Monday, January 26, 2009


in the early winter of, 2001 i believe, we experienced our first ice/snow/freezing rain storms and it was shortly after we began building our cabin. we were framed in and had the housewrap on. oh sure it was cold and miserable, but when you're with people you love more than two-ply toilet paper, it's worth the experience.

nine days of being cabin bound with two small washing approaching rapidly...the shopping's not done...nothing is done...but that's another story.

this story involves a conversation i was having at the school today with another parent as we reflected back on that time.

her husband was in california on business and it was she and her daughter at home all alone and the power went out for three days. meanwhile, he was enjoying himself in shorts somewhere on a beach or some such nonsense.

they had no idea how long they'd be without power so decided to move into the livingroom with the fireplace and play like they were camping out - even cooking in the fireplace on a grate her f-i-l had made just for that purpose. they moved all their camping equipment in there and had the time of their lives.

she said the worst part was not having a bath or shower for three days and when her husband got home she let him know! he asked her why she didn't have a bath for three days and she told him, "because i didn't know if the hot water would work with the power off."

him, "um, honey? we have a gas water heater."

...oh boo...

our bathing activities when we were snow/iced in for nine freakin' days - we melted snow and boiled it on our woodstove - believe me, a five gallon bucket of snow DOES NOT equal five gallons of water.

...oh boo...

Saturday, January 24, 2009


so tonight pop made stir fry, and i made pork fried rice, a green salad and french bread, sweet tea and coffee.

our little went to the razorbacks game and we invited the neighbors to supper. a good time was had by all and it was time - i mean TIME for them to go. you know when it's time.

all kidding aside, i told them i was glad they got to see me and the man of the family said his brother in law tells his wife when they're over for supper, "honey, let's go to bed so THESE PEOPLE can leave!"

...oh boo...

which reminds me of another story...

pop was going out of town to work, here awhile back, and ma was over visiting and as she was leaving, she said, "i'm going to miss you son." pop replied, "how can you miss me if you won't go away?"


Wednesday, January 21, 2009


i've been concerned for the past several years about the spate of female teachers having sexual relations with their students and this morning spoke with nancson about this phenomenon on the way to school.

"son - WHAT do you think about all these teachers having sex with their students?!?"

"mom - i imagine it's the hardest on the homeschooled kidz..."

...oh boo...

ohdang i wish he was shorter, uglier and had no sense of humor...or a personality for that matter!

Friday, January 16, 2009


i try to keep this site off the political spectrum, but i've been hearing rumors that people of faith are actually praying for bad weather for the inauguration. now, i'm NOT a prayer warrior so much as a person who will say, "God, not my will but Yours be done." or "the Lord will do what He sees fit."

i'm not one to wish bad on my enemies and usually just walk away to never really give their transgressions against me many more thoughts other than to salve my wounds. most people who truly know me also know that although i am disgusted with the incoming administration i really wish them well as decisions they make will be either detrimental or for the good of ALL of u.s.

if people are praying that there's bad weather for the inauguration, they are more than likely praying to the wrong god.

here's the weather outlook for inauguration day:

"WASHINGTON – "I knew it would be a cold day when I was made president," William Howard Taft joked just a century ago, taking office in 1909 in what has been described as the worst inaugural weather ever.

Ten inches of snow fell. Wind downed trees and telephone poles. Streets were clogged and trains stalled.

And that was when presidents were sworn in in March."

...oh boo...

updated weather for deecee.

Monday, January 12, 2009

"oh boo" moment summer 2000

you all remember the song, "one of these things is not like the other - one of these things just doesn't belong!"

it was the summer of 2000...

we were staying at a friend's ranch while helping him build his square-d log cabin - that's right - we camped the entire summer right into fall - nearly four months which is one of the most beautiful sights you'll NEVER see as i've lost most of the photos...1st oh boo...

the place is exquisite and right on a creek. i was elected chief cook and bottle washer, laundress and keeper and user of the mower and weedeater. i didn't mind - everyone had jobs. there were actually a couple few families helping out.

it didn't take long for the lawn chairs to start giving out (for those of you who don't know southern - giving out means "dying") - left and right they were folding up like cheap accordians.

the owner of the property who looks like a combo of the guys in photo #3 marveled, "what the hell is wrong with lawn chairs these days - they're so cheap!!!"

i finally got sick of hearing him after about 11 lawn chairs folded up on him and crumbled to the ground and said, "excuse me, tubby, but if you look at the label it will tell you the gbw (gross body weight) for the chair - most of these are rated at 180-200 and you're a whopping 280 pounds! GET A CLUE FATSO!"

