Monday, August 31, 2009

The simple Woman's Daybook

August 31, 2009

Outside my window...
The sky is overcast and it is a cool 69F. It feels like fall is in the air.
I am thinking...
that summer didn't last near long enough, but then I think that every year.

I am thankful for...
what I have.

From the kitchen......
yesterday we used some of our tomato harvest and made salsa..a bit warm but ever so good

I am wearing...

what I wear on scrubs

I am creating...
a storage area for the things I need to move out of the house.

I am going...
to work soon.

I am reading...
Well I gave up for now on Robert Ludlum...just too deep. So I am reading two books:
'Gift from the Sea' by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
'Small Vices' by Robert B Parker

I am hoping...
that I can get this deep cleaning started soon and my house in order

I am hearing...
All My Children in the background

Around the house...
there is much to do as I want to do a deep clean on every room before winter arrives.

One of my favorite things...
is a clean house....all at the same time.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Darian has an appointment on Thursday morning.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Monday, August 24, 2009

The simpleWoman's Daybook


August 24, 2009

Outside my window...
is a beautiful, sunny day. The temp is only 70F with just a slight breeze. Enough to make my flag wave.

I am thinking...
today was a great day for the first day of school

I am thankful for...
the public school system

From the kitchen...
today will be fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn on the cob

I am wearing...
jeans, black V neck tee with a white tee under...

I am creating...
a plan in my head for the rest of this wonderful day

I am going...
to the nursing home soon for an inservice on dementia

I am reading...
the Robert Ludlum book posted in my upper left is big...I will be reading it for sometime to come.

I am hoping...
the kids have a great first day of school

I am hearing...
blessed silence.

Around the house...
I am going to work outside today

One of my favorite things...
The beginning of the school year

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I am off today and on Wednesday (unless I am on the jury)
off Thursday, work Friday and then the weekend off

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
Harley and Darian first day of School 2009/2010

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Stealing

Cheers to all us thieves!

INSTRUCTIONS: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Post as "Jodi's Meme: My Life According to (BAND/ARTIST NAME)" The great thing is that if you have already done this meme, you can do it again with a different artist! Please do!

-Are you a male or female?


-Describe yourself

Coward of the County

-How do you feel right now?


-If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Goin' Back to Alabama

-Your favorite form of transportation

She rides Wild Horses

-Describe Your Morning Routine

Daytime Friends and Nighttime Lovers

-Your best friend is


-What's the weather like


-Pet Peeve?


-If your life was a TV show, what would it be called

Islands in the Stream

-Your relationship

We Fell in Love Anyway

-Your Fear

Unchained melody

-What is the best advice you have to give?

Don't Fall in love with a Stranger

-If you could change your name, you would change it to


-What do you say when you are frustrated?

I swear

-Thought for the day

You Are So Beautiful

-How you would like to die

Only once in a Lifetime

-Your soul's present condition

Just dropped in

-Your motto

I Will always love You!

My artist: Kenny Rogers

Friday, August 21, 2009

Saturday Nine

I Ran

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. When's the last time you ran? It has been too many years to remember the last time I ran. I can't think of anything important enough for me to run for. Even for a Code Blue I only walk fast not run

2. Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them? No, I am 58 years old and I find that tacky!

3. What are you dreading right now? Right now...answering the rest of these questions unless they improve.

4. Do you like Mexican food? Yep

5. Favorite ice cream? Vanilla

6. When was your last doctor's visit? Hmmm a couple of years ago.....or so

7. Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night? Never

8. How many pets do you have? none unless you count the goldfish and the sucker fish

9. "First Loves Are Never Over;" is this true for you? Nope I am so over my first love!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Stepping out of My comfort Zone

I am going to be stepping out of my comfort zone with the type of books that I am reading. Yesterday I picked up one of my husband's books by Robert Ludlum. It is called 'The Bancroft Strategy'. Very long, and looks deep so will take me awhile I am sure, as I only read a few pages at night before I fall asleep. I will let you know how it goes.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook.


August 17, 2009

Outside my window...

It is dark and the stars are shining. It is nearly bedtime as I prepare this for

I am thinking....

I am thinking how unbelievable it is that shcool is once again starting.
For this year it will be:
Kelsi, a junior
Darian, a 6th grader
Paige and Harley will be in 4th grade
Piper will go to 2nd grade
Willow will attend another year of pre-school (although I know she
will be the smartest one there)
Tucker will stay home with mommy a few more years.
And Katie has decided to sit out a year before she starts to college.

I am thankful for.........

I am thankful that we have what we have and that we are managing

From the kitchen....

This weekend we made 2 loaves of zucchini bread and 24 cupcakes.

I am wearing.....

