Mom in her early 20's

Mom, this blog entry is dedicated to you in honor of your 79th birthday.  As a mother, I now understand the sacrifice, the unconditional love, the selflessness and the patience you gave of yourself for your children.  The past couple of years, you have encountered some hardships that a child never wants to see their parents go through.  Yet, you are a survivor and every day you show me how much a mother’s love and strength can carry her through even through the hardest of times.  You are my inspiration to continue to live my life to the fullest and to never give up in any circumstances.  Your constant love and affection has given me the strength to be my best.

Thank you

To be a mother is not an easy task,

Yet you do it proudly everyday no matter what is asked

You have turned your baby into a beautiful young lady.

You were there for me since the very beginning and saved me countless tears

The pushy and wise advice you gave will carry me through the years.

With my every mistake or wrongful deed,

You were always there to understand.

You put no limits on my dreams or anything else I wish to do.

You never forget to say you care or that you love me too.

The smile and tears upon your face when I achieve provides me with more value

In my heart then you’d ever believe.

There is no other person that will shape my heart the way you’ve done,

Your job finished perfectly for your precious daughters and son.

We have had a rocky road through triumph and catastrophe, hard time and despair,

But not a single moment of time of not having a wonderful mother there.

You have always put in your last with love and my whole life is not enough time for me to repay you.

We always put our disagreements to the side and manage to make it through.

I know that my teen years have driven you crazy but you have guided me with assurance along the way.

You have given me comfort and certainty with every breath I take within the day.

Your little girl is growing up but your baby girl will always remain deep inside me.

There are not enough words that can thank you for everything you have helped me emotionally and physically.

I have my whole future ahead of me and you are the women that has leaded me and guided me towards the proper path.

How can one simple day prove that much thanks and love to someone who has pushed this far and still is working her way?

No other person deserves a more wonderful birthday.

– Devon

May your birthday be filled with joy and celebration!

Happy Birthday Mom!  You are forever loved!

Your loving daughter, Gayle

Rest in peace Dani…we love you…

Painting of Dani by Erin Varner

Ok…I know these things are silly and that there are a ton of these “fun games” floating around, but I thought this one in particular was funny and amusing so I wanted to share it with you.  Take some time to check out your personalized “statement” and post it in the comments.  I’d love to hear what every one comes up with!  Have fun!

Type out the sentence you end up with…

Pick the month you were born:

January——-I kicked
February——I loved
March——–I karate chopped
April———-I licked
May———-I jumped on
June———- I danced with
July———–I did the Macarena With
August——–I had lunch with
September—- I sang to
October——-I smelled
November—–I yelled at
December—–I ran over

Pick the day (number) you were born on:

1——-a birdbath
2——-a monster
3——-a phone
4——-a fork
5——-a snowman
6——-a nun
7——-my mobile phone
8——-my dog
9——-my best friend
10——-my neighbor
11——-my science teacher
12——-a banana
13——-a baseball bat
14——-a stuffed animal
15——-a goat
16——-a pickle
17——-your mom
18——-a spoon
19——-a Smurf
20——-a fireman
21——-a ninja
22——- Chuck Norris
23——-a noodle
24——-a squirrel
25——-a troll
26——-my sister
27——-my boss
28——-a homeless guy
29——-a surfer
30——-a football player
31——-a llama

What is the last number of the year you were born:

1——— in my car
2 ——– on a motorcycle
3 ——– in a hole
4 ——– under your bed
5 ——– on your car
6 ——– on a roof
7 ——– in an elevator
8——— at the dinner table
9 ——– in line at the bank
0 ——– in your bathroom

Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:

White——–because I’m cool like that
Black——–because I was drinking tequila, again.
Pink———-because I’m only in it for the good times.
Red———-because the voices told me to.
Blue———because I’m sexy and I do what I want
Green——-because I think I need some serious help.
Purple——-because I’m AWESOME!
Gray———because Big Bird said to and he’s my leader.
Yellow——-because someone offered me 20 dollars
Orange —–because my I saw it on the Internet.
Brown——-because I can.
Other——–because it sounded like a good idea!
None——–because I can’t control myself!

It’s Domino Designer 7.x day! (November 22, 2009)  That is, it’s Donahan Domino Designer’s 7 year (or 49 in people years) birthday!!!!

