Sunday, June 30, 2013

It's True...


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Sunday's Song


I have always loved these song.  It takes me back to simpler time, Saturday mornings back to when I was pre-kindergarten through pre-third grade.  We lived in a house across the street from my grandparents.  My parents had Cat Stevens on 8 track.  Yes, to those of you who are too young to remember 8 track, it was a form of music before cassettes and way before CD or Itunes.  Saturday mornings in that house seemed like they were just the best for some reason.  Enjoy!





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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Confessional


It's Friday Friday Friday!   You all know what that means?  Yep you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday.

Here is what I am confessing this week.

I confess...

I am actually posting my Friday Confessional on Saturday.  Friday was so hectic I barely had time to post my Literary Friday post.  We packed our office at work, then I rushed to meet up with a couple of my friends who happen to be former co-workers, then I drove to the new office to make sure I knew how to get there.  Unfortunately, I am a little confused which door is closest to my cubical.  The building is beautiful and there is a section not completed.  I wonder if this is for the new team this fall.

I confess...

I really want to be the supervisor for that team.  We will see if I get what I am hoping for.

I confess...

I also picked up Todd's birthday/Our Anniversary gift yesterday and gave it to him a month early.  This way he can download several books for vacation next month.

I confess...

One of my Asiatic flowers bloomed on Friday too.  I took a picture but I am saving it for Tuesday's post.  I was so excited to see this bloom because I purchased the plant after the blooming.  It was on sale but the main reason I chose this plant was the name.  It is a tiny Asiatic flower, so it will never be tall.  The name is Tiny Todd.  I loved the fact I have a flower named Todd.  I have a day lily named Joyline, close enough to my name.

I confess...

I am shocked with the growth in our backyard garden in just two weeks.  First picture was taken two weeks ago.


Next picture I took today (okay last night since it really is Saturday.)

I confess...

I have been a little under the weather and very blue this week.  Friday was a great recipe of fun and snapped me out of the blues.

I confess...

Taj will be spending the night on Saturday and we will have him all day Sunday, which means I need to go and become productive like, do my weekly scrubbing, laundry, shopping, mailing my swap package because it took longer packing and the post office was closed after work.

I confess...

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Literary Friday ~ Grave Robbers


I am participating with Ricki Jill's from Art @ Home , weekly party  Literary Friday. You should go over to her blog and check out all of the other book reviews.  This week the book I will be posting a review is another book by Samantha Jullian Bayaar Grave Robbers.

Grave Robbers (suspense)

This is a small book and a fast paced book.  It is a Young Adult book but I just had to read it because of the author.  I plan to read all of her books.  The main character in this book is a 12 year old girl named Charlie.  Charlie's mother ran off while she was very young leaving her and her father Frank.   Frank is the town grave digger by day and by night he is a grave robber with some assistance from his daughter. They do this to help get by. Charlie decided to steal the dead Widow Taylor expensive jewlery.  Widow Taylor made it known she wanted to be buried with all of her jewelery. Charlie was hoping the money from pawning the jewelry would get her to the town where her mother is.  She was at an age where she needed her mother. Poor Charlie is picked on by girls her age.  As I stated earlier, this is a fast paced book and it contains, hopping trains, ghost, guns, murder, and justice.  It is an easy read and one can read the book in one sitting.  I enjoyed this book and loved the happy ending. I also loved the book cover for this book.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Community Garden Plot


We have two vegetable gardens.  The one in our backyard, which I posted last Thursday about and the other is in the City's Community Garden.  A lot of cities have areas where the community can garden, either a church, sometimes some city land.  Here we have both plus the Pioneer Co-Op has land for their members and the University of Iowa has an area they allow alumni or students to garden as well..  The organization will charge a small fee for the use of the plot.  This is great for those who do not have access to a back yard or like us who just love to garden and try to get as much as we can to get us through at least the Fall.  We are very concerned about our gardens this year due to all the rain. We garden at the City's Community Garden.  You have a choice of a large garden 10 x 50 feet for $20 (The gardening season is May through October 1st)  or 10 x 25 feet for $10.  We have one of the larger ones.  The City's Community is located at one of the city parks.  Here is a picture of our plot.  There are plots to the left and right of it as well.

