Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tell me a story - Round 2

Look my town made #1
odd attractions
Go figure!
It is time to play- Tell me a story.

We played this awhile back. It was a lot of fun, and seems like a fabulous thing to do for a Monday. Also this week I will start another Ask Jules- I have questions slowly trickling in from the last time that are still unanswered. So, it is time to get creative.
(and to start thinking of your questions for Ask Jules.)

Alright - here is the game.

I start the story with a sentence. Then the first person that comments continues the story- taking it in what ever direction they desire. Ending after about four sentences.

You do not complete the story - you just continue it. Then the next person to come along and comment picks up the story where it has been left off and keeps telling the story (again in which ever crazy direction you want).... so forth and so on.

Here is the start of the adventure story:

Daniel gave a polite cough. It didn’t attract the attention he wanted. He cleared his throat, took a deep breath and reached for the bell. It was now or never. The ferry left in 35 minutes. He needed to get his ....

Yes, julochka- this set is edited....
I couldn't resist

Living with Purpose

Many are the plans in a man's heart,

but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Friday, June 26, 2009

7 Random Facts About Me, (and a pic too)

Sandra from World's End Farm
was so wonderful to give this award to me.

I simply have to tell you all 7 things about myself. Alright, buckle up, here we go...

1) I am the baby in my family and the only girl

2) I am less and less concerned with what people think about me, as long as I like myself.

3) I often put my make up on in the van as I drive to where it is I have to be.

4) I have absolutely no interest in cooking lately.

5) I love both early mornings and late nights ... it is the afternoons that seem wasteful.

6) I got a new (to me) van a few weeks back and am finally getting over feeling guilty for driving it. (since I almost feel like I am cheating on the old one which still has quite a few good miles left in it)

7) I set up all of these fabulous "sitting" areas - little places to relax in the yard. Yet, I never feel comfortable enough to just sit and relax.... sigh - so really they are there to make it LOOK relaxing.

pic taken by A. Nelson at our vow renewal Summer '08

Now 7 people to pass it onto.....

Hmm -
Debra at Sojourner
Seaside Girl
Seriously - anyone is worthy of this.... if you follow my blog and you have commented in the last several weeks then grab this award (right click and save the image Deb) and write 7 things about yourself... Just leave a note here so people can come read them.

Plus I am being terribly lazy and rushed and not linking all or any of these people. I have to go finish folding laundry and then packing - I have to get to a surprise bday party by 7 pm and have a few hours to drive... plus I haven't showered yet - how is that for another random thing about me!

Now go tell me 7 things I will be back maybe Saturday night.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Todays Life Lesson

The lesson in the van tonight-

It is not what you buy that makes you "cool"

You can not buy yourself into a personality.....

It is who you are

As a person

That matters.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anything... except snowballs

We were walking out of the lunch program after swimming lessons today. The older three were already in the van (fighting). I was walking hand in hand with my favorite 4 yr old man. When he says -

Whoooaa it's sunny

Finally - I say

...and it's haaawwt!

Yes it is hun.

This is where he stops walking and looks around.


Mom? (we now start walking again)


Yes, you are right - it is finally Summer.
(I guess I wasn't the only one who realized this)

We can do "anyfing" we wanna now cuz it's SUMMER!


Yeah - like fimming, and running through the sprinkla........

Anything except make noballs.


Yeah snowballs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

In which she realizes..... it is Summer!

I realized yesterday as I tried to sit down and fain interest in reading blogs
I was too antsy to sit here.
Too antsy to read the words I am interested in.

There was a call around me
Something pulling me
It was outside....

I will answer
Our time outside is so short here.

Please know that I still find you all terribly interesting
But the pull of the sun and moon
Outweighs your magnetic energy forces.

So if you don't see me in your comment box - smile.
Know that I am living... enjoying...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dogs jumping, and a stern warning!

About yesterday:

Who knew watching dogs jump into a pool of water could be so much fun?

