our home through the eyes of yoda

Quite a collection of legos I see.   ...more

Nice way to start the day. Yoda and laughter.

~Denise
BlogHer Community Manager

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10 things i hate about your blog

Yes indeed, the following are petty annoyances that bother me on other peoples' blogs. I guarantee you that at some point, you, yes you reading this right now, have done one of the following, either knowingly or unknowingly. I must get this off my chest. Please bear with me. ...more

YES!  I so wish I had remembered this one!  Some of them are so bad you can't raed the writing ...more

the terrible horrible no good very bad grouchy mommy

Seriously, I don't know if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday or what but I was about ready to eat myself a kid-sandwich by 7:30a.m. It didn't help that both boys announced that they had things they were supposed to bring to school for science projects and book reports 6 MINUTES before they were supposed to leave for the bus and we were thrown into a tailspin of do-we-have-any-of-these and I-was-supposed-to-write-that's. Grumble grumble grumble... ...more

weirdest vacuum cleaner sales experience ever

Settle in...this is a bit of a long one, but I think, worth the read. A couple of weeks ago, I got a telemarketing call from Kirby, wanting to peddle their new carpet cleaning system in return for the chance to shampoo the carpet in two rooms of my house. Normally, when telemarketers call, I politely decline, then strongly decline, then get mad and loudly decline and ultimately hang up. However, with company coming the next week, I figured this was a good opportunity to get a stubborn stain out of our front room carpet and make the place look a bit more presentable. ...more

now you, too, can make cranberry salsa

And you should, because it's absolutely wonderful! ...more

peanut clusters in the crockpot

my cup runneth over

I've always wanted to be the kind of person who could be so generous with their resources (monetary or otherwise); someone who could offer to pay the tab for a stranger's meal at a restaurant, donate hundreds of dollars to public television, or sponsor a starving child in a foreign country.  Although I'm not there yet, I certainly aspire to be. ...more

the little girl that never was

Dear diary, A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine had a sweet little baby girl and named her Natalie.  Natalie Mae. Isn't that the sweetest name?  I personally love it, because it's so similar to the name Danny and I had chosen for our some-day baby girl the first time we got pregnant 10 years ago.  Our choice was Natalie Jade, and we were going to call her "Tallie." ...more

stuck on me...and my charred flesh

So, sometimes I can be not too smart. I'll admit it, I make some really dumb moves sometimes. Sad, but true, it happens to the everybody once in a while.  Ya do something and right away you realize "I really should not have done that." I had one of these moments yesterday. Let me back up a bit. ...more

seriously, why don't the christmas lights work from year to year?

Every year it's the same ol' thing.  We put a dozen or so working strings of Christmas lights away in the box in January.  When we pull them out the next December, at least half of them do not work. This year is the worst, I think.  We have plugged in every string we have.  I think four of them work completely. It's such an absolutely waste of money.  And those icicle lights are not cheap. What happens to those lights in the box each year?? I have some theories. ...more