Friday, July 31, 2009

Friend's Friday



And my booger for today is Pam over at Mom's Mutterings. She is a riot and so are her kids! So make sure you run over there and say Hi. And make sure to check out this post. I can appreciate a quick witted child!
Thanks for dropping by,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm Improving!



My mother in law Donna can grow a beautiful garden in sand. She may not even need dirt. She is just one of the nurturing people on this planet with people and plants. Can you tell that I like her? I am the polar opposite. I kill and/or maimed most living things. I mean well it just doesn't work out for me, I don't know why. Well, with Donna's help and Den's I'm improving. Here is the first shot of the garden the beginning of the year. It's right out the back door.



And this is after about a two and a half months. And my free onions are going strong, too! I may need to think about starting a second garden next year. That might be just a bit too ambitious for me but if I keep going like this I'm going to need it.
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wicked Wednesday!!


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I thought this was cute!
Thank you for coming to see me,
SonyaAnn

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Volcano Cake

This is a super easy cake. We made it for our friend's daughter. So if you have a moment stop over and harass Steve. It's good for him! Anyways, Bekah was turning 10 and I had been wanting to try this out for a while. You are going to need 4 cake mixes, 2 frosting, red food coloring, chocolate chip, sprinkles, and dry ice. I figure that the cake cost about $14.70 to make. Just make all the cakes in 8" pans. Stack all 8 cakes.
And then carve and sculpt it into a volcano. Cut a hole in the middle and insert a small glass.


Heat two of the chocolate frostings until they are liquid and pour them on. Use a spatula to spread it over the whole cake. Then throw sprinkles and chocolate chips at it. They will stick very well. And then heat the white frosting until its a liquid and add the red food coloring. Drizzle all around to look like lava.


Then just carefully put water in the cup and add dry ice. This didn't take long to put together and it was really cool. At least, that's what Bek said.

Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

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Monday, July 27, 2009

More Human Experimentation



It's a good thing that I'm not an actual doctor because only God knows what I would actually do to people. But this time I used myself as a Guinea pig. Last time it was the poor dog which I would like to report she is doing well. We still marinate her skin in vinegar and/or mouth wash often. We are aiming for a Blackberry Mint Vinegar sauce. Anyways, this time it was my turn. I hurried up and cleaned up the inside of the house and headed out to pull weeds. Not very exciting but I would soon change that. As I was just getting in the front yard, I kicked a bee. Way to be Pele! And I got stung, of course. I have to give the bee credit, I could never imagine being that accurate with my ass end but he pulled it off and I hobbled into the house. It was great because the little shit hit a nerve and that was a pain I had never experienced before. So way to go for the ass end of the bee. The pain ran down the top of my foot and stopped dead center on the bottom. It was very odd. And it swelled just for good measure. The only good thing was the stinger didn't stay in so I didn't have to pull it out. So as I was running my foot under cold water, I remembered the email that my mother in law sent me. It was a home remedy sort of email. It said to put a penny on a bee sting. So I washed a penny in anti-bacterial soap and taped it to my foot. Nothing like tape and 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper to cure what ails you. And it worked in under 3 minutes! Just leave it there for a few hours. Don't be stupid like me and "test" it by taking it off, yes it's working and if you take it off you have to start all over again. Human Experimentation makes me happy.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Sunday, July 26, 2009

For Sale



For sale-newly painted car with a new transmission. Dear daughter hit a truck in stop and go traffic in construction. Fun times!
Thanks for pitying me,
SonyaAnn

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friend's Friday



My booger for today is Jeannie over at Jeannie's Happy World. You have got to stop by just to see how adorable her blog is. It's sticky cute and she is very popular.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, July 23, 2009

2+ Weeks

It's been over two weeks since I've changed the blog and I just wanted to give you a couple of tidbits that I have found. And they are good things, yea good things.

I have gotten one more person to join Widget Bucks since I've changed the blog.



I have gotten one more person to join swag bucks since I've changed the blog.

And my Adsense revenue has shot up. Mind you, I'm not going to retire or put my kids though college on it but it has more than doubled in two weeks. So I'm completely endorsing redoing your blog to improve your revenue. Thank you Andy!!





Now I just need to get a few people to join Cash Crate and Inbox. I'll let you know when the month is up what I have found out.

I've also joined Big Crumbs so we will see if that helps bring my income up a bit, too!
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weird Wednesday!

