Thursday, June 26, 2008


It is rare for me to watch TV- much less want to talk about what I saw. But this new show, "Wipe-Out" had Builderman and Fireman itching to be on it while I laughed my head off. This clip is representative of how I would perform on this show. (My hardest laughs were about the the Big Balls.) Check it out:

Saturday, June 21, 2008

You've Got to Be Kidding

I went to a Women's Expo today at the mall. I enjoy talking to people and of course, I like the give-aways and chances to win fabulous prizes. (Which I never win, but one can always hope).

The gift bag was worth the visit with 2 Venus razors in it for starters. And the free 5 minute massage was a highlight of my day. (If I did the hour-long massage, I'd turn to butter, I'm sure.)
The most amusing and unique booth I saw was promoting a Pole-Dancing Exercise Class. I really couldn't believe it. The really cute young woman at the exhibit had a DVD playing with a demonstration. It was not something you would want your husband to see another woman doing. And yeah, we all have a pole in our living room at home in case we miss class.

What will they think of next? I don't think I want to know.

Friday, June 20, 2008

So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore

That’s title causes a double-take doesn’t it? Especially here in the Bible belt. Actually, this book by Jake Colson has an unorthodox title but it is not subversive or negative at all. In fact, I thought it was an encouraging insight into what the “church” really is.

I’ve also recently read “The Shack” by William Young. This one doesn’t have an unorthodox title but it’s an unorthodox book. I really liked it. This is Christian fiction but I am going to recommend it to a particular non-Christian friend. Honestly, sometimes Christian fiction is just too sappy for me, but none of the books I’m posting about are in the sappy category.

A good beach read is the best love story I have read in a long time. "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers is amazing. You have to press through the beginning as it starts slow. But don’t quit - I almost did and I would have been sorry.

I have a list of books that I want to read that's 3 pages long from reading
Big Mama’s post asking for good beach reading a few weeks ago. I was impressed and astonished at the 226 comments that gave me a reading list for the next 5 years.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Whirley Happiness

I love popcorn. It is in my top 5 favorite foods. Builderman received a gift for Father's Day that has orbited me into popcorn heaven. The Whirley-Pop is a fantastic little pan that makes the best old-fashioned stove popcorn ever. It's easy and it's fun... kids of all ages love it. (That would be me.) It's sold only by Wabash Valley Farms (on Amazon), which is an Amish company in Indiana. I am not a huge fan of the Amish books by the "other" Beverly Lewis, but I am now a huge fan of this Amish popcorn company. Give me 3 minutes and you can taste it for yourself. Yummm.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Drum Roll Please....

I'm so happy to announce that my new LifePoint website is now "live"! I would love your feedback, so Go Here, then PLEASE come back and leave your suggestions, comments, referrals or whatever!! (Shameless promotion, I know.)

A big shout out for Erin Duke Photgraphy and Design. Erin did my logo and blog header along with the whole business package of business cards, letterhead, etc. She is very reasonable, very professional and very talented. She was easy to work with and I have to admit, I like to network with Moms who are working from home. I met her through blogging!

This project took me longer than I anticipated so I feel such a sense of relief to have this step completed. Now I can get back to the business of actually booking speaking engagements!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

There’s Nothin’ Like the Truth

My husband is a truthful man. Honest. Without guile. And without tact I might add. This can be endearing at times. At other times it is totally maddening.

Builderman has a history of naming my outfits and being a commentator on fashion. I decided years ago to laugh about it. About 15 minutes before our recent graduation party was to begin, he frowned at me and asked, “Is that new?” Which of course my clothes were new- we were having a party! He proceeded to say, “You look like you’re packing an extra 20 pounds today.” Not 10, but 20. Argghh. I ran to the bedroom to look in the mirror and scanned my options quickly. I decided there was no time to change and decided that his fashion sense leaves much to be desired. Trust me on that.

Hence, this morning, I looked at some photos taken that night and guess what?? I look 20 pounds heavier. This prompted me to put on the new blouse with some “skinny” pants, thinking that would fix it. Nope. You know why those loose blouses that are so popular now are called the maternity look? Indeed Cupcake in her little tiny size zero body couldn’t look pregnant if you put a tent on her. But me? I don’t look pregnant. I just look fat. So much for my nice new outfit. I could post a photo and do a contest and a giveaway but friends don’t do that to friends. Live and learn.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Evidence is In

You’re healthier because you are a blogger. Scientists said so. (And so did Antique Mommy, who posted this news and caused me to do a happy dance.)

A recent article in Scientific American says, “Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphoere has taken off. Besides expressive writing (blogging) serving as a stress-coping mechanism, physiological benefits include improved memory and sleep, improved immune cell activity and it even speeds healing after surgery."

So if we needed justification for time spent blogging, we now have some great arguments. Blog on…and have a great weekend!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Lucious Veggies

'Tis the season that we have vegetables coming out of our ears. I wish you were here - I would be glad to share. Squash is so prolific that if I don't pick it twice a day, it gets too big. That speaks of heat and humidity if the condensation on the windows doesn't tell ya it's HOT. I'm not complaining - I'll take the heat over the cold any day. As long as I have air conditioning, that is. Are we spoiled or what? Here's a few of the squash plants:

I tried to talk Cupcake into setting up a stand on the highway with beans, squash, corn and potoatoes. She always liked to do lemonade stands when she was little, but she didn't go for my plan. So I just force vegetables on everyone I know. How many ways can you cook squash? Forrest Gump had the scoop on shrimp and my specialty is squash: boiled squash, steamed squash, sauteed squash, fried squash, squash casserole, sqaush gumbo.... got any recipes to share?

Tomatoes aren't ready yet. I have never learned the art of canning and don't want to. I'd rather just share. Guess what's for dinner at our house?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Banana Pudding

Since I mentioned the easy peasy, absolutely delicious banana pudding that serves an army, I decided to share the recipe. The problem with having it in the house is that I can eat it for breakfast (bananas are healthy, right?), lunch, dinner and dessert. How to gain weight in 4 easy steps. You can just make HALF the recipe, but what fun is that?

Banana Pudding

3 8 oz Cool Whip
5 cups milk
1 8 oz sour cream
2 lg Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 1/2 boxes Vanilla Wafers8 bananas

Blend cool whip, milk, sour cream and pudding. Layer wafers, bananas
& cream. Best if refrigerated overnight before serving.