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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


Nessa Peeking in my Home


Ok Nessa,

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

66 comments:

  1. i am reminded of the line from the poem by robert burns... "oh would some power the giftie give us, to see ourselves as others see us!" ps.... i couldn't find the diapers. i put the cash in the mail and sent it to you. ;)

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  2. Thank you Annie. It will be a great help to the mom. We had a quieter day with the twins today. Still no word to us about the Dad's health status.

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  3. This was a great post! I wish I had a neighbor like you....we just wave and say hello to ours!

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  4. I wish I had a neighbor like you - mine I wave at just to be polite - no warm fuzzies from them
    I can't wait to try Nessa's soup

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  5. You are lucky to have each other! How fun to know her in blogland, too.

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  6. Neighbors can come in all flavors and lucky for you that yours is sweet! I've been pretty lucky in the neighbor department too:)

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  7. Such a great read...the recipe looks yummy!

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  8. Awesome post! Happy SITS day!

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  9. Great way to get to know you!

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  10. I am so happy people are liking this post! Ypu are so clever for thinking this one up! I seriously need to make some more of this soup. It's super yummy...and not gray stuff, lol.

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  11. I wish I had neighbors like that! Not that I want them looking in my house or anything, but still ... just to be so friendly!

    And that soup looks wonderful!

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  12. I wish I had a neighbor like that! What a fun post. That soup looks yummy!

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  13. Neat post! I like how you had someone else give their perspective about you and your family. Very interesting. :) You sound like really fun people.

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  14. I loved this interview! Very enlightening and interesting! This is my first time to your blog, but I'll be back....you're just crazy enough that I think I'm gonna like it here. ;)

    Have a Great Day!

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  15. It's always good to see things from the view at the other side of the street. Makes me think of To Kill a Mocking Bird and standing on Boo Radley's porch. Anyway, the Tamale Soup looks awesome. Happy SITS day.

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  16. I'll be over for dinner. Can I bring my dogs?

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  17. ohhh, that soup looks SOOO good.

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  18. I love new recipes! That soup looks sooo good, thanks!

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  19. How wonderful to have such a good friend and neighbor. I just wish our neighbors would move :-)

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  20. What a great idea. Lucky you to have a neighbor who's also such a good friend.

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  21. What a great idea. Lucky you to have a neighbor who's also such a good friend.

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  22. So cool that you have a follow blogger as your neighbor...I would so love that!

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  23. Cute idea for an interview. Maybe I need to have my neighbor do that. LOL! Happy SITS day to you!

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  24. What a fun idea for an interview!

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  25. Only a fellow blogging neighbor would understand this exercise! Great interview!

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  26. Great interview! I'm a little scared of what my neighbors would say...

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  27. Creative idea. How nice to have such a great relationship with your neighbors.

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  28. Your interview was a great idea! Reading your post brought back great memories for me. I miss my days of small town life in that part of Texas! I will be trying that Tamale soup recipe very soon!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

    Malisa

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  29. I like the way you did this 'interview' very clever!! The soup looks so delicious!! YUM!

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  30. What a novel idea to have your neighbor interview....and what great questions. I loved it!
    Elaine

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  31. I love this. We have neighbors like yours and they have become our family. It's so nice to read the interview and I'm excited to try that tamale soup!

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  32. I love this. We have neighbors like yours and they have become our family. It's so nice to read the interview and I'm excited to try that tamale soup!

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  33. Having great neighbors is such a blessing! Great interview.

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  34. What a fun interview! It gives us a glimse into what we might see if we were to get to know you in real life!

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  35. What a fun idea. And hand and foot online? You'll have to tell me how you do that. We love hand and foot in my family!

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  36. Great interview, and that soup looks so good!

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  37. What a great little glimpse in to your life and your friendship. That soup made me hungry.

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  38. Such a great idea to ask the neighbors... gets me wondering about mine!! I wonder what their answers would be, I just might have to find out now!!

    :)
    ~Tabitha~

    freshmommyblog.com

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  39. Our houses are close enough here to see but none of the windows line up...so, I feel secure in the fact that neighbors aren't peering into my windows. Oh my, at least I hope they aren't. ;)

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  40. I'm gonna have to take slight offense to the comment about the Step Siblings being married. See, my half sister and step brother are married (they met at my father and step mother's wedding). It's ok though, they live in Alabama! Ha! "You might be a redneck if..."

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  41. That stoup looks and sounds delicious!!!

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  42. How cool to have a pixel peep across the street!

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  43. Hilarious post! I'm glad that you don't have curtains!

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  44. That's a great idea and what a terrific recipe!

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  45. What a nifty idea.. and boy, that soup looks yummy!

    Wish I had a neighbor I was so close with! Treasure the bond, ones like that don't come along often!

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  46. You are so lucky to have a great neighbor and even better friend. We've lived in our new house for a year and a half and our neighbors are still stand-offish. Hmmm...maybe it's us:)

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  47. Oh what a beautiful way to share yourself and your life quickly and personally with the world :)

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  48. How lucky you are! And that soup looks souper good!

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  49. Yummmm! I'll have to try that soup!

    Cute post! =)

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  50. great interview, that soup looks yum

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  51. What a neat little project.
    We can see into our neighbours window...*the one beside us*
    wonder what they think at times.
    ..
    yummy looking recipe too

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  52. How cool! Thanks for giving us a look inside.

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  53. Cute idea! The recipe looks yummy, too. :)

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  54. Great idea! and the recipe sounds so yummy!

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  55. What a fabulous and fun idea! I love it! It was a lot of fun getting to know you better. And yummy new recipes are always nice :)

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  56. What a fabulous and fun idea! I love it! It was a lot of fun getting to know you better. And yummy new recipes are always nice :)

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  57. The recipe is a great treat! I'm going to give it try. Thanks!

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  58. Good neighbors are priceless!

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  59. What a cool idea! I know my dear neighbors think we are a little "quirky" -- and we are. It would be interesting to hear her thoughts on the subject.

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  60. My favorite part of this was that you included little pictures of each of the people she was asked to describe. Really helped me connect everything!

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  61. What a great idea this post was. Makes me wish I wasn't such a hermit in the neighborhood. Too bad my closest friend is the lady next door who doesn't speak English and I don't speak Persian. Typical.

    Thanks for sharing!

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