Monday, November 25, 2013

HOLY CRAP.......
something to think about!

Are you a crap factory? And by that, I’m asking, do you manufacture your own unhappiness? All it takes to be in the crap producing business is to be pessimistic, negative and saturate your world with feelings of resentment and ill will. Oh yeah, don’t forget to tell everyone how bad things are and that you will never be satisfied. Being a crap producing factory is one of the easiest things in the world to accomplish.

A person becomes a crap factory by thinking crappy thoughts on a regular basis. If you habitually feel that everything is going to turn out bad, or that other people are getting what they do not deserve and you are not getting what you deserve, you’re not only stepping in crap, you’re producing it. "I will be happy when I get some sleep, when I make a more money, when I lose weight, or when my significant other helps out more". When you think and say things like this, you are creating pressure, stress, isolation, anger, frustration and what you're really saying is, "I will be UNHAPPY until these things happen..."

Crap factory describes what so many people do – they manufacture their own unhappiness. You are a factory of some sort. Every day you are either manufacturing something good or you are manufacturing crap. There are so many things in life that are out of your control that lead to unhappiness, it is silly to make the pile higher by producing your own brand of crap. A large proportion of the crap in the average person’s life is self-manufactured. If you don’t consciously decide what you produce at your factory each day, your environment and your past experience will determine it for you. Bad crap happens all the time to good people, just make sure you’re not adding to the pile by producing your own crap.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Yep, Sean and Meghan are having a BOY!!
We're so excited! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

These 3 crazy ladies sure made our family proud and represented us well in the Susan G Koman race for the cure.
They all raised the money and walked 60 miles in 3 days!


To celebrate we had a few of the fam over for dinner~

I love these folks!!

We can be apart for years....and pick up right where we left off
and never miss a beat!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

This is me........doing the "happy dance"cuz...........
Emily is back on FaceBook!
This Aunt Bev has missed you and the shenanigans of your cute family!
It's the little things that make me so happy!!  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My GRAND-KIDS are cuter than your grand-kids!

 well.......maybe not.....

but this grandma thinks they are!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Here's my fall the colors.....
but more than that.....I love the price!
I got this at the ORANGE PATCH TOO.....
on their clearance page on FaceBook.
Regular price for table cloth and 3 orange and 3 green place mats $65.00.....clearance price $15.00.
If you haven't already been to their clearance page yet, be sure to check it out.  I've found a lot of good deals!!
Today is the day!!!

I was looking through my blog list...and catching up on comments and it HIT me!! 
I miss blogging and and miss my old self.....
so I'm the only one that can do anything about it.....
so my friends.....
tonight, and everynight I am going to blog.....
now, fingers crossed that blogger cooperates with me!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

do you know what you get when you mix "dry roasted peanuts"

and........candy corn?

something that tastes like a PayDay!!  
Try it!! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I'm having blog problems again!!! 
Dang thing!!!
I have tried to post several times and for some reason......
won't let me. 
Wonder why this one worked? 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Somebody's going to be a Grandma again.....

yep, ME!!! 
We're so excited!! 
Maisy's going to be a big sister....(now this should be interesting)!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Hoke!
Who would have have ever thought we'd be this old?
He deserves to have an extra special day!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Miss Maisy has enough hair for "little piggy tails"........
wonder how long she'll keep them in?  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This Saturday August 31st Dylann Nicole Hatch and Mallory Peterson are having a garage sale to earn money for their Missions. They are selling teen girl clothes sizes Extra Small- Extra Large with other misc items. Everything has to go and is super cheap!!:) If any of you know Mallory Chanelle know she always dresses very stylish and always looks, if you have teenage daughters.......this is the place for you!!

Starts at 6:00am-2:00pm.
2940 E. Fairfield St. Mesa, AZ. 85213 —

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I follow a blog called
"the underground car guy".....
he's the son of one of my dearest most BFF's ever.....
and sharing in his life now since his mother has passed on is a real treat. 
Speaking of treats.......
be sure to check out his last blog post......
"How times have changed".....
Holy schmoly......right here in our little town of Mesa~things have changed dramatically!!  This post was so interesting to me I wanted to share it with the rest of you. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

I tried a new recipe  a few weeks ago...........
Sweetiepie loved it
I had one helping...he ate the rest.  
So when I asked what he wanted for dinner 
his answer was "Potato Beef Casserole".

