Monday, October 26, 2009


I got to go to the Oklahoma City Memorial yesterday.
It was better than any Church that I could have attended.

Sometimes there are just no words....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Tried a new recipe with bacon, brown sugar and pepper. It turned out sssoooo good!! But then again, with those ingredients how could it have turned out bad?
Cooking comes easy to me. I love to cook and have always cooked. I come from a long line of women who cook.

I remember being tiny and my paternal grandmother making sugar cookies. She would line the grandbabies up and let us put our hands on the dough. Then, she would gently cut around our hands and fingers so that each of us had out own hand sugar cookie. Her cookie jar was always full.

I can remember my mom and my aunts all getting together at my maternal grandmothers house and making up pie crust dough to put into the freezer. We are talking about cans of Crisco, bags of flour and big red dishpans. I still make my own pie crust. I wish that I had her stand mixer.

My mom is THE worlds best doubt about that. She is an awesome baker. One of the pharmacists in town is in love with her gingersnaps. EVERY TIME they get a prescription filled, he talks about her gingersnaps. She sends batches to his store every once in awhile and his girls hide them but leave the plate out and tell him they ate them all just to see him go nuts! There is nothing my mom cannot bake.

I am totally blessed to have grown up cooking. It is not difficult to me and I get joy out of cooking.

And eating...

I have decided I need some new things for the kitchen so I am having a Pampered Chef party and YOU ARE ALL INVITED!! You can even come in your p.j.'s cause it is virtual!! If you want to come to my can come right here!!! At the bottom left there is a pick of a martini glass that says shop online. Click there. It will ask about your host and you type in Mindy. Order what ever you wish and it will come straight to your door! This is the first time I have ever done anything like this. My friend Nancy sells Pampered Chef (which I LOVE...I have a pizza stone that is over 15 years old!). The party will close next Wednesday!!! Think Christmas gifts. Think gift for yourself!! Let the party begin!!!

This is what I want!!!!

Remember you can go right here to shop!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


We were up several times last night. Gingerbean only ate about a tablespoon of food. All she wanted to do was lay against me and sleep...and throw up. She threw up a few times during the night. This morning I was able to get her meds in her. Warmed up her special food and SHE WAS A HUNGRY GIRL!! It has been about 2 hours and she has kept it down. She is getting her little trot back so maybe we are on our way to recovery. I do so hope so.

Today, even with a sick pup and what happened to her hanging overhead, I am so very very thankful for so many many things

1. My parents who love me so very very much. They are my safety net. The people who take care of my needs before I know that there is a need. My safety net. I have no doubt that I could call and ask for something and they would happily take care of it. It is a blessing KNOWING that they are there to catch me. Many people do not have that net and I do not know how they handle things.

2. My baby baby gator. The baby that helped me grow up. The child that cries over her brother growing up. The girl that is the first one there at any hint of trouble. This is the child that wants to protect shelter me. The child with the fierce spirit. The child who will chase down the Weinermobile for me. My child with the beautiful smile.

3. My baby bebo. The child that helped me hang on when he was born. This man child who has a wicked sense of humor and makes me laugh. The child that thinks I can do anything. The child with the gentle spirit. The child who eats my lunch and then wants to give me a hug. The child with the sweet smile.

4. My almost son in law...biker. You have added to our family and we are so thankful. You treat bebo as a brother. You love babygator deeply. You want to fight our battles. You love all of us. You are a keeper.

5. My brother...we are so different but so alike. The person that has formed a connection with my in our later years. You Sir are my text hero.

6. My job. My pain in my side and my happy place. Not many people can say that they love their and, usually ~grins~, look forward to going there. I love my work and the people that I work with. We are spoiled and we know it. How can so many women work in one place and get along as well as we do? Beats the heck out of me but we do and I KNOW that is a special thing. The job I was not supposed to have. The job that brought about the best friends in the world.

6. My friends here with me....the call goes out and you rally around no questions asked. How lucky AM I? Very yes VERY. Some were friends from the first day. Others came later. You are all so flipping DIFFERENT and it works. How many people can say that?

7. My friends scattered around the world. From hours away in Texas to as far away as Finland. To the place in New Mexico that I can run to and escape if I need to. What in the world did I do to deserve you? An example: I sent out a call for prayers, thoughts, good karma, smoke signals and boy did I get them!! Again without hesitation. What might be a meer dog to some people became important to you because she is important to me! How wonderful is that? People love me and have never seen me in person or have heard my voice but love me deeply. The tweets, text, dm's, facebook postings and emails have helped me more than you know.

8. My animals. Oh how I missed the years without you in my life. First Molly followed by Gingerbean. Diesel was the surprise baby that we did not know we were expecting until he showed up. All of you love me unconditionally. All want to cuddle. All keep me sane.

9. My home

10. My vehicle

11. Money in the back

12. My washer and dryer

13. My sewing machine

14. Two bathrooms

15. Cell Phones

16. Text messages

17. Mail

18. Books

19. Clean panties

20. Cool damp weather

21. Cows

22. Carne Asada Tacos

23. Internet

24. My grandmothers quilt

25. Laughing

26. Sandals

27. The Sonic and Sonic Ice

28. Crafts

29. Minature Baby Ruths and Butterfingers ~mustn't forget the IMPORTANT things!!

30. You

So today....what is it that you are thankful for?

...who is VERY aware that she is living a flippin' sweet life....

Monday, October 05, 2009


Happy HAPPY 17th Birthday my taller than his mom baby boy. You crack me up and amaze me each and every day. You eat my lunch and then make me laugh when I am chiding you about it with your "I think someone needs a HUG!"
Because of you I have logged over a million and three hours watching Pawn Stars, ESPN, Texas Tech, ESPN 2, Myth Busters, ESPN 100, Modern Marvels, ESPN 1640, Family Guy, ESPN Golden Oldies, Shark Tank, ESPN get the picture. My DRV and NETFLIX queue will be empty when you eventually move out. This is the first year that your moving out has seemed real. I know it will be awhile but who is going to take out the trash or fix the cable when you are gone? I know you explain the buttons to me all the time but it will just be easier to call you at college and have you walk me through it. Okay, we cannot talk about your leaving anymore of your sister will cry...again.
Not a week goes by that someone does not say something nice to me about you. That means so very much to me.
Happy Birthday my baby. I hope this is a great day for you.
I love you. You rock. Don't let the zombies get you.