Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Daughter Is Graduating College!

Yes my daughter is in her last year of college. She is doing really great with her classes. We are very proud of her and we do let her know that.

She is really busy these days with her job, her internship and all her classes. I really don't know how she does it. Sometimes she just has enough time to go home get a couple hours of sleep and start the next day.

She does call me when she has a few minutes in between what ever she is doing. That is when I find out what she has been doing. She has talked to Drew on the phone a couple of times. You should her them two when I put the speaker on the phone for them to talk. This one time I do remember it was last month she was in  a car accident not real bad. There was snow on the ground and a car slid into her car and I was trying to explain it to Drew and I said forget it and put the speaker on the phone so my daughter could explain it to him. 

My daughter just barely graduated high school. Her grades are a lot better in college now. With what she has been through with her dad leaving her, barely graduating high school, working and going to college I think my daughter deserves this graduation from college. I am a very proud mother right now and I know that Drew is just as proud of her. She has been working her butt off for the last four years for this.

Right now all I know is her graduation will be sometime in May. Yes I am taking time off work to go and see my daughter graduate. This is one thing I would never miss for her. I will tell you this is the one parent that is always there for my kids no matter what. I will always be there for my kids too.

She called me last night to tell me about the graduation. She asked me if she should tell her dad about it and I told her that it is up to her. I can not be the one to decide this one for her. He always told the kids he would be there when they graduated high school and never showed up for them. So I do not see him showing up for her college graduation. But that is up to her to tell him not me.

I will keep you up dated on the graduation. All I know that day the waterfalls will be going for my daughter and not only me I know Drew's will be going too. Just like when my youngest daughter and his daughter both graduated high school. From the very proud mom!♥

Friday, January 27, 2012

American Idol in Houston Texas!

Yes American Idol was in Houston, Texas last night. It was a really interesting show.

They handed out 54 tickets last night. 

At the beginning of the show it was a lot of cowboys that could not sing worth anything. 

Then there was a girl from Mississippi and she was really good. She had the right stuff and she made it to Hollywood.

After she sang it looked like everything was turning around for the judges.

Then a 28 yr old lady that is going through a divorce came out. She was really good. Her and her husband at the time had a band. But then she was pregnant and she had to put her dreams on hold until last night because she is going to Hollywood. Her dreams are coming true now.

Then after lunch a battle between the judges started. Because the guys started to pick people that really could not sing and Jennifer was really getting frustrated.

On the second day there was a guy that was born with no ears. When he was younger he had to go through a lot of surgeries to get ear drums and ears. I will tell you one thing he can really sing and also he made it to Hollywood.

Then there was a guy who was singing and Randy tried to stop him but Jennifer stopped Randy. This guy really could sing good. He made it to Hollywood also.

Then there was a girl this was her second audition her first one was at age 16. She did make it to Hollywood her first time but not after first cut. This time she did make it to Hollywood again and I hope she makes if further because she is really good.

Next week Wednesday they will be in Portland, Oregon. I would really like to hear what you have to say.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

American Idol in Aspen, Colorado!

Yes Wednesday night American Idol was in Aspen, Colorado.

31 tickets where given out last night in Aspen. 

There was a lot of people from all over at this one. I just could not believe that one came all the was from Virginia to audition.

The one that I do remember the most is the girl with bipolar. From what her mom and her said on t.v. about how she was it just brought tears to my eyes. I was just happy that she is on her medicine and was able to audition. I just hope she really makes it far because she is really good.

Then there was a Lady Gaga wannabe that I didn't really like. I thought she just needed a little more time to get her voice right.

There was a guy who wrote his own song and sang that for his audition. His friends and family said he would not make it with singing his own song. He made it to Hollywood.

The last audition was a guy  that called himself cyclops. He was dressed like a hippie and he was from Davenport. Iowa. He was really strange and he did not make it. Randy was leaving the room while he was still singing.

Like all the time there are good and bad singers at the auditions.

Thursday they will be in Houston, Texas. I can't wait to see how this one will go.

