Friday, October 31, 2008


Happy Halloween!!!!

Here is a song for you ghouls and ghosties

Monster Mash!!!

This is Aiden the clown

This Bryndon the incredible hulk!
These are Emily's boys.
We went trick or treating Lytle style which means we walk house to house and someone follows in a car.
Whew I am tired!

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70 Things About Me
Found this at Lindas

1. DO YOU SNORE? Rick says I do, but sometimes he doesn't tell the whole truth and nothing but the is actually him and he is just waking himself up. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

2. ARE YOU A LOVER OR A FIGHTER? I hate to fight or even argue. Life is too short don't ya think? Let them think they are right and just do whatever the heck you want to.

3. WHAT’S YOUR WORST FEAR? Losing a family member....the numbers are dwindling I already told them all that they are not allowed to die.

4. AS A KID, WERE YOU A LEGO MANIAC? Funny you should ask....ok now is where my age is gonna show....I was a champion tinkertoy windmill maker...I know! Amazing right? Rick said when he was little he always wanted an Erector kit. So one Christmas I decided to relive his childhood days for him and get him things he always wanted as a child but his parents only bought them stuff like underwear....anywho....I bought him bubbles, playdoh, marbles etc. but when I went to the toy store to try and find that Erector set I looked everywhere. Could not find I asked a young man working should have seen his face....He EXCUSE ME? Maam I think those would be in the drug department....LOL I was so embarassed.

5. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF “REALITY” TV? OK now those who KNOW me, know I LOVE reality shows. I would really love to be on one. I think Big Brother since they have an indoor potty that they use. But I must watch all my shows...with quiet in the house. Right now I am watching Survivor. Poor Ace got voted out yesterday....that Sugar is not so sweet afterall huh.

6. DO YOU CHEW ON YOUR STRAWS? If I am really bored and there is no soda left.

7. WERE YOU A CUTE BABY? I was alot cuter than I think

8. IS THE SINGLE LIFE FOR YOU? Nope. If I was single I would probably never leave the couch, never eat and spend all day reading.


10. DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER? All the time. When we went to Del Rio I gave a mini concert.

11. HAVE YOU EVER BUNGEE JUMPED? Do I have stupid written across my forehead?

12. ANY SECRET TALENTS? Yes and I would tell you all about them....but then they would not be secret anymore :)

13. WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL VACATION SPOT? Del Rio Lake Amistad....just got time EVER!!!

14. IS JAY LENO FUNNY? I miss Johnny!

15. CAN YOU SWIM? Very well. I love to swim!!!


17. DO YOU GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE OZONE? Yes I do....and more better!

Ask the owl. It takes three I tell you three!

19. CAN YOU SING THE ALPHABET BACKWARDS? That would be unAmerican don't ya think?

20. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON AN AIRPLANE? Twice....well if you count there and back I guess that would be Four times.....I went to Wisconsin as a sixth grader and to California as a newlywed.

21. ARE YOU AN ONLY CHILD? It seems like it sometimes, but I have an older sister here and a younger sister in Heaven. So that makes me a middle know the one who always did the right thing and still got in trouble.


23. WHAT’S YOUR STAND ON HUNTING? If you eat what you kill then it is good for the environment. God did give us meat to eat....and if you are eating someone had to kill that animal for your hamburger.....

24. IS MARRIAGE IN YOUR FUTURE? No it is in my present. I have been married for 27 years to the most wonderful man in the many points do I get for that one?

25. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Only on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.


27. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAID, “I LOVE YOU? Outloud to Rick and Sadie last night before closing my eyes to sleep....Written to Ross my nephew and Sharon my jland friend.

.28. IS ELVIS STILL ALIVE? no.......

29. DO YOU CRY AT WEDDINGS? Sometimes...I mean it is just so emotional.

30. HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS? With fresh blueberry muffins and a rose on a tray brought to me each morning as I open my eyes to greet the day...ok...yeah right....I like them over easy with the whites cooked.

