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Shoe Horsing Around and A Desperate Plea For Help

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Today was shoe shopping day. Not for me but for hubby. Trust me, I don't have to be talked into shoe shopping. I have to be put on a 12 step program to stop. But hubby is not me. He is not a shopper. He's a shoe critic.

About once a year I notice that the hub's shoes are really no longer shoes but have degraded to the point of being stinky, grimy, dusty, frayed, holey, leather strings and I totally freak and force him to go shopping. Today was the day. "OMG!! What has happened to your shoes?? The sides are blown out!" Even though he is virtually barefoot he is about as eager to go as someone headed for the gas chamber but today he did not put up much of a fight. Besides, I was not going to back down. We have fought this battle many times before and as he likes to point out, "Women are vicious!"

My son likens shopping with my husband for shoes to a leisurely swim down the Amazon river fighting off rapids, gators, and piranhas but today it actually went well. Like my son says, hubby usually tries on 50 pairs at 6 different stores all the while causing the shoe clerk to end up cringing in the corner and permanently on nerve medicine. It doesn't help that hubby's first job was as a shoe salesman so he finds every tiny minute flaw with every pair. They are all dog dookie to his astute eye.

We went to Sears and immediately ran into some dude who swore he was my husband's bestest friend years ago and I thought "Oh no, we will be here the rest of our lives listening to dumb hardy-har-har stories of adolescent male stupidity" but hubby didn't seem as enamored with his bestest friend as his bestest friend was with him. Hubby was nice but he got down to shoe business. YEAH!!

Hubby agreed to buy work shoes AND tennis shoes which is really amazing. And he liked the first 2 pairs he tried on!!!! What's the chances of that happening??!! I almost lost my teeth and they are real. I held my breath because I was afraid that it was some cruel joke and he would scream, "Gotcha!!"

So shoe day was painless. Unreal!! I told my son when he got home and he was incredulous and asked if I had somehow slipped something into hubby's tea.

After we got the shoes hubby then wanted to look at air conditioners in case we need to replace ours. We looked there and at Lowes. The next thing you know hubby will agree to hold my purse when I need him to. Nah!! Not likely.

When hubby is home he commandeers the TV like any red-blooded, testosterone-laden male and seizes and deftly wields the remote so that we never have to hear a disgusting commercial. To males almost all commercials are disgusting unless they feature beer, sports, buxom women, or bugs. I don't listen to commercial actually as my brain is wired to tune them out but this is a recessive genetic trait in males and my son and husband can't do it. So they are constantly griping and puking over every irritating commercial that makes them want to kill something. For my son right now it's the baby with the Hispanic accent who brags about having a denim diaper full of number 2. My son totally flips out on this. I nearly have to taser him to get him under control.

With hubby in charge of the remote we end up watching hours and hours and hours of U.S Marshals nabbing creepy bad guys and 2 filthy frightening men living lives worse than wild dogs. Drinking their own urine and eating lizards. It could be worse though. I could be forced to watch The Three Stooges which all men seem to think is funny for some odd reason. Another weird genetic mutation I assume. Or movies like Barbarossa. Believe me, I think Willie Nelson is as cute as a button but this movies sucks. Every time hubby stumbles across this narcoleptic piece of trash he acts as if he has encountered his first love. By the end of the weekend I'm glad to see hubby go back to work because I could not bear another hour of this survival challenge.

I apologize for not getting anything done online today.

I had supper all lined up with leftovers and ended up fixing a totally different meal. Had to change my darn food tracker!!

Oh, yeh. The plea for help...............................Please send ice cream. We are dying here.

Steps - 15374
Miles - 6.30
Calories -1489
Net Carbs - 129
Fats - 51
Proteins - 100

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NETTIEDEE 7/26/2010 8:02PM

    I am so happy to know you! Keep writing. Y laugh, I cry, I identify. :-)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/26/2010 7:26PM

    My hubby hates to shop for anything! Lucky me! anyway, stay cool!
love ya
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WISEWIFE 7/26/2010 12:46PM

    Hope your roof is ok.
I love your blogs, and your hubby is male, their love affair with the remote is genetic. Thankfully DH and I have very similar tastes, except for his passion for old Japanese monster movies, which he has seen umpteen times, but has to have his fix once every so often (thank God for Netflix).

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SPARKNMOM 7/25/2010 10:57PM

    I never tire of reading your blogs :)

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/25/2010 8:24PM

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/25/2010 8:16PM

    Glad you got by without too much torture.

Your tv viewing sounds like mine. Except now our antenna is out of alineament. So we only watch DVDs.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/25/2010 7:49PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/25/2010 7:49PM

    That is all way too funny. yes, I know all about the tv remote and men! UGH

You have such an interesting life, I can say that. Not too sure I'd want to change with you. It's too much work at your place.

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HARISHABAD 7/25/2010 5:01PM

    LOL, My hubby also waits till I make him buy shoes, but the buying experience is just the opposite. He walks into a store, picks a pair off the display, asks for them in his size, tries them on and 95% of the time he buys them.

And I'm like, "There's 20 other styles here, are you SURE these are the ones you want?" Yep. Well, that was easy. Of course later he'll be remarking how the shoes aren't the best, maybe they pinch or feel funny when you walk in them, well DUH, if you buy the first pair you try on that is usually what will happen...

On the TV remote thing, when I was dating I met a lot of remote hogs and for some reason, that habit is one of the most irritating on the planet. I guess I want control, LOL.

Happily DH lets me hold the remote and watch whatever I want. I attribute my happiness in our marriage to this. We only have 5 channels to watch, no cable or dish, so there's really nothing to watch most of the time so I don't have to fight him anyway. Now, if there were gladiator or Robin-Hood type moves to watch, well then I'd probably lose out...

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MAMAGOSS 7/25/2010 4:46PM

    Husbands and shoes just don't mix - I can never convince mine that more than the pair you're wearing now are enough!

On the remote front - he is the commandeering tyoe but we have a DVR which means we can record anything he wants to watch and then watch it later sans commercials.

I swear all men are children of the same mother!