Seven years ago, Bruce and I were considering a dog but were just not 100% sure what kind of dog we wanted or even if we were ready to commit to the responsibility of dog ownership.  In Bruce’s quest to find the perfect dog, our friend Kelly told him that her mother bred English Springer Spaniels and that they were an excellent dog to own as a pet.  We had no clue what an English Springer Spaniel was, but Kelly insured Bruce that he would fall in love with them.  To get Bruce familiarized with the breed, Kelly’s mom brought over their four dogs (Delta, Jeanie, Calvin and Duffy) for him to check out. Bruce never mentioned anything to me about seeing Kelly’s mother’s dogs nor going forward with any thing.  So for a few months things slowed down and not much happened.

Then, a few months later, Bruce showed me some puppy pictures of the breed and asked me what I thought of the puppies.  I thought they were cute, but I had my heart set on a yellow lab.  He asked me if I would like a dog like that (an English Springer).  I didn’t say “yes” or “no”…so I think he took it as a “maybe”.  I am not sure when Bruce did this, but he went out to see the litter of puppies that Jeanie (Domino’s mom) just had.  He instantly fell in love with Domino (Kaleb then).  From that point forward, there was no turning back!  We were now going to be the proud owners of a 8 week old black and white male English Springer Spaniel!

I remember vividly the day that Domino was brought home to us!  He was so little!  He had his first meal at our house, played with us for a while and then fell asleep.

The next item on the list was to name him.  We were thinking something to do with him being black and white.  Oreo was mentioned and some other names. but then I came across Domino and thought of the instant connection between black and white, domino the game piece and IBM’s Lotus Notes/Domino!  What a perfect fit!!!  It was a match made in heaven!!  But now the chore was to put together a AKC name that included Domino.  We thought long and hard on this but came up with a very clever name.  With Domino’s mother’s AKC name, CH Donahan’s Designer Jeans CD, we came up with CH Donahan Domino Designer (playing on his mother’s AKC name as well as IBM’s Lotus Notes/Domino Designer name)  Pretty neat, huh?

What would have been really neat is if back in 2002 (the year Domino – the dog) was born, that IBM Lotus Notes/Domino was in version 7, but alas, it wasn’t (it was in version 6.x)  So, I guess we can’t say that Domino was born when Lotus Notes/Domino was in version 7.x!

So here we are 7 years later with a WONDERFUL pet who has brought us so much joy and laughter into our family!  Domino now has a little sister (Bella) that he has to contend with every now and then, but I think he wouldn’t have it any other way!  But that’s another story!

Thank you Domino, for bringing us all the joy and love into our family!  We are excited to have MANY more years with you and creating unforgettable memories!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOY!  You are the best Domino Designer that anyone could ever design!  We love you so much!

Baby Domino

Baby Domino

Domino Today

Domino Today

Ever since they were babies, my sister knew that her twins were meant to be in the water!  Watching them dunk their heads in the bath tub while bathing and loving it, my sister decided to get them into swim lessons at an early age.  At the age of 4, both (fraternal) twins, Kelsey and Katelyn we deep into swim lessons.  From then on, it was history!!

Just this past month, the Worland Senior High School 3A (the same school I graduated from) swim team went to State.  Below is the YouTube clip of their meet.  The team is in the 3rd lane (the lane with the pink capped girl who swam last).  The order of swimmers are:  Carly, Katelyn, Kelsey and Michelle.  The team took 3rd in this event out of 6 teams (1st: Lander, 3:45.43 (state record!) 2nd: Jackson, 3:48.54 3rd: Worland, 3:57.31 4th: Powell, 3:59.09 5th: Sublette, 4:01.79 6th: Buffalo, 4:07.06)

To put it into perspective, there were only twelve girls on Worland’s swim team.  At the conference meet, eight of those twelve qualified for State.  Of the eight, four made All State. ( Katelyn, Kelsey, Carly, and Michelle.)  They were beat by Jackson and Lander both with over forty girls and by Buffalo that has over thirty-five girls.  Worland beat nine other teams of which Powell and Cody has over 25 girls on their teams.  The 4th place finish is the highest that any Worland Girls team has ever finished.  Of the eight that qualified for State, there is only one Senior.  So, when you look at how well the WSHS did overall compared to the rest of the state, they did very well!

Kelsey and Katelyn have been swimming with the WSHS swim team for 3 years (they are Juniors) and have progressively improved over the years.  They are strong competitors and talented individuals (both excel in school, are also great bowlers and artists).  Next year will be their last year competing on the team, but I hope that someone will see these two talented individuals and get them scholarships to swim at their college.  Katelyn’s strongest events are the 200 and 500 free style and Kelsey’s strongest events are the 100 fly and 100 back stroke events.

