Monday, December 11, 2006
I bought the Shushing Librarian 'Action' Figure from Archie McPhee. What a blast it is to look through those.
I get catalogs from some company trying to sell me supplies and templates for all my scroll saw work. Why someone thinks I have a scroll saw is beyond me. Wond what list I was on for that to be sent.
I bought Christmas cards last year after Christmas on sale from MOMA. I know they sold my name. I got a really beautiful catalog last week with works of art items make of blown glass and artsy items, none costing less than $75 and that was for some very minor thing.
Our newspaper had a slick papered-high definition 1/4 " magazine in the daily newspaper showcasing jewelry. Jewelry that all cost HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars worn by people in very strange poses. That was very expensive for them to produce, but if one person buys something, it will pay for it.
I ordered a couple of kid's magazines for the grands, and now I get upscale catalogs for all kinds of pricy toys. Educational of course. Because they magazines were animal-based, I get pleas from the National Wildlife Foundation.
They are all beautifully done and I couldn't begin to be able to afford to buy from even half of them. What a waste of paper and trees.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
It's called...Help the drunk get home.
Try this and see how far you can keep this drunk man up......Good Luck!
You just move your mouse left to right (no clicking) to keep him walking in a straight line.
The object of the game is to keep him walking, without falling over, by using your mouse from left to right or right to left - you can't see your mouse which makes it more difficult.
I got as far as 62 meters, but will probably try to match the german record.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Also, this is the beta version of blogger.I'm having trouble publishing though.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Well, I have feet that need surgery. My toes don't bend, but the occasion called for dressier shoes. My dressier shoes are not heels or fancy, but modest 1 " plain little things. It was dicey just putting them on, but I thought I could survive.I couldn't. While we were walking to the restaurant at the Palms, I could barely walk. My feet were red and bruising.
Penguin got the wrong time, so we had an hour and a half to waste. He suggested we just get some shoes at the Palms, but their shoes were resortwear. Sandles. Sandles are the new dress shoe...right? We found some sandles. There were plain black numbers and because there were at the Palms....$75. Pain makes you buy stuff you would never otherwise even think about.
Now my feet were comfortable, but they looked naked. I needed polish to make it look finished. So we headed for the spa for polish. Of course it wouldn't be the $3 bottle you can get at Wal-Mart. No, this was an $8 bottle. Superior polish. I sat in the 'Everglades' and polished my toes. Voila. Now the only thing that would have been better would be if the sandles had sparklies on them. My free meal cost me about about $85. It was great food though.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Jack, Bones, and the other guy wish you a Happy Halloween.
Bones is showing where the doorbells is and 'glows' on his head from the collection of cams Terrier-mode NBK put there.
I hope we give all the candy away so I won't be tempted to eat it.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Oh sure, let's get students really heavy books to tote around 'for protection'. And you certainly shouldn't pull them in the little rolly carts, it would need to be in their backpacks so it could stop that bullet. Make the students be responsible for their safety. Good idea.
I have a blog I like to visit. For the Birds lives in Florida and works at the Kennedy Space Center. She posted a picture of what must be the smallest little frog/toad I've ever seen.
Today we ate out on our patio while the weather was great and we spotted the 'small' iguanna that lives by the canal. The huge one is spectacular but I haven't seen it very often since we had the trees level after Hurricane Wilma. It could be its lost too much protective shading or the neighboring kids had discovered it. It's still exciting to see wildlife even after all these years.
Friday, October 27, 2006
- Bookfairs are insane times. Too bad libraries have to find different ways to get money to buy books, equipment, and supplies for the school. Bets and I always try to discourage the kids from blowing all of their money on trinkets. They need at least ONE book, then they can get the bendy pencils, the spikey top pens, and jumbo clicker erasers. They even had a little pack of 'monkey' tissues for an exorbitant price.
- I was offered a sub for the days of the fair by my principal. In five days I've had 4 different people and today they took the only one who would have spent 2 consecutive days for another class. 'Smiley' wanted Bets to take my classes then and just have me man to bookfair. Oh, yeah Bets already has a lunch duty time with a unique child while I have classes. How was she going to be in 2 places at once? Eventually we got 'Smiley' to spit my classes up among the other specials. It would only mean an extra 4 students in their classes per period.
- Shout out to Penguin this AM for remotely solving a black/white issue on the morning news. The cameras were sending color, but the computer powerpoints on D were black and white. Found out to be a connection not all the way pushed in. When it was securely in, COLOR!
