Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What A Deal

I love the show Deal Or No Deal I found out that you can play for fun on the Internet. Whooo I won a virtual Million, to bad it wasn't in real life.


Life's Lessons

My daughter and I are very close. We are as she lovingly refers to it "Always up each others butt". When she was a little girl she was always "mommy's girl" (her dad will disagree on that and say she was his girl..but we know better) Now that she is grown and has her own son we do almost everything together. We talk, laugh and share a lot. She has always been what I call a ditz, or drifty. She is the blunt of the true blonde jokes, she is always like DUH. I blame it on the fact that she didn't live with me full time during her teenage years. Her dad and I divorced when she was 13 and she choose to live the first year with him. I suppose men just talk about different things to a daughter than a mom would.
Little things like which animals have live births and which ones lay eggs.
Or how to keep flowers fresh once you have cut them. (In his defense I know he was to busy trying to find her and keep her out of trouble as she was a rebellious child, but that is a post for another day)
Anyway those little lessons in life made themselves apparent this week when my daughter and I were at the farm/zoo (see photos in previous post). WHen we got to the rabbit pen she very seriously asked "Do rabbits lay eggs or do they have babies". Well duh I told her...Where do you think all those Easter eggs come from. No, seriously she asked and I told her, laughed and moved on. Well we have giggled about that all week.
Then last night we were all sitting around her apartment when she announced to her boyfriend. Oh by the way, I tried freezing the flowers like you told me to, but they looked like crap so I threw them away. Of course I squealed like a Pig, and in a loud voice said. YOU CAN'T FREEZE FLOWERS..well duh, they looked bad mom. Her boyfriend chimmed in. But I got them out of a freezer at the store. I said to him Brandon, that was a refrigerator not a freezer. Well DUH, It seems he told her if she would put them in the freezer they would close back up and then re-bloom. I don't know who was worst, him for saying it or her for believing it.
God help me if they have kids. Blonde's run in our family, and if these two marry, Insanity may follow

So how is your week so far?


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Just a reminder

Just a reminder that PepperLady is hosting a scavenger hunt. If you want to play go by and sign up NOW.

Here is a quote from her page telling you how it works

"The way a springtime scavenger hunt works is. Down below there is a list of seven items that you need to fine for your exchange partner.
Sigh up date is before or by first of February and on Imbloc (groundhog) day I’ll be posting who everyone exchange partner is.
I’ll also need your address were the package can be send to and this may be done by personal sending me your address. So on Imbloc I can e-mail each one who your swap partner is

Then gather up the items list below and send them off so they will receive them right around Ostara"

Note From Autumn: For those of you who don't know about Ostara it is March 21. Ostara is also known as Spring Equinox.

1. A spoon
2. Something yellow or yellow in it.
3. A recipe using 3 eggs
4. A frame picture taken from your place looking east
5. Your local Newspaper or a local Magazine
6. An item more the 3 inches and less then 8 inches.
Anything that a person can plant and grow


Monday, January 29, 2007

Five Random Things You Don't Know About Me.

I've seen this meme, or something close to it around the blogs, so I thought I would make my list.
Here are some random things about myself that I have ever talked about on this blog.

1. I'm turning into one of those people that neighbor's whisper about because I take my dog out side every morning wearing pj's, a robe and my coat. The only thing missing is the hair curlers ha ha.

2. I have a bad habit of leaving all the cabinet doors, and drawers open in the kitchen. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have hit myself in the head on a corner, yet I still do it.

3. I never make my bed, I think it is a waste of time. Even when I change the sheets I leave it unmade. (If special company came I will probably make it, but more than likely just shut the door unless they are staying over night)

4. When I put toothpaste on my toothbrush I smear it down on the brissels (like you would butter on toast). The thought of a gob of toothpaste in my mouth makes me gag.

5. I never eat an apple unless I peel it first, I like them with salt on them and when I eat an oragne, I take and core the inside out, pour salt in it and suck out the juice before I eat the orange. I LOVE salt on my oranges. This is something I picked up from my dad as a kid, He ate salt on his oranges.

I'm sure there are lots of other things I can think of but I will save them for another day. Let me kmow if you do this meme(or something similar) so I can come by and see it

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

My Sunday

We just got home from taking Lucy to the James River...Can you tell she had a good time

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Saturday photos

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As promised here are the photos from my outing on Saturday.
The petting zoo turned out to be a farm/zoo. It was free to get in, and my grandson had a ball. His favorite was the horse and the pigs. My daughter loved the peacock and wanted to steal its feathers. I liked it all and had a good time taking all the photos. I hope everyone enjoys them. I know the slide show is sort of long, but I didn't want to leave anything out. As you can see it was a beautiful day, the weather has been so mild here this winter that the flowers and trees are confused. Notice the Camilla bushes are already in bloom and the azaleas are budding. As strange as it seems the weather man is calling for snow..Weird.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Are You Ready

I had to delete the photo for this post..It was causing problems with the layout on my side bar

It said are you ready for the weekend?

