Monday, January 16, 2017

A little chat

There's a cold shoulder.  And an icy stare.  I think winter gets a bad wrap sometimes.  Especially when you enjoy outdoor sports and don't mind the cold.  Well today it's nasty.  Freezing rain and the roads are tentative at best.  I hope someone takes some video of people slipping because hardly nothing is funnier.

I just was running some errands and saw an older lady in the Costco lot driving on her completely flat tire.  I waved her down and when she rolled down her window the smoke/alcohol fumes nearly consumed me.  She muttered an expletive under her breath and off she went.  I doubt she goes far.  

Then I went to Aldi.  I found so many perfect things for my catering gig this weekend.  As I was leaving a mother asked to use my cart.  Then she looked into the van and said, 'Evan, give this nice lady the quarter'.  He was about two and painfully cute and said he wanted to hold the quarter.  Well she had me at the cuteness of her little boy and the fact she called me a 'nice lady'.  So off I went without my quarter.  

Did you know Costco is starting to get normal milk cartons now instead of those flat things that spill all over your counter when you pour?  I reckon they'll be selling less milk since half of it won't be spilling anymore.  Or not.

The other night the Chairman and I were alone so we decided to go out!  We went to a nearby greasy-spoon place that sells delicious Greek gyros.  Then to Menard's and Home Depot.    Don't ever say romance is dead after twenty-two years.  

My name is Linda and I finally have to admit something.  Our son is a redneck.  He's been mainly raised in suburbia.  He's been nurtured and encouraged to love and respect all ways of life.  However, his deepest love is the country and anything that has to do with hunting, fishing, and what-not.  He already has warned me that he doesn't intend to stay near the city when he grows up.  I say power to him!  I can't wait to go visit him wherever he chooses to live and work.  

When you're trying to sleep, why is snoring so annoying and a cat purring is not?  I spent a few moments the other night trying to figure it out and I haven't yet.  I do not love the cat more than the Chairman so that is not a reason.

"You know you haven't shaved your legs in awhile when you feel the hairs on your leg billowing in the breeze when you walk outside."  I won't say who said that but I will say it made me laugh.

And finally, I saw this quote recently and liked it.  I don't know who to give credit to and I'm too lazy to look it up.
"Preach the gospel at all times.  When necessary, use words."  

So this is enough.  I'll add a few pictures at the end and wander off to continue my day.


Our UPS man always leaves a treat with the box.  I would rather he leave me a doughnut.

Was a beautiful day to hit our little ski hill Saturday.  

Don't ever say I'm not a fun mom.  I let her make fried pickles.  

YUM!  These fresh-squeezed-out-of-the-chicken-eggs are the bomb.


If I don't answer a text within 28 seconds, the MYP almost panic.

Um.  This is partially true.  I love asking him a yes/no question and hear him say slowly "uh-huh" behind the newspaper.


Monday, January 9, 2017

I may have lied...

... or maybe not.  This isn't a Monday Musing.  However, it is considered blogging so that kinda-sorta makes me a liar.  I hope not because I know that lying is a terrible thing.  We've tried to teach our MYP that since they could understand.  And here I am being a lousy example to the watching eyes.

Anyway!  Here I am.  Just two weeks later typing up a blog post.  Why you ask?  Well to be perfectly honest, I was a bit sad that I wasn't going to blog anymore.  The Chairman asked me after I told him I was quitting, 'are you sure?'.  One of the MYP asked me the next day, 'don't you want to record special milestones?'  Then today I just read about the Pioneer Woman's sweet Basset Hound Charlie dying.  I got a bit teary-eyed of course and was thinking how much I would want to therapeutically write a post when Lisi finishes her days (which I hope isn't real soon).

So!  I may continue blogging but only at a pace that isn't every Monday.  Or maybe it will.  I have no idea.  I'll type along when inspiration strikes - if only for the amusement and record for our own family.  Will see.

So!  We just had our house bursting with family again.  I think the word 'blessed' is sometimes overused but I feel completely justified to use it when describing my own family.  I still have living and loving parents.  I have a sister and a brother who both have spouses I adore.  I have nephews and nieces who were adorable babies and now are friends to me.  And a good majority of them were with us for the weekend from far away places.  Yes, I am blessed and I have and always will give thanks for what I have.

