Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Thrill Is Gone

I have had them for 3 months now and love them to pieces, but I love myself more! The thrill is gone. Though still tiny and extremely adorable and cute the messes are not worth it anymore. I'm talking about my fur babies. My precious adorable little kitties. Remember the TV show "Eight is Enough"? Well their right. Eight is way more than enough. In fact eight is too damn many. I wake each and everyday to the sight I am fixing to show you. Not a day has gone by that this is not how I am greeted. Oh don't get me wrong, I love playing with them. But I hate spending half my days cleaning up their messes. If you would like one the drive wouldn't be to terribly far. I'll happily even supply you with food and accomadations for your stay. Even provide you with a weeks worth of kitty chow and maybe kitty litter.

Beware of what you are about to see! Do not be eating as you may lose your stomach. This video was taken about 1 am this morning. It's in the dark and only a lamp as I am quite embarrassed for anyone to see this in the daylight hours.

We also decided to give away are little Babycakes. Our Shi Tzu we have had since she was 8 weeks old. She went to her new home yesterday evening. I miss her but I know she is being well loved and taken care of. She was not receiving the love she so deserved here anymore.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Frugal Friday

Once more it's Friday and time for some Frugal tips from me to you. With Father's Day just around the corner and looming in on us have you given any thoughts to what you are going to get your fathers? Or your spouse (since afterall most of them are fathers as well)? Well I have been giving this some thought quite a bit lately. Trucker is afterall a father and deserves a nice Fathers Day himself. However right now we aren't overloaded with the extra money for a nice dinner out or some fancy schmancy gift. So I have been racking my brain trying to think of something nice he would enjoy that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Of course I could sell one of his kids! Just kidding, just kidding. As that would probably ruin his Fathers Day and cause a massive divorce.

So here's a few things I have thought about and wanted to share with you.

1. A handmade decorated T-shirt. This would be a very simple project that the kids would love doing and Dad would love wearing. Just purchase a cheap white T-shirt in his size. Have the kids use fabric paint and put their handprints on the shirt for dad. Everyone could use a different color and also write their names below each handprint. Make sure to wash the shirt first before doing this project though. That way the shirt is set and ready to go.

2. Start Dad a "Dream Fund". Most dads and mothers for that matter, have things they want to buy, or places they would like to go. So decorate a jar of some type. We have a clear glass cookie jar. you can paint it, glue decorative things on it, or just whatever you choose to do with it. Show Dad that you are all placing a certain amount of money into it to start his dream fund. It could be as little as $5 for Fathers Day.

3. Place a small ad in your local paper. The cost of advertising in the paper is very cheap and frugal and dad would love to be honored this way. Tell him how much he means to you, how much you love him and words of endearment. Just be sure and place his name in the section so another dad doesn't think it is for him.

4. Give Dad a gift card for gas. With the prices of gas these days being what they are purchase Dad a gift card with the fathers day logo on it and gift him with gas.

5. If your Dad is like most dads chances are he love to grill. Buy him a plain white apron and dye it his favorite color and decorate it as you would the T-shirt. Write something cute on it like "Never trust a skinny cook" or "if this apron isn't dirty I'm not grilling today". Use your imagination and go wild. I bet Dad would wear this each time he grills.

6. If your dad loves to play golf, fish or hunt give him an outing that day. Go with him if you like and enjoy the day spent together. If spent together he could care less what his golf score is, or if he catches any fish.

7. Check his favorite local restaurants for special for Fathers Day. Many offer discounts or even a free meal for one on this day. Give him the gift of food. If you can't take the entire family let Dad have the time alone. Give him a favorite book and send him off to eat. Most Dads never have alone time just like we women.

8. Give him a handmade coupon book. The kids (as well as you) can give him a handmade coupon book that he can cash in at his leisure. The kids could have coupons such as: one free lawn mowing, weedeating, breakfast in bed, TV time alone, or whatever things your dad would like. Wives you could do yours as well: breakfast in bed, time spent alone, back massage, foot massage, or heck go wild and give your spouse a FREE WILD NIGHT IN BED.

9. Give Dad a free pass day. This would be anything you choose to do. Something as simple as a free pass for fix it jobs around the house. Use your imagination and go wild.

Whatever you decide to do for Fathers Day remember, you can do it frugally and still give Dad a great day.

