Saturday, June 7, 2008

You have to smile....

On the first day of school, the children brought gifts
for their teacher.

The florist's son brought the teacher a bouquet of

The candy-store owner's daughter gave the teacher a
pretty box of candy.

Then the liquor store owner's son brought up a big,
heavy box. The teacher lifted it up and noticed that
it was leaking a little bit. She touched a drop of the
liquid with her finger and tasted it.

"Is it wine?" she guessed.

"No," the boy replied.

She tasted another drop and asked, "Champagne?"

"No," said the little boy.. "It's a puppy!"
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Friday, June 6, 2008

Some new stuff for you...

First of all, a big thank you to my friend, Carlene, who sent me this link to the lowest gas prices in your town. It updates daily, great info, girlfriend. Click Here to access it -

And, I put a couple of recipes on Eating Right for you from HungryGirl. Sausage Gravy and Biscuits and Faux Fried Green Tomatoes. Ahhhhhh, perfect for this old southern girl....

Access them here!
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Missing Husband

Rick was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was
really angry. She told him 'Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in
the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in less than 10 seconds, AND IT

The next morning Rick got up early and left for work. When his wife woke
up she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box
gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on
her robe and ran out to the driveway, and brought the box back in the
She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Rick has been missing since Friday.

Please pray for him...

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My new Blackberry Curve...

Trying to learn to use a Blackberry when you are used to a regular cellphone is equivalent to switching from a PC to a MAC. Egads, ladies, it's a learning curve for sure...

I've had quite a day, couldn't get the darned thing to quit vibrating, I took Maggie for her bloodwork this morning, it was just humming it's little heart out, I finally stuffed it in my purse so I didn't have to deal with it, and it took a call to a service rep to figure out where in the profile that information was to change the setting. Totally confusing...

Dr. Wagner assures me that this surgery isn't as bad as having her spayed. I feel better after talking to her, but I'm still all teary eyed at the thought of her having to go thru this.

And that's my Thursday. I still have some updating to do on The Dish, no time to do it. It's hot in Heavensville, in the 90's and humid now, summer has arrived...
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Ya know....

Sometimes when I go back and read my blog entries, I think I sound a bit like Andy Rooney. Poor old thing, he is so boring. I'm sure some of this stuff must just bore the bejuses out of you... I think I blog for myself, more than anyone else, though... So just ignore me most of the time, occasionally I may write something that will actually interest you...

Hubby was off today, we were out and about, and my purse was weighed down with who knows what in it. He wanted me to open it up and get some of that crap outta there. So I did, and I found a plastic container of doggie kibble and treats, Maggie's t-shirt, a chewy bone, and a dog comb.

You know what he said to me? "Jan, I think it's time for a grandchild. You need one really bad."

Smart man, hubby...
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Check this out......

When Hooterville was here last week, we were out at Burdette Park, and this silly little warbler would not leave my car mirror alone. He kept flying and perching on the door and pecking the mirror. He did this for the longest time. I was sitting in the car, he wasn't scared of me at all. We went back to Burdette the next day, and here he came again, pecking the mirror over and over again.

This time I shot video of him, Jean uploaded a little clip of it it to YouTube today. Here he is, the Prothonotary Warbler, straight from Heavensville.... Enjoy...

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This is absolutely incredible. Watch the little clock counting down on the bottom right of the UTube screen, when it gets to 2:45, the tricks the girl does are amazing...

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Getting serious for a minute....

I've never, as my Mother was always fond of saying, "set the world on fire." I haven't had boundless energy, I've never been one of those people who constantly push themselves to the point of exhaustion, and I've felt horrific guilt because of it. It took getting older and wiser for me to realize that this isn't a conscious decision on my part, but a predispositioned genetic tendency.

It all comes down to discipline. When you have children, and you are working, you have to discipline yourselves, so I did have years that I did push myself. As a child, I didn't, I would much rather lie in the grass, looking up at the clouds than clean my room, or organize my possessions. And as I'm older, it's so easy to "do it tomorrow." My days are spent playing on the computer, cuddling Maggie a gadzillion times a day, talking to my friends on the phone, and when weather permits, Mags and I going to the creek on Milly to sit by the water and just enjoy the quiet. The difference, now that I'm older is that I don't feel the guilt I once did. As I look back on my family tree, I'm so like my father and most of his family. They didn't "set the world on fire" either. They were very easy going people, who laughed a lot, ate a lot and enjoyed being with their families.