I am leaving you with a couple of beautiful pictures of  Aspen that I found. This would be one place I would really love to go and see.

I would really like to hear what you have to say!♥

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter Forming On The Lake!

I will start with Friday night. I was having a bad night trying to sleep. I had a real bad sinus headache and only got a couple hours of sleep. I was suppose to work on Saturday but my with sinus headache it never went away and with the very little sleep I had gotten I didn't want to take the chance driving the car with both things. So Saturday I stayed home and tried to get rid of the headache. It finally went away in the evening. Believe me I tried taking any medicine I could to get rid of the headache.

Then on Sunday I had a short day at work. So Drew had an idea to go out and do something since I was feeling better. I gave him the idea to go and drive around and go to the thrift stores. Yes we did do both things.

The first place we went was by Lake Michigan. The picture you see here is a few blocks away from our place. You can see how the ice is starting to form by the shores. You can also see how the waves are coming in from the winds yesterday.

Then we went downtown by the lake to see if we could see any ducks out there. We did see some Seagulls just laying on the ice. That is in the picture to the right.

I just couldn't believe how the ice was forming downtown already. There was ice up on all the rocks along the lake. Yesterday with the winds the waves came up on the rocks.

We also seen some Seagulls trying to fly into the wind. But they couldn't get anywhere. We tried to get a picture of that but when we would go to snap the picture they went down below the rocks.

Yes we did make it to the thrift stores and he found some more to add to his music collection. I found some books for my daughter and work pants for him and I. 

It was just nice getting out of the house even with it being windy and cold outside. I do enjoy just going out for a drive and looking around. I don't like the cold but as long as it is nice and warm in the car I will go. I hope everyone enjoyed there weekend I did at least on Sunday.

American Idol in San Diego!

Yes American Idol was in San Diego last night. The auditions took place on the U.S.S. Midway fleet. Yes right on an aircraft carrier. I thought that was really neat.

One guy got the gold ticket and went out to tell his family while they were so happy the guy hit is head on one of the pipes.

The first person that had there audition was a girl and let me tell you skanky is the right word. The shorts was like Daisy Duke shorts and a strapless bikini top. Yes I am sure all the guys there really liked the show. I am sorry I would never let my girls dress like that especially for on t.v..

Then there was a girl named Jane Carrey. She was really good but then to come and find out she is Jim Carrey's daughter. Some people are going to think that she made it because she told the judges who her father is. I just hope that was not the case because I would like to see her make it all on her own not because of who her father is.

Then there is Steven Tyler goofing off. When I seen this on the commercials during the football game I was laughing so hard. When I did see this during the show I was laughing just as hard. He knows how to have a good time.

Yes there was a lot of people that didn't make it last night but then there was the good ones that made it.

The show didn't start until really late last because the football game went into overtime.

This Wednesday they are going to be in Aspen, Colorado. I can't wait to see how this one is going to go. I would really like to hear what you are thinking about the show!

Friday, January 20, 2012

American Idol in Pittsburgh!

Yes American Idol was in Pittsburgh last night. This was the first time that they ever went there.

Last night there was a guy from Wisconsin his name is Reed Grim. He sang a different style of " Family Matters" and it was really good. He has been in the family band since he was two years old. He did make it to Hollywood.

There was a fifteen year old boy that looked like Justin Bieber. He said he gets that all the time because of his hair cut. He did make it also.

There was a waitress from Baltimore. She is really good and I know she will make it really far this season.

There was a guy that on his way to the auditions he wrote his own song. He sang that song last night and he made it. The judges asked him to sing another song and he sang a Justin Timberlake song. He is really good.

Last night there was just so many people that were good. The show was only and hour long. They handed out thirty or more tickets to Hollywood.

Steven came in on the second day with a sound toy. It was so funny watching him with it. I was laughing so hard.

They are going to have a special day on Sunday night after the football game. They will be in San Diego. I would really like to hear what you have to say about the show!♥

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Season 11 Of American Idol Has Started!

