Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sunday Stealing

Today we ripped this meme off a
blogger and blog named Monkey In a Suit. He explains that he ripped it off from Average Jane. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

1. Name one person who made you smile today:

Beth, a CNA that I work with! She makes me crack up

2. What were you doing at 8am this morning?

At 8 this morning I was still sleeping....I am not a morning person.

3. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?

45 minutes ago I was at work....I just got home.

4. What is your favorite candy bar?

My favorite candy bar is a Snickers.

5. Have you ever been to a strip club?

Yes, several times!

6. What was the last thing you had to drink?

Cranberry juice.

7. What was the last thing you ate?

Carrot cake

8. The last sporting event you watched?

I try not to watch but my hubby had on a gold match.

9. Do you go to church every Sunday?

Nope.......I believe in God but am not a big fan of organized religion.

10. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?

Without a doubt.

11. What are you doing tomorrow?


12. What do you think of when you hear Australia?

I think about the trip that we took there in 2000.....Sydney, the Outback, Melbourne, Brisbane....we saw Olympic Stadium, kangaroos in the wild. It was an awesome trip.

13. Biggest annoyance right now?

New graduate nurses that thing they know everything.

14. Last song listened to?

Please Mr. Please.....Olivia Newton John

15. Do you have a maid service clean your house?

Are you kidding me????? I am the maid.

16. Are you jealous of anyone?

Yes, anyone who has a maid service.

17. Is anyone jealous of you?

Not that I know of.

18. What do you usually do during the day?

sleep.....and go to work

19. Do you hate anyone that you know right now?

Yes I do

20. Are you thinking about someone right now?

I am now that you asked me if I hate anyone. thanks

Chalkboard Door

Recently while browsing through some blogs I came across this adorable post at Phillips Phamily Phive.....a chalkboard serving tray. It got me to thinking and I have decided that I am going to paint the door between my dining room and laundry room (it is closed all the time) with chalkboard paint. But do I want to deal with all the chalk dust.....nope! So after some searching here is what I stumbled upon......Chalk Ink Markers. There is even a blog called Just Chalkin that shows ways the markers have been used. I am so excited and can't wait to do this project. I will be back with pictures when I am done. Cool, huh?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Saturday 9

1. Do you mind people to show up uninvited?

It depends....for the most part I would rather know that someone is coming. But sometimes I don't mind a surprise visit.

2. Last person you talked to on the phone?

I just got through talking to my cop son....I wanted to know if smoking marijuana shows up in a UA. Funny question, you ask. Believe me I have a reason. And nope, it's not my UA that I was wondering about....

3. Last person on your missed call list?

An unknown caller...good thing I missed them.

4. Who calls you the most?

I think that would be my youngest son.

5. What is your favorite song about breaking up?

Breaking up is hard to do.....Neil Sedaka

6. If someone sent you an unexpected gift, what would you like it to be?

Money......lots of it

7. Your classic rock station plays the top songs of all time. What is number one?

Love Me Tender....Elvis Presley

8. Do you live for today or tomorrow?

I wish that I lived for today but I really do live for tomorrow...does that make any sense?

9. What movie villain scared you as a kid?


Monday, May 25, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY May 25, 2009...

Outside my window...

Outside my window today it looks like summer may be right around the corner. The sky is so blue with some whipsy little clouds and the sun is shining brightly. It is already 80F and will get warmer.

I am thinking...

I am thinking how sad it is that I have to go to work today.

I am thankful for...

I am thankful for the fact that I have a job to go to although I do like to complain

From the kitchen...

From the kitchen there is nothing.....we have been gone for the past four days and Papa will be in charge of himself for today.

I am wearing...

I am wearing what I always wear at this time on scrubs.

I am creating...

I am creating a fantasy about not having to work and living on an island.

I am going...

I am going to get out the pool tomorrow and start the process of putting it up.

I am reading...
I am still reading "Fit To Be Tied"

I am hoping...

I am hoping that I will get a lot done with the next three days off work.

I am hearing...

I am hearing the rerun of One Life to Live....I did not know they did reruns.

Around the house...

Ah around the is a mess and there is unpacking to do..

One of my favorite things...

