Thursday, September 24, 2009

Laugh Out Loud Funny...

Hello there!

Well, this first photo isn't what is laugh out loud funny, but it sure is cute, isn't it? Amy grew that pumpkin this year and they just brought it in yesterday. There is a funny part to pumpkin growing (at least to us). They have planted the seeds for the past few years and get a huge vine that goes everywhere. They get several blossoms on the vine. And then only one pumpkin grows. Is it supposed to be that way? I dunno, but it's what happens in our garden. LOL This year's is a tall skinny pumpkin as you can see. Amy's thrilled and already talking about growing one next year. (Let's just hope the innards aren't moldy like last year's pumpkin).
Gotta mention the score on that jacket. Steve regularly takes the girls on bike rides, as you know. Well, this summer, as they pedaled to the park or wherever, they'd be on the look out for garage sales. (I haven't embraced the thrill of the hunt at garage sales, so prefer not to go) They found one not too long ago where Amy was over the moon because she found a rolling suitcase that was Thomas the Tank Engine themed (she's loved Thomas since she was a toddler). I guess the deal was, they could stuff this suitcase with whatever would fit and it all cost $8. The girls picked out some clothes (cute ones too), one of which is the jacket you see here. It's a Columbia jacket, which are pretty pricey, from what I understand. So...needless to say we were all thrilled with this garage sale find. Mommy about the jacket much more than the suitcase, but whatever. And you know if I had been with them, this great deal wouldn't have happened. And yes, Amy drags that suitcase thing to school each day, even though it's not a back pack. Sigh. Guess this is another funny, huh? LOL

While I haven't embraced the thrill of the hunt at garage sales, I have embraced thrift store shopping! I just picked up Jessica's Halloween costume for $4.99. It's a Barbie sort of cheerleader looking thing. I also picked up a shirt and stretch pants to wear under it, should it snow/rain (as it typically does around here) on Halloween. Amy got a Thomas the Tank engine costume last week for $4.99. I discovered the very same costume costs almost $20 at Target! I also picked up a Dr. Christiane Northrup book called Mother-Daughter Wisdom for $2.49! It was half off the regular price they were selling it for. New that book, which is hardcover, is $28.

I've just discovered this author and really like what she has to say, at least about menopause (which is coming up really soon for me as I am "officially" or "medically" perimenopausal). I'm on the hunt for The Wisdom of Menopause as I've already found Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. I checked out The Secret Pleasures of Menopause from the library and really liked her style and perspective on this whole experience, which is what started the hunt for the other books.

Okay, so that still isn't the laugh out loud funny. I guess I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Look what arrived in the mail for me yesterday!
I actually DID laugh loud and long when I saw this card. And I thank Sharli of Sharli's Place for sending it to me. I can't say I "love" it, but I do appreciate the humor and your thinking of me. Hee, hee. Interesting that you sent me two mice images to color as the morning after we caught the first one, a second one was caught-Yay! Since then...nothing, so I am hoping that there were only two in the house this time. And the squirrel image isn't lost on me either. Thanks so very much Sharli! It felt good to laugh like that.

And on a very grateful note, I received a sympathy card from the vet (written in her own handwriting) expressing her condolences over Sarah's passing. That was really thoughtful and caring, don't you think? It's sure got to be hard on vets who have to perform difficult and heart wrenching tasks. This is why, even though the vet's office takes a bit of time to get to, we remain loyal to them. They truly care.

I've rambled on long enough, don't you think? I'll close for now with heartfelt thanks for stopping by!


Kim Burmeister said...

That is a great pumpkin! We should grow one, because I hate paying for them. You don't like garage them! There are always deal out there. You know the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Great idea, Sharli! Cute card with that little critter. I bet it is hard for you to color a mouse. Great job!

Kathi Carlson said...

Great pumpkin! Looks healthy, too. As for the fact that all that fine only produces one pumpkin, I dunno. Maybe a little fertilizer or richer soil might yield a few more??? I am the farmer's daughter but NOT a farmer!

The rummage/garage sale thing is something more we have in common. As for the Columbia jacket, I wear them and save $$ by buying a large child's size. They run about $130 with the same adult's jacket costing between $175 and $200. It was a "steal." Bought rolling Spiderman suitcases for the boys last year for Christmas - $25 each, so another good deal.

I have a feeling the larger metro area has nicer/bigger thrift shops than we have here. Sounds like you found some great stuff.

Sharli's card and images are a hoot! And, Sharli is a sweetheart. Hope the two mouse images are representative of the ONLY mice you'll have for a while.

Finally, the gesture from your vet was very nice. Whether it's an animal doctor or a human one, it's always wonderful to find one that has a big heart.Take care, friend!

Sharli said...

Hi Jeanne,

I wish I could grow a pumpkin! That one looks awesome! It's just too hot here.

Your daughters rummage sale find is fantastic! I envy people with the patience to garage sale . . . maybe I should reconsider. After all, it's only time and I might meet some interesting people that way!

Thanks for your post about the card! I loved the mousey - and knew you wouldn't! (I mean that in the nicest way!!).


Angela2932 said...

Great, proud, smile on the pumpkin-growers face! And they did find some great finds at the garage sale. Besides, it's probably easier on her back, pulling the suitcase than lugging those 100 lb backpacks! Jeanne, your mice-capades sound. . . frightful! I'm pretty sure I'd be doing the "girly-dance" if I saw a mouse in my house; (Doug probably would, too.) I like guinea pigs, but mice and rats give me the heebie-jeebies! I'm just catching up on your posts. . . (been deep into decluttering) but also just wanted to say I was sorry to hear about Sarah. 20 years is a lot of faithfulness from your little friend :(. ((Hugs to you))

Carol said...

Wow you grew your own pumpkin, I think that is amazing! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

What a bargain they did manage to get. Funny about the Thomas suitcase, Fletcher has had one for about 4 years and takes it on the plane when we go overseas. We were just discussing that maybe he needs a new one, has sortof outgrown Thomas lol.

I giggled when I saw that card.

Jena said...

Fun picture - love the pumpkin! From what I've heard (or think I remember hearing) is you're supposed to cut off some of the blossoms to promote better growth to those that are left. I'm not sure how accurate that is, and I never have done it and we always get more than one pumpkin. This year is the fewest we have ever grown - we usually get at least 5 or 6. Anyway, this year we had 3, but then one just suddenly shriveled up and died, so we just have the two huge ones. Oh, and one thing I learned this year is you're supposed to turn them regularly for ideal shape and color. Ours were never this big in years past so I didn't even think about it ;-)

Anyway, not sure if that helps or not but good luck in the future - be sure to share what you learn!

Oh, and great bargains, too! I need to develop more patience to search for the best deal!

I hope you have a great week!