Inside our community garden plot we have a 3 and half rows of peppers.  (We took the fence down in the front because Todd did not make an entrance this year and I could not help water it because of my knee.)

He has added more compost since I took this picture.  I also should have moved his wooden steaks but I was beginning to rain and I wanted to quickly take the pictures.  Behind the rows of peppers we have 4 squash plants, well actually two of them are zucchini plants but he did not mark them so we have no idea what is what at this point. 
 
However if this bloom is pollinated by the bees we will soon know.  Below is and behind the squash and zucchini we have cucumber plants. 
I am really excited about these.  One is pickling cucumbers and the other is a new type for us yellow cucumbers.  We have a lot of blooms on the cucumbers. 
 
Another cucumber plant above.  I am praying the cucumber beetles stay away.  The past four years those nasty bugs have wiped out our entire crop of cucumbers.
After the cucumbers we have a rows of brussels sprouts.  This is our first year growing them.  The heads were rather small from all the rain this season.
 
The next row is headed lettuce.  This is our first year of trying this too.  We typically do loose leave lettuce or gourmet type of lettuce.  We used to have 6 heads but the rabbits ate 3 of them.  Behind the lettuce is a row of cauliflower.  Below is a close up.
Next we have have broccoli, most of the broccoli we have harvest the first bunch. They were rather small in size this year due to all the rain.  Here is a close up of one of the plants we did not harvest yet.  We planted them in stages to have the ready at different weeks.
Behind the broccoli we have a row of cabbage, purple and regular cabbage.  We lost half of them, but here is a close up the two next to one another.  I just love this picture.
 
Behind the cabbage we have a row of Kohlrabi.  They are doing great and it is our first year growing them.  I need to find some recipes other than adding them to salad or eating them with salt.
The last row is a row of onions then it is our fence and weeds we do not need to take care of behind our fence.  Next year Todd would like for me to take a day off when the garden plots go up for purchase.  He would like to have two small plots next to one another.  He feels it would be easier to garden to small plots (together they would be 20 x 25 ft essentially the same size as the other but more of a square compared to a narrow long rectangle.  Some how I missed taking pictures of our row of egg plants.  We have 5 plants still and one was just beginning to bloom.

What I love about the community garden is seeing the other gardens too.  I love seeing the different styles people garden.  This one is near ours and I think it is pretty with all the colored cages and vegetation.
 
They do not add any compost to their style of gardening.

See the section of corn?  This guy plants it every year. He gets one of the small plots and only plants sweet corn.

This gardener uses straw between his/her plants.
 

This style I have never seen before.  They are using wood shavens as a compost.  It is also two small plots next to one another, like Todd wants next year.

We love our gardens and yes they are a lot of work but they do give us much satisfaction.  We harvested two cauliflower plants tonight in our backyard garden.  I can not believe how much growth they had in less than a week.  If you are interested in community gardens, you should check with your city hall, if they do not have one I am sure they have a list of churches or other organizations which have plots available to garden.  Ours does you may be surprised to find out you have them available as well.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy List

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It is time for our HAPPY LIST party hosted by Ricki Jill over at ART @ HOME.  Go on over and check out all the happiness.

Here are my happy things...

My other Asiatic Lilies are beginning to bloom in my favorite flower garden.  This makes me HAPPY!
 

 I was able to go to our Community Garden plot on Sunday and took pictures of our garden and a couple of different gardens I found pretty.  I will post about our other garden on Thursday but here is my favorite from our other garden.  I just love the two colors of the cabbage, plus they look great!  Our gardens make me HAPPY!

Summer Sunday's makes me HAPPY!  I love Sunday typically, I do not know why but it has always been my favorite day, but the past eight Summer's Sunday also means sand volleyball.  I have not been able to play the last three years do to my knees.  The first year not playing was tough on me.  I went and watched.  It was also the first year Joshua started to play.   Last Summer it was easier sitting and watching.  I think I just came to accepting it.  Joshua was out East and Matthew played instead.  This Summer is different, both boys are playing and I have someone to sit and enjoy the games with me.  Matthew's girlfriend.  What a great way a Mom can get to know her son's girlfriend.  I love Summer Sunday's because I get to see Matthew more.

