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Friday, December 30, 2005

end of the year reflections

I was watching the evening news tonite, something I rarely do since I work evening shift, but was a bad girl and called in sick today. Anyway that is another story. But you know how at the end of the year they always show all the important people who have died the past year. As I watched all those familiar faces go by it really made be feel sad. There was the last one, Peter Jennings, so smart, so talented, so loved, and he is gone. But with the celebrities they are not really gone because we continue to see their movies and listen to their music. I guess it just makes me realize how fragil life as we know it is. We take so much for granted and live our lives as if they will go on forever. Maybe my wish for the new year for everyone is to slow down, really enjoy your lives, resolve old resentments, find beauty around you in the simple things, and take care of yourselves and each other. I like the saying, "don't sweat the small stuff, everything is small stuff." That is so true. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2005


OK this was my first and prob my last HNT. It was 1 year post tummy tuck. Hey I'm proud......



What to you call a blonde skeleton in the closet?



The world champian hide and seek player!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Just Breath

Do you ever feel like things are happening so fast you can't catch your breath? That is sort of how I feel lately. As you know we are getting ready for me to retire from nursing and start a little business as a semi retirement till I actually get *old*. Last week we got several large pieces of furniture moved out to store at SIL's extra garage. So everything is upside down with packing stuff that is not needed, have to do some touch up painting, rearrange furniture, and clean house before next Tue. when we list our home for sale. Yikes, we are really doing this. Like we never moved before. Lets see in past 23 years of marriage, we have moved 8 times. Now this will make 9. Hubby is in Mo. setting up a deal on a home for his sister, as she is alone now and will be moving too, to be near us, but in town so she can maintain her independence for as long as she can. Sooooooooo maybe by spring we can have both homes sold and get out of Dodge, as they say.

As for my back, PT continues 2 times a week, think things are better. I actually drove about 50 miles today and no pain in the back of my rt leg. So something is helping. I just have to learn better skills in lifting and bending. Like moving is going to make that easy. hoot.\!!
Found a place today out of the way, like 15 miles from home, a thrift store, to buy good quality books for the store. Got 3 grocery bags crammed full for 10$. Must be close to 100 books. I had a time constrant and lack of bags or would have gotten more. So will be back there later in week and stock up some more. The gal at the book store calls me her apprentice, and she is helping me learn authors that I need to watch for, as there are some types of books that I don't read but are quite popular. Before I leave I will tell her about the thrift store I found.
Well it is about midnight and best get to bed. I have the cusdody of the dog this time, so she is alittle confused, not used to being left alone this much.

I notice everyone seems to have taken a little breather from posting with the holiday. I hope everyone has enjoyed their families and all the little kiddies had a great time. I foresee my next Christmas being very different that this year, for sure!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sunday Morning

This is what we saw this morning when we got up, about 6 in. of snow. Good morning to stay home and have maple bacon, eggs, and biscuts { thanks to Pilsbury frozen} That is Molly our dog in the one pic, near the wood pile. The other is out the kitchen window looking at the little porch. Right now looking out my patio windows I see about 50 quail right up to the back door eating grass where it is open, under the porch roof. Molly lays by the patio door and thinks this is her TV. Had a great phone chat with my sis in Mo. this morning then had a nice long E-Mail from my # 1 daughter. Seems I have adopted another daughter so *S* will be my #1. Sorry *A* you will be my #2. Glad you came along when you did.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Minx Adeptly Made for Massage and Affection

Sunday, December 11, 2005


Get Out of the Box::






Sunday, December 04, 2005


View out the car window Fri. So. of town. I don't think I'm in Kansas Toto!!

Friday, December 02, 2005

the little red stove

This is a picture of a little wood stove that AC refinished while we were in Mo. and we got new stove pipe and put it back in the same place that we originally had it.The folks who had the farm before us had stored it in the garage, so we were tickled to find it still there. Can't wait for a nice fire. It is in one end of the second bedroom. Coozy

Thursday, December 01, 2005

My Rock

As I stood at my kitchen sink this morning, I looked at the rock on the window sill. It has been there for about 2+years now. It is a special rock. It is brown, looks like sandstone with lots of pits and craters in it. It is about 2 inches across. When I look at it I am reminded of where and how I got it. We had a family reunion at my sisters home, she was living in a cute little log cabin in the middle of the Ozark hills, with a little creek running along the bluff just behind the house. My older brother Jim and I were walking along the creek, looking for "stuff" and talking. This is a good memory of my brother and he picked up this rock and said"here, you need a little peice of Mo. to take back to Nv. with you" so I put it in my suitcase and home it came. So now when I look out my window I glance down and see this little rock and think of him, as I know he is looking down and thinking of all of us. Thanks Jim.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Got Him

Well from Sat nite to Tue, and he was caught. The word at work is that he had a new girlfriend and her parents recognized him from the show and called it in. Just the break they were waiting for. Now they have him for new armed robbery crimes caught on video camera, that he did while he was out so he won't be out of prison for ALOT of years. What a shame huh? A life wasted. On the home front, we got our first snow on Mon. just enough to cover the ground on the valley floor, but now that the sky is clear today the foothills and the mountains around us are beautiful and white. Our snow melted off by the next morning down here. Also to let folks know it looks like 2006 will be the year for us to make our move to Mo. Will post more about that later. Going to start some physical therapy Fri. for my back and hip. Still waiting on a call back about the MRI. Feeling much better at the moment though, so working as usual. I think you can click on the clipping here and get a larger view to read.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The Shirt

There is a little story behind this shirt. My big sister sent it to me. You see she went shopping and saw it. She thought that someone made this pretty shirt just for me and hubby AC. Get it? Bless her heart, I don't think she ever heard of the band. What band? So I love it. I wore it to work Thurs, just for fun, and the only part that anyone could see under my lab jacket was the Thunderbolt and a little of the 2 inside letters, but THEY all knew. I got responses from inmates like "Rock On", "Alright, cool", and even an inappropriate "Hot Mama" LOL. Of course good ole Pat egged them on. So we had a fun nite at work. Gotta have a little fun and it is good to make the guys laugh. Thanks Marge.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Nevada's Fame

Cherry Patch Ranch..... whatca think? Good ole Nevada. Always thinking.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Watch America's Most Wanted

This Sat nite they will be telling the story of our guy who excaped from our prison awhile back. Cute guy, I bet someome will recognize him. Any of you gals hiding this guy out?

Monday, November 21, 2005


Someone posted the things she was thankful for and I wanted to add my list.
We are usually mindful of the usual things like our family, our health, ect. But I wanted to think of the more obscure things that we take for granted to say that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for my eyes, that I can see all the wonderful things of nature, the sky, the sunshine, the clouds, the birds, and animals.

I am thankful for my ears, that I can hear voices of people I love, that I can hear the music I love.

I am thankful for my strong hands, that I can earn a living, pet the dog, stroke my husbands face.

I am thankful for my strongs legs, even when I say I hate my thighs, I am thankful for them as they allow me to go where I want to go.

I am thankful most of all for my mind, {such as it is}, as I get older I realize that it is harder to remember things, yet our minds are so full of all our memories. And the ability to continue to learn new things no matter how old we are. That is the really amazing part.

As we celebrate a Thanksgiving Day, I hope we all take a few min. to forget the turkey and pumpkin pie and just be peaceful and give our own private thank you for the true riches in our lives.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Have I become my Mother?

