Thursday, November 21, 2013

Random Thursday Thoughts

Acorns were everywhere from the storm.

We're done cleaning up the yard now, from the storms that happened through a few days ago.  We were lucky and didn't get much in the way of harm. We did have acorns from one of our trees thrown down, and they were all over the place!

I took little man to the library after school yesterday and the librarian said her power was still out at her house. The news was predicting Sunday for a lot of people in the state (that's almost a whole week without power). The next street over from us had no electric up until yesterday. We had a couple of power surges during the storm, but that was it.  We got so lucky!!

Meet 'Maltie'

Awhile back I posted about my husband shaking his head over my taking pictures of the empty toilet paper rolls.  Well we put those to good use this week too.  Meet 'Maltie.'  My youngest always names his creations, and they're never names I've heard before (though suddenly I am craving a delicious chocolate malt...). Maltie is one of the new turkeys in our house, courtesy of the empty TP rolls. ;)  These were fun to make, and my son liked doing it.  Truth be told, I did too, hahaha. These kinds of crafts are right up my alley. They're easy and don't require a lot of crafting prowess. ;)

Pizza Hut's Reading Program
 Does anyone remember the Pizza Hut Reading program from years ago?

Reading Prize

They're still doing that, and my son recently was given his first certificate for a free pizza.  He thought that was the cat's meow!!  Never mind that he takes off his cheese and his crust and refuses to eat them (always, for any pizza), it was still something he was super proud to get.  We always read, every single day, but he's amped up and on a roll right now, trying to earn that next certificate.

And one last random thought, since this is a Random Thursday's Thoughts post, Liz over at A Nut in a Nutshell was talking about Mexican restaurants awhile back, and it got me to hankerin' for some Mexican food.

Aren't Mexican restaurants the best for decorating?







In any case, Happy Thursday to you!

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  1. Love what you did with the toilet paper rolls. Too cute.

    Okay, now I'm hungry for pizza and I'll eat all of it too.

    I read to my son and then he read to me and he did the same thing with the grandbabies. Reading is a very good thing.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thanks, Sandee. We read back and forth to each other too. And I'll be reading to my grandbaby every chance I get. :)

      Fabulous day to you too!

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    2. Have a happy Thursday too...children don't read enough... I don't read enough books but I do read lots of blogs :-D

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    3. I don't read enough books either, but I love it when I do. :)

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  2. I'm so glad that you escaped major damage. And I don't remember the Pizza Hut reading program but that pizza looks amazing LOL!

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    1. Having your own mini pizza to yourself is a big deal, you know. :)

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  3. Ha! Ha! My 5 year old always picks off the cheese and leaves the crust too! Why? It's the best! : )

    Louisa - My Family & Abruzzo

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    1. So funny! I thought he was the only one!! They'd have a great pizza date together. :)

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  4. Thanks Rosey! Happy Thursday to you, too!

    (your son is so dang cute)

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    1. He's a'ight. :) Haha, kidding, he's my sweetheart, Renae. I'm so lucky to have had such awesome kids. All of them. :) Thanks for the compliment and the happy Thurs. wishes. :)

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  5. We've seen some coverage here on that storm. It was a doozie. Glad you didn't lose power.

    TP Art... hahahaha. I remember making that sort of thing when I was a kid. Maltie turned out pretty good IMO.

    I didn't know that Pizza Hut was participating in a reading program. That is awesome. I loved to read as a kid (and still do). I think it sticks if you start kids early!!!

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    1. I think it sticks if you start early too. I've loved reading my whole life.

      That pizza program was going on when my grown children were in school! It's been around awhile. :)

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  6. It's great that Pizza Hut still does the reading program! I actually participated in that when I was in grade school wayyyy back when :) Glad you guys didn't get hit too hard by the storms!

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    1. I know it's been around forever! I was glad to see they still did it. :)

      Thanks for the well wishes, I'm glad those storms were easy on us too!

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  7. Happy Thursday to you - you were blessed for sure and a week without electricity would be hard! I am glad your home was safe...

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    1. You and me both, sister. :) I've been w/o electricity after a storm, and it's no fun at all.

