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I’m baaaaa-aaack!

It’s been over a year since I posted anything but I was thinking that since I don’t have a job right now that I would have PLENTY of time to bore you guys to death with my posts about nothing in particular…I like the randomness of being able to post whatever I want without being tied to a theme!

Of course, that is assuming that I still have anybody interested in reading me…or even looking me up…sigh…

Anyway, at my new house I have fabulous trees all around me.  The drawbeck to this is that when the wind blows these beautiful creatures around sticks fall…everywhere…and somebody has to clean them up. Which makes the monsters veerrrryyy happy…NOT!

One of the wonderful benefits to having the trees is that I have 3 fruit bearing trees-2 figs and a peach.  The peach is long since past bearing any fruit but the fig tree is loaded with figs like these.

The problem is that the most beautiful and ripe figs are 15 feet off the ground…not close enough to Bubbamonster’s bedroom window to pick but oh so close enough to see…guess I am going to have to let hubby monster buy that extension ladder he has always wanted!

And Lullibell said since it’s Friday I need to write a Haiku too, so here goes:

There is a fig tree
in my yard hoarding purple
treasure at the top.


I want to harvest
this bounty before my friends
with feathers find it!

It’s all about the food these days…

I got tagged for the

by transplanting me. This one was started over at Smokey Mountain Breakdown. I happen to enjoy a good meme because I try to post every day and this gives me a break on thinking about what I am going to write!

1. What food do you consider the best “date” food? In other words, what meal or food item do you think is sexiest to eat in the company of someone you would like to look sexy around?

Steak—because…well…just because I really just enjoy a good steak…and strawberries…

2. What well-known person would you like to share a meal with?

This kind of question is always difficult for me because I want you to think I am a smart person. But I also want you to like me and think I am a fun person, not stuffy. And I also want you to see that I am a spiritual person. And I have a miserable time making up my mind…yaaaharrgghhhh! So I am going to say JK Rowling. Because I love her writing and I know she has survived raising children and…

3. What does your perfect breakfast-in-bed look like? (Food AND the details, please. Candles? Music? Flowers? Hot tub? Dancing girls?

Lots of chewy thick cut bacon, fried eggs and grits. Coffee and cream. Quiet…just quiet…

4. What do you consider the best application of whipped cream to be?

Straight out of the container

5. Oh-God-No, Biff, the yacht is sinking! You are sent to the galley to retrieve the food. What luxury food items do you snatch first? The champagne? The caviar? Smoked Salmon? Truffles? Chocolate? Or something else?

SAVE THE CHOCOLATE!!!! Grab the wine and some chips and dip! I’m not big on the luxury food!

The Rules…
“Answer each of the five questions. Tag five bloggers you would like to pass the meme to. Have them link back to you and to this post as the source meme. You and they can take the graphic from here if they like.”

So, now, who do I tag…

Task force dawg – I tag you because I love you…and I know you enjoy a good feed!

Of course I must tag notgoth because of her excellent post on foods she misses from home!

I think I’ll tag Oz just because I am interested in seeing what his answers might be!

Yoga Gumbo…I mean com’on look at the name of her blog!

And Shannon over at Rocky Mountain Fighting Tigers because I know the girl can cook and because she seems to have dropped off the face of the earth!

Sweet and sour meatloaf on the stove top

I was talking to my friend over at transplanting me about how her family is doing without having an oven. See I happen to know that her oldest is a true epicurean. The boy loves good food. The problem being that most of his favorite dishes require baking. I told her that the other day when I was making Lullibel’s favorite dinner-chopped steak-that I had what may have been a stroke of genius.

What if you made the hamburger mixture for meatloaf but then make patties out of it and add the sauce at the end to caramelize around the patties?

I am going to post my recipe here and if anyone would like to try it go ahead and let me know how it turns out for you. This recipe is my mom’s original and is absolutely delicious!

Sweet and sour meatloaf

1.5 lbs ground beef
1/2 c. club cracker crumbs
1/2 small onion chopped
1/2 can tomato soup
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
mix and form into loaf. bake @400 for 45 minutes. remove from oven and drain grease. top with sauce and bake 15 minutes.
1/2 can tomato soup
1/2 can water
2 T yellow mustard (the sandwich kind)
2T brown vinegar
2T brown sugar

I think if you make this as patties on the stove top the sauce would probably need less water. Just make sure to combine the ingredients well before pouring the sauce over the patties or loaf!

What’s your life’s ambition?

My friend was telling a story last night about a visit with her family.  The sisters were talking about their life’s ambitions.  Now, this friend of mine is a very hard worker and I really think that she has it all together but she felt uncomfortable at the start of this conversation as she has always thought that she was far less ambitious than anyone in her family.  But her answer to the question-what is your life’s ambition?-really struck me and I think she is onto something here.

She told her sisters that her life’s ambition is to know and learn to trust God and to love and serve people.

How amazing is that for ambition?

The weight of the world


Yesterday when I was dropping Bubba off at pre-Kindergarten I was slightly distracted. For no particular reason, really. We were on time and maybe a few minutes early. I was applying for mom of the year so I thought I might ought to wash the blue paint from the day before off of his elbow and talking to another mom on the way in.

