Wednesday, January 25, 2012

7 Random Things

Dubble Bubble Gum, 16 oz

1. I chewed approximately 20 pieces of Dubble Bubble Gum at my son's ball game last Saturday.  The stuff is tasty, but the flavor only lasts for like 2 minutes.  This means that you have to spit it out and get a new piece every few minutes to keep the flavor sensation going.  Imagine my horror when I saw the back of the bag and realized that each piece has 20 calories.  That doesn't sound like much, but when you have to eat 1/4 of the bag to get you through the ball game, it adds up quickly! I think I'll let the kids eat the Dubble Bubble and I'll stick to the grown-up stuff.  Plus, my jaw hurt that night. When I'm chewing Dubble Bubble, I feel like a cow chewing her cud.

Where the Red Fern Grows

2. My son just finished reading "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls for a book report.  I know that he really read the book and didn't fake it because after he closed the book and I asked him to tell me about it, he got all teary eyed. The book has a really sad ending, and I remember crying when I read it 24 years ago.  Sad dog books just get me right in the gut! Apparently, they pull at my son's heart-strings too.  Every night he stayed up late reading in his bed.  Ordinarily I'd tell him to turn the light off, but I know what it's like to be wrapped up in a good book and I didn't want to squelch his love of reading.  I decided to just turn a blind eye to the light shining down the hallway.

3.  My girl's got strep throat. Blah!  The poor thing.  She's my toughest kid when it comes to getting sick.  She rarely complains about not feeling well, so when she came to me with a headache, sore throat, and ear-ache, I didn't wait long to get her in to the doctor.  For some odd reason, she doesn't fit the mold when it comes to strep.  She gets it twice as much as my other kids and doesn't get any type of fever with it.  She's also the kid who once woke up in the middle of the night with an ear-ache, and by the time the doctor's office opened, she busted an ear drum. So when she said she had both an ear-ache and a sore throat, I got her right in to the doctor.  I'm glad I did!  Hopefully she'll be on the mend soon.

4. I've been on a crusade to fill half of my family's plate with vegetables at every lunch and dinner.  It's been going well except for when we eat Mexican Food.  Somehow, broccoli, carrots, and salad don't seem to go well with tamales.  When my family was walking through the junk food aisle at Walmart the other day, my kids asked if they could each pick out something to put in the cart.  I said, "No, but I'll tell you what...when we get to the produce section, I'll let you pick out any vegetable you want!!!"   Needless to say, that didn't go over too well.  Hey, you win some and you lose some.

5. I can see patches of dead grass in my yard for the first time since November. I'm sick of seeing dirty snow.  It either needs to all melt, or a fresh storm needs to cover it up with white beauty again.  Not that I'm being picky or anything.

6.  I failed to mention that our old hens went to be with Jesus awhile back.  It was time. They were ancient, and not laying any more eggs.  I'm only sharing this because our two new hens haven't started to lay yet, and I've had to buy eggs at the store for the first time in ages! *GASP* Oh, the horror! There is a huge difference between fresh eggs and Walmart eggs and I forgot how good we had it with our supply of fresh eggs every day. I'm counting the days until these young gals start laying.  We'll get more chicks in the spring, but these two gals have got to start stepping up to the plate in the mean time. Any day now, they can start giving me their little hen berries. After all, with the old ladies gone, they've got the whole chicken mansion to themselves.

7. I'm slightly irritated that right now in my town, diesel is over 60 cents more per gallon than gas. That ain't right, folks. Do you remember the good ole' days when diesel was cheaper than gas?  My husband remembers filling his truck up in college and when the price of gas went to $1.38/ gallon he thought it would break him. HaHaHa! Now we'd be doing the happy dance if it was that cheap.


  1. Just be happy that your fuel prices are still lower than those in Canada! We are paying about 1.25/Litre for gas. That's 4.74/Gallon! That's why mom and I take the US route to Grandpas, it's longer, but the fuel is sometimes almost half the price.

  2. Not sure if I have ever commented on your blog before but I sure enjoy reading it.

    I so feel your pain. Last summer we lost our hens to the “wild things” that prowl in the night. We too had to buy store eggs for the first time in years. The eggs were okay for baking but not to eat! Out of desperation I bought some older hens, that only laid a few eggs here and there, to keep us supplied in “eating eggs” while we waited for the new chicks to grow and begin laying eggs; which thankfully began right before Christmas.

  3. Loved that book! Hope she gets to feeling better asap!
    I've not braved having chickens, I fear for there little lives too much, so I guess we'll be buying eggs forever. But we have milk cows, so that helps save, when they are milking, of course. ha!

    Yes, why can't diesel be cheaper than gas! It erks us to no end! I remember the old days (like 5 years ago) when it was all under two bucks....

    Hope the weekend is great!

  4. Hope your girl is better! We're finally on the mend I think.. ;)
    I read the book, and saw the movie! Another sad, but good one is Smokey the Cow Horse. That one made me bawl.
    I feel your Walmart egg buying pain! We had a badger kill off all my chickens. They were young and had just started laying too! I was SO mad. Now I have to start over.

  5. Nell, You are always cracking me up! I hope those hens start working for you soon!

    I hope your daughter feels better soon! And, yes wouldn't it be nice if diesel came back down. I feel the pain!

  6. You're so right! Farm (or Ranch, whatever) eggs are sooo much better!! We get our eggs from my in-laws farm and I really miss them when they slow down and I have to buy a dozen or so from the store.