No real plans here. My grandson stayed over last night so I had to get up early with him. He is watching Thomas the train on video AGAIN. I think this is about the 900th time I have seen these cartoons. I've never seen a kid this young (20 months) be so involved in a train. He knows which movie is Thomas, and we hear all day long. Choo choo! He must have a dozen choo choo trains already. Thank heaven for thrift stores, as Thomas is not cheap. I don't remember my son loving trains this this much, but he did have some trains. If I recall correctly it was his dad who wanted them more than him though ha ha. Anyway not much is going on here.

My husband has to work today, and I am off...go figure.
It's cold here this morning, but is suppose to get around 60 degrees, so this afternoon, my daughter, her dad and I plan on taking my grandson out to the peting zoo. I will take some photos to share later. I need to clean, but probably won't and of course every weekend is laundry day.

I'm off again tomorrow..Yeah. This is two weekends in a row I have had off. Unfortunately it is due to cuts at work, and my hours are down from 40 to 30, so the old pocket book is hurting. January sucks in retail. Everyone is broke after the holidays so business is slow. I hope it picks back up soon, if not I may have to look for something else. Only problem is 'something else" is hard to find, because the other companies are the same way. They do cut backs and lay offs this time of year. If I do change jobs, I am thinking of getting two part time jobs instead of one full time. It will just depend if I can find two that won't want me to work nights. I don't mind one or even two a week if it is not late, but I can't do more than that, keeping the baby the way I do.
Anyway I hope everyone has a good weekend.


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Remember this

"A good friend will come bail you out of jail....

But a true friend will be sitting next to you saying
WE screwed up, but we had fun!!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007


These are for you

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Monday, January 22, 2007

It's Alive!!

Oh my gosh, I feel like I am living in a bad B-rated horror movie.
Let's set the scene:
Hubby is in the bedroom, I am on the computer. I hear a noise,


Puzzled I call out to my husband, just as he calls out to me.
Honey what are you doing?


I jump up and go into the bathroom, since this is where the noise is coming from

I hear it louder now


A little fountain of water is making farts in my toilet.
Honey, I say. Come in here NOW!!!

Not only is the toilet water rising, it is filling up with soap Bubbles!
I don't know if I should run or laugh.

Now my husband being a typical man FLUSHES the toilet!!
I grab for a towel, just as the water goes down..
He flushes again, and we giggle
I tell him to grab the toilet brush and touch up the bowl, after all why waste all that soap.

It was fine once we flushed a few times and the gurgling stopped. All I can figure out is the people upstairs dumped some soap and then plunged there toilet
Either that or we were invaded by the Blob.
Either way I'm leaving a towel down tonight "just in case" and
If it happens again, I'm grabbing the camera


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gosh I am old

Snitched from

In 1953 (the year you were born)

Dwight Eisenhower becomes president of the US

President Eisenhower announces that he has given France $60 million for the Indochina War

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norkay reach the top of Mt. Everest

Julius and Ethel Rosenburg are executed by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison

The Korean War ends in stalemate

The first color television sets go on sale for about $1,175

Ron Jeremy, Tony Blair, Pierce Brosnan, and Kim Basinger are born

New York Yankees win the World Series

Detroit Lions Win the NFL Championship

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is published

Elvis Presley records for the first time

68% of all United States television sets were tune in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth


Friday, January 19, 2007

My Life At A Glance

Winter is here even if the temperatures have disagreed over the past few weeks.
I took these photos of the empty lot next to our building, and the next set is around the apartment this morning. (Can you tell I was bored?)

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Around the house
(Yes the dog is on the table)

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Kitchen Folklore

I had a lot of fun the other day reading about weather folklore so when I ran across these I just had to share

Kitchen Folklore

* Money will soon come your way if any of the following things should occur: bubbles appear in a cup of coffee, you accidentally knock over a sugar bowl, rice forms a ring around the edge of a pot, or tea leaves float to the top of the cup.

* Trouble is indicted by the accidental omission of spices from a recipe or by the spilling of salt. Be prepared for an argument with someone if you should happen to spill pepper on the kitchen table or floor. (According to occult tradition, these bad omens can be remedied by simply adding the spices, and by tossing a pinch of salt or pepper over your left shoulder, respectively.) It is also said that if two persons stir the same boiling pot or sit together on a table, they will soon find themselves involved in a quarrel.

