Monthly Archives: April 2008

A view from here..

Blue Sky??Here is the view from my backyard..  This is the view from my living room too.. our living room looks out of the back of the house.

 CloserHere is the backyard view from my across the street neighbor’s house.  I’m jealous.. I wish I had that view, I may appreciate it a little more up here.  Right before I took this picture, there was a bald eagle flying right above those bushes.. he flew away when he saw me.

 View of the water from my driveway This is how I see the water.. that’s the house there on the right.. the yellow one.  They are moving soon.. I wish I could move across the street~

Okay.. done pouting.. at least for now~~!! 


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A fun little survey.. I’m bored~

Yep.. I’m bored.  I have laundry piled up the whazoo.. (whatever a whazoo is) and no water~  yep, no water.  They are fixing broken pipes in our neighborhood today.. so they shut it off.  That was my plan for the day.. laundry, and now.. I’m sitting on my butt!  So, I found this on someone’s blog.. and decided to do it.. at least its a post for the day, huh??

1. What kind of soap is in your bathtub right now?    Dial.. its all we use around here.
2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator?  Nope.. Toooo expensive right now

3. What would you change about your living room?   umm.. the layout, the amount of space.. and especially the location.. my living room looks out on the backyard!

4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty?  Dirty, but no water!
5. What is in your fridge? Lots of leftovers.. need to finish those up
6. White or wheat bread? Wheat.. much to the dismay of my family!
7. What is on top of your refrigerator? Baskets, a coffee can (Decoration) probably a lot of dust!
8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? Its plaid, cream, sage and lavendar
9. How many plants are in your home?  a couple..
10. Is your bed made right now? NOPE, I stripped the bed to do laundry.. again.. no water!!

11. Comet or Soft Scrub? Comet
12. Is your closet organized? YES!! It has to be.. hubs and I share one!
13. Can you describe your flashlight? Huh?  Its black.. it lights up when you push a button.. is that descriptive enough???

14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic more at home?  Probably plastic.. I drink out of a huge mug, that monitors my water intake!  Kids use plastic.. I do have some cool jelly jar type glasses though!
15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? Nope.. I like Iced Tea in the summer..
16. If you have garage, is it cluttered? Um, yep.. its our storage area here
17. Curtains or blinds? I have both
18. How many pillows do you sleep with? Just one, but it has to be extra firm
19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night?No way.. I like it DARK in my room

20. How often do you vacuum? Every day.. have you seen my dogs???
21. Standard toothbrush or electric? regular

22. What color is your toothbrush? green
23. Do you have welcome mat on your front porch? no, I do have a woven rug though
24. What is in your oven right now? air, and the oven racks!
25. Is there anything under your bed? Storage containers
26. Chore you hate the most? Folding laundry..
27. What retro items are in your home? Not much retro… I like antiques or vintage
28. Do you have separate room you use an an office? I wish!!
29. How many mirrors are in your home? 5
30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? Well, no..
31. What color are your walls? Cream.. I live in Military housing!

32. What does your home smell like right now? Coffee.. and a cinnamon candle
33. Favorite candle scent? Home Sweet Home by Yankee Candle, or sage and cinnamon

34. What kind of pickles are in your refrigerator right now? Dill spears and sandwich pickles
35. Ever been on your roof? NO…
36. Do you own a stereo? Yep
37. How many TV’s do you have? 5, that’s bad.. only 4 people live here!
38. How many phones? 2 in home, 2 cell phones
39. Do you have a housekeeper? That would be me..
40. What style do you decorate in? hmm.. used to be country.. but now its kind of a mix.. don’t really know what style
41. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? I like both!  I have solid!


Well, that’s it.. try it if you like.. it wastes a few minutes in your day~!!

  Happy Tuesday!


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I think I’m still full!!

We had Chipotle on Saturday.. and its still with me!!  Heartburn and a sense of fullness~  Maybe I should eat there once a week, since all day yesterday I didn’t really eat!  Funny huh?  I had to drag out my Dieter’s Tea last night.. it does WONDERS for my digestive system.. enough said!

