Archive for November, 2009

Oh Luuucie!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 25, 2009 by juliannah

Last night I made steak for dinner. I sure most of you have noticed that steak is not cheap. I figured I would splurge a little and Corvette loves steak.

I made potatoes and a salad to go along with it. It was all done and sitting on the counter. I went outside for just a minute. Corvette was in the bedroom.

That is when it happened. I walked back inside to find Lucie, my big red dog licking her dog bed. There was a brown stain were she was licking. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach at that point. I walked to the kitchen and looked at the counter and nooooooo! Actually yes, Lucie had helped herself to the steak.

As much as I did not want to do it I had to break it to Corvette. He took it pretty well. No blood was shed. Mostly he had a few choice words for the dog.

Note to self: Make sure food is not reachable by big red dog. Stop at store and get another steak.

Where is The Dog Whisperer when you need him?


Military Monday – Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by juliannah

I think this is a fair enough question. Therefore, I decided to do what I always do when I want to find out information on one subject or another. I Googled it. This is what I found out. It would seem that David Beckham, his wife Victoria and their three children will be going to Germany for Thanksgiving to visit with the troops. I found this quite interesting since I do not think they are even American citizens. I could be wrong about that.

Brokedown Cadillac, a Nashville county music group will visit troops stationed in Iraq for the Thanksgiving holiday. The band members say they have close ties to the military and that is why they feel honored to spend the holiday with troops. The Band wants to spend time with those who cannot spend Thanksgiving with their own families.

On November 23, 2007, then President George W. Bush made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops stationed in Iraq. He spent 2 ½ hours visiting with the troops and even helped serve Thanksgiving dinner.

I wonder what President Obama plans to do for Thanksgiving? Play golf? Spend time with his family? Walk the dog?  I have a good hunch that he will not be going to Afghanistan. Or even Iraq. After all, he has been traveling quite a bit lately. He probably needs time to get over the jet lag.

Sunday Brunch – Two Ceiling Fans & a Bed Frame

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2009 by juliannah

Yea, it is Sunday again. Boo, tomorrow is Monday. But, yea next week is a three day weekend! I am looking forward to that and of course Thanksgiving! Yes, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No shopping, no stress just a lot of good food and family times. This is the first year in I do not know how many that I will not be hosting the meal.   I am not sure how I feel about that. It is nice to take a break, but I know I am going to miss the leftovers!

We went shopping yesterday and bought a new bed frame. It is wrought iron and wood and fits our southwestern motif better. The picture is not my actual bed because as I am writing this the bed has not yet been put together. But strangley, the comforter set looks like one I had a few years ago.

Corvette went out on Friday and bought two new ceiling fans for the bedrooms. Thank goodness I can now get rid of the ugly oscilating fan currently residing in my bedroom. Corvette is currently working on fan #1 which is going in our room.

This was another shopping outing without me for Corvette. I am happy with both fans. This one has two-sided blades, one side is wood and the other is black. I voted for wood and Corvette wanted black. I almost won this one but Corvette found a little nick on the wood side of one of the blades sooo he used that as an arguement to use the black sides. Whatever!

The second fan will probably not get up until next weekend. That is ok since the only ones using this bedroom right now are my cat, Angie and the dogs who have their crates in there. Can not let the little rascals run loose during the day when we are at work. Do not want to come home to destroyed furniture. Lucie, my big red dog just turned a year old this month and still likes to chew anything in her path. I keep hoping she will grow out of it. In the meantime I supply her with a steady stream of chew bones.

On Saturday we got to spend some time with the twins, Fuzzy and Wuzzy. We met up with Hippie Guy and Flower Child at the park near our house. They are three months old now and starting to notice the world around them. Both kept looking at the playground equipment. Next year they will be all over that. Here is a few pics of their adventure at the park,

Oh, Santa made an early visit!

This Little Light of Mine.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 20, 2009 by juliannah

It has been ten days since I heard from LCpl Honda. Normally I would not worry too much but I need to communicate with him on some financial issues. I believe they are out of range for communications and I am sure they are involved in some intense training exercises. Still I need to talk to him.

My cellphone has a light that flashes everytime I get an email. So of course I practically lunge for the phone everytime I see it flash. This includes the middle of the night if I happen to be awake. Since Buddy needs to go outside quite frequently (small bladder) I check the little light several times a night.

When I am at work my phone is on vibrate so along with the flashing light my phone buzzes everytime I receive an email. I do not know how many co-workers I am driving crazy but I think they know better than to approach the deployed Marine’s mommie!

Even Corvette has gotten in on all the fun as when he sees the light before me he has taken to announcing, loudly, “Your phone is flashing!” What can I say. He is a deployed Marine’s daddy.

So it goes. We are living for the flashing light. Now if my dogs start bringing me the phone when it is flashing it is going to get scary.

I had an even scarier thought. What if I did not get email on my phone? I fear I would be walking around with my laptop strapped to my body!

Wordless Wednesday – Grandbaby Twins

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by juliannah

New Blog Post on juliannah by design

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 17, 2009 by juliannah

I have a new post on my other blog,  juliannah by design.

How do You Survive Deployment?

Please visit and feel free to comment on this subject. Inquiring minds want to know.

5 Ways to Support the Troops During the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by juliannah

While I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to send to LCpl Honda in his Christmas Care Package I started doing a little research on the internet. I found many great charities and companies that focus on making Christmas for our deployed service people a happy day.