ESPN National Dock Dock Competition
came to our town.

Also, when they tell you to buy new sunscreen every summer because yours may not work anymore.... you might want to take this into consideration. Consider yourself warned .....

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I have been gone all day.

I am finally making it around to the blogosphere.

It is still Father's Day here - I still have time.

First - to my dad... Thank You. You held my hand for awhile and my heart forever.

To the father of my children - Thank You too.

Both men lead by example. They show their children how to live by doing/being.

There are not long thought out life lessons - the lesson is life.

Thank you both for being fabulous father's and for being in my life.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunshine Saturday Morn' - picture collages

wild flowering tree, the garden needs a weedin', raspberries starting to grow, dandelions clocking out

Hammocks come out of storage, garden shed awaits,
wood ready for bon fires, swings awaiting passengers

pretty purple petunia, monkey with me, to light your way,
purple columbine to remember the time in CO

collages made at

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thinking randomly

photo by nellymom

Well there you go. What a good idea. I took this idea from Shelle (I haven't had an original idea since 1999). Since I can't be on a plane to Blog Camp and it looks as though I don't have much to say other then random thoughts - I thought maybe others were in the same boat. So think randomly HERE, in my comment box. It could be highly entertaining.

Plus, as an added bonus I will throw my random thoughts into this blog through out the day as I have them (except from 11 - 3 when I have appointments)....

Now, go think randomly :)
Then go see Shelle - she is the cutest thing ever!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Women are Catty!

Why are women the way they are?

Is it inborn? Learned? Both probably.

I will go to swimming lessons today.

I will take my usual spot on the bleachers.

I will sit my appropriate 4-5 feet away from the mom next to me.

We will politely smile at each other.

Maybe exchange a hello.

Then, I will sit there - it won't take long and I will feel it.

The stares, the judgments, they are coming from my left and right.

They are coming from the other women.

They are scoping out the other women - like cats in the jungle measuring up their competition?

Women are Catty.


I will bring my camera and try to snap a pic on the sly of this.

p.s. if you know me, you know I am ultra social. I will talk to anybody. However here you get a dismissive smile and a quick answer... amazing!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Time-Lapse Across China

I have nothing right now. No words, no emotions, not even a rant - they are in here somewhere... I just don't have any that want to fall out into words it seems. I do have this though. I was saving it for "a rainy day" a day like today where the words wouldn't come. It is all the more fitting because it is literally raining today.

Watch if you have time - it is fun and amazing, neat and inspiring at the same time. Entertaining... yes. Worth missing the bus for ... no. Watch if you want

Time-Lapse Across China

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

No rain, no rainbows

No rain
No rainbow....

It is simple but it is true.

It is raining today.
The kids are stuck inside.

But, I just realized that for the first time in days
they are down playing together - peacefully.

This won't last long - but neither do rainbows.

But much like rainbows this signifies hope.

Monday, June 15, 2009

This week - Update

This week I will be the traditional mom - the mom I avoid being - the mom whose van is more like a taxi then a mode of transportation - the mom who has to take her kids to activities.

This week we have swimming lessons.

I don't like that this takes up a good part of our day. It wouldn't have to - but I am a slow mover in the mornings. So, by the time we get going and to lessons nothing has really been accomplished in the morning, then off to lessons, then over to the school lunch program (it is free and fabulous!) then home. It is well past noon going onto 1 o'clock by this time. Now, you may know that I typically nap at this point. So, now we are at two in the afternoon.... which really means I only have 1 hour before I have to start supper.

whaaa whaaaa I know. It is only two weeks, I know. But, this is my blog and I will pout if I want to! Maybe it is just the fact that I will have to go in public and act like a real person?

Do you /did you like running your kids around - am I the only evil one?


Update - we are back and we all actually had a good time. We even had enough energy to make it to the library and sign up for the summer reading program and get a big ole bag of new books to enjoy in the evenings. Then off to record a radio ad and home again.... now- let's see if I can handle 7 more week days of this.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thank God for Little ............Boys?