- Science Friday with Dr. Moody and Mrs. Willis was rushed because of the technical issues. That an she showed up too late to rehearse.
- Reports came in that the mics are not loud enough and I don't have any time to play with the settings. Guess they'll have to read lips.
- Hubby is OBSESSED with his cams. We had a cheapy security cam we picked up last year at Sam's club and later another one for the patio. This year, not good enough. We now have 4 cams; 2 of them super digital and the 2 older ones.Again.....not good enough. We had to get a digital recorder with a 4 split screen. Now his month long quest is to get it on the web 'when we want to check the house when we're away'. Good grief! We hardly ever go away and why we would want to view it while 300 miles away escapes me. He's in terrier mode. THAT's the real reason he hasn't blogged. Morning-noon-night he's obsessing with this.
- I'm going to have so much leftover Halloween candy and it's the kind I like. I'm going to give a lot this year.(Except to the non-costumed teenagers with mustaches and cell phones)
- TC the 'evil' cat who sits outside our patio screen and drives our cat to try to attack him/her through the screen struck again this AM...In the 5:00 AM dark. I've a glass of water ready on the patio to fling at TC to scare him/her away. TC thinks this is where her/she should hang out. On/under our cars, on the front wall, and lounging on the screen room stoops. He/she would love to be our cat, but Gypsy hates him/her. TC is well-fed by someone, but our house is the place to be.
- Iris Blah-blah is done. You should read Martha blah blah about the dog who can speak because her family feeds her alphabet soup.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
These 'fashion' pictures have been on the Yahoo page this last week and this is a creation for French fashion house Guy Laroche as part of their Spring/Summer 2007 ready-to-wear fashion collection.
My real dismay is that this model is so skinny that you can count her ribs. The ASPCA rescues horses and dogs that have their ribs showing like this model does and arrest the owners as being cruel to animals.
Besides that, the 'dress' is not much either.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
After ride around almost the whole developement we headed over to the 7-11 store at the corner of Coral Ridge and Sample where there is construction behind the building. It takes the whole rest of the corner. We were trying to figure out what it could be. Doors, but no windows to speak of. We tried to find the building permit, but signs posted said we were going to be charge with a felony if we tresspassed on the construction site.
Blaine finally went inside 7-11 to ask them if they knew what the building was going to be.
How close is that!? We COULD ride over and not have to cross the streets like you do with McDonald's and Walgreens.
PUBLIX!!......where shopping is a pleasure.
Monday, August 28, 2006
When I finally left school every gas station on the way home had lines of cars wrapping around the block waiting to fill up. Last year Wilma did a number on us. We all remember the days after when there was nothing available anywhere. We know the drill now. Fill up the cars and all available gas containers. Stockpile food and water in case the water has to be boiled or there is no power. We are supposed to be able to survive 3 days without help after a hurricane. Medications have to be stockpiled to. Last year when there was no power for days, medications that had to be refridgerated were not available from the few pharmacies open because their power failed to keep it cold.
Again, we all know the drill. Charley, Jeanne, Francsis, Katrina, and Wilma have left us uneasy. It is not an adventure once you've actually been damaged in a hurricane. Unease and a nagging feeling that you haven't done everything you should to protect the house and the family. The constant noise the winds and trees make during the storm is a kind of torture too.
We know the drill, but preparing for disaster when it looks so beautiful is unreal. It's like boarding a plane in Florida in December with shorts on because it so hot and humid and getting off in New York in snow and freezing weather. You just can't believe it could be that cold or bad. Preparing for hurricanes is the same. I can understand why some folks might have put off preparations before, but we know the consequence now and we know the drill by heart.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I have entire sets of toys and I had to part with them.
It started with the toys that came out for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves ( or is it Dwarfs). I had every part but one, Prince Charming. I had my son broker a deal with the little sister of his friend for a trade. How pathetic is that!
Two weeks ago I got a cool Pirates' binocular and today......Polly Pockets Purse. While we ate I put the stickers on the 'purse' and her dress. This dress looks like something that was a disaster on Project Runway. It encases Polly and is a hard shell. She couldn't possible 'walk' in a dress like that but she stands with her arms awkwardly out at her sides, so I guess it doesn't matter.
Blaine is promoting that I give it to Mac-a-Do, but I'm betting she already has some and she has an extensive collection of Barbie dolls, clothes, and houses/castles that put Polly to shame. So........I guess I'll get to keep her myself.
Last Friday was our Boo-Hoo Tea.
