Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I feel lazy today:( After I dropped Avery off at school I went to McDonalds:( , I really shouldnt be eating like that, I have no self control when it comes to food. I love the taste, I eat even when I'm not hungry. It's becoming a problem. I need to fix it.
Anyways--- Tonight is openhouse at Avery's school so we will go to that at 6:30. I always feel uncomfortable going to that school, alot of the mom's have their own little clicks. I just dont feel comfortable. I think I'm having a bad day, (mentally). Maybe some retail therapy will help:)

Monday, September 29, 2008


I decided to postpone school until after I move. I will be extremely busy and wont have the time to devote to school. I will just go in January after the move and the holidays. I really need to start packing, my goal this week is to do my daughters room. I hope to make a trip to the Goodwill, it's time to go through her toys again. Have a great day!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Last night I slept for eleven hours! Can you believe that? I guess my body was tired and needed it. I took my hubby back to work yesterday:(:( I always feel sad for a few days after he leaves. I slept with his shirt last night because it smeels like his cologne. Isn't that silly.
We attended church this morning and that was a pleasure. I really enjoy this church, I feel very welcomed, the people are great. It is an Assembly of God church and I guess they are called , Pentcostal (did I spell that right?) and now so am I.
I called my parents this morning and mentioned how I need some nice clothes for church and hinted that I have a birthday coming up. My mom just called me a few minutes ago and told me to go shopping on-line and she would pay for it. Isn't that nice. I have great parents that have loved me unconditionally. They have always stuck by me no matter how bad I let my life get at times, they knew I would get it right one day. And I did:)
My daughter just informed me that the cats brought home a dead mouse so i have to go pick it up, she said that it's to upseting for her to pick up. Have a great day!! And thanks for taking time to read about my life:)

I just added a few pictures. The first one is my daughter Avery, Katie (sons girlfriend) and Haley, my daughters friend. they did glamour makeovers last night. Next is a picture of "George", inspired from Julieann's post, and we decorated a little bit.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Goodmorning, today will be another busy day. We have to go to the bank and close our bank account and open a new one due to the fact that the thief has our checkbook, then I have to do my hubbys laundry, go to the Build-a-Bear in the mall and get a gift for my daughters friend we have a birthday party at the skating ring to go to this afternoon. All I want to do is spend time with my hubby, he has to leave tomorrow and will stay gone until October 31st:(. His plans always change. We had to change his home time because we were informed that we will be moving on November first instead of the end of November. We just have to make the best of whats put in front of us. Right? I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Today will be a good day! I have all my housework done already and I'm just waiting for noon to roll around so I can go pick up my hubby. The window men are her finishing up so me and the dogs are locked in the room, oh and my baby cat, she's not really a baby anymore she is now 13 months old.
So I live in a fourplex and I have the upstair unit. & months ago the owner of the building came to me and told me that he is going to retire and move to Mexico and asked me if I would be interested in managing this building. I said yes and since then I have been going to monthly homeowner meetings, they give seminars on managing property and how to handle tenants and so on. Tonight I have to go to the meeting, it's a banquet then a lecture. The good thing about this agreement is my rent will be lowered, and I pretty much will just have to collect rent from the other three tenants and keep up the lanscape. I can do that:) The owner who lives below me will be leaving and I will have his downstairs with a huge backyard. I use the backyard now for my dogs but I am looking forward to making it my own.
I'm going to make sphagetti for dinner with salad and garlic bread, my hubby requested this meal. I will skip the dinner at the meeting and eat with my hubby:)
Have a blessed day!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thanks for the recipes

I recieved some great recipe ideas, I also went to some familiar blogs and looked up some ideas.
The window men did not finish today so they will be back tomorrow to finish. Justin called and informed me that he will be here tomorrow with a student and stay until Saturday, then switch his time off until October 10th instead of the 3rd. Thats okay with me. The house is a wreck right now not because it's dirty but because the window people had me move everything away from the windows and the only one that they finished today was the kitchen window, oh and a little one next to the front door. I better get off this computer and try to put my house back together the best I can for the time being.

