Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I remember, years ago, being told this joke:   What is mixed emotions?  When your mother-in-law drives your new cadillac off a cliff!"  Since I love my MIL and I don't have a new cadillac, this joke makes no sense to me but I do have some mixed emotions today.
It is with mixed emotions that I say,  "The growing season is officially over!"  Saturday was a beautiful day and I picked all the red tomatoes from these vines.  We had BLTs that were delicious.  There were enough tomatoes to bottle (of course) so I boiled water and poured it over the sink-full of tomatoes to loosen the skins.  It was then that I realized I won't have another fresh, off the vine, tomato until next Summer.  (I meant to pick all the green ones too, but didn't)

I bottled 14 pints of these puppies. (chili sauce)

Speaking of puppies, it is with mixed emotions I introduce you to Henry.  Henry was brought home by my 18-year-old son, Jacob.  Don't get me wrong, I love animals....just not at my house.  Jacob assured me that HE would take care of Henry.  A paper bowl filled with dry food, a size 11 shoe box filled with kitty litter, and that's the end of Jacob's "taking care of Henry"...which, btw, is really Henrietta!   (The gift that keeps on giving - unless we spend money to have THAT taken care of)  I know Jacob has 2 jobs and is a typical 18-year-old with friends but give me a break!  Speaking of jobs...Jacob is back at the theater.

It is with mixed emotions I tell you that we're going to see the Michael Jackson movie, 'This Is It,' for free, at the theater Thursday night.  I think MJ is a musical genius,. I love his music.  Why, oh why, did he have to surround himself with so much controversy? 

Speaking of controversy, it is with mixed emotions I show you this delicious pumpkin cake!  It tastes so good but, for some reason, I'm putting on weight.  Do you think it's the Cool Whip on top of that cake that's packing on the pounds?  Hmmm, that's food for thought.  If you want to know how to make this cake, you'll have to go to Camille's blog Make It Work Mom for the recipe.  We both made it, well let's say that she made it, I took some pictures.  (I'll blame her for cooking it too long.)

Last, but certainly not least, it is with mixed emotions that I tell you about this fabulous give-away.  I really want it and if I tell everyone to go check it out, my chance to win goes down.  Oh well, I'll do it anyway. Go to Jill's blog, Jill's Words, to win this fun, stylish, warm, headband.  Perfect for the cold weather!

I'm going to end my emotional post with this thought. "What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
(John Lubbock) 


Yvonne said...

What a fun idea for a post--very clever.

I'm going to see "This Is It" on Friday--and I'm very excited. (I feel the same way--he certainly had some incredible talent that I LOVE.

I don't even want to think about the pumpkin cake--pounds will just pile on thinking about it.

Cute headband. I'll have to go over and check out the giveaway.

Jenny said...

What I see is a very clever post by a very clever woman?!

I am going to go check out the give away. Would love to see the Micheal Jackson movie.I enjoy his music too. I plan on seeing it for free thanks to my son. I am already planning my garden for next year.

Small House said...

HA...great post. You are the canning queen!! I don't know how you squeak so much into your day.

Ya know....I'm not a big animal fan either. I like them, I just don't want them. HOWEVER...we are looking for a cat. We live in a field and mice become a problem. Ours disappeared.

So far I'm not going to the Michael Jackson movie. It's kind of like not being able to listen to Karen Carpenter music. SAD!!!!
Have a great day.

Camille said...

I'll tell you MY mixed emotion with Henrietta, she's been cuddling up in one of the girls' mee-mee's!
And I'll try not to think about MJ's controversial personal life as I'm moonwalking down the theatre aisle. (Let's be honest, that theatre pretty much EXPECTS us to dance in the aisle now!)

Fun post!

Valerie said...

Speaking of my favorite bloggers... :)

Cute kitten! (I can say that, since it is at your house!)

You will do a movie review, right? I'd love to hear your spin on it! :) Please include a video clip of you & Camille doing the moonwalk!

I love that pumpkin cake! Why are there so many yummy (and by yummy I mean fattening) foods this time of year?

BLT's sound good! I still have my bag full of puny Jonathan apples if you are feeling desperate to can something!

Have a great day!

Emma said...

Pumpkin cake, really? it looks so good I think I need to try this one!!

Good job with the tomatoes. It's so sad that the season is over.

AHHH till next year.

Julie Harward said...

That was very cute...I liked the this and that of it! The kitty is so cute..just do it, you won't be sorry..she is is cute! Thanks for a very nice post! Come say hi :D

Heffalump said...

I like cats, but I am allergic, so I would be having to say No to that one!
Let us know how the movie is!

gigi said...

You inspire me!

Chris said...

Ah, but at least you will enjoy those bottled tomatoes all winter long! Yum, I can almost smell the yummy, warm soups and sauces that they will join:) Can I come over for dinner...he he

Ann Marie said...

I always know I'm going to find something yummy here! YAY! I love pumpkin stuff.. and I trust your judgment with I'm printing it off!

Kitties = No mice.

I want to see this is it! Jealous!

Kazzy said...

You are going to the MJ movie with out me? sniff sniff

I love all of your mixed emotions. Did you call that cat a puppy?