Monday, October 31, 2005

A couple of Carnival of Recipes

Little behind in putting out links to the last 2 Carnival of Recipes. Here are the links. Even if you don't want to cook, it is fun to read through the writeup on the recipes.

HERE is CoR 61.

HERE is CoR 62

HERE is CoR 63.

Happy Halloween

For Halloween, I am posting pictures of the boys at the Pumpkin Patch. We never did buy a pumpkin. And I never got a good picture for Christmas.

When we first got there, I tried to get them to sit together in a bench chair. These are the results:

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Next, they wanted to pick up a pumpkin or two. Tater started it:

And while I was taking this picture, Tater let go of the pumpkin. Why it didn't go SPLAT, I do not know.

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Tater has reached the point were he loves to get his picture taken.

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And here is 'ol fuss bucket, asking to be picked up:

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Let's just go running up and down the pumpkins:

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Mom tries one last time to get a picture of the two of them together. Everyone was happy and running around. As soon as I pull out the camera... the acting begins. Tater clowning around and Tot 'crying'. The most fake cry you ever heard.

Guess I'll try again some other time to get some pictures of the two of them together.

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Do You Know The Answer?

Life has been extremely stressful for the last week, so I have decided to have a contest. If you can correctly name the songs (or come close) that have these lyrics in them, I will link to you in my next 3 posts. How? Who knows, but I'll do it. On the honor system... no googling the answers! You have until 7am Monday to come up with the answers. Asking relatives is acceptable. GRIN.

1. Oh, where is my hairbrush? Oh where is my hairbrush? Oh, where, oh, where, oh, where, oh, where, oh, where, oh, where, oh, where, oh, where oh, where ... is my hairbrush?

2. Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti
(Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti)
Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti
(Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti)
Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti (spaghetti)
Spaghetti, (spaghetti) spaghetti
Spaghetti, spaghetti

3. If my lips said "Adios, I don't like you, I think you're gross." That'd be too bad, I might get mad.

4. This is a song for your poor, sick penguin
He's got a fever and his toes are blue
But if I sing to your poor, sick penguin
He will feel better in a day or two
Yodel-leh-hee yodel-leh-hee yodel-leh-hoo
Yodel-leh-hee yodel-lee-eee-ooo
Yodel-leh-hee yodel-leh-hee yodel-leh-hoo
Yada-yada yada-yada yad-eee-ooo

5. (Squawk, Whistle)
Cocky want a cracker (Repeat)

(Squawk, Whistle)
Pieces of eight (Repeat)

Everyone around the zoo
they heard the cockys song
They sang and danced along with cocky too

6. If there's a place you got to go
I'm the one you need to know
I'm the Map
I'm the Map
I'm the Map
If there's a place you got to get
I can get you there I bet
I'm the Map (repeat 12 times)

Are you getting the idea that you have to say something over and over and over again in a song?

7. Like a moth to a flame
Burned by the fire
My love is blind
Can't you see my desire

You didn't think they would ALL be kids songs did you?

But the first 6... I pretty much know by heart now. Ugh. Good luck! The one with the most correct answers win!!! BTW, Bou cannot participate since she is the one that gave me some of those songs. GRIN.

This will also be the only post this weekend, unless I can find a few minutes to sneak in another. I think I will be waiting in line for gas and it still takes an hour or more. Go shopping at Lowes or Home Depot to get stuff and the grocery store again. Did I mention I have a birthday party to go to tomorrow and have not bought the soon to be 4 year old GIRL a gift. So much to do and no gas to get there. ;-)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Comment Party Time!

I just discovered Harvey's gone on vacation. Head on over and leave a comment or two at THIS POST. Bring halloween decorations and anything else you want.

The Grocery Store

We went to the grocery store at 8am in the morning yesterday. The gas line was long enough to be getting in the way of the grocery store. Only to find out those people were being directed to go out to the road and get in line. More on that later.

