Monday, April 20, 2009


Hello!! That is if I have any readers left. I have decided to start another blog tenativally entitled FIT BY FORTY!! I really want to get into shape by my 40th birthday which is coing up November 30th. I remember when my mom was 40. It's not as old as I thought it was. Anyway, I want to blog about my eating habits and workout endevours not only to help myself but hopefully to help others in the process. I hope many of you will read my blog , make comments, suggestions etc. Really and truly we all have the same stuggles and victories. Thanks to all of you who have read my blog in the past and with God's help and yours, I hope to be FIT BY FORTY!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Oh gracious. I guess some of you thought I was overworked, had flown the coop, or was dead. I guess at times all three were appropriate. School has been keeping me pretty busy this year, along with my three guys- Jackson, Travis and Hubby! I love them all dearly but third grade has gotten harder since I was in school. Lots of studying and not to mention the homework. Don't get me wrong, the boys do a great job but there are times mom and dad have to help with the studying.

Bella had her puppies- we sold them all. Actually all but one. We kept a solid black female. Hubby insisted. We named her Harley. She is rather cute with a great personality. I just can't believe we have 3 big dogs. Hubby has actually fallen in love with the breed and wants more. I am going to have to put my foot down though. If it's not gas we are paying for it's dog food.

I don't have much else to report. I did want to check in and say I am alive and well. I probably don't have any readers anymore but, oh well. Have a great Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New year. (yeah, I'm not sure when I'll be back, sorry :(

Friday, July 25, 2008


Many of you know that we have German Shepherds. Two to be exact. Well, we had 9 puppies last January. We got rid of the last puppy in April, during Spring break. That doesn't seem like so long ago, now does it? We went to Disney the end of May and when we returned, I noticed Max sniffing around Bella, a lot. I mentioned to a friend that it seemed like she was in heat, but gracious, we JUST got rid of the puppies. DH called that very day and said, "btw- Daddy thinks Bella is in heat." To which I replied, "uh, yeah, I know." Then I began thinking and adding up the months. Much to my ignorance- dogs don't go in heat 6 months AFTER THE PUPPIES LEAVE. They go in heat RIGHT AFTER they leave. (ha) Actually, it's every 6 months. It seems like it got here so fast we didn't even have time to prevent it if we'd have wanted to, I don't think.

So, if you haven't figured it out yet, we are expecting puppies any time now. Tomorrow will be the 60th day if she got pregnant on May 28th. Not being sure, we will just have to watch and wait. Now that we know her cycle, she won't be getting pregnant in November this year, if I have anything to say about it.

We had a pretty easy time with the last litter. Bella was a great mom and she did her thing. We are hoping this time everything goes as well. Our family had a great time with the puppies and cant' wait to have that experience again!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Today on Oprah, they did makeovers on this group of women who were shlumpadinkas. It amazes me how they transform these people. My thoughts are: they don't smile, comb their hair, or do anything basically in the before picture. In the after picture, they have on make-up, combed and styled hair, new clothes, and a big smile. I know I'd smile too, but come on. Do they really look that bad before? I know most of them do need to update their looks but.....

I didn't really want to talk about that so, I'll move on. Oprah's stylist told 10 things every woman needs in her closet. I had to write them down so I can start my search. I thought I would share for those of you who were busy with more important things... lol

1. A Trench coat- color wasn't specified- he put a red one with a sash/belt on one lady
2. Black turtleneck (?)
3. Black trousers- in your size- whatever that is- (he said that) I think his point was bigger people feel self conscious but if we dress right we look great no matter what our size. And like Dion Sanders says, "you look good, you feel good, you feel good, you play good, you play good, you get paid good."
4. A tunic (a long Asian looking top- I'm sure they come in all kinds)
5. White, yes, he said WHITE jeans and dark jeans- wash dark ones inside out so they don't fade as much or so fast.
6. Little/ or Big black dress
7. White, again, or dark blue denim jacket- never a stone washed one.
8. Black skirt
9. Cashmere Sweater (not as expensive as you might think)
10. Flats/over sized bag

He also said leopard print shoes match anything. They did on the show today. I was surprised. I would have never considered that. Tonight I found myself looking for some. Another tip- your purse and your shoes should NOT match. Today he had the leopard shoes with a red purse. Don't over accessorize and don't wear PANTYHOSE!!!! Yeah!!!!

Another combination he had was a red pant, yellow shirt and short white jacket. I don't remember the shoes- hey leopard would look great and an over sized bag.

I did get a pair of cute flats tonight. Again, something I would have never considered before today.
I found a great white denim like jacket but didn't want to spend $60. I think I'll go back later with my discount that starts tomorrow, 20% off and see if I can get a better deal. Oh yeah, white is not only for the summer anymore- what do y'all think about that?

BTW-one lady even had on a pair of Yoga pants with, I don't remember, and she looked so cute!! He got her out of her elastic waist sweat pants.

If anyone wants to go shopping next month, let me know!!

Monday, July 14, 2008


For those of you not familiar with this part of the world, Helen, GA is a quaint little town nestled in the North Georgia Mountains. It is made up to look like a German town. We told the boys we would take them there for their birthday. They love tubing down the river. Well, DH would say more like walking. It wasn't that deep in many spots and due to the huge amount of rocks in there, big and small, you get stuck.

