Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Anyone out there know SQL? I'm struggling with a join problem. Sure could use someone's expertise...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Reaping what you sow

1st Harvest of the Growing Season - Hubby LOVES his radishes!!
We love playing in the dirt, my Hubby and I.  Guess we just haven't grown up yet! =)

We have a little "square foot garden" that does very well with its harvest.  Growing in it this year is various peppers and radishes.  Elsewhere is corn, tomatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes.

This is our first time growing radishes - Hubby was pleasantly surprised to find that from sowing to reaping is about 4 weeks!  He loves to go out to the garden and reap some radishes, clean them with the water hose, and have a little "garden snack" while he waters the remainder of the garden.

Radishes - a big one that's poking out, begging Hubby to eat it!

Even our Baby Girl is gardening - from containers, because she rents -- this is her squash in the container Hubby built from reclaimed oak.  She says they are much more grown now...
It's a baby, but it's Baby Girl's 1st Harvest - Sweet Peas [she calls them buckshot peas], some call them English Peas or Early Peas...  She said it was YUMMY!!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You don't know who you're messing with Bubba!

Our sweet little angelic daughter goes to the parts store needing something for her truck or her hubby's and apparently did not get the royal treatment our little princess is accustomed to. Her (wanna-be) response to such "common" treatment...

You don't know who you're talking to. I'm (Hubby's) daughter! I'll tell him about this and you'll lose all the City's parts business. 

Take that, Bubba!!

Don't people know who she is??!!!!  =)

(**Names not used to protect privacy and prevent problems.)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Update on "Catching Up"

Those are all posts from our Family Newsletter.  I've been very neglectful of blogging lately between posting on the Family Newsletter and Facebook - of which you already know how I'm feeling about.

Something that I'd like to clear up a bit about my Family Newsletter posts.  I mention a few times about being tired and needing some R & R or sleeping for 4 hours...  When I wrote these posts I had no idea what was going on with me, just that I was really tired.

Just a couple of weeks ago, my dear hubby came to me very concerned because when I'm not at work, I'm sleeping.  I'm off on Fridays.  That meant I was sleeping as much as I could on Fridays through Sundays.  And thinking about sleep when I was at work...

Come to find out one of the migraine medicines  I have been on for a couple of years has created a cumulative adverse side affect that can lead to coma and fatality.  Thankfully, my hubby was concerned enough about me to wake me up one day and say, "You sleep too much. Something is really wrong."  My Neurologist didn't want to talk to me about coming off the drug - he is in denial still, but my family doctor immediately ordered blood work and is working with me to wean me off this poison.

I've been reduced to 50% of the med for the past 12 days, and I feel 100% human again.  For the first Saturday in I couldn't remember how many months - I haven't required a nap!!!  You can't imagine how miraculous this is for me.  I am so thankful to my hubby for listening to the small whisperings from Heaven that most likely have saved my life.  At the very least, has saved the value of my life!  I feel alive again!  God works in wonderful ways!!  I am so thankful to Him!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Catching up...


Update on yesterday. I finally was able to leave around 6:00. I sure was mad at myself for forgetting that I had that paper to do until the last minute. Here's the real kicker - my boss was supposed to do this paperwork for those analysis and recommendations on our 4 divisions - but he "felt" I could handle it. (Translation: he didn't want to do it. )

So today's Saturday and my budget prep and entry is behind me. YEAH!!

Monday I start working on the presentation of the budget. YUCK!!

It's beautiful today.  And today I'm enjoying TODAY!!  =)


Geez! Almost home free! It's just after one o'clock and I'm tidying up, putting everything away. Putting 2012 Budget Prep & Entry behind me so Monday I can start on the Presentation...

And then I see it...

That one sheet of paper that represents the straw that's breaking MY BACK!!!

It's only 3 sentences. Not even 1/20th of a sheet of the paper is covered in ink - but might as well be a book.

Or asking for one.

Analysis of current situation. Analysis of options. Recommendation.