But when we walked through the door I got the feeling that something just wasn’t quite right. It was kind of like the ol’spidey senses were tingling. I had a very serious gentleman that worked a very serious job of personal protection (bodyguard to presidents and Margaret Thatcher at points during his career) tell me one time to never, EVER ignore that feeling. So I quickly rushed through the entry of the church and back to the safest part of the building-the preschool area. The tinglies went away and I cleaned Bubba up and sent him into his classroom.

When I started back toward the entry I stopped in the office where I was greeted by Reverend Ann and Kristin, our secretary. They both seemed a bit unnerved and I could hear yelling coming from the men’s room across the hall. Apparently a mentally ill gentleman had come in off the street and confronted/cornered the diminutive Reverend Ann in the office hallway. He was very agitated and threatening in her direction. He was also talking about hearing voices and told the ladies in the area to just ignore these voices if they heard them.

A member of our congregation came in and gave Reverend Ann the opportunity to move to what she considered safer ground and the man left the area (the staff thought he had left the building). Minutes later when the yelling in the bathroom began we knew that this was not so. The gentleman confronted a dad dropping off his child at the preschool and refused to move on. After a few moments of yelling and brushing his teeth he did finally leave the building and the property.

I thought about this gentleman much of the rest of the day. He was very obviously stricken with some form of mental illness. Just from the brief look at him that I got, he looked capable of inflicting harm on any of the women that he had confronted on his path through the building.

I have been unable to reconcile my feelings about this since yesterday. On the one hand there is the mission of our church. The mission statement is “We welcome and serve in the spirit of the living Christ”. Did that man come into our church because he could feel our welcoming? Did he actually feel welcome when he came inside? Did he get any relief from “the voices” once he was with us? How could we have helped him more?

I was thankful he left under his own power and that it was not necessary to have him removed. I am also grateful that no harm came to him or any of our staff or anyone using the building at the time. For me, there is this eternal circle of wishing that I could have done more to help this man, wondering what this would look like and keeping myself and the people around me from coming to harm.

Any thoughts?

Maybe I share too much…

Lullibell was terribly cute the other day when she came to me and said, “Momma, I just made up a rap!”

And Momma said with all sincerity,”Cool…can I hear it?”

Then there was a look of terror on the sweet little face.  She said,”Oh, no Momma.  I can’t do it for you!”

So Momma said,”Well, why not?”

Those big blue eyes got wider and Lu said (hands on hips and head rotation) ,”Uhh, you’ll just blog about it and it’s private!”

Hmmmm….maybe I should be more considerate of the monsters when I blog.  You know, ask them before I write about them.  That’s it that’s what I’ll do.  I’ll ask them first!

Oh crap…I am so bad at this…April Fools!!!

Now I gotta go record Bubba singing a song of his own that he is making up about Holy ground and Heaven…oughta be pretty funny…I’ll let ya know!!!

How was YOUR weekend?

Yesterday and Saturday we had showings of our house so we had to take the dogs and get lost. On Saturday the weather was very windy and I had a few indoor projects to complete for a friend who was paying me to get them done by today…Mission accomplished.

Sunday was a free day for us. We went to church, had a hue lunch at a steak place and after came home to square away the last few details of the house before the showing.

Bubba has been asking to go on a hike for a few days. I don’t mind hiking in the summer when the weather has been dry and the trails are all pretty safe but this time of year is not my favorite. So I thought, “Hey let’s go to Seven Falls. It should be pretty safe up there. And we haven’t gone up there yet, need to go before we leave…”


We headed over there at about 1:00. When we got there the wind had picked up a bit and it was COLD. There was also some monster attitude in the form of Bubba saying,”This one guy was hiking one time and fell and broke his glasses so you might not wanna wear yours, Lullibell.” But we forged ahead anyway.

The next time I have a brilliant idea would one of you kind people please stop me!

There are 2 places from which to view the falls…one called the Eagle’s Nest and then the main falls viewing platform. There are 189 steps to the Eagle’s Nest. Now, while that didn’t sound too bad while I was standing on the bottom, when I got to the sign that said “Halfway there! Don’t give up now!” I thought my chest was going to explode. We made it to the top with only one stop for pictures and gasping for air. It was quite beautiful to look at. Then Lullibell says, “I want to go over there!!!”


That’s when I realized there was another set of stairs to go to the main viewing platform-only another 224 steps. So we started the trek up that trail of torture. There were two women on their way down the stairs that told me that knees turn into jello on the way down and that there were plenty of parents up there-the monsters would be fine! I will say that the second climb was not too bad. I stopped several times to try and fill my lungs take pictures of each part of the falls.


The worst part of the climb really was coming back down! I thought my knees were going rip from the skin, tendons, ligaments, whatever. I walked down behind two very thin young women and thought that while they wouldn’t be much protection they would slow my fall somewhat if my knees did give out!


When we reached the bottom again I collapsed in a heap on a bench, pretended to be terribly interested in pondered the lack of rainbow trout in the pool at the base of the falls.


All said we had a lovely time at the falls and I got some amazing pictures to show my family and all my blog buddies in spite of the wigglywobbliness that my knees became!