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Sunday to Saturday (A Belated Five on Friday)

Since I work most Fridays, my Five on Fridays tend to be belated and show up on Saturdays.

A bit of a random post this morning. I’m a bit tired after Murphy and his aggravating law showed up for an unannounced visit.  Not a lot of photos either and they are a bit random as well.

Sunday And Monday:

On yet another snowy Sunday in April, I opted to make hot chocolate using all the fancy dressings: whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and left-over Easter sprinkles. 

I also took photos of my groceries thinking I’d share what I bought in a post.  Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom does this in her grocery haul posts. Are you a snoop like me wondering about the things you see the people buy at the grocery store? Sometimes I wonder if the person surveying my groceries can tell I’m attempting to purchase healthy items (mostly for me) and trying to feed two teenage boys and keep my junk-food loving family content all at the same time?

On Monday, the outside world no longer looked like this:

These are Grackles, I think. The tree is a block over so the camera is at its zoom limits to see.

However, Monday night our phones buzzed with the news that my husband’s grandfather fell. He’s back in the hospital.  This time in the ICU. The diagnosis of two broken vertebrae and pneumonia did not sound optimistic.


My husband and his brother opted to travel to Oklahoma on Tuesday. I stayed here and juggled working with the school runs.   I arrived late to work on Tuesday (Traffic! Ugh! And…don’t let me jump on my soapbox about the need of some car-line parents to watch their 7th and 8th graders walk 100 feet into a building…please, keep it moving! Some of us have places to be.)

Tuesday, the weather began to improve.  On Wednesday, I broke the coffee cup pictured above. Knocked the handle off of it. Super-glued it back on though.

The Carolina Wren popped out of hiding! Actually, I spotted two wrens but only managed to capture one with the camera. My fuzzy gray assistant kept bumping the camera and switching the angle. Some sort of cat petting emergency.  This wren sang a beautiful song of spring! Wednesday evening, my husband called. They moved his grandpa out of the ICU, no pneumonia although he did break a rib. He’s still in the hospital but recovering.  Quite miraculous!  He and his brother were coming home on Thursday.


Tiny signs of spring in our backyard

Work days for me. Thankfully, my work is full of understanding and compassionate people who adjusted their schedules a bit since I now had to arrive later than my promised time.

We had a wonderful outside day at preschool cleaning up the playground and surrounding area.  And my husband arrived home in time to go with me to our tax appointment (Something he usually handles that I dreaded doing on my own).

Friday (yesterday), another day spent mostly outside at work enjoying the wonderful weather. It felt like summer!  And, I hardly noticed any bad luck with it being Friday the 13th, quite the opposite for me.

Today, we’re full-circle back to winter weather with a chance of snow showers tonight and tomorrow.  Yet, over all it’s been a good week.

What kinds of ups and downs did your week bring you?


Linking this post to both Five on Friday hosted by The F.A.S.T. blog as well as The Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.  Both great blogs to go visit!


Five On Friday (Saturday): Just Wait Five Minutes

It’s Saturday but I’m still joining in for Five on Friday. I  wrote a serendipitous post in my head yesterday while getting ready for work.

My work schedule went from me arriving at noon to me arriving in the morning hours. No time yesterday to post. However, now I have time. Forgive me as I’m about to talk about the weather (again).

We have a popular cliché saying about the weather here in the Midwest United States: If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes and it will change.

Changing Weather

One: The snow predicted for last Easter Sunday? It arrived. The little blue flowers in the front yard resisted… Two: And spring returned by mid-week… Complete with blue skies… The kids tossed their coats aside on the playground Thursday afternoon. And then, Friday arrived with Winter’s unwelcome return.

Guess what we saw yesterday afternoon as we were pulling our coats tighter around us out on the playground? Did you guess snow flurries? You guessed right! And a chance for more snow tomorrow night.

Go home, winter! Your turn is over.

Three: The snow stopped and the blue skies returned. Cold blue skies as we awoke to 21 degrees and at noon, the temperature remains at only 28 degrees. Four: Glad I readied my reading pile. Five: I’ll wait patiently for warmer weather.  As sure as I know a teenagers moods change, I know the weather will also. Hopefully, with warmer days ahead… ***

How’s your weather? If you have any sunshine or warm temperatures to spare, we’ll take them!