Congratulations Kelsey and Katelyn!  I have been to one of your swim meets in the past and have enjoyed watching both of you compete!  I know that you will continue to excel!  I hope that one day I will get to see you swim competitively again!  Keep up the good work!  Your aunt is very proud of you both!

This morning on the Interstate, I looked over to my left and there was a woman in a brand new Cadillac doing 65 mph with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner.  I looked away for a couple seconds!  And when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that makeup.  As a man, I don’t scare easily. But she scared me so much; I dropped my electric shaver which knocked the donut out of my other hand!  In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my cell phone away from my ear which fell into the coffee between my legs! Splashed, and burned “Big Jim and the Twins”, ruined the damn phone, soaked my trousers, and disconnected an important call.

Damn women drivers!!!

With the cooler weather around the corner, the sound of comfort foods are starting to entertain my mind and stomach.  Last night I made an attempt to make some homemade tomato bisque soup with a nice green salad and french bread on the side.  I make a lot of homemade soups, but never tomato bisque.  It is one of my favorite soups so I thought I might try my hand at it.  After all was said and done, I thought the soup came out wonderful and what I would call “a do-over”.  I found the recipe on the Food Network’s website (they have some wonderful recipes there!).  Below is the recipe, however, if you want a printable version, here is the link to the recipe.

Tomato Bisque:

Prep time – 15 min.

Cook time – 45 min.

Serves – 4-6 appetizer servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced bacon (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 1 carrot – chopped
  • 1 celery stalk – chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups chicken broth (homemade or low sodium)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole, peeled tomatoes (with liquid) roughly chopped
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat.  Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp and most of the fat has rendered, about 1 minute.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.  Lower the heat to medium, add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until soft and fragrant, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.  Pour in the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil while whisking constantly.  Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme and bay leaf together with a piece of kitchen twine and add to the pot.  Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

When the soup base is cool, remove and discard the herb bundle.  Working in batches, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth.  Using a sieve over a large bowl, strain tomato puree.  Return the puree to the pot and reheat over medium heat.

Whisk in heavy cream and salt into the soup and season with pepper to taste.  Divide among warm soup bowls and serve immediately.

As a personal side note, I did not use heavy cream (I used 1/2 and 1/2 which worked just as well and fewer calories).  I also did not use a blender to puree the soup, but used a hand held immersion blender which was easier.  If you have one, you may want to use that instead.  You also may want to adjust the amount of salt.  I used the recommended amount, but it may be a bit salty for some tastes.  I also added a bit of my own personal flair and toasted some pine nuts to sprinkle on top of the soup.  I also added a bit of crumbled gorgonzola cheese to the bottom of the bowl for a nice added surprise.

If you do decide to try out this recipe, let me know how you like it and any other variations made to it.

Have fun and bona petit!

Low carb, nutritious snacks are crucial for kids or adults with diabetes.  Managing blood sugar is always a challenge for those with diabetes and even for those that don’t have it.  But eating healthy and sticking to a low-glycemic diet can be very tricky and sometimes confusing.  The trick? Think protein, fiber, and healthy fats as a source of good healthy snacks.

Here are 12 snacks that you can pack that are both healthy and tasty:

1.  Hard boiled eggs

2.  Cheese sticks

3.  Fruit bowls

4. Trail mix

5.  Applesauce cups

6. Protein bars

7. Cottage cheese snack packs

8. Apple

9. Veggies and dip

10. Black olives

11. Popcorn

12. Cereal

For more information, visit www.dlife.com

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert.   After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, ‘Kimosabe, look towards sky; what you see?’

The Lone Ranger replies, ‘I see millions of stars.’

‘What that tell you?’ asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, ‘Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all powerful, and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Tonto?’

‘You dumber than buffalo shit. Someone stole tent.’

A first grade teacher was talking to her class about the effects of a person who stutters. She explained that they can’t help it and that they are never in any real danger. Just then, Mary raised her hand and said, “Teacher, that’s not true”. The little girl went on….”We had a cat who stuttered. There was a big rotweiler that lived over the fence from our house and we could hear it barking at our cat who liked to tease it by sitting there and stuttering. One day, the dog broke thru the fence and came after our cat. She just sat there with her hair raised and back arched going “Ssssss, Sssss, Sssss”, and before she could say “shit”, the dog ate her”.

The teacher had to leave the room.

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