Happy Frugal Friday friends,

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Have a Laugh Wednesday

Today's funny picture is brought to you by my brother Brad. Look a real name! Brad is an avid hunter in every extreme. The man lives to hunt. He's been this way since he was about 4 years old when Dad started taking him along. There is nothing he doesn't take part of during the various hunting seasons.

He took this picture one day after returning from a hunt. When he showed me the picture through facebook he said "This is what happens when you have to much time on your hands". I laughed so hard when seeing it.

I do need to apologize to Ms. Snooty though. As well as to anyone else out there that doesn't hunt. But you gotta admit, it's pretty darn funny.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Tuesday Treasures

The treasure I am speaking of today is not an object, but someone I met four years ago. Someone I married three years ago. But someone I have loved in my heart for my lifetime, I just didn't know when I would meet him or how I would find him. Last Thursday was mine and Trucker's 3rd wedding anniversary, which both of us completely forgot about with all that has been going on. In fact I would still probably have not thought about it if it wasn't for some dear friends of mine sending us an anniversary card by email. I could not believe that I had forgotten it.

I met Trucker, as many might know, on a dating website almost four years ago. It was instant friendship from the get go. We would talk for hours on end and up into the night. I don't know how I got any work done and don't know how he did either. At the time, I didn't care. After talking for several weeks we decided to meet in person. The only family member I told was my sister and even though we had talked, Trucker and I, it was after all still meeting stranger. So we met at a Chinese restaurant and had lunch. I was not one bit nervous as I knew I was meeting my best friend. It was as if we had known one another for years. We talked about everything and anything. Our goals were much the same, we both had many things in common. After that initial meeting we became inseparable. If we weren't on the phone talking, we were on messenger, or cell phone and spent the weekends together almost everyone.

I knew he was the one for sure when my grandmother became very ill and was placed from the nursing home into a hospital and given only a short time to live. I wanted to go and see her but I knew not to drive myself as I would be to upset to drive home. Without asking Trucker he called on night (like always) and told me he would pick me up the next day and drive me to see her. We had only been dating about one month then. He continued to sweep me off my feet. That summer after only dating about 7 months my grandson came to live with me. I knew not for how long or if it would be permanent. I expected Trucker to run then, like most men would have. However he didn't. He stayed and he helped and he loved. I had my grandson for four months and had filed for temp. custody, the day my son came to take my grandson away was a terrible day for all. Trucker was right there by my side helping me get through all he could. He understood!

None of my family except my sister had met Trucker up to this point, other than Princess of course. As things progressed and we became even closer there was one person I wanted him to meet. Most people are shocked to hear this but that person was my ex husband, my children's father. He and I were and are extremely close and I never bothered to take the other two to meet him and figured he should meet him. I guess I wanted his blessing for Trucker to be in Princess's life. When I told Trucker where I wanted to go that weekend he wasn't really surprised. He knew how strange I was at times. Not only did we go spend the weekend to meet the ex, but we stayed at the ex's house. They have a guest cabin out back of the house and that's where we stayed. They hit it off instantly and really liked one another.

Trucker proposed that weekend in the cabin out back. It wasn't terribly romantic and he didn't get down on one knee. He was in bed and was on two knees. Smile.

Now it's been three years and I wouldn't change one day of those years or one moment. I married my best friend, soul mate and my love for a lifetime.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY......May 25, 2009

Outside my window...The yard has many large rain puddles in it, I hear birds chirping, and can see my garden. However the hummingbird feeder I gaze upon each day remains empty of those darn birds.

I am thinking...about how after this rain for two nights that our yard needs mowing once again. So why is Trucker on the couch asleep and not at work?

I am thankful for...the fact that Trucker and I both still have jobs even if his hours have been cut.

From the learning rooms...I have learned that 8 little kittens in the house make huge messes. I woke today to the trash can being turned over in the bathroom and contents scattered all over. All the papers on my desk are now in the floor as well. Me thinks it's time they visited the great outdoors.

From the kitchen...We will be having fried pork tenderloin, biscuits and gravy for supper. I love when the pork loins go on sale.

I am wearing...One of my ugly comfy house dresses and a pair of flip flops. My house dress is stripped loudly in colors of dark navy blue, baby blue, yellow and green. It also has a little flounce at the bottom.

I am creating...pretty much nothing lately.