One of my favorite things is a clean and orderly house and I do know seem to have much of that anymore.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

A few plans for the rest of the week are tomorrow I get colored and hi-lited; I want to get the pool up, hope to get the grommets into the pool cover and mow the grass.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Three of my beautiful grands before we left on a weekend in Kansas City

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sounds Like Life

I heard this song on the radio today and boy does it really hit home.....yep, sounds like life to me

Friday, May 22, 2009

Black Forest Pizza

This is yummie, but then look at the ingredients (what's not to like) servings would depend on how big you slice this or for that matter how many slices you have. Soooo Good!

19.8 oz. box brownie mix
8 oz. cream cheese; softened
2 tablespoons confectioner' s sugar
1 (8 oz.) container frozen cool whip; thawed
1 (20 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 12" pizza pan with nonstick cooking
spray. Prepare the brownie batter according to directions on the box.
Spread the prepared batter evenly over the bottom of the pan. Bake
for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the
center comes out clean; let cool
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and
whipped topping until smooth.With a wet table knife, spread the mixture evenly over the browniepizza. Spoon the cherry pie filling evenly over that. Cut and serve
immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

School's out

Well here it is.....that long awaited day (well one of the kids has been waiting and the other is slightly sad and grandma is throwing her hands up in despair) was the last day of school.
95 long days until the start of the 2009/2010 school year.
We have many plans for the summer. This coming weekend we are going up to Kansas City with three of our grandchildren and spend the day at The Kansas City Zoo. After that long day our plan is to eat at the Corner Cafe. Love that place! And the best pies ever.
Then we will head to my cousins house in Lawrence for an evening with the Wii or maybe some dominoes before we head back home on Sunday.
I have to work on Memorial Day. Just one of those little perks that goes along with being an RN. I get to work most holidays.....
Then I have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off so that will be the day that the pool goes up. I got a new solar blanket so that the water can start to heat up.
The kids have several camps they are going to this summer. Darian will lead off in early June and attend The Pinnacle Sports Performance camp for three days to get into shape for the rest of the summer.
Late June and July they are going to our local Nature Center for an Adventure Camp. Both are looking forward to some nature and fishing experiences. After that they will be off to their sports for Harley and Football for Darian.
In between we will work in some swimming, reading, and other little side trips.
Oh how I look forward to fall!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Stealing

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Alison from the blog Hairline Fracture She claims that snagged this from Facebook. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
I most hate paying any kind of insurance bill. In order to collect someone has to die, get sick, be in an accident, or some other catastrophe. Just doesn't seem right to me.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
It has been so long since I have had a romantic dinner that I cannot remember. I just do not need the 'romance' anymore.

3. How many colleges did you attend?
Just the one that I graduated from.

4. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
It is is an old tee-shirt that belonged to my son. From Old Navy.

5. First thought when the alarm went off this morning? I have to go to work today???

6. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I don't remember my last thought. I fell asleep watching "What Not to Wear"

7. What do you miss being a child?
I miss having none of the responsibilities that I have now.

8. What errand/chore do you despise?
I despise going to the grocery store. Lucky for me my husband likes to go.

9. Have you found real love yet?
Whatever that means........I think that I have.

10. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
A long cash register receipt.

11. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual? is necessary for legal pension plans, health insurance, etc.

12. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Can't think of a single one that would get me to go out to dinner

13. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
Nope....except to practice a fire drill at the hospital when I used to work. They would light the Resuscitation Annie on fire and we would have to use the extinguisher.

14. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
I have seen all of California that I need to see.

15. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
At this point in my life I AM NOT GOING to start either.

16. Do you have a “go to” person?
Yep, my husband.

17. Are you where you want to be in life?

18. Over the years, what about you do you think has changed the most?

Without a doubt it is the body.....fatter and it all droops

19. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
No way!

20. Are there times you still feel like a kid?

21. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?

22. Who do you think impacted your life the most?
My mom

23. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
My mom

24. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?
Unfortunately I do that ......go here and see what I wrote.

25. What is the scariest thing that has happened to you as an adult?
My husband needing to have 5 vessel by pass surgery.

26. What advice would you give to someone about to get married?

27. What advice would you give someone starting their first job?
Come to work when you are supposed to.

28. If you could go back and change one thing you did, what would it be?
Well I would like to say that I would not have gotten married the first time but then I wouldn't have my sons.

