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Okay, I caved.

I am sitting at this computer in a nice pair of black crocs. The original design with the holes in the top. So just when I was all bent about whether or not I should “wear what everyone else is wearing”…I lost a filling so basically I feel like who cares. I am going to do my best to get a dentist appointment today. I already had one set up for tomorrow but I am going to do my best to move it up to today. The filling falling out hasnt given me a tooth ache or anything, its more of a surface filling, but now instead of people noticing my ugly shoes, they will be looking at the gaping hole in my lower front tooth! Crikey! Just so SO thankful it wasnt this time next week!!

The girls have started packing. As have I. Benjamin has been packed for over a week. Sooo organized. I have packed and repacked, and tried to narrow down what I am taking. I think I am pretty much finished. Well except I had to unpack a sweater last night but I will wash it and repack it today.

I spend a bit of time yesterday driving so I was able to listen to my French CD’s. It’s going to be fine. I am going to keep telling myself that. I truly wish I had found this set earlier in the planning of this trip. But I think the “instant immersion” we are about to experience could not have been prepared for, given our lack of exposure to other languages. If I dont learn anything else from this trip I will be happy to have picked up some French.
Thanks Rachel, cool photo.  


And the survey says! And a little meme.

First my survey.

Do you wear Crocs?  

Are they the ugliest things you have ever seen?

Would I a person be a hypocrite to wear a pair now (for comfort) after swearing I they wouldnt be caught dead in a pair because EVERYONE has a pair so therefore, I this person can’t wear them?

Even Husband has a couple of pairs.  The flip flop kind and now a pair of the canvas boat shoe type.  

Look, y’all have no idea how my feet hurt almost constantly!  I have an extra bone in my left foot that is misplaced from my left hand…I am not EVEN kidding.  I suppose my mom had the hiccups or something when she was pregnant with me and I got a little josseled around.  Anywho, this extra bone makes for a pain if shoes are the least bit snug on the top of my foot.  Some might say it’s because I weigh about 40 pounds too much but that’s getting a little too personal and I would like to think its just the extra bone. Okay?  

The reason I am asking is I really really need something I can walk for long periods of time in.  You know, pretty being far less important than my feet not killing me.  This is to be my last purchase for the trip.  I am sure I have far too many clothes selected and when I finally get my luggage packed I will have to leave out quite a bit.  Or should leave out quite a bit.  See, also, if I leave something out, I could always buy something.  There’s always that option.  

Have any of you packed for a month?  Now bear in mind I will have a washer at the house so…I think I need to like color coordinate everything to mix and match.  Any suggestions.  There are things we have to take – medicine and coffee and toiletries.  I have never been away for this long and I always take way too many clothes for short trips so…suggestions welcome!

FYI: I likely will not be posting much if at all during the trip. BUT, I am going to set up a Flickr account (or something similar) for photos of the BIG ADVENTURE. I might could talk someone into guest posting for me.  Maybe a daughter of mine???? 

Now for a picture and a meme I found.  This picture is from the old camera…my my what more pixels will do for photos!


Weird creepy crawly critters though. 

I found this on another blog and it got me thinking…

    Why did you start your blog? Mmmmmm…I like to share? I think I have important things to say? Those sound haughty at best. I guess because I didnt want to be left out. It seemed everyone had one. (so why do I have trouble buying a pair of CROCS you ask???) That sounds a little telling as well. I think I have forgotten the real reason why.

    How did you come up with your blog name? One day I was just sitting here at the computer writing a bio for another project and it came to me. Then I go “Hmmm. That would make a cool name for a blog.” Seriously.

    Do your friends and family know about your blog and if so, what do they think of it? It certainly isnt a secret blog or anything. I have given my blog address to family members. I know my oldest daughter reads it. My sister in law has occasionally checks it out. I don’t get comments from family, so I dont know of anyone else.

    How do you write posts? Oh, things just come to me. Things that I think might interest people who share my love of home and cooking and sewing.

    Have you ever had a troll or had someone leave unkind comments? Not on this blog but certainly in the past on another blog I had. One of those, now sing it with me… “You’re so vain, you probably think this post is about you, don’t you, don’t you…”  kinda things. That is why when you leave a comment I have to approve it. Learned my lesson well. No room for that sort of thing in my real life or here. Ya know? Save your drama for your mama. 

    Do you check your stats? Well of course, don’t you? Do you care how many people read your blog? Not really so much as care but find it very interesting.  When I look at my stats and see 134,075 views  – I am like WOW who in the world are these “views”!!!  If you do care, how do you increase traffic? Oh every now and then it goes way up if I do a give away. That’s how you find out who really wants to read what you write, or just wants to enter a giveaway. Not that it matters, I just find it curious.

    What kind of blogs/posts interest you? LOVE food blogs and homemaking blogs. Travel blogs, peoples blogs who live places I would like to visit. I am a horrible blog friend though.  I almost never comment because I cant think of anything to say that hasnt been said in a previous comment and I feel like it would be silly to just repeat it or write “what she said”.  You know??

    What do you like and dislike about blogging? Dislikes: Feeling silly when you write something YOU think is interesting and not one comment. Feeling like I have to blog even if nothing is going on to blog about. Likes: It is an outlet for me. I write what interests me. I love sharing recipes both here and in real life though you couldnt tell that as of late. But I realize if I took my blog down today, no one would suffer for it. It is just a fun thing to do – keeping in touch with those who share some of your interests.

    Happy Tuesday!


    Asparagus Peeking Out


    I actually took this one!  Yeah for me! We have been documenting some of the Springy things around here for husband and  this is one in particular I liked.

    We left the game early last night due to tummy troubles.  Pizza after 7pm may not be the best choice for my kids.   But we were tired and happy to see our house when we got home.  We did a little more book shopping.  Paperbacks for the trip/plane rides.

    That’s about it…nothing much going on except rain here.  It is after all almost April…and the rains will begin!  I will set out some tomato plants in the next couple of days and hope it rains enough to keep them alive while we are gone.  If not I will just replant when I get back.  We are going to miss our garden this year.  But I think it’s worth it!

    Now one more Spring picture I took. I love the haziness in the trees.  This wisteria  is on the NW corner of our fence.  Those are little pink fairy roses running up to the wisteria.  I might miss getting pictures of them all together this year.  They usually bloom mid April.


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