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Play Ball!

Since my son was four years old he’s played baseball in the local youth league every spring. He’s now 13 and we finally have our first baseball practice of the season under our belts! I look forward to the kids’ sports every spring and fall – softball and baseball are at the top of my favorites list (soccer I merely tolerate). Since I have a better camera now, I took over 400 pictures of his team’s first practice. Here are just a select few of my favorites.

So handsome! (Even in mom's hat since he left his in the church bathroom)

So handsome! (Even in mom’s hat since he left his in the church bathroom)

Ready for the pitch

Ready for the pitch

Right in the zone!

Right in the zone!

It's a hit!

It’s a hit!

Gotta love that grin

Gotta love that grin

Did you say something?

Did you say something?

That's in the strike zone, buddy

That’s in the strike zone, buddy

Heads up!

Heads up!

I got it!

I got it!

I said I got it!

I said I got it!

Out!

Out!

I got this one, too!

I got this one, too!

Ok, I forgot my hat and you made me wear your pink and white one in front of all my friends.  Happy now mom?

Ok, I forgot my hat and you made me wear your pink and white one in front of all my friends. Happy now mom?

This is my new cover photo on fb – one of the balls landed close to me and I made a quick out-of-focus snap. I love it!

Love this pic

Love this pic

Clouds

I purchased a polarizing lens because I wanted crisper shots of my surroundings…can you see a difference with the lens vs without the lens?
And can you tell me why the picture looks better on my camera screen than it does after I upload it to the computer?

Random spot

Random spot

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These were taken during the storm the other night – without the polarizing lens.

I love storm clouds

I love storm clouds

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Zoomed in

Zoomed in

Darker

Darker

My flowers in the sun and rain

I’m still learning how to use my new camera and it’s zillion setting options. Let me know if any of these pictures sparks a thought for you.

I have got to remember to spread out my bulbs this fall.

I have got to remember to spread out my bulbs this fall.

Closer inspection.

Closer inspection.

One is still shy.

One is still shy.

Gorgeous orange

Gorgeous orange

Vivid red

Vivid red

Different focal points, 1 of 3

Different focal points, 1 of 3

Different focal points, 2 0f 3

Different focal points, 2 0f 3

Different focal points, 3 of 3

Different focal points, 3 of 3

I took these during the storm last night; I was intrigued by the way the lights from the house across the street reflected in the rain on the ground.

Just a quick shot taken

Just a quick shot taken

Reflections

Reflections

I noticed in this one the reflected light created a silhoutte behind one of my flower...

I noticed in this one the reflected light created a silhoutte behind one of my flowers…

...so I zoomed in on the camera and discovered rain drops on the yellow flower.

…so I zoomed in and also discovered rain drops on the yellow flower.

Spock Squared

OMG, I’m totally geeking out over this Audi Star Trek add.

LOVE IT!!!

Yum!!!

Yum!!!

Just One of the Perks

Boss: Hey, can you come out here in the shop and help me with this truck for a bit?

Me: Yup.

Boss: (Bouncing on the front fender of the truck) Hear that squeak? I need to locate it, bounce on this while I get under and look.

Me: That’s what he said.

Boss: (chuckles as he lays on the creeper and rolls under the truck)

Boss: Ok, start bouncing it……ok, let me move over a bit.

(At this point I now have to straddle him with my legs while he is under the truck and I’m leaning on the front fender, prepared to bounce it.)

Boss: Ok, start bouncing it again.

(Now a customer walks around the front of the truck to me straddling the lower half of the boss’ body while leaning forward on the fender, bouncing up and down.)

Customer, eyebrows sky high: Is that part of the job description?

Me: No, just one of the perks.

Boss (dying laughing): Isn’t she great, man?

Jello Shots and Lube

Conversation with my boss’ wife at work today:

BW: Hey, I have to go to a toy party tonight.

Me: A what?

BW: I don’t know, one of those sex toy party things. Wanna go with me?

Me: OMG, who is hosting that?

BW: You should come with me, we can get you some toys to play with!

(Then the Boss walks into the room)
Boss: Get her a big black dildo, she needs that.

BW: If I bring a friend I get a free gift. Maybe it’s a butt plug!

Me: Or nipple clamps.

BW: Ow, I hope not, that would hurt!

Boss: We can hook a little battery up to them and give you a jolt. ZZZzz!

BW: So you wanna go?

Me: I was planning on going to the outdoor movie at the park tonight, or Iron Man 3 if it rains.

