Saturday, September 13, 2008

A little insight...

I AM a pretty happy camper 98% of the time
I WANT to be more organized
I HAVE the things in life that are important to me
I KEEP all my size 10 jeans, don't know why I torture myself  by keeping them, but I do...
I WISH I COULD just put on my big girl, ummmm, make that old lady panties and throw the damn things in the trash
I HATE high gas and food prices
I FEAR that the prosperous times for our country are over
I HEAR the fur kids snoring in their playpen right now...
I DON'T THINK I'll ever tire of my computer(s), my ongoing fascination for it hasn't waned at all...
I REGRET that I never got that horse, something I wanted desperately for years...  I don't want one anymore, just wish I would have made it happen in my 20's, or 30's
I LOVE being able to stay home, and not have a time schedule for anything
I AM NOT a phoney, I'm the genuine 100% real meal deal...
I DANCE really well, it doesn't seem to matter that I have no feet, I can boogie with the best of 'em, who woulda thunk it...
I SING to the M&M's, one of my faves, You Are My Sunshine - they look at me like I'm nuts...
I NEVER have a banana split anymore, but I should, I ADORE banana splits...
I RARELY watch prime time television, when I do it's usually FOX News
I CRY ... not so much anymore, one of the good things about post-menopause, not so hormonal...
I AM NOT ALWAYS tactful, I tend to stick my foot in my mouth with regularity...
I HATE THAT I procrastinate, but I understand now that I'm genetically predispositioned to it and don't beat myself up like I once did, and thanks to LC,  I have gotten lots better about it over the years
I'M CONFUSED ABOUT oil prices and record profits for the oil companies when they insist they aren't price gouging
I NEED to remember to take my vitamins everyday, I'm doing pretty good with that these days...  I also need to be better about making lists, since I'm forgetful in my old(er) age...
I SHOULD get all of my Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes posted again, so that all of you have them for the holidays, and I will...
I HOPE all of you enjoy my nonsense and I don't bore you to tears...

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What the Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Oprah and Charlie Gibson have in common....

They are ALL on Jan's sh*t list this morning.  Well, as you know Oprah has been on it for some time but the rest of them are just now annoying the hell out of me!

Let's take The View first.  Both V and Hooterville gave up on it a long time ago, but oh no, not me.  I continued to watch it, even though that vapid little Elizabitch annoyed the beejus out of me, I found Joy's acerbic humor amusing,   I tolerated ole' Babs, and thought Sheri Shepherd was so-so.  I'm a Whoopie fan, thought she was fair and handled all the women pretty well.

I tuned in yesterday to watch them interview John McCain.  OMG, it was just horrid.  They weren't interviewing him, they were attacking him.  They were so negative toward him from the get-go, it was embarrassing to watch.  He handled them the best way he could, but they were relentless.  They, meaning Barbara and Joy.  To Sheri's credit, she just kind of sat there, and didn't do much, and of course that annoying little fly, Elizabeth, had her politically correct question to ask him.  Whoopi wasn't much better than the other two, especially with her little zinger about being afraid she would be a slave again, but it was just insulting to watch.  If that had been Obama  would they have done the same thing.  Of course not...  Shame, shame on them!

They brought out Cindy McCain later in the program, and snaps to her for putting Barbara in her place.  Bab's first question to her was, "Cindy, just exactly how many houses  do you have?"

And Cindy told her that it didn't matter how many houses they had, that she was proud of her husband and that he would do a good job running the country, and she was proud of her parents for working hard an creating such a good life for her.  Good for her, that shut the old woman up!  She just kind of sat there and blinked her eyes, she's obviously not used to anyone getting the best of her!!!!

Then there is Charlie Gibson, always my favorite news anchor, I liked his folksy delivery of the news, but I was totally, and I mean TOTALLY appalled by his interview with Sarah Palin.  Except that was no interview, it was like she was his prisoner of war, and he was interrogating her.  The man was in attack mode from the first sentence that came out of his mouth.  It may just backfire on him, though, middle America is not rallying behind the man.  George Stephanopolis interviewed Obama recently, and I might add, he did so wearing kid gloves.  Why did ABC honchos, who undoubtedly told the man exactly what to say and how to deliver it, allow such bias to happen???And remember, ladies, I'm a democrat, I have been my whole life, I come from a family of staunch democrats, but this  attack by Gibson has, in my opinion, has less to do with politics, than it has to do with trying to bring a woman to her knees.  He did NOT succeed!!!

Do I agree with everything McCain and Palin stand for.  Of course not, who ever agrees with everything on a politican's platform.  I'm a pretty liberal thinker, I'm pro-choice, I'm for gay rights, but I think that these candidates, even though they aren't, are respectful of other peoples views, something the "ladies" of The View obviously are not.  And Gibson, no more nightly news with him in this house, even Katie Couric would be better than this mouthpiece for the ABC brass.

Shame, shame, shame, on ALL of them!!!

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Friday, September 12, 2008


It's so hot in Heavensville, we're having just miserable wea-ther!!!  But hot or not, fur kids have to pee, so I roll out of the garage on Milly on a mid-aftermoon potty run with The M&M's  riding shotgun. I get to the end of the driveway, and realize something just doesn't sound right.  Milly is making a funny noise.  Now we ALL know about funny noises with our cars, but I've never had one on a golf cart.

I get off, and wouldn't ya know, Mildred has a flat tire.  Arughhhhhhhhh, it's totally flat, so I limp her back to the garage, with the tire leaving a rubber line all the way up the driveway, oh great, the neighbors are gonna love that...  The dogs look at me, like Mo-ooommmm, we hafta go, so thankfully Trish came to the rescue on The Zipper (her golf cart) and we were off to the fields.  That's probably where I got the darned flat anyway, going off road... 

