Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aleigha Broke Her Arm

Yesterday Aleigha came in the house crying that she had hurt her arm so I looked it over and it didn't look broken so I thought she had just sprained it. For the rest of the day she was being very careful with it and not playing around like she normally would so I got online to find out the symptoms of a broken arm. Most sites said that there would be lots of swelling but she didn't have any. I called Jacob and he agreed with me that it was probably just sprained and he said he would look at it when he got home. When he did get home and looked at it and because she could move it without much pain and it still hadn't swollen we decided to wait until today to see if she was feeling any better. 
This morning she came in and woke me up and was still complaining about it hurting and it looked slightly swollen (though hard to tell). So I got up and got dressed and called the doctors office and they said that if I could bring her in before 10 they were having a walk in clinic. So I left the other kids here at home and Aleigha and I set off for the Dr. 
While we were waiting in the waiting room Aleigha said to me my arm doesn't hurt anymore and she went over and was playing with the toys. When they called us back she was happy and smiling and even climbed up onto the table herself although she didn't use her arm much. When the doctor came in and examined it he said that a lot of the time kids break their arms you cannot tell by looking at them that they are broken but because she had so much mobility he didn't think it was broken but that he couldn't be sure without an x-ray so they sent us to the hospital.
While we were at the hospital Aleigha was her happy joyful self and when I saw the x-rays I couldn't tell that any thing was wrong with them. We left there and came back home to wait to see if the doctor would call us back. While we were at home Aleigha went out onto the back deck and she tripped over a squirt gun and landed on her arm. She came in the house and was crying really bad. She finally calmed down and about 10min. later the nurse calls me to tell me that she had indeed fractured it and needed to come back in to have a splint put on. I told her about Aleigha falling on it and she said the reason it hurt so bad is because it is broken. So we drove back to the doctors office and the nurse came into the waiting room and says "I hate to do this to you but I am going to have to have you go back to the hospital to get more X-rays because she fell on it again. Just in case she made it worse and needs to have a full cast put on".  So once again we headed to the hospital to get x-rays. When we were done there I took Aleigha to McDonald's to buy her a happy meal and then came back home to wait for the doctor to call us again.  About an hour later she called back and Aleigha and I took our third trip to the doctor's office today where they put on the splint in the picture above.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mt. Shasta

I love this picture of Jacob and Ethan. Every time you tell Ethan to smile this is the face you get.
Aleigha and Austin taking a break at horse camp.

This is the spring at Horse Camp. The water that comes out is clean and you can drink it. It is really cold and refreshing.

Jacob must have coughed when I took this picture.
It was a beautiful hike. Brendan walked the whole way up to Horse Camp and back down again. Ethan walked almost all the way up except for a few times when Jacob wanted to go a little faster so he put him up on his shoulders. Then on the way down Ethan was tired because it was past nap time so I carried him for awhile then Jacob put him back up on his shoulders and he fell asleep. I wish I would have taken a picture of that.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My Ironing Board

 This ironing board was given to me years ago and as you can see it had seen better days. :)

Well a few days ago I came across a tutorial HERE on how to recover your old one so last night when Jacob and Austin left to go street witnessing and the other kids were in bed I dug through my box of material to see if I had any that was big enough and came across this bright blue material that I was given a ton of and thought hey I'll give it a try. The tutorial was really easy to follow, and this was done in about 30-45 min.
The finished product. Now maybe some white spray paint for those legs. 


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lake of the Woods

The kids and I drove up to Lake of the woods today and met my sister Edie for a picnic lunch.
It was a little chilly in the shade but that didn't keep the kids from swimming!
It was a beautiful day, and the Lake is so pretty!!! Thanks for coming with us Edie!!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Some really funny ones today



Okay, you've heard of Murphy's famous Law: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Well, there are many other related Laws. Here are some:


After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

--Lorenz's Law of Mechanical Repair


Identical parts aren't.

--Beach's Law


Any tool, when dropped, will roll into the least accessible corner.

--Anthony's Law of the Workshop


Nothing is as inevitable as a mistake whose time has come.

--Tussman's Law


If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

--Lowery's Law


The solution to a problem changes the problem.

--Peer's Law


There is no mechanical problem so difficult that it cannot be solved by brute strength and ignorance.

--William's Law


Handy Guide to Modern Science:

        1. If it's green or it wiggles, it's Biology.

        2. If it stinks, it's Chemistry.

        3. If it doesn't work, it's Physics.


Machines should work. People should think.

--IBM's Pollyanna Principle:


The most ineffective workers will be systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage - management.

--The Dilbert Principle


The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.

--Ehrlich's Law


It is a mistake to allow any mechanical object to realize that you are in a hurry.

--Ralph's Observation


If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

--Cannon's Comment


Thinly sliced cabbage.

--Cole's Law


Jim strolls into the paint section of his local hardware store. Bob is the assistant on the floor that day. "Can I help you?" Bob asks.

