Friday, June 30, 2006

Lets see if this works!!!

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Barbara and Rick This is our life June 27th 1981-Forever

The Friday 5'er

The Friday 5'er
          From Robin at;  

      Hi guys!!! 

I missed last Friday so here is my make up 5'er!  

If you want to play all you do is cut and paste these questions into your journal. (there is no deadline as to when you can do "The 5'er) When you have answered them come back and leave a link in my comment section.  On the following Friday I will have a new set of questions! Have fun!



1.  It's summertime and pretty much hot all over.  What is the hottest day you can recall? Every day in the summer is hot here...unless it decides to rain and then it is cool until the storm passes and then so humid.  I love Texas but it does get hot here.  Most days get past the 100 mark. I prefer to do my running around in the morning and spend the day inside.

2.  How do you keep cool in the summer? Pool? Beach? Other?

Sometimes I air up my air mattress that holds water and sit outside on the deck in the shade and read a good book.  Other times I just stay inside and chill on the recliner.  I wish I had a pool I would be in it everyday....Rick says I need to get out more and nope.


3.  Do you prefer to be sweating on a hot summer day or shoveling snow on a cold winter's day?

I hate to sweat so I guess I would prefer the cold...only I am not sure about the shoveling part...isn't that a mans job?  I would love to see snow as I have not seen since Eric was 2 years old.

4.  What did summer mean to you as a kid?

Summer meant Vacation Bible School when I was young, then 1 week of Church camp as a teenager.  Some of my best memories are from camp.  I still dream about all the fun we had and then wake up and think...oh yeah I am a grown up now. 

5.  If you could be anywhere else right now where would you be?

I would be in California visiting with Robin and LInda....I would be in Austin visiting Eric.

Now I am going to go and make some sun tea and start working on my tan...Anyone want to join me?


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hey Robin!!!!! Give me five!

The 5'er???  Yes!


     If you want to play all you do is cut and paste these questions into your journal. (there is no deadline as to when you can do "The 5'er) When you have answered them come back and leave a link in Robins comment section.  On the following Friday I will have a new set of questions! Have fun!




1. Where do you plan on spending the fourth of July?

Probably at work scanning everyone elses beer and chips.  It is too dry here for fireworks....I think we get to dress up for work so I will be all decked out in red, white and blue.

2. Tell us about a memorable 4th for you.

When Eric was little we would always shoot off fireworks here at home.  He loved it!  He could make those firecrackers last for days.  He would blow up all kinds of things.  No matter where I was a firework would always find me....When I was a little girl Mom and Dad would buy us sparklers.  Christi and I would spend hours outside in the dark writing our names in the sky.  After that my Mom and Dad would load us up and go to eat pancakes....


3.  What screams independence day to you? 

The flag, Lee Greenwood singing "Proud to be an American, military uniforms, hot dogs, apple pie, home made ice cream, kids with sticky messy faces, blanket in the grass, hot weather,fireworks, FREEDOM and family. Great answer could I improve on that?


4. If you could tell a military person anything what would you say?

You are the heart of America.  You give up your precious hours with your families to protect us.  God will have special crowns for all of you who sacrifice for our country.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Be safe!

5. Have you put out anything red, white and blue or do you plan too?

I want to put out Ricks Dads flag this year..


Thanks for playing and God Bless America!

The Movie

I tried to send the movie out to all of you...but if I missed you and you would like to see if please email me and I will send it to you.

Be sure to turn the volume on if you want to hear me sing.

For those of you who have my cd this is just an extra copy....

Let me know what you think! Barbara 

The Report....

Hello everyone and thank all of you for the wonderful emails today.  Thank you Linda for the snail mail card!  Thanks Mom and Dad for the card and money and phone calls.  Thanks Eric for your special phone call.  Thanks Sharon for freaking Rick out at work with the great text message and voice mail.

I tried to upload a movie I made of the years past.,,,, but never got it to work.

Now on to the story;

Rick and I met on a blind date.  Only I wasn't his date. I had a boyfriend of 2 years!  The date was for his sister Beverly and my boyfriends brother.

We decided to go bowling and Beverly asked if she could bring her brothers along.....that is how I met Rick.

It was love at first sight.  I knew he was the one. God told me.

We started dating and I happened to mention that I knew some people from his home town. 

The people I knew were from the church there where me and my church youth group went to perform some music.  We were each assigned a home to stay in and I was placed in the Hollis home.

They were a cute older couple who were very much in love.

As I was sitting on their porch one day a cute guy kept driving by on his motorcycle checking me out.  I finally waved at him and he disappeared.

When I asked Rick if he knew them he said....well I guess so.

They are my grandparents!

I found out years later when we were talking about it one day that he was that guy on the motorcycle!  We didn't even meet until about 3 or 4 years later.  He didn't know who that girl was either.....

Anyway we met in October of 1980 and were engaged by December.  We got married 6 months later June 27, 1981.

Today we have been married for 25 years.

I love him with all my heart. He is the coolest, smartest, guy in the whole world and God made him especially for me!

The first picture is of him and his parents.  I loved them so much and they were a big part of our married life.  We lived right down the road from them.  His Dad Bob was quite a character.  Him and I had many debates. His Mom Melva was a good Christian and in her loving way she told everyone about Jesus.  You never were in her presence without hearing. You Can do all things through Christ .

