Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas To All

It has been eons since I've posted here...not for lack of words but more for lack of time to post. My job keeps me busy at SiteProNews writing and editing and so by the end of the day...I am worded out. But wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, etc. I do plan on posting more often in the coming year, teenage stuff, girl know life's little challenges that keep us going. If I didn't have a little drama....I really would be quite bored. :) 

So....until next time....


Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's Been HOW LONG????

Since I've posted that is...what were you thinking? Yes, I has been well over a month since I've had any time or anything interesting to talk about this.... I am on day 40 of my sobriety...why? Don't know - don't want to analyze things too deeply, but I just know its the right thing to do at the moment. 

Work is good...Sweetpea is good...Life is Good...could be better, but its Good. I've settled into some good books lately and I forgot just how much I LOVE to read a good scary novel. I read really fast too. I can put a book away in a few days - no problem-o.....just finished a Dean Koontz (one of my favorite authors) book and moving on to another. I LOVE the public library. OK...I know I am just rambling now...I really haven't had a breakthrough moment of writing lately and I am at a loss on what to write that won't be boring or just a bunch of nonsense. So I am going to STOP HERE.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Just Tell it Like it is....HE IS HOT!

Yeah...just tell it like it is....that's what I say. Don't beat around the subject - say what you mean and mean what you say.  

I had a fricking awesome time at the  JOHN MAYER concert last night!!

He rocked the stage and owns half of my heart  is now my GUITAR GOD...sorry Joe (Satriani) he's younger and definitely rocking things right now...and not too hard on the eyes. And even though I think he's a pig in the relationship department....he was kind of funny last night cracking jokes with the audience. This is song is one of my favs as is Gravity...I actually was able to video some of concert on video myself...and, if I could just figure out how to really work my new Blackberry I would have it the meantime....

I had a great time with old friends, a new one....(later on that detail) and just hanging on the grass listening to so really good music. 

Sorry for missing your birthday party SIS...I will make it up to you!! But a date and John Mayer....I couldn't say no.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The County Fair is HERE!

I LOVE the County Fair in my hometown. Every year, I hear many of my friends say, "I hate the Fair..I'm not going" and my question is "WHY?" (Of course, I run into those same people at the Fair every year, haha!) 

Some of my fondest childhood memories are around going to our County Fair...the Fair was a culmination of what Summer was all about,  you know - having a great time with friends...just hanging out, the excitement of meeting some new friends, the crazy scary Carney people and that whole freaky thing, the rides, the smell - ah.. the smell of corn dogs, caramel corn, the animals poop...and, of course, the Fair meant school would start soon. A bummer then, a blessing now!!

But what I love most about the County Fair, running into people I haven't seen in years while walking around to all the buildings & booths to see all the crafts (where else would I buy my toe ring? I think I've bought them from the same guy for the past 10 + years), merchandise, and 4H animals kids have raised.

So when I go just walk around and look and touch and wish I had cash to buy what every I wanted...I will remember - Summer is ending soon, school is starting, and life as I know it will be back to normal...but for a few hours I can pretend that I am not an adult and just have some fun!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Perfect Storm...As I Know It

Did you ever feel like you were in the middle of something so swirly and twirly that you felt like you were in the middle of the Perfect Storm? Stuff coming at you from all sides....and you're on your Lil' boat all by yourself with no life jacket in site? Perfect Store came and went so fast  --- it was like a when (according to Eminem) "a tornado meets a volcano." (I just like the song...not the meaning behind it!)

What I want to know is WTF is going on these days? Is everyone in a funk? Several people I know are struggling with events in their lives that just DON'T need to be happening. What happened to good ol' communication and the like. Don't people talk any more...just ASSUME? And you know what that gets you...right?

I decided to take things in my own hands and gain some control in my doing the right thing and communicating. Duh...I feel so much better....WTF?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Demolition Derby 2010..... dear peeps..If you haven't been to a Demolition Derby recently (or at all) you must take yourself there! It is a blast. I went with the Pit Crew for the Pink Taco on Date Saturday Night and haven't had such raw excitement running through my body for a long time! Love watching those cars crash-n-burn. The exhilaration of the the crowd...cheering on their fav...the announcer booming out over the loud speakers, each drivers' hits, blow-by-blow....I'm telling you - there's nothing like it for this lil' country gal!!!

We ran in the 2nd to last heat of the evening...there were supposed to be 5 cars in the heat but only 2 showed. But...what a performance those two drivers gave the crowd. Of course, the Pink Taco took 1st Place - a huge trophy and cash prize. 

Here are some highlights of one of the heats.....This will have to do until I get a copy of THE PINK TACO in action....

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vegas, Babies, and WTF....

Last week we spent 4 days (including my birthday) in Vegas, baby! Although it was work related...we had a blast in the 105+ heat! Monday it was 111 degrees...yuck! We did get to go see a show - Cirque du Soleil - Ka' which was totally BFF came on Wednesday (the bday) and took us out for a great time on the Strip. Here is a picture of one of our the Excalibur (we really wanted to see - Thunder from Down Under!) But these guys worked.

 So....when we came back....still no baby goat. Damn that old nag was just holding on to that baby and NOT giving her up! Finally, yesterday I told Sweetpea I thought she was ready...her bag of milk was about dragging on the ground...and low and behold she started squawking last night and I said "Shes probably having the baby." I went down to check on her about 9 pm and there was a little bleating going on...she HAD THE BABY! Here is the no-name-yet baby....

 and as for the rest of whats going on...all I can say is WTF???

