9.30.2013

4 and 0, baby!

what a weekend! left Mercer in a downpour Sat. morning, picked up Bubba @ Maryville and swept him away from Parents Weekend (2nd kid in college, have managed to miss EACH and EVERY Family Weekend.....sigh....), then to ST Joe for lunch at Chilis, met up with Koren & Cody at their house, Kevin & I slept on an air mattress in Ian's room, the kids in LR, ate pizza hut delivery for supper, they also had friends staying with them who had nursing clinicals in the city. shopping for baby shower d├ęcor, also got some stuff for Katie's room. have maxxed out my last 'real' card, now just have store cards. probably for the best.....I do love to Charge It!
Sunday we tailgated breakfast at McDonalds, in our seats in the stadium by 11 a.m., and we didn't miss a thing! supper at Famous Daves, took Bubs back to college, then home about 10:30 p.m. I love hearing kids arguing and singing in backseat....whoever would've thought I'd miss the arguing??? a perfect anniversary weekend!

9.28.2013

Lamoni Homecoming

true to form, I had the day off so she didn't have to stress and rush and be late to game.....she was late anyway. her charger was in the truck, we had the car, so she called Brittany to see if she could borrow hers. We heard kick off while we were walking across parking lot, so not too late....and one of his sister's friends met her at the gate and helped her find her jersey and pack of Chase's friends she was to hang out with....then she took forever touching up at his mom and dads for dance & I figured he'd get tired of waiting on her....but all's well that ends well. they brought her home, so after I made it home thru the deer and possum maze, took a lengthy couch nap until she sent me off to bed.
and the Demons kicked ass! they stomped the Royals! the whole crowning the king and queen by walking behind each candidate duck duck goose style and holding the crown over their head seemed a bit odd, but the queens long red cape was cool. and the gorgeous little red headed Amelia that I sat by thought they were Disney princesses.
Chase's parents house is humbling from the outside....but inside....looks like a magazine shoot. just beautiful. and CLEAN. she said she envied my spot in life where the kids were almost all gone. she's gonna miss it. I know I sure do...

9.27.2013

oh...to be a bohemian....

on my day off, Katie's phone won't work, took a couch nap, made lunch, picked her up at Brittany's, and Brittany will help her with her hair.....

9.26.2013

thursday

Katie picked up house and put away laundry. I swept and swiffered floors. I hadn't swiffered because Wet Jet needed batteries. I bought wet swiffer pads, not Swiffer wet jet pads. so the batteries didn't matter. live and learn and then buy Luvs. Koren called. they have hospital tour tomorrow, Jessica is spending weekend with them to do her nursing in the city requirement. we can tailgate with Jeb's crew before the game if we can find them....
saw in the paper that Stacy Inch had bought a marriage license. Good for her, finding a third man to be happy with. I get a kick out of seeing her in town with her long ponytail and big smile.

9.25.2013

kevin was gone when I got home....so I lounged about for a time watching Catfish and Chopped with Katie, then unwillingly made supper.

I know I shouldn't bitch, but why am I making supper when someone else had the day off? doesn't make sense....he mowed yard, I did an alternation on the strap on Kate's dress.

9.24.2013

tuesday

fix it guy showed up to put new panel in garage door and install opener. Katie got her last shot, recycled newspapers/magazines, pumpkin milk shakes and a sub at Gumps LLC, then grocery shopping at Hy-Vee. now home to watch tv....and shower in my own bathroom! oh happy day!
sent Terry the list of games and merchants who have donated prizes from Princeton. really thinking I am done with the carnival. perhaps it was time....

cleaned off the tables AND the coke trunk....

mom & Brenda showed up to drop off books, gave them a tour of basement, and there is grass growing in the dirt! YAY!