I always thought I would be the mom of girls.

I just figured I would have a few little piggy tailed, dress wearing, boy chasing girls when I became a mom.

Baby #1 came out of the belly, with the sex being unknown, there was the momentary lapse in time where you are wondering. Then the announcement came - it's a boy! I thought oh, well.... ok, big brothers (in my mind) are way better then big sisters - so that is good!

Next babe gets thrown out of the cosmos into my stomach (that is how it works right?) and low and behold there is our precious little girl, there she is and how fun an older brother and a younger sister... this will be great we were thinking.

We were good parents - fabulous actually. We were really good at juggling a 20 month old and a 3 month old (well, looking back - duh! almost anyone can learn to juggle two balls if they have to!) We were so good (in our minds) that we decided to have one more, a sister for our girly.

Of course now we all know that it doesn't work that way - in most cases you can not pick your sex (unless you are using a Petri dish) and it did not work this time either. We found out ahead of time via ultrasound that our wee one #3 was to be a boy. We told ourselves this was to prepare the two rugrats at home (but in reality I didn't want any wrong feelings at the announcement of the sex) I still thought I was to be the mom of girls.

Well, story goes that a few years. I find out on the same day that my check book goes all sorts of wrong that I was unexpectedly pregnant AGAIN! (now, stop. I love babe #4 and am so thrilled he is my life, but on that day when I realized I was going to be the mom of 4 kids........ on that day my oldest was barely 4 years old, on that day there was no money, and I was so very tired, on that day.... yeah -that day..... ) On that day I told my self that surely this was the sister we had so badly been wanting. 15 weeks later when we are in the ultrasound room and the tech asks if we thought it was a boy or girl and we both resounded "GIRL" I think she was slightly frightened to tell us we were wrong. She squeaked out a quick - nope*.
Sigh -what?
*All I could think was boy, girl, boy, ......and OH boy!

Fast forward - 5 years later we are sitting in the park yesterday, my friend and I. I am zoned out watching the waves roll around the lake when she snaps me from my daze by saying "....this is why I am not the mom of boys, I would go crazy!" Having no clue what she was talking about I said "WHAT?".

"That boy"

"What boy

"The one doing wheelies and stuff (right) in front of us, I couldn't handle that"

"Oh, I didn't even notice", I say

".....and this proves my point." she states matter of factly
'that is why YOU are the mom of boys."

Of course she is right - this mom of three girls. I love my girly I am so very happy that she is in my life. Had I not had a girl I would still think that God was playing a cruel trick on me and mixed up my order. My life is indeed better for having this beautiful, smart, caring, sassy girly girl in my life and I look forward to watching her grown into a lady............ however,

it is the emotional, moody, friend issue, hormonal upheavals, attitude at life-ness that girls possess that I can not handle.

I can handle blood, I can handle physical fights (for now, but the day is going to come that I won't be able to seperate them and they are just going to have to fight it out-soon!) I actually enjoy the wheelie popping, tree climbing, rough housing, truck playing, grass stained, sword fighting, dirt carrying, bug squishy, chaos that is boys. I have never liked mind games - someone remembered this when handing out children ..... I am glad that we don't get all that we think we want!

Friday, June 12, 2009

It's about living..... (because eventually....)

"Everyone knows they're going to die," he said again,
"but nobody believes it.
If we did, we would do things differently."


"Live lie to it's fullest"

Every day,
have a little bird on our shoulder that asks,
' Is today the day?
Am I doing all I need to do?
Am I being the person I want to be?"

excerpt from
tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I did not expect :::: When I started blogging

What I didn't expect to happen

I did not expect to develop relationships with people

I did not expect to care about people I have never met

I did not expect to go through my day thinking on all of you

I did not expect this.

I did not expect to have you make me cry

I did not expect to empathize, sympathize, emphasize, and chastise (it rhymed!) with you all

I did not expect to have you become part of my life

I did not expect any of this.

