Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tonight's Dinner ~ Southwestern Turkey

Crazy Lady's Notes: I didn't think this looked like 'enough' to feed my family so I added a can of Green Giant MexiCorn to the mix - corn with red and green bell peppers mixed in.

Southwestern Turkey

Yield: 6 servings

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1 ¼ lb turkey breast tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with Mexican seasoning, undrained

½ medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon sugar

3 teaspoons chili powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons lime juice

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add turkey; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Place turkey in 2 1/2 –to 4-quart slow cooker.

2. In small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over turkey.

3. Cover, cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours.

Another Note: I plan on making this corn bread into stuffing and serving the turkey over the top.  This recipe came off the back of the box of corn meal and makes some of the best corn bread I've ever had.  I like to make it into mini muffins and toss the leftovers into the freezer for later.

Corn Bread

This moist corn bread can be served with salads, soups, stews, chilies, or southern fried chicken. Try it toasted and spread with butter and jam in the morning.

1 cup * ALBERS® Yellow Corn Meal

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 large egg, lightly beaten

PREHEAT oven to 400° F. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.

COMBINE corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Combine milk, oil and egg in small bowl; mix well. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Pour into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.

NOTE: Recipe may be doubled. Use greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan; bake as above.

HIGH ALTITUDE (3500 to 6000 feet):

BAKE for 22 to 24 minutes (8-inch-square and 13 x 9-inch baking pan).

* ALBERS® White Corn Meal can also be used.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hmmm...

Despite never having actually used aromatherapy, I knew that it worked.  I mean, after all, think about the last time you walked into a place and smelled cookies baking.  Yum, right?

Well, I've been having a crappy day.  Don't know what's up, but I want to wring somebody's neck and quick.  So, I've been trying to keep myself busy and after doing a load of laundry, thought I'd come down and clean the kitchen.  Well, I lit a buttercream frosting candle and suddenly, I'm relaxed.  I'm freaking craving CAKE but I feel better.  Go figure.

Your Sugar Lovin' Crazy Lady

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Saga Continues

Poor Zan, went back to the doctor yesterday and seems that he's going to be in the cast for at least another two weeks.  The good news is, they said that the wound looked good and that it's healing.  Also, when they put the new one back on, they didn't wrap it as tightly so his ankle can actually move this go round.  Click on the picture for a larger view of my third child. LOL

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm Done

Ya know what?  I try and I try and I try.  I give everything 100% of what I've got, and then I get a little more.  And what do I get out of it all?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing. 

Therefore, I'm done. 

*sigh*

Nothing more to see here, people. Move along, back to work...  LOL

~TCL

Monday, August 25, 2008

OMG - It's TRUE!

Take THAT Miranda! LOL

Blake Loves Amy

Thank you, Izzy.  I love you, man.  LOL But then, well, there's this...

Blake and Amy

But we're just not even gonna go there (although, I now know why I never went blonde...).

~Your Highly Amused (and Blake Lovin') Crazy Lady

What?

Do they think I'm conspiring with The Brain to take over the world?

Cancer Horoscopes

Monday, Aug 25th, 2008 -- You may not want anyone to know what you're feeling today because it can get in the way of your plans. If you attempt to be secretive, others may prevent you from knowing what they are thinking. Hiding the truth can be contagious, but so can sharing. When you bring your heart out into the open, others will join you in this process.

~Pinky in Training

Doin' the Happy Dance

It's RAINING!  And thundering!  And and and LIGHTNING!  YEAH!  LOL 

Sorry, can you tell I don't get much of this sort of weather?  A happy spot in my otherwise crappy day. 

~TCL

Key West Ribs & Easy Gravy

Found some ribs on sale for a really good price so I decided to make some for dinner over the weekend.  Now, before you yell and scream, I know that cooking ribs in a crockpot is like a travesty to the REAL Q'ers, but yanno what?  I have been so sick lately that my family is lucky to get fed at all. LOL

Anyway, I had intended on making potato salad to go along with them because that only made sense to me.  However, Zan is a dork and begged for mashed potatoes.  <insert eye roll here please>  So, I tried to reason with him and tell him that I wouldn't have any gravy.  He didn't take that as an excuse.  I went on a search for a gravy recipe that didn't use pan drippings.  And you know what?  I'm such an idiot - I never once thought to use a can of chicken broth in its place.  DOH!  But then, I've never had a reason to make gravy without pan drippings before. LOL  Anyway, both recipes are here.

