Just a few rambling thoughts and crafts from a mind that is full of both. I am talented in my mind but regularly run full throttle into the wall of procrastination. I have raised procrastination to an art form. A friend once told me I have a BS in BS and a minor in excuse making. If there is anyway to get out of doing my best, I will do my best to get out of it. Welcome to my saburban life. : ).. Lol.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our Backyard..

 A river runs through it.
Milo loves it.
Especially the mud puddles.
 Some people get crop circles,
our aliens have a sense of humor.
We get concrete squares.
There are two of them about four
feet apart.  Both are about the same
size and the same depth.
Not quite sure where they came from,
but this is the first year I've noticed them.
Something is missing from this picture..
I might have to get some of those
this weekend.  : )..

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's been a great day.. : )..

Even though it was just as loud as ever out there today,
I had a great day.  : )..
Woot Woot!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Itunes and iPhone Troubles Oh My..

After having our iphones for almost
two years, there was a recent downloaded
"upgrade" that Apple put out.
Instead of making my phone better,
it unleashed trouble like no other.
Every time that my phone connected to Itunes,
it would wipe out my contacts.
I lost my entire phone contact list,
with the exception of the people on my favorites
list.  It only wiped out there names.
Nice.  I could call and ask, "Who is this?"
Lol.  Not going to happen.
Especially since this in an ongoing issue.
Next step?  Called Apple.
Oooh no problem.
It's because I'm not signed in under
my own Itunes account.
Got one started.
Can't get my card info correct so I
can't get an account going in my name.
Their solution?
Delete it and reinstall the program.
Did that.  Hate the new format so I tried downloading
one of the older versions.
Didn't work.
Now?  I can't even get the current one
installed and open to sign back into Dutch's account either.
Aye Carumba.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

My evening in a nutshell..

We went to our friend's for a Memorial Day BBQ.
We went without any alcohol.
Only took a 2 liter bottle of soda.
They of course, had bought some Crown Royal.
Using pics from previous posts,
this is how it went.
Lol. The food was delish.
There are reasons why I don't get into political
conversations, or let others get into politcal
conversations with my spouse.
I needed duct tape.
Lots of duct tape.
Lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of duct tape.
The manufacturers would think that they could stop
producing and retire with the amount I could have used.
 Ugh.  Lets talk about something
else.  Hey!  How about those Royals?!
"Who cares about the Royals?!
Politics!! Politics!! Politics!!"
 Ugh.  : (..
 Ohhhh..  : (..
  Enough already.
  Dude.  You all are even killing Will Wheaton.
They even wore out the zombies.
Have zombies attacking you?
I can send some people over and it'll
drive the zombies away.
I needed the Crown Royal by the time
the evening was over.
Did I mention, this loud conversation
took place outside, late at night,
despite our repeated requests to keep voices
down?  Neighbors came outside
thinking that something was going on out
there.  They finally stopped at midnight.
Why can't people have normal, quiet,
calm debates about politics?
I'm all Rodney King,
"Can't we all just get along?"
If I didn't love music so much,
I would have driven rusty spoons through
my ears tonight.
Time to call it a night.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lindenwood receiver gets Rams’ attention

                                                                      Go Andy Go!
Andy's journey with the Rams..
He's only just begun!

The Helmick Nation is ready!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Global Corporate Challenge..

Taking part in the Global Corporate challenge at work this year.
Each group has seven members.
We are supposed to walk at least 10,000 steps each day
and we have Pulse pedometers to keep track.
Doing pretty well but since my job is stationary, I'm putting plans
into action to reach and exceed the goal.
I'll walk in place for five minutes each hour while I'm at work, 
And finish by walking the neighborhood.

The fun part?
The team names are crazy fun.
The Holy Walkamolies.
Stuck Between a Walk and a Hard Pace.
Victorious Secret.
More Cardio Less Lardio.
Christopher Walkin.
ManChestHair United.
Scrambled Legs.
Roamin Goddesses.
Thin It To Win It.
Your Pace or Mine.
Waist Management.

I had suggested our team name
as "We Like to Moovit, Moovit"
Since Kansas City is called Cow Town but that got shot down.
Good thing because someone else used
"We Like To Move It" too.
Our teams name?
It's a mishmash from three of us.
One is a Bostonian so he wanted something for him, 
ergo Sox and Fiyah ironically.
One wanted the Walkin part. 
And then I got it all together after getting into
a fire alarm account at work.  

Our team name is:
"Our Walkin Sox Are On Fiyah!"
Let the walking begin!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Such a love-ly day.. : )..

 Kept finding hearts while I was out and about today.
Found this one early.
 And then these two little love-lies
this evening at home.
: )..
Had some wine to celebrate
my friend's birthday today..
And thought that this was a fitting way
to end the day.
: )..

