Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday confessions

My friend Kris did a fun Sunday confession back when she was blogging and I thought I'd give it a whirl.
But first, what a change we've got going on here.

It was -5 Friday morning and by night fall was up to 25*.
Yesterday we got up to 40* and today it's almost 50*!

There is not much snow left and its supposed to rain today.
Some areas to the East of us are expecting about 5"- how crazy is that?!
Super glad we are not getting that mess - fingers crossed that the forecast doesn't change.

So, for my confession.

I hate strongly dislike and am completely unsatisfied with my Kuerig.
There I said it.

Can you believe that? Well it is true.

I know, I know. I wanted and longed for one the whole time Chyann went to the orthodontist for her braces - I would look forward to her visits just so I could have a cup of wonderful coffee made by their Kuerig. It was amazing! I'd even stop in randomly when I was in town to "pick up" more wax or whatever and get a cup. LOVED LOVED LOVED that coffee.

Last year when I went to my brother and sister in laws place in AK, they had one. Again I was treated to amazingly delicious coffee.

When I got home I decided what the hell, now was the time and I bought myself one for Christmas.
Even going as far as special ordering the brand and flavor of coffee that the orthodontist office carried so I'd be ready for my very own amazing coffee on Christmas morning.

My anticipation was great. I told all the gals I worked with that I couldn't wait for Christmas morning and that FIRST cup.

I got that machine out, had the directions read and up and running within 40 minutes.
Everyone came in the kitchen to witness the first cup, because they all knew how excited I was.

That first smell, that first sip and gag, yuck, what is wrong with this coffee?!?!

Ever since then I've continually tried, tried, tried and tried to like the coffee that my Kuerig makes.

I've looked online, contacted kuerig, spent a shit load of money on different coffee and coffee brands, filtered water, distilled water, super cold water, warm water (the model I have has no manual temperature adjustment). You name it I tried it with no success.

Alas I can not stand the coffee my Kuerig makes. I've taken it off my counter top and put it away with all those other small appliances that I had to have - like the air popcorn popper, quesadilla maker, mandolin slicer, little forman grill, rice steamer and vegetable steamer.


If you know anyone that is interested in a super cheap Kuerig, let me know.

Yes, I used all those K-cups I bought for my Kuerig. I cut them open and used the coffee in my $8 walmart special coffee machine and every cup was delicious.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

They say

it's still fall, but I don't believe "them".
Yesterday was 18* when I went out to feed the horses and it felt warm out compared to the previous few days. 

However we are supposed to be warming up to possibly the high 30's come the weekend and maybe even get rain Sunday evening. 

Chyann decided that regardless if she would freeze or not she was taking a ride.
Ok, I'll come too.

And damn was it cold. 
Casper doesn't seem to mind it at all though. 
His coat is super thick. 

The barn is so full of hay that I have to kick the bales down from the top to feed the horses. 
Course by the time I got back around they were already snacking. 

Right after I took this picture Dodger almost had the crap kicked out of him by Jenny.
Chyann had just gotten off and Jenny out of the blue let loose with both back feet! Literally just missing him by a hair!
Scared the shit out of me lol

Well Dodger hasn't been up to visit the neighbors that we know of. He is the master Houdini when it comes to eating ropes, climbing fence and digging holes to regain his freedom though.

I've no idea what it takes to keep a year old lab occupied.
During my breaks I walk him and throw the ball for him and he still gets wiggly. 
Everyone takes a turn when they get home too.
Chyann says he is a bad dog lol
Any tricks to keeping him worn out and docile, let me know.

Anywho, have a good one :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday AM coffee

Burrr it's cold out this morning. 
Only about 10* and some light flurries.
Sounds like a good day to stay in and do some baking/cooking and nap while watching football.

A few pictures from my trek out to feed the horses this morning.
The apple trees looked pretty cool with the few frozen red apples still hanging around.

Jennifer and Casper in the background.

Gypsy showing off her frosty whiskers.

 A few pictures from the Veteran's day program on Tuesday.
My camera wouldn't record video for some reason so only got pictures this go around.

Caden and the choir singing.

What else is new?

We went to a play on Friday night and then out for a late dinner. 
Hell of a good time and we are definitely planning on going again. 

Found a good blog for new recipes too.
Going to have to try some of those pie and dip recipes - YUM!

Chyann wants to put up the Christmas tree already.
I'm protesting though. 
Not till at least Thanksgiving - when her brother is home and if I can put it off till that first weekend in December I will.

You ever listen to Pandora?
I listen to it everyday and have play lists to fit the genre of music I'm in the mood for. 
You should check them out, I love it.
Currently my favorite is my P!nk! list.
Great variety of tunes. 

Have a good one :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

No show on the snow and other news

We got lucky in that the storm snow line was about 20 miles North of us.
They got over a foot of snow and we only got a total of about 5" from Sunday night through today.
Not bad.
Yes, Chyann rode the bus and bitched endlessly.
However I am not the only hated over protective parent around.
Two other gals that I work with also made their teen drivers ride the bus- so there!

