Friday, June 19, 2015

Fly on the Wall: On the Road

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 18 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.

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I have an online friend and we’d fallen into the habit of chatting back and forth via email for a few hours on Saturday afternoons. One Saturday afternoon Hubs was heading out.
Hubs: I’m going to do a few errands, want to come along for the ride?
Me: I can’t I have a date.
Hubs: Date?
Me: Yes, with Violet.
Hubs: A flower?
Me: No, a woman?
Hubs: A woman?
Me: You do know you’re repeating everything I say, right?
And Hubs walks out the door mumbling and shaking his head.

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It’s possible my husband is a little spoiled. I realized it the other night when, for the first time in a long time, there were no freshly baked goods.
Hubs (looking around the kitchen): Didn’t you bake anything today?
Me: No.
Hubs (still looking around): No?
Me: No, not today.
Hubs (still looking around): Really no . . . or you’re kidding no?
Me: Really no.
Hubs hangs his head and walks away.
And I felt really bad. Not.

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I’m that crazy lady who sits in her car by herself laughing out loud and taking pictures out the window.
Like just the other day. I was stopped at a red light and right there on the corner was an ad for a garage sale. And another one for . . . lice?

Got Lice Sign | | #humor #funny

Another thing I do when stopped at a red light is to look at other peoples’ license plates. Where I live they all start with 3 letters. I’ve seen some funny ones and I’ve seen some I’m sure glad I don’t have like SAP or BAT.
But later that same day at another intersection I saw one that was the worst. And of course it made me laugh.
I was stopped and ahead of me to the right was a mom in an SUV. You could see 3 little heads above 3 car seats and you could hear the chorus of crying. Granted I’ve been there before so I felt bad for her. Apparently so did her license plate, which started with RIP.

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I also saw a driver who clearly does not understand the whole “right on red” concept.
I was stopped at a red light and traffic heading towards me was stopped too so the traffic on the side streets could go.
There’s a driver facing me in his left turn lane. Next thing I know he starts moving. He doesn’t even go left, he turns right, crosses 3 lanes of traffic and heads down the side street.
That wasn’t exactly what I thought “right on red” was supposed to be about.

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Sauteed Seafood Wraps

I was standing in the kitchen with a pained look on my face when College Boy walked in.
College Boy: Mom, what’s the matter?
Me: I’m trying to decide between a quick death and a slow painful death.
College Boy: What the hell are you talking about?
Me: I’m stuffed, but I’m dying of thirst. So I have to decide between dying slowly of thirst or taking a drink and exploding.
College Boy: Just so you know, if you go for the exploding thing, I’m not cleaning the kitchen.

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Neither of my boys have any interest in cooking or baking. They get themselves a bowl of cereal for breakfast and grab something for lunch, that’s about it.
College Boy comes up with some . . . interesting . . . concoctions. Lately he’s been eating a ketchup, shredded lettuce and frito sandwich on a toasted bun.
That kid sure knows how to do a mama proud.

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I had my very first post featured on The TODAY show Parenting site.  Posts rise in visibility as it gets votes, so I was looking for votes on my post.
College Boy: I voted for you, Mom.
Me: You did? Really?
College Boy: Why do you sound so surprised?
Me: Because you never read my posts.
College Boy: I didn’t read it. I just voted for it.
Me: {{blink, blink}}.

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The semester ended and PurDude finally came home last month. I hadn’t seen him in 2 months. Well, he tried to come home. Catastrophes ensued and what should have been a one day trip was a two day trip.
When he finally did get home I thought I’d never let go of him. Within a half hour of being home I’d fed him 4 of my new blog recipes, just sitting there smiling at him as he ate.
And then his cell dinged, he checked a text and got up.
Me: Where are you going?
PurDude: Out with friends, they’re in the driveway waiting for me.
And that is how my son came to be heading towards the front door dragging me, holding onto his shirt, behind him.
Very dignified, I know.

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Our house backs up to woods. I love all the wildlife we get to see. Hawks, turkeys, deer, rabbits, and all kinds of beautiful birds make themselves at home around our house.
But this is NOT what I meant by "make yourself at home."

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Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:

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Sauteed Seafood Wraps
Printable Recipe
1 can (4.25 oz) lump crab meat, drained
1 can (4.25 oz) baby shrimp, drained
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 green onion, chopped
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
¼ tsp dill
¼ tsp celery salt
6 (8 inch) tortillas
2 TBSP butter, divided
2 tsp olive oil, divided
*Mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, green onion, salt, pepper, dill and celery salt. Once well mixed, gently add in the crab and shrimp.
* Lay out the tortillas. Spread the seafood mixture over the tortillas to within ½ inch of the edges. Cover with a single layer of lettuce.
*Fold the 2 sides of the tortillas in, just about ¾ of an inch. Roll the tortillas as tightly as you can without losing the filling, from the bottom all the way to the top while making sure the sides stay tucked in.
*Wrap each tortilla roll individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for an hour to help it hold its shape.
*Heat 1 TBSP butter and 1 tsp in a saucepan until hot.
*Place 3 tortillas, end side down into the pan. Cook until the bottoms brown. Carefully turn over and continue cooking until the tops are browned. Remove from pan and repeat with the other 3 tortilla rolls.
*Slice and serve.