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ALASKASKY 7/25/2010 3:45PM

    I am more like your hubby on the shoe shopping issue. I hate shoe shopping. Don't get me wrong, I love shoes but I rarely buy them. My mother handed me a shoe catalog the other day and actually threatened me into ordering a pair. I circled a pair of sneakers that I liked and that I need desperately. The next day she said, "I told you to order shoes not sneakers. You need some shoes...yadda, yadda, yadda.
My sneakers are similar to your husbands', minus the stinky, grimy part. I think I hate shopping because I can never find any comfortable in my size, and on top of that my foot has grown a size. I'm ashamed to say it- but I wear a size 11. (Cringe).
I can wear a 10W, but most of the other big footed people usually beat me to them, or the style I want doesn't come in wide widths. I could order them but that's frustrating too. So I usually wear the ones I have until they fall apart.

It's funny about the T.V. and the commercials, I'm sitting here watching an LMN movie and sure enough my son comes in the room and starts watching. He is doing exactly what you said your guys do when the commercials come on. I'm laughing right now. And yes, I do tune out the commercials. You're right about that recessive genetic trait


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GGMOM06 7/25/2010 3:42PM

    emoticon TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT THE GUY THINGS! mine mutes all commercials and i just tune them out,doesn't bother me,BUT the silence does! Mouths moving and nothing coming out creeps me out, emoticon He hogs the remote and so here iam in the AP room(all purpose) well kinda. Sorry no ice cream,too hot it would melt!!!! emoticon or drown. We got enough rain to fill our 6'deep pond which was just dug because it was soooooooo dry here and we needed the dirt(i hate to buy dirt,so we paid to move it,duh) Now we are flooded again, front yard,side yard and back yard all very low and have little lakes now. We worked so hard to rake and fill and all for nothing! No not nothing,$675 for pond(for fill) 500 for more fill and we still have little lakes all over(and i don't mean puddles) emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/25/2010 3:16PM

    It is a genetic thing about watching the Stooges. We all stop.

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KATPRIEBE 7/25/2010 2:35PM

    You are tooooo funny!

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SCOOTER4263 7/25/2010 2:28PM

    My husband is more of a clothes horse than I ever was, and shoes are the worst. He loves shopping for and buying shoes, and has SO many pairs. There is even a box in the attic labeled "Ugly Shoes". I asked why, if they were ugly, we couldn't get rid of them and he replied, " But I might want to wear them some day! " *insert eye roll here*

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MARIADALE 7/25/2010 2:15PM

    sounds like another commonality...i have shoes i have never and hubby wears run down loafers to the office rather than shop for a new pair.

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SUZYMOBILE 7/25/2010 11:02AM

    Another great blog!! I'd so much rather read your blogs than all the other "Favorite Spark Blogs" of the day, with 955 hits each and dealing with topics like "Now I Can Finally Fit Into My Gloves"! You've just tuned into two all-time classic funny situations: Men and Shopping, and Men and the Remote. I'm blessed, I guess, because when Bill's sandals or sneakers wear out, he takes himself to Walmart and gets another cheap Chinese pair that will wear out in a year or less. And he can tune out commercials just fine. (On the other hand, he'd be content in a Cambodian fishing village.)

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    I laughed out loud and am still chuckling. Voted for it and am going to post it on my blog.

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    Ha ha ha! My husband is exactly the opposite. He is absolutely indifferent to what he wears. I usually buy his shoes myself and he wears whatever I get him... but once I sent him to a shoe sale by himself to pick up some nice casual dress shoes. He came home with-- I kid you not-- a pair made of some type of FOAM and faux suede. "What? What's wrong with them?" Oh boy.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/25/2010 9:37AM

    There ya go he got 2 pairs knocked out! Don't have to go shopping for shoes for him for awhile.

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LIBRA73 7/25/2010 9:32AM

    That's hillarious!

I hate resetting my food tracker...I don't like tracking to begin with! UGH! But I am doing it anyway!

So glad the shoe hunting was so horrible!

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    Canadian beer commercials always feature sports, buxom women, AND bugs. Your hubby and my hubby would get along famously except that mine loves shopping. I will not send ice cream. I will send you a smoothie recipe.

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JANC319 7/25/2010 8:17AM

  My DH, and you know I love him dearly, has every TV in the house (only 4, at the moment) recording all day and all night so that we never watch a show when it is aired, therefore, we never see a commercial! OMG! what is that all about?! Sometimes, I actually have to ask him to back up so that I can watch an ad that is for something I am interested in.
He never shops for clothing or shoes for himself, but just wears whatever I buy. I do however, have to swear that I did not spend more than $20 on any one thing that I buy for him. HA! He is living in some sort of dream world! Usually, I just say that I got a really good deal on a sale and he assumes I mean everything was under $9.99. Gotta love these guys, for sure!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/25/2010 8:16AM

    Well, I must chime in on this one. My hubby hates to shop, wears everything until it is raggy and I insist he throw it out. He bragged about his 25 year old sneakers (then I threw them out!). Oddly enough, he just lost his "new" sneakers on last business trip (5 or 6 yrs old). So last night we headed to DSW. He's fairly easy--picks up a pair that's in "his size" and we're done. Definitely not picky!! And, don't even get me started on the TV remote. How would you like hour after hour of the golf channel with intermittent viewing of the weather channel???? Yes, life here is a thrill a minute!!!!

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ELSEEBEE 7/25/2010 8:09AM

    As always, your blog has started my day with a chuckle! I can totally relate to the shoe shopping with hubbies. As for the TV, we have two because I would go absolutely insane if I had to watch only the cartoon network, which is what DH spends hours in front of. Hmmm.... I'm not so sure, but Barbarosa might be a step-up in this house!

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SUNNY332 7/25/2010 7:29AM

    We had 3" of rain in about an hour and a half last night and someone also saw a Tornado down by Hannibal. Our ground is so saturated that our front and back yards both looked like lakes. Our raised bed for the cucumbers was full of water. YIKES!

Our high today is predicted at around 83-85 so hope you get a cooling down too.

Take care. I am off to Church, then Sunday School and then down to Hannibal to see my Father. I have promised him I would make baked catfish and a diabetic banana pudding. He is not diabetic but on a low fat diet and this is almost no fat. He loves it.

Have a emoticon but not hot and humid day.

Hugs, Sunny

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CHARLIE215 7/25/2010 7:19AM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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CHATERJOY 7/25/2010 7:10AM

    emoticon Sooo happy for you that the shoe shopping was sooo successful! More time for TV watching with hub? Have a great day!

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GOANNA2 7/25/2010 4:02AM

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Glad he got the shoes, and two pairs at that.
What did you feed him???
Love your blog my dear. You are terrific.