I am going...To Rug Rat 1's Elementary graduation tomorrow.

I am reading...Again, nothing.

I am hoping...Trucker's hours pick back up, I can get my writing assignment finished to get paid, and that very soon I get another assignment.

I am hearing...Rug Rat 2 getting into the refrigerator, Rug Rat 1 coming downstairs to forage for food, and the TV going in the background.

Around the house...Between the cats, kittens and kids it looks like a small tornado swept through.

One of my favorite planting and gardening.

A few plans for the rest of the week: include running errands, attending graduation, working and cleaning. Oh what an exciting life I lead.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

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Keep it simple,

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Simple Life

I hope everyone has had and is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Here at the Stepp household we have been having a very nice, quiet and simple holiday. Yesterday we had a BBQ in the backyard and cooked out Boneless Boston Ribs. Inside I cooked potato salad, mashed taters (for the kids), corn on cob, and baked beans. For dessert we had peaches and cottage cheese and also ice cream for the kids. Since this was so spur of the moment it was only our small family here plus our next door neighbor. She is however just like family and actually used to be Truckers family as she is his ex mother in law. Isn't that strange that I consider her my best friend as her and I are so much alike. We get along fabulously and love living next to one another.

Our excitement this weekend so far as been Trucker attempting to catch himself on fire. One would think a 41 yr. old man would no NOT to play with gasoline and lighters!! He and Rug Rat 2 were attempting to burn all the limbs and leaves out of the yard that we had placed in the burn pit by pouring the gasoline over and lighting it. Well apparently something went wrong and the fire chased Trucker across half of our back yard. After he ran (as you know you aren't supposed to do) and put himself out by beating the fire, then it got funny. What a sight that made. I couldn't get to my camera fast enough to capture this moment for all time. But later while playing charades we acted it out quite well. LOL.

How is everyone's garden growing? I am happy and thrilled to say mine is coming along quite nicely. I actually have hot banana peppers hanging from the plants, have tomato blooms, cucumber blooms and zucchini blooms as well.

Oh and before I forget Rug Rat 1 graduates from Elementary School on Tuesday so in preparing her for her grand move to Jr. High she had her hair cut, highlighted and looks adorable.

Learn to enjoy the simple things in life,

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Two Posts in One

Graduation 2009

She made it through without a hitch. Unless you call getting her tassel messed up trying to change to the other side. But when she did she still had this huge smile upon her face. I was so damn proud of her and all she has accomplished since starting school. As well as just for who she is and what her beliefs are. I know I've said this dozens of times but forgive me please.

She was shocked and surprised but happy as a clam to find her father was coming that night. Along with him he brought her step sister (might as well be blood) and they sat with all of us. I wish I could have gotten a picture of how happy she was for him to have came. He had just started a new job and was unsure if he could make it. It takes him about 3 hours to get here and he also had to work the next day.

My sister did end up coming after all and for this I was extremely happy. Nothing was mentioned of Princess's choice in boyfriends. This made it so much more less stressful and just an enjoyable evening. I wish I could post that my parent's came but unfortunately they still did not attend. They sent word earlier that day that if Princess called and apologized to them for not letting them know she had a "black boyfriend, before finding out from the town" and if she told them how much she wanted them there, then they MIGHT come. Needless to say Princess feels she has nothing to apologize for and I guess they are still waiting on that call. They knew how much she wanted them there! She is her own person now and it's her choice whether to call or not. She is however calling them and thanking them for the gift they sent by my sister. They bought Princess a beautiful sterling silver charm bracelet and my sister special ordered a graduation charm for it. It was truly stunning. When she opened it she did start crying then.

We are just accepting the fact that love does come with conditions in some families and moving on.

Princess has so much ahead of her. She is still working part time, she attends a three week course this summer at college and then officially starts her RN classes in August.


Repeat, repeat, repeat and more repeat

I posted before about having a recurring dream, every six months to a year, sometime ago. This one is different. This one kept repeating over and over like a DVD finishing and starting again. If I had it once I had it at least 5 more times last night. I could even wake up, stir around in bed, tell myself I was dreaming, fall back asleep and do it all over again. Not that I minded now let me tell you. It was actually quite an enjoyable dream. The setting looked somewhat like this as far as are style of dress:

This is where we lived and what our home looked like:

We had lots and lots of these:

As well as these:

But we were so happy to be together. Very seldom was there complaining and we always had a smile on our faces. It was almost surreal. We always had food to eat though meager at times, we still had the basics. We obviously were what one would call "dirt poor" but dirt we had plenty of as in the dream we were farmers.