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Spider Who Would Not Die..

Our friends had this little doozie
outside of their apartment
the other day and it
took quite a bit
of work to kill it..
Then they debated what type it was..
Tonight?  I found one in our utility room..
That was about the actual size
of it, and I wasn't taking
any chances.
However, it was also the spider
who refused to die.
I moved, it moved,
I jumped, it jumped,
I jabbed the broom and it ducked..
I don't know what kind mine
was either.  I'm not going to debate it,
all I know, it was huge and it was
in my house.  Lol.
Sorry to all of the spider friends
out there who don't condone killing them.
They need to tell them not to
move into my house and
get that big.
I don't have a picture of mine either
because I was NOT going to get that close to it!
One of our local meteorologists
always said, you are never more than 3 feet
away from a spider at any given moment.
I'm sure that spider probably had
a big spider family and they are probably in our
house as well.  Ack!
I hope not!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Found this in one of our accounts:
"Sloan Smith"
but my favorite spelling?
If only I was kidding.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Duck and Cover!

Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa had tornados,
Missouri got lucky and was spared.
Round two coming Monday night.
Spent the evening hunkered down with our furbabies
in the basement.
Having already had a heads up that things
could be very severe, we moved everything that
we needed downstairs for safe keeping and waited it out.
Hope everyone stays safe out there!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Can't wait! : )..

More Gru,
more girls and best of all,
more cousins.
Err.  Minions.  : )..

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Season 12's American Idol.. Is..

Candice Glover!!!
Woop Woop!!!
That's my American Idol for sure!!!
She was great from her audition this year,
straight through to the final competition.
Kree was great but she had her struggles.
If it wasn't a song that she picked out for herself
that was in her range, she had some
rough spots.  I love her, and am so in awe of
how well she has done after losing both of her parents
at such a young age.  I can't even imagine
although I lost my mom several years ago.
Angie?  Puhlease.  She got votes because she played
the piano and sang and wore tight things.
It's not America's Top Model honey.
The only songs I liked of her's were the
Evanescence song, and her Beyonce "Halo" performance.
Nothing else impressed me.
Glad she got the boot last week.
Candice Glover is our new American Idol!!
Congratulations Candice!!!!!!!!!!
You Are Beautiful!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

St. Louis Rams sign Andrew Helmick!!!

That's my friend and co-worker Jeanie Helmick's son..  : )..
He should hold his head high,
he never gave up on his future
and he never gave up the fight!!
Go Andy!!
Say it loud and say it proud!!
Andrew Helmick is now a St. Louis Ram!!
Kansas City Missouri just got a whole lot closer
to the other side of the state!
Congratulations and well done Andy!!!
Helmick Nation is proud of you!!!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A man tried to rob a bank after paying $500 to a wizard to make him invisible

A man tried to rob a bank after paying $500 to a wizard to make him invisible
This gives a whole new meaning to the question..
"Have you seen this man?"  Lol.  Great idea though!
Lemme see!  Checking the yellow pages..  Wine..
Wireless..  Women's..  Umm..  Hmm..  Wine..  Wireless..
Women's..  No wizards?!  : /..  Sigh.  Anyone know
any wizards out there?  Anyone?  Wizards?  Anyone?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ohhhhh! Yes! Please!!! : )..

Stopped by Pinterest for a minute (ha!),
and found this!
I have wine bottles galore!
All I need is a pot..
Some rocks..
And a fountain set..
and I'm good to go!!
It came from
website.  : )..
I am sooooo doing this!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day..

Hope all the mothers out there had a great day..
However, this also marks the first Mother's Day for some
of my family and friends after the loss of their
children or Mother's..
Much peace and comfort to them,
as well as any others who have also loved and lost for
what ever reason..
May we all be reunited one day..

That being said, here's a little something to celebrate..
A momma Cairn Terrier and her babies..
Not my furbabies..
Just a happy little family that was too cute not to share.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Love this song too..

Even if she's a younger artist,
I still love this song and her music.
Not quite so hip on her ex
though.  Lol.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Stuck in a highway slowdown? No problem!

