Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Love and a Root Canal....

What do you do after you've been married 31 years???

 One goes to work and the other one gets a root canal. Hope the next 31 are just as exciting...
So after I get back from the dentist the conversation goes like this.

 Shannon : I know you don't feel like going somewhere tonight but I will make it up to you and we will go somewhere real soon. I love you.

 Me: Awww...if my wipsh wash not numb I would kish you.....I wufsh you too. Oopsh....sorry I swobbered on yoush arm.
(later that night)
Now this is how you celebrate...11:00 ice cream

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chicken Thighs

the country life...

It makes some great scenery for my walk today.
Yes, I said my walk today.
I'm starting the healthy lifestyle....................................................................again.
I meal prepped yesterday.
I know....I've heard it all before....yada yada yada.
But I'm no quitter!........................well.....I am...I've quit 5,699 times
but I get back up and try again 5,700 times...:)
Oh my poor husband has heard it all.
The planning, the prepping, the books, the videos, the exercise equipment,
the excuses, the whining, the complaining, the groaning.
This morning I say "I may be a little late for work, I'm going to walk."
He says " know if you would just.."
Me: "grrrrr" (I may have growled a little) and (my evil eye starts twitching)
He tries again " I'm just saying all it takes is...."
Me:  "grrrrrr" (I pick up the knife.......(to cut grapes!)....but he doesn't know that (wink, wink).
He says "okay,  take all the time you need."
So I walked.....two miles...:)

 It was great.....and I feel so much better.
Consistency is my main problem......all you have to do is read a few months back
and you will see I've "started over" many other times.
I went to a wedding this weekend and when I opted for almost  a "muumuu" to wear
after 3 hours of trying on everything in my was a great motivator.
I think the meal prep will really help.
I caught the chickens discussing my latest fitness plan when I got back.
"Here she comes.....can you believe she is trying to lose weight again."
"If only she were a chicken......we look marvelous with fat thighs, and big breasts."
" she comes."
"BokBok ....LOOKING GOOD CHICKEN MAMA....bok....."
Lucy whispers  "Bok.....poor girl.....she looked terrible...bok..."
"tsk, tsk..........if only she were a chicken......

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Make Your Mornings Count

How can I forget this so easily?
As you know I've gone from a full time stay at home wife to a full time working
in our new business wife.
I'm not going to lie to's hard.
I have days of excitement at our new venture and happiness in working
with my husband and one of my sons.
And I have days of thinking that my dream, my personal dream, was just
the opposite of what I am doing now.
My slow, simple, chickens and chores and clothesline and canning seem to be a thing
of the past.
I say over and over to myself "it's not about me, it's not your year".
I feel selfish even brooding over it  because my husband has worked
so hard his entire life and I was able to stay home and raise our boys.
So we work hard....we leave home early in the morning and we come
home late in the evening.
Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful to even have this wonderful
opportunity to have our own business and like I said I get a wonderful
satisfaction in putting that key in the door every day.
And one day I hope for a little more balance in my life to enjoy the things
I loved doing at home also.
"It's not about's not my year." (my mantra)
We have been incredibly blessed because we have had a great 10 months
in business so far.
But the last month slowed down quite a bit and it tends to make you nervous when
even during the "good" times it's hard to make a new business work.
The past few months I have been so busy that I let the most important things slide a little.
I've been out of my morning habit of reading the Bible and spending time with the Lord
and saying my prayers.
And I knew this was most of the reason that I have been feeling so stressed lately.
So two days ago I vowed I would start my morning off right!
Why am I always surprised by God?
Like I said before.....we have been slow in business for the last month.
Two days ago I get back to my daily habit of morning prayers and worship.
And yesterday a power ball lottery winner (80 million) came into our business
and bought not just one but two of our units! (atvs and utility vehicles)
Then the sweet couple left a $100 for all of us to buy lunch with!
And that same day we sold several other units!!
And today we were extremely busy and a NFL football player walked through
the door and was looking at an ATV and said he would be back to buy real soon!!
After that three more people came in and bought units from us!
You never know when God will feed five thousand with five loaves and two fishes,
when He will part the Red Sea or
when he will send a rich man and an athlete your way!
I am not telling you this to say I had anything to do with this....
I am telling you this in order to give God all the glory!!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Catching You Up....