I did not expect to laugh so hard

I did not expect to learn about your countries through your eyes

I did not expect to appreciate the beauty around me

I did not expect to blog in my head as I walk through my day

I did not expect these things.

I did not expect to reconnect with an old friend.

I did not expect you to become my friends.

I did not expect it, but I couldn't be happier.

Thanks for letting me "use" your pictures
I placed pictures randomly

Pictures link to each blog
I know I have left people/blogs out
But.....these are the blogs I read most regularly

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's a baking day

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Today I had a change of attitude. I decided that if the weather
was going to be chilly
I would make the best of it.

I won't be able to turn the oven on in July
so crank it on up today.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Round 2 of Ask Jules

It is time once again for your favorite game - Ask Jules. That is right gather the family and try to answer along at home. See how Jules does this month - did she nail it or fail it... here we go, leeeettttsss play - "Aaaaaaaaaaask Jules"

Ok, keeping it light and fun; how do you think they get the caramilk inside the Caramilk bars? (PS: I know the REAL answer. But I want a fun answer teehee).

Well, I had to Google Caramilk to see what this thing is that you speak of. So, I am going to assume it is a candy bar with goo in it (I don't eat too many sweets) so, hmmmmm

I am going with Flower fairies of the Northern Regions who need a job during the winter when all the flowers are sleeping. Their magical fairy powers sitting around for 9 months going to waste and all. So, they flutter over on the backs of dragon flies and bumble bees, some of course catching rides on the back of the migrating birds - to the magical Cadbury factory (which we all know is run by bunnies) and build up a years supply of what I am sure is a luscious treat. Magic wands up and sprinkle sprinkle sprinkle.

I'd like to know about when you and your fam lived in Colorado... what brought you here? did you like it? what was the reason for leaving? etc. :)

Hubby and I lived in the SW corner of Colorado in Nucla. It is a tiny spec on the map and you would only find it if you got lost off the scenic byway. Dearest, who was not hubby then, got his first teaching position out there.

I/we loved it. Dearest was hired for a temp. position. That position ended. He was offered another job in a district 20 miles away - but we chose to come home (to Minnesota) and start a family. He got a job in a great district (which he still teaches in) within two hours of our families, so we returned. (I will stop there since more of our life described in another question below)

i want to know what to do about the blogosphere becoming like the real that women are so hard on women everywhere. and what we can do to not take it all so personally....

What I have to say to this is-

Stop it people! The blogosphere is not the real world. If someone says something you don't like, (unless they are blogging from the cubical next to you) ignore it! Move on, go to a different blog. If you continually don't like what they say then stop going to their blog all together. If they are bugging you on your blog there is a great ignore button for this reason.

And..... you can still visit similar blogs and chose to ignore comments from the other person. It is not worth the fight! Not here. I have found people in this virtual nirvana that I am sure would collide with me in the real world even more then they bug me online... I purposely don't read their stuff and I skip their comments - it works, it's o.k. We aren't suppose to like everyone, nor is everyone going to care for us - it's o.k.

My answer is - Dragging worldly (trivial) issues into the blogosphere is like dragging sh*t on your shoes through the pearly gates. Nobody wants it! Don't do it!

  • Jennifer and Sandi said...Which state has been your favorite to live? N.Dakota, Colorado or Minnesota?

Ah each one represents different parts of my life.

North Dakota - I was in college. I had college friends and a college job. It was a great town (Fargo) for this time of my life. I was only an hour from home, yet it could seem like a million miles away. I met my husband there too. I would hate living there now. It is flat, windy, and (Fargo)is overcrowded. Plus the snow blows from Montana and doesn't stop till it hits the Minnesota border!

