Thursday, November 30, 2006

What the hell is so great about lemonade??

The say when life throws you a lemon, make lemonade. Well, today, I just got shit on by a crap load of lemons. Rotten, decaying, smelling lemons. I have no idea how to turn this stink fest into lemonade. I have been pondering this all morning. And only one solution comes to mind.

Would the person who dropped that bombshell last night, you know who you are, the one that is so desperately trying to hold onto something that died a quiet, blank-stared death three years ago, kindly just fuck off and die????

There, I feel a little bit better.........but I still don't want any fucking lemonade.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

B-b-b-b-b-b-aby It's C-c-c-c-c-c-old outside!

Winter in Alberta.
Damn cold.
Freeze the balls off a brass monkey, cold.

Not quite as cold as winters in Saskatchewan though. I lived in Saskatchewan for 35 years before I moved to Alberta 5 years ago. Winters up here can be pretty harsh. I specifically remember the winter that my middle son was born, it hit -40°C (which ironically is -40°F as well) for 17 days straight. You know what we called it? A bit of a cold snap. Talk about understating things.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Serious serious blogger's block today...............

I wonder if anyone has coined that term yet?? Blogger's Block. If not, think I could become famous with it??? Never mind, I am certain I am not that witty today to have come up with a new phrase no one has ever heard yet.

I think I will blame my Blogger's Block on getting my flu shot yesterday. A lot of people blame the flu shot for all kinds of ailments that might bestow them in the days following getting the shot. I mean, who are the people that get flu shots, usually. Old frail people that barely leave their homes, health care workers and children. Now let's examine this just a little. The old people, when getting their flu shot, travel out of their homes, into a dr's office, which is absolutely ripe with all kinds of germs during this time of year. Children, in snot laden, germ infested day cares and classrooms. Health care workers, who likely on the day they received their vaccination were elbow deep in any variety of body fluids. Yeah, I am sure it was the dead virus in the needle that made you sick.

A Thank You to my First Guest Poster!

Thank you to Ali from Cheaper Than Therapy for her wonderful post to my blog. She is a marvellous writer. Go and check out her blog and surf around from there too. I have found some really amazing writers from her site.

Thanks Ali!!!!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Canadian Idiot - Weird Al

Well, I couldn't believe this when I saw it. But being Canadian, I found this absolutely hilarious! I have heard that there are a lot of Canadians who are upset and offended by Weird Al's "Canadian Idiot" which, if you don't know, is a parody of Green Day's "American Idiot". I don't know why. I heard it for the first time last night and I just howled. There are several homemade videos done to this song on You Tube, but the following one is pretty good.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Wagon falling and Claymates

So this is my very first guest post. I'm a guest-posting virgin, if you will. Bear with me as I am both giddy with excitement and nervous as hell. (think: Brenda Walsh on prom night) I’m not even exactly sure how this is supposed to work. Should I try to be funny? Witty? Should I try to sound smart? Should I write about newsworthy current events? Hmmm….you’ll also have to forgive me. I’m slightly distracted by the sugar and carbs that are currently running through my body.
You see, last night my husband came home with a gift for me. the best gift I've ever gotten.
A giant cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing. It was hot and gooey and wonderful. I'm reviewing this book by Natalie Babbit at work, it’s called The Search for Delicious, and I should tell them that they can stop their search. I've got their delicious in my kitchen. I am telling y'all – heaven on a plate.
I know, I know. This is NOT on South Beach. I cheated. I’m a cheater. I had 11 days! 11 days of no carbs and no sugar. Now I feel like I need to find a meeting or something. I’ve fallen off the wagon.
Although, wonder of wonders, when I got on the scale this morning, after 10 morning of ZERO weight loss (and I don’t count the .5 pound daily up and down fluctuation), I was 3½ pounds down! Since Earl and I are both big believers in karma, I don’t know what to do with this information. Should I take it is…my body is meant to have carbs and sugar (mmmmm….sugar) so go ahead and eat it. Enjoy. Or, should I take this as a sign that I should go back on the diet. Karma. Hmmm? Anyone?
I do actually talk about things that are NOT diet related these days. I know some people think I’m totally consumed with it. But, I’m not. What I really wanted to talk about today is the whole RIPA-gate fiasco that's sweeping the nation. And Canada, too. Y'all know which one I’m talking about. Kelly Ripa? Clay Aiken? Rosie O'Donnell?