* If your apron comes untied by itself and falls off while you are working in the kitchen, this is generally seen as a sign that someone is thinking about you. Some say that it means your sweetheart is having romantic thoughts about you at that moment.

* It is believed by many to be an omen of good news when baked apples burst while in the oven, or when the salt and sugar are accidentally mixed up.

* If a fork accidentally falls onto the floor, a woman will soon knock on your door; a spoon indicates the arrival of a gentleman. (In some parts of the world, the fork means a man, and the spoon a woman.) Unexpected or unwelcome visitors are also presaged by the dropping of a knife that sticks in the ground and by cracks that form on the shells of eggs boiling in a pot of water.

* If you are engaged or wish to get married, according to an old belief once common in England, you should take care to never sit on a kitchen table, for this will break the engagement and also prevent you from ever being wed.

* Sneezing before breakfast means you will have visitors before noon. Sneezing while eating breakfast is a sign that you will have two visitors leaving before sunset.

*If you spill water on the tablecloth signifies rain storms.

* It's bad luck for a woman to drop a dishrag in the floor but you can remove the bad luck by throwing salt over your shoulder.


Happy Birthday Mom

Today is my moms birthday, and even though she doesnt read this blog I couldn't let the day go by without some mention of her. My mom is one of those people who has always been there for me when I needed her. When I was growing up she was one of those perfect TV moms. Our house was always clean, supper was always on the table by five and we went to church every Sunday. My mom worked when I was really little but I only vaguely remember that. It seems like she was always around. She married my dad when she was only 16 and had me when she was 18. She didn't go back to work until I was a teenager and then it was only part time for a few years. Since then she has always stayed home. Sometimes I think her life has been sheltered, but I'm glad she was the kind of mom I could depend on. Even though we only live about 45 minutes away from each other I don't get to see her as often as I would like. She is getting older now and I worry about her. I lost my dad two years ago, and can't help but wonder if I will have many years left with my mom. She seems to be in good health, but life is so fragile and you just never know.
So today I want to share my mom with everyone. She was probably about 13 in this picture. Look at that blonde hair!
Happy Birthday Mom!

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Weird Weather

I can't believe it is Jan. 15th. We are getting the most unusual weather. The high today is suppose to reach 75 degrees. Yesterday we got to 72. Where is the frost? The cold winds? The ice and snow? Well forget the ice and snow. I don't like them anyway and fortunately we don't get it often, but the cold weather is usually here by now. It seems a lot of places are getting weather that is out of the ordinary for this time of year. Extreme to one side or the other. I heard some parts are snowed in. Burrrr. I hope things warm up from them soon. According to our forecast things are suppose to feel a bit more normal around here by the end of the week. I think it is going to drop down to freezing temps at night. In case you haven't noticed I added the weather bar to my side table so everyone can see how warm/cold it is here In my part of Virginia.
With all the talk of weather it got me to thinking about some signs of the weather so I looked up weather folklore on the net. I found some really interesting things, so I thought I would list a few of them here.

Did you know?

Dandelion blossoms close before a storm.
Birds on a telephone wire indicate the coming of rain
When spiders weave their webs by Noon, fine weather is coming soon.
When a cow tries to scratch her ear it means a shower is very near.

And here is my favorite

Get a rock from somewhere, and place it somewhere like in your yard or something!
That's all you have to do, and your ready for forecasting!!!!!
If you don't want to use a rock, you can use a horse, works just as well!!!

If it's dry ------Weather's Clear

If it's wet -----It's Raining

If its white ---It's Snowing

If it's gone ---Tornado

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Gone To The Dogs

Just when I think I have run out of things to blog about something or someone does something strange or stupid that gives me a topic. Today at work I rang up a lady who had come in with her Sheltie. She paid with a credit card so I asked her for an ID, she presented it and then showed me on her card not only her name but the name of her two dogs. Yep you read it right, she has her dogs listed on her credit card. I smiled and thought to myself. Hmm should I have asked the dog for its ID, but then I thought better of it after all where would the dogs keep an ID. However if it comes in alone to buy treats. I'm going to card it, after all rules are rules lol


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Celtic Astrology

This little quiz hit me right on the button. I am the Ivy according to my sign and scored to fit it.

You scored as The Ivy. In Celtic astrology, you're Ivy (not everything on the zodiac is a tree). The animal symbol that accompanies this plant is the butterfly. The ancient Druids say Ivy people are good-natured, empathetic, optimistic, and social and may have magnetic personalities. However, Ivies may be prone to indecision, disappointment, restlessness or a fear of offending others.