I am wearing my pj's as I am headed to bed.

I am creatin

This weekend I taught the girls how to make friendship bracelets.
And even the boy made some.

I am going..........

I am going to miss the kids when they start school. (well a tiny bit anyway)

I am reading....

Finally, I finished 'Abbreviating Ernie' I guess I will start a
Danielle Steel book tonight. I need to go to the bookstore.
You know that when I resort to Danielle.

I am hoping.....

I am hoping some good hot weather returns.

I am hearing....

I am hearing the hum of the fan and the soft breathing of a
sleeping grandson.

Around the house...
My Housework
The laundry is piled high.
Dishes are stacked to the sky.
I'm out of everykind of soap.
I guess I have no hope.

There's dust from door to door.
And dirt all over the floor.
Wy should I dust anyway.
When the sweeper broke today.
I won't let it ruin my fun.
Since I didn't get my work done.
We'll all go out to dinner tonight.
I'm sure everything will be alright.

Author unknown.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

I will work on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Doctor and hair appointment
on Tuesday.
Paige will stay on Thursday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Friday, August 14, 2009

A beach, the sun, and I am happy

Anyone who knows me really well knows what will make me happiest!This is to continue
the happiness challenge proposed by One Gal's Musings.
I love the beach.
I love the sun!
I love the heat!
If I could live my life all over again I would be a beach bum.
I can't think of anything that would make me happier than a shack on the beach
(like the one above) and make my living anyway that I could.
Oh the dreams....that is what makes me happy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

For the love of Music

What makes me happy today? What makes me happy is my Ipod Nano that my hubby bought me a couple of years ago. I am still just blown away by how something as small as this thing
can hold all that music. Right now I have more than 400 songs on my Ipod. My favorite thing to do is when I mow the yard or pull weeds is to put in the ear plugs and crank the music up and work away. Sometimes when my son is sleeping over and my bedroom is taken (read that to say I cannot keep the TV on all night) I listen to my Ipod all night. It helps me to sleep better.
I just wish that I could figure out a way to upload music from the computer without having to pay for it at I-Tunes.........

If you want to tell me what makes you happy or join in this Happiness Challenge, then go check out the post at One Gal's Musings that got me started.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

August 10, 2009

Outside my window...
The sky is dark as the storm clouds gather. Today the air is still. The humidity is very high and the current temp is 83F.

I am thinking...
I am thinking today may not be a good day at the nursing home. I sure hope we do not have to evacuate to the basement.

I am thankful for...
I am thankful for my job but I sure do wish the drama there would die down.

From the kitchen...
We have been eating from the garden.....tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and peppers.

I am wearing...
My scrubs as today is a working day.

I am creating...
I am creating nothing at the moment.

I am going...
I am going to work soon....4th day in a row and I am ready for a day off.

I am reading....
I am still reading Abbreviating Ernie and I will be glad when I am finished with it.

I am hoping...
I am hoping there are no severe storms here today.

I am hearing...
I am hearing 'Spongebob' in the background. Ewwww....not a fan.

Around the house...
After working four days in a row I have piles of laundry to do tomorrow while I am off.

One of my favorite things...
BLT'S with fresh tomatoes from the garden.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Work today and Wednesday and on Thursday. Darian has started his band classes for school. He is going to play the flute. Football will be starting soon.

Here is picture thought I am sharing.

A foot ball player in the making

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday Stealing

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger known as Tattooed Minivan Mom from the blog The Scattered Mind of a Tattooed Minivan Mom. She explains that she got it from Janana Bee. It appears Jana might have actually written this meme. But, it could have 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!

Sunday Stealing: Janana's Now Vs. Then Meme
It's been a while since we had to post rules. But here we will list the relevant ones:

*Think back to ten years ago on this month.
*Write truthful answers and ELABORATE. This makes it more interesting!
*If you don't have a scanner you may omit #14 but I think if you do you should totally do it!
*It's about personal changes. Have fun with it!

Then: August 1999

1. Age: I was at the young, old age of 48

2. Romantic Status: I was married.

3. Occupation: I was a full- time working nurse on the 11-7 shift at the hospital

4. Fun night out: I liked to spend an evening out with friends; dining and drinking.

5. My BFFs: Rozanne and Jean

6. I spent way too much time: Sleeping...I worked the night shift

7. I spent not enough time: seeing my first grandchild (biological)

8. I wanted to be when I grew up: I think at this stage I am feeling pretty grown up

9. Biggest concern: Getting my youngest through college

10. What my biggest concern should have been: paying attention to what the oldest was up to

11. Where did I live: same place I now live

12. Dumbest thing I did that year: are you kidding me? I can't remember that far back

13. If I could go back now and talk to myself I would say: Have your fun now as the future holds something very different than what you expect.

