Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pinterest Recipes Are A Major Fail For This Mom

OK~ I am not a very good cook, so I am always looking for easy ways to cook things. Through the years I have learned that in order to be a good cook, I need to be patient. Due to the fact that I am simply not a patient person, cooking is just not my thing. Once in a while I can cook up something that turns out rather good. I can define rather good as not burned, cooked all the way through, and it all gets eaten up. Yes, it does happen; but not that often.

Once Pinterest came onto the seen I kind of secretly thought, "Yes, here is the solution to my cooking problem." Well, in order for these Pinterest recipes to be successful, they have to be edible. That's where my downfall is. For some reason, I can follow the instructions of a new recipe and yet, it is just not edible!

My family can probably be defined as a meat and potatoes family. I rarely screw up mashed potatoes, baked potatoes (that has happened), or boiled potatoes. Hamburgers are usually safe, as well as hot dogs. Chicken breasts usually get eaten up,  as well as the occasional steak.

Pinterest offers so many awesome looking Mexican dishes, which I might add have all been a major fail. It also offers tasty looking desserts, and I will admit, I have pinned many; but not tried to bake them. And then there was this super, easy popcorn recipe that I found.

Round up a microwaveable bowl (which I thought I did), popcorn, and a cover for the bowl. I thought I had found the ideal way to pop popcorn- Easy and Quick! Anybody tried this?

I had success for a couple times and let's just say the third time got the best of me!



Yes, that so called microwaveable bowl is now history! Look how nicely intact that plate stayed. It appears that I now need to invest in brown paper bags. According to Amy Magan, of 4th Frog, she has success popping corn in brown papers bags. I used to do that years ago, but somehow got away from having brown paper bags in the house. So, it's off to the store I go. I'm going to invest in brown paper bags so I can enjoy my freshly popped popcorn tonight. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Patience and Surgical Recovery Mode Is Testing My Patience

OK~ This sitting around, being told not to do anything is getting old fast. This whole surgery recovery thing has reminded me that I really am not a patient person. Patience is one thing I need to get better at, all the way around.

Thankfully I have social media and all of you to interact with. I am not out running races on a daily basis, but I am used to being up and moving around. I'm used to moving at a fairly rapid pace, not at this pace where I have to continually "think" about how I will move.

I have also learned that I am not a good surgical patient. I really want all of this behind me now. I don't want to relive any of this- thankfully, my surgeon said he feels he got all of what he went into remove. My large venous vascular malformation is out and should not grow back. Yippeeeee!!!!!  Now, that is good news.

Next week I will be two weeks post-op and I will be back writing in full swing. I am grateful that I can sit here and type. My head is clear, as I'm not taking any pain medication. So, all in all; I guess this whole surgery thing isn't going too bad.

I now have a new respect for people that have drain tubes for lengthy periods of time, such as my Dad. He had his for 6 months. Dang, these are 10 of the longest days of my life. Hopefully, it can come out soon. I will be able to move much freer and not have to really think before I move. I'm so afraid this tube will get caught on a door knob, car door handle, or just about anything else you can imagine.

Fingers crossed that this is the last surgery I have to have for quite sometime. It's interesting talking to people, as I'm finding there's several of you that have never had surgery. Well, my list of surgeries is so long, I now have to move on to page 2 when it comes to filling out those forms in the surgeons office.

Hopefully summer is now here to stay in Iowa. With rain, clouds, and lots of mud- I'm ready for a nice change in our Iowa weather pattern. The crops are growing. Some look fairly good (the ones that were planted before the snowstorm in May) and many are not even in the ground yet! Yes, this is the end of June and there are still black fields here in Iowa with nothing planted in them. And of course with all the rain we have had, the weeds have managed to grow just fine!

So, here's to a new day tomorrow. I have some really fun stuff to share with all of you over the next few weeks. I'm looking forward to being a little more patient in my day to day life, is that possible? We shall see. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?






