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The other day I went into my bedroom to read and rest my eyes. When I emerged, I found this little number on my door handle.

Wow! What a nice little unexpected gift and when someone gives you a gift, you should always put it to good use. I will definitely do that!

Thank you, Jack!


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As I have stated many times before, I cannot stand raw meat. It just grosses me out. I can handle maximum about 1-2 pounds of raw hamburger, but more than then, it just gets to me…I have no idea why, I just really start to feel a bit woozy. (imagine that)

Well, part of being a parent (mom) with a son on the football team is that we (the moms) volunteer to bring a team meal one time during the season. Last Thursday was my day to help with the meal and our assigned meal was sloppy joes. I didn’t think twice when signing up with a friend. Sloppy Joes…that will be easy!

Then I was told to prepare 10 POUNDS OF HAMBURGER. What?
Oh yea..10 pounds of raw meat that I had to cook. (gag) OH…of course, Jason was out of town.

So, I had to buy 10 pounds of raw hamburger meat. That took courage just to go up to the meat counter and ask for 10 pounds of eat…nonchalantly.  The first thing out of the “butchers” mouth, “What are you needing 10 pounds of meat for?”  The introvert in me HATES that…do not ask me why I need this much meat, just say ok and give it to me!

Anyway, I got 10 pounds of meat..in a TUBE! (ugh!!) Gross.
1. I did not wantoto lay this tube of cow on my other groceries, but I had not other choice.

2. Why didn’t the butcher put the meat in a brown wrap like my other meat?

3. Thank goodness this was the last thing I needed on my grocery list because if I had to do more shopping I wouldn’t. Who wants to push around a cart with a giant tube of raw meat that you cannot hide under a box of frozen pancakes!

4. I actually got the nervous giggles (pretty mature, Katie!) when I was walking down the aisle (by my self) with my huge meat tube.

5. When I got to the check-out the cashier looked at me like I was crazy and said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

6. Thank goodness I got myself pulled together and stopped my immature self giggling (and that Jason wasn’t with me to encourage my giggling) and did not make any inappropriate comments about my meat tube. All I said, “Lucky me to be the first person to bring you a 10 pound meat tube.”

7. The bagger touched it, put it in ONE plastic sack (REALLY!!) and then wiped her hands on her pants…ew.

I get my meat tube home and now I have to cook all this meat. SO not looking forward to this. I look at the tube and realize I am going to have to cut it open. I wish I would have take a picture of the blood pools in the tube (you can look back at the first photo and see what I am talking about), but I only have a picture of the blood running in the sink after cutting the first 2 pounds of meat and squeezing it (yes, I had to squeeze it like play dough) from the plastic into the skillet. (Pass out. Done.)

So I took the first two pounds and put it in the skillet. At this point, I text my friend and asked if it was too late to just bring pizzas.

I didn’t by the good stuff, it would have cost me a small fortune, so I got about 85% lean. Talk about popping and squirting fat all over. Gross. After browning the first two pounds, I still had 8 more pounds to go.

It was a long night.




While working on kits the other day, I noticed everything (envelopes, paper, trimmer) had bloody marks on them. Where is this coming from?

Then I noticed my finger. Yep and Duh!! I has just replaced the blade on this trimmer. I remember when I was trying to pop the blade out, I drug my finger across the sharp little thing. I guess it was sharp enough to do the damage fast and I didn’t feel it…just saw it…on all my crafting goodness.

And no, I did not pass out, need to put up my feet or call for emergency help. I was very proud of myself!

Cleaning Up…

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Have you ever done something because someone said something and you didn’t want to be in that “category?”

Let me explain. We had some friends over  and were talking about how the upstairs of our house, specifically the boys’ rooms, were still in the original condition since we bought the house. So, of course, people headed up to check it out.

My craft room is at the end of the hall, so the “tour” continued and they entered my favorite room of the house. I am not going to make any excuses, such as: I have been making kits and planning classes and making samples…but, I had loads of stuff out and about. Inducing on the floor…covered.