This is not going to be quick. I have to "analyze" and "recommend" for 4 divisions...


I'm not going home anytime soon after all!


Just getting home from work. (around 10:30pm) Yuck! What a long day. It's official - I really don't enjoy preparing and entering our budget at work. Especially when the procedure changes every single year. I've been doing this for five (5) years now, and for five years I've had to do it a different way. I can't seem to get a procedure down because of this. UGH!!

Maybe this is why I don't like talking about budgets at home... Hmm...


So I'm either turning into this really cranky person as I get older or I'm getting old enough to realize that I just frankly don't want to know what idiots think and when I know what they think, it makes me cranky.

For this reason alone I think it's time give up Facebook. Which perturbs me because there are some really great friends out there and that's the only way I know how they're doing.  But then there are those so called friends who only drop in with their preaching - when I know better!!

And then again, I've read some post that make me want to set people straight. I voiced my opinion to someone who I really love like family, and that's the only reason she got my opinion. But then regretted sticking my nose in it. She posted her thoughts and did not ASK for any ones suggestions.

So, I think it's time to say good-bye and close my account. What do you think? It's ok to answer-I just asked you to!  =)

To Sun or Not To Sun 

I used to worship the sun when I was a teenager. Every summer I tried to get as dark as I could before going back to school. I loved feeling the sun sizzling on my skin. I would put baby oil on and lay out for several hours - if my chores were done, that is. Once, I got sun poisoning so bad, my mom probably should have taken me to the doctor. I started in the morning under the sprinkler, so I wouldn't feel the heat. Also the water is reflecting the sun, baking me even more. I stayed out there all day. ALL DAY. By that night, when I tried to eat, I was vomiting everything up. Did that for a couple of days. My insides were cooked.  Needless to say, I never did that again.

Now days, I can't sit in the sun for more than 10-15 minutes before I start breaking out in a nasty rash. I'm on meds that don't like the sun. I haven't laid in the sun in - I couldn't remember when. In fact I don't get enough sun anymore. So much so, that my vitamin-D count can't stay up to a healthy level. I get it up and it drops. So the question is: Do you take the chance with skin cancer on the rise so you raise and maintain your levels of vitamin-D? Or do you say no to the sun and artificially try to raise your vitamin-D level and fight to keep it up? By the way, it's really hard to maintain it artificially - or it has been for me. I unfortunately live inside a dreary ugly office all week.

Ahhh, the days of our youth when we didn't think about things like skin cancer and vitamin-D levels...

So, though I never see the sun anymore; I am paying the price now for those foolish days of sun worship. I had to have a "freckle" or "mole", whatever you want to call it, removed and biopsied today. Right dab in the middle of my back. Ouch! The numbing shot has long gone worn off. Shucks. Should make sleeping fun tonight. =)

In summary - the sun is healthy for you in small doses and with a really good SPF. That's my medical advice for the century.

Joy and Happiness  

 Tiffany spoke in church yesterday on "joy". I wondered if someone of her young age could know the difference between "joy" and "happiness". She pleasantly proved to me that she did.

Happiness is but a momentary emotion that doesn't stay with us. But joy is an emotion that stays with us forever. It's an emotion that we can have with us even when we seem to be at rock bottom.

When my Aunt Kath was taken to return home to be with God again, I found joy in knowing that's where she went even though my heart ached for the loss of her presence with me. We're complex individuals that can mourn and yet feel joy at the same time. I know she is safe, no longer sick, and very loved where she is and this comforts me and gives me joy. And I know she is still with me on occasion. I feel her with me sometimes. I thank my God for this blessing.

Back to Tiffany. I was so impressed with her talk. She did a remarkable job. What's even more amazing is that she completely forgot she was supposed to be talking today. Thank goodness it was mentioned to Bud this a.m. in his meeting. I finally was able to wake her up and get her to call me so I could remind her around 8:30 this morning. She was expected at church at 9:00. We managed without her in Primary (like Children's Sunday School.) She arrived at church with about 10 minutes to spare before it was her turn to go up and give her talk. One would never have known she had just put it together. She did such a great job. She's such a wonderful person. We are blessed to have her in our family.

