Living in Northern Virginia, traffic is a way of life. There are no ways to avoid the mess unless you are agoraphobic.  Sitting in traffic is just the way we live around here.

The summers make the traffic worse. If I95 is backed up, everything dumps onto Route 1. Route 1 happened to be where I was sitting on Saturday. It was not pretty because it was a 3 mile back up. Then it cleared for a few miles and bam…right back in the thick of  going 2-5 miles or stopped completely.

We (my daughter and I) were sitting in a 2 mile back up at this point, when she spotted a bill board. She laughed and told me I needed to take a picture of that one! I did! I had the camera with me and thought, I will take a picture of something interesting as we move and stop. When we were able to move forward again, I snapped. A picture that is…=)

  Here is the bill board. She didn’t realize that Ruffles is a brand of potato chip. We don’t buy Ruffles. I prefer them because they are saltier. My husband doesn’t do salt. We usually end up with Wavy Lays. I also prefer the wavy chips because I am a scooper, not a dipper, dunker, dabber or scraper. I scoop! Lots! I am going to need to purchase her a bag of plain Rrrrufffles with rrridgges!

Ahhh, traffic is moving…slightly. We  stopped next to a building that I have long admired. I love the mural on the front of the building. They are an eye specialty shop. Glasses, Lasik etc. The mural on the front of the building is filled with lots of faces.

I love the mural, but it struck me funny that a place offers LASIK and BOTOX.

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July 18, 2011 Posted by | Attitude, Humor, Just Life, Photography, Traffic | 3 Comments

Wow!! I thought I made good pancakes!!

When my children were younger I would sometimes use the decorative cookie cutters to make pancakes. I would spritz them with some  non-stick spray and pour the batter in the cookie cutter.

I’m not talking small cookie cutters either. I am talking the huge cookie cutters with the rubber on the top. We had teddy bears,flowers, butterflies and whatever shape I could get one in to make pancakes.

I lacked creativity. Shame on me.

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Art, Blogs, Children, Family Fun, Humor, Just Life | 3 Comments

What have you done…

You are supposed to highlight what you have done in your lifetime. I borrowed this from Elaine at Valley Life in Alaska.

1. Started your own blog…well, duh!
2. Slept under the the back of my husband’s pick up truck and it isn’t what you are thinking!
3. Played in a bandin elementry school, I played the trumpet and taught myself the clarinet
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower…see number 2. I was with my children and we all slept in the truck and on a trampoline in the middle of a field.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain… not a huge one but…..
9. Held a praying Mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumpedThis is something I want to try…I think.
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch…yes, I taught myself to knit, paint and a few other things
15. Adopted a child…in my heart
16. Had food poisoning…very unpleasant.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight… love them especially with the kids.
22. Hitch-hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort…. grew up in the snow belt in Ohio that was a must do thing.
25. Held a baby lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice….
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run…surprised a few people when I took off running.
32. Been on a cruise… only if staying overnight on the ferry counts.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community…there is just something wrong seeing an Amish buggy with blue running lights and a boom box playing hip hop clopping down a Pennsylvania back road.
36. Taught yourself a new language…still in the process of learning.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing…back when I was stupid.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt….
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on the beach in the moonlight
46. Been transported by an ambulance…hellllooo anyone who knows me probably expected that one…LoL
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling…This was effort because I am unsinkable
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in movie
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl scout cookies…Would a chocolate sale for the school count?
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy…actually it was a bible given to me at age 9 that went through three house fires and I still have it.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar…against my better judgment
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone…a few
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle…my uncle gave me a ride on his Harley and popped a wheelie while I was on it…He forgot to tell me to hang on and I slid right off the back of it.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car…
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an entire animal to eat…does butchering your own chicken count?
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someones life…from drowning, from being shot
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous… Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall Book series.
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby…3
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

57 out of 100. I need to get around more. If you would like to try it just cut and paste then highlight what you have done.  This was fun Elaine. I would like to take this a step further and add a few new items. It would be fun to see how much more could be added to the list.  So…here goes.

