Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

My husband really knows how to shut me up. I haven't had a light above my outside front door for a year and I've been yapping at him to put our new one up before Halloween. He hates Halloween. You see all lot of the trick or treaters last year skipped our house because we had no porch light on. So today, I again reminded him about the light. And this morning he bought me a mocha cappuchino. He knows my weakness. Chocolate. He reminded me, "What happens to that bowl full of candy bars if the trick or treaters skip our house?" Oh, he's good.

Gossimer is on my Short List

I am definitely getting my own domain. I want to start a new blog with my own domain name. I have a few ideas on what I want to focus on in the blog, but I think the name of it is what is holding me up. As soon as I make up my mind I can choose where to register and host it. I’ve added Gossimer to my short list of places to look into. They have a starter plan for only $5.95 a month. I have to consider that for sure. If I could just decide on a name, this is harder than naming my children!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Clam Bake

I'm going to a Clam Bake tonight! Dragging my husband to Clam Bakes is getting easier now that they offer you steak instead of that tired ol' boiled chicken. He doesn't like clams, I eat them! He gets most of my steak. Really, it's a win/win situation for both of us now. The losers in the whole deal are my children, they're not going. I'll have to leave them pizza money.

We Parents Can Be Geniuses

Our children think they know everything. It’s only when things go wrong that us parents look like geniuses. When they realize they have a huge headache, they look to us for help with there credit cards. We can steer them in the right directions for bad credit loans. And never miss a chance to gently say, “I told you so.”

Monday, October 29, 2007

I'm Getting Stuff Done Today

I finally listed some new items in my eCrater Store. It's about time! Blogging has been keeping me busy. But I wanted to get some Stocking Stuffers listed. I fill a box with tools and you buy it! It's just that simple. Seriously, one purchase and you're done with a stocking for someone that likes tools. Each box is sent out in a Flat Rate Priority Mail box, which is $8.95 for the U.S. My eCrater store Farvel Cargo is a great place to get some Holiday shopping done.

Make Yourself Amazing

I remember back before I had children, I wore bikinis. I haven’t had one of those in 21 years. I still spend a lot of time at the pool, but that time is spent in a one-piece bathing suit. You see Boy #1 was a 9lb. 5oz. bundle of joy. I was before pregnancy, 5’5” and 115 lbs. I didn’t think I could stretch anymore. I would walk into a room, no waddle into a room and my friends and family would laugh at me. I would love to have a Tummy Tuck. There is a lot of cosmetic surgery information I’m finding at Make Yourself Amazing. That’s what you need to do, find out as much information as possible before a major decision like cosmetic surgery.

Act Stupid, Get Out Of Work

Boy #1 brought me his laundry yesterday, he does every Sunday. I make sure he's fed well on Sundays, has food to take home with him and clean clothes. Then I sit in my recliner Sunday night and veg. While cooking for him I sent him down to check the clothes in the dryer. He comes upstairs and says, "They're still damp." Wha.... We went to the laundry room, I opened the dryer and he says, "Oh, that's the dryer." I swear I taught that kid to do laundry when he was in High School. He's living by his fathers famous words, "Act stupid, get out of work."

Career Options

My son went from wanting to be a High School History Teacher to a Policeman in a matter of months. Wait a minute, where did this come from? He’s probably been watching the news. Maybe having some police training is what you need to teach in a high school these days. I know I would feel better. While searching his career options I ran across a site called 5.11 Tactical. I might be able get some Holiday shopping done there.

What Time Is It?

It's cold! I have socks and slippers on! So the whole Daylight Savings Time and Daylight Standard time confusion was suppose to happen this weekend but "The Powers That Be" pushed it back a week last year. My computer is telling me it's 9:00 am but it's 10:00am. I'm going to change it to the right time. Some people might throw caution to the wind a just keep it at an hour back. I would spend to much time thinking about the "real" time. I need all the active brain cells I can get and I don't want to use up any on figuring out what time it is.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

We're Done

I never thought I’d say those words when it came to the siding on our house. We started the incredibly large undertaking of putting vinyl siding on our house ourselves. That was about a year ago. Today we put the last piece of siding on. Why did it take so long, you ask? Rain, sleet, snow, trips to the emergency room, you name it, we experienced it. But now we can get on with phase two of our plan and start looking into remortgages. Let me tell you the easier phase two goes the better. Money Magic Mortgages is where we will start. This site is very easy to click around and they will give us a free quote with no obligation. Phase two will be so much more easier and quicker than phase one.

