Texas Homecoming

I grew up in Texas, except for my middle and high school years, which were spent in Nevada.

So, I missed out on the whole Texas Friday Night Lights and Homecoming.

And yes, I meant to capitalize those words, because they are that big down here.

We just had Up and Coming.  Which is what happens when you’ve never had a graduating class in your high school, because until you have a graduating class you can’t have a Homecoming.

But that doesn’t stop us!

homecoming mum 1Senior mums can be school colors or gold and white – but they usually are over the top.

homecoming mum

But this is Texas, how do you know what is over the top?

homecoming mum

And sometimes we do forgo school colors.

homecoming mum

We almost always have animals showcased.

homecoming mum

And giraffes apparently are not over the top.

homecoming mum

And they aren’t just for the ladies!

homecoming mum

Can you see his, it’s camo!

homecoming mumAnd sometimes you just have to go for it!

And the owner of that massive mum? He was Homecoming King. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday 9-10-14

My Friday Night for Wordless Wednesday.


I helped mom paint a room in their house.

Bowling shoes

I put on some really ugly shoes that I actually really like and got set to have a “ball” with my friends Kevin and Sandi.

Bowling 2

I envied those that actually have “form” when they bowl! (That’s Kevin showing us how it’s done!)

Bowling score

New high score! I hit 70!! And I had a strike!  It was a great game!


I refueled with a stop at Waffle House.


And you have to have bacon.

It’s okay to be jealous!

Ear Buds for the Win!

I recently mentioned that I’ve started an upper body fitness challenge, and it became very clear this morning how extremely necessary this is for me!

Mr. T had to be at school at 8:30 am for a cheer function and while I didn’t want to, the yard really needed to be mowed.  Normally we split the task – I weed eat and he will mow.  Unfortunately, we just haven’t had a free weekend – and we won’t have a free one for a bit – and even though Mr. T was gone today, I was still here.

And my neighbor was working on his yard.

Peer pressure!

I pulled out the lawn mower.

Pressed the prime button as instructed.

And yanked.

And yanked.

And yanked.




And yanked

And yanked

And yanked.

Then I stepped away, took a deep breath…

And then, well,

See above…

I swallowed my pride and popped my head over the fence and asked my neighbor for help.

And he proceeded to start the mower on the first try.

So, it became clear to me this morning that picking an upper body challenge was the smart move for me!

But wait – it gets better!

Apparently some ants decided to make a home in the back yard, but I didn’t discover them until I had run them over and one or three dozen decided to bite me!

Well, I won’t stand for that.

So I walked over to the back door and then stopped.

I really wanted the ant spray.

But I couldn’t let go of the lawn mower.

But I really needed the ant spray.

But I’ve already proven that I can’t start my own mower!

ear buds to the rescue

Problem solved!

Ear buds for the win!

My Life is Full of Challenges

I know, I know, you have challenges, too.

All of our lives are full of challenges.

Some are not by our conscience choice, but due to decisions that we’ve made and placed us in certain circumstances.  Some challenges are completely brought on by us and some challenges we actively seek out.

Because sometimes we are all a bit nuts!

Last month I took this:

30 day fitness challenge

And turned it into this:

completed 30 day challenge

Look at that!!  Go Me!! I completed the challenge!

1840 squats.  902 lunges, 1550 crunches, 500 very long seconds in push up plank.


Now, as you know, I also took the declutter challenge.  One item on day 1; two items on day 2; three items on day 3; etc.  If you add that all up, it comes up to about 500 items.  I chose to break it into sections of my house.

And, guess what?

I failed.

declutter challenge

I could not toss 500 items.  I made it to 362 I think the sheet says.

But, I gave it my all! I even parted with items I really didn’t want to!

The flip side of this is that I learned a bit more about me.

At one point I was in the kitchen and all of the cabinets and drawers were open, and all I had managed to do was find about 10 items, like an extra coffee scoop and some broken magnets that used to be on the fridge, and I was feeling very dejected.  Then I got mad! If I hadn’t had that garage sale 2 years ago where I got rid of all of my extra kitchen stuff, then I would have had another 50 items – easily – to count towards the challenge!

Next I was in my closet.  I knew that Mr. T had just bagged up about 50 items, so I just had to match that.  I think I found about 20 items.  And that includes socks with no mate and broken earrings!  Again, I was defeated! I couldn’t come up with more than 20 items! Then, again, I got mad! If I hadn’t been cleaning out my closet for the past couple of months, if I hadn’t sold those 10 pairs of shoes, I would have been so much further along!

Do you see the trend? The past several years I’ve been getting rid of things, which is great – but here’s the good news – I haven’t brought back in the items! The items that have been purged have not returned to my house!  I haven’t replaced my unwanted/unused/not necessary items!

So, yes, I totally failed.

And I’m totally taking that win!

have nothing in your house

So, how do you follow-up these challenges?

With more challenges!

30 day arm and shoulder challenge

I may have little upper body strength, and I may be using girly weights, but I’m taking the challenges!

And I hope your life is just as full of challenges, too!  Grow through what you go through