Friday, August 30, 2013


Wisconsin really has some of the most 
beautiful sunsets.
We are lucky enough to see it 
disappear into the water.
The little kids think it SINKS
into the water and I make a
sizzling sound with my mouth
as if the water is being touched
by the sun---szzzzzzzzt.
Yep-these kids are gonna grow 
up warped.

What's hiding behind that tree?
I move to the right a bit for a better view.
GOING (yep-one extra going-couldn't resist)
Doesn't the sky look like it is on fire?
All is quiet and calm-
Or IS it?
How about a little
It'll help you sleep
Is it safe to give a Mai Tai to a kid in a baby bottle?
Just kidding MOM- I would NEVER do that-
or would I?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Microwave Caramel Corn In Less Than 10 Minutes

Who doesn't love
Especially as the weather starts cooling off.
This family loves it!
Here is the easiest ever recipe:

Pop 3/4 cup popcorn-
(or measure out 10-14 cups popped corn)
Place in extra large microwave safe bowl.
In large Pyrex mixing bowl 
(I use one with pouring spout)
(recipe follows at bottom of post)
Stir together:  Brown sugar, corn syrup, butter.
It will start to melt down after first minute
in the microwave.
Microwave for 4 minutes-stirring after each minute.
It will get bubbly like this:
After 4th minute.
Stir these in:
Pour over popped corn.
Add as many nuts as you like.
We like cashews.
Coat everything by stirring
Stir.  Microwave.Stir again and repeat process.
Cool on cookie sheet then break apart.

Ummmm... I promise NOT TO TELL if you
accidentally leave some caramel in the bowl
and HAVE to scrape it out and EAT IT so it
doesn't  go to waste.
Yeah- I am a good friend like that!

Here's the recipe:
Caramel Corn:
Place in large microwave safe bowl:
10-14 cups popped corn 
(I use 2 large bags Orville Redenbacher)
In separate microwave safe LARGE measuring cup:
Mix together:
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light Karo syrup
1/2 cup butter
Microwave above for 4 minutes-stirring after every minute.
Then stir in:
1/2 teaspoon salt (more if you like sweet & salty)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
Pour above mixture over popcorn and nuts.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 1 minute.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 1 more minute.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 30 seconds.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 30 more seconds.
Stir well.  (That's a total of 3 minutes)
Dump onto greased cookie sheet and let cool completely.
Break apart and store -if there's any left!

Still have my little guys here so 
will be around to visit when and as I can.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rain Rain Go Away I Want These Boys To Go Out To Play

If you read my blog yesterday you know I have
spending a couple of days with us while Mom works.
We woke up to this...
Can you see the line of rain coming across the bay?
It whips up the water as it hits the shore.
Yep- It is an INSIDE kind of day.
Breakfast has been served---Now---
What to do - What to do - What to do?
Puzzles, and lacing cards and movies, Oh My!

Some spelling cards:
What do you mean you can't spell C-A-T?
You're over a year old already.
Then it's time for snacks
And drinks all around.
Milk for the Kids:
And for me-
Oh- Wait- I don't drink!

Glance at the clock...
Huh?  It's only 

8:30 AM???? WHAT????
Only 4-1/2 hours until nap time!
See you then-if I make it that long!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Son Is Having An Affair

Well, don't come here if you don't want
to know everything about our family.
I know this is not something that
most people would talk about in Blogland.

My son has a beautiful wife and their little
CJK is just darling.

I would never imagined that my son would
have a love affair
but - it's true.

Friday night he called me
and asked ME to drive him to Milwaukee
to meet HER.
I was surprised but when he offered to buy me a
I decided I would go.

Me:  Does your wife know? 
Son: Well, she has an idea but she doesn't
really know for sure that I am going
to bring her home to meet the family today.

Me: What's she like?
Son: Mom- She's got a body that just won't quit.
She is smooth and sleek and I  can handle her
in any situation.