Yes American Idol is back on t.v.. I couldn't believe that all the judges came back. I didn't know if Jennifer and Steven would come back this season.

 I watched the show and they where in Savannah Ga. last night. They had a really big turn out for auditions down there. I was really amazed.

But then the ones that went in front of the judges I just couldn't believe that they even made it that far. They should have been turned away from day one. Yes I know I should not be like that but if you did watch the show you will know what I am talking about.

The way I know the different steps of this show is because my youngest daughter tried out for the show when they came to Milwaukee Wi. and she didn't even make it from the first set of tryouts. The first thing you do is sing in front of the producers then you sing in front of the judges another day. After you sing in front of the judges tells you if you make it to Hollywood.

I am not saying that there was no good singers because there was a lot of good singers. The singers came from all over to try out in Savannah. There was some from North Carolina, New York and one came from Africa.

The guy from Africa sang a Rascal Flatts song. But what Randy said to him I think was wrong. Randy told him if he could come back with people said that he could sing then he would get a ticket to Hollywood. The guy came back with people that said he could sing and Randy still told him no. Ryan even went with the guy to find the people. This was really wrong to do to the guy.

There are a few of the singers that I think will really make it far in the competition. Especially the last one that sang his name is Phillip Phillips. He is really good and he also plays the guitar. He can sing with the the guitar and with out it. He is really good.

There are also a couple of girls that are really good from last night and I forgot to write the names down.

Some of the singers that had gotten turned away started swearing and yelling at the camera people. I have seen this happen before on the show. If they don't make it they can tryout again next year. One of the girls said she would see them again in Texas.

This on girl said she would be Steven's ex wife. I started to laugh and I am sorry she really could not sing at all. You should have seen the looks on the judges faces. It was funny and that is what really made me laugh so hard.

Tonight they are going to be in Pittsburgh. I would like to hear what you have to say about the show if you are watching it!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Revue on Bad Company Straight Shooter Album!

Today I decided to do a revue on Bad Company.

Since I have been with my boyfriend I have been listening to their music. Yes it is different from what I usually listen to but I really like their music. I just enjoy listening to it and when we go up north and get the cd's packed in the bag I tell him to make sure he has Bad Company in there.

I just can't put my finger on it for the reason why I like this group so much. Maybe because they really don't scream when they sing. The music is so awesome.

Here is what I think of the songs on the album-

Good Lovin' Gone Bad- This is a really good song and the music is awesome.

Feel Like Makin' Love- This song is awesome. Yes this is one of my favorites on the album. Yes this is a ballad but a really good one.

Weep No More- The beginning of the song is great with the instrumentals. This song is good.

Shooting Star- This another of my favorites. This one tells you how it is to become a musician and the music with it is awesome.

Deal With The Preacher- This is a good song I like this one.

Wild Fire Woman- This song is alright. The music is great and the lyrics.

Anna- This is a ballad and it is a really great one too. I really like this song a lot.

Call On Me- This a really good song. Not that bad I will listen to this song.

Like I said I really like this band. If they came around for a concert I would really like to go and see them. I hope to hear what you have to say about this album. Like I always do I am leaving you with a video!♥

Monday, January 16, 2012

Little House on the Prairie Series Based on The Caroline Years Little House in Brookfield!

I couldn't believe that I found this book at a thrift store. It is with the Little House on the Prairie books. The only difference about this book is it's about Laura's mom growing up. Yes this is about the Caroline years. This book is really good and I am going to tell you a little about it.

Caroline was born in Brookfield  Wisconsin on December 12, 1839. Her parents Charlotte and Henry Quiner. Her brothers and sisters Joseph, Henry, Martha, Eiza and Thomas. Caroline is the fourth child.

When Caroline was five years old her father went to work on a boat on Lake Michigan and never returned home. There was an accident on the lake and her father died. This happened on Caroline's fifth birthday. The way that the family found out was her aunt, uncle and Grandma Quiner came to the house and told them. From that day Grandma stayed to help her mom raise the children.

Caroline loved to help her mother with anything she could. Because she knew that always made her mother happy. One morning her mother was making hotcakes and Caroline just loved her mother's hotcake and syrup.