 Todd (The Captain) serving
 Matthew hitting the ball over the net.
 Todd diving for the ball, notice near the top of one of the trees, 
he saved the play, the ball went over the net.
 Another rally saved by Matthew
 Joshua (the one in the white-We still need to get him a team shirt, finally made it.  He missed part of the first game.)
 My older two boys waiting for the server to get ready on the other team.
 Joshua getting ready to serve.
 Todd and Matthew
 
 All three of my guys.
 While waiting for the next team.  I tried to get a picture of both boys by just pointing and shooting without looking in the lens.  I missed Joshua completely but the oldest, Matthew was being a stinker.  I also ended up getting his girlfriend here, Hannah Willow.  Sorry Hannah, I know you did not want your picture taken.
 The first two great things I accomplished in my life.
 Second set of games, different court. 
This picture I took a snap of the boys giving one another high five, only Todd threw up his hands too because the boys saved the play.  He even yelled, "Yeah and there are the Titler boys!" Okay, since he was cheering for his step sons I will forgive him for ruining my shot.

Most of our team are older players.  They all in some way work for the city or related in some way to someone who works for the city.  My boys are the young ones and I think they are happy they have young ones on the team at times.  We do not always win, but our goal is to never be shut out.  In eight years we have never been shut out, it felt like it at times but we always get at least one point.  We are DEFINITELY not in competition for the Olympics by no means.  Our team plays for fun and enjoying one another.  I just love Sundays!

Oh, another thing that made me HAPPY was we made a final decision on our vacation plans.  I am totally thrilled with this. See last year was an awesome vacation and with me taking a new job and a major pay cut, I did not think we were going to have much of a vacation but Todd has managed to put some in savings for our vacation.  This year we will be driving west, well north west.  Our destination will be Mount Rushmore and then Yellowstone National Park.  I am going to be able to cross more off of my bucket list after this vacation for sure.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.

What do you have to be happy about? 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Something Died In Our Garage


Have you every had one of those days when you thought you were going to have so many things checked off your To Do List but something NOT planned came and smacked you in the face throwing everything out of whack? Seriously Saturday was one of those days.  I woke up early thinking this is going to be a great day.  I am going to get my shopping done and then craft.  It was going to be a carefree weekend.  Shopping took longer than I planned and I forgot two items which meant that I had to go back to the store on Sunday.

Rewind...as I was leaving to go shopping and take Ethan to his girlfriend's house we noticed stench.  Rewind a little more, two weeks ago we missed putting out the garbage.  Right after the birthday party so we had a lot of trash.  I cleaned one of the refrigerators so it had food in it.  Yes, it had to sit a week in our garage with the temperatures rising.  Not a pleasant smell.  Also the day after we missed our trash, Todd notice water running from one of our deep freezers.  The one I store most of the meat in.  Well somehow the deep freezer was not plugged in all the way, so he plugged it in and told me we probably have spoiled food.  This said, I knew I was going to have to wait basically two weeks in order to clean it out.  I did not want spoiled meat to sit in the garage, so I thought I would clean it out (well it was going to be this Wednesday) the night before garbage night.  Fast forward to leaving Saturday, I mentioned to Ethan we have to wash the garbage can out because it still smells. He agreed the smell was horrible.  I drop Ethan off and then do my shopping.  Three hours later, I pull into the garage...wait rewind again... when I woke up Saturday I noticed a smell in our bedroom a little.  A few hours later the smell was becoming more pungent.  I seriously thought that a mouse or some sort of animal died.  Alright fast forward...(Am I giving you a headache?) So, I open the garage and stench.  I mean death stench.  The temperatures were getting higher so it made the smell worse.  I thought I can not handle this smell today.  I was sure it was this smell that I was smelling in our bedroom.  Our bedroom is over the garage.  I decided I was going to move the trash can out back.  I opened it and no smell from it.  I thought, oh, it must be the garbage bags we could not fit in, so I picked them up and placed them in the can.  Still no smell from the bags.  I could not figure out where the smell was coming from, then I moved the garbage can and millions of flies started swarming.  Okay, maybe thousands.  I watched and they landed on the deep freeze.  NO!  I screamed in my head.  I looked at the plug and it was plugged in.  I took a several steps closer and the smell was growing stronger.  Do I dare?  I had to open the darn thing.  OMG!!! I started to gag right away.  Our deep freezer broke and probably broke nearly two weeks ago.  The stench from the spoiled meat was the worse thing I had ever smelt in my entire life.  I yelled up to Noah because we were the only ones home, well so were three of his friends.  All four boys ran down the stairs and then gagged and asked what died.  I told them the deep freezer.  Noah and I bagged up all the food we could stomach to get and put the bags outdoors so it would not smell my bedroom anymore. I washed my hands maybe five times just to get the smell off of them.  I still could smell it in my room.  I nearly puked several times.  I called Todd and told him what happened.  He ended up picking up Matthew, my oldest to help move the deep freezer once Todd was off work.  This was three hours after I realized what happened.  Our clothing stunk from the fumes. With that said, other than shopping nothing on my list was done.  I had to wash the garage floor to remove the smell.  Later that night we moved the garbage bags to my son's apartment dumpster.  We were so grossed out by all the of the maggot eggs that were laid on the outside of the garbage bags.  It was so disgusting.  I hope you all had a better Saturday than I did.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday's Song- A tribute to Sir Paul McCartney.


