Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stellan's Name Gallery: Part II

What an awesome thing!!

Check out to find out how you can participate and send prayerful wishes to MckMama and Stellan.

To read Stellan's story you can visit MckMama's blog at

Praying for Stellan's good health...

Until Next Time...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Will I ever learn?


I have been wandering around some blogs this afternoon and I posed myself a couple of questions.

When someone leaves a comments to one of my blogs (which doesn't happen often - but when it does) I like to respond - but, how? If I comment there - I comment to myself not to them. What am I missing?? Man, I'm not inept, I'm just most definately a novice at this. I'll keep looking for the 'leave a comment' to the comment button...
In the mean time Mariah - thank you for perusing my list! Sage is the color of my bedroom walls and the living room and the dining room and the computer/scrapbooking/sewing room. No, seriously I love it.

How do I get a link into a post so if someone clicks on that word that is highlighted it takes them magically somewhere else? Trust me, I've tried ... and maybe it's just me?!

Do blogger people carry their camera's along EVERYWHERE they go? I have decided that I need more pictures incorporated into my blog.
This is something I'm going to work on.
1. Find my camera
2. learn how to use my camera
3. figure out how to transfer photos to the computer
4. figure out how to upload to my blog.
I better get busy - this could take all weekend (and part of next week)!

I have all of this stuff to do - I better get going...

Until next time...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You Capture

Well, I did it!!
I captured a shadow.

I downloaded my photos from my camera to my computer.

I e-mailed the photo to my e-mail at work (because I didn't have time to post it to my blog during lunch break).

I was going to take a 'break' this afternoon and post my photo...WELL...

I sent the WRONG photo.

Is it acceptable for me to upload a You Capture "Wednesday" photo on FRIDAY?? I'll attempt to send the RIGHT photo tonight!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

50, no... 40, no... Okay…20 (Interesting) Things About Me…

I’ve read this type of list among others on people's blog pages and thought I’d try to see if there were 50 interesting things about me. Here goes nothing...

1. I love putting lots of miles on my Harley Davidson motorcycle each year – which can be a chore given the weather in Minnesota and the riding season being 5 months short.
2. I have taken classes and learned how to make stained glass pieces, I love working at anything creative. In addition to the stained glass ‘skills’ I love scrapbooking and I’ve made each of my grandson’s a quilt made out of the clothing they wore from birth to 12 months.
3. I adore the island of Maui. It is my aspiration to live there one day! See my blog about how I intend to afford my condo there…
4. I’ve had just 3 bones in my body broken. Age 3 – broken collar bone; age 5 – broken arm; age 42, 43 & 44 – broken tailbone (yup – broke that one 3 consecutive years in a row)
5. I have three tattoos. Which I designed myself – they’re unique to me and I love them all!
6. I live in the house I grew up in and have the same phone number I had when I was 5 years old. I have lived away from Minnesota but, came back ‘home’ in 1998.
7. My youngest son, Dayton was born (22 years ago) in West Germany. He had dual citizenship until he was 18 years old.
8. I am an extrovert.
9. I love the way the brown Crayola crayon smells.
10. I can mix the best Bloody Mary from scratch!
11. I was in a contest and won a convertible – it was just about as fun riding with the top down as it is riding my motorcycle.
12. My favorite color is sage green.
13. I can speak very broken German.
14. I have pretty low tolerance to alcohol. I’m pretty intoxicated after just a couple of drinks.
15. I love being outside.
16. I can type 60 words per minute.
17. My favorite outfit is jeans and a hoodie.
18. Some of my favorite moments are spent camping with my friends, playing cards/games with my children and spending time watching “Balto” (any of his favorite movies really…again and again and again) with Cayden.
19. I hate shopping. Any kind of shopping – don’t like it!
20. I am ALWAYS cold!

Well, that sums it up…I can’t think of 50 things, maybe I’ll try it another time. I may not have gotten very detailed about any one item, but if you see something and think it might be interesting to get further details don’t hesitate to ask me about it!!

I am going to try to begin participating in You Capture – it looks like fun. Now, if I can figure out my camera…..

Until next time…

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Regarding Tuesday, Comments & Grandbabies

* Today is Tuesday.
* I have only 1 comment on my last blog entry.
* I love my Grandbabies.

* In addition to it being Tuesday, it is a holiday – St. Patrick’s Day.
I woke, babysat, showered, got dressed in my “Are You Feeling Lucky” green t-shirt shirt, dropped the boys at daycare, came to work, ran errands (for work) found a penny (heads up) put it in my left shoe.
I’ll get off work, babysit, drink a green beer (well, it will be Amber Bock and NOT green), play outside with the boys & eventually take off my “Are You Feeling Lucky” green t-shirt and go to bed!

