Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lazy Day

Today I have the day off from work I plan on doing as absolutely little as possible. Right now I have to say it is late morning and I am sitting in bed in my PJ's writing on my laptop. Yesterday we did some running around getting errands done and today I plan on vegging out as much as possible. I really have some things that I need to get done but hey guess it will all be there when I have my next day off work.

I may wind up just locking my bedroom door and hiding out. Besides my three grandchildren who live in the house we have two other children that we watch for their mother. So due to school being out for Christmas we have two extra children in the house this week. So things can get pretty hectic when you have 5 children in the house plus 4 adults. Needless to say we have a house full. Plus that doesn't even mention the 4 cats we have.

Guess this is the life we have all chosen so on second thought I will not lock the door but don't make me get out of my PJ's cause that I don't want to do.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Guest post written by Katrina Carlson

I think that everything's a little better with chocolate. Well, almost everything except bacon. i wasn't a fan of the chocolate covered bacon that I tried at the fair. However, I think that you can't go wrong with chocolate cookies, so I decided that instead of fixing the same old boring sugar cookies that people consider the classic Christmas cookies, I would make some kind of chocolate cookie.

I went online to try and find some recipes for good and chocolate-y cookies to make for the holidays when I ran across this website Direct tv internet bundle deals and read through it some. After a little bit of consideration, I decided to sign up for the internet service.

I found all kinds of recipes for chocolate Christmas cookies, but I wanted to make sure to find one that has some other flavor in it that will taste Christmas-y like cinnamon or something along those lines.

Christmas is here

Well tomorrow is actually Christmas Eve. I known I should be excited and ready for Christmas. But every year I actually find myself dreading Christmas. I think it started happening when both my parents passed away several years ago. You see my parents were the picture of Christmas. They loved buying presents for the family and especially when they had grandchildren to purchase for. My Mother was one of these the number of presents did not matter. But she had to be sure that every child had the exact amount of money spent on them as the others. If this meant she had to purchase a pack of chewing gum, then so be it. That is what she would do.

I remember one year as a child I guess I was about 12 years old. My parents were gone for the day and for some reason I was allowed to stay at home by myself. Well I went into the attic and took a paring knife with me. I slit the tape on the packages with my name on them. I actually even tried on a dress. I can still see that dress it was black velvet and Oriental style with gold buttons and trim. I have to say it was probably the best but yet worse Christmas I ever had. I loved everything I received but there were no surprises. I had to act surprised with each package I opened on Christmas Eve even though I knew what everything was. I never told my Mother what I did. I think it would have broken her heart to know I had done something like that.

But to Mother and Daddy I miss you most at this time of the year. So Merry Christmas Mother and Daddy.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let the games begin

My grandchildren are really big into playing all sorts of games. They have their DS's and they of course have a ton of Wi games. But the also love to play games online. I know that their Mom really keeps tabs on what they are doing when they are online which I believe every parent should if they are responsible parents. I know that they have talked about wanting to play a couple of games they have found out there and so good ole Mom is going to check them out first.

One of the games they are interested is boxhead 2. So she will be playing that and I think another one is called age of war. I have always tried to tell my daughter that she is a block head but I think boxhead is something much different. But needless to say she will be playing a couple of new online games before she turns the kids loose on them by themselves.

I have tried to tell her that she needs to get into blogging for money, but as of yet she has not tried that, I may get her to try it someday who knows. But first things first she has to get busy playing those online games for her kids.

Eating out

We went today to a Bar-B-Que restaurant that we found which had great food and service. We ordered today and there were 3 people ahead of us. What we did not know was that the restaurant had just recently changed hands. There was only one guy working and he made sure to let everyone know all about his problems. Well let's just say his problems soon became ours. It took him an hour to get us our food only to have it wrong. So another wait and we finally had what we ordered. He said he didn't charge us for what we ordered but something cheaper. Hey not My fault. I told him three times what we wanted. Can I help it if he didn't pay attention to me. Nope I can't. So guess we won't be eating there any time soon.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Need new shoes

I am on the search for a really comfortable great looking pair of shoes. I am very picky when it comes to the shoes I wear. I will not buy something just because it is on sale or because it is the latest fad. I want shoes that are comfortable and good looking plus I do have to admit the price does come into play when I am searching for the perfect shoes.

