Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Emptying My Brain

I called and left one last message for the company I ordered the tote bags from, and I told them that I was left with no choice other than to file a complaint with PayPal and a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. I also sent them an e-mail stating the same. I think I am probably never going to see a refund, and that is upsetting. So, now I need to find a different company and order the bags once again.

The company that I took all the tests for to become a legal document coder is ceasing business. Yep, as of Friday, they will no longer exist. Believe it or not, I'm not upset about this. I will devote more time to blogging, writing, and personalized photo creations...

I need to get my office organized so I can set up my table to start creating Italian photo charms. Since we moved here, I haven't been able to set up yet, and I need to get that done, because I already have some orders that are going to need to be filled soon (I haven't forgotten about you Tammy!).

I think that I am going to start that second blog I've mentioned. I think it will be based around my creative writing - poetry, stories, children's stories, etc. Not only will it allow me to connect with others and get their opinions, but it will also serve as a source of encouragement to keep writing. I may also include some of the photography on this blog also, which brings me to the next thing...

I was very surprised to see that one of my photos has been short listed to be included in a brochure for Nashville! It was something that I didn't even apply for... I just received an e-mail that this company saw my photo on Flickr and had short-listed it to include in the brochure. They don't compensate you for the photos, but you do receive credit. I don't have to allow them to use it, but if they do, I will be able to say that one of my photos has been published :-) That's kind of exciting!

Well, my boss is faxing me some work, so I better end this post and create his documents. This post may seem a bit strange, but it's basically just Misty emptying out her brain of things that have been bouncing around in her head ;-) Thanks for listening!

Sinus Problems Again

Yesterday, I felt fine. I even had all sorts of ideas running through my head and was feeling pretty good about things.

Then, at 3 a.m. I woke up with my left ear full of fluid, my nose stuffed up, and the feeling that someone has my face in a vice grip. I have never experienced this many sinus infections before... not until the move.

I don't know if my body is just trying to get used to the new state or what, but, all of a sudden, I'm sneezing more and waking up with sinus infections more often than I ever did. Even my husband has commented that he sneezes more here than he ever did before the move.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Some Stories Of My Fears

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I'd share a couple stories about my fears with you.

Ever since I was young, I've had a fear of looking out windows when it is dark outside. I used to have a reoccurring dream that I would look out a window and see someone standing there staring back at me. It took me a very long time until I was able to fight this fear. I still have trouble. Now, here I live in this new house with NO curtains hung yet! I can't hang curtains until my husband finishes the window casings. Do you realize how difficult this is for me? I walk into my bedroom at night and try to avoid even glancing at the window which is right next to my bed. Childish? Maybe. But it's a fear that I have, regardless.

Also, I've always had a fear of someone reaching out from somewhere and grabbing me at night. Like, when I go to the bathroom, for instance. This stems from some things that actually did happen to me that instilled an everlasting fear. Well, my husband thought he would be cute one night when we were newly married. I got out of bed in the early morning and went to the bathroom at the other end of the house. My husband got up and hid in our laundry room... when I came walking back through to go back to bed, he reached out at grabbed me. I freaked - I didn't even think, and I elbowed him in the ribs as hard as I could. When he doubled over in pain, I spun around (still not thinking straight - just reacting) and swung at him. If he had not doubled over from the elbow to the ribs, he would have received my fist square on his jaw. He has NEVER done anything like that again... and, he has never forgotten that I react rather than think when faced with a fear.

Once, a hired-hand from the farm down the road, who always messed with me, came up behind me when we were cutting wood. He grabbed me from behind and screamed. I spun with fist ready to connect, but luckily was able to stop myself before I broke his face for him. My husband later pulled him aside and told him that if he didn't want any broken bones, he better never do that to me again! LOL

I just thought that in the spirit of Halloween, I'd share some of my fears... We all have them - what are some of your fears?

Need Suggestions For Furniture Stain Removal

When we got this new furniture three short months ago, one of the reasons we picked this furniture was because it is made with this new microfiber fabric stuff (say that three times fast). Anyway, it is supposed to be very durable, which sounded great to me, since I have three dogs. It is also supposed to be nearly stain resistant. Hub's cousin owns the furniture store where we bought the furniture. She told us that she and her son put this stuff through the test and the only thing they found that they couldn't remove from the fabric was permanent marker. Well... I've got one for them... TAR. T. A. R. = TAR... stuck on the arm rest of my almost brand new couch!

Hubs and father-in-law were painting the new basements walls with tar... then they came in for lunch. I had put an old blanket down over the couch, but I guess it didn't work well enough, because the other day, Hubs noticed the tar on the armrest. UGH. I've been trying to get it out... it won't come out! It's not really that big of a spot, and most people wouldn't even notice it... but I KNOW it's there... so it's bothering me! Seriously... it's bothering me... like I just sit here and stare at it... I've declared war on this blasted spot... it cannot survive! There is not room in this house for the both of us!!!

Any suggestions would be seriously appreciated!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Heads or Tails Tuesday *Halloweeni-ish*

One of my favorite bloggers, Skittles has started a Tuesday meme. It is LOTS of fun-so you'll wanna join us right away! If you click on the Heads or Tails logo - it will take you to the post to tell you more about the meme.

This week's topic is "Spooky, Scary, Halloween-ish".

It's story time again, cuz you know me, I sure like to tell a story :-)

There is a cemetery down the road from where we live. My aunt-in-law also has a farm down the road, past the cemetery. Also, the same Aunt (Aunt P) is responsible for the upkeep of the cemetery, so she always takes note of how it looks, makes sure the gate is closed, etc.