29. If you could go back and change one thing someone else did, what would it be?
I would change the path that my oldest son chose to take in life.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What I didn't have

Today I received an email from a friend that reminded me of the things I didn't have when I was growing up. It reminded me of the things that my kids and my grand kids have now. And it made me start to think and ponder this question. Are we really better off today than we were when I was growing up?

One of the
things we didn't have when I was growing up was money. Not a lot of it anyway. And sometimes there just wasn't enough of it. But my mom always made do with what she had.
I can remember many Saturday nights that we had popcorn and milk for supper. Now I can just hear a lot of you saying "ewwww". But it was good. And popcorn was cheap. Mom would pop a big tub of popcorn and we all got a tall, cold glass of milk (I later learned that it was Carnation powdered milk, which I wouldn't drink today if you paid me) and that was supper. Because popcorn was cheap and you could fill up a kid's stomach with it.
Another memory I have of suppers when I was growing up was the Sunday night regular. Mom bought ice cream in half-gallon sizes,it then came as a brick wrapped in cardboard, and she cut that brick into five slices. If she could,she made a cake and would serve it up with the ice cream. I can't think of a kid alive that wouldn't want to have ice cream and cake for supper. Many years later...after I had kids of my mom told me that the reason for those kinds of suppers was to keep us from knowing how bad things were. And it did! I didn't even know we were poor folk for many a year.
For most of my life we didn't have a phone at my house, or we had one and then lost it when we couldn't pay the bill. But who needed a phone when Grandma lived across the street and all our friends lived in the same neighbor hood as we did.We didn't call people and they didn't call us. And if we took a trip, which was rare, we didn't worry about what would happen if we broke down on the road. Someone would come along and help us. We trusted people more back in those days. And people helped each other. Now there is hardly anyone who doesn't have a cell phone on them at all times. And people can be in constant contact with text messaging. I haven't learned yet how to do that. In fact, we had it blocked on our phones. I don't need that kind of contact with anyone.
We also didn't have computers back then. Heck, they weren't even invented yet. Can you imagine that? If we wanted to communicate with someone we wrote a letter. No emails. No instant messaging. And if we wanted to look something up we went to the Public Library. I loved that place. I could have stayed there everyday. I still remember exactly what the children's department looked like. And the room where all the magazines were kept. A while back I ventured into our public library and do you know what I found......lots of people there on the library's computer. Go figure. And I can still feel the fear that a frown from the librarian would send down my spine if she looked my way and said "shh"
I wouldn't part with my computer for anything, but I do feel it is sad that my kids and their kids don't know the library the way I did.
Something else we didn't have much of was new clothes. Lots of hand me downs. Or even worse than that was the homemade clothes. Ewww...Always in late summer or early fall mom would take down the Sears Catalog and order our shoes, socks, underwear and a new winter coat if one of the hand me downs didn't fit.Those had to last until the next year when she ordered again. God forbid if you had a growth spurt and out grew something. I remember how much my sister and I hated those black and white saddle oxfords that mom ordered for us every year. They would last a whole year, that is why she liked them. They were ugly, that is why we hated them. One year the dog chewed mine up and I got to wear my canvass P.E. shoes the rest of the year. My sister was so upset that she threw hers away at school and wore her P.E. shoes home and told mom that someone had stolen her shoes during P.E. class. Looking back, I can't believe my mom fell for that story. Who would have been stupid enough to steal those ugly shoes.

Do you remember drinking from the garden hose? I sure do. And no one told us it might kill us. This was our source of water most of the time when we played outside. No plastic water bottles back in my day. We did buy our pop in glass bottles and paid a deposit on the bottle. The deposit was returned when we took the empty bottle back to the store. Think how many plastic bottles wouldn't be in the land fills today if we paid a deposit and returned them to the store.

And speaking of playing outside.....whatever happened to that? I can drive around my town on any given day and never see a kid outside. We headed out in the morning after chores were done and didn't come back until mom whistled for us to come home. We always had to be in by dark. And she didn't drive us to where we needed to go. Or stay with us while we were there. Or pick us up when it was time to come home. And no one snatched me off a street corner or jumped from behind a tree to molest me. We didn't have video games or Ipods. We played hide and go seek and jacks or baseball. We played tag or Red Rover or just hung out with other groups of kids. Ah the good old days.

