Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Watch out.........

I have had an unusual week for accidents. Really, really wierd things! Nobody is hurt or anything, but sometimes I wonder if I am a problem magnet.

First of all, on Saturday, when we went fishing (see Monday post), I didn't feel like fishing and so I sat in the Tahoe and crocheted. I got tired of crocheting for a minute, so I wove my needle through my work and set in on the dashboard. Later, I decided to crochet some more, picked up my work and the crochet hook promptly fell into the air vent on the dashboard! Panic set in and I grabbed a double point needle, shaped like a candy cane, and tried retrieving the hook. Almost had it, when I lost my grip on the double point needle and down it went! Ugh! So I had to admit to my husband what I did. They are still in there, not hurting anything, but making me feel like a dope!

The second thing happened today. I mowed the yard. We have a huge yard and it takes awhile to mow. Got the front yard mowed and set hoses, then moved to the backyard. Got the part behind the house done and moved over to the side yard. There was alot of garbage collected on the fence, so I picked it all up and started to mow. I backed up to my plum tree to get the tall grass underneath it, and promptly mowed an old baby blanket that my grandkids apparently had in the yard and had been hidden in the tall grass. Wrapped that sucker firmly around the lawn mower blade! All 52 inches of it! Ugh, Ugh! Now I have to wait until my husband comes home and fixes my mess. I feel like such a dope! Everything I touch, goes wrong!

So now I am watching the news, sipping on a Coke, and hoping I don't destroy anything else before dinner!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Where did it go?

So I am feeling a little nostalgic today. Thirty-three years ago today I became a mom for the first time. I was scared to death. Such a little bundle, dependent on me! I was so afraid I would screw it up!

Tiffany Leigh Scott was born at 3:00 on June 27th. She weighed in at 8 lbs, even though she was a month early! You could tell right away she would have brown eyes, although the hair was a different matter, because she was bald. Because she was early, she had no hair, no eyelashes and only half of her fingernails. And she was very jaundice to boot! I fell in love immediately!

She was a chubby baby and everyone told me she wouldn't walk until she was past a year. But on Mother's day 1979, when she was only 10 months old, she proved them all wrong!

At five, she had the most amazing smile and beautiful brown eyes! I loved sewing new dresses for her! She was quite a smart stinker and could read whole books by the time she started kindergarten! Now she reads constantly, still! Look what we started!

This is one of my all-time favorite memories. In the scrapbook in my mind, this one is at the top. About an hour before Tiffany's commencement ceremony, in 1996, I took this picture of my two girls dancing around the family room. Chelsea was almost 4 at the time and Tiffany 17.

Flash forward 14 years to 2010, and this time you have Chelsea's graduation! Boy how time flies!

Now Tiffany is the mom to her own 2 girls (see earlier post on fishing)! We've been through alot together, her and I and today I would like take a moment to thank her for letting me experiment with her on being a mom! Heavenly Father couldn't have given me a better oldest daughter!

Love You Tif!

Mom (chris)

Great Moments!

So Saturday we went fishing up to Paul Reservoir by Humphrey. Gene has been dying to go and so we invited Tiffany and her girls to go with us! Now Tiffany hasn't had a fishing license since before she got married, so it's been awhile! It was really windy when we got there, but about 2 hours later it died off and the lake looked like mirror! You could see the hills all around it in the water! If you look close at these pictures, you can actually see it!
So this is the end result, 4 fish that the girls all pulled in! Sarah, left and Sydney hold the catch of the day!

Proud grandpa in the background!

Never a dull moment when you are fishing! Someone's pole was always bobbing! Kept Grandpa hopping!

Happy fishing to all of you!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Evil Grin!

Okay, so my brother in law lives next door to us. Has for 33 years. Probably will for the rest of his life. He and I have a love-hate relationship. I love him because he is Gene's brother and he does have his good moments. At one time he hated me because I took his brother/best friend away when I married him and had kids with him. Now because their mom is gone, he looks to me for female guidance, at least sometimes. And because he has never married, he relies and on Gene and I to take care of him when he is ill or having problems.

