Time to start training…


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Day one of dusting off the running shoes, I know I should do it in the winter but I just can’t do outside and cold, or do I want to go to the gym after dark with so much going on in the house.

Wish me luck … I have a 5k that I want to run in June and a few more minor things.


I love anything hexagon, I have a quilt , Grandmothers Garden that was worked on by two great grandmothers and a grandmother. Both sides of my family worked on it, and its the one of the OMG we have to get before XYZ happens to the house. I love that quilt so much. One day I will pull it out of the trunk to show blogland but as of today its too dang cold! What is up with it being 32 at the end of March, I am ready to get out side and in the dirt.

So I am looking on pintrest and I found a kit by I Hart Tula Pink,  went to the site , ordered and have been hooked 2013-02-23 11.47.04 2013-03-04 17.16.41 2013-03-23 12.44.28

I have been taking knitting to baseball and I know what has happened but I just don’t have the mojo I once had so this little hexi fits my bill , the Ranger Rabbit is not happy that I stole a tool box , but I am looking for something funky and cute but not found it yet.


This week my main WIP has been trying to get the Middle Heathen well. So there has not been much anything going on.

I have been working on my Radio Way quilt at my kitchen table, and that is NOT my favorite place to sew by a long shot. I have friends who only use the dinning table, but I hate pulling and putting things up.  So this is on my Featherweight vs my new Pfaff, as I don’t want to go to the shop and have the Middle Heathen to get my fragile dad sick. As of now its not been too bad dealing with the pull out yay fun and clean up… eww.


I can not believe I have not knit or spun ANYTHING in a week.. You know it’s bad in my house when I set down and not have something going. I have a pair of socks that need the toes closed, and a scarf that needs ends woven, then the never ending blanket I will post when I have time to pull it all out

Being a Good Mother.


If I see one more gooey pink eyed child I might implode and stab my self.  I do love the little humans that are housing that goop, but man after a few school nurse calls and a few days home I am ready for the heathen’s to get better! aka back in school!

I will not ever say we passed the worst of it, when the flu was in full force it was “My kids never get sick” and I was so smug… yep it bit me in the arse. Baby heathen was the 1st to come in with it.  His classmates 4 of 15 had it, dirty little kindergartners! So that landed him a few days at home with mom. Being a good brother he gave it to the Middle Heathen, he does not do sick as well as the others.. when he is sick he is SICK even with this gooey pink eye.

I can tell today he is on the upswing. Mother why does the Pope? Mother how is the White House still standing? Mother what is up with this music  Mother… Mother.. he only uses Mother when he is asking a question. I am glad it is nothing major that is wrong with my Heathens but really I do love their school time. It gives me a bit to recoup and get ready for the on slot of questions they seem to think of. 

The other think is I am missing my weekly grown up knitting in public at our local Starbucks! Knitting, Coffee and some of my best friends I have. How I miss the today! I really need that coffee and knitting time after being cooped up in this house since last Wednesday! Yes that right there with out the sick Heathens makes me a good mother.

Ranger Rabbit does not get this at all. I am the Mother I should be happy not to have a “job” out side of the house and get the freedom to stay at home and take care of the Heathens and I do I really love this set up, yet being stuck in this house with the fear that I will infect myself with Pink Eye makes me a tad like a long tail cat in a room full rockers. 

Maybe I can set middle heathen up with a movie or a game and I slink off to my room and knit or spin but I doubt it as he seem to always be close going Mother why, who ,how, what is, can I. 

How I sew.

The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party



I have two machines right now a Pfaff Ambition 1.5 I have played with her for a bit but nothing to say how much performance, I learned on a Pfaff 1222E and that is what I wanted yet they are going for much more then I wanted to spend on a 30 year old machine.

The other is my Singer Featherweight, she is a dream to sew on I adore the vintage look of her and knowing that with only one stitch I am not having to remember any settings the next time I have to set down.


I also have 7 embroidery heads. A 6 head and a single head, I will tell anyone who asks I am by far more at ease with my massive 6 head machine vs anything.

My Embroidery is housed in a 40×60 shop that I told my dad years ago I was going to take over. Pre sewing or embroidery even!  I have a few random sewing machines housed there but I don’t use them or have photos to show right now. The singer pretty much lives in my house because its so small and I live in a oh so small house with kids, pets and a big man child. Image

Buying bobbins like this has spoiled me! I hate winding bobbins, I love just to pop in a new one.