Sunday, July 11, 2010

JACKM 2010 - AKA Sista-Union

Check out these sisters....all beauties....and of course Elijah...the only boy (Sweetpea is holding their nephew).

Friday, July 9, 2010


Well...the day has finally arrived. We are headed to Los Angeles for a sista-union of all Sweetpea's 1/2 sisters. Yes...she has 4 (four) 1/2 sisters - two she has never seen before. This is going to be a very exciting and extremely emotional trip for the girls and their moms! For me...the hardest part will be the drive down there...just Sweetpea and the car for 8-9 hours. Ugh...long drive, but we will have fun. Got the ice chest packed with drinks and snacks...lots of music - from old school to the latest pop, so we should both be happy. 

Looking forward to seeing the dynamics between the girls - how much of their personalities are genetic - and how much is environmental. One of my interests left over from my school days....tune in next week to see how things went! Have a great friends!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

One Day at a Time...

Taking things 'One Day at at Time' seems to be the best way to look at life. If I had applied that mantra years ago...I would have had less stress, more enjoyment out of life, and a heart that was easier to give to someone. Telling myself that "Life is Good" and knowing I truly mean it is a healthy move in the right direction (one which I haven't always maintained!). Whatever path I choose to follow now is based on a positive attitude and one that cannot be changed or influenced by others. I think we get to a certain place where comfort overrides fear of the unknown and I am comfortable with my life with or without changes. Take the good moments and savor them (with friends and family) and don't look back on unclaimed baggage that may cloud thought and reasoning and those good moments in time and run with it!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Life Is Good....

Life is Good these days.  I have a job, my health & sanity, my daughter is doing awesome and I have someone in my life I really care about. It is amazing what timing has to do with relationships. I have known, and been good friends with, this guy for just shy of 30 years and all of a sudden I have seen him through different eyes. Wow...I really didn't see this coming either. Of course, things are still very much in their infancy, but for me to WANT to spend all my FREE time with someone is really, very different than the norm. I gladly helped him paint and move into a new place this weekend, during a damn frickin heat wave, and although a bit on the sore side this morning and probably dropped 5 lbs in sweat alone....I haven't laughed so much and in a long time....I am really very content at the I said, "Life is Good!"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dear Santa....

I was wondering if I could get my Christmas present early this year. I know it's a little early in the year, but I have been a good girl...I promise I have...I am not asking for a lot...I would like it to be between 5'10" - 6'0" tall, with broad shoulders and a six-pack, so obviously in excellent shape. Somewhere between Gerard Butler and Robert Downey Jr (see photos if you need examples). If I could get it now...I would be extremely grateful and promise to take good care of my present forever. I would not forget about it in a few weeks, like what happens with other Christmas gifts. I would hold it and cherish it for as long as it lasts. I won't need any spare parts either. I promise not to break it or abuse it...just love it forever.

If you can do this for me Santa...I won't ask for another present EVER again.

P.S. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Far, Far Away....

I write more the land far, far away. I have more time to read a good book, watch T.V., surf the Web, give myself a mani - pedicure, take a vacation (of course, that one costs money), visit with my get it, right?

I really don't mind that the days are in warp speed and there is no time to SNACK all the time. Good way for me to trim down...just get a full-time job! haha....I had a great time in Las Vegas. My gambling story goes like this.....

Monday morning I met the new employers in the lobby of the South Point Hotel & Casino. As I was waiting for them to arrive the "Wheel of Fortune" machines were calling out to me. I texted my BFF and asked if I should bet $20 on the machines...she said "Play $40 and Good Luck."

So.......after a long day working and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory...yummy, yum yum... I got back to my room, changed out of my suit and went down to the slot machine that was calling my name so loudly. There were two Wheel of Fortune $1 machines side-by-side and the right one was open. The machine sucked up my $20 literally out of my wallet and I gave her a few pulls (betting all 5 coins). On the fourth pull a got a few bucks back...on the fifth pull I hit a jackpot and Wheel of Fortune was announced. If you've never heard the machine, you are missing out. There is something about the sound that is an incredible turn-on to me! Well, my heart was nearly pounding out of my chest by this time and the dude next to me was just staring.....I pushed on the button and watched as the wheel spun around...praying that I would hit BIG. Well, I didn't hit big...but got a $75 jackpot. I immediately cashed out, grabbed my receipt and left. I was there all of maybe 3 minutes tops....The dude next to me just shook his head in disgust (he looked like he was loosing big-time, so sorry, not).

Yep...that is my big Las Vegas gambling story and I stopped there, resisting the urge to play any more. Yes....I came back a winner with a new job and an extra $55 bucks in my pocket! One hell of a week, if you ask me! 

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Vegas Baby...Vegas!!!

The day has FINALLY come. I am on my way to Las Vegas this evening for the big "job interview" and subsequent training. I will be there for several days and I am hoping to have some R&R while there. You know the type "Wheel OF Fortune" my favorite game to play!!! I am not much of a gambler, but that game sucks me in every time I pass one by.

I only hope I have packed enough clothes....right...I have more luggage this trip than went down on the Titanic. My can never be too prepared. I must have business clothes, casual business clothes, dressy casual clothes, bumming clothes, and of course, dressy clothes in case I get the opportunity to go pick up on some hot stud out on the town.

I haven't gone anywhere for so long...although this is a business trip...I feel very liberated! An adult in an adult world for 4 nights and 4 days...woohoo!!!

