Friday, June 19, 2015

Fly on the Wall- June 2015

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 18 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking in a Tornado
Spatulas on Parade
Follow Me Home
Menopausal Mother
Stacy Sews and Schools
Battered Hope
Just a Little Nutty
The Momisodes
Someone Else's Genius
Disneyland in Kentucky
Juicebox confession
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Sanity Waiting to Happen
Southern Belle Charm
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Searching for Sanity
Go Mama O
People Don't Eat Enough Fudge

This past month has been exciting. Well, for me anyway; others might find it boring.

One of my best friends and her family came to visit for a weekend. We didn't do a lot, but we had some good times just hanging out. The kids wanted to make s'mores, so Bob built me a fire pit. It took a whole 30 minutes to make, and $0 since we had everything he used on hand.

Bob admitted that he should have done it a long time ago. It was so nice to sit around the fire and talk. The kids really had fun burning all of the papers that needed to be burned since my shredder died.

We plan on leaving that in the yard. All Bob did was mark an even circle with paint then put the first layer of bricks facing one way and then the next three rows facing another way. He then put a bunch of sand in the bottom of it and the fire stayed contained without a problem.

The kids made their s'mores and even got a little creative and used the fancy chocolate.


Before I found out my friends were coming to visit, I went library hopping. Usually I visit one library at a time (we have 7 or 8 in our system, but only three are a reasonable drive). I decided to do something I hadn't done since the price of gas started skyrocketing. I went to a library in one town, then hit a connecting road and went to the one in the next town. I was really tempted to keep going and hit the third library, but the kids were hungry and ready to go home.

Anyway, when Bob got home he noticed the pile of books on my dresser and here was our ridiculous conversation:

Bob: What's all this?!
Me: *shrugs* Library books
Bob: Why so many?
Me: I went to two libraries.
Bob: I know you did that, but there's an awful lot of books here.
Me: There's only 29 and I've got six weeks to read them.
Bob: I think you have a problem.

I don't think I have a problem; do you?

We took a trip to the beach a couple of weeks ago as well. We decided to take Milo so he wouldn't be home alone all day. That was a mistake since he wouldn't go into the water once he realized that the water moved.

That's as close as he got to the water and once we brought him up onto dry sand, he wouldn't go closer again. He preferred to hang out on the sheet I laid out on the beach.

He's wet because we were trying to keep the poor boy cool. Black dogs + bright sun don't mix. He let us bring the ocean water to him, but he wouldn't go to it. We figured out that the next time we go and we take him, we'll have to get one of those pop up shade tents. It's probably smart to get one anyway since I burn so easily.


Clone of Bob started taking Driver's Ed this week. Goodness it makes me feel old. It's also very scary. I'm not worried about Clone of Bob's driving so much. He already yells at drivers who drive stupidly, but I'm worried about the people who drive stupidly. There have been so many reports on teens getting into serious accidents! However, if he gets a job, I don't want to have to drive him everywhere, so I guess I have to learn to let go and hope that everything will be fine.


I'm starting to worry about the orange lily. The plant came up and grew great, but still no flowers. I wonder if potting it was a good idea. However, I should be able to start digging up the flowers on the side of the house. I haven't looked yet, but Bob told me it was an explosion of color over there, so I should be able to see which ones I want and get them dug up. Pictures to follow next month, I hope!


I thought about making cherry cookie bars with my other bag of cherry chips. It's been way too hot to turn on my oven though. A 106 degree heat index is ridiculous! That may have to wait until the fall.


  1. OMG, good luck with that driving thing. And whatever you do, don't read my post about all the things that happened when PurDude started driving, you don't want to know!
    Sounds like maybe you can just stick those cookie bars on the driveway and let them cook outdoors.

    1. Yeah, I probably could have cooked them outside, lol! I will NOT read your post about driving...sorry, I have a good enough imagination as it is.

      I actually think I need to play with baking on the grill. My mom used to do it and the cookies turned out pretty good that way.

  2. 29 books in 6 weeks isn't an issue for me either, but I don't have kids yet, so I think you rock here!

    1. Before I started homeschooling, I was reading over 200 books a year. Now that my kids are older and don't bug me so much, I might just be able to reach that again. I'm halfway through the pile and it's only been three weeks. I might just make it, lol!

  3. You can never have enough library books or fancy chocolates! p.s. I'm borrowing that idea for the next time I make S'mores!
    Love your fire pit!
    Stay cool. That heat index is a bear!

    1. Thanks! Trying to stay cool. Not spending a whole lot of time outside right now.

  4. What Shellybean said!!! LOL
    LOVE that fire pit!!!!

  5. Good call about your black dog -- keep them cool and in the shade. Mine didn't like the ocean either which is unusual for a Lab. Love chocolate - in ANY form

  6. Library books and fire pits, two of my favorite things! And 29 is NOT a problem :)

  7. Jealous of your library trip~ I have one. Of course I go and come home with 10-15 books for three weeks. Works for me.
    Fire pit is great

  8. Our doggie Balboa had white and black fur and that black fur would eat up so darn fast...he hated any water on him, but he needed it.

    LOVE the fire pit and homemade smores...looks mighty yummy

  9. Sooo not jealous of your heat. I'll take ours, thankyouverymuch.

    I don't think you have a problem... as long as you can read 29 books in 6 weeks. Then it's totally worth it!

  10. Sounds like a great month. My dog Gus is the same with the sea - he will happily jump ;-into a river but the action of the waves scares him. 29 books in 6 weeks - no problem! :-)