Thursday, December 31, 2009

Aspirations for a New Year

Happy New Year to all. The end of one year and the start of another always brings forth those resolutions we never seem to keep. But in time honored tradition....

Thu 12/31 Blog Prompt: What are your aspirations for the new year?

To mail more letters and cards to my little ones. Spend more time with Pan. Aim for a trip to Hawaii in this year or the next. To visit Hogwarts.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Wed 12/30 Blog Prompt: Has anyone ever made a mistake that you promised yourself to never make? Did you keep your promise to yourself?

I am sure there have been plenty over the years, but I can't think of a single one. I am probably one of those people who made the mistakes others swore they never would make, LOL.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A challenge

Tue 12/29 Blog Prompt: What was the greatest challenge you faced?

There have been a few, but I think my biggest challenge was to leave my ex-husband and file for divorce. It not a challenge, then it was certainly one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make, as it was not going to only affect my life, but those of my children.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sing a song

Mon 12/28 Blog Prompt: What songs did you sing as a child? Where did you sing them?

The ones I remember best are the ones we would sing in the car as we traveled. And the most well-sung of the all was "100 bottles of beer on the wall."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Santa's Little Helpers

Rustic Fields (c)Doreen Stolz; Template Set 5 (c)Doreen Stolz; Word art (c)JAB Digital Designs

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone

Fri 12/25 Blog Prompt: How do you intend on spending the day?

First we will head over to Pan's parents home to wish them a very Merry Christmas and sometime around noon we will then head over to my sister's house for Christmas dinner and the opening of gifts. That evening we will head on back home full of food and good cheer.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Egg nog anyone?

Thu 12/24 Blog Prompt: National Egg Nog Day. To have or have not? Got a great recipe?

Never have been one to drink egg nog except occasionally. I don't have a recipe for it but would certainly be willing to try one that is posted.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Prank of a Lifetime

Wed 12/23 Blog Prompt: What was the meanest prank you pulled on a sibling/friend?

Actually I'm going tell you about the prank I pulled on my father, instead of a sibling or friend. Maybe I will tell about one of those later :) I don't know if it would be considered mean or not at this point, but for nearly 25 years I would send my dad anonymous birthday cards from all over the country, that made fun of his age and/or sex life. He use to get so mad and the first year had everyone type out his name and address so he could compare it to the address on the envelope. After a while he would get anxious if it was late.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Out and about

Tue 12/22 Blog Prompt: When your parents would go out what would you do?

I think I will have to ask my mother about that one. Too many years ago and the memory is fading, LOL.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bah Humbug

Mon 12/21 Blog Prompt: Humbug Day. Are you or anyone you know a humbug? (Do you know what a humbug is?)

Something devoid of sense or meaning; nonsense is what comes to mind when I think of humbug. Every year during the holiday season, my dad would answer the phone "bah, humbug." He never really meant it, but there was something comforting in hearing him say it.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Action in the pool

Indy loves for his Pan to throw him up in the air into the pool.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A dream come true

Scraplift of "A Little Rebel" by kelseyll; Pink Parfait (c)Andrea Gold; Font: Century Gothic

Friday, December 18, 2009

Take the Plunge

Fri 12/18 Blog Prompt: I had to stop and consider this but today is Wear a Plunger on Your Head day. Would you, could you?

If I was feeling foolish or silly enough and it had not been used, why not? Sometimes we have to take a moment to do something entirely ridiculous to put life in to perspective. And if that means wearing a plunger on my head... I'd go for it.

On another note, we go pick up the grands tomorrow. I'm so excited (I keep hearing Bee from Transformers singing that, LOL). More than half of the interior of the house is painted and the tree is up.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Underdog to Save the Day

Thu 12/17 Blog Prompt: Underdog Day. Are you the underdog?

You must be kidding. Underdog? Me? Defender of the helpless, strong arm of the weak. That would more likely describe me. Besides, there are times when I don't know when to shut up when I see what I perceive as an injustice. Sometimes, I need to take a moment to see both sides of the equation.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chocoloate Covered....

Wed 12/16 Blog Prompt: National covered chocolate day. What would you have chocolate covered today?

