Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday

I can't tell you how nice it was to read words of support for my 13 year old baby.  From the heart, thank you so much.

She has recovered mostly from the horrible trauma of being there away from home so long a time for the first time in her life.  She was so exhausted, truly, when she came home she slept like she was unconscious for 15 hours.  Today, she came with me quite frankly into the bathroom when I got up.  That's when I just got on the bathroom floor with her and she got the first petting and kissy love she'd had in several days.  She was purring so loud she sound like a boom box blasting.  However, she's still barely eating and as I may have said, she lost an entire pound in 36 hours.  Maybe things will normalize.

I hope to come see you too.  The boys are still here and I am still waiting on the little tyrant here.

((((HUGS)))

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Trouble here at the house for now

Hoping all of you had a good Christmas and a good week so far.

The boys, 2 of them, are still here which is a good thing as during the day it distracts me somewhat from the fact that my little one is in the Veterinary Hospital for an unknown (yet) ailment.  I am waiting for a call from the Vet to see what  the calcium levels are as her blood was sent to the Veterinary School at the University of Tennessee for a double check as it is highly unusual for calcium levels to be high. 

Meanwhile, I will see you at your blog houses soon..I'm so sorry to be late.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday, Day After Christmas

Hi all of you.  I came around to see you and wish you a Merry Christmas before Christmas.  Here it is the day after and I am still spinning around as though I was in a washing machine I am so busy.  I couldn't even assist the Admiral in her blog until today and since she has a goodly number of furry friends, namely 100, I am helping her to go visit her furriends.

I was just asked to go look at the Christmas lights all over town..so see you soon and I will visit as soon as I can'

♥♥♥

Friday, December 24, 2010

Ready, Aim, SNOW!

Merry Christmas tomorrow to all of my friends.

We are expecting snow.  That is lovely but it will make it hard for the rest of the family to get up here to the house.  We will see how that part of it goes when it happens.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas.  I hope you will be like us and go out to see the lights on homes and business if you haven't already.
xoxo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Torpid Tuesday

It's cold..it's cloudy, there's a drizzle. Ugh. BUT there is no ice and no snow. At least not now. All bets are off for Christmas though. I don't like that really as it will make it hard for my boys to get here Christmas day, I live on a hill in a hilly town. Romantics love snowy Christmas's. Nice but hard to travel in.

Meanwhile, my honey baked ham should be in the store by now. There is a satellite distributor here in my town this year and that is where I will go get it, I won't have to travel all the way to the 'big city' as I call it to pick one up with 3 policeman directing traffic for folks wanting to get into the honey baked store. That happened once to one of my sons who went to pick it up and he and I vowed, never ever again even if that means having to do without..which we have done..without. Some things aren't worth the hassle.

I slept great all night long with no disturbance until 6. I laid there anyway till almost 7. Not without a lot of meows from a fainty and starving cat who wanted her canned food. Her dry food just WILL NOT DO when sunrise occurs, you see.

Boys will be here Wednesday. YEA!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The evening

Going out to dinner tonight and wishing I weren't.  I am overcome with sleepiness and for once. it's not her fault.  Matter of face, when I gave up at 0450, she was shocked and asked me what in the world I was doing up!

I had taken a phone call rather late in the evening and should not have as it lasted a bit and it took away the down time I would have had to compose myself for sleep.  So, by the time I got to bed and I was already perishing for sleep..I laid there wide awake with burning eyes (hate it when that happens) for quite some time thinking over the conversation and so on.  I tossed and turned all night and gave up extremely early.  I was tempted to cancel dinner out this evening but I have decided to try anyway.  But the circles under my eyes will be embarrassing.

Meanwhile my honey baked ham should be in tomorrow morning long about 11 or so, and it will be ready for Christmas day.  I think I will bake the orange cake on Christmas Eve.

Just checking in before the day wanes on.  Hope your day was good and that you're looking forward to some good food to come soon.  :-)


One of my favorite streets and intersections in uptown Charlotte.  Everything is so clean and pretty.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Night

Saturday night and not too exciting. As a matter of fact I took a ridiculously early shower, and I have my jammies on. Apparently that's what I want to do. I have been busy all day, and I was busy yesterday afternoon..well, all day off and on, and certainly into the evening. Busy again today and I ran out of steam as I have been extremely short on sleep for some time. It more than catches up with me at times. Today is one of those. I may hit the sack at 9.

At least I haven't been trounced too badly in Scrabble, what with multiple games going on. I have the board edition to play during everyone's Christmas break. Yup friends, we are a barrel of excitement around here.

Thank you so much for your comments on the birdy and ice pictures. The birdy was in Missy's blog and the car coated with ice in my own. She naturally had dibs on the birdy for her blog. I put the cardinal into Flickr tonight. This time, I gave it to the Admiral to use first!

Horst if you see this I am SO glad that you tried the roasted chicken and potato recipe. Kea, Horst and JennyD have been brave. I have the ingredients and we're gonna roll it out for supper Christmas eve!!

Guys, I hope you are all well, and have had a good day. I will see you again and ♥♥♥

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fun Friday for the little one here

The girl gets to have my son visiting tonight.,.her human brother, and that's always a treat for both of them./ Last time he was here, she had just come back from the v-e-t and she was miserable and sick. No smooches for her as she was hiding.

This time, she can have zillions of smooches and kissies because she feels good again. I don;t know how she has a fur on her head and sides she gets so many kisses from me..and when he gets here, she gets more.

All of my sons are "cat men" having been raised by them. =^..^=

The ice is all gone. Thank goodness as I needed to go out and get some food for tonight's dinner. We are having a casserole. Smells heavenly. I was going to make chili and changed my mind at the last minute.

What's for dinner at your house?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Goodness...Ice!

Here's the car. We got the promised freezing rain. I had a bad feeling this morning as I was looking at my email. The power "stuttered" for half a heartbeat and then, did that again four times. I thought that I was in for a freezing inside of the house rest of the day but so far, so good.

There is a front coming up from the Gulf and it is raising temps above freezing so we have a chance of nothing but normal rain from this point on.

I live on a steep hill but even if I did not, no way would I go onto the streets. They are all "a solid sheet of ice".

To better weather..here's me raising my coffee cup to you.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Anticipation!


My goodness. I remember being SO excited when Christmas Eve arrived. I was so wound up and excited about what would be under the tree I could hardly stand it. I would lie there awake for hours, or so I thought. Seemed like hours to me. I'd be up at the crack o' dawn. If it was still dark out, daddy made me go on back to my room for a bit but I was up and down like a jack in the box so usually, he caved and turned the lights on, on the tree.

.I remember one Christmas when I was just turned twelve I wanted skates so badly I would have laid down and just swooned if I didn't get them. I have had two older brothers..much older, and the youngest of the two living at home of course and had me convinced I would never get those skates, that they were too expensive. So I opened several gifts Christmas morning, feeling gloomy, and my brother passed a rather large box to me and said to open that one next. It was heavy but that meant nothing to me..I didn't have any guesses. I just knew that I was disappointed and the world was at an end. No skates.

