Archive for July, 2007

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Home again, home again, jiggidy, jig!

I tell you that man was a sight for sore eyes when he stepped through the gate at the airport last night! We had a great drive back home. All the kids stayed awake and we all talked and shared what had gone on (the highlights of course) in the past 32 days. Not that we didnt talk to him just about every day by phone but it is just different getting to talk in person. I think the kids thought it pretty cool that he saw Anthony Kiedis in the airport in Paris. Well, all but Hannah for she believes the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be the bane of her existence. And he brought me the most lovely set of olive wood bowls

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that he bought in Sidi Bou Said a village named for the Muslim saint’s name who lived here. His full name was Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji.

We had a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies for his ride home and then this morning I cooked him a REAL breakfast! A 8 ounce rib eye, eggs over medium, biscuits, fresh tomatoes out of our garden, fresh orange juice and coffee. Served in bed of course.


We are just so happy to have him home safe and sound. And he is just as happy to be here. And happy it is raining so we have a very valid excuse for staying in bed all day watching Top Chef reruns and movies! Later Gators! Have a wonderful weekend! I plan to.


Today is the big day.

Husband’s first leg of his travels today has begun. He is in flight at this very moment from Tunis to Paris. He will have what amounts to “just enough” time in Paris and then will be on his way to Atlanta, if all flights are on time, about 7 a.m. The flight from Paris to Atlanta is a very long 9 hour flight. I can only imagine how anxious I will be. Last time he traveled things weren’t as tense around airports.

So yes is is 3 a.m. and I am up. Not able to sleep – tummy troubles – probably due to being a little stressed about Husband’s traveling. Plus Little Man got into fire ants while out helping me pick, what ended up being 30 pounds, of tomatoes yesterday between rain showers. So we have had to apply itch medicine to the stings every few hours. If you dont have fire ants be so very thankful. They are horrible.


Our swimming was canceled yesterday and the Michelles brought the food here and we enjoyed a meal and Grandson as well. Oldest Son surprised us with a visit yesterday afternoon. And before you write me nasty notes about letting a child climb in a dryer, I know, I know. I didn’t LET him. Who knew that was a favorite place of his??? Now we do, and keep the laundry room door closed.


I only wish I had a picture of the day he opened the VERY full “old fashioned screwed down” pencil sharpener in our school room and poured all the shavings onto the wood floors and then sat in it and rubbed his hands until he was completely covered. I had to bleach my bathtub after bathing him!

By the way…here is our schoolroom all neat and clean.


After this picture was taken we moved a sofa under that window and added a floor lamp – a bit of a reading nook. During this end of year packing up, I boxed 7-8 boxes of books to be stored. Yes, I should probably donate them somewhere but it is very very hard for me to let go of books.

I have been going over in my head what I want to cook for Husband the first few days he is home and trying to get back on a normal schedule. First thing tomorrow when he wakes up is a FULL breakfast…eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, coffee and orange juice. And if I can get into town today and pick up a ham, he will have a slice of ham or two as well. I am thinking of cooking a roast for tomorrow night. He loves beef roast, seared and then cooked in a slow oven for several hours and then at the end add potatoes and carrots to the pot. However, I might sear it and then put it in the crockpot so we can not worry about it until time to eat and can nap and watch movies all day.

Oh…Amy B, your package is ready to go out in today’s mail…so you should have it either Saturday or Monday…let me know when it arrives.

I will be doing another giveaway very VERY soon…this time…a BOOK!!! So, stay tuned.


Happy 4th of July and The Winner of the Coffee Giveaway is…

As I promised when I got my first cup of coffee this morning, I would draw a name out of my well appointed mason jar. The winner is Comment #8! Amy B! Send me along your address and I will get this right out to you! I told you it wouldnt just be coffee! You will receive a 6 ounce bag of my Farmhouse Blend Coffee Beans, a Farmhouse Kitchen Candle (yes, I made it), A copy of MaryJanesFarm magazine (be sure and look on page 32!) and a bag of Gourmet Popping Corn (my favorite!)


I hope you all have a relaxing holiday planned (those of you in the USA that is!) It looks like rain for us! Like it has been for what seems like weeks now. You should see our yard…the grass is so high and too muddy to mow! I have got to get out to the garden as soon as it is daylight…


and pick tomatoes! There are tons of them.

We have a holiday meal planned with our friends the “Michelles” . Both of our husbands come home tomorrow – her’s from the Gulf, mine from Tunisia. We have big plans to cook hot dogs (DUH- its 4th of July), get in the floating lounge chairs and let the kids swim in their pool. BUT…I just bet we cook hot dogs and watch it rain.

Michelle, her girls and her Mom, came out yesterday afternoon and brought a delicious pound cake, fresh fruit and visited with my mom, me and my kids. Mom enjoyed the visit so much. I made the lovely Latte Punch and we laughed and visited all afternoon. The kids had a blast playing Scattergories & Clue. Michelle has been through a lot with her mom having breast cancer (thankfully she is cancer free and looks and feels great!) so, she knows how hard all this is on everyone and how important it is to take time to visit and be with each other.

Our families spend a lot of time together, and now that our husbands will be home a couple of weeks a month at the same time, we will spend even more time together I am sure. In fact, we have a big date night planned – just the four of us – dinner and maybe a movie.

OH…and before i forget…I did get my hair cut…MUCH! I love it. Short and sassy…and so much less trouble. My hair is so curly and unruly when it is long! Plus…I honestly think it makes me look old and tired! And we dont want that now do we???

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