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Fly on the Wall – September

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.


Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:                                     Baking In A Tornado  – Queen of ALL Things Bloggy!!                                Just a Little Nutty                          Follow me home . . .               Stacy Sews and Schools                              The Sadder But Wiser Girl                   Menopausal Mother            Moore Organized Mayhem                            The Insomniac’s Dream                                      The Momisodes                      Spatulas on Parade                     Searching for Sanity                                 The Rowdy Baker                        Writer B is Me                Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others






OH, BOY!! Do I have some GREAT stuff for you this month!!! I remembered to write it all down AND I kept up with the list!! Am I on top of things or what???? LOL





Let me set the scene for you….

Deanna has gone out the front door to put the trash bag in the can. I am sitting at the dining room table typing away on my laptop.

She opens the front door to come back in the house. She then slams the door and has a look of absolute shock and horror on her face like she has just seen a horrible accident.

Me – Are you OK? What happened?

Deanna – I almost DIED!

Me – OMGOSH! Come here! Are you OK? What HAPPENED???

Deanna – I was.. I was… ATTACKED BY A SQUIRREL!!!

Me – Wha?????

Deanna – OMG!! I think it was rabid.

Me – WHAT happened???

Deanna – I was just minding my own business and taking the trash out. I heard a scratching sound but thought it was a stray cat. I tossed the bag into the can and then a NINJA SQUIRREL jumped out. It almost got me. It jumped on the tree all upside-down and ninja-like! I could have DIED!!!

Me – *hysterical laughter*

Deanna – What’s so funny???? I was nearly killed by a psychotic squirrel!!!! LOOK! It’s still out there??? What was it doing in the trash can anyway??? Squirrels are herbivores! It was DEFINITELY rabid!

Me – We do eat vegetables on occasion…..

Deanna –  Not that often.

The next day –

Deanna comes running through the door.

Deanna – It’s still out there! It’s trying to get me! I saw it trying to get into the chimney by my room!!!




Deanna – Every since I had that dream about Big Bird, I just can’t look at him the same.

(She apparently had a nightmare that Big Bird tried to kill her.)

Me – At least you didn’t dream that you had to shoot Dan Aykroyd with a crossbow in a biker bar!

Hey, he was trying to kill me!!!



So, I’m scrolling through Facebook and I happen to see a similar ecard to the one above. Only, this one didn’t have the German on it. I had to look that up.

ANYWAY, I start shouting “ICH LIEBE DICH!” Scared Deanna half to death. It was awkward for a moment.

Afterwards she got into the spirit and we freaked the rest of the house out. ;)




Cailey loves all animals and I do mean ALL. She came in from outside one evening with a handful of slugs! She was having a good ol’ time playing with them…. UNTIL she realized how hard it was to get all the slime off of her hands.



Deanna and I were watching America’s Cutest Pet when she says, “OMGOSH! I am so dumb!”

Me – What?? You’re not dumb!

Deanna – Oh, you have NO idea! You just have NO idea about what I almost did!

Me – Well, now you have to tell me.

D – No way!!!!

Me – Oh, yes! You can’t just say something like that and leave it hanging. Nuh, unh! You better spill!

D – Well….. SIGH….. OK….. I saw that cute little kitty and I ….. umm…. was getting ready to try to call it out of the tv….

Me – *hysterical laughter*  FLY ON THE WALL!!!!!


Jacob and Joshua were playing Timesplitters.

Joshua – I kept shooting and shooting! I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting any points! THEN I realized…. I am ON the red team!!!




Joshua – I still can’t get over the name that Live gave me. SIGH….. Crabbyblock ***????? REALLY????




Setting the scene –

Cailey and Colin have a friend (we’ll call her K) over and they are running all over the house playing. I am sitting at the dining room table (yep, on my laptop) and Jacob and Joshua are in the living room playing a game.

K – Spell i puppy.

Cailey – I p u p p y. HUH???

Then the giggles start.

Jacob – What?? i-p-u-p-p-y???  (his voice holds a note of bewilderment) i-p  u-p-p y??? (you can hear his eyes rolling at this point)

Jacob to Joshua – That’s not even close! When we were kids we were cool. It was spell I cup. HA! MUCH better!

Me – *hysterical laughter*

The boys continue on in this vein for quite a while.



Joshua – Googley Elmo invented the radio.

Me – What?????

Joshua – Yeah, Googley Elmo.

Me – Marconi invented the radio.

Joshua – Yeah, Googley Elmo Marconi.

Me – OH, you mean Guglielmo Marconi.

Joshua – That’s what I said. Googley Elmo!




We are traveling back from Hilton Head when we see the above sign.

My Dad – Hey! Look! There’s the Bat Cave!

Colin – Na na na na na BATMAN!!!!