They have both passed on to Heaven and we miss them everyday.

At our wedding we had two preachers.  My Dad and Reverend I guess you could say we were double married!

 My bridesmaids were of course my sisters Pam and Christi,   My best friend from elementary school Susan, My new sister in law Jenny, My best friend in jr high and highschool Patti.

Beverly, Ricks sister was my maid of honor....years later I was her maid of honor too.

On January 5th 1984 we both had a child on the same day!  My Eric and her Emily.  We call them the twin cousins.

Kellie our flowergirl is the daughter of Jenny and Larry Ricks brother.

The grooms men were Bruce Ricks friend. commited  Ralph my sister Pams husband, Gilbert our friend you see pictures of every now and then , Larry Ricks brother, Ronald and Billy also Ricks friends.

And then there is Shaun our ringbearer who decided at the last minute he didn't want to do this....we had to bribe him.

Okay now to the presents...I mean present

I decided to play a trick on Rick because he HATES fake nails.

I went and got some childrens press on nails and had them on when Rick came home today....He wanted to know how much I spent getting that done....I told him that the girl gave me a discount of 50 dollars because of it being our anniversary...when the vein started sticking out on his forehead....I let him in on the gag...they weren't real.  I also had fake but real looking pink hair. LOL

I got Rick the following gifts

Silver picture frame with our wedding picture

Another frame with picture

A silver cd continue to add music to our lives

A silver tell him I would be there until the end of time

A bag of silver kisses...use your never mind they were to keep the sweetness in our hearts

A four roll of toilet paper....


Yes and as he was opening it I was singing

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder...

When the roll is called up yonder I'll be there.

We went out to eat at the Outback....YUM!!!

I have half a steak left for lunch!!!

I can't tell you the rest....but it is good.

Well it has been a long day...time for bed.

Love you guys!



Tuesday, June 27, 2006

End The Day With A Smile

Spreading the Word

TEACHING junior high school English, Miss Speller emphasized the importance of nice clean margins on student papers. One seventh-grade boy said in his essay that he was sorry to write in the margarine.

When she graded his paper, Miss Speller added a little note next to his that said, “Maybe next time you will do butter.”


That’s One Fast Bull

AN IOWA FARMER was tired of hearing a Texas rancher brag how everything was the best on his spread. So the farmer invited the Texan out to his Iowa farm if he was ever in the vicinity. “What do you have on your farm that would interest me?” the rancher asked.

“I have a bull that can outrun the train that goes past my place,” the farmer replied.

A few weeks later, the farmer saw the Texan driving up his lane. Realizing that his bluff had been called, he told his teenage son to get rid of the rancher any way he could.

When the Texan asked the boy where his dad was, the son said, “He left this morning for New York. He should be there this afternoon.”

“Did he go by train?” the rancher asked.

“No,” the boy answered. “He went by bull.”


Do the Buck and Wing

A COUPLE went into a pet store to buy a canary. They told the salesman the bird had to be a good singer. They heard a canary singing loudly and remarked, “Its beautiful, and it sings great.”

But when the salesman took the bird from the cage, the couple said, “Hey, it’s got only one leg! 

Salesman replied:  What do you want? A singer or a dancer?

Knock, knock! Who’s there?
Woo. Woo, who?
Don’t get so excited, it’s just a joke. .

Ask Awry

IF A BALLOON had a baby, would the sky rocket?

If a nut had a car, would the screwdriver?

If a ship sank, would a safety razor?


To Have and Too Old

The bride, white of hair,
Is stooped over her cane,
Her faltering footsteps
Need guiding.
While down the church aisle,
With wan toothless smile,
The groom in a wheelchair
Comes riding.
And who is this elderly couple,
You ask?
You’ll find, when you’ve
Closely explored it,
That here is the rare,
Most conservative pair,
Who waited ’til they
Could afford it!


Got Directions?

A RED SPORTS CAR screeched to a stop beside a farmer heading out to his field, and the driver asked, “Do you know how I can get to Highway 91?”

The farmer thought about it for a bit and replied, “Nope.”

“Do you know where the nearest turnpike entrance is?” asked the driver.


“Well, how about the town of Hadley? Do you know which direction that is from here?”


Exasperated, the driver threw up his arms and said, “You don’t know very much then, do you?”

“Nope,” the farmer answered. “But I do know that I’m not lost.”


See the Light of Day

DID YOU HEAR about the man who sat down at dusk and waited to see where the sun went?

It finally dawned on him.


Get Even More Laughs!



Just Following Orders

“LOOK at this mess!” roared an angry customer at a local cafe, pointing to his squashed doughnut.

“It’s just as you ordered it, sir,” the waitress replied meekly. “You told me to bring you coffee and a doughnut and step on it.”


Wisdom of the Ages

• I STARTED OUT with nothing…and still have most of it.

• My wild oats have turned to shredded wheat.

• I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.

• Funny, I don’t remember being absentminded.

• Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant.

• I wish the buck stopped here. I could use a few.

• The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.

• When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone decides to play chess.

• It’s hard to meet expenses. They’re everywhere.


Anyone want to know about my day?  Pictures and report coming right up.




My Mom is A Poet...Awesome!