Monday, June 24, 2013

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Handy Tips For Getting Around Mayo Clinic: Rochester, Minnesota

OK~ I have spent more than my fair share of time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the past ten months. Every now and then I am asked for some advice on getting around while having appointments there. So, I thought I should share them with all of you here. If you should find yourself with an appointment at this top notch medical facility, I've got a few tips for you.




Once you have an appointment and are assigned a clinic number, be sure to set up an account online through MayoClinic.com. Here you can view your appointments, test results, billing, insurance information, and a lot of other helpful information specific to your case.

There is a courtesy patient shuttle that runs back and forth between the Mayo Clinic building and St. Marys Hospital. It does offer services for wheelchair/scooter patients, as well. There is no set schedule, as it kind of depends on the needs of the people that are riding it each way. We have never waited more than 15 minutes for one. This shuttle picks you up and drops you off at the Main Entrances of St. Marys and Mayo Clinic. If you have an appointments at St. Marys and the Mayo Clinic building, this will keep you from having to move your car from parking ramp to parking ramp. We found this service to be extremely useful.

Several hotels within the area offer shuttles to and from the Mayo Clinic. Be sure to check with your specific hotel, as to the hours and days that services are offered. It's also important to note that many hotels in the Rochester area do offer discounts to families that have family hospitalized or with extensive appointments at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Be sure to ask before you officially check in or make your reservation. If you know you or your family member will have several days of appointments, I'd recommend actually calling the hotel before hand and see how they will accommodate your needs.

The free wi-fi around Mayo Clinic is easy and simple to use. Depending on your cell phone carrier, cell phone service can be sketchy in certain areas of St. Marys Hospital. We found it helpful to make calls outdoors, in the main lobby, and near windows in the hallways. There are plug ins throughout the waiting rooms areas, meeting the needs of today's tech loving patients and their families.




The outstanding care my family and I have received here has been much appreciated. Living about 90 miles from this facility, is a blessing in disguise for us. Both my Dad and I were diagnosed with health conditions that were untreatable at our local medical facility. We are blessed to live near Mayo Clinic. If you find yourself with an appointment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and have a question or two; feel free to leave me a note and I will do my best to answer your question.

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot to mention how beautiful the facility is- check this out!




Now, if someone would find the Maid that is desperately needed in this house while this Mom recovers from surgery, life would be even better!





 After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?







Friday, June 21, 2013

Volunteering Does Make a Difference In The Lives Of Our Kids

OK~ Our youngest has now been out of high school a couple weeks and I have had time to reflect on what happened through all of those years. Due to the fact that God blessed me with two wonderful boys, I quickly had to learn to rough it now and then. Thankfully, I have never been considered a real girly person! Growing up, I was the girl climbing the tree, playing kickball, and digging in the dirt.

All of the volunteering fun began when our oldest was in Pre-School. The annual Halloween party came around and a friend and I offered to help out. We rented Raggedy Ann and Andy Costumes. The funny thing about it, is that our kids look at that picture today and say, "Who is that?" How the times have changed!

I became very frustrated early on with the school scene. I quickly learned  that the way to know what was going on,  was simply to get involved. Instead of continuing to fret about not knowing, I found out when the next PTO meeting was and stayed on board for the next 17 years! The best way to know what is going on in your child's school is really to get involved. Find your niché, as there is a place for everyone. Maybe you are not able to attend a monthly meeting, but you are able to make a few phone calls for chaperones for a school activity- I have never bought the words "I can't do that." There is seriously something for everyone. Trust me, the so called smaller contributions are often the most important!

The year I came home from Cub Scout Camp as a Certified BB Gun instructor for the Boy Scouts of America shocked me, as well as my husband. The next week I found myself instructing at a local Day Camp. Wow, for a Mom who didn't like guns; I sure learned to embrace them fast. Cub Scout Camp is one of the few places left in our society where boys can be boys. Knowing that several boys attended Cub Scout Camp to have the opportunity to shoot a bb gun, pushed me over the threshold to become trained.

