The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Fat Chick Joins the Guitar Hero 2 War May 16, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 3:30 pm

Never let it be said that just because chickens don’t have fingers that they’re incapable of playing a stringed instrument! My teenager hung out at my office this afternoon after an orthodontist appointment and Fat Chick joined him in the conference room for a little Guitar Hero training.

Allen: “Hi, Fat Chick!”

FC: “Hi! I heard the music and thought I’d come and check things out. What’s going on?”

Allen: “Just playing a little Guitar Hero 2 to pass the time while I wait for Mom.”

FC: “Cool! Can I give it a try?”

Allen: “Uh, I don’t know. I’ve never seen a chicken play a guitar before.”

FC: “I’m not just ANY chicken, you know. I’m an alter ego.”

Allen: “Okay, you can give it a shot. Let me give you a few pointers.”


FC: “This isn’t so hard. I think I can try it solo now.”

Allen: “So, what do you want to play, Fat Chick?”

FC: “I think a few riffs of “Free Bird” ought to suit me just fine!”



Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:39 am

I’m starting to count the number of days, not weeks, now till the first of the big family milestones of the summer arrive. In just 9 days, our youngest graduates from junior high and will officially become a high schooler. That same evening, we’ll host a rehearsal dinner for my oldest son’s wedding. They will tie the knot on May 27th.

I’m also starting to focus on the final details. Does everyone have all of the special clothing items they need? Anything need to go to the dry cleaner? All dinner arrangements finalized? Gifts purchased? Extra inhaler? Valium?

It sounds like all of the things that people can control have been handled. Now, if we can just manage to get the weather to cooperate and have a nice, clear day for an outdoor wedding, all will be well.

Oops, I forgot to get “Fat Chick” a fancy hat to wear! How could I have forgotten her?  🙂


Hijacking the Mother’s Day Chocolates May 14, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 3:12 pm


Me: “Fat Chick, what do you think you’re doing? Those are my chocolates!”

FC: “Tough luck, chickie, I got to them first. I get first pick as compensatory damage payment.”

Me: “What are you talking about? What compensatory damages?”

FC: “I have suffered inhumane treatment at your hands. I have been deprived of goods essential to my health and wellbeing. There’s been no chocolate in here for at least two weeks! I was going to sue!”

Me: “Oh, good grief! Get a grip on yourself. You’d think you were a human being or something, the way you’re going on about this thing.”

FC: “Oh, now I can add discrimination to my list of grievances!”

Me: “Okay, fine. I’ll share my chocolate with you. Just leave the dark chocolate ones for me, would you?”

FC: “Too late. I ate those first.”

Me: “You’ve got to be kidding me! My son and his fiance sent those to me! You can’t eat all my Mother’s Day chocolate, it just isn’t right. I was willing to share, but, you’ve already eaten half of them and they were all my favorites. I need to start locking them up!”

FC: “I’d find them. It wouldn’t do any good.”

Me: “I think it’s time you left my desk and went back to the table. Stealing a person’s Mother’s Day chocolates is pretty low, even for a ceramic chicken.”

FC: “That’s fine with me.  Those roses on the table are looking pretty tasty…”


I Have a Bunch of Terrific Kids May 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 4:38 pm

When your kids are little, you think it’s impossible to love them any more than you do at that moment in time. I have to tell you that you can. Now that my kids are grown up, they just get better every day that passes and I find that not only do I love them more, but, I admire them and respect them.

You know what Mother’s Day really is? It’s a time to look at each one of your children and marvel at the people they’ve become and give thanks that you were blessed to have a part in their lives. It’s a time to stop and offer a prayer for their future and ask God to guide them down the right path. It’s a time to enjoy not only being their parent, but, also their friend. I’m glad to be at that point. I’ve said a million times to them “Everybody else can be your friend, but, I’m the only Mom you’ve got and I have to do my job.” Now, I can relax a bit and say how nice it is to be their friend.

So, thank you kids for my special day and for remembering me. You are a blessing to me.


Happy Birthday Mark! May 11, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:53 pm

My husband celebrated his birthday today and chose to spend a quiet evening at home. In fact, he also made the choice to cook part of his own birthday feast. He requested bacon wrapped filets on the grill. I must say, he did a mighty fine job. (I’ll have to say the rest of us were completely tickled that he made that choice, too!)

He got what he wanted for his birthday. Yes, hints do work sometimes! We got him Bose earphones for his iPod. I’m not sure this was a great decision. It was hard enough to talk to him before with those things in his ears. With the Bose earphones, he doesn’t seem to hear ANY outside noise. I guess I’ll just talk to myself a little more…

Hope he had a great birthday. It was a landmark day because Papa got to talk to all 6 of his children. It made the day complete.


I Guess I’ll Just Go Ugly May 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:47 am

After shopping around for something to wear as the “mother of the groom” in May and “mother of the bride” in August, I have come to the conclusion that it’s tradition for the mother to look hideous. I never imagined I would have such a difficult time finding something appropriate, comfortable and tasteful to wear to these events.

I’ve been looking in the color ranges of blue and yellow for an outfit to wear to my son’s wedding. I look awful in yellow, so blue it is. I wanted something pretty, but, not too flashy. It needed to be a dress or a suit appropriate for an outdoor, daytime wedding. I need something with a sleeve (I’m 45 years old and I don’t do sleeveless), but not too warm and preferably comfortable. You’d think I’d asked for a 12 bedroom mansion or something! Just google for mother of the bride suits and see what you get. My gosh, do women really wear these horrible things????

