Hey Plumpkin!

April 12th, 2010

We went to visit the Oracle Known as Steve over Easter weekend.  On the way over, things got a little dicey.  Evidently saying either “hey plumpkin” or “hey apple” to my youngest son Jack, results in a tidal wave of fury that almost broke our mini van in half.  I managed to get a few photos of the rage in action…

This is what happened when Drew said, “hey plumpkin.”

And this is what happened when Drew said, “hey apple.”

“Hey plumpkin.”

“Hey apple.”

A few well aimed kicks to his head did not deter Drew in the slightest.

He just kept on saying it.

Over and over again.

Until I had a nervous breakdown and made him stop.

But even then – he couldn’t resist.

Hey plumpkin…

Hey apple…

It’s kind of like blogging.

I can’t stop either.

Even though it frequently makes me insane too.

Whether I am the one that is saying ‘hey plumpkin’.

Or the one that is getting kicked in the head.

There’s just something irresistible about it.

So here I go again.


Hey Plumpkin…

Hey Apple…


  • Jay:

    Yay! We missed you!

  • Aw, I love your boys – even when they are kicking the snot out of each other. (It kinda makes me glad I have one of each. Remind me I said this in about, oh, 6 years.)

    Welcome back!

    Hey Pear. : )

  • I was hoping you’d come back! Yay!

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Woo hoo! You just made my day!

    Looks like a scene from my minivan, but I have an 11 y.o. girl hitting and pinching her 12 y.o. brother. Girls aren’t any more peaceful than boys.

  • Gwen:

    Ohmygoodness you’re back!!!! YAY!!!! I did a double-take when I saw a new post! Welcome back!!!!! :D

  • Celie:

    Hooray! You’re back!

  • Kay in KCMO:


  • Alison:

    Wow you’re back! Glad I kept checking.

  • This is what attracted me to your blog a year ago, back when it was A Country Doctor’s Wife…your funny posts about your family!

  • Dorothy:

    Welcome Back!

  • Carol the Long Winded:

    I’m glad to see you back! And too funny – we just (finally) got a minivan and I was hoping it would stop htat kind of stuff. Alas it appears not.

  • Welcome Back!

  • YAY! YAY! YAY!
    YAY! YAY! YAY!
    YAY! YAY! YAY!
    and Thanks, too!!!!!

  • Hey, plumpkin! Nice to have you drop in again. And thank you for the amusing reminder about why I never had children!

  • AnnB:

    Yeah! Loved the pics– as mom of three boys the scene looked Oh So Familiar, esp the devilish smile of the instigator! My tolerance for b.o.b.v. (Brother-on-brother violence) is quite high

  • Nadine:

    (Variation on a theme originally written by Kat)

  • I came to check everyday in hopes you’d return. Welcome back, Plumpkin!

  • lamitchell:

    Are you back?!?! I’m having a cliche of a Monday, and this post cheered me up immensely.

  • LucyGolden:

    YAY! Rechelle! I’ve missed you! I kept checking the comments last week for a little sign from you. Does that make me a looser? Nah, just a dedicated reader who really enjoys your take on life! Welcome back, dear friend! You RAWK!

  • RECHELLE!!! It’s you!!!!! I’m so glad you’re back :-)

  • Cherie:

    Sooooo–the Force was with you!! ;-)) Glad to be reading you again. Always a breath of fresh air! CP

  • Well thanks to Sky-Daddy and the Tikki Gods! That was one long week without you!

  • Yay! Does this mean you’re back?

  • Sheila:

    You don’t even know how happy this makes me! I absolutely love reading your blog, and was so sad that your sane reasoning was going to be gone from my life.

  • Sarah K:

    Yippieeee! Rechelle, I am so happy you’re back. The blogosphere was a lonely, insipid place without you!

  • SOOO glad you’re not really quitting the blog. It made me sad to hear you were gonna stop.

  • meme:

    I’m glad I kept coming back each day. I hope you are here to stay for a long time. You give all of us so much enjoyment each day.

  • Beth:

    Yay! Glad to see you back. True. True.

  • Leslie:

    Welcome back — so glad I took a chance and looked. I had deleted your blog from my bookmarks — happily it doesn’t require much techno-savvy to reinstate it.

    Leslie, in Beautiful Bucks County, PA.

  • Sabazinus:

    Yay! Welcome back! I’m so happy that you’ll continue writing.

  • Emma:

    I’m absolutely delighted.

  • Christine from Canada:


  • annmarie:

    I feel so much better! I love your blog and am so glad I checked your blog just now.

  • YAY! I rarely commented in the past but loved reading – kept the link in my google reader just hoping you’d be back.

  • Peggy in TN:

    Hooray! Woot Zoom! So glad you didn’t leave for reals!!!

  • I knew you wouldn’t *really* leave us; at least not yet. So glad you’re susceptible to cajoling.

  • Sara:

    Love It!!

  • Sandy in MI:

    Whoo! Welcome back.

    Would you consider putting your library section back up?

  • Hey Plumpkin! Hey Apple! Hey Pear! Hey Rechelle!