Ah yes, and then all those nights tenting it in the heat of summer with the Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts on several camp outs. There was rain, wind, heat, and a lot of muggy nights! And you know what? I don't regret any of it. If you ever have the experience to accompany scouts on a camp out, I highly recommend you give it a try. It's a great way to get to know the kids that your kids are associating with and it's a fun way to experience the great outdoors.

Volunteers Getting Ready To Work a Day at a National Trapshooting Meet : Fund Raising Event for the Mohawk Trapshooting Team
The next time someone calls you and asks you to become involved, consider how you can make your contribution. The best way to know what's going on, is to step up to the plate and experience it for yourself. I do not regret the 20+ years of teaching Sunday School, the 10+ years in Scouting (3 of those as a Cub Master), or those 17 years involved in the PTO. Our kids need volunteers and they will appreciate your involvement in their lives. Ummmm- Wonder where my next years of volunteering will be spent, any guesses? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summertime and Surgery Were Not On The Agenda

OK~ My summer took a little unexpected twist. I ended up with a surgery and am now in recovery mode. I had something very rare deep in the muscles of my back, a venous vascular malformation. In terms that the average person understands, I had a large mass of tangled blood vessels. I feel blessed that mine was located in my back, as opposed to my spinal cord, liver or brain; those are much more common locations.

With less than .01% of people getting these crazy things, it made it necessary for me to travel to a hospital that treats something like this. I was sent to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Now, having spent several nights and days up there with my parents this past year, I unfortunately knew the hospital a little too well. I am grateful to live close to such wonderful medical care, yet it's a little too close for comfort, when it's a diagnosis that our local facility cannot treat.

My surgery went really well. Blood loss was a concern and thankfully I had none. Now I am in the recovery mode and will patiently wait for things to heal. Little did I know that I would have a drain tube, similar to what my Dad had in for six months. I probably should have paid more attention to what he had to do to care for his. Although, I will attest that my Brother did a great job in helping with all of that. I have heard anywhere from one week- three 1/2 months with this drain tube. I am praying that I am on the shorter end of those numbers, yet I know that it will be in as long as it needs to be.

I am not a patient person, so this whole sit back and do nothing is kind of hard. On the bright side, since I am a writer, this makes the perfect opportunity to really kick back and write, write, and write!

As I was being wheeled back to the surgery area, I mentioned that I was so nervous, as I was so afraid I was going to get so sick from the anesthesia. Well, whatever cocktail they came up with, it made my surgical recovery much simpler. There's something to be said when it comes to not getting sick from the anesthesia. I have a history of getting violently ill, so when I don't get sick, OMG- it's like a new world! The surgical pain and drain tube issues all seem minor.

I hope it's not beastly hot through the next couple weeks. I have this beautiful flowery wrap thing to wear around my chest, to keep things tight in my upper shoulder/back area, which will make things seem warmer than they are. It kind of reminds me of that pink/white striped tube top I had when I was maybe 11 years old. So, for now, I guess I pray that my hubby and my 18 year old son can meet my daily needs here and keep me focusing on healing up.

Stay tuned, as I'm going to share some tips for what to know when visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. I hope I can share helpful information and should you find yourself with an appointment there, it will go as smooth as mine did. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mother Nature And Iowa Crops Are Not Mixing Well This Year

OK~ It's no secret that we have had a really, really wet Spring here in Iowa. And that crazy garden of ours? Well, let's just say some of it is still in the "bag!" The part that we were able to plant is growing, not fantastic; but it is growing. And the other side? It is still too wet to plant. Yep, this other side has been too wet to plant all Spring- crazy, isn't it? See all those green weeds? That should be the other half of our garden.


Mother Nature has sure tossed all of us a challenge here in North Iowa. This is a field that is right next to our house.



This is the Middle of June and nothing has been done here. Sadly, we have several fields like this in our area. This field should have corn or soybeans growing here by now. There's an old saying that the corn should be knee high by the fourth of July to produce a really good crop. It was just a few years ago I can recall saying, "We should be saying the corn should be shoulder high by the fourth of July, as we passed the knee high criteria weeks ago!" Not this year... what a difference a year makes.