  So, the weekend was full, and yet not so full!  We were gone all day Saturday as planned.  Parade, Game, Chipotle, home.. never made it to Lowe’s 😦    We got home around 10:30, and I think I was asleep by 10:40!  Long day!  Jojo’s game was fun.. he played left field and caught 3 pop fly’s for the last out in 3 innings!  All 3 times the bases were loaded.. Proud Momma here!  I don’t get to see him play as much as I’d like since both kids play ball, usually on the same night.. so I was excited to go.  He and I go again tonight.  Dad will stay home with Ali, she has a game too.  So, we’re trading places tonight.

  Yesterday.. we didn’t do a thing.. and it was AWESOME!!!  I slept in.. watched some food network, read my book.. and the hubs got subway for the kids for dinner… I love lazy days!  Even the kids just hung around the house.. I think we all needed a mental health day!

  Today.. well, I need to get both kids uniforms washed and pack a cooler for Jojo and I.  We will be about 2 hours away, leaving here at 2:30 and getting home at who knows what time.. so I’m just packing the small cooler so I don’t have to stop to get stuff~  That’s it for me today~!  Happy Monday everyone!


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A lost post..

I had a big long post that I wrote yesterday.. not really about anything, just random ramblings.  I saved it.. and its gone!  I checked in this morning and it’s lost in cyberspace somewhere.. lol! 

  Anywhoo.. here Iam today, just THANKFUL that its Friday~  Its been a looong two weeks.  My kids have been taking the WASL; Washington Assessment of Student Learning.  For 2 WEEKS!!  Lordy.. a mom can only make SO many good breakfasts… I will be so happy to serve up a big bowl of Fruit Loops on Monday!  (Not really, they only get sugary cereal on weekends, healthier cereals or oatmeal on weekdays.. but you get the point)  I’ve cooked breakfast burritos, biscuits, eggs, sausage, gravy, toast, waffles, and pancakes.. and I’m sick of it!  I’m not even awake most mornings when I’m making Jojo’s breakfast.  I mean, his bus leaves at 6:55, so at 6:15 I’m making Gravy???   Crazy!!  I’m done!  I get it, I mean I really get it.. a healthy breakfast is really good for you, good for you to take important tests on a full belly.. I get it!  But, my kids are NOT morning people.  They want a quick bowl of cereal, oatmeal, a bagel.. something like that and off they go.  They both are allowed to have a healthy snack between the start of school and lunchtime (usually an apple or pretzels) so they are not thrilled with the Healthy Hearty Breakfasts every day either!  Last weekend they begged for Cereal!!  And, I happily indulged them in Cocoa Puffs!!  Does that make me a bad Mom???  Please.. give me your opinions on this issue~!  I’d love to hear what everyone else does in the mornings. 

  And… We’ve finally decided what we are doing with this!!

Entertainment Center  I can’t seem to re-size this without it getting distorted.. You will find my post about it here:  I have to laugh.  You will notice that this post was back in January~!  So, what, what are you gonna do??  I told you I’m lazy!!  We are going to replace the hardware; taking off all of the Southwestern Style stuff (it doesn’t GO with my other furniture) and replace the panels with beadboard.  Then.. we will paint it black!!  Suprise, suprise!  WE (meaning hubs) decided that one more huge piece of black furniture wouldn’t make us look like the Aadam’s Family.. (I stole that quote from Stephanie @ The Hearts of Hearmann and this post)  We have to wait for a nice weekend, but that is the plan.  So, this weekend we are buying the beadboard and new hardware.  We are going to Lowe’s.. (which means we’ll be off this Island!!! YEAH!!!) in Everett.  Jojo has a game in Mukilteo (say that five times fast!!) so we will be there anyway.  We will also eat at CHIPOTLE!!!!  And I’ll be eating this:  A Chipotle Chicken Fajita Bowl… in all of its calorie filled goodness!  I love thier rice.. I could eat it by the bucket!  (what does that say about my endless quest for weight loss???)  Speaking of rice: did you hear that there is a worldwide shortage of rice???  Did you know that every person on Whidbey Island realized this yesterday and CLEARED OUT our Commissary of Rice???  There wasn’t ONE SINGLE BAG!!!   Ooops.. remember, I have ADD, and tend to go off topic…  Armoire, or was it baseball I was talking about??  I don’t remember.  Is it Friday??  YES!!  Anyway.. we are going off Island tomorrow afternoon, going to baseball, going to Lowe’s and going to Chipotle.. did I cover everything?