We got to our camping area around 4:45 and got checked in. The boys, plus a friend, were dying to go swimming. DH took them to the pool while I was getting things set up. We were in a pull behind trailer that they rent out at this place. Uh, and might I mention, it was small!!! Anyway, the boys go swimming and I work on getting supper ready. After our delicious spaghetti dinner, we head back to the pool. (yeah, we waited 30 minutes after we ate.) Once the boys were tired of swimming, they went into the nice, big club house to color, play pool and play cards. Unfortunately, other kids had the pool balls and no one wanted to play NERTS with me. They had fun coloring anyway. My boys LOVE art, drawing, coloring and creating things. Well, we called it a night around 11:00pm and headed back to the trailer. I guess we finally got settled around midnight and the lights were out. ~Did I mention that I was reading a great book this entire time- THE WOODS by Harlan Coben. Check it out it is one of the best!!~

Saturday morning we were up bright and early. We had decided we'd let the boys play around the camp area, go swimming and then after lunch they'd go tubing while Mama went shopping. After lunch they were all ready to go. I took them to the "get in spot" and remembered I had left my camera at the campsite. Being too far to go back, I just ran upstairs to the little shop and paid $13 for a waterproof one. Great idea. I took pictures before they left and my boys and DH had instructions to take pictures along the way. It was about 2:45pm when I left them and I would meet up with them in town around 5:00pm.

I managed to do a little bit of browsing. Lots of walking, which I needed and bought 2 books. They were entitled- The Hair-Raising Joy of Raising Boys and 7 Things He Won't Tell You (but you need to know). Uh, yeah, I could say I need some help here. I think I just love buying books.

Most of the shops in this town- not all though- have stuff you can get from that place that "Howard Cunningham" advertises for. Yeah, overpriced stuff. We love it though. Actually, the place my boys love to shop, that's where that stuff looks like it comes from. Oh, well, they love it and have fun. Not to mention they go several times a year. Mostly with grandparents.

Well, it was time for me to start looking for my crew. I headed to the "get out place" and waited and looked. I was also reading. I couldn't put the book down it was so good, and suspenseful!! Well, right about 4:55, here they come. I saw everyone getting out but I also saw my crew a little further down sitting and looking in the water. What on earth? Oh, my, they dropped the camera was my first thought. NO ONE had it. When they finally made their way to me, I said, "y'all lost the camera didn't you?" DH said, his tube turned over- mind you he never fell out- he always got bumped out- and he lost it. I asked him why he didn't have it on his arm with the rubber band that was on it, and he said I did. Oh my word. He didn't want to take it with him in the first place. That's what I get for insisting. Jackson said, "I took pictures mom." Thanks, J.

The boys were thinking of buying a shirt. I happend to notice one that said, TUBE NAKED, it adds color to your cheeks. Travis quietly told me, "it means your butt cheeks, mom." I just laughed. And no, I didn't have to talk any of them out of wanting to buy that shirt. Thank goodness!! :)

Sunday morning we were all up again, bright and early. We packed up and headed out. We were able to attend worship services in a nearby town. I enjoy doing that. We always end up meeting some wonderful folks. I remember doing this as a kid, too. We never leave God out of our vacations and we are teaching our kids this, too. After services, we had lunch and spent most of the afternoon at a nearby mall. It was so fun. We could have just gone their and spend our entire weekend doing things. We would like to go there for a day trip.

We left the mall around 4:30. We would make it back for evening services at home. We always plan everything we do around our worship to God. My life seems crazy, now. I can't imagine leaving HIM out. With rain and traffic we ended up at services around 6:20, but we made it. We all slept all the way home. Except for DH, of course. He was just glad the boys had stopped singing and yelling. That reminds me, I have to read the book. There were times when my hair was up and I am beginning to think that is all so normal- to some extent at least.

We had a great time and now DH want to take the boys rafting. I will be planning that trip soon!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

I took the test and answered for DH. He did well. I called him and he said, I made his day!! He is a good man and I am blessed!!

BTW- He cleaned out and rearranged the boys room Monday. I helped but he was really motivated. Not sure how many other dads would do that. It's usually us mom's. The boys were very pleased and appreciative- probably because they didn't have to do it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

I know, I can't believe it either. I tried to honest. Maybe Jimmy should have taken it for me!?

Monday, June 30, 2008


A few months ago I had really gotten into the couponing craze. A friend of mine, who I think I convinced to start blogging and letting me know about all the great deals, did just that. I mean, she did better than I expected. She really had me going. (no pun intened) I was buying toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, and cereal like crazy, but getting GREAT deals. DH, made a comment one day that he didn't know if we were saving any money or not because all he had seen were all the above mentioned items.

We are finally out of toothpaste since I bought so much in December. I had to pick some up the other day without any coupons. I remember paying $10/10 and now I am paying $4/2. Not very good. I started wondering why I stopped using coupons and doing the CVS thing and here are my reasons: I didn't feel like DH was very excited about it- I should know after 13.5 years, that man doesn't get excited about much, and because I really felt like I was going to some store, everyday. I have decided to get with my friend and see what I am doing wrong, and try again.

I started again, yesterday. I got two papers and started clipping coupons. I even bought a coupon book to store them in. Before I was just using envelopes for the different things and that was too much for me. So here is what I got so far:

WalMart: Pert Shampoo $2.88-$2coupon got it for .$88
Oil of Olay Ribbons Body Wash- $3.00-$1.50 coupon - paid $1.50
Infusion Razor- $8.95-$2 coupon pd $6.95

Today at CVS- They had their Infusion Razor or Refills BOGO $10.99-$2.00coupon pd$8.99 for two!!
Oil of Olay Body wash BOGO #3.99- .75 pd $3.24 for two!!