One summer day, Aunt P was driving down this road, heading to her farm. She noticed that the minister of one of the local churches was driving up ahead.

As she approached the cemetery, she turned to do a quick appraisal of whether the lawn was mowed and gate shut, when she saw someone standing in the ditch. Normally, she wouldn't have thought anything about this, except this person was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and it was a very hot summer day. As she slowed and drove past him, he turned and looked in her direction. Right then, she knew that something was very strange, because when he turned, she didn't see any face under the hood.

She drove up the road until she found somewhere to turn around and went back to find this person to see what was going on. However, there was no one to be found. She looked all around the area where she had first seen him, but there were no signs of anyone ever being there. She couldn't figure out where this person had come from, because not only was he not dressed for the season, there were no houses in that vicinity and no vehicles were anywhere close, other than the minister, when she drove by.

A few days later, she was at a function for the church, and she pulled the minister aside. She asked him if he had seen that person and he confirmed that he had seen the faceless man, but hadn't admitted it to anyone. He then told Aunt P that he wasn't sure what the exact reasons were, but he had a very strong feeling that they were supposed to see that person that day.

I have to admit that this story is often in the back of my mind when I go for my walks in the evenings and go to the cemetery and back.

That Dog

Other than my dad's Wolfdog, Tag is the most intelligent dog I've ever encountered. I've had smart dogs, but Tag is pretty amazing. Unfortunately, no one gets to see that side of Tag other than my husband, step-son, and me. Why? Because Tag is NOT a people-dog. He is totally and completely devoted to my husband. In fact, I have no doubt that he would give his life for my husband. He might do that for me too, but I'm not sure, because I definitely do not rate as high and the Hubs in Tag's book.

Tag is known as "that dog" by any neighbors or friends who have had the pleasure of meeting him. My husband often jokes "Poor Bubby" (a nickname) "No one understands him like we do." Then again, I don't think Tag really cares if anyone understands him or not.
We believe that the reasons behind Tag's being over protective and over possessive are the facts that in his previous home, we believe he was disciplined physically and then ditched at an animal shelter. When I went to meet him at the shelter, he wouldn't even look at me. His defense mechanism was to not make eye contact. He was shaking and scared. But, for some reason, even though this dog obviously just wanted me to leave him alone, I decided that he needed to come home with me. That was in May of 2004. Now, his whole life revolves around my husband, working on the farm with my husband, and chasing/biting the farm equipment.
I've always been able to count on Tag to get excited when he realizes that I'm excited. He'll dance around with me and jump up and down while I jump up and down. And, when I'm in a rather philosophical mood, he lies there looking into my eyes (he does that now) and raises one of those brown eyebrows at a time as he analyzing what his crazy mom is saying.
That's My Boy and that's "that dog".

Pictures & Still No Totes

Met this Praying Mantis the other day. It was nice enough to pose for a couple photos for me...Then I took it to the tree, told it thanks for the photo session, and let it go.
I also discovered this Red Headed Woodpecker...
It was hard to get a good shot of him, because he was too busy to pose for me.
And, in the spirit of Halloween... the full moon...

Again, this morning, I called the company that I ordered the 20 tote bags from which I haven't received. Again, I got the answering machine. I can't believe this company doesn't answer their phone! I left yet another message... I think this makes six messages I have left them and two e-mails, with absolutely no response from them.

I paid for the bags through PayPal, and I was getting ready to file a complaint through PayPal this morning. But, something stopped me. I guess I'm just too da*n nice and always trying to give people the benefit of the doubt. I always give more chances to make a wrong a right.

In my message to them this morning, I stated "If you aren't going to send the bags, at least just tell me. At least return my calls!" So, I've set a deadline. If I don't hear anything by Wednesday, I will leave them yet another message and then file a complaint with PayPal. Then, I will have to find a different company to order from. It's just so aggravating!

Small Town Laughs, News, & Gossip

Last night, my mother-in-law's cousin was hosting a dinner for many of the cousins in the family. So, my husband and I attended. I was dreading it all day and kind of trying to think up excuses to use so I wouldn't have to attend (I'm a homebody, ya know).

Anyway, I didn't get out of it and we attended. I have to admit that I had a good time. When you get all of them together, and they sit around telling their stories, you can't help but laugh. They each have his/her own opinions, which each is more than happy to share. They each have his/her own stories, which are still hilarious even though I've heard them before.

We had just finished eating, and I heard whispering going on at one end of the table. Finally, one of the older cousins calls my husband by name (actually she called him by a name that he was called as a little kid, which he absolutely hates). She then informs my husband that they are all wondering about the ticket that he got. Ohhh boy. I immediately started telling him that I didn't say a word... it was NOT me who said anything to anyone. They all looked at me like I was a complete moron and said "Well Misty, it was in the newspaper." Geesh, my husband's little bitty ticket that he received from a game warden in June makes top news. After the ticket was explained, it was discovered that many people sitting around the table, those who had lived there most of their lives, didn't even know about the law, and, therefore, you couldn't blame my husband for not knowing since we had just moved there. My husband's aunt then proceeded to lean over (she was sitting next to me), look me in the eyes, and say "Nothing is secret in this county." Oh yes, small town life... ya gotta love it.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Awards Ceremony

It's time for the awards ceremony now. My, you all look so stunning! Is that Jon Bon Jovi over there on the red carpet? HEY - where'd you all go??? I'm the one giving the awards! Geesh!

