Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Military Monday

The Mighty USS San Antonio in the National News!

Sunday Suppers-Let Me Explain

The girls and I have been on a fitness quest since the beginning of the year.  In other words we are dieting and sweating at the YMCA.  This is a new thing for me.  I have an aversion to exercise and sweat.  Even though I have been able to find some pretty good recipes for healthy meals, I have yet to be inspired enough to take photos while cooking.  It may have a little bit to do with the fact that by the time we work out we are STARVING for food.  Who wants to slow down enough for photo ops?!  
So, because I don't want y'all to take up an all out revolt.... what? No Sunday Suppers? No Friday Funny?  I give you this peace offering and beg your forgiveness for my blogging lapse this past week.

Are we even now?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Because We Are Bookworms - Our online book club offers free books when you swap, trade, or exchange your used books with other book club members for free.

I thought I would share with you all an internet site that I have been using for over a year with great success.  It is called Paperback Book Swap.  It's an online club for book lovers.  Here is how it works.  You go through all of your books (they do NOT have to be paperback by the way) and list them on the PBS site by their ISBN number.  The PBS folks will get you an account started so that all of your books that you list will be seen by other members.  They will also give you a few credits for signing up (it's free to sign up).  Other members will be able to look at your books and request them.  If one of your books is requested, then you print out the address label that they provide and send the book to the requesting member.  When that member receives it, they mark it received, which gives you a credit to request a book.  All of your personal info is kept confidential.  So you start out with several credits but the more that you send the more you are able to request.  It's a great way to clear  off those shelves AND get ahold of some great books for just what it costs you to send one through the mail.  I usually pay about $2.00 to send a book.  If you set up an account at PBS you can tell them that snickerdoodledog sent you their way.  Happy reading!


Well it did snow here for a little while.  I had such high hopes too when it began to fall.  Its was dry and fluffy and there seemed to be so much of it in the air.  It piled up on my porch and on the cars.... and then it stopped.  Bummer.   We were looking forward to building little snow people and sledding on the hill beside the house.  Oh well, winter isn't over yet right?  Maybe we will get another chance.  


Snow. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Breezy with highs in the lower 30s. North winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.

I'm so excited! It is supposed to snow here tomorrow. Woo Hoo!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Great Mouse War of 2009

Remember back when the days were long and the sand in the peanut field was warm on your feet?  The peanut plants were growing tall in the summer sun giving the mice a nice cozy place to live.  
Fast forward 5 months....the peanuts are harvested and the fields are plowed.  The days are short and you can see your breath in the air.  The mice are looking for a new cozy home.  Guess which one they chose?

So in we walked into our freezing cold house at 4 in the morning after about 20 hours of traveling.  Through my blurry eyes I see traces of flour on the kitchen floor.  I was too tired to investigate and my primary concern was getting the house warm enough to sleep in.  

Fast forward to the next day.... I stumbled into kitchen with one thought on my mind.  I'm starving... must find food!  So I open the pantry door.  The brand new bag of flour that I left in there a month earlier looked like it had exploded.  There was flour EVERYWHERE!
I knew immediately what had happened because the little creatures had left their tell tale droppings all over the place. UGH!

I started exploring the kitchen and to my disgust I realized that there was not too many places they had not been.   The last straw was the silverware drawer.  I nearly lost it when I saw a little mouse poo on my spoons.  UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok you little mousies....It's on!

I went straight out and bought as many weapons of warfare that Wal Mart would legally sell to one angry housewife.  Becky (my friend) and I washed the entire kitchen and bleached the cabinets and drawers.  We cleaned out the pantry throwing more than half of its contents away. The rest we put in Rubbermaid containers. We set the traps and laid the poison.
In spite of all of our good efforts we had no luck at killing any mice.
I never thought about the one weapon that I had already paid for... Fraidycat.
So far my WONDERFUL kitty has caught and killed at least 3 mice. 
Good Boy!
The mouse war continues but the human/cat team is pulling out ahead.

The mighty mouse warrior at his post.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Meet Hobbes

The newest member of the Brown family menagerie is Hobbes. In the picture below he is 5 weeks old. He is a Great Dane, so we expect him to probably outweigh us in a few months. Some friends have joked that he may even turn out to be the tallest member of the family as well.

Hobbes is primarily Caitlin's puppy. They bonded right away and now Hobbes thinks she is the mommy. What else would he think when she bottle fed him for a week while he was snuggled into his own personal puppy blankie in her arms.