As I stood holding onto the kitchen stove to keep my balance, while I heated a hot pack in the microwave, glanced up at a mirror over the dining room table and thought I saw my mother looking back at me. With fatigue and pain on my face I could see her plain as day. God I hate that. My sisters and I have always joked about who looked the most like her, and of course no one wants to admit that we all do at times. But today I saw it for the first time in myself. You see I did something to my back yesterday, I think it is more than a twik. I had seen an orthopedic on Tue due to hip pain, but it wasn't exactly hip, not as in the hip joint but in front on the pelvic bone, has been hurting since my trip to Mo. in Oct. She thought it was bursitis and put me on an anti inflamatory to take twice a day. Well by Thurs I had no pain so was doing what ever I wanted, which was cutting dead plants from the flower bed. I had cut one garbage can full and was starting on the second when I bent over and got a sudden pain in the lower back and could barely stand up. I waited a few min but it didn't go away, so I made it into the house and have been in bed most of the time. Called the dr. today and AC went after more meds for me. Now my nitestand looks like my mothers, with all the bottles of pills. I have Vicodan for pain, Soma for muscle relaxer, and Cataflam for anti inflamitory. Geez and I don't take much more than tylenol. So here I am. This chair at the computer feels so so but think I have had enough of it. Got an apt. for Tue to see Dr. again. Maybe I can get a catscan out of her and see what is really going on with the low back and hips. See I am my mothers daughter after all. OR maybe I am a little high on all these drugs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Must be the full moon

I have noticed several people mentioning that they have been a funk this past week. Do you think it might be a pre-full moon thing? I just realize that I have been feeling that way too. Actually told my boss last week that the management at work sucks. Hows that for balls. But I feel much better, not that the management still doesn't suck. I have been so mad about the job lately I was going to blast a post about it but didn't. They have moved out central pharmacy clear across the state and our supplies will be shipped UPS. Great. It may actuallybe better than what we have now. An incompetent pharmicist that can't keep up and we are always 3 to 4 weeks behind on getting our meds. and we can only order a month supply at a time. Well gee. the scrip runs out sometimes before she can fill it. Then our medical director, who is chicken liver to walk across the prison yard, puts a cap on the floor stock we can have on hand. So it makes us work in an unethical way, juggling meds, borrowing from one to another and hoarding meds if some are discontinues or IM leaves us. Just like women to try to fix and patch things you know. Instead of just saying we don't have it, file a greivance, but we don't want to see people without their meds so we cont. to juggle. Its really crap, and I can't leave soon enough. So there, that is my plan, to just get out of it all. Now I really do feel better. Next post will be a very positive upbeat one.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

new slippers

AC got me new slippers, I think to just agrevate the dog. As you can see she loves them. Now if she doesn't trip me up. She loves my pink fuzzy slippers and it is a game every morning for her to pounce on them and take one off my foot and run around the house with it. I am having trouble with them though, I can't tell lefty from righty.

Friday, November 11, 2005

The passing of Lt.Col. Brown

Well its over for him. My brother in law passed away last nite. Everything went down hill really fast. I didn't think it would be this soon though. But we all feel it is a blessing that he went quickly. When there is no quality of life then it is time. My sister in law said this morning to not feel sad for her, but I know it will be a huge hole in her life, after 62 years of marriage. But she is a tough little cookie of Polish disent and like her mother before her she will just pull up herself up and handle things that need done and move on. So here is a salute today on Veterans Day to a retired military man who is gone for now.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

My story of Highway 50

If you will scan down and start with the first picture and work backward it will be in the order I intended. Guess I need to learn how to put the pictures together at one entry but couldn't figure that out. Sorry. You will get the gist.

Sand Mountain

Another feature on Highway 50 is this huge sand dune, called Sand Mountain. No one really knows the origin of this pile of sand other than maybe pushed up here by some glacier many years ago. People come here to ride up and down on their dune buggies. From the highway they look like ants. You can make out some of the campers in the pictures.

So that is the end of my story of Highway 50. Ya gotta see it at least once. Anyone else been there?

The shoe tree

Somewhere out on highway 50, is this unusual tree that grows shoes. I think you can click on it to get a better view. Over the years it has grown more and more shoes and boots. I understand that from time to time people pick a pair if they are in need. This was the first time for me to see it in its fall colors.

from my windshield

Highway 50, The lonliest highway in Nevada

I can't tell you how many times I have traveled this road. It runs from the Utah boarder to California. The most of it is really lonley, no towns, just sesert and sage brush. Also no rest stops. So you need to consume very little fluid before heading across. Also there is no radio reception out there. You can drive for 30 min. and not see another car.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Wanted to share what has happened with my brother in law. We sent him to the hospital a week ago Fri. and by Wed we had him placed in a nursing home. He has gone down hill very quickly. Dr. ordered hospice to be involved with his care. Sister in Law is still running herself ragged trying to manage his care yet. So we are there for her support to see her thru this time. She has told them there are to be no heroic measures for him. He had a seizure last nite, out of the blue, and now today, is pretty much out of it and not eating and not being gotten up. So it is just a matter of time. As the Dr. said he is on the fast track to heaven.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Busy Week

So glad its Friday, and payday Friday at that. What a week. On Wed we put the bro. in law into a nursing home. Only thing to do at this point. He really doesn't know us now and I expect his cond to just go down hill now. He is on the fast track to heaven.

Been cold and windy in my part of the world. Snow up on the mountains west of us.

Took posession of a new vehicle today. A Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Hope we get the good milage they promised. Very nice and seems funny to put it in gear and you start off and no engine running. Guess it kicks on and off as needed, to keep the battery pack charged and for more power as needed. Has lots of zip.

Hey I miss Heather, did you change your blog again? If so leave a message here for me to find you.

Busy at work, job security. Its late so will hit the hay. Everyone have a good weekend. dc

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Master Plan

One of my most favorite people told me something the other day that just gave me goosebumps.
I told her to thank her friend for being there for her and for being such a really good friend. The friend told her that its just the Master Plan, that it was just ment to be. Isn't that awesome? I believe that things happen for a reason and we mortals usually don't know why and its not always what we want at the time. But there is a reason and there are no accidents or coincidences. But I will always remember the Master Plan. Thank you Miss A. I understand you are becoming a virgin blogger. Welcome on board.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Another family crisis

Last nite, my brother in law, who has alzheimers, sort of wigged out. At least he got worse than usual. I think I have mentioned before he is 84 and wife is 82 and weighs about 95 #. He had a case of wondering all afternoon, then in the evening he locked one of their little dogs in the car in the garage and forgot about it. B. spent 20 min. frantically looking for her dog. Then later he grabed her by the wrists and she had trouble breaking away and had to threaten him with a cooking pot to the head if he didn't get away, right after that she went into the garage to get something,{it is attached to house and extra frig and freezer are there}. He immediately shut the door and locked it. Lucky there is a phone in the garage and she called my hubby to come over. They ended up calling the sherif dept. and they came out, {fire truck, ambulance, and a couple sherif cars} Anyway he was taken to the hosp for evaluation and we spent part of today out checking out nursing homes. Its time. She has done all she can, she has waited on this man for 62 years hand and foot. It will be hard on her to see him in a nursing home but she will be able to sleep in peace at nite. So that is the newest problem. Oh, the ER Dr. asked my hubby if he was out drumming up business, he was the same one that took care of me on Wed. nite.

I am feeling much better. Had a headach all day yesterday, not like me. But the sinus thing is worse now that I am back from trip to Mo. Cooler here now. Nice to have a fire going.

Don't forget to set your clocks back!!

Friday, October 28, 2005

8 hr in ER

What a nite,.... Wed nite at work about 10PM I started feeling dizzy so when it didn't go away I say down on a stool for a while, it seemed to get worse, so checked my blood sugar, and it was OK. I was orienting this new nurse and I told her I thought I better lay down. so I pushed myself {on the stool} out into the hall way and she put a guerney that was there into the conference room and I laid on it. Then I started feeling nauseated and started shaking. So they got the nurse from the infirmiry to come up{bless her heart}she was great. At first was going to call hubby and get me to the gate house to go home but it seemed worse and I was sure I would pass out so she decided to call the ambulance instead. So I got to ride on the golf cart on the guerney{that we use for the inmates} Thank god it was in the night, and no inmates around. Anyway went to ER. They did lab, EKG, and even a CTscan of my head. Of course they didn't find anything abnormal in all this. Gave me some phenergan by IV. Took a couple hrs for the shaking to stop and the dizziness. Kept me for observation till 6;30 in AM and I went home. Still not sure what caused it except it was a reaction of some kind. Sort of a vagal vasal syncopal episode. Sort of what people have when they see blood and pass out. May have been triggered by an indocin I took about 45 min. before this happened. Have taken one twice while in Mo. for this burning pain that I have been getting in a hip. I had planned to work an extra 4 hrs. that nite and hip was kicking up so I took one. Naughty nurse. DON"T take meds that are not prescribed for you. Indocin is an anti gout, anti inflamatory type med. Only problem with it is that it can cause nausea on an empty stomach and other problems if taken to often or for to long. Hubby takes it for a gouty ankle that flares up from time to time, and that is why I had it with us in Mo. Anyway I was pretty whiped out yesterday, Went to bed early and slept 11 hrs last nite. Feel OK today so will go to work. Oh, my medical officer, Pat that I talk about. came to the hospital at midnight and talked her way in to be with hubby and me. They asked her if she was family or friend, and she said"which one do I have to be to get in there?" Thats my Pat! She said she would have told them she was my sister if she had to. So she finally got to my hubby. He told me later that he knows why I like her so much. She is a pistle. Well enough for now. I really don't like to read about alot of ailments but wanted to share this little experience. Now I will see how my new insurance pays. Will follow up with my Dr. on Mon. Maybe find out what is going on with my hip and let him prescribe something for ME> Ha Ha. I really hate to take medicine. Now I know why.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

More Synchrinisity

I am happy to report that I am the owner of my store now. When we returned home from our 3 wk. stay in Mo. the warrenty deed was in our mail. Yea!! Also the new roof is being done this week. So I have a start.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store to restock the empty refrig. and there was a lady in the parking lot. She had a dog in her car very similar to mine so being the friendly person I am, I spoke to her about her dog. She ended up getting the dog out of the car to meet me and we chatted for awhile. Found out she just opened a used book store just 15 mi. so of me about 6 mo ago and had very positive things to say about it. She gave me her card and invited me to come look around and seemed very willing to share her experience with me. Now how is that for syncrinisity? To meet a total stranger and find something in common. I seem to be finding this happening alot in my life lately or I am just more in tune to it. I think we should all pay attention to these things. Its really cool.