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This isn't wicked it's just weird! I love trying to figure these out but this one is a stumper!!!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Our FL Trip

I'm a hypocrite. I know this. All I do is complain about money and then I go and spend more than budgeted. But just by a smidge more. Remember how I went on about our FL Disagreement. I wanted to spend a bit more and fly and Den wanted to drive. This was my break down of what I thought it would cost. And yes, I know I over analyze and that I might go too far. But this was the best guess that I could come up with. And I researched everything the best that I could on line and I took into consideration that if we drove we would be saving money because we could bring a cooler. Anyways, here is what I thought it would cost both ways.

Driving 9days/8 nights
Gas $400
Food$600
Hotel $620
Park tickets $650
Souvenirs $400
TOTAL $2670
Flying 7days/6 nights
Flights $800
Food $600
Hotel $420
Park tickets $650
Souvenirs $400
Car rental $200
Gas $50
Luggage $60
TOTAL $3180
So while I was at Slick Deals the other day, there was a comment about hotel rooms being on sale in FL. We are really weird but we only like to stay at the same hotel. It just doesn't seem like our FL trip if we don't stay at the Comfort Inn. We know where everything is from there and the last time we went with our in laws, we stayed in a super nice time share but it was somehow disappointing. The kids have such wonderful memories from this place and it is just a wonderful habit. It's not the greatest hotel but you get your moneys worth plus some. Anyways,our hotel was having a special that the first night was $9.99 if you booked it right away and the other nights were $35 each. The cheapest that i had been able to find was $49 a night. So, I called Den and I booked it for a week. And then I found it. Air Tran is offering a $25 off voucher. I had been searching on line and the best that I could come up with was $775-800. So with a bit of finagling, I got round trip tickets for all of us for $637.80. I could have gotten another $100 off but I would have had to book each flight as a one way ticket instead of round trip. It was nerve racking enough knowing that we all might not get on the same flight. All I could think about was having to leave DJ in the airport all alone cuz I wanted to save some money. So I just booked each flight one at a time but round trip. So here is how it breaks down now.

Driving 9days/8 nights
Gas $400
Food$600
Hotel $620
Park tickets $650
Souvenirs $400
TOTAL $2670


Flying 7days/6 nights
Flights $800/637.80
Food $600
Hotel $420/247.49
Park tickets $650
Souvenirs $400
Car rental $200/159.47
Gas $50
Luggage $60(2 pieces both ways)
TOTAL $3180/ 2804.76
So for an extra $134.76 we are flying and getting two extra days in Florida. And I didn't even figure in Den getting any speeding tickets. He likes to do that when we drive far distances. The only bad things about the flights are we are leaving Milwaukee at 4pm on a Saturday and flying back the following Saturday at 8 am. But we aren't flying out of crazy OHare so its all good. But I would have liked to leave early and come back late but what can ya do.
We all know this is our last trip. Anna will be starting college in one year and we won't be going any where after that so I'm glad that we are flying. I'm just hoping that this trip isn't spoiled like the last two.
If you can think of anything that I have forgotten, please let me know.
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnnp

Monday, July 20, 2009

Vulcan Hair




For legality purposes, I would like to state that this post may or may not be about a certain person in this house. I was told that I would be contacted by a certain person's lawyer if I told everyone that said person's hair turned green. So this may or may not be about a person in this house. But I can state that I got this wonderful tip from my dear friend Donna C. And her husband Steve has his own blog so if you want to pop over there that wouldn't suck!
Anyways, a certain person that I will call "Hanna" that may or may not live here had green hair. And that was caused from a pool that we might have. This same thing happened last year to poor "Hanna" and we tried everything to unVulcan her hair. Even the expensive shampoo made to remove the green didn't work. So Donna C. said that her kid''s hair turned green and ketchup took it right out.


Don't comb it in because it will just splatter. Work it in with your fingers making sure to get it extra thick on the green parts.
Then wrap in a plastic bag and let simmer for 20 minutes. And then rinse and wash as normal.
We spent the 20 minutes making up new nick names for "Hanna". Corn dog was our favorite.
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn
PS this worked much better than any shampoo that we have tried but it might take two times. It really depends on how Vulcan your hair is. And this is going to dry it out so be prepared with the conditioner!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friend's Friday



My booger for the day is Nancy over at the Raging Bear Ranch. She gives good advice and has an interesting blog. And make sure that you check out her post on the earthquake and her garage collapsing. Poor kid!
Thanks for coming to see me,
SonyaAnn

Dissipate





As most of you know, I don't talk about my book very often. I just feel as if that would be bragging or something. I'm proud of it but it is far from the best book ever written. But it still makes me smile just to hold it in my hands. Anyways, it's on sale right now. The publishing company is having a blow out and you can get it for $6.99. Just use the link and then enter Dissipate in the search box. (The site is getting slammed so it might take a few tries.) So I thought that if there was anyone out there that was interested, I'd let you know. Here is the snippet I wrote for the book.......

