The Mystery of the Valentine TP Phantom

Česky: Toaletní papír English: Toilet paper Es...

I woke up to a ‘special’ surprise Valentine’s morning.  My whole living room was toilet papered–doorways, tables, furniture, light fixtures–it was all wrapped up like a mummy.  Wow!

Truthfully, my first thought was, Oh, man!  I’m going to have to clean this up!  And that turned out to be true.

So who was the Valentine TP Phantom?  I knew my 1st daughter hadn’t done it (she’s away at college).  I asked my 2nd daughter.  She vehemently denied it (but she’s mischievous, so I was still suspicious). Continue reading

Have a Heart

Reece's Rainbow 2012-p005Just wanted to do one last push for  If you didn’t read my friend Aubrey’s guest post last week, click HERE to read about her worthwhile project.

She’s trying to raise money for two Down Syndrome orphans on  This site raises money to help adoptive parents with adoption costs so that these sweet children can have a family.

This is a GREAT way to put a smile on not only your own face, but several others as well as you help make adoption possible!  So have a heart and sweeten the lives of kids like Heath and Cullen.  Have a wonderful Valentine’s!


Make Your Blog Appealing…not A Peeling

I don’t eat banana peelings.  I just don’t.  Ick!  I don’t even eat the little fibrous strips on the banana.  They gross me out.  “What does this have to do with blogs?” you might ask.  Well, I’ll tell you.

Looking at a bunch of blogs, I’ve discovered a few things that make some very APPEALING…and others, well…A PEELING.

What makes a blog good or bad?  Here are a few attributes I notice.  Depending on these factors, I will either visit that site again…or click off and run (trying not to slip on the nasty peeling in the process).

Short paragraphs snag more readers Continue reading

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

I love Abraham Lincoln.  He has some funny quotes that make me laugh…like the title.  Today is this amazing man’s birthday.  He’d be REALLY old if he was still alive today (he was born in 1809, so do the math…203).

Abe Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.  In my list of favorite presidents, he ranks 2nd…after George Washington.  Things I like about Abe are his honesty, his ability to work with both parties in office (something I wish politicians today could actually do…the lunkheads), his triumph over adversity (which his life was full of), and his fearlessness to do what he felt was right.

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  Abraham Lincoln Continue reading

Inside a Dog—Don’t even go there!

Picture 003“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

Thank you, Groucho, for your profound wisdom.  I happen to agree…but for a different reason.  I also think inside a dog would be very STINKY!  At least my dog.  I can hardly stand her to breathe on me, so I can’t imagine reading a book inside her.

It would be warm though.

Do you know that some people brush their dog’s teeth? I’m not one of them.  Sorry.  It just isn’t my thing.  I think bad breath is part and parcel to being a dog…and I don’t want Ginger getting any wild ideas that she’s a Hollywood prima donna by brushing her teeth for her.  I’m no dog’ slave.  She already thinks she’s a Sled dog.  I don’t want to confuse her anymore. Continue reading

Slow Cameras and Cheesy Smiles


Here’s my son (several years ago when he was still cute and cuddly like a puppy…not big and smelling of B.O. and Axe at the same time.  How is that possible?)

He wasn’t too excited to have this picture taken.  I don’t know if it was the costume I made him wear, or the fact that I was keeping him from important things like his army men who were lined up in battle formations all over the kitchen floor…but he was surly!

“Are we done yet?  Can I go?  Can I take this goofy rag off and give it to Ginger to eat?”

Mean Mom:  “No!  Now smile and look happy!” Continue reading

The Tooth…and Nothing but the Tooth

I got tagged by Mrs. Sparkly.  I’d never heard of this lady before, but after reading her list of 10 commandments, I think she’s related to the big bad Tooth Fairy here.

In my household, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t have a very good reputation.  Most kids who lose a tooth, put it under their pillow and in the morning there’s money.

But my poor kids look under their pillow in the morning to find…uhhhhh….their tooth still laying where they left it.

OOOPS! Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson 6: I Hear Voices

preschool-october 035Do you hear voices in your head?  Well, if you want to write well, that might be a good thing!  Today’s lesson deals with VOICE!  Voice is the way your words SOUND on a page. With a piano, you plink around on the keys and you Hear what you play.  My son plays the trumpet…and boy, oh boy! do I hear the trumpet’s voice (it’s kind of hard not to).

But on the written page, even if you aren’t speaking aloud, there’s a SOUND that words all strung together make.  This is the writer’s VOICE, and it’s amazing!  There are all sorts of voices in literature, and finding your own can be daunting. Continue reading

McElligot’s Pool

When I was a kid (don’t roll your eyes…I pinky promise I’m not going to tell you I walked uphill to school both ways)…I had certain books that I would check out over and over again from the library.  Even as I got into 5thgrade, I would slyly check out McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss and try to hide it under a ‘big’ book so no one else would see it and laugh at me.

I LOVED this book!  I never tired of the story…and especially the pictures!  They were so insanely inventive and Continue reading

Bruneau Dunes–Not enough sand!

021I had a sandbox growing up that was my favorite spot in the world!  The kitties liked it too, which ticked my dad off big time.   Today, I’m going to introduce you to a sandbox that puts my childhood one to shame (and the only kitties using this one are of the bobcat variety).

Bruneau Dunes State Park in southwestern Idaho is a great place for winter or early spring exploring.  My kids have a blast here.  The western-most dune is reported to be the largest single-structured sand dune in North America, rising 470 feet above the lakes.   That’s way bigger than my sandbox in Las Vegas.

In the spring and fall, there are wildflowers…which I have a weakness for.  My family gets annoyed with me and flowers.  I cannot pass one by without pulling my camera out.  Even though I hate bugs, I will crawl and sprawl on the ground (where I am more bug susceptible) just to capture Continue reading