Flying Fur

Flying Fur

by Gina  Valley

I’m chuckling as I watch our newest family member, Ziva, a 7 week old Lab-mystery-mix puppy, bound around our backyard.  Our older dog, Douglas, a 12 year old Lab-Saluki mix, has finally comes to grips with the fact that this ball of furry energy is staying.  It’s hard dealing with a brand new baby sister out of the blue.

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Perhaps it brings back memories to Douglas of his younger days, when he, too, was a squirrel nemesis.  In his prime he served as an agent of nature, insuring that only the swiftest, smartest squirrels survived in the little woodland world that is our backyard.

Then, there was only a handful of squirrels that would venture down from the trees to our lawn and patio.  Certainly, we never saw any of the small ones or the tubby ones I can see raiding our bird feeders right now.

Douglas doesn’t bother to chase them much anymore.   Most of the time he evens ignores the squirrels that creep over to steal a piece of kibble from his bowl.  He rarely bothers to give chase, much less catch one.   I like to think that’s due to our training efforts, but I think it’s more likely due to aging and laziness.

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And, man oh man, does he know how to make those moments count.

Last Fathers’ Day we had quite a crowd.  Our pack, family, friends, our home was full.  It was quite the party.  A joyous celebration of Fatherhood filled our home.

Apparently, that stopped at our backdoor.

I don’t know if Douglas was bored or energetic or felt like the party needed livening up, but for whatever reason, our giant, lightening quick dog decided it was the perfect time to go hunting.

Generally, we never hear Douglas hunting the furry tree hoppers.  We’d certainly discourage him, if we did.  Usually, we’d just find what looked like a squirrel that had been sat on by the giant dog.  It was usually flat and quite intact.  I kind of wondered if he was in fact simply sitting on them.

Well, whatever his usual mode of operation is, last Fathers’ Day it definitely wasn’t sitting on it.

Over the din of the crowd I heard him emit a long, low growl.  The back wall of our house is all windows, so I had no trouble spotting him as he came out of his crouch and took off across our yard and into the trees.

I was hoping no other people noticed, and that all the animals did.  Surely, every woodland creature heard him, and knew to run.  Right?

Well, not so much.

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Now, of course, the squirrel didn’t go quietly.   Our guests might not have noticed had the squirrel not emitted an ear splitting, screech and bitten the dog, who then, for good attention getting measure let out a cat like howl.

Did our company notice?

Why, yes, they did.

Did my kids notice?

Yes, they did.

Nothing brings down a holiday quite like animal carnage in the backyard.

Naturally, the dog did not want to give up his hard fought, now limp, prize.  Nor, did he want to let us take a look at his squirrel-incisor-sized piercing.  And, to make sure neither of those things occurred, he proceeded to run away from my husband and oldest son as they tried to subtly corral him.

Of course, the dog decided that the best place to hide to escape his pursuers was right by the large glass sliding door that leads into our house.

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Yes, it is part of the all windows, back wall of our house, which, conveniently, all of our guests were staring out of.  Their mouths gaped in horror at the sight of an injured dog carrying around a formerly injured, now clearly way past that, squirrel.

I won’t even get into what flew off when the dog shook the former squirrel and ran around the patio trying to avoid capture.  It was not pretty.

Do we know how to throw a party or what?

Fortunately, we’d long finished dinner.

Dessert was less popular than usual.  I suppose that’s understandable.

I’ve seen studies that show that having pets makes you live longer.

I think maybe it just feels that way.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have your pets ever provided less than appropriate entertainment for your guests?   Are you a dog person or a cat person or a no pets person?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Can You Monogram A HazMat Suit?

Can You Monogram A HazMat Suit?

Having played host while I made three fancy meals, countless sugary treats, and a host of other goodies yesterday, our kitchen is looking a bit, well, like a post-bomb-blast site.

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Celebratory supplies and extras cramming their way in amongst the weeks waning left overs and melting vegetables have created a refrigerator environment not unlike a post-apocalyptic CostCo crossed with an exploding ice cream truck.

It ain’t pretty and it is sticky.

So, since I will be up to my knees in mess cleaning out our refrigerator today (after work, you know, during my free time) I thought it’d be a great idea to revisit my What is THAT? The Special Joys Of Family Fridge Cleaning post as our Throwback Day post this week.