The BOGO are great, especially with a coupon. I spent with tax $19.64!!! I was pumped and ready to get back in this game.

We also went to Macy's to get DH some cologne. I bought a bar of Tommy Bahama soap at a local Antique store/some folks consignment/yard sale stuff for only $2. It was a soap on a rope but boy did it smell good. (especially on my DH!!) He love it so much he wanted to get a bottle of cologne. Y'all, I don't know what to do with him. I just bought him a bottle of Nautica- big one- the end of May and he is almost done with it. I promise he sprays about 20 sprays every time he sprays. I know why he uses it up so fast. I have a bottle that I have had for a year and a half and am just now running out. Anyway, I managed to snag a $70 dress for $35. Then DH was browsing and I asked him what he was looking for and he said, "a deal." Well, that gave me a good excuse to grab one. I found a rolling book bag/overnight bag regularly $60 for $20, new book bag for work!!! It was brown and turquoise with the Hawaiian flowers on it. NICE!!!

That's it for now. If anyone comes across any good deals, let me know.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


For some time I have been having pain behind my eyes. It might be one eye at the time, or both at the same time. If it was my left eye, it was usually creep over and then be in my right eye. I got to a point where I was so frustrated. I went to my ENT thinking it was my sinuses. He did a CT scan only to reveal, my sinuses were fine. He put me on an old antidepressant with a vitamin- the antidepressant was know to stop headaches or stop pain. I don't really remember. Well, a few days on that and I found myself in a fog. So much so, I didn't know what day it was one day. I stopped taking the medicine. Come to find out that was a side effect.

Eventually, I ended up having scan of my head- checked out fine. I remember last year going to my doctor and telling him of the pain and putting my foot down, I have to have something to stop this pain. I work and these headaches were putting me out for 2-3 days, at times. There were two times this year that I had one so bad I had to sleep, after school for 45 minutes before I could even drive home. There were even a few occasions I had to lay my head down on the table while the student were taking a nap. Well, this doctor read my history and because I have a history of migraines, said "we'll just say they are migraines and you take Topomax - a beta blocker usually used by those with seizures-which would prevent the headaches- and then Maxalt - for pain when I did get one. Well, I did get headaches now and then but because the Maxalt worked so well, I just made sure I had it with me at all times. Sometimes though I just didn't like that I had to take 2 or 3 in two days. When I was 12 I did start having typical migraines and I am aware that some migraines aren't typical but I still wasn't convinced that what I was having were migraines.

I have some friends at church who have been telling me about their experience with their chiropractor. Yeah right. If my medical doctor can't figure it out why should I think a chiropractor would be able to? Well, one morning I woke up with a headache, again and had to miss work. So I decided I would go see this chiropractor. He said he didn't know if he could help me but he would take x-rays of my head and neck and see. Well, he showed me a few things. Most of which didn't make much sense at the time. He put me on the exam table and started touching my neck. Before I said anything, and as soon as he touched my neck he said, "that is awful." My response was and the pain is excruciating. So, he gets me off the table and has me kneel down and lay my head on one side of this small bench. It took a few minutes for me to relax so he could adjust my ATLAS. I didn't really know what to expect in the days to come but I figured I'd give it a chance. I was just so sick and tired of these headaches and of being sick and tired. My neck was sore for a few days after that but not much else to speak of. He set me up on a program where I would go three times a week for 4 weeks- 2 times a week for 5 weeks- once a week for (?)months and 1 a month for (?) months. I don't have my paper with me. Well, it wasn't free and my insurance company doesn't cover this many visits in a year. They allow 20 and he wanted to see me 40. I decided to go with a chiropractor my insurance company would pay for so that is what I told him. He was especially nice and understood completely. Then he proceeded to let me in on some information about the insurance companies I was not aware of. He also informed me that he was the only Dr. in our town that was highly qualified to do what he does- adjust the atlas. So, Jimmy and I discussed it and discussed it for days. We really don't have that kind of money, I don't want to finance it. However, it is my health and isn't that worth something. And if it did by chance help, I wouldn't need the $60 worth of medicine each month.

Long story I know but here is the short ending..... I ended up staying with the specialist, they worked with me so I didn't have to finance- no the price didn't go down, I am just paying when I can. My atlas has been adjusted three times and I have stopped taking my topomax. I have had three headaches since but on a scale of 1-10 the headaches are a 3/4. Previously, a 10 and a 10+ at times. I am a believer. I was very skeptical at first but after doing some reading and understanding of how the body works, I wish everyone would go. There is a difference in an Upper Cervical chiropractor and a regular chiropractor. With the UC, xrays are a standard, otherwise he wouldn't know what to adjust if anything. Yes, I will continue to see him. How long after my program is over, I don't know. But the way I see it is, we get our oil changed in our cars and tune ups- this is just a tune up for something much more important, MY BODY!! Oh yeah, he didn't fix my headaches, he fixed what was causing them. Basically my head wasn't on straight but I think now it is or at least moving in the right direction.

Google Upper Cervical chiropractors and you will get some great info. You tube has a great clip of Montel Williams talking about his experience. Check it out. (His doctor used a machine to adjust his, mine used his hand.)