  Tomorrow in our town is the yearly Holland Happenings parade.  My kids are both Marching in this parade with their teams.  How did we get so integrated into our community here that my kids are in a parade??  lol!!  So, before the baseball, Lowe’s, Chipotle trip.. we will be at the parade!  Here is a link to an article about the event:  Oak Harbor Holland Happening.

  Sooo.. what are YOU doing this weekend????





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When life hands you lemons…


I was tagged by Marie over at Watch the Wind Blow By to do this When life hands you lemons meme~ 
* Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
* Link back to person who tagged you.
* Write about an incident in your life you first thought was really bad, but ended up being a blessing.
* Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
* Let each person you tagged know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Let me see… hmm… most of my lemons come to me courtesy of the United States Navy.  Lets just say we’ve gotten quite used to drinking!
  My best example has to be when I just went home.  We were leaving Illinois after 5, yes 5 years of Recruiting duty in 2001.   Hubs was going to the USS Carl Vinson in Bremerton, WA, I went home.  He was due to deploy not too long after getting to Bremerton (this wasn’t the plan when we got the orders.. he wasn’t supposed to deploy for a year.. plenty of time to get settled in before leaving,)  so my Mom just said to come home and move up when he got back.  The kids and I were disappointed with not being able to be together before the deployment, but he came to visit a few times and we made 2 trips to San Diego while they were finalizing their workups.  Hubs set out on deployment in July.  They made a few stops.. Hawaii, Singapore, Thailand.. then onto the Gulf.  Then our world changed.. Sept. 11.   I have never been so happy to be home.  I was so glad that I was home.  I had the support of my family and friends.  I was so happy that we made Lemonade…
This is an open tag.. I’d love to hear your stories.. tell me if you repost!


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I Love You This Much!!!

Kathryn, Kathryn, Kathryn…. I Love You TOOO! 

  I got this award this morning from Kathryn at 4URPets.  She’s one of my bestest bloggin’ buddies.  She writes fantastic stories about her dogs, Tinky, Sissy, and Jonesy.  They’re so funny, and I get a laugh every time I go there, (she also helps me with spelling.. gotta love that!!)  She gave me this award this morning.. I’m Soooo Happy!!!

 It totally made my Friday!!!!  Especially since the sun probably won’t make it out today.. I needed that little push!!  Thank You Kathryn!!!

Let’s see.. who needs some bloggin’ love?  I’m giving this to

Jennifer at The Peterson’s Go Public  She’s got a houseful of boys, and definitely needs a little love right now.

Kathy at Kathy Likes Pink  She is Hilarious.. and aproaches life with humor.  I love that!

Marie at Watch the Wind Blow By  She’s one of my favorites.. love her blog!


Tiff at Folded Gingham Poor Girlie is in the middle of some serious morning sickness.. hopefully she’s feelin’ some love.. Her blog is definitely eye candy!!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!  I Love You All!!!   


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Did I mention I’m blonde..

Hoosier beforeWell, not a natural blonde, but as a famous blonde once said.. “Some people are born blonde.. Some people are born to BE blonde”  I fall into the second category.  I don’t know.. maybe its ADD, maybe its just I’m lazy.. I’ve mentioned that all before..