Our cars were not equipped with seat belts. And we didn't put our babies in child safety seats. And all of us survived. I often wonder if seat belts and car seats really save that many lives or are they making someone, somewhere pretty rich. Not to mention more government involvement in our lives. I wear a seat belt everyday but only because I am too cheap to pay the fine. I still have not figured out why the government has the right to tell me that I have to wear one. Who am I going to kill if I don't have my seat belt on? Too much government isn't always a good thing, is it?

I do not know if I missed out on anything when I was younger. I had a pretty decent life. My kids had a pretty decent life. And my grand kids will have a decent life too. And new things will come along and good things will go by the way side. And somewhere, sometime, someone will talk about "The Good Old Days".

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY May 11, 2009...

Outside my window...

Outside my window today the sun is shining, the sky is so blue and the temp is 63F.

I am thinking...

I am thinking that possibly spring is here.

I am thankful for...

These days, I am thankful for everything.

From the kitchen...

I just had yesterday's leftover Chinese food. Ummm good

I am wearing...

It must be Monday....I am wearing my scrubs.

I am creating...

I am still working on flower beds.

I am going...

I am going to be so glad when all the flower beds are ready to be planted. I hate Bermuda grass!!!

I am reading...

I am still reading the book 'Fit to be Tied'. It is a weird book and I am not really sure that I like it but once I start a book I finish it.

I am hoping...

I am hoping that the week won't fly by so fast. They are all going by in such a hurry.

I am hearing...

I am hearing All My Children in the background.

Around the house...

I will strip the beds tomorrow and wash all the linens.

One of my favorite things...

One of my favorite things to do is to dig in the dirt. I love the feel of cool/warm dirt on my fingers. I love to see the worms and the bugs and I love the look after the beds are all clean and ready for the flowers.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Tomorrow I think I will take Harley to get a haircut and then the rest of the week will be the normal stuff

Here is picture thought I am sharing....

To read more or join us if you want go to The Simple Woman's Daybook and join

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sunday Stealing

.Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Nicole from the blog I Heart RG. She claims that snagged this from The Narnian Queen. But, it was probably stolen at that blog as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

1. What is on the walls of your room?

Which room......this room, my bedroom, the other rooms....which room?

2. What type of music do you listen to?

I like all kinds of music but mostly I listen to classic country and the oldies.

3. What do you want more than anything right now?

Right now more than anything I want to retire and just stay home all the time.

4. Do you get scared in the dark?

Sometimes the dark can be scary but mostly I don't get scared in the dark.

5. What's you worst fear?

My worst fear is that one of my kids will die before I do.

6. If you could anything right now, what would it be?

If I could be anything right now I would be very rich!

7. What’s the meaningful gift that you’ve received?

I have said this many times, the most meaningful gift I have ever received was on my 40th birthday my youngest son bought me a gold necklace with the initials RN. It was the first gift he ever bought me with his own money and using his own judgement. I still call this one of my most prized possessions.

8. Do you have a crush?

OMG no!

9. Who is your favorite celebrity?

I don't really have a favorite celebrity.

10. Could you fall in love with someone that you know must leave?


11. Share a favorite quote of yours.

"I must learn to love the fool in me...the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries."
Theodore Issac Rubin

12. What’s your weakness?
I have many weaknesses......bread, chips, beer, kissing my grand kids, buying flowers

13. Do you believe that we all have a soul mate?

Nah not so much!

14. What were you doing before Sunday Stealing?

Nothing much....

15. What do you get complicated about the most?

16. What turns you off the most from a potential partner?

Smothering me!

17. What is you worst habit?


18. When was the last time that you were jealous?

Many years ago...too much wasted energy now

19. Have you ever had a “friend with benefits”? he is my husband!

20. Do you use sarcasm?

Who me???

21. At the moment, what’s you favorite song?

Brett Michael's.....All I Ever Needed

22. What is you favorite day of the year?
My favorite day of the year...hmmmm...I think this year it will be the first day of the 2009-2010 School year.

23. Describe your love life

None of your business.

24. When was your last one night stand?

I don't believe in one night stands.....