I am not against medical doctors or taking medicine. They have helped me with many of my problems in the past. This is just what worked for me and my situation this time, after seeing three medical doctors. I would also say if the chiropractor doesn't or isn't working for you don't hesitate to see your medical doctor. Thanks for letting me share and taking the time to read.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


1) Painted my bedroom.
2) Travis tried flounder.
3) Made lots of phone calls.
4) Jackson tried shrimp scampi. (both boys are picky eaters- this was a huge feat.)
5)Made spaghetti for dinner.
6) Went to the gym.
7) Saw the chiropractor.
8)Played "Humdinger" with my dad. We had a great laugh. We played songs on a kazoo and the other one had to guess it.
9) Posted 3 times on my blog.
10) Just realized that it is now Tuesday and all this happened Monday. Oh, well!!

note to self: Tell your readers about your experience with the Upper Cervical Specialist. (aka- a different kind of chiropractor)


Today my 3 year old nephew and others were at my house. My sister told me to ask him where he was born. I was already impressed and anticipated "Augusta" coming from his cute little lips. So, I said, "Ian, where were you born?" and his reply was "McDonald's." I laughed so hard. Not sure where that came from at all.


I have been busy trying to paint my bedroom. I started Saturday and did a pretty good job. DH actually said it was "wonderful". I know I never posted pictures of my dining room that I tackled over spring break-but I did my room in the exact colors. Most of my dining room is reddish/ maroon- the color of the boys door- the bottom is "brown bag". I also used bb in the boys room. My bedroom is right the opposite with the red on the bottom and the brown on the top. I really like it. I just can't wait until DH finishes it. He does the "cutting". I am soo bad at that. But I must say, my badness paid off in my dining room. I ended up with some fabulous crown molding that I didn't have before I got RED splotches (just a few) on the ceiling.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


We are having a Gospel Meeting this week at our church. It is going well and we have heard some very thought provoking lessons from God's word. If any of my local readers would like to come one night this week let me know. We are a small, young, friendly group with lots of kiddos!!

Tonight the boys and I decided we would go play some tennis after services. Oh, we had the best time. The boys have taken some lessons in the past but we haven't played in a while. Plus I don't know how much they really learn in those classes since there are several kids and it's not one on one. Well, turns out, they learned a pretty good little bit and a good deal of it has stuck with them. We hit back and forth quiet a few times. I was impressed to say the least. I guess we "played around" and believe me that's all it was, for about an hour. Burning those calories!! We had no control over the ball and we look like a bunch of nuts!! But hey, we had a ball. (no pun intended)

Jackson hasn't really found his niche' as far as sports go. He ended up liking basketball, since I forced him to play. He says he'll play again since his daddy is going to coach next season. (That was DH's game in high school.) Jackson also said the other day, he likes tennis. Now I don't know if it's because he doesn't think he has to move much or what. We were reading through a Tennis book together today and it said, you have to be quick on your feet. Last week when we played, I was forever saying, "Jackson, you have to move son!" If the ball didn't come to him, oh well. Tonight he was moving- all over the place. I was proud of him. When it was time to to he didn't want to leave. Maybe he really does like tennis. He just doesn't like to be outside. Unfortunately, I think he's picked up my bad habits. (we both love TV- only thing is I can watch TV, AND fold clothes. If the TV is on he is so absorbed. I know it is awful.) Moderation, I am constantly saying. I am making improvements, however and so is he. We are on the road to making this family what it needs to be- a MOVIN' GROVIN', SHAKIN' and BAKIN' Family!! :)

Body Flow and Body Attack- (I hope it is attacking my fat)- in the morning. Gotta get up bright and early for that. Goodnight for now!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Well, the boys had a great time at Boyscout camp and this past week Travis spent a week at baseball camp. This is hosted by LaGrange College's baseball coach. It was fantastic!! Travis had a great time, learned techniques and is ready for baseball season next year. Friday, the last day of camp, parents were invited to see what the kids learned. We basically got a crash course in baseball from the coach. I was highly impressed with him and let me tell you, he knows his stuff.

I have been going to the gym lately. Trying again to get some weight off. Why oh why is it so hard to keep it off. I hate myself for losing it and then getting off my healthy eating habits and work out schedule. I am trying to lose the excuses along with the weight. They don't sound like excuses to me, they really are REASONS. Oh well, enough of whatever you want to call them, I am going to do something for me. I also need to set a good example for my kids. Do what I say and not what I do has contributed to my kids bad habits and it is hard for my to admit that but, there, I did it. Yesterday I told myself I would go to two classes. I didn't set the alarm, I was going to try to sleep in a little. Well, I woke up at 7:30- the first class, Body Attack was at 8:00. I got dressed and went. Since it was my first time in that class, I wasn't quiet up to par with the others. Don't get me wrong, I worked, and I worked up a sweat. I just had my hat on and I wasn't dripping all over the place like usual. I decided to give Body Pump a try at 9:15. It's a great class that works all your muscle groups with weights to music. I did that class, too. I was proud of myself to say the least. I would have stayed for Body Flow- which is a combo of Yoga and Pilates, but my buddy had to go and we were walking out together and talking. Besides, I didn't want to over do it and hurt myself.

