Saturday, February 16, 2008

Had to show them one more time....


I couldn't resist posting one more pix of the tulips. They've opened up now and are at their peak. I have them on my computer desk, and I'm thinking why don't I do this more often?

It's such a simple thing, and they cost not much more than a latte from Starbucks.

It makes me feel like spring, so you will probably be seeing pix of fleurs often, now.

It's a beautiful thing...
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Can anything else go wrong this morning?

Jeez Louise, it's gonna be one of those days I'm afraid. I got up this morning to dirty dishes in the sink. Something I absolutely DETEST! But it was late last night, I was tired, so I left my favorite cherry red Chantal roaster in the sink to soak. I turned on the light, took a deep breath and started washing it. WHAT??? there is a chip on one of the handles. OH NO, I haven't used it very much yet and it has a chip. *sigh* Okay, so it's on to breakfast. I get out the skillet, make hubby a healthy turkey patty, which I always season highly with Creole Seasoning to give it flavor. So I shake that seasoning on liberally, WHAT??? I seasoned it with Taco Seasoning. Grrrr, so I rinse it in the sink put it back in the skillet where i proceed to BURN IT... I get out the eggs, somehow manage to drop and break two of them on my kitchen counter, I clean up that mess, get more eggs out of the fridge, and meanwhile, of course, I'm BURNING the toast...

Okay, I'll make myself coffee.. Hubby was home yesterday, he hustled me out of the house pronto yesterday morning, I forgot all about the dirty coffee pot. **ROAR** so now I have to wash the coffee pot, and by now I'm so frazzled that I swear to god, I almost poured yesterday's coffee out of the carafe back in the cylinder to brew instead of fresh water. I did manage to catch myself before I did that. And it's only 9:30... What will the day bring? I really don't want to know at this point...

Meanwhile, Munchie is crying to go outside and go potty, and so I let Munchie out and now Maggie is running laps around the living room sofa, just pouring on the steam - - she's barking up a storm with her fur just flying. Ahhhh, my first smile of the day... I scoop her up for a much needed cuddle...

And on with the show....
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Going back to my childhood, AGAIN....

Oh my, today hubby didn't work today, so we were out and about, checking out flat panel tv's, and a new bed for our bedroom, but that's a whole other blog. Anyhoo, we stopped in at Yen Ching, my favorite chinese restaurant (chicken and hot sauce, hot sour soup, iced tea with extra lemon, ummm) for lunch, and I visited the ladies room. As soon as I hit the door, the most wonderful smell permeated the whole room.

It brought back so many memories of Mother, I didn't want to come out... I was in there with this huge grin on my face, just breathing in the air and reminiscing...

And what was this wonderful smell? No, guys, c'mon, of course it's not what you're thinking. Quit wrinkling your noses, and going ewwwwww..... I know you're wrinkling your cute little noses....

The entire ladies room just totally, completely, REEKED of Clorox! YES, CLOROX!!! It smelled so fresh, so absolutely clean, that I came home and poured some in my toilette. I did, for real I did...

My Mother was the Clorox queen. She lived for the stuff. I sometimes think she must have been addicted to the fumes... We ALWAYS had a pan of Clorox bleach water in the kitchen sink, with dishcloths immersed in it to whiten. Our dishcloths were nothing like the ones you have today, in fact I blogged about dishcloths a few months back. We always had white flour sack dishcloths. These were the real McCoy, sewn from the cloth bags the flour came in, not by Mother, but by her sisters, either Aunt Hazel or Aunt Idalene. Oh, they whipped those things up on a regular basis, but I'm clueless as to where they got them as I grew older, we hadn't bought cloth sacks of flours for YEARS. My Aunts were always so thrifty, they probably had them stored away under their beds from years past...

Mother liked nothing better than doing laundry, and she bleached the heck out of everything she could get her hands on. Hence, my love of the smell of bleach. Oh yeah, Clorox rates right up there with Vicks Salve in my nostalgia book...

So, I had a nice little trip down memory lane, in the ladies room at Yen Ching, and when I came out MUCH later with this sappy little grin on my face, LC just looked at me with this quizzical expression, but he didn't say a word and neither did I.

You know guys, he probably thought I was having "issues"... MEN SCHMEN!!!

Blushing 6 Excuse me now, I'm off to smell> flush the toilette Blushing 6

~ jan
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....


Hubby got me fleurs for Valentines Day... TULIPS!!!

We've been married thirty-seven years this summer, and this is the first time he's ever given me tulips, hot pink ones, too...

I'm thrilled, what a nice change from roses!!!

Life is good...
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THINK SPRING!!!



My munchiebusiness.com index page has a new look, too. It may be snowy in Heavensville this week, but in my sunroom it's SPRING!!!