  1. This wrap sounds delicious!Thanks for the idea...hmmm now to change it up :)
    Okay, your hub being disappointed about no baked goods, my house used to be that way. I remember it so well....sigh
    I too stop and take photos and sit in my car laughing all by myself!

  2. Hey, I would have totally "Pinned" that Frito/Lettuce/Ketchup sandwich ;)
    Haha! It's really nice of you to house little birds in such private quarters. You're a giver.
    I have to say, if my license plate started with RIP, I might be taking a trip to the DMV for an exchange.
    Happy Friday! xox

    1. Yeah, I don't think I could drive around with that RIP either. YIKES!

  3. The wrap sounds delicious, and storing it in the refrigerator for an hour was helpful advice. Thank you!

  4. I do the whole license plate thing and the road signs. You get it! Yay! Do the men in your house ever cook or bake for YOU?

    1. The men here not only don't cook or bake, they won't even help me. Could be they don't like cooking or baking, could be they know they'll get something yummy whether they help or not (well, with the baking anyway) or it could be they are a little afraid of all the whining and swearing that goes on in my kitchen when I'm trying to get a new recipe to work out.

  5. that sandwich he makes, LOL,. Love how hubby both repeated you and then was bewildered by no baked goods, LOL. I sniff my guy too, glad to know the sniffing never ends.

    1. Yes, he definitely has his own unique taste buds. He's always been an . . . interesting kid.

  6. We've got birds making nests at our hours, but none quite like yours. Ours had babies and soon left, so hopefully they leave soon for you too!

    1. Yeah, this new nest placement this year was quite unusual . . . and a bit infuriating!

  7. RIP - poor mom! Ok, so I should accept that cereal will be a staple in my son's life forever.

    1. Yes, RIP is some seriously bad mojo.
      And yes to the other thing too!

  8. OMG I am definitely not kissing lice goodbye... BLECK!! BLECK!!!! BLECK!!!!!
    YIPPEEEEE for your post on the Today Show's parenting site!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!

    1. Yeah, I'm not kissing any lice either. Although I wouldn't mind kissing those birds goodbye.

  9. Your son likes ketchup, lettuce and Fritos on a bun? Yep---sounds like a college boy to me! I love what he said to you about not cleaning up the "explosion" in the kitchen, ha-ha!!

  10. I love that you got a kick out of the signs too! I wish I could have snapped a pic last weekend there was a yard sale sign advertising "the best CRAP EVER" then one block down on another corner another sign said, "Turn around SERIOUSLY BEST CRAP EVER". I was chuckling like no other.

    I hope you'll bake something for your hubby soon....jeez Karen you could spoil him a bit with a sweet now and then. 😉

    1. Those signs are hysterical, and a pretty good strategy to get someone to check out their sale. Definitely would have tried to snap a pic of those!

  11. The wraps sound delicious. And don't feel too bad - my college girl was only home for 3 days, and spent most of that time with friends!

  12. Cereal will be around forever. My brother who is 55 still eats cornflakes EVERY DAMN DAY. He's done it since he was 12. that's a lot of cornflakes.
    Can't wait to try the wraps

  13. I'm not cleaning the kitchen...well of course not...he'd be too devastated. That's why. Right?

  14. I like to think that when my little girl is old enough to have a life of her own I too will be getting dragged down hallways holding onto her clothes trying to convince her to stay with me. Glad to know I'm in good company

    1. I miss him so much. There should be some kind of law that they can't go out with friends the first 24 hours home. Or 48. Or 72 . . .

  15. Totally get this. I'm still hanging on - and all of mine are married . . . Sigh.
    No baked goods? None? Seriously?

    1. I think my husband thinks all those baked goods over the years were for him not the boys and their friends. Now with the boys not around as much he's been in for a bit of a rude awakening. And I dare say not liking it.

  16. Your son's sandwich sounds disgusting. You can tell him I said so, too.

    We have birds that created a hole and nested under our eaves, too. Still haven't fixed the hole, so they come back every year. Fair warning!

    1. Well, he certainly already knows how I feel about that sandwich. Yuck.

      And we're definitely fixing that piece of siding. No more nests under the front window for us!

  17. Shredded lettuce, ketchup and fritos on a toasted bun....hmmm. That totally sounds like a kid kitchen concoction. I give him points for creativity. Sounds like my mayonnaise and sugar sandwiches. Great post! I've gotta try those sauteed seafood wraps. They sound way better than College Boy's recipe.

    1. Mayonnaise and sugar? Maybe my son should move in with you.

  18. I know! I'm way behind and getting caught up today! Who knew that lice came from garage sales!!!!!

  19. I love that college boy voted for you without having read the post - it's such a BOY thing to do ;-)

    1. I love that College Boy voted for me at all, but it would have been nice if he'd read it. Just sayin' . . .

  20. When we are eating dinner in the dining room, we can hear the squirrels running across the roof. The kids think it's hysterical. I'm okay with it as long as they don't make nests. The birds in our eaves might not stand for that!

    1. Ha, the birds and the squirrels can fight it out. Sounds like a plan to me!


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