Monday, September 27, 2010's an ART FORM

And I am the master
(When Chuck Norris wants to know about chaos, he asks me.)

Saturday I took the day off from my shift in the ER.

All my sons were here to help my hubby paint the outside of our house.
Howie has been home for the entire month of September!
And the projects have been flying!

My immature grown up sons and son-in-law all pitched in and got 'er done!

I'd have photos, but I'm using the ancient computer on accounta my laptop power cord being dead.

Trust me I had to be here for it.
I'm the only one that knows the number to 9-1-1.

And my boys may or may not have put two ladders on a little tiny stick over a stairwell to use it to stand on.
I had to leave the area and check out my first-aid kit and read up on "how to extricate stupid boys from the stairwell with their legs tangled in the rungs of a ladder." It was a great textbook...really..

Those boys and their ridiculous antics are the reason that my job as an ER nurse is secure.

I had 5 of my grandkids here.

We did a photoshoot.
Trust me pictures will follow later.
As soon as I get that dang power cord.

I also decided to make strawberry jam...with 5 grandkids around.
Use your imagination to feel the stickiness and the messiness.
It was monumental.

During the worst of the mess a sweet blog friend dropped in! She lives in my town.
She's a sweetheart.
She brought me some honey to try from a honey farm? honey village?
honey place?
I don't know what a honey business would be, but it is near her home and she just goes there and fills up jars.
More more economical and YUMMY!

So I was embarassed that Kimmie saw the massive mess
but she stayed and visited and was so sweet.

And then she left.
I'm sure that she was very grateful that she was going home to normal and clean and quiet.

My house was clean last week.
Sorry you missed it!
And it's clean now and the jam is in the freezer.


Barbaloot said...

Sounds overwhelming and hectic. And fun. And yummy---cuz of the strawberry jam:)

Anonymous said...

I thought my hubby and brother were the only ones to create scary, life-threatening way to reach high places when painting!!! Glad everyone is safe and I can't wait to the the grands new pictures. The jam you made sounds yummy and how nice to spend time with a blog friend who shared the delicious honey with you. Hope today is a good day!

LKP said...

it was TOTALLY clean when i was there a few weeks back too! don't be so hard on yourself. life is not mess-free and we all know it, especially when strawberry jam & grankids are involved. ;)

glad you took the day off. i'm thinking that was the perfect choice!

missing you tons today!

LKP said...

can't wait to see the photos from your shoot. hey isn't pc medical still in business? that's where i used to get my replacement laptop power cords. not as cheap as maybe some places online, but man when those things die it's sooooo 911-time! so i didn't have the patience to wait for a new one to show up in the mail. but that's my vice. i know, they won't let me in the pearly gates until i get that patience thing down pat!

LKP said...

that ladder situation sounds like something cherie encountered with their house painter this summer right? so maybe it's a cool pro-trick we women will never get. lol.

LKP said...

TOLD ya i'm missing ya!

gigi said...

No one ever comes to visit when my house is clean!! Only when it has been hit by a tornado called GRAND~girls! Glad yall got so much done even if it was on the dangerous side of life.
Can't wait to see you pics!

Saimi said...

Living on the edge while getting projects done! Congratulations, everybody survived!!

You're killing me with all your canning girl! I've gotten as far as freezing peaches, that's it, Bada boom, bada bang!

How fun to meet up with a honey of a friend! I'll have to check out her blog!

Yvonne said...

I don't do well when people are on a ladder--it really scares me. (But you, you are fearless--I remember when you climbed on the ladder to get when you were locked out ; )

Can't wait to see the pictures of the house and the cute grandkids.

I'm sure kimmie had a great visit.

Julie Harward said...

I love freezer jam the best! Sounds like you all got a lot accomplished this weekend..the house painted by fearless boys and men..awesome! And your job will always be secure as long as there are men in the world! :D

Kristina P. said...

All of you jam people! I do love reaping the benefits, however.

Patty Ann said...

Today, we are doing jars and jars of peach jam!! The house is a wreck too. It is so nice to know that I am not alone in that department. Too bad I can't blame it on the grandkids! I have three teenagers and teenage want to bes causing all the chaos at my house!!

Kim said...

You crack me up. Glad no one needed 9-1-1 but yet you could handle it you're and ER nurse right? glad the grandkids could keep you company while you made jam. Boy, I wish I had some right now. BTW--I miss you and your house is always clean :) Hang in there.

Love you

T said...

