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From the Mouth of the J-Mom
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Oooh, we're having so much fun, J-Mom and I!  We're also working on putting together a follow up to Talk Back, and it should be up in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here is J-Mom's answers and the promised photos of the mysterious bloodlike stain in the garage. I told you she'd notice, but she pretended not to. See how polite she is? She just did a double take, then wheeled her suitcase around it. I told her "I know you noticed that." To which she incredulously replied, "How could I NOT?!" Yeah. No idea what it is.



J-Mom's answers to 5 questions, plus Lauren and Heather I's questions.

1. J-Mom's secret talent: She has the ability to frequently and inadvertently turn on and off street lights, especially on birthdays. (The record is 4 in one night, and it can really creep you out. But it doesn't creep her out.)

2. Blog and spouse question: n/a

3. fruit or chocolate? fruit

4. eye color: blue-green (hers are blue green, mine are green blue. Yes there's a difference.)

5. 1-10 Overall Life Satisfaction: "I don't know. I don't think in numerical terms."

Lauren asked, in Talk Back to My Mom, Y'all:  "J-Mom, how did Kelsey turn out to be sooooo funny? Does she ever eat? She's so thin, I'm worried about her. Where do you live, and why do you choose to live so far away from Kelsey? Is it the poop, bloodlike stains or the vomit that bothers you?"

J-Mom says: Kelsey always had a perspective that was ninety degrees off from other people. Humor is highly valued in our family, and so are words and writing. Combining the two probably seemed natural to her! 

Yes, she eats and she cooks more than you'd think by reading her blog. She has at least one kid who thinks she's a fantastic cook. (Two if you count the one who is breastfeeding!)

[Um, thanks for that, Mom.]

I didn't plan to live far away from Kelsey, and poop, blood and vomit? They're just part of life. I'm a "Village Person" because I live in a one of a kind house I designed. It's located in a village with an ecological perspective (solar water heating, rain water collection tank, native plants, underfloor heating, and rammed earth construction - RAMmed earth because I'm an Aries. Hee Hee.) Where is the village? in Australia.

Heather I. asked:  Hope you're having a great time with your mom --what does she think about your climbing ladders to get your picture made in your laundry room?

J-Mom said, "I was more concerned with seeing my grandchildren in appliances."

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Stacey Said:

Okay, those blood spots are really weird. Do you have any idea what it could be from?

Reading your Mom's answers tells me where you got your humor. She seems to be a pretty funny lady!

Glad to hear you're having a good time together. You'll have to keep us updated on all the fun!!

on Mar 18, 2006 11:03:40 PM
Lauren Said:

I don't think I'd be quite as nonchalant about the bloodlike stain as you are, Kelsey.

Thanks for answering my questions, and being so forthcoming and kind. Like Mother, like daughter.

on Mar 18, 2006 11:15:30 PM
Theresa Said:

Great daughter; great Mom! I think the bloodlike stain looks like a ketchup spill - then again I was never good at the game Clue??

on Mar 19, 2006 12:46:23 AM
Julie Said:

My guess at the stain - raw meat juice. Like could you have put a bag of kitchen garbage there that could have leaked juice from a discarded meat package??? I've done that one before and it looked pretty much like that!

on Mar 19, 2006 12:58:28 AM

I think Julie is right. I've had the same experience.

What a fun mom! Makes sense, doesn't it? Like mother like daughter.

Here's my question for J-mom; are the two of you alike in many ways?

on Mar 19, 2006 7:19:52 AM
Mega Mom Said:

Your Mom sounds just as lovely as my own. We are lucky women.

For the blood stain: I think it was Colonel Mustard in the Garage with a tire iron.

on Mar 19, 2006 7:34:05 AM
Karin Said:

Blood stains? Or moisture from inside the garage? Leeching minerals from the cement... Just brainstorming here.

Glad you're having so much fun! I look forward to hearing more of your questions and answers. ;)

on Mar 19, 2006 8:15:24 AM
Heth Said:

So fun to hear from the J-Mom. Great answers!

on Mar 19, 2006 8:43:59 AM
Blond Girl Said:

OMG!!!!! I thought I was the only person who turns off street lights. That's so weird. I've had it happen so often and you're right, it is pretty creepy. I'm so glad your mom has noticed the same thing. Maybe we're just so high wattage on our own? Who knows... At least I have Champs and Geekwif's witness to this odd secret talent.

on Mar 19, 2006 10:40:03 AM
Heather I. Said:

I agree. The blood-like stain looks like spilled ketchup to me. Though with kids around, who knows? It could be red finger paint or some kind of craft that got wet or melted (can you tell I speak from experience?)