Sunday Fish Fry

I finally fried the fish the my husband and our 3 boys caught on Father's Day. It's a lot of work and smelly. They fish they caught is Crappie, so it's small. It takes a lot of time to bread and fry all that fish. So I put the task off as long as I could. We had my mom and dad over and had a wonderful dinner. The best thing is we have leftovers, I don't have to cook tomorrow. And Tuesday we are going to a clam-bake and I get out of cooking again. I don't plan on returning to my kitchen until Wednesday.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

It's All About Me

I think my husbands’ junk has surpassed the allotted garage space that came with our house. I’d tell you we have everything in there but the kitchen sink, but we have that too. Instead of building on to the house a bigger kitchen, I fear the way he looks at the garage with his head cocked to the side. He’s up to something. I saw him looking at Prefab Concrete Garages on the internet the other day. It would be nice to be able to put my car in the garage, especially in the winter. I haven’t been able to fit a car in our garage since we first moved in, fourteen years ago. I’ll have to keep a close eye on him to see if I find him at the Lidget Concrete Garages site anymore. I could benefit from a bigger garage and it is all about me, right?

Sid the Leopard Gecko

This is Sid. Boy #3's Leopard Gecko. He doesn't demand as much attention as the dog, Buckeye, so he's often overlooked. He doesn't have to be walked, poops in the same corner of his cage everytime and when he sheds he eats the dead skin. We feed him live crickets every three days and keep his water bowl filled. So you can go way on a long weekend and there would be no need to get a lizard sitter. Sometimes when I look at him I expect him to start talking, with an English accent, about car insurance. But that hasn't happened yet.

Retirement Sounds Like a Blast

I have three sets of aunts and uncles in Florida. My parents never wanted to live in Florida, so they all keep in touch with phone calls. If the aunts and uncles call and my parent don’t answer they leave a message. Mom and Dad forget to check their answering machine sometimes and that is where I come in. My aunt called today to make sure everything is okay, yes they’re fine, you know small talk. Then my aunt starts telling me they’re going out tonight and she proceeds to explain all the Events in St. Augustine that are going on. The last Saturday in every month, today October 27 and next month November 24 they have an event called Uptown Saturday Night from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Along San Marco Avenue there are antique shops, book stores, art galleries, live music in the streets and refreshments.
Retirement sounds like a blast! When I plan a trip to Florida it will be around the last Saturday of the month, that’s for sure! So I told my aunt I’d have mom and dad give her a call. As we were getting ready to hang up I told her to behave herself tonight, she giggled.

Why is He Being so Nice to Me?

The last few days the boy has been nice to me, more than usual. It's got me worried. Why, because I figured it out. Report cards have been mailed and they are due in my mailbox today. That can only mean one thing, he's being nice to me because he wants me to go easy on the punishment. Damn. I hope I don't have to get out my exorcist face.

Make Sure They are Self-Sufficient

We as parents have the job of making sure our children are self-sufficient, so when they move out, they stay out. Yes, we have to feed them and clothe them, but everything we do in raising them all ends up pointing to helping them become self-sufficient adults. We see their strengths and steer them towards independence. Boy #2, since the days he starting walking and playing, is going to do well in life working with his hands. He shows some interest in plumbing and would like to start his own business eventually. There are a lot of plumbers I told him, get into a sales training course. Then you have an edge over your competition. He’s a competitor and a great conversationalist, he will do well for himself. Now about those other two kids of mine………….

Chinese Take Out

Guess what I did last night? I sat in the movie theater parking lot for 35 minutes. Boy #3 was going to the movies with a bunch of friends, only the bunch wasn't there. After about 15 minutes I told him to call someone and make sure he got the movie theater right. I won't leave him by himself. He called. He got the theater right but the time wrong. Normally getting some time to sit around and talk with my son is a good thing. But I was picking up Chinese after I dropped him off. My stomach was growling and I was afraid the restaurant would give my food to someone else. Or worse yet.........blackball me! I could have pick up the food first and ate a eggroll while waiting.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Back it up Baby!