I've never had a dream like this one, ever. I wonder if it is somehow related to reincarnation?? No I haven't had time to read the book I won from Mental Mama yet but now I am going to start it. My mind is wondering about it, and pondering if my mind was trying to tell me something. Maybe it is the past life for myself and Trucker, or maybe it is the future?

What's your thoughts?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Frugal Friday & Giveaway

What is Frugal? Many times when a person hears the word frugal that brings to mind thoughts of being miserly or a cheapskate. That is not the definition of frugal.

Frugal means:
  1. not wasteful; not spending freely or unnecessarily; thrifty; economical
2. not costly or luxurious; inexpensive or meager

Today's post for Frugal Friday tips come from Alicia @Little Miss Sew N Sew who is sponsoring this weeks giveaway. Alicia says she uses these tips herself and has always been frugal herself. I hope you find them useful and enjoy them as much as I did. Many of them were completely new to me and I started using several myself.

Alicia says that they're are many uses for Bounce fabric softener sheets:

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. (I have been doing this one and it works)

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season. (This one I can't wait to try, since I think we must live in the mosquito capital)

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner. (this one works wonderful)

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the lose hairs. (I keep forgetting to do this and must remember)

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away. (Ms. Snooty here's one for you)

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe lovebugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

Now, who would have thought there would be this many uses for Bounce Fabric Sheets? I also want to say that this would work for any brand as well.

Thank you so much Alicia for not only sponsoring the giveaway but passing along these great frugal tips to me and my readers. They are awesome ones.


Now it's time to say congratulations to the winners of last weeks giveaway for the Truckers Tracks CD.

And the first winner is................................Valerie2350 subscriber

and........................................Beth said... The frugal tip I like is shutting vents and closing the doors on rooms we rarely use.

I will be emailing you shortly about winning and you will have 48 hours to get back to me with your shipping information. If by chance you are unable to provide the shipping information or not contacted me back an alternate winner will be chosen.

A big thanks also to our sponsor Doug Jones from Truckers Tracks. For those that didn't win you can still purchase this great CD from the website.


The giveaway this week is being held on my new blog: Treasia's Treasures - which is strictly for giveaways and contests. Anyone who would like to enter just go over and you can read all about it. Alicia from Little Miss Sew N Sew has generously offered one of the items from her Etsy store and here's a picture of just one of the choices. This is one of her cosmetic bags that she is donating for giveaway. So head on over to Treasia's Treasures and enter now.

Everyone that takes part in my giveaways will now be doing so at my other blog and even though I will have a reminder up on Friday's you might want to go over at any time and see what's going on over there. I post giveaways on a daily basis.

Happy Frugal Friday my friends,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Have a Laugh Wednesday

As you know there haven't been to many chances for laughter around here the last few days but we are working on it again. It's what keeps us going. Leave it to kids to make everything all right in our world again. Trucker and I can always count on one or the other of the Rug Rats to set our world right once more.

Over this past weekend we spent a lot of time outdoors since the raining finally moved on elsewhere. As well as Trucker cleaning and organizing the laundry/storage room like he did. Rug Rat 2 was his shadow for the entire weekend (as most boys are to their fathers). He kept asking Trucker over and over if they could go fishing?? If he asked once he asked about 25 times more. Each time Trucker told him he was way to busy and had to get things done around the house. "Besides" he said "we just went last weekend". Later in the day Trucker took time off from his working and fixed the fishing pole to where Rug Rat 2 could practice casting, as he isn't very good at it. He took the hook off and just put on a sinker and a wiggly worm. Rug Rat 2 spend a bit of time practicing his casting in the backyard while everyone else went about our working and usual activities. Later that evening when we all went to eat we found Rug Rat 2 in the living room with his rod and reel. He was tossing it out and playing with all the kittens by letting them chase the wiggly worm and laughing at them. When Trucker first walked in and seen Rug Rat 2 he asked him "Boy what are you doing"? and without dropping his pole or thinking twice Rug Rat 2 looked up and said "What do you think I'm doing? I'm cat fishing daddy". Upon hearing this we all burst out in laughter and practically had tears coming out our eyes. I laughed till my tummy hurt and was having muscle spasms. You should have heard the way he said it.

