Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday's Favorite Five!

Today I'm listing 5 things I'd like to do before leaving this big ole world.
I'd like to take a hot air balloon ride.
I'd like to be able to go to The French Open, Wimbledon, The Australian Open and The U.S. Open to watch some phenominal tennis (all of which would include Nadal and/or my daughter).
I'd like to purchase an RV and just take off with no destination in mind.
I'd like to be able to design my own home and actually live in it.
And I'd also like to be here to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Good Sleepin'

One of the many things I love about summer is a nice thunderstorm rolling in just as I'm getting ready to go to bed. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain fall and hearing the rolling thunder in the distance. Ahhhhh, this makes for some good sleeping. What are some of your favorites to fall asleep to?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

How About A Fifth?

All is good around the Jenkins household for the next couple of weeks. Roland Garros - The French Open - has officially begun and we love to watch tennis.

We are supporters of Rafael Nadal and love to watch this guy on clay. He has proven to be a phenominal player of the last several years. After the first time I watched him - I WAS HOOKED! Tennis is such a demanding sport and it really takes it's toll on the ole' body. After Kenzie started playing, I was able to see fist hand how grueling it can be. I have watched my children as they have played softball, basketball, football, soccer, baseball and tennis and I have to admit - tennis has me on the edge of my seat waiting for that next point to be awarded. I am hooked on this sport and love nothing more than watching my hubby and daughter go at it on the court. With her improving every day, she's giving her old man a run for his money and he is eating it up. They are a lot of fun to watch but for the next two weeks, my eyes will be on Rafa.

Rafa has won for the last 4 years, can he make it 5?
P.S. Way to go Helio - 3rd time is a charm!!! I wonder if he likes his Mirror Ball trophy the best! LOL

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Who's Winning?

Hubby and I went fishing this past weekend and we had a blast. We went to a lake we had not been to in ages. We found just the perfect spot and set up camp - er, I mean our chairs and stuff. It really was a great place to be, however, we didn't catch any fish there. After a few hours and lots of sun later, we decided to go back to my trusty spot where I had caught my first first of the year. GUESS WHAT..... along came number 2. Yep, Karen 2 - Pat Zero, Zip, Nada, Goose Egg. WooooHoooo! He had 4 good bites, even got a couple of them close enough to shore so they could laugh at him as they let go of his hook. At one point, he used the excuse that his hook was not sharp enough to catch them. LOLOLOLOL!

A great time was had and I look forward to fishing expedition number 3.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to you all and a sincere "Thank You" to all who have given so much.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday's Favorite Five!

For today's favorite five I wanted to share my favorite candle fragraces with you. I love burning candles. I love the frangrance, the glow and the feeling of warmth that they can put off on a cold winter day.

My most favorite of all is a candle that was called the cake candle. They had a cranberry one that smelled delicious. One of the things I liked about the candles so well was that you didn't even have to burn them to smell them. You could just sit it out in your favorite crock and enjoy.
These babies lasted forever.

I also like the Yankee candles. My favorites in these would be Clean Linen, Hazelnut Coffee, Blueberry and only around the holidays, a pumpkin or cinnamon scent.

How about yours - what are your favorite candle scents?

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Before Kenzie had her license, if she had a date to go to the movies , dad or I would drop her off and pick her up. At the time it could be somewhat of an inconvenience but hey, you go with the flow. Well, this past Saturday she went out on her first "car" date. The guy she went out with has been a "friend" of hers for about a year now. We met him and his family last year at a tennis tournament. He and Kenzie have played together a few times and text (the new way of communicating) each other all the time. He lives on the opposite side of the county (about 40 minutes from our house) so they hardly ever see each other. Well as I was saying, this past Saturday, these two finally hooked up to go out (only as "friends"). He drove clear out to our house to pick her up and then the movie theater they were going to was way across town (about 30 minutes away). She was content to just meet him there (which her father preferred) but her friend would hear nothing of it. He gets to the house, picks her up and off they go. Dad and I wait up for her to get home so we could grill her on the evening. Dad starts asking 50 questions about the movie (Star Trek) -OMG YOU'RE KIDDING ME- I could've cared less about the movie I wanted the good stuff, was there any hand-holding, did he put his arm around you, did he pay your way in, how was his driving, did he text while he drove???? Yea, these were the real questions. No one cared about the stupid movie (which accoridng to Kenzie was a bomb). Well, he was a perfect gentlemen, however, he did text while he was driving. THAT'S A BIG NO-NO IN MY BOOK especially when my daughter is in the car with him. Kenzie has been "threatened" that if caught even talking on her cell while driving - well let's just say, the car will be a rust bucket before she'll drive again. I know she would never get into a car with someone who had been drinking but how do we protect them from DWT (driving while texting). It's not illegal (not here anyway) but yet can be just as dangerous. This has really scared me and I don't quite know how to deal with this one. Young drivers are not experienced enough to be texting while driving. Heck, I've been driving for over 30 years and don't like to talk on the phone while I'm behind the wheel let alone try to text someone. We need to nip this in the bud!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fresh Air

