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25Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

Happy Birthday to the greatest guy on the planet. I love you!

Donnie, 1966

Donnie, 1966

 

You know you’re getting old when…

24Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

Tomorrow is Donnie’s birthday, and tonight was the only night I could wrangle him away for a quiet date. So we went out for Italian, had great food and nice conversation. Afterwards, we needed to do some shopping, but wanted to stop by the house to put my leftovers in the fridge. So we got home, and we eyed our recliners. We were SO stuffed, and they looked SO inviting, that we plopped down, turned on the news and then laughed at our slovenly selves.

What has our life become?

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Meet Stevie and PJ

23Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

 

According to my son, Eli, Stevie and PJ are hummingbird brothers who frequently fight over our new hummingbird feeder. He says they fight because they think it belongs to both of them, but they have to learn how to share. :-)  When I told Eli that Stevie and PJ are going to have to realize that the feeder belongs to the entire neighborhood of hummingbirds, he said, “They aren’t going to like that very much.”

Meanwhile, Lily is also enjoying the show. She is dreaming of a PJ filet accompanied with a side of Stevie fettuccini.


If you’re nuts about tips…

22Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

(That subject line could inspire quite a variety of mental images, couldn’t it?)

I wish I could blog about fascinating topics, such as world travel, organic wines, and the joys of Manolo Blahnik shoes. But my mind is usually focused on this life here in middle-class suburbia, deep in the trenches of motherhood. So yeah, I get excited over things like the website I found today. It’s called www.tipnut.com and it’s very cool, especially if you flunked out of Home Economics in middle school. (Which, I did not, by the way. I did fail regular Economics…twice…and only passed the third time because I kinda had a little help on the final exam.) :oops:

Tipnut.com has been added to my “Favorite Peeps” list. Someday I’ll tell you the stories behind some of the people on my favorites list. That day is not today. :-D

Anyway, if you’re trying to figure out how to do something around the house, go to Tipnut. I have no idea if these links will work, but recent entries include:

Over 40 Mosquito Bite Itch Relief Tips

Quick Tips For Kitchen Cleaning

Covered Kitchen Cabinets: DIY Project

35 Cool Watermelon Carvings & Fun Ideas

Cause it’s summer, ain’t it, and I can just hear you sitting out on the back porch last night, gazing over your garden, saying, “I don’t know about you Bubba, but I surely do think it’d be fun to go carve a picture into one of them there watermelons.”

Holy cow, a carrot!

20Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

Eli actually ate a raw baby carrot for the first time tonight. Then he went really crazy and devoured another. Then he asked for some ranch dressing to dip them in. All total, he ate four or five baby carrots.

If you’ve never had a picky eater, you probably think I’m nuts for being so overjoyed! (Most of you probably question my sanity, regardless!) Donnie and I have both always loved raw fruits and veggies, but our sons just never got into them. For Zach, I think it’s a texture thing coupled with a quick gag reflex. (He does fine with cooked vegetables.) In Eli’s case, who knows? Maybe a little of the same. Eli has such a huge sweet tooth that it’s always cause for celebration when he falls in love with a healthy snack.

I guess it’s true…if you just keep exposing them to it, eventually they’ll give it a try. Then again, ten years of that with Zach and he’s still never made it past one miniscule bite of anything raw. :-?