We all went. Dad, kids, mom and half the town. Over all it was not a bad experience. Tot cried and wanted to be held. Tater wanted to pull stuff off the shelves. They were out of bananas, chicken and decent meats. We got most of what we wanted. And Hubby found some quick frozen chicken cutlets in a bag. I'll take it.

They were also giving out free ice. The man passing it out, actually offered it to me. I said no. Just because it's free doesn't mean I need to get it. I wondered though how many were getting because it was free and offered to them. I'll never know. If you want a good rant on people taking stuff for free, check out THIS POST by Bou or THIS POST by Sticks (Though Sticks is whining, she has good points and while there, wish her a happy birthday).

Before we left, Tot stopped crying, Tater quit taking stuff off the shelves. But monkey see, monkey do in this family. While waiting in line to check out, Tot started taking candy bars off the shelf and putting them up with the other food. I think I took at least 3 bars off. I finally told the cashier if she saw any candy bars to put them aside and I would put them back.

Hard to believe it was only day 3. I am certainly hoping it gets better in a couple of more days.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Just Because

I like Ogre... I'll help out a friend of his. Eric's Grumbles Before the Grave is trying to get more links. Since I have never linked to him before... this should help out.

Psst. This is the real sign:

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Doing the Happy Dance

Everyone stand up and cheer:


Not that we watch that much tv, but they only wanted to watch the SAME video over and over and over and over again. Tater knew the words to very line of it. UGH.

Wilma - the Aftermath

Remember that little opening in the soffit? It became a big hole. Take a look:

And I was not happy when I saw this limb fly over my house and land beside my car. I really thought it was going to scratch and dent it.

Notice the top of the tree is gone. I can't believe it didn't hit the roof of our house and take out shingles.

Take a look at the banana trees. Now go back and check the picture from a couple of days ago. Yep, they really did get pushed to the completely to the other side.

This is my neighbor's yard. What a mess we all have.

These trees border my property. What you see on the road is similar to what you see in my yard. Ugh.

The wind was still blowing hard enough to make ripples in the water like wave.

Here are those tree that you saw on the road from my house:

And here is part of my neighbor's fence around her well. Yep, it blew over our 4 1/2 foot fence and about another 80 feet.

Ok, no more Wilma pictures. Back to kid pictures and stories soon.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

A lady walks into a drug store and tells the pharmacist she needs some cyanide.

The pharmacist said, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"

The lady then explained she needed it to poison her husband.

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he said, "Lord have mercy, I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband!

That's against the law! I'll lose my license; they'll throw both of us in jail and all kinds of bad things will happen!

Absolutely not, you can NOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and Pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well, now. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."

Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

It's getting close to halloween. A couple of people have sent me the following game... enjoy:

Halloween Bowling

Wilma - During the Eye Wall

It was recorded that we had over 100MPH winds in my area. I can believe it considering the damage that was done. I am VERY happy that she was hauling her be-hind out of here so quickly. It would have been devastating if she had been moving slow.

Here is one picture from when the first eye wall we got... notice the little opening in the soffit under the roof... and the direction the limbs are leaning.

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Here is a picture of when the winds started to pick up for the second go 'round.

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And here it is when the winds really were whipping around! Take a look at the cocoanut tree in the back ground.

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Today my hubby is out cutting broken limbs and trying to make sure we didn't sustain any more damage. I'll put up more pictures tomorrow that I took right after the storm passed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Now the Fun Begins

This news tidbit from one of the local news stations (highlighting is mine):

Turnpike service plazas in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties have fuel but motorists are experiencing long lines of up to three hours.

Gasoline purchases are limited to $20.00 per vehicle, NOT per person...

As of 4pm today, Florida Power and Light reports:
           Without            With            Total customers
Palm Beach 644,300            19,200            663,500

Bou has power!!!

Update as of 6am 10/26/05:
           631,100            32,400            663,500

This is just scary. The news and FPL are both reporting that it may be up to 7 days before 1/2 that number get power and a month before the rest.