    Orange you glad to be back to blogging?!?!?!

    I know I’m sure glad you’re back!

  • Valerie:

    Yay! :-)

    And boy, did those pictures bring back memories of me and my brother fighting in the back seat!

  • Sandy – I will get the library back up soon.

  • I was so surprised – and glad – to see your post in my feed reader. I am also glad to see someone else’s boys acting like mine do.

  • sandy:

    Oh boy! I am glad I kept checking. I was too upset to write yoy a goodbye on your last blog entry. Welcome back!

  • jane:

    from a family of 5 girls. Never would happen with witnesses.
    Glad blogging is like eating chips. Can’t stop….welcome back

  • I had faith you’d be back. My prayers have been answered. Is it a coincidence that the initials of your blog in reverse order are FSM? I think not.

  • Kathy:

    YESSSSS!!! SO HAPPY to see you back!!!! Seriously, made my day- there are so few blogs that are even worth reading… yours is the exception!!! =)

  • Kait:

    Yes! She’s back. :) Happy days are here again.

  • amy:

    Yeaaaaaaaaay! Love those videos. My boys quote them all the time. So glad you’re back!!!

  • Spinny:

    I think I’m gonna cry.

    Seriously. My heart skipped a beat when I saw your blog title in my google reader. I sat up straight, clicked the link, and held my breath.

    Was it just an accident? Maybe a blip in the internets matrix that dumped a random blog post into my reader? No?


    I’m gonna do a happy dance now, if you don’t mind too much.

    Rechelle, your writing is an oasis of sanity and humor for me. Thanks for coming back :-D

  • Yippee! I’m so glad you came back.

  • I was hoping you would be back. That’s why I never said goodbye LOL.

  • Linda:

    What a nice surprise! And your sons are very cute:-)

  • Mindy:

    Yay! So happy you’re back!!!

  • Rachel:

    I’m so thrilled to see you writing again! My husband and I have enjoyed many enthusiastic, reflective, and humorous conversations that were started with discussing blog entries of yours. Your words and thoughts are a lovely treat!

  • Leslie:

    Hurrah! You’re back! Keep the stories coming sister!

  • Another Lee:

    Oh thank you! I didn’t think I could take losing you AND Ugly Betty. Mostly you, though. My tiny litlle 5yo daughter is waaaay worse than my 10yo son ever thought of being. My back seat looks like that, only with pink sparkles.

  • Yay! Must’ve been the overwhelming love from us. :)

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Thank you, thank you! My Google reader is freaking out as the archives return. :) I PROMISE to go back thru the library and write down the books I still want to read, and then read the posts I hadn’t gotten to yet. I’d hug you thru the computer, but I’ve been shoveling manure all afternoon for a new planting area and I’m dirty and stinky. Thank you! I hope you realize how many people out in cyberspace, and in the next county, appreciate you. :)

  • Mary:

    So so sooooooo glad you are back!!

  • Carol:

    Count all these comments as hugs! Maybe your brief sabbatical has cleared the meanies out– one can only hope!

  • Scherrie:

    I am thankful to see you back. I have really enjoyed your blog so much.

  • I’m sorry- those orange teeth are too disturbing for words!

    Welcome back!

  • Brian V.:

    awwwwRIGHT! Thank-you for finding your way back! There were four boys in my family and my dad used to drive along until he could stand the child-war no longer and then he’d yell, DON”T MAKE ME STOP THIS CAR!!!! I can still hear dear mommy’s voice: ROY!!! You’re going to have to HIT THOSE KIDS!!!! Ha! So wonderful to hear your voice again, Rechelle.

  • Ashley F.:

    Go Rechelle! Go Rechelle! Wooo…wooo! I knew in my heart of hearts that we hadn’t seen the last of you–although I was fully anticipating that you were going to pop up with an entirely new blog somewhere unexpected and it would take a hunt across the internets to find you.
    Lucky me, you just popped back up in my Google reader instead (and actually in my inbox, as Nadine immediately sent me a link with a bunch of exclamation points attached).
    So happy you’re here.

  • Mary G:

    Rechelle, So glad you’re back!!

  • Syl:

    Hip-hip-hooray! She’s back! Happy, happy…

  • I was so delighted to see you pop up in my Google reader – WELCOME BACK!

  • Glad your back :)

  • I had hoped you’d be back. I’m glad I didn’t remove you from my reader. You know…just in case.

  • Liz:

    Yay!! Glad you’re back! I hope you had a nice break.

  • Thank you for those videos! I couldn’t get my son to leave me alone while on the computer and then I made him watch those videos and they scared him. hahahha! Glad to see you’re back!

  • Also, I wanted to suggest “The Second Shift” by Arlie Hochschild and “The Way We Never Were” by Stephanie Coontz. From my undergrad Women’s Studies class but a great food for thought for thinking about the role of women inside the home.

    And this is the John Safran vs. God bit about him knocking door to door to convert people to atheism. :P


  • Carry:

    YAY!!! I couldn’t bear to take you off my bloglines in the hopes that you would come back!