I didn’t post yesterday because I had some computer problems. Computer problems put me in panic mode. I have so much time invested into my blogs and my online stores that having something go wrong can reduce me to tears in minutes. Once I had my son’s friend, 14 at the time, come by and “fix” my computer. Two days later the computer crashed, hard. I took it in to be looked at and the cost to try and retrieve all my lost documents, our tax information and my photo’s was almost as much as a new computer. I had just loaded pictures of my nieces wedding on there, all three of my boys had ties on and we posed for a family picture, damn. You don’t get many of those precious moments. It’s not often that I refer to my boys and the word precious comes up!
So anyway I looked into online backup. I figured my sanity is worth a small fee. I didn’t realize I could get up 2GB of storage space for FREE. Wow! I like free stuff. And it’s so easy to use. Why didn’t I look into this sooner and save myself some gray hairs?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Stop to Admire Halloween Decorations

I thought I covered the subject of walking the dog pretty well yesterday. But our walk today deserves a post. We took our winter route this morning, this is the route that was available to us in the dead of winter, when the sidewalks were covered in snow. I was admiring the Halloween decorations in our neighbors yards. I know The Dog Whisperer says to look straight ahead when walking the dog because I'm the "pack leader", but if the neighbors are going to put that much effort into decorating their yards, I should acknowledge it, am I right or what? The dog was lagging back sniffing, so I broke out of my Halloween decoration admiration haze and look down. Thank God! I almost stepped on a completely and I mean completely smashed to the street squirrel. Gross! Did a tank run over it? I was able to tug the dog away before she touched it. I don't think that was part of any Halloween yard display.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Shopping in my Slippers

I met my friend from grade school for dinner last week and I asked her when she was going to be back in town. She says to me Thanksgiving, she’ll be here the whole weekend because her sister and she always go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. They have it all planned, getting up at 4:00 am, going to breakfast. I tried not to look at her like she was one brick short of a load. I’ll probably sleep in that morning. But that’s just me. I have thanksgiving ads being emailed to me. When my coffee is done brewing, I’ll shuffle over to my computer in my big fluffy slippers and shop. I’m guessing it will probably be around 10:00 am. I always start with the little ones on my list. They aren’t as picky as the older kids. I can easily get the great nieces and nephews done at one sitting at ToysRUs. Before my second cup of coffee. I didn’t tell my dear friend this because she has done this Black Friday shopping thing for years and she looked really excited about it. There aren’t very many things that would get me up at 4:00 am. I can think of one or two, a crying baby back a few years or to go to the bathroom. But never to go shopping.

The Dead Bunny

I'm not done talking about this walk the dog and I had this morning. When we got home from our walk, Buckeye and I, we went to the side of the house to check the sump pump. With all the rain we're having, you have to check these things. It isn't working. I'll tell my husband and it will become his problem.
Four years ago in the summer of '03 I was pulling weeds near the sump pump. If you've never seen a sump pump before, check out my picture if blogger will let me load it. See towards to back where part of that big pipe is missing. Good. Remember that. While weeding something moved in the weeds and I jumped back a little. That is when I saw a baby bunny. Awwww, so cute. Let me get a better look. I scared it and it hopped away. Hopped away right down the cement pipe of the sump pump. I stood there waving my hands in front of me. I could hear it splashing around. Oh. Oh No! My husband was cutting the grass so I took off across the lawn. Still waving my hands and babbling,
"The bunny, the bunny, in the sump pump." He couldn't hear me. But he turned off the lawnmower and followed me as I tried to explain my erratic behavior.
"It's down there? Do you know how deep that is? It's dead."
"But I heard it splashing around."
We both leaned closer to listen for signs of life. Nothing.
That was the day I killed the bunny.

I'm Not an Internet Genius

I’m afraid to plunge into the ‘whole have your own website’ world. I sell online at several auction sites and my online buddies are telling me to start my own website. The online auctions are dying, they say. So I started looking into my own website. What has me the most apprehensive is ecommerce software. Finding it is not a problem, it’s finding something that’s easy to use, cost effective and has technical support is what’s important. We are not all internet geniuses, if you take the plunge, you want to make sure someone is their with a safety net! Ashop has a FREE 10 day trial for their ecommerce software. I think that alone speaks for itself. You get ten days to see if Ashop is right for you. Ten days to see if technical support stacks up. Not a bad deal if you ask me. Ashop is definitely worth looking into.