Wish me luck on all endeavors ;)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Spring Fashion Trends and Handbags

Although we are NOT having a Spring here, we can still think about dressing for the occasion. Our local stores are full of Spring clothing and the colors are great this year. I really love the soft, sage greens that are out and the vibrant pinks and fuchsias. Things are selling out fast and if you haven't picked up your Spring may be out-of-luck. The economy seems to be doing better and people are spending money on non-essentials. (Nice for the retailers!). This is a must-have this Spring....The SAK Artist Circle Cross-Body handbag. You can find it at

I have been preparing for a, much anticipated, trip next weekend and have had to purchase a few items to supplement my very unprofessional looking wardrobe. What I found while shopping is - sale prices are good and there is lots to choose from on the racks....some of the big retail clothing stores are marking down items, and there are some great bargains to be had! Nordstrom Rack was a goldmine for business attire and the shoe sale at Macy's was awesome too. My two fav places to shop when I have money to spend.

Sweetpea did well at the teen stores...Forever 21, Love Culture, Charlotte Russe, and all the other basic hangouts for girls her age. She is definitely a bargain shopper (I've taught her well) and she immediately goes to the sale racks when entering a it!!!

OK...we just love to shop......what girl doesn't????

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fake Nails....

Sweetpea talked me into getting some of those glue-on fake nails for her last night and I ended up putting some on too. Now, I don't usually do fake nails as my own grow quite nicely, but recently my nails have looked pretty trashy. Stress maybe??? Anyway, the damn things are KILLING ME. Every finger hurts like heck and I am unable to complete the simplest of tasks like buttoning and zipping up clothes and other more personal duties without them feeling weird and uncomfortable. 

UGH....I don't think they will come off easy either. I don't know what to do...just wait until the glue wears off or try to pop them off myself? The only good thing about this all is that they do look really, really nice for fake nails and Sweetpea also liked how they felt when I scratched her back last night. Hmmmm, maybe that was the whole devious plot...she wanted me to have nails for her back!!!!

Anyway....Tay, (momma goat) has found a way out of our yard that last few days. Much to our surprise, and I think hers, on Monday afternoon - there she was looking at us from the other side of the fence! Goats have that "deer in the headlights look" too. So, with a little shake of the coffee can full of grain....she slowly followed Sweetpea back to our yard with no problem. I couldn't find a hole in the fence, so I was a bit perplexed. Then, for the next few days we were finding her out at least once a day! A bit of Houdini blood??? But, I fix HER! Another two rows of barbwire and more fencing up in the back and damn...she better NOT be able to escape again. (Seriously, I think it was by accident...she just pushed on the fence and crawled through in a few places.)

If only I could spend this much time and energy with a man, life would be sweet...sigh. I wonder if that will ever happen, but then again I don't have much spare time as it is to even look.....

UPDATE 5/24/10 - The nails are still ON...How do I get them off???? Talk about super glue! Yikes!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

When it Pours!!! HAS been literally raining and pouring around here for months now, but what I am referring to is WORK... I have been besieged by work and all things related to working. That includes the following: 
  • House work
  • Yard work
  • Child work
  • Home work
  • Cookie Lee work
  • Creative Web Solutions 4U website work, and
  • the possibility of 40 hour a week Work work!
I have cleaned the outside of my house, the yard, side patio I put in last summer, cleaned off and painted the front porch (all the crap is GONE!), rearranged the living room, put all my western stuff away, hung sheers, cleaned both my closets out (just so you know they are each about maybe 4' wide each...very tiny!), cleaned the top of the kitchen cabinets off and washed all the crap there (putting away the country looking stuff), and finally.....cleaned my office out to ready myself for a new adventure that just might be in the horizon.

The goats are doing a great job of cleaning out the blackberries and any other edible thing in the back yard, 40, whatever you want to call it...That is one place my cleaning services are NOT needed for now. Whew...I'm tired just thinking about it! 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Puddin & Tay...

OK...maybe Puddin & Tay are not quite as cute as the two goat in the wagon, but they hold their own. The baby (Puddin) is wild as they come. I prefer to call her "Wild Thing" but Sweetpea won't have it...It's "Puddin" she says. OK, OK! Momma (Tay) is a bit more friendly and is totally getting that we ARE NOT the enemy. I have started leaving some cobb (feed) by the front gate and she knows that I deliver...haha. She should be called "Piggy" she does not share with the baby. Of course, the baby is not hers so I guess she doesn't feel the need. 

Tay IS very protective of the Puddin though....Must be motherly instinct. She won't share the grain, but she will stand over her while she sleeps (keeping guard) and herd her away from what she considers a threat. Very interesting to watch this all unfold.

The back fence was not quite up to par to keep them in sooooooo.....yesterday I pounded in four (4) more 8' T-posts (ugh, I am sore) and ran two stands of barb wire fencing...about 200'. I am morphing into the Goat Woman....rancher mama! So much work and so little time and no man around to help out I don't want to push my luck asking the Bros to help anymore.

I did promise some pics of the finished here they are! Puddin is in the first one. Tay is in the second photo and both in the last. Check out the fancy fencing and gate we put up!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Update from the Goat Lady...

Gee thanks cuz...I am now known to my family as the "Goat Lady." The only problem is...I DON'T HAVE ANY GOATS YET!!! So theoretically they can't call me that. The fence is up..thanks to my awesome brothers we put it all up last Sunday. It was a perfect day for hard labor (yes...we had snow again yesterday)! We installed about 26 - 8' T-posts and about 300' of fencing with a gate!!

