Tuesday, May 31, 2011

To Do Tuesday

Yesterday was a great day, spending time with family, grilling, swimming. We were the most decorated house around. Jon went all out with the flags--at the entrance to the driveway, on the porch, and a big one hanging from the house. He really tries to make Memorial Day special and I'm glad for that. We have many in our family that serve or have served, including my husband.

Here are a few shots from around the yard so you can see how things are looking these days. Being sick, they've blooming despite my lack of her. Nothing to do with a green thumb these days. At times like these, I'm glad I've planted mostly perennials in my beds. Last summer they didn't get much attention and it looks like this summer's shaping up to be the same.

The tomatoes are looking good. We've been eating the cherry tomatoes in salads but yesterday we got our first big tomatoes out of the garden. How nice to have home-grown tomatoes on a burger. Yum!

There are lots of peppers too. Jack kept bringing them home from school from his FFA teacher. This will be the year of the salsa.

Another shot of the Queen Anne's Lace. I just love it, so dainty. The flowering tobacco, whose leaves you can see in the background, shot up to towering heights while I wasn't feeling well. I'll have to get a picture of that for you. It's taller than me, although sadly, we missed most of its blooms.

Now what about menus? I didn't get to it yesterday, but I figured you all already had plans for the day. Here's how the rest of my week is coming together.

Tuesday-Grilled pork chops, asparagus with cheese sauce, leftover potato salad, rolls

Wednesday-Chicken pot pie, applesauce

Thursday-Noodle soup, rolls, fruit salad

Friday-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sliced tomatoes, green beans, rolls

Saturday-Homemade pizza


Have a great week!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pink Saturday Special

Hi there. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. That pneumonia really knocked me for a loop. I've had it before, but this one was rough.

Being sick, I missed lots of posts, like Mother's Day. I thought for this Pink Saturday post I would share some of the things that Meredith's class did for Mother's Day. It's all very 'pink' since that's her favorite color.

They invited us to a Mother's Day brunch which was fun. They sang lots of cute songs and served us breakfast casserole and pound cake with fresh strawberries. When I was walking to the class, the wall outside was lined with portraits the kids had made of their moms.

Wanna see me?

I look like I've been to the Tammy Faye Baker School of Cosmetology. At least my accessories match my outfit.

This is the placemat that we had at our table. There's a picture she painted and a description of her mom. Can you read what it says?

"My mother's name is Kelly. My mother is 38 years old. My mother weighs 700 pounds. My mother's favorite food is salid. My mother liks to shop. My mother loves me because I am a prinsas."

How did I get to be 700 pounds eating all that "salid"?

The card says that I'm as pretty as a ladybug and that I'm smart because I can add big numbers. One good thing, I'm always smiling.

Hope you have lots to smile about this weekend. Be sure to check out all the participants at Beverly's Pink Saturday anniversary. http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Not What I Needed

I know, I know...I said I would be here all week and posting. My heart said yes but my body said no. I've been sick and not getting better. Went back to the doctor today--pneumonia.

So I am here, just not worth much at the moment.

I'll take two antibiotics and call you in the morning.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


A few of the things blooming in (or around) my yard.

The first of our peaches.

Red, white and blue hanging baskets.

These two daylillies are just across the fence. They belong to my neighbor Brenda.

She thinned some of hers and shared with me.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Two Mohawk Tuesday

Here are the hair cuts. Where have my sweet little boys gone?

We've washed and washed, but the red paint just doesn't want to come out.

And here's sister, who always wants in on the picture taking.

On the upside, they've got the look for starting their own punk band.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Miracle

I guess the miracle is that I'm finally here and posting again. I was gone, my computer had trouble, then Blogger had trouble. My posting last week wasn't meant to be. It felt like a miracle when I got on this morning and everything's working.

Hopefully I'll be here all week this week. You'll probably be tired of me by the end. This week I'll finally be able to show you how to do those monogrammed candles. And I'll have to show you a picture of the boys.

They went to the state archery tournament and all the team got their heads shaved. I now have two boys with mohawks. Thankfully school's almost out down here and they've got all summer to let it grow.

Here's what's cookin' at my house this week--

Monday--Roast, potatoes, carrots, rolls
Tuesday--Chicken Divan, risotto, salad, rolls
Wednesday--Breakfast for supper (pancakes, bacon, eggs)
Thursday--Farmhouse BBQ Muffins, corn on the cob, fruit salad
Friday--Homemade Pizza
Saturday--Grilled Chicken, green beans, pasta salad, peaches

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lizard...the Newest Fashion in Earrings

Here's Riley showing off the latest rage in accessories for you. Don't ask me why he likes to dangle lizards from his ear lobes. It falls into that mysterious category called "boy".

Riley wants you to be sure to notice that the lizard has a forked tail. If there's one thing a boy likes more than a lizard stuck to his ear, it's a mutated lizard stuck to his ear.

They come in small, medium, and gator-sized. The smaller ones blend in with whatever you're wearing, making them the perfect accessory. Act now, supplies are limited.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Finally Back Where I Belong

It seems that in the couple of weeks that I was out of commission in blog land I managed to miss two major holidays and loads of great stuff. There were so many things I wanted to share, I just didn't have the time...or the brain power. We got a different computer and I couldn't get my pictures to load onto the blog. The pace is slower this week and I was able to slow down long enough to work the kinks out on the computer. Sweet, sweet normalcy.

The major cause of my busy-ness was with the school. I am president of the parent volunteer group at our elementary school and last week was Teacher Appreciation Week. We had something different planned for each day and we made a couple of the gifts for the week.

Here are the cakes from Thursday's Cake and Coffee time. One of the moms sells cakes and did them for us. Didn't she do a great job?

We've misplaced the cord to our industrial size coffee pot, so I had to make many, many little pots of coffee that day. Do you have any idea how long it takes a pot of coffee to brew when you've got a line of ladies waiting? FOREVER!

This is the outside of one of the boxes we made. They were waiting for the teachers on Monday. Each one was a little different. We used those clear plastic crafting boxes with all the compartments. Each compartment was filled with a teacher necessity--rubber bands, paper clips, hand sanitizer, chocolate... We purchased one big book of scrapbook paper and used it to cover the boxes.

The infamous candles. We made over 90. When I went to Meredith's Mother's Day Brunch on Friday each child had drawn of their mom and told what their job was. What did Meredith say? "My mom makes candles." And there was a picture of me surrounded by lots and lots of monagrammed candles.

The leftover paper from our scrapbooking box tops got shredded to make the straw in the bags. (We volunteer moms are thrifty.) The little tag on the bag says, "Thank you for letting your light shine in the hearts of our children."

I'll show you how to make the candles later in the week--super easy. Except when you're doing 93.

Other things we did during the week--

Monday--breakfast from Chick-Fil-A, survival boxes pictured above

Tuesday--salad luncheon (that was a big success, a definite thing to do again)

Wednesday--monogrammed candles

Thursday--cake and coffee

Friday--gift cards and notes from students

We also had daily drawings for teachers and staff of things we'd collected from area businesses. One of the big prizes on Friday was a 1/2 day sub (time off) for two of the teachers. When I went in the class and told the first grade teacher she'd won a 1/2 day sub she got so excited she jumped up and down and squealed. One of the little boys in her class asked, "Why is she so excited about a sandwich?"

That's a little of my time away. I'll share some more later. Have a wonderful Monday. It's great to be back, I've missed you all!