Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Well, I called the campground and guess what??? They are booked for the date that I wanted to have Cody's party. Now, for plan B; what to do? Guess we will just have to have it at home and Duke may have to find alternate arrangements for sleep. Not sure that is fair, but unless something comes up in the next few days, that is what I will need to do. I thought about moving it to this weekend, but I don't think that is enough time.

Ziggy seemed to miss me yesterday; he sure was happy that I came home. He was whining for me to hold him at about 8:00 last night. Guess he has adopted our early bedtime too. So cute and so funny. Just keeping my fingers crossed that he will stop peeing in the house.

Called my friend, Bob, and asked about carpet cleaning services. I need to get the carpet cleaned at home before the fall. Problem is, no money to do it. So, he graciously is doing it free of charge. This means that I MUST make a scrapbook for him and his family in lieu of payment. How nice is that? Guess that means a card too. *smiling*

Been trying to use up my paper scraps so that I can clear out the drawer and make room for more scraps. But seriously, I have tons of paper scraps to use up and cards are always needed. I will make some bookmarks and use some for the scrapbook I intend to make for Bob.

It is my boss's birthday tomorrow. I have to make him a card as well. Lots to do in the coming days. He is out of town this week, so no hurry. But, since I have some made up, I'll grab him one of the more masculine looking ones and call it a day.

Still upset that I can't get the campground, but nothing can be done. Better plan further in advance for the next time.

Monday, July 30, 2007


We are adjusting to Duke's new schedule. He is too. I'm not sure that it will work, but we are going to try.

My mother just confimed that she will NOT be attending Cody's birthday party. I believe that this is the 3rd one she has missed. Supposedly, they have had plans to attend a family reunion for a month; odd thing is, this is the first that I have heard about it. I have been down there a few times and not one single person mentioned it to me. Oh well, he'll still have fun. I think that we are postponing the party for Jason and Charlie to the following weekend. Need to make the calls so that everyone knows.

Have to go get school supplies in the coming days. The first day of school is the 2nd of August; too soon in my opinion, but who am I??! I am excited about it on one hand however; back to the classroom- back to learning! I have heard great things about his teacher, so I have high hopes for a great year.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Few Behind

Ok, so I haven't posted in a few days; just not much to say. Got the invites for Cody's party and I hope that people show up. I got an email from my mom saying that my dad's side of the family is having a reunion the same day; so they probably won't show up for Cody. Most likely, neither will my brother and his family, it figures. It seems like no one is ever available for Cody. We did order his cake, he chose Fantastic Four.

We took Ziggy to the vet yesterday to get his first round of shots. He did great; no yelping or barking during the exam or shot. However, he did bark incessantly at a large dog in the waiting room once we were finished. It was hilarious! For being so brave, I bought him a stuffed animal to use as a chew toy; he loves that thing and has played with it almost non-stop.

Duke started his new job Friday night. Lost his cell phone that night too. It sucks! But, he called to have it cancelled so he isn't charged for anything. We'll see if he gets another one or not.

I have a ton of laundry to do today and I still need to clean. Maybe once Duke wakes up I can get the cleaning of the bathroom done and I won't need to get back in there. I'd like to get the carpet cleaned before the weather starts to change, it sure needs it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


With the new puppy and bouts of insomnia, I am operating at 60%. Not good. Can't seem to get enough sleep. I think we have decided on Ziggy as the puppy's name. He is cute as a button and fast as lightning. Hopefully, we can get him housetrained within the next few weeks.

I am thinking of getting a perm for some curls. Not sure at this point, but it is something I will consider as an option.

Got one of the books I am making for Jason's birthday ready, gotta finish the second one. Hopefully, he will like them and use them. He and Tina both liked the altered lunch tin I made for Tina's birthday.

School starts in a few more weeks. Cody is getting excited and dreading it at the same time. I am looking forward to a new learning process and the hopes of him becoming totally academic and excited about reading. He can just about read the program guide on TV, but I think some of it is more repetition than actual reading.

The birthday party is going to be the 11th at the campground, I believe from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. That should be enough time.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New Things

Ok, so no internet at work yesterday, it totally sucked. Of course, we moved and there was so much more to do, but once you get used to it, it's hard not to have it.

