Nothing much…

As in nothing much is going on. We ran out of boxes, I had cardboard pizza for lunch


And we had some company, which was fun but doesn’t make for an interesting blog.


Hubby's cat two times him with Michael


Then goes on to be a sniffle white with Steven

One interesting thing was a mail I got from my new dentist.


Yeah, i blanked out my address... The paranoid people say we should... I dunno.

As someone who has been to a LOT of dentists over the years, I can tell you that none of them have ever sent a welcome letter. That’s how awesome this guy is. I wish we were staying here longer coz he’d be the new family dentist permanently.
Speaking of goodbye stuff, hubby got a card from work.


How cute

It was cute and of course made hubby a bit sad, but on the whole he’s excited about the move. Which brings me to an interesting thing. Though I have chronicled the adventure with enough detail to bore the most avid blog reader to death, I haven’t really mentioned whether I am happy or not.
Truth is, it’s a mixed bag. I’m glad to be moving nearer to family, the house is great, the neighborhood is awesome, Mel lives nearby, we own or own home with no house payments, etc. etc. BUT the cost of living is higher, we now have gas and water bills, we’re now responsible for the yard and all the upkeep, we’re losing Springfield and all the awesome, awesome stuff there (Asian food stores, awesome parks, Sam’s club, five Walmarts etc.etc.) and friends ( including our ham radio club). So the gain/loss balances out. In the end I guess you’d say I am excited. Truthfully I haven’t really thought about an emotion, just concentrated on a to do list. But I think everything will work out. Hubby’s worried about finding a job, but I’m sure he’ll be fine and I’m sure the renovations will all work just fine, and we’ll get used to all the extra responsibility. But then I am an optimist.
Not much else to say. We’re watching the Dr Who previews waiting for the show to pop up on Amazon. The brother is still not feeling well, so he missed the civil war thing they had going on in Glenwood today. He’s better than he was, though, so that’s good. He’s got the bathroom taped, the kitchen primed, and I forget what else. And the bat has not been back yet. I guess he made it mad Lol!
And with that I’m or of here. Have a good one.
Jo :)

Triple Play

Monday night mom and I finally watched Fright Night. I know, I know, you thought I’d already seen it. Everyone thinks that being a vampire author I’ve seen all the iconic films, but I haven’t. Anyway, it was funny. But then Prince Humperdink from Princess Bride chasing after Darci from Married with Children is bound to be odd. There’s a remake with David Tennant, but I haven’t seen it either. Or at least I think there is. I’d have to google it to be sure.

Anyway, Tuesday’s highlights included our version of yorkshire pudding and onion gravy

The red reflection is from my glass

The red reflection is from my glass

And some packing. Oh, and we watched the Avengers, which I had seen previously, but was worth a rewatch.

Wednesday was slightly more interesting because it rained.

rain, rain...

rain, rain…

But it didn’t last very long.

Blue skies again. *sigh*

Blue skies again. *sigh*

It also involved more packing

So many boxes

So many boxes

And two different kind of muffins

The kind you eat...

The kind you eat…

the kind you pet

…& the kind you pet.

I know, boring, right? So let’s take a moment and play a game. It’s called “What Does Not Belong in this Scene?”


“One of these things is not like the other one….”


Did you find it? HINT:


Hideki says “Hello!”

Yes, he was on TOP of the mattress, and I had to use a yard stick to chase him off. That’s hubby’s bad kitty for you.