Of course, when I opened it, there they were. A beautiful white leather pair of Chicago skates. I thought I had, as the phrase goes, died and gone to heaven. I was thrilled past telling and called all my school friends. I went skating that very next weekend. Mind you, I had to learn how to skate and I dislocated my thumb doing that. I jammed it into the waist area of another skater coming in the opposite direction. H-U-R-T. He led me over to where they rented skates to those who didn't have magnificent Chicago white leather skates like MINE and the Manager of the place said "gimme your hand" which I obeyed and did and he pulled it back into place. OWWWW! But it was worth it. Purple thumb and all.

My brother taught me how to clean them..break them down a bit and clean and oil them just right. He and his girl friend (who became his wife) used to go there all the time too and skate so I never got to flirt much with the boys as he always had an eagle eye out for me. Man, I hated that!

That's a whole 'nother blog though.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Claws and Santa Claus

Santa's Claus and Claws have been here with lots of stuff for all three of my sons and for the household's Boss.  Her stuff started a few months ago. My gosh, there is a huge leaf and lawn bag..one of those big dark green ones filled to overflowing in there, the spare room, a regular sized paper shopping bag full up..wait..two of those are full and..two stand alone..no three stand alone bags and/ or boxes too.  There will be more to come.  That's just from me and the boy's Dad.  They'll be here and bring their gifts too.  The boys love lotsa things.  That hasn't changed just because their adults.  :-) ♥♥♥

Meanwhile, I'm beginning to get a little Christmas spirit.  I haven't gotten any decorations of any sort whatever up and won't until the 22nd. (the cat).

Meanwhile I am still staying strictly away from candy/cake/pie and so on.  My  tea cookies are the German made butter ones.  6 for 110c. This is about a month now I think.  I do need to ramp up my protein intake though.

JennyD, SO glad you all liked the dinner.  Sis, you made it more to your liking with soy sauce.  I hope it was something you enjoyed eating.   It is so easy to do I will make it yet again for the only son who hasn't tried it yet.  He'll be here late on the 22nd.

It was 8 degrees F when I got up this morning and will plunge again from the 20 degrees it managed to make it up to.  Ice on the less traveled roads and so school was out these two days.  Freezing rain up next tomorrow night.  Sigh.  I went out and got food for me and her. We're set.  Boy am I glad I don't smoke any more.  I always used to smoke outside long before that became what you HAD to do.  I did that so the kids didn't have to smell and suffer with cigarette smoke plus the trapped odor in a house is atrocious. 
I couldn't sleep in that smell and thanked goodness my home was fresh smelling though I got wet and cold standing outside as well as hot and sweaty.  :-) All over for the past going on 5 years.

Ciao,  xoxox

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowy Monday

My goodness..we were supposed to have just 2-3 inches of snow but that turned out to be twice as much. Luckily the street are clear so no problems. They got out early to scrape. I haven't swept off my car yet. I never have had the benefit of a garage and so many times I have wished I could. My property is on a slant and not easily built upon if I wanted a garage built, nor do I have the money for that.

I was rousted out f bed really early, 0555, and decided not to fight having to get up. I just did and fed her Majesty. Sigh,. Better than she has been so I won't complain.

I hope Jenny has an enjoyable meal with her friend regarding the roasted chicken and red potatoes. As I said before, I will say it again. (We women are like that..drats!) if you substitute ingredients, you are on your own. I can only say the recipe I put here in the blog was super good.

Meanwhile here is a snow picture. xox You might need to biggafy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's Saturday!!

I enjoyed going to another new blog (to me) Mr. Shag I believe his name is.  There he wrote a long and well written piece on childhood predators.  I suppose more children have those un-nerving and sometimes fatal encounters.  We children were always taught to obey adults and we were loathe not to, regardless of our own instincts and fears.  I imagine each of us might have a story to tell in that regard.

As a mother to three sons I did all I knew how to do to make them aware and to always tell me whatever troubled them.  They had the confidence in me to take care of any situation that needed taking care of as they grew older..partly because of my career and perhaps partly because I knew who to call for additional help if needed. It's hard, it was for me because I cherished them so much,  to keep the cotton batting off of them and let them experience life- but you must let them slip out of your parental iron grip as they learn, if they are to grow.  But caution is needed and two listening ears and two seeing eyes from the parent(s) are mandatory.  Never ever ever cast them out into the largely uncaring world to "experience life" when it can be so seamy. Arm them up first with all they need to know and be a beacon they can turn to. 

  Hm..serious topics for a Saturday, I have to say. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hot Time in the Ol' Tub Tonight, I guess.

My neighbors took delivery of a pretty big hot tub today. I hope they remain good neighbors and don't make a lot of outside noises (music) because of it when I am trying to sleep at night. (my room's walls are within a few feet of the property line on that particular side of my house. The rest, there's forest and the other house is far enough away.)

I won't get really started but it always amazes me that hardly anyone stops to think..either in the next car, the next house, whatever, that their choice of music may not be what YOU want to hear assuming you wouldn't mind hearing any.

This will likely be the last sunny day as rain is supposed to come in tonight and through tomorrow with it changing to snow and blustery winds Sunday.

I went downtown this mid morning and there was a car parked in the parking lot with it;s windows completely covered, all of the windows in curses and the painters opinion of the owners lack of personal integrity and lack of morals. I had a feeling some female did that as it was awfully neat and it did paint the owner a certain name that denotes a male. Sure enough when I left Penney's there was this skinny young male standing there with a chagrined look on his face. He had the doors opened so I wonder if there was something inside as well.

Vandalism pure and simple. First time I have ever seen anything like that.

Someone else has tried the roasted chicken and red potato dish and likes it a lot. That is pleasing to read.

xoxo

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Supper and then, today. Woo.

Youngest came for supper which once again, that chicken dish is very appreciated! He took home the leftovers. Hr went over the computer with a fine toothed comb and there just isn't any spyware or virus or trojan horses on it. Someone somewhere just decided to use my personal email addy for spam. It's the personal one that I usually keep private except for maybe 4 bloggers. BUT the spammers will be in for a surprise soon as I am buying another Mac. Nothing can infect it. Not that I have an infection now but I always have to worry about it with a PC. Once I get my new Mac, those days are over again. (yes, I have all the stuff on my PC to protect it..just a shame it has to be so much).

AND I will go thru the trouble of completely changing my email address and I'll have to notify my friends. That's a pain.

I didn't get trounced yesterday- but my son won Scrabble by 1 point! Gave him a run for his money. :-)
I have two re-matches going on right now.

I will say I went out with my camera and stopped by THE big box store and asked permission to take pictures, close-ups, of their fruit and they said no. They said it was against company policy. Sigh. Can't even take a picture of the strawberries.

I have been making my way around.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Games Continue

I am not getting as thoroughly whipped at Scrabble as I was.  I have stepped up to the plate and won a few despite my youngest's expertise and familiarity with words I thought were illegal but are not.  So now..I am much more armed and ready to slice and dice him whenever I can.   Thanksgiving, I was warring against two of them at once and then, the grandson chimed in.  I was trying to take it easy on him, consequently the little beastie WON! 

The cat said she is not up to par yet but she is better than she was.  Those flea meds knocked her plumb out of the ball park.  I will donate the rest to whomever can use them.  They'll never touch her again.

