Carving Pumpkins…

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This year Jack took carving pumpkins into his own hands (with Jason right beside him.) 😉

They had bought a carving kit and they both agreed certain tools were amazing!  Jack planned out his idea and got right to work.

 The small cutting blade was the best!

And the end product!! Jack was pretty proud of himself and he should be…only 2 out of the 4 people in our family can carve pumpkins!

Where’s Sam’s carved pumpkin? He got one whiff of the insides and off he went as far away from the kitchen as possible.  His pumpkin is still fully intact who’s is a-ok with him! 😉


Just in Case…

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As you may know, Sam loves shoes. He follows other Sneaker Heads on instagram. He saves his money and mowing money to buy shoes. He tells me about all the new released shoes and shows me pictures of them.

So what do you do when you have a new dog and are afraid she might chew on them?

Make your shoes a part of your mother’s  decorations.



I am posting this from my phone. I can’t get to my computer because my back decided to go out on me. So this has been my view…watching football all day.

I ice. I walk a bit. I lay. That’s it.

What fancy exciting thing did I do this time? I was sitting in one of our chairs and turned sideways to have my legs hang over the arm of the chair. Sat like that for a bit…went to get up and couldn’t straighten up.

I have forgotten how bad it hurts and how angry it makes me because it limits everything I try to do.

Plan today…chiropractor visit, ice and catch up on “This is Us.”

The good thing, I don’t have to go to grocery shopping!!

Coffee Needed…


On Sunday I needed a coffee. I wanted  real coffee, not one made out of my coffee machine. So I headed to Starbucks. Jack tagged along with me.

When we got inside Jack states, “Oh man. I am TIRED! I think a coffee is just what I need.” As he yawns and stretches .

I looked at him and h.e was. dead. serious.

Well, I know how he felt, so I got a coffee, he got a mocha mint frapacino drink with whip cream (no coffee) and a vanilla bean frapacino AKA sugar drink with whip cream for Sam.

We were all feeling much better after out coffees. Then an hour later, our blood sugars crashed and so did we.

Garage Sale…

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Last weekend I had a garage sale. I haven’t done a garage sale in YEARS! People would tell me how much work they are, but I thought it can’t be that hard. Well, I am here to tell you that I was totally wrong! They are a lot of work!!

I must share that Jack was a BIG help! He went through the toys and books and priced them all. (after he read a few)

He tested out the Karaoke Machine and was excited to hear that it still worked! One item OFF the sale!

He went through the Play Dough and Play Dough toys and put different sets together! I wold have never been able to do this task!

Jack was so motivated by money, that he was okay with going through some of his old tubs of toys!

The day of the Sale, Sam helped me put out signs. Until we had to walk to the round-about on a very busy street. He refused to get out of the car…teenagers.

I had the sale on Thursday night and had a great turn out. Friday was nice and steady and unloaded a lot of stuff!

Jack helped with change and keeping track of his earnings!

Sam directed traffic and visitors loved it! We heard several times they had not been to a garage sale with valet parking!

I would say the sale was an overall success, but it is a lot of work! Even the “take down” part took half a day and had to be done in the heat wave. Was the money I made worth it? Yes. Would I do it again soon. No.

PS…Jack made a good chunk of money and has already bought…you guessed it. A new Nerf Gun!