Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Fragments


Mrs. 4444s in our gracious host of Friday Fragments

My boys survived their first three days of school.  They got up on time and didn't miss the bus.  They have off Friday and Monday for the Labor Day holiday.


I've been trying to get my husband to sign up for direct deposit for years!  No kidding! Y.E.A.R.S!  Wednesday mentioned he'd like to go golfing on Friday.  I told him the only way would go golfing is if he turned in the direct deposit.  HA! The power of persuasion wins again!

My father-in-law's 70th birthday is coming up.  We are celebrating by going to his favorite restaurant.  After his heart attack a few years ago he watches what he eats and doesn't visit this restaurant much.  This is the type of restaurant that makes your mouth water and does not serve anything 'lite'.

I put ivory soap in the microwave.  You will have to stay tuned for a separate blog post about why I'd do something so INSANE!

I painted a shelf and mirror in my day-care a teal color.  It matches the color theme very nicely.
Dress up  station

Where I store blocks, puzzles, music, stacking toys, etc.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

9 Lives

I believe a cat has 9 lives.  

My precious Libby gave me quite a scare Sunday morning.  She began meowing in pain, a loud long cry for help.  I picked her up and put her on our bed.  She laid there lethargically on her side panting heavily with her tongue hanging out.  The dogs were going nuts. They must have sensed there was something wrong.

I called the emergency vet number, wrapped her in a blanket and had her transported there within a 1/2 an hour.   She cried softly the entire way there.  Once or twice I thought she took her last breath.  When we got there the wonderful folks at the emergency vet clinic had her in an exam room right away.

She didn't show any fluid in her lungs or around the heart, her temp was only 1 degree lower than normal and her footpads were still pink.  It's possible she pulled a muscle (she is pleasantly plump) while jumping or running.  They gave her a pain medication that would last for three days.

It's been a few days and she is doing well.  Back to eating and drinking.. and eating  and eating...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Vol 91

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Jocye From This Side of the Pond.


1. Americans will celebrate Labor Day this coming weekend. Do you know what we're actually celebrating? (without consulting your friends Google or wikipedia, ahem) What's a project you're currently 'laboring' over?

My husband is a history teacher so I suppose I should know what the holiday is about.  :)  Without his help, another blog or wikipedia.. I do know what the holiday is about.  
Right now I am updating my curriculum and finding new craft ideas for my preschoolers.  It is taking a lot of time.  I am organizing my 'curriculum closet'.  It needs a lot of work (and I think I will need another closet).


2. Labor Day also signals the unofficial end of summer for most of us...what summer food will you miss the most? If you're in the southern hemisphere feel free to substitute winter for summer.

All of my garden veggies: zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, string beans, peppers.  My herbs: basil, rosemary, parsley and chives.  I know you can get all this in a grocery store, but there is nothing better than food right out your garden.

3. A well known proverb states, 'It's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission.' Your thoughts?

Well, I use it when it APPLIES to ME.  I do not like it when it is used AGAINST ME!  :)

4. Food critic, film critic, book critic, art critic....which hat would you most like to wear?

Book. I LOVE TO READ.  I only wish I had more time to do so.

5. When you were a kid, who (besides your parents) was your favorite adult?

My Nanny.  I remember spending a lot of time at her house when my Mom went to work.  There was an exercise program on PBS that we would do together.  The lady wore colored tights and a body suit.  I also remember my grandfather giving me his sweet pickle out of his lunch kettle too.  I found out later that my Nanny packed it in the lunch kettle for me and my grandfather didn't like sweet pickles.

6. The astronaut, Neil Armstrong, passed away last week. He was regarded as a hero by many generations of people all around the world. Do we still have modern day heroes? What makes someone a hero?

I think anyone who fights for the greater good is a hero.  It could be someone who stops a bully, a policeman fighting crime or a soldier fighting for our rights.   
My personal hero is my husband.  He has shown me the love and kindness that every woman should have.

7. I never get tired of Matt Damon, chocolate and Moscato.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mad Dog Hot Sauce

Todd and I found a cute kitchen store while we were vacationing in Ocean City, NJ.  One thing we found was MAD DOG Hot Sauce.
This killer sauce will blow you away!  It is blended with
  •  Chile extract, 
  • fresh Habanero peppers,
  •  Cayenne peppers, 
  • garlic and onion.