Wilma -the North Side

Pictures from after the FIRST eye wall activity and while we could run around in the Eye of the storm:

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Notice the direction the banana trees are in THIS picture... in a day or two you will get pictures as the second side of the eye wall came by...

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Tree limbs... I don't need no stinky tree limbs:

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More photos over the next day or two. And some stories to go with them.

Happy Birthday Hubby

It's my husband's birthday today. I searched the web for a poem to post that said it best. Writing about my love for my husband is not easy for me. Give me numbers any day over writing. But I decided to do this on my own. Patience my friends and family, I will get it out:

Husband, I love you. You have helped me through hard times, you have held me for no reason at all, you have helped raise our children, you are fun and funny. It is hard to put in words all the wonderful feelings I have had over the years. The excitement of learning about hockey from you, the fun of teaching you about horses. Traveling the world, staying home and being together. Not every day has been wonderful, but I wouldn't trade what I have with you.

I hope your birthday is fun and you can look back at Wilma and the things we went through with a smile. I hope your birthday gifts actually make it in the mail soon. But I think they are going to be late. Happy Birthday Husband.

Monday, October 24, 2005

I was going to post pictures

It's almost 10pm and I am off to bed. It has been a long couple of days. I tried to upload my first set of pictures to image shack and it failed every time. I give up. I'll try again tomorrow... but I don't know when. I will be entertaining two children who have no outside activities to do. I will have to keep them inside most of the time until the snakes, ants and other critters get settled. I have no cable. Power, yes. Cable, no.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.

VW and Family are fine

I just talked with VW. They came through Wilma fine. Hurricane Wilma provided Dad and the boys with some good quality time. Minimal damage to the house. Trees down. She has pictures to post. She has power restored already, but is still busy with the boys and husband. She will be back on line soon. She said to tell everyone thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and wishes.

Flickering lights

It's 7:35am. The lights are seriously flickering. At least Tater got cold cereal and Tot got his hot oatmeal. Need to fix a cup of coffee before we lose it all.

Take care... see you in a couple of days.

Rainy Day Ideas for Kids

VW is hunkered down with her family staying safe from Hurricane Wilma. She wasn't sure if she would have electricity, opportunity, or sanity in order to post today. Rainy days with kids can drive you nuts if you are not prepared. So, here are a few suggestions and links to keep the monsters children occupied and help you maintain some sanity.

Kids First Internet has several suggestions. You can have a treasure hunt, make play dough or do a talent show.

The King County Library has it's own kids page. It's full of suggestions and links.

The University of Florida has a site for kids too.

So, before the rain comes and the electricity goes, check these out, prepare and maybe being stuck inside will be fun for everyone.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

To the Highest Bidder!

I see my Blog mom, Bou, has given her keys over to her dad. Now who should I give the keys to this time? How about to the highest bidder?

Or should I just beg and plead with one of those poor souls I'm always hitting up to help me out?

Calling the Bad Example Family

UPDATE: Sucks, I didn't get this finished early like I wanted. Comes with having Children. Hence, Harvey got a post out. HERE. Still... here is what I wrote this morning:

Want to have some fun? Teresa at Technicalities found that The Commissar is starting a project... Who's Your Blog Daddy (or Momma as the case may be)?

Bloggers, please leave a comment noting your blogfather, or blogmother, as the case may be. Just one please - the one blog that, more than any other, inspired you to start blogging.

I forgot to add the month I started... sigh... Back to leave another comment.

Now it is going to be difficult in that you can only assign ONE daddy (or mommy) but I bet we can overwhelm him with our family. Enjoy and have some fun...

Need Caption for This Picture

Here is my niece's son, B:

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I thought of a whole lot of different captions but none seem to fit quite right. What do you think?

Yep, my sister, Tink, is a grandmother to kids that are around the same ages as mine. What a weird spred of kids.

She took some really cute pictures of B in that hat. The rest are in the extended entry with a story, press More Pawprints to see them.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

It's Harvey's Fault

We have reached a new record. Harvey said in a comment that he was hoping we would get to Alpha. And we did.