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/25/2010 3:10AM

    Well, I can see where you are coming from. Mine basically lives to run so... he must have at least 4 pairs of running shoes, zillions of T-shirts which are freebies from all the events he runs, he has a number ot articles of runner's clothes. But he also has regular stuff.

He's got more clothes than me. I am not a clothes horse by any means but he's got me beat hands down.

I am like you in the way that it is hard for me to get him to get a pair of regular men's slippers. He's got a pair that are shot to kingdom come and they are splitting on the sides. He won't wear but this one brand and the only time I can get them is at one store, Boscov's, and during Christmas time. I went last year but they didn't have his size. emoticon

I would love to 86 'em but then he would know I threw them out! emoticon
He wears them every night when he makes a trip to the restroom! He doesn't like to be barefooted! No kidding!

Anyway, I am glad your hubby made you happy by being cooperative in purchasing new shoes.

As far as the heat is concerned, we had a heat index of about 108 today. It was so hot is just took your breath away. I went outside to refill the birdfeeder and put fresh water in the little bird bath. I couldn't believe it. Glad we got the AC fixed when we did.

Take care and stay cool! Here's some ice cream for you!

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WILLOW49 7/25/2010 12:30AM

    I wish your hubby would rub off on mine...he actually likes to shop for himself and loves to go sneaker shopping. Every time there is a sale, off we go again... emoticon

Oh, and about that ice cream...send extras to me. I'm in Philly attending a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law. On our way back to the hotel we saw 10:05 PM......I'm melting...even the AC isn't keeping me cool.......

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LILABEL 7/25/2010 12:03AM

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DEVORA4 7/24/2010 11:54PM

  emoticonand emoticon at the same time. I thought I had written the blog and forgotten about it. You see, my husband is terrible about buying anything for himself especially shoes. I got him to buy new tennis shoes by waiting until he slept and them threw his old ones in a community dumpster, where he could not find them.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 7/24/2010 11:40PM

    You are just too funny!! I'm just like you when it comes to shopping with my DH for shoes or clothing. He REALLY needs some new clothes right now but I just can't get myself psyched up to drag him out there quite yet.
At this point, I'd rather poke my eyes out than take him out to the mall for some new clothes. How is it this man, with a brilliant mind, can walk around in mismatched clothes (at the best of times) and can be totally unaware of the fact his clothes are being to shred to pieces??!!!

Since he has always taken his own stuff to the cleaners, I guess I'll have to start paying closer attention to what items make the trip there. I'm sure the cleaners don't care what he brings in to be cleaned as long as he keeps paying them but they're probably wondering why anyone would be paying to have rags cleaned!
I guess it all boils down to me taking him out for some new clothes. Just thinking about shopping with him makes me want to poke my eyes out. THAT sounds like more fun! I just wish he was a more regular size and then I could just purchase new things and bring them home to try them on but alas, that won't work with his height/size. *sigh*

At lease your blog gives me hope that the trip could be sucessful. I sure hope so....

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SHASHEE71 7/24/2010 11:31PM

    Hooray on the shoe shoppin!! That is one thing my hubby has a closet full of!!! SHOES! I think he owns more pairs than me! HAA!!!

Right now he is playing his PS3 HERE in the living room! Errggg!!! It's okay though, I me some quality Spark time!

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Shopping Diets, Rich or Beautiful, and Candy For Supper

Friday, July 23, 2010

Have you heard of the The New Shopping Diet where you wear the same 6 items of clothing for a month? It's supposed to relieve the stress of figuring out what you are going to wear in the morning. LOL. Are they serious? This is what is stressing so many of us out? Driving us to drink and self medicate and hook up with strangers? Pass the tequila. Have a Quaalude. A gross of condoms. The stress isn't caused by the burden of eking out a living while working full time (or needing to) in a sucky economy as we simultaneously try to meet the challenges of being a good mother/father/child/sibling/friend and keep up with the laundry/cooking/dishes/cleaning/car maintenance/lawn care, etc.??????? We are supposed to believe that we are being flipped out by the enormous responsibility of managing to come up with a killer looking outfit every day? LOL. Stripes or plaids? Cotton or synthetics? Pastels or eye popping color? Scarf or not? Does this make my butt look big? (You and I both know that if your butt is big we can tell. We are not confused by some creative swashes of fabric stretched across an ample badonkadonk.) One woman on the Shopping Diet bragged about wearing the same outfit 4 days in a row. PeeYew!!! Yech! Was this outfit washed every day? I sure hope so. I'm all for frugality and not having a closet full of unused clothes but I don't want to sit next to someone who has lived in the same unwashed outfit for 4 days up to a month. Can't you get the same deal on a park bench sitting next to a stinky homeless person? I'm actually low maintenance. I put my clean hand in my clean drawer and/or clean closet and pull out my clean clothes and put them on. Amazing!! No stress!! Trust me. I'm fine. LOL.

Angelina Jolie was on TV today and I wonder if she spends time fretting about her outfit. I hope not. She just doesn't seem the type. With a face and body like that she would look good in a potato sack and money is certainly no problem for her. I think that it should be a requirement that children should either be born rich or beautiful. Both would be nice and I'm neither but if I had to choose I would personally chose rich. Remarkably I've always been okay with my physical appearance even when I was obese. For me it's more about my body getting me where I want to go, doing what I want. But, money? I can always use that. Even if I had an abundance I could find plenty to do with it like saving unwanted pets, feeding the homeless, helping disadvantaged children.

Cheryl Crow was on TV this morning too. Another person I would have no problem looking like. She ages well. Not too shabby for 48. She can still walk around on stage on those spindly legs in platform shoes too. Sport a skin tight dress and still breathe. She is my kind of girl and has a new album. And she was not born that far from here in Kennett, Missouri. Something great came out of the New Madrid Fault besides Reelfoot Lake. Actually the latest theory about the BIG EQ of my region that caused the mighty Mississippi to flow backwards and Reelfoot lake to be formed is that the EQ was actually created by the Wabash Fault. At any rate, they are both way too close to me and I'm in the middle of them. SCREAM!!

Celebrities are kinky anyway. Today on Ellen they had a woman who made beauty products out of leftover Thanksgiving food. Gross. If you find yourself wanting to do stuff like this you really need to get help. She poured maple syrup over her head and wrapped it in plastic wrap. Thank goodness I can still afford conditioner. She made a paste out of egg white, honey, vitamin E, and plain yogurt, for firming breasts. Plain weird. Don't try this at home.