Okay…so, let me get this straight. (no pun intended there). Clay puts his hand over Kelly Ripa's mouth. She pulls his hand away and says, "I don’t know where your hand's been honey!"
And this makes her a homophobe, Rosie?

I should think an action and comment like this should make her a germophobe, not a homophobe.
Because the more I think about it, the more I think I would have done. the. exact. same. thing. Only I probably wouldn’t have been as funny.
Come on, people. I wouldn’t want anyone putting his hands over my mouth. Man, woman, gay, straight. Unless i know that he or she had used a bottle of purell. I don't even know if I'd make exception for Jude Law. (oh, who am I kidding. I totally would)
What about you? Thoughts? Was Rosie O’Donnell right? Wrong?

Guest Post Thursday

Hi Everyone,

Today you should be treated to a post by a wonderful writer whose Blogs I have been reading for a short while, here. I hope you enjoy it and travel over to her blogs, Cheaper Than Therapy and Fabulous! if you haven't already and check out some of her other posts.

To my American Friends
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

To Night Shift and No Babysitter

Thirty hours without sleep
purple penguins at her feet
Tucker running round and round
Mommy eating coffee grounds

Hearing call bells in her head
oh how she longs to be in bed
To sleep, to sleep perchance to dream
of babbling brooks and rushing streams

Of sunny skies and rainbow trout
and small green froggies all about
Across the streets they try to hop
amongst the traffic, it won't stop

And yellow circles eating dots
chased by ghosts, oh see the spots
Of Dick & Jane, who see Spot run
And Jack & Jill, just having fun

Psychedelic floating butterfly
belly dancing hippopotami*
All end up in a traffic jam
and Mary had a little lamb.

By: one ass-tired Rissybutt

*Hippopotami really is the plural of hippopotamus (though hippopotamuses is
also acceptable)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What do you mean, you don't care about my blog??

In a post over at crazymumma's place, I read about a T-shirt that says, "I don't care about your blog". I was shocked!!! I had no idea that the looks I was receiving from people were the blank stares of boredom and indifference!! I took the wide eyes and open mouths as those of excitement and utter amazement that I had any creativity in me at all. I am crushed.

My family, on the other hand, has been inundated by my blog. In all of my personal emails, there is an invitation to come and read here. My sisters have read here, "Hi, Girls!". They never leave a comment though. I did get a nice email from my one sister about my post about my dad, telling me that I had done a nice job. Apparently she told my mom about it, because the other day when talking to mom, she said, "Your sister told me about the article you wrote about your dad on your blog". Say WHAT???? Did my 75yr old mother just say the word BLOG???? Wow, I was amazed. She said my sister was going to print it out for her to read, since she doesn't own a computer at all. Thanks, J.

This blogging thing has really taken on a life of its own for me. I can't believe how wonderful it is to write and be read. And to reach out and read a host of absolutely wonderful writers in exchange. I urge anyone who reads this to take note of the blogs I follow, over to the left and give them a read too. I have found some pretty amazing things out there. One of those bloggers over there will be writing a guest post here for me on Thursday. Be sure to come and read it, as she is an excellent writer and her blog has quite a large following.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Everybody Farts

Tuc: MOM!!! Kawyn stinks......
Me: Oh?? Why?
Tuc: She fawted.....*imagine screwed up little face here*
Me: Well, Tuc, everyone farts.
Tuc: Yeah, and Bwaeden doesn't even say 'scuse me
Me: That's boys for ya

Since my posts that mention "poop" have been so wildly popular in the comment arena, I figured I would draw on that formula again.