Successful Walk

Okay the walk in the rain went well. We managed to set a gaggle of geese off to flight. It's gaggle right? The gaggle saw us coming and starting honking, then took off. Buckeye just wanted to play. A successful walk means many things but the most important is, if I'm carrying a bag of crap when we get back to the house. I was. One of the joys of having a dog is getting to walk down the street with a potpourri scented poop bag filled with crap. Good times. The dog has not grasped the concept of staying under the umbrella, so my house smells like wet dog. But she now sleeps! I'll make each of the boys take her for a walk when they get home from school so she doesn't keep us up all night and all will be well.

Online Casino Reviews

How many times have you said, “I wish I had money on that game.” After watching the Cleveland Indians / Boston Red Sox ALCS series, I’ll bet a lot of people wish they had. I never thought that series would go all seven games. I thought the Indians had it in five. But then I’m a homer I guess. And perhaps I’d need to educate myself on an online casino before I actually “had money on that game.” is a site that reviews online casinos and has a Beginners Guide to Online Casino Gambling along with a Frequently Asked Questions page and Gambling Tips This site is easy to navigate and I found it filled with useful information. can help you make an educated decision for your online gambling games. Whether you choose Sports Betting, Poker or even Bingo, there is a review for you. I bet you’ll have fun!

This Rainy Day Will Screw Me Up

It started raining here in Northeast Ohio last night and hasn't stopped. It was nice to listen to the pitter patter of the rain all night. We were able to keep our window open a little, it has been unseasonably warm. Do I sound like the weatherman? The problem is I have a lot I want to get done today, rain and a couped up dog don't mix. I'm getting ready for our first walk of the day to tire her out and hopefully she will lay around most of the morning and early afternoon. Keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't stare at me and bark.

Monday, October 22, 2007

That Girl Needs to be on Stage!

That is what I told everyone at the birthday party I went to yesterday. This little four-year-old girl got up on a chair and started to entertain anyone that would pay attention to her. She was adorable! Giving eye contact to her audience and telling us stories so animated I thought I was at story-time at the library. I told her mom, “You need to check out this site called Talent Rock. She demands an audience!”

Almost Done!

Besides getting plunked on the top of my head by an acorn, it was inevitable, we managed to get another side of our house done. WooHoo! One more weekend and we should be able to be done putting up vinyl siding on our house all by ourselves. This is a job I will not sign up for ever again. So keep your fingers crossed that we have good weather next weekend. This weekend was gorgeous and I would mind a repeat. I'm so ready to be done with this house.

Get Me Out of Here

Perhaps it’s time to find a place to go without baseball talk. I’ll find myself a cheap flight and get the heck away from listening to how much the Cleveland Indians blew it. I can check into some flights to India, that’s far away from ESPN commentators. Do they even have baseball in India? Looking on the upside of not going to the World Series, hmmm, I won’t lose anymore sleep!

Friday, October 19, 2007

I Need To Get Out More

I was talking to the dog the night Jake Westbrook was pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday I think. No one was home yet. The dog and I have some great conversations. So anyway I said, "Buckeye, he strikes out the first batter he faces and then walks the next one? What the hell?" She looks at me as if to say, "Duh! Are you forgetting Westbrook is a ground ball pitcher? We have a double play set up here." Sure enough the Indians turned a double play.
Now some people would think I'm a little weird and I need to get out of the house more. There are few that understand what it's like to be a Cleveland sports fan. There hasn't been a major championship won in Cleveland since I've been alive. We are talking Baseball, Football and Basketball because they are the only ones that count. We've come very close in the past, the Fumble, the Drive, the Shot, that we get a little slap happy when we start to get close again. We want to get excited, really. But we've been disappointed so many times in the past, we had our hopes crushed, celebrations brought to a halt, that it's only a matter of time before we have conversations with our dogs.

Credit Card Comparison

There is only so much advice your kids are going to listen to from you as their parents. Once they get a little older they listen to you more or have a longer attention span, I’m not sure. When it comes to credit cards you want to get some quick advice in their heads and hope it sticks before they get in too much debt and have to worry about balance transfers or incredibly high interest rates. If they get into financial trouble, who bails them out? We do get to say, “I told you so.” But it still costs us. Directing them towards a site where they can do some credit card comparison, is one of the better ideas I’ve come up with. It’s all about the computer right?

