super friday

Gotta go to the grocery store today. Like you, I’m preparing for Sunday. I don’t care one whit about the football-cheaters or the deflated balls (I said balls!) or who is smack-talking whom. It’ll be the ‘pigs in a blanket’ showdown over here and I’ll snap to attention whenever a Budweiser Clydesdale or cute puppy appear on the boob tube. I brake for Dorito ads, too.

Thought I’d bring you up-to-speed on comings and goings.

Last week found us in Florida enjoying a vacation with lots of the fam.

Florida. Is it any wonder they have sinkhole issues?
Florida. Is it any wonder they have sinkhole issues?

There were activities for every age group.

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I enjoyed whacking the golf ball and taking a few golf lessons. That means I’ve totally changed my grip and swing and can now only contact the ball 1 out of every 10 attempts. ***sigh***

This guy’s little sis had to spend some time in the hospital recently, so he bunked with us for the night.

I love this interesting little guy.

We’re grateful and blessed the little girl is better.

It snowed. A lot.

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Ready for a lifestyle yarn?  We live outside the city in a rambling ranch house. We love it, but living in the serene country comes with tradeoffs. Recently, I’ve been battling mice. Think Don Quixote. Haven’t had any of the greasy buggers in a long while, but this winter they are determined to invade our space. I’ve fought them off with every kind of trap imaginable.

One evening, I flipped on a light in our kitchen and spied a nasty gray rodent peeking around the door threshold. Our eyes met. I froze. He froze. I did what I had to do………”TEX…..AN!!!!” The Texan leapt to my aid with the faithful wiener dog at his side. The wily mouse was still unmoving (was he sick, or what?). Should we grab the flyswatter, or a shoe and pummel the vermin to death? The Texan and I pondered for a split second before realizing the short answer to our dilemma. In unison we commanded, “Doxy! Skit it! Skit it, Doxy!!” With her green light, the fearless wiener immediately pounced on the offending mouse, chomped on it once and slammed it to the ground. She wiped her paws in victory and it was all over in literally 2 seconds.

Our very own American Sniper. Good dog.
Our very own American Sniper. Good dog.

Even though I have the protection of the killer doxy, I still set some sticky traps around the house. I wanted to wipe out any laggers.

Got really lucky when I checked my traps the other day. You’ll never believe it.

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Score!! I snared a goldendoodle. I hear they are high-dollar, designer dogs! Bet I can reap a pretty nickel from this catch.

I’m watching my sticky traps to see what I ensnare next. Maybe a fox…..or a bald eagle. Yeah, a bald eagle. That would be cool.

Enjoy your super weekend of hot wings.

Better mouse-trap love to all.

resolution fun

 

 

 

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Is resolving to more fully appreciate red wine a resolution?

I resolved to continue to get more familiar with the controls on the big camera this year (how many years have I said I was going to do this?! how dim am I when it comes to my dslr? don’t answer!) The mighty Nikon presents me with challenges and I’m certain I can overcome them.

Thought I’d try one of those annoying ‘photo a day’ challenges. The one I’m participating in (I’ve made it to day 7…yay!) is on Instagram. The hashtag is #fmsphotoaday. I’ve had fun, but I’m not sure I’m learning the Nikon because it’s so easy to snap an image on the cell phone. Thought I’d show you a few of the Instagram photo-a-day projects.

Photo challenge of the day….round

my interpretation of 'round'.
my interpretation of ’round’.

Square…exciting photography prompts, no?

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Currently reading

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heh.

In the process of trying to be all creative for my photo challenges, I discovered a photo editing app for my Android called Pho.to Lab PRO. For a measly $3.99, I’ve been able to create blockbuster images such as these:

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Me n my man Usher at the Grammys.
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I’m the groupie in the van. If you don’t recognize these hunks…you are old and out of it.
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Made the cover of Senior Maxim. This might have made me wet my pants a little. Luckily, Depends undergarments are big advertisers in Senior Maxim. Got plenty in my swag bag.

Not sure if I’m increasing my camera/photo editing knowledge….but it keeps me amused. It’s confirmed…I have the sense of humor of an 8 year-old boy. Can fart jokes be far behind?

I leave you with this.
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All together now…..awwwwwwwwwh. Cute overload! Love these munchkins. Here’s hoping they never discover my warped sense of humor.

You are special. You deserve your own cover. How about Mad?  Wait….I hear Alfred E. Newman already has that gig.

Maxim-y love to all.