Oh, did I mention this great site that is totally FREE and has helped lots of people lose weight, including me? I just happened upon it about two summers ago and believe me it is everything you will ever need. I even hooked up with a "buddy" and we still communicate to this day. I just put my profile out there and said- looking for a buddy and she saw it and chose me. It's so cool. There are game rooms, chat rooms, spark points for doing your exercises, logging your eating, everything. It will take your information and tell you how many calories to eat, what exercises you can do, track your calories and much much more. Just go to SPARK PEOPLE and get started. One more thing- don't forget to spread the SPARK with your family and friends. If any of my readers want to start a group just let me know. BTW- I have two spark people t-shirts and they do sell other items. For those of you who like to shop. Don't be afraid, try it. It is absolutely FREE.

Monday, June 2, 2008


Hello everyone!! It's been while since I posted. It has been quite busy around here. We officially started our summer last Wednesday. As soon as I finished our end of the year cook out we left for Disney World. We weren't in a big rush because we were not scheduled to check in our resort until Thursday. We figured we'd drive until we got tired and stop and get a hotel. Well, about Lake City hubby decided we'd pull into a hotel for the night. We had supper at Steak and Shake and headed to bed. We stayed in a new Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites. Boy was it nice. We had a good night sleep and got up the next morning and had breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Not really my favorite but hubby really loves it. The last time we ate there, I ordered an egg sandwich on sourdough. I asked her to add bacon. Let me tell you, that was the best sandwich I think I have ever put in my mouth. It came with mayo and tomato. I was going to take the tomato off but decided to try something new. Boy and I glad I did.

Around lunchtime Thursday we pulled in to our resort. We got lost a few times. Or should I say turned around. But the way I see it, it wouldn't be vacation if we didn't. No, I wasn't driving. Are we ever, girls? We had a very nice resort. It is owned by Wyndham. It is actually my cousins timeshare. The room was nice- one bedroom, a living room, kitchen, dining area and nice bathroom. Perfect for staying around or going out. (the boys slept on the sofa bed)

Thursday we just rested from the trip. We did play putt putt that night and much to my chagrin, it was fun. At one hole or another, we all made a hole in one. Oh, yeah, the scores went like this: the boys and I all scored 61, and hubby scored 51. How in the world did that happen. We played again on Saturday night but didn't keep score.

Friday we had made arrangements to go to the park later in the day and stay for the fireworks. It worked out great. We got to ride everything we wanted to and then some. The lines weren't to terribly long, but those fast passes really help. T had a great time on Space Mnt. It was his first time. J rode Splash Mnt. and actually kept his head up. I even held my hands up. The last time we rode, J and I both put our heads down- he was terrified. I was really proud of him this time.

After church services Sunday we had lunch and headed back home. We got home at 10pm last night. All in all it was great. It felt really good when the boys said, "this is the best vacation ever." (this is only our 5th time taking the boys. DH and I are addicted)

This week the boys are going to Camp Cowpie which is a local boyscout day camp. They got back around 3:30 pm this afternoon and were so excited. Sounds like they are going to have a great week.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Last November hubby bought me a guitar for my anniversary/birthday/Christmas. Well, it has sat around the house and I have strummed around a bit, tried to learn a few chords and even tried selling the thing. Well, after talking to a friend at church, he told me resell was like that of a car, LOW. So, I decided I would be better off going ahead with lessons. Tonight was my first lesson and I actually enjoyed myself. I was a bit surprised when my instructor just started out teaching me strings and I began playing. I don't remember too much about learning to play the piano or the flute. It still amazes me how my band teacher taught us all to play different instruments in the same class. Anyway, I kinda thought he'd teach me the parts of the guitar or see if I knew them- no, he just jumped right in. I told him to treat me as if I knew nothing since it has been sooo long ago. This is just something I have always wanted to learn to do and I am so proud of myself. He was a very encouraging instructor, too. Even though he told me I may want to trim my nails. (Ha, Ha) They are fake and I do plan to have them taken off.

By the end of the lesson he asked me what kind of music I wanted to play and I said I loved the 70's, the old rock, and I picked up my guitar and said you have to teach me - to which I began strumming and singing- "I've been through the desert on a horse with no name..." for some reason, every time I pick up that thing and strum, that song seems to come out. I really can't say I even like it all that much.

He is making a music book and I am his guinea pig he said and the song in there is Brown
Eyed Girl, which is my ring tone when hubby calls. Oh, I can't wait to learn that. When I got home, I said, "Travis, guess what song I am going to learn, he said, "what, Old McDonald"? That's probably more my speed but at my age I gotta skip that and move on to Sweet Home Alabama!!

Y'all wish me luck and pray for my family and my teacher. It's going to be painful for a while.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I have been feeling out of sorts for a few weeks now. Not real sure why. More than likely because I am leaving the school I have been working at for 16 years to work at a brand new school next year. I think deep down the closer it gets to the end of my journey here, the harder it is getting for me.

Then I think about my mom and I start to feel guilty for having any sort of "pity party" at all. My mother, who has been taking care of her own mother since Christmas- she lives with my folks now and goes everywhere my mom goes, except work, is an extraordinary lady. Just three weeks ago, my Papa's youngest brother, who has no children and is in bad health had to be moved to my town, 3 hours away from his home town of 30 years, to stay in a nursing home so my mom could take care of him, too. I don't know how she does it. I am worried about her at times. She assures me she is fine and I have to trust her.