Joining in with Five on Friday hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog. Be sure to go check it out and maybe join in the fun! It’s a great time and bloggers from around the world join in the fun.




Five On Friday: Spring Break, Dreary Weather, And Easter Panic

I should be doing lots of other things. So of course, I’m doing the one thing I don’t “have” to do.

Taking a minute from my Easter panic to join in with Five On Friday. And it’s still Friday. Go me!

Going to be a super random post tonight.


Fourteen guests plus the maybe count coming over for Easter brunch on Sunday morning. Am I ready? Not at all.  Is the house clean? Not at all.  What have I done? Well, I do have 2 ham and cheese Quiche in the freezer plus one pound of caramelized bacon twists. And a strawberry mousse I made ahead and am now having second thoughts on using. A jar of lemon curd (store-bought) hanging out in the cupboard.

Do I have a menu planned? Not really, going to be one of those years where I just throw it all together and hope for the best. Oops, I forgot, we also have a brisket and some buns. And plates (note: next year, do NOT put husband in charge of buying cute Easter plates) and a (plastic) tablecloth.

After I finish this post, I’ll start making a few things. Tomorrow, I’ve a full day in the kitchen. Better set my alarm and actually get out of bed when I hear it.


Getting out of bed when I hear the alarm over spring break is a bit tougher than I expected. My spring break plan: Get up at the normal time every day and enjoy the quiet mornings. My spring break reality: Turn it off, kick the meowing “furry” alarm out of the bedroom, and go back to sleep until almost 9 every morning. Going back to reality’s going to be tough on us all next week.


It feels more like a Christmas break than a spring break around here. Complete with a forecast for snow on Easter!

Oh, how I hope they have that one wrong. However, the dreary weather does make for excellent staying at home in pajamas, reading books, and just sleeping weather. We just about have laziness down to an art form in these parts.


The cutest Robin couple moved into our neighborhood and picked out a residence in the neighbor’s backyard.

House hunting:  Sold! A New Home: 


“Remember when we used to wonder if they’d ever sleep in?” me to my husband just before noon today. I finally managed to get the creatures of the night into the car for a spring break outing in the ONE day of sun we’ve had this week.

We went to the art gallery (“The Nelson” aka The Nelson Atkins Museum) to see two special exhibits and then, over to Winsteads (a local hamburger restaurant) for dinner. 

While the Through the Eyes of Picasso exhibit was perhaps not ideal to visit with teenage sons (let’s just say parts of it focused heavily on male fertility, ahem), it was nice spending time with them. I think they both preferred the other exhibit, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit For Eternity (a 2000 year-old jade burial suit starred in it).

We’ll just pretend the 13-year-old didn’t describe the outing to the museum as “excruciatingly boring.” The 16-year-old was a much better sport though he couldn’t resist a few “I told you so” remarks about my making his brother come with us.

I did have a good laugh and a brief moment of comradery with another couple at the museum. Their boy who appeared close in age to J had a similar “I’m so miserable” expression on his face.  We crossed paths a couple of times during the afternoon.


Time to check my butter and start baking and perhaps, panicking less. Hope everyone has a very Happy Easter!

*Linking up with Five on Friday hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog and The Bird D’Pot hosted by I’d Rather B Birdin’.  Don’t forget to check them out!


Five On Friday (Er…Saturday): Spring Favorites

I’m already on spring break time over here (too bad the little gray cat is not). Didn’t want to miss the Five On Friday fun for a second week in a row. Surely, it’s still Friday somewhere.

Of course, since it’s Saturday, I’m going to make this my bird-watching post as well. Birds are one of my spring time favorites after all.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons! I love the warm sunny days and how everything becomes green again after boring blah browns (and sometimes whites) of winter.


Once these little purple flowers start randomly popping up around the yard, I know spring is really here.  At one time, I used to make myself crazy trying to dig them up and move them since they really are pretty much all over the place. Now, I welcome seeing them since I know what they mean. It’s springtime! 


I’m actually a bit scared of bees but I’ve learned to take my own advice to the preschool kids: They’re just doing their work so if we leave them alone, they’ll leave us alone.  They were busy doing their work with the little purple flowers last Thursday afternoon. I braved standing close to them (with a zoom lens, I’m not that brave) and trying to get a decent photo. Do you see the bee in flight, just to the right in the photo above?