More about my store, while in Mo. I got some insurance set up. Mostly to just cover me for liability in case some little theif broke in and cut his foot on the glass. Anyway the ins. agent told me that he knows of several small book stores in the general area, and they seem to be doing very well. In talking to a few local folks in this little town, I got very positive feelings about it also. So I am excited and have taught a couple family members how to make a good deal on buying good nearly new books at yard sales for me. ha ha. Only the good deals. I went to one while there and offered 10$ for a whole tub of books and when I got home had 93 books. At least I won't have to haul them like the boxes I have packed up here. Next trip back will plan to start tearing out windows to get ready to reside the building next summer. Only going to have windows on the front and will replace the ones there with new standard vynal windows and I want to put shutter on each side of them. Also want to look into an awning over the door. Brother is putting in a new front door for me this fall yet. Then we can start on the inside stuff. Still have plenty of time to get it all done. Just a pay as I go deal so when I start I will only have my utilities and insurance to pay out. Well enough for now.

Oh, one last thing. I believe in the power of positive thinking, so could everyone please send some love and positive thinking along to my daughter, If you are a regular reader of this family of bloggers you will know who I mean. Things are getting real tough for her right now and she needs all the love and support out there to get thru. Thanks so much. dc

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Honey, I'm Home!!!

Good to be home, safe and sound. Had a great trip home, perfect weather, cool and cloudy the first day then the second day coming thru Colorado was gorgeous!! The quaken aspen have mostly finished with their show, but the cotton woods along the rivers were wonderful. Took alot of pictures, will post them later. Then today, day 3 was very nice, high of 70 and clear.Drove the lonliest road in Nv. and have pictures to prove it. Will show them later.
I miss our little farm so much, this seems like a pseudo life here now. when we walk into our farm house door we are HOME. But it will all come in good time, Gosh I have so much to talk about, trying to catch up reading everyones blogs for the past 3 weeks, I guess I won't comment on them but know that I have read each one and enjoyed them every one. So with the time change for me, I will be alittle confused for a few days. my clock says almost 8 pm but in Mo. it is almost 10pm and bed time. Have to go back to work tomorrow. Ugg. Well bye for tonite. Have alot of ideas for future blogs and a book review. Yes, I read in Mo. only 2 tv channels from the rabbit ears, and I think most of the shows stink anyway. dc

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bye Bye for now.

Some things I learned this past week:

1. Don't go on a 2 mile hike around a mountain lake with a cup of coffee in your hand,
and no bathrooms till the end of the trail.

2. A mother knows what will make that special little gift for the little girl left at home: A sack of magic rocks, that are actually irregular shaped magnets that have a high gloss paint on them and in the shape of large pebbles.

3. My daughter and I have the same sarcastic sense of humor.

4. Love really knows no bounds.

5. Always, Always: the more you give, the more you receive

6. How to watch music videos on my computer.

7. How to add links to my post.

8. Slot machines only pay off to the other guy.

I will be out of commission for the next 3 weeks, Looking forward to closing on the book store I am buying, seeing my hubby that I miss very much, {well 2 weeks of missing} see my pooch, and spend time with grand daughters. Most likely will run into that daughter of mine again, and that will all be good. Got to slap some more paint too. I may find a computer to check in on the blogging world from time to time. God I can't believe how addicted I have become to this keyboard.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Udderly true

Ya'll enjoy this now...

All I Need To Know About Life

I Learned From A Cow

Wake up in a happy mooo-d.

Don't cry over spilled milk.

When chewing your cud, remember. . .
There is no fat, no calories, no cholesterol
and no taste!

The grass is greener
on the other side of the fence.
Turn the udder cheek

and mooo-ve on.

Seize every opportunity and milk it for all it's worth!

It's better to be seen and not herd.

Honor thy fodder and thy mother
and all your udder relatives.

Never take any bull from anybody.

Always let them know who's bossy!

Stepping on cow pies brings good luck.

Black and white is always
an appropriate fashion statement.

Don't forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.


Catching up with daughter

Can't believieve the 3 days is over. Picked daughter up at airport late Fri. Tried to cram alot in to catch up on alot of missed time. I actually think we pretty much succeded. Sat went to Lake Tahoe, did a 2 mile hike around Spooner Lake, was beautiful, see her post for the naughtiness we got into at one casino. Cindy Later we looked at a million pictures, Sun, drove around town, breakfast out and played penny slots, more pictures and another hike, Mon. went to Va. City for the tourist thing. Spent alot of time playing on the computer, learned alot of things from that girl, she is very smart.Oh, I also gave her a tour of the brothals in the area, needed to keep this a well rounded tour. LOL In all it was time well spent. So glad I didn't miss this opportunity to have some quality girl time. Sorry we didn't get into any real trouble and no tats this time. Will save that treat and maybe plan a trip next year out to have it done in the best tatoo parlor in Salem. I hear there is a very good one there. So now I have to get "my big girl panties" on and get busy and get organized for my little trip to Mo. Take care all. dc Hugs to No. 1 daughter, thanks so much for spending the time with me. It means more than you can imagine.

Monday, September 26, 2005

What a weekend

This is a practice with linking to someone elses blog site, taught by Cindy. This has been a very educational weekend, in more ways than one.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Full Moon?

I know the full moon is past but last nite at work sure felt like a REALY full moon. Had a lock down due to fight, had to send one out for sutures, then a bus load came in from the south and one guy was so sick, had to be taken to ER. That was 2 trips by custody to hosp in a couple hrs. Takes 2 guys to escort there, plus they had a 3rd, I don't know about. So we did unit to unit pill call due to short staffing. Had 2 die the day before. Just craziness going on.

Ready for my company, been shopping for lots of veggies for snacking. Getting off work an hr earlly to get to the airport. Gee, Reno on Fri nite with Street Vibrations going on, didn't plan this too well. Should be interesting.

Ya'all have a great weekend,{practicing my southern drawl here} dc

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Half Nekked Thurs.

Just a little skin and belly button. Kind of hard to do this yourself. LOL

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Male vs Female

Eight Words with two Meanings
> 1. THINGY (thing-ee) n.
> Female...... Any part under a car's hood.
> Male..... The strap fastener on a woman's bra.
> 2. VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj.
> Female.... Fully opening up one's self emotionally to another.
> Male.... Playing football without a cup.
> 3. COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shon) n.
> Female... The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one's partner.
> Male... Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.
> 4. COMMITMENT (ko-mit-ment) n.
> Female.... A desire to get married and raise a family.
> Male...... Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.
> 5. ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.
> Female.... A good movie, concert, play or book.
> Male...... Anything that can be done while drinking beer.
> 6. FLATULENCE (flach-u-lens) n.
> Female.... An embarrassing byproduct of indigestion.
> Male...... A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.
> 7 MAKING LOVE (may-king luv) n.!
> Female...... The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.
> Male.. Call it whatever you want, just as long as we do it.
> 8. REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.
> Female.... A device for changing from one TV channel to another.
> Male... A device for scanning through all 375 channels every 5 minutes

sense of humor

Yesterday while on IM with my favorite daughter, we were having a good chuckle. As you may know from her blog, she is trying to get in touch with her dad to find out what has become of her brother the last few weeks, as he doesn't answer his phone or return e-mails, or IM. Anyway we were kidding that they all took a cruise or something. I said, well maybe the rapture happened and we got left behind, and C. said Well at least I won't miss my trip!(coming to Nv. to spend weekend with me this Fri.} I had to think a min. of how funny and how important this trip is. She does have a witty sense of humor that I love.