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  8. Totally doing the TP turkey. My son has a short attention span when it comes to crafting but this looks like it will be easy and hold his attention.

    Yay to the free pizza! I totally get leaving the crust but the cheese is the best part.

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    1. I agree, pizza w/o cheese is just not pizza. My son vehemently disagrees. ;)

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  9. Having no electricity for that long would surely suck, you were sure in luck. lol a turkey out of the tp roll, think I could even do that

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    1. My thoughts exactly on both, but esp. the turkey. I'm not a crafty girl, but even these I could manage. ;)

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  10. We Book It but have yet to get our pizza because I can't find a stinking Pizza Hut near my house lol. The kids insist on collecting toilet paper rolls and it drives me crazy, I think I might try for once to get crafty.

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    1. It's a fun way to use the TP rolls, lol

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  11. Glad you guys did ok in the storm. I know many others didn't fare as well. That is awesome about the pizza. Chris and I love Pizza Hut, but there not so easy to come by around here.

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    1. I think it's neat the program's been around for so long. :)

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  12. I seriously didn't know Pizza hut still did those reading certificates anymore, but god how I loved those as a kid myself back in the day. Totally brought back great memories on that one!! :)

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    1. I know they've been around for awhile! I like it. :)

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  13. I really liked reading your Random Thoughts post. I love your toilet paper creation, and your son getting a free pizza is awesome. I hoped he loved it. Your son is so cute! And I am glad that you did not get your power outage. It is too cold for this to happen now. And did you know that Mexican food is my favorite. I need to have some soon! Have a nice week!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. It's not too awful cold, but too cold not to have heat! :)

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  14. Maltie the turkey is great. Thanks for sharing your photos. Happy Thursday to you too!

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  15. I'm glad the storms didn't effect you too badly. Losing power for more than an hour or two makes people realize real quick-like just how much they depend on it.

    I don't think Pizza Hut had a reading incentive program when our kids were growing up. Too bad. With all the reading they did, they would have earned a LOT of pies! What they DID earn were tickets to Braves games. I can't even remember exactly how they got them... reading, grade point average, or what. But then again, as much as the kids enjoyed going to the games, that was back in the days when the Braves were so bad if you called the stadium to see what time the game started, the person would ask, "What time can you be here?"

    And a very happy Thursday to you, too!

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    1. I live amongst Detroit Lions fans...I can relate to the last part. :) And you ain't a kiddin' about appreciating electric fast if yours goes out. Been there, done that. :)

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  16. that pizza looks delicious ;)
    makes me hungy

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    1. Make me hungy too. :) I saw your correction below and couldn't resist. :)

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  17. I cleaned up my yard and then the storm blew in a lot of stuff, including a trampoline from the neighbors. Now, I need to get out there and clean again.

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    1. Hokey smokes...we got leaves and acorns, not a trampoline, lolol That's terrible!

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  18. I just showed Ryan your toilet paper turkey....he wants to make one now! It's very cute. :)

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  19. I love the TP roll craft! So fun!

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  20. I am sorry about the storm. It is good to know that you and your family are fine Rosey. Very cute turkey! You and your son are very creative. Lovely Thanksgiving decoration.

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    1. Thanks, Judy, I'm glad everyone I know was safe too. And I'm not the creative one...but the kiddos are, so that makes it fun anyway. :)

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  21. yeah we used to do the book it program with our boys...and what a cool reward...glad you escaped harm...bet you could make something with all the acorns...

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    1. I was Googling it to see too. They're in a pile way in the backyard now, so the squirrels don't go stockpiling them in my car.

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  22. Glad you weathered the storm easily

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    1. Thanks, John. Me too. I had no idea it was as bad as it was until it was over.

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  23. Great recycling of the toilet paper roll

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  24. Oh the days of child projects for holidays! So proud of themselves.

    I had forgotten about Pizza Hut coupons for readers! great program.

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    1. I think that's a great program too, Susan! Kudos to them for taking the effort. :)

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  25. That pizza looks so good! I'm also glad you got lucky in that storm. When the power goes out anytime, it's not much fun, but in the winter months? Brutal. We were without for 9 days a few years ago, over Christmas. :\ Stay safe. :)

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    1. Oh Cyndi! Losing power over Christmas would be the worst!