Our dinner movie of choice was The Possession. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want spoilers, then skip the rest of this paragraph. Still here? Okay then. The basis of the movie is that a divorced dad buys his youngest daughter a box from a yard sale that contains a Hebrew demon – only he doesn’t know it. She opens it, is possessed, causes havoc, and is eventually saved. Everyone lives happily ever after, except the mom’s boyfriend, who they don’t even bother to resolve. Now here is a guy who, despite their efforts at demonizing him, has taken on the botch mother (why is she divorced, you ask? Because her husband was never there. Where was he? Was he stepping out? Gambling? drinking? No. he was at WORK, working to make all the money that paid for her fancy house, fancy furniture and fancy clothes, and allowed her to not have a job – only after he’s been gone a YEAR does she decide to “restart her jewelry business”. This tells you a bit about her character.) So, anyway, the boyfriend has taken on her, her two teen daughters from her previous marriage, is an orthodontist fixing one kid’s teeth for FREE, and stays around even when the youngest kid goes wacky and starts threatening him and generally looking and acting possessed, going so far as to bring over DVDs to have a fun, family, movie night in hopes of cheering everyone up, and finding a psychiatrist friend to see the youngest daughter, again for FREE.  So what thanks does he get? As he is loading up the car to drive everyone to a weekend away that includes said free psychiatric care, the little possessed brat makes all of his teeth fall out in a torrent of blood. Panicked, he leaps in the car and drives away, presumably to the ER, leaving the girl with her mom and sister, and…and is never seen again. Since mom and the ex hubby are back together at the end, I can only assume he’s been dumps, which is great considering her kid just ripped all his teeth out, but hell, he may be dead. After all, they take the girl to ER too because after ripping out his teeth with psychic energy she has a seizure, and  they never see him there, pop into his room, or indicate that he even exists anymore. Of course, the guy was kind of a stuffed shirt (“do you know how many microbes come in on shoes?” is a quote of his) but come on! He still put all of that out, so surely we deserve to know what happened to him. Or am I the only one who wants to know? This was supposedly based on a true story, so maybe I’ll look that up…

And it turns out the true story has nothing to do with the movie, really. Oh well. I guess we’ll never know what happened to the poor guy.

Speaking of teeth and dentists, I got to preview mine today and they look okay. Not as cute as my real teeth were, but whatcha gonna do? I think they may be a slight bit too long, but everyone else said they were just right, and the dentist’s only offer was to move them up in the gum (which would not fix it), so I guess I’ll get what I get. I pick them up Monday.

After that, which took all of five minutes, we stopped at Wal-Mart.

random but pretty

random but pretty

Where we found an interesting new snack


Just like the old pudding cups?

The answer is no, no they aren’t. Instead of going with a pudding type food, they went with cream frosting, which tastes pretty weird on the gummy worm. We bought two – one for each – and shared one. If I was seven I’d love it. At 34, I’m not sure.

When we came home we aggravated my cat Styx:

Fat kitty tummy

Fat kitty tummy

kitty is unhappy

kitty is unhappy

And that was the last useful thing I did. I haven’t felt good, and mom didn’t feel good, so we took the day off and started the series Green Arrow, which I had previous ignored because the cover image looks like bad CG:



The font is HORRIBLE, the colors are flat… I seriously have seen better covers on But luckily we finally sucked it up and started it, and it’s good. We’re on the fourth episode now.

In Iowa news, the brother has been sick the last couple of days, which I think was a curse from the bat. Yes, the bat came back, and though the brother opened the door the bat refused to leave. So he got a broom and chased it around for an hour, while on the phone with me, shouting “Out! Out, damn bat!” Finally I looked up how to humanely get a bat out of your house (which involves catching it against the wall under a bucket and then sliding a piece of cardboard under it so that you can take the bat outside to let it go), and after another hour he called to say it had been done and that he had gotten a good view of the bat close up, with it’s tiny black eyes, cute little nose, and nasty mouth full of nasty teeth (it did not bite him, though it did make noises at him). I maintain it cursed him.

But other than that he has the bathroom woodwork done and has started on the kitchen woodwork. The quarter round along the bottom of the mopboard needs removed because when they tiled they actually took that off (Oh my god, something done right!).

And now I will close with a random spider:

Along came a spider and...

Along came a spider and…


Have a good one!

Jo :)

Four Days…Part 2


What is that? That is a random photo of the wall and booth in Ihop. Why? Because I forgot to put it in the last blog. Why is it relevant enough to put in any blog?

Because I say so.

I also neglected to share the cool jewelry at Wal-mart.

Crosses and celtic knots - fun

Crosses and celtic knots – fun

Now, on to…


Sunday was my sister-in-law’s birthday, so I made her a cake:

The Duff zebra cake...

