Friday, October 26, 2012


In Oklahoma we buy...

In California we rent...

Check out what I can buy in Oklahoma.
Go ahead scroll through the pictures on the above link and savor it.

Check out what the same amount of money buys in Teahacahpi, California, a place that is DIRT CHEAP in comparison to the rest of the state.  Go ahead, scroll through the picture on the above link.

Why am I looking at houses?  No. I'm not moving back...Yet.

The house we are renting sold.  We have to move by November 14th.  The house we planned to rent fell through (the tenants aren't moving now).  The back up has rented.

I'm stressing and yearning for home, where house prices and gas prices make (more) sense and family isn't 20 hours of driving away.

On top of that, V broke her ankle and had surgery (2 screws), we've had a stomach bug (which still has 3 potential victims to claim), our children are developing smokers cough (and none of us smoke) and I've had complaints from 2 of an ear ache.  It's been a long week and a half.  I miss the bi-polar weather, I miss my family, I miss football where everyone turns into a total wacko.  I miss Oklahoma.

Can you tell I'm disenchanted and stressed?

Friday, April 13, 2012


I made this spice rack and it was asked how I did it.  Here are the links to making this handy kitchen tool.

Here are the basic instructions.
This is the basic idea.  I took liberty in how I produced this.

These are the supplies I used:
30-2.5 oz tins and 10-4 oz tins
Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets I used 2 per 2.5 oz container and 3 per 4 oz container, plus I bought more to play with.  These are not cheap, but they work better than any other magnet option I have found.  This is the best price I have found for these magnets.
Magnet Board (IKEA) I felt it would be too easy to knock these off the refrigerator when the door got slammed.
J-B Weld I bought it at Wal-Mart
Lable Maker I bought this unit at Wal-Mart and clear labels.  I labeled them on the front in clear and on the back in white.  This is if multiple containers are ever opened and hard to identify.

The bottom 10 containers are the 4 oz and the rest are the 2.5 oz.  I think I may order 2 more just to have even rows.  I'm a bit OCD like that.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Will you be our parents?

At a Chinese restaurant in Ventura, the kids sat at one table and JR and I sat at the table next to them. After V finished eating she came over and said, "You seem to like us. Will you be our parents?"

Smart Alec kid.