The first award we have today is the beautiful Wonder Woman award. Just look at how amazing this award is. The recipients are just that too - Amazing! Yes, I'll be wearing my Wonder Woman outfit as I lovingly pick out a place on my sidebar to put this beauty.
The award goes to:
LMQ at Tales of the Lawn Mower Queen - One of my very best friends evahhh! She picks me up when I am sad, depressed, or downright ticked off. She has the fabulous ability of always having the perfect thing to say. She has overcome some of her own obstacles, but those obstacles were unable to destroy her spirit. She is one of the greatest people I have ever met. I wish I could also give this award to her mom, the previously mentioned Aunt J in this post. If you read that post, you will know why Aunt J is my Wonder Woman too - she definitely passed her talents on to her daughter.
Tammy at Mom Knows Everything - the only woman I know who puts endless time and effort into making not one, not two, but three Halloween costumes for her child, who refuses to wear any of them now. She is truly a Wonder Woman in my book and has become one of my best friends.
Stacy at JameeForever - This woman is a loving wife, completely devoted to God, and the mother of three gorgeous children, one of which she home schools. She also stays up until the wee hours of the morning completing the work that she does from home. Yes, she truly is a Wonder Woman.
Linda at Are We There Yet - She is a dispatcher, a mother, and the assistant to creating really cool plushies. When a long-awaited for concert is canceled, she plans a whole day of doing something that she doesn't enjoy, just to lift her daughter's spirits. I think she deserves a Wonder Woman plushie, but I don't know how to make them, so I'm giving her this award instead.
GiGi at Girl Gone Wild (Bible Style) - Not only is she a wife and a mother, but she has the fabulous talent of making me crack up laughing even when I previously felt like crying. If I had a dime for every time this woman made Dr. Pepper come out my nose, I'd be rich. She truly is a Wonder Woman to me, because when I'm down in the dumps, she and her blog posts come swooping in with magical powers to pick me up out of my slump and send me on my way again.
Janice at Twist & Skewer - She has overcome many obstacles, and she still manages to keep the sarcastic humor and ability to say it like it is that I have come to love about her. There are so many things I could say about Janice, but simply saying she truly is a Wonder Woman sums it all up!

The next award is the Community Blogger Award. This is a tough one for me to give out, because I want to give it to everyone. I mean, you ALL make my blogging community a better place, and you all welcomed me here with open arms.
So, I'm not going to pick and choose. I just can't. I have over 70 blogs that I have subscribed to in my reader, and that I read on a regular basis (a bit obsessive? Nah). I cannot with a clean conscience pick and choose just a few. Therefore, if you are a regular reader of my blog, well, you truly make my blogging life better, so please, add this award to your sidebar.

That's all for now, I better end this post, because I have a feeling that I'm going to get in trouble for what I just did with the Community Blogger Award ;-)

I'm Not Pouting... Maybe Just A Little

I think I'm dealing quite well with the fact that our plans were ruined last night. I wasn't disappointed just about last night. It's the fact that we moved out here to supposedly have a better life together. However, we hardly cross paths, and we hardly talk. So, where's the 'together' part? We've been planning on going out for weeks now, and each weekend, something changes those plans. Oh well, I guess there is always next weekend, I'm just going to try not to get my hopes up, because I don't want to be disappointed again, if something comes up and ruins next weekend's plans too.

On a side note, I was seriously taken by surprise the other morning. My in-laws came over, and I was in the bedroom, putting things away and making the bed. I heard my husband tell them that I'd be out in a minute. I was wondering why in the heck they needed to see me. No, I don't hide from my in-laws ;-) Who would do something like that? ;-)

Anyway, when I came out to the kitchen, my father-in-law gave me a big hug (that's not unusual - we are very close) and then he held something up in front of my face. I took it from him, and it was a check! AND, it was made out to me! What the heck? I stood there dumbfounded and asked "What's this for?"

They proceeded to tell me that it was for all the extra work and time I expended making the sale of their farm go through. OK, yes, I DID in fact go above and beyond, but for them to recognize that? Huh, something is weird here. Then it dawned on me. I didn't say anything, until after they left.

Then I asked my husband, "G, why do you think they decided to show their appreciation now when the sale of the property took place over a month ago?" Hubs replied that he thought his dad had been wanting to do that for me for awhile (which would make sense too - cuz he appreciates me). Then I said "Oh no, Dear, think about it. They just returned from a trip back home." Hubs stood there looking at me with that "I don't get it" look on his face. I said, "I know exactly what happened here. When they got back home, Aunt J could not wait to sing my praises. She always sticks up for me, she always appreciates me, and she always makes a point to make sure other people appreciate me. No Dear, Aunt J is responsible for this. I'd put money on it!" Hubs started laughing and said, "Yep, I bet you are exactly right. I'm sure she had a part in this."

Aunt J is my husband's aunt. She is wise and caring and one heck of a cook :-) She has welcomed me into that family and shown me enough love to make me feel like I am her second daughter. When I am busting my butt and feeling like no one recognizes or appreciates anything I do, it is Aunt J who notices. She is such a special person, and she also created and raised two totally awesome kids. I can't wait to see her when we go back home to visit at Christmas!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I'm So Disappointed

Well, here I sit... all cleaned up and ready to go have fun... but, it isn't going to happen. Not tonight. Not this weekend. Not for at least a whole 'nother week :-(

My husband just got home... he was working on something for my in-laws. It ended up going all wrong, and, well, as I said... he just got home. Now, he is very tired, sore, and extremely frustrated. He's grumpy and aggravated. I have to admit that NONE of this is his fault... at all. He cannot be blamed for my disappointment. He wanted to go out tonight as much as I did. Things just got screwed up. But sometimes, I get SO tired of things getting screwed up. Our things getting screwed up. Us getting screwed up. Just get really tired of it.