25. How many past lovers are too many?

However many you want is okay with me

Friday, May 8, 2009

Saturday Nine

Saturday 9: With a Little Help From My Friends
1. How many of your friendships have lasted more than ten years?
I had two best friends that lasted more than 10 years, but unfortunately both of them passed away in 2008......

2. Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you ten years from now?
Hmmmmm now that is a very good question!

3. It's Friday evening and you're planning your weekend. What's on your agenda?
If the weather holds out then I plan to work outside in my yard getting the garden and the flower beds ready to plant.

4. What was the most recent movie to scare you or give you the creeps?
I am not much of a movie watcher and I don't watch movies that scare me or give me the creeps.

5. Finally, the new cast and movie of Star Trek are out. Excited or indifferent?
I am not a fan of Star Trek so I could care less.

6. Do you have any nervous habits?
Yep, can't keep my feet still....even going to sleep I am shaking my foot.

7. Do you swear in general?
If I need to.

8. Do you swear on your blog?
I have been known to.

9. Does it bother you when you read a post with curse words?
Not really. The only time curse words bother me if it is someone saying F*** every other sentence. Then I just get hung up on hearing the word F*** and not what the person is saying...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

If you would like to create your own day book and join the group go
to Peggy Hostetler's "The Simple Woman's Daybook"
and join.

FOR TODAY May 3, 2009 ...

Outside my window...
Tonight outside my window it is very dark and cloudy. We have had rain most all of this week. The temps have been in the 50's. I am wondering if we will ever seen warm weather.

I am thinking...
I am thinking of all the things that need to be done outside if we can just warm up some. I do have most of the flower beds ready to plant.

I am thankful for...
I am thankful for the CNA's that I work with. They do a good job taking care of our residents.

From the learning rooms...
Ah another good week for the grandson. We are now all B's and one C. Such an improvement and I can tell that he is proud of himself too!

From the kitchen...
No plans from the kitchen this week. I just ate a slice of pizza that was pretty good for a frozen pizza.

I am wearing...
I am wearing an old t-shirt and a pair of old shorts. I am heading for bed soon.

I am creating...
I am creating a design that I am planning to paint on my concrete patio floor.

I am going...
I am going to have to look up on Google what type of paint I need to get for my patio project.

I am reading...
I just started a new book by an author I have never read. It is called "Fit to be Tied" (see upper left corner of my blog)

I am hoping...
I am hoping that tomorrow is a peaceful day at work as I am the only nurse on the upper floor.....grrrrrr I wish they would hire more nurse.

I am hearing...
I am hearing the blissful quiet of the house.

Around the house...
This week I am going shopping for a couple of those over the door shoe holders to put in my bathrooms to organize all the stuff. Since the grands have moved in it seems we have a lot of clutter in the bathrooms.

One of my favorite things...
One of my favorite things is to come home from work in the late evening and see the sleeping faces of these precious little ones that are now living under my roof!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Nothing special planned this week

Here is a picture thought that I am sharing.....

Oh what a thrill it would be to have this 'little' room to hide away in!

Sunday Stealing

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Iain Dale from the blog Iain Dale’s Diary. It appears that Iain actually wrote this meme. So we may have been the first to steal the meme outside of the folks he tagged. In his bio it states, "Iain Dale is one of Britain's leading political commentators, appearing regularly on TV and radio. He writes a fortnightly political column for the Daily Telegraph and a fortnightly diary for the Eastern Daily Press." Enjoy! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

First job: My first job was a waitress at Lum's Resturant here in my hometown. They cooked hot dogs in beer!

First Real Job: My first real job was as a secretary in an Insurance office.....hated it!

First Favorite Politician: My first favorite politician was Ronald Reagan

First Car: My first car was a red Buick Riviera....can't remember the year. I loved that car.

First Record/CD: My first record was by Elvis...don't remember the title.

First Sport Played: I played softball a couple of summers when I was a kid and I only played cause my mom made me....I was not an athlete.

First Concert: The first concert I ever went to was Johnny Cash. Loved him then and love him now......Ring of Fire!

First Foreign Country Visited: The first foreign country I visited was Venezuela. We took an awesome 4-wheel jeep tour along the coast..

First Favorite TV Show: My first favorite TV show was Captain Kangaroo.

First Favorite Actor: My first favorite actor was Elvis. It wasn't until I was an adult and re- watched some of those movies that I learned that Elvis really couldn't act.