Duke has an interview today for a job in Gatlinburg. Hope he does well and is offered the position. He is depressed not having a job and having money to spend. I know how hard it is to be without work and not feeling productive.

Getting ready to send invites to the family and friends for the shindig for all the birthdays we have in August. I was going to make them, but I think it will be easier to buy a small pack. People just throw them away, I don't want to spend the time or the money on something that they will not keep.

We are enjoying our new puppy, Scooter. Not sure if we are keeping that name, but so far that's what we have been calling him. He is a pure bred Mini Pinscher and he is tiny. Bad thing is, he needs to be potty trained, and you know how my patience is.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Smal Entry for the Weekend

Not too busy. Got a bit of cleaning done, but nothing like I planned. I am sitting at Wendy's in my car typing, not the most comfortable situation, but at least I can connect.

Made chicken fried rice again, it was good but not as flavorful as last time. Guess I tried to make too much at once.

We have decided to have Cody's birthday party at the Cosby Campground. Oh, we saw a bear there on Friday. COOL!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Couldn't Sleep

It was raining so hard last night, I couldn't sleep very well. That, coupled with the fact that Cody and I fell asleep in the wrong bedroom, had so much to do with it. Maybe I'll be able to sleep well tonight.

Made chicken fried rice last night to rave reviews. It was my first attempt and I'd have to say I was darn successful. I kept joking that I was "part Chinese." Cute, right? HAHAHA Duke ate the majority of it and is claiming that he wants more tonight for dinner. Guess he's on his own since I have to take the boy to a birthday party. His best friend, Luther, is having a party at the Cosby Campground. I sure hope I fit in since I have only spoken with his family a few times, but have never spent any time with them. Just taking a small gift and a card that I made using one of the files that I downloaded from HERE.

Getting ready to pack up my office once again for a move. I hate packing, but hate unpacking even more. But, we may not have to move again until October. Nice, but we will be crammed in like sardines in the meantime. Ah, such is life.

We thought we got the AC fixed last night, but Duke doesn't think it is. Who knows what is going on with it. It just keeps running even though it is set pretty high. Can't figure it out.

Hope the weekend allows me to clean and to relax. I have not done any laundry all week, so I know I'll be swamped with that. But, I want to give the house a good "once over" to assure that I dont have to kill myself getting it clean for the events we have planned over the next few weeks. We'll see how it goes, however.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Just Life

Got a call from my boy today wanting to install one of his silly DVD games. I couldn't walk Duke through it, so I'll have to take care of it from home. Hope I can get it going, it'll be something to keep him busy during the day.

The phone just won't stop ringing at work. It's craziness. It will inevitably happen though, I am here alone, so it is bound to be busy. Better to be busy, right? It does make the day go by much faster.

Duke is still deciding which job he should take. Guess we can't really be picky right now, but it'd be nice if he didn't have to work evenings much; especially on the weekends since that's the only time that I have off.

Gotta pick beans tonight if it doesn't rain. I'm afraid they'll rot on the vines; can't have that happen since they were given to us so generously. Gotta do something with them.

I'd really like to get the house "super" clean this weekend. We'll be having bithday parties in the next few weeks and the house isn't presentable. Just gotta clean and get things in their correct place. Hoping I can do it in the next few weekends.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Rain, rain go away

As much as we need the rain, I wish that it would only rain once I have reached my destination. I do not like to drive in it.

I am hoping the Duke has the A/C working by the time I get home. Don't know what in the world he has done to it, but thank heavens it is cool enough outside to cool the house with the doors and windows open. In fact, last night it was just perfect in the house.

Gotta get scrapbooking; too far behind. The printer I have may have bitten the dust with the power surge we had a while back. If that is the case, then I need to start looking for another printer because I do alot of home printing. Crossing my fingers that it doesn't have to be replaced. I managed to get all my pictures and other files off the computer to make it run a bit faster, but I need to check to see if this handled the printer issue. Maybe tonight.