...oh boo...

the next weekend, pop, the small children and i were moving up to our mountain with only our belongings and a 28 foot camp trailer to ride the winter out which also happened to be a HUNDRED YEAR WINTER! and i'll save THAT story for another time.

one of the very best things about being me is that i'm always up for an adventure and pop knowing this also knew that i'd never leave him nor forsake him - true to the very end, which thankfully we haven't seen.

we bought new lawn chairs the very next summer and had our fat friend over for the fourth of july. remind me sometime to tell you of the nightmare i have of this fellow...not to worry - i'll leave out the part where he clobbercated our 11 inch pet copperhead while we were off just being normal.

...oh boo...

Friday, January 09, 2009


oh boo moment #2

you cannot make this stuff up and my imagination isn't that large so it's no wonder these events actually take place in MY world. as my schweetie says, "it's your world, babe - the rest of us are just passing through it!"

before i left work today, i put a post-it-love-note "who loves you?" on some cash on my husband's desk. he likes that...the cash part.

i called the office to ask him to pick up pizza on his way home and he said, "okay." what else could he say? it was ME asking, not sandra bullock!

as he handed the pizza guy the folded money, he looked at my husband strangely so my husband looked back puzzled. it was probably like a hillbilly standoff. i guess after a moment of silence the kid pulled the pink post-it-note off the money and handed it back to my husband. OH BOO!

my husband quickly said (and i paraphrase), "oh, that wasn't from me to you! to which the pizza guy responded, "oh, good."

now my husband's all ROFLHAO, thinking the pizza guy probably thinks he's been stalking him! we now need to find a new pizza place...

originally published by nanc @ longrange.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


photo courtesy u.s.a. today.

A young lady asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night to meet and have dinner with her parents. Since this is such a big event, she announces to her boyfriend that after dinner she would like to go out and make love for the first time .

The boyfriend is ecstatic, but he has never had sex before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacist to get some condoms. He tells the pharmacist it's his first time and the pharmacist helps the him for about an hour. He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex.

At the register, the pharmacist asks the young fellow how many condoms he'd like to buy, a 3-pack, 10-pack, or family pack. He insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy, it being his first time and all.

That night, he shows up at his girlfriend's parent's house and meets her at the door. 'Oh, I'm so excited for you to meet my parents, come on in!'

He goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the her parents are seated. The young man quickly offers to say grace and bows his head.

A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer with his head down. Ten minutes pass and still no indication he's going to halt the prayer. Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, "I had no idea you were this religious."

The boy turns, and whispers back, "I had no idea your father was the pharmacist."

...oh boo...

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


it was a great day at church this first sunday of the new year!

the music exceptional - the church we usually attend is like being at a "gaither family" reunion - so many seasoned musicians and singers and most of them over 50.

at the end of the service, our pastor said, "i want you all to look around and if there's somebody here you don't see, get in touch with them and tell them we missed them today."

...oh boo...

Saturday, January 03, 2009


this is some scary stuff, so make sure you have your blankie and a flashlight handy. there're a few more items to this story which i'll skip for now - just bringing you the main course:

here awhile back, after a trip to the cabin, for several days clawedy-boy was scared witless - hiding in our room under the bed and looking up at the ceiling - i believe he went four days without eating and when i'd get ahold of him he'd just stare at the ceiling and claw his way out of my arms.

for most of those days i thought to myself, "what if somebody came into our house while we were gone and hurt him and then went into the attic?" expressing my concerns to the eyerolling nancpop - he said, "okay, babe - to make you feel better we'll go up into the attic and see if anybody's been up there...dayamed cat...mutter...mutter..."

he did the first inspection and called me up so i could see for myself that if ANYBODY'D gone up into that attic, we'd surely have noticed a mess beneath the crawl space as the attic is FILLED with cellulose!

then a strange thing occurred - i noticed the hall light which we usually leave on when we're gone for more than a day wasn't working - i took the cover off and noticed the bulb had blown out of the socket and broken - so i safely replaced it. as we don't used this party cooler light that often it was quite a few days later that i turned it on and IT EXPLODED! BOOM! okay, so it wasn't quite that loud, but loud enough for clawedy to head back under the bed with me on his tail!

upon a closer look at the fixture, there came into my vision a tiny little sticker that stated in bold print "USE ONLY 60 WATT BULBS OR LESS". i'd put 75 watt bulbs in there.

...oh boo...

oh, sure clawedy still hates the light fixtures and the children like to tease him by turning it off and on in his presence just to see him fly under the bed.

a sidenote, you never know if there's someone in your attic unless you check...

...oh boo...