May 11

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

~Elizabeth Stone

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.

~Mildred B. Vermont

I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.

To Sumi, Bobbie, and those who have lost a child, may God grant you a special grace as you spend your Mother’s Day, and every day without your dear sweet babies.

Ma, I love you. I hope that you have a wonderful day. I think that this is the first Mother’s Day that you have spent without either of us. I will miss spending it with you. Happy Mother’s Day.

May 10

Tomorrow the kittens will be 6 weeks old, and therefore ready to be taken away.

I am heartbroken.

So in an effort to make myself feel better, I have been taking 4,903 pictures.

This little guy, Bootleg, is my second favorite.

He sits at my feet and meows till I pick him up.

If I don’t pick him up fast enough, he crawls up me.

Superman told me that I am spoiling them. I just don’t see it.

May 9

It is Friday and I am nosy.

What is the flooring like in your home?  Do you have carpeting throughout?  Hardwood?  Tile?

In my house, I really wish that I had hardwood, but instead I have this evil, use-to-be cream colored carpet.  Whoever invented cream carpet should be put in a room with a hungry bear.

In my kitchen, I have a hidious brick colored, late 1970’s designed linoleum.   They don’t make linoleum like they used to, and by the year 2863, it might wear out.  But by then, the style just might be back in vogue.

In my upstairs bathroom/nursery I have a mixed matched lino tile.   We had to repair the loo, and we couldn’t find tile to match.   Hence the mix.

So, what do the floors in your home look like?   Would you change it if you could?

May 8

Sheri was right.

Last Saturday, at 6:30 am, about a third of our church loaded up on a tour bus and went down to Kentucky to the creation museum . The boy was supposed to go, but 2 weeks before we were to leave, his work schedule changed and he was unable to come with us. We were all bummed. C, another boy in the youth group, took his place.

We hadn’t gotten down the road maybe 10 minutes and I looked back to find this.

The trip was said to be about 3 hours, but my backside and Superman’s watch said it was more like 4.

It has been cough at least coughtwentyonecough years since I have ridden a tour bus. They have made some changes in buses. Like they have added TV’s. This is great for watching movies to pass the time.

However, it wasn’t a movie that we were blessed to see, we were stuck watching The Gaithers.

Now, don’t be hatin’, I am just not a Southern Gospel fan.

If you are, wonderful. If not, I know you’ll feel my pain. I had enough Gaither/Southern Gospel music in my growing up years to last a life time. To further compound the agony, that lovely monitor was right in front of our seats.

When we got there we immediately were ushered downstairs into a conference room to eat. After eating I immediately began snapping pictures. C wasn’t used to this. Can you see the shock in his eyes?

We watched a movie that talked about the 7 C’s in God’s Creation. It was really neat. We got sprayed with water and everything. Well, everyone but myself got sprayed with water. I covered the water spicket with my finger. At least my hair still looked good, and that is all that mattered.

The crush of people in this place was astounding. I don’t have many pictures of the exhibits because there was just. so. many. people. I am not a crowd person, and this frayed a bit at my nerves.

This room was much less crowded. So I snapped a picture of my pack mule Superman.

Please stop with the pictures already.

The girl loves to have her picture taken, so she is more than willing to do anything I ask. Go get in the fake mine. Sure.

Stand beside the temple exhibit. Fine.

Scooch together for a group shot. No problem.

C, is beginning to accept that a camera in my hands means that his picture is going to be taken too.

This made me laugh out loud.

Do you see the resignation on his face? I would giggle every time I took his picture, and he would laugh right along with me.

I thought that this was rather telling, as it came from the British Report of Church Alliance 2003.

It really made me sad.

So, I took another picture of my girl.

By this time, I was really weary of the crowds, the kids were getting hungry, and I just wanted to sit down. So we went outside.

It was so lovely out. Behind the bridge that you can see was a swinging bridge. I stayed at the table enjoying the peace and quiet while everyone else went to jump on the swinging bridge.

When they came back, C got some more to eat and drink. That boy can put away some serious groceries!

We waited around for another 2 hours to see the planetarium. It was the best part of the trip. So much information, way cool graphics, and comfy seats that laid almost flat. Wonderful show, at least what I saw of it.   Those chairs were really comfy.

When it was time to go, we went out to get on our bus, but it wasn’t there. The driver had noticed when he dropped us off that it was leaking something, so he and a repair man had been busily working on the bus the entire day.

We still waited outside for about 45 minutes for it to be fixed, but that’s ok. Just gave me time for chatting, and for my pack mule Superman to sneak my camera out of the bag and take pictures of me. Paybacks are forth coming. I promise.

May 7

I’m a slacker.

Really I am.

I have been teasing you with a post, that I have yet to write, about where I went and what I did Saturday, but I haven’t even begun to photoshop the pictures I took that day.

What have I been doing? Giving the girl her proficiency tests and checking my bank account every 5 minutes looking for that stimulus package to be delivered.  My time has been utterly consumed.

For those who have been waiting patiently, here is one picture that I have gotten photoshopped.

Now you get to guess where we went.