Sooo… Jacob and Joshua were playing against each other on Just Dance 4 the other night…. They actually got into an argument over who did better. Joshua seems to have skunked Jacob on Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, while Jacob trounced Joshua on Selena Gomez’s Love Song. Yeah…. It was a strange, strange night.



The Fog at the Cabin in the Woods on Friday the 13th…. That’s where you can read the full story. Here are some of the parts that I left out.


Me, practically standing in the creek while yelling up at my phone – JOSHUA, IF YOU CAN HEAR ME, WE CAN’T GET OUR CELLS TO WORK. CAN’T CALL YOU!!!

Me, putting the worms on the hook for Cailey. Yes, I can bait my own hooks. I just don’t like to if I can keep from it. BLECK!!!!

Me, the look on my face the ENTIRE time we were there…….

Deanna  when she realizes no cell phone reception also means no wi-fi.

Cailey and Colin when they realize no cable.

Deanna’s face when she realizes that I was NEVER exaggerating about the humidity in Nashville.

The Hubby’s face when my mother-in-law pulled out a TON of baby pics of him and started passing them around. My fave was the one with him on the toilet. ;)

Poor Cailey at my mother-in-law’s house when her dog realizes that she is the only one scared of him. Poor Cailey was shaking like a leaf! Thor wouldn’t leave her alone.

Oh, and Thor looks like this

He’s at least part Min Pin.




Sooo, it was a little late when we started heading back home. Deanna was riding up front with me and we may have had a little too much caffeine…… Everyone else was asleep, which just proves my theory that they can sleep through ANYTHING!

Anyway…. We were listening to the radio and getting a little loopy and silly. We did the opera voices to “We Are the Champions.” Pretty soon things got out of hand and we started changing the lyrics to all the songs to stuff about pie. Yeah, pie….. Deanna outdid herself. ;)



So, did you make it through all of that? Still with me?? Then you most definitely want to check out the other blogs on the list. They are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!






The Fog at the Cabin in the Woods on Friday the 13th














Soooo, Deanna and I decided that our adventure last week deserved a name…. The Fog at the Cabin in the Woods on Friday the 13th.

We went for an overnight trip to see some family and friends. Instead of staying in a hotel like some of us (ME) wanted, we stayed at a cabin in the woods owned by a business associate of The Hubby. BIG BIG BIG mistake.

Before we left Thursday morning we were already making jokes about how it was going to be Friday the 13th and we would be staying WAY out in the middle of nowhere in a cabin….. We really didn’t know how close we were to the truth…..


Thursday started out great. We left early in the morning and got to the in-laws house around 9 their time. Pretty good. We had a very lovely visit and then headed further west.

This is where things start to get interesting…..

It was hot as blue blazes in Middle Tennessee that day. The humidity was AWFUL!! So, we weren’t in all that great of a mood to begin with. We stop and see some friends. THAT was good. Then we are going to have The Hubby’s business associate show us the way to the cabin. Well, he decided to take us on the scenic tour…. SIGH…. We started out going northeast. I start asking The Hubby, “Didn’t you say the cabin was at such and such???” Yes, he says. “Well, we are going in the COMPLETE opposite of such and such!!!!”

Then we went east. Then north. Then WEST!! And finally south!! GOOD GRIEF!!!

We keep getting further and further away from civilization. I mean the DEEP boonies!! BFE!!!!

THEN we pass the sign. The sign that said, “Welcome to CAMP blah blah blah!”

WHAT THE???????? WHAT did that sign say??? Yep. That’s what it said.

Unh, hunh….  Tomorrow is Friday the 13th. We are in the middle of nowhere. Next to a defunct summer camp. Just GRRRRREAT. Oh, and now the cell phones won’t work.

Yep. No cell reception whatsoever.

Sound familiar??? It did to me, too.

The Hubby says, “Good thing I brought my gun!” NOT HELPING!!!!

We finalllllly make it to the cabin. The air isn’t on. No central AC. Just 2 window units for a large cabin.  Great.

SIGH…. Is it too late for the hotel???

The Hubby keeps telling me to not worry, I’m going to LOVE it.

Yeah, right!

Now, I have to admit that the cabin was lovely. All antique iron beds and quilts and stuff.

The original log cabin parts are very prominent. Nice. Lots of history.


We go down to the creek for fish for a little while before it gets too dark. The fish just loved all worms but none of them were actually big enough to catch. YAY, worms guts in my fingernails. BLECK!!!!

We get driven back into the cabin by night falling.

Now, to keep the kids occupied until bed time. SIGH…….. NOT EASY!!!

FINALLY it’s time for bed. Everyone gets washed up and in to their jammies.  Time for bed!


