Monthly Archives: November 2013

Wow, This Place Stinks!


The tween was recently invited to his first boy/girl birthday party.  Of course attending a birthday party requires the purchase of a gift.  Birthday parties and gift purchasing isn’t anything new to us but the tween buying for a girl turning 13…well that’s a whole new ball of wax.

I suggested we visit Bath & Body Works for a girl appropriate gift.  The tween agreed that it would be a good place because ALL the GIRLS in the seventh grade use hand sanitizer like it’s free.

For some crazy reason, the tween and I got to slip off on the gift buying adventure alone.

The fact that it was sleeting and the door to the local Bath & Body Works store was propped open should have been a clue that entering may not be a good idea.  However, we were on a mission and we pretended not to notice.  A wall of fragrance met us before our feet had made it on the doormat.

Tween:  Oh, mom this place stinks beyond belief!

Me:  Hang in there!  We just walked in the door.

Tween:  Grab something quick and let’s get out of here.

I should add here the sales staff has overheard this and are cracking up.  They offer their services but the tween wasn’t happy with their choices.

He found lots of little hand santizer choices and they were a bargain to boot.  I’ve taught them early to be savvy shoppers.  Believe it or not, they even sell little holders that light up…for a boy who is all about tech stuff, he was stoked to find this gadget.

Tween: I’ve lost a little of my manhood being in this store.  Plus, my eyes are starting to water.  So glad we’re getting ready to leave.

Me:  It’s not that bad.  Look, there’s a really manly guy behind us (super tall with 1.5 inch gauges in each ear).  As we are walking out the door I point out another man.

Tween:  Mom, they are married or boyfriends, they have no choice.  I on the other hand am 12 and have lots of choices and one of them is to not come back to a store like this.

We had a little extra time so I suggested a quick snack at the coffee shop next door.  The coffee shop was having a school event so there were several young girls sitting on stools waving to the tween as we walked by.  I suggested he should wave back.  He declined and explained that he is a hot commodity and those girls are at most in the third grade and he can’t be leading them on just because he is small for 12.

Sweet giblets, him becoming a teen is going to be an interesting journey!



Get Your Rake On!


As I’ve said in a previous post, we moved recently.  Our recent move has put us into what my kids might consider a forest but is really seven our eight really big trees.  They’ve lived a lavish life of little or no lawn care into the mother of all yards.  We didn’t even own a lawn mower until early September…seriously not kidding.

We move into the forest with just one rake and a little want to be that’s been duct taped back to life. We’ve sent the teen and tween out together but  usually ends in an argument with no leaf pickup.  We’ve sent just the tween out and that ends in a rake as a light saber as he performs the stroll and does a flying leap off a bench.  It was pretty cool to see him out enjoying himself but the leaves were gaining on us.

I decided to step up the raking and included the queen who is eager to help.  Notice the use of WAS.  She and I  spent three days working on leaf collecting and it has gotten us nowhere.

Yesterday I decided what our house needed was a second rake and more of those brown lawn bags.  Seems our town will collect the leaves but only if they are in brown bags.  They have to be in the bags not a big pile because the town doesn’t own one of those leaf sucker uppers that our past town had.

The queen and I had done a lot of raking and bagging on Tuesday and when I mentioned a trip after school yesterday she was ready to head to the local hardware store because they may just be selling cool duct tape at discounted prices…no dice on a good tape sale.

Before getting in the car the queen noticed the yard where we were working the day before:

Queen:  MOM, have you seen the yard?!  Are you kidding me?  Why did we do all that work because today you can’t even tell we picked up three bags and the teen bagged three too!

Me:  I know we’re out of bags so we need to get some more.  And, I think we may have become a two rake family.

Queen:  I sure hope Lowe’s has a good deal on tape.

Me:  Me too but we’re on the lookout for gloves, bags, and rake.  As a side note, I decided the gutters on the house needed to be removed of leaves too.  I’m not a real get her hands dirty kind of gal.  My dad and the two Lowe’s employees (who don’t even know me), got a good laugh out of my thinking I was going to do the gutters.

We make it home with our purchases and the best rake Ever.  The queen says it’s great because the leaves don’t stick.  She raked a little and I tackled the ladder and the gutter.  Just saying, gutter cleaning is nasty and would have only removed one little chunk had it not been for the queen who told me to man up because I was screaming about having leaf juice spray on my face.

There are still mounds of leaves in the yard.  So many that the neighbor brought over the number of a landscaper who uses a leaf sucker upper as they continued to make a row of leaf filled plastic bags to line their yard.  I think they are secretly trying to keep our leaves out of theirs.  They only have pine trees at the very edge of their property…their bags are all filled with our leaves!

I still am not a fan of anything to do with outside work but I have really enjoyed the time spent with the queen and tween over a pile of leaves this week.  So, get your rake on and spend some time with your kids…they grow up so fast!  If you happen to be tree free, you are welcome to bring your family to our home we have plenty of leaves to share!