28 June, 2012


I don't know if anyone was reading back in '08. But we have a mystery at our house! It has been about 3 years since we last heard from our anonymous friend. Someone that knew me in high school (and knew Boy Toy) has been sending me postcards from around the world.  They bring up very specific things about me/us. We have no idea who it is. It may be   multiple people.  And our last one was so very long  ago.  I occasionally  feel bad because I am not sure who it is, but  we have been having so much fun trying to figure it out. 

But now they are back! and in Switzerland! They tell me they are swimming and walking every day, and practicing their French. They wonder if I remember how badly they spoke French.

What is really bizarre is that the 3rd time I read the post card (it is a puzzle that has stumped us...) I wondered if it could be an old boy friend of mine (and it would have to be REALLY OLD as Boy Toy and I have been together for....25? 26 years?) Well I say to Boy Toy I wonder if it could be "BU" and he says "Are you kidding me? That is exactly who I thought of when I read it". I haven't  thought of BU in...YEARS and I can't imagine Boy Toy has either (i think there was a boy or two between BU and Boy Toy.)

Whoever it is seems to think of me fondly and that brightens my day. 

The Game is Afoot SEND ME MORE!!!!

Dear Spotty Chop you were 86 months old almost a month ago

DUDE - I have no idea what's going on. I totally forgot to post this!

You have got potty mouth/toilet humor on the brain. It really doesn’t help that your father has it too.

Holy  Carp! (my personal favorite)
mom spell I Cup
do you need any ASSistance?
I need some chocolate shit muffins

You were super sweet on Mother’s Day. You wouldn’t let me do a thing. You yelled at me every time I got off the couch. You gave me a new mama & baby turtle necklace to replace the one you lost in Kindergarten. You were SO excited to give it to me. This is the first time you kept a secret, usually you tell us what you got us as soon as you see us, but you didn’t breathe a word. You LOVE hearing about the people that notice it and that I am telling everyone you gave it to me. A migraine hit me on my birthday, and you were so good. I feel so bad when I can’t function, but you take it in stride. We played Beyblades and watched Skunk Fu. You whispered (loudly) is this your best birthday ever? I got to snuggle/nap for 2 hours with you. There is no better present.

The soccer teams were invited to walk in the Memorial Day Parade. Annadude’s family was getting ready for a trip back to India so I knew they would not be going to the parade. You wanted to walk in the parade with Annadude so we offered to take him with us, and then to his soccer game and yours and dinner so packing could happen. When I asked if you guys wanted to walk by yourselves Annadude said yes. You however said you wanted me to have fun and get to walk too. During the walk you pulled me down to you and whispered “thanks for walking with me mama”. Little dude, it is my pleasure.

I have instituted “Game Night Tuesday”. I explained to you that this wasn’t a punishment, but sometimes the 3 of us are all playing games…but alone, and I wanted us to spend more time together playing. You seem to look forward to “game night”.  Still trying to teach you that winning isn’t the only thing, but you will get it eventually.

You will still climb up on my lap to watch TV. You are really annoyed at the frogs outside your window. “Why can’t they just shut up when I am trying to sleep?” Nannie often thinks the same thing. When you take a shower you often scream for me. You want your face mask so you can swim in the tub.

Cherry’s are back in season! This makes you super happy.

You are the best kid EVER!

27 June, 2012

Geek zodiac

I’m a spy…What are you

18 June, 2012

Twit what?

I don’t do twitter, I don’t get it. I honestly just don’t like people enough to follow them. I don’t care that  you are crossing the street, or drinking coffee. However when Jenny over at the Bloggess talks about twitter it makes me giggle. Apparently there is some viral author unknown quotes going on (whatever that means). Jenny has kindly finished the quotes so they make sense. Go here for them all (and go here to see why I will read about her twitter on her blog. I won’t actually twit but this almost makes me want to…)

Here are some of my favorites

The things that hurt us teach us.”   Or they kill us. Maybe you should just skip that class.

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”   Or maybe they only get one soap opera.  Stop being so literal, asshole.

No pillow is so soft as God’s promise.  Unless it’s God’s promise to start the apocalypse and send the four horsemen on your asses.

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it. ”  The same thing goes with an ice-pic but you can also murder people with it.  I know which one I’d choose in a knife fight.

The best way out of a problem is through it.”  Unless that problem is a fire.  Then you’re fucked.

13 June, 2012

What's stuck in your head?

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? Have it jump out at you at random times? 

This has been stuck in my head almost everyday for the past month. I can be in the middle of just about anything and suddenly the words pop out of my mouth...Waooooo  waooo

When criminals in this world appear 
and break the laws that they should fear
and frighten all who see or hear
the cry goes up both far and near
for Underdog!
 Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

Speed of lightning, roar of thunder 
fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog. Underdog!

When in this world the headlines read 
of those whose hearts are filled with greed
who rob and steal from those who need
to right this wrong with blinding speed
goes Underdog!
 Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

Speed of lightning, roar of thunder 
fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog. Underdog!

12 June, 2012

Thematic Photographic 199 - Got the blues

Wow 2nd Thematic post in 2 weeks! I’m cooking with FIRE!!!

This week’s theme is  Got the Blues

So what do I do when I feel blue? I look at pictures!!! Now if only I could find a photo or two that have blue in it.



Sick of old photo’s of Spotty Chop? Worried that I don’t take current BLUE photos?

What? You say I don’t know how to take a blue photo without my son in it?

BOO YA!!!!!

I feel better how bout you?

08 June, 2012

Thematic Photographic 198 - The Natural World

I haven’t been over to see Carmi in awhile. Which is a shame as he is a great blogger and seems to be a decent guy. Sometimes life happens and gets in the way of what you enjoy. I popped in today and saw a new Thematic post and while I am once again late to the party I do enjoy to dance.

This week's them is the Natural World

Our last camping trip we went to the Lost River and found some nature...and a river!

02 June, 2012

Water or Coke


#1.    75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)

#2.    In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak  that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.

#4.    One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of   Washington study.

#5.    Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of  water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain  for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term   memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8.    Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of  colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?


#1.    In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from  the highway after a car accident.

#2.    You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

#4.    To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:  Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.    To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour  a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble  away the corrosion.

#6.    To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.    To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8.    To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


#1.    The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric  acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.    To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.    The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years! Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? or Coke?