In doing an Internet search on "Children's Books about farts" and found some really interesting titles. The Little Book of Farting by Alec Bromcie, Farley Farts by Birtie Muller, and a whole series of Walter the Farting Dog books by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Audrey Colman. There is also a book called Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. I urge you to go check them out at Amazon

Farts, as you know, vary. They can be loud, obnoxious and downright disturbing. Or, they can be of the silent and deadly type. "What the hell is that?" They can be brought on intentionally, or sneak up on you when you least expect it. They can be influenced by ones chosen diet of the day. "You are what you eat" Or they can be a symptom of a digestive disorder. Of course, every mammal farts. I have proof of that, I live with a Basset Hound. We don't call him Gassy Gus for nothing. And for any of you Seinfeld fans, "OH!!! Rusty!!!!"

Different people react to farts, or flatulence if you prefer, differently. Children especially find them amusing and tend to make a big deal about them, no matter where they are or who is the one doing the farting. Most adults try to ignore them, for the most part, or walk away from the offending party. Of course we all have the brother/brother-in-law/uncle/dad/grandpa that thinks they are hilarious, "Dude, pull my finger". Somehow, I can't imagine a woman doing or saying that.

As a nurse, I have been privilege to many emissions of the flatulent variety, and all patients have a different way of reacting. There are the ones that are very embarrassed, the ones that don't really seem to notice, the ones that don't really care. The latter always seem to be the little old grannies. They ring in the night, needing help to the bathroom. You get there and they haven't even started to remove their covers. You put their slippers (god only knows what those have stepped in over the course of the day) on their gnarly little granny feet. You tug and pull and get them to the edge of their bed. Get the walker to them, heave ho, heave ho, heave ho to get them in a standing position. "Tuck your tushy under your shoulders and stand up straight." Walk them to the bathroom. And just as you stand behind them, bending down to assist them with pulling down their underpants, they let one rip. Aren't I lucky? Bet you wish you could be a nurse too!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006 I just being OCD?

I am a stickler for spelling. I really don't like reading my own posts and finding spelling or grammatical errors. It probably has something to do with my self esteem issues and not wanting anyone to view me as less than an intelligent articulate person. I find myself re-reading posts, even after published, going back and editing them, spellchecking them, using the online dictionaries and thesaurus' in order to be correct. And yet, I do not find the need to be politically correct.....go figure.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A conversation with Tucker.....

You may or may not know that Tucker is my 3 year old son. He is sweet, funny, and oh so precocious. Let me tell you how our conversations go sometimes.

Tucker: Mommy, I don't wuv my gurfriends.

Me: Tuc, how many girlfriends do you have?

Tucker: None, *you have to see the little grin and blush when he says this*

Me: Oh? What about Julia? *Julia is the babysitters little girl*

Tucker: I wuv Jooya.

Me: Isn't she your girlfriend then?

Tucker: Yes, but I don't wuv gurfriends.

Me: Okay, you are too young to worry about girlfriends anyway. Who has a girlfriend that you know?

Tucker: Bwaeden (my 15yr old, who, to MY knowledge, has no girlfriend)

Me: Oh? How many girlfriends does he have?

Tucker: Four

Me: Who are they?

Tucker: Mommy, why does Angus eat his own poop?

As you can see, the child has either been brainwashed already to not divulge to the mommy any pertinent information regarding dating habits of the older siblings, or, he got bored and really wanted to know why the dog is so gross.

Friday, November 17, 2006

War Paint

What is this fascination children have with coloring on themselves? Is it the making of a tattoo addict? Every one of my children has this strange behaviour. It starts out young, and my oldest son is still doing it. Of course, now he is asking for tattoos, piercings, etc. I personally have nothing against tattoos, seeing as I have one myself and plan to get more in the future. I have nothing really against piercings either, except I know what people automatically think when they see a kid with piercings on his face. I thank the lord that the law here states that you have to be 18 to be tattooed or pierced, period. No notes from mom or anything. At least this is what i have been told.

I was 30 when I got my tattoo. It isn't the nicest one, but it is very meaningful to me. I got it after I lost my son, Gabriel. It is a cherub over my heart. I loved it then, I love it now, I will love it forever. But I wonder what some of these young people who get trendy tattoos will think in 40 years or so. Somehow I can't imagine caring for an eighty year old woman with a Tramp Stamp. (no this is not me in that photo)

But, I digress. My children all come home with pen and ink all over themselves. The other day I happened to see both my daughter and my son (the 10yr old one) with faces drawn on their bellies. I guess this is funny when you are that age.....and you make the mouth out of the belly button. Today though, the three year old decided he needed Tribal War Paint.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

No Guest Post Today

In an effort to attract more readers, I put out a call to other bloggers to do some guest posts on my blog. Alas, I don't seem to have enough readers to actually get anyone to Guest Post. One friend has offered to do one when her work schedule slows down a bit, look for it, it will be good.

