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2010 in review

Posted by nonnasnonsense on February 5, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterβ„’ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 110 posts. There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb.

The busiest day of the year was May 8th with 115 views. The most popular post that day was for you mom – happy mother’s day .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for ovary, ovarian cyst, cyst on ovary, catalpa worms, and ovarian cysts.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


for you mom – happy mother’s day May 2009


ticking time-bomb in my tummy, thursday March 2009


say it with pictures sunday November 2009


slick, sleety, sweaty*, snow-sledding, saturday January 2010


silly snow-sledding saturday January 2010


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my randomness list

Posted by nonnasnonsense on November 5, 2010

this was something my bff over at seashore subjects asked me to do about a year ago. better late than never πŸ™‚ it was actually so long ago that i had to go through her archives to see if there were any instructions along with this meme. luckily, i was not told that i have to rope others into doing this, but if you desire to play along with us, then let me know in a comment so i can go read your list.

oh, and here was MY comment to seashore:Β Β  “oh, you stink! you just threw me in there to make me do an actual blog post instead of my pictures and videos i’ve been trying to get away with! man…alright! i’ll do one soon, but i’m not promising how soon. so there :)”

guess i was right about the time frame for my list πŸ˜‰

  1. i like banana and onion flavored things, but don’t like to actually eat bananas or onions.

  2. i taught myself how to knit last winter and everybody who knows me is amazed by this domestic achievement. I’ve decided it’s insulting my intelligence that they are so surprised i taught myself how to do this πŸ™‚

  3. i have become addicted to Link’s Crossbow Training on my Wii. When i’m feeling mad at the world (which seems to happen a lot lately), i like to go and shoot things. EVEN things you’re NOT supposed to shoot, like the chickens and such πŸ™‚ (this one is so old that i have long ago beaten all the levels and now have to find other ways to vent my frustrations)

  4. i tend to forget that i’m pushing 40 and still want to stop anytime i see a cool playground and go swing, climb, & slide.

  5. i worked last spring and this summer for the 2010 census bureau.

  6. i like bird watching (we have some of these birds stealing cat food), but i also enjoy watching my cat hunt the birds.

  7. if you ask me to do something, 9 times out of 10, i will do it. tell me to do something and 9 times out of 10 i won’t do it.

  8. my cat is a hired assassin for my dogs. she hunts and kills mice and rabbits and gives them to the dogs. i haven’t figured out what they are paying her with though.

  9. i would rather drive the big john deere tractor round and round the front yard for hours mowing, than spend 5 minutes dusting, polishing, or any other type of housework.

  10. i grew up surrounded by water, whether it was swimming pools, gulf of mexico beaches, or even just heavy rain puddles. i honestly CRAVE the water. i think i’m half mermaid (obviously the half without all the pretty hair, perky boobs, and shiny tails πŸ™‚ unfortunately the only water i have access to are rivers that you have to either drive or hike to get to AND there are only a few months that are warm enough to swim unlike in florida where you can swim until thanksgiving!

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silly snow-sledding saturday

Posted by nonnasnonsense on January 9, 2010

after recovering (mostly) from our snow fun on thursday, i decided i just couldn’t miss out on yet another day of snow fun. chewie decided he wanted to go for a walk, which would require much layering of clothes, so i decided to go sledding again since i was bundled up like the little kid from “A Christmas Story”. i even managed to get hubby to go down a couple of times! here are the 3 videos i got:

that’s all i got for ya folks!

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friday fragments

Posted by nonnasnonsense on January 8, 2010

Gotta give thanks where thanks are due! Click the link below to go check out Mrs. 4444’s most excellent page filled with friday frag links!

g-kid to mommy: please play mario karts. i’ll try really hard to let you win…

g-kid to mommy as they are laying down together for a nap: why don’t you dream about racing a team game with me on mario karts.


mommy to g-kid: my head is hurting so much i think it’s gonna explode.

g-kid: i will be very upset if your head explodes and if it does, i’m NOT helping you clean it up.


g-kid to mommy: what kind of music is that cd?

mommy: i think it’s a country one.

g-kid: are you sure it’s not a city one??


mommy: (singing) won’t you to take me to….funky town

g-kid: won’t you take me to funky town…cuz i can’t drive and i don’t know where it is!


g-kid: ow! i stubbed my toe. see it’s the medium one. (as in not the BIG toe lol)


Ding! I have an idea

He came up with this all on his own. We have no idea where he got it from.


all of my knitting projects that i did for christmas (minus seashore’s cuz she hasn’t received hers yet):


what it looks like out my front door right now:

We got a whole 1/2" of snow!! lol

I would be outside doing more of this:

But i’m still recovering from it today πŸ™‚

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say it with pictures sunday

Posted by nonnasnonsense on November 22, 2009

some of the many excuses reasons i haven’t been blogging or knitting or much of anything else for that matter:

my wonderful hubby bought me a kindle for my birthday and i am in book lover HEAVEN!!

i soooo heart me some kindle!