I have been excellent with what I am eating these past several weeks.  Had I known the chicken fangers were THAT bad, I would not have had them..I don't think.  But honestly I could not swear I wouldn't.  :-)  But it's mostly  fruit and veggies and soup and whole grains..oh...and peanut butter.  My jeans are a faint bit looser.

Just checking in.  See you on the flip side.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday!!

Man, did you know that a chicken fingers platter with french fries and coleslaw is 1770 calories?  This is at a restaurant whose name starts with A.  I had the chicken and the coleslaw but I asked them to leave off the fries as I never eat them anyway.  So, my lunch was about a thousand calories.  I will definitely think that over next time.  They changed their menu choices again.  You never know what they'll have.  And I didn't want a giant huge burger that you have to unhinge your jaw to get a bite of.  Don't like salads (I know..that's un American) so unless I wanted a steak (no, not for lunch) or a gigantor burger or salad..it was chicken fingers.  When I got home, I went to their website and whoa nelly!  BUNCHA calories.

So glad that we had snow showers yesterday.  PRETTY.  We enjoyed being out in them. But I have a bunch of things to get accomplished this morning and I am in the process of getting ready to go out.  It's up to 26 degrees now.  Scraping will be in order. ;-)

Happy that Kea tried the recipe I put in the blog several days ago and she also put it in her blog. I swear, it's one of the better tasting foods I have ever made.  The youngest is coming to dinner Wednesday so I get to smell that heavenly smell again and best of all, have some more.  All of the mentioned spices are dried.  Just take them out of the bottles.

The Admiral had a rough couple of days and she has already posted today.  So I need to get over there and assist her in  visiting her friends.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

That Dinner

That dinner was pronounced good by the oldest who was here and the first of the boys to taste it.  I also made him brownies which believe it or not..I did NOT have a single one.  I have half a pan to the next door neighbors and he took the rest home with him this afternoon.

The little one is still mad at me and I don't blame her.  The Vet dragged her through the wringer yesterday but it had to be done.  No wonder she hates going so badly. She has had an improved appetite though and for that I am pleased as she lost close to half a pound.  That's a lot for a 10 pound cat.

Cold as can be out there and rain all night and day.  Maybe it will taper off tomorrow and I can get out ..wait..I will be out.  Having lunch out with someone.  In Knoxville.  Looking forward to that.

I have invited the youngest for the same meal next weekend.  Looking forward to that.  The chicken and potatoes were truly good. Please give it a try.

I just deleted what else I was going to say as it was a rant on behalf of animals who are at the mercy of humans.  I'll speare you and myself as well.

(((HUGS)))

Friday, December 3, 2010

Man, TGIO..Thank Goodness It's Over

Thank goodness it's over.  Got the cat to the Vet and she ought to be feeling a LOT better now.  Her blood levels were good and all of her additional procedures were done so she's in good shape and I'm being made to pay for it as she is hiding now that we are home.

I just made this dish and I am giving you the recipe because it is falling down DELICIOUS!!!  Let me know if you try it.  I have already nipped some potatoes out of it..heaven.  I made it for my boy..and also some brownies.  He'll be here tonight.


Roasted Chicken w/ red Potatoes:

2 teaspoons Paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic (dry is fine)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
6 bone in skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, diced into small cubes or chunks.


Throw all the ingredients into a large bowl and using a couple of wooden spoons, coat it all with the spices.  Toss to coat them all well.

Arrange it all in a flat layer in a 15x10x1 pan that you lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

(the foil..spray the foil) 


Roast in a 425 degree pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is throughly cooked and the potatoes tender.


It took me about 35 minutes..I tried a few potatoes..oh.my.word!  DEElicious.








Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not a good day, in a way.

I was doing a bit more Christmas shopping and went to put my purchases into the car's trunk.  The key turned in the lock but that was it.  No pop of the lid opening.  I tried several more times..nothing.  I tried the lever inside the car and it was as though it had already been used as it was loose feeling and did nothing.  I stopped where I go on occasion to ask if they could raise the trunk lid.  I was shocked that they wanted $24.00 just to look at that.  But I was perilously close to bending the only key I have, so...I said OK.  They took it into the bay and the lock assembly actually is broken...where the key goes in.  Danged if the cable on the manual part isn't bad too.  I did get to see both.  The cost is what flabbergasted me.  They had to call the dealership as there is no aftermarket for my year of vehicle easily found.  That will have to be sent over from the big city, the parts that is.  The parts, the labor and our may- a- well say 10% sales tax brought the grand total to $289.00!  They tried to tack on a fee for "supplies" which I refused. 

All you men out there..I can't do it myself so please don't tell me how wrong, stupid, or anything else I am.  I hurt enough as it is.  What a time of year to have to pay so much money.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Spirit

Or something.  I had to list what I have been getting this entire year and for whom and get it down on paper.  Doing that it follows that one wraps while they're out.  So, I have that done for up to now.  I have 2 gift cards to buy.  One for the oldest as he has all he needs now.  And one for the grandson.  He is too particular so a gift card it'll be. Feels good to have the info on hand and to have that chore out of the way.l.not that it's an unpleasant chore..I rather like it.

This has been day three of not eating whatever I want whenever I want and I am making progress.  My best deal for me and success is to log food.  Been doing it for years before it ever became popular. I still sort of eat what I want..just no sweets and dessert-like things.  My jeans already button and zip easier.  I seem to be eating a lot of soup. My treat is a cup of the hard-to-find cherry tea and 6 butter cookies (130 c.)

There were a few snow flurries this morning.  It's colder'n who done it out there and windy.  But the sun came out around noon and that helps even if it is in the 30's.  Beats Montana weather, huh Joe?

 My goodness, last night I was watching TV!  That alone is rare but I saw The Jefferson's, Room 221, Andy Griffith Show..Mayberry, that is.  I saw the sitcom with JJ and Florida and John..can't think of its name.  And..ol' Archie Bunker and Co.  It was a 1970's night apparently.  I actually kept the TV on and watched some of it in between reading. Oh, and Sanford and Son too. Those clothes, the hairstyles and even the glasses they wore were SO funny looking!!

I enjoyed and agreed with the input to my yesterday's blog. Thank you for the thoughts you expressed and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who feels its all slipping away from us.  It seems to be getting so no one feels really comfortable about sticking their hand up..or.. standing up and saying  "Wait a minnit!  This isn't going to work!"  Everyone pretty much knuckles.  I'm a pot calling the kettle black because I don't see ME making a big deal and writing my Senator (HA!!!) or anything else. Anyway...it was a rant and I wanted it off my chest.

 xox

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rainy Day in Tennessee

(Bet you're humming "Rainy day in Georgia". If not, I missed the mark!)

It's raining like it means business. I went out in it and got stuff done..and too, I hate sitting around. Anyway, isn't the national news..U.S. really, something so bizarre that you'd not have thought we'd be having those sort of problems? I am referring to the W#i*k*i leaks. I think that was inexcusable. National security means more than anyone as a business person having their day of fame and all that resultant money. That person will cause serious consequences... I would not be surprised.