The normal creaks and groans of your home you overlook . . . the rush of the water from the sink, the gurgle of a draining tub. A new sound is added, possibly overlooked, but not for long. Intoxicating and deafening, it hunts you. Paralyzed by fear and overcome with a sense of tranquility, you realize too late your fate is sealed. A single mother finds her inner strength and stands against what hunts us.

Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our Poor Dog


Please don't leave me hateful comments after this post. We love our dog but there are truly times when realize maybe we shouldn't be left in charge of living things. Our poor dog is on her last leg, literally! Her skin is improving a lot. Thanks to Frances' suggestion of washing her with vinegar, she is showing improvement. Her hair is still falling out but we love her and bald will always be sexy. So here is where our problems started. She had two spots between her toes on both of her hind feet. We didn't know about them and when Den gave her a bath they started to hurt her. We both thought that she hurt her hip when she slipped in the shower. So I gave her some aspirin in a bit of lunch meat. And it seemed to help. So throughout the day, I gave her more aspirin when she seemed to be in pain. Perfectly acceptable or so I thought. But she was still hobbling later in the day and that was when I saw the blood on the floor. She had sores between her toes on both of her hind feet. So the kids and I cleaned them out and put neosporen on them and wrapped her feet in gauze. Which lasted a total of 30 seconds. So we fixed it again and ended up wrapping the gauze in duct tape so she couldn't chew it off. But then she acted as if her front feet were bothering her. Poor thing on top of it all now her nails seemed to be giving her problems. So when Den got home I told him the whole story and asked if he would trim her nails. He said he didn't think it was a good idea and he said just to leave her alone. But I so wanted to help her that he gave in. Help, that was the key word! So he started by trimming her front paw. And of course, she moved and he clipped it too short. She bled like a hemophiliac because of all of the aspirin. I remembered the tip the vet said and he stopped the bleeding with a drop of super glue. Yes, this hurts because I tried it on myself(another crazy SonyaAnn story) but she didn't even flinch. She was probably just fed up with us at that point. But it stopped bleeding right away. So I made it up to her with lots of treats. So my poor pitiful dog was being held together with duct tape and super glue for a while. But I would like to report that she is all better and her paws didn't fall off. Only in my house do crazy things like this happen. We started off by trying to help her and it just spiralled out of control. Oh and just an FYI, in the ER they use super glue to close some cuts. I tried this on myself. And just so you know if you slice your finger wide open, don't put super glue directly into the cut because it will just burn like hell and not help. You will only have bloody super glue running down your hand and it will dry and stick and you will look like something out of a horror flick. You are supposed to put it on the edge of the wound and pinch it closed! That works much better. See another helpful hint learned in another slight crisis.
Thanks for reading and forgiving my stupidity,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wicked Wednesday!!

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Make sure you listen to this one!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

One week with the new design

Here are a few things that I thought I would pass along to all of you. I am, as you know, not an expert in anything especially not in monetizing your blog but the few specks of information that I do have I thought that I would pass along. And all of these specks are thanks to Andy over at Tight Fisted Miser. Oh and by the way, he's cute!
Changing you blog is a pain in the butt but it is well worth it. Set up a test blog and make most of your mistakes there. Because I'm sure that some of you noticed I did try on this blog to practice and it was an interesting layout. I would like to thank Chicagolandia for her comment. You made me laugh instead of cry! Really, really! So practice on a test blog. And be prepared to be overwhelmed by the amount of free templates and also beware. A lot of the "free" templates have tons of links in them back to the "free" site where you got them. So I would be advertising for another company and not myself. Now don't get me wrong there are some really nice templates with the smallest of links back to the designer and that's great but there are a bunch that were just ridiculous. So once again this is where the test blog comes in handy. And be prepared to learn a tiny bit of code writing. I learned how to open up side bars. So easy to type and so hard to actually learn. And in the end, I chose a template that I didn't need to change. Go figure! Don't be afraid to ask for help in any way shape or form. This is a big one. I have gotten so many helpful hints on every aspect of this adventure. And I'm grateful. Ask people that are more established bloggers, they will save you a TON of time. And don't put an AdSense ad after your post. They don't work. Move your ads up, that pushed my clicks way up. I made $4.76 for the entire month of June. In the first three days after changing the blog around, I made $3.57. So that is huge! That's about all that I've got for you but I thought that it was a pretty interesting experiment. So if I find anything else that helps make a few more pennies, I'll let you know.
Thank you for reading,
SonyaAnn

