Meal at the Manor.

Appetizer ~
Do you like the addition of the weekly poll on the sidebar? Did you vote?

Soup ~
If Christmas were tomorrow, what gift would you want most?

Salad ~
Do you make your bed after you get up?

Entrée ~
If you had a great voice and were given a contract to record an album, what style of music would you sing?

Dessert ~
What vegetable do you love to eat? What vegetable can you not choke down?

Digestif ~
What is the colour of anticipation? {do you have the Heinz ketchup song in your head now?}


Thursday Thirteen.

13 Things Blondie Is Looking Forward To.
In Alphabetical Order - Because She Likes Order.
{don't you judge her.}

  1. A trip to Alaska with the kid in six weeks. His first. My second. We get to meet Rudy's Son on this trip. Cool!
  2. Dinner with Rudy and the Creature in September. I asked the Creature today for dinner recommendations. He supplied me with quite a list. Now I have choices to consider. Not sure if this is a good thing.
  3. Drinking. Cuz I am not really lately.
  4. Marrying Rudy. *sigh* I love Rudy. He's my hero.
  5. My Roma's ripening. Last count there were 5. Finally.
  6. My next cup of coffee. Starbucks would be nice. Cinnamon Dolce Latte. mmmmm. I can even smell it now. Maybe I will go get one after the grocery tomorrow. {If I am lucky I will see the cop who gave me the effing fix it ticket last week. Course, that will only be if they still have sprinkle donuts. *rolling eyes*}
  7. Reaching my goal weight. Go Team WiiFit!
  8. Rudy finding a job in SoCal. {He is working on his resume as I type this. And applying for a job nearby on Friday. All good thoughts and prayers are gratefully accepted and appreciated}
  9. September 25, 2010. Although I am a bit nervous about being the main photographer. I hope I don't disappoint. :-/
  10. Staying at The Pemaquid. And not making too much noise and bothering the other guests. {That's what she said}
  11. Tastycakes. Butterscotch Krimpets to be exact. I told Rudy I am bringing an empty suitcase and filling it with Tastycakes. I am seriously serious about this.
  12. The little tiny airplane. NOT! It's really tiny, you guys. It freaks me out a bit. Good thing they sell booze on it. And this time the kid will be with me.
  13. Traveling with Rudy. By plane. Again with the little tiny airplane. GAH! But we have never traveled by plane together so it should be fun. Or something. I will have to get back to you on that one.



  1. BBQ ~
  2. Base ~
  3. Beach ~
  4. Fire ~
  5. Hot ~
  6. Picnic ~
  7. Sand ~
  8. Summer ~
  9. Sun ~
  10. Water ~


Wishing You a Very

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need.
Then God combined these qualities.
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... "DAD!"

with love,
~ Blondie



Thursday Thirteen:

Reasons Why Blondie is Disgruntled
  1. My house is hot because the cooler is broken. Again. {The kid has since come home and fixed the cooler but my house was a bit warm for the past 48 hours.}
  2. I haven't had a drink in almost two weeks.
  3. There is a drip from the faucet on the front porch.
  4. My checking account balance is disgustingly low.
  5. I don't know what to have for dinner.{I started this list last night. I decided on a turkey sandwich. It was very good and only 300 calories.}
  6. Summertime TV sucks ass.
  7. I have a headache. {headache is gone}
  8. Have I mentioned I haven't had a drink in two weeks? {after today I believe I will treat myself to a drink this evening.}
  9. The scale says I have gained a pound. I am calling foul on that one.
  10. I spluttered coffee all over my yellow shirt this morning. {oh. wait. That was Rudy. tee hee!}
  11. For the first time in my 33 year driving experience I got pulled over and got a ticket. Granted it was a fix-it ticket for my front windshield but still. My record is broken now. grrr!
  12. There was not a single package of Angel Food Cake in the store. I need it for Saturday. I hate that I now have to go to another store later. How is this helpful?
  13. It is 1130 and I just realized that I haven't had any coffee today. There is way too much blood in my caffeine system today.


Rockin and Rollin.

Setting the Scene:

Monday Evening - 9:30-ish.
Blondie is busy putting in some wii fit time.
The Kid is back in his cave playing computer games.

The Kid: Earthquake!
Me: Seriously? {not feeling anything cuz I am wiifitting}
The Kid: YES!
Me: Okay. Let me know if I need to bail under the table.
The Kid: *facepalm* I am gonna put that on my FB status.
Me: Nothing comes between me and my Wii.
Me: I made a perfect score even through the Earthquake!