If you know the Chairman, you might know that he isn't really big into changes (unless wheels are involved).  So the other day when I texted a picture of some furniture and asked him what he thought - I figured I'd wander off and that would be that.  He responded, 'sure'.  Oh?  Really?  A few more calls made and within an hour of walking into the store, I had three humongous boxes in my garage and a slight pit in my stomach.  Did I do the right thing?  What if he hates it?  How do I ever return this when it's all unpacked?  What in the world do I do with these mountains of cardboard?  Thankfully, it all passed the rigid test of the Chairman and the cardboard was mostly consumed with a pyromaniac, gas-in-hand son.

So the blessings of family also bring the mountains of sheets and towels that need to be run through the cycles.  I better go do something more productive.

So this is enough today!  Glad to touch base again.  Will just see how life unfolds and as inspiration strikes how much I type up on here.  Thanks for all your support!  💕










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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The end of the Muse



It all began on July 4, 2007.  I did a test picture of a trip we took to Colorado.  I wanted to see how a blog post works.  I had no idea if anyone would even see it.  But someone did.  And another.  And another.  I found satisfaction in writing about our lives.  I became connected with other bloggers who became like friends to me.  It became something I enjoyed doing and eventually I started to Muse each Monday.

It was fun and I enjoyed writing.  I laughed and sometimes cried as I typed up my weekly Muse.  However, lately I've been lacking the inspiration and the humor and even the joy of writing.  So I think it's time to take a break.  I don't intend to Muse weekly anymore.

I may return to pen something that was emotional or meaningful to me.  I may return to type up a story that happened that I don't want to forget.  But that's about it.

Thanks for your support and for the memories and for encouraging me to keep at it for nearly ten years.  💕
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday Musings (holiday delay)

Greetings you peeps!  I've missed being in touch!  It's been a busy past week.  In fact, I just was folding clothes and counted up 29 pairs of underwear for one of the MYP.  Yes, I do laundry often.  I just think this certain young person changes approximately four times/day.

So it's the holiday season!  We've had wonderful days that were balanced out between the Chairman's family and mine.  We hosted "the Italian's" on Christmas Eve Day.  The food was amazingly wonderful as usual.  The company lively and fun.  The heart happy.  The two "Grandma's" do the main course which is spaghetti of course.  I wish you all could taste it.  😋

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Then we were off to visit my side of the family.  This time it was prime rib and ham and all the delicious fixings and rich desserts and too many cookies and strong coffee.  Yum.


So what else?  We have a new family member!  It wasn't my idea.  It wasn't my money.  But his name is "Peanut"  or "Hammy" or as I call him - "Hamish McTavish" because when you weigh about 3 oz. you should have a formal name.  He might be more aptly called "Cat Bait".  He's actually quite cute and entertaining as he hops in his little ball to roll around the floor.
So we head to the Windy City in a couple days to just have some family time.  I'm excited to get out of the rut of life if only for 24 hours.

Speaking of ruts, I'm really really struggling with blogging anymore.  I feel like my oomph is gone.  Who knows if the 'Chairman and Co.' has a future?

Happy end of the year to you!  Soon it'll be 2017.  I remember when our daughter entered kindergarten 12 years ago and thought of 2017 being her graduation year and a very long time in the future.  Well, I blinked.  And it's almost 2017.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Museless Muse

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I'll be back in a week.  There's lots of family time coming ahead.  And I kinda-sorta need to get some 
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Have a wonderful holiday!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Musings

This is unusual.  I usually try to type out a blog post when the house is quiet except for the snoring dog and the cat purring on a chair nearby.  However, I decided I wanted to quick blog before I slid into my deliciously fuzzy-warm sheets and Monday turned into Tuesday.  The Chairman just left for the evening walk with Lisi.  He just yelled that it's only 12 degrees and he wished he had on long underwear.  Doesn't he realize I'm busy doing important things other than responding to his concern of a cold tush while walking?  Daughter #1 is exercising in the basement, son #1 is away at basketball, and daughter #2 is singing at the top of her lungs in the living room doing her homework.  I hope she doesn't come bother me for a bit.

To be perfectly honest, this post isn't worth your time or strain of the eyeballs.  I have little to share that's noteworthy.  The past week has been filled with pretty much ordinary days and ordinary living.

* There was a comment I heard from one of the MYP a few days ago.  Mom?  "Can I get XYZ when I get older?"  Then she quickly added brightly, "I'm going to be older tomorrow!"

* We got about 7 or 8" of snow over the past couple days.  Happy dance!  I'm so so glad we will have snow this winter.  I hope we get another 7-8" this weekend but unfortunately it seems like it'll only be in the 3-5" region.