There are no crafters in the group and I got the feeling they were a bit aghast. One gal even said,“Oh my word, this room causes me anxiety with all the stuff in here!”

Stab me in the heart! All my wonderful stuff causes anxiety!?!?

So, I have spent some time organizing and cleaning up my room.

(This is a picture while I was in the process of cleaning)

Here is a picture of my closets. The one on the left holds all my product AKA fun stuff…which i have now labeled. I found that I have some really good stuff! 🙂 The closet on the right is my “cutting” closet. It has my Big Shot, dies, embossing folders, large paper cutter and laminator. The original plan was to have it be Jason’s work closet, but he prefers to be in the basement when working from home. (I don’t blame him!)

Well, I don’t want anyone to come into my room and have an anxiety attack, so I spent time cleaning and organizing probably never see it again.

Hmmm…what’s wrong with this picture?

In 4 Years…


So Jack came home from school the other day and decided to tell me all the things that will happen in four years.

  1. Jack will be a freshman in high school or the age Sam is now.
  2.  I will be 50 years old. ( or 29)
  3. Sam will be a Freshman in college.
  4. Jason will be 50 years old.
  5. The summer Olympics will be on again.
  6. Jack will be able to drive with a permit.
  7. Sam will be an official adult.
  8. and I will have a mental breakdown because time goes by way too fast!
    (jack said I shouldn’t write that one down…not very positive.)

Have you thought about what it will be like in your life in 4 years?

Have a good day thinking about that!


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Last weekend Jason and I went to see Jerry Seinfeld. It is the second time we have seen him and it is so worth it! If you ever get to opportunity to see him, even if you aren’t a fan of the Seinfeld Show, you are guaranteed to laugh!!

We laughed so hard in parts, that I had tears running down my face! It was THAT good!

Oh! And a little extra bonus was that we got to take our purchased beverages into the show sippy cups that we got to keep!img_0045

It was a good date night and good to laugh your make up off…we so need both!


Sleep Overs…


Jack has had several birthday parties that included sleep overs and those parties really take it out of the little guy!

The first sleep over, they stayed up until 2:00am. Jack layed down to watch TV and he was soon SOUND asleep!

He slept for 2 hours until I woke him up.

The next sleep over I encouraged him to get to bed before 2 am. He did not. The next day he didn’t even try to stay up. I asked Sam where Jack had gone (he was on the couch.) Sam said he went to bed.
This is where I found him. Sound asleep! This day he slept for almost 4 hours until I woke him up! And yes, He did sleep just fine that night!

(I think he takes after his mom!)

A Conversation with Sam

My boys love youtube. They love watching top 10 videos and I really try to control and stay on top of their viewing habits.

So the other day, Sam was laying on the couch watching a video and I nonchalantly asked him what he was watching while looking over his shoulder…

Me: So what are you watching? Is it appropriate? (yea…I went straight there.)
Sam: Mom, everything I watch is appropriate.
Me: (frowning) I’m serious Sam. I don’t appreciate you joking about this. (me looking at his paused screen) What are you watching and why is it paused? Start it.
Sam: (Starts Video) See…I am watching the Top 10 Things We Have Learned About Ancient Civilizations.
(and he was..he was on number 6)
Me: Just have to double check. (walk away with a little smile and a giggle)
Sam: Mom the next one I want to watch is the top 10 animals that have existed since prehistoric time. Would you deem that one appropriate?

I just love that 6’2″ little smart-ass nerd of mine!

What I Read on Saturday


I started the book “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena on Wednesday.
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qI2RzRlzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI didn’t want to stop reading it, but I had other things going on Thursday and Friday. So, on Saturday, while having my morning coffee, I sat down to read…

And I didn’t stop until I finished it! Then I was bummed it was done. There are so many twists and turns and when you think the mom did it, then you think the dad did it and then you think…well, maybe it was the mom. So good! I can’t give say much about it because I would give too much away, so I will share with you what is on the book jacket:

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars due to how many times it twists!