I know that I sound like I am being a major pouting baby over something very trivial. But, honestly, it goes much deeper than one night-out being ruined. It involves so much more. And, well, I'm just tired of it. All of it. I'm just tired.

So... Tammy... if you read this, I'll be online tonight.

Wonder Women in the Blogging Community

I can't believe this... I honestly can't believe it! I was visiting Mama Pajama's blog today, and was overcome by emotion when I saw that she gave me this...
It's the Wonder Woman award! I am so honored to receive this, and it also gave me a chuckle, because, as you probably know, I've been known to post about people expecting me to "be able to be Wonder Woman, but I lost my cape". Well, I may not have found my cape, but now, even better, I have the award!

And then... then I realized that the sweet and generous Mama Pajama had previously given me another award awhile back that I haven't even posted yet. This one is extra special to me, because I am now a devoted blogger and have made so many very special and wonderful friends that has caused me to say thanks every night for being a part of the blogging community!
Can you believe this? I honestly am so touched that I received these awards. Thank you so much Mama Pajama! You truly have made my day... heck, you've made my whole week... probably even my month!

I will pass these awards on to my special friends tomorrow, because, right now, I need to go get ready... hopefully, the Hubs and I are going out to play pool tonight... I've been really looking forward to it, since we haven't done anything fun together for quite awhile.

I already have some specific people in mind to receive these awards... So, you'll have to come back tomorrow for the awards ceremony :-)

I Don't Know What To Do - I'm SO Mad!

I received an order for 15 personalized tote bags, and I was thrilled, because I thought that money could go towards Christmas. Now, I'm stressed, depressed, and angry, because I ordered the blank tote bags on October 1, and still have not received them! I've called the company and left them at least five messages on their answering service. I've also sent them e-mails. However, they have not bothered to reply to me. They have my money, and I do not have the product I ordered, which also means that I cannot complete the order that I received and get paid for it! I don't know what to do at this point.
The company's website says that they ship orders "same day", and they even have a little map that shows that estimated delivery time to me would be TWO DAYS! I ordered them on October FIRST!!!

I don't want to place an order with another company for the same tote bags without knowing what is going on with this company first! Basically, I wouldn't be making anything on the tote bags if I have to place another order with someone else! But, these da*n people won't reply to my phone calls OR my e-mails!

I am SO mad and upset. The least they could do is reply and tell me that they aren't sending the bags, so I could order them from someone else! But they don't answer their phone, and they don't reply to the messages, and they don't reply to e-mails. UGH! I am so, so upset!

Need A Loan

With all the remodeling and home improvements that we have been working on so diligently, the checkbook has been taking a major hit. Every time I turn around, my husband is talking about something else that really needs done to the house. We knew when we moved here there were things that were going to need fixed, but we didn't realize they were going to have to be fixed immediately.

As if I needed more to stress about, my aunt called me yesterday and was so thoughtful to remind me that Christmas is only a few weeks away. I really wish she wouldn't have felt she needed to bring that up. I know it's only a few weeks away, but I was hoping that if I just ignored it, then it wouldn't come upon me so fast. Add the fact that we are driving the 750 mile trip back to visit for the Holiday. Have you seen the price of gas? It's going to be an expensive trip.

I wish I could find the magical money fairy, so I could ask for a time-extension or a cash advance. Unfortunately, I don't even know what that fairy looks like or where she lives. So, I guess I am out of luck. I wouldn't even be able to get a payday loan, because I'm self employed.

Right now, I'm hoping Santa will remodel my house for Christmas!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Tammy!

Happy Birthday to Tammy, who is one of my BFs, and I'm very thankful for her friendship!

(Graphics compliments of amazing animations)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

It's SOOOOO Beautiful!

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! Look... just LOOK at what the marvelous, talented, sweet, considerate, thoughtful Sanni made for me!!! It is so beautiful that I literally teared up when I saw it - it honestly couldn't be more perfect!

Gosh, can you tell that I really love it???

Isn't that one of the coolest and most beautiful things you have ever seen??? My jaws hurt from smiling so big, and I've got tears in my eyes again. I LOVE it!

Thank you Sanni!!! Thank you SO much!
I'm getting all mushy and sappy over here ;-)

A Meme (Don't Know The Title Of It)

I stole this meme from Jolene. No, I really didn't 'technically' steal it... she said if we were inspired by her that we should do it... well, she ALWAYS inspires me... so, I'm doing it :-)

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night. My Dad ;-)

2. What were you doing at 0800? Rolling my lazy butt outta bed

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Putting away groceries

4. What happened to you in 2006? Started getting ready to move to another state, preparing for a farm auction, etc, etc

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? "Hi Pa!" (that's what I call my father-in-law)

6. How many beverages did you have today? Two cups of coffee and part of a Red Mountain Dew

7. What color is your hairbrush? I don't use a brush, I use a pick... it's purple (I know you are SO surprised!)

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Postage to mail a textbook that I sold on

9. Where were you last night? At home... I'm always at home... I'm a homebody ;-)

10. What color is your front door? White, but I don't suggest using it right now, considering you'll fall about 12 feet into a hole!