Mother's family, however, were totally driven people. Work, work, work, no time to play, you have to work. Were they happy, not particularly, they were too busy pushing themselves to laugh and enjoy their life.

I know there has to be a balance, but I'm not so hard on myself these days. I would much rather enjoy the days of my life than to drive myself relentlessly to do the things that really aren't that important anyway. I'm not a slob, on any given day you could come in my house and I wouldn't panic, it's always orderly, but I wouldn't pass the white glove test. Somehow, it's just a lot more fun to pet my little dog and sit in the garden than it is to chase dust bunnies around the house...
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I updated what's on my bedside table...

I have really neglected to update What's on my Bedside Table (left sidebar). I need to be more diligent about keeping this current, as I read some awesome books, and some that are stinko's, that I forget to tell you about. I've got a great selection by my bed this week.

We have online newsletters at our library, maybe you do at yours also, I get several weekly, new fiction, nonfiction, romance, etc. I even receive a newsletter that tells me who was on what talk show promoting their books in the current week. From these newsletters I can instantly link to add my name to the wait list, and the little Library Elf emails me and sends me a message to my cellphone when they are ready to be picked up. If you aren't familiar with this newsletter feature, you might want to access your local library online to see if you can do the same. I read all the new stuff and it's all free. The library, it's a good thing....

Here's a link to Library Elf, it's a nationwide service that tracks your library books by linking to your local library. Library Elf even tells you when your books are due. Another good thing... Check it out here!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Well I'll be damned....

Why didn't I think of this... I could have saved myself a ton of spilled and/or stale chips...

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Construction Zone...

I'm updating the blog, it may look a little screwy for a few hours. The text will be readable, but the rest of it, who knows...

ummm, knowing me it may look a little screwy for days...

patience, dear hearts...

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Heads-up Ladies....

Ryan (pharmacist son) informed me earlier this month that Generic Fosamex is now $10.00 at WalMart for a 90 day supply. This is a huge deal, huge deal, as the price range previously for this drug was $124 to $306. Also on this $10.00 list is Pfizer’s urinary incontinence drug Detrol. This is the real meal deal with Detrol, not a generic - it previously retailed for between $36 to $551.

So, if any of you take either of these drugs and weren't aware of this, you are in for a huge savings! My past experience at CVS is that with their $4.00 prescriptions they will price match WalMart. I don't know if they will with these drugs, but it might be worth checking into.
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I've been watching The View this morning, the AP erroneously reported that Hillary Clinton will concede this evening, her campaign later issued a statement saying this wasn't true, but to the women on the panel and in the audience's credit, when they made the announcement that she would concede, there was no clapping, no joy, just a community of sadness.

You all know that I have supported this woman, but if you can somehow try to separate her from her politics, which I know is next to impossible, you must surely admire her chutzpah. She has been relentlessly hammered by the media, dealt blow after blow, yet she bounces back again and again and surges forward. She has fought a valiant fight, showing an unflagging energy admiral for a woman of any age, let alone a woman in her sixties.

I commend her for her tenacity, focus, determination, and for the fact that she doesn't give up. In my opinion, she has fought a campaign worthy of any man.

I'm sure that her daughter is extremely proud of her mother, something that all of us want from our children. When the dust has settled from this historic election and the history books are written, I hope they treat her more kindly than she has been treated thus far.

I would welcome your comments on this, not her political views, but her strength and determination as a woman running for office against insurmountable odds. I think she did us all proud....
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Once again, Hooterville is on the cutting edge....

Hot damn, Hooterville did it again. She always scouts out the good stuff for us. I think I'm going to make her our roving reporter here on The Dish.