That way you can be right there with me.  After all, misery loves company.  It also loves a professional cleaning staff, but, let’s face it, that isn’t going to happen.  No staff would tackle this mess.  It takes love to have the courage to face this.  Well, that and a lack of money to hire someone else to do it.

Anyway, here’s a little snippet of my fun What is THAT? The Special Joys Of Family Fridge Cleaning post:

…..“Empty the contents,” Smartha says.  Sounds so simple.  It probably is at her house.  Clearly, she’s never seen our refrigerator at the end of the week. I’m willing to bet that Smartha can “empty the contents” of her fridge, uh, refrigerator in a matter of minutes, even while wearing a ball gown and satin evening gloves.

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As I am pulling, prying, and purging items from our fridge I’m also trying to figure out whether to keep each item.  I’m sure there is nothing questionable in Smartha’s refrigerator.  Sometimes there is nothing in ours that’s NOT questionable.  Sometimes the stuff in ours is in fact capable of answering questions.

If your questionable items can’t talk yet consider the following as you decide which should stay, which should go, and which should have gone last week.

If you can’t tell what it is or was, throw it out.

If you no longer own any dishes matching the one it’s in, throw it out.

If you don’t remember making, much less eating it, throw it out.

If it wiggles on its own and you can catch it, throw it out. If not, just lock the back door after it makes a run for the yard.

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No problem at all.  It’s easy.  All I need to do is figure out what happened to my four sets of measuring spoons, interrogate my pack until someone cracks and admits they took the baking soda to conduct science experiments in their room, locate a bucket (read: empty ice cream tub.  Buckets disappear within minutes of arriving at our home from the hardware store, never to be seen again.  I’ve actually bought a tub of ice cream several times simply because we needed a new bucket.), and figure out how many quarts the bucket, which is always labeled only in metrics, holds.

I then need to locate a “clean, soft cloth,” which could very well end up being sandpaper, steel wool, or a flame thrower, depending on what state of fossilization the puddles in our refrigerator have reached.  A “soft cloth” doesn’t really cut it in our refrigerator.  I need something a bit more weapon-like to show those spills I’m serious, and to scare them into submission.

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I might have even substituted baby wipes and a potato brush for the hot water/baking soda/clean soft cloth setup once while cleaning out our fridge when my mother-in-law was due to arrive shortly.  Ok, maybe more than once.

The important thing to remember at this stage in the process is to get the interior surfaces clean.  And, that if all else fails, you can rent a sand blaster at most home improvement stores.

And, don’t forget to…..

Click on over to my What is THAT? The Special Joys Of Family Fridge Cleaning post for the rest of the laughs.  I’ll meet you over there.  You bring the chocolate.  I’ll bring the giggles.

As always, the click to get there counts as cardio.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did you head on over to What is THAT? The Special Joys Of Family Fridge Cleaning?  Go ahead.  I’ll still be here when you get back.

Does your fridge reach that science experiment stage?  Who cleans it out?  Do you have a monogrammed HazMat suit?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Facebook and Twitter have both been acting haunted and dropped people I thought I was connected with lately, so double check that we’re hooked up on both my Facebook page and my Twitter account, OK?  I don’t want you to miss a laugh.  And, I like hanging out with you.

Love is…

Love is…

Love is folding the laundry so I can finish my ice cream

Love is telling me I look beautiful when I don’t because I need to hear it

Love is taking a day off work to make me a bouquet of a dozen roses out of red duct tape

Love is cleaning up the kids’ barf every time without being asked

Love is vacuuming the living room when company is coming even though the only difference you see is that it makes lines on the rug

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Love is wanting me

Love is going to get the car, so I won’t have to walk in the drizzle because you know I hate how that makes my hair frizz out.