This is a formal acknowledgement that it's time to let go and let the child come on campus by themselves and make it to the room solo. Boo-Hoo because parents are sad and may shed some tears and Boo-Hoo because it is a rite every kindergarten student has to face. They can do it on their own. Mommy is NOT going to come and take them home. Come Monday.....it's called Independence Day.
The staff who man the gates will not let parents through the gate. IF they need to come on campus they have to go around to the front of the campus and come in through the office. This year they have installed a new security feature where adults have their driver license swiped. This will check the database of people who should not be on campus because of divorce agreements or a noted child molesters. Their picture is taken and the reason they need to be on campus is punched into the machine.
Once school starts all of the gates are locked and no one can get on campus without going through the front office as the front entrance now sports gates and doors that only open outward for fire drills. We are very secure this year. I don't know if there has been a problem, but I'm sure it cost a LOT of money and not every school seems to have it yet.
Independence Day is tomorrow and I'm pretty sure those on gate duty will have to turn away some determined parents. I'm glad that is not my AM duty. I just have to get ready for the closed-circuit morning news program and be available to help teachers in the library. No tears for me!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
The top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs
Attn: EntrepeneursEveryone knows that if you are going to operate a business in today’s world you need a domain name. It is advisable to look at the domain name selected as other see it and not just as you think it looks. Failure to do this may result in situations such as the following (legitimate) companies who deal in everyday humdrum products and services but clearly didn’t give their domain names enough consideration:
1. A site called ‘Who Represents‘ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… iswww.whorepresents.com
2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views atwww.expertsexchange.com
3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island atwww.penisland.net
4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder atwww.therapistfinder.com
5. Then of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…www.powergenitalia.com
6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South
7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s alwayswww.ipanywhere.com
8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website iswww.cummingfirst.com
9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:www.speedofart.com
10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website atwww.gotahoe.com
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
This is a view of the the former cotton warehouses that was
Savannah is different from Charleston in that Olgethorpe who founded the city platted the city out with a grid of squares or commons. These are tree lined oases of shade in a city whose temperature was up in the mid 90's yesterday.
We took the hop on/ hop off trolley tour with the driver giving history and corny jokes.
We got off at the River front and later rode the whole tour circuit again just to be able to sit.
This is a picture of the roadway down by the river front. The old ships used these rocks as ballast and would dump them out when they loaded up with cotton. Savannah made roads and walls with them. They are dangerous for me to try to walk across as they are terribly uneven .
One of our trolleys decorated for July 4th. The driver had a stars and stipe shirt too. We came back to our motel after 5 and thought it pure heaven just to shower the sweat off. After we ate, we watched the Savannah fireworks in bed on TV. Sweet!
I was promised a leisurely start today, but he set the alarm and wasn't around to turn it off. He is all ready to pack the car and I'm barely awake and so not dressed. Grrrrrrrr!
I will use NON-VIOLENT means to get going today. Grrrrrrr!
Monday, July 03, 2006
This is the scene from Careyville, TN. This is the llama place. We drove straight from here to Gatlinburg to the Christmas Place.
There must be an important election coming up because every intersection and roadside byway was covered in political signs. By reading the signs I could tell who was the incumbant and who was running opposite. The TV had commercials too. Bob Corkers MOM was saying how honest her boy was.
We drove to Gatlinburg and didn't stay but long enough for me to get my Christmas Place 'fix'. I had a gift certificate and I spent more. The only pictures I have are of the flowers.
I love bright colored flowers. I miss being able to grow the northern flowers and trees in South Florida. Blaine doesn't know a lily from a black-eyed-susan.
This tree had fruit on it. I think it's too early for crab apples. It may be a Hawthorn? I picked some and brought some with me. It's in the bag with the cat nip I picked for Gypsy. Again, more things that don't grow in SoFla.
I had to get a picture of the Savannah bathroom in the motel. I've never seen an under sink arrangement like this in a motel.This seems to be a new one.
Tomorrow we will explore Savannah and hope the fireworks are on the 4th. We've had previous vacations when they set fireworks off days before the 4th for convenience.
Penguin, we should be to your place.......let's see, today is Monday......Wednesday.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
explore. They seem to have a very good program and I took
a lot of pictures for ideas. I don't have the wall space, but I still like the ideas.
Our school's theme next fall is 'World of Discovery' and that can include these pirates here.
Today we visited Steve and ThiThi. Their house and grounds are beautiful. Steve has stocked his pond with fish that he feeds dog food everyday. The bass and blue gill gobble it up. It will be very easy for him to capture them when they are big enough to eat.