I Don't Want To Talk About It

I didn't get much sleep so I'm crabby. The Cleveland Indians lost last night. Damn it. I want this series to be over and I wanted to end it in Cleveland. Now we go back to Boston. Cleveland went up against Josh Beckett, he had his stuff. C.C. Sabathia, didn't bring it! Very disappointing. Too many errors for the Indians in playoff baseball. I hope they can turn around this defeat. Okay I vented. Now I will turn back into a Cleveland Indians cheerleader. Come on Tribe!

Another One on the Road

I have another kid getting ready to drive. That means more gray hair. Great. This is the last of our boys to learn how to drive. Yes, we have three boys. You can understand then, why my husband and I compare car insurance regularly. People tell me all the time that it is easier to raise boys than girls, this I believe. Our car insurance might cost more but we have less drama and as long as you have home insurance you can breath a little easier when you have boys. Trust me, you can’t believe what boys think of sometimes. No wait a minute they don’t think, that’s the problem!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Office Season 4 - Launch Party

The Cube on the Screen. That was awesome!

Going Lavender

I decided I want my house to smell like lavender. When I walk into my house I want to take a deep breath of lavender. I've bought all lavender laundry products and lavender dish detergent, hand soap for the kitchen. My next step is to buy scented candles and air fresheners.
Can you tell I got nothin today? I'm going for more coffee and get a shower, perhaps I'll come back with something intriguing later.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Fun of Shopping Online

One of the fun parts of shopping online is when the packages start coming. Just about everyday a package gets delivered to your door during the Holiday shopping season. I don't know about anyone else but I love it!
I sell online also. Here is a list of my stores:
Farvel Cargo: I have a large inventory of tools, you can find a lot of Stocking Stuffers here!
Farvel Clearance: New and gently used items in this store. PokeMon Trading Cards to Glassware.
Farvel T-Shirts: These t-shirts are blank on the front but on the back it looks like someone has pinned a note on it.
Take a look when you get a chance and get some shopping done!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's Tribe Time

I first heard about this story on the radio, WTAM in Cleveland, because I'm a talk radio junkie. It sent chills up my spine. The Tribe is certainly giving us Cleveland fans a ride of our lives this baseball season. I'm enjoying the hell out of it! From the snow storm at the beginning of the season to the "bug storm" in the Indians/Yankees playoff game, this team has been on fire.

CLEVELAND --Ray Chapman's spirit could be floating the Cleveland Indians through a season unlike any other in their history.
Strange, unexplainable, improbable, head-scratching events have surrounded this team for months, beginning almost from the moment the Indians rediscovered a lost piece of Chapman's legacy.
I can't wait for the game tonight!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Your Welcome

As I continue my quest for a stress-free holiday season, it’s only right that I pass along information to help the rest of the world to do the same. It’s the least I can do. Saving money seems to relieve stress, it does for my husband anyway. has a boatload of well-known online shopping sites coupons. This site is updated daily. Some of the links you click on will give you a coupon code. Like if you are looking for Kohl’s coupons, when you click on a specific coupon it will tell you to write down a code before you continue with your shopping. If you have ever shopped online when you get to the shopping cart you’ve seen the area where it says discount code right? Now you get to use it! Don’t tell my parents, but I’m heading over for some coupons. My parents drink wine a 5:00 every day “because it’s good for your heart”. Red wine of course.

I Make Myself Nervous Sometimes

I'm trying to add a column on my blog. The last time I tried to do a major change to my blog I ended up crying. I saved my code this time, the old one and the "attempt". I ended up with an "add page element" at the very top of my page above my header. And then I didn't have any "add page elements" in the space for the column I created. Yeah, I'm soooo ready for my own domain!
I'm so stoked for the Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox game tonight!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My Practice Kid

Boy, time sure is flying by as I get older! I just got back from my sons reading tutors baby shower. It seems like just yesterday we were seeking help in reading for my oldest son. Reading is so important when they are just starting out in school, it affects every subject. I call my oldest my practice kid. We waited longer than we should have to get him a tutor and like I always say, “Now that we know, we won’t do that with the other two.” Poor kid!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Champagne