Here's the click if you want to see it up close. And yes, that's the beloved ditch of my childhood - Hooterville snapped this picture last April. The smaller picture shows the azaleas in bloom at the "Gingerbread House," - our last home....

I love the Henny Penny hen...
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day....

This is the BEST EVER, in my opinion, episode of I Love Lucy - so here it is, girlfriends, the hilarious Chocolate Factory Episode, in all it's glory, to you from me, for Valentine's Day...

Enjoy!!!

~ jan

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A book for you to try...

My friend, Mary, told me about a book she's enjoying - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsover. I thought I would pass it along, some of you might enjoy it, also.

I'm off to the library tomorrow to check it out... and pay my fine for overdues... *blush*

~ jan
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Priceless... thanx Trisher for sending it...

To my darling husband,

Before you return from your business trip I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick up truck when I turned into the driveway.

Fortunately not too bad and I really didn't get hurt, so please don't worry too
much about me.

I was coming home from Wal-Mart, and when I turned into the driveway I
accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake.

The garage door is slightly bent but the pick up fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your Ferrari.

I am really sorry, but I know with your kind-hearted personality you will
forgive me. You know how much I love you and care for you my sweetheart.

I am enclosing a picture for you.

I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again.

Your loving wife.
XXX



P.S. YOUR GIRLFRIEND CALLED!!!

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What's going on with the Dish???

I couldn't handle that valentine stuff anymore, so yesterday I built a new header. The weather was just horrid, and I wasn't in a great mood, could you tell??? Egads, it was drab and so... BROWN! I looked at it this morning, it had to go, it was as bad as all those xoxoxo's...

So I started over... Today was a better day, and I know I'm rushing spring a bit, but this one is so fresh. Doesn't it make you smile to look at it???

Life is good better...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This was my breakfast...

I'm not an egg person, not at all, EXCEPT for poached eggs. I just adore them, so does Ryan...

They are so easy, too - I just put on a kettle of water, bring it to a low boil, add a splash of apple cider vinegar and salt, break an egg in a small cup, immerse it partly in the boiling water to set the egg white a bit, then slide it into the water, cover it and cook it for 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Yep, that's exactly how long it takes to get them to look like this. If you want them firm, 4 minutes does it.

Take out of the water with a slotted spoon, let them drain, plunk them on a piece of toast, a bit of salt and fresh ground pepper a dash of hot sauce... oh they are sublime....

2 poached eggs, 2 pieces Natures Own Wheat Toast = 5 Weight Watcher Points!
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Finally, something positive in her life...

I read this about Britney in People Online this morning, I actually teared up when I saw it. Maybe there is hope for her....

Britney Spears has class – dance class, that is.


The 26-year-old singer – who's in the midst of a custody battle over her own kids, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1 – logged some quality kiddie time Monday, teaching dance an hour-long dance lesson to a group of six children.

Read the entire article HERE...
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The best part of waking up....

Is a morning pot of joe, made with Starbucks Komodo Dragon beans, my ABSOLUTE fave!!!

And check out this coffee scoop, I've been meaning to tell you all about it for quite a while now. It's also from Starbucks, actually CHEAP, do you believe it??? It is, really, just $2.99, and instead of using that little measurer that you've had since you first started drinking coffee, this one equals THREE scoops, instead of one, so it's faster...

Yeah, I'm a logo ho, you all know that, Tonia gave me a gift card last fall for Starbucks, and instead of using it for coffee, I bought their canister, vacuumed sealed, works great - Thanks, T!!!

And the mug, my beloved Rainforest Cafe Mug, that I've had for years, and no I didn't get it at Rainforest Cafe, hubby got it at a rummage sale. Hey, works for me!!!

And my coffeemaker? It's a pain in the patootie, Cuisinart Grind 'n Brew, that sucker is so hard to clean, but I love it because I like freshly ground beans, and don't want to have to do it separately.

Linds has the same pot, and she hates cleaning it, too, but it does make good coffee... Nothing better in the morning than the aroma of those beans when you first open the canister and then the coffee...

So, I'm all gassed up and ready to go this morning, it's a wintry morning in Heavensville, we have snow and a thick layer of ice, so needless to say, I'll be playing at the computer today, no going out for me.

I made a great soup yesterday, really different, one I've made several times before. I'll share the recipe with you all later in the day, I'm also building a new layout for The Dish - I just can't handle those XOXOXO's any longer...
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Monday, February 11, 2008

Can't stop laughing...

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

It works, it really works!!!

I heard from my cousin over the weekend, she said that her five year granddaughter was coughing constantly, and that her daughter tried rubbing Vicks on the bottoms of her feet, putting her in socks, and tucking her in bed. She didn't cough until 5am.

IT ACTUALLY WORKED!!! How about that!!! Now if I only had feet!!! Dang, there is always some kind of hangup with me...

But not for the rest of you, give it a try, it really works!!!!
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