Me: Hmmmm! Well.......I'm anxious to meet her.
Son: You won't be disappointed, Mom.
She's a beauty.

And-she is as sweet inside as she is outside.
As much as I love the other girl in his life
I have already found a special spot for this one, too...
and I don't even know her name.
I may be a little scarce for  the next day or two.
I have two sweet little boys staying with me
while their Mom works.
I'll visit when I can!

Monday, August 26, 2013


SweetCheeks and her sisters are NOT ALLOWED
to call anyone names.
However, SweetCheeks has a way of getting her
message across WITHOUT calling names.

SweetCheeks:  Nana!  SOME people tell lies!
Me:  Who told you a lie?
SCheeks:  Well, SOMEONE did.
She is still smiling telling me about it.
Me:Ummm...WHO lied to you? 
My disgust is evident as I think about someone lying to this child.
She gives ME the stinky eye.
SCheeks:  YOU did, Nana.  It was YOU!
Me:  Me?  WHAT?  What did I lie to you about?

SCheeks:  Well, you said if I made a face like this
and someone hit me on the back my face would
 SCheeks:  SO - I made this face and Ria
pounded me on the back and my face
DIDN'T freeze that way so that means that 
Me:  It was a JOKE, SweetCheeks!
SCheeks::  Well, it wasn't funny- It hurt when
Ria punched me in the back,
Me:  No- Not that part- I meant when I 
THAT was a JOKE.
SCheeks!  Well, THAT wasn't funny either!!

(Hope that pout doesn't freeze)
I hate when my jokes 
BACKFIRE on me.....
and WHY are my legs starting
to burn?!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

An Update And Request For More Prayers

A few weeks ago I asked for prayer
for my blogging friend,
Beth Marie.
You can read that here.
I want to give you an update
and a request to please keep praying for her.
She is in excruciating pain
and still has a ways to go with her treatment.
Here is a copy of her last post.

Life in a hospital room…

with radiation is not pleasant.   To begin with I  have these lead wires going up underneath my chin into my mouth.  There is a ball of radiation (somewhat like an over size BB that has been planted in the base of my tongue someway.  I don’t even want to know how.  I am praying all of the while that it is securely attached someway and I am not going to swallow it.  

Add the wires that are delivering the radiation to the right side and back of my tongue, then to top it off the guard that the dentist made which is protecting my teeth and jawbone and seems to be cutting my mouth to shreds.  I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that the pain is excruciating. 

One night I was just lying in my hospital bed punching the morphine pump and trying to think to say my prayers before I drifted off a bit.  I couldn’t for the life of me think what I needed to pray about.

When you have radiation like I did your room is considered contaminated.  There is a bag of protective footwear hanging on the outside door knob.  As you go into the room there is a protective radiation guard that the nurses stay behind when they come in the room.  You soon learn to separate the dedicated oncology nurses from the rest,  The ‘rest’ tiptoe in your room and ask '” is there anything you need dear” and hurry out quickly before you get a chance to answer.

All trays, garbage, etc. pile up inside your room and even though the radiation aide declares they are safe to be moved they are still in the room when I leave a few days later.  (More to follow.)

I hope this week is going well for you all.  I am determined to feel better and I keep praying for that.  Stay safe and be happy!!


Please leave a comment for her here so she can read it.
Thanks so much- Let's pray her through this!
Sunday blessings to all of you.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cleaning Up The MESS In The Basement

Start Drooling!
click on photo for link
Don't you love it?
Too bad it belongs to someone else.
Let's talk reality here!

Our basement is divided into three sections.
One side is a media room and gathering place.
I will show you that another time.

Another section is a small kitchenette
created from the materials from 
 the old kitchen when we remodeled this house.
  This hangs above the old kitchen sink.
The door reflected in the mirror opens to
the utility room holding furnace and water heater.