Now that's a Kodak moment, I'm sure, me bouncing thru the fields on the little red golfcart, holding tight to my Yorkies so they don't fall off...   I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a nutcase.  Me, who in the old days, wouldn't dream of stepping foot out of the house without full makeup and big hair, now bounces thru the fields, au naturalle.  Ummm, I better clarify that, I don't mean I'm naked, geezy pete, that would be scary, I mean I go out and about in the neighborhood in yoga pants, an old t-shirt, no makeup and wild hair...

I'm a free spirit in my older age, and I like it, I really like it.....

Stella here, kinda gettin' her groove back.....

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Stella hasn't got her groove back....

I'm workin' on it, just been a bit discombobulated since the big crash.  Here's a quick synopsis of what's going on in Heavensville.

  • The M&M's continue their jail term.  Banished to a playpen by the side of my computer desk last week because of naughty behavior, we've all realized that life is a lot simpler with them beside me, lying on a soft cushion, all stretched out on their fuzzy throw instead of roaming all over the top of my desktop, stepping on my keyboard, me watching them like a hawk, lest they fall off. 
  • I've discovered in the last few weeks that I really enjoy alternative grains. I'm eating couscous, bulgar, barley, and getting ready to try quinoa.  It's not bad, I've always been  a whole grains girl, I'm just taking it a step farther...
  • I'm once again, "attempting" to let my hair grow longer.  I've done this, what, a hundred times in the last five years, and I always cave and cut it.  But I'm giving it yet another go...
  • See what I mean, even with this post, still not back in the groove.  OMG, do you think my brain is befuddled FOREVER due to the trauma cause by the great crash of 2008...
  • My new by-word - EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE!!!!
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Must see tv - Shirley MacLaine is Coco Chanel

- Lifetime, Saturday September 13th, 8pm ET/PT

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Any other Natalie Cole fans out there???

Still Unforgettable (Amazon Exclusive Bonus Track)My all time favorite album is Natalie Cole's Unforgettable.  She released it seventeen years ago, and I still listen to it often. 

And since I loved that album so much, every time she released yet another album I bought it, hoping that it would be similar to Unforgettable, but none of them measured up, until now.

She was on The View this morning and she has a  new release, called Still Unforgettable.  She sang one of the tracks, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, a dubbed duo with her father, and it was wonderful, then I went to Amazon, and listened to clips of the other songs, and they, too are terrific!  Not quite as good as the original Unforgettable, but still better than anything else she's done since.

Here's the click,  if you want to link thru to Amazon to listen to some of the songs.  You have to scroll to the bottom of the page, and then you have the option to select PREVIEW ALL and listen to the whole list.  Her voice is pure honey...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Oh my...

White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats with Candied Peanuts from David Leboviz, they're on Jan Can Cook. 

Here's the quick click...

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What makes me happy...

  • A phone call from the kids
  • A quick hug from LC when he passes by me
  • Yorkie kisses... rephrase, Yorkie ANYTHING, I love their look, their smell, their sweetness, their smallness, they're the best little fur kids!
  • Coffee and a donut, ummm, make that two donuts, and a large coffee, cream, two Splendas and the morning paper at Donut Bank...
  • A great episode of Y&R
  • When I can actually figure out some techkie thing on the computer and understand it...
  • A great book, one that's a page turner that I can't put down
  • Cool breezes, crisp fall days, a visit to the orchard, blowing leaves, chili simmering on the stove, apple pie in the oven, the house smelling of cinnamon from the baking pie
  • Rides on Milly, watching the dogs romp with London in Trisher's yard
  • A great meal that I don't have to cook... 
  • A hot bath, fresh sheets and a soft nightie
  • An inbox filled with emails from my favorite people
  • Most of all, home makes me happy.  I nestle in for days with my fur kids, my books, and of course my computer, and I'm a happy camper

That's some of the things that make me happy, now it's your turn, what makes you happy?

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Monday, September 8, 2008

I received this in an email this evening, what a great idea!



First tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your
Drs. Office, the check out Girl at the market, everyone you know.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you
come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of
this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and
requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm
goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the
burglar rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the
neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there
and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a
parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there....

This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe
it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

This would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where
you can't reach a phone.

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36 years ago today....

I was in hard labor, I gave birth to the most wonderful child, John, at 2pm in the afternoon.

Happy Birthday Johnno - I know you are going to have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs from Mom...

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Last night's scrapbooking project...


I had started building this scrapbooking page before the crash of 2008, the sweet little girl picking fleurs in her sundress is is Larkin, my friend Trish's adorable two year old granddaughter.


It was just a plain book, I added two initial pages, the trees and the sky, and then added layer after layer of elements to create the pages.  I took the background away from a picture of Larkin, so I ended up with just her body, added it and finally,  I used a Gaussian Blur to soften each element,  and this is the result.  I needed a break last night from all the not-so-fun stuff I've been doing, and this is te result...

I actually like this, yeah, I really do...

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This has been the most bor-ing weekend...

I'm finally pretty well finished with all my mundane computer maintenance, hopefully my boring blogs as well.  Today was catch-up - house maintenance, grocery shopping, not exactly a fun, either.  I did however,  manage to post a recipe on Jan Can Cook that looks fantastic.  It's from Cooks Illustrated, Peach Crumble, it would be good with apples, too.

I'm going to make this for LC, the lite version, that is.

You might want to check it out, also - the way they make this, it should stay crispy instead of getting soggy like other crisp recipes sometimes do.

Here's the Quick Click...

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