Happy Anniversary to Barbara and Rick
Oh my goodness sakes alive
Can today really be number twenty five?
Yes, I recall back then you had a flower girl named Kelley
Of course that was when she was still eating peanut butter and jelly
Since then, God has sent the sunshine and the rain
You had the good times and sometimes days of pain
But through it all God has been there for you
You have been lifted up in prayers and God has seen you through
One of the biggest blessing came on January Fifth
That really precious first  Grandson really gave me a lift
I am so proud of all he has become
He was our first Grandson and God gave us a SPECIAL one
The years will come and the years will go
Some of my days are fast and some are becoming slow
However through it all I"m proud for you and Rick
You have worked hard at your marriage and God will make it stick..
          But at least I had a Go-at-it!!!!!!!
Thanks Mom!!!!  I absolutely LOVE it!!!!

Tomorrow is our 25th Anniversary

More pictures and a full report tomorrow! Barbara

Monday, June 26, 2006

What Do You Say To That?

What curse word do you use the most? I try not to cuss.  I never take the Lords name in vain, but sometimes I do say a certain phrase and wish I hadn't ...I would rather not say what it is.

Do you own an iPod?  No

Who on your MySpace “Top 8” do you talk to the most?  Never heard of it LOL
What time is your alarm clock set for?  5 am
What color is your room? Pepto Bismal Pink and I hate it!
Flip flops or sneakers?  FLIP FLOPS
Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?  Take the picture
What was the last movie you watched?  House of Wax!
Do any of your friends have children?   Yes
Has anyone ever called you lazy?   Yes, but I'm not!
Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep faster?  No...never needed it
What CD is currently in your CD player? My cd to make sure it played ok to give to Rick tomorrow 
Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk? With brownies white...otherwise chocolate
Has anyone told you a secret this week? Yes
Have you ever given someone a hickey?  Many years ago....but I think they look tacky.
Who was the last person to call you?  Jenny my sister-in-law
Do you think people talk about you behind your back?  I hope so...
Did you watch cartoons as a child?  Yes
How many siblings do you have?  One sister here on Earth and one in Heaven
Are you shy around the opposite sex?  No
What movie do you know every line to?  Grease 1 and II
Do you own any band t-shirts?  Yes
What is your favorite salad dressing?  Ranch
Do you read for fun? Yes
Do you cry a lot?  Not really..but when I do I find it hard to turn off
Who was the last person to text message you?  Eric...Have I told you lately that I love you and then when I called him he sang it to me.  I sure do LOVE THAT KID!!!
Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?  desktop
Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoo?  No thankyou...not into pain
What is the weather like? Right now it is nice and breezy...but it is 1:49 am
Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos? I look at the inside...not the outside
Is sex before marriage wrong? Yes.
When was the last time you slept on the floor? When I went to visit Eric...he doesn't believe in beds.
How many hours of sleep do you need to function?  Six and I am nicer when I get 8
Are you in love or lust?  Love
Are your days full and fast-paced?  Sometimes yes, sometimes not so much.
Do you pay attention to calories on the back of packages?  Never!  Why ruin a good eat?
How old will yoube turning on your next birthday?  45
Are you picky about spelling and grammar?  I try to be correct, but it doesn't bother me if someone else is wrong
Have you ever been to Six Flags?  Yes.  And I love it!!!
Do you get along better with the same or opposite sex?  Both
Do you like cottage cheese? Yes
Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back?  I mostly sleep on my bed..tummy
Have you ever bid for something on eBay? Not yet...want to
Do you enjoy giving hugs?  Yes
What song did you last sing out loud? You'll Never Walk Alone
What is your favorite TV show?  Survivor and Big Brother...have you voted yet?
Which celebrity, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with?  Lisa Kudrow
Last time you had butterflies in your stomach? When I went to make my cd.  I was so scared until I started actually singing and then everything was okay 
What one thing do you wish you had? The silver ring with the blue topez stones that I found when we went shopping for our anniversary....Rick said we couldn't afford it. :(  I mean when can you really afford things?  Oh well I will get over it one day. Maybe......

Friday, June 23, 2006


Duck Joke
       A duck walks into a general store and asks the manager, "Got any fresh fruit?"


       "Got any fresh vegetables?"

       "No. We only have canned and dry goods."

       The next day, the duck returns.

       "Got any fresh fruit?"


       "Got any fresh vegetables?"

       "No. I told you yesterday, we have only canned and dry goods. If you come back tomorrow and ask me the same question, I'll nail your flippers to the floor."

       On the 3rd day, the duck walks in and asks, "Got any nails?"


       "Got any fresh fruit?"

Don't Drink And Drive!

        A police officer pulls over this guy who had been weaving in and out of the lanes. He goes up to the guy's window and says "Sir, I need you to blow into this breathalyzer tube."

        The man says, "Sorry officer I can't do that. I am an asthmatic. If I do that I'll have a really bad asthma attack."

        "Okay, fine. I need you to come down to the station to give a blood sample."

        I can't do that either. I am a hemophiliac. If I do that, I'll bleed to death."

        "Well, then we need a urine sample."

        "I'm sorry officer I can't do that either. I am also a diabetic. If I do that I'll get really low blood sugar."

        "Alright then I need you to come out here and walk this white line."

        "I can't do that, officer."

        "Why not?"

        "Because I'm drunk."

What's For Supper? Not Baked Beans I Hope

Baked Beans
       Once upon a time, there lived a man who had a terrible passion for baked beans. He loved them, but they always had an embarrassing and somewhat lively reaction on him.