Key West Ribs

4 servings

2 1/2 lbs country-style pork loin ribs

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons lime juice

1. Place ribs in 3 1/2-4 quart slow cooker.  In small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients; mix well.  Pour over ribs.

2. Cover, cook on low setting for 7 to 9 hours.  Spoon sauce over ribs.

Plain Ol' Gravy Any Night of the Week

(found on a Yahoo message board, thank you!)

2 tablespoons fat (either both butter, both olive oil or one of each)

4 tablespoons flour

1 can chicken broth

salt, pepper, assorted seasonings, to taste

1. Melt fat in a pan over medium-high heat until it sizzles.  Add flour and stir until smooth.  Should turn frothy and brown.  Whisk in chicken broth and stir until smooth.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened.  Season to taste.

Oh, and it's BLAKE SHELTON week on my country music group... Likey my new tag?  LOL  (Yeah, I made it myself...)

And you wonder why they call me The Crazy Lady...

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Your Monday Morning AWWWWW

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As many of you know, poor Sasha had a trip to the vet about two weeks ago.  Today is her last day of medication.  I think we're both glad on that.  :)  This picture is of Princess giving Sasha her medicine.

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Kids love to torture each other, right?  Well so who was surprised when Sasha wound up on Mischief's head?  Not I.

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Mmm... I has a parsley...

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Thank you, Mama, for my parsleys.  LOL  I swear, Butterfinger is about the cutest creature on the planet.  But then, I may be a tad bit biased.

~Your Animal Loving Crazy Lady

Friday, August 22, 2008

DOH!

I think I need to start posting to Red's Blog more often... I forgot the password..

*snort*

It's all Blake's fault too. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

LMDBO.

~TCL

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Poor Baby Part 2

And this actually has nothing to do with any of my animals!

My poor husband is diabetic and 99% of the time, he takes really good care of himself.  However, as is par for the course with diabetics, he has issues with his feet.  About six weeks ago, he discovered another open wound on the bottom of his foot.  He immediately scheduled an appointment with his doctor and they started taking care of it.

The good news is, it has been healing.  The bad news?  It's taking forever.  So, his doctor sent him to a wound care specialist and they put a cast on his foot.  Yup, now his big foot is even bigger.  I feel so bad for him, but it's supposed to help keep the pressure off the wound so that it will heal.  Right now, we have no idea how long he'll have it on - he has to wait until he goes back next week. 

To quote a certain friend of mine - poor fluffy butt!  LMFBO (that's laughing my fluffy butt off for those of you who don't know how my mind works yet)...

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~The Crazy Nursemaid Lady

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Today's Culinary Adventure

Okay, so it's been a little while since I've shared a recipe.  This one is as good as any, I suppose.  I found this recipe last weekend in a Better Homes & Gardens Chocolate mini-magazine (the kind they put at the check out registers) that I've had since 2004, apparently...

White-Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Makes 10 servings (in what universe?)

1 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers

1/3 cup butter, melted.

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 1/2 cups milk

4 egg yolks, slightly beaten

4 ounces white chocolate baking squares, finely chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 medium bananas, sliced (about 3 cups)

1 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.  For crust: In small bowl, combine vanilla wafers and melted butter.  Press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  (Amy's note: buy a graham cracker, Nilla wafer, or shortbread crust, sooooo much simpler and less messy).

2. For filling: In medium saucepan, combine granulated sugar and cornstarch.  Stir in milk.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.  Remove from heat.  Slowly stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks.  Stir egg yolk mixture into hot mixture in saucepan.  Bring to a gentle boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.  Remove from heat.  Add white chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla, stirring until chocolate is melted.

3. Arrange half of the banana slices in crust.  Spread with half of the filling.  Top with remaining banana and filling.  Cover and chill pie for 4 to 24 hours.  (Again, in which universe?  I'm lucky if it cools before someone is into it...)

4. In chilled medium mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, powdered sugar and remaining vanilla.  Beat with chilled beaters of electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).  Spread over pie before serving.

Ta da!

~Your Hungry Crazy Lady

(P. S. The rest of the pictures are here.)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Howdy!

Well, I've done it and done it good.  I've been trying to find a way to put my fiction up where others could find it and read it.  And, after toying with the idea of a website, I decided I'd give Mika her own blog.  So, we'll see how well this works. 