If you've noticed on the weather map my section of the country has deteriorated into something worse than Hades. We are under another Heat Advisory. Mid to upper 90's. The heat index is 105 to 110 which doesn't make this outdoor girl very happy. It's even too hot to cook out on the grill and becoming too hot to eat at all which may be a blessing. I can afford to miss a few meals.

If it gets worse I will just buy each of us a half gallon of Haagen Dazs, hand the boys a spoon, and say, "This is your food for the day! Go for it!" My son and hubby would be quite happy. Ever wonder what Haagen Dazs means? I always liked to think it meant something cool like, "This is some good stuff, man." But it doesn't. Haagen Dazs was created by 2 Polish immigrants and was a made-up phrase meant to look Scandinavian to Americans. It's called Foreign Marketing. They put a map of Denmark on their ice cream and the name Copenhagen because American supposedly liked Danish products. LOL. I don't speak Polish or Danish so it sounds "gut" to me. LOL. I had a year of Latin, a year of German, 2 of French, and 2 of Spanish. The extent of what I can remember of the first 3 is how to say, "I will have a steak, please." Priorities, baby.

Speaking of overindulgence, once years ago when I had a really bad 14 hour work day and was totally TOM insane I served a plate full of assorted candy for supper. My hubby was afraid to say anything for fear of being gutted on the spot. I was freakishly mean. My son who was little at the time said "Oh, boy!! Thank you, Mommy." He was such a good boy!! It was just the perfect thing to say and melted my little black heart. Yeh, I felt guilty about it later but we weren't fat then and no one died. It's too late to turn me in to DCFS. Get over it! LOL.

I'm not big on analyzing myself but not too long ago I did have an aha moment. I realized that I really don't love bread that much. Commercial bread anyway. Yes, I could still go for some homemade authentic Italian bread slathered in butter or some killer biscuits covered in sausage gravy. But plain white sandwich bread, a hamburger or hot dog bun? Nah, it bores me. Yawn. I finally realized I like the hamburgers better without the bun. The hot dogs too. It would be nice if this happens with other things - like I would eventually stop loving M&Ms, potato chips, crackers, etc. I seldom eat them but they still call out to me like the Sirens.

Well, I'm trying to do 3 loads of laundry today in addition to my usual bull crap. "Every day is a winding road..........."

Calories - 1604
Net Carbs - 81
Fats - 84
Proteins - 91
Steps - 15163
Miles - 6.22

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MAMAGOSS 7/24/2010 8:32PM

    ROFLMAO!! Who thinks up these ridculaoud things and thinks we mortals will believe them!

I can't remember ever stressing over an outfit - even when I was getting married and looking bride beautiful was so important.

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SUNNY332 7/24/2010 2:37PM

    OMG - I am laughing my bootie off. You just crack me up. I wonder if I can count reading your blog as part of my fitness minutes? Surely, I can...

Thank you so much for the laughter. Some people (the woman on Ellen) have way too much time on their hands. Wonder if she really does have "firmer" breasts.

Take care, buddy and any time you want to meet to shop, let me know. I promise to wear a clean outfit.


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MAUITN 7/24/2010 2:30PM

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SUZYMOBILE 7/24/2010 11:24AM

    OMG, Morticia! You've outdone yourself with this one. Now I think you need to go on Last Comic Standing, or at least hit an open-mike night at a comedy club (WHERE, out where you live, you might ask?). I can see you now. "And another thing. What do ya think about those ...?" I think you've got a new calling.

I read bits out loud to Bill, and we were both laughing our heads off. Especially little Ian's earnest "Thank you, Mommy!!" Oh Lord!

Speaking of wearing the same outfits. Because I work in a VERY informal place, I actually do tend to wear the same 6 things for a month. We're not talking "no laundering," though, are we?? I might already be on this low-stress regime.

I've got a girl-crush on Jolie myself.

Thanks for a truly inspired blog! This is why I try to stay up as late as possible sometimes--to catch them as soon as they hit the Internet.

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/24/2010 10:47AM

    If I could roll on the floor I would, but then it would be hard to get back up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Do ppl just not think for themselves anymore?

Like several other posters before me it was a pair of shoes for: school, church, boots for snow, and keds sneakers in the summer and that was it.

For school, (girls weren't allowed to wear pants then), I had 3 wool pleated skirts, all plaid and in different colors. Then I had different tops to wear with them. AND I went to public school. For summer: shorts & tops. Winter: Pants & tops. No problem picking out an outfit for school. But they were always clean.

But back then we had the old fashion washing machine with the hand cranked ringer on top, and where you put the water into it and got it started & then hung the clothes out on the clothes line in the back yard. And we had oodles of wash & iron to do with 4 girls in the family. (Seems like some days that's all we did was iron because everything was cotton back then.)

As far as wearing an outfit that long, OMGosh! You might as well be living in the medieval times and not take any baths either! Then you wouldn't have to worry about what anyone thinks because they wouldn't be anywhere near you. emoticon

It's been very hot & humid here in Frederick, Maryland too. I have a small on the ground bird bath that looks like a cake pan. I filled it up with water and the very next day it was completely dry like a bone. We have another heat advisory today. It's 90 at 10:45 a.m.

Have a friend in Alabama who says that it was 115 degrees yesterday. Now that is hot!

Take care and have a great weekend! Try and stay cool. Love ya!

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JLBRIGHT3 7/24/2010 10:38AM

    You can learn or at least pick up a lot from TV but my goodness, where did you find the time to watch as much as you did (lol)? You make a point. There's a lot of information out there but 'viewer beware'.

I really enjoyed this one - like being on a roller coaster (but it didn't mess up my hair and I laughed rather than screamed)! Thanks for a great read.

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/24/2010 10:35AM

    Loved this blog!!! You are really funny, and thanks for giving me my laugh for the day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GERPAT 7/24/2010 10:29AM

    First off I too have been quilty of having icecream sundaes or banana splits.....when I wanted to be healthier......and I did do the candy thing I just didn't call it dinner...LOL... I wish we would spend more money on what is really important over spending it on cosmetics. My cosmetics consist of a lipstick and mascara and that's it....I have been complemented all my life on my skin and both my mother and grandmother really didn't have secret?? When I tell people the are a bit deflated but the truth is I keep soap off of my face and I drink lots of water..that's it. I too think Cheryl Crow and of course Joli are lovely!!! I love MMM's too but recently heard that they have a substance in them that that makes you crave more, who knows, everything in moderation!!!!