I was totally out of my comfort zone last night, but enjoyed the evening anyway. Anytime someone wants to sit me down at a table with Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Champagne, I'm there! I went and got myself a new outfit, purse and shoes. I run around most of the time either barefoot, with flip flops or tennis shoes, so anything with a heel is going to be a challenge for me.
My feet were killing me! As soon as we left and jumped in the car I took off my shoes. When we turned on to our street I grabbed my new shoes to try and stuff my feet back into them. "What the hell?" I looked at my husband and started to laugh. Doh! I left in the plastic inserts in the top of my new shoes. What a comfortable walk I had from my car to my front door.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

How Did I Get So Busy?

My Husband called me yesterday and told me we were going out tonight. To a fund raising event, so I have to dress up. I have to find something, no buy something to wear, get my hair done, transfer all my crap from one purse to another. Pick up his suit from the cleaners, order corsages for the Homecoming Dance this weekend, get gas in the car, oh and we are out of detergent.
While at this event I will have to try and keep my husband awake. He got home this morning at 5:30. He had to go for a "sleep study" last night. When they get enough information on your sleeping habits they wake you up and send you home. So they sent the poor guy off into the night at 5:00 am. He's trying to get some sleep now before he goes to work.
Where should I start? Ahhh coffee, more coffee.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ashop Commerce is Worth a Look

I have been selling online since 2003. Just at the online auction type places. I have met a lot of online selling friends over the years through forums. They all have, are starting or at least thinking about their own website. And trying to talk me into doing the same. There is a lot to do when you start your own site. Domain name, web hosting and when you think that’s enough don’t forget shopping cart software. I think that may be your most important decision. You have to be able to integrate with your bank and PayPal, plus make sure you have checkout security.

Ashop Commerce may be worth a look, especially since they have a ten-day FREE trial. What do you have to lose there? Tech support is incredibly important to anyone with a new website especially a novice. Ashop Commerce is there to help you succeed. So all I need to do is jump into the website scene with the rest of my online selling friends.

What do Dreams Mean? Cuz I'm Freaked Out

The other night I dreamt of my grandmother who past over 20 years ago. The following night I dreamt of my other grandmother, she also past over 20 years ago. I can't shake the thought of impending dome. Don't get me wrong, it was nice to see those two ladies again, but I'm a little freaked out.
When my mother-in-law dreams of the dead, it means someone in the family is pregnant. Honest to God that woman is better than a pregnancy test. She knew when I was pregnant all three times before I did. My third pregnancy, the unexpected one, because I know when I'm ovulating pregnancy, she says, "I dreamed of Uncle Chub last night." "Oh God, let's go to the drug store and get a pregnancy test." Positive!
So we can look at my dreams either as the glass is half empty or half full way. Impending dome or pregnancy. Wait a minute! Neither one of those scenarios sound "half full" to me.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

My Son the Math King

Around the time our boys reached the sixth grade is when I had to bow out of helping them with their Math homework. Eighth grade is when my husband and his big brain bowed out. Now the middle son was awarded Math King in the second grade and has made it to his senior year without any problems. But the other two needed Math Tutors. I guess we can’t all be Kings.

Monday, October 08, 2007

This is Suppose to be Fun

I don't know if I can take post season baseball. Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees tonight at 7:30. It really sucked last night when Cleveland lost. I wanted to be celebrating today. Now Paul Byrd has the ball tonight. Holy Crap, against the Yankees ace! Maybe I'll just go in the other room and watch Dancing With The Stars.

Makes Sense to Me

Ahh the world of computers. Kids love them. I ask my youngest questions about my computer all the time. He fixes things for me. He is very comfortable in front of a computer. It only makes sense to me that when he is struggling in school, I find him help through an Innovative Tutor. To combine something he loves and learning, yeah makes sense to me.