Had a nice little rain during the night, sage smells so good this morning. I still feel creepy checking the house out with a gun in my hand. Boy if anyone was here they would be sorry!!

Well the scales don't show any wt loss yet, but jeans feel looser, of course maybe its because I have worn them all week, you think?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

A little serendipity

Tonight at work, my medical officer that I have talked about, Pat, brought up a subject. Now we have never talked about this topic, but on her day off yesterday she said she stopped into this shop down town that has a psycic and she wanted to check out some things. Her mom passed away about a month ago and she wanted to see if someone could check to see if she was OK and happy about where ever she was. Seems the psycic was a real young chick and when Pat asked her about what it cost and what she does. She said 75$ to 240$ depending on how much physic energy Pat had and how long it would take her. Pat said thanks and walked out. This was not what she was looking for. Isn't it ironic that Em has just seem a medium and had a wonderful experience and then this topic comes up with Pat. Verrrrrry interesting. Now we need to find someone closer, Em does your lady travel and do some sort of circut? Just a thought.


Age 18, taken with his dad. Didn't he think he was cool? Many times I have wished I had known him back then, ha ha but I would only have been 3 years old so that wouldn't have worked. But I wish I had known the young man that he was. He had already lived alot of his life when I met him when he was 49. He is rather private person and was raised at a time when men were men and never cried. He has a hard time expressing his feelings. As I have said, I believe he has a young soul and has alot to learn and it sure won't be in this life time. I beleive we were ment to be together to learn things from each other and that is how it should be. Not always wedded bliss but pretty darn good most of the time. What more can a woman ask for?

Don't mess with momma

AC called from our "home" in Mo. Got there safe and sound. Said he was swatting crickets that had invaded the house. After a brief chat with him, I walked around with a big smile on my face, guess I really love that silly man. The house is so quiet with him and dog gone. But any pervs. out there, this old gal is following AC's instruction to the letter. My trusty 22 is in my hand when I come in the house and check things out!! God I hate guns! Now if I show up in Mo. with some missing toes it will be all his fault. Right?

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The year was 1973

The young woman was 26 years old, married and mother of 2 children. She did not know that this would be the year to change her world forever.

The 1st of April she had a birth defect corrected. You see she was born with a protruding lower jaw, causing an underbite. She always felt so self conscious of this and would try to not let her teeth rest together till her jaws ached. When she learned of the surgery that could repair it, she jumped at the chance regardless of the risks. Only one month later, with wires still in place holding the jaws together, her father died.

She stood at the foot of his hospital bed with tears running down her cheeks and hung onto his foot, as the Dr. gave him an injection into his heart, but told her it was like beating an old worn tire. He slipped away without this woman being able to tell him how much he ment to her. He would never see what she was to become.

In Aug of this year a trip was made from the midwest to Washington State to visit sisters who lived there. By Nov one of the sisters was divorcing her husband. This hit home to cause doubts in the stability of marriages in general.

By the first of Sept. she found herself a new student of nursing, although at the time she did not realize how far this would take her and the strength it would provide.

It would be 1980 before her own marriage fell apart, but even back in 1973 she knew deep in her heart that she needed to prepare herself to be able to stand on her own two feet. She knew that she was more than just a wife and mother. She was a person who had a deep desire to grow and expand in herself. But she didn't know that 1973 was to be,,,, just the beginning.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

sharing old journal

Sitting here relaxing all by myself this afternoon, {after working all morning} and picked up this journal that I kept for one year and started reading it. It is one of those small "year books" with about 3 inches of space for each day of the year. I would jot entries of daily activities. Man it wears me out when I read it, but that is another story. I was living in So. Ia. at the time on a farm. The year is 1979 No this is not the year I am going to write about later. This just happened to be the year I keep this journal. I want to share a few pages that Em will find interesting,
June 23, Called Mary this morning found out Marge had left Bob and her and Em had packed up and headed for Mo. to live!.
June 26th. Marge called from Des Moines about 5;30 and will be in here later this evening... Marge and Em got her at 10;30...
June 27, Went to Fairfield for groc and to check about Marge keeping the U-haul a few extra days, It will cost her 6$ a day extra. Ron will be here Mon nite.[He lived in Kentucky at the time} Had Mom out for supper, Em having fun with the kids. fishing, riding the horse and motor cycles and catching fire flies. She had never seen them before.
June 28, Marge decided to find a place in Fairfield to live and get jobs for her and Em. Marge and Em out house hunting and checking on jobs.
June 29, Took Marges U-haul back to Fairfield. Stopped in to talk to Jim, got a promise of Jim's apt that will be vacant Aug 1.
July 6, Marge has decided to move back to Wa. going down to Mary's next week then leave from there for Wa. July 8, Ron's, Marge, Em and us went to Center Chapel to church. Aunt Flossy and uncle Hilmer came in afternoon to visit
July 11, Marge and Em left at 10 am.. All their stuff is left in our garage for us to ship to them when they get there. { you know it only seemed like you stayed with us all summer. LOL}

I am sure this is boring as heck to everyone and I lost you somewhere along the line but that is OK ... This is my blog and if I want to copy old journals I guess I can. Hope you gals find this amusing at least.

On the road again

He did. Left smiling.

AC headed to Mo. today, feels funny to be the one staying at home. 2 weeks to do as I please. Think I will loose 5 pounds. What do you think. LOL.
Have alot of projects to work on, clean my work bench, varnish the new railing, wash deck, clean house, GET Ready for some company next weekend, I am so looking forward to. Went to range and did a little target practice this week, my 22 is going to be on hand and I am a pretty good shot if any surfer muggers are reading this.
Been working on my post for that year in my life that was my turning point. Will get it posted this weekend. Right now, probably better go back to bed, only slept 4 hrs, or make some stronger coffee and get busy. dc

Sunday, September 11, 2005


I know we all must be remembering where we were on that 9-11 that we can't ever forget. We were camping at a pretty remote lake in north east Nevada and that morning had the portable radio on. We had planned to come home the next day, but as we listened, spell bound to the radio, we just knew we wanted to be home. So we packed up and headed home, listening to the truck radio for 6 hrs. It just felt better to be safe at home when we didn't know what was going on in the country.

Sunday Morning

First Frost last nite. Lucky we covered the tomatoe plants. Froze the cucumbers but they were about done. Our garden area is fenced 6 ft tall with the top covered also to keep critters out. This morning the top was lined up with quail sitting all fluffed up in the sun warming up. AC has raised alot of baby quail this year. They come to the bird feeder area where he puts about 2 quart of feed on the ground for them each day.

Making a peach cobbler this morning. yummy.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Nevada's Claim to Shame

I see in today's paper that the Nevada couple is pleading guilty to putting the human finger in the bowl of Wendy's chili. Looks like she might spend about 10 years in prison, hope she gets chile served regularly. Shame on her!!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Tagged by dc

I tag Late Bloomer to answer the questions. Scan down a few entried and you will see the 7 questions. Have fun.

Update on the prison break. The guy was seen in Las Vegas this week, chased by patrol, wrecked his car, held a lady at gunpoint and stole her car. Had a chick with him and they both got away. Well he's had it now, they are like Bonnie and Clyde. Have seen a big step up in security at work, more careful screening as we all come to work. I'm waiting for the pat downs to start, then I will be wanting over time!!!! LOL. everyone have a fun weekend. Its fall, enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I am a Plugger! Anyone else out there? I read this comic daily and about 75% of them fit myself or AC to a T. Gotta Love It.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Dorky Tue.

1963 The year of the wig hats. We loved these silly "hats" That could be combed and sprayed to stay in different styled. Does anyone remember these at all? Don't know what happened to it. Probably the cat had kittens in it, who knows.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Me, most mornings

I am so PO'd

Does anyone know how to make peach jam without all the sugar.??? I have screwed up 2 batches so far. They taste great but look bad. first one I used the surgel for "less sugar". Well it didn't set up so is more an icecream topping. The batch today was a receipt for sugarless, You use some splenda. It really tastes good but looks like Gerbers baby peaches. I know its the sugar that makes it clear and pretty, so maybe I am stuck. Anyone have an old receipt book for directions that don't call for 6 to 8 cups of sugar. I just can't go there. Might as well buy Smuckers! Well I have ranted enough. Still have lots of peaches to practice on. No sense putting alot in the freezer as we can't eat that many peaches in a year.
Had to work till 2 AM last nite, short staffed. Orienting a new nurse that in someways is so dumb blond. She has worked in a correction facility some time back and I asked her how many she had to give meds to, and her answer was "All of them" Oh, man. I am not kidding.

