The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Random thoughts about weeds May 30, 2008

Filed under: Random Musings,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 11:30 am

I look a complete mess at the moment. Hot, red in the face, huffing and puffing as though I’d just run a marathon. Why? All because of a 25 foot flower bed full of weeds. I had a few thoughts about weeds while I was on my hands and knees. I thought I’d share a few of them with you!

  • Have you ever noticed that some weeds can seem deceptively attractive from a distance, but, lose their appeal when you’re face-to-face in a battle for the flower bed?
  • Ever wonder how many extra dandelions you were responsible for by carelessly blowing their seeds around as a child for fun? Bet my Mom hated that!
  • I should do a better job of identifying my perennial plants in the summer. By the time spring gets here I fear many of them die an early death because they look too much like weeds. Oops.
  • I had a chuckle a moment ago thinking how many people will accidentally find this post because they thought it said “random thoughts about weed?” It will surely be a disappointment for some!
  • I hate weeds. They ruin my fun, make my hands and shoulders hurt and my eyes swell shut. But, I love flowers, so…
  • My beautiful flower bed that I planted last weekend was pristine perfect, until today. Then I saw them, lurking about my new posies. They dare to reappear in my fresh mulch! Blasted dandelions! Oh well, back to the kneeling position.
  • Marigolds and purple wave petunias, shasta daisies and snapdragons, and all varieties of Asiatic lilies have now replaced the nasty thistles, dandelions and heaven knows what else in my flower beds. All I need to do is get a few more annuals to put in the bare spots and voila! All nice and neat again.
  • Lambs ear. Cool to look at in small batches, lovely to touch. Takes over your whole garden. Anyone need some lambs ear? I have about 5 feet worth in my 25 foot flower bed…
  • I hate weeds, but, today I won the battle. I may not be able to get out of bed in the morning and my hands may never be the same, but, there’s not one dandelion or thistle left in my garden spots. I declare myself…the winner!

Seen in Kansas City May 27, 2008

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 6:23 pm

Fat Chick: “Where on earth did SHE come from?”

Me: “My son Bobby saw her in Kansas City and thought you might be related.”

Fat Chick: “Why on earth would he think that? She’s fat and yellow and, and, and…Oh. She does sort of look like me doesn’t she?”

Me: “Yes, except you can actually see her face. She’s looking up. You’re always looking down Fat Chick. Why is that?”

Fat Chick: “Well, I’m usually reading, or eating, or reading, or eating, or reading…well, you get the picture.”

Me: “Yes, I’m getting the picture. I’m sure that’s why your name is Fat Chick, right?”

Fat Chick: “At least I don’t have my beak stuck up in the air. It’s not like she’s got that much to be proud of. After all, she’s just a yellow ceramic chicken. There’s nothing at all special about that!”

Me: “I can’t believe you just said that. You’re such a stupid bird. No wonder if all you do is read and eat.”

Fat Chick: “I wouldn’t point fingers if I were you. After all, I’m YOUR alter ego!”


Coming and going, all things change eventually

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:57 am

Well, this week is a week of change. We have a couple of new people starting at the office today and that’s always exciting. We’re a pretty close group of people and it’s similar to the feeling of getting new brothers or sisters. Welcome Karen and Jeremiah.

This is also the countdown toward Chris’ departure and the big new beginning for him in Washington, DC. We haven’t had too many people completely leave our office group. It was really hard when Niki went to part-time and we didn’t get to see her or talk to her everyday because she works from home. The saving grace with that was only that she wasn’t too far away and we did get to see her occasionally. This will be different because Chris is not only leaving the University, but, is moving halfway across the country.

I get very attached to people and routines. It’s hard when friends leave. It’s one of those times when I can truly say thank goodness for information technology so that we can still keep in touch by email and blogging. It’s not the same, but, at least it’s something.

Transition is painful, but, it’s also inevitable. Life being what it is, all things change eventually. I’ll stock up on some extra chocolate for comfort, smile a lot and tell a lot of jokes and will get through it. Then I’ll have a week or two before Shane starts fulltime and till July before Christine leaves us for Kentucky. Wow. It’s even worse when I write it all down! Maybe it’s time for a Fat Chick post to lift the spirits! 🙂


Random musings about housework May 23, 2008

Filed under: Random Musings,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 3:58 pm

While doing housework today, many thoughts passed through my head. So many, in fact, that I had to share them with you. Poor you.