She instant messaged me first thing, telling me that Starbucks, starting tomorrow, is going to be offering free Wi-Fi. Free Wi-Fi - finally!!! I've wanted this to happen forever. Panera Bread has had it for eons, but it's across town, and I never go there alone, but I'll be down at The Bucks with lappie and Mags in her Sherpa Carrier, listening to their smooth jazz, sipping a cuppa and surfin' the net ASAP. I'll be blogging from Starbucks, gang. Whoohoo!!!! Both Thumbs Up

There are just a couple of little glitches, nothing biggie. You have to have a registered Starbucks card to use their Wi-Fi, and you can only use it for two hours per day. I called them and asked them what a registered Starbucks card is, it's just a gift card! So you buy yourself a gift card, and then I'm guessing you will use the numbers on the back and enter info so they know you are "legimate" and presto, you're online.Celebrating
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Monday, June 2, 2008

I remember....

Summers as a teenager, growing up in Southern Illinois...

I was a tv freak, as most kids in the 60's. I loved, loved, loved soap operas. General Hospital was my favorite, that and Dark Shadows. Oh Dark Shadows was so scary, it really was. It had a resident vampire, and he would certainly give me chills on weekday afternoons.

Mother always sewed and tried to instill her love of sewing in me, unfortunately it didn't work. I do, however, have vivid memories of making two dresses, both of which I adored. I made these when I was about sixteen years old, the first one was a shift. Remember those? I made mine from "mint green" polished cotton, it was sleeveless and I smocked the yoke. An elderly neighbor taught me the art of smocking, and the finished product was pretty cute, if I do say so myself. The second dress was a tent dress. Tent dresses were the rage in the mid-60's, my fabric was hopsacking, and it was cream with burgundy polka dots. I still have the patterns for both of those dresses, some day I need to scrap a page and describe them in detail...

Warm summer days would find me sitting barefoot on the porch swing, wearing short shorts of course, drinking iced tea with my nose in a book. As I look back at my life, we didn't have the distractions that we do now. We had more time to focus on the changing seasons, and I think we were much more in tune with nature than people are today.

When I used the telephone, it went to a local operator who placed the call for me. I went to high school with the boy whose Mother ran the switchboard, and sometimes he would be working a shift, and we would chat before he placed the call. Egads, that seems like another lifetime. I can remember back to when I was a small girl having a big oak telephone and a party line. Our ring was two longs and a short... The phone ran on batteries and you would have to replace them when the ring started fading...

We had a big yard, an acre, and I mowed it with a push mower. I remind Ryan of this a lot this summer when he is complaining about weed eating his yard, a chore he doesn't enjoy. He loves to mow, just doesn't like the weed eating. He has an acre of grass to cut as I did, but of course he does it on a riding mower.

We always had a garden, and we would turn the soil over in the spring with a three wheeled plow. Mother had gooseberry bushes, and rhubarb plants, and there were apple, cherry and apricot trees in our yard. She canned hundreds of jars of vegetables, fruit, pickles and relishes to last us thru the winter, and all of this was done in a kitchen with no air conditioning or running water.

But it's all good memories. To some of you it probably sounds just horrific, but we lived in a valley, our yard was shaded with trees, we had good cross-thru ventilation in our house and it really wasn't that hot until the dog days of August.

One of my most vivid memories of those summers was in 1966 when Safeguard Soap was first introduced. Oh my, I thought it was the most amazing, freshest smelling scent ever. I still enjoy it to this day, and buy it often...

I enjoy remembering where I came from and how the impact of those early years molded me into who I am today. That's one of the pleasures of growing older, all the memories I've gathered over the years, I've learned to discard the bad ones and cherish the good...
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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Oh my, it doesn't get better than this....

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Am I ever gonna cool off....

Jeez Louise, i'm like a friggin oven. I haven't had a visit from my little "friend" in five years, but I'm still roasting!!!!!! I was at my girlfriend's last night, she had her thermostat on 78. 78, how could she stand it??? I set mine at 72, 71 at night and I'm still dripping!!!

Will it ever end? Hormone replacement is not an option, Holy Schmoly, I can't afford to lose any more body parts, the thought of cancer makes me totally stay away from hormones. I've tried al kinds of herbie things, nothing helps.

And, this morning, I had not one but two zits. What's going on? I look old, my metabolism sux now, why doesn't my body realize the par-tay is over and it's time for the fat lady to sing. I need to just give it up already.... Rant 2
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