.31. ARE BLONDES DUMB? Excuse me... No...we ar hi lee enteligent

32. WHERE DOES THE OTHER SOCK END UP? Sock monsters take them...SO TRUE!!!

33. WHAT TIME IS IT? 11:52am and I still am on this computer..on what 33 still...I could be here all day with this deleting and returning....

34. DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME? Barbie, Barbiedoll, Babs

36. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE IN A CAR? October 29 for 3 LONG hours coming home from vacation.

37.DO YOU PREFER BATHS OR SHOWERS? If I am in a hurry showers....if I have that extra 10 minutes a bath with bubbles.

38. IS SANTA CLAUS REAL? OK, why do they keep asking this question, of course he is real...


40. ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? Only when the lights are off.



43. CAN YOU CRACK YOUR NECK? Yes and I can crack corn too and I don't care!

44. HAVE YOU EVER RIDDEN IN AN AMBULANCE? Yes when a drunk driver hit Eric and I when he was in junior high and totalled my red Ford Escort.

45. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BRUSHED YOUR TEETH TODAY? once...but I haven't even eaten anything yet.

46. IS DRUG FREE THE WAY TO BE? Yes! . Just Say No to Drugs!!


50. DO YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE? Most of the time I do...

51. WHOSE IS BETTER? The grass really isn't greener on the other side of the fence...but sometimes the lake is bigger.

52. ARE YOU PSYCHIC? Yes...I have ESPN
53. HAVE YOU READ “CATCHER IN THE RYE”? Yes...just because I heard it was forbidden or something like that.
54. DO YOU PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? piano, violin, organ, bagpipes, clairenet, and my nose.....oh and spoons.
55. HAVE U EVER STOLEN MONEY? No, as a matter of fact if I see it on the ground I won't even take it...thinking whoever lost it might come back and find it.

56. CAN YOU SNOWBOARD? no snow

58. DO U SNORT WHEN U LAUGH? No, lol..why did someone say I did? RICK!!!!


60. ARE DOGS A MAN’S BEST FRIEND? Sadie would say YES oh and Hi Raisen!
61. YOU BELIEVE IN DIVORCE? It is not for me to judge. I believe that there are many good reasons to divorce and many to stay together....each situation is different.

63. DO YOU MAKE A LOT OF MISTAKES? i tri knot two make so meny misteaks butt somtimes i doo.

64. IS IT COLD OUTSIDE TODAY? No Hot and sunny with cloudy blue skies

65. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? brocolli last night for supper....

66. DO YOU WEAR NAIL POLISH? Who has time for that?

67. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN KISSED? just once....:)
68. WHAT’S THE MOST ANNOYING TV COMMERCIAL? The Brooke Shields German car commercials... I don't get either Linda

.69. DO YOU SHOP AT AMERICAN EAGLE? No it is too hard to climb that mountain

70. FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT? heck I don't know....I have a headache and have to go lay down for awhile....this wore me out!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rick Going Down the Slide

1 2 3 I CAN'T!!!!


Just one of the beautiful sunsets we saw on the boat. This was my favorite time of the day even though it also meant one day gone. We danced in the sunset every night.
The Crew. Rick and Sadie enjoying a day on the lake. She was just starting to get use to it when it was time to leave. She would jump up and cuddle with whoever would sit down for a few minutes.
She loved to sit out on the back deck and watch and bark at the goats who roamed wild on shore. We counted over 30 one day.

I could not get over how each sunset was as beautiful as the day before. God is an excellent artist.

See what I mean?

One Night we were invaded by bugs. They came in like a wild wind and were everywhere. I told Rick we HAD to do something about it because they were driving me crazy!

So I suggested we vacuum them.

Out came the vacuum cleaner and you know what?

This was Sadies best trick. I taught her to climb up the stairs to the top deck. She did fall one time but caught herself and then came right back up. Never cried....tough dog
More to come....Hopefully I will be able to post the slide videos.....a must see LOL

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My Big Catch


I'm Back!!!!