Now...I just need the goats!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Biggest Pet Peeve!!!

People who don't even drive the speed limit! This drives me absolutely nuts. Take this's raining cats and dogs and I take a friend of mine's daughter to school most mornings. I leave early to get her there on time (once I made her late and I felt terrible). Well, we are cruising right along and then it happens...we get behind slow-pokey malokey! OMG WHY ME!! This old MF person was driving 20-25 mph in a 35 mph zone...DAMN! We had probably 100 4 miles or so to go before we reached the school and no place to pass. This SA (stupid ass) guy was in his own little world at 8:00 in the MORNING!!! WTF people....look around you and see the traffic piling up! He wasn't even going the speed limit!!! 

People are commuting to work and parents are trying to get their kids to school at this time! This is really frustrating and one of my biggest pet peeves. I will bitch and complain when they are just going the speed limit too, but I am OK with it (alright, I still get pissed, but nothing I can do about it..they are within the law). This kind of - I DON"T GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT ANYONE ELSE- attitude is what really sets me off. Now I know how road rage happens. You get some stupid MF dumb ass driver taking a Sunday drive during rush hour and someone cracks!!!!

I would love to hear some of your pet peeves..please share if you have a good one.

Friday, April 23, 2010

What Have I DONE???? Read on...

With all the rain we have received, my yard has exploded!! I have HUGE patches of blackberries and I am NOT going to try and cut them down again...they just grow right back! So.....I have come up with a plan....I am getting goats! Yes, I will have a mommy and baby goat mowing my back 40 all summer long! Hallelujah. My aching back can't take mowing that darn hill any longer and this, my friends, is a natural remedy to my blackberry issue. BUT, (always a but) in order to keep the goats in --- I have to build a fence. What have I done? Approximately 30 fence posts must be drilled into the ground at least 2' deep with this thing, called a post driver, weighing a few hundred pounds on its own. (OK, maybe not that much, but its damn heavy!) Try lifting that thing and pounding in 30 +/- stakes on your thank you! 

So, I enlisted the help of my wonderful brothers. What are brothers for anyway? All that hard stuff that we can't do ourselves (or don't want to!). After the posts go in -- then we have to stretch the fencing out and those roll weight even more. Approximately 300' of fencing to stretch, wire onto the posts, and cut to fit, and of course I will need a gate to get in and out of the property. Definitely a 3+ person job...wouldn't you agree! Thus, the calling on my bros..

Why, Oh Why did I do this to myself? Cause I'm lazy and don't want to cut down the blackberry bushes? Lets see how I am feeling come Monday morning...and I just thank God it's rained all week and soften the ground!!!

Pics will be coming of before and after!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Follow Fellow Bloggers....Join the Blog Hop

I haven't been on the Friday Follow hop for a while now...but I am back! Please join us, meet new fellow bloggers (some really cool people out there) and have some fun!

Monday, April 12, 2010

10 Different Ways to Say No to Your Child

I wonder how many of you go through the same scenario I do, day after day, with a child who asks you something they know your going to say "No" to, but....they still ask anyway. My daughter will even say..."You're probably going to say no, but...?" What the heck is she thinking? Of course, I am going to say NO when she puts it that way! For one thing...there must be something up or she wouldn't assume I will say NO. Kids these days totally think their parents don't know a thing. Did I think that of my mother? So sorry Mom...You did know a thing or two...I didn't ....and my teen-age daughter has a few to learn still. So, how many ways can a parent say no?
  1. No, not tonight. (Mom is tired and doesn't want to do anything other than cook, do the laundry, pick up the house, and finish up the dishes.)
  2. No, because I said so. (I love this one...there is absolutely no reason given, I just say no.)
  3. No, you are still grounded, aren't you? (I do tend to forget that I've grounded her sometimes.)
  4. No, not until you clean your room. (this will take an act of God to get it usually works.)
  5. No, because I already told you no so don't ask again. (She was testing me to see if I would change my mind...I know how she thinks!)
Ok, I've run out of reasons to say NO to my child...haha just kidding....but I would like to know what yours are and I will add them to my list!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Finally a Spring Day....WooHoo!

Talk about a wet start to Spring. Some around here even got snow on Easter Day. We weren't able to hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt either. Our kids are almost grown and I really wanted t squeeze in a few more of them before they were too old to partake in the fun. I still like the thrill of the hunt so maybe we will get lucky and get a few more years out of them!

Business is really going well. If you haven't checked out either of my web are their links:

Creative Web Solutions 4U
Cookie Lee Fashion Jewelry

I am finding the days are going by so fast that the days done before I am finished with my TO DO list. Ever feel as though you will never get that list done in one day?? I always have some left over items to complete and they just get added on to the next days TO DO list.

Currently I am on the hunt for some FAB handbags to share with y'all because that's what I do. Yep...collect handbags or at least covet those I cannot have. I have seen a few beauties so far and the list will be mighty fine and affordable too. In my current unemployment status...I am reduced to the coveting for now.....but I will give you some ideas for Summer Shopping.

Our favorite shows these days seem to be all on the SyFy channel. Image a syfy geek too...but we LOVE Merlin, which just came back for the 2nd season, and Warehouse 13...I think its 2nd season premiers in August??? I cannot HANDLE any of the reality shows out except for American Idol. To me its not really a reality show..but I know it does fall into that category. We have an AI potluck every Tuesday and I enjoy the gathering as much as watching the show!!!

