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Monday, September 30, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 30

Wow!  The last day. What seemed like a monumental task, has not been quiet so hard as imagined. I completed most of these posts while laying in bed, under the covers (to keep the light out of the huz's eyes) on my iPhone, using the Blogger app. Crazy, huh?

I will have to think of some things to blog about in the next few days. 

Today, the last listing prompt is:

Today, I want to remember 

1. All the cute ways Tanner mispronounces words. 
2  How happy he was when I came home from retreat, and the big hug I got. 
3.  How beautiful Janell was in all those wedding dresses last week. 
4.  What a nurturing person that Jilla can be. 
5. That Gabriel is making progress towards going to a university. 

Tanner calls Gabriel Babe-riel   I love it! It is so wonderful to be loved by a grandchild. Best feeling in the world. 
Isn't he a cutie?

Until next time!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 29

Next Months Plans...

October, a good month in Texas, the weather usually cools down. 

Things usually done in October are:

1. Raking leaves
2. Abigail's birthday party. She will be 5!
3. Finishing up Tanner's Halloween costume. He's gonna be a ninja. 
4. Halloween Party at the Smallwoods!
5. Start thinking about Christmas. 

I'm sure some wedding planning things will come up. Christmas will be here before we know it!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

30 Days of List, Day 28

We started the day out at Whittington Bridal in Kingwood at 10am. Janell, Jilla and I were once again joined by my friend Fonda. By noon, she had said yes to a dress. It is made by an Australian designer, and has a Soanish feel to it. Besides being a lace dress, it is nothing like she went into this thinking she would get. 

By 1pm we were at Tanner's soccer game. Normal, crazy Saturday.  Janell and David headed to the airport around 4pm. 

Today's list prompt is:

In My Fridge...

Kraft Miracle Whip
Chelsea's Deli Spirelli 
Boars Head Mustard
Kraft 2% string cheese
Organic fat free milk
Organic chocolate milk
Greek yogurt, key lime pie flavor
Blackberry and grape jelly
Egglands Best eggs
Cottage cheese
A cantaloupe 
Apples, oranges
Land O Lakes unsalted butter
Fresh mozzarella cheese

It's kind of bare in there, we need to make a grocery store run!!!  I am a brand loyal consumer, a marketers dream!

Friday, September 27, 2013

30 Days of Lists, playing catch up

Oh my, how did I get so far behind?  Oh, I know...I went on a quilt retreat last weekend, stayed up late and got up early those days, Monday, the huz had a colonoscopy, at 6am, more lost sleep!  By Wednesday, I was caught up on sleep, but Janell and David arrived about 11pm!  Thursday evening was wedding dress shopping, today was just crazy, anyway...I am behind, and it is time to catch up!

Recent Dreams, List #22

I do not dream a lot as I sleep.  When I do, I don't remember them.

Dreams as in things I'd love to do...

1. Travel a whole bunch more, I'd love to go back to Germany.  I'd love to go to Scandinavia, the UK, western Canada (in the summer), Oregon, Australia, New Zealand...

2. I'd like my other two kids to graduate from college and fine a wonderful spouse

3. I'd like Janell's wedding to be whatever she wants it to be, and go off without a hitch

4. I'd love my auto-immune issues to be figured out!

Things People Don't Know About Me Because They Don't Bother to Ask, List #23

1. How I really am

2. I have a Computer Technology degree

wow, this is really hard!  I am an open book.  I am shy at first, but once I know you, you know me.  I will think more on this one!

How to Have a Better Day, List 24

1. No alarm clock needed
2. Breakfast, pancakes, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, cooked by someone else
3. Starbucks black iced tea, unsweet, extra ice
4. A lunch date, possibly Red Curry
5. Some quilting time
6. Well behaved kids, and no drama!

My Family's Quirks, List 25

1. We're a nudist colony, lol
2. Poop seems to always be the dinner conversation
3. We keep our drapes closed (hum...may be tied to #1)
4. We love our science fiction shows
5. We've quit wrapping Christmas gifts, we give them in reusable grocery bags

There are probably hundreds more, but I think we are normal...though YOU may not!  :)

Rules For Being My Friend, List 26

1.  Honesty, Always be honest with me.
2. To be a fabulous friend, you have to have my same moral compass, which includes my political sense
3. Have a sense of humor!
4. Text me instead of calling me for a quick thing!

