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The power of a mouse

I woke up early the other morning getting breakfast for the family. Eventually going to the sink turning on the water and there was none. My husband was still sleeping I thought to myself "should I wake him up"? I'm glad I did. Our water comes from our well and if there's a problem it usually a big one. My husband flew out of bed just barely zipping his pants to go way down the hill to investigate the pump. After getting down there uncovering the pump house which is underground, he pushed the reset switch. Sparks flew from the power cable coming in. As he was looking closer where the wires were shorted out he happen to notice a mouse that was apparently trapped in a pump house. The mouse had chewed the wires and shorted them out. After fixing the wires and coming up the hill my husband gave his sigh of relief to me saying that "of all the bad things that could happen to the well pump this one was the easiest to fix" needless to say this mouse's life became real short on that day.

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Little girls dreams

We hauled out my step-daughter's bedroom the other day. Doing a complete make-over of the whole room was fun from picking out the new rug, stripping the old wall paper took sometime. What a mess. The color she picked out for the paint job is like a light plum color. It looks nice with the new border that we got. To top it all off she wanted all blow up furniture. What a unique bedroom. I just haven't figure it out if the hot pink four foot bunny fits in there yet.

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Jarred's little world

They grow up so fast . It seems like just yesterday our son wasn't walking now he's running. He has really learned that his favorite stuff is really in the refrigerator. I think we're gonna have to get a lock on it. He wants to be independent the problem is that he wants to try everything on his own which sometimes can be dangerous. He thinks his little snoopy step stool is his ladder to all the goodies. Yesterday morning we caught him sitting on the counter eating sugar pops cereal.

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Jarred's triumph

It is so much fun watching Jarred grow up. He started to dress himself it's kinda funny when he had the things inside out or upside down. He is such a smart little cookie. To see him trying to loop the string on his sneakers is just a priceless picture. One of his main triumps the other day was getting his coat zipped up but he discovered going too far is a choking experience. He kept on saying "mommy... mommy I need help!

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Wonders of atoms

My husband has been looking up all energy saving devices from wind generators, solar collectors, light bulbs. Changing our house heat to burning wood instead of gas is our greatest energy saver at the moment. He came up to me yesterday and asked me if I'd rather burn water in our car instead of gas. I said "what"? He said he found on eBay a water to hydrogen converter to fit in our little truck. H2O(water) he tells me is two parts hydrogen which is a very burnable gas that will run our truck. I was all excited 'till I stop to think we were drinking gas? (lol)

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The wonders of cutting back

The wonders of saving money by cutting back the little things:
1. Taking one truck off the road - 58 dollars a month
2. Stop smoking - 210 dollars a month
3. Taking motorcycle off the road for winter - 16 dollars a month
4. Installing wood st0ve, gas savings - 80 dollars a month
5. Combining trips to the store each week - 80 dollars a month
6. Unplugging everything that draws electricity when not in use - 48 dollars a month
7. Changing all of our light bulbs into energy efficient ones - 7 dollars a month

We can go on and on but its wonders when you look at it that were saving over 500 dollars a month. Just spectacular!

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So much like Daddy

It's been my fun and interesting times raising our son, teaching him this teaching him that. And remember I said the word teaching, he astounds me how quick he picks up everything. The amazing thing is he is a natural when it comes to his engineering ability along with his imagination. He creates three storey bridges to ride his train on. You should see him with his home depot work bench. He measures things and comes to tell me how big they are. The measurement is not right but he believes it is. Just don't get the battery go dead in his drill he'll be all over you requesting new ones. So much like Daddy.

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Journey in the living room

We got bored with the living room the other day. Never seems to have enough room even though the living room is huge. The couch is huge also. The stereo cabinet was on the other side of the room while the TV cabinet was in another location. I stood there looking at them and noticed that one which stack upon the other so it gives us more in the other location. Now I can put my bookshelf in that location. Along the way of doing this I decided to change the wall clock location. This was really funny. I been looking at it in one wall for so many years that once I moved it I keep on looking at that same wall even though the clock is on the other. (hehe)

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Halloween Costumes

Halloween should be a longer occasion. It's one of our most favorite time of the year because let's face it you don't normally play dressed up for any of the other holidays. By the end of the evening were already thinking about next year's costume. When the kids are little and you're making their choices is the sweetest time. So many different outfits to choose from. Going trick or treating around our block is like waiting for the super bowl game.

Doug, our neighbor two doors down goes all out from scratch. He builds the whole haunted house out of his front yard and two car garage. He has temporary walls he sets up with every kind of monster imaginable. This year he even added a fake truck coming though a brick wall that would automatically reset itself. How horrific!

We should back up and say we have so much fun with the kids. We plant our own pumpkin seeds that we continue recycling from the year before's pumpkins. Our pumpkins are the biggest in the neighborhood weighing in at 60 pounds each.

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