Sunday, July 22, 2012

Make an Appointment

Just before the end of last school year, Younger Son got his driver’s license and immediately relieved me of the keys to my BMW.
Younger Son’s only had his license a couple of months, but he’s really cramping my style.  Now if I want to go anywhere I have to make an appointment…to use my own car.  When Younger Son was in school, he’d take the car and I’d be home all day without transportation.  I can’t count how many times I needed this or that, grabbed my purse and keys and ran out to the empty garage.  If I wanted to go to the Grocery store (which I need to do each and every week) I had to work it out in advance.  Once a week Justin got a ride to school, I’d go out and do all of my errands then drive the car up to the school, leave it there, walk home, and text Younger Son to tell him where he could find the car.  What’s wrong with this picture?
Every now and then something would come up during the day that had to be taken care of that day.  Since Younger Son also started working when he acquired  (my) transportation, these days were difficult.  Younger Son would get home from school at 3;30 and have to leave for work at 3:45.  On the days that something had come up, I’d meet him in the garage purse in hand, yank him out of the car, jump in it, race off to wherever and be back in 15 minutes.  I always approached the house after one of these whirlwind errands hoping I wouldn’t find Younger Son sitting on the garage floor dazed.
Besides the inconvenience, here’s the other thing about Younger Son having my car.  This kid has a track record with this car and let’s just say it’s not good.  First let me say that I didn’t often drive with him while he had his Learner’s Permit.  I made a deal (of the “not up for discussion” type) with Husband that concerning Learner’s Permit practice, he’d go out with our sons and I’d go out with our daughters (works for me since we have none). While out practicing, here are a few things that happened:
First, Younger Son got pulled over by the police for questioning for breaking and entering.  Apparently a closed (Sunday) business whose parking lot Justin had used to turn around in had recently been burglarized and the police were secretly watching it.  They followed him and, lights flashing, pulled him over for questioning. Yikes!
Then, a couple of weeks later, Younger Son was out practicing and got a flat tire.
Third, Younger Son was stopped in a turn lane (one in the middle of the road).  Cars on his left were coming towards him so he couldn’t turn left yet.  Cars were coming down the road from behind him on his right (the lane he had just come out of) and suddenly barreling up (what’s supposed to be his turn lane that he’s sitting in unable to move) siren on and lights flashing comes a police car heading straight for him and not slowing down.  Husband ended up telling Younger Son to step on the gas while Husband yanked the wheel into oncoming traffic (in which, fortunately there was a break).  Again, yikes!

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Now my car may be old, and it may be one of the smaller models, but it’s mine.  And I’m not done with it yet.  Younger Son’s a great driver but he and this car have some kind of weird mojo going on that I don’t like.
Me to Younger Son: "You're working now, we should pitch in together and look at buying you your own car."
Younger Son to me: "No thanks, it wouldn't be as nice as the one I already have."
Me to Younger Son: "Well then maybe we could pitch in and buy ME a car."
But Younger Son’s got another reason why my staying home more works for him.  Because while he’s out driving my car (I think by Eminent Domain or “possession is 9/10 of the law” or some such thing, it may actually legally be his now), I’m home worrying about him.  And we all know what I do when I worry . . .

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“Watermelon” cookies

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Watermelon” Cookies

1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp extract (watermelon makes the cookies taste authentic, but I just used strawberry)
Red food coloring
2 tsp baking powder
2 3/4 cups flour
Mini chocolate chips
Approx. 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
Green colored sugar
*Beat the butter, margarine and sugar. Beat in egg, extract, and food coloring.
*Stir in baking powder and flour. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*Roll dough out, half the recipe at a time, between sheets of wax paper, to 1/3 inch thickness.
*Cut into circles with round cookie cutter (I just used the mouth of a glass) dipped in flour. Cut in half.
*Put a few mini chocolate chips (upside down) into each cookie.
*Bake on ungreased baking sheet for approx. 8 minutes. Cool completely before continuing.
*Dip the rounded end of the cookie into the white chocolate.  Then roll in the green colored sugar.  *Allow to set before storing or serving.
Decorating idea Adapted from


  1. I think you should tell Rick he is responsible to provide a car for the boys and you take care of the girls! Paula

  2. Indeed a good idea, but what Im the most interested in is how have you made those cookies looks so perfect, when I saw a picture I though it is watermelon! I can't bake and I admire everyone who can especially when so skillful. Love it!

  3. Here in the Philippines, we are used to commute. That's why having no car is no big deal.. but yes, you have a different situation there in the U.S., therefore, either you or Rick have to provide for Justin. Anyway, that watermelon cookie is something new to me. It looks so yummy! Again, I'd like to have a bite : )

    1. Yes, we'll have to do something soon or I'll be walking around in the snow this winter.

  4. That is a really funny story. I know what it's like to share a car, but from a child's perspective. It can be very difficult. Those cookies look so cute!

  5. I'm so glad I'm following you! Great recipe. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing at the Serendipity and Spice link party!


  6. LOL having raised three sons your post had me cracking up through most of it. I clicked on it because the cookies looked so good ( though I already knew if I ever tried them mine would probably not turn out as nice :) but I got more than I expected...A Good Laugh AND a recipe :) Love it! ( visiting from S and S linky party :)

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you laughed, someone needs to. Visited your blog as well, 3 sons and now a grandson, you're as surrounded by men as I am.

  7. Hilarious! Thanks so much for sharing at Manic Monday! You're being featured...the post will be up in the morning!

    1. Wow what a treat, thank you so much. Can't wait . . . is it Monday yet?

  8. Hi Karen, oh boy poor kid, poor car and poor you! There is some sort of weird mojo going on with your car for son's latest is can I borrow your car mom? I go why? what's wrong with yours?...oh nothing I just don't want to waste see, mine is bigger than yours! I'm thinking...yeah? so what? do you think I fill up my tank with "magic go-go twinkle juice" aka pee???? kids...he just graduated HS and is applying for summer jobs, which I hope he gets soon so he can actually use his own car with his own "Twinkle juice"! hugs girl, came over from Spatulas on Parade, but you know that I'm always stalking you! LOL

    1. That's hysterical, he wants to borrow your car so he doesn't waste his gas. Typical teenager. So glad you get what I'm going through!

  9. It made me remember the days when I had to borrow my mom's car. She used to make me go and run her errands and bring her home what she needed so that she didn't have to go out. Of course, this was before cell phones so she had to plan ahead if she wanted ice cream or milk. I didn't get to use the car to go back and forth to school normally and still had to take the bus. I think that it was her way of making sure that I knew it was her car and not mine :) Great recipe too!! I found you thorugh a link up from Spatulas on Parade.

    1. Same thing happened with me and my Mom's car. I love that there are cell phones now because I feel better when my boys are out driving at night knowing they can get help if they need it, but I have the added concern of it taking their attention while they're driving. That's a conversation we have constantly!


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