Thursday, June 29, 2006

Booger Dood

Today I got a call from the owner of a large company responding to a fax I sent him requesting assistance in clearing a balance on an account. He wanted to come by and meet with me and discuss the issue in person. I invited him to come on down and I would make time to talk to him.

He arrived and we began to discuss said account. I looked up from my seat and in his nose was the biggest booger hanging out I had ever seen. I had to force myself not to look at it and only look at his eyes. It was the hardest thing I did all day.

Now, why couldn't I just say, "Here you need a tissue." and go on? I don't know. I was too embarrassed. Yet the embarrassment he will feel when he realizes the booger was there the entire time he was talking to me might be greater than what he would have felt if I just pointed it out to him.

So my questions to you today are:
1. Is it wrong to NOT point out that someone has a disgusting booger hanging out of their nose?
2. What is the nicest way to point out said booger?
3. What would you want someone to do?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Untitled Post

I just want to see where my thoughts take me today. I usually don't like to post unless I have something funny or half-way intelligent to say, but today I just want to follow the train of thoughts as they hit me. Buckle your seat belts, I think we may be in for a bumpy ride and we may even get lost a time or two. :o)

Today my day started off with a woman in my bubble (my personal space) with the worst breath I have ever smelled on a woman. This woman is a prominent banker in our town and her breath made me gag. I kid you not. I could not believe that she talked to clients all day with the funk that was coming out of her mouth.

Still packing. Slowly packing. Cassidy is at VBS at the new church (at what point I will call it just 'our church' i don't know) I should be in there packing more but I am taking a blogging break on the front porch while I wait for her to be brought home. The quiet is kind of nice. Carly didn't want to to go to VBS so she is working folding laundry, and has completed her Carly-Do list for today. Good job Carly!

Carly mowed the lawn for me. (it is my therapy but I will share once in a while) I only wish we had a weedeater that I could use. I would love for my lawn to have edging....but just has 'yard bangs'. I think Joe told me we have one but I don't know how to use it. It is gas and probably needs 'something' to make it work. It may even belong to Jory-San....I don't even know.

The other day, yesterday I walked outside at work and heard the strangest bird song I have ever heard. I stopped and listened to it for a long time and just smiled. It sounded like someone whistling, not like a bird song at all. I looked around to make sure some tricky person wasn't trying to fool me and it happened again when I was leaving. I just smiled and went on......

Muskogee finally got a Quiznos opened up a couple of weeks ago. We walked in one night after church and it turned out it was their first day. They were very nice and let us eat inside even though they were closing in 10 minutes. My Cabo Chicken sandwich was very tasty and very spicy:o)

I went to Waldenbooks tonight to buy a gift for friend at work. I bought 4 and got 1 free from Clarence's Rack. I just love him!! I bought a Toni Morrison book called Love. I have always wanted to read some of her work and this was a perfect opportunity. I also found Carly, my arteest daughter, an drawing instruction book so when she reads this she will have to ask me for it. :o) heehee I resisted going to do any more shopping in the mall even though Twisted Joe's was right next door to Waldenbooks and they had just made some fresh pretzels and they smelled SO good and I was SO hungry!

Cassidy was just dropped off by my cousin, Renita and her son Blake. Blake is almost 6 and is Batman Jr. to Uncle Joe's Batman Sr. They ALWAYS talk shop when they are together. It is very sweet. I tried 3 times to download a picture but I can't get it to work. Shoot.

OK we need input. We are trying to choose colors for our new bedroom. I am up for anything. I put up some swatches of colors I like......soft yellow (not pastel...the popular butter cream colors) and even considered 'roasted coffee' brown. We don't have to match anything because we are getting new comforter stuff when we move in. We don't really have a style in our room either so we are just a blank slate waiting for inspiration. Whadda ya got Bloggers?

I am really craving some chocolate ice cream right now. A soft-serve cone from Beacon sounds so good. I wonder if I can sneak off and have one all to myself??

Joe and the girls tried to go to a free movie at the theater at the mall, but didn't make it. They went to see "Over the Hedge" in stead. I haven't heard if they liked it. I was wishin' I could have gone too.

Oh yea! I got a post card from Nerdine! She is in Bath and is having a WONDERFUL time! No schedule....stopping when they want, doing what they want. Most excellent holiday!!

Well That is about all I will bore you with tonight. My battery on my lap top is about to start blinking for more juice.......

Good night~

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Skid marks

One day this week Joe and I were sitting on the porch admiring our baby girl riding her bike all over the yard and driveway. Cassidy has recently rediscovered her big-girl bike and has had fun riding every where we will let her.

She was riding fast on the concrete drive way and stopped suddenly and left skid marks behind her bike. Joe said, "You left skid marks!"

She turned around as far as she could to check the back of her pants.

We almost fell off the porch laughing.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Fodders Day

To Joe:

Happy Fathers Day

A father of two girls is a special Dad.
You have a gift of tender words for your girls.
You take time to color with them and read to them.
You take time to make up "stories from your mouth" at bed time.
You are playful with them and firm when the need arises.
They see you love their mother and make me laugh and make me happy.