On the bright side, we should have apples this year. Last year, all of our buds were frozen off the first part of April. We had an extremely warm March in 2012, which sent everything into high gear- including our apple trees. And in our case, proved to be non-productive. We had zero apples last year. Now, fast forward a year- We did have snow in May- lots of it! And, we still have lots of these coming!


We are really in uncharted territory here in North Iowa. My Dad is 73 years old and farmed all of his life. He has never seen a year where the farmers were unable to get their crops in the ground. So, for now, we patiently wait. I'm looking ahead at the extended weather forecast and it does look like we may actually go 48 hours, in a row, without rain! Yes, there is hope.

Oh yeah, and those crazy mosquitoes, I fear we will have a record number of those too. I'm thinking farmers should find a way to harvest those and make money. Just a thought, probably not a good one. For now, we patiently wait for the other half of the garden to dry out- and hopefully all of those bagged seeds can get in the ground by July 4th. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bloggy Conference Was A Game Changer For Me And It Can Be For You Too

OK~ It's no secret that I really do enjoy attending Bloggy Conference. It's a smaller conference, usually somewhere around 100-200 people. So, if you really want to make some meaningful connections, get your ticket today! This year's conference is September 13-15th at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Inspirational People From Bloggy Conference 2011

Back in 2011, the gals of Bloggy Conference took a chance when they invited me to speak on "How I Found a Job On Twitter." Looking back, that was a game changer for me. Bloggy Conference in Mason, Ohio, was the first blog conference I had ever attended. Having been a blogger for two years, I did not know that there were other people that would "get" me. Bam- Bloggy Conference showed me! I also roomed with Lucinda Cross, how cool is that? If you don't know Lucinda, google her. Trust me, you will be glad you did!

Last year's Bloggy Conference was in downtown Cincinnati, the people were awesome, but I can honestly say that being a country gal from Iowa, I was not impressed with the city life in Cincinnati. The conference itself made up for the location. Johnny Rocket's rocked, the actual walk to get there, not so! But, I met some awesome bloggers while making that walk, so all was good. And of course, the amazing Tracy Beckerman was in the speaker line-up - love that lady!


Inspirational People From Bloggy Conference 2012


So, we now fast forward to 2013 and I am so honored and excited to be back in the speaker line up at Bloggy Conference 2013! And I must say, Cedar Point looks to be an amazing location to have a blogging conference, don't you think? Perfect for a Mom writing more on travel, each and every day!

The other cool thing- there are tickets available. If you have always wanted to attend a blogging conference, but were unsure about how to go about it. Buy your ticket to Bloggy Conference 2013, and you will not look back- only forward.

I am so excited for my friend Amiyrah of 4 Hats and Frugal, ash she is also in the speaker line-up this year at Bloggy Conference. Amiyrah and I met at Bloggy Conference in 2011 and have gotten to be good friends over the years. The relationships that I have made at Bloggy Conference are truly priceless.

Long story short, if you have attended Bloggy Conference, I admire you! You have believed in me,  inspired me, showed me how to be a better person, and given me opportunities that I had no clue were out there for women like me. Get your ticket now, you won't regret it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Skunks + Dogs + Kids = Summer In Iowa

OK~ For some reason I seriously thought we would miss out on the annual tangle with the skunk here! Oh no, it happened. I had an 18 year old son and two dogs smelling up the whole house and yard. Skunks can be vicious and they also consume a lot of cat food.

Our two dogs managed to find Mr. Skunk in the grove, and of course our 18 year old son had to go see what all the fuss was about. About ten minutes later I hear, "Mom!" I then hear and smell him walking up the stair case in the house. I quickly said, "Turn around. Toss all your clothes into the washing machine and hit the shower!" He responded, "OK!" I think he knew that he too had been sprayed.

