Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Question Friday

Welcome to my 5QF this week!  Let's get straight to the questions!

1. Where did you meet your spouse and did you instantly know it was love?  My hubby's sister came to a wedding at my church in Ohio.  She liked me, and invited me to visit her in Pennsylvania. 

I came to visit, I thought hubby was too young, he thought I was too rich (HA!), but his dad talked him into coming down to his sister's after church to get to know me.

We had a lot of fun, and went from there.  It wasn't "I'm in love" from day one, but both of us were looking for our lifetime companion, so both of us were looking at our relationship as, "You may be the one", and approached it very seriously from the start.

Not that WE were very serious, as in, never joking.  On our first date, Dan made me laugh til I cried.  =)

We were married less than 9 months later, and we've now been married for 17 years.  ♥

2. What is your favorite room in your house?  Ooohhhh...well, I think it's a toss up between my livingroom and diningroom!

This is in my dining room-my walls are called Dried Fava (a light sage), and I decorated with white and dark purple accents (the second picture was hard to catch the color during the daytime).

This is my couch.  Okay, this is Chloe ON the couch.  =)  I couldn't find a picture of my livingroom on my laptop-must be on Dan's.

This is my flower arrangement on my coffee table.  I add the red and gold to it in winter, but it is cream colors regularly.  My walls are called Cozy Beige.

And this is my accent wall-Roasted Tomato.  And this is my vintage Haeger Panther, that stands about 2 feet tall.  I saw that it sold on Ebay for $200.  I got mine at a yard sale for $5!!!  Go me!!!  =)

3. Can you wiggle your ears?  Only when I'm touching them-and rubbing them very quickly because they itch!

4. What is your evening ritual?  Oh, we walk from room to room, chanting "Money, we need money.  Please rain money..."  Then we sit in a circle and hold hands, humming with our eyes closed.

Oh!  You mean my routine???  Oh!  Silly me!!!

Well in that case, I tend to veg out (after our chanting session), and not really do much.'re not going to tell anyone about the chanting, are ya?  I misunderstood the question....let's just keep the chanting/humming bit between you and me, shall we?

5. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?  Now that I sleep, since I finally started getting comments...I need about 9 hours to really feel rested.  But things are looking up!  I haven't been quite so tired during the day, even if I don't get enough sleep.  And the family doesn't mind the whininess and tantrum throwing too much until it's my bedtime either!  =P

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!  Hope you enjoyed this weeks answers, and thanks, Mama M for this fun weekly blog hop!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Don't Think I'll Need A Garbage Disposal Anymore

Life just gets easier and easier, with all the new gadgets they keep coming out with!

Okay, this one isn't all that new, but let's talk about it: the dishwasher.

Have you heard that you don't need to rinse your dishes when you put them in the dishwasher, and that actually, that little bit of food left on the plates helps the dishes become cleaner?

WOW!  My life just became SO simple!

I figure, if a little is a good thing, then a lot must be great!

Who is with me on this???

The next time we clean out the fridge on trash night, we can just throw in the leftover green beans AND that piece of steak that got shoved to the back and spoiled, right in with the containers we had them stored in!  We're going to need to open the lids if we want those leftovers to do their job tho, so don't forget!

This great, new idea has a bonus!  If your garbage disposal breaks, no problem!  You didn't need it anymore anyway!

Cutting the ends off of celery, or the skins off of an onion?  Don't let those wonder-workers go to waste! 

Oh my goodness-my brain just keeps brainstorming!  Now I'm wondering if I'm even going to need dishwashing detergent anymore!  This just keeps getting better and better!


Who wants to come to dinner at my house next week?

Monday, January 17, 2011

If Mom Is Crying, DON'T Laugh!

Hopefully you all haven't thought I've given up on my blog!  Just re-grouping, I guess, and this morning, I'm on a roll! 

My new challenges are up at

I have a new post at

I sent out an email to a friend, inquiring if she would like to do an interview and tutorial on scrapbooking at my website,

And now I'm updating my longest-standing blog!

Okay, I've tried and tried to find a good picture to show my mother's emotion on this particular day, but I'm having a hard time finding one.  So!  You will just have to get a vision in your mind.  =)

One day, my mom had two pans sitting on the stove, and asked me to put chicken in one of them to cook.  I honestly don't remember all the details, but I put the chicken in the wrong pan-it was a pan that had dirty water in it from the day before, or something like that.

Now, when she discovered this, she burst into tears, and started sobbing!  My mother didn't usually act like this, and now that I'm a mother, I understand that she must have had much on her plate at the time, and was feeling overwhelmed. 

Yes, I felt bad.

Then, somehow my dad ended up in the picture.  Let's see if I can show you how we were standing:

Mom was in the kitchen, facing me.

I was in the living room, facing Mom.

Somehow Dad ended up in the living room, between me and Mom, facing me.  Got that?

Mom in the kitchen, Dad in the living room, both facing me, in the livingroom.

Back to the story.

Mom is standing in the kitchen, SOBBING.  And of course, I am feeling terrible.

So what does my wonderful father do, while facing me, his back to my mother?

The man begins to imitate her!!!

The cartoon I chose is PERFECT for describing how he looked-only without the animation.

Now what would YOU have done?

My memory isn't so great, but I do believe I stood there and tried to keep a straight face, until she was done.

My dad was such a funny man.  He's been gone for 6 years now, but his memory will definitely live with me forever.  ♥