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wordless wednesday: squirrels do not fear me.

And no. I did not use the zoom lens. sigh. Got to go fill the squirrel feeder in the backyard. It’s the same for them, but it makes me feel better when they eat out of the SQUIRREL feeder instead of the BIRD feeder. Besides, they never break the squirrel feeder. The lard-butt little thieves.

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | laugh!, Wordless Wednesday | | 2 Comments

bummer. x2


This week, I learned where the spare tire is stored on a 2000 Honda Odyssey. Could have lived my whole life without learning that. What I DIDN’T learn? How to extract the tire from its storage location. Once I saw the diagram in the owner’s manual, I thanked God that my husband was not out of town and went back into the house while he taught FavoriteSon how to change a tire. I’ve previously engaged in that learning experience.


This week, I learned what happens when I forget to leave corn in the squirrel feeder for for the raccoons. They just pull the bird feeders up into the tree to empty them. I also learned that I can not fill the bird feeders when they are wedged up in the branches of a tree. I had already learned that corn is cheaper than birdseed.




Check out What I Learned Last Week!

To find out what others learned this week, check out What I Learned this Week hosted by Musings of a Housewife.

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | home sweet home, laugh!, learning curve, poor me some whine, Wordless Wednesday | 8 Comments

this is what happy looks like.

Obviously taken BEFORE the “hiccupy tears” post.


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March 4, 2009 Posted by | family, laugh!, pragmatic commotion, Wordless Wednesday | , | 7 Comments

it’s a little “chili”

White chicken chili, that is.

I think it may be cold every where in the U.S. right now, and I don’t pretend to be whining. I actually like it. But of course, I have heat and snow doesn’t blanket Florida. I grouse about hurricanes and humidity, not cold weather.

The freeze warning last night? You know, take in your plants, blah, blah, blah. No need.


Basketballs don’t die.

We had a fire in the fireplace last night and the first chili of the season. I wanted to have white chicken chili, but as I was doing my impression of a short person trying to see on the top shelf at the grocery store, the manager stepped up behind me and asked if he could help me find something.

“White chicken chili mix?”

He copied my impression of a short person, made a “sorry” face and apologized.

“I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought of chili tonight.”

Another (taller) manager was with him and, after sliding her hand across and back the top shelf (show-off) she said:

“Well we should have thought of it too – it’s only freezing outside. Of course people would want to make chili.”

So I made the standard “Chilio” chili instead. (They were out of those packets too, I just had some at home.)

I’m hoping to score some white chicken chili packets today at another grocery store. This is how easy it is:


It needs to simmer a little, but the prep is only 5 minutes if you use the canned chicken (from Sam’s Club) and the canned beans. I’m hoping to make a double batch. A little corn bread, some s’mores and smears over the fire for dessert . . . that, combined with no athletic practices and some family night American Idol watching.

Shoot. We might even take the Christmas tree down. Yes. Yes, I said it. No judging. Our family rule is “if you’re not willing to help, you’re not allowed to complain.”

Find great recipes and helpful kitchen tips at Kitchen Tip Tuesdays hosted by Tammy’s Recipes!

And click on over to check out the recipes at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by Lisa at Blessed With Grace

And I found one more! Head over to Tasty Tuesday hosted by Kim at Forever . . . Wherever!

Want to learn cool tips and tricks from lots of different people? Click on over to Works for Me Wednesday hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer!

January 21, 2009 Posted by | 5 minutes, home sweet home, recipes, Wordless Wednesday | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

a little sidetracked.

No wonder it takes longer to dust a piano when you’re a kid.


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November 11, 2008 Posted by | family, home sweet home, pragmatic parenting, Wordless Wednesday | , | 1 Comment

Wordless Wednesday: Who is this guy . . .

and what did he do with this cute little boy?

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September 10, 2008 Posted by | family, pragmatic commotion, Wordless Wednesday | 1 Comment

Wordless Wednesday: a look back at Charley.

Thankfully, we were safe. We got a new roof, our ceilings were repaired, and our vehicles got new paint jobs.

But I still miss this huge tree.

This is my favorite “Charley” picture. The fence is gone, but the gate is still standing. and locked.

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August 20, 2008 Posted by | Wordless Wednesday | , | 4 Comments

Wordless Wednesday: Laugh Out Loud!

Click Here to Find Out Why She’s Laughing!

August 13, 2008 Posted by | laugh!, pragmatic commotion, Wordless Wednesday | , , , | 1 Comment



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