       One day he met a girl and fell in love. When it was apparent that they would marry, he thought to himself, "She'll never go through with the marriage with me carrying on like this," so he made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans. Shortly after that they were married.

       A few months later, on the way home from work, his car broke down. He called his wife and told her that he would be late because he had to walk. On his way home, he passed a small cafe and the wonderful aroma of baked beans overwhelmed him. Since he still had several miles to walk, he figured he could walk off any ill effects before he got home. So he went in and ordered. And before leaving had three extra large helpings of baked beans. All the way home he putt-putted. He putt-putted down one hill and putt-putted up the next. By the time he arrived home he felt reasonably safe.

       His wife met him at the door and seemed somewhat excited. She exclaimed, "Darling, I have the most wonderful surprise for you for dinner tonight!" She put a blindfold on him, and led him to his chair at the head of the table and made him promise not to peek.

       At this point he was beginning to feel another fart coming on. Just as his wife was about to remove the blindfold, the telephone rang.

       She again made him promise not to peek until she returned, and she went to answer the phone. While she was gone, he seized the opportunity. He shifted his weight to one leg and let go. It was not only loud, but ripe as a rotten egg. He had a hard time breathing, so he felt for his napkin and fanned the air about him.

       He had just started to feel better, when another urge came on. He raised his leg and riiipppp! It sounded like a diesel engine revving, and smelled worse. To keep from gagging, he tried fanning his arms a while, hoping the smell would dissipate.

       Things had just about returned to normal when he felt another urge coming. He shifted his weight to his other leg and let go. This was a real blue ribbon winner; the windows shook, the dishes on the table rattled, and a minute later the flowers on the table were dead.

       While keeping an ear tuned in on the conversation in the hallway, and keeping his promise of staying blindfolded, he carried on like this for the next ten minutes, farting and then fanning each time with his napkin.

       When he heard the phone farewells (indicating the end of his loneliness and freedom) he neatly laid his napkin on his lap and folded his hands on top of it. Smiling contentedly, he was the picture of innocence when his wife walked in. She apologized for taking so long, and asked if he had peeked at the dinner table.

       After assuring her he had not peeked, she removed the blindfold and yelled, Surprise!

       To his shock and horror...there were twelve dinner guests seated around the table for his surprise birthday party.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Photo Scavenger Hunt #80

Photo Scavenger Hunt #80...

The entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #80 will be due on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 11:00 PM EST.  Wow, Krissy, you have done 80 of these!!  Congratulations, honey!! 

out-of date, old, or antique

Please place your submissions in the comments section by the due date.  No rules and have fun!! xox

Yes that is right folks....the microwave has finally bite the dust...I could care less.  This bothers Rick more than me because if he wants a hot meal now he has to leave his friends outside and come in and eat at a decent hour instead of yelling at me that he will warm it up when he gets ready...Usually around 10 at night....You would think eating that late would mean he is overweight....not true.  That is one of the reasons I don't care what time it is when I eat....have that brownie at midnight!!!!

 The other stuff here is just part of the junk that Rick has in the yard.

I am married to a red neck....and it ain't from the sun.

Ok I am mad at him because he just got back from the store and didn't even ask me if I needed anything!  I am invisable sometimes.


Wanta Talk About Me


Hey Robin!  Here's what I think about that!

1-What do you want people to say about you when you die?:  "She really cared about people.  She was great with children and they adored her.  She was always so funny and loved to make people laugh, she would not want us to be sad she is gone, let's live the rest of our lives like it was our last"

2-How long does it take you to get ready to go out?:  It usually takes me about 45 minutes.  If I have to wash my hair it takes about an hour and a half.  If I am late for work I can get there in 15 minutes.  I have learned speed makeup.

3-If you were an animal what would you be?:  I would be Tiny...she has it made.  Get up whenever you want, go outside and pee, come back in and find a comfortable spot and sleep away the day. 

4-What's your biggest fear?:  Losing someone I love

5-What’s your most prized possesion?:  My family

6-What’s the funniest word you can think of:?  boogideboogideboo

7-Do you get along with your parents?:  Yes we are like best friends now, they are always there for me and interested in what is going on in my life.  They are the two most awesome people you will ever meet.  I love them sooo much.
8-What do you look for in the opposite sex?:  
Honesty, Loyalty, Sense of Humor, how they treat others around them.
9-What was the most difficult thing you had to do?: 
Say goodbye to my little sister.  Leave Eric in Austin

10-If you were given one day to live what would you do?:  Straighten up and throw away alot of junk that I have held onto so that noone else would have to go through it and get rid of it.  Hug Eric every second I had left.

11-If you could relive any day of your life either for good or to change it what would it be?:  One of my summers with my cousins, Eric's second birthday party.  Our 20th wedding honeymoon.

12-What's the worst feeling in the world?: a cactus

The best?: a rose.

13-If you could meet anyone who ever existed who would it be? why?: 
My mothers brother Robert. 
14-What was the meanest thing you ever did as a little kid?:  
Made fun of Raul's name...I would say Ra EWWWWl.  I made him cry..also when my cousin and I were playing and I pulled her hair and it came out in my hand because she was losing it due to cancer....I didn't know that would happen and I didn't even pull it hard.  It was just not strong enough.  I still cry about that.  I really didn't mean to do that.   