(gift cards to hint hint are now the BEST GIFT EVER )

watching my adorable and growing like a weed g-kid:

they dressed up like pilgrims and indians and delivered food

another of my excuses reasons for not posting:

hiking at Burgess Falls State Park for our anniversary….

…and hiking with hubby, g-kid, & the dogs around our house

watching my friend field dress a deer and laughing with him over said deer managing to dive into a coyote den after she got shot. he said he’d been hunting for 20 years and never saw anything like this before πŸ™‚

(don’t worry didn’t video the gutting…just the pulling the deer out of the coyote den) πŸ™‚

oh, at the very beginning he is saying “ow, briar….ow, briar” lol i also just fried some of that deer meat for dinner tonight and it was pretty tasty!

entertaining myself watching chewy eating peanut butter:

see?? with all of these fun things to see and do, do you blame me for not wanting to sit in front of a computer?? i am trying to figure out how to read my fav blogs on my kindle. i think all of you awesome bloggers should look into getting on’s blog list. (don’t ask me how to do it…i’m too busy looking for free ebooks to download to my kindle)

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friday fragments

Posted by nonnasnonsense on October 23, 2009


it’s been so long since i did one of these i hope i remember how πŸ™‚

******conversation with the g-kid:

  • me: i’m all full of milk but i want some coffee, james. what should i do??
  • james: umm, go pee?

******conversation with the hubby regarding new pet:

  • me: should i spell chewy’s name c-h-e-w-y or c-h-e-w-i-e ? (it’s short for chewbacca)
  • hubby: g-o-n-e

******speaking of new pet, here is a pic of my new baby. chewy was originally my step-daughter’s dog, but she is working 16 hr shifts twice a week, and the poor thing was miserable while she was working. also, he didn’t really like the g-kid and she was worried he might bite him. nonna to the rescue!! the most shocking thing is that hubby (who was adamantly against an indoor dog) is letting him sleep with us!

soft n fuzzy chewy small

******conversation with the g-kid after seeing a squished fox on the road:

  • james: what do foxes eat?
  • me: mice, squirrels, rabbits…small animals like that
  • james: ewww i wouldn’t want to eat a rabbit (i guess mice and squirrels are ok??)
  • me: i’ve ate a rabbit before
  • james: really?!? what did it taste like?
  • me: chicken (hehe) maybe i should try to find a store that sells rabbit so i can try to cook one.
  • james: i know the perfect store to find a rabbit.
  • me: (incredulously) really?? where?
  • james: well, my me-me took me there once and i want to go back there again. i bet we could find a rabbit there. it’s called ….Toys-R-Us! (had to give him an A for effort on that one)

******we are actually doing good in darts! we are in first place (which shocked us) and i’m in first place for the ton run even with missing a week for my surgery!

******i think i must be the only person alive who can actually injure herself sitting on the couch. i have no idea what i did to it, but i got up to go to bed last night and could barely walk on my left ankle. usually, when i have some strange pain like this it goes away overnight, but alas, i am still hobbling around today. who’da thunk it??

******i have my final hearing for SS Disability set for Nov. 10th. hopefully the judge will agree with me on the issue of the SS dr.’s ridiculous report. did you know that i am able to lift AND carry ONE HUNDRED pounds for eight hours a day??? hopefully the judge will realize that the dr. was full of shit and the less than 10 min. assessment she performed was waaaaay out of line.

******i’m sure that there have been 50 million other things to frag about, but i can’t remember any more of them. now that fall is here and the weather is yucky, hopefully i will start blogging again. course i said that after my surgery and totally lied πŸ™‚ between babysitting (way more than usual lately), reading, knitting (oh yah! i taught myself to knit! lol), watching tv & movies, and taking walks with the dogs i just cant seem to make myself sit down at the puter anymore. i’ve missed yall (even though it doesn’t show by my lack of reading/commenting) and hope to get back into the swing of things soon… some day…. ah, hell. i have no idea if i will or not πŸ™‚ you’ll just have to cross your fingers and hope i do.