I finally went with my old standby, JC Penney. I’ll be wearing the same outfit that thousands of other mothers are wearing this year, no doubt. Navy blue suit, tiny bit of beading, very lightweight and will allow me to blend into the group and not stick out like a sore thumb.


This seemed a little more like me. Although, “Fat Chick” sort of liked this one…


Righhhhhhhhhhht. That’d make me look like part of the original Easter Parade!

At any rate, I have one outfit ready to go, right down to the shoes. I think I may go out and have a little of the gray covered up in my hair before the wedding! Just because I’m the “mother of the groom” doesn’t mean I’m ready to look old.

2 weeks to go!


“Fat Chick” orders a clean-up day May 9, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 7:34 am

FC: “Your desk is a disaster!”

Me: “Ya, I know. I keep meaning to do something about it, but, somehow never get around to it.”

FC: “I don’t know how you find anything in this garbage heap you call a desk. It’s ridiculous!”

Me: “Yes, I know. I really do know where everything is on my desk. It’s all very carefully ordered chaos. Truly!”

FC: “You need to call one of those professional organizer people to shape you up. I watch them on TV all the time. They could really help you get past this phobia you have about filing and throwing things away.”

Me: “Sigh…maybe you’re right. I think I’ll spend the morning trying to find the top of my desk again.”

FC: “Honey, it’s gonna take you more than a morning!”

Me: “Gee, thanks, Chick.  Your encouragement is overwhelming!”

FC: “Don’t get your beak in a bind! I figure if I get tough with you, you’ll actually do more than say you’re gonna do it. Am I right? Am I right???”fc-bigmess.jpg

Me: “Okay, now that you’ve both embarassed and humiliated me publicly on my blog by showing a picture of the mess, I have to do something today. Maybe I’ll show a before and after photo!”

FC: “While we’re busy humiliating you, let’s talk about why there’s no more room in your desk drawers, shall we?”

Me: “Oh, I don’t think that’s at all necessary…”

FC: “Hmmm, let me see, what do I see here? A drawer full of Kashi Go Lean bars would be much more meaningful if they weren’t out of date and a reminder of the last time you went on a diet. Oh, and I think you read that Nora Roberts novel last year, right? It could probably go home. And what’s that pile on the corner of your desk? The Ghost in the Little House, Descent Into Darkness, We Band of Angels, The Great Railroad Race, and The Niblack Family Tree? You have a copy of your family tree on your desk? WhhaaaaHaaHaaaHeee!!!! What, are you afraid you might forget something important like a birthday from 1750?”

Me: “Smart beak!”

FC: “A jar of peanut butter, spare pantyhose, a box from your old cell phone…honey, you gotta get a grip on yourself. This is embarassing!”

Me: “Okay, okay, okay, you made your point. I’m cleaning my desk this morning!!”

The moral of this story: Never share your office with a Fat Chick with a smart beak!


Bobby gets a house, a deck and a home for his BBQ Grill! May 8, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:36 am

My oldest son, Bobby, called me this weekend with the wonderful news. He and his bride-to-be finally found a house! They’ve been living in a tiny apartment. You know the kind where you have to go outside to change your mind? The house is a little 3 bedroom place with a 1 car garage, hardwood floors, a great deck and a fenced in backyard. Their precious pup, Mac (short for MacGyver) will be very happy to have his own spacious area to romp in.

The most important thing about this new move is that Bobby will finally be able to have his BBQ grill back at his own place. Ahhh, the smell of grilling meat and smoky goodness. It’s the thing that makes guys happy!

So, Bobby and Rhi, congrats on the new place. I can’t wait to see it and sounds like you’ll have an extra room so expect some company now and then… 🙂 (Just teasing!)


A great salsa recipe May 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:22 am

I tried a really good salsa recipe this weekend. It was easy and got good reviews from the rest of the household.

Black Bean Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans Rotel tomatoes

1 8 oz. bottle Italian salad dressing

1 small sweet onion, finely chopped

Mix together and chill before serving with warm tortilla chips.


Strike Resolved: Fat Chick Accepts Oreo Thin Crisps As A Compromise Solution May 4, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 4:30 pm

Me: “Fat Chick, please, can’t we just discuss this?”

FC: (Silence)

Me: “I brought something for you to try. Won’t you just try one?”

FC:  (Still sitting in stony ceramic silence)

Me: “I brought you some Oreo’s Fat Chick!”

FC: “AHA! I knew you’d cave. You ALWAYS cave on the third day!”

Me: “No, Chick, I didn’t cave. I just found a way to have legal chocolate and it isn’t Slim-Fast.”

FC: “That sounds suspicious. I don’t trust you since you made me try that awful, chalky tasting garbage.”

Me: “Just try it. You’ll like it. I promise!!”fc-oreo.jpg

FC: “Hmmm, these aren’t too bad. Are you sure they’re legal? And, what’s this about the cocoa being processed with alkali? Are you trying to off me like all those poor pets that ate the tainted food? Really, the strike was only a little joke. As far as jobs go, this one’s not too bad!”

Me: “No, there’s nothing wrong with them. I eat them myself. Knock yourself out, only 100 calories for the whole bag!”

The moral of this story: there is always a diplomatic solution when dealing with your alter ego. Just get out the chocolate.