PS: I choose rich over beautiful too!!! emoticon

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WISEWIFE 7/24/2010 10:01AM

    Rolling on the floor laughing out loud! Girl you are a hoot!

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    Ooohhh, the plateful of candy was funny!!!

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HAAGEN-DAZS was Scandinavian or Danish for

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SHERYLDS 7/24/2010 9:27AM

    That diet must have been created by one of the 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' shows. emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/24/2010 9:04AM

    Maybe if ppl work so much that they are hardly home then wearing the same clothes everyday would be nice. Maybe they should get a job that requires a uniform. That takes the guessing out for sure.

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LIBRA73 7/24/2010 8:52AM

    I had that aha moment with bread myself. I found bread I make is soooo much better!

You had me laughing all thru this blog! I too, could stand to have Sheryl Crow's body! I love her song, saw her on Good Morning America too!

Have a great weekend!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/24/2010 8:31AM

    Where is Reelfoot Lake?

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/24/2010 8:30AM

    OMG!! I laughed out loud at this blog! You are so right on all counts!! I never served candy for dinner but often opened the pantry so they could serve themselves sugar coated cereal!! I'm one with too many clothes--my excuse: I retired so what was excessive is now extremely excessive! LOL I still find myself drawn to looking at more (luckily I'm learning to look only). We also have the oppressive heat in northern VA. It's miserable!! Have a great weekend!

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JOHNTJ1 7/24/2010 7:58AM

    We are a society that places a lot of intrinsic value on what we wear and how we wear it. TV is full of fashion shows on cable channels telling us "what we are supposed to be." My grand daughter who turns five in a week comes to visit us about a month ago and bring five pairs of sandals with her. At age five I had two pairs of shoes, one for school and one for church. During the summer we got "tennis shoes" that were either black or white.

It's really unfortunate but its where we are at in our evolving(?) history as human beings.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/24/2010 7:45AM

    WOW WHat a blog. I think you were letting off steam?

It was funny too. Thanks. emoticon

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GOANNA2 7/24/2010 6:38AM

    Love your blog. You tell it how it is and Iit makes my day when I read your stories.

Guess what they were talking about on TV the other night for making skin to look younger - birds poo! Yuk, I jsut like my face, wrinkles and all jsut the way it is.

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CJSARGENT1 7/24/2010 12:49AM

    I just stopped by to say hi and " wow" what a blog and what a life!

So.....Hi.....have a great Saturday.

Blessings, Carol


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KAPERK1 7/23/2010 11:40PM

    What is TOM crazy?
I'd rather be rich. I wouldn't be like the nuttier lottery winners.
I guess the shopping diet is for those who shop instead of eating Haagen Dazs.
Bless your black little heart!

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DEVORA4 7/23/2010 11:30PM

  This is one terrefic blog and it tells it like it really is. I have felt the same way most of the time. I admire your truthfullness and putting it out there. You're a feisty gal. Glad to know you. emoticon debby PS Not this emoticon but this emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/23/2010 11:25PM

    Totally enjoyed today's random thoughts...
I just checked and it isn't quite a full moon -- Sunday is it.
p.s. Around here the syrup and plastic wrap would cost WAAAAY more than the conditioner...

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SPARKNMOM 7/23/2010 11:23PM

    Oh my gosh....this blog reads just like I normally talk - ALL OVER THE PLACE. Topic to topic, but not necessarily focusing on any one thing too terribly long. Enough to induce high interest, but not in such detail that it bores :) Perhaps that speaks to the increasing level of my ADD :)

Clothing...I'll admit to having far too much clothing. I really do try to weed out the stuff I no longer care to wear. I am a clearance rack junkie and enjoy freshening up my wardrobe. I also have been a garage sale whore this summer....foraging through people's stuff for cute little additions and updates to my wardrobe. I don't, however, have too much difficulty choosing what to wear daily, as I'm OCD and rotate my clothing choises....clean clothes get hung up on the right side of my closet and I wear what is to the left. Of course, there are special occasions where I have a specific item which is appropriate, or I don't have pants clean to wear with the top.

Rich vs. beautiful...hmmmm....I'm doing OK with neither, but if I had the choice, I'd be beautiful and marry me a rich man LOL!!!! **Don't worry....I know I'm gorgeous, but don't want to seem conceited LOL** ;)

We also had those heat advisories today. And we have had thunderstorms for quite some time tonight. Luckily, it hasn't woken the kiddos.

Interesting factoids about the ice cream. I'm more partial to Ben and Jerry's only because the store in my college dorm had every flavor which aided in my gaining the freshman 15 (followed by the sophomore 15, etc....). Anything with chocolate and peanut butter topped my favorites list.

Feeding a plate of candy to the fam as a, that would be quick and easy!! mess in the kitchen, they would like the taste, and I really couldn't mess that up!! It would please all 4 kids at once. However...we had dental appointments this week and 2 out of my 4 kids have cavities :( And they are the two little today, I purged all the easily accessible sugary confections and have filled their snacky drawer with healthier options....My littlest - 5yo diva girl - noticed this as soon as she returned from their playdate at a friends today. Hmmm....yup - she's one of them w/ cavities. But she didn't whine when she saw her choices. I know I should have done that LONG ago - just for health reasons, but we got all that candy for different things - halloween, easter, parades....HOW could I possibly just throw all that edible food away? EASY!!!! It's simply gone. Unneeded calories, sugar, bad habits...easily tossed.

I blogged here...sorry....I must be extra bored tonight LOL!! :)

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/23/2010 11:09PM

    I gotta stay away from crackers and chips too...Hope next month will be cooler than July's been. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 7/23/2010 11:05PM

    roflol!! I loved this true..and so down to earth..waving at you from the middle west section of arkansas....*grin* I know what you mean about the's a killer....