15-What have you learned about love?:  It is wonderful, sometimes it hurts.

16-How have you changed in the past year?: Thanks to all of you I have become a computer freak.  The first thing I do in the morning is get on here and check on all of you.  You are like family to me.  I have changed if I could get some hours...I was sceduled for 8 this week.  Who can live and pay bills on 8 hours?  They did this to all the cashiers and everyone is quiting.  I mean come on!!!

There you have it folks.......Barbara

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

BIG BROTHER!!!!!!!!!


Here is who I want and why:

Will:  Why not, what a fox!  I loved him when he was on the show. 

Allison:  I just love the girl, she keeps things stirred up!

Janelle:  My all time favorite, she is blonde and smart!

Marcelous:  He cracks me up!

Bunky:  I wonder if him and Marcelous will hook up LOL

Chicken George:  What a ham

Diane:  Very Stategic

Cowboy:  HIs family could really use the money and I love to have an underdog

Howie:  What a character!

Lisa:  Let's see how she plays on her own

Erika:  Great competitor

Kayser:  Awesome guy.

Now who I DON"T WANT!!!!!!

Ivettte....can anyone say loser?

Nakoma...drives me crazy!

How about you?  Who do you want to be in the BB house this season?


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Got Kids?

Got kids?  They bored?  Go check out my new journal just for them!  Let me know if you want me to continue to make entrys in this new special journal for parents, grandparents and kids for a fun and exciting summer

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Meeting Amy's grand daughters

My friend Amy came over today and brought a nice surprise.  She brought over her grand babies.  We had a lot of fun singing and playing computer games.

These girls thought I was a kid and Rick was my Daddy.

I can't help it I don't want to grow up!

It was a nice visit.

They didn't want to go home.

They said they were coming back soon.

A is 5 and E is 4.  Very smart little girls.

We sang songs together and I recorded E singing her alphabet which she almost sings the right way and A singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  I will play it for them when they are grown.  I

If you have children you should record them talking and singing.

I have Eric on tape when he was 2 singing all the words to Tomorrow and Somewhere Over the Rainbow and I wouldn't trade it for a million dollars.

I also have him saying his alphabet and numbers.

I also have him telling me the story of Jack and The Beanstalk the way I changed it for him....priceless.


Happy Birthday MOM!!!!

How can I tell you all that I feel
And make you understand you are a big deal
Perhaps I should make you laugh with a joke
Probably already heard it from folk.
You are the reason I am here today.
Because of you, things are okay.
I hope that you know how much I adore you
Remember this always, I do implore you.
Time has gone quickly, time has gone slow
Hours have past and years have been on the go.
Days and weeks have all flown by so fast
And you have not aged one year in the past.
You are still young at heart.
Most Moms have retired, but your ready to start.
Only you and I know the closeness we feel
Mom you are one in a million and the real deal.
I hope you have a Happy Happy Birthday!!!
I love you, Barbara

You Gotta Be Fast To Beat These Girls!

Amanda got it right technically, but Robin was really close...So I am calling it a tie!!!  What a mess right?  It is the cords under my computer desk....can anyone say fire hazard? It didn't look so bad when I connected everything and almost burned down the house using a lighter for light and caught papers on fire under there....oops.

Tiny has made it worse by trying to get to a squirrel who lives on the other side of this wall under the bath tub.  She is not allowed back there...but I know she goes there when I am gone.

Next time Eric comes over I will have to get him to straighten it out...I am afraid if I do I will disconnect something wrong.

Until next time..... Barbara

What's This?

Back by popular demand....

Tapicoca Tiny

One of my late night snacks is tapioca pudding.  When Tiny sees me eating one she can stare at me the entire time.

Each bite from the spoon to my lips is watched carefully in case some of it should fall.

She waits patiently knowing that she will get the lick the bottom of the cup.

Nothing can distract her attention from this activity.

She reaches to the very bottom because it is good to the last lick.

After it is all gone she will still circle back and make sure she didn't miss any.

I had to get pictures of this to show you.

Hope it gave you a morning giggle to start your week.

:) Barbara

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Fathers Day to the Best Daddy in The World

Happy Fathers Day Daddy

Having you for a father has made my life complete

All the times I learn from you just sitting at your feet.

People know you, by your name The Hugging Man

People know about you by the actions of the Man.

You are one of a kind and the best that God made.


First time  I looked upon you was from the nursery where I laid.

All the years you have been there, behind me all the way.

Times were tough but you pulled through

How many things I have learned from you.

Each and every day I thank the Lord above

Rejoicing in the fact that he sent me to your abode.

So on this very special day, I wanted to tell you


Daddy I love you with all my heart

And I honestly adore you

Don't you ever wonder about my feelings for you

Days and days of love and wisdom have come from you

You are my hero and I love you!


My Dad is the most awesome person you will ever meet.  He has always been there for me and been in my corner.  We have so many fun memories together that I will never forget.  Like waking up early and going to eat biscuits and gravy and then being his caddy for golf.

Singing with him at my little sisters wedding.

If I ever have a problem he is there to talk.  If I have something great to share, he is there to say you did good.  If I have an interest he says you need to keep going.  If I have a dream he says I know you can do it.

Everyone needs someone special like my Daddy in their lifes.

Thank you God for giving my Daddy to me.

