Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas Everybody

I am ready to blog about a Christmas gift that Niel has coming, but as he sometimes reads my blog, I can't. Keep tuning in...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

dumpster diving

I have a question. Is it still dumpster diving if you don't actually go into the dumpster?
Niel and I have been discussing the storage issues of our home food storage, so when I saw this shelf out by a dumpster at the University, I could not resist. With the help of four great friends we went from this:

To this:

Canned goods aisle at the store, HERE WE COME!!!

Also, we FINALLY finished the dining room an kitchen floor. NIEL- You are amazing!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

announcement and Wesley's super powers

We are so glad Simon is finally here, safe and sound. All Wesley could do upon his arrival is contained in the following video:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yes, I am still pregnant

I am due in two days, and for posterity's sake I decided to finally take some pregnant pictures. So, here I am in all my rotund and shining voluptuous glory. (I can't wait to meet you little baby boy.)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

a clean yard

Yesterday we all spent about 2 hours reclaiming our yard (front and back) from a few weeks of neglect . After we were finished, I said to Nan with much enthusiasm, "Doesn't our yard look so much better!?" And she said with just as much energy, "Yeah! And everyone is going to think someone else moved here!"

Now for some cute pics of Wesley and Mallie together in the same chair:

October 3 2007 (Mallie 2 days old) and August 20, 2009 (Mallie almost 2 yrs. old)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Quote of the month

Winston Churchill, having been called to task for ending a sentence with a preposition, retorted, “This is the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

company and stillness

Company is coming for dinner and I told Wesley he needed to pick up all the toys he dutifully dumped out all over the livingroom.
"How come?" he asked.
"Because," I said, "we don't just want toys lying all over the place."
"But Mommy, the toys can be real still."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A bee sting, we think

So we may need to carry an eppi pen with us now, but we still aren't sure it was a bee.

This is about 10 minutes after the hospital staff administered benadryl and steriods. Wesley is a lot stronger now.

Monday, July 6, 2009

a grouch, I guess

I am pretty sure that every day this summer I have worn my hair up in a ponytail. So this morning I decided to try to get my hair decent-looking enough to wear down. Upon completion I asked my daughter if she noticed anything different about me. She paused for a minute and then said in question form, "Um, you're happy?"

Friday, June 19, 2009

lots of links and a poster, or finally IN the studio

So I have a friend, Manelle Oliphant who does amazing posters for her local playhouse, The Empress Theatre.(Check out her poster for See How They Run). So, as I secretly want to be like Manelle, I am copying her. Shortly after we moved to Ruston, I put myself in contact with the The Dixie Center for the Fine Arts which houses the plays performed by The Ruston Community Theatre. I finished my first play poster this morning.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

hovel rhymes with shovel

How is it that summers lend themselves to endless and seemingly insurmountable tasks? Mine are all happy tasks (nearly all), not a source of what will inevitably sound like complaining. Know, however, that I am not complaining, and am grateful for the opportunity to modify, improve and beautify our living space.
Right now there is still what I have affectionately termed "the peek-a-boo hole" in the wall between the dining room and the master bathroom. Niel and I worked on it all last Saturday but didn't quite get it all the way filled in. And so the list of "we'll get to it next Saturday" grows longer.

I took off all the cabinet doors in our kitchen yesterdsay and this morning in preparation to paint them. Luckily this project won't require as much sanding as it could have. All the top cabinet doors were already sanded. Should I feel bad that they were once white, and someone sanded them, and I am going to paint them white again? Um, NO, because I think the wood like it was looked horrible. (I will hopefully post some before and after pictures soon.)

The shower floor in the master bath is still in need of new tile.

AND the yard needs to be mowed, but first, all the dog poo around our hovel needs to be attended to with a shovel. (I'll spare the picture on that one.)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

it bites

I vote that it is both annoying and WRONG when mosquitoes buzz into your living room and proceed to bite you in the comfort of their new home.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


A week ago I brought a puppy home. We named her Daisy (after Daisy Duke) and she has been a fun addition to our family. She is a Catahoula Cur, the Louisiana state dog. I figured, since I live here now (and very well may be here forever) I had just as well represent.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

response to cute spam

Send spam if you want to
I won't send it on.
I won't even read it
Just ask my Mom.

Heart kisses and wish wings~
I think that junk's lame,
Don't send cute hats either,
I think it's the same.

Do you know where it came from?
Did it inspire you, really?
Those cyber-prayers always
make me feel so silly.

It all goes in the trash box
It all rots on a shelf.
Send a note if you want to,
But sign it yourself.

(a really lame poem written by me, in response to really lame mass e-mails)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The other night

The other night my husband asked me when I was going to post someting new to my blog. In shock, I asked him, "You check my blog?"
So this is for my husband, any friends I may still have, and for myself (to get out of the non-blogging blues).
Here is a before and after of my little dirt plot in front of my front door. You can see that the azeleas bloomed too.

Last Sunday night we had some friends over for dinner and they had provided a yummy chocolate cake (among other things ~ so beware if we invite you over to eat, we might ask you to bring the food.) As our fiends were getting ready to leave they asked us if we would like to keep the cake or if they should take it. After we insisted they go ahead and take it with them (to rid ourselves of the temptation of having it around) we went into the kitchen and found Mallie hard at work. They took the cake anyway. Such gracious guests!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


So this is the house we will hopefully be closing on by mid-March (maybe even on our seven year anniversary.)

Yes! We are going forward with buying our FIRST HOME! AND we won't even have to move. That's right, we are buying the house we are currently renting.
This (thank you Photoshop) is what I hope it looks like after we have all the windows replaced and either repaint it or put siding up. (Suggestions anyone?)

Saturday, January 17, 2009


So Friday morning I went to Big MAMA's Antique Sales and Restorations in Shreveport, LA. The owner, Ray, a southern gentleman at its finest, had posted some lawn and garden goods on craigslist under the free section. Hence, the truck load. I plan on using a great deal of these items for flower pots and planters in the back yard. My favorite find, the butter churn, however, will not be used as a planter, but as home decor instead. Ray, you are awsome. I hope your sale next week blesses you tremendously!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

look what I found in the attic

The bed, not the baby.

(Ok. so not the mattress either, but if you have an attic, and someone has lived there before you, it pays to go up and explore.)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

78 degrees and daffodils

So guess how hot it got today and what kind of flower I saw a yard full of today on my way to church? You only get one guess. Can anyone say JANUARY???!!!???

Saturday, January 3, 2009

So I found this on Jennifer Tolman's fine art blog, and it was inspiring to both my womanly, and artistic sensibilities. Enjoy.

Friday, January 2, 2009

the book is always better

So we finished reading the Tale of Despereaux this morning and Niel, the children and I all went to the earliest matinee. There we were. The long anticipated moment: huge popcorn tub in lap, soda enough to use as a serious doorstop, and a candy necklace around the dear children's throats. And they had well earned it. They sat every evening since Christmas day and listened to their mother read 275 pages of a virtuously pictureless novel. I had read a few reviews before we went and they were fair: B, B- (and even a 'D', but I was the sure the critic on that one was not privy to the fact it was a children's movie, and not a social commentary.) Come on, how can you give a kids show a 'D'? Well, there was The Land Before Time 1, 2, 3......and 17, but that is another blog entry all together. Back to the point at hand. The movie was alright. I won't spoil it for anyone out there with a strong desire to go, I'll just say this, the book was better. The book IS ALWAYS better.