Anyway, enjoy your weekend and go visit Mika's World when you have a chance (or if you should ever um, feel the need LOL).  I'll publish stuff there that I wouldn't normally share.  Currently, I have the entirety of my newest story, I Can't Walk Away, up there as well as a flash fic, Desperation, and two really bad poems, circa 1989.  I'll post more as I get the chance.  May even prod me into editing my first Code Red story so that I can get it up - the beginnings of Ali & Blake - isn't THAT scary?

~TCL and Mika

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Poor Baby

Sasha

This is my little sweetheart, Sasha.  She's also the furry blur I use as my avatar off to the side here...  She's a dwarf black (Campbell's) Russian hamster and we've had her for about ten months now.  Not sure how old she was when we got her, but I'm betting she's at least a year old. 

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Anyway, she's always been a happy, healthy hamster.  Saturday, however, I noticed a big lump in one of her pouches and got concerned.  Took me five vets before I could find one to treat her.  Well, okay, it took me four but one had it's hamster vet on vacation. 

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After waiting forever (they were way backed up), I got my poor baby in to see the vet and he un-impacted her poor little pouch.  She had a bit of an infection so I now have to give her oral antibiotics every day.  Yeah.  That's a LOT of fun.  LOL  Luckily, she must like the taste of the stuff or something because she licks it right off the syringe.  But, as of this morning, her pouch was back to normal (the above picture is from Monday afternoon, shortly after her surgery), no swelling to be seen.

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She's back to being a happy hamster already.  Last night, I saw her up and called to her and she ran to the cage door to be taken out, something she hasn't done in a few weeks.  Butterfinger (above), is the same old hamster as always - happy, sweet, and hungry.

~Your Animal Loving Crazy Lady

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday is Poetry Day!

Or, at least today it is.  I'm awaiting a vet visit for my hamster and I'm a bit freaked today.  So, I thought I'd share a couple of my all-time favorite poems with you.  And be thankful... I'm staying out of the Edgar Allen Poe vault. LOL

This first one I read in high school English class and has been forever inscribed on my brain...

Requiem

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie;
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you 'grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

This next poem totally tickled me to no ends because it essentially describes a woman being slowly undressed and um, well, I had an LDS English teacher!!  LMAO

Delight in Disorder

by Robert Herrick

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness:
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction:
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthralls the crimson stomacher:
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly:
A winning wave (deserving note)
In the tempestuous petticoat:
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.

I hope you enjoyed.  :)

~A Thougthful Crazy Lady

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day

Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day

Bobbie Faye Sumrall knows a day without disaster is a day in someone else's life. Criminals have kidnapped her good-for-nothing brother and are demanding her Contraband Queen tiara—the only thing of her mama's she inherited—as ransom.
So Bobbie Faye has to outwit the police, organized crime, former boyfriends, and a hostage she never intended to take (but who turns out to be damn sexy!), in order to rescue her brother, keep custody of her niece, and get back in time to take her place as queen in the Lake Charles Contraband Festival (think Mardi Gras, but with more drinking and pirates).
Luckily Bobbie Faye knows how to handle guns, outsmart angry mama bears, drive a speedboat, and get herself out of—and into—almost every kind of trouble. If only that pesky state police detective (who also happens to be a pissed-off ex-boyfriend) would stay out of her way…

Bobbie Faye is in trouble from page one and it only gets worse from there.  From trying to retrieve her tiara to rescuing her brother to trying to save her neice, she never lets anything get in the way of her mission.  And even despite her few forays into self-pity (I mean, I think she's entitled after all this), nothing gets her down, nor does she let anything discourage her from her goal.  I wanna be Bobbie Faye when I grow up.

Well, minus all the choas, but the hot men can stay.

~TCL, off to choose her next book

Something New

I've been writing about Ali since I was 10.  I've been writing about Ali & Blake since July 2006.  I needed a new direction.  Mind you, I've had Dakotah on the back burner since like 2002, and despite having started a new story in that series called Blood Oath, I just haven't been able to get back into it like I wanted to.  Add to that how badly the Montana/Colbie story stalled... and well, you get a despondent writer. 

So, while listening to my music Friday, I was suddenly inspired.  On the new version of Blake Shelton's Pure BS CD, he has a song on there called "I Can't Walk Away" about a bull rider with a grudge.  And the title of that song really called to me.  I thought it'd make a great theme for a story, but I couldn't come up with the idea.  Not yet.