Hello everyone! It's me Sadie Marie! My Mom and Dad...known to you as Barbara and Rick took me on a houseboat out in the middle of Lake Amistad. Then they made me wear this stupid pumpkin outfit and everyone was saying...oh how wear it. I refuse to wear the hat to this thing....makes me look like a walking pumpkin....but it is warm.

Here's my Dad driving the boat. I sure hope he knows what he is doing. You know there is no where to pee on this thing....I sure hope they thought about that one. My Dad sure did like driving around and looking at all the scenery. I was not impressed at all. But they sure had fun.

This is all you could see for miles and miles. Water Water everywhere....And check out those clouds they were pretty cool.

This is the kitchen area....just like the brochere. Only we brought our own food. Mom even brought a bottle of wine.

And here is the bedroom where we all slept....Oh sure the first night they put me in my dog carrier, they were afraid I was gonna fall off the bed...I showed them, by the end of the trip I not only jumped up on this bed I jumped down too...All you gotta do is learn how to use that step stool. No animal or human was hurt by sleeping here.

Here is the bathroom where they went. Mine was outside on the rocks and cactus.....Someone please tell me where the grass is around here. Anyway it had a shower and everything. Mom brought her fish towels so that maybe it would bring good luck for catching some.

This is the view out the back door....Yeah more water.....Ok now where are my kibbles? I sure hope they remembered to pack them and my toys....More to come......

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Menu

Day One
Leaving early in the morning so we will just grab some breakfast tacos and hit the road.

LUNCH- spending first night at a motel so we will just grab something from a burger joint.

DINNER- A nice meal out...somewhere fancy like Chili's probably :)

Day Two
Coffee...a must for every morning
Sweet rolls, banana and milk
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Carrot Sticks
Grilled Hamburgers
Fried Potatoes
Veg....something green
Day Three
Pancakes, Sausage, eggs, milk
Sloppy Joes with leftover hamburger meat
Deer Sausage
Broccoli and
Mac and Cheese
Day Four
Biscuits and Sausage gravy
Fried Potatoes
Tuna Fish Sandwiches
Bar b que Ribs, Baked Potatoes and Roasted Corn
Day Five
Waffles, Bacon and juice
Leftover Ribs
Crispy Tacos
Fried Potatoes...I know we eat this alot....Rick loves them
Day Six
Ham and Cheese Omelets
Fried Potatoes....yep this is why I am a cow LOL
Hot dogs
Day Seven
Last full Day on boat
Blueberry Pancakes, Bacon, and Eggs
Leftover Chili
Fish Fry
Shrimp grilled on the barbee
Morning we leave
Breakfast Cereal
Leftover seafood
So what do you think? Which day would you like to come aboard?

Halloween Costume Ideas

With Halloween fastly approaching I am sure alot of you with young children are doing the Halloween costume dance.
I read Ya Thinks journal last night and she was in a dilemma with her young boys about store bought costume versus homemade.

It has been my personal experience with my son that the homemade kind are the ones that win contests and stand out in a crowd. If you buy the store bought ones they are only good for one night and then just something to store or throw away. Not to mention the fact that they can be quite costly. No need to spend all that hard earned money when you have most of what you need right in your own closets.

So I decided to write a little about some ideas you can do yourself with maybe just a trip to the local dollar store for a few add ons.
Ok so boys and girls here are a few that could work for you and your youngins.

football player- football jersey, make your own padded muscles with a little stuffing around the shoulder area. Warm up pants, tennis shoes. Make up would just be a couple of black marks under the eyes. Carry a football and if you have it wear a helmet.

Side note: Eric was a football player and I went as a referee.

Cheerleader-tennis shoes, Bobbie socks skirt t shirt. Wear your hair in braids or a ponytail. Pom poms from the dollar store.