He then gets out of the shower and says, "Mom. am I going to have to take another shower." I respond with, "Yes. After we give both dogs a bath." In the back of my mind I am thinking, this is 9 p.m. on a Sunday night, and this is not how I had planned on spending the last few hours of a fantastic week-end.

My Facebook friends are seriously the best. I posted. Good News: Skunk is dead. Bad News: 18 year old son and two dogs smell like a skunk. Within two minutes I had the remedy on what to bathe these dogs in. Garrett and I got out a big bowl and poured in Dawn dishwashing soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Skipper Grinning and Bearing It!

The dogs were somewhat cooperative.Wally, unfortunately knew he was next!





I can honestly say they were much more cooperative with this big bowl and towels than they are when the garden hose rolls out. I am thinking it would be wise to keep a couple large cans of tomato juice on hand, as well. They smell ok, just not great. Now, if I can just get them to lay in the sun and let Mr. Sun bake the smell out of them, life would be great!

And of course, Garrett had to hit the shower again and we are now prepared for Skunk #2. When one skunk appears, there always seems to be another.

Last month the dogs tangled with a raccoon, this month a skunk; and I hate to even imagine what next month will bring. On the bright side, the sunshine is baking the smell out of the dogs as I write this; and life is good here in Iowa. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cascade Platinum Pacs Dishwasher Detergent Review #Sponsored

Disclosure:  "I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating."

OK~ Within the past couple months I had purchased a package of Cascade Platinum Pacs and loved them. I can honestly say I was even more delighted when a package of 14 Cascade Platinum Pacs showed up on my door step.



Living in the country brings a lot of water issues. The water seems good and often times, it is not. For whatever reason, the softener did not work like ti was supposed to. And other times, there are no problems at all. I can honestly say that the first thing I noticed after using the Cascade Platinum Pacs the very first time, was the fact that my dishes were cleaner and the inside of my dishwasher was also cleaner. This is a win, win in my book. Here's how my dishes looked before and after they were washed, without a rinse cycle used.





I have never been a big user of the rinse cycle when it comes to dishwashers. Cascade Platinum Pacs feature an advanced triple action recipe that is specifically designed to leave your dishes virtually spot free, and to help prevent the build up of hard water film on dishwasher walls. This explains why I love this product and do not have to love the rinse cycle on my dishwasher.

Cascade has partnered up with Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons. Gail reinforces why it's so important to have clean dishes while plating food. When our dishes our clean, our food looks a lot tastier. Here is some inspiration I know you will enjoy!





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I can speak from experience, Cascade Platinum Pacs will not disappoint you. You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of work and time these little pacs will save you. Active households will especially appreciate the extra scrubbing power the Cascade Platinum Pacs offer. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Irony of The Word School

OK~ It's really no secret that our youngest son simply hated school. He did not like much about it at all. I can count on one hand the number of school sponsored events he wanted to attend, or even attempted to attend. Sure, there were more in Elementary school that he wanted to attend, but BAM, once Middle School happened the interest in school really plummeted.

He graduated from high school last Sunday and I must tell you that we have a much more relaxed, delightful 18 year old young man in our home. It was like a cloud of dust was lifted off of him. He gets himself up for work each day. He heads off to bed at a reasonable time (10-11 p.m.) and he's just a happy young man.



I'm now thinking back to those Middle School years. When he was in 6th and 7th Grade he volunteered through our Parks and Recrecation Department. He assisted several coaches in Flag Football, Basketball, and Soccer for 4-6 year olds. While observing him at one of his Flag Football practices one of the parents of a child on the team came up to me and said, "Does your son want to be a teacher?" Ummm, I about choked on my own tongue. I was thinking, lady- if you only knew? The Principal at the Middle School has me on speed dial, really? I replied, "No, he does not."

He received the award for the youth volunteer of the year after his 7th grade year. I think that's pretty cool for a kid that hated school.