She very well knows what joy is!  =)

I love Saturdays. Except for the chores. Guess I must be lazy. I dream of Saturdays laying in a hammock, listening to the birds and the breeze; feeling the warmth of the sun warming me all the way to my achy bones & joints, just soothing all the stresses of the week away...

Excuse me, I just woke from the most pleasant dream. You see, I was laying in a hammock, listening to....

You get the idea. Back to reality. The laundry basket is overflowing with dirty clothes. The sink has dirty dishes. The bed has dirty sheets. The bathrooms are dirty. It seems like everything is DIRTY. How can 2 people be so "dirty"?  And when you clean everything, just as soon as you touch it, it is no longer "clean". Why is that?

On another note. Bud has been working on his old truck today. As well as his his bird house. He's finished up his bird house and has it put up, ready for it's first tenets. We've refilled my bird feeder that I got a few years back from Bud Jr and hope that between the house and feeder our backyard will be filled with feathered friends soon. I've included a photo of Bud's bird house. I really like it.  Don't you?


It's BUDGET SEASON for me...  What can I say...  It's always brutal.  Working on KPI's.  [Key Performance Indicators]  Must have all that data before I can even think about crunching numbers.  Gotta know how we're doing before we can ask for money - that's business...


Starting my week with a nauseating migraine.  Today starts BUDGET SEASON...  I have one word for my thoughts on this...


What's a girl to do...?  I'm glad I have a paycheck -- just haven't figured out what others have...  How to get it coming to me without working for it...


I took a 4 hour nap today -- and hubby had to wake me up.  What's up with that?  Someone put him in time out!!


Today was Bud's mother's wedding.  It went very well.  Very stressful.  We had to stop and buy more food on the way there.  We were afraid there wasn't going to be enough lasagna - turned out we were wrong.  Thank goodness! Nothing more embarrassing than not having enough food.  I received soooo many compliments on the decorations.  Not enough to talk me out of my wedding RETIREMENT though I can tell ya that!!  I "Facebook'ed" today that I officially retire after today from the wedding business!!!  =)  No more for me!!  My feet and my back are killing me -- I can't wait for bed tonight!  I am very thankful for those women who took care of the food. Glad I didn't have that to worry with.  I didn't mean to be rude to my MIL, I'm sure she just wasnt' thinking when she said she was sending people to help me with the food, but I had to tell her that I was not doing food, I had too much other things to do.  I never mean to be rude, but I just couldn't handle another thing at that moment without cracking and going bonkers.  =)  Hopefully she understood.  I don't know.  Who knows what people think.  But it was a beautiful day. She was beautiful.  I hope she was happy.

Before I close my long winded report of today -- I have to say that my sweet Daughter (in law) was the photographer and she had to put up with so much not knowing who she was working with (strangers!).  She was a gem!!  She did wonderful!!  It is really a hard thing to mingle with strangers and she did it - with a smile and patience!!  She did a super job.  I am so proud of her!!  She met people she had no clue who they were - probably won't ever see them again, and she just did a wonderful job.  I was really just super pleased with her!!

I just couldn't ask for better kids than the ones I have!!  I always wanted 4 kids!  I finally got 'em!!!  =)


My hubby went with me and was my helper today as I decorated the chapel and hall for my MIL's 3rd wedding today.  I have so much on my "To Do List" that had nothing at all to do with weddings.  I have seedlings that are dying daily that need to be planted.  House work.  Laundry.  Not to mention the demo in my house that is still not finished 2+ years later...  And, I just want to have some R&R...  So, even though he has a broke down truck and we only have one way of transportation -- he went with me.  He did what ever I asked of him and more.  He's such a trooper!  I just love him.  Guess that's why we've been together for 30 years now...  Oh!! And everything turned out lovely!  I forgot to take pictures though!!  (Guess I was just too exhausted!)