Tropical Storm Alpha is here.

**Shakes Fist at Grandpappy Harvey**

Good thing it isn't headed to Florida. ;-)

It's Harvey's Fault

We have reached a new record. Harvey said in a comment that he was hoping we would get to Alpha. And we did.

Tropical Storm Alpha is here.

**Shakes Fist at Grandpappy Harvey**

Good thing it isn't headed to Florida. ;-)

Too Tired

Too tired to write and upload pictures. Well, except this one picture.

One Happy Dog:

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Big Shoes

Tot is in Mom's shoes, Tater is in Dad's shoes. Tater is such a camera ham lately! (don't forget to click on the picture to see it in large size)

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And he wanted another picture taken! He posed just so:

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Ohhh. And if shoes aren't available... let's use some of mom's pots:

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NOTE: Tot has a hold of a handle of one the pots.

Friday, October 21, 2005


Saw this picture at NOAA and had to put it on my Blog. Take a look at Florida!

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And Bou has kindly been updating a picture of those bloggers we know that live in Florida. Take a peek HERE. Leave a comment if you see someone missing.

Sandhill Cranes

In our neighbor's yard, 2 Sandhill Cranes came in and stopped by. They were within 16 feet of me at one point. I couldn't resist taking pictures... Since there are so many, I have them in the extended entry (press More Pawprints to see them). The last picture will have Tot at the fence near them.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Feed Me

What not to do when a hurricane might be coming your way - Go to the grocery store at 10pm at night. I usually shop twice a week... Mondays and Fridays at the grocery store. With the storm coming, I thought I would go last night and get the stuff I would cook for the weekend. I have hurricane supplies and didn't need those! Water, can'd goods, bags... you know the drill. Instead, I was going to get a few extra of the perishables. Basically things you don't need when a hurricane hits. Milk (goes sour when no electricity is keeping the fridge going), bananas (they only last 2 or 3 days before turning black), bread (in the humidity with no electricity, they mold in less than a week). But I didn't have enough to last through Sunday... so I thought I would chance getting some of that, along with hamburger or chicken to cook asap. Wouldn't want to waste that money having it thaw in the freezer.

Ready for this? There was not ONE banana, I had to buy 4 quart milks because all the rest was gone, and there was NO bread. What were these people thinking? This stuff does NOT last. Why buy so much of it? Soups? A ton left. can'd fruit? I was able to stock up. Peanut Butter? Didn't look like anyone bought a single jar.

Help me out here... I wanted ONE loaf of bread, ONE gallon of milk and about 9 bananas (that lasts us about 3 days)... Why would everyone buy as much of that stuff as they could carry? It is going to SPOIL! You will have NO POWER.

Ok, done venting. But if you can explain the logic of why they went crazy on those items to me, I would appreciate it.

Boys Will Be Boys

Here is a lesson in tackling someone larger than yourself:

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Be sure to lay across the stomach and force your brother to roll out from under you.

Ok, what's going to happen next?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Scaring the Demons

Hat Tip to Richmond!

Umm... You are quirky. You have scared all the
Demons away... I'm not sure if this is good or

What Demon Follows you? ..:Interesting Pics:..
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Record Setting

Wilma is a PITA. I love this quote from the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday morning:


Location: 17.2 N 82.8W
Time: Oct 19, 2005 at 8am EDT
Winds: 175mph
Moving: WNW 8mph
Pressure: 882 mb/26.05 in (Record breaking)

Lovely, just lovely. (sarcasm)

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Some Halloween Humor:

Why did the ghost go trick or treating on the top floor?
He was in high spirits!

What is a skeletons favourite drink?
Milk - it's so good for the bones!

And now some other humor:

A family is at the dinner table. The son asks his father, "Dad, how many kinds of boobies are there?" The father, surprised, answers, "Well, son, there's three kinds of breasts. In her twenties, a woman's breasts are like melons, round and firm. In her Thirties to forties, they are like pears, still nice but hanging a bit. After fifty, they are like onions."
"Yes, you see them and they make you cry."
This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter said, "Mum, how many kinds of 'willies' are there?"