Thank you for all you do in our family.
You are the motivator
the instigator
the navigator
the spankinator (although sometimes it is just a love pat!)

We are thankful to have you, Our Superhero with us every day.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Our Budding Arteeeest

A sample of art by CarlyJo.......

Our oldest daughter, CarlyJo has (and her best cousin Elle) have been Art students of a local artist, Mrs. Bishop for about 3 years or so. CarlyJo attends art class one day a week after school. This little girl exudes art. She cannot be near a blank page and not doodle or draw on it. I think it's neat and would love to see her have a life long love affair with art. I think she is on her way. Here is a sampling of their art for this year. Mrs. Bishop did a study of the Masters this year and the students imitated them. We are very proud of you CarlyJoe and Elle!

The Smeller's The Feller

Today I was walking behind an older gentleman . He had obviously forgotten he put on his cologne and reapplied it. He smelled good, but I was walking 8-10 feet behind him and still could smell it. I had a whole string of thoughts about the smell, wondering what it was because it smelled familiar. Once I walked throught the waiting room at work and got a whiff of an unusual scent. It was what Joe wore when we were dating and first married: Joop by Homme. It stopped me in my tracks and I turned around and looked for Joe. Sadly it wasn't my honey trying to sneak up on me. It was also very odd to smell it on someone else that was totally opposite of Joe. Joe wears cologne so lightly I have to be within his arms reach to smell it.....nice for AJ no??;o)

Isn't it odd how smells can transport you back to a time and place in an instant? (sometimes good sometimes bad) For instance: the smell of cinnamon/apple takes me to Christmas at my Aunt Joyce's house, lilac reminds me of my Nan, saw dust makes me think of my father (he has a woodshop) and sweet pea makes me think of CarlyJo. Old book smell reminds me of one of my Great Aunts. The smell of mentholatum takes me back to childhood....rubbing it on my upper lip when I had a stuffy nose. I saw some Prell shampoo the other day and had to take a whiff. Anyone remember Agree??

I think it is awesome that God made such a strong memory cue in our noses. He is so awesome isn't he?

What smells affect you? (i hope i used that word right) What memories to they invoke??

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Cocoa Gravy

Leslee read my last post and wondered what Cocoa Gravy was and wanted to know more about it. I thought I would share this wonderful concoction with you. Your kids will love you for it. :o)

Cocoa Gravy is something my mother has cooked for us as long as I can remember. Her mother cooked it for her (and her 10 brothers and sisiters) and I ocassionally cook it for my girls. It is like slightly thinned pie filling or pudding and just so good. I don't know where it originated but there are recipes for it in all the church cookbooks in our area. They each vary a little but the end result is the same. When I first made it for CarlyJo she called it To-To Dravy, and that is what we actually call it around our house :o)

Cocoa Gravy/Chocolate Gravy/ToTo Dravy

1/4 c. sugar
1 T cocoa
2 T flour
1 c. milk (i make mine with skim)
1T margarine or butter

Stir sugar, cocoa and flour together in a sauce pan, gradually blend in milk. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in margarine. Serve over biscuits or bread.
*you can also cook it in the microwave 2 minutes at a time until thick

Let me know if you try it. I am curious if anyone else has heard of it and cooks it?

Alpha Bits

I have been commanded by Susiebadoozie, fondly known as Badoozer to participate in her ABC meme.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you AJ's meme:

Accent: Australian (especially spoken by Hugh Jackman)

Bible Book that I like: Song of Solomon (don't laugh)

Chore I don't care for: putting away laundry. On the flip side I LOVE to mow the grass.

Dog or Cat: Dogs...big dogs like a Golden Lab.

Essential Electronics: laptop, alarm clock/radio

Favorite Cologne: for me: Chloe Innocence (Body spray: Vanilla sugar) For my Man: Obsession. An oldie but a goodie. I have no idea about the current fragrances.

Gold or Silver: Depends. for rings: gold and Necklaces: silver (yes i realize that doesn't match, get off my back) ditto for me too...Back off Jack!

Handbag I Carry Most Often: I just got a new one from Walmart. It is army green with paislies on it. Not exactly what I would choose for myself but I was trying to get away from black....what i have carried for over a year.

Insomnia: sometimes. I take Valarian Root for it though and slip right of into Slumberland

Job Title: QueenBee

Kids: qty: Two daughters age 11 and 6. They drive me batty sometimes, but I love 'em.

Living Arrangements: Married with children....walking around a lot of boxes right now too

Most Admirable Trait: Compassion

Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: I was not naughty. :o) heehee

Overnight Hospital Stays: Two children whose exit from my body caused considerable pain scored me a few nights in the hospital.

Phobias: Finding SPAM in my muffins.

