Thursday, October 21, 2010

Power Balance Craze

Everyone is wearing a bracelet called a Power Balance band. Everywhere you look you can find someone wearing one.  A craze like this has happened another time.  Before the Power Band it was the copper bracelet. 

Quoted from the Power Balance Web Site:

Power Balance is Performance Technology designed to work with your body’s natural energy field. Founded by athletes, Power Balance is a favorite among elite athletes for whom balance, strength and flexibility are important. 

Power Balance is based on the idea of optimizing the body’s natural energy flow, similar to concepts behind many Eastern philosophies. The hologram in Power Balance is designed to resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body.

“This product gets me tremendous results, it really makes a difference. As a starting pitcher balance is essential in repeating your delivery, instead of falling off towards the plate I am able to maintain much better balance throughout my leg kick. Also, you need core strength and endurance for everything and in going through my routines there is no doubt I feel better with the product on than when I don’t have it. I have no doubt PB in going to get me to the next level.”




Chris and Mike have decided that if you make a claim and get people to support you publicly, anyone will buy into it.  So they decided to make their own, more economical version of the bracelet.  I would say it's the Dave Ramsey version of the Power Balance Band.  Chris calls his the SUPERBAND.  It makes you feel super and helps your balance just as well as the name brand.  His is so super, it has two names.  He is also calling his a Fall Prophylactic.  I think all of this saving and spend thriftiness may have gone to his brain!



Sock Monkeys

For our day together on Fall Break, the kids and I decided to make sock monkeys.  We went to Alco to get the supplies. Our list consisted of buttons, socks, and polyfill.  Who knew it was going to take an act of Congress to find socks here in town.  I know this is off the subject, but Alco is a MESS!  We dug through tub after tub looking for the perfect pair and came up empty handed.  We decided to try K-Mart.  Mission accomplished, we found the socks!  We ate lunch and then we got started on the project.



We had so much fun!  Nanny said, "I've never made a sock monkey."  Me either.  It was an interesting day.  Madison and Parker did the stuffing and Nanny and I did the sewing part.  

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I've never done any sewing of any kind.  Probable not even a button.  It took a while.  I'm not a seamstress, but I actually enjoyed this project.  I think I may have to try sewing again!  Nanny is usually great at sewing but her arthritis is getting the best of her hands.  She said laughing, after we finished, "Theses monkeys would probably look better if they said "MADE IN CHINA",  my handwork is terrible!"

Here is the finished project. 

             Sock Monkeys

                                   George and Esmerelda

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two Lessons

1.  When buying a house, make sure when you take possession that you have a key for every door.

2. Don't hurry.  When you hurry, you can forget some things causing you to waste time making more than one trip to do one task.

How I learned these lessons, all in one days events. 

Today was a crazy day at work.  Not only do I deal with the normal everyday stuff that goes on, but today, I had to deal with my heathen children!  About 3:45 this afternoon, Madison calls me and says, "Mom, Parker locked me out!"  I was very busy, several customers were waiting on their prescriptions.  I tell her I'll call you right back, I have people waiting on me, I'm sorry, stay where you are I'll deal with this in a minute!.  I know, I know, I shouldn't put my kids after work, but when you have all these people standing around, you have to deal with them or else.  So after the crowd clears, I head straight to the house to deal with the next pressing issue, MY CHILDREN!!   When I drive up I see that there are several sodas on the porch but no children.  I look around and spot that there bikes are at the village.  I proceed to the front door, and sure enough the screen door is locked.  I go the the door in the garage next, yep you got it, it's locked too!  So, I go back to the car to retrieve the keys, assuming I have a key for the doors.   You know what the old saying is about assumption, guess what?  I don't have a key for either of the doors.  I look around the garage for any tool to break in to my own house.  Nothing.  I can't find anything.  And thanks to Dave, I have no credit cards to break in.  At this point, I must stop and ask the Lord and my neighbors to forgive me, because I did do a little yelling.  I am so mad at this point.  I have now wasted twenty minutes trying to break into my own house.  I want to scream, well maybe I did.  When Grammie arrives to the house, I get a card from her.  She had an insurance card, at least it is good for something.  Finally, I was able to break in and get back to work.  As I hurried out of the pharmacy, Chris asked me to stop buy the Co-op while I was out.   I head right over to get the horse feed.  I am on a mission.  I get there and realize that in my hurry, I left my purse at the Pharmacy.  I can't even pay for the feed.  I am so mad and embarrassed at this point.  I go back to work and decide to try the Co-op again later. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pioneer Woman Perfect Au Gratin Potatoes

I made these potatoes for dinner tonight and they were great!  I must share the recipe for all.  If you haven't checked out her website, do it now.  Don't hesistate!  She is a great blogger!  She is a fabulous chef!  She has so many recipes that I would recommend.  I have made several of her potato recipes and they are all fabulous.  The potato bundles, her mashed potatoes (to die for), and now the au gratin potatoes.

The thing I love most about the mashed potatoes is that you can cook them and dish them up and then bake them later for serving.  It makes it easy when you need to prepare them ahead of time.  I think they will be on my Thanksgiving Holiday Menu.  Good luck to those of you who try these recipes and enjoy!

First Buck of the Season


Chris and Parker went out bow hunting tonight.  Tonight was the first night that they had a chance to go.  Parker is so excited to get one!  They had a wonderful evening in the woods which turned out with a great reward.  They checked it in at the Fire Dept. and finally made it home at about 9:45.  Parker was so hungry and so hyper!  He loves hunting.  It must have been a young deer, only weighing in at 128lbs. dressed out.  But it was a 10 point!  His rack looks strange.  Some of the points stick out of the back.  Not a trophy buck for most, but a definite trophy in our house.   Parker wouldn't care if it only had 2 points!  He was pumped that they got a buck.