Here's the recipe from 
Trisha Yearwood

3 pounds red potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
Vegetable oil, to coat pan
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Black pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups grated sharp Cheddar
1/2 cup unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with water to cover by 1 inch. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender. Potatoes cook quickly. Test often for tenderness and don't overcook them. Alternatively, cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes, releasing the pressure immediately to prevent overcooking. Drain the potatoes and arrange them in a 6- by 9- by 2-inch casserole dish.

In a large skillet, add a little oil to coat the pan. Combine the beef and onion and cook together over medium heat until the beef is browned and the onion softened, about 10 minutes. Drain excess fat.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and the flour turns light brown in color. Gradually whisk in the milk and continue to stir while cooking over medium heat. When the mixture thickens, season with salt and pepper, then stir in the cheese and browned beef and onions.

Pour the ground beef mixture over the potatoes and bake the casserole for 20 minutes, until heated through and bubbling. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the casserole and bake until the crumbs are toasted, about 5 minutes longer.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's pretty simple..........
who needs toys.........
the basket the toys are in is the most FUN of all!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy Birthday

How do people live without a SISTER?
I don't even want to think about it..... her's some things about my favorite sister CHARLOTTE!!
  • she's brave
  • she's crazy
  • she's fun'
  • she's funny
  • she's a big baby
  • she can be a pain in the butt (especially when I was about 12 yrs. old and she had to follow me every place I went)
  • she's the best NANA in the whole whide world
  • she's a hard worker
  • she likes to tease me
  • she's my FAVORITE sister!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

this commercial just cracks me up! 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

We took a trip to Snowflake for Hartley's birthday.
On a trip in to town we stopped at Bashas to get stuff for dinner
and in all my 63 years I have never seen carrots in the produce department being sold in 50 pound packages.  
This totally cracked me up.....and just had to take a picture!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kids who observe their parents being thankful are likely to be more thankful.
(this quote came from a divorce atty who came into our office.  I wanted to share it)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I get inspiration from a number of places......
 your blogs
family and friends
beautiful pictures

this was something that INSPIRED ME TODAY


Monday, July 15, 2013

Here's the view from the window at 
my office....from the 4th floor.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Tried this new recipe for dinner tonight......
it's a keeper!!

Bacon Ranch Foil Packet Potatoes

3 sheets of heavy-duty foil
10-12 baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
6 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
1 packet ranch dressing mix

Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Sour cream for serving, if desired

1. Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray. Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes, bacon, and ranch dressing mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each serving. Wrap securely.

2. Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve in foil, topped with sour cream if desired.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

4 o'clock

Today is Sweetiepie's birthday!

We had a visit from his son and daughter-in-law for his birthday and surprised him with a birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse and a Rattlers game.

Hartley caught a game bal;
(lucky dog)

They played a special tribute to the 19 fallen Fire Fighters during half time
These are Fire Fighters from all over the state....
it brought tears to our eyes.

This was a tribute to his Dad for his birthday!

Beginning at 4 o'clock and lasting all evening....
it was a special birthday for a special guy!


Habits.........Yeah, I have a few........

 I crack my knuckles (don't judge)
I'm not proud, but I'll tell ya, it seems to make my hands feel better.

 TRUTH: There is no evidence that proves that knuckle cracking leads to arthritis! HURRAY! 

 This is a new habit........
I gave up Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper...
(haven't had a soda since I was in the hospital in Dec., I've replaced it with 
actually, it might not really be a habit but an 

and probably the worst HABIT of them all......

I love, love, love to crunch ice!!  
I guess it's better than smoking,  but not much..............

At least I'm not a quitter~

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I wore this!

I wore these footie socks today.....
and it's a kbillion degrees outside.....
so why do I have on footie socks, you ask.....
because I cannot stand to go barefoot!

I had some oral surgery today.
I have a new dentist, Brian Goodman, D.D.S.
He's awesome!!! 
 If you're looking for a good dentist, he's your man.
I took it easy today, but really, no pain.
Hard for me to believe!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Look at that baby smooth skin!
.......and the flowers are beautiful too!
(ps.  You're probably sick of seeing pictures of Maisy-but I'm not). 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

......I learned at 63

1.    Birthdays aren't as bad as I thought they were

2.  Burger House (in Globe) have the best green chili burros in the whole wide world

3.  I am blessed beyond measure