  • I hate housework.
  • I wonder why it is that I seem to be the only person in my house with the ability to wash a dish by hand. If it will fit in the dishwasher, someone else might do it. If it’s a hand wash job, it may sit there for days until Mom does it. Sometimes I wait just to see if I’m right about that. I am.
  • I hate housework. Especially dishes.
  • Why do people eat cereal, especially the kind that sticks to the side of the bowl, and not think to rinse out the dish when they put it in the sink? Don’t they know that stuff turns to concrete? Grrrr.
  • I have a pet peeve about my husband taking off his socks and leaving them next to his chair. He has a pet peeve about my taking off my shoes and leaving them next to mine. Especially when I get up to about 3 pair. Guess that makes us even, huh? If that’s the worst thing he does, I’d say I’m pretty lucky.
  • Did I mention that I hate housework?
  • I hate it when people brush their teeth, spit in the sink and don’t rinse it out. I mean really. You have to turn on the water to rinse your mouth out anyway. What’s the problem?
  • If my youngest son doesn’t stop leaving his dirty underwear on the bathroom floor I’m going to do something drastic like writing about it in my blog. Oops, guess I just took care of that little item!
  • Boy, I really hate housework!
  • It’s Murphy’s Law that as soon as you mop the kitchen floor you spill something on it. As soon as you clean the stove top, something boils over. Murphy stinks and so does housework.
  • Why is it that people can use the last bit of toilet paper on the roll, get another roll and be too lazy to actually put it on the dispenser. Am I crazy or is this some concerted effort to drive Mom crazy?
  • Housework is a bummer, especially on a holiday weekend.
  • I get really frustrated with people who say they love housework. It makes them feel great to vacuum, dust, do laundry, and clean bathrooms. I think it’s obvious that those people have never had 6 children, mountains of laundry, live with people who refill the sink with dirty dishes the very moment you’ve finished loading the dishwasher and don’t rinse out their cereal bowls. These people are nuts. Life is too short to like housework.
  • People who lay the peanut butter knife and the jelly spoon directly on the counter are rude. What’s more rude are the people who get the peanut butter, jelly and bread out as soon as I’ve cleaned the kitchen (and don’t bother to put it away after they’ve made their sandwich).
  • When I grow up and get rich, I’m going to hire one of those crazy people who like housework to come and clean my house.
  • I thought writing about it would make me more motivated, but, it didn’t work.
  • I still hate housework.

Words that just sound interesting May 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 12:45 pm

Have you ever come across words that just sound interesting? There are those sweet words that sound a bit musical, or words that are multi-syllable and sound ambitious. Or, there are simply those words that are intriguing to the ear regardless of what they mean.

Here’s a list of some of the words I find interesting. Please join in and comment on words you like to hear.

carillon (this word sounds just like the bells it represents)


melancholy (when I was small I thought this was another type of dog) 🙂


polyester (the word sounds more interesting than the material feels)










clickety (and clackety, as these words are seldom used individually)

mundane (sounds too nice to mean something common)



despicable (Who among us hears this word without picturing Daffy Duck saying it? It’s a word that must be spoken with a sufficient amount of spit behind it, don’t you think?)





and my favorite totally made-up word is: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Oh, that reminds me of another word that suits me to a T: precocious!


The things you don’t realize you’re teaching your kids May 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 3:53 pm

I was having a lovely email conversation this afternoon with son #1 and it went sort of like this:

Son: I must say, the random thoughts are becoming one of the highlights of my day. (how flattering)

Me:It’s sort of like being with me when I’m in a good mood and hearing me ramble on in disjointed conversation. Weird, huh? By the way, you need to get some good shish kebab skewers and join in the fun. Major yummo! (Oops, I’ve been watching too much Rachel Ray…)

Son: We have done kabobs a few times this summer. I love them too. Hard to believe they are healthy.

Me: I’ll fix that! I’ll put bacon on mine next time. What’s not to like about pork fat, right? (Oops, that sounded like something Paula Deene would have said…)

Son: True dat. We had chicken kabobs, with green pepper, mushrooms, and maters. We marinated it in lemon pepper sauce. Really good. I want to try pork ones, but Rhi doesn’t like pork much.

Me: Get pork loin and marinate it. Remember, pork is the other white meat. Try it with some pineapple chunks and green pepper and brush it with teriyaki sauce and serve it with rice. It’s like Chinese food on the grill. Mmmmmm. (Wow, I’m really good. I’m better than Rachel Ray when it comes to planning a 30 Minute Meal!)

Son: Good idea. I’m hungry. I miss home.

(Ahhhhh, that made me feel good. And then this arrived.)


1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.

‘If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning in here.’

2.My mother taught me RELIGION.
‘You better pray that will come out of the carpet.’

3.My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
‘If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!’

4.”> My mother taught me LOGIC.

‘Because I said so, that’s why.’

5.My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.

‘If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.’

6.My mother taught me FORESIGHT.

‘Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.’

7.My mother taught me IRONY.
‘You keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.’

