Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Please stop by my friend TTQ's blog ... she is in need of prayers today.

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gut·ted, gut·ting, guts
* To remove the intestines or entrails of; eviscerate.
* To extract essential or major parts of: gut a manuscript.
* To destroy the interior of: Fire gutted the house.

Urban Dictionary

1) Bad luck
2) Shame
3) Ouch

Today I absolutely understand why the British (English, whatever) use the term gutted ... it so aptly describes the loss that I feel right now.

Some great friends of ours have gone and moved ... they didn't chose to, but it was one of the inevitable things - work. Move or find a new job. They moved.

I watched them drive away today and I felt gutted. A huge loss ... for my family, for the community. I cried, my children cried, Mr. Farmer got something stuck in his eye. They cried too.

We, of course, will make new friends. In time. So will they. They are moving to a nice neighborhood, into a much larger house ... they are getting many perks for the move - because his company knows he doesn't want to go. But they'll have it easier .. they have done it before. Many times.

I haven't - we haven't. They were our first friends when we moved to our new community. They instantly welcomed us and our dysfunction. We all hit it off ... bonding in a genuine, long lasting way -- not like the friend dating that I have mentioned before. (Can anyone tell me how to link back to previous posts?) We have spent many holidays together, bailed each other out too many times to count and not once gotten angry at each other ... that says something.

I am looking (trying) on the bright side, we will have people to visit in a State we have never before been. I hope to go one day ... sooner rather than later.

Yes, I feel gutted today ... but it could be worse. Just look at the headlines ... it could be so much worse!


The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
Robert Southey

Proverbs 27:1-6
1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips.

3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.

4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?

5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Flattery will get you everywhere

How could I not post today when Jagular had such kind words for my previous post??

I'm lovin' it.
This is the kind of post that keeps me coming back to your blog.
You have a knack for capturing the moment with clarity, yet brevity.
Don't worry about trying to come up with the "perfect" thing to write about.
Just be yourself.

Well, I have to be honest and say that my heart skipped a beat when I read that ... it absolutely made my day ...

that and this email:

Dear Frannie, xxxxx, xxxxxxx, xxx, and xxxxxx,
Even though ALL of you got the answer to the quote wrong, you have each won a copy of Skye's book, Rock Star Momma. (The answer is Joely Fisher!)
Please send your mailing address to ........ so she can send it to you.
You're gonna love it!
Publisher, President
Celebrity Baby Blog Inc.

How cool is that? Like I said yesterday, I never, ever, ever win anything .. and now twice in a month I have won super cool stuff ... y'all know how much I love to read and now I will have another terrific book to report on! and my toes and fingers look terrific too!

ok ... now for some randomness ...

I would not be 19 again if you paid me. Although I think I was fairly h.o.t. at 19 it was such a difficult time in my life ... and I am certain the lives of many of the girls around me. I realized yesterday that 19 hasn't really changed that much since I was 19 some ... urgh ... not quite 20 years (effin' yikes!) ... a young girl I know called me in tears yesterday - and while I won't give the details, I can only say that young girls can be quite mean -- my sweet friend was abandoned by her friends when she was really counting on them, but their self-centeredness got in the way.
I feel bad for her but am sooo glad that it isn't me.

However, I was able to use my most recent friend issue as a lesson for her ... how certain people come into your life just when you least expect it, but likely need them most ... she stayed the night with us and cried on my shoulder (I am sooo bloomin' tired) and feels miles better this morning ...

queenb2u asked about pet peeves (the easiest one of all her suggestions) ...
* people who attempt to use big words that they don't know the meaning of
* when someone says they can only hurt you if you let them.
* bad breath
* cellphone use in a restaurant
* people who are rude to nice service people (in restaurants, retail, dr.s office, etc.) - yelling at them won't help your situation!
* lairs, braggarts, haters and pushy sales people
* the end of a good book
* when people say that tap water tastes the same as bottled water
* people who feel compelled to give me parenting advise (generally in the grocery store when AngelBaby is acting out -- especially when they assume she is my only child and say something like just wait till she's a teenager ... yea, thanks!)
* Forwarded emails
* Garages that take up the entire front of house - garages aren't pretty, houses can be
* when dollar bills aren't facing the same direction (too many years in retail)
* when the cashier/waiter/barista assumes that they can keep the change
and of course
* those who assume that just because I am a SAHM mom;
I can watch their kids anytime
run miscellaneous errands for them
exercise whenever I want
read or watch TV all day
that I have the time or desire to peddle whatever they are trying to hawk
I don't have an education

OK -- there you go .. I could go on but ... I think I have said enough!


I don't have pet peeves, I have whole kennels of irritation. ~ Whoopi Goldberg

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:12

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Complete and utter randomness

Well .. here I am. Once again trying to be a proficient blogger ... am I alone in the feeling that, as a mom, I can do many things adequately, but I can not seem to master anything?

I doubt it ... but why do so many other mom's seem to have it so much more together?

Random comments ...

Mr. Farmer: Do you trust your radar to tell you when you have too much going on?
Me: You mean like having too much laundry to do - or too many people to feed - or ... ?
Mr. Farmer:
Well...ummm...I meant more like your outside activ ...
Me: Because I am definitely feelin' the radar with your laundry.

Me: AngelBaby, stop hitting your sister, you must behave.
AngelBaby: (wailing) MaaMaa I don't wanna behave, I wanna be AngelBaby.

Diva3 (friends daughter):
Mrs. Farmer, I see that you have a couple of tattoo's.
Well, Diva3, I do have two tattoo's, but I waited until I was a grown up to get them.
We aren't allowed to have two tattoo's OR two-pieced swimsuits.
We aren't allowed to have two-pieced swimsuits either.
Diva3: How come your tattoo has a two-piece on then?