OK...its back to work for now...ciao!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Latest on the SANs Dog

Red Truck dude took her to the vet and she has CANCER. Yes...that is what is wrong with her. Poor thing. Who goes away for a two week trip and leaves a dog in that condition by themselves to weather the elements??? Well...I guess if you a SA (stupid ass) you would. So who knows if they actually knew or not...the point is she is suffering and they did nothing to help her. Now...she is either still at the vets and hopefully getting treatment because she is not at their house.

I am truly appalled at the neglect. Can someone really have a pet in their house and not notice how sick it is??? Red Truck dude must have been freaked out when he found out. Who knows...they haven't said a word to me since coming back on Thursday evening. I am sure they will at some point. 


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Update on Yesterday's Story

Thanks everyone for your thoughts on my post yesterday regarding the SANs dog. Animal Contol did come out and assess the dog. She has a terrible case of mange and big open sores on her back. She is extremely skinny and malnourished (could be due to her age, but I doubt it) but the mange and sores are an unacceptable condition. AC left a 24-hour notice to contact them or she would come back and take the dog. That was my hope, but their friend,Red Truck Dude (must be starving feeding her) came sometime before 6:00 last evening and took the dog and the note. DAMN....I don't know if it did it for the sake of the dog or the lousy SANs. BTW...there are two cats locked up in the house not one...which are usually outside or pooping in my swimming pool sand located directly under my bedroom window.

Oh well...I am really optimistic that something good will come out of this for the dog. She deserves better...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tell All Tuesday...Letting it Out Some More!!

That poor, poor dog next door. SANs (stupid ass neighbors) must be on vacation as they have been gone for the last week and a half leaving the dog in the backyard on her own. I felt sorry for her today, so I went down to go pet her and the dog is STARVING. She is sooo skinny, my heart went out to her. I ran back to the house and grabbed some dry dog food and she ate it so was gone in minutes. They do not DESERVE pets. My neighbor is calling Animal Control (she is a volunteer there) to come out and do an assessment on the poor thing. There is also a little black kitty locked up in the house. 

This is not the first time they (SANs) have left their pets alone and without essential needs. They just don't care. I will admit that they have made arrangements for someone to come by and check on them, but obviously it has not been often enough. This kind of disregard for life just drive me nuts. Again, these are people who are now fostering/adopting disabled kids. Makes me wonder the type of care they are getting as well. 

OK...its all out now and on to bigger and better things today. Sweetpea has a soccer game this afternoon and I am hoping to attend. They sure could use a win today. Keep your fingers crossed (toes too) and send some hope our way!!!

So glad Spring is on its way...of course, the lawn is growing fast and it will be another two weeks before I get my mower back from the repair shop. I guess everyone else had the same idea as me!! I will have to put the bunny and the tortoise out to pasture to mow it down some...imagine that scene! 

Have a great day and an even better week!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tell All Tuesday...Let it all Out!

I have decided to start a Tell All Tuesday. Anyone who wants to join in with me...great. I just want to be able to get all the BS off my chest today so I can start fresh and have a fabulous week. know what I mean...the stuff that just drives you crazy everyday. The small stuff we aren't supposed to "Sweat" but still do! Like my stupid ass neighbors (SANs). 

They have lived next door to me for about four years now and their dog BARKS from the moment they leave the house until they come home. (Shes a big dog too!) So...every time I go in MY backyard...she starts barking until we go back inside the house. OMG...I can't even play with my own dog back there as she drives me NUTS. Of course, I have asked them (SANs) to take care of the situation repeatedly. They had a bark collar for awhile, but it disappeared sometime last year. In December, I asked if they could please put the collar back on. The wifey replied " Oh, we plan on getting batteries after the first of the year." Hmmmm....seams like the first of the year has come and gone and STILL NO BARK COLLAR. I could go on for days about their treatment of this poor leaving it, and another very small dog, outside for two weeks during one of the worst snow storms of the year while they go on vacation. OMG...they drive me nuts.'s another one....we share a driveway. My house is at the top of the driveway and theirs is at the bottom. All their friends park their cars at the top across from my carport. SO...when they do this...I can't pull out unless I do about a 5-point backup job, because the car's in the way. I've spoken to them about this too. It's not so bad during the day, but at night it's pitch black and I can't see whats behind me. I have almost backed into cars over there several time. They have a HUGE driveway too. SO WTF....

I do feel way better getting this off my chest. Any suggestions my friends on how to handle the SANs??? I am so done with them. Let me know...I will try anything at this point.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Something New for this Friday Follow...

I love Friday Follows...I don't have to think up something to post!!! I do like this one. We have a sponsor this week. Check it out!

MckLinky Blog Hop


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Sunday, March 7, 2010


Got up yesterday morning and looked at my bathroom floor (white linoleum) and realized damn it I needed to get on my hands and knees to really clean do a good job. So I did...after I was done...I looked at the walls and thought "now that the floor sparkles, I really need to clean them too." So, thinking rather than just washing them down (who ever painted before I bought the house used a flat paint - can you believe it!) I will just put on one coat of paint left over from painting the guest (Sweetpea's) bathroom. Kind of a bone - very neutral - color. 

Of course, I then got the great idea to add some color, stupid me,  like a faux over the top of the bone. Six hours later...duh my bathroom is a beautiful sage green all over - yes...every wall except the ceiling. SHAZAMM!  Yeah...ditched the bone right off and LOVE the deep green walls. It's gorgeous and my accessories go perfect with the color. So for a few bucks I have a new bathroom. WooHoo!!! The only complaint - my body ached from head to toe when I was through. We had a killer workout on Friday at dance, so I was already sore and after up and down the ladder a bunch of times painting and I was a whipped dog by the end of the day!