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.

‘Shut your mouth and eat your supper.’

9.My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.

‘Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!’

10.My mother taught me about STAMINA.

‘You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.’

11.My mother taught me about WEATHER.

‘This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.’

12.My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.

‘If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!’

13.My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

‘I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.’

14.My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.

‘Stop acting like your father!’

15.My mother taught me about ENVY.

‘There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.’

16.My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.

‘Just wait until we get home.’

17.My mother taught me about RECEIVING.

‘You are going to get it when you get home!’

18.My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.

‘If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.’

19.My mother taught me ESP.

‘Put your sweater on; you think I don’t know when you are cold?’

20.My mother taught me HUMOR.

‘When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.’

21.My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.

‘If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.’

22.My mother taught me GENETICS.

‘You’re just like your father.’

23.My mother taught me about my ROOTS.

‘Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?’

24.My mother taught me WISDOM.

‘When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.’

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.

‘One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.

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Well, I guess I have said some of those things a time or two. But, after all, I learned it from my mother who called my daughter her “revenge.” Thanks Bobby! I needed that!

Random musings on a Wednesday

Filed under: Random Musings,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:20 am

It’s another beautiful spring day and I’m ready to start my morning by sharing those important thoughts that would otherwise be hidden away in the deep, dark depths of my mind.

  • Wow, those were really good shish kebabs we had for dinner last night!
  • Isn’t it nice to come into the office and notice that some nice person has emptied your trashcan for you? I wish that nice 15 year old person at home would do that without being threatened or fussed at.
  • Don’t you just love Mizzou Magic Magazine? I know I’m not a junior high student, but, the stories they write are just so much fun. I want to go back to school!
  • Wow, those were really good shish kebabs we had for dinner last night!
  • Today is the staff recognition ceremony. I’ve been here for 15 years. 16 in August. Wow.
  • I looked at my desk today. What a mess. I think there’s 15 years worth of dust under here. Shameful, isn’t it?
  • I hope Allen does a good job on his English final today. I just love English. I should have been a teacher. No, never mind. People take a dim view of someone who threatens their children with bodily pain if they don’t shape up and fly right. Scratch that teacher wish off the list…
  • I sure am glad other people like to teach. Especially those with unlimited amounts of patience. Must be hard. Yeah teachers!
  • Wow, those were really good shish kebabs we had for dinner last night!
  • I’m hungry again. Think I’ll check out the Food Network Web site for more shish kebab recipes.
  • I love shish kebabs! Isn’t it nice that your meat is already cut up? It’s the ultimate food for lazy people. 🙂

Happy birthday Sue! May 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:26 am

Way back in 1969, my seven year run as the baby of the family came to an abrupt end with the arrival of a little sister. I remember quite clearly how upsetting it was to have the careful balance of power disrupted by a screaming little bundle of pink baby girl.

Through the years, we established ourselves as quite different people in interests and looks. Sue was definitely the tomboy, the proud owner of matchbox cars and the destroyer of my Barbie doll collection. However, no matter how destructive she’s been of my personal cherished possessions, she is still my sister.

Today, the baby is turning 3*. She’s seven years younger than I am. You do the math. I don’t want to be accused of divulging such a sensitive age, one so close to the big 40 that I dare not say it out loud. She’s off in Colorado at Estes Park on vacation this week so I can’t be mean to her in person. Therefore, she gets a blog entry with her picture plastered on it for the whole world to see.

Happy birthday Sue! Hope you’re having a good time!


A new look for the blog May 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 10:05 am

I was getting a bit bored with the old look and thought I’d try out something new. Let me know what you think. If this is too “in your face” I can always change to something else. 🙂


Got to get back on the wagon!

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 10:00 am

Last week was the week of ice cream binging. I guess every healthy eating regimen goes through a crisis now and again. Mine was last week when I hit Dairy Queen twice for a heavy dose of some massively calorie laden ice cream, hot fudge and browning concoction in a chocolate dipped waffle bowl. While comforting and enjoyable at the time, it’s definitely not a habit I can sustain for long.

This week, it’s back to bringing my lunch, chicken on the grill and salads for dinner and the gym. I think I’ve taken to falling back on old habits like “comfort foods” to help treat my anxious moments. There’s a lot of change taking place at work right now, another daughter getting married in a few weeks and the vote on a new pastor coming up at church. When stressed, I have always turned to food. Pasta, burgers, ice cream. BAD! BAD! BAD!

This week will be better. I’ll definitely get a handle on my weakness and start hitting the exercise trail again. By this time next week I hope I will have dropped a couple more pounds. On the plus side of things, at least I’ve maintained my weight despite all the binging. Now, I just need to lose some more!