Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Birthday bash!

Amy and Jason put on a fabulous low country boil birthday bash (niece Madison’s request) to celebrate Madison turning 8 and Unka Brian turning, well, you will see.  It was all good!

low country boilGirls, Brian

40 beers

Yes, a beer “cake,” baked to perfection.

Imported from Grand Lake, CO, this was the LAST Stumpjumper beer available there, since Grand Lake Brewery moved elsewhere:

Brian, Stumpjumper

Time to blow out the candles on the nanner puddin (B’s fave):

birthday bash

There was cookie cake and ice cream cake:birthday pudding

And lots of lovely presents.  Madison is enjoying her birthday season, and she definitely deserves that happiness.

Grammie, Madison

MM and I helped clean up, then left all those energetic kiddos and went home next door to our quiet kitties.

Life is good!  We love our (rowdy) family.

How was your long weekend?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy #8!


♪♪ Happy Birthday to you, ♪♪
♪♪ Happy Birthday to you, ♪♪
♪♪ Happy Birthday, Dear Madison! ♪♪
♪♪ Happy Birthday to you. ♪♪

This happy gal turned 8 today, and is loving living with Uncle Jason, Aunt Amy, and her two cousins.  Well, loving living with the two cousins MOST of the time, that is.

She is thoroughly enjoying “birthday season.”  She deserves it, too.

Enjoy some cake!

Happy Bday cake

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Slow moving

MM needed the tree shear moved to another job site Thursday, so guess who provided escort service?  Yep, I followed him those three miles with flashers flashing for an hour!  Of course we moved over for lots of traffic…when we had a decent shoulder to drive on.

tree hugger

Next, we turned off the highway to a back road, then this new road…for another half hour.  Oh, the fun!

tree hugger3

We passed some busy workers already working, then MM parked the beast, and we went home.  He ran the machine all day Friday, so he is back out of retirement…again.  For awhile.

tree hugger MM

Today he is back at it, only he is Maintenance Man, working ON the machine, as opposed to actually working WITH it.  Maintenance happens.  He is definitely a hard working man (that song will be stuck in my ear all day!).

So what am I doing this Labor Day Saturday while MM is off tinkering?  Well, getting the pavilion next door ready for a BSP party there tomorrow, and possibly cleaning off my desk a little.  Or not.  There is never a lack of things needing to get done. 

But first…I’m thinking a stop by the farmer’s market, and a festival in town.  Paperwork can wait.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Ours will be busy, but good!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Just because this makes me smile!


Alex still can’t find his shoes…his mom had the same problem.

Happy  Throw Back Thursday, y’all!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Comfy kitties and other stuff

To speed up the laundry process (y’all know I am “spring cleaning” everything in the moho?), I threw the mostly dry quilt over a chair to finish air drying and make room for another load.  KC spent all afternoon napping on it!  Bless his heart.  I guess he sped up the drying process a bit.

KC on quilt

We lost a few mostly minor items in the electrical surge (Bee asked about that)…garage door opener and the UPS battery back up (at least we didn’t lose computers!).  It also fried one of those six-outlet surge protector thingies, leaving a definite brown spot on the exterior of it.  It did its job, so there are no complaints about that.  And life goes on…with two happy kitties.


Have yourselves a ginger peachy Wednesday.  Life is mighty fine here in Mayberry.  High paws, y’all!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pop goes the transformer!


EMC truck

I heard a strange *pop* and couldn’t find its source just as we were sitting down to eat our dinner last night.  I ran into the laundry room to check the churning dryer and shut it off because it was sounding very strange.  MM walked in at that moment and asked if I saw the “arc” that just went through the house.  We had a strange power surge.  Um, no, but the dryer smells funny and won’t turn back on, even though all the lights on it are working.

We both go to see what else is wrong elsewhere in the house, just as it goes totally DARK.  No electricity.  Rut roh.  And dinner is getting cold, so we smartly grabbed our plates and headed to the deck and called the neighbors to see if ours is an isolated case.  Yep.  MM called the EMC company, and they had him go outside and check our meter.  D.E.A.D.  Not turning at all.  Heck yeah, the house has NO electricity!

Skinny Joe and big truck arrived and got us a brand spanking new transformer installed and a fuse somewhere else, and we were back in business in about two hours.  Easy peasy…for him.

Handy dandy tip:  keep a solar light charged and ready to bring inside when you have a power outage. solar light It will cast light for many hours, with no candle flame worries with kids and critters around.  Place on top of a mirror for even brighter coverage.  This one is minus the holder (MM needed it), placed in a plastic glass, or use a small jar instead.  It also works well in a camper when boondocking.  You’ll thank me some day.

Have yourselves a bright Tuesday.  I will, grateful that I can continue my laundryfest here at home!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Home, sweet home…and kids!

Either I shrank, or Macey grew taller over the summer.

Macey, Sandy

Amy brought dinner over for all of us last night…Greek Chicken…yum…and hammed it up with the girls:

Amy, Haley A, Ansley, Macey

Dick, Brian and Faith, deep in thought…

Dick, Brian, Faith

Sweet Jason, along with his wee assistant Will, had the moho bay door open, some tree limbs trimmed, and spread mulch around some trees for us.  That makes him my favorite son-in-law for sure (family joke).  Logan has some competition!

Jason, Dick, Brian

Logan and Haley, the photographer (thanks, honey!  I blatantly stole these photos from her FB page).  Birthing a child does come with some extended rights…forever.

Logan, Haley

Boys being boys, the wee ones were out on the deck shooting each other (and dogs) with water guns.  Or upstairs in the play area.  No photos, but they were definitely here and there was no trip to the ER, so everyone lived to fight another day.

Traveling is fun, but there’s no place like home, where kids, kitties, dogs, and chaos reigns.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  This is our normal…where life is good, y’all!  Happy Monday.