Friday, November 17, 2023

Fly On The Wall Goes Camping (And Welcomes Our Newest Family Member!)

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking in A Tornado. Today, three of us are welcoming you to our homes to see what goes on behind closed doors.

The nosy fly followed us all the way to Lake Griffin State Park for our most recent camping trip. There weren't many flies accompanying him but lots and lots of his cousins---mosquitos. Luckily, we brought plenty of repellents and enjoyed 4 blissful days of hiking trails around the lake, playing cards (I'm still the "war" game champion!!) and cornhole (which I also kicked butt at and beat hubs most of the time), chatting with other campers, and eating way more food than I care to mention. I'd heard there were lots of gators and bears in this park, so Hubs was kinda paranoid. He carried bear spray with him EVERYWHERE and jumped whenever he heard a rusting in the bushes. 

Well, we never saw any critters like that. I was just happy to sip coffee outside while watching the sunrise and drinking cocktails in the evening during some pretty spectacular sunsets. It was chilly in the evenings, so we always had the fire pit going and of course, all of our meals came off the grill. As I've mentioned before, camping/RVing is THE BEST LIFE and one of the most inexpensive vacations you can take. I'm already filling up my calendar for next year! 

While camping, the fly was privy to some weird conversations with my Hubs. Beer may or may not have been involved.....

"Don't get your face too close to the fire---you might singe your eyebrows. When was the last time you trimmed them? They look like hairy caterpillars." 

"Did you ever consider that this was how early man looked? Their bushy eyebrows worked like a sun shade for their eyes."

"Well, you need to trim them because right now you look like Jack Nicholson in "The Shining." Or maybe a deranged man with IBS--Irritable Eyebrow Syndrome." 

"I think I still have some grilled steak stuck in my molars. Did you bring floss?"

"Yes, but you should get one of those electric toothbrushes for your teeth since you never go to the dentist for a deep cleaning."

"Nah. Plyers do just as good of a job."

"There are so many mosquitos out here. And why are they only swarming around me?"

"Because you are their human buffet."

"Let's walk this trail--the sign says it's an untamed trail."

"I don't like anything untamed---including my wife!"

"Geez, that woodpecker is HUGE and he looks mean. I think he is a Hells Angel woodpecker."

"Yep---that's why he has a tattoo on his wing that says Big Pecker."

"Honey, that female park ranger is checking you out!"

"Nobody stares at a man my age like that unless they own a funeral home."

"Hot off the grill---another plate of pigs-in-a-blanket for you"

"No more---I'm too full. Those things should be called pigs in a colon."

After all the fun and games of camping, we returned home for Halloween festivities with the family and then we were blessed with the arrival of a new grandbaby! This is my fourth! We now have 2 girls and 2 boys. My daughter gave birth to Mateo Grey Lira on November 10 in the afternoon. He weighed a WHOPPING 9lbs. 10 oz., larger than any baby this family has ever seen. Mom and Dad are doing great and settling into their new home with sweet Mateo and their two lovely daughters. 

There were plenty of jokes about Mateo's size--we had some bets going, but NO ONE guessed he would be THIS big. He came out looking like a toddler and yes, he has a healthy appetite (a Doyle trait). I sent Hubs to the store for a baby balloon to take to the hospital and this is what happened: 

"I asked you to pick up an 'It's a boy' balloon for Jen. Why did you buy a 'proud-of-you' balloon instead?"

"Because they were out of them. Besides, her baby is gigantic and the store certainly didn't have a balloon that said, 'Congrats, it's a manatee!'"

Well, Mateo may be the size of a baby manatee, but he's a helluva lot cuter and we are SMITTEN! Welcome to the family, darling boy. Next week, Thanksgiving will be extra special because we have so many blessings to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

***Want more Meno Mama? It has been another busy month writing! I had a few recipe pieces published on AARP/THE GIRLFRIEND that you can read here: Slow cooker recipes, and easy appetizers. Over at AARP/THE ETHEL, I have a new piece up for the perfect Thanksgiving meal with these holiday recipes. Lastly, I have 2 more articles published on ALWAYS PETS. One is about Disobedient Cats, and the other is about the World's Most Dangerous Mammals. A very fun and productive month for this freelancer! Enjoy!

Now go follow the nosy fly to some other homes to see what these bloggers have been up to!

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  1. Well your month had a little of everything, from the threat of bears and gators (yikes) to the joy of a new grandchild. Congratulations!

    1. Yep, an amazing month! Is it wrong though, that I kinda wanted to see a bear---and Mac's reaction? HAHA!!

  2. What a fabulous few weeks you've experienced! <3

  3. I don't like camping just saying, I would prefer flies over mozzies as flies don't bite or carry diseases like mosquitos do..........I new member to the family and such a cute one at that, babies brighten my life, I love babies

    1. Me too! And I love that you call mosquitoes "Mozzies"---I have to remember that!



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