But for today, I guess I will have to post for myself. And of course, I have no idea what to write about.

Later today I am going to be getting Wireless Satelitte Internet services. I have been dealing with dial-up here in this little one horse town since I moved here 5 years ago. I have finally had enough. I often can't even open up my email program because the smallest of files will jam it up. I haven't been able to download anything in 5 years because I don't have the time committment of hours to wait for it. This has been especially difficult since I moved here from a city and had cable satellite there. I am looking forward to the new faster internet.

Of course, that will mean that the kids will be on it all the time too. Downloading music and games and other things. Oh joy. The other advantage or maybe a disadvantage is that my phone line will not be tied up by the internet. Right now I have a call director and can choose to ignore any calls that I don't want to interupt my internet time. Now, I will just have to listen to the phone ringing in order to ignore it. At least when I phone home from work, the kids will have no excuse not to answer the phone.

I will post tomorrow and let you all know how much I am loving it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nothing like a good crap to clear your mind.....

That was something an old doctor here used to say once in a while. Boy, was he right. It is amazing to me how when older people get kinda "backed up" how strangely their mind begins to work.

I took this picture in the cookie aisle in my supermarket last night.....

I shit you not.........

What marketing genius thought this up???????


1. Eat plenty of fibre and drink plenty of fluid to maintain colorectal health.
2. Get screened for colorectal cancer.
3. Buy yourself some Bowel Buddies.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Stupid MOM!!!!!

Lately, this is the title I have acquired from my three year old son. Charming isn't it. I am not exactly sure where he came up with it, even if for the most part, it is quite fitting. I am assuming he has learned it from his older siblings calling each other stupid.

I do not like the name calling and put downs that I hear from my kids mouths for each other. I am constantly reprimanding them for it. But it seems, it is all to no avail. What is a stupid mom to do???

I remember a story about my older sister, when she was quite young. My parents rented a home from a man and that man was a friendly acquaintance of theirs as well. As the story goes, this man was teasing my sister about something. She called him stupid. Upon hearing this, my mother told her to go and apologize to Harry. She begrudgingly went to apologize. She found Harry, and said to him, "Harry, I am sorry you are stupid"

Out of the mouths of babes...........

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lest We Forget

My father was a veteran from World War II. He was stationed in London, England for four years. He said he was one of the lucky ones, since he enlisted, he was given a good position, and didn't have to fight in the front lines. He worked in the Sargent's Mess and took care of the officers. He didn't see a lot of fighting, but there were the air raids that plagued London. He didn't like to talk too much about the war, or his part in it. I believe it haunted him to some extent. As a young girl I remember hearing him talk in his sleep, or more so scream. When he would be awoken, he would say he was dreaming of the air raids and the bombs in London. I could never imagine my father holding a gun, let alone pointing one at another human being. I was happy to know that was not his role in the war.

My father was a lot older than my mother, and was almost 60 when I was born. I loved him dearly. He retired before I even started school, so I grew up with a stay-at-home dad and a working mom. Pretty forward thinking for the 70's. My dad would get me up for school and drive me there every day. Often would pick me up after school as well. My friends thought he was cool because he wore blue jeans and runners when their own much younger fathers would not. He was soft spoken and gentle. I was his little girl.

My father was not without faults. He suffered from depression. Something that was not readily diagnosed back then. He missed his family. All but one of his siblings had passed away young. His younger brother died the year I was born. He was a diabetic and had heart trouble. I do not believe my father ever got over that. My father medicated his depression with alcohol. This got progressively more pronounced after he retired. I remember him saying to me, when I was young, that he was of no use anymore. And I remember thinking how much I needed him. The alcohol was a difficult thing for me, as I got older. I would be embarrassed if my friends came over and he was drinking. I hated being embarrassed of my father...this man that I adored.