So, we fast forward to high school. He finds himself employed through the school district- now, that my friends is irony! He has worked with the transportation department and building/grounds. Yes, this is the same kid that tossed something out of the window of a bus while on a school field trip. And yes, he was kicked off the bus for a few days. We sucked it up and dealt with it. The transportation director who had to call me to deliver that "good" news, is now his boss. Talk about irony and school, we've seen it all first hand. One would think he would have wanted to run from those buildings; but it's all now seen through different eyes and he's happy!

It will be fun to see where he heads down this path of life. The cool thing about all of this. He has matured, learned from his mistakes and grown into a responsible young man. So, for now, we enjoy the ride and see where life takes him. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Calendar Says June 4th, But The Landscape Says April 1st

OK~ The calendar says June 4th and I am surrounded by fields that are black. There is nothing planted in them yet. We have had an unusual wet Spring here in Iowa. It's also been a little cold. This field should have rows of corn or soybeans sprouting- and, as of today, there is nothing here.



Our soil is saturated, and sadly our weather over the next few days looks to be wet and cool. There should be light at the end of the tunnel. There looks to be a stretch of upper 60 degree to lower 70 degree temps towards the week-end. Seed that is already in the ground needs warm weather and a lot of sunlight.

Our high school trapshooting season was one of new records. Practice was delayed the last half of March due to the trap houses being iced shut. So, our kids lost out on four practices straight from the start. There were numerous practices cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, which include heavy rain, lightning, sleet, and closed roads ( in May)  due to snow. Yes, all of this from March to May in 2013, in Iowa.

2013 has proven to be quite the Spring in Iowa. Our high school trapshooting season has wrapped up, but the memories of a meet in the middle of May will live on for quite a while.


May should be lilacs, warm sunshine and smiles! But, in Iowa, one should anticipate anything. Our son got up early this past Saturday to head out the door for the state shoot and said, "Mom, where are my long underwear?" I hollered, "You won't need them today!" His response, "Are you sure?" I said, "Yes!" And thought to myself, geeshe, I hope I am not wrong! That in itself sums up the 2013 trapshooting season. A season of long underwear!

This Mom is so ready for Spring to arrive. For now, I'm breaking out that little electric heater that I packed away a couple weeks ago. It's blowing on my feet, which are sporting wool socks! Yep, all of this on June 4th, in Iowa. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Graduation Day And What It Means

OK~ Graduation day has come and gone. What an accomplishment for our youngest son. We are proud parents, as I am sure 200 and something other parents are from Mason City High School. The gym had a nice crowd and there were lots of supportive friends and family present. Too supportive from this Mom's point of view.


Call me old, grumpy, or a fun hater; I think it is rude to hoot and holler at high school graduations. Our school Superintendent made it very clear that this is a formal event, not a high school sporting event. Makes me wonder if many in attendance can comprehend anything. As these new graduates walked across the stage, many would holler, whistle, and just make a lot of noise.I wondered what these graduates were thinking. It appeared that many were embarrassed and disappointed.

We are so proud of our son and his accomplishments. He worked to graduate from high school, it was not all fun and games for him. He took the whole ceremony in stride. Yes, he moaned and groaned about wearing a gown, hat, and tassel.



I think he looked pretty sharp, don't you? I liked how our high school Principal talked out passion. I think it is important for kids to find their passions and go for it. Whatever that "it" is. The "it" is different for everyone. He also talked about making use of every moment, which hit home with most people in the audience. He referred to the time spent planning a graduation ceremony, the birth of a pre-mature baby, and how important it is to make the best use of time and make a positive difference in our world.

The Class President spoke of rain and how it can be positive. Funny thing- we've had a super wet Spring here in Iowa, and we had sunshine today. What a beautiful day for a high school graduation.

So, a new chapter begins! The "Happy Dance" happened and it's time to enter into a new adventure of a lifetime. Congratulations, Garrett, and all of the 2013 Graduates out there. But, before that new adventure began, we had to tackle the parking lot!



How do people act at graduations at your local high school? Do they treat it like a sporting event or is it a more formal affair? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the hooting, hollering, and whistling. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?