Thursday, August 1, 2013

I Have A Gopher!

I have a gopher that has been terrorizing my back yard! 

He started months ago in the grass.

Then he moved to this planter by the cactus.
 Next he moved to the planter right outside the den.
 Which is this one.
 This morning he showed up in this planter

Which is this one.
 None of these planters are connected to each other.

I was showing Jarrod and I had made the comment, "Wonder where he will show up next?" Jokingly, Jarrod pointed to my houseplant and said, "Maybe there."

Which reminded me of my Uncle Willard's old house. 
I babysat, did some housecleaning, and laundry for my Uncle Willard years ago. (No I'm not saying how many years ago, but it was years ago!)

And I went into his bedroom to put away some clothes and there was this mound of dirt against one wall! It was about 10 inches high and came out a good foot or more from the wall. So I asked him, "What's with the mound of dirt in your bedroom?" And what did he tell me, "I have a gopher." 
How the gopher came up in the bedroom, I have no idea, but it was the strangest thing ever.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Happy 90th Birthday Jinny!

Sunday July 7th. 2013 was my stepmom's 90th birthday! So we had a party and a family get together.

We got off to a rocky start with my dad who was walking around complaining, yelling and stressing, but that's just dad. He was fine after I told him to go sit down and visit with everyone and that this was for Jinny not him. So he gave me a dirty look and...Well from the video you can see he had a really good time!
I am glad that it is over though. What with all the planning and prepping nothing turns out perfect anyway, but it was good to get together, see family and friends that we haven't seen in awhile, good food, laughs, and video (Skype) with Jinny's daughter, Val and her husband, Armand, who live in OR and couldn't make it down for the party.

Happy Birthday Jinny! We hope you enjoyed it and we wish you many happy years to come!

And for anyone that wants to know...
Here is the recipe for the ice cream

2 cups whipping cream (not cool whip or any pre made stuff)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tbs vanilla or flavoring of your choice


Mix whipping cream until stiff peaks form
fold in flavoring and sw. cond. milk
And freeze!

I made banana, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream for the party, so if you want banana ice cream mash 2 ripe bananas and add along with the other ingredients to the whipped cream.

I used about a cup of fresh strawberries (mashed), for the strawberry ice cream, but next time I think I will use frozen strawberries.