I had gone away to university for a few years, not really seeing much of my father. Then the year before I got married, I moved back home and worked with my mom in the nursing home. It was at this time when I realized that it was not just alcohol that was stealing my father away from me. He was in his eighties now, and he was starting to become forgettful. My mother and I both blamed it on the alcohol. Thinking he was just drinking more, or needing less to get drunk. We tried to work opposite shifts so that someone would always be there with him to watch out for him. It wasn't until a couple of years later that we would come to know that he was being taken away from us by Alzheimers.

It started to show at my wedding. He was confused by all the people, he seemed to think that he was the best man, not the father of the bride. I again was embarrassed of this man. Afraid he would make a fool of me on my wedding day. I remember even specifically asking the DJ not to make a big deal out of a special dance for him and I. I look back on that now, and I am so glad they didn't listen. He really did well and held it together the best he could for me.

My father was always a very quiet man. He never raised his voice to me. He never raised a hand to me. The worst punishment he could give me was to tell me I had disappointed him. I always wanted to do well and please him. From the time I was very young, he talked of me being a nurse. I shared that dream......I am not sure if it was shared with him or shared for him. But I pursued the career nonetheless. I did not do very well in my first years of study, and I always felt I was letting him down. By the time I actually realized this goal and graduated from nursing school, Alzheimers had taken over....I am not sure that he ever knew that I had accomplished this dream he had for me. I like to think now that he does know.

My father passed away on May 29th, 2002. At the age of 95. He had been in a nursing home for a few years, and bedridden the last bit of that. I had moved away from the city he lived in the year prior to that, and rarely saw him. Even being a nurse, I found it very difficult to spend much time with him. I missed the intelligent, gentle man I had known growing up, and seeing him as less than that was very painful. The day he passed, I had gotten to see him though, and I kissed him and told him I loved him. I believe that in Heaven, his thoughts are clear, and he knows how much I loved him, and how proud I truly was of him. I miss him.

In remembrance of Dad, on Remembrance Day

Friday, November 10, 2006

I can't hear you!!!!!!

Today is day one of an extra long weekend........for the kids. Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, so they get today off school, and I am not even sure why they get Monday off, but they do. Of course this lands on my weekend to work my three nights. I am not sure how I am going to get any sleep whatsoever. Especially with no door on my bedroom, and four kids who don't seem to know how to communicate with each other without yelling.

The door came off my bedroom two weeks ago. I was at work on a Saturday and came home to find my bedroom door in the hallway. Now, we are in the midst of renovations, so a door not being on a bedroom is pretty common around here. Except, for the one and only time in the history of my children, no one is talking. Usually these little heathens will sell each other out in a heartbeat. Never have they banded together on anything.....until now. It actually makes me laugh. Until I have to sleep during the day and the heathens are all in my house.

Today I have assigned several chores. None of which seem to be getting done at any pace. I do hear a lot of bickering and sniping........I suppose they get it from their rather sarcastic and cynical mother. I just want it to stop. I am tired, oh so tired of hearing, "MOM!!" and then the litany of complaints each has about how the other one isn't doing their job. UGH!! I have finally started just saying, "I can't hear you" "I'm not listening to you" "When your job is done, you can complain about someone else" Although, like everything else this mommy does, I am certain that, "I can't hear you" will come back to bite me in the ass...........

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Guest Post Thursday

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Plight of the Drama Queen, Part Deux

To give you some background on the reason this happened. My house is in renovation hell. The only room that is NOT ripped apart is my bedroom. So this means that my daughter's/son's room is uninhabitable at the moment. And since my spouse and I separated three weeks ago (not due to the renovations, but a very good theory), the two youngest children have been sleeping with me in my bed. Very tricky with one child who has a cast....I should be getting danger pay for this.