You might need to be a quilter and/or a knitter too!  :)  Honesty truly is the best policy!  Please do not lie to me!  I'd love it if you can tell good jokes, but at least have a sense of humor great enough to laugh when you hear a good joke!!!

Favorite Classes/Courses/Workshops, List #27

1. Twirling, when I was a girl
2. Finite Math at Brazosport College
3. Logic at University of Houston
4. Any Bonnie Hunter quilting class
5. Any Charlotte Angotti quilting class

Whew!  I am caught up!  Yahoo!!!!  Party at my house!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 21

Today was Saturday, second day of my quilt retreat. I made it to breakfast in time. I think it was only the second time ever!  My secret sister was really good to me. I will have to upload a photo. I mended one if Tanner's shirts, I sewed more scraps together. I made one of the Urban Chicken quilt blocks. Super cute! It is really cute. 

Today's listing topic is:

My Food Pyramid 

I love steak. 
I love potatoes. 
I love bread, especially crunchy crust, seeded, wheat bread. I like butter on it, but can survive without it too. 
I love tomatoes, beans, broccoli, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, celery, crunchy apples (not red delicious), melons, watermelons, berries, and more. 
I like dessert, but don't have it a lot. I love milk, too. 

30 Days of Lists, Day 20

Today was an early start. My friend, Lish, picked me and all my stuff up at 930.  We met up with Alice, Susie and Charlotte at the Northpark Starbucks for breakfast and then headed up to Conroe for their quilt show. Enjoyed the quilts, saw friends, lunched at Panera Bread and hit the Quilters Quarters quilt shop before heading on to Camp Allen for the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild's annual retreat. It was a rainy, humid, miserable day. Now it's after 3am and I need to do today's list!  The topic is:

Comforting Me this Week

1. Alway, the huz
2. Tanner, saying he'd miss me
3. Tanner calling me tonight
4. Aunt Mona Rae calling today to make sure I knew about my dad's current worry
5. Knowledge that Gabriel is moving forward

Thursday, September 19, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 19

Qualities I Admire in Others:

1. The Truth
2. Respect
3. Humor
4. Accepting
5. Sincere
6. Tolerant
7. Hygienic 
8. Loving

As you can see, I obviously value the truth!  Always telling the truth means never having to remember your lies. I can get along with most folks, but it is easier to get along with tolerant, accepting people, more fun to get along with someone with a good sense of humor. Easier to respect someone who shows respect and sincerity and easier on the nose if they are clean smelling!!!!  :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 18

Help!  This is not a word I use very often. I can do it, usually. 

Today the listing topic is I Ask for Help When

1. I can't reach something
2. My computer gets funky
3. Things need to come inside from in my car

I am vertically challenged. I am 5 foot 1/2 tall. I cannot reach things in my kitchen or in the grocery store. I have stood for 15 minutes, on an aisle, waiting for a tall one to walk by!  Though I have a computer technology degree, it is from the ice ages! (1981, 1982? Why can't I remember that?)  one good thing about having the kids still at home is using them for slave labor!  Bring in the groceries!  Bring in my sewing machine!  Yada yada yada!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 17

Here I am!  I am back again!  Writing these lists!  Doing it in bed, in the dark, under the covers, using the blogger app! Fun times in H-town!

Today, the topic is...

Things I Love About My House

1. Memories of the kids
2. Tanner lives here
3. The hot tub in the winter
4. Oak trees in the yard
5. Jimi Hendrix Purple Passion Flower vine growing like crazy in the butterfly garden
6. Compact tomato gardening
7. Location of the laundry room
8. Convenient to Town Center 

We moved here in 1996,  Janell lived here until August of 2002, Jilla and Gabriel are enjoying life with mom and dad!  Tanner has been here since November of 2007. There is nothing like a hot tub on a cold night!  You do not have to walk through the laundry room, ever. Isn't this beautiful?

Monday, September 16, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 16

Today the list gives me is phrased "Things only a ________would understand."  Time to choose, should I go with Bride, Kindergartner, Mother, Grandma, Wife, Housewife (I'm NOT), Friend, Fan, Quilter, Knitter, Mother of the Bride, Scrapbooker, Instagram-er...oh, this is a tough one!