Colorado - It is where we were engaged. It was the start of my married life. An ideal setting to for starting out. If we had a problem we had to deal with it ourselves - figure it out if you will, no calling home for help. We were in the middle of nowhere with a group of people our age in the same situation we were in. We had a great group of friends and took the opportunities to enjoy those friends. However, none of us had kids. If we still lived there I wouldn't want to live in the same town, but in one of the larger towns within the same area would be ideal. I loved it in Colorado best because adventure was at every corner. We could decide on a whim to go for a 30 mile backpack trip through the Grand Gulch. Or, get an invite to climb the peak of Mt. Wilson. We were in reach of Moab, Telluride, and great little mt. villages like Ouray.... There was something to do no matter what the season. Biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, slick rock, hot springs, petrographs, cliff dwellings, springs, waterfalls etc - just a wealth of "stuff".

Minnesota becomes unbearable from mid-January until the beginning of May. But, family is close and people live with a strong work ethic, and a high sense of morals, values, and ideals that we hope our children will aspire toward.

If I could have the ideal situation (where I didn't have to worry about my kids) right now I would live in SW Colorado during the winters and come back to a fabulous lake cabin for the summer in Minnesota.

Your advice was great last time. I packed shorts and the sun shone all holiday. So I am going large this time....
Would you give a husband who had left you a second chance? :-) See that's got to be an easy yes/no answer.....




Did he go out to get cigarettes and never return?

Gosh, really, that depends. I can see some situations in which yes, I would. There was a reason you got married to that person in the first place, there had to have been something there in the beginning. I wouldn't rule it out totally but, too, I wouldn't jump in with both feet and closed eyes either. I would imagine this would be one of those times where professional help would come in handy -either a marriage counselor or a pastor who is trained in such affairs (depending on your belief system). I wouldn't do it alone. Plus I would draw up some strict boundaries before getting things rolling.

However, if he dropped you flat for superficial reasons and is seeing that the grass wasn't greener and has not changed his ways - meaning he very well could turn around and do the same thing in a year then no... keep him moving right on past. Life is too short for continual suffering brought on by us not changing. (If it hurts to beat your head on the wall then stop doing it - or know that you are going to keep hurting your head!)

Seems like you need a "heavy" question to add to the pot. To follow up on our question the other day, "What's the cure for loneliness?"

Alcohol. Next question.....

ok! a very "duhh" question, (don't laugh everybody). i can't figure out how to add the "you might like these stories" at the end of my posts... duhh right? Hey i am pretty new at this "blog" thing, and i'm sure if i pocked around enough i'd figure it out, but i just want someone to tell me... help Jules

This one can be done from any blog that has the "Link Within" gadget already on it. Look at the bottom right corner of this gadget you will see the Link Within logo.(or just click on that link I provided for you)... Click on those words and follow their simple instructions. Be aware the gadget takes awhile to load to your page and as best I can figure it uses your "labels" to link like stories. So if you use random, hilarious, "stories in themselves" label like Julochka at MPC then it may have a harder time actually linking like stories. But, I took mine off only to be told by a bloggy friend that she had read more of my old posts by using this gadget then she would have without it - so back up it went. Enjoy.

  • Vintage Inspired Jewelry said...I'm dieing to figure this out. How come I can not get my link to work on my face book fan page. It Is suppose to take you right to my Etsy shop when you click on It but It doesn't. I messed with this dog gone thing for hours yesterday. Thanks..Kathi
Alex @ I'm the Mom helped with this question already - thank you dear. I know what I know and I know what I don't know... I don't know Facebook.

It is Friday, June 5/09 and there is snow in the forcast for Southern Saskatchewan (Canada)...please Jules...tell me...will we ever truly have spring/summer this year???

Yes it will happen on July 9th a Thursday.

This is the day after my birthday and before the weekend, so inevitably it will be that day - ruining my birthday and my plans for the weekend.

On July 10th we will then plummet into an early Fall. Ahh the Northern seasons Winter and Almost Winter!

any good advice on how to stop myself from biting my finger nails?? I've done it since I was little!