While feeling down about my own self- my job, my health and other things, I came across this poem that I thought is perfect for me and my mother right now. I will be fine. I am young and in relatively good health, but if you would all please keep my mother in your prayers I would truly appreciate that. Please pray that she have the strength she needs to take care of her patients, and to care for my grandmother and her uncle. Also, pray that she take time for herself and also recognize when enough is enough and to ask for help!! Her is the poem....

To: All Who Believe in Me
From: God
Subject: Life's Problems
Good Morning. I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help.
If the devil happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, DO NOT attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFJTD (something for Jesus to do) box. It will be addressed in MY time, not yours.
Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold on to it or attempt to remove it. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem.
If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.
Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.
I will be with you always.......

I am the world's worst about worrying about things. I try not to but it is hard for me. I get my mind fixed on something and can't seem to let it go. I am learning that some things you just can't do anything about. Some situations only God can handle because He only can see the big picture. I know there is power in prayer- if I would do that first, instead of worry, I would be much better off!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate Attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.

1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card Accounts, DO NOT put the complete acc ount number on the 'For' line. Inste ad, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home Phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.
4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to Call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a Photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.
Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my Wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(S) ordered an Expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had A credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number >From DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:
5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card Numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit Providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an Investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)
7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations Immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over The Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your Credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by Phone to authorize new credit.
By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the Credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc., has been stolen:
1.) Equifax : 800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union : 800-6807289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 800-2 69-0271

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Jimmy and I decided to get away last night. We had planned a date night but I got the crazy idea that it would be nice to spend the night in a hotel. I have always wanted to do that but he has either had to go to work too early or it was already so late it wasn't worth it. This time I decided to put all those thoughts behind me and go for it. So I booked us a king size suite at a brand new Hampton Inn and Suites. We went to dinner at a restaurant that we have heard folks talk about for some time now. I have to say, neither of us were impressed. Now, it wasn't the worst food but it wasn't the best either. We did a little shopping, of course, and headed back to the hotel to relax. We had a couch, a kitchenette and a nice comfy king size bed. Now I realize we didn't really need the kitchenette, or the couch, but I figured for $10 more it was worth the extra room. This morning we had breakfast at Cracker Barrell which was actually very good. CB is hubby's favorite place to eat, not mine but that egg sandwich on sourdough bread with mayo, tomato and bacon was devine!! So was the hash brown casserole.

We took our time getting back we were only about 45 minutes from home. We got back in town and headed to Travis' baseball game. They don't keep score but they played pretty good today. Travis didn't get any hits, though. He didn't practice this past week at home and when he doesn't practice it makes a big difference in his hitting. Once he got his Large shaved ice however, he was fine. Jimmy and the boys went swimming after lunch, then we went by DQ for a treat. It was extremely hot in GA today. A little yard work for the boys and daddy while mama made dinner and now we are winding down. I am going to go read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn or Shiloh to the boys. They haven't decided yet.

Tomorrow we will worship the Lord which is always such a wonderful way for our family to start our week and remember why we are here and what our purpose is- to get to heaven. I hope that everyone will make that their #1 priority in their lives. Have a wonderful week and remember: LIFE AND GOD IS GOOD!!!!

Friday, April 25, 2008



Class 1How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with SlidePresentation.Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself?Round Table Discussion.Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat andAvoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice.Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and TheFloor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?Examples on Video.Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginningAt 7:00 PM

Class 6Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.Help Line Support and Support Groups.Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right PlacesAnd Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.Open Forum.Mo nday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.Graphics and Audio Tapes.Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials.Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?Driving Simulations.4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.Online Classes and role-playing.Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12How to be the Ideal Shopping CompanionRelaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries andOther Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late.Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 14The Stove/Oven--What It Is and How It Is Used.Live Demonstration.Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued tothe survivors.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Let me say hello and that I have missed hearing and reading everyone. Lot's of us have had lots to do lately. Spring has sprung and seems we have all been busy. I know I have. We have finally, well, I guess I should say, just about finished our dining room. Crown molding and chair molding are up and have to be caulked and touched up. It looks so nice. I love it. When I get my photo thingy back up on my computer- I deleted it- on purpose- don't ask- but what I intended to happen didn't. So, now I must order a CD, lost mine that came with the printer, then I'll post pictures of my dining room. Five more weeks of school, then Disney for a few days, then more work in the house. OK, on with the funny. Thanks to Kim over at Drama Mama for this!!

I enjoyed this and thought you would too!!

The next "Survivor" series: Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.

Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, and complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money.

In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week. Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time. Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment. He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care.

He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.
Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep fingernails polished and eyebrows groomed. During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties.
They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting.

They will need to read a book and then pray with the children each night and in the morning, feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair by 7:00 am.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice. If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years eventually earning the right to be called Mother!

Monday, April 7, 2008


My best friend told me about a new medicine she thought would make me feel better. So, I decided to give it a try. It sure couldn't hurt. I have been taking Wellbutrin and it has been long enough to get in my system and I just didn't feel like it was helping. So I talked to my Dr. about YAZ. She gave me some samples. I have been on them about two weeks now but lately I have just found certain things so funny I can't contain myself.

