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Sunday, January 29, 2012

I'm Addicted to Pinterest and...

I spent an hour on Pinterest this morning.

If you don't know what Pinterest is, leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send you an invite.  If you want your email private, comment with the word "Private" and I won't publish your comment.
 
After my shopping trip I am going to try a bunch of the recipes today, and I'll post what's good. 


I also am addicted to Mystic Mud's blog. I read the whole thing the other afternoon. You have to check it out.

What a Week Around Here...

I have been so busy, I don't know if I was coming or going...


We are having our annual survey at work so I can't leave until the surveyors leave...but I still have managed quite a bit.


Throughout the week I canned 9 or 10 quarts of fresh cranberry juice. Right now I got 7 quarts of kidney beans in the canner waiting for it to get up to pressure.  


As most everyone knows, the Super Bowl is taking place about an hour from my house, and I work in Indianapolis so traffic could get a little tricky this week.  A lot of people we know went down to the Super Bowl Village this weekend and said it's amazing, but I just didn't know if I wanted to go, and besides that, I had other plans...


Momma and me took off yesterday and went "junking".  I say that, because we are both so damn cheap, neither one of us pays full price for anything, so we go to flea markets and such.


I went out trying to find a cigarette stand, but all I found were cheap post-depression era ones, so maybe I'll have better luck next weekend.


I found an old grater.  We've needed one for garlic forever, but I like things with character.  And let me tell you what,  this baby works smoother than that plastic crap you buy at Walmart...used it last night.
Found some more real granitewear for my collection.  $2.50.
I bought a better one a while back, but in a moment of stupidity allowed momma to talk me into giving it to her.


I grew a bunch of stuff for tea last year, but hate spice bags.  This'll do.  $1.00.  It's reusable, unlike those spice bags.


I also am a home for wayward pictures.  I don't know why, but it makes me sad someone wouldn't think enough of their roots to hold on to pictures.  So, I buy em and frame them up properly and they go on my wall.

Here's those inside-out s'mores brownies I finally got to make.  Not worth it.  The boy loved them, me not so much.

On the agenda today, I'm trying to talk myself out of learning how to knit.  Dear Lord, I have enough hobbies that I find it hard to indulge in.  I don't need one more.  My sister called yesterday from down South and started this whole mess.

"Hey, what's that old-lady-thing you do?"

"Uh, well..."

"It's the old-lady-thing you can make stuff with."

"Umm..."

"Damn it! You can make socks and scarves and crap!"

"Oh, well that would be knitting or crocheting.  I used to crochet when I was in middle school.  I forget now, but I cross stitch a lot."

"Yeah, that's too old.  I think I want to learn to knit.  Cool people knit."

It's so nice to be 26 and have your 21-year-old sister call you and refer to you like you are her great aunt.  

So, I guess I'll see if she picks it up, and if she does I may take a stab at it.  It'll give me something to do besides the million other things I do every day.  I better call that fella from Markleville and get my rocking chair fixed...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fashion Sense

I really don't have any.  Fashion sense, that is.


But I would like to know what every one thinks about on subject that has seemed to come up a lot of the past few weeks...


Shorts.


This started because during the freak fifty-degree weather we were having, my momma said, "I have one pair of shorts I can wear out in public.  All the shorts they make nowadays are too damn short for my old butt to wear out in public."


Oh lord, how I hate shorts.  You are preaching to the choir, sister.


I have never in my life liked shorts.  I didn't like them as a kid, and I loathe them even more now.  It's mainly due to the fact that I have owned underwear that leave more to the imagination than the shorts they make now.


When I was younger and still gave a damn what people thought, I always wore jeans.  No matter how hot it was.  People would say, "Aren't you hot?"  Uh, yeah, but at least my dignity is intact.


All the shorts I find are either too short, or too long, or too goofy.


I told momma this.  She said she now agrees with me, that shorts are the root of fashion-evil.


"My only other option is capri pants."


