Sunday, November 23, 2008


Where did the year go? I can not believe it is Thanksgiving week. The hustle and bustle of the season has started. Today at Walmart, you would have thought it was the day before Thanksgiving. So many people and maybe they had the same idea as I did, get it done before Wednesday evening. Jeff's work provided all employees with either turkey, ham or prime rib.. well we got prime rib, never cooked this before so I also bought a turkey breast for just in case the prime rib fails.
Oh I added a recipe today to my blog site. It is a sweet potato casserole. I entered this recipe into our local paper's recipe contest and it did get published! I also had another recipe that made the paper, French toast casserole. I will post it later. Last year I think I had 3 entries that made the paper. The paper offers $100 prize money for the winning recipe, I have not made it yet but will keep working on this.
Dianne, got the lights up yet? We don't really decorate outside here. We have put icicle lights up outside but with the strong winds we have here, they end up on top of the house instead of hanging down. We are going to put the tree up on Thanksgiving since we will all be home at one time. As I was going through town Friday evening, there are so many people who have decorated outside. Well the weather has been good, no snow yet and we usually have had at least 5 or more inches by now. I don't want too much snow since my snow shoveler has gone to college.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


My husband had to tell me his latest bathroom encounter this week. Jeff drives over the road for Colorado Equipment, a John Deere Dealership in Greeley. He was at a truck stop either in Nebraska or Iowa, and Jeff said this guy was in a stall and his push to talk phone beeped and someone called his name (guy in toliet) and he asked if he could get back with them in a minute. The lady beeped back and asked "Well what are you doing?"
The guy said, " I am busy"
She asked again "Doing what"
He said, " I am taking a SH!!"
She came back and said "WEll thanks for telling me that!"
He said "Well you asked"

Moral to story, Just turn your phone off in the bathroom if you are going to be BUSY!

At my work, we no longer have pagers, we have cell phones due to we did not get pages when we were out and about. Lots of times I may have a call in to a MD office and guess when they will call me back... as soon as I am in the middle of a dressing change or drawing blood. Never fails.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I think I may have mentioned this back in my first blog but if not here it is again. Jeff and I are Certified BBQ Judges for Kansas City BBQ Society. This was the only way we figured to get some decent BBQ since they do not know what that is exactly here. We have judged 3 contests and look forward to judging more this summer. A few weeks ago, I sent in for us to judge a contest in Little Rock in March. It is a huge contest. $50,000 of a contest! They are waiting for returning judges to come back and since we are originally from Arkansas we were put on the list for potential judges if they needed extra. Guess what! We are coming back to Arkansas to judge.. the coolest thing about it is there is a party the night before with VIP seating to see .38 Special!!! I am so ready for this now!!! This all takes place downtown Little Rock near Clinton Library, down on the River.
Ok when we are finished we will be coming back to Parkin and will share our "left overs" from the contest.
Oh yea... see all of you Arkies in January too....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Small Towns

Someone sent this to me and OH how I laughed and said yep that happened or that's right.

Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this.Those who didn't will be in disbelief and won't understand how true it is.
1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

2) You know what 4-H means.

3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. (See #5.)

4) You used to 'drag' Main .

5) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn't.

6) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they'd tell your parents anyhow.) Besides, where would you get the money?

7) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.

8) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

9) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

10) You didn't give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn by Nelson's house, go 2 blocks to Anderson 's, and its four houses left of the track field.

11) The golf course had only 9 holes.

12) You couldn't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

13) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a white vehicle for this reason.

14) The town next to you was considered 'trashy' or 'snooty,' but was actually just like your town.

15) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1955 as the 'rich' people.

16) The people in the 'big city' dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.

17) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or on Main Street .

18) You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.

19) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay or pick rock for the summer to get stronger.

20) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.

21) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

22) Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.

23) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.
24) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.

25) There was no McDonalds.

26) The closest mall was over an hour away.

27) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.

28) You've peed in a wheat field.

29) Most people went by a nickname.

30) You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true, and you forward it to everyone who may have lived in a small town.

I would not have wanted to be raised any other way!!!!
Tough times don't last... Tough people do!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


What a beautiful Sunday for the first of November. It was warm, capris/shorts weather but I hear we have a change in store for the week. Maybe that will get me ready for holidays. Dianne, send Phillip to my house to decorate.
Tyler was home of course for the weekend, you know for Mom to wash his clothes.. I did as usual. He left today and called me while Jeff and I were out running errands and wanted to know if I wanted him to go commando this week, he had no underwear in his bags. Well, that will make him check his bags next time before he leaves.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


We are down to just hours until the election is OVER. I went Friday to vote and took my daughter for her first vote in a Presidential election. She was excited to get to do this and now I just wished my phone would stop ringing and my mail would get back to normal. Jeff will have to wait til Tuesday to vote as he was too busy and this week.
We had so many cute trick or treaters last night. I decided it was time to turn the light off when the high school kids started trick or treating, anyway Jeff and the kids wanted the rest of the candy. When halloween comes around, it is no time before we have the rush of holidays. Today Kohls was packed with shoppers getting the Biggest Sale of the Season.. how many times will they have that sale... ok so I was there too... Tyler needed a blanket. Every blanket he has had the cat has taken over. He said she has 4 blankets and he has NONE. His dorm is one of the newer ones that has central heat and air so I am not to worried about him freezing.
The weather here is still very warm. Today was a shorts day and it is November 1. We are praying for good weather when we go home but we will be in Tyler's truck and should not have any problems. Last years trip we ran into a blizzard in the middle of Kansas, trip usually takes about 16-18 hours took 24hours that time due to the snow and ice.
We are planning our menu when we do come home this year... looks like Paula Deens, The Rendevous, Couch's and of course Mom's and Shelby's home cookin. Dianne, what you cookin?
We never know what the weather will be like til we actually leave.