14. Picture of me then: That is me standing there between my youngest son and my husband.
This is taken in the courthouse on the day that Justin and Brooke were married December 30, 1999

Now: August 2009
1. Age: 58.......ekkk can that be true?

2. Romantic Status: still married

3. Occupation: still a nurse but now working 32 hours/week on 2-10 shift in a long term care facility.

4. Fun night out: my idea of fun now is a quiet night at home watching TV

5. My BFFs: Rozanne....Jean died last year.

6. I spend way too much time: on the computer

7. I spend not enough time: cleaning house

8. I want to be when I grow up: retired!

9. Biggest concern: Will I have the energy it takes to raise these two kids

10. What my biggest concern should be: retirement

11. Where do I live: same house, same town

12. Dumbest thing I have done this year: Saying yes to having two grand kids come to live with me

13. What I think I would say to myself in 10 years: You did the right thing and look how great they turned out.


1. What do I miss most from 1999: my youthful energy

2. What do I miss least from 1999: my job at the hospital

3. What have I accomplished in 10 years that I am most proud of: becoming the bestest granny

4. What have I NOT accomplished in 10 years that I wish I had: Letting go of things that I can do nothing about.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday Nine

Saturday 9: On Broadway

1. Have you ever seen a Broadway play? If yes what and when?
We have seen Beauty and the Beast but it was in a town near us...not on Broadway

2. Tell us about one strange event in your life this week.
The front door to my house was open this morning when I got up!!

3. Have you ever lied to "get the guy/gal"?
Now why would anyone want to do that.

4. Tell us about your best friend.
My best friend is Rozanne....I first met her when she came to work at the hospital as a graduate nurse. She was young and idealistic. We just naturally drifted toward each other and have been best friends for the past 23 years...she even named her first son after my youngest son.

5. What was the best vacation that you ever had?
In 2000 my husband retired and we took a 32 day vacation starting in Sydney, Australia and ending in Bangkok, Thailand

6. What was the last big purchase you made?
That would be my refrigerator

7. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink and when did you start drinking it?
My favorite non-alcoholic drink is iced tea and I think I have drank it forever.

8. When was the last time someone did not believe you?
There is always someone who doesn't believe me!

9. You have signed on to direct a romantic comedy. Who are your stars?
Rozanne Barr and Tom Arnold.....wouldn't that be a hoot?


I am taking part in the August Happiness Challenge.
If you want to join up just head on over to One Gal's Musings
and check it out.

These are the little people who make me happy each day....My grandkids

Friday, August 7, 2009

Pass the chips please

I am here once again for the August Happiness Challenge from One Gals Musings.

Something that I turn to anytime I want to feel happy is a bag of chips with a carton of sour
cream. I know, I know! Shouldn't use food to make myself happy but this is a taste
that can turn a bad mood into a good mood here at my house.
I love the salty taste of a chip dipped into plain sour cream!
Makes me smile just thinking about some.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happiness Is......

Today for my August Happiness Challenge (go visit One Gals Musings to find out
more about the challenge) I will talk about celebrating my wedding
You see, today I have been married 13 years.
We will celebrate being together 31 years!
I couldn't decide if he was the right man for me so we had a long engagement (and lived together) for 18 years first.
Happy Anniversary Richard.

My Thursday Thunks Recipe

Apple Dumplings with Sprite
4 granny smith apples, cut into 1/4 each peel and core
2 cans Cresent dinner rolls, open and separate
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
12 ounce can sprite
1 1/2 sticks of margaine
In a 9x13 pan (spray with Pam) wrap each piece of apple in roll, put into baking dish, core side down. Mix sugars together and spread over apples evenly. Cut margarine over top, the pour srpite around the edges of dish. Bake at 375° until nice and brown.
I also added cinnamon.
These are yummy warm with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream
(I baked mine about 4o minutes

Thursday Thunks

Welcome to the August 6th version of Thursday Thunks!
(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Berleen, the number 1 and the color of the crap under your shoe.

1. What the hell were you thinking? That's the problem...I wasn't thinking!

2. The tornado sirens go off in your neighborhood - what do you do? First I panic...then I hustle up everyone to go to the smallest room in the house with no outside windows...which is the closet in our master bedroom....then I panic

3. Give us a recipe.
See next post for recipe.

4. It's the middle of the night, there isn't a car in sight and you are stuck at a red light that just won't change.... how long do you wait until you run it?
Depends on how long it stays red...I have been known to run a red light or two when they take forever to change.

5. When was the last time you got all dressed up fancy-like? Where did you go?
OMG...I would say that it has been more than 3 years ago when we were on a cruise.

