Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Flood....

Well this time it gets downright scary right away.  Today, after more measurable precipitation than this little midwestern town can handle, we approach "flood stage."

I started the afternoon thinking about how overworked our sump pump must be.  Realizing that it was dutifully pumping water right out of my basement (we are dry) and depositing it about 2 feet away from my house.  (Ha!  And right back in...)


Off to Lowe's I went for the "kit"...


Yep-that is a leak~and my snazzy rainboot.  Shhh...don't tell the hubby.  I assured him I could do this alone.  Muah!

Sump pump is much less tired now.
but WOW.  Trying to get things tightened while in between bursts of water, kah-razy!
My home is as taken care of as it gets for the flood.  I wish I could say as much for my community!  We already fear that we have lost a Dept of Transportation employee who was working on the ice dams and went into the river.  My thoughts are continuous to him, his family and loved ones...

I ventured to the river this afternoon to see for myself the force of mother nature as the waters rise.
"Fury" is the only word I can use to describe the current.  I watched large branches or small trees floating by at top speed.  Let's hope for a fast recovery.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Ready?? Set?? GO!

Ok--it is SOOO time for this.  5 weeks. 5 Hot spots.  I am following SimpleMom
and apparently we are tackling the closet/wardrobe today.  This is what I am doing when I get home in a couple of hours.....if you don't hear from me...send in reinforcements.  Seriously.  It's scary in there.

Ready?? Set?? GO!

Ok--it is SOOO time for this.  5 weeks. 5 Hot spots.  I am following SimpleMom
and apparently we are tackling the closet/wardrobe today.  This is what I am doing when I get home in a couple of hours.....if you don't hear from me...send in reinforcements.  Seriously.  It's scary in there.

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's her JOB.

Having a toddler or tow or three or four (in my case-although not all at once) you learn a few things.  Little Miss Pink has her own rituals.  Her "job" as my friend calls it.  "It's her JOB."  No..it's not shopping-although she does love the mall.
It is something far more exciting for her...and it keeps a momma on her toes.  She is a DECLUTTERER!  Or more accurately--she is my inspiration to declutter.  she starts with a daily trip to the pantry.  I clearly have too many things filling my pantry.  This has inspired me to "use what I have" before shopping again!

Loving the cocoa...

See??  Too much STUFF mom.  What do you call this?

We should be stocking more HEALTHY options...She found 5 boxes of scalloped potatoes this day.  She opened 2 of them.  I can't tell you how long they have been in there.  Tossed.

Whole wheat pasta....not so bad.....

Ok--she has moved on to under the sink~just keepin me real!



 Yep.  You have nasty chemicals in here.  Why don't you have a few garbage bags and get rid of that stuff???

OK--point taken. Guilt felt.  Chemicals gone.  I am moving onto GREEN options.
~for the record--she looks simply so unimpressed with me~



And as not to add insult to injury...she helps me clean up after her job is done.
yes--the swiffer is going away as soon as my norwex mop comes in!

And now that THAT is done--we have more time for the important stuff! 

It's her JOB.

Having a toddler or tow or three or four (in my case-although not all at once) you learn a few things.  Little Miss Pink has her own rituals.  Her "job" as my friend calls it.  "It's her JOB."  No..it's not shopping-although she does love the mall.
It is something far more exciting for her...and it keeps a momma on her toes.  She is a DECLUTTERER!  Or more accurately--she is my inspiration to declutter.  she starts with a daily trip to the pantry.  I clearly have too many things filling my pantry.  This has inspired me to "use what I have" before shopping again! 

See??  Too much STUFF mom.  What do you call this?
See???
We should be stocking HEALTHY...She found 5 boxes of scalloped potatoes this day.  She opened 2 of them.  I can't tell you how long they have been in there.  Tossed.

Whole wheat pasta....not so bad.....

Ok--she has moved on to under the sink~just keepin me real!



 Yep.  You have nasty chemicals in here.  why don't you have a few garbage bags???

OK--point taken. Guilt felt.  Chemicals gone.  I am moving onto GREEN options.



And as not to add insult to injury...she helps me clean up after her job is done.
yes--the swiffer is going away as soon as my norwex mop comes in!

And now that THAT is done--we have more time to SHOP!  tee hee!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

BFF's?? Sure thing!

Ashley at Little Miss Momma wants to be BFF's~and since I have a blog crush on her (or maybe I am stalking)....I thought, sure thing!  So, here are a few things she should know about me!

I truly think my children are my finest creation!

I will do just about anything for a fountain Coke from McDonalds.  Has to be McDonald's-and cannot be diet.  I swear it tastes better!

We've been married for over 10 years, he has been there for every birth of our 4 children--but I can't pee in front of my hubby....can't.  Girlfriends can parade through while I am going...but not him.  He has gotten out of the shower so I can "go"...and yes...I can go in front of the kids.

I have problems starting and finishing projects.  Lots of ideas...lots of sidetracking.  It took me a year to knit a simple hat for someone that I promised them.

If you are missing a Snickers candy bar, it is most certain that I am the one who ate it.  Same can be said for Coffee Haagen daz ice cream.

I love animals....I could be a hoarder.  I'm not...but I totally understand the inclination.

My goal is to totally simplify my life of posessions--but it makes me confused as to how to pare down my crafting ideas.

The last one also confuses me because I love to shop.....

I learn one craft, become obsessed with it to the point of perfection sometimes-then put it away and never do it again.

***edit***  because this one was just BAAADDD of me!  tee hee!
There.  It's a start.  Maybe Ashley won't go running for the hills!!  LOL

Monday, December 20, 2010

SNOW DAY!!!!!

Ok--well-it's been snowing FOREVER.  The kids have never been so excited to find out yet AGAIN, that school has been let out early.  Popcorn and drinks, they are ready to be STUCK in the house (until I kick them out).
--no, I didn't edit to add snowflakes...they are huge! What a contrast to a few months ago...(same view)

~but isn't it pretty now??  All "Christmasy" (is that a word????)

It's part of my lovely snow covered pot that we made earlier!!  Christmasy!!

...and I am off now to spend some quality time with my other love.....The one I simply can't live without.