The other day my mom came back from Italy with my daddy's great aunt. They spent 10 days over there. She was telling about a dream she had about something jumping on her bed then jumping on Emily's bed and she's yelling "Emily, Emily!" Then she realized it was just a kitty. About that time she said the alarm went off and Emily is calling mama saying, "Cynthia, did you have a nightmare? You were over there yelling, "Emwa, Emwa!" I was laughing so hard I almost fell on the floor. I know it doesn't seem that funny but, see, mama has never been anywhere with Emily before so to go off with her for 10 days and do something crazy like that, is just hilarious to me.

So, fast forward to 4:30 this morning. I am awakened by a tap on my shoulder. I am in the middle of a dream but I don't remember it. I roll over and it's Travis. "What is it, Travis?" "I had a nightmare." Normally, I am very sympathetic and tell him to get in my bed and that it will be OK. Not this time.
"What was it about?" "A mean man pushed me and Jackson down." "Did you push him back?"
"No, I just told Pop Pop." (my daddy)

For some reason I just busted out laughing. Woke Jimmy up who had 30 more minutes to sleep, and ended up having to get up to go the bathroom. I have been up ever since. I did decide to look for some Rickey Smiley clips on You Tube. Check this one out. Talk about ROTFL, you will. Sometimes you just need a good laugh!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Don't you know those songs that you used to sing, or maybe still do that you just can't seem to figure out what in the world they are saying. Some of my favorites are "big ole' jet had a light on" for, "big ole' jet airliner". One I personally made up in college was, "soup and salad bar" for, suicide blonde. Really, I never could get those words. And, I still don't know what Michael Jackson was saying when he was singing that song- the name escapes me at the moment but the part sounded like "I"m insane by the sound that Michael sung" is that it or what?

OK, on with the show. This week the boys have been watching Shrek and Alvin and the Chipmunks and there is a song in both of them that says, Talk about it, talk about it talk about it.....COOL WHIP. Bet you didn't know that last part did you. I have laughed so hard. We have listened and Alvin and the Chipmunks have cleared it up it is NOT COOL WHIP, it is MOVING!!!! Go ahead, sing it , COOL WHIP does work. Bet you won't be able to get that out of your head for a while.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


I got this link from my friend Kim at Drama Mama Cooks- There are some interesting ones. I especially like the one about when you have an argument with your spouse. I mean if the preacher says it, it's gotta work, huh. :)



Two brothers went into a drugstore and came to the counter with a box of pad and tampons. The older gentleman who was at the register said, "boys, do you know what these are for?" To which the older brother said, "Not really, but the commercial said you can ride a bike and swim with them and he can't do either".


My cousin emailed this to me and for those of you who haven't seen it I thought you'd love it. Thanks Jessica for sharing, this is too cute!!

THE GOOD NAPKINS ... Ahhhhh ... The joys of having Girls ... My mother taught me to read when I was four years old (her first mistake). One day, I was in the bathroom and noticed one of the cabinet doors was ajar. I read the box in the cabinet. I then asked my mother why she was keeping "'napkins" in the bathroom. Didn't they belong in the kitchen? Not wanting to burden me with unnecessary facts, she told me that thosewere for "special occasions" (her second mistake). Now fast forward a fewmonths....It's Thanksgiving Day, and my folks are leaving to pick up myuncle and his wife for dinner. Mom had assignments for all of us while theywere gone. Mine was to set the table. When they returned, my uncle came infirst and immediately burst into laughter. Next came his wife who gasped,then began giggling. Next came my father, who roared with laughter. Thencame Mom, who almost died of embarrassment when she saw eac! h place setting on the table with a "special occasion" Kotex napkin at each plate, with the fork carefully arranged on top. I had even tucked the little tails in sothey didn't hang off the edge!! My mother asked me why I used these and, ofcourse, my response sent the other adults into further fits of laughter."But, Mom, you said they were for special occasions!!!" Pass this on to yourgirlfriends who need a good laugh or anyone who has a daughter! Life is tooshort for drama & petty things, so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love trulyand forgive quickly....and for heavens sake, use the good napkins wheneveryou can!

Friday, April 4, 2008


Great news... we sold all our puppies. We are so excited to see them all go to good homes. Yes it is a little sad this morning to wake up and know that they are not out there but to know that there are 9 happy families, that's even better.

We had lots of calls and inquiries about the puppies and I really thought from the way most people talked they would have been gone last Saturday. It really amazed me how serious they sounded, you spend 15 or more minutes talking about the parents, the puppies, they are coming the next day, etc. and then you never hear from them again. Jimmy and I also priced our puppies at a great price of $250 just so people who wanted a purebred German Shepherd, could get one at a price that wouldn't force them to take out a loan. You wouldn't believe the number of people who wanted us to "cut" the price or take less. Oh, well, you live and learn. Y'all, $250 was a very fair price. Our dogs are nice looking and well taken care of, too. There is a lot that goes into raising dogs and caring for them. Let me tell you, 11 GS's, 2 adult and 9 pups, eat a LOT of food. Anyway, we had fun and they are all in great homes and everyone seemed very happy. We hope to do it again. We may even have a website soon, TWIN OAKS KENNEL, so BOLO. (police talk for be on the look out :) )

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


This morning I got up and had to run a few errands. We stopped at Home Depot, the Post Office, the Barber Shop, the bank and finally WalMart. I am going to take some wallpaper off my wall so I had to get some wallpaper stripper. As I am looking for the stuff this elderly lady is also looking in the same area. We made a made a few comments to each other as we were looking. She seemed a little more persistent than most so I talked a bit more as I am trying to corral and calm two wild boys down. As I am about to leave she says, "I didn't mean to bother you but you sort of favor my daughter." I thanked her for the compliment to which she replied, "I lost her almost a year ago." I told her I was sorry but by this time I was beginning to feel a little uneasy and told the boys we needed to go.

