Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Little Boys



I've been around a lot of little boys between and age of 3 to 13 lately and I've realized some things about them.....

1. The smaller ones usually fall in love with Daughter #2 in a matter of seconds.
2. They have no rhyme or reason, why they do what they do and when they do it.
3. The most usual things make them crack up laughing.
4. Certain ones can get Daughter #2 to roller skate and play basketball in the rain all at the same time. (please don't try this at home or without an helmet)
5. I wish I could bottle their enthusiasm for pulling pranks.
6. They eat constantly.
7. They're fun to watch and it often feels like you're watching an tennis match.
8. They love to destroy bugs and often times torture them first.
9. Cleaning their hands seem like the most ridiculous request.
10. I couldn't imagine a world without their craziness, kindness, helpfulness, intrigue and camaraderie.



Just my thoughts on this cloudy cold day in the country,
Java Girl



Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lost and Found

My husband's Uncle Jimmy is a character... to put it lightly. And it's always fun to be with him and his family, so tonight in honor of Uncle Jimmy, I simply need to tell you a few things about him.

1) He's never driven to our home and found it the first time (even after visiting the same house 14 times)
2) He's a retired Fireman
3) I don't think the Fire Department let him drive the truck
4) I remember him calling when he arrived to close proximity of our house, so we could send our youngest daughter out in the yard to flag him down
5) She would frequently come back and say "Uncle Jimmy just drove by twice"
6) There were always hugs when he finally arrived
7) He has a sleeping disorder which once made him fall suddenly asleep at a traffic light and he dreamed it turned green.... but when he woke up it was still red!
8) Lots of coffee is always consumed during his visits
9) His young daughter and my youngest daughter once had an argument in the back seat of the car about having the same last name



So in honor of Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Luann and their arrival to our new home in the country tomorrow night...

I send out my prayers that his arrival will not become lengthy... especially for my youngest who will be waiting for him at the end of the driveway... flagging him in like an Air Traffic Controller.

If you see this character.... DON'T follow him anywhere!! Because he doesn't know where he is going.

I'll keep you posted,
Java Girl

Friday, December 25, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas


Growing up in Michigan and being the child of a single Mom, meant that my sister and I would spend a lot of time with our Grandparents on their farm in Lupton, Michigan.

I especially remember one Christmas where my Grandpa got my sister and I all worked up over Santa's arrival. Now back in the 70's there was a radio station in Flint Michigan that would give you periodic Santa sightings and when they announced the Santa was getting close to our area, Grandpa would hurry us off the bed.

But one memory that sticks in my mind and I still have no clue how it happen, was the morning of Christmas and we had opened our presents and eaten breakfast and then Grandpa wanted to show us what he found on the roof of the house. As we stood there in our pajamas and looked up... there to our astonishment, were sleigh and reindeer tracks!!!! Now mind you, it's Christmas, it's snowy and the roof is about 25 feet at it's highest point. Not to mention that Grandpa was in his 70's.

I've never found out how he did it, or maybe he didn't. Maybe there really is a Santa Claus and he really did visit us that night. Either way... I'm happy for the memory!

Here's to my Grandparents memory of making Christmas special,
Java Girl


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Party Time


Last night we had one of the best Christmas Party's we've ever had in the history of our family. Almost everyone came who we invited and we didn't want the visiting to stop. I'll tell you one thing.... if you move to a new place.. simply have a party and then you get to know the neighbors.

The generosity of those around us was amazing! One new friend we made was Jennifer and she brought a gift for our daughter that she invented... it's a game called Bible Sketch and I have to say that I was so excited and proud of her... that I grabbed a pen for her to sign the box.






Jennifer also told us that she has two more games in her head that she would like to get on the market. You go Jennifer!!! If you want to reach her to buy one... just give Jennifer a call at 931-381-8993.

Merry Christmas!
Java Girl

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Amish and Auctions

It's been my personal goal to find the absolute best fried chicken in the world. And my quest didn't last very long after I ate at this joint. The Kuntry Kitchen in Lawrenceburg TN is where I found it.... so in their perfection process of making the best chicken, we need to forget the fact that they can't spell. But it was well worth all the phonic disarray that also graced the menu.


It's also Amish country and the great thing about this area is that the Amish like you to stop in at their homes and they sell various items such as peanut clusters, peanut brittle, crocheted hats, jams and the list goes on....