Skip to last night. The doctor had advised me to give the girl Ibuprofen to help get the swelling in her wrist down so that we can get the permanent cast on her arm tomorrow. So, I had given her a couple doses with no problems. Last night about 10:30 I gave her a third dose. About 3:AM I woke up to the bed shaking...I hear her scratching wildly. I told her to stop it, she was shaking the bed and would end up waking Tuc. She said she was just so itchy. I, of course, being the wonderful mother and nurse that I am (see post below), told her to suck it up and stop scratching. I was under the impression that she was trying to scratch under her cast. A few minutes later, after multiple rounds of, "shake shake shake, STOP SCRATCHING, I can't help it" she says to me, "Mom, is there anything I can do for my lip?" In my half asleep, rather annoyed state, it took a minute for that to sink in. I flip on the lamp to see my poor beautiful daughter covered in one huge hive, and with a bottom lip so fat it had its own weather system. "OH GOD!!!" I go to the medicine cabinet and get her a Benadryl. She is going completely nuts with the itching. About an hour and half later, it isn't any better. I call our local HealthLink where a nurse will answer your questions...all I wanted to know was if I could give her more Benadryl. The nurse said she could not give medication advice and gave me a number to a 24hour pharmacist hotline. There I was told that I had given her the maximum and could not repeat it for 2 more hours. So, I drag her little hive covered butt to the ER. Of course, by the time we get there, the Benadryl is starting to work some, and she is not scratching anymore. Her lip is still swollen but not as bad. The nurse calls the doctor, the doctor says, "She can repeat the Benadryl" ARGH!!! But then decides that maybe some prednisone and Atarax are a better treatment choice. So back home we come......Ky is still sleeping from the Atarax.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Plight of the Drama Queen, Daughter of a Nurse

My daughter, the drama queen.

If any of you have a daughter between the ages of... well, if you have a daughter, you have a drama queen. They tend to blow everything out of proportion. My daughter, who will be eight soon, is no exception. Add that to the fact that she has two older brothers and a baby brother, and you have a Diva Drama Queen. So, when she came home from school on Thursday and said she hurt her arm, I didn't pay much attention. She wasn't crying from the pain, they hadn't called me from the school to say she had hurt herself. When I examined the arm it didn't even look swollen. I was on my way to work a night shift as well, so perhaps I wasn't as observant or sympathetic as I could have been.

Skip ahead to Saturday when I was trying to sleep after my night shift, with the kids running up and down the hallway and no door on my bedroom (another long story I will tell you about later). I was NOT in a good mood. I was very very tired and they were NOT letting me sleep. So when she told me that she hurt her arm again on Friday and that it was hurting even more, I really didn't pay much attention. I did examine it again, but still, no obvious deformity or major swelling, so I passed it off again.

Skip ahead to Sunday evening. We are out to dinner, Ky is favouring that arm, but of course, I am thinking that the Diva Drama Queen is just looking for attention. Everytime you go near her, she is cringing and whining. I look at the arm, okay, the wrist is a little swollen, but nothing terrible. Then, Sunday night, she is complaining of a headache and pain in the wrist. I give her some 2:AM, she is still awake, says the wrist is hurting too much to sleep, but that the Tylenol took the headache away. So, okay, I will take her in to the doctor in the morning.

Monday morning. I have to go for fasting bloodwork at the hospital, so I take her to the outpatient department, knowing full well they will have to do x-rays anyway, so what is the point of going to the clinic. I work in this small rural hospital so I know all the people there. The doctor looks at her arm, says he thinks she has a greenstick fracture and sends her for x-ray. Sure enough, her right ulna has a small greenstick fracture. We put the cast on, just a temporary one, since today, the darn thing is quite swollen. We go back Thursday for a regular cast.

Boy does this mom & nurse feel like an idiot. I will definitely be sucking up to the Diva Drama Queen today!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Of Basset Hounds and Sour Cherry Blasters

I have entered my dog Angus, and my cat Ginger into the online worlds of and If you do not know about these communities, they are for crazy animal lovers who think of their pets as just furry humans who reside in their homes. I am one of these people. The following post is reprinted here from Angus' online Diary on If you are interested in reading more posts from Angus in the future, bookmark or blogroll his page Dog Profile for Angus

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Of Bassett Hounds and Sour Cherry Blasters
November 4th 2006 8:21 pm

Well with Halloween just past, I have to tell you, I have eaten some of the strangest, most unhealthy things for a dog to eat. Thankfully my humans understand that chocolate is not a good treat for a dog. Even my youngest human, Tucker, who is three, knows not to give me chocolate. But, he does not know enough not to give me Sour Cherry Blasters. For any of you who have never tasted one of these treats, let me tell you what it is like.