Love is taking care of a spider before I see it

Love is bringing home my favorite chocolate when the kids are driving me nuts

Love is buying the latest novel by my favorite author for me the day it comes out

Love is taking all of the kids to the grocery store with you so I can have 30 minutes of quiet

Love is just holding me because I feel sad

Love is staying with our little for the whole football practice because I don’t trust that new coach yet

Love is doing all of those silly meaningless romantic things because they mean a lot to me

Love is carrying my purse because my shoulder is doing that wonky thing again

Love is slipping cash into my wallet so I have a tip for my nail lady

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Love is being proud I know more about some things than you do

Love is keeping my car filled with gas

Love is wearing a dress shirt and tie, when a polo would do, just because you know I like that

Love is being committed

Love is being faithful

Love is being present

Love to you,

-gina

What is love to you?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Laugh Log – Hubba Hubba Bubba Edition

Laugh Log – Hubba Hubba Bubba Edition

Compiled by Gina Valley

Whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit that Valentine’s Day inspires passion.

Passionate love for it, passionate hate for it, passionate spending, passionate fear of the credit card bill, and, for the lucky (pun might be intended here. I’m not saying) passionate “fellowship.”

I hope, where ever you stand on the Valentine’s Day passion scale, that I can inspire you to some passionate laughing with these, some of my favorite, giggle-inducing images.

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I hate when that happens.

 

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Oh – that explains a lot!

 

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These could be really handy all year round.

 

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Awwww! Who says Legos can’t be romantic?!?!

 

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Always fun to try a new position.

 

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We’ll always have bacon.

 

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If this isn’t romance, I don’t know what is.

 

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And, you guys wondered why you had to study penmanship in school. See? It was all in your best interests.
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Thanks. Sorta. Nice aorta.

 

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Baby, you can light my fire!

 

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I’d put it in the guy’s drink! Waaay more fun to watch that.

 

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Complicated? I think we’re well past just “complicated!”

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

May you feel greatly loved and eat candy without guilt.

Or, switch those around.

It’s really a personal choice.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did you have some fun on Valentine’s Day?  Do you hit the stores the 15th to get half priced candy?  Did you get a great or terrible gift?  Did a child make you a special valentine? Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Laugh Log – New Year Edition

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I’m spending time with my pack this week laughing as we enjoy all the fun and silliness that visiting snow and family brings.

I believe there is nothing more valuable, more healthy, more bonding than laughter.

Seems like a good idea to start 2013 off with a hearty dose of giggles to ensure a bright New Year:

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Blessings and Joy to you and yours in the New Year!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What fun has the New Year already brought you?  What was your first giggle for 2013 about?  Shoot me a comment with all the details.  I am looking forward to hearing about it.

Laugh Log – Day After Edition

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At our house December 26th is traditionally a day off from most responsibilities.  It’s a day to relax and sleep in, a day to play games and eat leftovers.  We don’t usually leave the house, and most of us leave our jammies on all day.

Here are some giggles to help your day-after be merry.

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Peace, Joy, and Giggles to you and yours!

Laugh Out Loud!
-gina

How is your week going? Have you found some time to relax and recharge? Anything make you smile?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

I Think Hallmark Is Bribing My Kids!

I Think Hallmark Is Bribing My Kids!

by Gina Valley

It seems like such a simple thing.

“Make a card for your teacher.”

That’s it.

I’m supplying every possible material needed.

Sons #3 and #4 have been tasked with sitting down at the craft supply wonderland that is the homework table in our living room to come up with a card to attach to the gifts I purchased for their teachers.

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It’s not like they have to make their own paper or whittle a pencil before they can begin.

And yet, they have not begun.

They can make their cards any way they want to, as long as it has their teacher’s name (2 words), Merry Christmas (another 2 words), and their name (2 additional words – for a total of a 6 word minimum) somewhere on the card. A decoration of some kind is also required (a drawing of some Christmasy symbol, color optional, is the minimum standard in this category).

So, basically, two boys, who have excellent fine motor skills and very creative minds, must write down 6 words and draw a triangle with some dots on it.

Honestly, it could take less than a minute.  60 seconds.  30 seconds, if they write fast.  Two minutes would give them enough time to color the triangle green, the dots red, and to add a yellow star on the top.

No big deal, right?

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Sometimes they spend an hour focused on drawing and coloring.  This task, therefore, one would assume, is easy.  And, one would be wrong.

Apparently, being required to sit down and write out words and draw something causes a chemical reaction in these two of my male progeny, which results in them being rendered physically unable to sit down or to write.