Rug Rat 2 got us both again on Sunday with his comical side. Trucker, myself and Rug Rat were outside Sunday evening and Trucker was taking a break from mowing the yard and sitting drinking a cool drink I had brought him out. Well once again Rug Rat 2 was being his shadow just like always. He started telling us little jokes and asking us if we had the answers for them. Little comical jokes about what does this and that have in common. We didn't answer a one right. So I thought that I would simply ask him one back that I had made up. I asked him what me and his father had in common? I was thinking along the lines of answering "kids". So once I asked Rug Rat 2 this question he didn't blink an eye and responded "You are both old". Once again we laughed so hard we cried.

So anytime you are not quite feeling right in your world or with your world just go and spend some times with your kids. Listen to them and they will make everything all right again.

Hope you enjoyed the laughs as much as I have,

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tuesday Treasures

This weeks Tuesday Treasure is one of the most cherished, loved and adored treasures I have. One I would take nothing in the world for and one that is treasured by many. It's my Princess!! I have treasured her since the day she was only a tiny tear in the corner of my eye and all the days since and all the days to come. Princess is having a tough time of it right now. If you read yesterday's post you understand why. Things did not go well at all today. Nothing has changed in my family at all. I know it came as a huge shock to them all to find out she is dating someone they do not approve of, and why I actually thought it may have changed is beyond me now. For I knew it hadn't.

My mother came as planned, never said anything hurtful to Princess and asked me to do the dirty work for her as she was crying. She was her usual self to Princess, for this I am thankful. What she wanted me to pass on to her broke my heart and broke Princess's as well. My family doesn't realize it but they have now ruined the relationship they had before today. I don't know if it can be healed. They are refusing to come to her Senior High Graduation on Thursday. They said they refuse to see her with someone they have no like or approval for and will not taint their eyes with it.

We are heart broken and angry. I politely (as much as possible) told my mother that if that was her and dad's choice that Princess is the exact same person she was a few days ago and that has not changed and if they want to miss out on a milestone in her life that will never happen again that is their choice, but a WRONG decision to make. I then asked her to think about it and pass it on to Dad. Then asked her to leave. Later this evening I received an email from my sister. It was a copy of what she sent Princess. Basically much the same as my mother said and also said she would "more than likely" not be coming either. For she too does not want to see Princess with HIM. I have now told her the same thing. Princess cried for a bit and then became angry. She told me she is not speaking to them and if they do not come she doesn't know if she will ever be able to forgive them. I can only hope and say many prayers that things work out and they can have a good loving relationship again.

OK, enough jabbering and whining. Here's my Tuesday Treasure in all her Senior Prom glory.

Can anyone tell me how that when you flip a picture how to keep it from making it look shorter? When I flip them it changes the way the picture looks and makes everything appear to be shorter and dumpier.

If anyone else would like to join in on Tuesday Treasures just make your post and put the link into Mr. Linky below. I would love to read what other's consider their treasures in life to be.

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY.....May 18, 2009

Outside my window...The yard is a bright beautiful green and freshly mowed. The sun is peeking over the tree tops and birds are singing. The tomatoes and other vegetables are turning towards the sun seeking the light and warmth.

I am thinking...Of how much I am dreading this day. I hate to stand up against my mother but for Princess I will.

I am thankful for...the sunshine which maybe is an indicator that it will not be raining for awhile.

From the learning say the funniest things sometimes when we just take the time to listen.

From the kitchen...the coffee is brewed and smelling wonderful.

I am wearing...a light green shortie gown with embroidered butterflies in pale colors. And my usual zebra stripped flip flops. That's shoes down south.

I am seedlings for planting.

I am going...with Princess and my mother to the dentist today. Princess is having a permanent crown put on. Thanks to the dentist a few years ago that only put on a temporary and told us it was a permanent one. After it breaking we learned it wasn't. Gotta love a doctor only in for the money.

I am reading...Nothing. Who has time to read in the summer? MM-As soon as I can I will be reading the book I won from you.

I am hoping...My mother has finally matured and changed her prejudiced ways.

I am hearing...the sounds of kittens claws and feet hitting the floor at a 100 mph. From all directions I might add considering there is 8 of them in all.