Since the weather has finally broke, I like to start off my day with an invigorating 2 mile walk first thing in the morning. My MP3 player and I usually try to hit the door about 6:30 a.m. I walk down our road and with being in the country, I never know what I might run into. The one thing I most look forward to on my walk is the fresh air. It smells so clean at that time of day. It's like the night has cleansed and refreshed it and is ready to start anew. It is so peaceful (yea even with my music craking in my ears, I can also hear the quiet - I'm just that talented). Last week I was lucky enough to see a small deer. Oh it done this heart good I tell ya. I stopped and just allowed myself to watch this magnificent creature as it pranced along it's way. It amazes me how graceful they are. There are also fields on both sides of the road and they had both been tilled and freshly planted. As the sun was rising and hit that fresh dirt, it was a sight to behold. I love the sight of a freshly tilled field. The dirt looks so brown and rich. Boy do I sound like a country hick or what!! One of the things I most look forward to is watching the beans and corn start their growing process. Right now I can see for miles and miles (isn't there a song like that) but soon, the corn with start to block that view and by the time it's done, all I'll be able to see is the road in front of me, but all the while I'll get to listen to it grow (yea the mp3 player will be left at home so I can enjoy the sounds of life). There's nothing like the country life!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Need A Chuckle?!?


One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his Sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?" "It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?" He yelled back, "University of Oklahoma." And they say blondes are dumb...

A couple is lying in bed. The man says, "I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world." The woman replies, "I'll miss you..."

"It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"
"Probably that I married you for your money," she replied.

A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband.
Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands.
The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger... Whoosh...immediately he turned ninety!!! Gotta love that fairy!

Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?
A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Donuts 101

Who doesn't love a fresh warm donut for breakfast. Well here at my house, it's a huge favorite. We live about 10 miles out of town so to make a trip into the local bakery is not always something that's appealing on a lazy weekend morning. Well, we found a way to make our own. That's right - The Jenkins Bakery has fresh warm donuts on any given weekend. They're quick, simple and really, really good. So, being the sweet and unselfish person that I am, I decided to share my recipe with all my buds (you've probably all already heard of this but bear with me OK)!

Buy a couple rolls of biscuits from your local grocery and lay them out on the counter (this is pretty simple so far huh)!

Next, find something to make your donut holes (this can be the tricky part). I use a 2-liter lid, it works perfectly.

I pour about a cup of oil into our frying pan and heat it on medium to medium-high. I also lay out my paper towels for them to drain on and have my tongs and slotted spooon ready for action.

I fry the donut holes first. They are kinda tough to turn so I only make about 5 at a time. The donuts will cook pretty quickly so you'd better have everything ready before you start. They probably only take about 5 seconds on each side (told ya it was quick).

After they've cooked, I lay them on a paper towel to drain and cool a little. Your donuts should be a nice light golden brown.

Then - just have fun with em! In this picture I have used regular sugar (the donut holes are the best with this coating), powdered sugar, chocolate icing (any cake icing will do, I zap mine for a few in the microwave to make it a little easier to spread) and of course - SPRINKLES!!! You can get creative and use any topping your little heart desires.
If this is new to any of you, please give it a try. If some of you already knew this and are more creative than me - please share!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's Favorite Five!

Hubby gave me a great idea for today's favorite five. What are your 5 favorite smells of summer.

My number one smell would be rain. It just seems to have cleansed everything and it smells so fresh and new.

#2. Fresh cut grass (kinda sneeze a lot but it's well worth it).

#3. Roses - who doesn't love the smell of fresh roses on the old rose bush.

#4. Chlorine - gotta love that swimming pool smell.

#5. BAR-B-Q. YeHaw!! Who don't love grillin' out. We do it a lot here at the Jenkins homestead.

I would like to ask for all my blogging buddies (who are the best) to keep a dear friend of mine in their thoughts and prayers. Robin is going through a very difficult time right now regarding her grandchildren, who reside in California (she resides here in Ohio). It's as though her hands are tied being so far away and she can't seem to find anyone in CA. willing to help.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This or That!!

Would you rather hit the slopes or take a cruise?
My answers are obviously reflected in the picutres.

Would you rather have a nice family sedan or a hot little sporty convertible?

Would you rather go bowling or play miniature golf (I suck at bowling)?

Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?

For a vacation, would you rather visit a resort or have a private island to yourself?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It's....... An Anaconda!!!

Pat and Kenzie were going to the tennis courts last Saturday and I had decided to stay home and take care of some "stuff" that needed to be tended to. Well after some deep pondering of the situation, I decided it was just too nice to stay indoors. I hadn't gotten my walk in for the day yet so I decided to kill two birds (sorry Jen) with one stone. I'd mow the yard and get my exercise at the same time. Now this is a task that hubby usually does, but every now and again I enjoy getting out there and working up a good sweat. So off I went. Mowed the front with no problems, mowed the back with no problems, worked my way out to the back 40 and THERE WAS A PROBLEM! As I pusing along minding my own business, I happen to look up and there it was...... it was huge (all of 2 feet), it was brown and slithery-like, it was an ANACONDA! Swear it!!! That thing was HUGEMONGOUS!!!! It was reared up in striking position just hissing away. WHAT THE HECK! I was alone with no place to run (no we didn't have another 3 acres behind me). I WAS TRAPPED by this huge beast. OK, just chill out and think this through calmly. So, I inched my way closer to the monster hoping the mower would scrare him, WRONG. He was not budging. So, there we were, it was a stand-off, me vs. the anaconda (don't forget I was armed with the mower). After an hour (1 minute) it laid it's ugly head down and then, of all things, stretched completely out (was the length of the yard I'm sure) and decided to sun bathe. OK, this was not even cool, I had no posse to back me up (they would've run for the hills anyway) and still had some yard to finish. So I inched forward a little more and it started to slither, ever so slowly. Did I mention I am TERRIFIED of snakes!!! So I inched a little more, it slithered a little more. FINALLY, as night was settling in (probably a good 2 mintues) the monster slithered far enough away for me to be able to complete my row and go on about my merry way. Rest assured I never took my eye off him either.

After all this, I completed the yard, put the mower away and went over to wash my hands at the hose. VOILA! It's an ANACONDA TOAD. Scared the bajeezees right outta me! Enough was enough, in the house I went, and in the house I stayed.

When Pat and Kenzie got home I was excitedly telling them about the attack of the Anaconda, and what does my loving husband say to me...... "Why didn't you just run over it with the mower". Hmmmmmmm, never thought of that one!! I DON'T THINK SO, it would've jumped up on me and eaten me alive.

This is my Anaconda Toad! He's kinda cute in the picture, not so cute when he jumped out at me and tried to attack!!! LOL

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Birth-Day!

Today would've been my mom's 67th birthday! She has been gone 11 years now. Mom and I had a "unique" relationship. One would definitely not call it typical but it was still a relationship. Over the past week or so I've have some very fond memories surface that I hadn't thought about in a long time. Trips to the candy store, the root beer stand, the dairy queen. Mom loved to indulge us with things like this. She was also a very spur-of-the-moment type person. If she felt the desire to go do something, that is exactly what we did. Mom loved to buy things for those that she loved whether it be something as simple as a donut from the local bakery or an ornament that reminded her of you. She was very free when it came to that type of thing and that's a wonderful freedom to have. I'll admit though that there were times when all I wanted from her was a big old hug or simple "I love you", those things did not come so easy to her for whatever reason.

My mom also treasured her grandchildren. Whatever they were doing, she wanted to be a part of it as well. She never missed a little league baseball game, never missed a basketball or volleyball game, never missed a dance recital or soccer game. You name it, she was there. She was a huge fan of all the kids. They all loved having NANA around. Again, she would spoil them with candy or ice cream or taking them to the toy store to pick out anything (within reason) that they wanted. Mom was great like that.

It saddens me that she never allowed herself to accept our hugs as a act of love toward her. For whatever reason, she always felt there was a hidden agenda behind it. I can remember the morning that she passed away, I was praying to God and said "at least now she knows our hugs were there because we loved her, not because we wanted something from her". For some reason it was very important to me that she KNEW that. And ironically enough, the day before she died I had given her a hug when I was leaving and she never questioned it. My mother passed silently in her sleep at the age of 56 from a massive heart attack. She looked so peaceful lying there in her bed snuggled up with her pillow. There was no pain on her face at all. That is how I'll always remember her now, peaceful and content.

Happy Birthday Mom! I miss you more than you could possibly ever know and here's a GREAT BIG HUG from me to you!

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Day In The Life Of Gardening

For as long as we have been married, Pat has always had a garden. He loves to get out in the dirt and mess around. We started out with just tomatoes, green peppers and onions. That was many moons ago. We now have a "real" garden. He works very dilligently to prep the soil and make sure it's ready come planting time. I'm not as big a gardener as he but he does have a wonderful little helper that jumps at the chance to go out in the back 40 with him and get in the dirt.......... yes, you guessed it - ABBIE!

