Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Made Me Laugh

I am easily amused by little things.  I especially love it when I find something in the seemingly ordinary which takes me by surprise and makes me smile or laugh.

For example:  when your husband goes through the drive-thru at Krispy Kreme  and gets you a coffee.  Which, let's just admit it, is pretty awesome all by itself!  But when you discover that the lid of that coffee looks like a little gorilla face... Bonus!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Water, Water... Everywhere!

What is with me and water this week?

It began late yesterday morning.  I went downstairs to the laundry room, and heard the sound of running water coming from the garage.  I opened the door expecting to perhaps see a leaking pipe.  Nope.  Instead there was water pouring from the bottom of the hot water heater!  Not so slowly creating a small lake on the garage floor.  I managed to quickly shut off the valve and slow the fountain which used to be a water tank.  And the Man of the House came home at lunch to assess the situation.

Long story short, we need a new water heater.  No surprise there if you saw what was happening.

Bad news - the warranty expired (I kid you not) 2 months ago.  Seriously!  Two months!

Good news - at least it leaked onto a concrete floor, so there's not a lot that can be damaged there.

More bad news - that means we now we have no hot water for a few days until the new unit can be installed.

BUT, more good news - because when our house was built the downstairs was set up as a separate "mother in law suite" type thing, it has its own water heater.  So we can at least use the shower down there to keep ourselves clean.

However, as quaintly charming as I find it to heat water on the stove for washing dishes (ahem...)  - it is not something I want to do a whole, whole lot of. Desperate times call for disposable products.

Which meant I had to make a run to the store this morning during this:

More pouring water!!

Yep.  I'm about ready for an ark right now!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Four years ago yesterday at 8:35am, a 10 pound 2 ounce bundle of joy entered our lives. The Man of the House and I officially became grandparents.  And it has been an amazingly fun, and exhausting, four years!

To celebrate his birthday, I did a little interview with the grand baby (at what point do I have to stop calling him that?)  Here are the results:

How old are you?
I'm four

What's your favorite color?
Blue.  Like Sonic.

What's your favorite thing to do?
Playing Sonic and Pac-Man with the buttons on the Gameboy

What do you want to be when you grow up?
um... (big pause) um... mommy.  Oh!  An astronaut now.

What is your favorite food?
Cookies.  And breakfast.

What do you not like to eat?

What is your favorite animal?
Gorillas and monkeys

What do you like about gorillas?
About them climbing trees

I love:

What is special about you?
Walking and running feet.  But I am a little fast, Oma.  I am a lot fast and a little fast!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (and snow, and snow, and...)

Let me just warn you right up front - this post might be  little heavy on the photos.  Because, you see, today is a snow day. And who doesn't enjoy snow pictures? If you're thinking that you personally don't care for snow pics, you should probably just go on and click to a different website.  We'll catch up on some other day.  As for the rest of you - Enjoy!

This is not just your typical southern "we got 3 inches of snow, y'all" kind of snow day.  This is bonafide!  It started out as sleet and freezing rain last night, switching over to snow after midnight.

When I woke up this morning there was already about 6 inches of snow on the ground.  It has kept coming down on and off all day.

We've enjoyed a quiet day with the entire family snowed in.  We've spent a great deal of time just watching  the snow fall and commenting on it frequently, and the female offspring made snow cream for the grand baby.  I have a big pot of vegetarian chili simmering on the stove and the Keurig has been busy all day long making warm beverages.

The bird feeder has been extra busy all day and we have enjoyed watching all our feathered friends.  Including a very bright cardinal and one very fat little ball of feathers who we decided looks very much as if he belongs in an Angry Birds game.

As of 4:00 this afternoon our very unofficial measuring tool tells us we are sitting in about 10 inches of the white stuff.  Which is still falling and expected to continue into tomorrow morning.

Yep,  I'm quite enjoying this weather!  As a matter of fact, I'm gonna go give the chili a stir, make myself another cup of tea and do a little reading.

Have a great evening everyone!  Stay safe and warm!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It Was Nice - While It Lasted

Yesterday morning, after his mommy left for school, the grand baby was all about some cuddle time with his Oma.  Which I was more than happy to oblige.  It isn't an opportunity I get as often as I would like.

He's such an active little fellow, it can be difficult to get him to slow down during the day for some snuggles.  And in the evenings when he's ready to wind down and curl up on a lap - he usually goes looking for his Cpa.

So, of course, I jump at any chance to get some of that sweet little boy's undivided affection.  We spent that quality time curled up on the couch, him watching some cartoons, while I did some work on my tablet and rubbed his back.  It was a wonderful way to spend a cold winter morning.

Then, my not-so little boy decided to drag himself out of bed.  And once the grand baby realized his uncle was home - cuddle time was over.  It was more like: "Oma, who?"

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Finally... Winter

As I write this Tuesday afternoon it is a whopping 24 degrees Fahrenheit here where I am located in western North Carolina.  That's the "official" air temperature.  Toss in the wind chill and it feels like half that.

My outside thermometer says 27 degrees.  Keeping in mind that this is the time of day it usually tells me the temperature is a little warmer outside than actuality - due to things like radiant heating or something like that.  Things I'm not going to try to explain to you.  Mostly because I don't really understand it myself and no one likes to be schooled on something by someone who doesn't really know what they're talking about.  (There's a lesson many people still need to take notes on.  But that's a rant for another day...)

The point is:  Winter has finally arrived.  Finally! Which is just fine with me.

I'm not gonna lie.  Earlier today as I was reading a post from another blogger located in Texas; I had a tiny twinge of nostalgia for warmer weather as she described a weekend of grilled hamburgers and outdoor dining.  Then I remembered that we're looking at a snow chances later thus week and I perked right back up.

'Cause...  snow, y'all!  (fingers crossed)

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