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Friday, December 21, 2012

Bill Gates: Smart man

Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality a...nd how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes; learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English - Thank a soldier!!See More

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Where are your priorities?

Copied this from a friend and thought it was worth sharing.  I thought it was very good and hope you will too, especially in today's world.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnais...e jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas tree is up

Tree is up and it smells so good, like fresh pine trees. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ever feel like this?

I feel like this every year.  So much hype and guilt.  I am sure many feel this way.  Also envy for those who don't.  Envy for the happy families that gather and share and give to each other.  So for those of us who don't get invited to events and who's family is spread out and some you barely know it is a hard time of the year.  I always feel good after New Years Day.  That seems like a time for new beginnings.  I also feel I try to give thru the year as the occasion comes up and sometimes for no occasion that I just won't be made to feel guilty.  So if you don't get a card from me its not because I didn't think of you, I am just waiting for New Years Day!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Spread your goodness!

Last week I had sent a message to my daughter telling her the list of all the things I had going on that week, one of them being the teaching at the Fiber Guild meeting on how to do Zipper art.  I make flowers that can be worn in hair or pinned on and I enjoy doing the zipper art.  You can see some of them in this picture.  Anyway her response to my litany was:  "Spread your goodness Mamma"
I just thought it was the sweetest thing anyone had said to me.
So YOU go out there and spread your goodness!  We are to materialistic, share something of yourself, maybe teach someone how to do something or just be there to listen if thats what they need.

OK enough of this mushy stuff.  Back to work.  Making the little sleeves with elastic on each end to store plastic bags in.  Have a customer who ordered at least 5.  Of course I have to embellish them.  Will take a picture later.  Also got more orders from a gal I met at the last craft show.  She has ordered 3 sets of 6 mug rugs before Christmas plus she wants a rug or 2.

Thought for the day:  A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed: Henrik Ibsen

Friday, November 23, 2012

Don't mess with our Turkey!

This is a few pictures of a wild turkey hen that has sort of adopted us.  She has come about twice a day for the last week or so.  Did I mention that we live in town?  But there is an acre of wooded land next to us.  We have seen fox, deer, and assorted rodents.  There was a story in the local paper about a big tom turkey in a town about 30 miles from us that had become a community pet till this last week when some guys caught it and choked it.  One lady confronted them and they said they were "putting it down" as it had been hit on the road.  Pretty doubtful.  I hope they choked on it when they cooked it!  Pretty sad when you catch a turkey bare handed and not think it might be a pet to someone. 
Who know how long this one will hang around, but she has it pretty good as our yard is protected and quiet, plus there is always grain put out for whoever wants it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Is this me being so cranky??

The week that hubby was in the hospital with his new total knee surgery  I drank way toooo much coffee and soda (already was drinking too much coffee)  Ended up with stomach pain so decided I better drastically reduce it all.  So I cut to just 2 cups of coffee a day.  Went thru some headaches but not bad.  The worse, and it surprised me, was that I felt like the chicken in this cartoon.  I felt very emotional, edgy, and irritable.  Seems I dropped everything and lost the rest.  Starting to feel better today.

So enough about me.  It was so good to get hubby home from the hospital.  Surg was on Tue. at 9 am.  By 2 pm he was up in a chair and next morning walked down hall and sat up for over an hour.  Took only 2 hits on the morphine (makes his nauseated)  So went to pain pills and had last one on Wed night. Also the Dr. has changed his routine and started him on Celebrex the day before surg, and resumed the day he got home.  He has had almost NO swelling other than a little dependant swelling between knee and ankle. He uses his ice machine for pain that is stirred up by his therapy treatments.  His therapy has been ahead of schedule and he will probably be ready for out patient therapy by late next week.  He thought he was pretty smart and went down the stairs to visit his sister on day 8 of surg.  Hasn't done it again and I wasn't home when he did it.  But appetite is good and he will be back to normal real soon.  Thanks for the get well wishes we received.

