Tuesday, February 24, 2009


When I was a kid I hated peas. I mean I really, really HATED peas. HATED! They literally made me gag. I thought I would throw up if I had to put them in my mouth. My mother didn't understand this. She loved peas. She served us those frozen peas, not canned peas. She couldn't understand someone who did not love peas, therefore she made me eat my peas. This would turn into quite an ordeal. I can remember sitting at the table for a LONG time trying to eat my peas. I couldn't do it. Could. Not. Do. It. So I finally devised a method where my peas would disappear (or seem to) to satisfy my mother that I had ate my peas. When she was looking, I would put a pea in my mouth. Just one. I couldn't handle more than that. When she wasn't looking, I would take a pea and smash it under my glass. Or under my plate. Or under the salt shaker, or any other plate or glass or bowl on the table. I would drop a few on the floor, making sure to give them a toss in different directions. I would even put some in my pockets. I loved it when we ate outside, because getting rid of my peas was no problem then. All I had to do was continually drop them on the grass under the picnic table and they were gone.
I don't know if my mother ever knew that I never ate my peas. If so, she never said anything. And guess what else? I really don't hate peas anymore. In fact, I love pea salad with canned peas. And there's a layered salad that I love with the frozen style peas in it. Do I ever just serve peas straight as a side dish? Nope! But I also like them fresh out of the pod!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


4 things I like to do: Read, be with my husband, be with family, go to lunch with the YaYas or my daughters

4 places I like to go to eat (in US): Chili's, Dions, Flying Star, Hannah & Nate's

4 places I often go (in Ireland): Tesco (grocery store), church, bookstore, post office

4 movies I liked: Pride and Predjudice (A&E version), Narnia-Prince Caspian, You've Got Mail, any Harry Potter

4 Authors I like to read: JK Rowling, Victoria Holt, John Grisham, Markus Zusak

4 CDs I like to listen to: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets soundtrack, any BYU Men's Choir cd, any Vocal Majority cd, Frank Sinatra Romantic Songs

4 places I like to travel to: The US, Albuquerque, Texas, Hatch Utah

4 places I've lived: California, Nebraska, Texas, New Mexico

4 of my favorite things to eat: New Mexican food with green chile, Quesadilla Explosion salad from Chili's, a chocolate eclair from Flying Star, New Mexico BLT from Hannah and Nates

4 jobs I've had: Waitress at The Old Heidleburg Inn, Waitress, then Front Desk Clerk for Days Inn, Relief Front Desk Clerk/and Relief Cashier Hostess in Restaurant for Ramada Inn (I worked everybody's days off), Sales Associate for August Max Woman

4 places I would like to travel to before I leave Europe: Germany, Paris, England, Budapest

Sunday, February 8, 2009


This was simply too much of a time Saver not to share it with you:

1. Put both lids of the Toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet Shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while You carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat In the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the Lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make Ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the Toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four Times. This provides a 'power-wash' and rinse'.

6. Have someone open the front door of Your home. Be sure that there are no people between the Bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as You can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the Toilet, streak through the bathroom, And run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be Sparkling clean.


The Dog

Friday, February 6, 2009


So I thought I'd bring you up to date on my finger. Not that you're dying to know, and Minnow, maybe you shouldn't read this - it gets gross.
So after I wrote that last blog, my finger kept getting worse and worse. It would just throb and I could tell it was infected. It was so swollen, it looked like Aunt Marge's finger when she holds her finger up and it starts to swell when Harry unknowingly jinxes her in HP 3 - Prisoner of Azkaban. My finger hurt so bad I couldn't even sleep at night. So a couple of days ago, I woke up and decided it was time to get the needle. You can't heat a needle that hot with a match or a candle, you need a gas flame or the needle will get sooty and turn black. Since I didn't have a gas flame, I had to use my stovetop. I have a ceramic stovetop (which I hate, just FYI). I got my needlenose pliers and held that needle on that stovetop for a long time. Then I pressed it onto my finger where the most swollen part was. I didn't even have to press that hard - because it was so hot, it just went gently in and didn't even hurt. But then, oh my gosh! Blood and pus started oozing out like crazy! (I told you this was gross) I kept pressing gently as much as I could. Once I did that, then it turned black like a blood blister. I think it was so swollen it couldn't bleed before. Then I put hydrogen peroxide and neosporin on it and a bandaid. I kept doing this twice a day. It is so much better now and the swelling has gone down. Before I did all that, I googled "smashed finger" and got this website that a doctor writes, that told exactly how to do it. He recommended using a paper clip, and the second time I did use a paperclip, because if you use a needle, it's too small, unless you use one of those big yarn needles. You need a big needle because the blood and pus are thick and if the needle is too small, it kind of seals itself back up. If you use a big needle or paper clip, the hole is bigger and it won't reseal itself. I only poked a hole twice, once the first day, and then the second day with the paperclip. Anyway, if you ever smash your finger, and it keeps hurting more and more each day, or if the nail turns black immediately, do this. If the nail is black, you put the needle or paper clip right on the nail and it will do the same thing. I'm not kidding, your finger feels a whole lot better immediately.

Monday, February 2, 2009


My kitchen has self-closing drawers and cabinets. It's kinda cool - you just give it a push and it gently closes - not slams. Sometimes, if you don't push it enough, it doesn't close all the way. Friday, I thought I had pushed the drawer enough to close it, but when I looked around, it wasn't all the way closed. I put my hand on it to close it and didn't realize my "pointer" finger was in too far, and it closed on my finger. It hurt pretty good, but I just kind of shook it off. Until the next day. Oh. My. Gosh! Now it's Monday night, and my finger hurts so bad. Have you ever tried to type without using one of your fingers? My finger is swollen at the lower corner of the nail. It has a dark spot on it, but just a tiny spot. The nail looks fine, just the skin around the nail is swollen and red and even white. It gets to throbbing and really hurts. I know if you smash a nail, you can heat up a needle and get it red hot and then press it on the nail and it will melt a hole into the nail to relieve the pressure of the blood that is built up under the nail. But if the nail doesn't look black and it is only the skin, do you do the same thing only on the skin? YIKES! Right now I'm using neosporin with pain relief. But I'm really thinking...a real hot needle....a quick jab....would that help?


I had to change my background one more time, because every time I would log on I would think, "Gag me, why did I pick that background!" It wasn't so much the background, as the words that were mixed in with it. So even though this is not very appropo for Valentine's Day, it's easier on the eye to me.