11. Where do you keep your change? Some is in wicker basket type thingy on my dresser, some is in a can in my office, and the rest is weighing down my purse. But the quarters go separate so we can use them to play pool :-)

12. What’s the weather like today? Chilly with a cold wind (about 55 degrees), but sunny

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? I love Coffee ice cream and Chocolate ice cream

14. What excites you? I get excited over little things... it doesn't take much LOL

15. Do you want to cut your hair? Already did that last year. It was in the middle of my back and now it's just barely to my shoulders

16. Are you over the age of 25? Yep, and over the age of 30 too

17. Do you talk a lot? Depends. I don't talk around people I don't know. But, if I get with my friends or my dad and his girlfriend, I don't shut up. My husband says after a few beers I talk a lot more than usual LOL

18. Do you watch the O.C.? I have to admit I watched it, except for the last season

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? No one that I want to remember ;-)

20. Do you make up your own words? ALLLLLL the time! My dad and my boss crack up about it... I make up my own words and my own names for things

21. Are you a jealous person? Extremely. It's something that I have worked very, very hard on. I'm not jealous of material things... I'm a jealous wife due to insecurity. We'll just leave it at that.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Alan

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Karin

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? My husband

25. What does the last text message you received say? It says "Whose horses r those? Tell them I want 1 or 2 or 5" (My step-daughter referring to the new photos)

26. Do you chew on your straw? YUP

27. Do you have curly hair? Yes, I've had strangers tell me they hate me because of it.

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Around home-Outside to bring my beer in that I left in the vehicle because my in-laws were in the driveway when I pulled in (Loooong story). Outside of the home-Hubs and I are supposed to go play pool this weekend.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Oh gosh... I really shouldn't say... I don't know who will be reading my blog eventually ;-)

30. What was the last thing you ate? A piece of ham

31. Will you get married in the future? Nope, I'd have to get divorced first, and if that happens, I'm not doing the marriage thing for a third time!

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? Haven't seen any new movies, just the old faves

33. Is there anyone you like right now? I'm with Jolene's answer - I like lots of people ;-)

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Yesterday. I've been too busy to do today's.

35. Are you currently depressed? I suffer from chemical depression (which I don't treat) and I recently moved 750 miles away from my family, friends, and job... so, I go back and forth with this

36. Did you cry today? Believe it or not, I actually did... on the way home from the grocery store... I was driving, got sad, and cried... and I don't even know why - hate when I do that!

37. Why did you answer and post this? Cuz Jolene inspired me :-)

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
Anyone who wants to do it (hint... hint... Tammy)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's Photo Time

Hello boys and girls, it's photo time!!!
I haven't posted any of my photos for awhile, so I thought I'd share some of my recent favorites.

These are some horses that live not too far away from us. I seriously fell in love with the Paint, and my husband fell in love with the one with one blue eye and one brown eye.

And these are just some miscellaneous pics, that either I or my husband like, so I thought I'd share them with you guys and get your opinions.

There are more that I'd love to share, but I don't want to go overboard with posting too many photos ;-) I'll save some for another post.

What's Best For The Borrower

In my many years of working for attorneys, I've prepared the documentation for many bankruptcies. I've also been involved in trying to keep clients' homes from being foreclosed upon. Some people judge those who file bankruptcy. I'm living proof that sometimes things beyond your control can happen, and you end up in a bad situation, and you just need some help.

One thing that I have seen too often is clients who are desperately trying to keep a home, when they never should have been able to purchase that home in the first place. It's all about money, and sometimes I believe that mortgage companies don't really care if you can afford that home and all the expenses that go with it. They see interest dollar signs and are more than willing to sign you up.

I'm not pretending that I know how it all works or claiming that I have a high level of mortgage intelligence. However, I know that if I responded to one of those offers that I get all the time, because I was put on a direct marketing mailing list, they would be more than happy to let me sign my name to a big, monthly mortgage, even though there's no way I could afford to pay it right now.

But, here's what also gets me. The buyers for our farm were pre-approved for a mortgage loan. Yet, it turned into an absolute nightmare, because the approving bank was a big name franchise type bank and their appraiser knew absolutely nothing about farms. Therefore, the appraiser said that our farm land was basically worthless! I finally called one of my husband's friends, who was in real estate back home. He told me to send our buyer to one of the small local banks, because they understood the community and were always looking for farm mortgage leads. Once we contacted the smaller, community-based bank, the property appraised for more than what we were asking and the loan was approved.

I just wish that companies and lenders would learn about the community, the property they are lending on, and the people to whom they are lending money. Call me crazy, but I would rather have a smaller company working for me. You know, those companies where the employees know your name when you walk in the door. With the bigger franchises, I feel like they are only focused on money, and not what is best for the customer.

I Got Another Package!

I love getting unexpected packages in the mail! It really makes me feel like I'm being thought of. My dad had told me the other day that he and my boyfriend (the wolf) had sent me "a letter". Some letter! They sent a whole box of stuff!

I got three books:
The next two books in the series by Diana Gabaldon, for when I finish the first book (stupid college homework keeps me from reading for enjoyment! UGH)
and a book called "In The Season Of The Sun" by Kerry Newcomb (I think this is the one he was reading and it was taking place in Missouri, which made him keep thinking about me and missing me).

I also got a holster for one of my pistols and a cleaning brush for another one of my handguns. Yes, I have many guns ;-) Which is probably why he also sent me the Missouri Wildlife Code book and the Hunting & Trapping Regulations.

He also sent two giant bulk bags of cereal (he realizes how much stuff costs out here). A bag for me and a bag for Hubs. Oh, and he sent a book for my husband to read (Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it).

I also got the miscellaneous 'dad stuff' that I've come to expect from him: A feather, One of my favorite photographs that he took, and a business card for a place in Ohio that sells meats, cheeses, bulk foods, deli trays, baked goods, spices, candles, and ice cream. That's my daddy!

Last but not least, he sent a bag of yummy treats for his girlfriend, my Molly-Collie. They are crazy about each other - it's true puppy love (hehehe, I crack myself up!).

Both times that I have received one of these care packages, I have broke down in tears. Partly because I miss him so much, and partly because I can see exactly what my dad was thinking when he put each item into the box. Gosh I miss him!