BW: By yourself again, right? Oh come on, this will be much more fun! I’ll text you about seven and let you know where to go. There will be jello shots!

Boss: Jello shots and lube. Damn, this is info us guys need! I’ll spread the word, you think you’ll be liquored up and lubed by 11, honey?

Just another typical Friday at work….

J.B. Weld Can’t Help Me Here

Background info: Due to an insensitive prick of an ex-boyfriend my indoor cats of six years became outdoor cats last year. Long story, will get to those rants another time. Also, J.B. Weld and I became intimately related during the Patio Door fiasco of 2010.

Today: The kids and I arrive home and unload ourselves from the car. Trinity heads upstairs when we all hear a very loud, “Meow!” Then I hear, “Holy cow! Mom, Curla is in the house!”

Since it was a gorgeous day we left a bunch of windows open – all of which are fully screened. Looking around I see this:

Knock Knock Bitch

Knock Knock Bitch

I tell the kids to stop looking for Cowin since he’s outside enjoying the work of his partner in crime. We boot Curla out of the house and while the kids eat the leftover tacos (leaving me NONE, the turds!) I pull up my big girl tool belt and tackle the screen repairs.

Nailed it!

Nailed it!

PS: I hope her claws are as shredded as my screen.

WANTED:  Curla Cat Crime: Breaking & Entering

WANTED: Curla Cat
Crime: Breaking & Entering

Make Your Own Apple Chips

My kids and I love apple chips, but paying $5+ for a bag that contains the equivalent of one dried sliced apple is beyond ridiculous! (And after making my own dried apples I can assure you there is only one dried apple in that store-bought bag!) So when I came across this recipe I had to try it.

Apples and Cinnamon...Mmmm!

Apples and Cinnamon…Mmmm!


Ingredients:

2 Large apples, cored and sliced
honey or maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon

Love my Pampered Chef Apple/Corer/Peeler/Slicer!

Love my Pampered Chef Apple/Corer/Peeler/Slicer!


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. (The instructions now state to cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with olive oil; however, I used my Pampered Chef baking stones (which are seasoned well) so skipped this step.)

Place sliced apples in a single layer, lightly drizzle with honey or syrup, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 2 hours or until crispy.

Before baking...

Before baking…

This recipe makes the house smell amazing!

After baking

After baking

I dried granny smith apples as well – without the honey or cinnamon. They taste delicous, too!

Granny Smith's make great baking apples, too.

Granny Smith’s make great baking apples, too.

So good!

So good!

2 Ingredient Lemon Bars – Melt in Your Mouth!

Let’s start with the end result….

I had to put powdered sugar on top so it wouldn't float away.

I had to put powdered sugar on top so it wouldn’t float away.

I saw this recipe on fb a while ago and wanted to try it right away, but when I went to the store they were all out of angel food cake! I bought two cans of the lemon pie filling and placed the recipe on hold until the store stocked up again. The following week, success! Continue reading →

That’s It, You’re Grounded!

Leftovers have never gone to waste in my house. We eat leftovers. We love leftovers. The kids actually claim first dibs on leftovers before we are even done with the meal. I had to laugh the other day when Trinity told T-Bone, “Hey, don’t eat the rest of the chicken! I want to take it to school for lunch tomorrow.”

I’m fortunate to have two kids who have never been picky eaters and have a love of all foods to rival my own. Italian, Mexican, American fair; spicy (hot!), sweet, tangy; seafood, chicken, veggies – you name it, they love it. Even their favorite TV shows revolve around food: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Man v. Food, Rachael Ray, etc. We are definitely a “foodie” family. And because I love to cook and try new recipes they are never bored with the same meals week in and week out.

Of course, we all have our favorite meals and this week they were treated to one I haven’t been able to make in almost two years: marinated grilled chicken with awesome sides! Continue reading →

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How easy it would be, to sit here, telling the world that my struggles were all due to outside sources, that my 2am, scattered-sleep nights were caused by a destructive family life, or the villainous boys I met in high school. How easy it would be to place the blame on undeserved circumstances. I am a strong believer in the “we make our own choices” concept of life, and that life does not discriminate in placing innocent people, in hard paths of being. For me, the life-defining choice was to allow myself to fall victim to my own mind, and for my inside, tyrannical anxiety, to control my outside actions. That moment, whenever it might have been, has visited me in nightmare-like ways, all throughout my young adulthood.

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