Not much to report for Friday. I woke up with a terrible sinus migraine and then had to close at work.

I did enjoy some couch time watching Bones (almost done with season 8) and buying some books on Kindle.

Jackie is still sick. Definitely think it is the flu…thank goodness we still have meds from when we had it a few months ago. Hoping she is better soon because her crabbiness is driving me crazy!

Ohhh another highlight for the day….I tried rhe Double, double Fudge frap from Starbucks today (they were out of the cold brew that I love). It was pretty decent…VERY sweet. Should have gotten the smallest size!!!

It is my weekend off from work. Not entirely sure what my plans are but I will no doubt be reading some of my newly purchased Kindle books and probably buying some more)!!!



Second opening for the week and day 4 of 5….the kids wanted to do something fun when I got home from work. I suggested going to the movies. I really wanted to see Finding Dory…Jackie wanted it just to be the two of us but Ben wanted to go too. The difficult part was making the final decision on what movie….verdict? We didn’t go to the movies at all!

We ended up going to eat at Ram’s Horn and then we went to Dairy Queen. It was nice spending quality time with the kiddos!!! And even for a small period of time, they didn’t argue!!!!

When we got home, Ben pulled out the slip n slide I bought earlier this week. We had fun hanging outside for awhile and I took some super fun pictures!!!!

(Will add pictures later)

I did get to spend some time to myself buying some new books on my Kindle…I received a credit for almost 40 bucks from Amazon from some lawsuit!!!! How awesome is that?



have you ever had a puppy that had mange? Donovan is the first puppy that I have ever had that has had it. A few weeks ago the poop pup started losing hair, itched like mad and his skin was irritated. I ended up taking him into the vet after researching online and I knew it was one of 2 things…1. manage or 2. Something called multiple drug resistance gene.

It ended up being #1. And because he is an Australian Shepherd, it has been a little more of a difficult process to treat. He cannot have certain drugs (one being Heart guard-heart worm medicine) and another is the mange medicine. They contain the same chemical. So the pup had to be on antibiotics for 2 weeks (ending this weekend) and every 2 weeks for 6 weeks, he needs to get this special dip. It was coming up on dip #2, soI decided to do it slightly early…his skin was looking a little irritated. It went surprisingly well! He is looking so much better and his hair is growing back!!!!

So after a long day at work, giving the pup a bath & his treatment and a little housework, I passed out on the couch while watching Bones on Netflix (I am in season 8 right now).


Hot weather complaints & a movie night…

I know it is summertime and all but I hate when it gets into the 90s!!!! Everyone is crabby, tired and just not fun to be around! I have worked midshift at work the past few days which doesn’t make things any better!

Jackie has a summer cold going on right now. So it is causing a dramatic, complaining atmosphere in the house. Thankfully though she has pretty much locked herself in her room. I do feel bad a for her though…what a rotten way to start summer vacation.

Yesterday Ben went to the beach with the Musson’s.  He had a blast and came home slightly sunburned…the kid seriously needs to learn to use sunblock!  It is decided that we definitely need to purchase a park pass for our family this summer.

Benny and I had a movie night last night… We didn’t agree on a movie at first but he won with his selection of The Nutty Professor.  By the end of the movie, Ben was wiped out from all the fun in the sun so I continued my marathon of Bones on Netflix. Tonight I am back to watching Bones while snuggling with the puppy.

Off to bed…had an exhausting day and I have to be up early for an opening shift!!!

— Shannon


Dusting away the cobwebs….

Well, it has been almost 3 years since I have used this blog and boy have things changed! I now have a sophomore in high school (who is loving band —marching band & Symphony band. She plays oboe and is just starting mellophone) and a 7th grader (who is very into his Xbox and is planning on joining the football team in the fall)! Friday was the last day of school for the kiddos and I am looking forward to an amazing summer with them!