WANTED: A recipe to impress

On Thursdays at my church the ladies get together at 11am for a potluck/social. I have been told that it's mostly the elder ladies that attend. Everyone is welcome ofcourse. I happen to love being in the presence of older ladies, (grandma types). I love to hear their stories and listen to their wisdom. I need a recipe for something that will impress them. I know they have many cooking years on me and I dont want to embarass myself. If any of you ladies have any suggestions on a dish suitable for 11am I am very interested. I wont be going this Thursday because this window replacement project is a two day event, but next thursday I would like to go. Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Yesterday was a busy day. I drove around my two conjoing towns trying to proove who I was in order to get my drivers license and social security card. it ws a pain in the butt. But I managed without being rude to the lady at the DMV:) Sunday evening I watched Joel Osteen and his message was " No one can take your joy away". So I kept that in mind. Tomorrow were having new windows replaced in the house so I was bust taking out the airconditioners from the windows. That too was a pain in the butt. Then last night I went to the womans Bible study, I really enjoy these woman and I'm glad I went. I was tired and wasn't going to go but I'm glad I did. Today the car glass people will come to my home and replace my broken window so I'm happy about that.
Finally the Oregon weather that I love is back. It was 42 degrees last night. It's time to take out the winter clothes:). I cant wait for the snow. Last year we only had two good snow falls, our elevation is only about 450 feet. It's enough snow to build snowmen.
Have a great Tuesday!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


All my children have ever heard me say is "No, it's to dangerous", I shared this with T. last night. In the past I have lived my life safe in my little box, never stepping out of my comfort zone always worried about, "what if's". Never living life or allowing my children to have fun memories. My daughter mostly, my son is 16 now and just says," oh mom, i will be okay". So two and a half years ago I found a wonderful therapist, I call her my "life coach", she has helped me so much and for the past year and a half I have calmed down and stepped out of my safe box. I had to. I noticed my daughter was missing out, and I was missing out on making memories. I remember the first "risk' I took, Nonni (my life coach) presented me with tickets to the nutcracker and the days leading up to it I was panicked, my thoughts were , what if theres a fire, what if a shooter comes in what if people get mad if I have to step over there feet to use the restroom all kinds of thoughts. So we went and twenty minutes into it I was relaxed and enjoying the evening. That was my turning point and since then I have made great progress. I didnt want my daughter to turn out fearful of enjoying life. Then there was yesterday and my worries were confirmed. The world is mean and dangerous. I feel violated and my sense of security is weaker today than it was on Friday. I stayed up until 1am last night just waiting for something else bad to happen. Isn't that silly. I was crying and upset that I had to feel that way, I prayed for the person that took my purse and I prayed for my security to be restored. I have decided thanks to all of your encouraging words to not be a victim. I'm going to go shopping and buy me a new purse and a new wallet. Im not going to sit on the edge of my seat jumping up and looking out the window everytime I hear a noise, my dogs will alert me in the night if they hear something. One more thing I wanted to share. this summer my daughter wanted to stay the night at a friends house a few doors down. The little girl has a water bed and I told Avery if she slept on that bed she had to wear a life jacket:) Is that bad? Have a blessed day my friends, and again I Thank You for your nice thoughts and encouraging words:)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The worst day ever

So Im in the church where we hold girlscouts because today was our first meeting for the new year, and it ended at 12 noon I came out the church door pushed the unlock on my alarm (my 500 dollar alarm) and opened the door and noticed shattered glass everywhere. It took about 5 seconds to realize what happened and then it hit me, " oh s#@t my purse was in the truck and it's gone. Im so mad at myself right now for leaving my purse in the truck not only that but I keep my spare truck key in my purse along with the extra alarm button key chain, so not only does the thief have all my important info, social security numbers, bank cards, check books, I.D., my address he now has my truck key so he can come take my truck. What a mess!! My husband is ofcourse in Illinois and he is mad and yelling because it wasn't smart to keep the spare key in my purse( I thought it was), so I called my dad crying because this has never happened to me and I didn't know what to do, Thank God for some of the parents that stuck around to help me and to my dad for wiring me 300 dollars to get a new window and gas, my tank was on empty and I was going to get gas after the meeting but my purse was stolen. So I made the police report and My husband called the alarm place to get our alarm reprogramed and cancel the other alarm key thing. Then I went and bought the "club" for the steering wheel and the glass people cant come out until Tuesday. So all bank cards, checkbooks etc. have been cancelled. What a pain in the butt. Now I have to find who I report stolen S.S.N. numbers to avoid identity theft, and monday go get a new D.L.. And I'm asking what did I do to deseve this.