Friday, September 02, 2005

News from PrisneyLand

Well tonight was interesting, Had a power outage, so running on auxillary power. not sure yet what was the cause. Had an interesting incident with an inmate. remember my entry about my medical officer Pat. She is really cool. We were giving meds to one young guy and he said " my celly says he is going to commit suicide." Pat talked to the celly a few min, and we were going to just call the phycologist who was still at the facility to come evaluate him. But the first young man, said "can I talk to you in the hall." This is a little unusual to let one come out of the cell, but you could see he was scared. He said,"he's got a razor blade in his mouth." So we got some backup from the floor officers and by the time they got there Pat had talked the guy into giving her the razor blade, no fuss, then he was cuffed and taken to the mental health unit. Had it been a male officer I am sure they would have made a big deal and used force> you know we give them the razor blades! yea, the disposable ones, all they have to do is take the blade out.
Now on the scandel of the excape inmate, still loose, but did arrest our dental tech, and 2 other ex inmates in connection. As a results, security has been beefed up. I am waiting for my pat down. dang! You think they trust me?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Latest on the prison bust

Well they have arrested our dental tech. Seems she was in cahoots with the guy who broke out of our prison. Really not to surprised anymore. The number of women who let themselves be compromised by these guys is unreal. The other dental tech was put on adm. leave a couple weeks, being investigated for bringing contraband into the prison. She was working in the dental lab that makes dentures. The gossip is that it was sexual in nature, but you know how gossip can be. But now this with the other one, the paper said she smuggled in a cell phone for him. Now she is in jail, and for WHAT. The lousy excapee is out loose, and she has lost her job, and will probably serve time for what she did. Too bad, what a waste. But I imagine they will catch him and he will have to do alot more time. I think he was in for 12 years for grand theft. They also arrested a recent parole and another felon in connection with all this. So I don't think it has been sorted out completely. When I go to work today the gossip will be flying. Will let you know the latest.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Tagged by Addict

7 things you plan to do before you die:

1. Finish all the craft projects I have started
2. Take courses at college on mythology,and have past live regressions done
3. Take a 3 or 4 week drive around US with no destination
in mind, alone. Stop in all the little towns.
4. See peace made with family members, they know who
5. Go to So. America, see the old ruins
7. Read all the books on my lists

7 things you can do:

1. Drive a stick shift
2. Run a chain saw, I have a small one.
3. Sew in a zipper
4. Make dill pickles {but don't anymore}
5. Remove sutures
6. Do counted cross stitch
7. Keep secrets

7 things you can't do:

1. Sushi, I like my food cooked thank you
2. Wooden spoon on my tongue
3. Sing
4. Shop in store with smelly produce
5. Ride a motor cycle
6. Listen to loud cell phone users in public places
7. Be held down, thats a long story

7 thing that attract you to the opposite sex:

1. Smells good
2. Clean jaw line
3. Deep husky voice
4. Soft words
5. Smooth feet
6. Clean hands and nails
7. Well fitting jeans

7 things you say most:

1. Good girl!
2. Bad girl!
3. Oh, Al
4. I love you
5. Thank you
6. Down, No, Stay, Go Tinkle
7. Got to get off line and go to work

7 celebrity crushes:

1. Brad Pitt, just too cute
2. Alan Jackson, always
3. Sean Connery, sexy accent
4. The black All State Man in the commercial
He can sell me insurance
5. Robert Redford
6. Angalene Jole, those lips work only on her
7. Josh Groban, Love his voice, and cute too

7 people you want to take this quiz:

No one, everyone I know who blogs has been tagged

Saturday, August 27, 2005

My sunset

Saturday Morning

Sitting on the front porch, sipping coffee, conversation with AC:
Me: "see that boat coming around the corner? I just bought that for you"
AC: "Nice boat, inboard motor, must have been expensive"
Me: "Oh, money was not object"
few min later boat came back down the hill leaving.
Me: "Didn't like the boat huh?'

Oh, what we do to amuse ourselves.
Have a good weekend

Friday, August 26, 2005

The big excape

Yesterday was an eventful day at work. We have a prison industry business and apparently an inmate was able to hide in a load of furniture and get away, then later down the road he punched a hole in the roof of the truck and had plyers to pull the metal and made about a 12 inch hole that he crawled thru and when truck stopped somewhere he jumped off. This is a major thing. No one remembers a prison break from here. We do get walk aways from the work camps a couple times a year but this is a big deal for one to excape from behind the fence. Of course there is alot of finger pointing, and inmates know there is a problem with understaffing. During the night before a guy cut his wrists, had to be sent out to sew him up and then he went to mental healt unit, then as I was walking in yesterday they were calling a man down. He really was down, older guy had died in his bunk. So with so much going on, we were on total lock down last pm. that means house to house delivery of all meds. Its not bad, just different. I try to stay prepared.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Only if you work in prison

Only in a prison setting could you work with someone who carries a fart machine in her pocket and uses it frequently as we are doing pill call. I work with a medical officer who is in her 50's. She is brash to say the least, with a foul mouth, and quick wit. But she also has a heart of gold which she doesn't want most people to find out. She is my custody officer 4 evenings a week with me. She helps make my job fun. Last nite she brought this fart machine to work and kept it in the pocket on her pantleg and the buzzer in her hand. As we would give meds at a cell door she would lift her leg, hit the buzzer and then in a sweet voice, "Oh, excuse me, I have a little tummy ache" then smile and we would go on. The reactions were a riot. Not sure if anyone guessed what was really going on. But let me tell you, if there were trouble on the yard, this is the officer I would want with me. She can handle anything and difuse situations that men tend to esculate. She likes to wear a clip on hair piece, If an inmate comments on her hair, she unclips it and holds it up and asks if they want to try it on. She has one that has little wires in it and she can twist them around to make the "poney tails' stick up. Which she will do, walk around with on sticking straight up in the air. Now can anyone imagine having this go on in your work inviornment?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

I did it, I'm a movie maker now

I am so excited. I found I had the program I needed right on my computer called Windows movie maker. I played around with it and transfered pictures and set it to music. The only thing is that the CD I made will only play on the computer. But that should be OK. Can't have everything huh? Oh, I am trying to e-mail it to a couple people as soon as I get a responce back to make sure they can open and play it I will be glad to send it to anyone who wants it. The pictures are just of my flowers, so don't anyone get to excited out there.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Help me here please

Does any one out there know of a computer program that lets you record pictures and music on the same CD and it would be lovely if this CD would then play in a VCR on your TV as a slide show with music. Is there such a thing. I have a project I am really wanting to put together. Thanks for any suggestions. dc

Practice copy/paste

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried,
"Wee, wee, wee."
All the way home.

Fresh Peaches

Just picked from our tree. Yummy.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Will have to go down a few posts to see mine as I put it as a draft the other day and did't know it would just insert it for that same day. Duh!! live and learn.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Been to the post office lately. Getting to be like a mini mart!! Do you need stamps, no? how about a key chain or teddy bear. Geez, next they will be serving pepsi, hey not a bad idea. Oh, CC IT IN THE MAIL!!!! Yes I am yelling. LOL dc

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I am

I am me.
I am the little girl collecting McMcall paper dolls
I am the tears cried as mom read Lassie and Big Red to us by kerosene lamp
I am the kid who caught grasshoppers to feed to the chickens
I am a country girl first and always
I am the 16 year old who ran crying in the rain when first love moved away with his
family and all seemed lost to me forever
I am the 12 year old who got an ear jerked as punishment for something by a father
who never once spanked me.
I am an old farm house made of brick with huge pine trees in the yard
I am the girl who's best friend was little brother
I am home canned green beans
I am the smell and taste of moms raised doughnuts rolled in sugar
I am the high school drop out
I am the 17 year old being married far to soon
I am the nursing student who worked everyweekend for gas money to get to class
I am the nursing grad who was 2nd in her class at age 27
I am the the first baby I delivered with my own hands
I am bleach blond hair
I am the mother of 2 babies of my own
I am the child who played in the pond and haymow for fun
I am the smell of cows breath while sitting in the hay bunk while they ate.
I am the woman who's heart has been broken, to be mended again and again
I am music that makes me feel melancholy
I am books that make me think of all the possibilities
I am the seeker of spiritual truth
I am a blogger

Who are you?