  Anywhoo.. I promised Shannon at Bless Our Nest that I would post my favorite flea market find. I forgot.. (see above paragraph)  It has to be my Hoosier Cabinet.  I bought it last Spring Break at a flea market near Jonesboro, Arkansas.  We were visiting my Dad’s family and the “Outlaws” *stolen from Marie*.  I had been on the hunt for one for years.. and I knew once we moved to Washington, I wouldn’t have as many chances to find one.  So, part of the 10 days we were there was spent scouring flea markets, junk stores.. anywhere to find one.. and we found 2!  We had our trailer with us.. so we strapped them both on and headed home to Colorado.  They both sat in the garage for 2 weeks before I even touched them.  They were in BAAAAAD condition; bugs, spiderwebs, dirt, OLD drawer liners.. you name it.. it was bad!!  Then, I SHOCKED Hubs and said.. “I want it to be black”  All he could think.. ANYONE who is a antique freak is rolling with sickness at the thought I would do such a thing!!!  So.. we cleaned, sanded, sanded, sanded.. did I mention sanded??   I think there were about 10 coats of paint.. and got it down to a paintable surface.  We took things apart, the “crown” on top was dry-rotted,  ordered parts, black Paint was purchased and a tub of Johnson’s Paste Wax.  (I love that stuff.. I’ll never use any other kind of finish)  We painted, and painted .. and painted.  I took the enamel top to a place to get fixed (Cream and Barn Red.)  You can’t see the finished top in the picture.. I have a runner on there.  The movers scratched the crap out of it, and I have yet to find a place up here that can fix it.  So, it will stay covered up until then.  We painted the other one white and sold it.. I don’t have pictures of it 😦  but here is what mine looks like now~!!


  I use it to store kitchen items, cookbooks, extra dishes.. it’s Great!!

I also forgot to post pictures of my Dining Room Chandelier for Marie.. She was in the process of getting a new one for her Dining Room and now she’s got it, and got the shades for it.. it looks great!!  Here’s Mine..

I had shades for it.. but they just didn’t look right in the room (its so small), so I bought these berry rings for it, and I love it!!

So.. now I’m off to shower and enjoy the Sunbreaks that we are supposed to get today.. the dogs are begging for a walk!!!


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Did I say that I HATE HATE HATE the new WordPress layout.  Adding stuff is just a pain in the arse!!  I used to upload pictures wherever I wanted.. now I have to be more careful, and thoughtful (which I’m usually not) in my writing.  Carefully planning out my typing and adding pictures.. that is just not me!!  So, I’m off to find someone on the wordpress forums that can help me figure it out~!!!

Here is my company during the process.. notice how helpfull they both are… Must be nice to be sleeping the day away!!!

Sullivan and Sophia

Don’t ask me how I actually got this picture where I wanted it.. it involved a lot of copying and pasting.. neither of which I’m fond of.. ARGH!!!! 

**Don’t pay attention to the bottom of that chair.. its in need of repair, it’s been repaired a few times.. but Sullivan gets under there all of the time and keeps ripping it.. I need some stronger fabric!!

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Whoo hooo!  I got the patio done yesterday… all swept and cleaned off, and I re-arranged.  I had to re-arrange SOMETHING!!  I’m on the hunt for a table for the wicker chairs out there.  We bought the patio furniture when we moved in last summer.  At the time, I just wanted somewhere to sit and relax.. we didn’t need a table, right?  So on Saturday, when the weather was in the 60’s (A regular heat wave around here) everyone wanted to eat outside.  We tried it.. and it was soooo uncomfortable eating on the sofa/chairs.  So, I’m going to look for a table to use the chairs we already had.. only problem (and its just my picky self) is that the furniture is Grey/black and the chairs are Brown/tan.. I sense a little bit of painting in my future!!!


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Not fair.. not fair at all…

Marie did this wonderful thing.. she mistreated her windows.  I’m officially jealous.  I wanna Hobby Lobby or a JoAnns or a Walmart with a semi decent fabric department.  Its just not fair.. I’m gonna pout!!  I even went out today after reading on several blogs about all of the wondeful thrifting finds they had found.  I went to four stores.. I found nothing an apple wedger.  Not exactly what I was looking for.. and I’m not even keeping it.  I’m giving it to my Mom for my Nephew to use.   I just want to find something to spur my imagination.. I’m feeling like I want to re-arrange the furniture, but really, there isn’t anywhere else to put anything with my floorplan.. I guess, what I’m saying.. I just wan to whine!!

  What I am going to do.. go outside!  Its semi-nice outside today and I want to clean off the back patio.  The winter has done its share of dammage and I want to get it ready for spring… that’s what I’ll do.. I’ll clean.. that’s good…

Messy Patio

Back of the house


Okay now.. I’m gonna get off my butt.. and do it! 


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