Friday, September 19, 2008


I went to my son's school last night and I was very pleased with his government teacher, she is teaching the students to learn facts and make their own choices but most important to understand why they choose what they do. I liked her alot. She told me that she would never push her own politcal views on a student or anyone for that matter. My son's literature teacher is very impressed with him. All of his teachers said he is a good student so I am very happy. I think Im going to enroll in a class or two at the community college. Im pretty bored when my kids are at school and I want to learn so my brain doesn't continue to turn to mush.
My husband is a truck driver and for the past three months has been a student trainer . He will take a student with him each time he goes back out on the road and they live together on the truck and my husband teaches them. Well when my husband left 2 weeks ago he picked up a student named Ron who was an older man. They traveled from Brooks, Oregon to Layton, Utah together then Ron unexpectedly had to go back home to Fresno, CA to sign some papers so my husband got a new student. This morning my hubby recieved a call from his dispatcher that Ron had passed away alone in his truck yesterday. It's very sad and if that unexpected thing did not intervene my hubby would have been the one to find Ron. They say God only gives you what you can handle and Justin (my husband) would not have been able to handle that. My prayers go out to Ron's family. I wont go into details but when Justin told me he was getting an older student I had a premonition that this was going to happen.
Have a blessed day ladies

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Goodmorning, It's finally starting to look like fall. No blue skys today. I hope it rains soon, we haven't had any rain for 3 or 4 weeks. I prefer dark cloudy rainy days over sunshine.

So I mentioned before that I am new to learning about the Bible and Christianity. Last night my daughter went to church and her teacher sent home a packet that will help guide me. I thought that was nice of her to think about me. I will spend some time today going over it. I need to catch up on housework today. I have been finding myself stuck on this computer all day and just surface cleaning I need to stop doing that. Have a great day!!!


I have cramps and I'm tired and I just want to drink chocolate milk. I took my daughter to the doctors this morning for a check up and she weighs 60 pounds and is 4ft tall. She is growing fast. She used to be so petite and always below average according to the "charts". She had to have blood work and that upsets her so I just let her stay home from school. We came home I made us bacon and eggs and then took a nap. Tonight for dinner I will make chicken noodle casserole, last night I just opened a box and that was dinner. I keep a few of those in the house for days like this when I dont want to cook.
I am graeful that i live in a country where my children recieve a free education. I am going to talk to my son's teacher about being unbiased when teaching. My sister says she has the right to free speech and should be able to express her views during a politcal year. Maybe she is right. I will get a copy of the curriculum so atleast I know what I have to fix when he comes home. this is all I'm going to say about this. I dont want my posts to be about politics. have a blessed day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I just put my new bumper sticker on my back window, it's a red, white and blue elephant with 2 baby elephants and it says "I'm raising my kids right", isn't that cute. Im normally not one to put bumper stickers on my vehicle , I even used scotch tape to keep them on . I have a "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay less" sticker on my back window and I'm waiting for my McCain/Palin sticker I ordered. If any women or even men are interested I found a great blog here is the site http://moms4sarahpalin.blogspot.com/. I think I will call my dad today and ask his advice on what to do about my sons' teacher. My dad is a 20 year listener of Rush Limbaugh, Iv'e known of Rush but have only been listening for the past three years. My dad is not confrontational he will probably just say "Ian will know right from wrong".
My daughter had the cutest outfit on today, I took a picture but dont know how to upload them to the computer. Im sure it's easy I will figure it out. (4 minutes later) I figured it out and guess what? It was easy:) I guess it's hard to tell but the skirt is plaid the tights are polka dotted and the shirt is cheetah print with striped sleeves, I didn't think it matched but the sales lady showed me the manaquin in the window with the same outfit. I think she looked cute even though I tried to tell her she was going to be hot she didn't care.