Here are two Amish draft horses who strangely looked at us just like the Amish did. But I'm sure I was imagining things....

Then to top the weekend off we went to a real time, out on a country road, Auction. And to further my frustration with understanding the language here, I now found myself in an Auction where I absolutely positively couldn't understand much of anything said. But it was so interesting that I truly felt like I wasn't in Kansas anymore. In one month I've went from Southern California to remote Auction house in Tennessee and I simply love the variety.

Talk to you tomorrow,
Dorothy

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Big Daddy's B-Day


With all the craziness this military lifestyle gives us.... one thing is for sure, we don't usually get to spend birthdays together. Well this year is different!! Big Daddy turns 44 today!!! Happy Birthday to you baby!!!

So I thought I'd write down a few things we like about him, that you may not know...

He loves cats.
He could get paid as an Interior Decorator.
He is so fast at Honey Do lists that it's ridiculous.
He has a sense of humor that only a mother could love.
How he gets all nervous when a boy is slightly interested in his daughters.
His patriotism for his country.
That he reminds me of his dad.
He loves to hang out with his daughters and talk on any subject.
He saved Snoop in the dog fight by choking out the other dog... single handily, literally!
How much he loves Christmas lights.
And that he will watch any chick flick with us.
No ground mole from here to Michigan is safe with his ground mole execution expertise.
Here's to you Daddy!
Java Girl


Monday, December 14, 2009

Horsing Around


Along with God showing us where He wanted us to live next.... came the amazing surprise that we're right next to where the Tennessee Walking Horse originated. Here is a friend who came over to our farm and brought his Walking horses so we could ride for the afternoon. As you can tell I'm happy as a clam. Amen


Riding naturally gaited horses are like driving a race car. All the controls are tight and on spot... Here our friend is guiding Daughter #1 horse so that she can feel the smooth ride.

And we're not lacking for friends here, which has been an unexpected blessing while transitioning to country life.

Except for Snoop Dog.... our citified rescue dog...


As of December 17, 2009 he's been sprayed by a skunk and in one dog fight in which he had no idea what he was doing. He basically got beat up.

Sometimes transitions are different for the critters.

Here's wishing you a great day!!
Java Girl

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Time


For my dearest friend Kara out there who wanted to see the pictures of the inside of our new house here it is. While we were unpacking, we were also decorating for Christmas. Hubby is a master at making the house look so homey. This is the great room.


Here's the dinning area...



My Aunt Joyce sent these figurines and they fit perfect over the fireplace.

Our new kitty Lucky on the 14th branch on the Christmas Tree. He's a professional.... don't try this at home!

Talk to you tomorrow,
Java Girl

Friday, December 11, 2009

Nowhere But Up


This last month has been nothing but a whirlwind. But with finally getting Daddy home and moving to Tennessee... we're finally pretty much moved into our new home out in the country and we're simply loving it.

But first of all, I want to recap the last month so that I feel you all are caught up..

Here's Daddy at Thanksgiving, visiting, which is one of his favorite things to do..


I met this cutest piece of pie... and I simply fell in love with her. I'm going to keep her name a secret because one day I believe she is going to be famous and then I can say I knew her when...



We also had the honor of meeting this gentleman. He's one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan. He's now being sponsored by a Christian Family and is going to college. He's an absolute math wiz and feels honored that he can be in the United States and go to school. I was told that he and his fellow Sudan friends compete to see how well each one can do in school.


Next my honey and I had a great road trip together... we've never done a road trip alone. And believe it or not, we still want to stay married!! jk


Here's our new home.....


Here's our barn and field....


Our new addition is just the cutest, energetic, hilarious, independent critter you've ever met. And he's able to climb the christmas tree and not knock off one ornament. The other day I was walking by the tree and I saw his head peeking out of the tree and he almost was at the top!!!!


Daughter #1 in her element...


My privilege in meeting my favorite Blogger, Pioneer Women.


Daughter #2 is so happy with all the open space...


And I can't help but send my thoughts upward to thank God for all His blessings, which I don't feel like I deserve.

Talk to you tomorrow,
Java Girl

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

He's Coming Home!!!


My sweet husband is on a plane home right now and I can't tell you how happy I am. He's been gone for 3 1/2 months and I miss him terribly.