This particular hot sauce came with a little bullet. When you twisted the bullet, a tiny spoon came out.  This spoon measured how much hot sauce you should use while cooking.

In order to understand why we would actually purchase a $20 bottle of the Hottest Hot Sauce ever made, you have to know the story of our son, Zachary.

When Zachary was young, he would put ketchup on everything.  It was crazy how much ketchup that child ate.  As he grew into his teenage years, he developed a love for hot sauce
And YES, he puts hot sauce on everything


At the beach the guys decided to have a Russian Roulette contest with the hot sauce.  The hot sauce was placed on one piece of a Hot Buffalo Wing Pretzel then mixed on a plate with plain pretzels.

 The guys then had to pick one pretzel and eat it.
Brandon ended up being the loser
He drank and drank and drank, trying to cool off his mouth.
My son (who can take the pain that goes along with being a physical hockey player) was taken down by a little teenie weenie dot of hot sauce!
Zach later admitted he won't use this hot sauce, because it's too hot! 
I never imagined there would be a hot sauce that Zachary would turn down!!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

How to be the Perfect Wife

    
    
This was taken from Helen B. Andelin's Fascinating Womanhood, published by Pacific Press in 1965. The course was designed to teach women how to be happy in marriage.

HAVE DINNER READY
Plan ahead, even the night before to have a delicious meal, on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.
Women aren't hungry when they come home from work?
PREPARE YOURSELF
Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. This will also make you happy to see him instead of too tired to care. Turn off the worry and be glad to be alive and grateful for the man who is going to walk in. While you are resting you can be thinking about your Fascinating Womanhood assignment and all you can do to make him happy and give his spirits a lift. When you arise, take care of your appearance. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.
Resting? Resting? Put a ribbon in your hair?  
CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER 
Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. in a bucket or wastebasket and put them in the back bedroom for sorting later. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it will give you a lift too. Having the house in order is another way of letting him know that you care and have planned for this homecoming.
Put books and toys in a bucket?  HUH?  And back bedroom for sorting later.  What exactly is a "back bedroom"?   Sounds kinky.
PREPARE THE CHILDREN 
Take just a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small) comb their hair, and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them look the part.
HAHAHAHA!!!! 
MINIMIZE ALL NOISE 
Especially give heed to this if your husband has to join rush hour traffic. At the time of his arrival eliminate noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet at the time of their father's arrival. Let them be a little noisy beforehand to get it out of their system.
Encourage the children to be QUIET!  Get it out of their system….. HAHAHAHA!  Apparently this author never had children!
BE HAPPY TO SEE HIM 
Greet him with a warm smile and act glad to see him. Tell him that it is good to have him home. This may make his day worthwhile. If there is any romance left in you, he needs it now.
"Act" glad to see him.  Why do you have to "act".  Aren't you naturally glad to see your husband?
SOME DON'TS
~Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Solve the problems you can before he gets home and save those you must discuss with him until later in the evening.
~Also, don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem when compared with what he might have gone through that day.
~Don't allow the children to rush at him with problems or requests. Allow them to briefly greet their father but save demands for later.
Yada, yada, yada...
MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE 
Have him lean back into a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to massage his neck and shoulders and take off his shoes. Don't insist on this however. Turn on music if it is one of his pleasures. Speak in a soft, soothing, pleasant voice. Allow him to relax - to unwind.
OMG! Really??
LISTEN TO HIM 
You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first, then he will be a more responsive listener later.
A responsive listener is stretching it. Dontcha think?
MAKE THE EVENING HIS 
Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and to relax. If he is cross or irritable, never fight back. Again, try to understand his world of strain.
So in other words, you are a prisoner to your own home and cannot say one word about it.

THE GOAL 
Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Then add to this the application of all the principles of Fascinating Womanhood and your husband will want to come home. He will rather be with you than with anyone else in the world and will spend whatever time he can possibly spare with you. Try living all of these rules for his homecoming and see what happens. This is the way to bring a man home to your side, not by pressure, persuasion or moral obligation.
He will WANT to come home??  He BETTER come home!  
He will "spend whatever time he can possible spare with you"???
    HMMMM….. 
    • I Am fascinated that women even read this book.  
    • I'm fascinated that a woman would follow this advice.
    • I'm fascinated that there is no book called "How to be the Perfect Husband".
    I'm certainly glad this isn't the 1960s!  
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    Sunday, August 26, 2012

    Beach Pier - (Sunday's in My City)

    These pictures were taken by my husband in Ocean City, NJ.
    It was an old pier that is now falling apart.