She gets up in the night with him to take him potty and feed him and then, get this -she rocks him back to sleep!

Caitlin has decided that she probably won't be in too big of a rush for motherhood.
Thanks for the life lesson Hobbes, Good Boy!

I asked her what in the world she plans to do when he is twice her size and still wants to be rocked to sleep.
She'll figure it out I'm sure.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Olive Garden

Just before we left warm, sunny Florida we met with Papaw and Theresa for dinner at the Olive Garden. Luckily for us they had Tyler in tow. Ty is a cousin by marriage. What a sweety, we enjoyed getting to know him better. We also got to enjoy a piece of his birthday cake. Thanks Tyler!

Obviously Tyler isn't used to us picture crazy family yet.

Trying to grow a mustache Holly?

Why the smile Caitlin? Could it be the cake?

Need a refill Gracie poo?

Papaw and us girls

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lucy, Ethel and Mimi

Anyone who has been following the blog for awhile will remember that we had a small guinea pig farm in Guam. All four of the girls had their own piggy. We "thought" we had four girl pigs. About 2 months after we got them we realized that a boy was in the bunch. We ended up with ALOT of cute little baby guinea pigs. Unfortunately the Navy would not let us bring our little pets back to the states, so we had to find homes for them all.
Enter Lucy and Ethel

Lucy and Ethel were rescued piggies who became Abbie and Gracie's Christmas presents. Yes, we are sure they are both girls!

Mimi decided that she liked them so she did alot of pig sitting while we were there. Secretly I think she wants her own little piggy.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Military Monday

This is not exactly Military Monday as usual. I did not get a newsletter this week and news from Lee has been sketchy. So instead I thought I'd use an internet meme that came from a friend. The subject is my Navy man. I sure do miss him!!!


1. He’s sitting in front of the TV: What is on the screen? Baseball

2. You’re out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad? No salad, he says salad is for rabbits.

3. What is one food he doesn’t like? Tomatoes

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? We've never been to a bar on purpose. It' not our thing, but if we went he'd order a Diet Coke.

5. Where did he go to high school? Robins High School

6. What size shoe does he wear? 9

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Books and coffee mugs

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? He likes the Club at Subway.

9. What would the Husband eat every day if he could? M&Ms I think he DOES eat them everyday!
10. What is his favorite cereal? Froot Loops
11. What would he never wear? I probably could not get him to wear a pink dress shirt, and he would not wear tights.
12. What is his favorite sports team? If it's baseball he's watching it.
13. Who is his best friend? Me
14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do? He hates it when I wear flannel to bed.
15. How many states has he lived in? 5 and 1 Territory
16. What is his heritage? He's a Georgia boy, beyond that I'm not sure.

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind? Chocolate, but he'd rather have my homemade Key Lime Pie

18. Did he play sports in high school? He was in the Drum Corp

19. What could he spend hours doing? Sitting out on the porch with a mug of coffee

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Funny

This is so funny because we just had a discussion about going to those nail salons where no one speaks very good English. There's always that paranoia that they are talking about your skanky feet to each other!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Last month was the Blog Everyday Challenge. I took it on whole heartedly. After all I love to blog. I get excited when something blogworthy happens during the day or I have a great set of pictures that tell a fun story. So, I figured this challenge would be a snap. I figured wrong.

I discovered a couple of things about myself in the midst of this challenge. The first thing I realized is that I spend ALOT of time in front of the computer. It has become a bit of a friend to me. Well at least it's where many of my friends live. Being a social bug at heart, it's no wonder I like my machine so much.

I downloaded a recent batch of pictures and realized that almost all of that I am in have me sitting in front of Sylvia (our laptop).
Do I really spend THAT much time on the computer?! Yikes! Maybe I outta start looking for a 12 step program or something.

My next discovery about myself is that something within me does not jive well with deadlines and boundaries. I felt SO much pressure to get something blogged everyday! My creative juices dried up and stopped flowing. The midnight deadline haunted me like a late night meatball sub. It was bad people, really bad.

So here I sit in front of my Mac feeling a little guilty because I took a breather after 31 posts in 31 days. I've decided that I will not be entering any more challenges like that again. I proved to myself that I could do it, but I also proved that I did not enjoy it. Hey at least I learned a thing or two right? I blog because it's fun and because I want to do it.
No more self imposed deadlines for me!!!
How's that for a New Years Resolution?