Feels good to be back to the store at least the last 2 days.  I think my customers forgot me but thats OK they will be back.
Have one more craft show to do at a local Elementary school that should be good, next Saturday.  We actually set up Fri evening and folks have bought tickets to get early previews and buying.  Small space but it should work out and be fun.
Well headed home.  Monday to Dr. to get his staples out, he will walk in with no cane just like last time.  MEN  such show offs!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

My kind of brew

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yes, I talked him down!

Hubby had this all set up Sunday to go up and cut that lower limb off.  Yes he did and he is scheduled to have his right knee replaced in about 2 weeks.  I managed to talk him out of it.  No. 1 it kills his knees to climb ladders.  No. 2  it just plain wasn't safe,  and No. 3  there was no good reason to take the limb down.!  At least not to my way of thinking.  But he has been in this mode for a couple weeks.  Sort of getting his ducks all in a row.  Getting the lawn mowers all cleaned, the vehicles all checked out with oil changes and new batteries in 2 of them.  I think he goes around looking for anything that might need repaired before winter.  Poor guy, I don't really blame him, cause he has been thru this with his other knee about 18 months ago so he knows what he is facing.  He has some limitations with the knee replacement that was done.  Like he can't kneel down on a hard surface on it.  So if he ends up with the same with this one it makes it hard to do alot of the things he likes to do. 
Oh, and he would banish me from the kingdom if he knew I told this on him so shhhhhhhhhhh!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Living History Loop

Last Saturday I was honored to participate in the Prairie Jubilee event at Prairie State Park about 30 miles north of Joplin Mo.  I realized that when we think of state parks we think of mountains, rivers, water falls, trees, and such.  But the Prairie State park is a reminder of what a huge chunk of the US looked like many years ago.  It turned out to be such a beautiful day. The park puts this event on every other year.  Each presenter was given a tent station and this mowed lane that run thru the prairie above the visitor center. This is me at my station.
The sign on this second photo said Walmart of the Prairie.  The guy was showing how the buffalo was so vital to the native Americans and how they used every part of the buffalo.
A little boy had just heard this guys speech and when he got to my weaving table he watched me a few minutes then said "which part of the buffalo are you using"

There were several covered wagons that were driven  to the park and allowed to set up camp.  So I got my picture taken by one of the wagons.  I was milking this costume for all it was worth!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Two Sisters Recycled

Last Saturday my sister and I did our first craft show at the local college.  It was their "first" annual craft and rummage sale in their parking lot.  What a beautiful day it was.  Perfect weather and the kids did an awesome job with organization.  EXCEPT they didn't advertise very much.  Lots of vendors but not many customers.  But it was a good experience for us to learn how to set up the awning and display our stuff.  Here are a few pictures.

We sold a couple totes and a couple rugs.   So now we will know what all we need for the big craft fair in October that is a well established event.
I am off tomorrow for my weaving demonstration.  I like to say that the Grasshopper is now the Master!  LOL!  Anyway it is fun to show off some of what I have learned.  It is a state park north of Joplin.  They celebrate the prairie thus Prairie State Park,  (you can google it)  An all day celebration with music, hay rides out to see the buffalo and the living history loop (That would be me)  in my prairie dress.  Please let it not be to dang hot.  Mid 70's is forcasted.  I am sure I will have pictures next week.  I will also be ready to take a picture of my weaving from class that I took off the loom this week.  I can taste that buffalo BBQ right now!  Woo Hoo,  or is that Moo Moo?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Go West they said, so we did!

Back from a week long trip/vacation.  We spend 2 days in Wyoming at Saratoga.  Here is a pic of the Platte River, it was low enough that you could walk across it.  Weather was beautiful. Got a sprinkle the first nite there.  Ate at the old Wolf Hotel.

Mountain range east of Saratoga in the Medicine Bow Range.

