A relative of the wasp and the bee, ants take over your house, your world, you life!  Their purpose – to set up colonies and do WHAT?????  And get this, ants are on every colony, except one, so we can not avoid them!

When the summer weather finally hit in Idaho, we had the ANT conversation.  No crumbs on the counters, wash off dishes when you leave them in the sink, don’t leave out food…. in short,  don’t trust any situation where ants can come out.

And for a short period of time, it worked!  But then one day, I went into the kitchen and there they were….. near the trash can, under the sink, in the sink, in the dishwasher, on the counter, by the stove and more.

So after screaming….. more screaming… a bit more screaming.. I realized that I needed to do something about the ant family that decided that it would take over my kitchen.

I looked under the sink to see what I had to kill them.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I planted to kill them.  Before anyone of you begin a lecture on how they are God’s creatures and we should protect them to keep the balance of life, step back and remember that they took over my kitchen. They were in my dishwasher.  On my counters where I prepare food for my family.  In and around my dog food and so many more places.

They came in, took over my kitchen, ate my food – all without asking.  So as much as I am all about preserving life but not for somethings that are disrespecting me!

Now back to the issue at hand.  After all the carrying on about the ants in the kitchen, I began to explore options on how to get ruin of them – or in my mind, kill them.  I googled, I asked friends, I read and it was all so confusing. Being a fierce independent female (too much at times – sorry!), I didn’t want to ask for help.  But I was desperate.

I reached out to my parents and begged my dad for his expertise on ant killing!  He suggested that I buy the biggest container of ant killing product and spray, spray, spray and spray more. I did and it has worked perfectly.  The ants are gone and peace has been restored into the house!  Thanks Dad for saving the day!

Project Thankful 2013

IMG_0077Project Thankful 2013

Snuggling under a comfy blanket and enjoying hot coffee after Thanksgiving, I begin to reflect on my success with this year’s Project Thankful.  Yes, I realize that the month is not over and I still have days to finish the project but after such a great Thanksgiving, I feel like it should be over.  Yesterday, as a family tradition, we will head into town for the annual Christmas parade and light show.  In my mind, that means November/ Thanksgiving is over and it is time to start Christmas season.

My mind wanders over the many days that I did not complete a post for Project Thankful.  Life just took over at times and I didn’t have the time, energy or opportunity to write a post.   But before, I throw in the towel and consider Project Thankful 2013 over – I want to take one last chance to reflect on the many things and people I am thankful – whether it made it in the project or not.

General people and things that made the list:  

         Coaches, Weekends, Pizza, My Mom, Baths, Police Officers, Laughter, Ice Cream, Music, My dogs, Vets & military personal. Basketball, Coffee, My job, Massages, My friend Chris, Family and friends that made my birthday special, My Best friend Joeline and Non-profits.

And some that didn’t make it yet or need more attention:

My family  -Parents, my three brothers, my two sister-in-laws, my 4 nieces and 3 nephews and assorted aunts, uncles and cousins.  Through good and bad times, my family, in their own ways have been there for me.  Thinking of Thanksgivings in the past, I l laugh and cry over the memories!   It is super sad that we don’t get much time with them because of the distance but they are always in our thoughts and hearts.  This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to add a new member of our family, Miss KL.  Though she is only a part of our family temporarily, we are happy to have her with us to share in our memories. 

My friends – old and new!  What would I do without the love and support of friends?  In the last few years, life has thrown us curves – some positive and some, well not so positive.  Without friends, those curves might have done us in!  The friends that I have had in my life that have been true friendship have gotten me through tough times with positive and encouraging words, selfless actions, hugs and loves and direct honesty!  Along with their support and love, my friends have helped create lasting memories and kept me laughing (ok snorting!).

My car – let’s just say this is the year of the car for us Ramb girls.  For 8 long years, we had Ryler.  Steady, sleek and comfortable – he was the first car that we owned when we moved to Idaho and went the distance with us.  Then he passed so we brought Cody into our family but he was a dud!  And lasted just a few weeks and then he passed.  And now, we have added Max to our family.  We are extremely grateful to the Jensen family for bring Max into our lives!

Technology – my phone & computer.  Not a tech person by any means, I lean on my phone and my computer to get work done, keep my family schedule, vent through my blog, and maintain my volunteer and work commitments while staying ‘in the know.

Last but most certainly not least, the list would not be complete without my favorite person – my beautiful and amazing daughter.  As always, I am thankful for my daughter – she is my life.  I am so blessed to share traditions with her, create our own memories and grow with her.  I am proud of who she is and who she is becoming. 

On this Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all the above and more!


Project Thankful Day 23:

Today, on his special day (birthday boy), I am thankful for my friend, Jon Patrick!   A hard-working, generous, fun and kind-hearted man, Jon has an amazing talent of bringing a smile to anyone’s face.

In a short time, he has proved to be someone that I can lend on when I am struggling, someone that I can trust with anything, someone that will kindness can and will put me in my place when I am wrong and someone who appreciates where I came from, who I am and what I want to be in the future.  I am thankful to have Jon in my life and so appreciate of the memories that we have created.

Happy, happy, happy, happy birthday Jon- hope your special day is as amazing as you are!

Project Thankful- Non-profits



Project Thankful Day 20:  NON-PROFITS

On this day, I am thankful for the many agencies in our community that focuses their time, money and energy on serving those in crisis or in a difficult situation, regardless of what they are facing.  Attending a meeting today, I was reminded of the amazing programs, services and organizations that we have in this great Kootenai County to help anyone in need, to bring awareness and to protect others.

To all those that exist to serve others, thank you and God bless you.

JoMama – Project Thankful: Day 19


Project Thankful Day 19:  

IMG_3662A year ago, a chance meeting with a stranger at a PTO meeting, changed my life forever.   The meeting was routine – we flew through the agenda and ended a bit earlier than usual.  As I was heading out, I was stopped by a new mom that had been at the meeting.   She approached and shared that she had a step-daughter that was new to the school and that she wanted to know how she could get involved.

That  simple question, over a short period of time, sparked a fun and solid friendship.

During the remainder of the year and into the summer, our daughters studied together, played basketball together and created great memories together.  And while the girls were having fun, the fiery red-headed mom that started it all with her simple PTO question and I developed a close friendship that was centered on honesty and trust, positive communication, encouragement, support and fun.

usIn no time, she proved herself that she was attentive friend – a good listener that noticed when I was happy, sad, excited or upset.  She showed how supportive she was of me and my goals and how much she trusted in me by sharing her deepest secrets and enjoyments..  In good and bad times, she encouraged me each day with her kind words, tasty treats and amazing hugs.  She kept me smiling and loved to create goofy ways for us to have fun and create lasting memories.  In her unique ways, she made it clear that she cared about me and she would stick tight with me in good and bad times.  She rolled with the punches as our friendship grew and dealt with my quirks, faults and craziness with patience.  Above all, she proved that our friendship was  an important part of her life and that it added value to her life.



Although life has pulled us in different ways and sadly, we aren’t as close as we once were, today on her birthday, project thankful day 19, I am thankful for what I consider my best friend, Joeline Kuenkler.   Happy, happy, happy birthday Joeline K.