Meet the Mister

Hi everyone!

We have a new little addition to our family. Meet our nameless cat:

He is only three months old. And there’s a story. (Of course).

A man noticed a cat in a parking lot begging for food so he fed her. She did that pretty regularly and got bigger and bigger until one day, she was normal size again. He followed her and saw that she had five kittens. When they were about eight weeks old he took the mama cat and the kittens to a shelter. He ended up keeping the mama cat and having her spade. The kittens went to the house of a woman my husband works with. Next thing  I know, I’m standing in the pet section of Walmart trying to pick out cat toys… 

He is very sweet, but also very, very skittish. He is definitely warming up to me, though:)

So, will you help me name him?

My son, Jack, suggested Percy. “You know, mom, like Purrr-cy,” he said. What a clever little fella.

Charlie is in the lead so far, but I also like Max or Sam. My last cat was named Alex, so that name is out.

Seriously, if you have a great name for this little guy, please share!

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (5)  
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I love you, Lucy

When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be Lucille Ricardo.

Best friends with Ethel,

dapper cuban band leader husband and all.

She made me laugh.

Really hard.

And 60 years later,

we’re still laughing.

Happy 100th birthday, Lucy. We love you.

Here’s to 100 more.


Lucille Désirée Ball


Published in: on August 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm  Comments (2)  
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Thirteen Years Ago Today…



I said, “I will” to my sweetheart.


“I will love, honor and cherish you

in sickness and in health,

in joy and in sorrow,

in plenty and in want,

from this day forward

until death do us part.”


Thirteen years ago today, I married my best friend.

Happy Anniversary, my dearest, Tom.


July 18, 1998


Published in: on July 18, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Freedom is not free

In the midst of all the food, fireworks and festivities, please take a moment to pray for the men and women who serve our country today and everyday. Because of their great and continued sacrifice, we are free to speak, to educate our children and to worship the Lord, among many others, without fear.

Let us not forget the fallen soldiers who’ve gone on before us. May we always remember that freedom comes at a high price.

We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln


Published in: on July 4, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Camping (in Pictures)

Well, two days and 11 loads of laundry later – I’m almost caught up;)

Here is a peek at our camping trip last weekend.  Can you guess where we ventured? Here’s a big hint:

The boys and I had a ton of fun.  We did some of this:

A big thanks to my dad and Cherie for letting us invade their camper for three days. We all had a great time and made many precious memories.

There was so much to do – and nothing to do. That, to me, is the perfect getaway!

Published in: on June 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Father’s Day Necktie Garland

Here is a cute last-minute idea to make the dad in your life feel special on his big day. It’s both frugal AND easy. Gotta love that.

Pick up several sheets of manly scrapbook paper (talk about an oxymoron!). The ones I picked out at Michael’s were only 25 cents a sheet.

Next, I drew a picture of half a necktie, to make a template like this:


Then I cut them out of the scrapbook paper and hung them with twine, tape and mini wooden clothespins, $3 at Walmart.

My sons want to give dad breakfast in bed on Sunday. Isn’t that cute?

Now if only I can wake up early enough…

Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Whip Up a Clever Father’s Day Gift From Your Recycling Bin

Looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift that kids can make? Look no further than your recycling bin.

I totally forgot about this Father’s Day craft my son Jack made for his dad in first grade – that is, until I tripped over it when I was trying to make our bed. Ahem.

Anyway, I can’t take credit for this idea. It came from Ms. Dickens, who is an awesome first grade teacher at Oakland Academy in Portage, Mich.

Before we begin, let me just say that elementary school teachers are some of the most creative people on the planet – aside from moms, of course;) And the people who work at Family Fun magazine.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • empty cereal box
  • 1/2 C of rice or dried beans
  • brown craft paper
  • one pipe cleaner
  • two small pieces of tin foil
  • two bottle caps (from orange juice containers or two-liter pop bottles)
  • a cute photo of your child
  • some white paper
  • tape, glue stick and a marker

All you do is put the rice or dried beans in the empty cereal box. Close it securely with tape. Wrap the box with brown craft paper, just like you would wrap a present.

Fold the pipe cleaner in half and tape the folded edge in the middle of the top of the “TV” to form the antennae. Wrap each end of the pipe cleaner with a small piece of tin foil.

Glue the two bottlecaps and the picture on the front of the box as shown. Have your child write his name (first or last) with the marker and “TV” after it. Tape it to the box and you’re done!

What an easy and clever gift idea that kids can make themselves, though the younger set will need a bit of help from mom or an older sibling.

Oh, and be prepared for your kids to ask questions about the FOIL-WRAPPED ANTENNAE and KNOBS on the TV. You might have to explain that, when you were a kid, YOU were the remote control, as in, “Hey kid, turn it to Channel 3 for me, will ya?”

Ahh, the good ‘ol days.

I linked this up to Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest.

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Easy, Frugal, Thoughtful Ways to Honor Your Mom

Even though my own mother is gone, I have a few suggestions on some thoughtful ways you can make your mom feel special on her big day.

(This Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s day, just in case you didn’t already know:)

If you don’t have a lot of money, do something thoughtful:

  • invite her closest girlfriends to a surprise brunch and ask each person to make one of the dishes:  egg or french toast casserole, bacon, fresh fruit and coffee cake
  • husbands: be her handyman for the day without complaining (LOVIN’ this one)
  • offer to weed her garden
  • wash and detail her car
  • write her a letter and tell her much she means to you

If you’d prefer to give her a gift:

  • for the cook – get her a set of fresh herbs and put them in colorful pots
  • for the gardener – buy her a climbing rose or flowering vine and a trellis
  • for the photographer – buy her a book of beautiful images of something she’s interested in or a photography magazine
  • for the tea (or coffee ) lover – purchase some organic tea or coffee in a beautiful tin she can use again
  • for the mom who loves to be pampered – a gift certificate for a manicure or a pedicure

Other tried-and-true-but-still-lovely gift ideas:

  • something she wouldn’t buy for herself – maybe her favorite perfume or a plush robe
  • bubble bath and a candle
  • a piece of jewelry, and

…what list would be complete without…chocolate!

I miss my mom and would love to have one of her hugs right now. No matter what your relationship has been in the past, make sure you thank her for being your mom and give her a big hug!

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It simply means, “the fifth of May” and it’s one of the very few things I remember from my high school Spanish class. Other than, “Donde esta el bano?” or “Where is the bathroom!?” (Sorry, Mrs. Philo.)

Do you celebrate today?

Or should I ask, “Do you celebrate every day?”

Personally, I find that life is stressful enough already, so I like to have an excuse to celebrate both the big and little things in life.

It’s your birthday? Let’s celebrate! Got a raise? Let’s celebrate! It’s Tuesday? Let’s celebrate!

To me, it makes life a whole lot lighter and a lot more fun.

Plus, I’ve also found that that kind of family bonding goes a long way when the times get really tough.

All that to say…if you are celebrating today, here are some links to a few Mexican recipes I’ve posted previously:

Easy Cheesy Chili Chicken

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Vegetable Salsa

Tasty Guacamole

I’m going to make My boys will gladly don the ridiculously huge sombreros I bought at the dollar store for our humble dinner of quesadillas and chips. (It’s the only Mexican meal I can whip up without making a trip to the store).

my very silly boys, age 5

Even so, maybe we can find a festive music station on Pandora and celebrate the fact that it is Cinco de Mayo.

Or Thursday. Ole!

Published in: on May 5, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

I couldn’t think of anything profound to say. Luckily, I didn’t have to.

I found this post from Melissa at 320 Sycamore that says it all.

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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