Instead of a few minutes invested and a lovely gift-card combo being produced, I have a migraine starting as I try to figure out where my two young scribes are for the third time since they began to make their cards 10 minutes ago.

When I have again herded them back to the card producing zone, it isn’t 30 seconds before I hear a Nerf gun being loaded.

“Put the gun down!” I holler from the kitchen, where dinner is also behind schedule.  I wonder if when our neighbors hear me yell that they remember it’s standard fare from last year’s teacher card making session.

I hear Son#3 ask Son#1, “Do you know where the fish food is?”

Something tells me his focus has again waned.  I help him get it back.  “Make your card!”

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“No, I did not.  That’s a lot of bamboo,” I admitted.  “Make your card!”

We were already 45 minutes into the card making “process” and the only thing accomplished thus far was me accidentally adding wine to my sauce twice (not the end of the world, really.  I mean, come on, can you ever really have too much wine when you’re cooking?), and the fish getting fed.

“Boys, focus.  Come on.  You could be done already.”  Somehow I thought that would help them get back on task.  I guess I’d inhaled too much wine.

Son#3 called out from the living room, “Mom, why do some people use Mrs. and some people use Miss and some people use Ms.?”

“Make your card!’

Son#4 chimed in with, “Did you know that pandas have thumbs like we do?  What other animals have thumbs like we do?”

“Make your card!”

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Then, I heard the sound of a Nerf gun being loaded again.

All of which leads me into the land of “Phrases Only A Parent Utters.”

“You don’t need a gun to make a nice Christmas card.”

“Stop reading.”

“We will talk about opposable thumbs after dinner.”

“Now sit down for 2 seconds and pump out something, so you can show your teacher how much we appreciate all of her hard work!”

This is why Hallmark can charge $7.50 for a card.

I wonder if Hallmark delivers.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s making you giggle and stealing your focus?  Do you add wine to your sauce?  How do you keep whine out of your attitude?  I hope you’re having a great day.  Shoot me a comment and tell me all about it.

Curse You, Isaac Newton!

Curse You, Isaac Newton!

I had the stomach flu all weekend.  My children, having enjoyed it all week, decided to share the joy and gave me a turn hosting the germs for the weekend.  They’re givers.  Truly.

So, I spent the weekend curled up in bed or in the loo revisiting and…er…uh…otherwise experiencing the joy of an angry stomach.  I sucked on a few 7up chips (crushed ice cubes made of 7Up) after I realized I was on well on my way to turning into a raisin.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Stomach Flu Physics Scale Weighing Losing Weight Cookies Run Holiday Christmas I ate nothing. NOTHING.

And, (cue the pathetic, “Why me?” sympathetic, soundtrack here) I didn’t get to do any of the fun Christmas preparations I planned to do with my kids.  I didn’t get any of the non-fun stuff done either, which means it’ll be waiting for me this week.  I missed my hair and nail appointments, so I am not looking good. My kids ran crazy over The Professor, and trashed the house. Groan.

But, even as I laid curled up in a fetal position on my bed, watching the room spin around, and considered all of the negative consequences of my…uhm…prolific output, I knew there was a saving grace to all of this unpleasantness.

I was losing a ton of weight.  Yes, I know, I know.  It’s just water weight, but I didn’t care.  This is December, the center of Holiday Weight Gain Central.  Every little bit gone helps.  Hey, if these runs mean I can run half a mile less in January, then that’s a positive.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Stomach Flu Physics Scale Weighing Losing Weight Cookies Run Holiday ChristmasI know that’s shallow.  I know it’s immature.  I know it isn’t even a healthy attitude.  I don’t care.  If I get to eat one cookie for free, I’m all over that.  So, sue me.

So, this morning I nearly skipped to the bathroom to weigh in.  I was feeling nearly giddy, because not only had my grumpy stomach relented, I was about to see how much of me it took with it.

I hopped on the scale.  I exhaled (every little bit helps).  I adjusted the slidee things.  I felt dizzy again.

I hadn’t lost any weight!

I’ve had 3 years of college physics.  I know that all output and no input should add up to a loss.  I want to talk to Newton or Galileo or least Jenny Craig. Someone needs to explain this to me.