Monday, September 15, 2008

My son is a Junior in highschool this year and is taking a government class. I knew that because of the city we live in teachers would be teaching their liberal views. I dont think they should teach their own opinions. My son just told me that his teacher supports Obama and bad mouths McCain. I think they should teach like Fox news, Fair and Balanced. I will be speaking to this teacher on Thursday during back to school night.


Another week has past. Yippee, that means only 18 more days untill hubby comes home. I had fun last night at the church social, im even going to go to the womens bible study tonight. My son has to work so I will have to take Avery with me, she can listen and color. I think I'm going to get dress and head over to Starbucks and get a mocha. I normally dont drink coffee but I need some energy to tackle my childrens weekend mess. My daughter told me that her teacher said that saying the Pledge Of Allegience more than once a week was against the law. I will be looking into this on open house night. When I was a kid we said it every morning before we did anything else. Have a happy Monday. PS. Those are 2 of my babies, Mia is the dog and Baby cat is my kitty

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This weekend has been an okay one, nothing to exciting. Yesterday I took my daughter to Splash, she brought a little friend along so they had fun together, I just sat and read a book. This morning we went to church and this evening we will be going back. We have never been to evening church but today the pastor announced a family in need of groceries and if anyone can help to bring what they could tonight, so we went to walmart and bought a few food staples to take back tonight. Also after the service there is going to be a birthday party for the youth pastor. I think today was my 6th atttendance in a row, like I said I'm new to this and still learning. Have a wonderful evening.

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's Friday!!!

Iv'e been busy this morning, after I took Avery to school I came home and did some cleaning then went to the car wash and washed my car, vacumed, cleaned windows and detailed the inside, now she's pretty again. After that I went to Jerrys', thats a home improvement store. I had to get a spare key made because I left yesterday to pick up my daughter from school and I locked the door and shut it without grabbing my keys so I had to walk as fast as I could to get her then called my landlord and he let me in. Now I will keep a key hidden outside. After having my key made I went to Walmart to get a few odds and ends, I looked for moon pies but they didn't have them. On my way back home I stopped at a sandwich shop to get my favorite, it's a smoked turkey with avocado, cranberry sauce, cream cheese and arugula on a croissant. It's so so good. I should have stopped for gas but I'm going to wait one more day, yesterday it was 3.41 I know tomorrow it will be cheaper. I'm going to make chili and corn bread for dinner, maybe tomorrow I will take Avery to Splash. She has been asking for a week now. Splash is an indoor water park with a wave pool and a slide. She likes it, I just sit and watch I'm not much of a water person. Have a wonderful evening ladies!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My daughter just told me that her school only allows the students to say the pledge of allegience on Fridays and not daily. Im very bothered by this. Has anyone else experienced this with their childs school?