Yeah, but they look stupid on me.  I have calves that make most teenage boys jealous.  The only way I can pull them off is in heels.


Give ya one guess what else I don't own a pair of...


"I have a bunch of khaki capri pants I guess I could wear."


Yeah, momma.  Go ahead and wear them.  I won't wear them.  Next she'll want a minivan.  Just joking, to all you khaki capri-wearing folks.  You would have to know my momma, I guess, to see why I find this hilarious.  She looks more at home in leathers on a motorcycle than in about anything else.


The solution I gave momma was simple:  boys' basketball shorts.


A few years back,  I had bought some shorts.  I felt they were too short, but really, what do I know?  I've always been too picky about clothes, right?


It was summer time, it was hot, I got off work, came home and put these shorts on and go outside.  My husband comes home and says, "Those are great for when it's just you and me here, baby... But those shorts are kinda short, don't you think?"


Well, actually I did think so, too.  I also bought the longest pair I could find with out having to go and get blue-wash in my hair.


So, I did what any woman would do...I raided his closet.


I discovered that basketball shorts are so comfortable, they are longer, and I swear they are cooler.  I stole them.  


A week ago I saw a sales ad and they had the above mentioned shorts for $8.  I bought a pair in every color.


I wear them out in public. Flip-flops, tank top, ponytail, no make-up.  I frankly just don't care what people think, you see.  If they are going to judge me for wearing  basketball shorts, I don't want to talk to them any how.


I also have about thirty sundresses, too.  I can do anything in a sun dress and mud boots.  Just ask anyone.


I told momma to go buy some basketball shorts.  We'll see if she does.  I don't think she felt a woman her age (she's not that darn old, I don't know why she thinks she is) should be running around in basketball shorts.  I'm sure when we go out to the flea markets and rummage sales this summer and she sees I am serious, I really will wear them out in public, she will, too.


Until then, I leave you with one of the best things I have ever heard:
Modest is hottest.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Thank You Letter

This was forwarded to us by a friend...whether you like Obama or not, you have to agree this is pretty on-point.



THANK YOU AMERICA ! 


Dear American Taxpayer, 

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not 

Ashamed of my country.  I want to thank the hard 

Working American people for paying $242 thousand 

Dollars for my vacation in Spain . 

My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, 

My personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time.  

Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed 

In a $2,500.00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel. 

Thank you also for the use of Air Force Two 
And the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged 

Along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.  

By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol , 

I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant 

In Marbella ; great lobster with rice and oysters!  

I'm ashamed to admit the lobsters we ate in Martha's Vineyard were not quite as tasty, 
But what can you do if you're not in Europe, you have to just grin and bear it? 

Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate 
According to Government Accounting Office reports) 

Only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip 

And carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. 

These are only rough estimates, but they are close.  

That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend 

Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American 

Citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and 

Drive less too, so we can lessen our combined 

Carbon footprint. 

I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling 

To put food on the table and trying to make ends meet.  

So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you 

Find work soon. 

I was really exhausted after Barack took our family 

On a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago.  

I just had to get away for a few days. 

Cordially, 
Michelle (Moochelle) Obama 

P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 BILLION dollar trip 

To India from which we just returned!   

P.S.S. Thank you, too, for that vacation trip to 

Martha's Vineyard ; it was fabulous. 

And thanks for that second smaller jet that took our 

Dog Bo to Martha's Vineyard so we and the children 

Could have him with us while we were away from the 

White House for eleven days. After all, we couldn't 

Take him on Air Force One because he might pee 

On some wires or something. 

P.S.S.S. Oh, I almost forgot to say thanks also for 

Our two-week trip to Hawaii at Christmas. That 7,000 

Square foot house was great! 

P.S.S.S.S. don't forget my ski trip to Vail this winter 

And now the girls and I are in Africa with my mom.  

All this while Barack golf’s and campaigns to 

Keep my trips coming for the next 4 years ! 