Duke has had a few job offers and he is contemplating one in which he will cook. He loves to cook, so this will be perfect for him. Only issue is that he'll have to adjust his sleep schedule to accommodate waking by 4:00 am. It'll be great to have him home by the time the bus will run with Cody. I hope he gets it and that he likes it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

So Cool

Well, I showed Cody the blog last night and he noticed his pictures. He says, "Cool Mom, I'm on the internet. Did you know about this?" How cute is that?

This is a layout I did featuring my nephew, Dakota. His team went undefeated this year and we are excited for him. Isn't he a cutie pie?

This is a card I made for my neighbors. It scored us some green beans, which we have canned already and some more we need to pick. It's great to have extra special neighbors you can call your friend. I need to post a pic of the green beans, they are still sitting on the countertop. I need to make some space for them but I have been too lazy.

Wore my hair down today, it is on my nerves. Hope I can think of a way to keep it off my face so that I can let it grow out. Gonna browse the internet for some styling options.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Another Week

The start of another week begins with me waking very late. I had just enough time to take a shower; I brought my makeup to work with me. Gotta have my face on. Things are relatively quiet today.

I took Cody swimming at my parents' yesterdy. He had a ball playing with his cousins. Got to spend a little time with my nephews. I would say it was nice, but they both have really smart mouths and are quite "smarmy." I couldn't take much more before I wanted to leave. What is it with the kids these days. I know they are going through teenage angst, but were we ever this bad? I don't think so. I am sure my parents' will disagree with me.

Got a few pictures to post today. Cody in the pool, surprised? Hope they are enjoyed!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Party Time

Well, we made both parties today. Cody had a great time at both. I'll have to load pics of him at the pool; he was doing all kinds of jumps and dives. He got a great trophy, I carried it because I was so afraid that he would break it; then I dropped the darn thing and...broke it! I can glue it back together, but I was so dissappointed with myself. The coaches LOVED the mini albums that I made for them; it's a good thing too, they were very time consuming.

Got started canning beans first thing this morning. As I type, there are seven more jars in the pressure canner cooling. I hope to hear jar lids popping soon. I left for the parties after packing about 10 jars. Duke got another 11 done after I left. Feel bad leaving him, but gotta be social.

A fella that I work with died in a car accident last night. Very sad that he left a family behind in such a tragic way. I believe that he was drinking heavily and made the mistake of getting behind the wheel. It is too bad that hard lessons must be learned this way; but hopefully, this tragedy will save someone else's life. I pray for his family.

Got to see my nephews today too, at my niece's party. It was nice because I haven't seen them in some time. Both are so handsome and are growing like weeds. It's hard to believe sometimes that they have grown so big and older. Why can't they just stay the age you remember them?

Friday, July 13, 2007

Busy Weekend

Well, it looks as though it will rain all weekend. I really wish it would hold off on Saturday because of the plans that we have, but if i doesn't it won't be the end of the world. Just have to spend less time at each place.

We get to can our green beans on Saturday too. I have to remember to get the canning salt and the lids/ rims. Should be interesting. Hope we can get the rest of the beans broke tonight since we didn't do it last night.

I am hoping to get some scrapbooking done this weekend too. I am so far behind, it seems like there is never enough time. But, it may have to wait as I am sure that my desktop computer is about to crash. It won't keep my printer and WB loaded and it is not shutting down with the shut down command. Hopefully, I can get all my files off it before it happens. Maybe that will help it too; it is after all almost 5 years old.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


It is getting harder and harder to get up in the morning. I slept way too late this morning, but I went to bed well past my bed time last night. We stayed up watching Planet Earth; that show is just fascinating. And, we were breaking beans for hours. My back and fingers are sore this morning from it. All the pain and suffering will be well worth it when we eat those beans later on in the fall and winter. Can hardly wait to get them canned and displayed; we are so proud. I know I need to look for a canner; maybe they will go on sale soon. We plan to have a garden next year, so we need to get the supplies.

We have to break the last 1/2 tonight when I get home. Then I have to start working on Veronica's birthday surprise; but only if we go to the party. So far, I have heard that they are having a party, but have not actually received a call or an invite...so we will see! Lately, I'm feeling a bit alienated from my family, partly my own doing, but it would still be nice if someone communicated with me. Seems like I have to be the one that calls or emails, or no one would communicate with me at all. I don't like it. It feels as though they are trying to get rid of me and I just keep coming back; maybe I shoud just take the hint, huh?