They have some little fruit trees planted. Little being the main theme and the pine trees are so cute.
We drove forever into Tennessee and are staying at the Hampton with the lake and llamas. Tomorrow on to Gaitlinburg and the Christmas store. Besty gave me a gift certificate at that store. :-)
Tomorrow over the mountains and whatever spot we can easily find on the way home.
lost his luggage and EVENTUALLY they delivered it to the Breakers. They were staying at the campground.
Uncle Sam was on display at one camper's spot. At night it had red, white, and blue lights all around the canopy.Highlights: CJ is a adult and can ride all the rides and pay the adult price.
Cotton candy is only 25 cents!!! This is from the same place that will chare $5 for a hot dog and fries.
Rhonda found a huge diamond ring in the bathroom.
I won mini golf!
The flume ride is gone and their already building next year's huge new ride.
We got to Huntington just as Steve B was closing on the house. The new owners let us tour the empty house as long as we wanted. You can really see the flaws and they will have to invest a lot to make it livable.
I've never seen the garage nor the basement so clean and bare. I took tons of pictures.
We stayed at an AmeriHost located where the Bingham farm used to be.
Dad looked chipper and played Uno with us. Mac-A-Do helped
him play his cards.
We also visited Mom. She's agreeable, but 'leaves' us while we're talking to here. I can't understand what she says, but she seems glad to see us.
Blaine played the piano at both places and Mac danced and danced.
Our hair is the same color! We're both BLONDS.
Monday, June 26, 2006
This is the backside of the Chinese horses.
They are very modest and have a heart decoration covering the back. I stood out in the rain to get this shot, hence the water drop on the bottom right of the picture.
Corbin had gas for $2.56 AND they had some. Once we hit Ohio I don't think we'll find any good deals on gas.
Tonight at Dry Ridge, KY and on to Cedar Point tomorrow. We know the Cincinnati area will have major traffic, but at least we're not staying in a factory area tonight.
We had lunch at this really old McDonald's. They had a lot of memorabilia from the past. Speedy was the mascot burger not Ronald.
P.F.Chang had some cool statues of Chinese horses.
We stopped at Cumberland Falls near Corbin, KY in the Daniel Boone National Forest. It's supposed to be the biggest falls East of the Mississippi and South of Niagara. They also experience the rare 'Moonbow' that may happen when the full moon is out and the air is dry and there is just the right amount of wind (or not) and you stand in just the right spot.
Everything around there is 'Moonbow' something.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Today we left for the northern realms. Checking the weather via cell phone internet we think Gypsy may be having a time of it. Blaine has never seen arrows like that on a weather map and she may be experiencing a tornado. She doesn't like loud noises either.
Gas prices were $2.87 in Coral Springs. In Kissimmee it was down to $2.72. What a difference 200 miles made. Take a look at the prices on this sign in Georgia. We were unable to get the lower priced gas. All of the pump handles had plastic bags taped on them. They probably sold out. We had to get the EXPENSIVE $2.61 gas. Still a bargain for us.
Traffic around Atlanta was fierce for late Sunday. It took an hour to get through. We stopped at Rome/Carterville. We had been here on a previous trip with NinJa and Penguin. This is the place with the ant hill on the slope where Penguin was bitten or known as the place NinJa and Blaine posed as the two drunken sots on the bench. Trees have grown so tall that the bench has been turned around or you'd just be looking at tree trunks. The anthill slope/cliff is covered in tall pine trees too.
Got to develop a trip butt to handle long days of sitting.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I'll bet I sound older than the hills, but I get tired of trying to watch which direction they are coming and making sure I'm not in their path. Accidents could happen to my feet.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The pool guy came and added
more chemicals and every day
the water keeps getting bluer
Blaine swam last night. It
MIGHT be a tad cold for me, but
when we had to take cold showers
when Wilma was here we coped and
this is directly from the same
The day is beautiful and now it's my
turn to try it out. Come and join me.
Well the pool is full, but who would have
guessed that the water of Coral Springs is
It took about 18 hours to fill and then we
start the filter. It's the weekend and our
pool people won't come till Tuesday, so
Ken will be over to add chemical while we
Friday, June 09, 2006
Oooh wheee baby. The pool is finished. It is filling up right now, but I don't know how long it will take to fill the whole pool.
Someone will need to put in the overflow pipe and I hope there is not so much debris in the pool pipes that it will be able to filter.
Oh well, but doesn't it look GREAT!!!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Nothing. Nada happened today. Blaine moved some of the patio furniture back in. The yucky plans are history. They are not allowed back in.