Things Only a Instagram-er Would Understand

1. #selfie
2. #shoeshot
3. #foodporn
4. #photooftheday
5. #instagood
6. #snailmailrevolution
7. #latergram
8. #tbt
9. #shoutout
10. #jrddwed

There ya have my top ten for the evening!  I have got to get better taking self portraits! I absolutely love taking photos of my shoes on my feet!  I should take more photos of food!  I wish I took a photo a day!  Everything can be Instagram good!  I love being a part of Postcrossing and the Snail Mail Revolution!  I don't share a lot of photos after the fact.  I really should remember to share an oldie but a goodie on Throw Back Thursday this week.  Shouting out to friends may bring them new followers!  When my daughter weds her fiance next year...number 10 will be her Instagram Wedding hashtag!

I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 14...Oops!

Not sure how I left this one out!!!

Weekend Essentials

1. Nap, or two
2. Shopping, usually groceries
3. Family, either just us, or grandparents from one side or the other 
4. Sleep late
5.. Awesome huz breakfast at least one of the days. 

Yesterday we had dinner at the in-laws and celebrated the huz's cousins 64th birthday. The huz and I made an awesome Rum Cake, and he made brownies too. The MIL made picodillo, which is a Cuban thing, grounded meat, green olives, tomatoes, and raisins. She also made a Cuban flan. Dessert was fabulous!  

30 Days of Lists, Day 15

In My Junk Drawer:

Well, well. This is just the drawer, right?  And just one drawer, right?  Not any tote bags, glove box, cabinets, just one junk goes:  

1. Lighter, to light the grill
2. Rubber bands
3. Scotch tape
4. Mailing tape
5. Outdated recyclable battery chargers
6. Odd penny or two
7. Twistie ties
8. Rubber gasket
9. Measuring tape
10. Old keys

What does the rubber gasket go to?  Who knows!!!  Old keys??? No idea!  We have issues with letting things go!!!  Serious issues!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 13

Lists, lists, lists! I have been working on a wedding guest list for Janell. I have been pinning away on her Pinterest wedding board. Pinning so much that Pinterest blocked me from pinning last night. Then Pinterest told me they thought I was spam!  Pretty funny!  I took that as my cue to go to sleep!  :)

Today's listing topic is:


Who, me? (Yes, you!)

1. Biting my fingernails 
2. Making assumptions
3. Throwing trash in the passenger floorboard 
4. Junking up the couch with quilting and/or Scrapbooking supplies
5. Saying yes too much
6. Not always knowing when to keep my mouth shut 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 12


1. When I was a girl, school started this month
2. My oldest daughter was born this month, on September 7, 1983
3. My oldest daughter was proposed to this month, this year, on her 30th birthday
4. When we lived in Michigan, it meant apples!
5. It is not quiet as hot as July and August
6. Apple has a new (actually 2) iPhone out this month

I loved going to school, always.  Janell was due August the 4th, but was 5 weeks late, yes, really! I love and miss Ida Red apples from Michigan! It can still be horrendously hot in Houston in September!!!  I need a new iPhone!  I am out of memory.  It keeps freezing and frizzing.  My 2 year contract was up last month.  Gabriel has already renewed...he went to the darkside...droid.  Jilla and I are waiting till ours die, except I don't want to lose data!!!!  See everyone tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 11

I woke up with a terrible sore throat this morning. Never quiet woke up either!  I hope for a good night's sleep tonight. 

Todays's list topic is:

Things My Family Taught Me

1. Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You. 
2. To take care of my things. 
3. How to cook
4. What to look for in a man
5. How to play marbles and horseshoes 
6. How to garden and fish 
7. How to camp and boat
8. How to sew
9. To be a team player 
10. To be tough and take care of myself. 

I had a good childhood. I may have been oblivious to somethings. I learned, as a side note, to always be honest with my children. I like this generation much better, where we talk about our weaknesses. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 10

The huz was home again today, recuperating from his knee surgery. He's walking around fairly well no crutches yesterday or today. Janell left early this morning to go recruit at Texas A&M, we then met up with her in south Conroe to look at a wedding venue. Belle Rose Maison.
It was gorgeous. Janell goes home early in the morning. She will be back soon, I am sure, to do some more planning. 

