Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall is in the Air (and on the ground)

I just read my daughter's post on facebook about putting her blogs in book form. So, I decided to come over here and read some of my old posts. Some are pretty interesting to me because I had forgotten about things I wrote. Others not so much. I noticed that the last few were all about playing games on the computer which kept me from having time to blog.

I'm not promising anything, but I'm going to try to get back into blogging more regularly if only for myself to be able to go back and see what I have been doing. But I still plan to farm and play hidden object games. We'll see how it works out.

Today is all about leaves falling. We have a lot of wind today and leaves are falling everywhere and swirling around on the ground. The temperature is a balmy 80 deg. That's pretty warm for us in late Oct. Just walking outside made me think about being a little girl and raking up leaves to jump in. I guess WV is a pretty good place to live as far as seasons go. We definitely have all four. Hot summers, warm springs, cool falls, and cold winters. We have an abundance of rain and wild flowers, oodles of trees for leaves to fall from, and plenty of snow to play in. Pretty close to a perfect climate if you are a kid with time to play and not an adult who has to go to work.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blame in on Raspberries!!

Some people have asked me why I don't blog anymore. Two reasons - both internet related. One is my unlimited game pass at Shockwave. For a set price you can play full versions of all kinds of games on Shockwave. So, I spend endless hours searching for everything from hammers to boiled eggs in hidden object games. Some of them have very entertaining little puzzles you have to solve to get to the next level. I love the challenge and it is usually very relaxing, until you can't solve the puzzle, then it is very frustrating. Most of the time, you can find someone on the internet who has played the game and can give you some help.

The second reason is that shortly after coming home from El Paso after my new grand-daughter was born, my sister and daughter got me hooked on Facebook. I love it. I have made contact with lots of family and friends and get to keep up with what they are doing on an almost daily basis. But the real time killer is Farm Town. When you are on Facebook people send you invitations to play this farming game with them and once you start, it is hard to stop. I don't know why we do it, because if you describe it to anyone they would think you were out of your mind. But we sit here for hours clicking on tiny little squares that represent our plowed and planted fields. You plow and plant and harvest crops, as well as lots of fruit trees. And if that wasn't silly enough, we also go to other farms and click on their fields to harvest and plow. Even now I am shaking my head at how ridiculous it sounds, but I can't wait to finish this blog and see if my cabbage is ready to harvest! I think I started it because I liked placing the buildings and fences and flowers, etc. to decorate my farm. But now I am determined to reach the ultimate level 34 and buy the big mansion that sells for $1,000,000 coins in the Farm Town store. Level 34 is the accumulation of 150,000 points for plowing and planting. That means thousands of mouse clicks, day after day, just to be able to buy blueberry seeds or a windmill. And of course, ultimately, the mansion.

So if you don't see me back her for a while, come on over to facebook and check out my farm.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What a trip!!

We had a pretty interesting 10 days while we were out on the road this time. To begin with, Kirby got a sore throat a couple of days after we left and it got worse and worse, especially at night when he would try to sleep. Of course, I got it too. We tried mouth wash and throat sprays and tylenol and hot soup, etc. etc. During the day it would get better, but at night it always got bad again.

After a few days, we brought a load close to WV and figured we would be able to come home and get rested up and see the doctor. Instead, they gave us a load going to Idaho! We didn't want to turn down such a good load, so we headed west and hoped for the best. After a few more days of sore throat, we finally stopped in Wyoming and went to the emergency room of a small hospital there.

They tested us for Strep and it was negative. The doctor said it was just a virus and would have to run it's course, anywhere from 5 to 14 days!! We had already had it for at least 7 days. He wouldn't give us antibiotics, but gave us steroids for the swollen neck glands. The steroids really did help, but even today, my throat is still a little sore.

Kirby decided he would come back home and try out for the Yankees after getting the steroid shot and taking the pills, but my sister told him not to waste his time because he would never be able to make the Hall of Fame when they did the random blood tests. She's probably right.

Anyway, here are some pictures I took in Freeport the other day. Our terminal is about a mile or so from Quintana Beach and the sunset was really pretty that evening. The other picture is the first thing we saw when we drove down onto the sand. Apparently, this guy sells Mexican fruit on the beach. I've never seen that at Myrtle Beach!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jafar? Are you in there??

This is my new grandbaby, Jenna Beth, wearing the same dress her mother wore home from the hospital 33 years ago.

I know it's been a while and I'm not sure anybody is even reading this, but as an excuse for part of my downtime, I spent three weeks with my daughter in El Paso to welcome my new grand-daughter. She was born May 12 weighing 9 lbs. 9 ozs. Babies run big in my family, so she was pretty typical for us, but she looked like she was 3 months old already.