Thanks for sharing your thoughts..and loved the idea of the candy for supper....hey, don't knock till you've tried sister actually did that to me and a friend once....all kinds of scrumptious to die for candy....truffles, name it, if it was rich and decadant...we had it..only problem is that neither of us had had any we just looked at each other and dove in..needless to say, my sister was so pleased with her special treat for her big sis that I did not have the heart to tell her till much later...that we had not eaten supper because we thought that we were going to be dining royally ....*grin* wellll, you could say we were.....just not quite what we had expected..

now if I had my druthers, I'd look like Valerie Bertinelli........after all ,she did lose all that weight....*grin*

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The Daily Grind

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sleep, my kingdom for some sleep. LOL. My biological clock is messed up and I am actually sleeping more and not waking up at my usual time in the early morning. Normally I wake up somewhere between 3:30 and 4, go to the bathroom, and then back to sleep and I still do that but I am not waking up between 5:30 and 6 like I usually do. Typically I wake up the second time and dose in a light sleep until I rouse on my own at around 6:25 but now I am waking up 15 minutes late. It doesn't sound like much but it is for me as I fix my hubby's breakfasts and only get up 20 minutes before he does. I don't set an alarm as it would wake hubby. Hubby is one of these people who gets up at the last minute at 6:45 and leaves for work at 7:25. He used to get up at 7 but when Wheeler was so sick he learned to get up early to help feed her before he left for work. I used to do the same. I got up at 4.20 and was ready in 10 minutes and had to be at work but 5. I'm low maintenance. LOL. I know I need the extra sleep but would rather get it at the beginning of my sleep time and not the end. Okay, I'm never satisfied. LOL.

Two people where my husband works have colds so he is worried about getting one. As he says, summer colds are the worst. He is also very worried about a co-worker. Business picked up so they brought my husband's assistant supervisor back to help him and he hasn't been right since they brought him back. He's in his late 60's and came back forgetful, confused, weak, tired, drowsy, shuffling his feet and he has gotten worse. He is making mistakes and not very productive. He is having a bunch of tests to find out what is wrong and hubby has decided it would be best to not have him at work since he is so ill and could get injured. The owner is one of the people who has the cold too so he went home to rest which also worries my husband as the boss had treatment for cancer not long ago. He did really well with it especially for someone his age but he lives alone and we all know what it's like to be sick and by yourself. His daughter is good about helping him but she works at the plant too and is probably the busiest person there. So hubby could not discuss the co-worker's illness with the boss and his son the plant manager, who is exceptionally good with problems like this, was not available so hubby went to the bosses daughter to discuss the problem. She's a very intelligent, capable person but he hates to bother her as she is so busy. The co-worker did not want to be laid off again so hubby feels really bad but he is mostly worried about what the tests will show. My hubby worked with the assistant supervisor at his former job. The plant he works at now has a more family atmosphere and they have worked together for years. Hubby has been there since 1993. So if something happens to one of them it affects them all. Another employee is experiencing a marital breakup and several employees seem to know though no one is talking about it.

I decided to get my work done and get outside before the heat and daily storm arrived. After breakfast I spot cleaned the pet cages, gave the chinchillas their morning snack, swept the floor, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, loaded the washer, spot cleaned the bathroom, made some French dressing, poached some eggs for lunch, emptied the waste cans, and went outside to take out the compost/recyclables/old timothy, fed the neighbors dogs and wildlife, filled the bird feeders, swept the porches/walks/patios, and burned the trash, picked up limbs, weeded the hostas bed and veggie garden, cleaned the patio furniture, picked some flowers, cleaned the fountains and put mosquito stuff in, went to the post office and got the mail, and picked a bag full of yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, cucumbers, jalapenos, bell peppers, Anaheim's, poblanos, banana peppers, and a tomato - our first. Looks like the cabbages are about ready to pick.

And after all that I was behind on steps so I immediately had to start walking and get some in before starting lunch. In no time at all it was time to start supper as well.

I saw the doe and her 3 babies today. She trumpeted when I was coming down the path and they scattered.

Calories - 1376
Net Carbs - 61
Fats - 66
Protein - 87
Steps - 17586
Miles - 7.21

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BAMBAM87 7/26/2010 8:07AM

    oh to have your yard! *dreams*

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JLBRIGHT3 7/24/2010 10:25AM

    Well I can see why your sleep habits play a role in your day, could throw your routine out of whack! Hope it gets back on track soon. And I hope things smooth over at work for your DH. Quite a few predicaments at the workplace. Hope there are some happy endings there. Take care.

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    Wow you are so busy. I think you need a new moniker. SuperWoman!

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SPARKNMOM 7/23/2010 10:48PM

    Ahh.....sleep habits!! I live on minimal sleep, however it seems to be catching up with me lately...I've been taking frequent little naps during the day - which I NEVER used to slow down enuf to do. My body is yelling at me and I'm listening :)'re a fabulous wife - and I hope your hubby tells you so!!! :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/23/2010 7:16PM

    Your life sounds so nice. Want to trade for a week?

I'd never make it!


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MARIADALE 7/23/2010 6:21PM

    what I would not give to sleep in until

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WISEWIFE 7/23/2010 4:23PM

    Girl I'v espent 3 days in bed sick, and reading your post I'm heading back, you've worn me out.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/23/2010 8:31AM

    I had to laugh when reading your list of chores--felt exhausted--but then the "kicker" is all of that was BEFORE lunch!!!!!! I would struggle to get all of that done in a day!! Love the wild life that share your life and space. The heat here is unbearable--my spoiled beagles don't even like to go out in it!! Stay cool--enjoy your veggies. I will be heading to the farmer's market. We didn't even get a single tomato from our backyard as the squirrels found it and have been feasting for the last couple of weeks!! I, of course, keep the plant watered so they will continue to have their "treats"! And, yes, please note we have two (2) BEAGLES!!!! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/23/2010 8:25AM

    You must have a big wonderful garden! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 7/23/2010 7:50AM

    Does "trumpet"? I'm fascinated with your wildlife tidbits!

Boy, a workplace can definitely be like a family. One person (or more) weakens or leaves, and others end up suffering and picking up the responsibilities for "jobs" that person used to handle. In the end, those who step up to the plate become stronger. Our group just lost a woman to promotion, after we'd become completely dependent on her skills. Now I find myself having to pick back up the responsibilities that I so delightedly let her take over a couple of years ago. So everything must shift.

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LIBRA73 7/23/2010 7:32AM

    Your days seem alot like mine - constant movement.

I am like your hubs - I get up no earlier than I have to if I am leaving in the morning!

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KBVMCRAE 7/23/2010 6:53AM

    you certainly are getting a lot done in one day!

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ME-ELIZABETH 7/23/2010 4:44AM

    I would love to sleep right now but bad news keeps me awake for a night or two.

