Share Post by Finding Joy

I don’t usual share other posts, but this one by Finding Joy, was just what I needed. I love my two girls more than anything, but sometimes my three year old makes me insane. If you’re a mom or a stay at home parent like me, who feels like you’re loosing a bit of sanity, read this:


Long Absense. My Appology.

Over the past month and a half my life has been in constant change, with very little time available. We’ve moved into a house in Lakewood now and prepared for our baby who was due in November. One thing after the next came up and before I knew it we only had a month before the baby was due with almost nothing done. About two weeks ago we finally installed internet and a home phone. Then last week 10/10, I went into labor a month early and gave birth to our second daughter 5 weeks early. Her name is Josephine. My mom flew in from FL the minute she found out I went into labor and stayed with us for Josephine’s first week.

There is many things that I’ve learned over the past month and a half, and I’ll try in my spare time to share them.

Winnie the Pooh’s Real Name is Edward Bear



We had friends over our new house today to help with moving furniture. Afterward we all sat around chatting and the subject rounded to Winnie the Pooh when my daughter brought one of the books to me. One of our friends asked, “Why would anyone name a bear Pooh?” I replied that I knew that that was actually a nickname and that his real name was something else. Off I went to browse through some of the older Winnie the Pooh books I’ve found for our daughter. I found the answer in a 1926 copy of three stories. Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear.

After looking around the internet for an explanation I found that A. A. Milne (the author) found the inspiration for the books from his son (Christopher Robin Milne) who had a collection of stuffed animals. One of his bears was named Edward Bear. His son also loved a bear at the zoo, which was named Winnie. When the bear at the zoo died, his son decided to rename his stuffed bear, Edward Bear, Winnie.

Kmart in Puyallup WA Closing



The Kmart store in  Puyallup, WA will be closing mid November, but the liquidation sale starts today August 25th 2013.

There are apparently many reasons that the store is closing, but at the top of the list is that they are cutting costs (locations) that aren’t making their quota and have decided not to renew the lease here.

The Puyallup store, located at 621 River Road.

White Figs

In Florida I grew up with an entirely different type of fig than I have found here. The figs in Florida were ripe when they turned a deep purple on the outside and were so delicious. My grandmother used to make homemade fig bars that were to die for. Here in Washington I found a different type of fig. On one of my picking adventures I passed a house that had a fig tree, but the figs were still green on the outside.


Of course, I unbuckle both the kids from their seats, walk up their drive and knock on their door to ask about them. Strangely enough, the woman who answered told me they were called White Figs. This type of fig is ripe even when it’s green on the outside and the only way to tell if they are ripe enough to pick is if you squeeze them. If they are still hard, don’t pick. She said I could pick a few and while they taste sweet to me, the ones in Florida are still better.

When I returned home, I looked up different types of figs and was surprised to discover how many types there are around the world. See for yourself:

Don’t be afraid to ask to pick


I find myself wondering a lot of the time why I don’t see more people picking the wild organic fruits that grow around here in Washington. Is it that they don’t have the time or that they would rather go to the grocery store and buy it? Since moving here I have found (wild And organic) blackberries, apples, plums, blueberries and raspberries.
One lesson to be learned here is if someone has a fruit tree growing their yard and it looks like its not being, knock on their front door and ask them.  Generally they are very pleased to let you pick as many as you want.
Today is find was organic apples that snapped off of someone’s apple tree. Look at the picture.

2015 US Open at Chambers Bay (University Place, WA)

Apparently the 2015 US Open Championship (Golf) is going to be held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington on June 15-21, 2015. Chambers Bay will be the  first golf course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open Championship. This will be the 115th playing of the national championship!

Personally, I’m not a fan of golf, I can appreciate it but I can’t watch more than a half hour at a time. My husband however has always talked about attending the event, but because of distance, hotel costs and the ticket itself to get into the event, it wasn’t something we could do. Perhaps we can plan ahead and make plans for him to go. As long as we buy him a large umbrella, there shouldn’t be a problem. Washington in June. =)

The U.S Open is one of golf’s four major championships, along with the Masters (played in April), British Open (July) and the PGA Championship (August).

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