Monthly Archives: August 2008

It’s a Girl!

I had been so fed up with this whole election campaign since February when Ohio had it’s primary. But now, for the first time in months, I’m thinking this is going to be an interesting election.

I first heard about Sarah back in April on Barbara’s blog when she had her baby. I liked her, but never thought about her for VP at the time. Now, the more I read about her, the more there is to like.

Dobson echoes my sentiment pretty well. I’m feeling hopeful about things again. I think I can actually get out & vote for McCain with a smile on my face come November. Way to pick ’em, McCain! You may have just won yourself an election.

Before & After

We had our kitchen worked on last week – matching counter tops, tile on the floor, painted the cupboards, new sink & stove – the whole nine yards. A lot of the changes you really can’t see in the pictures, but they are so nice to have – an updated back splash area, matching wallpaper all around the kitchen, getting rid of that dumb fan/grill above that stove that didn’t work, hinges on the cupboards that match! We also had our two entry ways tiled & a few other odds & ends done around the house. I have before & after shots of the kitchen, but realized just now I have only before shots of the front door. So, tomorrow morning I’ll remedy that & try to get those on line for you, too.

Here’s the kitchen before…

And after…

With the best & most anticipated change in the neighborhood being…

…the NEW STOVE!!! Old Bessy, as I unaffectionately referred to the previous appliance, was older than me – I kid you not. Grandma bought her nigh unto 40 years ago. Her sister bought one exactly like it at the time. Aunt Dorothy’s turned out to be a lemon & conked out on her within a few years while Grandma’s kept on ticking. Yes, even the light in the oven still worked!! Even after all those mornings of fried eggs & dinners with gravy & mashed potatoes. Oh, the memories! But, alas, over the years, two of the burners had given way. The remaining two were precarious to say the least to cook on. But it still worked! It was tough for me to just throw it away as long as it was still working. But we finally did what needed to be done. Grandma would’ve wanted it that way. In fact, one of the last conversations I had with her was about that stove. She said, “Well, maybe you just need to get rid of it.” So, now Old Bessy has been replaced.

I think she needs a jazzy new fangled name like Apple or Fantasia. What do you think? Although, she is still a big bulky old fashioned stove model. Maybe Julia or something like that.


Along the bean field lies a secret land of paradise. A place so well hidden, you can only find it by listening for the squeals of delight (& sometimes screams of dissension) coming from the natives…

Here the kids have spent approximately 85% of their summer, hanging with the cousins among the trees along the property line. Think “Lord of the Flies” meets “Sanford & Son” (go ahead, click the link & use it as background music while you read 😆 ) & you’ll have a pretty realistic picture of this haven. It’s really hard to catch the whole ambiance on camera, but here’s a go at it…

The Big Room

Kitchen (complete with measuring cup & apron – see it hanging from the trees there?)

Booby Trap (or “indoor plumber” perhaps?)

The One Holer (They’ve thought of everything – leaves, even an envoronmentally friendly “wipe” -oh no they did-ent!!) And there are a couple “in family” stories that got their start here. Let’s just say two who shall remain nameless caused quite a stink! And my brother has gained more weight than he’d like to admit this summer.


The militia (The little red man looks disenfranchised about something. And I have to ask, was that “man bag” government issued?)

It just doesn’t get any better than this for a kid.

Oh, The Humiliation!

This is what happens when you’re blessed with an older sister…

Callie *hearts* Jack!!

SCL Top Ten

After referring a friend to SCL this week, I realized his site could look quite overwhelming to the first timer. His posts are getting longer now & he’s got remixes in there, contests going on, etc. He’s still hilariously funny, but it’s not the easy read it was back in February & March (those posts are still some of my favorite reads).

Here’s my top ten favorite all time SCL posts complete with links for easy reading…

#17 – Unspoken Prayer Requests (The picture with it is classic.) If you like that one, see #53, #301, #336, and #373.

#50 – Bible Fanny Packs

#123 – Flags, Handbells, & Puppets

#168 – Printing Bulletins on Pen Repelling Paper

#169 – Clapping Our Hands (A step by step guide to the death of rhythm)

#171 – Meticulously Making Messages Match (M)Letters

#173 – The Crock Pot, a love letter
along with it’s cousin #245 – The Casserole of Hope

#194 – Traveling Mercies

#247 – A Bizarre Relationship with CAPITALIZATION

#371 – The Dude That Drinks Water and Gets Sick on Mission Trips

Although that makes ten, two recent posts are in the runner-up positions –

#358 – Color Coding Salvation (must read the comments on this one!)

#368 – Massages During Church and part two

Emoticons on WordPress

SCL got me on a roll. Emoticons.

Okay, so for quite a while I’ve been limping along on the generic smiley face. I’ve seen the yellow guys doing other stuff for other people, but didn’t know how to make it show up on my writings. You can all now rest easy knowing I’ve figured out a few new faces. Here’s how to get some fresh face at least on WordPress. I’m writing it out so you can see it – leave off the quotes when typing it yourself…

colon, write the word “eek” and then another colon = 😮

colon, “sad”, colon = 😦

colon, “cool”, colon = 😎

colon, “smile”, colon = 🙂

colon, “wink”, colon = 😉

colon, “grin”, colon = 😀

colon, “???”, colon = 😕

colon, “shock”, colon = 😯

colon, “mad”, colon = 😡

colon, “razz”, colon = 😛

colon, “lol”, colon = 😆

colon, “oops”, colon = 😳

colon, “cry”, colon = 😥

colon, “evil”, colon = 👿

colon, “twisted”, colon = 😈

colon, “roll”, colon = 🙄

colon, “mrgreen”, colon = :mrgreen:

Look for these in future writings. I’ll try not to go overboard. Sure you all are thrilled!