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A Mothers Love

Forgiveness Needed

This is my memory of summer of 1979. As my title allludes you will see later why I am asking for forgiveness of the 15 year old who was a guest at my home in rural Iowa for the summer. I think this girl and her mother arrived sort of unannounced as their destination had been to another sisters home in So. Mo. but I do not remember why they didn't get that far. Here they came towing this UHaul with a silly sign that said "where the hell is Granby Mo." We all had a good laugh about that. The mom said they had been following truckers all the way across country and how ever fast they drove they would just tailgate one as long as they could. I'm sure these two made a hit with the truckers as they traveled across country from Oregon. I think they stayed a few weeks. The girl bunked with my daughter who would have been about 11 or 12 at the time. One thing that drove me crazy and I don't think I told the guest at the time. These city girls seemed to think they had to flush the toilet all the time. Like EVERY time their little butts hit the toilet, flush....
They just didn't realize we only had this tiny little pressure tank under the kitchen sink so every time more than a cup of water was used it kicked in to refill. Now country folks are more conservative. You know "If its yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down" I really don't have any wild stories to tell on these two. I know it was a hard time for Mom trying to figure out what was best to do. Guess we will have to hear from her about what sort of plans she had at the time. I know when they pulled out, all their boxes were left in our garage, and over the next year, we repacked things that Mom would write and ask for and send boxes out to her. That had to cost. Now for the forgiveness. I have to say that I am sorry that I have held a small grudge against this 15 year old as she was allowed to smoke and made quite an impression on my daughter and I didn't learn till many years later that she had her first cig. at that time. Now isn't that a petty thing to harbor. I really am sorry for that.I feel better getting that off my chest. I am sure the cig. would have popped up at some other time. Others in the family smoked and it wasn't such a "bad" thing back then. Maybe we will have to hear her side of this story. would be interesting to see how she remembers events.

Saturday, August 13, 2005


My One braclett, also you can see my "nipple" on thumb. Having it removed soon. ha ha. dc

Rest Easy

Everyone can rest easy, I deleted my cookies!

George Constanza's words of wisdom

found this clipping to good not to share::::
"The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tought. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death. What's that, a bonus?!? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you go live in an old age home, You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension. Then, when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You work forty years until you'r young enought to enjoy your retirement. You drink alcohol, you party, and you get ready for High School. You go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities. You become a little baby, you go back, you spend your last 9 months floating with luxuries like central heating, spa, room service on tap, then you finish off as an orgasm!! Amen".

computer clutter

Since I am having a certain neice visit next Sat. and she mentioned we would play on the computer, I took a look around and OMG. Does everyone else keep a kazillion little notes and clippings from the paper or mags. all around the computer? I have a pile here about 15 in. tall to wade thru. Of course most will go in the trash I know. Guess since the old mind is getting weak I feel I need to make little notes of music I want to check out or things I want to read. One says Aaron Nevil: Ultimate Collection, guess that was a CD I wanted to check, How about now I am sure that is a great site, have to check it out before I throw that scrape out. One says Samuel Ross Miller, Name of the next baby due in the family next month. Congrats will go to Grandpa Ron. Another That would be THE Rosie's blog site. check her out. It is interesting. Hum. How to delet cookies. best get on that. Still don't know how to do that. Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Stichin. Hum. guess I wanted another of the series. Will wait maybe they will show up in my book collections. Guess I won't buy books for myself anymore. Sorry, literary guild. I have been a faithful purchaser, even to the extent they don't charge me shipping. Alot of the stuff goes into my notebook labeled Crafts. I like to save ideas to make things. Like chenilling, bird house ideas, and tolepainting ideas. I think the ones on decoupageing looks more my style. Great ideas there so that is a keeper hmm. a receipt for crinkled fudge truffle cookies, how did that get in here. sure looks good. maybe I will put that in the cookbook folder of all the receipts I save, Maybe I will post that receipt soon. It does look good, if you don't mind gaining 5 pounds by the end of the day. Ohhh How to make bird houses out of old ski boots or gourds, or lincoln logs. thats useful. There's that clipping from an Ia. paper of my good friend Betty who is a potter with all her govenors pitchers she made for the Governors Convention in Ia. this year. Thought I had lost that. Well that is enough cleaning for one day. Ha Ha. now better really get busy and move this paper stuff, most to the circular file. Hope all is having a great weekend. So good to be off all weekend now. No more working 4 hr on Sundays.

Friday, August 12, 2005

If the bra fits you must wear it!

Thanks to the gal who sent the pretty black lacy bra, and the ONE braclet. Cool. I looked at the bra and thought no way, it would need tissue stuffing. LOL. But tried it on and it does fit. Mucho Grasias. I have a little something to send your way one of these days if I get your new address. dc

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Summer Projects

Summer time catch up: Getting alot of odd jobs caught up this summer. Homeowner stuff. Got septic pumped this week, later this mo. getting driveway asfault resealed, having chimney cleaned, and the guy who does carpentry work for us is putting up a safety rail for the landing and steps going down to the tv room. Will take a before and after picture of that later. sort of excited to get that done. All home improvement stuff. Got to keep things up for the day we can put this place on the market and sell out.
Went to visit the guy at the local book store, yesterday. I will go back in a couple weeks and he will tell me how much it will cost to train me to know all I need to know about running a book store. I let him know I would be willing to work a few hrs a week for him once he trained me. Figure it would be good experience for me. I have made up floorplan for the building after my bro. gave me the measurements. About 520 sq ft. We will have a little remodeling to do, like move a wall to give more space to the main room, tear out one bathroom, and then build all the book cases.
My medical officer who usually works with me is back now, was off the last couple weeks as her mother recently died of lung cancer. She has had a rough 18 mo. dealing with all the chemo and radiation and sickness. Glad it is finally over for her. Glad to have her back to work. She is a pistel. dc

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

You are my sunshine

Friday, August 05, 2005

Team Work

We must be pretty good team, {at least if he does what I say] We netted our peach tree which is really loaded this year, try to keep the birds from helping themselves. A 40$ investment, better get alot of peaches huh?

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: Peacocks and lilies for instance.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

First Wedding Day

Today would have been my 41st anniversary. Funny how you always remember those things. I just wanted to post my memories of that day so long ago. I was only 17, and he was 19. We had nothing. I had to shop for the cheapest dress I could find, some sort of polyester straight looking street dress. Someone loaned me a little veil, I wore pink heels as they were from my prom and the only heels I owned. What a site huh? Very small ceremony. A friend of the family made us a cake, sort of a carrot cake and decorated it. We got just a few gifts, some towels, and a few items for the house. Another friend of the family thought she was meaning well and gave me alittle gift on the side. It was a months supply of some type of foam cream birthcontrol. Well I did use it for about 6 mo. But we were silly and thought we wanted a baby so I quit using it. We were so hard up that we couldn't afford any thing special for a honeymoon, so we went to the Tasty Freeze for supper and went to a drive in movie and went home. We had moved what little I owned into a little cottage that his folks owned and off we were. I remember spending about 10$ a week on groceries. I think his bringhome pay was about 35 or 40$ a week. Wow hard to imagine living like that. I always felt sad that I never had a shower, ever. Not bridal shower and later no baby showers. We were new in the community when our son was born and the same when we moved to the east coast when daughter was born.
Well guess its a little late to cry in my beer huh? So that is my story of the wedding day. Oh, wedding nite was a little dissapointing, wondered what the heck I had been waiting for. Things did get better but guess not better enough.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

book store

OOPS, guess I forgot to mention that I already had a building in mind for the bookstore. And before I forget I think I have decided on the name, Meg you sort of put the thought in my head when you suggested Red Again. I felt that was to vague, concidering the area I will be in. So I am going with Read Again Books. I like the feel of that and you can pronounce it either way.
So about the building, it has old history, was the main bar in town for many years, has been used for other buisnesses {is that spelled right?} after the bar moved to another location. My sister and her husband bought the newer bar a few years ago and I guess this older building went with it. It has been used for storage and at present a Mission is using it to store some furniture and cloths in . It is located right on the highway thru town and very close to the main street. I have a brother who will help me with some renovations, nothing real major.It has a small kitchen and 2 bathrooms.May get rid on one to better utilize the room. So I have plenty of time to work on it as I won't be able to actually open it for 2 to 3 years. But can work on it when I am back there.Sort of a pay as I go, so when I open I won't have any expence except utilities and taxes. Want to make it bright and cheery, maybe put planter boxes along the front. Have to take out some of the windows, too many, as I need wall space not windows. Will put on new siding next year and maybe paint it a pretty shade of yellow. The new roofing will get done this year and it will be brown to match the building next door on one side. The building on the other side that faces the main street is a big rock building, was maybe a general store at one time, and is now an antique shop. Main street has a bank, small resturant, meuseum,fire dept,city hall and a couple other little shops and a vidio store. Small town. Has one no stoplights. Must have 30 churches though...
So I am talking small town. The little farm that we bought back last fall is just 3 miles out of town. I am really excited about this plan. It will be my semi-retirement. Now if I got the picture loaded, OK, you have to use your imagination to see it with new roof, yellow siding, flowerboxes full of geraniums, and only one set of windows, Prob. on the right. OK I have put my vision out there. They say don't share your dreams with anyone not supportive and I have found that to be true, so I am taking a chance. Hope you will see the potential that I see. Thanks for listening dc

