Commander and I enjoy Homeschooling boys (Herogian, Hawk and Gluten), raising chickens, ducks, and dogs ( Penny and Casey), eating gluten free, surviving breast cancer, coach track and field, and loving God for every minute that He gives us to cherish our family.

Monday, February 28, 2011

fog for brains

It started with a sore throat last Sunday. Not bad, just enough to get my attention. It's been over a week now and I've been in and out of this fog of fatique, empty space between the ears, to full mattress stuffing in the sinuses. I'm finally starting to see the world a bit clearer today. Poor Commander came down with it over the weekend. At least we know how miserable each other is feeling. A little sympathy goes a long way. It's hard to take medicine OTC. Too many of them aren't doable with thyroid disease, then if it's okay in that area it can cause liver damage. I tried one of those, won't do that again. I can tell when my liver is screaming at me to be detoxed; Milkthistle, dandelion, pomegranate, antioxidants - pour it in. 
I hope you all are staying healthy this winter.
Bring on the spring! Then we can all go to Julie's blog to see the wonderful pictures of Oklahoma.

Thanks C.B. for taking the Sunday School class.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Robin Hood arrow picture

Right below his hand is where the arrows stuck together.  His grin cracks me up, you shouldn't try to talk and smile at the same time.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sniper vase and Robin Hood

T11 requested one of these the other day while we were planning a shopping trip. Do you know what it is?  We didn't either. When he explained it, Commander started to laugh and told T11 he was a Hoot. He wanted a sniper's veil. A camo netting to cover your position and weapon. T11 wants it for paint ball. A sniper's vase - camo and broken vase is what the other two boys guessed.

I'll post pictures tonight, gotta git to work. Herogian 'Robin Hood" an arrow at archery the other night. That means he shot one arrow right into the back end of a previous arrow, they are stuck together now.  Cool.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I D 10 T

This is a new acronym I learned from the Commander.
I had a guy go through my line tonight at the grocery store that fit this title to the T.
I asked him if he wanted to use his Shopper card for the store discounts. He pulled out an old card. The company changed to new cards last year, starting in April to be exact and completely by July.
I asked this GUY if he wanted to get a new card. I showed him the quick application page he could fill out right now and I'd scan him a new card. That easy. Name, address, age (to make sure you are over 18) phone number if you want to use your phone number when you forget your card, and email address if you want the extra weekly coupons the store sends out to its card holders.
He got mad. We hadn't mailed him an application for him to fill out at home. You can take this one home and fill it out, bring it back with you next time.
He was mad that his old card no longer would be accepted. Sorry, but they have new benefits, discounts, and gas point attached to the new cards, they give money back with purchases, random survey questionaires to do online that gain you five dollars off automatically when you use the card again. It is well worth the 2 minutes to fill out the paper.
He was mad. We (store and I) had lost a customer. He wouldn't be coming back. He spent a whopping $1.94 tonight. I don't think the store is going to be too upset. I almost asked him if he expected me to cry over losing him. Thank goodness that thought came after he had already left. What an ID10T.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Water in the house - AGAIN

This is the house that Jack built.
Jack must have been thirteen and experimenting with lego toys.
THis house is doesn't just leak now and then, it explodes.
The drain pipe from the kitchen sink runs down through the basement wall in the new MAN CAVE room. Remember that one? We just finished remodeling it.
When we built the first two walls back in 2003 a neighbor had me cut an access route through the drywall to the cap on the drain. Good thinking. Until now I never thought a thing about that opening.

Yesterday morning, I ran downstairs to the storage room for something. The first clue that something was wrong was the wet socks on my feet as I ran into the MAN CAVE. Then the 1/4 inch of water on the storage room floor made me scream.
I turned around to the water softner setup and thought it must be coming from there. The night before we had received a blast of salty water from the daggum thing. I immediately called the company that had installed it. I would have to wait until the afternoon for someone to come look at it, so I was instructed in how to turn it off. As I started to mop up the floor, I realized the water didn't come from there it was coming out of the carpet from the MAN CAVE. I went back around the door and found the corner sopping wet. I moved the filing cabinets, and saw the access panel. I did not have a good feeling about this now.  I clawed the molding off, and opened the panel to find the cap from the drain pipe complete off and leaning on the stud. The bloody cap had blown off emptying the dishwasher water into the room. I called the company back. They could get the plumber out here about the same time as the water softner guy.

I don't know how many times I've heard a plumber say this about this house - "They don't do it like that anymore. THey quit doing that fifteen years ago because it doesn't work." We keep finding those kind of things out with this house. The pipe has been fixed, the carpets pulled back, fans running. The MAN CAVE carpet and the tv room carpet both got doused.
Let's see.... there has been the bathroom upstairs,the outside water faucets,  the bathroom downstairs, the kitchen drain.... ewwww, that leaves the master bathroom as the only one still to have a major blowout.

Yellow and Brown streaks

Driving past Stubby park brought about this conversation between Commander and the boys:

"Hey boys, do you know what caused the yellow and brown streaks on the sledding hill?" asked the Commander.

"No," replied T11, from the back seat.

"Tell 'em, T13."

"The brown streaks are from the kids who got so scared they pooed their pants on the way down the hill, and the yellow one is from those that peed." T13 chuckled at his cleverness.

"Oh, I would be on the yellow streak, then," said T11.

'The urine on the ice freezes and makes it slicker and you go faster."  The Commander is trying to get a rise out of the boys.
"Remember not to put your hands down."

"EWWWW!" they all exclaimed.

"When it sprays up in your face, don't lick your lips!" chimed the Commander.

"Oops!" said T11 from the back seat. "I'll have to remember that next time."

Conversations between men and boys -  they can get so gross.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

snow drifts

I went out a while ago to shovel the driveway (9:30pm). The drift in the middle of the drive was up to my knees. I worked my way from the porch, along the garage door to the trashcans on the east side. Guess what I found there?

Can't guess?

Bare ground.

Hope you are doing well with this winter storm blowing through the states.