Acorn Obstacle

We had a very busy weekend again. I took a picture of our acorn-laced backyard. We were hanging siding and trying not to break our ankles on the acorns. My husband sat down for a break and an acorn fell on his head. I'm actually surprised no one has been hit on the head until now. My mom told me all these acorns falling is natures way of providing for the small animals. That there is a bad winter on the way. Make sure your snow blowers are working in the Northeast!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

We Have Home Insurance, Don't Worry

I just finished staining my deck, a storm was brewing. I got everything put away and sat in my recliner. The wind picked up and we heard a crash in the backyard. “What the hell was that?” My husband and I looked out in the backyard and a tree had fallen on our newly stained deck and enclosed patio. I decided right there, that it was a good time to cry. My husband says to me, “We have home insurance, don’t worry.” “But….” “I’ll go call our insurance agent.” He doesn’t know what to do when I cry.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Chief Wahoo

Now that the Cleveland Indians are in the playoffs, I find myself reminiscing about the 90's Indians team. We were in the playoffs back then and went to the World Series twice. My boys were smaller, but still very much Cleveland fans. We raised them that way. They had the t-shirts to prove it! Back then I also bought them those temporary tattoos. Way cool when you 9, 6 and 4 years old. I put a Chief Wahoo tattoo on each of there cheeks and sent them off to school. Our school system was into Cleveland Indians spirit, so this wasn't going to be a problem or so I thought. Although my boys are close in age, they were all in different school buildings. The 6 year old is my little scatterbrain. He never gave me the school picture information that was crumbled in the bottom of his backpack. I was able to have his picture re-taken and actually order some on picture re-take day, but his sweet little face, with the Chief Wahoo tattoo, will be forever immortalized in the school yearbook!

Smorty Makes Me Smile

I quit my job in January of 2007. My dream job is to work at home. I’m a homebody and not much of a people person. I have a large inventory of tools that I’m selling online, but that has not been bringing in much income. I had to find something else. I started a blog a few years ago to advertise my tools. This past summer I started on a path that I’m staying on, I get paid to use my blog for blog advertising. I found Smorty. The simple concept of bringing advertisers and bloggers together is spreading like wildfire.
I am amazed by the world of blogging. I have learned so much in the past few months and met some very nice people who have helped me tweak my blog. I can’t wait to go to bed at night so I can get up and go to “work”. I no longer dread Monday mornings. I’m getting paid for my opinions and my words, what a great feeling and sense of accomplishment.

That Was Low Class LeBron

Real nice LeBron. There he is Cleveland Cavelier, LeBron James sitting at a Cleveland Indians game, in Cleveland, wearing a New York Yankees hat. When interviewed he said he supports all the Cleveland Indian players and hopes they do well, but he wants the New York Yankees to wins. Huh? Can he hear himself talk? Is he going into politics when his basketball career is over? Fans are what make you a star LeBron. Cleveland fans are cranky and desperate for a championship, they'll turn on you in a blink of an eye. How about a little loyalty?

Hey the Indians won last night, beating the Yankees 12 to 3! Awesome! The Jake was hoppin` and my husband gets to go to the game tonight! Keep it up Indians you have most of Cleveland supporting you.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Who Turned Out the Lights?

We are putting new siding on our house and our old garage doors looked like hell after we got the front of the house done. We had new doors installed but with no windows. We have 3 boys and a basketball hoop, the least amount of windows, the better. So long story short, after the installation, I had to go to the garage to get to my freezer, it was pitch black! I had to feel around for the light-switch. “We are in desperate need of garage lighting.” I showed him the website I’ve been blogging about,, and his eyes lit up.

View of Sue

I started my other Blog in August. I call it the View of Sue. I have a view on just about everything, but right now I'm focusing on television. So far I have been reviewing Heroes, House, Dancing With The Stars, Survivor, My Name is Earl and The Office. I'm trying to handle these reviews without pissing off my husband. Out of the shows I mention, he only likes House. So there is a lot of recording going on with our DVR. Tonight might prove to be quite a test. Our Cleveland Indians start their playoff games against those damn Yankees. I might have to start watching episodes on my computer, all for a happy home life of course.

I'm Really Motivated This Year

I started my Christmas shopping the other day and I’m really motivated to get done early this year. Everyone dreams of a relaxing holiday season. I am in pursuit of a stress free December. Now stop your giggling. I’m at least trying. I have Coupon Chief to help me. Just check all the shopping you can get done there. My geek son will no doubt give me a list of things that I will only be able to find with BestBuy coupons. I bake a lot of cookies during the holidays and I can use some discounts with Target coupons for the baking supplies. Oh boy I need to make a cookie list!