Either the scale was broken or I had become a miracle of physics.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Stomach Flu Physics Scale Weighing Losing Weight Cookies Run Holiday ChristmasI asked The Professor emphatically (some might say whined. Some would be wrong and not get any candy in their stocking), “Didn’t you think, I mean considering everything, that I lost at least 5 pounds this weekend?”

The Professor, who didn’t think I noticed the signal his eye roll sent, said, “I hauled the buckets.  I think it might’ve been closer to 10 pounds.”  I think he might have been taking this less than completely seriously.

“But, I’ve weighed 3 times and I didn’t lose an ounce.  Do you think the scale’s broken?” I emphasized. I don’t whine.

“There’s nothing wrong with the scale.  It’s a balance scale. You know it can’t break, unless there’s something wrong with gravity this morning,” he stated flatly, sipping his coffee, clearly not realizing the gravity of this situation.  Pun totally intended.

I was so frustrated. “Then, how do you explain this?” I demanded.

The Professor, always a great sympathizer and support, simply explained, “Darling, don’t be ridiculous.  You obviously weighed a lot more before you got sick than you thought you did.”

I sent him a signal.

And, it wasn’t with my eyes.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How are your plans for the holidays shaping up?  Are you making room for cookies?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

I Can’t Think ‘Cause My Brain Is Pine Scented

I Can’t Think ‘Cause My Brain Is Pine Scented

by Gina Valley

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but there is a special something in the air that makes me feel…

what’s the word…

INSANE!

I completely lose my mind and forget even the most basic knowledge, which I thought had been deeply ingrained in my soul.  I’m not talking about the everyday stuff, like my consistent inability to keep track of what day of the week it is.

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I’m talking major stuff like thinking I will ever iron that acetate shirt I bought so I can wear it to holiday parties all season instead of for just the one on the day I brought it home from the store, or that recipes from Pinterest turn out anything like the picture and really are quick and easy.

But, by far, my biggest brain futz seems to be with crafting.

For some reason, which I assume has something to do with a lack of oxygen reaching me, due to the proliferation of candles, cookies baking, and pine tree fumes, I believe that crafting something will not only be a fun, relaxing way to make holiday gifts and decorations, but also a great way to bond with my kids and to save some money.

HA!

Our first craft project this season, the complete step by step details of which will be forth coming in a future post, resulted in a silk table cloth “decorated” with blood and sap, a teen storming off ’cause he “never gets to do anything!”, and a near-stitches-worthy, tetanus-shot-needing gash.  Sigh.

It’s the most beautiful time of the year.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Christmas Crafting Holiday Mess Location Draperies Throwback Day Brain Futz Silk Table Cloth Pinecone MarkersWhile I was soaking the table cloth I got to thinking about how crafting had impacted (and by impacted I, of course, mean destroyed) other areas of our home.  My post Location, Location, Location: Planning For Your Disaster Area came to mind. I figured that would make an apropos Throwback Day post for this week.

So, here’s a peek at my Location, Location, Location: Planning For Your Disaster Area post:

…….It seems that if you leave the cap off a marker and lean it against a drapery, as my children are apt to do, the drapery fabric will suck the ink right out of the marker, creating a lovely splotch of color on the taupe colored drapes, which resembles either blood, barf, or poop, depending on the color of the marker.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Christmas Crafting Holiday Mess Location Draperies Throwback Day Brain Futz Silk Table Cloth Pinecone MarkersThis splotch takes on a life of its own and continues to climb and spread up the drape, mixing and mingling with other splotches and grubby finger prints as it encounters them, creating ever more intricate splotches.

It was fascinating!  I know this because as The Professor and I returned home after a dinner out last week and stood in our driveway, staring at the drapes, The Professor said, sounding way too pleased, “Looks just like something from my lab. It’s fascinating.  Really.  Quite fascinating.”  And, he was serious.   He was wrong, but quite serious!

Our tastes in décor are slightly different.  I tend to shy away from having our home look like a science experiment.  But, that’s just me…..

Meet me at Location, Location, Location: Planning For Your Disaster Area for the rest of the giggles.  You bring the chocolate.  I’ll bring the laughs.

As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have any crafting war stories?  Are you crafty or are those hot glue gun scars I see on your fingers?  Has anybody ever made something for you that you couldn’t identify?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!