Well, when I was 6 and a constant thumb sucker my dad threatened to wrap his dirty socks around my thumbs (my dad worked at a feed mill and his socks... yeah - yuk!) It worked!

You have to associate biting your fingernails with something so terribly gross that the idea actually repulses you. Then when you start to chew your fingernails and you get the idea that you are chewing snail shells or something as repulsive your stomach will turn and you will (hopefully) stop. After all, really, think of all the gross crud (i.e. germs, fecal matter, snot from the Walmart shopping cart, pet dander, etc etc....) If you really want to know what is under there - Google "what lives under your fingernails" that should be a good start!

This works with trying to eat healthier foods. Check it out here (by associating bad food with bad feelings)

Given the recent comments by President Obama in Cairo, he said, "I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles -- principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

Do you feel that American's will ever learn to forget the tragedies of 9/11 enough to follow out President's lead and look for reconciliation with the Arab world?

That was just a softball too. I look forward to your answer!

Ok, Adam - here is the toughest question of them all for me for a few reasons

1) I have distanced myself from all media lately. I got incredibly angry with their subjective nature and put myself on a news fast (2) I am one of the most unpolitical people around... unless you start messing with education - then you can get me to stand up and make speeches (yeah, I did....)

However, I said ask and I will answer -so here it goes.

First I hope and pray that no one ever forgets 9/11. That would mean too many people would have died in vain, both victims and our service men and women. The families will never forget, I will never forget. But, is there a difference between forgetting and moving forward? Yes. I hope we can move forward after the events of 9/11.

Secondly, I am less worried about Americans accepting a reconciliation then I am about the radical Islamic people. (sometimes I think we as Americans are too lazy to hold a grudge for too long!) I think it will take far more then fancy words and quoting the Koran to change the mentality about Americans that this group of people have.

No matter what party lines you draw I believe in the end everyone would like to see some form of peace restored here in America and abroad, I do think that it is foolish to believe one man in one term of office can accomplish this and more. It will take years and years to undo any damage that is done anywhere.

Neither side will forget, but I hope that we both can move forward.

Here's one for ya... how in the world are you going to find time to answer all these questions??? I can't wait to see what you write... you are so awesome!!!!

I am going to answer these the same way I do other things in my day. One at a time when I want to avoid my other work/world. Right after I find my super hero costume... I will continue saving the rest of the world.

  • Now I am done messing with Debra - her question was

"What's the cure for loneliness?"

Something to look forward to - hope possibly. That is my answer. If there is something to strive for, to hope for, to look forward to - then a person can go on. So, each day you need to figure out either a long or short term goal to keep you going through the day. Then hopefully you can muster up the ambition to get out of the three day old sweats (not thinking of anyone in particular) and go out into the world and find a bit of company whether it be with people, a book, a movie, or nature.


Wow you guys these were tough ones this time! I even had to do a little research! Now of course I only have a degree in b.s. and you should not hinge any life changing decisions on what I say - but thanks for playing along. It has given me something to think about - a way to keep my brain busy! Until next time....


Edit - I just saw this in my email! Sorry Leah I missed this somehow -

Leah asked:

1)now that i got a new oven, what can i blame my burnt or not done enough food on?

Tell your man that it was the "deep and sensual thoughts that you are having about your man... distracted me so much honey I didn't notice the food burning until I smelled it..... I just thought it was the thought of you making me hot!" That should work! He'll forget all about the burnt food.

2)why do i hate lawn ornaments so much?

Cuz really - they are tacky. Made for the general purpose of keeping crazy ladies and children happy!

3)why doesn't repainting my toe nails ever make it to the top of my list of things to do.

Because your life is just that fabulous. When you are begging for something to do and the trivial task of painting your nails flies to the top of your list is the day you know 1) you are avoiding something 2) you have a date 3) your life is that boring.

Thanks again you guys -this was fun!

Side note - I didn't link most of the photos

all of which I got off from a Google image search -

don't turn me in for copyright infringement please...

much too tired and lazy to link them all.