I went to the photo center and made a cd and as we were walking away wouldn't you know I ran into her again. Now normally I am super nice and would talk to folks all day long but I just had this feeling that wasn't right. Anyway, she called me over and said, "if you see me in here again, do you mind just saying, HEY MOM?" By this time I knew something was not right and I just turned and told the boys, "ok, we really need to be going." I don't mind be nice and helping folks but this was going a little too far. I still had a few more things to get and I was determined not to let this woman bother me or scare me off. I went clear on the other side of the store, got the items and headed to the front to check out. The boys were like, "who is that mom?" I said, "I don't know but let's go." Don't look around and don't stop.

The check out line is pretty crowded and I jump in a short one. There was one person finishing up, one with a few things and I was next. As I am putting me stuff up on the counter I hear, "hey, honey." Oh, my. It's the lady. I just looked down and acted like I didn't see her. So I check out with about $2o worth of items and my bill ends up being $50. I was like, $50? That must be mistake. The cashier said, well your mother said you would pay for her things. What? My heart started beating so fast. I told her I didn't even know that woman and why in the world didn't she say something to me and that no way was I going to pay for her things. OH MY WORD PEOPLE!!!!! I told the cashier to wait one minute. I ran outside and just so happened I saw that woman getting into a cab and I went running and yelling. She had a few bags in her hand and I managed to grab one of them. You won't believe what was in it................... a bunch of bologna, just like I have told you!!! :) APRIL FOOL'S EVERYONE!!!!! LOVE Y'ALL!! A friend got me with this years ago and she got me good. She had me going. I still have to remind myself it was a joke. :)

Friday, March 28, 2008


Travis is playing baseball. Jackson decided he would not. We forced him to play basketball which he ended up saying it was his "favorite sport". I only got him to play by telling him he wouldn't have to play baseball if he'd play basketball. All through the season, I kept trying to change those words to "we'll see about it", or " you'll like baseball, too, " or, " you run less in baseball than in basketball." Nothing worked. All he remembered was "you said if I played basketball, I didn't have to play baseball. So.... one plays ball while the other one plays with other kids. Tuesday night was our first game and somehow I goofed. I heard 6:30 so we arrived at 6:20 10 minutes early..... wrong!! We were 20 minutes late. The game started at 6:00. I felt horrible. Travis was fine and nobody made a big deal but I felt like a rotten mom. We got there earlier tonight. I feel better.

His coach is the coach for the high school team in our town so the boys get really go throws they can hit. You can tell a big difference in the coaches. We are really lucky to be on our team. They really take up a lot of time with the boys. Travis is having a ball. I looked at him in the outfield Monday night to see him wiping dirt on his pants. Tonight he fell and the first thing he did when he got up was to look to see how much dirt was on his pants, not look for the ball. Kids are so funny. They have been winning and he is proud. I am proud of him for getting out there and doing his best. He is really encouraging his brother to try, also. Who knows, Jackson might suprise us all one day and decide to play something else.


Yes, I am here. I have not flown the coop, gone further south for the winter/spring. I have just been home busying myself with 9 puppies for the past 8 weeks. Oh, yeah, and 2 boys, an inside dog, a husband, 2 big outside dogs, work, and a household. Did I leave something out? I have almost considered leaving the blogging world but my family, and I love you all, made me feel so loved this past weekend, when they said, "oh, no, you better not." Thanks guys. I really needed that. I am sorry I haven't been updating but I have been busy.

Now that the "state" lady has come to check out my classroom, YEAH!!! I can breathe a little bit now. I did pretty well to say the least. I managed to get all Exceeds in every area but one. I will just work harder on that area next year if I am still in Pre-K. Did I tell you all that I will be transferring to a new school. YES, after 16 years in the same wonderful school, it is bitter sweet but a welcome change I guess. We had to lose 8 positions and since my children were going to be going there I figured it would be a great opportunity for me. Plus it's only 3 miles from home. WOOHOO!!! I can sleep a little later or even walk if I get up at the same time. Yeah, right. ROTFL!!!! My kids wouldn't allow that. Walk, when you have a car, what do you mean? Their g'mother lives right behind us and they frequently ask me to drive them up there. That is when we are coming from town, of course. It's still quicker for me to pull in to my house and them to run up the hill. They are beginning to figure it out.

It is time to start getting rid of the puppies. We just put an ad in two papers that just ran today. We are hoping to get lots of calls this weekend. We really hoped we could sell them by word of mouth but no luck. So, I hope after spending $146 we at least sell 1. I bought 37 lbs of puppy chow Monday evening. Can you believe I will not have enough to go around in the morning? I only feed them 2 cups, each a day. (am/pm) I do feed the two big dogs 2 cups a day so that's 24 cups a day for all the dogs. You would still think 37lbs would last longer than 8 feedings, huh. I don't think I am feeding them too much. They don't look too fat, but they aren't puny either.

Tomorrow is our last day of school before spring break. I am ecstatic. I am thinking of taking the boys to Jekyll Island for a day or two. I want to do something fun and exciting, although staying home and doing nothing is very tempting, too. I'll write a bit more during the break. It's good to be back!!