So's been too long since I've visited with you all.
What's been going on with y'all?
Not much here.....let's see....
I fell in love...

I visited my boy in Pensacola...
My brother took us on a Mother's Day cruise on his boat...
My Dad will not behave for photos...
Of course we have visited "Redneck Island" on the river
We are all missing our sweet Bucky...
I find the sweetest notes at work..
I finally had some recognition of my talents....
I've had a beach trip or two....
I took this photo of a lady I didn't know on the beach..
I loved how it turned out...

It's been a great Summer so far..
How is your Summer going?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Crazy Chicken Lady Goes On A Cruise - Part Two

Well here we are in Progreso, Mexico!


Progreso is a port city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, located on the Gulf of Mexico in the north-west of the state some 30 minutes north of state capital Mérida by highway. As of the Mexican census of 2010, Progreso had an official population of 37,369 inhabitants, the sixth largest community in the state in population.
It's only four of us on this trip.  We all went different ways today.
Some stayed on the ship and others just went to a beach.
But we decided to go to this place!


Mayan & Spanish Settlement

Dzibilchaltun Ruins are located near the colonial city of Merida, Yucatan. Dzibilchaltun was a large settlement and still occupied when the Spanish arrived during the 1500s. Archaeologists estimate there were as many as 200,000 inhabitants and 8,400 buildings during its history with artifacts dating back to the middle of the classic period (700 – 800 A.D.)  Highlights are the large plaza, sacbe trails, the Temple of the Dolls, and the Open Chapel, an unusual amphitheater shaped structure
(I could not for the life of me get this to center)



But first we must get there!!!
We leave the ship and board a bus with our tour guide, Jose!

We were so excited and lucky because Jose said we were the

first bus to leave and we would be the first to get there

and it would not be so crowded.

yay!!!  We all cheered!!

But little did my bus mates know that they had let a

little lady on the bus named Lisa.

And very soon our bus started spitting and sputtering...

and before you could say "the Lisa factor"

we were sitting on the side of the road watching

allllll  of the other tour buses passing us by.

Why did I sit so close to the engine?

Jose then jumps off of the bus and hails another bus and away he went!


What do we do now?

It wasn't long however before Jose was back and they tinkered

with the bus and we were back on the road.


What I really loved about Progreso was it was not some tourist attraction.

Jose kept telling us it was the "real" Mexico.

We just saw real towns, and houses and people going about

their work.

 I thought it was great!  Although I never saw a chicken?

We finally made it to the Mayan ruins and I will tell you

it was hot, people!!

And we went in February!!

I don't think you could stand to listen (although it was interesting but a little too long) to the history of this place during
the hotter months.

It was really neat and I'm glad we went but the best part

was this natural grotto or cenote is what they called it.

Cenote Xlakah is a beautiful freshwater pool located to the side of the main plaza. It was the city’s freshwater source and perhaps the main reason the Maya chose this location to build their settlement. Water from Cenote Xlakah would have been perfect for residential drinking water and irrigation of their fields. Under the surface, Cenote Xlakah reaches depths of 44 meters (144 feet). According to the plaque near the water’s edge, Xlakah means “old town” in Maya. The cenote was first explored from 1957-59 when thousands of pottery shards and urns were found in the water along with wood, stone and bone artifacts. The earthenware dates to the Late Classic Periods of 600-1000 A.D -

We loved it and the little fish would give you a pedicure.

We walked back to the entrance of the ruins and they have this outdoor eating area.

I don't know if we were just hungry but it was the best, authentic

Mexican food that we had the entire trip!!

After we ate Jose loaded us all up and took us to a beach!