6. Have you ever had a mole removed?

7. Are you in an area of record highs or record lows for the temps this summer? Are you lucky and stuck in the middle where it's somewhat normal?
We have had both record highs and record lows and all I want is summer.

8. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter?
Never that is my hubby's job to do

9. What's your favorite type of frog?
No frog is my favorite...maybe Kermit

10. If you were to go on America's Got Talent, what would you do for your talent? (and choosing not to go is not an option....)
But I want to chose not to go cause I don't have any of those kinds of talent. I can be a great grandma though.

11. Have you ever been on a rooftop of a building?
Yes I have been on the roof of the longest grain elevator in Kansas...was pretty dang scary too.

12. What is the first website you go to each day when you sit down at your computer, other than your email?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Suggest and I will Read

Another day of the happiness challenge started by The Gal over at One Gal's Musings.
Books make me really happy.
Yes they do!
I have been reading books since way, way back in grade school.
I loved to read then and I still love to read.
I have read all of the Nancy Drew books.
Then when I got older I started reading my mom's copy of the Better Home and Gardens Medical Book. Must have known then that I would someday be in the medical profession. Although what I wanted to grow up to be was the girl that sold cookies at the grocery store!
I love to ready mystery. I love to read suspense. I love biographies and autobiographies.
And novels of any kind.
Some of my favorite authors are James Patterson, Jodi Piccoult, Dean Koontz. I have read
a lot of Stephen King but he has gotten pretty weird . Or maybe I am just not that into him anymore.
I will read anything that captures me on the first page.
Not a big Sci-Fi fan though.
Any book suggestions will be considered.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ah my swimming pool

Here we are again with the August Happiness Challenge.
You can blog hop over to One Gal's Musings to check out
The Gal who started this month of Happiness

Something that always makes me happy, especially in the summertime, is my swimming pool.
It is an Intex above ground pool. We inflate the top and then start filling with water and
it starts to rise. It is 18 feet round and 48 inches deep. Plenty of room for all the grand kids when
they are here with us. And a wonderful place for me to just relax and float around when
they aren't here. One of my favorite things to do is put on my swimsuit with a pair of shorts over the top and go do my gardening and yard work. Then when I am so hot I can't take another
second of it, off comes the shorts and into the pool for a cool dip. I sure get a lot more done outside doing it that way.
I would highly recommend an Intex pool to anyone who wants a pool in their backyard without
the expense. It is awesome.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY August 3, 2009......

Outside my window...
Today the sky is blue and free of clouds. It is already 86F. I think
warm days are returning.

I am thinking...
I am thinking of all the things I need to do today.
I am thankful for...

I am thankful for my grandkids!

From the kitchen...
Today we are going to have Checken Cordon Blue with a zuchinni and tomatoe

I am wearing...
I am wearing shorts and a t-shirt

I am creating...
I am just not that creative right now.

I am going...
I am going to go outside soon and check out the garden and the flowers.

I am reading...
Still reading Abbreviating Ernie....slow reader

I am hoping...
I am hoping Darian's new pills will decrease his anxiety.

I am hearing...
I am hearing Sponge Bob In the background. God Help me!!!!!

Around the house...
Oh so much to do...where do I start.

One of my favorite things...
The smell and taste of a fresh peach.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tomorrow I am to check in for jury duty, then work on Wednesday and Friday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Here is my Harley-girl in deep thought

A Tree and a Fly

This is my second day of the August Challenge.
Go to One Gal's Musings if you want to participate
or see what makes her and others happy.

Today I took my grandson to his therapist and she was doing some simple psych tests on him.
She asked him to remember 4 objects, subtract 7 from 100 and on down, how are a ball and an orange alike; how are a table and a chair alike, etc. Then she asked "can you tell me how a tree and a fly are alike?"
Without missing a beat his answer was............
"Neither of them can talk!"
It made her and me both laugh.
She said no one had ever answered that way before.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Today I found happiness

I am not the most positive person you will every know and I sometimes need a kick in the pants
to make me see the things that make me happy. While visiting one of my favorite blogs today, Driven to Distraction, I found a post about a challenge going on for the month of August. I am up for the challenge. Go on over the One Gal's Musings and find out what it is all about. The rules are simple.

Forget Your Troubles! C'mon, Get Happy!
Here's a brief explanation of the Challenge: "Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world."

If you play along, let The Gal know .

August 2, 2009

Today I found happiness in making water balloons with three of my grand kids.
I knew that as soon as I started I would get wet. They had me filling them and tying them
off and of course some of the water got on granny. But then the fun started when granny threw the first one at Darian and it landed solidly. The war was on. To hear their laughter makes me smile even now.