Colin, “ARRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!! There’s a monster spider over the bed!!!!!!!!”

Kill the spider but the kids are completely spazzing out.

Is it too late for that hotel????

Colin is crying and keeps asking if we can just go home now.

We get everyone calmed down some and get ready to crawl under those pretty quilts…..


Me, “ARRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!!!! MOUSE POOP ON THE BEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

I continue to lose my mind for a while. Talking about some of us (ME) had wanted to go to a hotel…….

OK, there’s a comforter folded over the bottom of the beds. Maybe we can just spread those over the beds.

Except that the comforters are covered in at least a couple inches of dust.


There’s an armoire in the corner. I find some relatively clean blankets in them and spread those over the beds.

Ok, nighty-night!

We crawl on the beds, put our heads on the pillows and smell mold.

REALLY????? REALLY??????????


Grab towels from the bathroom to cover the pillows.

Crawl back on the beds. Lie down and……………

Cailey starts crying. She’s scared of mice and spiders.

I finally convince her that they are all gone but by then it’s after midnight and we are getting up at 5 am.


I can say that sleeping in the van crossed my mind several times that night. The only thing keeping me from it was the thought of psycho killers roaming the woods.



THE NEXT MORNING (now Friday the 13th)


One of The Hubby’s friends stayed at the cabin and we were to follow him out the next morning.

THAT is when we encountered fog like I have only seen in the movies.

Deanna, “This is horror movie fog!”

Me, “Well, we just lived through a horror movie of sorts. At first it was just The Cabin in the Woods on Friday the 13th. Now it’s The Fog at the Cabin in the Woods on Friday the 13th.”




I swear that all of this is true. You may ask if The Hubby lived through it. I can assure you that it was a VERY close thing. I thought of killing him several times that night while trying to go to sleep while thoughts of mice, spiders, snakes and psycho killers flitted through my mind.







I hope your Friday the 13th was MUCH MUCH MUCH better than mine!!!


There’s more to this story (MUCH MORE) but you will have to wait until Fly on the Wall. ;)

Oh, and if your Hubby ever tries to convince you to stay at someone’s cabin, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!





Secret Subject Swap – March – Take 1

Welcome to Take One of March’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My subject is: There is no such thing as a do-over, but let’s pretend there is.  What is one thing you would do over and what would you do differently?  It was submitted by Sadder But Wiser Girl.  Here goes:

Just pick one thing???? YEESH!!! That’s a tough one… ONE thing… I can think of MANY things that I would like to do over. Not that I would necessarily do anything differently. I think my choices, good AND bad, are what helped to make me the person I am today. The bad situations/choices only made me stronger. Without tears there can be no laughter. ;)

If I were to do ANYTHING over it would be just to relive those precious moments that are gone soooo quickly. I guess I would go back to the day that my oldest child, Jacob, was born. I would start there and live each and every day to its fullest. I would relive the births of all 5 of my kids over. I would redo those baby years, the toddler years and even they WHY years. Then I would fast forward back to THIS day!!!!! LOL I am not done with teen years yet and I think going through those once is DEFINITELY enough!! I pat myself on the back everyday knowing I managed to get THIS far, 19, 17, 16, 9 (this month) and 6 (this month). Yeah. That is what I would do. I can relive sleepless nights and clothes covered in spit up. I DO NOT want to relive the pod people years.

Yes, POD people. One day they are your sweet little angels and the next day it’s like a pod person has taken over their bodies!!!! THAT is the teen years. I wouldn’t want to even do MY teen years over again. BLECK!! No, thank you!!

I miss my babies being babies. I love my kids and I am proud of who they are growing into, I just wish that it could last longer. This whole leaving the nest thing is almost more than I can take! I may go around the bend when the last one leaves. THANKFULLY, I have 12 more years before that happens!

THAT is going to be ME!!!! LOL

Now, be sure to check out all the other blogs!! They are AMAZING!!!!!


It’s Monday










Yep, it’s Monday. Again. BLECK!!!!!!


I am hard at work on my Valentine’s Day look for Project Run & Play.  Usually I would have my look finished and up on the blog yesterday. Umm… not happening…. LOL It is taking me a little a longer than expected, probably because I took so much time for reading the past couple of days. I was just soooooo tired. I have been running at full steam for weeks now and I think it caught with me.  Anyway, the chronic fatigue from the fibro kicked in and I took a couple of days off.


The Winter Blogathon 2013 was very cool. I learned a couple of things. I backed up my blog and added descriptions to my categories, although I couldn’t get them all to take. :/ One of the things I wanted to try never came up. That was a bummer.