Only my grandson, Bailey, will get the title of this post. Jafar is the bad guy from the Aladdin movie. This was a running joke while I was in El Paso. The parrot, Iago, knocks on Jafar's head at one point and says "Jafar, are you in there?" Bailey and I would do this to each other everytime something happened and we wanted to get the other one's attention. I enjoyed watching several movies with Bailey. Speed Racer and Rattatoui were my favorites.

The Rattatoui movie inspired me to let Bailey (age 4) and Maverick (age 2) help me cook one day. They were so funny standing on step stools, mixing eggs with milk and salt and pepper and Maverick's secret ingredient for perfect scrambled eggs, parmesan cheese. Bailey left after the mixing part was done, but Maverick saw it through all the way to frying his eggs and buttering the bread. He loves helping with anything from mopping the floor to changing a diaper. Bailey, on the other hand, hates being asked to do anything that interfers with his agenda.

Here are Bailey and Maverick with their versions of a milk mustache.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Who Says??

I've been contemplating who decides what is a waste of time and what is a constructive use of time. Mainly because I've been wasting a lot of time lately! But who says it's wasted?? It all started when my daughter blogged about Spring time. That got me to thinking about spring cleaning, which unleashed a torrent of activity in my bathroom. I cleaned and dusted everything in there from top to bottom and cleaned out shelves and drawers and mopped the floor. Then I decided the next day I would start on my bedroom, but Rusty found a new hidden object game on the computer and we played that all day. Then I helped him finish Mortimer Beckett and then he got me started on Detective Stories Hollywood and one thing lead to another and my room never got cleaned. I felt bad about it for a little while, then I realized that the time I spent with Rusty and the time I spent relaxing, while stimulating my mind, in front of the computer isn't wasted time. Maybe my bedroom isn't super clean and my furniture didn't get treated with liquid gold, but I washed the sheets and comforter. OK, I still have some Christmas stuff on my dresser that I need to put away. But so what if it's still there next Christmas and I don't have to "waste time" getting it out of the closet??

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Paula Deen or Mortimer Beckett??

This week I've had a hard time deciding who I want to be. If you recognize those two names in the title, you have some idea of what I'm talking about. Paula Deen is, of course, a cook. Tuesday we decided to create our own Japanese Steak House at home. We made a huge pot of fried rice, stir fried veggies, shrimp, chicken & steak. Then I made the creamy sauce they serve in the restaurants. We also had some spicy mango sauce and some onion blossom horseradish dip. It was all delicious. We invited my sisters over to eat with us, and even took some "take out" to my Mom.

Wednesday, my husband promised to make my nephew a pan of bread pudding. My grand-niece came down and decided she would make the bread pudding with Kirby's instructions. So, while they were working on that, I fixed the rest of the steak from the night before, along with some oven roasted garlic potatoes. When my nephew came for the bread pudding, we ended up feeding steak and potatoes to him, his wife, my grand-niece and nephew, and one of their friends. Everyone loved all the food, but grand-niece Jessica said she would rather have my sloppy joes than steak.

You probably know what happens next. Thursday we made sloppy joes for everyone, along with a special request for my cole slaw (from my nephew). Dessert was peanut butter cookies with M&Ms (one of my favorites).

So what about Mortimer Beckett, you ask? He is a character in a computer game. I have become obsessed with hidden object computer games lately. Between all the shopping for food and cooking, I sit at the computer and download free trial versions of games. Some, like Mortimer Beckett, I enjoyed enough to actually pay for the full version. Others, I play for 30 minutes and decide they are not that much fun. Right now I am going through Escape the Museum. It's pretty good, but the objects are very well hidden (to the point of being impossible to see). Yesterday I played Unicorn Castle all day. The day before that it was Hide & Secret Treasure of the Ages. I have my sisters playing these now, too. They finished Mystery PI - the Lottery Ticket and now they are playing Mystery Quest Secret Island.

I have probably played upwards of 20 of these type games and so far, Mortimer Beckett is still my favorite. There are two of them in case you are interested. Secrets of Spooky Manor and Time Paradox. Both are entertaining and sometimes challenging. Be prepared to waste a considerable amount of time if you start playing. They are addictive. But it's a relaxing, good for your mind kind of addiction.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pay it Forward

This was a game that a neighbor and friend of mine (a young woman who is in Germany with her Army husband) put on her blog. I thought it seemed like fun, especially since I was one of her first three to respond. Read the rules and post a comment so I can send you something from Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. I may even go more than three people if I don't get too many. Then post the rules on your blog and pay it forward!!

Here are the rules:

1.Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me - something crafty or yummy, who knows?!

2. Winners must post this challenge on your blog, meaning that you will Pay It Forward by creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!

3. The gift that you send to your 3 friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember - It’s the spirit and the thought that count! (I think 365 days is too long myself, but that's what was in the rules. Believe me, you won't have to wait that long to get your gift from me!!)

4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love! If you are not one of the top three commenters on this post, you can still play along. Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same!

That's it. Pretty simple. Hope some of you decide to play along.