I think she was really ok with it especially after yesterday AM.
Lots of protesting going on and all the sudden we heard ambulances and fire trucks racing to the scene of a crash just down the road from our house.  HELLO! IT'S DANGEROUS out there.


Today the Hubby and I went to a Veteran's program at school.
It was very well attended even though the roads were pretty crappy yet.
At the program they asked everyone to stand up who had a family member in the service.
I stood up, the Hubby says why are you standing.
I said stand up. Our lives are full of veterans - your Uncle, My Dad, my step-Dad, my brother, our nephew.

Thank you to all the Veterans! Your sacrifices make a difference in all our lives.


In other news, with this snow the horses were stranded down in the front pasture. There was a small drift that they wouldn't go through in the run going to up to the barn. We ended up having to walk them one by one to the barn. Never had to do that before. Strange.

later :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

OH my!

Of course the first storm of the year would have the potential to drop up to 15" of snow on us right?!

Graphical depiction of the weather story for today.

Well nothing like a big dump to get us back into the winter mode.
The Hubby is already fretting about Chyann driving to school and says she'll need to ride the bus if it's too bad. Guess we'll see what it looks like in the AM, because she says she is NOT riding the bus under any circumstances. Crimaney..


At any rate the basement is full of wood and we are ready.

In other news...

I got 8" of hair cut off last week and it's still a little past my shoulders. Should have went another 2 or 3", but at the time I couldn't quite get up the nerve to do it. Course now I am wishing I had.

Gave Colton a hair cut today too. He was home this weekend with his girlfriend. Apparently she may be going to Europe with him come January too, but wont know for sure for another week or two. He says even if she doesn't go that he still is. 9 countries in 4.5 months. I can't even imagine and truth be told, I may be more excited than he is!

Have a good week :)


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday AM coffee

I'm not liking the time change.
Definitely gets dark too early for me.
Sign of the times I suppose, it being the beginning of the holiday season and all that.

Sounds like we'll be getting our first real snow of the season come Monday.
I realize we've gotten lucky in that it's held off this long, but still I'm not ready for it.

Report cards came home on Friday.
Straight A's for my kids and I couldn't be prouder of them.

You know Facebook is an interesting thing. You have your friends and family posting shit here and there so you can keep up with all that they are up to, right?

I find it interesting to see that your Hubby's' sister and her family - who live about 9 hrs away from here, have traveled to a town that is less than an hour away from where we live to spend the weekend and we don't hear from them at all.

Real nice. Ok, so you have plans? Fine, but a call to say hey we are around but unable to meet up would be appropriate I'd say ESPECIALLY if we were in their neck of the woods and didn't contact them would lead to a major family hurt feelings. But whatever, I am not even going to tell him that they are in the vicinity.


Wood is on tap again this weekend and damn if it's not cold and windy out, but got to get as much done before Monday.

Have a good one :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


I do some of the stupidest shit.

For example.....

After a long day of work - we have OT currently, which is quite unusual for the team I'm on - we decide to get the grocery shopping done before the weekend. 
Hit three stores and man it's 6p already. 
Been up since 4a and I don't feel like cooking.
Lets order up some pizza for pick up. 
No problem, I've got that number in my phone, which I dial up just as we are leaving the last store.

It takes ten minutes to drive to Pizza hut.
We pull up in the drive through and say:
Me: I need to pick up the Big box please
Them: name
Me: ME lol
Them: when did your order?
Me: about 10-20 minutes ago
Them: who did you talk to?
Me: no idea, but the price was about 24 bucks
Them: we have no record of an order for you
Me: really?
Them: Yes. Are you sure you called THIS Pizza Hut?
Me: I think so, is this the number xxxxxxxx
Them: NOPE. That's the Pizza Hut in a town 30 miles from here. 
Me: OMG. No way, really?
Them: Yep. Want us to call an cancel that order? and place an order with us?
Me: Yes. Man I can't believe I did that. I'm so sorry.
Them: Yeah, no problem. It happens to a lot of older people.  
Me: lol really?.. nice. 

Boy was I embarrassed. 


It's wood season around here. 
The weather has been super nice so we've been taking advantage of it. 
I'm sure we'll push the wood till the snow fly's and it's impossible to do, until then every free moment will be spent on that endeavor.

Colton has turned 22!
He'll be home this weekend to celebrate with us and he's bringing his girlfriend. 
Should be fun. 

Caden and his buds did some trick or treating for Halloween.

Chyann has been recovering from the crud. Hope we are done with it for the time being. 

The neighbor stopped over to complain about Dodger.
He says Dodger goes to their house and intimidates him.
No kidding?
Didn't know he was going over there.
He says yeah they don't mind when the little dogs visit because their girls like to play with them, but the big dog visits have to stop.
Never knew the little dogs were ever visiting, let along the big dog coming over. 

Would have been nice to know the little ones were going over.
We could have put a stop to that and then the big dog wouldn't have followed them.
Now what?
Tie them all up?
Pen them up?

Stay tuned..

Have a good one :)