The girls would only go to school in the summer time and the boys would go to school in the winter time. That was because there was not enough room in the little schoolhouse for all of the kids and also the bigger boys where to busy helping on the farms in the summer time.

During the time the kids did not go to school there mother would make sure that the kids did school work at home. Caroline had a sampler that she would sew the letters of the alphabet on. That was the way she learned her letters. She had to sew one letter each day and read from a book.

All the children had chores to do the boys would split wood every morning and the girls had to make the beds and sweep the floors of the bedrooms. Caroline also had to feed the chickens and bring in the eggs. But on wash day the girls would bring in water for their mother. When their hands would get tired then the boys would bring in the water and the girls would bring in the split wood to keep the fire going for mother.

One Christmas her mother ran out of flour so mother, Joseph, Henry and Caroline went to town to get some flour. Mother needed it for her special Christmas bread. But the store ran out of flour. So mother went to the mill the man had two barrels of flour but one was sold and he did not want to open the other. He said it would sell for the full barrel instead of it opened. He would have more flour in two days he told mother. There was this tall strange man at the mill. That night there was a knock on the door and mother opened the door and the tall strange man was there he had a bad of flour for mother. She wanted to repay the man and he said no he was on his way out of town.

During the winter there was a real bad snow fall that came. The next morning Joseph went to check his traps but he could not find them. He told mother he could not even find the lake it had snowed so bad. Then he went to help Henry finish the wood and all of a sudden the door opened and there was an Indian behind Joseph. The Indians name was Crooked Bone he knew the childrens father. Joseph knew that his father talked to him. Crooked Bone seen Joseph out checking his traps he brought the family a deer. The boys and Crooked Bone went to the barn with the deer to cut it up.

This is some of what is  in the book I am not going to write everything that is in the book. If you like Little House on the Prairie like I do this is a book to get. There are so many books that I did not know about until I found this one. In the back of this book is a list of more books. Here are more books for you to check out.

The Caroline Years-  Written by Maria D. Wilkes
Little House in Brookfield
Little Town at he Crossroads
Little Clearing in the Woods
On Top of Concord Hill
Across the Rolling Rivier
Little City by the Lake
Little House of their Own

The Rose Years- Written by Roger Lea MacBride
Little House on Rocky Ridge
Little Farm in the Ozarks
In the Land of the Big Red Apple
On the Otherside of the Hill
Little Town in the Ozarks
New Dawn on the Rocky Ridge
On the Banks of the Bayou
Bachelor Girl

Then three more from Laura-
On The Way Home
West From Home
A Little House Traveler

I hope you enjoy these books just as much as I will. I plan on reading them and writing about them all. I would really like to hear what you have to say about the books also.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Revue on Boston Album is Boston!

I know I have not done an album revue in a long time. So I decided to do this album today.

This is there debut album it was released in July of 1976 on Epic records. This album went to number three on the billboards. It also went 17 times platinum by the recording industry association of America.

I remember when the album came out I was listening to it on the radio and I wanted the album so bad. So what I did was I asked my mom and dad for the album for my birthday and they said we will see. Then when my birthday came I didn't get the album so I took my birthday money and went and bought myself the album. I was so determined to get the album.

Yes I am going to write about each song today. So here I go-

More Than A Feeling- The music on this song is so awesome and the lyrics are just great. Yes I really like this song.

Peace Of Mind- This is another awesome song for them. The music and the lyrics are just so great.

Foreplay/ Long Time- I just love the music on here it is so awesome. This is an great song I really do like this one.

Rock and Roll Band- This is a good song. Don't get me wrong I do like this one.

Smokin'- I do like this song. The music is great on here and the lyrics.

Hitch a Ride- This is more of a mellow song for them. I really like this song.

Something About You- This is a good song. The music is awesome.

Let Me Take You Home Tonight- This song is a ballad song. It is really good and I do like this song.