And, it will have been a very lucky day! Every day that I get to play with those guys is Lucky!

* I have only 1 comment on my last blog entry – enough said!

* The boys got new shoes about a week ago. Those new shoes got dirty – REALLY dirty when they played at Nana’s house on Sunday. Mommy got angry – REALLY angry - at Nana!

We’re going to get dirty again today – they LOVE being outside - I told their mommy to bring their boots today!
Man, I love those guys!

Until next time…

Monday, March 16, 2009

Not Me Monday

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I always dress Cayden and Gabriel appropriately for playing outside in the spring mud. They are wearing their mud boots and play coats. I would never let them get thier brand new white adidas sneakers muddy for the sake of having too much fun riding tricycle! No, Not Me!

I wouldn't cave in to Cayden's request to purchase the special mini cupcakes he spied as we were walking through the produce section at the grocery. Why do they put cupcakes and cheesecake - that section - near the produce anyway?? I wouldn't let those cupcakes to spoil his lunch! No, Not Me!

I did not let Gabriel get covered with chocolate cupcake with WAY too much icing for a baby. I wouldn't let him have seconds because they were mini cupcakes. No, Not Me!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Aloha Friday

Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting Aloha FridayKailani says:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link here. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

My question for this week?

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I love orange sherbet - that is ice cream, right??

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dirty Little Beggar - and, I'm NOT talking about the dog!

I recently tried to get an e-mail chain going...People don't really like chain e-mails or chain letters do they?

Well, I've decided to put a copy of the content of that e-mail here on my blog - you just never know!
and, for security reasons I've decided NOT to include my address here - but, if you want to send the penny...send me an e-mail and I'll get you the address!!

Good morning!

Well, as you all know Kevin & I recently went on a once in a lifetime vacation to Maui. And, we love the island so much that we would like to purchase a condo there. But, housing is very expensive in Hawaii!!

I heard about a kid once, who paid his entire college tuition by taking an ad out in the New York Times (or some other huge newspaper). His ad got the attention of the mass media and so on....he placed the ad asking for every reader to send him just $.01 cent because ... honestly who can't spare just $.01 cent? (he even had people sending him WHOLE dollars!)

I would like to do something similar....however, using the internet.

I'll ask you each to spare just $.01 cent - you can give it to me the next time you see me. I wouldn't want you waste your postage (that's $.42 cents - which could also go to "the cause") -
And for this to work I'll need you to simply forward this e-mail to just 10 people (or everyone in your address book) and, then before you know it this e-mail request will have traveled around the globe (and the world wide web) ..... & envelopes will be coming in from around the world containing just one small penny.....and Kevin & I will soon have enough pennies to purchase our dream home in Hawaii!

I've enclosed my address below - so people know where to send their pennies!

AND.....we only need 32.5 million pennies!

Dirty little beggar...well, I've been called worse! :)

Until next time...

Sick Day

Gabriel gets to stay home with mommy today. He's caught a bug and he's not his usual happy self!

Yeah - mommy gets a day off!! :)

But, Nana still has to work! Bummer...

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My blog page is in it's infancy. When it grows up it wants to have 500 comments every day!
How can anybody keep up with all those comments?

Completely different subject - love the randomness...

One day last fall Kevin & I traveled with Cayden & Gabriel to see their great grandmother - Kevin's mother. She hadn't seen the 'baby' and he was about ready to have his first birthday. At any rate when we got to the assisted living facilty where she lives to see her, she admired the boys. "How cute" they both were!! And, then asked us if that was Gabriel's initials on his shirt - "GAP" - Kevin & I both laughed (to ourselves - so as not to hurt her feelings...) (Gabriel's initials are GMM)
That has kind of become a joke now...

My daughter (the favorite one) went shopping on her day off and bought the boys more clothes. The next question is why more clothes??
The next question would be what did she buy me?? (she is my favorite daughter) - kidding...

Cayden has always had tons of clothes - since birth he was a bit spoiled...
We can't figure out why Gabriel cannot wear Cayden's old clothes - he has thousands...
Anyway - they got new clothes! Gabriel's mostly say "GAP" and have monkeys, bears, puppies etc on them and Cayden's have tractors, graders, wrecking balls, cars or sports themes.
Ahem..and then there are the ones that match - Luce Magoose loves to dress them alike! It is kind of cute! :)
The clothes are adorable and the kids too - as soon as I figure out how to use my digital camera and upload photographs that I've taken I'll do that!

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blogs, Blogs, Everywhere Blogs….
A monster that has taken shape within me!! I can’t get enough of them!!!
It is a bloggy universe I don’t understand a thing about.

Wow, the more I read the more I realize that I don’t know what I’m doing!