Day 10's listing topic:

Meaningful gifts received

1. NOT a vacuum cleaner (he will never live this one down)
2. The awesome sewing machine I got the next Christmas
3. My 21st anniversary diamond ring. 
4. The baby doll I got at age 1 that was as big as I was. 
5. The tricycle I got for my 2nd Christmas, one week after my brother was born, with my parents last $22. Dad was unemployed too, because he stayed behind (when the pipeline moved on) since mom was about to burst with baby!
6. All the little wrapped in pretty bows Nowlin Jewelry boxes I got each Christmas growing up. Rings, necklaces, watches. 
7. Floral fabrics from my kids. 
8 Each and every hand made gift, starting with the full wardrobe of Barbie clothes my mom made me when I was fairly young. 
9.  My grandson Tanner. 

I believe I could write a book on this subject!  There is this, and oh so much more!!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 9

Today Janell came home from Boston.  I was actually still in bed when she landed in Houston.  (Don't tell anyone! lol!)  She brought home lunch from our favorite Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant!  My Basil Chicken was delicious!  :)  We've spent the whole day talking Wedding!  She got to surprise Tanner at school pickup!  He did not know she was coming today.  She has a career fair at  Texas A&M  tomorrow.  She doesn't leave until Wednesday.  She'll be back tomorrow night and maybe we can get some more wedding talking going on!

Today's list title is:

Weird Stuff that Makes me Cry

1. When strangers do incredible things to help other strangers..
2. Laughing too hard!
3. Pregnancy

Unfortunately, I am kind of a hard ass and do not cry very much. Random Acts of Kindness that strangers bestow on other strangers is definitely the weird thing that makes me cry. I practically cried non-stop the two times I was pregnant!  Good thing that is not possible anymore!!!!

Wonder what tomorrow's email will bring?  I hope it is a little easier than this one was!!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 8

I am still super excited about Janell getting married!  So happy for her!  She will be a beautiful bride!

 taken on August 31, 2013

Today's listing title is: 


1. I began washing dishes standing on a bar stool
2. I was always expected to pick up my room
3. I started washing my own clothes in 4th grade
4. I washed many a baseboard and kitchen cabinet\
5. I loved hoeing in the garden and helping with Mr Dawson's garden too

One spring, I was maybe 9?, I was helping dad in Mr. Dawson's garden (elderly neighbor, two doors down).  I was just a hoeing away, and said to dad...I'm a pretty good little hoer!  He laughed and laughed and said YES, I had no idea at the time why he had laughed!  I think it took a couple of years for me to make the Whore connection!  :)

30 Days of Lists, Day 7

Today I Saw

1. The huz still sleeping peacefully
2. My daughter, Jilla, make breakfast for us all
3. My inlaws visiting their baby.
4. David facetiming me with THE news

So, in this case, Today was YESTERDAY, which was quiet eventful!  The huz had no problems sleeping after his knee surgery, he had a good night and a good day!  Jilla surprised us all by cooking cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast.  Jay had breakfast with us.  The two of them cleaned up...even better!  :)

My inlaws came over to see how their baby was doing after his surgery.  Just after they got there, I got a TEXT from Liz Atwood, alerting me that THE proposal was about to take place in Central Park.  I passed my phone back and forth to Jilla for the next hour, as Liz updated us.  Finally, my phone rang, it was David calling my phone for the first time ever...actually facetiming me.  I put him on speaker, and the two of them were in the screen!  Janell told us that she'd agreed to be his wife!  My inlaws were surprised, the huz was overwhelmed, I was so happy for her!  Such exciting news!  What a great birthday Janell had in NYC with David and Liz & Jeremiah Atwood.  So happy the secret is finally out!  David had asked for our blessing on Thursday, August 29, those 9 days about killed me.  I thought I would burst!!!  Whew!

Here's a photo of the happy couple!

Friday, September 6, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 6

Today the huz had surgery on his right knee.  Arthroscopic surgery.  He's still drugged up pretty good.  I hope he (and I) have a good night!  Here's a pre-op photo!

Today's 30 Days of Lists heading is:

Rules to Break

1. No white shoes after Labor Day. (duh!)
2. Children should sleep alone.
3. Recipes should be followed.
4. Women don't have long hair.
5. Follow the doctors orders.