I'm craving some honey and freezer jam now... :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh my what a day you had! We always think that they know better but they don't do they? I am sure that the jam making was fun and I am sure your friend enjoyed it more then you think. Hope this week goes well for you.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very busy time around your place. I bet that jam is yummy and your house looks great though. Fresh honey is so good and you are right that it is much more economical. Enjoy! Hugs

tammy said...

My husband has kept many an ER nurse employed over the years (like the time he fell off an airplane - who does that?).

Mmmm...strawberry jam. My fave.

Connie said...

I'm so glad it's not just me that gets in a chaotic mess and have people come over! The good thing about Kimmie is she's so dang nice, she wouldn't judge you at all! (Especially after Pres. Monson's talk)

You're really Wonder Woman to get all that done with so much going on! Sometimes it's more of a rest to go to work!

Scrappy Girl said...

Dr. Hubby loves to tell me that I "thrive on chaos." He just means I need to clean

InkMom said...

Many a day have I stood in my parents' front yard, poised to dial 911 as I watch my husband, brothers and father have fun with a truck, a tree, and a chainsaw.

Once, they took out my mom's deck, but we've had no human casualties . . . yet.

What would they do without people like us? You know, the ones with CAUTION?

Cherie said...

Ha Ha Actually I think Kimmie said that her house is under construction too - they are putting in their wood floor maybe???
That is funny - See my painter wasn't the only one painting in precarious positions!! Glad they got it done!!
How on earth did you keep 5 grandkids out of the paint and the strawberries ???

Lisa Loo said...

What is it with ya'll and ladders??!! You are scaring me!

Who said --if you come to see me, come any time
if you come to see my house--make an appointment....?

Anyway, I think its true.

And yum--I love freezer jam, all I have is peach butter and dried pears so far--you go girl!

DCHY said...

I'm glad that the boys got a lot done with your house. I've been doing little things with the house, one at a time. Ahh.

Momza said...

trust me, if I came to visit you I wouldn't care what your house looked like. I always tell my friends,
"if you wanna see how good a housecleaner I am, call before coming over! but if you just wanna visit, come on by!"
bet the grandkids had a blast!

Sherrie said...

Sounds like it was interesting! Mmmmm I love strawberry jam.

JoAnn said...

That just sounds like a fabuloso time to me! Man!

I had to giggle at the strawberry jam reference -- because I credit YOU for teaching, or at least motivating me, to make strawberry jam for the first time. (Although I think you're crazy that you don't like the chunks in it. Whateva...)

P.S. I miss you like the peanut butter misses the jam.... Since you made the jam and are all sweet and stuff, I guess I'll hafta be the PB, all fattening and stuff. Humph!

One Cluttered Brain said...

Mmm fresh honey from a farm?
Now I WANT some!
Glad you had an eventful weekend!
Glad there was no injuries...

wendy said...

Can't wait for the pictures. I'm visualizing the mess, chaos.......and it's scarring me. Did you have some homemade bread to go with the Honey and Jam.

Picture this: when I lived in Utah , THIS is how I cleaned the outside of my over the sink kitchen window.
It was right over the stairs going down to the yard. I'd straddle both sides of the stair rails...carefully balance myself, then wash the window. Getting down was harder.
It is sheer luck I didn't break a tail bone with a fall.

so I totally relate to the whole ladder stair well thing.
smart boys

Holly said...

Hmmm... I know we have honey in the food storage... I think I have to break into it... NOW!!

Yes, boys will keep your job secure, but I've known plenty of girls that will help it along even further. LOL! Oh yeah... I was one of them... walking across the top bar of the swing set almost giving my grandmother a heart attack at 2 yrs old. My mom just said, "Oh momma, she does that all the time!" HAH!

You are a BRAVE woman taking on that task with that money young'uns around!

"My house was clean last week. Sorry you missed it." Oh yes, I think I need that in vinyl letters on my WALL!! LOL!!

Kazzy said...

LOL I love how your crazy boys are the reason you have a secure job in the ER!

And the way you worked Chuck Norris into your post? Brilliant! :)

Heather said...

Wow that is a lot of Chaos!! I bet you enjoyed it though!! I look forward to seeing those pictures! That is awesome that Kimmie lives so close to you!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Dear sweet Tauna this post had me laughing really hard while trying to eat a bowl of frosted flakes. Laughing and trying to keep cereal in your mouth and not on the keyboard was a challenge with your writing. lol
Sounds like a day you will long remember but gosh look at all that you have done now and no phone calls to 911.
Missed you and glad I came by today

Valerie said...

Hope you get your cord soon!!! I'd love to see the photos. Glad no one got hurt during your crazy day.

Mikki said...

sounds like fun chaos to me!