The mother, surprised, smiles and answers, "Well dear, a man goes through three phases. In his twenties, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard. In his thirties and forties, it is a birch, flexible but reliable. After his fifties, it is like a Christmas tree."
"A Christmas tree?"
"Yes, dead from the root up and the balls are for decoration only."

Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

You Mean These Aren't In the Dictionary?

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are a few of this year's winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
4. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
5. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
6. Glibido: All talk and no action.
7. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
8. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
9. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

10. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and a pain in the rear.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sleeping Beauty

Wouldn't it be great to be able to fall asleep anywhere at any time?

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I cleaned him up, got his pajamas on, got him into bed without him waking up. Tater then decided to Sing and Scream. Within 30 seconds, Tot was out of bed and running around. Sigh.

Monday, October 17, 2005

It's Fall... Do You Hear Me Wilma?

This morning I turned on the cold water and ... COLD water came out of the faucet. That means we are finally getting into the Fall season in South Florida. With that in mind... Go AWAY Tropical StormHurricane Wilma.

Can you believe it? Cold Water and we still get a storm.

Update: She is now a Hurricane. Ugh.

It's Fall... Do You Hear Me Wilma?

This morning I turned on the cold water and ... COLD water came out of the faucet. That means we are finally getting into the Fall season in South Florida. With that in mind... Go AWAY Tropical StormHurricane Wilma.

Can you believe it? Cold Water and we still get a storm.

Update: She is now a Hurricane. Ugh.


I love getting stuff from my boys ... particularly stuff they made for me. Tater did this great Scarecrow at school and brought it home. I love it.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005


We made a trip to Busch Wildlife. They had a special... hold an animal and get your picture taken for $5. I couldn't resist. Sigh. My kids refused to hold the owl or the skunk... had to be the snake. Here are two cute pictures. Enjoy!

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Name Decoder

Hat Tip from Laughing Wolf:

Villager-Wracking Beast from the Underground Grotto

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Quiz time

Too lazy to upload pictures or write stories...

Hat Tip to Quality Weenie. I was surprised I got this one... though I think Bender is cool.

Which Colossal Death Robot Are You?
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey

Hat Tip to Not A Desperate Housewife


Nutty and gooey - you always satisfy.

Hat tip to Ogre:

You Should Get a JD (Juris Doctor)

You're logical, driven, and ruthless.
You'd make a mighty fine lawyer.

Hat tip to One For The Road

Quit laughing! Really... I am innocent!

Dominant Personality: Innocence

Good Traits: You're bubbly and bright. You
ask a lot of questions, and can make anyone

Bad Traits: You're too naive. People will
step all over you.

You're Most Like: Calm. You're laid back,
and don't get much accomplished. But you have
more energy than someone who's calm.

You Need More: Fear. You run into dangerous
situations without a care, and find yourself
trapped. Be aware, and listen to your instinct.

What's your dominant trait? (10 unique results)
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Friday, October 14, 2005

Go Vote

Take the time and go to THIS SITE and vote for Citizen Grim and Patriot Xeno... see example below. The voting is found on the left hand side. They are falling WAY BEHIND and need our help. You can vote once a day for more than one person... hence, check BOTH boxes before hitting the vote button.

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Which Do I Pick?

I took a picture of the school pictures. I want to buy one, just for fun. But which one? (Side Note: My flash is what that white stuff is on the picture, I'm just too lazy to retake them) Which silly forced grin picture do I take? What's your opinion?

Number 1:

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or Number 2:

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

I Can't Believe My Eyes

Look at the concentration Tot has going! Look at the fact they are sitting next to each other and NOT hitting, screaming nor pushing.

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I Can't Believe My Eyes

Look at the concentration Tot has going! Look at the fact they are sitting next to each other and NOT hitting, screaming nor pushing.

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