Now the THIRD space is the one I always hide.
But I am coming clean here.
It's been a MESS down there.
I just couldn't take it another minute.
After lunch I headed down and opened the doors to 
Disheartening, huh?
Whenever I ask SOMEONE who shall remain nameless MyHero
to carry something downstairs for me 
it gets DUMPED 
on the floor just inside the door.
Some day I am gonna just dump 
his underwear on the floor
after doing laundry just for fun.
Well, I have HAD ENOUGH so
I start sorting and cleaning and storing.

 I had the bright idea to screen things off.
I whipped up some drop cloth curtains 
and strung them from the rafters to create "rooms".
Behind this curtain is another area screened off for
Christmas stuff.  I don't DARE tell you how many
Christmas totes I have back here.
You would think I was lying anyway.
Oh- SO much better.
The sailboat curtains screens off the paint section.

Remember this is the unfinished part of the basement.
Not perfect but so much better.

Whew- What a lot of work.
I climb the steps feeling tired but relieved 
that the job is done.
I get a Diet Coke and head out the back door to
gaze at the water glad that there are no more
messes hanging over my head.
Or are there?
What the......................?????

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sweet Summer Sights And Smiles And Sighs

I don't know about you but I can't believe that 
Long before Pinterest I saved images
the old fashioned way in loose leaf notebooks.
I have hundreds-maybe thousands of images-
all categorized (it's a sickness)
If any of these are your images
let me know and I will gladly  give you credit.

What does late summer look like to me?
The leaves and grass are still green but the 
wheat fields are ready to harvest-
golden and ripe.
The hay is baled and will be used for feed
when winter's blanket covers the frozen tundra.
You see a butterfly here and there.
They move languidly and know there is
not much summer time left for them.
Farmers Markets are full of bountiful harvests.
I do remember this image is from Bucks Co, PA.
Close to my old home.
Summer days play out quickly.
They leave us with shorter days and cooler nights.
Nights that are perfect for a bonfire.
Schools throw their doors open to welcome
students back.
SweetCheeks is going off to first grade.
Last year she had a 
I'm hope she is, once again, the
Apple of her teacher's eye.
And NOT THIS kind of apple!
Nope- I hope she is THIS kind of apple
Bright and sweet and just a little nutty!

God bless our teachers as they
go back to school and shape our
children's lives.

I'm not quite ready for Fall yet.
Nope!  I am holding onto summer
just a bit longer.
Just a few more warm, balmy days.
Just a few more sweet mornings
drinking coffee on the porch.
Just a few more days.....

How about you?
Are you ready for Fall?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sweet Cheeks Recipe For Octopus For Children

Yes- I know.
It is hard to believe that a 6 year old
could have developed a taste for  Octopus-
but- it's true.

When I first started blogging I did a post
about this but I think it is time to
do an updated version.
IF the littles in your life have
you are going to be surprised
at how quickly they embrace this recipe.
Now- These are NOT your typical Octopuses.
No Indeedy.
SweetCheeks says these are Wisconsin octopuses.
Here they are in their "live" state.
First you must filet them.
They do NOT like this.
The picture is blurry because they kept trying to 
wiggle and get away.
Unlike regular Octopuses, Wisconsin octopuses only have FOUR tentacles.
Here they are-filleted and ready to be nuked.
I close my ears so I don't hear the screams.
 Oh- No!  It's the HOT PLACE for us!
Here they are-
As you can see there is a bloody discharge from
eyes and mouth-not pretty.
We have been collecting macaroni shells
and boiling the germs out of them.
We have also collected  and steamed seaweed broccoli.
And here, my friends, lies
poor Olly Octopus.
Slated for the dinner table.
We fondly call this
Octopus On The Rocks.
Now I ask you- Does this look like
The Cat That Ate The Canary?
The Kid That Ate The Octopus?
Pop by tomorrow.
You never know WHAT is gonna happen here.
We might do something REALLY wild and crazy!