Love ya!Remember,  we all have to share the pain of these 

Economic times equally! 

Love to -redistribute- share- the wealth. 

  

SEND THIS TO EVERY AMERICAN NOW ........ STAND UP, SPEAK UP. 





  

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Open Your Eyes

Via my friends at Hilltop Homestead, we feel everyone should see this:

Things I Need (But Do Not Have)

I felt like baking today.  So, I sat down with some cookbooks, only to realize I don't have at least one of the key ingredients to the things I wanted to make.


My Better Homes and Gardens magazine came in yesterday, and I always like their recipes, and lo-and-behold, there in front of me lies a recipe for inside-out s'mores brownies.  


It calls for graham crackers.


Score!  I have some.


It calls for chocolate chips.


I'm 2 and 0.


It calls for tiny marshmallows.


Hmmm....


I have the fruit flavored tiny ones, but somehow I see that being gross.  Somewhere in this pantry that is more like a Rubiks cube, I at one time in the recent past had marshmallow fluff.


Then I remember seeing a certain teenager sitting in front of the computer on facebook with a spoon in one hand, jar of Mallow-fluff in the other.


I want these brownies so much today that I then remember vaguely my mamaw making marshmallows.  I can do this.  I'll make the homemade marshmallows and then make the super-duper inside-out s'mores brownies.


At this point I really felt like I was the real deal...making homemade marshmallows to go in homemade brownies that promise gooey-ness of epic proportions...


Only to find that I have no gelatin in this entire house that isn't lime or peach flavored.


It took an hour of trying to make this work to realize it wasn't going to happen unless I get dressed and drive to town in 16 degree weather for either tiny marshmallows or gelatin.


Being a resourceful person with an interest in not wasting precious fossil fuel, I realized I had vodka in the freezer.  I may not be the Martha Stewart today of brownie-making, but I dare her to make a better jello-shot.


Sometimes, it's better to stick with what you know.  Even if it is the ratio of vodka-to-jello or coke-to-Woodford that spells perfection.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fauxbreeze and Floor Cleaner Recipes

It's Friday so ya'll know what that means...yep, came home and cleaned my house.  Which means you get some new homemade cleaner recipes!  Can you say, "TGIF!"  I thought you'd be excited, too.


Homemade Fauxbreeze

  • an empty sprayer bottle
  • 1/8 cup of fabric softner OR essential oils
  • 1/2 vinegar
  • warm water to fill up bottle
Mix all these ingredients and Fauzbreeze away.  LOL.


Homemade Floor Cleaner
This is safe for vinyl, laminate or wood floors

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • essential oil, if desired
Mix in a bucket and mop.  I usually use orange or lemon essential oil for this.


Also, a quick tip I learned...for slow or smelly drains, pour baking soda and hot water down the drain and let soak overnight.  It works!


Happy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

"Just Put It Out There"





With everything going on in the world, I believe everyone should know where they stand on darn near everything.  In saying that, here's a few things I believe.  Feel free to disagree...a lot of people do.  I think every politician should have to post something similar to this only with solutions.  I think it would encourage more people to vote if each nominee put out a FAQ sheet, if you will.
1.  Abortion - I don't think it's right, but what I find more wrong is someone telling anybody what they can and can't do to their body.  Some people say it's okay if it medically necessary, some people say even rape victims should have to carry the child.  Mandy Farmer says you mind your business, and I'll tend to mine.



2.  Gun Control -  I decide when, where, and why I protect my family.  When someone really thinks they can tell me I don't have the right to protect my family, I think that person should have to watch their home being broken into and their children hurt right in front of them and then tell me about gun control.  Anyone who tells you they don't believe we should have the right to bear arms after going through something like that should be committed to a state institution.