Next is a peak into the bar of the Wolf Hotel.
We got a private tour of the old museum in Saratoga,  Hubby's cousin is a volunteer there and here is an older picture of her modeling their grand mother's wedding dress from around 1900. Their grand parents homesteaded in Saratoga and later he built a butcher shop to provide meat to the miners and she built a hotel called the Palace Hotel which she ran till she died in 1960 and it was torn down by her last wishes.

We left Saratoga on Wed. and dropped down into Colorado on the western side of the Rockies so missed the rain that Denver had.  We had beautiful weather the rest of the week. 
Here is a picture of the lake where we spend 2 days.  It is north of Gunnison Colorado, Taylor Lake.

We stayed in one of these rustic cabins.  You can see part of the lake in the back ground.  We were at 8,000 ft. elevation. It was 27 degrees both mornings we were there so had to scrape a little ice from the windshield before we could go fishing.
We caught a total of 10 trout to bring home.  Very good eating! The lake level was really low here also.  We drove our vehicle down to the lake edge where we used to park 20 to 30 ft back up the bank.
As we left this area we drove over Monarch Pass, and the trees were beautiful.

As we got over the pass we saw the first fresh snow that fell in the night mountain tops a couple days before.

Over all we had a good trip and hubby's sister was a good sport for staying in a rustic cabin for 2 nights.  We love that stuff but she missed her Fox news fix everyday.  Last night we stayed in Dodge City Kansas at a decent motel and she had that TV on so fast she could hardly eat any dinner! 
Me?  I could have cared less.  But we made it home safe and sound. 
Short week at the store this week.  Will be closed tomorrow so I can do my first craft show.  Anxious to see how it goes.  My sister and I are working together on this with our hand made crafts.  Will take some pictures and post next week. 
Where the heck did September go???  So glad to be having nice fall weather at last!

Friday, September 07, 2012

My Toad cactus (Star cactus)

This was the first bloom before I moved it out onto the front porch.  I don't think it liked the heat but it was my only option as it is in the shade at least.  Poor plant is used to 76 degrees in the house and its been in high 90's this week.  Glad it is about done blooming.  It really smells up the porch and attracts these really big flies.
As you can see in this close up picture.  I feel privledged to have such an unusual plant and enjoy tending them and watching them grow big.  Have a couple other unusual plants I will mention later.

Been getting stuff ready to do my first craft show later this month.  Will post some pictures about that.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Almost ready to give birth!

Well not me but my toad cactus!
I have only had one blooming about 7 years ago from the plant that I took this start from.  The old plant got a fungus on it and I finally had to give up on it.  So this plant is about 4 years old.  This morning I could cup the biggest pod in the palm of my hand. Its about 4 to 5 inches long. 

Here is a picture of the old plant when it bloomed. The bloom measures 12 inches across and I wish you could feel it.  Sort of a cross between velvet and rubber.  But oh, the smell is terrible.

I have 10 good bloom pods on my cactus now.  About 5 tiny ones dried up.  I copied the following from a site that I looked up for more info.  There seem to be several varieties as some blooms are fat and more toad like.

  "Orbeas are a genus of succulent plants in the Apocynacea family, they're evergreen- leafless plants native to Africa. Starfish Cactus and Toad Cactus are misleading common names because this plant is not a cacti-it is a succulent. A better common name for this Orbea is Carrion Flower or African Carrion Flower."