Enter Blake's girlfriend (and this is the one time I'll let the little blonde into my life LOL)... Going to work on Friday, I pulled out my Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CD and began listening to it.  I've always loved the song "Desperation" on that CD - been there, done that - and then the idea started to form.

It all cemented itself together in my brain while listening to "Guilty In Here" off the same CD and now I'm writing it.  It's something different, that's for sure.  First person POV, and a subject that I never really considered writing about - the other woman.  Wish me luck, I think it'll be a good one. 

Well, I can hope, right?

~The Crazy Lady and her new friend, Morgan

Saturday, August 9, 2008

NOOOOOOOOO!

Freaking BASTARDS!  NO!  You cannot do this!

*froth* *pant* *froth some more*

Why?

*sighs*

~A Depressed Crazy Lady off to kick Sir Guy of Gisborne's ass...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Not As Bad As It Sounds...

Unless you don't really know me, that is.

Here is your AstroSlam for Thursday, August 7:
The heat is on, not in the sheets, unfortunately, but in your words. You'll freak out at someone who you're in a relationship with and it'll get hot and heavy in all the wrong ways.

That just screams WRITE ME!  WRITE ME!  I PROMISE, ALI WILL FORGIVE YOU LATER!  LOL

~TCL, now hiding from her alter ego...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Awww!

This little guy was my pal most of the day on Saturday...

And yes, I know - I'm the happy blogger today, aren't I?  Can I help it if I have all these fun things that I want to try out suddenly?

~Your Animal Loving, Chipmunk Feeding Crazy Lady

Dishonest People

So anyway, today my Dad Boss gets an invoice in the mail from Office Solution Network for a toner cartridge for our copier totally $479 FOR ONE CARTRIDGE!  Okay, so I know for a fact that this particular cartridge is only about $165.  That was the first red flag.

The second?  Maybe the fact that we haven't received it yet? LOL

But seriously, I personally do all the supply ordering and I always order from either Office Depot online or Staples (since OD doesn't carry my Dell ink), and I wouldn't EVER go to a company I knew nothing about.  I mean really - I can go two miles down the road to the company we bought the dumb machine from if I want another cartridge!

Anyway, so I call this company and the guy tells me, "Oh, it's still in transit and it should be there tomorrow."  Um, no, it won't because I didn't ask for it!  "Really?"  Would I freaking lie to you, you dishonest jerk?  So, he has the nerve to tell me that he graciously voided the invoice (and asked me if that was the only open invoice - *shudder* - if there are any more, I'm personally going to California to kill him) and that he was online, as we spoke, with UPS having them reroute the shipment.  I don't know much about UPS other than our driver is a cutie-patootie sweetheart, but I didn't think you could do that. LOL  Hey, I could be wrong!

I just hate dishonest people. If you want my business you can't treat me like that.  I can guarantee you that they will NEVER get a dime out of me.  GRRRRRR!  And, in the words of Bobbie Faye Sumrall, "And I am allergic to grrrrrrrrrrrrrr's!"  Of course, she was referring to a black bear at the time, but I think it fits here as well.

I'm just happy it is over and done with, with little or no bloodshed.  (Kept Ali out of the loop until it was too late mwahahahahahaaaaaa...)

~A Disgruntled Crazy Lady

My Husband is a Dork

But then, I'm sure you all know that by now.

Zan has been reading this series of books by Joe Abercrombie called The First Law.  He stumbled upon book 1, The Blade Itself, by accident while browsing in the book store one day. 

So, my relative non-reader of a husband devoured that book and immediately asked me to pick up book 2, Before They Are HangedIn an effort to keep him reading, I agreed.

Well, he comes home last night looking all pouty-faced and whining, "I finished my book."  Okay, no problem.  Go look at Amazon.com and OOOOOPS!  Not out until September.  WHAT?  He swears he can't wait that long, although we both know he can.  So, while cruising the author's website, he discovers that book 3, Last Argument of Kings, is out NOW in the UK.  Hmm... So, on a whim, I look up Amazon.com.uk just to see how much it'd set me back to order it from them, just so he can get it a month early. 

Turns out that the book, which is listed as £7.79, works out to be $15.21, only $0.21 more than what it would cost here in the states (it's a trade paperback, set at $15.00).  Cool.  Add an additional £6.98 for postage and packing (LOL!  So much nicer than shipping and handling), and it comes to £14.77 - approximately $28.86.  Not bad when you consider that the $13 or so dollars in shipping is Air Mail and scheduled to arrive August 13th!  That's darn near faster than ordering in the US! 