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Saturday morning

Sitting in my farorite frayed cut off jeans, with paint spots on them, thin green tee shirt, says Martinque 79 on it, {never been there}, listening to O Brother where Art Thou, esp. like Alison Krauss singing "Down to the River to Pray" Had to get up early and go to work for 2 hrs. Came back and had coffee and paper on porch with hubby then went to bed a couple hrs. So feel like I just got, Well guess I did. ha ha Mailed offer out to sis for the building for my book store. So that is a very positive thing. I will post a picture of it later.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Funny sayings

A little saying popped into my head today that I had not thought of for years. Have you ever heard this. When someone says "what for" with a southern slang sounds like "what fur" Then you reply "cat fur, cat fur to make kitten britches" I guess my mother used to say that when I was a kid when she would tell us to do something and we would whine "what fur?". Does anyone else have some silly family saying? Would like to hear them. Sometimes its good to think of these old silly things.

Monday, July 25, 2005

So excited

I met a gal at the workshop I went to on Sat. and in talking with her I shared that I was going to open a used bookstore in a couple years. She has been sorting out books to get rid of and offered me a deal at 30$ to come get them,ALL. We went today and picked up 15 boxes of books plus 2 boxes containing 90 audio tapes of good books. I can't believe it. Another gal at work who lost her husb this summer said she has alot of books she wants to give me. Her husb was an avid reader and she doesn't know what to do with them.I know I will have to do come culling when you get them like this, but what the heck. Well bring them on. I will have my 6,000 books to start the store before I am ready. Lucky we have an extra room we don't use. Hey I am open to name suggestions. I am leaning toward Twice Loved Books. What do you think. I want it short but to tell people that they are used books. So thats my story for today. What a deal huh?

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Bird Houses

The one on the right is my creation. Notice the piece of a license plate that says "The Silver State"

Baby's breath

Plant is huge this year and tiny blooms are just starting to open. This is the plant that is used in vases with roses alot.

Cone Flower

Sat. fun

Went to another ladies tool party this AM. Learned how to lay tile. And not the peel and stick kind either. What fun. I loved it and plan to use my new found skills on our Mo. house and put up a new back splash over the kitchen sink. We did a 2X3 board with different shapes and colors of tile, from her scrap pile. We all got to cut alot of pieces, so we could get a hands on with the tile cutter. We were using the simple manual cutter and it was pretty easy. Then laid the tile, waited for it to dry then did the grout and wash. We were pretty impressed with the results. I am mad that I didn't take the camera. Darn.I think I will find an old coffee table and give it a try with small tiles. Next time we are going to learn how to replace window screens. If you ever get a chance to attend one of these or find out if there is a representative in your area, do go. It is fun. Try going to
Went out in the heat this afternoon to Costco and loaded up on fruit and vegies. Seems we eat a ton of salad, at least I do. twice a day, Got large cont. of blueberries, and watermellon. The mellons have been pretty good, this year. Our poor peach tree is about dragging to the ground even with our props. Got to get the net over it before any start to ripen so the birds don't ruin them.
AC got his lab back today, and we were thrilled his cholesterol is down 51 points!! been taking red rice yeast capsuls for 3 mo. Guess it did make a difference. He is at 185 now. Very exceptable. I hover just over 200 but my good chol. the HDL is very high so I am pleased with that. Well bye for now. Hope all is having a good weekend. dc

Friday, July 22, 2005


This sort of goes along with my serindipity feelings about things.
the word means:coincidental events that happen simultaneously. Then you wonder how these little things can be related. I have had two this week. Tue. I mentioned to AC that "well tomorrow is hump day" He laughed and said not many people said that anymore. Haven't heard it in along time. Well in Wed paper was a joke Frank and Ernest, if anyone reads the jokes. And they were feeding camels in a zoo and Frank says, "It's wed. again, time to wash the camels", and Ernest say. "I hate "hump"day".
Then today I posted the silly picture of the guy with the multi tasking. And then I was reading "Views From the Back Row" and he mentioned he was having to multi task that day. Coincidence? Hmmm. I wonder what kind of multi tasking? ha ha

Does anyone else see these little synchronicities in their lives, if so it might be fun to jot them down and keep track. I think it happens all the time and we ignore it. Take care and try to keep cool Love dc

old man

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The heat is making everyone Crazy!

Yesterday, a secretary to the Warden at work was murdered by her boyfriend, Apparently he has been stalking her for a few weeks, and she had a restraining order on him. He was a correctional officer for 20 years and was fired about 5 years ago. He busted into her home about 7 in the morning and shot about 30 rounds into the house and her, then killed himself. The stinking coward!! She was a 40 year old mother of 2 little girls. What a crying shame.
Also this week a good friend at work got bared from coming on the prison property for inappropriate behavior with an inmate, It has been going on for along time, nothing real concrete just to much interest in his health and care, I mean on a daily basis. He also clerks for her AAA class that she teaches for the inmates. She is 60 and a very good nurse, Just makes me sick that she could not see that she was being compromised. How do you go home and explain that to your husband. She hasn't been fired yet but investigation is on. We are always so short staffed, we can't afford to loose another nurse.
Well maybe it will cool off and people will get back to normal, what ever that is. dc


Sunday, July 17, 2005

My big cactus

If you want to know about it check out my other blog site. dc

Hurricane Emily

Hum, who do I know with that name? Ever think you would have a hurricane named after you. Had the whole week end off, but sooooo hot, over 100 with that hot wind blowing, can't get out and do much. Went to the gym early and a little shopping and then home. Did an elk roast today in the crock pot. Let it cook all day with a package of french onion soup mix dumped on top. Came out real tender and very tasty. Meg I told you I was a simple cook. Meat, salad and vegetable. Thats it. Occ. bread and less occ. dessert. Poor AC. He is wasting away, since he has been going to the gym with me he is down to a 31 in. waist from 33.
Some of you may not know we are dealing with his sister's husband who has alzheimers. He is 82, a retired Airforce Col. who flew planes for a living. Over the last couple years we have watched him loose most of himself. His wife Betty, has been the typical military wife, but has always allowed him to run everything. Well guess who has had to learn how to run things? She leans heavily on AC, which makes it hard on him, as he has to manage two yards, plus all the daily problems with things, and taking them to appointments. Up till recently he even had been vacuming her house weekly. She has now started getting private help in to stay so she can get out to hair apt. and occ to shop. And a bath aid to help with those chores. But she is dealing with alot, loosing her husband an inch at a time, He pees in the waste basket, runs into things, and occ gets ugly with her, thinking she is stealing his money. Well I didn't know this was where this was going when I started to write. We are more worried about Betty than her husb. As the 24 hr caregive and she is 80 and works all day, she is burning herself out. But she is one that will have "But she kept a clean house" on her head stone.
We got our little boat registered and the trailer licensed recently, but no desire to take it out till it cools some. Most of the lakes very close are just out in the open desert so would be pretty hot. I have a little umbrella I can attach to the seat when we go. Well it is almost 7pm and still 100 degrees. bye for now. dc

Thursday, July 14, 2005


My new shoes. cool huh?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

New dream

I think this is the place I can share a new dream.
As you know I plan to retire from the state in a little over 3 years and move back to the midwest. Already have a home there waiting.
Also remember I believe in serindipity right?
A couple mo. ago I sauntered across the street from my gym to a used book store, the guy was just opening up and as I walked in with him, I looked around and made the comment "Boy this is what I would like to do when I retire" He said "where do you want it?" He has several franchise stores in the west. Well anyway we got to talking and I have been back to talk some more. I think that is what I want to do when I leave here. I have all these ideas going around in my head now. I don't want a franchise, no sense in paying him for my hard work. But we did work it out that for a price he would teach me everything I need to know to open and run the store and provide me with 6000 books to start up. So I will know this fall when I see the building that is available to be to buy and see how much it will take to fix it up and make a nice clean used book store. Meg or anyone who goes to used book stores give me some feedback on how they operate. He uses the system here where you buy a book at 1/2 of the cover price, then if you trade a book in you only pay 1/4th. He uses the computer to track the extra books for credit that people bring in. He only deals in paper backs.So you always have inventory coming in. In fact he donates the hard back books to the library all the time. Uses the excess paper backs to set up the next franchise But I am thinking there should be a good system to do hard backs too. so there you are my new dream. Would love some feedback. Thanks DC

Monday, July 11, 2005

Same cloud

Same cloud later in the evening.