While he's been gone I've...

bought a new house
celebrate my oldest daughters 20th birthday
made stir fried chicken with vegetables approxiately 28 times
traveled to Tennessee, once by air and once by car
had lunch with an old school mate
learned to back up a Uhaul
only had to visit a mechanic once
traveled to Seattle
ate at Cracker Barrel about 5 times
witnessed the death of a cute mouse on my patio
thought I was losing my mind about a half of dozen times
Met some of the most gracious people known know to mankind
got two pedicures

And after knowing him 28 years and being married to him 24.... I would do it all again!

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl




Sunday, November 22, 2009

Take No Glory

After attending an amazing Gospel of Asia Conference, I had the privilege of meeting a Christian band from Santa Ana, California. Their name is Take No Glory and I can't tell you what a privilege it was to meet these special individuals. I was simply blessed beyond words.

Their recent album talks about human trafficking which states the 27 million people are enslaved today, 80% are women and 50% are children. Every minute two children are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Check out their website and download for free some amazing songs!! www.takenoglory.com

To God be the Glory,
Java Girl









Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ain't She Sweet

My Daughter #1 has been the biggest admirer of Doris Day. We've watched every movie and television show that she ever made!!!

And yesterday she sent my sweet girl this wonderful autographed photo and I'm telling you right now, I've never seen my girl so happy in all my life!!!

In case you can't read it, it says, "For you Jaclyn with lots of love from me, Biggest and Lovey (the dogs). Can't forget Purry your sweet cat. Give him a big hug from all of us. Doris Day

PS- Do hope and pray that you are feeling better.

And this absolutely couldn't have come on a better day, because... after writing yesterdays blog, a friend of Daughter #1 stood her up for dinner!!!

I just love it when people come through, when they really don't have too!
Java Girl

PS- Closing on the house today. Lord help me!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Art of Conversation

It's really hit me lately that our communication skills are dwindling as our age turns more and more to technology...

We've all heard it said, but lately I'm really noticing how the younger generations are losing their humor, sense of communication and overall social interaction skills. This is one example..... yesterday at Jiffy Lube while I was waiting to get my oil changed, I sat at a picnic table to wait for my car. The woman across the table, never looked at me while she texted and then began to read from her electronic book. I felt the need to engage and have light conversation, but there was none to be had.

Then after the church service on Sunday (I love my church, have I told you that!) we had five other churches visiting and we served them soup and dessert. Now I sat down at a table by myself and six woman from age 70+ started to slowing fill the table. I was amazed at the artfulness of their conversation and when they left the table to get a drink or dessert, they excused themselves and then returned to again engage in conversation.

What happen to the Good Ol Days when people came first and time was not on the agenda. I remember as a girl that my family put a huge emphasis on being with others and making it a great event. Now days it's not uncommon to invite guests to my house and have them cancel at the last minute and me stuck with 8 pounds of chicken parmesan.

I've also noticed with myself that technology is an excuse to be selfish when bored or uncomfortable in a situation. I read an article the other day about this techie generation not having developed facial expressions, because of time spent with technology. I sure hope that doesn't happen.

So today, right now, I challenge you to engage with someone today. Let them know they're important and especially remember to listen and learn. And if it's possible, I'd try to meet up with them in person to make the time even more special!

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Losing My Mind!

We've been in the process of buying a house in Tennessee. It's our dream home and we've never been more excited. It's also a forever home so that our family will be able to make roots and not have to up root in a couple years, which we're use to doing in the military. This is the place that we feel God has showed us He wants us. Isn't it beautiful.....

In addition to the wonderful paragraph above describing how we feel about this home and area we call heaven on earth..... I'm almost losing my sanity, because this has simply been the most difficult buying process we've ever been through. Period. Exclamation Point. Amen.

I've been found....

Wandering through the house laughing hilariously

Letting phones ring endlessly while I try to gather my thoughts

Constantly talking to myself and answering my own questions (while walking in circles)

Jumping into my car without my cell phone, just simply to have peace

Constantly trying to collect all data and remember what I did one week ago

Dealing with people not doing what they said they would do, then having to double check

Occasionally getting to talk to my husband who is away, only to bombard him and wonder if he'll ever return home after listening to my ranting

So you see.... this is my problem. I may have to seek professional help after all is said and done. But for right now this is my life.