* The dog loves the colder temps and the deeper snow.  The cat?  Not so much.  He sleeps most all day and half the night and then meows to go outside about 2:30 only to race back in at 6 am.

* I suggested to the Chairman the other night that maybe we should consider a king-sized bed.  He groaned and said it was a terrible idea.  We have a queen and that size has worked for 22 years.  But sometimes I fantasize about lying in bed without worrying about someone breathing on me.  Oh well.

* We might be adding to our family!  No, no more MYP.  My quiver is full.  The girls have been asking for a hamster and are promising to care for it and pay for it with their own money.  I just see the new arrival being cat bait.

* We cleaned a huge amount in the unfinished part of the basement.  I found utility bills from 16 years ago.  I also found a gift bag that a friend brought over to cheer me up at a very sad time.  It is slightly ripped and looks like it should go in the garbage, but I just couldn't.  Just seeing it makes me so thankful for thoughtful friends.

* Daughter #2 had four adult teeth yanked out of her mouth last Friday.  She was a trooper and got to drool and eat applesauce and oatmeal.  The body heals amazingly fast.  She will have tinsel on her teeth within 10 days.

I think that's about all I have for you!  See?  I told you life was kind of dull around here.
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two of the three MYP texted this to me...😁

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a girl and her friend on a snowy Sunday

Son #1 took a picture of this because he thought it looked so amazing.  Cooking for teenage boys is so rewarding.

This is so good.  I'm a daughter and also a mother...  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Musings on time!

I can hear the collective clapping for a job well done!  Musing on a Monday!  Thanks for your rousing support.  Or not.

We've got snow!  Based on social media sightings, you would think it never snows!  My feeder was full of pictures of potted plants and chairs and pine boughs drooping 'neath the weight of the beautiful white fluffy stuff!  I may or may not have taken a picture too.  I'm original like that.

It made for some sketchy driving.  But thankfully, the Chairman is a competent driver and we got to all our locations safely.

We purchased a new humidifier the end of October and suddenly it didn't seem to be working.  I tried this or that and then called the 1-800 customer service number.  The "lady" that answered said her name was "George".  It gave me pause, but then I started in on my problem.  "George" kept insisting my issue was with my filter.  I told "her" that I changed it and it still wasn't working.  She insisted.  I resisted.  I was utterly convinced it was the unit itself.  Finally after about six minutes of going back and forth, I did exactly what "she" told me to do with utter skepticism.  To my chagrin it worked.  I'm glad I don't have to meet "George" in person anytime soon.  I think she'd think I was an irritating person.  I may or may not have been called "bull-headed" when I was a child.  I can't figure out why.

Did you know you aren't supposed to use an apostrophe and an "s" when saying Happy Holidays from the Hansen's!  It's to be just Hansens.  You learn something every day.  And for those of you that have received holiday cards from us in the past, please don't hold my bad English against me.

I have a couple merino wool shirts that I purchased at Costco close to four years ago that I absolutely love.  They're like SmartWool only better as they are quite thin and layer underneath sweaters without giving you heatstroke.  The lady at Costco said they won't be carrying them anytime soon.  So I hit EBay and there it was!!!  And a couple dollars cheaper than I originally paid!  And free shipping!  Which I'm currently wearing as I type along this post.  I looked up the name/address where it came from.  The lady lives in nowheresville Idaho with four children.  Her husband is a wee bit chubby.  They look like a happy family.  Amazing what you can find on the internet.  Shirts and stalking.

I've been doing on-line banking and I love it!  I finally started doing the take-a-picture-of-your-check and submitting it after the MYP kept telling me it was simpler than starting up my car.  I have been and it's been quite handy!  I wonder if the teller-lady "Sheryl" misses me yet?

Someone just came this past weekend and sharpened all my knives.  I've got band-aids to prove it.  I just hope my thumb doesn't get chopped off this week.  He wanted to be sure they were sharp enough so that you could slice paper-thin grape slices.  I don't plan to serve paper-thin grapes anytime soon, but who am I to argue?

Today is Lisi's birthday.  She's doing good for her nine years.  Our first dog Lincoln died at 9 1/2, so we will appreciate the time we do have with her.  She seems quite healthy and quite photogenic, so we'll love on her while we have her.


Well this is enough Musing.  I will throw a few pictures here on the bottom.  Happy week ahead!  I'm off to tromp in some snow and get some fresh air.
homemade Texas Roadhouse rolls/cinnamon butter

super-special family time 

extra-special people

yep it snowed here too!