Referee - black and white striped shirt, black pants, whistle

Construction Worker-
tool belt
hand tools
brown face paint
work gloves
hard hat
toy walkie-talkie

Cut the sleeves off an old flannel shirt and wear it over a long-sleeved thermal shirt.

Strap on a tool belt, add some old hand tools, and smudge on brown face paint for a hard-working look.

Hand the builder a pair of work gloves, a hard hat, a tape measure, a toy walkie-talkie, and work boots, and he'll be ready to tool about the neighborhood.

old black pants
gold or white blouse
red scarf
gold costume jewelry
eye patch
pirate's hook
black face paint

Find a pair of old black pants and fringe the edges with scissors.

Tuck in a big gold or white blouse. Tie a red scarf around the pirate's waist and a bandanna around his head.

Clip on some gold costume jewelry, then add an eye patch and a pirate's hook (all inexpensive party store finds).

Dab on black face paint for a beard and missing-tooth makeup.

If you've got a stuffed bird in your toy box, use craft wire to attach it to your pirate's shirtsleeve. Now he's ready to collect his Halloween booty.

side note: Eric and I were pirates together....

Colored face paints
Makeup brush and sponge
Nylon tulle
Curly wig

With a damp sponge, apply white face paint to your child's entire face, including his eyebrows. Use a small makeup brush to paint his upper and lower eyelids white.

Once the base coat dries (it usually takes just a few minutes), brush on facial features: a green diamond and blue star to accentuate his eyes, a round red nose and full red lips. Finish up with pointy red eyebrows about an inch above his real brows.

To make a clown collar, start with a 7- by 36-inch piece of nylon tulle (available at fabric stores). Thread string through the mesh along one long edge, gathering the collar as you go. Then tie the string ends into a bow behind your child's neck.

To complete the look, add a curly wig and baggy clothes (overalls or pajamas will do the trick) to the collar.

Thrift store clothes and accessories
Gray hair spray
Gray and black face paint
T-shirt and sock stuffing for chest and hump on back
cane or walker.


A toy doctor kit, with stethoscope, make a headlight for their head with cardboard and wrapping foil around a circle and gluing on to headband.
An old men's white shirt...a few blood spots here and there.
pajama pants solid color. Wear shower caps over shoes. Makeup.

side note....Eric was a doctor in training and I went as his patient....I guess I must have done too good a job with my getup because people thought I had really been in an accident. It was hilarious when they saw me get up on the stage to be judged for my costume :)

Other suggestions...use your imagination....or ask me and I will tell you what I did.

patient, scientist, lawyer, Indian chief, cowboy, dentist, preacher, race car driver, and if they prefer something scary...they could go as ghosts, vampires, mummy,

And last but not least...if you are really desperate for a last minute idea. Just wrap the kid in toilet paper and paint his face, arms and legs green.....
Then he can go as a BOOGER lol

ok going for another cup of coffee now....catch ya later. :)Barb

Friday, October 17, 2008


My niece Emily called and told me to cancel all my plans for tonight....Plans...what plans?
She and her Mom invited me to go with them to the Sympathy...I mean the Symphony.
Now I guess this must be an acquired taste, because it was my first time and I thought it was pretty good. It lasted a little long though. We had fun regardless.
I loved spending time with them and just having a girls night out.
I have the menu all planned out for the trip and most of the groceries boxed up and ready to go.
I really wish I could take all of you with us. Wouldn't Rick have fun being surrounded by all your beauty.
We will be going for 7 days. We are going to go a day early and spend the night at a hotel there so that we can be at the dock by 8am. Then we will have an orientation....where we will learn to drive the boat.
Rick plans on doing some bow hunting while we are there too. He has been making arrows for the past two days.
This weekend we will finish packing up.
I am excited that we have this opportunity to just get away.
We both need a break.
I promise to take lots of pictures and to give you a full report when I return.
Hopefully we will catch alot of fish.
Wouldn't it be cool if we could all get together this summer and go for a few days? We would never want to come back home.
Ok well I am pretty tired from watching those people play their fast so I guess I will go and catch some zzz'z
Thanks for all the comments to my journal. LOVE YOU ALL Barb