The Duff zebra cake…

First admission: this came from cake mix. Duff Zebra Cake Mix. (No, I did not pay $44 for it, as the link is advertising.) It’s made, obviously, with white and chocolate cake mix layered in circles and… yeah. I was pretty doubtful about it. But in the end it baked up and I slathered it in frosting, sparkle gel, and decorative pearls.


Lesson learned: Sparkle gel does NOT show up on chocolate frosting

We then cleaned the house, yadda yadda, and watched Hell House – the 1970-something movie while we waited for the sister-in-law to arrive. The movie was interesting. I won’t say it was bad, though the effects were cheesy of course, but I have been thinking on it the last couple of days, and so it left an impression. Of course it’s based from the book of the same name, written by the guy who apparently wrote the books that 99% of all 70s movies were made from. Oddly, though, the plot to Hell House begins MUCH like the plot to The Haunting of Hill House. Of course back then, as internet sources say, you weren’t just ripping someone off, you were paying homage to them. I guess that’s why the Twilight chick didn’t sue the Fifty Shades lady. She was just paying homage… *cough* I wonder who I can pay homage to?

Anyway, they all arrived and we proceeded to barbecue.

And when she got drunk, they went home and we all went to our happy beds, LOL!


Was boring, though it started with a trip to the dentist at 8am.

On the road again...short term

On the road again…short term

That done, I have another one for Thursday and then – hopefully – a final one the week after that and then shiny new teeth will be mine. Oh boy, oh boy. take that Sjogrens :p

Home again I got my jewelry shipment:

More Paparazzi goodness

More Paparazzi goodness

And the turtle laid an egg


Turtle egg

Turtle lovers will howl about this, because my turtle should have been in it’s sandy/dirty/happy little home and buried this egg (or eggs – if there are others I didn’t find them) in a sunny place and blah blah blah, but I am not an amazing turtle owner. I am more a turtle rehab owner who took on injured turtles that had been attacked and so I figure their lives here are better than being dead, even if they do not have some perfect-derfect-amazing-outdoor-expensive habitat.

That said, I nabbed said egg while it was still soft, took a fast photo to share with people who have never seen said turtle eggs (when this happened the first time we were confused what the thing was because few photos existed that we could find), and then buried it outside in a sunny, warm place myself. Lest anyone worry I am leaving it behind, it is in a flower pot, so it can come with us. I doubt it will hatch – it’s probably not fertilized – but just in case I would not want to abandon a baby turtle – though their parents do it all the time. bad turtle parents.

Then we packed.

So many boxes

So many boxes

We worked on my brother’s room. Why? We’ve been concerned about that bathtub installation in Iowa and wishing we had one to look at. Well… we do! This place has the same kind of bathtub, properly installed, with an access door behind it that was blocked only by my brother’s book cases. So we packed all that, moved those, opened it p and….

It looked identical, except it’s thicker. I mean everything is thicker – the tub walls, the edging walls, that weird board that is fiber glassed in like a running board. It’s all thicker, so it probably cost more. WE probably have the equivalent of bargain basement bath tub in Iowa. Why am I not surprised?

The only other thing of interest is something I found in a magazine – it’s a photo fo old nurse uniforms:

Old nurse uniforms

Old nurse uniforms

Now imagine hubby in it and laugh.

I did ;)

Have to go cook dinner so have a good one!

Jo :)

Four Days Running – Part 1

Yeah, I’ve been remiss about posting because I had too many pics to post them via the phone (which does not allow the gallery option) and my internet has been down. Okay, more honesty, my internet was down yesterday. Saturday and Sunday I was busy taking all those photos.


Friday was boring. We packed.

Lots of boxes

Lots of boxes

Blinky says "I will help you pack", which really means she will nose into things then refuse to carry the boxes.

Blinky says “I will help you pack”, which really means she will nose into things then refuse to carry the boxes.

We tried the cranberry wensleydale cheese that has been lurking in the refrigerator for a bit:


Cranberry Wenslydale

Since most things are packed around here we ate them on some Ritz left over from Easter (they’re still good)



Despite what Wallace and Grommet think, I can’t say the same for the cheese. No, that’s not entirely true. The first cracker with cheese is good. If it was at a party where a person had just one then they might walk away saying “Yum.” But after the second one you start scraping the cheese off. I ended up with one and a half with cheese and ate my other two naked.