 If you are wondering, what you can do here is just a few of the ideas that I came across.

1. Send a USO care package to a deployed service member. Operation USO Care Package will send a care package to those either deployed or en route to an overseas deployment.

2. Operation UpLink provides phones cards for deployed military members. Being able to call home is a priceless gift you can give to a military member and their family.

3. Christmas Spirit Foundation donates Christmas trees for military families. What a wonderful gift for the family back home!  Being separated from loved ones during the holidays is stressful to say the least. The Christmas Spirit Foundation provides trees and helps families with one less thing to worry about during the holidays.

4. Donate toys to the Marines Toys for Tots program. This benefits all children whether in the military or not. Besides, Christmas is all about the kids and the Marine Corps has successfully made a wonderful Christmas for kids since 1991.

5. Adopt a Soldier. This is the gift that keeps on giving. You can adopt a military member and help by sending care packages and letters throughout his/her entire deployment.

Whatever you choose to do is up to you but this is just five ways you can help and bring some holiday spirit to those who are making it possible for us to celebrate the holidays in freedom.


New Post on juliannah by design

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 16, 2009 by juliannah

I have a new post up at juliannah by design. Need help with organizing Thanksgiving? Check it out!


Do You Know About #MilitaryMon?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by juliannah

If you are on Twitter chances are, you know about #MilitaryMon. If not then I am here to explain it to you. First for those of you who do not Tweet here is a little review of just what Twitter is and how it is used.

Twitter is a social networking microblog. Tweeters, the people using Twitter post messages that are not over 140 characters long called Tweets. Tweeters post everything from news stories, breaking news and even amber alerts. Tweeters can post directly to another Tweeter or to everyone in general.

Each day there are trending topics that cover what is being discussed the most on any given day. The trending topics, usually accompanied with a hashtag # before the word, for example, #MilitaryMon, #honorourvets, #TGIF.

On Mondays thousands of Military supporters, veterans and active duty military come together and post messages in support of our troops, #SOT. Starting to get it? Yes, it is a little confusing at first but the point is that Twitter is just another way to honor those serving or who have served. I am even able to follow LCpl Honda’s deployment on Twitter! Very exciting for me!

On this blog, I have written a Military Monday post for quite awhile now. I usually include my post among my tweets every Monday. Below is a screen shot of my Twitter profile. Just another way to say #SOT, #honorourvets, #MilitaryMon!


Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by juliannah

This was the week of replacing credit cards. Last Sunday, Corvette thought he lost his wallet. We looked high and low and could not find it. I had to get online and transfer all the money from one bank account to another to make sure nobody get access to it. Next, numerous phones calls were made to cancel debit and credit cards. We had to pay a few bills from the account with the money and organize the amounts so we knew where the money was going and what was left over. We have two accounts because that just works for us. Corvette is a stickler for recording everything in his check book. Me, not so much. I prefer to check online for the amounts to clear. As far as balancing a checkbook, that just doesn’t happen with me. I am far too right-brained to even attempt it. I think in pictures not numbers. That is one reason I like blogging so much. Trust me if math was involved I would not be blogging!

So, after taking care of all the financial issues this weekend we went to work on Monday. After work I came home and went to change my clothes. I found a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to put on. As soon as I picked up the t-shirt I saw it. What did I see you ask? You got it. The missing wallet! We have no clue how it got on my shelf but, what really baffled us is how we did not find it as we went through the house several times before giving up and taking action. Oh well, chalk it up to fairies, trolls or the black hole that eats car keys, remote controls and every ink pen we bring in the house.

The rest of the week was uneventful until Thursday when I receive a call from my credit card company. Seems someone hacked my account! Apparently there were three charges all on the same day from a questionable company. The card company asked me if I made the charges and of course I did not. So thank goodness the card company was on the ball and questioned the charges in the first place. They immediately cancelled the card. I will not be charged for the mysterious charges. Thank goodness another catastrophe averted!

100_1442On a good note, Fuzzy and Wuzzy turned three months old on Friday the 13th. Not bad for a day associated with bad luck. That’s Wuzzy on the left and Fuzzy on the right. You see those shoulders on Fuzzy. I think football just might be in his future! Especially if Hippie Guys has anything to say about it Green Bay Packers look out! Fuzzy’s coming!

We rounded out the week by purchasing a new TV stand for our flat panel TV. Thetvstand TV was sitting on an old stand and it was not a good match. Now the TV will sit up higher and everything will be flatter against the wall. Corvette bought it without me at the store and generally that is not a good idea. He did call me and I got online to look at it but there was not a picture of it. He was going to get one made of wood but they were out of stock so he went with this one. I think it will have to grow on me, but this is definitely better than the old stand.

Well, that is it from the chocolate household. Today’s Sunday Brunch recipe is in honor of Thanksgiving. Although I am not preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year as we are attending Hippie Guy and Flower Child’s first hosted Thanksgiving dinner. This is my recipe for Sausage Stuffing in the Crock Pot.

Two 6 oz. bags Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing
1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter or margarine
6 oz sweet Italian sausage, browned and crumbled
1 granny smith apple, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups broth

Combine dressing with butter or margarine and vegetables.  Stir liquid in gradually.  Spoon into the crock pot and place setting on low. The stuffing will be ready in about three to four hours.  Makes 12 (1/2 cup) servings.