I am a go-to and Get-er-done, kinda gal and when I paint, I don't stop until the job is completely finished. I will paint through the night if necessary. Pink used to be my favorite its GREEN.

Have a good day, my friends.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Follow #8....Lets Go!

Wow...Friday already and I feel like I haven't done enough. I love Friday Follows though. Let's link up and get to know one another.

MckLinky Blog Hop


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning...blah, blah, blah....

OK...yesterday at this time it was snowing bucket loads and NOW??? Blue sky overhead...with a few clouds mixed in just to make us wonder....whadup??? Mr. Weather Man get it right or else I am going to have to shut you down! Every morning Sweetpea asks me "Mom...what is it going to be like today?" and I, of course, spout off what I've just heard from Mr. Weather Man. Hmmm...I guess snow boots on a hot, sunny day isn't cutting it at school for her. Hey, kids will be kids and teasing a beautiful girl about shoe choice is what teenage boys will do, right? (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!) It is her choice to have very dry ridiculous looking shoes or wet ones. 

And yes....sleep has finally arrived. I am so relieved. The last two nights have been lovely - me all snuggled down in my flannel sheets, down comforter, and extra comforter just because. I don't think I'm even moving...just dead to the world for 7 straight hours. It is amazing how a good night's sleep gives the rest of the day a different perspective. I jump up (ok...maybe roll out) and get right to work. 

I've decided to blog Tuesdays and Thursdays on my business blog Creative Web Solutions 4U because of the time and research I plan on putting in to each post topic. I love to write, help, and educate others where I can. Not that I am an expert, but I have learned many things the hard way and if I can pass on those tricks, tips, and hard earned experiences...I will! And here - this blog? I know it is hit and miss, but I will try to make more hits as time allows.

Oh yeah...I just might take a nap later!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Most Recent Coveted Item.....

Sleep..yes that's what I'm talking about. Not a worldly possession but a naturally occurring product. Why it eludes me, I am unsure, but I truly covet it from those who get lots of it. I have always been a VERY light sleeper and had times of troubled sleep and I guess those times are back. 

Last night, I woke up at 2 am and did not fall back to sleep until almost 4 am. I mean...what the hey? OK, I admit...once I got up and made myself a note to mail in my unemployment stuff, I did relax a bit. So, stress-induced insomnia maybe??? I have started keeping a notepad next to my bed in the event that an absolutely great idea pops into my head during the middle of the night. 

I am excited that both my businesses seem to be moving forward....I am getting referrals for web design and I have 6 parties booked for Cookie Lee!!!! Yea! Sweetpea and I are getting along really, really good too! I am a happy MOM right now. Just a tired Mom.

My helpful tip for today is....On a rainy day, like today, grab one of your big handbags to load all your stuff this one! One of my favs...have a good day!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Awesome Friday Followers...Your Rock!

To all the awesome Friday Followers. I plan on getting back to you. This last week has been extremely hectic with my website design business (thank goodness) and I haven't had a moment to myself to collect my thoughts, respond back to the many bloggers who are kind enough to add and follow my blog. I want to visit each and everyone of your blogs as well. It may take me a few days to catch up...but I promise I will be in touch. I have found the most amazing writers and bloggers through the Friday Follow and really enjoy reading all the posts.

Of course, right now, business comes first and fun...well, you know how that is some times....down the list of priorities, but I will make the time to relax a bit, do some reading and have some fun!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Friday Follow...Yipee!!!!

Here we go....I love Friday Follows.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday, February 19, 2010

Its Friday Follow Day....#6

This is a fun way to find more blogs to read. I am enjoying reading posts from new followers and fellow bloggers. Join and have a great day!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Thursday, February 18, 2010

You won't Believe the Week I've HAD!!!

Lagging on blogging. Not! I've been very busy. OK...not busy right here at this spot, but busy none the less. I have updated my website with new features and a Contact Us form, written more copy for it, plus added a new blog to that site. As this site is what I am trying to generate income from, it does come first......don't know if I will be able to keep up with two blogs on a daily basis (not that I am keeping up with this one either!) but I will make a good effort.

So to add on top of that stuff....Sweetpea cut class yesterday! Know how I found out??? The school called last night with a prerecorded message asking her "where abouts" for a class that day. They wanted to know if it was excused or unexcused. I chose the option to get back to them with my answer today - while I interrogated asked Sweetpea "What the heck was going on!!" As most teens will first, she said she "didn't know what they were talking about" (hands in the air and that look of complete surprise on her face) and of course I gave her the "if you tell me now Sweetpea, the consequences will be far less than if I catch you lying about it" talk....I went back to my office and about 5 a minutes later she came in and confessed the whole story. She cut last period with a SENIOR BOY. OMG...she is just a freshman for G-Sakes!! I have always told her that because we live in a small town...she can never hide the truth from will come out eventually! But...what the F**K was she thinking. I know this type of thing will happen throughout the next few years, but I was totally caught off guard. I calmly explained the reasons she CANNOT go off campus with anyone, let alone a boy - and an older boy at that!!!

The beautiful thing about my daughter is that she has such a conscience. She has never been able to lie much to me with out a total confession later. It even opened up a dialogue last night about drinking. She admitted to that as well. WOW...I mean WOW..they are growing up so fast I feel like Linda Blair from The Exorcist. UGH and I am sure it will only get worse before things get better. For least she still is my lil' Sweetpea.