From reading this article I learned that the smell of a "rotten mouse" is to attract flies to help pollinate the plant.  It also said that to get the blooms you need to let it get pretty dry during the winter then put in more sunlight (hot hot sun) and give more water in the spring to get it to bloom.  So guess I just accidentally did something right to get it to bloom.  I know I have killed some of my starts by watering them to much.
So there you have my Toad/star cactus which is not really a cactus.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Visit me on my other blog

I seem to have trouble trying to decide which blog I should write on.  I started my second blog to be about my book store and then it morphed into being about my crafts and anything related to my store. Didn't know that their would be a link between the 2 blog sites so its not a secret that I have the second blog.  But sometimes I feel like I am loosing out on the folks who read this one.  Can't believe I have had somewhere around 1200 hits on this site.  I enjoy chatting away with my computer and it serves as a great place to keep track of whats going on in your life.  This blog site is 5 or 6 years old now and I like going back and reading some of the events I was living thru several years ago.
Just think when I get senile I can read my old blog entries and it will all be new to me!
So here is my link to my other life:  Hope to see you there!

I think the gal on the left is the one I will be when I get old!  Don't say what I know you are thinking BIG Brother!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Guess I can't go to this store anymore

My trip to the store.

>>> > There was a bit of confusion at the store yesterday. When I was ready

>>> > to pay for my groceries, the cashier said, "Strip down facing me."

>>> > Making a mental note to complain to my congressman about Homeland

...>>> > Security running amok, I did just as she had instructed.

>>> > When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out

>>> > that she was referring to my credit card.

>>> > I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

>>> >

>>> > They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer!

>>> > How embarrassing was that?!!! ):

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Go away you unwanted advertizements!

I hate all these ads showing up on my blog site.  Even when I go to the page to edit something, there is a big ad right across the upper part of my postings so I can't even access the first one without clicking on the ad and opening it up.  Anyone know how to get rid of this crap???  Don't want it!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Just Shoot Me!

Had a guy in the store this afternoon,  he talked non stop for 1 1/2 hours!! I knew I was in trouble when I asked if he lived in the area and I got a detailed map of how to get to his home.  He rambled on and on and on about his claim to fame being a historical photographer.  Many outbreaks of tears and looking at the ceiling talking to his wife who I assume is in heaven.  Finally a phone call saved me and I got him out of the store.   I sat and ripped up some denim waste bands that were in a sack.  Glad I had something to do!  Well I do get characters come in.  I feel he was harmless, just wanted an audience.  He gave exact dates for every event and every make of car he owned.  His trip down the lane with cancer, treatment by treatment.  Ect!!!!
Makes me feel so good to be normal.  Not sure where his mental state falls.  Any ideas?  Don't think its Schizophrenic.

OK I am out of here for a few days.  Got to feed the cat and water a couple plants.  Hope we get some more rain tomorrow.
And YEA on the VP pick for the Republicans!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Welcome! My Foot!

Been getting my "Welcome to Medicare" "free" medical work up done.  Since I already had my Mammogram this spring I didn't need that but I did the bone density test last Monday.  Got a call from the Dr. office a couple days later and the nurse wanted to know what pharmacy to call a script in to for some Fosomax.  I said WHOA!  I would like to wait till my apt with the Dr. to talk about this. 
Since then I have talked to several women who have taken this drug and not a single one had anything good to say.  Every one had bad side effects, mostly bone pain and one had her 4 lower front teeth loosen so much she ended up having them pulled and getting a partial!   Besides I am doing most of the things that they recommend and want to look at beefing up my routine.  Calcium with D, weight bearing exercise, and stop the soda.  So I am going to increase my treadmill at the gym and give up the one can of soda that I drink a day.  Plus will go on line and see what else I can do.  I really don't think I fall into the usual risk group.  I am not short and petite like most people with osteoporosis are.  Of course I couldn't believe that I have early cataracts either!!  Damn! Don't we hate to admit we are getting old? 
Next Monday I go for the carotid ultrasound, so lets hope I am getting enough blood to my brain!

Friday, August 03, 2012


Crikey! Isn't she a beaut! "Crikey means gee whizz, wow!"
A quote from Steve Erwin.