Kevin came by to check it out and get another installment on the bill. He didn't know for sure when the pool guys would come. Maybe Friday....maybe Saturday. I said if not Friday they had to wait till Monday as we were going to be out of town. He said once they're done the pool must be filled immediately and continuously. I guess it leaves a line in the finish if the process is stopped. Kevin wondered if a neighbor could come and turn off the water if it was a Saturday. NO! Never IB. Don't touch my stuff and it's not fair to expect neighbors to hang around on week-ends either. Dick & Jane often go to St. Cloud. Nope. They're going to have to wait till Monday.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The ladies have finished. They finished the patio including the immediate edge around the pool and the front stoop and walkway. It's got to feel a lot better on bare feet than that crumbling Chattahoochee.
This is the remains of the rock pile. We have hauled river rock from this pile and edged everything around the property. There are still good rocks in there, but most of that is sand and cement shards.
The rock line edges the entire ficus hedge. I don't know if you can really notice, but they also surfaced the slabs just outside the screen doors to match the patio.
This is the street view.
More canal drama. Another couple were back there today measuring off the property line trying to establish where our lot line was and the water management easement started. Right now is 'Phase One' where they remove damaged trees from Wilma. We qualify. Those stumps don't have much soil under them. If we can fend them off till "Phase Two' they will remove the whole line of stumpy ficus, bring in dirt to build it back up and put down sod. Great! They we can worry what kind of privacy vegetation to put down.
I pointed out the the last crew broke our sprinkler line. She said we were supposed to have gotten a letter explaining what would happen and to remove sprinkler draws before that began work. She took down my information and would see about having it repaired. Yeah! But I won't hold my breath on that promise.
Betty said a black crew will come and do the pool and immediately start to fill it. I can't wait to see the totally finished job and begin to move all of the stuff out of the garage and S&R bedroom back to the patio and get my van back into the garage.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Spanish. Spanish all day long. The ladies talk and converse all day long. It's exhausting. I have to admit I hid with the verticals drawn.
They got more tiles completed. Jorge came in installed the bull-nosed tiles on the edge of the pool steps.I really think that will look nice.
Kevin sad he thinks they'll be done with EVERYTHING tomorrow. The rest of the pool tiles, the edging, the front walk and stoop and the coating for the pool
I can't believe it.
Monday, June 05, 2006
The day started out with me showing Penguin my library on his way out of town, dropping off the lost-and-found jackets and sweaters at Salvation Army and caming back home to find that I had locked myself out of the house and had to sit in the garage until Blaine came home.
Today the ladies came. They are the colorers. They pressure cleaned the whole deck and the pool. Blaine & I worked on the river rock pile. I chiseled off the concrete and he carted them off and made more borders.
Betty then made the color palette for the floor. We wanted more grey so she had to call have have it delivered. It's not what we were visualizing, but I looks nice.
Jorge came by and coated the freshly pressure cleaned pool with some kind of dark grey stuff. I imagine it's so the 'gem' coat will REALLY stick well.
Because I was working on the rocks I totally missed my eye appointment.
I get another chance on Wednesday and hope my muscles are recovered by then.
This evening another county guy came by and said they want to cut down and grind the stumps of the trees on the canal that had blown over in Wilma. They said there's not enough soil and that they would bow down again. We countered that IF we kept them hedge high and not tree high could we keep them, if not go ahead.....take them all. Then we would plant something again. We'll find out.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
The 2 man crew came and worked on Sunday. They spent the day putting on the new tile.
On with the new.....out with the old!
After the tile was installed, they cleaned the pool with some kind of wash. He would mix the solution with water in a huge watering can, pour in down the edge, then rinse with the hose.
They finished by totally pumping out any water left in the pool. It's dried much lighter. There is still a lot of look surface material so they will have to pressure clean before applying the 'gem' coat.
The step will have a blue bull nose on the edge to define them. We also had to chose the grout color.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
The Everglades is on fire. All Day long you could see and smell the smoke. White ash is covering everything. The haze you see in the 1st picture is the smoke haze. The ash PROBABLY helped fuel the thunderstoms. It poured,
The workerss were into the scribe phase when the rain hit. They scrambled to cover their work with plastic, but some area will need to be reworked.
This is the staging area for all the work. Their supplies, the tiles, the removed river rock heap , and a seating area are here on the west side.
This is the front walk with the layer of plastic covering the just worked skim. The water puddled on the plastic, but it pounded down on the corner of the unprotected front stoop. It might need a touch-up too.