Gotta do something with my hair, it's getting on my last nerve. I really need to color it, maybe if I do that I can make it a little longer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Middle of the Week

This has been the longest week ever. But, only two more days to the end of the work week, yippee!

I made a card for our neighbors on Sunday. The card was to tell them they had a beautiful garden and that we were totally jealous since we can't grow anything on our land. Of course, it was also a shameless ploy to get them to share with us. Last night, they were in the garden as I was going up my driveway; they motioned for me to stop and offered two rows of green beans to us. I was so excited!!! Fresh green beans is about the best it can get. I went home to tell Duke and he was so embarrassed that he wouldn't go down there to pick them. Cody and I went and ended up with 8 gallons. Duke and his brother are going to can them on Saturday. In any case, they told us to come back some time next week and we could have some more beans and possibly some tomatoes and cucumbers. I am psyched! Also, when I told them that we'd rent some ground for a garden from them, they offered us a small plot for nothing. They are such good neighbors. They also have a 4-wheel drive tractor and are going to fix our road before winter. I have just got to do something nice for them for all their generosity.

My hair has a mind of its own today, and I'm somewhat embarassed about it. I really need to get it cut, but I'm trying to let it grow out a bit.

I'll try to post some pics over the weekend, we have to events to go to. I know I'll be running all day Saturday. Who knew that having a kid increased your social life??

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Does It Ever End?

Had a great dinner last night. I ate too much and ended up with a belly ache. Laid on the sofa until about 9 p.m. Thank goodness I didn't feel bad this morning.

Nice and quiet again at work. It's nice! Especially since Wendi has been sick for the past few days. I got caught up on my filing and got my letters out. YIPPEE!

Cody must have called me four or five times yesterday. So cute! I think it's wonderful that he is branching out and embracing the different types of communication available.

The remote for our satellite went kaput yesterday. Guess I'll have to look into getting a new one. I wonder what is happening to our technological stuff. First a spare TV and now the remote, this sucks!

Trying to get some paper ideas ready for the scrapbook for my niece. I think I'm doing a word book that spells her name. I'm sure she'll like it; she likes to do crafts. I still don't know how I will be able to make two pool parties on the same day, but I have to. Cody's T-ball banquet and Veronica's party. I got the coaches albums done and will now have to focus on the word book for Priss.

My back is still hurting from cleaning out the cars a couple weeks ago. I don't know what I did to it, but it can hurt like a bugger when I move wrong. MAN!

Monday, July 9, 2007

So Begins Another Week

We had a pretty good weekend. Duke went to the funny car races in Bristol and I got to spend some time with Cody. We went to my parents' yesterday so that he could go swimming. He loves the water. He has not been wearing his swimmies when Duke takes him swimming; the shallow end there comes mid chest. In watching him yesterday, I believe he's ready to SWIM without the swimmies. Maybe this weekend, I can get him to try it. So proud, he's practically taught himself.

Saw my 2 favorite aunties yesterday too. Haven't been able to spend much time with them over the past few years, so it's nice to catch up. They are both such lovely people and I am lucky that I have them. My aunt, Joyce, got to meet Cody for the first time yesterday; it was nice to show him off.

I made a card for our neighbors yesterday too! Shamelessly it was designed to "entice" them to share their gorgeous garden bounty with us. I am so jealous; their garden is beautiful and I have to look at it every time I go in or out of the house. We cannot get anything to grow on our land. We have tried everything too! Maybe I'll get lucky and they feel sorry for us. In any case, they are lovely people and we are lucky to have them as neighbors. We all look out for one another.

Nice and quiet at work today, hope it stays that way. I really had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. I feel super tired. I think it is because I have changed the way that I eat. I was snacking throughout the day and now I just eat at meal time. Gotta switch back to regain some energy.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Super Saturday

You'd think I'd be able to sleep later on a day I don't have to work, but NO, I was wide awake at 6:30 this morning. Of course, if I had to be up for work, I would have overslept. Cody got up at about 8:20 a.m., that's late for him on the weekend.