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  26. A week without power? We lost power for about 24 hours many years ago and that was traumatic enough. And it was in the summer, so it wasn't as bad.

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    1. We've been lucky because we've had some really cold snaps this year already, but right now it's not so bad. Way better than snowy cold weather. I think everyone's restored now, hurrah!

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  27. I'm impressed that Pizza Hut managed to maintain and continue said program. Thought they would have abandoned it by now.

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    1. Ditto that, I am too, and I think it's awesome. :)

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  28. Do you think the squirrels will clean up your acorns? A week is a long time to be without power. It must not be too cold where you are. Your boy looks pretty happy with that pizza.

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    1. it's really not too awful cold, thank goodness. And that's lucky too because we've had some really cold snaps already this year.

      I moved those nuts way into the back so the squirrels don't stockpile those in my car!! Nuts to the squirrels. haha Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

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  29. I'm glad you faired well through the storms. That is a long time without power especially under "cold" conditions.

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    1. Seriously true!! People could freeze w/o electric if the weather was too bad. Fortunately it's not that cold right now...and I think everyone's power is restored too. Hurrah for it! :)

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  30. Maltie is too cute! I will have to have Allison make one this year too! I forgot all about the Pizza Hut Reading Program. I used to love participating in that! His personal pizza looks really yummy!

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    1. He thought that pizza was the best thing since Legos. ;)

      I was LOL at your dog doing Yoga!!
      http://www.theresasmixednuts.com/2013/11/the-shandali-gosweat-yoga-towel-review.html

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  31. I am so happy to see Book It being brought back. My son had a class pizza party from Pizza Hut Book It, actually the whole 2nd grade level at his school. They got Pizza Hut to agree to have personal pan pizzas, one for each 2nd grader and the whole 2nd graders together had an afternoon pizza party to celebrate their reading success!

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    1. I remember when it was class-wide too, I forgot until you mentioned it!!

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  32. Hi, I remember that program well. I used to give the certificates out when I worked as a school librarian. I will have to look in to the Thursday Random Thoughts hop for next week or the next because of the holiday. Thankis for linking up with Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Mary. I bet it was fun being a librarian, I think I'd enjoy that line of work. :)

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  33. mym kids wouldnt stop reading for free pizza LOL actually they barely stop now :)

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  34. We have a few Mexican restaurants in my area and I love the decorations of the places. I remember doing Book It when I was younger. I always loved to read but that was definitely an extra incentive.

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    1. They didn't do it when I was in school, but they did for my oldest and that was awhile back!

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  35. Dealing with the aftermath of storms can be a bummer. We live *way* out in the woods - so we do have a home generator - but I still dread every ice storm (we're in NE Georgia - not a lot of snow - just the occasional ice storm).

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    1. I'm so not a fan of ice storms either. I didn't realize they made it that far south!

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  36. I love your random thoughts post! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. See you on Wednesday ( early hop this week because of the holiday and a big surprise) ♥

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    1. Gah, I'm curious. I hope it's something fun like your published article went through the roof! :) See you wed.

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  37. We were fortunate to not lose power either. We had some friends that lost it, then it came back for a day or two, then a DTE substation blew and took out power in a few towns and they lost it again. :-(

    I LOVED the Pizza Hut Book-It program! My daughter's Kindergarten teacher did it, but none of the kids' teachers have done it since. I'm not sure why not, because everyone loves it that I know of! ;-)

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  38. Glad the storms didn't do much damage at all. Winter is not a good time to be out of electricity!

    I'm not a crafty one, but when I have to, I get into it...as if it's mine :) I love the toilet paper art ideas.

    My kids love the pizza hut reading program. They get the coupons all the time.
    That is why I've come to love pizza hut better than papajohns :)

    I hope you enjoyed the Mexican food.
    I went to a restaurant here last year and gosh it was delightful!

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  39. I loved Book-It while in school...I am so surprised its still around, but so happy that it is. I used to rock the charts with my reading lol

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