Friday, May 21, 2021

Timers, Toilets, and Random Links: Fly on the Wall


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Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 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.








Fly on the Wall is such a fun post to write, and since I started them I'm consistently hearing that they are the post my readers most enjoy reading. Thanks for joining me again this month, hope this  little peek at our family life and conversations provides you with a laugh or two.

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It's always sad when you have to crush their hopes, but it's important to manage their expectations. 
You'd think I'd be talking about the kids but, sadly, no.
Hubs (showing me his khakis): I'm putting these in the wash, I wanted to show you this.
Me: What?
Hubs: See this blotch here?
Me: Yes, what is it?
Hubs: I was using hand sanitizer and dropped some on my pants.
Me (looking at what I realize is a bleached out spot): I know we have a very good washing machine, but you realize it can't add color back into your clothes, right?
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Hubs had gone for a check up. He had a lot of blood work done and was schedule for an MRI. The day of the MRI, a nurse from his doctor's office called. I was a little alarmed because they don't usually rush to call you the same day.

Hubs talked to the nurse, came into the room and said "bad news."

My heart stopped. I don't like his doctor and I'd been arguing with Hubs for the past year about something the doctor said that I felt needed follow up and more information. Hubs felt if it needed follow up, his doctor would have said or done something.

Me (hoping if it had to be bad, that at least there were options): Just tell me.
Hubs: I have gall stones.
Me (shocked): You have gall stones? We already knew that. Why did you think we'd drastically changed our diet for the past year?
Hubs: The doctor thinks they're too big for me to pass, he wants me to talk to a surgeon.
Me: But it's nothing life threatening.
Hubs: Well, no.
Me: Saying "bad news" is for serious conditions, not something we already knew you had.
Hubs: Oh.
Me: You almost made it life threatening.
Hubs: What do you mean?
Me: If I weren't standing here having a heart attack, I'd kill you.

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Speaking of killing him, it's a good thing he's going into work a few days now that he's vaccinated and feeling safer. If he were to continue to stay home, there's a good chance . . . well . . . that whole killing him thing . . .

Hubs (coming up from the man cave looking at his cell): I just got this text message. 
Me: OK.
Hubs: It's a reminder for a medical appointment but a few months ago, in March.
Me: You didn't have any medical appointments in March, and no one would be sending you a reminder in May.
Hubs: There's a link.
Me: Don't click the link!!!
Hubs: So I clicked the link.
Me: Are you crazy?
Hubs: That's OK, it takes me to a legitimate medical website. It's about an appointment for a breast screening.
Me: Did you have an appointment for a breast screening?
Hubs: No.
Me: In March?
Hubs: No.
Me: That you needed to be reminded of?
Hubs: No.
Me: In May?
Hubs: No.
Me: Sounds legit to me.

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I was telling College Boy the story about Hubs clicking on that link sent to his cell phone:

Me: So I told dad, NOT to click on the link. And dad said "so I clicked on the link . . ."
College Boy (laughing): Well, look on the bright side.
Me: The bright side? There's a bright side?
College Boy: At least when he got to the site he didn't put in his banking information.


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Hubs comes into the kitchen in the morning as I'm pouring myself a cup of coffee.

Hubs: What's the plan for dinner?
Me: It's barely breakfast time.
Hubs: I know, I want to plan my day.
Me: Well, dinner will be at the normal time unless you want me to change it for some reason.
Hubs: No, I don't need the time changed, I just wanted to know what you were making.
Me: You're going to plan your day around what I'm making for dinner?
Hubs: Pretty much.
Me: Explain.
Hubs: I need to mow the lawn.
Me: OK?
Hubs: I was going to do it later this afternoon.
Me: OK?
Hubs: But if you're planning to cook dinner on the grill, we both know there'll be a nasty thunderstorm in the afternoon, so I'll just get the lawn mowed this morning.
Me: Well, I don't want you pushing a big piece of metal in a lightning storm, so I'll make Ham & Chicken Dinner Casserole, and you can mow whenever you want. You're welcome.

Ham and Chicken Dinner Casserole, everything you need for a balanced meal. This casserole can be prepped a day ahead of time, then just assemble and bake. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Ham and Chicken Dinner Casserole

Hubs comes into the kitchen for coffee another morning and I mention to him that a toilet upstairs isn't working right, I think it's the rubber stopper in the tank.
Later on in the day, I come in from the garage as he walks out the bathroom off the kitchen.
Hubs: The toilet's working fine.
Me: OK.
Hubs: Rather than play around with it, I just bought a new stopper and replaced it.
Me: OK.
Hubs: That was an easy fix.
Now I just have to figure out when (and how) to tell him that was the wrong toilet.

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I had set the timer on the microwave to remind me of when I had to turn the oven on for dinner. I went up to put the laundry away and heard the timer go off in the kitchen. At that moment, Hubs walked in the house and yelled up from the kitchen asking if I wanted him to turn the timer off. I yelled down that I did and finished putting the laundry away.
A few minutes later I was coming down the stairs and could hear that the timer was still going off. I walk into the kitchen and see him standing in front of the microwave.
Me (reaching over to press the button to turn off the timer): I thought you were going to shut that off.
Hubs: I was trying.
Me: Trying?
Hubs: Well, I think I pressed all the buttons.
Me: Good thing I didn't ask you to do something really difficult, like, oh, I don't know, turning the oven on or something.
It's also a good thing he knows how to fix a toilet . . . just sayin'

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Hubs comes up from the man cave carrying his laptop. This is never good, usually meaning he has a problem.
Hubs: Did you see our VPN has an update?
Me: No.
Hubs: Open your VPN and look.
Me (opening the app): Yes, I see where it says to click to update.
Hubs: Click that.
Me (having clicked the update and noticing he's standing behind me): What are you doing?
Hubs: Did you click the update?
Me: Yes, you told me to.
Hubs: I'm watching to see what happens, make sure it updates without a problem.
Me: Well, didn't you already do it on your laptop?
Hubs: No, I'm waiting to see what happens when you do it.
What a guy . . . 

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I had polished my fingernails in a pretty pink color with one nail on each hand a very light green as an accent. All the cool kids are doing it. And although I'm both not cool and not a kid, I decided to try it.

Later I'm baking and college boy comes into the kitchen.

College Boy: Did you do one nail a different color.
Me (holding up my finger): Yes, see.
College Boy: Are you giving me the finger?
Me: No, I'm showing you the one green nail.
College Boy: That's not the one that's green.
Me (looking at my pink middle finger): Oops, my bad.

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I often talk on this blog about unfortunate mistakes. Some are mine and some are autocorrect, but they are often funny.

A few weeks ago I had written out a recipe idea for Very Berry Bars. As usually happens, when I go to try out the recipe, I make adjustments as I go along, then I have to go back and edit the recipe.

For this particular recipe I had 3 TBSP melted butter to mix into the crust. When trying it out, it was clear that 3 TBSP wasn't even close to enough to bind the crust together and I ended up using 6 TBSP. Later I was editing the recipe, a quick fix, just delete the 3 and replace it with a 6. 

Luckily, before publishing the recipe I check to be sure it had been updated with all of the edits. That's when I saw that for the butter I'd added the 6, but not deleted the 3. The recipe read "36 TBSP butter." Yikes, that's a whole heart attack's worth of melted butter.

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

Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Wandering Web Designer 

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Ham and Chicken Dinner Casserole

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/4 cups french salad dressing, divided
1 packet dry onion soup mix, divided
1/3 cup orange marmalade
2 cups brown rice 
1 cup broccoli florets 
1 cup cooked chopped ham
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
4 oz mushrooms, sliced

*NOTE: I cook the chicken, rice, and broccoli a day ahead of time, cover and refrigerate, so when serving, I can just assemble the casserole and bake.
*To cook the chicken: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 X 8 baking pan with tin foil. Place the chicken breasts in the baking pan and sprinkle with garlic powder. Whisk together 3/4 cup salad dressing, 2 TBSP of the onion soup mix, and the orange marmalade. Pour over the chicken. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and chop.
*Cook the brown rice according to directions on the box. Steam the broccoli just to al dente, about a minute in the microwave.
*Grease an 8 X 11 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the remaining salad dressing and onion soup mix.
*Spread the rice evenly into the bottom of the pan. Mix together the chopped chicken, broccoli, chopped ham, red pepper, mushrooms, and dressing/onion soup mixture. Spread evenly over the rice. 
*Cover the casserole with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes.


  1. Your hubs sounds like mine every morning---"What's for dinner?" Drives me nuts! Also, how funny is it that we both mentioned gallstones in our FOW posts this month? Must be an aging thing, LOL.

    1. I caught that gallstone thing too. What a weird connection!

  2. The more I read this the more I agree with you that you have three boys to take car of. You must roll your eyes a lot! What always. Thank you for the smiles today

  3. So many fun stories today!
    Husbys should NEVER lead with the words 'Bad News'. I'm with you in the cardiac arrest department and I'm not even nearby!
    Look at it this have one REALLY good toilet!
    Good that he plans ahead for rain. My husby always warns me when he's going to wash the car!
    Mmmm . . . . butter!!!

  4. The green nail episode, and the "bad news", too funny (even if the "bad news" stopped your heart. Would have stopped mine!) That breast screening text, still trying to wrap my head around that one. Alana

    1. I've learned that there are times when it just isn't possible to wrap your head around Hubs' thought process.

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    1. I know things have been difficult for you Jo-Anne, I'm glad I could provide a few laughs.

  6. Heeheehee! Excellent, and don't kill him, he's a great guy and all but only worth the jail time if you are defending his life, not taking it. At least, that's what i tell myself about my guy.

  7. What does it mean that I completely understand Hubs' grass cutting logic?

    1. Ha, chances are it means you understand the relationship Mother Nature has with grills.

  8. That looks delicious and something I think we will love! My husband is also tech-challenged so I feel your pain! Let's just runaway to your mom's beach getaway!


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