Mo Mo says hello

Even Momo would not eat the cheese

So then I had a cupcake

Not a REAL cupcake

Not a REAL cupcake

And that was pretty much it. Boring.


Saturday was the ham club meeting. But first, guess who was set up by Walgreens?




The world’s most delicious Cheese Steak Taco – cilantro, steak, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapeno cream cheese and possible a pinch of crack.

There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe the absolute yuminess of these – and needless to say they make a perfect breakfast.

But on the the ham radio meeting! Our usual photographer was absent so I took pics in her place.

Wasn’t that fun? we stayed after the meeting talking and I got some pics of a pretty sunset.

And I captured this interesting phrase on the red cross’s refrigerator

Ha ha!

Ha ha!

And then it was almost midnight so we went to Ihop. Why Ihop? Because the whole time I was in Iowa watching anime on Hulu, the main advertisement was for the Ihop world scrambles. –

(A funny side note, if you watch the ad – their scrambles of the world include Tscon, American and… CALIFORNIAN??? Um, I don’t want to sound odd, but doesn’t that fall under the America umbrella? They aren’t their own country yet, are they? Or are we just not claiming them anymore?)

Anyway, so of course i had to have the Tuscan scramble and the New York pancakes (makes sense to me)


cheesecake pancakes...

cheesecake pancakes…

You may notice that the pancakes look drippy…. well, they were….

Oops. Now the table has pink spots.

Oops. Now the table has pink spots.

So I did what any sane, rational adult would do….

I put my plate on top of it

I put my plate on top of it

Yep. That took care of it. (Of note, the eggs were good, but hard to chew, hence the remainders)

Okay, so I had planned to put all four days in this one blog, but it’s getting late, so i am splitting it up. More fun and excitement later.

Have a good one.

Jo :)

Thursdays are made for… I don’t know what

Yeah, things are pretty dull around here. I talked to the brother and his life is more exciting. The bulb blew out in the front room, so he climbed up to change it and discovered that it was a 135 watt monster. No wonder that room was brightly lit! It’s not so bright now.
He also swapped out the light fixtures on the porch, though I guess we need some washers to make it flush with the porch ceiling. Otherwise it looks good, though.
He also finished skim coating the bathroom, I think had finished mudding and sanding the pantry, and started priming the chimney to be skim coated. He’s working hard.
On the other hand, we’re not getting quite as much done here. I take the dog for multiple walks to the park – remember those changing leaves I posted? Well they’re falling off now.


Looks like fall

There is also a pretty fern in the alley.






To much red but i like it

And I feed the cat her outrageously expensive food


It's a dollar something a pouch!


But look at that. It's like real stuff....

She is on it because I have discovered the reason she quit eating is because she had pretty much zero teeth. No idea when this happened, though I imagine it is old age as she is at least seventeen. But anyway, this is mostly broth so she’s eating at it. She’s getting much better, her fur is soft again and she’s put some weight on already. She’s still clingy though.


Shelob sucks my heat

But then she always was to a degree ever since her body heat started dropping off. Poor old, cold, toothless kitty.
I did get some packing done.


Snape says "I will curse you!"

And we had two meals of real food!


Stuffed baked potatoes for lunch


Pot stickers and fried rice for dinner

And I went to a jewelry party on FB. I’m too broke to buy anything, but the theme was the 90s and that was fun. We all posted throwback photos of ourselves, and with everything packed I had limited options but I found one.



That’s my brother, my mother, me, and my cousin Danny when his sister was born. It was just a couple weeks before graduation. He-who-is-now-hubby was also there but just not in this shot.
And now my lunch is done so I am off to eat. Sorry this is so dull, but oh well. Have a good one.
Jo :)

Girl Scouts and Autumn Leaves

My phone is crabbing at me to delete stuff off of it. I imagine it’s all the photos filling things up. This phone is a pretty good one, but it lacks space. And it’s not like my laptop had a huge hard drive either. I do have an external two gig, but it’s nearly full too…*sigh* if only images weren’t such space hogs. (No, not like the band, ha ha!)
Yesterday we packed. I know, exciting, right? And I took the dog for multiple walks down to girl scout park, so called because it has a girl scout hut in it.