So, last weekend we went out to plant some of our veggies. Pat had already planted the garlic (last September) and my green onions as well as his regular onions. You'll note below that Abbie feels the need to do her inspection to make sure all is growing the way it should.

OK, the onions and garlic looked good, now to make sure the beans, tomatoes and peppers were ready to roll.

YEP, all looks good. We had her OK to go ahead and proceed with the planting process. She supervised as we placed the plants and seeds into mother earth. Abbie has always loved wandering through the garden and especially loves when the corn has grown tall. I think she feels as if we can't see her as she's roaming through the rows and with her being a beagle, that nose is always covered with dirt when she emerges.

Finally, all the seeds are sown and we just have to wait for the growing process to begin. It doesn't take too long because of the wonderful job Pat has done in getting everything ready and all the rows marked. However, some of us were pretty tuckered out. Supervising is a pretty intense job with a lot of responsibility and when done correctly, well, let's just say a break is in order.

So, with a big paws up from Abbie, we'll sit back and watch mother nature do her thing.
I'll be posting a photo journal of the garden on the side of the page so we can see how well the garden grows.
Sorry, this post had a mind of its own today and is not formatting like I want it to. :(

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

What are WE? WE forgive, WE nurture, WE hurt, WE fix, WE stumble, WE grow and
WE love.... unconditionally. That's what WE are.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday's Favorite Five!

Just how many ways are there to realx? Each person has their own unique style of finding relaxation and today I thought I'd share mine with you. How do you realx?

Make some popcorn, grab my pillow and watch a good "chick flick".

I love to read and can spend hours getting lost in a good book

Take a relaxing walk. Nothing is more soothing than nature at it's best.

Rocking my worries away!!!!

Now this isn't something I can do whenever I want, but how relaxing is it to just sit and stare into a camp fire?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Weight Loss!


A guy calls a company and orders their 5-day, 10 lb. weight loss program. The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19-year-old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me." Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens. On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs. as promised.

He calls the company and orders their 5-day, 20 lb. program. The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning, beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, "If you catch me, you can have me". Well, he's out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and it takes him a while before he can continue, so for the next four days, the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape. Much to his delight on the fifth day he weighs himself only to discover that he has lost another 20 lbs. as promised.

He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day, 50 lb. program. "Are you sure?" asks the representative on the phone. "This is our most rigorous program." "Absolutely," he replies, "I haven't felt this good in years." The next day there's a knock at the door, and when he opens it he finds Richard Simmons standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, "If I catch you, you're mine.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lucky Lady!

With Kenzie having her license, as well as all her friends, she has had a little more freedom. With that being said it has given hubby and I more "alone" time. When we got married I had 2 children from a previous marriage so there was never really any "alone" time for us. Well let me tell ya, we're both kinda enjoying this, and not in the way that you all are thinking (get your minds out of the gutter). We are truly having a good time. We have always had a loving relationship along with a strong friendship and now we have time to just spend with each other. Sometimes parents invest all of themselves in their children's lives and when the children leave, the couple have lost their connection to each other. I am extremely thankful to say that hubby and I have raised the kids as a partnership. My older two have created a lot of waves, don't get me wrong, but we've muddled our way through and have a unique bond because of it. I can remember through some of those rought times my grandmother telling me "Karen, you're children will come and your children will go, but that man will love you and be with you forever". It was the best advice I'd ever received.

I look forward to spending more time with my hubby. I know they'll be lots of laughs and fond memories to come. I am a lucky, lucky lady!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

- Why the early bird gets the worm;

- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

-I Know My Rights
-I Want It Now
-Someone Else Is To Blame and
-I'm A Victim

Monday, May 4, 2009


For the life of me, I cannot sleep in. It doesn't matter what time I go to bed, I wake up between 6 & 6:30 a.m. every single day. Of course during the work week I feel like I could sleep until noon. I can remember my mom and grandmother both would wake that early and say it was because they were getting old. GUESS WHAT! I'm getting old! I'm not going to give my age away but I will say I'm in the high mid 40's. My body is really starting to feel used! WHEN THE HECK DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHO SAID IT COULD? I think I'll start looking around for newer style to trade it in on! LOL! Does anyone else out there feel kinda dinosauric?? What's changing in you to make you feel old?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday's Favorite Five!

This week my favoite five are bands. These are the groups that I could listen to anytime.

1. Rascal Flatts
2. Journey (the old and the new)
3. Keith Urban
4. Rod Stewart (yes, I'll admit it)
5. Brooks & Dunn
What are your favorites?