Absolutely nothing. Although I do eat chocolate on occasion, it is not one of my favorite sweet treats.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Parenting Skills

Tue 12/15 Blog Prompt: Do you feel as if you are as good or a better parent than your own?

Not by a long shot. Even today with my children all grown up and doing well, I feel inadequate as a parent. I feel as if the problems I experienced growing up were of my own doing, but feel responsible for the problems my own children have faced.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happily we skip along

Mon 12/14 Blog Prompt: What would you do to make your parents happy as you were growing up?

Gosh, that was so long ago. Try to be good would be a start, though I know I failed in that respect on more than several occasions. Play nicely with my siblings, etc. Okay one sibling, since the Bug didn't make the scene until I was eight. And by the time she got to an age to play with I was noticing the opposite sex (which probably dismayed my parents).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A dip in the cool, I mean warm

The Princess also enjoyed the opening of the pool with a swim across.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Thoughts

Making Spirits Bright (c)Dancing Princess; Fonts: Century Gothic, Yukon Gold

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah

Fri 12/11 Blog Prompt: Happy Hanukkah. How do you intend on spending the day?

Like every other Friday, but I am going to make an effort to read more about the Hanukkah season and traditions. I am sure that I will learn something that I can incorporate into my own life.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Human Rights

Thu 12/10 Blog Prompt: Human Rights Day. Do you think we have made in strides in human rights since the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights in 1948?

I like to think that we have made a great deal of progress in the line of human rights. Make that I believe we have. I realize there is still a long way to go but it will have to be an effort on everyone's part and not be just one-sided.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A Seal of the Season

Wed 12/9 Blog Prompt: The first Christmas Seals were released in 1907. Did you get them as a child? Do you still?

I remember getting them as a kid and they went on the back of Christmas cards sent out. I have not seen them in ages but do know that you can get them for the American Lung Association website. Maybe I'll just order and sheet or two.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What is in a brownie?

Tue 12/8 Blog Prompt: National Brownie Day. What is your favorite brownie?

Brownie is chocolate and I'm not much with chocolate, but occasionally I do like a hot brownie right out of the oven. Those are the best.

Monday, December 07, 2009

A Day to Remember

Mon 12/7 Blog Prompt: Today is Pearl Harbor Day. What do you remember learning about it?

Pearl Harbor Day happened many years before my birth, but I have watched all the documentaries and even visited the monument when we went to Hawaii. Tears well when I think about all the lives lost, both American and Japanese. And I wonder how the world could have come to such straits.

Sunday, December 06, 2009


Flashback to July and the day the pool first opened after a long wait. Indy got to christen the pool with the first cannonball.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

December Desktop

Christmas Convoy (c)MitsyBells; Photo template (c)Designs by Ali

Friday, December 04, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho

Fri 12/4 Blog Prompt: Did you hold down a job in high school? How would you describe the job and how you felt about it?

We were living in Guam for most of my high school years and I did a lot of babysitting. Can't complain as I was able to buy a lot of things that I really wanted. By the time we moved to Illinois for my senior year, I was spending a lot of time doing volunteer work. Especially for the POW/MIA organization. Didn't pay but was worth every minute I put into it.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Thu 12/3 Blog Prompt: Did you have classes in driving or were you taught by a parent? In either case, describe the experience.

The school I attended up north, required that you take driver's ed which include quite a bit of time in simulators. I really loved going to the class and getting in the pretend cars that kept track of what we were doing while driving along the movie. Gave us some time seeing what the road was like before actually getting behind the wheel of a real car.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Prized Possession

Wed 12/2 Blog Prompt: What was your prized possession as a child?

I am sure there were many, but the one I remember the most is the stuffed panda our uncles gave us one year. Pups and I would lay on it to watch the Flintstones on Wednesday night or Shirley Temple on Sundays. Then there was the walking doll that shared the pups clothes because they were the same size.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Oh so sweet treats

Tue 12/1 Blog Prompt: As you were growing up did you get a lot of treats to eat? What kind did you get and what was your favorite?

I think the one I recall the most is Fudgsicles. I loved them and the ones sold today just don't seem to be the same. Not as good and seems to be more water than the milky sweet of years gone by.