I am a big fan of co-sleeping!  Recipes are just a guideline!  Women should have what ever length of hair they choose!  Doctors order...ha, they call it practicing, because many times they have NO clue

Have a good day!  See you tomorrow!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 5

I'm home from the quilt guild.  Was installed as First Vice President, in charge of membership, and Show and Tell, the Beekeeper and Lottery Blocks fall under my umbrella.  The guild voted on new by laws a few months ago.  Shook things up a bit.  More elected positions and took some of the pressure off the President by dividing the responsibilities out among the rest of us. Here's to a sucessful, stress free year!  :)

#30 Lists

Day 5!  The topic is:  Things That Worry Me

1. Employment, specifically, the huz, two days of firings...just this week. Still employed.  Whew!
2. The kids, specifically, the twins.
3. My health
4. My parents and in laws
5. Freeways

Worry is my middle name.  Stress, you name it, I can stress over it!  Not only do I have high blood pressure (due to stress/worry), I also have 'white coat syndrome' (documented)!  Totally awesome!  <rolls her eyes>

Happy almost weekend!  Oh, wait...the huz has knee surgery tomorrow, torn meniscus (at least one tear), not going to be a fun weekend at my house!  Happy weekend to the rest of you though!  Thanks for visiting!  Would love for you to comment!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 4

Today's list header is:
Favorite Time Wasters

First off, do Kam and Amy know me...have they been stalking me????  Oh, my, time wasters!  Favorite time wasters, where to start?

1. Television, although I am better than I used to be, I can sit in the livingroom with it off now!  :)
2. Pinterest, what did WE do before we had this?  Saves paper!!!
3. Facebook
4. All my 'with Friends' games on my iPhone.
5. Instagram.  Definitely my favorite!  I love Instagram!  I have met so many wonderful people, some true friends even.  It is so different from Facebook, so much friendlier.  A great peek into peoples lives.  Love exploring Instagram and finding those with like passions!

So thrilled that I am staying on track.  See y'all tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 3

Still on track!  Super stoked that I am keeping up!  Yes, only day 3, but still excited!  :)

Things Younger Me Would Like About Current Me:

1. I am still a Rebel
2. I am only grey around the frame of my face, wispy grey, and have never dyed my hair
3. Still married to my original model husband, 30 years and counting
4. I finally learned how to knit, 5 years ago
5. My house has 3 toilets*
6. I had 3 kids
7. I live in Texas
8. I am a grandmother
9. I have long hair
10. I have a group of good friends

*I grew up in a home with one toilet, 2 kids, 2 parents and 1 toilet, not fun!  Especially when it was being remodeled!

That was pretty easy!  Bring on the next list!  See y'all tomorrow!

Monday, September 2, 2013

30 Days of Lists, Day 2

Projects I am currently working on...

1. Growing up my twins.
2. Teaching Tanner to read
3. Organizing dining room into my sewing room
4. re Watching Star Trek Voyager on Amazon Prime
5. me, 2 years, 3 months into a weight loss voyage, slow, slow process
6. 2013 Project Life/Pocket Pages/Pocket Scrapbooking album
7. Organizing my scrapbook supplies
8 100s of quilt projects
9. many knitting projects

The twins will be 24 in October, they behave like teenagers though.  Love them, so much. 

Day 2 was hard.  Very hard.  Right now, I only plan to 'list' on my blog, no physical listing album.  That may change.  Time will tell!  It is a good thing to be blogging again.

Have a great week y'all!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 2013, 30 Days of Lists, Day 1

I am participating in the 30 days of lists during the month of September 2013. Today is the first day of September and the title of the first list is: New so far this year...

 1. Tanner started Kindergarten on August 26th.
 2. Gabe will have knee surgery on Friday.
 3. I spent 3 days in the hospital in June...and I did not have a baby.
 4. During that stay, I realized my oxygen level is back up to normal.
 5. We put up an iron fence for Jack and Carter, so they have a peek at the outside world.
6. Egypt is very unstable.
 7. Under the Dome is a pretty cool show.
8. I have now been to a foreign scrapbook store. (in Hockenheim Germany)

Tanner is my grandson.  Gabe is my huz.  Jack and Carter are our Labradors.  They are brothers, litter mates.  Jack is a Black Lab, and Carter is a Chocolate Lab.