Friday, May 29, 2009

Thank Goodness for Amy!

Brian has had a fever hovering around 102F since Sunday. Way too hot for my taste, but he kept insisting that it's just a virus and will go away soon. However, last night at around 7pm I took his temp and it was 103.5F. Way way too hot and I insisted I was going to take him into the ER. But there was the problem of what to do with Ian. He had School the next day and could not be out 'till all hours of the night.

That's where Amy came in, she graciously agreed to take my son for the evening and even offered to bring him home and sit with him at bed time so he could sleep in his own bed.

(As an aside, as Ian and I were walking to Amy's house when Ian saw his friends Lydia and Mikayla. When they asked him where he was going he told them he was going to Miss Amy's house because "Mom has to take dad to the OR at IFA." The IFA is a farmer's co-op. And since the girl's dad was standing there I had to explain I was taking Brian to the ER at IHC.)

Poor Amy! She had to stay in my messy house 'til after 1AM. Aren't I lucky to have such great friends?


Wednesday, May 27, 2009


How about a hamburger? Nice, cheesy, juicy and fresh off the grill? Okay, this one isn't exactly fresh off the grill. Okay, it isn't cheesy or juicy either. It's cake. But boy was it fun to make!

The "sesame" seeds are sunflower seeds, the top "bun" was baked in a metal bowl, and the "lettuce" is rolled out gumdrops. Fun, huh?

Amy needed a cake for a Scout auction, (I presume they auctioned the cakes and not the Scouts), and I had a book with this cake in it and decided it was perfect. I added a few touches of my own, and Viola! a cheeseburger cake!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Ladybugs Worked! - Finally!

So I went back to the nursery and returned my dead ladybugs, and when they looked in their fridge most of their ladybugs were dead. Someone had turned the 'fridge up too high. But they did find me one container of Ladies that were in the middle of all the others that had been a little insulated and the bugs were still alive. So I brought them home and let them go. Sure enough on Saturday I saw ladybugs in my roses munching away on the aphids. YAY!

If this works as well as I hope it does I plan on buying ladybugs every year since I hate the aphids and the whole soap thing never seems to work for me.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ladybugs to the Rescue!.... NOT!

I have nine rosebushes. My personal philosophy is there is always room for a new rosebush especially if it promises to be one that smells good. To that end I like to cut off roses and bring them in the house for their beauty and their scent. However I HATE aphids. Nasty crawly bugs that eat my roses!
Noticing that I already seemed to have an aphid problem I went to the nursery and bought ladybugs. I bought them at about 1:00pm and brought them home and set the container on my kitchen table to release in the evening so the ladybugs would not fly off but instead make their home in my bushes. That was the theory anyway.
When I went to release them it looked like they were all dead. Now, they hadn't been moving when I got them but I assumed that was because they kept them in a 'fridge and that as they warmed up they would wake up and move around. But eight hours later they were not moving. So I called the nursery. They said to wait 'til morning and see what was what. Guess what? They're still dead. Stupid Bugs. Now I have to take them back and hope the next batch is not a dud too. If they are I'm getting my money back and buying my Ladybugs elsewhere. Humph!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Personality tests

Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...

The Rarity (QTAF)

Quirky Traditional Alpha Female

You have an unusual and unbelievably precious combination of traits, especially in a woman. Not only are alpha females extremely rare, but traditional ones with nerdy/geeky interests are even more scarce. Unlike the other types, I can't give you a description because I'm not sure if you actually exist.

PS: I know this is not a compatibility test, but there is a very good chance you are the girl of my dreams. Not to sound desperate or anything, but please, oh please message me! (Assuming, that is, that you are between 20 and 30 and live in New England).


You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.

You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.

You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.

When picking a date, consider: Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), or The Manga Geek (QLBM).

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Okay already!

For all you people out there that seem to care how my throat is doing, and apparently there is a bunch of you and I love you all for caring so, I went to see the doc for my post-op today and he said that everything looks great. I have a little bit of something that he said was like thrush only much less so, I can't remember what he called it, but he gave me a script for some lozenges to suck on that should take care it. Everything else looks good, the swelling is going down and I feel fine.

The really good news is I told him I have been sleeping without my CPAP machine and doing well. So he has scheduled a test for a month from now that will test my oxygen levels while I sleep to see if I can get off the thing permanently. I'm pretty confident that it will work out, but keep your fingers crossed!

Thanks again to everyone for all your love and support!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Ian! (a little late!)

Ian turned SIX yesterday! I cannot believe it! He was born May 9th, 2003, was 8lbs. 11oz. and was 20.75 inches long. Which was pretty amazing considering he was three weeks early. Oh, he was beautiful, and at six even though he doesn't want to hear it I'm sure, he still is.

His personality was very apparent even as an infant. Pretty easy-going most of the time, but the red-haired temper could come out when pushed. He loved play, didn't mind being dirty, and REFUSED to sleep until he was completely overcome with exhaustion. He was a sweet baby who liked to be cuddled and loved Mommy more than anything. I still think I am the luckiest mom on the planet.

Now, at six years old, he is bright and intelligent with tons of imagination. He loves Daddy more than anything now but still comes to mom for the scraped knees and bruised elbows. He is affectionate and sweet, and most of the time has pretty good manners. He can still be a little shy, but is starting to get over that a bit.

P.S. I found a way to decorate the Bundt cake. Ian wanted a "monster" theme to his party, so I made a Loch Ness monster. Unfortunately the icing wasn't as thick as I wanted and it all flowed down to the bottom of the dish. Tasted good though!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

R.I.P. Bob

Yesterday was a sad day. Bob died. Bob was Ian's goldfish and a first rate dragon deflector. When Ian was about 2 1/2 years old he suddenly became very frightened of dragons. In my desperation I told Ian that dragons were afraid of fish because fish live in water and water puts out fire. Ian was sneaking into our bed every night or would wake up crying for me and I was getting no sleep, so I decided to get him a goldfish. That night was the first night Ian slept through the night. It was wonderful. Ian has since added Farmer Pickles to the tank and we had to go get a new fish so now we also have America.

For all the dragons you kept at bay, we will miss you Bob!