I read an entire book this weekend. I hadn’t done that in quite a while. It was The Third Option by Vince Flynn. It was very good, full of espionage! ;) But I found out after reading half of it that I was lacking some back story that came out in another book (not a part of the Mitch Rapp storyline) AND that there are now 2 prequals!!! WHAT??? I HATE THAT!!!!! ***grumble, grumble, grumble***


In our homeschool this week we will be continuing our coral reef and Aztecs, Incas and Mayans studies and starting on the England country study.


I hope to have my Valentine’s Day look finished today and up on the blog tomorrow! Wish me luck!!! 5 rows of pleats… I MUST be crazy…. LOL




A Question for My Readers

I was reading a post at another blog this morning (You Know It Happens At Your House Too) and it got me to thinking. ;) What do YOU as my readers want to see?? I know that tutorials are a HUGE factor. In fact when I do a new tutorial my views go WAY up but when it has been a while since I have posted a new tutorial my views go WAY down. *sniff sniff* And I am at a loss as to what to write if I DON’T have a new tutorial. Does that make sense??? Sooooo, what DO you want to see?

Do you like it when I post about the crazy things my kids do? Like what Cailey said at church on Sunday that almost brought the house down?? LOL

I know Carol likes to see my cats. LOL ;)

Is just talking to you enough or should I make a bigger effort to always include some sewing/crafting/homeschooling??

Does my blog look OK?? Or should I look into changing it up some? I know the “look” of a blog can make a difference sometimes.

I am soooo new to all of this that I just really don’t know. So I thought it would be best to put it to the experts, YOU! You are the readers, you know what you want to see and read, so let me know!! Seriously, I LOOOOOOVE comments (as long as they are nice to me LOL). And even if you are criticizing me, as long as it isn’t ugly, I want to read it!! Talk to me, people!! LOL


If you DO want to read about what’s going on in my life, please proceed past this point. ;) If not, you can stop here. LOL


For 2 Sundays in a row I have stood up in front of church to talk about Bags of Hope and Love <3. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not a good public speaker…. Now, that being said, it would probably have been better if I had known BEFORE hand that I was going to speak. Well, OK, maybe not… I am THAT bad of a public speaker… LOL

Anyway, my pastor has been doing a series on missional living. So every Sunday he has been inviting different groups within the church to speak about their mission services. Last Sunday the GAs were invited to speak. They had just had a sleepover at the church where they packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child and then made breakfast for the church the next morning. The girls went up on stage and were supposed to sing a song they learned the night before. Well, they started out just OK… Barely singing… Sort of mumbling… You could only hear the leader of the GAs really singing. So when they were finished the pastor asked them to try again and to really sing this time. So, they started again.. More mumbling, barely singing. Then the pastor joined in! When they finished he said something about how they should sing louder or something like that, just picking at them, mind you. Then Cailey pipes up and says, “I thought were doing just fine until you ruined it.” Oh, brother!!! If everyone didn’t already know that she belongs to me I would have tried crawling under a pew!!! LOL But our pastor is used to her…. ummm…. outspokenness??? and he thinks it’s great that. SIGH… I just never know WHAT she’s gonna say next…. Afterward everyone commented about how good it was that she keeps him on his toes! LOL


We had to take our pool down. WAH!!!!!! We were unable to get a compatible pump and it turned neon green!!! YUCK!!!!! So, we took it down and will try again next year. I’m a little sad about that. I LOVED the pool!!!!


We are gearing up to start school week after next. WHAT??? WEEK AFTER NEXT???? YILES!!!!! That’s ……..SOON!!!! Good grief! Where has the summer gone??? And more important, can we get it back???? PLEASE!!!! I guess I need to solidify some real plans, huh??? Usually by this time I have all their planners filled out for at least 6 wks. I am SOOOOOO behind!!! I did try to talk the kids into doing a Jan-Sept school year but they all declined. :(

So, note to self : GET BUSY PLANNING!!!!!! YILES!!!!

Anyone have any fun plans for the long weekend??? As far as I know we only have a Birthday party to go to Saturday. I’m going to try to talk The Hubby into cooking out at some point. Gosh, we are sooooo boring! LOL

I’m a little bit miffed… I just saw that Craft Wars didn’t tape to my DVR last night!!!! GRRR!!! Instead it looks like The Hubby taped a bunch of  UFC stuff…. GRRRR!!! I was sooooo looking forward to watching today!! It’s the only thing that makes waiting for Project Runway on Thursdays bearable!

Yep, I’m definitely booooooring….. LOL

In sewing news, I have actually started on the McCall’s M6553, and it looks GREAT so far!! I am so glad I decided to color block the front!! It’s going to look awesome!!!! After that I will be working on some things for fall from my sketches. SO excited about that!! YAY!!


So, that’s what’s up with me. What’s up with you?? And PLEASE answer my questions!! I reallllllllllllllllly want to know!!! :)


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