Any advice on how to cope my friends???

Friday, February 12, 2010

Its Friday Follow Day....

Friday Follow: A Celebration of Followers - Week #5

Friday Follow

Welcome to the Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.

Here's how YOU can join the celebration:

--Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.

 --Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots. 

--Follow as many blogs as you'd like.

--Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow.

--Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow.

The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site. Just one - but you can follow each blog. Follow a few or follow them all.

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.

Please be patient with following or getting followers. With the tremendous response there are a lot to visit. The Mcklinky will stay here all week so you can visit blogs at your own pace.

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Friday Follow Blog Hop #5
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is a Name Really that Important????

If my name were Beatrice...would yo still love me??? Does a name make a person or does the person make their name suit them? I question this because I wonder if I had actually named Sweetpea, Sweetpea....would she just that....sweet all the time? 

As our kids grow up I question the impact that we as parents have had on them. Is she going to turn out to be a lovely, kind, generous woman or stay basically how she is know a teenager's attitude? Is it genetic or environmental which molds a child into the adult they become? This topic came up the other day with a group of dance friends and I wonder....which does have more impact and which trait can be changed.

I believe that somethings that are genetic will be the most difficult to change if at all, and environmental behaviors can be changed and are the ones that evolve over time making us who we really are. Any thoughts my friends??? Let me know what you think regarding genetic vs. environmental personality traits... Thanks!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Just a few slight not change your dial!!!

Yes...peeps...I am at it again. As I have more time and knowledge to play with things I keep updating the look and feel of my blog. This is a temp fix until I get my own custom design up. But I do like the way this template is laid out for now. So thanks to the following for the useage - Designed by Ipietoon Blogger Template Sponsored by Online Shop Vector by Artshare. It totally works for me.

So...It's Superbowl Sunday and the parties are on. My BFF dude is having me over for some drinks and a good shouting match as we take sides - just for the sake of betting against each other. And of course, laugh at the commercials. (Best part of the whole damn day!) The loser usually has to cook a nice steak dinner, or the like, for the winner's family. I think he's won once and so have I. This will be the tie breaker!

Sweetpea has been out of town with a friend since Friday. OMG...I so remember what I was doing at that age when I went out of town with my girl friends. I just hope she has better judgment than I had at that age. I miss her after a night so I don't know what I will do when she goes off to college in a few years. Waaaa......Get a life Girlfiend...right????

I have been busy all morning tweaking my website some more and now I want to redo much of it....the good thing is - I CAN!!!! As I have said, it is a work in progress and it is soooo much fun playing with the design. I am learning Adobe Photoshop too and can do more and more each day. There isn't enough time in my day to do what I want to do and date have a life though!!! haha. Guess the life change will have to wait a while longer. Good news is the Cookie Lee Shows are ON. Yep folks, I have 4 shows booked already. Just need more inventory and I am good to go....woohoo!!!

Now I just need to decide what team I am rooting for today.....hmmmmm...I like horses.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Blog Hopping Friday

Ok...I am new to this idea, but it looks fun. Way to find new bloggers, which is totally awesome since my time is limited on surfing these days. And thanks to Homesick Cajun for commenting on my blog and thus turning me on to this! I totally love Fridays anyway.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Parenting a 14 Year Old Daughter

Life is tough these days with my teenager in the house. The drama never ends. She is so minute she is my sweet little SweetPea, the next a raving monster that no way came from my womb. Where did I go wrong? She is a slob, lazy, rude, and did I say a lazy slob??? I have taught her everything right..or so I thought. I keep a clean house, don't like messy and my bedroom is ALWAYS picked up and the bed made. She on the other hand revels in the chaotic disarray of it all. I don't remember when she made her bed last - if ever. Her clean clothes are on the floor instead of put away. Only she knows what is clean and what is dirty. I say she uses the floor as her very own personal washing machine. Leave the dirties on the floor long enough (wash) and they miraculously become clean again after a few days of stepping all over them (rinse)!!! Hail to the floor Gods for taking care of them for her! I am done with washing and folding her stuff...just to have them end up all over the floor! Am I repeating myself? Been here before, me thinks.

Then....I go in her room, when she is sleeping, to wake her in the morning...mind is a scary feat to walk in there...and I see her sweet, beautiful precious face and my heart melts all over again (as it does daily) and I realize how much I love her. So much more than any other human on this planet. Gods gift to me. I am so lucky...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Web Designer for Hire!!!

One web site (Certified Automotive Repair) is almost done, needs just a few more tweaks, and I am finally working on my own now. Creative Web Solutions 4U. Yes, I know its one hell-of-a long name...but the alternatives when searching for a domain name were slim pickin's. I've just begun the arduous task of working on the copy, so let me know what you think...but don't be too hard on me yet cuz its no where near done!!! The header will change, I am having the graphic artist I work with snazz it up a bit. The new header is UP!!! Between this work and the Cookie Lee business, I am hoping I can continue as a self-employed, independent contractor.  (I can now take credit card orders for payment for either business too.)

Rough as it is at times, I really do like being my own boss. I have the discipline and self-motivation (that's called...NEED MONEY) and the passion to do this kind of work, sooooo I am keeping my fingers crossed that the economy starts moving in a positive direction and people will be able to put money back into their businesses. My niche, here, is contractors and small businesses who do not have a presence on the Web/Internet yet, but need one to stay competitive.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Waving at the Rain through my Window....