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More Details

Yes there will be a fully funtional kitchen with a microwave, stove, refrigerator and even kitchen stuff like can opener etc. Great ideas Robin. Rick seems to think...what's the big deal just grab some bread and eggs and we can eat the fish we yeah and who do you think will be the first to complain about not enough food. LOL
Here is what it has....
50' Forever 8 Houseboat w/Canopy
This 50' x 14' Forever 8 houseboat is ideal for 2-6 people, max to 8 using the converted dining table bed.

It features a living area in front salon, dinette seating, a fully equipped kitchen, 2 private bedrooms, queen sofa sleeper (and convertible dinette unit if needed) and one full bath.




The 50' Forever 8 Houseboat w/Canopy Features:
a SLIDE!!!

2 Private Bedrooms each with a Queen Bed EVEN SADIE WILL HAVE HER OWN BED:)
Queen Size Sleeper Sofa
Dinette Table Converts to Additional Queen Sleeper
1 Bath with Shower
Sun Canopy
Gas BBQ Grill
TV/DVD Player
CD Stereo
Full Size Range & Oven
Electric/Propane Refrigerator
Kitchen Appliances:
Coffee Maker, Blender & Toaster
Electric/Propane Refrigerator
Full Size Range & Oven
Kitchen Furnishings / Utensils:
Dish Towels & Pot Holders
Dish Drainer with Mat & Scrub Sponge
Tableware Tray & Paper Towel Holder
Kitchen Trash Can & 6 Large Trash Bags
2 Drawer Organizers & 2 Sink Plugs
Ice Pick, Corkscrew & Can Opener
2 Non-Stick Spatulas & 2 Rubber Spatulas
Soup Ladle, Large Spoon & Slotted Cooking Spoon
Measuring Cup & Spoon Set
Tea Kettle & Cutting Board
3 Piece BBQ Set & BBQ Brush
Cheese Grater, Colander & Vegetable Peeler
4 Marshmallow Forks
Paring Knife, Knife/Fork Set & Knife Sharpener
Dinner Knives & Steak Knives
Mixing Bowl & Baking Dish
Cookware Set, Serving Platter & Pitcher
Skillet, Griddle & Microwave Cookware
Forks, Tea Spoons, Table Spoons & Salad Tongs
Dinner Plates, Glasses & Cups
Furniture - Indoor & Outdoor:
4 Deck Chairs (Patio)
Dinette Table/Seating
Queen Size Sleeper Sofa
Electronics / Heating & Cooling:
TV/DVD Player in Main Salon
Water Heater
Air Conditioning & Heat
Power Outlets (110v)
Cassette/CD Stereo
VHF Radio
Linens (towels, blankets, etc.):
Sheets (8), Pillows with Cases (8) & Blankets (4)
Bath Towels (8) & Wash Cloths (8)
Bathroom & Cleaning Supplies:
Dust Pan with Broom, Bucket, Mop & Step Stool
Vacuum with Attachments & 1 Fly Swatter
Kitchen Dish Soap
Bathroom Wastebasket & Bathroom Soap Dish
Toilet Brush with Holder & Bio-Degradable Toilet Paper
2 Ash Trays
Safety & Instructional Items:
Sledge Hammer, 4 Stakes & 2 Mooring Ropes
Personal Flotation Devices (8) & Floatation Cushion
Carbon Monoxide Detector, Smoke Alarms & Fire Extinguishers (3)
Area Map, Operations Manual & Instructional Videotape
First Aid Kit & Marine Radio (VHF)
Safety Railings, Ships Bell & SOS Flag
Mileage & Speed Specifications:
Dual 90hp Outboard Engines
8 to 10 mph
Water / Sewage / Fuel Capacities:
Two 125 Fresh Water Tanks
Two 156 Black Water Tanks
Two 125 Gallon Fuel Tanks
Two 7-Gallon Propane Tanks
One 5-Gallon Propane Tank for BBQ Grill


Need your help.....We are going on a 7 day houseboat trip. Need a menu for those days so that I can grocery shop before we go.
Any and all ideas welcome.