 We aren't to wild about them nesting under our utility shed so we have caught 2 of them now and they have been relocated, along with all the chipmunks I caught in my tiny trap.  But I just thought her fur was so pretty with the silver tip and she was so docile, not like the 2 raccoons that we caught and released.  Now we live right in town!  We are in deer alley too as they travel thru our property to get to a couple small ponds that are across the street.  We never know what we will see.  The birds have sure hung around the water  pans and bird baths.  Sometimes they just sit in the water. 
Finally got an inch of rain last nite.  So thankful.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

48 years and a life time ago

How many of us have Other Lives?  This is me in my other life.  48 years ago today I married this guy.  I was all of 17 and he was 19.  The year was 1964.  This picture was taken I think 1970.  The kids were 1 1/2 and 3.  No we didn't have to get married, at least not in the traditional way.  See my folks were moving out of state from Iowa to Va. to live with my older brother and I was getting ready to start my start my senior year. Since I was "in love" I didn't want to go with them, so they signed for me to get married instead.

I was remembering my wedding this morning and realized how poor we were.  I moved my belongings into a little cottage house that was on his step-dads farm.  Bill had actually already moved there and had a few hogs he was raising.  Someone loaned me a short veil, I bought an inexpensive dress that I could wear for church later and (gasp) I wore pink heels as that is what I had from my prom and couldn't afford to buy another pair of shoes. Its a wonder that I didn't wear the pink prom dress that I had made the prev. spring.    It was a church wedding and only a few friends of the family present.  Aug 2nd and it was so hot!  For a "honeymoon" we went to the drive-in about 20 miles away then went "home".   I started my senior year but by Nov. dropped out.  Back then you were not allowed to participate in any extra activities if you were married.  There were 2 of us married by our senior year, and sadly the other gal was a star basket ball player about 6 ft tall.  So anyway I got booted out of FHA and I had been vice president the prev year.  Since I didn't play sports other than a short stint in track, I was to be manager of the concession stand that year so that was nixed too.  Guess I was just disappointed and decided to take a full time babysitting job for Bill's boss and that extra $15 a week was alot back then.  Our first year was very rocky and should have been a sign of things to come and we should have gone our separate ways then.  But I am a stick with it kind of girl and hung in there.
Just for the record I did sign up and take a correspondence course to get a certificate of graduation then 10 years later went to college for an LPN nursing degree, and even later in "this life" I finished my RN degree.  So not bad for a high school drop out. 
Life is strange isn't it?  When I look back 48 years and try to remember that young girl in the borrowed veil and pink heels I still remember how she felt even though I have forgotten alot of the little stuff.  The marriage barely lasted 14 years. 
I still look back and feel this was my "other" life.  I am a different person now, finally grew up and have learned my worth.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New job

So after landing my new job as a store greeter, although a good find for many, I lasted less than a day. Here's the story....

About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance. I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and nice children you have there. Are they... twins?' The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say, "NO, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7. Why in the world would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or stupid?' So I replied, 'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping here today.'

My supervisor said I probably wasn't

cut out for this line of work.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Breakfast on the deck

We love our new little grill.  Had pork chops on it last nite, then this morning we woke up with no electricity.  The power company was out in our back yard at 6 AM.  Seems there was a break in the underground wiring that they put in 10 years ago.  They were able to pull in a new line from about 5 houses down.   In the mean time, hubby was so happy to fire up that generator so I could make coffee.  We cooked oatmeal on the BBQ grill, did I mention that I love this little red beauty?  Then he fired up the generator again so I could make toast.  So we ate on the deck and watched the crew work on the power.  By 9 AM we had electricity again.  It was 85 degrees by then.

It is going to be 102 here today, So if you have a cat, give it a shave like this one and it will feel so much cooler, guaranteed!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Now tell me, does this look like a Great Grandma??

Well I am and this little gal is # 2.  She has a big sister that just turned 4!  Was fun to just cuddle this little one.  Oh, and big sister noticed that Great Grandma had crabs in her ears!!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Go Green!

I borrowed this from a friend and just love it! 