This week's song is in honor of my favorite singer of all time's birthday last week.  First this song, I have always loved this song, but this version I think is pretty neat.  Yes, James, you are a lot like your Old Man.  He has a great voice too.



Now the Old Man, who I have adored for decades.


 Happy Belated Birthday Sir Paul McCartney!
Thank you so much for all of your music.
You will never know how much your songs mean to me
and how they saved me during some very dark years.


I am also linking up to Miss Angie's Musical Mondays.  Come see what music everyone is enjoying this week.  It is all happening over at My So-Called Chaos.






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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Confessional


It's Friday Friday Friday!   You all know what that means?  Yep you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday.

Here is what I am confessing this week.

I confess...

I was so surprised to see how much growth this little planter has already.

 
I am really loving it.

I confess...

I am stumped on how we are going to paint our stairway.  We are not professional painters.  Todd thinks we could lean a ladder from one stair to the wall.  He is probably right but I am scared for one of the people I love to do this because I am NOT doing it.  I am terrified of heights, so is Todd but he would if needed.  Joshua my biggest helper volunteered but there has to be an easier way to paint this as well as change that darn light bulb.
 
Yes, the stairs has over 13 steps.  It kills my knee every morning going down them and some days every night when I get home.  The bottom of the stairs is my front door.  Anyone have any suggestions on a safe way to paint the walls???  Other than hiring someone.

I confess...

I am getting so excited about the move the following week for work.  We will be moving to our new building and out of this temporary sight.  It is tiny right now and the new building is absolutely beautiful.  I plan to be a dork and bring a camera and take pictures.  We also will be paid for a full day but leave 3 hours early because they need our computers and all of our things packed to move.  July 1 will be our first day in the new building.

I confess...

Sometimes when I come home from work, all I want to do is relax and do nothing.  Sometimes it makes me a little grumpy when I get home when I want to do this and I have to make dinner when Todd has been home all day because it is his weekend.  Thursday was one of those times, (although he was home because he was not feeling well Tuesday and Wednesday was his weekend and he spent both days in the garden.)  My grumpiness went away when I saw the beauty of this.
 
Alright, it may be prettier if my grill was cleaner.
I think sometimes the way food is cooked has beauty.  I guess I try to see the beauty in everything.  It made me less grumpy.  Hey that counts for something.

I confess...

I think I will be painting this weekend.  I can not wait.  I am not sure if it will be on some canvas to finish a series I started nearly a year ago for Ethan's bedroom, or some wine bottles to make into Christmas decorations.  Either way, I get to be crafty and I love that.

What do you have to confess?

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September Goals