As my sister always says when she was having a problem... "Calgone, take me away" (an 80's commercial for bath salts) and that's exactly what I'm feeling today!

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl

Friday, October 30, 2009

Runaway Car Chases and Stolen Food



I've been ordering organic food and other goods from a company called Azure Standard for three years now. I started after Daughter #1 doctor said that she needed to eat organic. With reluctancy I started and realized soon enough that the whole family was going to have to eat organic or we just couldn't do. The task of trying to keep foods separate almost drove me to drinking.... but that another story for another time. But the results were totally worth it as we watched our daughter's health start to improve.

So I found this company that ships out organic to pretty much the whole west coast and Alaska. Bulk is their specialty and shipping is FREE! Yes, I said free. So now that I'm in California, I've became a drop point and have about 16 families using my house as a drop for their orders. Now during this process I've come to know the truck driver Rick who stops by my house every month and we become fast friends.


Rick is from Oregon and always is having something happen to him when he's down here in my neck of the woods. For example, about two months ago bank robbers decided to mess up traffic on the freeway when they started to throw money out their car windows while driving down the freeway. It worked, as you might be guessing, poor Rick was in the middle of everything.

So as he teases me that we're just plain crazy down here... I was worried when he was late arriving to my house to make his drop. I called and he said, "I was just robbed!! Some guys jumped into my truck and stole food!". Poor Rick, I expecting him to quit anytime now. I think it's too much drama for a guy from Oregon that's use to peace and quite and trusting neighbors.

So in tribute to Rick the truck driver who's willing to brave the tundra of San Diego and risk it all to get me my slivered almonds.... I dedicate this blog today.

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dog Gone It


In my world of two cats and one dog... things get really interesting at my house. You see... I have one cat who will take on any creature no matter the size. Another cat who has no street skills whatsoever. And a dog who thinks he's a cat.

When we found Snoop online at a Doberman rescue we never imagined the luggage that he would come with...

Scared of men
Eats only steak
Never been leash trained
Pees on grill
Scared of anyone who walks through the front door
Loves to kill rats and mice (and looks very guilty after the kill)

So after a lovely evening at church, we entered our home to find Snoop Dog on the back patio parading his bountiful claim that he can protect us three gals from invaders like this...



And my next thoughts as you can imagine were ..

Who's going to dispose of this rodent?

Maybe if I leave it there overnight, something will come a remove it so I don't have too touch it!



I'm never ever walking on the patio barefoot again!
Java Girl

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Early Driving Skills

With Autumn in the air, I've been thinking on Grandpa and Grandma. They lived to be 94 and 96 and they ate bacon and all the fixin's for as long as I remember.

Here they are at their 50th Wedding Anniversary....


Now my Grandpa let my sister and I drive as soon as our feet could touch the pedals. I remember driving the tractor with a wagon on the back at the age of about six. Then also came the lawn mower which I especially liked, that also had a wagon on the back that Grandpa would place a folding chair in and sit while I mowed. But the time I'm especially remembering, is when I finally received the okay to park the lawn mower in the garage. I was excited and very nervous, but I was use to these little tests of passage from my Grandpa.... so I got ready and started in the garage to park strategically between the grill and the grain. I was sure I could do it and as I eased into the perfect parking spot, suddenly the brakes wouldn't work!!! And I ran smack dab into the grill. I killed it, it was dead for sure. There was a long pause of silence and I was not sure of the reaction..... but as my Grandpa approached the grill and started investigating it closely, he then started to laugh. It was then that I knew I was in the clear.

Many of laughs about the mangled grill and how Grandpa hammered it back into place... dotted our lives. He also told me that every time he looked at it, it made him homesick for me. And believe it or not, he let me park the huge Buick La Sabre in the garage the very next day.

Trust and not afraid to allow some mistakes, seemed to be his motto.

I'm hoping that you're thinking on someone in your life who loved you like that.

Until Tomorrow,
Java Girl

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

At West End

I have a new favorite store and it's called At West End... check out some of the cool stuff they have.....



Putting this on my Christmas list....


Who doesn't want a tree to be holding there apples....


Too cute!!


And little unpractical, but what the heck..


It's amazing what you can do with a rock....


Love these too....

If you want to check out their website go to http://atwestend.com

Happy Shopping,
Java Girl