If I could have any machine today I would love to have a Long Arm Machine, I don’t see it this year though unless I sell of something.

When the Girl goes off to Collage in a few years… 3… yeah her room is MINE 😛 poor boys will still have to share, I really do want my own space IN my house, there is nothing that puts a damper on anything that you leave the house at 1 am to drive a mile to sew!

Dare I ?


Do I dare put the boys back on the bus? I have no idea. ugh i have no idea…. 

I was told that everything would be fixed, and he would be on the correct bus. THere would be new things in place to make sure that nothing happened like this again. 

I cried buckets today while talking to the School Systems, but I have no idea on what I really need to do. It would be easy to for me to put them on the bus and get off a grandmother,as I do not see a way to get Danger Daughter home. I am now wondering why I put her in a this system vs keeping them together. 


Third Times a Charm? Ha! jokes on me


Today was the great day that 2 of my 3 heathens went back to that nice place called school, and heathen 1 had open enrollment at the high school.. so what better day for a mom who was ready to send them back. 

We started off at the high school and Dh takes the H2 and H3 to school, H1 and I go to the high school. I am so very impressed with this place, They give each kid a mac book pro! minus the $80 fee you pay for it but hey its a MACBOOK!  The system the boys are have a better teaching style but tech phobic in a bad way  its sad how they  have a resource and will not use it . H1 and I are very happy we moved her out of her home district and she knows about all 100 kids in the 9th grade 🙂

Now on to H2 and H3, well 3 is in kindergarden this year. I told them last night he needed to get off at the bus stop we used for years, but nope right bus driver WRONG bus number on  his tag. 1/2 a mile became a 2 hour night mare for this mom,  and at this time I am to tired to go in to all the screw ups this happened. They are put in my notebook to talk to the Super tomorrow. But I ended up driving 15 miles out of my way for MY KID, and there will be something done about it and the bus garage will be hell to pay. Don’t mess with momma .. But on to a 2nd thing that had bothered me other then there lack of planning  its 100+ degrees and they put kids on busses for 2+ hours with no water. 

I might be more nagging on this but  my poor little H3 only has on kidney, and I would never dream about sending him out w/o water for 2 hours. I am very mad over this more so they messed. 

I forget most people don’t know I was told he would not make the 30 min drive to a bigger nicu, I forget that people have no clue what it is like to bury a son after a traumatic birth. They think I am the crazy mother who his a helicopter mom. Yes I expect my kids to be taken care of as well or better then I do and I really think the school system should be that way.

But really they got H1 on the 1st day of school ok and H2 the same but come on really H3, mess that one up and this mom had this sick feeling only a handful of times since being a mom 15 years ago, and yep the death of John Bryant and the month long NICU fight H3 had and the scares he carries today from it. Yet I still think everyone should know how special he is. Heathen 2 got off the right bus and at this time I KNOW there is something up as no heathen 3, he is just bawling that they would not let him check on his brother, he cried most of the 2 hours of this and I know I did.  

I doubt I make it tomorrow with out bawling, but thats ok tomorrow I am going to be responsible for my kids and not trust the bus garage when I call to see how it can be changed for the better and I get a “just deal” with it.  He has no clue what momma can do when she has to “deal” with it. 

The bus driver routes are new, and there was a meeting but they did not “have” to go to and the did not “have” to go to open house so the parents could meet them, come on they drive my kids , my life around . Is it a bother there is a kinda of a Master List of kids to make sure ? 

I called the bus garage and they told me everything would be ok, before today. I don’t trust them as far as I could throw them. 


I will show them how I deal with it, 

The Waterfront Challenge


Yesterday was a very strange day from start to finish. 

Ranger Rabbit and I have never left on time for anything since kids, and we have come to say that is how it is we set times earlier! So the car is packed 3 kids over night bags, race bags, water it was all ready (so we think). Drop the kids off at my Great Aunts and head out. 

Our 1st stop is to a running store on the way, its not far from home but we never go north for some reason we always go to Nashville. We LOVE that store and our next pair of shoes will be from them, I have my eye on a pair of trail shoes ….  they are the great. To boot they are friends with a couple that are friends with us. Ranger Rabbit is trying to get the owners to go run a Spartan .. no thanks I am out on that one.  

We set off to Louisville, its only 2 hours from this point and the road is always got construction or bad crashes often (reason for leaving early) but make it in recored time, and get to the river front in no time flat as it was just a few blocks over from the KFC ? YUM Center that Danger Daughter had Archery at. 