Shopping Tips

Again, I was tagged by Tammy at Mom Knows Everything. I told you she is as meme crazy as me! We are seriously a meme-force to be reckoned with ;-) Well, since I seriously hate crowds, and we've recently established that I'm a serious homebody, you probably won't find my tip too surprising.

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It’s very simple. When you receive this tag, copy the whole list and add your own shopping tip to the bottom and pass it on.

Wear comfy clothing when you’re shopping. You don’t wanna fuss with too many laces and buttons when you’re trying clothes on.

Choose stores offering some kind of reward program, e.g. purchase points, rebates or store coupons. Knowing how the program works and when to use them will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Always ask for a discount or bargain, especially when you pay cash for big purchase like furniture and electrical items, you will be surprised how much lesser you have to pay.

Buy in bulk or from the hypermarket. Hypermarket like Giant and Tesco has greater offer than places like Jusco or Parkson. (I’m referring to household stuffs)

Think again if it does really makes any different without having that, and if no, it means you don’t really need to spend on that.

Wear comfortable shoes when going for shopping spree. Closed toes and high heels won’t give you the joy of shopping. If possible, wear sneakers or sandals like Birkenstock.

When you go shopping, it doesn't mean that you must buy something. If there's nothing to buy, just window shop. You get to see new products, learn new marketing strategies and you may see new opportunities.

Don’t shop for groceries on an empty stomach. Pushing the trolley through the supermarket aisles while you are hungry will just make you buy more than necessary. After all, wouldn't all the snacks look extra tasty while you are hungry?

If you take children shopping with you try to bring something that will keep them amused. Bring a small backpack with a few of their toys, books and snacks. Having a child whining that they are bored, they want a toy or they're hungry will only make your shopping trip stressful. Mom Knows Everything

Being that I don't live even close to any stores anymore, I do most of my shopping online. Don't purchase a big item from the first store you see it at. Comparison shop to find the better deals, whether it be lower price, free shipping, or even better return policies. Also, do your research when purchasing electronics or big items. My most important tip is read customer reviews. Not big name company reviews - customer reviews. These people are just like you and happen to have experience with the product you are considering - They have nothing to gain or lose, and are, therefore, going to give an honest review. My Dogs Keep Me Sane
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I'm not tagging ANYone... I'm tagging ALL of you. It's the season of giving! So, share your tips with your fellow bloggers.

It's All On My Homepage!

I took Stacey's advice (since SHE was the only one who answered my last 'So Tell Me' post... just sayin). I started checking out the Google Reader. Now, I am in the process of switching over to Google Reader.

And, per the advice of my partner-in-crime, I started looking at Google's calendar too. She had already, long ago invited and got me hooked on gmail. I (heart) gmail!

The coolest thing of all is Google has created so many tools... the email, the reader, the calendar, etc, etc, and since they are all by Google, I can make iGoogle my home page and voila... I save myself time! See, I usually boot the computer, and then proceed opening Firefox tabs (by the way, I heart Firefox too... another thing I can thank my partner-in-crime for). Well, if I utilize all of these handy dandy Google Gadgets (Hey... I like that... Go Google Gadget!), I save myself the time of opening up something like three different windows! Yay, I'm all excited now!

I know, I'm really behind with this stuff (Go Google Gadget Go! hehe sorry). But, I'm catching up now. Next thing, after I have my homepage, email, and blog feeds organized, I need to organize my bookmarks (Oh what a mess they are in... I'm so embarrassed).

I'm off to get organized now! Go Go Super Google Gadgets... (getting a little too carried away with that, aren't I?)

The Homebody's Website Ideas

I've realized my last few posts can be put together in a cause and effect relationship. See, the most embarrassing moment posted yesterday may possibly have traumatized me so much I now have a fear of making a fool of myself in public. Maybe subconsciously, that is why I became such a homebody, as described in another post. The Indians making such a fool out of me might also cause me to hide from social events. I mean, after the way I bragged and told everyone they were going to win, I'd be the laughing stock now. I'll just stay at home with my computer and my online friends, who only know the dumb things I do when I'm stupid enough to tell you about them.

I've got blogging to do and photo charms to make anyway. It is approaching the busy time for charm items, because people want to get their orders completed in time for Christmas. My website was scheduled to expire this month, and I was going to give it up, but I changed my mind and renewed the domain name, hosting package, and shopping cart software. I want to keep the site and add more things to it, in addition to the charms. I would also like to add separate pages focused on my photography.

Also, I'm wondering if I have enough hosting and bandwidth available to start a second blog on there. I'm not sure how all that works, or if it would interfere with the ecommerce software that is in place for the charm orders. If it would interfere, then I don't want to mess with it, because I love my website. One of my best friends did an amazing job creating it, with the charm .gifs that scroll through several photos and the cute little shopping cart button to make ordering convenient. However, I'll have to do more checking, because it would make sense to buy another domain name and use the hosting package I'm already paying for. Second blog, here I come.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Embarrassing Moment

My blogging buddy Gigi has inspired me to post my most embarrassing moment. I mean, after all, she posted hers, and so I thought mine couldn't possibly be that bad I would post mine to show her my support ;-)

We took my step-daughter to Nashville for her high school graduation gift. She is a huge country music fan, and her favorite person in the world is Dolly Parton. So, when she was given a choice to either receive money or the trip for her present, she hesitated about two seconds before she replied "When do we leave?".

We had a blast. My step-daughter and I are extremely close. Close enough that we tell each other everything, and we picked out each other's Hooters shirts (hehe that's another story).