All I can say now is that he'd better think twice before teasing me about MY books from now on.  :)

~TCL, who really needs to read the first two before he finishes with the third...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Subtle Magic

The first in the Subtle Lovers series by Beth Kery is Subtle Magic.  (Shamelessly copied and pasted from Beth's website...)

Subtle Magic by Beth KeryPublisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN 9781419908781
Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Series: Subtle Lovers #1

Read an Excerpt | Order Now as eBook from Ellora’s Cave

Duse Ammadon has been without Skylar for over four hundred years and he’ll not wait another minute. His life mate is the first to be reincarnated since the depraved Watcher, Asmoday, killed his brother’s mate, forcing her into a sexual response, which robbed her of her magic essences. Now a whole world of criminal possibilities has opened to the once innocent race of Watchers. Because Duse knows Skylar could be the next target for Asmoday’s depravity, he doesn’t have the luxury of re-introducing Skylar to Watcher ways or for a slow, patient seduction. To set the protection spell, he has to make love to her immediately. If only she could remember him from one lifetime to another.

Skylar Halifax always knew she was different. She could see auras and manipulate subtle matter to promote healing. She sensed there was something unique about Duse, something beyond his god-in-man form and phenomenal good looks. Duse can’t waste any time convincing Skylar that he is different. So different, in fact, that he’s not even human.

Will Skylar accept Duse as her life mate or will Duse have to use other means to convince her that he is her destiny?

I loved the whole premise of this series from the very beginning.  Just the idea of subtle matter and the male Watcher feeding off his mate's release is brilliant.  And despite Duse's male ego, their struggles to get together and stay together are the real kind - not what you find in a lot of novels.  You know what I mean, where the hero/heroine says no just to push the story a few more pages.  Their fears and insecurities are the type we all have - human and otherworldly beings alike.  LOL

Between the steamy hot sex, the intense reactions of the two main characters to each other, and the tense storyline, you don't want to put this one down once you pick it up!

~Your Crazy Lady, off to find Subtle Touch on her computer...

Annual Fishing Trip

Or it sure seems that way anyway.  Around about this time last year, Zan's boss invited us up to go fishing with them in Beaver, UT.  We went up for the day, not really knowing what to expect, and loved every minute of it.  This year, when they invited us up for the weekend, we jumped on it.  Zan, Princess, Mischief and I all went, along with Zan's father.

The scenery is gorgeous.  Lots and lots of green trees and littlle creeks running everywhere.  Being the desert rat that I am, I fell in love with all the lush life surrounding me.  The picture above is of a little creek that runs into Beaver.  I could have just stayed THERE the whole time.  LOL

There is also a ton of wildlife all around.  We saw cows, like the posing Daddy and Baby above, deer, birds, chipmunks, and one that we couldn't quite identify. 

Puffer Lake was full of chipmunks like the cute little guy above.  They were really sweet and very curious!  One even got within two feet of me and my granola bars.

The kids had a blast until Princess got attacked by the child-eating butterfly.  What?  Never heard of those?  Well, apparently, these viscous butterflies land on the child, refuse to fly off and totally creep them out.  Poor kid.  She loves butterflies but when this one landed on her not once, but twice, and she couldn't get him off of her... she freaked.

Zan caught five fish, while his dad only caught two.  But, in Grandpa's defense, he was too busy video taping the kids to really care. 

We left early Friday morning to go up.  Fished a little that afternoon and then spent the night in our cabin.  The girls and Grandpa played a game, and then we watched Jungle 2 Jungle with Tim Allen.

Saturday morning, we went back out to Puffer Lake and fished.  Met up with Zan's boss and wife and visited two more spots - Lebaron Reservoir and Kent's Lake.  Both spots were gorgeous, but the best fishing was still at Puffer.  That evening, after a long trek around the area, we saw several deer and then headed back to the cabin.  After a mish-mosh meal of leftover sausages (from the night before), spaghetti, and some smoked sausage, we settled down and introduced the kids to a classic movie - Back to the Future.  They weren't too sure about the movie at first, but with all the adults laughing, they soon joined in.

Sunday we headed back home.  I was both happy and sad to return home.  It's always nice to be in your own bed and using your own kitchen, but leaving all the wildlife and scenery behind was a bit sad.  I have no doubt that we'll return next year - maybe even Grandma will come along this time!

(If you are interested, all the rest of the pictures are here.)

~The Crazy Lady