Friday, August 27, 2010


"Mom, when I get old enough to not live with you but to live with just my adopted children, for dinner I am only going to make them:
Macaroni and cheese, Turkey and Tuna sandwiches, Cheesy hot dogs, Grapes, Hot dogs, Tomatoes, Chicken nuggets, Marshmallows, Cheeseburgers, Bananas, Lunch-able's, Apples, Cheeze-its, Chicken, Chocolate, Ice cream, Popsicles, Pancakes and waffles with whip-cream and chocolate, and Yogurt.

That's IT!"


The kids have been in school for 1 1/2 weeks.
I cleaned house this week.

5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home on 2 acre lot.

one room bungalow with outdoor plumbing on rock platform no larger than 1/4 acre.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Losing Situation

About 5 years ago I broke this:Yep, the diamond-ola in my beautiful wedding ring. Ugh, I know. But luckily, the prongs on that thing are like the steel gates of the BIG house and nothing was coming out of their grasp without some serious effort. WONDERFUL right?


When I called our insurance company, I was informed that if I LOSE the ring it is covered. But, to BREAK the diamond: NOPE! (Sooooooo...If I go outside and throw it as far as I can in our neighbors pond.....)

So for 5 long years I have worn that ring EVERYWHERE and tried with all my might to forget, lose, drop, drown, get stolen, misplace, or displace the thing. But alas, I still am wearing it on my petite, beautiful, youth-like finger. I know, right!?!?!

However, I got this 5 MONTHS ago:
AND have not been able to find it for days! Go figure!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Today is the 30th anniversary of my mothers death.

My little brother Paul is amazing in so many ways. This is one: For the last year he has been looking for and contacting anyone and anything he could find that was involved in the rescue of my family from an airplane crash in the Wyoming mountains 30 years ago. He has emailed, called, and contacted several of the rescue crew, the helicopter pilot, and hospital staff. There were so many people who spent hours climbing the cold, dark wilderness for us. He was able to get the GPS information from the military group that helped during the search and had a fairly good idea of where we were found from one of the people who eventually found us. He planned a hike for the three surviving children--for today.

 Due to Mark traveling to China during this time, I was not able to go out for the hike.

Paul and his wife Julianne drove to Jackson Hole, Wy, and then took a tram up as far as it went. Paul then set out alone to the exact site of the crash. He said it was a wonderful experience and wants us to do it together soon. I look forward to that day. After the hike he was interviewed by a local journalist who became interested in the story from someone Paul contacted about information. The journalist took pictures of Paul and then called Jan and I for more information. Thirty years later, it still brings tears to my eyes to think about this day, this event, that changed my (and my families) life forever.  I miss my mom. I don't even know her. I was so young when she died. And to tell the truth, the events that happened after were so traumatic that my life memories were defined by before the accident and my survival after. I had VERY few memories BEFORE the event. I seemed to have blocked them out of my memory (until I married my husband--and then many, many memories came flooding back at a scary and alarming rate.)

My brother. My younger, sweet, and generous little brother. What an amazing thing to do. I will always be thankful  to him. And my husband helped me heal enough to realize that good things can come from tragedy.

I love them. I honor them.

Here's to you mom! Your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids love and miss you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gardenings End

My High School friend loves to garden as much as I do. Well, maybe love is too strong a word for my feelings, but hers I am sure are love. She not only gardens veggies as I do, but she also has beautiful flower gardens. Last year she posted about her gourd/pumpkin success here.
When I saw her gourd/pumpkin success, I was amazed!! I thought, "Self, this next year when I have garden success (I mean I have been gardening for 14 years) I am going to post my photos and lists as well.

So as the gardening year comes to a close here in Illinois, I started making a list of all the pre-growth work :
1 large garden plot tilled by Mr. Friendly neighbor and his tractor.
24 bags of fertilizer and new dirt added to soil.
1 new raspberry box built and raspberry's transplanted to new home.
1 addition added on to strawberry box and 20 or so new strawberry plants added.

6 tomato plants--pre-grown by Rural King (start height 6 inches tall.)
6 cucumber mounds with 4 or 5 seeds each (to be thinned out as growth permits.)
3 pumpkin mounds with 4/5 seeds each (thinning out done as well.)
1 entire row of corn (using entire package of seeds.)
1 cilantro plant -pre-grown by Rural King (starting height 6 inches tall.)

~Additional work:
1 bail of straw (donated by neighbors) evenly distributed to reduce weed/plant growth.
6 tomato guards inserted around beautiful tomato plants.
1 new hose purchased to make daily watering possible.
2 new sprinklers purchased as one was broken when opened and we were to lazy to take it back right away, and then little man played with it as if it were his personal arrow-head dagger, used to kill/squash bugs and punch holes in our dirt, umm, I mean grass.
Weeding--lots and lots of weeding.

I then gathered my produce into piles for pictures.
Yep, that's it. Did you see the yuckiness of that lone tomato? The size was just as depressing: I had Mr. KIR mow the thing done Friday. I could not stand the taunts from it any longer. Seriously WHY do I do this every year?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Life In These Here United States

It is 105 degrees here. OH YES IT IS. With humidity--that is like 3000 degrees/ Deodorant NOT optional/glisten all the day long/need a shower morning noon and night degrees! So what have we been up to?

Mr KIR and his cousin have been doing this:What are they CRAZY? Shesh, it's not like Mrs. KIR begged Mr. KIR to Puleeeese do this even though it is unruly hot and you only have one day to complete it and you are saving money up for a new tractor and would have to use some of it for this project PULEEEESE? I think Mr. Cousin just felt bad for Mr. Kir and gave up his tickets to see a play with his wife and girlies to me so he could help. What a guy! (Seriously Mr. Cousin: THANK YOU!!)

The kids have been doing this: and this:I on the other hand, have been doing this:
Ahhh, it's a good life!

Kid Talk

Whilst driving to church I put on churchy primary songs. Little Man requested, "Mom, roll down the window so the birds can hear the pretty music."


a few minutes later, Pony Girl quipped, "LM did you hear that tweet tweeet tweeeet? The birds are saying thank you."

L.O.V.E. ThEsE kids!