It was pretty that a word?
I mean that there were a lot of people there and so many
trying to sell you something.
What???  Did you say homemade marange bites?
How fast can we get our money out?
And then we spotted it!!
We spotted on the beach, a tent set up with 4 massage tables
calling our names.
We couldn't get there fast enough.
In my frenzy to get on a table I completely forgot that I was
not wearing a bathing suit under my clothes like my friends were.
(If any men read my blog this would be a good place to stop reading....too much female information coming up.)
Not only was I lying beside the girl in the pink.....scroll back up
one photo.....yep....her.....
I had on capris and a regular top.
I just assumed the massage girl would just do the best she could
outside of my clothes.....but ohhhhhh I was wrong.
These girls are good and quick and you can tell they've done this
hundreds if not thousands of times.
I'm lying with my face mushed down on the (face holder??)
looking at the sand and she starts pulling my shirt up and I'm
thinking well I guess that's okay.
And then she moves my arm and lifts my head and pop!! my shirt is off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am horrified!! 
And then I realize that not only am I lying there in my bra
but I am lying there with 2 bras on!!!!!!!
The horror!!!!
(sometimes I wear two for extra support....I know that's just weird but it really works....don't judge!!  if you don't have the "big" girl problem then you have no idea the things you will do for support!)
I can't lift up from the table because then I will be totally exposed to everyone outside the tent...the tent is not closed!!
I am dying!!  Trisha (the beauty in pink) is dying also...
because she has heard me panic and say I have two bras on and
she can see what is happening from her table and she was
laughing so hard!
And then I could feel the massage girl....unhook, unhook, unhook,
unhook, unhook, unhook,
Oh dear....
and she was speaking  to the other massage girls    
"mahkd,m dllsejm., shelsk, lkdi , 2bras, hhahahaha"
I die...
"The Lisa Factor" strikes again...
So much for "relaxing" during my massage.
We finally get done and the massage girl is like
hook, hook, hook,  sigh.....hook, hook, hook
back on the clothes go.

And back to the ship we go!! (look, Trisha is still laughing)
Other than the massage debacle I really loved this day!!
We now are back on the ship and the ship starts heading home and we are getting
more delirious by the minute.
I love this photo...:)
(don't worry they will charge it to your visa)
Isn't that a beautiful group?!!

Each night we would come up the stairs and everyone that was a

little early would have to stand around in the elevator lobby area

and wait on the dining room to open their doors.

We met a lot of very nice people as we all stood around and talked.

One night we are talking to a group and for some reason I don't

do well with crowds, and talking, and I think I get nervous

and just say words are like vomit....I just

throw them at you.  Do you hear a warning coming up?

This man was saying something about his wife getting ready

and he was talking about how nice everyone looked and

before you could say "The Lisa Factor" I am blurting out

"these are pajama pants......and I think I've worn them the whole trip."

Of course no one knew what to say....they just stared.

Why did I say that???? 

They were black capris, yes they were black capri pajama

pants but no one knew that.....................until I told them..


I think we were all ready to head home to some normal sized servings... although this chicken bite and potato bite were good.

I had to go straight to the pizza bar right after dinner...and maybe the ice cream bar.

It was time to head home....

we've had a great time!
The wind made for a rough ride home.
One night we were already in bed when we heard a commotion
out in the hall. 
We went out and people were talking about
the ice cream machine had fallen over because of the rough seas.
Boy I couldn't get my clothes on fast enough....I needed to
check on the ice cream machine!!
The last day we tried one last time to win this money....
we didn't win...but some lucky people did.
One last sunset....
one last look around the ship...
We are close enough to home that we have internet...
Here's a photo for my face book friends...
And just like that.....we are home....well, New Orleans.
What an excellent, marvelous, wonderful time we had
and I love each and every one of these special ladies
that made it so fun for me!!
A trip of a lifetime with life long friends and
memories we will never forget!!
(thank you readers for hanging in there....I know this was a long post)