Monday, July 13, 2009

One Month Report

Well, I just wanted to tell you how I was feeling. Not emotionally, that would be a joke but it has been one month since I have been to Hult clinic. I was honest when I said that I thought that I might have been took. But after one month's time, I can honestly say that I feel much better. I have not felt this well in my entire adult life. I'm not going to say that I'm 100% better. I've realized that this is going to be a long road but a long road for the better. My sinus headaches that I have lived with for years are gone. The complete exhaustion is gone. That in its self is a huge miracle. I feel better. If I had to use one word to sum it up I would have to say the word is satisfied. Sleep is now satisfying, food feels as if it is now satisfying my hunger, and resting is satisfying. I had no idea how tense I was and it was because exhaustion and mental fog controlled my world. The word confusion(changing one word for another and not knowing it when I spoke) is leaving me. I just feel sharper. I'm glad that I did this. I also realize now that I'm getting better that I am part of the problem. I need to change my diet a bit but I'm not going to beat myself up about it either. I know now that there was no way that I could have lost the weight that I needed to when I was so sick. I spent years beating myself up for nothing. And that is going to stop too. If I lose the 30lbs or if I don't, it doesn't matter because I feel better. And looking back on it, I know why I was so strict about cleaning and all of the household chores. It was so overwhelming just trying to keep up with the house that I couldn't back off myself or I physically couldn't get it all done. I have actually left a few chores to go do fun things with the kids and came back and did the chores really fast. That was something that was impossible for me even two months ago. I was never lazy just always so tired. But not anymore, I'm a doer again. And I haven't been a doer since I was in my teens. So I'm enjoying every moment of this new life. I even ran through all the lines with the kids at Six Flags. And I didn't feel like dying after wards or didn't fall into a coma the next day. Anna and I have even been throwing around the idea of taking up jogging. No promises but I bought a really sturdy bra. At this point, I'm so optimistic about my future that I just smile. My primary physician was completely wrong I was not depressed, I was sick. I do promise thought that I will never let anyone hold me back again with a quick note in a chart and a snide look. I'm better.
Would I recommend this to everyone? I would have to say yes and no. I would say yes because I feel so much better but it could be a fluke but I doubt it. And I found Dr. Hult through word of mouth, a friend of a friend thing not an advertising campaign. The woman that works at Hult clinic says that she has Crones disease and she is in complete remission. But she works there so I would take that into account. I would have to say no I wouldn't recommend it just because it is so expensive. It cost me $300 my first visit and it costs $130 each month. That is a ton of money especially for us. But I'm not giving it up, EVER! I'm just letting you all know about this because there are so many people out there that have health problems and there are other options even when your doctor tells you its your fault.
I just wanted to let you all know if it was money well spent or not. And I wanted to say a heart felt thank you for your well wishes and love.
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friend's Friday


This week I choose Callista over at Screams of terror from the kitchen as my booger. She always has some wonderful advise and some super yummy recipes. Thank you for all of your help, Callista. Make sure you all run over there and say hi to her!
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I'm a cheater



This is so good and really easy but it doesn't look like it, does it? It's like a fancy tart from a really expensive restaurant. But it's from my lowly kitchen! This isn't hard either. Make Pecan Sandies but leave the pecans out. Make the cookie dough into balls just like you would if you were going to make cookies and then just smash it into cupcake liners so you have a little bowl. This is the only tricky part of the whole thing, you cook it like normal for 25(ish) minutes and then just like everything else I do, I check it every 5 minutes at the end just so it doesn't burn. It really depends on your oven. It will puff up in the cups so after they are completely cooked use a spoon to smoosh them back into cup shape. Then scoop in your el cheap o pie filling. I put them in the frig just so the cup would get hard. Super easy and pretty yummy. This one just seems like a summer treat.
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Weird Wednesday!

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This isn't so much wicked it's just weird!
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Near Death By Pool Part 2





