Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We had a lovely day.  Decent weather, good food and great company.  We were joined by my sister and her two girls.  Sadly, my brother-in-law L was under the weather and stayed home.  The report is that the following day he enjoyed his Thanksgiving Day meal.  Our friends Lorraine and Mark also joined us.  Gave the Hubster a football watching partner!

The festivities started Wednesday night when Panda and Poodaloo spent that night, which is by now a Thanksgiving tradition.  They need to be here bright and early for cake decorating, so spending the night before just makes sense.  Especially since they moved way the heck across town . . . . 

 After the cakes were complete, the JV Team and the Hubster went to the park to blow off steam.  Panda and I stayed home to get stuff ready.  After dinner, the Birthday Girl and Boy enjoyed their masterpiece cakes:
The JV Team had 'prepared' a "Thanksgiving Birthday Show".  They warmed up the audience by Poodaloo singing Happy Birthday in Chinese.  Then they rolled out their Taylor Swift songs.  

Hope your holiday was just swell.  That you enjoyed the day doing what you love with whom you love.  LOOK OUT!  December is coming right at you!  :-)

Friday, November 23, 2012


Last weekend as we dashed around buying supplies for the snowman advent calendar, J-Bear also scored a few things.  Cat pajamas, socks, some hair bobs, and one other thing though I cannot recall what it was at the moment. 

As we were approaching home, J-Bear announced "Mom, you were generous today.  Most of the time when we go shopping, I really cannot say that about you.  But today, I'd say you were fairly generous." 

Kind of a left-handed compliment?  An unusual way of saying thank you?  Not really sure.....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Will take a moment out of the busy day to give a Thanksgiving Shout Out!  At the moment, I am thankful that the hubster took the JV Team to Cypress Park so I can have a few minutes of quiet.  :-)

We are gathering at our house with my sister's family and a couple of friends.  Since tomorrow is my sister's birthday and Monday is the Hubster's birthday, our Thanksgiving is always a birthday party, too.  So, let's see:

Mini birthday cakes made and assembled?  Check!
Mini birthday cakes decorated by the girls?  Check!
Jello Pretzel Salad made?  Check!
Turkey in the roaster?  Check!
Showered and fairly presentable?  Check!

Guess I am mostly ready to go!

Things I am thankful for, in no particular order:

  • My health and the health of my family.  I have a couple of friends fighting the cancer beast a the moment.  Makes me appreciate my health all the more.  Cancer Sucks!
  • The Hubster and J-Bear.  Friends and family.  Nuf said.
  • A day care my daughter loves going to.  I know day care can be a challenge and we are so thankful for Mama Jo!
  • Poop.  Or rather just the right level of poop.  Too much; too little - both are a problem.  (Just testing to see if you are still reading.)  
  • Good jobs. 
  • Nice house.  Enough food to eat.  And that we can pay for it all.
  • That the Hubster can now live out his dream of flying an airplane.  Grateful the good jobs provide him that.  
  • Our pesty cats.  They are both so unique and provide us with a lot of entertainment and love.  And 3 AM wake up calls because Tippy thinks it is a wonderful time to begin an outdoor adventure!  

Hope you have a fabulous holiday.  Remember you don't have to look very far to find someone worse off than yourself.  At least your eyeballs are not rejecting!

And as I always say - GOBBLE TIL YOU WOBBLE!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Craftsy Girls

Last weekend, J-Bear and I set about creating a fun way to count down the days until Christmas.  I actually saw the idea on the web last year....between Christmas and New Year.  I made a mental note to self:  Next Year!

Of course, that mental note to self didn't surface in the old brain in time to plan ahead and properly order supplies.  So Saturday morning we went shopping.  We hit a variety of stores finding craft supplies and affordable vending machines.  We were not in the market for the junk inside - we needed the acorn capsules. 

We started out by spray paining the insides of the capsules white so there would be no peeking!  While the paint dried, I used the power drill to drill two small holes in the top of each 'dude'. 

Next came painting on the faces.  And more waiting for paint to dry.  (Neither of us girls possess a lot of patience so the waiting part was difficult!) 
Next came the sewing of the lids.  J-Bear has not ever used a needle but she did great.  Break out the hot glue gun (only one burned finger and luckily it was mine) and we applied noses and puff balls to the top of the lids. 
Ta-da!  We have a creative advent calendar!  They are filled with surprises, hanging on the computer room wall, and driving J-Bear n-u-t-s!  She can't believe that December is still several days away!

Saturday, November 10, 2012


I have always made it my policy not to discuss politics.  It is right up there with my policy against doing any kind of 'chain letter'.  And very rarely do I discuss my political views with friends. 

I do not like the nastiness about the elections that was on Facebook, in TV advertisements, and on the news.  I am not going to get political on you now.  I am going to share a funny story about the elections.  At least I think it was funny. 

On Monday night, J-Bear and I discussed what the elections were.  How you vote.  Why I think voting is important.  We discussed national vs. local elections. 

On Tuesday morning, I voted before I went to work.  That means I was actually home when J-Bear got up.  A rare treat for us.

As I was kissing everyone good-bye, I thought I would see if any of my civics lesson took hold.  I asked J-Bear "Who should I vote for to be President?" 

Her immediate response was "I don't know."  Then she thought about it for a few seconds. 

And added "I guess you should vote for Barack because I have never even met that other guy." 

The statement is probably telling on some level as to why Mitt Romney didn't win.  But my gut reaction was

"And when did you meet 'Barack'?"