I have worn cheap shoes in the past and have finally come to the decision that my father was right. If you buy something cheap you get something cheap. Now that doesn't mean I have to pay a years wages for shoes it just means I look long and hard for the right shoes at the right price.

What I am one the search right now is for a really great comfortable pair of tennis shoes. I want something that will last and feel good when I am wearing them. I have given up on the age of the fashion look of shoes and have decided that comfort is the best thing to look for when looking for new shoes. So let the search begin. I will not stop until I find the perfect looking, fitting and priced pair of shoes. I know you are out there so look out shoes her I come.

Let the good times roll

We have been gone all day we went in search of the perfect Birthday Cake. We finally found the perfect red velvet cake and Fresh Market. It looks so good. But I have to admit it took us a bit we had other errands we needed to run and then had to pick up another birthday present for Joy as I promised her kids I would get something for her from them. They were in school all day and were not able to go with us to shop so being the good Nannie (Grandmother) I am I did the shopping for them. I think I did a pretty good job if I must say so myself. The girls are now down there fixing dinner as we speak. We are having ham with glaze, baked potatoes and all the stuff to go with a ham dinner. So Let the Good Times Roll. We are going to have a party tonight.

Is Spiderman Special?

Guest written by our friend Gladys Fuentes

I grew up watching all the superhero movies. I watched Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. Wait - does Batman qualify as a superhero? I'm not even sure. I guess what I meant to say is that I grew up watching movies where men dressed up in tight outfits and still managed to look cool saving the day. How they pulled that off, I have no idea. I guess this is just one of the many miracles Hollywood is capable of. Growing up, my favorite hero was Superman. This is also why I had no interest in watching Spiderman. I felt that it was a form of betrayal. But sometimes boredom can lead to betrayal, which is what happened to me last week.

It began as an innocent Friday night. It was a long work week and I just wanted to relax and unwind. Then I turned on my DirectTV satellite packages and found the title 'Spiderman.' I debated for a few moments, sighed, and decided to give it a go. I was nervous because I didn't want to be a traitor. I guess I can't disrespect Benedict Arnold anymore. After watching Spiderman, I realized that Superman was great for its time, but Spiderman was special. I can't believe I just said Spiderman was special. I don't even know how they did it. The movie was so predictable yet still managed to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time. What a ride. Well done, Spiderman. Well done.

Happy Birthday

Today is my daughters birthday. She is ___ years old. I will not give away her age or she just might do me in as I reach old age. She is going to have a very good birthday. We are going to Whole Foods today to let her pick out her own birthday cake. This way she gets the cake she desires and if I don't like what she picks I can get something of my own for my sweets tonight. We are going to bake ham, potatoes mac and cheese and then she will pick out what veggie she wants for her birthday supper. After supper she gets to open her presents. So Happy Birthday Joy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wish Lish

I have to say that there are several things I have always wanted some of which I have had and I have to say some of which I have never had and still hope to obtain sometime in my lifetime. One thing I would really like to have would be an adirondack chair. I actually think they are awesome to say the least. I have sat in one from time to time but never actually owned one so that is on my wish list. We have patio furniture but just the basic table and four chairs. I want something that I can just sit back in and actually relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Then another think I would really love to have in the kitchen would be a stainless steel kitchen sink with a butcher block countertop. It is not like we don't already have the stainless steel sinks but we do not have the butcher block counter top. My former brother in law created one for my mother in the kitchen in her house when he did a remodel job for her and I really like it a lot.

There are other things that some day down the road I would like to have but it I wish for everything at once then what will I have to look forward for the days and years to come?

Let's hear it for internet

We moved last week and our internet provider gave us today as our date to get our internet back on. I did not realize how much I would actually miss having access to the internet. Today we finally got back up and running on our internet and I have to say I am a happy camper. Well I am not actually camping as it is a bit chilly here in Central Florida. But I think you know what I mean. I am very very happy to say the least. You don't actually realize how much you use the internet for until you don't have it and then that is when you miss having the ability to get online.