fuzz-less.

If I like nectarines so much, then other people must like them too. Why, then, are there not nectarine-flavored things like yogurt or candy or recipes for nectarine pie or crisp? Nectarine-flavored gum, jelly bellies, fruit juice, ice cream, jell-o, or chewy vitamins.

Someday I'd like live in a place where I can grow nectarine trees and pick them perfectly ripe. That would be nice.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Favorite Things Friday #6

So I took a bit of a vacation from FTF. But I'm back and committed to keep postin'. Today's feature: Good friends and bubbles. I'm convinced, it really doesn't get better than this.

Anna, the cutest little girl in golden curls you've ever seen!