This album is so awesome and a great debut album for a band. To me the whole album is awesome and it is really hard to pick one song from this album that is my favorite. This is a must have album if you are a Boston fan.

Like I always do I am leaving you with a video of one of the songs. Just remember I like the whole album so this is a really hard choice for me. But this time it is not going to be one that has be played on the radio all the time.  

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Renovating Our House!

Yes I have not been on here all week to post anything. We have been cleaning the house.

We went through the storage area, closet, dining room, living room and the kitchen. This was one big job to get done by today because my daughter was coming home from up by my son's house. What we are trying to do was make some room so we wouldn't be stepping over anything. This was a long four day process to try to finish.

This picture is cassette tape drawers that Drew has music in them. He also has about ten crates of vinyl albums and two big cd racks. Yes he loves his music.

 Then we had so many boxes to go through with pictures, nicknacks, rugs and other things. I went through the pictures and started to hang some up. This is a picture of the living room of some of the boxes I was going through. This was not all of them he was still bringing more out.

Yes that is our dog laying on the couch watching us moving everything. She was also getting in the way sometimes.

I also had to go through the metal filing cabinet to get rid of a lot of papers that he kept over the years. I had about eight trash bags of shredded papers from the cabinet. Then going through the bills that we have to keep and making new folders for everything. That took me two days by itself.

On this wall was a dresser of cassette tapes.  That was moved and we went out and bought another bookcase. I went through all the books that didn't fit on the other bookcase and put them on here. Yes this one is almost filled with what we already have. My Little House on the Prairie books are not on here yet because family is borrowing them. I put these books in a certain order by the authors. One shelf is paperback and another is hardcover. Then my daughter has a shelf for her books.

Next to the bookcase you can see some of his albums.

After this I started to hang some pictures on the walls in the living room and the dining room. I also have two racks of spoons that his Great Grandma had. So I hung them up by the counter. I have always liked things like this and I asked him if it was alright for me to hang them. He said do what ever you want to do. So I put them up.

He also had some shelves with cut out hearts in them. I put one about the kitchen sink and I put two candle holders on it. Then I put one in the bathroom and I put a basket of shells on that one.
I put another one in our bedroom with two angel statues and a porcelain doll on it.

I was having fun putting everything up in the house. Going through the boxes and finding all of this was so much fun for me. But then trying to figure out where to hang it or put it up was getting harder for me. Because we have limited space in our place.

While I was having fun decorating Drew was trying to figure out what to throw out and what to pack back up. But we managed to get rid of a lot of stuff. It was basically things we are never going to use or things that are broken.

Above is the dining room finished and I was so happy when that room was done. I just could not believe that it was done. It took a long time to get done but we made it with this room.

The picture to the right is the living room. It is not completely done yet. I still have a few more pictures to hang and some bags to put away.

On the wall you can see a collage of pictures I put up. The top one is his mom and dad, to the left is his grandma and grandpa, to the right is a four generation picture and the bottom is our family picture with our kids and us. Then next to it I am going to put of a collage frame of different pictures. On the chair is three pictures that have to go up still.

The only thing that still needs to be done is our bedroom. Then it will be completely done. This is what we have been doing all week long!♥

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bears Week #17

Yes this was the last game for the Bears. They won this one against the Vikings 17-13.

McCown was sacked three times during the game. One of the sacks he barely got up.

Then there was the interception in the second quarter by Tillman. That really helped the team.

This is stop the losing streak but a little to late for the team to get in the playoffs.

Now Urlacher is on the injury list with a sprained knee. This would not help them if they did make it into the playoffs.

I do have to say this was a great game even though it was the last for the season. Yes we did have two of are better player injured that didn't help us. We do need a new second string quarter back.

Lets pray next year will be a better year for our team. Lets also pray we get some better players for our team so we can go further then this season.

The Chicago Bears in the Pro Bowl are Running Back Matt Forte, Outside Linebacker Lance Briggs, Inside/Middle Linebacker Brian Urlacher, Cornerback Charles Tillman and Special Teamer Corey Graham. That is great to see some of our team going to the Pro Bowl.