May 6

I am all about fellowship dinners. I can bring something that I make all the time, something totally boring to me, and get to eat stuff that I never make. It all tastes wonderful, and I don’t have to clean up! It has win-win all over it! The best part about church fellowship dinners is Sally Leindecker’s Peanutbutter Pie. Sally brings 2 pies, and seriously, there is a rush to get a piece. In the 8 years we have been attending this church, I have had exactly 2 pieces of her pie. It is a shame, a crying shame. Fortunately for me, Superman usually manages to get a piece, so when I politely ask him to get me something to drink, he comes back with half his pie missing.

Internet, I would swear off chocolate if I could have this pie every day. It. is. that. good. What is even better, is that it is so simple to make.

Sally Leindecker is a wonderful lady who generously gave me her recipe, and now I am sharing it with you.

First you want to make a pie crust and blind bake it. I know that this is difficult for some of you, but you can do this, but I won’t tell if you get one from the store.

Make a package of instant vanilla pudding, and refrigerate while you are doing everything else.

Take your peanutbutter and some powdered sugar and mix till crumbly. You can use smooth or crunchy. Smooth is the best.

Dump your crumbs into your baked pie shell, and press lightly. You need to reserve some back to sprinkle on top.

Pour your chilled pudding over the crumbs. Smooth out, and then make sure that you lick your spatula. That is most important.

Top with an entire container of cool whip. You can smooth it, or make fancy little peaks. Whatever you like. Just make sure you lick the spoon when you are finished. S

prinkle your reserved crumbs over the top. Refrigerate.

I have had this pie fresh, and I have had it refrigerated overnight. It really tastes best if it is refrigerated overnight. The moisture from the pudding does something terribly wonderful to the peanutbutter crumbs.

This stuff is amazing. absolutely. amazing. If you have never tried it, get some. Your toast will never be the same, and neither will your peanutbutter pie. You can drizzle it over pie, ice cream, toast, a bagel, english muffin or just get a spoonful and eat it that way for a midnight snack. Totally up to you!

Sally Leindeckers Peanutbutter Pie (I’ll be putting this over on the side)

  • 1 baked pie shell, cooled
  • ½ c. peanutbutter
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 box vanilla pudding
  • 1 ¾ c. milk
  • 1 container cool whip

Make your pudding with the milk and refrigerate. Mix peanut butter and sugar together until crumbly. Put ¾ of the peanutbutter mixture in your cooled pie shell, setting the rest aside. Pour pudding over crumbs. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, put cool whip on top and sprinkle with reserved crumbs. If you have any leftovers, which I highly doubt, refrigerate them.

May 5

Today is Superman’s birthday.

He is 40 today.

From the very beginning he has had an affinity for dogs. Now the poor man is stuck in a house with 6 cats. I hope someone feels sorry for the poor guy.

He served our country in Korea.

He served our country in Panama.

Married me in 1992.

And now serves us by working hard every day.

Happy Birthday Superman!!

Signed,

Your much younger wife

May 4

This is my niece S. We had custody of S. for 10 months from the time she was 10 months old. I loved that girl. I don’t like what she has become in her new home, but she is a sweetheart. She always comes up to us whenever she sees us and gives us hugs. It thrills me to know that she still wants to give us affection.

Several of you asked in comments yesterday if we all read out loud or silently.

Everyone reads at the same time, out loud. Because we all are standing about 10 feet from each other you really don’t hear much of anyone else. We all stood with our backs to the court house so that the Word was being read to the town.

Now for some sweet kitten pictures.

They are now big enough to escape the confines of their box.

They are all underfoot.

Playing with anything that moves.

Including your toes when you are trying to dry your hair.

I will have much more tomorrow. I was gone yesterday from 6am-10:30pm. I have tons to tell.

May 3

A few years ago, the head of the county’s Women of Witness got together with the town’s leaders to see if we could do something special on the National Day of Prayer.

They must have agreed because we do something special on the NDOP. All church’s are invited to come to the court square and participate in reading the Bible in 15 minutes.

Everyone is assigned 3 or 4 chapters to read.

I, of course, brought my favorite Bible, ’cause you know, the word just reads better when it is encased in pink leather!

We all form a large circle around the court house, and when the shofar sounds, we all begin reading our particular scripture.

I was assigned Deuteronomy 5-8.

I’m just glad it wasn’t all the begets.

May 2

First I must give a special birthday shout out to my sister. Today, 36 years ago, my bestest friend was born.   Happy Birthday Sisterchic!!!

Second, it is Friday and I am nosy!

What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?

I would have to say that I loved watching Speed Racer. He has influenced my driving career in the….uhh….best? of ways.

May 1

I always try to have one blog post ahead of time…either in my head, or already drafted. So last night, sitting on my couch, I was thinking about what I could blog about today and got a big fat nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Zip. The big goose egg.

Then I reasoned it was just the fact that I am as interesting as watching paint dry writers block, and I would figure something else in the morning.

It is morning and guess what. I still got nothing.

The only thing interesting going on today is that I am switching my flannel sheets to cotton, because Hey! it’s May first, and we all know that May first is when you switch flannel sheets to cotton ones.