Little Cody and Brit

The series will feature Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky. They are among a handful of believers in Appalachia who practice the so-called signs of the gospel, found in Mark 16: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
john had a facebook post about Snake Salvation last nite, I VOD'd it and watched an episode, and the rest is history. religious snake handlers in the Appalachian mountains? yeah, buddy, that's right up my alley of bizarre television viewing....

today....the world is my oyster! got to sleep in till 7 on my day off....Katie is up and at 'em....I have found a list of Johnny Depp movies I need to watch...

found out band carnival is October 25...haven't been to a meeting yet. not sure I want to step up and volunteer....have successfully avoided all meetings this year so far...and although I am tired of my daughter telling me what to do....she may be right in this case....
today plan to
go on massive grocery shopping trip...
.maybe make that family heirloom shadow box to hang in dining room...
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check out Martha's store for doilies...
move sewing machine to basement...
make list of Princeton merchants that donate to carnival...
work on a sample prize order....
recycle newspapers/magazines...

9.22.2013

decided to just leave the necklace be and look for some links to add to bracelet.....but did get some shelfs hung in DR AND....

found a spot for our amazing new CHIEFS sign! here is the backstory on it from the person who created it....
So here is a homage to the KC CHIEFS. A OOAK sign (one of a kind!) on gorgeous scavenged wood found way way way WAY up in Northern Nevada by an old mine...check out the pictures... Vintage and RARE bicentennial Michigan plate for the K with super awesome and strong STARS and STRIPES to kick this one off!, C from Arkansas with great red on white, the next C is from another vintage and rare Michigan plate with crisp white on black, The H is from Wisconsin, Dairy land in America, the I is from a very rare Texas plate, you can't find these anymore, they date back to the 50's with black on white, the E is from vintage Michigan with white on black and the F is from a series of Colorado plates that are TO DIE FOR, red, silver and white with the snow capped Rocky Mountains and the last is is from another very old old Michigan plate, another one that is rare and hard to find. Mounted on scavenged and gorgeous wood I found in way way WAY Northern Nevada by an old mine on a friend's ranch. Check out the pictures of this adventure.....and THAT is also what makes this sign a total ONE OF A KIND and made with so much love and care and joy and fun, you can't beat it! GO CHIEFS! . OoAK Kansas City CHIEFS NFL football sports upcycled recycled license plate art sign tomboyART tomboy superbowl .

I totally missed Calamity Jane weekend, with the exception of picking Katie up from the teen dance on the square...

no sarspirilla and popcorn at the melodrama, or parade, or flea market...didn't have a kid marching this year or riding in the parade...
Chase's mom and dad picked him up from dance. Kevin ran her up there to go shopping with him today, and I will go pick her up when she summons me.
on tonite's to do list is trying to remove a few links from my too long facebook necklace and put in my too short facebook bracelet, I'm not even sure if I am capable of this feat, or even the first step of walking down to the basement and digging in the GS craft box where I think the jewelry pliers are.....first I'll eat my ice cream.....baby steps.....

9.21.2013

just spending a quiet evening home alone with the Ghost Adventures crew....

after a fun filled day at that place where I have to go to get a paycheck....our enterprising daughter had found a ride to Princeton for Calamity Jane Days,& a place to get ready for the dance (Kasen's), Chase had a ride to Princeton for teen dance on square...then I am taking him home. Last nite I took the Girl Scouts (+Katie and her friend Brittany, which made me slightly illegal...and the gate taker at the game was kind enough to point this out to me....), the girls ran amok a bit, but had fun, they all found friends/ cute boys/ cheers to keep them amused. pretty cheap fun for $3/head!

9.19.2013

Thursday

Kevin had therapy, got car inspected and tire fixed. Katie stayed home from school sick and then worked on her speech. I did bills, did some laundry, cleaned a few dresser drawers, made supper, and fell asleep on couch watching dvds. that annoys Katie greatly.....

FFA Greenhand

Kevin & I made it to Katie's Greenhand Initiation in Gallatin, supper at Washington Street, picked up Avalanche.

9.17.2013

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday......

fabulous Chiefs game....(VICTORY!)...we all piled in together...Cody got us out of the stadium in record time, then the brakes went out in a busy intersection and he safely steered us into KCF39, where we got the Avalanche towed to their house, and hung out in nifty twirly chairs in the firehouse until Cody came back to pick us up. Koren ordered Famous Dave for supper, the boys rigged the brakeline enough to get us home in the driveway.....took KJ back to NWMSU, we got home about 4:15a.m. turned off my alarm and got to work with about 3 minutes to spare. Monday nite took Katie to the softball game and crashed on couch, till she called for ride home, then to bed. Tuesday watched Catfish and The Newsroom. Katie worked on her rough draft for her speech. Truck to Willis for correct brake fix. rain. temps have dropped, we're actually having hoody weather!