Hey, thanks for answering my question about the laundry room ladders -- y'all are both too funny. What a blessing to see moms and daughters get along so well. Can't wait to see what you two come up with to post! :)

on Mar 19, 2006 11:52:57 AM

Man, I've always wanted to visit Australia. And now I know someone who lives there. heh heh Do you take overnight guests in your ecologically responsible house, J-mom?

About the stain--looks like a dog with little, short hind legs and no front legs and a short cape around it's neck, is jumping up to catch a ball. Do you see it? He's just about to chomp down on that ball and his ears are flying up in the wind.

But what caused this work of art? I would also guess a leaky trash bag. One that someone picked up later and carried out. Just follow the trail of drops and find out where they lead.

Thanks for sharing your mom with us, Kelsey. I'm glad to hear that you do cook and you even breastfeed! Shoot next thing we know you'll be telling us all you've taken up homeschooling.

on Mar 19, 2006 2:24:05 PM
Carol Said:

Isn't raw meat juice the same as blood? That's my guess - leaky trash bag sitting there.

J-Mom lives in Australia? Seriously? Very cool. Ask her if she knows there's a law in Australia that says only licensed electricians may change a light bulb?
Or that there's one that says is illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday Sunday.
And a law that says must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach? And there's a new law Lawmakers are currently proposing that will not allow anyone to come closer than 100 meters from a dead whale's carcass.

I'm wondering if Australia is a difficult place to live?

on Mar 19, 2006 3:08:38 PM
Faith Said:

Australia? Cool. Can we all have a blog party there?

on Mar 19, 2006 3:35:36 PM
Emily Said:

that stain = weird. i'm glad we got to see a picture.....i wasn't visualizing something....quite like that. :) in any case, i hope you guys have an awesome visit. :)

on Mar 19, 2006 4:04:50 PM
Kate Said:

Yea, that looks like raw meat juice - or some other sort of juice? Looks nasty nonetheless!
I know you and J-mom will have a blast together. Cherish it all while she is here! :)

on Mar 19, 2006 4:06:00 PM
Leilani Said:

Most interesting stian you have there! Hmmm... could be a big mystery tied to that! Lol...

on Mar 19, 2006 5:59:16 PM
Stacey Said:

I came back to see the blood stain again. I agree with Julie and the others about the meat package thing. I was going to say that when I first commented but I didn't want to sound weird.

Hope all is going good with J-Mom. I can't wait to hear some more stories! Are the kids having a blast with her??

on Mar 19, 2006 10:12:08 PM
Nicki Said:

Hey! My mom claims to have that same power over street lights. Too funny!

I'm glad you are having such a great time together. :)

on Mar 20, 2006 10:27:16 AM
Mama B Said:

Sounds like you have a FUN mom!!!

That stain looks pretty scary!!! :o

on Mar 20, 2006 10:40:56 AM

Hey, nice hearing from your mom, Kelsey!

By the way, has anybody seen my cat???

on Mar 20, 2006 11:29:41 AM
Paige Said:

That reminds me of a hotel we stayed at in Beaumont. It had "sticky rust" on the floor around the tub & a gaping hole in the bathroom door. Ewww
Hope you have a wonderful visit.

on Mar 20, 2006 12:12:39 PM

if it was concrete it would be all over. I'd say rust or garbage. That is weird. Maybe some kind of fruit.

Or maybe it was the scene of a terrible crime "The Beet Slasher"

on Mar 20, 2006 6:03:30 PM
boomama Said:

My hubby would tell you that if I were in your garage at this very moment, I would not rest until I determined 1) the origin of the stain 2) who was responsible for said stain and 3) how to clean it. Because I'm OCD like that. :-)

on Mar 20, 2006 7:44:56 PM
Sheena Said:

Well sounds like your Mom is cool! As for the stain, I say smell it! Or taste it! J.K.!! Looks like trash leakage for sure man! I have a question!
Does your Mom jump in on all of the poop, vomit, and blood adventures with you when she's there? Eeveryone in my house runs away whenever I offer any kind of cool adventure like that! :)

on Mar 20, 2006 10:04:09 PM
Liz Said:

Your Mum lives in Australia? That's so cool. My hubby is an Aussie. Continue the fun time with J-Mom.

on Mar 21, 2006 1:19:29 AM