    I'm so glad you took the time to visit my corner of the world. 
    Visit UnknownMami to take a look at the world around you.


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    Friday, August 24, 2012

    Friday Fragments

    It's been awhile since I have done a Friday Fragment.  The summer took up so much time, that I hadn't been blogging much.  Now that school is beginning soon, I am hoping to get back into the swing of things.
    For bits and pieces of a bloggers life, check out Mrs. 4444s at Half-Past Kissin' Time.


    ~I've been preparing the new curriculum for pre-school.  There is a lot of new fun things I found and I can't wait to try them.

    ~I wish I had a clothesline to hang up my laundry.  My old house had one and I loved the smell of the clothes after drying in the sun.  Our new home doesn't have one and my husband isn't to keen on having a clothesline in his perfect lawn.  :(

    ~My father-in-law is turing 70 and grandmother is turning 90 in a few weeks.

    ~My niece is in the hospital.  She is doing much better and will be home by Sunday.  :)

    ~I joined a gym!  Yay me!  I've been going regularly and even been watching my calorie intake.

    ~I put away the kiddie pool.  The official end of summer at Aunt Tami's House.


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    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Hockey at the Beach ??

    It's unusual to think of ice-hockey and the beach in one sentence.
      I sit in cold Ice-hockey rinks, all season long, and dream of a hot sunny beach.  
    Hot. Sunny. Beach. Is. Here!
    But it seems as if hockey is calling me back to the rink!
    Where ever I turned there was something reminding me that hockey season is about to begin again. (Not that I am complaining!)
    Beach Bag 
    Beach Cooler
     Lawn Stakes

    Hockey Christmas Ornaments
    Hockey Snowmen.
     

    Hockey follows me everywhere!
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    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Wednesday Hodgepodge


    1. Aloha! On August 21, 1959 Hawaii officially became a US state. Have you ever been? Upon arrival would you prefer an orchid or a hibiscus to tuck behind your ear?
    Never been to Hawaii.  I would prefer an Orchid.  My favorite wish would be to see the WWII Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

    2. Since we're talking tropical...what's your favorite food or beverage made with pineapple?
    I make a mean Pineapple stuffing!  Usually when I make a ham dinner.  Not a favorite of my boys. Oh well, More for me!!!

    3. Do you believe in soul mates? Explain.
    Yes I do.  I believe that there is someone out there for everyone.  Someone who compliments your personality and vice versus.  Someone who loves you for you, good or bad, thick or thin.  Someone who understand your quirks and laughs at them instead of being annoyed.  Someone you can say is your spouse, but even more - your best friend!

    4. Share a memory about the house you grew up in.
    My first childhood home was a small rancher.  The basement was huge and it was where the toys were.  My sisters and I had a green kitchen set.  Yep, green!  It was the 1970s after all.

    5. Are you comfortable with silence?
    Yes.  Noise from the TV, people taking, and kids shouting in small doses can be okay.  All at once is WAY to much for this chick to handle.

    6. You spot a giant spider on your bedroom wall...what's your next move? (all spiders are giant, right?)
    After I scream… After I shriek for my husband… I grab a can of Raid and spray the shit out of it!

    7. My idea of fun does NOT include ______________.
    Roller coasters, low budget horror films, not seeing your BFF for a week and finding your bottle of wine is empty.

    8. Insert your own random thought here.
    My niece is in the hospital, she lost a lot of blood.  Please say prayers for her.

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    Sunday, August 19, 2012

    Cold Springs Village (Sunday In My City)

    Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May, NJ is an Early-American open-air living history museum.  It was fun stepping back in time to the 1800s while visiting a blacksmithing, woodworking, basket weaving, bakery and more.



    Bakery.  I got a lemon sponge cake that was very tasty!


    Farm Fresh Veggies!
    Home made brooms.

    Home woven baskets
    Country store.

    Spinning to make the wool.

    Home spun wool.

    Knitted from spun wool.

    One room school house..


    I'm so glad you took the time to visit my corner of the world. 
    Visit UnknownMami to take a look at the world around you.
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