9.16.2013

ARROWHEAD WAS ROCKING: The Chiefs victory came in front of 76,952 fans, the largest crowd at Arrowhead since 77,368 fans packed into Arrowhead to watch the Chiefs take on Denver (11/11/07)...

. ARROWHEAD WAS ROCKING: The Chiefs victory came in front of 76,952 fans, the largest crowd at Arrowhead since 77,368 fans packed into Arrowhead to watch the Chiefs take on Denver (11/11/07).
AND WE WERE THERE!

9.14.2013

a day shopping in the city

with Koren, Katie, Grandma Kristie, and Kyla....the girls got their homecoming dresses and FFA stuff.
Kevin picked up KJ, then I took Katie to Chase's.

9.13.2013

Friday

work, then ran Katie to Kasen's to go to the Princeton/Bethany game with her...started laundry, put the beach stuff in bathroom and moved amish stuff to dining room....they shoulda built the basement walls out of the paneling in DR, 'bout impossible to get a nail thru it! finally decided to quit for the nite and watch Shugie Bear and Mama June's commitment ceremony from WEDNESDAY nite....will have to go pick up Ms Boo later....tomorrow is our shopping day in KC, then Sunday is CHIEFS day.....

9.12.2013

after work we went to Grandpa Bernards so Katie could interview him for her FFA speech....

ate a delicious supper, visited some, and headed home where she showered and tried Pinterest skin stuff and did her homework and I did bills and some laundry. last nite's rain cooled things off. she also emailed Uncle Duane some questions. she is making progress!

9.11.2013

12 years later.....

on the way to work, the radio reminded me that it was 9/11. and on the way home, the Mercer square flagpole reminded me. I'll never forget driving to DD polebarn to work that day, my shift started at 10 a.m. I thought it was a War of the Worlds remake. I couldn't believe it. when I got to work, everyone was huddled around a small radio, just listening. and when I came home, there was a long line at the gas station. no one knew what to expect....I myself came home, wrote a letter to my kids, cried some, then got on amazon.com and ordered Red Dawn on vhs (before we got a dvd player...) because it just seemed important to watch it again. no one knew if the attacks were over. no one knew if they'd have a tomorrow. it was very sobering.
I don't know if we're a better nation now, but I am proud of the fact that the Mercer school has a 9-11 program every year to help the students remember. Mr. Frost our Spanish teacher was at Ground Zero, he has some artifacts he puts on display every year.
Kevin & Katie to interview Lije for her FFA speech on Cattlemen. brief sprinkles.

9.10.2013

my day off started with getting Katie off to school....

then rode along with Kevin to his massage/chiropractor appt. then we went on a mystery road trip to Jamesport where we shopped in antique stores and visited a farm with it's own cheese factory and bought cheese and maple syrup. then Hyvee and Hardees, Shopko and Orshelin's and home.
Katie went to Brittany's for help with her math, then to FFA meeting. I had a leaders meeting at The Girl Scout Little House at Chillicothe for fall product sales.
so here it is, 9:20p.m., making supper and still need to shower so I can get up tomorrow and go back to work....
and, oh. finally tried Oxi-Clean, and damn, that stuff is good!

9.08.2013

sunday

Kevin is happy, the Chiefs WON! I meanwhile, suffered minor heatstroke at work, stopped at Snappys on way home per Katie's supper request, did chores, took the dogs out, folded about 3 minutes worth of laundry, and went to bed. woke up at bedtime. and here I am.
Kate had the idea of the picture of our backs for Chiefs bathroom, got hold of Teri to order. Cool idea!
she is making shopping plans with Kyla, her grandma, & Chase for Sat. boss needed Weds off, so traded him for Tuesday.
hot hot hot!
took off the day of Homecoming, so I can get her there whenshe needs to be.