Yes this is an older picture but it still looks the same

Though someone actually lives in the little house. The girls still seem to come to it and play in the yard, heck maybe they have meetings there. I don’t know, but I do know that a guy lives there. He’s either the third guy or else he’s been through three cars.
The park isn’t far from me, just down the alley a bit.


The sun is setting

There’s an odd flowering vine near where the honeysuckle used to be.


It’s pretty though. Another comment of interest is that the leaves are also changing here.


Yep. In early/mid August. Very odd.
Anyway, after packing I tried to get online, only our internet was down, so instead I typed off the stuff I’d handwritten in Iowa. I’m done with chapter eight and think I know where I’m going now – maybe sending them to Munich again. The only trouble is I’m at 45,000 words already and not half done yet (there will be 24 chapters as usual).
I did run into an issue typing stuff off because apparently I had a long spiel in mind but was in a hurry, so I just wrote “blah… blah… blah…” Well great, because now I have no idea where I was headed with it. I did fill it in, but I’m willing to bet it’s not what I had in mind to start with.
Hubby and i hit Walmart around 2am and it yielded a gold mine in boxes.


So we’ll be busy for the next several days.
The dog’s going nuts so gonna end this.
Have a good one.
Jo :)

Just a day

Has trouble last night, so consider this yesterday’s post.
I admit, I totally blew off yesterday. I had to get up at 7 a.m. for a dentist appointment


The only advantage being that Hardee’s was still serving breakfast


Omelette biscuit

I haven’t had one of these in a long time. When we lived in mt. Pleasant back in ’98/99, I used to wake he-who-is-now hubby up at odd times to go get me one of these from the Hardee’s drive through. And being the good little man he was, he did it. And got himself a Frisco breakfast sandwich while he was out. Then we’d have random breakfast Lol! Ah, the joys of being 18.
After the dentist I will also admit we went back to bed, and when I got up I had lunch with mum, then watched Star Trek into Darkness (I’d seen it before but she hadn’t) and followed this up with Space Pirate Captain Harlock the animated movie. It was quite good, and I have no idea I’d it stick to the anime plot or not because I saw a handful of episodes of it when I was six (or movie theater used to rent out anime – we trained the first three episodes of Robotec that way) and I don’t remember what was going on on them. Hulu had the serious, so the brother and I have planned to check them out.
I did make a brief trip to Walmart where I found this:


Now it seems I can use my Windex everywhere, even outside! I don’t know why, but I find this a bit bizarre.
I finally had real food for dinner but I killed my phone with the windex photo so no pics. It was baked spaghetti with green peppers and mushrooms. Yes, I love pasta.
I also got to do real laundry – in a dryer! This all mages me feel a little guilty because my brother is still in Villisca with only a microwave and a bathtub, being attacked…. Oh yes, he called and told me about it. He was sorting on the living room, eating his dinner, when something smacked him in the face. He grabbed a weapon and leapt up to find a bat flying around. After an epic chase he for it to go out the double door. Though he said it’s back tonight so I don’t know how it’s getting in.
Today was boring. we had one of those tomatoes I bought in Red Oak for lunch.


Tomatoey goodness

And we packed.


Lots more to do. *sigh*

And the dog came home from the kennel.


Fido says "Yay! Now take me for a walk every hour on the hour!"

And we tried to feed cats flea pills.


Shelob says, "i will not swallow that no matter what!"

And Styx was just cute.



And then we had dinner (steak and baked potatoes) and got a bunch of boxes from Walmart and watched Face Off. The Walmart employee was really nice and offered to have them save boxes for us. That’s the advantage of going they’re all the time. They practically know us, Lol! Well, the night shift people that is. Though I do know a couple on day shift.
Anyway having issues, so gonna try to post this.
Have a good one!
Jo :)


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