I love you Daddy, Barbara 

Friday, June 16, 2006

50 Things About Me

50 (well almost 50) Things About Me
If you read this.....FILL IT OUT!!! Learn 50 things about your friends and let them learn 50 things about you!  I got this from Robin at;
Thesearethedaysofourlives/entries/1612 who She got it from someone else. There were three questions missing so I made up my there are 50 again....

1. How tall are you barefoot?
5 foot.  Big things come in small packages and I love being short except when there is something I need on a high shelf and I have to use a spatuala to reach it! 

2. Have you ever smoked before?
I started smoking in high school and quit when I became preganant with Eric. 

3. Do you own a gun?
Our guns were stolen out of our house by some crack head teenagers.  We still have a 22 and of course I always have a handy watergun.  Guns don't kill..people do and those teenagers are lucky that they took Ricks guns after they robbed us because....never mind. 

4. What's your favorite sport to watch?
I love the San Antonio Spurs.  Tiny even says GO SPURS GO...believe it or not!

5. How many letters are in your crush's name?
There are 4 letters in that special name

6. What do you think of hotdogs?
I like the occasional hot dog.  Especially if you have all the good stuff to go on it like relish and onions.

7. What's your favorite Christmas song?
"Mary Did You Know"

8.What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Maxwell House coffee with flavored creamers like Creme Brulee and Vanilla Nut...which by the way has these black little seeds in it which I thought was ants one morning

9. Are you in love?
Madly, Deeply and Sincerely

10. Have you ever done ecstacy?
I have never done any hard drugs, only prescribed or the occasional Advil.  My Dad was the guy that went to the schools to warn of the dangers of drugs.

11. Do you like Spam?
I can take it or leave it, but Rick loves it.  For the first 5 years of our marriage I got up every morning and made him grilled smoked spam and cheese sandwiches for lunch....I finally decided he was grown up enough to make his own lunch.  I brought him coffee in bed for the first year and then told him it was his turn the next year...I got coffee twice and then we were both on our own...oh yeah we were talking about Spam.

I hate the other on the computer when I am trying to do something and ads come up to bother me!

12. Do you like painkillers?
When I am in pain I love them.  But rarely take them for fear of addiction.See answer #10 

13. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
My eyes have captured many a beau.

14. Do you own a knife?
Just the ones in the kitchen drawer.

15. Do you have A.D.D.?
No, but I do have S>U>B>T>R>A>C>T sometimes  (Something unusual biting the right arm called Tiny)  lame...I know

16. Full initals?
Used to be BLC then I got married and becaome BLM.  I never just put the B and the M on something I initail.

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
    1.  I have a headache

    2.  My nail polish needs a touch up

    3.  I cannot believe I have to go to work next Tues for only 30 minutes to take a stupid survey. 

 18. Name the last three things you bought today.
    1.  A diet Pepsi

    2. Barbeque for supper

    3. Diet Pepsi

19. Name 5 drinks you regularly drink
    1.  diet pepsi 3. milk4. water 5.tea

20. What time did you wake up today?
about 9:15am

21.Are you married?
Yes I am most definately it will be 25 years on the 27th of June

22. Describe your partner your wed to. (If you aren't use a friend).
Rick is quite a character.  I love him dearly.  He makes me laugh all the time.  He gets me most of the time.  When he doesn't he just smiles and shakes his head at me.  He is one of a kind and so special.

23. Current hate?
I do not believe in hate except for the devil which I despise

24. Favorite place to be?
In Austin with my son just "chillin".

25. Least favorite place to be?
the dentist

26. Where would you like to go?
I would love to travel to Italy one day.  I would love to see Hawaii.  But closer to home I would like to go see Eric

27.  What was your favoritetv show to watch after school when you were a child? I like to watch the Newlywed Game, Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family
28. Where do you think you'll be in 10 years?
In ten years I will be 55 and hopefully retired and writing my book

29. Do you burn or tan?
I tan if I get in the sun...but it is awfully hot out there.  We have been having temperatures of over 100

30. Favorite color(s)?
aqua and yellow

31. Would you be a pirate?
Only in a costume contest which Eric and I were when he was small and we came in first place!  Remind me to show you that picture one day! 

32. Last time you had an alcoholic drink?
I found some coconut rum that a friend left here the other day and mixed it with some orange juice.  Normally I don't drink at all and am usually the only one who doesn't. 

33. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Because You Love Me.  The Old Rugged Cross. Psalms 23  I love the accoustics in there!

34. As a child, what did you fear was going to get you at night?
I had to have my closet door shut at night because I could "see"  things in there.  I also had to turn on my parents light across the hall and close my eyes right before they turned it off and wouldn't let myself open them until morning.

35.Who did you have a crush on when you were a teenager?  Donnie Osmond and David and Shaun Cassidy

36. What's the last thing that made you laugh?
Tiny..she always makes me laugh.

37. Best bed sheets you had as a child?
Dry ones were the best.

38. Worst injury you've ever had?
When I hurt my arm at work.

39. When did you learn about the birds and the bees?  Who told you?

I was nine and my Mom was actually talking to my older sister about it and I was eaves dropping...I thought GROSS!!  I am never doing that!!!!
40. How many tv's do you have in your house?
two. One going 24/7 because we can't find the remote to turn it off so we just turn down the sound at night.  The on/off button is broken on the set.