Duke has to mow a friend's yard today. And then he's off to Bristol for a car show. He went to one last year, but it was not in Tennessee. He loves those things, I don't understand it. Hope he has fun!

Not an eventful weekend, hope to get the housework done and then take it easy for the rest of the time. I'm sure it won't work out that way, but those are my intentions.

Gotta get myself ready to go to the grocery store.

Friday, July 6, 2007

The Weekend

So, it's the weekend. Nothing planned so far. Just to relax. Gotta clean the house up, I spent all my time on the cars last weekend. Lots and lots of laundry to do and the bathrooms really need a good scrubbing!

Duke talked to an old friend of his last night; hasn't spoken to him in over 10 years. His oldest just graduated high school and we got an invite. It was the perfect opportunity to give them our number and we crossed our fingers they'd call. Guess we're gonna try to meet up in the next month or so. Should be fun!

I think Cody's friend was coming over today. Duke was to take them swimming at the pool near our house. Should be interesting! I'll have to see how it went when I get home.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Here We Go Again

It was so hard to wake up this morning after having the day off. I got here and had to put on my makeup since I wasn't sure I'd have time before I left the house. Thank heavens I was the only one here.

We went to dinner last night with some friends from Florida. They were in attending a funeral and found some time to spend with us. It was fun! I enjoy their company, they are lovely people. Duke has known him for over 50 years. He has such long friendships, I envy it. Seems like whenever I get a friend, we drift apart, they move away, or they never really were my friend to begin with.

I got the coaches albums done and will be glad to give them out on the 14th at thebanquet. That is also my niece's birthday and I am sure I will have to miss either one or the other. I have to get started on a gift for her, a scrapbook, of course.

We weren't able to get to sleep until after midnight; all the neighbors were shooting fireworks until those wee hours. It seemed like they were doing it right in our back yard. Guess it was the echoing through the woods. Too bad we couldn't see them from the house.

Duke is still in pain from helping Jason with his shed. Bet it takes a few more days to recover. It's hell to get old!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


I had a hard time wanting to get up this morning, not sure why. I went to bed early enough. Although, Cody mentioned a desire for Duke and I to get married before we went to sleep; then I had a terrible dream about him leaving Cody and I behind. Not sure what that means! Funny thing is, Duke had a similar dream about Cody and I leaving him behind. Strange how both of us have the same feeling about marriage.

He was planning to go help Jason today, but he doesn't have the key to unlock the doors on the red car, so he can't get to the trailer. He's not happy. I should have taken the keys off my keychain, but I haven't yet. He may end up going tomorrow.

I have the day off tomorrow...yippee! I will be heading to the grocery store first thing in the morning to avoid some of the crowds and the drunk drivers. It scares me that people drive under the influence. I think we all have at one time in our life, but it is soooo dangerous. I would NEVER do it now. Guess that's called maturity and motherhood.

Hope the day goes by quickly today, I am ready for the extra day off. Hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Here We Go Again

The start of another week. I got all three cars cleaned up on the inside anyway. I didn't spend much time on the red car as we intend to sell it; so its new owner can take care of that. It took nearly three hours to clean Duke's Jeep; it was quite the mess from using it as a work truck. I purchased Tuff Stuff to clean the seats and carpet; Duke was laughing about it thinking that it wouldn't work. But, it did a fantastic job; the seats and floors are incredibly clean. He was shocked! It smells good too.

Cody's friend, Luther, came over for a couple of hours today. I guess they played some games on the gamecube and played outside. I hope they both had a good time.

The banquet for T-ball is July 14th. I'm so glad we have one last chance to see the whole team since I don't have a single picture of the whole team together. I hope all the kiddies can make it. Should be fun! Now, I really have to get the coaches albums ready.

We had dinner at Duke's sister's house yesterday. It was a good time. Maybe there is hope for them. Duke is going to help Jason move his shed tomorrow; he's not looking forward to it at all. Cody will spend time playing the Wii that Jason has. He still wants one so badly.

I need to call my friend, Jenn, and my sister tonight. Maybe now since I am thinking about it.