Talented, organized, detailed, brilliant story-tellers – I’ve got absolutely nothing….
You are so special…all of you –

I’m in awe…
Until next time…

Monday, March 9, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to">her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I've finally mustered up the courage to join the carnival.

It wasn't me who left the office to run errands this morning and made that one small stop by my home to get one more hug and kiss from Kevin - to get my day started, AGAIN. I love you Kevin!! Needed one more hug and kiss. Not me...

Breakfast this morning did not include eating a big chunk of angel food cake. I have no will power - where angel food cake is concerned. I left the girl scout cookies alone!! Eating cake for breakfast. Not me...

Until next time...
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to">her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I've mustered up the courage to join the carnival!

While out running errands this morning (bank, post office, bakery...every day) for the office, it wasn't me who stopped by my house so I could get one more kiss for the day....I love you Kevin!! Needed one more kiss. Not me...

I have not recently felt the NEED to have an Amber Bock during lunch - to make it possible for me to bear being with my boss at the office and to get me through the afternoon at work. Beer for lunch (just one). Not me...

I have also not spent hours online blogging while 'looking busy' at my extraordinarily boring job! Blogging at work! Not me...

I have not complained to Kevin for hours on end about how my boss makes me crazy....or maybe I was crazy before I started working here & he just brings it to the surface!! Complained to Kevin. Not me...

I don't make it a habit read the online classifieds, polished my resume, sent aforementioned resume to potential employers from the office. Not me...

This morning I did not have a slice of angelfood cake for breakfast. Not me...

Until next time...


Friday, March 6, 2009

Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting Aloha FridayKailani says:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link here. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

My question - How many pairs of shoes do you own and how many of them do you actually wear?

I have about 50 pair and actually wear 4! It's a shame...they're all so cute!

Until next time...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Sleep-over...

I spent the evening last night with the boys. "Gab-y” (combination of Gabriel and Baby - which Cayden has called him since birth) fell asleep at 8:30. Cayden fell asleep in my arms at around 9:00p.m. Since we babysit every morning I told Lindsey (my favorite daughter) to just let them have a sleep-over! No hesitation - she gladly agreed to leave them overnight! Saving her from taking them out in the cold after they were already cozily sleeping and then waking them in the morning to take them back out in the cold….you get it!

They both slept all night….I didn’t see them again until this morning!!

I was awakened this morning to a sweet little voice saying “Nee-na” – I responded with “Nana is in here” and Cayden came bounding into our bedroom.

He normally loves snuggling & being lazy and cozy - much like his Nana - but, this morning Cayden (commonly referred to as “Thing 1”- as coined by Uncle D at Christmastime) wanted Nana to get up!

It didn’t take long for his chatter to awaken “Thing 2” (his brother Gabriel). Well, as Papa attempted to take the boys down to begin getting ready for the day, they just couldn’t see that happening…so I had two little chaperones while I was showering!

While I was dressing Cayden told me he was “hun-ry”, of course he was!!! Ever try to convince a toddler that he is NOT going to starve to death in the time it takes to apply my mascara!! So…I am at work today with my hair NOT styled….there wasn’t time for everything – and I NEEDED the mascara!

The race began…we ran downstairs and got them dressed for the day, teeth brushed (mute point), shoes and coats on, tossed them a Flintstones vitamin and filled a couple of sandwich bags with “sugar” (a.k.a. Lucky Charms – see why brushing was mute). We arrived at day care right at 8a.m. – Nana got to work her “normal time” – 15 minutes late!!

I wouldn’t have changed a minute about the sleep-over – except next time I’ll grab a bag of sugar for Nana too!!

Until next time….

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Things Happen in Three's…
Some people speculate that Things Happen in Three's. This can be either positive or negative in suggestion. "Good things come in three's." - To win money once is to win it three times. On the flip side… "Bad things come in three's." - This often refers to hearing about one death as two more follow in a short period of time.

Well…here are my thoughts on the subject
I’ve had one bone broken three separate times…most recently – last night!
In my opinion, it’s the worst bone in the human body to break – there is no treatment for it, no cast available - it just has to heal on its own, in its own sweet time!

I think I’m tough; I spent 44 hours in labor once - thanks Ty, and went on to have two more children; I suffered a second degree (well maybe that’s an exaggeration) sunburn from the tanning salon - next time maximum 10 minutes paleface and I have worn those pointy shoes with the 3 inch heel for a full 8 hours….but, maybe I’m not a match for this tailbone!!

Well, I’m going to count on things happening in three’s!
That means that this should be the last time I’ll have to spend two weeks sitting on an ice pack and suffering through the embarrassment of carrying my donut to sit on work!

You don’t realize how much you ‘use’ that bone….until it’s broken.
p.s. don’t sneeze!!

Until next time…