I Dreamt of Him

October 3, 1986, our first child was born. I remember when I was pregnant I would have dreams of him. Yes, I knew he was a boy. Everyone said I was having a girl. I remember seeing him clearly in my dreams. The birth was a complicated one. I got a chance to see him quickly, he was already wrapped up in a white blanket, with just his little face showing. He looked straight into my eyes and looked exactly like he did in my dreams. Then he was wisked away.
Now he's 21 and out on his own, ready to get married. It's not healthy to wish for the past, I'm told. I can't hold that little bundle in my arms again, but never do I pass up a chance to hug him and tell him love him!
Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Increasing the Value of Our Home

The whole reason my husband and I are fixing up our house is because we want to re-finance. My husband said he wants to look into an emortgage. We had our chimney replaced and our front steps re-done. And now my husband is making our back patio an “all year around” room. All these remodeling projects will lead us to increasing the value of our home. I will dance on my rooftop when we are finished!

It's Official

I have started my Christmas shopping. Earlier than ever. Now I've only purchased a few stocking stuffers but it is a start. I always put the stocking stuffer stuff (stay that 10 times fast) off until the last minute and then end up just filling them with candy because I want to be done. Not that there's anything wrong with candy, I'm a big Pro-Chocolate activist, but I wanted to put a little thought into the stockings this year. Along with filling my 3 boys, 2 of their girlfriends and my husbands, I also fill my own. Usually when I tell people this they react with a jaw dropping, your kidding look. If you want something done right you have to do it yourself. My husband will just go to the drug store, grab a handful of candy bars and shove them in a stocking. I grab a handful of candy bars at least once a week. This way I get what I want. The husband comes through with presents and I'll save the story of last years Christmas present for when we get a little closer to the holidays. Don't worry, I wrote it down, I won't forget.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The LAP BAND System, I Saw it on the Internet

My mom starts telling me about her friend, “She’s going to get that surgery where they sew up your stomach to lose weight. That’s major surgery.” “Conroe Lap band surgery?” I asked her. She looked back at me waiting for me to explain why I knew this. “Uhhh, I saw it on the internet, it’s an outpatient procedure.” “Oh, the internet.” She refuses to step into present day technology.

Online Shopping Links

I just added one of my friends to my Online Shopping Link list. Patti of A Beautiful Secret. If you have an online store and want it on my list let me know! The holiday season is here, it's time to not only shop but promote your online store. I got a little shopping done at A Beautiful Secret today too. I can also hook you up at The Crabby Host, I'm an administrator on the forum there. If you have a online store join us! Your membership will get you free advertising at The CrabbyMarket Place. We would be glad to have you there, my screen name there is the same as my blog, Farvel Cargo!

Cabinets with Pre-Installed Lights, Cool!

I finally took our cooler out of our garage, it’s been there since June. It had melted ice in it and a freezer bag, that’s it. Needless to say the cooler is airing out in the backyard. Then I have to find a place for it in the shed. It use to have a place in the shed but my husband has been throwing tools in there. We’ve discussed this before. He needs to get organized and I think I found just the thing, diamond plate cabinets. They’re bright and shiny, they’d attracted him. “Go to the light dear, put your tools away.” These cabinets do have lights on them!

I Added a Chat Box

Just adding to my Blog Flair today. I hope somebody says hi to me. I will add one to my other Blog, View of Sue later today. I have to get over to that blog and review Dancing With The Stars. Dear God what will I say about Wayne Newton? I recorded Heroes, but haven't seen it yet. It was a weird night.
It rained and no leaks in the roof, so my husband did something right up there Saturday. Working with him on this house has, at times, been drudgery, but I had the best line last weekend. He is a very smart guy, big brain, and he was trying to figure something out. I can always tell when his brain is at work and I just step back. But this time I said, "Why don't you tell me what you are trying to do and I can tell you a better way to do it." hehe!

Monday, October 01, 2007

I Got it Bad for Mocha Cappuccino

The Mocha Cappuccino at the Gas Stations. I love them. They have way to much sugar in them, but I don't care. I get a large. If the gas station I stop at dares to be out of Mocha, I've found a way around that problem. I mix French Vanilla with hot chocolate. Three parts French Vanilla and one part hot chocolate. Yes, I can stand at the cappuccino machine and concoct a cappuccino to die for!