Why are the airline pilots and attendants not required to be groped and viewed nekkid like the rest of us? I bet celebrities escape too., Just as chickens..we never complain much about anything We just roll over and say "what can *I* do". Valid question.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hm...carpenter coming to look at the window sills Nov. 29th

Good gracious. It will be DECEMBER! This year has flown by! Blink twice and New year's Day will be staring us in the face.

A carpenter is coming to give me an estimate for making a couple of roosting places at the window sill for the cat. Also a place for plants when her majesty doesn't wish to go to the sills- as in the Winter. His work is too rough looking for me. He is very plain and simple and elemental. Not going to work I fear but what the heck, he can tell me what he'd charge, anyway.

HA! Speak of him..here he is at the door. See ya soon.

Well, he's come and gone. The window ledges I wanted him to fashion would have to match the ones I already have. Those that I have are oak and recycled church pews. He said he doesn't have the equipment at home to do it..so my hope of additional wider sills is just that..a hope. Not likely to be fulfilled. I did get my security lights changed out though. He did that for me. The ground is too slanted for me to safely do it even if I had a long ladder. I paid the price of a service call. Hope they start working again. We'll see tonight.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A beautifully lived Sunday Nov. 28, 2010

Why beautifully lived you may be wondering? That is what happens often when you are intensely grateful for all the blessings that you have. That's when you acknowledge them and how you came to get them.

Sometimes it is so grippingly obvious that you have had so much good in your life. Even the tough times are good and I have had a lot of tough times. I still do. I just don't particularly talk about them except sometimes along the very edges. :-) That's just me. But yesterday was another day when I was, to use that word again, intensely aware of all the good in my life. I count the tough times, as I said before here as part of the good for they made and still make me strong. The harder times have brought great compassion to me and more caring and awareness.

The best of times can be counted in the numeral three. My three sons. I have already spoken of that many times and I will spare you that again (until Mother's Day..then, you're mine!)


Man, it is beautiful out there..frosty and cold with a paint-box blue sky and sharp outlines of the tree limbs with their sheltered squirrels and birds in them.

Here is the sky from September to enjoy !!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

All Gone :-(

I am not always aware of how much I miss my boys until they are here and stay awhile, but of course, go on back to their own lives and homes.  I admit,  I always miss them but for some reason I miss them more this time.  I really enjoyed having them here and thanksgiving was fun with no stress as we ate out.  It was worth the money (a pretty good restaurant with chefs and everything :-)  )  Home for resting our bellies and taking a few pictures plus a sign of the times..not one of us didn't have their hand held device out later in the evening as we were playing one another in an electronic Scrabble game. I thought it was funny.  (That would be iPhones).  Later on after two of them left, I heard my middle boy playing chess with the computer.  Man, what scraping sounds those chess pieces make when they move.

We did some shopping on Black Friday (no middle of the night for us) and I saved $$$$ on a present for the youngest.  I got a few other things too. 

Miss Catt, aka The Admiral  got all kinds of loves and pets.  Man, she was afraid all the fur would be worn off her head from all the kisses and off her sides and back from petting.  Oh she loved it!  You should have seen her!

Ordinarily I clean up after everyone is gone but not this time.  Watching the game on TV.  Maybe we'll get to go to a bowl.

I'll be around to see you and JennyD I found the water agitator w/ battery and I'm in!  :-)  Thank you so much again.

xox

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Cure A Cure..My Kingdom for a Cure! Nov 26

Does anyone know something good over the counter for sinus drainage?  I didn't know I had a cat curled into my stomach while sleeping on my side..until I started a dry cough.  She got tired of being bounced and jolted so she got up and left..me only then realizing she was there.  After she deserted me, I owuld say 20 minutes later the sinus drainage started.  Ewww!

Do you all know anything to take OTC for drainage and its resultant cough?  Something that WON'T make me sleepy? 

I can't have the cat... um...catapulted over against the wall from my coughing if you guys know a way I can stop the drainage..or dry it up?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks Day 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Blog Family.

I am grateful for each and every one of you.  I love to see you when you visit and I love to go visit you at your house.

It is a family thing that we have kept our friendships forged on WLS and  formed new connections to one another regardless of WP or Blogger.

Love ya!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ready for the onslaught

They're on their way. Well, not yet. Both have to get through their school days. My son as a teacher and his boy, as a student. :-) But they'll be here after the trip of over the mountains and through the Cherokee forest to home. It will be every bit of 10PM before they get here. (that takes gritting my teeth to say 10PM instead of 2200..which is totally natural).

I have a decently hearty snack that won't interfere too much with sleep, to serve them when they get home. Then, I know it'll be off to bed.

It's raining like the dickens and will continue to do so for days they say. Maybe the weekend will be better so it says on the TV. You and I both know how THAT goes.

Tomorrow I get my new glasses,. Hope they work out alright. I have had some major problems with having been given just enough of a mistake in former lenses as to make wearing them miserable added to having to go back several times and the first person to assess it thinking I'm crazy. The last time I went it was a deal of not being able to see distance well with the new lenses. I could not read street signs or overhead signs well at all. I went back..their little flip chart thingy showed nothing. But when I demanded to be shown something in the distance of say 50 feet or more simulated...THEN they could see that indeed..something was wrong with the prescription. Torqued my jaw having to go thru hoops to show them I meant what I said. Like many, they think the patient/customer is ditsy and/or stupid and can't possibly have it right.

Anyhoo..off into the rain. I need some eggs and bread. ♥

Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting Ready Nov 22, 2010

I am getting ready a little bit for my son to come in from NC.  He and the other two will be here for Thanksgiving.  I am not cooking however..haven't cooked in this the third year.  I do for Christmas but I just don't want to do the same thing twice so quickly together.  My sons don't like ham!  My goodness!  So it's turkey or nothing.  If I could just get a ham, I would go through the rest.  I have a reservation for all of us, all 5, and at one of the better restaurants in town.  I will have a couple of  desserts here however although they will get one there at the restaurant.

I'm changing pharmacies.  Pain in the neck because the couple of meds I do take are spread out all over the calender for renewal.  I am hacked at the one I have been going to since we came here to this town to live a squillion years ago.  The man had the temerity to argue with me when all I was trying to do was pick up my automated refill item. He asked when it was done..said I didn't know as I was responding to a automated call..he went all the way down hill from that.  He repeated his rudeness today..stick a fork in me, I'm done.

Meanwhile, I hope all of you are well and prepared for your Thanksgiving this week.  Going to be raining here.  Bah humbug!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Times past Nov 21, 2010

To those who asked..no, after having had children the decision was made (my decision..husband gladly agreed) that being here for the kids was more important that my flying.  I would have had to rent a craft in any case and that is expensive when you are a struggling young and growing family.  Now I would have to, of course, have a new medical for it, and take a refresher course and show I can still do it.  Too expensive altogether now.  However I do have friends who do so and have invited me to go along.  The invitations have been turned down by and large because I don't want to be hit with the "fever" again.  Ex-pen-sive. 

Thanks for enjoying or at least reading that yesterday :-) with me.  It was a fun for me to recall.  I was and still am full of adventure. I just don't have any money.  :-)

This is not a good picture as his head is in the flowers and the angle is poor BUT here he is..a good reminder of the hot days of summer.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Life's Embarrassing Moments

I was hurtling down the highway on the way back from the City a few hours ago when my mind turned to just going through memories apparently. All of the memories presented for my inspection seemed to be embarrassing ones or those that would best be forgotten. One came up as I was looking at the clouds in the sky reminding me of THE most embarrassing moment ever that I can remember, bar none.