I'm really just not that bright. So many extremely funny and horribly painful things happen around here. I have so many times tried to figure out why and I think that it is a combination of things. First off, Murphy's law is written in our house. Secondly, I don't scare easily so I'm never really looking at the danger aspect of the situation. And thirdly, I just have to admit that I'm not that bright. It's alright I'm coming to terms with it. All I want for Christmas, is a bib and a helmet. I know that it isn't P.C. to use the word retarded but for some reason people around me seem to disregard being proper and hurl that word at me. I think that I scare people and they just forget their manners. Anyways, on with the show...........
My neighbor Patty has a pool just like we do. So we would help each other the beginning of every summer open them. And for you all that don't have a pool that means rehooking all of the pvc pipes, draining the water off of the tarp, removing the tarp, filling the pool, and getting all of the antifreeze out of the lines. It's a pretty straight forward process and it goes much faster when two people work on it. So we would get one pool hooked up and then we would repeat the process at the other house. We had done this quite a few times so we knew exactly what needed to be done and we were like a well oiled machine. The only problem is I'm involved so there were bound to be problems. The most difficult part of this entire thing is getting the huge tarp off. Our pool is 18x33 and the tarp hangs off the edges. So it's big, bulky and there is an entire seasons worth of leaves and water on top of it. So it has to be drained. This is so crucial because if you don't get all of that off, it is almost impossible to lift the tarp up and out of the pool. So I got a hose out of the shed and put it in the mucky water on top of the tarp. All I needed to do was get a suction going and the pool would drain itself. (Why do I tell you all about what an idiot I am?) So Patty is holding one end of the hose under water and I'm trying to fill the entire hose with the mucky, smelly, slimy water. And then I would cover the end of the hose with my hand and quickly pull the hose out and hope that it would start to siphon the water off. No matter what we did the damn thing just wouldn't suck. (And right about here you are thinking God there has to be a better way to do this. And there is, a shop vac!) So we worked and fought with it and just couldn't get it started. We were wasting so much time on this one little thing and we had so many other little projects to do and we still had her pool to get started. So we decided she should start working on hooking the pvc pipes back up to the pump. And I'm left with my arms in the swamp muck still trying to fill the hose and then yank it out all the while praying it will start to siphon. So she walks to the other side of the pool and drops down and starts hooking everything back up. So she can't see me and I can't see her. So here is the part where I once again almost killed myself. What if I just sucked on the hose? That would get the suction going and I could put an end to this crap. So I filled the hole up the best that I could and brought one end out. I, of course, carefully wiped off my end of the hose because that would be so gross if I got any of it on my mouth. I could get sick, right? So here is my little problem. I couldn't hold onto the other end of the hose and my end of the hose at the same time. I tried but I was failing miserably at it. Anyways, I put the sort of clean hose to my mouth and start sucking(there are a few dirty jokes in here, if you haven't noticed). What I failed to realize because I didn't really pay attention in science class that you could get a reverse siphon going on. And that is exactly what happened. The other end of the hose popped up out of the water and instead of sucking the water out of the hose, we reversed gears and my face was getting sucked into the hose. And this was no garden hose, it was the beast of all hoses. My lips were being sucked in and the damn thing sucked all of the air out of my lungs in a nanosecond. So I start panicking and start trying to yank it off of my face. But all I did was stretch my skin away from my scull. I could feel my lower eye lids being pulled away from my face. And the more I yanked the more of my face that got sucked in. So I start dancing with this thing, I'm jumping up and down yanking my hose for all its worth. And, of course, my dear friend is still out of sight because she is hooking up the pipes. So by now, I'm completely out of air and my lips are pulled so far down the hose that they have a throbbing pulse. All I could think about was I was going to die and Patty wouldn't even know about it. So I tried to twist it off but because it was damp the seal was perfect and all I did was twist my face around. Now I'm hyper-panicked, I have no air at all and I could feel that I was getting to the point where I had better get some air or I was a goner. So what does the helmet wearing SonyaAnn think to do. I flare my nostril. It sounded like a plan at the time. I so desperately wanted air that I would do just about anything. And really all I did was turn my face into a nose whistle. Dude, that was the most odd noise, I have ever heard in my entire life. And the strange noise reverberated threw my skull. And of course, I got no air. All I did was help increase the air flow for the hose. So now I'm smothering and whistling and dancing around with my lips that I was pretty sure that were at least a good six inches down the pipe. I would have hoped that my whistling noise would have been a good distress call but no. I continued to whistle and pull. I thought about trying to make a run for it to the other side of the pool but like I said before the pool was 18x33 and we were on opposite ends and there was a deck there too. I tried to close my lips but I no longer had control over them. I was panicking so terribly that I really couldn't think of much more. In the end, I managed to get my finger in the corner of my mouth and break the seal that way. It let go with one huge kiss noise. I flopped to the ground and gulped air. My lips burned and throbbed. My eyes felt cold from not being cover by my bottom eye lids for a while. But all that I cared about was the fact that I could breath. I was alive. It didn't matter that I had almost killed myself. I had once again gotten myself into another life or death situation and survived. I was so grateful to God. I sat on the ground and sucked in all of His glorious air. Patty walked around the corner and looked at me sitting on the ground. She cocked her head to the side, inquisitively and asked, "Why do you have a huge hickey around your mouth?"
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn