January Funny Friday

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade   (http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/)


        

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Oh shit, I don’t think I can sneak the car back in the garage now without my parents knowing. 


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I think I can clean this up without the wife knowing. Yeah, she’ll never find out. Hey, is that lady taking a pic of me?  


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I swear officer, that hydrant came out of nowhere.  


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PUT YOUR PHONES DOWN. Today it’s a fire hydrant, tomorrow a human being. 

     
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Tom: There was a spider on the steering wheel. What was I supposed to do?

John: Ummm, how about not hitting a fire hydrant and running out of the car screaming at the top of your lungs. There was an empty parking lot, stopping anywhere behind us might have been an option, you dingus.

Tom: It was big and could have bit me.

John: The video has forty hits already. 

 

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Go Away Cold

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

 

My subject is:

Baby it’s cold outside? Are you a snow bunny having fun outdoors at this time of year, or do you prefer to be cozy inside?

It was submitted by: http://thelieberfamily.com     

I used to like the cold, used to crave the cold because I hated the summer. I hated the heat, the humidity, the constant sweating. Two years ago I posted on a Secret Subject Swap that I LOVED the winter over the summer. Oh boy how things have changed.

Now I can’t get warm enough. Now I hate driving in the snow, the slush, the ice. There are too many idiots who refuse to clean off their cars and cause accidents when their snow sheets hit other cars. There are too many morons driving like they are in Nascar in the middle of a snow storm.

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I hate the fact that our driveway sucks and the garbage pails take up most of the driveway making it pretty impossible to pull in when I get home from work. I hate that our upstairs neighbor never does anything to help with keeping the driveway clear. I hate that our next door neighbor pushes her snow onto our driveway entrance, but complains when we get too close to her grass in the summer.

I hate that my schools hardly close and I am forced to figure out what to do with my son when I have to work. I hate when hubby has to go in for snow removal and I have to stay home and miss work.

In the cold and snow, I rather be at home. I rather be home on the couch reading a book, drinking hot coffee while the electric fireplace keeps us warm.

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September Funny Friday

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/ The Bergham Chronicles

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1. I’m so going to win best Halloween costume.  


2. I don’t know what mommy is talking about, I AM helping with the laundry. 


3.  Screw this, I rather wear granny undies with loose sweat pants. 


4.  How the hell do I get this bathing suit on?  


5.  But you said I could pick out my clothes for school today.  

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  • http://www.BakingInATornado.com          Baking In A Tornado
  • http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/               Spatulas on Parade
  • http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/     The Bergham Chronicles
  • http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com     Measurements of Merriment
  • http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                Not That Sarah Michelle

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Queen In My Own Mind

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Great minds think alike ~ Hippocampus ~ Queen ~ Star

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  

Okay, another crazy rant of an overworked and exhausted mom. I hope this makes sense as you read the following.

What a collection of words, right? I actually had to look up hippocampus, I knew it was in the brain, but not sure what it did. According to numerous sites…. “The hippocampus is a small region of the brain that forms part of the limbic system and is primarily associated with memory and spatial navigation.” Okay, does that mean I have a small hippocampus because I am a huge klutz and can’t remember crap. Or maybe that is mom brain, or do moms have smaller hippocampuses after they have their first kids. Does each kid make the hippocampus even smaller, or it just shrinks once? I know I keep typing hippocampus, but it’s a funny word.

In all seriousness though, in diseases like Alzheimers, the hippocampus is the first to be damaged. To lose all your memories and not recognize family is truly debilitating and horrific.

Do you have a friend that when you just look at them you know you are on the same page. Well if you are, then great minds think alike. Okay, I know that was pretty lame. But seriously, don’t you love when you and your friend have the same ideas, you just know its meant to be. A good friend can make you feel like the Queen of life or the star of the show. Good friends don’t want to out shine you or embarrasses you. Rather they will join in your embarrassment or save the day.

Perhaps one day you were dancing like fools in the car, not trying to outdo each other, but make each other laugh and enjoy the moment. Or perhaps you and your friend were making fools of yourselves in Home Good. It couldn’t be helped when one of you saw the huge, red, round ornament. Who could have predicted that the older woman would be walking around the corner at the same time you were being lewd with the ball. No fear, it only made the moment even funnier.

I apologize for any hippocampus shrinking after reading this.

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Read If You Dare

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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My subject is:

What urban legends are there about places in your city or state?

It was submitted by: http://mybrainonkids.net    

So it was both creepy and interesting looking up and reading the urban legends for where I live. Here are some good ones I found in NY/CT area. I got them from http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Leatherman: a tale of a harmless man who would wonder all around upper Westchester County NY, parts of Putnam County NY, and parts of CT. No one really knew his history, but some stories say that he left his home because of a broken heart. Of all the theories, I think the most chilling one is that his wealthy parents did not approve of his fiancee. One day she was murdered and he knew his parents did. His heart was broken and his mind goine, so he left to never stay in one place again. And yes, he wore brown leather all the time. He was found dead in cave in the winter of 1889.

 “He would stop in a different locale each day and come to the kitchen door of farmhouses, looking for food. In A History of the Town of Lewisboro by the Lewisboro History Book Committee and historian Alvin R. Jordan, Miss M. Louise Bouton, born in 1889, recalled that the Leatherman “came around once a year…always to the east side of the house. He would knock on the leader drainpipe. Mother would give him coffee and some sandwiches. He would say, ‘Thank you so much, lady,’ but never look at you. He was dressed all in brown leather. No one was afraid of him.””

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

 

Hermitess of the Salems: They say her heart was broken as well, perhaps from a sailor who died at sea. Another therory is that she was driven from her home by pludering  soldiers. She arrived in North Salem around 1780 and walked around North and South Salem, NY and perhaps parts of Ridgefield, CT. She survived off the land and lived in caves. She would wander around, but of course dress up for church!

“According to A History of the Town of Lewisboro, she was variously described as “a slender young woman of fair complexion and graceful figure” and as a “thin, ghostly, old woman, bent and wrinkled”…who walked with a “gliding, noiseless movement, which seemed to ally her to the spirit world.” Living in a cave will do that to you. She died in a snowstorm in 1809 or 1810.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Granny Brown the Witch: Granny Brown lived some time after the Revolutionary War in South Salem, NY. If others didn’t do her bidding she would put hexes on them. This alone makes me want to do more research on my town history which is so close to South Salem. Others say she wasn’t a witch, but rather an old, nosy and crabby lady with lots of bad luck.

“Don’t believe she was a witch? Legend has it that a witch could not die as long as someone was watching. When Granny took sick, the good wives of the neighborhood, even though she was nasty and universally disliked, kept watch and looked in on her daily. One day, Granny asked the woman sitting with her to fetch her a cool drink of water from the well outside. When the neighbor returned to Granny’s bedside, the old woman had died.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Okay, these were kind of cool, but I was expecting more. Compared to the books I’ve read, this is nothing. Speaking of books, I love to read sick and twisted crime thrillers. Not that I never read sweet and romantic fiction, but they do get boring. I will always go back to a twisted story for a good read.

Some end in a predictable way, others not at all how I expected, and a few leave me on edge for a while.These are just a few, check out all my book reviews on GOODREADS to see if one of the 219 book I’ve read might interest you. Or you can check out all my book reviews I’ve blogged about HERE.

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Books that require a strong stomach and brave heart. 

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5 STARS: Full of twisted, sick, horrific, torture and pain. Not at all how I saw this ending, but an amazing read if you can handle it. WOW! You just never know who people really are. 

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Book 2 (4 STARS) and 3 (5 STARS) in a series and can’t wait to read more. The detectives deal with the sickest crimes and crime scenes. These criminals are insane and in the most unexpected places, yet the detectives keeping finding ways to move forward. 

5 STARS: A great read! The more I read, the more I knew why the Langley’s were murdered…but the characters’ journey there was so worth the wait.A great read! One secret, one wrong choice, one mistake and you could create a set of events that could destroy lives.

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5 STARS: I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW. A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks. I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

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5 STARS: Another total mind f#ck by Harlan Coben…this one I kind of knew the ending as it got closer. How could you do that to the ones you love. WOW…poor Will to be kept in the dark about it all. Another must read…seriously that good. 

5 STARS: As usual Coben f*cks with your mind…I would never expected THAT ending. Wow! So worth the…if you can handle the suspense and drama it’s worth the read. Towards the end I was screaming like a banshee…so scared that it would end a certain way.  Never doubt a son’s love for his mother. Always trust your instincts.

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4 STARS: Okay at first I was hoping this would pick up speed. It was slow moving and I thought Nadine would NEVER get the truth or save her daughter. Then POW…it all comes to a BIG EXPLOSION. WOW…A must read. GO NADINE!

If only her mom was strong enough or if her brother had opened up to her. She keeps being told that she pushes too much, but if it wasn’t for that evil f*cker would have NEVER been brought down. What a tragedy, but also a somewhat happy ending. 

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5 STARS: Wow, what a book. It truly sickened me how much hate one person can have for another and how some people are truly evil. I was terrified the book would end one way and was shocked when it took a completely different turn. I will say that I cheered quite loud when those who deserved to die, did. In the end, despite the twisted and sick nature, the pure evil in the book, it truly is a must read if your heart and soul can handle it.

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5 STARS: What a book, I had an idea, but it wasn’t easy idea to get to. Some books are poorly written and so easy to identify the killer and mystery. But not Lisa, she leads you there but with more questions than answers…even when you are partially right you are still tricked and amazed.

What a situation, what a story, what an ending. I had to pullover I was screaming and laughing…the last word had so much damn meaning. WOW!

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5 STARS: WTF????? THIS IS CRAZY IN 3D! Wow, what a trip into crazy land. Okay, if you want a book that is going to make you sick and want to walk away, but you can’t because you NEED to know what the f&ck is going on and why no one else sees the truth.

I knew who it was halfway through the story, I can’t blame Camille for not realizing it, she was so deep in it, so sadly twisted and destroyed by her mother.

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5 STARS: WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets. LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading. Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say.

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Historical Fiction:

5 STARS: At first I was worried as it was a slow and tedious beginning, then it slowly builds up and all you want to know is how they will survive on that ship.  I was sobbing at the end, I never thought it would ever end like that. Perfection. You come to know the women, love some of them, hate others, pray all their journey’s are not for waste, hope each one finds happiness, and get sickened that society and it’s views of men and women have NOT CHANGED AT ALL!

5 STARS: The entire time I read this I was screaming, whooping, yelling gibberish unable to control my emotions. A total on the edge of your seat read! So suspenseful and grips at your emotions. Seriously, I was screaming like a lunatic in my car…people must have thought I was a whack job.

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! What a amazing read and beautiful historical fiction. I finished it with a new love of the United States. The sacrifices everyone made was humbling and emotional. We forget that our founding fathers and mothers were humans just like us. We forget that beyond the what the history books tell us they had lives, made sacrifices, loved, lost, and made choices all for their freedom and ours. God Bless America!

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

It will only really make sense to you if you have read The Midwife’s Revolt. We finally understand who Eliza is, how she was raised, her awful past and why she made the choices she did.  I have a new found respect for Eliza, a new respect. She really did become a good person, when she became “bad” in her mother’s eyes and society’s views.
I knew they would all be reunited, but had not thought it would end like that.  Also a lesson for everyone, we are all Americans. We all have put in energy and effort into our country and should all enjoy the freedom, not just those deemed better than others.

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5 STARS: Like one of the characters said, it’s better to have a slow burn than a quick blaze. This is exactly, it’s a predictable, but beautiful romance and finding yourself. Love the setting, characters, and fate leading you in the direction you are meant to be.

5 STARS: OMG…wow…I cried, laughed, and shouted.

I am glad I gave THIS a second chance…. What a journey they all have been through. Will Holly finally leave Marcus? Will Ana and Paul finally have a child? Will Olivia find love? Will Saffron have the life she wants? I so want to share the ending………but I won’t spoil it for you. But I will tell you I LOVED the ending…it ends as it should. Tom brought them all together when they needed each other the most.

Funny Friday April

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Funny Friday | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)   

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1.  That’s it, I give up this budgeting crap. Where does all my money go? 

2.  **sighs** I was hoping to get a few more minutes of peace before the humans woke up. 

3.  How dare she look at other pugs online. I’m the only pug that she needs. I’m updating her profile pic with my picture. That will teach her. 

4. Netflix and chill! 

5. There we go, the treats will arrive in five days. That will show her to to say “No more treats.”  Amazon Prime rocks! 

 

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April Showers Bring…

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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My subject is:

If April showers bring May flowers, what else does April bring?

It was submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

Well, first of all April is a month filled with anniversaries.

Tony and I were married on April 7th fifteen years ago! We’ve been together for twenty-one years. Amazing, right?

I look back at our wedding and while it was wonderful, more like a party, I cringe at my color scheme-yellow and blue. The 40 year old, mature me would have chosen browns, blues, and greens. Or maybe, browns and maroons. I would not have had daisies, but gone with lilies.

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Both sets of parents were married on April 17th. Yup, imagine fidning out both oru parents had the same wedding date, same place for the reception, only five years apart!

My parents married in 1971

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Tony’s parents married in 1966

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I need to make more slow cooker meals instead of cooking in the oven or on the stove top. With our tiny, apartment kitchen it gets too hot using the stove. Slow cooked meals would be helpful. I need to plan out menus using these great recipes.

http://greatist.com/eat/summer-crock-pot-recipes

http://www.myrecipes.com/cooking-method/slow-cooker-recipes/summer-slow-cooker-recipes

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/recipes/the-12-best-summer-slow-cooker-recipes/

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=summer+slow+cooker+recipes&0=summer%7Cautocomplete%7C0&1=slow%7Cautocomplete%7C0&2=cooker%7Cautocomplete%7C0&3=recipes%7Cautocomplete%7C0

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I’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. What is that? Here is a definition from Mayo Clinic.

is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

I have been fitted with orthotics not covered by insurance, but they were necessary! Once I get them I can start exercising again and get back into shape. As I want to participate in the Run Like a Mother race again this year.

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http://runlikeamother.com/

Anthony enjoyed running in the kid race and I was so proud that I made it three miles, even if it took me a LONG time. I will participate, even if I have to crawl the entire three miles.

 

Funny Friday February

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by The Bergham Chronicles  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

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1.  Yup, I plan on NOT sleeping through he night and waking up at 5 am. Mommy’s gonna need LOTS of coffee. 

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2.  Going to add what I want to the cart. If I don’t get what I want, I’ll just have a major temper tantrum in this store…works every time. 

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3.  Mommy thinks this coffee is for her, but I plan on spreading it all over the rug when she passes out from exhaustion. 

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4.  I’ll just switch the regular with decaf, that will show Mommy who really needs to take a nap. 

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5. Once Mommy empties these out, I can use them to bang with metal spoons. I can’t wait to see her lose her mind. 

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Cupid’s catnip laced arrow hits a dog. What happens?

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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My subject is: Cupid’s catnip laced arrow hits a dog. What happens?

It was submitted by: http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com/

TV shows everywhere stopped airing and suddenly a news bulletin flashed on the screen. Reporters faces, respective to their cities, appeared on the screen.

“We have a breaking news story just in time for Valentines Day. All over town dogs and cats in shelters are barking and meowing to get free of their cages and cuddle with each other. Let me clarify, they don’t want to be with their own species. No, each dog wants to find a cat and each cat wants to find a dog.

Reports are also coming in from various households that the same strange pairings are happening there as well.

There is no need to panic or call the police or fire department.

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We have millions, yes millions of tweets and posts on Facebook about this very subject. people are using the hashtag #LoveIsLove. Even households without both a dog and cat are reporting that the opposite species is sitting outside their house begging to get in.

Others are posting that the fur-members of their household who have barely tolerated each other are suddenly best friends.”

There is no apparent harm to the animals or their humans. Rather once the cats and dogs are paired up  and cuddling, they seem to be happy. Perhaps love is really in the air on this Valentine’s Day or maybe Cupid made a big mistake. Either way it all boils down to Love is Love.

Please send in your pictures of your cats and dogs cuddling. We not only want to keep accurate records, but we must admit, they are just so cute.

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If Only

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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My subject is: You can choose one thing that will happen in 2016 that will rock your world, what is it and why did you make that choice? It can be a dream or a nightmare come true.

It was submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com

What big change do I want to happen? I want to win the lottery! Yes, you read that right. It may sound like a selfish and typical, but it’s my wish and I’m sticking with it.

If I won the lottery, I’m talking about a few million after taxes, I’d plan on LOTS of things. First off, I would pay off all our debt and start fresh. Then I’d buy a house in the town and school zone we live are already living in. When I say buy it, I mean buy it outright so we’d never have to worry about a mortgage payment. Then I’d dump a huge sum of money into AJ’s college fund.

Once that was settled, I’d give money to both sets of parents for all their help and to both my sister and sister-in-law and their husbands. I’d give money to my two nephews and niece to help build up their college funds.

I would also invest. In what? Well I’d have to sit down with a financial planner and figure that one out. Would I keep working? Maybe, maybe not. If I had lots left over I could buy some properties, fix them up and resell. Or I could keep working and add all that money to our retirement, AJ’s college fund, and finally go on all the trips we wanted…including a family trip to Italy.

I am sure everyone I know will have their hands out for money. I am sure no matter how hush-hush I keep it, people would know we won and would think of a million reasons to borrow or ask for money. We would be easy targets for others and it would be easy to spend it all on things we always wanted. It would take budgeting and serious will power to keep with our plans and not blow through the money and be left in debt again.