Friday, October 31, 2008

Guess what she is.....................

Hmmmmmm, can you guess?

My oldest daughter is in a Early Childhood class in highschool. Today they will be taking the children around to classrooms to trick or treat. Of course since they are just 3-4 years old the teens can't really dress up in a scary costume. This is pretty mild don't you think?

This is not a good thing.................

Ugh! My oldest daughter came strolling out of her bathroom a couple days ago to show me this. I am not sure how she even noticed it. It was located on a high shelf in the bathroom and it is hard to imagine her dragging her eyes away from her reflection to notice anything at all.

Anyways.... this is pretty nasty stuff. It is all slimey and moldy inside. I don't know if the fact I got this from a dollar store has anything to do with it but I honestly think I will stick with my glade plugins.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Planted a couple fall flower beds today.......

Updated Garden Pics....................

Just a few updated garden pics.............

Brussels Sprouts
Swiss Chard


Mesclun..... salad mix

Collard Greens

Mustard Greens

Turnip Greens




Sugar Snap Peas


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thank goodness for garden gloves..................

For the last couple weeks I have been working diligently at extending my garden. It isn't an easy process. The section that I am working on had heavy bermuda grass. Bermuda is a real bugger to remove. It has deep, tangled, invasive roots. And if you come to a point that you think you have it all, guess again.

My method is to dig up a big chunk of ground, drop it back down to the ground and reach down with my gloved hands to start wiggling out the grass and roots. I am lucky I was paying close attention yesterday because as I flipped over a chunk of ground and was just getting ready to reach into the soil I saw this little critter..................................ICK!! I still have goosebumps today. This little guy is pretty small and the smaller they are the more poisonous they are.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmmmmm..........

Or maybe a better title would be "My Big Fat Greek Wedding Meets the Arizona Desert".

While taking my oldest daughter to a birthday party yesterday we passed this house literally in a very secluded desert area. No landscaping, no driveway, nada. A couple of bronze statues sitting on a bench on the front porch though....... another thing that makes you go hmmmmm.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Best Day of His Life.......................

I can think of no better title for this post. Today was probably the most exciting day of my sons life. My 17 year old son has been doing some volunteer work at the local airport, helping prepare the airport for a 'Fly In' next week. During this volunteer work my son met a gentleman who introduced him to the 'Young Eagles' . The Young Eagles is a program that was developed to introduce young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to the world of Aviation. I don't think there is anything in this world that fascinates my son more than an airplane.

Today was the day that the young people got to take a ride. There were several different airplanes and I can't even pretend to know what types of planes they are except for the biplane. I only know what a biplane is now because that is what my son was given a ride in.

Nobody I know, just thought this was a nice shot........
Another nice shot..............
Son and his friends first trip out to the runway to wait for their plane. On this first trip out to the runway my sons two friends got into their planes. Sad news for my sons plane though.......... the young man who took the trip ahead of him didn't handle it too well and the plane had to be pulled to the side for a clean up.
This is my sons second walk out to the runway. Hopefully things will be a success this time around. The young man with him hopped in his plane and away he went. Not so lucky for my son again... his plane now needs fuel. So away the plane goes to the pump.
Another cool shot of the biplanes. Very exciting how they veer off to the left before they land.

My son has now walked over to the fuel pump to meet his plane. He is one of the last riders of the day so it is just easier for him to go to the plane instead of the plane coming to him. Here he is striking a pose.

There he goes.........

Look at that big ole goofy grin!! I think somebody really enjoyed their ride. Excuse the grunge look, he was planning to do volunteer work at the airport after his ride so there was no reason to dress up.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bussels Sprouts are on the way.....................

I am very easily pleased. Don't bring me diamonds and pearls. Just sprout from the ground and I will be jumping for joy. I have worked so hard over the last month trying to get my brussel sprouts to germinate but I think it has just been too hot. Finally today I noticed some seedlings popping forth from the earth.

And no I am not growing money now , wish I were though! I just put the quarter there to show the size of these barely there little seedlings. And besides................ if I was growing money don't you think I would be growing bills instead of coins.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


This little critter was hanging across my pool. Thank goodness swimming season is over!!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Take a peek at my new widget over to the right -------->

yep I am just a boring ole stepmom, but I am oober excited. My stepdaughter and her hubby are expecting. This will be the first grandbaby in our branch of the family.

And here is the first pic that Stacey has sent.........Whatch think? Boy or Girl?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Not for the faint of heart...................

I am on the hunt! For a nasty little gopher. You wouldn't think such a small creature could be so destructive. It isn't just the obvious mounds of dirt all over the place. The hidden menace are the tunnels that you can't see. You can be skipping across your yard, high on life, when BAM, you are flattened, twisted ankle, down for the count.

My main concern isn't really my lawn because be honest, how often does a middle aged woman skip across her lawn, high on life. No, for me my main concern is my garden. I have been fighting the mounds like crazy the last few weeks. I take a garden stake and poke away at the tunnels and blast the tunnels with water, in hopes that I can just chase the little bugger over to my neighbors. Honestly, I don't hate my neighbors, don't really even know them. It is just that they don't have gardens and I don't usually see them skipping around high on life either.

Anyways.................... my tactics have not been working so it is time for me to get serious. Poison is not an option because realistically would I want a chemical poison near my garden, not really. Time to pull out the gopher traps. Unfortunately gopher traps are not some cute little cage that I can trap the gopher and tote him off to a gopher rescue. Nope, gopher traps look like large rat traps with some nasty spikes.... oooh shiver!

So wish me luck, and if you are a PETA member, well all I can say is if you would like to come to my home and find a more humane way to cure my problem then come on over. There are quite a few eggplants out in the garden that you can nibble on to sustain yourself while you ponder this dilemma.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Homecoming Dance 2008

No my kids didn't go to the dance together. They both went stag with their friends. They even got out of the car at different times. Although daughters motive for getting out of the car later than her brother was actually to try and avoid the rain, not to avoid her brother (at least I think that was her motive).

The polka dots on daughters dress are actually a silver rather than the white that they appear in these pictures.

I would also like to point out daughters very sensible shoes. She enjoys dancing. Why on earth wear high heels. I found it very funny when I went to pick the kids up at 11:30 watching all the girls walking out of the dance in their heels. You could tell they were miserable, clomping across the parking lot.

Sorry these pictures are a bit on the orangeish side. We were rushing around town for a final errand and trying to get to the park before the sun set. We arrived at the park at the last possible minute before the sun was gone. It was a very orange sunset that night.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Homecoming 2008

Really great game. Lots of spirit and excitement.
This is my youngun
Few girls from the JV squad.
Another one of my younguns. Don't know if I should claim this one.
You need to be brave and trustworthy to be a flyer.

OOPS, hope this young man is ok.

Why so many cheerleaders you might ask? There are three squads, freshman, junior varsity and varsity. All three squads cheer for the first half of the homecoming game.
Cheesing it up for the camera.

Woohoo! Final results.