And here’s one busy working a flower in the photo below.


I love how one day the snowbirds all around give way to robins and grackles instead. This robin watched me with a lot of interest as I stood trying to get a decent bee photo. So did this squirrel. Once I must have stood too close to “his” tree and he came down to chatter at me for a moment. Later, I enjoyed watching another robin or maybe the same one, search for worms on the front lawn. The ones with the darker heads are the male robins.


There’s nothing wrong with a good spring thunderstorm or rainy day. However, I think the best spring days are the warm sunny ones. The days meant for taking afternoon walks or sitting on the porch soaking in the sunlight.

I loved how the sun came through these trees.


This one is my holiday.  Well, not my holiday but the one I do traditionally host for our families. I’ve been hosting it since G was a baby. So, this makes either the 15th or 16th Easter brunch for me to plan. We’ve only canceled one time in those years when both boys suffered from the stomach flu the weekend of Easter.

a peek at the centerpiece from last year

I love getting out the “real” dishes, planning what favorites to make, what new things to try, and of course, seeing whatever family can come to it. Some years, we have a large crowd. Other years, the crowd is a bit smaller. Always a good time.

On my to-do list for later today is to hop over to my Pinterest board and plan the menu with probably too much ambition.


What are some of your favorite things about spring?

(Don’t forget to check out the link ups for both Five on Friday hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog and The Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’)

Five On Friday: Random Tales From An Icy Week

Happy Friday! I missed posting a Five on Friday last week, the winter blahs found me and I didn’t do much of anything last week.  Funny since the weather was anything but blah last week.

This week, however, truly winter weather arrived in the form of much freezing rain. Thankfully, in small batches, so schools closed but by the afternoons the main roads were fine and power stayed put.

My boys went to school today, the first and last day of the school week after being home.  I am home today but worked a couple of days this week as my work only closed on Tuesday (and of course, President’s Day on Monday).

Let’s start this Five on Friday with a few tales from my days at preschool:


Does he look like a pirate to you?  Yesterday so the afternoon Pre-K class made George Washington Bag puppets. Click here to see the link on Pinterest of the actual project where he’s wearing a hat.

The  project proved a big success with the kids who loved the  paper sack puppets.  I overheard one little girl declare: Look at my pirate!

Pirate? President? President and pirate, suppose it’s possible.


“Don’t call me that!” he said to me with great insult and indignation.

And what exactly did this bird-brained teacher call the child?

Capable.  I said he was capable of doing what we asked.  Oh, such nerve to call him something like that. (Note: Upon realizing he didn’t know what the word meant, I quickly explained it and that it was not a bad thing.)


Funk you up….Funk you up….(I stop and listen carefully because funk does not sound quite like funk and more like another not so nice word…oh, it’s that song!).

Later another teacher, what is she saying?  No, she’s not saying that. She’s singing a song.  (Sometimes it’s helpful to have teenagers who make you listen to something other than oldies station once in a while…)

Is it any wonder why I miss my work on days when I’m at home?

Speaking of being at home…


I’ve done my best as a summer loving person to embrace this winter.  However, now that my boys have had a few snow ice days home from school, let’s bring on spring! I’m ready!

My plan today is to spend some time packing up the little Valentine’s Day decor I put out as well as the snowmen and perhaps do a bit of early spring cleaning if my motivation holds. I’m also tempted to drive out to Trader Joe’s and pick up some of the tulips from the ad special. We never had enough snow to build a real snowman but I did have a few of the indoor variety.


My boys were off school both on Monday for the holiday and again on Tuesday for a scheduled teacher work day. My oldest had a few friends stay the night.  I thought I’d be a nice mom (for a change) and buy some soda while at the store.  The new Mountain Dew Ice soda (the one advertised during the Super Bowl) was on sale.

I took the photo this morning.  I bought this soda on Monday morning. We had 3 teenage boys spend the night on Monday. My two teenage sons have been home from school all week with the exception of today.  The 2 store brand sodas I purchased disappeared by Tuesday evening. This stuff? Not touched.

Did I taste it? Yes, I took a small taste of it.  If stale Sprite is to your liking, come get it. You can have it.


Don’t forget to check out the F.A.S.T. blog, and see what our host and the other participants in the link up shared this week!

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