MY highlight of the trip was that we were going to see Martina McBride (my ultimate favorite - LOVE her bunches of muches!) perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Well, the day of the performance came, and we arrived early so we could go through the museum and other places before the show. The three of us were each interested in spending more time looking at different things, so we kind of wandered off from each other.

I'm wandering along the glass cased wall, and I walk up behind and put my head on my husband's shoulder. THEN, I about died, when he turned and looked at me and it wasn't my husband!!! At that point, I literally froze... Here I am standing, frozen by embarrassment, with my chin resting so lovingly on some strange man, whom I have never met before in my life! The museum was completely quiet... up until that point. My step-daughter filled the silent rooms with her laughter. You see, she watched it happen! Why didn't my precious step-daughter stop me, you ask? Oh, well, in her words "I didn't think you were actually going to do it, you moron. Besides that was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life!" Yeah, thanks Sweetie!

My brand new adopted-husband was just as embarrassed as I, because he thought I was his wife coming up behind him and he was going to turn and lay a big ol' kiss on my lips! Luckily, he was able to stop himself!

We both turned bright red, my step-daughter is on the floor gasping for air and snorting like a pig, and my husband and the guy's wife have now turned around and are both looking at us trying to figure out what the heck is going on, because neither one of them saw it happen.

I quickly explained that he had the same exact color of shirt on, same type of haircut, was about the same exact height as my husband, and they both stood with the same da*n posture while they were looking at whatever was behind the glass wall. I kept repeating these things over and over and turning to my step-daughter to confirm, but she was still gasping for air, while she continued to wipe the tears from her eyes from laughing so hard. Yes, I said we were close... but I didn't say she wasn't a major brat!

There ya go... that's my embarrassing moment post, inspired by Gigi

Heads Or Tails Tuesday *Train*

One of my favorite bloggers, Skittles has started a Tuesday meme. It is LOTS of fun-so you'll wanna join us right away! If you click on the Heads or Tails logo - it will take you to the post to tell you more about the meme.

This week's topic is Train.

I'll tell you a story (cuz I like to tell stories)...

One of the less expensive ways to get back and forth between Ohio and Missouri is the train. Other than the layover in Chicago, it is usually an enjoyable trip, in my opinion. Well, when we were having our farm auction, my poor brother-in-law was stuck on a train, and my poor uncle-in-law was stuck running back and forth to the train station to see if the train had come in yet.

My brother-in-law was coming back on the train for the auction. Not only did he want to be with the family, but since he was moving back, he wanted to bid on a tractor. (Yes, our family basically did a switch-a-roo between states... we came out here, he came back from out here... but that's another story LOL).

Anyway, my b-i-l was supposed to arrive at the train station at 3 a.m. My generous uncle-in-law volunteered to pick him up from the station. So, u-i-l gets up and goes to the train station at 3 a.m. and there was no train. No problem, maybe it was running a little late. He waited... and waited... and waited. He came back home and went back to the station. He made several trips back and forth, and he finally was able to get a phone number to call and check on the train, rather than driving back and forth.

Meanwhile, my b-i-l is sitting on the train and losing patience. They were told there was a fire on the tracks. They had to wait so long that my b-i-l had to call my s-i-l's husband and ask him to bid on the tractor. My b-i-l did not arrive at the train station until almost 11, and got to the farm auction when it was almost over! It was an almost 8-hour delay, and, trust me, my b-i-l was NOT a happy man. He said when the train finally went through the area where they said there was a fire on the tracks, the fire had been way back away from the tracks and the train wouldn't have come anywhere close. We told him it was better to be safe than sorry, but at that point, he was NOT in the mood to hear it.

It is now a standing joke in the family, that whenever we say we are going to come back to visit, my aunt-in-law will say "Oh, are you taking the train? I'll send my husband to pick you up from the station!" (that's the poor uncle-in-law who got up at 3 a.m. to eventually, after several trips, end up picking my b-i-l up eight hours later!) I'm not sure which one of the two men had the worse end of the deal that day!

From The Comfort Of Home

When we decided to move, my father-in-law was worried about me. He was afraid we would move, and I would absolutely hate it here. He kept reminding me there are no stores nearby, and we are pretty much in the middle of nothing.

My husband continued to say, "You really have no idea how much of a homebody Misty is."

For example, I prefer to rent a movie and stay home, rather than going to the theater. Also, I've said for a long time that eventually I want us to get our own pool table, so we don't have to go somewhere else to shoot pool.

My husband insists part of the fun is the experience of going out. I always insist that I can enjoy the things I like to do even more if I can do them from the comfort of my own home. Sure, I enjoy going out every now and then. But, generally, I just want to be at home. So, he tells me people are going to start accusing me of being housebound.

One way it causes conflict is he wants to travel, and I want to stay home. He keeps talking about going back to Las Vegas, and I keep suggesting an online casino. I tell him they're more convenient and affordable. If he visited, he could easily find the best places to play everything from poker to roulette to keno. Then, he could come into the living room, where I'll be playing slots, bingo, or backgammon. Sounds like fun to me! Since they do online casino reviews, we're sure to pick the right one.

I try to explain to my husband that he should see the good side of my being such a homebody. He really doesn't mind, but he still jokes that I am going to become completely housebound. The internet and technology now are really becoming enablers, because, if there is a way to stay home to do something, I usually choose that option. I'm still trying to figure out how to stop going to the grocery store! Whenever he starts teasing, I explain I'm not afraid of leaving the house, I just prefer to stay home. There's nothing wrong with that! Is there?