  • GA in GA:

    Well, looks like I have to take back my “Well, Crap!” So glad to see your blog today!

  • teresa:

    Thanks for coming back.

  • JB:

    Just checked back on a whim, and was very glad to see the “Hey Plumpkin”!

  • Nancy in AK:

    I’m so happy you are posting again! I almost didn’t check your blog today – thinking – I’m a crazy stalker – she quit the blog – stop checking! And Lo and Behold, you put back all the archives and posted something. Yeah! I also relistened to your CD last week (I won it in one of your contests a long time ago!) when I thought you had quit for good and I just wanted to tell you that it is really very very good. I liked it before but listening to it again, I loved it. Maybe you should do a new CD too!

  • Abby:

    OMG!!! YAY!!!!!!

    Post request: a brief history of what went down with you and PW–three years of archives is a lot to sort through, and some of us are new but very interested readers…

  • Abby:

    (Interested and nosy.)

  • Erin:

    I knew (hoped) you wouldn’t adandon your adoring fans.
    Soooo happy your back!

  • Michelle:


  • MichelleG:

    Yay! The only blog worth reading is BACK!

  • Kansas Girl:

    YAY!!! And those boys are adorable….

  • Cheyenne:

    Wow, this made my day! Losing your blog topped off a couple of very bad weeks around here. I’m so glad to have you back as a bright spot in my world! Hooray, hooray, hooray!!!

  • M.R.:

    Yay! Hooray! So good to see you!

  • Samantha:

    Yippee! Hurrah! YaY! Thank you, Rechelle for coming back!


  • Dion:

    So glad you’re back. I found you off of a link from your sisters site…..you are the best.

  • Becky:

    Welcome back! Your kids are so cute!

  • I made the mistake of reading this post again last night at home, and my son LOVED the Annoying Orange videos! We ended up watching most of them on YouTube. So thanks! I think.

  • Glad you are back!! It was a nice surprise. I hadn’t had the chance to tell you that I know what Purslane is!! We have lots in our sidewalk cracks!

  • km:

    Welcome back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have two boys, I can relate. Especially to that face there that says “hehee, I’ve successfully driven Mom bat*t crazy”

  • CeeBee:

    What took you so long?

  • Roman:


  • Whooopeeeee!!!!

  • The orange is annoying, but the pear is hysterical! I don’t know what it is about him that just makes me laugh!!



  • jan:

    I’m so glad I checked back! Keep on keepin on plumpkin.

  • Priss:

    Very happy here :-D

  • Mrs. I.:

    Obviously, none of us gave up because we kept checking……just……in…….case……………………………………… : )_

  • Amy:

    Thank you! I’ve been coming back each and every day since you left hoping that you might change your mind. I’m glad you did.

  • Judy:


  • Omar:


  • Robin:

    So what was that all about?

  • Whew! I’ve been out of the loop for a few weeks, and just hopped back into the blogosphere to discover you’d left…and then come back! Maybe it’s an Easter thing.

  • Action Squirrel:

    Oh thank the great spaghetti monster. Do you know how boring most blogs are?

  • I am so glad you are back!

  • Brian:

    At last…. All is right in the world!!!

    Welcome back Rechelle. I missed you!

  • Kim K. in Western PA:

    Welcome back! You make me nuts and you make me laugh and I don’t always agree with you and sometimes I can’t believe you understand. Glad I kept checking! Looking forward to a good argument or two.

  • Rainy:

    I am glad your back, I kept checking to see if you changed your mind, lol looks like I wasnt the only one!

  • jo in oz:

    You have just made my day!

    Yay! I’m SO glad you’re back. I love your blog and missed it when it was gone.

  • :)

  • Liz:

    So glad you are back, and glad I kept checking in case you had changed your mind.

  • I’m happy to see I was worried about nothing. :-)

  • Hallie:

    Yippee, you’re back! We have missed this bright spot in our day. Please continue to speak your mind and know we are here to offer unshakable support. Hugs!

  • Kimberly:

    Welcome back Rechelle! Thank you so much! XD

  • Whoo to the Hoo, glad you’re back!

  • Helen:

    Well….at least you will be helping to keep me honest with my adult children when we are so polarized in our beliefs….and I want to think that I know best….welcome back and no more ambivalance please :-)

  • tessa:

    and I know I am so weird but I love those kookoo orange youtubes!
    they make me lmao!!

  • Annie:

    Please don’t fake us out again. So glad you couldn’t stay away.

  • So very happy to see you didn’t give it up! Like others have mentioned, I kept coming back, hoping for a sign of life, and felt a little pathetic for doing so, but NOW I’M VINDICATED! BTW, the talking easter eggs on youtube are very funny too.

  • efrique:

    So happy to see you come back. Glad I kept checking now!

  • Ellie:

    I am SO glad you’re back.

  • This post has a distinctly Pioneer Woman-esque flavor to it!


  • Lynn:

    Yeah!!!!!! I missed you too! I am so glad your blogging again, pumpkin apple!