"Yes. I'd like a pint of canary-colored paint," replies Jim.

"Certainly," says Bob, fetching the small can. "Painting some trim?"

"Nope. I'm going to paint my parakeet."

"What? Why would you do that?"

"I want to enter him into a canary singing contest. He sings so sweetly, I'm sure he'd win!" Jim exclaims.

"Well, you can't do that," says Bob. "Besides the fact it's cheating, the chemicals in the paint will kill the poor bird."

"Nah, they won't," Jim replies.

"Listen, buddy, I'll bet you ten bucks your parakeet dies if you try to paint it."

"You're on!" says Jim as he pays for his paint and strides out of the store.

Two days later Jim returns, looking very sheepish, and puts a ten-dollar bill on the counter in front of Bob.

"So the paint killed your parakeet?" Bob inquires.

"Well, indirectly," replies Jim. "He seemed to handle the paint okay, but he didn't survive the sanding between coats."

[Joe's Clean Laffs]




Interviewer: "If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?"


Applicant: "The living one."


[forwarded by Gretchen Patti]



This is a cool puzzler. See if you can follow it:


1. Say COW before each word:


                 > Cows

                 > About

                 > Talking

                 > You

                 > Got

                 > I

                 > Long

                 > How

                 > Look


2. Say COW after each word:


                 Cows <

                 About <

                 Talking <

                 You <

                 Got <

                 I <

                 Long <

                 How <

                 Look <


3. Say COW before and after each word:


                 > Cows <

                 > About <

                 > Talking <

                 > You <

                 > Got <

                 >  I <

                 > Long <

                 > How <

                 > Look <


4. Start at the bottom and read the words upwards:














A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.









..nodding would be considered an acceptable response to "I love you."


..the funniest guy in the office would get to be CEO.


..your raise would be tied to the fortunes of your fantasy sports team.


..every anniversary gift you would ever need could be found at the local hardware store.


..tanks would be a *lot* easier to rent.




He who lives in a glass house should change his clothes in the basement.





~ Reason to smile: Every 7 minutes of every day, someone in an aerobic class pulls a hamstring.


~ Women over 50 don't have babies, because they would put them down and forget where they left them.


~ One of life's mysteries is how a 2 lb. box of candy can make a woman gain 5 lbs.


~ The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.


~ Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes!


~ I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That is my idea of a perfect day.



A farmer who grew watermelons was doing pretty well, but some local kids would sneak into his watermelon patch at night and eat his watermelons.  The farmer came up with a clever idea that he thought would scare the kids away for sure.  He made up a sign and posted it in the field: "Warning! One of the watermelons in this field has been injected with cyanide."


That night the kids saw the sign and they ran off to plot revenge.  Next morning there were no watermelons missing, but a new sign said: "Now there are two!"


Yeah, you can send this Funny to anybody you want. And, if you're REAL nice, you'll tell them where you got it!



An Oldie But A Goodie

The patient refused autopsy.

Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

On the second day the knee felt better and on the third day it disappeared.

The patient is tearful and crying constantly. Also appears to be depressed.

Discharge status: Alive, but without permission.

Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

The lab test indicates abnormal lover function.

Skin: somewhat pale but present.



1.0 - We've got a really great new way to do things.

2.0 - We pretty sure this works well, now.

2.1 - The attorneys made us change a few things.

3.0 - No, really, we've got all the bugs out now.

3.1 - We've now fixed bugs you wouldn't see in 27,000 years of using this software.

3.2 - This version fixes bugs we found in the last round of bug fixes.

4.0 - All right. This really *does* fix all the bugs.

4.1 - Except that one. That one really big one.

5.0 - This version is put out by an entirely new batch of developers after we fired the old group.

At this point, the product name is changed, three new features are added, and you have to go back about ten steps.

Sub scribe to marks musing  here


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

14 years ago...

14 years ago today I met the man who is now my wonderful husband.  We met in a parking lot of all places. It wasn't somewhere I ever hung out but because of events earlier in the day that is where I ended up, and so glad I did.  I was 16, he was 18.  I told him I liked his truck (a 1960 primer gray Ford) so he decided he liked me.  :) 
I love you Jacob and I am so happy to have met you that day!!!!

More Garden Produce!

On the left is cilantro. I will be using it tonight when I make pork chimichangas with mexican rice and refried beans, pico de gallo,  guacamole, and sour cream. Yum, I'm getting hungry already! 
All of our strawberries are funny shaped. Not sure why... I am going to have to get on line and find out. They also have bug holes in all of them so I am going to have to get something to kill the bugs.  This is our first ripe tomato! 

Monday, August 2, 2010


I made this skirt for my niece who has a birthday later in the month. I found the tutorial for it here at this link
I didn't add the tie because I didn't have enough material left over to make it. I hope it fits her as I took measurements off Brendan and Ethan but I won't try it on them.  :)