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I was wondering if someone took a peek into our lives, like a friendly peeking tom, what would they see and think. So I asked our fellow blogger and my across the street neighbor to help me out. I gave her a lil interview and she shared how she sees our lives. BTW we can each see into each others homes. Just look across the street and know if Nessa is cooking dinner and she can see if we are eating. Guess none of us are big on curtains. LOL
I am curious how we appear to others. And since you can see our home from yours I thought you would help with this insight. Also your in my home daily so you know how we work things out here. Thanks for allowing me to do this interview with you.
Crazed Mind: When you first moved in we did not meet right off. What was your thought about the house and the people across the street. Especially with kids hollering over the baby gate all the time.
Nessa. Well, at the time I did not know anything about you, so I thought that there was one baby. My initial thoughts were that y'all had one cranky baby over there and I felt kinda bad for you. After all, it seemed like all that baby did was scream all the time. Oh and we'd been told you had vicious dogs, so that scared me some. (I cracked up laughing while I typed that last line)
Crazed Mind: After we met it was still a bit of time before we became very friendly. What did it seem like our home was like to you at first.
Nessa. Honestly, your home seemed so strange to me. Y'all were so nice...too nice...scary nice. Like Stepford people. And there were people in and out of your house all the time! It was always hoppin' over there. We joked about what kind of sideline business y'all had going, lol. Who knew it was really your poor DH working all the time and a bunch of card playing grandmas? But, the way you just instantly welcome people into your home threw me off. For all you knew we could have been crazed serial killers and there you were inviting us to Friday night games!
Crazed Mind: Even after we have been friends you have had some confusion as to who I am related to and how. Can you explain some of that?
Nessa. Well, yes I'm still a little confused at times. After all, you are one of 15 - just kidding 5, and you have all sorts of siblings, nieces, and other relatives about. Then there's your DH's family! In my defense, y'all did introduce me to little John as Dh's son and told me he came to visit with his ex girlfriend - no one said "and this is Dh's daughter" no siree, they did not! I knew Trinity was your grandchild, so what was I supposed to think? Again, so sorry that led up to me thinking your step kids were married (to each other), but it's not my fault
Crazed Mind: ! Silly woman we are rednecks but not that bad! LOL
If you had to take a peek in our windows (as we can see into yours from our house) what do you think you would see?
Nessa. What would I see? Well, you'd either be cleaning something, blogging, or playing hand & foot on the computer. CG would be reading or online. John would be at work or asleep. And Grandma would be on the porch smoking, in her room or at tea.
Crazed Mind: Now that we do have coffee daily and our families share meals and so many good times, could you imagine any other type for friendship that we would have had?
Nessa. To be perfectly honest, I didn't expect us to become friends. I figured we'd wave at each other when we passed on the street, say hi over the mail, that kind of thing. We'd had such an awful experience with our last neighbors, that I had no desire to have a close relationship to anyone when we moved here. Then, you came over and kidnapped me, lol. You are really hard to say no too!
Crazed Mind: How would you describe my mom, DH, CG and myself to others?
Nessa. That's a tough one.
DH - He works entirely too much. Yet, he's always got a joke and a smile for you. He'd do anything he could to help anyone who needed it. My whole family pretty much liked him instantly. He's one of the greatest men I've ever had the pleasure to know.
CG- Unique is the word that comes to mind. She is in some ways wise beyond her years, and in others still such a kid. I know that she considers herself a techie, but in my mind she's much more of a bookworm than anything else. She's a delight to be around and has a very giving heart. She is a kind, gentle spirit and I love her.
Marge-(my 75 yr old mom) I don't think you can put her into words. She's a no nonsense woman. Determined, hard headed, and y'all are so much alike in some ways that it makes me laugh. She seems so gruff, but she's not that way at all. She's a treasure and she stole my heart pretty fast. I am so glad that she likes us, lol!
Lynette355- Your DH put it best, you are a force of nature. Smart, sassy, loving and as logical as Mr.Spock. Pointless to argue with, hard to say no to. You are a no bull type person as well, you tell it like it is. You are kind to a fault...I'm convinced you'd pick up a hitch hiker and let him live with you. Your ability to trust astounds me. Your heart is as big as the lone star state. You do things your way and don't care what people think of you. I wish I could be more like you in so many ways. You are one of the dearest friends I've ever had, and I am blessed to have you in my life. I love ya!
Crazed Mind: What have you wanted to say but was scared to? Here is your chance to say anything. Hummmm?
Nessa. Sometimes I think you are nuts. You are so, so trusting. I assume the worst in people, your mind doesn't even go there. It freaks me out! Plus, that food not touching thing is kinds weird, but hey I like quirky people!
Crazed Mind: Do you know that your now part of my family? Due to that would you like to be blood sisters or run for the hills? LOL
Nessa. Yes, I know that and you are our family as well. It doesn't make me want to run for the hills, but blood makes me queasy. Can't we just toast to it, or shake on it, or have a party to celebrate it instead?
Crazed Mind: What has your DH and kids said about this home, people and goings on?
Nessa. Hmmm, well Dan things your all nuts and says that's why we all get along so well. The kids are a little freaked out because I let y'all treat them like family, so that don't get by with anything at your house. We've all remarked on the interesting people we've met because of y'all. As far as the goings on, for the past few months they've been strangely dramatic for how laid back your household is. It's been really weird.
Crazed Mind: Your own family has heard a little about us. What is their thoughts?
Nessa. My mom is jealous of your family's relationship with us. She went from being glad I had friends here, to mad that y'all actually want to spend time with us. As for the rest of our family, they are glad we have nice neighbors for a change. They'd say they were glad we had "normal" neighbors, but I couldn't describe y'all that way, lol. mema and I were discussing you today actually, and she said we were quite blessed to have you...I agree 100%!
Crazed Mind: Would you share your recipe for the tamale soup??????? Thanks!
Nessa. Sure, I'll share it!
Crazed Mind: (I have it posted below. This is my favorite soup of all the soups and stews Nessa has done. She makes lots of good soups and stews!)
What questions would you add here or do you have for me?
Nessa. I can't think of a thing I'd add to this. As for questions for you, well you just have to wait until I interview you for my blog! But wait!!! Look HERE and see our Thelma and Louise routine. Wonder how us renegade housewives ever get away. It is with our good charm.
Nessa's Tamale Soup
What You Need:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (16 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans with jalapenos
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans
1 (16 ounce) can creamed corn
2 cups of water
2 to 3 beef bouillon cubes
1 dozen tamales, remove husk and slice OR 2 cans of tamales sliced
What You Do:
Brown beef, onion, and garlic and drain fat.
Do not drain any of the canned ingredients.
Add all the remaining ingredients, other than the tamales and simmer for about an hour. I sometimes turn this one extremely low and simmer for several hours, which makes for a thicker soup that we all really like.
Twenty minutes before serving, add the tamales.
This is a little on the spicy side, so two cans of plain pinto beans can be used instead of one plain and one with jalapenos.
This is great as is or topped with sour cream & cheese!
I so appreciate Nessa helping me out with this lil project. I hope it gives you some insight as to who I am. I know that I love having her as a fellow blogger, neighbor and friend. You can't go wrong at her house as she is always so loving to me! THANK YOU NESSA