I love my animals

At night when I go to sleep I have two dogs and one cat in bed with me and when I wake in the morning I have two dogs and one cat in bed with me, I love my babies. They follow me room to room when I'm cleaning the house, they adore me and I adore them. I wish I could have more pets but I have to be realistic concerning the finances when it comes to caring responsibly for a pet, I guess four is enough. I do feed the homeless cats in the neighborhood and the squirrels. I just LOVE animals. You know what else I love? I love blogging. It's like journaling with the bonus of making friends. I have been in this state for three years and have just kept to myself, it's nice to now have other woman to talk with. Have a great day ladies. God Bless America! God Bless Our Troops!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Im always looking for new and different dinner ideas that are inexpensive and some what easy. Tonight I took beef kalbasa, yukon gold potatoes, red onion, green bellpepper, and mushrooms and cooked in a pan with a little bit of olive oil, garlic salt and pepper. Usually I bake this but didn't want to turn the oven on, it's quite warm here. I just was looking for something to do with beef kabalsa one day and this is what I came up with. I think it's pretty good, served with a salad. Tomorrow night me and Avery (thats my daughter) will go to Arbys' where my son Ian is working and eat there, I hope we dont embarass him. I just want to see him working, Im very proud of him. His first job was at the county fair this summer, he was working a game booth but on the third day he decided that he didn't want to wear someone elses shirt that stunk of body odor so he walked off the job. I could understand his point but he did not handle the situation correctly so I was disappointed. He seems to like this job and for that I am relieved and happy.
I should have been paying attention when my husband showed me how to upload pictures from the camera to the computer now I have to wait untill October 3rd. LOL oh well.
Good Afternoon, It took me a little bit to get to my computer. After I took my little girl to school I snuggled up on the couch and watched two movies. The first movie was "Kings Row" from 1942 with Ronald Regean in it. I think he was a good actor. Then I watched "Driving Miss Daisy" I love this movie. Yesterday at the library I looked for the book that Kathi recommended, the only copy they had was in spanish. I think I will try " The book exchange" tomorrow.
I guess I should do some house work, so far I've only changed the bedding. I need to mop the floors, maybe I will make some "monkey crunch". I need to read my Bible lesson for the week also. Have a nice day ladies!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


So far my morning is going well, I had no clothing problems with my daughter thanks to Kathis tip. I wish I had words of wisdom or cooking and crafting tips to offer but I dont. Thats why I call my blog "still learning". Today Im going to first go do laundry at the laundry mat, then off to Costco. After that I will be taking my daughter to the library for a craft mask making class and I will be looking for Beth Moores books that Kathi recommended. Not a very exciting life, but it's my life and I love it. (most of the time)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Just another day

Today is Monday and my 8 year old daughter gives me so much touble in the morning about what to wear to school. This year I let her pick out her own school clothes so I wouldnt have these arguements in the morning. Well it didnt work, she still has to give me a hard time. And those darn socks. She always has a problem with socks, last year after buying different kinds of socks I finally said okay you dont have to wear socks. Do any moms out there have any suggestions for a smoother morning when it comes to an 8 year old girl?
My son starts his job today at Arby's. He will go there right after school, I hope he does a good job. Im nervous for him.
My husband has only been gone since last Thursday but I miss him already, he is on his way to Ohio. I guess I will go start my housework, I was going to bathe the dogs but my daughter has requested I wait untill she comes home from school so she can help. Have a blessed day ladies.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Thank You Brenda for visiting my blog, I think you are a wonderful woman with a beutiful family. Yesterdays camp out wasn't so great, I have a hard time watching people be unnecessarly cruel to their children and animals and that is what I had to witness with one other family at camp. I was torn between speaking out or just leaving. I stuck it out and just decided to give that child extra praise and extra attention , oh and the dogs that did not belong to me decided they would sleep with me and my daughter. I wont be attending anymore family camp outs in the future. One good thing that happened was I was asked to be the troop leaders assistant this year and i enjoyed hiking through the beutiful mountains. We left camp at 7am this morning before anyone else was awake, I just couldnt wait to get home. At 9:30 I took my daughter and her little friend to Sunday school and I sat down in the churches foyer waiting for 10:30 to come along so I could go into the sanctuary, as I was waiting a sweet elderly lady invited me to join the adults bible study so I did and Im glad I did and they put me on the roll call for every Sunday. I was inspired when I started reading blogs to find a church and to learn all I could to be the Christian woman that God wants me to be. So I thank you Brenda, Kathi and Julieann. oops, i meant to put these pictures and my blog page, I will figure this out. LOL, thats my son working at the fair, I think I embaressed him when I tried to take his picture, he wouldnt look up and those are my furry children and im going to add my daughter and one of me being goofy in front of the camera

Saturday, September 6, 2008

very new at this

This is my first attempt to blog so please bare with me. Today is Saturday and I am taking my 8 year old daughter to her GirlScout troops family camp out. It should be alot of fun. We have all of our stuff packed and we are getting ready to leave soon. Thank You Kathi for the warm welcome, reading your post has inspired me in many ways. Like I said Im new to this and still trying to figure it all out.