First Favorite Actress: I don't really remember ever having a favorite actress.

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: My first boyfriends name was David. He was 6 and I was 5. He would pick me flowers and walk me to school...

First Encounter with a Famous Person: I was at a nursing conference in Las Vegas once and saw Robert Redford at the Hilton.....I acted like any tourist and screamed!!! Embarrassing.

First Brush With Death: I have never had a personal brush with death. However, I was only 8 years old when my dad died.

First House/Condo Owned: The first house I owned was a small three bedroom ranch on 1/2 acre and it is less than a mile from where I now live.

First Film Seen: I cannot remember.

First Favorite Recording Artist: Elvis

First Favorite Radio Station: KFDI...Wichita, Kansas

First Book I Remember Reading: Up, Up Away....a first grade primer

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog: It was on Sunday, October 12, 2008 and It was Sunday Stealing!!!!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Saturday Nine

Settling the Score

Welcome to Saturday: 9 . What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1. Do you feel that you have “a score to settle” with anyone?
  • Yes, as a matter of fact I do have a score to settle. But it is just not worth it.

2. Do you own anything that you think is unbreakable?

  • I do not believe that anything is "unbreakable"

3. Tell us about a crazy thing you did in high school.

  • One night while my mom was sleeping my brother and I snuck out of the house. We pushed his car to the corner so that she would not hear it start. Then we went out and necked with our boyfriend/girlfriend until 3 a.m. While driving home I said, "What if we pull up and all the lights are on?" My brother said we would just keep on driving. Well, we pulled up. All the lights were on. He did not keep driving. I had never seen my mom as mad as she was. She was so mad that she did not speak to me. She handed me a letter. In the letter it said that I was grounded for one month from everything and that she would be taking me to and from school. Ack..................what happened to my brother, you ask? Nothing!!!!!!! When I asked why....."Boys don't get pregnant" was the answer. What????? I wanted to ask her who she thought got the girls pregnant but she was too mad...I served every moment of being grounded.

4. Name the one talent of yours that you think is the best.

  • My best talent is growing things. I love houseplants and to garden. I have 3 African violets that are more than 15 years old and a fig tree in the living room that is 20 years old. Some of my annuals come back every year and they are only supposed to last one year. I have an awesome green thumb.

5. Who wins American Idol? (if you don’t watch, tell us about a reality show that you do follow.)

  • I don't watch American Idol. I do watch Survivor....and right now I want Taj to win.

6. What is your favorite movie in black & white?

  • I have no favorite movies in black and white. I do not watch movies.

7. What is one thing advertised too much on TV?

  • Viagra! give it a rest................LOL (that was funny)

8. What is your current favorite TV drama?

  • I have a few....CSI Miami, CSI Las Vegas and the Unit

9. What is your current favorite TV comedy?

  • Two and a Half Men

Don't panic over the Swine Flu

I couldn't be a blogging nurse if I didn't mention something about the swine flu. I am reading everywhere how scared people are. And the media certainly doesn't help matters when that is all it is talking about. You need to be sensible but you sure do not need to be terrifed. It is a virus much like any other virus. It just hasn't been in the United States before. So before you panic, be sensible. Let's all clean up our acts and be aware of the coughing and sneezing going on around us. A little common sense and diligence will keep the germs away.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly-I have taught my grand kids to sing Happy Birthday while they wash so that I know they are washing long enough.
  • My grand kids have been taught to cough into the crook of their arm and not into the air or on their hands.
  • When you have finished blowing your nose into a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands.
  • It is okay to use alcohol-based hand sure to rub it all over your hands until it dries.
  • Stay away from sick people! This includes family members, loved ones, and strangers.
  • Do not share food or drink with anyone...including your family members.
  • Try to avoid places with recyclable airplanes and trains.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator. And think of the other benefits to this.
  • Take advantage of the warm weather and meet people outside rather than inside.
  • And if you are the one that is sick......STAY HOME! Don't send your kids to school sick either.
  • Keep your hands away from your face and wash them often. This cannot be said often enough....Wash your hands!

And don't waste your money on face masks........THEY DON'T WORK! Viruses are tiny and will penetrate the mask readily. And not only that they make you look silly!

Don't panic.....but do WASH YOUR HANDS.