The Ivy


The Oak


The Holly


The Alder


The Reed


The Hazel


The Rowan


The Ash


The Hawthorn


The Willow


The Elder


The Vine


The Birch


What Tree Are You? (Celtic astrology)
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Hey Buddy Can You Spare A Dime

A couple of nights ago as my husband and I were getting into our car at the local Walmart we were approached by a man. He walked up to us held out his hand and introduced himself. Both my husband and I refused to shake his hand and went on loading our things. He went on to say that he was NOT a bum or anything, but he was from Chicago and was trying to get home. Could we spare a few bucks. NO! we told him. How about 85 cents he said. NO again we told him. Sorry buddy I don't have any cash. Off he went to the next person he saw. Jerk I thought. People like that piss me off. It was about 11:30 at night. Chances are he was local, and had more money than I did. Now don't get me wrong, I am sure there are people out there that really need help, but somehow I find it hard to believe if they do they are going to be hanging around a Walmart on a Tuesday night at that time of night looking for a handout.
This was the second time just lately that someone has tried to bum money from me with some sob story about needing to get home. My daughter and I were at the laundry mat not long ago when some guy came up to us with a sob story about how he was trying to get to Florida. That he had been here to see his mom who was dying and he needed gas money. NO NO NO I told him. I could not believe this guy was in a laundry mat. SPENDING MONEY to wash and dry clothes instead of putting it in the gas tank to leave on. Since when is clean laundry more important than gas when your broke.
Like I said people like that make me sick.
There are to many legitimate places where people can go and get real help for someone to be bumming. I know for a fact most churches have a pantry where they keep food for people in need. there are local homeless shelters, and soup kitchens. I don't know why people bum. If either man had approached me and said Hey I'm hungry and I don't have any money I would have went back inside the store and bought him a loaf of bread and some sandwhich meat (or in case of the lundry mat guy I would have went across the street to McDonalds), but I look at it like this. If you need money. Get a job.
Sorry this is just a pet peeve of mine.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Don't miss out on the fun

While reading some of my favorite blogs today I stopped into PepperLady's. She is hosting a scavenger hunt for anyone who wants to join in. You have to sign up at her blog (before Feb. 1) and she will match you with a friend to exchange items.
Here is the list of what you will be looking for to exchange

1. A spoon
2. Something yellow or yellow in it.
3. A recipe using 3 eggs
4. A frame picture taken from your place looking east
5. Your local Newspaper or a local Magazine
6. An item more the 3 inches and less then 8 inches.
7. Anything that a person can plant and grow

I have already told her to sign me up. It sounds like a lot of fun


Monday, January 8, 2007

Knobby Knees

Getting old sucks. My body keeps screaming out to me that it is not young any more. I have aches and pains in places I didn't know existed. The latest is my knees. It seems I have arthritis in the right one and a tiny bit starting in the left one. I have suspected it for sometime now and this last week the Dr. confirmed it. For awhile now my knees have looked knobby and the right one swells and puffs up. I looked in the mirror the other day and thought to myself..God my legs are so ugly.
My thighs are fat, I have varicose veins, and my knees are lumpy..What a mess.
When I was young my legs were so pretty. Long lanky and up to here. I wore mini skirts and short shorts. Now I hide them in jeans or carpi's. On well at lest they don't sag like my boobs. I guess time just has a way of getting away from us. This photo was taken around 1975 I was around 21 or 22.

The one below it is of my daughter taken last year at age 21. It was taken FOUR WEEKS after she gave birth to her son! Can you believe how good she looked.

I'm jealous. I want my pretty legs back


Friday, January 5, 2007

Concert to help family in fatal car wreck

KATE MCNEIL - Daily Herald
Utah's performing arts community is gathering to benefit some performers of their own.

"CeranAid," a concert organized by Lightstone studios, will benefit the Ceran family, who lost their mother, brother and sister in a tragic Christmas Eve accident when their car was broadsided by an alleged drunk driver.

Gary Ceran, a father who has graced many stages, is now taking on a new role in life, one similar to Job in the Old Testament. The widower has now laid to rest seven children -- Julianna, 7 and Ian, 15, who were both killed in the accident; a pair of stillborn twins; and an additional three toddlers who died of a genetic defect.

Since the tragedy, communities have rallied together to raise funds for the family. West Valley's Hale Center Theatre, where Gary and his two children performed "A Christmas Carol" the night of the crash, has raised more than $30,000 from three sold-out benefit performances of "See How They Run." In addition, all actors, ushers and theatre staff donated their earnings for each performance.

Funeral and medical costs will also be alleviated by the funds raised at the CeranAid concert. Concert tickets are $15 and all proceeds will go to the Ceran family to help cover funeral and medical costs.