We have 2 hours before the race even starts and 3 hours before our wave, so we are walk the park drinking our water and looking at the course, having a great time kidless. AS that never happens that we go off with out them. Walking over to the to check in table , I am struck over the amount of homeless people sleeping or just in the park and glad Ranger Rabbit was with me, as well he was Infantry many moons ago and still scary!  We walk down by the river to the sign in table and a homeless man stops in front of us and starts peeing on a park bench!  Ranger Rabbit hand singles me to move to the other side but everything was ok, just odd. In all my trips to Nashville I never have had issues with the homeless doing things like that in front of me. there is more but I will get to in in a while with this topic. 

The race, I hated it. I had a cramp in my side cotton mouth and I was pissed that I was doing it at all. I am used to treadmill, track or roads NOT  this running up and down man made levees, it mad me so made and I could never get a good breathing pattern. The crawling, tires course, tire carry, the running over picnic tables , over semi trailers, 10 lbs of weights over your head or even the 20 push ups with a Drill Sargent yelling at me, was bad as the darn hills!  I remember thinking at one point going WHY are you not crying yet? I tend to cry when I am pissed  or disappointed. I was very disappointed in myself for not running, and seeing all the thin people passing me like I was nothing, or seeing the people clapping for me and I kept thinking you are doing that because its your job to cheer people on but why cheer me as I am fat and I can’t run. I just kept thinking I don’t have it in me to cry why? This is not like your self why? 

Ranger Rabbit did it 30is mins, and I was very much slower then that, but you know I am ok with it, I never wanted to run as fast as him. He did it for years, I am just starting after letting myself go. The wife card or the mother card or the something other then i need to be me card was always the next card dealt. 

I got my medal and I am proud I got it even if i did walk most of that damed course with the damed hills, I felt great when it was hung around my neck, and I got my bottle of water that had Army Logo on it, and it downed on me WHY I did not cry, a Sargent saw me holding my side and puffing and he said “pain is weakness leaving your body” I know Ranger Rabbit has said that to me many times, but he has to say that as he loves me, this man did not know me from Adem, and I kept going saying I will be faster next year.


Ranger Rabbit and I skipped out on the after party, we had to get home! Life with kids there is always something going on, and Ranger Rabbit was taking the Middle Man rock crawling.  We are walking back to the car kinda as my cool down, and Ranger Rabbit had snagged some water bottles from the Army Booth and we both got a bottle from the race it’s self both have a good stroll back to teh car drinking water, and making plans for next year. 

We get up to the car, and a man (homeless) comes up and asks for water, and if we would give him a bottle. Watching Ranger Rabbits stance I moved to where I am away from him and in to a place I can run if need be, but I am so glad it was not that way, he just handed him one of the half empty bottles (sport bottles mind you) he’ed been drinking and the man walked off with it.  THEN we had a different man to yell at us that we are in his spot, that is where he lived !  We had plans to go over to the Subway to grab some grub but ended up getting the heck out of there it was crazy. 

We get out of Louisville and we are starving and I see a Waffle House sign and say that HAS to be a normal as we met all kinda of crazies in the park. I do believe that was the best meal I have eaten in a long time. This country gal loves her grits…oh so good.  We sat and talked about what our day had been like and what time we would be getting in, who would drive, just talk I guess. It was very nice as we do not get that many times we get to just talk and be husband and wife, with out a parent or something more 

All and All it was a good day, and I am ready to run it next year, maybe take some self defense classes just cause of the crazy homeless dudes that seem to be abundant 


I am a smoothie addict…. this makes me happy


 I am a big fan of smoothies! I love vegetables and I love fruits. So, it just makes sense to have a veggie smoothie right? Sounds yucky? Well, try these recipes and you might be surprised! 

Green Blueberry Banana Smoothie 

  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup of water

Green Coconut Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup water

Green Peaches & Oats Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup raw oats and 1 cup water

Green Pineapple Banana Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups water

Green Banana- Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 skim milk, half a banana
  • 1 tbsp of honey (to taste)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach

Green Cinnamon Banana Smoothie

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My 1st 5k I paid to run



ack my wave is at 7:30 Eastern time, and I am a mess.   I can’t believe I am going to drive around 3 hours to go run 3.1 miles… thats justs sounds  plain crazy right?  After yesterday and and a mild case of chub rub, who knew you could get that by strolling a convention ?  I will have to stop and get some body glide before I get to the race site, mine is MIA now