Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Howdy doody darlings! How are you doing this beautifully bright morning? I am really sore and I swore I was gonna take things kinda slow today… but its not looking like that’s gonna happen LOL! I was helping my parents clean out there attic in the garage yesterday because they offered for me to store my huge holiday decorations in there to help eliminate the storage unit. We saw/found some crazy things up there! We got a HUGE chunk of the attic cleared before we had to stop. I got a slight injury but not from the work, so I am gonna try to take today to kind of relax before getting back in the hyper let’s clean mode! LOL… am I driving you nuts yet Dad? LOL… It’s ok, because they have person business to tend to today.

Ok, so after I got home yesterday and took some medicine, I worked on my planter. I sat on the floor and put the pieces together with my trusty drill and box of wood deck screws!. I think its gonna be so cute when I am done. I sent a picture to my dad and his reply ended up being my title for today! He said I am turning into “quite the little carpenter” LOL… I thought that would be a great title. I joked with him that he is not allowed to come over and point out all the imperfections LMAO! I love you dad! I'm so happy I can attribute my anal retentiveness to someone better than me! LMAO... omg J/K but you gotta admit- THAT'S HILARIOUS!

I went to the store already this morning to get some stain for the outside of my planter. It’s nice and sunny outside today so it was perfect to apply the stain and get it to dry! Then all will be left is to staple the liner on the inside and load it up baby! WOOHOO! I’m gonna have some happy plants soon!! I love the color of the stain… it makes the box look so nice (I think)!

OMGoodness… I was so happy this morning. I woke up to start getting the kids ready for school and as I go into the kitchen guess what I saw? BIRDS! I saw pretty male AND female cardinals at my window eating the bird seed I have out for them! I managed to snap this picture and if you click and enlarge it, look on the bottom right corner and you can see one of the male’s bright red head’s outside the window! I love it! With all the early signs of nature so far, I am hoping for a beautiful spring!

OK everybody… I want to get a little serious and a little personal for a moment. I want to talk about something that hits close to home for me and many of people in the world today. Hoarding. Defined by the Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding is the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions. It's not clear what causes hoarding. Some researchers believe that hoarding occurs on a continuum — some people may simply be considered harmless pack rats, while others have a much more severe form of collecting that is life-threatening. The condition is more likely to affect those with a family history of hoarding, so genetics and upbringing are likely among the triggering factors. Hoarding is currently considered a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but this classification is under debate. Many mental health researchers argue that, while some people with OCD have hoarding behavior, hoarding is not specific to OCD. In fact, one study found that hoarding was no more likely to be associated with OCD than with other anxiety disorders. Hoarding can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or economic status. It's not clear how common hoarding is, though. That's partly because researchers have only recently begun to study it and partly because some people never seek treatment.

Here are some risk factors and features about hoarding that researchers have come to understand:
-Age. Hoarding usually starts in early adolescence, around age 12, and it tends to get worse with age.
-Family history. People are more likely to hoard if they have close family members who engage in compulsive hoarding.
-Stressful life events. Some people develop hoarding after experiencing a stressful life event that they had difficulty coping with, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, eviction or losing possessions in a fire.
-Social isolation. People who hoard are typically socially withdrawn and isolated. In many cases, the hoarding leads to social isolation. But, on the other hand, some people may turn to the comfort of hoarding because they're lonely.
-Perfectionism. People who compulsively hoard are often perfectionists. They worry about making the right decision about what to do with each possession — should they keep it or discard it? Trying to decide causes distress, so they avoid making a decision and simply keep everything.

Hoarding can cause a variety of complications, including: Unsanitary conditions that pose a risk to health, An inability to perform daily tasks, such as bathing or cooking, Poor work performance, Loneliness and social isolation, or a fire hazard.” I bring this all up because my mom calls herself and ME as well packrats. Yes I have a lot of junk… and OCD unfortunately… I don’t want to put the health and safety of my children or myself on the line because of material stuff. This is why decluttering, cleaning out storage, etc. is so vital to me this year. And if you have a problem out there, please don’t be embarrassed to seek help! I want happy healthy readers who are going to stick around for a LONG time!

Ok, enough seriousness… let’s talk FOOD! YUMMY! Dinner last night was absolutely divine! I made the fajita kit for the DS18 because he doesn’t care for seafood. As a good cook, I of course had to sample one LOL! It was good… of course… but never as good as homemade LOL!

My daughter and I ate the delicious snow crab I picked up as a gift/treat to her. Isn’t that a lovely sight? OMG it was very good… but they were young crabs for sure. My daughter was in hog heaven LOL! She thanked me and then said I was the "Most Awesome mom and I spoil her too much". She's probably right on both parts LOL! And sticking with the idea of seafood, because I love it so… here is your recipe for today!

Japanese Style Deep Fried Shrimp


1 pound medium shrimp, peeled (tails left on) and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup panko crumbs
1 quart vegetable oil for frying


Place the shrimp in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and paprika. Place eggs and panko crumbs into separate bowls.

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dip each shrimp into the flour mixture, then into the egg, and finally into the panko crumbs to coat. Fry a few at a time until golden brown. This should take no longer than 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels before serving.

Alright everybody… that’s all for today! Hopefully by tomorrow I will have the planter lined and positioned and ready to fill so the plants can be happily homed! I’m gonna go clillax for awhile. Ya’ll take care and I’ll see ya tomorrow! HUGS!

1 comment:

  1. Your planter turned out great ,good for you .You had nice strong braces in all the corners ,the stain turned out lovely ,yes I think your dad is right your are Quite the carpenter