Random Stuff ...

I am not sure why the spacing is off on with blogger ... as I type it automatically double-spaces everything. I then go into the HTML and delete the spacing ... what gives?

Gmail - for the last two days I can access my Gmail account(s) but can not actually access the emails ... I can delete them if I want to but I can't read them ... what gives?

Potty training: while we were camping Angelbaby managed to use the at least 90% of the time. Since we returned home -- she is about 50% ... what gives?

New Addiction:
R.W. Garcia Salsa Fresca Tortilla Chips. I think I should just finish off the bag and be done with it, the are sooo darned good - they are calling me from across the house! I know what gives!

Books ...
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
I am not quite done yet, but I have to say that Jodi is turning into one of my favorite authors. I love her stuff!!!

The Starter Wife - by Gigi Levangie Grazer.
So darned funny. Mr. Farmer is even reading it right now .. he thinks it's hilarious! I actually WON the book and an entire
The Starter Wife Survival Kit! from Seriously? OMG! WTF?!!!! I never, ever, ever win anything .. and this is the coolest thing EVER!

The Postcard - by Beverly Lewis. -
An Amish woman, Rachel loses her husband and son in a tragic accident. She returns to her aging parents with her young daughter, resigning herself to the life of a widow. She takes over the family run a bed-and-breakfast in a quaint Lancaster county town.
Things aren't always what they seem ... this is a really great book - SweetiePie and I are reading it together and it has some great lessons ...

Soapsuds by Finola Hughes and Digby Diehl.
Well written - pretty much what I would expect from a soap actress ... it does make you wonder if Finola is mimicking the cast and crew from
General Hospital or All My Children.
Digby has written books with
Natalie Cole, Esther Williams, as well as a few on his own.

Questions ...
queenb2u had a couple of good ideas for me to write about ... some of my hopes or dreams, favorite people or pet peeves ... I think I will take her up on the challenge this week ... Jenster is working in riveting which I like the idea of ... Anyone else?

May you all have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!


I always look for a woman who has a tattoo. I see a woman with a tattoo, and I'm thinking, okay, here's a gal who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future. ~Richard Jeni

Quirky is sexy, like scars or chipped teeth. I also like tattoos - they're rebellious. ~Jennifer Aniston

My body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist. ~ Johnny Depp

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit." John 3:5

Friday, June 15, 2007

I'm back.

And both rested and worn out ... if that is possible.

We had a good time - not projectile vomiting (Thank God) this time. No one got a fever, no on got hurt ... and Frannie ate almost everything she wanted and didn't gain any weight -- I call that a successful trip :)

I didn't get the tan that I was hoping for, as we experienced a fair share of rain, but we stayed dry and I got to read a couple of good books ... and did I mention that I got to eat almost everything I wanted?

Of course I cam back to chaos ... year end stuff for school; 3 catering gigs this week and a messy, messy, MESSY house compliments of Mr. Farmer.

I know that I won't be able to post this weekend -- but I am looking forward to telling you about the books I read, as well as some really great new recipes I made up! And I would say that I look forward to answering your questions to me -- but NO ONE ASKED ANY. What gives there? I was really hoping you would give me some good blogging vibes .... ah well.

I hope all is GREAT with all of you!

~ Yours,

Success gravitates toward those who are perceived to be successful. Regardless of how you feel within, you must emanate success if you want to attract people to your cause. - Jeff Herman

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Heading out.

I am taking a much needed vacation.


Sort of.

I am heading out, just me and the kids ... 5 days in the mountains. Camping. I may be crazy, but I just need to get away for a bit.

I won't have cell phone access, much less internet access (that and I don't have a lap top, so it doesn't matter too much!). So, I won't be able to read your wonderful blogs, I won't get to find out if Nicole Richie is pregnant and no access to Paris Prison Updates or the truth behind Jennifer Aniston dating a British model ... not to mention LiLo, Brit or infamous Angelina Jolie quotes.

Sad, I know.

I hope to come back refreshed and more able to focus ... although I could come back a complete basket case ... who know!

OK, so in the meantime ... have you ever had a question you wanted to ask Frannie? Now is the time -- give me your toughest stuff ... what do you want to know? I will do my best to asnwer ...



“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods” - CS Lewis

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb .... and I also know that I'm not blonde.-Dolly Parton

Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Psalm 28:9

Monday, June 04, 2007

Frannie's Fixin's & Cookin' Tips

Tip of the Day
Want Streak Free Windows? Try this ...
Aftering washing them, dry one side from right to left, and then on the other side, dry with strokes going up and down. Then check the window, and if there's a streak, you'll more easily be able to see it.

Zesty Lime Chicken
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What you need:
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon Mexican paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1 small onion chopped
1/2 pound mushrooms sliced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced – or you can use the frozen chicken tenders from Costco.

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ cup lime juice or 1 cup Baja Bob's Original Margarita Mix (to taste)
4-6 limes sliced

What you do:
In a small bowl, mix together salt, black pepper, and all spices. Sprinkle spice mixture generously over chicken breasts.

Heat butter and olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and mushrooms until tender. Add chicken until golden brown (approx 7-10 minutes). Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons garlic powder and lime juice. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently to coat evenly.
Add 1-2 sliced limes and leave on low heat for approximately 10 minutes.

In my house we serve this over warmed corn tortillas, adding rice and cheese as desired and then squeeze fresh lime juice over them.

This is a great summer dish, as the chicken can be served warm or cold. The limes give it a zing … add your favorite Margarita and make it a Fiesta!

You can also throw it all in a crock pot and let it cook for the day, just add more lime juice or Margarita mix for moisture.

Here's to great eats and a great week ...

Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God. -Henri Nouwen

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.- John Steinbeck, author

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Romans 10:14