Had an early day at work,
learned yet another one of our new department's
procedures so that we can evaluate their calls.
I've got another early day tomorrow.
Got stuck on the highway because of an accident's
slowdown.  Normally people would lose
their mind.  Stuck in traffic on a Friday evening?!
Not me.
We had warm weather.
We had sunny skies.
And we had 101 the Fox supplying
some great music.
Stuck in traffic?
Nooo problemo!
The windows went down and the volume
went up.  Music is my happy pill.  : )..
Well.  That and chocolate.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Such a great picture, I had to blow it up.
Lol!  Aww.  Buh Bye!
She was waaaaaaay too perky.
I'm not a big fan of perky.
At all.
She reminded me of a charicture drawing
with those big teeth and all that hair.
She played the piano and sang and the judges
thought she was better than sliced bread.
I don't know how many times I heard
Dutch say she would win this year
because she's "skinny and the total package".
Tonight? He actually said,
"The skinny, talented one will have a bigger
career than the big girl."
: /..
If anyone is looking for my spouse and they
can't find him?  They might find him
duct taped, stuffed in a closet,
with ear buds in his ears
and Nicki Minaj's greatest hits
looping on his iphone.
Back to the matter at hand!
There are only two left.
And my Candice!
Go Candice!!
A parting video for us to enjoy?
It's Angie at her best.
Smokey Robinson's
"You Better Shop Around"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guy Fieri's Pork Chile Verde..

Sorry that my phone kept causing a shadow..
Dutch decided that he wanted to make
Guy's Pork Chile Verde
from Guy's Big Bites show..
Glad that he did,
it was deeelishus!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

If you don't know Jack..

Then you are missing out my friends.
Jack Johnson..
One of the best..
Go On
Love it.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Short, Green Grass of Home..

 Emmy says she misses the soft grass..
 Fergus says he can find his tennis balls better..
Milo says..  Well..  Nuttin..
He's too busy playing soccer..
Phase One of cutting the grass is done..
We'll do another round here in a couple more days..

Sunday, May 5, 2013

You Reap What You Sow.. : )..

I like my job, but sometimes the continual loud, unwarranted
noise that co-workers make tends to make me irritable, cranky
and stressed out.  I don't know what it is about having a job at
an alarm company's call center makes people think
it's ok to stand around talking as loud as they
can across pods to their friends non-stop,
but by gosh, that's my life 40 hours
a week.  It's enough to drive
me absolutely
There are times like this that make up for the stress
and irritation that my co-workers rudely create.
I helped one of my favorite local wineries
harvest their first grapes last year.
They called it their "First Harvest" and it
was the first time that I had ever
done anything like that!
It was....  Awesome..
I called it "Grape Therapy!"
It was soooo peaceful,
walking around snipping grape clusters,
listening to the music playing
on their outside speakers.
I loved it so much that I also helped
another winery with three of their grape harvests,
and I plan to do them all again this year.
I ventured out with my mother-in-law and
friends to Ladoga Ridge in Smithville.
They were the first winery that
I helped.
What did I see?
Ladoga Vignoles "First Harvest".
I helped pick those grapes!
You know that I had to buy a
bottle of that!
Not only was it delishus!!
It was suhweet just knowing that
it was part of my
Grape Therapy.
Luv, Luv, Luv, Luv, Luv it..
: )..
I got to enjoy that memory with
every sweet sip of wine.
It was great back then,
and it was super great last night.
Can't wait for this year's harvests!!
Ooooh yeah.
: )..

Thursday, May 2, 2013

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems..

 Such a great day for a Royal's baseball game..
 So nice and sunny..  : )..
 Oooh..  Wait..  I think we'll go another night..
 No shoes? Brr! No shirt? No way!
Biiiiiiig problem!
The pups love it though.
And there is a positive side to not mowing the grass.
If it snows enough to hide the grass,
no one will ever know.
Or if it doesn't,
we can still say it's only a dusting
because you can see the grass poking through.
Those flakes are HUGE.
Spider size.
Big spider size.
Maybe this will kill a few bugs.
It's supposed to be in the 70's and 80's by Monday.
I'm sure this won't be the last snow we get
before we are done.  Sigh.
'Nuff already.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May Day! Ding Dong! Whoosh!

 A blast from the past while thinking about past May Days..
I always enjoyed dropping a bouquet on my neighbor's
step, ringing the doorbell according to tradition
and splitting as fast as I could..
This is my old hometown's Court Street back in the day..
And we think cars look alike these days!
Kind of interesting seeing this picture,
in my day, Court Street was a one way street going away from the camera..
My old home was about a mile and a half straight ahead.
Good times, good times, good times.
 Such pretty springy colors, that website did a great job with this pic!
 Makes me want to sit out on this person's porch.
Crazy!  They were selling these items for $100.
Oooh if I had a place to put it that is as nice as that spot.  : )..
 I would sit and enjoy the leaves on the trees and the pretty sky..
this happens..
I heard "snowy mix".
In May.
Oh my gosh.
What is that?
What did that say?
I can't look.
Tell it to go away.
My friend's daughter is finally back in the states
after several months volunteering to teach
Dominican Republic kids to read.
She's excited and hoping to see snow.
Just for her.
I can respect that.
: ).
Not sure if I like it.
for her..
a little.