41. Who is your loudest friend?
Amy the girl I just took a picture of yesterday...she can get quite wound up

42. Who is your most silent friend?
Silent people freak me out. 

43. Does someone have a crush on you?
He better!  And I have had unwanted crushes over the years.  When I worked at the library some freak use to come in there and try to take my picture which he said he was going to blow up and make posters for his room. EWWW 

44. Do you wish on stars?
I just saw a falling star about a week ago and made a wish.  
45. What is your favorite book?
Well, I love my Bible of course but other than that..I guess
Green Eggs and Ham

46. What's your favorite candy

47. What song did you last hear?
Love Me LIke You Used To...Tanya Tucker

48. What song(s) do you want played at your funeral?
You'll Never Walk Alone.  He Keeps Me Singing  Amazing Grace  I'm Alright

I'll Fly Away
49. What were you doing at 12 am last night?
on this computer....

50. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?
I have 3 hours before I go to work, I better check my email

Now I hope someone else will do this and pass on the results to myself and Robin. and      Linda

The 5er!!!! Robin is back!!!


      Hi guys!!! 

It's Friday and it is time for what Robin calls "THE 5'er!"     

If you want to play all you do is cut and paste these questions into your journal. (there is no deadline as to when you can do "The 5'er) When you have answered them come back and leave a link in my Robins comment section.  On the following Friday she will have a new set of questions! Have fun!

This week's theme...Home Sweet Home.




1. What kind of home do you have?  Apartment? Condo? House?

I have an older 2 bedroom, one bath house that we are currently remodeling.  I love my little house by the woods.  It has a huge kitchen that Rick built on and a new room currently being built.  When we got this house it was a sight to behold.  Erics room was dark purple.  The kitchen was like a checker board with red and black squares. Our bedroom was this color...and still is:( And there are at least three layers of linoleum in the living room.

 2.  Did you have a tree house as a kid?

No...but I always wanted one...still do!

3.  Would your dream house be in the city, country, by a lake, by the ocean, in the mountains or on wheels seeing the world?

My dream house is right where it is.  By the woods.  It would be nice to have a pond or river closer so that we could go fishing and maybe one day.

4. If you could have an extra room in your home that you had total control over design and all what kind of room would you create?

I would make a sound recording studio with all my karaoke songs and a play where people could go and sing.

5. And many houses/apartments have you lived in up to this point. Counting as a child if you can remember that far back.

 One in Fort Worth Texas....maybe two...then my parents moved into a trailer until they could find a house when my Dad was transfered to San Antonio.  A couple of houses after that and then in kindergarden my parents moved into a house that I stayed in the rest of my childhood.  They still live in that house. When I was eighteen I moved into my own apartment.  When I met Rick he made me move out because it was in a bad neighborhood, and I moved in with his sister.  After we married we had our own trailer.  And then we bought this house. 

Thanks for playing, have fun and be thankful for the roof over your head however, humble or grand it may be.

Now go and let Robin know we are happy she is back with her game!!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Pictures and Junk

Trying to add an entry but having a hard time.  So I will just tell you..

1,.I got my car back!!!!

2.  Ain't she pretty!!! The guy who fixed it wrong charged us 157.00 to fix his screw up

3.Look at how big the watermelons are getting!

4.  The squash are coming along great!

5.  Tiny has found a stick bigger than her!

6. Someone gave us this couch....hmmm I kinda wanted all new stuff but this looks pretty good

7.My friend Amy

8.  Now I have two cars to chose from

9.  Rick telling Gilbert something intense...I know this because he speaks with hands

10. At the lease?  No just my redneck front yard

11.  Time for inside walls Rick....

Photo Scavenger Hunt #79

This week is collections

I have many things that I collect.

Angels, Snowmen, Shells, Sea stuff, dragonflys, karaoke cds, but I decided to feature one of my favorite new collections.

Windchimes.  I just love to sit out on my deck and listen to them sing. 

What about you?  What do you collect?

Go take some pictures and send them to Val!


Playing along-43 Random Questions

Playing along-43 Random Questions

43 of the MOST random questions...

1. Where were you 1 hour ago?
Asleep in Rick's chair

 2. Who will be your next kiss?
Maybe Rick unless Tiny asks for one first.

3. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
A pink label, A pink ring, a pink cd

4. When is the last time you went to the mall?
Last month with Eric in Austin

5. Are you wearing socks right now?
Heck no! It is my day off!!!

6. When was the last time you went out of town?

Tuesday when I went with Rick to Hondo to renew his drivers license.

7. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
No, but I rented two at Blockbuster...End of The Sword. Good movie but you gotta watch it and Underworld which I hated because it was too scary.

8. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Diet Pepsi....I have it interveiniously prescribed
9. What are you wearing right now?
Black Shorts and my hippy shirt.

10. Have you been in a car wash?
Yes and I need to visit again.

11. Last fast food you ate?
Sour Gummy Worms

12. Where were you last week on Saturday?
On the computer and at work

13. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
No :(
14. When was the last time you ran?
When hail was coming down with a cart full of groceries

15. What's the last sporting event you watched?
Final five Maverieks and that other team...but I changed the channel I mean does it really matter anymore?  I wanted the Spurs to win.

16. What is your favorite class?
First Class Baby

17. Your dream vacation?

18. Last 3 people's houses you were in?
Diane and Derricks, Erics and my parents

19. How old are your parents?
Dad is 72 and my Mom will be 67 soon, on June 19th they both go and work out at the gym three times a week!  Awesome!!!!