Monday, October 22, 2007

There's Always Next Year (I Guess)

Well, the game was a total disappointment last night. Needless to say, my precious Cleveland Indians will not be going to the World Series. We were this close! Darnit! I didn't cry too much... I only wailed and threw a temper tantrum shed a couple quiet tears.

Really, I'm ready to jump off a bridge handling it quite well.

You know what they say... "There's Always Next Year." Yeah, whatever.

Don't worry about me though, I'm OK... really...

I mean, hey, at least I don't have to waste my time sitting in front of the TV watching a stupid World Series. I have much better things to do, anyway. Yeah, that's it! I've got much *sniff* *sniff* better things to do than watch stupid baseball games.

Really, it's no big deal.

Going to go convince myself of that now.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Reasons To Watch Cleveland Indians Baseball

This post is especially for my blogging buddy D over at Just Call Me Part Of The USO. She happened to notice that one of the Cleveland Indians was not too bad to look at. Well D (and Stacey, cuz we know you are looking too) allow me to share with you a couple more reasons to watch Cleveland Indians baseball...

Friday, October 19, 2007

5 Things About Me Meme

I was tagged by Tammy from Mom Knows Everything. I think Tammy might possibly be just as meme crazy as I am ;-) .

5 Things About Me (Completely random things that I am pulling off the top of my head)

  1. I played three sports in school. There was not a time of year that I was not involved in a sport. I played Volleyball, basketball, and softball. Volleyball was what my life revolved around though, and I desperately wanted to play in college. My highlight in basketball was when I made a four-point play (was shooting a three pointer, got fouled, and made the foul shot).
  2. I got a severe case of chicken pox my senior year. Those stupid chicken pox, coupled with strep throat, almost caused me to miss attending my graduation. It also caused me to drop from graduating 10th in my class to graduating 12th in my class (Yes, I'm still bitter).
  3. I don't think I will ever fit in as a conversationalist in this new area (especially with men) because I use proper grammar. I wish I had a dime for every time I stopped myself from correcting someone who just told me "We was gonna go n sees them, but they's ain't gonna be home, see." Oh yes, I see... I think.
  4. I've worked for three different bosses that I could have filed charges against. Now you can see why I appreciate and love my boss from Ohio so much.
  5. In 1998, I caught a 21.4 pound, 37 1/4 inch Striped Bass out of a local reservoir in Ohio. This catch got me on the front page of the local Field & Fish magazine (although my dad says that it didn't hurt that I was the only female in the whole magazine and that I had a big, proud smile on my face). It never fails though, any guy who walks into our house and sees my fish hanging on the wall, instantly turns to my husband to ask him where he caught that fish. That is when I stand myself up tall and step in between the sexist moron guy and my husband and loudly proclaim that I caught that fish.

I'll leave this as an open tag, I wouldn't want to give anyone reason to dub me "Queen of the Memes" or anything ;-)

My Blog Is Excellent!

Tammy at Mom Knowns Everything says that my blog is excellent. She even gave me this award to hang in my sidebar for everyone to see! Isn't is cool?
I think it's really cool that the words are purple, which you may know is my favorite color ;-)

I get to pass this award on to people with excellent blogs... oh my, I could pass this on to practically everyone! So, I'm going to just close my eyes and point to three people. Obviously, I love all of your blogs, so my hope is that the three people I pass it on to, will pass it on to a few more of my favorites, and that will keep going until everyone is proclaiming that their blog is excellent :-)

I know, I know, I'm rambling... OK, closing my eyes now (STOP making faces at me Stacey and GiGi!!!)
Twist & Skewer
Mama Pajama
Heart of Rachel

Wow - I do great with my eyes closed, because those blogs are truly, truly excellent!

Random Thoughts

It will only be a matter of time until Stacey has something to say about my comments on the insurance agent in the previous post.

I wonder why no one bothered to answer my questions in my So Tell Me... It's All About Organization post. In fact, Stacey was the only one who commented. I'm don't think my "So Tell Me..." posts are catching on, so I may not do them anymore. Although, it's a way for me to throw questions out there that I want answers to.

I'm considering starting another blog. This would still be my main 'talk about everything' blog. I would use the other blog for creative writing. What do you think? It's just an idea that has been bouncing around in my head.

The wonderfully sweet and helpful Rachel from Heart of Rachel sent me information so that I can change this blog to a three-column template. I'm super excited about that, but at the same time, I'm afraid to actually do it LOL I'm afraid that I will mess something up. I don't want to mess anything up, especially since I use this blog for paid posts. Gosh, I am such a worrier!

The Indians lost last night, which means that you will have to hear me talk about them for two more days at least. They don't play again until Saturday, and the game will be in Boston.

I really enjoyed talking to my new buddies on Instant Messenger last night - they know who they are. I'm glad that I finally downloaded Trillian, so that I can see and talk to everyone at once regardless of which IM they are on. (Now I know LMQ is sitting there shaking her head and wondering why I waited so long to download it).

Well, I better go for a photo walk before it decides to start raining again.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

She's a Semi-Finalist!

I just received an e-mail. It's probably nothing to get too excited about, because I'm sure they just want me to purchase their book of photos. However, I wanted to share part of the e-mail with you, my favorite fans...

Hey, if she does win, then I can use that as leverage to convince the Hubs that we need more puppies! I mean, they're good photos subjects, ya know ;-)

The portion of e-mail:


After thoroughly reviewing and discussing your photograph, I am pleased to inform you that our Selection Committee has advanced your contest entry, "Maggie May," to semi-finalist in the International Open Amateur Photography Contest.

Kind of cool, huh? Even if nothing more comes out of it, I can hug my Puppy-Doodles and tell her that she's a cute little semi-finalist :-)

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