101. Flown on a plane…California, Texas, Utah, Ohio
102. Ridden in a train… to Southern VA on the Amtrac and from Delaware.
103. Gone hunting and actually fired the rifle…that one made my stepfather nervous. He was in front.
104. Played a practical joke on someone…in college.  Koolaid in the mens shower heads. Back in the day when kool aid stained.
105. Had/have an exotic pet…two parrots, an African Timneh Grey, White fronted green Amazon
106. Been arrested, fingerprinted and photographed…when I ran away from the foster home I was in…got put in jail for that one also. I left out the strip search, but that was a part of the whole experience.
107. Learned to shoot a gun…Of course, pistol and rifle.
108. Learned knife throwing…I haven’t but I know many of my Homeschool mom friends have….LOL

I’m sure there is more, I will just have to think about it and come back to it.What have you done that is not on the list…?  I would like to know because I am nosy.

Courtesy of Donna from, we have #109, of which I have not done.

109. Been interviewed on a television talk show.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | Blogs, Humor, Just Life, Observances | , , | 4 Comments

God’s Creation Wednesday…

Over the weekend, while standing on the back deck, my husband looked over the fence and something caught his eye. He looked in the tree and could not believe what he was seeing.  He ran inside to tell eveyone and we scrambled for binoculars and camera.  We tried to take some decent pictures but this little digital only does so much. With the exception of when our friend went out for some carry out lunch, he sat there on that branch all day.  He was big enough that I actaully warned the kidsa bout letting our little dog out.  He was perched in the tree in just the right spot to swoop down in our back yard.  He was beautiful. You could see his feathers all fluffed up and occasionally moving in the wind. He looked so majestic sitting on that branch.

Last but not least…our dancing Thanksgiving Turkey minus his dancing partner

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Celebrations, Family, Humor, Wild Animals | , , , | 4 Comments

Life at our House…..

I have been very lax in my blogging over the past two months. My sister demands a new post, so to oblige her….

The election is over. Finally!! I have been reading some disturbing items in the news of late. Racism is still strong and has reared its ugly head. A student run over simply because of his color. Crosses burning. Racial epitaphs appearing on the property of people of color.

I am just as disgusted with these current events as I was during the campaigns. Americans have shown their true ignorance and bigotry. Contrary to what many may say, Obama was elected by many simply because of his color, not his politics.

I did not vote for him. Not because of his color, BUT his politics. I would have had no problem voting for a black man had the man been of the type of character and stand as Alan Keyes.

Now that Obama is the president elect, I will continue to pray for him as the leader of this country. I will pray that God will intercede and put in place people with wisdom. I will pray for protection over his family.

Enough said………

On a happier note……..

My daughter turned 15 on the 15th of November. I am so proud of her. She is blossoming into such a young lady. I see the confidence that she shows in her writing and her relationship with her brothers and her father. I am thankful for her faithfullness, diligence and desire to serve God.

She is blessing to me and is one of the greatest gifts God has given to me.

She is a role model to her brothers. They hold her counsel in high regard. They also like to pick on her as typical brothers are so willing to do. It keeps her on her toes though. They wanted to make her birthday cake and knowing how much she likes chocolate, they added lots of chips to the cake. It was a hit!!

I hope they are always able to maintain that close bond even into adulthood.

They are anxiously awaiting the time that they are taller than her. That is their only complaint!

Happy Birthday Dear…Your father and I love you dearly.

On another note….

There is one small minute detail that all the home school conferences tend to leave out in their discussions on the advantages of homeschooling. The wear on ones home. It tends to take an extra beating when your children are home 24/7.

For example….

My boys are 11 and 13. They are much larger than most boys their ages. They take after their father so they are a bit taller. They are solid. I had an errand to run one day and while out I received the following phone call….

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Celebrations, Children, Family, Humor, Just Life, Observances | , , , , , , , | 9 Comments