Around the house...Trucker and I worked our shiny hiney's off this weekend. Trucker (all by himself) got a wild hair to clean up and organize our laundry/storage room. He totally emptied it out, everything was placed on the carport and he steam cleaned the carpet, threw a bunch of things away and then neatly packed and organized everything before bringing it back in. I worked on the rest of the house.

One of my favorite things...Is working in the yard as a family. Enjoying the weather and sunshine and listening to everyone laugh.

A few plans for the rest of the week: work, work and more work. Graduation on Thursday night.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Sorry everyone no prom pics yet. Princess still has the camera in her purse and hasn't given it up yet. I am hoping today after the dentist I will get the loaded onto the computer for posting tomorrow. Two posts if that's the case. Tuesday's Treasures and prom.

For more interesting Simple Woman Daybook entries just click the link and take part.

Until tomorrow, enjoy today,

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Well better late than never on today's post I guess. I can't wait till tomorrow and I can show everyone the pictures from Princess's Senior Prom night. Which was last night. I haven't even gotten to see them today myself as she is off at work and then tonight we have Baccalaureate at the Church of God. It has been busy busy around here the last few weeks getting all the graduation invitations out and mailed, the last minute things for prom and all the rest of the occasions for graduation night. I wanted to cry when I seen my baby all grown up and gorgeous in her gown last night. Her final prom........ I know on Thursday night I will be a complete mess. A giant slobbering mess of glob, that will be me. Surrounded by nasty tissues and my big puffy red eyes. Yeah, she will be so proud of me. But I know my heart will be bursting with a proudness all it's own.

On other news my God am I dreading tomorrow. With a passion like nobody's business. Tomorrow my mother is coming! The shit will be hitting the fan as she just found out moments ago. I know you are wondering why, well let me tell you............................My Princess has been dating a man of color (OK, I'm from the south so forgive me) for about 8-9 months now. At first neither Trucker nor I were happy about it. But after much thinking and talking between us and Princess we decided to let things take a natural course. Down south this is becoming more and more common but I have to say that the Ole Timers still cannot get used to it. And definitely do not condone it. Though my parents are not to prejudice they absolutely do not think that different colors should ever date or God forbid marry. Before anyone thinks ill of my parents this is the way it still is down south. Not uncommon at all.

Mother is coming for a visit and as said, just found out along with my sister. Princess went to our hometown on Friday night to watch her friends graduate from their school. That's the school Princess attended before Trucker and I married, and the town where my family lives. Very small (blink you miss it) town. She took her boyfriend with her. I didn't find out till the next day that he went. I prepared her for the fact that before 24 hours was up our family would know about it. Well guess what? They did and have already called me asking all sorts of questions. Mom refused to even talk to me. Now hows that? My own sister just listened and you could tell steam was coming out both her ears like a freight train leaves smoke behind. So tomorrow should be a barrel of fun around here.

Let me just add as well that Trucker and I both think highly of this young man Princess is dating. Though we ourselves were not to keen on the idea at first he is very respectful of her, does not drink or do drugs, is not possessive of her and treats her and us with high respect. In our world this is all that counts. So we are happy about it as well. He is a mature, thoughtful young man.

Now other news. You probably noticed that the blog looks different. Lots of buttons gone and things rearranged. I decided yesterday that while not everyone enjoys giveaways as much as I do that I should take this blog back to being more of what it used to be. More personal and more about me and my life. Though extremely boring at times it's who I am. So with that decision made I started another blog. For those of you that enjoy the giveaways and would like to check it out the new blog is: Treasia's Treasures and will be all about various giveaways I enter and links. As well as reviews I will be doing. I will be hosting all of my giveaways on the new blog as well. So stop by sometime and say Hi if nothing else.

Confession's will still have all of my usual posts, Simple Woman's Daybook on Monday's, Tuesday Treasures, Have a Laugh Wednesday, and the Frugal Friday posts of course. However those Frugal Friday posts will have no more giveaways attached. I will be back to more personal funny posts, pictures out the wa zoo, and all of that. I sincerely hope I lose no friends or readers because of this decision.

Well I must get some stuff done around here as I only woke up a little while ago. I hate menopause as I can never sleep till around 3 am and then wake after half the day is gone. Sucks.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

StyleBoard At Kaboodle

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