My plans are to document our everyday happenings, show off all of our creations/projects, talk about new recipes we are trying, talk about books we are reading, share cute pictures of our animals (we sadly have lost our Akita and Baxter since I last used this blog)…we now have Cooley (an adorable Beagle/basset hound) and our newest member of the family is an cute Australian Shepherd puppy named Donovan…plus a whole lot more!!!!


Today is Father’s Day!!!! Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing Dad out there, my love Ken!!!! We spent most of the day with the in-laws. Even though it was incredibly hot, it was a nice day!  Lots of good food and chatting! I hope all the Father’s out there had a fabulous day!

Afterwards, Jackie and I went to Barnes and Noble (one of our favorite places). We each got a coffee/tea and shared a chocolate mousse. We both found some good books — she got a book for her AP history class. Can you believe she has homework this summer? And I got a bunch of used books at awesome prices!!! Can’t wait to get reading!!! 

Since I am back in business with this blog, I am going to share some pictures of what’s going on with us….

The one and only cutie pie Aussie pup named Donovan. He is about 5 1/2 months old and is a handful for sure! It has been 17 years since we had a puppy. It is like having a baby in the house!


My little man, not so little anymore!!!!  12 1/2 years old and heading into 7th grade in the fall.


Our “bagel” (Beagle/basset hound) , Cooley. We rescued him a few years ago. He is a sweet dog, so good with the puppy!  He loves to sleep…especially on Mom’s crochet projects!


I really don’t have time to keep up with a traditional garden anymore. I actually haven’t done a garden in a few years.  I happened to go to a garage sale this weekend and found. Ton of pots and garden type stuff so after our traditional last day of school lunch with the kiddos, Ben & I worked on this! I think it turned out nicely and I can’t wait to eat the yummy veggies!


This is one of my current crochet projects…I want to make a Harry Potter afghan for Jackie that was done using the Corner to Corner stitch so I taught myself the stitch. But before I start that project, I figured it would be better to perfect it while making myself another afghan!


This year the kids picked Big Boy for their last day of school lunch. Jackie asked to bring her best friend Alyssa, who had never been there. We had a nice time…joking around and enjoying each other. I am really glad that Jackie  and Alyssa have become so close. They are two peas in a pod and I really like that Alyssa is not afraid to be herself around us (like so many of Jackie’s other friends).


I suppose that is  enough to share for today. I look forward to documenting our lives again.  I have been looking all the old posts and pictures on here and can’t believe how fast time has flown and all that has changed!
— Shannon


Super fun day….

Wednesday nights are my overnights at work so I generally sleep in pretty late  since I don’t really get to nap.  I was really hoping to do some scrappy stuff but it didn’t happen.  I did buy some cool new products that we got in recently at work.  Yay!  Hoping to play with them tomorrow. 

Today Ben and I went on a walk.  Took some super cute pictures too.  My city has a community garden for the people who live in apartments and don’t have a yard to grow a garden.  I drive by it all the time but haven’t gotten a good look until today.  Wow!  Some of their crops are doing better than my own garden.  Totally jealous!!!! While I was drooling,  Ben was playing at the park.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this afternoon.




Love them!!!!

When Ken got home from work he finished some tables that he was working on to go next to my swing… Totally cute!!!!


Once the second one is dry it will go on the other side of my swing…. My little paradise…


OK break time is over… Stocking jewelry and scrapbook stuff tonight.


Where does the time go?

I have been off line most of this week. Busy with the holiday and then work craziness…I wish there were more hours in the days. Worked the overnighter last night/this morning and I have to be back at 1pm. Lots of stuff going on here. Will post some pictures tomorrow from Easter.

I took the kids to see the bunny on Saturday…Jackie informed me that this will be her last year of sitting with the “stupid bunny” that she has to be the “only 4th grader that had to visit the bunny” and that she was “totally embarrassed”.  Ben chimed in too but I told him that he has a few more bunny years ahead of him. LOL!

Anyhow, I should try to get a little sleep before the kids wake for school…I maybe even able to get a little crafting time in before work. 🙂