As Sophia would have said "Picture it. Montgomeryville Pennsylvania back when I was thirteen years old!"
( we were up North for Daddy's job) Anyway, Daddy had a pilot's license and he took me for lessons and before very long, I soloed. That's going up all by yourself, maps and so on firmly clutched and anchored down through all the wind seeping through the two doors and the flimsy windows. That meant going to an agreed upon point and coming back to the airport ( a large grassy field with two runways and hangars along with tie-downs as well, lining the fields' borders) So..after the pre-flight check/inspection my instructor saw me off onto my very first alone time in the air..part of getting the license. I had a student pilots license then.

There I went down the run way and lift off..up to 400 feet and while still climbing, a gentle turn and rising to 600 feet. Along straight and level for a while and then, still climbing I got to 1000 feet. Turned again and began a slow gentle descent. This went along until I was lined up with the runway and began my actual landing. The aircraft's nose in the perfect position..RPM's exactly right..down..down..down..floating in the air until I made a perfect 3 point landing. Then, I taxied to where I had begun and revved the engine a bit in order to turn the plane around to position it for parking as it were. Then, embarrassing disaster,. After all of that just exactly right work on my part, I ran the belly of the plane (a fabric covered 2 seater single engined one) over one of the field markers, metal field marker and tore a good swath out of the belly of the plane.

The owner came out and said not to be so concerned and horrified as he had insurance. Me..I had to go home and tell Daddy. (one of his friends had taken me out there to do my scheduled solo flight..he was at work).

I thought he would be mad but instead, I don't think I have ever before or sense ever heard him laugh like that!

Anyway it was awhile before I could get over the embarrassment enough to go on back out there. Luckily it was not recorded in my log book which I saved and still have.

There you are..a day in the life.

Friday, November 19, 2010

*Thumps Head Against the Wall*

Well, isn't that something? What. you ask? Well, on the way home from the annual blood letting at the doctor's office I saw the O/D Off light was on, on the dashboard. This is the third time this year so far that I have seen it. The engine was turning at 2800 rpm at 45 mph. Not a good thing. Last time that happened I was on the way back from Knoxville and had to have it that way all the way home. I got home, turned off the engine (of course) and within half an hour, re-started to take it to the mechanic I use. Well, low and behold, no light. So, I went back in the house to live another day. But, as I said, 3 times so far this year it has done that. I called as it did it on my way home this morning and I have to go out of town in a while.

When I got there, he came out, looked and here is something I obviously didn't know. There IS an overdrive button and it is black and located JUST under the chrome button you press to change gears. Who knew? I had been inadvertently pressing that button as well as the gear changing button on occasion, hence, the light. SIGH! I feel silly but grasping at straws to make myself feel better, but I have to say the button is invisible unless you look for it. And I have to say I never went through the owners manual to specifically see where the sucker is located! NOW I know. Good grief!

Story ended well though. No money out of the wallet. ♥

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Customer Service Nov. 18th, 2010

Much of our customer service, no matter what product or company has gone to sites away from this Country. I have had some very unpleasant experiences with one such operation. My health insurance has so-called customer service set up in a Country FAR away. I won’t say here which it is, but I can easily tell. The three times I have had to call regarding information I could not otherwise find, the persons without fail were curt, condescending and aside from that under the impression that I lacked any type of intellect. I did get to talk to an American on another matter making that a total of four calls to that organization in a year asking how I could handle (where to go in an emergency) a rather severe eye injury I suffered. I had called their nurse. She was extremely curt and while I got the information I needed (holding my eye at the same time in pain) she chided me on not having this information ahead of time and written down. Yeah, I really needed to be beaten up over such a !!!grave error!!! on my part, while I was standing there in pain. Insurance companies don’t have to be nice to you. They have you by the hair of your head and they know it.
What do you know? It’s a Wednesday Rant day and it isn’t even Wednesday.

PS This happened last April.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunny Wednesday Nov. 17th 2010

I got off the treadmill..cleaned up and headed out with the camera but with errands to run.  I had gone onto a specialty shop, the Ferrell Shop to inquire about chimes.  I want the deep sounding ones that sound like Big Ben or like that.  Those are not common but she can order them.  meanwhile I will go to their website so that I can listen to them before I commit.  We're talking some money here too..so I need to be sure.

While there, I came across the many planters of Lavender planted in the Square.  I had forgotten about those and  I was so glad I had brought the camera along..  They, the Lavenders, are my favorite natural fragrance.  I have the essential oil diffusing in my room.  Heavenly.  I had my kneeling pad and spent some time there trying to get a decent close up as the flowers can't even be 1/4 of an inch across. I had moderate success.  :-(

Anyway, it is my turn to play Scrabble, cyber Scrabble that is.  I know he did his word earlier and I need to fire up the iTouch.

SUN out there..cold.  But lovely and I feel energized after the treadmill and weights work  out. ♥

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What I Done Did Nov. 16th, 2010

I found out through the kindness of our mutual friend Gerry that Word Press also accepts third parties to come in and take your blogs if you authorize it of course. That now known, I went ahead and had my blog in Spaces go to Word Press and soon, I'll contact the company to come and git 'em. That ALSO means no more annoyances for you all when I was transferring and filling your in boxes because of it..and it means *I* don't have the bother I put myself through, out of ignorance. Woo and Hoo!

I stopped at Arby's and got their pecan chicken salad sammich. First time I had it- it was fabulous. This time it was as though someone put an entire jar of mayo on MY sandwich. That will cure me of craving those again. :-)

Here is the URL for the WP bloggie if anyone cares. This is my main blog through. TechnoGran,. thank you SO much! HUGS to you and to Gerry and Beth too. You guys know how pitiful I am at the keyboard.


Oh..and still being slaughtered in Scrabble but I AM improving. Not killed quite as badly.
Charlotte NC uptown last month. I LOVE Charlotte.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday November 15, 2010

I had one of those dreams last night that you read about frequently in dream explanations and folks telling their dreams.  I spent all night it seems in a school and I did not have my homework.  Nor could I find my books.  And we were about to have a test.  I figured I would ace the test anyway, so that in itself didn't concern me as much as the sudden realization also that I had done NONE of my Science work for the year at ALL!  None.  Zero..Nada! I mean not a PAGE of homework or exercises that had to be done and turned in every so many weeks.  I have had this sort of dream almost more than any other "standard-everyone-has-'em dreams.  Another is the getting to school and can't find my room..getting there late and having to be seen going into the classroom late once I blunder into each room trying to find mine.  I reach for my books and they aren't there.  Sigh.  Can't turn in my work because I don't have any. 

I hate it when that happens.
This was taken at Clark Park a couple of days ago.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hard to Write

Hard to write when you have a warm ten pound little purrson sitting at the top of their little steps purring hard and you have to stop and kiss that furry head every minute or so with lots of loud smoochy sounds.