Thank GOD you can sleep.

Missed you while I was gone.

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KATPRIEBE 7/23/2010 1:41AM are busy...busy....busy! I agree, I need a nap just reading your blog! emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/23/2010 12:37AM

    If you are sleeping in late, can you do some prep work or pre-cooking to speed the breakfast up if you get up late?

It sounds like you have a typical summer country gardener day. Maybe you should get some chickens to fill up your spare time LOL!!!

If I did all that in a day, I'd sleep like a log. Wait, I already mostly sleep like a log...

Have a good day on Friday!


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JANC319 7/23/2010 12:14AM

  I'm going to start adding "reading Morticia's blog" to my fitness tracker.
I am exhausted after just ready all that you do in a day. Surely I must have burned a bunch of calories, too!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/23/2010 12:10AM

    Seeing some wildlife is always a good thing. Unfortunately, I usually see deer in front of the car on the road . . .


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JUNEBUG1944 7/22/2010 11:49PM

    My gosh, you wear me wonder you need the extra sleep! LOL!

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DEVORA4 7/22/2010 11:38PM

  Want to trade sleep problems? I am now up at 4 in the morning, doing my 10000 steps, sparking, etc. It is NOT by my choosing. Good blog.

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CODEMAULER 7/22/2010 11:21PM

    My sleep is messed up right now (and I should be in bed, LOL!). Here's hoping that we both get on track soon!

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/22/2010 11:18PM

    I'll keep everyone at hubby's plant, including him and your family in prayer.
It is so hard when everyone is sick. I can understand his concern about the one co-worker who is really having a go of it mentally. That's hard. Wonder if he has a blocked aretery in the neck?

And for the gentleman with the cancer, if he is laid off he might not have insurance to continue testing or further treatment so I can understand that predicament as well.

As for you, you are a busy chick and manage to get your steps in as well. You are doing extremely well, and I am so proud of it! emoticon

It's always nice to see the deer. Take care! Keep us posted about hubby's plant situation.

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Turtle Burgers

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A friend of mine send me an email around the 4th of July with pictures of some turtle burgers. No they were not made of turtles though my husband actually has eaten snapper and says they are delicious. The turtle burgers were a gigantic mound of ground beef topped with cheddar cheese, wrapped in bacon, with hot dogs as the head, tail. and feet. They looked good but the calories would be enormous. Turtle burgers anyone?

I took my pedometer off when I took a bath and forgot to put it back on. LOL. Oh well. I have plenty of steps.

We just got our daily thunderstorm.

Calories - 1430
Net Carbs - 91
Fat - 65
Protein - 91
Steps - 20035
Miles - 8.22

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YMMAP22 7/24/2010 8:57PM

    I am sure happy that it wasn't real turtles because we have to real ones about that size....

We got Laika ashes back on friday night with her paw print, with my husband just having back sugery and her being 90 lbs and t being 112 degrees I choose that options.

love your post

try to get off soda

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    Ought oh you and I are on a turtle theme lately!, LOL. At the same time.

What will people think of next?? Looks like an Atkins Special, LOL. I would like to eat one for the novelty; they look very fun. Probably would have to cut it in 4ths though.

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PURRBALLS 7/23/2010 6:21PM

    well, there would go a year's worth of belly dancing....ohmigawsh my cardiologist would absolutely croak

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MZZCHIEF 7/23/2010 2:59PM

    that's hysterical!
They sound delicious and one could die with a smile from a sat fat attack!

thx for sharing...

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ALASKASKY 7/23/2010 2:20PM

    OMG!!! I thought these were real at first. That's just too much meat. Yuck!


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A-STRONGER-ME 7/23/2010 5:54AM

    I couldn't eat it just because it looks like a turtle!!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/22/2010 10:17PM

    Oh wow the photo scared me lol Sounds like you guys are getting a lot more rain then we are.

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MARIADALE 7/22/2010 7:55PM

    the turtle burgers sound like a low carbers

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GOANNA2 7/22/2010 5:48PM

    Ugh, too much like real turtles.
Your steps amaze me Morticia.
Keep up the good work.
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WINNIEATWELL2 7/22/2010 4:05PM

    Cute burgers. They do look like the real deal at first glance. LOL. The burgers would be on my cardiologist's bad list! emoticon But I bet these taste delicious! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/22/2010 1:02PM

    I wondered at the safety of my son's pet for a minute. Too cute, way too many calories. I don't think I will be eating that. Thanks for the laugh though.

Great job on the steps.

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FITB4-40 7/22/2010 11:46AM

    Those are really cute but it's probably a good idea to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist before eating one!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/22/2010 11:10AM

    20,000 STeps. MY GOODNESS You are gonna be thin as a rail soon!

Those burgers a so cute!

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MAJA0123 7/22/2010 9:01AM

    Yesterday wanting to adopt turtles.. today wanting to eat them (or food that looks like them.. LOL).... LOL.. you crack me up.. LOL..

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JLBRIGHT3 7/22/2010 8:44AM

    Okay then, I think someone has a little too much time on their hands (lol). They say there's a lot of psychology involved in the eating process. Need I say more?

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/22/2010 8:14AM

    These look too much like the real thing for me! I can't imagine eating all of that--ugh, makes me queasy! emoticon

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LIBRA73 7/22/2010 7:41AM

    I gotta say, I wouldn't eat em either! Too weird! Kinda like that red velvet Armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias! YUCK!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/22/2010 6:50AM

    Those burgers look a little too much like real turtles for my taste!

I panic when I forget the pedometer, but on the other hand, I know exactly how many miles most of my daily routes are.

Another turkey sighting this morning. This season they have a big leader who takes his job quite seriously. He hasn't attacked us, but he's definitely aware of his surroundings and won't hesitate to fly off the handle at hens and chicks who stray a little bit. I think we'll treat Buster with caution!

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SLIMMINJENN 7/22/2010 12:33AM

    Lol, someone i know made those too around the 4th..funny would eat a lil bit of that minus the hot son likes to eat real turtles but thats too gross for me

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/22/2010 12:25AM

    Such a creative way of putting food together! And it is a great idea for a party!

But I got to agree with the others, it's probably not very healthy unless you do low fat for the burger and the dogs. But then again, the sodium would be really bad for me.

I love turtles, but no, never eaten them before. Don't think I would care to either.

But it looks like you did very well with your steps in spite of forgetting to put your pedometer back on. Keep up the great work!!!!