The man accused of killing the family, Carlos Rodolfo Prieto, 24, was in court for the first time on Tuesday. His next scheduled appearance is set for 9 a.m. on Monday.

He faces seven charges: three counts of automobile homicide, third-degree felonies; two counts of driving under the influence, third-degree felonies; one count of driving under the influence, a class-A misdemeanor; and one count of never obtaining a driver's license, a class-C misdemeanor.

If You Go

What: "CeranAid" concert to benefit the Ceran family

Where: Thanksgiving Point Show Barn

When: Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Who: Peter Breinholt, Jericho Road, and many more local artists

Tickets: $15, all proceeds go to family

Info: or (801) 373-2880

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A1.


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Thursday, January 4, 2007

Ain't Love Grand

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My daughter has such a sweet boyfriend. Yesterday morning he surprised her by cooking breakfast. Yummy she thought. That is until she tasted of it. The eggs had been cooked without butter or grease (she fed them to my grandson who at 19 months will eat anything ha ha) The sausage had grease on it where he did not drain it well, and the bacon was under cooked. She didn't want to hurt his feelings by not eating, so she did what any woman in love would do. She hid the food in her napkin, stuffed it in her robe pocket and threw it away when he wasn't looking.
Ain't love grand!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Welcome To January

Did you know the word January comes from the Roman name for this month and was named for the after god Janus. Janus was said to have two faces and ruled over beginnings and endings. The past and the future. Even the full moon has a name. It is called Wolf Moon. The Wolf Moon is also called Quiet Moon, Cold Moon, Disting Moon, Snow Moon, Chaste Moon and Moon of Little Winter.
Folklore is also associate with this month. For example:
Whatever the weather is like for the first twelve days of January it will indicate what the weather will will be like for the next twelve solar months.

If your looking for a change in fortune and looking for good luck try this ritual.
On the night of the full moon gather the following candles.
A Astral candle to represent yourself;
A Orange candle to represent sudden change;
A Silver or light gray to represent neutralization of the bad luck;
A Black candle to represent the bad luck itself;
A Magenta to hurry the luck changing process.

Anoint the candles with a purification or blessing oil, such as lotus and set them in holders on a safe surface. Anoint the black candle from he end to the wick; by this Acton you are moving the bad luck away from yourself. Anoint the other candles from the wick to the end; this brings in what you desire.
The candles should be allowed to burn completely out, so be sure you can leave them safely.

Light the astral candle and say;
"This is me, everything that represents me".

Light the black candle and say;
"This is my bad luck. It now leaves me. I shed no more tears over the parting".

Light the gray candle, and say
"This will neutralize any remnants of bad luck. They will dissolve into nothingness".

Light the orange candle and say:
"This represents the changes for good that are coming into my life. I welcome them with open arms"

Light the magenta candle, and say:
This is the astral energy that I need to speed up the change".

Now sit for several minutes, repeating to yourself:
I welcome change, I welcome the incoming good.

Leave the candles to burn out completely. Dispose of the wax afterward.
You may find that certain friends will drop away after this ritual. This merely indicates that the friendship was not for your good. Be prepared to release whatever moves out of your life

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Wheel Of The Year (Jan)

Last year I started taking photos around my apartment complex and posting them here on my blog. Each month I would try and find the same area (or close to it) so that I could look back and see how things change. I have had a lot of fun with it and this month now marks my twelfth post. If your interested in viewing all the photos for the year follow the link in my side bar under Wheel of the year photos.


Starting A New Year

Well the tree is finally down, and the Christmas stuff put away. Whew what a job. I think it's harder to put away than it is take out. In spite of all the sadness we had this season I have to admit it was still a nice one. I'm glad it is over though and I am looking forward to the new year. I went out yesterday for the first time to check out the left over sales and much to my surprise I found this cute little tree for just $2.50. It was the last one and they didn't want to take the bows off so they through them in for free.
I thought that was a great deal, but the bargin of the season has to go to this wall clock. It was marked down to only SEVENTY FIVE CENTS!

Ok, that's it. Time for spring!


Monday, January 1, 2007

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Here we go again

Well here we go again. Just as I am about to move on from the subject of death and sadness and blog about other things I find out that my Aunt died on New Years Eve about 5 in the evening. She had been in a nursing home for several months with Alzheimer's. Her death was unexpected, and leaves us once again filled with sadness. As if this isn't bad enough, her daughter who is my older first cousin is in the hospital with Leukemia. She is not doing well, and they told her that there is little hope for her. It seems when it rains it pours.

I certainly hope 2007 brings better news.