Why am I telling you this? Well so you understand that it is an interesting dynamic between us. Add to that Dean, at 54, has never married and probably never will (altho their dad was 63 when he married). So shall we say he marches to a little bit different beat than the rest of society? Like going to bed at 9:00 at night, or canning beans and weiners for a quick meal, or wearing red jogging pants tucked into his tube socks outside when he does yardwork (I kid you not and he is 6 foot 4). His latest quirk is that he has taken to mowing his lawn at 6:30 in the morning. Yes, that is A.M.! About once a week I am awakened by his poorly tuned riding lawn mower coughing it's way around the yard. The dew has not even left the lawn (and he wonders why his blade won't cut)!

So this morning it happened again. Now I have tried talking to him about it. And he ignored me. So I decided somehow to get even. I have thought about it all day long and finally came up with an idea. We have these awesome bottlerockets that we bought in Afton Wyoming last year. They whistle, then bang and twinkle over everything. So at 10:00 tonight, I took a bottle out on the deck rail and lit off about a dozen of them! What is it my 18 year old daughter says? Buhaaahhhh! accompanied by an evil grin. Hopefully he didn't sleep through them. But if he did and he chooses to mow next week at his appointed time, I also found a box of artillery shells. Buhhahhhaaaaaah!

If you live in my neighborhood I apologize in advance. But come and enjoy the show! You have Dean to thank for it!

Hope you have a great weekend! We are spending ours fishing!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I love Wednesdays

After I get tax season over with, I love Wednesdays! I know, I know, most people live for the weekends. Me, I live for Wednesdays! I don't go to the office on Wednesday, I stay home, putter around the house, clean, whatever I feel like. No one else is there, just me and my schnauzer, Toby. Sometimes I don't even get dressed!

So this morning I enjoyed these lovelies! When I was growing up I LOVED spoon size shredded wheat with fruit on it. Last week I bought a box after I don't know how long. Then yesterday I found some wonderful strawberries at the store and there you have it! My ideal breakfast! I actually sat out on my deck and savored this!

While I was enjoying my breakfast I got to look at this beautiful crab apple tree in my back yard. It always blooms about a week later than the other crab apple trees in my yard, and it is such a deep color! I wish trees bloomed all year long!

So let's see what today brings! Good things are happening!


Monday, June 6, 2011


I used to hear old people say that the older you get the faster time goes. I personally thought they were full of it! But after looking at me blog and realizing that I haven't posted since January, I guess they are right! Because the last 6 months just flew by!

Not that I haven't been doing anything! Since January I have moved a child to college (see earlier post), learned a new tax program for my office, taught everyone else and prepared several hundred tax returns, put on a blue and gold banquet and a pinewood derby as the cubmaster, turned another year older, watched it rain, watched it rain some more, still more rain, then helped my husband begin to put up the walls on his garage/shop. I have also trimmed all the bushes in my yard, rebarked all the planters, put new brick around the house planters and planted a garden. In between I have been a wife, a mom to 4 and a grandma to 7!

In the last six months I have learned a few things too! I learned that I am still pretty good on computers. That I can make a great meal in no time. That no matter how old your kids get, they still need a mom and dad. And the biggest lesson? This is the hardest one to admit. That Gene and I are getting too old to build stuff by ourselves. That one is a hard one! Over the years we completely built our home, by ourselves, with our own 2 hands. The only thing we didn' have was a garage. So after 33 years of marriage, we decided to build a garage. The thing is, building permits have changed. Drastically. It took us most of the summer to get the permit and we barely got the concrete poured when it snowed. So Gene spent most of the winter buying up materials while the prices were down, and as soon as we could, we started building this spring. The taller the building got, the older we felt. Thank heavens our kids, Kendall and Chelsea, and Tiffany, and our son in law, Joe, stepped in. They helped us get the tresses up and most of it sheeted.

Now we are back to hanging a sheet of plywood here or there, but is starting to look like a garage! We went and picked out the colors for the roof and probably in another month, we will be able to park in it! Woo hoo!

So now I am trying to take time for myself, to do the things I like and need for my soul. I got released from being the cubmaster and have a fairly simple church job. And I am taking an art workshop from Christy Tomlinson, from Scarlet Lime products, and really enjoying it! She is making look at myself in a whole new way!

Over the next few weeks I will post pictures of the garage, to let you know how it's going! And I hope to share with you what I am learning about myself.

Go out and make it the best day possible, okay?