21. Do you miss anyone?
My little sister Christi and Eric everyday

22. Last play you saw?
Two kids at the playground, no on will go with me to a real play and I LOVE to go.

23. What are your plans for today?
I already went to the store and post office, returned movies, went to Exxon.  Now I will be going to pick up my car!!!!!!!!!

Yes It is fixed.

24. Who is the last person you commented on myspace?
My nephew Ross, but I don't know if he saw it.

25. Ever go to camp?
Every summer growing up I went to church camp.  I loved it!!!!

26. Were you an honor roll student in school?
I wish....but I made A' and B's and black eyed peas
27. What do you want to know about the future?
I can't wait to see what Heaven looks like!  I am excited about seeing my grandchildren and spoiling them.

28. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
Ala Barbara

30. Where is your best friend located?

31. Do you have a tan?
Underneath all this white skin I do if I would just get out more in the sun.

32. How old do you want to be when you have kids?
Been there,have the worlds best kid,  done that, now I just want grandkids to spoil

33. Do you collect anything?
Angels, Windchimes, Snowmen, coins, friends

34. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? car was too loud.

35. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?
Duh hasn't everyone?

36. How do you like your drinks?
Ice cold with crushed ice

37. Do you like hot sauce?
A little but I am a wimp
38. Last time you took a shower?
I can't remember...jk last night

39. Who do you have a crush on?

40. What is your mood?
I feel happy and rested
41. Are you someones best friend?
I hope so
42.Are you rich?
HAHAHA um no, but I have love and that is all you really need

43. What do you think of the person who took this survey before you?
She is one of the most awesome people I have met online.  She is beautiful, a great Mom and wife and she makes my day!

Okay...what are you waiting for?  You think this was free?  Tell me about thee!!!!


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Today is Rick's Birthday!!!

Hi All!  Today is Ricks Birthday so I wrote him a birthday poem.  Today is also flag day.  When Rick was a small boy he thought  people hung flags outside to celebrate his special day!

Happy Birthday to You

And I will always be here

People around you love you so much

People around you care

You make our lives wonderful so glad that you are there!


Because you love me, I feel special

I love you very much

Remember that you are not older but wiser

Things without you would be boring and tough

Handsome and funny

Dashing and cute

And you are all mine

You make me feel so loved

Rick I am so proud

I have you for a husband

Counting all my blessings today

Kicking you to the top of the list!

And now for some Texas flag stuff...



Map of US with Texas highlighted

Just the Facts:
  • Capital: Austin   Eric lives here
  • Population: 20,851,820   One of them is my son
  • Governor: Rick Perry (R, to January 2007) cute!
  • Entered the Union: Dec. 29, 1845 We are united
  • As the: 28th state but #1 in my heart
  • Motto: Friendship need I say more
  • Nickname: Lone Star State
  • Flower: Bluebonnet plenty of those in my yard
  • Bird: Mockingbird are you mocking me>
  • Song: Texas, Our Texas
  • Sports Teams: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers (Baseball); Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs,GO SPURS!!! Dallas Mavericks, (Basketball); Houston Comets (Women's Basketball); Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans (Football); Dallas Stars (Hockey)
  • Origin of Name: From a Native American word meaning friends
  • Top 3 Industries: Trade, Real Estate, Oil and Gas
  • Historical Sites: The Alamo in San Antonio
  • Points of Interest: Gulf Coast resort area, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, State Capital in Austin, and the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks
  • Bordering States: Texas borders New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
  • Flag:
Texas's flag   Ain't she pretty???
Happy Birthday Rick and I am waving a flag for you!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My Little Angel Brittany

My little niece Brittany who lost her Mom at the tender age of 6 years old wrote me today.  I am always writing her poems spelling out a secret message going down.  She wrote a poem about her Mom and sent it to me.  It is precious and such a tribute to my little sister Christi that I just had to share it with you.

My Mom Christi 

Making me do my homework
Yellow is her favorite color
Monday is the day she goes to H.E.B.
On Tuesday she takes us to Sonic for treats
Might be watching Opera secretly
Cooking cookies for us all the time
Having fun with me and my brother
Reading all the books she can lay her hands on
Is always at the mall
Saving her money for new shoes
Taking me and Chris to fun places
Is always in my heart
Christi is always in my heart too.  She was such a big part of my life,  Here is my poem about her that I was inspired to write:
My little sister Christi was so special to me
Young and carefree in everything that you do
Listened to me late at night when we were small girls
I loved her dearly and she was my world
The  many late talks together
Telling each other about our secrets and dreams
Lullabys I sang to her every night before sleep
Every day filled with Barbies and games
She was a playmate that I could trust
I loved her dearly and that was enough
So many fun trips to the mall
Treasures full of memories that I will always keep
Excited to see her with children of her own
Rarely a frown where a smile did not grow
Caring and kind to all those around her
Heaven is now the place that she lives
Reaching for rainbows and stars in her eyes
I miss her so much, that I sometimes still cry
She wouldn't want us to be sad
Time is so precious don't throw it away
I know that she would want us to be happy the rest of our days
Be thankful for the time that you have.  Never go to bed angry or sad.  Reach out to those that you love.  God blessed me with Christi who now lives above.