Oh this cat has come into my room to sound the horns at 0600 or a few minutes earlier,  To her, it's 0700.  She has not adjusted to the Fall Back time change.  Me..I am UP that extra hour and she's killing me with this early -up @ o'dark early.  I have circles over the circles already there under my eyes.  However I would rather she were here doing that than not living any more.  So..we move on.

What a fabulous day.  Not too many left where you get up to temps in the 30's and they rise to 72 by noon.  It was glorious out.  Sunny, warm, fresh scent.  I went with the camera out looking for anything to take a picture of. ( what bad grammar I just committed there!)  Only got a few things.  Trying to stock up as it were before Winter sets in and all is dead.

Hope all is well.  It was a peaceful and loving Veteran's Day in these parts.  More than I have observed in the past  I am grateful for that.

This is a picture in my computer room. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gee whiz. Who Told Him I'm Rich?

I went for an eye exam today and sadly I let it go for 4 years. So there was just enough of a change on my prescription to need a change (which was really the driver that got me there to begin with...I noticed that.)

You know how with most employers insurances these days...corporate or otherwise, added to insurance companies in general-they have all decided to go off the deep end on us and give us little coverage really. An eye exam alone cost me $145.00. My eyes are extremely healthy in all ways except nearsightedness so I went ahead and got new frames. Mine are pretty old. $163,00 for the frames. The rest of $638.00 was for the anti glare coating, the polishing of the edges to make it an easier fit for thin wire frames...light weight lenses and..progressive lenses as well. That was quite a hunka money. I will get maybe $200.00 of that back from insurance but, I had to pay up front. Two weeks from now (LONG wait I think) I will take possession of those things. That's closer to a thousand dollars than it's not. Gee. I know., No one said I had to have nice glasses, but the alternative as long as I can ante up the money, is not for me.

Oh, you should have seen me. My new black blazer that fits like a zillion dollars, and my black top. Hubba hubba ding dong ding!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Just Another Day in Paraise November 9, 2010

Ported over another months worth.  Now to start 2008.  Gees marie.  But I'm getting closer to the end.  I think I deserve a glass of my famous cherry juice that I get from Trader Joes.  Nothing else in any store anywhere that even comes close.  This really IS the real thing..no additives or other fruits.

That guy I hired to weather proof my new windows (caulking) on the inside (outside is done) and to weatherize my doors..man..what a difference.

I went out with the camera and managed to find  some more late blooms out there.  However..most were slightly soft looking because I forgot to ramp up the speed to 1/250th as I was in the shade and I had been set up for sun.  So, they are slightly soft.  Not crisp looking at all.  Sigh.  Oh well. 

I'll include one so you can see. 

I know that no one but me watched DWTS but I wonder who will be sent home tonight?  There have been some major surprises and disappointments.

Here's a pic.  Then me and her will go get us something to drink.  Juice for me..water straight up for her. 


No use biggifying it.  It's as mushy looking as a 3 weeks old Halloween pumpkin.  :-)

It's December Already 12/07

Ahhhh..here it is, the last month of this year.  Time has, to coin a phrase, flown.  It seems we just had New Years Day and here we are...all the way back to the starting point again.

It has been an active year for me.  the only thing I regret is having had to leave the jewelry store due to my back problems and ultimately because that  Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedule totally messed up my time with my family.  I had to ask, not unnaturally, to have two of the three days off which put a burden on the other person I worked with or brought in someone who had another job, to sub for me.  That made me feel too too obligated.  I think the final kicker was when I had my second big sale all ready for the final touches..i.e. finding a Florentine finish on the gold for the customer...and I asked my co-worker where to find that item if we had it, he stepped in and completed the sale. I still marvel at how betrayed and disappointed I felt.  I said to him in a mild way that I had expected to complete that sale, that I had worked hard for it and that I was disappointed that he stepped in at the last moment instead of just assisting me by saying "we will do the brush finish" and moving on. 

That became the final straw..I was that disappointed. Sales matter in the retail field and I had already made a huge one with the sale of a diamond necklace and earrings.  I wanted the store owner to see I was earning my keep as it were.  That didn't happen since my co-worker swooped in to take the sale. So that being a Saturday and my last day anyway, I turned in my notice Monday.

AND this year has been physically active in non back hurting ways for 14 months.  I have stepped up my efforts by now traveling the hills here where I live instead of being my usually sissy self by treadmilling.  That different activity has been in the past three weeks.  I intend to keep that up.  Days when it snows or it is raining too hard..treadmilling. 

I have found too that I am spending too much time at the computer.  Journaling in a blog (and mine is truly a journal) isn't time consuming in itself.  What is time consuming is the blog walk.  But I want to see what my Friends are doing and how they are.  So I enjoy going to peck on their doors, albeit cyber doors, and saying "Howdy!".   So I have waffled  quite a bit about maintaining this blog.  I could be outside..I could be reading..I could be  doing many things. 
My son is here.  He has a taco thingie I made for supper.  DEElicious!  He will have the usual biscuits, preserves, eggs, bacon, OJ etc this morning when he wakes up.  Come on over..if you don't mind me in my jammies there is more than enough for everyone.

Tis Better 12/07

I was cleaning house and as always that is a good time to do some thinking undisturbed by calls or visitors.  My thoughts turned to those who live with fear and discomfort about love.  I am not speaking of a*busiv-e relationships, as never having had one, I am not equipped to have a say about that.  I am able however, from seeing it happen, to comment on those who are afraid to love.

Perhaps someone has put themselves forward in an attempt to win the love of another.  It could be a man, boy, woman or girl.  Age doesn't matter here.  And as happens most times, especially when one is  first learning about relationships and how those work, and when learning about various personalities of those they meet, they offer their friendship and then, assuming that progresses, they sometimes offer more.  Their love and regard.  Sometimes that is accepted, and sometimes it is not.

That can cause pain, embarrassment and sometimes heartbreak any time we are rejected, but the ideal thing is to learn something from the experience by and by when you can think about it more dispassionately. 

Sometimes the first thing is to realize that inexperience in relationships is normal and natural when starting out, and that there are so many personalities, wants, desires and wishes to learn about and contend with.  One size, in a manner of speaking, does not fit all.   And..if it is alright for you yourself to pick and choose among possibilities..(read reject those people)..why is it not alright for them to do the same toward you, that is to reject you as not what they need at the time. 

It may hard to deal with...it may singe your feelings or make you mad or wonder what is wrong with their heads to not see you as THE one...but it, rejection,  is definitely not a green light to reject yourself or be afraid to stick your neck out yet again, go into a swan dive or to become hardened to others as a protective device.

What if you loved something (pet perhaps)  or someone so very much and they died.  You would grieve of course if you are normal.  But should that experience turn you from ever loving another person or pet again so that you won't have to endure the pain of loss?  Of course not.  Yet I have seen that happen in those who suffered greatly at a death or even at a rejection of their offering of themselves.  Hardened and closed.  What a terrible waste to become closed to others except in the most superficial ways.  It is not living your life the way it is meant to be lived.  I have been saddened to see friends through my experience who have closed their hearts  to others...out of fear of emotional pain.

To be loved, one must offer love.  To have friends, one must be a friend.  It's better to pray and work sincerely to get the mote out of your eye and the ice from your heart. 