For humans, Sour Cherry Blasters give you a rush of sour flavour that makes your mouth water and then you get the sweet cherry flavour afterwards. For Basset Hounds, who notoriously drool anyway, the effects are embarassing. Tucker gave me this little treat, smaller than a dime actually, and I couldn't believe what happened! At first it was just a little drool, from the sour. I chewed it up quickly, but the sour must have stayed in my mouth or something, because within seconds, my mouth was running drool like a fountain. It was dripping from droopy lips like a leaky faucet. To make matters worse, my humans were all standing there watching and laughing. The drool was hitting the floor and soaking the rug where I was standing. No one offered me a drink or anything. Finally the main human who takes care of me stopped laughing long enough to wipe my lips and give me a big snuggle, saying, "Oh you poor puppy".

Of course, when Tucker offered me another one a little while later, I didn't refuse.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Guest Post Thursday

Hi everyone,
This post is basically an email a real life friend wrote to me. I found it cute and quirky, and even though she doesn't have her own blog, I asked her if I could post it as my first Guest Post. She agreed. So here it is.

"We had an uneventful Halloween. We carved our pumpkin too early and kept it on the island in the kitchen cuz it was so cool, but just in case you didn't know, carved pumpkins don't store so good for too long in the warmth of a kitchen ... I shoulda put it out on the landing like last year where it was cold - cuz that baby rotted and melted and started to stink like something unbelievable (reminds me of the decline of my first marriage) ... so, I turfed it (reminds me of my first husband) and bought one of those plastic, fantastically carved plug-in pumpkins from WalMart - trouble-free, hassle-free, non-messy, economical and I can just shove it in the closet until I need it next year (reminds me of the husband I'm looking for now). Ahhh, the joys of Halloween ... C1 went to a haunted house party, and C2 didn't want to dress up and go out ... not until 7:45 last night, anyway ... so there I was, in my pyjamas already!, getting dressed and bundling up the li'l Spiderman to take him out for a bit. He won't eat candy, so I was really going out for myself (who am I kidding) and using his cuteness as bait, but we ended up coming home with a HUGE assortment of goodies ... way too much ... but, I think somehow I'll get through it ... one kitkat at a time."
from T

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Halloween Hangover

There's frost on the jack'o'lanterns. The kids are in school but mostly in a sugar coma. I have had nothing to eat today besides coffee and chocolate. Oh, I lied. I have had fruit. Fruit flavoured Tootsie Rolls that is. Just when did they start making fruit flavoured tootsie rolls anyway? I remember as a kid, my dad would bring me tootsie rolls when he came home from work. I remember them tasting chocolate. The chocolate ones today do not really taste much like chocolate. But I never saw a fruit flavoured one in my life, until a couple years ago when my kids brought some home in their halloween candy. I have been hooked ever since. The only thing I don't get is the assortment of flavours in them. So far I have had lime, orange, lemon, cherry and vanilla? wtf? I didn't know vanilla was a fruit flavour, but I digress. I don't honestly understand why you would have lime and my completely uneducated palate, they taste pretty much the same. Personally, I would prefer a banana flavoured one in place of the lemon. Kind of like the banana flavoured MoJo that I used to be able to buy at the candy store as a kid. They were sold two for a penny. There were a few flavours of those, spearmint being one, but the banana flavoured ones were my favourite. I would pick through the box at the store just to get the banana ones. I wonder if they even still make MoJos?

As you can plainly see by they picture to the left, I make a very beguiling witch. My daughter (pictured above) and I decided to go as Mother/Daughter Glamour witches. We looked fabulous, darling! And everyone said so. But of course my daughter had to tell everyone that the makeup came right out of my regular makeup bag!! Except the eyelashes of course. I can't however explain how eyeliner, when lining your eyes, can smudge and smear all over your face, but when drawn in scrolls on your cheeks can barely be removed without a sandblaster.
Now, back to the coffee and chocolate...........