Can you believe it is going to cost us $175.00 just to take Sadie with us? We have been wanting to go for years and have been saving up the money....Actually I originally started my savings account so that I could have another baby.
Rick said if I could save up the money we could have another child....never happened so we figure while we are young WHY NOT? It will be a dream vacation.
I think we have earned it....
Now....I need a menu
A packing list of things to take...
Who wants to help me out here?
:) Thanks in advance xoxBarb
I AM: Barbara, but my friends call me Barb. I am a Mom to a wonderful son who is a chef and I have been a faithful wife to Rick for 27 and counting years. I am a true friend. I can and do keep secrets and can be trusted.
I WANT:Everyone to be happy, to know Jesus and go to Heaven with me one day. A happy home .To write a book and be creative.
I HAVE: learned tha life can toss you curves and you better not be looking at the ants when it does or you could get smacked in the head.
I WISH: I could grant each of you three wishes. But mostly I wish you all happincess.
I HATE: liars, thiefs and people who think they are better than other people
I MISS: my son Eric, spending more time with my family
I FEAR:nothing because God is watching over me and I have four guardian angels, my little sister Christi my nephew Jacob, my Dad and my Mom.
I HEAR: Rick watching a kung fu movie and am trying to block it out :) hiya!
I WONDER:what God has in store for my life and how it would be to meet yall one day.
I LOVE: My family, my husband,Rick my son Eric and my newest terror/lover Sadie Marie Being happy. learning new things. life. Jesus
. I ALWAYS: try to be fair and watch out for peoples feelings Tell alot of jokes to make people laugh
I AM NOT : mean ,hateful ,envyous dishonest or cruel
I AM NOT ALWAYS: organized but I am seriously working on being that way
I NEED: lots of friends
I SHOULD: balance my check book, clean, pay bills, wash clothes, wash dishes, get the mail....and the list goes on and on and on

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hello and How do you do?

Hello everyone?
And how are you this fine evening? Me? Well thank you for asking....I am doing ok.
Had a busy day today. Went through one side of my Moms closet.....only on the floor. And looked through the Christmas ornaments...Found alot of snowmen....did not know that my Mom collected them like me....and my good friend Linda.
I also looked into seeing about a houseboat trip. It would be quite costly but I think we need a get away.
And for Rick that is a perfect one....he will be fishing the whole time I am sure.
We use to go every year only we camped out. This time it will be an adventure I am we must concentrate on getting things semi squared away before we go.
My niece Brittany was accepted in a volleyball that will travel and all. Way to go Miss Brittany!
Eric is doing great at his job as a Chef deParte or however you spell it...I must ask him...
Any way he is working long hours so of course I did the Mommy thing and asked him to be sure to get plenty of rest and to eat good.
Sadie Marie is growing in leaps and bounds....for those of you who do not know her she is my puppy dog....only she doesn't know she is a dog.
I am hanging in there and singing whenever I get a spare moment at home. I have also started painting again and I will soon be working on writing a book.
My job called and said that they missed me and that the customers wanted to know when I was coming back. I told them as soon as I could.
I want to try and go back to normal one day.
Hope all of you are happy, well and I know you are loved because I do love you :)
Until next time xoxBarb

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I found me LOL

Ok I found me.....this is going to take some time to get use to.....

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

ok I'm here...

If this all goes well and smooth like it is suppose to.....I will start blogging with you all again.. Hopefully our journals will be saved.
That said I just want to start fresh and new for now.

My name is Barb and this journal will be about all kinds of adventures, travels, ups and downs.
Stay tuned....
I've only just begun.....

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