9.07.2013

picked katie up from grandma ann's on way home from work,

then took her to spend her 2 month anniversary with Chase. I took some pictures, came home, did some laundry and dishes, and found a new show....Buying The Bayou. now time to go back to Lamoni and pick her up....
(here's a pic from facebook of last nite's FB game....)
never mind, texted her that I was leaving. they are bringing her home! whoop whoop! turned off outside light, the bugs are crazy tonite!

9.06.2013

my favorite son called.....

K.J. facebook post.....I was just reading my Russian history textbook and came across this happy little tidbit "Early Rus law valued free women less than men, the compensation for their injuries being half that for men, but the reproductive capacity of slave girls rendered their value one-fifth higher than that of enslaved men." This book is really depressing.
and his girlfriend broke up with him....no real reason, they'll probably still be friends, just no longer romantically involved.

Welcome to North Mercer R-III, home of the Cardinals! Our mission is to inspire students to gain a diversity of life skills in a safe environment as they work to become responsible, productive citizens.

this seems like a fitting beginning to todays blog....straight from the school website which I try to remember to check everyday.....
stopped by Girdners to pay for our garage door......a mere $1650.71 on my credit card....
did chores, put dogs out, stripped bed, made Katie some supper before she left for the game...I plan on watching Ghost Adventures with my bleary eyes and eating Marie Calander pot pies.
Kevin went to specialist yesterday, he gave him cortisone shot in his knee, a brace, and therapy orders.
thinking I'll move Amish theme to dining room. got another picture for beach bathroom today....think I have one more coming. I am so excited! also ordered a few starfish and another sand dollar.

9.05.2013

katie went to the softball game....

I opted to watch the new Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, clean the bathroom, sweep and Swiffer floors, put away laundry, and put the new shark and the dresser knobs in bathroom. waiting for the other pictures to arrive to figure out walls. I am excited about my seashore bathroom....will probably need more stuff after I get this all in....but I am tickled pink about it!
prod. sup. came in, I vented, he promises no more unloading gilt trucks by myself....but he's not there, so I won't hold my breath.
Four Weddings was in New Orleans, so stayed up late to watch that! Katie told me that our house is rustic country, she isn't happy with the beach bathroom idea. and I cook the same thing for supper every nite. (when the hell do I cook supper?) /blockquote>bills, trash to curb.

9.04.2013

just another Wednesday.....

Kevin picked up the old porch pieces in front yard....Katie knocked off the metal thingies on retaining wall and gave herself a nasty blister. meanwhile, I took an afterwork nap and made supper. we watched Ted on dvd.

Go Demons!

last nite Kevin, Katie, Brittany, & I went to cheer on Chase's team, the Lamoni Demons, in a JV game at Corydon.

9.02.2013

Katie is picked up from the Bethany fair, she had a fabulous weekend....

and has 2 of Chase's FB games she asked to go to.....one tomorrow....one next Friday. shut off a/c and threw open windows. ordered FB beads for Chiefs and for GS for Tigers game...and some BB beads for Cardinal games as well, if Katie wants them for red & white day.

Happy Labor Day to all my fellow laborers who don't get the day off....

my stomach muscles hurt today, but not as bad as yesterday. will just have to stand up straight and breathe to get thru work. you wouldn't think the after affects of surgeries 12 years ago could still kick me in the ass like this. I always think my stomach is telling me to slow down when it hurts like that.....maybe should go to dr. cause my job will suck everyday.....but suck the most on gilt truck days....

yesterday was a no alarm day....slept till about 10:30....

made lunch, then we took Katie to meet friends at Bethany fair,($5 to get in the gate this year, so instead of driving in to let her out, let her out at gate and she had to hike in....pretty sure it wasn't $5 a piece to get in the last 2 years.....) went to Walmart, got drinks at Sonic, and home to watch Olympus Has Fallen.

9.01.2013

hmmmm.....

thinking I should open a B&B for out of town teenage boyfriends/girlfriends where a van will pick them up and take them to B&B by curfew, snacks and breakfast will be provided, and parents can pick them up in the morning. would have to have boy and girl dorms and house parents.....but it would save me those late nite drives......hmmm.....
baby show, parade, trip to Lamoni to drop her off, then another trip back to pick her up.....

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