3.  Health Care -  Should everyone have insurance?  Yes, if they want it.  It should be affordable. And by affordable, I don't mean on a U.S. senator's income.  I mean on a regular income.  If you want to fix health care, the problem lies in a big way with insurance companies.  I'm a nurse, and I see it everyday and it makes me ill.  They want you to pay your premiums, but then they don't want to pay when something happens.  It's frankly bull shit and I believe that should be fixed first and foremost.  And having the government controlling health care is not a solution.  I think they've made enough of a mess of everything else so far, what about you?




4.  Elections - This is where I put myself way out there.  I don't understand in this day in age, with all the technology we have, why on God's green earth we have an electoral college.  The whole thing reeks of dishonesty.  Tally the votes, one with the most wins.  It's not that hard.




5.  Telling Your Representative How to Vote -  Another thing I don't understand.  PAC's have money, and as my momma says, "Money talks, bullshit walks."  I don't have money to throw at my representative to make him vote the right way.  Again, in this day in age, we could all get on our computers, vote on the issues, then, the rep. can vote based on majority. I gladly would spend hours weekly voting if I thought it would make our world a better place. I have emailed, wrote and called our reps so much that at one point in time, they blocked my IP address.  Nice try, I have access to at least 15 computers.  I voted for you, now you listen to me.  If you don't want to do that, go and do something else.


6.  PACs - Get them the hell out of Washington, please.  It's all big business and self-interest.  


7.  Illegal Immigration - If you aren't supposed to be in this country, get out.  I don't care who you are, what your excuse is, get out.  I don't care if you have a child that was born here, get out.  If I went to your country, I'd not be given food stamps, health insurance, and government housing.  I'd be given a jumpsuit and a cell.




8.  Foreign Oil - Why would you let a country like Iraq or Iran have you by the throat?  Hmmm....


9.  Taxes - It's absurd that the biggest corporations in America get tax breaks and we stress every year worried about what we are going to owe on top of what we have already paid in.  Small business is the worst, my husband owns his own business.  If the government would get their hands out of  everything and allow free market, the world would be better.  Big businesses don't want to pay taxes?  Too bad.


10.  Food - If I get caught buying or selling raw milk, I go to jail.  But you can go through a drive through and eat all kinds of crap and that is okay.  For food safety, how about this:  you let me eat what I want to eat, and I will release you from being responsible for me.  If I want to buy chicken and milk from my neighbor, you need to let me do it without fear of going to jail and paying fines.  I'll even sign a release.  And another thing, that bill that they have been trying to pass that enables them to tax your vegetables, etc?  Just kill that already.  Take that time and energy and bring down Monsanto.  The government already boo-booed by letting them patent life.  Why?  Because the ex-CEO of Monsanto works for the government now.


11.  Freedom of Religion - If I want to pray in public, I should be allowed.  I wish to heavens they would stop trying to take God out of everything.  If I have to be tolerant of the Jehovah Witness' that harass me every single summer, everyone else should be tolerant of God being on our money.  This country was founded on fundamentals of Christianity.  If you don't like it, leave.


12.  Support Our Troops - Desperate Housewives.


13.  Retirement and Social Security - I've not taken any finance classes, but here's an idea for ya: take the money that each individual pays in and put that aside in a CD or something and leave it alone.  If you put money away and don't touch it, you don't end up with a trillion dollar deficit.  Same goes for spending what you don't got.  Also, I think it's ridiculous that Congress people and the president get paid after their term is over for the rest of their lives.  And it's a lot of money.  Why don't they get the same treatment we do?  If I worked for 4 years, I wouldn't continue to make that salary until I die, even after the 4 years.  I would be S.O.L.  And quite frankly, it doesn't seem like they deserve what they are making while they are in office, so stop paying them when they are out of office golfing, please.  Here's a way to save some cold hard cash.


14.  Gay Marriage - I don't see why we waste precious time arguing this.  I say let them get married.  I don't believe in divorce, so does that mean we should outlaw it? No, it doesn't.  I tell you what, you can tell people they can't get married when you can tell people they aren't allowed to get a divorce.