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Tick Removal

Tick Removal


> A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically

> withdraw themselves when you follow her simple instructions. Read this one

> as it could save you from some major problems. Tick Removal: Spring is here

> and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get

> them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try. Please forward to

> anyone with children, hunters or dogs; or anyone who even steps outside in

> summer! A School Nurse has written the info below--good enough to share--and

> it really works! "I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best

> way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in those places where

> it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the

> middle of a head full of dark hair, etc." "Apply a glob of liquid soap to a

> cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for

> a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the

> cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've

> used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the

> patient and easier for me.." "Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't

> see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call

> me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach

> it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to

> say, "It worked!" Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful information.


> This has to be better then pulling them with tweezers which leaves the head

> embedded and can cause infection.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Who you gonna call? ChipBuster!

We have been over run with these cute little critters.  Of course it wouldn't be that my husband and his sister love to put out bird seed.  They aren't happy enough to just put it in bird feeders! No!!!!!!!!!!!
They dribble it along the retaining wall, a trail along SIL's sidewalk, and a nice pile of corn along her driveway for the deer.  We have an acre of timber along her side of the house.  Deer do come out and drink from the bird bath pretty regularly.  So along with the chipmonks we were seeing mice and I warned them that next would be black snakes.  I mean one critter follows the food chain right?  Now the funny thing is that my husband thought the answer was to put concrete in all their holes.  Duh!  They just go make another hole!  So I bought this cute little humane trap,  it is about 12 inches long, with a trip door on both ends. I put birdseed in it! 
So far I have caught 1 sparrow (released it) 3 young rats and one small vole (they went to rodent heaven)  then I have caught 4 fat chipmonks that got relocated about a mile away in a nice grassy area near a recycle center.  Thought they would meet up and start their colony there.  I believe we have a couple more then I will concentrate on seeing if I can catch any mice out by the tool shed.  Thats where hubby keeps all the rodent goodies!  You know bags of birdseed and corn. 
Sometimes I think I am the only one that has any sense left, but gotta love them, their hearts are in the right place, they have just lost their minds.

Thought for the day: The thing that I lost and miss the most is my mind (read that somewhere recently)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I WANT THIS DOG!  This is a must see if you love dogs.  Such training and the dog looks like she just loves every minute of it!!

Have we lost our senses?

While at the gym this morning I saw a gal with her bra straps showing because  she had a top on with criss cross straps.  The thought went thru my head as it has many times the last few years.  Where is our sense of what is decent to wear in public?  I mean the thongs that show above the low cut pants, the bra that shows, and the PJ's worn to Walmart or the mall.  Anyway when I logged in today to the computer I got this link from someone, so will share it. My little bit serendipity here.  Now I haven't seen many of these folks at our Walmart so not sure where these pictures where taken.  What is the weirdest thing you have seen at Walmart?

Friday, June 15, 2012


I just had an interesting "person" in my shop.  "He" goes by the name Anna and is in early 60's.  Somehow in our conversation it came out of him that he is a transgender.  Was married for 30 some years and has at least one son that he mentioned.  From here on I guess I should say her.  She has written the manuscript for a book if she could find a way to publish it.  She mentioned how hard it was growing up with parents that didn't understand and she didn't understand herself why she felt like she did.  Her father would beat her and tell her she was a boy and better start acting like one.  So as a young man he married to prove the was a man.  When he finally "came out" just a few years ago, she decided that they should divorce.  Her wife said she always thought that maybe "he" just didn't love her and in truth she/he did but not in the right way.
The big dilemma is that this person has had so many things happen that just leaves her practically homeless.  I sent her to someone I thought might help at least in the short term and she has some things in the works to get back on some medical care.  She has been on hormone therapy for several years.
This is the second time she has been in the shop and I sort of felt this about her the first time I met her.
I loaned her a book that I read this past winter called "Middle Sex"  Which was the name of the town in New York where the story took place but also it was about a girl who was born with sex organs of both male and female. The male part being very small.  At about 14 her family was going to have her surgically altered to be a girl but she felt she was a boy and always had.  Anyway it was a good book, written in his words of what it was like growing up and then running away to find his own way as a man.
So I just wanted to write about this person.  I can't imagine what it must be like to be trapped in a body that is not who you perceive yourself to be.  What a tragedy,  she told me many times these folks end in suicide because they are so misunderstood. Then on top of all that to be in poor health, and living day by day.