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taking the cake…tuesday

Posted by nonnasnonsense on August 18, 2009

my ongoing, getting quite ridiculous, journey to get this stupid cyst removed:i guess i should update y’all very briefly about this saga:

  • murfreesboro VA sent me to nashville VA because they couldn’t actually see any ovarian tissue so they can’t do the surgery in murfreesboro due to the lack of a general surgeon if the ovarian cyst turns out to be something else.

  • nashville VA surgeon wants a gyn/oncology surgeon AND a general surgeon, AND a bowel surgeon there just to cover all the bases.

  • nashville VA doesn’t have all of these types of surgeons so they send me to vanderbilt gyn/oncologist.

  • then original vandy surgeon drops me and hands me off to somebody else. now, i have my gyn/cancer surgeon (like THAT’S not enough to scare the crap out of ya) and now i have a bowel surgeon that keeps saying the words tumor and colon re-section and colostomy bag (more scary crap).

  • finally get a surgery set for august 18th, 1pm. so here is how that went:

are you ready for this one? i’m lying at Vanderbilt hospital, i.v. in place, totally cool err warm hospital gown (with built in heater) on, waiting to speak to the anesthesiologist and the surgeon…

…in comes the nurse. surgery is running quite a bit behind. might be a couple hours late to get started. my response: ok, can i go smoke a cigarette?? she goes and checks…nope no cigarette allowed but just hang in there. ok, back to waiting game…

….in comes the surgery student chick. somebody’s surgery has changed from laparoscopic to full blown open abdominal surgery (just like what my surgery might be). surgery resident(?) says the dreaded words: “i’m so sorry to tell you this, but you’re surgery has been canceled.”

1st thought: oh, crap i gotta take the bowel prep stuff all over again. nope, surgery chick says the dr. isn’t gonna make me do the bowel prep again.

2nd thought: how long am i gonna have to wait for a new date??

3rdthought: doesn’t anybody else see the danger of continually delaying this surgery??!!! the longer the cyst/mass/tumor (take your pick) is in me, the more it grows, the more chance there is that it will attach to my colon or bladder!Β  ok, so i resign myself to the fact that i can’t talk the nice surgery chick into bumping the other person before me and send them home…

…in comes a nurse to remove my i.v. she tries to offer some stupid platitudes that i guess are supposed to magically make me happy and not be upset that i was this<–>close to having this damn thing removed. well, it didn’t work. then the bowel prep comment sinks in. i look at my mom and say “how the heck can i NOT do the bowel prep next time?? if i needed it now, i’ll need it just as much if not more the next time! i think the dr. is just trying to make me feel better today and then she’ll change her mind later.” then i said something about how i guess i was wrong thinking that having my surgery at vandy would go smoother than thru the V.A.

remember that nurse that was removing my i.v.? well, she decides it’s her place to jump into MY conversation with my MOM and tell me how she doesn’t appreciate me taking my anger out on her. what?! excuse the holy-f’ing-shit out of me!! you want to see anger, lady, well you just pushed the wrong button! how dare she! i can air my grievances to my mom any flipping time i like! i don’t remember what i said to her since i went from zero to redneck in about 1/2 a second but the conversation ended with me telling her to get out of my room and me slamming the door in her face. i’m still in shock over her gall to try to reprimand me for being upset, when they just made me, my husband, & my mom drive over 2 hours, sit and wait for another 3 hours for nothing! to say nothing of the fact that i was hungry, thirsty, got up early, AND had no coffee. stupid wench. she’s lucky i didn’t take that i.v. and poke her eye out with it!

so, now i am rescheduled for 8/31 at 7 freaking 30 in the a.m. which means i have to be there at 5:30 a.m., which means i will have to leave at 3-oh, my lord, i might as well stay up all night-30 in the a.m. OR fork out money for a hotel room in nashville the night b4. oh, and now i will totally miss the g-kids b-day party which is gonna be on the 5th at an indoor bounce/slide type place where the adults are allowed to play too! double bummer! ok, i guess i’ve vented enough. maybe i’ve gotten it out of my system.