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GGMOM06 7/21/2010 11:46PM

    I have been told turtle has 7 different tastes to it. I did have it once and it was good. Cute for a party.

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GRAPEVINE60 7/21/2010 11:43PM

    They do look like turtles, but I'm sure the calories are way up there.

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/21/2010 11:02PM

    Hmm - it does sound like a good idea for a party - with mini-burgers made with lean meat (or turkey), and other healthy subs, of course. In my blog yesterday, I wrote that they had the Nathan's hotdog eating contest the other day - and the "winner" consumed over 20,000 calories in 12 minutes (68 dogs and buns). Barf!

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SPARKNMOM 7/21/2010 11:01PM

    Oh my....what a perfect looking low carb concoction!! :) My kids would love these. Although considering your recent blog about turtles, the title was of concern to me :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/21/2010 10:56PM

    I haven't met anything with bacon and cheese that I haven't liked.

I think the challenge of making them would be keeping them from burning.

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DIANE7786 7/21/2010 10:55PM

    Cute idea for a kid's party--turkey bacon, ground sirloin and fat-free hot dogs of course!

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DEVORA4 7/21/2010 10:53PM

  My father was raised in a city near Pittsburg called Turtlecreek PA. It got it's name for obvious reasons. He told me that they were extremely poor, and because of that his older brother and him went to the creek and caught turtles that his mom would make soup with.

Since I have always liked turtles, I always found the story gross.

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KAPERK1 7/21/2010 10:51PM

    Ha! You scared me!
But I'm going to want one of those tomorrow when this stupid test is done.

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Another Day Done

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Today was errand and shopping day. I got my home chores done then headed to town and went to the usual places.

And I stopped by Kmart and bought a new black blouse. I could have worn a medium but my chest is too big. No matter how much weight I lose I'm always top heavy. I always have to buy separates.

It stormed and poured rain again. It's too hot.

We picked blackberries and grapes tonight. Benny is covered with chiggers. We need to pick blueberries, cucumbers, and peaches too. The squash needs picked every day. We have a bunch of other things getting ready too. My tiger lilies and stargazer lilies are blooming.

Kaperk1 put this url in her blog. I love it!! I want to adopt Timmy and his girlfriend.

Steps - 22,353
Miles - 9.17

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    That is the cutest turtle story!

"No matter how much weight I lose I'm always top heavy." Alot of us wish we had this problem. Boobs are the first thing to go for most of us. And I'm not even married but I still want mine! LOL

Chiggers . . . oooooooooohhhhhhhh . . . I do so hate chiggers.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/22/2010 12:42AM

    My stuff is barely growing except the flowers. It sounds like you have a lot of healthy foods going for you. Enjoy. Sounds like a great garden.

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FITB4-40 7/21/2010 9:50PM

    I'm so jealous of all that wonderful produce and the beautiful flowers and yet I am way too lazy to put in all the hard work required to maintain a garden. I sure do admire folks who do!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/21/2010 9:25PM

    WAY TO GO on the miles and steps.. YOU ROCK!

I want blackberries!!!! ???? LOL

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MYRENAISSANCE09 7/21/2010 7:32PM

  I loved the link! I sent it to my sisters and neice and nephew, too, since they are all animal lovers, too. emoticon

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MARIADALE 7/21/2010 6:22PM

    loved the link!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 7/21/2010 5:52PM

    all the fruits and veggies sound wonderful.. but chiggers are not- been there...:0)
I love stargazer lillies !! My Faves !!

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ALLISON145 7/21/2010 5:42PM

    Awww, that is so sweet! Although... it's a bit like the turtle equivalent of a blow up doll. LOL. Hey, as long as he's happy....



P.S. Crazy steps today, girlfriend - you GO!!!

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/21/2010 2:53PM

    That is so sweet about Timmy the tortoise. Glad he's happy. Thanks for sharing! I love it! emoticon

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JLBRIGHT3 7/21/2010 11:44AM

    Wonderful turtle story. Thanks for sharing. Wish there was a way to share some of that wonderful produce. There isn't a thing that you grow that I don't like or love. I'm sure you know how fortunate you are. Kudos for being such a great gardener, er, farmer? Either way, it's good!

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DESERT_BIRD 7/21/2010 9:36AM

    I am top heavy too. My legs are so skinny compared to my top half.

The turtle story reminds me of Tarra and Bella. Here is the link to the video if you haven't seen it. Sorry it's not clickable. But it's worth it.

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SHERRYTOO 7/21/2010 9:23AM

    Your garden seems to be thriving in all this heat and rain. Here only the weeds are thriving. I hate chigger bites. I always have a bottle of Chiggerrid (sp?) in the medicine cabinet.

More turtle love...

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/21/2010 8:27AM

    Your garden sounds wonderful!! I always find it a bit frustrating that everything is ready at once (and a lot of it). Wish it could be spread out over the entire summer/fall season. I love Timmy!!!! He would definitely be perfect for your brood of turtles. emoticon

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LIBRA73 7/21/2010 7:32AM

    I have that same issue. No medium tops for me. It's so frustrating! I guess I could have worse problems, but it is aggravating = you see a cute top, but the buttons are busting at the bust line!

Sounds like you have an awesome garden going! I so envy you! A cottage in the woods, a garden,...ah....sounds so wonderful!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/21/2010 7:16AM

    Awww! Given how little tortoises seem to do, I can see why it doesn't matter that Tanya is plastic. Now if this only worked with humans!

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ALASKASKY 7/21/2010 7:06AM

    I think You would be a good mom for Timmy. Nice Story.


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MAJA0123 7/21/2010 6:23AM

    AAWWWW.. Timmy and Tayna story is ADORABLE!!!!! Thanks for the link..

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/21/2010 12:03AM

    Wow, you've got a great crop...:) Timmy is adorable. emoticon His girlfriend is pretty cute too.. emoticon

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CJSARGENT1 7/20/2010 11:39PM

    Where you are sounds like heaven in contrast to this desert of Arizona. I have lived in N. CA, and Colorado where I have grown my own vegetables. I was raised in PA. So I love water, green, mountains and fresh air. I married a native Phoenician, so I am for now stuck here.

Thanks for the memories. Blessings, Carol

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DEVORA4 7/20/2010 11:34PM

  cute story He's a pretty dumb turtle if he hasn't figured it out that nothing can come from this 'romance.'

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