There but by the grace of God go I.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Blog cheating?

I think I been cheating on this blog site.  Been posting too much onto my other blog as I mostly been writing about my weaving.  So I will post one picture here of the latest project.
This is my floor loom that I got this spring and have set it up with my second warping.  Made 3 rugs on the first go around.  This one is set up pretty wide, 28 inches.  I am using denim to weave with.

Just joined the YMCA  today again.  Looking forward to going back and doing a little strength training and maybe do the pool class.  I always feel better when I exercise a little and right now my treadmill is all "tied up"  Really!  Been draping extra warp (string) from my weaving and there is no room to lower it to use for right now.

Not much to grouse about today,  just wanted to get a post done.  Oh, Goody!  Gas is down to 3.12 today.  Like an hour after I filled up at 3.14.  But hey  it sure beats the 3.69 we were paying last month.  Sneaky don't you think?  Get it so high that we think 3$ gas is a bargain!

So guess I did have a little grousing in me after all!


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Had to borrow this from a fellow blogger


1. Don't imagine you can change a man - unless he's in diapers.

2. What do you do if your boyfriend walks out? You shut the door.

3. If they put a man on the moon - they should be able to put them all up there.

4. Go for the younger man. You might as well, they never mature anyway.

5. Men are all the same - they just have different faces, so we can tell them apart.

6. Best way to get a man to do something is to suggest he is too old for it.

7. Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.

8. The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years. Even in Biblical times, men wouldn't ask for directions.

9. If he asks what sort of books you're interested in, tell him check books.

10. Remember a sense of humor does not mean that you tell him jokes; it means that you laugh at his.

Now I think only a real man would have posted this on his blog site.  What do you think? 
Actually I think most of them are pretty true.
But here is one other that I found somewhere and have been saving it.  Seems it fits right here:

Friday, May 11, 2012

A profound quote worth reading

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up
by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man
by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage
by taking away people's initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
what they could and should do for themselves."

Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Power of Love

I borrowed this joke from someones blog.  I thought it was pretty funny but I wanted to share the REAL thing with you!  So the next picture is one I actually took of the real thing 2 years ago in my back yard.  Yes it was daylight and they were going at it.  Well I assume they were.  It was sort of hard to tell.
I thought it was rather sweet that she was so shy!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Another great grand daughter arrived safe and sound

Big sister is holding her baby sister, born yesterday.  As you can see her little face is rather beat up as she weighed 9 pounds.  Mom and Dad worked as a team and he got to do the delivery with Dr. standing by.  It will count for his paramedic program.  Sneaky guy!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Puppy/Donkey love!

Gotta watch this video.  It is just to darn cute

Big sister loves baby sister

My second great grand daughter is due any day!  Isn't this just a precious moment! My vote is for another little red head!

Here's to old friends

Have been on vacation, more on that later, but just wanted to jot a few lines while I remember my waking thoughts.  Do you do that?  Wake up with something really brilliant on your mind then by the time you have breakfast it is gone in a puff of steam off the coffee.

What do Rosemary, Linda, Suzanna, and Maggie have in common?  ME!  These are old friends I got to reconnect with in Carson City this past week. Rosemary and I went to nursing school together, Linda is the one who taught me how to set up and run my book store, Suzanna is an old friend of my SIL and I thank her for her kindness, Maggie and I used to work together at the prison.  So a well rounded bunch of friends.  It was great to yak and catch up and make sure we will stay in touch with our computers now.