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Posted by nonnasnonsense on August 15, 2009

yes, i should be posting about the camping trip..go read seashore’s version and hush

yes, i should be posting about my bone-marrow biopsy (that got cancelled cuz of poison ivy breakout and resulting shot – woohoo!)

yes, i should be posting about my surgery to remove my “tumor” (it’s a freakin’ ovarian cyst! stop saying tumor you stupid dr.s!)

yes, i should be posting about my beautiful, bountiful garden…got the pics, i’ll get to it later than sooner πŸ™‚

so, you must be asking yourself what has got me excited enough to break my silence and sit down and post, right? well…’s WORMS!!!

no, not the “uh oh, fido’s scooting across the rug on his butt” kind of worms…CATALPA WORMS! these are the BEST catfish bait known to man (well at least known to this WOman). i bought a couple of catalpa trees from the nursery where i used to work hoping that i would have the right sphinx moth among my many, many, way too freakin’ many moths around my house. the sphinx month lays the eggs for the catalpa worms. i’ve got them!! here is a pic of the tree (it looks a little rough because it got a little wind burned on the way home)

catalpa trees with worms 002

the brown leaves on the bottom are from the worms eating their first meals. they will hatch in early spring and late summer and pretty much strip the tree of leaves. that’s fine with me though, cuz it won’t kill the tree. you can take the worms and pack them in either sawdust or cornmeal and freeze them. then you just thaw them out (and supposedly they come back to life) when you’re ready to go fishing. here is what my little babies look like now:

catalpa trees with worms 004

aren’t they just adorable?? i have about 2 or 3 more leaves with this many on them and i swear i think they have doubled in size from just yesterday! my other tree didn’t have any on it yet, so i took a few off of this tree and transplanted them to the other. this is what they will look like once they are full size and ready to be bait:


here is a little blurb about how to fish with these juicy worms:

“There are several ways to use this worm as bait. It can be cut in half, turned inside out and threaded on the hook. Another way is to cut them in pieces just like an earthworm. But the most common way seems to be cut (or bite-YUK!!!) its head off, use the end of a match and turn its body inside out. The common thread here is to release its aromatic scent and green fluorescent juices.”

if you’re interested you can read the rest of that article here.

oh, and i am soooo not gonna be biting off the heads. that is just WRONG. i will however pinch off the heads and turn them inside out as i’m putting them on the hook.

and yes, mother, i will hook your worms for you.

well, that’s all for now. my surgery is tuesday and i’m hoping to talk step-daughter into letting me borrow her laptop for a little while so i can post all of those things i’ve been too lazy to do. hopefully, i will get to catch up on a bunch of blog reading too!

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gone fishin’

Posted by nonnasnonsense on July 7, 2009

and swimmin’, and tubin’, and campin’, and whatever else i can get into with seashore and company…

miss me? i’ll try to tweet my trip if i can figure out my new LG ENVY TOUCH!! oh, i’m nonnasnonsense on twitter too πŸ™‚


ok, so i couldn’t figure out how to get on twitter. well, acutally, my phone just wouldn’t bring up twitter or wordpress’ sites. go figure! thanks for all the “have funs” and “tweet comments” i will be posting a blog of our adventures soon. i’m sure seashore subjects will do it sooner than me, since i’m a better procrastinator than she is πŸ™‚

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show and tell saturday

Posted by nonnasnonsense on June 13, 2009

well a lot more showing than telling πŸ™‚ here is my vege garden. it’s doing great this year!

vege garden 2009 001

notice the boards to the left. hopefully that will stop the rain from flooding through the middle of my garden and washing away my hard work! the garden is downhill from our barn which has a LOT of water shed off of it in a hard rain. you might think, hmmm why do you keep planting it there then? well, not only does it shed a lot of water, but the barn also sends wonderful nutrients to the garden thanks to it’s previous occupants…cows! lol no need to fertilize in other words πŸ™‚

vege garden 2009 003


vege garden 2009 004


the sweet potatos just got planted recently. kind of a spur of the moment thing since i had this sweet potato in the kitchen trying to grow trees on it πŸ™‚ the okra didn’t come up the first go round. i think we had too much rain right after i planted them the 1st time. these were just planted a few weeks ago,Β so they are pretty small still. oh, and back on the left in the background are my cucumbers with cages around them so hopefully they will grow up instead of out. the bags on top of the cagesΒ are my “poor man’s scarecrow” πŸ™‚

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vege garden 2009 007

i’ve always thought it was weird that people around here plant flowers in their vege gardens, but i guess i’ve turned into a true country person πŸ™‚ i planted sunflowers for my sis who loves them and some snap dragons for me.

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