Next time, I'll just listen to my iPod while cleaning.  :-)


Thank You 12/07

I appreciate that you read the last blog and commented on it.  It was one I wanted to write several days before but I see it took a good round of housecleaning to get it from my thoughts to my fingertips. I meant every word sincerely and tried to find a way to ask anyone who suffers from fear of rejection to keep offering love.  Love will come back to you no matter how you feel it is not in your future.  It is. I liked and appreciated each comment and I thank you for them again.
 
I have been out in the cold, gasping and complaining up the hills and finally remembering to stretch my hamstrings first and before I get out of bed.  It certainly helps with stiffness due to the added muscular strain.
 
I am getting ready for a lunch date,  A nuclear engineer.  And a Yankee.   He has no discernable sense of humor.  Not a plus in my book.  I love to laugh and after quite some time working around the guys...I love to kid.  This lunch will probably be the last far as I am concerned.  I haven't asked Miss Catt her opinion but I feel sure it would reflect mine. 
 
You should see me though. Tailored black pants, with a white satin/lace cammie and an off- white (open- not buttoned) batiste top...tiny covered buttons and no collar but tiny rows of lace..probably 7 deep.  Heavy silver jewelry and you know I have it!  Smile .  I have my heavy dangle teardrop silver earrings and my black cord necklace with my crystal and marcacite pendent...choker style. Black heeled boots.  How do I look?  Wink Oh, and I am having a good hair day too.  May as well come and go in a blaze of girly.  It has been a while since I put you through reading my dress choices and so on. 
 
Oh, and my silver ring that looks like a rose.  And my honker diamond ring of course.  There.  I didn't leave a stone unturned in this recitation. 
 
Oh!  Did you fall asleep somewhere in all this?  I'll turn the light off and shut the door.  Rest well.  Red heartMe and my computer Dec 3, 07 002  I took the picture you see on the computer but what I wanted you to see was the lettering worn off my keyboard.  What a pain for a non touch typist.
 
I can tell my outside exercise is paying off.  Happily, while I never went up a size...the sizes I have had to squeeze into due to quitting smoking are becoming less vise-like.  Of course, not eating like some mindless amoeba helps. 
 
 
 
 
 

Mishap 12/07

I had a hair dresser mishap a couple of weeks ago and she turned my hair quite dark in an effort to do something else I had requested..  While I am grateful to have hair ( you guys don't have to remind me to be grateful) I have not been happy with the color to say the least. All my makeup and clothing is geared to strawberry blonde.  So..I started shampooing 2, 3 times a day these past 2 weeks and have it light (if you can call it that) as a Hershey bar.  The red is shining thru again so..not too bad now. But it sure is sweeping the guys off their feet.  Yesterday's engineer, and, today I had lunch with all the guys and couple of women who could be there and so a few fellows there also expressed their liking of my Hershey bar color.

Of course when it came time to leave this morning, I dressed for the dark hair with creamy white (Oh, no..there she  goes again with the clothing description..I can hear it now.."gimme a break!") blouse, silver jewelry again...really bold, and another good hair day just made it all come together.

One thing you guys did not pick up on in that photo I took of my computer was the tile with writing hung on a peg on the wall to the left.  Of all people I had expected Gandalphe to comment.  No one saw it.  I found that tile back in the 80's.  (Of course I was a mere toddler thenOpen-mouthed) and have had it hanging since.  I would have loved to have taken it to work and slung it on on a leather cord around my neck turned to my back as a warning to those who approached. But no...I would have been hauled to the brig.

Anyway, I have had a great day today  so far and I need to get up on the treadmill.  Too late to take the time outside.  Perhaps tomorrow.

I am headed over the mountains this coming Sunday morning. Only weather will prevent me, and there I am not joking.  You never know this time of year. My grandson is playing his trombone in his first recital and there will be other children as well of course.  A lone trombone playing at this stage of his learning.. maybe not so fab.  Note So I will go there Sunday, the recital is Monday after school I guess..and Tuesday I will return home, and the absence will be to the entire dislike of Miss Catt.

Diva-ly yours,Red lips

A Little Bad Luck 12/07

I took my usual up the hills and down the dales walk this morning.  Skipping right along. All warm and toasty in my heavy Winnie the Pooh jacket with the hood up this time.  iPod plugged into my ears...or the earphones that is.  Phone in one pocket and the camera in another.  On my way back finding nothing else left to photograph, I saw one of the cats of a good friend sunning herself in my friend's window.  Of course I took her photo so as to send to my friend and say "look who I saw today?!"  However, as I progressed home I saw the Cumberland mountain range plainly as the leaves are all down now.  I reached to get my camera and it fell hard to the pavement.Camera  It will not operate and that is no surprise to me.  So I must get a new camera.  I did get sweet LOLA's picture however, from the memory stick.  I may put it in here just as a last tribute to this camera which has serves me well from March till now.  It was my own fault.
 
Meanwhile, for the first time since my mother passed away, my cactus suddenly and decisively decided to self destruct.  All of it that hung over the edges of the pot and that was a LOT as it was very very long, has dried and rotted.  I have NO idea why.  No actions on my part should have precipitated such a thing.  I am trying to root it but I think I am going about it wrong.  It's not like a Christmas cactus after all.  Those root in water.  This thing has pieces as thick as a finger or more.  I am concerned as that is all I have left of mother.  Advice will be welcomed.
 
I am waiting on someone to come and give me an estimate on getting these leaves collected.  The operative word is "waiting"  Good thing I have carried on with my day as he sure is taking his time.  I have not been here a good portion.  First thing up was taking that frosty challenge headed up the hill.  Then, Wal-Mart.  He said he'll be here in 45 minutes.  Then it's off again to look for another item. 
 
My oldest should be here for part of the weekend and then, Sunday as I said yesterday I will be headed to Charlotte assuming the weather is good in the mountains.
 
Hope you are all doing well.  I've been around to half of you by now. 
 

Unseasonable Warm 12/07

I really don't like it when it is too too warm for the Fall and Winter.  Here where I live (as in many places) the temperature falls, rebounds, falls again and shoots up to hot..then back to seasonable.  Today, warm, rainy and cloudy.
 
I have been busy.  Oldest was here till noonish.  Then youngest was here.  We went out to have lunch and hung here for awhile.  First time I have ever seen his iPhone.  ANY iPhone for that matter up close and in person.  Man, that is THE coolest device I have ever seen in my LIFE!  What a device!  Worth the money and more.  I would buy one but I have no need for anything so multi-functional.  Besides, Apple made it and if it is Apple Macintosh, I love it already.  He had the Blackberry too as he is on call this weekend.
 
The youngest also gave me his older iPod earphones as I cannot find mine no matter how hard I look.  It's not left the house..just have no idea where I put them to be safe.  No earphones are as good as the iPod earphones.  All the other earphones you can buy are like cubic zirconia to diamonds with iPod's earphones the diamonds.
 
I ran around doing this and that all day long and when I got home I started cleaning the house in preparation to leave in the morning.  I don't want Miss Catt to be embarrassed about the state of the house for the kitty sitter, now do I?  The bed is changed and I walked back through and of course she is spang smack in the middle of the counterpane!!!  Just as I wrote of a week or so ago. 
 