Me: That must be why Smokey was all whiny a bit ago.
The Kid: and he is acting all weird now because we are probably gonna have another Earthquake.

Happy Flag Day!


Unexpectedly Expected now with New Pancakes!

So The Marrieds passed through town late Friday evening on their way to visit CS for Father's Day. Don't worry. No one has actually missed Father's Day. They made their trip a week early because they are busy next weekend when it is really Father's Day. The plan I was told, when they stopped by to say Hi, was that they would stop by again on Saturday evening on their way back home.

When 10 PM rolled around and I still hadn't heard from them I had the kid phone to see what was up with that. He did and discovered that they had only just left and would be here in under and hour. The kid then stated that they would want to spend the night since it was already going to be so late when they got here. I countered that they would not as I knew that they wanted to wake up at home this morning and get things done around the house.

Just before 11 I hear keys in the door. Struggling keys in the door. It actually sounded like they were having a battle with the keys and the keys were winning. After several attempts to get the door open in comes Mrs. Married, giggling and laughing as I ask her if she was having key/door problems. She then looks straight at me with her tired look and says "Can we stay at your house tonight? I'm tired." LMAO! Did the kid call it or what? Good thing I didn't bet him, eh? Which I rarely do because I always lose.

It is about 10 minutes after 9 now. I am, not surprisingly, the only one up. Well, unless you count the kitties, which I do. They were the first ones up and spent half an hour trying to get me to get up and feed them. But I digress. I have made coffee and am waiting for the house to wake. We are having Pancakes and vegetarian bacon aka facon for breakfast. mmmmm. The pancake recipe I am using is new to The Marrieds but the kid and I think we have finally found one that is pretty dang close to Ihops. If we are lucky Mrs. Married will treat us to another episode of *How to determine which is cup is coffee and which is syrup*. That is a story she will never outrun. It isn't a long story and the punch line is always the same. "Hey Mrs. Married, Remember the time you poured coffee instead of syrup on your pancakes?" She will then remind you that she mistook the coffee cup for the syrup cup because she hadn't yet had enough coffee. Good times. Good times.

I love Ihops. They have the best pancakes. I love pancakes. If you are lucky you live in a land where you can get Ihops pancakes 24 hours a day. Sadly I do not. You can't even get seated in my Ihops if you show up at 9:35 PM. {is that what time it was, darlin? } But that is a story for another day.

After hearing someone's blaring nuclear attack iPhone alarm go off 3 times I finally actually detect movement. That will be Mr. Married I am guessing. It probably wasn't even his alarm that got him up but rather the fact that I have sneezed about a dozen times in the past 3 minutes. heh! Whatever works, right?

How's your Sunday?
Love and Hugs,
~ b


Meal at the Manor.

Appetizer ~
What is your outdoor temperature right now?

Soup ~
How do you feel about oatmeal?

Salad ~
If you could wash anyone right out of your hair, who would it be?

Entrée ~
You are going on a dream vacation and you can only take one gadget with you. Camera, mp3 player, cell phone, laptop or something else - what will you bring and why? Which of the ones left behind will you miss the most?

Dessert ~
While you are waiting for a train to pass do you count the cars?

Digestif ~
We have a few new followers {see the followers area on the sidebar} - What can you tell them about the Manor? And don't forget to welcome them.


Thursday Thirteen: {early edition}

13 Traveling Tips for Eric.
  1. Stop to pick up Starbucks.
  2. Phone a friend.
  3. Don't forget your car phone charger.
  4. Snacks: Trail mix, gummy worms, fruit.
  5. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
  6. Don't be afraid to ask for directions. Sometimes the Garmin effs up.
  7. Stop for coffee. {no, there is no such thing as too much coffee}
  8. iPod fully charged for your listening enjoyment.
  9. Go with the flow of traffic.
  10. Smile at the driver that cuts you off.
  11. Stop and stretch your legs and back.
  12. Think. Plan. Dream.
  13. Arrive Safely.

Please add to the list in the comments if you have any additional tips for him.

Be safe Eric.
~ blondie

Wordy Wednesday:

Brought to you by
Bed, Bath and Beyond via gmail.

Manscaping tools for DAD? Now how is that good? I don't even want to think about that much less buy him something like that. Seriously. Does Bed,Bath and Beyond not know what manscaping means? Just in case they read here I think I should let them know so that I do not EVER get an email like this again.

Manscaping: A term used to define male grooming below the belt.

Oh dear.
I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
And I need brain bleach.