Nv. clouds

wanted to share these clouds taken from my front porch Sun. We get alot of strange cloud formations here in this valley. Many times they are smooth flying saucer shapes and when the sun shines on them, they are different colors from pink to gray and blue. I love to look at the clouds. dc

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Yes, you can OD on estrogen!!

Just a report on my ongoing hormone problems. I had written a couple mo. ago about ongoing problems with hot flashes and lack of sleep. Went to a different gyn dr. this time a female. She put me on bio-identical estrogen with the same dose I was on orally. These were patches she wanted to to use. Thought that I was not obsorbing the oral. I had also had the troublesome problem of PVC's that the cardiologist had assured me we not a problem. Yea, try to convince a nurse that every 3rd beat of her heart that sounds like a fish flopping is normal... Anyway the gyn dr. thought I was sleep deprived and to see how things went. Well in 24 hr. no more hot flashes, sleeping like a baby and within a week I suddenly noticed that the PVC"s were nearly gone. What a wonderful doctor!!! But..... a couple weeks later I noticed that I was having some side effects. Like my breasts were very sore, like nipple erectile dysfunction, that hurts. Also I was very cranky, not my cheery self, I just wanted to murder anyone who crossed me, And I was watching my diet at this time and should have lost a few pounds, but no... my rings were to tight and the scale was not going to budge, BUT< the worse was my hair was falling out. Not just shedding, really raining down my back when I combed it. Well I got an apt. with the dr. a week earlier than was orig scheduled. I told her the good news, no flashes, sleep good, PVC's gone, Bad news was the side effects I mentioned.
She laughed and said No they were the good news too. Just ment she was right and I needed the med dermally, but that it was way to much. duh, I kinda thought so. So I started cutting the patch in half, hey that saves alot of money right. Also added progesterone cream twice a day. After a week or so and no hot flashes, I cut them in half again. Have this tiny patch about the size of your thumb nail now, and so far so good. I feel so much better. Glad I didn't kill anyone, still sleeping well, and the hair fall out is much less. Hope it all grows back in. So I hope I have found the solution. I am a firm believer that you have to go after the answers yourself. Your body knows what it needs if we can just listen to it and figure it out. At a later time I will tell the story about my trip to Mayo Clinic back about 15 years ago.. dc

Monday, July 04, 2005


Hey did you forget your draft on the interview questions I sent last week? Must be the grandma thing kicking in!!!! Oh and BTW I found all the lost files today for my Outlook express. I was copying something to e-mail to someone and a screen popped up that asked if I wanted OutLook Express to be my e-mail thingy, I clicked yes and there is all was. I was so thankful. I deleted Incredimail last nite and the outlook express that came up was like a brand new set up so I had thought it was still lost. Live and Learn. I have another story to tell but think I will put it on the other site, then try to paste it here. ha ha. dc

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Half was successful with copy/paste. LOL

You scored as Cat.

what wild animal suits you
created with

Super Size Me

Has anyone seen the movie documentary by this name? I saw part of it a few mo. ago but tonite it was on so I watched the whole thing. If you haven't seen it, you need to. This guy that was very healthy went on a strict McDonalds diet for 30 days. He about wasted his liver. Went from normal labs to very elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Also developed inflamation of liver, some kidney values were off. Oh, did I mention he gained 28 pounds!! He had headaches, mood swings, decrease sex drive and in general felt lousy, but did feel better when he ate more, at least for a short time. My God it is amazing how we except eating fast food as a normal OK thing to do. Of course it is all big corporate business and all about money isn't it? And we get fatter and sicker every year. Statistics say that in a few more years one out of two children will become diabetic in their lifetime. I think this is just mind boggling.!!!

Well enough on this subject, what do you think? Oh, I just noticed that the new blogger format has spell check... yea. Now if I can remember to use it. Sorry if this is a downer subject for celebrating the 4th. But you can bet I won't be going to Mc Donalds!! dc

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Happy 4th of July

Yucca blooming, flag waving, clear blue skys. What a beautiful day. Give thanks that we live here in the USA.

re: Sunday Book Club

A couple thoughts, since I was picked to choose the first book, How about we have people leave some comments here on this site for me. First maybe look thru and give me names and authors of books read in the last couple mo. Would be fun to just see what commonalities we have. Bet there will be many. Second maybe to start with I will pick one that maybe we have all read and we can have a discussion on it. Then we can pick one book a mo. to read and chat about. Maybe take turns recommending books then taking a vote or something to pick it. But feel free to post opinions of any book that has been good, bad, funny, stimulating or what ever. Any other ideas please feel free to jump in. Will be fun to see how this site goes. I will list my books under the comments also. dc

Friday, July 01, 2005

My hummingbird moth

Isn't he beautiful. Finally caught one asleep on the side of the garage under the security light. They are to fast to catch a very good look at them at the flowers. I am sure some will think he is creepy, but I think it is a thing of beauty. dc

I need help

Someone really smart on computers please help me. I had Outlook Express for my e-mails and had all my little folders that I transfered letters and pictures from family and friends to keep. Oops, I had not transfered for awhile to a secure disc. First mistake. Anyway I wanted to play around with Incredimail again, as it is fun to decorate e-mails with all the silly stuff. It opened up with a clean slate and I set up folders, thinking my other stuff was still in Outlook Express. Silly ME. I went to OE this morning and nothing, nada, nix. Empty!!! Where did it go? Is it still in my computer somewhere and if so can I retrieve it and put it in Incredimail? Guess that is the risk of keeping stuff to long in folders and not backing up. Live and learn. If anyone can offer any suggestions I would appreciate it. Thanks. dc HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

comment to Obasco

If you catch my site, I just want to tell you that your slut bird is just the female of the house finch family. Sorry to burst your bubble about her being free and easy with other "race, color, and cread" The girls are very plain and will look much like a sparrow but you will probably see some white markings on her wings. Only the boys show off with the pretty heads. And they are known for their singing. So enjoy the music, You of all people should enjoy the music. Especially in that rain. love your site. dc

Monday, June 27, 2005

New books

"We are born into a world controlled by unseen forces that have plagued and manipulated humanity for thousands of years. You may look around and think that what you see is "real",. But in truth you are living in an illusion-an illusion designed to keep you in a mental, emotional, and spiritual prison cell." This is from the jacket of a book I bought today that looks really good. Children of the Matrix by David Icke. How an interdimensional race has controlled the world for thousands of years and still does. Sound pretty far out there but I love reading this stuff, really makes you think and realize see how these theories can be so true. A second book I bought is Kabbalah, Key to your Inner Power, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, one of my favorite authors.
I think it would be fun if we did a sort of book club, as I know there are alot of avid readers out there. We could do one of two things, Maybe all read the same book and discuss it or each one do a little book review of a current book we are reading or just finished. Could be any kind of book. Maybe pick a day of the week to report or just random. Any ideas on this?

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Questions for Sam

Interview questions;
1. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

2.List 10 single words that discribes you.

3. Name 10 things you really, really like, must be non living things.

4. How do you think being a grandmother will change you.

5. If you could choose now, who do you think you would like to come back in another life and be and why?

Have fun, hope you have a good weekend. dc


Just got home from a ladies tool party. I mean real tools! Alot of fun. I learned how to patch holes in sheetrock. Cool. Had to make the hole first with a hammer. I am looking forward to the next party, it will be on tile laying. Something I am really interested in learning how to do. Did buy a set of paint brushes, They have plastic molded handles to fit your hand, look very durable. Got to get in gear and do something productive here at home or maybe not. dc

Friday, June 24, 2005

It has 2 little baby tomatos now. yea! I planted verbenia in the top of the bucket. Will get a picture when it gets bigger.  Posted by Hello

My dream catcher I got at the Pow Wow last week. Posted by Hello