My youngest managed to muscle the battery area back into some shape on the camera I dropped and he was able with some hard pressing to turn it on.  I am getting a new one this weekend.  This one will just hang somewhere (literally) until I pick it clean for the memory stick and the batteries.  Then, good buy adios!
 
Hope it has been a good weekend for you.  Other than being too warm I am doing alright here.  Tomorrow early..I get on the horse and head over the mountains.  I will check on you from there.Red heart
 
blog pic
 

Dang! Dec '07

went thru this morning and did a whole blog.  Hit 'Publish' and poof! Off into cyberspace never to be seen.  If this one does too, I will wait till I get back home to do another.  I am still in Charlotte where they are going to break a heat record.  Not kidding.  Expecting 80 degrees today. 
 
It rained every mile but the last 30 for me on my way down here.  The flip side is, I arrived safely.
 
We went to a church service at my son's church last evening.  A candlelight service and Love Feast.  The candles are genuine bees wax and the fragrance is just like honey not unsurprisingly.  There were buns, fragrant and slightly sweet, and hot cider served.  All three items are made according to the old ways in a city away from here that people from Moravia settled.  It is here in the State of North Carolina and takes about 2 hours to get to.  I would love to see them making those candles and the cider was so delicious.  Spiced and not "throat grabby" at all. 
 
Tonight however is the school concert where my grandson will be brandishing his trombone.  Unfortunately we will be there from 1800 to 2100.  I thought I understood it would last an hour and it does.  No one told me till today that one MUST stay till EVERYONE is finished.  (band members families).
 
I went to my son's school where he is a teacher and met them both for lunch.  I got lost or took a wrong turn I should say, on the way to and...ta-dah!  on the way back.  NOT fun on multiple lane streets!!
 
Someone get down here and drive me back!  I am whupped.  Oh well, been whupped before..will be again.
 
Hugs to all.Sun

Hark! Are Those Sheep Jumping Over Fences That I Hear? Dec '07

am back from over the mountains.  Made it back early afternoon.  But it took me three quarters of an hour to get everything out of the car.  Nope...I did not do any shopping at all.  No time.  When I got there Sunday mid afternoon I needed a little time to settle before we headed out to that early candlelight service I blogged about last.  Then, everyone home and to bed as they had school the next day.  For me, as I blogged, I went out and took several embarrassing wrong turns in heavy heavy traffic.  And that night we had the concert ands school today so, as mentioned, no shopping.  What took so long was carrying in shopping bag after shopping bag of THEIR gifts for up here.  They'll just be stored here till they come and save them having to carry them up.

The concert was as long as I mentioned in yesterday's blog.  What I did not know then was the 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands did as superb a job as I have ever heard.  My son (a teacher)   had told me they were amazing, especially for their respective ages and I want you to know, they were!!!  ALL of them,  Not only my little trombonist.  They were all past excellent.  The 6th graders were amazing.  Then, the 7th and 8th were icing on the cake.  I can't get over the dedication and skill and leadership of the two band directors working with ALL those students.  I also say to you that I am just as astounded at the dedication, skill and practice of those young people that enabled them to sound so wonderful.  I am not exaggerating about how great they sounded.  I wish I could have recorded it.  You should have seen their training.  They are so professional seeming in look.  The band conductors and trainers indicate to the students when they are about to start, and the students all came to the ready,  instruments poised whatever they were.  There were no discernable sour or discordant notes in there.  There were even 4 to sometimes 5 students (from each grade level) between setting up for the next grade to play, that performed CHAMBER MUSIC!  WELL done!  When we all clapped in that big auditorium, we meant it.  My hands hurt after slapping I applauded so hard.

By the way, I got to meet my son's Principal. (I hope I spelled that correctly for this occasion.  You know..Principal-Principle) Anyway, that dude is good LOOKINGGGG!  WOW.  Hubba HUBBA ding dong ding!!!

But, I am back..and horribly sleepy-- hence my title.  My grandson gave up his bedroom for me this time and I was very comfortable.  Just I didn't sleep all the way through the night the both nights I was there due to being in a strange room I guess and too..I am used to my bed with all its extras.  The memory foam, the whoopty-doo sheets, an opulent and a Grande Dame Miss Catt crowding me for room.  But I would never ever miss any chance I can get to be there. 

My new camera will be here tomorrow no doubt but I have to learn to use it.  A Nikon.  I have a Nikon but I decided to upgrade a little bit.  I also have a new printer all in one coming.  My oldest will get hold of it and wait till we see one another again.  hey that reminds me..I need to lay in supper and breakfast supplies.  You know how those visits go.  Fried 'taters and some eggs, anyone?  More than enough, always is.  Come on over. 

I took a photo of my dark (ewwww) hair and now I can't find where the silly thing went!!!  I went thru My Pictures, Documents, Recent..you name it.  I can't find it and I KNOW it's there.  WAIT!  I cropped it in Paint.Net.  Maybe it's still there despite my having said the usual "save as".

Today is Miss Catt's birthday.  She said she is ten years old today.  Many happy returns to her.

You know, I made it back in 4 1/2 hrs. as usual despite the horrible traffic.  It took me 5 hrs to get there...go figure.  The hours coming and going never ever change.

This little one is laying her head on my hand as it is on the mouse.  She missed her attention while I was going though she had a pet sitter each day I learned that she only came out one time to greet and meet.  Little Diva.  I wonder where she got THAT from??

And Now, For My Next Trick 12/07

I have my new Nikon now and I like it.  I managed to only call my one boy 2 times.  Both for reassurance and I can proudly say, I set it up myself!!  Glad it is another Nikon as the instructions are at least familiar.
 
I am going to try again to find that photo I took of me with the dead camera.  It's all delightfully fuzzy and I love that!!! Gosh, I usually have to put a bedsheet over the lens.  It did it for me in a manner of speaking!  BUT it remains for me to find it and you can see the ew-glee hair color.  It has washed out some more since then, as it is now russet in color.  Far more bearable.  Oh and the blonde highlights are starting to pop out again.  Tongue out  You sure can't keep those guys down long.  Bleach is bleach however foofoo the Salon is that put the highlights there.
 
I am going to write an email to my son's school and direct it to the two band leaders and trainers so as to compliment them on the excellent work they and the students did the night of the concert.  My son, by the way, is a Science teacher of the 7th grade levels.  Someone had asked and I had forgotten to reply. 
 
While at the school after getting lost, to have lunch with them Monday afternoon, I, my son and my grandson were all seated at the same table with a number of other students.  The cafeteria was filled with kids.  Afterward, I mentioned something about the number of kids and wondered which were his.  He said they all were.  That was half of the seventh grade.  And that the table we were seated at was the detention table!  I said " WHAT!?  You seated me with criminals??  No wonder they were staring at me." Open-mouthed  I love to go to school and often have to meet the kids.  One day I need to go on Career day and talk to my grandson's class.
 
They really were staring at me.  Guess they thought teachers came out from under stone or something and never could have a human mother.Open-mouthed
 
Hope you all had as good a day as I did.  Red heart
 
 
For some reason, I still cannot find that photo.  I have NO idea why it is invisible to me.  I went thru my pictures, the whole shebang.  So..till another attempt I guess.