I am beginning to think my humor (for what it is) jumped ship and went down with the Titanic.
Is nothing funny anymore? I don't get scared (I watched, laughed at Paranormal Activity) by myself, in the dark, but my humor, and what I thought was funny in the movie, was badly placed I think. It seems as if life gets too busy or complicated for some of us bloggers and we don't, or can't find much more stuff that is funny or interesting for us to write about or maybe just have a boring life like me. My fellow blogger, Skyler's Dad - Some days it's not worth chewing through the leather straps - was actually thinking, or is thinking about not blogging any more or taking a hiatus. NO WAY can he JUST STOP...THE HORROR....I love reading his blog. I understand the reasons...but I am hoping he changes his mind!!! (Hope you read THIS!!)

I think my first few months at it were my best at blogging...fresh words, excitement to blog, and a whole lot of stories to tell. Now...ugh..just boring, everyday routine..that just suck the big one! Even resident goofball and the one I love to tell stories about isn't giving me any good fodder to use. E-gads.....OK...I am lying...we do have PLENTY of DRAMA here, but reeeeeallly...who wants to hear mother-daughter drama day in and day out? NOT me. is some good juice. MY mother is getting a divorce after 37 years with my step-father. 30 of those being married and living in the same house. She is getting her own apartment, moving about an hour from here (LEAVING ME!!!.....waaaaaa), and starting a new life of her own. Now that is a huge step and she deserves a huge kudos for taking back her life and not looking back.  

Yes, it is hard, and is very sad and I wish she did not have to go through this...but it IS a good thing...really. I will miss her being so close. I guess its time for me to grow up. Bummer...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In the Pursuit of My Happyness....

I have worked off a laptop for years....through 3 years of online schooling...last year with Twolia and now, while starting my own business in web design, etc. know what???  I FINALLY, Yes FINALLY took my last few bucks out of the bank and bought myself a BIG monitor. A 21 inch HD LCD one! What a difference! WhoHoo....I can actually see my work in detail without neck and eye strain. I so wish I shoulda, woulda, coulda done it years ago. Now I have two screens to work from. Life is SWEET!

Doesn't take much these days to make my day better...does it? Not a whole lot going on with this chick at the moment but work and taking care of Sweetpea. I do get joy from working on a project from start to finish. The perfectionist in me and my attention to detail can make it a very arduous task, but does fulfill the Pursuit of My Happyness. I am morphing into a computer tech-type geek and actually finding I am loosing my ability to use my common sense. Why can't I have both? Can I only be one or the other? Oh...sigh.....

Friday, January 15, 2010

What In the Heck Have I DONE!!!!

As I continue to expand my knowledge base and my head is filled with visions of HTML code (i.e. divs, tables, and CSS) I know it is all for a just bank account. Yes, friends, as I pursue a business of my own creating dynamic web sites for other businesses, I realize how much I have to offer them. With the experience I have gained by getting my Bachelors degree in Business/Marketing (and those were a very, very, long and difficult three years) and last year with Twolia, I believe I will do well in the field of Web Design, Internet Marketing and Social Networking. I am using a great new software program to build my sites and I am finding it extremely useful in my time management too. 

Also, while building the web design business, I have had to supplement my income in other ways. So...I have become an Independent Cookie Lee Consultant. Yes peeps....I can now order any piece of jewelry you want from the Spring / Summer 2010 Cookie Lee catalog collection. I have worn it for years now and ONLY promote things that I completely, and whole-heartedly believe in. So this...I can DO. 

I don't plan on doing the shows...just the catalog orders. If you want to order something or know someone who does...just let me know. You can email me at debralee.cookielee at I will be placing orders by the end of each month unless its a larger order.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Bit Out There....No Doubt!

Where have you been Charlie Brown? Snoopy has missed you...

I have been remiss in my blogging duties of late. This week was a busy one. I had a great meeting with a web designer who gave me some terrific advice and the up and up on web-hosting, and a software program that has made a huge impact on the ease and time needed in building websites. I have spent the last few days playing working with this new program and I love it. can call me nerdy, techy, bitch, or whatever you want...but I just LOVE this stuff. I have so many great ideas and much to do this year, I haven't had a chance to think about the fact there is no income coming in as of yet. All in due time though, my friends. 

I am so glad it is a great dance workout and then out to lunch with all the girls women from class. We drink, eat, and talk about everything under the sun. They guys at the restaurant/bar know when we come in...its going to get interesting. We have a great time and there's nothing like a bunch of hot, sweaty women in a bar to bring in the customers!! Woohoo! 

I am planning on working through the weekend, making potential client lists and getting my own web site up and running. I will post it when its up!!!  

Creative Web Solutions 4U


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Yea for the Day!!!

My computer is OK for now. Thanks to the cute dude at the computer shop. computer did come up with another virus yesterday, but I was able to do a scan with AVG and remove it. I hope! I am hopelessly chained to this laptop and will definitely do a compete backup immediately to thwart any loss of important files, etc. I have also removed my profile from a few places (dating sites) that I believe may have nasties - men and viruses - attached to them as well.

My New Years had major flaws.....although it started as a good time with my best guy took a big turn and the last few hours sucked as he drank more and more. And as people can get when drunk...more obnoxious. Ughy Ugh...makes me really not like alcohol all that much (or I should say excessive amounts of alcohol that much). But I have been there before and he has taken good care of me harm - no foul. All is forgiven for now. Of occasional reminder of what really transpired will be my prerogative. and you BET I will remind him of his bad behavior when given the chance.

What again were my New Year's resolutions? I must go to my previous post and check them out....and see if I am on track. haha