Quote: You just hide and watch. (courtesy of my mother who said it all the time to us)

Religion: Christian

Siblings: two younger brothers ( I have been QueenBee my whole life)

Time I Wake Up: usually 6-ish or whenever the snorker wakes me up (snork is the new snore sound Joe makes at night.)

Unusual Talent or Skill: I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.

Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: CELERY

Worst Habit: peeling the top off pizza when I eat it (yes, even Sam & Ellas!)

X-rays: three. broken wrist, broken leg, broken arm (all before age 8)

Yummy Stuff I Cook: boiled water, toast, cereal. haha not really. Cocoa Gravy, Choc Chip Cookies, Lasagna, Egg rolls, brownies, mushroom casserole, chili with beans, tater salad:o) I am not saying that I cook these things all the time. I am just saying I am good at them.

Zoo Animal I Like Most : Tigers

Uncle Joe: if Susie didn't already
Ted: C'mon Ted......
ANP: does she still read?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Bizzy Bees

I thought I had better post something so you all wouldn't think we were in-hiding or something.....

We have been busy with lots of stuff lately. What you might ask??

Dance recitals-CassiJo had hers last Saturday night. Her class was dressed in the cutest costumes. She had a light blue pinafore dress over a white body suit (all very sparkley of course) The teacher wanted everyone's hair in an up-do, but I can't stand to see little baby girls with grown-up hair do's and all that makeup, so we just put her hair in braids. She looked like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. Now we must find some ruby red slippers and she has a Halloween costume too! :o)

Garden-Uncle Joe has sprouted a green arm! He has planted a garden in our back yard and has been nursing it day and night. We have tomatoes, grapes, peppers, dill, cilantro, chives, green beans, cucumbers and various flowers planted. He has worked really hard on it and it looks fabulous. I can't wait for some cucumbers and fresh green beans! He has a patio umbrella set up so he can sit in the shade and rest after working too. It is a nice place to go and visit while the girls play in the pool or in the house. :o)

Packing- great news! For those who don't know, my late grandmother's house has been offered to us at a deal that is too good to turn down, so we are moving to Fort Gibson, about 10 miles away from our current home. The house is considerably newer than our current home and seems to be a little larger. (I haven't looked at the exact square doesn't really matter at this point!) The house was built (by my father) in 1983 and is a very sound home. It is plain but pretty. There will be a few repairs that need to be done, but those will be done by me and my fatherand mother. We will be able to re-paint the interior to suit us and buy some new carpet too. We are thrilled beyond words that my family is doing this for us. We are a little nervous about being back in Fort Gibson....we are used to being right in the middle of Muskogee and running here and there on a whim. It will be a nice change to be in a quiet neighborhood with children. CarlyJo and CassiJo won't know what to think with other children to play with. We have been in our current home for 10 years and there are no children for them to play with! When we move there are several families that have children, so that will be great!

So in light of our move, we also have to get our house prepared to sell.Which will include some repairs, painting, recarpeting and a MAJOR MONDO GINORMOUS GARAGE SALE! I don't want to pack up all this stuff we have accumulated. (I know Joe will blame me for it, but he was there too!! haha) We have already packed a few boxes and haven't made a dent. Our new motto? PURGE!! PURGE!!

Van- we have a van that has been ummm.....dormant for about 5 years and we decided to try and fire it up and see if we could get it in some sort of shape to either drive or sell. Ted, our friend and jack-of-all-trades came and helped Joe get it started and is still working on getting it in tip-top shape. Once we determine if the AC is going to work or not we will decide to keep it and let Joe and the girls toodle around town in it or sell it.

VBS-the girls have been in VBS all week with Nana (my mother) in Fort Gibson. I wanted them to be able to make some friends that they will see when they start school in August. Carly has been particularly nervous as she will start 6th grade, which is Middle School in Ft. Gibson. She has made some new friends and told me last night that she isn't as nervous as she was about going to MS. (Whew! it worked!) They had their program to sing the parent's all the songs they learned during the week and I got misty watching my babies up there. God is so good to me.

Life- it is amazing how much we can find to do outside in the evenings. it is great to spend time with the family doing stuff around the house. the girls are getting along fairly well so far...but then again it is only the second week of summer vacation! We hardly turn on the television any more and I LOVE THAT!

Reading- Susie, Emma and I started a book can see the link to the right. I read Memoirs of a Geisha and Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club and had a good time! I finished the Geisha book and ran to Blockbuster within 30 minutes and rented the movie. We watched it with Ted and his wife last week and it was good! I recommend reading the book BEFORE seeing them movie. The movie would have been hard to follow without the insight that the book offered. I am looking forward to our next book on the book blog. I actually made time to read, but then again I was totally hooked on the Geisha book from the first page.

Music- Uncle Joe finished his tour for the 1st half of the year last night at the Relay for Life here in Muskogee. The band members are all pretty busy with this or that this summer so they will take the rest of the summer off and enjoy it.

Me you ask? I have just been busy being QueenBee. :o)

So, what have you been up to??